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  • Terminal World

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Alastair Reynolds
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (618)
    Performance
    (379)
    Story
    (383)

    Spearpoint, the last human city, is an atmosphere-piercing spire of vast size. Clinging to its skin are the zones, a series of semi-autonomous city-states, each of which enjoys a different---and rigidly enforced---level of technology. Following an infiltration mission that went tragically wrong, Quillon has been living incognito, working as a pathologist in the district morgue.

    DAVID says: "This ain't your fathers Alastair Reynolds"
    "Another Reynolds masterpiece"
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    This is amazing story, well written, nothing what makes up a good story is missing. The narrator was not so enjoyable though because of his UK accent.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Saul Reichlin
    Overall
    (1810)
    Performance
    (875)
    Story
    (892)

    Forty years ago, Harriet Vanger disappeared from a family gathering. Her body was never found, yet her uncle is convinced it was murder - and that the killer is a member of his own family. He employs journalist Mikael Blomkvist and the tattooed, truculent computer hacker Lisbeth Salander to investigate. When the pair link Harriet's disappearance to a number of grotesque murders from forty years ago, they begin to unravel a dark and appalling family history.

    Joe says: "worthwhile"
    "Nice piece standing out in it's genre"
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    This is a thriller/detective story which involves looking for a murderer, solving a mystery, some computer hacking and a financial journalism expose. The story and plot is rich and captivating. It is never boring. I would not say this book is somehow exceptional in ideas or the story itself. The story is actually pretty ordinary and involves ordinary things we read about everywhere. What I would say, is that this is a golden standard of how books in this genre should be written.

    The narration is one of the best I have seen here on Audible. Very good pronunciation, no annoying intonations. Multi character voices well expressed. The narrator is top. In some cases I had doubts that he was pronouncing the Swedish names correctly, but in general it was apparent that he really made an effort and studied the native spelling.

    What I didn't like is the English translation. The nice about reading foreign literature, in this case Swedish is that you get some local insights and nuances. Unfortunately this was hindered by converting all European physical units to Imperial units in the translation.

    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
    (57)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (50)

    The perfect killer has no friends. Only targets. 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 the hard way to judge people quickly - and to take risks. Risks like apprenticing himself to Durzo Blint.

    A User says: "Absolutely brilliant!"
    "Utterly Disgusting!"
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    Garbage. If you like reading about mutilating young girls and killing innocent women by the main character then go ahead. Author justifies the killings of innocent people as collateral damage by a brainwashed monolog seeding thoughts of hate in the mind of the reader. I wonder how many Americans would associate themselves with such a behavior. No wonder there are some many suicide killers in American schools lately. I wouldn't be surprised if they have been inspired by authors like Brent Weeks. The author should be ashamed of himself.

    Judging the literary quality I can say it's just average, just exploiting contemporary lust for such literature. Besides that it is boring, there is no humor, no thrill, but it's rich with descriptions of mutilations and killings. The plot is flat. Also the naming system of characters and geography is so unnatural that it is confusing. You would need a glossary in order not to get lost in all those names. If you would like to read about thieves, magic and dark places read a masterpiece like Konias Trilogy by Miroslav Zamboch.

    The narrative is ok, listenable, though the narrator tends to be over expressive.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Engines: A Marla Mason Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By T. A. Pratt
    • Narrated By Jessica Almasy, T. A. Pratt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (275)
    Performance
    (134)
    Story
    (136)

    Sorcerer Marla Mason, small-time guardian of the city of Felport, has a big problem. A rival is preparing a powerful spell that could end Marla's life - and, even worse, wreck her city. Marla's only chance of survival is to boost her powers with the Cornerstone, a magical artifact hidden somewhere in San Francisco. But when she arrives there, Marla finds that the quest isn't going to be quite as cut-and-dried as she expected...

    Starr says: "The Title Explains It All"
    "Average"
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    I would rate the book as average. It is certainly better than some others, but still not on par to the better ones belonging to the genre. I would wish for more fun in the next parts. The story was OK, not completely boring but not thoroughly captivating as well, I would describe it as "dry", or thrill lacking. It doesn't have many original ideas (or tricks of the game if you will) as well. I can point out humming birds idea as one among a few of them. I would be also hoping for more. More original ideas would balance out the dryness of the story line. Unfortunately that was not the case. Although I understand Marla's personality is affected by the evil cloak I couldn't relate to her at all. She was too evil to my tastes. I felt more related to the Brando character, he was more funny and honorable. I'm not sure if I would continue with the series, there are others more captivating. Jessica Almasy's performance was joy to listen to. No complaints in that area.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Catch Me If You Can

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Frank W. Abagnale
    • Narrated By Barrett Whitener
    Overall
    (2143)
    Performance
    (910)
    Story
    (918)

    Frank W. Abagnale was one of the most daring conmen, forgers, imposters, and escape artists in history. In his brief but notorious criminal career, Abagnale donned a pilot's uniform and copiloted a Pan Am jet, masqueraded as the supervising resident of a hospital, practiced law without a license, passed himself off as a college sociology professor, and cashed over $2.5 million in forged checks, all before he was 21. His story is now a film starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks.

    Steve says: "Really entertaining!"
    "Very good"
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    This story of con artist is really captivating. You will read the descriptions of his tricks a will be laughing about them all along. This book is so much fun. It was very hard keeping poker face during my commuting or walking the streets listening to this book.
    I was positively surprised by the narration. Mr. Whitener is excellent. If I put his performance in the context of all other books I have read on Audible, he is the best. The story with his performance is vibrant and sparkling. He can put the right amount of passion into the reading. The speech is perfectly articulated, no comprehension problems at all. You can't wish for better performance!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Spider's Bite: Elemental Assassin, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Jennifer Estep
    • Narrated By Lauren Fortgang
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2545)
    Performance
    (1928)
    Story
    (1939)

    They call me the Spider. I'm the most feared assassin in the South -- when I'm not busy at the Pork Pit cooking up the best barbecue in Ashland. As a Stone elemental, I can hear everything from the whispers of the gravel beneath my feet to the vibrations of the soaring Appalachian Mountains above me. My Ice magic also comes in handy for making the occasional knife. But I don't use my powers on the job unless I absolutely have to. Call it professional pride.

    Alex says: "Only because..."
    "Boring and only for women"
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    This should have been stated in the description that this is women's lit. I really don't enjoy reading about how firm muscles and square jaw has some man and how the main character (a woman) is getting some tingly feelings somewhere. I wouldn't mind that sort of thing if it was written to be enjoyable also by men (meaning spare us physical details and focus on relationships). Besides that problem the story is boring. The story is certainly not rich, believable and tense. Quite opposite. The main char. spends most of the time contemplating unimportant details, the story often doesn't move forward for several chapters, the char. interactions are shallowly written. The "action" scenes are not thrilling, they are totally boring. The whole books looks to me like a forced marriage of three aspects: assasin - magic - fantasy races (dwarf, giant, vampire, elemental). They don't fit together in this story, all seems somehow inapropriate, unfitting, non-believable. All I can say is that this is just another of those now popular vampire fantasy-like wannabies riding on the popular wave. I usually don't like croaking voices and this narrator proved to be just like that.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Ice Limit

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (2873)
    Performance
    (1615)
    Story
    (1616)

    The largest known meteorite has been discovered, entombed in the earth for millions of years on a frigid, desolate island off the southern tip of Chile. At four thousand tons, this treasure seems impossible to move. New York billionaire Palmer Lloyd is determined to have this incredible find for his new museum. Stocking a cargo ship with the finest scientists and engineers, he builds a flawless expedition. But from the first approach to the meteorite, people begin to die....

    Lyn says: "Wonderful, Well researched, Page Turner"
    "Not as exciting as other Preston/Child books"
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    It was OK book, but not great. Maybe I expected too much after reading The Wheel of Darkness, that was complete opposite. The meteorite from red metal with panspermia touch was surely interesting idea. What I didn't like throughout the book was the feel of total despair and utmost vain seeping at you from every chapter. I've never read such a hopeless book. If it was authors goal then he met it with excellence. This might not be likable for every reader though, I certainly didn't. But if you enjoy despair then go for it. Anyways maybe it would have been better if it wasn't completely killed by the narrator. His melancholic voice without any emotion makes you want to sleep.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Childhood's End

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Arthur C. Clarke
    • Narrated By Eric Michael Summerer, Robert J. Sawyer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3046)
    Performance
    (2074)
    Story
    (2107)

    The Overlords appeared suddenly over every city - intellectually, technologically, and militarily superior to humankind. Benevolent, they made few demands: unify earth, eliminate poverty, and end war. With little rebellion, humankind agreed, and a golden age began.

    A User says: "Food for Thought"
    "One of most significant Clark's books"
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    I have read a lot from Clark being a long time fan. But I first time stumbled on this one after reading WWW Wake from R.J. Sawyer. Both have the same theme of singularity. The story in this book has more value from philosophical point than literary one. It is more like a documentary style, but never boring. There are some aspects which might be disturbing or unbelievable and yet the inevitability of singularity gives is more credibility.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • WWW: Wonder

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Robert J. Sawyer
    • Narrated By Jessica Almasy, Marc Vietor, Oliver Wyman, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (916)
    Performance
    (588)
    Story
    (588)

    Webmind - the vast consciousness that spontaneously emerged from the infrastructure of the World Wide Web - has proven its worth to humanity by aiding in everything from curing cancer to easing international tensions. But the brass at the Pentagon see Webmind as a threat that needs to be eliminated. Caitlin Decter-the once-blind 16-year-old math genius who discovered, and bonded with, Webmind - wants desperately to protect her friend. And if she doesn't act, everything - Webmind included - may come crashing down.

    brendanstallard says: "Unmissable"
    "Surprise of the year trilogy!"
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    This was a total suprise. I can't find the words to praise this masterpiece! It was a long time since I found a recently written book so exciting. Not only the topic focusing on blindness is fresh, the story is exciting, full of fresh innovative ideas. Of course the singularity idea is not new per se but it doesn't hinder the story at all, it enriches the thema. I couldn't wait for every next chapter. Jessica Almasy's narration is excellent, you can't wish for any better. It perfectly fits to the character. Her voice is also very easily comprehensible and pleasure to listen to. I can't recommend this book high enough to anybody who would like to see one of the possible outcomes of the inevitable singularity phenomenon.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • WWW: Watch

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Robert J. Sawyer
    • Narrated By Jessica Almasy, Marc Vietor, Oliver Wyman, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1094)
    Performance
    (574)
    Story
    (574)

    Webmind is an emerging consciousness that has befriended Caitlin Decter and grown eager to learn about her world. But Webmind has also come to the attention of WATCH - the secret government agency that monitors the Internet for any threat to the United States - and they're fully aware of Caitlin's involvement in its awakening.

    Jerker says: "Nice idea driven sf"
    "Surprise of the year trilogy!"
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    This was a total suprise. I can't find the words to praise this masterpiece! It was a long time since I found a recently written book so exciting. Not only the topic focusing on blindness is fresh, the story is exciting, full of fresh innovative ideas. Of course the singularity idea is not new per se but it doesn't hinder the story at all, it enriches the thema. I couldn't wait for every next chapter. Jessica Almasy's narration is excellent, you can't wish for any better. It perfectly fits to the character. Her voice is also very easily comprehensible and pleasure to listen to. I can't recommend this book high enough to anybody who would like to see one of the possible outcomes of the inevitable singularity phenomenon.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • WWW: Wake

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Robert J. Sawyer
    • Narrated By Jessica Almasy, Jennifer Van Dyck, A. C. Fellner, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1564)
    Performance
    (833)
    Story
    (835)

    Caitlin Decter is young, pretty, feisty, a genius at math - and blind. Still, she can surf the net with the best of them, following its complex paths clearly in her mind. But Caitlin's brain long ago co-opted her primary visual cortex to help her navigate online. So when she receives an implant to restore her sight, instead of seeing reality, the landscape of the World Wide Web explodes into her consciousness, spreading out all around her in a riot of colors and shapes.

    'Nathan says: "Fantastic."
    "Surprise of the year trilogy!"
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    This was a total suprise. I can't find the words to praise this masterpiece! It was a long time since I found a recently written book so exciting. Not only the topic focusing on blindness is fresh, the story is exciting, full of fresh innovative ideas. Of course the singularity idea is not new per se but it doesn't hinder the story at all, it enriches the thema. I couldn't wait for every next chapter. Jessica Almasy's narration is excellent, you can't wish for any better. It perfectly fits to the character. Her voice is also very easily comprehensible and pleasure to listen to. I can't recommend this book high enough to anybody who would like to see one of the possible outcomes of the inevitable singularity phenomenon.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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