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  • MudMan

  • The Golem Chronicles, Volume 1
  • By: James A. Hunter
  • Narrated by: Armen Taylor
  • Length: 13 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52

Levi's a golem, a mudman, crafted from the muck, mire, and corpses of a World War II concentration camp. Killing is just a part of his DNA. He doesn't like it, but unfortunately he's been saddled with a divine commission to dole out judgment on those who shed innocent blood. After 70 years as a cold-blooded murder machine, however, Levi's trying to change his grisly nature.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Body of Mud but a heart of gold

  • By Ray Johnson on 05-10-18

Not as strong as Yancy

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

Reviewed: 08-04-17

I can't say I enjoyed this one much. The lead character in the story is not really an enjoyable character. The supporting characters are far more interesting and sympathetic.

There were a number of times during the story that the obviousness of the situation made the main character seem beyond dumb. Situations where the character ignores an obvious solution because a more circuitous solution allowed him to show some "new" ability that would have been unnecessary if the simplest solution were used.

A lot of the story felt forced. And the main character felt like he was shoe horned in to fill the role of generic protagonist.

I love Jame's Yancy stories, and I suppose I'm just disappointed with this one by comparison.

  • Strange Magic

  • A Yancy Lazarus Novel, Volume 1
  • By: James A. Hunter
  • Narrated by: Charlie Kevin
  • Length: 6 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 397
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 371
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 368

Yancy Lazarus is having a bad day: there's a bullet lodged in his butt cheek, his face looks like the site of a demolition derby, and he's been saran-wrapped to a banquet table. He never should have answered the phone. Stupid bleeding heart - helping others in his circles is a good way to die - just ask the gang members ripped to pieces by some kind of demonic nightmare in LA.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I love it

  • By DonDiva on 10-13-15

Yancy is fun

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

Reviewed: 06-07-17

If you like a magic detective type story, give this a try. its an interesting spin with some elements familiar and some entirely new.

  • One of Our Thursdays is Missing

  • A Novel
  • By: Jasper Fforde
  • Narrated by: Emily Gray
  • Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 773
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 582
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 580

Deftly blending such genres as mystery, science fiction, and classic literature, Jasper Fforde’s gleefully irreverent New York Times best-selling Thursday Next novels defy categorization. In this sixth installment, the threat of all-out Genre war looms over BookWorld. But with the real Thursday Next retired in the real world, the Council of Genres has no other choice than to tap the fictional Thursday to save the day. Her mission as emissary is to prevent the brewing war—but her task is made more difficult by a hidden foe manipulating events.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not really a Thursday Next book

  • By Kevin on 03-10-11

Very meta and a slow starter.

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

Reviewed: 10-18-16

I see where Fforde is going with the book but it really was sub par for a Thursday Next book.

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  • Soulless

  • An Alexia Tarabotti Novel
  • By: Gail Carriger
  • Narrated by: Emily Gray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,934
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,982
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,013

Victorian romance mixes seamlessly with elegant prose and biting wit—and werewolves—in Gail Carriger’s delightful debut novel. Soulless introduces Alexia Tarabotti, a parasol-wielding Londoner getting dangerously close to spinster status. But there are more important things than finding a husband. For Alexia was born without a soul, giving her the ability to render any vampire or werewolf completely powerless.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amelia Peabody has competition

  • By Pamela I Greene on 07-22-10

Ruined by the climax

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

Reviewed: 09-21-16

I was rather enjoying this book and character, however at the culmination of all story elements in the book the character inexplicably goes completely daft. To wit she forgets the same piece of critical information twice in the course of an hour or two and one of those times is literally minutes after hearing it again. Finally as she seems incapable of remembering it even after the second reminder someone else has to save the day. This literally consists of wiping away a bit of dust with a cloth. By the way that was the information she couldn't remember...its like those two chapters were written by some other person with no skill at all. The rest of the book is a treat, but honestly after those two critical chapters I can't recomend it to anyone.

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  • The Scarlet Gospels

  • By: Clive Barker
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 637
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 603
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 604

The Scarlet Gospels takes listeners back many years to the early days of two of Barker's most iconic characters in a battle of good and evil as old as time: The long-beleaguered detective Harry D'Amour, investigator of all supernatural, magical, and malevolent crimes, faces off against his formidable and intensely evil rival, Pinhead, the priest of hell. Barker devotees have been waiting for The Scarlet Gospels with baited breath for years, and it's everything they've begged for and more.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Guys, I have a great idea for character voices...

  • By Jim Fenner on 06-03-15

Not terrible but not very satisfying either

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

Reviewed: 09-16-16

the narator was fine, but the story just never managed to grip me. not Barkers best work.

  • The Secret of Abdu El Yezdi

  • Burton & Swinburne, Book 4
  • By: Mark Hodder
  • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
  • Length: 15 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 284
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 265
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 265

Burton and Swinburne return in a new series! The Beast is coming. History will be remade. Since the assassination of Queen Victoria in 1840, a cabal of prominent men - including King George V, HRH Prince Albert, Benjamin Disraeli, and Isambard Kingdom Brunel - has received guidance from the afterlife. The spirit of a dead mystic, Abdu El Yezdi, has helped them to steer the empire into a period of unprecedented peace and creativity. But on the eve of a groundbreaking alliance with the newly formed Greater German Confederation, scientists, surgeons, and engineers are being abducted - including Brunel!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The fourth in the series did not disappoint

  • By carmen on 08-06-13

A poor choice of subject

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

Reviewed: 09-02-16

This book suffers very badly from two things. Obvious plot points that you are meant to be surprised by but are so painfully obvious their build up feels like padding out the story. And the other is weak omage that fails to spark any interest. This is by far the weakest of the stories so far.

  • Please Don't Tell My Parents I've Got Henchmen

  • Please Don't Tell My Parents Series, Book 3
  • By: Richard Roberts
  • Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
  • Length: 11 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 568
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 532
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 533

What would middle school be like if half your classmates had super powers? It's time for Penny Akk to find out. Her latest (failed) attempt to become a superhero has inspired the rest of the kids in her school to reveal their own powers. Now, all of her relationships are changing. She has a not-at-all-secret admirer, who wants to be Penny's partner almost as much as she wants to be Penny's rival. The meanest girl in school has gained super powers and lost her mind. Can Penny help her find a better one?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Better than the second

  • By Maxxxxxy on 12-17-16

Still fun but moving out of childhood

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

Reviewed: 08-30-16

I liked it better than book two and a little less than one. If your a fan you'll like it.

  • Neverwhere

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 13 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,463
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,680
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,671

Richard Mayhew is a young man with a good heart and an ordinary life, which is changed forever when he stops to help a girl he finds bleeding on a London sidewalk. His small act of kindness propels him into a world he never dreamed existed. There are people who fall through the cracks, and Richard has become one of them. And he must learn to survive in this city of shadows and darkness, monsters and saints, murderers and angels, if he is ever to return to the London that he knew.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Vivid, imaginative.

  • By Joseph on 10-29-09

Neil Giaman at his very best.

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

Reviewed: 08-09-16

Giaman is amazing, both as the author and as the narrator. Do not miss it.

  • Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

  • By: Hunter S. Thompson
  • Narrated by: Ron McLarty
  • Length: 6 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,625
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,993
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,992

In Las Vegas to cover a motorcycle race, Raoul Duke (Thompson) and his attorney Dr. Gonzo (inspired by a friend of Thompson) are quickly diverted to search for the American dream. Their quest is fueled by nearly every drug imaginable and quickly becomes a surreal experience that blurs the line between reality and fantasy. But there is more to this hilarious tale than reckless behavior, for underneath the hallucinogenic facade is a stinging criticism of American greed and consumerism.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Too Much Fear and Loathing

  • By Hugh on 05-21-11

A classic Thompson tale.

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

Reviewed: 08-05-16

Thompson tells a mad story in a way only he can. McLarty makes it breath.

  • The Peripheral

  • By: William Gibson
  • Narrated by: Lorelei King
  • Length: 14 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,292
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,150
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,166

Where Flynne and her brother, Burton, live, jobs outside the drug business are rare. Fortunately, Burton has his veteran's benefits, for neural damage he suffered from implants during his time in the USMC's elite Haptic Recon force. Then one night Burton has to go out, but there's a job he's supposed to do - a job Flynne didn't know he had. Beta-testing part of a new game, he tells her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Incredibly great across the board

  • By Christopher R McLaughlin on 04-27-15

Gibson at his best.

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

Reviewed: 07-26-16

The premise of the story sounds like a bad movie, but Gibson delivers as only he can. Don't miss it.