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Dave

Audiobooks are great tool in dealing with my ADHD. They limit distractions while listening and I don't have to sit still. PS. I can't spell

Upper Tantallon, NS, Canada | Member Since 2011

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  • Blade to the Keep

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Lauren Dane
    • Narrated By Eve Bianco
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (45)

    Canny and ferocious, with the power of an ancient Goddess in her belly, Rowan Summerwaite is the only person who can renegotiate the fragile Treaty between the Vampire Nation and the Hunter Corporation, the last line of defense for humanity. A meeting of this Joint Tribunal, as well as her new status as Liaison, sends Rowan straight to the last place on earth she wants to be, the childhood home she'd escaped so many years before - The First's Keep.

    Dave says: "Worth the Wait!"
    "Worth the Wait!"
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    When I finished listening to "Godess with a Blade" years ago I had two thoughts.
    1 - Fantastic Story
    2 - Where's its sequel?
    Finally "Blade to the Keep" has been released and I couldn't be happier. The setting moves to the vampire world providing an interesting look into Rowan's early life growing up with vampires. It's a great sequel.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Witch with No Name: The Hollows, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Kim Harrison
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (571)
    Performance
    (542)
    Story
    (547)

    In The Witch with No Name, Kim Harrison brings back her wildly popular heroine for one final, epic battle. Rachel Morgan's come a long way from the klutzy runner fleeing a bad job. She's faced vampires and werewolves, banshees, witches, and soul-eating demons. She's crossed worlds, channeled gods, and accepted her place as a day-walking demon. She's lost friends and lovers and family, and an old enemy has become something much more.

    LeSLiE says: "Thank you Kim Harrison for the memories!"
    "Thunderbolts and Light Flashes!"
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    Cudos to Kim Harrison! What a Series, What a Finale!

    Marguerite Gavin delivers a perfect performance. It would have been a "True Crime" if another narrator was chosen to read this last book. Rachel and Company have been through "The Gauntlet." Kim Harrison seamlessly juggles the reader's desire to provide closure for all their favourite characters while providing a fast paced, action packed roller-coaster of a story. It's an "Absolute Power"-house skirting the "Tightrope" between the demands of the "Hang 'Em High" Elves and "Unforgiven" demons. "Any Which Way You Can" slice it, Rachel, Ivy, and Jinks are "In the Line of Fire" where the "Sudden Impact" of incoming attacks make Rachel's previous "Escape From Alcatraz" seem like a spending an evening with "Bronco Billy" to "Paint Your Wagon."

    "Play Misty For Me" and call me a "Space Cowboy," but Kim Harrison and Marguerite Gavin have delivered a "Million Dollar Baby!"

    4 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Unintended Consequences: The Chronicles of Bayou Savage, Guitar Ghost Fighter Book II

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Dean Russell, Chase Walker
    • Narrated By Chase Walker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    The Institute has successfully reanimated the body of Bayou Savage from his 200 year quantum suspension. The scientists, beleaguered by a wimpy, arrogant bureaucrat, have no idea of the unholy hell that is following Bayou into the year 2206. The opening of the portal paved an eight-lane highway for the banshees, ghosts and ghouls that spent the last 200 years in an Alcatraz dimension. The prison doors have opened and the miscreant souls are thirsty for blood and revenge.

    Dave says: "Where's the edited version"
    "Where's the edited version"
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    I don't know why this audio recording was released. The recording I downloaded is full of reading mistakes that were identified by the reader and he would state "lets go back to ..." or "lets start again at ...", clearly identifying parts that should have been edited out. The reader's performance is fine but the lack of editing makes the recording difficult to listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • No Surrender: The Chronicles of Bayou Savage, Guitar Ghost Fighter, Book I

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Dean Russell, Chase Walker
    • Narrated By Chase Walker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    The Institute has successfully reanimated the body of Bayou Savage from his 200 year quantum suspension. The scientists - beleaguered by a wimpy, arrogant bureaucrat - have no idea of the unholy hell that is following Bayou into the year 2206. The opening of the portal paved an eight-lane highway for the banshees, ghosts, and ghouls that spent the last 200 years in an Alcatraz dimension. The prison doors have opened and the miscreant souls are thirsty for blood and revenge. What's left of the world, from the Religious Wars of 2012, is about to be ravished by the Magi and his hoards from Hades....

    Bayou says: "Great Listen, Ghosts, Guitars, and Humor!"
    "It's a Rock and Roll Damnation - AC/DC"
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    I loved this unique take on fighting ghosts. At last Hard Rock is lauded as benefiting society. This is a very entertaining book with plenty of fun pop culture references and I can't wait for the next one

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dawn's Early Light: Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Tee Morris, Pip Ballantine
    • Narrated By James Langton
    Overall
    (163)
    Performance
    (153)
    Story
    (152)

    After being ignominiously shipped out of England following their participation in the Janus affair, Braun and Books are ready to prove their worth as agents. But what starts as a simple mission in the States - intended to keep them out of trouble - suddenly turns into a scandalous and convoluted case that has connections reaching as far as Her Majesty the Queen.

    Denise says: "Ends with a bang!"
    "Full Steam Ahead"
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    Love the Series, Love the Characters and Love the Action; with that said, I'll be blunt, this was my least favourite installment so far. Why? I hate romantic angst, especially when it seems be slapped onto a story line like Bondo on a cheap auto body repair. I get little enjoyment from the peaks and valleys of the "will-they won't-they" type sub plot because the longer it continues the greater the chance it will become the main plot. If the main characters' on again off again relationship become the sole focus of the plot, you're left with only two outcomes: the main characters are never happy, or, the main characters get happy and the series dies.

    Sorry about the negative tone of my review, I really do love this series and I did enjoy most of the story. The introduction to all things American and the vilification of Edison were fantastic.

    Will I get the next installment? Yes I will. I can't wait.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Sixth Grave on the Edge: Charley Davidson, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Darynda Jones
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    Overall
    (1126)
    Performance
    (1065)
    Story
    (1061)

    Most girls might think twice before getting engaged to someone like Reyes Farrow - but Charley Davidson is not most girls. She’s a paranormal private eye and grim-reaper-in-training who’s known to be a bit of a hell-raiser, especially after a few shots of caffeine. Her beloved Reyes may be the only begotten son of evil, but he’s dark and sultry and deeply sexy and everything Charley could hope for. Really. But when the FBI file on Reyes’ childhood happens to land into her lap, she can’t help herself: She opens it...and then the real fun begins.

    RabidReads says: "This book could change EVERYTHING!"
    "What a Small World!"
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    Charley's FBI contact has spent nearly her entire career trying to solve her mentor's "Moby Dick" case. It was a baby abduction and she gives the file to Charley "I talk to dead people," in the hopes Charley can help solve it. When Charley opens the file, she opens up a big old can of "What the H-E-Double Hockey Sticks." I don't want to spoil any surprises but a clue is it will make my headline make sense.

    The narration is tight and it's a great story

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dreams of a Dark Warrior

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Kresley Cole
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (503)
    Performance
    (468)
    Story
    (471)

    Murdered before he could wed Regin the Radiant, warlord Aidan the Fierce seeks his beloved through eternity, reborn again and again into new identities, yet with no memory of his past lives. When Regin encounters Declan Chase, a brutal Celtic soldier, she recognizes her proud warlord reincarnated. But Declan takes her captive, intending retribution against all immortals - unaware that he belongs to their world.

    Julius says: "love this series but..."
    "He's Not Bad - He's Just Brainwashed"
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    In a daring twist with the series, the hero of this story is the former #2 Bad Guy. It turns out he's Regan's one and only. Regan is one of my favourite characters, in moderation, she's good for the occasional funny quip, over the top action, or stupid "Val" trick but too much Regan is like an "ice cream" headache.
    The back story lists the circumstances that drove Regan's man to the dark side and while tragic, to me, they didn't excuse his past atrocities. Typically, the men in this series, indeed this genre, are larger than life, super tough, mega-Alphas. The narration was great, I just couldn't get behind a normal, sort of anti-hero.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Undead Pool: The Hollows, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Kim Harrison
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1763)
    Performance
    (1627)
    Story
    (1635)

    Witch and day-walking demon Rachel Morgan knows magic - earth, ley line, even the forbidden demon magic - and that knowledge has saved her life more than once. But now something - or someone - is attacking Cincinnati and the Hollows, causing spells to backfire or go horribly wrong while living vampires attack humans and Inderlanders alike. The pressures build when the city is quarantined to contain the unreliable magic, and Rachel must stop the attacks before the undead vampire masters who keep the rest of the undead under control are lost and it becomes all-out supernatural war.

    Angela says: "Unbelievably Satisfying!"
    "Elvish has left the building!"
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    Elves have come out and it's easy to see how a long, protracted war with the demons could have happened. What isn't clear is which party was the most aggrieved - history is written by the winners and it looked to me like the winners were the elves. Trent's character continues to be fleshed out and he is proving to be a most atypical elf. It appears that Rachel and Trent with their small group of friends are the only obstacle stopping the destruction of two worlds.

    I love this series but I gave this book only 4 stars instead of the usual 5 because I felt the increased complexity of the story line came at the cost of the involvement, volume and depth of the interpersonal interactions of Ivy and Jinks within the story line.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fury of the Demon: Kara Gillian, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Diana Rowland
    • Narrated By Liv Anderson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (323)
    Performance
    (291)
    Story
    (291)

    Demon summoner Kara Gillian bears the scars of Rhyzkahl’s treachery, but she refuses to let them slow her down. She and the demonic lord Mzatal have not rested in their efforts to recover Idris - Mzatal’s summoner protg who was kidnapped by enemy lords - but now their search has brought them back to Earth.

    Sherese says: "Conspiracy, Conspiracy, EVERYWHERE!"
    "Fight the Power"
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    This is one of the better series I've found in recent years. Each new installment improves on and builds on the last one so the series is one that really must be enjoyed in order

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Heroes

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Joe Abercrombie
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1125)
    Performance
    (902)
    Story
    (909)

    They say Black Dow has killed more men than winter and clawed his way to the throne of the North up a hill of skulls. The King of the Union, ever a jealous neighbor, is not about to stand by smiling while Black Dow claws his way any higher. The orders have been given, and the armies are toiling through the northern mud. Thousands of men are converging on a forgotten ring of stones, on a worthless hill, in an unimportant valley, and they've brought a lot of sharpened metal with them.

    Matt Carothers says: "Thank you, Joe Abercrombie!"
    "Hamburger Hill with Swords"
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    A complex narrative following the rotating capture and loss of a group of standing stones called "The Heroes." The lives and actions of several characters on both sides of the conflict are followed and I had difficulty determining who to cheer for. The narrator was ok but he didn't add anything for me and I found the lack of difference between characters confusing; reducing my enjoyment of the story.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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