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  • The Cloud Roads

  • By: Martha Wells
  • Narrated by: Christopher Kipiniak
  • Length: 15 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 907
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 821
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 820

Moon has spent his life hiding what he is - a shape-shifter able to transform himself into a winged creature of flight. An orphan with only vague memories of his own kind, Moon tries to fit in among the tribes of his river valley, with mixed success. Just as Moon is once again cast out by his adopted tribe, he discovers a shape-shifter like himself... someone who seems to know exactly what he is, who promises that Moon will be welcomed into his community.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Very original but flawed

  • By David on 06-22-13

M. Wells' RAKSURA books narrated by Chris Kipiniak

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Reviewed: 04-09-12

My first exposure to this world and Martha Wells came through Audible audio books.

I cannot rave enough about the outstanding job Chris Kipiniak did with the narration. His range of character voices made it so easy to follow the dialogues between several characters. Of course, as talented as Chris is, he still needs a good story to read to us.

The Raksura stories by Martha Wells (The Cloud Roads and The Serpent Sea) are wonderful. The world she created and the characters therein are beautifully crafted and detailed to make it easy to visualize each scene, no matter how outlandish they may seem (I mean, come on, a city built on the back of a giant sea creature?). But it all seemed plausible, and was definitely entertaining. Good character development, and the relationships developing between Moon and the other characters, and between the other characters with each other were deftly handled. Not too much to be boring, but enough to give us an idea, and a satisfaction, that they would all become the people we hoped they would be. Martha's sense of humor is terrific, too ("Moon had been Jade's consort for 11 days now, and so far no one had tried to kill him. He thought it was going well.")

I may have to buy these two books for my Kindle reader so I can revisit these stories, and parts thereof whenever I want.

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