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Tamarala

Avondale, AZ, USA | Member Since 2001

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  • The Jester

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Andrew Gross
    • Narrated By Neil Dickson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (614)
    Performance
    (120)
    Story
    (120)

    Hugh De Luc, a poor innkeeper, returns home from the First Crusade wearied from battle and disillusioned by carnage. After journeying from the Holy Land back to his own small village, he finds his nightmare is just beginning.

    Sheridan Race says: "Spellbound and engaged"
    "HORRIBLE"
    Overall

    I like James Patterson. However, this is a waste of his talents. I never thought it would end. Characters are contrived, story line is incoherent, unrealistic, poorly written, and a waste of money and time. In short, Patterson is capable of much better than this drivel!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Into the Void: Star Wars: SW: Dawn of the Jedi

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Tim Lebbon
    • Narrated By January LaVoy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (427)
    Performance
    (407)
    Story
    (404)

    On the planet Tython, the ancient Je’daii order was founded. And at the feet of its wise Masters, Lanoree Brock learned the mysteries and methods of the Force - and found her calling as one of its most powerful disciples. But as strongly as the Force flowed within Lanoree and her parents, it remained absent in her brother, who grew to despise and shun the Je’daii, and whose training in its ancient ways ended in tragedy. Now, from her solitary life as a Ranger keeping order across the galaxy, Lanoree has been summoned by the Je’daii Council on a matter of utmost urgency.

    Pasqual says: "Good but not great."
    "Expanded Universe Action Story"
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    Would you listen to Into the Void: Star Wars again? Why?

    Yes, great complex story about the beginnings of the Jedi order, a time before they utilized light sabers.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Lanoree simply because she is brave, fearsome, determined, and balanced.


    Which character – as performed by January LaVoy – was your favorite?

    Lanoree


    Any additional comments?

    If you are expecting light sabers, dueling blasters, or the dark side you will be disappointed but if the origins of the Jedi hold interest or the Gree do, then this book is highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The King's Deception: A Cotton Malone Novel, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Steve Berry
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (453)
    Performance
    (401)
    Story
    (407)

    Cotton Malone and his 15-year-old son, Gary, are headed to Europe. As a favor to his former boss at the Justice Department, Malone agrees to escort a teenage fugitive back to England. But after he is greeted at gunpoint in London, both the fugitive and Gary disappear, and Malone learns that he’s stumbled into a high-stakes diplomatic showdown - an international incident fueled by geopolitical gamesmanship and shocking Tudor secrets.

    Carol says: "First Book Mr Berry fell flat on."
    "Subpar Cotton Malone"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend The King's Deception to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would recommend it because it is part of the series but it isn't nearly as compelling as other entries into the series. Don't get me wrong, I love the writing of Steve Berry and Cotton Malone as a character. This was just my least favorite so far.


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

    As always, Scott Brick's performance was fabulous.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Scoundrels: Star Wars

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Timothy Zahn
    • Narrated By Marc Thompson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (905)
    Performance
    (855)
    Story
    (857)

    Han Solo should be basking in his moment of glory. After all, the cocky smuggler and captain of the Millennium Falcon just played a key role in the daring raid that destroyed the Death Star and landed the first serious blow to the Empire in its war against the Rebel Alliance. But after losing the reward his heroics earned him, Han's got nothing to celebrate. Especially since he's deep in debt to the ruthless crime lord Jabba the Hutt. There's a bounty on Han's head - and if he can't cough up the credits, he'll surely pay with his hide. The only thing that can save him is a king's ransom. Or maybe a gangster's fortune?

    lawrence says: "I ROLLED MY CHANCE CUBES AND WON ON THIS BOOK!"
    "great entry into the canon of star wars"
    Overall
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    What does Marc Thompson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Sound, voices, atmosphere


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes even though I broke it up into a couple of sittings. It was as compelling as a movie for me, the characters and settings were beautifully done and the atmosphere of events came to life.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • House Rules: A Joe DeMarco Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Mike Lawson
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (86)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (52)

    First there was the bomb meant for the Baltimore Harbor Tunnel; then a private plane headed straight for the White House is shot down. An atmosphere of fear and panic overruns the country, and when a senator proposes to run background checks on all Muslims and deport any who aren’t citizens, his bill gains surprising traction. John Mahoney, the Speaker of the House, is not pleased. But Mahoney has a connection to one of the attackers, one he wants kept a secret....

    Pamela Dale Foster says: "Terrorist's from US and non-US"
    "Consistently great storytelling"
    Overall
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    What made the experience of listening to House Rules the most enjoyable?

    Mike Lawson consistently tells a compelling story that doesn't require ridiculous leaps of faith on the part of the reader and believable, likable characters.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Narrator is dry and monotone for my tastes.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Star Wars: The Old Republic: Revan

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Drew Karpyshyn
    • Narrated By Marc Thompson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1217)
    Performance
    (1143)
    Story
    (1144)

    There’s something out there: a juggernaut of evil bearing down to crush the Republic - unless one lone Jedi, shunned and reviled, can stop it. Revan: hero, traitor, conqueror, villain, savior. A Jedi who left Coruscant to defeat Mandalorians - and returned a disciple of the dark side, bent on destroying the Republic. The Jedi Council gave Revan his life back, but his memories have been erased. All that’s left are nightmares - and deep, abiding fear. What exactly happened beyond the Outer Rim? Revan can’t quite remember, yet can’t entirely forget.

    Ryan says: "Did you play Knights of the Old Republic?"
    "problems"
    Overall
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    Where does Star Wars: The Old Republic: Revan rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Middle of the road


    Would you be willing to try another book from Drew Karpyshyn? Why or why not?

    Unsure, the story was slow and dragged on which is unfortunate since Revan is a beloved character from the games and the book left more questions than it should have.


    Any additional comments?

    Frustrating book, good but frustrating

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Star Wars: The Old Republic: Deceived

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Paul S. Kemp
    • Narrated By Marc Thompson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1163)
    Performance
    (979)
    Story
    (978)

    The second novel set in the Old Republic era and based on the massively multiplayer online game Star Wars: The Old Republic ramps up the action and brings listeners face-to-face for the first time with a Sith warrior to rival the most sinister of the Order’s Dark Lords: Darth Malgus, the mysterious, masked Sith of the wildly popular “Deceived” and “Hope” game trailers. Malgus brought down the Jedi Temple on Coruscant in a brutal assault that shocked the galaxy....

    Conrado says: "Another Great Old Republic novel"
    "If you play the game"
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    Would you listen to Star Wars: The Old Republic: Deceived again? Why?

    Yes, because it does a superb job of setting the atmosphere and drawing the reader into the events of the sacking of Coruscant.


    What other book might you compare Star Wars: The Old Republic: Deceived to and why?

    Fatal Alliance was equally as riveting.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Finding T7, he is one of my favorite companions in the game. His sense of humor is present on the book and made me smile.


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

    I laughed, I cried, and I got upset. Seriously, I enjoyed the whole novel immensely.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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