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Pamela

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  • Allegiance: Star Wars

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Timothy Zahn
    • Narrated By Marc Thompson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (334)
    Performance
    (321)
    Story
    (319)

    The destruction of the Death Star by the Rebel Alliance was a decisive blow against the Empire, but Palpatine and his monstrous enforcer, Darth Vader, are no less of a threat. The brutal extermination of Alderaan not only demonstrated the magnitude of their murderous power, but served as a chilling testament to their resolve to crush the Rebel uprising. Standing against them, Skywalker, Solo, and the Princess remain uncertain opponents. Luke is gifted and brave, but unschooled in the power he possesses.

    Jacen says: "Middle of the road Zahn is still good Zahn"
    "Just look at the starts!"
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    Where does Allegiance: Star Wars rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    top 5, as I mostly listen to Star Wars novels.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    LaRone. He and the "Hand of Judgment" was my favorite part of the story.

    If not him then Mara Jade, her arrogance is what pushes her to second because she hasn't earned her arrogance like, for instance, Vader.... Man if he were in the book as a core character he would be first cause.... Darth Vader!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    It's a tie between two scenes.
    1) After LaRone wastes (more like takes out the garbage.) the ISB officer.
    2) On board the Executor when Mara and Vader have there... discussion.


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

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    Timothy Zahn always hits home runs with his Star Wars novels and he did it again. The only issue with this book is...... It's to short. I wanted more, i did read 'Choices of One' before i listened to this but i still wanted more. I also wanted more Vader but i completely understand him being a small cameo-esk character.

    I believe this is Marc's first attempt at Vader but you couldn't tell as it's flawless. Its really difficult to capture James Earl Jones's voice without James Earl Jones.

    Marc is second only to Johnathan Davis when it comes to voice actors of Vader, he surpasses him in every other Voice especially Luke's. I've been listening to Marc's Grand Master Luke for so long and his young Luke seems a perfect mix of Ben's and Luke's voices.

    Great book, Great narrator, Great story, i'm amazed by this book. However my Favorite Timothy Zahn novel will forever be 'Heir to the Empire'. i guess i'm bias that way.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Tarkin: Star Wars

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By James Luceno
    • Narrated By Euan Morton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (140)
    Performance
    (133)
    Story
    (134)

    He’s the scion of an honorable and revered family. A dedicated soldier and distinguished legislator. Loyal proponent of the Republic and trusted ally of the Jedi Order. Groomed by the ruthless politician and Sith Lord who would be Emperor, Governor Wilhuff Tarkin rises through the Imperial ranks, enforcing his authority ever more mercilessly…. and zealously pursuing his destiny as the architect of absolute dominion.

    George says: "Maybe i was expecting too much."
    "Tarkin Does, Indeed, Get The Plagueis Treatment!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Of course.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Tarkin: Star Wars?

    It's a small moment, really nothing, but just before Tarkin meets Darth Vader in the book, when Tarkin and Mas Amedda are entering the elevator and Amedda tells Tarkin that they're descending to meet Vader.
    The way the Imperial march ques in at that moment gave me goose bumps!


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

    Yes, Mostly his Halo performances and honestly I believe he is leaps and bounds better in Tarkin, than he was in the Halo books.


    Any additional comments?

    A really interesting book. My favorite of the new Star Wars Canon and very interesting to just listen to and examine. Tarkin's past is such a fun topic, and his experiences were so brutal and taxing that you WILL feel sorry for him.

    This book is a different layout than Darth Plagueis, James Luceno's other, recent, SW work. Whereas Plagueis takes place over the course of decades, Tarkin is more of a single adventure, bringing back some of what you love about the Original Trilogy films.

    Luceno knows how to write Sith, and in those instances were that becomes important, It's an amazing thing to listen to!

    Definitely a must read for SW fans and by far a step up from A New Dawn!

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Dynasty of Evil: Star Wars: Darth Bane, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Drew Karpyshyn
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (624)
    Performance
    (586)
    Story
    (589)

    Twenty years have passed since Darth Bane, reigning Dark Lord of the Sith, demolished the ancient order devoted to the dark side and reinvented it as a circle of two: one Master to wield the power and pass on the wisdom, and one apprentice to learn, challenge, and ultimately usurp the Dark Lord in a duel to the death. But Bane’s acolyte, Zannah, has yet to engage her Master in mortal combat and prove herself a worthy successor. Determined that the Sith dream of galactic domination will not die with him, Bane vows to learn the secret of a forgotten Dark Lord that will assure the Sith’s immortality - and his own.

