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Steven L Stringfellow

Nothing is better than the well-written sci-fi story. I'm even trying to write one too. But these days, I have expanded my taste --a bit.

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  • Darkly Dreaming Dexter: Dexter, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Jeff Lindsay
    • Narrated By Jeff Lindsay
    Overall
    (443)
    Performance
    (404)
    Story
    (409)

    Meet Dexter Morgan, a polite wolf in sheep’s clothing. He’s handsome and charming, but something in his past has made him abide by a different set of rules. He’s a serial killer whose one golden rule makes him immensely likeable: he only kills bad people. And his job as a blood splatter expert for the Miami police department puts him in the perfect position to identify his victims. But when a series of brutal murders bearing a striking similarity to his own style start turning up, Dexter is caught between being flattered and being frightened - of himself or some other fiend.

    Jane says: "This was fun because it was different."
    "The type of killer that would be fun to chill with"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It is a very unique story because of the protagonist. Essentially it is something new and "new" is the hardest thing for a writer to produce. On top of that, it is a very involving story with twists that make it that much better. Even if you've seen the TV show, I'd would recommend it.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes. The story teller kept leaving "breadcrumbs" so as to keep the reader/listener engrossed in the story.


    Have you listened to any of Jeff Lindsay’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but I plan to.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    It's already a really great TV show, but here goes anyway. "He's a lovable monster Just like Grover, only less furry and more bloody"


    Any additional comments?

    The overall story was good, but there were some obvious issues that were not addressed at the end. I presume they will be in the next book, but it would have been tidier.

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  • The Eye of the World: Book One of The Wheel of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10372)
    Performance
    (6356)
    Story
    (6400)

    When their village is attacked by trollocs, monsters thought to be only legends, three young men, Rand, Matt, and Perrin, flee in the company of the Lady Moiraine, a sinister visitor of unsuspected powers. Thus begins an epic adventure set in a world of wonders and horror, where what was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.

    Greg says: "This Series Rocks"
    "An interesting mythology."
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes. It was a good story. Not a super epic, but a good solid story.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    There were some elements in the final act that seemed to almost come out of nowhere. Also a lot of the characters seemed to have gotten off lucky. Maybe too lucky. The apparent "end" of the Dark One was not really disputed. You can't just kill the devil in book 1 of an epic. Uh . . . Can you?


    Which scene was your favorite?

    During the climax when Rand was running and he heard the screams of a particular main character behind him. I was dramatic because she seemed all but invincible up to that point and now I feared the worse for her. Of course, she was one of those that got off lucky. She even said as much.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Of course.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't now if it's me, but I did not see the hint of romance that popped up. It seemed so random when the characters were proclaiming their love. I half expected one of them to say "What the heck are you talking about?" And I see no reason for two narrators. One of them, Kate Reading, only read two or three chapters (out of fifty!) What was the point? Her performance was fine, but she read characters that Michael Kramer had already read. Jordan's description are very spot as well as creative and beautifully written, but the overall story is needlessly long, given the events that happened. Maybe they are seeds, that will sprout in future books, others there seem to be a lot of diversions just to make it longer. (kinda like those Hobbit movies)

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  • Tigana

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Guy Gavriel Kay
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (992)
    Performance
    (642)
    Story
    (652)

    Tigana is the magical story of a beleaguered land struggling to be free. It is the tale of a people so cursed by the black sorcery of a cruel, despotic king that even the name of their once-beautiful homeland cannot be spoken or remembered.

    But after years of devastation, a handful of courageous men and women embark upon a dangerous crusade to overthrow their conquerors and bring back to the dark world the brilliance of a long-lost name: Tigana.

    Robert says: "Says a lot about who we are."
    "One of the most beautiful writing styles I've read"
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    What made the experience of listening to Tigana the most enjoyable?

    The author's very poetic writing style. The dialogue in particular was so authentic sounding. Characters of many fantasies sound like regular 21st century blokes, but these seemed legitimately foreign. Also his similes were so precise and insightful. I didn't hear a single world that was out of place.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Tigana?

    The idea that the name of a people was obliterated from memory. I'm glad the author's after word was included because it added a lot to the reading.


    What about Simon Vance’s performance did you like?

    Excellent. Someone could have told me that there was an entire cast and I would have believed them. His female voices could not pass, but I was so into the story, that they blended right in.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When some of the central characters admitted that they cared for each other. There were too such moments but they were written differently so they did not seem redundant. I liked that because as I begin to care about characters, I feel like I'm part of that moment. *sniff* I'm sorry. . .


    Any additional comments?

    Sometimes characters acted outside of what I considerate to be their believable range of behavior. The incest seemed to serve no purpose and neither character seemed to give it a 2nd thought. Incest is a big deal. The two romantic "hook-ups" in the end made no sense. Both sere out of the blue and had no basis. Im OK with a twist, but the twist needs to make sense. And both felt like an after thought like when Leia and Han suddenly were in love and Luke was out. It would have been good to know the rules of magic or get an exposition of what wizards could and could not do. Explain why everyone just destiny just do that head explosion thing. Or why everyone doesn't just teleport with some archers, let fly some arrows and blink out again. Also the sister of Berd, died in disgrace by doing the opposite of her mission. That's a big deal too What's up with that. And she does not even have a face to face with her lover/brother. I was expecting that confrontation, and it never came. None of this kept me from enjoying the story, but there is.

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  • American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition (A Full Cast Production)

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris, Daniel Oreskes, Ron McLarty, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5831)
    Performance
    (5234)
    Story
    (5265)

    First published in 2001, American Gods became an instant classic, an intellectual and artistic benchmark from the multiple-award-winning master of innovative fiction, Neil Gaiman. Now discover the mystery and magic of American Gods in this 10th anniversary edition. Newly updated and expanded with the author's preferred text, this commemorative volume is a true celebration of a modern masterpiece by the one, the only, Neil Gaiman.

    Michael says: "New to Neil"
    "1st half is poor + 2nd half is great = good"
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    Would you try another book from Neil Gaiman and/or the narrators?

    Yes. I plan to read other books by Neil Gaiman.


    If you’ve listened to books by Neil Gaiman before, how does this one compare?

    N/A


    Did the narrators do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    There were multiple narrators, but the narrator that portrayed the main character, Shadow, had a very dull, mono-toned voice that did not seem to serve the character. All the other voices were good or great.


    Did American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition (A Full Cast Production) inspire you to do anything?

    Not so much inspire, but I'll ready other titles by this writer.


    Any additional comments?

    The first then chapters were rather dull, and the story was not advanced in many of the 1st 10 chapter. However, the last fourteen were very good. This is picky. . . . but the breaks were not organized in a very logical way. The chapters themselves were too long.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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