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  • Second Hand Curses

  • By: Drew Hayes
  • Narrated by: Scott Aiello, Marc Vietor, Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,456
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,249
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,249

When your fairy godmother threatens to enslave you with a curse - when a malevolent piper solves your rat problem but steals your children - when you seek revenge on the prince who turned you into a frog - who can you turn to in your hour of need? The band of scoundrels known far and wide as the Bastard Champions - the swashbuckling trio who travel a world of legend, seeking adventure and righting wrongs - as long as there's enough gold to be earned.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic

  • By Carla on 11-22-17

A Shining Example For Fantasy & Audio Books

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

Reviewed: 01-23-19

I cannot remember how this book came to my attention. The genre is too hit-or-miss for me, and the Publisher’s Summary did little to distinguish itself. It was the audio sample that sold me, and I am very glad for its enchanting qualities. This book is great! Drew Hayes crafts a marvelous tale and world, with just the right degree of mystery. However, the narrators and production quality REALLY make this an amazing listen. Audiobooks like this are examples of how this format can be unique and delightful in ways traditional books cannot. I look forward to the sequel and this team working together again soon. Also, I really liked that it was only 9 hours long, as it allows for a tighter and richer story without the verboseness that stifles most fantasy novels.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Trekonomics

  • The Economics of Star Trek
  • By: Manu Saadia
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 675
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 616
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 609

What would the world look like if everybody had everything they wanted or needed? Trekonomics, the premier book in financial journalist Felix Salmon's imprint PiperText, approaches scarcity economics by coming at it backward - through thinking about a universe where scarcity does not exist. Delving deep into the details and intricacies of 24th-century society, Trekonomics explores post-scarcity and whether we, as humans, are equipped for it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Amusing & Practical Analysis of Fictional Ideas

  • By Lost In The Wash on 09-19-16

An Amusing & Practical Analysis of Fictional Ideas

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

Reviewed: 09-19-16

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

Oliver Wyman reads this dissertation as if it was his own. Breathing life into non-fictional works can be challenging, even with help from the author’s writing style and/or subject matter. Oliver makes listening to rather bizarre and abstract ideas of Star Trek and economic theory (at least to those uninitiated) enjoyable. Well done.

Any additional comments?

I‘m mainly writing this review in reaction to a peculiar bevy of negative assessments on Amazon and Audible. Much of this book is presented with a literary “wink” from the author. I mean, it’s a deconstruction of a fictional economy from a beloved science fiction franchise, that culminates in addressing whether such an imaginary system of wealth could be realized in reality. On those merits, it delightfully excels. If you enjoy Star Trek, there are a variety of things in this book for you.

30 of 33 people found this review helpful

  • Shadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell & Perfect State

  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Christian Rummel, Kate Reading
  • Length: 4 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,028
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 948
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 947

Shadows for Silence in the Forest of Hell is a novella set in the Cosmere. Who names their daughter Silence, and what does it imply? Perfect State sets God-Emperor Kairominas on a date.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Two Perfect Sanderson Miniatures

  • By Alex Levine on 10-27-15

Hugo Nominated Author Writes Marvelous Novellas

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

Reviewed: 08-23-16

Any additional comments?

Brandon Sanderson has a rare talent for crafting rich, exciting, and thought-provoking stories in the condensed novella format. Both of these tales offer wonderful listening experiences, and I would also recommend ‘The Emperor's Soul’ (his Hugo Award Winning work of 2013).

  • Star Wars: Lost Stars

  • By: Claudia Gray
  • Narrated by: Pierce Cravens
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,109
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,649
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,641

This thrilling young adult novel gives listeners a macro view of some of the most important events in the Star Wars universe, from the rise of the Rebellion to the fall of the Empire. Listeners will experience these major moments through the eyes of two childhood friends - Ciena Ree and Thane Kyrell - who have grown up to become an Imperial officer and a Rebel pilot. Now on opposite sides of the war, will these two star-crossed lovers reunite, or will duty tear them - and the galaxy - apart?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cure for the Aftermath Blues

  • By Matt H. on 09-18-15

Star Wars Themed Romance, Surprisingly Great

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

Reviewed: 01-11-16

What about Pierce Cravens’s performance did you like?

Pierce does a really good job of making the type of dialogue accustomed to young adult books more believable. Claudia gives him quality material, but a lesser actor would not have done as good a job.

Any additional comments?

This Young Adult, Star Wars themed love story is much better than you would expect. The genuineness to Thane’s and Ciena’s romance is shocking. Claudia Gray does a wonderful job of weaving this story into that of the Empire’s rise and fall. She does this while making the Star Wars universe more rounded and believable. No joke. A must read for fans of a galaxy far, far away and long ago.

Side Note: If you are not a “young adult”, some of the romantic moments might read a bit . . . well, juvenile. Just roll with it.

  • The End Has Come

  • The Apocalypse Triptych
  • By: Hugh Howey, Jamie Ford, Jonathan Maberry, and others
  • Narrated by: Vikas Adam, Gabrielle de Cuir, Justine Eyre, and others
  • Length: 14 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 199
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 170
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 172

Famine. Death. War. Pestilence. These are the harbingers of the biblical apocalypse, of the end of the world. In science fiction the end is triggered by less figurative means: nuclear holocaust, biological warfare/pandemic, ecological disaster, or cosmological cataclysm.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Weakest of the triptych

  • By SAMA on 06-03-15

Entertaining, Thought-Provoking, & High Quality

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

Reviewed: 06-22-15

Any additional comments?

Most of the returning authors finish their triptychs with engaging flair, while newcomers deliver some great post-apocalyptic stories. Marathoning all three books, back-to-back, might not be recommended. Inundation of depressing themes and zombies (maybe too many derivative zombie centric narratives) could wear on some readers. That being said, ‘The Apocalypse Triptych’ is the best collection of sci-fi short stories published in recent years: continually entertaining, thought-provoking, and high quality storytelling.

Oh, and the audio books are an amazing listen throughout, though format abruptly changes to a more minimal, still enjoyable experience with ‘The End Has Come’.

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  • Throne of the Crescent Moon

  • By: Saladin Ahmed
  • Narrated by: Phil Gigante
  • Length: 10 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 511
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 461
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 466

The Crescent Moon Kingdoms, home to djenn and ghuls, holy warriors and heretics, are at the boiling point of a power struggle between the iron-fisted Khalif and the mysterious master thief known as the Falcon Prince. In the midst of this brewing rebellion a series of brutal supernatural murders strikes at the heart of the Kingdoms. It is up to a handful of heroes to learn the truth behind these killings: Doctor Adoulla Makhslood, Raseed bas Raseed, Adoulla’s young assistant, and Zamia Badawi, Protector of the Band.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Fun, light fantasy

  • By JoR on 04-06-12

Not The Fantasy You’re Familiar With

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

Reviewed: 01-08-15

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Most certainly. But, does this question mean Audible thinking about optioning screenplays? ;)

Any additional comments?

Ahmed might draw inspiration from Middle Eastern mythology, but ‘Throne of the Crescent Moon’ retains all the hallmarks of modern, Western fantasy. Fans of this genre will greatly enjoy Ahmed’s novel. He’s a marvelous storyteller, with a Hugo Award nomination and Locus Award win as testament. However, those who find most fantasy... lacking, may not become captivated with Doctor Adoulla & Company’s adventure. It took me half the book and much wavering, but ‘Throne of the Crescent Moon’ proved to be worth it.

  • Stories of Your Life and Others

  • By: Ted Chiang
  • Narrated by: Abby Craden, Todd McLaren
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,127
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,923
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,934

Stories of Your Life and Others presents characters who must confront sudden change-the inevitable rise of automatons or the appearance of aliens-while striving to maintain some sense of normalcy. In the amazing and much-lauded title story (the basis for the 2016 movie Arrival), a grieving mother copes with divorce and the death of her daughter by drawing on her knowledge of alien languages and non-linear memory recollection.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing collection of short stories

  • By Carolina on 09-15-14

Experience An Author’s Growth Through Early Works

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

Reviewed: 12-01-14

Any additional comments?

An interesting and often fun collection of short stories, that get a bit bogged down with noticeable exposition. Ted Chiang does a marvelous job of examining religious mythology in ‘Hell Is The Absence Of God’, while other stories drawing from similar source material are merely entertaining. If you’re religious, you’ll probably enjoy these stories more than I did. These are the author’s early works, and you can experience his progression as a writer over the course of this collection, which is neat. The strongest stories, whose themes and ideas linger, are ‘Understand’, ‘Story Of Your Life’, ‘Hell Is The Absence of God’, and ‘Liking What You See: A Documentary’. The other four tales are entertaining, but... lack something to make them spectacular.

All that being said, Abby Craden and Todd McLaren do an amazing job at narration. Their efforts are slightly marred by odd leveling issues with the audio file, but still shine through.

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  • The Windup Girl

  • By: Paolo Bacigalupi
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 19 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5,615
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,814
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,838

Anderson Lake is a company man, AgriGen's Calorie Man in Thailand. Under cover as a factory manager, Anderson combs Bangkok's street markets in search of foodstuffs thought to be extinct, hoping to reap the bounty of history's lost calories. There, he encounters Emiko...Emiko is the Windup Girl, a strange and beautiful creature. One of the New People, Emiko is not human; instead, she is an engineered being, creche-grown and programmed to satisfy the decadent whims of a Kyoto businessman.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Al Gore nightmare meets Blade Runner.

  • By Marius on 01-13-10

Incredibly Well Woven & Thought Provoking

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

Reviewed: 09-19-14

Any additional comments?

Initially a “slow burn”, but this is an incredibly well woven, thought provoking, and haunting science fiction story. The characters read so uniquely! Each chapter brims with culture, both real and imagined. Truly worthy of it’s Nebula and Hugo Awards. Paolo Bacigalupi is a talented author. Check out the Audible performance, if you’re pressed for traditional reading time. Jonathan Davis really makes the story come alive.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful