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  • The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage

  • Book of Dust, Volume 1
  • By: Philip Pullman
  • Narrated by: Michael Sheen
  • Length: 13 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,818
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,572
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,546

Renowned storyteller Philip Pullman returns to the parallel world of Lyra Belacqua and His Dark Materials for a thrilling and epic adventure in which daemons, alethiometers, and the Magisterium all play parts.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disturbing differences from print text

  • By Damon D. Hickey on 10-24-17

Great story, great performance.. delicious return to a beloved tale

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

Reviewed: 11-28-17

I love, love, loved this book! As a long-standing fan of the dark materials trilogy, it's a delight to read a well-rounded, excellently performed new chapter to the story. It's a prequel to the original series, which is fun and adds a new layer of depth to what we already know from Lyra's world. I'm super excited about the rest of the series. The narrator did an incredible job… Excellent voices, careful diction… Really, really stellar. Loved it.

  • Fool's Quest

  • Book II of the Fitz and the Fool trilogy
  • By: Robin Hobb
  • Narrated by: Elliot Hill
  • Length: 33 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,714
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,533
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,515

The harrowing adventures of FitzChivalry Farseer and his enigmatic friend, the Fool, continue in Robin Hobb's triumphant follow-up to Fool's Assassin. But Fool's Quest is more than just a sequel. With the artistry and imagination her fans have come to expect, Hobb builds masterfully on all that has gone before, revealing devastating secrets and shocking conspiracies that cast a dark shadow over the history of Fitz and his world - a shadow that now stretches to darken all future hope.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • What's with the Fool's weird accent?

  • By M. Casale on 08-11-15

I can't believe they've allowed this narrator to butcher these stories..

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

Reviewed: 07-23-17

Honest to god.. it literally should not be allowed to happen that narrators take up the helm of books that have been so beautifully narrated in the past, and in turn churn out the most crappy, unrelated recitations of a story imaginable. This narrator is *so* bad, his versions of well established, intrinsic characters completely fail. The Fool is suddenly German? Really? The humble, strong, intrepid Kettricken is suddenly a foppish, caricature of a "royal" (as are so many of his versions of characters who should *never* have sounded like that) is just painful. Even worse, his interpretations of new characters is so bad that it makes liking or developing a relationship with new characters (like Lant, or Reign) literally impossible. Why on earth wouldn't a narrator listen to the way a series had been read before to get a sense of how they've already been presented and imprinted on dedicated readers? Why wouldn't publishers insist on this? I very certainly would not have continued this series if they'd been read by this narrator.

I love Fitz and I love The Fool and I will soldier through the rest of this series.. but man, this narrator is just the worst. I sincerely wish that authors and their publishers would take the importance of good narration seriously. It's super disappointing when they don't.

  • The Wind Through the Keyhole

  • The Dark Tower
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Stephen King
  • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,840
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5,378
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,351

In The Wind Through the Keyhole, Stephen King has returned to the rich landscape of Mid-World. This story within a story within a story finds Roland Deschain, Mid-World’s last gunslinger, in his early days during the guilt-ridden year following his mother’s death. Sent by his father to investigate evidence of a murderous shape-shifter, a "skin-man", Roland takes charge of Bill Streeter, a brave but terrified boy who is the sole surviving witness to the beast’s most recent slaughter.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An exceptional story, but I miss George Guidall.

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-25-12

Um... Love this author, but as a narrator? Um... No.

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

Reviewed: 11-13-15

So overall I really enjoyed the story. I enjoyed revisiting the ka-tet in the middle of their journey and getting reconnected with all that is Roland and his crew in mid world. But Stephen King is just not the best narrator for his books. He just doesn't have the depth or range or delivery to do that well, it definitely took the book down a notch for me. I hope he gets tired of reading his own books… There's better people for the job.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • History, Homages and the Highlands

  • An Outlander Guide
  • By: Valerie Estelle Frankel
  • Narrated by: Fiona Thraille
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 53

With oodles of steamy romance, paranormal time travel, adventure, and much more, Outlander is sweeping the nation. From over a dozen volumes to its newest incarnation as a breathtaking Starz show, it continues to delight, even with subtle, clever changes. But what was life really like then - from kilts and bagpipes to selkies and the fair folk? Who was Bonnie Prince Charlie and why was his campaign so disastrous for the Highlanders?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Super great and timely info for Outlander fiends!

  • By Karen on 04-07-15

Super great and timely info for Outlander fiends!

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

Reviewed: 04-07-15

Tons and tons of really interesting, relevant and juicy background information regarding both the outlander books, and the new TV series. The narration is okay, though she says a few things really bizarrely… I have no idea where she gets her pronunciation of the word Beltane. Never heard it sound like that in my life. But it's bearable and the information is completely worth it. It was just the extra material that I was looking for while currently being engrossed in the series, after having read all the books. If you're an outlander geek, you'll really enjoy this.

13 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • The Golem and the Jinni

  • A Novel
  • By: Helene Wecker
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 19 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,089
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,163
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,154

Helene Wecker's dazzling debut novel tells the story of two supernatural creatures who appear mysteriously in 1899 New York. Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life by a strange man who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic. When her master dies at sea on the voyage from Poland, she is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York Harbor. Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire, born in the ancient Syrian Desert. Trapped in an old copper flask by a Bedouin wizard centuries ago, he is released accidentally by a tinsmith in a Lower Manhattan shop.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enchanting Debut Novel - Delicious!

  • By Tango on 04-26-13

Wonderful melding of cultures, whim & characters

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

Reviewed: 01-18-15

This is a wonderful story, a great tale of two rich cultural traditions and their myths. The characters are incredibly well developed, and the story is surprisingly moving. We take two mythical creatures from two concurrent cultures and bring them together in unexpected ways, while examining the intrinsic possibilities of each's potential for both good and evil. The storyline is rich, the period details are fascinating and intriguing. I've listened to this twice, and enjoyed it more each time.

  • Magician's Gambit

  • The Belgariad, Book 3
  • By: David Eddings
  • Narrated by: Cameron Beierle
  • Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,840
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,169
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,187

Ce'Nedra, Imperial Princess of Tolnedra, is confused. Everyone knows the tales of the Orb protecting the West from the evil god Torak are just silly legends. But here she is, forced to join a quest to recover that stolen Orb. No one believes in sorcery, but Garion's aunt and grandfather seem to be the fabled sorcerers Polgara and Belgarath. Even young Garion is learning to do sorcery. He's just a farm boy, totally unsuitable for an Imperial Princess. Yet for some reason, she has the urge to comfort him.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I liked it.

  • By Bryan J. Peterson on 06-02-09

Good series, consistent characters

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

Reviewed: 01-04-15

Well done series, enjoyable if you are a fan of the serial fantasy genre. My only complaint is that I don't really like the way the narrator reads the main character... If feels contrived and overdone (and strangely inaccurate). Otherwise good.

  • The Slow Regard of Silent Things

  • Kingkiller Chronicle, Book 2.5
  • By: Patrick Rothfuss
  • Narrated by: Patrick Rothfuss
  • Length: 3 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,247
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,720
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,734

Deep below the University, there is a dark place. Few people know of it: a broken web of ancient passageways and abandoned rooms. A young woman lives there, tucked among the sprawling tunnels of the Underthing, snug in the heart of this forgotten place. Her name is Auri, and she is full of mysteries. The Slow Regard of Silent Things is a brief, bittersweet glimpse of Auri’s life, a small adventure all her own. At once joyous and haunting, this story offers a chance to see the world through Auri’s eyes. And it gives the reader a chance to learn things that only Auri knows.... In this book, Patrick Rothfuss brings us into the world of one of The Kingkiller Chronicle’s most enigmatic characters. Full of secrets and mysteries, The Slow Regard of Silent Things is the story of a broken girl trying to live in a broken world.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • But No....

  • By Josh on 11-04-14

I'd rename it, "The Slow Regard of OCD Things"

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

Reviewed: 10-31-14

Look... I LOVE The Name of the Wind series. I LOVE Auri. I love Patrick Rothfuss' writing. But three + hours of skittering around in Auri's whackadoo mind is just. too. much. I can see why he enjoyed writing it... total play on words, the flagrant exploration of the "essense" (as perceived by a crazy person, albeit a sweet, harmless crazy person) of inanimate "things" was probably fun to write, fun to explore. But for the reader? It was just painful. I listened to the whole thing, but it was more a dutiful and drudgeryish experience than anything, rather than enjoyable. I get the idea that most of us are a little bit broken, and most of us often feel lonely, but 6-7 days worth of narrative from the rambling, mercurial mind of a crazy girl just got to be way the heck too much. I will never listen to it again.

50 of 75 people found this review helpful

  • Naamah's Kiss

  • By: Jacqueline Carey
  • Narrated by: Anne Flosnik
  • Length: 26 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 653
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 484
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 490

Once there were great magicians born to the Maghuin Dhonn, the folk of the Brown Bear, the oldest tribe in Alba. But generations ago, the greatest of them all broke a sacred oath sworn in the name of all his people. Now, only small gifts remain to them. Through her lineage, Moirin possesses such gifts---the ability to summon the twilight and conceal herself, and the skill to coax plants to grow.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Kushiel series in order

  • By Glen Gaines on 10-27-09

Meh.. really doesn't live up to the Kushiel legacy

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

Reviewed: 08-13-14

I really loved the whole Kushiel series, both Phaedre's and Imriel's stories... But this one was just soooo far fetched that it was hard to really buy into Moiren's story. I found Moiren's character to be both too cloying and improbable to really feel invested, and the whole going to Ch'in, dragons, etc was just stretching it too far. I don't actually think that I'll be finishing this series.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A Feast for Crows

  • A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 4
  • By: George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by: Roy Dotrice
  • Length: 33 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,957
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,429
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,436

Few books have captivated the imagination and won the devotion and praise of readers and critics everywhere as has George R. R. Martin’s monumental epic cycle of high fantasy that began with A Game of Thrones. Now, in A Feast for Crows, Martin delivers the long-awaited fourth book of his landmark series, as a kingdom torn asunder finds itself at last on the brink of peace . . . only to be launched on an even more terrifying course of destruction.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Jarring change in Dotrice's performance

  • By Pi on 06-21-12

Do you all realize that Roy Dotrice is VERY old?

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

Reviewed: 08-14-13

I've read through many of the reviews of this book, and the primary complaint seems to be regarding the inconsistencies with Mr. Dotrice's narration. I feel that it is important to point out that he is NINETY years old as I write this, was 88 when this audiobook was published and 80 when the first book in the series came out. I know many elderly people, and the fact that he was able to narrate these giant tomes at all is quite remarkable, let alone so well!! So, yes, I agree that it is maddening to hear a narrator change his game mid show, but I feel like we got to cut this guy some slack. Just saying.

That said... the book itself is consistent with the rest of these works, ponderous and detailed, but still thoroughly engaging. Just like the whole series.

10 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • Cloud Atlas

  • By: David Mitchell
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick, Cassandra Campbell, Kim Mai Guest, and others
  • Length: 19 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,357
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,336
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,354

A reluctant voyager crossing the Pacific in 1850; a disinherited composer blagging a precarious livelihood in between-the-wars Belgium; a high-minded journalist in Governor Reagan's California; a vanity publisher fleeing his gangland creditors; a genetically modified "dinery server" on death-row; and Zachry, a young Pacific Islander witnessing the nightfall of science and civilisation: the narrators of Cloud Atlas hear each other's echoes down the corridor of history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I laughed often with the kindly Mr. Cavendish

  • By Aaron on 08-23-12

This was an incredible book!! And a great listen!

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

Reviewed: 02-07-13

David Mitchell can seriously write. It's like 6 mini-novelas with the slightest undercurrent of a theme running through all of them. Each story is so unique from the others presented, and so well done, it's hard to imagine that they're all contained in one book. Other reviewers cautioned against trying to listen haphazardly to this one, I think that's sage advice. But I didn't find it difficult to follow as long as I paid attention. It's funny, poignant, serious and intense, all wrapped into one. This is one I will listen to again.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful