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  • Ford County: Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By John Grisham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (382)
    Performance
    (121)
    Story
    (124)

    John Grisham returns to Ford County, Mississippi, the setting of his immensely popular first novel, A Time to Kill. This wholly surprising collection of stories reminds us once again why Grisham is America's favorite storyteller.

    Wendy S. Ohl says: "Good story, hard to listen to"
    "Grisham shouldn't have narrated."
    Overall

    This is painful. Read the other reviews before buying. The author is a poor narrator and some one should have told him. A friend recommended the book. Wish I'd bought the book instead of wasting a credit. I'm really gonna need to focus in order to get through it. Shame.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Butcher Bird: A Novel of the Dominion

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Richard Kadrey
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (126)
    Performance
    (115)
    Story
    (116)

    Spyder Lee is a happy man who lives in San Francisco and owns a tattoo shop. One night an angry demon tries to bite his head off before he's saved by a stranger. The demon infected Spyder with something awful - the truth. He can suddenly see the world as it really is: full of angels and demons and monsters and monster-hunters. A world full of black magic and mysteries. These are the Dominions, parallel worlds full of wonder, beauty, and horror

    Susie says: "A Road Trip Like No Other"
    "Kadrey is as gritty as ever; performance lacking"
    Overall
    Performance
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    I haven't yet finished the book, but it has often become annoying and that is due mainly to the narration. I am an enormous Kadrey fan. His Sandman Slim series is unrivaled and the narration of Macleoud Anders is perfectly matched for Kadrey's gritty and intelligent writing style. And I'm a fan of Jonathon Davis so imagine my disappointment.

    The problem is, Jonathon Davis is the wrong narrator for Kadrey. His pace and tone are continually off. There are pauses or emphasis that come off as the attempt to be gritty or dark and all I'm left repeatedly thinking is that Davis cannot do Kadrey. His characterizations are okay, but they are all delivered in the same stilted manner.

    I seldom write reviews primarily because I'm not good at it, but I had to let other audible Kadrey fans know that if you're looking for the combination of good Kadrey delivered by good narration, this isn't the book. Part of my dissatisfaction could be that this is one of Kadrey's earlier works and he didn't received the best of editing work (that's just conjecture) and in turn Davis is struggling to narrate. What I can definitively say though is that I've been repeatedly annoyed by the narration. I've enjoyed other narration works by Davis. He's a good narrator, but this match up just didn't work.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • City of Thieves

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By David Benioff
    • Narrated By Ron Perlman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1492)
    Performance
    (756)
    Story
    (754)

    A writer visits his retired grandparents in Florida to document their experience during the infamous siege of Leningrad. His grandmother won't talk about it, but his grandfather reluctantly consents. The result is the captivating odyssey of two young men trying to survive against desperate odds. Lev Beniov considers himself "built for deprivation." He's small, smart, and insecure, a Jewish virgin too young for the army, who spends his nights working as a volunteer firefighter with friends from his building.

    Paul says: "Stunning Tale. Great Narration."
    "Masterful story, Masterful narration"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Get this book. I haven't been this enraptured with a work for a while. Benioff tells a powerful tale from a first-hand perspective. I was at once captivated and unsettled by its realism. And Perlman's talent showed brightly and with solid skill. Get this book. You won't regret it. I'm starting a second listen now just in case I missed even a nuance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Seth Grahame-Smith
    • Narrated By Scott Holst
    Overall
    (6842)
    Performance
    (5215)
    Story
    (5296)

    While Abraham Lincoln is widely lauded for saving a Union and freeing millions of slaves, his valiant fight against the forces of the undead has remained in the shadows for hundreds of years. That is, until Seth Grahame-Smith stumbled upon The Secret Journal of Abraham Lincoln, and became the first living person to lay eyes on it in more than 140 years.

    Haden says: "My friends thought I was crazy."
    "It is definitely worth the credit!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The title made me laugh enough to check out the synopsis and listen to the sample. Glad I did. This is a compelling tale primarily because it is so macabre though still set in the riguors of history. I was initially fascinated, then riveted, then genuinely satisfied. Both the story and the narration are very, very good. Do yourself a favor and listen. I've been telling all of my reader friends about it. "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter". It still makes me laugh.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Inheritance: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Christopher Paolini
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4405)
    Performance
    (3847)
    Story
    (3901)

    Not so very long ago, Eragon - Shadeslayer, Dragon Rider - was nothing more than a poor farm boy, and his dragon, Saphira, only a blue stone in the forest. Now the fate of an entire civilization rests on their shoulders. months of training and battle have brought victories and hope, but they have also brought heartbreaking loss. And still, the real battle lies ahead: they must confront Galbatorix. When they do, they will have to be strong enough to defeat him. And if they cannot, no one can.

    Robert says: "All the reviews had me worried for nothing!"
    "Forget the reviews and just enjoy A GREAT TALE!"
    Overall
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    At long last, the completion of the Inheritance Series. I was a little leary because of the reviews, but I realized that some people are fearless, self-empowered and cruel when anonymous. This fourth book was just what it needed to be. It kept my interest and finished up the storylines brilliantly. I repeatedly found my self wanting the story to never end. What an overall incredible piece of work. Well done. I hope everyone enjoys!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Spirit Thief

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Rachel Aaron
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (612)
    Performance
    (499)
    Story
    (498)

    He's not just any thief. He’s the greatest thief of the age - and he’s also a wizard. And with the help of his partners - a swordsman with the most powerful magic sword in the world but no magical ability of his own, and a demonseed who can step through shadows and punch through walls - he’s going to put his plan into effect. The first step is to increase the size of the bounty on his head, so he’ll need to steal some big things. But he’ll start with somethingsmall. Something like a king....

    Bronwyn Soell says: "Entertaining light fantasy"
    "Good, solid, entertaining story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up The Spirit Thief in three words, what would they be?

    Entertaining, Enjoyable, Enticing


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Spirit Thief?

    When just what makes Eli special was revealed.


    Have you listened to any of Luke Daniels’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Luke Daniel's is why I chose this audio book. He's an exceptional narrator who brings life and nuances to a story while keeping the listener entertained. His trained voice contains such frolic and levity that its a sure bet the author's story will be well received.


    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Gate: Mithermages, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Emily Janice Card
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4655)
    Performance
    (3425)
    Story
    (3447)

    Danny North knew from early childhood that his family was different - and that he was different from them. While his cousins were learning how to create the things that commoners called fairies, ghosts, golems, trolls, werewolves, and other such miracles that were the heritage of the North family, Danny worried that he would never show a talent, never form an "outself"....

    joshua says: "Card doing what he does best."
    "Bad Narration ruined it; couldn't finish story"
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    What would have made The Lost Gate better?

    Couldn't tell you about the story because I gave up after an hour. That's how disconcerting the narration was.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Orson Scott Card again?

    Absolutely. i'm a huge Card fan. Just couldn't listen to this book. I'll try reading it.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Stefan Rudnicki and Emily Janice Card ’s performances?

    Never. Both are very poor narrators. And when narration is so very important, like in an audio book, I'd warn all away from wasting a credit.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Galilee

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Clive Barker
    • Narrated By Paul Hecht
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (82)

    The Barbarossa family’s roots are far more ancient and ethereal, but they are bound to the Gearys by a shared history of murder, insanity, and adultery. When Rachel Geary and Galilee, the seductive prince of the Barbarossa clan, fall in love, they unleash powerful enmities that could destroy both dynasties. Shorter and more conventional than some of Barker’s other work, this novel is especially rich with complex, passionate, three-dimensional characters, lush settings, and elegant language.

    Joseph says: "An Audiophile's Dream"
    "A masterpiece of story telling"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have already recommended this book to three of my friends and will continue to give it glowing recommendations. Galilee is a work of tremendous breadth and scope of both characterlines and storylines that are interwoven flawlessly. Clive Barker is a true master story teller.


    Have you listened to any of Paul Hecht’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Not familiar with Paul Hecht's other work, but he is perfect for this book's narration.


    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Talisman

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs)
    • By Stephen King, Peter Straub
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3712)
    Performance
    (1753)
    Story
    (1762)

    On a brisk autumn day, a 13-year-old boy stands on the shores of the gray Atlantic, near a silent amusement park and a fading ocean resort called the Alhambra. The past has driven Jack Sawyer here: His father is gone, his mother is dying, and the world no longer makes sense. But for Jack everything is about to change. For he has been chosen to make a journey back across America - and into another realm. One of the most influential and heralded works of fantasy ever written, The Talisman is an extraordinary novel of loyalty, awakening, terror, and mystery.

    Swad says: "Still Good"
    "Can't hear story because of Narration"
    Overall

    I'm 6 hours into this book and want to throw it away. I'm struggling, really struggling to ignore the horrible narration by Frank Muller. Other things he's done haven't affected me this viscerally. EVERY sentences ends with a dropped tone and ridiculous hiss. Every sentence. It's to the point that I cannot find the story ... where am I supposed to be excited, where am I supposed to be tense? King and Struab's writing is so strong, but Muller is ruining it. Other pieces Muller's narrated aren't like this, so why would the director/producer allow this or encourage it? I'm going to push on because some reviews say I'll get used to it, but get a clue, Audible (or whoever produced this). Don't allow this, please. I feel like I'm utterly wasting a credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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