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  • Swords and Deviltry: The Adventures of Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Fritz Leiber
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Neil Gaiman
    Overall
    (669)
    Performance
    (235)
    Story
    (237)

    In the ancient city of Lankhmar, two men forge a friendship in battle. The red-haired barbarian Fafhrd left the snowy reaches of Nehwon looking for a new life, while the Gray Mouser, apprentice magician, fled after finding his master dead. These bawdy brothers-in-arms cement a friendship that leads them through the wilds of Nehwon facing thieves, wizards, princesses, and the depths of their desires and fears.

    melody333 says: "Fafhrd/Gray Mouser"
    "Fafhrd/Gray Mouser"
    Overall

    Thank you Audible for making Fritz Leiber's Fafhrd/Gray Mouser series available. The narrator Jonathan Davis does an outstanding job of bringing life to this saga. Mr. Leiber was such a wonderful wordsmith. Listening to this series is such a treat after reading them all 25+ years ago. Highly recommend this book (and others in the set) to those who enjoy 'high adventure, sorcery and witchery' and lots of dialogue.

    28 of 29 people found this review helpful
  • Cold Days: The Dresden Files, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5423)
    Performance
    (5038)
    Story
    (5037)

    After being murdered by a mystery assailant, navigating his way through the realm between life and death, and being brought back to the mortal world, Harry realizes that maybe death wasn’t all that bad - because he is no longer Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only professional wizard. He is now Harry Dresden, Winter Knight to Mab, the Queen of Air and Darkness. After Harry had no choice but to swear his fealty, Mab wasn’t about to let something as petty as death steal away the prize she had sought for so long.

    Ethan M. says: "Thwarts Every Expectation - In a Good Way"
    "Wow"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    It was great to have Harry and his friends back for yet another incredible performance. What a great journey; how does every book just get better than the next. And James Marsters is Harry Dresden; what a performance! Jim Butcher manages to create characters that are funny, insightful, interesting, and also kick-ass warriors. Truly another great "mr. toad's wild ride" full of adventure. Am so hoping book 15 is available the day after tomorrow! :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The City of Dreaming Books

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Walter Moers, John Brownjohn (translator)
    • Narrated By Paul Michael Garcia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (39)

    Optimus Yarnspinner inherits from his godfather an unpublished manuscript by an unknown writer and sets off to track down the mysterious author, who disappeared into Bookholm—the so-called City of Dreaming Books. Yarnspinner falls under the spell of this book-obsessed metropolis, where an avid reader and budding author can find any number of charming attractions: priceless signed first editions, salivating literary agents, and for-hire critics.

    melody333 says: "Entertaining and Fun"
    "Entertaining and Fun"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    What a fun book to listen too. The narrator's performance was outstanding and added to the novel. What a clever and detailed story. Optimus Yarnspinner's character was so well defined that to close one's eyes was to see him in detail...as was every aspect of the book. The vocabulary and pacing of words (lots of descriptive detail) - couldn't help wondering what it would be like to have read it in German. Can't compare to the original but the translation is a wonderful, refreshing story. Highly recommend if you like long, detailed, enriched stories.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Outlaw Demon Wails

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Kim Harrison
    • Narrated By Gigi Bermingham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1861)
    Performance
    (1075)
    Story
    (1080)

    To save the lives of her friends, Rachel did the unthinkable: she willingly trafficked in forbidden demon magic. And now her sins are coming home to haunt her. As Rachel searches for the truth behind a terrifying murder, an even greater menace threatens, for the demon Algaliarept will stop at nothing to claim her, and the discovery of a shocking family secret throws Rachel's entire life into question.

    Jaclyn A Rupert says: "Narrrator: 1 star, Story 5 stars!"
    "Disappointing!"
    Overall

    Can only agree with the general disappointment regarding the narrator. The narrator's voice may be fine for children's books but not for a demon-leather wearing witch. Jinks now sounds like a prissy mickey-mouse and major characters' names are prounounced differently - couldn't some homework have been done? The presentation is uneven and the main character's voices change continuously.

    The author's story is consistent with her other books and deserves at least a 4 rating, but the impact of the new narrator is to important to ignore. If she had narrated the earlier books, i would have never gotten past the first one. In this case, i recommend reading the book rather than listening to it.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Stormy Weather

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Carl Hiaasen
    • Narrated By George Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (872)
    Performance
    (289)
    Story
    (296)

    Stormy Weather centers on the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew. The devastation of the storm has attracted crowds of voyeurs and impostors to Florida. Drawn by the chance to prey on Andrew's victims, misfits like the murderous ex-con Snapper and the dangerously seductive Edie find easy targets for their insurance scams. They're not prepared, though, when they meet their opposition, led by a hoary ex-governor who smokes toads.

    Both hilariously funny and deadly accurate, Carl Hiaasen's novel will take you into a Florida that is far from the frilly palms and pink flamingos of its post cards.

    Edmund says: "You love it or hate it...."
    "Classic"
    Overall

    What fun - classic Carl Haiisen. Was fun to have Skink and Jim back in the game. Highly recommend!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Harsh Cry of the Heron: The Last Tale of the Otori

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Lian Hearn
    • Narrated By Julia Fletcher, Henri Lubatti
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1247)
    Performance
    (425)
    Story
    (432)

    16 years of peace and prosperity have passed since Lord Otori Takeo united the Three Countries. Takeo and his beloved consort, Kaede, have three daughters and a happy family life. Their success has attracted the attention of the distant Emperor and his general, the warlord Saga Hideki, who covet the wealth of the Countries. Meanwhile, the violent acts and betrayals of the past will not lie buried, and other secrets will not stay hidden. Everything that Takeo and Kaede have achieved is threatened.

    Bruce says: "Fourth Book falls short"
    "Remarkable!"
    Overall

    What a wonderful story and completion (?)of the Tales of Otori. Was concerned by the change in narrators (don't ya hate that!), but they both were excellent. As much of the story was in the voices of the children and the parents were older, the change was seamless. If you have not read the other books, the story stands on its own and has enough summary to understand continued plot. Strongly recommend reading/listening to all four books; what an epic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fourth Bear: A Nursery Crime

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Jasper Fforde
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (536)
    Performance
    (185)
    Story
    (184)

    The Gingerbreadman, psychopath, sadist, genius, and killer, is on the loose. But it isn't Jack Spratt's case. He and Mary Mary have been demoted to Missing Persons following Jack's poor judgment involving the poisoning of Mr. Bun the baker. Missing Persons looks like a boring assignment until a chance encounter leads them into the hunt for missing journalist Henrietta "Goldy" Hatchett, star reporter for The Daily Mole.

    Gary says: "10001001110000111"
    "What Fun!"
    Overall

    What a delightful 'listen.' The narrator is excellent and the material very clever. If you liked the first in the series, you'll enjoy Mary Mary and Jack Spratt again!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Too Dead to Swing

    • ORIGINAL (5 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Hal Glatzer
    • Narrated By Susan Egan, full cast
    Overall
    (81)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    It's 1940, and musician Katy Green finds out how tough the road can be when she joins the Ultra Belles, a female swing band on tour in California. From the moment the band kicks off the set, you're caught in the rhythm of the music, and murder on the move.

    Judith says: "Too Dead to Swing"
    "What Fun!"
    Overall

    This was such an enjoyable listen. The actors and the music were great. Especially liked that all the songs were replayed again after the book was finished. If you enjoy music of the 40's, the idea of an all-girl band, and murder mystery's, don't pass this one by - you will not be disappointed!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Callahan's Legacy

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Spider Robinson
    • Narrated By Spider Robinson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (203)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (64)

    It's more than 20 years since Spider Robinson revealed the existence of Callahan's Crosstime Saloon, and the original bar is gone. Mike Callahan is gone, too, but his spirit lives on in the new bar, named Mary's Place for his daughter. On this particular day, nothing seems to be going right for Jake Stonebender, proprietor of Mary's Place.

    melody333 says: "What Fun!"
    "What Fun!"
    Overall

    Although Barrett Whitener is excellent as narrator of the other books in this series, it was really enjoyable to hear the author narrate one of his own book. To hear some of the voices, songs, and puns as the originator had envisioned them added another dimension to all the books. Recommend the whole series: Callahan's Chronicle (1st three books), Callahan's Legacy (4th), Callahan's Keys (5th) and Callahan's Con (6th).

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Time Traveler's Wife

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Audrey Niffenegger
    • Narrated By William Hope, Laurel Lefkow
    Overall
    (862)
    Performance
    (175)
    Story
    (175)

    This extraordinary, magical novel is the story of Clare, a beautiful art student, and Henry, a librarian, who have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was 36, and were married when Clare was 22 and Henry 30. Impossible but true, because Henry has Chrono-Displacement Disorder: periodically his genetic clock resets and he finds himself misplaced in time, pulled to moments of emotional gravity in his past, present, and future.

    Lucy says: "Worth trying to sort it out"
    "5+"
    Overall

    What a great read (listen)and a wonderful love story! The book was both entertaining as well as providing another idea of how we consider 'Time.' The narrators were excellent. This book and the Tales of Otori are the best fiction 'listens' i've heard in six months.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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