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  • The Novice: The Black Magician Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Trudi Canavan
    • Narrated By Richard Aspel
    Overall
    (656)
    Performance
    (403)
    Story
    (403)

    Sonea knows the other novices in the Magicians' Guild all come from powerful families, but she also knows she can turn to Rothen and Dannyl for help when she needs it. Promoted to Guild Ambassador, Lord Dannyl leaves for the Elyne court. His first order from Administrator Lorlen is to resume, in secret, High Lord Akkarin's long-abandoned research into ancient magical knowledge. Not knowing the true reason for his journey, Dannyl is soon facing unexpected dangers.

    Aaron Gerber says: "I should have read the negative reviews..."
    "Could be a lot shorter!"
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    While I'm still interested in the characters, there is too much repeation in all of the storylines in this second book. I understand that the characters are growing in their knowledge/skills, but they are doing it at such a slow pace that it feels like the book is happening in real time and that it's been months since I started. I've decided to get the third book for my Kindles because it is easier to skim the written word.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fat Man: A Tale of North Pole Noir

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Ken Harmon
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (37)

    Fired from his longtime job as captain of the Coal Patrol, two-foot-three-inch, 1,300-year-old elf Gumdrop Coal is angry. He's one of Santa's original elves, inspired by the fat man's vision to bring joy to children on that one special day each year. But somewhere along the way, things went sour for Gumdrop. Maybe it was delivering one too many lumps of coal for the Naughty List. Maybe it's the conspiracy against Christmas that he's starting to sense down every chimney.

    PastorJim says: "Fantastic Holiday Listen"
    "Too much; too preachy"
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    I love satirical books about common themes, as long as they are balanced. "The Fat Man" goes way too far on two counts. First, the author stretches the story over the top, pulling in everything from Cinderella to Citizen Kane. Sticking with the Santa theme should have been enough, but, since he seemed to need to write something "cute" practically every line, he brought in fantasies that had nothing to do with Santa. I eventually thought, "Come on! Aren't elves, reindeer, chimneys, etc. enough!"

    Second, he brought up Christianity far too often for my taste. While I wouldn't mind a little mention now and then, he kept pushing how Santa was a "reminder" of "the child who brought love to the world." I don't believe he ever referred to Jesus by name, but it was pretty clear who he was talking about. Now I'm not a Santa expert, but I thought Santa was based on the story of St. Nicholas, who gave gifts to the poor, as well as other mythologies (including pagan ones). Not everyone who likes Christmas is a Christian; I personally celebrate the themes of love, caring and giving. I got so sick of the preaching that I quit listening to the book a little over half way through.

    The narrator was fine, though he read a little too fast sometimes. I'd miss certain oblique references because of that speed and had to back up to catch them. Of course, there were so many references, oblique and otherwise, that at a certain point I just stopped and let the story move along until I got sick of the whole thing.

    While I loved the concept of the book, the execution was pretty poor.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Solaris: The Definitive Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Stanislaw Lem, Bill Johnston (translator)
    • Narrated By Alessandro Juliani
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2194)
    Performance
    (1778)
    Story
    (1795)

    At last, one of the world’s greatest works of science fiction is available - just as author Stanislaw Lem intended it. To mark the 50th anniversary of the publication of Solaris, Audible, in cooperation with the Lem Estate, has commissioned a brand-new translation - complete for the first time, and the first ever directly from the original Polish to English. Beautifully narrated by Alessandro Juliani (Battlestar Galactica), Lem’s provocative novel comes alive for a new generation.

    Burns says: "A comment on negative reviews"
    "Old-school SF"
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    "Solaris" is, without a doubt, old-school science-fiction. I did not know that its original publication date was in 1961, though I suspected it was somewhere near the late 1950s after starting to listen to it. This is because it is heavy on exposition and light on characterization and action. But, even when compared to the early novels of Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, Arthur C. Clarke, etc., Solaris is incredibly dry. I am writing this before finishing the entire book. I plan on continuing to listen simply because I want to see how it is resolved. The performance by Alessandro Jiuliani is fine, particularly his characterizations of the different voices. He is one of the few male readers who does a good job portraying a feminine voice. This is not a beach-material novel, it is one you listen to while driving or on a train; sessions of 30 minutes or less are tolerable but not much more than that. If you want action, Solaris is not for you.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Farseer: Assassin's Apprentice

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Robin Hobb
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2379)
    Performance
    (1699)
    Story
    (1723)

    With unforgettable characters, a sweeping backdrop, and passionate storytelling, this is a fantasy debut to rival that of Robert Jordan. Filled with adventure and bloodshed, pageantry and piracy, mystery and menace, Assassin's Apprentice is the story of a royal house and the young man who is destined to chart its course through tempests of change.

