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T. Fruge

Lancaster, CA | Member Since 2013

  • 5 reviews
  • 11 ratings
  • 85 titles in library
  • 11 purchased in 2014

  • Dragons of Autumn Twilight: Dragonlance: Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Margaret Weis, Tracy Hickman
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer

    Lifelong friends, they went their separate ways. Now they are together again, though each holds secrets from the others in his heart. They speak of a world shadowed with rumors of war. They speak of tales of strange monsters, creatures of myth, creatures of legend. They do not speak of their secrets. Not then. Not until a chance encounter with a beautiful, sorrowful woman, who bears a magical crystal staff, draws the companions deeper into the shadows, forever changing their lives and shaping the fate of the world.

    Kitty says: "Dissapointing Narration of a Classic Favorite"
    "Great Fantasy Epic!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    These books have all the favorites elements that make for a great storyline of the Fantasy genre inclduibg mages, elves, Kinders (Hobbits), Dwarves, Goblins, knights, etc.

    Great original ideas using classic hero/villain types.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Brisingr: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Christopher Paolini
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle

    Oaths sworn . . . loyalties tested . . . forces collide. Following the colossal battle against the Empire's warriors on the Burning Plains, Eragon and his dragon, Saphira, have narrowly escaped with their lives. Still there is more at hand for the Rider and his dragon, as Eragon finds himself bound by a tangle of promises he may not be able to keep.

    A User says: "Good but not complete."
    "Entertaining but not stellar"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Not if I wanted to keep them as "friends".

    Would you recommend Brisingr to your friends? Why or why not?

    I suppose... If they were extremely bored, or I wanted to alienate them as "friends"

    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The voicing of Sapphira could have been better; i.e. - softer, more feminine. Too much emphasis and emotions in Eragon's voice makes him sound like a screaming baby.

    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I cried once I realized I bought the whole series up-front, and the story was becoming irritatingly stupid the further along I read. Seriously, by the time I was half-way through Book #2 in the series, I was so fed-up with the naive situations the Author imagined for his hero characters, I began cheering for Galbatorix to win and wipe them all out.

    Any additional comments?

    I'll give the Author points for effort, and ambition; but as for story-telling... Well, he's got a LOT of growing up to do. He's no Tolkein or Feist, but he's got potential. It would serve him well to get to know the real world in which we live, and has existed millenia before his time. Join the military, and learn what real military life is like; study more on the Art of War and how strategies really work, etc. He's greatly lacking in this area alone. Also, he should cast off whatever axe it is he has got to grind with religion, for his religious bigotry bleeds through into his writing, and it stinks. Way too young to be so opinionated about such things.
    In summary: Take some time to grow personally and mature and your future works will improve I am sure. Good luck.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Song: Raven's Shadow, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Anthony Ryan
    • Narrated By Steven Brand
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The Sixth Order wields the sword of justice and smites the enemies of the Faith and the Realm. Vaelin Al Sorna was only a child of 10 when his father left him at the iron gate of the Sixth Order. The Brothers of the Sixth Order are devoted to battle, and Vaelin will be trained and hardened to the austere, celibate, and dangerous life of a Warrior of the Faith. He has no family now save the Order.

    JPaladin says: "Wonderful Epic! Mature and well-written."
    "Best new Fantasy Saga I've read!"
    If you could sum up Blood Song in three words, what would they be?

    A genre revitalizer

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The hero of course, but all of the characters were intriguing.

    What about Steven Brand’s performance did you like?

    Great reading, subtle voice shifting. I just wish kindle audio played LOUDER

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

    The blood song won't steer you wrong!

    Any additional comments?

    Great story-telling, fresh treatment of some clichéd standards. A real pleasant surprise.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dragons of Spring Dawning: Dragonlance: Chronicles, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Margaret Weis, Tracy Hickman
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer

    The war against the dragon minions of Queen Takhisis rages on. Armed with the mysterious, magical dragon orbs and the shining, silver dragonlance, the companions bring hope to the world. But now, in the dawn of a new day, the dark secrets that have long shadowed the hearts of the friends come to the light. Betrayal, treachery, frailty, and weakness will nearly destroy all that they have accomplished. The greatest battle they have left to fight is within each of them. Yet, in the end, they will be heroes.

    Linda says: "Still Good, but narration got weaker"
    "Diappointing 3rd book"
    What did you like best about Dragons of Spring Dawning? What did you like least?

    I liked the fact that at first, the story begin to pick up speed again.

    I didn't like the fact that after what seemed to be an upswing in the storyline, the writer once again bores us to death with the seedy intrigues between Tanis and Kitara!

    The hero characters became so idiotic at some points, you are left to wonder if they really aren't a bigger threat to the world than the pathetic villains.

    What was most disappointing about Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman ’s story?

    The injection of feminism, Taoism, and absurd theories of good & evil, which if allowed to influence others will lead one to believe that being evil is just as valid a contribution to the "balance" of the world order as being good! ABSURD nonsense!

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

    His female voicings are eerily husky, reminescent of some drag queen trying to sound femine! Creepy...

    Could you see Dragons of Spring Dawning being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No, don't waste the money. You'd need "carrot top" to play Tanis, and a host of other clowns to represent the general comedic dysfunction in these "heroes".

    Any additional comments?

    What a waste of good money.

    0 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Audio Archive Presents Dashiell Hammett's 'The Thin Man': A LUX Theater Episode Plus Special Commentary

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 15 mins)
    • By Dashiell Hammett
    • Narrated By William Powell, Myrna Loy, Bill Mills

    Here is the classic 60-minute Lux Radio Theater adaptation of the 1930s movie hit, recreated with the original film stars and director! This Audio Archive feature presentation delivers William Powell and Myrna Loy, who reprise thei roles as Nick and Nora Charles, the sophisticated lovers at the heart of Dashiell Hammett's immortal romantic-mystery masterpiece, The Thin Man.

    donna says: "I still love the thin man!"
    "A Timeless Classic"
    Would you listen to Audio Archive Presents Dashiell Hammett's 'The Thin Man' again? Why?

    No, too hard to hear without plugging into a stereo to boost volume.

    What other book might you compare Audio Archive Presents Dashiell Hammett's 'The Thin Man' to and why?


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes. But why is the introductory background narration so loud and clear while the actual story is so poor in volume level?

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

    Yes, when Nick rounds them all up for a dinner which reveals the murderer.

    Any additional comments?

    The volume on these audible books is pathetic on my Kindle! Without an ear piece, it can barely be heard.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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