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  • Before They Are Hanged: The First Law: Book Two

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Joe Abercrombie
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    Overall
    (3076)
    Performance
    (2234)
    Story
    (2240)

    Bitter and merciless war is coming to the frozen north. It's bloody and dangerous and the Union army, split by politics and hamstrung by incompetence, is unprepared for the slaughter that's coming. Lacking experience, training, and in some cases even weapons, the army is scarcely equipped to repel Bethod's scouts, let alone his elite forces. In the heat-ravaged south, the Gurkish are massing to assault the city of Dagoska, defended by Inquisitor Glokta.

    David says: "This is heaven"
    "An amazing performance for a solid narrative"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Before They Are Hanged to be better than the print version?

    Absolutely. Steven Pacey provides such an incredible performance, it truly amplifies the merits of the story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    My favorite part of the entire narrative has to be Sand dan Glokta, who is one of the most compelling characters I have read. Anyone interested in complex, sympathetic anti-heroes should be pleased by this character.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I listened to all three books in sequence, one after the other, and so cannot remember scenes as being specifically in the middle book!


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

    Not really. It was enjoyable, but not as compelling as other books I couldn't put down.


    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
    (10396)
    Performance
    (9683)
    Story
    (9684)

    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"
    "Fantastic story, full of past, present, future"
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    Where does Ready Player One rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Ready Player One is in the top five science fiction audiobooks I have listened to, and it is the best (and most novel) cyberpunk book I have encountered since William Gibson invented the genre.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Ready Player One?

    There were so many memorable moments. Each gate and each key was very memorable. Sorrento's gambit was very memorable. Ogden's birthday was very memorable. Hard to pick just one.


    Which character – as performed by Wil Wheaton – was your favorite?

    It was hard to have a favorite character other than the narrator, Wade Watts. It is through him that I relived so much of my childhood and adulthood. Ogden and H were probably close seconds.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Claiming the future be reliving the past.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Last Argument of Kings: The First Law: Book Three

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Joe Abercrombie
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    Overall
    (2839)
    Performance
    (2069)
    Story
    (2080)

    The end is coming. Logen Ninefingers might only have one more fight in him but it’s going to be a big one. Battle rages across the North, the King of the Northmen still stands firm and there’s only one man who can stop him. His oldest friend and his oldest enemy. It’s time for the Bloody-Nine to come home. With too many masters and too little time, Superior Glokta is fighting a different kind of war. A secret struggle in which no-one is safe and no-one can be trusted.

    Lore says: "You have be realistic about these things."
    "An amazing performance for a solid narrative"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would, if someone were interested in fantasy stories with interesting history, political intrigue, high action, expert violence, and some interesting magic.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Last Argument of Kings?

    I think the scene that stands out the most to me is when Ferro confronts the eater after having been exposed to the Seed. It is a very satisfying struggle and outcome.


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

    An incredible talent for accents, a wide range of very precise vocalizations, and a tremendous acting ability. He may be the very best audiobook performer I have heard.


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

    Not really. It was a very pleasant narrative, but not as compelling as other books that I couldn't put down.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Blade Itself: The First Law: Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Joe Abercrombie
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    Overall
    (3841)
    Performance
    (2778)
    Story
    (2793)

    Inquisitor Glokta, a crippled and bitter relic of the last war, former fencing champion turned torturer, is trapped in a twisted and broken body - not that he allows it to distract him from his daily routine of torturing smugglers.Nobleman, dashing officer and would-be fencing champion Captain Jezal dan Luthar is living a life of ease by cheating his friends at cards. Vain and shallow, the biggest blot on his horizon is having to get out of bed in the morning to train with obsessive and boring old men.

    Steven says: "Steven Pacey is magnificient."
    "An amazing performance for a solid narrative"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Blade Itself the most enjoyable?

    Steven Pacey is possibly the most talented performer I have heard on an audio book. He made the story incredibly enjoyable.


    What other book might you compare The Blade Itself to and why?

    The Blade Itself is not unlike The Way of Kings in narrative structure. The world is lower fantasy (i.e. less magic), and the narrative not as tight, but it follows several disparate protagonists whose stories slowly spiral toward each other in a large narrative arc.


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

    I have never heard Steven Pacey before, but I am completely impressed.


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

    Not really. It was an enjoyable listen, but not as compelling as other books I couldn't put down.


    Any additional comments?

    Sand dan Glokta is one of the most interesting and compelling characters I have ever read. Anyone who likes complicated, sympathetic anti-heroes should be very pleased by this character.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Way of Kings: Book One of The Stormlight Archive

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10168)
    Performance
    (7642)
    Story
    (7685)

    Roshar is a world of stone and storms. Uncanny tempests of incredible power sweep across the rocky terrain so frequently that they have shaped ecology and civilization alike. Animals hide in shells, trees pull in branches, and grass retracts into the soilless ground. Cities are built only where the topography offers shelter. It has been centuries since the fall of the ten consecrated orders known as the Knights Radiant, but their Shardblades and Shardplate remain: mystical swords and suits of armor.

    Lore says: "Wow - 45 hours long and leaves you wanting more!"
    "The best book I've read in quite a long time"
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    Where does The Way of Kings rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The Way of Kings is the best audiobook (and indeed, book) I have listened to yet.


    What other book might you compare The Way of Kings to and why?

    It reminds me of the First Law series by Joe Abercrombie. The narration follows several characters separately as they slowly spiral into a single plot. It takes its time, building a rich picture of the world and its occupants, so that the reader can savor each event in its time. Though Way of Kings has more magic present in the world and story than the First Law series.


    What about Kate Reading and Michael Kramer ’s performance did you like?

    Kate Reading and Michael Kramer both had an excellent variety of voices for the numerous characters. It was very easy to tell who was whom by the voices alone, which helps when following so many different characters through scenes filled with dialog. Kramer in particular has a remarkable talent for giving different voices to different people, and capturing the accents of different lands. And with two strong female protagonists, it was excellent to have a skilled female performer to give them the character of voice they needed.


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

    By the second half, I absolutely wanted to listen to it all in one sitting. But at more than 40 hours, that wasn't very likely to happen. Still, I found myself listening to it for great spans of time every chance I could.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blindsight

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Peter Watts
    • Narrated By T. Ryder Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (189)
    Performance
    (111)
    Story
    (109)

    Set in 2082, Peter Watts' Blindsight is fast-moving, hard SF that pulls readers into a futuristic world where a mind-bending alien encounter is about to unfold. After the Firefall, all eyes are locked heavenward as a team of specialists aboard the self-piloted spaceship Theseus hurtles outbound to intercept an unknown intelligence.

    James says: "Compelling modern hard sci-fi"
    "Fantastic exploration of human consciousness"
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    Would you listen to Blindsight again? Why?

    I definitely would. It is a quick listen, and it is full of fantastic, quotable insights into the perspective of modern science on consciousness.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the manner in which it addressed the question of what it means to be human. From the illusion of free will, to the nature of consciousness, to the nuts and bolts of biology, neurology, and psychology, Peter Watts was thorough and artful.


    What does T. Ryder Smith bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Smith seemed at first to be a bland narrator, until I met other characters and realized that bland is precisely what Siri sounds like. His rendition of Sarasti was downright chilling.


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

    My strongest reaction was intellectual, deeply enjoying the dense, hard science fiction as well as the cognitive science themes. However, I also had an emotional reaction during a particular death scene that surprised me (as much as it surprised Siri, I'm guessing).


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wise Man's Fear: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 2

    • UNABRIDGED (42 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9856)
    Performance
    (8171)
    Story
    (8244)

    "My name is Kvothe. I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep...."

    Geoff says: "I dig it."
    "Another fantastic novel and performance"
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    Would you listen to The Wise Man's Fear again? Why?

    I'm not much for revisiting stories I've already consumed, but Wise Man's Fear could be one of the rare exceptions. It's length, depth, and complexity make me suspect there are gems to be found on further reading.


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

    Nick's performance of accents is amazing. His ability to bring instant recognition to characters from their voices, as well as instant personality to the intricately detailed cultures, is extremely helpful.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    A hero's journey in an amazing world


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Name of the Wind: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 1

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11782)
    Performance
    (9454)
    Story
    (9567)

    This is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man's search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend.

    Joanna says: "Wow!"
    "Tremendous performance for a tremendous story"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Name of the Wind the most enjoyable?

    Rothfuss paints an incredibly intricate and detailed world, which Nick Podehl narrates with equally intricate and detailed voice work. Rothfuss's effort for crafting distinct cultures and flavors of magic were met equally by Podehl's effort for crafting distinct accents for different cultures, different classes, and different ages.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Name of the Wind?

    The circumstances of Kvothe's departure from his troupe was powerful and lasting in my memory.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Elodin's question's for Kvothe were by far my favorite scene. They implied a depth of understanding we had not yet seen, and they established the kind of mad brilliance that could be expected from Elodin, my favorite character.


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

    The book had me in tears so quickly with the circumstances of Kvothe's departure from his troupe. It is rare to be moved to such emotion so quickly in a novel.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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