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  • Hard Magic

  • Book I of the Grimnoir Chronicles
  • By: Larry Correia
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 16 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,026
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,117
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,115

Jake Sullivan is a licensed private eye with a seriously hardboiled attitude. He also possesses raw magical talent and the ability to make objects in his vicinity light as a feather or as heavy as depleted uranium, all with a magical thought. It's no wonder the G-men turn to Jake when they need someoneto go after a suspected killer who has been knocking off banks in a magic-enhanced crime spree.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not what I thought it was going to be.

  • By Clinton on 08-06-11

Love me some Larry Correia

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

Reviewed: 04-09-18

I’ve been a big fan of Larry Correia through all of his Monster Hunter International series. I loved those and love these. Narration is first-rate. Overall a great listen.

  • Elysium Fire

  • By: Alastair Reynolds
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 17 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 364
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 337
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 335

Ten thousand city-state habitats orbit the planet Yellowstone, forming a near-perfect democratic human paradise. But even utopia needs a police force. For the citizens of the Glitter Band that organization is Panoply, and the prefects are its operatives. Prefect Tom Dreyfus has a new emergency on his hands. Across the habitats and their hundred million citizens, people are dying suddenly and randomly, victims of a bizarre and unprecedented malfunction of their neural implants.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Reynolds fan left cold

  • By Zach on 01-25-18

Classic Alastair Reynolds

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

Reviewed: 03-22-18

There he is. The Alastair Reynolds I love and have missed. If you liked any of the Prefect / Chasam City novels, you won’t be disappointed in this one.

John Lee could read the dictionary to me and listen with wrapped bliss.

What are you waiting for, an invitation?

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Best Served Cold

  • By: Joe Abercrombie
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 26 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,664
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,465
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,458

There have been 19 years of blood. The ruthless Grand Duke Orso is locked in a vicious struggle with the squabbling League of Eight, and between them they have bled the land white. While armies march, heads roll and cities burn, and behind the scenes bankers, priests, and older, darker powers play a deadly game to choose who will be king.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • as good as the main trilogy

  • By mohamed on 02-25-16

Who Cares?

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

Reviewed: 02-17-18

Joe Abercrombie is not an author to listen to if you like kittens and milkshakes with two straws. I've listened to many of his books and liked "most" of them. First, he is a GOOD writer. You can take that to the bank. But he is dark and morose and most of his books are going to be NC-17 for one reason or another.

All that said, I was hoping for another Logan Ninefinger's type story, but there's just no one to like in this book. For any reason. By the end of the book, with a mostly so-so story, you could care less if anyone survives.

There's no Glokta in this story. No Logan. No one to care about, and I think that is why by the end it's like dining on a loaf of moldy white bread.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The Sword of Light: The Complete Trilogy

  • By: Aaron Hodges
  • Narrated by: David Stifel
  • Length: 29 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 163
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 155
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 153

For 500 years, the Gods have united the Three Nations in harmony. Now, that balance has been shattered, and chaos threatens. A town burns, and flames light the night sky. Hunted and alone, 17-year-old Eric flees through the wreckage. The mob grows closer, baying for the blood of their tormentor. Guilt weighs on his soul, but he cannot stop, cannot turn back. If he stops, they die. For two years, he has carried this curse, bringing death and destruction wherever he goes. But now, there is another searching for him.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • This is a good listen

  • By lisamcintire on 03-05-18

This should be YA

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-15-18

This story hits all the tropes. Spoiler alert: Magic is magic, you get the history of magic in the first few chapters, along with the troubled user who quickly masters his power thanks the ubiquitous avuncular mentor that quickly befriends the troubled youth. Basically this is Star Wars. And a painful listen.

11 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • Super Sales on Super Heroes

  • By: William D. Arand
  • Narrated by: Jeff Hays
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,773
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,547
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,535

In a world full of super powers, Felix has a pretty crappy one. He has the ability to modify any item he owns. To upgrade anything. Sounds great on paper. Almost like a video game. Except that the amount of power it takes to actually change, modify, or upgrade anything worthwhile is beyond his abilities. With that in mind, Felix settled into a normal life. A normal job. His entire world changes when the city he lives in is taken over by a super villain. Becoming a country of one city. A city state.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Lot better than I thought it would be

  • By Phillip hinch on 07-08-17

Pancakes!

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

Reviewed: 11-22-17

This story is like a food you like that never fills you up.

There is very little plot here, it is mostly a progression of events that ends abruptly and without developing into much of a story. That said, I enjoyed listening to it, but if you're looking for a meaningful story you'll have to look somewhere else.

The spreadsheets were a bit much for a narrative medium, but probably okay in written form.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Paradox Bound

  • A Novel
  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,764
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9,238
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,217

Nothing ever changes in Sanders. The town's still got a video store, for God's sake. So why doesn't Eli Teague want to leave? Not that he'd ever admit it, but maybe he's been waiting - waiting for the traveler to come back. The one who's roared into his life twice before, pausing just long enough to drop tantalizing clues before disappearing in a cloud of gunfire and a squeal of tires. The one who's a walking anachronism, with her tricorne hat, flintlock rifle, and steampunked Model A Ford.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • I tried SO hard, I really did!

  • By Angela Spencer-mukes on 10-04-17

Huge Fan, Except This Time...

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

Reviewed: 11-16-17

Sorry, Peter, this book was just not up to what I've come to expect from you. The story was sophomoric, the characters shallow, and over all was a plain snooze-fest. I finished it, hoping for some strange bugs, but alias, another disappointment. But don't let this latest release get you down, we know you can do better. Come back strong.

Ray Porter was the one saving grace of this read. I could listen to him read the dictionary.

52 of 59 people found this review helpful

  • The Core

  • Demon Cycle, Book 5
  • By: Peter V. Brett
  • Narrated by: Pete Bradbury
  • Length: 29 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,783
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,606
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,604

For time out of mind, bloodthirsty demons have stalked the night, culling the human race to scattered remnants dependent on half-forgotten magics to protect them. Then two heroes arose - men as close as brothers, yet divided by bitter betrayal. Arlen Bales became known as the Warded Man, tattooed head to toe with powerful magic symbols that enable him to fight demons in hand-to-hand combat-and emerge victorious.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • I've always been a defender of this book series...

  • By JReed on 10-17-17

Okay But Predictable

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

Reviewed: 11-11-17

This story finished exactly as I thought it would. Somewhat anticlimactic when you've figured out how something will end two books ago. Still, I very much enjoyed the series and especially Pete Bradbury's telling of it.

My only real complaint is the introduction of the hermaphrodite baby. There was no reason for this and it left me wondering -- wait, what the...?? Maybe Peter is setting us up for the "next" chapter, but it was too off the wall and did nothing for the story.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Mage's Blood

  • The Moontide Quartet, Book 1
  • By: David Hair
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 26 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,259
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,096
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,097

Most of the time the Moontide Bridge lies deep below the sea, but every 12 years the tides sink and the bridge is revealed, its gates open for trade. The Magi are hell-bent on ruling this new world, and for the last two Moontides they have led armies across the bridge on "crusades of conquest". Now, the third Moontide is almost here, and this time the people of the East are ready for a fight... but it is three seemingly ordinary people that will decide the fate of the world.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Irritating Storytelling

  • By John on 02-15-17

Cardboard characters in a mediocre story

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

Reviewed: 09-02-17

What do you think your next listen will be?

Not the sequel to this book.

Have you listened to any of Nick Podehl’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

He is a god amoung ants and the reason why I took chance on this book. Sadly, not even he could redeem it.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

No, not really. Also annoying was the deus ex machina approach to magic.

Any additional comments?

By the end of this book I found I still didn't care for any of the main characters. I didn't like the good guys nor hated the bad ones; their development throughout the mediocre plot was bland and unfulfilling. I finished the book hoping it would leave me wanting, but it did not. The only thing it left me wanting was to find a new story to read. I will not continue with this series.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Warded Man

  • By: Peter V. Brett
  • Narrated by: Pete Bradbury
  • Length: 18 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,926
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,834
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,857

Peter V. Brett has won accolades from critics, fans and fellow authors alike for this riveting debut novel. The Warded Man features a world where demons stalk the night, hunting humans who have long forgotten the magic of their ancestors. But all is not lost, as some hold out hope that a savior will release humanity from the demons' terrifying reign.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • SOMETIMES HIDING KILLS SOMETHING INSIDE YOU

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 03-15-17

Five Big Stars!!

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

Reviewed: 02-23-17

Any additional comments?

I like to consider myself “in the know” of the great works of scifi and fantasy, but this one was somehow never on my radar. And I am thankful to have finally found it. The story is as interesting as any I’ve ever read and the character development is superb. This is the best read, by far, I’ve had in a year! Do NOT miss this book, you will not be disappointed!!! The story is excellent and the narration wonderful. Combined it is a gem.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Babylon's Ashes

  • The Expanse, Book 6
  • By: James S. A. Corey
  • Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
  • Length: 19 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,852
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,337
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,315

The Free Navy - a violent group of Belters in black-market military ships - has crippled the Earth and begun a campaign of piracy and violence among the outer planets. The colony ships heading for the thousand new worlds on the far side of the alien ring gates are easy prey, and no single navy remains strong enough to protect them. James Holden and his crew know the strengths and weaknesses of this new force better than anyone.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • lots of filler

  • By Jesse Stevens II on 12-21-16

Loved the First 5 Books, Not So Much This 6th...

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

Reviewed: 01-14-17

Where does Babylon's Ashes rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I feel in love with the Expanse series and have been an avid reader (listener?) since. But this last book was just not as good. The crew of the Rocinante, the reason I kept coming back and back, were mostly absent from this last book, and the minor characters, elevated to a majority stake in this last book, were quite frankly not all that interesting. This left me wanting to hear more about my favorite crew and less about those cardboard characters I couldn't give two cents to care for. The book almost redeems itself at the end, but only almost.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful