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  • Gauntlgrym: Legend of Drizzt: Neverwinter Saga, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By R. A. Salvatore
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (557)
    Performance
    (509)
    Story
    (507)

    Drizzt joins Bruenor on his quest for the fabled dwarven kingdom of Gauntlgrym: ruins said to be rich with ancient treasure and arcane lore. But before they even get close, another drow and dwarf pair stumbles across it first: Jarlaxle and Athrogate. In their search for treasure and magic, Jarlaxle and Athrogate inadvertently set into motion a catastrophe that could spell disaster for the unsuspecting people of the city of Neverwinter - a catastrophe big enough to lure even Jarlaxle into risking his own coin and skin to stop it.

    K. McDowell says: "Pleasantly Surprised."
    "great performer, juvenile writer"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I think a younger, less critical reader would enjoy this more.


    Has Gauntlgrym turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes. Being a gamer/dnd nerd, I had often heard about how amazing these Drizzt centered books were. I was expecting an author that elevated the source material, and what I found was ... something I would expect from an 8th-grader, after he had watched all of the LOTR movies back to back.


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

    he really does commit to the portrayal of the characters. his rendition of a gnome makes you conjure up an image of a gnome, his dwarf the same, etc etc.


    Any additional comments?

    Some people might object as to how critical I am of this book, considering it is set in a DnD universe. "What do you expect?", I imagine them saying. All I can say in response is, humble source material can give rise to serious literature. For example, the Dragon Age books: based on a video-game, fantasy setting, but with some nuanced, intricate characters, and an engaging, somewhat sophisticated plotline. Gauntlgrym was not this. It was awful. I quit after about an hour.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Cibola Burn: The Expanse, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By James S. A. Corey
    • Narrated By Erik Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (408)
    Performance
    (379)
    Story
    (376)

    An empty apartment, a missing family, that's creepy. But this is like finding a military base with no one on it. Fighters and tanks idling on the runway with no drivers. This is bad juju. Something wrong happened here. What you should do is tell everyone to leave. The gates have opened the way to a thousand new worlds and the rush to colonize has begun. Settlers looking for a new life stream out from humanity's home planets. Ilus, the first human colony on this vast new frontier, is being born in blood and fire.

    Striker says: "Decent Story, Lacking Good Narration"
    "Confused by the Erik Davies hate"
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    I really only want to provide feedback on the reader. I just finished both of the "expanse" short stories, both read by Erik Davies. I thought he was great! Yes, the old narrator was awesome, but ... seriously people, of all the terrible narrators out there, this guy isn't one of them.

    Although, how much you like a narrator is a very subjective thing. For example, many people are obsessed with Scott Brick: I find him nauseating. But before you shy away from this book, because of the feedback on the narrator, at least give the sample a listen. Make up your own mind.

    3 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • The Profiler's Daughter: Sky Stone, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By P. M. Steffen
    • Narrated By Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1070)
    Performance
    (957)
    Story
    (960)

    The Profiler's Daughter is a psychologically haunting thriller that combines murder mystery, love triangle, and family intrigue in one satisfying page burner. Sky Stone was born into the wealth and privilege of Boston's oldest Brahmin family but chooses instead to follow in the footsteps of her deceased father, legendary FBI profiler Monk Stone. In the chilly morning hours before the Boston Marathon, when a beautiful university student is found strangled and mutilated, her body left at the base of Heartbreak Hill, Sky returns from self-imposed exile to investigate.

    Irene L. Culkeen says: "What a great find"
    "clownlike character voices"
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    Like others have said, this is fairly un-listenable. The strange thing is, the narrator has a really nice voice... when she's not trying to portray a character. I would listen to something of hers in the future, as long as someone gets a hold of her, and gets her to tone it down a little on the characters.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Fear Nothing: Detective D. D. Warren, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Lisa Gardner
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (877)
    Performance
    (761)
    Story
    (760)

    The last thing Boston Detective D. D. Warren remembers is walking the crime scene after dark. Then, a creaking floorboard, a low voice crooning in her ear… She is later told she managed to discharge her weapon three times. All she knows is that she is seriously injured, unable to move her left arm, unable to return to work. My sister is Shana Day, a notorious murderer who first killed at fourteen. Incarcerated for thirty years, she has now murdered more people while in prison than she did as a free woman.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Fascinating look at a killer family!"
    "Baffling Negative Reviews"
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    Lisa Gardner writes dark, gritty, twisted, clever novels. I see a lot of negative reviews, about how unpleasant some sections of the book are. Personally, I wasn't that bothered. However, If you're looking for a spunky-fun romp written by a totally spunky-fun chick, then this is not the book for you. Let me suggest something with cartoons on the cover, that rhymes. Like, I dunno, "Two Cats and the Rascally Rats" or maybe "A Cat, A Bean, and the Killer Jeans: An Abby Spunkerton Adventure".

    If, on the other hand, you are looking for an adult exploration of the underbelly of the human psyche, Lisa Gardner is for you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Way of Kings: Book One of The Stormlight Archive

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11717)
    Performance
    (9108)
    Story
    (9169)

    Roshar is a world of stone and storms. Uncanny tempests of incredible power sweep across the rocky terrain so frequently that they have shaped ecology and civilization alike. Animals hide in shells, trees pull in branches, and grass retracts into the soilless ground. Cities are built only where the topography offers shelter. It has been centuries since the fall of the ten consecrated orders known as the Knights Radiant, but their Shardblades and Shardplate remain: mystical swords and suits of armor.

    Lore says: "Wow - 45 hours long and leaves you wanting more!"
    "Worth 3 Credits, only costs 1"
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    I'm not even really into fantasy novels these days, but this was just really, really good.

    AUDIBLE get working on volume to ASAP please.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Killer Ambition: A Rachel Knight Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Marcia Clark
    • Narrated By January LaVoy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (39)

    When the daughter of a billionaire Hollywood director is found murdered after a kidnapping gone wrong, Los Angeles Special Trials prosecutor Rachel Knight and Detective Bailey Keller find themselves at the epicenter of a combustible and high-profile court case. Then a prime suspect is revealed to be one of Hollywood's most popular and powerful talent managers - and best friend to the victim's father. With the director vouching for the manager's innocence, the Hollywood media machine commences an all-out war designed to discredit both Rachel and her case.

    Cynthia says: "It's a Perfect (Rachel) Knight"
    "Vapid"
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    "I barely control my anger as I ...." "I reach for my *insert detailed description of alcoholic drink*..."

    That's the plot. Well, the most interesting parts of the plot. Sorry for the spoilers.

    The only person I would recommend this book to is Marcia Clark's therapist.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Genome War: How Craig Venter Tried to Capture the Code of Life

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By James Shreeve
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (166)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (34)

    On May 10, 1998, biologist Craig Venter, director of the Institute for Genomic Research, announced that he was forming a private company that within three years would unravel the complete genetic code of human life, seven years before the projected finish of the U.S. government's Human Genome Project. Venter hoped that by decoding the genome ahead of schedule, he would speed up the pace of biomedical research and save the lives of thousands of people. He also hoped to become very famous and very rich.

    Neil says: "DNA/Microbiology 101"
    "Story + Narrator + Writer = Awesome"
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    This was just masterfully brought to life. Fascinating story, artfully crafted, and narrated by Grover Gardner. Must listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Genome: The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Matt Ridley
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    Overall
    (125)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (97)

    Arguably the most significant scientific discovery of the new century, the mapping of the 23 pairs of chromosomes that make up the human genome raises almost as many questions as it answers - questions that will profoundly impact the way we think about disease, about longevity, and about free will. Questions that will affect the rest of your life. Matt Ridley here probes the scientific, philosophical, and moral issues arising as a result of the mapping of the genome.

    Gary says: "Still useful today."
    "Yesterday's Issue's"
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    I did not enjoy this book, BUT it doesn't mean you won't. Published in 1999, I personally do not feel that it holds up very well. The reason for this is, the author spends really a very small amount of time on the basic science, and quite a lot on social implications and ethics. If this had been a sort of "Traveler's Guide to the Genome", ...which is really what I was hoping for... then I don't think it would have aged much. But social issues, those change quite quickly, and the pop-culture audience is more informed on some things than they might have been in 1999.

    However, this is just my opinion! The narrator is great. If you know absolutely nothing about genetics, as in, haven't turned on a tv or watched a movie in the past 10 years, then you might find this book really interesting!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Civil Campaign: A Miles Vorkosigan Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1218)
    Performance
    (616)
    Story
    (625)

    Lord Miles Vorkosigan has a problem that all his new power can't solve: unrequited love for the beautiful Vor widow Ekaterin Vorsoisson. Ekaterin is violently allergic to marriage as a result of her first exposure. But, as Miles learned from his late career in galactic covert ops, if a frontal assault won't do, go to subterfuge.

    Ethan M. says: "Comedy and a Romp with Characters You Love"
    "the death of the series"
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    Would you try another book from Lois McMaster Bujold and/or Grover Gardner?

    Grover Gardner rocks. LMB ...well I loved all of the books in this series, up to this one.


    Any additional comments?

    This is where the series died for me. The series up to this point was so full of intrigue, of creative plot twists, of nail-biting .... ok to make it short, all the things you have probably come to love about these books, suddenly take a back seat to one theme. It goes something like this... "I think she likes me, but like, OMG, does she LIKE me like me?!?!". Just... know what you're getting into.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Fifth Vial

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Michael Palmer
    • Narrated By J. Charles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (134)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (42)

    From Boston, a disgraced medical student travels to South America to deliver a research paper that could save her career and becomes a victim of an unspeakable crime...Thousands of miles away, a brilliant, reclusive scientist, dying from an incurable disease that threatens to make each tortured breath his last, is on the verge of perfecting a serum that could save millions of lives.

    Patricia Singer says: "Cheesy"
    "accents, oh dear"
    Overall

    the narrator ruined it for me. Unfortunately, the story calls for a wide variety of foreign accents, all of which are affected by the narrator as a sort of transylvanian vampire/swedish chef.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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