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  • Hounacier

  • Valducan, Book 2
  • By: Seth Skorkowsky
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 514
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 487
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 484

Eleven years ago atheist Malcolm Romero met a god. Now he's a demon-hunting voodoo priest armed with a holy machete named Hounacier. After the murder of his mentor, he returns to New Orleans to catch the killer. But more is at stake when Malcolm finds himself betrayed and his holy blade stolen. Now Malcolm's only hope to save his soul and to recover Hounacier is the Valducan knight sent to kill him, Matt Hollis, the wielder of the holy revolver Dämoren.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Action packed and thought provoking

  • By Steve H. Caldwell on 06-06-16

Series stays great.

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

Reviewed: 04-17-18

Really liked the first book in the series, and this 2nd doesn’t disappoint. Not only does it maintain its quality in story telling, but shifts perspectives to help keep from getting predictable.

This 2nd book is told from a different knight’s perspective, and tells a whole new story arc. While I like series that have a strong central story this separate story system works well so far.

It is in the same world etc... giving it familiarity, but with a different main character and weapon. This makes it a book you could read and understand well enough without reading the first.

Looking like each book in the series will be a different hunter and their living weapon. Since the characters are well written so far this is looking good for the series overall.

  • Star Wars: The Old Republic: Deceived

  • By: Paul S. Kemp
  • Narrated by: Marc Thompson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,307
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,870
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,862

The second novel set in the Old Republic era and based on the massively multiplayer online game Star Wars: The Old Republic ramps up the action and brings listeners face-to-face for the first time with a Sith warrior to rival the most sinister of the Order’s Dark Lords: Darth Malgus, the mysterious, masked Sith of the wildly popular “Deceived” and “Hope” game trailers. Malgus brought down the Jedi Temple on Coruscant in a brutal assault that shocked the galaxy....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Great Old Republic novel

  • By Conrado on 04-08-11

Okay, better if you are a big Star Wars fan

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

Reviewed: 04-14-18

This was an okay story. No big surprises or really well done characters. Story is kinda predictable but decently well written.

I figure if you like the “Old Republic” story line and the MMRPG you’ll get more out of this story, but on it’s own it’s kinda meh.

Good enough to listen through, but won’t ever listen to it again.

  • Damoren

  • Valducan, Book 1
  • By: Seth Skorkowsky
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,023
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 970
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 972

Matt Hollis is the current wielder of the holy weapon, DÄMOREN. With it, he stalks and destroys demons. A secret society called the VALDUCANS has taken an interest in Matt's activities. They see him as a reckless rogue - little more than a "cowboy" corrupted by a monster - and a potential threat to their ancient order. As knights and their sentient weapons begin dying, Matt teams up with other hunters of his kind such as LUIZA, a woman with a conquistador blade; ALLAN, an Englishman with an Egyptian khopesh; MALCOLM, a voodoo priest with a sanctified machete; and TAKAIRA, a naginata-swinging Samurai.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Expendables meets Monster Squad

  • By Adam on 01-06-15

Just plain good

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

Reviewed: 04-14-18

This had everything I believe a good story needs. Likable and well developed characters, a well designed world, excellent narrator (for audio), and a non overly predictable story.

I’ve heard only a relatively small number of supernatural type stories, so perhaps there are many similar stories, but this seemed quite unique to me.

I enjoyed the hunter and his/her living weapon story arc. Many stories have “special” weapons, but few can give them character like this does. I also found this story’s take on how monsters come about and work refreshing.

While I like many stories that take a scientific approach to dealing with monsters (uv light for vamps or transmitted viruses etc...), it’s nice to have a little mystery and truly supernatural elements be the driving point behind the story.

Looking forward to more in the series.

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  • Origins of a D-List Supervillain

  • By: Jim Bernheimer
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,427
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,318
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,317

Even D-list supervillains have to start somewhere. Follow Cal Stringel's misadventures as he climbs to the lowest levels of supervillany in the prequel to the smash hit, Confessions of a D-List Supervillain. Angry that he wouldn't be known as the engineer who made Ultraweapon's force blasters, Cal resigns to chase after a bigger, better paycheck. However, the Promethia Corporation isn't going to let him go that easily and sets out to make his life a living hell.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Anti-hero beginnings.

  • By Teresa on 02-26-15

Actual villains story.

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

Reviewed: 03-27-18

Is an actual take on a low level super villain.

I’ve gone through a few other books claiming to “be from the villains perspective,” but really are closer to a anti-hero or too overly humorous to be a true villains story. There is humor and Cal isn’t super evil, but it doesn’t hide the fact he’s a criminal pure and simple.

The only problem I have with the book has to do with the series as a whole. While this book sticks to the “out for himself criminal” storyline, later books do turn it into a anti-hero type. They are still good but move away from the believable villain tale.

The narrator is great giving a very “me first, don’t care about the law, jaded, cynical, paranoid, untrusting” tone to the character.

  • Orion Fleet

  • Rebel Fleet, Book 2
  • By: B. V. Larson
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,373
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,224
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,220

A year ago the Kher Empire was forced to retreat, but they were not beaten. In Orion Fleet, they return with a new weapon. A huge ship driven by AI begins methodically grinding inhabited worlds to dust. This unstoppable enemy is without fear or remorse, and the Rebels begin a desperate battle just to slow its advance. Leo Blake takes Earth's first warship into space to find a counter to this deadly new attack. The Imperial Fleets take notice of Earth's interference, and they're intent upon revenge. Even if he wins, Blake might have doomed our homeworld.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Finally B.V. Larson is back!

  • By Anders on 03-03-17

If you like BV Larson’s other books this more of the same.

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

Reviewed: 01-17-18

Not the best scifi or worst. Follows BV’s story telling style and character types. More a matter of narrower taste in books I suspect, on whether or not you’ll like BV’s style.

I always thought of his scifi as fast food of the genre. Quick easy and good, but tiresome if you over indulge.

Most of his books I’ve gone through are single person perspective of a somewhat shady risk taking guy who bluffs and bumbles his way to success. I like the technology he seems to come up with, and that he doesn’t go too in-depth into it’s mechanics.

As the title states, this book will probably appeal to a narrower segment of audiences. Worth getting if you like this series and/or BV’s books in general.

  • Oathbringer

  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
  • Length: 55 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 23,159
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 21,830
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 21,779

Dalinar Kholin's Alethi armies won a fleeting victory at a terrible cost. The enemy Parshendi summoned the violent Everstorm, which now sweeps the world with destruction and in its passing awakens the once peaceful and subservient parshmen to the horror of their millennia-long enslavement by humans. While on a desperate flight to warn his family of the threat, Kaladin Stormblessed must come to grips with the fact that the newly kindled anger of the parshmen may be wholly justified.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Strong Storytelling, will upset Kaladin fans

  • By Deana on 11-16-17

Series still good.

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

Reviewed: 01-12-18

If you liked the previous books in the series you should find this a good 3rd book.

The story continues to be well written, interesting, and not overly predictable (if at all). Some important questions are answered and the setup for the next book at the end is not a cliffhanger.

If you have read other books in Sanderson’s cosmir (may not be spelled right) line you will likely appreciate the tie in to his other series (Warbreaker in particular). However, if you haven’t I don’t believe you will be lost or missing important story plot points.

The characters continue to develop and grow, and the 2 actors reading continue a excellent job.

My only gripe with the book was how king Elhokar was delt with. While his plot line has no problem story wise (doesn’t seem unbelievable or some such nonsense) I just felt like Sanderson did what he did to keep focus on the other main characters. Perhaps I am in the minority of the series fans, but Elhokar is one of my favorite characters in how he grows as a king and person. Oh well, the story doesn’t always go as expected. Still great overall.

  • Words of Radiance

  • The Stormlight Archive, Book 2
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
  • Length: 48 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 41,050
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 38,397
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 38,394

In that first volume, we were introduced to the remarkable world of Roshar, a world both alien and magical, where gigantic hurricane-like storms scour the surface every few days and life has adapted accordingly. Roshar is shared by humans and the enigmatic, humanoid Parshendi, with whom they are at war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Book !!; no let down- "Words of Radieance" shines

  • By Don Gilbert on 03-08-14

Interesting well made characters and well written story.

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

Reviewed: 12-31-17

The characters are well made and developed. They all have their strengths, weaknesses, and show growth/development which makes sense in regard to their experiences and personalities.

The story is set in a non standard fantasy world. No dwarves, elves, orcs, etc... yet is well built (perhaps better because of the originality). The author does a good job of “showing” as opposed to telling you what the world looks like, and how things work.

The story itself is well told and while not totally original (old evil comes back and new heroes must step up etc...) it does not become too stupidly predictable and things make sense as the story develops. Humor is plentiful enough yet does not diminish or pull the reader out during the serious moments.

Both story readers do an excellent job of acting out the characters and giving distinctive voices to different characters.

  • Cartwright's Cavaliers

  • The Revelations Cycle, Book 1
  • By: Mark Wandrey
  • Narrated by: Craig Good
  • Length: 12 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,001
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 926
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 927

Heir to one of the leading "Four Horsemen" mercenary companies, Jim Cartwright is having a bad year. Having failed his high school VOWS tests, he's just learned his mother bankrupted the family company before disappearing, robbing him of his Cavalier birthright. But the Horsemen of eras past were smart - they left a legacy of equipment Jim can use to complete the next contract and resurrect the company.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Don't give up on the book because of the monotone

  • By Eleanor C Mccrary on 04-23-17

Not what I was lead to believe, just nerd fanfic.

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

Reviewed: 12-07-17

Book summary and others reviews lead me to believe this would be a underdog comeback military scifi. Instead I got a nerd/geek daydream fantasy, with a child’s take on war, tactics, and equipment.

While the story setup showed potential it quickly fell apart. First off, a rich fat boy of a famous organization would not be shunned in school. A rich, famous fat boy’s school problems should have been finding his true friends/supporters amongst a sea of parasites trying to get close to power and wealth.

Next, a true underdog story would have Jim struggle to accumulate assets, men, and respect. I was expecting Jim to be a “brain” who slowly proves his ability to lead and fight. This story had no true struggle or accomplishment. He lost his money and was sad but then, with no work on his own, money/assets and loyal people pop out of nowhere and give him a new company.

Third, I was lead to believe this would be a military scifi story. This means tactics and future tech to match. There are virtually no tactics and the tech is... stupid. Charge the enemy in big robot/armor suits with “fancy tech name” but just normal 21st cent guns/bombs functionality weapons. The scary ancient weapon of power—> big monster... rwaaarh. I sensed Pacific Rim storyline rip off. And like Pacific Rim a dumb childish solution to fight big monsters is a big dumb mech suit.

Don’t get me wrong, I like mechs and have heard/read good stories with them. Those stories utilized the mech suits with combined arms and future tech weapons. This on the other hand, while not in this story yet, hints that the best weapon of the mech suit is a “power sword.” You know, so you can blindly charge the super dragon to slay it, and rescue your princess. Please people, if you have the tech to make a “power sword” you should have the tech to make a gun which shoots “power sword” bullets.

There are the other nerd/geek daydream fantasies story problems as well such as: hot young girl just automatically likes the protagonist, pop culture references to current day stuff (which really will not survive to the future as they are disappearing already), protagonist is the “chosen one” (so the author doesn’t have to come up with real storyline plots), and playing video games well translates to fighting in real combat with no real problems.

In short this is not a military scifi. It is a daydream fantasy.

Ah... mechs are cool, hey it would be cool to see a big mech fight a big monster... ya with a big sword like a knight. Sure would be cool if a hot chick just came up and threw herself at me and not care about “insert personal flaw or insecurity.” Boy sure would be cool to roam the galaxy meeting aliens and fighting in my big cool sword mech, and a bunch of gritty vets to follow my lead and cheer me on. Oh, and It would be cool to have a telepathic personal sidekick to magically fix things as, I alone in the galaxy, happen to stumble into unique situations where I’am the only one capable of solving the problem so I can be the hero... yay.

That is what this book is.

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  • Koban: When Empires Collide

  • Koban, Volume 7
  • By: Stephen W Bennett
  • Narrated by: Eric Michael Summerer
  • Length: 15 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 625
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 585
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 581

Under threat of destruction or servitude to the Empire, facing the fleets of the Ragnar, Finth, and Thack Delos, and the larger force of the Thandol, Mirikami prepares the Federation for all-out war. The Planetary Union, allied with the Federation, receives a squadron of new technology Federation Scouts equipped with gravity controlled weapons. They conduct a preemptive strike on a Thandol base. The emperor blames it on the Federation, unaware of the PU's existence, and orders simultaneous attacks.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Koban finale

  • By Kindle Customer on 10-09-17

Read to conclude story series, but alone not that interesting.

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

Reviewed: 12-01-17

I found the first couple of books interesting and fun, but as the series went on the story itself seemed to degrade. I almost stopped at the end of the krall war book but thought the new empire foe would make the story better again. I was wrong.

The overall idea and setting was still good “humans using bio/genetic tech to expand and fight various foes.” However, it suffered from a combination of the villains being too weak and poorly developed and the heroes being too powerful.

It just got to the point that I felt there was no real struggle or obstacle to overcome. Every opponent was quickly and easily defeated. When the bad guys developed a new tactic or weapon, the heroes seemed to instantly come up with a counter. Their genetic changes never came with real drawbacks or give and take. In fact the opposite happened. Their defense against a energy weapon also gave them impenetrable skin.

Towards the end I felt worse for the bad guys then support for the good guys. The Kobani seem to treat war as a game now joking and taking pride in humiliating their opponents... much like the Krall did.

When all your main characters are supermen and their opponents blind crippled but mean old ladies, a good story it does not make.

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  • Rebel Fleet

  • By: B. V. Larson
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,329
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,121
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,120

They hunt us. They bomb our worlds for target practice. A star cluster in the constellation of Orion rotates once every 1,000 years. Those who rule there have an ancient tradition: When each cycle ends, they train their fleets by spilling the blood of lesser beings. The enemy fleets are coming again. In response, the Rebel Worlds gather their starships to face the terrifying threat, and this time humanity is asked to stand with them. The last time they considered Earth, Vikings in longboats were raiding English coastlines. Today, we're less primitive. Today, we're a target.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Formulaic but entertaining

  • By B. on 02-08-17

Typical B.V.Larson style. Iike.

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

Reviewed: 11-24-17

If you’ve gotten other books by Larson and liked them you’ll like this one.

Personally I think of books by Larson as the fast food books of scifi. Fast, easy, enjoyable, but not the greatest you’ll come across. I mean this in a good way. Sometimes I’m just in the mood for his “light on scientific explanation tech, action packed, win by the seat of your pants, things just fall into place yet humorous character” story type.

True, if you spend too much time reading his books straight you’ll get sick/tired of them just like fast food. However, mixing them in here and there between other books makes for an enjoyable experience.

Again, if you like other books by Larson this is much the same style, if not you’ll likely not like this one.