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Rankin

Portland, OR, USA | Member Since 2007

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  • Swords Against Death: The Adventures of Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Fritz Leiber
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (274)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (98)

    Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser journey from the ancient city of Lankhmar, searching for a little adventure and debauchery to ease their broken hearts. When a stranger challenges them to find and fight Death on the Bleak Shore, they battle demonic birds, living mountains, and evil monks on the way to their heroic fate.

    Katherine says: "Classical rogue"
    "Unexceptional sword-and-sorcery fantasy"
    Overall

    Fun, and it's supposed to be a classic, but the standards of the genre are low enough that only the best is even tolerable. I might pick up another one when stranded in an airport or some such, but I won't seek it out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The City & The City

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By China Mieville
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (788)
    Performance
    (378)
    Story
    (379)

    When a murdered woman is found in the city of Beszel, somewhere at the edge of Europe, it looks to be a routine case for Inspector Tyador Borlof the Extreme Crime Squad. But as he investigates, the evidence points to conspiracies far stranger and more deadly than anything he could have imagined. Borl must travel from the decaying Beszel to the only metropolis on Earth as strange as his own.

    James says: "Interesting Premise"
    "Interesting, weird police procedural"
    Overall

    Except for a strange and imperfectly-implemented sci-fi twist, it's a good noir cop story, with good characters and good narration. The sci-fi part, or maybe it's fantasy, is so subtle at first that it's hard to follow even though, or maybe because, all the characters understand perfectly. The ultimate explanation for the sci-fi part isn't especially believable, and it's hard to understand. The story is complex and hard to follow in audio; had I known, I probably would have read this rather than listening to it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Grass for His Pillow: Tales of the Otori, Book Two

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Lian Hearn
    • Narrated By Kevin Gray, Aiko Nakasone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2633)
    Performance
    (522)
    Story
    (520)

    The exhilerating tale of Takeo continues in book II of the internationally best-selling Tales of the Otori trilogy, a sweeping saga set in a mythical, medieval Japan.

    RacerX says: "Good book. First one was better"
    "A poor follow-up"
    Overall

    The first book in the series was okay, although it was roughly split between being an epic adventure (which I would have liked) and an historical romance (which at least I could have avoided.) This book, however, was neither; the first two-thirds (which was all I finished) was the incessant set-up for a complex story that clearly would not be completed in this book. This should have been about three chapters at the beginning of the substantive story. Good characters, and glimpses of an interesting story, but it needed ruthless editing, which it didn't get.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Across the Nightingale Floor: Tales of the Otori, Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Lian Hearn
    • Narrated By Kevin Gray, Aiko Nakasone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5598)
    Performance
    (1784)
    Story
    (1783)

    A tour-de-force novel set in ancient Japan filled with passion, fantasy, and feuding warlords. The first volume in the highly anticipated Tales of the Otori trilogy.

    Jody R. Nathan says: "Wonderful epic story"
    "A little to please everyone, not enough for anyone"
    Overall

    Interesting characters, and a good story. But it waffles between being an entertaining escapist yarn involving samurai and mystic ninjas and political intrigue, and a dull historical romance about two star-crossed lovers fighting the cruel bonds of blah blah blah. In audio, it's much harder to skim over the dull bits.
    The second book in the series switches almost entirely to dull historical romance. I think. I didn't finish it when nothing happened in the first two-thirds of the book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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