Set in a small Cotswold town, Inspector Hobbes and the Blood is a fast-paced comedy cozy mystery fantasy about the adventures of Andy, an incompetent reporter, when he is reluctantly working with Inspector Hobbes, a police detective with a reputation. Andy soon finds himself immersed in a world where not everyone is human, and a late-night visit to a churchyard nearly results in grave consequences, and a ghoulish outcome. An accidental fire leads to Andy having to doss in Hobbes's spare room.
There was something very much approaching a Gaiman tale here- sinister settings and plotlines but with lovable characters you'll care about and themes of virtue and kindness endemic throughout. The witty banter and double entendres were a hoot. And to ice this cake the narration was outstanding- a deep resonant voice with a very capable vocal range brought the characters to life. Highly enjoyed it.
Months have passed since Tyrus ended a decade of war between Turine and Genesha by destroying the Geneshan's sorcerous artifact. He had hoped that taking his family south would grant him the peace he desired, but even in the Southern Kingdoms, war welcomes him instead. Ava strikes a deal with the Southern Kingdom leaders to protect her brother, taking his place in their fight to protect their lands from invading forces. Having spent her adult life entrenched in battle, Ava doesn't hold any illusions as to what awaits her.
I enjoyed the first 3 books. This felt like a forced addition that bore little resemblance to the trilogy. The 3 books were centered around the problem of dealing with a magical artifact and the ensuing chaos. They held a good storyline, appropriate arc and a satisfactory resolution. This book had many of the same characters dealing with life after war and some being drawn into a different conflict with unstable allies and ill defined enemies. In the end the conclusions were not satisfying and I'd lost a lot of respect and affection for the characters who were involved in a story I cared very little about. I wish I'd stopped listening after the third book.
I have never seen plague bring a man back from the dead. Nor do I know of any sickness, in England or upon the continent, that gives its victims a taste for living flesh. So declares Sir Edward Dallingridge, a noble knight whose years defending England on the battlefield haven't prepared him to face an enemy as chilling - and relentless - as the living dead. But even as his countrymen flee in horror, Sir Edward rides straight into the unholy infestation. For his lady love lies trapped behind a hundred miles of fiendish terror, and nothing will keep him from her.
If you like Gothic romances there are stories for that. If you prefer nonstop, nail biting adventure you can find the like. If ribaldry and uproarious situations laced with rotf one-liners tickle your fancy there are novels that slake that thirst. And if you prefer the convenience of getting all those things in a single tale then look no further. Calas has you covered. Wade into this medieval melee. You'll be so glad you did!
The young nation of Fatrasta is a turbulent place - a frontier destination for criminals, fortune hunters, brave settlers, and sorcerers seeking relics of the past. Only the iron will of the lady chancellor and her secret police holds the capital city of Landfall together against the unrest of an oppressed population and the machinations of powerful empires.
For those who've been waiting for more from the Powder Mage universe, your patience had been rewarded! Plots within plots as old alliances are put to the test and new foes arise. Believable characters, compelling storyline and the explosive action you'd expect from a McClellan novel. What are you waiting for? The fuse is burning...
When an elephant escapes from the London Zoological Gardens, Holmes and Watson become embroiled in one of their strangest cases yet. Engaged by a jeweler in fear for his life, the trail leads Sherlock to two secret societies, each pursuing the eight ruby elephants said to unlock a vault containing the lost Nizam diamond. Standing in his way are some deadly foes: the Archangels, assassins in top hats and tailcoats, hell-bent on the murder of the great detective and the acquisition of the treasures of the realm.
It was hard to appreciate the story because of the awkward narration. I've heard worse but a bad narrator can do untold damage to a good book.
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For over a century, humans, dwarves, gnomes, and elves have lived together in relative peace. But times have changed, the uneasy peace is over, and now the races are fighting once again. The only good elf, it seems, is a dead elf. Geralt of Rivia, the cunning assassin known as The Witcher, has been waiting for the birth of a prophesied child. This child has the power to change the world - for good, or for evil.
