Jim Butcher's lengthy Codex Alera series actually gets better and better with each subsequent book. This is one of those series that slowly grows on you with every page. The performance by Kate Reading is also top notch-- there are many female narrators who do male voices but Reading does one so convincing that it never takes you out of the book. Recommended
At once a supernatural story and a murder mystery this is a fantastic audiobook by a large cast which includes Andy Serkis and many others turning in fantastic performances. Highly recommended.
Another interesting murder mystery in the series. Rhys Bowen books are like your favourite chocolate -- you know what you're going to get and its never disappointing
A great listen is all I have to say about this book. If you like murder mysteries with a bit of a supernatural twist, then this is the book series for you
This second book in the Hard Luck Hank series is funnier than ever and has a great story. I know there's a third book but I hope there's more to come!
I've been a big fan of Larry Correia's books since reading the first Monster Hunter book, but my favourite series has got to be the Grimnoir Chronicles. This third book in the series amps up the action and brings together many of the threads from the first two books in a very satisfying way. Bronson Pinchot also does a fantastic job with the reading, effortlessly switching voices, accents and genders to bring the characters to life. Great listen and highly recommended!
The Ice Limit again sees a few characters who have appeared in Lincoln and Child's Pendergast novels making an appearance.
I'm a sucker for unusual archaeology stories and while this novel is thematically similar to the authors' other book, Thunderhead, I still enjoyed the unfolding of the story.
Overall, a fun listen if a little slow moving at the beginning.
Mount Dragon is essentially two genres in one -- first, it's a medical thriller and a pretty interesting one at that. About two thirds of the way through, however, the book takes a different turn and becomes an archaeology/adventure novel with western slant.
Having said that, both sections of the story are actually quite an interesting listen, although reader David Colacci is the real problem here.
Colacci's reading tends to have quite major changes in volume -- going from suddenly loud to occasionally so low in volume that I had to rewind and turn up the volume just to hear what was said, resulting in an ear-splitting jump when the volume goes up again later.
Despite my negative sounding title (a quote from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade) I actually quite enjoyed Thunderhead. Despite the implausible ending, the book is quite action packed and is a fun listen especially with the ever reliable Scott Brick.
It's also quite interesting to see some major characters from the Pendergast novels like Nora Kelly and Bill Smithback having their own stories.
I'm always a sucker for a good pirate treasure or swashbuckling novel. Riptide isn't a pirate novel, but it is about the search for pirate treasure.
The story is a bit like a cross between a Michael Crichton novel and a Dan Brown novel in that it features a lot of high-tech equipment with a story that deals with secrets and hidden treasure.
Riptide starts off a little slowly but it picks up pace eventually and reaches quite an exciting (though slightly far-fetched) conclusion.
Overall, a good listen, with narrator Scott Brick providing a solid reading, though it's not his best work.
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