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  • Son of a Liche

  • The Dark Profit Saga, Book 2
  • By: J. Zachary Pike
  • Narrated by: Doug Tisdale Jr.
  • Length: 20 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 843
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 805
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 804

Still bruised and heartbroken from their last calamitous quest, Gorm Ingerson and his band of washed-up heroes try to make amends for the orcs they accidentally betrayed. But justice is put on hold when an old foe marches to the city gates. Gorm is horrified to discover a liche pitching the frightened city-dwellers on the merits of the undead lifestyle...at the head of a corpse army. To save the city from high-pressure sales tactics and an inevitable siege, the dwarf warrior and his misfit band hatch a harebrained scheme that lands them at the top of the king’s kill list.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent book

  • By Kristi Brownfield on 05-14-18

A fun romp through a satirical world

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

Reviewed: 06-29-18

Who knew you could make a satire of the financial world funny and engaging? I enjoyed the story -- a standard fantasy plot but well-told, the characters -- all flawed in entertaining ways, and the subtext -- a ruthless depiction of the financial world. The narration is terrific, as well. When it was over, I was disappointed only because I wished there were more.

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  • George MacDonald

  • A Biography of Scotland's Beloved Storyteller
  • By: Michael R Phillips
  • Narrated by: Johnny Heller
  • Length: 14 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31

Scotland's beloved storyteller, George MacDonald, 19th-century Scottish novelist and poet, was reintroduced to 20th century Christians by C. S. Lewis, whose reading of MacDonald's Phantastes triggered his own spiritual awakening and conversion. Other renowned writers have voiced similar acknowledgements. G. K. Chesterton said of MacDonald, "If we test the matter of originality of attitude, George MacDonald was one of the three or four greatest men of the 19th century."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Coming closer to George MacDonald

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-03-17

Possibly great if you're a believer

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

Reviewed: 02-07-17

Would you try another book from Michael R Phillips and/or Johnny Heller?

Depends on the subject matter

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

The author is clearly strongly Christian, and is writing about a Christian thinker who broke out of his Calvinist upbringing to present to the world a different approach to the religion. My issue is that MacDonald is presented as such a "hero" for "arriving at the TRUE meaning of God's Word."

I mean, it is quite impressive that MacDonald did overcome the harsh, fire & brimstone preaching of his youth, and he countered the predetermination of orthodox Calvinism without the excesses of many who rebel against their early teaching, and he's a very interesting man. But the rather gushing way in which the author presents MacDonald's eventual teachings as "truth" I find a bit galling. But what would you expect in an atheist? :-)

For your comparison, however, I find a lot of C.S. Lewis' writings fascinating -- Screwtape Letters, Mere Christianity -- so I'm not against Christian writing. But I felt a historian should maintain more distance. I picked this book up because I knew MacDonald was a big influence on Lewis, and was interested in getting more depth on my understanding of the man and the times. Instead, I found myself wrinkling my nose at the tone and not really getting into it. I didn't even finish.

Which character – as performed by Johnny Heller – was your favorite?

Well, not a novel, so doesn't apply. I did think that the performance was excellent, in that I never really noticed it. That is, it the performance itself never distracted me from the book, which is what I hope for when listening to a biography.

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  • Into the Darkness

  • Crimson Worlds Refugees, Book 1
  • By: Jay Allan
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder
  • Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 681
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 622
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 623

Terrence Compton is one of Earth's greatest admirals, a warrior almost without equal. Alongside his oldest friend and brilliant colleague, Augustus Garret, he and his forces saved Earth from invasion by the robotic legions of the First Imperium's insane computer Regent. There is just one problem. The First Imperium was held back by the disruption of the sole warp gate connecting the two domains...and Compton and 300 of his ships are trapped on the wrong side, surrounded by the Regent's vast fleets and cut off from Earth.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good story, but ...

  • By D. A. Gordon on 02-21-16

Transparent and tedious

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

Reviewed: 04-27-16

What would have made Into the Darkness better?

Better writing. The author took the adage of "show, don't tell" and converted it to "tell, then show, then tell again." He should have workshopped with someone who owned a big red pen. Also, characters are two-dimensional and boring. The good guys are soooooo very virtuous.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Better sci fi

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • An Irish Doctor in Peace and at War

  • An Irish Country Novel
  • By: Patrick Taylor
  • Narrated by: John Keating
  • Length: 13 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 298
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 281
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 279

Long before Doctor Fingal Flahertie O’Reilly became a fixture in the colourful Irish village of Ballybucklebo, he was a young M.B. with plans to marry midwife Dierdre Mawhinney. Those plans were complicated by the outbreak of World War II and the call of duty. Assigned to the HMS Warspite, a formidable 30,000-ton battleship, Surgeon Lieutenant O’Reilly soon found himself face-to-face with the hardships of war, tending to the dreadnought’s crew of 1,200 as well as to the many casualties brought aboard.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thoroughly enjoyable

  • By Michael on 03-23-15

A bit angsty

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

Reviewed: 01-20-16

Would you try another book from Patrick Taylor and/or John Keating?

I have very much enjoyed all the other books in this series. This is the first one that I rated only 3 of 5. There was a long angst-y section in the middle that seemed rather out of character for Fingol, and I just felt was overdone. At least twice I said out loud, "I got it! Move on!" But it was not horrible, it just didn't live up to the high standards of the earlier books.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Cut out all 90% of the painful introspection.

What about John Keating’s performance did you like?

Great, as usual

  • The Lost Gate

  • Mithermages, Book 1
  • By: Orson Scott Card
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki, Emily Janice Card
  • Length: 12 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,544
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,021
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,030

Danny North knew from early childhood that his family was different - and that he was different from them. While his cousins were learning how to create the things that commoners called fairies, ghosts, golems, trolls, werewolves, and other such miracles that were the heritage of the North family, Danny worried that he would never show a talent, never form an "outself"....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Card doing what he does best.

  • By joshua on 01-05-11

Disappointing writing from one of my favorites

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

Reviewed: 06-20-13

Any additional comments?

I have been a big fan of Card's in the past, and I always considered his writing to be top notch. This, however, was disappointing. He overexplained things; he took the maxim "show 'em, don't tell 'em" to "show 'em, tell 'em, and then tell 'em again just in case they were too stupid to get it the first two times." I mean, how many times do I need to be reminded that a Gate Mage will always have a talent for languages? I got it, already.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful