This was a great novella. I love Connie Willis and this story is original, fun and satisfying. I hope Kipiniak reads more of her work. Many male narrators cannot pull off a female voice, but Kipiniak read the story with heart and humor.
This collection was one of the best set of short stories I have read in a long time. The narrator did an excellent job bringing the stories to life. He handled a lot of the stories' absurdity in just the right way to make the listener feel like he is in on the joke. I am looking forward to more by this reader and the narrator.
Martha Wells world is exciting, beautiful and intriguing. Christopher Kipiniak makes the story come to life. His performance in this and the next two books make for some exciting Sci Fi and Fantasy that is like nothing else to which I have listened. A+ to the entire series.
I love zombie books and Pale Gods falls in the middle of the pack. It started off well, ended well and dragged a lot in the middle. I heartily disagree with a previous reviewer about the narrator; he is one of my favorites. He did a great job making the characters come alive and giving each a unique voice. I would love to hear Kipiniak in some more popular and literary books in the future.
I keep searching for an urban fantasy series that I like as much as the "Dresden Files" and the Georgia Kincaid series by Richelle Mead. The Scarlett Bernard series is good, very good considering the fact that this is Olson's debut.
The Good: I like Scarlett; like all heroes of this genre, she is snarky, beautiful and slightly damaged. She is also of average intelligence and slightly lost in a believable way. I also like how Olson brings Los Angeles into the story as a character; I appreciate a book that addresses the challenges of a real life urban dweller such as parking and traffic.
The Bad: Characters actions and motivations do not seem too consistent. There are also some plot holes that vex me.
I am always looking for some good urban fantasy. I cannot put my finger on why one series becomes a must read and another series bores me,bugs me or just does not grab me. I will be curious to see how this particular series evolves.
I have recommended this book to many people, none of whom have actually read it. It is too bad, because after listening to hundreds of books on Audible, "Gentlemen and Players" stands out. This mystery is twisty, fun, complex and above all, entertaining. I tried "Runemarks' after I read this and it did not grab me, but I would like to read more by Joanne Harris.
It is so difficult to find a good, original, scary story. For those of us who have exhausted the Audible collection of Stephen King and Joe Hill and cannot tolerate Dean Koontz, this is a great book. It has actually been a while since I read this, but I remember it fondly. The people to whom I have recommended this book agree that it is a great,frightening book that is especially eerie to the urban dweller.
This book is one of the best (probably the best) audiobook that I have experienced. I loved 'The Member of the Wedding' and 'The Heart is a Lonely Hunter', but this book was an even better experience. The combination of Ms McCullers beautiful writing and characterizations with Kipiniak's sublime narration make this book a joy.
All the characters were beautifully written and tragically flawed. I especially liked Alison and had hoped that she would find the independence and happiness that she wanted.
I listened to Kipiniak's reading of some Science Fiction books. He managed to do a great job with both styles of writing. He brought a gentleness and sensitivity to this story that I doubt many readers could match.
This was a very short audio book. I was fortunate to listen to it all at once and I plan to listen to it again. I would recommend that one find a 4 hour span of time to enjoy McCullers beautiful writing and Kipiniak's performance.
If you liked this book, read "The Heart is a Lonely Hunter". It is not as polished as this story or performance, but one wishes that McCullers would have written more in her lifetime. I hope that "The Ballad of the Sad Cafe" comes out on audio.
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