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  • American Gods [TV Tie-In]

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 20 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9,126
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,764
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,784

Locked behind bars for three years, Shadow did his time, quietly waiting for the day when he could return to Eagle Point, Indiana. A man no longer scared of what tomorrow might bring, all he wanted was to be with Laura, the wife he deeply loved, and start a new life. But just days before his release, Laura and Shadow's best friend are killed in an accident. With his life in pieces and nothing to keep him tethered, Shadow accepts a job from a beguiling stranger he meets on the way home, an enigmatic man who calls himself Mr. Wednesday.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Charming mystery, romance and epic

  • By Jody R. Nathan on 11-26-03

Good fantasy novel

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

Reviewed: 10-05-18

Good Urban fantasy novel that held my attention and delivered on characters and plot. Never had that feeling where I had to force myself to keep listening, I wanted to know what happened next.

  • House of Chains

  • Malazan Book of the Fallen, Book 4
  • By: Steven Erikson
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 35 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,296
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,088
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,089

In Northern Genabackis, a raiding party of savage tribal warriors descends from the mountains into the southern flatlands. Their intention is to wreak havoc amongst the despised lowlanders, but for the one named Karsa Orlong, it marks the beginning of what will prove to be an extraordinary destiny.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Ralph Lister is missed

  • By Hal on 12-28-13

Still going strong...

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

For me this one lagged a bit in the first quarter of the book. Nothing terrible, but I kept waiting to hear about what the familiar characters were up to. This book is mostly about the interest and history of a new character. However we get back to the meat of the main plot after that. This is still one of the better epic fantasies, with a rich history and diverse characters. Narrator does a good job, but in this book a few characters have the same voice, so you need to be mindful of scene switches.

  • The Everything Box

  • A Novel
  • By: Richard Kadrey
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 848
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 784
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 780

A beautiful, ambitious angel stands on a mountaintop, surveying the world and its little inhabitants below. He smiles because soon, the last of humanity who survived the great flood will meet its end, too. And he should know. He's going to play a big part in it. Our angel usually doesn't get to do fieldwork, and if he does well, he's certain he'll get a big promotion.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Everything not for Everyone

  • By Mel on 05-12-16

Decent light-hearted urban fantasy...

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

Reviewed: 03-26-18

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Yes and no, was entertaining, but sometimes had to force myself to continue listening.

Would you recommend The Everything Box to your friends? Why or why not?

For those with a warped sense of humor, and not looking for a serious story.

What about Oliver Wyman’s performance did you like?

Good range of voices and accents.

Do you think The Everything Box needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Perhaps, I would probably listen to another book if the series continues, but honestly it wouldn't be a must-read.

Any additional comments?

Decent light-hearted urban fantasy for adults with a sense of humor. Provided a few laughs and chuckles, but the story overall didn't grab and hold my attention like Kadrey's Sandman Slim novels. Not a bad story, just not great either. One for when you need something to listen to while doing other things.

  • FREE: Crackanory Too Cracked for TV - exclusive to Audible

  • By: Crackanory
  • Narrated by: Toby Jones, Katherine Parkinson, John Robins, and others
  • Length: 1 hr and 38 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 393
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 331
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 328

Imagine if Jackanory was set free from its childish shackles. What twisted, funny tales would it unleash upon the world? Combining some of the UK's best and brightest comedy writers and performers, this exclusive to audio edition of UKTV's Dave Channel Crackanory is a master class in storytelling and features an all-star cast including Toby Jones, Katherine Parkinson, John Robins, Robert Bathurst and Simon Bird.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant!

  • By Poeticies on 05-24-17

Entertaining little stories, with a sense of humor

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

Reviewed: 09-02-17

Nothing serious, just lite stories to pass the time. Easy to listen to, good for those short periods.

  • The End of the World

  • Stories of the Apocalypse
  • By: Martin H. Greenberg (editor)
  • Narrated by: Suehyla El Attar, Nicholas Tecosky
  • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 62
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 61

Before The Road by Cormac McCarthy brought apocalyptic fiction into the mainstream, there was science fiction. No longer relegated to the fringes of literature, this explosive collection of the world’s best apocalyptic writers brings the inventors of alien invasions, devastating meteors, doomsday scenarios, and all-out nuclear war back to with a bang. The best writers of the early 1900s were the first to flood New York with tidal waves, destroy Illinois with alien invaders, paralyze Washington with meteors, and lay waste to the Midwest with nuclear fallout.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Apocalypse Without Zombies

  • By Maliboo on 10-29-13

Mix of good and terrible stories.

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

Reviewed: 10-26-16

The good stories carried the narrator, but the others only enhanced a droning and rather flat performance. Such a combination almost made me put the book down for good several times.

  • Gardens of the Moon

  • The Malazan Book of the Fallen, Book 1
  • By: Steven Erikson
  • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
  • Length: 26 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,433
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,884
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,886

The Malazan Empire simmers with discontent, bled dry by interminable warfare, bitter infighting, and bloody confrontations with ancient and implacable sorcerers. Even the imperial legions, long inured to the bloodshed, yearn for some respite. Yet Empress Laseen’s rule remains absolute, enforced by her dreaded Claw assassins. For Sergeant Whiskeyjack and his squad of Bridgeburners, and for Tattersail, their lone surviving mage, the aftermath of the siege of Pale should have been a time to mourn the many dead. But Darujhistan, last of the Free Cities, yet holds out.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • The best Worst book there is

  • By George on 04-07-16

Great start to a rich fantasy series

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

Reviewed: 06-23-15

If you could sum up Gardens of the Moon in three words, what would they be?

Deep Rich Fantasy

What did you like best about this story?

It has a rich history and deep world-building on which to base its story. To me the pacing was good, with plenty of action and intrigue. There are many layers of emotion and motivation, with "real" flawed characters. Decent magic system defined, along with gods, dragons, and magical weapons. I do like that the setting is more grim & gritty than say, The Lord of the Rings.

Which scene was your favorite?

Too many to choose from, along with a wide variety. Everything from large scale battles with magic, to humorous card games, to bargains with gods. One of the best fantasy books I've read in a long time.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Hoods Breath! Do you dare enter a world where even the Gods may be slain?

Any additional comments?

The only downfall to some might be that there is a rich history to learn and remember along with a huge cast of characters.

  • Sacrament

  • By: Clive Barker
  • Narrated by: Chris MacDonnell
  • Length: 20 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 69
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 65
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 65

Will Rabjohns, perhaps the most famous wildlife photographer in the world, has made his reputation chronicling the fates of endangered species. But after a terrible accident, Will is left in a coma. And in its depths, he revisits the wildernesses of his youth and relives his life with a mysterious couple who have influenced his life as an artist and a man. When Will awakens, he sets out on a journey of self-discovery - one where he will penetrate the ultimate mystery and finally unlock the secret of his destiny. Soaring, provocative and passionate, Sacrament is a masterwork from the pen of one of today's most acclaimed authors.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Adventure, and what an ending..

  • By Randy on 07-24-14

Typical Barker

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

Reviewed: 06-16-15

Would you listen to Sacrament again? Why?

Yeah, but not anytime soon. The story's pacing was slow in places, between the action, but held my attention. I did finish the book and did not find myself getting bored or using it to fall asleep. Decent mish-mash of normal life and paranormal/horror.

What other book might you compare Sacrament to and why?

Take your pick of Stephen King...

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

The reader's voice at first sounded to me like one of the robot voices. After a time it grew on me and was passable. At times the female voices all sounded the same.

Any additional comments?

Main character is gay, this may affect how some readers approach this book. As is typical with Barker, sex is a part of the story, but there is nothing overly explicit. Others may be put off by the almost-sex scene between one of the antagonists and a minor.

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  • Butcher Bird

  • A Novel of the Dominion
  • By: Richard Kadrey
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis 60
  • Length: 11 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 338
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 313
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 317

Spyder Lee is a happy man who lives in San Francisco and owns a tattoo shop. One night an angry demon tries to bite his head off before he's saved by a stranger. The demon infected Spyder with something awful - the truth. He can suddenly see the world as it really is: full of angels and demons and monsters and monster-hunters. A world full of black magic and mysteries. These are the Dominions, parallel worlds full of wonder, beauty, and horror

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another entertaining piece by Kadrey!

  • By Tobias E. Queen (Voice For Hire) on 02-19-15

Fun ride

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

Reviewed: 04-28-15

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

For me Kadrey's style of writing just clicks, I enjoy the mix of fantasy and real life and the attitude of the characters. It was an enjoyable romp through an imaginative world. I also see many hints of Sandman Slim in the main character. The best complement I can give is that I devoured the book as quickly as I was able to, and then found myself looking to see if there was a sequel. The narration was adequate and did not detract from the story.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Free: The Legend of Drizzt: The Collected Stories

  • By: R. A. Salvatore
  • Narrated by: An All-Star Cast
  • Length: 10 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,581
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,320
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,331

The Legend of Drizzt: The Collected Stories expands upon the epic legend of the dark elf with 12 tales performed by the all-star cast of Felicia Day, Dan Harmon, Greg Grunberg, Tom Felton, Danny Pudi, Sean Astin, Melissa Rauch, Ice-T, Wil Wheaton, Al Yankovic, Michael Chiklis, and David Duchovny!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just Plain Awesome

  • By Robert Eric Koch on 08-14-14

All I can say is... Good thing it was free

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

Reviewed: 04-28-15

Would you try another book from R. A. Salvatore and/or An All-Star Cast?

Yes, but would definitely research the review more thoroughly and review a demo before purchasing.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

First story was ok, but the rest I listened to were sub-par fantasy. They seemed like the left-over brain-droppings that someone scraped together in an attempt to make some money. To me the narration was flat and hindered by poor writing. To be fair I only made it about half way though the book and then couldn't take any more.

  • They Thirst

  • By: Robert R. McCammon
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 19 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 790
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 742
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 740

It looked like another ordinary day in Los Angeles. Then night came...Evil as old as the centuries has descended upon the City of Angels - it comes as a kiss from the terrifying but seductive immortals. Slowly at first, then by the legions, the ravenous undead choke Los Angeles with bloodthirsty determination - and the hordes of monstrous victims steadily mount each night.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderfully Entertaining-A Classic Vampire Story

  • By Paulette on 03-05-14

An OK vampire story

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

Reviewed: 04-28-15

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

The beginning and ending parts of the book were listenable. For me there was heavy drag in the middle. Found that I had to force myself to keep listening. There were also parts of the story where the writing seemed just "meh". I've read much better by McCammon.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Ray Porter did a fair job overall, and tried to give distinct voices to the main characters.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful