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Melanie

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  • The Onion Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Charles de Lint
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (179)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (100)

    In his stunning works. Charles de Lint has brought an entire imaginary North American city to vivid life: Newford, where magic lights the dark streets, myths walk clothed in modern shapes, and a broad cast of extraordinary people work to keep the whole world turning. At the center of it all stands a young artist named Jilly Coppercorn, with her tangled hair and paint-splattered jeans, whose paintings capture the hidden beings that dwell in the city's shadows.

    S. Walker says: "It was OK"
    "Dark but Satisfying"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The content of this novel was very dark with a lot of the story telling the story of the childhood abuse suffered by the main characters. At times I found it depressing and too serious but the narrator was doing such an amazing job I kept listening.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Magic of Recluce: Saga of Recluce, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By L. E. Modesitt Jr.
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (808)
    Performance
    (728)
    Story
    (738)

    Young Lerris is dissatisfied with his life and trade, and yearns to find a place in the world better suited to his skills and temperament. But in Recluce a change in circumstances means taking one of two options: permanent exile from Recluce or braving the dangergeld, a complex, rule-laden wanderjahr in the lands beyond Recluce, with the aim of learning how the world works and what his place in it might be. Many do not survive. Lerris chooses the dangergeld.

    Captain Skurvy says: "Epic Fantasy"
    "Slow/confusing Story with Terrible Sound Effects"
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    Story

    Like many of L.E Modesitt's other stories I found this to be slow, drawn out and confusing. He hints at things and assumes you know what he is talking about, never quite giving you answers or explaining what is going on. The book also contains Modesitt's normal overuse of particular words such as 'eased' which can become very grating. The storyline is nothing compared to the narration though. The narrator performs sound effects that are annoying, distracting and cringe-worthy. We hear creaks, hisses, neighs, burps and a stack of other noises which I'm sure Modesitt didn't include in the text of the book. They well and truely ruin what would have otherwise been an average or good narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rithmatist

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (35)

    More than anything, Joel wants to be a Rithmatist. Chosen by the Master in a mysterious inception ceremony, Rithmatists have the power to infuse life into two-dimensional figures known as Chalklings. Rithmatists are humanity’s only defense against the Wild Chalklings - merciless creatures that leave mangled corpses in their wake. Having nearly overrun the territory of Nebrask, the Wild Chalklings now threaten all of the American Isles. As the son of a lowly chalkmaker at Armedius Academy, Joel can only watch as Rithmatist students study the magical art that he would do anything to practice. Then students start disappearing....

    Melanie says: "2D Chalk Monsters - not remotely scary!"
    "2D Chalk Monsters - not remotely scary!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I disliked this book for three main reasons.
    1. The chalk monsters are 2D and not easy to envisage as malicious or dangerous.
    2. Every chapter started with notes that accompany a diagram that we could not see as this was an audio version. It was a mixture of confusing and annoying.
    3. The characters were very shallow and the ending was terrible.
    The narrator did a passable job with the text he had and this made the book slightly easier to endure. I would not reccomend this as an interesting read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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