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Mary B. Coates

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  • Rogue

  • The Talon Saga, Book 2
  • By: Julie Kagawa
  • Narrated by: Caitlin Davies, MacLeod Andrews, Chris Patton, and others
  • Length: 12 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,040
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 950
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 946

Ember Hill left the dragon organization Talon to take her chances with rebel dragon Cobalt and his crew of rogues. But Ember can't forget the sacrifice made for her by the human boy who could have killed her - Garret Xavier Sebastian, a soldier of the dragon-slaying Order of St. George, the boy who saved her from a Talon assassin, knowing that by doing so he'd signed his own death warrant.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good Story Plot

  • By Amanda Davis on 12-28-17

Can't get enough

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

Reviewed: 11-22-18

I discovered this series on Audible channels Get Hooked series starter. They did not lie. I listened to Talon,the first book in this series and knew by the end of the first chapter they had me. Rogue , book 2 in the series did not disappoint. As I was listening to the epilog I was also purchasing the next book. The story line is a familiar one, good verses evil, verses maybe not so easy to know who is good or evil, etc. There are a lot of potential surprises yet to come as we uncover the secrets of the Order of St. George- Dragon hungers and the order of Talon- Dragons infiltrating humanity. Are the two arch enemies secretly working together to undermine the world? We have to keep listening to find out. The strength in this series lies with the characters as you discover how completely you begin to care about them. Well worth the listen.

  • Suffer the Children

  • By: Craig Dilouie
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 195
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 185
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 184

Suffer the Children presents a terrifying tale of apocalyptic fiction, as listeners are introduced to Herod's Syndrome, a devastating illness that suddenly and swiftly kills all young children across the globe. Soon, they return from the grave, and ask for blood. And with blood, they stop being dead. They continue to remain the children they once were, but only for a short time, as they need more blood to live. The average human body holds 10 pints of blood, so the inevitable question for parents everywhere becomes: How far would you go to bring your child back?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Completely Surprising, A Horrifying Delight

  • By Wendi on 11-02-14

very stephen king-esque

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

Reviewed: 08-18-18

This story is a cross between an apocalyptic event and zombies. It is a different approach, and I do like different. It was a good listen, well read, but there was no resolution and not actually a true climax to the tale. It was more like a look into a what-if scenario than a complete story. My immediate reaction when I finished it was that I liked it, but as long as it was there really wasn't much change in the events as they unraveled.

  • Johannes Cabal The Necromancer

  • By: Jonathan L. Howard
  • Narrated by: Christopher Cazenove
  • Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,322
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,984
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,984

Johannes Cabal, a brilliant scientist and notorious snob, is single-mindedly obsessed in heart and soul with raising the dead. Well, perhaps not soul.... He hastily sold his years ago in order to learn the laws of necromancy. But now, tormented by a dark secret, he travels to the fiery pits of Hell to retrieve it. Satan, who is incredibly bored these days, proposes a little wager: Johannes has one year to persuade 100 people to sign over their souls, or he will be damned forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Masterpiece Comedy

  • By Guillermo on 06-19-10

A fun read

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

Reviewed: 08-03-18

There is not much to say on this one. This was just a fun book to listen to. The narration was flawless, the characters well written, the storyline interesting. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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  • The Child Thief

  • By: Brom
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 19 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 631
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 574
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 576

The award-winning artist Brom takes us on a haunting look at the true world of Peter Pan, in his first full-length novel. From modern day New York to the dying land of Faerie, The Child Thief reveals the world of Peter Pan through the eyes of an insecure runaway who is seduced by Peter’s charm. But any dreams of a fairy wonderland are quickly replaced by the reality of life and death survival as Peter’s recruits are forced into a lethal battle in which the line between good and evil is blurred.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very well done.

  • By Elijah on 01-08-13

I read the reviews

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

Reviewed: 07-23-18

I read some of the reviews on this book before I bought it, and almost didn't. Fortunately I listened to two other stories by Brom and was hooked on his style. This is not a child's story. It is about children, specifically about Peter Pan, but it is a story for adults or young adults and older teens, who have grown up fascinated by Peter Pan and are looking to hear the real story, or one more plausible then the Disney versions. The story was good, fast paced and full of suspense and vivid descriptions. Peter is a darker version of Pan than we are familiar with, but , for those of us who are familiar with and wondered at some of the things he did and said in the original, it is a more honest portrayal of the sprite that never ages,who is self centered and self focused and has no memory for people he has known. I enjoyed this story and the narrator who read the book. I look for ward to hearing more form Brom. He has shown himself to be a thoughtful, genuine creative writer, who knows how to build suspense and weave a tale of wonder. As Hook might say, "Good Form, Brom, Good form."

  • Krampus

  • The Yule Lord
  • By: Brom
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 16 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,159
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,088
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,092

One Christmas Eve in a small hollow in Boone County, West Virginia, struggling songwriter Jesse Walker witnesses a strange spectacle: seven devilish figures chasing a man in a red suit toward a sleigh and eight reindeer. When the reindeer leap skyward, taking the sleigh, devil men, and Santa into the clouds, screams follow. Moments later, a large sack plummets back to earth, a magical sack that thrusts the down-on-his-luck singer into the clutches of the terrifying Yule Lord, Krampus.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 stars

  • By colleen on 11-17-12

A new holiday favorite

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

Reviewed: 07-17-18

Brom has created a fresh new look at the Yule Tide season. He has woven a tale peopled with believable and lovable characters, with the realistic blend of attributes, both good and "terrible". Broms Krampus leave one wishing he would, in fact, make a comeback to inspire mankind, weave magic back into the fabric of the world and teach mankind to rever Mother Earth. I was particularly interested in Brom's depiction of Santa Claus as a usurper. At Christmas, I often feel that way as well. This is the second audiobook I have purchased by Brom, but it will not be the last. definitely worth the price of the book.

  • Lost Gods

  • A Novel
  • By: Brom
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 14 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,659
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,576
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,573

Fresh out of jail and eager to start a new life, Chet Moran and his pregnant wife, Trish, leave town to begin again. But an ancient evil is looming, and what seems like a safe haven may not be all it appears. Snared and murdered by a vile, arcane horror, Chet quickly learns that pain and death are not unique to the living. Now the lives and very souls of his wife and unborn child are at stake. To save them, he must journey into the bowels of purgatory in search of a sacred key promised to restore the natural order of life and death.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting...a good listen

  • By Richard on 05-10-17

I could not stop listening

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

Reviewed: 07-05-18

From start to finish, this book was a wild ride through the imaginative world of purgatory, Peopled with believable characters, shedding light on myths and questioning the foundations of belief. I loved it. It was like a day at an amusement park, riding ever more terrifying roller coasters , never quite sure where the story would end. Buy it, read it, but maybe wait for the weekend when you can listen with out fear of missing work. You won't want to stop until you reach the conclusion. Brom is a powerful author, RC Bray a master story weaver. You will not be disappointed.

  • Infinite

  • By: Jeremy Robinson
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,676
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,113
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,095

The Galahad, a faster-than-light spacecraft, carries 50 scientists and engineers on a mission to prepare Kepler 452b, Earth's nearest habitable neighbor at 1400 light years away. With Earth no longer habitable and the Mars colony slowly failing, they are humanity's best hope. After 10 years in a failed cryogenic bed - body asleep, mind awake - William Chanokh's torture comes to an end as the fog clears, the hatch opens, and his friend and fellow hacker, Tom, greets him...by stabbing a screwdriver into his heart. This is the first time William dies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a rather complex science fiction story

  • By AudioBook Reviewer on 12-26-17

what a ride

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

Reviewed: 07-03-18

a story within a story within a story . RCBray was mastefful in his.portrayal of this lost and lonely tekie. while some of the story was prefictible it unfolded in a fresh , imaginative manner. I was at once enthralled and had to ride the ship to the conclusion. well done.

  • The Exorcist

  • 40th Anniversary Edition
  • By: William Peter Blatty
  • Narrated by: William Peter Blatty, Eliana Shaskan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,499
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,260
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,255

Four decades after it first shook the nation, then the world, William Peter Blatty's thrilling masterwork of faith and demonic possession returns in an even more powerful form. Raw and profane, shocking and blood-chilling, it remains a modern parable of good and evil and perhaps the most terrifying novel ever written.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Terrifying...

  • By Kenneth on 10-01-12

all one voice

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

Reviewed: 06-06-18

I was very disappointed in this book. I recall all the hype form the movie and was hoping the book would be bigger and better, but I was mistaken. The characters all speak with one voice, they have the same speech patterns, the same responses. Thi is in the writing, not the reading. The reader did a nice job of trying to entertain, but the writing was so trite and predictable it was impossible. The characters have no depth,t. They are cardboard like and never fully flesh out. And the mother, whois suppose to be devastated by her daughter's increasing distress never spends time with the child, does nothing to care for the child, but leaves that all to the servants. Why would a secretary be cleaning the child and changing the sheets???
The story hints that there is so much more going on, a satanic cult, and drops some hints that maybe the housekeeper or one of the priests is involved, but nothing ever comes of it. Billed as a classic, this story is more aptly a classic failure.

  • Weaveworld

  • By: Clive Barker
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 21 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 922
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 840
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 849

Clive Barker has made his mark on modern fiction by exposing all that is surreal and magical in the ordinary world - and exploring the profound and overwhelming terror that results. With its volatile mix of the fantastical and the contemporary, the everyday and the otherworldly, Weaveworld is an epic work of dark fantasy and horror - a tour de force from one of today's most forceful and imaginative artists.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enchanting

  • By gina on 07-14-17

REDUNDANT, truly a never ending story

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

Reviewed: 06-03-18

I like stories that are a little different, and Clive Barker is usually the master of different kinds of stories. Weaveworld had an interesting concept, a world hidden in the weave of a magic carpet, but the story was just too long. The characters were flat and disinteresting and the plot circular. The book could have ended in three or four different places, yet it just kept going. The language was also unnecessarily crude and, in places felt like one was reading a very bad pornography, not to mention the racist aspects throughout. overall a very unsatisfying story. I struggled through it, but wish I hadn't.

  • Zero Hour

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 5
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 17 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 21,247
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 20,014
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,914

United Nations Special Operations Command sent an elite expeditionary force of soldiers and pilots out on a simple recon mission, and somehow along the way they sparked an alien civil war. Now the not-at-all-merry band of pirates is in desperate trouble, again. Their stolen alien starship is falling apart, thousands of light years from home. The ancient alien AI they nicknamed Skippy is apparently dead, and even if they can by some miracle revive him, he might never be the same.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Monkeys kick A**, but......

  • By Beachcombers on 02-14-18

This series is to freaking awesome!!!!

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

Reviewed: 02-18-18

I love this series but now I have to wait for book 6. Yikes. I don't know if I can wait that long. The adventure just does not stop. The Characters are so real and believable. The writing is consistent and the plots hold together and it is laugh out loud funny. I total must read series. Like potato chips, you can't stop at just one.