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Earleville, MD, United States
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  • Wizard's First Rule

  • Sword of Truth, Book 1
  • By: Terry Goodkind
  • Narrated by: Sam Tsoutsouvas
  • Length: 34 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,315
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,049
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,109

In the aftermath of the brutal murder of his father, Richard Cypher encounters a mysterious woman, Kahlan Amnell, in his forest sanctuary. She seeks his help...and more. His world, his very beliefs, are shattered when ancient debts come due with thundering violence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This book is a blast

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 05-09-12

Not as good as I remembered

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

Reviewed: 03-28-18

I read Wizards First Rule, and the rest of the series a few years ago and remember thinking the author was a bit puffed up, but the story was good. After this listen I've revised that opinion. The story could be good, if the author would just get on with it. If he would just tell the tale. If only he let the story flow. Instead he beat a dead horse, rewriting the same point in 2 or 3 sentences (see what I did there). It probably was meant to build dramatic tension, but it is such an overused technique that it makes the writing seem juvenile. As did the point in which while trying to enrage a would be rapist a character tells him to "do it to me".

As for the narrator, I don't know if he made the story worse, or the bad writing made him that bad. He cannot do a female voice, or really differentiate one character from another. This is not his genre. I imagine he'd do well with politicians memoirs.

As there is a different narrator I'll try Stone of Tears, but I have little hope for it. I would not recommend this book if you are an epic fantasy fan. If you like trashy semi-romance, cliche adventures that are poorly written, you'll love this one.

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  • The Twenty-Sided Sorceress Series, Books 1-3

  • Justice Calling, Murder of Crows, Pack of Lies
  • By: Annie Bellet
  • Narrated by: Folly Blaine
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 430
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 397
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 399

This is the omnibus of the first three books in the urban fantasy series Twenty-Sided Sorceress, collected together for the first time in one convenient volume.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Most Impressive

  • By Binder38us on 05-04-16

Nice but short and under developed

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

Reviewed: 01-05-17

A good premise for the story, but it lacks depth. It reads like a YA novel, but with a lot of swearing. I get the feeling that this is a first attempt at an adult novel for this author and the only way she knew to do adult speak was to pepper it with f@ck. I wouldn't have spent the credits on all 3 books separately as they are very short, but as a collection they were okay.

The characters are interesting, but very 2 dimensional. I really don't care if none of them survive because they do not have that real quality that makes the reader actually care about them.

The narrator has a nice voice and does okay, but misprounces Alec's as Alex's; petty I know, but it is annoying.

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  • City of Fallen Angels

  • The Mortal Instruments, Book 4
  • By: Cassandra Clare
  • Narrated by: Ed Westwick, Molly C. Quinn
  • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,409
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4,596
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,640

City of Fallen Angels take up where City of Glass left off. With Valentine out of the way, Clary thought she and Jace could finally be together--but when someone starts murdering the Shadowhunters who used to be in Valentine's Circle and leaving their bodies around New York City in a manner designed to destroy the new peace between Downworlders and Shadowhunters, she realizes the past can never be left entirely behind.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • The narrators!

  • By Melissa on 04-06-11

Poor narration can ruin a story

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

Reviewed: 02-09-15

So the story is good, not great, but readable. Sadly Molly C. Quinn is a horrible narrator. She sounds as though she is reading through the story for the first time, and using a robot voice for fun. There is no change in tone or inflection and I never know who is speaking. Further, if a novel is going to be narrated by multiple actors it seems to me having them voice the same characters throughout would make more sense than having them both narrate the same characters during different chapters. I get that the chapters are written from varying character perspectives, but it would really help the continuity if the voices did not change. Truly, the director(s) in this endeavor should be horribly ashamed that they allowed this work to be sold in such a sorry condition.

One final note...would it kill someone if a series were narrated by the same actors all the way through?

  • The Alloy of Law

  • A Mistborn Novel
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,307
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 18,624
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,627

Three hundred years after the events of the Mistborn trilogy, Scadrial is now on the verge of modernity, with railroads to supplement the canals, electric lighting in the streets and the homes of the wealthy, and the first steel-framed skyscrapers racing for the clouds.Kelsier, Vin, Elend, Sazed, Spook, and the rest are now part of history—or religion. Yet the old magics of Allomancy and Feruchemy continue to play a role in this reborn world....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Shorter, but very entertaining

  • By Robin on 12-14-11

This story is Holmes meets fantasy, great listen!

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

Reviewed: 09-14-12

I love fantasy stories, but when I tried reading the Mistborn series I just could not get into the first book. Then I decided to give it a listen instead. I loved the series and immediately upon finishing it scooped up Alloy. I was not disappointed, but now I am seriously hoping that there will be more of Wax and Wayne (I am not kidding, the main characters are really called Wax & Wayne, even worse it took me a while to catch on).

This story picks up 3 centuries after the last book in the Mistborn trilogy and the characters that I came to love in that series make appearances in the history of the city of Elendel. Wax (descendant of Breeze) has resigned himself to giving up his life as a lawman in the Roughs (think wild west) to come back to Elendel (think NYC). Trains are becoming ever more useful, 'horseless carriages" can be seen motoring to and fro and some of the affluent are even getting electric lights in their homes. I do not want to give a lot away, but Wax is a gunslinger and he is twinborn (allomancer and feruchemist), Wayne prefers dueling canes and is also twinborn and Marasi is a young lady allomancer studying law, and Wax & Wayne's exploits, at University. Together the three become embroiled in the mystery of a series of train robberies conducted by the Vanishers, who make a mysterious train engine appear on the tracks, steel the valuable cargo, rob the passengers and take a hostage, all without leaving a trace, and all in a matter of minutes.

If you like fantasy and mystery this book is for you.

Narrator: Michael Kramer narrated the Mistborn trilogy as well as this book and did a fabulous job. He can do a variety of voices and his female characters are quite believable. I believe that he ties with Stephen Weber as my favorite audio book narrator; unless Morgan Freeman narrates audio books too.



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