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Michael

Maple Grove, MN, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • The Earth Will Shake: The Historical Illuminatus Chronicles Vol. I

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Robert Anton Wilson
    • Narrated By Scot Crisp
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (29)

    They have been with us throughout the ages: the "Invisible College" of wisdom and their adversaries, the destroyers. Naples, Italy, circa 1764: A young aristocrat is about to stumble onto one piece of the great pattern. As witness to a vicious assassination and victim of his passion for the beautiful daughter of his enemy, young Sigismundo Celine is forced to begin a mystical odyssey amidst an ageless clash of Freemasons, Mafia, and the Illuminati.

    Kamal says: "A powerful start to the series"
    "Very disapointed"
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    What would have made The Earth Will Shake better?

    I read a number of very positive reviews, and that was the only reason I saw this one through to the end. The story was tedious and uninteresting. Aside from mentioning that the characters had ties to masons and illuminati, there was really no insight into either. The narration is what ultimately did me in; at no point did the narrator attempt to to give voice to any of the characters. I've heard more enthusiasm in a Librivox recording, and that is saying a lot. It ended abruptly in a very aggravating way, and there was nothing about this book that made me interested in moving on to book two.


    What could Robert Anton Wilson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    More depth to the secret organizations was needed, not just depth in characters.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Scot Crisp?

    Paul Michael may have assisted in making the story more audibly appealing. He has a great voice and I believe could accomplish the period speak much more successfully, and he definitely would have given the characters their own personalities, which this book needed.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Poe Shadow

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Matthew Pearl
    • Narrated By Erik Singer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (96)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (28)

    Baltimore, 1849. The body of Edgar Allan Poe has been buried in an unmarked grave. Everyone seems to accept the conclusion that Poe was a second-rate writer who met a disgraceful end, except for a young Baltimore lawyer named Quentin Clark, an ardent admirer who puts his own career and reputation at risk in a crusade to salvage Poe's.

    Cynthia says: "Two hours too long"
    "I wanted to like it..."
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    I was first introduced to Mathew Pearl through The Dante Club, and absolutely loved it. I've listened to two more of his books since then, The Poe Shadow included, and while I felt the concept had merit, as other reviewers have indicated, the story was way too long. So many of the details could have been omitted without any harm coming to the story, and ultimately, I had a hard time caring about what was taking place. I kept waiting for a wow moment that would pull it all together and make it worth the length, but it never happened. The protagonist spent the entire length of the book fighting to uncover the mystery behind Poe's death, but the reason behind his obsession was never fully validated, in my mind. I won't give up on Pearl, but I won't blindly follow, either.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fool Moon: The Dresden Files, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7546)
    Performance
    (5608)
    Story
    (5585)

    Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden is Chicago's only openly practicing wizard. He is also dead broke. His vast knowledge and magical skills are unfortunately matched by his talent for making powerful enemies and alienating friends. With little more than his integrity left, he accepts an offer of work from Lt. Karin Murphy of Chicago's Special Investigations Unit. He wants to redeem himself in Murphy's eyes and make enough money to quiet his rumbling stomach.

    pterion says: "I'm liking Harry more and more"
    "Werewolves-- Yeah baby!"
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    I wasn't even really looking for a book about wizards, though Jim Butcher writes the world of wizardry quite well. I was more interested in the werewolf aspect of the book, and I love the depth and diversity that he gave to the werewolves. Lots of legends accommodated. I really enjoyed it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • This Dark Endeavor: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Kenneth Oppel
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    Overall
    (143)
    Performance
    (127)
    Story
    (127)

    Victor and Konrad are the twin brothers Frankenstein. They are nearly inseparable. Growing up, their lives are filled with imaginary adventures... until the day their adventures turn all too real. They stumble upon The Dark Library, and secret books of alchemy and ancient remedies are discovered. Father forbids that they ever enter the room again, but this only peaks Victor's curiosity more. When Konrad falls gravely ill, Victor is not be satisfied with the various doctors his parents have called in to help. He is drawn back to The Dark Library....

    Debra says: "Chilling and oddly poignant"
    "Great prequel"
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    I enjoyed the story and the narration (one of my favorite narrators). My only complaint is I was left wanting more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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