    AaronSaint81 says: "Darth Bane ruled......"
    "The Epic Conclusion!"
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    What did you love best about Dynasty of Evil?

    The Final Showdown.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dynasty of Evil?

    ... The-The Final Showdown.


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

    I've listened to most of Johnathan Davis' Star Wars novels and each and every time they get better and better.


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

    It made me... tear up at the end. But I wasn't balling... seriously... I wasn't...


    Any additional comments?

    "And so, it ends. A valiant effort, but ultimately futile."
    And so Darth Bane, Master of the Darth Side and creator of the Order of the Sith must face his apprentice in the long awaited duel between master and student.

    Now, I must say, this is my least favorite of the trilogy. Not simply because of the ending, which just made me sad, but because the story wasn't as compelling as the previous two. I didn't feel as hyped as I did for the previous two.

    That said, man i felt for Bane in this one. He's approaching his elder years with spasms in his hand and aches in his back. On top of this, his apprentice is concerning him. Weather or not she will truly be worthy as the next Sith Master.

    Zannah is concerned that her long time Master is backing down from his Order, willing to survive as long as possible, placing the Order of the Sith Lords and the Grand Plan at risk. In truth, both are wrong.

    Again we get treated to an array of Characters all converging for one, climactic duel for Sith supremacy. An Iktochi assassin, a former Sith sniper, a princess, and a Dark Jedi, all heading for an inevitable convergence with two of the most powerful beings in the galaxy's history.

    Yes, this is the end. And I must say, a worthy one. While not my favorite, this book is still magnificent and shows the truth of the Rule of Two. Again, I beg all who like, love, adore or are indifferent of SW to listen to the hole series. What a ride, guys.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rule of Two: Star Wars: Darth Bane, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Drew Karpyshyn
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (671)
    Performance
    (636)
    Story
    (639)

    In the New York Times best-seller Darth Bane: Path of Destruction, Drew Karpyshyn painted a gripping portrait of a young man’s journey from innocence to evil. That man was Darth Bane, a twisted genius whose iron will, fierce ambition, and strength in the dark side of the Force made him a natural leader among the Sith - until his radical embrace of an all-but-forgotten wisdom drove him to destroy his own order...and create it anew from the ashes.

    Edward says: "The Ultimate Anti-Hero!!!"
    "Amazing Sequel To An Amazing Book."
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    What did you love best about Rule of Two?

    The why it drew you in to the story. It made you feel apart of the action in a certain way that not a tone of books do.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's characters. While one particular character felt like cardboard to me, all others were pure originality.


    Which character – as performed by Jonathan Davis – was your favorite?

    Huh... I was going to type Darth Bane but to be honest, I can't say. They're all so intense and interesting to hear that I'm finding it hard to choose.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    "The Dark Is Patient" Working off of the Revenge of the Sith's novelization theme of 'The Dark'.


    Any additional comments?

    Wow. This book continues the Story of Darth Bane into the era of silence, as I call it. Not quite accurate but it refers to the New Sith Wars and the republic's deafness to the Sith's existence.

    Last book we saw the Sith in a war against the Republic and the Army of Light lead by Jedi Lord Hoth. After Bane's masterfully executed plan, one hundred of the Army of Light including Lord Hoth are now dead, as well as the entirety to the Brotherhood of Darkness. Now Bane, the sole surviving Sith Lord, Must train his newly acquired apprentice in the ways of the dark side.

    This book brings so much into his character as well as bringing a new character, Darth Zannah. Her character is such an opposite, at first, to Bane's. She is blind to the dark side in the beginning and must be taught of it's nuances. Faded have the ways of the warriors, filled instead with the political sabotage.

    To add to this newly established way of warfare, Bane has fallen victim to a symbiotic insect known as Orbalisks, which, incidentally, boosts his power and hatred in combat scenarios as well as becoming a nearly impenetrable wall of armor. Useful for the old ways, not so much the Order of the Sith Lords.

    While Bane meditates and attempts to finish an ancient Sith technique, Zannah must conduct their public plots. Yes, there are other characters a Jedi, the Padawan of Lord Hoth, and Zannah's cousin Daravit (Apologies for any misspelling.).

    With all this going on in the same book, it seems ridiculous that anyone could keep track of what was going on. But Drew pulls it off in this stunning sequel. My first read through, I was stunned. Listening to it with Johnathan's narration is epic.

    I'm begging every SW lover to listen to this, even if you've already red the novel, it's a different experience entirely.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Razor's Edge: Star Wars: Empire and Rebellion, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Martha Wells
    • Narrated By January LaVoy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (183)
    Performance
    (171)
    Story
    (172)

    Times are desperate for the Rebel Alliance. Harassment by the Empire and a shortage of vital supplies are hindering completion of a new secret base on the ice planet Hoth. So when Mid Rim merchants offer much-needed materials for sale, Princess Leia Organa and Han Solo lead an Alliance delegation to negotiate a deal. But when treachery forces the rebel ship to flee into territory controlled by pirates, Leia makes a shocking discovery: The fierce marauders come from Leia's homeworld of Alderaan, recently destroyed by the Death Star.

    Rup says: "Good book, but wrong choice of narrator"
    "Great Book, Adequate Narrator."
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    Where does Razor's Edge rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I have no earthly idea.


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

    Yes, but I can't due to my busy schedule.


    Any additional comments?

    Great Book, very entertaining, and brings a new light to the destruction of a certain planet and Leia Organa. I love the why they had written the characters Han and Leia, but their interactions seemed... odd and not in the odd way it should; uncomfortable, skirting around these feelings they've got, etc. No this just felt... well odd. Aside from that the characters were well written and the plot was interesting and drew you in but... the narrator isn't perfect.

    Now I don't know if it's something to do with vocal depth or not but all of January LaVoy's men sounded like she was doing one of the those random deep voice impressions of someone. Again I'm not sure if it's just me or maybe the Narrator isn't the best choice for a female narrator but I don't see Marc's or Johnathan's female characters as those random high voiced interpretations. Maybe it's harder to make a deeper voice than a higher voice? I'm not sure.

    In the end, though, i had fun with this book, it was interesting, it drew me in, and the overarching story was once you reach the end ties together. I will suggest this to any and all Star Wars fans!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Star Wars: Specter of the Past: The Hand of Thrawn, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Timothy Zahn
    • Narrated By Marc Thompson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (672)
    Performance
    (641)
    Story
    (643)

    The Empire stands at the brink of total collapse. But they have saved their most heinous plan for last. First a plot is hatched that could destroy the New Republic in a bloodbath of genocide and civil war. Then comes the shocking news that Grand Admiral Thrawn--the most cunning and ruthless warlord in history--has apparently returned from the dead to lead the Empire to a long-prophesied victory.

    bonita says: "Ok Rh, so where's the second volume?!"
    "The Perfect Sequel Series to the Thrawn Trilogy."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Star Wars: Specter of the Past: The Hand of Thrawn, Book 1 to be better than the print version?

    Marc Thompson... Duh.


    What did you like best about this story?

    (SPOILERS!) The reveal of Thrawn... Wait What?!


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

    I've listened to nearly all of his SW works and they just keep getting better and better, refining his skills.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Nah, I don't normally get moved to books, films, or shows. Just the way I am.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved this, Timothy Zahn has and continues to make the definitive SW novels. If i was forced to choose between one of his works and what George says to be cannon, I'd pick Zahn's. Yeah, I love his works.

    Marc continues to bring it all together in a glorious Star Wars audio experience. His voices are nearly perfect, Thrawn's voice still gives me the chills and Luke's voice isn't quite as mature as it is in the FOTJ novels but much more mature then it was in, say, Allegiance.

    This book is much more of a complicated intrigue story and political maneuvering (Not nearly the extent of something like Plagueis though.) than Zahn's typical classic Star Wars action. That is not a bad thing at all! It shows that he can do more, though I don't necessarily think he needs to. It's about mystery, surprise, anticipation, and more mystery.

    I have read these novels, but the Audio is just so much more! It's a completely different medium and has it's own draw backs and pluses. There are novels that I would suggest listening on audio first (Death Troopers being one.) and then there are novels that don't change very much. This is one.

    The last time I read it was while ago but i don't remember much seeming different in the Audio than the physical.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ender's Game: Special 20th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison, Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23208)
    Performance
    (14540)
    Story
    (14692)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s easy to say that when it comes to sci-fi you either love it or you hate it. But with Ender’s Game, it seems to be you either love it or you love it.... The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Enter Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, the result of decades of genetic experimentation.

    Kapila says: "6 titles in the series so far"
    "Good, Not Sure It Iives Up To The Hype"
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    Would you listen to Ender's Game again? Why?

    Not really, Not that it isn't a fun listen once, but unless I decide to listen to the rest of the series, probably not.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Blah. The end feels rushed. Not like he tried to put too much in a small space but like there isn't enough. There are specific things i wished he had addressed as for the ending and this is my main problem with it which i will explain more on in the Additional Comments.


    Which character – as performed by Stefan Rudnicki and Harlan Ellison – was your favorite?

    Ender, honestly. I just liked the way he sounded, idk any other way to explain it.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Seriously? Would 'This Is Not A Game' work?


    Any additional comments?

    So, i know i'm probably going to be crucified for this but, i just didn't enjoy the book as much as I had hoped.

    (SPOILERS) The end was the part that fell apart for me. When Ender beat the last 'game' in Command School and Mazer Rackham said "You you just won the war!" (I'm paraphrasing) IT felt like a cop out to me. BUT hold on! Not the basic idea, more the execution. The idea is interesting and surprising. While it was surprising, it didn't feel as powerful as it should have. I really can't explain it well. To me it was just to 'BLAH'. I.. hmm, i was just to not concerned i guess.

    Then the human war happened after the Bugger threat was gone, cool right?! WRONG we got to see zip of that war, we've had Bean's perspective of things and could have through some of the war, but no, all we got was Ender's rehab. Huh?

    No, i know that the story was originally a Short Story and i am impressed at the way Orson Scott Card turned it into a full on novel. But the end, like I said, it felt rushed and I feel I would have enjoyed the Short Story more than the novel.

    I know, I Know! Crucify, Crucify!!!! But I'm just being honest and feel this doesn't quite live up to the hype

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Star Wars: Death Troopers

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Joe Schreiber
    • Narrated By Sean Kenin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (515)
    Performance
    (300)
    Story
    (302)

    When the Imperial prison barge Purge - temporary home to 500 of the galaxy's most ruthless killers, rebels, scoundrels, and thieves - breaks down in a distant, uninhabited part of space, its only hope appears to lie with a star destroyer found drifting, derelict, and seemingly abandoned. But when a boarding party from the Purge is sent to scavenge for parts, only half of them come back - bringing with them a horrific disease so lethal that within hours nearly all aboard the Purge die in ways too hideous to imagine.

    Morelos says: "Awesome atmospheric Star Wars horror"
    "It's a great read! A couple of issues..."
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    If you could sum up Star Wars in three words, what would they be?

    Terrifying, compelling, tragic


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Han.... obviously.


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

    Not a lot if i'm honest. Mostly the only thing you experience that you wouldn't if you read it is the sound effects. The Zombie screams, their munching on human and alien flesh.. very thrilling.


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

    No, BUT not for the reason you may think. I find it very difficult to read/listen to horror thriller books in one sitting. It's a personal thing.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is what it says it is; a thrilling tail of folks on a prison ship that go onto a derelict Star Destroyer and find zombles.

    Now, that said, it doesn't mean it's that great of a book in general. But what it does mean is that it's a good book. the reason i've read for people disliking this book was 1) The reason behind the zombie apocalypse, to which i say: Its damn sight better then medichlorians . 2) the story was uneven and I will give them that. It is uneven at certain parts.

    There was this guy in Canada (you can find his review somewhere below) that said he didn't like the background noise..... a couple things with that (i will resort to the number system again.) 1) Star Wars books have sound affects, it's their staple. 2) In this kind of a book it makes it even more frightening. I'm sure that if i read this i wouldn't find it in the least bit scary without the zombie screams getting loader and loader, yet never overpowering the narrator.

