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  • The Wise Man's Fear

  • (Kingkiller Chronicle, Book 2)
  • By: Patrick Rothfuss
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 42 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 54,369
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 49,565
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 49,598

"My name is Kvothe. I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well worth your time

  • By Robert on 09-08-11

Brilliant Narration and a Beautiful Story

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

Reviewed: 08-21-17

The title says all I need to say, but I need 15 words to review.

  • The Godborn

  • Forgotten Realms: The Sundering, Book II
  • By: Paul S. Kemp
  • Narrated by: John Pruden
  • Length: 14 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 509
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 472
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 473

In the 2nd book of the multi-author Sundering series launched by New York Times best-selling author R.A. Salvatore, the shadow legacy of Erevis Cale lives on even as his old foe Mephistopheles seeks to stamp it out at any cost. Cale’s son Vasen - unmoored in time by the god Mask - has thus far been shielded from the archdevil’s dark schemes, alone among the servants of the Lord of Light who have raised him since birth. Living in a remote abbey nestled among the Thunder Peaks of Sembia, Vasen is haunted by dreams of his father, trapped in the frozen hell of Cania.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn't get past the accent

  • By Gareth on 07-23-17

Couldn't get past the accent

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

Reviewed: 07-23-17

For some reason a southern accent just doesn't work for a fantasy book. I'll put up with it for other types of books maybe, but this just didn't work.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Master of Formalities

  • By: Scott Meyer
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 14 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,115
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,846
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,837

Even when finding oneself engaged in interstellar war, good form must be observed. Our story is set thousands of years after the Terran Exodus, where two powerful, planet-dominating families - the elegant House Jakabitus and the less refined Hahn Empire - have reached a critical point in their generations-long war. Master Hennik, the Hahn ruler's only son, has been captured, and the disposition of his internment may represent a last and welcome chance for peace.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Looking forward to the sequel

  • By Nothing really matters on 07-21-16

Great world building, plot is lacking something

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

Reviewed: 06-07-16

The world building is very interesting. Some parts are hilarious, others are deeply moving, but the plot is lacking something. I was somewhat dissappointed in the resolution of the conflict at the end.

  • Dissolution

  • Forgotten Realms: War of the Spider Queen, Book 1
  • By: Richard Lee Byers
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 14 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 625
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 583
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 583

The War of the Spider Queen begins here. While their whole world is changing around them, four dark elves struggle against different enemies. Yet their paths will lead them all to the most terrifying discovery in the long history of the drow and set them on a quest to save not only Menzoberranzan but the entire dark elf race from Dissolution....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Dark Elf Series That Will Consume You...

  • By Michael on 01-12-13

Rosalyn Landor really brings this series to life!

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

Reviewed: 01-16-14

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

Absolutely. My favorite thing about it is the voice acting. Rosalyn Landor's narration sounded odd at first. The pronunciation of some words and phrases were strange, but I soon got comfortable with it and found that it actually enhanced the feel of the setting and the culture of the drow. She is also exceptionally great at making each character sound distinct, without resorting to outlandish accents. She does both male and female voices well. I can't stress enough how the subtlety of her voices really enhances the listening experience. On top of an already fascinating story, this audiobook series is a must-have for R.A. Salvatore fans, as well as other sci-fi/fantasy lovers.

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

Not quite. I can't listen to audiobooks for much longer than 2-4 hours at a time. I get restless and lose concentration. This series really pushed the bounds of that though. I felt entranced by the story and character interactions.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Presents Earth (The Audiobook)

  • A Visitor's Guide to the Human Race
  • By: Jon Stewart
  • Narrated by: Jon Stewart, Samantha Bee, Wyatt Cenac, and others
  • Length: 3 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,585
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,584
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,584

Where do we come from? Who created us? Why are we here? These questions have puzzled us since the dawn of time, but when it became apparent to Jon Stewart and the writers of The Daily Show that the world was about to end, they embarked on a massive mission to write a book that summed up the human race: What we looked like; what we accomplished; our achievements in society, government, religion, science, and culture - all in a lavishly produced audiobook.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good book, not great. But let me explain.

  • By Lee on 09-23-10

Sound check!

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

Reviewed: 01-17-13

What did you like best about this story?

It was funny overall, a few parts were just silly and not funny, but most of it kept me laughing. It did kind of drone on a bit with the repetitive parts.

What aspect of the narrators’s performance would you have changed?

The fluxuations in volume were annoying. He would be talking very softly so that I had to turn up the volume...then he would start talking loudly or some sound effect would blow my eardrums off.

  • The Art of War

  • The Strategy of Sun Tzu
  • By: Sun Tzu
  • Narrated by: Mike Borris
  • Length: 1 hr and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 815
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 722
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 721

This timeless text is required listening for any business person or athlete interested in strategy. It includes a soundtrack entitled "The Mysterious Sound of Wind In the Bamboo", a 43-minute collection of Zen-inspired Japanese music by the Matsu Take Ensemble.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Surprise change

  • By Kwinsee on 07-23-12

Only one complaint...

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

Reviewed: 01-17-13

What does Mike Borris bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He actually sounded like I imagine Sun Tsu would. It was like getting an interesting lecture from an experienced professor.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

There were many very insightful statements that interested me greatly.

Any additional comments?

My only complaint was that in a few places, it was kind of glitchy...it repeated a few lines that were just said. I don't know if it was just my file or if it is a flaw in the audiobook itself.