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  • D'Shai

  • By: Joel Rosenberg
  • Narrated by: Ray Chase
  • Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

Kami Khazud is a member of an acrobatic troupe led by his famous father. While Kami is a fine acrobat, he knows this is not his "kazuh", his spirit force, special talent or destiny. In this elegant feudal society, where nobles have absolute rights over the peasant class and intrigue is a way of life, Kami and his troupe must walk more than one kind of tightrope to survive… When a noble known to have abused Kami is murdered, Kami must first prove his innocence and find the murderer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A mystery set in a fantasy world. Simply Superb.

  • By Pezzilla on 03-04-13

A Favorite. No, really, a FAVORITE.

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

Reviewed: 01-22-19

I only recently found out this was available on Audible and I am so happy. This is one of my favorite fiction books of all time. The story takes place in a feudal society where people have talents that are of a supernatural nature. There are Runners, Soldiers, Swordsmen, Guards, and dozens of different crafts, each with it's own practitioner who uses their very specific kazuh to raise their craft to miraculous levels.

The main character, Kami, is a juggler, a very good juggler, but he doesn't have the juggler "kazuh" or talent, so he will never be the juggler his father is. Kami thinks he doesn't have a kazuh. Not every one does, after all.

During the course of the book, Kami finds out what his kazuh is. It is unique. He is, as far as anyone knows, the only one.

Like I said. I LOVE this story. I hope you enjoy it too. The sequel is Hour of the Octopus. That is also a wonderful read. Have fun!!

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  • After the Funeral

  • A Hercule Poirot Mystery
  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
  • Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 411
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 234
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 234

The rich master of Enderby Hall, Richard Abernethie, has passed away, leaving his massive fortune divided up between family members. The rest of his family are quick to stop his sister Cora from speaking further when, at the reading of the will with Mr. Entwhistle, the family solicitor, she suggests that his death may not have been as natural as it appears to have been. The next day, another body shows up. Cora has been killed with a hatchet, supposedly during a robbery. They turn to brilliant detective Hercule Poirot for help.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great Poirot mystery.

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-02-10

Why this one?

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

Reviewed: 04-10-12

I'm not sure why I like this one so much. Reading an Agatha Christie, especially Poirot stories, is more like going through a ritual than actually reading a novel, but it is a ritual I enjoy and I really enjoyed this one. The characters are more or less standard Christie, the plot simple enough. There is nothing to make this stand out, but I find myself re-listening to it far more often than I do some others. Fraser is, with the exception of Duchet, the best reader of Poirot and I do recommend him.

  • Snow Crash

  • By: Neal Stephenson
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 17 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15,052
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,602
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11,694

Neal Stephenson is a blazing new force on the sci-fi scene. With the groundbreaking cyberpunk novel Snow Crash, he has "vaulted onto the literary stage." It weaves virtual reality, Sumerian myth, and just about everything in between with a cool, hip cybersensibility - in short, it is the gigathriller of the information age.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Classic Stephenson

  • By A. Tuck on 10-16-08

One of the best

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-01-08

The hero of this book at 17: "He understood only two things, and he understood them far too well: the MacIntosh computer and samurai movies."
Now Hiero is in his late 20s, and has been just drifting for a number of years, until.....

You can't go wrong with a samurai ronin (look it up) and 15 yr old skater fighting the Anti-Christ (in a form that is not immediately recognizable) with the help of the Mafia, and using Sumerian mythology and neurolinguistics... and a pair of samurai swords, of course.

I've seen some of the reviews and it is clear that many could not get past the beginning, with its non-sequential story line, and no hint at what is to come. It is true that there are places where he spends too much tie harping on a single subject (bureaucracy), but hell, it was the guy's first book, at 20.



3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Outlaw Demon Wails

  • By: Kim Harrison
  • Narrated by: Gigi Bermingham
  • Length: 16 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,364
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 2,502
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,504

To save the lives of her friends, Rachel did the unthinkable: she willingly trafficked in forbidden demon magic. And now her sins are coming home to haunt her. As Rachel searches for the truth behind a terrifying murder, an even greater menace threatens, for the demon Algaliarept will stop at nothing to claim her, and the discovery of a shocking family secret throws Rachel's entire life into question.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Horrible Narration Take 2

  • By Carol on 02-27-08

Please, back to original narrator

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-12-08

Sorry, I have to agree with the others. The publishers need to fix this for the next one. Some effort should have been made to sound similar to established characters in previous books. When Terry Pratchett's books got a new narrator, he stuck to the established way of talking like dwarves, trolls, and people.

Mispronounced words (or at least not pronounced like the first 5 books)....sorry there is no excuse for that. I found myself actually insulted by it. Note to narrator: Jenks is small, but he is not a baby girl inhaling helium.

As for the story? Curve ball hit WAY out of the park. I LOVED it. I love the way Harrison has embroidered her world adding more detail in each book; , I love the direction she is going. That's why it gets 5 stars even though the narration was so bad.

Keep it up Kim,but get your old narrator back.


48 of 48 people found this review helpful

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  • The Devil You Know

  • By: Mike Carey
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 13 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,706
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,032
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,046

Felix Castor used to cast out demons for a living, and London was his stomping ground. But in a time when the supernatural realm is in upheaval and spilling over into the mundane world of the living, his skills are in renewed demand. With old debts to pay, Castor is left with no choice but to accept one final, well-paying assignment: a seemingly simple exorcism.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pied Piper with a Conscience

  • By Tango on 07-27-13

Inventive new world

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-13-07

I really enjoyed this one. The world Carey creates is nicely conceived, and unusually well written. The characters have nice depth. The narrator does a nice job. I am really looking forward to the next one. Especially considering the ending.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Thud!

