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Mahmoud Elgassier

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Bakersfield, CA United States

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  • Halo: The Flood

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By William C. Dietz
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (416)
    Performance
    (269)
    Story
    (271)

    The Human-Covenant War, a desperate struggle for humankind's very survival, has reached its boiling point on the mysterious ring world called Halo. But the fierce Covenant warriors, the mightiest alien military force known, are not the only peril lying in wait.

    James says: "Robotic compare to The Fall Of Reach"
    "Leave action for the movies"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I think its not time WASTED, but well-spent...not so sure.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Less action. I'm sorry, im an action kind of guy and love them in the movies, but there are way too many "ducks" and "rolls" and "flings upside down" moments in the book where im lost and find myself yearning more for story than action.

    There are also moments where they go into some details about characters and then WHAM! They're dead. I had a lot of, "why the heck would you talk about them then!?" moments in this audiobook.


    What about Todd McLaren’s performance did you like?

    Oh man! Todd is a fantastic reader. Honestly just listen to a sample and you'll find out right away for yourself.


    Was Halo worth the listening time?

    Again, not time wasted...but yeah, not the greatest of times. I would listen to it again some day just to try and catch up again during those action sequences.


    Any additional comments?

    The reading was awesome! The characters were great. The story, to a degree, was good and enjoyable. Its a good parallel to the game "though not exactly like it", but its fun to anticipate when the next encounter between Master Chief and the Covenant Warrior will clash every time in the story.

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    The end fight is very anti-climactic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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
    (12386)
    Performance
    (10823)
    Story
    (10866)

    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.

    Ryan says: "Enjoyable, but a lot of setup"
    "It not over yet folks"
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    Where does A Dance with Dragons rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Pretty high up there. This is a D&D fan's fantasy. It just doesn't want to end!


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

    The British accent is one helpful way sure, but anyone can do that. What Roy does is gives every character his/her own personality and voice and keeps it consistent throughout the books. Very enjoyable to listen to.


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

    To be honest, its so massive and huge, i sometimes get lost in the details and names of people. other than that, there were LOTS of Whowo! moments.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a HUGE book! almost 37 hours of listening time! so pace yourself and dont listen to it in small bursts because you might end up getting lost. take time and relax and listen to it.

    0 of 0 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
    (25510)
    Performance
    (19365)
    Story
    (19432)

    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"
    "Solid and easy story. Very captivating"
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    Where does A Game of Thrones rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Most definitely at the top. The story and descriptions were easy to follow, yet are deep and captivating. I am embedded in the story and I could almost feel and smell the surroundings.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like how each chapter focuses on a single character. I also simply love the eminent feel of doom that is hovering over the horizon. You can almost feel it in your bones that while everyone is busy fighting each other, a much darker force is creeping in and that just makes you eagerly anticipate what will happen next.


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

    Impossible! 33 hours in one sitting is just not possible. I do love listening to it while driving and just get lost in the story while stuck in traffic. I find myself resisting the temptation to listen while working on something just to make sure i dont miss anything in the story. its just THAT powerful.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Halo: The Fall of Reach

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Eric Nylund
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (770)
    Performance
    (488)
    Story
    (497)

    As the bloody Human-Covenant War rages on Halo, the fate of humankind may rest with one warrior, the lone SPARTAN survivor of another legendary battle...the desperate, take-no-prisoners struggle that led humanity to Halo: the fall of the planet Reach. Now, brought to life for the first time, here is the full story of that glorious, doomed conflict.

    Joseph says: "Great book and easy listen."
    "Book And Narrator Go Hand In Hand"
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    What made the experience of listening to Halo the most enjoyable?

    Todd McLaren has become my new favorite Narrator. His vocal frequencies adjust accordingly to each character, situation, mood, energy, and stress of the story. Honestly, he made the story come alive.

    I've listened to samples of other Narrators, and I fear Todd might have turned me off from listening to the other books now that I enjoyed this one so much.


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

    I have not, I'm looking for other books and the other Halo book. It was too fun.


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

    Goosebumps. The story is very serious and action packed, but Todd's tones sometimes sent shivers up my spine. A very good performance.


    Any additional comments?

    An excellent Sci-Fi book, however don't expect to understand everything unless you've had a visual reference first (eg, play the game or watch Halo: Forward Unto Dawn).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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