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Clyde Dale

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  • Last Argument of Kings: The First Law: Book Three

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Joe Abercrombie
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    Overall
    (2840)
    Performance
    (2070)
    Story
    (2081)

    The end is coming. Logen Ninefingers might only have one more fight in him but it’s going to be a big one. Battle rages across the North, the King of the Northmen still stands firm and there’s only one man who can stop him. His oldest friend and his oldest enemy. It’s time for the Bloody-Nine to come home. With too many masters and too little time, Superior Glokta is fighting a different kind of war. A secret struggle in which no-one is safe and no-one can be trusted.

    Lore says: "You have be realistic about these things."
    "Love the series, but......"
    Overall

    Joe loves to stick it to his characters. Series leaves you with "Well..there must be another coming...there just has to be." But there is not. One of the other books mentions some of the characters and his latest book apparently mentions Black Dow, but in general you come out of this series feeling like you've been punched in the stomach. While I loved the books I don't think I'll be reading anything else of his.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • How Firm a Foundation: Safehold Series, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Charles Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (568)
    Performance
    (506)
    Story
    (515)

    The Charisian Empire, born in war, has always known it must fight for its very survival. What most of its subjects don’t know even now, however, is how much more it’s fighting for. Emperor Cayleb, Empress Sharleyan, Merlin Athrawes, and their innermost circle of most trusted advisers do know. And because they do, they know the penalty if they lose will be far worse than their own deaths and the destruction of all they know and love.

    William says: "Annoying Performance"
    "Narrator is fine, stop your crying."
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    What does Charles Keating bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I see all these complaints about the Narrator. While the switch in Narrators (again) is highly annoying Keating is not nearly so bad and people keep saying. It's a difference in British vs. American pronunciation. For example he pronounces Sharleyan as Shar-Lee-anne instead of Shar-lee-in etc.. I have no difficulty understanding what he says and in fact I think he would have been a fine Narrator for the entire series. The only thing I don't like about it is everybody typically sounds like they're ready for a nap.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Swarm: Star Force, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By B. V. Larson
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3503)
    Performance
    (3206)
    Story
    (3211)

    Kyle Riggs is snatched by an alien spacecraft sometime after midnight. The ship is testing everyone it catches and murdering the weak. The good news is that Kyle keeps passing tests and staying alive. The bad news is the aliens who sent this ship are the nicest ones out there.

    Lamonica Johnson says: "If Micheal Bay Wrote a Sci-Fi Novel..."
    "I really tried to like this series..."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    All of it? I got up to book 4 but just could not finish it. It's hard to put a finger on it but I think it boils down to unbelievable characters, villains, and this alien nano-tech that might as well be magic. The whole story feels hollow and like a badly written episode of Star Trek. I've probably just been spoiled by likes of Peter F. Hamilton and Alastair Reynolds as they set the bar way up there and Larson isn't jumping nearly high enough. Popcorn sci-fi.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Midnight at the Well of Souls

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Jack L. Chalker
    • Narrated By Peter Macon
    Overall
    (106)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (99)

    At the heart of a bizarre planet lay the goal of every being that had ever lived.… Below average in height and unprepossessing in appearance, Nathan Brazil is an unassuming if cynical starship owner, carrying passengers and cargo for a living - hardly the sort of person to hold the fate of the entire universe in his hands. But when Nathan detours from his route to answer a distress call, a hidden stargate hurls him and his passengers to the Well World, the master control planet for the cosmos. Billions of years ago, a godlike race unlocked all the secrets of space and time and remade the universe according to their grand design.

    Michael says: "Step Through The Portal, And Be Changed Forever!"
    "Doesn't hold up well in the modern era."
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I loved this series back in the 80s when I was a teenager, but like so much Sci Fi from then it does not hold up well against the works of modern writers like Peter F. Hamilton, Alastair Reynolds, etc.. The world/universe is almost cartoonish and the villains rather laughable and some of the characters actions are inconsistent or unbelievable. I would call this more Science Fantasy than Science Fiction.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I'm actually listening to Exiles at Well of Souls to see if it gets any better...so far it has not.


    What three words best describe Peter Macon’s voice?

    Deep, deep, and deep!


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Pride of Chanur: Chanur, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By C. J. Cherryh
    • Narrated By Dina Pearlman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (212)
    Performance
    (192)
    Story
    (191)

    No one at Meetpoint Station had ever seen a creature like the Outsider. Naked-hided, blunt toothed and blunt-fingered, Tully was the sole surviving member of his company -- a communicative, spacefaring species hitherto unknown -- and he was a prisoner of his discoverer/captors the sadistic, treacherous kif, until his escape onto the hani ship The Pride of Chanur.

    Ellen says: "A whirl of worlds."
    "Like seeing old friends after years absent."
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    If you could sum up The Pride of Chanur in three words, what would they be?

    Best Series EVER.


    What other book might you compare The Pride of Chanur to and why?

    Minor Spoliers! Cherryh's Foreigner series has a lot similarities to Chanur - Lone human surrounded by strange aliens he only somewhat understands, although in Chanur you never are from the PoV of Tully and are very much so in Bren in the Foreigner series. Also the Lone human and Alien female romance, although it's not much delved into or explored in Chanur between HIlfy and Tully.


    What about Dina Pearlman’s performance did you like?

    Well...she was good...various voices and accents for the characters. Overall she was very good except in ONE glaring aspect that annoyed me every time she did it. The character voices are always delivered in the same way. For example, there's one crew member,Chur, who is badly hurt and during her recovery she's often noted as speaking in a whisper or other pained voice...but Pearlman reads it like they were just standing there with nothing wrong. Other than that she did an excellent job, I especially liked her portrayal of Jik and Goldtooth.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The aborted romance between Tully and HIlfy (In later books in the series)


    Any additional comments?

    Hard not to rave about this series. I've read the hardbacks at least 5 times over the years and I am thrilled Audible is going through the backlog of older series like this and putting them up. Like I said in the review title, it's like seeing old friends after being long absent..the kind of story that makes your heart ache when it's all over because you want so badly for the story to continue.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Warbreaker

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By James Yaegashi
    Overall
    (2840)
    Performance
    (2017)
    Story
    (2027)

    An author whose previous, wildly successful novels have earned him a reputation as fantasy's master of magic, Brandon Sanderson continues to dazzle audiences with this tale of princesses and gods. In this extraordinary world, those who attain glory return as gods. And those who can master the essence known as breath can perform the most wondrous miracles - or unleash the most devastating havoc.

    Robert says: "What's Your god like?"
    "Another great Sanderson novel...but the narrator.."
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    Great book. I'm not quite finished with it, another couple of hours to go, but it's typically great Sanderson with plot twists that have you arching your eyebrows. HOWEVER...the narrator...well..it's not that he's bad. Overall he does a fine job EXCEPT for one of the main characters...it sounds like he's channeling Bill and Ted and I found his voice for this character annoying to the point of distraction. Other than that, excellent listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Woken Furies

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Richard K. Morgan
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1267)
    Performance
    (526)
    Story
    (531)

    Richard K. Morgan has received widespread praise for his astounding 25th-century novels featuring Takeshi Kovacs, and has established a growing legion of fans. Mixing classic noir sensibilities with a searing futuristic vision of an age when death is nearly meaningless, Morgan returns to his saga of betrayal, mystery, and revenge, as Takeshi Kovacs, in one fatal moment, joins forces with a mysterious woman who may have the power to shatter Harlan's World forever.

    Jeri says: "I should have known better..."
    "Great series, except for one thing."
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    I love the Kovacs novels, great high sci-fi/cyber punk feel but I had to knock a star off for the sex scenes- which are in all of his books it seems. It's not that there is a lot of it or that I'm a prude, far from it, but he goes into way too much unnecessary detail which just makes it seem pornographic and distasteful and out of place given the rest of the book. I don't really see the need to put that detail into the story, it would have been better off glazed over instead of blow by blow graphic descriptions.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Ringworld Engineers: The Ringworld Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Larry Niven
    • Narrated By Paul Michael Garcia
    Overall
    (475)
    Performance
    (419)
    Story
    (425)

    It’s been 20 years since the quixotic and worldsweary Louis Wu discovered the Ringworld. Now he and SpeakertoAnimals are going back, captives of the Hindmost, a deposed puppeteer leader.

    Kevin d. says: "Good Story, Wrong Narrator. Way Wrong."
    "A Sci-Fi classic but showing it's age - again"
    Overall
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    Written 10 years after Ringworld it's better but still showing it's age and I find Niven's use of sex in this novel rather odd, bordering on creepy and nonsensical. Still, a good read if you've nothing else and it's fun going back to books I read when I was a kid.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ringworld

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Larry Niven
    • Narrated By Tom Parker
    Overall
    (2867)
    Performance
    (1537)
    Story
    (1563)

    Welcome to Ringworld, an intermediate step between Dyson Spheres and planets. The gravitational force created by a rotation on its axis of 770 miles per second means no need for a roof. Walls 1,000 miles high at each rim will let in the sun and prevent much air from escaping. Larry Niven's novel, Ringworld, is the winner of the 1970 Hugo Award for Best Novel, the 1970 Nebula Award for Best Novel, and the 1972 Ditmars, an Australian award for Best International Science Fiction.

    Kennet says: "Genuinely Creative"
    "A Sci-Fi classic but showing it's age."
    Overall
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    I read this back in the 80s and loved it then, not so much now but it's still a good book, a classic. Considering it was written in 1970 (And later revised some) it's age shows with references to "Tapes", lack of HUD displays etc. et al. It's especially glaring when 40 years later when compared next to books by Peter F. Hamilton or Alastair Reynolds which I expect will hold up better to the test of time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost Story: The Dresden Files, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By John Glover
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5451)
    Performance
    (4631)
    Story
    (4630)

    When we last left the mighty wizard detective Harry Dresden, he wasn't doing well. In fact, he had been murdered by an unknown assassin. But being dead doesn't stop him when his friends are in danger. Except now he has nobody, and no magic to help him. And there are also several dark spirits roaming the Chicago shadows who owe Harry some payback of their own. To save his friends - and his own soul - Harry will have to pull off the ultimate trick without any magic....

    Bill says: "Not the best audio book in the series"
    "To all the whiners about John Glover - Do shut up."
    Overall

    The book was great. While, yes, James Marsters is the defacto voice of Harry Dresden, John Glover does a great job of filling in and even has a similar voice to Marsters, so quit your belly aching. Anybody who is hesitant or on the fence about it, don't be.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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