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  • Embassytown

  • By: China Mieville
  • Narrated by: Susan Duerden
  • Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 823
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 664
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 669

China Miéville doesn’t follow trends, he sets them. Relentlessly pushing his own boundaries as a writer—and in the process expanding the boundaries of the entire field—with Embassytown, Miéville has crafted an extraordinary novel that is not only a moving personal drama but a gripping adventure of alien contact and war. In the far future, humans have colonized a distant planet, home to sentient beings famed for a language unique in the universe, one that only a few altered human ambassadors can speak....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • must hear to fully appreciate.

  • By Don Gilbert on 01-05-12

amazing

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

Reviewed: 09-27-18

this is the first book I've listened to where the narrator not only added to the feeling and tone, but to the functionality of a plot point. amazing. listen to this story.

  • Commune

  • Commune, Book 1
  • By: Joshua Gayou
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,546
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,365
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,355

For dinosaurs, it was a big rock. For humans: Coronal Mass Ejection (CME). When the Earth is hit by the greatest CME in recorded history (several times larger than the Carrington Event of 1859), the combined societies of the planet's most developed nations struggle to adapt to a life thrust back into the Dark Ages. In the United States, the military scrambles to speed the nation's recovery on multiple fronts including putting down riots, establishing relief camps, delivering medical aid, and bringing communication and travel back on line. Just as a real foothold is established in retaking the skies (utilizing existing commercial aircraft supplemented by military resources and ground control systems), a mysterious virus takes hold of the population, spreading globally over the very flight routes that the survivors fought so hard to rebuild.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Endless Descriptions

  • By Paul T on 01-05-18

pretty good

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-10-18

this is pretty good. not great, but well written and with a solid story. I liked it.

  • Last Argument of Kings

  • By: Joe Abercrombie
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 27 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,415
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,023
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,999

Logen Ninefingers might have only one more fight in him - but it's going to be a big one. Battle rages across the North, the king of the Northmen still stands firm, and there's only one man who can stop him. His oldest friend and his oldest enemy: It's time for the Bloody-Nine to come home.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So sad it's over

  • By PatinaFey on 02-21-16

amazing endings

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-01-18

sick of stories that always include constant resolutions that can be boiled down to 'and then he got the girl and they lived happily ever after'?
If so, you will find this refreshing.

  • The Blade Itself

  • By: Joe Abercrombie
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 22 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,078
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,620
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,604

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

dont be discouraged

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-23-18

the beginning is both slow and disorienting, but do not give up. this book is beyond worth your time.
this story has some of the best character development I've ever read

  • Fool's Assassin

  • Book One of the Fitz and the Fool Trilogy
  • By: Robin Hobb
  • Narrated by: Elliot Hill
  • Length: 27 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,045
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,800
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,793

FitzChivalry - royal bastard and former king’s assassin - has left his life of intrigue behind. As far as the rest of the world knows, FitzChivalry Farseer is dead and buried. Masquerading as Tom Badgerlock, Fitz is now married to his childhood sweetheart, Molly, and leading the quiet life of a country squire. Though Fitz is haunted by the disappearance of the Fool, who did so much to shape Fitz into the man he has become, such private hurts are put aside in the business of daily life, at least until the appearance of menacing, pale-skinned strangers casts a sinister shadow over Fitz’s past...and his future.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Please Audible for Eda & El change the narrator!!!

  • By Andre Alvarez on 01-09-15

why did you change narrators again?

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

Reviewed: 06-15-18

I was really excited to listen to the last three books of this story, but this new narrator has done a very poor job and is making listening to it much less enjoyable

  • The Farseer: Assassin's Apprentice

  • By: Robin Hobb
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
  • Length: 17 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,687
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,568
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,597

With unforgettable characters, a sweeping backdrop, and passionate storytelling, this is a fantasy debut to rival that of Robert Jordan. Filled with adventure and bloodshed, pageantry and piracy, mystery and menace, Assassin's Apprentice is the story of a royal house and the young man who is destined to chart its course through tempests of change.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not a waste of 83 hours...just the 60 I spent.

  • By Sean on 01-07-13

this is an amazing story

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

Reviewed: 05-11-18

Hobb is beyond underrated. Dont be fooled by the artwork on this book that would indicate that the story is geared towards younger audiences-this book is as eloquent as it is evocative.

  • The Silver Thief

  • The Cycle of Galand, Book 2
  • By: Edward W. Robertson
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 18 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 7,883
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,350
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,317

Dante Galand has cured the sickness that trapped him on the Plagued Islands. Now it's time to leave. And kill a priest. The target is Gladdic of Bressel. Gladdic, who executed Dante's friend, the pirate Captain Twill. Who all but enslaved the Plagued Islands. And whose visions of empire are far from over. But Gladdic is trained in both ether and nether - and a darker magic than Dante has ever known. He's the most dangerous foe Dante has faced. And if Dante falls, so will an entire kingdom.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Holy **** only series twice listened. worth it.

  • By Joshua on 07-06-16

Tim Reynolds is a gift

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-21-18

This book is an excellent furtherance of the cycle. The inner conflicts the characters face in this story are particularly evocative.

  • Norse Mythology

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,024
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 33,867
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,702

Neil Gaiman has long been inspired by ancient mythology in creating the fantastical realms of his fiction. Now he turns his attention back to the source, presenting a bravura rendition of the great northern tales. In Norse Mythology, Gaiman fashions primeval stories into a novelistic arc that begins with the genesis of the legendary nine worlds; delves into the exploits of the deities, dwarves, and giants; and culminates in Ragnarok, the twilight of the gods and the rebirth of a new time and people.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Comedy-Tragedy of Gods Giants Dwarfs & Monsters

  • By Jefferson on 02-24-17

fun stories

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-21-18

this book is excellent. each story posseses the unique nordic storytelling quality that is simultaneously dark and fun, logical and surreal.
It was like sitting in a cafe filled with my grandfather's friends and listening to them tell sven and ole jokes.

  • Heir of Novron

  • Riyria Revelations, Volume 3
  • By: Michael J. Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 31 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 16,207
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 15,113
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 15,124

On the holiday of Wintertide, the New Empire plans to burn the Witch of Melengar and force the Empress into a marriage of their own design. But they didn’t account for Royce and Hadrian finally locating the Heir of Novron—or the pair’s desire to wreak havoc on the New Empire’s carefully crafted scheme.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Spectacular fantasy series

  • By Ron on 01-03-13

this story is a masterpiece

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-19-18

the books leading to this one are good, but they pale in comparison to the elegance and engrossing pace of this final chapter

  • The Crown Tower

  • The Riyria Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Michael J. Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 12 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,917
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10,172
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,171

Michael J. Sullivan garnered critical raves and a massive readership for his Riyria Revelations series. The first book in his highly anticipated Riyria Chronicles series of prequels, The Crown Tower brings together warrior Hadrian Blackwater with thieving assassin Royce Melborn. The two form a less-than-friendly pairing, but the quest before them has a rare prize indeed, and if they can breach the supposedly impregnable walls of the Crown Tower, their names will be legend.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delicious Icing on a Terrific Cake

  • By Tango on 08-07-13

Tim Reynolds makes the difference

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

Reviewed: 12-27-17

This is a really good story, but the performance of the narrator is what really brings it to life. Reynolds somehow manages to be able to bring both the irreverence and the gravitas that banter between these protagonists allows for
, in a way that transports the listener directly into their conversations. Would recommend.