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  • The Privilege of the Sword

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Ellen Kushner
    • Narrated By Ellen Kushner, Barbara Rosenblat, Felicia Day, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Award-winning author, narrator, and screenwriter Neil Gaiman personally selected this book, and, using the tools of the Audiobook Creation Exchange (ACX), cast the narrators and produced this work for his audiobook label, Neil Gaiman Presents. In this exciting new "illuminated production", the author herself reads her own work, supported by a full cast.

    Ann says: "Austen-es​que tale (with swordfight​s!)"
    "Thanks, Neil Gaiman!"
    Where does The Privilege of the Sword rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I've not listened to very many audiobooks, but it is definitely a great one.

    What did you like best about this story?

    The story is great - strong female character defying gender stereotypes - not entirely genre, but alt-universe. Swordfighting, political intrigue and great romance.

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

    Fantastic narration all around - made that much better during party scenes when additional voices were added to the mix. The author is fantastic, but the breadth of emotion and the different speaking styles of the additional actors really created a deeper world. Barbara Rosenblatt was terrific.

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

    I laughed out loud a few times and got misty eyed as well. It's touching and amusing.

    Any additional comments?

    Definitely a treat. Have to thank Neil Gaiman Presents for turning me on to a new author - and with such panache.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Diamond Age

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Jennifer Wiltsie

    Neal Stephenson, "the hottest science fiction writer in America", takes science fiction to dazzling new levels. The Diamond Age is a stunning tale; set in 21st-century Shanghai, it is the story of what happens what a state-of-the-art interactive device falls into the hands of a street urchin named Nell. Her life, and the entire future of humanity, is about to be decoded and reprogrammed.

    Tango says: "The rock could use a bit more polishing"
    "Narrator Wins at Life"
    If you could sum up The Diamond Age in three words, what would they be?

    Crazy sci-fi literature

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Judge Fang and Miranda win for favorite characters. The judge is an honorable and rational man, and Miranda so desperately wants to find Nell. They are both pure in purpose.

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

    No, although I will be seeking her out going forward. She was a highlight of the novel. Her various accents and inflections made the book a delightful and enthralling experience. Top notch.

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

    I did, but unfortunately it was too long to do so.

    Any additional comments?

    Jennifer Wiltsie deserves major kudos for her work on this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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