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  • Skyward

  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Suzy Jackson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 10,437
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9,893
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 9,878

From Brandon Sanderson, the number one New York Times best-selling author of the Reckoners series, Words of Radiance, and the internationally best-selling Mistborn series, comes the first book in an epic new series about a girl who dreams of becoming a pilot in a dangerous world at war for humanity's future.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • If you like Ender's Game or Sanderson check it out

  • By Kingsley on 11-08-18

He did it again

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

Reviewed: 11-08-18

Just can't believe the variety and near perfection that this man puts out. He is a writing machine and I am thankful for him.

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  • Facing West

  • A Forever Wilde Novel
  • By: Lucy Lennox
  • Narrated by: Michael Pauley
  • Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 645
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 606
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 606

I left my family and tiny Texas hometown 15 years ago to escape small-town gossips and to give my mom and sister the chance at a better life. But when a phone call from an attorney back home informs me that my sister passed away, leaving me custody of her newborn baby, I'm shocked out of the steady life I've built for myself running a tattoo shop in San Francisco. The thing is: I don't do babies. And I don't do small towns. Or commitment. And I especially don't do family.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator Michael Pauley Blew it out of the Water!

  • By Mega Listener on 02-02-18

Narrator Michael Pauley Blew it out of the Water!

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

Reviewed: 02-02-18

Would you consider the audio edition of Facing West to be better than the print version?

I would have enjoyed this story as a print book, but I'm so glad I listened to the audiobook first. The performance was excellent. I'll get into that in the question specifically about the narrator.

Who was your favorite character and why?

My favorite characters were the saucy grandpas who couldn't help meddling. They were always there to be supportive and give the main characters a kind nudge in the right direction.

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

Hot Dayum!
Michael Pauley is ridiculously good. Not only did he read each first-person section in character (it switches from Nico to West every other chapter), he did it with emotion, excellent timing, and recognizable voice differentiation for all the secondary characters. Even though he had a limited range of voices (everyone does who isn't Mel Blanc, after all), I still knew which character was talking.
Narrators are a dime a dozen, but really GOOD ones are harder to find. Especially for books with graphic sex scenes. And Michael's voice was pure sex when it came down to it.
There were a couple awkward moments, like a word mispronunciation or really emotional moment that didn't quite make it, but otherwise I would actively seek out this narrator again.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

There was, but that would be a spoiler, now, wouldn't it?
Let's just say, there was some breaking down of walls, crying, and a tender interaction that hadn't previously been possible.

Any additional comments?

If you're into emotional connections, seriously sexy times, true love conquering all, two tough men loving a baby, and happily ever afters, you won't be disappointed.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The High King's Golden Tongue

  • By: Megan Derr
  • Narrated by: Michael Stellman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 445
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 417
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 418

Prince Allen has trained his entire life to follow in the footsteps of his illustrious mother, who has made their kingdom one of the wealthiest and most influential in the empire. For the past few years he has trained to become the new consort of the High King. The only thing no one prepared him for was the stubborn, arrogant High King himself, who declares Allen useless and throws him out of court.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book. Audio does it justice.

  • By biyuti on 05-10-17

Great Story, Decent Read

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

Reviewed: 01-13-18

Would you consider the audio edition of The High King's Golden Tongue to be better than the print version?

I prefer the print version, though I enjoy having the hand-free, eyes-free option of audio.

The audio had some odd pauses, word mispronunciations, and inconsistent name pronunciations.

It bothered me to hear Rene pronounced at "Renn" rather than "Rennay," since the spelling is the same as the French name. And Sarrica's dead spouse's name, Nyle, was not always pronounced the same way.

Also, some of the lines were delivered strangely--that is, not the delivery I would have expected from the context of the dialog. It made the dialog seem awkward or stilted sometimes.

However, Michael Stellman has a pleasant enough voice, and his overall read was not bad.

What other book might you compare The High King's Golden Tongue to and why?

This book is pretty unique. I can't think of any I've read that would be similar. That is part of the appeal.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Michael Stellman?

I would listen to another book narrated by Michael Stellman. The things about his performance that bothered me were not enough to stop me from buying another audiobook narrated by him if the book itself interested me.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

It was, though it was too long to manage it.

  • Dawson Chronicles Box Set, Books 1 - 3

  • Historical Western Cowboy Romance Bundle
  • By: Linda Bridey
  • Narrated by: Mary Ann Weathers
  • Length: 23 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

Book 1: Mistletoe Mayhem - When injured Sawyer Samuels arrives home from the Great War, he encounters Devon Dwyer, the woman who refused his marriage proposal. They still love each other, but can they work through their issues and recapture the love they once shared?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An end to a great story

  • By Hoppytrails on 04-27-18

Fun story, Well told, Great Narrator

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

Reviewed: 07-20-17

Would you consider the audio edition of Dawson Chronicles Box Set, Books 1 - 3 to be better than the print version?

I prefer the audio version to the print. There are so many characters in this book that I can't imagine trying to come up with distinct voices for them all. While Mary Ann Weathers has several voices that sound the same, you can still tell who is supposed to be talking. And it's clear she tried to take cues from the text when it came to her choices.

What did you like best about this story?

Even though the romantic bits are a little hokey sometimes, I like that the stories aren't all sunshine and rainbows. Tragic things happen, but the community deals with them together. Mistletoe Mayhem deals with injustice; After the Storm deals with rape; Spirit Journey got a little strange with the Dakota magic, but even it dealt with some heavy issues. But the story stays well-paced and interesting.

Which scene was your favorite?

It's not a scene, per say, but I did enjoy Renee's falling-in-love arc.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I did cry after a certain death. I won't give away who's.

Any additional comments?

I see one or two reviews that comment on how terrible the narrator is. Not every narrator is everybody's cup of tea, but I have to disagree personally. I loved this narrator, and I would listen to her again. She didn't just read it, she acted it. And while not every audiobook narrator is a character voice actor, she did well with the limits of her voice, considering how many characters there were, both male and female.Some narrators get followings the way writers do. This one likely will, too.

  • Firedancer

  • By: S. A. Bolich
  • Narrated by: Mary Ann Weathers
  • Length: 14 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Jetta's Dance is the first line of defense in the war to vanquish the Ancient, the malevolent, living fire that dwells in the heart of the world. When the Dance no longer holds the Ancient at bay, a failed firedancer and her erratic apprentice are all that stand between a helpless village and the impending firestorm. Finalist for the 2013 EPIC Award for Fantasy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unique Story with a Stellar Narrator!

  • By Mega Listener on 03-27-17

Unique Story with a Stellar Narrator!

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

Reviewed: 03-27-17

Where does Firedancer rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Firedancer is one of the better audiobooks I've listened to in the Fantasy genre. I tend to favor books by Brandon Sanderson, but this book by S. A. Bolich was actually very good.

What other book might you compare Firedancer to and why?

It's difficult to compare Firedancer because I haven't heard or read a similar story before, though I would say the feel of it is a bit like the Wild Magic or Song of the Lioness series by Tamora Pierce.

Have you listened to any of Mary Ann Weathers’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have listened to Mary Ann Weathers' narrations before, and this one is different from the ones she did previously. Her previous genre was romance fiction, so the voices were all more natural. This being fantasy, her character voices had more of a range, and were more unique. She gave each race a unique accent, and did a good job of making the characters sound the way they were written. If I read the book, or any future ones in the series, I'm sure I'll read them with her character voices in my mind. I'll definitely be open to listening to other projects narrated by this narrator, even if the story is of a different style.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

In a world dominated by nature magics that threaten humankind, a Firedancer will have to learn to work with her once enemies to save her friends.

Any additional comments?

I highly recommend this audiobook and hope that they get the same narrator to do the rest of the series. Soon!