The reader. Marc Vietor is an excellent reader, with a good combination of voice talents to keep what I'm sure was a slog of a read interesting for more than 10 hours.
Only if you're history-minded. The book is absolutely dense with unnecessary detail about individual ships and their crews. I really didn't need to know the number of crewmen on a ship that only appeared as part of a list of ships sunk in a battle.
Top three. I've listened to this book several times already.
Sophronia. She's a wonderful combination of Sherlock Holmes, James Bond, and Elizabeth Bennet. She's believable and strong, curious and nicely rebellious.
The conflagration at the end. Cheese pies, flaming gazebos, and ruined frocks. Any more detail will spoil it.
It made me laugh and cheer. The book itself has a lot of great moments, but Moira Quirk's reading infused it with so much more, it became an out-loud reaction. Quirk's ability to do accents and male voices (and give all of them such a wonderfully humorous overtone) really sets this book apart from others I've listened to.
This book is just so much fun on so many levels. The story is wonderful (like all good steampunk, the setting is lush but doesn't overpower the storytelling), the characters are both believable and enjoyable, Quirk's reading is award-worthy, and I'm recommending this book to everyone I know. Get it.
This is the second go-round for me on this book; the first time was in print (and I loved it then, too). The beautiful thing about a well-done audiobook is how it brings out things from the text that came across differently when you read it. That's what makes this item so worth the purchase.
Tim Gerard Reynolds is an excellent reader, doing a solid job of altering his character voices (but keeping those internally consistent) and injecting the story with a sense of excitement over and above what was on the page.
But what comes across best is just a fun, exciting, lovable story. Sullivan is a quality storyteller, and some of the most intense moments in the Riyria Revelations come in this book. I don't know what I was doing instead of paying attention to the scenes of Princess Arista in the dungeon when I was reading it, but listening to them was amazing. I stopped everything else I was doing and just payed close attention, my guts roiling in horror at her predicament.
And that is the combination of good writing and good reading that makes this audiobook a huge favorite.
Top-notch. By far my favorite, and the one I've listened to most often.
The Black Company is to fantasy what Aliens was to sci-fi. Take away the shiny, the outre, the epic. This is gritty for real - people die regularly, everything is dirty, and even when the big magic appears, it scares the little people.
An awesome version of Soulcatcher. Vietor has both a grasp of the character and enough voice talent to make the Taken's ever-changing voice panoply a joy to listen to. The best characterization by voice I've yet heard from an Audible book title (that's not counting dramatized performances like the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy radio show).
Get it. If you at all like fantasy, get this title. It's so well done.
No. Her voice was painfully nasal, she consistently mispronounced words, and her narration did not at all suit the story.
The Bigend Trilogy is Gibson's best overall work. The other two installments are narrated by Robertson Dean, and he's far better at reading those stories than Frasier is for this one. I have to complain that this is not truly unabridged: there are several pieces of sentences that are dropped out, likely due to explicit content. That's a grave disservice to the listeners, because in this case, it does reduce the proper feel of the book, and sets a fan on edge, waiting for the next item to be screwed up, rather than enjoying the book.
No. I've had a poor track record recommending anything of Gibson's to my friends. They just don't get it. Reading (or listening to) his work is like reading poetry: either you get inside his headspace and understand, or you scratch your head and wonder why other people like this drivel.
No. Robertson Dean's narration suits the Bigend Trilogy far better than it does the Sprawl Trilogy. He's laconic and doesn't have much variation to his voice to differentiate between characters. Neuromancer builds to a fever pitch, and Dean can't match it. If you can manage it, listen to the abridged version that's read by Gibson himself. It's out of print, but can occasionally be found on eBay. It's worth it. (Note to Audible - please obtain the rights to that version!!!)
Despite the narration, I'm glad to have this version as well. Unabridged is always more fun.
It's fun. Sullivan knows a rollicking good tale and tells it with love. It reminds me most of Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser stories by Fritz Leiber, but with a lot more light-heartedness.
A real flair for the aristocratic voices. And an even better feel for the strong female characters in the series (one of its appeals).
Wanted to? Yes. Able to? No. The thing's huge.
Use vocabulary that anyone outside a doctoral thesis in anthropology uses. Tell an actual story - this could've been one of the greatest detective stories of all time, with tons of sympathetic resonance. Instead, it's one of the most boring things I've ever tried to read.
Utterly flat, atonal delivery. I had a hard time not falling asleep. The material didn't give him much to work with, but his delivery didn't help.
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