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  • Cold Is the Grave

  • An Inspector Banks Novel
  • By: Peter Robinson
  • Narrated by: Ron Keith
  • Length: 16 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 200
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 114
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111

The Inspector Banks novel In a Dry Season was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and won an Anthony Award. Cold Is the Grave won the Crime Writers of Canada Arthur Ellis Award. It takes the aging, solitary inspector from his cozy Yorkshire cottage into the dark underworld of London. The assignment is a favor asked by Banks' boss and greatest enemy: Chief Constable Riddle.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very Solid

  • By Colleen on 10-10-04

I barely finished it

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

Reviewed: 09-24-18

The writing was full of unrealistic portrayals of women, And girls, and relationships between people,and people in general. Some of the language sounded like it came from old American gangster movies.And he re-used the same phrases over and over again - I don’t see how I can help. I don’t know how that’s relevant. For crying out loud! Every chapter had at least one or two people saying for crying out loud. Actually, that’s in all of his books. Anyway, nobody says that. It became like nails on a chalkboard to me.
And the narrator made it all much worse. Most of the women sounded pouty or whiny, and everyone sounded older then they were supposed to be.Most of the characterizations were exaggerated, as though he were voicing a cartoon rather than narrating a detective story.
Peter Robinson has written better, and a better narrator may have helped this Audible book to be more palatable. The combination was nerve-racking, at least for me. I had to take several breaks from listening when it got to be too much.I don’t recommend it.

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  • The Remains of the Day

  • By: Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,090
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,730
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,713

The Remains of the Day is a profoundly compelling portrait of the perfect English butler and of his fading, insular world in postwar England. At the end of his three decades of service at Darlington Hall, Stevens embarks on a country drive, during which he looks back over his career to reassure himself that he has served humanity by serving "a great gentleman". But lurking in his memory are doubts about the true nature of Lord Darlington's "greatness" and graver doubts about his own faith in the man he served.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Butler reflects back on his years of service

  • By Adam Shields on 04-26-14

Absolutely perfect narration

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

Reviewed: 10-16-17

A very evocative story, brilliantly portrayed. I dont believe anyone else could have brought the character to life the way this narrator did.

  • Weaveworld

  • By: Clive Barker
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 21 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,213
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,115
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,123

Clive Barker has made his mark on modern fiction by exposing all that is surreal and magical in the ordinary world - and exploring the profound and overwhelming terror that results. With its volatile mix of the fantastical and the contemporary, the everyday and the otherworldly, Weaveworld is an epic work of dark fantasy and horror - a tour de force from one of today's most forceful and imaginative artists.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ah, but what price Wonderland?

  • By Jason on 04-09-16

Great story perfectly narrated

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

Reviewed: 03-14-17

Unique and imaginative story, a true work of art. The narrator was wonderful, great characterizations and even did women's voices believably.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms

  • A Song of Ice and Fire
  • By: George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by: Harry Lloyd
  • Length: 10 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,017
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,377
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,306

Taking place nearly a century before the events of A Game of Thrones, A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms compiles the first three official prequel novellas to George R. R. Martin's ongoing masterwork, A Song of Ice and Fire. Before Tyrion Lannister and Podrick Payne, there were Dunk and Egg. A young, naïve, but ultimately courageous hedge knight, Ser Duncan the Tall towers above his rivals - in stature if not experience. Tagging along is his diminutive squire, a boy called Egg - whose true name (hidden from all he and Dunk encounter) is Aegon Targaryen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Martin is a genius

  • By Celeste Albers on 04-26-16

Narration not my style at all.

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

Reviewed: 01-09-16

I liked the story well enough, although one thing GRRM does that gets on my nerves is repeating phrases over and over and over... "How many eyes does Bloodraven have? A thousand eyes and one" comes to mind. Other than repetitiveness I believe this was good enough for most people who like ASOIAF books.
But the narrator almost ruined it for me. So many of the voice characterizations were cartoonishly unrealistic. In fact they seemed more like caricatures than characterizations to me. Beyond the characterizations, on several occasions he dropped his voice to barely above a whisper. So unless I was wearing earphones I couldnt make out what he was saying, even after skipping back several times. I found that very irritating. But I seem to be in the minority here, most listeners thought he did a great job with them. That truly baffles me but I must accept that its just me.
I gave him 2 stars because there were a couple that were fine. Duncan and Aegon for starters. For me the negatives outweigh the positives, if I feel the urge to revisit this story I'll buy the book.

8 of 12 people found this review helpful

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  • Watchers

  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: J. Charles
  • Length: 15 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,282
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,309
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,331

From a top-secret government laboratory come two genetically altered life forms. One is a magnificent dog of astonishing intelligence. The other, a hybrid monster of a brutally violent nature. And both are on the loose....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great book; so-so narrator

  • By KS on 08-11-08

Watchers

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

Reviewed: 06-10-15

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I would have chosen a different narrator, or at least had that narrator change his reading style. Great literature it ain't, but the narration style killed it for me. He sounded like a 1940's movie, I don't like 1940's movies. There has to be a process where someone auditions the narrators, and someone thought he did a good job with that style. So I have to blame whoever okayed that. There was nothing wrong with his voice, it was actually quite nice. But almost everything the main male character said came out like, well, bad acting. I hate to criticize someone who put so much effort into something, but it ruined the book for me.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Watchers?

For me it was when they found the sort of den the outsider had made for himself. It was very poignant - a creature created to kill and wreak havoc and terror, yet having feelings of loneliness and self loathing for how he was created.

How could the performance have been better?

The reading could have been done with much more subtlety and evenness. Here were several characters who were introspective and even depressed, but he read them all with a high level of energy borderlining on belligerence.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

It was a movie, several times, and they messed it up. If the producers could refrain from "improving" it, or whatever it is they think they're doing to them, then yes.

Any additional comments?

The audiobook was discounted, and now I know why.

  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 216,973
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 202,629
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 202,217

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

I want to go to the oasis

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

Reviewed: 06-29-14

The story line was fantastic, I loved most of it. I love the idea of the oasis. My one problem was the author using his character to shove his own religious beliefs (or lack of) down readers throats. That annoys me. I dont want to hear self righteous religious or atheistic rants in the guise of character opinions. Fortunately it only lasted about ten minutes. The rest was a lot of fun sounding explorations and battles in a virtual universe. I cant wait for some geniuses to invent an oasis for real.