This horror novel started out pretty good but slowly went downhill from there. I like the premise of this book-a group of twenty-somethings stranded in a Winter cabin but I feel the story bogged down and went off course focusing more on drama and "in-house" fighting between the characters and less on the actual horror aspect of the story." Ania Ahlborn(the writer) was on the right track but she fell short due to the lack of terror and suspense that I usually get from books in this genre. It felt more like a T.V. drama than an actual Horror novel. The best thing about this book was probably the narrative performance of Luke Daniels.
Too much drama/bickering and not enough monsters/suspense = pretty weak Horror novel.
I downloaded this book after checking out the reviews on Amazon and the reviews were not wrong! The protagonist, Marcus Shifter, is a warlock and prodigal son/heir apparent to his parents who are well respected powerful warlocks themselves who belong to a council that protects mortals from supernatural threats. Marcus Shifter(who does not belong to any council) is basically a "problem solver" who hires himself out dealing with anything magical/supernatural. This is a "well-humored" light read with a very likeable protagonist in Marcus Shifter who is quick with the sarcasm and never takes himself too seriously.
This book reminds me a lot of the "Dresden Files" but on a much smaller scale. I think comparing the two head to head wouldn't be fair to "Undead Chaos"- they are not in the same league. Having said that this is a really "fun" book that's a great way to kill 9 hours and 48 minutes. By the way the narration was fantastic! William Dufris did a great job. I think Joshua Roots in on to something and although it does not state that this is book one I hope he writes a sequel. Well worth the 12 dollars you guys. Check it out!
To anyone who cares: don't let the cover art fool you, this is not a hardcore violent story. Yes, there are obviously some elements of violence but this is more a "light hearted" book with some genuine "feel good" moments.
This is not a twilight, "sparkly" werewolf novel, this is a good-old-fashioned, hardcore, crap your pants, horror story and probably the best I ever heard. There is a connection between the protagonist and a girl from his past but this is not one of those horror-romance novels. The werewolves in this story are too busy ripping people apart to get laid. Brace yourself guys, these lycanthrope kill kids too....oh yeah! The character development in this book is second to none(except maybe Stephen King) with characters that really draw you in to the story. It took a minute or two to get used to the narrators Scottish accent but he did a fine job throughout the book. The story ends rather abruptly so I'm assuming they'll be a book 2(I hope). So if your sick of the twilight-ish Y/A horror stories check this book out, you'll probably like it! This book definitely has a "foggy-foresty" spooky vibe to it.
Thank You Graeme Reynolds for bringing "old-school" back to the Werewolf genre.
This was a very slick and impressive first outing. I really liked the story arc and the characters were well developed. The protagonist(Nate Garret) definitely made the book-not only does he have style and class, his balls are so big he needs a wheel-barrow to move around! A minute please, I'm still laughing over that wheel-barrow joke....okay, my only complaint about book 1 would be that the magic system could've been fleshed out a little more but it's barely worth mentioning at all. The narrator, James Langton, did an amazing job with the character's voices and especially their accents! Good job Steve McHugh on your first book!
You guys, next to that Vietnamese hooker, this is best 7 dollars I've spent in a long time! I'll be downloading book 2 as soon as I'm done with this review.
This was my first Brandon Sanderson novel and very soon I'll be listening to my second B.S. novel. I'm still fairly new to the literary scene but I think I can spot talent when I hear it and let me tell ya, this dude's got talent to spare! It's very impressive when you come across a writer who can go from "fantasy" to "urban fantasy" and make it work the way B.S. does. Yes, it's the same genre but the story lines are very different. Like I said, this is my first book by this writer but from the reviews I've read of his other novels he's very successful at "doing something different" and that's a solid indication of just how talented a writer is or can be. As far as this book goes I think he "hit it out of the park", I mean he nailed it with very likeable characters and a story arc that pulled me in from the get-go. Macleod Andrews performance was stellar! (I think that's the first time I've ever used the word "stellar" and I think it'll be the last). Anyway the narration was excellent!
You guys, technically this is a "YA" book but trust me, this book is so well written that people of all ages will enjoy it.
Excuse me, I mean, what a female dog! I'm usually not into "feel good" stories but this was wrapped around a police procedural/thriller so I was really able to enjoy it. the book's about a cop(Scott) and a marine who both lost their partners tragically in action but the unique thing about this book is the marine who lost her partner happens to be a bomb sniffing dog named maggie. Both Scott and Maggie are suffering emotionally and are having a really hard time functioning in the line of duty. Without giving too much away Scott and Maggie learned to trust each other and with that trust so begins the healing process. I know there's a message in this book somewhere about second chances and redemption and all that. I'm sure if I focus hard enough my primitive brain can figure out exactly what it is. this was a well written story that flowed very smoothly and did not have a lot of unnecessary dialog that detracts from the story. the reason I did not give it 5 stars is well, it's a feel good story and feel good stories really aren't my bag but I did enjoy it-just not enough to listen to it twice. MacLeod Andrews was very good as usual.
You guys, this is a unique and touching spin on the police procedural genre with very likeable characters so if you like dogs and crime stories you'll probably like this book.
This is a sick, twisted and disgusting spin on Christmas-I f**king loved it!! Okay it's not that disgusting, I just wanted to get my point across on how twisted-ly cool this "Holiday" themed novel is. Real quick, this book's about a loser, failed songwriter(Jesse Walker) from West Virginia who comes across Santas magic sack of presents which is when his luck really takes a turn for the worse.
Santa isn't the only one who wants the magic sack, the real Yule Lord of Christmas is after the sack too, "Krampus". I won't give too much away, I'll just tell you this in an extremely well written, original, "Quentin Tarantino-esq" story about two Christmas Saints doing battle and how evil Saint nick really is. I have to tell you that the character development in this book is amazing!! I kid you not, Brom really made the characters larger than life and Kirby Heyborne's narration(especially Krampus) was one of the best performances I've heard on Audible. I don't know what kind of sick mind could come up with a story like this but God bless you!!! God bless you Brom!!
Merry Krampus everyone, Merry Krampus!
Probably, in 5 or 10 years. I plan on listening to the whole series again and I think I'll skip books 1 and 2 and start straight off with this one(Grave Peril). After hearing books 1 and 2, I was on the fence whether I would continue with the series but having just finished, "Grave Peril" I will definitely move on to book 4, "Summer Knights"! Personally, I think this is the book right here marks the (positive) turning point in the series. It seems like the series is really starting to kick in to another gear. Every story in the series is better than the last and with another 11 books to go(so far) I can only imagine how much better the latter books are going to be. You can actually see(or hear in this case) Jim Butcher maturing into a pretty damn good "UF" writer. Thank you Jim Butcher for not wasting my credit. Good job!!
I don't think I've listened to enough urban fantasy books yet to give a solid comparison...sorry. The only other series I've heard that I can remotely compare this to would be the, "Felix Castor" series by Mike Carey but that's really not even a proper comparison, "Felix Castor" is definitely "R" rated while the, "Dresden Files" is more pg-13 with both writers having completely different writing styles ta-boot and by the way if my grammar's correct(it's probably not)this is the longest sentence I've ever written in my life.
Thomas, Harry Dresden's (newly introduced) friend.
Ya, I'm going to buy a magic kit and a pointy hat and start performing at the the local YMCA. NO I DIDN'T HAVE AN EXTREME REACTION!!!! It's a book, not medication! I might have chuckled once or twice but I think that's about it.
This series is without a doubt improving with every book so if your into urban fantasy check it out. I'll tell ya what, I don't care what anyone says Jim Butcher's definitely got talent.
Yes, I would recommend this book to a friend! This is an action packed book that moves at a blistering speed an doesn't stop until you here the very familiar phrase, "Audible hopes you've enjoyed this program" telling you the book's over. the protagonist of the story is a paid assassin but he's a very likeable paid assassin who goes by the "code' name "tesseract". Some aspects of this book might seem cliche(C.I.A. double-crosses and the like) but I feel Tom Wood's strong character development(especially Tesseract) and the story arc in general overshadow any feeling I had that I might have read something like this before.
Tesseract(the assassin), I was actually rootin' for this guy to survive from page 1 of this book! Tom Wood's made me feel like Tesseract was just another working stiff trying to make a living, just like you or me. So what if he's a paid assassin, everybody's got to make a living some how, right? I thought you might agree with me. He's a cold-blooded killer but he has "principles" and that's good enough for me. This isn't just a book about one guy killing people, it's much more that but out of fear of giving too much of the story away I'll hold off on getting into any details.
I might have, I don't know but I can tell you he did a fantastic job with the narration on this book. I felt it was spot on and I'd definitely listen to another one of Rob Shapiro's performance again.
Yes, I would have liked to listen to it in one sitting but my god, it's 15+ hours long! I couldn't do it, I'm sorry.
This is a great, adrenaline filled roller-coaster ride of a book and I'll be keeping an eye out for other books written by Tom Wood. I'm hoping he's not a, "one-book wonder". If you're into this kind of, um, "subject matter" give it a shot, I don't think you'll be disappointed.
Even though I have not read the print version I would absolutely consider the audio version superior. As I've said, I always prefer the audio version unless there's a bad narrator.
Angel's probably my favorite character in the book. She's got a good heart but she's tough too and she's actually kinda smart for a redneck. I'm just kiddin' I've got kin in the South alright? For most of the book I kinda felt bad for Angel, she's not exactly living the high-life, she's got an abusive, unemployed, alcoholic father and a worthless boyfriend who gets her in trouble. If that's not enough now she's got a Zombie curse! For the first 1/4 of the book she doesn't even know what's happening to her. Angel vows to find out who did this to her and she goes about it in her own cute little white-trashy way. Angel's a very likeable character.
Angel, again. See above explanation for why. As far as Allison Mclemore's performance all I can say is WHOOO-WEE! I think Allison did an amazing job narrating this book and her southern draw only slipped once or twice during the whole recording which is just fine with me.
Yes I wanted to but, you know, I gotta work and talk to people and stuff, but hell yes I wanted to listen to this in one shot...absolutely!
Thank you Diana for practically NO ROMANCE! in this book. No offense to any ladies out there, it's just if I want romance in a book I'll listen to a romance novel not a Horror novel. Diana Rowland is a very talented writer and I'm quite sure I'll get book 2 as soon as I can afford it.
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