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  • Six of Crows

  • By: Leigh Bardugo
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder, Brandon Rubin, Fred Berman, and others
  • Length: 15 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,769
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,114
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,113

Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price - and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can't pull it off alone.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This book is everything!

  • By Steele Reviews on 07-21-16

A good representation of the classical fantasy hero genre

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

Reviewed: 02-09-18

This is a very good fantasy book, with lots of suspense, good character background building and getting to like them. It has mystery, it is world-creating. All in all top notch.

The characters are a bit stereotypical, but actually, that’s what I like — maybe not everyone does. The world created also resembles a known one, which is also a plus or minus, depending on your liking: if you as a reader recognize asian, russian, or norsk culture immediately, you can use that imagination and the author can build on that, even if all names are sort-of-different. On the other hand it limits what the author has to invent or may conflict with the readers expectations.

You get to know the characters via descriptions of memories that are put in several places throughout the book. Ok so far, but: these interruptions happen up until the very last chapters. I found it very dissatisfying to get hidden things revealed so late. I would have preferred to finish “knowing” the backgrounds of the main characters about in the middle of the book. Except some secrets of course which those characters would not reveal easily themselves. I would also have preferred exposition to other characters when appropriate over the chosen exposition to the reader only.

Specifically for the audio version of this book: the publisher chose to read the chapters by different voices. But since each chapter told in the 3rd person anyway i do not see the point (unlike the original Dracula tells each chapter in 1st person where the approach work). This way all 6 speakers have to voice-act all characters — and the listener adapt to all variations of all of them. Like listening to 6 different books, and I do not see the benefit. One speaker for the full book would have been much better.

  • The Three-Body Problem

  • By: Cixin Liu
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 13 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,832
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,795
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,802

Set against the backdrop of China’s Cultural Revolution, a secret military project sends signals into space to establish contact with aliens. An alien civilization on the brink of destruction captures the signal and plans to invade Earth. Meanwhile, on Earth, different camps start forming, planning to either welcome the superior beings and help them take over a world seen as corrupt, or to fight against the invasion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • They create a computer using a 30 million man Army

  • By Josh P on 12-07-14

Scientific, fantastic, imaginative

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

Reviewed: 12-12-17

Where does The Three-Body Problem rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Just below the top-ten, I'd say. Interesting science-fiction, some interesting person-stories.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

I do not think that the scientific explanations of the fantastic elements are good for the story. It might have been better to not try to explain the scientific riddles. I would think that the lacking closure might be compensated with suspense. The way it is presented becomes a bit to surreal.

Which character – as performed by Luke Daniels – was your favorite?

Shi. Very nice voice, very interesting character.

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

I was very much moved by the depictions of the cultural revolution in china of which I have no prior knowledge.

Any additional comments?

Strange mix of history, science and phantastic fiction. I really liked to read such a story from an eastern point of view. I have consumed so much western science fiction already.

  • The Land: Founding: A LitRPG Saga

  • Chaos Seeds, Book 1
  • By: Aleron Kong
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,324
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 20,117
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,078

Tricked into a world of banished gods, demons, goblins, sprites and magic, Richter must learn to meet the perils of The Land and begin to forge his own kingdom. Actions have consequences across The Land, with powerful creatures and factions now hell-bent on Richter's destruction. Can Richter forge allegiances to survive this harsh and unforgiving world or will he fall to the dark denizens of this ancient and unforgiving realm? A tale to shake "The Land" itself, measuring 10/10 on the Richter scale, how will Richter's choices shape the future of The Land and all who reside in it?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Whoa!! The Begining of something Amazing!!!!

  • By Tmplrknght on 05-14-19

Ping! 1000 XP earned

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

Reviewed: 12-12-17

What disappointed you about The Land: Founding: A LitRPG Saga?

For me, coming from Joel Rosenberg, LitRPG is the story of how modern people would struggle in a fantasy world. This story however is the narration of a WoW-Run from the viewpoint of a WoW-Character. Meaning: It has no soul and the "connection" to the characters is rather thin.

Has The Land: Founding: A LitRPG Saga turned you off from other books in this genre?

Yes, I know now that I have to be careful and there seem to be sub-genres.

Which character – as performed by Nick Podehl – was your favorite?

The voice acting of the narrator is very good. The persons can be distinguished very easily.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment and boredom.

Any additional comments?

"The father of american LitRPG" sound rather catchy, doesn't it. Well, that might be and I wish Kong all of success. His vlog is quite funny. But this sub-genre of relating a computer game back into a book this strongly is very... peculiar. The storys arc is solomnly how the main character gains xp and levels up. These events are presented very explicitly and get in the way of a potential story.

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  • Obligations Incurred

  • Delvers LLC, Book 2
  • By: Blaise Corvin
  • Narrated by: Jeff Hays
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,737
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,593
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,586

Henry and Jason somehow survived being kidnapped to Ludus, a monster-filled, sword and sorcery world. They managed to make friends, pay their rent, and they even founded their own adventuring business, Delvers LLC. Unfortunately, by overcoming the odds and creating a reputation for themselves in such short time, monarchs and nobles have taken notice of the two men from Earth. Foreign, deadly struggles may be unavoidable for Delvers LLC.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not complete

  • By Jonathan on 06-29-17

I am still searching the story

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

Reviewed: 09-24-17

What disappointed you about Obligations Incurred?

I don't see any story or humor in this book. There is one character that is developed (or developed further), but that's it. So, Not much progress in the story, at all.

Would you ever listen to anything by Blaise Corvin again?

Probably not.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

He manages to make different voices, but is range is limited and sometimes its difficult for me to get who is speaking. He can speak with several nice accents, though.

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

I can not see any reason for the whole "plot" up to where the action starts.

Any additional comments?

Someone who likes the kind of action displayed in his description of the battle might like the book. His descriptions of battles are detailed and long.

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  • Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Signature Performance by Elijah Wood

  • By: Mark Twain
  • Narrated by: Elijah Wood
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,309
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,394
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,365

A Signature Performance: Elijah Wood becomes the first narrator to bring a youthful voice and energy to the story, perhaps making it the closest interpretation to Twain’s original intent.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Masterful Narration

  • By Michael Balzoa on 03-11-11

Amazing Elijah Wood

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

Reviewed: 05-19-17

What made the experience of listening to Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Signature Performance by Elijah Wood the most enjoyable?

Wood's different southern accents are amazing. I would never have thought he had it in him. He is really, really good!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Signature Performance by Elijah Wood?

Memorable? Insights into the view towards "niggers" in the states back in those days. (I am from europe)

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

I didn't. I watched The Lord of the Rings of course. Totally different. His performance here is great for different reasons.

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

It is basically a good told adventure

Any additional comments?

It was my first book and my first read of Huck Fin and/or Tom Sawyer. But I read a lot of Mark Twain before. This is definitely his style. Ironic towards sarcastic, sometimes fantastic, often over-drawn but with one foot on the ground. And always with a happy end.I like Huck more then Tom :-) Huck is a adventurous realist, Tom#s head lives in fairy land all the time.

  • Critical Failures III

  • Caverns and Creatures, Book 3
  • By: Robert Bevan
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Sleep
  • Length: 7 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,445
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,187
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,170

Going back home was not exactly what Tim and the C&C gang expected. Trouble continues to follow them back to Gulf Coast Mississippi. Trouble...and a gnome...and an undead midget.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Natural 20 in hilarity

  • By Sugarpucker on 06-08-16

fantasy characters in the real world

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

Reviewed: 09-13-16

What did you love best about Critical Failures III?

The performance

What was one of the most memorable moments of Critical Failures III?

The finale was very well done

Which scene was your favorite?

As I said, the finale.

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

Moves? No, this book is not about being moved.

Any additional comments?

3 star story wrapped in the usual swear wording we love. Performance is again totally amazing and still the best I know. Really. Averaging to 4 stars.

  • The Adventures of Tom Stranger, Interdimensional Insurance Agent

  • By: Larry Correia
  • Narrated by: Adam Baldwin
  • Length: 2 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11,624
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,836
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10,828

Have you ever seen a planet invaded by rampaging space mutants from another dimension or Nazi dinosaurs from the future? Don't let this happen to you! Rifts happen, so you should be ready when universes collide. A policy with Stranger & Stranger can cover all of your interdimensional insurance needs. Rated "Number One in Customer Satisfaction" for three years running, no claim is too big or too weird for Tom Stranger to handle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • that was awesome

  • By C. Jones on 07-06-19

Too much, almost

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

Reviewed: 09-13-16

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Because it's short fun

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Adventures of Tom Stranger, Interdimensional Insurance Agent?

The character l.c.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

It's good.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Please, not. Mars attacks suffices.

Any additional comments?

Good for a quick funny read.

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  • Son of the Black Sword

  • Saga of the Forgotten Warrior, Book 1
  • By: Larry Correia
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 16 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,226
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,429
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,387

After the War of the Gods, the demons were cast out and fell to the world. Mankind was nearly eradicated by the seemingly unstoppable beasts until the gods sent the great hero, Ramrowan, to save them. He united the tribes, gave them magic, and drove the demons into the sea. Ever since, the land has belonged to man, and the oceans have remained an uncrossable hell, leaving the continent of Lok isolated.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Beginning to a new Epic Series

  • By Don Gilbert on 10-31-15

Mediocre in story and ideas

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

Reviewed: 09-13-16

Would you try another book from Larry Correia and/or Tim Gerard Reynolds?

I did. His other works are exceptional

Would you recommend Son of the Black Sword to your friends? Why or why not?

I would mention it.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Tim Gerard Reynolds?

He is ok, speaks some accents well.

Do you think Son of the Black Sword needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

It is created as such, obviously.

Any additional comments?

Decent fantasy, ok secondary world creation. But neither deep, not well told. Some good ideas, but lack the depth and novelty or suspense.

  • 2d6 (Caverns and Creatures)

  • By: Robert Bevan
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Sleep
  • Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,409
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,323
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,319

This is a collection of the second six short stories in the Caverns and Creatures series.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Audible needs to work harder to keep C&C coming!!!

  • By Eirik bloom on 01-19-16

Perfect performance, interesting short stories

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

Reviewed: 02-05-16

Would you listen to 2d6 (Caverns and Creatures) again? Why?

I do listen to them often. Performance is the best of all I know, stories is very entertaining.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The 4 work best in a team, the bickering between them especially.

What about Jonathan Sleep’s performance did you like?

Perfect with an additional "+1" and "Like".

Who was the most memorable character of 2d6 (Caverns and Creatures) and why?

I would like to hear from Diamond again

Any additional comments?

If you don't believe me about J. Sleep's performance, just try it. It is far the best I know.

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  • The Lies of Locke Lamora

  • By: Scott Lynch
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 21 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,547
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,013
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,985

An orphan's life is harsh---and often short---in the island city of Camorr, built on the ruins of a mysterious alien race. But born with a quick wit and a gift for thieving, Locke Lamora has dodged both death and slavery, only to fall into the hands of an eyeless priest known as Chains---a man who is neither blind nor a priest. A con artist of extraordinary talent, Chains passes his skills on to his carefully selected "family" of orphans---a group known as the Gentlemen Bastards.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stupendous, but be warned.

  • By Luke A. Reynolds on 11-30-09

New world to discover

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

Reviewed: 05-24-15

The world is totally new and very good described. I like the harsh language too (pg advised).

The performance is excellent. All characters are spoken so differently that one knows who speaks immediately. In addition he even managed to fake accents and moods. A 5+ work.

The story arc itself is good, maybe not 5 stars, but 4. But the ideas for the world and its description earns a fair additional star.