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  • The Republic of Thieves

  • Gentleman Bastard Series, Book 3
  • By: Scott Lynch
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 23 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,432
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,827
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,826

After their adventures on the high seas, Locke and Jean are brought back to earth with a thump. Jean is mourning the loss of his lover, and Locke must live with the fallout of crossing the all-powerful magical assassins the Bonds Magi. It is a fall-out that will pit both men against Locke's own long-lost love. Sabetha is Locke's childhood sweetheart, the love of Locke's life, and now it is time for them to meet again. Employed on different sides of a vicious dispute between factions of the Bonds, Sabetha has just one goal-to destroy Locke forever.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A transition and a preface

  • By David on 11-14-13

Nothing bastardly about this series!

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

Reviewed: 11-24-13

I found myself making excuses to drive my car so I could keep listening to the series! The stories are beautifully intertwined. Unlike most series, each book can actually stand on its own merits. Then you read the next one and find there was much more going on then you realized. You won't be able to guess what the gentlemen bastards will do next. But it is sure fun trying! One of the best epics I've read in a long time!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Rise of Empire

  • Riyria Revelations, Volume 2
  • By: Michael J. Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 26 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,564
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 15,328
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,316

Best-selling author Michael J. Sullivan’s mesmerizing Riyria Revelations series has found a welcome home with fans of magic, clashing swords, and daring heroes. This second volume finds Royce and Hadrian on a quest to enlist the southern Nationalists to aid the ever-weakening kingdom of Melengar. Royce suspects an ancient wizard is manipulating them all, but to find the truth he’ll have to decipher Hadrian’s past—a past Hadrian wants to keep secret.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great continuation of the first book. Tons of fun!

  • By Adnan on 05-30-12

Another middle book.

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

Reviewed: 11-25-12

If you are a frequent reader of fantasy epics, they tend to share this flaw. The middle book doesn't really change the characters, except that everything goes wrong for the good guys, and the book ends with all the characters in dire straits. This book follows that same formula. I'm enjoying the series, and will read the next one, but it wasn't gripping, and there were no big surprises.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Lost Gate

  • Mithermages, Book 1
  • By: Orson Scott Card
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki, Emily Janice Card
  • Length: 12 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,539
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,018
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,027

Danny North knew from early childhood that his family was different - and that he was different from them. While his cousins were learning how to create the things that commoners called fairies, ghosts, golems, trolls, werewolves, and other such miracles that were the heritage of the North family, Danny worried that he would never show a talent, never form an "outself"....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Card doing what he does best.

  • By joshua on 01-05-11

Grabs you and won't let go!

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

Reviewed: 09-18-12

Where does The Lost Gate rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This one is near the top. Unlike many fantasy books, this one creates a believable, modern world mixture of magic and reality. How does having magical superpowers change your morals and responsibilities? Especially when you're a teenager, outcast from society and your family, who are you actually loyal to?

Who was your favorite character and why?

Danny North is so much fun as the teenager who wants to have a normal life, and date girls, while gating himself around the multiverse.

Have you listened to any of Stefan Rudnicki and Emily Janice Card ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

N/a

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

THe scene where he is shoplifting at Walmart is hilarious.

Any additional comments?

Sometimes I'm reluctant to start a series when the rest of the books aren't available yet, but this one stands on its own.

  • Nine Princes in Amber

  • The Chronicles of Amber, Book 1
  • By: Roger Zelazny
  • Narrated by: Alessandro Juliani
  • Length: 5 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,676
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,357
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,379

Amber is the one real world, of which all others including our own Earth are but Shadows. Amber burns in Corwin's blood. Exiled on Shadow Earth for centuries, the prince is about to return to Amber to make a mad and desperate rush upon the throne.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book, lame deal!

  • By Robert on 08-13-12

Too short!

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

Reviewed: 09-10-12

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend buying it on sale, instead of using your credits on it. At only 51/2 hours, it's overpriced.

What did you like best about this story?

I loved the story and the characters. This first book sets up an interesting world, that intersects with our own and works on multiple levels.

What about Alessandro Juliani’s performance did you like?

Easy to distinguish the multiple characters. There are a lot of characters!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, and if you drive long distances, you will run out of book before the end of the trip!

Any additional comments?

Love the series, hate the price.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Redshirts

  • A Novel with Three Codas
  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16,934
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,872
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15,850

Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on the facts that (1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces; (2) the ship’s captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations; and (3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing, but somehow still worth a listen.

  • By Bradford on 03-06-13

Too much cleverness, too little substance.

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

Reviewed: 07-02-12

What disappointed you about Redshirts?

This did not live up to Scalzi's other books. I love his blend of humor and science fiction, but the story does not flow smoothly. The dialogue (and there is a lot of dialogue) sounds like an endless string of he said, he said, he said. It gets quite annoying.

What was most disappointing about John Scalzi’s story?

Don't bother with the codas at the end. It feels like the editor told him it needed to be longer, so he just kept adding on more words.

Would you be willing to try another one of Wil Wheaton’s performances?

It felt like Wil Wheaton was rushing through the story. Maybe he couldn't wait to finish.

What character would you cut from Redshirts?

The author is a character in the book, and did nothing to improve the story.

Any additional comments?

The Star Trek references are hilarious, but it takes more than that to sustain the story.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Wind Through the Keyhole

  • The Dark Tower
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Stephen King
  • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,120
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5,640
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,610

In The Wind Through the Keyhole, Stephen King has returned to the rich landscape of Mid-World. This story within a story within a story finds Roland Deschain, Mid-World’s last gunslinger, in his early days during the guilt-ridden year following his mother’s death. Sent by his father to investigate evidence of a murderous shape-shifter, a "skin-man", Roland takes charge of Bill Streeter, a brave but terrified boy who is the sole surviving witness to the beast’s most recent slaughter.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An exceptional story, but I miss George Guidall.

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-25-12

How does he do it?

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

Reviewed: 06-10-12

What did you love best about The Wind Through the Keyhole?

Stephen King is amazing. How can he go back and insert this good a story into the Dark Tower series? It works, it adds to the series, but can also stand alone as a beautifully crafted story. He manages to add even more depth to Roland and Jamie, and fill in a few small holes along the way.

What about Stephen King’s performance did you like?

I enjoyed his performance, but sometimes you could tell he labored to make the voices different.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Roland's actions to comfort and protect the young victim in the story are very touching.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Riddle-Master of Hed

  • Riddle-Master Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Patricia A. McKillip
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 7 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 568
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 490
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 496

Long ago, the wizards had vanished from the world, and all knowledge was left hidden in riddles. Morgon, prince of the simple farmers of Hed, proved himself a master of such riddles when he staked his life to win a crown from the dead Lord of Aum.But now ancient, evil forces were threatening him. Shape changers began replacing friends until no man could be trusted. So Morgon was forced to flee to hostile kingdoms, seeking the High One who ruled from mysterious Erlenstar Mountain.Beside him went Deth, the High One's Harper. Ahead lay strange encounters and terrifying adventures.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Book 3 is better, but do start here

  • By Skipper on 10-27-15

Slow starting.

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

Reviewed: 06-10-12

Is there anything you would change about this book?

This story just didn't grab my interest. I love this genre, but I need some more plot and character development in the beginning to pique my interest. It felt like a novel being stretched into a trilogy.

Has The Riddle-Master of Hed turned you off from other books in this genre?

no, this is still my favorite genre.

Could you see The Riddle-Master of Hed being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

no.

7 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • Hounded

  • The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Kevin Hearne
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,627
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,591
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,527

Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, lives peacefully in Arizona, running an occult bookshop and shape-shifting in his spare time to hunt with his Irish wolfhound. His neighbors and customers think that this handsome, tattooed Irish dude is about twenty-one years old - when in actuality, he’s twenty-one centuries old. Not to mention: He draws his power from the earth, possesses a sharp wit, and wields an even sharper magical sword known as Fragarach, the Answerer. Unfortunately, a very angry Celtic god wants that sword, and he’s hounded Atticus for centuries....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Finally, a modern day fantasy that really hits the

  • By Chris on 01-02-12

Magic, swords and funny too!

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

Reviewed: 03-06-12

Finally, a fantasy series that doesn't take itself too seriously. The action will keep you turning the pages, with a smartass modern reference to Star Wars periodically to make you laugh out loud. Oberon the dog needs a nomination for best written dog character ever. I haven't looked at my own dog recently without imagining Oberon's excited voice and one track comments coming out of his mouth. Luke Daniels does an outstanding job with the different accents and characters. This series makes me want to plan long car trips so I'll have time to listen!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Started Early, Took My Dog

  • A Novel
  • By: Kate Atkinson
  • Narrated by: Graeme Malcolm
  • Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 977
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 691
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 693

Waterhouse leads a quiet, ordered life as a retired police detective - a life that takes a surprising turn when she encounters Kelly Cross, a habitual offender, dragging a young child through town. Both appear miserable and better off without each other-or so decides Tracy, in a snap decision that surprises herself as much as Kelly. Suddenly burdened with a small child, Tracy soon learns her parental inexperience is actually the least of her problems, as much larger ones loom for her and her young charge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • LOVED, LOVED, LOVED IT.

  • By Patricia on 08-28-11

Not your mother's murder mystery

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

Reviewed: 09-25-11

Calling it a murder mystery really does an injustice to this story. The story is so complex and multi-layered, you won't be able to stop listening. The multiple plot lines weave and intersect the past with the present. It's not a casual listen, as you must be constantly alert to which time line and plot you are following. The characters are so well-developed and real, you feel like they could pop into reality at any second. This is a very enjoyable listed, and the narrator's accents add to the ambiance of the story. I'm going to search out some more books by this author and narrator.

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • Rules of Civility

  • A Novel
  • By: Amor Towles
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Lowman
  • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,557
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,913
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,894

On the last night of 1937, 25-year-old Katey Kontent is in a second-rate Greenwich Village jazz bar when Tinker Grey, a handsome banker, happens to sit down at the neighboring table. This chance encounter and its startling consequences propel Katey on a yearlong journey....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Like a Country Pastoral for City Rats

  • By Em on 04-18-12

Perfect narrator for this intriguing book.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-28-11

Sometimes it is hard to follow an audiobook with a lot of different characters, but not this time. The interesting mixture of people springs to life, without the accents being overly done. The characters develop in unexpected directions, but maintain their integrity. It starts as a poor working girl falls in love with rich boy story, but it is actually a much more complex tale of human emotions. The different layers of plot keep you guessing to the very end. Well worth the read!

61 of 63 people found this review helpful