I'll listen to Apart from Love again because I so enjoyed the interplay between Heather Jane Hogan and David Kudler, the two narrators.
Ben was my favorite character. David Kudler brings Ben to life with sensitivity and grace, subsuming his narration in the story and letting the character come forth. Ben's story is at times heart-rending, and would be easily over done but a narrator of lesser skill.
The combination of Kudler's Ben and Hogan's Anita makes the tension of the book crackle with life; Anita's southern accent and Ben's underlying musicality (even to sometimes singing his lines), are unique to the narrators' interpretation of this sometimes tragic story.
Definitely Ben, for his view of life as a melody with white keys and black.
A deep and complex tale, well worth hearing more than once.
I loved Shards of the Glass Slipper: Queen Cinder, by Roy Mauritsen. Narrated by Christopher Crosby Morris, this dark retelling of a story near to the hearts of million takes on a new immediacy, as if this were the original story all along. Morris' deft ear and facile voice gives us character after character so realistically I feel as though I'm right beside the characters, even seeing through their eyes.
I loved the pace and style with which the story of Queen Cinder unfolds, told for teen to adult listeners. Morris makes you believe that this version is the truth. The narrative rolled into my ears, each character perfectly portrayed. I loved the way you're soon savoring every nuance as the story unfolds with exactly the right accents of sound effect and music.
Christopher Crosby Morris makes the story sound as if it's happening all around you. He voices each character unforgettably, and brings them together so that you never wonder who is speaking. He never missteps, or speaks a false note. He brings each and every character comes to life. I have read the book, and from this narration I found depths that I had missed missed in the print version.
I wanted to listen in one sitting, but this is a meaty book -- over fifteen hours. So I lsiten in two sittings.
The combination of Roy Mauritsen's deep, dark writing and Christopher Crosby Morris's compelling voice make an old story new -- sharp as a knife, wrapped in velvet.
I have long loved Alexandra Butcher's Erana Tales: they are smart, sometimes sexy, and always transcend the everyday. The new "Tales of Erana: The Warrior's Curse" shows us Butcher at full power, teamed with exactly the right narrator for her tale, one Rob Goll. Through their efforts, Erana's world of elves and prejudice and love and human foible becomes so real you can reach out and touch it.
I'm not sure this book has a comparison to anything done today. Those who loved Tolkien will love this, but the action is much closer to hand, more visceral, not only a tale of war and love but of eroticism: everything you treasured about Lord of the Rings and nothing you didn't like. Those who loved Canticle for Leibowitz will also love The Warrior's Curse, by reason of its arch social commentary and fully realized world view. If you like your fantasy laced with thoughtful allegories that lay bare the human condition, yet never are preachy, you'll want to own this book -- both the audiobook and the ebook; having both ebook and audiobook enhances each. I got both: the audiobook companion to the e-book, and now I can switch back and forth from reading to listening without missing a beat or a word.
Rob Goll brings to the audiobook of The Warrior's Curse an elegant, perfectly executed style, a great relief after too many hyper-active comic-book readings. Goll always delivers the story, never makes the story merely a commercial for himself. He sounds exactly the way the narrator for a fantasy of such refined taste SHOULD sound. Give a listen, and you'll want to hear more. He delivers story with easy and grace, always applying just the right amount of emphasis to lines and phrases to make me forget everything else. Bravo, Mr. Goll!
I did, but I can't. So I had the joy of pleasures deferred until I finished listening. My husband is listening to Goll read Butcher now, and then I'll listen again. If you ARE able to gobble up an entire audiobook in one sitting, I recommend this one highly: it keeps you immersed until the very last word.
I loved this. Butcher's world is truly a world that readers from new adults to the most experienced will want to revisit time and again. In a time of such blunted sensibilities and crass blood thirst, it's a joy to find a story that gives you every story value in proper proportion, narrated by a voice you'll never forget.
I loved that Alleman's series is continuing. I loved the voice of the narrator, perfectly matched to the tale.
I actually found the entire listen mesmerizing, but I do want to say that you can listen to this one and enjoy it without having heard its predecessor -- but then you'll want the previous story. However, the start of this story grabs you and holds you captive, so I'd say that's my favorte bit, along with the middle and the end...
I thought Alicyn Aimes really put her heart into this one, and she's so comfortable with the story line and characters that the narration flows without a hitch or bump.
I nearly did: I wanted to hear the whole tale. But I listened on two consecutive days, and loved every minute of it.
Bravo, author and narrator!
The combination of Zapple's zany mind and Richard Mann's playful delivery is perfect for this humorous and inventive odyssey.
I love Zapple's slugs. Shall I tell you about the slug that shocks? Nah, better make you listen for yourself. Cinders and Goldilocks came a close second, but I am a Zapple slug fan. As Zapple shows you slugs as you've never thought to consider them, she transports you to a world where the commonplace becomes extraordinary.
I can't call out a single scene, since the book is so well conceived and executed. But I should warn you about the creepy-crawlies and their bloody trails. (That's a hint.)
This book removed me from the commonplace, lightened my load, and made me happy when I really needed some relief. Highly recommended for its ability to totally transmute reality and you with it.
Loved it. Long live Zapple, slugs and all.
Sexy. Passionate. Exciting.
Normandie Alleman has a knack for erotica that really moves you. I could feel the characters every move.
I can't think of a moment in this book that I didn't enjoy.
Absolutely. I found it hard to tear myself away.
Bring us more Daddy Morebucks.
Inventive. Intimate. Surprising.
Poznansky's work with biblical characters is a modernist look at ancient tales, which few do as well today. If I had to compare it to other works, I'd choose John Barth's Chimera, for the way both authors give a surprising immediacy to the story and remake the characters with more modern sensibilities, or The Last Temptation of Christ by Kazantzakis for its use of graphic language.
I had not heard Justin Harmer's work before I listened to the Bathsheba sample, when I marveled at what a perfect choice Poznansky had made to narrate this book. His delivery is smooth and always appropriate, his pronunciations correct, and he adds his own verve. Having read the book previously, I will say that Harmer made the story different from the way I heard it in my head, bringing out surprising nuances. I'll need to listen to other books that he's narrated and I have read make comparisons.
Wonderful melding of story and narrator. Recommended for YA and adult readers comfortable with strong, modern language in a biblical setting.
This story is sensitively written but full of pathos, adventure and risk. The narrator, Neil Hellegers, never overdoes the narration or voices the lines so that they feel staged, or even recited; rather, you feel as if the voice and the story are one.
I love Barczak's writing. Here he pairs his unique vision and almost poetical gift for description with a plot that shows both to best advantage. He is a father, an architect, an artist and writer, and all of these other skills and experiences enrich his storytelling. The death of Chaelus, Roan Lord of the House of Malius, dies a the beginning of the tale, overcome by the Dragon's Sleep, only to be snatched away from death by the hand of a young boy.Resurrected or redeemed, Chaelus sets out on a quest to divine his own nature. As in all books worth reading, this one makes a point. This point is about faith and trust in an adventure where nothing is as it seems, and the mystery of the Dragon can only be found of Chalus can overcome his fears.
The scene where the boy saves Chaelus is my first favorite scene: it shows that gentility with which Barczak can create a thoroughly harrowing scene, taming us, making us fall in train with his vision right from the outset.
I tried to listen in one sitting, but the book is more than seven hours long. I listened over two days.
Meet your own inner dragon while reading Veil of the Dragon.
Incisive. Compelling. Convincing.
The summary near the end, where the narrator reminds you that if you're healthy you never think about illness, and if you're ill you can think of nothing else.
McKean's voice is matter-of-fact, crisp, yet kind. He doesn't lecture. He tells you what he must say gently but clearly. His delivery is never overblown. He provides helpful strategies in the same honest fashion that he details risks. I never once resented him telling me things I didn't want to hear.
Get Caffeine out of your life while you still have one.
This is the first nonfiction audiobook I've read, and I was wondering how the form would adapt to nonfiction with a serious message. Although it was not my attention, I listened to the book in one sitting, and will listen to it again, as well as recommend it to my friens at the coffee shop.
Listening to Mage Blood brought the trek Beyond Sanctuary to life. This story, from the Beyond Sanctuary trilogy, is passionate, sensual, violent, as gritty and dark as historical fantasy can be. Hearing it read is almost like being there as Tempus and his Sacred Band take the war against sorcery to Wizardwall.
I loved the descriptions, the dialogue, the story itself. I loved the sense that I'd been transported into an ancient world where magic and the gods are at war. Tempus and his Sacred Band face witches and warlocks and all manner of monstrous, mythical enemies, yet the story never seems one bit less real, no matter how fantastic the foes or amazing the forces brought to bear against them. Roxane the witch who loves and stalks Niko makes your hair stand on end. The story always feels historic, as if you're right beside the Stepson cavalry on their journey. I really liked the fact that Mygdonia and Nisibis are actual ancient places, and that the tactics and weapons of the cavalry fighters seemed so correct, real, and vivid that you can almost smell the horses and the fearful sweat.
I loved every scene, so one is difficult to choose. I adored the scary but humorous scene where Tempus and Jihan, his lover, are attacked by sorcerers in the Free Zone, but my favorite scene of all is when Niko falls into the clutches of the witch Roxane, disguised as helpless young woman.
This story makes you worry for the Stepsons, hate Datan the sorcerer. Bur most of all, you fear for Niko, who has fallen under the spell of Roxane the Nisibisi witch. These sensual but evil enemies make you want to somehow protect the Stepsons, who are facing more than mortal enemies, perhaps more than they can handle. At any moment, you're sure that even with Tempus and his immortal Sprite along, their mission is doomed and so is the Sacred Band. I laughed, I cursed, I paced, I yelled at the characters to be careful. But of course, they couldn't hear me.
This story is a great introduction to the Beyond Sanctuary trilogy of novels and the courage of the Sacred Band itself, with their unwavering commitment to service and sacrifice. I loved it. The Stepsons become like good friends, each distinct and with many personal agendas. I really love it that the Stepsons don't all get on with one another, but put aside their differences for the betterment of all. This is a story I can listen to repeatedly and always find something new in it. If you love mythology, or sword and sorcery, or heroic fantasy, you'll love Mage Blood.
Heroic. Mythical. Sophisticated.
It's hard to say if I like Tempus or Abarsis best, but Abarsis sacrifices all in this story of heroism that brought me to tears and made be believe there really was a Storm God at work in antiquity.
Kudler's voice is multifaceted, bringing different characters to life but always faithful to the written words. He whispers in my ear and takes me places I haven't been before. These characters are beloved by many, first met in the million-copy bestselling Thieves' World series, so the narrator must be up to the task of bringing them to life.
Yes, and I did. Listening takes about an hour and a half and I was sorry when the tale was told. I've listened to it several times since then and loved it every time.
If you're a lover of the Sacred Band of Stepsons, this story is one you'll treasure. If you've never read the Sacred Band tales of heroic fantasy, this is a great place to start. Dark, gritty, violent and passionate, these mercenaries of the god of war are complex and realistic heroes in the ancient world where magic and the gods go to war. You'll love them and hate them, but they'll always move you.
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