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Silas Marrs

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  • Soul Music: Discworld #16

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Nigel Planer
    Overall
    (811)
    Performance
    (350)
    Story
    (350)

    Silas Marrs says: "Low sound quality"
    "Low sound quality"
    Overall

    I was disappointed by the audio quality of this book. It was clearly copied from a tape (at one point they failed to edit out a the narrator announcing: "side 3") This is fairly disappointing since you get low level white noise throughout the length of the book. Audible.com usually delivers books at almost CD quality, and this one was just not there.

    The book itself is not one of Pratchett's best(still good though). The events in it follow those in "Mort" and "Reaper Man" and precede those in "Hogfather." You do not need to read those to enjoy this one though, the story stands up quite well on it's own.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Valour and Vanity

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Mary Robinette Kowal
    • Narrated By Mary Robinette Kowal
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (44)

    Acclaimed fantasist Mary Robinette Kowal has enchanted many fans with her beloved novels featuring a Regency setting in which magic--known here as glamour--is real. In Valour and Vanity, master glamourists Jane and Vincent find themselves in the sort of a magical adventure that might result if Jane Austen wrote Ocean's Eleven. After Melody's wedding, the Ellsworths and Vincents accompany the young couple on their tour of the continent. Jane and Vincent plan to separate from the party and travel to Murano to study with glassblowers there, but their ship is set upon by Barbary corsairs while en route. It is their good fortune that they are not enslaved, but they lose everything to the pirates and arrive in Murano destitute.

    Waverly says: "Author narrates a great tale"
    "Better as author than reader"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I read and liked the first three books in this series, and was pleased to buy the fourth. I liked the story, but I kinda wish I'd read it rather than listened. Mary is a great writer, and has a good voice, but I came out liking this a little less than previous books. I think its simply the change in format: I got used to the experience of reading, so switching to listening made me dislike it. Also, she reads a little slower than I prefer, which can be slightly annoying.

    Summary: listen if you listened to the previous ones and liked them. Don't switch from reading to listening halfway through the series.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Warbreaker

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By James Yaegashi
    Overall
    (3139)
    Performance
    (2293)
    Story
    (2312)

    An author whose previous, wildly successful novels have earned him a reputation as fantasy's master of magic, Brandon Sanderson continues to dazzle audiences with this tale of princesses and gods. In this extraordinary world, those who attain glory return as gods. And those who can master the essence known as breath can perform the most wondrous miracles - or unleash the most devastating havoc.

    Robert says: "What's Your god like?"
    "Narrator reads too slow"
    Overall

    I greatly enjoyed all of Sanderson's books in print. Warbreaker is an excellent read, but I did not much care for the narrator. James Yaegashi has a good voice, but god bless him, he just pauses too long between sentences.

    Personally, I think this book should have had a female narrator, since two of the three primary viewpoints are women.

    Sanderson is planning to write another book set in this world sometime in the next few years.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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