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Shane A. McGarry

Madison, TN United States
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  • Strange the Dreamer

  • By: Laini Taylor
  • Narrated by: Steve West
  • Length: 18 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,331
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,117
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,106

The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around - and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old, he's been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance or lose his dream forever.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great until the ending

  • By Shane A. McGarry on 10-23-17

Great until the ending

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

Reviewed: 10-23-17

I really enjoyed this book right up until the last few chapters, which just felt drawn out unnecessarily. There was a point at which I was screaming in my head “just get to the point and tell us what happened!” And the ending felt so...unsatisfied and wrong. I know Laini Taylor is setting it up for a sequel but this didn’t leave me with a feeling of suspense or “oh I can’t wait for the next book”. It made me want to chuck my phone across the room in anger and disgust. Really disappointed.

I gave the book 3* overall because for the most part, it’s a well written, engaging book. But the ending ruined it for me.

68 of 69 people found this review helpful

  • The Sword of Summer

  • Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, Book One
  • By: Rick Riordan
  • Narrated by: Christopher Guetig
  • Length: 15 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,223
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4,715
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,706

Magnus Chase has always been a troubled kid. Since his mother's mysterious death, he's lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, keeping one step ahead of the police and the truant officers. One day he's tracked down by an uncle he barely knows - a man his mother claimed was dangerous. Uncle Randolph tells him an impossible secret: Magnus is the son of a Norse god.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Usual fun Riordan brought down by bad reading

  • By Cody on 10-13-15

Great Story - awful narrator

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

Reviewed: 04-12-16

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would definitely recommend this book, especially if you are a fan of the Percy Jackson series. However, be prepared for a truly awful narration. Christopher Guetig's narration is often stilted and wooden and his attempt at different character voices is just bad. His accents are horrid and characters don't really come alive. I hope for the next book they find a different narrator as I feel he really detracts from what is an otherwise fantastic story.

What other book might you compare The Sword of Summer to and why?

This book is quite similar to Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief. The formula is the same: boy finds out he has strange powers and is the son of a god, etc. If you enjoy that trope, you'll really love this book.

How could the performance have been better?

Find a different narrator! Christopher Guetig really shouldn't be narrating at all. His delivery is horrendous, his accents and character voices are so bad they are almost laughable (when they aren't painful), and he breathes no life into the story. Please, for the next book, find a different narrator.

Any additional comments?

Fantastic book! Definitely recommend this to anyone interested in YA Fantasy. Just prepare yourself for an awful narration experience.