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  • The Daemon Prism: Collegia Magica, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Carol Berg
    • Narrated By Angele Masters, David DeVries, Daniel May, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (81)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (76)

    Dante the necromancer is the most reviled man in Sabria, indicted by for crimes against the living and the dead. He salves bitterness with a magical puzzle - a desperate soldier's dream of an imprisoned sorceress and a faceted glass that can grant one's utmost desires. But the dream is a seductive trap. Haunted, blind, driven to the verges of the world, Dante must risk everything he values to unravel a mystery of ancient magic, sacred legend, and the truth of the divine.

    ShySusan says: "This is a review of the book--not the narrator."
    "Great book, wrong reader for Dante"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Daemon Prism to be better than the print version?

    Haven't read the print version.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Daemon Prism?

    The climax is good, and the conclusion was excellent.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Angele Masters and David DeVries ’s performances?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    David is a great reader but he was the wrong choice for Dante. Aside from the minor annoyance of sounding too old, he sounded FAR too cheery throughout the whole book as he reads the part of a very unpersonable character who is tortured (by himself and others) throughout the book. There was no anger, which is probably the single most defining quality of the character.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • River of Gods

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Ian McDonald
    • Narrated By Jonathan Keeble
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (25)

    On the eve of Mother India's 100th birthday, 10 people are doing 10 very different things. In the next few weeks, all these people will be swept together to decide the fate of the nation. From gangsters to government advisors, from superstitious street-boys to scientists to computer-generated soap stars, River of Gods shows a civilization in flux - a river of gods. River of Gods is an epic science fiction novel, as sprawling, vibrant and colourful as the sub-continent it describes.

    Ken says: "A long and winding river"
    "Great philosophy, technology, story"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Definitely. It's rare to find a book about India, let alone a science fiction book. As an anthropology student of the subcontintent, I was pleased that McDonald just jumped into use of terms like bindi, crore, etc. without explanation (it wasn't until I hit the glossary at the end that I realized it even existed -- one of the few limitations of audio books).


    What did you like best about this story?

    The philosophy of self and the great portrayal of India.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I would have happily done so. I usually listen to books on my commute, but I found myself putting on my headphones at home whenever I could steal a few moments to listen.


    Any additional comments?

    I have a huge issue with readers (and directors!) who let pronunciation issues slip through. It seriously irked me that McDonald's phonetic shortening of "artificial intelligence" to aeai got pronounced as "ah-ay-ee". It's Ae-ai. Æ-I. A.I. Artificial Intelligence. Someone should have caught that and made a correction the first time it was uttered so strangely. It's like the director didn't even read the book.Keeble's performance was otherwise great -- doing distinct voices and accents for that many characters is more than admirable and I look forward to finding more books read by him.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Susanna Clarke
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    Overall
    (3315)
    Performance
    (1306)
    Story
    (1310)

    English magicians were once the wonder of the known world, with fairy servants at their beck and call; they could command winds, mountains, and woods. But by the early 1800s they have long since lost the ability to perform magic. They can only write long, dull papers about it, while fairy servants are nothing but a fading memory.

    David says: "Hang in there!"
    "Listen for the literature, not the fantasy"
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    Any additional comments?

    This book is incredibly well-written but the more literary style is quite slow compared to other books that fall under the fantasy category. You are probably more likely to love this book if you have a thing for period dramas and historical fiction than you tend to prefer Tolkeinesque fantasy. This book is elegantly composed but it's definitely slow. As another reader pointed out, it takes about 8-10 hours of listening before the story starts to draw you in, and I'm not sure I ever truly did.

    In the end, I can appreciate the amount of work that the author put into this book (it really is a beautiful piece of literature), but it was just a bit too dry to sate my desire for a good mental escape.

    One note on the reading. Mr. Prebble did a great job with the accents (though not being from the UK, I don't know how precise his renditions were), but he kept mis-pronouncing "sidhe" (which is a Gaelic word pronounced more like "she" than "sid-hay"). Call it a pet peeve, but when an author goes to the trouble of using a very specific word, I feel bumped out of the story whenever it's mis-used.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • World Without End

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8885)
    Performance
    (3316)
    Story
    (3352)

    In 1989 Ken Follett astonished the literary world with The Pillars of the Earth, set in 12th-century England. Readers and listeners ever since have hoped for a sequel. At last, here it is. Although the two novels may be listened to in any order, World Without End also takes place in Kingsbridge, two centuries after the townspeople finished building their exquisite Gothic cathedral. The cathedral is again at the center of a web of love and hate, greed and pride, ambition and revenge.

    Laura says: "Repetitive, but still enjoyable"
    "Awesome book"
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    Any additional comments?

    Pillars of the Earth has long been one of my favorite books, but it pales in comparison with this sequel -- it is clearly obvious how much Follett's writing has improved between when the two books were written. John Lee's performance is excellent.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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