A covert training facility known as the Farm, trains kids to adulthood then turns them into vampire operatives under government control is the basic premise for Maggie Shayne's novel. It moves at a good pace and has an interesting secondary story, but the male and female main characters, now vampires, are incredibly stupid and naive to have grown up on, then escaped from the Farm. The stupid behavior of all the novel's characters are completely unbelievable.
A benevolent organization attacks the two main characters when all they had to do was talk to them. The male lead character Ethan, escaped the Farm and survived on his own for two years, yet he is so stupidly naive that he should have been caught within a day. The female lead character, Lilith, is a newly turned vampire with partial amnesia and no clue as to all her abilities as a vampire, yet she thinks she can just attack the Farm and rescue all the people being held in captivity knowing that there are fully trained and loyal vampires that will defend the place against her. She has no plan or common sense, but she somehow thinks she can succeed.
The Narrator did a great job and has a good reading voice, but overall, this novel isn't worth your credit.
The book feels more like a rough draft and not a finished novel in the way the author just states plot developments instead of telling us, the reader/listnener, a story. Also, there seems like little to no foundation is established in the story for the major revelations that occur at its end. Personally, if I wasn't already a fan of Rob Thurman based on her other works, this book would only serve to convince me not to spend any more money or credits on her work. Perhaps her 2nd book in this series makes up for this one, but I can't see myself giving it a chance. I did however, enjoy the choice of narrator. For me, Hilary Huber had a good delivery with an enjoyable tonal quality to her voice.
A hard boiled, cyberpunk styled tale of two very different people just getting by, in a very depressing, but scary believable and essentially balkanized, former United States. The world is now run by various corporations that don't even reside on the planet. They hover above it and manipulate life below without being part of it. There are social classes built around them and a whole slew of other things that the author builds in his vision of earth's future.
Through a series of events in the story, the two main character's, Cowboy, an ex-fighter pilot turned bootlegger and Sarah, a sometimes body guard, thug and killer for hire, find that their lives have become intertwined. The pace of the story became a little slow for me in the middle, but on the whole, this was an excellent story and I think worth your credit. If you are a fan of the cyberpunk genre and or Richard K. Morgan, Neal Stephenson, William Gibson and their like, then Hardwired should be an satisfying choice for you.
Also, veteran narrator, Stefan Rudnicki was definitely on top of his game reading this one. He has, for me, the kind of voice that can sometimes distract me from the story that I'm trying to listen to. Other times, I find that he throttles back his voice a little too much and in some cases, sounds a bit monotoned and unexciting, In Hardwired. I think he chose just the right balance.
Keri Arthur is very good at sexually explicit romance stories, often with supernatural beings populating them. I would put her in the Sherilyn Kenyon, Christine Feehan, Laurell K. Hamilton group of writers. I was attracted to this book because it was a departure from the usual vampire and werewolf story. This time we have dragons. The book starts off great, but it soon falls down to your average paranormal romance novel. That may not be a problem for lovers of the genre, but I just wished Keri Arthur could have stayed up above the average mark.
I liked the female narrator. I think she did a good job with the material.
Although I'm not a child or young adult, I still found this book highly entertaining, original, well worth the credit. Author Scott Mebus combines an interesting premise with strange and unusual characters to create a really good tale of fantasy.
The narrator does a good job of bring the story to life.
Emmett Parker and Anna Turnipseed are back to solve another murder mystery centered around native American concerns and sprinkled with a good amount of folklore and a bit of sexual tension spread between the two detectives. This is one of my favorites in the series.
The narrator, Dick Hill, also does a good job bringing the book to life.
Kirk Mitchell is a good alternative to Tony Hillerman and the fictional detective duo of Emmett Parker and Anna Turnipseed make for a nice combination of police procedural, murder mystery with a bit of native American lore.
Veteren Audible narrator Stefan Rudnicki also did a good job on the book.
Christopher Moore doesn't disappoint. This book is as entertaining, quirky, and offbeat as I have grown to expect from Moore. After having read several of his books, Moore has set the bar somewhat high for me and although I've liked certain works more than others, I've never been let down by any of them.
The narrator chosen for this book did a great job as well.
A very simple, straight forward and well told story that I found quite enjoyable. It felt more like a short story rather than a full length novel, but that was alright with me. I just wish there were other Steve Perry, Matador Series novels available to sample. The guy has written so many, perhaps audible will acquire more.
The narrator was unknown to me, not that I'm familiar with every reader, but he did a great job as well.
If you walk into the scifi and fantasy section of any bookstore, you'll see a whole shelf devoted to these authors. So there is obviously a market for their work. But for whatever reason, it just didn't do it for me. I think if the book were a movie, I might be inclined to check it out, but as a series of novels, I find myself comparing the Prince Roger series to Lois McMaster Bujold's Miles Vorkosian novels. Between the two, Lois wins hands down for me. I'm sorry to say that I truly found this book boring.
As far as narration, Stefan Rudnicki is a veteran and master of the dramatic read. If anyone has a problem with him, it would have to be a matter of personal taste and definitely not for any lack of skill.
The bottom line for me is that you will only like this book if you are totally into this genre. If you are trying this book out on a whim, as I did, you will probably be disappointed.
All of Brandon Sanderson's books tend to be long, which I like, because in addition to them being really great reads, I feel like I'm getting a lot of value for my credit. Of course, sometimes I feel like he could have shaved off some of their length, but overall, Warbreaker is a very well crafted story with a great cast of characters to get involved with. There are some very good and unexpected plot twists and a very interesting magic system.
The complete story is self-contained within this novel instead of being continued through more novels. It seems like everybody writes stories that span three or more books nowadays, Warbreaker, however, does end with the option for the main characters to have many more stories if sales dictate it.
The narrator, James Yaegashi, is very good. He gives a nice dramatic reading of the story with distinctive male and female voices throughout the large number of characters.
The bottom line is if you like sword and sorcery stories set in a medieval time period, you will love Warbreaker. It is well worth your credit.
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