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  • Tigana

  • Auteur(s): Guy Gavriel Kay
  • Narrateur(s): Simon Vance
  • Durée: 24 h et 49 min
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 21

Tigana is the magical story of a beleaguered land struggling to be free. It is the tale of a people so cursed by the black sorcery of a cruel, despotic king that even the name of their once-beautiful homeland cannot be spoken or remembered.

But after years of devastation, a handful of courageous men and women embark upon a dangerous crusade to overthrow their conquerors and bring back to the dark world the brilliance of a long-lost name: Tigana.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Meh

  • Écrit par J Brandon. le 2019-02-28

Meh

Au global
3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
Histoire
3 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2019-02-28

It started off with promise but was largely boring and melodramatic. By the time I got 2/3 through I was having trouble sticking around, and the narrator sounded very much like he was too.

  • The Hod King

  • Auteur(s): Josiah Bancroft
  • Narrateur(s): John Banks
  • Durée: 20 h et 17 min
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    5 out of 5 stars 8
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    5 out of 5 stars 6
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    5 out of 5 stars 6

Thomas Senlin and his crew of outcasts have been separated, and now, they must face the dangers of the labyrinthine tower on their own. Fearing an uprising, the sphinx sends Senlin to investigate a plot that has taken hold in the ringdom of Pelphia. Alone in the city, Senlin infiltrates a bloody arena where hods battle for the public's entertainment. But his investigation is quickly derailed by a gruesome crime and an unexpected reunion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely incredible!

  • Écrit par J Brandon. le 2019-01-30

Absolutely incredible!

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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: 2019-01-30

A wonderful work of genius and one of the best things I’ve ever read or listened to in my life. An amazing narrator reading the work of an amazing writer.

  • Royal Assassin

  • The Farseer Trilogy, Book 2
  • Auteur(s): Robin Hobb
  • Narrateur(s): Paul Boehmer
  • Durée: 29 h et 17 min
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
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    5 out of 5 stars 53
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 53

Young Fitz, the illegitimate son of the noble Prince Chivalry, is ignored by all royalty except the devious King Shrewd, who has had him tutored him in the dark arts of the assassin. He has barely survived his first, soul-shattering mission, and when he returns to the court, he is thrown headfirst into the tumult of royal life.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Worth listening to, overall, but there are real issues...

  • Écrit par J Brandon. le 2019-01-27

Worth listening to, overall, but there are real issues...

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

Évalué le: 2019-01-27

It’s a testament to Hobbs’ writing skills that I managed to make it through to the end of this, the second book of the trilogy. Of course she’s also the one who created the issues that made it a little hard to get there. The book faces some fairly big problems, including some major holes in its plot that make it hard to suspend disbelief. The characters are so bound by myopic ignorance and frustrating codes of chivalry that the story is basically a longwinded account of what they ‘cannot’ do. Every turn they make we run up against another farfetched reason for not taking the obvious path. Is this book meant to be a philosophical study of chivalry? Like the first book in the series it drags on and on, with incredibly little real movement till the very end. It’s like being locked in a closet for 29 hours. Still, it’s a nice enough closet that the time passes reasonably pleasantly despite the frustration of being there.
I’m sure she has better books. It’s obvious she’s got talent. Unfortunately it sounds like most of the audio renditions of her other books aren’t very good, and due to some vision problems I can’t read them anymore. Too bad.
I’m not hooked enough to face going back into that closet for round three.
The narrator is very good IMO.

  • Prince of Thorns

  • Auteur(s): Mark Lawrence
  • Narrateur(s): James Clamp
  • Durée: 9 h et 19 min
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 42

Author Mark Lawrence has won over audiences everywhere with Prince of Thorns, his exciting debut novel. Nine-year-old Prince Jorg is forced to watch as his mother and brother are slaughtered. Fleeing the palace, Jorg joins a bloodthirsty band of thugs. But he’s determined to take back what’s rightfully his, so he returns to the castle a few years later - unaware of the dark and powerful magic that awaits.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant writing and narration

  • Écrit par J Brandon. le 2019-01-20

Brilliant writing and narration

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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: 2019-01-20

I understand this book won’t suit everyone as it is quite dark and cynical, as well as deep and intelligent. But I loved it very very very much. The narrator just absolutely nails it. I couldn’t imagine anyone doing a better job of Jorg than James Clamp did here.
Discovering this book yielded many rewards for me. Not only the Broken Empire series itself, but also Lawrence’s other works, the Tower of Babel series (absolutely incredible), as well as several other books that Mark Lawrence recommended. I’m so glad I stumbled upon this book!

