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Kevin

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  • A Little History of Science

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By William F. Bynum
    • Narrated By Jonathan Cowley
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (18)

    Science is fantastic. It tells us about the infinite reaches of space, the tiniest living organism, the human body, the history of Earth. People have always been doing science because they have always wanted to make sense of the world and harness its power. From ancient Greek philosophers through Einstein and Watson and Crick to the computer-assisted scientists of today, men and women have wondered, examined, experimented, calculated, and sometimes made discoveries so earthshaking that people understood the world-or themselves-in an entirely new way.

    Captain Morgan says: "A little book on a BIG subject"
    "The Title Holds No Secret..."
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    What did you love best about A Little History of Science?

    The brief overview that it gave to most disciplines in Science was appreciated - even how Bynum chose to visit dark chapters in Science History such as eugenics. It left me wanting to know more about the men and women who dedicated their life to asking the basic questions of our natural world.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Little History of Science?

    How the Ancients held such an incredible view of our world and universe without the aid of modern technology. I also loved how they established so many foundational truths for others to build on - as Newton said "standing on the shoulders of giants."


    What about Jonathan Cowley’s performance did you like?

    The British accent helped provide a little sophistication to the reading.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No extreme reactions - just an even deeper appreciation for mankind's journey through science.


    Any additional comments?

    As the title suggests - and which is of no surprise - this book provides an excellent, but brief overview of the history of science. After reading other reviews, I noticed many people were unhappy with the length or subject matter so I guess I went into this one with lower expectations.

    My background is in biology, so naturally I'd prefer to read more about the history of life sciences, but I thought Bynum did a fair job of mixing the physical and life sciences together. I was a bit surprised that he didn't go into much detail with geology, but I think in all fairness he wanted to stick to the general themes within physical and life sciences, including medicine.

    My only complaint was that he didn't go too far into the golden age of microbiology. Naturally, by having a greater interest in the life sciences, I was eager to know more about the history and figures of that era. Bynum briefly mentioned spontaneous generation and I was let down that he never mentioned Francesco Redi's meat jar experiments. Instead he discussed Pasteur's broth/flask experiments, which became the final 'kick in the pants' to spontaneous generation.

    Altogether, if Bynum would have wrote more about what everyone complained about leaving out, this quick read would've turned into a lengthy text book - giving people something else to complain about. I think this book served a great purpose.

    Pros: a great overview of mankind's journey through science and why it is important.
    Cons: a "for more reading on this topic" section after each chapter would've been nice.
    Bottom line: a great read for anyone interested in getting the 10,000 foot perspective of science.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Gone to Texas: A History of the Lone Star State

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Randolph B. Campbell
    • Narrated By Jacob Sommer
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (25)

    Gone to Texas engagingly tells the story of the Lone Star State, from the arrival of humans in the Panhandle more than 10,000 years ago to the opening of the 21st Century. Focusing on the state's successive waves of immigrants, the audiobook offers an inclusive view of the vast array of Texans who, often in conflict with each other and always in a struggle with the land, created a history and an idea of Texas.

    Jim In Texas! says: "Good history from year zero through about 1962"
    "Excellent book on Texas History"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Gone to Texas to be better than the print version?

    Not sure...if the print version has pictures then I would say no, but if it's entirely published text, then I'd say sure.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Gone to Texas?

    The events surrounding Texas Independence from Mexico is always fascinating to read about.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narrator should have learned how to pronounce Texas towns and cities the way they're meant to be pronounced. As a Texas Native, it was extremely frustrating to hear him butcher the names of towns like "Nacogdoces" and "Natchitoches". Even "New Orleans" and "Sabine" were cringe worthy to hear the narrator mispronounce. I understand that by not living in and around these areas there has to be a level of forgiveness for people who can't pronounce them correctly, but if you're going to read the news or much less an audio book on Texas History, at minimum they should know how to pronounce the names correctly.


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

    "The legends, mystique, and truth behind the Lone Star State"


    Any additional comments?

    This was an excellent read and great overview of Texas history. I really enjoyed the way "Gone To Texas" was laid out and can appreciate many of the questions posed by Campbell.

    GTT will be something that I'd like to re-read every year or so, and as a Texas Native could identify with much of what Campbell was writing about. I also enjoyed his cultural perspectives that offered a look at Texans and the Texas mystique.

    From a people perspective, I also enjoyed at how Campbell spoke about the state's darker history when dealing with Indians and slaves. We never really got that perspective in school, so it was good to read about what actually happened during those troublesome times of people learning to live side-by-side and adjust to various cultures.

    Pros: a great, exhaustive look at Texas history from the earliest Native people to 2011.
    Cons: a bit heavy with all of the political changes and people; however I understand how the politics helped shape Texas into what it is today. Just a little hard to get through compared to the other material.
    Bottom line: an excellent summary of Texas history for anyone interested in this great state's origins, history, and future.

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  • Revival: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By David Morse
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3302)
    Performance
    (2991)
    Story
    (3011)

    In a small New England town, over half a century ago, a shadow falls over a small boy playing with his toy soldiers. Jamie Morton looks up to see a striking man, the new minister. Charles Jacobs, along with his beautiful wife, will transform the local church. The men and boys are all a bit in love with Mrs. Jacobs; the women and girls feel the same about Reverend Jacobs - including Jamie’s mother and beloved sister, Claire. With Jamie, the Reverend shares a deeper bond based on a secret obsession.

    Thug4life says: "Not fit for a King"
    "More supernatural than horror...actually no horror"
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    Where does Revival rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It probably ranks as "not bad, but not great"


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Not really on the edge of my seat, but the story was engaging and very interesting subject matter.


    Which character – as performed by David Morse – was your favorite?

    Probably the main character since the story is told from his point of view.


    If you could take any character from Revival out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Um...this is kind of a strange question to have in a review. No comment regarding characters. I'd probably like to have dinner with Stephen King just for the heck of it and ask how he came up with the bizarre ending. Seriously...it did not make sense.


    Any additional comments?

    The premise of "Revival" seemed really cool; however it falls in-line with more of King's recent work. I guess he's not looking to return to his horror roots anytime soon, as this title is more like 11/22/63 and Doctor Sleep that hinges more on the supernatural rather than straight-line horror that has made King a household name.

    Altogether it wasn't bad. The first person narrative and main character was likable enough and his cast of characters were enjoyable. I felt like the story was great up to the very ending. Basically after everything took a supernatural turn, I can't say that I was engaged much more in the story. And like most SK works, the climax doesn't happen until the very end of the book, which if not done well can end up leaving a bad taste in your mouth regardless of how good the rest of the story might have been.

    Pros: great story and characters with a few "Dark Tower" elements sprinkled throughout the story, which fans of SK would appreciate.
    Cons: the ending. Much like chewing gum - tastes great at first, but after a while you're tired of it and can't stand the taste.
    Bottom line: not too lengthy and worth the read, especially for any fans of SK.

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  • NOS4A2: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Joe Hill
    • Narrated By Kate Mulgrew
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3760)
    Performance
    (3493)
    Story
    (3494)

    Victoria McQueen has an uncanny knack for finding things: a misplaced bracelet, a missing photograph, answers to unanswerable questions. When she rides her bicycle over the rickety old covered bridge in the woods near her house, she always emerges in the places she needs to be. Vic doesn't tell anyone about her unusual ability, because she knows no one will believe her. She has trouble understanding it herself.

    Jacqueline says: "Finish to Start Excellent is Novel This"
    "Worst. Villain. Ever."
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Not sure...any readers of Stephen King will probably pick it up since it's written by his son, Joe Hill. There are also a few Dark Tower references scattered throughout that makes it entertaining.


    Has NOS4A2 turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, I'll continue to read horror and science fiction. It just wasn't a good book. And to have good perspective, it's always good to read excellent works, the classics, and also terrible books. This just happened to land on the terrible end.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Kate Mulgrew?

    Anyone who can get their accent under control. Kate's accent was way too northern, or mid-western for my liking. By doing that, it "regionalizes" the characters. I'd like to have Kate reading a book like "Fargo", but not something like this where the characters are all cross-country, yet they sound like they're all from North Dakota. It takes the reader out of the story when the narrator's accent gets the best of them.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment. I didn't know what the story was about; however I hoped it would at least be decent. It was terrible. See below for details.


    Any additional comments?

    I was not impressed with "NOS4A2" and it was no where good as I thought it would be. Maybe I went into it with high expectations, yet I didn't really know what it was about so I can't really blame myself for not liking it or holding it to a certain standard. All things considered, I've already read Joe Hill's other two works: "Heart-Shaped Box" and "Horns", as well as a couple of short stories, and I can say that there are now three distinct elements that are consistent in all Joe Hill novels:

    1. Dead animals, or the killing of animals
    2. Music/pop culture references
    3. Tattoos

    I would also add the supernatural element; however I think this has become the genre that Hill is sticking with. In regard to writing style, one of dislikes to "NOS4A2" was the overuse of similes. Every page was just about scattered with similes, like sprinkles on a cupcake, they were everywhere and really took away from the story.

    Regarding the story, and in the words of Comic Book Guy from The Simpsons: Worst. Villain. Ever. The villain was terrible, unoriginal, lame, and had way too much dialogue. Imagine having a poorly scripted Bond villain that was inept at killing, terrorizing, or even being menacing, yet all he wanted to do was talk about all the "bad" things he was going to do or even worst: bore you with details from his own life.

    The heroine wasn't much better. I'm not sure if it was from the poor excuses she made or if it was Hill's attempt at making her vulnerable and driven by regret, but she was certainly hard to root for. And I'm not talking about in an anti-hero kind of way. She was very unlikable and annoying.

    Even the sidekicks were terrible. The heroine's sidekick was chocked full of comic book references that only made him seem too immature to do anything serious and the villainous sidekick was too cliche to expect him to do any harm. I can honestly say that there were no characters that kept my interest.

    As for the plot, this was one of those books that you get half way through hoping it will get better. Spoiler alert: it didn't. Then you reach the point of no return and figure that if you've made it more than halfway means you might as well finish it. Like any B-movie, you have to at least see how it ends. And like any bad B-movie, "NOS4A2" did not disappoint.

    If I were ever to re-read this book, I'd probably look back and think I was being a bit harsh in the review. Chances are, the only way I'd re-read this book is if they made it into a movie and I'd be curious to go back and see if the movie was any better than the book.

    It's also worth pointing out that this book had way too many penis references. Not sure why they were needed because they certainly didn't add to the plot. Just saying - it was one too many for my liking.

    There were also obligatory references made to his last two novels, as well as references made to his father's Dark Tower series. I failed to mention in my other reviews, that there was at least one DT reference made in each novel. This one had a handful. At some point I just wanted to roll my eyes and say "Joe, I get it. Stephen King is your dad and everyone loves his Dark Tower series. Just because you're related, you're allowed to do stuff like that, but lets not over do it."

    Pros: not many...actually the last page was the only pro because I knew that meant that I was finally finished.
    Cons: many. Way too many to bore with details.
    Bottom line: bad story that was poorly executed with flimsy characters and cheap plot devices.

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  • Horns: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Joe Hill
    • Narrated By Fred Berman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1817)
    Performance
    (1352)
    Story
    (1364)

    Ignatius Perrish spent the night drunk and doing terrible things. He woke up the next morning with a thunderous hangover, a raging headache, and a pair of horns growing from his temples. At first Ig thought the horns were a hallucination, the product of a mind damaged by rage and grief. He had spent the last year in a lonely, private purgatory, following the death of his beloved, Merrin Williams, who was raped and murdered under inexplicable circumstances.

    bet says: "people are funny"
    "Horns delivered."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes - it was an interesting read with original concepts and likable character perspectives.


    What other book might you compare Horns to and why?

    Unsure. It was like a supernatural murder mystery.


    Have you listened to any of Fred Berman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No - this was the first. He did a good job voicing the main character and the others were pretty good.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No...too long for one sitting.


    Any additional comments?

    "Horns" started off great, with the right kind of pace and character development that kept the reader engaged and the plot moving forward. As a whole, the story was well organized and made interesting by being told through other character perspectives.

    I liked that the back story and history of the characters was revealed in the form of flashbacks; however some went on a bit too long which would sometime leave the reader wondering where the main story had left off. The supernatural element of the horns is still something I didn't fully understand after finishing the book and the main character's full transformation near the end still left me a bit confused.

    Altogether is was entertaining and worth the read as being something different, which can be appreciated. There were clues scattered throughout the story which would make it fun to read again. I haven't watched the movie version yet, but I can't imagine it topping the book.

    There was a neat reference to Hill's previous work "Heart-Shaped Box" and "Horns" only verified that Hill's writing is becoming very distinctive to be scattered with various music and pop-culture references. I only hope that this doesn't end up dating his work, or become lost on another generation over the next decade.

    Pros: neat idea and good execution.
    Cons: a bit blasphemous at times when it didn't need to be and the explanation for the supernatural elements were not conveyed very well.
    Bottom line: overall good and worth the read, length wasn't too bad and the characters were enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heart-Shaped Box

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Joe Hill
    • Narrated By Stephen Lang
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2429)
    Performance
    (1288)
    Story
    (1285)

    Judas Coyne is a collector of the macabre. But nothing he possesses is as unlikely or as dreadful as his latest discovery, a thing so terrible-strange, Jude can't help but reach for his wallet. For a thousand dollars, Jude will become the proud owner of a dead man's suit, said to be haunted by a restless spirit. But what UPS delivers to his door in a black heart-shaped box is no imaginary or metaphorical ghost. It's the real thing.

    Lesley says: "Yikes! Five stars for fright"
    "A Decent Ghost Story"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Probably - length wise it was good and the story wasn't bad. It was a pretty good ghost story.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes, in a way and I wouldn't say on the edge of my seat - only in a way that the characters kept moving. They never stayed too long in one place, which kept me engaged as reader.


    What three words best describe Stephen Lang’s voice?

    Articulate. Monotone. Low.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No extreme reactions, and I certainly didn't laugh or cry.


    Any additional comments?

    As a ghost story, Joe Hill's "Heart-Shaped Box" wasn't all that bad. The length was just right in a way that the story didn't feel too drawn out and the plot was engaging enough that the story never felt monotonous.

    Altogether the characters were likable and somewhat relatable. After reading other reviews, apparently the concept was not wholly original; however I still enjoyed the perspective and for a ghost story, it wasn't all that bad.

    And as the title suggests, the story is full of music references.

    Pros: decent enough ghost story, likable main character, and not too long.
    Cons: some of the plot devices tended to be a bit cliche and there were a few moments that lent itself to being "too convenient" to move the plot along.
    Bottom line: not bad, but also not great.

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  • A Dance with Dragons: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (49 hrs)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16154)
    Performance
    (14141)
    Story
    (14190)

    Dubbed the American Tolkien by Time magazine, George R. R. Martin has earned international acclaim for his monumental cycle of epic fantasy. Now the number-one New York Times best-selling author delivers the fifth book in his spellbinding landmark series - as both familiar faces and surprising new forces vie for a foothold in a fragmented empire.

    Dianne Houston says: "OH NO ROY!!!! NOT DENARIS!!!!!!!"
    "Good, but not great"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    If I could change anything, I would have removed many of the ancillary characters and stick with the primary and secondary character POV's.


    Would you be willing to try another book from George R. R. Martin? Why or why not?

    Absolutely - five books in to a seven book series pretty much dedicates me to finish the series.


    Have you listened to any of Roy Dotrice’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes - the previous four "Song of Ice & Fire" books were also read by Roy Dotrice and they were all done well.


    Could you see A Dance with Dragons being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    The series has already been made into a popular series on HBO.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall good, but not great. I've never been one to complain about book length; however I felt that "Dance of Dragons" was probably 30% longer than it needed to be. I felt like many of the problems I had with "Feast for Crows" showed up in DoD.

    Without going into details and including spoilers, there were too many character perspectives that could have been edited down where it probably would have been better if Martin could have blended FfC and DoD together. In doing so, he could've eliminated many of the ancillary characters and stuck with his primary and secondary character perspectives that have made the series so popular.

    The primary character perspectives were done really well and very enjoyable to read. Martin also did a great job allowing for the climax to come near the end of the book rather than the middle or two-thirds of the way through.

    Pros: Excellent continuation of the characters that readers have grown to love reading in the "Game of Thrones" series.
    Cons: Too many "outside" character perspectives that did not add a whole lot to the overall plot.
    Bottom line: at this point there is no turning back in the series.

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  • A Clash of Kings: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21265)
    Performance
    (16913)
    Story
    (16963)

    A comet the color of blood and flame cuts across the sky. And from the ancient citadel of Dragonstone to the forbidding shores of Winterfell, chaos reigns. Six factions struggle for control of a divided land and the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms, preparing to stake their claims through tempest, turmoil, and war.

    Alisha says: "Good listen, but what's up with the chapter set up"
    "More Like "A Conversation of Kings""
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    Would you listen to A Clash of Kings again? Why?

    Yes - probably when I'm ready to re-read the entire series, but I probably would not read it as a stand-alone novel.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It picked up well after the events in "A Game of Thrones" and progressed the overall story very well.


    What about Roy Dotrice’s performance did you like?

    Roy was able to make the accents very different from the characters, which made it easy to tell them apart.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Not many extreme reactions, but then again any major character death is pretty impactful.


    Any additional comments?

    A more apt title should probably have been "A Conversation of Kings" as there was no real fighting or action until roughly half way through the book.

    On a positive note, and similar to how "A Game of Thrones" was written, Martin is able to write in a way that each word, phrase, and scene adds to the greater story. There is not a lot of "fluff" or misdirection (so far) in this series.

    Pros: excellent editing with incredible character development.
    Cons: a somewhat slow start.
    Bottom line: a decent follow-up to GoT that leaves the reader wanting more.

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  • A Feast for Crows: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12492)
    Performance
    (11358)
    Story
    (11420)

    Few books have captivated the imagination and won the devotion and praise of readers and critics everywhere as has George R. R. Martin’s monumental epic cycle of high fantasy that began with A Game of Thrones. Now, in A Feast for Crows, Martin delivers the long-awaited fourth book of his landmark series, as a kingdom torn asunder finds itself at last on the brink of peace . . . only to be launched on an even more terrifying course of destruction.

    Pi says: "Jarring change in Dotrice's performance"
    "Was No Feast At All..."
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    Would you try another book from George R. R. Martin and/or Roy Dotrice?

    Yes to both.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    "A Dance of Dragons" - Book 5 in the "A Song of Ice & Fire" series.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The last scene in the book that you see of Cersei


    What character would you cut from A Feast for Crows?

    Any of the Iron Island characters...any would do fine.


    Any additional comments?

    Probably the weakest book (so far) in the series. "A Feast for Crows" was no 'feast' at all and was served up more like random appetizers from an obscure Japanese restaurant with too many strange, new characters and a handful of familiar ones.

    **Light spoilers** I felt like the biggest downside to this book was the lack of primary character POVs, such as Jon Snow, Daenerys Targaryen, and Tyrion Lannister - some of the series most beloved characters (up to this point). It'd be like watching an episode of LOST without having Jack, Kate, or Sawyer...so I guess it was actually like Season 3 with 'The Others'...Anyways, there were far too many new characters and story lines introduced that made the reader feel disoriented and confused about what was going on...again, kinda like S3 of LOST.

    With that being said, the plot line following Jaime & Cersei Lannister were well done and there were many twists and turns that became very entertaining as the story progressed. Sam & Arya's story felt a little detached at times and were not very engaging.

    Overall, it will be hard to tell if this is the worst book in the series since the series remains to be unfinished (at this time) and may be subject to the same curse that befalls many "bridging" books in some series, such as "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers" or even in film where most folks feel that "Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back" does not carry the same weight as Episodes IV & VI (not counting Episodes I-III, of course).

    Pros: a great continuation of the Lannister story line.
    Cons: too many new, uninteresting characters and convoluted conspiracies.
    Bottom line: not great as a stand-alone novel, and certainly not a great follow-up to "A Storm of Swords", but should work decently within the series.

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  • A Storm of Swords: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19593)
    Performance
    (15645)
    Story
    (15726)

    As opposing forces maneuver for the final titanic showdown, an army of barbaric wildlings arrives from the outermost line of civilization. In their vanguard is a horde of mythical Others, a supernatural army of the living dead whose animated corpses are unstoppable. As the future of the land hangs in the balance, no one will rest until the Seven Kingdoms have exploded in a veritable storm of swords.

    Troy says: "Chapter and part breaks are incorrect"
    ""A Storm of Awesomeness!""
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    Would you consider the audio edition of A Storm of Swords to be better than the print version?

    In my opinion, yes - only because I can listen to audiobooks while sitting in traffic and with two little kids at home, I never have time to sit and read.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jon Snow is probably my favorite character. After following him since the beginning of the series, it's easy to like him and struggle with many of the challenges that he faces.


    Which character – as performed by Roy Dotrice – was your favorite?

    Probably Tyrion Lannister.


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

    HBO has already taken care of it.


    Any additional comments?

    This is only my first time through the series, but so far my favorite. "A Storm of Swords" was full of action, plot & character development, and despite the length, a great read through from start to finish.

    It is probably well known that this book has the (in)famous 'red wedding' and even though I knew something big was going to happen to some unknown major characters, I was still in shock when it actually happened. I think for people to be upset about it only goes to show the incredible job that Martin has done in crafting his characters and allowing the reader to become so attached.

    This book alone makes re-reading the entire series worth while.

    Pros: in a strange way the character deaths were the best part of the books, only because it evokes such a strong response from the reader.
    Cons: there were a few scenes that were sexually graphic and I did not care for.
    Bottom line: so far the best in the series and draws the reader in from start to finish.

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  • A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (31473)
    Performance
    (24650)
    Story
    (24736)

    In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

    DCinMI says: "Review of First 5 Books"
    "Nothing that hasn't been said already..."
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    What made the experience of listening to A Game of Thrones the most enjoyable?

    Not having to read an 800+ page book, and being able to read this series during commutes to and from work.


    What other book might you compare A Game of Thrones to and why?

    The only other non-trilogy book series I've read is Stephen King's The Dark Tower series. I think George R.R. Martin's Fire and Ice series is already off to a much better start than Dark Tower, only because Marin writes every scene with purpose. With King it can get frustrating because he adds a lot of "fluff" and sometimes you never know why certain things were added into a scene, or what is driving a character's motivations or dialogue.

    So far I've been quite pleased with F&I and am eager to continue on in the series.


    What about Roy Dotrice’s performance did you like?

    He did a great job on having different accents for the various characters...and there were plenty of them!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No extreme reactions, but very dramatic and well written.


    Any additional comments?

    Although lengthy, I felt that Game of Thrones was great start-to-finish. Without going into details or spoilers, I thought each character was developed in an excellent manner and there was never a story arc that felt rushed or out-of-place.

    I also have to admit that I was apprehensive to begin the series since most of the low-rated reviews indicated that the sex, language, and violence was gratuitous. I did not feel this way at all. There was little-to-no vulgar language and nothing perverse or offensive. After watching the HBO series, there is (for some strange reason) a large amount of unnecessary language and nudity that is not part of the book.

    I'm eager to press on in the series and felt that every page added to the overall story.

    Pros: Every written word has purpose to the story and there is not any "fluff" that some authors use, just to add more pages.
    Cons: The very end of the story (which I won't go into to avoid spoilers), but none really.
    Bottom line: an excellent beginning to a series that I am eager to read more about.

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