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  • Odd Interlude: A Special Odd Thomas Adventure

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2554)
    Performance
    (2312)
    Story
    (2318)

    Nestled on a lonely stretch along the Pacific coast, quaint roadside outpost Harmony Corner offers everything a weary traveler needs - a cozy diner, a handy service station, a cluster of motel rooms...and the Harmony family homestead presiding over it all. But when Odd Thomas and company stop to spend the night, they discover that there’s more to this secluded haven than meets the eye - and that between life and death, there is something more frightening than either.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "A HERO WHO SAYS HE IS NOT A HERO"
    "Another Besr"
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    I thought that I had read Mr. Koontz's "best" Odd novel...that is until I read this one. Once again, I would gladly recommend the audiobook to anyone with the instruction to pay close attention and be prepared to be surprised. To me, this book is somehow different and scarier than the last few books. I can't quite put my finger on what it is but it leaves me totally unsettled. Perhaps it is the idea that the appears to be no safe haven.
    I have sympathy for Odd, who has lost so much and of whom so much is asked. This poor young man is on a never-ending journey--being pulled from one disaster to the next by a force over which he has no control.
    But I do have a little control so I moved right along to the next book In the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shadows: Nightlord, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (42 hrs)
    • By Garon Whited
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2930)
    Performance
    (2756)
    Story
    (2744)

    It's not easy being king. Especially when you've got an allergy to sunrise and sunset, a fire goddess for a mother-in-law, demonic adversaries, random assassins, and a basement full of insecurities to cope with. Add to that his daughter, the fire priestess/princess; a couple of lightly deranged professional magicians; a whole city full of wizards; and enough squabbling princes to resemble a kindergarten argument. It's enough to make a man want to just go home.

    Bob-o says: "OH NO!!! I have to wait for book 3. :("
    "Great Listening Continues"
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    I enjoyed "Shadows" immensely. Again, the author's abundance of imagination and his ability to make me feel as if I'm listening to one of my friends tell me about the situations that he has encountered and all of the ways he managed to handle them. I especially enjoyed the explanations for many of the solutions--even the scientific ones.
    Again, I enjoyed the conversational dialogue, even when the King went into the teaching mode. Funniest of all, is that he did not want to be King but he was so good at ruling.
    The narrator did another good job and I would recommend this selection to anyone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nightlord: Sunset

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Garon Whited
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3641)
    Performance
    (3412)
    Story
    (3406)

    Eric didn't ask to be a vampire. In fact he didn't even believe in them. Biting your own tongue with your fangs does a lot of convincing. Even so, being a part-time undead isn't as easy as you might think. It can let you hold down a day job, true, but sometimes the night "life" can be more than a little difficult, what with those bloodthirsty urges and predatory instincts kicking in.

    nelson says: "Ahh no fair no fair"
    "A Fantastic Listening Experience"
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    Initially, I was afraid that I had gotten a vampire romance novel (by mistake) and I did not have high hopes of a good listening experience. So I decided that it would be the book that I listened to at bedtime, expecting that it would put me to sleep. BOY WAS I WRONG!!!
    This audiobook quickly grabbed me and I found myself hooked. The first night I listened a little beyond my normal half hour. Each night listening time extended.
    I enjoyed the conversational dialogue. It was easy for me to visualize the narrator as one of my friends sitting down telling me about his experiences. I was intrigued by the interactions and reactions of characters and cultures as he described them.
    I loved the imaginative situations and even more imaginative solutions to the various predicaments that Eric found himself in. I also loved that way the author conveyed very human failings and foibles that often led to larger problems. Eric's sense of humor added a great deal to my listening enjoyment. This was such a great listen that I started going to bed earlier, just to extend my listening time.
    The narration was on point and left nothing to be desired as far as the performance goes.
    I thoroughly enjoyed this selection and would recommend it to anyone as a top notch selection.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Prison of Hope: Hellequin Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Steve McHugh
    • Narrated By James Langton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (941)
    Performance
    (852)
    Story
    (849)

    Long ago, Olympian gods imprisoned the demon Pandora in a human - Hope - creating a creature whose only purpose was chaos and death. Remorseful, the gods locked Pandora away in Tartarus, ruled by Hades.

    Cliff says: "Action packed urban fantasy"
    "The Best Yet"
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    I have enjoyed every book in this series. However I do believe that this one is the best--yet. Of course I love the action and the pace of this book. I also enjoy the history; especially the fact that Nate had something besides the one night stands that he seemed to rack up in the earlier novels. That made him seem more human to me.
    Also, I looked forward to and enjoyed the plot twist. Although I had anticipated a plot twist, it was a nice surprise.
    I would definitely recommend this book to my friends.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • With Silent Screams: Hellequin Chronicles, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Steve McHugh
    • Narrated By James Langton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1073)
    Performance
    (985)
    Story
    (984)

    His name is Nathan Garrett, but he’s also known as Hellequin. And murdering one of his friends and trying to blow him up is a good way to get this centuries-old sorcerer’s full attention… An old friend’s dead body, a cryptic note, and an explosion that almost costs him his own life propel Nate headfirst into a mystery involving a new threat from an old foe. Now he must piece together the connections between a grisly series of tattooed murder victims, an imprisoned madman, a mysterious alchemist, and a deranged plot to usurp the throne of the hidden realm of Shadow Falls, rival to the power of Avalon

    Cliff says: "Action, Adventure, wizards and even trolls!"
    "Veery Good!!!"
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    This book was a very interesting and a very good read. I would recommend this book to a friend

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Born of Hatred: The Hellequin Chronicles, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Steve McHugh
    • Narrated By James Langton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1207)
    Performance
    (1109)
    Story
    (1113)

    When Nathan Garrett’s friend seeks his help investigating a bloody serial killer, the pattern of horrific crimes leads to a creature of pure malevolence, born of hatred and dark magic. As powerful as he is, Nate fears he may be overmatched, but when evil targets those he cares about and he is confronted by dire threats both old and new, Nate must reveal a secret from his recently remembered past to remind his enemies why they should fear him once more.

    Cliff says: "Another good book in the series."
    "Another Good One"
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    I, once again, enjoyed the action and fast pace if this book; just as I did with the first book in the series. I loved learning more about the werewolf, Jimmy. I also like that other supernatural "monsters" are written in--not just sorcerers. I would quickly recommend this book to my friends who enjoy this genre.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Crimes Against Magic: The Hellequin Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Steve McHugh
    • Narrated By James Langton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1718)
    Performance
    (1559)
    Story
    (1560)

    How do you keep the people you care about safe from enemies you can’t remember? Ten years ago, Nate Garrett awoke on a cold warehouse floor with no memory of his past and the only clues to his identity were a piece of paper with his name on it and a propensity toward magic. Now he’s a powerful sorcerer and a successful thief for hire, but it turns out that those who stole his memories aren’t done with him yet. When they cause a job to go bad, threatening a sixteen-year-old girl, Nate swears to protect her.

    Escapism Artist says: "Testosterone IV Drip"
    "Thoroughly Enjoyed"
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    I love a good action novel and this is a really good action novel for me. I liked the various facets of the plot which led the protagonist into various unique situations that resulted in a variety of unique solutions. I especially enjoyed the fact that historical facts and events were woven into the plot.
    I woud have no problem recommending this book to friends who enjoy the genre.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Something from the Nightside: Nightside, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Simon R. Green
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1872)
    Performance
    (1301)
    Story
    (1317)

    "Taylor is the name. John Taylor...My card says I'm a detective, but what I really am is an expert on finding things. It's part of the Gift I was born with as a child of the Nightside - the hidden heart of London where it's always three a.m., where inhuman creatures and otherworldly gods walk side-by-side in the endless darkness of the soul. Assignment: Joanna Barrett hires me to track down her teenage daughter, who decided to forgo the circus and run away to the Nightside."

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "In the Nightside"
    "A Great Listen"
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    This audiobook is one of the first that I listened to and I totally enjoyed it. I loved the tone of the narrator and the creativity and the imagination of the author. I felt as though I was listening to a dark fairytale unlike any before. Time\dimensional (so to speak) travel, talking animals, new types monsters can all be found in the Nightside.
    Any and every thing can pose a threat in the Nightside and private detective John Taylor seems to come across every one of them. Luckily, he manages to overcome most of them. I love private detective and I especially love this one because this is a far from normal detective and it appears that his cases are far from normal.
    I look forward to more from him and I would recommend this book to anyone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • World After: Penryn & the End of Days, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Susan Ee
    • Narrated By Caitlin Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1708)
    Performance
    (1542)
    Story
    (1546)

    In this sequel to the best-selling fantasy thriller Angelfall, the survivors of the angel apocalypse begin to scrape back together what’s left of the modern world. When a group of people capture Penryn’s sister Paige, thinking she’s a monster, the situation ends in a massacre. Paige disappears. Humans are terrified. Mom is heartbroken. Penryn drives through the streets of San Francisco looking for Paige. Why are the streets so empty? Where is everybody?

    Katheryne says: "Fan-freakin-tastic!"
    "I Could Not Put It Down but..."
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    This volume was very interesting and did a good job of holding my attention. I was disappointed that there was not as much of the Raffie character as in the first book. But more time is spent with Penryn and her family, her relationship with them and with the survival camp. There is new information and there is also hope.
    This volume did not meet up to my expectations but it did not disappoint me completely. It was good enough to keep me reading 2 hours past my cut-off time so that I can start the next audiobook in the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Angelfall: Penryn & the End of Days, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Susan Ee
    • Narrated By Caitlin Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2554)
    Performance
    (2314)
    Story
    (2330)

    It’s been six weeks since angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world. Street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her 17-year-old sister, Penryn, will do anything to get her back. Anything, including making a deal with an enemy angel. Raffe is a warrior who lies broken and wingless on the street. After eons of fighting his own battles, he finds himself being rescued from a desperate situation by a half-starved teenage girl. Traveling through a dark and twisted Northern California, they have only each other to rely on for survival.

    Jay says: "You know that joke about O-HI-O? Reverse it."
    "Fun, Entertaining, and a Little Thrilling"
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    I initially purchased this audiobook for my granddaughter, but decided to listen to it myself and I am happy that I did because I really enjoyed it, Written from the viewpoint of a teenager, the author did a great job of capturing the voice of a mature teenager who coped with the responsibilities and challenges of a changing and hostile world.
    Listening to the narrator (who did a great job) I thoroughly felt that I was listening to the voice and emotions of a teenager. Penryn's reactions and interactions with Raffie and others, were interspersed with humor and the angst and confusion that is so often experienced by young people who are forced into adult responsibilities before they are prepared for them.
    Susan Ee managed to make me laugh at times and feel great sorrow at other times. Above all, she made me want to keep reading. In fact, I bought the second book before I had finished the first because I wanted to know what happened next.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hellbent: An Orphan X Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Gregg Hurwitz
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2880)
    Performance
    (2730)
    Story
    (2716)

    Taken from a group home at age twelve, Evan Smoak was raised and trained as an off-the-books government assassin: Orphan X. After he broke with the Orphan Program, Evan disappeared and reinvented himself as the Nowhere Man, a man spoken about only in whispers and dedicated to helping the truly desperate.

    Wayne says: "Easily earns 5 stars!"
    "Hell Bent Humanity"
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    The beginning of this audiobook confirms a long held suspension of mine. But that is only the beginning for additional suspicions and questions and hope for Evan. Evan's hopes for a "normal" life and possibly someone to share it with are repeatedly dashed. But there is still hope. He learns a little about relating to people on a personal level and develops a small sense of humanity. Which grows little by little. I think that he also learns that not everyone deserves or wants to be helped.
    This book contains plenty of action and an abundance of fireworks. I would definitely recommend this book to my friends and I look forward to another volume in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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