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  • Whodunnit?: Murder on Mystery Island

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Anthony E. Zuiker
    • Narrated By Gildart Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1087)
    Performance
    (974)
    Story
    (980)

    Ten excited co-workers arrive at the beautiful Avondale Resort on a remote island in the middle of the Caribbean, having been told that they are being rewarded for their hard work and productivity. But their relaxing tropical getaway soon turns into a murderous nightmare.

    AudioAddict says: "Surprisingly good for a free listen!"
    "Free Entertainment!"
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    I watched the Whodunnit?: Murder in Rue Manor TV show and read the previous book Murder in Mystery Manor which makes picking this book up really easy. I enjoyed this book a little bit more than I did the previous one - I was able to follow/ distinguish between the characters more. The only criticism I had was that the last challenge ended a bit oddly- the reveal of the killer didn't provide the same level of suspense/ anticipation as the previous book. Yes, I would read more in this series.

    As with the first book in this series, Gildart Jackson provides a spectacular performance.

    0 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
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    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
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    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
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (37)

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Beyond Dinocalypse

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Chuck Wendig
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
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    (11)
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    (11)

    Thrown through time and space, Jet Black and his friends find themselves in a future that has changed everything they've ever known. Hunted, exhausted, and desperate to return home, they must stay one step ahead of the conquering psychosaurs who have taken over the world and enslaved humanity! But as the world changed, so did the people they left behind. Bitter enemies turn into vital allies and old friends sacrifice their ideals to seek victory by any means necessary in this fast-paced sequel to Dinocalypse Now!

    Amazon Customer says: "More Pulp Adventure"
    "More Pulp Adventure"
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    Looking forward to the third book in the trilogy. I wasn't ready for this one to end. (Sort of snuck up on me). More great characters & incredible locations. A fascinating story that is never boring.

    Oliver Wyman gives another wonderful performance with this book. (I can't imagine anyone else voicing these characters.)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dinocalypse Now

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Chuck Wendig
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (36)

    When the Century Club is called in to prevent the assassination of FDR, it’s just another day on the job - but what they discover puts not just the president, but the entire world in jeopardy. With psychic dinosaurs taking over Manhattan and beyond, it’s up to Sally Slick, Jet Black, Mack Silver, and the other Centurions to save humanity - from extinction!

    Denis says: "Classic Pulp Adventuring"
    "Pulp Adventure"
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    You are going to want to go ahead and pick up "Beyond Dinocalypse" at the same time you get this one- just TRUST ME. This is a good story- lots of action & adventure. There are a lot of characters to keep track of but each one brings something unique to the story.

    Oliver Wyman gives another wonderful performance with this book.

    Note: Knowledge of the Spirit of the Century game is not necessary to enjoy this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Appalachian Overthrow: Vampire Earth, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By E. E. Knight
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (67)

    Captured and sold to the Kurian-allied Maynes Conglomerate, to work as a slave in the coal mines of Appalachia, Ahn-Kha is angered and appalled by the dangerous working conditions, and the brutal treatment inflicted upon his fellow miners. When a protest against shortages is deliberately and bloodily suppressed, Ahn-Kha sets himself against the ruling Maynes family and sets out on a trail of vengeance through the Coal Country. Finally, the people of the Coal Country are driven to the breaking point....

    Laura says: "This Audiobook is Missing a Number of Pages"
    "This book is from the point of view of Ahn-Kha."
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    THIS BOOK IS FROM THE POINT OF VIEW OF AHN-KHA!

    That was my reaction as I started reading Appalachian Overthrow. I've had a fondness for the golden one since he first crossed paths with Valentine and I was simply ecstatic to discover that this book was in his voice.

    This is the 10th book in the Vampire Earth series and you really must read the prior books in order to appreciate it. This is also the only book so far that hasn't been from David Valentine's perspective. The narrator shift takes some getting used to. But once into the meat of the book, the story and action flow well and it's easy to forget that we are missing our normal protagonist. This book fills in a lot of the gaps surrounding what happened to Ahn-kha while he was separated from Valentine. There are many references to the storylines of the previous books where Ahn-kha timeline drops in/out.

    I enjoyed this book- the story, the characters, and the mountain setting. The book is presented as sort of a field journal by Ahn-kha. Towards the end there is one particular section that reads like its missing a few paragraphs- dropped like Southern Command was tasked with printing the account & managed to lose a page. I delayed purchasing this book because of the comments about the missing parts & regret doing so now- I was able to pick up on what was going on and quickly got pulled back into the story.

    The narrator, Christian Rummel, does a wonderful job and had a thankless task. He does a fantastic Ahn-kha voice in the previous novels but it would have been nearly impossible to use that voice for 9+ hours as Ahn-kha tells his story. That voice is what heard in my head as I read the ebook version and so I was a tiny bit (unfairly) disappointed when I started listening to the audio. The primary voice he uses is a deeper, richer version of the one that he uses for Valentine and he occasionally slips into a southern drawl.

    Note: The audio book is missing an Appendix that the ebook had that describes the impact the Appalachian fight had on the other Kurian zones.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • 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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (193)
    Performance
    (177)
    Story
    (177)

    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
  • Khan of Mars: Spirit of the Century Presents, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Stephen Blackmoore
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (13)

    When erudite ape Professor Khan and rough-and-tumble cowboy Bulls-Eye Gutierrez are zapped away on a one-way trip to Mars, they are thrown into a world in chaos. Under the malevolent gaze of the Weather Witch, Princess Cyclone, our heroes face the intrigue and war raging across an alien world. Will they survive long enough for the other Centurions to build a way back home? Or will they perish upon the shifting sands of the Red Planet, never to be seen again?

    Elizabeth says: "A Great Gem"
    "Hold on for a fun ride from start to finish"
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    I enjoyed this book - put simply - it was really fun to listen to. I was not familiar with the Spirit of the Century game & other books prior to starting this one but had no problem following along. Khan & Bulls-eye are wonderful characters and they're dropped into a fast paced adventure on Mars. The planet was full of surprises and I loved the diversity of the Mars population. (How can one not like the idea of frogmen from Mars?)

    Oliver Wyman does a wonderful job bringing the story to life with his performance.

    Will I be reading more in the Spirit of the Century series books? Yes.
    Will I be buying more books by Stephen Blackmoore? Yes

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Whodunnit?: Murder in Mystery Manor

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Anthony Zuiker
    • Narrated By Gildart Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1371)
    Performance
    (1261)
    Story
    (1257)

    Ten excited guests arrive at the Westlake Estate, expecting a lavish retreat. They are the winners of a sweepstakes to "Live Like a Billionaire for a Week." But what was supposed to be a promising escape soon turns into a horrific nightmare. Within hours of arrival, the guests sit down for an extravagant dinner. When they pull their party poppers as instructed, a loud chorus of bangs resounds, followed by earsplitting screams as the guest seated at the head of the table bursts into flames and slumps to the floor.

    Judy says: "Creepy in a bad way"
    "Think: Radio version of the TV Show"
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    I watched the Whodunnit?: Murder in Rue Manor TV show earlier this year. That probably made stepping back in time to hear the pre-TV show story easier for me than maybe a reader who wasn't familiar with the setup of the "game". I enjoyed the overall story and I have to admit it becomes easier to follow as the cast of characters decreases. (Which for me is true with all reality-type game shows) One nice feature of the book over the TV show is that you get a glimpse into what the characters are thinking - including some of the manor staff. This book answers the question of how Giles the butler ends up in the middle of Whodunnit?. Gildart Jackson puts in a spectacular performance. Would I listen to another one? Yes - I'm going to listen to Murder in Mystery Island next.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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