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  • Death by Cliché

  • By: Bob Defendi
  • Narrated by: Robert J Defendi
  • Length: 6 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 44

Damico writes games for a living. When called in to rescue a local roleplaying game demo, Damico is shot in the head by a loony fan. He awakens in a game. A game full of hackneyed tropes and clichéd plots. A game he was there to save, run by the man who murdered him just moments ago. A game that has just become world-swap fantasy. Damico, to his horror, has become the heart of the cliché.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great

  • By David on 09-05-16

Too Far Beyond Tongue and Cheek For Me

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-03-16

What was most disappointing about Bob Defendi’s story?

It was just too juvenile and ridiculous.

What character would you cut from Death by Cliché?

The "DOOOOOOOM" scene was the last straw for me. I had to stop listening.

Any additional comments?

I get what the author was trying to achieve (or maybe not), but the attempt to turn nearly EVERY LINE into a joke just got to be too annoying for me. The Caverns and Creatures series is much better.

  • The Slow Regard of Silent Things

  • Kingkiller Chronicle, Book 2.5
  • By: Patrick Rothfuss
  • Narrated by: Patrick Rothfuss
  • Length: 3 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,685
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,203
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,215

Deep below the University, there is a dark place. Few people know of it: a broken web of ancient passageways and abandoned rooms. A young woman lives there, tucked among the sprawling tunnels of the Underthing, snug in the heart of this forgotten place. Her name is Auri, and she is full of mysteries. The Slow Regard of Silent Things is a brief, bittersweet glimpse of Auri’s life, a small adventure all her own. At once joyous and haunting, this story offers a chance to see the world through Auri’s eyes. And it gives the reader a chance to learn things that only Auri knows.... In this book, Patrick Rothfuss brings us into the world of one of The Kingkiller Chronicle’s most enigmatic characters. Full of secrets and mysteries, The Slow Regard of Silent Things is the story of a broken girl trying to live in a broken world.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • But No....

  • By Josh on 11-04-14

A Week In The Life Of A Crazy Person With OCD...

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-09-14

Would you try another book from Patrick Rothfuss and/or Patrick Rothfuss?

Yes, but only to finish the trilogy I have already invested in.

What could Patrick Rothfuss have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

He should have left it in the bottom of his trunk as he himself suggested that was all it was good for. At the very least he should have made it free to his many fans that are waiting patiently for the conclusion of the trilogy.

What didn’t you like about Patrick Rothfuss’s performance?

As far as author-performances go, this wasn't too bad. I think it should be left to the professionals though.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

None whatsoever. No plot. No story. I soldiered through the entire 3.5 hours thinking that eventually, something interesting will happen... It never did.

Any additional comments?

Has Rothfuss's success from the first two books of this trilogy made his ego so huge that he thinks he can push this piece of crap off as part of the Kingkiller Chronicles? AND read it himself? AND charge us for it? AND say "f**k those people" who he knows won't like it? I will be requesting a refund.

178 of 220 people found this review helpful

  • The Final Empire

  • Mistborn Book 1
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 24 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,319
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,644
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,659

For a thousand years the ash fell and no flowers bloomed. For a thousand years the Skaa slaved in misery and lived in fear. For a thousand years the Lord Ruler, the "Sliver of Infinity," reigned with absolute power and ultimate terror, divinely invincible. Then, when hope was so long lost that not even its memory remained, a terribly scarred, heart-broken half-Skaa rediscovered it in the depths of the Lord Ruler's most hellish prison.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A GREAT TRILOGY!!!

  • By Don Gilbert on 11-12-09

Great Book for a Replay!!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-22-13

Any additional comments?

This book was one of my first audiobook purchases back in 2009 - and it is still one of the best! I have re-read it twice, and it never seems to get old. Great story, great characters that you can actually care about brought to life masterfully by narrator Michael Kramer. Be warned, however - this series will spoil you, making all of your future purchases seem drab by comparison!

  • The Briar King

  • The Kingdoms of Thorn and Bone, Book 1
  • By: Greg Keyes
  • Narrated by: Patrick Michael
  • Length: 19 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 285
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 164
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 169

Two thousand years ago, the Born Queen defeated the Skasloi lords, freeing humans from the bitter yoke of slavery. But now monstrous creatures roam the land and destinies become inextricably entangled in a drama of power and seduction. The kings woodsman, a rebellious girl, a young priest, a roguish adventurer, and a young man made suddenly into a knight all face malevolent forces that shake the foundations of the kingdom, even as the Briar King, legendary harbinger of death, awakens from his slumber.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good Book One, But TERRIBLE SERIES!

  • By Brian L. Manley on 12-27-12

Couldn't finish...

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-20-10

After about 3 hours, I just couldn't take it any more. The narrator sounds like he's reading a children's book to a classroom of 3rd graders. Unfortunately, the story wasn't good enough to make up for it. The first 30 minutes or so were promising enough, despite the narrator, but it was just a prologue that didn't seem to have anything to do with the rest of the story. After that, it was boooorrring! In over 50 audiobooks, this is only the second one I couldn't finish.

6 of 11 people found this review helpful