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Sygma06

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  • Apocalypse Island

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Mark Edward Hall
    • Narrated By Andrew Troth
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (19)

    A small Maine city has turned into a killing ground. Is it a serial killer, someone with a penchant for the macabre and a need to destroy? Or is it a darker force, an ancient legend from a mysterious Island come ashore to wreak havoc upon the unsuspecting? Amid the backdrop of Portland’s burgeoning night scene, Police Lieutenant Rick Jennings discovers that no one is safe, and that evil has many faces.

    Sygma06 says: "Great story idea, character dialogue is stilted"
    "Great story idea, character dialogue is stilted"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The idea of the story is very good but the dialogue between characters in the book seems a little stilted. I just can't imagine people in the real world talking to each other like that. Also, there seems to be some production quality issues early on in the recording. I swear I can hear some background noises like pages being turned in the first hour.

    Despite all that this was a very enjoyable listen. While listening I kept imagining this book as a movie like The Crow. I look forward to listening to some other Mark Edward Hall books.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Spider's Bite: Elemental Assassin, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Jennifer Estep
    • Narrated By Lauren Fortgang
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2969)
    Performance
    (2309)
    Story
    (2319)

    They call me the Spider. I'm the most feared assassin in the South -- when I'm not busy at the Pork Pit cooking up the best barbecue in Ashland. As a Stone elemental, I can hear everything from the whispers of the gravel beneath my feet to the vibrations of the soaring Appalachian Mountains above me. My Ice magic also comes in handy for making the occasional knife. But I don't use my powers on the job unless I absolutely have to. Call it professional pride.

    Alex says: "Only because..."
    "For the love of your ears listen to the sample!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The story was OK and for some, ladies I am looking at you here, this mix of romance novel, light urban fantasy, and mystery is totally their bag. However, I couldn't stand the constant whistling sound the narrator makes on every other "S" sound and soft "C". This title may become the first in my library to have the dubious honor of not being finished.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Runemarks

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Joanne Harris
    • Narrated By Sile Bermingham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (29)

    Seven o'clock on a Monday morning, 500 years after the end of the world, and goblins had been at the cellar again...Not that anyone would admit it was goblins. In Maddy Smith's world, order rules. Chaos, old gods, fairies, goblins, magic, glamours: all of these were supposedly vanquished centuries ago. But Maddy knows that a small bit of magic has survived. The "ruinmark" she was born with on her palm proves it.

    Lydia says: "Beautifully Narrated"
    "A fun story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This was overall a fun story but some non sequiturs such as mentions of clocks and gunmetal as a color took me out of the narrative. There wasn't enough background on the world to make me think that firearms or clocks were normal in the otherwise medieval sounding world.

    The narrator has a definite lisp but I don't know if I got used to at the end or if better enunciation was employed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Starship

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Vaughn Heppner
    • Narrated By David Stifel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (391)
    Performance
    (345)
    Story
    (348)

    Ten thousand years ago, a single alien super-ship survived a desperate battle. The vessel's dying crew set the AI on automatic to defend the smashed rubble of their planet. Legend has it the faithful ship continues to patrol the empty battlefield, obeying its last order throughout the lonely centuries.In the here and now, Earth needs a miracle. Out of the Beyond invade the New Men, stronger, faster and smarter than the old. Their superior warships and advanced technology destroy every fleet sent to stop them.

    Striker says: "A Good Concept and Decent (But Not Great) Story"
    "Fun story but how about some production QC!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The story was OK but not great. A major detractor from the immersion was the awful narration.

    The narrator takes some getting used to but it seems like no preproduction was done during recording. There were multiple times that the narrator used the wrong voice and would try to transition from one voice to another over the course of a sentence. I don't know what techniques are used so that a narrator knows who is speaking a certain line but this could have been done much much better.

    If you can get over this it is a fun jaunt.

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Hounded: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11498)
    Performance
    (10277)
    Story
    (10246)

    Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, lives peacefully in Arizona, running an occult bookshop and shape-shifting in his spare time to hunt with his Irish wolfhound. His neighbors and customers think that this handsome, tattooed Irish dude is about twenty-one years old - when in actuality, he’s twenty-one centuries old. Not to mention: He draws his power from the earth, possesses a sharp wit, and wields an even sharper magical sword known as Fragarach, the Answerer. Unfortunately, a very angry Celtic god wants that sword, and he’s hounded Atticus for centuries....

    Chris says: "Finally, a modern day fantasy that really hits the"
    "This one had me smiling and chuckling"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This was a truly enjoyable urban fantasy. All of the elements that make for a great listen are there. The narrator did a great job with pacing and differentiating the characters. There is just the right amount of mythos, action, and humor to make the time fly by.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tiger's Curse

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Colleen Houck
    • Narrated By Annika Boras, Sanjiv Jahveri
    Overall
    (729)
    Performance
    (635)
    Story
    (635)

    The last thing teenager Kelsey Hayes thought she'd be doing over the summer was meeting Ren, a mysterious white tiger and cursed Indian prince! When she learns she alone can break the Tiger's curse, Kelsey's life is turned upside-down. The unlikely duo journeys halfway around the world to piece together an Indian prophecy, find a way to free the man trapped by a centuries-old spell, and discover the path to their true destiny.

    F. DesBouillons says: "Great Book!!!"
    "Too much indecision for a typical guy"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The parts for a truly great story are there: an ancient curse, an interesting heroine, and and exotic venue. The problem for me was when things got too lovey dovey and the solid steel spine of the heroine turned in to a noodle that couldn't be even be called "Al Dente".

    I can see where this type of story would be very appealing to a YA female audience and this review would be quite different if I was a 14 year old girl.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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