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Michael

Virginia Beach, VA, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Storm Front: The Dresden Files, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12108)
    Performance
    (8936)
    Story
    (8935)

    A call from a distraught wife, and another from Lt Murphy of the Chicago PD Special Investigation Unit makes Harry believe things are looking up, but they are about to get worse, much worse. Someone is harnessing immense supernatural forces to commit a series of grisly murders. Someone has violated the first law of magic: Thou Shalt Not Kill. Tracking that someone takes Harry into the dangerous underbelly of Chicago, from mobsters.

    Tom says: "Excellent Story, Distracting Sound Engineering"
    "Worst Narrator EVER!"
    Overall

    James Marsters is the absolute worst Narrator EVER. I've listened to over 20 audiobooks in the past year, and this is the first time I've found it difficult to finish a book because of the narrator.

    The guy is either super fat and out of shape, or completely hates the story, because he sighs and gulps this (gross throaty watery sound) after every few sentences. It's a disaster!

    4 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Honor of the Queen: Honor Harrington, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Allyson Johnson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1594)
    Performance
    (1168)
    Story
    (1169)

    It's hard to give peace a chance when the other side regards conquest as the only option and a sneak attack as the best means to that end. That's why the Kingdom of Manticore needs allies against the Republic of Haven, and the planet Grayson is strategically situated to make a very good ally indeed. But Her Majesty’s Foreign Office overlooked a “minor cultural difference” when they chose Honor Harrington to carry the flag: women on the planet of Grayson are without rank or rights and Honor’s mere presence is an intolerable affront to every male on the planet.

    Richard says: "Following on in the series - Book 2"
    "The little things add up..."
    Overall
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    What disappointed you about The Honor of the Queen?

    Every character talks the same. I don't mean the narrator, I mean the dialog. Everyone across the known galaxy, no matter what planet they are from, use the same words and talk in the same way.

    People say "Indeed, it is!" and "I see" all the time. This really drives me nuts. I mean if one character liked to say stuff like this, I'd get it, but everyone, even the backwards folks from obscure planets talk like this.

    And everyone feels the need to clarify everything they say constantly, in the event that there is a small risk, and by risk I specifically mean a possible communication breakdown, that you might misunderstand, and/or accidentally misconstrue, misinterpret, or otherwise not quite correctly comprehend the intended meaning of what they are trying to tell you.

    Yeah, that's how characters talk. It's like a book about robot space laywers. They almost all talk the same, and very few characters stand out with any kind of personality other than some obvious background traits that seem to have no effect on how they act or behave, like : 'this guy is good with a plasma gun' or 'this guy used to be a smuggler'


    Would you recommend The Honor of the Queen to your friends? Why or why not?

    No. I mean, the plot was ok, but that was about it.


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

    She's ok. I had no problems with the narration.


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

    It's a plot, with robotic characters plugged in. The plot was ok.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Changes: The Dresden Files, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5520)
    Performance
    (3988)
    Story
    (3989)

    Long ago, Susan Rodriguez was Harry Dresden's lover-until she was attacked by his enemies, leaving her torn between her own humanity and the bloodlust of the vampiric Red Court. Susan then disappeared to South America, where she could fight both her savage gift and those who cursed her with it.Now Arianna Ortega, Duchess of the Red Court, has discovered a secret Susan has long kept, and she plans to use it-against Harry.

    Amazon Customer says: "WOW. I'm stunned!"
    "Amazing"
    Overall
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    What did you love best about Changes: The Dresden Files, Book 12?

    These books just get better and better.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Changes: The Dresden Files, Book 12?

    These books just get better and better.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Way of Kings: Book One of The Stormlight Archive

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11317)
    Performance
    (8727)
    Story
    (8784)

    Roshar is a world of stone and storms. Uncanny tempests of incredible power sweep across the rocky terrain so frequently that they have shaped ecology and civilization alike. Animals hide in shells, trees pull in branches, and grass retracts into the soilless ground. Cities are built only where the topography offers shelter. It has been centuries since the fall of the ten consecrated orders known as the Knights Radiant, but their Shardblades and Shardplate remain: mystical swords and suits of armor.

    Lore says: "Wow - 45 hours long and leaves you wanting more!"
    "Amazing!"
    Overall

    I loved this book. I want more. More More MORE MORE MORE!

    I think Sanderson is the one who can really deliver on a well planned out epic series, and I'm eager to continue the journey.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Way of Shadows: Night Angel Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Brent Weeks
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2619)
    Performance
    (1732)
    Story
    (1743)

    For Durzo Blint, assassination is an art---and he is the city's most accomplished artist, his talents required from alleyway to courtly boudoir. For Azoth, survival is precarious, something you never take for granted. As a guild rat, he's grown up in the slums and learned to judge people quickly---and to take risks. Risks like apprenticing himself to Durzo Blint. But to be accepted, Azoth must turn his back on his old life and embrace a new identity and name.

    Jake says: "Shockingly good."
    "Awesome! Highly Recommended!"
    Overall

    If you're into good action oriented fantasy with a masterfully woven storyline that doesn't linger on filler fluff, this is the series for you!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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