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Torah Cottrill

Seattle, WA
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  • The Blade Itself

  • The First Law: Book One
  • By: Joe Abercrombie
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 22 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,135
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,837
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,848

Inquisitor Glokta, a crippled and bitter relic of the last war, former fencing champion turned torturer, is trapped in a twisted and broken body - not that he allows it to distract him from his daily routine of torturing smugglers.Nobleman, dashing officer and would-be fencing champion Captain Jezal dan Luthar is living a life of ease by cheating his friends at cards. Vain and shallow, the biggest blot on his horizon is having to get out of bed in the morning to train with obsessive and boring old men.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Violent, Ironic, and Absorbing Epic Fantasy Noir

  • By Jefferson on 01-30-13

Absorbing story, complex characters, great reader

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

Reviewed: 10-22-13

I was blown away by this series. Abercrombie has created these characters that I've had arguments with friends about: Is Glokta evil? What's the importance of Ardie West? How significant is speaking with spirits? I deeply cared what happened to all of these people, and I sped through all three books, amazed to see how things fell out. I guarantee you you won't expect the end of Book 3.

Steven Pacey's performance is the fourth wall of this magnificent edifice, though. I could tell you which character was speaking without any clues from the text, his feel for voice is so good. When I finished this series, I went looking for more Abercrombie books; I also went looking for more narration by Pacey. He's amazingly good.

There's nothing not to like here: it's a fantastic story, compellingly told and perfectly read.

  • City of Torment

  • Forgotten Realms: Abolethic Sovereignty, Book 2
  • By: Bruce R. Cordell
  • Narrated by: John Pruden
  • Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32

Lovecraftian horror from award-winning Forgotten Realms game designer Bruce R. Cordell. Raidon Kane travels to the subterranean fortress of the somnambulant aboleths, bent on killing the Eldest in its sleep. But he isn’t the only one bound for the hidden city. A warlock, an arch fey, a pirate, and a high priestess of the Abolethic Sovereignty all have designs of their own on the Eldest – if they don’t kill each other first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story, great reader

  • By Torah Cottrill on 05-14-13

Great story, great reader

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

Reviewed: 05-14-13

In City of Torment, the characters from Plague of Spells gain even more depth and complexity as we learn more about their histories and motives. The story moves along at a good pace, as Japeth takes desperate risks to save Anusha and Raidon Kane does what he does best: fights to save the world. John Pruden really hits the right notes, as well. He's an excellent dialog reader, and gives each character a distinct and believable voice.

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  • Feed

  • The Newsflesh Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Mira Grant
  • Narrated by: Paula Christensen, Jesse Bernstein
  • Length: 15 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,767
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,509
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,505

The year was 2014. We had cured cancer. We had beat the common cold. But in doing so we created something new, something terrible that no one could stop. The infection spread, virus blocks taking over bodies and minds with one, unstoppable command: FEED.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I laughed, I cried...

  • By susan on 04-07-11

This is the experience you get an audiobook for

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

Reviewed: 01-14-13

The Newsflesh trilogy is a perfect example of what audiobooks do really well: take great books and bring them right into your head in three dimensions. Mira Grant (who also writes as Seanan McGuire, in case you want to check out her other work) hits a nerve with this story of a horror that's become everyday reality, and the political corruption that it seems can't ever be killed. If you think things can't get any crazier than they are in the first book, wow, are YOU in for a surprise!

A huge part of what makes this such an excellent audible experience, of course, are the readers. Throughout all three books, all of the readers are first-rate. It's amazing (and surreal) to hear the female reader doing the male character's voice as her character thinks of what her brother said, and later hearing the male reader doing the sister's voice. If they can pull THAT off, imagine how well they do everything else. Seriously, these books are full of win from the first minute through the last.

  • Hounded

  • The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Kevin Hearne
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,315
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,419
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,361

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....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WINNING UGLY IS STILL WINNING

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 04-13-16

Luke Daniels is amazing

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

Reviewed: 01-14-13

There are a lot of great reviews here about the Iron Druid Chronicles, which are very enjoyable formula fantasy. I don't think Hearne knows how to write women, but that's a small quibble. What I really want to let you know, though, is what a fantastic reader Luke Daniels is. I'll be hearing the way he does Oberon every time I imagine what a dog wants to say, for years. He really brings life to the characters, and adds a sense of momentum to the narrative. I'll be looking for other books he's narrated.

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  • Soon I Will Be Invincible

  • A Novel
  • By: Austin Grossman
  • Narrated by: Coleen Marlo, Paul Boehmer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,613
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,085
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,087

Doctor Impossible, evil genius and diabolical scientist, has tried to take over the world in every way imaginable, but this time is going to be different. He'll have to contend with Fatale, however, a rookie superhero on her first day with the Champions, the world's most famous superteam. She's a patchwork woman of skin and chrome, a gleaming technological marvel built for the next generation of warfare.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Now that I have you at my mercy. . .

