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  • Red Dragon Rising

  • Shadows of War
  • By: Larry Bond, Jim DeFelice
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 15 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 160
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 121
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 120

In the not-too-distant future, massive climate change has wracked the globe. China's rice-growing regions have been devastated by typhoons, while its western breadbasket is suffering from three years of drought. Riots threaten to tear the country apart. With the old-guard Chinese government paralyzed by the crisis, a young, charismatic party leader steps to the fore. His solution to the unrest is a time-tested one - conquest of China's neighbors and, after that, the world.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Once you get pass the premise, it's a good book.

  • By Leland on 08-10-16

who's this narrator?!

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

Reviewed: 09-03-18

I love Luke Daniels, usually. but this doesn't hardly sound like him! a good quarter of the audio books I've got, are narrated by his voice, but this performance really doesn't sound like him at all.

  • Shadowshaper

  • By: Daniel José Older
  • Narrated by: Anika Noni Rose
  • Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 327
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 308
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 306

Paint a mural. Start a battle. Change the world. Sierra Santiago planned an easy summer of making art and hanging out with her friends. But then a corpse crashes the first party of the season. Her strokeridden grandfather starts apologizing over and over. And when the murals in her neighborhood begin to weep real tears... Well, something more sinister than the usual Brooklyn ruckus is going on.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Vivid Tale for Many Interests

  • By C. D. White on 01-13-16

Phenomenal

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

Reviewed: 05-15-16

Extraordinary in every way. The performance is breathtaking, the writing fluid and absurdly visual, the story fires on every cylinder. Perfect pairing of penmanship and performance.

  • The Way of Kings

  • Book One of The Stormlight Archive
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
  • Length: 45 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 53,412
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 48,364
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 48,365

Roshar is a world of stone and storms. Uncanny tempests of incredible power sweep across the rocky terrain so frequently that they have shaped ecology and civilization alike. Animals hide in shells, trees pull in branches, and grass retracts into the soilless ground. Cities are built only where the topography offers shelter. It has been centuries since the fall of the ten consecrated orders known as the Knights Radiant, but their Shardblades and Shardplate remain: mystical swords and suits of armor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow - 45 hours long and leaves you wanting more!

  • By Lore on 03-31-12

Fantastic

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

Reviewed: 02-17-16

Excellent. Absolutely fantastic. Excellent. This story was absolutely fantastic. The narration is very good but the story, the story is mind-boggling, intricate, deep, absolutely extraordinary.

  • The Best Horror of the Year, Volume 4

  • By: Ellen Datlow (author editor), Stephen King, Peter Straub
  • Narrated by: Meredith Mitchell, Rebecca Mitchell, Michael Healy, and others
  • Length: 16 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 134
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 122
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 122

With tales from Laird Barron, Stephen King, John Langan, Peter Straub, and many others, and featuring Datlow’s comprehensive overview of the year in horror, now, more than ever, The Best Horror of the Year provides the petrifying horror fiction readers have come to expect - and enjoy.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Only a few decent stories in this bunch.

  • By Jerry on 12-06-14

Disappointed

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

Reviewed: 10-16-14

Would you try another book from the authors and/or the narrators?

Authors yes, narrators no.

Would you recommend The Best Horror of the Year, Volume 4 to your friends? Why or why not?

Absolutely not. The stories were lackluster, some just far too long with little to no payoff, no real emotional involvement possible and some of the narrators were perfectly awful. No inflection, monotone...just ugh.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of the narrators?

Uncertain. Someone who was willing to invest something of themselves into some of the readings instead of people who sounded like they had better things to do.

What character would you cut from The Best Horror of the Year, Volume 4?

Unsure.

Any additional comments?

Deeply disappointing.

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