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  • Men Explain Things to Me

  • By: Rebecca Solnit
  • Narrated by: Luci Christian Bell
  • Length: 2 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,031
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 919
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 905

In Men Explain Things to Me, Rebecca Solnit takes on the conversations between men who wrongly assume they know things and wrongly assume women don't. The ultimate problem, she shows in her comic, scathing essay, is female self-doubt and the silencing of women. Rebecca Solnit is the author of fourteen books about civil society, popular power, uprisings, art, environment, place, pleasure, politics, hope, and memory, most recently The Faraway Nearby, a book on empathy and storytelling.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great read - horrible performance

  • By Denise Johnson on 03-26-15

Yes, the narrator was that bad

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

Reviewed: 03-04-19

I was interested in hearing what Solnit had to say, but the cheerful and upbeat narrator constantly undercut the gravitas of what she was actually saying.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Uprooted

  • By: Naomi Novik
  • Narrated by: Julia Emelin
  • Length: 17 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,968
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4,658
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,633

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
  • The Narrator?!

  • By D. Hawkins on 07-24-17

Ended up not finishing audiobook

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

Reviewed: 09-24-18

There are a lot of mixed reviews about the narrator on this one. I have friends who hail from the former USSR and speak with a similar accent to the narrator, so I thought I wouldn't have a problem with this. From the standpoint of understanding her words, it wasn't a problem. The problem lay in the fact that she would treat commas (and possibly line-breaks in the text she was reading?) as though they were periods as far as emphasis goes, and that's not bad from an accent-standpoint, that's bad from a reader-standpoint. There are other readers who do this too and every single one of them drives me crazy.

That being said, I enjoyed the book and will finish it in print. It was slow to get started and had a few problems, but it's overall pretty good.

  • Seveneves

  • A Novel
  • By: Neal Stephenson
  • Narrated by: Mary Robinette Kowal, Will Damron
  • Length: 31 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 18,037
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,759
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16,755

A catastrophic event renders the earth a ticking time bomb. In a feverish race against the inevitable, nations around the globe band together to devise an ambitious plan to ensure the survival of humanity far beyond our atmosphere, in outer space.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • So Much Potential

  • By Kurt Schwoppe on 06-08-17

Riveting story, narrator(s) not so much

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

Reviewed: 04-30-17

I was hooked pretty much right away on the story and while I'm not sure how I feel about the ending, the journey was everything I might have hoped for. It was good enough that I stuck to it even though the first narrator had some flaws that would have been fatal in a lesser story:
1) She read every sentence like she had no idea where it was going or where it had come from. Sometimes I had to pause and re-listen just to change the inflection to make it make sense.
2) Her (non-American) accents were, by and large, *terrible*. I'm not sure why the publisher picked someone who can't do accents to read this particular book.
3) There was a large amount of technical-type text and she was awkward enough with it that it seemed pretty clear that she's not good at tech jargon. In a particularly tech-jargon-filled sci-fi title? Again, I have to wonder at the publisher's choice here. The second narrator didn't always do much better in this regard.

None of this was a dealbreaker, I still really enjoyed the book, but what could have been a truly stellar (no pun intended) audiobook fell short.

Orphans of the Sky
    
    
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        Eric Michael Summerer
    
    


    
    Length: 4 hrs and 42 mins
    1,703 ratings
    Overall 3.8
  • Orphans of the Sky

  • By: Robert A. Heinlein
  • Narrated by: Eric Michael Summerer
  • Length: 4 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,703
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,462
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,474

The Jordan Foundation sponsored the Proxima Centauri Expedition in 2119, in attempt to reach the nearer stars of the galaxy. But that was far in the mythic past. The original purpose of the Ship's epic voyage has long been forgotten, and for generations the giant spaceship, lost between the stars, is the only world that the people aboard have known. A strange civilization has evolved, with its own superstitions, savage religion, rigid class structure and mutant outcasts.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant first half, second half thrown in.

  • By Joel D Offenberg on 01-25-10

Sci-Fi frozen in amber

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

Reviewed: 07-20-15

I've liked what little Heinlein I've read in spite of his poor characterization of most of his women, but this felt like it was really stuck in the past.

Here we are in a ship where everyone surely *must* have a role in order to keep it running, but women are not only not in roles of power, they barely exist -- not even in supporting roles. Their detailed plan of keeping mutations out of the gene pool was discussed, but none of the main characters even had wives so I found myself wondering where, exactly, were these children even coming from? The second portion reveals that they're more or less treated as possessions, rather than functional crewmembers, except for one woman among the Muties.

I know he's trying to show what might happen when people lose their own history, but in positing that women will revert to being chattel I think he missed the mark.

Beyond that (large) sticking point, I think it was interesting sci-fi, but it felt un-polished and like it was missing a great deal, but short stories often are. In my opinion if you're looking for Heinlein or classic era sci-fi you can find better than this, but this wasn't a bad listen.

  • Fairest

  • The Lunar Chronicles - Levana's Story
  • By: Marissa Meyer
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Soler
  • Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,015
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,832
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,826

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all? Fans of the Lunar Chronicles know Queen Levana as a ruler who uses her "glamour" to gain power. But long before she crossed paths with Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress, Levana lived a very different story - a story that has never been told - until now. Marissa Meyer spins yet another unforgettable tale about love and war, deceit and death.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not as sexual as other reviews imply

  • By Claudia H on 07-02-15

Not for me

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

Reviewed: 04-21-15

People have called this. More than "dark", this goes into sexual coercion in a way that left me uncomfortable.

10 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • The Outlaw Demon Wails

  • By: Kim Harrison
  • Narrated by: Gigi Bermingham
  • Length: 16 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,283
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 2,423
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,426

To save the lives of her friends, Rachel did the unthinkable: she willingly trafficked in forbidden demon magic. And now her sins are coming home to haunt her. As Rachel searches for the truth behind a terrifying murder, an even greater menace threatens, for the demon Algaliarept will stop at nothing to claim her, and the discovery of a shocking family secret throws Rachel's entire life into question.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Horrible Narration Take 2

  • By Carol on 02-27-08

Devil's advocate?

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

Reviewed: 07-11-13

I'll be honest, when another series had a reader switch, I thought the switch was BAD, AWFUL! But I have to say that, some strange pronunciations aside, I liked this reader SO MUCH better than the original. Seriously. I think I might be the only one, but the other reader kinda drives me crazy.

What Gigi did well: First off, I think she really sounds like a midwesterner. She seems no-nonsense, like Rachel would be. And some of her voices weren't bad either, though in some cases they simply weren't what I was used to. And Jenks being as high-pitched as she made him was sometimes tough to listen to -- but given how often Rachel winces at his and the other pixies' speech, well, I feel like she got that right.

Not so good: Changing the pronunciations from what we're used to for character names. You can argue 'til you're blue in the face about how it's supposed to be pronounced, but I haven't seen/heard anything from the author giving the definitive ways to say Piscary, Algaliarept, and Takata so I'm guessing as much as the narrator apparently was. And pronouncing Mackinac two different ways (one incorrect), well, I don't know why somebody didn't make her go back and fix it. But more important than that, I didn't love the voice she did for Ceri or Ivy.

It's a moot point, as the series has long since switched back to the other reader, but I wanted to review this one just to provide a voice saying, you know, I really didn't mind the switch.

Now: Onto the book itself! I think this is the best-written of the series so far. I'm so glad not to have heard several of the repeated phrases that became extremely noticeable as the series has progressed. Hopefully, this book will be a turning point.

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  • Furies of Calderon

  • Codex Alera, Book 1
  • By: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 19 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,699
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,883
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,912

In the realm of Alera, where people bond with the furies - elementals of earth, air, fire, water, and metal - 15-year-old Tavi struggles with his lack of furycrafting. But when his homeland erupts in chaos - when rebels war with loyalists and furies clash with furies - Tavi's simple courage will turn the tides of war.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Oh, how I HATE the horns!!!!

  • By Sarah on 09-14-13

Strong beginning, but won't be continuing in audio

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

Reviewed: 02-25-13

The reading was good. The book itself was not great, but it was good enough that I'd like to see where the story goes. Perhaps Jim Butcher will have had a better idea what he wants to do with these characters as it moves on, after all!
BUT.
And this is a big BUT.
The recording was driving me crazy. As others have noted, the horns interject at seemingly random times. If, as others have said, they marked the beginning/ends of CDs, they were a terrible idea for CDs and I'd have hated them on that. They're a worse idea at random in the otherwise-unbroken audiobook. And it will be stopping me for continuing further in this series in the audio format because it's THAT irritating.

  • Light

  • By: M. John Harrison
  • Narrated by: Julian Elfer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 209
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 189
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 193

In contemporary London, Michael Kearney is a serial killer on the run from the entity that drives him to kill. He is seeking escape in a future that doesn' t yet exist - a quantum world that he and his physicist partner hope to access through a breach of time and space itself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Utterly Brilliant

  • By Max on 11-08-11

Complex, but not in a bad way

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

Reviewed: 12-30-11

At first, I didn't love this book. I wasn't really liking any of the characters, wasn't really interested in what was going on... and then, suddenly, I began to change my mind and I can't even explain why. All I can really say is that one day I found myself wondering what happened to one of the characters, then another character the next day, and soon I was actually concerned about them all.

I suspect the narrator, who I found to be very good, had a lot to do with my change of heart. I also didn't have trouble at all following which character I was hearing about; I have to assume my ability to audibly differentiate each plotline had a lot to do with his reading. (Though I think he's probably not American -- he did That Thing With His Rs that I notice a lot of BBC actors do when they're trying to sound American -- but that's something that could just be chalked up to the way people in the future talk. :))

I didn't find the end disappointing at all; without spoilers, I can say that it just seemed right and I'm very glad I stuck with this book, despite my attention not being caught immediately. It was a pleasure to hear how these stories all came together.

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Ghost Story: The Dresden Files, Book 13
    
    
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        Jim Butcher
    
    


    
    
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        John Glover
    
    


    
    Length: 17 hrs and 53 mins
    7,643 ratings
    Overall 4.4
  • Ghost Story: The Dresden Files, Book 13

  • By: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: John Glover
  • Length: 17 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,643
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6,655
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,657

When we last left the mighty wizard detective Harry Dresden, he wasn't doing well. In fact, he had been murdered by an unknown assassin. But being dead doesn't stop him when his friends are in danger. Except now he has nobody, and no magic to help him. And there are also several dark spirits roaming the Chicago shadows who owe Harry some payback of their own. To save his friends - and his own soul - Harry will have to pull off the ultimate trick without any magic....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not the best audio book in the series

  • By Bill on 08-31-11

Yes, more comments about the narrator

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

Reviewed: 09-01-11

As someone who only recently began this series, I was glad to have caught up just in time for the new book. But, since I began the series via audiobook, I was heavily invested in James Marsters' narrative style. Honestly? I wish they'd delayed the audiobook release until Marsters could be available to read it. And I hope that, with all the reviews on Audible, Penguin considers that when handling their next series book.

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Another reviewer commented that, because of where this book picks up, it makes sense to have a different voice. I tried to tell myself that as well but, when it comes right down to it, I think that John Glover's voice wasn't the right one to pick. To me, Harry Dresden now sounds like Waldo Butters (and when the two of them talk, forget about keeping them straight!). I kept thinking about Butters long before he appeared in the story. I could have lived with it if Butters (and any of the other secondary characters) hadn't sounded the same as he had before, but the pitch of Glover's voice just isn't right for the character I've been following for 12 books now, which is too bad.
That being said, Glover does a good job with the book. If it hadn't been a series where we'd had a consistent narrator for so long, I think I'd have been very pleased with him.
But no, he's just not Harry.

61 of 63 people found this review helpful