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  • Shattered

  • The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 7
  • By: Kevin Hearne
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 12 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,689
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9,012
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,988

For nearly 2,000 years, only one Druid has walked the Earth - Atticus O'Sullivan, the Iron Druid, whose sharp wit and sharp sword have kept him alive as he's been pursued by a pantheon of hostile deities. Now he's got company. Atticus' apprentice, Granuaile, is at last a full Druid herself. What's more, Atticus has defrosted an archdruid long ago frozen in time, a father figure (of sorts) who now goes by the modern equivalent of his old Irish name: Owen Kennedy. And Owen has some catching up to do.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The third druid

  • By Don Gilbert on 07-24-14

Re-recording not nearly as good as the original

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

Reviewed: 01-24-17

This was recently re-recorded to correct some pronunciation issues, and, while I appreciate that the pronunciation now conforms to the rest of the series, the second recording is definitely not as entertaining as the original. Parts that were funny just aren't now, and sections are missing, even though it's supposed to be an unabridged recording. I wish Audible would allow me to download the original instead of the new version. I'd suffer through the poor pronunciation to hear Luke's original performance rather than this second, much poorer one.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Orc King

  • Forgotten Realms: Transitions, Book 1
  • By: R. A. Salvatore
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 15 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,767
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,494
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,484

An uneasy peace between the dwarves of Mithral Hall and the orcs of the newly established Kingdom of Many-Arrows can't last long. The orc tribes united under Obould begin to fight each other, and Bruenor is determined to finish the war that nearly killed him and almost destroyed everything he's worked to build. But it will take more than swords and axes to bring a lasting peace to the Spine of the World.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I miss Victor Bevine!

  • By Randy on 06-27-14

Throw this narrator to the curb!

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

Reviewed: 07-26-16

This may be the worst-narrated book I have ever heard. Of course it's always disappointing to go from a good narrator to a bad one, but this is shockingly bad. He inserts random pauses in the middle of phrases and rushes where there should be pauses. Worst of all, unlike Victor Bevine who gave the dwarves a distinct but highly-intelligible dialect, he makes the dwarves sound like illiterate peasants with a mouthful of mush who've just been clubbed over the head. I had to back up the audio to understand them half the time.

Please re-record this trilogy with Victor Bevine. I'll probably be returning all three, because they're just unlistenable with this narrator.

  • Streams of Silver

  • Legend of Drizzt: Icewind Dale Trilogy, Book 2
  • By: R. A. Salvatore
  • Narrated by: Victor Bevine
  • Length: 11 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,219
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,991
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,992

Drizzt Do'Urden struggles with his own inner voices, voices that call him back to the pitiless depths of the Underdark. But louder still are the voices of his newfound friends, and the dream that drives Bruenor Battlehammer on to reclaim Mithral Hall. Time and again they're told to turn back, that some dreams can never be fulfilled, but on they fight - together.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator's Pronunciations are Bizarre

  • By jtj on 07-01-16

Narrator's Pronunciations are Bizarre

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

Reviewed: 07-01-16

I'm listening to this series again after reading the books years ago. Overall, the narrator is wonderful, but there is one thing that makes the vein in my temple throb every time I hear it.

The pronunciation of ravine is a soft A with the I pronounced as a hard E (rəˈvēn). Nowhere, in no dictionary, is it pronounced ravin with a soft I (or like one of the Foresaken in Wheel of Time, for those familiar). This isn't an uncommon English word, so how did it get past both the editors and producers, even if the narrator doesn't know how to pronounce it?!?

Once I get over that bucket of cold water to the face each time I hear it, I can get back into the narrative, but it always jolts me out of the story for a few minutes.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Magic of Recluce

  • Saga of Recluce, Book 1
  • By: L. E. Modesitt Jr.
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 19 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,597
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,453
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,473

Young Lerris is dissatisfied with his life and trade, and yearns to find a place in the world better suited to his skills and temperament. But in Recluce a change in circumstances means taking one of two options: permanent exile from Recluce or braving the dangergeld, a complex, rule-laden wanderjahr in the lands beyond Recluce, with the aim of learning how the world works and what his place in it might be. Many do not survive. Lerris chooses the dangergeld.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Epic Fantasy

  • By Captain Skurvy on 07-04-13

A Better Read than Listen

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

Reviewed: 12-14-15

I read these books years ago and decided to get the audiobook versions to listen to now that they're available. The main difference between the books and the audio is that the annoying sound effects can be skimmed over while reading, but they distract from the story in a maddening sort of way when you're forced to hear them over and over again every thirty seconds. This isn't the narrator's fault, it would be supremely annoying regardless of who was doing the reading. Had they skipped the effects entirely it would have raised the whole book by at least a star level.

Other than that, this remains a solid, if not exactly epic, series. Admittedly, it gets annoying (dare I say "boring") after a while hearing how bored Lerris is with the world. Yes, we know he's a disaffected teenage, we don't need to hear it every few pages. For some reason, I found this more galling while listening than I did while reading.

In summary, give this a shot if you're a Modesitt fan, but don't go into it with five-star expectations.

  • The Art of Storytelling: From Parents to Professionals

  • By: Hannah B. Harvey, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Hannah B. Harvey
  • Length: 12 hrs and 29 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 692
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 629
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 631

An absolute treat for the heart and mind, these 24 lectures demonstrate how to master the art of storytelling, offering insight into the process of crafting and delivering a tale to enhancing the stories you tell everyday-to your children at bedtime, in your conversational anecdotes, and in your presentations at work. Teachers, lawyers, clergy, coaches, parents, and anyone who wants to understand the power of stories to capture hearts and minds will benefit from these lessons.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ca'mon Bad Reviews! This course is amazing!

  • By Thomas Meli on 06-06-16

Should have never been produced as an audio book

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

Reviewed: 06-10-15

The instructor's voice was pleasant enough, and the stories used as examples are, for the most part, fairly interesting. For the first half of the course, the audio format works well enough; however, when the topic turns to body language and using different poses and levels of eye contact for various characters, the audio format is completely inappropriate and leaves the listener lost and wondering what they're missing. I would suggest anyone thinking of buying this course save up for a Great Courses sale and buy the video version. I do not fault the instructor for this, but this course should simply have never been offered as an audio-only option.

One other topic that I have seen debated about this particular course is the appropriateness of the version of Little Red Riding Hood chosen by the instructor. What so many people who were raised on the "Disney" versions of fairytales fail to realize is that many of the original versions were violent and, at times, sexual in nature. I believe the instructor presents a good history of this fairytale and provides a rationale for presenting it in a manner that is closer to its origin.

Overall, the lack of video for the course where it is sorely needed definitely detracts from its value. This is also basically a course on the presentation of stories and is not particularly focused on story-crafting. Authors looking for tips on story craft would be well-served to skip this course, and storytellers would be far better-served to invest in the video option through Great Courses. If you are just interested in hearing a few well-told stories, then you may find this course interesting; although you will have to sit through a *lot* of story theory in between story snippets.