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Steve Sullivan

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Port Townsend, WA | Member Since 2012

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  • Bran Hambric: The Farfield Curse

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Kaleb Nation
    • Narrated By Marc Thompson
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (28)

    In a bustling metropolis where magic is outlawed, a six-year-old child is found inside a locked bank vault. A scrap of paper reveals his name: Bran Hambric. The child remembers nothing of his life before the vault. Only magic could have done this. But why would any mage risk breaking the law to place a child in a bank vault?

    E. K. says: "Not a bad start..."
    "Something borrowed, something blue..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Bran Hambric borrows a lot from it's predecessors in the genre, including Harry Potter. However, it lacks sophistication in the form of explanations that help the reader understand the context of the world in which the story take place.

    It also misses a critical opportunity to explore the human condition resulting from abandonment, and loss, while making light of the emotional abuse afforded the main character by his wards. There is an attempt to rectify this by giving Bran an acerbic and some times sarcastic manner, but in the end he goes right back to living with the family that treats him like a slave at the end of the story.

    The reading was mildly entertaining, and the story would be found acceptable by early readers of novels in the range of 8-12 years old.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Clash of Kings: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18142)
    Performance
    (14215)
    Story
    (14255)

    A comet the color of blood and flame cuts across the sky. And from the ancient citadel of Dragonstone to the forbidding shores of Winterfell, chaos reigns. Six factions struggle for control of a divided land and the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms, preparing to stake their claims through tempest, turmoil, and war.

    Alisha says: "Good listen, but what's up with the chapter set up"
    "Stunning characterizations, new meaning for Epoch"
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    Performance
    Story

    Not since the Reality Dysfunction series have I fallen so hopelessly for a set of books. I have forsaken the likes of public and commercial radio alike so that I may listen to this series every hour not spent working.

    The story is complex and at times mean spirited, but the characters, both good and bad, are as sublime as their arcs are unpredictable. The pace of the reading and the added depth given by the performance is refreshing.

    A must read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amped: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Daniel H. Wilson
    • Narrated By Robbie Daymond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (434)
    Performance
    (385)
    Story
    (388)

    In Amped, people are implanted with a device that makes them capable of superhuman feats. The powerful technology has profound consequences for society, and soon a set of laws is passed that restricts the abilities - and rights - of "amplified" humans. On the day that the Supreme Court passes the first of these laws, 29-year-old Owen Gray joins the ranks of a new persecuted underclass known as "amps." Owen is forced to go on the run, desperate to reach an outpost in Oklahoma where, it is rumored, a group of the most enhanced amps may be about to change the world - or destroy it.

    D says: "No Michael Crighton but still worth a listen"
    "Amateur hour on both writing and reading"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    More suited for young adults or even pre-teens.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Daniel H. Wilson again?

    No.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The reader was too earnest and with too much inflection in the voice. He was over acting the parts.


    What character would you cut from Amped?

    all of them. :-)


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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