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T. Baker

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  • Naked Empire: Sword of Truth, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Terry Goodkind
    • Narrated By Jim Bond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1265)
    Performance
    (717)
    Story
    (735)

    "'You knew they were there, didn't you?' Kahlan asked in a hushed tone as she leaned closer. Against the darkening sky, she could just make out the shapes of three black-tipped races taking to wing, beginning their nightly hunt. That was why he'd stopped. That was what he'd been watching as the rest of them waited in uneasy silence."

    T. Baker says: "A little less talk, a lot more action"
    "A little less talk, a lot more action"
    Overall

    I've been a fan of this series, but the last two books 7 and 8, are very weak. I'm about 80% through this book, and have found it to be very disappointing. My main issue, is the same issue mention by other commentors - too much talk (preaching). For me the main issue is that Goodkind just repeats the same philosophical statements over and over and over and over ... As an example, when Goodkind mentions the 'Order', you can expect a paragraph or two follow-up regarding their misguided philosophies. Of course, the problem with this is that the Order is mentioned quite a bit, so we continually hear the same thing over and over and over. He does this with a multiple of other characters and philosophies as well, continually repeating the same statements, the 'pristinely ungifted' are just another example of this, continually reminding us what they are. It's as if Goodkind has forgotten what's already been stated ... numerous times over.

    Additionally, with all the philosophical talk, it leaves very little room for action, which there is surprisingly little, which makes the book somewhat boring.

    I will finish the book, because I've previously enjoyed the series, but I may have take a break from Goodkind once I finish this book, especially if the ending is more of the same.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Wild Cards I

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin (editor), Walter Jon Williams, Melinda Snodgrass, and others
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (632)
    Performance
    (567)
    Story
    (573)

    In the aftermath of WWII, an alien virus struck the Earth, endowing a handful of survivors with extraordinary powers. Originally published in 1987, the newly expanded saga contains additional original stories by eminent writers.

    Joseph Rispoli Jr says: "A True Classic!"
    "Not a 5 Star"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I guess this book is good enough but it's certainly not as engaging and interesting as many of the other books that I've listened to previously. Audible's ratings always seem to be on the high side, but how this rates 5 stars in anyone's book is beyond me ... but to each their own. The story is disjointed as many other reviewers have noted, and many of the story lines rely on shock or sex more than substance. Not a bad read, but not a great one either.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Pillars of Creation: Sword of Truth, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Terry Goodkind
    • Narrated By Jim Bond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1404)
    Performance
    (774)
    Story
    (792)

    Tormented her entire life by inhuman voices, Jennsen seeks to end her intolerable agony. She at last discovers a way to silence the voices. For everyone else, the torment is about to begin. Richard Rahl and his wife, Kahlan, have been reunited after their long separation, but with winter descending and the paralyzing dread of an army of annihilation occupying their homeland, they must venture deep into a strange and desolate land.

    D says: "Detour!"
    "Slow and Painful at times"
    Overall

    I listened to the whole book before writing the review. First, the narrator is really bad in my opinion, it made parts of the book brutal to listen to. Second, it is long and drawn out for no apparent reason. Third, the combination of both a bad narrator and a really slow book make it painful at time. I don't think this rates anywhere near the other books. Listen to this one only if you feel like you'd be missing something in the series. By far the worst Sword of Truth that I've listened to. 6 out of 7 isn't bad. I'm hoping the next one is better.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Feast for Crows: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book IV

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (4261)
    Performance
    (2469)
    Story
    (2494)

    It is not long before the survivors, outlaws, renegades, and carrion eaters start to gather, picking over the bones of the dead and fighting for the spoils of the soon-to-be dead. Now in the Seven Kingdoms, as the human crows assemble over a banquet of ashes, daring new plots and dangerous new alliances are formed, while surprising faces, some familiar, others only just appearing, are seen emerging from an ominous twilight of past struggles and chaos to take up the challenges ahead.

    Aaron says: "No Roy Dotrice"
    "Not the same"
    Overall

    OK, I enjoyed the first three books and couldn't wait to get to this one ... but then it happened, they replaced Dotrice with an over-dramatic, over-accentuating orator. This narrator sounds like he's trying to read poetry and empahsizes words in a non-sensical manner. It's like he's never actually read the lines he's reading. A horrible narrator, I hope the 'Others' take him away ... far away. But I pain my way through out of love for the story, which itself is good despite the narrator. If this guy was the original narrator, I may never had made it past the first book.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Dark Tower: The Dark Tower VII

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3779)
    Performance
    (1890)
    Story
    (1914)

    All good things must come to an end, Constant Listener, and not even Stephen King can write a story that goes on forever. The tale of Roland Deschain's relentless quest for the Dark Tower has, the author fears, sorely tried the patience of those who have followed it from its earliest chapters. But attend to it a while longer, if it pleases you, for this volume is the last, and often the last things are best.

    Dawn says: "Unbelieveable"
    "Spaghetti Code"
    Overall

    This was one series I could not wait to finish ... and I don't mean that in a good way. It started strong with book 1, but after 7 books it was clear the SK did not have any real plan or direction for the completion of the tale. It reminded of what programmers call spaghetti code, code hashed together, pieces at a time, somehow working, but no one really knows how or why. One last point, an author should be concerned, when the only way to conclude the story is to put himself into it as a primary character.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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