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Lorri A Karn

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  • Inheritance: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Christopher Paolini
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4523)
    Performance
    (3955)
    Story
    (4011)

    Not so very long ago, Eragon - Shadeslayer, Dragon Rider - was nothing more than a poor farm boy, and his dragon, Saphira, only a blue stone in the forest. Now the fate of an entire civilization rests on their shoulders. months of training and battle have brought victories and hope, but they have also brought heartbreaking loss. And still, the real battle lies ahead: they must confront Galbatorix. When they do, they will have to be strong enough to defeat him. And if they cannot, no one can.

    Robert says: "All the reviews had me worried for nothing!"
    "Unpredictable is not always the answer..."
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    Very disappointed with the ending to this "cycle." It seemed as though the values of the people (Rider and Elves) changed for this book to have tragic ending.

    I know it's popular to have unpredictabilty in a story, but it almost seemed as though it was forced that way and the decisions made would not be logical to the person that made them.

    SPOILER ALERT!!! Really? Would Aria really have made he decision she did after the history of the Riders? The dragon she aquired needs formal training and so does Aria. Here's your dragon Aria, you can be the acception to rule that you need Rider training because you ae now the ruler of your people.

    Aria finally cares for Eragon, but she will give that up as well to be the ruler of her people with an untrained dragon at her side.

    I was really hoping that Glaida got Sephira pregnant during their last training session, which would have been logical being that they didn't remember about the remaining eggs. Okay, your race is about dead and you have the chance to increase the gene pool before you risk your life in battle, but you don't do it...why?

    Anyway, no point to go on. Didn't make sense. I'm over it!

    12 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By James Patterson
    • Narrated By Evan Rachel Wood
    Overall
    (539)
    Performance
    (190)
    Story
    (192)

    James Patterson's explosive debut in the young adult market is guaranteed to create legions of new fans for this beloved, multimillion-selling author.

    Daniel Freed says: "Very Entertaining"
    "Not for Adults"
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    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    The writing was not what I expected from an author that has written so many books. I HATE listening to books where every other word is “I” e.g. “I went to the kitchen where I looked and I saw…” The entire series was written as if for 10 year old kids that wouldn’t notice the superficial writing style. There were multiple spots where the story was written from one person’s point of view explaining the feelings of another person. There was at least one chapter where the point of view was a non-existing person watching a scene.


    What aspect of Evan Rachel Wood’s performance would you have changed?

    This comment is not so much about the narrator, but the cheesy background music in all the books.
    1. It was too loud and drowned out the narrator’s voice at times.
    2. The beat of the music didn’t match the narrator’s pace and enthusiasm.
    3. The timing was off and the cheesy music would start before the scene started.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall, the series was annoyingly childish. SPOILER ALERT: What happened with Dillin? Was he just cool with Max choosing Fang? For the last book in the series, it would have been nice to know what happened with the characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Maze Runner: Maze Runner, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By James Dashner
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3999)
    Performance
    (3470)
    Story
    (3508)

    When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his first name. His memory is blank. But he's not alone. When the lift's doors open, Thomas finds himself surrounded by kids who welcome him to the Glade - a large, open expanse surrounded by stone walls.

    Word Nerd says: "Great Book"
    "So disappointed :("
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    I was really excited about this trilogy and had really high hopes with the good reviews it was receiving, but when I heard the juvenile speech of these supposedly “smarter than average” teens I was reminded of some five year olds sticking their tongues out at each other. !!!Spoiler alert!!! With the amount of times that Thomas promised his 12 year old friend that he would get him home safe I just knew the kid was going to die. So many things wrong with the books that I don’t even want to bother listing them all. This could have been a GREAT story if the maturity level was on par with the situation these kids were in. Also, there were too many “secrets” kept. It’s nice to keep the audience wondering about the BIG picture, but there were so many secrets to keep track of that I stopped caring. When the secrets finally come to light it left me wondering why they were secrets at all. So disappointed :(

    As for the reader; he was just okay. He made all the Hispanic characters sound like ghetto Mexicans going to a Raider's game. The interpretation of these characters added to the misplaced juvenile type speech that was driving me crazy.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • 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
    (27207)
    Performance
    (20950)
    Story
    (21032)

