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James

Powderly, KY, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • Reign of Coins: The Judas Chronicles, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Aiden James
    • Narrated By Derek Perkins
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (11)

    For William Barrow, 2,000 years is a very long time...too long, when it is a perpetual punishment for betraying Jesus Christ. The man originally known as Judas Iscariot is on a mission to recover 30 silver shekels once paid to him for his ultimate treachery. Twenty-two coins have been recovered, leaving just eight to go. But when his Russian nemesis, Viktor Kaslow, also becomes immortal, the stakes are immediately raised. Kaslow has followed William and his son, Alistair, to Hong Kong in search of a "blood coin" passed down through Genghis Khan.

    James says: "Somewhat boring"
    "Somewhat boring"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    For a second installment there is very little character building or plot twist. After a few minutes in, the story becomes very predictable. IMHO the narration was mediocre at best.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Angelfall: Penryn & the End of Days, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Susan Ee
    • Narrated By Caitlin Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1030)
    Performance
    (951)
    Story
    (959)

    It’s been six weeks since angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world. Street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her 17-year-old sister, Penryn, will do anything to get her back. Anything, including making a deal with an enemy angel. Raffe is a warrior who lies broken and wingless on the street. After eons of fighting his own battles, he finds himself being rescued from a desperate situation by a half-starved teenage girl. Traveling through a dark and twisted Northern California, they have only each other to rely on for survival.

    Brooke says: "Creep-tastic!"
    "Sighs all around"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Pretty much the story line. Someone has watched a few too many Supernatural re-runs.
    With the exception of human mutilation, the angel story was a mere step beyond the Supernatural series angel mythology. If the lead angel could be any more Edward, only more boring - if that's even a possiblility - oh, wait it was!


    What could Susan Ee have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Not enough characters and/or depth to the ones she had. I generally like this type of urban fantasy and I think there could be a good story in there somewhere, it was just so.....simple and predictable.


    Which character – as performed by Caitlin Davies – was your favorite?

    She definately struggled with some of the male voices, but over all I did enjoy her styling and was only able to get through the book because of her.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Angelfall?

    The 1st through the last.


    Any additional comments?

    I almost didn't get this book, and now I'm wishing I didn't. I kept thinking the story would develop and the characters would break down and become more. I have hope for the series, even though I personally won't be partaking in the new book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Skinwalker: Jane Yellowrock, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Faith Hunter
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2860)
    Performance
    (2434)
    Story
    (2436)

    Jane Yellowrock is the last of her kind-a skinwalker of Cherokee descent who can turn into any creature she desires and hunts vampires for a living. But now she's been hired by Katherine Fontaneau, one of the oldest vampires in New Orleans and the madam of Katie's Ladies, to hunt a powerful rogue vampire who's killing other vamps.

    Mobilis says: "How refreshing"
    "Really Good Listen"
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    Would you listen to Skinwalker again? Why?

    No - I've got too many books to get through. I will definately start the rest of the series, though. I really enjoyed Khristine Hvam narration, she was outstanding.


    What other book might you compare Skinwalker to and why?

    There are quite a few modern day beast/magic personas out there. Maybe the Kitty Norville series, some things I like better in each, personally prefer Kitty, but that's just me and it's early in the series.


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

    Took me 4-5 days, I just don't have the time to get it all in one sitting and I think I enjoy books more if it's not done in one sitting. This was a good book, but not that intense or spellbinding.


    Any additional comments?

    This is one of the better books by a new (for me) author. I know this is sexist, but I have a hard time with some of the female authors in that there are only two types of male characters - the super hottie (always the mysterious vampire), which is most of the ones the lead character deals with or the middle aged overweight asshole. I know there has to be chemistry and/or romance which can really enhance a good story, but the author kept that really light, not forcing the issue in book one and I appreciate that. Way too many romance novels in the fantasy genre for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Monster Hunter Nemesis

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    Overall
    (1220)
    Performance
    (1154)
    Story
    (1159)

    Agent Franks of the U.S. Monster Control Bureau is a man of many parts - parts from other people, that is. Franks is nearly seven feet tall and all muscle. He's nearly indestructible. Plus he’s animated by a powerful alchemical substance and inhabited by a super-intelligent spirit more ancient than humanity itself. Good thing he’s on our side. More or less.

    Bruce Selzler says: "Another Winner"
    "Good, but not the best of the series"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If you have not read any of the MHI series, don't start here. The previous books were better and you will be lost if you start here. If you have read/listened to the others......well, you kind of have to get this one.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The ending was ok, not any real surprises...sorry!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Frankenstien vs. Wolfman - that scene kicked major ass!


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

    Took me 3 evenings to get it all in.


    Any additional comments?

    Love the series, the narrator, and the author. This was however, my least favorite in the series. Franks is one of my least favorite characters in the books, so that played a big part in my Eh!? feelings toward this installment. It did tie in more of the plot leading toward the big Good vs. Evil showdown and I did "like" the book, just not as well.

    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
    (1931)
    Performance
    (1839)
    Story
    (1837)

    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"
    "Another fun read from Kevin Hearne"
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    What made the experience of listening to Shattered the most enjoyable?

    The humor employed throughout the book with most characters keeps me coming back for more. The Irish cursing helps too!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    This is my biggest critique of the book. The expansion of characters, expecially the new hound. I feel as if Hearne is stretching the story with too much of the other characters perspective. A few chapters here and there is ok, but going through all the different characters should have been a novella or two.


    Any additional comments?

    Hearne has a fantastic niche with Atticus and the style he employs and this books fits right in with the series.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Skin Game: A Novel of the Dresden Files, Book 15

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3624)
    Performance
    (3464)
    Story
    (3442)

    Harry Dresden, Chicago's only professional wizard, is about to have a very bad day.… Because as Winter Knight to the Queen of Air and Darkness, Harry never knows what the scheming Mab might want him to do. Usually, it’s something awful. He doesn’t know the half of it… Mab has just traded Harry’s skills to pay off one of her debts. And now he must help a group of supernatural villains - led by one of Harry’s most dreaded and despised enemies, Nicodemus Archleone - to break into the highest-security vault in town, so that they can then access the highest-security vault in the Nevernever.

    D says: "Hold onto your staff; Harry’s back."
    "Fantastic!!!"
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    Would you listen to Skin Game again? Why?

    Yes. Love the series and listen to them all atleast once a year.


    Which character – as performed by James Marsters – was your favorite?

    Duh,......... Dresden!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Not gonna be a spoiler, but family issues were very touching


    Any additional comments?

    This is one of my favorites in recent years. Lots of action, deception, crazy fairies, and cool gods. Butcher, in my opinion, has given Harry some of his swagger back.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Golem and the Jinni: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Helene Wecker
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2511)
    Performance
    (2314)
    Story
    (2314)

    Helene Wecker's dazzling debut novel tells the story of two supernatural creatures who appear mysteriously in 1899 New York. Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life by a strange man who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic. When her master dies at sea on the voyage from Poland, she is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York Harbor. Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire, born in the ancient Syrian Desert. Trapped in an old copper flask by a Bedouin wizard centuries ago, he is released accidentally by a tinsmith in a Lower Manhattan shop.

    Tango says: "Enchanting Debut Novel - Delicious!"
    "More than just fantasy"
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    Where does The Golem and the Jinni rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of the better fantasy books I've listen to in the past year. This story is about so much more than just two fantasy figures and supernatural powers.


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed this audiobook. The only minor complaint is some of the story telling was a little long and drawn out. The author, in conjuction with Guidall's performance, is a stellar work of art. Bringing together all the storys' elements from several different perspectives without losing the core values being presented.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bill the Vampire

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Rick Gualtieri
    • Narrated By Christopher John Fetherolf
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (225)
    Performance
    (208)
    Story
    (210)

    There are reasons we fear the night. He isn't one of them. Bill Ryder was a dateless dweeb...then he died. Unfortunately for him that was just the beginning of his troubles. He awoke to find himself a vampire, one of the legendary predators of the night. Unfortunately for him, he was still at the bottom of the food chain. Now he finds himself surrounded by creatures stronger, deadlier and a whole lot cooler than he is. Worst yet, they all want him dead...permanently this time.

    Mike Naka says: "imagine howard stern as a vampire"
    "The anti-hero in vampire form!"
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    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    For me the best aspect of the story is the twist on the lore. The least interesting aspect is the way Bill kinda BS's his way through much of the story.


    What about Christopher John Fetherolf’s performance did you like?

    Great Job!


    If you could take any character from Bill the Vampire out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    None, as I would probably be on the menu.


    Any additional comments?

    Fun book. Not the best new vampire story, Bill is too mediocre in personality, but better than most the romance novels disquised as fantasy out now.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unfettered: Tales By Masters of Fantasy

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Terry Brooks, Patrick Rothfuss, Robert Jordan, and others
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim, Marc Vietor, Bronson Pinchot, and others
    Overall
    (276)
    Performance
    (248)
    Story
    (252)

    You define life or it defines you. In Shawn Speakman’s case, it was both. Lacking health insurance and diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2011, Shawn quickly accrued a massive medical debt that he did not have the ability to pay. That’s when New York Times best-selling author Terry Brooks offered to donate a short story that Shawn could sell to help alleviate those bills—and suggested he ask the same of his other writer friends. Unfettered is the result: An anthology built in order to relieve that debt, featuring short stories by some of the best fantasy writers in the genre.

    gerry says: "Great Crash Course on Fantasy Writers"
    "Lots of mediocre (at best) stories"
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    Has Unfettered turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No. There were a few bright spots, such as Shawn Speakman, for whom the book was put together.


    Any additional comments?

    This was such a dissappointment for me personally. I'm a big fan of many of the authors, but there were sooooo many boooring stories. I hope Shawn was helped by sales for his condition, as his story was the best of the lot for me.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Carniepunk

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Rachel Caine, Rob Thurman, Kevin Hearne, and others
    • Narrated By Candace Thaxton, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (102)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (96)

    Come one, come all! The Carniepunk Midway promises you every thrill and chill a traveling carnival can provide. But fear not! Urban fantasy's biggest stars are here to guide you through this strange and dangerous world....

    Hassan says: "Its A Separate 14 Short Stories"
    "Very Cool Stories!"
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    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed all the stories. Listening to some of my favorite characters, such as the Iron Druid series, in a different voice was strange but the stories made up for it. The Cold Girl and Painted Love were my personal favorites.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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