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  • Scourged

  • By: Kevin Hearne
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,329
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,962
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,941

New York Times best-selling author Kevin Hearne returns with the finale to his wildly popular action-adventure series, The Iron Druid Chronicles. Two-thousand-year-old Druid Atticus O'Sullivan travels to Asgard and faces off against the Norse gods to try to prevent Ragnarok in the final battle for the fate of mankind.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not a fitting conculsion

  • By will on 04-04-18

What a great series!

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

The Iron Druid Chronicles is really one of my favorite series of all time. While this book wraps things up in a satisfying manner I hope the author revisits the series later. I need more Oberon, sausage, and all the rest. Luke Daniels was awesome as usual. He really does a fantastic job with all the different voices and accents.

  • The Grace of Kings

  • The Dandelion Dynasty
  • By: Ken Liu
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 21 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 996
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 923
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 920

Wily, charming Kuni Garu, a bandit, and stern, fearless Mata Zyndu, the son of a deposed duke, seem like polar opposites. Yet in the uprising against the emperor, the two quickly become the best of friends after a series of adventures fighting against vast conscripted armies, silk-draped airships, and shapeshifting gods.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Eastern-flavored epic fantasy

  • By Ryan on 12-27-15

Hard to get through parts but pretty good.

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

Reviewed: 12-12-16

I think this could have been a great book. It got bogged down so badly in the beginning with the world building and historical stuff that it got hard to get through nearly half of it. There was too much added to the book that was completely unnecessary to the plot. There was plenty of good parts though so by the time I got to the end I felt that it deserved the 3 stars I gave it. I'm not sure if I will read more in the series though but who knows.

  • King of the Vagabonds

  • Book Two of The Baroque Cycle
  • By: Neal Stephenson
  • Narrated by: Neal Stephenson (introduction), Simon Prebble, Kevin Pariseau
  • Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,573
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,205
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,210

A chronicle of the breathtaking exploits of "Half-Cocked Jack" Shaftoe - London street urchin-turned-legendary swashbuckling adventurer - risking life and limb for fortune and love while slowly maddening from the pox...and Eliza, rescued by Jack from a Turkish harem to become spy, confidante, and pawn of royals in order to reinvent a contentious continent through the newborn power of finance.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Less Math Fiction, More Action

  • By Dale Hurtt on 08-28-10

Just Meh

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

Reviewed: 11-18-16

I thought about giving it one star but at least parts of it were interesting. This story has no direction. No plot. Nothing. I started this series because I heard it was good and it is rated well but so far it is seriously lacking.

  • The Complete Sherlock Holmes

  • The Heirloom Collection
  • By: Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 58 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,549
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,070
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,068

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes tales are rightly ranked among the seminal works of mystery and detective fiction. Included in this collection are all four full-length Holmes novels and more than forty short masterpieces - from the inaugural adventure A Study in Scarlet to timeless favorites like “The Speckled Band” and more. At the center of each stands the iconic figure of Holmes - brilliant, eccentric, and capable of amazing feats of deductive reasoning.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Table of Contents & Audible Part/Chapter Notes

  • By SantaFePainter on 11-18-13

Enjoyable collection

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

Reviewed: 04-02-16

I enjoyed it. The writing style is a bit dated as well as some of the "science" and attitudes but these stories hold up very well considering when they were written. I did find it interesting that while Holmes solved the cases he didn't always make sure the guilty were punished. If he felt the people were justified in their actions he would not let the police know the facts. I guess I did not realize that before reading this collection. Some of these stories were new to me and some I had read before but it was nice to have them all. Simon Vance was masterful in his narration.

  • The Assassins of Altis

  • The Pillars of Reality, Book 3
  • By: Jack Campbell
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 12 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,252
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,964
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,958

Trapped within the dead city of Marandur, Master Mechanic Mari and Mage Alain must escape both merciless barbarians and the pitiless Imperial Legion. Beyond those dangers lie the mightiest and most unforgiving powers in the world of Dematr: the Great Guilds that rule the world with iron fists.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great addition to a great series

  • By Marcela - The Bookaholic Cat on 08-07-15

A bit much but not bad.

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

Reviewed: 09-12-15

I would have rated this higher but there was several points in the book (and the series for that matter) where so much was going against the main two characters every way they turned that it just seemed to be over the top. I was thinking what's next? A zombie apocalypse? Sharknado? Anyway it is still a decent series and I will continue it when the next one comes out.

