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  • The Fire Rose

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Mercedes Lackey
    • Narrated By Kate Black-Regan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (277)
    Performance
    (178)
    Story
    (180)

    Accepting employment as a governess after hard times hit her family, medieval scholar Rosalind Hawkins is surprised when she learns that her mysterious employer has no children and only wants her to read to him through a speaking tube.

    Chelyn says: "Great story, poorly presented"
    "Great story, disappointing narration."
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    I'm a fan of Mercedes Lackey and have always particularly liked this sort of precursor to her Elemental Masters series. I love the time period and the alternative reasons behind historical events. I also very much like the heroine, Rose, because she has spirit and doesn't meekly follow the roles set out for her. The romance is predictable but delightful none-the-less and the villains are appropriately villainous.

    My only disappointment was with the narration. It is awkward in places to the point of being distracting. Though the narrator tries to give unique voices to various characters, most of them sound sort of silly. In a story that usually lures me in, I kept being jarred out by something odd in the reading. Perhaps it is because I have read this book in print previous to hearing it. I'm not sure.

    The book is definitely worth your time. Even though the narration was disappointing, the story is good enough to overshadow the awkward places. But if you have a chance to read it in print, you are better off.

    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
    (2818)
    Performance
    (2644)
    Story
    (2636)

    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"
    "The most satisfying conclusion."
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    I listened to this book over the course of several days. Not because I wanted to stop listening, but because I knew it was the last book in the series and I wanted to make it last.

    It was worth every moment of my time. I enjoyed the previous two books in this series. I have, frankly, enjoyed all of Larry Correia's works. But this was different. There are plenty of reviews that talk about what happened during the course of this book, some spoilery, some not. But the thing about this, the thing that made me feel the need to write about it, was the feeling I got after listening to the last words. "Audible hopes you have enjoyed this program." Yes. I have. But "enjoyed" is not the right word.

    This was the most satisfying conclusion to a series I have ever experienced. Though I was sad to reach the end, it was the end. Everything concluded. Everything. There was no "But what happened with X?" which nearly every series leaves me wondering. Aside from idle wondering about the minutae of favorite characters lives, there aren't any questions left to ask. It wasn't a perfect happy ending. Those annoy me. There were surprises, things that made me sad, things that made me smack myself upside the head for not figuring out sooner, things that shocked and things that happened that I knew should have happened but never really expected to happen.

    This is all very vague. Really, though, the ending made me happy and satisfied and only a little sad that it is all over. That hasn't ever happened to me before, but I hope it does again. And as much as I hope it continues, I can't wait to see how Mr. Correia's other series ends now. Because clearly, that man knows how to end things properly.

    1 of 2 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
    (6853)
    Performance
    (6047)
    Story
    (6041)

    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"
    "Just Plain Awesome"
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    I can't decide which I like better, the action packed story line or Oliver Wyman's narration! I've listened to this audio book over and over again. It is the book I use to lure skeptical friends into listening to audio books. The narration is fantastic, the story is never boring, and even though I've listened to it several times, I find myself lingering in the car, or staying up a bit later than intended just to listen a bit longer. It's just plain awesome, as are its sequels, Monster Hunter Vendetta and Monster Hunter Alpha.

    The basic plot is an easy one: monsters are real, people hunt them in secret to collect bounties on them. Larry Correia writes action scenes that feel like movies and Wyman's narration compliments them perfectly. The edge of your seat action is interspersed with snarky humor and moments of deep emotion. And plenty of serious butt-kicking.

    Do your self a favor and just listen. You won't regret it. Just be prepared to be listening long into the night!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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