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Dr H. Teph

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  • One Salt Sea

  • An October Daye Novel, Book 5
  • By: Seanan McGuire
  • Narrated by: Mary Robinette Kowal
  • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65

October “Toby” Daye is finally doing all right. She’s settling into her new role as the Countess of Goldengreen; she’s actually dating again; she’s even agreed to take on Quentin as her official squire. Life is looking up all around - and that inevitably means it’s time for things to take a turn for the worse. Someone has kidnapped the sons of Duchess Dianda Lorden, regent of the Undersea Duchy of Saltmist. To prevent a war between land and sea, Toby must not only find the missing boys, but also prove that the Queen of the Mists was not behind their abduction.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A difficult one

  • By Dr H. Teph on 20-07-18

A difficult one

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

Reviewed: 20-07-18

This one is difficult one to review, I almost quit halfway as it was a bit meandering and people acted a bit stupidly (which always annoys me). However it got its act together, and ended in a satisfying but predictable way. Some more threads in the worldbuilding got revealed and some holes got filled in.
The problem for me is that it was very uneven, some high points but some they almost drowns in the swampy mess of the lowpoints.
I really wants to like this series, but I think I may have to take a pause now.

  • Wild Cards I

  • By: George R. R. Martin (editor), Walter Jon Williams, Melinda Snodgrass, and others
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 18 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 153
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 130

In the aftermath of WWII, an alien virus struck the Earth, endowing a handful of survivors with extraordinary powers. Originally published in 1987, the newly expanded saga contains additional original stories by eminent writers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Super Effort

  • By Paul on 08-01-12

Hasn't aged well

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

Reviewed: 09-05-17

Perhaps because being innovative and exploring when published and thus creating inflated expectations, I found this quite .... wanting.
The setting and worldbuilding feel quite standard and tepid after reading Superpowereds (by D. Hayes) and especially Worm (by Wildbow). The stories and characters lack the dynamics and depths I preferes these days. Even the "power sets" and origions story feels like they are the "big2's" with serial number filed off, slightly diluted.
The plots are a bit lacking too, due to the structure of the anthology we get to hear the same story from diffrent perspective ... And it wasn't that interesting the first time, by the third I really, really wished for something new to listen to.

  • A Plague of Swords

  • Traitor Son Cycle 4
  • By: Miles Cameron
  • Narrated by: Neil Dickson
  • Length: 21 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 152
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 152

One enemy has fallen. A greater one remains. It's war.... The Red Knight withstood the full might of his enemy and won the day. In a victory which will be remembered through the ages, he brought disparate factions together and turned them into allies against a more powerful foe than they had ever seen. Now he will need his allies more than ever. Because behind one adversary hid another - one with allies of their own - whose goal was never to destroy Alba but to distract the Kingdom while achieving his true aim.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not as good as previous books in series

  • By M on 17-05-17

Almost perfect high-low fantasy

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

Reviewed: 30-12-16

I really don't know which box to put this gem in, it is too magical and epic to be grim n' gritty low fantasy, and waaay to realistic and ... well grim and personal to be high fantasy. This series is unique, one of the 'things' that makes it so special is the fight scenes, they feel really really realistic, this is how a battle scene _should_ be written in order to be interesting, exciting, horrifying and feel realistic. It is blood, seat and tears, without falling in the trap of gore for gores sake.
The protagonist gallery of personalities are interesting and engaging, and you fear for them all, because this author don't balk from 'killing your darlings', but in a way that avoid the sadistic wish fullfillment cruelty of some-author-that-don't-need-to-be-mentioned, and _this_ author actually do write books still.
So, if this author is soo good, why isn't it five stars? Well, lately in the book, there have been a bit of god-in-the-machine instances. I hate, I mean really, really hate when I get that feeling. This book started as low, grim and gritty fantasy and have now grown into full fledged high epic fantasy (but with certain elements of grim-dark-realism). Some ... elements of the story don't get handled that well. I wish the author should have left the epic out and written the story in the scope of the first two books, it would have been more to my taste.
Still, it is a fantastic story and a great saga to listen to, just not perfect, but hey ... is there any thing that is?

  • Super Powereds: Year 1

  • Super Powereds, Book 1
  • By: Drew Hayes
  • Narrated by: Kyle McCarley
  • Length: 26 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 447
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 424
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 423

Knowledge is power. That would be the motto of Lander University, had it not been snatched up and used to death by others long before the school was founded. For while Lander offers a full range of courses to nearly all students, it also offers a small number of specialty classes to a very select few. Lander is home to the Hero Certification Program, a curriculum designed to develop students with superhuman capabilities, commonly known as Supers, into official Heroes.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good Story, clunky writing

  • By Dr H. Teph on 21-08-16

Good Story, clunky writing

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

Reviewed: 21-08-16

The concept and protagonist gallery is very, very good. It is a bit like a unholy crossbreed of Harry Potter and X-men and is a excellent example of crossbreeding being successful. The tropes are there but neither taken overly seriously nor too flippant.

However one thing that become obvious with listening to the audio book is the authors horrible tick of ending each characters line with : ... Alice said, ... Vince said, ... said Alice, ... said Vince. Usually an author either let sentence build, choice of wording or just plain logic mark who said what. Or at least choose something like "... said Alice while something, something" when the need to be clear is nessecary. But not this guy, it is page up, and page down with said, said, said, said. Of course it becomes more obvious with such a good narrator ... but for heaven sake!

(It do get better in book two, perhaps a literate editor was used for that one)

Addendum: This book really grows on you, I'm not really into the supers scene, but like the X-men movies. I have continued to pursue the authors work in this world and enjoying it more and more. I don't like all worldbuilding choices he makes, but they are understandable and quasi-logical, and the characters are way better written than anything else I have seen in the genre.

So slog through this, it isn't bad, and find plenty of compensating joy in the books that follows!

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Super Powereds: Year 2

  • Super Powereds, Book 2
  • By: Drew Hayes
  • Narrated by: Kyle McCarley
  • Length: 32 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 363
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 343
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 342

Despite having their secret revealed, the residents of Melbrook Hall return to Lander University for another year in the Hero Certification Program. Good thing the focus of this year is teamwork, because with their origins known, they'll have to lean on each other more than ever. Now finally sophomores, their curriculum expands, allowing them to train in the majors that Heroes specialize in. The new classes will test their minds, bodies, and determination in ways never anticipated.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • It's ok.

  • By Paul on 24-09-16

Super Good Sequel

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

Reviewed: 04-08-16

While the first book in the series failed a bit in the writing this picks up and continuing expanding the excellent plot and engaging gallery of protagonists.
I'm not a big fan of "Superheroes" in general, I'm however a great fan of "realistic" superpowered heroes, like the X-men movies (not the comics) and similar. This series really scratch that itch and some. I really look forward to dive into the next one!

  • The Sovereign of the Seven Isles Omnibus

  • Books 1-3
  • By: David A. Wells
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 51 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 269
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 251
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 252

When second son Alexander Valentine loses his brother to an assassin's arrow, he discovers that his family protects an ancient secret and reluctantly finds himself at the center of the final battle of a war that was supposed to have ended 2,000 years ago.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great!

  • By verity on 02-12-15

As fun as listening to a grocery list.

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

Reviewed: 04-05-16

Just managed to listen for an half hour or so. The writing was un inspired and the characters cooke-cutter produced. The narrator may not have had much to work with but sounded quite bored too.
Perhaps there is a good story in there but didn't have time to find one wading through the tropes and anachronistic prose and lethargic scenery.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • 1635

  • The Dreeson Incident
  • By: Eric Flint, Virginia DeMarce
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 19 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4

The Thirty Years' War continues to ravage 17th-century Europe, but a new force is gathering power and influence: the United States of Europe, a new nation led by Gustavus Adolphus, king of Sweden, and the West Virginians from the 20th century led by Mike Stearns who were hurled centuries into the past by a mysterious cosmic accident.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Very Poor

  • By Keith K on 29-12-16

A soap opera...

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

Reviewed: 09-02-16

Not the best book in the series
It seems DeMarce brings a certain amount of "soap" to the 1632 universe. In this book there are chapters that could fit as a manus for a episode of Emmerdale or something, endless disection of how people are related to each other and flashback to things that happend before the Ring of fire.
Character development are always interesting, but here the story could be improved with some editing, cutting and condensing, to focus and speed up the story, the .... meandering, between the moving parts becomes annoying after a while.

  • Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen

  • The Miles Vorkosigan Adventures, Book 17
  • By: Lois McMaster Bujold
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 70
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 66

Future imperfect: Three years after her famous husband's death, Cordelia Vorkosigan, widowed Vicereine of Sergyar, stands ready to spin her life in a new direction. Oliver Jole, admiral, Sergyar Fleet, finds himself caught up in her web of plans in ways he'd never imagined, bringing him to an unexpected crossroads in his life. Meanwhile, Miles Vorkosigan, one of Emperor Gregor's key investigators, this time dispatches himself on a mission of inquiry, into a mystery he never anticipated - his own mother.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Every trace of an exciting plot dispensed with

  • By Kindle Customer on 18-11-16

A life of work dwindling down

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

Reviewed: 09-02-16

This is a good good, no doubt of that, but it feels ... sad. To me it really feels like a goodbye to old friends, which you know you may never see again.
The book really feels much better than the last three Vorkosigan, neither Diplomatic Immunity nor Cryoburn had any real oomph in them and Capt. Vorpatril was oddly unfinished. This book feel more cohesive and well written, with more heart in. Actually, that is what is in it ... heart.
The first chapter hit me like a emotional broadside, and the rest of the book my poor soul was shell shocked.
Vox Day would hate this one I guess...

But in the end, it feels like an epiloge ... or an eulogy of some sorts.

The reading was unexceptional but adequate.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Exodus

  • Empires at War, Book 1
  • By: Doug Dandridge
  • Narrated by: Finn Sterling
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

When the human race faces extermination at the hands of an expanding species the last survivors travel a thousand years to reestablish the race ten thousands light years away. It is now a thousand years after the birth of the New Terran Empire. The race has aggressively expanded during that time, with a fleet that has never lost a war against an alien species. But the signs are there, the old enemy is back, and the Fleet will face its greatest challenge in a foe fifty times their size.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Dull & Dreary

  • By terry graham on 14-12-15

Essentially Weber-light

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

Reviewed: 15-07-15

A different worldbuilding/background (which is interesting BTW) and less political-philosophical meandering. But in in most other aspect this is a good substitute to for any abstinence in wating of the next Honor Harrington book.
The characters are less engaging, but this may grow over time as the author gets to know them.

The narrator is good, but sometimes he forgets/fails to change the voice between different charcters.

  • The Amber Citadel

  • JewelFire, Book 1
  • By: Freda Warrington
  • Narrated by: Helen Lloyd
  • Length: 24 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 2

Two hundred and fifty years ago, humans defeated the shape-changing Bhahdradomen in the War of the Silver Plains. Although they are exiled - or even thought to be extinct - the shape-changers' hatred and jealousy of the humans live on. Now, in the failings of a human king, they find a way to assuage that hatred. Meanwhile the third race, the mysterious Aelyr, although they also consider the Bhahdradomen enemies, keep apart from human realms.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Hard to put my finger on ...

  • By Dr H. Teph on 12-06-15

Hard to put my finger on ...

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

Reviewed: 12-06-15

... Why I lost interest in this. The idea behind it has potential but the writing is a bit clunky and the characters isn't that interesting.
Perhaps the story will pick up as the series move on and the writer get some more experience.
But this is a bit to disjointed and use the deux machina a bit to much for my taste.

So it will move on without me.