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Brian

Milwaukee, WI, United States | Member Since 2015

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  • Dissolution: Forgotten Realms: War of the Spider Queen, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Richard Lee Byers
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (169)
    Performance
    (161)
    Story
    (160)

    The War of the Spider Queen begins here. While their whole world is changing around them, four dark elves struggle against different enemies. Yet their paths will lead them all to the most terrifying discovery in the long history of the drow and set them on a quest to save not only Menzoberranzan but the entire dark elf race from Dissolution....

    Michael says: "A Dark Elf Series That Will Consume You..."
    "Very Satisfying Book About Drow Society"
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    I recently listened to the first trilogy about Drizzt Do' Urden. I really enjoyed the books but by the third book I missed the setting of the Underdark and Drow society. So I was excited when I discovered this set of books. I was taken back into the Underdark and backstabbing Drow society, the narration is great and the storyline is satisfying and easy enough to follow. I am just finishing the second book now and I think I'll end up making it through the whole series.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Madhouse: Cal Leandros, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Rob Thurman
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (42)

    Halfhuman Cal Leandros and his brother, Niko, aren't exactly prospering with their preternatural detective agency. Who could have guessed that business could dry up in New York City, where vampires, trolls, and other creepy crawlies are all over the place? But now there's a new arrival in the Big Apple. A malevolent evil with ancient powers is picking off humans like sheep, deadset on making history with an orgy of blood and murder.

    Brian says: "Awesome Audiobook!"
    "Awesome Audiobook!"
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    This was just a great story in the series. The characters are great, both human and supernatural, and a lot of fun.

    The narration is superb as always from MacLeod Andrews.

    Don't miss out on this one!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • An Ember in the Ashes

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Sabaa Tahir
    • Narrated By Fiona Hardingham, Steve West
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    Laia is a Scholar living under the iron-fisted rule of the Martial Empire. When her brother is arrested for treason, Laia goes undercover as a slave at the empire's greatest military academy in exchange for assistance from rebel Scholars who claim that they will help to save her brother from execution.

    liltxtwister says: "Disappointing narrators."
    "Not That Impressed."
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    I don't mean to be too hard on this audiobook, especially considering I (being 38) am not the target audience, but I just wasn't that impressed. I was expecting something different, but it had all the familiar aspects of young adult novels lately. Like Hunger Games Trilogy and Divergent Trilogy. The oppressed population, the love story, and the trials just seemed like the same story in a different setting.

    The narration was handled by two people, one for each of the main characters. I thought the male narration was fine or better. The female narrator really started grating on my nerves. I thought she used an overly wrought and quavery voice for the main character and "cook". I get that she is being put through a lot of tough things, but it seemed way too dramatic to me.

    I did like the world she created and some of the supernatural elements.

    So, if it still sounds good to you, I'd say go for it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hard Luck Hank: Prince of Suck

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Steven Campbell
    • Narrated By Liam Owen
    Overall
    (163)
    Performance
    (148)
    Story
    (147)

    An increasingly crippled Hank struggles to keep the various factions of Belvaille in check after the collapse of the Colmarian Confederation. Hank, as Supreme Kommilaire and Secretary of City, has several hundred police to try to maintain order among the millions of inhabitants on the space station while simultaneously preparing for Belvaille's first ever election.

    matt says: "Ol' Hank Strikes Again!!!!"
    "More Hank!"
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    I've been waiting for a couple of months for this book to come out in audio and finally its here!

    Hank continues to get himself in and out of trouble with many laughs along the way. The author does a good job continuing the storyline after putting Hank through so much in the first two books. I do recommend listening to these books in order or the backstory won't make as much sense.

    Liam Owen is great again. He is Hank.

    I think it's gonna be a while for the 4th book, but I wish they would record audible versions for the 2 prequel novellas, Early Years and Delovoa.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Return of the High Fae: Vegas Fae Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Tom Keller
    • Narrated By Andrew Troth
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (36)

    Ex-cop turned private investigator Robert Hoskins always enjoyed the stories his grandmother had told him as a child, stories of the Dryad that lived in the tree, the Faeries in the garden, and the magical world that was created in his imagination. He always enjoyed them; he just never thought that they were true. Robert's childhood world of magic becomes real when a chance encounter with a local casino mob boss introduces him to the world he was born into, the world that was hidden from him, the world of the Fae.

    Beatrice says: "Different"
    "Fun, Quick and Easy Listen!"
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    This story was a quick and enjoyable easy listen, but don't expect too much. It might be for fans of series like the Dresden Files, but nowhere near the same quality. The writer says way too many times throughout the book "like something out of a bad story" or "like something out of a bad movie", which just makes me think well maybe this is a bad story.

    The narrator is just ok, I've definitely heard worse, but he just sounds a little flat and lacks inflection in many sentences that require it.

    I don't know if I will listen to the next book, which I don't think is available in audio yet anyway.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Shadow of What Was Lost: The Licanius Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By James Islington
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    Overall
    (2491)
    Performance
    (2227)
    Story
    (2226)

    It has been 20 years since the end of the war. The dictatorial Augurs, once thought of almost as gods, were overthrown and wiped out during the conflict, their much-feared powers mysteriously failing them. Those who had ruled under them, men and women with a lesser ability known as the Gift, avoided the Augurs' fate only by submitting themselves to the rebellion's Four Tenets.

    Jake Hartwell says: "Brilliant!"
    "Could Be Better Than The Wheel of Time Series!"
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    This is an awesome fantasy debut. It definitely feels like a Wheel of Time remix, but it stands on its own merits as well. It has a really good pace to the book and a good amount of action. The characters, world and magic system are well developed. You feel like you learn a lot through the course of the book, but it leaves you with just as many questions to be answered in the following books.

    I loved the Wheel of Time Series, but for me it got a little too long, especially in the middle, with 14 books. I think I might like this series better if remains more focused through a 3 book series.

    The narration from Michael Kramer is great as usual.

    16 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • Forging Zero: The Legend of ZERO

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Sara King
    • Narrated By Liam Owen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (345)
    Performance
    (324)
    Story
    (325)

    The oldest of the children drafted from humanity's devastated planet, Joe is impressed into service by the alien Congressional Ground Force - and becomes the unwitting centerpiece in a millennia-long alien struggle for independence. Once his training begins, one of the elusive and prophetic Trith appears to give Joe a spine chilling prophecy that the universe has been anticipating for millions of years: Joe will be the one to finally shatter the vast alien government known as Congress. And the Trith cannot lie...but first Joe has to make it through bootcamp.

    Michael says: "Unforgettable Classic"
    "Please Give Us The Rest Of The Series!"
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    I have had this book in my library for a while now and recently enjoyed Liam Owen's narration in the Hard Luck Hank Series. So, I finally got around to listening to this book. It is an awesome book with good character development and lots of cool alien species. It's kind of a young adult sci-fi because all of the main characters are 14 and under, but it is so much more in depth than your typical young adult series. Unfortunately, the next two books in the series are out in kindle format, but not audiobook. I put in a request with audible for the next two books, and I hope others have as well.

    The narration is good with a few special effects for aliens and thoughts inside the main characters head. I would be happy with the same narrator if the next books make it to audible.

    Even on it's own I would recommend this audiobook, but hope the others are coming!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hard Luck Hank: Screw the Galaxy

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Steven Campbell
    • Narrated By Liam Owen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (669)
    Performance
    (624)
    Story
    (625)

    Hank is a thug. He knows he's a thug. He has no problem with that realization. In his view the galaxy has given him a gift: a mutation that allows him to withstand great deals of physical trauma. He puts his abilities to the best use possible and that isn't by being a scientist. Besides, the space station Belvaille doesn't need scientists. It is not, generally, a thinking person's locale. It is the remotest habitation in the entire Colmarian Confederation. There is literally no reason to be there.

    Thomas Allen says: "A bunch of genres crammed into good fun"
    "Sci-Fi Noir Comedy Awesome!"
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    Just wanted to add to the positive reviews. I expected a campy sci-fi story based on the cover art but I had way more fun than I expected. I am moving on to book 2 now, I definitely look for more from this author.

    The narrator is perfect. Maybe it's because of the author's name, but I keep thinking of a Sci-fi Bruce Campbell from Evil Dead. A few special effect voices added in for some of the alien races adds to the enjoyment.

    Highly Recommended for a fun escape!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Midnight Riot: Peter Grant, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Ben Aaronovitch
    • Narrated By Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1920)
    Performance
    (1752)
    Story
    (1746)

    Probationary constable Peter Grant dreams of being a detective in London's Metropolitan Police. Too bad his superior plans to assign him to the Case Progression Unit, where the biggest threat he'll face is a paper cut. But Peter's prospects change in the aftermath of a puzzling murder, when he gains exclusive information from an eyewitness who happens to be a ghost. Peter's ability to speak with the lingering dead brings him to the attention of Detective Chief Inspector Thomas Nightingale....

    Nancy J says: "I LOVE this Book!"
    "This Series Is Awesome!"
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    It took me two listens to fully appreciate the perfect balance this book achieves between police procedural, understated british humor and supernatural characters. When it clicked for me I went full steam ahead with the next three books and am now patiently waiting for book number 5.

    This is easily my favorite urban fantasy series next to the Iron Druid Chronicles by Kevin Hearne.

    The narrator is fantastic and gets slightly better in the following books.

    Listen and Enjoy!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Something More Than Night

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ian Tregillis
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (153)
    Performance
    (137)
    Story
    (139)

    Ian Tregillis's Something More Than Night is a Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler inspired murder mystery set in Thomas Aquinas’s vision of Heaven. It’s a noir detective story starring fallen angels, the heavenly choir, nightclub stigmatics, a priest with a dirty secret, a femme fatale, and the Voice of God.

    Alison says: "part noir mystery, part philosophy class"
    "More than a few moments of Brilliance!"
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    I feel like I appreciate it more for what an astounding writing accomplishment it is than I actually enjoyed listening to it. I gave this book my full concentration and while it had some of the most enjoyable writing I can remember, a lot of it went over my head.

    I am not always a fan of Scott Brick's narration for some books, but I thought he was spot on for this book and writing style.

    Overall, I enjoyed it, maybe more of a 3.5 stars than 4. I still look forward To Mr. Tregillis' next writing effort.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • City of Stairs

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Robert Jackson Bennett
    • Narrated By Alma Cuervo
    Overall
    (110)
    Performance
    (97)
    Story
    (97)

    The city of Bulikov once wielded the powers of the gods to conquer the world, enslaving and brutalizing millions - until its divine protectors were killed. Now Bulikov has become just another colonial outpost of the world's new geopolitical power, but the surreal landscape of the city itself - first shaped, now shattered, by the thousands of miracles its guardians once worked upon it - stands as a constant, haunting reminder of its former supremacy. Into this broken city steps Shara Thivani.

    Ryan says: "Fantasy spy thriller, some world-building issues"
    "Wow! The Whole Package"
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    This book is incredible. I thought it would be interesting and thought provoking and it was, but sometimes that means boring and it wasn't that. There are great characters, a unique world and a murder to be solved that keeps your attention while the world building unfolds.

    I've never read another Robert Bennett book but this one is definitely in the fantasy genre. Lots of Gods and monsters and miracles. It's kind of hard to describe without experiencing it and I definitely recommend that.

    The narrator fits the story very well, she differentiates between the characters very well and definitely does not distract you from the story.

    It seems to be a stand alone novel but I definitely would not mind hearing another story take place in this world or with these characters.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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