Thomas Le Min

Newark, DE
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-22-18


This continuation of the Girl With the Dragon Tattoo series perfectly captures the feel and pacing of the original books. This audio production is likewise very good and also captures the feel of the original. I can't wait for the next follow up!

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-10-17

Linsey Hall puts "fantastic" into "fantasy" with her new series!

Despite the already vast and ever-expanding realm of fantasy novels, readers continue to be presented with a relatively limited selection of magical practitioners and practices. Regardless of the series, one typically finds little variation among the usual cast of regulars.

"And now for something completely different..." From the very beginning, Linsey puts her own unique stamp on this series. There is a mix of traditional magical beings as well as new creations of hers. She also gives characters new types of abilities, each with their own limitations.

Linsey uses a deft touch in sprinkling the story with a variety of very funny puns, historical remarks, and jokes that seem particularly aimed at roughly the Generation X–vintage readers. I can't begin to count the times I found myself letting.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-07-17

Fantastic introduction

This brief audiobook is a perfect teaser to this series! I was a bit skeptical at first, but I got hooked.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-25-17

This series just gets better!

While I had felt that the first and second books in this series were terrific, the third seemed a bit brief. There is no such quibble about this book! It recaptures the excitement and drama of the first book.

There is a very broad cast of important characters in the series which are perhaps easier to manage in a written format, since one can merely search back through the pages to clarify a point. Likewise, the names of the various characters, beings, cities, and countries are also clearer in print. There was a several-month gap since I read book 3, so I initially had a little trouble getting back into the flow of this book. Being an audiobook made it a bit harder, but once I was back up to speed I found that I enjoyed listening to this version even more than reading the previous volumes. The narrator is excellent, with wonderful diction as well as a very good ability to render different characters' voices.

My sole complaint with this book was the near unbearable overuse of the term "puissant!" I have no idea why the author became so enamored with it, but any competent editor should have stopped that in its very first draft, let alone allowing this glaring overuse to continue on to the audiobook version. The author should not only chose a different editor in future, but also demand a refund for allowing this embarrassing faux pas to stand!

With that lone criticism in mind, I'm off to purchase the next audiobook in the series immediately. 📚🗣

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-04-17

The story just gets better.

In this sophomore addition to the series, Glynn Stewart follows Damien as he sets of in the company of one of the Hands of Mars as a royal messenger. The mission should have been a relatively simple matter, but it rapidly deteriorates once they arrive at their destination.

What follows is a roller coaster ride as the two become embroiled in the dangerous politics that exist on the planet. Once it starts, there is no stopping as the danger and tension grow to an ultimate world shaking battle. Through it all Damien is challenged at every turn, not just by events, but also by his own conscience. Is he worthy of becoming a Hand to the King of Mars?

As always, Jeffrey Kafer demonstrates why is one of the premier narrators of audiobooks in the world.

I have already purchased the third and fourth books in the series, and I can't wait to listen to the next book as soon as I am finished writing this review.

Listeners who enjoyed this series owe it to themselves to check out Nathan Lowell's series of books chronicling the "golden age of the Solar Clipper." They are all superb.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-30-16

An unusual start for a series, but in a good way.

The author has created a world where witches are commonly found living peacefully in society alongside plain old non-magical humans. The lead character is a magically-challenged witch whose best friend is a human. Overall, the story moves along with the feeling of a cosey mystery told with a light, humorous touch.

The narrator is very good; however, she has a very unusual voice that imprints itself so heavily upon the story that it is almost as though it was another character altogether. It is not exactly offensive, but at times I felt that it made listening to the story a bit ponderous, as if one were proceeding through molasses.

Overall, I think that this series is off to a nice, if slow, start. I must admit that it hasn't grabbed me in the same way that many other series (e.g. like those of Karen Chance, Kelly Armstrong, or Kim Harrison) have. Nonetheless, I think it is at least worth giving the next couple of books in the series a try. Finally, I think the series would be fine for young adults, but I'm not sure that it would appeal to them, especially given its slow pacing and that it is geared towards an adult audience.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-25-16

A great start to this new series!

Witch is a great start go the Sydney Hart Mysteries. The series is set in a rural seaside community in Cornwall, located at the southwestern tip of England.

The lead character, Sydney Hart, is a complex, 20 year old woman, whose rebellious youth was spurred on from her dysfunctional parents.

The central mystery is one which haunts Sydney & refuses to give her any respite. Likewise, there is plenty of action, tension, romance, & careful clues to keep its solution as ethereal as a whisp of smoke.

The author weaves the paranormal into the plot sparingly with a deft hand throughout the novel. As a result, this is not a typical fantasy book that requires the reader to accept a whole new universe of fantastic beings & altered laws of physics.

Although the story initially seemed to be off to a slow start, in retrospect it was essential to the story. Once the story did take off, the mix of action & tension held me glued to it until it's thrilling end.

The narrator is perfect for this book. She breaths life into the author's words perfectly & is never better than when speaking in the voice of Sydney. She was perfectly cast for this series.

I found this book to be very enjoyable & I look forward to reading each new book in the series (I already have Book 2 set to listen to!)

Warning – because of the frequent profane language & it's graphic sexual situations, this book is not for young adults or those who know beforehand that it will offend them.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-24-16

The best book in the series yet!

This series gets better and better. As Javed joins his new comrades in Emerald Flight, he and his former instructor, now wingman, grow closer as a team, he is faced with his biggest challenge of all.

I can't wait for the next book!

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-23-16

The series just gets better!

This series just gets better and better! There are plenty of action, romance, tension, and surprises to keep the listener welded to his or her earphones! I can't wait to listen to the next book in this wonderful series!

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-22-16

A fun new dragon series with a twist.

This new dragon series has a twist to it: the lead character is half-human and half-elf. As a result, he is disliked but nearly all humans and elves.

The story gets off to a slightly slow start, but the action and drama later on is worth the somewhat slow start. The slow beginning is necessary to set the foundation for the lead character's home life and background as well as his entry into the elite dragon riders' academy. His chief instructor and his best friend turn out to be his sole support, along with his unique dragon. There are two female characters who lend potential love interests as well.

Overall, this is a strong start for this young adult series. I am also a big fan or Eragon and the Inheritance Cycle (Eragon, Brisngr, Eldest, & Inheritance). This series is a bit lighter weight, without the added complexity of dwarves, extensive use of exotic languages or such a wide cast of characters and subplots. Nonetheless, Fledgling is worthwhile in its own way and on its own unique strengths. I've already purchased the second audiobook in this series, Avion, and can't wait to listen to it next.

Finally, the narration is first rate throughout. All characters are given appropriate voices, and the general narration is pleasant to listen to. He is a good choice for this series.

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