  • By Brad W. on 07-02-07

Loved it!

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

Reviewed: 01-14-13

Wow. What a great book! If you haven't heard of this yet, are you in for a treat. This was one of the first of the Watchmen-type superhero books, funny and smart and well-written. The readers are first-rate, as well, and it's a pleasure to spend the time listening to this. My only regret is that his new book isn't available yet!

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  • Darkvision

  • Forgotten Realms: The Wizards, Book 3
  • By: Bruce R. Cordell
  • Narrated by: Bruce Miles
  • Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

Haunted by nightmares and driven by desire, Ususi defied the will of her people and ran away, venturing alone into the outside world her people abandoned centuries ago. Now Ususi tracks down the relics that brought both prosperity and doom to her people. But when an old adversary finds her trail, she discovers the danger she thought past might only be beginning.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic book, disappointing reader

  • By Torah Cottrill on 01-14-13

Fantastic book, disappointing reader

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

Reviewed: 01-14-13

I LOVE this book. It's a great stand-alone fantasy title, and it doesn't matter whether you've read any other books it the series or even if you know what Forgotten Realms is, there's a lot to enjoy. The plot has enough curves to keep me wondering how it's going to work out, and I'm a huge fan of the number of really strong female characters in the book. I think this may be my favorite Bruce Cordell novel.

But, sadly, the reader is ruining it for me. This guy just can't do voices, and shouldn't even try. With the exception of the dwarf (who, to give the reader credit, I think he nails), every other character, male or female, sounds exactly the same: like a crotchety old woman. It's driving me crazy. And why can't he pronounce the names of people and places the same way every time? There's a pronunciation guide in the back of the book, for crying out loud, you'd think he could figure out whether the place is "DUR-per," "DUR-PAR," or "dur-PAR" (the last one is correct, although you'd never be able to guess from listening). One of the main characters' names is Iahn, pronounced "Ian" --- not "Yan." OK, I could live with hearing the reader say "Celestial NAY-DEER" a hundred times (isn't it "nay-DEER"?), and even with "Yan," but I'm having a really hard time with everybody sounding like an old lady who needs a nap.

Please, do us all a favor, and don't ask this reader to do anything else involving dialogue.

  • The Jennifer Morgue

  • A Laundry Files Novel
  • By: Charles Stross
  • Narrated by: Gideon Emery
  • Length: 13 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,008
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 862
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 863

Bob Howard is a special operative for the British agency called The Laundry, and his task is to stop a rogue billionaire from using an artifact, known as Gravedust, with the power to reanimate the dead. The U.S. Black Agency sends the lethal Ramona Random to aid Bob’s mission, but she seems to have a different agenda.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Laundry as James Bond

  • By Bryan on 09-16-12

Fabulous

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-18-10

The reader, Gideon Emery, was perfect for this book, and the material was a fascinating blend of Lovecraftian tropes, computer technical geekery, and the application of over-the-top spycraft.

And damn it if the interpersonal relationships didn't have extraordinarily satisfying arcs! Stross's characters have really begun to feel like real people in the best possible way.

This has me slavering to hear the previous Laundry book, also read by Emery. I hope you've got Emery already producing the Fuller Memorandum, now that I'm on the topic, because if you can't tell, I think Stross, the Laundry books, and Emergy are a winning combo.

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  • The Aftermath

  • Book Four of The Asteroid Wars
  • By: Ben Bova
  • Narrated by: Emily Janice Card, Gabrielle de Cuir, Stephen Hoye, and others
  • Length: 12 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 205
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 99

When the spaceship Viking encounters a variety of adversaries in the Asteroid Belt - including a prospector and his family, a cyborg, the solar system's greatest sculptor, and an evil industrialist - a confrontation begins that transforms the human solar system.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Space Opera

  • By George on 10-23-14

Disappointing

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-17-08

Only a few positive things to say about this book. The readers were all fantastic. It was because of their strength I made it through this book.

The concept of the character Dorn was very compelling.

However, overall, this book seemed sort of pointless, like a denouement that stretched out to cover a book, telling us things we already probably knew or could have guessed.

The contortions of the plot to bring in the Artifact seemed pointless, and a mere aside to where the story was trying to go. It takes an alien artifact to achieve such transformations of thought?

Anyhow, I hunger for good hard sci-fi to show up here on Audible--but this one is a little dated. Let's get some more Egan or Stross, or authors of the generation after Bova here, who have embraced current trends and extrapolate them into their stories. Get these fabulous readers on a book by Alastair Reynolds. How exciting is that idea?

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