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  • Caverns and Creatures, Book 1
  • By: Robert Bevan
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Sleep
  • Length: 8 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8,447
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,995
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,979

Tim and his friends find out the hard way that you shouldn't question the game master, and you shouldn't make fun of his cape. One minute, they're drinking away the dreariness of their lives, escaping into a fantasy game and laughing their asses off. The next minute, they're in a horse-drawn cart surrounded by soldiers pointing crossbows at them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Audible Studio...More Please!

  • By M. Maryanow on 02-01-15

Was unsure at first, but it grew on me

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

Reviewed: 06-18-18

At first I hated the narration and wasn’t sure if I was into the tone. But as the story went on I started to like the characters more, and by the end I was really enjoying the book (and the narration).

Sort of similar to magic 2.0, but way more crass and with a larger emphasis on friends lovingly being dicks to one another.

It’s worth noting that the book ends somewhat abruptly in what is obviously going to be a continuing story. But I’ll be reading the next one.

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  • The Player of Games

  • By: Iain M. Banks
  • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
  • Length: 11 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,537
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,289
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,292

The Culture - a human/machine symbiotic society - has thrown up many great Game Players, and one of the greatest is Gurgeh. Jernau Morat Gurgeh. The Player of Games. Master of every board, computer and strategy. Bored with success, Gurgeh travels to the Empire of Azad, cruel and incredibly wealthy, to try their fabulous game...a game so complex, so like life itself, that the winner becomes emperor. Mocked, blackmailed, almost murdered, Gurgeh accepts the game, and with it the challenge of his life - and very possibly his death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Spectacular reading of a cult sci fi classic

  • By Guy Harrison on 06-18-11

First experience with this series. Blown Away.

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

Reviewed: 06-23-17

I found both the story and narration in this book to be extremely enjoyable and refreshing. You can tell the author is having so much fun as he writes this universe.

I've listened to Peter Kenny before on the witcher series, and while I've always liked him, this performance was perfect. I especially loved how he handled the drones.

If your curious about this series, give this one a go. Can't wait to read more.

  • Insomnia

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Eli Wallach
  • Length: 25 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,518
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,311
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,297

Since his wife died, Ralph Roberts has been having trouble sleeping. Each night he wakes up a bit earlier until he's barely sleeping at all. During his late-night walks, he observes some strange things going on in Derry, Maine. He sees colored ribbons streaming from people's heads, two strange little men wandering around town after dark, and more. He begins to suspect that these visions are something more than hallucinations brought on by lack of sleep.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • sound effects ruined it

  • By jennifer on 04-24-16

Pretty good story, one huge production mistake

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

Reviewed: 10-26-16

This was a fine book, and I enjoyed both the story and performance. For some reason, however, they decided to book end certain chapters with a loud evil violin sound. Now the effect was actually a pretty cool idea, and did set the tone nicely. The issue, however, is that the violin sounds were WAY louder than the narration. I mean take out your headphones loud. It may sound like a silly thing to criticize, but trust me, there will be a few times in this book where you will be forced to remove your headphones or turn the volume down, and it won't be a pleasant experience.

But as a book? I liked it. It was nice to read a book with older protagonists, and I enjoyed the dark tower connections.

  • The Eyes of the Dragon

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,909
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,758
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,745

The Kingdom of Delain is at stake when King Roland is murdered and his son and rightful heir, Peter, is framed for the crime. Plotting against him is the evil Flagg and his pawn, young Prince Thomas. Yet with every plan there are holes - like Thomas's terrible secret. And the determined Prince Peter, who is planning a daring escape from his imprisonment.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Place to Start

  • By jston on 03-19-16

Nice change of pace as I read all things dark tower

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

Reviewed: 06-25-16

I'm currently reading through the dark tower series, including some of the books that tie into it. Before this I had just read:

Salems lot
The gunslinger
The drawing of the three
The stand

I've liked each book so far, but this one was very different from the others. The book is told as a bit of a fairy tale, with the narrator stopping to comment on the story, teasing what will happen next and asking you to stop and think about how you would feel if you found yourself in the story.

I very much enjoyed the narration, and while the story was simple, it was a short and pleasant change of pace.

While the book does tie in strongly with a character found in other king books, you don't need to have read anything else before this one.

If you're like me and still early on your journey through all things dark tower, I think you'll look back on this one as a nice little side vacation.

22 of 23 people found this review helpful

  • The Shadow Rising

  • Book Four of The Wheel of Time
  • By: Robert Jordan
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
  • Length: 41 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,921
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12,902
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,945

The seals of Shayol Ghul are weak now, and the Dark One reaches out in The Shadow Rising, book four of the Wheel of Time, as The Shadow is rising to cover humankind. In the Stone of Tear, the Lord Dragon considers his next move. It will be something no one expects, not the Black Ajah, not Tairen nobles, not Aes Sedai, not Egwene or Elayne or Nynaeve. Against the Shadow rising stands the Dragon Reborn.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The BEST of the Wheel of Time

  • By Mica on 04-27-08

My favorite so far

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

Reviewed: 01-15-16

I have liked the books fairly well, but this one turned me into a fan. I'm all in now.