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  • Red Sparrow

  • A Novel
  • By: Jason Matthews
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Bobb
  • Length: 17 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,255
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,185
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,151

Drafted against her will to become a "Sparrow" - a trained seductress in the service, Russian intelligence officer Dominika Egorova is assigned to operate against Nathaniel Nash, a first-tour CIA officer who handles the CIA's most sensitive penetration of Russian intelligence. The two young intelligence officers, trained in their respective spy schools, collide in a charged atmosphere of tradecraft, deception, and inevitably, a forbidden spiral of carnal attraction that threatens their careers and the security of America's valuable mole in Moscow.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Spy Novel (with a few quirks)

  • By Aaron on 01-12-14

Kept waiting for some suspense or excitement

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

Reviewed: 04-22-18

Boring. Really boring. Not sure why this book was highly rated. The narration was dry, monotone and emotionless. Spend your credits elsewhere.

15 of 18 people found this review helpful

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  • A Feast for Crows

  • A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 4
  • By: George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 31 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,647
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,854
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,878

It is not long before the survivors, outlaws, renegades, and carrion eaters start to gather, picking over the bones of the dead and fighting for the spoils of the soon-to-be dead. Now in the Seven Kingdoms, as the human crows assemble over a banquet of ashes, daring new plots and dangerous new alliances are formed, while surprising faces, some familiar, others only just appearing, are seen emerging from an ominous twilight of past struggles and chaos to take up the challenges ahead.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • No Roy Dotrice

  • By Aaron on 12-07-05

Don't change horses in the middle of the race!

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

Reviewed: 11-21-11

I first stumbled onto the Song of Ice and Fire series because I loved John Lee and searched for other books he narrated. Then when I started listening to this series I was disappointed with Roy Dotrice but he really started to grow on me and I appreciated him more the further into the series I went. I didn't realize how much I had grown to like Dotrice until I started to listen to this book.

Don't get me wrong, I love John Lee and I've listened to many of his narrations, but this book was really hard to get into after having gotten used to the characters Dotrice had created. I felt lost and I really had to pay attention. Rather than getting fully absorbed in the story, I had to concentrate to follow along.

I have no idea why they decided to change narrators, but it was a big mistake. It really detracts from the performance. It's like watching a tv show for years, and then all of a sudden they replace all of the actors. It's just not the same.

  • Dune Messiah

  • By: Frank Herbert
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick, Katherine Kellgren, Euan Morton, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,906
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,344
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,362

The second Dune installment explores new developments on the planet Arrakis, with its intricate social order and strange, threatening environment. Dune Messiah picks up the story of the man known as Muad'Dib, heir to a power unimaginable, bringing to fruition an ambition of unparalleled scale: the centuries-old scheme to create a superbeing who reigns not in the heavens but among men. But the question is: DO all paths of glory lead to the grave?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A nice continuation

  • By Andrew on 01-06-09

Disappointed

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-19-11

I listened to this book right after finishing Dune, which I liked a lot. Sadly, I found this book to be a letdown on two important fronts. Firstly, the plot was ultra-boring. I struggled to stick with it until the end, continually hoping that something exciting or interesting would happen, but it never did.

Secondly, the narration used a different style than in Dune. In Dune, Simon Vance was the primary narrator, and other characters were acted by different narrators. I'm a big fan of Vance and the division of roles in Dune worked well. In this book, however, the narrators took turns reading. So, for example, Vance would read for a while non-stop doing every character, then the next narrator would take over. For me, this style of narration didn't work quite as well. Every time the narrator would change, I noticed it and it took me a while to get used to how the new narrator played each character. It ended up being a distraction. Too bad.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful