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David

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  • Tier Zero

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Henry Brown
    • Narrated By Johnnie C. Hayes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Tommy Scarred Wolf thought he had smelled the powder for the last time ten years ago. Then somebody messed with his family. With no government willing or able to help out, it's up to Tommy and his detective brother, Vince, to find Vince's kidnapped daughter halfway around the world. But rescuing her is going to take funding, firepower, and friends. Fortunately, Tommy knows some shooters just crazy enough to tag along.

    David says: "I Don't Want To Be A Pirate Anymore!"
    "I Don't Want To Be A Pirate Anymore!"
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    Great sequel! The bad-ass band of homicidal misfits are back together for another testosterone fueled adventure through the pirate infested oceans, cities and jungles of Indonesia. In this sequel to "Hell and Gone" Henry Brown really sharpens his writing with a much improved "flow" and a much improved story arc. "Tier Zero" is much more character driven(and developed)than its predecessor focusing a little more on the people rather than the action but don't worry, this is a Henry Brown book, there's still enough blood, bullets and guts to keep even the most hardcore action junkies drooling - just look at the cover art. These books have a kinda old-school "pulpy' feel to them that I really like but don't see(or hear) that much of anymore. The narrator did another outstanding job with the characters both male and female. Don't worry if you haven't read "Hell and Gone", this book can easily be read as a stand alone. Assume book overall!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Xom-B

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Jeremy Robinson
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (81)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (77)

    Freeman is a genius with an uncommon mixture of memory, intelligence, and creativity. He lives in a worldwide utopia, but it was not always so. There was a time known as the Grind - when Freeman's people lived as slaves to another race referred to simply as "Master". They were property. But a civil rights movement emerged. Change seemed near, but the Masters refused to bend. Instead, they declared war. And lost. Now, the freed world is threatened by a virus, spread through bites, sweeping through the population. Those infected change - they are propelled to violence, driven to disperse the virus.

    AudioBookReviewer says: "Zombies + Robots + Dystopia + Sci-Fi = Fun"
    "Original and Assume!"
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    For all you tired Zombie fans out there that think you've heard 'em all; you haven't, there's one more twist on the "undead" genre. I know there's another book out there called "Zombies vs. Robots" or vice-versa, whatever, this book by 'JR' is head and shoulders above the other book by way of story, character development and definitely narration. R.C. Bray did a fantastic job telling the story. With most above average Zombie books the focus is on the survivors(in this case androids) and how they adapt(good or bad) to the undead situation. You can classify this book as Zombie/Horror but at it's heart it's actually a "coming of age" story about one young android in particular and the choices he makes and the lessons he learns. It's almost, dare I say, touching?

    Whether you're a Z-Horror fan or just a sci/fi fan in general this is a unique solid listen that's worth the price.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Crown Tower: The Riyria Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Michael J. Sullivan
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2405)
    Performance
    (2240)
    Story
    (2247)

    Michael J. Sullivan garnered critical raves and a massive readership for his Riyria Revelations series. The first book in his highly anticipated Riyria Chronicles series of prequels, The Crown Tower brings together warrior Hadrian Blackwater with thieving assassin Royce Melborn. The two form a less-than-friendly pairing, but the quest before them has a rare prize indeed, and if they can breach the supposedly impregnable walls of the Crown Tower, their names will be legend.

    Tango says: "Delicious Icing on a Terrific Cake"
    "Way Better Than Expected!"
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    "Traditional" fantasy is usually not my thing but I was utterly blown away by this character driven "buddy" book. To let you know just how much I enjoyed this book I finished all 12+ hours in one day. Great story telling and the narration by Tim Reynolds couldn't be better. As bad as I want to move on to the second prequel, 'The Rose And The Thorn' I'm going to jump ahead to the legitimate beginning, 'The Riyria Revelations' - I think prequels are better when you've listened to the oringinal series first.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Manipulate: Alien Cadets

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Corrie Garrett
    • Narrated By Sergei Burbank
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Forcibly conscripted into an alien training program as a child, nineteen-year-old Sam Locklear has grown up on an alien planet. Smart and charismatic, he has become one of their favorite cadets, but although he's come to trust a few of the aliens, he isn't blind to their harsh treatment of Earth.

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "Secret double probation for Earth"
    "It's O.K. for Y.A."
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    You see that, I rhymed my headline - impressed? Anyway, after reading the summary I really thought I would enjoy this book but honestly it didn't do all that much for me. At first glance this book reminded me a lot of "Forging Zero"( which I really liked) so I thought what the hell, sounds good, I'll give it a shot - I chose poorly. Don't get me wrong, it's a very well written "Alien Invasion" story and the characters are well developed but after finishing the book I thought it was just a little too "Y.A.-ish" for my taste. If I had to describe this book to someone I would say that "Manipulate" is "Forging Zero's" virgin little brother with the latter being more violent and gritty. I still gave "Manipulate" a 4 star rating because I cannot give a bad rating to a book for something that's my fault - I knew it was geared for a younger audience going in and I purchased it anyway. Look, it's a really good book, just not dark enough for me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Personal Demons: The Jake Helman Files

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Gregory Lamberson
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (25)

    Gregory Lamberson’s well-reviewed first story in his exciting, dark new series The Jake Helman Files (which also includes the second novel, Desperate Souls) is a genre-bender that mixes suspense and horror. When Jake Helman, an elite member of the New York Special Homicide Task Force, faces up against an addiction to cocaine and an elusive serial killer, he finds that the pressure might be too much.

    Ann says: "A bit far fetched near the end"
    "Impressive "Genre Blending" Debut!"
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    I like Horror, I like Urban Fantasy and I like Detective Stories. This book is a highly stylized blend of my three favorite genres but at it's core it remains a Horror story(mostly). I really like the protagonist's(Jake Helman) "never say die" attitude - he gets his ass kicked throughout the entire story and his whole world goes to sh*t but he keeps on fighting. The story has a good "flow" to it and the supporting characters are well constructed. I though the narrator did a fantastic job with the voicing. This is one of the more original stories I've heard from Audible. As far as "book 1's" go I am impressed enough "Personal Demons" to move onto book 2 in the series with no hesitation. Listen to the "sampler" and see if you like it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Return of the High Fae: Vegas Fae Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Tom Keller
    • Narrated By Andrew Troth
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    Ex-cop turned private investigator Robert Hoskins always enjoyed the stories his grandmother had told him as a child, stories of the Dryad that lived in the tree, the Faeries in the garden, and the magical world that was created in his imagination. He always enjoyed them; he just never thought that they were true. Robert's childhood world of magic becomes real when a chance encounter with a local casino mob boss introduces him to the world he was born into, the world that was hidden from him, the world of the Fae.

    Beatrice says: "Different"
    "I Must Be Butter 'Cause I'm On a Roll!"
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    Another winner! I actually found this book on "Amazon" while browsing the kindle selection and was glad to see it was available on audible. For Tom Keller's first effort it's hard to believe how solid and well written this novel is. This book is slightly unique compared to other magic oriented UF novels because in this story the protagonist, "Robert" has lived his whole life without ever knowing or using his magical capabilities. "Robert" learns that he is actually a very powerful "high Fae" (basically a God) and with the help of his Aunt and some new found friends he slowly learns how to use his magic and he discovers (to the extreme shock of everyone around him) just how powerful he is. What I like most about this book is that it's character driven, all the "players" in this story were interesting with very likeable personalities(even the pet dog). The narration by Andrew Roth was very good making the audio experience that much more enjoyable. I was impressed enough with this first book in the series to take a chance with book 2 when it's released. Good job Tom Keller!


    If any of you guys are fans of the Iron Druid Chronicles or the Dresden Files you might want to check this book out- they're kind of along the same lines.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hell and Gone

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Henry Brown
    • Narrated By David H. Lawrence XVII
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    This rag-tag gang of has-beens has never worked together before, but Dwight "Rocco" Cavarra has less than a week to train them and lead them on the hairiest operation of their lives. It's not bad enough that they have to plow through an African civil war, infiltrate a fortified terrorist encampment and steal a black market tactical nuke from a mob of fanatic sociopaths - there are Israeli wild cards in play: two death-dealing Mossad agents who don't necessarily share Cavarra's agenda.

    David says: "What A Blast! A-Team meets the Expendables."
    "What A Blast! A-Team meets the Expendables."
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    This guy can write! Great action packed "mercenary" type story with very likeable "good guys" and very dislikable "bad guys". I've read reviews from military/action writers praising Henry Brown's skills but due to my "wish list" being so full I haven't been able to listen to any of his books till' now and I seriously regret not doing it sooner. Very impressive for what I believe to be his first action book. Without a doubt I'll be listening to the sequel, "Tier Zero"- if the reviews are accurate it's suppose to be even better than "Hell and Gone". The narrator did a very good job with the dialogue-no complaints.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Sorcery Code: Volume 1: A Fantasy Novel of Magic, Romance, Danger, and Intrigue

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Dima Zales, Anna Zaires
    • Narrated By Emily Durante
    Overall
    (247)
    Performance
    (233)
    Story
    (232)

    Once a respected member of the Sorcerer Council and now an outcast, Blaise has spent the last year of his life working on a special magical object. The goal is to allow anyone to do magic, not just the sorcerer elite. The outcome of his quest is unlike anything he could've ever imagined - because, instead of an object, he creates Her.

    Ira says: "I'm Looking For Volume 2 Already"
    "This Book Sucked Me In!"
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    I'm a little shocked by how good this story is. Yes, I do listen to novels in the fantasy genre but I usually swing towards dark, gritty, violent, urban fantasy not the mellow kind of fantasy and definitely nothing with romance but this story was so well written, so engrossing, I didn't care about a little romance. And to all you people out there that don't like romance novels(like myself) let me make something clear, this is NOT a romance novel, this is a story about sorcerers and magic with a little romance tossed in for color so don't worry. At no time while listening to this story did I get that disgusting "sqooshy" feeling. This is one of those stories that once you start listening it's very hard to stop! The narrator(Emily Durante) did a great job throughout the book.

    Thanks to all your reviews(and the reviews of Goodreads and Amazon) I rarely purchase a bad audiobook which is the reason I give a lot of 4 and 5 star ratings. My point is I believe my rating for this book(as well as my others) is definitely justified! I'll be waitin' for book 2.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Devil's Hand

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By M. E. Patterson
    • Narrated By Lucas D. Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    The lone survivor of a tragic airplane crash, Trent Hawkins inherited a supernatural lucky streak that made him famous - and hated - in the poker circles of the City of Sin. So the powers-that-be kicked his ass out. Five years later, Trent and his wife return to Vegas, only to find themselves facing a demonic serial kidnapper, Armageddon-seeking angels, impossible shadow creatures, and an unholy blizzard that threatens to smother the city with ice. And Trent's the only one who can make things right.

    David says: "Dark, Griity...my Kind Of Book!"
    "Dark, Griity...my Kind Of Book!"
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    After listening to this book I will never look at angels the same way again. No use going over the synopsis because you already know it but I will say this is an original, atmospheric urban fantasy involving one man's battle against demons and ANGELS. The fact that the story took place in "Sin City" really added some unique style to this already "edgy" novel. The narrator did a really good job-his voice is perfect for this kind of novel. There's definitely room for improvement in this story but considering it's book 1 in the series I'm willing to "look the other way" so to speak. I will definitely be listening to book 2 in the series "Burning Cards". From the reviews I've read it's suppose to be even better than the 1st.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Whisper

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By Michael Bray
    • Narrated By Matt Josdal, VOplanet Studios
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    It was supposed to be a fresh start. A place for Steve and Melody Samson to begin their new life together away from the noise and crime of the city. However, their new home and an idyllic cottage nestled deep within the dense solitude of Oakwell forest - has a disturbing history, hidden for generations by the locals. There is evil in Hope House, and the cursed forest that surrounds it. Evil that has awakened after lying dormant for decades, and has terrifying plans for the young couple. Once you hear the whispers, it may already be too late.

    Stacy says: "Great story, poor narration"
    "Better Than Average Southern Horror Story."
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    Quick review- impressive slightly Gothic Southern horror tale with fairly strong characterization and a well-flowing story that really pulled me in and kept my attention(something that's hard to do). The writer used the "flashback" technique without jarring or breaking the flow of the book which CAN happen if not done correctly. Although Michael Bray does go into some detail about the history of the house/property he never divulges exactly how or why the curse/haunting came to be-at least no explanation I can remember hearing. But that's just a small complaint and really didn't "damage" my enjoyment of the novel. Matt Josdal(narrator) did a very good job with both the male and female characters(especially the old ladies). If you like "haunted house" stories you'll probably enjoy this slightly spooky Southern tale. Worth a cred.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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