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  • The Blade Itself

  • By: Joe Abercrombie
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 22 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,956
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,440
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,417

Logen Ninefingers, infamous barbarian, has finally run out of luck. Caught in one feud too many, he's on the verge of becoming a dead barbarian - leaving nothing behind him but bad songs, dead friends, and a lot of happy enemies. Nobleman, dashing officer, and paragon of selfishness, Captain Jezal dan Luthar has nothing more dangerous in mind than fleecing his friends at cards and dreaming of glory in the fencing circle. But war is brewing, and on the battlefields of the frozen North they fight by altogether bloodier rules.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Characters drive the story. The Narrator rocks!

  • By Brian Alsobrook on 11-01-16

that was highly enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 03-05-18

I even listened when I want in the car. well performed. well written. no complaints.

  • Welcome to the Universe

  • An Astrophysical Tour
  • By: Neil deGrasse Tyson, Michael A. Strauss, J. Richard Gott
  • Narrated by: Michael Butler Murray
  • Length: 17 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 823
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 743
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 741

Welcome to the Universe is a personal guided tour of the cosmos by three of today's leading astrophysicists. Inspired by the enormously popular introductory astronomy course that Neil deGrasse Tyson, Michael A. Strauss, and J. Richard Gott taught together at Princeton, this book covers it all - from planets, stars, and galaxies to black holes, wormholes, and time travel.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So many things to learn

  • By lennyankireddi on 04-25-17

Math, read out loud

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

Reviewed: 03-20-17

Man... I wanted to love this book. I love NdT and was looking forward to the book, but... then they started to read the equations and, well... there were a lot of equations. Got through a couple hours of it, but, the assault of verbal math just doesn't translate well for an audio book.

Would have benefited from Tyson's own voice too, probably.

Bummer.

24 of 29 people found this review helpful

  • The Shadow of the Torturer

  • The Book of the New Sun, Book 1
  • By: Gene Wolfe
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 12 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,776
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,417
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,420

The Shadow of the Torturer is the first volume in the four-volume epic, the tale of a young Severian, an apprentice to the Guild of Torturers on the world called Urth, exiled for committing the ultimate sin of his profession - showing mercy towards his victim.

Gene Wolfe's "The Book of the New Sun" is one of speculative fiction's most-honored series. In a 1998 poll, Locus Magazine rated the series behind only "The Lord of the Rings" and The Hobbit as the greatest fantasy work of all time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • "All of you are torturers, one way or another"

  • By Jefferson on 10-21-12

Well, that was disappointing

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

Reviewed: 10-13-16

I saw that Neil Gaiman had recommended this book, may he live and write for a thousand years.

Well... his taste in books is not as keen as his skill in writing them.

This book is so plodding and cumbersome and full of the most bumbling kind of misogyny, I actually couldn't finish it.

The author also seems to have a very strong fondness for nonsensical words, sprinkling them about like a chef might do salt. Everywhere one encounters words that cannot mean anything to the reader, long words, made up words, that serve only as a stumbling block for the reader.

I wanted this book to be good. It is not.

The narration brings this book lower that it would already be as well. The dialogue is mostly conducted in a sorts of hushed whisper unlike the speech of pretty much any normal person. It may be spoken in such a way as to try and convey other-worldness, but just ends up being off putting and frustrating.

This book will go down as one of my most regretted wastes of a credit.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • A River Never Sleeps

  • By: Roderick L. Haig-Brown
  • Narrated by: Phil Williams
  • Length: 13 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

Few books have captured the haunting world of music and rivers and of the sport they provide as well as A River Never Sleeps. Roderick L. Haig-Brown writes of fishing not just as a sport, but also as an art. He knows moving water and the life within it - its subtlest mysteries and perpetual delights. He is a man who knows fish lore as few people ever will, and the legends and history of a great sport. Month by month, he takes you from river to river, down at last to the saltwater and the sea.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • The narration ruins this book

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-29-15

The narration ruins this book

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

Reviewed: 05-29-15

A narrator can be the voice of the author in so many ways, capturing the spirit of the book and making it come alive. For other books the narrator can just ruin the whole thing. This was one of the latter. The narration is just poorly done. There is a sing-song nature to the voice, horrible, dopey charter voices and the whole time it just killed what should have been a book I loved. I'm going to have to read.

Don't get this book on Audible. It will ruin it for you.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • To Honor You Call Us

  • Man of War, Book 1
  • By: H. Paul Honsinger
  • Narrated by: Ray Chase
  • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,740
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,614
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,611

The Terran Union is engaged in a vast interstellar war against the Krag Ruthless aliens intent on exterminating humankind. In 2315, the wily Max Robichaux is given command of the USS Cumberland, a destroyer with state-of-the-art capabilities but a combat record so bad, she’s known as the “Cumberland Gap.” Capt. Robichaux’s first mission: to take his warship to the Free Corridor, where the Krag have secretly been buying strategic materials, and to seize or destroy any ships carrying enemy cargo.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Thoroughly enjoyed the story

  • By Stephanie Pitts on 03-19-14

I stopped listening to this book

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

Reviewed: 04-24-15

This narrator is one of my least favorite of all the ones I've listened too. Soooooo dramatic. No one talks like that. He ruins dialogue. He butchers it. I hate listening to him.

It was a combination of his over-the-top style and the story, contrived and sensational, which caused me to stop listening to this and remove it from my phone. I won't listen to this narrator again and I think I'll skip this author.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Slow Regard of Silent Things

  • Kingkiller Chronicle, Book 2.5
  • By: Patrick Rothfuss
  • Narrated by: Patrick Rothfuss
  • Length: 3 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,711
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,163
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,176

Deep below the University, there is a dark place. Few people know of it: a broken web of ancient passageways and abandoned rooms. A young woman lives there, tucked among the sprawling tunnels of the Underthing, snug in the heart of this forgotten place. Her name is Auri, and she is full of mysteries. The Slow Regard of Silent Things is a brief, bittersweet glimpse of Auri’s life, a small adventure all her own. At once joyous and haunting, this story offers a chance to see the world through Auri’s eyes. And it gives the reader a chance to learn things that only Auri knows.... In this book, Patrick Rothfuss brings us into the world of one of The Kingkiller Chronicle’s most enigmatic characters. Full of secrets and mysteries, The Slow Regard of Silent Things is the story of a broken girl trying to live in a broken world.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Ruined Ari for me

  • By Andrey Barsukov on 06-03-18

Doesn't do what a story is supposed to do

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

Reviewed: 03-03-15

I feel like a chump for getting this audio book. It was only just over three hours long... a little thin for me to spend my prized credit on, but I did... I did because I liked the Name of the Wind books, the two thus far completed, and because the prospect of learning more about Aria was intriguing.

Three plus hours later and I know almost nothing about Aria except that she is insane. She has been weakened as a character. While I learned almost nothing about her past or about why she is the way she is, I do know that she is insane. She is as insane as insane. Three hours of her caring what a blanket thought and describing the attitudes of the walls and making soap... let's not forget about her making soap.

It was literary masturbation. It is the sort of thing writers write to be cleaver, for other writers to impress them at parties ("Look, I wrote something that broke all the rules!"). The after notes were basically the author saying just about as much. Yes, it was a weird, odd and maybe horrible story, but if you didn't get it, it wasn't for you. Wish I could rewind even the few hours I spend with this story.

This was a poorly done thing and it should have stayed in the trunk.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Long Earth

  • A Novel
  • By: Terry Pratchett, Stephen Baxter
  • Narrated by: Michael Fenton-Stevens
  • Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,243
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,020
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,042

The Western Front, 1916. Private Percy Blakeney wakes up. He is lying on fresh spring grass. He can hear birdsong and the wind in the leaves. Where have the mud, blood, and blasted landscape of no-man's-land gone? For that matter, where has Percy gone? Madison, Wisconsin, 2015. Police officer Monica Jansson is exploring the burned-out home of a reclusive - some say mad, others allege dangerous - scientist who seems to have vanished. Sifting through the wreckage, Jansson find a curious gadget.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • The Long (and Boring) Earth

  • By Mike From Mesa on 08-15-13

please, no Brits doing American accents

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

Reviewed: 12-31-14

The story is interesting enough, something new, which is what I was looking for. however, the narration didn't work for me. putting on an American accent, and doing it poorly, really took me out of the story, again and again.

