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  • Provenance

  • By: Ann Leckie
  • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 966
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 900
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 899

A power-driven young woman has just one chance to secure the status she craves and regain priceless lost artifacts prized by her people. She must free their thief from a prison planet from which no one has ever returned. Ingray and her charge will return to her home world to find their planet in political turmoil, at the heart of an escalating interstellar conflict. Together, they must make a new plan to salvage Ingray's future, her family, and her world before they are lost to her for good.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A lackluster followup

  • By protoculture on 03-22-18

Forever to get anywhere - then doesn't go far

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

Reviewed: 09-21-18

First, I've not read any of Anne Leckie's other books and understand there is a series that connects with this stand-alone book. Ok, but even so... this book takes FOREVER to get started, then when it does get rolling it doesn't roll very far. I bought it for Adjoa Andoh's narration because she's WONDERFUL. And she's wonderful in this performance as well. I always have such a good time listening to her. The characters here are fun (for the most part) and you do get to know them. But so much of this book is about traditions and breaking out of traditions and you feel like it should be harder for the main character, but in reality she does very well by just going w/ the flow. For Sci-Fi, there's very little action. Nothing is ever very surprising and nothing really ever gets done except at the very end (and it's nothing like a "battle" or climatic experience). So, yeah. Meh.

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  • Children of Time

  • By: Adrian Tchaikovsky
  • Narrated by: Mel Hudson
  • Length: 16 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,038
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,750
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,718

Adrian Tchaikovksy's critically acclaimed stand-alone novel Children of Time is the epic story of humanity's battle for survival on a terraformed planet. Who will inherit this new Earth? The last remnants of the human race left a dying Earth, desperate to find a new home among the stars. Following in the footsteps of their ancestors, they discover the greatest treasure of the past age - a world terraformed and prepared for human life. But all is not right in this new Eden.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating Premise Within an Excellent Story

  • By Kurt Schwoppe on 07-30-17

This book surprised me in a really good way

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

Reviewed: 04-02-18

Any additional comments?

After just having finished "The Power" (look it up, it's pretty good too) this book is just what I needed. I tend to read mostly Sci-Fi and Fantasy. The book was basically middle-of-the-road Sci-Fi, but with a good dose of anthropology-type tale that was fun to follow and think about when I wasn't actively listening to it. The end and the message was unexpected (tho, had I tried harder, I might have seen it coming) and was surprisingly (for me) heart-warming. Unlike "The Power" which ends mostly how you'd expect, "Children of Time" has a lesson embedded and one that we could/should all take to heart. I knocked a star off (possibly unfairly) for the plethora of sentences ended with prepositions. I get that it's "ok" to do this. And I don't believe you should NEVER. But there were so many and I found myself correcting them in my head wondering why the author couldn't use a more active voice and easily avoid the basket-full that made up this book.

  • A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms

  • A Song of Ice and Fire
  • By: George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by: Harry Lloyd
  • Length: 10 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,943
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,458
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,394

Taking place nearly a century before the events of A Game of Thrones, A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms compiles the first three official prequel novellas to George R. R. Martin's ongoing masterwork, A Song of Ice and Fire. Before Tyrion Lannister and Podrick Payne, there were Dunk and Egg. A young, naïve, but ultimately courageous hedge knight, Ser Duncan the Tall towers above his rivals - in stature if not experience. Tagging along is his diminutive squire, a boy called Egg - whose true name (hidden from all he and Dunk encounter) is Aegon Targaryen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Martin is a genius

  • By Celeste Albers on 04-26-16

How I've missed Martin's writting

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

Reviewed: 01-03-18

What did you love best about A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms?

I've so wanted to return the the world of Westeros and Martin's lovely prose. I enjoy his narrative style (which you don't get at all in a TV show), his humor and the amazing world he created. Over all, this is a fun story. But my worry and my sorrow is that (yet again) we'll be left hanging with a story half-told that will be taken up by some lesser scribe and left to rot.

Would you be willing to try another book from George R. R. Martin? Why or why not?

The story is simple. It lends itself to a series that could stretch on and on. I'm not sure I care enough for the characters outside of the main two. Also, as with many in the Fire and Ice series, the legion of names, relations, paths to the recency and such reads a bit like the Old Testament's long list of who begat who. Confusing, and somewhat unwarranted.

How could the performance have been better?

The performance is what really sunk this book for me. I use audio books due to a very long work commute. It's the ONE time (or two I guess) of the day that I get ALL to myself. I enjoy having a book "performed" for me. But Lloyd's habit of speaking just under his breath every time Duncan is "thinking to himself" drove me insane. I would constantly need to either crank up the volume (then quickly turn it back down when he went back to a normal voice) or just completely miss what was being said. Even in a quiet environment the mumbling narration was only just audible. If anyone is listening out there... please remind performers that we need to be able to HEAR everything read.

  • Barkskins

  • A Novel
  • By: Annie Proulx
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 25 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,067
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 980
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 978

In the late 18th century, Rene Sel, an illiterate woodsman, makes his way from Northern France to New France to seek a living. Bound to a feudal lord, a seigneur, for three years in exchange for land, he suffers extraordinary hardship, always in awe of the forest he is charged with cleaning. Rene marries an Indian healer with children already, and they have more, mixing the blood of two cultures. Proulx tells the stories of the children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren of two lineages, the Sels and the Duquets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awe-Inspiring, Far-Reaching Epic

  • By W Perry Hall on 06-30-16

you can preach without being preachy <br />

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

Reviewed: 01-10-17

she has something to say. and she says it well, with beautiful description and emotion. but it's preachy with heavy handed diatribes on the evils of wasting resources. I did struggle to finish...