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Calumet Park, IL, United States | Member Since 2011

  • 16 reviews
  • 51 ratings
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  • 66 purchased in 2015

  • March Upcountry: Prince Roger Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By David Weber, John Ringo
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki

    Roger Ramius Sergei Chiang MacClintock was young, handsome, athletic, an excellent dresser, and third in line for the Throne of Man. So it wasn't surprising that he became spoiled, self-centered, and petulant. After all, what else did he have to do with his life?

    Euryleia says: "Lots of fun!"
    "Just didn't do it for me."

    If you walk into the scifi and fantasy section of any bookstore, you'll see a whole shelf devoted to these authors. So there is obviously a market for their work. But for whatever reason, it just didn't do it for me. I think if the book were a movie, I might be inclined to check it out, but as a series of novels, I find myself comparing the Prince Roger series to Lois McMaster Bujold's Miles Vorkosian novels. Between the two, Lois wins hands down for me. I'm sorry to say that I truly found this book boring.

    As far as narration, Stefan Rudnicki is a veteran and master of the dramatic read. If anyone has a problem with him, it would have to be a matter of personal taste and definitely not for any lack of skill.

    The bottom line for me is that you will only like this book if you are totally into this genre. If you are trying this book out on a whim, as I did, you will probably be disappointed.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Trick of the Light: Trickster, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Rob Thurman
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    When Trixa learns of a powerful artifact known as the Light of Life, she knows she’s hit the jackpot. Both sides—angel and demon—would give anything for it. But first she has to find it. And as Heaven and Hell get ready for an apocalyptic throwdown, Trixa must decide where her true loyalty lies, and what she’s ready to fight for. Because in her world, if you line up on the wrong side, you pay with more than your life.

    Ashanti says: "It reads like a rough draft"
    "It reads like a rough draft"

    The book feels more like a rough draft and not a finished novel in the way the author just states plot developments instead of telling us, the reader/listnener, a story. Also, there seems like little to no foundation is established in the story for the major revelations that occur at its end. Personally, if I wasn't already a fan of Rob Thurman based on her other works, this book would only serve to convince me not to spend any more money or credits on her work. Perhaps her 2nd book in this series makes up for this one, but I can't see myself giving it a chance. I did however, enjoy the choice of narrator. For me, Hilary Huber had a good delivery with an enjoyable tonal quality to her voice.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Hardwired

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Walter Jon Williams
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Ex-fighter pilot Cowboy, "hardwired" via skull sockets directly to his lethal electronic hardware, teams up with Sarah, an equally cyborized gun-for-hire, to make a last stab at independence from the rapacious Orbitals.

    Jonathon says: "Good Listen"
    "A well told story set in a depressing future"

    A hard boiled, cyberpunk styled tale of two very different people just getting by, in a very depressing, but scary believable and essentially balkanized, former United States. The world is now run by various corporations that don't even reside on the planet. They hover above it and manipulate life below without being part of it. There are social classes built around them and a whole slew of other things that the author builds in his vision of earth's future.

    Through a series of events in the story, the two main character's, Cowboy, an ex-fighter pilot turned bootlegger and Sarah, a sometimes body guard, thug and killer for hire, find that their lives have become intertwined. The pace of the story became a little slow for me in the middle, but on the whole, this was an excellent story and I think worth your credit. If you are a fan of the cyberpunk genre and or Richard K. Morgan, Neal Stephenson, William Gibson and their like, then Hardwired should be an satisfying choice for you.

    Also, veteran narrator, Stefan Rudnicki was definitely on top of his game reading this one. He has, for me, the kind of voice that can sometimes distract me from the story that I'm trying to listen to. Other times, I find that he throttles back his voice a little too much and in some cases, sounds a bit monotoned and unexciting, In Hardwired. I think he chose just the right balance.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Destiny Kills: Myth and Magic, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Keri Arthur
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    When Destiny McCree wakes up beside a dead man on an Oregon beach, she knows only this: she has to keep moving, keep searching, and keep one step ahead of the forces that have been pursuing her from the heart of Scotland to this isolated spot. Why? The death of her lover has left her alone, with little memory of her past. A glimmering serpent-shaped ring is the one clue she has---and a bargaining chip in a most dangerous game.

    Lynne says: "Eh, it was okay"
    "Typical paranormal romance story"

    Keri Arthur is very good at sexually explicit romance stories, often with supernatural beings populating them. I would put her in the Sherilyn Kenyon, Christine Feehan, Laurell K. Hamilton group of writers. I was attracted to this book because it was a departure from the usual vampire and werewolf story. This time we have dragons. The book starts off great, but it soon falls down to your average paranormal romance novel. That may not be a problem for lovers of the genre, but I just wished Keri Arthur could have stayed up above the average mark.

    I liked the female narrator. I think she did a good job with the material.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Gods of Manhattan

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Scott Mebus
    • Narrated By Eric Michael Summerer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Thirteen-year-old New Yorker Rory Hennessy can see things no one else can. When a magician's trick opens his eyes to Mannahatta, Rory finds an amazing spirit city coexisting alongside modern-day Manhattan. It's a place where Indian sachems, warrior cockroaches, and papier-mâché children live, ruled by the immortal Gods of Manhattan - including Babe Ruth, Alexander Hamilton, and Peter Stuyvesant.

    Ashanti says: "Original and entertaining"
    "Original and entertaining"

    Although I'm not a child or young adult, I still found this book highly entertaining, original, well worth the credit. Author Scott Mebus combines an interesting premise with strange and unusual characters to create a really good tale of fantasy.

    The narrator does a good job of bring the story to life.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Sky Woman Falling

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Kirk Mitchell
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    FBI Special Agent Anna Turnipseed, a Modoc Indian from California, and Bureau of Indian Affairs Investigator Emmett Parker, a Comanche from Oklahoma, are a team, sent by the Feds wherever there are problems in tribal territory.

    Dawn says: "Good Book, Great Narration"
    "One of the best in the series"

    Emmett Parker and Anna Turnipseed are back to solve another murder mystery centered around native American concerns and sprinkled with a good amount of folklore and a bit of sexual tension spread between the two detectives. This is one of my favorites in the series.

    The narrator, Dick Hill, also does a good job bringing the book to life.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Spirit Sickness

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Kirk Mitchell
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki

    In the tradition of Tony Hillerman and Joseph Wambaugh comes this suspense thriller reuniting Bureau of Indian Affairs Criminal Investigator Emmett Quanah Parker and FBI Special Agent Anna Turnipseed, two Native American cops torn between their heritage and the law

    Ashanti says: "An excellent entry in the series"
    "An excellent entry in the series"

    Kirk Mitchell is a good alternative to Tony Hillerman and the fictional detective duo of Emmett Parker and Anna Turnipseed make for a nice combination of police procedural, murder mystery with a bit of native American lore.

    Veteren Audible narrator Stefan Rudnicki also did a good job on the book.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Practical Demonkeeping

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In Christopher Moore's ingenious debut novel, we meet one of the most memorably mismatched pairs in the annals of literature. The good-looking one is one-hundred-year-old ex-seminarian and "roads" scholar Travis O'Hearn. The green one is Catch, a demon with a nasty habit of eating most of the people he meets.

    Martin says: "Gets better as it goes ......"
    "A credit well spent"

    Christopher Moore doesn't disappoint. This book is as entertaining, quirky, and offbeat as I have grown to expect from Moore. After having read several of his books, Moore has set the bar somewhat high for me and although I've liked certain works more than others, I've never been let down by any of them.

    The narrator chosen for this book did a great job as well.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Musashi Flex

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Steve Perry
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In the early 23rd century, one of very few ways to rise above your caste is to become a player in the extreme martial arts game known as the Musashi Flex. Lazlo Mourn, a battle-scarred veteran, is ready to hang up his blades when his moves suddenly evolve toward a form of fighting unlike any the galaxy has seen. Journalist Cayne Sola wants the big story on the games, and not even the fiercest warrior will stop her.

    Robert says: "Great fun, well worth listening"
    "An enjoyable listen."

    A very simple, straight forward and well told story that I found quite enjoyable. It felt more like a short story rather than a full length novel, but that was alright with me. I just wish there were other Steve Perry, Matador Series novels available to sample. The guy has written so many, perhaps audible will acquire more.

    The narrator was unknown to me, not that I'm familiar with every reader, but he did a great job as well.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Warbreaker

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By James Yaegashi

    An author whose previous, wildly successful novels have earned him a reputation as fantasy's master of magic, Brandon Sanderson continues to dazzle audiences with this tale of princesses and gods. In this extraordinary world, those who attain glory return as gods. And those who can master the essence known as breath can perform the most wondrous miracles - or unleash the most devastating havoc.

    Robert says: "What's Your god like?"
    "A very satisfying story."

    All of Brandon Sanderson's books tend to be long, which I like, because in addition to them being really great reads, I feel like I'm getting a lot of value for my credit. Of course, sometimes I feel like he could have shaved off some of their length, but overall, Warbreaker is a very well crafted story with a great cast of characters to get involved with. There are some very good and unexpected plot twists and a very interesting magic system.

    The complete story is self-contained within this novel instead of being continued through more novels. It seems like everybody writes stories that span three or more books nowadays, Warbreaker, however, does end with the option for the main characters to have many more stories if sales dictate it.

    The narrator, James Yaegashi, is very good. He gives a nice dramatic reading of the story with distinctive male and female voices throughout the large number of characters.

    The bottom line is if you like sword and sorcery stories set in a medieval time period, you will love Warbreaker. It is well worth your credit.

    31 of 34 people found this review helpful

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