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Brian

Portage, IN, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Enchantment

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (1507)
    Performance
    (793)
    Story
    (798)

    As one of the most consistently exciting writers to emerge in the last 25 years, Orson Scott Card has been honored with numerous awards, while immersing readers in dazzling worlds only he could create. Now, in Enchantment, Card works his magic as never before, transforming the timeless story of Sleeping Beauty into an original fantasy brimming with romance and adventure.

    Annette says: "Enchanting"
    "I Read This Before and Will Listen Again"
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    I first read Enchantment more than a decade ago. I picked it up on vacation for a bit of summer reading, and despite being different from my usual sci-fi, loved it from the start.

    After, for several years, before the era of the Kindle or other e-readers, I'd always pack two books when traveling: some new book to try, and this to reread again if the first book didn't catch my interest.

    I probably reread Enchantment in part or in whole more than a half dozen times. But eventually my ability to travel decreased and use of e-books increased and my old paperback copy was put away.

    Then I found this here, some months ago. I think it was part of a sale or promotion, I don't recall looking for it to buy it, but whatever the case I did buy it. I remembered that this had long been my standby, and saved it for the same purpose as my paperback copy. A few days ago grew bored with one of my new audio books and decided to listen to Enchantment.

    In some ways this is like returning to old friends. There were so many details I'd forgotten, but the characters and overall story was still there in the back of my memory, welcoming me back. I'm so very glad that I did get this from audible, and certainly will listen to it again in the future.

    One thing to note about audio book itself, I was surprised that there are two narrators for this, as only Stefan Rudnicki is credited here on Audible. The book shifts perspective between several characters, and while the male characters' perspective is narrated by Rudnicki, the females' perspective is narrated by Gabrielle De Cuir - per the credits at the end of the audio book. Overall I liked this, however this does mean that for each character has a voice from both Rudnicki and De Cuir depending on which perspective is up at the moment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • At the Mountains of Madness [Blackstone Edition]

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By H. P. Lovecraft
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (831)
    Performance
    (770)
    Story
    (773)

    This Lovecraft classic is a must-have for every fan of classic terror. When a geologist leads an expedition to the Antarctic plateau, his aim is to find rock and plant specimens from deep within the continent. The barren landscape offers no evidence of any life form - until they stumble upon the ruins of a lost civilization. Strange fossils of creatures unknown to man lead the team deeper, where they find carved stones dating back millions of years. But it is their discovery of the terrifying city of the Old Ones that leads them to an encounter with an untold menace.

    Jeffrey says: "Not for everyone"
    "First Lovecraft"
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    This was my first experience with a Lovecraft story, and I was not disappointed. I'm not usually interested in horror books or movies, but I've enjoyed other books that reference Lovecraft's stories, so I gave this a try when it was up as a Daily Deal here at Audible.

    It is a horror story, there's no doubt about that. However, it's very different from the modern sort of horror. This is not a story that's scary from the start, moving from one terror to another. Instead, this is a slow build up of expectation of terror, leading up to the one moment of true horror.

    Which even that wasn't all that terrible for me as a modern reader, having been exposed science fiction.

    That said, I was aware of the era that book was written, and can imagine what this might have been like to read in that era.

    I wasn't looking to be terrified, I was looking for a good story, well told by a great narrator.

    I would recommend this book.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Given Sacrifice: Emberverse Series, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By S. M. Stirling
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (191)
    Performance
    (168)
    Story
    (173)

    Rudi Mackenzie has won the battle that expelled the enemy from the new High Kingdom of Montival. Now he must free the people who live in the state once known as Idaho from occupation by the legions of the Church Universal and Triumphant and pursue them to their lair over the mountains. There he will finally confront the forces behind the Church - the Powers of the Void.

    carl says: "Great Ending To This Part Of The Saga"
    "Very Good, Nothing Unexpected"
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    For those that haven't read books four through nine, this book is probably not the place to start in the Emberverse. For those that have, this book is the culmination of the quest and war that spanned them all. In fact, given the scope of those seven books, things were almost wrapped up too quickly. On the other hand, having taken seven books to get this far, I think it was wise to not drag out the end of the war.

    Also, it seemed highly likely well before the end that this is far from the end of the Emberverse, more likely that this is the prequel to the third generation's story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hyperion

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Dan Simmons
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor, Allyson Johnson, Kevin Pariseau, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4255)
    Performance
    (2738)
    Story
    (2771)

    On the world called Hyperion, beyond the law of the Hegemony of Man, there waits the creature called the Shrike. There are those who worship it. There are those who fear it. And there are those who have vowed to destroy it. In the Valley of the Time Tombs, where huge, brooding structures move backward through time, the Shrike waits for them all.

    aaron says: "A LESSON in How to Write Smart, Dark, ADULT SciFi"
    "Much More than Pilgrims' Tales"
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    At first, it seems like the bulk of the story will be several more or less separate tales, told by pilgrims on their journey. This book is so much more than that. The tales themselves are there, but they are not anywhere near as disconnected as they first appear.

    Also there is quite a bit happening with the Pilgrims and also the rest of the galaxy between the tales.

    The multiple narrators work fine . . . each voicing both their character's tale whole, and also their individual characters in the scenes between. Some of them are quite good, but the rest of the series is narrated by Victor Bevine alone. He did a great job on those three books, but there is of course a notable shift when the first book ends with multiple narrators and the second picks up with just one of them. From a series perspective, I think I'd have preferred him alone on this book as well for continuity.

    And the second book certainly picks up from this one. The only form of ending in this book is the reaching of the destination of the pilgrimage. All the rest of the story threads remain open for "Fall of Hyperion." I like reading (listening) to series, so this isn't a problem from my perspective, but if you're looking for a stand alone book this isn't one.

    I very much recommend this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Daylight War: The Demon Cycle, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Peter V. Brett
    • Narrated By Pete Bradbury
    Overall
    (1503)
    Performance
    (1379)
    Story
    (1389)

    In this heart-stopping installment of the Demon Cycle, humanity continues to struggle against the demon plague - even as survivors hold out hope that the Deliverer will save them all. On the night of the new moon, the demons rise in force, seeking the deaths of two men, both of whom have the potential to become the fabled Deliverer, the man prophesied to reunite the scattered remnants of humanity in a final push to destroy the demon corelings once and for all.

    Joe says: "Can't Believe Audible Didn't Announce The Release."
    "Worth the Wait"
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    This is the third book in the series. I read the first two books (hardcover edition) more than a year ago. The third book was well worth the wait, and the narration was perfect. The narrator's voices are perfect for each of the characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12121)
    Performance
    (11009)
    Story
    (11035)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "Great Listen"
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    I loved this book. It was a great combination of mystery, science fiction, and horror. I'd recommend this book to anyone that likes any of the three.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Passage: The Passage Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Justin Cronin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Adenrele Ojo, Abby Craden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7202)
    Performance
    (3558)
    Story
    (3561)

    First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.

    Nicole says: "You love it or you hate it..."
    "Great Listen"
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    This was a great book to listen to. The pace of the story is a bit slower that many of the books I read, or listen to, but it fit the genre well. The book does have two distinct parts, both almost complete stories on their own. I'd call this a "page turner" except I chose the audio version so there were no pages to turn. That said this is the first book in a trilogy, and there is quite a bit left unfinished for the next book.

    I did find the three narrators a bit unnecessary. It's not a problem, and they all do their parts very well, but the vast majority of the story is handled a single narrator, with the other two occasionally doing segments presented as journal entries or other documents.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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