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TC Pelletier

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  • The Sword of Midras

  • A Shroud of the Avatar Novel
  • By: Tracy Hickman, Richard Garriott
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38

The world died during the Fall. Abandoned by the mighty Avatars and their Virtues, the people who remained were left defenseless in an untamed land. That was until the Obsidians came. Through dark sorcery and overwhelming force, the Obsidian Empire brought order to chaos, no matter the cost. Aren Bendis is a Captain in the Obsidian Army who has seen enough of what a world without Virtue looks like and is willing to do whatever it takes to establish a lasting peace.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Loved It

  • By To on 07-21-16

Haven't played the game, but big ULTIMA fan

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

Reviewed: 12-08-17

Any additional comments?

I really wanted to love this book. I grew up reading the Dragon Lance series (Tracy Hickman) and Richard Garriott has been a childhood hero ever since I first played Ultima IV. I will read the next book when it comes out, but this one had some problems for a reader that has not played the associated game. I am very familiar with the concept of Avatars and the Virtues - thanks to ULTIMA - and I was aware going in that the story wasn't necessarily based in the Britannia universe I am used to. The story does start out very slowly and the character development is limited, with the exception of the protagonist. The story was engaging enough to keep me listening and not leave me entirely disappointed in the book. I loved the little references to a "Lord Brinish"and I can't say that the ending was entirely predictable, but the most immediate antagonist was pretty bland and uninteresting. I have high hopes for the next book.

  • Bearing an Hourglass

  • Incarnations of Immortality, Book Two
  • By: Piers Anthony
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 13 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 886
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 626
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 640

When life seems pointless to Norton, he accepts the position of Incarnation of Time. With the other incarnations - Death, Fate, War, and Nature - distracting him, Satan springs a cunning trap. Bearing an Hourglass is a fascinating, richly imagined tale that reaches beyond genre conventions. Science-fiction/fantasy legend Piers Anthony combines a gripping plot with a serious and thought-providing study of good and evil.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A bit saucy, and full of Zest

  • By Don on 12-08-07

Too technical and too slow

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

Reviewed: 06-13-16

I liked the previous book in the series and although this one did have some funny moments I found it dragged too much for me and all the logic detracted from the story rather than adding to it. I found myself wondering how much longer it would be when I still had over 4 hours to go. This one just wasn't for me,

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Dave Barry's Book of Bad Songs

  • By: Dave Barry
  • Narrated by: Mike Dodge
  • Length: 1 hr and 31 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 23

Listen to the results of Dave Barry's Bad Song Survey, a compilation of some of the worst songs ever written. From "MacArthur Park" to "Feelings," from "Dreams of the Everyday Housewife" to "Leader of the Pack," this is the audio the record industry didn't want you to hear! Download more Dave Barry.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Narration weak

  • By Fiona on 10-11-04

This book will put bad songs in your brain!

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

Reviewed: 06-10-16

This is a fun, silly listen. I love Dave Barry's humor and this is a great example of it. The fact that this was written in the 90's doesn't diminish the fun

  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 201,366
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 188,040
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 187,634

At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book.

  • By Julie W. Capell on 05-27-14

A Gamer's adventure for the 80s kids!

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

Reviewed: 03-09-15

Any additional comments?

I picked this one up after an audio book review and I was hooked almost from the very beginning. It's a unique Dystopia/Utopia story about a world so bleak that most people live there lives in an online virtual reality. When the creator of this better world passes away and wills everything he owns - including the control of the online worlds most people live in - to the first person who can find his special Easter Egg that he has hidden inside his creation, the hunt begins. The eccentric creator leaves clues rooted heavily in the pop culture of the 80s and it isn't until 5 years after his death that the first key to the Easter Egg is found. But it's not the well funded, well staffed mega-corporation seeking control of the virtual world that finds the key, it's a poor, but dedicated teenage boy.

Whil Wheaton does a great job bringing the story and the characters to life. The characters are diverse and the story is gripping, and for those of us who grew up in the 80s, it's just plain fun!

  • Danse Macabre

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 18 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 348
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 267
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 267

The author whose boundless imagination and storytelling powers have redefined the horror genre, from 1974’s Carrie to his new epic Under the Dome, reflects on the very nature of terror—what scares us and why—in films (both cheesy and choice), television and radio, and, of course, the horror novel, past and present.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • would have been better if king had narrated.

  • By Gina K. on 12-27-17

NON-FICTION but still fun!

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

Reviewed: 03-09-15

Any additional comments?

Think of this as more of a guide to horror, rather than a story. After listening to it in Audible form I bought the Kindle version as well so I could take notes. This is Stephen King trying to define the genre of horror through selected works in literature and film. It's a fun conversation about the things that make scaring the pants off ourselves fun. It contains some history and a lot of insight. It will probably not be everyone's cup of tea, but if nothing else, it's a good source for new stories to check out.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Off to Be the Wizard

  • By: Scott Meyer
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,265
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,657
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,654

It's a simple story. Boy finds proof that reality is a computer program. Boy uses program to manipulate time and space. Boy gets in trouble. Boy flees back in time to Medieval England to live as a wizard while he tries to think of a way to fix things. Boy gets in more trouble. Oh, and boy meets girl at some point.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hang in there

  • By Kelly Pivik on 03-04-17

Fun little romp

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

Reviewed: 03-09-15

Any additional comments?

I stumbled across this title after enjoying Ready Player One and thought there might be some similarities between the two. This didn't grab me and seemed a little slow getting to the heart of the story, but it had some fun little moments. I will probably give it a second listen, but it didn't interest me enough to try the second book in the series. Luke Daniel's still isn't my ideal narrator, but I think he did better in this book that others I've listened to. The characters were distinct and he did get a little playful with his performance, so that helped. All in all, it wasn't bad, but it wasn't enough to want me to really come back again.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Hound of the Baskervilles (Dramatized)

  • By: Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Narrated by: Geoffrey Arend, Wilson Bethel, Seamus Dever, and others
  • Length: 1 hr and 53 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102

The redoubtable Sherlock Holmes and his sidekick Dr. Watson face danger in an old mansion and on the moors in this rollicking stage adaptation of Doyle’s classic adventure. An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring: Geoffrey Arend, Wilson Bethel, Seamus Dever, Sarah Drew, Henri Lubatti, James Marsters, Christopher Neame, Moira Quirk, and Darren Richardson.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Fun Twist on the best Sherlock Holmes story

  • By TC Pelletier on 03-09-15

A Fun Twist on the best Sherlock Holmes story

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

Reviewed: 03-09-15

Any additional comments?

I have a particular love for the stories of Sherlock Holmes and tend to be wary of "new" Sherlock Holmes tales. Still, I'm glad I tried this one out. I have a weakness for James Marsters's work and this did not disappoint. The humor, though unfamiliar to the story did not detract from it and most of the tale stayed true to the original. All the actors did an excellent job and I have listened to this production a number of times and it doesn't lose its sense of mystery or of fun.

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • The Lesser Dead

  • By: Christopher Buehlman
  • Narrated by: Christopher Buehlman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 207
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 197
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 198

New York City in 1978 is a dirty, dangerous place to live - and die. Joey Peacock knows this as well as anybody - he has spent the last forty years as an adolescent vampire, perfecting the routine he now enjoys: womanizing in punk clubs and discotheques, feeding by night, and sleeping by day with others of his kind in the macabre labyrinth under the city's sidewalks.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Glorious, nasty reminder of why you fear the dark

  • By Clay Sanger on 08-03-16

It will give you great nightmares!

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

Reviewed: 10-08-14

Any additional comments?

This is another "killer" story by Christopher Buehlman! As has been his pattern so far, it is very different in flavor, though not in frights, from his past work. With Christopher Buehlman himself voicing the story, he pulls the reader into an underground view of New York City in the 1970s, bringing his characters to life with a flawless performance. The time period influences the characters, even if they themselves are not a part of that particular era. There are no "heroes" here, just the voice of a teen monster who is older than he seems. The overall story is a fun and scary ride, interspersed with comic moments, with enough twists to keep you delighted to the very end. It’s a fantastic, gruesome tale that will keep you turning the pages and sleeping with the lights on!

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Return of Rafe MacKade

  • The MacKade Brothers, Book 1
  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 6 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,464
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,325
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,321

Ten years after disappearing from Antietam, Maryland, the bad boy has come home. Cleaned up and successful now - though still dangerously good-looking - Rafe MacKade sets the town on fire…and tongues wagging. Not even lovely newcomer Regan Bishop is immune to his charms. Though Regan claims to not want to get involved with a rebel, Rafe's pretty sure that her reaction to their sizzling kisses suggests otherwise.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Narration Lacking

  • By Susan A, Currie on 03-29-15

Narrators can make or break a story

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

Reviewed: 06-20-14

Would you try another book from Nora Roberts and/or Luke Daniels?

I have several audios by Nora Roberts, but I won't listen to anything else by Luke Daniels again, unless it's a gumshoe mystery or a western.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

His voice for Rafe sounded like Clint Eastwood, it just did not work for the story. I have this book in Kindle form and enjoy it. I can't listen to this guy with a straight face, his narration ruins the story.

Any additional comments?

Don't let the audio steer you away from the print version of this series. The books are fun, but this narrator is the wrong choice for these books.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful