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Ross

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  • Cold Days: The Dresden Files, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6930)
    Performance
    (6398)
    Story
    (6398)

    After being murdered by a mystery assailant, navigating his way through the realm between life and death, and being brought back to the mortal world, Harry realizes that maybe death wasn’t all that bad - because he is no longer Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only professional wizard. He is now Harry Dresden, Winter Knight to Mab, the Queen of Air and Darkness. After Harry had no choice but to swear his fealty, Mab wasn’t about to let something as petty as death steal away the prize she had sought for so long.

    Ethan M. says: "Thwarts Every Expectation - In a Good Way"
    "Marsters returns!"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Pros:
    -Marsters is back
    -Storyline more intricate than previous books
    -Clincher at the end changes the series up nicely
    -Dresden's character development

    Cons:
    -Main character and other key characters moving out of their traditional roles


    Overall:

    As stated above, the previous narrator, while not bad, was not marsters and the cocky Harry is back in the seat rather than the somewhat subdued inquisitive Harry. This provides for a much more entertaining listening experience that provides for a "Cant put it down" sort of read through.

    On a sour note, the character development is good and bad. With much chaning the series seems to becoming something else, which is not bad. Like all other power-mongering novels or series. Dresden faces the very real threat of becomming TOO powerful, which spoils almost every major Hero story in the long run. It usually goes something like this:

    Harry develops and is therefore stronger
    Bad guys get stronger - > Explosions get bigger
    Harry develops and is therefore stronger
    Bad guys get stronger etc...

    Until the entire world / city / landscape / (pick your own object) is destroyed utterly or the number of enemies that are at his level are so few that there would never be anyway to fight them.

    Good overall moves (both in development and narration) i hop that Butcher has many, many more novels coming up!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Gate Thief: Mithermages, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Emily Rankin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2614)
    Performance
    (2359)
    Story
    (2368)

    Here on Earth, Danny North is still in high school, yet he holds in his heart and mind all the stolen outselves of 13 centuries of gatemages. The Families still want to kill him if they can’t control him - and they can’t control him; he is far too powerful. On Westil, Wad is now nearly powerless - he lost everything to Danny in their struggle. Even if he can survive the revenge of his enemies, he must still somehow make peace with the Gatemage Daniel North, for when Danny took that power from Loki, he also took responsibility for the Great Gates.

    Benjamin says: "Flashes of Great, Ok, and Bad. Overall: Meh."
    "Card puts alot of sexual tension into this book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Pros:
    - Good story
    - Easy to keep track of whats going on
    - Intriguing plot twists
    - Exceptional main character

    Cons:
    - Card does a lot of sexual (pre-pubescent) tension, not his thing
    - Weird / kiddy feel to the book

    Overall, card does a lot of kids books, so i kind of expected the cons, but it doesn't change the fact that the simplistic story and sexual tension is beyond weird for Cards writing.


    Good book though, highly recommend any Card fans to read it, overall 4/5.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost Story: The Dresden Files, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By John Glover
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6602)
    Performance
    (5694)
    Story
    (5686)

    When we last left the mighty wizard detective Harry Dresden, he wasn't doing well. In fact, he had been murdered by an unknown assassin. But being dead doesn't stop him when his friends are in danger. Except now he has nobody, and no magic to help him. And there are also several dark spirits roaming the Chicago shadows who owe Harry some payback of their own. To save his friends - and his own soul - Harry will have to pull off the ultimate trick without any magic....

    Bill says: "Not the best audio book in the series"
    "Narrator change spoils another novel"
    Overall
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Book i good, narrator is okay, but isn't marsters


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Harry, obvious


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Different voice and inflections etc..

    Narrator did better job than most change narrators. Not his fault


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fool Moon: The Dresden Files, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9551)
    Performance
    (7454)
    Story
    (7429)

    Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden is Chicago's only openly practicing wizard. He is also dead broke. His vast knowledge and magical skills are unfortunately matched by his talent for making powerful enemies and alienating friends. With little more than his integrity left, he accepts an offer of work from Lt. Karin Murphy of Chicago's Special Investigations Unit. He wants to redeem himself in Murphy's eyes and make enough money to quiet his rumbling stomach.

    pterion says: "I'm liking Harry more and more"
    "Amazing series"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Where does Fool Moon rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best!


