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  • Sherlock Holmes

  • By: Arthur Conan Doyle, Stephen Fry - introductions
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 62 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 8,874
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,315
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 8,260

Ever since he made his first appearance in A Study In Scarlet, Sherlock Holmes has enthralled and delighted millions of fans throughout the world. Now Audible is proud to present Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes, read by Stephen Fry. A lifelong fan of Doyle's detective fiction, Fry has narrated the definitive collection of Sherlock Holmes - four novels and four collections of short stories. And, exclusively for Audible, Stephen has written and narrated eight insightful introductions, one for each title.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Chapter Guide!

  • By Katya Rice on 05-25-18

Possibly the best reading of this classic to date

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

Reviewed: 04-24-19

Always a masterpiece. This collection is read by the talented Stephen Fry in the order of their original release date. Fry's performance and voice acting is superb and serves to easily create an immersive experience when listening. The collection is only improved by the forward to each section by Fry in which he gives background on both the author the times and reveals intriguing facts about the impact these tales ultimately have had and will have on cultures all over the world.

In short these are wonderful stories preformed masterfully and will engage the listener and evoke that same wonder you felt when first reading a Sherlock Holmes tale.

Enjoy!

  • Ocean of Storms

  • By: Christopher Mari, Jeremy K. Brown
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 13 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 621
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 544
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 545

In the near future, political tensions between the United States and China are at an all-time high. Then a catastrophic explosion on the moon cleaves a vast gash in the lunar surface, and the massive electromagnetic pulse it unleashes obliterates Earth's electrical infrastructure. To plumb the depths of the newly created lunar fissure and excavate the source of the power surge, the feuding nations are forced to cooperate on a high-risk mission to return mankind to the moon.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Just not very good

  • By Astroman on 12-11-16

Concept was good, but poorly written.

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

Reviewed: 04-26-18

I was enticed to give it a try by the concepts presented in the summery, however this book was so poorly written and the characters such one dimensional tropes that I could not make it thorough to the end.

normally I have policy of finishing everything I begin to read/listen even if its bad but I just could not make it thorough past about five hours. The plot holes, bad character reactions and poor dialogue were distracting to the point of annoyance for me.

I am fair and will try to listen again later. If I find I feel different then amend my review.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Goon Squad

  • Year One
  • By: Jonathan L. Howard
  • Narrated by: Gabrielle de Cuir, Nicholas Guy Smith, Jim Meskimen, and others
  • Length: 14 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 160
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 147
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 148

An ongoing, episodic "prose comic" from which the pictures are summoned by the magic of words, Goon Squad is set in an alternate version of modern-day Manchester. Its biggest divergence from the real city is that it - along with most other large urban centers - has a team of superheroes to protect it against unusual threats with which the conventional forces of law and order would have problems. Goon Squad: Year One offers three action-packed volumes in a single collection.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Buy this book. Buy it now.

  • By Tori on 02-11-18

Five Stars and I'll explain why.

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

Reviewed: 04-19-18

This collection delivers as promised. it was presented by summery and forward as a comic book series expressed in words and the writing & narration both hit that right on the mark.

As icing on the cake there are several unique avenues and twists of plot that make the tales as a whole a fun and original narrative.

It's fun and inventive and gives what it promises. Looking forward to more tales of the Goon Squad.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Galaxy's Edge

  • By: Jason Anspach, Nick Cole
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 17 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,313
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9,722
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,701

On the edge of the galaxy, a diplomatic mission to an alien planet takes a turn when the Legionnaires, an elite special fighting force, find themselves ambushed and stranded behind enemy lines. They struggle to survive under siege, waiting on a rescue that might never come. In the seedy starport of Ackabar, a young girl searches the crime-ridden gutters to avenge her father's murder; not far away, a double-dealing legionniare-turned-smuggler hunts an epic payday; and somewhere along the outer galaxy, a mysterious bounty hunter lies in wait.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • bit of a disconnect between parts

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-10-18

More! I must have more of this story.

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

Reviewed: 03-06-18

As a devote of space based science fiction and an avid reader in general I can safely say that this is a must read/listen . The first book harkens back to the feel of Starship Troopers, gritty, harsh, with a no nonsense brutality one expects in a book based around military themed writing. It then splashes in anecdotal details about the books universe. A fully enjoyable, gripping and finished story unto it self; the first half sets the stage for a much greater tale.

The second half is then that much better. Full of subtle plot twists and simply awesome concepts, rich characters that develop naturally for you bit by bit and enough well depicted action to keep you riveted all the way through.

It felt wonderfully like every epic science fiction RPG Campaign I've ever played layed out as a story. Do your self a favor and get this book.

The performance as well deserves note, well spoken, clearly voiced and the narrators use of different voices brings individual characters to life. Each one is spoken not just with a different sound but with its own defined personality. To me this is exceedingly important for an audio book as in many ways the narrator makes or breaks it. This one made it, five stars all the way.

I can't wait to read the next one.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Elite

  • The Hunter Series, Book 2
  • By: Mercedes Lackey
  • Narrated by: Amy Landon
  • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,315
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,226
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,228

Hunting monsters was supposed to be the hard part. When Joy came to Apex City, all she cared about was protecting the Cits from the dangers lurking outside protective barriers. She understood the need for the secrecy surrounding her hunts - no need to cause a panic by announcing just how real of a threat the Othersiders pose. But as she quickly discovered, the conspiracies of the city run much deeper. And a dangerous new covert mission leaves Joy with a target on her back once more.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Masterful

  • By moseylissa on 10-07-18

Strong ideas but shallow execution.

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

Reviewed: 04-28-17

Characters are one dimensional, several glaring continuity issues with the fist book. Cleary tween targeted.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Hunter

  • By: Mercedes Lackey
  • Narrated by: Amy Landon
  • Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,251
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,085
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,085

They came after the Diseray. Some were terrors ripped from our collective imaginations, remnants of every mythology across the world. And some were like nothing anyone had ever dreamed up, even in their worst nightmares. Now, the luckiest Cits live in enclosed communities, behind walls that keep them safe from the hideous monsters fighting to break through.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • The Story Vs The Narrator

  • By James on 06-08-17

Very entertaining concept

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

Reviewed: 04-08-17

Intrigued by the world and the concepts. Certainly a fun listen. the story did feel rushed and fealt like it could have been granted more flwshing out. specifically I would like to have seen deeper conflict in genwral and more struggle for main character who remained kind of flat throughout. Do not expect this novel to answer any questions, it is a set up for a series.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Lost Starship

  • By: Vaughn Heppner
  • Narrated by: David Stifel
  • Length: 13 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,712
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,425
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,426

Ten thousand years ago, a single alien super-ship survived a desperate battle. The vessel's dying crew set the AI on automatic to defend the smashed rubble of their planet. Legend has it the faithful ship continues to patrol the empty battlefield, obeying its last order throughout the lonely centuries.In the here and now, Earth needs a miracle. Out of the Beyond invade the New Men, stronger, faster and smarter than the old. Their superior warships and advanced technology destroy every fleet sent to stop them.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Old school-style scifi with dreary narration

  • By dtamayob on 03-18-16

Clearly and early work for the author.

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

Reviewed: 02-20-17

its easy from the start of the novel to see that this was an early entry into the career of writing. that being said they really do try hard to make the story in depth and creative. which is more than can be said for a lot of other authors. I am interested to see how the author develops their style in later novels, the prospect of witnessing their development by reading their work intrigues me.

  • 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 60,180
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 54,765
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 54,755

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

Well worth your time

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

Reviewed: 08-30-16

Slow start but sets a foundation, invests you in great characters. Your patience will be rewarded.