A young girl prepares for what's coming... and that's the entire story. Seriously, that's it. She's trained by different people in different places and all of it in preparation for the dark days ahead. And then... you're done. Buy the next book please. Ah, no thanks.
Someone wants to kill Mari, a young steam mechanic in the guild that controls all technology. She has learned that her world of Dematr is headed for a catastrophe that will destroy civilization and that mages really can alter reality for short periods. Someone also wants to kill Alain, a young mage who has learned that mechanics are not frauds, as his guild teaches, and that mechanic Mari is the only person who can prevent the oncoming disaster.
Do yourself a favor and use the Audible playback speed feature to get through this drivel. Or better yet, save your credit. The story was completely predictable and yet amazingly vapid. It story arc crawled along arriving eventually at nowhere. But most of all, the dialogue between the two protagonists was claw-out-your-eyeballs tedious! The characters were so deliberately obtuse and the misunderstandings so completely contrived that I quickly lost all interest in their person, their relationship, and their world. Spare yourself this drudgery!
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A half-zythian bard named Vanx is in chains for bedding the Duchess of Highlake. The Duke wants him dead, but his wife secretly sent their daughter to buy his freedom from the slave markets. This is bad news, for bad things can happen to an ill-guarded caravan in the mountains....
I tried but could not get past the awful narration. The voice was grating, the characterizations were puerile, and the story flowed like a desert wadi in summer. And I beg you sir, if you ever get another narrating job without first taking a remedial acting class , please don't interject another attempt at improvised laughter (or until you can make a sound that doesn't resemble a laryngitic weasel choking down a chicken bone).
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Long after the last of the great heroes of old has died, the Undead King is stirring again, amassing a goblin horde ready to sweep out of the mountains and destroy all of humanity. The only thing preventing utter annihilation is Edmund - a stuttering librarian who knows a secret, a secret that every thief, assassin, and king would kill to have. Fleeing from relentless peril, Edmund wages a solitary battle against an ancient evil. But how can one man succeed when so many before him have failed?
Where does Riddle in Stone rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
Undeniably engaging. Irrefutably endearing. I realize that this story is a dark fantasy but I couldn't help but find Riddle in Stone to be infused with a hobbit-esque charm that drew me in and enveloped me in it's world. I've plodded through too many fantasy novels of late with their stilted dialogue, gratuitous magic and cutout characters to not appreciate a novel like this one. I particularly enjoyed the inner dialogue of the protagonist,Edmund. Through it the author successfully shows us how Edmund's choices, day by day, help him to become the person he has always dreamed he could be. Like Bilbo before him, Edmund must decide whether to set his foot outside his comfortable home, not knowing where the road will lead. As the Greek philosopher Herodotus said: It is better by noble boldness to run the risk of being subject to half the evils we anticipate than to remain in cowardly listlessness for fear of what might happen. Edmund's boldness may not be noble and it may not be much to begin with. But it's a start. And good for him taking that first step. And good for all those, like Edmund, who shrug off cowardly listlessness. And good for everyone who enters into Edmund's world. They won't be disappointed.
Blood and Steel begins the story of Cor Pelson. You see, Cor is a Dahken - a race of magical warriors long though dead by both the beneficent priests of the Shining West and the necromancers of the Loszian Empire. Shortly after he was born Cor changed - the coughing attacks came, and his skin changed to the gray of a corpse. He is different, and there were those who took notice.
What disappointed you about Blood and Steel?
I'm sorry to have to rate the content as average because for all I know it's an excellent story. Unfortunately I'm forced to rate it. I was simply unable to suffer past the auricular dissonance of the first chapter. I feel bad for authors who get stuck with simply awful narration. It's not just that bad narration can hurt a good book; sometimes it can render it inaudible.
Would you recommend Blood and Steel to your friends? Why or why not?
Maybe in Kindle format
What didn’t you like about Andy Babinski’s performance?
It wasn't just the heavy nasal inflection that made this narration so irritating. Babinski has this annoying tendency of drawing out the final consonant of certain words (seemingly at random). Is there really such a dearth of decent narrators that publishers have to hire Mr. Snuffleupagus? And is Sesame Street ok with their characters moonlighting?
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