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O'Connor, Australia
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  • A Song for Arbonne

  • By: Guy Gavriel Kay
  • Narrated by: Euan Morton
  • Length: 19 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 407
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 324
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 328

A Song for Arbonne is Guy Gavriel Kay's critically acclaimed fantasy of love, both courtly and forbidden, and of kingdoms endlessly opposed - one dominated by male rulers and their male god, the other guided by women and their goddess.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An alternate world

  • By Yaryna on 07-23-10

Another Amazing Book by Guy Gavriel Kay

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

Reviewed: 11-20-13

This is a beautiful, complex novel set in a fictional mediaeval world, probably the same world as his Sarantine series, but in a different area. Like most books by this author, the characters are complex, and the plot weaves richly together towards a stunning ending. It is very well read. Highly recommended.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Bone Shop

  • A Marla Mason Novel
  • By: T. A. Pratt
  • Narrated by: Jessica Almasy
  • Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 205
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 182
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 184

Marla Mason is the chief sorcerer of Felport, a woman who's tangled with gods and monsters and come out on top (if a bit damaged in the process). Bone Shop tells the story of Marla's evolution from runaway to sorcerer's apprentice to mercenary magician and beyond. Fans of the urban fantasy series from Bantam Spectra that began with Blood Engines will find surprising secrets revealed about Marla's past, and new listeners can get to know the character from the very beginning.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Top-Shelf Marla (and Pratt)!

  • By Dave on 11-17-11

Just what we have been waiting for

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

Reviewed: 07-21-13

Yet another excellent Marla Mason Novel - this time telling the story of her arrival in Fellport and how she becomes Chief Sorcerer. No complaints about this one, just waiting for the next one to come...

  • A Door into Ocean

  • By: Joan Slonczewski
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 17 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 57
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 40

The Sharers of Shora are a nation of women on a distant moon in the far future. They are pacifists, they are highly advanced in biological sciences, and they reproduce by parthenogenesis - because there are no males. Conflict erupts when a militaristic neighboring civilization decides to develop their ocean world and sends in an army.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Complex World-building Sci-Fi

  • By DarkFish on 07-21-13

Complex World-building Sci-Fi

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

Reviewed: 07-21-13

This was a very interesting book, reminding me of some of Sherri Tepper's works. This book outlines a conflict between a patriarchal military culture and a water world populated by women whose technology is biologically based. The book moves slowly, but as I kept listening I was drawn into the story of how these two cultures interact.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Lions of Al-Rassan

  • By: Guy Gavriel Kay
  • Narrated by: Euan Morton
  • Length: 19 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 769
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 726
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 726

The ruling Asharites of Al-Rassan have come from the desert sands, but over centuries, seduced by the sensuous pleasures of their new land, their stern piety has eroded. The Asharite empire has splintered into decadent city-states led by warring petty kings. King Almalik of Cartada is on the ascendancy, aided always by his friend and advisor, the notorious Ammar ibn Khairan - poet, diplomat, soldier - until a summer afternoon of savage brutality changes their relationship forever.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Lots of drama

  • By Kat Hooper on 10-12-12

Another Stunning Book by Guy Gavriel Kay

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

Reviewed: 07-21-13

This beautiful book made me cry! Euan Morton narrates this story of a land populated by peoples of three faiths, torn by war. The characters are memorable, and their intertwined stories make you think about the meaning of honour and love. The setting is an alternate world which is similar to mediaeval Spain.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Farthing

  • Small Change, Book 1
  • By: Jo Walton
  • Narrated by: John Keating, Bianca Amato
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 775
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 667
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 681

One summer weekend in 1949 - but not our 1949 - the well-connected "Farthing set", a group of upper-crust English families, enjoy a country retreat. Lucy is a minor daughter in one of those families; her parents were both leading figures in the group that overthrew Churchill and negotiated peace with Herr Hitler eight years before....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It Couldn't Happen Here, Right? RIGHT?

