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  • Race of Scorpions

  • By: Dorothy Dunnett
  • Narrated by: Christopher Kay
  • Length: 28 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 106
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107

When Niccolo's wealthy older wife dies in Bruges, he finds himself - at the age of 21 - in the dual role of prosperous merchant and sought-after military strategist. Niccolo's powerful private army is coveted by two warring rulers: steely Carlotta, Queen of Jerusalem, Cyprus and Armenia; and her lethally charming, illegitimate brother, James, who is determined to wrest the kingdom from his detested sister. But Niccolo's suave demeanour and physical prowess and his ability to turn a profit as well as a battle, attracts dangerous lovers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • O Niccolo

  • By Grace on 12-11-13

Ruined by the reader's ridiculous accents

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

Reviewed: 12-24-17

Thomas is English but the reader gives him a French accent. Nicholas and Primaflora have the same background and mother tongue, but the reader has Nicholas unaccented while she speaks with a French accent. Nicholas, Katelina and Gelis all spent a large portion of their childhoods in Bruges, but Nicholas is again unaccented while they have accents when they all speak Flemish. The accents are inconsistent. They separate us from nuanced inflections and GET IN THE WAY. Who chose this reader? Who produced this sad excuse for an interpretation of a book filled with skilled polyglots? LOSE THE ACCENTS. REPLACE THIS PRODUCTION. What a disappointment.

  • All These Worlds

  • Bobiverse, Book 3
  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 36,924
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 34,566
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,469

Being a sentient spaceship really should be more fun. But after spreading out through space for almost a century, Bob and his clones just can't stay out of trouble. They've created enough colonies so humanity shouldn't go extinct. But political squabbles have a bad habit of dying hard, and the Brazilian probes are still trying to take out the competition. And the Bobs have picked a fight with an older, more powerful species with a large appetite and a short temper.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Satisfying End to a Fun Series

  • By Craig Schorling on 08-20-17

That was Fun!

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

Reviewed: 12-15-17

I've read Books 1 and 2 multiple times and now, after my first reading of it, I have to say Book 3 merits the same attention. This series is a romp. The only reason I'm giving them each 4 stars instead of 5 is that I think each book is a bit short and Books 1 and 2 end somewhat arbitrarily. This benefits commercial interests at the expense of my pocketbook--but hey, I bought them. Nobody twisted my arm. I usually reserve my Audible credits for long books. Few are good enough for me to break my "nothing under 15 hours" rule (Roger Zelazny's Amber and Chaos series come to mind as worth a similar sacrifice). I hope some day these three will be bundled into a single volume, as I see no aesthetic reason for them to be 3. Maybe there is a Bob joke in there somewhere and I should rather look for similar but slightly different volumes to occur in cloned universes. Bring it on, Mr. Taylor.

  • For We Are Many

  • Bobiverse, Book 2
  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 41,620
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 38,966
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,853

Bob Johansson didn't believe in an afterlife, so waking up after being killed in a car accident was a shock. To add to the surprise, he is now a sentient computer and the controlling intelligence for a Von Neumann probe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Denis E.Taylor Sets A New Standard For Sci-Fi

  • By Devin on 04-18-17

Excellent Romp

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

Reviewed: 12-11-17

I could listen to these books for months, I think. I love the characters, the science, the story, and the humor. Bravo to the author. And the reader never his a false note, in my view. This book also bears up well for rereading.

  • The Stand

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 47 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,268
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,405
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,410

This is the way the world ends: with a nanosecond of computer error in a Defense Department laboratory and a million casual contacts that form the links in a chain letter of death. And here is the bleak new world of the day after: a world stripped of its institutions and emptied of 99 percent of its people. A world in which a handful of panicky survivors choose sides - or are chosen.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Well worth the credit

  • By Hunter on 03-27-12

a bit like digging through a dumpster

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

Reviewed: 12-05-17

After the first few chapters, every element is horrible, disgusting, and mediocre in a sleazy way. Most of the women have no depth. Lots of unmemorable bunny trails in the plot. The narration, though admirably unflinching, contains mispronunciations. I couldn't finish it.

  • Uprooted

  • By: Naomi Novik
  • Narrated by: Julia Emelin
  • Length: 17 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,009
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,758
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,740

Agnieszka loves her valley home, her quiet village, the forests and the bright shining river. But the corrupted Wood stands on the border, full of malevolent power, and its shadow lies over her life. Her people rely on the cold, driven wizard known only as the Dragon to keep its powers at bay. But he demands a terrible price for his help: one young woman handed over to serve him for 10 years, a fate almost as terrible as falling to the Wood.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Fairy Tale for Grown-Ups (With Terrifying Trees)

  • By Dave on 09-08-16

Beautiful Tale Well Told

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

Reviewed: 10-04-17

I'm not a fan of the reader, though at times her accent seems perfect for the setting of the story, because her interpretation came across too often as robotic. Nevertheless, the story itself is so good that I gave it five stars overall. I will look for anything written by this author. The story is complex, beautiful, organic, surprising; and moments in it remind me of how some poets make use of a sprung rhythm to add a richer dimension. You'll see what I mean when you read it and encounter these sprung rhythms yourself. I strongly recommend that you do read it, because this novel is a masterwork in a genre (science fantasy) that is all too prone to mediocrity. The author isn't just a great storyteller, as many science fantasy writers are: she is a great writer, which too many science fantasy writers are not.

