Sure, if it was available cheaply. It's entertaining enough, and the plot moves along at a quick, easy pace, but listening to it felt like watching a decent miniseries on TV. It was reasonably enjoyable, but not especially memorable after it was finished.
The narration is a selling point. Both readers bring marvelous passion, engagement, and characterization to the production. Absolutely top notch. Even when the plot dragged, I still loved listening to the narrators.
Where is the rest of it? What happened next. It was great to listen too. The narrators are wonderful but it was way too short. Left me feeling like the story wasn't over.
...you won't necessarily love this one. I am not usually one for collaborations, but this one was alright. Being a huge fan of Bacigalupi, though, I would say it is a must have.
The female narrator is absolutely wonderful. The story is clever, but it ended without any real resolution. Definitely looking forward to the next installment (there is one, right?)
It wasn't the most in depth of stories, but it was an interesting construct of how the two tales came together. I was drawn in for both and it is definitely worth a download.
I opted to spend the $5 rather than a credit.
Narrators were good, even if they overdid it at times.
I'd never read or listened to anything by these authors and wasn't sure what to expect. The Alchemist was a good enough story, rather forgettable tho, but the Executioness was fantastic! The narrator had a lot to do with this, she was fantastic and I hope to hear more of her in the future. The story was more interesting - at least to me - as well and I think would expand into a much larger stand-alone book quite easily.
Recommend only for current sci-fi readers.
Puzzled I bought it actually; I usually read classics.
So three stars for me.
No thank you. I only make rare forays into sci-fi and then mostly
BEM (Bug-Eyed Monsters).
The reading was quite well done and allowed me to carve while listening to a story.
I have no idea.
Thank you for your efforts to present this book.
Enjoying audiobooks daily!
Yes. I would recommend this to a fantasy or sci-fi lover.
Both were good narrations from what I remember.
I think I would.
This is a two part book written from the POV of two characters. Interesting.
Two short stories, two authors and two narrators, with one shared fantasy world between them. The first, The Alchemist, shows that the combination of great writing and great narration can make a story much more entertaining than it actually deserves. It also sets up the second story, The Executioness, which I found less entertaining but more thought provoking, showing many parallels to our own world. Both felt shallow though, missing something. Both are good but not great. This would need to get fleshed out into a full sized book, preferably by the Paolo Bacigalupi/Jonathan Davis team.
I felt the stories were a bit short, and both Paulo and Tobias' style seems to be to immerse the reader into the plot without much background. I found myself confused over certain names of places and other components used in the story that framed the alchemist and executioness' setting.
Just too short of a story to get as complicated as they did. That said, I started to get into The Alchemist about 6 chapters in, and finished it. But I could not bring myself to keep paying attention to the Executioness.