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John Le Blanc

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  • His Majesty's Dragon

  • Temeraire, Book 1
  • Auteur(s): Naomi Novik
  • Narrateur(s): Simon Vance
  • Durée: 9 h et 57 min
  • Version intégrale
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Histoire
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

When HMS Reliant captures a French frigate and seizes its precious cargo - an unhatched dragon egg - fate sweeps Captain Will Laurence from his seafaring life into an uncertain future and an unexpected kinship with a most extraordinary creature. Thrust into the rarified world of the Aerial Corps as master of the dragon Temeraire, he will face a crash course in the daring tactics of airborne battle.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Impressively Written

  • Écrit par John Le Blanc le 2019-06-27

Impressively Written

Au global
3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Histoire
2 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2019-06-27

Novik certainly has command of the period language and culture. Main character and dragon were likeable. There is much to be admired here. But... the story wasn’t eventful or intriguing enough for me. I also didn’t find there were enough interesting characters. Descriptions of aerial/naval battles with lots of crew member names, dragon names, and dragon species names made me numb after a while. I don’t think I’ll continue this series.

  • Skyward

  • Auteur(s): Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrateur(s): Suzy Jackson
  • Durée: 15 h et 28 min
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    5 out of 5 stars 716
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    5 out of 5 stars 679
  • Histoire
    5 out of 5 stars 680

From Brandon Sanderson, the number one New York Times best-selling author of the Reckoners series, Words of Radiance, and the internationally best-selling Mistborn series, comes the first book in an epic new series about a girl who dreams of becoming a pilot in a dangerous world at war for humanity's future.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another favorite

  • Écrit par Kaya Gaudet le 2018-11-30

Pretty Good

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Histoire
3 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2019-06-11

Characters were enjoyable and had their flaws. M-Bot was a favorite. Thought I might not enjoy the descriptions of aerial dog fights, but they were actually pretty well done. Light line/lance is a cool idea. Sanderson is definitely a "cool idea" guy. Will probably read more in the series if there are any. Audiobook narrator Suzy Jackson did a fine job.

  • The Woman in White

  • Auteur(s): Wilkie Collins
  • Narrateur(s): Roger Rees, Rosalyn Landor, John Lee, Autres
  • Durée: 25 h et 46 min
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    5 out of 5 stars 6
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    5 out of 5 stars 6
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    5 out of 5 stars 6

Secrets, mistaken identities, surprise revelations, amnesia, locked rooms and locked asylums, and an unorthodox villain made this mystery thriller an instant success when it first appeared in 1860, and it has continued to enthrall ever since. From the hero's foreboding before his arrival at Limmeridge House to the nefarious plot concerning the beautiful Laura, the breathtaking tension of Collins's narrative created a new literary genre of suspense fiction, which profoundly shaped the course of English popular writing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating!

  • Écrit par John Le Blanc le 2019-05-21

Captivating!

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

Évalué le: 2019-05-21

What a pleasant surprise! Suspense. Intrigue. Well-drawn characters. Tight plot. Satisfying ending. Innoavative and compelling narrative structure. Rich language. And written in 1860! Who knew a “sensational” novel written back then and one of the earliest “mysteries” could age so well and appeal to modern sensibilities. The shared audiobook narration was superb and really enhanced the structure. I’m certainly impressed with Wilkie Collins and will definitely read the Moonstone.

  • Children of Blood and Bone

  • Auteur(s): Tomi Adeyemi
  • Narrateur(s): Bahni Turpin
  • Durée: 17 h et 44 min
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 267
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 246
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 247

Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zélie's Reaper mother summoned forth souls. But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope. Now Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I’m speechless!

  • Écrit par Grace le 2019-01-30

Very good.

Au global
4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Histoire
3 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2019-04-24

Darker overall than Harry Potter. But very well drawn world and characters. Was slow at times. But the moral dilemma that crept in the last third of the book made for an interesting internal conflict.

Bahni Turpin, the audio book narrator, was incredible!! She definitely helped to sell the world and characters with full-on African accents that were even differentiated by class. Even her male voices were well done! Will probably follow this series.

  • Second Hand Curses

  • Auteur(s): Drew Hayes
  • Narrateur(s): Scott Aiello, Marc Vietor, Tavia Gilbert
  • Durée: 9 h
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 142
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    5 out of 5 stars 132
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 131

When your fairy godmother threatens to enslave you with a curse - when a malevolent piper solves your rat problem but steals your children - when you seek revenge on the prince who turned you into a frog - who can you turn to in your hour of need? The band of scoundrels known far and wide as the Bastard Champions - the swashbuckling trio who travel a world of legend, seeking adventure and righting wrongs - as long as there's enough gold to be earned.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • This was a pleasant read.

  • Écrit par John Le Blanc le 2019-04-24

This was a pleasant read.

Au global
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Histoire
3 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2019-04-24

Nothing too deep or epic, but the characters were likable and interesting. I liked that it was not a tired "the fairy tales you thought you knew" kinda thing. Instead what made it refreshing was the main characters being mercenaries in this kind of world.

The story itself was simple and direct and avoided cliches. I like a format where each chapter is a short story/adventure and there is a thread of a main story that unspools leading to a climax. I also kinda like the fact that it's a one-off and not a series. I might very well keep this author on my radar.

The audio book is narrated/voiced by three actors. The voice one of the actors used for Jack reminded me of Gene Kelly. It worked. Overall very effective!

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  • The Land: Founding: A LitRPG Saga

  • Chaos Seeds, Book 1
  • Auteur(s): Aleron Kong
  • Narrateur(s): Nick Podehl
  • Durée: 9 h et 49 min
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 317
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    5 out of 5 stars 302
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 302

Tricked into a world of banished gods, demons, goblins, sprites and magic, Richter must learn to meet the perils of The Land and begin to forge his own kingdom. Actions have consequences across The Land, with powerful creatures and factions now hell-bent on Richter's destruction. Can Richter forge allegiances to survive this harsh and unforgiving world or will he fall to the dark denizens of this ancient and unforgiving realm? A tale to shake "The Land" itself, measuring 10/10 on the Richter scale, how will Richter's choices shape the future of The Land and all who reside in it?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not for me

  • Écrit par Cameron le 2017-11-05

Well done.

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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2018-12-18

Well done. Intriguing. As an audio book it did get a tad tiresome to hear the repetitive details of every single level-up. But Nick Podehl is brilliant and a joy to listen to. He can sell a book for me. Lucky author!

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  • Billy Joel

  • The Definitive Biography
  • Auteur(s): Fred Schruers
  • Narrateur(s): Kirk Thornton
  • Durée: 12 h et 58 min
  • Version intégrale
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    2 out of 5 stars 1
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    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Histoire
    2 out of 5 stars 1

In Billy Joel, acclaimed music journalist Fred Schruers draws upon more than 100 hours of exclusive interviews with Joel to present an unprecedented look at the life, career, and legacy of the pint-sized kid from Long Island who became a rock icon.Exhibiting unparalleled intimate knowledge, Schruers chronicles Joel’s rise to the top of the charts, from his working-class origins in Levittown and early days spent in boxing rings and sweaty clubs to his monumental success in the '70s and '80s.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • It was ok.

  • Écrit par John Le Blanc le 2018-12-18

It was ok.

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2 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
Histoire
2 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2018-12-18

Helps to be a fan, otherwise it's not a very compelling biography in itself. There were too many people that weren't important to the narrative. To me the book required some developmental editing for interest rather than detail. And the parts about legal woes were pretty boring most of the time. There was one chapter near the end that began with pages and pages of legal maneuvering on the part of people you just weren't interested in. Interestingly, the voice actor did a commendable job doing the voices, or rather, impersonations.

  • Armada

  • A Novel
  • Auteur(s): Ernest Cline
  • Narrateur(s): Wil Wheaton
  • Durée: 11 h et 50 min
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 526
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    5 out of 5 stars 493
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    4 out of 5 stars 490

It's just another day of high school for Zack Lightman. He's daydreaming through another boring math class, with just one more month to go until graduation and freedom - if he can make it that long without getting suspended again. Then he glances out his classroom window and spots the flying saucer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Job!

  • Écrit par Dan G le 2017-11-08

I Love Ernest Cline's Writing!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Histoire
4 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2018-09-10

I rated Ready Player One 5 stars. I liked this one a tad less just because the plot was a little less tight and intense. But it was still a good, fun story with good characters and an interesting conflict. Cline's writing voice is clear and engaging. Wil Wheaton does a great job narrating. I love that EC and WW were both born in the same year as me - 1972.

I'm actually reading RPO now just because this book made me crave more and he's only written two books so far. Can't wait for more.

  • Hounded

  • The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 1
  • Auteur(s): Kevin Hearne
  • Narrateur(s): Luke Daniels
  • Durée: 8 h et 6 min
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 140
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 129
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 130

Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, lives peacefully in Arizona, running an occult bookshop and shape-shifting in his spare time to hunt with his Irish wolfhound. His neighbors and customers think that this handsome, tattooed Irish dude is about twenty-one years old - when in actuality, he’s twenty-one centuries old. Not to mention: He draws his power from the earth, possesses a sharp wit, and wields an even sharper magical sword known as Fragarach, the Answerer. Unfortunately, a very angry Celtic god wants that sword, and he’s hounded Atticus for centuries....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Riveting

  • Écrit par Sarah Wong le 2018-11-29

Liked it. Wish I'd loved it.

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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2018-08-28

First, a few points of comparison with Dresden Files. I've only read the first Dresden book and now only the first Iron Druid book, but I think I like this series better. The first-person voice was a tad less cliche. There's only so much I can take of "noir", hard-boiled detective first-person narration. It gets so tiring and there's no relief from it. And although I'm a fan of James Marsters' work as Spike in Buffy, I was not a fan of his narration in the Dresden audio books.

The Iron Druid is a bit lighter in its delivery and the voice is less tiresome. As a work of fantasy and world building it wasn't bad. I was grateful that the voice was direct and engaging. Lore and geography didn't come at the expense of character and a moving plot that is so often the case in classic high-fantasy.

I love Luke Daniels' narration. He actually brought me to this series as I loved his work on "Off To Be The Wizard".

However.... now that I write and reflect there were a few things that bothered me quite a bit about this book. The delivery overall is still somewhat cliche. No hard-boiled detective, but how about Irish stereotypes... too many characters have red hair! Irish whiskey! The English!

The sexual tension was hackneyed and ham-fisted. And every female character was one-dimensional. Oh, and I could certainly do without the Harlequin Romance covers. Thank goodness I don't own a physical copy of this book.

The reliance on pop-culture references threw me out of the story every time they were used to describe someone or evoke humor. Don't tell me your character's demeanor is like Harrison Ford. Don't try to endear me to your talking dog by having him impersonate Eric Cartman from South Park. Puh-leeze! It's forced. It's cheap and it's amateur i.m.h.o. And speaking of cheap, potty humor does not endear me to your talking dog either. I know he's a "dog", but I cannot help but think Oberon's constantly offering to "sniff asses" is more about Hearne trying to be funny as if he's writing to a 10-year-old audience. Again, cheap. That dog might be a deal-breaker for me and this series. But clearly there are enough people (10-year-olds?) in Hearne's fan-base that have validated these choices because I see the damn dog eventually gets his own series!!

As for the Iron Druid series... I've never been entirely sold by the retort "Just wait! It gets awesome by book three!" *sigh* Yeah, maybe...


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  • Differently Morphous

  • Auteur(s): Yahtzee Croshaw
  • Narrateur(s): Yahtzee Croshaw
  • Durée: 10 h et 23 min
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 196
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 183
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 182

A magical serial killer is on the loose, and gelatinous, otherworldly creatures are infesting the English countryside. Which is making life for the Ministry of Occultism difficult, because magic is supposed to be their best kept secret. After centuries in the shadows, the Ministry is forced to unmask, exposing the country's magical history - and magical citizens - to a brave new world of social media, government scrutiny, and public relations.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A funny, well natured jab at PC culture.

  • Écrit par Ryan Cooper le 2018-05-02

Pretty Good

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
Histoire
3 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2018-08-20

Fun story. Interesting characters. I did wish they connected with each other more or deepened or grew a little bit. Interesting "magic system" but am still not 100% crystal clear on how it all works or what's significant in the greater mythology. And I was a little confused by the very ending.