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Baltimore MD | Member Since 2002

  • 2 reviews
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  • 591 titles in library
  • 35 purchased in 2014

  • Riddle in Stone: The Riddle in Stone, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Robert Evert
    • Narrated By Fleet Cooper

    Long after the last of the great heroes of old has died, the Undead King is stirring again, amassing a goblin horde ready to sweep out of the mountains and destroy all of humanity. The only thing preventing utter annihilation is Edmund - a stuttering librarian who knows a secret, a secret that every thief, assassin, and king would kill to have. Fleeing from relentless peril, Edmund wages a solitary battle against an ancient evil. But how can one man succeed when so many before him have failed?

    r. says: "Excellent story."
    "Long live Librarian/Adventurers"
    Where does Riddle in Stone rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Undeniably engaging. Irrefutably endearing. I realize that this story is a dark fantasy but I couldn't help but find Riddle in Stone to be infused with a hobbit-esque charm that drew me in and enveloped me in it's world. I've plodded through too many fantasy novels of late with their stilted dialogue, gratuitous magic and cutout characters to not appreciate a novel like this one. I particularly enjoyed the inner dialogue of the protagonist,Edmund. Through it the author successfully shows us how Edmund's choices, day by day, help him to become the person he has always dreamed he could be. Like Bilbo before him, Edmund must decide whether to set his foot outside his comfortable home, not knowing where the road will lead. As the Greek philosopher Herodotus said: It is better by noble boldness to run the risk of being subject to half the evils we anticipate than to remain in cowardly listlessness for fear of what might happen. Edmund's boldness may not be noble and it may not be much to begin with. But it's a start. And good for him taking that first step. And good for all those, like Edmund, who shrug off cowardly listlessness. And good for everyone who enters into Edmund's world. They won't be disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blood and Steel: The Cor Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Martin Parece
    • Narrated By Andy Babinski
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Blood and Steel begins the story of Cor Pelson. You see, Cor is a Dahken - a race of magical warriors long though dead by both the beneficent priests of the Shining West and the necromancers of the Loszian Empire. Shortly after he was born Cor changed - the coughing attacks came, and his skin changed to the gray of a corpse. He is different, and there were those who took notice.

    John Zukley says: "Worst Narrator EVER"
    "First, lose the sinusitis, then narrate the book.."
    What disappointed you about Blood and Steel?

    I'm sorry to have to rate the content as average because for all I know it's an excellent story. Unfortunately I'm forced to rate it. I was simply unable to suffer past the auricular dissonance of the first chapter. I feel bad for authors who get stuck with simply awful narration. It's not just that bad narration can hurt a good book; sometimes it can render it inaudible.

    Would you recommend Blood and Steel to your friends? Why or why not?

    Maybe in Kindle format

    What didn’t you like about Andy Babinski’s performance?

    It wasn't just the heavy nasal inflection that made this narration so irritating. Babinski has this annoying tendency of drawing out the final consonant of certain words (seemingly at random). Is there really such a dearth of decent narrators that publishers have to hire Mr. Snuffleupagus? And is Sesame Street ok with their characters moonlighting?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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