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  • Dracula [Audible Edition]

  • By: Bram Stoker
  • Narrated by: Alan Cumming, Tim Curry, Simon Vance, and others
  • Length: 15 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,544
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,724
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,734

The modern audience hasn't had a chance to truly appreciate the unknowing dread that readers would have felt when reading Bram Stoker's original 1897 manuscript. Most modern productions employ campiness or sound effects to try to bring back that gothic tension, but we've tried something different. By returning to Stoker's original storytelling structure - a series of letters and journal entries voiced by Jonathan Harker, Dr. Van Helsing, and other characters - with an all-star cast of narrators, we've sought to recapture its originally intended horror and power.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • IS THAT NOT SO?

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 11-05-15

WOW.

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

Reviewed: 11-29-17

I had never read the story of Dracula so did not know what to expect really. I was very much entertained. The story was very well written, however, had some resting periods that I felt were prolonged and kind of boring. For the most part though, it was very compelling.

The first section with Jonathan Harker was my favorite. It sucked (pun intended) me into the story. This first bit was absolutely terrifying. Immediately following this portion was a complete change of pace and I almost quit listening because it bored me so much. However, I waded through it and was so glad I did.

The narration was wonderful for the most part. Alan Cumming was brilliant and perfect for his role. Surprisingly we don’t hear much from Tim Curry as I thought we would as he was advertised thoroughly.

The rest of the cast was excellent though the woman narrating Meena (Mina?) had some annoying qualities such as inflating words on a sort of rhythm. Blah BLAH blah blah BLAH blah blah BLAH. It was annoying as well because it felt more like a weird attempt at acting but not really putting too much effort. You can decide when you listen to it.

Highly recommended. I’m a fan of The Name is the Wind, A Song of Ice and Fire, Blood Song, and over fantasy type novels and I really enjoyed it. I think this book can be entertaining for many fans of various genres.

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  • The Axe and the Throne

  • Bounds of Redemption, Volume 1
  • By: M. D. Ireman
  • Narrated by: Matt Cowlrick
  • Length: 22 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 751
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 695
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 696

It is a fool's errand, and Tallos knows it, but against his own better judgment and the pleading of his wife, Tallos has committed himself to a voyage north. His lifelong friend's eldest sons are said to have been taken by Northmen, a raiding people ill-reputed for their savagery. The boys are already dead, Tallos knows, and in that dark place of grim reasoning he wishes only to find their corpses quickly so he can fulfill his promise and return to his wife. Instead, he finds something far worse.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just what fantasy needs.

  • By Karl on 04-06-16

Pretty good book

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

Reviewed: 11-04-17

I enjoyed this book. It was dark no doubt if you like that. Some reviewers likened this book to Game of Thrones. I can see why because of the points of view characters, medieval world, and barbaric men.

What I liked:

The narrator was good and dramatic. He spoke the words clearly.
Very strong characters that are pretty well developed.
Interesting world.
Unique perspective to medieval fantasy (barbarian clans). “River dragons” as alligators etc.
Interesting cultural traditions.
Narrator did a fantastic job with keeping voices the same and unique. Really distinct voices. Great deep voice.

Things that were petty, but annoyed me:

The narrator used the characters voice to speak their thoughts - you’d think that would seem normal, but it really bothered me; not enough to give the book a bad rating.
Quite a few anachronisms - words that would have no meaning to medieval cultures as they are used in modern English.

What I didn’t like:

The ending wasn’t really strong and slowly became more and more ambiguous. I still don’t know what happened to one main character or why it happened.
Some characters seemed assimilate abilities rather quickly, but I still enjoyed them.

All in all it was cool and worth the listen. If you like blood, suspense, and bits of magic then this is for you!

  • Blood Song

  • Raven's Shadow, Book 1
  • By: Anthony Ryan
  • Narrated by: Steven Brand
  • Length: 23 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,463
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,590
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,584

The Sixth Order wields the sword of justice and smites the enemies of the Faith and the Realm. Vaelin Al Sorna was only a child of 10 when his father left him at the iron gate of the Sixth Order. The Brothers of the Sixth Order are devoted to battle, and Vaelin will be trained and hardened to the austere, celibate, and dangerous life of a Warrior of the Faith. He has no family now save the Order.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Fantasy Debut I've Read!

  • By Joshua on 08-21-13

Very Good Book

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

Reviewed: 09-24-17

I really loved this book. A lot of fantasy books have extremely complex and confusing introductions. It takes you a very long time to finally catch on to what is happening.

In this book you start out in a simple situation with a complicated past. It's easy to follow what is going on.

Cool action scenes and warfare. Great characters that surround Vaelin. I think if you liked a wizard of earthsea and the name of the wind, you'll probably like this one.

  • The Farthest Shore

  • The Earthsea Cycle, Book 3
  • By: Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Narrated by: Rob Inglis
  • Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 783
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 705
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 707

Return to Earthsea with Ged, the brash young wizard who survived the enchanted labyrinth of The Tombs of Atuan. In the third episode of this brilliant fantasy saga, a much older Ged sets off on a harrowing quest for the source of a terrible darkness that is taking the magic out of Earthsea.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best. Fantasy. Series. Ever.

  • By Nothing really matters on 07-22-16

Not as good as the first

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

Reviewed: 09-19-17

I liked it but the first book was the best. Still good though. I'd recommend anyone that likes the first two.

  • The Tombs of Atuan

  • The Earthsea Cycle, Book 2
  • By: Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Narrated by: Rob Inglis
  • Length: 5 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,093
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 987
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 983

A bold young wizard enters the labyrinth of the sacred Tombs of Atuan to steal the magical ring of Erreth-Akbe. Instead, he finds an unhappy priestess in need of a hero to save her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • In Some Ways, the Best of the Original Trilogy

  • By Troy on 06-22-14

Fun story in the Earthsea world.

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

Reviewed: 09-02-17

I saw a review stating that this book was a feminist work, but I disagree. At first it seems kind of odd and it's more about a high priestess.

I did feel a bit bored with the book during the first few hours. I'm glad I stuck in there though because it really started getting good. Overall I loved it 5 stars. The narrator is pretty good for an old fella and the story was somewhat less intriguing than A Wizard of Earthsea but was fun nonetheless.

  • Cephrael's Hand

  • A Pattern of Shadow and Light, Book 1
  • By: Melissa McPhail
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 32 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,299
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,144
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,140

In Alorin...300 years after the genocidal Adept Wars, the realm is dying, and the blessed Adept race dies with it. One man holds the secret to reverting this decline: Bjorn van Gelderan, a dangerous and enigmatic man whose shocking betrayal three centuries past earned him a traitor's brand. It is the Adept Vestal Raine D'Lacourte's mission to learn what Bjorn knows in the hope of salvaging his race. But first he'll have to find him....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is a great book!!!

  • By Dason on 07-30-16

Started out intriguing, but slowly lost interest.

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

Reviewed: 05-05-17

I experienced the same thing that man other listeners claimed. Which was that it was a little difficult to follow. And no, it's not my capacity to follow that was the problem (I have no issues with ASoIaF).

The story starts off exciting and you begin to care about the characters and actually feel like there is progress. And then you realize it's going nowhere. I had about 9 hours left when I gave up.

Nick Podehl does a great job and has really outdone himself since The Name of the Wind.

I feel the story could have been several listening hours shorter because then I probably would have finished it. The pace would pick up and then slow down to a dead halt then start up again. The story was over half way through when these new characters started getting introduced and I was just thinking "what do I have to know now". I tried for several hours to get through it but then realized, why bother?

I hate Alyneri's character and the voice that Nick does just grinds the back of my neck and makes me cringe. Remarkable how Nick captures the annoyance of this character in his voice!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Warrior

  • The War Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Sean Golden
  • Narrated by: David DeSantos
  • Length: 13 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 412
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 380
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 378

Demon spawn, they call him. Evil seed of the UnNamed One. Lirak wonders if they might be right. Sent on a holy quest to test his prophetic dreams, he returns to find his people scattered or slaughtered. Ruthless invaders and their dread warlocks spread death and destruction across the land. Before he can lead the remnants of his people in vengeance, Lirak must win their trust. But blades and arrows alone will not defeat this enemy.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Well done with great potential.

  • By Ryan on 05-03-16

Interesting fantasy take.

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

Reviewed: 04-08-17

I agree with some people that the narrator had some interesting character voices that do feel a bit odd. Overall though, I feel the narrator did a great job.

The story proved interesting and I found myself wondering what the setting was exactly. I'd say that's probably the most interesting part of this book.

Overall it was exciting and brought new perspective to he fantasy genre.

  • The Name of the Wind

  • Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 1
  • By: Patrick Rothfuss
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 27 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53,681
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48,589
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48,703

This is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man's search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow!

  • By Joanna on 05-10-11

Perfect.

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

Reviewed: 04-07-17

This book is an instant classic and must read/listen by any fantasy fans. Rothfuss completely envelops you in his world and Nick Podehl makes you feel like you are there. Excellent book and well narrated.

  • The Crystal Shard

  • Legend of Drizzt: Icewind Dale Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: R. A. Salvatore
  • Narrated by: Victor Bevine
  • Length: 12 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,017
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,740
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,738

Drizzt Do’Urden has settled in the windswept towns of Icewind Dale. There, he encounters a young barbarian named Wulfgar, captured in a raid and made the ward of a grizzled dwarf name Bruenor. With Drizzt’s help, Wulfgar will grow from a feral child to a man with the heart of a dwarf, the instincts of a savage, and the soul of a hero. But it will take even more than that to defeat the demonic power of Crenshininbon, the fabled Crystal Shard.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great book

  • By Mark on 06-13-13

Not worth it.

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

Reviewed: 04-07-17

I could not get into this despite having enjoyed the free Drizzt anthology with the various performers. It felt like the narrator was simply just reading the book. It took me out of the book which wasn't that great to begin with. Lasted maybe 5 hours until I just did not care anymore.

9 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • The Wise Man's Fear

  • Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 2
  • By: Patrick Rothfuss
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 42 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 43,505
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 39,455
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 39,515

"My name is Kvothe. I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well worth your time

  • By Robert on 09-08-11

Gripping

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

Reviewed: 08-12-16

Patrick Rothfuss does a great job of telling a story that feels real. Nothing is perfect and the flow of the story feels just this way. It's natural and really sucks you in. Nick Podehl? Does a great job of narrating. Highly recommend to fantasy fans. Instant classic.