LISTENER

Mike in St. Paul, MN

  • 6
  • reviews
  • 1
  • helpful vote
  • 6
  • ratings
  • The Orc King

  • Transitions, Book I
  • By: R. A. Salvatore
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 15 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,965
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,683
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,671

An uneasy peace between the dwarves of Mithral Hall and the orcs of the newly established Kingdom of Many-Arrows can't last long. The orc tribes united under Obould begin to fight each other, and Bruenor is determined to finish the war that nearly killed him and almost destroyed everything he's worked to build. But it will take more than swords and axes to bring a lasting peace to the Spine of the World.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I miss Victor Bevine!

  • By Randy on 06-27-14

Standard Salvatore

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

Reviewed: 02-22-13

If you could sum up The Orc King in three words, what would they be?

Exciting, action... packed.

What did you like best about this story?

I love the world Salvatore has created. He writes great stories - if you love one, you'll love pretty much all of them.

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

I've read the book too, and wouldn't say it's any better performed :-)

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes.

  • Malcolm X

  • A Life of Reinvention
  • By: Manning Marable
  • Narrated by: G. Valmont Thomas
  • Length: 22 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 765
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 628
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 631

Of the great figure in 20th-century American history perhaps none is more complex and controversial than Malcolm X. Constantly rewriting his own story, he became a criminal, a minister, a leader, and an icon, all before being felled by assassins' bullets at age 39. Through his tireless work and countless speeches he empowered hundreds of thousands of black Americans to create better lives and stronger communities while establishing the template for the self-actualized, independent African American man.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • invites further reading on Malcolm X

  • By connie on 05-14-11

Long, but very good

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

Reviewed: 02-22-13

Would you listen to Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention again? Why?

Yes. I'm fairly young, and didn't know a lot about the 1950's and 60's or the Civil Rights movement before listening to this book. What I did know revolved around MLK, Rosa Parks, etc - mainstream history. This book really helped me gain an understanding of the history, actions, and motivations of Malcolm X. I empathize a lot more with him and his place in history. Great book.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Not really applicable.

Which character – as performed by G. Valmont Thomas – was your favorite?

Not applicable.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Spike Lee already did it :-)

  • Brilliance of the Moon

  • Tales of the Otori, Book Three
  • By: Lian Hearn
  • Narrated by: Kevin Gray, Aiko Nakasone
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,702
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,188
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,197

In the final installment of the Tales of the Otori, the young Takeo meets his destiny, fulfilling the prophesy: "You were born into the Hidden, but your life...is no longer your own."

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good trilogy. Book 3 is weakest.

  • By William T. Katz on 08-05-04

It's ok

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

Reviewed: 11-12-12

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I bought this book because it was the third in the series, and I wanted to know how it ends. I thought the first book was the strongest, and it went downhill a bit from there. It's a decent story, and fairly well written, though far short of amazing.

I think the characters could be much better developed, and the books probably should have been longer to allow for more depth.

A decent story though.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Kenji. He develops a bit and changes over the series.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

I didn't really like having two narrators. It sometimes felt choppy.

Do you think Brilliance of the Moon needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No. The story was wrapped up fairly well.

Any additional comments?

Nope.

  • Grass for His Pillow

  • Tales of the Otori, Book Two
  • By: Lian Hearn
  • Narrated by: Kevin Gray, Aiko Nakasone
  • Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,525
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,353
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,354

The exhilerating tale of Takeo continues in book II of the internationally best-selling Tales of the Otori trilogy, a sweeping saga set in a mythical, medieval Japan.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good book. First one was better

  • By RacerX on 03-10-04

Ok Story, Choppy Performance

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

Reviewed: 10-30-12

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I listened to all three books in the series and liked them, but didn't love them. They're good stories, but fairly shallow compared to what I'm used to.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The cultural aspects are very interesting. The author did a good job of explaining cultural concepts that people don't often consider today.

Writing from the first-person perspective is difficult, and I think the story seemed shallow at points.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Kevin Gray and Aiko Nakasone ?

Can't think of anyone.

Could you see Grass for His Pillow being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Perhaps. The stars should be Japanese though.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Cry Wolf

  • By: Patricia Briggs
  • Narrated by: Holter Graham
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,084
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,240
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,253

Anna never knew werewolves existed until the night she survived a violent attack...and became one herself. After three years at the bottom of the pack, she'd learned to keep her head down and never, ever trust dominant males. But Anna is that rarest kind of werewolf: an Omega. And one of the most powerful werewolves in the country will recognize her value as a pack member - and as his mate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WOW!!

  • By Teleasa on 03-09-09

Good Summertime Book

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

Reviewed: 09-04-12

Would you consider the audio edition of Cry Wolf to be better than the print version?

I haven't read the print version, but the audio edition is good. It's a good story for commuting - you can check in and out of it without losing a lot.

What did you like best about this story?

Easy to follow, not too involved, but still entertaining.

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

Graham is a great reader and conveys emotion and character really well throughout the book.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Not really.

  • Fair Game

  • Alpha and Omega
  • By: Patricia Briggs
  • Narrated by: Holter Graham
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,293
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,901
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,912

Now that the werewolves have revealed themselves to humans, they can't afford any bad publicity. Infractions that could have been overlooked in the past must now be punished, and the strain of doing his father's dirty work is taking a toll on Charles. Nevertheless, Charles and Anna are sent to Boston when the FBI requests the pack's help on a local serial killer case. They quickly realize that not only the last two victims were werewolves - all of them were.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best of the Best

  • By David on 03-07-12

Good Popcorn Reading

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

Reviewed: 09-04-12

Would you listen to Fair Game again? Why?

It's a great one-time listen. The story is pretty good, the reading is great.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I like Charles. He's a good tough-guy character.

What about Holter Graham’s performance did you like?

He really nails the characters, and conveys a lot of emotion and mood with his voice. He's one of the better readers I've followed.