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  • Two Tales of the Iron Druid Chronicles

  • By: Kevin Hearne
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 1 hr and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,573
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,373
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,360

Two Iron Druid short stories available in audio for the first time, narrated by Luke Daniels!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Kevin: keep writing @ Atticus & I will keep buying

  • By G. Horn on 06-01-15

Hello again, Atticus!

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

Reviewed: 11-17-17

I will review this as I listen to the two included stories in the order of the series they were meant to follow. As a side note I am trying to listen to the entire series, including short stories, in order in preparation for the release of the last book in the series coming out in April 2018.

"Kaibab Unbound":
occurs just a couple of weeks before the events of HOUNDED, book one of the series

My thoughts:
This is a great little introduction to Atticus and Oberon as well as to just what a druid is meant to do :)

I will revisit this review after I listen to the second story after I have listened to Hammered again.

The events of "A Test of Mettle" happen concurrently with book 3 of the series, HAMMERED.

My thoughts:

  • Wintersong

  • By: S. Jae-Jones
  • Narrated by: Eva Kaminsky
  • Length: 14 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 152
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 141
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 142

All her life, 19-year-old Liesl has heard tales of the beautiful, mysterious Goblin King. He is the Lord of Mischief, the Ruler Underground, and the muse around which her music is composed. Yet, as Liesl helps shoulder the burden of running her family's inn, her dreams of composition and childish fancies about the Goblin King must be set aside in favor of more practical concerns. But when her sister Kathe is taken by the goblins, Liesl journeys to their realm to rescue her sister and return her to the world above.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Muddled

  • By Ingrid on 03-13-17

Not a retelling of Labyrinth

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

Reviewed: 11-13-17

I was worried that this would be a poorly written version of the Labyrinth. Thankfully I had nothing to worry about. While the Goblin King definitely appears to look much like David Bowie the story is interesting and well written.

I enjoyed the narrator as well though I found it a little annoying that the audio wasn't better edited. I could hear her take breaths, yawn, and even a little background noise from time to time, none of which fit the story at that point in the time.

All in all it was an enjoyable book. I am not sure if I will read the follow up because I feel as if the story was complete with no need for a follow up.
“Audible 20 Review Sweepstakes Entry”

  • Dragon of Ash & Stars

  • The Autobiography of a Night Dragon
  • By: H. Leighton Dickson
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 265
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 250
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 248

Stormfall is a dragon born with a coat the color of a starry night. When a violent storm strikes his island aerie, he is carried on hurricane winds into the complicated and sometimes cruel world of men. There, his journey takes him from fisher dragon to farmer, pit-fighting dragon to warrior, each step leading him closer to a remarkable destiny. But war is coming to the land of Remus, and with it a crossroads for the Night Dragon and the young soul-boy he allows on his back.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome!! Original story line! Made my top 5

  • By Alex Sanders on 02-04-17

Black Beauty for Dragons

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

Reviewed: 02-07-17

What made the experience of listening to Dragon of Ash & Stars the most enjoyable?

I really enjoyed John Lee as the narrator. I believe he made the story that much more enjoyable for me because I felt like I really was listening to this creature tell me his tale.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Stormfall (who became so many other names) because it is his story. He had a very not human way of thinking and it was showcased well. It just wasn't a dragon with a human way of thinking, no it was very much as if the writer took time and thought about how a dragon would think. I appreciate that more than I can say.

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

I own several other books that he narrated on but have not yet listened to them.

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

I won't give away any plot points because I don't believe in doing that. But yes, I was moved while listening to this as I was definitely "in the story" thanks to the excellent narration.

Any additional comments?

To explain my headline, I compare this to Black Beauty only because we follow the life of this dragon from the moment he comes out of the shell. But it is more than that. I have a fondness for books told from the perspective of animals and this has to be the best one I have read since The Bees by Laline Paull

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Library at Mount Char

  • By: Scott Hawkins
  • Narrated by: Hillary Huber
  • Length: 16 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 920
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 844
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 848

Carolyn's not so different from the other human beings around her. After all, she was a normal American herself once. That was a long time ago, of course - before the time she calls "adoption day", when she and a dozen other children found themselves being raised by a man they learned to call Father.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Please stop comparing this to American Gods

  • By Ketil on 03-03-16

Just ... wow.

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

Reviewed: 12-08-16

Any additional comments?

I don't even know how to explain this book. I do know that I plan to go back and listen to it again because it was just that good. I know there will be things that I pick up the next time that I didn't pick up the first time. And really? It's just that good that another read through will be just as enjoyable I think.

For those of you who aren't into gore of any type, this book isn't for you. Some pretty terrible things happen. But for those of you who like the different and strange? Check this out, I highly doubt you will regret it.

  • Rise

  • A Newsflesh Collection
  • By: Mira Grant
  • Narrated by: Christine Lakin, John Glouchevitch, Nicholas Guy Smith
  • Length: 24 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 146
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 137

We had cured cancer. We had beaten the common cold. But in doing so, we created something new, something terrible that no one could stop. The infection spread, a man-made virus taking over bodies and minds, filling them with one unstoppable command...FEED.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • So Glad to get a chance to hear these read

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-21-16

Rise up while you still can!

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

Reviewed: 11-29-16

Any additional comments?

Countdown - I read this before I got this and I really enjoyed the audiobook version :)

"Everglades" - I never had read this before and I thought it was strange but I liked it.

San Diego 2014: The Last Stand of the California Browncoats - I read this a few times as an ebook and it was great having it read to me. I'm spoiled and wish I could have all of her work read to me now.

How Green This Land, How Blue This Sea - I had never gotten around to reading this even though I own the ebook. I really enjoyed this venture into the Newsflesh universe with at least one familiar character.

The Day the Dead Came to Show and Tell & Please Do Not Taunt the Octopus -- These two are being lumped together because of the blurbs by the author before these two stories. They really are companion pieces and I loved learning more about the characters in question. I have both of these as ebooks but I had never read Please Do Not Taunt the Octopus and I had thought the Day the Dead came to Show and Tell was really good but now? Listening to it? It was so much more.

All the Pretty Little Horses & Coming to You Live - These two new stories I could have ever asked for! Thank you for these Mira Grant because as a fan I needed these :))

  • Wicked Deeds on a Winter's Night: Immortals After Dark, Book 4

  • By: Kresley Cole
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,657
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,475
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,474

Bowen MacRieve of the Lykae clan was nearly destroyed when he lost the one woman meant for him. The ruthless warrior grew even colder, never taking another to his bed - until a smoldering encounter with his enemy, Mariketa the Awaited, reawakens his darkest desires. When sinister forces unite against her, the Highlander finds himself using all his strength and skill to keep her alive. Temporarily stripped of her powers, Mari is forced to take refuge with her sworn adversary. Soon passion burns between them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The title is self-explanatory i.e hot, hot, HOT!

  • By RabidReads on 12-23-14

My favorite so far!

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

Reviewed: 07-06-16

Who was your favorite character and why?

I loved the two main characters for different reasons. They both definitely left me fond for their supernatural races.

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

I definitely laughed and cried during this book.

Any additional comments?

I've enjoyed the four books I've listened to so far but this one is definitely my favorite. I have a fondness for wolves and Bowen is so very wolfy! He was hard to like at first after what we've seen of him so far in the series but this book completely redeems him in my eyes and I look forward to seeing where this series goes from here.

  • The Passage

  • The Passage Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Justin Cronin
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick, Adenrele Ojo, Abby Craden
  • Length: 36 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14,946
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,756
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,742

First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ruined Me...

  • By Calmeridian Tink on 06-25-16

You either love it, or hate it.

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

Reviewed: 03-30-16

Who was your favorite character and why?

Amy. Telling you why that is the case would give away some of the book. I don't like to spoil things for people.

Any additional comments?

I read this when it first came out and I remembered really enjoying it so recently I decided I wanted to 'read' it again and pick up the rest in the series now that the third book was so close to releasing.

This book is long but it didn't feel that way. Scott Brick does most of the narration and it is easy to get lost in the story as he speaks. There were several days at work when I glanced in surprise to see that it was indeed time to go home.

The story itself is good. There are several 'parts' to the story and in some cases the shift between those parts was quite jarring but it didn't take long to fall back into the story. I have seen others say that a little more editing to remove some of the very detailed way of writing would have been a benefit to this book but I honestly didn't find myself wanting anything to hurry up and get over with. I do remember the first time I had read it that I was a little disappointed in the ending and thinking I hope it turns into a series. Well I got that and now that I have finished The Passage I am going onto The Twelve.

Oh and by the way! Thank goodness for authors that don't romanticize vampires and turn them into something that should be feared for a change. :)

  • Flee

  • Chandler Series, Book 1
  • By: J. A. Konrath, Ann Voss Peterson
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
  • Length: 8 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 113
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 101
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 101

She's an elite spy, working for an agency so secret only three people know it exists. Trained by the best of the best, she has honed her body, her instincts, and her intellect to become the perfect weapon. Then her cover is explosively blown, and she becomes a walking bulls-eye, stalked by assassins who want the secrets she holds, and those who'd prefer she die before talking. Chandler now has twenty-four hours to thwart a kidnapping, stop a murderous psychopath, uncover the mystery of her past, retire five highly-trained contract killers, and save the world from nuclear annihilation.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • ARRRGH!! Decent Book with World's Worst Narrator

  • By Nicholas on 06-23-15

Flee: Codename: Chandler series book 1

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

Reviewed: 01-26-16

What other book might you compare Flee to and why?

I don't generally listen to 'spy' or 'assassin' stories so this is a new one for me but I enjoyed the ride.

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

I liked her as a narrator for the story. I haven't heard her before and I didn't come into it with any preconceived notions about what Chandler would sound like.

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

I don't know if I could have listened to it in one sitting. There is a lot of jargon used at times and I kinda tuned out during some of it which means breaks were needed.

Any additional comments?

Overall I enjoyed this book and will be listening to more in the series.

  • Inferno

  • Play to Live, Book 4
  • By: D. Rus
  • Narrated by: Michael Goldstrom
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,050
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,917
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,912

The fabric of reality is bursting at the seams. The gnolls' negotiators are knocking at the gates of the Kremlin. Ancient half-forgotten gods take on a new lease on life as AlterWorld's avatars. A spark of the Creator's almighty will is still alive in the hearts of millions of players, obeying the impulses of their faith and knowledge while reshaping the Universe to suit their unspoken needs. Initially AlterWorld came complete with infernal planes. So how about confronting a few demons?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • please more :)

  • By Blake on 11-02-15

LitRPG for the win!

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

Reviewed: 12-29-15

Any additional comments?

I love this series. I listened to all 4 available books in less than two weeks and I am looking for more. I didn't think I'd find another book even remotely like Ready Player One and seriously this series seems to be shaping up to be even more epic than that. There is so much more to D Rus's Play to Live series that I just wasn't expecting it. Keep writing and I'll keep reading :)

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  • AlterWorld

  • Play to Live, Book 1
  • By: D. Rus
  • Narrated by: Michael Goldstrom
  • Length: 12 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,135
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,954
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,951

A new pandemic - the perma effect - has taken over Earth of the near future. Whenever you play your favorite online game, beware: your mind might merge with the virtual world and dump its comatose host. Woe be to those stuck forever in Tetris! But some unfortunates - the handicapped and the terminally ill, shell-shocked army vets, wronged crime victims and other society misfits - choose to flee real life willingly, escaping to the limitless world of online sword and sorcery MMORPGs.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not for people who are expecting a 4.5 star book

  • By Liz on 06-06-16

Play to Live Book 1

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

Reviewed: 12-12-15

Would you listen to AlterWorld again? Why?

Yes!! It really pulled me in and made me want to listen all the time.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Max. But there are several others that I really liked. Max, as the main character, is likable and interesting.

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

I don't think so. But I enjoyed him as a performer. He made it easy to fall into the story.

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

Nothing in particular, I think the whole book just dragged me in and left me wanting more. I am not saying there aren't emotional moments, just saying I can't pinpoint only one thing to bring up and I would rather not spoil anything for anyone.

Any additional comments?

I just finished this audiobook and immediately bought the next two. No, didn't use credits, bought them. Yes, the book was that good and it reminded me of Ready Player One which I loved but as an RPG gamer I sank even further into this one. If you liked Ready Player One, read this book. If you never read Ready Player One, good lord why haven't you? And then you need to read this too.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful