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Cliff

I like scifi and urban fantasy. I don't like romance novels. If you are the same my reviews should help.

madison, MS, United States | Member Since 2015

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  • Hunted: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4870)
    Performance
    (4512)
    Story
    (4509)

    For a 2,000-year-old Druid, Atticus O’Sullivan is a pretty fast runner. Good thing, because he’s being chased by not one but two goddesses of the hunt - Artemis and Diana - for messing with one of their own. Dodging their slings and arrows, Atticus, Granuaile, and his wolfhound Oberon are making a mad dash across modern-day Europe to seek help from a friend of the Tuatha Dé Danann. His usual magical option of shifting planes is blocked, so instead of playing hide-and-seek, the game plan is...run like hell.

    D says: "Another Serving of Hilari-tea"
    "More Iron druid Goodness"
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    What made the experience of listening to Hunted the most enjoyable?

    The story is enagaging and Luke Daniels does a great job with the narration.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Oberon is my favorite character. HE is the character that really makes the books interesting. His humor and doggy outlook are one of the best parts of the series. Luke Daniels portray makes it even better capturing the humor and nuances perfectly.


    What about Luke Daniels’s performance did you like?

    Everything. Each character is distinct and memorable. He catptures both the humor as well as emotional content very well.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, but fortunately it was long enough I couldn't.


    Any additional comments?

    let's just say that this book came out on the same day as COld Days by Jim Butcher and I listened to this one FIRST.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Heir to the Jedi: Star Wars

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Marc Thompson
    Overall
    (848)
    Performance
    (751)
    Story
    (752)

    Luke Skywalker's game-changing destruction of the Death Star has made him not only a hero of the Rebel Alliance but a valuable asset in the ongoing battle against the Empire. Though he's a long way from mastering the power of the Force, there's no denying his phenomenal skills as a pilot--and in the eyes of Rebel leaders Princess Leia Organa and Admiral Ackbar, there's no one better qualified to carry out a daring rescue mission crucial to the Alliance cause.

    Amazon Customer says: "Adventurers with Daddy Issues"
    "An average Star Wars novel"
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    I am a huge Iron Druid fan and when I heard Kevin Hearne was writing a Star Wars novel I got excited. Unfortunately, this is a rather average Star Wars novel and with the exception of a really touching end it has nothing to set it apart from the other 999 Star Wars books out there.

    I don't think you can entirely blame the author. This novel is considered Star Wars cannon so I am sure the Disney folks were very strict with what he was and was not allowed to do with the characters. His main strengths are in writing strong emotion (which jedi's avoid) and humor (which most Star Wars novels do not contain). So you took the two biggest gus out of his arenal right off the bat. he does give Luke a very touching emotional moment at the end, but it was too little too late.

    In fact, this novel has no main antagonist. that's right.. No bad guy.. Who thought this one up? it is just a series of smaller adventures tied together by a main theme. Sort of like a series of short stories. if you like Star Wars this is enjoyable and gives insight into the process of Luke learning about the force and what he did betweet movies 3 & 4 , just don't expect anything exceptional.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Wrong: A Rho Agenda Novel, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Richard Phillips
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (163)
    Performance
    (146)
    Story
    (146)

    Ex-CIA assassin Jack Gregory has been hired for a singular mission: to journey to South America and rescue an imprisoned shaman. Beloved by the struggling masses and feared by the ruling elite, shaman Tupac Inti is destined to unite Bolivia's indigenous people and bring down the corrupt government. But Jack isn't the only one trying to track down the shaman.

    Cliff says: "Better than the first one"
    "Better than the first one"
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    This is a really slick spy novel with some slight sci-fi overtones. The novel is finally starting to become more sci-fi oriented, which is good in my opinion. It still is 90% a spy novel but the main thrust of the novel is about alien technology. It also advances the main chacters issues with the mind worm slighty, but way too slowly for my taste.

    This is a fun action packed book and Macleod Andrews does an awsome job with the reading. This one is not really sci-fi (but it is getting their) but still a solid spy novel which is worth a listen. I look forward to seeing where the author goes with this series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Blood and Tequila

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Colin Webster
    • Narrated By Hubert Williams
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    When dusty outlaw Clay Wilder pulls off the biggest and last heist of his storied career, he and his gang head south of the border to avoid the long arm of the law and the U.S. Army. They think themselves out of reach in the small town of Rio De Sangre, but Clay and his gang have only jumped out of the frying pan and into the fiery bowels of hell and all its evils.

    Cliff says: "Decent story lousy audio quality"
    "Decent story lousy audio quality"
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    This was a pretty good little weird west cowboy meets vampire tale. It was short, tightly written and was a fun listen. It isn't particularly deep or breaking any new ground but it was good for what it was.

    The thing that really kills this one is the audio. First, the narrarator does an excellent cowboy voice. The problem is he only has one voice, this was much more like hearing a person read the novel as opposed to voicing each character. It was written from a first person POV so it wasn't a deal killer for me.

    The problem is this book sounds like it was recorded in someones bathroom. The audio levels constanty go up and down and you can hear everything going on in the background. I could hear people talking and even what sounded like a rooster crowing several times. This one also seemed like their was no editing. The narrarator stumblemd several times and it was kept in. Heck, he even would read the same paragraphs multiple times in places. Problem is the extras were not edited out.

    The book was interesting enough that I am curious as to what happens next, but not so curious I would spend a credit on such a lousing audio recording. I'll probably pick the next one up on kindle and see how it goes.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Chicago, The Windigo City: Files of the BSI, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Mark Everett Stone
    • Narrated By Damon Abdallah
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    Kal Hakala is the Bureau of Supernatural Investigation’s best agent, but even he needs a break after his last case, which brought him a hair’s breadth from death and killed the fiancée of his best friend, a Mescalero Apache agent named Canton Asate. Kal’s temporary desk-job is nothing less than leadership of the entire BSI. Now it is on his head to assemble teams of agents to fight the latest Supernatural incursions and man up if they fail.

    Cliff says: "Cool book, but mainly one big flashback scene"
    "Cool book, but mainly one big flashback scene"
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    The story is passable, but it really takes a backseat to long flashback scenes on Hal's friends. They are really great flashbacks, but it does take something away from the story so I tagged it a star. No matter how cool the flashback scenes are and I enjoy learning about the characters it is no excuse to short change the main story.

    It is still a really good book and worth a credit, but I have to be honest and point out the flaws. Also, it seems as though they may be transitioning Hal out of active field work and into a desk job. I don't know if the series will hold up as well in the future, although a Canton POV book would be pretty cool as well. I hope they find an archenemy for the group and start edging away from monster of the week stories.

    Still worth a credit and curious to see what happens next.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • I Left My Haunt in San Francisco: The Files of the BSI, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Mark Everett Stone
    • Narrated By Damon Abdallah
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    After avenging himself on the mythical monster that killed his sister, Kal Hakela is back at the Bureau of Supernatural Investigation. But, with only a few months left on his contract, he's tempted to retire along with his new love, former MI-7 agent Jeanie. When a friend and former BSI agent in San Francisco kills himself, he leaves Kal a clue, one he cannot ignore. The city is full of bad memories for Kal. In his last mission there, he killed a deranged serial rapist who used magic to murder his victims.

    Cliff says: "Even better than the last two."
    "Even better than the last two."
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    This book was great. All out action, cool characters and they kill lots of elves. I hate elves so this was fun for me. All the components of the last two books are there. It has action, humor, cool fights but with the bonus of seeing the protagonists lay the smack down on some snotty Tolkien-esque elves while saving the world in the process.

    Once again the author doesn't shy away from killing off major characters. It lends tension to the series because you really feel anyone but Hal is fair game at any time. This series has been steadily improving and I look forward to the next book in the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • What Happens in Vegas, Dies in Vegas: Files of the BSI, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Mark Everett Stone
    • Narrated By Damon Abdallah
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (45)

    After faking his own death, Kal Hakala is free of the Bureau of Supernatural Investigation and can finally focus his energy on destroying the monster that murdered his sister. With the help of trusted former teammates, he embarks on a quest to find an artifact to activate a magical Tesla Coil, the only device powerful enough to kill a legend. But wherever Kal goes, trouble isn't far behind. It's not easy to locate an artifact without alerting the BSI.

    Cliff says: "A great new series"
    "A great new series"
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    Sorry, I can't write a review for the first book in the series. I listened to it on my daughters account and it won't let me review. Obviously I liked it or we wouldn't have this review.

    This is the second book in the BSI series. This is a really fun book with lots of action, a well-definied world and interesting likeable characters. Some folks said this wasn't as good as the first book, but I actually liked this one better myself. Basically this is a story about an agent in what is the equivalent of the monster control bureau in the Monster Hunter International series. It's the supernatural equivalent of the FBI.

    The characters are all dialed up to 11, but they still have their own flaws. I also, like that the author has no qualms about killing off major characters. The job these folks do is very dangerous and the high mortality rate is reflected in the stories.

    If like action packed urban fantasy this is a good series to follow. MHI fans will love this one.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Prince Lestat: The Vampire Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Anne Rice
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (614)
    Performance
    (573)
    Story
    (572)

    The novel opens with the vampire world in crisis… vampires have been proliferating out of control; burnings have commenced all over the world, huge massacres similar to those carried out by Akasha in The Queen of the Damned… Old vampires, roused from slumber in the earth are doing the bidding of a Voice commanding that they indiscriminately burn vampire-mavericks in cities from Paris and Mumbai to Hong Kong, Kyoto, and San Francisco.

    Bruce says: "There is Wonderous Power in The Blood - I loved it"
    "Good, but with reservations."
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    Let's get straight to the point. This is a good novel. It has some pretty major weaknessess but it is still way better than anything Ms. Rice has written since Queen of the Damned. Plus, Vampire the Masquerade borrowed heavily from Rice now this book pays homage to the new ideas VTM brought to her world as she in turn borrows heavily from that work. I will break it down as follows:

    The good:

    1. Brings closure to the series. She could walk away from Lestat at this point and all loose ends are tied up.
    2. Well written, it meanders (A whole lot) but the writting is good enough you overlook it.This is the best thing she's written since Queen of the Damned.
    3. Gives a chance to revisit characters we love from the past.
    4. The narrarator does a very good job with a multitude of characters and accents.

    The bad:

    1. Listening to ancient vampires squee over Lestat like a group of teen aged girls at a Justin Beiber concert. It not only is annoying but makes no sense whatsoever.
    2. This is a long book. The pace is slow and it wanders aimlessly through the first 2/3 of the book. She pulls the threads together at the end but it is weak at best. The book hit the finale then goes through 3 hours of housekeeping that could have been summed up in one chapter.
    3. Lots of self-promotion. If I hear one more reference to her previous books in this novel I would have started shouting profanities.
    4. Another reader pointed out that this novel feels like it is on rails. This is true. She is superb at writing but to me the whole thing is like she wrote a fan fiction of her own work (if that makes sense).
    5. Highly predictable. If you haven't figured the story out before the characters do please find a nice hospital and check yourself in. The characters take FOREVER to figure out what is plain as the nose on their faces to the reader.


    Still it is a good book and worth a credit. Just go into it with realistic expectations and you'll get a lot of enjoyment out of this one.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Tokyo Raider: A Tale of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 8 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    Overall
    (851)
    Performance
    (780)
    Story
    (782)

    With the Japanese Imperium at war with the Soviet Union, and the United States watching cautiously on the sidelines, Second Lieutenant Joe Sullivan of the U.S. Marines is sent on a dangerous mission to Tokyo. The Russians have Summoned a demon of epic proportions to attack the city, and all that stands in its deadly path is an untested Japanese super-robot. Now, Joe is at the controls, his gravity-spiking Power at the ready. But that is one huge, mean Demon....

    D says: "A Few More Hours"
    "The Grim Noir meets Pacific Rim"
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    Jake Sullivans's son piloting a giant freaking robot aginst a giant demon in the Grim Noir universe! If you are a fan of the series that should be enough to convince you to buy the story. I usually don't like short stories but this is a good one. My only complaint is that it could have been a whole novel. I will say that while it is a stand alone novel you won't get as much out of it if you haven't read the previous books in the Grim Noir series. As usual Bronson Pinchot knocks it out of the ball park. The guy is phenomenal as a narrarator. You definitely should give this one a listen.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Once Dead: A Rho Agenda Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Richard Phillips
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (275)
    Performance
    (251)
    Story
    (251)

    Jack Gregory, the CIA’s top assassin, went rogue after a mission gone wrong. When a confrontation leaves him bleeding out on death’s doorstep, he is faced with an offer from a dark figure named Anchanchu. If Jack is willing to act as a human host for Anchanchu, the entity will revive him and give him another shot at life. Jack takes the deal...but he must now face the consequences of having the same dark creature in his head as some of history’s greatest villains. Struggling with desires and memories that are not his own, Jack is not the man he once was.

    Wesley says: "Just got much better!"
    "Not my usual cup of tea but pretty good"
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    This book is really more of a spy novel than a fantasy or sci-fi book. There is just enough of a sci-fi fantasy element to give the protagonist a direction and reason to do what he does and that is about it. I hope they expand upon the sci-fi aspects at a later date, but I am halfway through the 2nd book in the series and not so much has been added yet.

    The novel is good for a spy novel. All the characters are turned up to 11. I mean everyone is the absolute best at what they do. No person or thing in this series is anywhere near the normal end of the spectrum. It is a bit irritatingly over the top at times, but not enough to really hamper the book. That is more me whining than actually a complaint.

    I really have to hand it to Macleod Andrews. I thought he was good narrating Sandman Slim but he takes it to a whole other level in this series. Each chapter is from a different character POV and every voice is completely unique and distinct. He has accents from all over the world and doesn't mess up even once. Even if I didn't care for the book the skill the narrarator shows alone would be worth a listen.

    If you like spy novels (I don't usually read them). You should like this one. In the future if he expands on the sci-fi aspects the series should be even better. It's worth a credit as long as you understand you are getting a spy novel and not urban fantasy or sci-fi.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Eye: The Skinwalker Conspiracies

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Jim Bernheimer
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (418)
    Performance
    (390)
    Story
    (395)

    "My name is Mike Ross and I'm a Ferryman - like in the Greek myth. I didn't ask for, or really want, the job, but I'm trying to make the best of it. Most ghosts are okay and just need a little help to get where they need to go. Unfortunately, there are lots of exceptions, like power-mad psychopaths, spirits still trying to fight battles long since lost, and the worst of the lot - the Skinwalkers. They live vicariously by possessing people and controlling them like puppet masters. Then they toss them aside when they've outlived their usefulness."

    Professor says: "UNDERAPPRECIATED Masterpiece!!!"
    "The second book is even better"
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    The first book in the series is good, but this one is better. If you liked the first story you'll definitely approve of this one. The pace of the tale picks up and the stakes rise rapidly. The only bad thing about this book is that the follow up has still not been written. The author says he is working on it and I am looking forward to it. This is definitley a series to watch in the future.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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