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  • Monster Hunter International

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8238)
    Performance
    (7298)
    Story
    (7289)

    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.

    Konstantin says: "Suprizingly entertaining"
    "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 6 people found this review helpful
  • Cast in Courtlight: Chronicles of Elantra, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Michelle Sagara
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (882)
    Performance
    (796)
    Story
    (796)

    In Elantra, a job well done is rewarded with a more dangerous task. So after defeating a dark evil, Kaylin Neya goes before the Barrani High Court, where a misspoken word brings sure death. Kaylin's never been known for her grace or manners, but the High Lord's heir is suspiciously ill, and Kaylin's healing magic is the only shot at saving him - if she can dodge the traps laid for her.

    Jessica says: "I love this series!"
    "Very Good Sequel to "Cast in Shadow""
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    What made the experience of listening to Cast in Courtlight the most enjoyable?

    The characters are very well done. Kaylin is a character you can relate to, plays to the beat of her own drum, can't seem to be on time or quite put together, but a great main character, one you can root for. Severn is the ultimate, quiet hero, one you can depend upon, one that doesn't judge. The story is engaging.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Hard to say if I have a favorite, but Severn is a quiet, solid support to the main character. There isn't a lot of time given to him, but the glimpses of this character leaves a good feeling.


    Any additional comments?

    Listening to this book left me feeling a little lost a couple of times as I tried to track where they were and where they were trying to get, but the story was very good and kept me engaged.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Into the Storm

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (716)
    Performance
    (679)
    Story
    (677)

    A knight of Cygnar follows a strict moral code. His integrity is beyond reproach. He holds himself to the highest standards whether dealing with friend or foe. And he values honor above all. The year is 606 AR, and Cygnar has been sorely pressed by its enemies both at home and abroad. In Caspia, the conflict with the Protectorate is about to erupt into full war with the looming invasion of Sul. The Cygnaran military is desperate for soldiers with the skill, strength, and bravery to take up the devastating galvanic weaponry of the new Storm Division.

    Karen says: "More Madigan's Malcontents!"
    "Very Good Story"
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    Would you listen to Into the Storm again? Why?

    I would listen to this book again. It is short, around eight hours, the characters were well written, and the story was engaging. Had a good moral to boot.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I probably liked the character development the best in this novel. From the main character to his supporting character, their development throughout the story is very well done. They both grow and mature in different ways.


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

    I haven't heard a book performed by Porter prior to this one, but he did a very good job. A lot of "readers" can distract you from the book, some become the book. Porter did a very good job here.


    Any additional comments?

    If you enjoy the sci-fi genre, I would recommend this book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Caliban's War: The Expanse, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By James S. A. Corey
    • Narrated By Jefferson Mays
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1737)
    Performance
    (1579)
    Story
    (1583)

    James S.A. Corey’s best-selling hit Leviathan Wakes earned Hugo and Locus Award nominations. In Caliban’s War, the second chapter of Corey’s Expanse series, a desperate Earth politician works tirelessly to prevent war from reigniting. Meanwhile, upheaval takes root on Venus and Ganymede. And amidst this tumult, James Holden and his crew on the Rocinante are charged with the impossible task of saving humanity from a terrifying fate.

    Ethan M. says: "No sophmore slump as both plot and writing improve"
    "Caliban's War is a Great Sequel to Leviathan Wakes"
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    Too often the second book in a series is more of a bridge to the third than a good story on its own. That isn't the case with Caliban's War. It was well written even to the point that it could be enjoyed without having listened to or read Leviathan Wakes, though some background would be missed.

    The performance by Mays was fantastic as it was in the first book.

    I highly recommend these first two books to anyone who enjoys the Sci-Fi genre.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Towers of Midnight: Wheel of Time, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (38 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6538)
    Performance
    (4128)
    Story
    (4167)

    The Last Battle has started. The seals on the Dark One’s prison are crumbling. The Pattern itself is unraveling, and the armies of the Shadow have begun to boil out of the Blight. The sun has begun to set upon the Third Age. Perrin Aybara is now hunted by specters from his past: Whitecloaks, a slayer of wolves, and the responsibilities of leadership. All the while, an unseen foe is slowly pulling a noose tight around his neck....

    Jacob says: "Doesn't wrap as nicely as Gathering Storm"
    "Great Continuation with New Author"
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    I wasn't sure what to expect after the death of Robert Jordan in the finishing of this series. Brandon Sanderson did a great job continuing, sounding extremely similar to the voice of Jordan. The story and characters are just as well written, and the book kept me engaged.

    Very well done start of the end for the Wheel of Time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Skin Game: A Novel of the Dresden Files, Book 15

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7021)
    Performance
    (6535)
    Story
    (6520)

    Harry Dresden, Chicago's only professional wizard, is about to have a very bad day.… Because as Winter Knight to the Queen of Air and Darkness, Harry never knows what the scheming Mab might want him to do. Usually, it’s something awful. He doesn’t know the half of it… Mab has just traded Harry’s skills to pay off one of her debts. And now he must help a group of supernatural villains - led by one of Harry’s most dreaded and despised enemies, Nicodemus Archleone - to break into the highest-security vault in town, so that they can then access the highest-security vault in the Nevernever.

    D says: "Hold onto your staff; Harry’s back."
    "Another FANTASTIC Entry in the Dresden Files"
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    With Skin Game, Butcher reminds me why I rate him as one of the all-time best character and story writers. Great story right from the first words, twists and turns, he already has me chomping at the bit for the next book. If I get too detailed as to why I loved this novel, I will give too much away, but there is a meeting between Dresden and another in the middle of the book that made me feel like I was sitting in the room listening to the conversation. Five of Five stars here.

    Also, Marsters brings you right into the narrative with his reading, he does an excellent job.

    1 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
    (3912)
    Performance
    (3624)
    Story
    (3616)

    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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16357)
    Performance
    (13667)
    Story
    (13794)

    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
    (912)
    Performance
    (798)
    Story
    (801)

    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


    1 of 1 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
    (6406)
    Performance
    (5880)
    Story
    (5881)

    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.

    AudioAddict says: "And I didn't think I liked fantasies..."
    "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
    (7012)
    Performance
    (6376)
    Story
    (6390)

    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

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