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WILLIAM

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  • Lords of the North: The Saxon Chronicles, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Tom Sellwood
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (498)
    Performance
    (261)
    Story
    (267)

    The year is 878, and the Saxons of Wessex, under King Alfred, have defeated the Danes to keep their kingdom free. Uhtred, the dispossessed son of a Northumbrian lord, helped Alfred win that victory, but now he is disgusted by Alfred's lack of generosity. Uhtred flees Wessex, going north to search for his stepsister in the formidable stronghold of Dunholm.

    scott says: "Best on Audible"
    "Another Cornwell Winner"
    Overall

    I admit to being a huge fan of Bernard Cornwell. I have thorougly enjoyed every one of his books and they translate extremely well to the audible format. While it would be difficult for any series to displace his Authur trilogy as my all time favorite, this one comes close. Sadly that series is not available her but I purchased the unabridged cds some time ago and I return to it regualarly. This series is indeed a close second. If you are looking for well reseached, exciting historical fiction with sypathetic characters in interesting situations, look no further. My only regret is that the first two books of this series are only available in abridged form. Cornwell is meant to be enjoyed in full unabridged splender, which makes this last book a treat.

    I also found the reading excellent. The abridged reader is a tough act to follow but once I recovered from the initial shock of the change, I was completely satisfied. I look forward to his addition to the other abridged versions (a not so small hit). Listen to this one and enjoy.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Fallen Man: Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Tony Hillerman
    • Narrated By Christian Baskous
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (59)

    Hundreds of thousands of devotees will cheer the return of Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee. The Navajo policemen, are brought together by the death of a man on Ship Rock, almost 1700 feet above the desert floor. The fallen man had sprawled on the ledge under the peak of Ship Rock mountain for eleven years - visited only by the ravens who had picked his bones bare and scattered his rock-climbing gear. Through the memory of those who had known him, emerges an understanding of the fallen man, who had been given everything and found it was not enough.

    c says: "Too bad about the reader"
    "Great Hillerman Rises Above Pitiful Narration."
    Overall
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    Story

    I love Tony Hillerman books and it is great to finally get some unabridged versions on Audible. We should have all of them here of course but that is off the point. Thus I was eagerly anticipating my acquaintance with a beloved old friends Jim and Joe when a started this volume. Sadly I was immediately put off by the voice, accents (or attempts thereof) and generally delivery of the narrator. He is totally wrong for this series. His effort at a Navaho or even Native American accent comes off as bad attempt at West Texas country. And that is being quite generous. I have listened to all of the abridged Hillerman CDs and never have I heard anything this bad. If fact, those narrators generally did a fine job with the main characters. I hate to make this about the narration but the bottom line is that the book is good enough to survive even narration this bad and still be enjoyable. After the first hour, I simply became numb to the pitiful efforts to reproduce a Native American speech pattern and concentrated on the words alone. Boy do I hope the other unabridged Hillerman books here have a different narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pandora's Star

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4751)
    Performance
    (3005)
    Story
    (3042)

    The year is 2380. The Intersolar Commonwealth, a sphere of stars some 400 light-years in diameter, contains more than 600 worlds, interconnected by a web of transport "tunnels" known as wormholes. At the farthest edge of the Commonwealth, astronomer Dudley Bose observes the impossible: Over 1,000 light-years away, a star...vanishes. It does not go supernova. It does not collapse into a black hole. It simply disappears.

    Devin says: "Great Epic Scifi"
    "Patience Required, so far."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    First a disclaimer; I am only on the 16th chapter so my final impression may vary. That said, I have been waiting for 16 chapters for the "story" to coalesce. Maybe it will or maybe not. To be fair, it is showing some signs of converging so perhaps there is hope. As another reviewer noted, each chapter is a bit of its own short story. If that fits your fancy, you will be right at home here. There are some connecting themes but given how detailed and lengthy each installment, it is hard to keep them in mind as you "progress". I often listen to my books after I retire and almost as often fall asleep while doing so (pity an I-pod doesn't have a deadman switch). Finding my place the next day with this book is much harder that with any other I have sampled yet.

    The story (or stories) are told with rich detail and the science fiction elements are most entertaining and imaginative. If it ever truly gets rolling in a coherent fashion I think I will like it quite a bit but for now I have been managing on hints of future glory. I hope to update this review at the end (I will not let it deter me from finishing it) so we shall see how it turns out. I must admit that it is an interesting twist to have the readers satisfaction as much in suspense as any of the story lines but for now I must say, if you tackle this one, patience is very much required.

    LIke others, I have much enjoyed John Lee's narrations in other books here but the audio values for this one are all over the place. I find myself constantly adjusting the volume and still at times having to backtrack to pick up key bits of dialogue. The audio production values are really not very well managed here.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Antares Dawn: Antares, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Michael McCollum
    • Narrated By Gavin Hammon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (157)
    Performance
    (138)
    Story
    (141)

    When the supergiant star Antares exploded in 2512, the human colony on Alta found their pathway to the stars gone, isolating them from the rest of human space for more than a century. Then one day, a powerful warship materialized in the system without warning. Alarmed by the sudden appearance of such behemoth, the commanders of the Altan Space Navy dispatched one of their most powerful ships to investigate. What ASNS Discovery finds when they finally catch the intruder is a battered hulk manned by a dead crew. That is disturbing news for the Altans....

    Marc Phillips says: "I enjoyed it, but it was terribly out of date."
    "Not Bad But Not David Weber or Jack Campbell"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about Antares Dawn? What did you like least?

    The general permise and plot and the detail in the science discriptions are interesting and fun. The descriptions of the space battles and some of the diologue are rather bland and undramatic. If you are used to David Weber and Jack Campbell, as I am, this will be a bit disappointing by comparison. Nonetheless it was overall a worthwhile read and I will probably continue with the series.


    What aspect of Gavin Hammon’s performance would you have changed?

    HIs female voices.


    Was Antares Dawn worth the listening time?

    Yes but nothing spectacular.


    Any additional comments?

    This is definitely not as good as any of the space opera episodes delivered by Weber or Campbell but not a bad start. I am hopefully his space battle discriptions and diologue improve with subsequent efforts.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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