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  • Kraken

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By China Mieville
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (574)
    Performance
    (317)
    Story
    (313)

    With this outrageous new novel, China Miéville has written one of the strangest, funniest, and flat-out scariest books you will read this—or any other—year. The London that comes to life in Kraken is a weird metropolis awash in secret currents of myth and magic, where criminals, police, cultists, and wizards are locked in a war to bring about—or prevent—the End of All Things.

    Caveat Emptor says: "A New Favorite Author"
    "My favorite book by my favorite author"
    Overall

    The previous reviews seem to reveal a love-it-or-hate-it dichotomy. I believe that the reason for that is some people approach the book expecting yet another mundane supernatural story (read "Twilight" et al) while others are more open-minded. Let's just call a spade a spade and say that if you are looking for the average sexy-supernatural-with-requisite-action-scenes then you will not like this book.

    To me, this book is nothing less than brilliant. On the surface is a wonderful fantasy story, with great characters, despite those who "didn't get it," but beneath that is a very entertaining play of ideas that juxtapose postmodernism, metanarrative, and logos versus mythos. Great literature is something that makes you think, not something that becomes the next "Vampire Diaries." That being said, this is not Umberto Eco; Mieville is an infinitely better story teller and has the rare ability to balance substance and suspense.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack: Burton & Swinburne, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Mark Hodder
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    Overall
    (1157)
    Performance
    (1030)
    Story
    (1033)

    Sir Richard Francis Burton and Algernon Charles Swinburne are sucked into the perilous depths of a moral and ethical vacuum when Lord Palmerston commissions Burton to investigate assaults on young women committed by a weird apparition known as Spring Heeled Jack - and to find out why werewolves are terrorizing London's East End.

    Robert says: "Fun Steampunk but on the outlandish side"
    "Brilliant"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The story line is absolutely amazing, especially if you Google the events and characters and realize they are all real and all happened. What is brilliant is the the twist on what happened. This is probably the most creative take on the effects of time travel that I have ever encountered, and only gets better in the next novels in the series. Again, take the time to Google characters and events for a full appreciation.


    What about Gerard Doyle’s performance did you like?

    Gerard's performance is fantastic. His ability to do different types, especially as the series goes on, is amazing.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    They couldn't do a movie of this. If they did, it would be too dumbed down.


    Any additional comments?

    Just brilliant, really!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Electric Church

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Jeff Somers
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (37)

    Avery Cates is a very bad man. Some might call him a criminal. He might even be a killer - for the right price. But right now, Avery Cates is scared. He's up against the Monks - cyborgs with human brains, enhanced robotic bodies, and a small arsenal of advanced weaponry. Their mission is to convert anyone and everyone to the Electric Church. But there is just one snag: Conversion means death.

    Flatlander says: "Good Story....Bad Ending"
    "Fantastic beginning"
    Overall

    An imaginative and fantastic semi-post-Apocalyptic story, with cyberpunk tendencies. I really do not want to go into details, which would ruin anyone's first listening experience. I just want to note, in contradiction to the review who apparently wants pink unicorns and rainbows, yes this is not a "bright" children's novel, but if you take into account the series as a whole, it is absolutely amazing. The novels show character development and change of outlook, and all the while the development of sci-fi ideas and political machinations mature and develop with unexpected and fantastic results.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Eternal Prison

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Jeff Somers
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    I knew the mechanics of death - and I was caught in its gears. Avery Cates is a wanted man. After surviving the worst bioengineered disaster in history, Cates finds himself incarcerated - in Chengara Penitentiary. As Chengara has a survival rate of exactly zero, the system's most famous gunner must do some serious plotting. And a betrayal or so later, he achieves his goal. At a price.....

    Ketil says: "Absolutely fantastic"
    "Absolutely fantastic"
    Overall

    This is the best of the series, so far. The narrative style changes for this one, describing two different timelines that come together in a surprising, and for me, unexpected development. As always, if what you are looking for is pink unicorns and floating hearts, look elsewhere. If you want a gritty and exciting post-Apocalyptic-cyber-punk story, this definitely satisfies.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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