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Matthew

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  • Pathfinder: Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Kirby Heyborne, Don Leslie, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2711)
    Performance
    (2039)
    Story
    (2055)

    Rigg is well trained at keeping secrets. Only his father knows the truth about Rigg’s strange talent for seeing the paths of people’s pasts. But when his father dies, Rigg is stunned to learn just how many secrets Father had kept from him - secrets about Rigg’s own past, his identity, and his destiny. And when Rigg discovers that he has the power not only to see the past, but also to change it, his future suddenly becomes anything but certain.

    Paul says: "Story OK, Narration Mixed"
    "Pretty Good"
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    Where does Pathfinder rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Somewhere near the top in some ways, but I've listened to a lot of audiobooks...


    What did you like best about this story?

    The narration was good. The time travel concepts worked for me, and seemed logical.


    Any additional comments?

    I wasn't a fan of the way the characters would occasionally bicker with each other. They argue at bad times for bad reasons, and it seems that bickering is used to fill up story that could be used for something else. I can't honestly say I liked any of the characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dawn's Early Light: Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Tee Morris, Pip Ballantine
    • Narrated By James Langton
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (86)

    After being ignominiously shipped out of England following their participation in the Janus affair, Braun and Books are ready to prove their worth as agents. But what starts as a simple mission in the States - intended to keep them out of trouble - suddenly turns into a scandalous and convoluted case that has connections reaching as far as Her Majesty the Queen.

    Denise says: "Ends with a bang!"
    "DISSAPOINTED"
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    What would have made Dawn's Early Light better?

    A better story. Other than nailing the genre of 'steampunk', there was nothing that grabbed me in the first 2h of listening.


    What could Tee Morris and Pip Ballantine have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The tension in the opening sequence didn't feel tense for me. Bad guys missed their gun shots at point blank range but somehow jumped off of a moving zeppelin onto another aircraft, mid-air. I never once felt like the characters (good or bad) were in danger.


    Which character – as performed by James Langton – was your favorite?

    Any of them. He does great accents.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The reader was great. I'd listen to something else read by him for sure. As for the book itself... I couldn't finish it, so it's hard to say.


    Any additional comments?

    I really liked the first two books in this series, and I'm not sure what went missing in between the last book and this one. I highly recommend the previous two novels.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steel World: Undying Mercenaries, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By B. V. Larson
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1303)
    Performance
    (1217)
    Story
    (1223)

    In the 20th century Earth sent probes, transmissions, and welcoming messages to the stars. Unfortunately, someone noticed. The Galactics arrived with their battle fleet in 2052. Rather than being exterminated under a barrage of hell-burners, Earth joined their vast Empire. Swearing allegiance to our distant alien overlords wasn't the only requirement for survival. We also had to have something of value to trade, something that neighboring planets would pay their hard-earned credits to buy. As most of the local worlds were too civilized to have a proper army, the only valuable service Earth could provide came in the form of soldiers....

    D says: "Classic Space Opera"
    "Pleasantly Surprised"
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    A well read and well written book that I thoroughly enjoyed. I liked most of the characters, his action and war scenes were well thought-out, and his universe is vast in scope. My only criticism is the women: they feel clunky to me, like Larson doesn't quite get how to write them. Mark Boyett's reading was excellent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ever After: The Hollows, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Kim Harrison
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    Overall
    (1621)
    Performance
    (1472)
    Story
    (1484)

    The ever after, the demonic realm that parallels our own, is shrinking, and if it disappears, so does all magic. It’s up to witch-turned-daywalking-demon Rachel Morgan to fix the ever-after before the fragile balance between magic users and humans fails. Of course, there’s also the small fact that she caused the ley line to rip in the first place, and her life is forfeit unless she can fix it.

    Hassan says: "The best book yet!!!!"
    "Decent kook, but I'm done"
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    Marguerite Gavin is fantastic as a reader, but this is a good stopping place for me. I've listened to or read the entire series up to this point. While I've enjoyed it, I'm finished with The Hollows after this one, and here's why: Rachel makes the same mistakes she makes in all the other books, and the series has become formulaic.

    She knows martial arts but gets into hair pulling fights that don't use her skills; she falls for bad men, berates herself for it, and does it anyway; she doubts her magical abilities even though she's bested... well, the best. She insults quickly and takes offense at perceived slights quickly, and she refuses to think before doing or saying anything. She acts much like an insecure teenager, not like an adult, although I suppose I've met adults who act like teenagers, so maybe that's a moot point. I could tolerate her personality for a while, but it's become exhausting. I don't want to want to smack the main character of a book every other chapter.

    The writing itself has become tiresome for me as well. "Crap on toast", "tink's _____", and "if you don't _______ I'll ______" with nothing to back up the threat are just as common here as all the other books. The book starts and ends with a fight, like all the other books. Rachel is left on her own, nearly dies, and finds "strength in her friends" at the end, just like all the other books. She solves some problems and makes some new ones, leaving the series open for sequels... it's never-ending.

    It's been a good ride overall though!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Scoundrels: Star Wars

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Timothy Zahn
    • Narrated By Marc Thompson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (779)
    Performance
    (739)
    Story
    (739)

    Han Solo should be basking in his moment of glory. After all, the cocky smuggler and captain of the Millennium Falcon just played a key role in the daring raid that destroyed the Death Star and landed the first serious blow to the Empire in its war against the Rebel Alliance. But after losing the reward his heroics earned him, Han's got nothing to celebrate. Especially since he's deep in debt to the ruthless crime lord Jabba the Hutt. There's a bounty on Han's head - and if he can't cough up the credits, he'll surely pay with his hide. The only thing that can save him is a king's ransom. Or maybe a gangster's fortune?

    lawrence says: "I ROLLED MY CHANCE CUBES AND WON ON THIS BOOK!"
    "Great"
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    What made the experience of listening to Scoundrels: Star Wars the most enjoyable?

    The voice acting was amazing... Lando, Han were dead on. Story was good too!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Red Country

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Joe Abercrombie
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (820)
    Performance
    (745)
    Story
    (740)

    They burned her home. They stole her brother and sister. But vengeance is following. Shy South hoped to bury her bloody past and ride away smiling, but she'll have to sharpen up some bad old ways to get her family back, and she's not a woman to flinch from what needs doing. She sets off in pursuit with only a pair of oxen and her cowardly old step father Lamb for company. But it turns out Lamb's buried a bloody past of his own. And out in the lawless Far Country the past never stays buried.

    Kristina says: "Freakin' Awesome!"
    "Awesome"
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    If you could sum up Red Country in three words, what would they be?

    Classic Joe Abercrombie


    What did you like best about this story?

    All of it. The story was good, the narrator was good.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I had many, but I'd rather not post spoilers.


    Any additional comments?

    I would have liked it if the mages made more of an appearance, but I understand that Joe needs to save something for other books!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nation

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Stephen Briggs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (624)
    Performance
    (285)
    Story
    (286)

    Thirteen-year-old Mau is the only one left after a giant wave sweeps his island village away. But when much is taken, something is returned, and somewhere in the jungle, Daphne - a girl from the other side of the globe - is the sole survivor of a ship destroyed by the same wave.

    James says: "Transcends categories"
    "Another excellent Pratchett Briggs colaboration"
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    Where does Nation rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    At the top.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Hard to say what was best. It wasn't a typical Pratchett story, in that it wasn't a discworld novel. However, it was a great story about about communication across cultural and linguistic boundaries and understanding one's sense of place in the world.


    What does Stephen Briggs bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His voice is perfect, his characters excellent. I wish he read all audiobooks, regardless of author or genre.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Laugh, for sure!


    Any additional comments?

    Buy it now.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dodger

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Stephen Briggs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (783)
    Performance
    (714)
    Story
    (708)

    A storm. Rain-lashed city streets. A flash of lightning. A scruffy lad sees a girl leap desperately from a horse-drawn carriage in a vain attempt to escape her captors. Can the lad stand by and let her be caught again? Of course not, because he's...Dodger. Seventeen-year-old Dodger may be a street urchin, but he gleans a living from London's sewers, and he knows a jewel when he sees one. He's not about to let anything happen to the unknown girl - not even if her fate impacts the most powerful people in England.

    Snoodely says: "Finally Revealed: Where Dickens Got His Ideas!"
    "Classic Pratchett & Briggs"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Dodger to be better than the print version?

    Yes.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's Pratchett, in ye olde London, in the sewers. There's a woman in distress, a scoundrel, lots of rats, an assassin, and Charles Dickens, and Briggs is reading it... you want this book.


    Which character – as performed by Stephen Briggs – was your favorite?

    All of them. He's a killer narrator.


    Any additional comments?

    Buy it now.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • 1Q84

    • UNABRIDGED (46 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin (translator), Philip Gabriel (translator)
    • Narrated By Allison Hiroto, Marc Vietor, Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3893)
    Performance
    (3401)
    Story
    (3369)

    The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.

    A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver's enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 - "Q" is for "question mark". A world that bears a question....

    Dr. says: "Slow, Strange, and (ultimately) Satisfying"
    "Sloooooooooowwwwwwww"
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    What would have made 1Q84 better?

    A better narrator. I couldn't finish it... I had to borrow a paper-back so I could read it at a proper speed.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator was totally wrong for this novel. It's a long novel; you need an energetic reader for it. It was read slowly and calmly enough to put my 6-month old to sleep, easily.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't waste your money/audible credits, and buy the paperback if you want to read it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Phoenix Rising: A Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Pip Ballantine, Tee Morris
    • Narrated By James Langton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (677)
    Performance
    (603)
    Story
    (596)

    Evil is most assuredly afoot - and Britain’s fate rests in the hands of an alluring renegade... and a librarian. These are dark days indeed in Victoria’s England. Londoners are vanishing, then reappearing, washing up as corpses on the banks of the Thames, drained of blood and bone. Yet the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences - the Crown’s clandestine organization whose bailiwick is the strange and unsettling - will not allow its agents to investigate. Fearless and exceedingly lovely Eliza D. Braun, however, with her disturbing fondness for dynamite, refuses to let the matter rest...

    Suzanna says: "Great Steampunk - worth a listen"
    "Worth a read"
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    This was my first 'read' of a steampunk book, although I've been aware of the genre for a while. Phoenix rising grabbed me early and never got boring. The writing is excellent, and the mix of steam-driven computers, Babbage-inspired mechanical gizmos and Victorian era mystery is convincing. James Langton does a good job voice acting the characters, and nearly got me to listen to the whole thing non-stop, to the dismay of my wife. I'd recommend this novel to mystery and fantasy alike.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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