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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
    (3282)
    Performance
    (2548)
    Story
    (2567)

    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 from Washington says: "Story OK, Narration Mixed"
    "Interesting Concept, 1 Bad Narrator"
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    Where does Pathfinder rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Pathfinder was enjoyable. It ranks high my list of Orson Scott Card favorites and I am looking forward to the rest of the series. I found the time travel concept interesting if a tad hard to wrap my head around. The characters were likable and I found that though the dialog could be tedious it also served to make the characters more relatable.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I've listened to many of OSC's books on audio and by now, many of the narrators are old friends. However, there was a new narrator that I was NOT pleased with: Kristoffer Tabori. I've listened to some samples of his other work, and they don't seem so bad but this particular reading was unpleasant (to say the least). I found that his over-exaggerated tone was off putting and out of place with the other more level tones of Stefan Rudnicki, Don Leslie, Kirby Heyborne and Scott Brick. At times his 'characterization' made it hard to understand what he was saying. Luckily he only read for one chapter (19).The other Narrators did, as always a wonderful job.


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  • Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Robin Sloan
    • Narrated By Ari Fliakos
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3245)
    Performance
    (2931)
    Story
    (2915)

    The Great Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon out of his life as a San Francisco Web-design drone - and serendipity, sheer curiosity, and the ability to climb a ladder like a monkey has landed him a new gig working the night shift at Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. But after just a few days on the job, Clay begins to realize that this store is even more curious than the name suggests. There are only a few customers, but they come in repeatedly and never seem to actually buy anything....

    L. Calder says: "Nerdy, action filled romp through cyber space"
    "Google, and then Google and little more Google"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The narration was fine. Nothing really to complain about. The story was clearly where it lacked.


    What was most disappointing about Robin Sloan’s story?

    Google. I like Google, I use it every day. They've made some great products, it's true. I just felt like I was watching (listening) to "The Internship" all over again. It got to where I was rolling my eyes every time the word 'Google' was mentioned, and since I listen in the car and I was rolling them so often, I began to fear for my safety.


    Any additional comments?

    I called the so-called 'mystery' pretty early on in the book and the relationships were pretty weak, so there wasn't much to compel me to continue listening. Sorry, Robin. Not my cup of tea.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16332)
    Performance
    (15112)
    Story
    (15116)

    At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

    Travis says: "ADD TO CART, POWER UP +10000"
    "Slow... Exciting... Slow... Exciting..."
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    The story itself was pretty entertaining... but with all of the 80s, video game and nerd references it got a little overwhelming. Problem wasn't so much the references, but the fact that each HAD to be explained. There was no getting around it, otherwise you'd be lost. So the author ended up spending more time explaining than progressing the plot. It was exciting in parts, but extremely slow in others.


    Was Ready Player One worth the listening time?

    I think I'd have preferred to read it. Not that Wil Wheaton did a poor job or anything. He did a great job, but with all of the explaining that had to be done. it got a little dry. I'd probably have skipped over certain parts of it while reading.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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