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brassart

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  • Hour of the Octopus

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Joel Rosenberg
    • Narrated By Ray Chase
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    In an ancient world of magic, Kami, the Discover-of-Truth, must use his detective skills to investigate the murder of a nobleman on the eve of a royal wedding, a crime in which the bridegroom becomes the prime suspect.

    Amazon Customer says: "An Excellent Story"
    "An Excellent Story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Great story, lots of humor. Kami was an acrobat, now he is a Discoverer of Truths, and some truths are best left unrevealed. Especially since it might cost him his life if he does.

    I've loved this story from the first time I read it a few years ago

    I only have a couple of reservations about this audiobook, but I don't think that should keep you from getting it.

    The first problem I had was the reader. It sounded like he had drank a whole bottle of Nyquil before coming in to work. A bit sleepy with a decided neutral drall to his tone.
    Also to start with, the reader didn't have a lot of inflection and expression to the various characters and settings.

    This did clear up as the audiobook went along. Perhaps all that was needed was to get used to this particular reader. By the middle of the book these complaints were barely noticeable.

    My only other complaint is that this is the second book in the story. The first book is called "D'Shai" and it would be nice if it was also available. There are many references regarding people and events that happened in the first book.
    While I've read the first one, anyone who hasn't will have to pay careful attention and mentally make the connections as to what is being spoken about on occasion.

    As I said - GREAT STORY, and if you've never read it, this audio edition will be something you listen to more than once. You pick up on things re-listening to it that you missed the first time through making it all the more enjoyable.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Dragon Conspiracy

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Lisa Shearin
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (66)

    We're Supernatural Protection & Investigations, known as SPI. We battle the real monsters of myth and legend, but this Halloween we're searching for diamonds.... A gala opening at the Metropolitan Museum of Art has attracted the upper crust of Manhattan - and thieves. A trio of vile harpies attacks the crowd and steals the stars of the exhibition: a colorful cluster of seven cursed diamonds known as the Dragon Eggs. In the right mage's hands, each stone can pack a magical wallop.

    Bunty says: "Good!"
    "Book #2 delivers!!!"
    Overall
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    I don't want to rehash my review of the first book in the series. So I will just say I've added this author, and this series, to the urban fantasy I like. (I don't like much urban fantasy, so if you don't either, I suggest giving this a try, it's that good. But start with the first one)

    So Lisa...when can we expect the next one?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Grendel Affair

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Lisa Shearin
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (151)
    Performance
    (139)
    Story
    (136)

    We’re Supernatural Protection & Investigations, known as SPI. Things that go bump in the night, the monsters you thought didn’t exist? We battle them and keep you safe. But some supernatural baddies are just too big to contain, even for us. When I moved to New York to become a world famous journalist, I never imagined that snagging a job at a seedy tabloid would change my career path from trashy reporter to undercover agent. I’m Makenna Fraser, a Seer for SPI.

    So, I Read This Book Today says: "Now I have to read ALL her work!"
    "Hoping book 2 isn't far behind!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    If you asked me to my face, I would tell you I'm not fond of urban fantasy.

    On the other hand I am quite fond of an original story, great characters, fun, action, all the good things that go into a good story.

    That's why I like Harry Dresden, Alex Verus, Bob Howard, and now Makenna Frazier-our heroine.

    It's original, it's got it's share of fun, some twists, the action keeps moving, it's a great listen. It feels personal. And intimate.

    Really good narrator. I really hope they get her again for book 2, which I hope will be out soon.

    I liked it. Enough to get the next one as soon as it comes out.

    You should give it a try, you'll like it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hidden: Alex Verus, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Benedict Jacka
    • Narrated By Gildart Jackson
    Overall
    (500)
    Performance
    (448)
    Story
    (448)

    With his talent for divining the future, Alex Verus should have foreseen his friends' reactions to the revelations about his previous life. Anne Walker no longer trusts him-and has also cut all ties with the mage community after getting kicked out of the apprentice program. As a favor to Luna, Alex's own apprentice and Anne's best friend, he checks in on her only to be told to leave her alone. Then Anne gets kidnapped.

    Leanna says: "Thought it would be boring"
    "Keep 'em coming!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I actually pre-ordered this one. After telling myself I wasn't going to do the pre-order thing.
    Can't wait for the next one.

    Don't be afraid to try this series. If you liked Dresden, or Nightside, I think you'll like this series.
    Action, humor, good pacing, great character development.
    Interesting magic system.

    Sure, sounds like Dresden.
    But give it a shot. I think you'll like it.
    Very original after you get over the similar premise.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Chosen: Alex Verus, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Benedict Jacka
    • Narrated By Gildart Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (572)
    Performance
    (520)
    Story
    (517)

    I don't publicly advertise that I'm a mage, but I don't exactly hide it either, and one of the odd things I've learnt over the years is just how much you can get away with if you're blatant enough. Hide something behind smoke and mirrors and make people work to find it, and they'll tear the place down looking for what's there. Alex Verus is a diviner who can see probable futures-a talent that's gotten him out of many a tough scrape. But this time, he may be in over his head. Alex was once apprenticed to a Dark mage, and in his service he did a lot of things he isn't proud of.

    Cliff says: "best on in the series so far"
    "Choose Benedict Jacka for great stories"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Don't be afraid to try this series. If you liked Dresden, or Nightside, I think you'll like this series.
    Action, humor, good pacing, great character development.
    Interesting magic system.

    Sure, sounds like Dresden.
    But give it a shot. I think you'll like it.
    Very original after you get over the similar premise.

    I really like having found an ongoing story that I love to listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Taken: Alex Verus Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Benedict Jacka
    • Narrated By Gildart Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (626)
    Performance
    (571)
    Story
    (566)

    This time last year, I could go weeks without seeing another mage. In mage society I was an unknown and, all in all, that was how I liked it. It’s hard to say what changed. Whatever it was, I got involved in the magical world again and started getting myself a reputation.

    Cliff says: "Great book. Action packed and fun."
    "Liking Alex Verus more and more."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Third book in the series so far and eagerly getting ready to devour it.
    Don't be afraid to try this series. If you liked Dresden, or Nightside, I think you'll like this series.
    Action, humor, good pacing, great character development.
    Interesting magic system.

    Sure, sounds like Dresden.
    But give it a shot. I think you'll like it.
    Very original after you get over the similar premise.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cursed: Alex Verus, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Benedict Jacka
    • Narrated By Gildart Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (800)
    Performance
    (729)
    Story
    (727)

    Since his second sight made him infamous for defeating powerful dark mages, Alex has been keeping his head down. But now he's discovered the resurgence of a forbidden ritual. Someone is harvesting the life-force of magical creatures-destroying them in the process. And draining humans is next on the agenda. Hired to investigate, Alex realizes that not everyone on the Council wants him delving any deeper.

    Cliff says: "The second book is even better."
    "Better and better..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    If you've given the prior book a shot, I recommend continuing with the series.
    Engaging.
    The right blend of humor and character development.
    Good narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fated: Alex Verus Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Benedict Jacka
    • Narrated By Gildart Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1287)
    Performance
    (1169)
    Story
    (1173)

    Alex Verus is part of a world hidden in plain sight, running a magic shop in London. And while Alex's own powers aren't as showy as some mages, he does have the advantage of foreseeing the possible future-allowing him to pull off operations that have a million-to-one-chance of success. But when Alex is approached by multiple factions to crack open a relic from a long-ago mage war, he knows that whatever's inside must be beyond powerful.

    Jessica says: "Harry Dresden meets the Temple of Doom"
    "Dresden's Third Cousin"
    Overall
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    If you can get over the comparison to Harry Dresden, at least not let it affect you negatively, I think this is worth a go. Actually the author's usage of similar style, and a popular setting, yet different enough to be mostly original come together.

    The author has done a good Jim Butcher impersonation. In a good way, with a few twists. He nails the narrative style, and brings his own originality to a familiar setting.

    It's not Dresden. Also a good thing.

    The voice actor is superb! What can I say? Interesting, resonant, capable. Great to listen to.

    So...If you liked Butcher's Dresden...and you liked Green's John Taylor...I recommend adding Jacka's Alex Verus to your audiobookshelf.

    I've only heard this one so far, but I will be getting the rest.

    So take a chance - enjoy!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Legion

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4541)
    Performance
    (4098)
    Story
    (4167)

    Stephen Leeds, AKA 'Legion,' is a man whose unique mental condition allows him to generate a multitude of personae: hallucinatory entities with a wide variety of personal characteristics and a vast array of highly specialized skills. As the story begins, Leeds and his 'aspects' are drawn into the search for the missing Balubal Razon, inventor of a camera whose astonishing properties could alter our understanding of human history and change the very structure of society.

    Joshua says: "The only flaw..."
    "Make it longer!!! Now!!!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    What can I say? I wish this was a full length book or collection of short stories based on this character. It's original. It's humerous. It's interesting. It's intriguing.

    Mr. Sanderson - write more about Mr. Leeds!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • God in the Dock: Essays on Theology and Ethics

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By C. S. Lewis
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    Overall
    (374)
    Performance
    (188)
    Story
    (184)

    C. S. Lewis was a profound thinker with the rare ability to communicate the philosophical and theological rationale of Christianity in simple yet amazingly effective ways. God in the Dock contains 48 essays and 12 letters written by Lewis between 1940 and 1963 for a wide variety of publications.

    Jack says: "A must-have!"
    "If you've wanted more C.S. Lewis...This is it!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Absolutely great collection of his essays combined into a collective whole. Many of these aren't available elsewhere.
    Also - great reader! Does a wonderful job, you would think Lewis was there speaking it himself.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Great Themes of Paul: Life as Participation

    • ORIGINAL (10 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Richard Rohr
    • Narrated By Richard Rohr
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (37)

    In language that Paul might use if he were preaching and writing today, Rohr presents Paul’s all-embracing vision and invites us to enter into the mystery of Christ and be transformed. Rohr breaks new ground by applying up-to-date theories of our universe, integrating them with Paul’s revolutionary thinking about sin, saints and spirituality.

    Robert says: "Deeply Compassionate, Engaged Theology"
    "Interesting, but only semi-biblical."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Well, I will say he is an interesting writer and great speaker. He does have some interesting speculation, but personally I think there's a little bit too much of that and it trends into unbiblical territory.

    Worth a listen if you're a solid Christian.
    Listen with a care if you're not.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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