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Cato

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  • Warbound: Book III of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3401)
    Performance
    (3186)
    Story
    (3178)

    Only a handful of people in the world know that mankind's magic comes from a living creature, and it is a refugee from another universe. The Power showed up here in the 1850s because it was running from something. Now it is 1933, and the Power's hiding place has been discovered by a killer. It is a predator that eats magic and leaves destroyed worlds in its wake. Earth is next. Former private eye Jake Sullivan knows the score. The problem is, hardly anyone believes him.

    D says: "Started Strong-Finished Strong"
    "Phenomenal"
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    I’m starting to suspect that Larry Correia is secretly an “active” with writing magic. Every book in this series is phenomenal and Warbound is as satisfying an ending as I could have asked for.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lock In (Narrated by Wil Wheaton)

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2144)
    Performance
    (2002)
    Story
    (2005)

    Not too long from today, a new, highly contagious virus makes its way across the globe. Most who get sick experience nothing worse than flu, fever, and headaches. But for the unlucky one percent - and nearly five million souls in the United States alone - the disease causes "Lock In": Victims fully awake and aware, but unable to move or respond to stimulus. The disease affects young, old, rich, poor, people of every color and creed. The world changes to meet the challenge.

    Alexis says: "Fun! Things you might want to know:"
    "Novel = 4 stars… Novel + Novella = 5 Stars"
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    The novel itself is solid 4-star crime procedural. The novel plus the included novella (which I enjoyed more the main novel and is performed by an All-Star cast of my favorite Audible voice talents) make this a 5-star listen. Scalzi nearly lost me as a fan after his last two books, but "Lock In" has all the hallmarks which drew me to his writing in the first place.

    This is a review of the version performed by Wil Wheaton.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ex-Purgatory

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1270)
    Performance
    (1194)
    Story
    (1195)

    When he’s awake, George Bailey is just an ordinary man. Five days a week he coaxes his old Hyundai to life, curses the Los Angeles traffic, and clocks in at his job as a handyman at the local college. But when he sleeps, George dreams of something more. George dreams of flying. He dreams of fighting monsters. He dreams of a man made of pure lightning, an armored robot, a giant in an army uniform, a beautiful woman who moves like a ninja.

    Shams says: "Awesome story, but loss of voice actors jarring"
    "Weakest Entry in the Series"
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    I’m a big fan of Clines and the Ex-Heroes series, but this installment disappointed me in the following ways:

    It was VERY slow to develop. The first half of this book completely diverges from the successful formula of the previous three installments. I’m aching to say more, but I don’t want to get into spoilers. Let’s just say that prior to the 50% mark I was often tempted to commit the cardinal sin of fast forwarding, something that never crossed my mind while I was joyfully engrossed in the earlier books.

    The antagonist was a letdown on several fronts. Again, I’m dying to expand on this but I’m trying to be respectful to the author and future readers.

    The absence of two of the three voice actors who performed the earlier books really hurt the audio performance, especially for Freedom and Stealth. It was jarring.

    I did enjoy the backstory on Stealth (who is easily my favorite character).

    I hope the next installment returns to form.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Steelheart: Reckoners, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8508)
    Performance
    (7903)
    Story
    (7929)

    Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills. Nobody fights the Epics...nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them. And David wants in. He wants Steelheart - the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David's father.

    D says: "He got the idea from a near traffic accident"
    "Fun and Intelligent Page-Turner"
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    A great, fast-paced dystopian fantasy with all the usual hallmarks of Sanderson’s excellent writing (strong characters, an original and well-developed magic system, an all-powerful yet fascinating villain) packed with satisfying plot twists and intriguing mysteries that pulled me along. I really hope this is the start of a new series (and I’m pretty sure it is given the number of major questions left unresolved). If you liked Larry Correia’s Grimnoir Series or Peter Cline’s Ex-Heroes series, you will enjoy this. Great listen.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Robin Sloan
    • Narrated By Ari Fliakos
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2781)
    Performance
    (2501)
    Story
    (2488)

    The Great Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon out of his life as a San Francisco Web-design drone - and serendipity, sheer curiosity, and the ability to climb a ladder like a monkey has landed him a new gig working the night shift at Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. But after just a few days on the job, Clay begins to realize that this store is even more curious than the name suggests. There are only a few customers, but they come in repeatedly and never seem to actually buy anything....

    Susan says: "Fun, thought-provoking, mysterious.... and FUN !"
    "Fooled by the Great Synopsis"
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    The great story premise and synopsis led me to believe I was getting an urban fantasy with fascinating characters drawn into strange happenings at a mysterious bookstore that is more than it appears to be. Instead I got something like Ready Player One with Google worship and modern technobabble in place of 80s trivia and nerd wish fulfillment ruining what could have been a great plot. I wish the person who wrote the synopsis had also written the novel.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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