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William F. Clement

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N.E. Wisconsin | Member Since 2012

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  • 12 purchased in 2014
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  • Regina's Song

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By David Eddings, Leigh Eddings
    • Narrated By Fred Berman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Eerily attuned to one another, twins Regina and Renata are so identical that even their mother can’t tell them apart. Then tragedy strikes: A vicious attack leaves one twin dead and the other so traumatized that she turns totally inward, incapable of telling anyone what happened or even who she is. She remains lost to the world, until the day Mark, a family friend, comes to visit - and the young woman utters her first intelligible word. As she recovers, still with no memory of the past, her nightmares grow steadily more frightful, followed by wild fits of hysteria and dark mood swings....

    Ken says: "The Eddings have done it again"
    "Excellent!"
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    Where does Regina's Song rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Up towards the top. Of course, I'm a fan of Eddings, so I am prejudiced.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes and no. I have read the book numerous times, so I knew what was going on, yet, mr. Berman's reading is such that I really got into the story. Thoroughly enjoyable.


    What does Fred Berman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His voices and accents were pretty good. He also gave emotion to the characters, as well as drawing out their personalities.


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

    Smiled a lot.


    Any additional comments?

    You folks need to have this Berman fellow narrate The Losers, and especially High Hunt, both by Eddings. He would do a very nice job on them, I think.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Marcus Luttrell, Patrick Robinson
    • Narrated By Kevin Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2357)
    Performance
    (2200)
    Story
    (2210)

    Four US Navy SEALS departed one clear night in early July, 2005 for the mountainous Afghanistan-Pakistan border for a reconnaissance mission. Their task was to document the activity of an al Qaeda leader rumored to have a small army in a Taliban stronghold. Five days later, only one of those Navy SEALS made it out alive. This is the story of the only survivor of Operation Redwing, SEAL team leader Marcus Luttrell, and the extraordinary firefight that led to the largest loss of life in American Navy SEAL history.

    Mike says: "Enthralling and authentic story of valor in combat"
    "Amazing"
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    What made the experience of listening to Lone Survivor the most enjoyable?

    Having seen the movie, to hear all that wasn't shown, was awe inspiring. My heart went out to Marcus because of the movie, my soul because of the book.


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  • Belgarath the Sorcerer

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By David Eddings, Leigh Eddings
    • Narrated By J. P. Linton
    Overall
    (616)
    Performance
    (428)
    Story
    (443)

    When the world was young and Gods still walked among their mortal children, a headstrong orphan boy set out to explore the world. Thus began the extraordinary adventures that would mold that youthful vagabond into a man, and the man into the finely honed instrument of Prophecy known to all the world as Belgarath the Sorcerer.

    Seth H. Wilson says: "Great book; dreadful narration"
    "Good story, not so good reader.."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If an Eddings fan, yes. Love of the story goes further than dislike of the reader.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I read the Rivan Codex, and thought that hearing Belgarath's story, from the beginning would be neat. Then came BtS. I've read it many times, and to have it on audio book is great.


    What didn’t you like about J. P. Linton’s performance?

    Let me preface this by saying that Cameron Beierle, who read the 10 books that make up the Belgariad and the Mallorean, did a most excellent job. That set mr. Linton up for disappointment. He apparently never listened to the previous books, which, fair or not, set in one's mind the characters. He also mispronounces the names, puts the emphasis in the wrong place. An example is Ce'Nedra. If one had read the series, or listened to them, one would know how to pronounce her name. Yet, apparently mr. Linton did no homework, and pronounces it like Kenedra. There are other mispronunciations, but I'm sure you get the point. A good reader can make a story come alive. A bad one can ruin it. Mr. Linton doesn't ruin the story, but he does lessen it. A good example would be the late Frank Muller. He could make a story come to life. I was saddened at the motorcycle accident that took his career, and later, his life. His passing meant that they had to find a different reader for King's Dark Tower series. They picked George Guidall, and while he did a very good job, it was an adjustment from the way Muller narrated. I did still enjoy the story. Too critical? Perhaps. Yet, the narrator can make the story come alive, or just remain a story. With mr. Linton, it's just a story.


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

    No. Unlike Beiele, Linton's reading doesn't have that quality.


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