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  • Siege of Stone

  • The Nicci Chronicles, Book 3
  • By: Terry Goodkind
  • Narrated by: Christina Traister
  • Length: 20 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 644
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 594
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 593

The Sorceress Nicci, the Wizard Nathan Rahl, and the young swordsman Bannon remain in the legendary city of Ildakar after a great internal revolt has freed the slaves and brought down the powerful wizards council. But as he fled the city, capricious Wizard Commander Maxim dissolved the petrification spell that had turned to stone the invading army of General Utros fifteen centuries earlier. Now, hundreds of thousands of half-stone soldiers from the ancient past have awakened, led by one of the greatest enemy commanders in history.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • I love the story but narrator is terrible!

  • By The Reluctant Housewife on 01-01-19

Not the best, not the worst

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

Reviewed: 01-30-19

A fan of this universe for some time. The story has the mix of rugged individualism and love of freedom in a new epic conflict narrative that keeps me coming back for more.

I found the performance below standards. I often hear 'whining' from Bannon, can't imagine this character sounding this way. I fail to appreciate a sense of any urgency or excitement in the general narrator voice. Nikki is nailed though to be fair.

What is a Morde Seth?? Why do they carry an Agl? Having listened to virtually all, if not all Goodkind audiobooks and watched the (great and missed) T.V. show the change in pronunciation is frankly startling and I lose the narrative from time to time. This should have been caught Mr. Goodkind I'm thinking, so not really Ms. Traister's fault!

  • The Burning Room

  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Titus Welliver
  • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,469
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,777
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,751

In the LAPD's Open-Unsolved Unit, not many murder victims die almost a decade after the crime. So when a man succumbs to complications from being shot by a stray bullet nine years earlier, Bosch catches a case in which the body is still fresh, but all other evidence is virtually nonexistent. Now Bosch and rookie Detective Lucia Soto, are tasked with solving what turns out to be a highly charged, politically sensitive case.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not up to par

  • By Patroo on 11-07-14

A mistake to dump Hill

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

Reviewed: 11-08-14

Did Titus Welliver do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

A fully credible job. However after many years a listener comes to associate the narrators voice with a character. Dick Hill is Harry Bosch. No disrespect intended (a good job) but, speaking for myself, a significant and disappointing change. Producers of Jack Reacher please take note!

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Blindsight

  • By: Peter Watts
  • Narrated by: T. Ryder Smith
  • Length: 11 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,190
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,016
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,006

Set in 2082, Peter Watts' Blindsight is fast-moving, hard SF that pulls readers into a futuristic world where a mind-bending alien encounter is about to unfold. After the Firefall, all eyes are locked heavenward as a team of specialists aboard the self-piloted spaceship Theseus hurtles outbound to intercept an unknown intelligence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gothic Horror Hard Science Fiction

  • By Doug D. Eigsti on 06-24-15

Great story; a 'must read'

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

Reviewed: 08-14-14

Any additional comments?

A complex work that needs to be read in print. Complex descriptions based on analytic geometric constructs requires long pauses to work out the 'vision'.. A great book but just not suited to audio.

  • The Law of Nines

  • By: Terry Goodkind
  • Narrated by: Mark Deakins
  • Length: 14 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 994
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 676
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 669

Turning 27 may be terrifying for some, but for Alex, a struggling artist living in the midwestern United States, it is cataclysmic. Inheriting a huge expanse of land should have made him a rich and happy man; but something about this birthday, his name, and the beautiful woman whose life he just saved, has suddenly made him - and everyone he loves - into a target.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Can't stand alone

  • By Don Gilbert on 09-19-09

Equivocal

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-28-09

Typically Goodkind; the annoying lack of contractions makes the text sound unnatural when read aloud, even more so in the context of a modern thriller. The choice of narrator who reads monotonically would better be for non-fiction. I find falling to sleep during an exciting scene to be disconcerting.
That said; a must 'read' for Goodkind fans. Once past the right-wing rants we have come to expect we find an engaging and enjoyable tale. While not a tale of Richard and Kyla, their fans will not be disappointed.
In short, find a narrator more suitable to the tale, seek permission from the author to alter the text to include contractions in order to do justice to this epic, I hope, series beginning tale.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful