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Jutta

Berkeley, CA, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • 199 titles in library
  • 7 purchased in 2014
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  • Buried Deep: A Retrieval Artist Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Kristine Kathryn Rusch
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (399)
    Performance
    (199)
    Story
    (198)

    Forensic anthropologist Aisha Costard has been summoned to Mars to examine skeletal remains recently discovered beneath a building erected by the Disty aliens. The bones belong to a human woman who vanished 30 years ago with her children.

    Michelle says: "The best so far"
    "Listen to the sample before buying."
    Overall

    The book might have worked for me with a different reader. It interweaves threads from the lives of different people on different planets in different positions of society; you never quite know where the focus will end up, and that might have been interesting. But I couldn't get past hours and hours of having minute details narrated without irony, without much of an arc, and with too-long pauses between sentence fragments that acquired a seriousness the narrative doesn't always have. Women's voices came in a choice of breathy alto or whiny falsetto; in a book largely inhabited by female characters, none of them sounded like a real person when speaking.
    I don't know whether this is just a personal preference or a true failing - so take the trouble of listening to the sample, imagine a few hours of that same tone of voice applied to things far less grave, and then decide.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Name of the Wind: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 1

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13237)
    Performance
    (10839)
    Story
    (10961)

    This is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man's search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend.

    Joanna says: "Wow!"
    "Stellar Narration"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The book's good, too, if you like fantasy at all, but Nick Podehl's reading is a stand-out -- the best I've listened to in three years of audible books. Podehl fits his voice into Rothfuss's ensemble of characters with their differen tages, genders, and fictitious ethnicities without ever coming off whiny or cliched. A gem.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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