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Noreen

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  • Tigana

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Guy Gavriel Kay
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (954)
    Performance
    (607)
    Story
    (617)

    Tigana is the magical story of a beleaguered land struggling to be free. It is the tale of a people so cursed by the black sorcery of a cruel, despotic king that even the name of their once-beautiful homeland cannot be spoken or remembered.

    But after years of devastation, a handful of courageous men and women embark upon a dangerous crusade to overthrow their conquerors and bring back to the dark world the brilliance of a long-lost name: Tigana.

    Robert says: "Says a lot about who we are."
    "I miss Tigana"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Tigana the most enjoyable?

    The characters were not perfect. They were well developed humans. The good guys didn't always win and they didn't always survive. I missed the book for weeks after.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    That is the thing. No one character stood out throughout the whole book. they all were terrific when it was their time.


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

    no


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    Simon Vance did a really good job.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sub-Human: Post-Human Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By David Simpson
    • Narrated By Ray Chase
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (143)
    Performance
    (132)
    Story
    (132)

    Before he was Old-timer, he was Craig Emilson, a young doctor, sucked into military service at the outbreak of World War III. Enlisting to become a Special Forces suborbital paratrooper, Craig is selected to take part in the most important mission in American military history - a sortie into enemy territory to eliminate the world's first strong Artificial Intelligence. The mission is only the beginning of Craig's story, and for the story of humanity as well, as they accelerate towards a world that is post-human.

    Michael says: "A Roll Of The Dice, A Shot In The Dark!"
    "absolutely the worst narrator I have ever endured"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Davina Porter


    Would you recommend Sub-Human to your friends? Why or why not?

    the story if read would be fine but not this version of narration


    What didn’t you like about Ray Chase’s performance?

    ABSOLUTELY NOTHING


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The story was good which is why I endured the horrible narration to the end


    Any additional comments?

    do not ever use Ray Chase again

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Hounded: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10646)
    Performance
    (9511)
    Story
    (9486)

    Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, lives peacefully in Arizona, running an occult bookshop and shape-shifting in his spare time to hunt with his Irish wolfhound. His neighbors and customers think that this handsome, tattooed Irish dude is about twenty-one years old - when in actuality, he’s twenty-one centuries old. Not to mention: He draws his power from the earth, possesses a sharp wit, and wields an even sharper magical sword known as Fragarach, the Answerer. Unfortunately, a very angry Celtic god wants that sword, and he’s hounded Atticus for centuries....

    Chris says: "Finally, a modern day fantasy that really hits the"
    "What a waste of time"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about Hounded?

    There was no character develpment. It was just a daily diary of the Druid. I did this then because of this i did this....for the whole book


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    not this series


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    yes


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    credits back please

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mogworld

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Yahtzee Croshaw
    • Narrated By Yahtzee Croshaw
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (755)
    Performance
    (717)
    Story
    (718)

    In a world full to bursting with would-be heroes, Jim couldn't be less interested in saving the day. His fireballs fizzle. He's awfully grumpy. Plus, he's been dead for about 60 years. When a renegade necromancer wrenches him from eternal slumber and into a world gone terribly, bizarrely wrong, all Jim wants is to find a way to die properly, once and for all. On his side, he's got a few shambling corpses, an inept thief, and a powerful death wish. But he's up against tough odds....

    Alyssa says: "Yahtzee learns to enunciate"
    "the worst I have ever bought from Audible"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    nothing could save this concept or horrible writing. it was insulting. i listened to about 2 hours hoping that it would improve but it only got worse.


    What didn’t you like about Yahtzee Croshaw’s performance?

    just about everything


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    NONE


    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Scarlet: The Lunar Chronicles, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Marissa Meyer
    • Narrated By Rebecca Soler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1440)
    Performance
    (1327)
    Story
    (1327)

    Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the best-selling Lunar Chronicles. She's trying to break out of prison - even though if she succeeds, she'll be the Commonwealth's most wanted fugitive. Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit's grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn't know about her grandmother or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life.

    Jennifer says: "Not sure if fault lies in performance or story"
    "I am hooked!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Scarlet again? Why?

    yes I love the characters


    What other book might you compare Scarlet to and why?

    Dianna Gabaldon's Outlander. There are real people doing things real people would do in those situations.

    Science Fiction and Fantasy are a wonderful medium to try to answer the big "what if" about ourselves.


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

    Yes Cinder and it was just as good


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ship of Magic: The Liveship Traders, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (35 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Robin Hobb
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (749)
    Performance
    (526)
    Story
    (524)

    Bingtown is a hub of exotic trade and home to a merchant nobility famed for its liveships---rare vessels carved from wizardwood, which ripens magically into sentient awareness. The fortunes of one of Bingtown's oldest families rest on the newly awakened liveship Vivacia. For Althea Vestrit, the ship is her rightful legacy unjustly denied her---a legacy she will risk anything to reclaim.

    Lorena says: "Something altogether new"
    "horrible"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about Ship of Magic?

    the performance was way over the top

    i kept wanting to say - ya think captain obvious


    Would you ever listen to anything by Robin Hobb again?

    no


    How could the performance have been better?

    a different narrator


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Wormhole: The Rho Agenda, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Richard Phillips
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (889)
    Performance
    (808)
    Story
    (812)

    When the Rho Project’s lead scientist, Dr. Donald Stephenson, is imprisoned for his crimes against humanity, the world dares to think the threat posed by the Rho Project’s alien technologies is finally over. The world is wrong. In Switzerland, scientists working on the Large Hadron Collider have discovered a new threat, a scientific anomaly capable of destroying the earth - and only Rho Project technology can stop it.

    Brian says: "SPECTACULAR SERIES!"
    "a lazy writer"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about Wormhole?

    there was too much irrelevant information and absolutely no character development


    What was most disappointing about Richard Phillips’s story?

    the characters were cardboard cutouts


    Would you listen to another book narrated by MacLeod Andrews?

    yes


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    i was really disappointed in the second book of this trilogy but listened to this third one ONLY because I wanted to hear the end of the story.

    well that was a waste of time

    no lessons learned
    no uplifting moral

    pathetic ending

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Immune: The Rho Agenda, Book Two

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Richard Phillips
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1054)
    Performance
    (957)
    Story
    (957)

    Anyone who dares challenge the Rho Project is being systematically picked off. At the top of the hit man’s death list: NSA fixer Jack Gregory, and the three teenagers who first exposed the Rho Project’s dark agenda to the world.On the run for their lives, Heather, Mark, and Jennifer know that the Rho Project’s alien nano-technology has been released into the world, disguised as a miracle cure. But what they don’t yet know is that the serum has taken on a life of its own....

    Orson says: "A second volume that stands alone - brilliantly"
    "a boring book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    someone impressed with physics


    What was most disappointing about Richard Phillips’s story?

    to technical
    poor character development


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    the performance was as good as it could be given the material


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Immune?

    don't get me started


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Second Ship: The Rho Agenda, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Richard Phillips
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1560)
    Performance
    (1409)
    Story
    (1429)

    In 1948, an alien starship crash-landed in the New Mexico desert and brought with it the key to mankind’s future. Code-named the Rho Project, the landing was shrouded in secrecy, and only the highest-ranking US government and military personnel knew it existed. Until now....

    Mike From Mesa says: "Terrific story"
    "way too tecky"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about The Second Ship? What did you like least?

    It gave me hope that there was a good story woven into the trilogy


    Would you ever listen to anything by Richard Phillips again?

    no


    What three words best describe MacLeod Andrews’s performance?

    average, adequate


    Could you see The Second Ship being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    no


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Year Zero: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Rob Reid
    • Narrated By John Hodgman
    Overall
    (1277)
    Performance
    (1167)
    Story
    (1164)

    Low-level entertainment lawyer Nick Carter thinks it's a prank, not an alien encounter, when a redheaded mullah and a curvaceous nun show up at his office. But Frampton and Carly are highly advanced (if bumbling) extraterrestrials. And boy, do they have news. The entire cosmos, they tell him, has been hopelessly hooked on humanity's music ever since "Year Zero" (1977 to us), when American pop songs first reached alien ears. This addiction has driven a vast intergalactic society to commit the biggest copyright violation since the Big Bang.

    Robert says: "Fantastic Performance by Hodgman"
    "Tedious"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about Year Zero? What did you like least?

    The story was slow moving.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Rob Reid again?

    no


    What does John Hodgman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    the Narration was average but clearly the best part of the experience


    Could you see Year Zero being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    no


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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