    Which character – as performed by James Marsters – was your favorite?

    Harry Dresden


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

    Laugh, definitely laugh.


    Any additional comments?

    Jim Butcher just keeps getting better, im now on the 12th book in this series and i wish there were a dozen more.

    Mixing practical science fiction with pure fantasy so skillfully i cannot seem to tell when one ends and one begins. I've not seen the sort of skillfull articulation and practical speculation on secular things relating to the fae and magic in general.

    In short Jim Butcher does such an excellent job hiding the seams that its as if this skillfull articulation between two genres is actually one.

    James Marsters does an amazing job as well. With audio books it takes a definite amount of dedication to provide the reader with an adaquate experience and James does not dissapoint.

    Great book, great series, he just cant write them fast enough.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Feast for Crows: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12583)
    Performance
    (11437)
    Story
    (11501)

    Few books have captivated the imagination and won the devotion and praise of readers and critics everywhere as has George R. R. Martin’s monumental epic cycle of high fantasy that began with A Game of Thrones. Now, in A Feast for Crows, Martin delivers the long-awaited fourth book of his landmark series, as a kingdom torn asunder finds itself at last on the brink of peace . . . only to be launched on an even more terrifying course of destruction.

    Pi says: "Jarring change in Dotrice's performance"
    "Great Story, Roy Dotrice Disappoints"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does A Feast for Crows rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The first three books were far better, the former (crown of swords) best yet.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Overall the plot is thickening nicely and it seems more intense than previous versions. As the characters age, the author performs excellent / artful character development.


    What didn’t you like about Roy Dotrice’s performance?

    Changed voices, accents, and various pronunciation errors between the previous version and this one spoils the story.


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

    For the most part; however, most of the Ice and Fire books are 30+ hours, so i prefer multiple sittings!


    Any additional comments?

    Voice Actors: For the love of god, if you start a book, stay the same throughout the series. I've already abandoned 3 series because of the voice actor being incapable to decide how he wants to pronounce the character names.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Storm Front: The Dresden Files, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14076)
    Performance
    (10720)
    Story
    (10729)

    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"
    "Excellent story... Should consider litigation"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Book is unique, intriguing, and well developed.


    What other book might you compare Storm Front to and why?

    Something from the Nightside and the Nightside series by Simon R Green is so similar it's quite possibly criminal. Overall, both books have the private-eye story, both have the same nervously incompetant and absent-minded hero type charcter, both use magic, although Greens is far less developed.

    While the books respective environments are completely different the storylines themselves and the characters are almost exactly identical. Green prefers the "Nightside" as an alternate realm, while Butcher prefers to combine the two into one weird reality. To my knowledge Butcher had the jump on green as far as copyright dates and i think that the copyright of this book has been violated in some minor way. While both are excellent books in their own right, i got the distinct feeling (call it deja vu) that Green ripped off Butchers work.


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

    By standards of other readers, Marsters seems to accept mistakes made and does not record over them. Marsters seems to have trouble keeping up with the text and sometimes improvises to cover up a particularly noticeable mistake.


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

    Hilarious book, makes you laugh and hooks you from the very start. The quirky main character and plot make it a must read.


    Any additional comments?

    Some elements of the plot are introduced spur-of-the-moment and seem almost after-thoughts, but overall an excellent read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Black Prism

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Brent Weeks
    • Narrated By Cristofer Jean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1420)
    Performance
    (1179)
    Story
    (1184)

    Gavin Guile is the Prism, the most powerful man in the world. He is high priest and emperor, a man whose power, wit, and charm are all that preserves a tenuous peace. But Prisms never last, and Guile knows exactly how long he has left to live: Five years to achieve five impossible goals. But when Guile discovers he has a son, born in a far kingdom after the war that put him in power, he must decide how much he's willing to pay to protect a secret that could tear his world apart.

    Lee says: "Big fan of Brent Weeks but..."
    "Great Story, Narration needs work"
    Overall
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    If you could sum up The Black Prism in three words, what would they be?

    Adventure, Fun, Intrigue


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Gavin because of the fate and tricks that were weved between the two brothers


    How could the performance have been better?

    The


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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