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  • Oathbringer

  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
  • Length: 55 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 27,366
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 25,785
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 25,732

Dalinar Kholin's Alethi armies won a fleeting victory at a terrible cost. The enemy Parshendi summoned the violent Everstorm, which now sweeps the world with destruction and in its passing awakens the once peaceful and subservient parshmen to the horror of their millennia-long enslavement by humans. While on a desperate flight to warn his family of the threat, Kaladin Stormblessed must come to grips with the fact that the newly kindled anger of the parshmen may be wholly justified.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A long slog through a decent but not great book.

  • By Kevin Pease on 04-05-18

rote

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

Reviewed: 08-02-18

not exactly predictable, but I felt like the story beats were familiar. I never really felt surprised and the characters seemed to grow into familiar tropes. tension seemed artificially drawn out, a d I found myself exasperated with the pacing.

  • The Ambassador's Mission

  • Traitor Spy Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Trudi Canavan
  • Narrated by: Richard Aspel
  • Length: 17 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 519
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 447
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 447

Sonea, former street urchin, now a Black Magician, is horrified when her son, Lorkin, volunteers to assist Dannyl in his new role as Guild Ambassador to Sachaka, a land still ruled by cruel black magicians. When word comes that Lorkin has gone missing Sonea is desperate to find him, but if she leaves the city she will be exiled forever, and besides, her old friend Cery needs her help.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I should have stuck with the written word

  • By J. Hoare on 03-23-13

narrated with flat affect

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

Reviewed: 04-10-16

Even after a character's family is murdered the narrator speaks in a glib voice. I appreciate that different characters have different voices and there are pretty varied accents employed, but all of the characters sound excited all of the time.

The characterization and character development are not great. These are all adults, but they none of them show forethought or suspicion, even thieves and people with something to hide. Nobody changes or grows.

I've enjoyed some of the other books set in this world, and maybe the narration spoiled it for me or maybe this one just wasn't for me.

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  • A Wizard of Earthsea

  • The Earthsea Cycle, Book 1
  • By: Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Narrated by: Rob Inglis
  • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,105
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,744
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,768

When Sparrowhawk casts a spell that saves his village from destruction at the hands of the invading Kargs, Ogion, the Mage of Re Albi, encourages the boy to apprentice himself in the art of wizardry. So, at the age of 13, the boy receives his true name - Ged - and gives himself over to the gentle tutelage of the Master Ogion. But impatient with the slowness of his studies and infatuated with glory, Ged embarks for the Island of Roke, where the highest arts of wizardry are taught.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A little gem, excellently narrated.

  • By Marjorie on 05-14-12

problematic recording and book

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

Reviewed: 12-23-15

This was clearly a recording of a book on tape (at one point you hear "begin side two tape one"). I was not a fan of the narrator, although his voice sounded appropriate for the Era in which this recording was made (80s?).

As for the story itself, I found the characters shallow. The protagonist's well-being didn't concern me. it was an imaginative and an interesting world, but its inhabitants were not.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Paying Guests

  • By: Sarah Waters
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 21 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,452
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,216
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2,224

It is 1922, and London is tense. Ex-servicemen are disillusioned; the out-of-work and the hungry are demanding change. And in South London, in a genteel Camberwell villa, a large silent house now bereft of brothers, husband, and even servants, life is about to be transformed, as impoverished widow Mrs. Wray and her spinster daughter, Frances, are obliged to take in lodgers.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Tedious

  • By Loretta R. Cooper on 10-14-14

slow start, some excitement

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

Reviewed: 03-18-15

I felt like the tension was diffused pretty early on, with the book just sort of fizzling throughout the second half.

The narrator is excellent