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  • The Curse of Chalion

  • By: Lois McMaster Bujold
  • Narrated by: Lloyd James
  • Length: 18 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,143
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,914
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,921

Amidst the decaying splendor and poisonous intrigue of Chalion's ancient capital, Cazaril is forced to confront not only powerful enemies but also the malignant curse that clings to the royal household, trapping him, flesh and soul, in a maze of demonic paradox, damnation, and death for as long as he dares walk the five-fold pathway of the gods.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What makes a hero... LMB knows

  • By Terri on 04-12-12

Heads up: The reading isn't great.

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

Reviewed: 10-23-16

Any additional comments?

Every couple of sentences, the narrator gets the stress or timing of words within the sentence slightly wrong. I wish the production company had taken the trouble to do retakes, or do the extra mark-up and preparation and slower pace that would be needed to get this right. Give a listen to the sample before you buy; if you don't "hear" it there, it won't bother you.

  • The Name of the Wind

  • Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 1
  • By: Patrick Rothfuss
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 27 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60,404
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54,866
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54,963

This is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man's search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow!

  • By Joanna on 05-10-11

Stellar Narration

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

Reviewed: 08-10-11

The book's good, too, if you like fantasy at all, but Nick Podehl's reading is a stand-out -- the best I've listened to in three years of audible books. Podehl fits his voice into Rothfuss's ensemble of characters with their differen tages, genders, and fictitious ethnicities without ever coming off whiny or cliched. A gem.

  • Buried Deep

  • A Retrieval Artist Novel
  • By: Kristine Kathryn Rusch
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder
  • Length: 12 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 477
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 269
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 267

Forensic anthropologist Aisha Costard has been summoned to Mars to examine skeletal remains recently discovered beneath a building erected by the Disty aliens. The bones belong to a human woman who vanished 30 years ago with her children.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best in the series

  • By Christopher on 07-29-09

Listen to the sample before buying.

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-19-09

The book might have worked for me with a different reader. It interweaves threads from the lives of different people on different planets in different positions of society; you never quite know where the focus will end up, and that might have been interesting. But I couldn't get past hours and hours of having minute details narrated without irony, without much of an arc, and with too-long pauses between sentence fragments that acquired a seriousness the narrative doesn't always have. Women's voices came in a choice of breathy alto or whiny falsetto; in a book largely inhabited by female characters, none of them sounded like a real person when speaking.
I don't know whether this is just a personal preference or a true failing - so take the trouble of listening to the sample, imagine a few hours of that same tone of voice applied to things far less grave, and then decide.

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