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  • How I Slept My Way to the Middle: Secrets and Stories from Stage, Screen, and Interwebs

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Kevin Pollak, Alan Goldsher
    • Narrated By Kevin Pollak
    Overall
    (236)
    Performance
    (216)
    Story
    (217)

    Kevin Pollak rose through the comedy club ranks at the feet of Don Rickles and Bill Cosby, Johnny Carson, and George Carlin. Named one of Comedy Central’s Top 100 Stand-Up Comedians of All Time, he’s a killer impressionist — Falk, Shatner, Walken, Nicholson — a versatile actor with one of the most respected filmographies around, and an Internet pioneer. He’s done it all, and now he’s ready to spill the beans.

    S. Droski says: "Turns out I'm a fan...who knew?!"
    "Funny! Funny! Funny!"
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    There are a very limited number of books that I can listen to repeatedly- but this is one of them. (And you want to get this one in audio format to get the full experience of each tale- Pollak is an expert impressionist) The stories are interesting and entertaining and even if you are a regular viewer of the Chat Show - there are stories in this that you haven't heard before.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sly Mongoose

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Tobias Buckell
    • Narrated By Prentice Onayemi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Welcome to Chilo, a planet with corrosive rain, crushing pressure, and deadly heat. Fortunately, 14-year-old Timas lives in one of the domed cities that float 100,000 feet above the surface, circling near the edge of a monstrous perpetual storm. Above the acidic clouds the temperature and pressure are normal. But to make a living, Timas like many other young men, is lowered to the surface in an armored suit to scavenge what he can.

    Amazon Customer says: "So much more than your typical space opera"
    "So much more than your typical space opera"
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    I really enjoyed this book. There's more political drama in this one- but plenty of battles & action as well. (lots of zombies) I like the massive time gap between this book & the previous - the worlds have changed but Pepper hasn't. I'm really curious to see what happens to the Xenowealth next.

    Prentice Onayemi is a fantastic narrator. I would definitely listen to other books narrated by him.

    Disclosure: I received a free download of this newly re-released Audible book from the author. In spite of that, the views expressed here are my own & I did not commit to posting a review for the download.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ragamuffin

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Tobias Buckell
    • Narrated By Robin Miles
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    The Benevolent Satrapy rule an empire of 48 worlds, linked by thousands of wormholes strung throughout the galaxy. Human beings, while technically "free", mostly skulk around the fringes of the Satrapy, struggling to get by. The secretive alien Satraps tightly restrict the technological development of the species under their control. Entire worlds have been placed under interdiction, cut off from the rest of the universe.

    Amazon Customer says: "Great follow up to Crystal Rain"
    "Great follow up to Crystal Rain"
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    Enjoyed book 2 in this series just as much as book 1. I loved that the first part of the book introduced us to Nashara & a completely new part of the Xenowealth universe. There are some really outstanding moments with John & Pepper later on in the book. Loved the space battles & the way that story was structured.

    Robin Miles is a great narrator & I look forward to hearing more from her in book 4.

    Disclosure: I received a free download of this newly re-released Audible book from the author. In spite of that, the views expressed here are my own & I did not commit to posting a review for the download.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Crystal Rain

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Tobias Buckell
    • Narrated By Prentice Onayemi
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Long ago, so the stories say, the old-fathers came to Nanagada through a worm's hole in the sky. Looking for a new world to call their own, they brought with them a rich mélange of cultures, religions, and dialects from a far-off planet called Earth. Mighty were the old-fathers, with the power to shape the world to their liking - but that was many generations ago, and what was once known has long been lost.

    Andrew Pollack says: "I and I enjoyed this story very much!"
    "Enjoyed the Adventure"
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    Enjoyed the story & the book's universe. Loved the interaction & the backgrounds on the characters Dihanna, John, Pepper, Oaxctyl & Hayden. The book moves at a great pace & there is lots of action & battles. Also the multiple points of view really work well.

    Prentice Onayemi does a wonderful narration. I would definitely listen to other books narrated by him.


    Disclosure: I received a free download of this newly re-released Audible book from the author. In spite of that, the views expressed here are my own & I did not commit to posting a review for the download.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sandman Slim

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Richard Kadrey
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1844)
    Performance
    (1561)
    Story
    (1570)

    When he was 19, James Stark was considered to be one of the greatest natural magicians, a reputation that got him demon-snatched and sent downtown - to Hell - where he survived as a gladiator, a sideshow freak entertaining Satan's fallen angels. That was 11 years ago. Now, the hitman who goes only by Stark has escaped and is back in L.A. Armed with a fortune-telling coin, a black bone knife, and an infernal key, Stark is determined to destroy the magic circle.

    Mike Naka says: "jack bauer + spawn = sandman slim"
    "Monster Who Kills The Monsters"
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    I had heard good things about this series - repeatedly - but you know ... time. Now that I've listened to the first book - I get it now. This is great urban fantasy & I'm going to be listening to the next books in the series very soon.

    This is my first book narrated by MacLeod Andrews - really enjoyed his performance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Spellbound: Book II of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4271)
    Performance
    (3977)
    Story
    (3971)

    Dark fantasy goes hardboiled in Book II of the hard-hitting Grimnoir Chronicles by the New York Times best-selling creator of Monster Hunter International. The Grimnoir Society’s mission is to protect people with magic, and they’ve done so—successfully and in secret—since the mysterious arrival of the Power in the 1850s, but when a magical assassin makes an attempt on the life of President Franklin Roosevelt, the crime is pinned on the Grimnoir.

    Paulette says: "Spellbound is Pure Magic"
    "Fantastic Followup to Hard Magic"
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    I enjoyed this book. Its a great 2nd book in the series and is both a self contained story and a setup for a larger storyline that will continue in book 3 (?), Faye & Sullivan are great characters & it's been fun watching them grow and adapt to each new situation.

    Bronson Pinchot is wonderful as the narrator. My favorite moment was the discussion the Grimnoir Knight had with Doctor Lincoln in Ada, OK. The Doc plays a very small role, but is quite memorable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hollow World

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Michael J. Sullivan
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (299)
    Performance
    (277)
    Story
    (279)

    Ellis Rogers is an ordinary man who is about to embark on an extraordinary journey. All his life he has played it safe and done the right thing. But when he is faced with a terminal illness, Ellis is willing to take an insane gamble. He's built a time machine in his garage, and if it works, he'll face a world that challenges his understanding of what it means to be human, what it takes to love, and the cost of paradise. Ellis could find more than a cure for his disease; he might find what everyone has been searching for since time has begun.

    Carol says: "We Aren't in Riyria Any More"
    "Futuristic Tale & Enjoyable Read"
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    It's taken me a long time to figure out how to write a review for this book without including spoilers. Many of the reasons why I enjoyed the book are key points of the story- either plot or character based. The only thing that I knew about the book prior to starting it was that it involved time travel - all of my other preconceived notions were completely wrong. (Which is my fault for drawing unsubstantiated conclusions.) As a result, I spent the first few chapters of the book being shocked & surprised. The audio version of the book comes with a free copy of the ebook version. I knew the book had my hooked when I started flipping back & forth between the two versions because I HAD to at least finish the chapter.

    What did I like about this book? Many of the story conflicts; the very different (opposing) viewpoints regarding the same events; and the outstanding imagery. This is one of the most visually stimulating books I've read recently.

    There is a high probability that SOMETHING in this book will either offend you or make you uncomfortable. This isn't Riyria- this book has a far different tone than that universe. It is the type of book that will make you think and may even have you questioning what you would do in the same situations. Would I read another book set in this universe? Yes = this book feels like the pebble thrown into pond- the ripples created are still expanding & it would be very interesting to see what happens next.

    The narrator, Jonathan Davis, is excellent.

    One other hint: don't skip over the author notes at the beginning and end of the book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Child of Fire: A Twenty Palaces Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Harry Connolly
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (290)
    Performance
    (264)
    Story
    (263)

    Ray Lilly is living on borrowed time. He's the driver for Annalise Powliss, a high-ranking member of the Twenty Palace Society, a group of sorcerers devoted to hunting down and executing rogue magicians. But because Ray betrayed her once, Annalise is looking for an excuse to kill him - or let someone else do the job. Unfortunately for both of them, Annalise's next mission goes wrong, leaving her critically injured. With the little magic he controls, Ray must complete her assignment alone.

