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Dripping Springs, TX, USA

  • 2 reviews
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  • 22 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2015

  • By Schism Rent Asunder: Safehold Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The world has changed. The mercantile kingdom of Charis has prevailed over the alliance designed to exterminate it. Armed with a multitude of small technological improvements - better sailing vessels, better guns, better devices of all sorts - Charis faced the combined navies of the rest of the world at Darcos Sound and Armageddon Reef, and broke them.

    B. Bozeman says: "Thought Provoked"
    "Nothing signifigant, only waiting"

    This book is similar to The Matrix 2 in that it seems to just be a filler. Nothing changes that much, no real climax, just the usual casual progression in the usual over-explanatory manner. He just loves to explain how clever he is, doesn't he.
    If book 3 is out and you're on a budget, you can skip this one.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The War with the Mein: Book One of the Acacia Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By David Anthony Durham
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    A deadly assassin sent from a race called the Mein, exiled long ago to an ice-locked stronghold in the frozen north, strikes at Leodan Akaran, ruler of the Known World, while the Mein also unleash surprise attacks across the empire. On his deathbed, Leodan puts into play a plan to allow his children to escape, each to his separate destiny. And so his children begin a quest to avenge their father's death and restore the Acacian empire, this time on the basis of universal freedom.

    Glen says: "Thumbs up!"
    "Unexpectedly drew me in - narrator was good too"

    I purchased this book by accident. I mistook it for another - so the first time I listened to the first few chapters, I was disappointed and put it down. By chance, I was bored one day and started it again - this time, I was involved with it from the beginning. Some things I found very interesting may be commonplace to other readers -it's not my genre. Sometimes the author does throw you back and forth through time, letting you figure out where you are (this is done so that the story flows better - a trade off some may not appreciate). Sometimes the author seems very clever, and other times he misses obvious alternatives - more likely/realistic - outcomes. Sometimes characters "have no choice but to..." or "can think of no further argument against ..." when I can think of four or five things/ways to avoid a bad situation. I understand that authors use occasional character stupidity to advance the story, but I don't like it at all. I like clever characters and more importantly, clever authors.

    That being said, I really enjoyed the story. Overall the author is clever, the characters are clever, and their actions are believable/ realistic. I'm easily "hooked" to characters, but even I didn't really become too attached to any one of them. Unlike other readers, I still "cared" about them, but as a family, not individuals. If I had to pick a main character, it would be Hamish Mein, as he seemed to receive more attention than any of the actual main characters. I didn't really care when people died - actually I felt more at the final death in the book than any other - I would have felt more except I don't think the author intended you to feel sympathetic - so the dialog was very flat instead of dramatic.

    So I enjoyed the story very much - even if no one character seemed the focus. The narrator was one of the best I've heard and I hope to hear him again in the future. People who value story above all will like this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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