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Cascadian

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  • The Element of Fire: Ile-Rien Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Martha Wells
    • Narrated By Derek Perkins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (38)

    The kingdom of Ile-Rien lies in peril, menaced by sorcerous threats and devious court intrigues. As the weak King Roland, flattered and misled by treacherous companions, rules the country, only his ruthless mother, the Dowager Queen Ravenna, guards the safety of the realm. But now rumors arise that Urbain Grandier, the dark master of scientific sorcery, has arrived to plot against the throne. And Kade, bastard sister of King Roland, appears unexpectedly at court. The illegitimate daughter of the old king and the Queen of Air and Darkness herself, Kade's true desires are cloaked in mystery.

    Reading Tyme says: "A long time coming to audio."
    "Excellent action narration"
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    Kudos to Perkins and the producers, for taking the time that action description needs. Very clear, easy to visualize, with no jarring mispronunciations.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dragonsbane

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Barbara Hambly
    • Narrated By Derek Perkins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (22)

    When the Black Dragon seized the Deep of Ylferdun, young Gareth braved the far Winterlands to find John Aversin, Dragonsbane - the only living man ever to slay a dragon. In return for the promise of the King to send help to the Winterlands, Aversin agreed to attempt the nearly impossible feat again.With them, to guard them on the haunted trip south, went Jenny Waynest, a half-taught sorceress and mother of Aversin's sons.But at the decadent Court, nothing was as expected. Rebellion threatened the land.

    Cascadian says: "Dragons + Counter-fantasy + Great Narrator"
    "Dragons + Counter-fantasy + Great Narrator"
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    One of Hambly's best books (see all the reviews on the Amazon side). A counter to the typical dragon/pseudo-medieval/hero stories.

    Well read by Derek Perkins, who seems to be developing a niche for properly pronounced and clear readings of action fantasies.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wizard Hunters: Fall of Ile-Rien, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Martha Wells
    • Narrated By Talmadge Ragan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    Ile-Rien is in peril. A mysterious army known only as the Gardier has surrounded the country, attacking in ominous black airships. Hope is not lost though, for a magical sphere created by Ile-Rien's greatest sorcerer may hold the key to defeating the faceless enemy. But the sphere is unpredictable and has already claimed several lives. When a magical spell goes disastrously awry, young Tremaine Valiarde and a brave band are transported to another world-a world of rough magics, evil mages, honorable warriors, and a secret Gardier base.

    Cascadian says: "skip the listen, read the book"
    "skip the listen, read the book"
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    Martha Wells has been fortunate to have such fine narrators for her previously issued audiobooks: Derek Perkins for "Death of a Necromancer" and Christopher Kipiniak for "Cloud Roads" and its sequels.

    I was really looking forward to the Fall of Ile-Rien books being recorded.

    I listened to the little sample of "The Wizard Hunters' and thought "what an odd choice for a narrator", and bought the recording anyway. Mistake. I've stopped listening. The recording is too juicy, the intonation too Valley (phrases ending higher then they began), the emphasis unnatural, and the whole effect incomprehensible.

    The "Fall of Ile-Rien" trilogy is great fun. Read the books and listen in your head.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Star Fraction: The Fall Revolution 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Ken Macleod
    • Narrated By Stephen Crossley
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (25)

    Moh Kohn is a security mercenary, his smart gun and killer reflexes for hire. Janis Taine is a scientist working on memory-enhancing drugs, fleeing the US/UN's technology cops. Jordan Brown is a teenager in the Christian enclave of Beulah City, dealing in theologically-correct software for the world's fundamentalists - and wants out.

    Cascadian says: "The reader makes it work"
    "The reader makes it work"
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    A wild imagining of a future and its political movements, close-up war, adventure, and aware AIs. Full of great throw-away details like the Femininists [sic], with their backpackable hoop skirts. Lots of in-jokes like the men in black.

    Not the most tightly plotted (or comprehensible!) book, but the reader makes it worthwhile and memorable.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Hob's Bargain

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Patricia Briggs
    • Narrated By Jennifer James Bradshaw
    Overall
    (133)
    Performance
    (119)
    Story
    (119)

    Beauty and The Beast. Hated and feared, magic was banished from the land. But now, freed from the spells of the wicked bloodmages, magic-both good and evil-returns. And Aren of Fallbrook feels her own power of sight strengthen and grow…. Overcome by visions of mayhem and murder, Aren vows to save her village from the ruthless raiders who have descended upon it-and killed her family. With the return of wildlings to the hills and forests, she strikes a bargain with the Hob, a magical, human-like creature imbued with the power of the mountains.

    Jane says: "The physical book is better than the audiobook."
    "Ban fake British accents!"
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    What's with the horrible fake British accents?

    As always, I listened to the sample of this book before buying it, and the narrator has a pleasant generic American voice. Unfortunately, she, or her producer, thought it would be a good thing to render conversations in "British" accents.

    It's unlistenable, and spoilt what I remember as a good enough story. If anyone in the publishing world is reading this: no more cut-rate British accents!

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful

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