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Joel

Chicago, IL, United States
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Abaddon's Gate audiobook cover art

Worst of the first three

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

Reviewed: 11-29-17

Narrator was fine. Characters, at least the main ones from the series, are why I finished it. But the story is a little silly. Has a couple of Bad Guy characters that feel really cartoony

A Closed and Common Orbit audiobook cover art

Good enough. Some cliches, some fresher ideas.

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

Reviewed: 02-17-17

Good enough. Some cliches, some fresher ideas. Narrator pretty solid with some questionable pronunciations. A direct sequel, but with mostly new characters

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

It doesn't work like that.

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

Reviewed: 10-31-16

The first act especially drove me crazy. The main character is so dense - the reader knows all the "twists" chapters in advance but we still have to sit through her fumbling about for answers and explanations.

Silly, frustrating and obvious. Very much a young adult novel, but one that treats the readers like they're idiots.

22 of 25 people found this review helpful

Decent enough.

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

Reviewed: 08-05-16

Aims a little young for my taste but I enjoyed it well enough. Pretty fast-paced, light, and entertaining.
Story sags a bit in the second act. Ending felt satisfying enough, with plenty of set-up for the sequel/s.

The cover seems to imply a lot more pop culture / video game references, but if that's what you're hoping for there are better books than that (Ready Player One is a great example).

Performance was very good. Easy to listen to, voices were solid and fairly consistent.

I'll listen to the next one while working; am looking forward to it, even if it's not at the top of my list.

Sweet story, fine narration

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-07-11

Normally I don't write reviews because people often use reviews to rave or rant, but there were so many negative reviews for the narrator I thought I'd chime in.

He's fine. I've certainly heard better, but Fiacre Douglas does a good job. I can imagine a female narrator maybe working better in some ways, but I was expecting (based on the reviews) something rigid and nigh unbearable. Not at all the case.

The story itself is not necessarily to my taste but I completely enjoyed it. It's pretty straight-forward without being utterly predictable. It's very sweet and the characters - while sometimes a tad idealised - are interesting and fairly believable.

I would recommend it to anyone who wants a solid, entertaining, fairly light, basically romance read.