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Diana

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  • A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28294)
    Performance
    (21904)
    Story
    (21992)

    In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

    DCinMI says: "Review of First 5 Books"
    "Riveted"
    Overall

    I determine how riveting a book is, if at the end of my long workday and the end of my commute home, I'm not ready to jump out of the car until I listen for just a few minutes longer. Even more so, that I plug in my iphone and set it into the cradle of my alarm clock, setting the timer for just another 15 minute listen before going to sleep. A Game of Thrones is that riveting and more. This "ain't no girly book" by any means and you have to be prepared for a little gore and more than a few shocks.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Feast for Crows: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book IV

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (4289)
    Performance
    (2497)
    Story
    (2521)

    It is not long before the survivors, outlaws, renegades, and carrion eaters start to gather, picking over the bones of the dead and fighting for the spoils of the soon-to-be dead. Now in the Seven Kingdoms, as the human crows assemble over a banquet of ashes, daring new plots and dangerous new alliances are formed, while surprising faces, some familiar, others only just appearing, are seen emerging from an ominous twilight of past struggles and chaos to take up the challenges ahead.

    Aaron says: "No Roy Dotrice"
    "Narrators can make or break a book"
    Overall

    I'm in love with the saga: A Song of Ice and Fire and I will continue to listen through this book. It's what I do to kill an hour and 15 minute commute to work. Disappointment is the word that comes to mind, not of the story, but in the way it's told. Like all the reviews prior to mine, Roy Dotrice brought the characters to life in my mind's eye. There are so many characters that keeping them all straight can be difficult in identifying who is speaking, but Roy's many voices made it ever so much easier. John Lee might narrate other styles of books with flare, but he has tortured A Feast of Crows. It's a sad day when I can't tell Cersei's voice apart from Jaime's.
    Prior to Book V's release, I'll keep fingers and toes crossed that Audible will do everything in its power to ensure Roy is back behind the mic, weaving his magic into the story-telling.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • World Without End

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9280)
    Performance
    (3678)
    Story
    (3718)

    In 1989 Ken Follett astonished the literary world with The Pillars of the Earth, set in 12th-century England. Readers and listeners ever since have hoped for a sequel. At last, here it is. Although the two novels may be listened to in any order, World Without End also takes place in Kingsbridge, two centuries after the townspeople finished building their exquisite Gothic cathedral. The cathedral is again at the center of a web of love and hate, greed and pride, ambition and revenge.

    Laura says: "Repetitive, but still enjoyable"
    "Another winner!"
    Overall

    This book was as good as it's predecessor "The Pillars of the Earth", if not better. I wasn't ready for the story to end.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Pillars of the Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13462)
    Performance
    (5776)
    Story
    (5816)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Got 40 hours to kill? You’ll find the time when you start listening to Lee’s take on Follett’s epic – and widely celebrated – novel of 12th-century England. The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known...of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul...and of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame....

    CynNC says: "Captivating"
    "Awesome!"
    Overall

    This book entertained me during my long commute to work. It was terrific and the next book "World Without End" was just as good. I didn't want the story to end.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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