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  • Delusion’s Master

  • Tales from the Flat Earth, Book Three
  • By: Tanith Lee
  • Narrated by: Susan Duerden
  • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

Delusion's Master is the third book of the stunning arabesque high-fantasy series Tales from the Flat Earth, which, in the manner of The One Thousand and One Nights, portrays an ancient world in mythic grandeur via connected tales. Come within this ancient world of brilliant darkness and beauty, of glittering palaces and wondrous elegant beings, of cruel passions and undying love. Discover the exotic wonder that is the Flat Earth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best I’ve ever read

  • By Praxis7 on 04-11-18

Not her best, with a narrator who overdoes it

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

Reviewed: 02-02-17

I read these as a teenager, and I am now decidedly Too Old For This

  • Hamilton

  • The Revolution
  • By: Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jeremy McCarter
  • Narrated by: Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jeremy McCarter, Mariska Hargitay
  • Length: 6 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,253
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,923
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,911

Lin-Manuel Miranda's groundbreaking musical, Hamilton, is as revolutionary as its subject: the poor kid from the Caribbean who fought the British, defended the Constitution, and helped to found the United States. Fusing hip-hop, pop, R&B, and the best traditions of theater, this once-in-a-generation show broadens the sound of Broadway, reveals the storytelling power of rap, and claims our country's origins for a diverse new generation.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Love the idea of the book, get it in print.

  • By Adam Shields on 04-13-16

Lyrics notes need the full lyrics

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

Reviewed: 04-29-16

I loved the book and narration; loved having LMM read the notes, but not having the lyrics referenced as part of the audiobook is a pain. The PDF is a misery on a mobile device, and it's a nuisance having to go back and forth. Having either the songs or another reader reading the lyrics would make this a five-star listen.

  • North and South

  • By: Elizabeth Gaskell
  • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
  • Length: 20 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 200
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 98
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 101

This is the story of Margaret Hale, a young English woman who accompanies her family's move from rural southern England to the industrial north. It proves to be a difficult change, with all the attendant social conflicts and cultural misunderstandings consequent to such situations. It is a study in contrasts. Mrs. Gaskell created one of the Victorian era's greatest heroines in Margaret Hale, a young lady of passionate intensity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Awesome Classic

  • By Cariola on 06-11-08

Great story, narration unconvincing

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

Reviewed: 10-30-14

What did you love best about North and South?

I expect that the industrial setting puts off many people who compare the book to Austen's books, but it is well-done and a welcome break from the Victorian fantasy land of great houses and women's frocks. A good halfway station between Austen and Dickens.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

The accents and women's voices are unconvincing, to the point where I got another version.

  • The Privilege of the Sword

  • By: Ellen Kushner
  • Narrated by: Ellen Kushner, Barbara Rosenblat, Felicia Day, and others
  • Length: 15 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 751
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 682
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 684

Award-winning author, narrator, and screenwriter Neil Gaiman personally selected this book, and, using the tools of the Audiobook Creation Exchange (ACX), cast the narrators and produced this work for his audiobook label, Neil Gaiman Presents. In this exciting new "illuminated production", the author herself reads her own work, supported by a full cast.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Austen-es​que tale (with swordfight​s!)

  • By Ann on 07-27-12

More, please

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

Reviewed: 04-14-13

What did you love best about The Privilege of the Sword?

I love how Kushner never lets her readers get complacent. She writes such whole, satisfying characters in part because they never quite behave like characters in a book, more like real, and unpredictable, people. Lovely, and so finely wrought. I could be content to read nothing else.

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  • Lolita

  • By: Vladimir Nabokov
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Irons
  • Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,403
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,150
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,113

Why we think it’s a great listen: Among the great literary achievements of the 20th century, Lolita soars in audio thanks to the incomparable Jeremy Irons, bringing to life Nabokov’s ability to shock and enthrall more than 50 years after publication. Lolita became a cause celebre because of the erotic predilections of its protagonist. But Nabokov's masterpiece owes its stature not to the controversy its material aroused but to its author's use of that material to tell a love story that is shocking in its beauty and tenderness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Absolutely Gorgeous Audible Experience

  • By Jim on 10-26-05

An extraordinary reading

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-22-09

I read Lolita years ago, and thought it sordid and smug then. Via the Kubrick movie I came back to it and discovered this version on Audible. I can't say how much of a difference Jeremy Irons' reading makes. He brings out the best in the book's hypnotic language, and brings the basic conflicts of the book to the reader in the most direct way - HH's smugness and perversity, but also his appeal, his sweetness. Irons portrays the shifts of emotion with perfect accuracy. While the book itself will always be an uncomfortable and to some extent unpleasant read, it is a masterpiece, and this reading is quite possibly the best of any audiobook I have read.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful