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Talia

Tilde Avenger

Stamford, CT, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • Cold Comfort Farm (Dramatised)

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Stella Gibbons
    Overall
    (48)
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    (37)
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    (35)

    Strong of will and slender of ankle, 20-year-old orphan Flora Poste is blessed with every virtue save that of being able to earn her own living. Casting around for suitable relatives with whom she can make her home, Flora alights on the mysterious Starkadders and, ignoring the horrified shrieks of her friends, heads down to darkest Sussex.

    Roxalanne says: ""There is NO BUTTER in Hell.......""
    "Like a BEAST about to guffaw..."
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    This production does full justice to the novel. If you're familiar with Cold Comfort Farm already, that's probably all the information you need. If you aren't, you're in for a treat. Tip: don't listen to this dramatization in public places. I don't care how ironclad your control of your facial expression is-- you'll laugh, repeatedly, and everyone will give you odd looks.

    Other unintended effects of this sublime work of pastoral satire include the utter ruination of any beast-based figurative language; absentminded pondering of the condiments available in hell; and worrying that cows may disintegrate when you aren't looking.

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  • The Serpent Sea

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Martha Wells
    • Narrated By Christopher Kipiniak
    Overall
    (358)
    Performance
    (312)
    Story
    (320)

    Moon, once a solitary wanderer, has become consort to Jade, sister queen of the Indigo Cloud court. Together, they travel with their people on a pair of flying ships in hopes of finding a new home for their colony. Moon finally feels like he’s found a tribe where he belongs. But when the travelers reach the ancestral home of Indigo Cloud, shrouded within the trunk of a mountain-sized tree, they discover a blight infecting its core.

    Magdalena says: "Wow - An original universe"
    "Great world-building, perfect pacing, dragons!"
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    It's unusual to find a fantasy novel that features really lush, complex world-building but is still well-suited to audiobook format. Often the complexity becomes a little confusing, or the rich description muddles the plot. But Martha Wells's prose style is a perfect fit for the spoken word-- she gives just enough detail to allow you to revel in the nifty, gorgeous concepts without losing the thread of the narrative. A fortunate thing, given that the narrative is a marvelous, thoughtful, moving, and occasionally terrifying adventure.

    I should say off the bat that this is foremost a plea for Audible Frontiers to produce the third novel, due out this December, as an audiobook. The Raksura series is one of the most compulsively listenable ongoing stories I've ever had the good fortune to discover, and I know I'm not the only one who'd really like to have any subsequent books to look forward to in audio form. What say you, Audible?

    In any case, back to the review. The friend who recommended the Raksura series to me informed me that while the main character seems at first to have a mild case of Male Epic Fantasy Protagonist Syndrome, there is in fact a really interesting deconstruction going on. I agree! (That is to say, the story is riddled with pleasant surprises.) A lot of tropes get turned on their heads, often in a delightful fashion, and characters acquire ever more depth as the plot progresses.

    The narration is merely adequate. The narrator's voice isn't exactly mellifluous, but it's not grating. While listening, on occasion I'd think, "did you pay *any* attention to the clear in-text indications of how you should have read that?" And from time to time I took issue with his rendition of female characters' lines-- he sometimes pronounces them with a tremulous quality that is, given the character and the situation she's in, totally inappropriate. But overall he reads competently, and when he doesn't, it doesn't really detract from the scene.

    I'm trying to avoid any spoilers here. The tight plotting relies in part on gradual revelations (as plotting is wont to do), and I don't want to wreck their well-considered structure. Suffice it to say that I love The Serpent Sea (and its predecessor, The Cloud Roads) with all my persnickety heart.

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