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Bradley

Let the Wookiee win.

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  • The Privilege of the Sword

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Ellen Kushner
    • Narrated By Ellen Kushner, Barbara Rosenblat, Felicia Day, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (360)
    Performance
    (327)
    Story
    (329)

    Award-winning author, narrator, and screenwriter Neil Gaiman personally selected this book, and, using the tools of the Audiobook Creation Exchange (ACX), cast the narrators and produced this work for his audiobook label, Neil Gaiman Presents. In this exciting new "illuminated production", the author herself reads her own work, supported by a full cast.

    Ann says: "Austen-es​que tale (with swordfight​s!)"
    "A charming story you become entwined with."
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    If you could sum up The Privilege of the Sword in three words, what would they be?

    Swashbuckling Romantic Intrigue.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    You do fall in love with Lady Katerine as she struggles (initially) with her position and them looses herself in her new found freedoms.


    Any additional comments?

    As others have said, do NOT buy this based on the famous people doing some voice work, good though it may be that ONLY accounts for about 5-10% of the overall production. The rest of the work is EXTREMELY well done. Just don't buy this thinking you're going to be hearing a lot of Felicia Day and you're golden.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Count of Monte Cristo

    • UNABRIDGED (52 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Alexandre Dumas
    • Narrated By Bill Homewood
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (362)
    Performance
    (322)
    Story
    (325)

    On the eve of his marriage to the beautiful Mercedes, having that very day been made captain of his ship, the young sailor Edmond Dantès is arrested on a charge of treason, trumped up by jealous rivals. Incarcerated for many lonely years in the isolated and terrifying Chateau d'If near Marseille, he meticulously plans his brilliant escape and extraordinary revenge.

    A User says: "This is the definitive reading!"
    "A wonderful read by Bill Homewood"
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    What did you love best about The Count of Monte Cristo?

    Monte Cristo is one of my all time favourite books and is an annual read for me. The tragedy, revenge and love of the tale all bound in that wonderful language from yesteryear.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The lengths Dantes goes to to bring justice/revenge to his enemies is exquisite.


    What does Bill Homewood bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Mr Homewood's wonderful voice and excellent pronunciation of all of the French names, terms and words lend wonderful vibrance to this epic tale, especially when there are other audiobooks out there that don't even make the attempt. The words spill from his lips as if he spoke the language himself and absolutely set the mood that this is a story that takes place in France.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    This book is far too large to put into a single 2 hour movie, though Hollywood has tried several times. Instead, search out the wonderful Tele-Movies with Gerard Depardieu from 1998 "Le comte de Monte Cristo".


    Any additional comments?

    Adventure, Love, Betrayal, Lies, Truths and Drama in their most Epic! The tale of Edmond Dantes is a true classic masterpiece and this audiobook should be required reading/listening for any fan of the genre or indeed, anyone wanting an epic story with an amazing narrator.
    Bravo Mssr Homewood. Bravo!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Scoundrels: Star Wars

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Timothy Zahn
    • Narrated By Marc Thompson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (705)
    Performance
    (671)
    Story
    (674)

    Han Solo should be basking in his moment of glory. After all, the cocky smuggler and captain of the Millennium Falcon just played a key role in the daring raid that destroyed the Death Star and landed the first serious blow to the Empire in its war against the Rebel Alliance. But after losing the reward his heroics earned him, Han's got nothing to celebrate. Especially since he's deep in debt to the ruthless crime lord Jabba the Hutt. There's a bounty on Han's head - and if he can't cough up the credits, he'll surely pay with his hide. The only thing that can save him is a king's ransom. Or maybe a gangster's fortune?

    lawrence says: "I ROLLED MY CHANCE CUBES AND WON ON THIS BOOK!"
    "Timothy Zahn.. 'nuff said."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Scoundrels: Star Wars to be better than the print version?

    The production values on these Star Wars audiobooks greatly enhance the books and these are in many ways radio dramas rather than audiobooks. The music, the sound effects, everything comes together in a fantastic audio presentation.


    What other book might you compare Scoundrels: Star Wars to and why?

    As far as production is concerned, any other Star Wars audiobook, as for content, Oceans 11.


    Which character – as performed by Marc Thompson – was your favorite?

    I gotta pick one? Marc is so incredibly good and gives nuanced performances for each character. I gotta say though, the first time I heard Lando speak all I could hear was, "It's just me, Billy Dee." So cool


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    1 Uncrackable Vault, 11 Scoundrels. 150 Million Credits. Ready To Win Big?


    Any additional comments?

    Just hurry up and buy it!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • When the Devil Dances: Legacy of the Aldenata

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By John Ringo
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (520)
    Performance
    (324)
    Story
    (325)

    The human-eating Posleen have invaded Earth, decimating all but two North American territories. Heavily outnumbered, humans cluster close together, the possibilities of habitable space shrinking by the day. An epic battle from September 11-27, 2009, will decide the fate of humankind, and the apocalyptic decision to use nuclear weapons - heretofore banned - will alter the fate of alien and human forever.

    Colin says: "Yea! the story continues and its even better"
    "The goes on and the kids grow up."
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    What made the experience of listening to When the Devil Dances the most enjoyable?

    Marc Vietor does such a great job with all of the different characters and emotions needed in this.


    Would you be willing to try another book from John Ringo? Why or why not?

    I am determined to get through this entire series, I'm really enjoying it.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    There's a great part in the middle of the book that really establishes how human these characters are.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    Overall
    (143)
    Performance
    (135)
    Story
    (136)

    It's the year 2044, and the real world has become an ugly place.

    Gabriele says: "Where's the sequel?!"
    "Pure, unadulterated, dream indulgence!"
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    Where does Ready Player One rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Ready Player One is my ALL TIME favourite read. After reading this I ordered 4 copies of the hard cover book to give to my friends and I have NEVER done that before. Each friend in turn sent me txt's "ZOMG This book is amazing!"


    What did you like best about this story?

    This books takes you to all of those things that were cool when we were growing up and gives you the fantasy you dreamed about as a kid.

    I'm just going to park my hover-De Lorean right next to this X-Wing!


    Which character – as performed by Wil Wheaton – was your favorite?

    They were all fantastic, I can't choose one.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Definitely to some introspection early in the third act and the finale was fantastic


    Any additional comments?

    If you read science-fiction, if you watch science fiction, if you grew up in the 80's and played Pacman at the local arcade, YOU NEED TO READ THIS BOOK!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4774)
    Performance
    (4459)
    Story
    (4454)

    Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on the facts that (1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces; (2) the ship’s captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations; and (3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.

    Cristina Hatfield says: "Quite an enjoyable read"
    "Pure Scalzi! Meta and funny as hell!"
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    If you could sum up Redshirts in three words, what would they be?

    Funny, Meta, Trek


    Have you listened to any of Wil Wheaton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    As I've mentioned in other reviews, I LOVE Wil Wheatons narration and will buy books simply because he is reading them.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Towards the end of the book when our heroes come up with a plan so everyone can live happily ever after.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fuzzy Nation

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton, John Scalzi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3431)
    Performance
    (2999)
    Story
    (2997)

    In John Scalzi's re-imagining of H. Beam Piper's 1962 sci-fi classic Little Fuzzy, written with the full cooperation of the Piper Estate, Jack Holloway works alone for reasons he doesnt care to talk about. Hundreds of miles from ZaraCorps headquarters on planet, 178 light-years from the corporations headquarters on Earth, Jack is content as an independent contractor, prospecting and surveying at his own pace. As for his past, thats not up for discussion.

    Samuel Montgomery-Blinn says: "Short, sweet, and satisfying storytelling."
    "A Reboot that works!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Fuzzy Nation the most enjoyable?

    The contrast between the two stories is utterly amazing. John did an amazing job rewriting Little Fuzzy and I was thrilled listening to it and trying to work out what everyones angle was.


    Have you listened to any of Wil Wheaton and John Scalzi (Introduction) ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Wil Wheaton is an incredible reader and I'll happily buy something on his narration alone.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There was one part but it's been a while since I listened to it.


    Any additional comments?

    Both books are fantastic sci-fi, but in this instance, I think Scalzi's reworking makes it better than the original.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Skinwalker: Jane Yellowrock, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Faith Hunter
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2504)
    Performance
    (2107)
    Story
    (2107)

    Jane Yellowrock is the last of her kind-a skinwalker of Cherokee descent who can turn into any creature she desires and hunts vampires for a living. But now she's been hired by Katherine Fontaneau, one of the oldest vampires in New Orleans and the madam of Katie's Ladies, to hunt a powerful rogue vampire who's killing other vamps.

    Mobilis says: "How refreshing"
    "Not sure at first, but gets under your skin"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Skinwalker to be better than the print version?

    Didn't read the print version but really enjoyed this. Quite an interesting world she's laid out here.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Skinwalker?

    The revelation of how Jane and Beast were joined. WOW!


    What about Khristine Hvam’s performance did you like?

    You know, at first I was really, REALLY unsure about Khristine's performance, but I went with it and before I knew it she had me mesmerised. Her voice is perfect for this story, she really does purrrr.


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

    I certainly could have. But good things are best enjoyed slowly ;)


    Any additional comments?

    If you enjoy watching True Blood, you'll LOVE this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Hymn Before Battle: Legacy of the Aldenata

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By John Ringo
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    Overall
    (773)
    Performance
    (468)
    Story
    (468)

    With Earth in the path of the rapacious Posleen, the Galactic Federation offers help to the backward humans - for a price. You can protect yourself from your enemies, but God save you from your allies!

    Matthew says: "surprised and delighted"
    "I prefer a straight fight!"
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    If you could sum up A Hymn Before Battle in three words, what would they be?

    Sci-Fi Military Action


    What did you like best about this story?

    Just a fantastic military sci-fi romp. It's got great characters, setting and pace.


    What about Marc Vietor’s performance did you like?

    The way he brought certain characters to life was great.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Moved me, no. Excite me, HELL YES! The final assault was fantastic


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait to read the rest of this series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Sagan Diary

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 35 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Stephanie Wolfe, John Scalzi
    Overall
    (699)
    Performance
    (603)
    Story
    (610)

    Jane Sagan: Soldier. Killer. Lover. Dreamer. In John Scalzi's best-selling Old Man's War series of science-fiction novels, we see this warrior woman as the other characters see her - silent and strong, from the outside. But now The Sagan Diary shows us Sagan from another point of view: her own, as she prepares to leave military life and join her new husband and adopted daughter on a colony world.

    Sheldon says: "Even at free this was too expensive."
    "Expectation vs Reality. FIGHT!"
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    What would have made The Sagan Diary better?

    I just don't know. Perhaps it's expectation vs reality. I so thoroghly enjoyed the authors other works, I thought I'd like this too.


    Would you ever listen to anything by John Scalzi again?

    I really enjoy Scalzi's latest stuff but this was baffling.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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