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  • The Brothers Karamazov

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Fyodor Dostoevsky, Constance Garnett (translator)
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (281)
    Performance
    (181)
    Story
    (180)

    The Brothers Karamazov tells the stirring tale of four brothers: the pleasure-seeking, impatient Dmitri; the brilliant and morose Ivan; the gentle, loving, and honest Alyosha; and the illegitimate Smerdyakov: shy, silent, and cruel. The four unite in the murder of one of literature's most despicable characters - their father. This was Dostoevsky's final and best work.

    David says: "A long work and a great work, but boy is it long"
    "VERY slow to start, but it does pick up."
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    What did you like best about The Brothers Karamazov? What did you like least?

    When I bought this book, I promised myself I would get through it, and for the first 10 hours of listening...I was regretting my decision. This book starts slow, like painfully slow, it seems that the author is disconnected from his audience, and doesn't seem to care. I've read other Dostoevsky, and I have to admit, this was my least favorite.


    Has The Brothers Karamazov turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I wouldn't say that The Brother's Karamazov turned me off from other books in the genre, but it did help to turn me away from the author.


    What about Frederick Davidson’s performance did you like?

    Frederick was incredibly expressive, he put in proper emotion where it was called for, it was a good performance.


    Did The Brothers Karamazov inspire you to do anything?

    Nope


    Any additional comments?

    This was my least favorite Fyodor Dostoevsky novel, if you're looking for something of his to read...skip this one, it was a pretty lackluster experience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gardens of the Moon: The Malazan Book of the Fallen, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Steven Erikson
    • Narrated By Ralph Lister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1326)
    Performance
    (1182)
    Story
    (1186)

    The Malazan Empire simmers with discontent, bled dry by interminable warfare, bitter infighting, and bloody confrontations with ancient and implacable sorcerers. Even the imperial legions, long inured to the bloodshed, yearn for some respite. Yet Empress Laseen’s rule remains absolute, enforced by her dreaded Claw assassins. For Sergeant Whiskeyjack and his squad of Bridgeburners, and for Tattersail, their lone surviving mage, the aftermath of the siege of Pale should have been a time to mourn the many dead. But Darujhistan, last of the Free Cities, yet holds out.

    Adnan says: "An engrossing yet demanding high epic"
    "Slow story...just couldn't get into it"
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    Would you try another book from Steven Erikson and/or Ralph Lister?

    For Ralph Lister, absolutely, he's did a great job with a story that was just hard to follow. As far as Erikson...I'm not sure, it would depend on the reviews, this story which I had very high hopes for turned out to just not quite be for me.


    What was most disappointing about Steven Erikson’s story?

    I felt like I never quite really connected to the characters until the last 4 or 5 hours of the audiobook. I kept going in hopes that I would get more invested in the story, but it just felt shallow...I felt left out as the reader, like I wasn't pulled in and personally invested in the story.


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

    He did a great job narrating the story, he gave awesome inflection and emotion when the story begged for it. It was a tough read for him though...the story wasn't deep enough to pull the reader in, I feel like he did the best he could with what he had.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I was disappointed. I really wanted to like this series, I just didn't feel like I was able to connect with the characters, they were never humanized.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wizard's First Rule: Sword of Truth, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Terry Goodkind
    • Narrated By Sam Tsoutsouvas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3890)
    Performance
    (2302)
    Story
    (2333)

    In the aftermath of the brutal murder of his father, Richard Cypher encounters a mysterious woman, Kahlan Amnell, in his forest sanctuary. She seeks his help...and more. His world, his very beliefs, are shattered when ancient debts come due with thundering violence.

    A User says: "Better than the show"
    "Contrived characters and a weird leftist message."
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The reading was pretty good, the story predictable and a bit contrived but it is kind of fun. The weird smattering of leftist economic propaganda in the book, like an Ayn Rand novel seems out of place.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Terry Goodkind again?

    Yes, it wasn't bad.


    Which character – as performed by Sam Tsoutsouvas – was your favorite?

    I liked old Tom and the bone woman.


    Did Wizard's First Rule inspire you to do anything?

    No, :(


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bearers of the Black Staff

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Terry Brooks
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (729)
    Performance
    (480)
    Story
    (487)

    Five hundred years have passed since the devastating demon-led war that tore apart the United States, leaving nothing but scorched and poisoned ruins, and nearly exterminating humankind. Those who escaped the carnage and blight were led to sanctuary by the boy savior known as the Hawk - the gypsy morph. In an idyllic valley, its borders warded by powerful magic against the horrors beyond, humans, Elves, and mutants alike found a place they believed would be their home forever.

    gardener97 says: "hard time finishing"
    "Great sleeper hit by Terry Brooks"
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    If you could sum up Bearers of the Black Staff in three words, what would they be?

    Fun, Exciting, Thoughtful


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Sider Ament, the internal torture is visible, you can see what happens when one is forced to pick between duty and love, and the regret that follows ever after. He was a well developed, well thought out character.


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

    I have not, so I have no other point of comparison


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

    When we realized that Aislinne Kray is the woman that Sider Ament was forced to give up in order to take his charge as the bearer of the black staff, you can feel the regret, and the fact that he almost wishes he could go back and change his choice.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a great book, I picked it up essentially at random from a brief review, and was not disappointed.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Eragon: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Christopher Paolini
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7800)
    Performance
    (2978)
    Story
    (3033)

    When Eragon finds a polished blue stone in the forest, he thinks it is the lucky discovery of a poor farm boy; perhaps it will buy his family meat for the winter. But when the stone brings a dragon hatchling, Eragon realizes he has stumbled upon a legacy nearly as old as the Empire itself.

    Sandra says: "Utterly Awesome!"
    "NOTHING like the books...an AMAZING story."
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    What made the experience of listening to Eragon the most enjoyable?

    Eragon was a great story delivered by an awesome narrator. This audiobook was NOTHING like the awful movie.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like that this story was an incredibly detailed world, one that immediately dragged me in, causing me to burn through this book, and the rest in the series, often finding myself listening for several hours once I had gotten home.


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

    Gerad Doyle took a kickass story, and made it even better, he provided a wonderful experience that wouldn't have been received had I read the book.


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

    It wasn't a single moment, rather it was the steady building of the relationship between Eragon and Saphira.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book, totally unlike the debacle that was the movie. I wish they would actually turn this story into a movie, and far more closely follow the books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Furies of Calderon: Codex Alera, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4098)
    Performance
    (2766)
    Story
    (2801)

    In the realm of Alera, where people bond with the furies - elementals of earth, air, fire, water, and metal - 15-year-old Tavi struggles with his lack of furycrafting. But when his homeland erupts in chaos - when rebels war with loyalists and furies clash with furies - Tavi's simple courage will turn the tides of war.

    Jim says: "Remastered into chapters from CD."
    "Good story made better by a great performance."
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    Would you try another book from Jim Butcher and/or Kate Reading?

    This was a good book, made better by an awesome performance by Kate Reading. I would definitely read another book by Jim Butcher, and will be listening to another book read by Kate Reading.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This story was good, and the many characters seemed normal, unlike many godlike characters in other fantasy novels.


    Which character – as performed by Kate Reading – was your favorite?

    I think that my favorite character was Amara, her strengths tempered by humanizing weaknesses.


    Was Furies of Calderon worth the listening time?

    Furies of Calderon was worth the listening time, it took a little while to get myself into the world of Alera, but once I had become invested in it, I found that I reveled in my listening experience. If only those stupid trumpets would go away, they added weird breaks to the story that felt quite unnatural.


    Any additional comments?

    Please for the love of god, when Audible turns Audio CD's into an Audible book, get rid of those stupid markers between CD's, those trumpets damaged the listening experience for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Windup Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Paolo Bacigalupi
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3438)
    Performance
    (1835)
    Story
    (1847)

    Anderson Lake is a company man, AgriGen's Calorie Man in Thailand. Under cover as a factory manager, Anderson combs Bangkok's street markets in search of foodstuffs thought to be extinct, hoping to reap the bounty of history's lost calories. There, he encounters Emiko...Emiko is the Windup Girl, a strange and beautiful creature. One of the New People, Emiko is not human; instead, she is an engineered being, creche-grown and programmed to satisfy the decadent whims of a Kyoto businessman.

    Marius says: "Al Gore nightmare meets Blade Runner."
    "Best book I've read all year"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Windup Girl to be better than the print version?

    I wouldn't say that this audio book is better than print version, there are annoying chimes that seem to break up the book as you listen, this is something I'd like to see removed.


    What other book might you compare The Windup Girl to and why?

    This book was unlike anything I've read, and was a truly unique an amazing story.


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

    Not very much.


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

    Yes, this book was awesome, and on more than one occasion I found myself continuing to listen even after I'd gotten home.


    Any additional comments?

    I can't wait to read the next book in this series, it was an amazing story, although the performance was slightly lackluster.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful

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