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Ronald H. Mesnard

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  • The Shadow of What Was Lost

  • The Licanius Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: James Islington
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 25 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,313
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,338
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,302

It has been 20 years since the end of the war. The dictatorial Augurs, once thought of almost as gods, were overthrown and wiped out during the conflict, their much-feared powers mysteriously failing them. Those who had ruled under them, men and women with a lesser ability known as the Gift, avoided the Augurs' fate only by submitting themselves to the rebellion's Four Tenets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Definitely a standout in the fantasy genre

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-29-15

Great book that starts out slow

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

Reviewed: 07-03-18

As for performance I bought the book because Kramer read it. For what ever reason, he tends to read excellent books so with everything else equal I bet on Kramer. As usual, the book was excellent.

My only complaint is it started out slow and took too long to get interesting. I almost put it down.

I enjoy the unusual and don't want to read a rehash of the last 10 best sellers. It was a plus for me that the 'science' of this world was unusual to almost bazaar. James is a good enough writer so you form some sort of attachment to some of the characters. There was enough action and suspense for my taste. I bore easily so I liked this book.

  • Blood of Dragons

  • Volume Four of the Rain Wilds Chronicles
  • By: Robin Hobb
  • Narrated by: Anne Flosnik
  • Length: 16 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,186
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,068
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,072

Years ago, the magnificent dragon queen Tintaglia forged a bargain with the inhabitants of the treacherous Rain Wilds. In exchange for her protection against enemy invaders, the humans promised to protect an unhatched brood of dragons. But when the dragons emerged as weak and misshapen hatchlings unable to fend for themselves, dragonkind seemed doomed to extinction. When even Tintaglia deserted the crippled young dragons, the Rain Wilders abandoned the burden of caring for the destructive and ravenous creatures.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • THAT'S JEALOUSY NOT LOVE

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 12-01-14

Not for everyone

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

Reviewed: 03-20-18

Robin writes unudual stories that are vibrant with detail as well as being exciting. You just need to accept thay in her world some ships can talk and dragons breath acid not fire.

  • City of Dragons

  • Volume Three of the Rain Wilds Chronicles
  • By: Robin Hobb
  • Narrated by: Anne Flosnik
  • Length: 13 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,127
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,009
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,010

Once, dragons ruled the Rain Wilds, tended by privileged human servants known as Elderlings. But a series of cataclysmic eruptions nearly drove these magnificent creatures to extinction. Born weak and deformed, the last of their kind had one hope for survival: to return to their ancient city of Kelsingra. Accompanied by a disparate crew of untested young keepers, the dragons embarked on a harsh journey into the unknown along the toxic Rain Wild River.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Story was incomplete and felt rushed

  • By Tyler on 02-13-12

An excellent read for the right person

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

Reviewed: 03-08-18

Hobb has quite the imagination. She prefers to create bazar plots then make them come alive. She is one of the most stilled fantasy authors. I would suggest reading the assassin's apprentice for your first book of hers. Some of her other books are better written but it is the most main stream. You need to adjust to her style. That is the first of her first trilogy. She takes more freedoms after she became popular.

  • The Dreaming Void

  • Void Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Peter F. Hamilton
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 22 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,659
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,622
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,636

AD 3580. The Intersolar Commonwealth has spread through the galaxy to over a thousand star systems. It is a culture of rich diversity with a place for everyone. A powerful navy protects it from any hostile species that may lurk among the stars. For Commonwealth citizens, even death has been overcome.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn't do it

  • By Kristen R. Daniels on 08-19-18

As Tedious a book as I have ever tried to read

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

Reviewed: 11-08-17

Peter's belief that in this reality, massive genetic altering would be the driving technology took too much away from the story for to slug through the first few chapters. My opinion is any big change in technology creates many unintended problems. These are addressed with recalls. With genetics this means persons with the new technology will probably be crippled for the rest of their life. It is far safer to advance technology in things which can be thrown away than to gambol with your life. For him to spend more time describing the wonders of their genetic advances than developing the plot made this book terribly tedious. I figured after a few chapters he would get off the stupid tech stuff but I was wrong. I gave up at about 25% through the book. I felt the book had no redeeming qualities. You might like it if you are into vastly imaginative fantasy. I am a nuts and bolts type of guy. I can't enjoy something that seems stupid to me. I bet a person less technical would like the book more. It I very possible the plot gets going at some point beyond 1/4 through the book.

20 of 23 people found this review helpful

  • A Game of Thrones

  • A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1
  • By: George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by: Roy Dotrice
  • Length: 33 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98,833
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85,457
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 85,391

Winter is coming. Such is the stern motto of House Stark, the northernmost of the fiefdoms that owe allegiance to King Robert Baratheon in far-off King's Landing. There Eddard Stark of Winterfell rules in Robert's name. Far to the north, behind the towering Wall, lie savage Wildings and worse - unnatural things relegated to myth during the centuries-long summer, but proving all too real and all too deadly in the turning of the season. Yet a more immediate threat lurks to the south, where Jon Arryn, the Hand of the King, has died under mysterious circumstances....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Review of First 5 Books

  • By DCinMI on 09-12-13

A great book and performance

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

Reviewed: 03-28-13

Would you consider the audio edition of A Game of Thrones to be better than the print version?

I usually find the audio better than the printed version for most well done audio books.

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Game of Thrones?

The end

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

He put some craft into his reading.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No

  • A Memory of Light

  • Wheel of Time, Book 14
  • By: Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
  • Length: 41 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 19,324
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 17,643
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 17,656

Since 1990, when Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time® burst on the world with its first book, The Eye of the World, listeners have been anticipating the final scenes of this extraordinary saga, which has sold over 40 million copies in over 32 languages. When Robert Jordan died in 2007, all feared that these concluding scenes would never be written. But working from notes and partials left by Jordan, established fantasy writer Brandon Sanderson stepped in to complete the masterwork.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Finally we have closure!

  • By Cliff on 08-29-13

At last!

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

Reviewed: 02-20-13

If you could sum up A Memory of Light in three words, what would they be?

Plenty of action

Who was your favorite character and why?

I liked Matt because he was both humorous and heroic.

What about Michael Kramer and Kate Reading ’s performance did you like?

I preferred Michael because he took so many roles and did them well. He placed a great deal of emotion into his characters when needed.

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

Yes but it was a bit too long for that.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful