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Knoxville, TN, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Forge of Darkness: Kharkanas Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs)
    • By Steven Erikson
    • Narrated By Daniel Philpott
    Overall
    (158)
    Performance
    (141)
    Story
    (144)

    Forge of Darkness takes listeners to Kurald Galain, the warren of Darkness, and tells of a realm whose fate plays a crucial role in the fall of the Malazan Empire and surrounds one of the Malazan world’s most fascinating and powerful characters, Anomander Rake. It’s a conflicted time in Kurald Galain, where Mother Dark reigns above the Tiste people. But this ancient land was once home to many a power...and even death is not quite eternal. The commoners’ great hero, Vatha Urusander, longs for ascendency and Mother Dark’s hand in marriage, but she has taken another Consort, Lord Draconus.

    Michael says: "A Precursor Epic Fantasy - A Rewarding Beginning!"
    "Pure Blather - Stopped Listening"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The only way to rank it higher is if I could get my Credit back.


    What could Steven Erikson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Burn it before he sent it to the publisher.


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

    Never heard him before, but he's quite good.


    What character would you cut from Forge of Darkness?

    The author.


    Any additional comments?

    It took several hours before it got to anything resembling a story. It sort of carried that story on and off from then on, but there are so many Peoples, Lands, Houses and Myths that it was nearly impossible to keep track of who's who. Sure, keeping track was my responsibility, but I ended up having to go to a wiki to figure things out because the author did such a poor job.

    Rather than tell a Fantastic story, the author was more concerned with making people sound like they're at a renaissance fair. Rather than keeping the story moving, the author stops everything and has the characters try to understand the universe through faulty reasoning and sophomoric philosophy. I'm totally fine with being immersed in the story's universe and trying to see it through the character's eyes. But do they have to be stupid! Do they have to resort to bad poetry that doesn't even come close to (succinctly) expressing that world view?

    So, I could skip the slow bits. But I can't skip every other sentence! The author regularly uses bad similes and metaphors (on top of the bad poetry). But what drove me absolutely bonkers was that he decided to compound the problem by trying again, and again to get it right! Rather than using the delete key, backspace button. I felt as if I were a fish in a bowl, a container. Filled with water, a translucent liquid. But unlike a fish questing, ever discovering anew, I was a fish with a memory, a retention of the past. ...and worse yet, there's be a scratched record playing that would sometimes skip, sometimes not.

    Run.

    Don't be fooled by others who say this is a great story.

    They're just trying to avoid having to admit they wasted their money.

    2 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Debt of Honor: A Jack Ryan Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy
    • Narrated By John MacDonald
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (874)
    Performance
    (708)
    Story
    (713)

    Clancy plunges hero Jack Ryan into nonstop high adventure, as two seemingly unrelated occurrences being a chain of events that will stun the world. Called out of retirement to serve as National Security Advisor to the president, Ryan, with the help of CIA officers John Clark and Domingo Chavez, must prepare the untested president to meet the challenges of a new world order.

    Louann says: "Narrator not so great"
    "Read by a Frog"
    Overall

    I sure wish they'd let us rate narrators separately from the writers. Some reviews say it has bad sound engineering, but honestly I just don't hear a faulty recording. I hear a guy with a croak for a voice.

    And honestly I find it annoying when someone can't pronounce America towns' names correctly, but has an overzealous flair for French words.

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Judas Unchained

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3104)
    Performance
    (1934)
    Story
    (1952)

    Robust, peaceful, and confident, the Commonwealth dispatched a ship to investigate the mystery of a disappearing star, only to inadvertently unleash a predatory alien species that turned on its liberators, striking hard, fast, and utterly without mercy.The Prime are the Commonwealth's worst nightmare. Coexistence is impossible with the technologically advanced aliens, who are genetically hardwired to exterminate all other forms of life.

    Susan says: "Exceptionally great book"
    "Everyone sounds the same!"
    Overall

    I can't tell if this is a good book or not because John Lee uses pretty much the same voice for all the characters. I listened to the first download chunk three times before I finally gave up any hope of following the story.Arg. Now I'm just listening to the rest of it simply as background noise.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Blackout

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Connie Willis
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren, Connie Willis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2009)
    Performance
    (1267)
    Story
    (1274)

    In her first novel since 2002, Nebula and Hugo award-winning author Connie Willis returns with a stunning, enormously entertaining novel of time travel, war, and the deeds - great and small - of ordinary people who shape history. In the hands of this acclaimed storyteller, the past and future collideand the result is at once intriguing, elusive, and frightening.

    Monica says: "Double review - Blackout and All Clear"
    "Narrator is AMAZING!"
    Overall

    Katherine Kellgren continually blew my socks off switching between men, women, boys, girls, many American and English accents. I was never confused about who was speaking. Simply amazing talent.

    Plus the story was quite good too :).

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • All Clear

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Connie Willis
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren, Connie Willis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1580)
    Performance
    (1032)
    Story
    (1054)

    Three time-traveling historians are visiting World War II England: Michael Davies, intent on observing heroism during the Miracle of Dunkirk; Merope Ward, studying children evacuated from London; and Polly Churchill, posing as a shopgirl in the middle of the Blitz. But when the three become unexpectedly trapped in 1940, they struggle not only to find their way home but to survive as Hitler's bombers attempt to pummel London into submission.

    Mike From Mesa says: "Rescued by the second half"
    "Narrator is AMAZING"
    Overall

    Katherine Kellgren continually blew my socks off switching between men, women, boys, girls, many American and English accents. I was never confused about who was speaking. Simply amazing talent.

    Plus the story was quite good too :).

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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