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  • The Cloud Roads

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Martha Wells
    • Narrated By Christopher Kipiniak
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (502)
    Performance
    (441)
    Story
    (439)

    Moon has spent his life hiding what he is - a shape-shifter able to transform himself into a winged creature of flight. An orphan with only vague memories of his own kind, Moon tries to fit in among the tribes of his river valley, with mixed success. Just as Moon is once again cast out by his adopted tribe, he discovers a shape-shifter like himself... someone who seems to know exactly what he is, who promises that Moon will be welcomed into his community.

    Gail says: "M. Wells' RAKSURA books narrated by Chris Kipiniak"
    "Amazing Visualization,Character Sketches,Culture"
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    If you could sum up The Cloud Roads in three words, what would they be?

    Gripping story line, sardonic characters, laugh aloud funny in parts, believeable world and culture. Captivating, heart pounding.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Moon! Jade! Stone! Flower! Everyone!


    Have you listened to any of Christopher Kipiniak’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is the first of Kipiniak's performance but not the last


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    I think we forgt to say,

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Hard Magic: Book I of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    Overall
    (5240)
    Performance
    (4743)
    Story
    (4756)

    Jake Sullivan is a licensed private eye with a seriously hardboiled attitude. He also possesses raw magical talent and the ability to make objects in his vicinity light as a feather or as heavy as depleted uranium, all with a magical thought. It's no wonder the G-men turn to Jake when they need someoneto go after a suspected killer who has been knocking off banks in a magic-enhanced crime spree.

    Clinton says: "Not what I thought it was going to be."
    "Seamless Brilliance Between Author And Reader"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The book is brilliant. In this alternate universe, seeing how the alternate course changes the most notorious people and their mark in history is just one of the intriguing, thought-provoking bits of whimsy and aspects of this superb book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Hard Magic?

    One of the most memorable moments of this book was when a protagonist's near death experience creates an understandable rubric of the link between magic and physics into logical and workable laws.


    What about Bronson Pinchot’s performance did you like?

    Bronson, (my new best friend) captures the slyness of the rich dialogue, allowing us to delight in each character's depth and subtleness. Bronson's performance is like ....
    dark chocolate combined with a full-bodied cabernet. It transports you.


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

    This book had us laughing and thoughtful in turns.


    Any additional comments?

    Oh, we need more. We crave more. This combination of book and performance was addictive on all levels. Physically, emotionally, and intellectually.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sheepfarmer's Daughter: The Deed of Paksenarrion, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Moon
    • Narrated By Jennifer Van Dyck
    Overall
    (1148)
    Performance
    (825)
    Story
    (833)

    Refusing to marry a pig farmer and joining the army, even if it means never seeing her family again, Paksenarrion begins an adventure that enables her to restore an overthrown ruler.

    Christopher says: "Intriguing start"
    "Heroes-visions of courage-good vs evil-brilliant!"
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    What did you love best about Sheepfarmer’s Daughter?

    What’s wrong with a great book filled with heroes, visions of courage and the immortal fight between good and evil?


    What did you like best about this story?

    Now, imagine such a book written with knowledge of military strategy, feudal campaigns, logistics, the training of peasants and the young in general, and the impact of magic and leadership on troops and strategy. Intrigued?Even if that were not enough, imagine such realism combined with yet another coming of age story… but this one combines the growth of wisdom that comes with age with the growth of a solder from an 18 year old run-away to a veteran campaigner. We the reader feel like we’ve grown up with her – as her shadow.O.K. So far we’ve got: a great story line, a youth with enough raw talent that we all can (or want to) relate to, believable battles and a universe populated with a culture that ties together so well with the story line that you can feel you to are the common solder – right down to the dust on the road pebbling your skin, the taste of the sand in your mouth, the stone in your boot and the sun beating down on you as you stand in formation, shivering before your first battle. I admit it. I’ve read The Deeds of Paksenarrion many, many times. I’ve given it away to friends, I’ve read it aloud to my children, I’ve had the books swiped from me by each of my children as they’ve grown up and established their own families. (I’ve swiped the books back with malice and forethought, too – playing the continuous family game of who took my Elizabeth Moon/Neal Stephenson/Orson Scott Card/Martha Wells/Walter Jon Williams/Robin McKinley….etc)
    But what about Jennifer Van Dyck, the Narrator?
    She is soooo good, she makes my head swim. Please believe me, Paksenarrion is a close family member in our household. Jennifer treats Paksenarrion with joy, respect, vibrancy, and cunning interpretation. She never, ever, pulls you out of the story due to over acting, underacting or a false interpretation that doesn’t ring true. Lovely and satisfying.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Paksenarrion speaking with the Duke for the first time was a lovely scene.


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

    The deeds of Paksenarrion gets listened to in the car, in my office, as I do dishes, as I get dressed and and any other time it is possible - because it is so hard to put away!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Enchantment

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (1383)
    Performance
    (680)
    Story
    (686)

    As one of the most consistently exciting writers to emerge in the last 25 years, Orson Scott Card has been honored with numerous awards, while immersing readers in dazzling worlds only he could create. Now, in Enchantment, Card works his magic as never before, transforming the timeless story of Sleeping Beauty into an original fantasy brimming with romance and adventure.

    Annette says: "Enchanting"
    "Russian inspired archtypes-newly interpreted"
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    Where does Enchantment rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Well, we are biased. Who doesn't love/worship Orson Scott Card in the first place!
    You take his spin on a "coming of age" story, mix it with Russian-style Jungean archtypes, history, cultural implications of another age and influences, delightful character depth, wit, prose, and tight writing and his material is almost certain to rank high on anyone's list of favorites.


    What other book might you compare Enchantment to and why?

    Enchantment is a classic coming of age story which is Card's forte. His humor and wit and empathy with the human condition is reminiscent of C.S. Lewis - but portrays' much deeper character development - which is audience appropriate - since Card's material is adult oriented.


    What about Stefan Rudnicki’s performance did you like?

    Stefan Rodnicki's performances always manage to capture Card's irony, character relationships and tensions - without over acting or pandering to stereotypical interpretations of the prose.


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

    Of course you don't want to leave rush hour if you are listening to an Orson Scott Card's book and a Rudnicki performance!


    Any additional comments?

    We have insatiable appetites where Martha Wells and Card's books are concerned. More Please. (Right Now???)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Serpent Sea

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Martha Wells
    • Narrated By Christopher Kipiniak
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (349)
    Performance
    (306)
    Story
    (313)

    Moon, once a solitary wanderer, has become consort to Jade, sister queen of the Indigo Cloud court. Together, they travel with their people on a pair of flying ships in hopes of finding a new home for their colony. Moon finally feels like he’s found a tribe where he belongs. But when the travelers reach the ancestral home of Indigo Cloud, shrouded within the trunk of a mountain-sized tree, they discover a blight infecting its core.

    Magdalena says: "Wow - An original universe"
    "So Brilliant - We are left breathless"
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    What did you love best about The Serpent Sea?

    The characters - real, earthy, detailed, ironic, a culture come alive


    What did you like best about this story?

    Everything has consequence. You could feel the impact on a culture with a different physiology.


    Have you listened to any of Christopher Kipiniak’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This was a stunning performance by someone who truly understood the author's intent. He "got it."


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

    The whole family inhaled the book.


    Any additional comments?

    Give us more!!!

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Sunshine

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Robin McKinley
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington
    Overall
    (468)
    Performance
    (233)
    Story
    (234)

    There are places in the world where darkness rules, where it's unwise to walk. Sunshine knew that. But there hadn't been any trouble out at the lake for years, and she needed a place to be alone for a while. Unfortunately, she wasn't alone. She never heard them coming. Of course you don't, when they're vampires.

    Amazon Customer says: "An absolutely riveting, addictive tale"
    "Please relent and write Sunshine II!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Sunshine the most enjoyable?

    Yes, of course the story was suspenseful. Yes, you are kept on the edge of your seat. But, this is Robin McKinley! As always, Robin McKinley allows the character to evolve and create the story for us. So personal, so evocative. Such visualization as to be poetry for the inner eye. Her characters seem to tap into archtypes that reverberate in our own personal worlds.

    You care about her characters. They become more real then flesh and blood. As you close the book you realize that the people that walk through these pages have become life long friends and you are invested in their dreams and future. Each character is so real that you want a whole book (or series of books) about each person.

    You will read this and say,


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Sunshine, with her coming of age story, evolution and journey to self-discovery was the favorite character.


    What about Laural Merlington’s performance did you like?

    Laurel wasn't over dramatic, and didn't trivialize the events in the story. She had a fairly good comedic timing.


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

    It was very hard to leave the car which is my audio book playground.


    Any additional comments?

    Please, Robin, give us more Sunshine and tell us more of her story and the story of the others in her life.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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