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  • Sword in the Storm

  • Rigante, Book 1
  • By: David Gemmell
  • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
  • Length: 16 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 92
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93

Born in the storm that doomed his father, Connavar grows to manhood among the mist-covered mountains of Caer Druagh, where the Rigante tribe dwell in harmony with the land and its gods. But beyond the border, across the water, an evil force is gathering strength, an unstoppable force that will change the world beyond all recognition. Haunted by malevolent spirits and hunted by evil men, Connavar sets out on a spectacular mission to save his people.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • My favorite series but disappointed in narrator

  • By Michael O on 11-24-17

Too many reviews bashing the narrator

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

Reviewed: 11-01-18

Always been a big fan of Gemmel and was excited to see the Rigante series on Audible. However, I very nearly did not get this book because of the reviews of the narrator, which would have been too bad.

Admittedly, it took me a bit to get used to hearing a woman narrator of the many male characters, mostly because I am all too used to listening to men narrating books. I also realized that I have never had a problem with the numerous men narrators voicing female characters, often very badly, in so many books (what does that say about me, right!). I have to say that this narrator was far better at men's voices than most male narrators of women's voices.

After about the first 30 minutes, I fell into her narration, she did a great job, mixing voices and accents quite well and I easily got lost into the rhythm of her narration and felt the book to be better for her skill.

I am glad that I got this book and will look forward to Adjoa Andoh's narration over the series.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Prince of Thorns

  • By: Mark Lawrence
  • Narrated by: James Clamp
  • Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,435
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,187
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,191

Author Mark Lawrence has won over audiences everywhere with Prince of Thorns, his exciting debut novel. Nine-year-old Prince Jorg is forced to watch as his mother and brother are slaughtered. Fleeing the palace, Jorg joins a bloodthirsty band of thugs. But he’s determined to take back what’s rightfully his, so he returns to the castle a few years later - unaware of the dark and powerful magic that awaits.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • It sticks in your head.

  • By Door on 09-07-13

Too evil to care

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

Reviewed: 12-08-15

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

The main character needs to have some redeemable character traits. I rarely read a book, in which I am rooting against the main character

What was most disappointing about Mark Lawrence’s story?

Half way through the book and their is literally no character I want to see alive through the next page

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

nope

What character would you cut from Prince of Thorns?

all of them

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Golden Princess

  • A Novel of the Change
  • By: S. M. Stirling
  • Narrated by: Todd McLaren
  • Length: 18 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 327
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 297
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 299

Princess Orlaith, heir to Rudi Mackenzie, Artos the First, High King of Montival, now wields the Sword of the Lady - and faces a new enemy. Fortunately, she also has a new ally in Reiko, Empress of Japan. To combat their mutual foe, Orlaith and Reiko embark on a quest to find the fabled Kusanagi-no-Tsurugi, the Grass-Cutting Sword, one of the three great treasures of the Japanese Imperial House - but they'll face great peril along the way.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Stuck in a rut

  • By Flash MacTavish on 02-26-15

Too much detail and not enough action

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

Reviewed: 12-08-15

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

Nope, it is just too slow. It worked great when he was detailing the new changed world, but this was too much

Would you recommend The Golden Princess to your friends? Why or why not?

Same as above

What does Todd McLaren bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Distinct voices and character

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

maybe

Any additional comments?

This book felt like a the author was killing time until the story can begin. The books in this series have seemed to slow down, like the author took a couple books worth of story and is spreading out over 10.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Coming of the Horseclans

  • By: Robert Adams
  • Narrated by: Ellery Truesdell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28

After 200 years of searching for other immortals, the Undying High Lord Milo Morai has returned to the Horseclans to fulfill an ancient prophecy and lead them to their destined homeland by the sea. But in their path wait the armed might of the Ehleenee and an enemy even more treacherous - the Witchmen, pre-Holocaust scientists who have survived the centuries by stealing other men's bodies to house their evil minds and who have in their hidden stronghold the means of destroying all who will not become their willing slaves.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • horrible narration

  • By Jason Daniel on 08-20-14

horrible narration

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

Reviewed: 08-20-14

What would have made The Coming of the Horseclans better?

If you have a book with a number of Spanish names and language, find a narrator that can do an adequate job or don't try. I couldn't get all the way through the book listening to the narrator use a stereotyped Spanish accent in the 1st few chapters

Would you be willing to try another book from Robert Adams? Why or why not?

I love Robert Adams, but not with this narration. I read the horse clan series as a boy and loved them all

How did the narrator detract from the book?

see above

What character would you cut from The Coming of the Horseclans?

none

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Into the Dark

  • Book Two of the Dark Trilogy
  • By: Patrick D'Orazio
  • Narrated by: Jim Cooper
  • Length: 6 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 37

Six weeks ago, the mysterious virus came out of nowhere and engulfed the world. Everyone infected seemed to die...then rise again. Jeff Blaine did his best to hold his family together and to protect them from the horrors scratching at their door, but in the end, they were ripped away from him like everything else that ever mattered. Lost and alone, Jeff decided his only option was to destroy as many of the monsters that stole his life away before they destroy him as well.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • tension filled inter-group conflict among zombies

  • By Mike Naka on 04-13-13

Fast paced for zombies

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

Reviewed: 09-30-13

Where does Into the Dark rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

That is a tough question, I listened to alot of books. I like the series and will get the next book as soon as I can

Who was your favorite character and why?

I like Jeff, he is a reluctant leader that makes me think about issues of responsibility and consequences

What does Jim Cooper bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He does well, differentiating between voices and emotions

Any additional comments?

Great storyline and the author puts characters in realistic situations. The story is fast paced and seems like a much shorter book

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Cure

  • By: Robin Cook
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 317
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 175
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 172

With her young son's potentially fatal neuroblastoma in complete remission, New York City medical examiner Laurie Montgomery returns to work, only to face the case of her career. The investigation into the death of CIA agent Kevin Markham is a professional challenge-and has Laurie's colleagues wondering if she still has what it takes after so much time away. Laurie and Jack race to connect the dots before they are consumed in a dangerous game of biotech espionage.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A repetitive waste of time

  • By Mary Dietrich on 08-24-10

not typical for cook

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

Reviewed: 09-30-13

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

No, this was not a very good book or performance

What was most disappointing about Robin Cook’s story?

The story line seemed to be a setup for a statement about medical research and business. I don't usually mind a little political bias in books, but there was far too many details that made a statement without contributing to the story. The epilogue was particularly transparent. I get these books because I enjoy medical thrillers, not to hear what the authors feelings are about patenting medical procedures and techniques, although I do agree with the statement, this wasn't the place I wanted to see it.
I feel like there were several elements of the story that were left out to make room for the non-related details-The nanny was killed and that was it-the orphaned child that was to be Ben's responsibility, Danny, and several others were just left hanging.

What didn’t you like about George Guidall’s performance?

The narrators cadence was extremely distracting.

Could you see Cure being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

no

Any additional comments?

very disappointed

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Long Earth

  • A Novel
  • By: Terry Pratchett, Stephen Baxter
  • Narrated by: Michael Fenton-Stevens
  • Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,312
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,084
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,106

The Western Front, 1916. Private Percy Blakeney wakes up. He is lying on fresh spring grass. He can hear birdsong and the wind in the leaves. Where have the mud, blood, and blasted landscape of no-man's-land gone? For that matter, where has Percy gone? Madison, Wisconsin, 2015. Police officer Monica Jansson is exploring the burned-out home of a reclusive - some say mad, others allege dangerous - scientist who seems to have vanished. Sifting through the wreckage, Jansson find a curious gadget.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • The Long (and Boring) Earth

  • By Mike From Mesa on 08-15-13

Interesting idea for a book

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

Reviewed: 09-30-13

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

I am not sure, they would have to really like this type of thing

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

It took so long to get to the meat of the story and I am still not sure what the point was. The characters were very well developed but, the story was a little thin.

What aspect of Michael Fenton-Stevens’s performance would you have changed?

nothing

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

probably not

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • March in Country

  • The Vampire Earth, Book 9
  • By: E. E. Knight
  • Narrated by: Christian Rummel, E. E. Knight (introduction)
  • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 300
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 225
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 222

The race is on to claim the area between the Ohio River and Tennessee. What's left of the resistance is hiding out in the tangle of central Kentucky hills - leaving the powerful, well-organized Kurian vampires the opportunity to fill the void. Major David Valentine knows there's only one way for them to find help before the Kurians settle in: a desperate dash by hijacked rail, followed by a harrowing river journey. Valentine unites friends old and new in the effort - but the Kurian Order won't easily yield.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • march in country

  • By bobby on 03-12-11

Great series

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

Reviewed: 05-07-13

What did you love best about March in Country?

I have read few series that allows a character to grow the way Val does in this series. The series moves Val through distinct stages of development as a man during a time of constant war.
I also really enjoy how the author weaves in details of parts of the US that I have lived in, which adds another layer of interest. Listening to the author describe the south, northwest and the midwest brings a new perception of the places that I am living or have lived

Who was your favorite character and why?

My favorite character is Val, but Val and Ahn-Kha have a great storyline that keeps me into the storyline. The relationship is about loyalty and friendship not unlike Frodo and Samwise, but more mature and cynical.

What does Christian Rummel and E. E. Knight (introduction) bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The narrator does a great job with the voices and accents. It helps keeps the characters straight and adds a nuance to the story

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Last Centurion

  • By: John Ringo
  • Narrated by: Dan John Miller
  • Length: 16 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 770
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 557
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 561

In the second decade of the 21st century, the world is struck by two catastrophes: a new mini-ice age and a plague to dwarf all previous experiences. Rising out of the disaster is the character known to history as "Bandit Six", an American Army officer caught up in the struggle to rebuild the world and prevent the fall of his homeland - despite the best efforts of politicians, both elected and military.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoy the story and forget the politics

  • By Lindsay on 01-28-11

not really a novel

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-28-10

I don't usually write reviews for books, but I was so disappointed with this book that I had to write something. I got through about the first 3 hours, which was basically a rant about the evils of liberal ideals. It was written like a journal and had little to no story line. I have always enjoyed this authors books in the past and that makes this even more disappointing.

7 of 16 people found this review helpful