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  • Area X

  • The Southern Reach Trilogy - Annihilation, Authority, Acceptance
  • By: Jeff VanderMeer
  • Narrated by: Carolyn McCormick, Bronson Pinchot, Xe Sands
  • Length: 26 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3,221
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,011
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3,026

Dive into the mysteries of Area X, a remote and lush terrain that has inexplicably sequestered itself from civilization. Twelve expeditions have gone in, and not a single member of any of them has remained unchanged by the experience - for better or worse.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Almost Great

  • By clifford on 12-26-15

Narrator awkward

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

Reviewed: 09-04-17

I couldn't get into the book and stopped listening after the first hour. The first narrator is haulting, awkward, and doesn't feel like a real person

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Widow's House

  • The Dagger and the Coin, Book 4
  • By: Daniel Abraham
  • Narrated by: Pete Bradbury
  • Length: 15 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,024
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 943
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 933

Lord Regent Geder Palliako's war has led his nation and the priests of the spider goddess to victory after victory. No power has withstood him, except for the heart of the one woman he desires. As the violence builds and the cracks in his rule begin to show, he will risk everything to gain her love or else her destruction. Clara Kalliam, the loyal traitor, is torn between the woman she once was and the woman she has become. With her sons on all sides of the conflict, her house cannot stand, but there is a power in choosing when and how to fall.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The resistance starts to take shape

  • By Lore on 05-02-15

Daniel Abraham is a Freaking Stud

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

Reviewed: 07-24-15

I just re-listened to all four books and am again filled with the need to see how it all comes to an end. I love everything about this series. Abraham masterfully builds his characters (whichever of the 13 races they may belong to) into accessible, understandable individuals that you can't help but feel like you KNOW them. Not only is there heartbreak and friendship and bravery, but there is well-placed and clever humor that tips this series past 'good' into a realm better known as freaking LEGENDARY.

I am not easily impressed by fantasy authors, and have little time for poorly-written, boring tomes. You can't just have good ideas, you need to have the prose behind them. Abraham has both because he is a freaking stud. He adds little details (not too many, just the right amount) that put you right there in the scene and the world he describes with those details is beyond intriguing. It's just awesome. If you like Peter V. Brett I would absolutely recommend this series to you, and if you like Brandon Sanderson I would argue that Abraham is better (just my opinion).

  • The Final Empire

  • Mistborn Book 1
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 24 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45,199
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,000
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,004

For a thousand years the ash fell and no flowers bloomed. For a thousand years the Skaa slaved in misery and lived in fear. For a thousand years the Lord Ruler, the "Sliver of Infinity," reigned with absolute power and ultimate terror, divinely invincible. Then, when hope was so long lost that not even its memory remained, a terribly scarred, heart-broken half-Skaa rediscovered it in the depths of the Lord Ruler's most hellish prison.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A GREAT TRILOGY!!!

  • By Don Gilbert on 11-12-09

Pretty Good, Not My Favorite Sanderson

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

Reviewed: 07-24-15

I am a Sanderson fan (just a fan, not an obsessive fanatic). While I did enjoy this story and its take on the existence of good vs. evil and people endowed with supernatural powers, I didn't feel like I connected with the characters as well as I would have liked to. It also felt like there were pieces missing. There were intentional time gaps in between the books, but it seemed as if this added to the lack of character development. I largely attribute my lackluster review to having already listened to the Stormlight Archives and being in dire need of the next volume in that series. The plot and ideas of Mistborn were overall intriguing, but I didn't get pulled in enough to staunch the craving Stormlight left.

  • The Skystone

  • Camulod Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Jack Whyte
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pariseau
  • Length: 21 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 561
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 500
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 497

Everyone knows the story-how Arthur pulled the sword from the stone, how Camelot came to be, and about the power struggles that ultimately destroyed Arthur's dreams. But what of the time before Arthur and the forces that created him?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • The Narrator ruined this book!

  • By Teresa on 10-12-13

Employ the Eraser, Sir

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

Reviewed: 07-14-14

Any additional comments?

The plotline is interesting, the Roman point of view is a new take that I hadn't encountered previously. Unfortunately, the writing leaves something to be desired. While there is tremendous detail, Whyte has a tendency to be unnecessarily verbose and include many ideas/details through dialogue that could easily be inferred by adept character building. The fact that the book was written in first person only exacerbates this issue, allowing the author to drag on with unnecessary, uninteresting information. The dialogue and use of modern idiomatic expressions also seem to be occasionally misaligned with the time period. Finally, the sex scenes were obviously the product of a man writing because he likes to talk about sex - not necessarily to forward the plot in any meaningful way. I was very disappointed in this text, and was surprised to see the number of positive reviews it received.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful