I'd say it ranks somewhere in the,"middle of the road". It wasn't great, but it wasn't bad either. It was good!
As I've said in my review of book 1 of,"files from the BSI" I would classify this series as a poor man's, "Monster Hunter International". That is not meant to be an insult to this series, I like this series and I plan on hearing book 3 as soon as it's released, it's just I just feel "Monster Hunter International" is in a whole-nother league.
No I have not but I feel he's competent enough. I have no complaints with his performance.
No, this book did not make me laugh or cry and I'll tell ya what, if any book I read ever makes me cry, I will walk a mile up my street and jump off the Golden Gate Bridge! No offense to any guys out there that did cry....ya. Anyway, as far as this book making me laugh, I might have snickered once or twice but I don't think I laughed out loud or anything.
As I wrote in my headline I do feel this book is worth a credit(or cash) and I will definitely listen to book 3, "I Left My Haunt In San Francisco" when it comes out, if it comes out? I want to see how the series ends.
For all you tired Zombie fans out there that think you've heard 'em all; you haven't, there's one more twist on the "undead" genre. I know there's another book out there called "Zombies vs. Robots" or vice-versa, whatever, this book by 'JR' is head and shoulders above the other book by way of story, character development and definitely narration. R.C. Bray did a fantastic job telling the story. With most above average Zombie books the focus is on the survivors(in this case androids) and how they adapt(good or bad) to the undead situation. You can classify this book as Zombie/Horror but at it's heart it's actually a "coming of age" story about one young android in particular and the choices he makes and the lessons he learns. It's almost, dare I say, touching?
Whether you're a Z-Horror fan or just a sci/fi fan in general this is a unique solid listen that's worth the price.
"Traditional" fantasy is usually not my thing but I was utterly blown away by this character driven "buddy" book. To let you know just how much I enjoyed this book I finished all 12+ hours in one day. Great story telling and the narration by Tim Reynolds couldn't be better. As bad as I want to move on to the second prequel, 'The Rose And The Thorn' I'm going to jump ahead to the legitimate beginning, 'The Riyria Revelations' - I think prequels are better when you've listened to the oringinal series first.
Great sequel! The bad-ass band of homicidal misfits are back together for another testosterone fueled adventure through the pirate infested oceans, cities and jungles of Indonesia. In this sequel to "Hell and Gone" Henry Brown really sharpens his writing with a much improved "flow" and a much improved story arc. "Tier Zero" is much more character driven(and developed)than its predecessor focusing a little more on the people rather than the action but don't worry, this is a Henry Brown book, there's still enough blood, bullets and guts to keep even the most hardcore action junkies drooling - just look at the cover art. These books have a kinda old-school "pulpy' feel to them that I really like but don't see(or hear) that much of anymore. The narrator did another outstanding job with the characters both male and female. Don't worry if you haven't read "Hell and Gone", this book can easily be read as a stand alone. Assume book overall!
You see that, I rhymed my headline - impressed? Anyway, after reading the summary I really thought I would enjoy this book but honestly it didn't do all that much for me. At first glance this book reminded me a lot of "Forging Zero"( which I really liked) so I thought what the hell, sounds good, I'll give it a shot - I chose poorly. Don't get me wrong, it's a very well written "Alien Invasion" story and the characters are well developed but after finishing the book I thought it was just a little too "Y.A.-ish" for my taste. If I had to describe this book to someone I would say that "Manipulate" is "Forging Zero's" virgin little brother with the latter being more violent and gritty. I still gave "Manipulate" a 4 star rating because I cannot give a bad rating to a book for something that's my fault - I knew it was geared for a younger audience going in and I purchased it anyway. Look, it's a really good book, just not dark enough for me.
I like Horror, I like Urban Fantasy and I like Detective Stories. This book is a highly stylized blend of my three favorite genres but at it's core it remains a Horror story(mostly). I really like the protagonist's(Jake Helman) "never say die" attitude - he gets his ass kicked throughout the entire story and his whole world goes to sh*t but he keeps on fighting. The story has a good "flow" to it and the supporting characters are well constructed. I though the narrator did a fantastic job with the voicing. This is one of the more original stories I've heard from Audible. As far as "book 1's" go I am impressed enough "Personal Demons" to move onto book 2 in the series with no hesitation. Listen to the "sampler" and see if you like it.
Another winner! I actually found this book on "Amazon" while browsing the kindle selection and was glad to see it was available on audible. For Tom Keller's first effort it's hard to believe how solid and well written this novel is. This book is slightly unique compared to other magic oriented UF novels because in this story the protagonist, "Robert" has lived his whole life without ever knowing or using his magical capabilities. "Robert" learns that he is actually a very powerful "high Fae" (basically a God) and with the help of his Aunt and some new found friends he slowly learns how to use his magic and he discovers (to the extreme shock of everyone around him) just how powerful he is. What I like most about this book is that it's character driven, all the "players" in this story were interesting with very likeable personalities(even the pet dog). The narration by Andrew Roth was very good making the audio experience that much more enjoyable. I was impressed enough with this first book in the series to take a chance with book 2 when it's released. Good job Tom Keller!
If any of you guys are fans of the Iron Druid Chronicles or the Dresden Files you might want to check this book out- they're kind of along the same lines.
This guy can write! Great action packed "mercenary" type story with very likeable "good guys" and very dislikable "bad guys". I've read reviews from military/action writers praising Henry Brown's skills but due to my "wish list" being so full I haven't been able to listen to any of his books till' now and I seriously regret not doing it sooner. Very impressive for what I believe to be his first action book. Without a doubt I'll be listening to the sequel, "Tier Zero"- if the reviews are accurate it's suppose to be even better than "Hell and Gone". The narrator did a very good job with the dialogue-no complaints.
I'm a little shocked by how good this story is. Yes, I do listen to novels in the fantasy genre but I usually swing towards dark, gritty, violent, urban fantasy not the mellow kind of fantasy and definitely nothing with romance but this story was so well written, so engrossing, I didn't care about a little romance. And to all you people out there that don't like romance novels(like myself) let me make something clear, this is NOT a romance novel, this is a story about sorcerers and magic with a little romance tossed in for color so don't worry. At no time while listening to this story did I get that disgusting "sqooshy" feeling. This is one of those stories that once you start listening it's very hard to stop! The narrator(Emily Durante) did a great job throughout the book.
Thanks to all your reviews(and the reviews of Goodreads and Amazon) I rarely purchase a bad audiobook which is the reason I give a lot of 4 and 5 star ratings. My point is I believe my rating for this book(as well as my others) is definitely justified! I'll be waitin' for book 2.
After listening to this book I will never look at angels the same way again. No use going over the synopsis because you already know it but I will say this is an original, atmospheric urban fantasy involving one man's battle against demons and ANGELS. The fact that the story took place in "Sin City" really added some unique style to this already "edgy" novel. The narrator did a really good job-his voice is perfect for this kind of novel. There's definitely room for improvement in this story but considering it's book 1 in the series I'm willing to "look the other way" so to speak. I will definitely be listening to book 2 in the series "Burning Cards". From the reviews I've read it's suppose to be even better than the 1st.
Quick review- impressive slightly Gothic Southern horror tale with fairly strong characterization and a well-flowing story that really pulled me in and kept my attention(something that's hard to do). The writer used the "flashback" technique without jarring or breaking the flow of the book which CAN happen if not done correctly. Although Michael Bray does go into some detail about the history of the house/property he never divulges exactly how or why the curse/haunting came to be-at least no explanation I can remember hearing. But that's just a small complaint and really didn't "damage" my enjoyment of the novel. Matt Josdal(narrator) did a very good job with both the male and female characters(especially the old ladies). If you like "haunted house" stories you'll probably enjoy this slightly spooky Southern tale. Worth a cred.
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