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  • Oathbringer

  • Auteur(s): Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrateur(s): Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
  • Durée: 55 h et 5 min
  • Version intégrale
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    5 out of 5 stars 900
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 851
  • Histoire
    5 out of 5 stars 849

Dalinar Kholin's Alethi armies won a fleeting victory at a terrible cost. The enemy Parshendi summoned the violent Everstorm, which now sweeps the world with destruction and in its passing awakens the once peaceful and subservient parshmen to the horror of their millennia-long enslavement by humans. While on a desperate flight to warn his family of the threat, Kaladin Stormblessed must come to grips with the fact that the newly kindled anger of the parshmen may be wholly justified.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • outstanding.

  • Écrit par Tyler Pubben le 2017-12-08

Great book with some flaws.

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Histoire
4 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2018-07-06

I thoroughly enjoyed Oathbringer. Sanderson's epic continues to be thoughtful, rich, and satisfying. Meanwhile, Kramer continues to excel in his narration and Reading seems to finally hit her stride with this one. However, while this huge novel highlights all of Sanderson's greatest strengths as an author, some of his weaknesses are also on display.

Structurally, the formula of these novels is beginning to feel a bit repetitive. Dalinar's suppressed-memory flashbacks, for example, mirror the exploration of Shallan's past in Words of Radiance a little too closely. I'd be happy to see more changes to the formula in the next entry.

The most glaring flaw, though, is Sanderson's handling of romance. This entry in the series devotes considerably more time to romantic relationships and, frankly, Sanderson just isn't very good at writing those kinds of scenes. This unfortunate limitation certainly doesn't spoil the book as a whole, but there are many more lines to cringe at in Oathbringer than there were in either of the last two books.

Just like the last two books in the series Oathbringer is immersive, surprisingly thought provoking, occasionally cringeworthy, reliably satisfying, and really just a lot of fun. Everything there is to love about The Stormlight Archive is on full display here.

  • Norse Mythology

  • Auteur(s): Neil Gaiman
  • Narrateur(s): Neil Gaiman
  • Durée: 6 h et 29 min
  • Version intégrale
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 971
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 891
  • Histoire
    4.5 out of 5 stars 883

Neil Gaiman has long been inspired by ancient mythology in creating the fantastical realms of his fiction. Now he turns his attention back to the source, presenting a bravura rendition of the great northern tales. In Norse Mythology, Gaiman fashions primeval stories into a novelistic arc that begins with the genesis of the legendary nine worlds; delves into the exploits of the deities, dwarves, and giants; and culminates in Ragnarok, the twilight of the gods and the rebirth of a new time and people.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic!

  • Écrit par Taylor Chafe le 2017-12-11

Winning Comination

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Histoire
5 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2018-06-13

There's no part of "Neil Gaiman reads his own retellings of Norse Myths" that isn't immensely appealing. I don't imagine anyone who's made a serious study of Norse Mythology will find much new here, but for those of us who are only casually acquainted this is a highly entertaining way to experience the lore. While sticking as true as possible to his source material Gaiman retells these stories in a way that makes them easy to read and enjoy. He captures what's fascinating and charming about the myths while injecting some of his own charms as a storyteller and narrator at the same time. The result is a highly entertaining book that's also a great source of information about an ancient culture.

  • The Sellout

  • A Novel
  • Auteur(s): Paul Beatty
  • Narrateur(s): Prentice Onayemi
  • Durée: 9 h et 35 min
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    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Histoire
    4 out of 5 stars 22

A biting satire about a young man's isolated upbringing and the race trial that sends him to the Supreme Court, Paul Beatty's The Sellout showcases a comic genius at the top of his game. It challenges the sacred tenets of the United States Constitution, urban life, the civil rights movement, the father-son relationship, and the holy grail of racial equality: the black Chinese restaurant.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Preachy not very funny.

  • Écrit par Mike Reiter le 2018-01-27

Top Notch Satire

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2018-06-13

It's rare to find a book that strikes such a perfect balance between meaningful social critique and utter hilarity. I keep thinking back on all the hilarious moments in the novel and I find that the more I reflect the more I realize just how much this book has going for it. Those moments aren't just funny, they're vivid, layered, and thought provoking as well. There's a lot of art that talks about being black in America but Beatty has found a truly singular angle with which to explore the topic. The writing is totally accessible but without sacrificing depth; it's unpretentious but still endlessly clever.

Prentice Onayemi's narration is pitch-perfect and wonderfully complements the prose. He really seems to inhabit the persona of the narrator as he's reading. Really he just nails the delivery on every line, a truly flawless performance.

Would highly recommend this book to pretty much anyone without hesitation; I think Swift and Twain would find a lot to like here.

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    Durée: 10 h et 5 min
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    Au global 4,5
  • Anansi Boys

  • Auteur(s): Neil Gaiman
  • Narrateur(s): Lenny Henry
  • Durée: 10 h et 5 min
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Histoire
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46

Returning to the territory he so brilliantly explored in his masterful New York Times best seller American Gods, the incomparable Neil Gaiman offers up a work of dazzling ingenuity, a kaleidoscopic journey deep into myth that is at once startling, terrifying, exhilarating, and fiercely funny, a true wonder of a novel that confirms Stephen King's glowing assessment of the author as "a treasure house of story, and we are lucky to have him."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good but not Great

  • Écrit par Utilisateur anonyme le 2018-06-13

Good but not Great

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Histoire
4 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2018-06-13

This isn't Gaiman at his finest or most ambitious. While the book is often described as a semi-sequel to American Gods it's actually much more reminiscent of Neverwhere. In fact, the many structural similarities to Neverwhere are sometimes enough to make Anansi boys seem like a bit of a rehash, especially considering that the novel already leans somewhat on the lore established in American Gods. All that being said, even when Gaiman's isn't at his finest he's still a great writer and this fun and light hearted adventure is certainly worth the time of any fan.

While Gaiman is a great reader of his own work, he wisely left the narration of this one up to Lenny Henry who (I assume) does a much better Caribbean accent than Gaiman. Even though I've grown to expect Gaiman to narrate his own novels, it took no time to get used to Henry's charming and dynamic reading.

If you're looking for your Gaiman fix, or just a fun modern fantasy novel, Anansi Boys is a fine choice. If you're looking for something exceptional though, on the level of American Gods or The Ocean at the End of the Lane, you're not going to find it here.

  • Words of Radiance

  • The Stormlight Archive, Book 2
  • Auteur(s): Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrateur(s): Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
  • Durée: 48 h et 13 min
  • Version intégrale
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    5 out of 5 stars 733
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 683
  • Histoire
    5 out of 5 stars 684

In that first volume, we were introduced to the remarkable world of Roshar, a world both alien and magical, where gigantic hurricane-like storms scour the surface every few days and life has adapted accordingly. Roshar is shared by humans and the enigmatic, humanoid Parshendi, with whom they are at war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • AMAZING.

  • Écrit par Nicole le 2017-12-16

Great Follow Up

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Histoire
4 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2018-06-07

All in all, Words of Radiance is a great follow-up to The Way of Kings. The world remains deep and engaging and the many satisfying payoffs and reveals are only slightly diminished by the fact that you can often guess at what's coming. If you liked the first book there's certainly nothing that would turn you off at this point.

As with The Way of Kings, Kramer and Reading provide mostly great readings with only a few snags. It can be a bit disorienting to hear the same character voiced in two different ways by the two narrators, but that's just the nature of the beast. The most jarring choice was Reading's inclusion of a Thaylen accent that (unless I'm totally off base here) wasn't present in the first book and seems to only affect a certain percent of the population. The accent itself is also just a little weird in a way that I can't quite describe, but I did eventually get used to it and it doesn't come up all that often.

Overall a great story that's full of gratifying moments, inventive detail, and is conveyed by skillful, if not flawless, narration.

  • The Way of Kings

  • Book One of The Stormlight Archive
  • Auteur(s): Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrateur(s): Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
  • Durée: 45 h et 29 min
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    5 out of 5 stars 1 006
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 934
  • Histoire
    5 out of 5 stars 936

Roshar is a world of stone and storms. Uncanny tempests of incredible power sweep across the rocky terrain so frequently that they have shaped ecology and civilization alike. Animals hide in shells, trees pull in branches, and grass retracts into the soilless ground. Cities are built only where the topography offers shelter. It has been centuries since the fall of the ten consecrated orders known as the Knights Radiant, but their Shardblades and Shardplate remain: mystical swords and suits of armor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping and Near Impossible to Put Down!

  • Écrit par Nicole le 2017-11-02

Very Promising First Entry

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Histoire
4 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2018-05-10

I was a little hesitant coming into this one, I wasn't sold on the narration found in the sample and I was worried that this would be a fairly by the numbers high fantasy affair. So, I was very pleasantly surprised when, after getting a few chapters in, I found myself being absorbed into both the narration and the rich world.

While Michael Kramer's delivery of descriptive narration may seem dry at first, once I got used to it I came to see that it was a great fit for the story, and his delivery of dialogue is top-notch on the whole. Kate Reading's performance is fairly good, although she seems to have a limited arsenal of distinct voices to use for dialogue. Also, at one point in the book it becomes clear that Reading and Kramer had landed on different pronunciations of a certain character's name. It's a small quibble, and only affected a single chapter, but it pulled me right out of the story for a minute.

Sanderson's writing isn't devoid of classic fantasy tropes and clichés, and there are occasionally lines of groan-worthy dialogue, but the more you get into the story the more you begin to see and appreciate the depth and nuance. Roshar is a expertly crafted world filled with inventive detail, and the narrative is satisfying and unpretentious but also surprisingly thoughtful.

On the whole, if you're at all into fantasy you should give this one an honest try. Definitely worth the investment.

  • Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Signature Performance by Elijah Wood

  • Auteur(s): Mark Twain
  • Narrateur(s): Elijah Wood
  • Durée: 10 h et 10 min
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 50

A Signature Performance: Elijah Wood becomes the first narrator to bring a youthful voice and energy to the story, perhaps making it the closest interpretation to Twain’s original intent.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Amazing and Surprising Combination

  • Écrit par Utilisateur anonyme le 2018-02-06

An Amazing and Surprising Combination

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Histoire
5 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2018-02-06

I never would have thought to ask for an Elijah Wood narration of Huckleberry Finn, but here we have it and it's truly a joy. Wood's narration brings so much heart and charm to a story that was already so heartfelt and charming that it makes this an essentiel reading for anyone who enjoys audiobooks.

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