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  • The Dragon's Path: Dagger and Coin, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Daniel Abraham
    • Narrated By Pete Bradbury
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (818)
    Performance
    (736)
    Story
    (738)

    Popular author Daniel Abraham’s works have been nominated for the Hugo Award and the World Fantasy Award. In The Dragon’s Path, former soldier Marcus is now a mercenary—but he wants nothing to do with the coming war. So instead of fighting, he elects to guard a caravan carrying the wealth of a nation out of the war zone—with the assistance of an unusual orphan girl named Cithrin.

    Kristin says: "Epic Fantasy and Something Else"
    "Give it a try if you like a good story done well!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If you like epic fantasy loaded with intrigue, twists, and turns, you should like this first installment of the Dagger and the Coin series. One of things that stood out was the world building; that grounded feeling that the places in the story have been around for a while. The characters are well rounded and believable, not to say they are all nice, flaws abound, and that make them interesting. The multiple POV's and plot lines are enough keep you on your toes and listening.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Though I enjoy Captain Marcus Wester's POV chapters and especially his dynamic with Yardem Hane, Cithrin Bel Sarcour stole the show for me. Her growth and change (again not all for the good) from a protected girl-child to self sufficient young woman was masterfully done.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Marcus and Yardem first come across the troupe and Marcus formulates his plan to re-assemble a company. Brings out a smile just thinking about it.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Though 17+ hours is a bit much for one sitting, at least for me; I did find myself lingering to keep listening.


    Any additional comments?

    A credit WELL spent. Thanks to both Daniel Abraham and Audible. Having said that, get off the schnide and release The King's Blood" already, and while you're at it, you can produce "The Tyrant's Law" too. These book are just too good to leave un-produced.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Swords and Deviltry: The Adventures of Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Fritz Leiber
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (669)
    Performance
    (235)
    Story
    (237)

    In the ancient city of Lankhmar, two men forge a friendship in battle. The red-haired barbarian Fafhrd left the snowy reaches of Nehwon looking for a new life, while the Gray Mouser, apprentice magician, fled after finding his master dead. These bawdy brothers-in-arms cement a friendship that leads them through the wilds of Nehwon facing thieves, wizards, princesses, and the depths of their desires and fears.

    melody333 says: "Fafhrd/Gray Mouser"
    "Leiber's best is in this one, enjoy!"
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    What did you love best about Swords and Deviltry?

    I first read about Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser in high school. The years have past, yet I was pleased to see the story was as enjoyable as I remembered. A definite addition to your collection ... if you enjoy reading about lovable rouges forging strong friendships while experiencing fascinating adventures. The Snow Women, and the Unholy Grail are fun, but the Hugo and Nebula winning "Ill Met in Lankhmar" is a personal favorite.


    What about Jonathan Davis and Neil Gaiman (introduction) ’s performance did you like?

    As a good narrator should, the performance only added to the story.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Friday

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber
    Overall
    (376)
    Performance
    (224)
    Story
    (230)

    Friday, a secret courier, is thrown into an assignment under the command of her employer, a man she knows only as "Boss." She operates from and over a near-future Earth in North America, a vulgar and chaotic land comprised of dozens of independent states. In America's disunion, Friday keeps her balance nimbly with quick, expeditious solutions as she conquers one calamity and scrape after another.

    Eivind says: "Worth the credit"
    "Fun listen of the future past."
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    Where does Friday rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    An interesting look at what the future could look like. Heinlein imbues Friday with an enjoyably believable woman's perspective. Strong, well done, women of action are refreshing even today. As always, RAH's world building is first rate.


    What about Hillary Huber’s performance did you like?

    Hillary Huber's performance is first rate, well worth listening to.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Puppet Masters

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (565)
    Performance
    (375)
    Story
    (382)

    At key points throughout North America, an invasion force is taking over communications, government, industry, and people's bodies. And the nation is helpless to stop it, because the invaders multiply far faster than they can be destroyed, controlling the mind of every unsuspecting person they encounter. Enter Sam Cavanaugh, a can-do intelligence officer for the United States' most secret service. Cavanaugh is the only man who can stop the invaders. But to do that he'll have to be invaded himself.

    Mike From Mesa says: "An old favorite, but poorly narrated"
    "Classic Heinlein"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    The story is a bit dated and the reader can pick up on how much time has past since it was written. Having said that it's still vintage Heinlein. Still worth a listen.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Robert A. Heinlein? Why or why not?

    Although his crystal ball was off (and who can blame him) RAH is a master at world building, and injecting themes into his work. I enjoy the way he guides the reader along.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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