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R. Blankenship


Member Since 2012

  • 3 reviews
  • 45 ratings
  • 98 titles in library
  • 6 purchased in 2015

  • The Great Santini

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Pat Conroy
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Step into the powerhouse life of Bull Meecham. He's all Marine -- fighter pilot, king of the clouds, and absolute ruler of his family. Lillian is his wife -- beautiful, southern-bred, with a core of velvet steel. Without her cool head, her kids would be in real trouble. Ben is the oldest, a born athlete whose best never satisfies the big man. Ben's got to stand up, even fight back, against a father who doesn't give in -- not to his men, not to his wife, and certainly not to his son.

    cort says: "an excellent book"
    "Love to Hate Santini..."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I'm taking a break from this story 1/3 the way through because Bull/Santini is such an obnoxious, loud-mouthed character that I can barely stand to listen to it.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The hero of the story (so far) is Ben, Bull Meecham's teenage son, who has many redeeming qualities.

    Would you listen to another book narrated by Dick Hill?

    I believe that it was the authors intent that the title character should be this overbearing, bulldozing, testosterone driven loud-mouth of a man, so how can I fault the reader for being irritating? Though Dick Hill is far from my favorite reader, he has given adequate performances on other occsasions, so yes, I would.Perhaps he could have portrayed the man with a little less vigor? I found myself constantly adjusting the volume as Hill shifted from MAXIMUM VOLUME for Santini - to the soft-spoken wife, Lily or practically any other character.

    Did The Great Santini inspire you to do anything?

    ...not yet

    Any additional comments?

    ...if I can bring myself to finish the audiobook, I will revise my review as needed.

    I have greatly enjoyed the movies made from Conroy's works: (ie., Prince of Tides, Conrack...) so I don't dou bt that he is a worthwhile author. Thus I WANT to finish this one way or the other. "The other" though may be by reading the book oldstyle...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hexed: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, doesn’t care much for witches. Still, he’s about to make nice with the local coven by signing a mutually beneficial nonaggression treaty when suddenly the witch population in modern-day Tempe, Arizona, quadruples overnight. And the new girls are not just bad, they’re badasses with a dark history on the German side of World War II. With a fallen angel feasting on local high school students, a horde of Bacchants blowing in from Vegas, and a dangerously sexy Celtic goddess of fire vying for his attention, Atticus is having trouble scheduling the witch hunt.

    A. Sentoni says: "Authenticity, Humor and Brilliant Writing"
    "Totally kid stuff!"
    Would you try another book from Kevin Hearne and/or Luke Daniels?

    No. Not based on this one.

    Would you ever listen to anything by Kevin Hearne again?

    It would have to be free for me to try it.

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


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

    The narrator did a competent job

    Any additional comments?

    After finishing the last of the Dresden Files novels by Jim Butcher, I was looking for something in the same vein. I wan't thrilled by the sample track, but being in an optimistic mood, I thought I'd give it a try, hoping it would get better. After listening to a half hour of the "ancient druid in a young man's body" instruct his friend the vampire on how to sound "cool" in modern day vernacular (ie, poor grammar, bad diction) I gave it up. Price was low, but I suppose you get what you pay for!

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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

    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"
    "Never Fear! Things get better later on...."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Storm Front to be better than the print version?

    Don't know - I've only listened.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Why, Harry, of course! Dresden is full of dry wit, but as his character develops, we see a man of deep conviction and committment to higher ideals. His guiding priciple is that with great power comes great responsibility - an outlook we might wish to see in our leaders in business and government, by the way.
    Others have complained that Harry takes on too much blame and self loathing, but it is his committment to his friends and to others that he feels responsible for - even to the extent of honoring an unwished for agreement with a Chicago crime boss - that makes us respect him, not so much as a powerful Wizard, but as a true hearted Human Being.

    Did James Marsters do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Good Character differentiation, yes. ...but see additional comments...

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

    Spike goes to Hollywood...?

    Any additional comments?

    Don't Give Up!: If you feel that James Marsters' delivery was a little flat in this first book, hold on and give him a chance. I inadvertently started with Book 13 "Changes" (the only CD version my library had) and there was a world of difference!
    In Book 1, when Harry casts and evocation (eg: "vento ventorium") Marsters barely raises his voice from the low-key monotone that he uses through much of the book. HOWEVER: In the later installments Harry's evocations are shouted with a ferocious energy (FUEGO !!!) that makes the book come alive!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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