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Kristoffer

Fountain Valley, CA, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • Tongues of Serpents: Temeraire, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Naomi Novik
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (494)
    Performance
    (338)
    Story
    (335)

    A dazzling blend of military history, high-flying fantasy, and edge-of-your-seat adventure, Naomi Novik’s Temeraire novels, set in an alternate Napoleonic era in which intelligent dragons have been harnessed as weapons of war, are more than just perennial bestsellers—they are a worldwide phenomenon. Now, in Tongues of Serpents, Naomi Novik is back, along with the dragon Temeraire and his rider and friend, Capt. Will Laurence.

    Shelly says: "Didn't drop the excitement for me"
    "Felt Like Filler"
    Overall

    I absolutely adore this series, and it's brought to life beautifully by Simon Vance's top-notch narration, but this installment was very uneventful.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Black Prism

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Brent Weeks
    • Narrated By Cristofer Jean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (883)
    Performance
    (668)
    Story
    (675)

    Gavin Guile is the Prism, the most powerful man in the world. He is high priest and emperor, a man whose power, wit, and charm are all that preserves a tenuous peace. But Prisms never last, and Guile knows exactly how long he has left to live: Five years to achieve five impossible goals. But when Guile discovers he has a son, born in a far kingdom after the war that put him in power, he must decide how much he's willing to pay to protect a secret that could tear his world apart.

    Chad says: "Dude . . ."
    "Solid book, ghastly narration."
    Overall

    I like weeks, but the great plot and interesting world of this entry are nearly ruined by a jarring, Inappropriately placed surfer-stereotype accent on an otherwise eloquent character.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Way of Kings: Book One of The Stormlight Archive

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9634)
    Performance
    (7147)
    Story
    (7195)

    Roshar is a world of stone and storms. Uncanny tempests of incredible power sweep across the rocky terrain so frequently that they have shaped ecology and civilization alike. Animals hide in shells, trees pull in branches, and grass retracts into the soilless ground. Cities are built only where the topography offers shelter. It has been centuries since the fall of the ten consecrated orders known as the Knights Radiant, but their Shardblades and Shardplate remain: mystical swords and suits of armor.

    Jason says: "Brandon's Best Work Yet"
    "For Hardcore Fantasy readers"
    Overall

    Personally, I ate up every moment of this book, and was left hungry for more. A great deal of it is an exercise in world-building though, and those looking for something fast-paced or an introduction to the genre may fare better with Sanderson's earlier Trilogy, Mistborn.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Elantris

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Jack Garrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4049)
    Performance
    (2557)
    Story
    (2599)

    Legendary science fiction author Orson Scott Card calls Brandon Sanderson a writer to watch, and Publishers Weekly says his debut is "outstanding." Once the godlike rulers of the capital of Arelon, the inhabitans of Elantris have been imprisoned within themselves, unable to die after the city's magic failed years ago. But when a new prince falls victim to the curse, he refuses to accept his fate.

    Lore says: "What if your body could never heal?"
    "Terrible Narration"
    Overall

    The extremely poor narration performance kept me from finishing this book. I love Brandon Sanderson's stories, but this has been the ONLY book thus far that I've not been able to listen to all the way through.

    Looks like I'll have to pick up a physical copy of this book if I ever want to read it.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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