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  • A Feast for Crows: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10173)
    Performance
    (9353)
    Story
    (9406)

    Few books have captivated the imagination and won the devotion and praise of readers and critics everywhere as has George R. R. Martin’s monumental epic cycle of high fantasy that began with A Game of Thrones. Now, in A Feast for Crows, Martin delivers the long-awaited fourth book of his landmark series, as a kingdom torn asunder finds itself at last on the brink of peace . . . only to be launched on an even more terrifying course of destruction.

    Pi says: "Jarring change in Dotrice's performance"
    "What happened to Roy?????"
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    What didn’t you like about Roy Dotrice’s performance?

    If you have invested almost a 100 hours of listening at this point to go on to book 4, be prepared for a disappointing shock! Roy Dotrice, one of the best narrators here, has totally changed course with this one! He pronounces names differently, and the characters voices! Characters we have come to love, like Sam, or for the love of God! Aria now sounds like an old crone!!! I have spent a lot on this series and am completely crushed by this, as a lover of audible books I now realize how important consistent narration is. Be Warned!!! you will have trouble paying attention to the story because of the change in characters.


    192 of 202 people found this review helpful
  • Shantaram

    • UNABRIDGED (43 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Gregory David Roberts
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (3303)
    Performance
    (1638)
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    (1638)

    This mesmerizing first novel tells the epic journey of Lin, an escaped convict who flees maximum security prison in Australia to disappear into the underworld of contemporary Bombay. Accompanied by his guide and faithful friend, Prabaker, Lin searches for love and meaning while running a clinic in one of the city's poorest slums and serving his apprenticeship in the dark arts of the Bombay mafia. The keys to unlock the mysteries that bind Lin are held by two people: his mentor Khader Khan, mafia godfather and criminal-philosopher; and the beautiful, elusive Karla, whose passions are driven by dangerous secrets.

    Jamie says: "Do Not Miss This"
    "This will take you away."
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    This is a very special book, it has so much depth and is so well written that I felt I had experienced another life after it was done. There are dark places, love and the search for meaning and other times just the raw grit of survival. I love travel, and this is the type of adventure I long to know about but never want to experience first hand. I would recommend this book to anyone who always wondered what it would have been like if you just left everything behind and set off for a foreign country. The main character had no choice and that is why he had to survive abroad no matter what happened, and likely why the spiritual journey that underlies the graphic story line is able to unfold and change both the characters and the reader.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hounded: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10630)
    Performance
    (9497)
    Story
    (9471)

    Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, lives peacefully in Arizona, running an occult bookshop and shape-shifting in his spare time to hunt with his Irish wolfhound. His neighbors and customers think that this handsome, tattooed Irish dude is about twenty-one years old - when in actuality, he’s twenty-one centuries old. Not to mention: He draws his power from the earth, possesses a sharp wit, and wields an even sharper magical sword known as Fragarach, the Answerer. Unfortunately, a very angry Celtic god wants that sword, and he’s hounded Atticus for centuries....

    Chris says: "Finally, a modern day fantasy that really hits the"
    "Perfectly entertaining and original!"
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    This a fantastic, light, modern fantasy series filled with action, comic relief and a firm foundation due to solid research into both myth and history. I wish I had thought of this idea, we've all been inundated with vampire/werewolf/witch novels, which although I do enjoy, having a slightly different mythical urban fantasy enter the mix is refreshing. Kevin Hearne has done a great job, his characters are well rounded, interesting and reachable, even the Gods seem like you could know them, if you met them. I loved this series, perhaps comparable to Patricia Briggs 'Mercy Thompson' books(I liked those, but loved this), and can't wait for more, it's not epic or legendary, but extremely entertaining and the characters are alive enough to be fondly memorable long after the book is done, especially Oberon (if you decide to listen to these books you'll wish you knew Oberon too). Luke Daniels narration is perfect for this story, if you like fantasy, you can't miss with this one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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