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  • Last Call

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Tim Powers
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (133)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (95)

    Scott Crane abandoned his career as a professional poker player 20 years ago and hasn’t returned to Las Vegas, or held a hand of cards, in 10 years. But troubling nightmares about a strange poker game he once attended on a houseboat on Lake Mead are drawing him back to the magical city. For the mythic game he believed he won did not end that night in 1969—and the price of his winnings was his soul. Now, a pot far more strange and perilous than he ever could imagine depends on the turning of a card.

    donna says: "Deal me in"
    "Powers is Under-represented on Audible"
    Overall

    One of the most ineteresting and lieterate fantasy writers of the last 30 years. This is an excellent listen.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Crystal Soldier: Liaden Universe Books of Before, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Sharon Lee, Steve Miller
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins
    Overall
    (163)
    Performance
    (145)
    Story
    (146)

    Centuries in the past, mankind fought a seemingly unbeatable adversary from sector to sector across the Spiral Arm until the war ground to a standstill and the Enemy withdrew. Believing that they had won, the citizens of the galaxy rebuilt. The Inner Worlds, which had escaped the worst of the war's ravages, became even more insular, while the Rim worlds adopted a free and easy way with law and order. Now, hundreds of years after their withdrawal, the Enemy is back - and this time they'll be satisfied with nothing less than the extinction of the galaxy.

    Shawn says: "A good introduction to Lianden"
    "A Good Beginning"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Crystal Soldier again? Why?

    I would listen to Crystal Soldier again because many elements it sets up continue to recur throught the Liaden series. Although I have read most of the Liaden books more than once, I had forgotten where some things came from. In addition, Sharon Lee's language is outstanding, and lends itself extremely well to being read aloud.


    What other book might you compare Crystal Soldier to and why?

    In the Liaden universe, this book and its sequel are genuinely different. Metaphorically, they serve the same role as The Hobbit served relative to The Lord of the rings.


    Have you listened to any of Kevin T. Collins’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Kevin Collins is workmanlike.


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

    I would never listen to any book in one sitting.


    Any additional comments?

    The Liaden universe is, in many ways, as well thought through as Tolkien, but the actual writing is more tersely poetic. It offers insights into human connections in an exotic and beautiful package.

    8 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • 1632: Ring of Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Eric Flint
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (571)
    Performance
    (524)
    Story
    (528)

    New York Times best-selling author Eric Flint has received glowing critical praise for his Ring of Fire alternate history series. In this first installment, a West Virginia town is transported from the year 2000 to 1631 Germany at the height of the Thirty Years’ War. Thrust into conflict, the town residents must also contend with moral issues such as who should be considered a citizen.

    Ben says: "Finally on Audible!!"
    "Why don't you get more of this series?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about 1632?

    The Grantville series is well known, and has a large following. I have been waiting for Audible to get these for some time.

    They are a phenomena to those who love both histories, and thinking about what might be.


    Any additional comments?

    Why doesn't Audible make an arrangement to get the rest of these from Recordedbooks,com?

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Carousel Tides: Archer's Beach, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Sharon Lee
    • Narrated By Elisabeth Rodgers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (42)

    Kate Archer returns home in search of her missing grandmother Bonny, and to serve as guardian of the town's amusement park until her return… only the carousel animals are really exiles from the faerie world. And not the nice kind of exiles either - no, these are hardened criminals.

    Rose says: "Good Narrator, Good Book"
    "This Lady Can Write!"
    Overall

    The writing is just excellent --the combination of plotting and the richness of the language reminds one of the best of Guy Kay. She is more consistent, though....

    I really enjoyed this.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Darkest Road: The Fionavar Tapestry, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Guy Gavriel Kay
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (216)
    Performance
    (136)
    Story
    (137)

    In the conclusion of Guy Gavriel Kay's critically acclaimed fantasy trilogy, The Fionavar Tapestry, five university students from our world prepare to sacrifice themselves - as they enter into final battle against a power of unimaginable proportions.

    C. Telfair says: "Just Too ManyThreads!"
    "The best of this trilogy"
    Overall

    This trilogy is not on a par with "Under Heaven" --also by Kay --but it is quite good. This is the best of the 3.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • On Stranger Tides

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Tim Powers
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    Overall
    (162)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (95)

    On Stranger Tides follows the exploits of John Chandagnac, who travels to the new world after the death of his puppeteer father to confront his uncle, who has apparently made off with the family fortune. During the voyage, he befriends Beth Hurwood and her father, Benjamin Hurwood, an Oxford professor. Before they arrive at their destination, their ship is waylaid by Blackbeard and his band of pirates.

    Derek B. says: "I have waited for this audiobook for years!"
    "Need More of These"
    Overall

    Powers always combines an excellent level originality with a strongly disciplined writing style, and this book is well read. I enjoyed it a lot.

    Blackstone has other Powers titles. Whty Audio hasn't procured them escapes me.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Memory: A Miles Vorkosigan Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (1097)
    Performance
    (518)
    Story
    (519)

    Dying is easy. Coming back to life is hard. Miles Vorkosigan should know - having done both once already. Thanks to his quick-thinking staff and the artistry of a medical specialist, Miles' first death wasn't his last. But it does take some recovery, a fact he has been reluctant to admit. When he makes the mistake of returning too soon to duty, he finds himself summoned to face the security chief, Simon Illyan. But Miles' worst nightmares about Illyan are nothing compared to Illyan's own nightmares.

    Louis says: "Order of series"
    "Bujold Very Reliably Excellent"
    Overall

    She's an excellent writer. They are well read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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