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  • Dungeon Born

  • Divine Dungeon Series, Book 1
  • By: Dakota Krout
  • Narrated by: Vikas Adam
  • Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,452
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,811
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,777

For eons, conquering dungeons has been the most efficient way to become a strong adventurer. Although not everything is as straightforward as it seems. Several questions have always plagued the minds of those who enter these mythical places of power: why are there so many monsters? Where do the amazing weaponry and heavy gold coins come from? Why does the very air fill with life-giving energies? Cal has all of the answers to these age-old questions, for a very simple reason. He is a Dungeon Heart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Gem in the RPG/Fantasy Genre

  • By SirMehr on 04-01-17

good idea, bad author, excellent narrator

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

Reviewed: 04-14-18

to get this out of the way, the narrator did amazing with the material given.

however, it seems like three author maybe thought he needed to explain how a dungeon makes sense in a game like wow, but used concepts from games like dnd to do it. I don't think the world or any of the characters make any sense or have any internal consistency. the conversations read like a high school kid who learned how normal people act from watching the "cool kids". I get the distinct impression that the author was one of those people who thinks they were very smart but they never tried in school and they blame other people for their lack of success.

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  • Uprooted

  • By: Naomi Novik
  • Narrated by: Julia Emelin
  • Length: 17 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,419
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5,083
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,054

Agnieszka loves her valley home, her quiet village, the forests and the bright shining river. But the corrupted Wood stands on the border, full of malevolent power, and its shadow lies over her life. Her people rely on the cold, driven wizard known only as the Dragon to keep its powers at bay. But he demands a terrible price for his help: one young woman handed over to serve him for 10 years, a fate almost as terrible as falling to the Wood.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Narrator?!

  • By D. Hawkins on 07-24-17

this may be the worst performance by a reader ever

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

Reviewed: 08-08-17

this was a struggle to listen to - I really wanted to like it but the narrator was just so bad. I thought her accent was fake at first because I just didn't believe it could be real. she had no ability to put any nuance into her sentences and every character had more or less the same voice. do yourself a favor and listen to a sample before buying this because I didn't and I strongly regret it.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Necronomicon

  • By: H. P. Lovecraft
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael Garcia, Bronson Pinchot, Stephen R. Thorne, and others
  • Length: 21 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,416
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,034
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,028

Originally written for the pulp magazines of the 1920s and '30s, H. P. Lovecraft's astonishing tales blend elements of horror, science fiction, and cosmic terror that are as powerful today as they were when first published. This tome brings together all of Lovecraft's harrowing stories, including the complete Cthulhu Mythos cycle, just the way they were when first released.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • This has bugged me for a while...

  • By mike on 06-23-16

found it boring

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

Reviewed: 12-23-16

I guess this just wasn't for me. expected horror got vague unexplained weirdness. most stories were essentially "I'm a smart guy. the following events are true. village idiots are the only ones who believe. unexplainable things that I will make no attempt to describe happened for 1-60 minutes. My friend died. trust me I'm scared" I listened all the way through but I struggled. Good narrators though.

11 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • The City & The City

  • By: China Mieville
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,825
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,339
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,344

When a murdered woman is found in the city of Beszel, somewhere at the edge of Europe, it looks to be a routine case for Inspector Tyador Borl ú of the Extreme Crime Squad. But as he investigates, the evidence points to conspiracies far stranger and more deadly than anything he could have imagined. Borl must travel from the decaying Beszel to the only metropolis on Earth as strange as his own.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A well-realized allegory on division

  • By Ryan on 10-15-11

not a good reader

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

Reviewed: 12-05-16

What would have made The City & The City better?

a better reader.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

story was probably fine, though i really think i missed a lot due to the reader.

How could the performance have been better?

a better person reading the book. this reader didnt differentiate at all between narration and speakers, or even between speakers at times. for example there were several conversations that went back and forth where i had no idea who was talking at any given point. or a character would start talking after some narration and i wouldnt even realize it.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

i was just disappointed that such a cool idea was ruined by such a bad reader.

Any additional comments?

i feel bad belaboring this point but it really would have been better to just read this book instead of listening. dont get this audiobook.

  • Where'd You Go, Bernadette

  • A Novel
  • By: Maria Semple
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Wilhoite
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11,818
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,732
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10,720

Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she's a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she's a disgrace; to design mavens, she's a revolutionary architect, and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom.

Then Bernadette disappears. It began when Bee aced her report card and claimed her promised reward: a family trip to Antarctica. But Bernadette's intensifying allergy to Seattle - and people in general - has made her so agoraphobic that a virtual assistant in India now runs her most basic errands.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Misleading cover contains excellent novel

  • By jennifer on 01-28-16

i liked everything about this

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

Reviewed: 08-21-15

What did you love best about Where'd You Go, Bernadette?

I thought it was well written and well acted. It's hard to pick one best thing about this audiobook - very enjoyable.

What other book might you compare Where'd You Go, Bernadette to and why?

I listened to this right after having listened to the girl on the train, and i thought there were several similar themes, though this was more lighthearted.

Which character – as performed by Kathleen Wilhoite – was your favorite?

Probably Bernedette

If you could rename Where'd You Go, Bernadette, what would you call it?

i don't know I'm not a writer.

Any additional comments?

very good book definitely recommend.

  • A Darker Shade of Magic

  • A Darker Shade of Magic, Book 1
  • By: V. E. Schwab
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 11 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,610
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,222
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,213

Kell is one of the last Travelers - magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel universes. As such, he can choose where he lands. There's Grey London, dirty and boring, without any magic, ruled by a mad King George. Then there's Red London, where life and magic are revered, and the Maresh Dynasty presides over a flourishing empire. There's White London, ruled by whoever has murdered their way to the throne. And once upon a time, there was Black London...but no one speaks of that now.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • social commentary magical high fantasy

  • By withherownwings on 08-31-15

Not a fan of the narrator

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

Reviewed: 06-11-15

Would you listen to A Darker Shade of Magic: A Darker Shade of Magic, Book 1 again? Why?

Probably not, at least not until the next one comes out. The story was pretty simple and the narration wasn't great at times in my opinion. It seemed like he missed the tone of a lot of the interactions of the characters at times, though I'm not sure how much of that was me misinterpreting it or him.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked the concept of the story. The idea of multiple London's was cool, and I liked a lot of the backstory of the characters. As far as how events played out in the story, I think there was some weird stuff that happened that maybe wasn't a direction I would have expected but that's not necessarily a bad thing, and it definitely kept things interesting. I was concerned by about the halfway point because it seemed to me like the story was slow to start, but overall I was satisfied with how it turned out. Towards the end I didn't want to put it down.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

The performance was ok, but at times I found it hard to listen to. For certain things like spell names and words in fictional languages I understand it can be hard to have a good interpretation of what things should sound like, but I definitely found it difficult to stay with the narrator when he was reading them. I appreciated some of the things he added, with details such as a mostly clear voice for each character - though like I mentioned earlier it seemed like the tone was not always conveyed correctly to me. Also accents for some characters sometimes seemed like they were slipping - which I also acknowledge can be difficult to keep straight. It didn't ruin my enjoyment, but there were definitely scenes where it took me out of the moment.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

There were definitely a few moments which made me crack a smile but nothing extreme like laughing or crying.

Any additional comments?

I'd say it is a worthwhile book to pick up if for no other reason than it's a cool concept. I'm probably likely to at least try the second one when it comes out for what it's worth.

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