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  • Strange the Dreamer

  • By: Laini Taylor
  • Narrated by: Steve West
  • Length: 18 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,323
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,110
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,099

The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around - and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old, he's been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance or lose his dream forever.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great until the ending

  • By Shane A. McGarry on 10-23-17

Romance for young adults

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

Reviewed: 10-20-17

Easy to listen to, but definitely written for young adults needing fantasy and romance. If I were a tween I would have loved this book, but as an adult I found myself able to predict much of the plot.

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  • The Obelisk Gate

  • The Broken Earth, Book 2
  • By: N. K. Jemisin
  • Narrated by: Robin Miles
  • Length: 13 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,417
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,743
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,730

This is the way the world ends, for the last time. The season of endings grows darker, as civilization fades into the long cold night. Essun - once Damaya, once Syenite, now avenger - has found shelter, but not her daughter. Instead there is Alabaster Tenring, destroyer of the world, with a request. But if Essun does what he asks, it would seal the fate of the Stillness forever. Far away, her daughter Nassun is growing in power - and her choices will break the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Miles is becoming my favorite narrator

  • By Jesslyn H on 08-29-16

Phenomenal storytelling and narration

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

Reviewed: 03-14-17

Would you listen to The Obelisk Gate again? Why?

Yes! I already am. I suspect this story has some intricacies worth revisiting another time around. Plus it will help me get by until the next book is released!

What does Robin Miles bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Robin Miles has a lovely voice that is easy to listen to. Her cadence is excellent. And her voices for the various characters are excellent. I wouldn't hesitate to listen to more narrations by this actor.

  • Crooked Kingdom

  • By: Leigh Bardugo
  • Narrated by: Roger Clark, Jay Snyder, Elizabeth Evans, and others
  • Length: 17 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,268
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,860
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,849

Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn't think they'd survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they're right back to fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and badly weakened, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz's cunning and test the team's fragile loyalties.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Storytelling at its finest! L.Bardugo is a master

  • By Michelle E on 10-09-16

Good story, curious performance

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

Reviewed: 01-05-17

Would you try another book from Leigh Bardugo and/or the narrators?

I would read another book by Leigh Bardugo. Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom were easy to listen to, with some storyline twists and good crafting of plot.

I didn't mind that each character's chapter was read by a different actor. However, two of the narrators of this book (Nina's actor and Jesper's) did an overall fine job, but each had a strange habit. Nina's reader always raises her tone at the end of each sentence (unless she's reading dialogue). Jesper's reader somehow gave the character an English accent in the second book even though he didn't have one in the first. Curious. The other funny result of having different readers for each character is that some pronounce the names of major characters or places completely differently than others...so it might take you a minute to realize what they're referring to.

What other book might you compare Crooked Kingdom to and why?

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How could the performance have been better?

See above.

Did Crooked Kingdom inspire you to do anything?

Six of crows inspired me to read Crooked Kingdom...but Crooked Kingdom hasn't inspired me to do anything.

Any additional comments?

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