    Stormtrooper zombies are awesome, in fact this book reminded me of Dead Space and that is a great game series (Excluding 3). It's horrifying, it's thrilling, it's gory, and it has zombies/necromorphs.

    (SPOILER.) For those who have listened to the book may i just say my personal most scary moment was the Imperial officers in the shuttle. Surrounded by these ravenous, hunger filled monsters, they surrender their humanity and turn into zombies themselves. Just... *shiver*.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Star Wars: Heir to the Empire (20th Anniversary Edition), The Thrawn Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Timothy Zahn
    • Narrated By Marc Thompson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2930)
    Performance
    (2762)
    Story
    (2776)

    Five years after the Death Star was destroyed and Darth Vader and the Emperor were defeated, the galaxy is struggling to heal the wounds of war, Princess Leia and Han Solo are married and expecting twins, and Luke Skywalker has become the first in a long-awaited line of new Jedi Knights. But thousands of light-years away, the last of the Emperor’s warlords - the brilliant and deadly Grand Admiral Thrawn - has taken command of the shattered Imperial fleet, readied it for war, and pointed it at the fragile heart of the New Republic....

    Ryan says: "It's about time!"
    "My favorite Star Wars Novel"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Definitely.
    It's compelling, fun, and bring you back to what Star Wars was before the Prequels!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Grand Admiral Thrawn! he's my favorite EU character of all time.
    He's smart, interesting, and has so much going for him. He's the Palpatine of the non-force-users.


    Which character – as performed by Marc Thompson – was your favorite?

    It will always be Han. Just awesome.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I don't get moved by Films (with the exception of Act of Valor), Books, etc.


    Any additional comments?

    This was my favorite Star Wars book since the moment I read it for the first time. In the Star Wars cannon the films can overwrite any EU materiel, I loved this this book so much that I categorize any thing else that may contradict this novel as non-cannon.

    Anyways after This was released i had to listen to it and Marc does a fantastic job bringing the characters to life. If you say your a Star Wars fan then read/listen to this! That's an Order!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Crucible: Star Wars

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Troy Denning
    • Narrated By Marc Thompson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (409)
    Performance
    (379)
    Story
    (383)

    When Han and Leia Solo arrive at Lando Calrissian’s Outer Rim mining operation to help him thwart a hostile takeover, their aim is just to even up the odds and lay down the law. Then monstrous aliens arrive with a message, and mere threats escalate into violent sabotage with mass fatalities. When the dust settles, what began as corporate warfare becomes a battle with much higher stakes - and far deadlier consequences. Now Han, Leia, and Luke team up once again in a quest to defeat a dangerous adversary bent on galaxy-wide domination.

    Pamela says: "Good trio swan song Novel! Had some story issues"
    "Good trio swan song Novel! Had some story issues"
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    What did you love best about Crucible: Star Wars?

    Luke Skywalker... 'Nuff said.


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

    Everything! Marc makes the book come to life, it's amazing that he's the only one that actually narrates it.


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

    Though it does have it's issues... sure. It is very compelling, so yes.


    Any additional comments?

    See, I love the book but there are issues with the story. It's not very consistent and it throws you off stride. (Not the good Timothy Zahn 'of stride') i think Mr. Denning can make great novels, he has shown this, but this could have been better.

    (SPOILERS!) Personally I would have thought a better swan song would be a more classical Jedi vs Sith book but instead Troy goes for a more exotic Columi vs Jedi book that leads them to the Not-Mortis. Now this is were it slipped for me.
    The monolith wasn't executed well, and it didn't really mesh with the already explained nature of the monoliths in the Clone Wars episodes (and my personal theory, that they are some type of Tho Yor.) The execution of Not-Mortis was not very well done, the Story threw you around, and the characters felt to wide spread in a similar way to the villains in Batman Arkham City.

    Nevertheless the issues surrounding this story are problematic but the areas where they are aren't large, therefore it's like a couple bad bites in a brownie. I would definitely suggest this to any star wars novel reader, casual or otherwise. It's the swan song (So far as we know....) to the original trio team up so it can't be passed up. Unfortunately it's the swan song to the original star wars trio team up. :,( Don't actually trust that statement as i'm sure another novel will reveal the death/fate of Han, Luke, and Leia.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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