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  • Dungeon Calamity

  • Divine Dungeon, Book 3
  • By: Dakota Krout
  • Narrated by: Vikas Adam
  • Length: 13 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5,043
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,760
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,749

Powerful necromancers are on the move, and Cal is caught in the crossfire. Without his faithful Wisp, Dani, Cal's mind slips, and he begins creating traps and monsters that go against his already loose morals. After a direct threat from an unexpected force causes Cal's mind to stabilize, he throws all of his resources into keeping his thoughts clear while he funds searches for his lost companion. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dwarf erections that are just to damn funny.

  • By Nicholas F Richer on 02-08-18

Sound is terrible, kitchen sink is broke!?

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

Reviewed: 05-17-18

the readers sound levels are all over and the screeching character voices are so bad I couldn't listen to this book, very rare for me to complain about artist works. Did you even try to put out this book or was all about the check.

The story line is cracking up so bad...$@#@ I am mad because I know you can do better. Your first book was great.
very creative and fresh approach- you had- is where now?

Do it over and simplify. edit, edit and edit it again. that is drilled into every writing class, workshop and how to book.
FOR A REASON
you better be laughing to the bank.
And why so dark? This is a humorous series at the start, lighten on weird violent stuff please.

NOW I am sorry, I don't like writing critical reviews this is my second.
Don't quit. I ask you to redo this book and get fame and fortune for having the guts to do it... with all your skill, working with pros or aspiring pros.
peace and I wish you prosperity and much success.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Quantum Thief

  • By: Hannu Rajaniemi
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 568
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 509
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 515

Jean le Flambeur is a post-human criminal, mind burglar, confidence artist, and trickster. His origins are shrouded in mystery, but his exploits are known throughout the Heterarchy—from breaking into the vast Zeusbrains of the Inner System to stealing rare Earth antiques from the aristocrats of Mars. Now he’s confined inside the Dilemma Prison, where every day he has to get up and kill himself before his other self can kill him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Starts Confusing, Gets Exciting, Ends Awesome

  • By Matthew on 10-21-11

top of the list for 2014

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

Reviewed: 11-07-14

What made the experience of listening to The Quantum Thief the most enjoyable?

Loved it!

Flavored like old school Cyber punk, Neat character interaction with romantic tension between the protagonists. I hoped they would hook-up if she doesn't kill him. If he could level with her. ....spoiler cut.... But like all men he blows it and by _______ and other plot points that tie his hands. - but thats looks like it won't happen.

I love the villains and in fact all the minor characters. All the characters are compelling. Even the AI ship conscious the heroin has at her side, the ship is snarky and devoted to the mysterious, beautiful, and scary powerful heroin.

There much more to this series than I can't fit into a brief review. Brilliant writing with just the right of Noir - Mystery fog. On top of juicy the mind bending speculative science that comes fast and rich.

He draws from literary references. Some are fictitious. More cheers for that writing innovation. Fun, creative, well made world that needs to be filled up with a long series like The Culture series by Iain Banks (16 February 1954 – 9 June 2013) Scottish author... God rest his soul. He will be sorrily missed.

I love the new generation of European SI-Fi writers, to name another visionary Alastair Reynolds, of the many.

I say thank to Hannu Rajaniemi
Can't wait for this author to grow.

p.s.
I'll bye the books on sight, as long as he keeps writing novels and doesn't cave into pressure from publishers to write serials, cliff hanger trash. I'm not that worried though, with this author, he's gifted

  • Becalmed: A Diving Universe Short Novel

  • By: Kristine Kathryn Rusch
  • Narrated by: Flora Plumb
  • Length: 2 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 42

Mae, chief linguist on the Ivoire, heads adiplomatic mission to Ukhanda. Her handling of relations with the Quurzod lead to a battle that causes the Ivoire's anacapa drive to malfunction, stranding the ship in foldspace. Mae can't remember what she did wrong on the mission: all she knows is that she's one of the few survivors. If she doesn't recall it, she won't be able to prevent another disaster when the Ivoire escapes foldspace. If the Ivoire escapes foldspace.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Nice Short Story

  • By Dennis on 06-25-13

All ways leave us wanting more.

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

Reviewed: 02-04-13

Would you consider the audio edition of Becalmed: A Diving Universe Short Novel to be better than the print version?

I value both audio and printed books, I'd rather not debate that. If someone has a prejudice against a form of art, than it's their lose.

What did you like best about this story?

What I loved most was the optimistic fantasy that we humans will in the future be heroic, That we are intrinsically good people. I love the idea of flying and in space, it's a notch above soaring like a bird. I eat up long descriptions of futurist technology, aliens, creatures and cultures. Rusch's imagination and talent for story telling is heart pounding. Often I feel joy in a simple description, what might seem mundane, everyday items like a work station.

Best are her people, I feel the description of relationships. As if I'm in the room with them, I enjoy her strong heroines, without taking anything from the men. She is equitable to all people, making a near utopia that StarTrek trips at, as if wearing poorly fit shoes.

Which scene was your favorite?

The ending, very good.

Any additional comments?

Next time I write a review I will talk more about her writing and less like groupie.

  • Blue Remembered Earth

  • By: Alastair Reynolds
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 21 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 774
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 710
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 710

Critically acclaimed author Alastair Reynolds holds a well-deserved place “among the leaders of the hard-science space opera renaissance." ( Publishers Weekly). In Blue Remembered Earth, Geoffrey Akinya wants nothing more than to study the elephants of the Amboseli basin. But when his space-explorer grandmother dies, secrets come to light and Geoffrey is dispatched to the Moon to protect the family name - and prevent an impending catastrophe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A surprising and staisfying departure for Reynolds

  • By Michael G Kurilla on 07-21-12

Reynolds, Visionary, Deserves more recognition!

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

Reviewed: 01-28-13

If you could sum up Blue Remembered Earth in three words, what would they be?

Exciting, Optimistic and Masterful

Who was your favorite character and why?

I loved most all the characters and hope for this to be a first of a series. Most of the characters I already imagined possible futures they might have.

What does Kobna Holdbrook-Smith bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Omg!! It's so great to hear an African accent, the voice artist adds another level of bliss. I was sad when the story ended. His work was perfect, he took some risk and and succeeded, never going beyond his range.

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

I listened three times so far.I paused to savor it. After this last read, I appreciate the collaboration even more.

Any additional comments?

Alistor Reynolds has a rare gift to tell a story without over the top violence. He doesn't shy away from conflict, and there is plenty of action, tension with out cheep tricks. His stories have a convincing hope. Science fiction writers are important as any other form of literature and tell us important things about the future.

  • God’s War

  • Bel Dame Apocrypha, Book 1
  • By: Kameron Hurley
  • Narrated by: Emily Bauer
  • Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 151
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 135
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 136

Nyx had already been to hell. One prayer more or less wouldn't make any difference...On a ravaged, contaminated world, a centuries-old holy war rages, fought by a bloody mix of mercenaries, magicians, and conscripted soldiers. Though the origins of the war are shady and complex, there's one thing everybody agrees on - there's not a chance in hell of ending it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A thought provoking rarity

  • By Hari on 09-15-12

Break out imagination, it will inspire many.

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

Reviewed: 12-22-12

What made the experience of listening to God’s War the most enjoyable?

This was written the moment I finished the book.A book to let your imagination get rich, I enjoyed seeing so much in my head, the people and their rooms and clothes. what is in there hands. I can loose myself in my imagination in so many ways. What characters I would want to be, fear or root for. I enjoyed the nature of the outer world and the craziness of it. I like to be challenged in a way simular to Magic Realism, gone Cyber to "Bug Punk". (Not my phase, I picked this out of a few other reviews)How it would feel to look up at that sky. The writing is like Fate sitting a the spinning wheel as we are given info bits to make the world real, and really different. The technology is ironic, viscus and intriguing. A bit spooky and lots often tension. The martal arts or battles are great with plenty surprises for example a gun that isn't a primitive throwback, nor high tech weap. that shoots a round at near light speeds. Ha, you'll have to wait and see.And much more.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Hard to choose so far

What does Emily Bauer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I'll get back to you on that, She did very well.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I wrote this the moment I finished the book, way past my bedtime...urg

Any additional comments?

I avoid stereotyping people like the plauge, I don't care for labling groups of people. We are what we are. Even if we are trying to be complementary. Calling Smurfs blue, is it really nessary? Other than in a police lineup?

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Last Legends of Earth

  • A Radix Tetrad Novel
  • By: A. A. Attanasio
  • Narrated by: David Gilmore
  • Length: 20 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 39

Seven billion years from now, long after the Sun has died and human life itself has become extinct, alien beings reincarnate humanity from our fossilized DNA drifting as debris in the void of deep space. We are reborn to serve as bait in a battle to the death between the Rimstalker, humankind's reanimator, and the zotl, horrific creatures who feed vampire-like on the suffering of intelligent lifeforms.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story, Awful, awful narrator

  • By Michael Heuss on 11-18-14

To Dark otherwise it could have been a great book

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

Reviewed: 12-20-12

What disappointed you about The Last Legends of Earth?

I had to fast forward thru the descriptions of gore. I don't want to take my imagination to a nightmare world. This book needs a Horror warning or label.

(I should have know from the short sample, but I gave it a try because it sounded like it was going to be light or even humorous when the narrator was reading the guide book to the worlds inhabitants, warring the Earth's people who have been brought back to life.)

Has The Last Legends of Earth turned you off from other books in this genre?

It is a multi genre horror and SI-FI so no, I never, ever read horror! this slipped in #$%&!!

What didn’t you like about David Gilmore’s performance?

The voice artist is gifted when it comes to clarity and diction. Reading is flat, almost a montone, paced slow and not much change. Some risk and a couple odd voices here and there that are so out of place after the metronome delivery of the rest of the story. Very briefly one voice has a special effect that sounded like an echo chamber that grated so much I fast forwarded that too. Special effects?! Don't do it unless your 100% sure it's going to work. Let our imagination fill in the atmosphere of a well written story and skip the risky stuff.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

I think I could have loved this book without it's dark side, if it were just SI-FI without the sick horror. I don't want to fill my imaginary world with torture or genocide when I follow along in a story. Tone down the dark stuff, it isn't necessary to go there to tell this story, there could still be conflict without resorting to the easy or cheap trick of adding that stuff.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful