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  • Unchained

  • Feathers and Fire, Book 1
  • By: Shayne Silvers
  • Narrated by: Linnea Sage
  • Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 293
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 267
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 268

My name is Callie Penrose - and I'm a rookie spell-slinger from Kansas City. I work part-time for the Vatican Shepherds, hunting monsters for them, but you won't find me in the pews on Sundays. Not really my thing. But when my boss is injured by a werewolf, it's time for me to put my big girl pants on. Because the Spear of Longinus - the one that allegedly stabbed Jesus on the Cross - has surfaced, and it's going up for auction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great book dull reader

  • By Dark on 02-25-18

Wanted to love it but ........meh

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

Reviewed: 01-10-18

Let me start off by saying that Shayne's Nate Temple series is one of my favorites of all time! This is an expansion on that same universe, so....... I had big hopes! It unfortunately fell far short.

The narration was terrible! I have to agree with a previous review that Callie sounds like a winy teenager most of the time (not solely the narrators fault). Also the recording quality was horrendous!! I could here car alarms, sirens, etc in the background. Sounded like it was recorded in a bedroom on a busy street! I strongly recommend a new voice for Cali!

Secondly, this is just my preference. The internal monologue was very difficult to listen to. Again, sounded like an angsty teen rather that a B.A. woman in her mid twenties. IF the writing of the next book is more inline with how she is portrayed in the Temple series, I'll give it a go.

SO much potential..........just hope it can be turned around!!

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • A Plague of Giants

  • By: Kevin Hearne
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels, Xe Sands
  • Length: 22 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,718
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,571
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,552

Mother and warrior. Scholar and spy. Rebel and hero. Set in a magical world of terror and wonder, this audiobook is a deeply felt epic of courage and war, in which the fates of these three characters intertwine - and where ordinary people become heroes, and their lives become legend.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining but dissapointing

  • By Roland on 11-20-17

Disappointing!!!

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

Reviewed: 11-06-17

Huge fan of Hearne's other works! Really missed the mark with this one. I tried several times to give this a chance but just couldn't do it. If you are expecting classic Hearne, save your credit and move on.

19 of 21 people found this review helpful

  • The Kill Society

  • A Sandman Slim Novel
  • By: Richard Kadrey
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,103
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,037
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,034

Sandman Slim has been to Heaven and Hell and many places in between, but now he finds himself in an unknown land: the far, far edge of the Tenebrae, the desolate home of the lost dead. Making his way inland with nothing but his unerring instinct for trouble to guide him, he collides with a caravan of the damned on a mysterious crusade, led by the ruthless Magistrate. Alone and with no clue how to get back home, he throws in with this brutal bunch made up of human souls, Hellion deserters, rogue angels - and Father Traven.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 stars as usual

  • By Think about this on 06-15-17

And.......He's Back!!

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

Reviewed: 06-13-17

Where does The Kill Society rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The Sandman Slim series is number 1 on my list! After a couple of weak showings we have good old Stark back again!

What did you like best about this story?

I loved the fact he wasn't someone else's lackey anymore!

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

MacLeod is as good as it gets. Always a pleasure to listen to one of his narrations.

Any additional comments?

Very excited to what happens next.......Sandman Slim with The Room of 13 Doors again!!!!!!!!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Trailer Park Fae

  • Gallow and Ragged, Book 1
  • By: Lilith Saintcrow
  • Narrated by: Joe Knezevich
  • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 147
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 134
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 135

Jeremiah Gallow is just another construction worker, and that's the way he likes it. He's left his past behind, but some things cannot be erased. Like the tattoos on his arms that transform into a weapon or that he was once closer to the Queen of Summer than any half human should be. Now the half-sidhe all in Summer once feared is dragged back into the world of enchantment, danger, and fickle fae - by a woman who looks uncannily like his dead wife.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Hard to follow

  • By Brian Vaughn on 07-15-15

Someone loves their thesaurus!

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

Reviewed: 10-20-16

What disappointed you about Trailer Park Fae?

The books is filled with soooo much minutia!!! It makes it very taxing to listen to. I am a big fan of this genre and thought it would be in my wheel house, but it was too much. I couldn't even finish the book and I've only had that happen a very few times. Way..way...way too many adjectives use for everything. "She nipped down the alley and pressed her flesh against the weeping bricks". What the hell is that? Half of his book is unneeded descriptive detail and if it where cut out it might a good book at that point. I guess we'll never know.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Killing Pretty

  • A Sandman Slim Novel
  • By: Richard Kadrey
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,402
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,296
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,294

James Stark has met his share of demons and angels, on Earth and beyond. Now he's come face to face with the one entity few care to meet: Death. Someone has tried to kill Death - ripping the heart right out of him - or rather the body he's inhabiting. Death needs Sandman Slim's help: He believes anyone who can beat Lucifer and the old gods at their own game is the only one who can solve his murder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mr Kadrey has penned another winner!

  • By L. Brobeck on 08-01-15

It's great to have Stark back!!!

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

Reviewed: 07-31-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would, Sandman Slim is one of my favorite series' of books out.

What about MacLeod Andrews’s performance did you like?

In my humble opinion, I feel MacLeod Andrews is one of the best narrators in the game! Never disappoints and has an ability to make a good story great.

Any additional comments?

I have been waiting for this book from the minute I finished The Getaway God!! I truly enjoy Kadrey's writing and MacLeod's narration. That aside, I know this a new story arc but it falls a little short of the mark to me. Stark is kind of a little bitch in the book, taking orders like a subservient dog. I know we all have to grow up at some point but Sandman Slim needs his edge back!!! He is not only a problem solver but a bad ass and he needs that back!!! He was the Devil for Christ's sake, you don't get that job by being a pussy. Never the less I am look forward to the next one and very glad Kadrey kept the story going!!!!

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Evolution (The Divine Book 5)

  • By: M.R. Forbes
  • Narrated by: Jeff Hays
  • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 199
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 181
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 182

His name is Landon Hamilton, but to the angels and demons wrestling for control of our world he’s known simply as ‘diuscrucis’. He is the balancer, the great equalizer, a once mortal and former god who toes the line between good and evil to prevent the end of days...

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Becoming repetitive and tedious

  • By Sailfish on 09-08-15

Nailed it again!

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

Reviewed: 01-19-15

Would you listen to Evolution (The Divine Book 5) again? Why?

I truly enjoy this series! Every book has been every entertaining and Evolution is no different. I always find myself wanting the books to be longer for my own selfish reasons!!

Who was your favorite character and why?

I would have to say Landon! He's this guy with god like powers yet he is like us. He struggles to always do the right thing and to be human when he is so much more than human. He is a noble guy, but I think I would have kept a little more "juice" for myself!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Appalachian Overthrow

  • Vampire Earth, Book 10
  • By: E. E. Knight
  • Narrated by: Christian Rummel
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 142
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 131

Captured and sold to the Kurian-allied Maynes Conglomerate, to work as a slave in the coal mines of Appalachia, Ahn-Kha is angered and appalled by the dangerous working conditions, and the brutal treatment inflicted upon his fellow miners. When a protest against shortages is deliberately and bloodily suppressed, Ahn-Kha sets himself against the ruling Maynes family and sets out on a trail of vengeance through the Coal Country. Finally, the people of the Coal Country are driven to the breaking point....

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • This Audiobook is Missing a Number of Pages

  • By Laura on 04-15-13

Snooze Fest

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

Reviewed: 06-21-13

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

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What was most disappointing about E. E. Knight’s story?

I've enjoyed the series so far, but this one is incomplete and the manner is with the story is told just puts me to sleep. Save your credit.

Any additional comments?

I was looking forward to this book but in the end.......just disappointment.

  • The Rook

  • A Novel
  • By: Daniel O'Malley
  • Narrated by: Susan Duerden
  • Length: 17 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,477
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,100
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,103

Myfanwy Thomas awakes in a London park surrounded by dead bodies. With her memory gone, her only hope of survival is to trust the instructions left in her pocket by her former self. She quickly learns that she is a Rook, a high-level operative in a secret agency that protects the world from supernatural threats. But there is a mole inside the organization - and this person wants her dead.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Tale of Two Myfanwy's

  • By Tango on 03-18-13

Could hardly stand it!

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

Reviewed: 08-31-12

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Nope, story was fine but wouldn't subject anyone else to the narration.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

I could not stand the narration!!!! The characters were fine, but when it came to straight narration, it was hardly tolerable. I have had to walk away from this book several times. It’s the tempo and voice inflection in which the narrator reads, each sentence is read in a teeth grinding tempo and her voice rises at the end of each sentence. Felt like listening to a bad poem! I will never listen to a book read by this narrator again!!!!!!!!!!

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

It was not, took up time while waiting for the new MHI.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • John Carter in 'A Princess of Mars'

  • Barsoom Series, Book 1
  • By: Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 6 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,558
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,460
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,461

Civil War veteran John Carter is transported to a dying planet, where he must elude capture by giant green barbarians to rescue a Martian princess from certain doom. In this landmark of science fiction, the myths and mystery of the red planet supply a vibrant backdrop for a swashbuckling epic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Princess of Mars, Swords & Planets HIGH Adventure!

  • By Robert L. Hicks on 03-26-12

Good Read

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

Reviewed: 05-16-12

Would you try another book from Edgar Rice Burroughs and/or Scott Brick?

I believe I will finish the series, good story overall. .

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narration of Scoot Brick on this last book was less than great. He just came across as so apathetic; this isn’t the story of Eeyore on Mars. I could use a little bit of life brought to the story.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful