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Frank David Obelnicki

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  • Lords and Ladies

  • Discworld #14
  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Nigel Planer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,778
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,266
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,264

On a hot midsummer night in Discworld, everything seems perfect - crop circles are turning up everywhere, the witch Magrat Garlick is getting married the next morning, and everyone's buzzing with excitement. Unfortunately, the Lancre All-Comers Morris Team has gotten drunk on a fairy mound, and the elves have returned with the traditional traits of the magical realm of Fairie: evil, malice, murder, cruelty, and kidnapping. Suddenly, Granny Weatherwax and her tiny coven of belligerent witches are faced with their biggest challenge as they try to pull off Magrat's wedding.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Witches vs. Elves

  • By Thomas Mailloux on 01-20-12

Nanny and Granny's better than ever

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

Reviewed: 06-24-18

If you love Nanny Ogg and Granny Weatherwax's relationship, this book is for you. They have several moments that I really cherished. Also you get to see their rolls reverse a little more as their characters really get flushed out in this story.

  • Armada

  • A Novel
  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,376
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32,261
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 32,197

It's just another day of high school for Zack Lightman. He's daydreaming through another boring math class, with just one more month to go until graduation and freedom - if he can make it that long without getting suspended again. Then he glances out his classroom window and spots the flying saucer.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Lacked the freshness of Ready Player One

  • By Chad on 01-08-16

This book was awesome! For the first half.

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

Reviewed: 09-14-17

Cline writes a compelling story about a young man, growing up, falling in love, and saving the world. I think we can all agree on that. but I feel like this book was not well edited. That is to say Cline puts in some infuriating logic holes that drove me crazy.

possible Spoilers Warning

For those of you who have not read the book yet, let me give you this example which parallels the book but gives nothing away. If you had a grenade would you throw it at the person you wanted to blow up or would you walk up to them and hug them with it? Seems straight forward, but I suppose not.

Another parallel example. let's say you get behind an enemy bunker that is protecting something you need to destroy and you have the chance to take out all the guards who are looking the other way before you start. Would you kill all the guards, and then start on the protected item, or would you kill half the guards and then turn your back on the remaining guards. Tricky question I know.

Spoilers! Warning! Spoilers! (because I'm too angry to try and obfuscate this one)






Spoilers!!!



Why, for all the love on God's green (but really mostly blue) earth, would you put 8/10 of your best pilots by themselves, in the most attacked, least protected location you control? I get that it's an important tactical location, but if doesn't have the ability to be defended, then it immidiatly looses that tactical importance.


Also, if the ice breaker can withstand the friendly, incidental, and concentrated fire from thousands of ship for any amount of time, as it does the first time. How is there any chance at all, that a single ship can take it down. There is no chance. it's got hangers and turrets for Christ's sake, it's huge.

this book has a lot of really good moments. this book was extremely hard to put down, I was in it, Will Weaton is great. but these huge problems I have with plot devices drove me insane and ruined the ride for me.

Good luck.

  • The Wee Free Men: Discworld Childrens, Book 2

  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Stephen Briggs
  • Length: 7 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,624
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,709
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,708

Armed only with a frying pan and her common sense, Tiffany Aching, a young witch-to-be, is all that stands between the monsters of Fairyland and the warm, green Chalk country that is her home. Forced into Fairyland to seek her kidnapped brother, Tiffany allies herself with the Chalk's local Nac Mac Feegle, aka the Wee Free Men, a clan of sheep-stealing, sword-wielding, six-inch-high blue men who are as fierce as they are funny.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • First Sight and Second Thoughts

  • By Richard on 02-21-05

the Tiffany Aching series is one of TP's best

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

Reviewed: 03-23-17

this is Terry Pratchett's young adult series and it is wonderful. sometimes with his books you don't get a good balance of story to go with the satire, but in these stories I'd say you were almost lacking the satire.

  • Shades of Grey

  • By: Jasper Fforde
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 13 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 906
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 641
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 651

As long as anyone can remember, society has been ruled by a Colortocracy. From the underground feedpipes that keep the municipal park green to the healing hues viewed to cure illness to a social hierarchy based upon one's limited color perception, society is dominated by color. In this world, you are what you can see.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Read this book

  • By Thom Dodd on 03-26-10

if you like Jasper Fforde read it

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

Reviewed: 01-20-17

This book took me a while to get into, but it was worth it in the end. Fforde creats a unique, crazy, mixed up world just like always. And just like always that world, once it comes into focus, is brilliant.

  • Guards! Guards!

  • Discworld #8
  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Nigel Planer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,816
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,709
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3,702

"Where have all the dragons gone?" Explore the crazy, creepy land called Discworld, where you'll discover that the dragons aren't asleep or dead - they're dormant, packed in like huge, scaly sardines.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best satire available

  • By Glen Phipps on 04-27-07

the narrator make the book even better!

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

Reviewed: 01-15-17

I love the disk world books. There are a few that I love less... all the rincwind stories, but even some of them are great and are all worth listening too. especially once your in love with all the characters you'll meet along the way.

  • The Gate Thief

  • Mithermages, Book 2
  • By: Orson Scott Card
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki, Emily Rankin
  • Length: 12 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,817
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,385
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,404

Here on Earth, Danny North is still in high school, yet he holds in his heart and mind all the stolen outselves of 13 centuries of gatemages. The Families still want to kill him if they can’t control him - and they can’t control him; he is far too powerful. On Westil, Wad is now nearly powerless - he lost everything to Danny in their struggle. Even if he can survive the revenge of his enemies, he must still somehow make peace with the Gatemage Daniel North, for when Danny took that power from Loki, he also took responsibility for the Great Gates.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Flashes of Great, Ok, and Bad. Overall: Meh.

  • By Benjamin on 04-04-13

I'm throwing in the towel

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

Reviewed: 01-03-17

Would you try another book from Orson Scott Card and/or Stefan Rudnicki and Emily Rankin ?

I think I'm done with Orson Scot Card. I'm a fan of Endor's Game, of course, but the more books this guy writes, the less he seems to get edited, and its really really starting to show.

Any additional comments?

These books have next to no plot. I knew I was done when we spend the majority of a chapter discussing how to attach a gate to a moving object. I tried to go back three times to try and get through it, but Orson just drones on and on about NOTHING RELEVANT TO THE BOOK! I'm sorry for yelling, I'm just extremely frustrated.

  • 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 8,414
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,903
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,911

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

Orson loves to expain

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

Reviewed: 01-01-17

What disappointed you about The Lost Gate?

Orson Scott Card makes some wonderful stories and then ruins them by over explaining. Turns out I don't care how it all works. I don't need a dissertation on the magic of the world, or anything else. If it doesn't serve the story I don't want to hear it. It was the same with the late Ender books. Instead of getting on with the story there would be endless talk about god, yadda yadda. I literally found myself screaming at my speakers, pleading for Mr. Card to stop with his endless story delays and get on with it. Its like he doesn't have an editor, or doesn't listen to them.

Would you recommend The Lost Gate to your friends? Why or why not?

No. I would be embarrassed to recommend this book. Because I can see most of the people that I know giving up on it real real early and then they would never trust my recommendations again. Not everyone is willing to sift through the awful to get to a gem.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Unfortunately yes.

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  • Life After Life

  • A Novel
  • By: Kate Atkinson
  • Narrated by: Fenella Woolgar
  • Length: 15 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,982
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,591
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,600

On a cold and snowy night in 1910, Ursula Todd is born to an English banker and his wife. She dies before she can draw her first breath. On that same cold and snowy night, Ursula Todd is born, lets out a lusty wail, and embarks upon a life that will be, to say the least, unusual. For as she grows, she also dies, repeatedly, in a variety of ways, while the young century marches on towards its second cataclysmic world war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exhilarating, breathtaking book

  • By Kareol on 08-13-15

bit of a slow start and then wham!

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

Reviewed: 01-01-17

Any additional comments?

This book by its nature took a long time to develop, but i feel like it was more then worth it. By the end I was totally in love with a number of characters and crying like a baby.

  • The Name of the Wind

  • Kingkiller Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Patrick Rothfuss
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 27 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62,468
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56,819
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56,909

This is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man's search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow!

  • By Joanna on 05-10-11

I'm a sucker for a super hero origin story

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

Reviewed: 07-31-16

loved the story and the world creation. I lived it so much that I was willing to listen to about 5 hours of facial descriptions. The writing was god awful and the narrator did help.

Also, just a heads up, it takes a long long long time for the story within the story to start (also side note, there are also stories with in the story within the story). And that is the interesting part. Until about chapter 86 or 87 of 92, when the main story also becomes compelling. You may even just want to skip the first couple of chapters. The editor for for this book clearly had less power then the pompous author.

  • Dead Stars

  • By: Bruce Wagner
  • Narrated by: Bruce Wagner
  • Length: 20 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 13

New York Times best-selling author Bruce Wagner is also a PEN/Faulkner Award finalist and a notable contributor to the New Yorker and Vanity Fair. With Dead Stars, Wagner delivers uproarious and sharply critical views on the sex- and money-obsessed world of Hollywood through the story of Telma, a 13-year-old girl who’s also the world’s youngest breast cancer survivor. A regular at pink-tie charity events and private lunches, Telma has come to enjoy her fame—so she’s not pleased to learn another young girl is about to break her record.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • kind of funny, but mostly boring

  • By Frank David Obelnicki on 06-22-16

kind of funny, but mostly boring

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

Reviewed: 06-22-16

basically the author is just ranting. it's kind of funny, but there is nothing to tie it together.

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