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Jason

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  • Black Sun Rising: Coldfire Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By C. S. Friedman
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (607)
    Performance
    (550)
    Story
    (563)

    The Coldfire trilogy tells a story of discovery and battle against evil on a planet where a force of nature exists that is capable of reshaping the world in response to psychic stimulus. This terrifying force, much like magic, has the power to prey upon the human mind, drawing forth a person's worst nightmare images or most treasured dreams and indiscriminately giving them life. This is the story of two men. They are absolute enemies who must unite to conquer an evil greater than anything their world has ever known.

    William says: "Tedium Ad Nauseum"
    "Slow start but really quite fun"
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    The opening of this book was hard to get through as the setting at first seems alien enough to be difficult to grasp and familiar enough to be generic (it's a post sci-fi fantasy). We immediately meet a character who is committing a heinous act and, with no appreciation for who he is, it's jarring and unpleasant to read. Eventually, the book comes into its own, with the introduction of some very enjoyable characters (although they seem a little flat at first).

    The magic system presented is more detailed than much fantasy but doesn't quite achieve a level of detail where the reader can appreciate the limitations/strengths of the magic characters without being told directly about them by the narration. It doesn't have as much detail as the Mistborn series, but that also means that it doesn't get bogged down by that detail the way that I feel that Mistborn was.

    By the epilogue, I realized that I had actually grown attached to the characters, as I was smiling and chuckling at their actions.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Amped: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Daniel H. Wilson
    • Narrated By Robbie Daymond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (413)
    Performance
    (365)
    Story
    (368)

    In Amped, people are implanted with a device that makes them capable of superhuman feats. The powerful technology has profound consequences for society, and soon a set of laws is passed that restricts the abilities - and rights - of "amplified" humans. On the day that the Supreme Court passes the first of these laws, 29-year-old Owen Gray joins the ranks of a new persecuted underclass known as "amps." Owen is forced to go on the run, desperate to reach an outpost in Oklahoma where, it is rumored, a group of the most enhanced amps may be about to change the world - or destroy it.

    D says: "No Michael Crighton but still worth a listen"
    "Interesting idea, forced story"
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    I really liked the idea presented in Amped. Were that idea explored in an essay or a piece of speculative fiction, I think that I would have enjoyed it more. Instead, it is presented as a novel and the story of that novel ends up feeling very forced. I feel like I Wilson was trying very hard to make a mystery where the reader could be pleasantly surprised as the story twists and turns, implying one villain and then another... but it just came across as muddled.

    The story works so hard to cast certain characters as villains (callously killing innocents, etc.) and then abruptly flips their role while only providing the thinnest veneer of reason. Along that same line, it is obvious that Wilson wanted to tell a story of a social dystopia, but his world fractures into this state through a completely (to me) unbelievable series of events. As I was listening to it, I kept asking myself, "Really? Who would do that? Why would anyone do that?" over and over again. The world did not feel logically consistent and so ended up very artificial.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Midnight Riot: Peter Grant, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Ben Aaronovitch
    • Narrated By Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1138)
    Performance
    (1029)
    Story
    (1028)

    Probationary constable Peter Grant dreams of being a detective in London's Metropolitan Police. Too bad his superior plans to assign him to the Case Progression Unit, where the biggest threat he'll face is a paper cut. But Peter's prospects change in the aftermath of a puzzling murder, when he gains exclusive information from an eyewitness who happens to be a ghost. Peter's ability to speak with the lingering dead brings him to the attention of Detective Chief Inspector Thomas Nightingale....

    Nancy J says: "I LOVE this Book!"
    "Fun Story that Really Comes to Life"
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    Aaronovitch has created a very fun and detailed world for his Peter Grant novels. Police procedural is melded smoothly with the supernatural, creating a London that is both wholly unique and yet feels like a natural part of the world.

    The narrative is written from Peter's perspective and is very well put together. The character's voice is very strong and consistent, adding color, flavor and humor to the scenes.

    Holdbrook-Smith gives a FANTASTIC performance. As the narrative is written is a strong and distinctly characterized voice, Holdbrook-Smith's performance brings that voice to life in remarkable ways. He is not simply reading the book to you, but is rather performing the book for you and is able to bring a whole additional level to the story through his performance.

    0 of 0 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
    Overall
    (2148)
    Performance
    (1739)
    Story
    (1756)

    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"
    "Interesting Ideas, Odd Pace"
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    The story had a lot of interesting ideas but I never felt that it went anywhere.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Warded Man

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Peter V. Brett
    • Narrated By Pete Bradbury
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2393)
    Performance
    (1754)
    Story
    (1764)

    Peter V. Brett has won accolades from critics, fans and fellow authors alike for this riveting debut novel. The Warded Man features a world where demons stalk the night, hunting humans who have long forgotten the magic of their ancestors. But all is not lost, as some hold out hope that a savior will release humanity from the demons' terrifying reign.

    Meloney says: "Brilliant"
    "Great story!"
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    This is a really engaging story. It deals with some pretty awful situations, and though it doesn't hesitate to let you know what's going on, it also doesn't revel in the awfulness and pain. I think that the book handles those difficult situations with graceful storytelling and is to be commended. My only complaint is that the production has some weird pauses. There are some silent stretches that were sufficiently long that I started reaching for my stereo to ensure that it hadn't turned off or something before the next bit started.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dead Beat: Volume 2

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Aron Christensen, Erica Lindquist
    • Narrated By Daniel Dorse
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    The dead really aren't that different from the rest of us. Some work honest jobs and pay rent on their host bodies every month, right on time. But some of them refuse to play by the rules. Police Exorcist Arphallo Sirus and his murdered partner, Sam Trent, hunt down the ghosts that break the laws of the living and the dead. The Dead Beat is a short-story serial. This volume contains stories 10 through 21.

    Jason says: "More Depth to an already Fascinating World"
    "More Depth to an already Fascinating World"
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    Volume 2 adds more depth to the already fascinating world that Lindquist and Christensen have created with their Dead Beat stories. An overarcing plot comes to light, tying together events from most of the short stories into one grand scheme, while adding history and weight to the ghosts that inhabit this world. I can't wait for Volume 3!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • When True Night Falls: Coldfire Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By C. S. Friedman
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    Overall
    (292)
    Performance
    (259)
    Story
    (261)

    Two men, absolute enemies, must unite to conquer an evil greater than anything their world has ever known. One is a warrior priest ready to sacrifice anything and everything for the cause of humanity's progress; the other, a sorcerer who has survived for countless centuries by a total submission to evil. In their joint quest, both will be irrevocably changed.

    Adnan says: "Dark epic saga continues"
    "Strong Continuation of the Series"
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    This book is a strong continuation of the story created in the first book. I continue to like the characters and it flirts with being a really amazing book, but it didn't quite feel like it realized that potential. Still, it was very solid and enjoyable, adding depth to the world and telling an interesting story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cloud Atlas

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By David Mitchell
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Cassandra Campbell, Kim Mai Guest, and others
    Overall
    (3067)
    Performance
    (2277)
    Story
    (2284)

    A reluctant voyager crossing the Pacific in 1850; a disinherited composer blagging a precarious livelihood in between-the-wars Belgium; a high-minded journalist in Governor Reagan's California; a vanity publisher fleeing his gangland creditors; a genetically modified "dinery server" on death-row; and Zachry, a young Pacific Islander witnessing the nightfall of science and civilisation: the narrators of Cloud Atlas hear each other's echoes down the corridor of history.

    Cynthia says: "Complicated and Not Good for Listening!"
    "Dense story with a strong message"
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    I enjoyed this book quite a bit. It maintained a strong message throughout and was very well written. By largely using journal entries and autobiography to tell the story, an incredible amount of setting detail is conveyed in relatively few words. My only complaint is that there was some vaguely supernatural stuff that really didn't strike me as necessary and nothing really came of it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14745)
    Performance
    (9134)
    Story
    (9006)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

    Lulu says: "The Reason for the Existence of Audio Books"
    "I'm Not Its Target Demographic"
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    Davina Porter does an amazing job narrating this story. Not only does she use appropriate Scottish accents, but she manages to convey several distinctive Scottish accents for the various characters. I had no difficulty in understanding her (despite the array of accents present in the book) nor in determining which character was speaking. She is a gifted performer who really brings the book to life.

    That said, I did not enjoy the book itself. I'm a 30 year old male, and I've never before come across a story that seemed so finely, perfectly tuned for a demographic of which I am not remotely a part. This may be technically sci-fi/fantasy, but it's only a fantasy in the sense that a teenager fantasizes about their attractive teacher. This book is a Romance, pure and simple.

    The entire story seems to me to be the author's fantasy (as opposed to a story set in a fantasy setting), every element blatantly conspiring to force the main character to be empowered and to experience a thrilling romance. I've nothing against empowered female characters, nor against romance, but the book is so blatant in its pandering to those two ideals that it completely ruined my immersion. The plot only seems to be a secondary consideration, often lost in the relentless pursuit of this author's indulgent fantasy.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Click-Clack the Rattlebag: A Free Short Story Written and Performed by Neil Gaiman

    • UNABRIDGED (12 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    Overall
    (1921)
    Performance
    (1760)
    Story
    (1762)

    "Click-Clack the Rattlebag", a subtle, witty, deceptive little tale, is your Halloween treat from Neil Gaiman and Audible, FREE through October 31. It's not available anywhere else, and for a limited time, each download from Audible benefits educational charities at DonorsChoose.org. Lock the doors, turn off the lights, and enjoy!

    Acacia says: "WHY WHY WHY"
    "An Instant Classic Ghost Story"
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    This short story (and it is certainly short) is a fine example of a classic ghost story. It is creepy and fun at the same time, ending at the perfect moment, just as you realize what's going on.

    0 of 0 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
    (11307)
    Performance
    (9009)
    Story
    (9116)

    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!"
    "Captivating Story, bit of a Slow Start"
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    Rothfuss' work is captivating and more immersive than much else that I've read. The book was a bit slow to start, but once it found its pace it grabbed hold and didn't let go through to the end. The adventures it describes are fantastic, touching and thrilling. It's everything that a fantasy novel could ever hope to be.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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