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B. Jordan

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  • Angel's Ink

  • The Asylum Tales, Book 1
  • By: Jocelynn Drake
  • Narrated by: Michael Urie
  • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 180
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 157
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 156

Looking for a tattoo - and maybe a little something extra: a burst of good luck, a dollop of true love, or even a hex on an ex? Head to the quiet and mysterious Gage, the best skin artist in town. Using unique potions - a blend of extraordinary ingredients and special inks - to etch the right symbol, he can fulfill any heart's desire. But in a place like Low Town, where elves, faeries, trolls, werewolves, and vampires happily walk among humanity, everything has its price. No one knows that better than Gage.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If your into Sci-fy & tattoos get this book!

  • By Kent on 11-19-12

Paint by numbers and bad at it

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

Reviewed: 01-26-18

The story was eye-rollingly predictable and wasn't even well enough polished to be interesting at it.

The Voice actor performance was fairly bad. His protagonist voice was good, but all of his accents and female voices were atrocious. The main female voice sounded like a 12 year old boy impersonating his sister.

The low point was a 20 minute long sex scene in the middle of the book. It was boring. It was predictable. It made me cringe so hard I skipped 30+ seconds at a time until I go through the scene.

  • The World Walker

  • The World Walker Series, Book 1
  • By: Ian W. Sainsbury
  • Narrated by: Todd Boyce
  • Length: 12 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,474
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,387
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,390

Just outside Los Angeles, a prisoner hidden away for 70 years sits up, gets off the bed and disappears through a solid wall. In Australia, a magician impresses audiences by producing real elephants. Nobody realizes it's not an illusion. Across the world, individuals and organizations with supernatural power suddenly detect the presence of something even they can't understand. At the center of it all, Seb Varden, a 32-year old musician with a secret in his past, slits his wrists, is shot dead and run over on the freeway.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Stuff

  • By DobieChuck on 01-15-17

Good performance, good writing, tepid story

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

Reviewed: 07-29-17

The audio performer is great. The author's technical skills are also fine (his word choice is interesting, descriptions are great, and so on).

But the actual story is something I'd have been embarrassed to read on the back of a cereal box as a sci-obsessed kid.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Immortal

  • The Immortal Series, Book 1
  • By: Gene Doucette
  • Narrated by: Steve Carlson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 568
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 529
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 528

Surviving 60,000 years takes cunning and more than a little luck. But in the 21st century, Adam confronts new dangers - someone has found out what he is, a demon is after him, and he has run out of places to hide. Worst of all, he has had entirely too much to drink.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story that will make you think about life!

  • By MJP on 12-22-16

Good performance of a dull story

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

Reviewed: 05-16-17

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

The author plays with the aspect of a thousands years old immortal, and starts fine. But after about 2/3 of the book, it begins to wear thin. You'll get 2 paragraphs of the in media res story line, then he will flash back to the 'normal' time line for 10 pages, only to do a throwaway, unrelated, side story for 20 pages, back to the current for 10 pages, repeat.

It's interesting at first, but the gimmick wears thin when the character starts to know every single historical famous person to have ever existed, and had brunch (or sex) with them. It's also frustrating because the story goes nowhere, and it does so at an infuriatingly slow pace.

There is a good amount of very interesting world building going on in the novel, but it's hampered by the authors incessant need for navel gazing. It's like having your dotage age grandparents explain the great depression; the core story is compelling but they won't stop spitting out meaningless asides and side stories long enough to tell it.

Would you ever listen to anything by Gene Doucette again?

Possibly; the writing style is good and technically competent, if a bit dull.

Have you listened to any of Steve Carlson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I've never listened to his performances before, but he was quite good.

Could you see Immortal being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

This is the single most idiotic question I've ever been asked.

9 of 11 people found this review helpful