    Cliff says: "Good book with a warning."
    "Urban Fantasy done well"
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    Enjoyed listening to this book. It has been on my to be read list for a while and came highly recommended (with very good reason). I like that the story is from Ray's point of view and that the reader is figuring things out at the same time that he is. Was left with lots of questions at the end of the book and wanting to read more (not a bad thing).

    Christian Rummel is the perfect narrator for this novel. He nails the character voices and his performance is well paced.

    Reading Twenty Palaces: A Prequel first certainly isn't mandatory, but it does fill in some blanks and the back story referenced in this book.

    Audible, oh great & all powerful, please consider arranging for Book 2: Game of Cages and Book 3: Circle of Enemies to be conjured into audio.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • King Khan: Spirit of the Century Presents, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Harry Connolly
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    This town is going ape! Professor Khan, learned ape, has traveled through time, fought psychic dinosaurs and shark-men, visited Atlantis, and battled across the sands of Mars. He's seen it all - until an arrow shooting out of the sky sends him to the strangest place yet...Hollywood!

    Amazon Customer says: "An erudite ape, a luchador & a mummy walk into ..."
    "An erudite ape, a luchador & a mummy walk into ..."
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    There's no punchline- but the cast of this fun pulp adventure makes the plot even that much more interesting. This is a great story with lots of action & adventure. Professor Khan gets called to LA to solve a mystery and trouble soon finds him.

    A few disclaimers - I'm not familiar with the Spirit of the Century game although I have read the other 3 currently available books that are based off of it (Dinocalypse Now, Beyond Dinocalypse, and Khan of Mars- these are all great reads!) This book can easily stand on its own although it probably will make you curious about what has already happened in the other volumes.

    Oliver Wyman's performance: fantastic. He's the perfect voice for the Spirit of the Century books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hope's End: A Powder Mage Short Story

    • UNABRIDGED (53 mins)
    • By Brian McClellan
    • Narrated By Julie Hoverson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (21)

    Captain Verundish has two problems. On campaign with the Adran army and far from her homeland, she is helpless when the young daughter she left at home is threatened. To make matters worse, General Tamas has put her lover in command of a Hope's End - the first charge through a breach straight into the teeth of enemy cannon and sorcery. To save the people she loves, Verundish will have to come up with a deadly solution...

    Peter D. Darley says: "Great fantasy war story"
    "Powder Mage Short Story Must Read"
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    I enjoyed it. Having already read the first two books in the Powder Mage series, this was a great, short prequel to the books. This is a stand alone story but knowing what is to come makes you appreciate the tale all the more. It's fascinating getting a glimpse into the lives of the characters prior to Book 1.

    Julie Hoverson does a wonderful job narrating the story.

    Disclosure: I won a free download of this Audible short story from the author. In spite of that, the views expressed here are my own & I did not commit to posting a review for the download.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Baltic Gambit: The Vampire Earth, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By E.E. Knight
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (55)

    While out scouting in southern Indiana, Alessa Duvalier comes across a Kurian Conference being attended by every major military sect the Kurians have in the Midwest. Taking advantage of the strategic opportunity to cripple their enemy, Alessa and her warriors strike and achieve victory—only to discover an even greater threat to humanity. David Valentine is chosen to be head of security for the Army of Kentucky representatives—and Alessa ignores his order to stay behind.

    Amazon Customer says: "Worth the Gambit"
    "Worth the Gambit"
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    This was my second time through this book- the first was an ebook version.  I enjoyed the audio book every bit as much as the ebook. I highly recommend doing a second read- there are definitely things that I missed the first time around.

    The Vampire Earth series is one of my favorites.  This book did not disappoint. It is from Duvalier's perspective instead of Valentine's and packs a punch.

    Christian Rummel gives an extraordinary performance (as usual).

    Looking forward to the next book in the series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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