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  • Crystal Singer

  • By: Anne McCaffrey
  • Narrated by: Adrienne Barbeau
  • Length: 2 hrs and 40 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 426
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 309
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 314

Experience the first Killashandra Ree adventure, in which the indomitable Killa overcomes disappointment in one career by diving into a much more exciting one. Filled with suspense, anguish, romance, and intrigue, this distinctive adventure is one of Anne McCaffrey's best.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Book is excellent, audio book needs work

  • By Carol L. Powell on 12-24-08

Bad transfer!

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

Reviewed: 12-13-18

I had this audiobook on tape from when it was originally released, but as far as I can tell, there no mastering done on the tape trance and it was not handled by experts or from a master tape.). Skip this. Good story and Barbeau is a good reader but the mastering (or lack or it) destroys this.

  • Jeff Wayne's The War of The Worlds: The Musical Drama

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: H. G. Wells, Jeff Wayne
  • Narrated by: Michael Sheen, Taron Egerton, Theo James, and others
  • Length: 5 hrs and 4 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 171
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 169
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 169

One of the world’s most recognisable sci-fi stories, H. G. Wells’ The War of The Worlds established numerous conventions for the genre, including the threat of an invasive extraterrestrial species, space travel and intergalactic conflict, inspiring directors, gamers, producers and writers alike with its sobering story of struggle and survival. Marrying the suspense, drama and urgency of Wells’ original novel with Jeff Wayne’s rousing and flamboyant score, Audible’s new and exclusive dramatisation uses action, narration, original music and evocative sound design to immerse listeners in a world that’s as thrilling as it is desolate. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful production paired with a classic story.

  • By Matt on 12-03-18

Updated War of the Worlds

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

Reviewed: 12-04-18

A very interesting remix. I have long been a fan of Jeff Wayne’s musical and having his additions on music to the book was striking. Michael Sheen as the journalist was fantastic as was Taron Edgerton.

My biggest complaint was that the songs weren’t in this version, just the background and symphonic stuff. I kept breaking out into song when I expected the music to lead that way.

Weird to see the heat ray shifted away from the Ulla that I am familiar with, but I understand the change.

All told, well done!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Moonbreaker

  • By: Simon R. Green
  • Narrated by: Gideon Emery
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 178
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 167
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 167

It's never pleasant being poisoned. It's even worse when you're marooned in another world with no access to an antidote. Since Dr. DOA has trapped Eddie and Molly in Other Drood Hall, they need to escape, and fast before the dastardly doc can murder anyone else. With the help of a fellow prisoner of the extraterrestrial variety, Eddie and Molly make their way home, only to find that things are more dangerous than when they left. Eddie will do anything to find the terrible secret that is Moonbreaker.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Moonbreaker is Rock solid

  • By WerewolfDad on 01-14-19

Fine entry to the secret histories!

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

Reviewed: 06-22-17

SRG never fails to deliver entertaining stories and this one is a fine example of the breed, with a satisfying conclusion to the story begun in Dr. DOA and is an excellent lead in to the next.

Gideon Emery is a wonderful voice for Eddie Drood, too.

  • Sex Slaves of the Dragon Tong

  • Dark Voices, Vol. 6
  • By: F. Paul Wilson
  • Narrated by: F. Paul Wilson
  • Length: 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10

This is a pastiche of a typical story from a 1930s pulp magazine. Music and effects were written and performed by Arthur Pryor and Bob Schaller.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If you don't know Doc Wilson, you don't know books

  • By Kelly on 08-11-12

Yellow peril!

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

Reviewed: 05-01-17

Not PC by any means, but F. Paul Wilson's rendition of his not!Fu Manchu story is well done and harkens back to the original.

Enjoyable afternoon listening.

  • Colors of Chaos

  • Saga of Recluse, Book 9
  • By: L. E. Modesitt Jr.
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 30 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 241
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 219
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 219

Ceryl, now a full mage in The White Order, must prove himself indispensable to Jeslek, the High Wizard. Whether it be the threat of assassination, the effective governance of occupied territory, or the fearless and clever direction of troops in battle, Ceryl faces many harrowing obstacles, not the least of which is Anya, the plotting seductress who's the real power behind the scenes of the white wizards. With his wits, his integrity, and the support of his love, the Black healer Leyladin, he must survive long enough to claim his rightful spot within the ruling hierarchy of the White Order.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • favorite of the series!!!

  • By Steven on 05-19-17

One of the best Recluce books

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

Reviewed: 12-13-16

Cerryl's story is one of the all time best in this sequence. It gives us the White side of the equation for the first time, and us definitely one of the most interesting paths that a Modesitt protagonist follows. Highly recommended.

  • The White Order

  • Saga of Recluce, Book 8
  • By: L. E. Modesitt Jr.
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 17 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 235
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 209
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 208

The White Order is the story of Cerryl, a boy orphaned when the powerful white mages killed his father to protect their control of the world's magic. Cerryl, raised by his aunt and uncle, is a curious boy, attracted to mirrors and books, though he is unable to read. When he is old enough, Cerryl is apprenticed to the local miller. The miller's daughter teaches Cerryl to read his father's books, and it seems that the talent for magic has been passed from father to son.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent entry in the series.

  • By Arin on 11-07-16

Excellent entry in the series.

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

Reviewed: 11-07-16

One of my favorite Recluce stories; shows a refreshing perspective (from the White side.). Good performance and solid story. You will like this one.

  • The Magic of Recluce

  • Saga of Recluce, Book 1
  • By: L. E. Modesitt Jr.
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 19 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,672
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,519
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,539

Young Lerris is dissatisfied with his life and trade, and yearns to find a place in the world better suited to his skills and temperament. But in Recluce a change in circumstances means taking one of two options: permanent exile from Recluce or braving the dangergeld, a complex, rule-laden wanderjahr in the lands beyond Recluce, with the aim of learning how the world works and what his place in it might be. Many do not survive. Lerris chooses the dangergeld.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Epic Fantasy

  • By Captain Skurvy on 07-04-13

One of the best epic fantasies around

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

Reviewed: 03-09-16

Slow going at first, but really quite powerful, as you go with Lerris as he grows into himself.

The world building is exquisite here. Do pick it up, you will not regret it.

  • Nevermore

  • Cal Leandros, Book 10
  • By: Rob Thurman
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 12 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 121
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122

The Vigil, a group devoted to concealing the paranormal from humanity, has decided Cal has stepped out of the shadows once too often, and death is the only sentence. They plan to send a supernatural assassin into the past to take down the younger, less lethal Cal. But things change when The Vigil makes one last attempt on Caliban's life in the present - and end up destroying everyone and everything he cares about.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow, just WOW!

  • By Tracy64 on 12-08-15

Slow build but well worth it

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

Reviewed: 01-14-16

If you have read the other Cal Leandros books, then you already know the tone of this one.

In short: After Cal's world ends, he tries to fix it, but complications ensue.

This one is epic enough that it is going to stretch to at least two books, and I cannot wait for the next one!

It ends on one hell of a cliffhanger and whets the appetite for more.

The performance is very good, and Macleod Andrews gets the character voices spot on! Can't wait for the next.

  • Downfall

  • Cal Leandros, Book 9
  • By: Rob Thurman
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 168
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 160
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 160

I let it go - all of it. Everything I'd been saving up all my life, building and growing inside me, too much to hold in one half-human body. It pushed and fought to be free with a force that turned me into a bomb with a timer vibrating on zero. I was free. But so was everything I'd fought so hard not to be... Brothers Cal and Niko Leandros know trouble when they see it - and then proceed to wipe the floor with it. But now it seems their whole world is falling to pieces.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Recomendation: skip this one.

  • By A. Vinegar on 11-03-17

Excellent listen

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

Reviewed: 04-14-15

Finally Robin comes into his own..,

Ties up the Grim plot, brings Cal's heritage home and delves further into why Robin cares so much for Nik and Cal.

Well done!

Narrator gets better at every book; his character voices are superb.

  • Jhereg

  • Vlad Taltos, Book 1
  • By: Steven Brust
  • Narrated by: Bernard Setaro Clark
  • Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,400
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,273
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,293

Vlad Taltos, a mobster and assassin in the magical metropolis of Adrilankha, is given the largest contract of his career, but the job is even more complicated than he expects.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Dragons, Assassins, and Intrigue

  • By Don Gilbert on 08-16-12

Fantastic story, reader needs help

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

Reviewed: 04-20-13

Jhereg remains one of Steven Brust's best works, and that does manage to come through on the audio version, but Bernard Setaro Clark evidently didn't much follow the pronunciation guide that Mr. Brust provides in his books. Plus, his "accents" for Morrolan and Loiosh leave something to be desired.

That said, his "Vlad" voice is good, and the story is still extremely engaging. Worth listening to, just beware of the reader.

3 of 6 people found this review helpful