    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"
    "Keeping my Interest! Loving this Story!!!"
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    So, I am only about 1/2 way done with this first book and IT IS AMAZING! The story is very interesting and the characters are very easy to relate to. I like the narrator except for the fact that he doesn't do the female voices very well. It actually takes away from the amazing story when there is a woman, sounding like a man, saying something about a man. I am thinking a gay character came into the story, but it's really just a bad female impersonation. He does bring a lot of drama into his voice, which I like, but a lot of the characters sound similar so it's hard to tell which character is saying what until it is announced. The narrator gets 3 stars from me because the drama is great and sounds authentic; he just needs to work on more of a variety of voices and most definitely female voices.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Storm Front: The Dresden Files, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12371)
    Performance
    (9185)
    Story
    (9188)

    A call from a distraught wife, and another from Lt Murphy of the Chicago PD Special Investigation Unit makes Harry believe things are looking up, but they are about to get worse, much worse. Someone is harnessing immense supernatural forces to commit a series of grisly murders. Someone has violated the first law of magic: Thou Shalt Not Kill. Tracking that someone takes Harry into the dangerous underbelly of Chicago, from mobsters.

    Tom says: "Excellent Story, Distracting Sound Engineering"
    "Blame the Recording Equipment for Performance"
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    Although I LOVE James Marsters in the rest of the Dresden Files books, this recording was terrible! I don't like to hear the narrator swallowing and breathing. I could tell that he was trying to make it quiet and un-noticable, but really stood out. I blame this on the recording equipment since the following books do not seem to have the same problem.

    Other than that, I thought the story was a solid 4 stars. I really didn't start getting into the Dresden Files until the second half of book 3. I was hooked after that and all remaining books have a solid 5 stars for the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost Story: The Dresden Files, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By John Glover
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5871)
    Performance
    (5031)
    Story
    (5024)

    When we last left the mighty wizard detective Harry Dresden, he wasn't doing well. In fact, he had been murdered by an unknown assassin. But being dead doesn't stop him when his friends are in danger. Except now he has nobody, and no magic to help him. And there are also several dark spirits roaming the Chicago shadows who owe Harry some payback of their own. To save his friends - and his own soul - Harry will have to pull off the ultimate trick without any magic....

    Bill says: "Not the best audio book in the series"
    "James Marsters is the ONLY Harry Dresden!!!"
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    Although I would have liked John Glover as a narrator of another series, there is NO replacing James Marsters for Harry Dresden. John did a fairly good job at trying to mimic the voices that James brought to life, but he didn't capture all of Harry's personality. I swear, if they ever make movies of the Dresden Files, James better get to acting class or at least voice over the person getting cast as Harry. The narration is the only reason I give this book 4 stars. I WOULD TOTALLY BUY THIS BOOK AGAIN IF IT WAS RE-RECORDED WITH JAMES!!!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Diamond Throne: The Elenium, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By David Eddings
    • Narrated By Greg Abby
    Overall
    (831)
    Performance
    (514)
    Story
    (523)

    Sparhawk, the Pandion Knight and Queen's Champion, returns from a long spell of exile to find his native land overrun with evil and intrigue, and his young Queen grievously ill. Indeed, Ehlana lies magically entombed within a block of crystal, doomed to die unless a cure can be found within a year.

    Bryan J. Peterson says: "Quirky pronunciations but overall a worthy job."
    "Narrator made it a hard listen"
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    Narrator was terrible. I found myself mocking the narrator instead of listening to the story. I am not sure if this was the entire problem though. I felt like the story progress was slow and didn't keep my interest. I liked the storyline of the Belariad and Malloreon triolgies better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Breaking Dawn: The Twilight Saga, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephenie Meyer
    • Narrated By Ilyana Kadushin, Matt Walters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6746)
    Performance
    (3149)
    Story
    (3205)

    To be irrevocably in love with a vampire is both fantasy and nightmare, woven into a dangerously heightened reality for Bella Swan. Pulled in one direction by her intense passion for Edward Cullen, and in another by her profound connection to werewolf Jacob Black, she has endured a tumultuous year of temptation, loss, and strife to reach the ultimate turning point.

    Angie says: "I couldn't wait for the audio book"
    "Best book so far!!!"
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    Wow! Unlike New Moon, this book get straight to the drama. There were so many suprises, most of them I guessed right, but they were still amazing to listen to.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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