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Mike

newnan, GA, USA | Member Since 2009

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  • 27 ratings
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  • The Coldest War: The Milkweed Triptych, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Ian Tregillis
    • Narrated By Kevin Pariseau
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (346)
    Performance
    (319)
    Story
    (317)

    Twenty-two years after the Second World War, a precarious balance of power maintains the peace between Great Britain and the USSR. For decades, the warlocks have been all that stand between the British Empire and the Soviet Union-- a vast domain stretching from the Pacific Ocean to the shores of the English Channel. But now each death is another blow to Britain's security.

    aaron says: "Phenomenal sequel"
    "I Wanted this Series to Work"
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    The author has a Ph.D in physics so naturally I expected some good sci-fi theoretical physics to go along with a little alternative history. I fell asleep halfway through the second book of the series. If physics was involved in this story, I lost it in the black hole of boredom.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Man with the Golden Torc: Secret Histories, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Simon R. Green
    • Narrated By Stuart Blinder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (673)
    Performance
    (423)
    Story
    (425)

    Meet Shaman Bond, aka Eddie Drood, scion of the ancient Drood family. He is devoted to protecting humanity from the forces of darkness. Protected by the secret weapon received at birth by all members of the Drood family - a magical gold torc (i.e., a neck ring) that turns into a suit of nearly impervious golden armor - Eddie faces arcane dangers with healthy doses of wry self-confidence and sarcasm. Then the family matriarch sends him on a mission that turns out to be a deadly setup.

    Loren says: "entertaining"
    "If you can stay awake"
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    I have the impression that the story is good and unique, but the narrator is soooo laborious that it is hard to tell. The narrator emphasizes every word and is incredibly slowwww.

    The third book had a different narrator and it is much more enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Off to Be the Wizard

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Scott Meyer
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2378)
    Performance
    (2236)
    Story
    (2244)

    It's a simple story. Boy finds proof that reality is a computer program. Boy uses program to manipulate time and space. Boy gets in trouble. Boy flees back in time to Medieval England to live as a wizard while he tries to think of a way to fix things. Boy gets in more trouble. Oh, and boy meets girl at some point.

    Charles says: "Fantastic"
    "Don't Fight It, Rewrite It"
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    You are made up of 1's and 0's. Don't fight it, rewrite it.

    This is fun sci-fi with a great performance by Luke Daniels.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Storm Front: The Dresden Files, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12837)
    Performance
    (9603)
    Story
    (9604)

    A call from a distraught wife, and another from Lt Murphy of the Chicago PD Special Investigation Unit makes Harry believe things are looking up, but they are about to get worse, much worse. Someone is harnessing immense supernatural forces to commit a series of grisly murders. Someone has violated the first law of magic: Thou Shalt Not Kill. Tracking that someone takes Harry into the dangerous underbelly of Chicago, from mobsters.

    Tom says: "Excellent Story, Distracting Sound Engineering"
    "Cannot Read Just One"
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    Once you start this series you do not have to continue, you will want to continue. Each book in the series just gets better and better. I compare all other books in this genre to this series.

    James Marsters is the only narrator for this series. When you hear his interpretation of the characters you believe he is the characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Chosen: Alex Verus, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Benedict Jacka
    • Narrated By Gildart Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (427)
    Performance
    (389)
    Story
    (387)

    I don't publicly advertise that I'm a mage, but I don't exactly hide it either, and one of the odd things I've learnt over the years is just how much you can get away with if you're blatant enough. Hide something behind smoke and mirrors and make people work to find it, and they'll tear the place down looking for what's there. Alex Verus is a diviner who can see probable futures-a talent that's gotten him out of many a tough scrape. But this time, he may be in over his head. Alex was once apprenticed to a Dark mage, and in his service he did a lot of things he isn't proud of.

    Cliff says: "best on in the series so far"
    "Book 3 was the Best until Book 4"
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    This series just keeps rolling. When the fifth book comes out, I will be re-listening to the previous books before starting the fifth. The series is that good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Taken: Alex Verus Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Benedict Jacka
    • Narrated By Gildart Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (461)
    Performance
    (418)
    Story
    (415)

    This time last year, I could go weeks without seeing another mage. In mage society I was an unknown and, all in all, that was how I liked it. It’s hard to say what changed. Whatever it was, I got involved in the magical world again and started getting myself a reputation.

    Cliff says: "Great book. Action packed and fun."
    "Just Gets Better"
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    This is a very good series. Good story, Good action, Good characters, and Good performance. Each book in the series just gets stronger because gooder is not a word.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cursed: Alex Verus, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Benedict Jacka
    • Narrated By Gildart Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (582)
    Performance
    (531)
    Story
    (531)

    Since his second sight made him infamous for defeating powerful dark mages, Alex has been keeping his head down. But now he's discovered the resurgence of a forbidden ritual. Someone is harvesting the life-force of magical creatures-destroying them in the process. And draining humans is next on the agenda. Hired to investigate, Alex realizes that not everyone on the Council wants him delving any deeper.

    Cliff says: "The second book is even better."
    "Good Follow-Up"
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    The second book of this series takes the story to the next level. It does not wallow in what we already know from the first book. It does what a second book is suppose to do, advance the story. And the story definitely gets better.

    The performance is first rate. The narrator becomes the characters.

    1 of 1 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
    (951)
    Performance
    (861)
    Story
    (866)

    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 a Genre Copycat"
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    Combine Nicolas Cage's character in the movie Next and Ben Aaronovitch's character Thomas Nightingale and you have Alex Verus.

    The book is very entertaining and inventive enough not to be boring if you have read The Dresden Series and the Iron Druid Series.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Broken Homes: A Rivers of London Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Ben Aaronovitch
    • Narrated By Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (574)
    Performance
    (552)
    Story
    (552)

    My name is Peter Grant, and I am a keeper of the secret flame - whatever that is. Truth be told, there's a lot I still don't know. My superior Nightingale, previously the last of England's wizardly governmental force, is trying to teach me proper schooling for a magician's apprentice. But even he doesn't have all the answers. Mostly I'm just a constable sworn to enforce the Queen’s Peace, with the occasional help from some unusual friends and a well-placed fire blast.

    Cliff says: "Finally, it's out!"
    "Unexpected Ending"
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    Still an excellent job by the narrator.

    The story was good and interesting. The ending was unexpected and leaves you wanting for the next book in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Whispers Under Ground: Peter Grant, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Ben Aaronovitch
    • Narrated By Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (725)
    Performance
    (675)
    Story
    (666)

    It begins with a dead body at the far end of Baker Street tube station, all that remains of American exchange student James Gallagher - and the victim's wealthy, politically powerful family is understandably eager to get to the bottom of the gruesome murder. The trouble is, the bottom - if it exists at all - is deeper and more unnatural than anyone suspects...except, that is, for London constable and sorcerer's apprentice Peter Grant.

    Nancy J says: "Just Keeps Getting Better"
    "Narrator is the Main Character"
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    When listening to the book you forget it is a book. The narrator is so believable as the main character that you begin to think he is the main character telling you what has and is happening.

    Sometimes I want a book that puts me with the characters, instead of in my car listening about the characters. This book puts me in London with the characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Moon Over Soho: Peter Grant, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By Ben Aaronovitch
    • Narrated By Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (866)
    Performance
    (797)
    Story
    (795)

    Body and soul. The song. That's what London constable and sorcerer's apprentice Peter Grant first notices when he examines the corpse of Cyrus Wilkins, part-time jazz drummer and full-time accountant, who dropped dead of a heart attack while playing a gig at Soho's 606 Club. The notes of the old jazz standard are rising from the body - a sure sign that something about the man's death was not at all natural but instead supernatural.

    Tango says: "Very Entertaining"
    "Believable"
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    The characters are real people in an unreal real world. The humor is good and subtle. The command of the English Language is very refreshing.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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