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Mark

GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Black Sun Rising: Coldfire Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By C. S. Friedman
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (620)
    Performance
    (561)
    Story
    (575)

    The Coldfire trilogy tells a story of discovery and battle against evil on a planet where a force of nature exists that is capable of reshaping the world in response to psychic stimulus. This terrifying force, much like magic, has the power to prey upon the human mind, drawing forth a person's worst nightmare images or most treasured dreams and indiscriminately giving them life. This is the story of two men. They are absolute enemies who must unite to conquer an evil greater than anything their world has ever known.

    William says: "Tedium Ad Nauseum"
    "Long Stretches of Nothing"
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    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from C. S. Friedman and/or R. C. Bray?

    No


    Has Black Sun Rising turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    Would you be willing to try another one of R. C. Bray’s performances?

    Yes


    Could you see Black Sun Rising being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    This book was interesting at the beginning, with an usual magic system. Then it devolved into endless wandering, with little to nothing happening. C.S. Friedman has a tendency to use the same word over and over again. Malevolence was used so often, that I wanted to throw a thesaurus at her. Not recommended, and I willl not be reading the rest of the series.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Richard Matthews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6850)
    Performance
    (2660)
    Story
    (2669)

    Bill Bryson has been an enormously popular author both for his travel books and for his books on the English language. Now, this beloved comic genius turns his attention to science. Although he doesn't know anything about the subject (at first), he is eager to learn, and takes information that he gets from the world's leading experts and explains it to us in a way that makes it exciting and relevant.

    Corby says: "Very informative, fun to listen to"
    "The superstars of science!"
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    Would you listen to A Short History of Nearly Everything again? Why?

    I have listened to it at least twice. Mainly because it is such (as the title suggests) a concise distillation of all things science. These people of science come to life in fun and interesting ways


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Short History of Nearly Everything?

    The seamless interconnections of the various disciplines of science. Bryson does a masterful job at taking dusty old subjects and breathing new life into them in a manner that is good for the layman, but not condescending.


    What about Richard Matthews’s performance did you like?

    His performance gives off the air of a kindly uncle reading you a story.


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

    Just profound amazement at the breadth of the book and the quirks of some of these real life characters.


    Any additional comments?

    Read this book it will alter the ways you look at scientists and their ilk

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Republic of Thieves: Gentleman Bastard Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Scott Lynch
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1343)
    Performance
    (1253)
    Story
    (1256)

    After their adventures on the high seas, Locke and Jean are brought back to earth with a thump. Jean is mourning the loss of his lover, and Locke must live with the fallout of crossing the all-powerful magical assassins the Bonds Magi. It is a fall-out that will pit both men against Locke's own long-lost love. Sabetha is Locke's childhood sweetheart, the love of Locke's life, and now it is time for them to meet again. Employed on different sides of a vicious dispute between factions of the Bonds, Sabetha has just one goal-to destroy Locke forever.

    David says: "A transition and a preface"
    "Alright, not on par with the others..."
    Overall
    Performance
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Republic of Thieves to be better than the print version?

    Yes, Michael Page does a fantastic job at depicting characters. So much so when I hear other works read by him (Best Served Cold by J. Abercrombie) it's hard for me not to place those characters in the pseudo-Venetian world of lynch.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The backstory was interesting in that it tied up loose ends and reincarnated old characters, however the rise of the falconer was most interesting.


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

    Yes, and his array of characters helps to add flavor to the story. His voice I will forever associate with Locke and his misfits


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

    Not really...drags a bit at times without the urgency of the first book. The pressure/drama was hindered slightly by the romance and lacks the usual flair of the first book.


    Any additional comments?

    A good read, and essential for all Lynch fans of which I am one.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Red Seas Under Red Skies

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Scott Lynch
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1997)
    Performance
    (1561)
    Story
    (1559)

    After a brutal battle with the underworld that nearly destroyed him, Locke Lamora and his trusted sidekick, Jean, fled the island city of their birth and landed on the exotic shores of Tal Verrar to nurse their wounds. But even at this westernmost edge of civilization, they can't rest for long - and they are soon back doing what they do best: stealing from the undeserving rich and pocketing the proceeds for themselves.

    Anthony says: "This is how you write a series!"
    "Excellent as Usual"
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    What made the experience of listening to Red Seas Under Red Skies the most enjoyable?

    Lynch has an uncanny knack for creating suspense, even over the most mundane details. The interplay between characters is fantastic, and Lynch explores the fantasy genre in a new and interesting way.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The twists and turns, in a Lynch novel you never know exactly what is going to happen.


    What about Michael Page’s performance did you like?

    Page's reading is fantastic, with magnetic characterizations and believable voices


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommended, can't wait for the next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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