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cat696

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  • Storm Rising: The Mage Storms, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Mercedes Lackey
    • Narrated By David Ledoux
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (62)

    In Storm Rising, mysterious mage-storms are wreaking havoc on Valdemar, Karse, and all the kingdoms of the West, plaguing these lands not only with disastrous earthquakes, monsoons, and ice storms, but also with venomous magical constructs - terrifying creatures out of nightmare. Both Valdemar's Heralds and Karse's Sunpriests struggle to marshal their combined magical resources to protect their realms from these devastating, spell-fueled onslaughts

    cat696 says: "How to ruin Mercedes Lackey"
    "How to ruin Mercedes Lackey"
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    I didn't think it could be done, but here we are. Of all the people they could have had read stories by this author, WHY did it have to be this person? I have read Mercedes Lackey for most of my life and I'm a tried and true fan of her work. Having this man read has ruined the book. It is a truly terrible narration. Don't waist your time, your money, or your credits...

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Hunted: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4424)
    Performance
    (4113)
    Story
    (4110)

    For a 2,000-year-old Druid, Atticus O’Sullivan is a pretty fast runner. Good thing, because he’s being chased by not one but two goddesses of the hunt - Artemis and Diana - for messing with one of their own. Dodging their slings and arrows, Atticus, Granuaile, and his wolfhound Oberon are making a mad dash across modern-day Europe to seek help from a friend of the Tuatha Dé Danann. His usual magical option of shifting planes is blocked, so instead of playing hide-and-seek, the game plan is...run like hell.

    D says: "Another Serving of Hilari-tea"
    "Following this series till the end"
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    I have become addicted to this story. I read the books in text, and I hear this narrator's voice, and character representations. And who could read this series without anticipation of what Oberon has to say next? Or what zinger Gronual may aim at the next animate obstacle, along with her staff? Or what tricks the "old Druid" may have up his sleeve this time?? I can't wait to find out what mayhem this latest twist will cause in the world that cannot be seen or heard by us mere mortals! And I must still wait another 10 days!!!! Patience is a virtue.. and that will be one of the mantra that just may get me through the next 10 days without fidgeting..

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Storm Breaking: The Mage Storms, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Mercedes Lackey
    • Narrated By David Ledoux
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (61)

    As Storm Breaking opens, the western allies, led by Karal, Karsite Sunpriest and delegate to the Valdemaran Court, and the Adepts Firesong and An'desha, have traveled deep into the Dorisha Plains to locate the ancient ruins of the Tower of Urtho, Mage of Silence, creator of the gryphons. Legend has it that below the Tower, deeply buried beneath the plains, is Urtho's Vault, hidden stronghold of some of the most powerful magical weapons ever devised - weapons that Urtho himself felt were too dangerous to use.

    cat696 says: "Mercedes Lackey, totally ruined"
    "Mercedes Lackey, totally ruined"
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    One of the things that makes these recordings great is what happens when matching the right talent to narrate the right story. What makes them awful is what happens when the wrong talent is used to do the same. This is an awful combination.. this narrator and this story are not even remotely compatible. How do you ruin a wonderful story, by a wonderful author? Have this man read it for you.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Storm Warning: The Mage Storms, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Mercedes Lackey
    • Narrated By David Ledoux
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (97)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (90)

    With her phenomenal Mage Winds trilogy, bestselling author Mercedes Lackey captivated fans across the country. Now in the first volume of the series sequel, she continues the same storyline, returning readers to a war-torn Valdemar in preparation to confront an ancient Eastern Empire - ruled by a monarch whose magical tactics by be beyond any sorcery known to the western kingdoms.

    ArtisticFool says: "Great story! Slow narration."
    "How to ruin a good story."
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    This is a good story. I read the books many years ago and I own them all. I am a great Mercedes Lackey fan. I have recently learned the best way to ruin a good story is to give it a terrible narration. He has an interesting voice, but as a narrator for this book, he ruined it. I could take no more than 20 minutes of grinding my teeth. This is a truly terrible version of this book. Disappointed doesn't cover it. Don't waist your money, or your credits..

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hounded: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10966)
    Performance
    (9794)
    Story
    (9766)

    Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, lives peacefully in Arizona, running an occult bookshop and shape-shifting in his spare time to hunt with his Irish wolfhound. His neighbors and customers think that this handsome, tattooed Irish dude is about twenty-one years old - when in actuality, he’s twenty-one centuries old. Not to mention: He draws his power from the earth, possesses a sharp wit, and wields an even sharper magical sword known as Fragarach, the Answerer. Unfortunately, a very angry Celtic god wants that sword, and he’s hounded Atticus for centuries....

    Chris says: "Finally, a modern day fantasy that really hits the"
    "Fabulous"
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    I love these books, and the audio version of this one was the first I had heard or seen of this series. It will seem a little dull at first, but that impression is short lived. The characters are colorful, the story imaginative, and some of the one liners are a total "scream". There is depth and intricacy without becoming so complicated that it takes away from the story. It appears to me that the author has a deep love of both history and philosophy, and it shows in the unfolding of this tale.. The narrator was a good choice for this series, and I hope that they continue to use him as a change after 5 books would cause many of us little fans to be thrown off a bit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cerulean Sins: Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter: Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Laurell K. Hamilton
    • Narrated By Cynthia Holloway
    Overall
    (478)
    Performance
    (254)
    Story
    (254)

    How the mighty have fallen! Once a sworn enemy of all vampires, Anita is now the human consort of both Jean-Claude, the Master Vampire, and Micah, the leopard shapeshifter. But her love life doesn't stop there. It can't. For Anita - not quite as human as she once was - is consumed by both the lusts of the vampire and the primal hungers of the wereleopards. Desires that must be sated - time and time again.

    Kimberly says: "Why did they change Narraters?"
    "Why is it necessary to ruin a perfectly good book?"
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    With the understanding that doing a theatrical reading is no easy thing, especially when it is an extended reading with many character voices and accents.. This reading stinks. Dead fish and an incontinent elephant would stink less than this reading. And now I will explain why. First, there is a flow to a story. When you break up the story with inappropriate interruptions in a sentence, or paragraph, you break up the flow of the story. DICTION is another problem. When she is paying attention, her diction is fine. When she is not paying attention, her diction is a distraction because you have to spend time figuring out what was said while the story moves on. However, compared to her character voices, and what I am loathe to call "accents", her diction is a minor problem. This woman has a pleasant voice, and if she were to spend several hours a day for a few months, AFTER taking a course in phonetics and the construction of accents and tonal changes for the purposes of the creation of distinct and convincing character voices.. MAYBE she could manage a story like the one she has been asked to read here. Then again, maybe not. I doubt we will ever know. What I DO know is that her "French" accent sounds like a Chinese woman who has spent too much time in Europe, and you can only understand the lines she is speaking about half the time. Thankfully, though she ruins the story in many ways, you only have to listen to her totally BUTCHER a couple characters. At least in the first half of the book, though I must admit, I am still fighting to get through the first half as the reading is SO very bad.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Temple of the Winds: Sword of Truth, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Terry Goodkind
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2166)
    Performance
    (1226)
    Story
    (1254)

    The dangerous, fanatical Imperial Order, under the leadership of the power-mad Emperor Jagang and his multitude of demonic underlings, unleashes a deadly plague. To find a cure, Richard Cypher and his beloved Kahlan Amnell must seek out the legendary Temple of the Winds, a fortress of evil sealed away for three thousand years. But the path of the Seeker of Truth is never an easy one - even if he can reach the Temple at all, there is no guarantee he'll ever return.

    Danielle says: "Good book, poor narration"
    "EXCELLENT"
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    This reading is VERY well done! I thoroughly enjoyed it! The flow of the story was darn near perfect, the characters are extremely well done and the candace is varied in the right way at the right time. Emotive power of the narrator is excellent!! Highly recommended!!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Blood of the Fold: Sword of Truth, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Terry Goodkind
    • Narrated By Buck Schirner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2212)
    Performance
    (1244)
    Story
    (1261)

    In a fantasy world as rich and real as our own, Richard Rahl and Kahlan Amnell stand against the ancient forces which besiege the New World - forces so terrible that when last they threatened, they could only be withstood by sealing off the Old World from whence they came. Now the barrier has been breached, and the New World is again beset by their evil power.

    Donald says: "Finally!!!"
    "very well done"
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    This is quite a god reading and I would recommend it for anyone who enjoys this series. The characters are well done and the flow of the story is upheld. I enjoyed it, and I would recommend this reading without reservation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bewitched & Betrayed: Raine Benares, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Lisa Shearin
    • Narrated By Eileen Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (67)

    Raine Benares is a seeker. She finds lost things and missing people - usually alive. But now she's been bonded with the Saghred, a soul-stealing stone of unlimited power, and must hunt down its escapees. Especially since one of them is also hunting her.

    cat696 says: "I must re write what I have said of this narrator"
    "I must re write what I have said of this narrator"
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    I must retract what I have said about this narrator. The more of this story she reads, the better she gets at it. Eileen Stevens has earned my respect as a narrator and story teller. She got used to the writing style and the story .. characters, etc.. She has done a wonderful job, and deserves praise for this series. I am glad they continued to use her for these books.. It's nice to have some consistency, but only when the narrator can adapt to the story, and Eileen Stevens has done a beautiful job of that. I will be listening to this story for a long time to come.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Wizard's First Rule: Sword of Truth, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Terry Goodkind
    • Narrated By Sam Tsoutsouvas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4217)
    Performance
    (2595)
    Story
    (2629)

    In the aftermath of the brutal murder of his father, Richard Cypher encounters a mysterious woman, Kahlan Amnell, in his forest sanctuary. She seeks his help...and more. His world, his very beliefs, are shattered when ancient debts come due with thundering violence.

    A User says: "Better than the show"
    "As close to perfect as I have ever heard."
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    This man has a subtlety to his characters and narration that makes for a fantastic and well imagined story telling experience. It doesn't even sound like he is reading most of the time. Wonderful narrator!! I would definitely recommend this audio for your listening pleasure. I REALLY hope they use Sam Tsoutsouvas for future additions of this series! I would love to listen to him again!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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