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Fact and Fiction Lover, History, Theology and Sci-Fi mostly.

London, ON, Canada | Member Since 2010

  • 2 reviews
  • 83 ratings
  • 314 titles in library
  • 20 purchased in 2014

  • Heat Wave

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Richard Castle
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The title character from ABC's hit television series Castle kicks off his new series of books featuring tough and sexy New York police detective Nikki Heat with a bang.

    Ryan says: "As advertised-Great lite read."
    "As advertised-Great lite read."

    The book was as expected, entertaining, lite, funny, relatively smart, it is basically a riff on the show.
    Intriguing piece of meta-fiction, to think about that the book is based on the fictional characters of "Castle" the TV series, yet the characters are not the exact same as they re on TV, because these are the fictionalized version of them.
    Very well read, in a kind of Maltese Falcon, film noir tone. All in all a great book.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • A Memory of Light: Wheel of Time, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Since 1990, when Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time® burst on the world with its first book, The Eye of the World, listeners have been anticipating the final scenes of this extraordinary saga, which has sold over 40 million copies in over 32 languages. When Robert Jordan died in 2007, all feared that these concluding scenes would never be written. But working from notes and partials left by Jordan, established fantasy writer Brandon Sanderson stepped in to complete the masterwork.

    Amazon Customer says: "End of one of my favorite fantasy series ever."
    "An Apocalypse for the ages."
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Memory of Light to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the printed version.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Memory of Light?

    The reconnecting of Rand and his father.

    Would you listen to another book narrated by Michael Kramer and Kate Reading ?

    I have listened to all the other Wheel of Time books.

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

    That's very likely impossible, can't do forty hours in one sitting at my age. However, though quite good, the book has some heavy moments that I needed to take breathers for.

    Any additional comments?

    This is a very good ending to an enduring series that had its ups and downs, there were a couple things that felt phoned in or extraneous, but it's a big series to finish. All in all, I was satisfied with the book and it's ending of this great series. That being said, either the text that the readers used, especially Kate Reading, was faulty, or both the producer and the reader were not paying attention, she often misplaces the names, Thom, Tam, and Taim, causing one to be forced out of the experience of the story to assess who is actually being talked about. Thus was the most glaring area of faulty production but not the only one. The pronunciation of names is inconsistent, both within the book and definitely within the series, I know it's been a long time from start to finish, but surely a quick review of how one said names a book or two back would be in order. However, the emotion and tone conveyed by both readers is exemplary, and I found the book as a whole enjoyable. Well done Jordan, Sanderson, Reading and Kramer, I know for me personally, the Dragon will be born again on the winds of time, and the ones and zeros of my Audible app. Peace favour your sword.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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