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Richard S. Flickstein

CA
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The Prisoner and the Sun audiobook cover art

beautiful parable

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-18-18

It is a thoughtful, thought-provoking, inspiring and deep story. I recommend giving it a listen.

Black Luck audiobook cover art

Totally Engrossing

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-21-18

It was fun from start to finish. Great story. Looking forward to the next one.

Wicked Folk: An Urban Wizard's Tale audiobook cover art

Fun story. Poor narration editing.

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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-17-17

I enjoyed the story and narration overall. There were points though where the volume was very uneven as well as points where the narrator clearly spoke the wrong word. Also, he did not seem familiar with the story he was reading based on the fact that he paused in odd places, such as in the middle of a sentence.

The School of Hard Knocks audiobook cover art

Narrator changes after chapter two

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-14-17

For some reason, after the second chapter, the narrator changes. It is not clear why.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

Snake Eyes audiobook cover art

Enjoyable and a stepup

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-20-17

I enjoyed the book. The author also spent a considerable amount of time setting up for the next book and for many other potential storylines.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

Brida audiobook cover art

Summary: find a soulmate to pursue your magic

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2 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-08-17

The book feels designed specifically for the main character to find a soulmate and the rest is dressing on top of that. I cannot get past chapter 3.

The Creeping Shadow audiobook cover art

Great Story with good pacing

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-06-16

I really enjoyed the character interactions, the adventure, and the humor which was mostly character-driven. I think this may have been one of the best of the series. The pacing was also very good. I am looking forward to the next book in the series.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

The Return of Merlin audiobook cover art

Choppy, Confusing, and Minimally Developed

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2 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-11-11

I suggest skipping the introduction until the end so that you can listen to the story without preconceived ideas and allow yourself to make your own interpretations of events. The story starts out fine but as it progresses, the plot becomes confusing, in part due to the time-shifting element. Also, in order to prevent the reader from guessing the entire plot, at one point the author uses some minor misdirection. Unfortunately, to accomplish this, a character acts in a way that is not really consistent with the rest of how the character has been “developed”. In general, the characters in the story are mostly flat and rather than learning or growing, any changes they undergo are sudden or simply induced by a touch or other artificial means that replaces character evolution. The author also relies heavily on the reader being already familiar with the essence of the characters from Arthurian lore. I also had the feeling of the author taking someone else's characters and using them clumsily as puppets for his own quick puppet show akin to a child’s performance. By the end, I had lost any connection that might have been established with the plot or characters. I was also confused by events occurring an then reversing. Simon Jones does a great job of narrating, but even he cannot save the story. Also, for some reason, the author himself speaks the chapter titles which breaks the flow of Jones’ voice.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful