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  • The Aeronaut's Windlass

  • The Cinder Spires, Book 1
  • By: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: Euan Morton
  • Length: 21 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,670
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,893
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,886

Since time immemorial the Spires have sheltered humanity, towering for miles over the mist-shrouded surface of the world. Within their halls aristocratic houses have ruled for generations, developing scientific marvels, fostering trade alliances, and building fleets of airships to keep the peace. Captain Grimm commands the merchant ship Predator. Fiercely loyal to Spire Albion, he has taken their side in the cold war with Spire Aurora, disrupting the enemy's shipping lines by attacking their cargo vessels.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Brave New World

  • By Don Gilbert on 10-02-15

It starts slowly, but gradually grows on you

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

Reviewed: 01-22-18

Okay, the first thing that I asked myself is this: Is it as good as Dresden? Absolutely not. It was slow-starting and finishing it seemed like a long hike. But gradually, I began to get into the story, understand the politics of the world and began to like it. The main characters become likeable, maybe even endearing in a few spots. I grew to care about them and that is what kept me reading.

I'd recommend it and will look for the sequels when they come out, but if you choose this one, expect it to be a bit of a commitment.

  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 175,557
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 164,089
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163,746

At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book.

  • By Julie W. Capell on 05-27-14

A huge fan - especially of the audio book

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

Reviewed: 01-22-18

I thought the book was wonderful. The audio by Wil Wheaton was a fun added dimension to it. As opposed to some reviewers, I didn't find the many references to be over-kill or detract from the story - in fact I enjoyed each one. Beyond the '80s stuff, I think the story still stands up and I had fun getting to know the protagonist.

At this writing, the film is still several months away and I must say I am more anxious about this adaptation than any film since The Fellowship of the Ring.

Another element of the story I appreciated was the development of the friendship between the main characters. I had "feels" for the team throughout.

  • Kiln People

  • By: David Brin
  • Narrated by: Andy Caploe
  • Length: 23 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 121
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 109
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 111

In a perilous future where disposable duplicate bodies fulfill every legal and illicit whim of their decadent masters, life is cheap. No one knows that better than Albert Morris, a brash investigator with a knack for trouble, who has sent his own duplicates into deadly peril more times than he cares to remember. But when Morris takes on a ring of bootleggers making illegal copies of a famous actress, he stumbles upon a secret so explosive it has incited open warfare on the streets of Dittotown.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • ok

  • By David Samson on 04-04-15

Fascinating premise

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

Reviewed: 01-22-18

I began this book years ago, but finally got to finish it pretty recently. Even when I started, the premise of the story interested me. I am sorry to say toward the end, the story weakened - mostly due to a rather cliched antagonist. I'm glad I finished it, but don't know that I'd recommend it to others - at least not highly.

  • Doctor Who: 10th Doctor Tales

  • 10th Doctor Audio Originals
  • By: Peter Anghelides, Dan Abnett, David Roden, and others
  • Narrated by: Catherine Tate, David Tennant, Michelle Ryan
  • Length: 15 hrs and 16 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 546
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 511
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 508

David Tennant, Catherine Tate and Michelle Ryan are the narrators of this exclusive collection of original audio adventures. Join the 10th Doctor on journeys in time and space in these stories: 'Pest Control', 'The Forever Trap', 'The Nemonite Invasion', 'The Rising Night', 'The Day of the Troll', 'The Last Voyage' and 'Dead Air'. Written by Peter Anghelides, Dan Abnett, David Roden, Scott Handcock, Simon Messingham and James Goss.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Incredible and Engaging Stories and Voice Talent

  • By Seanster on 01-20-17

Get this - even just for readers!

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

Reviewed: 01-22-18

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

Catherine Tate (who played Donna) is by herself worth the price of this audio! I'm from California and at least in audio, I found Tennant difficult to understand due to the accent (though it never bothered me in the TV show). Tate actually does as good a David Tennant as DT does himself!

Any additional comments?

The stories here are good to listen to individually, especially as a break from your favorite fantasy books. I felt like I was IN the story, just like the TV show did. I know some reviewers are concerned that the audio programs are identified as NOT being part of the true series - I'm just not concerned that much about that level of evaluation. I think almost any Whovian will like these stories.

  • The Black Prism

  • By: Brent Weeks
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 21 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,187
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,868
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,858

Gavin Guile is the Prism, the most powerful man in the world. He is high priest and emperor, a man whose power, wit, and charm are all that preserve a tenuous peace. But Prisms never last, and Guile knows exactly how long he has left to live: five years to achieve five impossible goals. But when Guile discovers he has a son, born in a far kingdom after the war that put him in power, he must decide how much he's willing to pay to protect a secret that could tear his world apart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thank you, thank you, thank you for the reissue!

  • By DJK1986 on 08-26-16

As good as expected

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

Reviewed: 01-21-18

Would you listen to The Black Prism again? Why?

This was recommended so highly by several BookTube readers that I just had to try it out. It was just as good as I expected - though now I will need to read the sequels. I'd read it again and recommend it to anyone interested in fantasy.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Black Prism?

Without spoilers, I think the thing I liked most was the gradual revelation of the character of the Prism himself.

Have you listened to any of Simon Vance’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have not listened to Simon Vance before, but he did a fine job with this.

Any additional comments?

I am late to the party on this one, but am glad so many people had recommended it highly. I enjoyed it very much. The magic system was particularly good.