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  • Pathfinder

  • Book 1
  • By: Orson Scott Card
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki, Kirby Heyborne, Don Leslie, and others
  • Length: 17 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,672
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,814
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,828

Rigg is well trained at keeping secrets. Only his father knows the truth about Rigg’s strange talent for seeing the paths of people’s pasts. But when his father dies, Rigg is stunned to learn just how many secrets Father had kept from him - secrets about Rigg’s own past, his identity, and his destiny. And when Rigg discovers that he has the power not only to see the past, but also to change it, his future suddenly becomes anything but certain.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Story OK, Narration Mixed

  • By Paul from Washington on 07-28-12

You will need a ton of patience

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

Reviewed: 06-09-13

What would have made Pathfinder better?

I've enjoyed other Card books, but this one doesn't make the list. I felt that the author needed to explain each persons powers or the events surrounding them is such detail that is was pretty unbearable to listen too. Card takes the explanation of moving through time to such a level that it makes this narration almost unbearable. I do not recommend this book.

What was most disappointing about Orson Scott Card’s story?

I've enjoyed other books, so I had high hopes for this one. I was very disappointed.

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

The narration was good when done by the primary person, but the addition of two more people made the story disjointed and annoying to listen too.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Pathfinder?

I would trim down the scenes discussing the abilities. I appreciate that Card tried to detail the abilities of the characters and not water down what was happening, but it was such a tedious amount of detail that it was hard to keep my interest. I don't like it when an author say's 'and he time-traveled' and that is the end of the description, but the minute by minute accounting of how something was done became very annoying.

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  • Dust and Shadow

  • An Account of the Ripper Killings by Dr. John H. Watson
  • By: Lyndsay Faye
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,048
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,580
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,566

Breathless and painstakingly researched, this is a stunning debut mystery in which Sherlock Holmes unmasks Jack the Ripper. Lyndsay Faye perfectly captures all the color and syntax of Conan Doyle’s distinctive nineteenth-century London.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent!

  • By Wadie on 01-07-11

Excellent Sherlock Holmes Story

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

Reviewed: 01-05-13

Would you consider the audio edition of Dust and Shadow to be better than the print version?

I think this is a dumb question as listening to the book and reading it are two totally different things. Yes, I enjoyed listening to the book, but that is why I joined Audible...

Who was your favorite character and why?

I am a huge Sherlock fan, so I enjoyed all the primary characters. I also found the secondary characters well developed and added a great deal to the story.

Have you listened to any of Simon Vance’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have not yet, but I believe I will definitely seek him out in the future as this was very well performed.

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

Pure Evil vs Pure Genius

Any additional comments?

As a huge Sherlock Holmes fans I find that often authors trying to spin off their own version fall flat. However, this did not disappoint. It was very true to form for a Sherlock story, sticking closely to the original Sherlock and Watson.

  • The Cater Street Hangman

  • By: Anne Perry
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 894
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 734
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 734

When a maid in the upper class Ellison household is strangled, Inspector Pitt is called in to investigate. He finds a world ruled by strict manners and social customs, where the inhabitants of the Ellison's neighborhood appear to be more outraged by the thought of scandal than they are by murder. Inspector Pitt finds a most unlikely ally in Charlotte, the Ellison's spirited daughter. But as the murders continue, Charlotte and Pitt find themselves drawn together by more than the investigation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Nancy on 05-12-12

Dull and Uninteresting

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

Reviewed: 12-31-12

What would have made The Cater Street Hangman better?

More interesting plot, less about the lives of Victorian well-to dos, and more about the investigation.

Has The Cater Street Hangman turned you off from other books in this genre?

No, I love books of this genre, but I doubt I will ever read another book by Anne Perry

What about Christina Moore’s performance did you like?

She actually was quite good, well read, and she kept the story going, for what it was worth.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Not really - dull characters (though heavily developed, which might intrigue some people), poor story (I am a huge Victorian mystery fan, and I was very disappointed).

Any additional comments?

If you want to read the authors take on what life was like back then, this is a decent book. The characters are fully flushed out, giving much detail about their thoughts and lives. If you are looking for a Victorian mystery, I would look elsewhere.

  • Cold Days

  • The Dresden Files, Book 14
  • By: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: James Marsters
  • Length: 18 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 16,956
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 15,681
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 15,655

After being murdered by a mystery assailant, navigating his way through the realm between life and death, and being brought back to the mortal world, Harry realizes that maybe death wasn’t all that bad - because he is no longer Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only professional wizard. He is now Harry Dresden, Winter Knight to Mab, the Queen of Air and Darkness. After Harry had no choice but to swear his fealty, Mab wasn’t about to let something as petty as death steal away the prize she had sought for so long.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thwarts Every Expectation - In a Good Way

  • By Ethan M. on 12-21-12

Another Good Dresden Files Book

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

Reviewed: 12-31-12

Would you consider the audio edition of Cold Days to be better than the print version?

Yes, I enjoyed this better, as it gives the characters a life of their own.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Harry Dresden - a good mix of sarcasm, self-deprecating humor, and compassion make him a faulty hero that everyone can root for.

Have you listened to any of James Marsters’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have listened to the entire Dresden File series narrated by Jame Marster and he has always done an excellent job.

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

I did find myself rooting for Harry and enjoying the twists and turns throughout the book,.

Any additional comments?

This was another good book in the Dresden Files series. Well written and well narrated, it was enjoyable from start to finish. If you are a fan of the supernatural (think Harry Potter not Twilight) then you'll enjoy this book.