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  • A Civil Campaign

  • A Miles Vorkosigan Novel
  • By: Lois McMaster Bujold
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 18 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,053
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,408
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,419

Lord Miles Vorkosigan has a problem that all his new power can't solve: unrequited love for the beautiful Vor widow Ekaterin Vorsoisson. Ekaterin is violently allergic to marriage as a result of her first exposure. But, as Miles learned from his late career in galactic covert ops, if a frontal assault won't do, go to subterfuge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bujold does Jane Austen--nicely

  • By David on 10-16-09

Good Book, Lousy Narration

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

Reviewed: 02-12-18

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I would recommend the book itself, not this reading. This is one of my favorite books in the Vorkosigan series.

What didn’t you like about Grover Gardner’s performance?

He needs to make notes on:
How he pronounces names - he changes the pronunciation randomly Laisa can be Lisa, La-is-sa, or LAYsa.
What type of accent he uses for each character, Enrigue has at least 3 different accents early on.

Each of these occasions pulls the listener out of the book. That isn't the point in having the book narrated!

  • Crown of Renewal

  • Paladin's Legacy, Book 5
  • By: Elizabeth Moon
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 21 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 409
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 375
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 380

The mysterious reappearance of magery throughout the land has been met with suspicion, fear, and violence. In the kingdom of Lyonya, Kieri, the half-elven, half-human king, struggles to balance the competing demands of his heritage while fighting a deadly threat to his rule: evil elves linked in some way to the rebirth of magic. Meanwhile, in the neighboring kingdom of Tsaia, a set of ancient artifacts recovered by the former mercenary Dorrin Verrakai may hold the answer to the riddle of magery’s return.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Soooo.... that's it?

  • By Anita on 06-05-14

Find out the pronunciation, please!

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

Reviewed: 12-27-15

What did you like best about Crown of Renewal? What did you like least?

I like the continuation of the story arc that started with Sheepherder's Daughter.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

All of the other audio books in the series have a certain pronunciation for the words devised by the author. As in Paks pronounced Pox. This narrator threw all of that out and read it in her own way. That is irritating as it breaks the continuity. Occasionally I was thrown out of the story by trying to figure out what the narrator meant.

Do you think Crown of Renewal needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Yes, there are still questions that need to be answered.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Fire Duke

  • Keepers of the Hidden Ways, Book 1
  • By: Joel Rosenberg
  • Narrated by: Sean Crisden
  • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

When strange wolf-like creatures kidnap his girlfriend and his mother, Torrie and his friend Ian Silverstein join Torrie’s father, Thorsen, and the mysterious "Uncle Hosea" on a rescue mission via a passageway to the exotic world from which Hosea and Thorsen had fled two decades earlier. Once entering the world of The Hidden Ways, they must battle gods, monsters and men, including the sinister Fire Duke, who seeks ultimate power and control of magical gems that can destroy the universe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome

  • By Stephen C. Greeley on 09-05-16

ARGH!

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

Reviewed: 12-21-15

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

I like the series. Bought them hardbound when they came out. I couldn't get past the narrator's voice or his reading manner. I don't know why, but I turned the book off shortly after starting it!

  • A Call to Duty

  • Book I of Manticore Ascendant
  • By: David Weber, Timothy Zahn
  • Narrated by: Eric Michael Summerer
  • Length: 14 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,290
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,193
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,194

Growing up, Travis Uriah Long yearned for order and discipline in his life...he two things his neglectful mother couldn’t or wouldn’t provide. So when Travis enlisted in the Royal Manticoran Navy, he thought he’d finally found the structure he’d always wanted so desperately. But life in the RMN isn’t exactly what he expected. Boot camp is rough and frustrating; his first ship assignment lax and disorderly; and with the Star Kingdom of Manticore still recovering from a devastating plague, the Navy is possibly on the edge of budgetary extinction.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic Blend of Military Sci-Fi and Space Opera

  • By lykanthrope on 12-03-14

Narrator can't keep his characters straight!

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

Reviewed: 08-03-15

Would you try another book from David Weber and Timothy Zahn and/or Eric Michael Summerer?

By David Weber and Timothy Zahn, but not for Eric Michael Summerer!

Do you think A Call to Duty needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Yes, it seems to be a springboard to more books about Travis Long.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Course of Empire

  • By: Eric Flint, K. D. Wentworth
  • Narrated by: Chris Patton
  • Length: 18 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 167
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 153

Conquered by the Jao twenty years ago, the Earth is shackled under alien tyranny - and threatened by the even more dangerous Ekhat, one of whose genocidal extermination fleets is coming to the solar system. The only chance for human survival is in the hands of an unusual pair of allies: a young Jao prince, newly arrived to Terra to assume his duties, and a young human woman brought up amongst the Jao occupiers. But, as their tentative alliance takes shape, they are under pressure from all sides.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Looking forward to the second book in the series

  • By Mike From Mesa on 09-11-12

Pronunciation is irritating

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

Reviewed: 04-07-15

Where does The Course of Empire rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I liked the book in print form, so bought the audio version. I was shaken out of the story frequently for pronunciation "originality." There are many words that are in general use that are pronounced strangely.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Too many to count.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Please learn how to pronounce the words before you read them. If you have a question about pronunciation, look it up!

  • Trickster's Queen

  • By: Tamora Pierce
  • Narrated by: Trini Alvarado
  • Length: 13 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,075
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 806
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 812

The native people of the Copper Isles, the raka, know that the ancient prophecy handed down by their trickster god is on the brink of coming to pass. But what they don't know is that all their hopes rest on the slender shoulders of Aly Homewood, formerly Alianne of Pirate's Swoop.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • entrancing!

  • By Jia on 10-28-07

Great book!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-26-08

This is another great book by Pierce, it is not only an engrossing listen/read, but causes the reader to think about the issues of equality and power, while enjoying the book. This one gives an end to the set that readers enjoy, yet allows us to look forward to seeing the characters in other books.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Trickster's Choice

  • By: Tamora Pierce
  • Narrated by: Trini Alvarado
  • Length: 11 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,174
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 894
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 897

Tamora Pierce brings readers another Tortall adventure! Alianne is the teenage daughter of the famed Alanna, the first lady knight in Tortall. Young Aly follows in the quieter footsteps of her father, however, delighting in the art of spying. When she is captured and sold as a slave to an exiled royal family in the faraway Copper Islands, it is this skill that makes a difference in a world filled with political intrigue, murderous conspiracy, and warring gods.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • STOP! WAIT!

  • By Benjamin on 05-16-05

Fantastic Book!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-26-08

This is another great book by Pierce, it is not only an engrossing listen/read, but causes the reader to think about the issues of equality and power, while enjoying the book.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful