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  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 26

At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • High concept, low on story

  • By Bennett on 02-10-2018

High concept, low on story

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

Reviewed: 02-10-2018

The whole thing could be about half as long if the author didn't just spout cultural references without any plot

  • The Way of Kings

  • The Stormlight Archive
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
  • Length: 45 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,764
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,640
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,639

According to mythology, mankind used to live in 'The Tranquiline Halls': heaven. But then the Voidbringers assaulted and captured heaven, casting out God and men. Men took root on Roshar, the world of storms, but the Voidbringers followed. The Almighty gave men powerful suits of armor and mystical weapons, the Shardblades. Led by 10 angelic Heralds and 10 orders of knights known as Radiants, mankind finally won (or so the legends say).

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Long - 45 hours and the first of 10 books!

  • By Jeremy on 24-04-2015

Waffle much?

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

Reviewed: 10-05-2018

Two very gifted and talented narrators that could engage me reading a shopping list bring this recalcitrant story to life.

There is building suspense, there is trying to form seemingly unconnected stories into a narrative, there is world building, and then there is busy work.

Too much busy work. Too much expecting the audience to go along with the narrative, hoping they'll see the bigger picture.

But still... I want the next novel in the series. I'm engaged with the characters, and want to see how the plot plays out.

TL/DR Long isn't necessarily better

  • Ender's Game

  • Special 20th Anniversary Edition
  • By: Orson Scott Card
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison, Gabrielle de Cuir
  • Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 316
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 294
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 293

Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s easy to say that when it comes to sci-fi you either love it or you hate it. But with Ender’s Game, it seems to be you either love it or you love it.... The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Enter Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, the result of decades of genetic experimentation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One if the most gripping audio books ever

  • By Thanh on 29-01-2019

Brilliant cast brings the story to life

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

Reviewed: 25-01-2018

All of the actors have their own segments.

None of them copy the other's performances.

Makes it like a story told by different people's point of view.

Makes it more real.

  • Thud!

  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Stephen Briggs
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 156
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 140
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 140

Koom Valley? That was where the trolls ambushed the dwarfs, or the dwarfs ambushed the trolls. It was far away. It was a long time ago. But if he doesn't solve the murder of just one dwarf, Commander Sam Vimes of Ankh-Morpork City Watch is going to see it fought again, right outside his office.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • there was one line that was repeated

  • By Patrick on 09-06-2018

No better combination of writer and performer

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

Reviewed: 22-04-2017

What can you say? Terry Pratchett's characters and narrative need a very special performer to tackle the task.

Stephen Briggs is incredible in this role.

  • Error Australis

  • By: Ben Pobjie
  • Narrated by: Jim Pike
  • Length: 9 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 53

Australia is a proud country full of proud people, but exactly what are we proud of? Comedian and history buff Ben Pobjie delves deep into Australia's past and has a good old rummage amongst the nation's personal effects. With wit, perspicacity and a healthily elastic attitude to historical accuracy, the great saga of Australia is unravelled like an old woolly jumper. For anyone who snoozed through history class at school, this is the book to get you all caught up.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not bad but hard to tell facts from jokes

  • By Paul on 15-12-2016

About as funny as a fart in a bottle

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

Reviewed: 04-01-2017

The script follows the same "fact, fact as set up, topical joke" format through most of the first three chapters.

I can't say what the rest of the novel was like, as that was all I could stand.

Having variation on the same tired joke over and over got really grating, and wasn't even funny the first time.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Speaker for the Dead

  • By: Orson Scott Card
  • Narrated by: David Birney, Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 14 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 142
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134

In the aftermath of his terrible war, Ender Wiggin disappeared, and a powerful voice arose: the Speaker for the Dead, who told the true story of the Bugger War. Now, long years later, a second alien race has been discovered by Portuguese colonists on the planet Lusitania. But again the aliens' ways are strange and frightening...again, humans die. And it is only the Speaker for the Dead, who is also Ender Wiggin the Xenocide, who has the courage to confront the mystery...and the truth.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story, Pathetic narration

  • By Peter on 13-08-2014

Not your average performance.

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

Reviewed: 28-02-2016

If you are humming and/or hahing, I suggest downloading this book, then likely enjoying that immensely. Now that is out of the way:

I think I understand what was attempted here, but I don't believe that the execution quite got there.

Each and every narrator has a striking voice, and quite probably have pulled off the entire narrative themselves. The point is, however, that the narrative is not of one character, nor the 'reader's' internal voice, but the 'speaker'.

An engaging story telling device, but one that ended out trapping them. Having the narrators not attempt character voices for the most part lead to confused dialogue, as well as a striking contrast when, probably due to long and unclear dialogue sections in the text, the narrator did bring in some affliction to distinguish characters.

The trap set and sprung wasn't too much of a distraction from brilliant performances from a strong text with good direction.

What was a complete distraction, however, was the odd, interfering, and downright annoying music cues. Just idiotic.

A literary (or aurally) device attempted, stuck with until the bitter end is not necessarily a bad thing. This particular performance brought real emotion as I was listening. The music at the "important" sections of the plot broke the experiment nearly beyond repair.

Were the combination of performance, text, and direction not so strong, I would have asked for a refund.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4,110
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,853
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3,853

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
  • Gripping!

  • By Mr on 19-06-2015

A great story brought to life with a brilliant nar

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

Reviewed: 14-12-2015

Would you listen to The Martian again? Why?

I'm re-listening to it now, so I guess that's a 'yes'

What other book might you compare The Martian to, and why?

I guess 2001. It's Sci-Fi, but not some unknown time in the distant future. It's based (mostly) around current technology and research, so it's completely grounded in reality - well apart from the main plot point, Mars' atmosphere is so thin that it wouldn't be able to whip up a storm strong enough to tip anything much.

Which character – as performed by R. C. Bray – was your favourite?

Bray is able to breathe life into all of the characters. It's more than changes of accent and voice, each character has their own personality.

The breaking up of the conversation by the necessary 'he said, she replied' of a novel was distracting. Bray's characterisations made it clear who was speaking when

If I had to pick one, I would have to say Kapoor.

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

It's just too damn long for that.

I've listened to this in many hour stretches. I didn't want to stop listening, but I had to go to work... so on occasion I didn't stop listening and my work suffered.

Any additional comments?

I'm actively searching out Bray's narration now. His characterisations are spot on, and he was able to bring the already engaging story to life