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?)
I love audio books! From science to fiction, business to history. Stories, novels, fairytales, descriptions, guides, explanations, etc.
The two stories are great and written in an entertaining and capturing way. The background is rich and deep. You will not find flat or boring characters either – both stories have complex, deep, characters confronted with interesting challenges that do not have simple solutions. The narrator is brilliant in bringing the stories alive. This definitely has been added to my “good book” list.
A Sci Fi junkie who occasionally goes slumming to read other literature.
Two fun stories set in a world where magic is forbidden and a dangerous bramble has destroyed the land.
The audio books I get tend to be either 1) scifi or 2) things for my husband and me to listen to on long road trips--humor or history
I absolutely loved the world these two authors co-created for these linked novellas. That there would be negative consequences to magic is a completely unique idea, in my experience of fantasy literature. Bacigalupi took the concept and ran with it. His story, The Alchemist, featured a fully realized main character and was beautifully written, only faltering slightly at the end, which seemed to not really fit the rest of the story. The Executioness suffered in comparison. It felt one-dimensional and skirted dealing head-on with the essential dilemma. At the end, I was left with an unfinished feeling, as if there should have been a third story that would have solved the problem once and for all.
[I listened to this as an audio book read by Jonathan Davis and Katherine Kellgren. Both did excellent jobs narrating. It seemed they coordinated their performances, deciding that the denizens of this world would speak with vaguely African sounding accents. This helped me feel like I had been transported to another realm and made the world of the book more real.]
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.