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Ted

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  • Titan: Gaean Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By John Varley
    • Narrated By Allyson Johnson
    Overall
    (265)
    Performance
    (126)
    Story
    (127)

    John Varley's monumental trilogy - Titan, Wizard, and Demon - has achieved cult status, hailed as a modern triumph of the imagination by critics and fans. It begins with humankind's exploration of a massive satellite orbiting Saturn. It culminates in a shocking discovery: the satellite is a giant alien being. Her name is Gaea. Her awesome interior is mind-boggling - because it is a mind. A mind that calls out to explorers...and transforms all who enter.

    Ted says: "A good if dated SciFi Story"
    "A good if dated SciFi Story"
    Overall

    My apologies, I wrote my review on book 2 and meant it to be on book 1!

    I read a lot of SciFi and this book was a good listen. The narrators voice was a bit difficult for me at first, but once I got used to her, she was actually a very good story teller. The book was written in 1979, so some of the themes are quite dated (The Soviet Union for example), however while dated, it was an entertaining read. I have just purchased the second book and will be listening to it right after I finish Neil Gaiman's latest book.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • A Dance with Dragons: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (49 hrs)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12428)
    Performance
    (10860)
    Story
    (10903)

    Dubbed the American Tolkien by Time magazine, George R. R. Martin has earned international acclaim for his monumental cycle of epic fantasy. Now the number-one New York Times best-selling author delivers the fifth book in his spellbinding landmark series - as both familiar faces and surprising new forces vie for a foothold in a fragmented empire.

    Ryan says: "Enjoyable, but a lot of setup"
    "Hard to Listen To"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Typical George RR Martin read, get you interested in a character, kill said character. Also, some characters seem to have changed their personalities from their last appearance in the series (In a very bad way). The narration was not very good (normally I like Roy Dotrice).

    Lots of words, but not much happening. I am sort of stuck with reading the series, but I can't say I enjoyed much of the book.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • We Might As Well Win

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Johan Bruyneel, Bill Strickland, Lance Armstrong
    • Narrated By Kirby Heybourne
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (30)

    Johan Bruyneel knows what it takes to win. In 1998, this calculating Belgian and former professional cyclist looked Lance Armstrong in the eye and said, "Look, if were going to ride the Tour, we might as well win." In that powerful phrase a dynasty was born.

    Ian says: "Great read, mediocre narration."
    "Interesting View Point"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I liked the book, but it was all over the place. I found the time line very disjointed and hard to follow at times. Great story with a great introduction by Lance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mystic and Rider: The Twelve Houses, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Sharon Shinn
    • Narrated By Jennifer Van Dyck, Sharon Shinn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (472)
    Performance
    (244)
    Story
    (246)

    The fire mystic Senneth crosses the country of Gillengaria on a mission for the king, trying to discover if noble marlords from the Twelve Houses are planning an uprising. She is accompanied by the soldiers Justin and Tayse, two King's Riders who are unswervingly loyal to the crown. Also on the journey are the shape-changers Kirra and Donnal, and a young mystic named Cammon who can practically read minds.

    Ted says: "Light fantasy, heavy romance"
    "Light fantasy, heavy romance"
    Overall

    I recommend this series, though you should not enter into the series looking for an in-depth fantasy read. The book is much more about romance than fantasy, the overall story is good, but very slow. I purchased all 5 books at once (thanks Audible for the great sale), and was shocked to end the story arc on book 4! Book 5 was after the arc with different main characters and it ended up being a good read as well, so no worries there. Two big caveats:

    1) Do not listen the the authors introduction until after you have read the book. Ms. Shinn actually shares with you a lot of what happens in the book, I do not want to know ANYTHING about the story until I start listening to it!

    2) Beware the narrator changes: Books 1 & 2 I thought were narrated very well, books 3 & 4 changed gender on the narrator, and while the narrator from books 3&4 is a bit boring, there was not a huge impact. The narrator in book 5 mis-pronounces a couple of main characters names, which is disruptive and she is not as good as the first narrator. Fortunately, book 5 deals primarily with different characters from different points of view.

    29 of 29 people found this review helpful
  • Fortune and Fate: The Twelve Houses, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Sharon Shinn
    • Narrated By Lindsay Ellison, Sharon Shinn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (199)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (87)

    Sharon Shinn returns with a new novel set in the Twelve Houses world, where a troubled Warrior Rider named Wen faces her greatest challenge in the last place she ever expected: behind the walls of a great family estate known as Fortune, where Wen has been hired to guard the young heiress. Once there, she will find that fate has other plans for her.

    Judy says: "Oh what fun..."
    "Another narrator??"
    Overall

    I really hate when narrators change, since it disrupts my view of the characters, however generally is something easily overcome. In book 5, the narrator mis-pronounces the name of several key characters! You want to talk about impacting your read, every time a characters name is mis-pronounced, I find myself yelling at the book with the correct pronunciation. Do they not check with the author on pronunciation? It seems to really hurt the flow of a 5 book series. At least when the narrator changed from book 2 to 3, they narrator pronounce character names consistently with the first narrator.

    Over all, all five books are good and I would purchase again, just be prepared for some issues with flow.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Graveyard Book

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6504)
    Performance
    (3281)
    Story
    (3303)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Gaiman’s not just an award-winning author, but a narrator who earns rave reviews – and fields requests from other authors to perform their books, too! Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead....

    Guillermo says: "Masterful Fantasy for the Jaded Heart"
    "Not only for chldren!"
    Overall

    I almost did not purchase this book. Neil Gaiman is one of my favorite authors, but 7 hour childrens book did not sound like my cup of tea. Fortunately Mr. Gaiman himself is reading the book, and I admittedly would buy a car stereo owners manual to listen to him read!

    This book is classic Gaiman, interesting characters and the unbelievable presented in a matter of fact and believable way. Gaiman lends credibility to the story, by reading the story in the way he had written. "Bod", the lead in this story is well developed and an interesting cast of characters surround him.

    I gave this book 5 stars and my only criticism of the book is it is too short!

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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