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Arden Hills, MN, United States
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  • Ship of Destiny

  • The Liveship Traders, Book 3
  • By: Robin Hobb
  • Narrated by: Anne Flosnik
  • Length: 33 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,664
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,414
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,414

As Bingtown slides toward disaster, clan matriarch Ronica Vestrit, branded a traitor, searches for a way to bring the city's inhabitants together against the Chalcedean threat. Meanwhile, Althea Vestrit, unaware of what has befallen Bingtown and her family, continues her perilous quest to track down and recover her liveship Vivacia from the ruthless pirate Kennit.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Something altogether new

  • By Lorena on 06-06-12

I knew better

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

Reviewed: 10-24-17

*SPOILER AHEAD*

Repetitive terms, she wouldn't have used a word for hundreds of pages, then she would use that word twice in 2 consecutive sentences. I make an effort to not do that in a simple text. Pointless, meandering chapters that do nothing to further the plot. Just a pile of pointless words. EXTREMELY annoying characters I couldn't wait to get away from. I think there was one character I liked but then she was raped and we spent hours and hours of a fantasy novel dealing with that instead of flying on dragons and slaying bad guys. As if there isn't enough literature out there to depress us. If you're gonna tackle heavy subjects like that, at least have the honesty to let us know. Maybe name the book something like, "ship of destiny / how to emotionally deal with rape through magic" . I hate that I felt like I had to finish this series. I swear this is the last time I read Hobb. There was a paragraph or two somewhere in there that overused the word "her". That would have been annoying enough in print, and not disparaging this narrator too much, but I can't get her repetitive pronunciation of "her" out of my head. Her her her her her..... In summary, I strongly recommend giving this book a pass. If you want dragons, go read the first half dozen Pern books. Look to the classics if you want ships and pirates. Sorry Robin. I'm sure you're a lovely person and worked very hard on these books, but they just weren't for me.

  • We Are Legion (We Are Bob)

  • Bobiverse, Book 1
  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66,232
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 62,160
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62,031

Bob Johansson has just sold his software company and is looking forward to a life of leisure. There are places to go, books to read, and movies to watch. So it's a little unfair when he gets himself killed crossing the street. Bob wakes up a century later to find that corpsicles have been declared to be without rights, and he is now the property of the state. He has been uploaded into computer hardware and is slated to be the controlling AI in an interstellar probe looking for habitable planets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ignore the Publisher's Summary! This is Amazing!

  • By PW on 04-12-17

So Fun

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

Reviewed: 05-23-17

Any additional comments?

Wow can this guy write! Same level as Bujold. The story has great flow. It's imaginative and humorous with action and emotion. Just a really fun ride. I must give Ray a big nod for his job narrating this. That was some fantastic voicing. I want to go into detail about it, but that would take a while. He got the humor and delivered it just right. I don't know if it was great acting or the actual moment, but during a particularly emotional scene he choked up a bit. Delivered sighs at appropriate times and didn't rush through when the moment wanted a pause. Just a fantastic performance. I'll be looking for more from him.

  • The Name of the Wind

  • (Kingkiller Chronicle, Book 1)
  • By: Patrick Rothfuss
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 27 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65,962
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60,102
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60,190

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

Series starts strong....ish

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

Reviewed: 05-23-17

Any additional comments?

The story isn't bad. You can become interested in the characters. I made it through the first 2 books and wanted to see where it was headed, but here's the problem. No book 3. It's been years now and there doesn't seem to be any progress. There was a 2.5 that I heard was awful so I didn't bother. And it's not THAT good of a story to wait this long. And the narrator isn't the right fit. Too young maybe, or not enough range?

  • Fight and Flight

  • Magic 2.0, Book 4
  • By: Scott Meyer
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9,117
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,593
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,570

Martin and his friends discovered that their world is computer generated and that by altering the code they could alter reality. They traveled back in time to Medieval England to live as wizards. Almost everything they've done since then has, in one way or another, blown up in their faces. So of course they decide to make dragons. It does not go well.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Major stumble in a great series

  • By Lily on 05-11-17

4.75 I hate a cliffhanger, even a good one.

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

Reviewed: 05-15-17

Another fun romp with Martin and Philip. Cute take on dragon hoards and other myths.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Phantom Castle

  • Way of the Shaman Series, Book 4
  • By: Vasily Mahanenko
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Yen
  • Length: 19 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,218
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,082
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,078

What can a game clan accomplish without a castle? The answer is obvious: nothing. Therefore, the main objective of any leader in a game world is to acquire a base of operations. Finding himself in exactly this position, High Shaman Mahan, leader of the Legends of Barliona, accepts an offer from the Emperor and the Dark Lord to vanquish the army of Phantoms that has inhabited Altameda, the phantom castle.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • This book was a little disapoiting

  • By Tyre Miller on 04-24-17

I wanted to like it again.

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

Reviewed: 04-05-17

It just got to be too busy for me. I just finished a few days ago and the events are already jumbled up. Although that could be due to my fading interest. 3 was hard for me to get through too. And it felt like the dialog was clunky. I think this was my last attempt at this series...probably

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Star Wars: Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader

  • By: James Luceno
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 6 hrs and 17 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,687
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,094
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,092

For the handful of scattered Jedi, survival is imperative if the light side of the Force is to be protected and the galaxy somehow, someday reclaimed. Yet more important still is the well-being of the twin infants, Leia and Luke Skywalker, the children of Anakin and his doomed bride, Padme Amidala. Separated after Padme's death, they must be made safe at all costs, lest the hope they represent for the future be turned to horror by the new Sith regime, and the unspeakable power of the dark side.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Solid, wish it was Unabridged though.

  • By Randall on 12-11-15

Abridged

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

Reviewed: 10-19-14

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

No. It's in abridged form. I didn't see that before I hit the buy button. Why would I recommend an incomplete book? Why did Luceno agree to abridge this book? It ruins the story.

What did you like best about this story?

It was an interesting look at at Vader's personal world, but not near enough. I kept wanting to delve deeper into what makes him tick, but we'd just scratch the surface. I like Luceno and his character point of view stories. I'm looking forward to Tarkin. Also, I'd like a longer shot of each character's history instead of a short period. Plagueis was good because it spanned so much time, and the reader got a broader view of the characters life and motives.

14 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • Size Matters Not

  • The Extraordinary Life and Career of Warwick Davis
  • By: Warwick Davis
  • Narrated by: Gideon Emery
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42

You may not recognize my name-or my face for that matter-but it's very likely you've seen me at work. I've managed to cram quite a bit into my thirty-year acting career. In fact I've helped put more bums on cinema seats than Will Smith or Tom Hanks. Who else can say that they've helped destroy a Death Star? Defeated an evil sorceress? Taught magic to Harry Potter? Become a Jedi Master? Reluctantly hitchhiked across the galaxy in search of the answer to the Ultimate Question?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sincere and heart-warming

  • By Alice on 10-04-15

We Want MORE Warwick!!!

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

Reviewed: 09-13-14

Would you consider the audio edition of Size Matters Not to be better than the print version?

Don't know, never saw the print.

Any additional comments?

To Warwick. I've been a fan of yours since Willow. It remains my all time favorite movie. You tell George that Willow 2 would most definitely NOT need to be recast. What a ridiculous notion. Elora Danon grew up. Now she has to save the kingdom or some such adventure and needs the help of her old friends. Willow, now the high Aldwin, Sorsha and Madmartigan, wherever they got off to. Just cast a 25 year old redhead for Elora, and the rest of you guys are just right! Why overthink it or change what was great chemistry. The willow fantasy universe was one of the most rich of the magical realms put onto film and it so much deserves to live on. But not without you. Recast my ass. Has he lost touch?... oh wait, the prequels... well, talk to Ron. OK OK, I had to get that off my chest. Love that vid with you out walking the countryside. What a riot. And congrats on the show. I'm waiting for season 2 on dvd. You've had an amazing life and I hope to see more of you.

  • The White Dragon

  • Dragonriders of Pern
  • By: Anne McCaffrey
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 14 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,019
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,628
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,639

Never had there been as close a bonding as the one that existed between the daring and adventurous young Lord Jaxom and his extraordinary white dragon, Ruth. Pure white and incredibly agile, Ruth was a dragon of many talents, though almost everyone on Pern thought he was a runt that would never amount to anything. But Jaxom knew better.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of my all time favorites!

  • By David on 01-07-09

Does the author have input on who and how?

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

Reviewed: 09-13-14

What didn’t you like about Dick Hill’s performance?

The names mostly. Dick, you done alright. Some things set my teeth on edge. Fandarels voice for instance. Some pronunciations, but I know in a fantasy novel the unfamiliar places and names are open for interpretation. But I just listened to Mel read "all the Weyrs" and compared to his excremental reading, you are a masterharper.

Any additional comments?

I've always been curious. Does anybody involved in the production of an audiobook consult with the author on pronunciation and other grey areas? A stress on the wrong word in a sentence can significantly alter it's meaning, destroying the point the author was trying to make. I've heard it often. Yes, in this series too (sorry Dick). Does the author get final say before release? I picture her with a headset on and a note pad in her lap. Later, a call to the studio. "That"s great, but if you could call the performer in for one more sitting, I have some changes I'd like to make." Well, if that were the case, I would have no reason to wonder. I just want to see a little more professionalism, a little more effort, a little more quality. Hell, if i can hear what Anne was trying to say, despite the way it was said, so can any professional in a soundbooth. Read the book before you start. Not just the performer, but all involved. If you want some help, I'm available

Oh yeah, What the hell was that distracting background noise? It sounds like you did this in a busy office building with other conversations going on ten feet away from the mic. Does this amateurish garbage NOT get noticed before being released? I'd be embarrassed to put my name on something a 9th grader could do better. All through the book, some garbled conversation from the background distracting me. Why does nobody care about quality anymore?

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • All the Weyrs of Pern

  • Dragonriders of Pern
  • By: Anne McCaffrey
  • Narrated by: Mel Foster
  • Length: 18 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,224
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 975
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 985

For generations, the dragonriders had dedicated their lives to fighting Thread, the dreaded spores that periodically rained from the sky to ravage the land. On the backs of their magnificent telepathic dragons they flew to flame the deadly stuff out of the air before it could reach the planet's surface. But the greatest dream of the dragonriders was to find a way to eradicate Thread completely, so that never again would their beloved Pern be threatened with destruction.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Narration Would Make A Harper Weep

  • By WMF on 09-29-12

STOP RUINING GREAT BOOKS!!!!

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

Reviewed: 09-13-14

Is there anything you would change about this book?

About the book??? You mean Anne McCaffery's pern? How could one presume to change a masterpiece? What a silly question

What didn’t you like about Mel Foster’s performance?

OK, this is the real reason for writing this review. We as consumers keep contributing so mediocrity. Do NOT buy this audio book. I'm sorry Anne I love you and pern, but Mel was not the right guy for this. He ruined your book. Mel, just because you have a pleasant voice does not mean you are a good story teller. What the hell was up with F'lar's voice? He sounded like a G.I.Joe cartoon character with a southern twang. WRONG in so many ways!! Lytol? you made him sound like a weasel. He has dignity damn it, a weasel?!?!? what were you thinking? Did you read this book before you started? Fandarel, both you and Dick got him wrong. He's a huge, barrel chested blacksmith with a deep voice, why does he sound like a geek squad employee? I take it you've done Saturday morning cartoon voices or something, but treat these beloved books with some respect damn it! And where was the producer to say "hey Mel, lets try again, but this time leave off with the cheesy cartoon villain impression"? Most of all I have to blame us, the consumers, for continuing to buy garbage instead of saying, "I think I'll wait till they make something with quality in it before I buy"
The point is, I get so frothing upset about the mispronunciations, the childish accents, the misplaced stressed words that completely change the meaning of Anne's words.... There was a scene with Piemur down in cove, and Mel did his dialogue in this childish singsong tone 6 TIMES in a row!! And it was so out of place and out of character that I had to rip my headphones out of my ears and scream. The performance is SO upsetting that I can barely follow the story. Oh ya, and I heard him change words, ya that's right, I'm sure the dragonrider didn't say "doncha". Yeah, Anne doesn't write like that, it was "don't you". As in "Don't you DARE to presume to change Anne's words to fit those IDIOTIC character voices!!!!" There was SO much wrong, if I don't stop here the review will be it's own book.
Mel, I know you're a good guy, and I can tell you did put work into it. It was just wrong for this book. I'm sorry I was so harsh, but stick to spongebob where your characters will be appreciated.

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

A Thousand Times YES

Any additional comments?

Buy the hard copy, or kindle or what have you. Make the characters your own. Pern is a wonderful universe that should be visited as often as possible but you will regret buying this in audiobook form.

22 of 22 people found this review helpful

  • Dragonflight

  • Dragonriders of Pern
  • By: Anne McCaffrey
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,775
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,221
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,248

On the beautiful planet Pern, colonized for centuries, Land Holders and Craftsmen have traditionally tithed food and supplies to the dragonweyrs to which they are bound. In times past, the mighty telepathic dragons and their riders were the only protection from the dreaded, life-threatening Thread. Now those times may be returning....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Pern series is very engaging

  • By Sarah on 10-06-09

One of my first major reads when I was young

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

Reviewed: 07-05-14

What made the experience of listening to Dragonflight the most enjoyable?

The nostalgia. Remembering when i first realized what an amazing author Anne was

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Absolutley

Any additional comments?

I've listened to books narrated by Dick before and he does a great job. I noticed that "All the Weyrs of Pern" is not, and people say it is flat. As much as I love that book, I will not purchase it until there is continuity. Speaking of continuity, I know sci fi and fiction book have odd names in them, but please try to pronounce them the same throughout.