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  • Redemptor

  • Valducan, Book 4
  • By: Seth Skorkowsky
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 191
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 186
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 186

Three years have passed since Valducan knight Matt Hollis defeated Tiamat's cult, but her demonic children are still a threat. Now, a mysterious enemy is stealing holy weapons across South America, leaving a trail of bodies in its wake. The Valducans fear that Tiamat's followers have returned. But not all is as it seems and a new player has joined the hunt: the paladins of the Catholic Church. To stop an evil that none of them could ever imagine, the Order must set aside centuries of animosity and join forces with its long-standing enemy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another great addition to the Valducan saga

  • By Aaron Brown on 02-12-18

This Is how you make a strong yet not OP Villain

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-02-18

First thing first this is a great example of a antagonist that is well rounded, threatening, and yet does not have plot armor.

I'm so sick of antagonist that have every move planned out and yet somehow they drop the ball at the end. It's become a troupe and I love that Mr Skorkowsky avoided that.

I've been waiting for this book for two years now and I can say it was worth the wait.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Nighthawks

  • Children of Nostradamus, Book 1
  • By: Jeremy Flagg
  • Narrated by: Robin J Sitten
  • Length: 8 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 26

Twenty-six-year-old painter Conthan Cowan takes art to a shocking frontier. His debut exhibit features the transformation of his high school friend, Sarah, as she went from a shy, soft-spoken girl to a Child of Nostradamus - an individual gifted with extraordinary abilities. Living in a society where the Children of Nostradamus are captured by the government, Conthan's exhibit draws attention from officials and protesters alike.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • an entertaining story with an engaging plot

  • By AudioBook Reviewer on 09-05-17

Everything is good but the Narrator.

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-20-17

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

For the most part yes.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Robin J Sitten?

Bronson Pinchot or R. C. Bray.

Any additional comments?

I feel like Audible is use these lesser know books as test runs for new narrators. If not out right new than new to Fantasy and Sci-Fi.

I can tell the books are good or at least ok but these narrators often do phoned in jobs and I really get bummed out

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Bloody Acquisitions

  • Fred, the Vampire Accountant, Book 3
  • By: Drew Hayes
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,837
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,717
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,711

With a thriving parahuman accounting practice, a steady relationship, and a circle of trusted friends, Fred's undead life has become more enjoyable than his normal one ever was. Unfortunately it also seems that he's no longer the only vampire to appreciate the up-and-coming city of Winslow, Colorado. A new clan of vampires is moving in, and they aren't well known for tolerating outsiders in their territory.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • God I Love This Series

  • By Mario on 09-09-16

God I Love This Series

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-09-16

Would you consider the audio edition of Bloody Acquisitions to be better than the print version?

Yes.

What other book might you compare Bloody Acquisitions to and why?

Indexing by Seanan McGuire. They both have a season-of-a-series-rather-than-a-book-feel.

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

He is able to bring the characters to life in a way that the print version is just not able to.

In movies their are the "safe characters" the kind that are simple yet very fascinating that most actors can play and almost no can say they did a bad job. Then their are actors who can take the stupidest, blandest and/or boring character/s and make the most enjoyable character/s of the entire movie. And finally you have those rare times when one of those great actors portrays one of those "safe characters" and you get one of most compelling performances of all time.

This is the audible equivalent of those kind of performances.

Any additional comments?

I have said before and I'll say it again. This is one of my favorite series of all time. I really can't say anymore than buy it, you won't regret it.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Boundary Born

  • Boundary Magic, Book 3
  • By: Melissa F. Olson
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,017
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 912
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 907

Something wicked is at work in Colorado's supernatural community. Vampires are being paralyzed or killed with poison...a weapon favored by witches. This offense threatens to break apart the already-fractured alliance between witches and the undead. The state's cardinal vampire, Maven, summons boundary witch Allison "Lex" Luther to stop the killing before it ignites a war. Lex has barely started investigating when she gets another surprise: the biological father she's never met arrives on her doorstep.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Still a great read!

  • By BikeVON on 08-16-16

And It Just Keeps Getting Better

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-23-16

What did you love best about Boundary Born?

As much as I love the Scarlett series this is my favorite book by Melissa F. Olson so far. This is mainly due to Lex's character development. Lex remains naive to the Old World and is still stubborn as a mule, yet she is learning to trust the people she cares about.

It's this slow but rich development is I love Mrs. Olson's work so much

Who was your favorite character and why?

Lily. Her humor and personality really balance out Lex's.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Yes

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

There are a few and to avoid spoilers I'll leave it at that.

Any additional comments?

I am not a fan of Kate Rudd. Her accent is so pronounced every time she has to do another accent it's just painful to hear. But anyone who is a fan of her work will not find fault in her performance

Over all I loved this book..Great pacing, great character development and a solid story. What more could you ask for.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Her Brother's Keeper

  • By: Mike Kupari
  • Narrated by: Allyson Johnson
  • Length: 14 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 125
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124

When privateer Captain Catherine Blackwood is enlisted to rescue her brother from a treacherous warlord, she finds herself on her most dangerous mission yet. It's been years since Catherine Blackwood left the stodgy, repressive colony world of Avalon. Now the captain of the privateer vessel Andromeda, she is the master of her own destiny.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good first effort

  • By A&H on 03-17-16

Good But Could Have Been Great

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-29-15

What made the experience of listening to Her Brother's Keeper the most enjoyable?

I have to say it's the well rounded characters that make this book an enjoyable listen

They are all so well rounded anyone who enjoys character driven books will be more than forgiving for the faults the overall story has.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Her Brother's Keeper?

I really don't like this question because of it's spoiler by nature but I will say that the opening scene with Catherine and her father is just the first of many moments that bring out genuine emotion and not "it's sad because the scene needs it's to be sad".

Which character – as performed by Allyson Johnson – was your favorite?

I really like each of the POV characters but I still pick Catherine. She is everything I love in a strong lead character and no I don't mean female lead, I mean a lead character period.

Any additional comments?

The Summary would make you think this book is all from Catherine's POV but this is a multiple POV style book but each character is really enjoyable so that is not a problem.

While this is a really enjoyable book there are some problems.

First and foremost Kupari does a at best sub-par job on the science explanation and the world building. Both are presented in a very dry manner that made me want a skip button, explanation can feel repetitive

Second the pacing while good is weighed down by scenes that feel like filler. Some of this might be setup for the sequel that might lend itself to the series as a whole but until then I can only judge it based on how it adds or subtracts from the book and sadly they subtracts more than add.

Lastly I found that the story had the "well that's convenient" narrative at times.

On the flip side the character interaction and the POV themselves mostly make up for these short comings.

This is also the first book I've read or listened to were the world building is lacking but the actual world design is very intriguing. Both the Andromeda and Zanzibar are really engaging places that make the book feel so much more alive.

Over all I say this is well worth a credit.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Brutal Asset

  • The Demon Accords, Book 3
  • By: John Conroe
  • Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,976
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,868
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,869

Book 3 of the Demon Accords. Partnered in an uneasy alliance with federal law enforcement, Chris Gordon has been hunting down the outlaw gang Loki's Spawn, who attacked his vampire girlfriend. But when he finds unexpected hostages who trigger his baser instincts, Chris is thrown into a search for answers to dark questions: how to control his inner demon, what do the Spawn want with children, and who is hunting him?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Can't Get Enough Of This Series!!!!!!

  • By Mario on 11-18-15

I Can't Get Enough Of This Series!!!!!!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-18-15

What made the experience of listening to Brutal Asset the most enjoyable?

As much as I like the world I feel its the characters that make this an enjoyable series.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Brutal Asset?

The death a certain character came close to making me cry.

Have you listened to any of James Patrick Cronin’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

He has voice the last two books of the series as well as the remain books currently available.and gives the characters a better voice than anything I could think of in my head.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

YES!!!!!

Any additional comments?

This series only gets better with each book, any fan of urban fantasy should at the very least give this series a try.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Demon Driven

  • The Demon Accords, Book 2
  • By: John Conroe
  • Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,250
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,115
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,111

It's been seven months since Chris Gordon met Tanya Demidova, and a lot has changed. He's stronger and faster and has the senses of a vampire and the appetite of a werewolf. But even as he settles into his new position with the Special Situations Squad and his relationship with Tanya, new threats appear. From south of the border, north of the city, inside the NYPD, and the federal government. But the hardest fight Chris will face is with himself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It Only Gets Better

  • By Mario on 11-11-15

It Only Gets Better

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-11-15

Would you listen to Demon Driven again? Why?

Yes. Simply put its just that d@mn good.

What did you like best about this story?

Having marathoned through the series I will say this is were things go from good to great.

This is the book were the series starts to form its identity.

The first book was good but it lack it's own signature style that made it stand out from the average "dude discovers the supernatural and falls in love with supernatural uber hot chick".

In this book we go into great detail about how "magic" works, who the main antagonists of the series are and other such things and having read a LOT of urban fantasy I can say this is one of the better lesser known series.

Which character – as performed by James Patrick Cronin – was your favorite?

Lydia mostly because of her banter with Chris.

Any additional comments?

I really enjoyed this book and will likely relisten to it multiple times.

The character interaction/banter is were most of the awesome humor lies and is easily my favorite part of the series.

I would recommend this book and the series as a whole to anyone who enjoys urban fantasy.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • God Touched

  • The Demon Accords, Book 1
  • By: John Conroe
  • Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
  • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,092
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,890
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,894

Chris Gordon is a rookie with the NYPD - one with a secret. In his spare time Chris is an exorcist without equal, with a gift from God. But when he saves a beatiful girl from a demonic attack, he discovers there is more to fear than just demons. Finding himself surrounded by vampires and were-weasels and facing a giant short-faced bear, Chris struggles to stay alive, all while protecting his deadly new girlfriend. And then there's her overprotective vampire mother!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Urban Fantasy Where Good Kicks *%# and I Loved It

  • By Don Gilbert on 11-19-17

Interesting.....

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-10-15

What made the experience of listening to God Touched the most enjoyable?

Overall it is the narration what makes this a good listen. The book itself is well written and has a well thought out magic system but for me it goes by a little to fast.

Would you be willing to try another book from John Conroe? Why or why not?

I bought this book along with the rest of the series. It might be only above average but this series as been on my watch list for a while now and I enjoyed it enough the try the whole series.

What about James Patrick Cronin’s performance did you like?

Mr. Cronin does what any good narrator should do, he keeps each character voice distinct.

It really irks me when a other wise good audio book is ruined because the narrator can't or just won't bother to give each character their own voice.

Thankfully Mr. Cronin is able to keep each character a distinct tone so their is no confession on who is speaking.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Overall I felt the most from the humor.

There are a lot of hilarious banter that made me smile more than a few times.

Any additional comments?

I been waiting for this series to on audible for a while and for the most part it did not disappoint.

As I said before I felt like this went by a little to fast.

For those of you who have read more than their fair share of urban fantasy and are tired of having to wait for the forth or fifth book for the two lead to get together or for the lead to be "outed" as a supernatural or whatever else "insert commonly over drawn out plot thread" than this might not be so bad.

For me it felt like I just listened to what could have been at least to books in one.

Overall I say if you want a new action pack series that does not waste any time than this is a good choice and having having marathoned though the rest of the series I can say it only gets better.

9 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • Boundary Lines

  • Boundary Magic, Book 2
  • By: Melissa F. Olson
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,134
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,001
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 999

Fitting into the Old World isn't going very well for Boulder boundary witch Allison "Lex" Luther: she may have earned a place in a vampire's service, but now it seems as if every supernatural creature in town has found a reason to hate her. And when Lex and her partner are assigned to investigate the suspicious disappearance of two vampires during the night of the full moon, they find themselves with more questions than answers.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • So Much Better!!!

  • By Mario on 10-29-15

So Much Better!!!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-29-15

What did you like about this audiobook?

Overall I really enjoyed this book.

It like the rest of Mrs. Olson's work it is well paced, has great characters, rich world building, and over all is unique is a genre were things tend to bleed together.

The first book was good but it still left me with a "that could have been better" feeling. This one on the other hand I can say I enjoyed as much as the Scarlett series.

That being said, Mrs. Olson hit one of my bigger pet-peeves as she wrote Lex's trip to L.A. (were the Scarlett series takes place) in a side story. Had I not already read this story on Kindle Unlimited I would be fairly P.O.ed but Boundary Lines was good enough to make up for this. So those of you that are hoping to see the Lex and Scarlett team-up than this is not the book for you.

How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

No but it did remind me why I love urban fantasy.

What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

There are two thing I found wrong with Kate Rudd performance

One: She can be a little to very melodramatic, most of these moments are when Lex is distressed and make Lex sound more distressed than she might other wise.

Two: Her accent can be distracting naming in one character who is supposed to have a British accent sounding like she's from the bronx.

Do you have any additional comments?

I have say I really enjoyed this book.

I said in my review of Boundary Crossed that Lex while just as developed was not as enjoyable as Scarlett.mainly because of she lacks the friends that show her more light-hearted side and I stand by that.

In Boundary Lines she has friends like Simon, Lily, Quinn and oddly enough (for me anyway) Maven. Thus I saw her more relaxed and at times wise@$$ side that made the book so much more enjoyable.

I can honestly and happily say if are a fan of urban fantasy this would an awesome choice to add to your library.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Ghost of a Potion

  • Magic Potion Mystery Series #3
  • By: Heather Blake
  • Narrated by: Carla Mercer-Meyer
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 262
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 237
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 240

With all the ghosts that haunt her at this time of year, Carly doesn't exactly rush to celebrate Halloween. Even a costume ball organized by her boyfriend Dylan's mother, Patricia Davis Jackson, holds little allure. But to please Dylan, who wants peace between the two women, Carly reluctantly agrees to go.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best yet in this series

  • By Lynda Turpin on 10-08-15

Best Yet

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-14-15

What did you love best about Ghost of a Potion?

My problem with the first two books has been Carly and Dylan's relationship because they all but ignored the reason it ended in the first place; Dylan's Mama.

Since it was one the main plot points I have no real complaints about it now.

Would you be willing to try another book from Heather Blake? Why or why not?

Unlikely. I have read the previous two books in the series and while I like the well enough there not the kind of stories I would listen to again.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

Carla Mercer-Meyer is a good narrator but she is just not as good as other "southern" narrators I have listen to before.

It's hard to really enjoy a performance when you know there is someone who could have done a better job.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Not laugh or cry but a few of the twist did surprise me.

Any additional comments?

If you enjoyed the first two books there is no reason you won't enjoy this one.

My favorite character is still Delia and the blooming friendship that is developing between her and Carly.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful