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Steven Merrick

Anchorage, AK, USA
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Circling the Drain

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

Reviewed: 08-29-18

I've about had it with this series. While the narrator is exceptional as usual, the author has focused most of his attention on his uninteresting harem fantasy and very little on what we like about LitRPG - the gaming. What originally began as an interesting story has continued to devolve into a sloppy, soppy Emo pukefest. Our protagonist has become such a whiney little crybaby that the story has become unlistenable. There is very little story line advancement in this book beyond Alburet's implausible reasons for being such an emotional basket case. Definitely not my favorite.

15 of 16 people found this review helpful

Circling the Drain

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

Reviewed: 07-16-17

Would you listen to Staked again? Why?

No - It seems like each book in the series is worse than the last, and this one was almost painful. I did enjoy much of the story about Atticus and Oberon, but I have come to really dislike Granuaile and her entire story line. For example, she destroys a billion dollars worth of her father's oil production equipment, puts thousands of workers out of their jobs, beats the holy crap out of her elderly dad, all so his company's production would have to be transferred to third world countries like Venezuela, who don't even attempt to use clean production methods. Then she pats herself on the back for being such a good person and great servant of Gaea. With her constant smug ranting and condescending preaching about stuff she obviously has no knowledge, it has become truly painful to listen to her parts of the story. At this point, the only thing that can redeem the series for me is for Granuaile to be totally humbled in some epic fashion; or better yet to die in some gruesome, horrible manner.

If you’ve listened to books by Kevin Hearne before, how does this one compare?

My least favorite of the series, by far.

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

Luke Daniels is awesome. He's one of my all time favorite narrators, and does a tremendous job yet again. His narration is the only reason I persisted through to the end of the book.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

I so wanted to love this book!

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

Reviewed: 04-25-16

Would you consider the audio edition of The Last Mortal Bond to be better than the print version?

Yes, the narrator - Simon Vance - is exceptional with a great speaking voice and a good range of voices for the cast of characters and just the right emotional touch, Mr. Vance makes the book come alive.

Any additional comments?

The imperial brothers, Valyn and Kaden, were both heroic in their struggles to overcome a never ending series of nearly insurmountable obstacles, while the snotty know-it-all pampered little bitchy sister, Adare, foolishly undermines every bit of their progress made at such great cost, while she continually pats herself on the back from her cushy throne for being the only one who truly cares while moaning about how difficult her life is.

I kept hoping for the brothers to finally triumph against the overwhelming odds, but would have been equally satisfied if the sister had been stripped naked, shaved and paraded through the streets of Kings Landing, while the town folk threw dung at her... oops, wrong book. I despised Adare through the entire trilogy, more than any other character in the book including the villains, yet she still managed to come up with all of the prizes at the end. The writing, the story and the action were all compelling, but the conclusion left me frustrated and unsatisfied.

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

Excellent Continuation of the Mistborn Universe!

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

Reviewed: 11-22-11

An old western palladin with super powers goes up against a nearly immortal arch villain. Great story that really has it all. It hooked me in from the first moments and held me through the exciting conclusion. One of Sanderson's best!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

Way too Poltical

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-14-11

This third Joe Ledger book is again well worth the credit. It's another fast-paced, edge-of-your-seat, intense story where Joe Ledger and his team are called upon once again to save the world at the last possible moment from the dastardly plans of the evil masterminds, and again the author pulls it off well.

With that said, Jonathan Maberry just had to go off on several long-winded left-wing political rants using the voices of his evil masterminds that did not seem to add a single thing to the story, but will probably serve the author???s presumed intent to score him a round of high-fives at his next literary cocktail party. For a few short examples, one of his bad guys calls former President Bush ??????a Texas jokester who couldn???t manage a Walmart,??? rants that ???the Iraq war was just a grab for oil,??? calls George Bush a ???war criminal,??? and says ???the previous administration would be held accountable if this ever got out,??? but that they ???don???t have the same type of control over this current president, which is why they are trying to weaken and discredit him.??? Oh, puh-leeze! Several chapters - yes, ???chapters!??? - of this kind of blather, after which he follows this up with, ??????but let???s not get political.??? Yes, Jonathan ??? let???s not.

5 stars for the exciting and well crafted book, minus 1 star for the author???s attempt to turn me into a member of his mindless zombie political horde.

21 of 34 people found this review helpful

A very fun read

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-21-10

I really enjoyed this book up to the end, although I was a bit frustrated by the ending. I had to knock off a star from my rating because the authors went way beyond their expertise when it came to superconductivity and electrophysics; there were a few really big groaners in this area speaking as an electrical engineer. The story and narration were so good, any small plot holes were entirely forgivable and I ended up staying up way into the night listening. Well worth a listen!

25 of 28 people found this review helpful

Slow paced and dull

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-14-09

This book is the slowest paced book of any action thriller that I have ever read. It is not until the last 45 minutes that anything actually happens. Unless you're looking for somethng to help you fall asleep at night, I would save my money and pass this one by.

16 of 27 people found this review helpful

A Dull, Pedantic Time-Waster

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-26-08

If you take out all of the "Muslims are our peaceful happy friends - Americans are evil torturing SOBs that deserve the violence they bring onto themselves" endless preachy sermonizing, this book would be about three pages long. There was zero action, zero suspense, and only 5 percent actual plot - and that 5 percent was predictable and beyond dull. Le Carre used to be able to write a semi-decent spy thriller. This one was truly an apalling waste of time.

"A Most Wanted Man" is definitely my last le Carre novel - period. Life is too short.

12 of 18 people found this review helpful