madison, MS, United States | Member Since 2015
This book is a novella in place before the next book in the series which is out in print but not audible as of the writing of this review. The book is the usual fast paced, humor filled stories I have come to expect from this series. If you like the previous books you will more than likely enjoy this one.
I think some of the negatives written about this series are more due to the lack of most of the main characters from the previous stories. I , for one, enjoyed learning about Sally's backstory and finding out what makes her tick. She had a sassy, smart-alec sense of humor, but it was different enough that I didn't confuse her viewpoint with that of Bill in the previous novels.
I was kind of surprised by the low rating of the narrarator by other reviewers. I thought she did an excellent job capturing the attitude and cattiness of the main character. it was a bit over-the-top but then again Sally is pretty over-the-top herself. The only reason I rated the narraration so low was the quality of the editing and recording was one of the worst I have heard in many moons. You can literally hear multiple cuts when they stopped recording and restarted based on the amount and volume of background noise you hear.
I could defnitely hear a lot of background noise in the recording such as moving pencils, the air conditioner changing and even some car noises in the background, The background volume also changes a lot during the recording. That definitely brings down my evaluation but not so much that I did not enjoy the book.
If you like the series this is a good continuation, but I think you could get by without this one and just get the next book in the series if you want to save some money. Still, I liked it, but it is a little pricey for a 6 hour recording.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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