madison, MS, United States | Member Since 2009
This is my favorite book in the series. The archive features big in this one and the Denarians as well. You also get your first look at Demonreach in this one. A major foreshadowing of things to come. This is a really action packed book. If you don't like this one then something is wrong with you ;)
This is the 5th book in the night watch series. If you are a fan you definitely want to spend a credit on this one. While not as epic in scope as the previous books, it is a solid read that is thoroughly enjoyable.
You can really tell the difference that this is a Russian author as opposed to the British and American authors I normally read. The book and series is quite dark in places, often with a strong streak of nihilism included. The endings in this series are usually not "happy" but are satisfying.
The world and characters are well developed to the point you almost feel like if you were in Russia you might run into them. The stories in this series are compared to chess matches between the higher powers with the protagonist trying to find his way through and survive. He never really knows what is going on for certain until the endgame. I really like that level of mystery.
The narrarator does a great job, but moves between Russian accents in conversation and a standard almost monotone English even though all the characters are Russian. This takes a bit of getting used to and leads to adding and dropping of accents at times. It doesn't impact the performance but it was noticable to me.
This novel could be read stand-alone but the reader will enjoy it much more and get a fuller experience by listening to the books in order. This one is definitely worth spending a credit on and I hope the author keeps the series going.
This book has a lot in common with the Neverwhere novel from Neil Gaiman. If you liked Neverwhere you will like this novel as well. The world is dark and rich. I am not a fan of books about faeries but in this case the author makes it fun and interesting.
It is a novel that is operating on two levels at once. On one hand you have the protagonist trying to deal with all this life changing supernatural drama while dealing with mundane problems such as a shrill ex-wife and a teenage daughter. This is much the same way the supernatural world works alongside and under the real world of London.
There is also a nice romance that occurs throughout the novel. It is well done and adds to the story rather than taking away from it. The narrarator has a pleasing voice and a decent range, but he over emotes a good bit and thus 3 stars instead of four for the narraration. It really doesn't harm the experience and it is more of a personal pet peve more than anything.
One thing to note is that this is the first of several books in this series. The problem is that currently the number 3 book is due for release in audio format soon but the second novel is nowhere in sight. This is a good series, but if you want to listen to this one rather than read I would wait until the second novel is on audio as the books build on each other and should be read in order.
This is the third book in the Hellequin series by Steve McHugh. This is a tightly written, action filled novel. The story hits the ground running and doesn't let up until the end. With Silent Screams is a stand-alone novel but will mean more if you have read the previous books first.
As with the other novels, this book moves between the current time and an event in the past related to the current issue. Think highlander but with wizards. It is easy to like the main character and there is enough mystery about him to keep you engrossed throughout the story. He's definitely a guy you'd like to buy a beer and listen to his stories. The magic system, while a bit vague, is fun, structured and makes sense in it's own way.
James langston performs this story and does an admirable job. Admittedly, he took a bit of getting used to, but by the third book it is like revisiting an old friend. I was eagerly awaiting this novel and Mr. McHugh definitely did not dissappoint. If you are fans of urban fantasy series like Dresden Files, Iron Druid, Alex Versus or Peter Grant you will enjoy this one as well.
Please note that for the most part this one is friendly to younger readers but he does throw in a sex scene or two that may be deemed too explicit for younger listeners.
This is a great series. I like this one because it is more gritty and real than others of the same genre. There isn't a lot of snarky humor, pop references or wacky side-kicks. When Alex Verus says leave me alone or else, he means or I'll see you die horribly. He's still a decent guy but has no problems doing what needs to be done to ensure his survival.
This book gives a lot of the backstory on Alex Verus. it is a fun story and action packed to boot. I haven't been sleeping much lately as several of my favvorite authors put books out at the same time. I definitely enjoyed staying up late to finish this one. Plenty of time to sleep when I am dead. I can't wait for the next one as he leaves it on an awsome cliff-hanger.
This one is definitely worth listening to and the narrarator is great. you can't go wrong with this one. If you like Dresden get this one, Verus is the dark tough guy Harry D. thinks he is.
I had been really looking forward to this one for a long time. Just the facft that I read this one so soon after it came out should tell you something. This book goes a long way towards moving the over-arching story of the series forward. It is good, but is different than the oteher books. The story is less focused, more of a day in the life with a lot of what appear to unrelated instances tying together at the end. I didn't care for the style as much as the prior books. The thing is there is a twist at the end that makes this one totally worth it. The narrarator is top notch. If you like the others in this series you will like this one though it may take a little bit of getting used to.
This is a well written and solid novel. It is great reading for young adults and I enjoyed listening to this audiobook with my 12 year old daughter. The plot was good and the use of Egyptian mysticism was a refreshing change. I think this is a better read for kids than adults but I still liked it myself. It isn't a complex book and the characters are a bit on the 2D side but I am sure that will improve as the series progresses. I really enjoyed the narraration of this novel as well.
I am not a huge Steven King fan, but this is by far his best work in my opinion. The story is gripping and keeps you wanting more throughout. Those who are not King readers should note that he is big on detail and his stories move pretty slow. It is just that the world is so interesting and you learn to care about the characters that you are willing to overlook the spots where his writing becomes ponderous. This is a great story and the narrarator does a bang-up job for a book with so many characters. Defniteily worth the credit.
If you compare this to Frank Herberts work you will of course be dissappointed. Frank Herbert was one of those once a generation authors and basically the Tolkien of sci-fi. Brian Herbert is not his father. He writes good solid fiction but Brian's writing obviously does not have the character development or depth of his father's work. Does this make the book bad? No, it doesn't. Taken On it's own it is a decently written interesting book.It won't wow you, but it is a solid read and it is cool to get more back story on the Dune universe. if you love Dune and want to learn more aout the universe you will like this. If you are expecting Frank Herbert level writing you will be dissappointed. Still, all in all it's a good read and worth a credit in my opinion.
If you like the Conan stories of Robert Howard then this is a must. If you are not you may find the stories a bit on the thin side. You have to keep in mind these were a series of short stories writen a long time ago, so you have to keep things in perspective. If you are a fan of Conan stories you will like this and it is very cool that the stories are in chronological order for the character and not the order they were written. That helps you see the development of Conan over the years. The narrarator was ok, but he was a bit bland for the work in my opinion. Still, if you like Conan get it.
This is a series of PI short stories. I read all the authors execpt Kat Richardson on a regular basis. The Sniegoski and Green storys are ok and the Jim Buitcher story is excellent. I'm not a fan of short stories. This is ok but overall I wouldn't use a credit on this one. The stories were decent, and it might be worth it if you are trying to find new authors to follow. If you are already familiar with the authors then you'd be better off using the credit on one of your favorite authors series instead.
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