Call anytime(888) 283-5051
 

You no longer follow M. McCormick

You will no longer see updates from this user when they write new reviews, or suggestions based on their library or recommendations.

You can re-follow a user if you change your mind.

OK

You now follow M. McCormick

You will receive updates from this user when they write new reviews, or suggestions based on their library or recommendations.

You can unfollow a user if you change your mind.

OK

M. McCormick

Texas | Member Since 2012

16
HELPFUL VOTES
  • 16 reviews
  • 25 ratings
  • 225 titles in library
  • 49 purchased in 2014
FOLLOWING
1
FOLLOWERS
4

  • Riddle in Stone: The Riddle in Stone, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Robert Evert
    • Narrated By Fleet Cooper
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (66)

    Long after the last of the great heroes of old has died, the Undead King is stirring again, amassing a goblin horde ready to sweep out of the mountains and destroy all of humanity. The only thing preventing utter annihilation is Edmund - a stuttering librarian who knows a secret, a secret that every thief, assassin, and king would kill to have. Fleeing from relentless peril, Edmund wages a solitary battle against an ancient evil. But how can one man succeed when so many before him have failed?

    r. says: "Excellent story."
    "Wonderfully enjoyable easy read!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does Riddle in Stone rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the category of easy reads it is #1. By easy read I mean it does not get bogged down with political strife, intrigue and messy relationships. I also enjoy reading the heavier novels (Abercrombie 's First Law trilogy and the books that followed, Martin's Game of Thrones series until he pulled a Jordan. Martin will probably pass away of old age before he finishes it).


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

    Theatre. He provides wonderful voices for the characters that fit the personality the writer has presented them. He also brings the non-character-speaking words to life. If this were a movie and the scene was heart-pounding-on-the-edge-of-your-seat, Cooper's inflection as he reads the scene intensifies and you can feel the excitement. This is were a movie would have intense background music intensifying to the climax of the scene. He does this as well with reading disappointment, fear, etc.
    He does all of this without overpowering the text or the story. This is the first book I have listened to with his narration and I dare to say "Sorry Michael Page, you are my number two favorite narrator now." *hugs*


    Any additional comments?

    I have often seen the question something like 'Is this a book you would have wanted to listened to in one setting?' The answer to that question, had they asked it, would be a resounding YES!!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Godling Chronicles: The Sword of Truth, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Brian D. Anderson
    • Narrated By Derek Perkins
    Overall
    (319)
    Performance
    (299)
    Story
    (302)

    Darkness comes as a new power rises in Angrääl. The Dark Knight has betrayed the Gods and stolen The Sword of Truth, trapping them in heaven. With the power of the Sword he can reshape the world and bring death to all who oppose him. Only one thing stands between the darkness and the light. Gewey Stedding. Only he has the power to stand against the oncoming storm. Only he can mend the world. But only if he can discover his power....

    Bob-o says: "This is a great series!"
    "Young Adult fantasy"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about The Godling Chronicles: The Sword of Truth, Book 1? What did you like least?

    I liked the story, I love the way the characters felt like family to each other. I didn't like how undeveloped the story was. This is why I think it is Young Adult. Great story idea, but it could have been deeper.


    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Grim Company

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Luke Scull
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (34)

    The Gods are dead. The Magelord Salazar and his magically enhanced troops, the Augmentors, crush any dissent they find in the minds of the populace. On the other side of the Broken Sea, the White Lady plots the liberation of Dorminia, with her spymistresses, the Pale Women. Demons and abominations plague the Highlands. The world is desperately in need of heroes. But what they get instead are a ragtag band of old warriors, a crippled Halfmage, two orphans and an oddly capable manservant: the Grim Company.

    Cato says: "Uncommon book"
    "Not bad, not great."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It was not a waste of time.


    If you’ve listened to books by Luke Scull before, how does this one compare?

    No. I thought he did very well.


    Which character – as performed by Gerard Doyle – was your favorite?

    Brodar Kayne, Jerek, and Eremul.


    Do you think The Grim Company needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Yes, Kayne has a new, and very important, focus. I am hoping the next book is 90% his story,


    Any additional comments?

    The premise follows the fantasy recipe. There are some unique aspects to the world. It would have been a better book for me if it would have centered around Kayne, Jerek, Emerul, and Cole. The rest of the characters were just not interesting. I would read any book that was focused solely on Kayne and Jerek with Emerul as a secondary character,

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Betrayal in the Highlands: The Riddle in Stone, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Robert Evert
    • Narrated By Fleet Cooper
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (29)

    Edmund’s old, boring life is gone forever. Knowing the answer to a cryptic riddle that, if in the wrong hands, could destroy all of humanity, Edmund is hiding in a sleepy coastal town as far from the frozen mountains of the Undead King as possible. For a moment, he believes he’s finally safe. Then he learns that Molly, the woman he’s loved since childhood, is telling stories about him - stories that will get him and his friends killed.

    Alynd says: "More fantasy books should be written like this"
    "Easy listen. Enjoyable story."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of Betrayal in the Highlands to be better than the print version?

    I did not read the print version.


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

    I love how devoted the characters are to each other.


    Any additional comments?

    This is not epic fantasy. If you are looking for something deep like George R.R. Martin, Abercrombie, or Jordan, you may be disappointed. If you want a break from heavy politics and war this is a great book. Wonderful story, wonderful characters. It is not a shallow book, it is just not rife with politics and war. I thoroughly enjoyed the first book and the second was just as enjoyable.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Blackbird in Silver: Blackbird, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Freda Warrington
    • Narrated By Alex Wyndham
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    From Forluin, green, half-fabled land of beauty and peace, has journeyed the gentle Estarinel, bearing tragic news. From the terrible Empire of Gorethria rides Ashurek; a lean and deadly warrior, once High Commander of its Armies, scourge of the Earth, hated and feared across continents. The third is known only as Medrian. Coldly wrapped in her cloak of sorrow, her eyes deep-shadowed with suffering long-endured, she will explain nothing of her reasons.

    M. McCormick says: "Easy listen. Interesting characters and world."
    "Easy listen. Interesting characters and world."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about A Blackbird in Silver?

    It is different from most fantasy. You still have adventurers coming together, some seasoned, some not,but the personalities, races, world, etc don't follow the recipe for fantasy as closely as most books do.


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

    No. I enjoyed Wyndham's performance.


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

    No. However I enjoyed experiencing the bonding of the characters and discovering a different and interesting world setup.


    Any additional comments?

    I will be buying the next book in the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Elseerian: The Chronicles of Lumineia, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Ben Hale
    • Narrated By Derek Perkins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (424)
    Performance
    (394)
    Story
    (395)

    The assassination of heroes was once a warning... for an invasion that nearly destroyed the world. Nations were slaughtered, cities were erased from existence, and defending armies were crushed into oblivion. In weeks, all life stood on the verge of extinction. But the end did not come. Instead the black horde vanished, leaving terrified survivors... and rumors. As the centuries passed the holocaust faded into legend, and finally myth. Across the southern sea a gifted young man is completing his training.

    Andrew Stone says: "Loved this book!"
    "BEWARE the 5-Star Ratings!!!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I have seen many 5 star ratings raving about what a wonderful book this is. I was sucked in and have now experienced one of the worst fantasy novels of all time. This is NOTHING like ".... Wheel of Time Series, Wizards First Rule, George R.R. Martin, The Warded Man, The Name of the Wind..." that the number one reviewer Andrew Stone mentions. I have read all of those titles (I expect when he wrote George R.R. Martin he was referring to The Game of Thrones). Every one of those books is a great read and I would recommend them without hesitation. How anyone could compare this book to those is beyond me.

    Another 5 star rater, Tim, in Lowell, IN compares Hale's fight scenes to those of Joe Abercrombie. Unbelievable! Hale's fight scenes were excruciating (see below for why). The quality of Abercrombie's (The First Law Trilogy, Best Served Cold, Red Country,.. all of which I have read) fight scenes are so far above Hale's as to not even be in the same solar system.

    And ,in an effort to undo any damage done to another fantastic author by 5-star rater Sharon of Tulsa, OK, who states "I saw this one had good ratings, so I decided to give it a try. I have been looking for books to fill the time until the next Michael J Sullivan book comes out, and with this one, I was not disappointed. While not superb, it is really really good and worth a credit if you enjoy fantasy. I cannot wait for the next books in the series to come out and will definitely be getting those as well." I have read all of Mike Sullivan's books extolling the adventures of Hadrian and Royce. They are phenomenal in their character building, relationships, foreshadowing, fight scenes, and humor, not to mention storyline. Sullivan's books are awesome and highly recommended. To speak of waiting for his next book, and shortly thereafter state that you cannot wait for the next book in this series to come out may make some readers hesitant to try Sullivan's books after listening to this one.

    If I could see any way, writing from an iPad, to respond directly to the reviewers post I would have. I know we all have different taste, but while reading the reviews I notice there was a reader who tried this as their first fantasy book and gave up on the genre. If only he would have tried some of the books/authors the 5-star reviewers mentioned he may have found a new world of reading enjoyment. To have so many talented names associated with Hale's is just an injustice for anyone trying to choose their first fantasy book.

    I will give this book the benefit of the doubt that it may be intended for Young Adult. But even with that said I am afraid that any young reader trying the fantasy genre for the first time would be totally turned off of fantasy by this book. I wish I could contact Bob Watson and ask him to give the genre one more try. :( Here is his post - "I thought I would take a chance on a fantasy book, and it was everything feared it may be. If you are a fan of this genre I am sure it is wonderful. It was like the audio book of an RPG video game. RPG's are boring enough to play let alone listen to." He hit the nail on the head... it is like a roll playing game.

    What could have made this a 4 or 5 star listening experience for me? Not being able to hear the dice roll on the table in every fight scene, or discovery. I am convince that Ben Hale plays Dungeons and Dragons and used one of the campaigns he played in or DM'ed as a bases for this story. While I can imagine that it was a fun game for the players who were vested in their characters, the same joy is not had by the reader. When a tertiary character would intercede with "I think you should xyz", I could just see the mind of the Dungeon Master thinking *These guys are about to mess up if they don't: take a rope; look for tracks first; notice "this" or "that". I better give them a hint.* As for the fight scenes, again the Dungeon Master wants to make sure his players are having a good time and one of the best ways is to have the player-character doe some fantastic maneuvers no matter how unrealistic they may be. Possible example: player rolls a 20 during combat, DM rolls low therefore DM says "As (insert non-player character bad guy name) swings his sword you jump over the blade, flip backwards, catch a horsefly in mid-flip, tie a string to it before you complete the flip, release the horsefly just as your feet touch the ground. As you straighten you are relieved to see that the horsefly has completed a circuit around ____'s neck. You plant your feet, pull the string and ... (DM rolls to see how severe the damage will be) ... you cut his head off." Okay, yes, I am over exaggerating. :)

    *SPOILER*
    The scene where the main character evades the elves by running through the forest, falling in a rushing river, saves an elf that was chasing him, jumps down a cliff with his rope tied to an arrow, swings on said rope along the cliff and lands in a window is filled with one unbelievable dex, strength, and perception check after another. This player must have had a very lucky set of dice.
    On the ship, for some unknown reason the captain keeps deferring to the player-characters. "Should we keep the row boat?" "Okay men, do what the main character just told me to do." So grotesquely unbelievable.


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

    No. I have been reading in the fantasy genre for 34 years and have read too many good fantasy books.


    What about Derek Perkins’s performance did you like?

    Derek Perkins is an amazing narrator. I liked everything about his performance. If it had not been for his superb performance I would not have been able to make it through the book. I have also listened to him perform in The Godling Chronicles Book 1 (will not be reading book 2. While the story is a good one, and intriging, the writing skill is not there. I believe The Godling Chronicles may be another Young Adult book).
    I am currently listening to Perkins' performance of The Harbinger Book 1. I am only about 1/4 of the way through the book but so far I am enjoying it immensely (great character interaction and humor). Perkins is hitting the voices perfectly. Especially the voice of the female lead. And he pulls off the humor of the book so well my husband I actually laugh out loud as we listen to the story together. (Luckily for my husband he did not listen to Elseerian with me.)


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Does this book have any redeeming qualities? Well, I think if I was playing one of the characters in the role-playing game I would have had a blast. Sounds like the DM has a good imagination and knows how to keep his/her players engaged and happy. So as I listened the author did make me feel as if I could once again be sitting at my dinning table eating chips, swigging Mountain Dew, and trying to perfect my ability to spin a 4-sided dice as I laugh it up with our friends while my husband, the DM, spins a wonderful tale for us to play off of and build our character relationships and abilities as we role-played ourselves up in levels to hero status. But, alas, I will not see these characters achieve that final scene in the game, when the evil has finally been defeated and the characters gather in the tavern, along with one or more of the non-player characters that became a major part of the story, to drink ale and reflect on their adventures. There they sit jesting and laughing, only to become somber when they remember who is not present, those non-player characters who, through the story-telling talent of the DM, found a place in their hearts only to be lost in battle. In short, I will not be reading the second book in the series.


