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  • Grave Mistake

  • Codex Blair Series, Book 1
  • By: Izzy Shows
  • Narrated by: Gemma Dawson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 80
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 72

I am Blair Sheach, and my life will never be the same. Newfound powers don't make a hero overnight, but somehow I've become the last line of defense for the city of London. Vampires and demons crawl the streets, magic cops suck at keeping them in line, and the easy job I took to pay my rent has turned into something far more complicated. The cheating deadbeat my client hired me to find just so happens to be the necromancer hell-bent on destroying London, and it's up to me to stop him.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A fun story and fun performance

  • By The Mysterious Amazon Customer on 08-04-17

Feels like Dresden Fan Fiction evolved

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

Reviewed: 01-25-18

While not a bad book, I felt there was a lot of elements that probably started off as a Harry Dresden Fan fiction story and was later changed for publication.

Outside of that I think the only problem was the vast amount of Paranormal entities assisting Blair. It feels as if the author could come up with a way for her to find the solution on her own so Blair had to be thrown a life line from time to time.

So, while not a great book it was a good book. l may continue the series when I have more time.

  • Death Becomes Her

  • The Kurtherian Gambit, Book 1
  • By: Michael Anderle
  • Narrated by: Emily Beresford
  • Length: 6 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,111
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,053
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,053

What you thought you knew about vampires and werewolves is wrong...so very, very, wrong. A thousand years of effort to keep the Unknown World hidden is unraveling and the Patriarch is tired. He needs to find someone to take over. He finds Bethany Anne.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable - Worth the Credit

  • By IreneMBBT on 02-13-17

Very amateur - reads like an RPG from High School

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

Reviewed: 08-14-17

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

The only people who would enjoy the book are those with the emotional maturity of a Sophomore Boy in High school. Or, if you still like really bad 80's movies with Brigitte Nielsen or Pam Grier.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Something that was NOT a first novel written by someone who has an obvious fetish with strong women being able to rip limbs off your body. (Seriously, she seems to do this in every fight and threatens to do it in between fights)

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Yeah, the Narrator was fine. The story was just one dimensional and the main character is such a Mary Sue she might as well be named Susan Merry.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Frustration that this was published at all. Disappointment that good books go unpublished and somehow this does. Anger that there is a series of this which means the first one sold enough to continue the franchise. Sadness that it really did get worse and worse with each chapter.

Any additional comments?

This book uses so many tropes it's almost a check list of them. Really does read like a bad 80's Actions movie complete with a female lead who has to prove she has the biggest ___ of all the men. The cherry on top are male villains who may be a hundred year old vampire but still soo dumb they stop and look at a pair of naked breasts when fleeing for their lives discounting any notion towards Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs. Basically this is what I'd expect to see if Stephanie Meyers were a dude when Twilight was written. It includes the main character using phrases like "Wished those two would do the horizontal mambo and get it over with..." Who talks like that? Especially when it's internal dialog.

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  • Calamity

  • The Reckoners, Book 3
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,709
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 17,283
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,250

When Calamity lit up the sky, the Epics were born. David's fate has been tied to their villainy ever since that historic night. Steelheart killed his father. Firefight stole his heart. And now Regalia has turned his closest ally into a dangerous enemy. David knew Prof's secret and kept it even when Prof struggled to control the effects of his Epic powers. But facing Obliteration in Babilar was too much. Once the Reckoners' leader, Prof has now embraced his Epic destiny.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Climactic Battles Second Chances? as Calamity Ends

  • By Don Gilbert on 02-18-16

The Most Human Metahumans

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

Reviewed: 06-03-16

Brandon Sanderson has done it again. He manages to make even superheroes , very humid. I find myself amazed at the level of detail regarding the backstory of the characters and how it shapes who they become and who they don't want to be.

  • The Undead Pool

  • The Hollows, Book 12
  • By: Kim Harrison
  • Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
  • Length: 16 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,041
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,778
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,783

Witch and day-walking demon Rachel Morgan knows magic - earth, ley line, even the forbidden demon magic - and that knowledge has saved her life more than once. But now something - or someone - is attacking Cincinnati and the Hollows, causing spells to backfire or go horribly wrong while living vampires attack humans and Inderlanders alike. The pressures build when the city is quarantined to contain the unreliable magic, and Rachel must stop the attacks before the undead vampire masters who keep the rest of the undead under control are lost and it becomes all-out supernatural war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unbelievably Satisfying!

  • By Kindle Customer on 02-28-14

Deus Ex Machina Pool makes a better title.

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

Reviewed: 02-10-15

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

This would have been a better book if the concepts in it had been introduce, even in the slightest, at least 5 novels ago. The whole plot of this book seems to just come out of nowhere. In fact, this book is only good if you think of it as a very long prequel to the next book that follows.

Has The Undead Pool turned you off from other books in this genre?

No. I just don't think the genre is bad or the writing is bad, The material just comes out of nowhere and Rachel does little but play catch up all the time.

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

She bring the book the life the way no one else can. No really, they changed narrators for one book and it was horrible.

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

At least it is the second to last book.

  • Metro 2033

  • By: Dmitry Glukhovsky
  • Narrated by: Rupert Degas
  • Length: 20 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,386
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,165
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,169

The year is 2033. The world has been reduced to rubble. Humanity is nearly extinct and the half-destroyed cities have become uninhabitable through radiation. Beyond their boundaries, they say, lie endless burned-out deserts and the remains of splintered forests. Survivors still remember the past greatness of humankind, but the last remains of civilisation have already become a distant memory. Man has handed over stewardship of the earth to new life-forms. A few score thousand survivors live on, not knowing whether they are the only ones left on Earth....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Almost gave up, glad I finished

  • By Amazon shopper on 05-04-17

Good idea but boring book

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

Reviewed: 07-27-14

Would you try another book from Dmitry Glukhovsky and/or Rupert Degas?

I might try another Dmitry Glukhovsky book because this is his first novel. The story had a lot of potential it just failed to execute anything. I was bored through most of it as the main character is just a passenger in this story and it isn't until the last quarter of the book that the point of him being a passenger in the story is given ANY justification. But despite that, the reasoning is rather flawed and still make the main character nothing but a lens to view this world (dare I call it a story).

What do you think your next listen will be?

Well, since I didn't think I could have anything more than Monster Hunter International I might give Larry Coreia as second try.

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

Nope. But he does well to keep each character unique this his voices, which is important because no one has any distinguishing characteristics otherwise.

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

It's a unique setting. I liked the back story to how the world ended up the way it did. I didn't read anything this book a prologue chapter couldn't have told me.

Any additional comments?

I don't understand the hype of this book. It's 19 chapters of world building with the main character doing nothing but being someone we follow along through the story of. Then one chapter of action with so little clarity that I had to listen to sections over and over to figure out when certain characters died or were wounded. I'm glad they made a video game of this, because the world building is great. But a script adaptation could be a one man play with cardboard cut outs that the main character just reacts to and you'd have the same effect. I did like the little bit of philosophy thrown in at the very, very, VERY end. But if you've read Ender's Game you should save yourself some time and re-read Ender's Game.

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  • Storm Born

  • Dark Swan, Book 1
  • By: Richelle Mead
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Van Dyck
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,461
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,074
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,082

Eugenie Markham is a powerful shaman who does a brisk trade banishing spirits and fey who cross into the mortal world. Mercenary, yes, but a girl's got to eat. Her most recent case, however, is enough to ruin her appetite. Hired to find a teenager who has been taken to the Otherworld, Eugenie comes face to face with a startling prophecy - one that uncovers dark secrets about her past and claims that Eugenie's first-born will threaten the future of the world as she knows it.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Definitely not one of Mead's best books

  • By Karissa Eckert on 07-29-13

If you are a Kim Harrison fan...

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

Reviewed: 04-22-14

What would have made Storm Born better?

I'm a fan of other Richelle Mead books but this one would make a for a "good" Kim Harrison novel and I'm not exactly a fan of Harrison's storytelling. So "bad" Richelle Mead is "good" Kim Harrison? This reads like an extended prologue and by the end of it Eugenie has so much raw power and personal influence that it makes you wonder why we even bothered being introduced to her shared home life and her "day job".

Would you be willing to try another book from Richelle Mead? Why or why not?

As I said, I'm already a fan. I just feel this series is already off on the wrong start. Normally Mead's characters (Kinkaid and Rose) are far more balanced. Eugenie is about the biggest Mary Sue I've seen. If not for Mead then for someone. Her power is unrivaled for the most part and this is the START of the story? It's like introducing Luke Skywalker with the power of Darth Vader and the Emperor combined then hinting that he has the potential to grow stronger.

Have you listened to any of Jennifer Van Dyck’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Her performance is decent for the material. I wouldn't mind listening to her read better written works.

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

There actually WAS a plot twist, and it has the best personification of Persephone (the Iron Queen) I've seen in modern literature thus far. Too many people have painted her in a light that betrays the awesomeness that is the Queen of the Dead.

Any additional comments?

I'm still not sure what the point of this story was. It's almost like an entire series of books (akin to the Hallows series as a whole) was condensed and shoved into one book that leaves almost no room for real growth OR this was simply the published back story for the character Mead wanted to put in the books that follows this. Either way, the execution is off.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • My Life as a White Trash Zombie

  • By: Diana Rowland
  • Narrated by: Allison McLemore
  • Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,576
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,249
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,254

Teenage delinquent Angel Crawford lives with her redneck father in the swamps of southern Louisiana. She's a high school dropout, addicted to drugs and alcohol, and has a police record a mile long. But when she's made into a zombie after a car crash, her addictions disappear, except for her all-consuming need to stay "alive".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It's Not F**king Rocket Science

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 09-22-13

Angel is the Redneck-Lestat of Zombies. No really!

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

Reviewed: 04-09-13

What Anne Rice did for Vampires, Diana Rowland does for Zombies. This book is fun and Rowland's attention and commitment to the character make this not only a great read but a good example of how to write first person fiction. Angel, being "white trash" (in her words) doesn't just walk into a room and describe things in elegant verbiage to keep the action moving, but instead fumbled for how to explain what formaldehyde smells like to someone who doesn't know what formaldehyde is. She even take the opportunity to expand on her character's detailed background. The character evolution, the story progression and this new form of Zombie mythos make for an excellent read.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Last Bastion of the Living

  • A Futuristic Zombie Novel
  • By: Rhiannon Frater
  • Narrated by: Kristin Allison
  • Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 390
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 356
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 356

A walled city surrounded by lush land, protected by high mountain summits, and fortified by a massive gate to secure the only pass into the valley, The Bastion remained humanity's last hope against the fearsome undead creatures known as the Inferi Scourge. On one fateful day, the valley gate failed and the Inferi Scourge overran and destroyed the human settlements outside the walls, trapping the remaining survivors inside the city. Now, decades later, the last remaining humans are struggling to survive....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • better than expected!

  • By Mike Naka on 12-31-13

Brilliant telling of Zombies in the Future

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

Reviewed: 01-10-13

As a whole, this book is outstanding. Character's are clearly defined and both their motives and actions seem to evolve organically though I don't seem to care for all of them as much as I think I should. The action is well paced and doesn't devolve into a boring "play by play". Frater has a strong grasp on her world and there is a very rich back story put in place. This feels it could be the setting for a whole new series of books taking place in the same world. Military. Action. Hard Sci-Fi. Zombies. Political Intrigue. It's all in there so there's something for every genre fan. Ironically this selling point is also it's biggest weakness because problems start to arise when a few of the "big reveal" moments seem cheap or forced. More foreshadow or just a hint earlier on would have probably set up those moments a little better, instead of feeling like seasoning added after the duck was already cooked. It's still a good book and a unique take on the Zombie mythos that has something for everyone, regardless of the type of story you usually get into and stands strong as a sum of it's various parts.

  • Zombie Fallout

  • Zombie Fallout, Book 1
  • By: Mark Tufo
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,881
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,426
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,448

This is the story of Michael Talbot, his family, and his friends: a band of ordinary people trying to get by in extraordinary times. When disaster strikes, Mike, a self-proclaimed survivalist, does his best to ensure the safety and security of those he cares for. Book one of the Zombie Fallout Trilogy follows our lead character at his self-deprecating, sarcastic best. What he encounters along the way leads him down a long dark road, always skirting the edge of insanity.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I Was Scared All The Way Down To My Meat And

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 05-26-13

If the Walking Dead[TV] was a Sitcom...

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

Reviewed: 01-02-13

There are a lot of Zombie novels out there, so why this one? Because it's fun! Tufo manages to give us a protagonist who's facing a horde of Zombies while keeping his priorities straight like the fact that he arms his kids with guns for back up but has to promise his wife he won't get her "baby boys" killed. And then knowing hordes of Zombies are outside but his dog needs to go for a walk. This isn't a story about killing Zombies either - something else that seems to be the focus of most Zombie myth. If the Walking Dead has a Situationial Comedy on CBS it would be Zombie Fallout. The gore and tension is often mixed with humor and laugh out loud moments as Mike swears "I'm not ashamed to admit it, because that's what happened"... you get the idea.

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  • A Plague Upon Your Family

  • Zombie Fallout, Book 2
  • By: Mark Tufo
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,438
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,147
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,153

The Talbots are evacuating their home amidst a zombie apocalypse. Mankind is on the edge of extinction as a new dominant, mindless opponent scours the landscape in search of food, which just so happens to be noninfected humans. The Talbots have escaped Little Turtle, but to what end? On the run, they find themselves encountering a far vaster evil than the one that has already beset them. As they travel across the countryside they soon learn that there are more than just zombies to be fearful of....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An excellent sequel

  • By Theodore on 11-24-12

Tufo is a fun writer so my fear is for the plot

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

Reviewed: 01-02-13

Let me start by saying I like Tufo's writing. I like the character and the world he'd created in the first novel. Mike is a great protagonist for a Zombie infested world because all of his bravado is tempered by being a family man who knows his wife's in charge. I love Tufo's pacing, and once you get into this book, like the first, it's hard to put down. That said, I have to take off some stars for a few things but I'm getting really picky here; First is the glaring pov changes. In the first book Tufo made them work, but if this is supposed to be the second journal of Mike Talbot there should have been more explanation as to why we are suddenly following two characters Mike never seems to hear the story of. Little things like that just come across as "lazy writing". This bring me to my second problem, in that references were made to Mike's "first journal" but indicates he lost it before the final chapters could have been finished - I usually expect a writer to start breaking their own continuity, but not in the second book. These two things just made me feel like this story was rushed to publication. Unlike the first book where things were shoehorned into place, this one just tried to cover it up with a lamp shade. I'm not a fan of Deus Ex Machina and while there were a few slipped into the main plot I almost feel a big one is put in place to end this novel. As for the story, this one tires to introduce something new and at the the risk of being a spoiler, it's in the prologue. Vampires are in Tufo's world, but they aren't vampires like you know them. It makes sense as this is a book about the UNdead but there is no big lead in or foreshadow. You open the book and here's a vampire. It just feels like Tufo dropping in a new plot element for the sake of dropping in a plot element.
All that said, this was still a good book and I'm going to read/listen to the next one. Again, i like the characters and Tufo's writing but I'm starting to feel more afraid for the fate of the plot than the characters.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful