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OK...

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

Reviewed: 09-07-19

It's OK-- MHO, sound effects detract. There are interesting parts, but the stories didn't grab me.

Subtracted one star for abrupt cut-off

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

Reviewed: 03-17-18

Interesting, but incomplete. Even book one of a series should not be cut off with a hatchet

Interesting subject poorly written

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

Reviewed: 01-29-18

The author's asides & her commentary were distracting & often irritating. The occasional touch of gallows humor is part of the story, but by the boatload, it just gets in the way

Fascinating historical detail

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

Reviewed: 01-29-18

The author captured the cultural mileu. I was intrigued by the many details of daily life, such as the origin of street lights. Several reviewers were put off by the number of story lines, but they were needed to show the depth of the picture. The contrast of the king's entourage, the populace & their interactions were integral to the story.

Sanderson goes deep

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

Reviewed: 06-05-17

I've read a lot of Sanderson's books, but this one stands alone. His books are always well written and he's a great story teller, but the other books lack the depth and multi-layered structure of Elantris. The meaning goes well beyond the story-- I should say meanings because there is often more than one.

I doubt that anyone will ever see this review out of so many others, but Elantris is so rich-- I just had to say something!

Ahhhh...

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

Reviewed: 06-06-16

Ian Esselmont has hit his stride both as a writer and a story teller. Dancer's Lament begins a rich development of Malazan history without coming across as a prequel. The relationships of the characters are unexpected and complex. The book stands on it's own without suggesting that the characters have a future in an epic series, so I believe it would be a great choice for someone who has never heard of Malazan Book of the Fallen. For those who have read and reread MBotF, what can I say... It's sweet.

The reader, John Banks, is just right. Great voices with just the right emphasis in the right places. My only complaint is the voice of Koroll. I found it difficult to listen to when he talked very long, which fortunately was not very often. Otherwise, excellent.

20 of 20 people found this review helpful

I named my cats Ripley & Newt

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

Reviewed: 04-28-16

It's been at least 25 years since I saw Alien & Aliens. I was fan enough to name my cats Ripley & Newt (RIP, you two). I just noticed this audiobook, saw the rave reviews & snapped it up. It's been my greatest audio disappointment ever, and I've listened to a lot of books between Audible & the public library.

The story begins with ~2 hours of communications about mechanical damage & repairs to the ship. Dialogue was cryptic & contributed little to the plot or character development.

About character development... there was little of it. The movie may not be suited to novelization. In the movie, much of the atmosphere and characterization would be hard to convey in writing because it took place visually, without much dialogue.

Poor choice of narrator... Most of the characters were street smart, lower middle-class American types. (Think of World War II movies showing interactions in a platoon of American soldiers.) An English accent just didn't work in the situation.

18 of 21 people found this review helpful

Great story. Best to avoid sample chapter at end

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

Reviewed: 01-06-16

The short story was very enjoyable... it only I'd stopped there. The story is followed by a couple of sample chapters from Gardner's next release. The first chapter is something I wish I could un-hear. The description of the experience was way too graphic for me.

15 of 16 people found this review helpful

Series continues to impress

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

Reviewed: 04-12-15

So much has been said about the Malazan series that I'm going to limit myself to a couple of personal impressions & some thoughts about the narrators.

The length of the Malazan Book of the Fallen series gave the author broad-range opportunities for developing complex characters, and he took full advantage of the big canvass. Few of them change in a linear way and a lot of times my feelings reverse and reverse again while continuing to connect with a character.

Erikson usually approaches philosophical and spiritual issues by keeping discussions open-ended, leaving readers with enough substance to continue chewing on the questions raised. I was disappointed in a couple of sections towards the end of Toll the Hounds that were more like closed little packages. The rest of the book was good enough to keep me from knocking off any stars.

In reviews of the other books, there's been a lot of discussion about the narrators. Their styles are quite different & I generally like both. I agree with listeners who have said there should be more than one narrator for each book. There are just too many characters, creating a need for more unique voices than one individual can handle. Both narrators were particularly Inadequate re. women's voices. Also, in order to broaden the range of voices, both of them resorted to styles that were growly, creaky, etc, that get old very quickly. It would have been much better to have at minimum a male & a female narrator for each book,

One of my biggest frustrations with both narrators has been that neither of them pause at all between the sections of a chapter. There's no indication that we've moved from one plot-line to another, which can lead to a lot of unnecessary rewinding.

Hope I haven't sounded too negative-- I'm really enjoying the series. Definitely recommended!


2 of 3 people found this review helpful

Worst.writing.ever

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

Reviewed: 03-23-15

Well, I'm sure there are more poorly written stories, but I haven't come across one on Audible. I like a good zombie story, but this one is an ongoing cliché that the author tries to prop up with profanity. Even tho it's free, it's not worth it

1 of 1 people found this review helpful