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Julianne Smith

Searcy, AR United States | Member Since 2008

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  • Castle of Wizardry: The Belgariad, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By David Eddings
    • Narrated By Cameron Beierle
    Overall
    (1109)
    Performance
    (615)
    Story
    (635)

    It all began with the theft of the Orb that protected the West from the evil God Torak. Before that, Garion had been a simple farm boy. Afterward, he discovered he's a sorcerer. Now, at last, the Orb has been regained and the quest nears its end. Of course, the questors must still escape from a crumbling enemy fortress, flee across a desert filled with Murgo soldiers, and avoid the Grolim Hierarchs seeking to destroy them with dark magic.

    Bryan J. Peterson says: "One step closer..."
    "Solid Fantasy Series"
    Overall

    This series is very well written with a lot of interesting twists. The prologs tend to be a bit wordy and the names tend to be hard to pronounce but once you get through those things the stories progress rapidly with excellent well written story lines. The books get better as the series progresses.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Spy Glass

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Maria V. Snyder
    • Narrated By Jennifer Van Dyck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (277)
    Performance
    (150)
    Story
    (151)

    Opal Cowan has lost her powers. She can no longer create glass magic. More, she's immune to the effects of magic. Opal is now an outsider looking in, spying through the glass on those with the powers she once had, powers that make a difference in the world. Until spying through the glass becomes her new power. Suddenly, the beautiful pieces she makes flash in the presence of magic. And then she discovers that someone has stolen some of her blood--and that finding it might let her regain her powers.

    Elizabeth says: "Satisfying conclusion to the Glass trilogy"
    "A poor message for young girls"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Maria V. Snyder and/or Jennifer Van Dyck?

    Though I enjoyed Maria Snyder's other books, this book has put her future books at the bottom of my wish list.


    What could Maria V. Snyder have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    This book spent so much time working to justify the rational of why she should go back to the abusive man she first fell in love with that it reminded me of the news stories where the abused spouse goes back again and again.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The Narration was great, but it couldn't overcome a badly written story.


    What character would you cut from Spy Glass?

    After completing the story, the character I wanted gone from the story the most was the main character... totally eliminating the need for the book in the first place!


    Any additional comments?

    I just couldn't get over the crazy rationalization of going back to the boyfriend who had tortured her and how it was ok because it wasn't him... it was the addiction. What a piss poor message to tell impressionable young women who read this book. It wasn't his fault that he beat the crap out of you... it was his addiction. Not only that.... but if your love is strong enough he can overcome his addiction and he will feel bad about all of the bad things he did to you and it will all be ok. That's the same mindset my neighbor had every time we had to call the cops after her boyfriend beat her up again and it makes me angry to see an author try to lend credence to that argument in a story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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