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  • The Goblin Emperor

  • Auteur(s): Katherine Addison
  • Narrateur(s): Kyle McCarley
  • Durée: 16 h et 25 min
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 39

The youngest, half-goblin son of the Emperor has lived his entire life in exile, distant from the Imperial Court and the deadly intrigue that suffuses it. But when his father and three sons in line for the throne are killed in an "accident," he has no choice but to take his place as the only surviving rightful heir. Entirely unschooled in the art of court politics, he has no friends, no advisors, and the sure knowledge that whoever assassinated his father and brothers could make an attempt on his life at any moment.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • This is fantasy genre?

  • Écrit par J Brandon. le 2019-01-12

This is fantasy genre?

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Histoire
2 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2019-01-12

A DNF for me. I’m going to return it to Audible. After I dozed off for two hours with this audiobook droning in my ear and later realized that I had missed absolutely nothing of import, I started wondering what the point of me listening to this book is. I can sleep fine for free. Halfway through now and I think I’d rather spend the next 8 hours listening to something else.
It’s quite well written and the main character is reasonably sympathetic. A story of a somewhat insecure yet very capable 18 year old who suddenly becomes emperor of the elf kingdom after his father and older brothers all die in an accident. After that he proceeds to learn the workings of the palace bureaucracy, deals with servants, food, clothing, performs minor functions, eats dinners, makes various mundane decisions re matters of state and household duties... yawn...zzzzz... Maybe it’s just a matter of personal taste but I’m not sure why I would want to hear about it? Or maybe something starts to happen in the second half of the book? It’s too late for me now. I want to be entertained.

If you take an account of daily events in the life of an emperor, and say that he’s ‘half goblin’, and the rest of the people are ‘elves’, and make the occasional reference to the fact that the people in the story occasionally move their ears to express emotion rather like dogs, (his ears dropped, her ears shot up, etc) does this mean it’s a ‘fantasy novel’? Maybe something fantastical happens later, or happened while I dozed off, but as far as I could see, this is just a straight up account of some humans going about some very boring activities.

One last complaint- the emperor is addressed by the title of ‘Serenity’, and that word is also used as an acknowledgement in place of ‘yes’ when talking to him. This happens near constantly in every conversation. So the book seems to go like this ‘ blah blah blah ‘Serenity’ blah blah ‘Serenity’ blah ‘Serenity’. I’m not sure if the author actually intended it to read like this and if this is meant to have some sort of peaceful calming mantra effect on the reader, hearing the word ‘Serenity’ every minute or two, but I found it a little tiresome.

Nevertheless- after saying all this, I do think the author has talent and I would probably read something by her again. Would like to see her write something with more of a plot.

The narrator was good.

  • Master Assassins

  • Fire Sacraments Series, Book 1
  • Auteur(s): Robert V.S. Redick
  • Narrateur(s): Eric Michael Summerer
  • Durée: 17 h et 3 min
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    4 out of 5 stars 7
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    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
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    4 out of 5 stars 7

Kandri Hinjuman was never meant to be a soldier. His brother Mektu was never meant for this world. Rivals since childhood, they are drafted into a horrific war led by a madwoman-Prophet, and survive each day only by hiding their disbelief. Kandri is good at blending in, but Mektu is hopeless: impulsive, erratic - and certain that a demon is stalking him. Is this madness or a second sense? Either way, Kandri knows that Mektu's antics will land them both in early graves. But all bets are off when the brothers' simmering feud explodes into violence, and holy blood is spilled.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Okay Story, Amazing Voice Performance

  • Écrit par Antonio Messam le 2019-03-13

A decent story but the narrator wasn’t to my taste.

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3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
Histoire
4 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2018-12-28

I listened to this one because author Mark Lawrence recommended it and he hasn’t let me down yet. However, I feel I would have enjoyed this book a lot more in paper form. I found the narrator’s style irritating and subpar. A loud blaring American accent - overly dramatic and corny. The type of accents you might hear in video games and soap operas.

  • Heroes Die

  • The First of the Acts of Caine
  • Auteur(s): Matthew Stover
  • Narrateur(s): Stefan Rudnicki
  • Durée: 22 h et 28 min
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

Renowned throughout the land of Ankhana as the Blade of Tyshalle, Caine has killed his share of monarchs and commoners, villains and heroes. He is relentless, unstoppable, simply the best there is at what he does. At home on Earth, Caine is Hari Michaelson, a superstar whose adventures in Ankhana command an audience of billions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great

  • Écrit par Josh sorell le 2019-01-24

I’m surprise anyone would like or recommend this.

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

Évalué le: 2018-12-15


This appears to be an attempt at a simple minded juvenile ass-kicking adventure story reminiscent of a 4th rare Arnold Schwarzenegger movie. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but the writing is so terrible and the plot so weak and far fetched that no amount of effort could help suspend my disbelief. I found the narrator pretty damn awful too. Pre-teen boys might like it?

  • Red Rising

  • Auteur(s): Pierce Brown
  • Narrateur(s): Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Durée: 16 h et 12 min
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 497
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 471
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 472

Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations. Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children. But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Greatest Narrative Experience

  • Écrit par Joe Marshall le 2018-08-29

Disappointed at the quality of the writing. Teenagers will probably like it.

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2018-11-06


TGR’s narration is really excellent, but I found the writing awfully juvenile. The story of a member of the lowest faction of society, taken in by the underground resistance, enlightened about the big lie, and trained to infiltrate the upper class. He’s accepted into a high level academy for training of the elite ruling families. Sounds like a good enough plot, if a bit generic. But the plot line pretty much flatlines right there as we spend hour after hour following the frat-boys and frat-girls of the academy playing war games, a la the hunger games. There’s a cheesy Greco Roman mythology theme- trendy right now I suppose. The story drags on and on and on pointlessly. Pointless because the characters are so two dimensional that I couldn’t muster a shred of interest in them. Or eventually, in the book. Hit an audio glitch with the three hours remaining, breathed a sigh of relief, abandoned it, and went on to a different audiobook.

My 13 year old reads a lot of books like this and he liked this series a lot.

  • 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 950
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 882
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    5 out of 5 stars 883

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

Good story. but I found the narration terrible.

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3 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
Histoire
4 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2018-10-30

Finally done this book- what a relief! I bought this one a couple months ago. My girlfriend and I listened to it for about 10 minutes and gave up on it as we absolutely could not stand the voice of the male narrator. Skipped ahead to give the female one a listen and didn’t like her either.
I went back to it a couple weeks later, after reading a lot of positive reviews about it. Many people have had the same issues as I have with the narration but encouraged others to try to ‘work through it’.
I gave up on it again after slogging through another ten hours of it. Then a month later I decided to give it a third try. Only because of the positive reviews.
From the start of the book the voice of the male narrator is very off-putting. His voice is somewhat reminiscent of a 1950’s newscaster with severe constipation. His weird intonation and way of stretching out the vowels into double syllables with a falling tone is extremely disconcerting and gives everything a stuffy pedantic feel. His clichéd accents range from plain bad, to totally cringeworthy. Most popular in his repertoire are various attempts at ‘English’ accents. There are also a couple variations of ‘wise Indian chief’, and an absolutely vile ‘Australian’ style accent that gets pinned to one character. Drama is expressed by reading as if with jaws clenched tight, jerking out the words with what is meant to sound like passion, I guess. I struggled throughout the book to not feel complete loathing for the narration.
The female narrator is less offensive, though she also has a much smaller share of the narration to mess up. She, as well as her partner in crime, made it obvious she was getting paid by the hour and watching the clock. Reminded me of my school librarian reading to a bored grade six class.
An especially low point is close to the end of the book, when the plot lines Intersect. She pronounces the name of the main villain completely differently than has been pronounced for the entire previous 40 hours of the book. Really? The two narrators didn’t even bother to put the time in to collaborate on how to pronounce the characters? There are only a handful of them. Geez...

It’s too bad- it’s a decent story and I would have enjoyed finding out what happens next. The story of the character Kaladin is especially compelling. Maybe I’ll get the paper versions sometime. I really can’t stomach any more of these two narrators and I’m soooo relieved I’m finally done.

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  • We Are Legion (We Are Bob)

  • Bobiverse, Book 1
  • Auteur(s): Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrateur(s): Ray Porter
  • Durée: 9 h et 31 min
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 1 058
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    5 out of 5 stars 985
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 984

Bob Johansson has just sold his software company and is looking forward to a life of leisure. There are places to go, books to read, and movies to watch. So it's a little unfair when he gets himself killed crossing the street. Bob wakes up a century later to find that corpsicles have been declared to be without rights, and he is now the property of the state. He has been uploaded into computer hardware and is slated to be the controlling AI in an interstellar probe looking for habitable planets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Didn't think I'd like it, but I loved it

  • Écrit par Eli le 2018-01-11

Somewhat nerdy sci-fi, well narrated.

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2018-09-19

Got this book from Audible. To be honest it wasn’t my cup of tea and I didn’t make it all the way through this audiobook. I think certain fans of sci-fi, Star Trek, Star Wars, etc will like it. I found it a little overly nerdy/cliche.