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  • Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11673)
    Performance
    (10884)
    Story
    (10893)

    At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

    Julie W. Capell says: "I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book."
    "Self-indulgent and poorly edited, but entertaining"
    Overall
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    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Better editing of the original book.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Ernest Cline again?

    No.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The initial interplay between H and Wade in The Basement.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Lots of geeky references, occassional good chemistry between characters.


    Any additional comments?

    I'd like this book better if it weren't racially insensitive (tries very hard), transphobic, heteronormative, and subtly homophobic.

    0 of 2 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
    (123)
    Performance
    (111)
    Story
    (115)

    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.

    Cody says: "Excellent Series"
    "Poorly plotted, sexist, and precious."
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    People looking for a shallow "exotic" adventure narrative.


    Has Sailing to Sarantium turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, just books by Guy Gavriel Kay. Under Heaven also displeased me, both in content and in narration, although it was much better written, but I was able to get through it and so I bought this. Big mistake. He has clearly improved over the course of his career.


    What didn’t you like about Berny Clark’s performance?

    Pretentious and overwrought. Also, if you don't have an English accent, don't fake one badly.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment. I only became angry after the lousy characterizations of female characters reached their apogee.


    2 of 10 people found this review helpful

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