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Mark

Toronto, Ontario, Canada | Member Since 2014

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  • Cold Days: The Dresden Files, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7047)
    Performance
    (6503)
    Story
    (6503)

    After being murdered by a mystery assailant, navigating his way through the realm between life and death, and being brought back to the mortal world, Harry realizes that maybe death wasn’t all that bad - because he is no longer Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only professional wizard. He is now Harry Dresden, Winter Knight to Mab, the Queen of Air and Darkness. After Harry had no choice but to swear his fealty, Mab wasn’t about to let something as petty as death steal away the prize she had sought for so long.

    Ethan M. says: "Thwarts Every Expectation - In a Good Way"
    "Not what it used to be"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I have loved this series, but am losing interest. Butcher's expositional style, his pausing to explain and belabour every point is getting pretty tiresome.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Second Chance: The Chronicles of St Mary's, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jodi Taylor
    • Narrated By Zara Ramm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (491)
    Performance
    (445)
    Story
    (442)

    St Mary’s is back and nothing is going right for Max. Once again, it’s just one damned thing after another. The action jumps from an encounter with a mirror-stealing Isaac Newton to the bloody battlefield at Agincourt. Discover how a simple fact-finding assignment to witness the ancient and murderous cheese-rolling ceremony in Gloucester can result in CBC - concussion by cheese.

    janet says: "Totally in love"
    "These books are bloody good"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Unputdownable. Exciting, well-written, characters you never want to leave. Great reader. 8 more words required. One two three four

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hidden: Alex Verus, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Benedict Jacka
    • Narrated By Gildart Jackson
    Overall
    (552)
    Performance
    (494)
    Story
    (494)

    With his talent for divining the future, Alex Verus should have foreseen his friends' reactions to the revelations about his previous life. Anne Walker no longer trusts him-and has also cut all ties with the mage community after getting kicked out of the apprentice program. As a favor to Luna, Alex's own apprentice and Anne's best friend, he checks in on her only to be told to leave her alone. Then Anne gets kidnapped.

    Leanna says: "Thought it would be boring"
    "More nuanced than Dresden"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I like these. The books take a while to hit their speed, but the character development is good, the main protagonist is not a traditional hero - he doesn't set himself to die for the greater good; he's for the most part just trying to survive.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fated: Alex Verus Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Benedict Jacka
    • Narrated By Gildart Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1390)
    Performance
    (1265)
    Story
    (1269)

    Alex Verus is part of a world hidden in plain sight, running a magic shop in London. And while Alex's own powers aren't as showy as some mages, he does have the advantage of foreseeing the possible future-allowing him to pull off operations that have a million-to-one-chance of success. But when Alex is approached by multiple factions to crack open a relic from a long-ago mage war, he knows that whatever's inside must be beyond powerful.

    Jessica says: "Harry Dresden meets the Temple of Doom"
    "Listenable"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Not bad, not great. Quite a few basic logic errors that kind of threw my appreciation of the story off (its a fantasy novel, the author can make up his own rules, but then he/she should then follow them). But good enough to give the second book a shot. Reader was decent and added to the experience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Red Country

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Joe Abercrombie
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1235)
    Performance
    (1098)
    Story
    (1098)

    They burned her home. They stole her brother and sister. But vengeance is following. Shy South hoped to bury her bloody past and ride away smiling, but she'll have to sharpen up some bad old ways to get her family back, and she's not a woman to flinch from what needs doing. She sets off in pursuit with only a pair of oxen and her cowardly old step father Lamb for company. But it turns out Lamb's buried a bloody past of his own. And out in the lawless Far Country the past never stays buried.

    Kristina says: "Freakin' Awesome!"
    "Perfect Match of Narrator and Text"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is one of the books I listen to over and over again. It's a great story but the narrator is perfect for this. Can't imagine Abercrombie without Pacey.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Long Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett, Stephen Baxter
    • Narrated By Michael Fenton Stevens
    Overall
    (146)
    Performance
    (136)
    Story
    (136)

    The Western Front, 1916. Private Percy Blakeney wakes up. He is lying on fresh spring grass. He can hear birdsong, and the wind in the leaves in the trees. Where have the mud, blood, and blasted landscape of No Man's Land gone? Madison, Wisconsin, 2015. Cop Monica Jansson is exploring the burned-out home of a reclusive - some said mad, others dangerous - scientist when she finds a curious gadget: a box containing some wiring, a three-way switch and a potato. It is the prototype of a life-changing invention....

    Amy W says: "World and not Character Building"
    "Not a normall Pratchett, but very good"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Great concept, well executed, weak ending.

    I don't generally like Prachett too much, but this I enjoyed. It is not a comedy, for those that expecting that; its' a concept book, a scifi novel about an idea, and I generally like those. The characters are good, and I enjoyed spending hours listening about their adventures.

    My only criticism is that it is a first half of a book; the main climax and conflict to come in the second, I expect. So it doesn't wrap up in a satisfying way. I had to check with audible to see if I had missed the last part in the downloading. According to wikipedia there are two planned in the series,

    But it is engrossing and interesting. I don't imagine we will have to wait for the conclusion as long as with some other series.

    With those caveats I would recommend this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Allen Carr's Easy Way to Stop Smoking

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Allen Carr
    • Narrated By Duncan Wells
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (33)

    Allen Carr's 100-cigarettes-a-day addiction drove him to despair, but after countless attempts to quit he discovered what the world had been waiting for: the easy way to stop smoking. Now recognised as the world's leading expert on helping smokers to quit, Allen Carr's informative, no-scare-tactics methods and techniques are a revelation for those desperate to kick the habit.

    A User says: "Fantastic"
    "If you want to quit smoking buy this book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Allen Carr's Easy Way to Stop Smoking again? Why?

    I listen to this book whenever I have a slip up or need shoring up. The hardest part about quitting smoking is psychological. This book helps address that issue by systematically attacking all the little rationalizations we use to keep smoking.

    Buy it. Stop smoking. It costs about the same as 3 packs and could give you back decades of your life.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Swarm: Star Force, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By B. V. Larson
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4293)
    Performance
    (3921)
    Story
    (3933)

    Kyle Riggs is snatched by an alien spacecraft sometime after midnight. The ship is testing everyone it catches and murdering the weak. The good news is that Kyle keeps passing tests and staying alive. The bad news is the aliens who sent this ship are the nicest ones out there.

    Lamonica Johnson says: "If Micheal Bay Wrote a Sci-Fi Novel..."
    "An Adolescent Boy's Fantasy"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made Swarm better?

    The story was thin, the prose poor - but not terrible- and sexist. Female characters provide scenery.


    Did Mark Boyett do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Reasonably, yes. No complaints about the reader.


    What character would you cut from Swarm?

    There were no interesting or appealing characters.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hammered: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8131)
    Performance
    (7369)
    Story
    (7369)

    Thor, the Norse god of thunder, is worse than a blowhard and a bully - he’s ruined countless lives and killed scores of innocents. After centuries, Viking vampire Leif Helgarson is ready to get his vengeance, and he’s asked his friend Atticus O’Sullivan, the last of the Druids, to help take down this Norse nightmare.One survival strategy has worked for Atticus for more than two thousand years: stay away from the guy with the lightning bolts. But things are heating up in Atticus’s home base of Tempe, Arizona....

    Hallie says: "Love this series!"
    "Good book but don't buy it.... yet"
    Overall

    If you like Harry Dresden,then you'll probably like these. I like them a little better.

    This is a good book, and nicely develops the story of the first two. However this one and the last are major cliffhangers, and given you're going to have to wait for a year to see the story develop (it feels like its only halfway through), I would recommend buying, but not now. File away to buy in a year (or two if the next one is the same) and then buy the whole series.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost Story: The Dresden Files, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By John Glover
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6631)
    Performance
    (5720)
    Story
    (5712)

    When we last left the mighty wizard detective Harry Dresden, he wasn't doing well. In fact, he had been murdered by an unknown assassin. But being dead doesn't stop him when his friends are in danger. Except now he has nobody, and no magic to help him. And there are also several dark spirits roaming the Chicago shadows who owe Harry some payback of their own. To save his friends - and his own soul - Harry will have to pull off the ultimate trick without any magic....

    Bill says: "Not the best audio book in the series"
    "Worst one"
    Overall

    And it wasn't the narrator, it was the book. Felt like Butcher is starting to enjoy his (Harry's) pontificating a little too much. Seriously what was that?

    I've bought every one of these books and will buy the next, but really. That was practically boring, I only finished it out of sheer loyalty.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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