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James

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  • Anansi Boys

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Lenny Henry
    Overall
    (4140)
    Performance
    (1974)
    Story
    (1988)

    Returning to the territory he so brilliantly explored in his masterful New York Times best seller American Gods, the incomparable Neil Gaiman offers up a work of dazzling ingenuity, a kaleidoscopic journey deep into myth that is at once startling, terrifying, exhilarating, and fiercely funny, a true wonder of a novel that confirms Stephen King's glowing assessment of the author as "a treasure house of story, and we are lucky to have him."

    A. Hawley says: "Beautifully narrated"
    "A Fun Follow-Up"
    Overall

    This follow-up (NOT sequel) to Gaiman's "American Gods" follows the adventure of Fat Charlie Anansi, the son of an African spider god, and his journey to discover himself while dealing with his mischevious twin brother. This is a fun, funny, touching book, different from the novel that inspired it, yet just as magical and fun as any of Gainman's works. British actor and comedian Lenny Henry does a great job narrating this tale with the right amount of humourous befudlement and sincere honesty.
    If you enjoy modern fantasy, or are just looking for a good story read well then I strongly encourage you to give this wonderful tale a try. Neil Gaiman is one of the best authors alive today and you deserve to experience a glimpse into his head! Don't forget to download Gaiman's introduction to this book as well, also available through Audible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Star Wars: Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By James Luceno
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (543)
    Performance
    (172)
    Story
    (174)

    For the handful of scattered Jedi, survival is imperative if the light side of the Force is to be protected and the galaxy somehow, someday reclaimed. Yet more important still is the well-being of the twin infants, Leia and Luke Skywalker, the children of Anakin and his doomed bride, Padme Amidala. Separated after Padme's death, they must be made safe at all costs, lest the hope they represent for the future be turned to horror by the new Sith regime, and the unspeakable power of the dark side.

    Mark says: "The Force Lives!"
    "Only for the hardcore Star Wars fan."
    Overall

    All of these tales set in the Star Wars universe follow the same format. They share the familiar sound effects, and the classic John Williams music. Yet these classic elements are not near enough to make up for the lack of story. This book is sold as Darth Vadar's journey after Episode III, yet Vadar is barely explored during the story, the narriative moving with a few Jedis on the run. At least the reader is decent. So unless you're a big fan of the Lucasverse save your bucks!

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful

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