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  • Twelve Kings in Sharakhai

  • Song of Shattered Sands, Book 1
  • By: Bradley Beaulieu
  • Narrated by: Sarah Coomes
  • Length: 25 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 254
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 238
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 238

In the city of Sharakhai, Çeda fights in the pits to scrape by a living. She, like so many in the city, pray for the downfall of the cruel, immortal Kings of Sharakhai. Then on the holy night when the powerful yet wretched creatures known as the Asirim wander the city and take tribute in order to protect the Kings, one of them tells Çeda the origin of their dark bargain.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Song of Shattered Sands

  • By Heather Turiello on 09-19-17

Great world held back by slow pacing

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

Reviewed: 03-25-16

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I listened to all 25 hours, so clearly I enjoyed it, but I don't think I'll listen to the future installments in this series. It was about 30% too long, the pacing was uneven, and it didn't end up going anywhere really. And yet I listened to all of it.

What three words best describe Sarah Coomes’s performance?

Her voice is pleasant, but it is obvious she narrates a lot of romance novels. Her voice could be really shaky, breathless, and dramatic too often. Half the time I liked it and half the time it drove me nuts. Kind of like the rest of the book.

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Leviathan Wakes
    
    
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    Length: 19 hrs and 11 mins
    14,830 ratings
    Overall 4.5
  • Leviathan Wakes

  • By: James S. A. Corey
  • Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
  • Length: 19 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,830
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,638
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,632

James S.A. Corey delivers compelling SF that ranks with the best in the field. In Leviathan Wakes, ice miner Jim Holden is making a haul from the rings of Saturn when he and his crew encounter an abandoned ship, the Scopuli. Uncovering a terrifying secret, Jim bears the weight of impending catastrophe. At the same time, a detective has been hired by well-heeled parents to find a missing girl, and the investigator’s search leads him right to the Scopuli.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fun hard SF action with a blue collar bent

  • By A reader on 05-11-12

Star Trek meets police procedural meets thriller

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

Reviewed: 09-27-14

What did you love best about Leviathan Wakes?

It did an excellent job of establishing the world it was set in, the political stakes involved at all ends, and unfolding the story in a way that made you want to keep listening. Besides being engaging and thrilling, it also made me think. This isn't just a popcorn book.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I liked Miller the best - the tormented, homicidal, suicidal ex-cop who is in love with a woman he's never met.

  • The Republic of Thieves

  • Gentleman Bastard Series, Book 3
  • By: Scott Lynch
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 23 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,669
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,043
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,042

After their adventures on the high seas, Locke and Jean are brought back to earth with a thump. Jean is mourning the loss of his lover, and Locke must live with the fallout of crossing the all-powerful magical assassins the Bonds Magi. It is a fall-out that will pit both men against Locke's own long-lost love. Sabetha is Locke's childhood sweetheart, the love of Locke's life, and now it is time for them to meet again. Employed on different sides of a vicious dispute between factions of the Bonds, Sabetha has just one goal-to destroy Locke forever.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A transition and a preface

  • By David on 11-14-13

Enjoyable listen even with a few gripes

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

Reviewed: 05-16-14

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. Michael Page is an excellent narrator, and brings this fun tale to life.

  • The Prestige

  • By: Christopher Priest
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,996
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,364
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,369

In 1878, two young stage magicians clash in the dark during the course of a fraudulent séance. From this moment on, their lives become webs of deceit and revelation as they vie to outwit and expose each other. In the course of pursuing each other's ruin, they will deploy all the deception their magician's craft can command. Their rivalry will take them to the peaks of their careers, but with terrible consequences.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of a Kind.

  • By Andrew on 06-22-07

Interesting but underwhelming

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

Reviewed: 03-07-14

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I enjoyed most of the book, but the last 1/3 lost me.

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

Less repetition in the storytelling - the same events are covered twice by both narrators. The section describing Rupert Angier's trick was overlong - I get that we needed to know how it worked, but there was too much.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

The faux 19th century dialogue was sometimes too florid for my tastes. Vance is a fine narrator, though.

Do you think The Prestige needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

It's not clear what exactly happens at the end. I'm not sure what a follow up book would document, but it would be interesting to hear what happens to the ancestors after the last page of this book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Across the Nightingale Floor

  • Tales of the Otori, Book One
  • By: Lian Hearn
  • Narrated by: Kevin Gray, Aiko Nakasone
  • Length: 8 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,695
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,742
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,757

A tour-de-force novel set in ancient Japan filled with passion, fantasy, and feuding warlords. The first volume in the highly anticipated Tales of the Otori trilogy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful epic story

  • By Jody R. Nathan on 10-04-03

An interesting take on fantasy

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

Reviewed: 03-04-14

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I liked the Japanese setting, which was a nice change of pace from your typical medieval European setting. I'm not sure if I would recommend it. I enjoyed it, but after it ended I had no desire to listen to the other books in the series. The story was perhaps too simplistic, or maybe I was annoyed by the star crossed lover angle.

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

I thought Kevin Gray was excellent - quiet and reserved, much like the protagonist. Aiko Nakasone was not as good. She tended to over annunciate and was reading the story rather than performing it.

  • Quicksilver

  • Book One of The Baroque Cycle
  • By: Neal Stephenson
  • Narrated by: Neal Stephenson (introduction), Kevin Pariseau, Simon Prebble
  • Length: 14 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,105
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,245
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,275

In which Daniel Waterhouse, fearless thinker and courageous Puritan, pursues knowledge in the company of the greatest minds of Baroque-era Europe -- in a chaotic world where reason wars with the bloody ambitions of the mighty, and where catastrophe, natural or otherwise, can alter the political landscape overnight.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Be aware of what you're getting into

  • By David on 12-16-11

Not the full book

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

Reviewed: 10-11-13

What would have made Quicksilver better?

I wish it had included the other two volumes that make up the print/ebook edition of "Quicksilver." As it is, it is only the first third of the book.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

This ends after the first third of the book, so there isn't a real ending. I found the ending to the book a bit disappointing, in that after 927 pages not much had actually been resolved. I found it interesting enough to immediately buy "The Confusion," which is the sequel to this book.

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

This is a fast, entertaining book. The narrators were good, but it is probably best enjoyed in print form so that you can quickly skim through the parts where Stephenson goes on a long tangent totally unrelated to the story.

  • Count Zero

  • By: William Gibson
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,952
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,594
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,610

A corporate mercenary wakes in a reconstructed body, a beautiful woman by his side. Then Hosaka Corporation reactivates him, for a mission more dangerous than the one he's recovering from: to get a defecting chief of R&D-and the biochip he's perfected-out intact. But this proves to be of supreme interest to certain other parties-some of whom aren't remotely human.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Where've you been all my life?

  • By Michael on 01-18-11

Well written and engaging but hard to follow

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

Reviewed: 10-11-13

Is there anything you would change about this book?

It was really hard for me to follow what was going on. Gibson is a good writer, but his habit of telling stories from three or four different perspectives without given much backstory or exposition makes it tough to track what is happening. I was lost the first seven hours, and it was only until the second half of the book that I finally started to understand how the threads intertwined.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

Gibson is a gifted writer, and Jonathan Davis captured the dark mood of the story. Even when I didn't know what was going on or where Count Zero was going, I kept listening.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • The Ivory Grin

  • A Lew Archer Novel
  • By: Ross Macdonald
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 6 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 88
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 68

A hard-faced woman clad in a blue mink stole and dripping with diamonds hires Lew Archer to track down her former maid, who she claims has stolen her jewelry. Archer can tell he’s being fed a line, but curiosity gets the better of him and he accepts the case. He tracks the wayward maid to a ramshackle motel in a seedy, run-down small town, but finds her dead in her tiny room, with her throat slit from ear to ear. Archer digs deeper into the case and discovers a web of deceit and intrigue, with crazed number-runners from Detroit, gorgeous triple-crossing molls, and a golden-boy shipping heir who’s gone mysteriously missing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A classic that still works

  • By james on 06-15-13

Classic Noir

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

Reviewed: 07-31-13

Where does The Ivory Grin rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Ross McDonald is one of my favorite author's and Grover Gardner did his creation Lew Archer justice. The plot is strong, and the narrator captures Archer's world-weariness. Highly recommended.

  • John Dies at the End

  • By: David Wong
  • Narrated by: Stephen R. Thorne
  • Length: 14 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,526
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,020
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,038

STOP. You should not have touched this flyer with your bare hands. NO, don't put it down. It's too late. They're watching you. My name is David Wong. My best friend is John. Those names are fake. You might want to change yours. You may not want to know about the things you'll read on these pages, about the sauce, about Korrok, about the invasion, and the future. But it's too late. You touched the book. You're in the game. You're under the eye. The only defense is knowledge. You need to read this book, to the end. Even the part with the bratwurst. Why?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Vulgar Funny. 4.95 Sale Win.

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-19-12

Lovecraft meets Burroughs meets Bill and Ted

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

Reviewed: 06-23-13

What did you love best about John Dies at the End?

The narrator perfectly capture the goofy charm of the book.

Any additional comments?

This book was the perfect combination of goofy humor, surreal imagery, and horror. It made fun of a lot of horror cliches while still being terrifying in places. The only knock I can give it is that its origins as a blog serial are evident in the slightly disjointed nature of the story.

Dr. No
    
    
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        Ian Fleming
    
    


    
    
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        Simon Vance
    
    


    
    Length: 7 hrs and 13 mins
    1,323 ratings
    Overall 4.2
  • Dr. No

  • By: Ian Fleming
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 7 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,323
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 956
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 955

M calls this case a "soft option". He sends Bond to Jamaica to investigate the disappearance of the head of the Kingston station. Jamaica is luxurious, and the seductive Honey Rider is beautiful and willing, but they are both part of the empire of Dr. No.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Oh, Yes.

  • By John on 06-15-17

A dated classic

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

Reviewed: 06-23-13

Would you listen to Dr. No again? Why?

The performance was excellent, and really brought the story to life.

Which scene was your favorite?

I loved Bond's superspy workout: Run a mile, swim half a mile, sunbathe for an hour, and drink four drinks. I also loved that he had three or four drinks when he was on his missions. Maybe it helped him stay sharp.

Any additional comments?

Yes, Dr. No is sexist and racist, and the action is ridiculous. However, if you can look past the dated attitudes, it's a fun period piece.