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Tom

DOVER, PA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27265)
    Performance
    (21006)
    Story
    (21088)

    In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

    DCinMI says: "Review of First 5 Books"
    "Say What???"
    Overall

    I drive a truck for a living and listen to a lot of books. This one is just hard to get a handle on as it jumps around. I have to go back and relisten to catch the gist of the story line again and again. Is it the narrator or story I can't say but it is on the side line till I have more time to devote my complete attention, like on vacation

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Way of Kings: Book One of The Stormlight Archive

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11718)
    Performance
    (9109)
    Story
    (9170)

    Roshar is a world of stone and storms. Uncanny tempests of incredible power sweep across the rocky terrain so frequently that they have shaped ecology and civilization alike. Animals hide in shells, trees pull in branches, and grass retracts into the soilless ground. Cities are built only where the topography offers shelter. It has been centuries since the fall of the ten consecrated orders known as the Knights Radiant, but their Shardblades and Shardplate remain: mystical swords and suits of armor.

    Lore says: "Wow - 45 hours long and leaves you wanting more!"
    "Mr.Kramer narration, acquired taste"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I really wanted to like this story, SiFi and Fantasy. Throw in a narrator who ends every third sentence with a raised voice as if posing a question even during a fight scene; and I'm done. Mr. Kramer describes a battle as if watching the grass grow. Boring and aggravating reading style make a long book unbearable. I can not believe 4000+ readers found this book so entertaining!!!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Yard

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Alex Grecian
    • Narrated By Toby Leonard Moore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (741)
    Performance
    (647)
    Story
    (647)

    Victorian London is a cesspool of crime, and Scotland Yard has only 12 detectives - known as “The Murder Squad” - to investigate thousands of murders every month. Created after the Metropolitan Police’s spectacular failure to capture Jack the Ripper, The Murder Squad suffers rampant public contempt. They have failed their citizens. When Walter Day, the squad’s newest hire, is assigned the case of the murdered detective, he finds a strange ally in the Yard’s first forensic pathologist, Dr. Bernard Kingsley.

    Debra says: "Enjoyable annoying book"
    "Very Very Poor Narration"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Due to the narrator I can not rate the book/storyr. I have listened to many books the last couple years and this guy is absolutly the WORST. He reads a sentence pauses, then takes a very audible breath. This narrative stye carried on as far into the book as I could stand. His repetative cadence ruined what other wise started to feel like a good story.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • When Worlds Collide

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Philip Wylie, Edwin Balmer
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim
    Overall
    (494)
    Performance
    (437)
    Story
    (438)

    A runaway planet hurtles toward Earth. As it draws near, massive tidal waves, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions wrack our planet, devastating continents, drowning cities, and wiping out millions. In central North America, a team of scientists race to build a spacecraft powerful enough to escape the doomed Earth. Their greatest threat, they soon discover, comes not from the skies but from other humans.

    Cynthia L. Walker says: "Still as good as I remember!"
    "Classic 1930's SciFi Story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This story is a classic 1930 style story where romance and science fiction are still fresh. Tony and Eve, Really??? I waited for something but chivalry keep Tony in line, How Quaint.
    Other than those two the story was pure Buck Rogers and Captain Marvel. I enjoyed some of the story a double speed, specially the mushy stuff.

    4 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Sometimes a Great Notion

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Ken Kesey
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (171)
    Performance
    (142)
    Story
    (138)

    A literary icon sometimes seen as a bridge between the Beat Generation and the hippies, Ken Kesey scored an unexpected hit with his first novel, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. His successful follow-up, Sometimes a Great Notion, was also transformed into a major motion picture, directed by and starring Paul Newman. Here, Oregon’s Stamper family does what it can to survive a bitter strike dividing their tiny logging community. And as tensions rise, delicate family bonds begin to fray and unravel.

    Forrest says: "My Favorite Book"
    "Yawn!!!!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This was written by an author with an ego who wished to show his large vocabulary and the fact he did shrums in college. The story is disjointed and rambles.
    I do believe the narrator does his best to convey the poor story by being so mono-tone.

    1 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • The Empress of Mars

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Kage Baker
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
    Overall
    (232)
    Performance
    (208)
    Story
    (209)

    When the British Arean Company founded its Martian colony, it welcomed any settlers it could get. Outcasts, misfits, and dreamers emigrated in droves to undertake the grueling task of terraforming the cold red planet - only to be abandoned when the BAC discovered it couldn't turn a profit on Mars. Mary Griffith and her struggles and triumphs are at the center of it all, in her bar, the Empress of Mars.

    Dave says: "I love this book."
    "A Fun Book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The time is in the future but parents still have issues with kids and people are still looking to make deals. Some interesting characters out there in space, a little rough around the edges but with good intentions and spirit, almost like the early pioneers of Australia.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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