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Ricardo J. Velazquez

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Richmond, VA USA | Member Since 2014

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  • The Law of Nines

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Terry Goodkind
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (607)
    Performance
    (309)
    Story
    (305)

    Turning 27 may be terrifying for some, but for Alex, a struggling artist living in the midwestern United States, it is cataclysmic. Inheriting a huge expanse of land should have made him a rich and happy man; but something about this birthday, his name, and the beautiful woman whose life he just saved, has suddenly made him - and everyone he loves - into a target.

    D says: "Can't stand alone"
    "Good try, but needs some work."
    Overall

    First there will be some spoilers: This story if defiantly NOT one of Terry Goodkind's best, but not the worst either. This story is a plot line from the Sword of Truth and the main characters are associated by blood with Richard and Kahlan. Unlike the Sword of Truth, which the first book grabbed a listener into the world of Richard and Kahlan, the Law of Nines is like the Cherokee that Alex (one of the main characters of the book) drives, the engine turns over and over and is hard to start and get going. The story in this book is like that, the main story takes a lot of chapters to really get going and make for a difficult and slow listen to. I found myself just listing to the narrator's voice and not paying a lot of attention to the story itself. Once the story gets going the over all story line has promise it just was not fulfilled in this book. I read somewhere that this series will be a 3 book series, but with Terry it might turn out to be a 10 book one instead. I hope if there is another book or 3 that the story of Alex Rahl and Jax Amnell takes off better, there is promise in the story line. As far a purchasing this book, I would have to say if you can rent it from your local library and save your money for something else, if you must hear it and have to own it, then know you are going to consider this as a mid-level, get you through to the next good book on audio that you buy. I wish I just went and rented it from my local library then spend a credit on it. I like the Sword of Truth series (even if the series should have concluded 4 books earlier) I was taken by Richard, Kahlan, and Zed as characters and the over all plot line, but this story of Alex Rahl & Jax Amnell has to grown on me more before I find myself really connecting with the characters like I did with Sword of Truth or Robert Jordon's Wheel of Time (Mat, Perrin, and Rhand). So if Terry reads this review I would say; Good try, but needs more work.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Severed Souls: Sword of Truth, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Terry Goodkind
    • Narrated By Sam Tsoutsouvas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (469)
    Performance
    (434)
    Story
    (433)

    Enter the unique world of Terry Goodkind. A world of high adventure, brilliant storytelling, and people you will never forget. A sweeping new novel of Richard Rahl, Kahlan Amnell, and their world.

    David says: "Opinion on Severed Souls"
    "Same old Same old from Terry Goodkind."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The editors for Terry should be ashamed of themselves for letting him produce another long wordy book that over and over again explains views, facts, and situations the was already explained in past chapters or past books, even a quick glimpse at something that occurred in a past book which might bring a new reader up to date was re-done several times and just got boring, exhausting to listen to. There was very little character development, even though a major character was killed off. The supporting characters seemed to have gotten dumber instead how they were in the begging of the series of books and Richard Rahl seems to be the only person who can figure out things, same old, same old story line. This series needs an enema to clear out the same old, same old and produce fresh character development and have supporting characters that compliment Richard and Kahlan. Terry really needs to re-read the his first 5 books to get his mojo back, because as far as I am concerned he lost it back at “Naked Empire” and it has been downhill since. I bought this audio book, just hoping it would be a good filler until I found another Bandon Sanderson, Robert Jordan, or a George R. R. Martin, but I was sadly disappointment. As with the past few books I will wait my turn in the local library to get a free rental then spend money on the next ones unless Terry turns it around.


    What was most disappointing about Terry Goodkind’s story?

    here was very little character development, even though a major character was killed off.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The reader has done past readings for Terry's books and I have always found his voice to be a good match for the character of Richard.


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

    BIG TIME DISAPPOINTMENT IN THE SERIES.


    Any additional comments?

    The editors for Terry should be ashamed of themselves for letting him produce another long wordy book that over and over again explains views, facts, and situations the was already explained in past chapters or past books, even a quick glimpse at something that occurred in a past book which might bring a new reader up to date was re-done several times and just got boring, exhausting to listen to. There was very little character development, even though a major character was killed off. The supporting characters seemed to have gotten dumber instead how they were in the begging of the series of books and Richard Rahl seems to be the only person who can figure out things, same old, same old story line. This series needs an enema to clear out the same old, same old and produce fresh character development and have supporting characters that compliment Richard and Kahlan. Terry really needs to re-read the his first 5 books to get his mojo back, because as far as I am concerned he lost it back at “Naked Empire” and it has been downhill since. I bought this audio book, just hoping it would be a good filler until I found another Bandon Sanderson, Robert Jordan, or a George R. R. Martin, but I was sadly disappointment. As with the past few books I will wait my turn in the local library to get a free rental then spend money on the next ones unless Terry turns it around.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Elantris

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Jack Garrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5445)
    Performance
    (3824)
    Story
    (3870)

    Legendary science fiction author Orson Scott Card calls Brandon Sanderson a writer to watch, and Publishers Weekly says his debut is "outstanding." Once the godlike rulers of the capital of Arelon, the inhabitans of Elantris have been imprisoned within themselves, unable to die after the city's magic failed years ago. But when a new prince falls victim to the curse, he refuses to accept his fate.

    Lore says: "What if your body could never heal?"
    "Not as good as Mist Born, but."
    Overall

    This book is not as good as Brandon Sanderson’s Mist Born. This book (Elantris) has a good plot, civilizations demise and what happen to it, however the book jumps around a lot from the POV of different characters, this makes the book a little hard to follow. I would get into a section of the book with one character and what was happing and the next sentence I would be thrown to the POV of another character. There are several books where this concept works, however in Elantris this seems to break up the rhythm or pace of the book. Since I only listen to books and not read them due to my long commute in the Washington D. C. area, I can say that the reader is not too bad; however Michael Kramer who reads the Wheel of Time series and Sanderson’s Mist Born Series would have been better. I gave the book 3 stars as the concept of the plot I will say is good, however the flow and pace of the book needed work.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Well of Ascension: Mistborn, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8557)
    Performance
    (6339)
    Story
    (6382)

    The impossible has been accomplished. The Lord Ruler - the man who claimed to be god incarnate and brutally ruled the world for a thousand years - has been vanquished. But Kelsier, the hero who masterminded that triumph, is dead too, and now the awesome task of building a new world has been left to his young protégé, Vin, the former street urchin who is now the most powerful Mistborn in the land, and to the idealistic young nobleman she loves.

    Robert says: "It keeps getting even better"
    "Great Series of Books!"
    Overall

    A great 2nd novel for Brandon Sanderson and Michael Kramer brings the audio book alive the same way he has for the Wheel of Time (Robert Jordan). I can see why Brandon Sanderson was picked to complete the Wheel of Time books. The Well of Ascension continues the story from The Final Empire. The charters and story progress at a great pace and there is no lack of action for the listen to hear. Brandon has developed the charters in a positive matter that is believable and makes sense which is difficult for writers to do sometimes. I would recommend this series of books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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