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  • Stillbright

  • The Paladin Trilogy, Book 2
  • By: Daniel M. Ford
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 21 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 566
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 539
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 539

Ordained by an ancient goddess of mercy and light, former knight Allystaire Coldbourne has become a paladin, a hero out of legend. But evil stalks him, angry gods align against him, and greedy warlords want him dead. With the help of his friends, each blessed with extraordinary powers by the Goddess, Allystaire must escape the clutches of sorcerers and wicked rulers who will stop at nothing to destroy him as he continues his dangerous quest to bring peace and unity to the fractured and war-torn Baronies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • AWESOME

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-16-17

Stillbright... Still Awesome!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-30-17

You know that disappointing feeling when you finish a book by an author and after looking you find that there is nothing else for you to read by this person? That's exactly where I am with Daniel M. Ford having just finished the audio book version of Stillbright, the second book in his Paladin Trilogy during my evening commute.

First off, for audio book fans, the fantastic Michael Kramer does the narration for these books, which should tell you just how damn good it's going to be.

The best part of this book was that it picks up right where the first left off and then continues to run you ragged with action and a plot, while still finding a way to build and deepen the story of the main characters right up to the end.

The worst thing I can say about this book is that I have no idea when the third and final chapter will be out, but I do know that if it's half as good as the first two, it'll be well worth the wait!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Artemis

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: Rosario Dawson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50,622
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47,232
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 47,104

Jazz Bashara is a criminal. Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you're not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you've got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent. Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A ferrari with no motor

  • By will on 11-18-17

Much like Cline's Armada, Weir Struggles here

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-20-17

There's really nothing wrong with being nostalgic, nor the qualities that made us love something in the first place. With that said, sometimes one can try too hard, leaving them with something that fails to live up to, or come anywhere close to the original.

Andy Weir is going to do well with this book based solely upon the success of The Martian, but don't confuse those numbers with actual quality of this book. At best, it's a quick read (or listen) of something new, but it's not going to be something that you want to experience more than once.

As to Rosario Dawson’s narration… Much like Wheaton (and other celeb narrators) she shows a lot of promise, but is clearly not experienced enough to have the nuances of the job in hand (awkward sentence endings, slipping out of character, etc..) that the professionals have down pat.

37 of 45 people found this review helpful

  • Armada

  • A Novel
  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,794
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,868
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 28,816

It's just another day of high school for Zack Lightman. He's daydreaming through another boring math class, with just one more month to go until graduation and freedom - if he can make it that long without getting suspended again. Then he glances out his classroom window and spots the flying saucer.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Lacked the freshness of Ready Player One

  • By Chad on 01-08-16

Painful to the very end.

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-21-16

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I'm starting to think that Ernest Cline is science fiction's version of Dan Brown, a one trick pony who gets progressively worse as he goes along.

If you liked Ready Player One, stop right there, turn around and then go find something else to read, because Armada is pure garbage.

  • A Game of Thrones

  • A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1
  • By: George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by: Roy Dotrice
  • Length: 33 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87,723
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75,373
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 75,324

In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Review of First 5 Books

  • By DCinMI on 09-12-13

One of the very best books you'll ever read

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-24-13

If you could sum up A Game of Thrones in three words, what would they be?

Expect the unexpected

What other book might you compare A Game of Thrones to and why?

There are none.. George RR Martin takes you on a ride like none you've been on before in the epic fantasy world.

What about Roy Dotrice’s performance did you like?

If you're a fan of a narrated by someone who has the ability to slip into seemingly countless characters, Roy is your man.. If you find this style bothersome, you'll be in for a long listen.

Any additional comments?

**Warning, while a great book, know this is the first book of the series and that you're about to be hooked on them. You're going to think that GRRM is the greatest fantasy writer of our time, and you'll be right, that is until you're caught up with the current work, then get yourself a rocking chair, some yarn, a hot mug of angst and settle yourself down for a loooonnnnnnnnggggg wait before you will see the next book.. Mr Martin, while brilliant, gives off the feeling as if he's no longer interested in finishing this story and I imagine his publisher has had to stand over him for the entire six years it took for him to finish A Dance With Dragons, the fifth volume. If you're new to A Game of Thrones, count yourself lucky as now that Martin has the HBO show breathing down his neck, he might find more interest in finishing what he started because of that golden carrot dangling in front of his nose. No new books, no show, no payments and no one talking about how great he is.

  • The Great Hunt

  • Book Two of The Wheel Of Time
  • By: Robert Jordan
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
  • Length: 26 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,340
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 14,672
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,694

The Wheel of Time turns and ages come and go, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the age that gave it birth returns again. For centuries, gleemen have told the tales of The Great Hunt of the Horn. So many tales about each of the Hunters, and so many Hunters to tell of. Now, the Horn itself is found: the Horn of Valere long thought only legend, the Horn which will raise the dead heroes of the ages.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Even better than the first!

  • By So Fain on 04-24-10

The Great Hunt is a great book!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-24-13

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

The second book in the Wheel of Time works by Robert Jordan, picks up where the first left off... The Great Hunt is is doesn't have the plodding pace RJ slipped into with some of the middle books of the series, easily making this a fun read.

  • The Eye of the World

  • Book One of The Wheel of Time
  • By: Robert Jordan
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
  • Length: 29 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,877
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,732
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,758

When their village is attacked by trollocs, monsters thought to be only legends, three young men, Rand, Matt, and Perrin, flee in the company of the Lady Moiraine, a sinister visitor of unsuspected powers. Thus begins an epic adventure set in a world of wonders and horror, where what was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Your first step down a very long and winding road.

  • By Lore on 06-29-12

Still My Favorite R Jordan Book Of The Lot

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-24-13

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

If you're looking for an epic fantasy series to get involved with, it doesn't get any bigger or more epic than it does with Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time works.

Have you listened to any of Kate Reading and Michael Kramer ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I've listened to other works BECAUSE of Michael Kramer and Kate Reading... Quite simply, they are the best in the biz!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Da Vinci Code

  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 7 hrs and 27 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,091
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 332
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 337

While in Paris on business, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon receives an urgent late-night phone call. The elderly curator of the Louvre has been murdered inside the museum, a baffling cipher found near the body. As Langdon and gifted French cryptologist, Sophie Neveu, sort through the bizarre riddle, they are stunned to discover a trail of clues hidden in the works of Da Vinci, clues visible for all to see and yet ingeniously disguised by the painter.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not What I Expected But Good

  • By Segij on 08-27-05

A Quick, easy and fun listen..

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-24-13

What did you love best about The Da Vinci Code?

If you've never read (listened) to a Dan Brown book before, this is the perfect starter course for you to dabble in what he brings to seemingly every one of his books... A fast moving story with some twists and turns and a smile on your face when you're finished..

I'll agree with many others in that I feel this should be unabridged, but that's just my personal bias. If you're looking for something new to try, The Da Vinci Code is good place to start with.