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Tom Hohman

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  • The Tiger and the Wolf

  • Echoes of the Fall, Book 1
  • By: Adrian Tchaikovsky
  • Narrated by: Kyla Garcia
  • Length: 22 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 114
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 107
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 105

Maniye's father is the Wolf clan's chieftain, but she's an outcast. Her mother was queen of the Tiger, and these tribes have been enemies for generations. Maniye also hides a deadly secret. All can shift into their clan's animal form, but Maniye can take on tiger and wolf shapes. She refuses to disown half her soul so escapes, rescuing a prisoner of the Wolf clan in the process. The killer Broken Axe is set on their trail, to drag them back for retribution.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointed

  • By Cheryl on 04-24-18

Great Premise, Great Setup, Boring Execution

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

Reviewed: 08-08-18

This series was painfully boring and after listening to all 3 books, it never got better. If you suffer from completionism, don't even start this.
Why it was boring: The plot is completely predictable trope with occasional ex machina magic to move the story along. There were some very well set rules around the magic at first, but most of the key scenes rely on ex magica that falls outside the established scope. The main character has a lot of Mary Sue qualities and her arc is boring with a climax that seems out of character and unearned (this happens in all 3 books).
Adrian's scifi is pretty good but I will be staying away from his fantasy.

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  • The Complete Thunder Series

  • By: Dietmar Wehr
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 11 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 714
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 675
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 675

The Tyrell are a race that love to fight. The more difficult the fight, the better they like it. Every race they find is given the same level of technology and a specific amount of time to exploit it before the Tyrell come back looking for a fight. Humanity is warned by another alien species that the Tyrell are coming, and the race is on to build an Alliance of races strong enough to stand up against an empire whose expansion has been relentless.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story

  • By Jake on 04-08-18

Fantastically Minimalist in a good way

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

Reviewed: 06-27-18

Raw action without the unneeded story clutter is not always needed with this type of book. That is not a bad thing in this case. The story hits some sort of minimal necessary narrative and relentlessly moves to the exciting parts over and over again. Especial good listen if you just had a scifi that tried to execute a complex narrative, but did so poorly.

  • Agenda 21: Into the Shadows

  • By: Glenn Beck
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Lowell, January LaVoy
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 448
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 399
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 399

It was once named America, but now it is just "the Republic". Following the worldwide implementation of a UN-led program called Agenda 21, the once-proud people of America have become obedient residents who live in barren, brutal Compounds and serve the autocratic, merciless Authorities. Citizens mainly keep their heads down and their mouths shut - but Emmeline is different. When the Authorities took her mother away, she started questioning the world around her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • outstanding

  • By caleb on 05-14-15

political gimmick

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

Reviewed: 05-29-16

There was so much potential with the setting and the author completely failed to capitalize on any of it. The characters were zero dimensional.