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K. Krieger

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  • Spellbound: Book II of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3705)
    Performance
    (3452)
    Story
    (3447)

    Dark fantasy goes hardboiled in Book II of the hard-hitting Grimnoir Chronicles by the New York Times best-selling creator of Monster Hunter International. The Grimnoir Society’s mission is to protect people with magic, and they’ve done so—successfully and in secret—since the mysterious arrival of the Power in the 1850s, but when a magical assassin makes an attempt on the life of President Franklin Roosevelt, the crime is pinned on the Grimnoir.

    Paulette says: "Spellbound is Pure Magic"
    "Much better than part I"
    Overall
    Performance
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    What made the experience of listening to Spellbound the most enjoyable?

    It's a great story and now that the narrator seems to have woken up a bit, he actually did a decent job.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    This story is full of fascinating characters. Of course Jake and Faye stand out but I have grown very fond of all the others in the little group of Grimnoir knights as well.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Pinchot's soft, dreamy voice is just not right for this action packed story. He does the various characters and their accents very well indeed but when someone is shouting or screaming you would never know it if he didn't say so in explanation. Very good timing with the funny parts. He's doubtless a very gifted narrator. This is just not the right kind of book for him.


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

    Absolutely. And I'm going to buy the paperback as well.


    Any additional comments?

    Great good fun and I'm eagerly waiting for the next book in the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Downbelow Station

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By C. J. Cherryh
    • Narrated By Brian Troxell
    Overall
    (122)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (108)

    Pell's Station, orbiting the alien world simply called Downbelow, had always managed to remain neutral in the ever escalating conflict between The Company, whose fleets from Earth had colonized space, and its increasingly independent and rebellious colony worlds. But Pell's location - - on the outer edge of Earth's defensive perimeter - makes her the focal point in the titanic battle of colony worlds fighting for independence.

    K. Krieger says: "Narrator kills that book"
    "Narrator kills that book"
    Overall
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    Story
    Would you try another book from C. J. Cherryh and/or Brian Troxell?

    I love all of C.J. Cherryh's Union/Alliance books (except maybe Cyteen) and was totally thrilled to finally see Downbelow Station as audiobook available here. Didn't even bother to listen to the sample - just clicked and downloaded it.

    But what a disappointment !

    This narrator manages to turn a great book into a dull, boring monologue that drags along. He is totally unable to convey the thrill of a situation, manages to make any description sound tedious.

    The various voices he attempts are so wide off the mark that he makes those characters ridiculous. Just listen to how he butchers Mallory and Graff ! Mallory and Graff, two of the toughest characters in the series with whiny, high-pitched voices ? Hello ?

    All I can say is that this narrator does not deserve even 1 star and that I will avoid him like poison from now on.


    What did you like best about this story?

    C.J.Cherryh's Union/Alliance universe is one of the most interesting, most probable and believable universes in SF. All of the Company War books are exciting, intelligent and most satisfying to read.


    How could the performance have been better?

    By using a decent narrator !


    You didn???t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I LOVE this book and am very, very sorry to see it killed by that narrator.


    Any additional comments?

    This is an Audible Frontiers book, isn't it ? So if you produce any more of C.J.Cherryh's books, PLEASE PLEASE use good narrators ! Her books certainly deserve the best !

    28 of 31 people found this review helpful
  • Montana Sky

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Erika Leigh
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (654)
    Performance
    (481)
    Story
    (490)

    When Jack Mercy died, he left behind a lot of enemies...and a ranch worth nearly $20 million. Now his three daughters - each born of a different marriage, and each unknown to the others - are gathered to hear the reading of the will. The women are shocked to learn that before any of them can inherit, they must live together on the ranch for one year.

    L.W. says: "Gripping"
    "Too much gruesome, sickening cruelty"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    i think an author of Nora Roberts calibre should be able to create suspense and even horror without the gruesome details of tortured cats, calfs, steers - and people. The story starts interestingly enough and could have been a really good one without all that psychotic brutality described in loving detail.


    What was most disappointing about Nora Roberts???s story?

    I wonder what kind of person writes such a book, such sickening detail of torture. I don't think I would want to meet her.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Erika Leigh?

    She's probably a good narrator but should maybe confine herself to books with fewer people. She had to resort to irritatingly screechy voices for some of the characters.


    What character would you cut from Montana Sky?

    Cut out completely ? None. it's a good plot with a surprising twist.


    Any additional comments?

    Disturbing. Certainly not for the faint of heart and it surprised me to find that I seem to be one of them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hard Magic: Book I of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    Overall
    (5481)
    Performance
    (4965)
    Story
    (4977)

    Jake Sullivan is a licensed private eye with a seriously hardboiled attitude. He also possesses raw magical talent and the ability to make objects in his vicinity light as a feather or as heavy as depleted uranium, all with a magical thought. It's no wonder the G-men turn to Jake when they need someoneto go after a suspected killer who has been knocking off banks in a magic-enhanced crime spree.

    Clinton says: "Not what I thought it was going to be."
    "If only it was a different narrator...."
    Overall
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    What did you like best about Hard Magic? What did you like least?

    Good story but the narrator tried valiantly to put me to sleep. He should confine himself to reading bedtime stories. It speaks for the quality of the story that I did stay awake after all.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Great characters all of them. Intriguing chairman too.


    How could the performance have been better?

    This story deserves a better narrator. He does the various characters well. I just wish he would not sound so sleepy most of the time.


    Did Hard Magic inspire you to do anything?

    I bought Part II as well....


    Any additional comments?

    Not quite as good as the Monster Hunter series but I'm seriously thinking about buying the paperback so I can really enjoy the story.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Reamde

    • UNABRIDGED (38 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3610)
    Performance
    (3155)
    Story
    (3191)

    Richard Forthrast created T’Rain, a multibillion-dollar, massively multiplayer online role-playing game. But T’Rain’s success has also made it a target. Hackers have struck gold by unleashing REAMDE, a virus that encrypts all of a player’s electronic files and holds them for ransom. They have also unwittingly triggered a deadly war beyond the boundaries of the game’s virtual universe - and Richard is at ground zero.

    ShySusan says: "Not perfect, but worth a listen."
    "Wow !"
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    If you could sum up Reamde in three words, what would they be?

    Awesome action thriller !


    What did you like best about this story?

    This is a complex but absolutely logical and clever story with fascinating characters. Fast-paced action, funny at times, Surprising twists. Never a boring moment. The most surprising thing about this story was that it really made me wonder if I might not, after all, want to become an online gamer :-)


    What about Malcolm Hillgartner???s performance did you like?

    Perfect performance by the narrator.


    Any additional comments?

    I am glad that I had a few days off when listening to this book because I could not put it down. Never have passed 38 hours faster. Excellent book, highly recommended !

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Mote in God's Eye

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
    • Narrated By L J Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3830)
    Performance
    (2278)
    Story
    (2308)

    The Mote In God's Eye is their acknowledged masterpiece, an epic novel of mankind's first encounter with alien life that transcends the genre. No lesser an authority than Robert A. Heinlein called it "possibly the finest science fiction novel I have ever read".

    J. Rhoderick says: "A great read!"
    "Excellent !"
    Overall

    I don't often give 5 stars but didn't have to think twice about giving them to this book. One of the best SF books I ever read (and I have read many)

    Couldn't put it down and was sorry when it was over already.

    Excellent narrator too, although it took some getting used to in the beginning.

    Highly recommended !

    3 of 3 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
    (929)
    Performance
    (599)
    Story
    (599)

    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"
    "Wow"
    Overall

    this is a great series with a worthy end - wonderful. Great narrators too. Highly recommended

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Flashforward

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Robert J. Sawyer
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1115)
    Performance
    (571)
    Story
    (573)

    A scientific experiment begins, and as the button is pressed, the unexpected occurs: everyone in the world goes to sleep for a few moments while everyone's consciousness is catapulted more than twenty years into the future. At the end of those moments, when the world reawakens, all human life is transformed by foreknowledge.

    Phelix_da_Kat says: "How would you digest the fruits of knowledge??"
    "Great book until just before the end"
    Overall

    Until Chapter 31 I thought that this was a 4 or possibly even a 5 star book - but then it went all to pieces with a stupid and extremely disappointing ending.

    I loved the science and the storyline. The narrator is excellent (even though the pronunciation of the French and German names and short sentences is poor). But even the best narrator cannot make up for the stupid conclusion of a book. Now I wish that I had stopped with the end of chapter 30 and relied on my own imagination for the final chapters.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Atlantis Complex: Artemis Fowl, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Eoin Colfer
    • Narrated By Nathaniel Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (37)

    Young Artemis has frequently used high-tech fairy magic to mastermind the most devious criminal activity of the new century. Now, at a conference in Iceland, Artemis has gathered the fairies to present his latest idea to save the world from global warming. But Artemis is behaving strangely – he seems different. Something terrible has happened to him! Artemis Fowl has become...nice.

    Heidi says: "Just love it!"
    "Disappointing"
    Overall

    The author is obviously fresh out of ideas. Disappointing, I think I'm done with this series.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Unincorporated War

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Dani Kollin, Eytan Kollin
    • Narrated By Eric G. Dove
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (83)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (38)

    Brilliant 21st-century tycoon Justin Cord was brought from cryogenic storage into a 24th-century society where people own stock in one another, safeguarding each other's welfare only out of economic self-interest. This is anathema to the defiantly individualistic Cord, who leads the outer edges of the solar system to form a new government and revolt against the core world of Earth and Mars.

    Jason says: "The life of Justin Cord"
    "to be continued !!"
    Overall

    If you are anything like me and hate to wait an indefinite amount of time for a sequel just to find out how the story ends, avoid this book !!

    It's a great story but I would never have bought it, if there had been so much as a hint, that the book ends somewhere in the middle of it.

    Even if / when the sequel is published, I will refuse to buy it until I am absolutely sure that it concludes the story.

    So I cannot rate this with more than 3 stars, although the story itself certainly deserves at least 4.

    Great disappointment !

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful

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