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Doug

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  • The Valley of Horses: Earth's Children, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Jean M. Auel
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (996)
    Performance
    (602)
    Story
    (623)

    Ayla, the unforgettable heroine of The Clan of the Cave Bear, sets out on her own odyssey of discovery away from the nurturing adoptive family and friends of the Clan. She is in search of others like herself and in search of love.

    Lois says: "Engrossing story that needs some abridgment"
    "great story, but the narration is a bit rushed"
    Overall

    I'd read all these books previously - all but the first two as they were published.
    I love the story and all the detail she wrote into it. Doesn't feel dated at all, despite being twenty years later for me.

    Listening though, I felt the narration seemed rushed and somewhat difficult to get into each time I started it.



    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Warbreaker

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By James Yaegashi
    Overall
    (2903)
    Performance
    (2078)
    Story
    (2089)

    An author whose previous, wildly successful novels have earned him a reputation as fantasy's master of magic, Brandon Sanderson continues to dazzle audiences with this tale of princesses and gods. In this extraordinary world, those who attain glory return as gods. And those who can master the essence known as breath can perform the most wondrous miracles - or unleash the most devastating havoc.

    Robert says: "What's Your god like?"
    "great listen"
    Overall

    I loved Brandon Sanderson's writing in the Mistborn series, and this was excellent as well.

    I found the narration a bit off-putting at first, but quickly got used to it, and by a few chapters into the story came to feel that the narrator fit with the story incredibly well. He nailed Lightsong perfectly. I'm glad I took the the time to get used to him.

    Great story, great narration. Great audio quality.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dune

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Frank Herbert
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Orlagh Cassidy, Euan Morton, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9590)
    Performance
    (5264)
    Story
    (5339)

    Here is the novel that will be forever considered a triumph of the imagination. Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Maud'dib. He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family and would bring to fruition humankind's most ancient and unattainable dream.

    Joshua says: "Wonderful production!"
    "Amazing all around"
    Overall

    My sole exposure to Dune had previously been the movie from decades ago. My friends told me time and again I had to read this book. So I finally added it to my audio library, and I am actually glad I waited. While I don't deny it is a great read, I don't know if reading would top listening to it - and that is something I haven't felt for any other audio book.
    Not only was the story enthralling from start to finish, but the narration and audio were perfect. The characters all came to life. Baron Harkonnen was especially chilling.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Crocodile on the Sandbank: The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (2740)
    Performance
    (1525)
    Story
    (1519)

    Amelia Peabody inherited two things from her father: a considerable fortune and an unbendable will. The first allowed her to indulge in her life's passion. Without the second, the mummy's curse would have made corpses of them all.

    Carrie says: "Nice break from the usual-"
    "good story, great narration"
    Overall

    I enjoyed the story, the characters, and the narration.
    It was an enjoyable listen from start to finish. As my first 'mystery' novel, it wasn't a mystery what was going on, but that didn't take away from the story any.
    The narrator captured the main character beautifully. Having listened to her, I can't imagine anyone better suited to voice Amelia Peabody. I'm looking forward to the next listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cryoburn: A Miles Vorkosigan Adventure

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (1249)
    Performance
    (660)
    Story
    (659)

    Kibou-daini is a planet obsessed with cheating death. Barrayaran Imperial Auditor Miles Vorkosigan can hardly disapprove—he’s been cheating death his whole life, on the theory that turnabout is fair play. But when a Kibou-daini cryocorp—an immortal company whose job it is to shepherd its all-too-mortal frozen patrons into an unknown future—attempts to expand its franchise into the Barrayaran Empire, Emperor Gregor dispatches his top troubleshooter, Miles, to check it out

    Kevin says: "Its nice to come Home!"
    "Great book, good narration"
    Overall

    I loved the story. The narrator took a little while to get used to, but after less than a chapter I didn't have a problem.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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