  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Stephen Briggs
  • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,920
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,218
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,225

Commander Sam Vimes of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch will be damned if he lets anyone disturb his city's always tentative peace, and that includes a rabble-rousing dwarf from the sticks who's been stirring up trouble on the eve of the anniversary of one of Discworld's most infamous historical events.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Better with each novel

  • By Barbara on 11-13-05

Better with each novel

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-13-05

Pratchett started out writing unusually good satire, began to develop character and story, became better and better at all three. With Thud! he goes beyond satire to allegory, makes characters breathe before our eyes and tells a story that is both painful and triumphant.

This is not the book to start reading Pratchett however. Go back to Men at Arms, then on to Feet of Clay, Jingo, The Fifth Elephant, and after going through the power of Night Watch you will be ready for Thud. Of course there are many other Pratchett stories to read in addition, these are just the ones that concentrate on Sam Vimes.

Reviews always mention how funny these books are. They are funny. But they are a great deal more than that.

30 of 30 people found this review helpful

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  • The Case of the Late Pig

  • By: Margery Allingham
  • Narrated by: Francis Matthews
  • Length: 4 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

Combine literary suspense, a superb reading performance, and a dash of black humor. Add Margery Allingham�s urbane, witty sleuth, Albert Campion, caught up in a case involving his childhood nemesis � a schoolyard bully named "Pig" Peters, who seems to have died more than once. Now, mix in Campion�s inimitable manservant, the dour Lugg, who may be targeted for termination along with Campion himself. Relish the result as you discover why The New Yorker says Allingham is "the best of mystery writers."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not the best, but pretty darned good.

  • By Barbara on 05-22-05

Not the best, but pretty darned good.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-22-05

I am a big fan of Allingham and Albert Campion. That said, this one is not my favorite. That said, it's still fun, definately worth listening to, especially since Francis Mathews is a wonder to listen to. His Lugg, in particular is a treat. Mathews wins the book an extra star from me.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Killer Angels

  • The Classic Novel of the Civil War
  • By: Michael Shaara
  • Narrated by: Stephen Hoye
  • Length: 13 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,282
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,430
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,439

After 30 years and with three million copies in print, Michael Shaara's Pulitzer Prize-winning Civil War classic, The Killer Angels, remains as vivid and powerful as the day it was originally published.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book!!

  • By Joel D Offenberg on 12-27-09

The Gearge Hearn version is SOOO much better.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-14-05

That 4th star is for Shaara not for Steven Hoye. If you are stunned with the brilliance of this novel you MUST go out and purchase the version read by George Herne. His performance, with all the subtilties of the many accents, is up to the entire passion and beauty of the work. It's not that Hoye is bad, but my old cassette tapes made me cry every time while Longstreet struggles with his knowlege of the mistake that Lee is making and his realization that he must go through with it anyway. This version did not. If this were the Hearne reading I'd be giving it at least 10 stars on this scale.

By far the best part of this version is Jeff Shaara's description of his father's efforts to get this masterpiece recognized. Today we have to wonder how ANYONE could not have seen this book for what it was.

His interpretation of character will not please the more rabid fans of Robert E. Lee, but will make unforgetable heroes of Longstreet, and especially Chamberlain. If you ever get a chance, go to Gettysburg and stand up on that line on Little Round Top, where the rebels had to climb up that hill for the fourth or fifth time, and Chamberlain's men were waiting for them--half of them dead and the other half out of ammunition.....

53 of 59 people found this review helpful

  • A Short History of Nearly Everything

  • By: Bill Bryson
  • Narrated by: Richard Matthews
  • Length: 18 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,455
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,070
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,025

Bill Bryson has been an enormously popular author both for his travel books and for his books on the English language. Now, this beloved comic genius turns his attention to science. Although he doesn't know anything about the subject (at first), he is eager to learn, and takes information that he gets from the world's leading experts and explains it to us in a way that makes it exciting and relevant.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Six stars

  • By mark harris on 12-24-16

Everyone needs to know this stuff

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-03-05

Near the beginning Bryson states that he knew almost nothing about the only world he would ever inhabit. Most people seem to be in pretty much the same state. If you listen to this you will join him in not being quite so ignorant.

That's great, but what I like best is that while he presents our best current understanding of how our universe works, he also provides a series of wonderful profiles of the very human men and women who have slowly and painfully (and in some cases arrogantly) built up the framework of what we know -- and upon which we will continue to built our understanding. It is an ode to science and scientists. As far as I am concernerned this should be required readling...or listening!

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • The Killer Angels

  • By: Michael Shaara
  • Narrated by: George Hearn
  • Length: 5 hrs and 56 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 8

The Killer Angels is the Pulitzer Prize-winning story of the Battle of Gettysburg, four of the bloodiest and bravest days in America's history. Shaara's sweeping, unforgettable story is told from the viewpoints of the men present, relying primarily on their own words, their letters, and other documents to bring to life the voices and noises of that bloody battle.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Try the whole thing

  • By Barbara on 10-10-03

Try the whole thing

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-10-03

If there was ever an audio book that should not be abridged, this is it. The novel is a masterpiece, the performance is a masterpiece. I think it's one of the top two or three audio books ever produced. I suppose an abridgement is better than nothing, but I think Audible needs to provide a copy of the unabridged version, and let customers choose.

17 of 17 people found this review helpful