Acadia, the last human city. For 200 years, vicious creatures have laid siege to the city, leaving the land rough with the bodies of the fallen. For Cojax, training to become a defender of the city is his greatest ambition. That all changes when a girl from outside the city walls appears - from a land that supposedly held no life. Her presence threatens to undermine the entire society, putting Cojax in an impossible situation. He must now choose between what is right and what is necessary for humanity to survive.
Epic! Totally epic. What an assume character driven novel. I was sucked right in to this story from the get-go and the world building is outstanding. The narrator did a fine job as well. Seriously you guys, if you listen to one audiobook this year make sure this is it. Couldn't stop listening. Great job Sterling Nixon!
In a galaxy tied together by the magic of the elite Jump Magi, Damien Montgomery is a newly graduated member of their number. With no family or connections to find a ship, he is forced into service on an interstellar freighter known to be hunted by pirates. When he takes drastic action to save the Blue Jay from their pursuers, he sets in motion a sequence of events beyond his control and attracts enemies on both sides of the law.
I kindled this book a while back and liked it enough to add some voices to the characters. This is a very well written fantasy/space opera combining magic(mages) with some excellent space action. The flow of the story was smooth and steady with no disruptive jarring. I don't think I hit the rewind button once.which is very impressive considering my weak-ass attention span. Jefferey Kafer gives an above average performance with the voicing. Sometimes the 1st book in a series can be pretty weak but not so in this case. Glynn Stewart starts off this series with a BANG! Oh yeah, no cliffhanger ending. The story has a solid ending but you'll still want more. I think it's worth a credit/$. Good job Glynn..
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Freeman is a genius with an uncommon mixture of memory, intelligence, and creativity. He lives in a worldwide utopia, but it was not always so. There was a time known as the Grind - when Freeman's people lived as slaves to another race referred to simply as "Master". They were property. But a civil rights movement emerged. Change seemed near, but the Masters refused to bend. Instead, they declared war. And lost. Now, the freed world is threatened by a virus, spread through bites, sweeping through the population. Those infected change - they are propelled to violence, driven to disperse the virus.
For all you tired Zombie fans out there that think you've heard 'em all; you haven't, there's one more twist on the "undead" genre. I know there's another book out there called "Zombies vs. Robots" or vice-versa, whatever, this book by 'JR' is head and shoulders above the other book by way of story, character development and definitely narration. R.C. Bray did a fantastic job telling the story. With most above average Zombie books the focus is on the survivors(in this case androids) and how they adapt(good or bad) to the undead situation. You can classify this book as Zombie/Horror but at it's heart it's actually a "coming of age" story about one young android in particular and the choices he makes and the lessons he learns. It's almost, dare I say, touching?
Whether you're a Z-Horror fan or just a sci/fi fan in general this is a unique solid listen that's worth the price.
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Michael J. Sullivan garnered critical raves and a massive readership for his Riyria Revelations series. The first book in his highly anticipated Riyria Chronicles series of prequels, The Crown Tower brings together warrior Hadrian Blackwater with thieving assassin Royce Melborn. The two form a less-than-friendly pairing, but the quest before them has a rare prize indeed, and if they can breach the supposedly impregnable walls of the Crown Tower, their names will be legend.
"Traditional" fantasy is usually not my thing but I was utterly blown away by this character driven "buddy" book. To let you know just how much I enjoyed this book I finished all 12+ hours in one day. Great story telling and the narration by Tim Reynolds couldn't be better. As bad as I want to move on to the second prequel, 'The Rose And The Thorn' I'm going to jump ahead to the legitimate beginning, 'The Riyria Revelations' - I think prequels are better when you've listened to the oringinal series first.
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Tommy Scarred Wolf thought he had smelled the powder for the last time ten years ago. Then somebody messed with his family. With no government willing or able to help out, it's up to Tommy and his detective brother, Vince, to find Vince's kidnapped daughter halfway around the world. But rescuing her is going to take funding, firepower, and friends. Fortunately, Tommy knows some shooters just crazy enough to tag along.
Great sequel! The bad-ass band of homicidal misfits are back together for another testosterone fueled adventure through the pirate infested oceans, cities and jungles of Indonesia. In this sequel to "Hell and Gone" Henry Brown really sharpens his writing with a much improved "flow" and a much improved story arc. "Tier Zero" is much more character driven(and developed)than its predecessor focusing a little more on the people rather than the action but don't worry, this is a Henry Brown book, there's still enough blood, bullets and guts to keep even the most hardcore action junkies drooling - just look at the cover art. These books have a kinda old-school "pulpy' feel to them that I really like but don't see(or hear) that much of anymore. The narrator did another outstanding job with the characters both male and female. Don't worry if you haven't read "Hell and Gone", this book can easily be read as a stand alone. Assume book overall!
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Forcibly conscripted into an alien training program as a child, nineteen-year-old Sam Locklear has grown up on an alien planet. Smart and charismatic, he has become one of their favorite cadets, but although he's come to trust a few of the aliens, he isn't blind to their harsh treatment of Earth.
You see that, I rhymed my headline - impressed? Anyway, after reading the summary I really thought I would enjoy this book but honestly it didn't do all that much for me. At first glance this book reminded me a lot of "Forging Zero"( which I really liked) so I thought what the hell, sounds good, I'll give it a shot - I chose poorly. Don't get me wrong, it's a very well written "Alien Invasion" story and the characters are well developed but after finishing the book I thought it was just a little too "Y.A.-ish" for my taste. If I had to describe this book to someone I would say that "Manipulate" is "Forging Zero's" virgin little brother with the latter being more violent and gritty. I still gave "Manipulate" a 4 star rating because I cannot give a bad rating to a book for something that's my fault - I knew it was geared for a younger audience going in and I purchased it anyway. Look, it's a really good book, just not dark enough for me.
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Gregory Lamberson’s well-reviewed first story in his exciting, dark new series The Jake Helman Files (which also includes the second novel, Desperate Souls) is a genre-bender that mixes suspense and horror. When Jake Helman, an elite member of the New York Special Homicide Task Force, faces up against an addiction to cocaine and an elusive serial killer, he finds that the pressure might be too much.
I like Horror, I like Urban Fantasy and I like Detective Stories. This book is a highly stylized blend of my three favorite genres but at it's core it remains a Horror story(mostly). I really like the protagonist's(Jake Helman) "never say die" attitude - he gets his ass kicked throughout the entire story and his whole world goes to sh*t but he keeps on fighting. The story has a good "flow" to it and the supporting characters are well constructed. I though the narrator did a fantastic job with the voicing. This is one of the more original stories I've heard from Audible. As far as "book 1's" go I am impressed enough "Personal Demons" to move onto book 2 in the series with no hesitation. Listen to the "sampler" and see if you like it.
Ex-cop turned private investigator Robert Hoskins always enjoyed the stories his grandmother had told him as a child, stories of the Dryad that lived in the tree, the Faeries in the garden, and the magical world that was created in his imagination. He always enjoyed them; he just never thought that they were true. Robert's childhood world of magic becomes real when a chance encounter with a local casino mob boss introduces him to the world he was born into, the world that was hidden from him, the world of the Fae.
Another winner! I actually found this book on "Amazon" while browsing the kindle selection and was glad to see it was available on audible. For Tom Keller's first effort it's hard to believe how solid and well written this novel is. This book is slightly unique compared to other magic oriented UF novels because in this story the protagonist, "Robert" has lived his whole life without ever knowing or using his magical capabilities. "Robert" learns that he is actually a very powerful "high Fae" (basically a God) and with the help of his Aunt and some new found friends he slowly learns how to use his magic and he discovers (to the extreme shock of everyone around him) just how powerful he is. What I like most about this book is that it's character driven, all the "players" in this story were interesting with very likeable personalities(even the pet dog). The narration by Andrew Roth was very good making the audio experience that much more enjoyable. I was impressed enough with this first book in the series to take a chance with book 2 when it's released. Good job Tom Keller!
If any of you guys are fans of the Iron Druid Chronicles or the Dresden Files you might want to check this book out- they're kind of along the same lines.
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This rag-tag gang of has-beens has never worked together before, but Dwight "Rocco" Cavarra has less than a week to train them and lead them on the hairiest operation of their lives. It's not bad enough that they have to plow through an African civil war, infiltrate a fortified terrorist encampment and steal a black market tactical nuke from a mob of fanatic sociopaths - there are Israeli wild cards in play: two death-dealing Mossad agents who don't necessarily share Cavarra's agenda.
This guy can write! Great action packed "mercenary" type story with very likeable "good guys" and very dislikable "bad guys". I've read reviews from military/action writers praising Henry Brown's skills but due to my "wish list" being so full I haven't been able to listen to any of his books till' now and I seriously regret not doing it sooner. Very impressive for what I believe to be his first action book. Without a doubt I'll be listening to the sequel, "Tier Zero"- if the reviews are accurate it's suppose to be even better than "Hell and Gone". The narrator did a very good job with the dialogue-no complaints.
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Once a respected member of the Sorcerer Council and now an outcast, Blaise has spent the last year of his life working on a special magical object. The goal is to allow anyone to do magic, not just the sorcerer elite. The outcome of his quest is unlike anything he could've ever imagined - because, instead of an object, he creates Her.
I'm a little shocked by how good this story is. Yes, I do listen to novels in the fantasy genre but I usually swing towards dark, gritty, violent, urban fantasy not the mellow kind of fantasy and definitely nothing with romance but this story was so well written, so engrossing, I didn't care about a little romance. And to all you people out there that don't like romance novels(like myself) let me make something clear, this is NOT a romance novel, this is a story about sorcerers and magic with a little romance tossed in for color so don't worry. At no time while listening to this story did I get that disgusting "sqooshy" feeling. This is one of those stories that once you start listening it's very hard to stop! The narrator(Emily Durante) did a great job throughout the book.
Thanks to all your reviews(and the reviews of Goodreads and Amazon) I rarely purchase a bad audiobook which is the reason I give a lot of 4 and 5 star ratings. My point is I believe my rating for this book(as well as my others) is definitely justified! I'll be waitin' for book 2.
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