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Robert

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  • The Devil's Pay: Dogs of War, Vol. One

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Dave Gross
    • Narrated By Steve Baker
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    Samantha "Sam" MacHorne and her Devil Dogs need a contract, and when one comes in that leads to the haunted Wythmoor Forest, the company moves out with warjacks and slug guns at the ready.... Sam and the Devil Dogs may be relaxing in Tarna, but it’s not by choice - they’d rather be employed than resting up. When a dangerous job offer comes from "the old man", Sam takes the Devil Dogs and their newest recruit, Dawson, on a perilous hunt to capture an unidentified warjack before their rival Steelheads or the horrific Cryx make a claim on the never-before-seen technology.

    Andrew says: "Bark as big as their bite"
    "Look for volume 2..."
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    The story in this book continues in "Dark Convergence" by the same author, though with different characters being focused on. I listened to them out of order and that was okay because of how the incidents are only tangentially related.

    I enjoyed the book, though some of Steve Baker's pronunciations are odd. The story is reminiscent of reading a pulp story when considering the length and pace of the story. I'm looking forward to reading more of the books.

    1 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
    (3334)
    Performance
    (3129)
    Story
    (3125)

    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.

    LOYL-00 says: "The story we were waiting for"
    "Less of a story, more of an interlude"
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    In many ways, this book felt more like a couple of short stories which bridge a couple of novels instead of a complete novel itself.

    I enjoyed the introduction of Owen as a narrator, and there was less Oberon. Don't get me wrong, I love Oberon's comments and contributions, but sometime the interruptions just took too much flow from the stories of late. Less is more.

    I'm really looking forward to the next book, which should be out next week, right? :)

    7 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Thieftaker: Thieftaker Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By D. B. Jackson
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (258)
    Performance
    (238)
    Story
    (244)

    Boston, 1765: In D.B. Jackson's Thieftaker, revolution is brewing as the British Crown imposes increasingly onerous taxes on the colonies, and intrigue swirls around firebrands like Samuel Adams and the Sons of Liberty. But for Ethan Kaille, a thieftaker who makes his living by conjuring spells that help him solve crimes, politics is for others…until he is asked to recover a necklace worn by the murdered daughter of a prominent family.

    Alison says: "I wanted to like it more..."
    "Then it changed..."
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    I was enjoying the book, though I was getting tired of supposedly-intelligent hero being so dense about so many things. Still, I was having fun until the logical consistency of the magic in the world was tossed out the door when Ethan had to "do something terrible." Up to that point using magic had a cost which had to be paid, but at that moment all he had to do was look at something living and get the power from it.

    It was also around that time which the rest of the book felt like padding to get too the end while having to fill in a certain number of words, then we get to the bad spy movie cliché where the hero gets captured and the villain spills out the entire plan to him before failing because he underestimated the hero. But then who could blame him for underestimating Kaille?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Something from the Nightside: Nightside, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Simon R. Green
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1233)
    Performance
    (697)
    Story
    (708)

    "Taylor is the name. John Taylor...My card says I'm a detective, but what I really am is an expert on finding things. It's part of the Gift I was born with as a child of the Nightside - the hidden heart of London where it's always three a.m., where inhuman creatures and otherworldly gods walk side-by-side in the endless darkness of the soul. Assignment: Joanna Barrett hires me to track down her teenage daughter, who decided to forgo the circus and run away to the Nightside."

    Angela says: "The Nightside"
    "In case you didn't know..."
    Overall
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    At times it felt like every statement ended "...in the Nightside."

    The air was breathable, in the Nightside. Ghosts are dead, in the Nightside. Blah, blah, blah.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • George Carlin Reads to You: An Audio Collection Including Grammy Winners 'Braindroppings' and 'Napalm & Silly Putty'

    • ORIGINAL (7 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By George Carlin
    • Narrated By George Carlin
    Overall
    (1241)
    Performance
    (1117)
    Story
    (1105)

    If one George Carlin audio is funny, then two are funnier and three must be funniest, right? That's our thinking behind this new collection. t's a HighBridge library of laugh-out-loud, award-winning recordings featuring George himself performing many of his best bits.

    Rick says: "Like a Cast of Thousands"
    "Just too long"
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    Carlin is hilarious in 90-minute blocks of time. Unfortunately, the book is so long and instead of moving from topic to topic, it focuses too much on each topic. At this point it becomes depressing. Yeah, his observations are funny, but it ends up being depressing how negative his funny observations are. I recommend listening to it in small bits.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Instruments of War: The Warlock Sagas, Volume One

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Gabra Zackman
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (71)

    Makeda , Supreme Archdomina of House Balaash, is known throughout the Iron Kingdoms for her leadership of the mighty Skorne Empire, but it was not always so… Before the coming of the Skorne Empire into the west, Makeda was little more than the second child of a great house, but through her will, determination, and adherence to the code of hoksune, she rose above all others. For the first time the secrets of both Makeda and her people are revealed in the tale of their epic struggle for honor and survival in Instruments of War.

    Mike says: "Excellent!"
    "Better than I hoped"
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    When it started I thought for sure the book would follow the same scattered storytelling format of "The Butcher of Khardov: The Warcaster Chronicles, Vol. Two." Luckily, Larry Correia kept the flash backs to a minimum and told a fairly epic story in a short time, glossing over un-necessary parts so that a quick, pulp-like story could be told.

    I even found myself rooting for Makeda from time to time, which is hard since she is one of the bad guys in the Iron Kingdoms and comes from a despicable society.

    Here's hoping a Trollblood-centric novel from the Hordes side of the Iron Kingdoms comes out and it is as well-written as this was. (Though a longer wouldn't be bad if the story needs it.) :)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Worst Ideas Ever: A Celebration of Embarrassment

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Daniel Kline, Jason Tomaszewski
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (650)
    Performance
    (591)
    Story
    (592)

    From memorable disasters such as New Coke, the XFL, and Tiger Woods’ marriage to less-remembered failures such as Yugo, Cop Rock, and Microsoft’s BOB, Worst Ideas Ever revisits history’s biggest blunders. Whether it’s a pop culture failure or a political one, Worst Ideas Ever uncovers the ridiculous stories behind mistakes so huge, you’ll have to constantly remind yourself that they actually happened.

    Sara says: "Wears out quickly"
    "Coulda been a contenda!"
    Overall
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    The blurbs made it sound like the book would go into reasons and back stories of some of the worst ideas in history. Instead it just talks about the ideas and mocks them, though there really wasn't enough mocking or humor in the book.

    It reads a lot like a middle-school book report, which covers some highlights but doesn't go in depth of some of the most moronic decisions in history. A little research and some follow-up by the authors and this could have been a hilarious and cautionary tome of knowledge.

    That being said, it is a harmless book and is a good diversion to listen to when you aren't able to concentrate heavily on the story. There is some humor and some snarky mocking of the decisions made by supposedly intelligent people.

    Patrick Lawlor's reading of the book was perfectly fine, but the source material didn't give him a chance to shine or show off his abilities. I would not shy away from anything he read in the future and could even think of him as someone who would encourage me to try something I am on the fence about listening to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Convergence

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Dave Gross
    • Narrated By Steve Baker
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    Artificer General Sebastian Nemo has faced myriad dangers while serving his king and kingdom, but none so fascinating and sinister as the Convergence of Cyriss. In the wake of an unprovoked attack on the Cygnaran town of Calbeck, Nemo and his forces hasten to confront the strange clockwork soldiers and machinery led by a young warcaster prodigy named Aurora, Numen of Aerogenesis. Nemo soon learns of the Convergence’s plans to transform Caen and its people to suit their enigmatic goddess, who favors machines over the living.

    Robert says: "Better than the Butcher"
    "Better than the Butcher"
    Overall
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    Not a bad book, though far from great. It was an acceptable foray into the world of the Warmachine miniatures game/Iron Kingdoms role-playing game. It was certainly a far better story than the horrid "The Warcaster Chronicles: The Butcher of Khardov" book which was a mess (and I reviewed on Amazon.com). I really hadn't read much about either Cygnar and Nemo or the Convergence of Cyriss. It sounded like this took place after "The Devil's Pay: Dogs of War, Vol. One", which is also available from Audible.

    Scott Baker's pronunciation of some words was odd, for example he would say "lonce" instead of "lance", but other than that his performance was good.

    It would be nice if these shared-world novels, novellas, and short story collections were linked so one could see which ones were available. I do plan on picking up more of the Iron Kingdoms books in the future, probably beginning with "The Devil's Pay".

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Emperor Mollusk Versus the Sinister Brain

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By A. Lee Martinez
    • Narrated By Scott Aiello
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1289)
    Performance
    (1201)
    Story
    (1202)

    Emperor Mollusk. Intergalactic Menace. Destroyer of Worlds. Conqueror of Other Worlds. Mad Genius. Ex-Warlord of Earth. Not bad for a guy without a spine. But what's a villain to do after he's done... everything. With no new ambitions, he's happy to pitch in and solve the energy crisis or repel aliens invaders should the need arise, but if he had his way, he'd prefer to be left alone to explore the boundaries of dangerous science. Just as a hobby, of course. Retirement isn't easy though.

    Kat Hooper says: "Hilariously wacky!"
    "Scott Aiello is Mollusk"
    Overall
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    This was a lot of fun to listen to, in large part because Scott Aiello's performance of Emperor Mollusk rang so true to the character as written. The story was entertaining and had some laughs. It did drag on a little in the middle, but writing comedy for everyone is a little hard, so YMMV. I may pick up another book by Martinez when I am looking for a light, entertaining listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Chase

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Clive Cussler
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1180)
    Performance
    (645)
    Story
    (638)

    A no-nonsense detective is on the trail of the sharpest and deadliest criminal mind he has ever encountered: a serial robber who murders any and all witnesses in cold-blood.

    Blackmac says: "quick easy listen"
    "Turn of the century adventure!"
    Overall
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    This was a fun adventure which takes place in the American west in the early 20th century. I enjoyed the characters and thought Scott Brick did a good job with the material. I plan on getting the next book in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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