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James

Powderly, KY, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • 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
    (121)
    Performance
    (111)
    Story
    (113)

    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!"
    Overall
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    Story
    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
  • Eyes to See: The Jeremiah Hunt Chronicle, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Joseph Nassise
    • Narrated By Anthony Bowden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (328)
    Performance
    (298)
    Story
    (303)

    In an urban fantasy that charts daring new territory in the field, Jeremiah Hunt has been broken by a malevolent force that has taken his young daughter and everything else of value in his life: his marriage, his career, his reputation. Desperate to reclaim what he has lost, Hunt finally turns to the supernatural for justice.

    Lisa Lisario says: "superb"
    "Suprisingly Good"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Eyes to See the most enjoyable?

    Anthony Bowden is one of the best narrators out there. Voices for other characters were okay, but for the main character he was simply amazing.


    Have you listened to any of Anthony Bowden’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but I will now.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a pretty good book in terms of story, not fantastic, but pretty good. I think there is a need for Audible to use tenths for ratings. The story is more like a 3.6 ish, which is pretty good for a 1st of story. The naration is phenomenal, with good characters and a very believable main character.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Devil You Know

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Mike Carey
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1122)
    Performance
    (555)
    Story
    (564)

    Felix Castor used to cast out demons for a living, and London was his stomping ground. But in a time when the supernatural realm is in upheaval and spilling over into the mundane world of the living, his skills are in renewed demand. With old debts to pay, Castor is left with no choice but to accept one final, well-paying assignment: a seemingly simple exorcism.

    Jessica says: "wonderful story"
    "Good Devilish Fun"
    Overall
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    What made the experience of listening to The Devil You Know the most enjoyable?

    Very believable character with a good dash of humor.


    Any additional comments?

    I thought the book started off a little slow and I almost stopped listening, but 1/3 of the way through I was hooked. The narator did a very good job of creating a likable character. The author took a while to get ramped up with the story, IMHO, as at first I really couldn't tell where, what, or if the case was the main story line or merely part of the characters overall story. Once that got sorted out, all proper like, the book really took off for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fall of Five: Lorien Legacies, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Pittacus Lore
    • Narrated By Neil Kaplan, Marisol Ramirez, Liam Aiken
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (477)
    Performance
    (440)
    Story
    (443)

    "I thought things would change when I found the others. We would stop running. We would fight the Mogadorians. And we would win. But I was wrong. Even though we have come together, we barely escaped from the Mogadorians with our lives. And now we're in hiding, trying to figure out our next move. The six of us are powerful - but we're not yet strong enough to take on their entire army. We haven't discovered the full extent of our Legacies. We haven't learned to work together. And there's still so much that we don't know about the Elders or their plan for us."

    Adedayo Makinde says: "Pretty horrible development"
    "Pretty Good Installment"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Where does The Fall of Five rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In this series it holds its' own. Definately not the best, but falls right in with the story.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    Narrators really enhance this book. They do a fantastic job.


    Any additional comments?

    I personally like this series a lot, so I'm probably biased about how good the book really is. Like I said earlier, it's by far not the best, but it does bring the story closer to a finale.
    The narrators are perfect!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Charming: Pax Arcana, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Elliott James
    • Narrated By Roger Wayne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (286)
    Performance
    (272)
    Story
    (273)

    John Charming isn't your average prince... He comes from a line of Charmings - an illustrious family of dragon slayers, witch-finders and killers dating back to before the fall of Rome. Trained by a modern day version of the Knights Templar, monster hunters who have updated their methods from chain mail and crossbows to Kevlar and shotguns, John Charming was one of the best-until a curse made him one of the abominations the Knights were sworn to hunt.

    Suzanne says: "Charming is Like Dresden in wolves clothing"
    "Fantastic First Book"
    Overall
    Performance
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    What did you like best about this story?

    The author created an amazing cast with depth and believability. The story was developed and had some very good twist and turns.


    What does Roger Wayne bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I don't think any author can be perfect on every character, but RW is perfect for the lead character,




    Any additional comments?

    This is a fantastic first book to a series. Great characters with good backdrops mixed with humor and a good amount of action. The story took some nice twist and turns, with characters being developed all through the book. The mythos is just sketchy enough to allow for good stories to come.

    0 of 0 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
    (19)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    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.

    Randy says: "Look up how to pronounce words"
    "Keeps Getting Better"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Which character – as performed by Damon Abdallah – was your favorite?

    Damon Abdallah does a fantastic job with this book. Nearly every reader pronouces fairie names differently and it was fine with me to hear DA do so. His voice is perfect for Kal and he does a great job with the different characters.


    Any additional comments?

    This series has become a favorite of mine. The author keeps the stories fresh and fast paced. Stone has created a lead character with depth and a good sense of humor. There are many highs and lows for Kal and this is what has made me really enjoy the series and in particular this book, which is my favorite so far. The author has created a cool niche with his main character and story line that will be fun for many more books, I hope.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Cross: Jane Yellowrock, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Faith Hunter
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    Overall
    (1895)
    Performance
    (1572)
    Story
    (1576)

    Jane Yellowrock is back on the prowl against the children of the night. The vampire council has hired skinwalker Yellowrock to hunt and kill one of their own who has broken sacred ancient rules - but Jane quickly realizes that in a community that is thousands of years old, loyalties run deep.

    Ducky says: "GO JANE!!! GO FAITH!! AND GO KHRISTINE!!"
    "Cool characters"
    Overall
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    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Pretty good ending. No real surprises, but it was entertaining


    Any additional comments?

    SPOILERS!!!!
    I think this book was a smoother book than the first. Khristine Hvam rocks the hell out of the southern voices, she has perfect timing. I really did enjoy the listen and the characters are very easy to like, I think Faith is putting together a good core cast and leaving tons of room for diversity with character development. My only complaint was the story itself. I like most of the characters and love Khristine, but the all powerful vamps routine gets very old for me. When Leo ripped her up there should have been at least some type of fight, especially since she turned into uber big cat, I mean how many times can you hear "I am not Prey" and then......nothing. I was hoping the vamp mythos would be original too. This origin line isn't too overly borrowed, but it wasn't exactly new, as soon as I heard the Latin phrase for Judas Iscariot, I was disappointed.

    Having said all that, I did enjoy the book and again Khristine kicks ass! Worth the listen and I will be finishing out the next several books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11955)
    Performance
    (10864)
    Story
    (10889)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "Excellent Book!"
    Overall
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    What made the experience of listening to 14 the most enjoyable?

    Ray Porter did an amazing job with this book. Very cool story with a cool array of characters.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of 14?

    The author did a fantastic job of giving each character a moment of coolness and plenty of good scenes to go around.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Scooby Doo and the gang with NO f'n scrappy!


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed this book and found the mystery part very entertaining. It's kind of en vogue to use Lovecraft and Clines does so without infringing on the originals. Old meets new, loved the style, cast of characters, and the humor.

    I can't say enough about Ray Porter in this book. He did an amazing job with each character. The story reminded me a little of John Dies at the End, in as far as the characters and how shit just happens, but they all just rolled with it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fated: Alex Verus Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Benedict Jacka
    • Narrated By Gildart Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (743)
    Performance
    (671)
    Story
    (671)

    Alex Verus is part of a world hidden in plain sight, running a magic shop in London. And while Alex's own powers aren't as showy as some mages, he does have the advantage of foreseeing the possible future-allowing him to pull off operations that have a million-to-one-chance of success. But when Alex is approached by multiple factions to crack open a relic from a long-ago mage war, he knows that whatever's inside must be beyond powerful.

    Jessica says: "Harry Dresden meets the Temple of Doom"
    "Not bad, Not great, but worth the listen."
    Overall
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    Would you listen to Fated again? Why?

    No, it's not that great. I will listen to the rest of the series, however, it was that good.


    Would you recommend Fated to your friends? Why or why not?

    Most of my friends don't listen to fantasy, unforturnately.


    Did Gildart Jackson do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Not really. I thought the book was pretty well written, but GJ fell short with different characters IMO. When it came to conveying emotion or surprise he was very flat. I think the main character required more intoned emotion with the fight scenes and while dealing with Luna. His female voices were very flat.


    Any additional comments?

    Reading all the reviews comparing this book to The Dresden Files or The Iron Druid characters is unfair to all the authors involved. All authors borrow and create, sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. Harry and Atticus are great characters with much better readers. Alex has that potential as a character, but I think a better comparison would be John Steed from the Avengers (British, not comic book). I will continue to listen to the rest of the series, I really do like the style of the author, and to be honest he has left a lot of room for other characters and the whole magical landscape has barely been touched.

    0 of 0 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
    (40)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (38)

    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.

    David says: "Not as good as first but worth a listen."
    "Cool Book!"
    Overall
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    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Kal Hakala......but there are some other pretty cool characters


    What does Damon Abdallah bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I think he does an outstanding job. Perfect voice for the main character, very passable for the others. Most authors have difficulty switching characters without using the same phrases and semantics of the main characters. This does happen in, but can't blame the reader.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Do you feel lucky, punk? Too damn bad!


    Any additional comments?

    This is fast becoming a favorite series for me. The main character is flawed like a good character should be, he battles internally as well as externally. This book took on new perspectives without losing the main character and most importantly, without straying away from the heart of the story. Kudos to Stone, he's creating a MHI type series with a Dresden persona main character.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Things to Do in Denver When You're Un-Dead: From the Files of the BSI, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Mark Everett Stone
    • Narrated By Damon Abdallah
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (85)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (77)

    For 10 years Kal Hakala has been the Bureau of Supernatural Investigation's top man, the longest surviving agent in its blood-soaked history. The World At Large has no idea that The World Under exists. And its vampires, demons, zombies, and mythic monsters are growing increasingly restless. In all Kal's time with the Bureau, there has been no case he couldn't crack, no monster he couldn't kill. Then a plague of zombies comes to Denver, along with a vicious serial killer dubbed The Organ Donor.

    Dohagirl says: "very, very enjoyable. a great listen"
    "Pretty Good Listen"
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    Would you listen to Things to Do in Denver When You're Un-Dead again? Why?

    Maybe. I'll probably get throught the rest of the series first.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Really liked the backdrop to the story. Took a while for it to unfold, and not real sure about how it will all end, but it was unusual and interesting.


    Have you listened to any of Damon Abdallah’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Really enjoyed DA's performance. I thought he was perfect for this book.


    Any additional comments?

    The book started out slow IMO, but after it picked up, I thought the author did a fantastic job of tying a pretty good story with really good characters all together.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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