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  • The Right Attitude to Rain

  • An Isabel Dalhousie Novel
  • By: Alexander McCall Smith
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 383
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 195
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 193

Isabel's life is thrown for a few loops when her cousin Mimi arrives from Dallas with her husband Joe. Through Mimi and Joe, Isabel meets Texas hotshot Tom Bruce, who is about to marry someone Isabel suspects of gold-digging. Further complicating matters, Tom seems to have an unusual level of interest in Isabel. Meanwhile, Isabel has her own feelings to deal with, not to mention those of her beloved niece Cat, whose romantic interest may not be up to snuff.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • brain candy

  • By Marija on 02-05-07

Pleasant and Intelligent

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

Reviewed: 08-05-17

Really worth the read. I love Davina Porter's narrator and voices. I don't hear the American accents as American, and I would know. Porter's American accents are jarring and extremely unpleasant to an American ear. And Editor please take note: The beginnings of chapters cut off the ends of the previous chapters in some instances. In all instances the beginnings of chapters follow too quickly on the ends of the previous chapters.

  • The Sunday Philosophy Club

  • An Isabel Dalhousie Mystery
  • By: Alexander McCall Smith
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 676
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 378
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 372

New York Times best-selling author Alexander McCall Smith, winner of the first-ever Saga Award for Wit, has entertained millions with his beloved No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency mysteries. Now this phenomenally popular author introduces a fresh series, brimming with the charm and humor his stable of dedicated fans can't get enough of.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not Number One Ladies Detective Agency!

  • By connie on 06-06-08

Think and Feel Good

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

Reviewed: 08-04-17

I just finished listening to The Sunday Philosophy Club: An Isabel Dalhousie Mystery by Alexander McCall Smith, and I really liked it. Smith writes gracefully, which is a pleasure in itself to experience. If you want to think and feel good at the same time, the book and the subsequent series are perfect. Isabel is a 40-something philosopher who lives according to her own elegant sense of practical ethics. As I listen, I feel blessed to swim around in her thoughts with her while she solves mysteries that she feels a duty to involve herself in. That's how she thinks of life, as a series of graceful duties. She reminds me of what I want to be.

  • The Sleeper

  • By: Emily Barr
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 12 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,007
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,771
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,768

A tense, gripping psychological thriller, with Hitchcockian overtones, perfect for fans of Gillian Flynn, Sophie Hannah and Rosamund Lupton. Lara Finch is living a lie. Everyone thinks she has a happy life in Cornwall, married to the devoted Sam, but in fact she is desperately bored. When she is offered a new job that involves commuting to London by sleeper train, she meets Guy and starts an illicit affair. But then Lara vanishes from the night train without a trace.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By ilene on 09-15-15

Nce and cozy

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

Reviewed: 05-30-17

Not great literature, but a clever page turner with insight. very well read, though the men all sounds like dunderheads.

  • The Demon's Brood

  • A History of the Plantagenet Dynasty
  • By: Desmond Seward
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

The Plantagenets reigned over England longer than any other family - from Henry II to Richard III. Four kings were murdered, two came close to being deposed, and the last - and most notorious, Richard III - was killed in a battle by rebels. Shakespeare wrote plays about six of them, further entrenching them in the national myth. Based on major contemporary sources and recent research, acclaimed historian Desmond Seward provides the first accessible overview of the whole extraordinary dynasty.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Could have been fantastic

  • By Sheila on 05-19-17

Could have been fantastic

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

Reviewed: 05-19-17

I admire most the author and reader's ability to make dull a truly remarkable story.

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  • Where Shadows Dance

  • By: C. S. Harris
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 871
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 803
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 797

Drawing upon her background in ancient history and her experiences on archaeological digs, author C.S. Harris crafts authentic, compelling novels that appear regularly on best-seller lists and have won numerous awards. In 1812, surgeon Paul Gibson discovers a stiletto wound in the base of a corpse’s skull and immediately contacts Sebastian St. Cyr. And when another body turns up with the same injury, the lives of St. Cyr’s family are threatened if he doesn’t back off. Now, the pressure’s on to find the culprit before anyone else gets killed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mystery with a little romance

  • By Book fan on 09-21-11

Okay story, excellent performance

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

Reviewed: 05-15-17

I can't say enough about Davina Porter's warm and intelligent interpretation, regardless of what she reads. I wish this book had more character development so she could could show her abilities. It is a cerebral work which lacks emotional maturity, a puzzle but little more.