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  • Agatha H and the Airship City: Girl Genius #1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Phil Foglio, Kaja Foglio
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (259)
    Performance
    (202)
    Story
    (206)

    The Industrial Revolution has escalated into all-out warfare. Sixteen years have passed since the Heterodyne Boys, benevolent adventurers and inventors, disappeared under mysterious circumstances. Today, Europe is ruled by the Sparks, dynasties of mad scientists ruling over - and terrorizing - the hapless population with their bizarre inventions and unchecked power, while the downtrodden dream of the Heterodynes’ return. At Transylvania Polygnostic University, a pretty, young student named Agatha Clay seems to have nothing but bad luck.

    Amazon Customer says: "Ever wanted visuals while audio book listening?"
    "I cannot recommend it enough."
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    This is the only female narrator I've ever heard who can do a believable male voice. Her interpretation of Gilgamesh Wulfenbach in particular actually changed my impression of the comic. Combine that with the inimitably whimsical writing style of the Profs. Foglio, and you get a minor masterpiece. Probably a bad place to use a credit (it's one of the less pricey audiobooks), but a GREAT place to spend a few bucks for eight hours of straight-faced steampunk fantasy.

    If you're familiar with the work of the Foglios, you know that they have a style that can only be described as sincere silliness; that is to say, they are completely sincere, but when interpreted through a real world lens it is ridiculous. But it works. You can take it seriously while laughing at the absurdity.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Legion

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3045)
    Performance
    (2761)
    Story
    (2814)

    Stephen Leeds, AKA 'Legion,' is a man whose unique mental condition allows him to generate a multitude of personae: hallucinatory entities with a wide variety of personal characteristics and a vast array of highly specialized skills. As the story begins, Leeds and his 'aspects' are drawn into the search for the missing Balubal Razon, inventor of a camera whose astonishing properties could alter our understanding of human history and change the very structure of society.

    Joshua says: "The only flaw..."
    "A VERY worthwhile short"
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    Brandon Sanderson's writings are, of course, all excellent. This one is an interesting conceit that I'd love to see expanded into a full length book. The narration is good, but not great; nothing especially outstanding or bad about it. Worth a listen, though.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Faith of the Fallen: Sword of Truth, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Terry Goodkind
    • Narrated By John Kenneth
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1459)
    Performance
    (739)
    Story
    (762)

    A Sister of the Dark captures Richard and takes him deep into the Old World, to the very heart of the Order, while his beloved Kahlan remains behind. Free because of Richard's sacrifice for her, but unwilling to abandon the cause of the Midlands, Kahlan violates not only prophecy but her last pledge to Richard and raises an army against the advancing horde of the Imperial Order.

    Daniel says: "This is the one when he goes Ayn rand on you"
    "Well written story, narration lacking"
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    Faith of the Fallen is Terry Goodkind's most obviously Objectivist work, so if Atlas Shrugged bothered you, this one will too. That said, if the concepts that are blatantly, obviously and repeatedly preached herein don't put you off too much, it's a well crafted story with excellent characters and an interesting world. John Kenneth's narration, on the other hand, is not up to snuff. Admittedly, names in fantasy can often be hard to pronounce, but the fact that he changes pronunciation on at least one name midway through the book is VERY off-putting. One of the main characters has a name that is pronounced in a way that doesn't really make sense given its spelling, but every other narrator who has tackled this series managed to get it right, and he doesn't. While I'm a fan of the book, the inconsistencies and errors in narration are somewhat jarring.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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