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Jesse

LAKEWOOD, WA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Pathfinder: Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Kirby Heyborne, Don Leslie, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2735)
    Performance
    (2059)
    Story
    (2076)

    Rigg is well trained at keeping secrets. Only his father knows the truth about Rigg’s strange talent for seeing the paths of people’s pasts. But when his father dies, Rigg is stunned to learn just how many secrets Father had kept from him - secrets about Rigg’s own past, his identity, and his destiny. And when Rigg discovers that he has the power not only to see the past, but also to change it, his future suddenly becomes anything but certain.

    Paul says: "Story OK, Narration Mixed"
    "Easy to predict, yet a great read...or listen..."
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    I'm a huge OSC fan, and Pathfinder has seriously whetted my appetite for the following books in this series. Some may feel that this book is a bit too predictable...which it is. But looking at the book from the end, it seems an elaborate set-up for the rest of the series. OSC has created this really neat world with all it's very interesting complexities, but the explanation of it all takes a lot of set-up.


    I will say that it took me a while to straiten out the different stories that run through the book. At first it was a bit confusing, but it works itself out. I really enjoyed the different narrators narrating from the different perspectives. It gave the book some nice flavor. I just wish Scott Brick had a greater roll in the narration. Stefan Rudnicki's voice takes a bit to ease into, but I found that I always welcomed his narration when the story switched back to his perspective.


    I can't wait for Book 2!

    10 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • A Memory of Light: Wheel of Time, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4826)
    Performance
    (4387)
    Story
    (4435)

    Since 1990, when Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time® burst on the world with its first book, The Eye of the World, listeners have been anticipating the final scenes of this extraordinary saga, which has sold over 40 million copies in over 32 languages. When Robert Jordan died in 2007, all feared that these concluding scenes would never be written. But working from notes and partials left by Jordan, established fantasy writer Brandon Sanderson stepped in to complete the masterwork.

    Amazon Customer says: "End of one of my favorite fantasy series ever."
    "Epic ending for an epic series"
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    What did you love best about A Memory of Light?

    The most gripping and suspenseful of the WoT series, in my opinion. Couldn't have imagined a more fitting conclusion to this wonderful series.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characteristic copious amounts of detail that Jordan/Sanderson have always provided. I couldn't help but be sucked into the plot and see every little detail unfold as if I were right there with all the main characters.


    Have you listened to any of Michael Kramer and Kate Reading ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have. This one is just as great as all the other WoT books. Michael Kramer did a particularly good job on his reading of AMoL.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Can the light prevail?


    Any additional comments?

    With so many story lines complicatedly woven into this epic, I was worried that the book wouldn't answer them all. I was so happy to have all my worries dispelled by Jordan/Sanderson. I couldn't have imagined a better ending...in fact, I wasn't even able to imagine the one that I got! Even with having read all the other WoT books a couple of times, AMoL kept me on my toes. I had no idea what was going to happen next, and when it did happen, I was thrilled that I never would have guessed it to happen the way it did. Jordan did his series a monumental service in choosing Sanderson to complete his work. If I had never known that Jordan had died, I would have assumed that he had been the one who wrote the last three books. A fitting end to this amazing series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shadows in Flight

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Emily Janice Card, Scott Brick, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1506)
    Performance
    (1355)
    Story
    (1367)

    At the end of Shadow of the Giant, Bean flees to the stars with three of his children--the three who share the engineered genes that gave him both hyper-intelligence and a short, cruel physical life. The time dilation granted by the speed of their travel gives Earth’s scientists generations to seek a cure, to no avail. In time, they are forgotten - a fading ansible signal speaking of events lost to Earth’s history. But the Delphikis are about to make a discovery that will let them save themselves, and perhaps all of humanity in days to come.

    Brittani says: "Great Build Up, and then Just Ends"
    "Enjoyable continuation of the Bean saga"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Shadows in Flight to be better than the print version?

    I appreciate how the different narrators for each character help you, as the listener, to accept the different perspective of each character. The pace the narrators use make it easy to grasp the concepts presented and emotions each character is feeling. Plus Scott Brick is one of my favorite narrators.


    What other book might you compare Shadows in Flight to and why?

    The Worthing Saga by Orson Scott Card.

    Multiple characters throughout the book, great narration, typical fantastic writing by OSC.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The final scenes which help tie this story into other Ender-verse books.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I appreciate the writer's reason for writing this story, which is highlighted in the author's comments at the end of the book. Although I myself am not a parent and cannot fully empathize with the idea of contemplating ones children when facing mortality, I can sympathize quite well with OSC's deft story telling.


    Any additional comments?

    I can understand Tor and OSC's desire to try a new book format to create a cheaper price point for printed books. However, I wish that Card would have tried this out on a book not in such a great saga like the Bean saga. Especially one that begins to tie together the end of the Ender saga. I was left wanting more story from the book **spoiler alert** especially with the death of Bean at its end. This is the reason I did not rate 5 stars all the way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pandora's Star

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (4074)
    Performance
    (2399)
    Story
    (2436)

    The year is 2380. The Intersolar Commonwealth, a sphere of stars some 400 light-years in diameter, contains more than 600 worlds, interconnected by a web of transport "tunnels" known as wormholes. At the farthest edge of the Commonwealth, astronomer Dudley Bose observes the impossible: Over 1,000 light-years away, a star...vanishes. It does not go supernova. It does not collapse into a black hole. It simply disappears.

    Devin says: "Great Epic Scifi"
    "Engrosing story, but the narration lacked a bit"
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    I'm still in Part 4, but I'm really enjoying the whole story line. I'll agree that I wish there were longer pauses when the book transitions from one perspective to the next. There have been quite a few times where I didn't realize the previous perspective had ended and a new one began.

    I also have some issues with the narrators accent, but for me it's only when he says "exploritory", which comes out more like "exploditody". And he says it quite a number of times throughout the whole book.

    I also have issue with the way the audio was mixed for Part 1. There was no balance between high's and low's. One moment the narrator is accenting a word, blowning out your ear's, and so I turn the volume down on my Ipod. The next, he's whispering so low that I can't hear a thing and have to turn it up, only to have my ears yelled in a few seconds later. Part 1 almost made me give up on the book. But I'm glad I didn't because the audio problems seem to be resolved by Part 2.

    The depth that Hamilton gives his characters personalities, even when they are the shallowest of individuals, really draws you into the story. And as should be when creating a strange new world, the comprehensable detail he gives to the foreign worlds, aliens, and technologies has kept me listening for hours. I can't wait to listen to the rest of the story, yet I don't want it to end. An excelent buy!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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