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  • Half a King

  • Shattered Sea, Book 1
  • By: Joe Abercrombie
  • Narrated by: John Keating
  • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,871
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,707
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,706

Yarvi, second son of the feared King Uthrik and the ruthless Queen Laithlin of Gettland, was born with a useless hand, and cannot hold a shield, or do any of the things expected from a man. Left an outcast, he's surrendered his birthright and been given a woman's place as apprentice to Mother Gundring, Gettland's Minister, training to be an adviser, diplomat, healer and translator. But when his father and brother are murdered by Grom-gil-Gorm, King of neighboring Vansterland, Yarvi is forced to take the Black Chair and become king himself.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Formula is not the opposite of gritty; it's just..

  • By David on 07-25-14

Good book. Wish I could have liked it more.

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

Reviewed: 08-02-15

3.5 stars. I guess if I had never read Abercrombie before I would have really enjoyed this book. Don't get me wrong it is good but I guess Abercrombie loses his style a bit when he tones it down for a different audience. It is kind of like listening to a master's worst symphony and enjoying it but knowing what he is really capable of. So this book loses a bit with me. I liked it well enough that I will probably read the whole series though. I guess I will just have to try harder to compare it to Abercrombie's other work and take it on its own merits.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Steel Remains

  • By: Richard K. Morgan
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 15 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 935
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 682
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 690

In just a few short years, Richard K. Morgan has vaulted to the pinnacle of the science fiction world. Now he turns his iconoclastic talents to epic fantasy, crafting a darkly violent, tautly plotted adventure sure to thrill old fans and captivate new readers.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • This isn't your father's gay hero!

  • By Tizroc on 01-23-09

Dark fun!

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

Reviewed: 07-07-15

Richard k Morgan spares no quarter. The violence and sexuality in his stories is brutally real. This is not for everybody but I for one appreciate the honesty it brings to the story. It is a nice change of pace to some other more "fairytale" writers. I enjoyed this one but I will admit that it took me a bit to get hooked into the story. By the end of the book I was looking for more. On to book 2!!!!!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Out of the Black

  • Odyssey One, Book 4
  • By: Evan Currie
  • Narrated by: David deVries
  • Length: 11 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,971
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,803
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,800

The wreckage of the starship Odyssey, once Earth's greatest guardian, lies strewn across New York City. Abandoned by all but its captain, Odyssey's sacrifice covered the withdrawal of countless troops as the Drasin assault ravaged the planet. When Captain Eric Weston finally emerges from the rubble, impossibly alive thanks to the mysterious "Gaia", he knows with the Drasin it's kill or be killed.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not what I was expecting!

  • By Marcus A on 07-15-14

Exciting conclusion.

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

Reviewed: 05-28-15

Out of the series I liked this one the best. The author did leave a lot of loose ends and possible continuations available for many more books though. Some of the omissions to the resolution of the series I did find a little odd that the author didn't even mention but it did not distract from a very enjoyable conclusion to the series.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Koko Takes a Holiday

  • By: Kieran Shea
  • Narrated by: Hillary Huber
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 112
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 106
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 104

Five hundred years from now, ex-corporate mercenary Koko Martstellar is swaggering through an easy early retirement as a brothel owner on The Sixty Islands, a manufactured tropical resort archipelago known for its sex and simulated violence. Surrounded by slang-drooling boywhores and synthetic komodo dragons, Koko finds the most challenging part of her day might be deciding on her next drink. That is, until her old comrade Portia Delacompte sends a squad of security personnel to murder her.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fun action

  • By Keith on 04-16-15

Fun action

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

Reviewed: 04-16-15

Action thriller with not a lot of depth but it is pretty good. I had a weird feeling of déjà vu the entire book like I read it before but I couldn't have. I liked it enough that I will probably read the next one when it comes out.

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  • The Republic of Thieves

  • Gentleman Bastard Series, Book 3
  • By: Scott Lynch
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 23 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,116
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,535
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,536

After their adventures on the high seas, Locke and Jean are brought back to earth with a thump. Jean is mourning the loss of his lover, and Locke must live with the fallout of crossing the all-powerful magical assassins the Bonds Magi. It is a fall-out that will pit both men against Locke's own long-lost love. Sabetha is Locke's childhood sweetheart, the love of Locke's life, and now it is time for them to meet again. Employed on different sides of a vicious dispute between factions of the Bonds, Sabetha has just one goal-to destroy Locke forever.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A transition and a preface

  • By David on 11-14-13

Snoozefest

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

Reviewed: 02-10-15

I love the characters in this series and the dialog can be fantastic the only thing missing in this one is a story worth reading. It started out interesting but I got about half way through and it became pointless dribble. I gave up on it. I highly doubt I will finish it or read any more of the series. On to something more interesting.... Ooh look this paint is drying over here. Michael Page is brilliant in his narration at least.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful