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  • Caverns and Creatures, Book 1
  • By: Robert Bevan
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Sleep
  • Length: 8 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8,280
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,832
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,818

Tim and his friends find out the hard way that you shouldn't question the game master, and you shouldn't make fun of his cape. One minute, they're drinking away the dreariness of their lives, escaping into a fantasy game and laughing their asses off. The next minute, they're in a horse-drawn cart surrounded by soldiers pointing crossbows at them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Audible Studio...More Please!

  • By M. Maryanow on 02-01-15

cliche riddled story.

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

Reviewed: 11-14-18

language tensing to unusually crude. The story barely kept my interest but the ending is ok.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Beggars in Spain

  • By: Nancy Kress
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 16 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 371
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 246
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 250

In a world where the slightest edge can mean the difference between success and failure, Leisha Camden is beautiful, extraordinarily intelligent, and one of a growing number of human beings who have been genetically modified to never require sleep. Once considered interesting anomalies, now Leisha and the other "Sleepless" are outcasts, victims of blind hatred, political repression, and shocking mob violence meant to drive them from human society and, ultimately, from Earth itself.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Pleasantly Surprised

  • By CB on 09-23-09

The best book I have read in the past 2 years

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

Reviewed: 11-08-18

I have urged several friends to read this book. Those who have read it also recommend it heartily.

  • The Fifth Season

  • The Broken Earth, Book 1
  • By: N. K. Jemisin
  • Narrated by: Robin Miles
  • Length: 15 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,371
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,531
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,503

This is the way the world ends. For the last time. A season of endings has begun. It starts with the great, red rift across the heart of the world's sole continent, spewing ash that blots out the sun. It starts with death, with a murdered son and a missing daughter. It starts with betrayal and long-dormant wounds rising up to fester. This is the Stillness, a land long familiar with catastrophe, where the power of the Earth is wielded as a weapon. And where there is no mercy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ORIGINAL AND MOVING, EXCELLENT!

  • By Fantasy on 12-01-15

Mediocre story for the entire series

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

Reviewed: 09-02-18

I only read this series as Hugo Finalists. Most of the stories I read are better, I was able to finish reading all of these stories; noteworthy as ocassionally I find stories both among Hugo finalists and in normal reading which contain things which totally break me out from the narrative into my “this doesn’t work at all” mode which starts me into analyzing what’s wrong. There were a couple points in which being a geologist forced me to question why behaviors could be considered possibleNone of the books stood out as being particularly good or bad overall. The second book in this series definitely is the best story of the 3. I did not find the science or science fiction aspect of these stories to be compelling

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • A Trail Through Time

  • The Chronicles of St. Mary's, Book 4
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,448
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,222
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,214

"St Mary's is back and is facing a battle to survive in this, the fourth installment of the Chronicles. Max and Leon are re-united and looking forward to a peaceful lifetime together. But, sadly, they don't even make it to lunchtime. The action races from 17th century London to Ancient Egypt and from Pompeii to 14th century Southwark as they're pursued up and down the timeline.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Anther Adventure with the Timetraveling Historians

  • By Linda on 01-26-15

Pyroclastic not propolactic don’t know if it’s bad writing bad editing or horrible mispronunciation but fix this now

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

Reviewed: 04-01-18

Overall this is a good story but that one error detracts seriously from both the story and its coherent structure

  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

  • The Millennium Series, Book 1
  • By: Stieg Larsson, Reg Keeland - translator
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 16 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,920
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,656
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,728

Why we think it’s a great listen: How do you one-up a book that’s already a global literary phenomenon? Hire Simon Vance to (flawlessly) interpret the loves, lives, and murders of Sweden’s cold and secret-filled world. A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue. It's about the disappearance 40 years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN

  • By Pamela M on 03-02-09

Good story, bizarre use of temperature and distance units.

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

Reviewed: 02-26-18

This is a good story, however, the entire story takes place in locations that both now and at the time it is set use the metric system only. For almost every time a measurement was listed I had to pause part of a second to translate back to metric units for it to make sense. These changes simply were an annoying unnecessary distraction from the story.
It is decades past the time when anybody should feel the need to convert units for a people most of whom metric units in some measure on a daily basis. When one argues with the rest of the world one is usually wrong.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Turn of the Screw

  • By: Henry James
  • Narrated by: Emma Thompson, Richard Armitage - introduction
  • Length: 4 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,391
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,243
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2,230

Academy Award, Golden Globe, and Emmy winner Emma Thompson lends her immense talent and experienced voice to Henry James' Gothic ghost tale, The Turn of the Screw. When a governess is hired to care for two children at a British country estate, she begins to sense an otherworldly presence around the grounds. Are they really ghosts she's seeing? Or is something far more sinister at work?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great, but Mightn't be the Best on Audible

  • By Gillian on 03-16-16

a genuine waste of my time and money.

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

Reviewed: 02-14-18

I found the plot to be as uninteresting as the characters. this is probably the worst book in my library

  • Nest

  • A Thriller
  • By: Terry Goodkind
  • Narrated by: Elisabeth Rodgers
  • Length: 14 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,566
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,444
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,436

Kate Bishop is in a world of trouble. In the wake of several inexplicable and brutal murders, Kate is thrust into a police inquiry that reveals shocking family secrets. Suddenly exposed to a shadowy network of global evil, her life takes a dramatic turn with the arrival of Jack Raines, an author with a mysterious past who says he has the answers to her questions. What's more, he suggests that Kate herself might be the solution.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Terrible

  • By AC Ward on 02-14-17

excellent story,

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

Reviewed: 02-14-18

although the story is quite different from the usual Terry Goodkind. Its also among the best reads I’ve encountered in the past couple years. I view this as a must read. To me this is firmly a Science Fiction story, and, in fact, one of a small group of exceptional stories. I plan to read other stories in this setting if Terry finds a similarly compelling plot.

  • The Elvenbane

  • By: Andre Norton, Mercedes Lackey
  • Narrated by: Aasne Vigesaa
  • Length: 18 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,222
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,095
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,097

Two masters of epic fantasy have combined in this brilliant collaboration to create a rousing tale. This is the story of Shana, a half-breed born of the forbidden union of an Elvenlord father with a human mother. Her exiled mother dead, Shana was rescued and raised by dragons, a proud, ancient race who existed unbeknownst to elven or human kind. From birth, Shana was the embodiment of the Prophecy that the all-powerful Elvenlords feared. Her destiny is the enthralling adventure of a lifetime.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love it, but there is no conclusion to series.

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-01-12

Long introduction but works well overall

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

Reviewed: 10-07-17

The introduction was long enough that I began to wonder if the story would hold my interest. It grabbed my interest and held it. I plan to read the rest of this series over the next couple months,

  • March Upcountry

  • Prince Roger Series, Book 1
  • By: David Weber, John Ringo
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 17 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,518
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,795
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,801

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
  • 2 GREAT WRITERS 1 FANTASTIC STORY

  • By Randall on 08-26-18

Great story but it Needs editing fixing

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

Reviewed: 05-19-17

I like the story. Repeated text was an unnecessary jarring addition. Edit only to fix this and bring it to 5 stars.

2 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Obelisk Gate

  • The Broken Earth, Book 2
  • By: N. K. Jemisin
  • Narrated by: Robin Miles
  • Length: 13 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,701
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,174
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,164

This is the way the world ends, for the last time. The season of endings grows darker, as civilization fades into the long cold night. Essun - once Damaya, once Syenite, now avenger - has found shelter, but not her daughter. Instead there is Alabaster Tenring, destroyer of the world, with a request. But if Essun does what he asks, it would seal the fate of the Stillness forever. Far away, her daughter Nassun is growing in power - and her choices will break the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Miles is becoming my favorite narrator

  • By Jesslyn H on 08-29-16

This sequel is better than book one.

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

Reviewed: 05-01-17

I enjoyed the story and, I believe it stands on its own better than most sequels.