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  • Monster Hunter Vendetta

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4836)
    Performance
    (4301)
    Story
    (4318)

    Accountant turned professional monster hunter, Owen Zastava Pitt, managed to stop the nefarious Old Ones' invasion plans last year, but as a result made an enemy out of one of the most powerful beings in the universe. Now an evil death cult known as the Church of the Temporary Mortal Condition wants to capture Owen in order to gain the favor of the great Old Ones.

    Jason says: "Exciting story, well told, with a great villain"
    "Another Great Book by Correia"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Monster Hunter Vendetta to be better than the print version?

    I really enjoy print books, but good audio-book performers can bring a great book to life. This was a wonderful sequel to MHI 1. The story was good, plenty of laughs, worth the time and money.


    What about Oliver Wyman’s performance did you like?

    Wyman did another outstanding job with his performance here. Some performers take away from the story, Wyman adds to it.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book to listen to.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 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
    (2888)
    Performance
    (2708)
    Story
    (2699)

    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"
    "Great Conclusion (?) to the Grimnoir Chronicles"
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    What made the experience of listening to Warbound the most enjoyable?

    Larry Correia's creative story telling and character development is at the top of the genre. He keep me engaged with the story, I'm never wandering off.


    Have you listened to any of Bronson Pinchot’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Pinchot does a great job in each of these three books, bringing me right in with the character, whether male or female. Never a misstep. Joy to listen to.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Name of the Wind: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 1

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    Overall
    (12050)
    Performance
    (9700)
    Story
    (9821)

    This is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man's search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend.

    Joanna says: "Wow!"
    "Good Story, Interesting First Person Perspective"
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    Would you listen to The Name of the Wind again? Why?

    It is an engaging story with decent character depth and construction. It never felt like it went too fast or slow, and kept me engaged.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the back and forth between current and past times. Rothfuss did a good job getting me to engage with Kvoth as a child.


    What does Nick Podehl bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    As narrator, Podehl does a good job switching between characters and dialects. He really helps draw me into the story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Oath of Swords: War God, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Nick Sullivan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (743)
    Performance
    (646)
    Story
    (653)

    Bahzell is no knight in shining armor, and besides he has too many problems of his own to be messing with anybody else's problems - let alone the War God's. Unfortunately, the War God has other ideas for him.

    breckoz says: "Almost Returned This One"
    "Weber Is Becoming a Favorite!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    My first David Weber series was the "Empire of Man" books. In that he took the main character, Prince Roger, from someone that I loved to hate to someone I hated to see end. He is one of the top character developing writers that I have read. His books make me laugh out loud at the dialog that the main characters go through, while maintaining a story that keeps me well involved.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Probably Brandark Brandarkson, the main character's side-kick. Witty, dangerous, insightful, a really well done supporting character.


    What about Nick Sullivan’s performance did you like?

    Sullivan does a great job here with making you believe in the characters. You know who is talking based on his acting skills. It is really easy for a poor performance from a narrator to kill a good book, and Sullivan helps a great book be even better.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The Reluctant Hero


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Theft of Swords: Riyria Revelations, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Michael J. Sullivan
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5049)
    Performance
    (4646)
    Story
    (4645)

    Acclaimed author Michael J. Sullivan created instant best sellers with his spellbinding Riyria Revelations series. This first volume introduces Royce Melborn and Hadrian Blackwater, two enterprising thieves who end up running for their lives when they’re framed for the death of the king. Trapped in a conspiracy bigger than they can imagine, their only hope is unraveling an ancient mystery - before it’s too late.

    Magpie says: "Two books in one - keep listening!!"
    "Good Characters, Good Story"
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    This is a well-done book and good narration. The story keeps you involved thought it is a little slow to get into. By the end I was looking forward to the next in the series.

    0 of 0 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
    (5583)
    Performance
    (5063)
    Story
    (5075)

    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."
    "Fun Alternate History, Good Storyline"
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    Just as with his Monster Hunter's books, Correia does a great job here getting me involved with the characters. He makes them seem human and allows you to really involve yourself with them. Pinchot as narrator does a great job with pace and character portrayal, a wonderful production.

    Can't wait to listen to the next book in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Briar King: The Kingdoms of Thorn and Bone, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Greg Keyes
    • Narrated By Patrick Michael
    Overall
    (233)
    Performance
    (115)
    Story
    (119)

    Two thousand years ago, the Born Queen defeated the Skasloi lords, freeing humans from the bitter yoke of slavery. But now monstrous creatures roam the land and destinies become inextricably entangled in a drama of power and seduction. The kings woodsman, a rebellious girl, a young priest, a roguish adventurer, and a young man made suddenly into a knight all face malevolent forces that shake the foundations of the kingdom, even as the Briar King, legendary harbinger of death, awakens from his slumber.

    Jake says: "Good stuff"
    "Good Book, A Lot Going On"
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    This is a good story but slow to start. There are a lot of characters and lines of focus in the story. That is easy for me to follow when reading, took a little more in audiobook format. By the end of the book I was tied in and tracking.

    The story does come together well, with several characters that I have become interested in. The knight guarding the queen, the priest, the scurvy swordsman. All were well done and made me interested in following them.

    The narrator, Patrick Michael, does a wonderful job. He keeps the different characters believable and does a good job going between male and female voices. He also does a good job with the pace and inflection of the general narration of the story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Diamondhead

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Patrick Robinson
    • Narrated By Charles Leggett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (233)
    Performance
    (149)
    Story
    (145)

    When Navy SEAL Mack Bedford's fellow officers are brutally killed by Iraqi insurgents using a cruel, new anti-tank Diamondhead missile, Mack avenges their murders by gunning down the then-unarmed attackers, ultimately getting himself court-martialed and kicked out of the Navy. To make matters worse, Mack then learns that the Diamondhead missiles were sold illegally by French industrialist and infamous politician Henri Foche.

    G. House Sr. says: "A Disastrous Departure of Style and Genre"
    "Not one of Robinson's Best Stories"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I have enjoyed many of Patrick Robinson's books. Nimitz Class was the first of his that I read and it was a great story. This story leaves a poor taste in my mouth. I think he over-writes the story and treats the "honor" of the Navy Seals in a poor light. I cannot say much more without giving away the plot, but I was unhappy with this book.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    His main character, Mac, would have had the "honor" that was overplayed in the first part of the book.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    It was way too, dramatic of a reading, and too monotone. It felt less like a story with many different characters and more like a 14+ hour reading of Dragnet, "Just the facts ma'am."


    Do you think Diamondhead needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No, this one wasn't a good enough story to bring a second into the mix.


    Any additional comments?

    I really like Patrick Robinson's books but this was a complete miss for me.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Monster Hunter International

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6961)
    Performance
    (6148)
    Story
    (6143)

    Five days after Owen Zastava Pitt pushed his insufferable boss out of a 14th story window, he woke up in the hospital with a scarred face, an unbelievable memory, and a job offer. It turns out that monsters are real. All the things from myth, legend, and B-movies are out there, waiting in the shadows. Some of them are evil, and some are just hungry. Monster Hunter International is the premier eradication company in the business. And now Owen is their newest recruit.

    Ronn says: "'Men In Black' with a conservative undertone"
    "Excellent Story, Excellent Character Development!"
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    Would you listen to Monster Hunter International again? Why?

    This was a great book, very accurate in the details, especially of the firearms and weaponry. The story is quick, gripping, funny, and very well written. I would put Correia in the same class with Butcher, Eddings, Salvatore, and a few others in his ability to get you involved with the characters and the story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Monster Hunter International?

    Owen's original scuffle with the werewolf was exciting and entertaining.


    Have you listened to any of Oliver Wyman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I haven't heard any of Wyman's other narrations, but he did one of the best jobs of any performer for an audiobook that I have ever listened to. Very good with the many different character voices and interactions. Great story teller.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed all of the way through this book. I didn't just chuckle, but several times this book elicited a belly laugh.


    Any additional comments?

    Great audiobook all the way around.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • A Battle Won: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By S. Thomas Russell
    • Narrated By Nick Boulton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (91)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (81)

    Winter, 1793—the Reign of Terror rips through revolutionary France. In Plymouth, England, Master and Commander Charles Hayden is given orders to return to the ill-fated HMS Themis as the British fight the French for control of thestrategically located island of Corsica. But within hours out of port, Hayden’s uncanny knack for attracting the attention of the French navy sees the Themis thrown back into action. When she lands in Corsica, and her men join forces with native insurgents, Hayden finds himself at the vanguard of a brutal clash of empires.

    Holly says: "Solid but not as good as the first book"
    "Excellent Story, Gripping and Exciting"
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    Where does A Battle Won rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The story by S. Thomas Russell is very well done. I listened to his first in the series, Under Enemy Colors with little expectation. I found it in a used-book store or I probably wouldn't have invested in it. This is not a genre that I normally listen to, but I loved it. A Battle Won is a superb follow up story. For story telling and character development, I put S. Thomas Russell with Jim Butcher and WEB Griffin, both excellent writers.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The lead character as well as the Marine Leftennant, Hawthorne.


    What about Nick Boulton’s performance did you like?

    Excellent with individual characters voicing and does a wonderful job with flow and pace.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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