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troy

I really need to start proof reading my Reviews before I post them.

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  • Anita

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs)
    • By Keith Roberts
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
    Overall
    (406)
    Performance
    (368)
    Story
    (368)

    Meet Anita Thompson: she's young, she's lovely, she's clever, and she's a witch. A real one. Anita lives in two worlds: the modern world of supermarkets and sports cars, radio and rock-and-roll, where she is a thoroughly modern girl with a thoroughly modern interest in boys and fast living and her own independence. But she also lives in the ancient and rustic world of traditions, cauldrons, and familiars.

    troy says: "I would buy you this book! (if i could afford too)"
    "I would buy you this book! (if i could afford too)"
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    I have a lot of love for this book. I don't think I would have ever of stumbled on to it by myself without the Neil Gaiman Presents feature, I am glad he did.

    I love the way that Keith Roberts built up his rules of magic in this story, and how the mythology fitted together and how Anita at times didn't seem to realize the potential consequences or threats of her actions.

    The structure of the story is also quite lovely, I want to choose to believe that Neil Gaiman's Graveyard's structure was inspired by this book. Each chapter could be picked up as an individual story, but Anita's world is fuller when read in sequence.

    If you do get the chance, give this a listen.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • 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
    (5706)
    Performance
    (5302)
    Story
    (5301)

    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"
    "Dresden Doesn't Disappoint - Jim Butchers rocks it"
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    I love the Dresden files books. This story is somewhere between love letter to Dresden Fans but then it kicks up all the mythology of the world.

    This story takes us back into the Dresden's world, we get to explore the mantel of the Winter Knight, reconnect with friends and allies we met over the books, and then we even get a Great Hunt.

    Jim Butcher can tell such a great story. I would consider him one of the master story tellers in our generation. This series is well crafted.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Passage: The Passage Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Justin Cronin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Adenrele Ojo, Abby Craden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7089)
    Performance
    (3453)
    Story
    (3458)

    First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.

    Nicole says: "You love it or you hate it..."
    "I didn't know what I was getting into"
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    This came up in my recommendation list for a few months, so I got it. I am more into the sci-fi and fantasy aspect of genre. When the story started, I started getting the feeling this would go into far future sci-fi with quantum entanglement destiny binding. Then the world ended and a few stragglers were battling for survival against a plague of vampires.

    Quite honestly, this kind of shocked me and I didn't see the vampires coming at all.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Leviathan Wakes

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By James S.A. Corey
    • Narrated By Jefferson Mays
    Overall
    (1816)
    Performance
    (1620)
    Story
    (1619)

    James S.A. Corey delivers compelling SF that ranks with the best in the field. In Leviathan Wakes, ice miner Jim Holden is making a haul from the rings of Saturn when he and his crew encounter an abandoned ship, the Scopuli. Uncovering a terrifying secret, Jim bears the weight of impending catastrophe. At the same time, a detective has been hired by well-heeled parents to find a missing girl, and the investigator’s search leads him right to the Scopuli.

    Ethan M. says: "Fun hard SF action with a blue collar bent"
    "comforting sci-fi adventure"
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    This is a comforting sci-fi adventure. By comforting, I mean that this is a sci-fi adventure that has some solid world building and a plot that really feels like it needs to be told. I enjoy the cultural and economic principles that were introduced. I also really liked how a lot of effort was put into the description of the spaceships.

    I wasn't ready for this story to end, when the final chapter came up. I am really glad that this is a book series, and that I get to return to it's universe when Audible Credit Day comes around again in a few weeks.

    I recommend this book.

    p.s. tentacles

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Two Ravens and One Crow: An Iron Druid Chronicles Novella

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2563)
    Performance
    (2387)
    Story
    (2390)

    Two-thousand-year-old Atticus may have outwitted and outfought everyone from Odin to Bacchus, but in this eBook original, he’s about to discover what comes around when you go around messing with gods. Six years into the training of his beautiful apprentice, Granuaile, a large crow swoops down and transforms into none other than the Morrigan, a goddess who insists that Atticus come with her at once. He must leave his apprentice behind, along with his Irish wolfhound, Oberon - and he must also leave his sword.

    Jessica says: "Can't wait for November!"
    "one more satisfying adventure story"
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    I picked up the Iron Druid books in an audible sale not to long ago. I picked this one up, because it was inexpensive. The scope of these books are the definition of epic.

    I have enjoyed all these stories, and I enjoyed Two Ravens and One Crow.

    My favorite character remains, The Morrigan.

    Please be assured that I say this from a place of respect... I find these books just lacking just a bit extra depth to make them truly stunning.

    These books wouldn't be gifts for someone else, but I still bought them for myself. This is just one more satisfying adventure story.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • River of Gods

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Ian McDonald
    • Narrated By Jonathan Keeble
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (26)

    On the eve of Mother India's 100th birthday, 10 people are doing 10 very different things. In the next few weeks, all these people will be swept together to decide the fate of the nation. From gangsters to government advisors, from superstitious street-boys to scientists to computer-generated soap stars, River of Gods shows a civilization in flux - a river of gods. River of Gods is an epic science fiction novel, as sprawling, vibrant and colourful as the sub-continent it describes.

    Ken says: "A long and winding river"
    "It's an interesting concept"
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    Set in the near future artificial intelligence is emerging. There are different generations getting more and more advanced and regulated.

    This specific story has so many mosaic pieces that it began to feel like a collage of stories layered in. If it was structured differently as a collection of novellas all taking place in one world, the layers wouldn't be so loosely connected.

    The metaphysical warping of the space time continuum altering the perception of straight progression of cause and effect, was an interesting application... but in my cynical mind, I could also see it as a corner the author backed himself into.

    It was an interesting concept overall.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Rook: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Daniel O'Malley
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1993)
    Performance
    (1809)
    Story
    (1809)

    Myfanwy Thomas awakes in a London park surrounded by dead bodies. With her memory gone, her only hope of survival is to trust the instructions left in her pocket by her former self. She quickly learns that she is a Rook, a high-level operative in a secret agency that protects the world from supernatural threats. But there is a mole inside the organization - and this person wants her dead.

    Ethan M. says: "Harry Dresden meets English bureaucracy"
    "British Government Fights Tentacles (Well Written)"
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    "The body you are wearing used to be mine." is how the book started, and from the moment, the momentum was never really lost.

    The story introduces you to the secret world of the British Civil Service that believes in cast structure, hierarchy, and the war like competence of those who were born afflicted with unique talents.

    There was a girl born with silver delicate antlers, another born with the ability to see thru walls, another developed the ability to tap into the emotional resonance of every left handed person on Earth, and even someone who could effect the weather of a scandinavian country.

    There were a few forgivable clunky gushy moments that were introduced to serve the final scene. I can see that the characters earn what ever happiness they could meek out.

    I would continue to read books from this world, if this spawns a series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Existence

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By David Brin
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins, Robin Miles, L. J. Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (432)
    Performance
    (385)
    Story
    (384)

    Gerald Livingston is an orbital garbage collector. For a hundred years, people have been abandoning things in space, and someone has to clean it up. But there’s something spinning a little bit higher than he expects, something that isn’t on the decades’ old orbital maps. An hour after he grabs it and brings it in, rumors fill Earth’s infomesh about an "alien artifact".

    A. Massey says: "Big ideas, good science fiction, frustrating style"
    "This is an optimistic sci-fi story that inspires"
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    The story is about how people learn from the mistakes from the generations before, and how they go about making their own.

    Every time there was a huge leap forward in the society, you could feel the hope and wonder the population was emanating... that moment of "what if". Then that wonderful hope was deflated by the nay-sayers, who didn't want society to change, to keep everyone in the status quo for their own selfish desires.

    I struggled with my this, my final paragraph, for a little while. Everything I wrote was laden with spoilers, imagined or implied. So I will say, I do hope our world can face the future with the dignity and ingenuity that was portrayed on our behalf.

    p.s. this story has aliens, cyborgs, uplifted dolphins, asteroid mining, habitations in space, caste based societies, underwater treasure hunting, and dirigibles.

    14 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5939)
    Performance
    (5533)
    Story
    (5532)

    Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on the facts that (1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces; (2) the ship’s captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations; and (3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.

    Paige says: "Not his Wheal-house"
    "i enjoyed it; it's a john scalzi book; it's meta"
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    Redshirts was definitely fun to read through and the Codas at the end were a very lovely addition that John Scalzi like's to write.

    This book won't be for the average reader, the level of meta-ness that exists to the point where the 4th wall is shattered. This novel explores a layer of philosophical existential crisis that (I hope) we have all played with.

    I was expecting a sci-fi romp featuring Redshirts but this book went beyond that trope and went into unique and unexpected places.

    Give it a listen.

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Spellbound: Book II of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3918)
    Performance
    (3652)
    Story
    (3648)

    Dark fantasy goes hardboiled in Book II of the hard-hitting Grimnoir Chronicles by the New York Times best-selling creator of Monster Hunter International. The Grimnoir Society’s mission is to protect people with magic, and they’ve done so—successfully and in secret—since the mysterious arrival of the Power in the 1850s, but when a magical assassin makes an attempt on the life of President Franklin Roosevelt, the crime is pinned on the Grimnoir.

    Paulette says: "Spellbound is Pure Magic"
    "books i have been waiting for"
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    I really enjoy the series so far. That thing with the Traveller girl was well crafted. I normally like to think of myself as intelligent, but the first time through the book I some how was caught off guard when we learn why she is so strong.

    I am just blown a way by the perfect way it is crafted into story telling, because it keeps her from being over-powered at the beginning of the stories and saves up the bad-assery for the climatic battles.

    Larry Correia is now on my Must Read lists.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hard Magic: Book I of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    Overall
    (5818)
    Performance
    (5280)
    Story
    (5297)

    Jake Sullivan is a licensed private eye with a seriously hardboiled attitude. He also possesses raw magical talent and the ability to make objects in his vicinity light as a feather or as heavy as depleted uranium, all with a magical thought. It's no wonder the G-men turn to Jake when they need someoneto go after a suspected killer who has been knocking off banks in a magic-enhanced crime spree.

    Clinton says: "Not what I thought it was going to be."
    "this book is worth listening too"
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    This book kept coming up in my recommendation list. The cover art kind of turned me off, the brief description seemed cliche, but I read a review where another reader had felt the same initially then changed his mind.

    I picked up this novel on the long weekend in May (Canada), and listened to it non-stop. While walking the dog, doing chores, and going down to the river with my puppy. The story is gripping.

    This story carves out its own niche in the noir urban alternate fantasy sci-fi historical fiction scene.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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