    Jake says: "Great book"
    "Ponderous"
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    I feel trapped by this book. I want to know what happens to Fitz, but I can't stand to listen to it for very long. Unfortunately, I can't tell what the problem is. The narrator certainly doesn't give the characters or performance much life. It reminds me of a speech communication class I had as an undergrad over 30 years ago; we non-actors read books in front of the class with much the same effect. Thank the universe that I can speed up the narration on my Kindle Fire! But the story may also be the problem; there may be too much detail and not enough plot to make it truely interesting. Given the problems I have with the narrator, I can't really tell. The plan is to rent the the subsequent Kindle book from the library. Then I'll know if it's the story and won't feel I have to finish the sequel to get my money's worth. (FYI, I downloaded the book about two months ago and still have 6 hours to go!)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Gathering Storm: Book Twelve of the Wheel of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4972)
    Performance
    (2751)
    Story
    (2769)

    Rand al'Thor, the Dragon Reborn, struggles to unite a fractured network of kingdoms and alliances in preparation for the Last Battle. As he attempts to halt the Seanchan encroachment northward - wishing he could form at least a temporary truce with the invaders - his allies watch in terror the shadow that seems to be growing within the heart of the Dragon Reborn himself.

    D. Ramirez says: "I normally wouldn't, but..."
    "Get only if you're up to date"
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    I had physically read the WoT books up to about book 8 and stopped because they had become too repetitious. I thought I'd try Brandon's transition book to see if things picked up again and purchased the audiobook because of some visual issues. Big mistake! Given the amount of time since my last read and the volume of characters in the series, it was too much to keep track of who was what. I'm thinking of getting the 2001 summary volume, but the reviews on Amazon are very mixed, so I haven't decided. The narrator is just fine and I cannot fault his reading, it's the scope of the story that's the problem.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Who: The Day of the Troll

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Simon Messingham
    • Narrated By David Tennant
    Overall
    (243)
    Performance
    (140)
    Story
    (138)

    When the Doctor arrives on Earth in the far future, he is horrified to find the planet beset by famine and starvation. England is a barren wasteland, and scientists are desperately seeding the ground to make the crops grow again. But now it seems that something even worse is happening. Karl Baring, the owner of research facility The Grange, has been snatched away in the middle of the night.

    Sophie says: "david tennant is an ace narrator"
    "Can't beat Tennant as Who"
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    I, of course, love David Tennant as Dr. Who; the light spirit with a somber heart. This book is reflective of that, as well as being a pretty darn good mystery. I'm writing this over a year after listening to it and the story still remains fresh in my memory. If you are a David Tennant/Dr. Who fan, I think you will thoroughly enjoy this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The House of Silk: A Sherlock Holmes Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Anthony Horowitz
    • Narrated By Derek Jacobi
    Overall
    (1051)
    Performance
    (913)
    Story
    (920)

    Sherlock Holmes is the greatest detective in literary history. For the first time since the death of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, a new Holmes story has been sanctioned by his estate, whetting the appetites of fans everywhere. Information about the book will be revealed as deliberately as Holmes himself would unravel a knotty case, but bestselling novelist and Holmes expert Anthony Horowitz is sure to bring a compelling, atmospheric story to life.

    GP says: "A disapointment"
    "Exception to "the rule""
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    Most post-Conan Doyle Holmes books are deplorably absent of style. They focus on the twists of missed observations and not on the literary bend surronding and supporting Holmes' observations. This book is an exception. Though is is difficult to distinguish between the written words of Anthony Horowitz and the wonderful style of narrator Derek Jacobi, it "feels" like the Watson and, by extension, Holmes of the originator's work. I applaude everyone associated with the production.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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