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  • Area X

  • The Southern Reach Trilogy - Annihilation, Authority, Acceptance
  • By: Jeff VanderMeer
  • Narrated by: Carolyn McCormick, Bronson Pinchot, Xe Sands
  • Length: 26 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3,221
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,011
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3,026

Dive into the mysteries of Area X, a remote and lush terrain that has inexplicably sequestered itself from civilization. Twelve expeditions have gone in, and not a single member of any of them has remained unchanged by the experience - for better or worse.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Almost Great

  • By clifford on 12-26-15

Weird and Wonderful

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

Reviewed: 11-13-17

Jeff Vandermeer's Southern Reach is a weird place. I can't say much without spoiling the experience. And, the series is more of an experience than a story. It was great finding the entire trilogy in one audiobook.

The performances are very good and the narrators are perfectly matched to the book.

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  • California

  • A Novel
  • By: Edan Lepucki
  • Narrated by: Emma Galvin
  • Length: 12 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 385
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 343
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 345

The world Cal and Frida have always known is gone, and they've left the crumbling city of Los Angeles far behind them. They now live in a shack in the wilderness, working side-by-side to make their days tolerable despite the isolation and hardships they face. Consumed by fear of the future and mourning for a past they can't reclaim, they seek comfort and solace in each other. But the tentative existence they've built for themselves is thrown into doubt when Frida finds out she's pregnant.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not Worth the Colbert Bump

  • By Scooter on 07-25-14

My Rating is Solely for the Narration

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

Reviewed: 09-19-14

I gave up on this book at chapter 7, 3-1/2 hours into it. I just can't take the narration. It's distracting and it's impossible to follow the story. Emma Galvin sounds too much like a teenager for a story featuring a woman in her late twenties. She also pauses too long for commas and periods. One should not be able to hear the punctuation. She's probably a good narrator for a young adult novel, but not for this. I've listened to over 300 audiobooks and this is one of the worst narrations I've heard.

I gave the story three stars. I think I might like to read it in print someday. It seems like it might be good, but not in audio.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Mongoliad: The Foreworld Saga, Book 1

  • By: Neal Stephenson, Greg Bear, Mark Teppo, and others
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 13 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 945
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 836
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 848

In the late nineteenth century a mysterious group of English martial arts aficionados provided Sir Richard F. Burton, well-known expert on exotic languages and historical swordsmanship, a collection of long-lost manuscripts to translate. Burton’s work was subsequently misplaced, only to be discovered by a team of amateur archaeologists in the ruins of a mansion in Treiste. From Burton's translations and the original source material, the epic tale of The Mongoliad was recreated.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good story - but

  • By Daniel on 10-01-12

Good Narration, Not So Good Book

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

Reviewed: 02-23-14

This book is kind of dull. I didn't know what to expect going in. Maybe magic? Maybe interesting ideas? What I didn't expect was a really abrupt ending. I know that it's part of a trilogy, but it felt like someone took one giant book and arbitrarily divided it in thirds. "Okay, this is 1/3 of the pages, let's break here." I have said many times that I hate cliffhangers. This doesn't even have one of those. UGH.

I will be finishing the trilogy. I got the Kindle editions on a Daily Deal and the audiobooks were really cheap because I had bought the Kindle books. I'm going to try Whispersyncing the second book. Luke Daniels is one of my favorite narrators, but maybe text is a better way to consume this series. Or, maybe it just sucks.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Farside

  • By: Ben Bova
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 380
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 342
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 343

Telescopes on Earth have detected an Earth-sized planet circling a star some 30 light-years away. Now the race is on to get pictures of that distant world that show whether or not the planet is truly like Earth - and if it bears life. Farside observatory will have the largest optical telescope in the solar system and the most sensitive radio telescope, insulated from the interference of Earth’s radio chatter by a thousand kilometers of the moon’s solid body. But building Farside is a complex, dangerous task. And what they ultimately find stuns everyone, and humanity will never be the same.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not super impressed to be honest

  • By Gordon on 06-12-13

Reads Like 1953 and not in a Good Way

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

Reviewed: 01-17-14

OMG! I just listened to two hours of Farside by Ben Bova. I'm going to quit it and try to return it to Audible. I don't cry "sexist" at most books, but this is the most sexist piece of drivel I've ever read. It seems like it was written in 1953 rather than 2013. Add to the fact that 1/2 of the book so far has a female POV character and it's narrated by Stefan Rudnicki. He's a good narrator, but a very poor choice for this book. He has a very deep voice and can't do women well at all. UGH!

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Doctor Sleep

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 18 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,191
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,617
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,608

Stephen King returns to the characters and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance (the boy protagonist of The Shining) and the very special 12-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals. This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of hyper-devoted fans of The Shining and wildly satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The sequel to the book; not the movie

  • By Don Gilbert on 09-28-13

Better than The Shining

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

Reviewed: 09-27-13

Stanley Kubric's movie adaptation of "The Shining" is one of my favorite scary movies. So many people told me that I had to read the book that I finally did a few years ago. Now, Stephen King and his avid fans think the book is better, but I prefer the movie. "Doctor Sleep" is the story of a grown-up Danny Torrance. I was skeptical of a sequel to such a well-known story, especially after such a long time. I also approach Stephen King with caution. His books tend to be hit or miss with me. I thought "Salem's Lot" and "The Stand" rambled too much. I thought "Under the Dome" was very cliched and had a dumb ending. I love "Firestarter", "Joyland", and "11/22/63". "Doctor Sleep" falls into the category of Stephen King books that I love. I loved the characters and their relationships. The scary parts were suitably scary. Danny's character development seemed very authentic. I highly recommend this book with the caveat that you need to either read "The Shining" or see the movie before tackling this.

Will Patton's narration is practically perfect. I'm not sure if I've listened to any of his narrations before, but I surely will again. When trying to decide between text and audio, a Will Patton narration will definitely swing me to the audio.

31 of 39 people found this review helpful

  • The Fault in Our Stars

  • By: John Green
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,155
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,102
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,204

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful Poignant Story

  • By AudioAddict on 04-25-13

Brought Me to Tears Without Being Cheesy

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

Reviewed: 04-03-13

I was prepared to be disappointed by [book:The Fault in Our Stars|11870085]. It's received so much praise that I thought it couldn't possibly be that good. It really is that good. It's a story about life, love, and death. Two teens with cancer fall in love. You know from the onset it can only end tragically. Generally, a young love cancer book is cheesy. Anybody remember [book:Love Story|73968] and that gawdawful line, "Love means never having to say you're sorry."? Gag. Fortunately, Green avoids the cheesy trap. Instead, he has written a book that feels honest. By the end, I had a lump in my throat and tears in my eyes. That fifth star is for those tears.

Kate Rudd did an amazing job narrating the audiobook. In fact, I suspect that this is one of those books that is made better by listening to her performance. Maybe it would have been cheese in print, but Rudd is so authentic as the voice of Hazel. The way she captures Hazel's shortness of breath when she exerts herself or the way she talks when she's on the CPAP machine is subtle and realistic. Her narration was probably the main reason I ended up in tears. I really believed her performance.

I cannot express what a good audiobook this is. Wow. Just wow.

  • The Apocalypse Codex

  • By: Charles Stross
  • Narrated by: Gideon Emery
  • Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 919
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 827
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 828

The winner of multiple Hugo Awards, Charles Stross is one of the most highly regarded science fiction writers of his time. In The Apocalypse Codex, occasionally hapless British agent Bob Howard tackles a case involving an American televangelist and a supernatural threat of global proportions.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Advanced computational demonology

  • By Ken on 11-18-12

Best of Series--So Far

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

Reviewed: 09-14-12

This is one series that keeps getting better and better. You can tell that it's building up to something big, but it just hasn't come yet. My only complaint about the story is that it left me hungry for Bob Howard's next adventure. I want more and there isn't any more yet.

I' also have to comment on Gideon Emery's narration in the series. He is wonderful. Both this book and The Fuller Memorandum had some important American characters. I thought Emery' did a flawless job with the American accents. He's one of the few British narrators who can do American accents well. He even gets the o's right.

  • Blue Remembered Earth

  • By: Alastair Reynolds
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 21 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 791
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 724
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 724

Critically acclaimed author Alastair Reynolds holds a well-deserved place “among the leaders of the hard-science space opera renaissance." ( Publishers Weekly). In Blue Remembered Earth, Geoffrey Akinya wants nothing more than to study the elephants of the Amboseli basin. But when his space-explorer grandmother dies, secrets come to light and Geoffrey is dispatched to the Moon to protect the family name - and prevent an impending catastrophe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A surprising and staisfying departure for Reynolds

  • By Michael G Kurilla on 07-21-12

Good Story--Awesome New Narrator

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

Reviewed: 07-07-12

This is my third Alastair Reynolds novel. The other two I listened to were narrated by John Lee. He's okay, but not one of my favorites. However, Kobna Holdbrook-Smith is a narrator I will be looking out for in the future. He's phenomenal. There's an epilogue that's told in first-person plural where the narrator mixes the voices of the characters who are telling that part of the story. It sounds so interesting and I can't imagine any other narrator who could pull it off so well. It could have ended up being either confusing or hokey, but it was neither.

As for the story, I thought it was very good. It's not like the other Alastair Reynolds books I've listened to, but it's good on its own terms. There were a couple of times when I wanted to slap the characters and tell them to think a bit harder. It took quite a while for them to realize that Eunice was sending them on a treasure hunt. It wasn't the most original story, and it did have some fairly predictable moments, but it was very well done.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Pride and Prejudice

  • By: Jane Austen
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 11 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,241
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,332
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,347

Why we think it’s a great listen: It is a truth universally acknowledged that anyone looking for a great listen won’t be able to resist Jane Austen’s delightful classic of love and manners in Regency England. Jane Austen's story of Mrs. Bennet's finding husbands for her daughters is told with wit and charm. A must for lovers of good literature. Commuters Library presents Pride and Prejudice read by Kate Reading.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Narrator

  • By C. A. Likely on 03-12-07

I Finally Get It!

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

Reviewed: 11-10-11

I’ve tried to read Jane Austen several times and just couldn’t get very far in to her work. Perhaps if I had started in my pre-teen years, around the time I first read Louisa May Alcott, I might have been a die-hard fan. However, my first attempt was in my twenties and I just didn’t like anything enough to make it all the way. I’ve felt quite negligent in this regard because Miss Austen is so popular now. She has many admirers and copiers. I so often hear books described as “Austenesque” but only had the vaguest sense of what that meant. Therefore, when I happened upon an audio download of Pride and Prejudice read by one of the finest female narrators with whom I am familiar, I purchased and downloaded a copy. Kate Reading’s delightful narration led me to understand the charm of Miss Austen.

While Austen did use so many of the now-familiar romance novel tropes, she did it in a way that still seems fresh despite two centuries. I found her style to be quite humorous. Upon the commencement of the story, I already knew where it was going to go. There are no such things as spoilers when it comes to a 200-year-old novel. What did surprise me was how little I knew of the story despite all I had heard. It was quite a charming romantic comedy and I thoroughly enjoyed listening to it. Perhaps it was meant to be read aloud.

Now that I understand Jane Austen, I will attempt at some time in the future to read another of her novels. I am so fortunate as to have several Barnes and Noble Classics’ editions on my Nook that I acquired at no cost due to a generous giveaway the had this summer past. However, it does behoove me to read some books that are more current first as I cannot write or talk like a 200-year-old woman for much longer.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Disappearing Spoon

  • And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements
  • By: Sam Kean
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,180
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,202
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,208

Reporter Sam Kean reveals the periodic table as it’s never been seen before. Not only is it one of man's crowning scientific achievements, it's also a treasure trove of stories of passion, adventure, betrayal, and obsession. The infectious tales and astounding details in The Disappearing Spoon follow carbon, neon, silicon, and gold as they play out their parts in human history, finance, mythology, war, the arts, poison, and the lives of the (frequently) mad scientists who discovered them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining

  • By James on 10-12-10

Great Book, Great Narration, But...

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-18-10

"The Disappearing Spoon" does what many might think impossible. It makes chemistry (and physics) sound fun and exciting, not just a drab exploration of covalent bonds and nuclear half-life. Sam Kean explores each of the elements on the periodic table by telling about their weird and wacky properties, tells us stories about them, and tells us even more stories about the people who discovered them. He does it all with a great sense of humor. Would you ever expect to run across the word "bitchin" in a book about chemistry???

Sam Runnette does a fabulous job or narration. His style is very conversational and he know which parts of the book are funny rather than serious and emphasizes that. I will be looking for more of his narrations.

Now for the "but". I kind of wish I had read this book in print. It is so jam-packed with detail and has so many anecdotes that I found that I really missed stuff if my attention wandered for even a minute. I did so much rewinding that I probably added 1/3 to the length of the book. I think I could have focused better in print.

131 of 137 people found this review helpful