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William

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  • The High Lord: The Black Magician Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Trudi Canavan
    • Narrated By Richard Aspel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (715)
    Performance
    (459)
    Story
    (465)

    Life should have been easier for Sonea, now that Regin ignored her and the rest of the novices treated her with wary respect, but she cannot forget what she witnessed in Akkarin's underground room, or his warning that Kyralia's ancient enemy is watching the Guild closely.

    Thomas says: "Best book I have heard in a long time"
    "If you liked the other 2 you'll like this one"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Good end to the series with lots of action and plot twists. I really wish Canavan would lay off plugging gay rights into the book (we get it stop smashing our face with it.) After reading the reviews of the next series it looks like it only gets worse so I doubt I'll buy them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Song for Arbonne

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Guy Gavriel Kay
    • Narrated By Euan Morton
    Overall
    (192)
    Performance
    (124)
    Story
    (128)

    A Song for Arbonne is Guy Gavriel Kay's critically acclaimed fantasy of love, both courtly and forbidden, and of kingdoms endlessly opposed - one dominated by male rulers and their male god, the other guided by women and their goddess.

    Yaryna says: "An alternate world"
    "No brainer, amazing buy!!!!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to A Song for Arbonne the most enjoyable?

    The main character and his development are exceptional.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters and unexpected plot twists... and some of the expected ones.


    What about Euan Morton’s performance did you like?

    He is consistent with his characters and even made the short singing parts worth hearing.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, you have to pay too close attention to listen for very long periods.


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent use of a credit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sailing to Sarantium: Book One of the Sarantine Mosaic

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Guy Gavriel Kay
    • Narrated By Berny Clark
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (136)
    Performance
    (124)
    Story
    (126)

    Crispin is a mosaicist, a layer of bright tiles. Still grieving for the family he lost to the plaque, he lives only for his arcane craft. But an imperial summons from Valerius the Trakesian to Sarantium, the most magnificent place in the world, is difficult to resist. In a world half-wild and tangled with magic, a journey to Sarantium means a walk into destiny. Bearing with him a deadly secret and a Queen's seductive promise, guarded only by his own wits and a talisman from an alchemist's treasury, Crispin sets out for the fabled city. Along the way he will encounter a great beast.

    Eivind says: "Mosaic"
    "Great Fantasy in a Roman Setting"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Guy Gavriel Kay is a master. His character and world building are fantastic and the plot takes unexpected and engrossing turns. If I have one complaint it is that Kay can get a little too deep and dramatic. The narrator does a fine job and captures Kay's intentions very well.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13399)
    Performance
    (12167)
    Story
    (12198)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Charles says: "Completely Engaging"
    "Very Entertaining"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I had no idea what to expect from this one and I was pleasantly surprised at how much I liked it. The plot twists were very unpredictable and the characters easy to like/hate as needed. To put the cherry on top the narrator was excellent.

    24 of 31 people found this review helpful
  • A Confederacy of Dunces

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By John Kennedy Toole
    • Narrated By Barrett Whitener
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2319)
    Performance
    (1299)
    Story
    (1306)

    The hero of John Kennedy Toole's incomparable, Pulitzer Prize-winning comic classic is one Ignatius J. Reilly, "huge, obese, fractious, fastidious, a latter-day Gargantua, a Don Quixote of the French Quarter". His story bursts with wholly original characters, denizens of New Orleans' lower depths, incredibly true-to-life dialogue, and the zaniest series of high and low comic adventures.

    Jon says: "Well Done"
    "Tried to like it, just couldnt."
    Overall
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    I really tried to like this book. I listened to 2/3 of it and just couldn't keep going. The main character is just entirely too much a pile of crap. He gets into all these ridiculous situations that could be funny if you were rooting for him, but he is so obnoxious you can't.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Heroes

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Joe Abercrombie
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1341)
    Performance
    (1084)
    Story
    (1093)

    They say Black Dow has killed more men than winter and clawed his way to the throne of the North up a hill of skulls. The King of the Union, ever a jealous neighbor, is not about to stand by smiling while Black Dow claws his way any higher. The orders have been given, and the armies are toiling through the northern mud. Thousands of men are converging on a forgotten ring of stones, on a worthless hill, in an unimportant valley, and they've brought a lot of sharpened metal with them.

    Matt Carothers says: "Thank you, Joe Abercrombie!"
    "Keep it coming Abercrombie"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Great transition from the earlier books that took place over long periods to about a week in this one. I wish they had stuck with Pacey narrating but Page does alright. If you liked all of the other books you'll enjoy this one too.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The War with the Mein: Book One of the Acacia Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By David Anthony Durham
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (906)
    Performance
    (452)
    Story
    (457)

    A deadly assassin sent from a race called the Mein, exiled long ago to an ice-locked stronghold in the frozen north, strikes at Leodan Akaran, ruler of the Known World, while the Mein also unleash surprise attacks across the empire. On his deathbed, Leodan puts into play a plan to allow his children to escape, each to his separate destiny. And so his children begin a quest to avenge their father's death and restore the Acacian empire, this time on the basis of universal freedom.

    Glen says: "Thumbs up!"
    "Engaging story and characters, Dick Hill ruins it"
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    I liked the story and world created by Durham but Dick Hill is just way to dramatic a narrator. I thought I could get over his narration and got the next book in the series but I could not finish it. I'm gonna get the hard copy.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Pathfinder: Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Kirby Heyborne, Don Leslie, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3317)
    Performance
    (2580)
    Story
    (2599)

    Rigg is well trained at keeping secrets. Only his father knows the truth about Rigg’s strange talent for seeing the paths of people’s pasts. But when his father dies, Rigg is stunned to learn just how many secrets Father had kept from him - secrets about Rigg’s own past, his identity, and his destiny. And when Rigg discovers that he has the power not only to see the past, but also to change it, his future suddenly becomes anything but certain.

    Paul from Washington says: "Story OK, Narration Mixed"
    "Odd"
    Overall

    First the book, a weird blend of fantasy and sci-fi that doesn't really make any sense until close to the end of the book. I really enjoyed parts of the book but I got really tired of all the pointless social and political posturing that no young teenager would do and I got tired of all pointless theoretical physics that the author seems to love. The cool abilities of the main characters are interesting but the author rambles on about ramifications and theories about time traveling. Even though it is the first book of a series it does have a reasonable ending that provides a story for the rest of series without leaving you hanging.

    There are a few narrators for the different characters and some of them are OK but others suck. The guy in the sample does most of the book so if you like him don't worry about the narrators.

    I probably won't buy the rest of the series but I might rent the hard copies.

    10 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • The Black Prism

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Brent Weeks
    • Narrated By Cristofer Jean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1431)
    Performance
    (1189)
    Story
    (1194)

    Gavin Guile is the Prism, the most powerful man in the world. He is high priest and emperor, a man whose power, wit, and charm are all that preserves a tenuous peace. But Prisms never last, and Guile knows exactly how long he has left to live: Five years to achieve five impossible goals. But when Guile discovers he has a son, born in a far kingdom after the war that put him in power, he must decide how much he's willing to pay to protect a secret that could tear his world apart.

    Lee says: "Big fan of Brent Weeks but..."
    "Good enough"
    Overall

    I don't want to just keep repeating the other reviews but they're right, the writing is OK but the narrator is really bad. He makes the male characters sound mentally challenged and the women shrill. The character Kip is supposedly 15 but the narrator characterizes him as a 10 year old most of the time. If the rest of the series has a different narrator I will probably get them through audible but if the same guy does them I'll get the paper version.

    This book is not nearly as good as the Night Angle books. If you want to give Weeks a try get those first. Other books that I would suggest before this are the First Law books by Abercrombie or any of Sanderson's books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Way of Shadows: Night Angel Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Brent Weeks
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3170)
    Performance
    (2240)
    Story
    (2253)

    For Durzo Blint, assassination is an art---and he is the city's most accomplished artist, his talents required from alleyway to courtly boudoir. For Azoth, survival is precarious, something you never take for granted. As a guild rat, he's grown up in the slums and learned to judge people quickly---and to take risks. Risks like apprenticing himself to Durzo Blint. But to be accepted, Azoth must turn his back on his old life and embrace a new identity and name.

    Jake says: "Shockingly good."
    "Great characters but weak plot"
    Overall

    After reading this one I was really excited to finish the series cause it developed some really interesting characters and had a interesting world created for them....... Then the second and third books got really weird and dark. The other thing that bothered me about the series was the "women" in the story that are in most of the sex scenes are like 14 and 15.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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