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  • To Say Nothing of the Dog: Or How We Found the Bishop's Bird Stump at Last

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Connie Willis
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    Overall
    (1953)
    Performance
    (1154)
    Story
    (1154)

    In this Hugo-winner from Connie Willis, when too many jumps back to 1940 leave 21st century Oxford history student Ned Henry exhausted, a relaxing trip to Victorian England seems the perfect solution. But complexities like recalcitrant rowboats, missing cats, and love at first sight make Ned's holiday anything but restful - to say nothing of the way hideous pieces of Victorian art can jeopardize the entire course of history.

    Sara says: "A fun read"
    "Excellent"
    Overall

    A delightful story, likable, well-developed characters, wonderful humor, and a clever plot that, if you don't pay attention, you'll miss because you're laughing too hard. Excellent narration.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Final Empire: Mistborn Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9010)
    Performance
    (6418)
    Story
    (6457)

    For a thousand years the ash fell and no flowers bloomed. For a thousand years the Skaa slaved in misery and lived in fear. For a thousand years the Lord Ruler, the "Sliver of Infinity," reigned with absolute power and ultimate terror, divinely invincible. Then, when hope was so long lost that not even its memory remained, a terribly scarred, heart-broken half-Skaa rediscovered it in the depths of the Lord Ruler's most hellish prison.

    Lore says: "Book 1 of a great series that is not to be missed!"
    "Pulp epic fantasy"
    Overall

    Good characters, and an engaging story, as long as you don't pay too close attention to the holes in the plot. Well-developed world, although parts of it seem like as much a surprise to the characters as to the reader. The prose is passable, and parts of the story are self-indulgent and heavy-handed. But I enjoyed it enough to finish, and I'm enjoying the second installment as well. Three stars is maybe a little low, but four stars is too high.
    The narrator does an excellent job with a large, diverse cast of characters.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Don't Point That Thing at Me: A Charlie Mortdecai Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Kyril Bonfiglioli
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    Overall
    (177)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (38)

    A cult classic in the United Kingdom since its first publication there in the 1970s, Don't Point That Thing at Me is the first of a series of hilarious and dark-humored crime thrillers featuring the Honorable Charlie Mortdecai: degenerate aristocrat, amoral art dealer, seasoned epicurean, unwilling assassin, and acknowledged coward.

    Jack Reynolds says: "Dashed Amusing, Dontcha Know"
    "A charming scoundrel"
    Overall

    I'm not sure why stories about likable ne'er-do-wells are so appealing, but this is a fine example. Good prose and narration.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Disappeared: Retrieval Artist, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Kristine Kathryn Rusch
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    Overall
    (1226)
    Performance
    (263)
    Story
    (273)

    Retrieval artists help the lost find their way back home, whether they like it or not. Specialized private detectives, they investigate the most unusual crimes in the galaxy. But Miles Flint isn't a retrieval artist. He's just a cop, trying to do his job.

    Joshua says: "An Intriguing New Universe"
    "Second-rate science fiction"
    Overall

    A strange and not terribly believable future, overwrought prose, and mediocre narration. I didn't finish it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Brightonomicon

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Robert Rankin
    • Narrated By David Warner, Rupert Degas, Andy Serkis
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (38)

    Were you aware that there are, hidden in the streets of Brighton, 12 ancient constellations, like the Hangleton Hound and the Bevendean Bat? Well, there are, and on each one hangs a tale, a tale so strange that only The Lad himself, that inveterate spinner of tales and talker of the toot, Hugo Rune, can get to the bottom of them. And he'd better do it quickly, because if he doesn't solve the dozen mysteries before the year is out, that'll be the end of the world as we know it.

    Jamie says: "A good car listen."
    "Nonsensical amusement"
    Overall

    Similar to Douglas Adams, except that Douglas Adams's books mostly had plots hidden away under the jokes and bizarre characters. If you remove the jokes and characters from this, there's nothing left. But the jokes are good, and the radio production (with a cast of several skilled voice actors, music, &c.) is outstanding.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Making Money: Discworld #36

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Stephen Briggs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1242)
    Performance
    (524)
    Story
    (524)

    The Ankh-Morpork Post Office is running like...well, not at all like a government office. The mail is delivered promptly. Postmaster General Moist von Lipwig, former arch-swindler and confidence man, has exceeded all expectations - including his own. So it's somewhat disconcerting when Lord Vetinari summons Moist to the palace and asks, "Tell me, Mr. Lipwig, would you like to make some real money?"

    Jason says: "Another gem."
    "Fun as always"
    Overall

    Terry Pratchett's Discworld novels are consistently entertaining and clever. This one is sort of a follow-up to "Going Postal," so it might be worth reading that one first.
    Steven Briggs does an excellent job narrating, even with lots of characters and lots of dialogue.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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