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  • Snow Crash

  • By: Neal Stephenson
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 17 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13,756
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,429
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10,514

Neal Stephenson is a blazing new force on the sci-fi scene. With the groundbreaking cyberpunk novel Snow Crash, he has "vaulted onto the literary stage." It weaves virtual reality, Sumerian myth, and just about everything in between with a cool, hip cybersensibility - in short, it is the gigathriller of the information age.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Classic Stephenson

  • By A. Tuck on 10-16-08

Sci-Fi Done Right!

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

Reviewed: 08-14-17

What did you love best about Snow Crash?

The environment and setting. Excellent world building. Reminded me of Dan Simmons in Empyron.

What did you like best about this story?

The story was out there for sure. But, it just seemed to work with how well the world was built. I like the multiverse.

Which character – as performed by Jonathan Davis – was your favorite?

Hero. Very likable guy.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Snowcrash. Best name ever. Simply begs for inquiry.

Any additional comments?

It can be confusing at first with all the characters and world... but stick with it. Really great.

  • The Fold

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,800
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,813
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 27,766

The folks in Mike Erikson's small New England town would say he's just your average, everyday guy. And that's exactly how Mike likes it. Sure, the life he's chosen isn't much of a challenge to someone with his unique gifts, but he's content with his quiet and peaceful existence. That is, until an old friend presents him with an irresistible mystery, one that Mike is uniquely qualified to solve.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Fun premise, great performance, weak story

  • By J. Klinghoffer on 08-06-15

Different Novel at the End

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

Reviewed: 08-14-17

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I would change the last third of the story. Really, great stuff and mystery until things start to unravel.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Not a good ending. The ending - ending is fine. But, the later part of the book as the end is in sight... just plain abysmal. It was like listening to a different book/genre.

Which scene was your favorite?

Recalling memories. It happens a few times but never gets old.

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

No way. Literally, the whole "how does this machine work" was never answered. And the explanation for it was even worse. It's a book, you could make up any scenario why and how this technology came to be... instead you go with a lame excuse.

Any additional comments?

It's just such a hard sell. Got to be in the whole "not human" character vibe.

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  • 14

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,402
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,570
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 35,575

There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Omg its so boring

  • By Halloween on 10-09-18

Listening to Two Different Books

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

Reviewed: 08-14-17

Would you try another book from Peter Clines and/or Ray Porter?

I jumped on this book because I like Ray Porter and I had previously listened to The Fold (by Clines). After listening to both this and The Fold by Clines, I can't recommend listening to another one of his books.

What was most disappointing about Peter Clines’s story?

While the setup was a bit long, clocking in around 5 hours, the story started to go downhill from there. The "Description" on the book doesn't give you much and there are so many favorable reviews. However, after the plot twist the book goes straight into another genre. The Fold (by Clines) did this as well. I should have known but never put two and two together until it was too late.

I don't mind some of the not well thought out characters, etc. You can get passed that. But, the ending was rushed and there was no real explanation or resolution besides a "band-aid" approach.

Which scene was your favorite?

Not really a spoiler. My favorite scene was when the group descended into the building. Definitely paints a scenario of wonder and exploration. As the reader/listener, you still really don't know what the building is about, who is behind all of it, and what might happen.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Again, Ray Porter was excellent. If I was reading this book I never would have finished it. However, Ray Porter carried it through to the end.

So much promise with the setup of the story.

Any additional comments?

Definitely read many reviews before purchasing. You don't want to spoil anything for yourself but you might be very disappointed with how the last third of the book goes.

13 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • Spellfire

  • Forgotten Realms: Shandril's Saga, Book 1
  • By: Ed Greenwood
  • Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
  • Length: 17 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 154
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 140
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 139

It can lay low a dragon or heal a wounded warrior. It is the most sought-after magical power in all Faern. And it is in the reluctant hands of Shandril of Highmoon, a young, orphaned kitchen-lass. Now she's on the run from half of the evil sorcerers in the land, not to mention their relentless minions. But with the help of a handsome young wizard, some rough-and-tumble Knights of Myth Drannor, and a certain old mage of Shadowdale, she just might manage to stay alive. At least until tomorrow.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Takes a minute to get going, but worth it.

  • By Shadowalker on 12-12-17

Not Ed's Best Work

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

Reviewed: 11-02-16

Would you try another book from Ed Greenwood and/or James Patrick Cronin?

Oddly, I enjoy reading/listen to Ed Greenwood's work. I usually find it mildly funny and charming in a high fantasy/young adult line of books. This one however, was just horrible from the start and stayed down the entire time.

James Patrick Cronin was abysmal. I have listened to JPC in other Realm's series (Brotherhood of the Griffon) and he wasn't bad. But, for some reason he destroys a few of the main characters here with a sloppy English accent. You'll never want to hear the word "Lady" (he pronounces it lay-day) again.

Has Spellfire turned you off from other books in this genre?

I'm over 50 books deep on FR on audible. I'll keep going but not with James Patrick Cronin.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of James Patrick Cronin?

Honestly, anyone would have been better. He mispronounces some of the names (people and places) and some of the characters sound horrible with his choice of voice. Of course, a narrator like Victor Bevine would have been much better.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Spellfire?

At 17 hours long... the first 4 hours are a confusing mess. Ed is known for this but it's long winded just to be long winded. I found myself starting and stopping the first 8 hours countless times just so I could stop hearing James Patrick Cronin and Ed's trivial scenes.

Any additional comments?

I have enjoyed both the narrator and author before but this book was very tough to get through. Perhaps reading this novel would have been a better choice. Listen to the preview (I don't know if JPC choice for Norm and Chandrill are in there... but they're bad).

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Sphere

  • By: Michael Crichton
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 13 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,809
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,429
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,424

A classic thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Michael Crichton, Sphere is a bravura demonstration of what he does better than anyone: riveting storytelling that combines frighteningly plausible, cutting-edge science and technology with pulse-pounding action and serious chills. The gripping story of a group of American scientists sent to the ocean floor to investigate an alien ship, only to confront a terrifying discovery that defies imagination,.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Sphere

  • By BookReader on 06-01-16

Very Good Thriller/Mystery/Sci-Fi

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

Reviewed: 07-29-16

Where does Sphere rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is my first real Thriller/Sci-Fi audiobook. I mostly listen to high fantasy or Space Opera (Simmons). I was looking for a quick listen and something that would grab me without a whole lot of fluff. Sphere was an excellent choice.

Who was your favorite character and why?

My favorite character is the narrator/main character. He's the team Psychologist and it was very cool to see things from his perspective. All characters are an "every day" kind of person.

Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

This was my first Scott Brick audiobook. I quickly realized how famous he was and I found his voice/tone/style very enjoyable. He's done a ton of books!

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The author does a great job of getting the action and suspense moving very quickly. Naturally, it is hard to hold that kind of suspense for an entire novel. It definitely waned toward the later half but the very ending was done well.

Any additional comments?

Sphere delivered. I never saw the movie but the book was very good. The story was tight and for the most part it moved along very well. It was a book I wanted to listen to and finished within a few days. I was bummed when the curtain was pulled back. Just not as cool as I wanted it to be... otherwise, I would recommend this audiobook to anyone looking for a thriller/mystery with a sci-fi twist.

  • The Name of the Wind

  • Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 1
  • By: Patrick Rothfuss
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 27 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60,201
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54,669
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54,766

This is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man's search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow!

  • By Joanna on 05-10-11

Great Start, Weak Finish

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

Reviewed: 07-28-16

Would you try another book from Patrick Rothfuss and/or Nick Podehl?

Nick Podehl was great. I'm sure Patrick Rothfuss is a nice author, but this book definitely fizzled out.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

I listen/read to a lot of fantasy sword and board, etc. Name of the Wind had a ton of positive reviews so I jumped in looking for something different. In these end the story never really progressed. There is a significant amount of time spent when characters and story did not progress. A young gifted boy and every girl he meets fawns all over him. Rinse and repeat.

Have you listened to any of Nick Podehl’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This was my first book with Nick Podehl. I thought he did a fine job.

Was The Name of the Wind worth the listening time?

I thought the overall story was fine but it really could have been half as long. So, no, it was not worth the listening time.

Any additional comments?

I was amazed at how many reviews I found that never spoke about what the actual book was about. It tells a story of a young boy who comes from nothing and overcomes adversity. Along the way he finds love, etc.

While I believe someone can enjoy all types of books, this is definitely a young adult novel.

  • The Shadow of the Torturer

  • The Book of the New Sun, Book 1
  • By: Gene Wolfe
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 12 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,718
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,364
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,367

The Shadow of the Torturer is the first volume in the four-volume epic, the tale of a young Severian, an apprentice to the Guild of Torturers on the world called Urth, exiled for committing the ultimate sin of his profession - showing mercy towards his victim.

Gene Wolfe's "The Book of the New Sun" is one of speculative fiction's most-honored series. In a 1998 poll, Locus Magazine rated the series behind only "The Lord of the Rings" and The Hobbit as the greatest fantasy work of all time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • "All of you are torturers, one way or another"

  • By Jefferson on 10-21-12

Abysmal Mess

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

Reviewed: 03-09-16

Would you try another book from Gene Wolfe and/or Jonathan Davis?

I can't say I would ever pull a Gene Wolfe book again. Jonathan Davis whispered way too much for me to hear anything. Honestly, give the sound clip a shot.

Would you ever listen to anything by Gene Wolfe again?

I just don't get the fascination with Gene Wolfe. Agreed the novel is not for everyone, but it really requires the reader/listen to work... and not in a fun way.

Would you be willing to try another one of Jonathan Davis’s performances?

I will never listen to Jonathan Davis again. He has good range but choose to whisper and destroy all voices. Maybe because it was a first person narrative. Either way, it was horrible.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

I was angry at myself for being stubborn and not just getting a refund. I said, "oh no, it's me. People love this guy, it must get better." Wrong wrong wrong.

Any additional comments?

There is a reason no one mentions what the story is like in their reviews. First part is Severian leaving the guild (mildly entertaining). The second part is his travels up North (muddled mess). The ending follows suite with a bunch of circus nonsense. Honestly, billed as Sci-Fi... he rides a horse with a sword. No space, no ships, no lasers...

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  • 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 4,217
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,441
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,451

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

What a Long Mess

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

Reviewed: 02-21-16

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

You are going to get this book because you read/listened to the first three (even though book 3 really ended fine). At 29 hours this thing is all over the place. Half is descriptions that really just distract from the story. The other half is speaking in riddles. I just don't understand.

I guess I just don't get how half the galaxy wants to capture this young girl and she's practicing architecture for four years? Really. Raul is like a puppy dog following her around and she speaks in riddles for all her answers. I started to dislike Anea's character because there was nothing to like. She gives you nothing.

Would you ever listen to anything by Dan Simmons again?

I'm on the fence about starting another series by Dan Simmons. First three books were really good. The fourth was a clunker.

Which scene was your favorite?

The idea of traveling through Farcasters really allows Simmons to create whatever type of world he wants. Raul has to go back through a handful and hearing about other areas and these strange worlds is always interesting.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Rise of Endymion?

Forget the symbolism... I would cut the whole Buddha (hours and hours) scenario and even the Old Earth stuff with the pupils of Wright. It gets old and it gets old fast. The story doesn't progress in these areas. And, I'm find with the religion in the first three books but Simmons does lay it on pretty heavy here.

Any additional comments?

You are going to listen/read this book. I get it. But, the vast majority of the reviews are correct in that it just feels different (maybe it was the long period between books for Simmons).

I have never turned an Audible title off as much as this one. Forcing myself to finish it for the sake of finishing.

  • Endymion

  • By: Dan Simmons
  • Narrated by: Victor Bevine
  • Length: 23 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,375
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,493
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,503

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

Enter the Shriek

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

Reviewed: 02-05-16

What made the experience of listening to Endymion the most enjoyable?

I really enjoyed how the story told two sides of one continuous event. It kept the overall cast at a manageable number and really let you explore the characters. For the most part, every few chapters would bounce back and forth between the two sides and offer their perspective. Victor Bevine was awesome as usual.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Endymion?

You'll know the part... way at the end. But, there were many parts that stood out. Getting a more in depth understanding of the whole space/time travel thing and how the resurrection was evolved etc. We are given a retcon on a few things but you'll take it in stride.

Which scene was your favorite?

The very ending I had to look up on the web because I didn't understand it. There was not one particular scene, but I enjoyed how the story allowed for different "settings" and it all made sense.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I blazed through 23 hours in about two weeks. If I could have I would have listened to it all in one sitting. This is really a page turner. It's true though, that at the end of the first leg it does get a little stagnant.

Any additional comments?

If you have listened to the first two books and you're not sure about the next two... this is definitely something you should pick up. You won't be disappointmented. I worried that I would miss the original crew but they are mentioned here and there and the new characters are just as good.

  • Dragons of Winter Night

  • Dragonlance: Chronicles, Book 2
  • By: Tracy Hickman, Margaret Weis
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
  • Length: 17 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,764
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,618
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,631

Now the people know that the dragon minions of Takhisis, Queen of Dragons, have returned. The people of all nations prepare to fight to save their homes, their lives, and their freedom. But the races have long been divided by hatred and prejudice. Elven warriors and human knights fight among themselves. It seems the battle has been lost before it begins. The companions are separated, torn apart by war. A full season will pass before they meet again - if they meet again.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • so....many....dramatic.....pauses

  • By Gabe Shulman on 04-06-16

Dragonlance... Right on Time

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

Reviewed: 11-04-15

Where does Dragons of Winter Night rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I'd put Dragons of Winter Night in my top 10 of Dungeon and Dragons style books. It was hand and fist above the first book and naturally so, now that you're vested with the characters.

What did you like best about this story?

The story did slow in parts. Like many high fantasy books, it seems to take the scenic route. No one really cares about the different elf factions and their wars but Weis and Hickman really push this agenda on the reader for a little too long. It does have some meaning later in the book but not enough to suffer countless chapters on this topic. Otherwise, the overarching story was very good... Draconians and the dragons threaten everyone and they need to die!

Which scene was your favorite?

A large chunk of this book (really 3 novel in one) has the main party broken up and going separate ways. Mostly, this works and allows the authors to tell two stories at once. The scene which makes the party split is pretty good and has some actual meaning. The downside is the book does get one-sided toward the end and you don't hear much from the one camp.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Standard DnD.

Any additional comments?

It's a very nice novel. If you were on the fence after the first one, definitely pick this up and you'll enjoy it. I want to now read the third in the trilogy and start to learn more about the gods, legends and other characters. It's turning out to be an excellent world to explore.