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Steve

Massachusetts, USA | Member Since 2013

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  • The Dirty Streets of Heaven: Bobby Dollar, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Tad Williams
    • Narrated By George Newbern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (443)
    Performance
    (401)
    Story
    (408)

    Bobby Dollar is an angel - a real one. He knows a lot about sin, and not just in his professional capacity as an advocate for souls caught between Heaven and Hell. Bobby’s wrestling with a few deadly sins of his own - pride, anger, even lust. But his problems aren’t all his fault. Bobby can’t entirely trust his heavenly superiors, and he’s not too sure about any of his fellow earthbound angels either, especially the new kid that Heaven has dropped into their midst, a trainee angel who asks too many questions.

    Michael says: "Angel Noir"
    "Similar, but not LIKE Dresden"
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    So I saw some people likening this book to the Dresden Files, but I just don't see it. It may be similar, but it isn't LIKE it. It's similar in the sense that it is a low fantasy mystery detective novel, and that's about it. For me, Libriomancer was much more like Dresden.

    As for the book itself, It was pretty good. It held my attention, but I definitely wavered here and there. There was just something about it that I drifted off from time to time. One thing I can't really get past and I didn't like which also bored me to tears, the angels and demons being lawyers to souls arguing where they were going to be placed. I don't care for religion one way or the other. In the book everyone is judged regardless of religion. For me it was just such a boring part of it that I didn't care for.

    One final thing, just so you know, there are few pretty explicit scenes, just in case you care.

    As for the next book, I'll be waiting for a sale that brings it within paperback price range.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Magicians: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Lev Grossman
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3154)
    Performance
    (2382)
    Story
    (2399)

    Quentin Coldwater is brilliant but miserable. A senior in high school, he's still secretly preoccupied with a series of fantasy novels he read as a child, set in a magical land called Fillory. Imagine his surprise when he finds himself unexpectedly admitted to a very secret, very exclusive college of magic in upstate New York, where he receives a thorough and rigorous education in the craft of modern sorcery.

    Kyle says: "Not an average book"
    "Adult Narnia I guess?"
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    I didn't find this book really that great. The first part a rushed magic school and the second part a mysterious fantastical land accessed through the real world that was hinted at through books in the world. The foreshadowing for that part of the book was huge, you had to know it was coming. Yes, there is sex and teenage issues in it that games with more adult and a more gritty than a young adult novel, but it's not fantastic. It was a decent book, but it didn't grip me in a huge way.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Words of Radiance: The Stormlight Archive, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (48 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8058)
    Performance
    (7629)
    Story
    (7654)

    In that first volume, we were introduced to the remarkable world of Roshar, a world both alien and magical, where gigantic hurricane-like storms scour the surface every few days and life has adapted accordingly. Roshar is shared by humans and the enigmatic, humanoid Parshendi, with whom they are at war.

    D says: "Book !!; no let down- "Words of Radieance" shines"
    "Not the way I hoped"
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    First thing to know if you disregard the rest. The male reader (Michael Kramer) REALLY tends to whistle his "S" sounds a lot in this recording. I can't remember it being this way before, but in this book it can really get a little annoying with how often it happens.

    There was so much that I hoped would happen in this book that just didn't and the way it happened was pretty frustrating. I guess the way it is makes the book more gritty and realistic, but I was hoping for more thrill and excitement. It has that at parts and then others is depressing.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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