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  • The Voice from the Edge, Vol. 1

  • I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream
  • By: Harlan Ellison
  • Narrated by: Harlan Ellison
  • Length: 6 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 504
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 469
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 465

Harlan Ellison has won more awards for imaginative literature than any other living author, but only aficionados of Ellison’s singular work have been aware of another of his passions…he is a great oral interpreter of his stories. His recordings have been difficult to obtain…by his choice. In 1999, for the first time, he was lured into the studio to record this stunning retrospective.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wholly unexpected and surprising narration!!

  • By Brian on 04-30-12

too irritating for words

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

Reviewed: 04-28-11

I wish I hadn't wasted my credit on this reading. I forgot how irritating and grating Harlen Ellison's voice is. He may be one of SF's greatest writers, but he should let someone else read his stories. I barely lasted 10 minutes before his vocal gurning forced me to give up.

8 of 20 people found this review helpful

  • Titus Groan

  • The Gormenghast Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Mervyn Peake
  • Narrated by: Rupert Degas
  • Length: 5 hrs and 8 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12

Deep in the labyrinthine corridors of Gormenghast Castle, a child is born. Titus, 77th Earl of Groan, is heir to arcane and all-embracing rituals that determine the activities of everyone from Lord Sepulchrave, his father, to the vast cook, Swelter, and the irrepressible Dr Prunesquallor. But not the steely and devious Steerpike, who will lie, cheat and even murder to get on. One of the greatest feats of sustained imaginative writing, the world of Gormenghast Castle is brilliantly realised in this darkly fantastic novel.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • disappointing

  • By V on 03-30-15

From the Ministry of Silly Voices

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-04-11

I love this novel, and indeed all the trilogy, so I was looking forward to a new reading. I was soon disappointed however. Within minutes, the silly voices and over acting began. Sadly I wasted a credit. The lesson learned? Check out the samples more thoroughly before buying. This reader should stick to his day job.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Agent to the Stars

  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,055
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,071
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,061

The space-faring Yherajk have come to Earth to meet us and to begin humanity's first interstellar friendship. There's just one problem: They're hideously ugly and they smell like rotting fish. So getting humanity's trust is a challenge. The Yherajk need someone who can help them close the deal. Enter Thomas Stein, who knows something about closing deals. He's one of Hollywood's hottest young agents.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hollywood Agent Represents Stinky Aliens

  • By Bryan on 04-22-11

excellent

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-28-10

This author was new to me, as was the narrator,(though of course I remember his roles in Star Trek etc with fondness). Hope it won't be the last. The reading was clear and well punctuated with only minimal thespian over-indulgence. I only tend to write reviews if I have something to complain about or something to praise, happily, this is the latter. The book had me almost rolling on the floor in stiches, a rare event for a Science Fiction book, Audible Frontiers has come up trumps again, well done!

76 of 81 people found this review helpful

  • METAtropolis: Cascadia

  • By: Jay Lake, Mary Robinette Kowal, Elizabeth Bear, and others
  • Narrated by: Rene Auberjonois, Kate Mulgrew, Wil Wheaton, and others
  • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 960
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 681
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 679

This sequel to the Hugo and Audie Award nominated METAtropolis features interconnected stories by today’s top writers of speculative fiction – performed by a galaxy of Star Trek stars. As the mid-20th century approaches, the Pacific Northwest has been transformed - politically, economically, and ecologically - into the new reality of Cascadia. Conspiracies and secrets threaten the tenuous threads of society. And the End of Days seems nearer than ever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another great Metatropolis Series

  • By Issy on 11-24-11

Disappointing

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-29-10

I guess it's a penalty of getting actors to read books aloud, they often want to act. As a listener all I want is clarity and PUNCTUATION, both of which are in variable supply here. As an example, one of the most irritating things is where a reader changes scene without even pausing for breath, maybe they think that the dislocation is fun, but it's just annoying.

8 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • Cryoburn

  • A Miles Vorkosigan Adventure
  • By: Lois McMaster Bujold
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,961
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,315
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,314

Kibou-daini is a planet obsessed with cheating death. Barrayaran Imperial Auditor Miles Vorkosigan can hardly disapprove—he’s been cheating death his whole life, on the theory that turnabout is fair play. But when a Kibou-daini cryocorp—an immortal company whose job it is to shepherd its all-too-mortal frozen patrons into an unknown future—attempts to expand its franchise into the Barrayaran Empire, Emperor Gregor dispatches his top troubleshooter, Miles, to check it out

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Its nice to come Home!

  • By Kevin McLaughlin on 10-23-10

Brilliant

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-31-10

The author at her brilliant best.
Superbly narrated.
Some other narrators please take note; this guy has at least a passing acquaintance with punctuation.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Footfall

  • By: Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 24 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,624
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,165
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,162

They first appear as a series of dots on astronomical plates, heading from Saturn directly toward Earth. Since the ringed planet carries no life, scientists deduce the mysterious ship to be a visitor from another star. The world's frantic efforts to signal the aliens go unanswered. The first contact is hostile: the invaders blast a Soviet space station, seize the survivors, and then destroy every dam and installation on Earth with a hail of asteriods.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle at Their Best

  • By Flatlander on 06-24-10

Yet again, great book, pity about the narrator

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-12-10

As with all Niven/Pournelle's collaborations, a great read, but sadly I was unable to finish the audio version because of the irritating reader. Too much acting and silly voices. Not enough punctuation. My star rating refers only to the reading. For the book itself I would give five stars.

7 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • Sundiver

  • The Uplift Saga, Book 1
  • By: David Brin
  • Narrated by: George Wilson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 837
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 595
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 605

For nearly a billion years, every known sentient species in the universe has been the result of genetic and cultural guidance - or "uplifting" - by a previously uplifted patron race. Then humans are discovered. Having already uplifted chimps and dolphins, humanity clearly qualifies as an intelligent species, but did they actually evolve their own intelligence, or did some mysterious patron race begin the process, then suddenly abandon Earth?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • good, but flawed

  • By James M on 04-16-08

Great book, pity about the reader

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-04-10

Yet another great book ruined by crap narration.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Redemption Ark

  • By: Alastair Reynolds
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 27 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,144
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,729
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,738

Late in the 26th century, the human race has advanced enough to accidentally trigger the Inhibitors---alien-killing machines designed to detect intelligent life and destroy it. The only hope for humanity lies in the recovery of a secret cache of doomsday weapons---and a renegade named Clavain who is determined to find them. But other factions want the weapons for their own purposes---and the weapons themselves have another agenda altogether.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stick with this series!

  • By Michael on 05-22-10

Dissapointing, a missed opportunity :-((

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-12-10

I was looking forward to enjoying this book, I listened to a sample and concluded that the narrator had a nice clear voice, and the blurb seemed interesting.
Sadly I've given up on it.
This narrator reads the words totally deadpan, his punctuation is virtually non-existent, he moves from one storyline (or viewpoint) with barely a pause for breath, so one is constantly lurching from one storyline thread to another, having lost the plot, and this is a fairly complex book.
What i'm talking about here is the audiobook equivelant of a book printer using different fonts, italics, bold typeface etc to differentiate between storylines etc, as an aid to clarity and comprehension.
Some narrators go to the other extreme, trying to give every character his or her (or it's) own voice, and this can be irritating too, (check out Larry Niven's "Protector" for an example of what I mean), whereas for an example of best practice, check out WWW.Wake, by Robert J Sawyer, a model of clarity.
This is a missed opportunity because I guess that this book is unlikely to be re-recorded in a more sympathetic reading, so I'll never get to hear it or the rest of the series, (or indeed anything else by this narrator).

AUDOOBOOK PRODUCERS PLEASE TAKE NOTE!!

6 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • Gateway

  • By: Frederik Pohl
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman, Robert J. Sawyer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,903
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,530
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,541

When prospector Bob Broadhead went out to Gateway on the Heechee spacecraft, he decided he would know which was the right mission to make him his fortune. Three missions later, now famous and permanently rich, Robinette Broadhead has to face what happened to him and what he is...in a journey into himself as perilous and even more horrifying than the nightmare trip through the interstellar void that he drove himself to take!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A human-focused SF classic

  • By Ryan on 12-05-13

At last!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-13-09

Superb is the only word that suits. I've been hoping for this book to appeat in audio for years now, and happily this recording does not disappoint. One of the best Science Fiction (as opposed to the usual "sci-fi" trivia) books ever, and well narrated too. Hopefully this will sell like hot cakes and encourage Audible to continue with Beyond the Blue Event Horizon and the rest of the series.
Well done Audible.

38 of 46 people found this review helpful

  • Lord Valentine's Castle

  • By: Robert Silverberg
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 19 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 344
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 235
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 236

The planet Majipoor is shared by humans and several alien races, including four-armed Skandars, three-eyed Liiman, and the native, shape-shifting Metamorphs. All are watched over by the King of Dreams, the labyrinth-dwelling Pontifex, and the priestess of the Isle of Sleep, while the Coronal officially rules from atop Castle Mount.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb

  • By C. Paget on 07-29-08

Superb

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-29-08

I read this book shortly after it's first publication so it's a great pleasure hearing it in audio form. I only need to comment on it's superb, expert narration. Flawless.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful