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  • Dies the Fire

  • A Novel of the Change
  • By: S. M. Stirling
  • Narrated by: Todd McLaren
  • Length: 22 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,200
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,629
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,638

Michael Havel was flying over Idaho en route to the holiday home of his passengers when the plane's engines inexplicably died, forcing a less than perfect landing in the wilderness. And, as Michael leads his charges to safety, he begins to realize that the engine failure was not an isolated incident.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An SCAer's dream

  • By David on 02-17-14

Poorly written SCA fan fiction

2 out of 5 stars
4 out of 5 stars
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-10-13

This is not a post- apocalyptic fantasy, it's not science fiction, and it's not even remotely plausible. S. M. Sterling is in such a hurry to remake the world into a SCA nerds dream, that he has turned the survivors into chain-mail clad master swordsmen, powerful-but-good witches, and castle dwelling evil overlords inside of six months. That bears repeating- he feels that six months is a reasonable timeline to recast modern civilization into functioning, self sufficient fiefdoms with knights and mead and castles everything. He should have at least taken a break and learned to write inner monologue, because simply writing two paragraphs of flowery ren-fair drivel and wrapping it up with, "..., he said to himself." is awkward and confusing. I regret finishing this book because it made me dumber.

  • Towers of Midnight

  • Wheel of Time, Book 13
  • By: Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
  • Length: 38 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 14,807
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11,755
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 11,781

The Last Battle has started. The seals on the Dark One’s prison are crumbling. The Pattern itself is unraveling, and the armies of the Shadow have begun to boil out of the Blight. The sun has begun to set upon the Third Age. Perrin Aybara is now hunted by specters from his past: Whitecloaks, a slayer of wolves, and the responsibilities of leadership. All the while, an unseen foe is slowly pulling a noose tight around his neck....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Doesn't wrap as nicely as Gathering Storm

  • By Jacob on 11-15-10

Brandon Sanderson is the Man

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-23-11

Thank you, Mr. Sanderson, for revitalizing the Wheel of Time series. Brandon Sanderson's Mistborn trilogy is one of the best fantasy epics I have ever had the pleasure to read, and his contributions to Robert Jordan's Magnum Opus is similarly excellent. Jordan had lost his muse; I felt like WoT 8 through 11 were a bit phoned in. Brandon has managed to bring back the magic of the early books while staying true to Jordan's theme and style. I highly recommend this and The Gathering Storm to WoT fans.

  • The Passage

  • The Passage Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Justin Cronin
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick, Adenrele Ojo, Abby Craden
  • Length: 36 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15,496
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,268
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,256

First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A new type of vampire

  • By Randall on 06-29-18

Dear Narrator: Why? Whyyyyyy?

3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-23-11

This is a terrific novel. The prose is outstanding, the story is enthralling and very well executed. If it were better narrated, I would probably have listened to the thing straight through- it really is that good. Apparently, however, Mr. Brick was wronged by the author in some way, for which his performance here is malicious retribution.

Imagine, if you will, the voice a kindly grandfather as he reads the last page of The Velveteen Rabbit- the depth of emotion; the moving pathos of love and loss; the crooning melancholy of a lullaby. Good stuff, no?

Now, imagine the same delivery- but this time it's not a lovable yet heart-wrenching children's book. No, no- this time he's reading a thousand or so pages about nightmarish genetically engineered dangerously insane bloodthirsty immortal vampiric monsters. Let it suffice to say I found the narration incongruous with the subject matter.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Abarat, Book 1

  • By: Clive Barker
  • Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
  • Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 507
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 311
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 318

It begins in the most boring place in the world: Chickentown, U.S.A. There lives Candy Quackenbush, her heart bursting for some clue as to what her future might hold. When the answer comes, it's not one she expects. Out of nowhere comes a wave, and Candy, led by a man called John Mischief (whose brothers live on the horns on his head), leaps into the surging waters and is carried away.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Weird for the sake of weirdity...

  • By Paul on 09-19-08

Bedtime Story for adults

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-12-08

Halfway between Anthony's Xanth and Gaimon's Coraline, Abarat is too mature for kids; it's just right to rediscover the elusive feeling that only a well-told fairy tale used to provide. Cozy, hypnotic fantasy- enjoy this one on a long car trip, or on the couch with a glass of wine.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • March Upcountry

  • Prince Roger Series, Book 1
  • By: David Weber, John Ringo
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 17 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,439
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,723
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,729

Roger Ramius Sergei Chiang MacClintock was young, handsome, athletic, an excellent dresser, and third in line for the Throne of Man. So it wasn't surprising that he became spoiled, self-centered, and petulant. After all, what else did he have to do with his life?

  • 5 out of 5 stars

  • By Randall on 08-26-18

Feel-good wordy SF

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-12-08

tl/dr: Firm SF as told by a military genius after being fired from Disney for being too OCD.

Weber tends toward feel-good, protagonist centric plots, heavily seasoned with detail- this is no exception. This isn't hard SF exactly, but there are none of the technological eye-rollers found in most character-heavy SF. Moreover, the precision and accuracy of his tactical combat narratives are as compelling as they are verbose; I replayed a number of engagement scenes for the same reason I watched 'The Usual Suspects' more than once. 34th century weaponry on a 19th century alien planet as told by a friendly narrator with OCD? Yes, please.

3 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Rally Cry

  • The Lost Regiment, Book 1
  • By: William R. Forstchen
  • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
  • Length: 15 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 590
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 389
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 390

When Union Colonel Andrew Keane led his blue-coated soldiers aboard the transport ship, he could not have foreseen that their next port of call would be neither in the North nor the South, but on an alternate world where no human was free. Storm-swept through a space-time warp, Keane's regiment was shipwrecked in an alien land, a land where all that stood between them and destruction was the power of rifles over swords, spears, and crossbows.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Kept my interest

  • By pakkmom on 12-12-06

Save your money.

1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-22-06

I'm usually not one to complain, but I barely made it through this one. The plot and characters were underdeveloped and unimaginative, the narration was one-dimentional and strange (Over-Enunciated), and I thought worst of all was the author's dire need of a thesaurus. I'm all for onimonipia, but not everything on earth goes "snap". I'd pass this one up.

6 of 12 people found this review helpful