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The Brothers Karamazov Audiobook Review

The Brothers Karamazov Audiobook, ABRIDGED By Fyodor Dostoevsky, Narrated by Simon Vance

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The Brothers Karamazov

Written by: Fyodor Dostoevsky

Narrated by: Simon Vance

Length: 19 hrs and 12 mins

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date: 01-15-09

Publisher: christianaudio.com

I’ve been thinking about reading some classic literature for some time now, and what better book to start with than The Brothers Karamazov. There’re multiple audiobook versions available, both abridged and unabridged, so you’ll have lots of choice of how to consume it. I went for the 2009 abridged edition narrated by Simon Vance. It’s almost 20 hours long which is the perfect sweetspot for me. The full version is something like 40 hours long, so…

Unlike your typical abridged audiobook, this one seems to shorten things on word and phrase level rather then cut out whole scenes or chapters. A word removed here, change of phrasing there and it all adds up with the end result being about 50% shorter than the original. It’s more of a compression than an abridgment. Sure, you’re loosing some of the feel of the original, but you’re presented with a carefully crafted piece, not some hack job. The famous The Grand Inquisitor chapter is still there in all of its glory, for example. Read the rest of this entry

As you’ve probably guessed by now I’m primaraly an audiobook reader and naturally I browse through Audible’s catalog a lot. So it’s no surprise sometimes I stumble into things I didn’t expect (that’s the whole point). I’m not a romance reader but still I see lots of romance books in the catalog and the first thing I do is to judge them by the cover. Most of the time I find them to be either extremely cheesy and/or laugh-inducing, sometimes boring or simply weird. So, I decided to have some fun today (not that kind of fun you pervs :P) and tried to find as much audiobook covers that are actually sexy and/or romantic as possible. After going through the whole Romance section in the Audible catalog I chose 6 romance books that look good. Here they are in no particular order:

 

1. Return to Santa Flores by Iris Johansen, narrated by Emily Sutton-Smith

Return to Santa Flores by Iris Johansen, narrated by Emily Sutton-Smith

I like the overall feel of this one – delicate and soft. The model is good-looking and quite sexy but not like in-your-face type of sexy. I think comming up with a good romance cover is a hard task. There are lots of cliches one could get tangled in but this one turned out alright. Quite romantic and sensual, I think. Read the rest of this entry

Haunted Louisiana Audiobook Review

Haunted Louisiana Audiobook Review: Ghost Stories and Paranormal Activity from the State of Louisiana (Haunted States Series)  By Sarah Ashley, Narrated by Elizabeth J. Taylor

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Haunted Louisiana: Ghost Stories and Paranormal Activity from the State of Louisiana (Haunted States Series)

Written by: Sarah Ashley

Narrated by: Elizabeth J. Taylor

Length: 2 hrs and 12 mins

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date: 07-12-13

Publisher: D & D Publishing

I personally don’t believe in ghosts and never have seen one or know anybody who has. That said I enjoy a good scary story and even the occasional horror film. If done right ghosts can be very scary even though they’re invisible. In fact, maybe they’re so scary because they’re invisible. We humans like to see things, it’s how we perceive the world. The possibility that there’re creatures in it that we can’t see but they can see and hurt us is understandably blood-chilling. So, of course when I saw Haunted Louisiana I was intrigued. Calling it a novel may be a little bit of a stretch as it is a little over two hours long – a novelette, maybe? Read the rest of this entry

The Ocean at the End of the Lane Audiobook Review by Neil Gaiman, Narrated by Neil Gaiman

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The Ocean at the End of the Lane: A Novel

Written by: Neil Gaiman

Narrated by: Neil Gaiman

Length: 5 hrs and 48 mins

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date: 06-18-13

Publisher: Harper Audio

I saw lots of people raving about how good The Ocean at the End of the Lane audiobook is and decided to check it out for myself. When a new book by Neil Gaiman comes out it’s always a big event. After all he’s notoriously good fantasy writer, has a huge fanbase and generally people expect an excellent book when they see his name on the cover. Everybody’s been wondering what Gaiman’s going to do next in the last few years. An American Gods TV series? A sequel to Odd and the Frost Giant? A prequel to his Sandman comic? To be honest, there was a little bit of skepticism in me about Gaiman doing something unoriginal, we’ve already seen. I didn’t want that. I needed something new and exciting. Read the rest of this entry

Geomancer: Well of Echoes Audiobook Review

Geomancer: Well of Echoes Audiobook Review By Ian Irvine, Narrated by Grant Cartwright, Series: The Well of Echoes, Book 1

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Geomancer: Well of Echoes, Book 1

Written by: Ian Irvine

Narrated by: Grant Cartwright

Length: 23 hrs and 47 mins

Series: The Well of Echoes, Book 1

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date: 07-12-13

Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

I had big expectations for this audiobook when I stumbled upon it while browsing. It seemed very promising and largely lived up to my expectation with a few exceptions.
What Geomancer is about: Tiaan is a crystal worker who makes controllers, intricate components that control huge war machines. She lives in a world exhausted by a war against a winged race called the lyrinx. Everyone in society has their role in supporting the war effort, and if you don’t have any particular abilities which can be useful, you get sent to the front lines if you’re a man, or used as breeding specimen, giving birth to the next generation of soldiers, if you’re a woman. When Tiaan is falsely accused of sabotage, she finds herself on the run and looking for a man she’s seen in her crystal visions, her true love. Read the rest of this entry

Pacific Rim Audiobook Review: The Official Movie Novelization By Alex Irvine, Narrated by Christian Rummel, Jay Snyder

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Pacific Rim: The Official Movie Novelization

Written by: Alex Irvine

Narrated by: Christian Rummel, Jay Snyder

Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date: 07-12-13

Publisher: Audible Studios

You know how it happens. A big-budget Holywood movie comes out, makes a bunch of money for the studio and of course they want to squeeze every last dollar possible. So naturally as a part of the modern publishing process, they make a book version of the movie and release it after the flick is in the cinemas. It keeps up the hype and can be a good secondary income stream. Generally speaking these books aren’t that good but thankfully they don’t do novelizations for all movies that come out. On the cover it says it’s based on the movie, but what really that means is it’s based on the movie script.

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Ebook Discount July Monthly Special!

Want to mix things up a little bit and give a rest to your ears from all those audiobooks? Stock up on some ebooks! Here are some ebook suggestions to fill up your e-reader with. Best part is Audiobook Jungle readers get a 20% discount using the promo code Categorysalecp at checkout for all ebooks in the following categories: Food and Wine, Foreign Language Study, History, Self-Help, Technology. Here are a few of our picks for the month. Click the ebook title to browse to the ebooks.com store. If you haven’t used them before, all of their books can be read on iPhone / iPad, Android phones & tablets, Kindle Fire, e-readers with Adobe Digital Editions installed, PC and Mac.

 

1. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

The Ocean at the End of the LaneA major new work from “a writer to make readers rejoice” (Minneapolis Star Tribune)—a moving story of memory, magic, and survival
Sussex, England. A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. Although the house he lived in is long gone, he is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock, and her mother and grandmother. He hasn’t thought of Lettie in decades, and yet as he sits by the pond (a pond that she’d claimed was an ocean) behind the ramshackle old farmhouse, the unremembered past comes flooding back. And it is a past too strange, too frightening, too dangerous to have happened to anyone, let alone a small boy.
Forty years earlier, a man committed suicide in a stolen car at this farm at the end of the road. Like a fuse on a firework, his death lit a touchpaper and resonated in unimaginable ways. The darkness was unleashed, something scary and thoroughly incomprehensible to a little boy. And Lettie—magical, comforting, wise beyond her years—promised to protect him, no matter what.
A groundbreaking work from a master, The Ocean at the End of the Lane is told with a rare understanding of all that makes us human, and shows the power of stories to reveal and shelter us from the darkness inside and out. It is a stirring, terrifying, and elegiac fable as delicate as a butterfly’s wing and as menacing as a knife in the dark. Read the rest of this entry

Hounded: The Iron Druid Chronicles Audiobook Review By Kevin Hearne, Narrated by Luke Daniels, Series: Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 1

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Hounded: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 1

Written by: Kevin Hearne

Narrated by: Luke Daniels

Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins

Series: Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 1

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date: 04-19-11

Publisher: Brilliance Audio

Hounded is the first audiobook in The Iron Druid Chronicles series which is an urban fantasy by the relatively new author Kevin Hearne. We’re presented with a story that follows the magical adventures of the world’s last druid Atticus in modern day Arizona.

Forget about all those silly old men in robes with long white beards. Atticus definitely doesn’t fit in that stereotype, being a 21 year old youngster with red hair, a goatee and the palest skin you’re ever seen. One might think that Arizona won’t be the first choice for a place of residence for someone like him, because you know, it’s constantly sunny and hot and dessert-y. He, however has a few good reasons for choosing the USA South. The Celtic god of love Aenghus Og is after him and not because he has deep feelings for Atticus but because he’s convinced that the druid stole a magical sword that belongs to him. It turns out that Arizona is as far away from the fae gateways to the Old World which makes it difficult for the gods and their minions to catch him by surprise. Read the rest of this entry

The Lost Fleet: Dauntless Audiobook Review Written by: Jack Campbell, Narrated by: Christian Rummel

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The Lost Fleet: Dauntless

Written by: Jack Campbell

Narrated by: Christian Rummel, Jack Campbell

Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins

Series: Lost Fleet, Book 1

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date: 03-20-08

Publisher: Audible Studios

The Lost Fleet: Dauntless by Jack Campbell is a military sci-fi novel and the first book in The Lost Fleet series. John “Black Jack” Geary’s emergency pod has just been recovered from deep space after a century of cold-sleep hibernation. He was considered dead after his heroic last stand against enemy spaceships, allowing the remaining Alliance fleet ships escape. His actions went into the history books as the famous battle of Grendel and every child in the Alliance grew up with exaggerated tales about Black Jack and how some day he’ll come back to save everybody. Read the rest of this entry

Blindsight Audiobook Review by: Peter Watts, Narrated by: T. Ryder Smith

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Blindsight

Written by: Peter Watts

Narrated by: T. Ryder Smith

Length: 11 hrs and 47 mins

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date: 10-23-08

Publisher: Recorded Books

To be honest I don’t think I’ve heard of or read anything from Peter Watts before Blindsight. If everything he’s written before is half as good, I’ll certainly be reading it at some point. Straight to the point – Blindsight is probably the best Sci-Fi audiobook I’ve read this year. Let me tell you why.

Blindsight has most of the elements that are common in Sci-Fi novels – the plot unfolds in the future, somewhere near the end of the century, we have some sort of a post-economic society where working is not mandatory, the human body and mind are completely explored and can be easily fixed, manipulated and upgraded as easily and routinely as it is to get an appendix removed or go the dentist. We’ve somewhat explored the Solar system – a few bases on Mars and several other planets but no interstelar travel. Yet, there are very unique themes and cool ideas I’ve not encoutered elsewhere. Read the rest of this entry