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  • Endeavour

  • Sleeping Gods, Book 1
  • By: Ralph Kern
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,057
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 993
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 992

In 2118 the first daring mission to another star, Tau Ceti - 12 light-years away - is launched. Tom Hites and Harry Cosgrove command the starship Endeavour on an epic journey to solve the Fermi paradox. From the first nearly disastrous steps on a distant world, their quest takes them further than they ever imagined.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A nicely written journey through the galaxy

  • By Jason on 04-25-15

Basically the same plot as "Pushing Ice"

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

Reviewed: 08-18-16

First off, Michael Kramer should be required to narrate all audiobooks, period. The guy is excellent.
Second, if you have read Pushing Ice....this is almost exactly the same plot. some of the details are a little different, but it is essentially the same thing. I basically guessed the plot halfway through.
Still a decent book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Castles of Steel

  • Britain, Germany, and the Winning of the Great War at Sea
  • By: Robert K. Massie
  • Narrated by: Richard Matthews
  • Length: 40 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 295
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 272
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 268

In a work of extraordinary narrative power, filled with brilliant personalities and vivid scenes of dramatic action, Robert K. Massie, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Peter the Great, Nicholas and Alexandra, and Dreadnought, elevates to its proper historical importance the role of sea power in the winning of the Great War.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Stick With It!

  • By Matt on 09-22-12

Annoying narrator

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

Reviewed: 06-25-16

I love this book and have for years. The problem with the audiobook is the narrator. He obviously British, but tries to affect an "American" accent with reading quotes from Americans and a "German" accent for quotes from Germans. The American accent is godawful and takes you right out of the book. The German one is cartoonish and I imagine it would be offensive to a German. There are enough quotes and this happens often enough to ruin the audiobook. I had to return it.
The hell of it is....his normal British accent and voice perfectly fine. It would have been just fine if he used that for the entire book. Seriously, what is the point of switching accents? You end up with a situation where every single American sounds exactly the same and every German sounds the same.....even though you are reading quotes from different people.

<Sigh> how many great books have been botched by crap narrator performances on here.

We should all demand that, henceforth, only Grover Gardner or Michael Kramer should be allowed to record all audiobooks....forever. :-)

  • The End of All Things

  • Old Man's War, Book 6
  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert, William Dufris, John Scalzi
  • Length: 11 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,318
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,057
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,055

Humans expanded into space...only to find a universe populated with multiple alien species bent on their destruction. Thus was the Colonial Union formed, to help protect us from a hostile universe. The Colonial Union used the Earth and its excess population for colonists and soldiers. It was a good arrangement...for the Colonial Union. Then the Earth said: no more.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • why a lower rating on performance?

  • By D. Kassiday on 09-06-15

Terrible Narrator

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

Reviewed: 09-24-15

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

He is a decent writer.

Would not listen to Tavia Gilbert on any book unless she makes some major changes in the way she does things.

Would you recommend The End of All Things to your friends? Why or why not?

Not really. I thought this was the weakest book in the series and I wasn't that engaged with it.

Would you listen to another book narrated by the narrators?

Dufris was ok, but Tavia Gilbert was extremely irritating. Her normal voice isn't that bad, but her character voices are absurd, annoying, and jarring.
If she is going to narrate, she shouldn't try to do voices. Period.

Do you think The End of All Things needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

I think this series has jumped the shark.

  • Words of Radiance

  • The Stormlight Archive, Book 2
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
  • Length: 48 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 46,969
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 43,940
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 43,916

In that first volume, we were introduced to the remarkable world of Roshar, a world both alien and magical, where gigantic hurricane-like storms scour the surface every few days and life has adapted accordingly. Roshar is shared by humans and the enigmatic, humanoid Parshendi, with whom they are at war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Book !!; no let down- "Words of Radiance" shines

  • By Don Gilbert on 03-08-14

story, great author, 50% Fastastic narration

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

Reviewed: 05-30-14

Sanderson is a very good writer (much better than Robert Jordan) and I have enjoyed several of his stories.
The biggest problem is that he evidently feels the need to employ the same narrators that Jordan used. That is both good and bad. Kramer is fantastic, but Kate Reading is equally terrible. Her male voices sound ridiculous and she manages to make every female character sound like a complete b*tch. She was exactly the same way in wheel of time. Her cadence combined with the way she ennunciates her words is so obnoxious. It takes you right out of the story (especially when transitioning from a great narrator like Kramer) It got to the point where I had to just fast forward through her parts in order to get back to Kramer. I feel like I only got half a book. :-(
Please, Sanderson, stop casting her!

4 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Salem's Lot

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Ron McLarty
  • Length: 17 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,972
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 942
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 946

Stephen King's second novel, Salem's Lot, is the story of a mundane town under siege from the forces of darkness. Considered one of the most terrifying vampire novels ever written, it cunningly probes the shadows of the human heart and the insular evils of small-town America.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Classic King on audio - FINALLY

  • By Eileen on 02-16-04

Worth a credit.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-18-11

Salem's Lot has always been one of my favorite books, but I avoided it on Audible for a long time due to a misunderstanding.
The sample that is provided by audible is Stephen King reading part of the introduction. I never really paid attention to what was being said, I just heard the voice and thought it was Ron McLarty. No offense to King, but narration is not his forte and there was no way in hell I was going to listen to an entire book in that voice.
I finally got tired of seeing this book in my wish list, so I gave the sample another try. This time I realized it was the intro and that King usually reads those.
I found some other McLarty books on audible and checked those samples. The narration isn't bad at all.
So, once that was settled, this was a no brainer. The book is awesome and well worth a listen.

  • The Rise of Endymion

  • By: Dan Simmons
  • Narrated by: Victor Bevine
  • Length: 29 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,511
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,713
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,723

In the stunning continuation of the epic adventure begun in Hyperion, Simmons returns us to a far future resplendent with drama and invention. On the world of Hyperion, the mysterious Time Tombs are opening. And the secrets they contain mean that nothing - nothing anywhere in the universe - will ever be the same.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well written and narrated

  • By Chaim on 06-26-09

Satisfying conclusion to the Hyperion series.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-10-09

I took a little break between Endymion and this final book of the series because it is one of those rare stories that you just don't want to end. Its nice to be able to look forward to the next installment of a story of proven quality and endurance. Anyway, after savoring anticipation for a while, I finally went ahead with this final Hyperion book.

If you have completed Hyperion, The Fall of Hyperion, and Endymion, then there probably won't be that many suprises in this book. Everything unfolds roughly the way you might expect, although there were a few minor unexpected twists. All loose ends are tied up rather neatly. Within the Hyperion Universe that Simmons has created, pretty much anything is possible. Because of this, I was hoping that Simmons would offer of a different fate for "the one who teaches." At least, one that was different than the one I was expecting.

If you haven't completed the book, I don't want to say anything more on that subject. Again, all I will say is that there are no major suprises in this book. I understand why certain events were required for the plot, but some events are unfortunate.

All in all, this was an outstanding series and I thank Simmons for sharing it with us. Once again, Bevine provides outstanding narration. The series ends on a good note and I am glad for that.

Highly Recommend all books in the Hyperion Saga!!

11 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • Endymion

  • By: Dan Simmons
  • Narrated by: Victor Bevine
  • Length: 23 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,656
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,747
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,757

Here, Simmons returns to this richly imagined world of technological achievement, excitement, wonder and fear. Endymion is a story about love and memory, triumph and terror - an instant candidate for the field's highest honors.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A fine Part II of the Hyperion Cantos

  • By David on 09-06-12

Worthy addition to the Hyperion saga!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-10-09

An excellent 3rd installment from Simmons. Well worth a listen. Anyone who was a fan of Hyperion should really finish the series to fully appreciate each book within the series. Once again, truly excellent narration by Victor Bevine. Highly recommend!

13 of 17 people found this review helpful

  • The Fall of Hyperion

  • By: Dan Simmons
  • Narrated by: Victor Bevine
  • Length: 21 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,896
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,484
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,519

In the stunning continuation of the epic adventure begun in Hyperion, Simmons returns us to a far future resplendent with drama and invention. Onthe world of Hyperion, the mysterious Time Tombs are opening. And the secrets they contain mean that nothing - nothing anywhere in the universe - will ever be the same.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hyperion is FALLEN, am I too to fall?

  • By Darwin8u on 06-15-12

Excellent story, Excellent Narration.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-10-09

I couldn't be happier with this purchase. I reviewed Hyperion immediately after I finished it because it left me very excited about this series. I decided to wait until I finished the remaining 3 books before reviewing any of them individually. It is not very often that you come across a story that is so promising and I was afraid that the remaing books in the series would fall flat, or even worse, tank completely. I am very relieved to say that this is not the case at all. Simmons continues to weave a fantasic world in this second book and it leaves you hungry for more. The narration truly is excellent. After the first book, there was a slight transition in getting used to hearing a single narrator rather than a full cast, but Victor Bevine is definitely the correct choice for this project. As I listen to more and more audiobooks, I'm beginning to realize that narrators fall into roughly three categories. Class "C" would be the ones who are terrible and should not be allowed anywhere near a microphone. Class "B" are the ones who do a competent job, but don't really stand out or excell at their craft. And the class "A" narrators who provide truly excellent performances and who display an abundance of talent. Bevine is definitely a class "A" in every way. With audiobooks, when you have the combo of a good book helmed by an outstanding narrator, it just doesn't get much better than that.

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • Augustus

  • The Life of Rome's First Emperor
  • By: Anthony Everitt
  • Narrated by: John Curless
  • Length: 15 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,222
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 764
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 768

Caesar Augustus has been called history's greatest emperor. It was said he found Rome made of clay and left it made of marble. With a senator for a father and Julius Caesar for a great-uncle, he ascended the ranks of Roman society with breathtaking speed. His courage in battle is still questioned yet his political savvy was second to none. He had a lifelong rival in Mark Antony and a 51-year companion in his wife, Livia. And his influence extended perhaps further than that of any ruler who has ever lived.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ancient biographies are hard

  • By Orson on 09-29-10

A well rounded history of Augustus

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-09-09

A well written and well narrated history of Augustus. Definitely worth a credit. Highly recommend.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Hyperion

  • By: Dan Simmons
  • Narrated by: Marc Vietor, Allyson Johnson, Kevin Pariseau, and others
  • Length: 20 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,533
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,311
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,365

On the world called Hyperion, beyond the law of the Hegemony of Man, there waits the creature called the Shrike. There are those who worship it. There are those who fear it. And there are those who have vowed to destroy it. In the Valley of the Time Tombs, where huge, brooding structures move backward through time, the Shrike waits for them all.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Shrike Awaits. Enter The Time Tombs...

  • By Michael on 10-13-12

Definitely worth a listen.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-13-09

Excellent book. I've seen this title on the shelf, but I never picked it up. Once I noticed it was available from audible, I figured I'd give it a try. I was not disappointed. This was just an outstanding story. It was well read by the cast and Dan Simmons is at the top of his game as he weaves the different threads of the story together. Also, it is Unabridged!! Seriously, give it a try, I'm betting you won't be disappointed. If you are like me, you will be hooked and you will need to get the other 3 books in this series! Actually, if I ever get a free moment, I might try to read them as well as listen.

7 of 10 people found this review helpful