You no longer follow Brian

You will no longer see updates from this user when they write new reviews, or suggestions based on their library or recommendations.

You can re-follow a user if you change your mind.

OK

You now follow Brian

You will receive updates from this user when they write new reviews, or suggestions based on their library or recommendations.

You can unfollow a user if you change your mind.

OK

Brian

Milwaukee, WI, United States | Member Since 2005

ratings
159
REVIEWS
20
FOLLOWING
0
FOLLOWERS
17
HELPFUL VOTES
13

  • Dissolution: Forgotten Realms: War of the Spider Queen, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Richard Lee Byers
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (144)
    Performance
    (140)
    Story
    (139)

    The War of the Spider Queen begins here. While their whole world is changing around them, four dark elves struggle against different enemies. Yet their paths will lead them all to the most terrifying discovery in the long history of the drow and set them on a quest to save not only Menzoberranzan but the entire dark elf race from Dissolution....

    Michael says: "A Dark Elf Series That Will Consume You..."
    "Very Satisfying Book About Drow Society"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I recently listened to the first trilogy about Drizzt Do' Urden. I really enjoyed the books but by the third book I missed the setting of the Underdark and Drow society. So I was excited when I discovered this set of books. I was taken back into the Underdark and backstabbing Drow society, the narration is great and the storyline is satisfying and easy enough to follow. I am just finishing the second book now and I think I'll end up making it through the whole series.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Forging Zero: The Legend of ZERO

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Sara King
    • Narrated By Liam Owen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (266)
    Performance
    (249)
    Story
    (250)

    The oldest of the children drafted from humanity's devastated planet, Joe is impressed into service by the alien Congressional Ground Force - and becomes the unwitting centerpiece in a millennia-long alien struggle for independence. Once his training begins, one of the elusive and prophetic Trith appears to give Joe a spine chilling prophecy that the universe has been anticipating for millions of years: Joe will be the one to finally shatter the vast alien government known as Congress. And the Trith cannot lie...but first Joe has to make it through bootcamp.

    Michael says: "Unforgettable Classic"
    "Please Give Us The Rest Of The Series!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I have had this book in my library for a while now and recently enjoyed Liam Owen's narration in the Hard Luck Hank Series. So, I finally got around to listening to this book. It is an awesome book with good character development and lots of cool alien species. It's kind of a young adult sci-fi because all of the main characters are 14 and under, but it is so much more in depth than your typical young adult series. Unfortunately, the next two books in the series are out in kindle format, but not audiobook. I put in a request with audible for the next two books, and I hope others have as well.

    The narration is good with a few special effects for aliens and thoughts inside the main characters head. I would be happy with the same narrator if the next books make it to audible.

    Even on it's own I would recommend this audiobook, but hope the others are coming!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hard Luck Hank: Screw the Galaxy

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Steven Campbell
    • Narrated By Liam Owen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (297)
    Performance
    (274)
    Story
    (277)

    Hank is a thug. He knows he's a thug. He has no problem with that realization. In his view the galaxy has given him a gift: a mutation that allows him to withstand great deals of physical trauma. He puts his abilities to the best use possible and that isn't by being a scientist. Besides, the space station Belvaille doesn't need scientists. It is not, generally, a thinking person's locale. It is the remotest habitation in the entire Colmarian Confederation. There is literally no reason to be there.

    Connor says: "Fun Sci-Fi Humor"
    "Sci-Fi Noir Comedy Awesome!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Just wanted to add to the positive reviews. I expected a campy sci-fi story based on the cover art but I had way more fun than I expected. I am moving on to book 2 now, I definitely look for more from this author.

    The narrator is perfect. Maybe it's because of the author's name, but I keep thinking of a Sci-fi Bruce Campbell from Evil Dead. A few special effect voices added in for some of the alien races adds to the enjoyment.

    Highly Recommended for a fun escape!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Midnight Riot: Peter Grant, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Ben Aaronovitch
    • Narrated By Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1464)
    Performance
    (1340)
    Story
    (1337)

    Probationary constable Peter Grant dreams of being a detective in London's Metropolitan Police. Too bad his superior plans to assign him to the Case Progression Unit, where the biggest threat he'll face is a paper cut. But Peter's prospects change in the aftermath of a puzzling murder, when he gains exclusive information from an eyewitness who happens to be a ghost. Peter's ability to speak with the lingering dead brings him to the attention of Detective Chief Inspector Thomas Nightingale....

    Nancy J says: "I LOVE this Book!"
    "This Series Is Awesome!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    It took me two listens to fully appreciate the perfect balance this book achieves between police procedural, understated british humor and supernatural characters. When it clicked for me I went full steam ahead with the next three books and am now patiently waiting for book number 5.

    This is easily my favorite urban fantasy series next to the Iron Druid Chronicles by Kevin Hearne.

    The narrator is fantastic and gets slightly better in the following books.

    Listen and Enjoy!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Something More Than Night

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ian Tregillis
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (135)
    Performance
    (120)
    Story
    (121)

    Ian Tregillis's Something More Than Night is a Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler inspired murder mystery set in Thomas Aquinas’s vision of Heaven. It’s a noir detective story starring fallen angels, the heavenly choir, nightclub stigmatics, a priest with a dirty secret, a femme fatale, and the Voice of God.

    Alison says: "part noir mystery, part philosophy class"
    "More than a few moments of Brilliance!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I feel like I appreciate it more for what an astounding writing accomplishment it is than I actually enjoyed listening to it. I gave this book my full concentration and while it had some of the most enjoyable writing I can remember, a lot of it went over my head.

    I am not always a fan of Scott Brick's narration for some books, but I thought he was spot on for this book and writing style.

    Overall, I enjoyed it, maybe more of a 3.5 stars than 4. I still look forward To Mr. Tregillis' next writing effort.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • City of Stairs

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Robert Jackson Bennett
    • Narrated By Alma Cuervo
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (36)

    The city of Bulikov once wielded the powers of the gods to conquer the world, enslaving and brutalizing millions - until its divine protectors were killed. Now Bulikov has become just another colonial outpost of the world's new geopolitical power, but the surreal landscape of the city itself - first shaped, now shattered, by the thousands of miracles its guardians once worked upon it - stands as a constant, haunting reminder of its former supremacy. Into this broken city steps Shara Thivani.

    Ryan says: "Fantasy spy thriller, some world-building issues"
    "Wow! The Whole Package"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This book is incredible. I thought it would be interesting and thought provoking and it was, but sometimes that means boring and it wasn't that. There are great characters, a unique world and a murder to be solved that keeps your attention while the world building unfolds.

    I've never read another Robert Bennett book but this one is definitely in the fantasy genre. Lots of Gods and monsters and miracles. It's kind of hard to describe without experiencing it and I definitely recommend that.

    The narrator fits the story very well, she differentiates between the characters very well and definitely does not distract you from the story.

    It seems to be a stand alone novel but I definitely would not mind hearing another story take place in this world or with these characters.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Widow's House: The Dagger and the Coin, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Daniel Abraham
    • Narrated By Pete Bradbury
    Overall
    (205)
    Performance
    (188)
    Story
    (188)

    Lord Regent Geder Palliako's war has led his nation and the priests of the spider goddess to victory after victory. No power has withstood him, except for the heart of the one woman he desires. As the violence builds and the cracks in his rule begin to show, he will risk everything to gain her love or else her destruction. Clara Kalliam, the loyal traitor, is torn between the woman she once was and the woman she has become. With her sons on all sides of the conflict, her house cannot stand, but there is a power in choosing when and how to fall.

    Brian says: "Please Don't Make Me Wait Long For The Final Book!"
    "Please Don't Make Me Wait Long For The Final Book!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I thought this was a good book in the series, but with one more book to go it kind of left me just wanting to know how it is going to wrap up. If you've made it this far in the series I'm sure you will enjoy it. Pete Bradbury's narration is excellent as usual.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Minstrel: Tir Athair, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Marissa Ames
    • Narrated By Matt Thurston
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (31)

    Arriving in the royal city of Cynegil just after the good king's death, Liam and his traveling troupe face arrest for entertaining during a time of mourning. The new king, Riordan, offers them a choice: play for the court as he demands or be punished for the crime. With little recourse, they acquiesce. While the troupe entertains within the hall, Liam witnesses the dissension between the king and his twin brother, Shamus.

    Angela Goff says: "A Well Wrought Tapestry"
    "Boring"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I really tried to get through this. I had 3 hours left and I just couldn't continue. It wasn't necessarily bad, just boring. There are no elements of fantasy in this book, which is fine but it just didn't build much interest for me in how it was going to end.

    The narrator was fine.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cibola Burn: The Expanse, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By James S. A. Corey
    • Narrated By Erik Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (408)
    Performance
    (379)
    Story
    (376)

    An empty apartment, a missing family, that's creepy. But this is like finding a military base with no one on it. Fighters and tanks idling on the runway with no drivers. This is bad juju. Something wrong happened here. What you should do is tell everyone to leave. The gates have opened the way to a thousand new worlds and the rush to colonize has begun. Settlers looking for a new life stream out from humanity's home planets. Ilus, the first human colony on this vast new frontier, is being born in blood and fire.

    Striker says: "Decent Story, Lacking Good Narration"
    "Good Book, Good Narration"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I would normally give this book 4 stars, but I feel I should help compensate for all the poor ratings based on narration. I also preferred Jefferson Mays, but I thought Erik Davies reading style was a pretty smooth transition overall.

    I enjoyed listening to this story all the way to the end and when it was over I was ready for more. To me that's the sign of a good story and audiobook.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Shattered: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3329)
    Performance
    (3124)
    Story
    (3119)

    For nearly 2,000 years, only one Druid has walked the Earth - Atticus O’Sullivan, the Iron Druid, whose sharp wit and sharp sword have kept him alive as he’s been pursued by a pantheon of hostile deities. Now he’s got company. Atticus’ apprentice, Granuaile, is at last a full Druid herself. What’s more, Atticus has defrosted an archdruid long ago frozen in time, a father figure (of sorts) who now goes by the modern equivalent of his old Irish name: Owen Kennedy. And Owen has some catching up to do.

    D says: "The third druid"
    "One of My Favorite in the Series"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I enjoyed all the new viewpoints in this story as well as the cast of supernatural characters. Luke Daniels is a great narrator in general but I think this series in particular suits him perfectly and showcases his talents.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dawn of Swords: The Breaking World

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By David Dalglish, Robert J. Duperre
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (99)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (90)

    On the young world of Dezrel, brother gods Karak and Ashhur, fleeing their own failed world, recreate mankind in an attempt to make amends. The fledgling race of humanity is guided by the First Families, men and women who will not age so long as their hearts remain devoted to their deities. But quickly the realms are thrown into chaos by the construction of the Temple of the Flesh, built by exiled children of Karak in the unclaimed land of Haven that lies between the two kingdoms.

    Brian says: "I'm Glad I Don't Have To Wait Long For Book 2"
    "I'm Glad I Don't Have To Wait Long For Book 2"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I was introduced to David Dalglish with his Shadowdance series. They were really fun books, but I think this is his best book yet. I don't know if he is just becoming a better writer of if it is the help of his co-author, but this book just seems to have much more depth of characters and depth of the world they create. Bottom line, it is a great book.

    There are a lot of new characters and families to be introduced to and the whole religion system to be explained, but it is done very well. I think this is the first book of a trilogy of books, if not more, so I'm glad they take the time to develop the world so thoroughly.

    The narration is fantastic. Nick Podehl is one of my favorite narrators and he does not dissapoint here.

    I think the next 2 books in the trilogy are both expected out this year, so I'm glad I don't have to wait long for more!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.