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Jon

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  • Swordspoint: A Melodrama of Manners

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ellen Kushner
    • Narrated By Ellen Kushner, Dion Graham, Katherine Kellgren, and others
    Overall
    (780)
    Performance
    (699)
    Story
    (699)

    On the treacherous streets of Riverside, a man lives and dies by the sword. Even the nobles on the Hill turn to duels to settle their disputes. Within this elite, dangerous world, Richard St. Vier is the undisputed master, as skilled as he is ruthless--until a death by the sword is met with outrage instead of awe, and the city discovers that the line between hero and villain can be altered in the blink of an eye.

    Stacy says: "What a beautiful book..."
    "A nice break from the usual fantasy"
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    If you could sum up Swordspoint in three words, what would they be?

    Swords, sex, and subterfuge


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Both St. Vier and Alec were interesting characters and an equally matched pair. Alec was a bit irritating at first and seemed irrational, but once you began to understand more of his psychology and the reasons for his odd, self-destructive behavior, he became quite likable. Of course, everyone in this story is ethically gray, but that works within the context of the book's world. I don't necessarily need characters to be likable, just three-dimensional and with realistic motivations.


    Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This was the first of Kushner's books that I had experienced and the first time hearing her narration. It was fantastic. I wish that every writer was this good at reading their own work (many aren't). I definitely want to listen to more.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I didn't really have an extreme reaction, but I enjoyed slipping back into the atmosphere of the world and its various locations (taverns, mansions, theaters, and courtrooms). The setting and the recording itself were wonderfully engrossing.


    Any additional comments?

    Thank you, Neil Gaiman. I wish every book received this quality of production. The music, the sound effects, the background noise, the voice actors, everything greatly enhanced the listening experience and brought the whole thing to life.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Hyperion

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Dan Simmons
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor, Allyson Johnson, Kevin Pariseau, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4234)
    Performance
    (2722)
    Story
    (2754)

    On the world called Hyperion, beyond the law of the Hegemony of Man, there waits the creature called the Shrike. There are those who worship it. There are those who fear it. And there are those who have vowed to destroy it. In the Valley of the Time Tombs, where huge, brooding structures move backward through time, the Shrike waits for them all.

    aaron says: "A LESSON in How to Write Smart, Dark, ADULT SciFi"
    "Divisive, but hard not to respect"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It depends on the friend. There's a ridiculous amount going on in this novel, but most open minded people should be able to appreciate the boldness, the originality, and diversity of this novel. Every emotion in the world is touched on, which is admirable even if occasionally disorienting. .


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Sol Weintraub was the easiest to identify with. Brawne Lamia had probably my favorite of the individual stories. But really they all have their interesting qualities.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    Father Paul Dure, because I thought the narrator did I really good job making you empathize with this complex character as he experienced a living nightmare.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The Priest's Tale. My god, what a powerful, captivating, revolting, disturbing, haunting piece. That part of the book will stick with me for a long time. The Soldier's Tale was also memorable, but not really in a good way. The explicit sex seemed to serve a narrative purpose, but wasn't terribly tasteful. I don't normally have a problem with this sort of thing, when done right. I don't feel like this was.


    Any additional comments?

    This definitely felt like one of the those books that anyone remotely interested in science fiction or literature must experience. Even if you ultimately decide that it's not your cup of tea, I don't see how you could regret reading (or listening to) Hyperion. I can promise you'll find something in the book you have an opinion on, which, to me is (whether that opinion is good or bad), much better than a book that leaves no impression at all.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6238)
    Performance
    (5809)
    Story
    (5812)

    Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on the facts that (1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces; (2) the ship’s captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations; and (3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.

    Paige says: "Not his Wheal-house"
    "Wheaton!!!!!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. Anyone who gets the joke behind the title of the book will appreciate the narrative. I would have to warn them, however, that the humor tapers off a lot as the later parts of the story get quite serious. The change in tone may be a bit off-putting and unexpected.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Lose the codas, or at least shorten them a great deal. It's a clever idea, but is less effective in reality. They just don't really fit with the rest of the book, and kill the pacing. If there were a way to make the whole book as incredibly hilarious as the first few chapter, it would have been nearly perfect.


    What about Wil Wheaton’s performance did you like?

    His comic timing is faultless (as I've come to expect from Mr. Wheaton). I was laughing so hard at points I had to stop the audio because I couldn't hear it anymore. While I expect reading the book would have been really funny, the narration and his delivery enhance things considerably.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Boldly going where no one...really wants to go because Borgovian Land Worms will eat your face!


    Any additional comments?

    I'd like a sequel, please. NOW!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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