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  • Seveneves

  • A Novel
  • By: Neal Stephenson
  • Narrated by: Mary Robinette Kowal, Will Damron
  • Length: 31 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 18,079
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,798
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16,794

A catastrophic event renders the earth a ticking time bomb. In a feverish race against the inevitable, nations around the globe band together to devise an ambitious plan to ensure the survival of humanity far beyond our atmosphere, in outer space.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • So Much Potential

  • By Kurt Schwoppe on 06-08-17

Not finished yet, but having a hard time

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

Reviewed: 05-28-15

I loved N Stephenson books. I've listened to a few of them.

I have only just started this one Nd I'm intrigued, but I am having a hard time with the narrator. She does fine while reading and doing female voices but man, her male voices are so terrible. It is very hard to listen to. It makes all male characters unlikable for me.

It's always tough reading as the opposite sex. In most cases I would like the reader to just read rather than act (poorly)

Hope the story is good enough to carry the narrator.

12 of 20 people found this review helpful

  • The Magicians

  • A Novel
  • By: Lev Grossman
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 17 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16,733
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,818
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14,835

Quentin Coldwater is brilliant but miserable. A senior in high school, he's still secretly preoccupied with a series of fantasy novels he read as a child, set in a magical land called Fillory. Imagine his surprise when he finds himself unexpectedly admitted to a very secret, very exclusive college of magic in upstate New York, where he receives a thorough and rigorous education in the craft of modern sorcery.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not an average book

  • By Kyle on 04-30-11

Meh

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

Reviewed: 05-10-15

I was pretty excited to give this a listen. All I can say is it borrows heavily, but poorly, from Harry Potter and Narnia. I manages to borrow without achieving any of the wonder of either.

It was ok.... Not terrible but not especially interesting

The World According to Garp
    A Novel
    
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        John Irving
    
    


    
    
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        Michael Prichard
    
    


    
    Length: 20 hrs and 23 mins
    915 ratings
    Overall 4.2
  • The World According to Garp

  • A Novel
  • By: John Irving
  • Narrated by: Michael Prichard
  • Length: 20 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 915
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 693
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 688

Here are the life and times of T. S. Garp, the bastard son of Jenny Fields, a feminist leader ahead of her times. Here are the life and death of a famous mother and her almost-famous son; theirs is a world of sexual extremes, even of sexual assassinations. The World According to Garp is a novel rich with "lunacy and sorrow", yet the dark, violent events of the story do not undermine a comedy both ribald and robust.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • This book is due for a new production

  • By Steve on 05-26-10

Good book, poor narration

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

Reviewed: 01-13-12

This is a wonderful book that suffers in this audio edition due to the lazy, boring narration. This is the first audiobook that I listened to at accelerated speed because I wanted to hear the book, but found the narrator's lack of style difficult.

I have actually found that listening to this book at double and triple speed actually improves the experience. The narrators clipped speech at these speeds actually makes the amusing parts, amusing.

I can recommend this as an excellent story, but if part of the audio experience is enjoyable narration, you may want to skip this one.

13 of 15 people found this review helpful

Best Served Cold
    
    
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        Joe Abercrombie
    
    


    
    
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        Michael Page
    
    


    
    Length: 27 hrs and 25 mins
    1,927 ratings
    Overall 4.2
  • Best Served Cold

  • By: Joe Abercrombie
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 27 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,927
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,487
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,505

It's springtime in Styria. And that means war. There have been nineteen years of blood. The ruthless Grand Duke Orso is locked in a vicious struggle with the squabbling League of Eight, and between them they have bled the land white. While armies march, heads roll, and cities burn, behind the scenes bankers, priests, and older, darker powers play a deadly game to choose who will be king.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Solid, but not as good as the First Law trilogy.

  • By Lore on 08-04-13

narrator change

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

Reviewed: 12-06-11

I will never understand why they have to change narrators for audio-books in a series. This is a great book that is very hard to get used to because of a new voice. Characters from the First Law trilogy so brilliantly voiced by Steven Pacey are essentially recast by Michael Page. It's not as if he does a poor job, it's just an annoying thing that you have to get used to.

They did this with "A Feast For Crows" and often in the miserable Sword of Truth series.

The "Ender" books 8 or 9 I have listened to are all narrated by the same people. Part of the fun of an audio-book series is the narration and this book is almost ruined by the change.

  • The Master and Margarita

  • By: Mikhail Bulgakov
  • Narrated by: Julian Rhind-Tutt
  • Length: 16 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,432
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,228
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,233

The Devil comes to Moscow, but he isn't all bad; Pontius Pilate sentences a charismatic leader to his death, but yearns for redemption; and a writer tries to destroy his greatest tale, but discovers that manuscripts don't burn. Multi-layered and entrancing, blending sharp satire with glorious fantasy, The Master and Margarita is ceaselessly inventive and profoundly moving. In its imaginative freedom and raising of eternal human concerns, it is one of the world's great novels.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Satisfying Satanic Satire

  • By Jacob on 12-06-11

Great Book, Odd Narration

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

Reviewed: 10-15-11

This is an excellent book. Loved the story from beginning to end. The Narrator (and this is a small point admittedly) has an English accent. I normally enjoy listening to a narrator with an English accent, but this book is set in MOSCOW. It is very odd to hear Russian characters speaking like chimney sweeps from Charles Dickens.

Other than that, it is well worth the credit.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Ender's Shadow

  • By: Orson Scott Card
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick, Gabrielle de Cuir, a Full Cast
  • Length: 15 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,376
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,847
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,892

Andrew "Ender" Wiggin was not the only child in the Battle School; he was just the best of the best. In this book, Card tells the story of another of those precocious generals, the one they called Bean, the one who became Ender's right hand, part of his team, in the final battle against the Buggers. Bean's past was a battle just to survive. His success brought him to the attention of the Battle School's recruiters.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Totally Card

  • By L. on 10-10-05

If you think you'll miss Ender, think again!!!

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

Reviewed: 07-03-11

I own and have listened to the first four Ender Books (Game through CotM) and only just recently decided to pull the trigger on the Shadow series. I had been reluctant because of course Ender is not really involved in this series. As much as I had liked the battle school kids, they are minor characters in the first series and I was not sure if I wanted to invest 4 credits on them.

Well, I am happy to say that I enjoyed the Shadow Saga almost as much as the original Ender saga. Where the Ender saga is often cerebral, The Shadow saga has much more action and political intrigue. And as always, the full cast of narrators do an excellent job.

To make a long story short, if you liked the first 4 books the next 4 are totally worth it.

A Feast for Crows
    A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 4
    
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        John Lee
    
    


    
    Length: 31 hrs and 3 mins
    4,656 ratings
    Overall 4.2
  • A Feast for Crows

  • A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 4
  • By: George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 31 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,656
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,865
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,889

It is not long before the survivors, outlaws, renegades, and carrion eaters start to gather, picking over the bones of the dead and fighting for the spoils of the soon-to-be dead. Now in the Seven Kingdoms, as the human crows assemble over a banquet of ashes, daring new plots and dangerous new alliances are formed, while surprising faces, some familiar, others only just appearing, are seen emerging from an ominous twilight of past struggles and chaos to take up the challenges ahead.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • No Roy Dotrice

  • By Aaron on 12-07-05

narrator change

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-22-10

Still love the whole series, but it is too bad that they changed narrators for this title. John Lee does an excellent job but when you have spent over 100 hours listening to Roy Dotrice it kind of feels like they have recast an entire movie halfway through a series.

Kind of a let down but still worth it. Can't wait for Book V

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Canticle

  • The Psalms of Isaak, Book 2
  • By: Ken Scholes
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick, William Dufris, Eliza Foss, and others
  • Length: 16 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 135
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89

It is nine months after the end of Lamentation. Many noble allies have come to the Ninefold Forest for a Feast in honor of General Rudolfo's first-born child. Jin Li Tam, his wife and mother of his heir, lies in childbed. As the feast begins, the doors of the hall fly open and invisible assassins begin attacking. All of Rudolfo's noble guests are slain, including Hanric, the Marsh Queen's Shadow. And on the Keeper's Gate, which guards the Named Lands from the Churning Waste, a strange figure appears.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Encore, Encore

  • By James on 09-13-10

Great Listen!!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-19-10

It has been a while since I listened to this but I felt I had to come to the aid of Canticle. I seriously enjoyed both the book and the narration. The book is original, something hard to find in the fantasy genre. The world it is set in is unique (in my experience). I love the steam-punk elements.

I can't say enough for the narrators. I usually don't enjoy a cast of voice actors but it is done very well here. This was a great follow up to Lamentation and I just picked up Antiphon in hardcover and will be starting and finishing it inside of a few days!!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Don Quixote

  • By: Miguel de Cervantes, Tobias Smollett (translator)
  • Narrated by: Robert Whitfield
  • Length: 36 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 696
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 314
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 312

Don Quixote, the world's first novel and by far the best-known book in Spanish literature, was originally intended by Cervantes as a satire on traditional popular ballads, yet he also parodied the romances of chivalry. By happy coincidence he produced one of the most entertaining adventure stories of all time and, in Don Quixote and his faithful squire, Sancho Panza, two of the greatest characters in fiction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A MUST READ CLASSIC

  • By Randall on 04-25-09

concerning this audio edition

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-19-10

I cannot recommend this edition more! The narration is great! The 36 hour runtime just flew by. When purchasing this edition you are getting BOTH volumes of Don Quixote. That includes the original and the sequel written by Cervantes 10 years later in response to an unofficial sequel written by another author.

I actually enjoyed the second half (volume 2) even more than the 1st (tilting at windmills) volume. The Don and Sancho's back and forth is so much more real and touching.

Anyway, recommended!!!!

5 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Native Son

  • By: Richard Wright
  • Narrated by: Peter Francis James
  • Length: 17 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,216
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,051
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,054

Right from the start, Bigger Thomas had been headed for jail. It could have been for assault or petty larceny; by chance, it was for murder and rape. Native Son tells the story of this young black man caught in a downward spiral after he kills a young white woman in a brief moment of panic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simply a classic

  • By Noah on 11-11-10

excellent!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-21-10

Great Narrator!! Switches voices between characters in a very convincing manner. Heartbreaking and terrifying story. Spellbound.

13 of 13 people found this review helpful