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Steven

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  • 8 reviews
  • 53 ratings
  • 242 titles in library
  • 44 purchased in 2014
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  • Niccolo Rising

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Dorothy Dunnett
    • Narrated By Gordon Griffin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (91)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (83)

    Bruges, 1460. Street smart, brilliant at figures, adept at the subtleties of diplomacy and the well-timed untruth, Nicholas van der Poele rises from wastrel to prodigy in a breathless adventure that wins him the love of the strongest woman in Bruges and the hatred of two powerful enemies. Niccolo Rising combines history, adventure and high romance in the tradition stretching from Alexandre Dumas to Mary Renault.

    Theresa says: "A Classic Favorite Returns"
    "OUTSTANDING"
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    If you could sum up Niccolo Rising in three words, what would they be?

    I have been waiting for years for these beloved books to come out on audio and this production really satisfies. Gordon Griffin does a masterful job of conveying the subtle personalities of these characters, as well as elucidating the dense and sometimes opaque text. Bravo! Can't wait to listen to them all.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Race of Scorpions

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Dorothy Dunnett
    • Narrated By Christopher Kay
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (35)

    When Niccolo's wealthy older wife dies in Bruges, he finds himself - at the age of 21 - in the dual role of prosperous merchant and sought-after military strategist. Niccolo's powerful private army is coveted by two warring rulers: steely Carlotta, Queen of Jerusalem, Cyprus and Armenia; and her lethally charming, illegitimate brother, James, who is determined to wrest the kingdom from his detested sister. But Niccolo's suave demeanour and physical prowess and his ability to turn a profit as well as a battle, attracts dangerous lovers.

    Grace says: "O Niccolo"
    "What is going on with these accents?"
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    What did you love best about Race of Scorpions?

    I don't understand why Christopher Key is doing all these bizarre accents. Everyone in these wonderful books is from a different country and they're constantly switching between different languages. So accents in an all-English reading are superfluous.

    Thomas is described as speaking Flemish with a "horrible English accent" but he makes him - and nearly everyone else - sound like a weird cross between French, Italian, and some unidentifiable place that villains come from.

    Most puzzling of all, Tilda has this weird accent and Niccolo doesn't - despite the fact that they grew up in the same household.

    Other than the very distracting accents I thought Christopher key did a fine job. Just - tone it down a bit perhaps.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunt for Red October

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy
    • Narrated By J. Charles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1650)
    Performance
    (1264)
    Story
    (1271)

    A deadly serious game of hide-and-seek is on. The CIA's brilliant young analyst, Jack Ryan, thinks he knows the reason for the sudden Red Fleet operation: the Soviets' most valuable ship, the Red October, is attempting to defect to the United States.

    Christian says: "Audio quality quite poor"
    "The accents!"
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    Would you be willing to try another one of J. Charles’s performances?

    LOL this guy can't do an English accent at all. It vacillates somewhere between Australia and an Elementary School performance of Oliver. Also, one of the characters sounds like a Muppet for some reason.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 21: The Final Unfinished Voyage of Jack Aubrey

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 58 mins)
    • By Patrick O’Brian
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (50)

    Blue at the Mizzen ended with Jack Aubrey getting the news of his elevation to flag rank: Rear Admiral of the Blue Squadron, with orders to sail to South Africa. The next novel, never completed, would have been the chronicle of that mission and much else besides. The three chapters left on O'Brian's desk at the time of his death are presented here. Though tantalizingly incomplete, these pages prove that O'Brian's humor, powers of observation, and understanding of his characters were undiminished to the end.

    D. Arkless says: "still a "must have""
    "Frustratingly short."
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    Was 21 worth the listening time?

    Only if you're as enthralled by this series as I was. It's sad and frustrating that it's so short but I can't fault the author for dying mid sentence. The foreword and afterword are nicely done and just manage to put a satisfying cap on the series.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Starless Night: Legend of Drizzt: Legacy of the Drow, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By R. A. Salvatore
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (342)
    Performance
    (328)
    Story
    (328)

    The Underdark. A place of brooding darkness, where no shadows exist, and where Drizzt Do'Urden does not wish to go. The noble dark elf must return there, though, he must go back to find his friends in the gnome city of Blingdenstone, and on to Menzoberranzan, the city of drow. Only then can Drizzt discern what perils might reach out from that dark place to threaten his friends in Mithril Hall.

    Guillaume says: "Awesome!"
    "Hack"
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    What could R. A. Salvatore have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I tried these out because I was interested in learning more DnD lore. The stories are fun and imaginative but his writing is so clumsy and immature I couldn't bear to listen to any more. It's distressing that his books are so popular.

    If he got a good editor to tighten up his word choices, sentence structure, descriptions, etc. they'd be a lot of fun.


    What three words best describe Victor Bevine’s voice?

    Tends to go into his "dramatic battle scene" voice at inappropriate moments. Some times slows down to the point where it gets laborious.


    0 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Nine Princes in Amber: The Chronicles of Amber, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Roger Zelazny
    • Narrated By Alessandro Juliani
    Overall
    (1646)
    Performance
    (1482)
    Story
    (1499)

    Amber is the one real world, of which all others including our own Earth are but Shadows. Amber burns in Corwin's blood. Exiled on Shadow Earth for centuries, the prince is about to return to Amber to make a mad and desperate rush upon the throne.

    Joe says: "Great begining of the series"
    "Great stuff!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Nine Princes in Amber to be better than the print version?

    Alessandro Juliani, who narrated the first half of the series, from Corwin's pov, did a really good job of capturing the tone and attitude of Zelazny's writing.

    Wil Wheaton, narrating the books from the pov of Merlin, son of Corwin, pick that up and also does a great job. I never have trouble distinguishing which character is speaking at any given moment, he remembers inflections and accents that he gives bit parts and keeps them consistent.

    Zelzany's writing is always an interesting mix of whimsical, edgy, and inventive. Sometimes the descriptions of landscapes go on and on, but by and large this is a very enjoyable and original series.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Anathem

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman, Tavia Gilbert, William Dufris, and others
    Overall
    (1959)
    Performance
    (952)
    Story
    (963)

    In celebration of the week-long, once-in-a-decade rite of Apert, the fras and suurs prepare to venture outside the concent's gates - opening them wide at the same time to welcome the curious "extras" in. During his first Apert as a fra, Erasmus eagerly anticipates reconnecting with the landmarks and family he hasn't seen since he was "collected". But before the week is out, both the existence he abandoned and the one he embraced will stand poised on the perilous brink of cataclysmic change.

    Brandon Barton says: "All hail Oralow"
    "My new favorite book - a tour de force."
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    What did you love best about Anathem?

    I loved this book so much I listened to it twice in a row... which I have never done before with a book nor an audio book.

    I've read several things by Stephenson and loved them but this is now my fave.
    The writing and thinking behind it are brilliant.

    The performance of the main narrator is endearing - you feel like the 1st person character is a friend.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blood of Amber: The Chronicles of Amber, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Roger Zelazny
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    Overall
    (274)
    Performance
    (250)
    Story
    (248)

    Pursued by a fiendish enemy, Merle must battle through an intricate web of vengeance and murder that threatens more than the San Francisco Bay area. For Merle Corey of California is also Merlin, son of Corwin, vanished Prince of Amber; and the forces, seeking to destroy the royal house, have unleashed sorceries that can strike anywhere, especially at the very heart of Amber.

    chris says: "Zelazny greatest work"
    "WHil WHeaton does a great job."
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    What did you love best about Blood of Amber?

    Alessandro Juliani, who narrated the first half of the series, from Corwin's pov, did a really good job of capturing the tone and attitude of Zelazny's writing.

    Wil Wheaton, narrating the books from the pov of Merlin, son of Corwin, pick that up and also does a great job. I never have trouble distinguishing which character is speaking at any given moment, he remembers inflections and accents that he gives bit parts and keeps them consistent.

    Zelzany's writing is always an interesting mix of whimsical, edgy, and inventive. Sometimes the descriptions of landscapes go on and on, but by and large this is a very enjoyable and original series.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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