  • By Nancy J on 05-29-13

Country House Murder in Alternate History Britain

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

Reviewed: 07-21-13

Jo Walton is an excellent author, and this first book of her Small Change trilogy was great. It is well narrated with two narrators (male and female). If you like alternate political histories and murders, you will like this book. There is both political and religious tension, and I certainly wouldn't like to live in this alternate Britain.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Monster Hunter International

  • By: Larry Correia
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 24 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,000
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,537
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,512

Five days after Owen Zastava Pitt pushed his insufferable boss out of a 14th story window, he woke up in the hospital with a scarred face, an unbelievable memory, and a job offer. It turns out that monsters are real. All the things from myth, legend, and B-movies are out there, waiting in the shadows. Some of them are evil, and some are just hungry. Monster Hunter International is the premier eradication company in the business. And now Owen is their newest recruit.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • My second Monster Hunter book

  • By Randall on 06-29-18

Monsters! Accountants with Guns!

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

Reviewed: 07-21-13

This was a surprisingly good listen! A fast-paced action story of a man who gets caught in a world of monsters hidden from most of us. There are a lot of guns, lots of combat, and some great characters.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • 14

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,539
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,567
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 37,569

There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Overrated

  • By David on 04-03-13

Slow to Build but a Thundering Conclusion

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

Reviewed: 02-18-13

This was a really interesting book. It starts out quite slow, and for a while I was wondering if I had mistakenly bought a book that was not science fiction. However, it is well worth persisting as the mystery unfolds. This story has some very interesting characters, and builds to a fantastic conclusion. I won't spoil it, but any book which has Telsa and Chthulhu is worth a listen! Ray Porter does a good job of narration.

1 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Rivers of London

  • Rivers of London, Book 1
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 342
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 309
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 310

My name is Peter Grant and until January I was just probationary constable in that mighty army for justice known to all right-thinking people as the Metropolitan Police Service (as the Filth to everybody else). My only concerns in life were how to avoid a transfer to the Case Progression Unit - we do paperwork so real coppers don't have to - and finding a way to climb into the panties of the outrageously perky WPC Leslie May.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Touch of the DWJs

  • By Readalot on 12-04-11

Absolutely Fantastic Book - Highly Recommended

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

Reviewed: 02-18-13

I loved this book! This is a clever and fast-paced mix of London Police and magic. Great characters and story. The reader does an amazing job of all the different voices and accents. I could hardly bear to pause the book and go into work! Well worth buying.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Blood Engines

  • A Marla Mason Novel
  • By: T. A. Pratt
  • Narrated by: Jessica Almasy, T. A. Pratt (Introduction)
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 410
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 259
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 264

Sorcerer Marla Mason, small-time guardian of the city of Felport, has a big problem. A rival is preparing a powerful spell that could end Marla's life - and, even worse, wreck her city. Marla's only chance of survival is to boost her powers with the Cornerstone, a magical artifact hidden somewhere in San Francisco. But when she arrives there, Marla finds that the quest isn't going to be quite as cut-and-dried as she expected...

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Title Explains It All

  • By Starr on 07-28-09

Fantastic Book - gritty urban sorcery with humour

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

Reviewed: 02-18-13

This is the first of TA Pratt's Marla Mason Series. I started this after hearing a Marla Mason Story on Podcastle, and I'm so glad I bought this book. I guess the genre is urban sorcery, set in a fictional modern city in North America. The characters are flawed and interesting, particularly Marla. If you like the Harry Dresden books, I think you'd like this series. The reading is well done.

  • The Android's Dream

  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,719
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,839
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,834

A human diplomat creates an interstellar incident when he kills an alien diplomat in a most unusual way. To avoid war, Earth's government must find an equally unusual object: A type of sheep ("The Android's Dream"), used in the alien race's coronation ceremony. To find the sheep, the government turns to Harry Creek, ex-cop, war hero and hacker extraordinaire.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Philip K Dick meets Douglas Adams

  • By James on 07-26-11

Aliens, Sheep, Action!

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

Reviewed: 05-21-12

This was my first novel by John Scalzi and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Wil Wheaton does a great job reading it. This science fiction novel is a dryly funny, action-packed story of intercultural politics. Worth a listen

2 of 4 people found this review helpful