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  • Three Parts Dead

  • By: Max Gladstone
  • Narrated by: Claudia Alick
  • Length: 13 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 431
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 399
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 397

A god has died, and it’s up to Tara, a first-year associate in the international necromantic firm of Kelethras, Albrecht, and Ao, to bring him back to life before his city falls apart. Her client is Kos, recently deceased fire god of the city of Alt Coulumb. Without him, the metropolis’ steam generators will shut down, its trains will cease running, and its four million citizens will riot. Tara’s job: resurrect Kos before chaos sets in.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story, but the narrator was off

  • By John on 07-27-14

An average experience all around.

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

Reviewed: 04-18-15

I listened to the book over the course of 3 weeks for my book club. The story was entertaining enough, but it wasn't tantalizing. It's a weird mix of "who done it", mystery, Sherlock, magic-something. It's not one of those tales that keeps you in your car after you park because you simply MUST know what happens next and you are stuck staring into space for a minute or two with your hand on the ignition. Also, you don't get a lot of explanation about the craft; you are dropped into this world without much background and the twists this story takes don't make much sense or give you a sense of "A-HA!" because you weren't aware that The Craft could do that. It has potential though. Lastly, I couldn't tell if this world was supposed to be some sort of parallel to our known world. The language was "of this earth", and so were the drinks (whiskey, gin and tonic?!). It almost gave me a sense of an alternate earth universe or something.
The narrator was ok... Aside from the two main characters, the voices weren't really distinct. But unlike some other reviewers, I didn't think she was terrible.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Midnight Riot

  • Peter Grant, Book 1
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,966
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,558
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,548

Probationary constable Peter Grant dreams of being a detective in London's Metropolitan Police. Too bad his superior plans to assign him to the Case Progression Unit, where the biggest threat he'll face is a paper cut. But Peter's prospects change in the aftermath of a puzzling murder, when he gains exclusive information from an eyewitness who happens to be a ghost. Peter's ability to speak with the lingering dead brings him to the attention of Detective Chief Inspector Thomas Nightingale....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I LOVE this Book!

  • By Nancy J on 02-26-13

Fantastic Narration for a FUN FUN story

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

Reviewed: 01-27-15

Would you listen to Midnight Riot again? Why?

Actually~ yes. Not only is the narrator very pleasing to the ear, but the story is absolutely fun.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Midnight Riot?

Anytime Molly is mentioned. I am SO curious as what her back-story might be.

Have you listened to any of Kobna Holdbrook-Smith’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I haven't, but I promise you I will listen to more!

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I was often chuckling throughout the story. It's right-down quirky!

Any additional comments?

It's one of those tales that, going in, you're not really expecting much. Then you get rolling, and simply MUST know what happens next. Thank goodness for the mobile phone app so I could continue listening to this book throughout my day.

  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 217,150
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 202,797
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 202,385

At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book.

  • By Julie W. Capell on 05-27-14

Top Notch for Geeks and 80's lovers alike

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

Reviewed: 01-27-15

And even if you DON'T love the 80s (which I don't), you can't help but relate to the themes and references if you were born anytime before 1989. The narration by good ole Wil is fantastic, and the story... OH THE STORY. The fantastic weaving of the metaverse vs real life. The nemesis is built slowly as you discover it along with the protagonists. The small twists and yes, even the undercurrent romance is enjoyable. WHY HASN'T THIS BEEN MADE INTO A MOVIE? Wil Wheaton must be in it, obviously. hahaha.

Anyway, if you're a fan of sci-fi and matrix/VRverses this is a MUST read.

  • Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

  • By: Susanna Clarke
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 32 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8,127
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,778
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,780

English magicians were once the wonder of the known world, with fairy servants at their beck and call; they could command winds, mountains, and woods. But by the early 1800s they have long since lost the ability to perform magic. They can only write long, dull papers about it, while fairy servants are nothing but a fading memory.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hang in there!

  • By D. McMillen on 05-31-05

Well read, but story doesn't lend itself to audio

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

Reviewed: 03-18-13

This book is well performed, and overall, I found the book interesting; however, I don't know that the story really lends itself to an audio performance. I found myself wanting to pick up the book myself, and to actually read it (there's interesting tidbits that you almost want to re-read a page or two back and/or flip back through as you encounter more information).

All in all, it was time well spent, and it kept me interested, but perhaps for this book, and for my personality, I needed to actually hold it and read it to enjoy it.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • A Memory of Light

  • Wheel of Time, Book 14
  • By: Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
  • Length: 41 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 21,424
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 19,582
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 19,589

Since 1990, when Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time® burst on the world with its first book, The Eye of the World, listeners have been anticipating the final scenes of this extraordinary saga, which has sold over 40 million copies in over 32 languages. When Robert Jordan died in 2007, all feared that these concluding scenes would never be written. But working from notes and partials left by Jordan, established fantasy writer Brandon Sanderson stepped in to complete the masterwork.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Finally we have closure!

  • By Cliff on 08-29-13

As Thom Merrilin would say: Exquisite

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

Reviewed: 02-04-13

What did you love best about A Memory of Light?

The amazing way which everything was neatly tied together. All the complex threads and stories and lives that were entwined raveled and unraveled beautifully. You are left extremely satisfied after two decades of waiting for the final chapter.

What other book might you compare A Memory of Light to and why?

As far as an epic story and adventures NOTHING compares. I'm sorry~ nothing. I am left with a small depression... a bitter sweet goodbye of a world that I will miss. My heart aches knowing that I will not be part of he fourth age. I will miss the struggle between the Seanchan and the Aes Sedai. I will not see the Black Tower grow in its rightful place. I will not be privy to the new and beautiful bond between men & women that can channel. I am left in agony over never knowing how the Aiel take their place in the world. I have SO much regret that the stories are over... I've never felt a sense of loss so keenly from a book or a series. I know there are no beginnings or endings to the turning of the wheel... but this is "an" ending. RIP Robert Jordan. And Thank you Brandon Sanderson for taking up the flag. Love you both.

Which scene was your favorite?

As always~ Egwene's battles and fights enthrall me. Without spoilers I can say that any of the scenes where she faces off against her enemies make my heart beat faster. As her emotion and indignance at the shadow grows, her power climaxes. It's simply exhilarating

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Gosh~ I don't know if words could convey... perhaps something simple: There are no beginnings or endings to the turning of the wheel of time.

Any additional comments?

NARRATION: Top notch. Michael Kramer and Kate Reading make this story come alive. I will miss their voices floating in my apartment living room.

FINAL THOUGHTS: I will once again repeat my horrible sense of loss. I can't believe it's over. Like a petulant, greedy child, I want more. I do not want to lose this world I've come to know so well. How does one let go of something so precious?

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Help

  • By: Kathryn Stockett
  • Narrated by: Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
  • Length: 18 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 38,803
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 24,609
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 24,621

In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another. A deeply moving novel filled with poignancy, humor, and hope, The Help is a timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we don't.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a great surprise!

  • By Jan on 12-02-09

Simply Delightful~

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

Reviewed: 11-26-12

What did you love best about The Help?

The flow of the story was seamless... the transition between the women kept the story moving fluidly. The story is compelling and it touches on a very serious and not-so-far-removed history. It's bold and it's one of those books that help you grow as a person.

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

The accents!! Simply fantastic... the narrators brought these women to life in a way that I could not have done myself! A+ to the cast.

  • The Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break: A Novel

  • By: Steven Sherrill
  • Narrated by: Holter Graham
  • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,134
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,061
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,061

Five thousand years out of the Labyrinth, the Minotaur finds himself in the American South, living in a trailer park and working as a line cook at a steakhouse. No longer a devourer of human flesh, the Minotaur is a socially inept, lonely creature with very human needs. But over a two-week period, as his life dissolves into chaos, this broken and alienated immortal awakens to the possibility for happiness and to the capacity for love.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Even the monstrous among us...

  • By Ryan on 11-07-14

Excellent Narration, Beautiful Prose, Poor Story

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

Reviewed: 02-08-12

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Nay~ not time well-spent. I have to admit that the only reason I continued listening was because I paid for it and because the narrator was FANTASTIC. I also want to give credit where its due: Sherrill's prose, overall writing style, and wordsmithing are well honed. At times I truly enjoyed his sentence structure and descriptions... BUT~ this story didn't go anywhere. After 4 hours and 49 minutes, I had to stop. It's a dull story overall. I really don't understand where all the praise comes from. This will be the first audiobook I was unable to finish. I even made it through Amanda Ronconi's nasal-y, whiny, exaggerated Alaskan accent in How to flirt with a Naked Werewolf (not my usual book, but it was part of a girl's bookclub).

I cannot speak for the back half of the book, but the front half of it is a sad, and dull story of a minotaur living in an old backwards town, living in a trailer, going to his job (cook in a local restaurant), fixing his car, having the desire to speak but not ever doing it, and overall letting life wash over him as he craves human interaction that he can't quite have. It's depressing at best... At first I thought the book would have many more mythological references with fun modern twists (it didn't), and then I thought: well maybe it's a study on human interaction and what we take for granted in our social rituals (that didn't seem to develop). The I thought... hmm, perhaps the author is using this is a criticism on how poorly we treat outcasts or some such (nay, the reprimand never came). Then finally I decided: the author just wants to tell a sad tale, about a lonely, boring individual, with no real aspirations, phantom hopes, and an unstable life and background that kept him (and will keep him) on the road to more eternal nothingness. That's when I came back to Audible to find my next book. Goodbye

Would you ever listen to anything by Steven Sherrill again?

I don't think I will...

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

This narrator does an excellent job with what could be a very monotonous story. His voices and grunts and tone were the highlight of those 4+ hours.

Any additional comments?

I was disappointed in this book. I wanted to love it because Neil Gaiman recommended it. I gave it 3 starts overall because the narrator deserves credit (and the author forges a good paragraph even if the story is boring).

26 of 31 people found this review helpful