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Aaron Siverling

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  • Phoenix Rising: A Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Pip Ballantine, Tee Morris
    • Narrated By James Langton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (691)
    Performance
    (618)
    Story
    (611)

    Evil is most assuredly afoot - and Britain’s fate rests in the hands of an alluring renegade... and a librarian. These are dark days indeed in Victoria’s England. Londoners are vanishing, then reappearing, washing up as corpses on the banks of the Thames, drained of blood and bone. Yet the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences - the Crown’s clandestine organization whose bailiwick is the strange and unsettling - will not allow its agents to investigate. Fearless and exceedingly lovely Eliza D. Braun, however, with her disturbing fondness for dynamite, refuses to let the matter rest...

    Suzanna says: "Great Steampunk - worth a listen"
    "MUCH better than expected. Not a steampunk fan but"
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    I'm not a fan of steam punk but this is a book that could get me interested in the genre. I'm definetly looking forward to the second book.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Intrigues: Valdemar: Collegium Chronicles, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Mercedes Lackey
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (366)
    Performance
    (248)
    Story
    (248)

    Mags was an orphan and slave of ‘bad blood’ who toiled in a gem mine all his young life. He would have died before adulthood, had he not been Chosen and taken to Haven to be trained in the new Herald Collegium. Now, Mags was never hungry and never cold. He slept in a real bed in his own room and, most importantly, he had Dallen, who was like another part of himself. And yet, aside from Lena and Bear, both loners like he was, he couldn’t relate to most of the trainees.

    QueenBee Debbie of SheMakesTheRules says: "Good bedtime read and love the narrator!"
    "Its a familiar formula."
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    A good continuation of the series despite the formula of "loner kid finds magic and two friends" that became familiar with the Potter series.

    While an adult would have no trouble enjoying this book it seems to be tailored to young adults and teens. It doesn't have that teen "flavoring" that many young adult books have.

    Regardless of the form and the slow pace it is still a good series. If you liked the first book you will enjoy the second as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Foundation: Valdemar: Collegium Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Mercedes Lackey
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (466)
    Performance
    (296)
    Story
    (301)

    In this chronicle of the early history of Valdemar, Mercedes Lackey's best-selling world, a 13 year-old orphan named Magpie escapes a life of slavery in the gem mines when he is chosen by one of the magical Companion horses of Valdemar to be trained as a Herald. Thrust into the center of a legend in the making, Magpie discovers talents he never knew he had - and witnesses the founding of the great Heralds' Collegium.

    Wyonia says: "great for kids"
    "Before Harry Potter there was...."
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    The first series of Valdemar came way before Harry Potter but they still had many things in common. Magic. Friendship and loyalty winning over the odds. Pain and lonliness endured because enduring was all you could do.

    The baby with no name became named Magpie until it eventually shortened into just Mags. He was an orphan presumed to be the child of bandits. Dispite being a child and being good with all the jobs they gave him he was treated worst of the worst. Bad blood. Until he is rescued and taken into a life he literally, could not have imagined due to his complete ignorance of how the world should be run.

    The narrator did an excellent job of creating distinct character voices although some have said it is hard to understand the Mags. Reading the actual book is much the same way but the voice and form of speaking is keeping with the character. I got a feel for the Mags accent and didn't have much trouble understanding him.

    This series is a bit heavier than Hogwarts with sexual themes (very non graphic), as well as physical and emotional abuse. A little slow paced with action befitting the scenes (Curball Games).

    Try the sample and see if it sucks you in. It did for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Desert Spear

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Peter V. Brett
    • Narrated By Pete Bradbury
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1841)
    Performance
    (1375)
    Story
    (1382)

    The world remains under siege by demonkind stalking the land when the sun goes down. But a new hero has risen from the desert. Claiming to be the mythical Deliverer, Ahmann Jardir now rides alongside the allied desert tribes of Krasia. Jardir and his fellows are on an epic quest to vanquish the demons plaguing the world and bring humanity back from the brink of extinction.

    John says: "Worth My Credit"
    "Well written but it was...ugly."
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    What did you like best about The Desert Spear? What did you like least?

    It was a well written and unique story with an interesting magic system I hoped they would explore further. I really wanted to see where the story went but...the multiple scene's with the abuse of women and girls made me not want to finish the story.

    I kept of getting to these scene's and rewriting them in my head. The girl defends and rescues herself. Or... the leader of the demon killer army stops and looks about himself to see the senseless death he brings. Death that is completely unnecessary.

    He brings suffering to innocents and thinks he is saving them while all through the book I keep stopping and thinking about how things should go.


    Any additional comments?

    While we all know that death, torture, and the violation of men women and children have happened and still happen. I cannot read of the senseless suffering and not feel the gut wrenching urge for myself or someone else to save them.

    Others may not be hit as hard as I and have the ability to wait for the resolution of justice at the end of the story. If you are this person then I hope you will enjoy this book despite its ugliness.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Who: Dead Air

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 12 mins)
    • By James Goss
    • Narrated By David Tennant
    Overall
    (1018)
    Performance
    (855)
    Story
    (849)

    This is an exclusive, original adventure for the 10th Doctor, read by David Tennant. Featuring additional music and effects, Doctor Who: Dead Air has never been previously published. Hot on the heels of a creature that exists through sound, the Doctor lands on a pirate radio station boat in the late 1960s. The creature has already killed some of the DJs, and the Doctor befriends the survivors. But then the lights go out, and a desperate race for survival begins.

    Paul says: "Brilliant story and well crafted audiobook"
    "Pretty good....and short. Damnit..."
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    Where does Doctor Who rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Doctor Who always ranks high. Why? Because he's DOCTOR WHO! Seriously though the story was okay. The performance was excellent.


    What about David Tennant’s performance did you like?

    When he played The Doctor.


    Any additional comments?

    I got this one on the daily deal for 3.95 or some such. THAT is the price any audio book that is 2 hours or less deserves. Not 9.95. Not 7.95.

    One hour deserves 3.95. Two hours deserves 5.95. Three deserves 7.95 AT MOST. Seriously Audible. You will sell a lot more copies. At those prices. I would buy them.

    Okay rant done.

    For now...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hard Spell: Occult Crimes Unit Investigations, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Justin Gustainis
    • Narrated By Peter Brook
    Overall
    (118)
    Performance
    (102)
    Story
    (104)

    Scranton, the strangest city on earth has an uneasy “live and let unlive” relationship with the supernatural. But when a vamp puts the bite on an unwilling victim, or some witch casts the wrong kind of spell, that’s when they call me. “My name’s Markowski, a Detective Sergeant on the Scranton PD’s Supernatural Crimes Investigation Unit. I carry a badge. Also, a crucifix, some wooden stakes, a big vial of holy water, and a 9mm Beretta loaded with silver bullets.”

    Madeleine says: "Predictable and Flat"
    "Different. Paranormal Police Procedural subgenre."
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    Where does Hard Spell rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It ranks as dirty, gritty and realistic in all the bad ways. I got the impression that the author has acually met and talked to a few cops. I was entertained and liked it dispite its flaws.

    Be warned: Some of the voices annoyed the hell out of me. I found myself thinking "gods I hope this character dies" just so I would NEVER. HEAR IT. AGAIN.


    What three words best describe Peter Brook’s voice?

    Make. It. Stop.


    Any additional comments?

    Once I got used to some of the voices and stopped wishing they would die via demonic piano falling on their heads or somthing, I started to enjoy the story. If you like cops fighting supernatural criminals in a world that knows they exist, you may like this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Omnitopia Dawn: Omnitopia #1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Diane Duane
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (92)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (59)

    In an increasingly wired and computer-friendly world, massive multiplayer online games have become the ultimate form of entertainment. And the most popular gaming universe of all is Omnitopia, created by genius programmer Dev Logan. For millions of people around the world, Omnitopia is an obsession, a passionate pastime, almost a way of life. But there's a secret to Omnitopia, one that Dev would give his life to protect: the game isn't just a program or a piece of code.

    Thomas says: "Poking the Future with a 15' Pole"
    "I hope I live to experience this first hand."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It was entertaining and a bit funny. Although the pace was slow, the premise a little less than original ("Sword Art Online" ".hack//SignSign") and the ending like a freight train coming tword you; It was still good.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Gryphon poop. Also the inate coolness of creating an entire game world like the one Rick (was that his name?) made.


    Any additional comments?

    Hope the author writes the next one. Then gets it published. Then publishes an audio version. Then audible.com gets it. And sells it really cheap. That's all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Moon Over Soho: Peter Grant, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By Ben Aaronovitch
    • Narrated By Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (677)
    Performance
    (625)
    Story
    (622)

    Body and soul. The song. That's what London constable and sorcerer's apprentice Peter Grant first notices when he examines the corpse of Cyrus Wilkins, part-time jazz drummer and full-time accountant, who dropped dead of a heart attack while playing a gig at Soho's 606 Club. The notes of the old jazz standard are rising from the body - a sure sign that something about the man's death was not at all natural but instead supernatural. Body and soul - they're also what Peter will risk as he investigates a pattern of similar deaths in and around Soho.

    Tango says: "Very Entertaining"
    "A book where the narrator enhances the book."
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    This is one of the few audio books where the narrator not only lives up to the potiential of the book but also enhances it. The narrator gives the story more character and shades in the story to give it more depth. The various British terms (knackered meaning dead tired) (transport cafe is a truckstop) and the accent may give Americans a little trouble but otherwise I think everybody will enjoy the story.

    The texture of the Jazz scene and the expressions of London life where enjoyable as well.

    The first book was good but the second was better and I still waiting to listen to the third.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Jane Carver of Waar: Waar, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Nathan Long
    • Narrated By Dina Pearlman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (275)
    Performance
    (245)
    Story
    (245)

    Jane Carver is nobody's idea of a space princess. A hard-ridin', hard-lovin' biker chick and ex-Airborne Ranger, Jane is as surprised as anyone else when, on the run from the law, she ducks into the wrong cave at the wrong time - and wakes up butt-naked on an exotic alien planet light-years away from everything she's ever known. Waar is a savage world of four-armed tiger-men, sky-pirates, slaves, gladiators, and purple-skinned warriors in thrall to a bloodthirsty code of honor and chivalry.

    Diane Rivers says: "Story and Narration = Epic Fun!"
    "Like a knockoff but a GOOD knockoff."
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    This book is like a knockoff of "John Carter Of Mars" but it is a VERY GOOD knockoff. The main character feels real and her choices feel more real. Its also more edgey and modern than John Carter which may make it easier to read because of the generation gap. The next book is already out in print and I hope audible will have it soon.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Live and Let Drood

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Simon R. Green
    • Narrated By Gideon Emery
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (146)
    Performance
    (133)
    Story
    (134)

    The New York Times best-selling author of the Nightside series, Simon R. Green has won widespread acclaim and an immense following for his Secret Histories novels featuring Eddie “Shaman Bond” Drood. In Green’s action-packed riff on everyone’s favorite superspy, Eddie once again finds himself at the center of supernatural intrigue. And even though protecting humanity from the forces of darkness is nothing new to Eddie, he now faces a threat that’s leaving him both shaken and stirred.

    Jessica says: "Weird. . ."
    "Another book that I wish didn't end..."
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    I love the books that make me curse them for ending too soon and wishing for another right away. This...is one of those books.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Alloy of Law: A Mistborn Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3235)
    Performance
    (2917)
    Story
    (2948)

    Three hundred years after the events of the Mistborn trilogy, Scadrial is now on the verge of modernity, with railroads to supplement the canals, electric lighting in the streets and the homes of the wealthy, and the first steel-framed skyscrapers racing for the clouds.Kelsier, Vin, Elend, Sazed, Spook, and the rest are now part of history—or religion. Yet the old magics of Allomancy and Feruchemy continue to play a role in this reborn world....

    Timothy says: "Pleased, yet wanting more..."
    "Not like mistborn trilogy...but very good read!"
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    Think victorian steampunk Sherlock with a cowboy shooter. The start drags a little but the action starts soon enough. The main charater has an interesting mix of powers which he uses to his full advantage and making a few epic fight scenes that wouldn't be out of place in a movie. The sidekick is entertaining and makes me laugh everytime he's present.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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