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Patrick

Edmond, OK, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • Cast in Sorrow: The Chronicles of Elantra, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Michelle Sagara
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (409)
    Performance
    (380)
    Story
    (380)

    The Barrani would be happy to see her die. So Kaylin Neya is a bit surprised by her safe arrival in the West March. Especially when enemies new and old surround her and those she would call friends are equally dangerous... And then the real trouble starts. Kaylin's assignment is to be a "harmoniste" - one who helps tell the truth behind a Barrani Recitation. But in a land where words are more effective than weapons, Kaylin's duties are deadly.

    Charlie Russel says: "A series that's gone on too long"
    "Great performance but slow story"
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    What did you love best about Cast in Sorrow?

    Hvam is always gives a great performance.


    If you’ve listened to books by Michelle Sagara before, how does this one compare?

    This story is slow and focuses on just one event. Many of the previous stories had multiple situations and varied characters.


    Which character – as performed by Khristine Hvam – was your favorite?

    All.


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

    Please do not.


    Any additional comments?

    I am afraid that Michelle has run out of avenues for the story and is just casting about. She has a beautiful writing style but unfortunately nothing to say.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Koban: The Mark of Koban, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Stephen W. Bennett
    • Narrated By Eric Michael Summerer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (346)
    Performance
    (324)
    Story
    (326)

    Already faster and more powerful than the last 17 species that they have destroyed or subjugated, the Krall have set their sights on humankind. After testing humans on their future home world of Koban and finding them worthy opponents, the Krall start a war of slow extermination with the rest of humanity. The war is intended to last generations as they apply their own version of "natural selection" to cull their weaker warriors in combat, purifying the Krall gene pool with their finest warriors for breeding.

    mike says: "A light read"
    "Continues a very good premise."
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    If you could sum up Koban: The Mark of Koban, Book 2 in three words, what would they be?

    New, interesting and better narration.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Concept.


    What does Eric Michael Summerer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Eric is a much better narrator than the first book. He did need to listen to the first book and continue some of the established voices.


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

    Not sure.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a good Sci-Fi book in the area of premise. The idea is fairly new, which is rare if you read a lot on Sci-Fi. The author does seem to dwell way to long on mundane stuff but overall the book is good. Hope installment 3 comes soon.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Words of Radiance: The Stormlight Archive, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (48 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7694)
    Performance
    (7295)
    Story
    (7319)

    In that first volume, we were introduced to the remarkable world of Roshar, a world both alien and magical, where gigantic hurricane-like storms scour the surface every few days and life has adapted accordingly. Roshar is shared by humans and the enigmatic, humanoid Parshendi, with whom they are at war.

    D says: "Book !!; no let down- "Words of Radieance" shines"
    "Brandon Sanderson, need I say more!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Words of Radiance the most enjoyable?

    Great complex story and fantastic narration.


    What did you like best about this story?

    All of it.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Too many to name.


    Any additional comments?

    I write few reviews but this author and these narrators are exceptional. Reading and Kramer are true professionals. When they combined with Jordan in Wheel of Time it was true genius. When Sanderson finished Wheel of Time it was spectacular. Some of Sanderson's stories I am not crazy about (Steelhart) but all are written well. Mistborn is a classic. Sanderson, Reading and Kramer are superb in this book. Can't wait for the next installment!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Koban, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Stephen W. Bennett
    • Narrated By Patrick Freeman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (465)
    Performance
    (440)
    Story
    (438)

    We colonized 700 planets. Humankind enjoyed the benefits of expansion room and the end of wars. We even disbanded our military. Then the Krall found us. The Krall have used thousands of years of combat to select the genes of the strongest and fastest warriors. They are a species determined to dominate the entire galaxy, through destruction and annihilation of every opponent.

    Koban is an uninhabited high-gravity planet with impossibly fast savage animals, which employ organic superconducting nerves. This deadly world is where the Krall tested humans for war capability.

    averageconsumer says: "Great Story/Deadly Narration"
    "Excellent premise, narrator problems."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Koban, Book 1 to be better than the print version?

    Never read it.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Koban, Book 1?

    First battle for immunity.


    What three words best describe Patrick Freeman’s voice?

    Good on men and aliens but terrible on women. These women are suppose to be the bosses of mankind and they sound like little wimps.


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

    Way too long for that.


    Any additional comments?

    Good premise, but the author drew some sections, like the original capture, out way too long.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Cast in Shadow: Chronicles of Elantra, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Michelle Sagara
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1408)
    Performance
    (1251)
    Story
    (1248)

    Seven years ago Kaylin fled the crime-riddled streets of Nightshade, knowing that something was after her. Children were being murdered— and all had the same odd markings that mysteriously appeared on her own skin….Since then, she's learned to read, she's learned to fight and she's become one of the vaunted Hawks who patrol and police the City of Elantra. Alongside the winged Aerians and the immortal Barrani, she's made a place for herself, far from the mean streets of her birth.

    Amanda says: "Addicted to the series, but leaves you hanging..."
    "Very good story, Great Narration."
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    What made the experience of listening to Cast in Shadow the most enjoyable?

    The story is exciting laced with unexpected twists. Khristine Hvam is the 'perfect' narrator for the lead character.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I actually liked all the characters.


    What about Khristine Hvam’s performance did you like?

    I have listened to nearly a hundred books and Khristine may be the best I have ever enjoyed.


    Any additional comments?

    I realize I am gushing on Khristine Hvam but I am convinced many more sci-fy writers should seek her out.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Greatest Aces

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Edward H. Sims
    • Narrated By Justin Hecht
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    Top World War II aces of the RAF, USAAF, and the Luftwaffe recall the greatest aerial missions in this thrilling program. There is Douglas Bader, one of the best of the RAF fighter pilots despite 2 artificial legs, Adolf Galland of the Luftwaffe, who, subsequent to being shot down in France one morning, took off in another Messerschmitt that afternoon, another German ace, Hans-Joachim Marseille, the young "Pilot of Africa" who would steal into the British fighters' own formations to down several Hurricanes before the enemy could react, and Robert S. Johnson, the American who heroically defended Liberator and Flying Fortress formations.

    Brooke P. Anderson says: "Excellent"
    "Poor in All Areas"
    Overall

    This is the first time I have reviewed a book but this one was so poor I felt compelled to speak out. The author spends more time differentiating between what the proper aircraft numbers were or what the actual number of downed aircraft were than focusing on the pilot aces. The actual audio quality was terrible. The volume fluctuates and the voice quality oscillates constantly. The reader seems to put his hand on his mouth and mumble on purpose. Potentially a very interesting topic that is absolutely butchered in every aspect. If you buy you will be disappointed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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