I won't do the follow on books because it is the same narrator.

  • The Way of Kings

  • Book One of The Stormlight Archive
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
  • Length: 45 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 55,134
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 49,991
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 49,990

Roshar is a world of stone and storms. Uncanny tempests of incredible power sweep across the rocky terrain so frequently that they have shaped ecology and civilization alike. Animals hide in shells, trees pull in branches, and grass retracts into the soilless ground. Cities are built only where the topography offers shelter. It has been centuries since the fall of the ten consecrated orders known as the Knights Radiant, but their Shardblades and Shardplate remain: mystical swords and suits of armor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow - 45 hours long and leaves you wanting more!

  • By Lore on 03-31-12

I stopped listening 40 hours in

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

Reviewed: 05-20-14

I got 40 hours in and realized this was only the first book of many and the outstanding issues weren't going to be resolved and I didn't want to sit through another of these.

Maybe the writing stands up a bit better if not being read by Michael Kramer, but he seems to do all of Sanderson's books, or those I've encountered, at any rate. I find him too dramatic and that breaks the suspension of disbelief you need to sink into one of these books.

There was a bit too much "Storm Father" in this. I also was constantly beguiled by characters taking the most indirect route, doing the least plausible thing or otherwise acting in a manner which would only prolong the story-line while being out of human nature.

The book bounces between present and past and that was also a bit annoying. It was annoying to bounce from character to character, always when things were getting interesting. It was a constant raising to climax only to have cold water poured all over the storyline.

I think I'm done with Sanderson. I liked the Mistborn Series (the first three, at any rate), but it is all starting to feel contrived.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Helmet for My Pillow

  • From Parris Island to the Pacific: A Young Marine's Stirring Account of Combat in World War II
  • By: Robert Leckie
  • Narrated by: James Badge Dale, Tom Hanks (introduction)
  • Length: 10 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,965
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,707
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,705

The celebrated 2010 HBO miniseries The Pacific, winner of eight Emmy Awards, was based on two classic books about the War in the Pacific, Helmet for My Pillow and With The Old Breed. Audible Studios, in partnership with Playtone, the production company co-owned by Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman, and creator of the award-winning HBO series Band of Brothers, John Adams, and The Pacific, as well as the HBO movie Game Change, has created new recordings of these memoirs, narrated by the stars of the miniseries.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Engaging Account of the War in “The Pacific”

  • By Aaron on 08-13-14

Just a well done book

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

Reviewed: 05-20-14

The author can be a little fond of expensive words at times, but he really does write well. Powerful imagery of the horrors and stupidities of war. Just well written.

The narration, which has killed so many a good book, was first class. I'm a fan.

13 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • Lone Survivor

  • The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10
  • By: Marcus Luttrell, Patrick Robinson
  • Narrated by: Kevin T. Collins
  • Length: 14 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,141
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,307
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 8,329

Four US Navy SEALS departed one clear night in early July 2005 for the mountainous Afghanistan-Pakistan border for a reconnaissance mission. Their task was to document the activity of an al Qaeda leader rumored to have a small army in a Taliban stronghold. Five days later, only one of those Navy SEALS made it out alive. This is the story of the only survivor of Operation Redwing, SEAL team leader Marcus Luttrell, and the extraordinary firefight that led to the largest loss of life in American Navy SEAL history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enthralling and authentic story of valor in combat

  • By Michael J Canning on 01-25-14

Good story slightly tainted by "Liberals" rant

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

Reviewed: 01-10-14

This guy has maybe earned the right to say whatever he wants to say and, yes, it is a free country because of folks like him.

I'll take issue with his little rant about liberals though. He claimed that if he shot Osama he'd probably be put up on war crimes charges and condemned by the "Liberal Media."

Of course, OBL was shot, right in the face, and the mainstream media didn't really get upset about it and only the fringe of the left had any issue with it. I'm liberal as hell and I celebrated the death of OBL just like any Texas red neck.

We can love our country just as much as anyone else. The rant he made about liberals did put me off a bit.

The narrator is a bit dramatic too, which I wasn't really fond of, but the story is what I got the book for.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful