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Cesar

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  • Elminster: The Making of a Mage: Forgotten Realms: Elminster, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Ed Greenwood
    • Narrated By John Pruden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (121)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
    (115)

    In ancient days, sorcerers sought to learn the One True Spell that would give them power over all the world and understanding of all magic.... The One True Spell was a woman, and her name was Mystra - and her kisses were wonderful. It is the time before Myth Drannor, when the Heartlands are home to barbarians, and wicked dragons rule the skies. In these ancient days, Elminster is but a shepherd boy, dreaming of adventure and heroics. When a dragon-riding magelord sweeps down upon him, though, the boy is thrust into a world of harsh realities, corrupt rulers, and evil sorcerers.

    Michael says: "Stands apart in the Forgotten Realms. Tremendous!"
    "Absolutely Horrible Narrator"
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    I bought this audiobook because I really like the paper version. However, the narrator makes it very difficult to listen to the story. I could not get through the first chapter before giving up. The narrator speaks mostly in a bored voice while reading the story. It is also very obvious that he is only reading the book, not trying to perform. From the way he reads, I have to assume he tried reading the book version and just found it too boring. Because that is what he brings to his performance.The main problem with this audiobook is that the overall quality of the audio performance is very bad. Even for a relatively unknown book the quality put into this audiobook is way below acceptable. Please save yourself the trouble and avoid this audiobook.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Neverwhere

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    Overall
    (6383)
    Performance
    (3156)
    Story
    (3179)

    Richard Mayhew is an unassuming young businessman living in London, with a dull job and a pretty but shrewish fiancée. Then one night he stumbles upon a girl lying on the sidewalk, bleeding. He stops to help her, and his life is changed forever. Soon he finds himself living in a London most people would never have dreamed of: a city of monsters and saints, murderers and angels. It is a world that exists entirely in a subterranean labyrinth of sewer canals and abandoned subway stations.

    Thomas says: "Neverwhere is Great"
    "Neil Gaiman is Amazing"
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    Neil Gaiman's performance is shockingly good. He reading of this book is an incredible performance.

    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
    (11706)
    Performance
    (10915)
    Story
    (10923)

    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.

    Julie W. Capell says: "I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book."
    "Wil Wheaton does an amazing job!"
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    I tried reading the paper version of Ready Player One twice but couldn't really get into it. I never even got to the end of Anorak's Invitation. I decided to give the audio version a try and I have since listened to the story three times.

    Wil Wheaton takes the somewhat dry material and injects a whole lot of life into it. He brings a lot of energy and enthusiasm to his reading. This really made the long expositions enjoyable. He also does a very good job bringing the characters to life.

    This is definitely a must try.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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