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  • Gilded Cage

  • Dark Gifts, Book 1
  • By: Vic James
  • Narrated by: Avita Jay
  • Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 100

In a darkly fantastical debut set in modern-day Britain, magic users control everything: wealth, politics, power - and you. If you’re not one of the ultimate one-percenters - the magical elite - you owe them 10 years of service. This is the darkly decadent world of Gilded Cage. In its glittering milieu move the all-powerful Jardines and the everyday Hadleys. The families have only one thing in common: Each has three children. But their destinies entwine when one family enters the service of the other. They will all discover whether any magic is more powerful than the human spirit.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • characters surrounded by damn good writing

  • By N. H. on 05-26-17

Interesting, but not enough book for a trilogy

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

Reviewed: 08-07-18

Ok premise but this would be a lot better as a single book and not a trilogy. It is obviously an attempt to make us pay for 3 books. Sigh.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • God Emperor of Dune

  • By: Frank Herbert
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 15 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,526
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,767
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,782

More than 3,000 years have passed since the first events recorded in Dune. Only one link survives with those tumultuous times: the grotesque figure of Leto Atreides, son of the prophet Paul Muad'Dib, and now the virtually immortal God Emperor of Dune. He alone understands the future, and he knows with a terrible certainty that the evolution of his race is at an end unless he can breed new qualities into his species.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Almost as good as the original

  • By Joel D Offenberg on 12-03-09

Great book, terrible reading

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

Reviewed: 05-26-16

How could the performance have been better?

God Emperor is one of Frank Herbert's best books. Everyone who is into science fiction should read it at least once. I've probably read it a dozen times or more -- I'm original Dune novels obsessed! But this particular production is terrible. Unfortunately, this is true of all the current Dune related audiobooks. Scott Brick is one of the worst audio performers in the history of audio performances. His wooden readings just destroy Herbert's nuanced stories in every way. I thought this would be Scott Brick free, but alas, while it says that this story is narrated by Simon Vance, it's actually narrated by three people of whom the atrocious Scott Brick is one. He just ruins everything he touches. My recommendation is just to read this one along with all of Frank Herbert's other amazing books as actual books. My recommendation to Audible is to toss all the Scott Brick production in the garbage and start over with better performers.

  • Into the Dim

  • By: Janet B. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 151
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 142
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 142

When fragile 16-year-old Hope Walton loses her mom to an earthquake overseas, her secluded world crumbles. Agreeing to spend the summer in Scotland, Hope discovers that her mother was more than a brilliant academic but also a member of a secret society of time travelers. And she's alive, though currently trapped in the 12th century, during the age of Eleanor of Aquitaine. Hope has 77 hours to rescue her mother and get back to their own time.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Typical YA

  • By Lucy on 03-08-16

Typical YA

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

Reviewed: 03-08-16

This was fine for what it is - standard YA romance. I had hoped for more with the time travel / medieval angle, but really this obeys all the standard tropes of the YA genre and confirm why I typically avoid it. Give it a pass if you're looking for something time travelly or medievally. But if teenage romance is your thing, you'll be quite happy with this book.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Luna

  • New Moon
  • By: Ian McDonald
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Toren, Soneela Nankani, Thom Rivera
  • Length: 16 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 247
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 225
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 226

As the leader of the moon's newest "dragon", Adriana has wrested control of the moon's helium-3 industry from the Mackenzie Metal Corporation and fought to earn her family's new status. Now, at the twilight of her life, Adriana finds her corporation, Corta Helio, surrounded by the many enemies she made during her meteoric rise. If the Corta family is to survive, Adriana's five children must defend their mother's empire from her many enemies - and each other.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Dynasty on the Moon

  • By Lucy on 01-18-16

Dynasty on the Moon

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

Reviewed: 01-18-16

This was like a 1980s soap opera like Dallas or Dynasty, but on the moon. And really I would read any book with that premise. It's kinda crazy no one has done this before. Lots of fun.

Main narrator is adequate. The supporting narrators are quite good.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Masked City

  • The Invisible Library, Book 2
  • By: Genevieve Cogman
  • Narrated by: Susan Duerden
  • Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 499
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 464
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 464

Librarian-spy Irene is working undercover in an alternative London when her assistant, Kai, goes missing. She discovers he's been kidnapped by the fae faction, and the repercussions could be fatal. Not just for Kai but for whole worlds. Kai's dragon heritage means he has powerful allies but also powerful enemies in the form of the fae. With this act of aggression, the fae are determined to trigger a war between their people - and the forces of order and chaos themselves.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • That voice!

  • By Melissa on 02-09-16

Cannot wait for the next in the series!

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

Reviewed: 01-14-16

Any additional comments?

One is often disappointed by a sequel, but this was not the case with The Masked City. The Masked City builds on the delightful Invisible Library. I was so pleasantly surprised by both these books. I'm now anxiously awaiting the next installment of the story. I hope they never end!

  • Starfire

  • By: B.V. Larson
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 13 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,474
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,283
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,283

On June 30, 1908, an object fell from the sky, releasing more energy than a thousand Hiroshima bombs. A Siberian forest was flattened, but the strike left no significant crater. The anomaly came to be known as the Tunguska Event, and scientists have never agreed whether it was the largest meteor strike in recorded history - or something else. Alien artifacts have been uncovered since the 1908 event, and a new star drive is discovered.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Spy flick meets First contact. :)

  • By Antonio Stevens on 04-27-15

Derivative Drivel

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

Reviewed: 01-14-16

What would have made Starfire better?

The addition of anything remotely original. My issue with this book is that it was just a mashup of tired old adventure and alien tropes and lacked anything resembling an original thought. I kept waiting for something interesting and new to happen, thinking to myself that the whole book couldn't possibly be this stereotypical and awful. Alas, it was.

Would you be willing to try another one of Edoardo Ballerini’s performances?

While it's not Mr. Ballerini's fault that this book reeks, his narration was also pretty much lacking in color. His voice is pleasant enough but it sounds like a dozen other typical male audiobook reader voices and doesn't really stand out in any particularly interesting or unique way. That said, I won't actively avoid him like I do with Scott Brick or John Lee.

  • The Invisible Library

  • By: Genevieve Cogman
  • Narrated by: Susan Duerden
  • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,335
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,253
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,239

Irene is a professional spy for the mysterious Library, which harvests fiction from different realities. And along with her enigmatic assistant, Kai, she's posted to an alternative London. Their mission: to retrieve a dangerous book. But when they arrive, it's already been stolen. London's underground factions seem prepared to fight to the very death to find her book.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • could not get past the voice

  • By Kindle Customer on 03-04-16

Perfectly delightful!

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

Reviewed: 12-29-15

What did you love best about The Invisible Library?

This was a great find! A book about books and book spies. Evocative and expertly crafted. Also, I would listen to Susan Duerden any day. She'd make my gas bill sound exciting! She's a complete gem and absolutely perfect for this story.

What about Susan Duerden’s performance did you like?

Susan Duerden has a voice to die for. She simply purrs. She's also an amazingly talented vocal artist. I had listened to her performance of The Rook and loved it but hadn't recognized her name when I got this book. I immediately recognized her voice though. And did a dance of joy to think I was going to listen to her read another book. I think I would I have loved this book no matter who read it, but Ms Duerden voice was icing on top of an already delicious cake!!!!

  • Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue

  • The Untold History of English
  • By: John McWhorter
  • Narrated by: John McWhorter
  • Length: 5 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,995
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,540
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,517

A survey of the quirks and quandaries of the English language, focusing on our strange and wonderful grammar. Why do we say "I am reading a catalog" instead of "I read a catalog"? Why do we say "do" at all? Is the way we speak a reflection of our cultural values? Delving into these provocative topics and more, Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue distills hundreds of years of fascinating lore into one lively history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great for casual linguists

  • By Anderson on 01-11-10

Fun! Admittedly in a totally nerdy way

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

Reviewed: 10-12-14

What did you like best about this story?

This is a great book. I'm so happy it was on the $1.99 sale because I probably wouldn't have listened to it otherwise. Super fascinating. I look at our words in a whole new way now. The author sets forth potentially dry material in a clear an entertaining manner. Though I'm a visual learner, especially with words/languages, I'm glad I listened to this rather than read reading it so I could hear all the different languages pronounced correctly. I would have no doubt mangled it in reading and lost out on a key component of what makes the book so cool.

  • Bellwether

  • By: Connie Willis
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,234
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 891
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 891

Sandra Foster studies fads and their meanings for the HiTek corporation. Bennett O'Reilly works with monkey group behavior and chaos theory for the same company. When the two are thrust together due to a misdelivered package and a run of seemingly bad luck, they find a joint project in a flock of sheep. But a series of setbacks and disappointments arise before they are able to find answers to their questions - with the unintended help of the errant, forgetful, and careless office assistant Flip.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Pattern Recognition" Meets "Office Space

  • By Pam on 07-04-12

Excellent short book.

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

Reviewed: 09-04-14

What was one of the most memorable moments of Bellwether?

This book had all of the best of Connie Willis -- wit, charm, fabulous characters, deep research, intricate plotting, hilarity -- without a lot of the bloat that can creep into her longer fictional works. Thoroughly enjoyable and not at all vexing.

Which character – as performed by Kate Reading – was your favorite?

Kate Reading is always a joy to listen to.

  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 164,663
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 151,997
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 151,836

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth it even if you've seen the movie

  • By R. MCRACKAN on 12-08-17

Wow! Simply Amazing!

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

Reviewed: 09-04-14

What made the experience of listening to The Martian the most enjoyable?

This was one of the best books I've read in a while. It's a simple man vs. nature story, but set on Mars -- a new environment. The book never takes shortcuts. There are no magic answers or aliens to get the protagonist out of trouble. The book never breaks the laws of physics with faster than light travel or other impossible technology. Everything is at least scientifically feasible, if not already available. In addition, the story it witty and funny. I definitely laughed out loud at some of the hero's more colorful exclamations.

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

Wanted to, yes. Too long to read all at once, but I inhaled the book, listening as much as I could and was enraptured with the story the entire time.

Any additional comments?

My new favorite author.