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Michael Todd Carrick

Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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  • The Shadow Above the Flames

  • By: Daniel Swenson
  • Narrated by: Steve Campbell
  • Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 22

Five years ago, hungry for energy and profits, the Union Forest Corporation embarked on an aggressive search for alternative power sources. In their quest they drilled too deeply, releasing a long-forgotten evil that’s been terrorizing the planet. As frightening as the dragon is, the executives at Union Forest are more terrified of losing corporate secrets than losing human lives. Somewhere in that drilling site, there’s a data core that they desperately want back.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The shadow

  • By MEDY L on 11-15-17

Interesting story, great narration, some elements of characters did t work for me

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

Reviewed: 06-22-18


This story is a sort of Smaug-meets-the-modern-world post-apocalyptic adventure. I love dragons and post-apocalypse, so this appeals to me.

The narration is excellent. The narrator uses his voice very well to raise and lower the tension from scene to scene, to bring the characters to life. I particularly enjoyed his renditions of the character’s voices. For example, Smythe’s voice done so well. From the voice narration for Smythe, I could really picture this smarmy, pretentious, a-hole as he’s harassing Henry.

Overall, I enjoyed the story. There were some things that didn’t really work for me though:

When Lenny is fighting with Henry in Henry’s office to make it seem like Henry has refused to help him, the actual dialogue doesn’t sound like natural dialogue. The words are too explicit and the message about Henry rejecting him is too obvious. I think a natural conversation would rely much more on the context of the conversation than so much explicit statement of betrayal?

As well, the whole idea of Rick being called ‘Greenie’ by the other members of the special forces team didn’t work for me. Too often, Rick seems plagued by self-doubt and constantly on the verge of falling apart. And Sgt. MacEvoy spends too much time behaving like a favourite uncle trying to bolster his confidence. That didn’t fit with my image of a man who threw himself into ever more dangerous missions to such an extent that he got noticed and recruited for MacEvoy’s team.

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  • Dream

  • A Call to the kNight
  • By: LR Phillips
  • Narrated by: Steve Campbell
  • Length: 14 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3

The Dragon looked through the window, its lips dripping with drool. She was becoming more its play-thing every day and she did not even know it. Wynne took one last look at the flat where her dreams with her husband, Vaughan, and her small son, Caedmon, were to have come true. "This is not my fault," she told herself. Stiffening her back she took her son's hand and left her husband's home. She did not look back again.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great voice work, story a bit hard to follow

  • By Michael Todd Carrick on 11-09-17

Great voice work, story a bit hard to follow

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

Reviewed: 11-09-17

I found the voice work to be excellent. Smooth and fluid, the reader enunciated clearly and used intonation and inflection to bring the text to life. I found the actual story narrative-the stringing together of descriptions and plot points to be hard to follow-but that had mostly to do with how the phrases were put together and the choice of words used to build images.

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