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Mike

Fenton, MI, United States

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  • A Beautiful Friendship: Star Kingdom, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1189)
    Performance
    (1051)
    Story
    (1055)

    Stephanie Harrington had always expected to be a forest ranger on her homeworld of Meyerdahl until her parents relocated to the frontier planet of Sphinx in the far distant Star Kingdom of Manticore. It should have been the perfect new home - a virgin wilderness full of new species of every sort, just waiting to be discovered. But Sphinx is a far more dangerous place than ultra-civilized Meyerdahl, and Stephanie's explorations come to a sudden halt when her parents lay down the law: no trips into the bush without adult supervision!

    brendanstallard says: "Wow, Weber hits the target."
    "A great listen that goes by too quickly"
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    If you are not familiar with David Weber's work or Honnervers, this is a great place to start. I have to warn you, once your hooked you will be hook by the great writing and the wonderful plot lines of Honnervers and the story lines.

    12 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • The Maze Runner: Maze Runner, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By James Dashner
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4036)
    Performance
    (3501)
    Story
    (3541)

    When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his first name. His memory is blank. But he's not alone. When the lift's doors open, Thomas finds himself surrounded by kids who welcome him to the Glade - a large, open expanse surrounded by stone walls.

    Word Nerd says: "Great Book"
    "Well worth the credit"
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    Very Good. I'm very glad I took the time to listen to the story before I go see the movie.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Red Rising

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Pierce Brown
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1279)
    Performance
    (1190)
    Story
    (1200)

    Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations. Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children. But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet.

    Charles says: "It Got Better and Left Me Wanting More."
    "Great Start"
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    WOW! This is a binge listen! Once the story starts, it is hard to put down.

    0 of 0 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
    (3327)
    Performance
    (3123)
    Story
    (3118)

    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"
    "If you are new to Iron Druid, Don't buy this book!"
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    Kevin Hearne is a master! He does it again, and with Stile! At one point I was laughing so hard, my wife through me out of the bedroom because she could not hear her “real” housewives! Another point of the book I was on the verge of sobbing. Thank God I was only driving in heavy traffic on US23! I wonder if you could get a distracted driver citation for an audio book!

    Please do not start the Iron Druid series here. There is so much detail in the other books that you might get frustrated with the references if you have don’t hear the other books first. This series is worth every credit you will go through to satisfy you addiction! Audible is a crack dealer getting listeners hooked with the “daily deal”! I’ve had to actually spend buy a couple of the book in the series when I could not wait for the new credits to come and I needed a FIX! I got my 16 year old son hook on the series. I can hear him laughing in his room now. I wonder if he is at the part where Owen is discussing his philosophy of solving problems with violence.

    I strongly recommend the Iron Druid SERIES. Read them all and you will be twitching in the corner with cravings for the next book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Midst Toil and Tribulation: Safehold Series, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (623)
    Performance
    (569)
    Story
    (565)

    After centuries of stasis, the island kingdom of Charis began to defy the edicts of the Church of God Awaiting - egged on, some say, by the mysterious warrior-monk Merlin Athawes. Now, in the wars and intrigues that have cascaded from Charis's declaration of independence, the populous Republic of Siddermark is sliding into chaos.

    Ryan says: "Narrator is HORRIBLE - Love this series"
    "Great story + rookie narrator = let down"
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    I’ve been waiting for this installment of the Safehold series. I’ve been holding on to 2 credits for a month! As soon as it popped up I down loaded. The narrator is energetic, BUT I truly wish that the producers had stayed with the same narrator as the previous installment. If nothing else, the new narrator should listen to the previous story so that the pronunciations of names, places and objects are the same as the previous 5 books. Kevin Collins did not take the time to listen to the previous books in the series. It is obvious from the first 5 minutes that he is not a fan of the series but a guy doing a job. If I had not heard the other 5 books, it would have been an acceptable or better performance. But as I have heard the other books, the performance was avoidable horrible.

    One other thought, If the producers of this book let this narration out in this condition, what respect do they have to the author or to the consumers of the product?

    28 of 29 people found this review helpful
  • A Perfect Blood: The Hollows, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Kim Harrison
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1776)
    Performance
    (1589)
    Story
    (1586)

    Ritually murdered corpses are appearing across Cincinnati, terrifying amalgams of human and other. Pulled in to help investigate by the I.S. and the FIB, former witch turned day-walking demon Rachel Morgan soon realizes a horrifying truth: a human hate group is trying to create its own demons to destroy all Inderlanders, and to do so, it needs her blood. She's faced vampires, witches, werewolves, demons, and more, but humanity itself might be her toughest challenge yet.

    Aimee says: "Get on with it already"
    "A hell of a story!"
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    Another Kim Harrison book that you won't be able to put down. It's worth the two credits.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Alloy of Law: A Mistborn Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3653)
    Performance
    (3302)
    Story
    (3337)

    Three hundred years after the events of the Mistborn trilogy, Scadrial is now on the verge of modernity, with railroads to supplement the canals, electric lighting in the streets and the homes of the wealthy, and the first steel-framed skyscrapers racing for the clouds.Kelsier, Vin, Elend, Sazed, Spook, and the rest are now part of history—or religion. Yet the old magics of Allomancy and Feruchemy continue to play a role in this reborn world....

    T. Ater says: "Pleased, yet wanting more..."
    "Sanderson does it again"
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    I did not know how Sanderson was going to bring back the Mistborns, but he did it. And he did it in a way that that welcomes new listeners / readers without having to go back to the original series. I strongly suggest the first series, but it is not necessary. This book is well worth the credit. I can’t wait for him to get to the next one in the series. Thank you Mr. Sanderson.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Omen Machine: A Richard and Kahlan Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs)
    • By Terry Goodkind
    • Narrated By Sam Tsoutsouvas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1127)
    Performance
    (989)
    Story
    (994)

    An accident leads to the discovery of a mysterious machine that has rested hidden deep underground for countless millennia. The machine awakens to begin issuing a series of increasingly alarming, if minor, omens. The omens turn out to be astonishingly accurate, and ever more ominous. As Zedd tries to figure out how to destroy the sinister device, the machine issues a cataclysmic omen involving Richard and Kahlan, foretelling an impending event beyond anyone’s ability to stop. As catastrophe approaches, the machine then reveals that it is within its power to withdraw the omen....

    Alan says: "Different"
    "Can I have my credit back?"
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    I like Terry Goodkind’s works. Some were a little slow, but in general they are entertaining. He is a very detailed writer and he draws the listener/reader into the detailed world of his books.

    That being said, I find it very had to recommend Oman Machine. I could not get into the book. I gave up part way into the second part (2 part down load). The book was just dragging on and I think he spend too much time covering past events to get new readers caught up.
    The previous Richard Kahlan book, Confessor, Richard gains control of the ultimate magic. The trials and tribulations of the Oman should be trivial to a wizard who controls magic that can create worlds.

    If you are new to the Goodkind universe, please start with Wizards First Rule. It’s one of those books that you will listen to again and again. I'm looking forward to the next Law of Nines book


    6 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Black Magic Sanction: Rachel Morgan, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Kim Harrison
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1920)
    Performance
    (1181)
    Story
    (1186)

    Rachel Morgan has fought and hunted vampires, werewolves, banshees, demons, and other supernatural dangers as both witch and bounty hunter—and lived to tell the tale. But she’s never faced off against her own kind, until now. Denounced and shunned for dealing with demons and black magic, her best hope is life imprisonment-at worst, a forced lobotomy and genetic slavery.

    Eivind says: "Ms Morgan is back, finally"
    "If only Kim Harris could write faster!"
    Overall

    Kim Harris’ new novel “Black Magic Sanction” hits the ground running and does not stop! This installment of Hollows series is an emotional ride. If you are thinking about starting a new series that will keep you up listening to the stories all night long, that please take a look this Kim Harris series. But be warned, once you start the first book, your monthly credits will not come quick enough! By the way, you could start with this book, she does a very good job of tucking in just enough recap, but don’t. Experience the story from the beginning.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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