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  • Midst Toil and Tribulation

  • Safehold Series, Book 6
  • By: David Weber
  • Narrated by: Kevin T. Collins
  • Length: 28 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,413
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,303
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,299

After centuries of stasis, the island kingdom of Charis began to defy the edicts of the Church of God Awaiting - egged on, some say, by the mysterious warrior-monk Merlin Athawes. Now, in the wars and intrigues that have cascaded from Charis's declaration of independence, the populous Republic of Siddermark is sliding into chaos.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator is HORRIBLE - Love this series

  • By Ryan on 10-05-12

Can't stand the 3rd Narrator!

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

Reviewed: 11-17-12

Would you be willing to try another one of Kevin T. Collins’s performances?

NO! Never!!

Any additional comments?

I was looking forward to this one, but I couldn't take it after 30 minutes of some of the worst narration of any book I've ever heard (had an audible account since 2004) I stopped listening. It's hard for me to read books these days, but I guess I'll have to do that or skip this one. There's no way I could make it through 28 hours of that. Heres to hopping the fourth narrator for the series is better.

  • Academ's Fury

  • Codex Alera, Book 2
  • By: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 21 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,200
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,777
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,775

For 1,000 years, the people of Alera have united against the aggressive and threatening races that inhabit the world, using their unique bond with the Furies - elementals of Earth, Air, Fire, Water, and Metal. But now, the unity of the Alerians hangs in precarious balance.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Solid Follow-Up to Book 1

  • By Don on 05-03-10

The sample should really have the horns

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

Reviewed: 04-17-12

Any additional comments?

The sample should really have the horns blowing mid-sentence so people can get an idea of how annoying that is before they spend money on this series. It's a good story & great narration if it just didn't have the stupid horns left over from the CD format.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Furies of Calderon

  • Codex Alera, Book 1
  • By: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 19 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,538
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,786
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,824

In the realm of Alera, where people bond with the furies - elementals of Earth, air, fire, water, and metal - 15-year-old Tavi struggles with his lack of furycrafting. But when his homeland erupts in chaos - when rebels war with loyalists and furies clash with furies - Tavi's simple courage will turn the tides of war.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Oh, how I HATE the horns!!!!

  • By Sarah on 09-14-13

Good story great narration, but the stupid horns

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

Reviewed: 04-09-12

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Good story great narration, but the stupid horns blowing constantly mid sentence throughout the book really suck. It's not a short horn it's long with multiple horns that sound like 3rd graders got loose in the band room. I like listening to audio books when I'm going to sleep & the 3rd graders blasting trumpets makes that awfully hard. I hope the rest of the series doesn't have this wonderful feature.

  • The Curse of Chalion

  • By: Lois McMaster Bujold
  • Narrated by: Lloyd James
  • Length: 18 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,072
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,845
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,852

Amidst the decaying splendor and poisonous intrigue of Chalion's ancient capital, Cazaril is forced to confront not only powerful enemies but also the malignant curse that clings to the royal household, trapping him, flesh and soul, in a maze of demonic paradox, damnation, and death for as long as he dares walk the five-fold pathway of the gods.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What makes a hero... LMB knows

  • By Terri on 04-12-12

Couldn't stop listening

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-08-10

It's surprisingly different from the Miles Vorkosigan series. You could even be forgiven for not realizing it was the same author, but it still has some of the humor & is a real page turner. I got so into the story that I didn't watch any TV while I was home or listen to anything else in the car all weekend & I finished an audio book that should have lasted all week in a couple of days.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Neverwhere

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 13 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,045
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,626
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,637

Richard Mayhew is a young man with a good heart and an ordinary life, which is changed forever when he stops to help a girl he finds bleeding on a London sidewalk. His small act of kindness propels him into a world he never dreamed existed. There are people who fall through the cracks, and Richard has become one of them. And he must learn to survive in this city of shadows and darkness, monsters and saints, murderers and angels, if he is ever to return to the London that he knew.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Vivid, imaginative.

  • By Joseph on 10-29-09

Writers don’t always make the best narrators

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-20-08

This story is decent (I just didn’t get into it), but the narration was either trying to put me to sleep or make me mad. It kinda drowned on then he would start alternating between quiet & loud so I had to constantly turn the volume up & down. This is also only the 2nd book in 4 years that I wouldn’t have finished if it wasn’t for the faster play option on the ipod to speed things along.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • 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

Not as good as Rock Rats

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-14-07

I couldn’t put down the Rock Rats trilogy or Jupiter, but this was more like Saturn it was a chore to get through & was full beginning to end of supposedly smart people repeatedly making the stupidest possible choices.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • March to the Sea

  • Prince Roger Series, Book 2
  • By: David Weber, John Ringo
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 19 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,885
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,312
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,312

Prince Roger MacClintock, Tertiary Heir to the Throne of Man, was a spoiled rotten, arrogant, whiny, thoroughly useless young pain in the butt. But that was before an assassination attempt marooned the Royal Brat and his bodyguards on the planet Marduk, and before they had to march half way around the entire planet, through 120-degree heat and five-hour rainstorms in jungles full of damnbeasts, capetoads, killerpillars, and atul-grak, not to mention hostile peoples, to make their way back to port.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Ole Sci Fi

  • By Mark on 02-21-07

Great story & narrator

Overall
out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-12-06

Good story, good characters & good narrator

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Feast for Crows

  • A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 4
  • By: George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 24 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,625
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,828
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,852

It is not long before the survivors, outlaws, renegades, and carrion eaters start to gather, picking over the bones of the dead and fighting for the spoils of the soon-to-be dead. Now in the Seven Kingdoms, as the human crows assemble over a banquet of ashes, daring new plots and dangerous new alliances are formed, while surprising faces, some familiar, others only just appearing, are seen emerging from an ominous twilight of past struggles and chaos to take up the challenges ahead.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • No Roy Dotrice

  • By Aaron on 12-07-05

Decent story bad narration

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-21-06

Roy Dotrice used different voices so you could fallow conversations & scenes with multiple characters. Now the flat narration & mispronounced names makes getting through many scenes difficult. The story was still pretty good but like others I’m hopping its not starting to go the way of Wheel of Time.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Berserker's Planet

  • By: Fred Saberhagen
  • Narrated by: Lloyd James
  • Length: 6 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 23

Five hundred years have passed since the combined fleets of humanity met and broke the berserker armada at Stone Place. But though the human victory was total, one of the killer machines (weaponless, its star drive a ruin) managed to limp to a secret sanctuary on a planet called Hunter's World. Over the years, a new cult has arisen there, a cult dedicated to Death as the only and ultimate Good.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good but little or no sci-fi action

  • By Vikram on 04-02-04

Decent story horrible narrator

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-26-06

I've enjoyed a few Audible books which have had reviews criticizing how slow the narrator was. None of them bothered me at all, but this one isn't slow it's frustratingly, mind numbingly slow. This would have been the 1st audible book I didn't finish if it wasn???t for the iPod option to speed it up. It really is a decent story & if you???re into the Berserker series it's interesting. Just be prepared to grind your teeth if your player can't be sped up.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Wolfwalker

  • Tales of the Wolves, Book 1
  • By: Tara K. Harper
  • Narrated by: Karen White
  • Length: 13 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 86
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 30

Dion was a healer and a wolfwalker, and the unique telepathic bond that she shared with the wolf Gray Hishn sometimes seemed to amplify her sensitivity to her patients. But she never guessed how strong that bond could be, or what kind of power it could wield, until she found herself lost in the wilderness, with angry slavers at her heels and war on the horizon.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn’t put it down

  • By astaats2 on 03-11-06

Couldn’t put it down

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-11-06

Better have some free time or a long drive if you start this book. Lots of suspense, fast paced detailed action & rich environment make it hard to put down.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful