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  • Ex-Communication

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder, Khristine Hvam, Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1517)
    Performance
    (1406)
    Story
    (1405)

    In the years since the wave of living death swept the globe, St George and his fellow heroes haven't just kept Los Angeles' last humans alive - they’ve created a real community, a bustling town that's spreading beyond its original walls and swelling with new refugees. But now one of the heroes, perhaps the most powerful among them, seems to be losing his mind. The implacable enemy known as Legion has found terrifying new ways of using zombies as pawns in his attacks.

    Lore says: "Corpse Girl for the win!"
    "Been too long..."
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    It filled me with a a huge feeling of contentment and familiarity as soon as I started listening to Ex-Communication, and it was like I didn't have to wait over a year to listen to this next installment. There is something about superheros dealing with zombies that is so interesting to me. But again Clines was able to take this story way past the typical zombie horde chasing the terrified humans. Ex-Communication picks up shortly after Ex-Patriots, if there was a time frame that past I must have missed it, still the crew is fending off the zombie super villian Legion but then there is something way worse than the zombie collective. Clines really focuses on the true diabolicalness of human nature. We tend to do whatever it takes, hurt anyone in the way of preserving yourselves in the face of complete annihilation. This audiobook is really about how peoples true nature can and will come out, to betray those they once loved, and about how opposite forces can join to fight of the bigger threat first. I have a good feeling that there will be another chapter to this awesome series, I can't wait.

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  • Hard Duty: Merkiaari Wars, 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Mark E. Cooper
    • Narrated By Mikael Naramore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (242)
    Performance
    (228)
    Story
    (228)

    Humanity's last encounter with aliens saw 16.2 billion people killed in a war with the Merkiaari that had spanned decades. Two hundred years later, the Alliance is cautiously exploring beyond its borders again, but the survey corp is considered a mere gesture by some. General Burgton of the 501st Infantry Regiment believes a lack of expansion is leading the Alliance into stagnation. So when one small ship discovers a new alien race, it should be an easy decision to make contact, but what if the aliens are like the Merkiaari?

    Martin Coughlan says: "Highly enjoyable Sci-Fi Series"
    "good space opera that will keep Scifi fans..."
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    When you start reading “Hard Duty: The Merkiaari Wars, 1” you know you are in for a large and complex story over many light years of travel, across various planets and alien races. The human race has learned the hard way that the murderous Merkiaari are out to exterminate them. After many lengthy and devastating battles, the humans have pushed the enemy out, but not defeated them. Humanity is now cautious and wary about aliens, hiding their many planets through cloaked communications and other means. So when they discover the Shan, a newly discovered alien race with limited space capability, the human explores are unsure whether to warn them about the Merkiaari or simply stay hidden and let fate run its course.

    The Shan are a feline alien race which Mark Cooper develops well. He creates interesting characters that the reader will identify with and care about. The Merkiaari on the other hand are not described much at all, just blood thirsty aliens with an unknown agenda. Without listening to the sequels, it is hard to say how this will develop, but by the quality of the story, it should be worked out to the reader’s satisfaction eventually.

    This is a solid listen, good characters, and mostly good hard sci-fi. The exception is a long section about making the ship’s voice recognition device small enough to be portable. Really? You mean in 500 years no one will improve on my already outdated iPhone. On the other hand there are lots of cool tech ideas like anti-gravity, nanotech, plasma rifles, etc.

    The narration is excellent. Mikael Naramore has narrated dozens of sci-fi novels and is a true pro. He puts some cool sound effects in when one of the characters is listening to his own computer voice. You know who is who, but Mikael doesn’t overdo it. As close to perfect as narration can get.

    Hard Duty is good space opera that will keep Scifi fans entertained for many hours. Well worth listening to.

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  • The Synchronicity War, Part 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Dietmar Wehr
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (25)

    After almost a century of peaceful exploration and colonization of space, the United Earth Space Force stumbles across a shockingly xenophobic alien race that has more and better armed ships and refuses all attempts at contact. As the outgunned Space Force is driven back in battle after battle in what appears to be a war of extermination, one officer experiences precognitive visions that help him blunt the enemy onslaught, but he can't control or predict when they occur.

    AudioBookReviewer says: "Military science fiction geeks will enjoy this"
    "Military science fiction geeks will enjoy this"
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    There were several reason why I decided to pre-order The Synchronicity War (Book 1). One being the narrator, Luke Daniels, is one of my favorites, especially when performing a military science fiction story. Another being the Publisher, Podium Publishing, as I have , to date, really enjoyed every audiobook of theirs that I have listened to.

    . Here is the rundown. Humans are now cruising around the universe. They finally run into an alien race, that seems to be far superior. Intergalactic war ensues.

    In the style of Jack Campbell, Dietmar Wehr tells the story of Commander Shiloh as he makes, or maybe breaks, first contact and the aftermath. While The Synchronicity War (Book 1) was not nearly as polished, it did add in those special ideas that made me enjoy Campbell’s space odyssey. Such as the delay in communications due to the time lag over huge distances; all of the minutiae of all the different classes of ships; the way hyperspace travel works; etc. Think of this as a cross between these two fantastic series The Lost Fleet and Frontlines.

    I really liked the twist. Shiloh keeps seeing visions of what is to come in the future. Allowing himself the chance to either make what he saw a reality or to do something different to make it not happen. I don’t think I have ever listened to a military science fiction story where the main character has several premonitions. I an interested in where this phenomena will take the story in future books.

    Full of military politics, albeit a little much at times, and intense space battle action scenes, I devoured this audiobook almost in one sitting.

    Oh and when the summary says “Be aware that Part 1 has a cliffhanger ending”, it does and if you are anything like me you will need the second book as soon as possible. Unfortunately for me, at the time of writing, I will have to wait a few weeks for Book 2. I see that it is a four book series in print, I really hope that they all will be translated to audio.

    While this might not have been Luke Daniels absolute best performance, it will rank in the upper echelon. For some reason he is able to throw himself so deep into a story that you can imagine no other narrator that would fill the bill.

    Somehow Daniels, even though he has his standard voices, can make each characters voice completely distinct from one another. Making each one fit like a glove. Especially with the AI (artificial intelligent), adding in subtle yet unusual pauses accentuating the fact that it is not a human speaking.

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    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Hellhole

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs)
    • By Gina Damico
    • Narrated By Macleod Andrews
    Overall
    (81)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (75)

    There was a time when geeky, squeaky-clean Max Kilgore would never lie or steal or even think about murder. Then he accidentally unearths a devil, and Max's choices are no longer his own. The big red guy has a penchant for couch surfing and junk food - and you should never underestimate evil on a sugar high.

    kellee says: "Best book I have read in over a year!"
    "What you would expect from Gina Damico"
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    Here is what I know of what to expect from Gina Damico. Young adult hilarity and fun, I mean the type that will make you laugh out loud and give you stitches. I hope that this new novel will follow this trend she has created for herself.

    Hellhole is a ridiculous tale of a young man, Max Kilgore, high school student, family breadwinner and primary caregiver to his sick mother. Somehow gets paired up with the Devil, or rather on of 666 of them. Now he must keep the beast satisfied in order to keep him from ruining his life and the lives of the ones he loves with the promise to heal is mother.

    One the best parts and something I have never come across, especially in a young adult story, was Max’s best friend sense childhood is his female neighbor. Seriously, a strictly platonic relationship! As with pretty much all stories in this genre, there is the love story that evolves from an unlikely source, even though she is really the only other female character.

    All in all, if you are looking for a fast and entertaining young adult listen, you have found what you crave.

    I am not sure, and would love to know, how in the world Macleod Andrews gets the job to narrate a ton of fun and enjoyable audiobooks. Along with that I seem to continue to end up listening to them all. Seriously, if you are looking for an audiobook that will guarantee a stellar audio performance, look no further than Andrews. There are few others that I can think of that will be able to elevate a so-so story to outstanding.

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    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Ted Saves the World

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Bryan Cohen
    • Narrated By Steven Jay Cohen
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (30)

    Ted Finley was your typical, wise-cracking teenager - until an otherworldly force gave him abilities beyond his wildest dreams. After an unintended public display of his powers, Ted has become an instant celebrity and the target of a gang of undead thugs. Sixteen-year-old Erica LaPlante was six-feet-under when a blast of blue light brought her body back to life. Armed with the consciousness of a fierce warrior, Erica must keep her teenage urges at bay to protect the newfound hero.

    Kindle Customer says: "A truly amazing book"
    "Hmmm So many genres all in one book!"
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    Hmmm So many genres all in one book!

    Young adult — most of the characters are in high school. Science fiction — beings come from other worlds/dimension and are sent to open the portal. Fantasy — superhero abilities sprung from out of the “blue” just in time to save innocents. Horror (albeit light and without dirt and blood) — the selected dead can rise again, much stronger and meaner than before. Romance — first he’s with Natalie, then with his “first love” Erica and sidekick finally lands the sweetheart he’s been wooing since elementary. Comedy — if Ted’s not coming up with the well-timed one-liners, Dhiraj is just too funny with his money-making obsession. This is a great combination of many genres, but, first and foremost, a young adult. The subject matter remained age appropriate.

    I received a copy of this book in audio from in exchange for an honest review. I am glad for the change as this was a truly enjoyable listen-to. I have never watched Buffy, except in commercials, and I read from most of the genres this book could easily be placed into, this wasn’t a no-brainer when I read the blurb. This is an example of not judging a book by its cover (I have nothing against the cover — it simply doesn’t grab me) or its book blurb (again, nothing wrong about the description — it simply wasn’t convincing me of a “need” to read.

    All that and I am happy to have spent my time listening with this story for nearly nine hours. Well, that’s not quite accurate. I thought the narrator, Steven Jay Cohen, read far too slowly. I sped up the audio to 2x to make the narrator’s voice speak in a more pleasing speed. That is the only real negative to this reader — his pace is far too slow. I didn’t think to speed up the playing until nearly 2 hours into the story, when I was nearly ready to put this in my Did Not Finish shelf.

    The pace of the story, in terms of plot development, character development, action and reveals was very good. I look forward to picking up the subsequent books in this series, though, I suspect I will read them rather than listen to them.

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    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Forsaken: Book One of the Shadow Cove Saga

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By J.D. Barker
    • Narrated By Christina Delaine
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
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    (5)

    When horror author Thad McAlister began his latest novel, a tale rooted in the witch trials of centuries past, the words flowed effortlessly. The story poured forth, filling page after page with the most frightening character ever to crawl from his imagination. It was his greatest work, one that would guarantee him a position among the legends of the craft. But was it really fiction? He inadvertently opened a door, one that would soon jeopardize the lives of his family. She wants to come back.

    AudioBookReviewer says: "This story will leave you looking behind you"
    "This story will leave you looking behind you"
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    This is the first novel I have had the pleasure of hearing written by J.D. Barker. The mention of the store “Needful Things” in Castle Rock captured my attention first. Having read Stephen King’s novel Needful Things, I knew Forsaken had to be as interesting and captivating.

    Thad McAlister an author tells the story of Shadow Cove and its inhabitants during the Salem Witch Trials. Unfortunately, writing his book releases an evilness bent on revenge first and foremost at the same time endangering his family. This novel which practically wrote itself will be the novel that puts McAlister on the established and legend writers list. One would not expect writing a book would result in so much darkness and fear. But for Thad McAlister and his family, they experience the fear and horror of things best left unwritten first hand. Rachel McAlister realizes early on that she has brought this horror upon her family with a casual comment made at the mysterious little shop in Castle Rock but has no way to stop it. Thad figures out much later that his writing has opened a door best left closed and sealed. Can he save his family? Can he save himself? The answers will terrify you!

    We are given a small amount of insight into the mind of Barker and it is a deep, dark place: minions that crawl forth and smother everything with vile rotten dirt, plants that rip the flesh from anyone brave enough to venture through them. Even a most innocent noise “click-click-clickity-click” becomes terrifying! The one phrase that made my blood run cold was “her soul crept in.” The imagery of this was jaw dropping. This is a small phrase and not entirely unique, the manner in which Barker uses it makes it frighteningly creepy.

    The storylines flow fluidly, interwoven expertly and horrors are described with a rich vocabulary that leaves one with images burned deep in their minds. Just using “click-click-clickity-click” invokes terror in one’s mind resulting in goose bumps.

    Barker develops each character to its fullest, both main and secondary ones. I can still see the small minions with their yellowed teeth and long nails. I can even smell their vile rotten dirt that is their physical essence when destroyed. Barker is a master wordsmith.

    This story will leave you looking behind you at each and every snap, crackle and pop your house makes night or in broad day light!

    Christina Delaine does an excellent job of narrating. Her “click-click-clickity-click” is so softly spoken time and again, that one hears it in their minds throughout the book. She translates the fear, darkness and chilling atmosphere clearly with her voice.

    The audio production by Audible Studios was excellent and clearly done, I had no issues at all.

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    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Biomass Revolution

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Nicholas Sansbury Smith
    • Narrated By James Fouhey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    What would you do if you lived in a world where your every move was scrutinized by your own personal artificial intelligence - a world where everything is regulated, from power usage to relationships - a world where everything you thought you knew turned out to be a lie? Welcome to Tisaia - the last hub of modern civilization in a world left scorched by the nuclear fires of the Biomass Wars. Surrounded by a fortress of steel walls and protected by a fierce and loyal Council of Royal Knights, Tisaia seems relatively safe to the average State worker and citizen.

    AudioBookReviewer says: "There was little depth and detail in characters"
    "There was little depth and detail in characters"
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    The Biomass Revolution is set in the post-apocalyptic near future in the city of Tisaia. The story follows many characters as they navigate the challenges of this isolationist and oppressive state. Through the eyes of government officials, citizens, and revolutionaries, the reader gets a perspective of the conflict surrounding human rights and control of fuel.

    There are many different directions that this book could have taken and the focus on the fuel source and the human rights questions are compelling issues that would arise in a post-apocalyptic world. Structurally, the novel is built up of chapter for a lot of different points of view. Some of them we only see once while a few of the others are recurring. I generally love novels with multiple points of view, and like many such novels, in The Biomass Revolution, listening to the story is like getting a bird's eye view of whats happening. The perspectives range from government officials, soldiers, government workers, minorities, revolutionaries and more. It's a very high up view of how all the pieces are moving toward a conclusion. And the best part is that the points of view converge at the end without leaving any hanging story lines. While bordering on cheesy, the end and the epilogue were especially satisfying. Overall, I thought the world building was adequate. The different settings were clearly defined. The only thing that I wish had more depth in this regard is the biomass. There was no detail into what exactly was the biomass, other than a fuel source, which seemed a bit vague.

    This leads me to the biggest flaw of the novel. There was little depth, detail, and really character, in most of characters. The characters' motivations were written simply without much depth, which made the actions of characters difficult to believe. For example, the romantic plot-line was especially frustrating to me. The relationship just became serious without any defined reason for it being so. And it was a driving factor for a lot of the actions the main character took, but I just didn't believe that those actions made any logical sense. Perhaps, if fewer points of view had been used it would've possible to provide a bird's eye view of the plots moving pieces, without sacrificing subtle character development. As it is, the characters' different points of view just seemed to be there to move the plot forward. Overall, I found the writing to be simple and without much nuance.

    As a result of my dislike for the simplicity of the writing for the book, it was difficult to tease out my thoughts on the narration. I often stopped paying attention and so I had to constantly shift backwards, but I'm not sure if that was the author's fault or the narrator's. The main criticism that most of the characters tones and voices did not vary, which made it difficult to remember who was speaking, which was critical in a book with so many different points of view.

    I've been thinking about how to review this book from when I started reading it. Something about it just didn't mesh with me. Overall, the premise had a lot of potential and the plot was delivered in a logical bare bones way, but the character development leaves a lot to be desired.

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    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Midnight: Adrian's Undead Diary, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Chris Philbrook
    • Narrated By James Foster
    Overall
    (158)
    Performance
    (147)
    Story
    (146)

    In Midnight, the third installment in the smash hit Adrian's Undead Diary series, the threats to Adrian and his new friends are greater than ever before. Local survivors holed up in an empty factory led by the chief of police are now crossing paths with Adrian and the Williams clan. Meanwhile Sean, the bloodthirsty tyrant from Westfield, seethes for vengeance after Adrian fends off attack after attack to take ALPA and everything he's worked so hard for.

    AudioBookReviewer says: "The train wreck that we saw start in book 2 has ex"
    "The train wreck that we saw start in book 2 has ex"
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    I was difficult for me to think of anything other that listening to this audiobook after finishing book 2. Philbrook has created a magic of sorts that resonated deep within me. I do have to say that it is starting to bug the crap out of me how dreadfully unprepared, not only with skill but the mental fortitude, I would be if I were in Adrian’s position.

    Tipping the scales at almost twice as long as the first two books in the series and by far the longest in the series. I thought to myself that Philbrook must have a lot of ground to cover, boy was I right. There is a ton of stuff happening all around Adrian and his crew. Punctuated with side stories and point of view changes that added so much to the dramatic happenings. This also added a whole new dimension to the story as it would take you back through events where you think you know what has happened. You had no idea what the other side was thinking and doing and planning until now.

    Adrian is quite the dynamic character, ex-military, college janitor or something (sorry I don’t remember), now leader of the healthiest encampment of survivors he can find. Who happens to have a heart of gold and is extremely emotionally charged in most of his actions and decisions. All of the characters are interesting, well evolved and not one dimensional. We get to know what is in that head of Adrian’s perhaps more than we wanted, but it adds so much intensity.

    The train wreck that we saw start in book 2 has exploded. Lots and I mean lots of death and destruction, but there is also some growth and rebuilding. Here is the long and short of it all: enemies are made, defense is justified, traitors are among us, friends are made, friends are lost, more friends are made, revenge is sweet and dreams of the dead. Don’t worry if this doesn’t make any sense, it will once you listen.

    It is all the little nuances that James Foster adds to what isn’t written that makes him so successful as Adrian. Whether it be the sighs of exasperation while listing of the ammo count, or the subtle and not so subtle humorous remarks, that could be taken differently, in the journal entries. He is also one of a few narrators that is able to deliver the story at a solid speed that is neither too fast or too slow. With his familiar and soothing voice he will keep you on the edge of your seat while bringing Philbrook’s vision to life.

    James Foster is Adrian Ring just as much as Ray Porter is Joe Ledger. I cannot get enough of either of these guys.

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  • Firefight: Reckoners, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5584)
    Performance
    (4934)
    Story
    (4909)

    Newcago is free. They told David it was impossible, that even the Reckoners had never killed a High Epic. Yet Steelheart - invincible, immortal, unconquerable - is dead. And he died by David's hand.Eliminating Steelheart was supposed to make life simpler. Instead, it only made David realize he has questions. Big ones. And no one in Newcago can give him answers.Babylon Restored, the city formerly known as the borough of Manhattan, has possibilities, though.

    G. House Sr. says: "Fabulous -- A Must Read Sequal"
    "If you loved Steelheart you will love Firefight!"
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    I pre-ordered Firefight months ago, everyday, even though I knew it wasn’t out yet, I still had to check. I was so entranced by the premiss of superheroes having their powers make them evil. I wish it wasn’t such a long wait, but now the wait is over.

    Sanderson has created such a unique universe with this series. Full of deep characters that I actually developed feelings for. Not only that but the world that he has created, near future United States that has been transformed by the Epics.

    Steelheart took place in Newcago (Chicago) and Firefight is set in Babylon (New YorK). Here the Reckoners have another high epic to destroy. One who controls water in more ways than I thought possible. Along the way we get to know more about the back-story of Prof and other members of the team.

    While this was a pretty straight forward story, no real plot twists or turns, except for the ending. I didn’t see it coming. I need the next audiobook so bad.

    Sorry I didn’t really summarize the book. I don’t want to give anything away. Let me just say this. If you loved Steelheart you will love Firefight even more!

    Sparks! Macloud Andrews shines with this performance. Allowing himself to deliver a full range of unique voices for the plethora of characters. Each one fitting what my minds eye thinks they would sound like.

    Andrews is not just a story teller, narrator, or performer here. He is an audiobook technician. And he is on my list of go to narrators. I have several more of his narrations in my to be listened to lineup.

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  • Mitosis: A Reckoners Story

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 4 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (367)
    Performance
    (321)
    Story
    (320)

    From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Words of Radiance, coauthor of Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series and creator of the internationally bestselling Mistborn Trilogy, Brandon Sanderson comes Mitosis, a short story set in the action-packed world of Steelheart: the Reckoners series, exclusively available in the digital format. Epics still plague Newcago, but David and the Reckoners have vowed to fight back.

    AudioBookReviewer says: "I totally listened to this out of order"
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    I totally listened to this out of the order of the series, but I couldn’t help myself. I wanted more from the amazing universe that Brandon Sanderson has created in this series.

    I was right, this was a great Reckoners thirst quencher, perfect for wetting your mind for the next book to be released.

    In Firefight I thought that David had become a bit reckless and way too confident. I think that Mitosis does a good job of addressing that fact. Here the Professor is out in Babylon doing reconnaissance for the upcoming adventure there. Then David and the Reckoners find a new high epic, Mitosis, in New Cago. Of course that will not stand.

    Without giving anything away, let me say this. If you have already listened to Steelheat and find yourself wanting to be brought back to the Epic universe, all be it for an hour, you will not be disappointed at all. Fun, face paced, everything you will want other than length.

    Macleaod Andrews delivers again. Quite honestly one of the most diverse, in the sense of voices, narrators I have ever listened to. Able to spit out various different accents and sexes at the drop of a hat. There is a reason I simply search audiobooks by his name alone.

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  • Aladdin Relighted: Aladdin Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By J. R. Rain, Piers Anthony
    • Narrated By Paul Licameli
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    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (36)

    Return to the magical land of the Arabian Nights....The end of "Aladdin of the Lamp" finds the cunning Aladdin ruler of a great kingdom. Now, many years have passed and Aladdin is older, richer and wiser - and heart broken. After losing his beloved wife and son to foul play, he resigns from being king and sets out to do what he does best.

    AudioBookReviewer says: "I have sadly never read anything about Aladdin"
    "I have sadly never read anything about Aladdin"
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    So… this was published in 2011 but I remember my mom being all crazy about me NOT reading Piers Anthony when I was a teen. I can sort of see why as there are glimpses of his sexual writing in this one.

    I was pretty interested in the beginning and was into the story but every other word starts is about sex. Not in a crazy porn way but in a casual I’m horny way. Firstly, hello one of the main characters is trying to save her son! Calm down and keep it in your pants! Secondly, he has some issues because he cannot perform since his wife died. Well.. maybe that’s why he can’t get his mind off of sex but come on. There is a time and place!

    Now, I have sadly never read anything about Aladdin (save Disney’s movie but I don’t think that counts really) so I did not have any pre ideas about this. It was a fresh story and the characters (minus their obvious fixation on sex) were quite interesting! I could have used a little less of the sex bit but really the plot was intriguing but especially since I know nothing about other Aladdin’s adventures.

    I also received this on audible so I got to listen to the gravely voice of Paul Licameli! I just love his voice and could listen to him all day long. Weirdly I have a plus and a minus for the narration but I’m curious if this is just the way he talks; he is very insistent with every word! Every. Word. He speaks in such a compelling way that it is almost difficult to decipher when something more intense is actually going on. I listened to a sample of Don’t Open The Well by Kirk Anderson but the particular excerpt definitely sounds like it needed his intensity. In Aladdin, in some portions it was a bit much, but in others, like the example of Don’t Open the Well, I think it is perfect. The depth to his voice definitely drags the listener into the story, whether they want to listen or not. It’s compelling and fabulous!

    Aladdin Relighted though, did not need so much of a compelling, intense voice. It worked but in some places it was strange. Maybe it was that the story was strange as well. The plot and characters are funny and kept me entertained though!

    In short: This was my first Piers Anthony. I’m not sure if I’m in love or if I’m holding back because I’m not a huge fan of Fantasy. It was easy to get into but hard to stay with.

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