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Sean Higgins

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  • All the Birds in the Sky

  • By: Charlie Jane Anders
  • Narrated by: Alyssa Bresnahan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,739
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,596
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,599

Childhood friends Patricia Delfine and Laurence Armstead didn't expect to see each other again after parting ways under mysterious circumstances during high school. After all, the development of magical powers and the invention of a two-second time machine could hardly fail to alarm one's peers and families. But now they're both adults, living in the hipster mecca San Francisco, and the planet is falling apart around them.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Too twee for me.

  • By Amy on 03-13-17

Couldn't stop listening

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

Reviewed: 05-22-16

It's been a long time since I couldn't put a book down, so I'm glad a large swath of my friends told me to read this. Really unique characters, a fantastic story, & interesting perspectives on science, technology, nature, & more. If you're wondering if you should read this book, the answer is YES!!

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Mirror Empire

  • Worldbreaker Saga
  • By: Kameron Hurley
  • Narrated by: Liza Ross
  • Length: 17 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 92
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 95

On the eve of a recurring catastrophic event known to extinguish nations and reshape continents, a troubled orphan evades death and slavery to uncover her own bloody past - while a world goes to war with itself. In the frozen kingdom of Saiduan, invaders from another realm are decimating whole cities, leaving behind nothing but ash and ruin.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating & thrilling

  • By Sean Higgins on 09-19-15

Captivating & thrilling

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

Reviewed: 09-19-15

I got this on the recommendation of a friend and I am SO glad I did! It was confusing at first, but keep going & you'll catch on. Some of the most amazing world building I've ever seen. This style reminds me of ASOIAF, but this author is more brutal than GRRM (in a good way!). I loved the array of perspectives-- people of all (& multiple genders), disabled folks, & different cultures. Loved the unique characters. Five stars for sure.

8 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • The Mists of Avalon

  • By: Marion Zimmer Bradley
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 50 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,387
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,000
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,010

A posthumous recipient of the World Fantasy Award for Lifetime Achievement, Marion Zimmer Bradley reinvented - and rejuvenated - the King Arthur mythos with her extraordinary Mists of Avalon series. In this epic work, Bradley follows the arc of the timeless tale from the perspective of its previously marginalized female characters: Celtic priestess Morgaine, Gwenhwyfar, and High Priestess Viviane.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Davina Porter brings an old favorite back to life!

  • By Carolina on 07-13-12

Engaging & Interesting, Though a Little Dated

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

Reviewed: 07-29-15

What made the experience of listening to The Mists of Avalon the most enjoyable?

The unique experience of only having women as narrators was fantastic, and all of the main characters were relatable, if not personally likeable. Great to have insight to so many diverse voices.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Mists of Avalon?

All of Morgaine's pivotal moments were huge.

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

I thought the performance was good, but she seemed to speak in a more formal & slower way than some of the newer books I've listened to. It did make the book drag on a bit, but she gives such a lovely performance that it was only an issue at first. If you're looking for something upbeat & fast-paced though, this isn't it. This book is more a slow stroll through a beautiful garden, taking your time to look at and learn about every plant in it. Get it if you're looking to savor a book filled with complex, emotional characters.

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

"Women Are Amazing & Men Ruin Everything: A 4 Part Series"

Any additional comments?

Small irritation, but irritation nonetheless: this book wasn't edited to cut out the old-school advertisements in between sections. They're fairly long & an unnecessary summary to someone who's been listening to the whole thing. Wish they weren't included. Not a dealbreaker though, obviously.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful