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  • 1812: The Navy's War

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By George C. Daughan
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (259)
    Performance
    (223)
    Story
    (225)

    At the outbreak of the War of 1812, America's prospects looked dismal. It was clear that the primary battlefield would be the open ocean but America's war fleet, only 20 ships strong, faced a practiced British navy of more than a thousand men-of-war. Still, through a combination of nautical deftness and sheer bravado, the American navy managed to take the fight to the British and turn the tide of the war.

    K. Winters says: "Fantastic, if complicated, account of the war"
    "The Forgotten War"
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    What made the experience of listening to 1812: The Navy's War the most enjoyable?

    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.


    Would you recommend 1812: The Navy's War to your friends? Why or why not?

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Etiquette & Espionage: Finishing School, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Gail Carriger
    • Narrated By Moira Quirk
    Overall
    (1068)
    Performance
    (982)
    Story
    (988)

    Fourteen-year old Sophronia is the bane of her mother's existence. More interested in dismantling clocks and climbing trees than proper etiquette at tea - and god forbid anyone see her atrocious curtsy - Mrs. Temminnick is desperate her daughter become a proper lady. She enrolls Sophronia in Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality.

    But little do Sophronia or her mother know that this is a school where ingenious young girls learn to finish all right - but it's a different kind of finishing.

    Lynne Phelps says: "Fans of the Parasol Protectorate, Rejoice!"
    "Brilliant. Prepare To Be Enthralled"
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    Where does Etiquette & Espionage rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top three. I've listened to this book several times already.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Sophronia. She's a wonderful combination of Sherlock Holmes, James Bond, and Elizabeth Bennet. She's believable and strong, curious and nicely rebellious.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The conflagration at the end. Cheese pies, flaming gazebos, and ruined frocks. Any more detail will spoil it.


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

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heir of Novron: Riyria Revelations, Volume 3

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Michael J. Sullivan
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3371)
    Performance
    (3102)
    Story
    (3119)

    On the holiday of Wintertide, the New Empire plans to burn the Witch of Melengar and force the Empress into a marriage of their own design. But they didn’t account for Royce and Hadrian finally locating the Heir of Novron—or the pair’s desire to wreak havoc on the New Empire’s carefully crafted scheme.

    Ron says: "Spectacular fantasy series"
    "Good Ear Candy"
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    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Black Company: Chronicles of The Black Company, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Glen Cook
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1112)
    Performance
    (773)
    Story
    (776)

    Some feel the Lady, newly risen from centuries in thrall, stands between humankind and evil. Some feel she is evil itself. The hardbitten men of the Black Company take their pay and do what they must, burying their doubts with their dead - until the prophesy: The White Rose has been reborn, somewhere, to embody good once more. There must be a way for the Black Company to find her....

    Peter says: "Great Story, Narrator Takes Getting Used To"
    "Gritty, low-magic fantasy, read well."
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    Where does The Black Company rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top-notch. By far my favorite, and the one I've listened to most often.


    What other book might you compare The Black Company to and why?

    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.


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

    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).


    Any additional comments?

    Get it. If you at all like fantasy, get this title. It's so well done.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Pattern Recognition

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By William Gibson
    • Narrated By Shelly Frasier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (957)
    Performance
    (235)
    Story
    (234)

    Cayce Pollard is an expensive, spookily intuitive market-research consultant. In London on a job, she is offered a secret assignment: to investigate some intriguing snippets of video that have been appearing on the Internet. An entire subculture of people is obsessed with these bits of footage, and anybody who can create that kind of brand loyalty would be a gold mine for Cayce's client. But when her borrowed apartment is burgled, she realizes there's more to this project than she had expected.

    Laura says: "Not Unabridged"
    "Awful rendition of an incredible book."
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    Would you be willing to try another one of Shelly Frasier’s performances?

    No. Her voice was painfully nasal, she consistently mispronounced words, and her narration did not at all suit the story.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Neuromancer

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By William Gibson
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1146)
    Performance
    (1011)
    Story
    (1019)

    Twenty years ago, it was as if someone turned on a light. The future blazed into existence with each deliberate word that William Gibson laid down. The winner of Hugo, Nebula, and Philip K. Dick Awards, Neuromancer didn't just explode onto the science fiction scene - it permeated into the collective consciousness, culture, science, and technology.Today, there is only one science fiction masterpiece to thank for the term "cyberpunk," for easing the way into the information age and Internet society.

    David says: "5 stars for coolness, 3 stars for give-a-heckness"
    "Still my favorite novel"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    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!!!)


    Any additional comments?

    Despite the narration, I'm glad to have this version as well. Unabridged is always more fun.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Theft of Swords: Riyria Revelations, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Michael J. Sullivan
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4745)
    Performance
    (4363)
    Story
    (4363)

    Acclaimed author Michael J. Sullivan created instant best sellers with his spellbinding Riyria Revelations series. This first volume introduces Royce Melborn and Hadrian Blackwater, two enterprising thieves who end up running for their lives when they’re framed for the death of the king. Trapped in a conspiracy bigger than they can imagine, their only hope is unraveling an ancient mystery - before it’s too late.

    Magpie says: "Two books in one - keep listening!!"
    "As good on listening as it was in print"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    What does Tim Gerard Reynolds bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    A real flair for the aristocratic voices. And an even better feel for the strong female characters in the series (one of its appeals).


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

    Wanted to? Yes. Able to? No. The thing's huge.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Guns, Germs and Steel: The Fate of Human Societies

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Jared Diamond
    • Narrated By Doug Ordunio
    Overall
    (811)
    Performance
    (624)
    Story
    (634)

    Having done field work in New Guinea for more than 30 years, Jared Diamond presents the geographical and ecological factors that have shaped the modern world. From the viewpoint of an evolutionary biologist, he highlights the broadest movements both literal and conceptual on every continent since the Ice Age, and examines societal advances such as writing, religion, government, and technology.

    Doug says: "Compelling pre-history and emergent history"
    "Awful"
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    Would you try another book from Jared Diamond and/or Doug Ordunio?

    No.


    What could Jared Diamond have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    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.


    What didn’t you like about Doug Ordunio’s performance?

    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.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Serious disappointment.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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