Call anytime(888) 283-5051
 

You no longer follow Byron

You will no longer see updates from this user when they write new reviews, or suggestions based on their library or recommendations.

You can re-follow a user if you change your mind.

OK

You now follow Byron

You will receive updates from this user when they write new reviews, or suggestions based on their library or recommendations.

You can unfollow a user if you change your mind.

OK

Byron

ratings
14
REVIEWS
4
FOLLOWING
0
FOLLOWERS
1
HELPFUL VOTES
11

  • The Red Pyramid: The Kane Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Rick Riordan
    • Narrated By Kevin R. Free, Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3493)
    Performance
    (2334)
    Story
    (2339)

    Since his mother’s death six years ago, Carter Kane has been living out of a suitcase, traveling the globe with his father, the brilliant Egyptologist Dr. Julius Kane. But while Carter’s been homeschooled, his younger sister, Sadie, has been living with their grandparents in London. Sadie has just what Carter wants — school friends and a chance at a “normal” life.

    Heather says: "Rick Riordan does it again..."
    "Much appreciated"
    Overall

    At the end of our trip, the seven year olds asked if we could stay in the car in the driveway to hear more.... the best praise for an audiobook I can possibly imagine.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Colony: Genesis

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Michaelbrent Collings
    • Narrated By John Alexander Brancy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (72)

    In under 10 minutes, 99.9% of the world's population will be dead... or changed. Conversion is instant. Headshots just make them angry. And they're getting smarter. Ken Strickland has made it through the first moments. But his family is still out there. Can he survive? Can he find them? Or will he become one more of the creatures that now rule our world?

    Heidi says: "Gripping, fast, moving"
    "May not be the worst but can't think of another"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Loved the idea and was really looking forward to this one, but then . . yeeesh. Way, way too much navel gazing during what was supposed to be the most terrifying and stressful situation possible, and way, way, way, way too repetitive, "must get to my family. Are they still alive? They couldn't be. Must not give up. Death would be a relief, but must get to my family. Gosh, I really love my family. Must find my family." Not kidding, first 30 minutes of this dog is pretty much that mixed with internal dialogue that doesn't reflect panic nor determined struggle or any other reasonable reaction. The story had potential but needed a decent writer, i.e. one not determined to use as many analogies as possible or show off his descriptive prose abilities. Perhaps it got dramatically better, but I quit after an hour . . . an hour whose loss I mourn.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Death Masks: The Dresden Files, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5380)
    Performance
    (4040)
    Story
    (4015)

    Harry Dresden, Chicago's only practicing professional wizard, should be happy that business is pretty good for a change. But he also knows that whenever things are going good, the only way left for them to go is bad. Way bad. Recent examples: A duel with the lethal champion of the Red Court, who must kill Harry to end the war between vampires and wizards...Hit men using Harry for target practice...The missing Shroud of Turin - and the possible involvement of Chicago's most feared mob boss.

    James says: "Pick up the coin?"
    "Good but more Irritating Product Placement"
    Overall

    As with books 3 and 4, book 5 of the Dresden files suffering from ads for Coca Cola and Walmart. These references are frequent, obvious and irritating. When meeting at a hotel Butcher writes "it was a national chain" and describes the room, but if there is a carbonated beverage it is "a coke." Similarly, products are purchased from Walmart and scenes are compared to "an open air Walmart." In the past, some authors were paid by the word and their work suffered as a result. Today, product placement in novels threatens to drag down an already teetering art-form. Ads break the spell of fantasy and drag the reader back to a mundane world. If authors and publishers need to sell ads, perhaps they should simply put commercials at the beginning and the end of audio books and some extra pages in the printed versions. This novel has a compelling story, but suffers as a consequence of heavy handed hocking.

    0 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Summer Knight: The Dresden Files, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5756)
    Performance
    (4311)
    Story
    (4307)

    The Winter Queen of Faerie has manipulated Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden into accepting a case to solve a murder and stop a war between the courts of Summer and Winter that could have literally earth shattering consequences. His own soul is up for grabs. Dresden must dig deep to discover that at time a willingness to accept a little help from your friends, be they a cub pack of werewolves, old loves in sheep's clothing, or a battalion of pizza loving dewdrop fairies, is a very good thing.

    Michael says: "Harry & James are one."
    "Good but Irritating Product Placement"
    Overall

    Authors have to pay bills, but just as the Star Wars films declined in quality as the desire for merchandising revenues began to influence the stories, the Dresden files are suffering from ads for Coca Cola and Walmart. The story is compelling and even though all of these books are a bit repetitious, they are great "reads" but frequent uses of "reached for a coke," "cans of coca cola," "an empty can of coke" are obvious and irritating. The Walmart ads are quite as frequent, but still noticeable. Yes, in past, authors were paid by the word and their work suffered as a result, but product placement in novels spoils the escapism they should be, and, for me, calls into question the integrity of the author. If authors need to sell ads, perhaps simply put commercials at the beginning and the end.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.