    Any additional comments?

    If you have made it this far through my very verbose review I hope it has given insight into why the 5-star ratings mentioning wonderful authors such as Sullivan, G.R.R Martin, Abercrombie, etc should not lure you in to reading this book.
    If you are not familiar with those authors that have been mentioned then you might very well enjoy this one.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Kingslayer

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Honor Raconteur
    • Narrated By Mark McClain Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (65)

    He had known this day would come. No man could escape the entire might of the Sovran forever. He just found it humorous that it was an enemy of the Sovran that had caught him instead. Bound, kneeling before a queen whom he had hounded for a straight year, he should have been anxious. Or at least a little worried. Instead, a strange sense of relief filled him. It was over. His mad escape from Brindisi's justice was over. "That is a very calm expression on your face, General Darius Bresalier," she observed. Her tone was idle, but her eyes were as sharp as a hawk's.

    Sam says: "Kingslayer, a story that had me riveted."
    "Argh!!!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What about Mark McClain Wilson’s performance did you like?

    It was nice to listen to a narrator who had an American accent. I do enjoy the English narration also... it was just a nice change-up


    Any additional comments?

    All the reviews I had read had stated how wonderful the book was. I just couldn't make it through this book. It was all so simple. I think my displeasure has more to do with my taste than the author's writing. If you like a book that is very straight forward and not too deep this would be an enjoyable listen. For those who want more depth then it may be as frustrating for you as for me. I found myself becoming annoyed and finally having to turn it off. :(

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Dragon's Path: Dagger and Coin, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Daniel Abraham
    • Narrated By Pete Bradbury
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (841)
    Performance
    (757)
    Story
    (759)

    Popular author Daniel Abraham’s works have been nominated for the Hugo Award and the World Fantasy Award. In The Dragon’s Path, former soldier Marcus is now a mercenary—but he wants nothing to do with the coming war. So instead of fighting, he elects to guard a caravan carrying the wealth of a nation out of the war zone—with the assistance of an unusual orphan girl named Cithrin.

    Kristin says: "Epic Fantasy and Something Else"
    "Great Series"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about The Dragon's Path?

    I have read the first three books and an anxiously awaiting the fourth. This is a great series. There is a lot going on but it is so well written that it is easy to keep track of.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The King's Blood: The Dagger and the Coin, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Daniel Abraham
    • Narrated By Pete Bradbury
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (449)
    Performance
    (413)
    Story
    (419)

    Acclaimed author Daniel Abraham’s works have been nominated for the Hugo Award and the World Fantasy Award. In this compelling follow-up to The Dragon’s Path, Geder Palliako enjoys high social standing as protector to the crown prince of Antea - but a looming war threatens to change his way of life. Meanwhile, Cithrin bel Sarcour is counting her blessings: long under close surveillance, she hopes a battle will be the opportunity she needs to regain her freedom.

    Dave says: "The Best Kept Secret in Epic Fantasy Continues"
    "Great Series"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does The King's Blood rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Among the top.


    Any additional comments?

    There is a lot going on in this series but it is so well written it is easy to keep track of. Wonderful book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Tyrant's Law

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Daniel Abraham
    • Narrated By Pete Bradbury
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (373)
    Performance
    (347)
    Story
    (346)

    The great war cannot be stopped. The tyrant Geder Palliako had led his nation to war, but every victory has called forth another conflict. Now the greater war spreads out before him, and he is bent on bringing peace. No matter how many people he has to kill to do it. Cithrin bel Sarcour, rogue banker of the Medean Bank, has returned to the fold. Her apprenticeship has placed her in the path of war, but the greater dangers are the ones in her past and in her soul.

    Cody says: "Great Story Continues"
    "Looking Forward To Next Book!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does The Tyrant's Law rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Among the top.


    What about Pete Bradbury’s performance did you like?

    Great voices. Wonderful narration


    Any additional comments?

    There is so much going on in this series but it is so well written that it is easy to keep track of it all. Great book!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.