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Mark

Sacramento, CA, USA

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  • The Greener Shore: A Novel of the Druids of Hibernia

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Morgan Llywelyn
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (86)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (29)

    After Julius Caesar triumphs over Gaul, the druid Ainvar and his three wives sail west to the brilliant green island of Hibernia. Here, Ainvar and his clan try to reestablish themselves.

    Mark says: "Captivating"
    "Captivating"
    Overall

    The author brings a sense of history to this rich novel. Although at times the story was slow to develop, it was compensated by the warmth and truth of the characters. Simon Vance is a master narrator, and gave the protagonist a wisdom and sense of humor that was completely endearing. This was one of the first audio books I listened to, and it moved me. The expulsion from their home, being forced to flee and relocate in a completely foreign culture, and the internal changes neccessary to survive the trauma were captivating. Magic was scarce yet mysticism and spirituality abounded. I was sad when the story ended. I wanted to continue being a voyeur, watching the lives of the characters. Rarely has a novel captivated me in this way.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • The Curse of Chalion

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2176)
    Performance
    (977)
    Story
    (984)

    Amidst the decaying splendor and poisonous intrigue of Chalion's ancient capital, Cazaril is forced to confront not only powerful enemies but also the malignant curse that clings to the royal household, trapping him, flesh and soul, in a maze of demonic paradox, damnation, and death for as long as he dares walk the five-fold pathway of the gods.

    Terri says: "What makes a hero... LMB knows"
    "Excellent"
    Overall

    I found this book a tight story, and while not easy to follow, it was very enjoyable. I have listened to this narrator when he read other stories, and I had no issues with his work on this book. His narration, while not the best I've listened to, was well within my personal standards of taste.
    As for the story, Bujold weaves an enjoyable story which kept me interested until the very end. Her characters were unique and compelling, and they were the aspect I enjoyed most about the book. I have gone on to purchase the next book in the series, Paladin of Souls, which I found to be an even better "read." I was not disappointed in this book in any way. I intend to revisit this book, for a second time, as I believe that would allow for a deeper understanding of the characters, background and situations. All in all, I feel it was worth my money.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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