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A. Andews

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  • Forged in Fire

  • Destiny's Crucible, Book 4
  • By: Olan Thorensen
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 28 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,542
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,392
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,378

Joseph Colsco has survived what many would not have - cast naked on an alien planet amidst humans speaking an unknown language and with a different culture and history. Now, known to the people of Caedellium as Yozef Kolsko, he has risen out of despair to prominence and finds himself a central figure in the culmination of a struggle against an imperialist power bent on subjugation. The clans of the Island of Caedellium must gird themselves for what is to come.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent story & narration.

  • By Joe Ibrahim on 02-09-18

The upper echelon of adequate storytelling

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

Reviewed: 09-21-18

I first want to bow to Olan Thorensen for envisioning another world and bringing it to life over the span of four readable/listenable novels....that alone is worthy of acknowledgement.

I did have some sense of disappointed irritation that the society he envisioned was so very closely akin to the society and technological development of Earth in the 18th century. And that the the technological progress over the entirety of the four novels was almost exclusively oriented toward warfare was disappointing. And napalm? Really? How about a printing press?

I really wanted to like these stories and the characters. Olan Thorensen definitely maintained and developed his characters along the story timeline but failed to have them evolve from a human, emotional perspective...and I make this critique with a full acknowledgement of the paucity of authors in the world who can create and develop fictional characters about whom we care and feel as if we know them as we know our own family and friends.

Similarly, the dialogue was often flat and took on a tone of lecturing and explaining rather than any real human exchange.

Again, I applaud Olan Thorensen for his efforts but after investing so much time in following the story arc of these four novels, I feel somewhat disappointed...sort of like having eaten a meal that looked good but failed to satisfy the palate or the appetite.

  • Children of Blood and Bone

  • By: Tomi Adeyemi
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 17 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,862
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,404
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,387

Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zélie's Reaper mother summoned forth souls. But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope. Now Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully Written

  • By Samantha on 03-09-18

Children of Blood and Bone

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-24-18

Fabulous book. Filled with unexpected twists and turns. Wild adventures with deep moral messages. You will be captivated mind, body and soul.

  • The Girl Who Drank the Moon

  • By: Kelly Barnhill
  • Narrated by: Christina Moore
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,874
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,445
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,431

Every year the people of the Protectorate leave a baby as an offering to the witch who lives in the forest. They hope this sacrifice will keep her from terrorizing their town. But the witch in the forest, Xan, is kind and gentle. She shares her home with a wise Swamp Monster named Glerk and a Perfectly Tiny Dragon, Fyrian. Xan rescues the abandoned children and delivers them to welcoming families on the other side of the forest, nourishing the babies with starlight on the journey.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful, Delightful, Engaging

  • By Tom on 08-31-17

The Girl that Drank tbe Moon

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-13-18

Fabulous story and the best narration I have ever heard. It is a modern fairy tale filled with delightful and colourful characters. If I could give it 5 stars plus, I would in a heartbeat.

  • Solitude

  • Dimension Space, Book 1
  • By: Dean M. Cole
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray, Julia Whelan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,279
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,168
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,168

A mysterious wave of light wipes humanity from the planet, leaving only one person in its wake. After months of desperate isolation, Earth’s last man discovers he’s not alone. The last woman is stranded alone aboard the International Space Station. Can Vaughn find a path to space and back? Can Angela - the only person with clues to the mystery behind humanity's disappearance - survive until he does? 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What. A. Story.

  • By Brian on 06-16-17

Compelling and intelligent science fiction

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

Reviewed: 11-01-17

Intelligent, captivating storytelling with all developed characters. Recently tried listening to Eternal Frontier and nearly screamed with every tortured line of dialogue and each hyperbolic adjective. Solitude was economical and entertaining in its language. Eternal Frontier left me feeling dirty and Solitude made me clean again. WHEWWW!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Book of the Unnamed Midwife

  • The Road to Nowhere, Book 1
  • By: Meg Elison
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
  • Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,898
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,761
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,767

When she fell asleep, the world was doomed. When she awoke, it was dead. In the wake of a fever that decimated the earth's population - killing women and children and making childbirth deadly for the mother and infant - the midwife must pick her way through the bones of the world she once knew to find her place in this dangerous new one. Gone are the pillars of civilization. All that remains is power - and the strong who possess it.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • "Equals" = "Annoying"

  • By Lulu on 12-26-16

Misandristic excess spoils a good apocalyptic idea

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

Reviewed: 08-21-17

What would have made The Book of the Unnamed Midwife better?

If the occasional remaining male human being had retained some individual moral compass and decency toward women.

Would you ever listen to anything by Meg Elison again?

Warily

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

The reader was excellent and had the unusual ability to extend her voice into a nearly believable male range.

What character would you cut from The Book of the Unnamed Midwife?

Every rapacious, misogynistic, predatory male character.

Any additional comments?

I hope I've made my point.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Golem and the Jinni

  • A Novel
  • By: Helene Wecker
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 19 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,310
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,374
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,362

Helene Wecker's dazzling debut novel tells the story of two supernatural creatures who appear mysteriously in 1899 New York. Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life by a strange man who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic. When her master dies at sea on the voyage from Poland, she is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York Harbor. Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire, born in the ancient Syrian Desert. Trapped in an old copper flask by a Bedouin wizard centuries ago, he is released accidentally by a tinsmith in a Lower Manhattan shop.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enchanting Debut Novel - Delicious!

  • By Tango on 04-26-13

This book was a treasure beyond all expectation!

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

Reviewed: 04-25-15

i am writing this as I sit in my car and feeling a bit forlorn over the end of this remarkable tale. There are layers of thought and meaning that make The Golem and the Jinni fat more than fable or fantasy. My remaining hope is for a sequel. Outstanding performance.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Snow Crash

  • By: Neal Stephenson
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 17 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14,058
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,708
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10,794

Neal Stephenson is a blazing new force on the sci-fi scene. With the groundbreaking cyberpunk novel Snow Crash, he has "vaulted onto the literary stage." It weaves virtual reality, Sumerian myth, and just about everything in between with a cool, hip cybersensibility - in short, it is the gigathriller of the information age.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Classic Stephenson

  • By A. Tuck on 10-16-08

Holds up pretty well for being 23 years old.

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

Reviewed: 01-09-15

Conceptually brilliant. if a bit long winded at times. I'd love to have a sequel though I don't think there is one.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Children of God

  • A Novel
  • By: Mary Doria Russell
  • Narrated by: Anna Fields
  • Length: 17 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 650
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 562
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 564

The only member of the original mission to the planet Rakhat to return to Earth, Father Emilio Sandoz has barely begun to recover from his ordeal when the Society of Jesus calls upon him for help in preparing for another mission to Alpha Centauri. Despite his objections and fear, he cannot escape his past or the future.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A weaker, but worthwhile sequel

  • By Ryan on 05-08-13

Literary Masterpiece

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

Reviewed: 02-07-13

Would you consider the audio edition of Children of God to be better than the print version?

I was grateful for the fine performance. Anna Fields' voice covers such a range as to make the male characters as believable as the female. Her accents were skillful enough and consistent so that I came to know the character speaking without any other identifying cues.

What did you like best about this story?

The story, like The Sparrow, was multidimensional. Mary Doria Russell moved freely and seamlessly between an exploration of the science involved in inter-stellar travel, the technology to make that possible, the cultural complexities of alien races, the depth and breadth of our understanding of and relation to God. And she wrote two novels of compelling fiction that explored the central characters in depth. Emilio Sandoz, Sophia Mendez and the alien characters as well feel to me like individuals that I know and care for.

Which character – as performed by Anna Fields – was your favorite?

Emilio Sandoz

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

If I could have, yes.

Any additional comments?

In The Sparrow and Children of God, Mary Doria Russel has made a contribution to the world of literature, not just Sci Fi.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful