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  • The Valens Legacy

  • By: Jan Stryvant
  • Narrated by: Leland King
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,199
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,077
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,075

In his junior year at college, the only things on Sean's mind are doing his homework and getting out of college to get a real job. A gamer and a bit of a nerd, Sean's philosophy in life has been to keep his head down and get his work done. But when a failed kidnapping attempt leaves him with a gaping hole in his memory, his oldest friend dead, and his mother missing, Sean suddenly finds his whole world turned upside down as he's thrust into the hidden world of magic and the supernatural.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sumtime' s you just want to have fun!

  • By Joel Cagle on 03-22-18

Laughably Bad Writing

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

Reviewed: 03-07-18

Leland "I'm not Macleod Andrews I Swear" King does an excellent job narrating as usual but even his considerable skills can't salvage this mess. I've seen more concrete prose out freshman composition courses. This is the first time I've ever seen someone use redundant statements as writing staples. "He went to X where he went to" and so on and so forth ad infinitum. Just awful.

2 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • The Homecoming

  • By: Alan Russell
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 849
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 777
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 777

Seven years ago, young Stella Pierce vanished from the face of the earth. Now her grieving, broken family - along with Detective Orson Cheever, who never stopped working her case - is stunned by her mysterious return. The now-teenage girl claims to have spent her missing years in the company of Travelers - extraterrestrial nomads - voyaging through space. Despite her family's effort to keep Stella's incredible tale secret, the story becomes a national sensation.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A Weak Offering

  • By Casey on 06-14-17

A Weak Offering

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

Reviewed: 06-14-17

Even Luke Daniels' amazing narration can't save the poorly plotted, largely aimless mess that is this novel. There are so many generic and forgettable characters in this story that are more archetypes or cliches than actually realized entities.

This book feels entirely too much like a stream of consciousness offering where the author had an idea but no real methodology for getting from points A to B to C within the narrative. I tend to be pretty liberal with my five star ratings but this one missed the mark by a mile.

72 of 74 people found this review helpful

  • The Tide

  • By: Anthony Melchiorri
  • Narrated by: Ryan Kennard Burke
  • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 806
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 730
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 729

Captain Dominic Holland leads a crew of skilled covert operatives and talented scientific personnel. He's taken them to all corners of the Earth to protect the United States from biological and chemical warfare. When his CIA handler, Meredith Webb, gives him a mission to investigate a disturbing lead on a laboratory based out of an abandoned oil rig, they discover the most terrifying threat to mankind they've ever faced - a genetically engineered biological weapon called the Oni Agent.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Tide Series by Anthony J Melchiorri

  • By Murphy on 08-17-16

Reconstituted zombie fiction

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

Reviewed: 10-28-15

This book has effectively been written 300 times in the past decade and done considerably better.

2 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • Where All Light Tends to Go

  • By: David Joy
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,180
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,075
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,072

The area surrounding Cashiers, North Carolina, is home to people of all kinds, but the world that Jacob McNeely lives in is crueler than most. His father runs a methodically organized meth ring, with local authorities on the dime to turn a blind eye to his dealings. Having dropped out of high school and cut himself off from his peers, Jacob has been working for this father for years, all on the promise that his payday will come eventually.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfection

  • By David Shear on 03-09-15

Not an ending for the faint of heart.

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

Reviewed: 03-20-15

Macleod Andrews is brilliant as always but even his performance isn't enough to save this book's utterly needless climax and conclusion. David Joy feels entirely too much like one of those authors who thrives on gut punching a reader for any expectations or optimism.

10 of 14 people found this review helpful

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  • Siren

  • By: John Everson
  • Narrated by: Lyssa Graham
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8

Night after night, Evan walked along the desolate beach, grieving over the loss of his own son, drowned in an accident more than a year before.Then one night he was drawn to the luminous sound of a beautiful, naked woman singing near the shore in the moonlight. He watched mesmerized as the mysterious woman disappeared into the sea. Driven by desire and temptation, Evan returned to the spot every night until he found her again. Now he has begun a bizarre, otherworldly affair. A deadly affair. For Evan will soon realize that his seductive lover is a being far more evil.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Men are so stupid, this is why women are smarter

  • By Shannon on 01-09-15

Sea Vixen! Plot optional.

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

Reviewed: 10-14-14

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

If the author had any concept of how to plot a story. A concrete beginning, middle, and ending (preferably a comprehensible one with a main character who makes absolutely 100% implausible decision at the books conclusion) would've been nice. The narrator was all wrong as well since the story focuses predominantly on a male character.

Has Siren turned you off from other books in this genre?

No, if only because I'm still not at all certain how this ever got published.

What didn’t you like about Lyssa Graham’s performance?

She has zero emotional inflection relative to the characters when performing dialogue and I'm honestly not sure a female narrator made sense as the main character was male.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Siren?

Probably at least half the sex scenes as they added nothing but word count to the story.

Any additional comments?

This story was an absolute mess. It was an interesting premise that was extremely poorly executed.

  • Biblical: A Novel

  • By: Christopher Galt
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 68
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 63

A strange phenomenon is sweeping the globe. People are having visions, seeing angels, experiencing events that defy reality. Bizarre accounts pour in from distant places: a French teenager claims to have witnessed Joan of Arc being burned at the stake; a man in New York dies of malnutrition in a luxurious Central Park apartment; a fundamentalist Christian sect kidnaps and murders a geneticist.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I so wanted to love this book!

  • By Kindle Customer on 10-08-14

Very Well Researched Speculative Sci-Fi

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

Reviewed: 10-14-14

If you could sum up Biblical: A Novel in three words, what would they be?

What is real?

Who was your favorite character and why?

Probably the main character, John Macbeth. Without spoiling anything, it's kinda hard to explain the just how much he's forced to come to grips with and even at the end never comprehends everything fully.

Which scene was your favorite?

Probably the one where John listens to Gabriel on top of the church roof.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

What if Descartes was wrong?

Any additional comments?

Ray Porter is probably one of the best three narrators offered on Audible. Blackstone is incredibly lucky to have him and I frequently find myself buying books simply by virtue of the fact that he's narrating them. The man is a genius.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • The Forsaken

  • A Thriller
  • By: Estevan Vega
  • Narrated by: Steve Sherwood
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 6

The first victim has no natural wounds. No prints left behind. But the life has been gruesomely drained from the corpse, and a broken cross is now imprinted inside the skin. Left for dead a year ago by his former partner, reckless and medicated Detective Jude Foster now endures mindless therapy sessions in order to be given another chance at his life. When the chief of police discovers the first victim strangely killed in this sadistic fashion, Jude enters a dark world all-too-familiar. He knows he's seen this method of murder before, but he never caught the killer.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn't finish

  • By Jennifer on 10-05-17

Depravity with a side of heavy-handed Religion

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

Reviewed: 04-22-14

What would have made The Forsaken better?

It's unfortunate, but a story that was not utterly disjointed with plot points seemingly falling all over the place. The characters react to the situations around them in utterly unbelievable ways and they are just downright unlikable. There is really nothing redeeming about them and the main character's redemption has nothing to do with his evolution as a character so much as Vega's need to show more graphic depravity. Awful.

What aspect of Steve Sherwood’s performance would you have changed?

It's apparent Mr. Sherwood's attempts to provide uniqueness to each character are so far blown into the nether reaches of what melodrama has to offer that it detracts significantly from what otherwise could've been a solid reading.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Forsaken?

The non-sequitorial trip the main character makes roughly midway through the book. It was such an unnecessary sequence for plot elements that could've been included without breaking up the plot itself.

Any additional comments?

There are vastly better examples of wanton depravity and violence out there for anyone who wants them. The actual style and diction Mr. Vega employs are both quite good, but the overall plot is a train wreck, the characters are awful and nonsensical, and the narration was mediocre. This book is a mess, to say the very least.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful