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James

Powderly, KY, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • Warbound: Book III of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3255)
    Performance
    (3049)
    Story
    (3042)

    Only a handful of people in the world know that mankind's magic comes from a living creature, and it is a refugee from another universe. The Power showed up here in the 1850s because it was running from something. Now it is 1933, and the Power's hiding place has been discovered by a killer. It is a predator that eats magic and leaves destroyed worlds in its wake. Earth is next. Former private eye Jake Sullivan knows the score. The problem is, hardly anyone believes him.

    D says: "Started Strong-Finished Strong"
    "Good book"
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    What did you love best about Warbound?

    Really liked this series and loved Bronson Pinchot's narration. The only part I did not like was the ending. I'm not going to spoil anything, but would have prefered something in a little different direction. Having said that, this was a good book and a great listen!


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Revenge of Seven: Lorien Legacies, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Pittacus Lore
    • Narrated By Neil Kaplan, Devon Sorvari, Almarie Guerra
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (242)
    Performance
    (226)
    Story
    (224)

    The worst was supposed to be over. We were reunited after a decade apart. We were discovering the truth about our past. We were training and getting stronger every day. We were even happy. We never imagined the Mogadorians could turn one of our own against us. We were fools for trusting Five. And now Eight is lost forever. I would do anything to bring him back, but that's impossible. Instead, I will do whatever it takes to destroy every last one of them.

    James says: "The kids are growing up"
    "The kids are growing up"
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    Any additional comments?

    This was another good installment for the series. As a stand alone book, it's not the best by any stretch of the imagination. The narrators do a fantastic job and IMHO make the series better by a mile. The story is coming along nicely, although, I think it's the weak point as the series goes on. Characters are fine, growing up and all, but the story line itself is not exactly mind blowing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Atlantis Gene: The Origin Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By A. G. Riddle
    • Narrated By Stephen Bel Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1678)
    Performance
    (1524)
    Story
    (1527)

    Seventy thousand years ago, the human race almost went extinct. We survived, but no one knows how.

    Until now. The countdown to the next stage of human evolution is about to begin, and humanity might not survive this time. The Immari are good at keeping secrets. For 2,000 years, they've hidden the truth about human evolution. They've also searched for an ancient enemy - a threat that could wipe out the human race. Now the search is over.

    january says: "Pretty bad, but not the worst I've ever read"
    "Reads like a movie script"
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    What did you like best about The Atlantis Gene? What did you like least?

    The story is not wholly unoriginal and on the surface sounds interesting, but alas, the story jumps around and takes the long road in story telling.


    What was most disappointing about A. G. Riddle’s story?

    I think Riddle wrote this with the idea he was gonna get a movie deal.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Stephen Bel Davies?

    He did fine, hard to judge since I didn't like the book all that much.


    Could you see The Atlantis Gene being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I think that's the authors intention all along.


    Any additional comments?

    This is not a wholly bad book, but it doesn't have characters with depth or anyone to care enough about. Pretty generic book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Damoren: Valducan, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Seth Skorkowsky
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (92)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (87)

    Matt Hollis is the current wielder of the holy weapon, DÄMOREN. With it, he stalks and destroys demons. A secret society called the VALDUCANS has taken an interest in Matt's activities. They see him as a reckless rogue - little more than a "cowboy" corrupted by a monster - and a potential threat to their ancient order. As knights and their sentient weapons begin dying, Matt teams up with other hunters of his kind such as LUIZA, a woman with a conquistador blade; ALLAN, an Englishman with an Egyptian khopesh; MALCOLM, a voodoo priest with a sanctified machete; and TAKAIRA, a naginata-swinging Samurai.

    Jay Pruitt says: "Not to shabby!"
    "Good 1st Book"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes, very entertaining and good narration.


    What does R. C. Bray bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I really enjoyed his take on the main character, his female voices are....ok


    Could you see Damoren being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Yes. This story fits in with a lot of the new shows on the Networks and Syfy


    Any additional comments?

    This is a very well narrated book with a good (not great) story. There is a lot to build on with the mythos and characters. The action was good and fast paced with small doses of humor.

    0 of 0 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
    (361)
    Performance
    (332)
    Story
    (336)

    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
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    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
    (1146)
    Performance
    (578)
    Story
    (587)

    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"
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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
    (488)
    Performance
    (448)
    Story
    (451)

    "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"
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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
    (337)
    Performance
    (320)
    Story
    (320)

    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"
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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
    (21)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    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"
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    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
    (1930)
    Performance
    (1604)
    Story
    (1606)

    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"
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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
    (12115)
    Performance
    (11002)
    Story
    (11028)

    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!"
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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

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