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Jennifer Sanger

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  • The Bastard: The Kent Family Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By John Jakes
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (336)
    Performance
    (304)
    Story
    (307)

    Set against the colorful tumult of events that gave rise to our fledgling nation, this novel of romance and adventure introduces Phillipe Charboneau. The illegitimate son of an English nobleman, Phillipe flees Europe and, as Philip Kent, joins the men who set our course for freedom. The Bastard is the first volume in the Kent Family Chronicles, a series of novels that details one family's journey in the early years of the American nation.

    will says: "An Amazing Tale"
    "Middle School Lecture"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from John Jakes and/or Marc Vietor?

    I really enjoyed the North/South trilogy so was pleased to find so many books in this series. My pleasure was short lived. The dialogue feels more like a middle school history/political lecture. The plot is slow and contrived. The characters are so flawed and one dimensional that I can neither empathize with them nor care what happens to them. It's clumsy and disappointing. I really wanted to like it and enjoy a nice long series.


    Would you ever listen to anything by John Jakes again?

    Not based on this book. Based on North/South, I might try something else.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    His accents are atrocious. He should not attempt British or French accents. I can't say whether his colonial Boston accent is accurate, but it isn't a contemporary New England accent so who knows what he's doing there. Otherwise, it's adequate.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Emperor's Blades: Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Brian Staveley
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (1294)
    Performance
    (1213)
    Story
    (1216)

    In The Emperor's Blades by Brian Staveley, the emperor of Annur is dead, slain by enemies unknown. His daughter and two sons, scattered across the world, do what they must to stay alive and unmask the assassins. But each of them also has a life-path on which their father set them, destinies entangled with both ancient enemies and inscrutable gods.

    Ethan M. says: "Of the various new fantasy series, this is... fine"
    "Can't wait for next in the series"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Reminds me of a less intricate Game of Thrones. A little slow to get started (as others have noted) but worth the effort. Soon develops a nice rhythm and characters come alive. Interesting story that has clearly just begun and I can't wait to see what happens next. Only disappointment is that I didn't realize the next one hasn't been published yet. I was raring to go only to find out I have to wait until next year.


    What about Simon Vance’s performance did you like?

    Narrator does a good job helping us to "see" the characters and sets a consistent, enjoyable cadence.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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