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BALTIMORE, MD, United States | Member Since 2012

  • 4 reviews
  • 37 ratings
  • 363 titles in library
  • 9 purchased in 2015

  • The Fall of the Kings

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Ellen Kushner, Delia Sherman
    • Narrated By Ellen Kushner, Nick Sullivan, Neil Gaiman, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    This stunning follow-up to Ellen Kushner's cult-classic novel Swordspoint is set in the same world of labyrinthine intrigue, where sharp swords and even sharper wits rule. Against a rich tapestry of artists and aristocrats, students, strumpets, and spies, a gentleman and a scholar will find themselves playing out an ancient drama destined to explode their society's smug view of itself - and reveal that sometimes the best price of uncovering history is being forced to repeat it....

    Dave says: "Scholars with Teeth (and Tongues and Lips)"
    Would you try another book from Ellen Kushner and Delia Sherman and/or the narrators?

    Not a chance. Terrible style.

    Has The Fall of the Kings turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No. Just this writer.

    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of the narrators?

    Doesn't matter the book is trash.

    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Boredom sleepiness

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Thinblade: Sovereign of the Seven Isles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By David A. Wells
    • Narrated By Derek Perkins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    When second son Alexander Valentine loses his brother to an assassin's arrow, he discovers that his family protects an ancient secret and reluctantly finds himself at the center of the final battle of a war that was supposed to have ended two thousand years ago. Pursued by the dark minions of an ancient enemy, Alexander flees to the mountain city of Glen Morillian where he discovers that he is the heir to the throne of Ruatha, one of the Seven Isles, but before he can claim the throne he must recover the ancient Thinblade.

    Russell J Fyock says: "WOT and SOT are one."
    "Lacks Believability"
    What did you like best about Thinblade? What did you like least?

    Best part was the narrator Mr. Perkins is very consistent. The worst part was the story itself the writing was unimaginative and the story was tough to believe (I know that is a weird thing to say for a Fantasy book).

    What was most disappointing about David A. Wells’s story?

    The writing is not descriptive at all never using descriptive language to set the scene for the reader. The characters were also disappointing the good guys were "perfect" the bad guys too bad. It makes for a lack of connection with the protagonist and doesn't help development a sense of believability in the antagonists. The abilities of the main character were also unbelievable. He goes from having a vague sense of if a person is good or bad based on color to be able to tell very abstract traits this also plays into the descriptive language as I struggle to see what color would describe some of the personal traits described. The entire concept of a magical signal that notified the entire world of the arrival of the main villain was subsequently invalidated at every turn by the rest of the story. First, why would the only person capable of stopping this evil be hiding on an obscure farm when there was an entire army mountain valley dedicated to protecting and serving him? Second, the legend of the return of this villain was supposed to be common knowledge to the entire world yet the arrival of the hero is doubted by everyone he encountered. The world is also not well thought out. This is all supposed to be taking place on island nations. What type of island nation has a 70000 man army and no navy? These examples and many more really killed the story for me Fantasy is supposed to be just that but the story needs to have a sensible flow. This book lacks that at every turn.

    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene where the main character receives gifts from the guild mage. Not because it was a good scene but for its total ridiculousness. " Here you go hero I have a gift specific for every one of your entourage specific to their skills." The main character never had to go through any real trial in order to earn all the power he was given.

    Was Thinblade worth the listening time?

    Not really. Maybe for a young child.

    Any additional comments?

    This book had great potential and up till the end I was planning on reading book two in the hope that Mr. Wells would grow as a writer through the process. Unfortunately after reading reviews of the second book it is clear that's not the case. I would not recommend reading this series.

    15 of 24 people found this review helpful
  • The Crown of the Blood: The Crown of the Blood, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Gav Thorpe
    • Narrated By Paul Thornley

    Ullsaard has conquered the known world. All have fallen before his armies. Now it's time to take the long journey home, back to the revered heart of the great Empire he had helped create for his distant masters. But when he returns to the capital, life there is so very different from what he had believed. Could it be that everything he has fought for, has conquered and killed for, has been a lie? Gav Thorpe works from Nottingham, England and has written more than a dozen novels and even more short stories.

    Quinn says: "Slower than molasses"
    "Slower than molasses"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone who enjoys simple characters and lack of depth

    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Something developed

    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Paul Thornley?

    Michael Kramer is far and away the best for fantasy narration. I wish he could narrate my life...

    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Crown of the Blood?

    All scenes in which the main character acts like an idiot. The man is supposed to be the best general of the Empire but he can barely see beyond the superficial. Hint for the author battlefield tactics do not vary that much from politics. If you wanted him to be ignorant he should have had a lower rank and only in the end come to power.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Last Argument of Kings: The First Law: Book Three

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Joe Abercrombie
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey

    The end is coming. Logen Ninefingers might only have one more fight in him but it’s going to be a big one. Battle rages across the North, the King of the Northmen still stands firm and there’s only one man who can stop him. His oldest friend and his oldest enemy. It’s time for the Bloody-Nine to come home. With too many masters and too little time, Superior Glokta is fighting a different kind of war. A secret struggle in which no-one is safe and no-one can be trusted.

    Lore says: "You have be realistic about these things."
    If you could sum up Last Argument of Kings in three words, what would they be?

    Rushed poor ending

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

    Seemed as if the author was not sure what to do so he left the reader without a real ending very frustrating

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

    Great reader really brings the story to life

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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