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Lee Wertz

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  • Consider Phlebas

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Iain M. Banks
    • Narrated By Peter Kenny
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (647)
    Performance
    (555)
    Story
    (564)

    The war raged across the galaxy. Billions had died, billions more were doomed. Moons, planets, the very stars themselves, faced destruction, cold-blooded, brutal, and worse, random. The Idirans fought for their Faith; the Culture for its moral right to exist. Principles were at stake. There could be no surrender. Within the cosmic conflict, an individual crusade. Deep within a fabled labyrinth on a barren world, a Planet of the Dead proscribed to mortals, lay a fugitive Mind. Both the Culture and the Idirans sought it....

    Hyacinth says: "The Culture is a magnificent and enticing vision."
    "Great characters. Good Story."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Consider Phlebas in three words, what would they be?

    Are you kidding?


    What other book might you compare Consider Phlebas to and why?

    Similar to the Gridlinked series.


    What does Peter Kenny bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Great voices. Not silly. Cared about characters.


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

    Laughed. Funny.


    Any additional comments?

    Great series, great story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Player of Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Iain M. Banks
    • Narrated By Peter Kenny
    Overall
    (579)
    Performance
    (501)
    Story
    (503)

    The Culture - a human/machine symbiotic society - has thrown up many great Game Players, and one of the greatest is Gurgeh. Jernau Morat Gurgeh. The Player of Games. Master of every board, computer and strategy. Bored with success, Gurgeh travels to the Empire of Azad, cruel and incredibly wealthy, to try their fabulous game...a game so complex, so like life itself, that the winner becomes emperor. Mocked, blackmailed, almost murdered, Gurgeh accepts the game, and with it the challenge of his life - and very possibly his death.

    Ken says: "Great introduction to The Culture series"
    "Great follow up to CP"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about The Player of Games?

    Great story. took me a while to warm up to the Culture (seemed like a boring place to live and everyone a dilettante).
    Once it got going, though, the game playing part of the book is detailed, exciting, and relevant.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I think the protagonist was great.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scenes involving game play.


    Any additional comments?

    Nope.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Iced: A Dani O' Malley Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Karen Marie Moning
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante, Natalie Ross
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1570)
    Performance
    (1427)
    Story
    (1430)

    Dani "Mega" O’Malley plays by her own set of rules - and in a world overrun by Dark Fae, her biggest rule is: Do what it takes to survive. Possessing rare talents and the all-powerful Sword of Light, Dani is more than equipped for the task. In fact, she’s one of the few humans who can defend themselves against the Unseelie. But now, amid the pandemonium, her greatest gifts have turned into serious liabilities.

    Katheryne says: "Dude, It exceeded my expectations"
    "Could not finish"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about Iced?

    Thought it was first in a standalone series. Felt a little lost in the ongoing narrative. Did not connect with the protagonist.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Karen Marie Moning again?

    I think her stuff is a little "blue" for me.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Phil Gigante and Natalie Ross ’s performances?

    Yes.


    What character would you cut from Iced?

    Not sure.


    Any additional comments?

    None.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Rook: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Daniel O'Malley
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2218)
    Performance
    (2009)
    Story
    (2013)

    Myfanwy Thomas awakes in a London park surrounded by dead bodies. With her memory gone, her only hope of survival is to trust the instructions left in her pocket by her former self. She quickly learns that she is a Rook, a high-level operative in a secret agency that protects the world from supernatural threats. But there is a mole inside the organization - and this person wants her dead.

    Ethan M. says: "Harry Dresden meets English bureaucracy"
    "Great story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about The Rook?

    Story engaging and original.


    What three words best describe Susan Duerden’s voice?

    Great voice. Did a good job with characters, except the lead. Rook Thomas comes off as a petulant school girl. Rook Thomas may be confused but she is not dumb.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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