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Ordnance audiobook cover art

An unexpected find

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

Reviewed: 01-11-19

When I bought this book it didn't have a lot of reviews so even though it had a good rating I didn't fully trust it. The only reason I bought it was because it was recommended from a different author who I like. So I came into this book with kind of low expectations. So when I found myself really enjoying this book it was a pleasant surprise.

This is a fun story and it breaks the mold for the traditional Sci-Fi military book. I definitely recommend it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Terra Nova Chronicles: Publisher's Pack audiobook cover art

Entertaining but Cliche

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

It was a fun entertaining story. It was overall incredibly cliche and pretty unbelievable from a science fiction pov. But if you ignore that and want a little entertainment than it is worth a credit. Especially when you consider you get 2 books.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

Exploration audiobook cover art

Good Science, OK writing

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

Reviewed: 10-20-15

Any additional comments?

First, let me state that I was giving a free credit to listen to and give an unbiased review.

Overall, I thought this story had a lot going for it. The problem I had is that the author tried to cram to much in to one story and so none of the characters could really be fully developed.

Also, as much as I like and appreciate the extra religious add-ins to this book, it just didn't seem genuine. Maybe if you got to know the characters better then this information could have been inserted a little bit better.

Lastly, the Point Of View (POV) transitions weren't done well. Maybe in the actual book, there is an indication that shows you are now listening to a new character but from the audio book I some times couldn't tell when the character POV changed. Which made me get lost for a few moments.

In addition, I thought the audio narrator did a good job. She made the book easy to listen to but she did have very minor hiccup where she repeats a sentence twice in a row. (either that or my phone messed up... but I think it was the recording).

Again, I really liked the science. I liked the terminology. I liked the space fights. Maybe the technology was so advanced that it appeared to be more like magic, but overall it was an OK book. If they would have cut out about 1/4 of the extra plot and doubled the length of the book with good character development than I can see it really going somewhere.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

Swamp Walloper audiobook cover art

Voodoo Boxing Magic

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

Reviewed: 09-09-15

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In case a boxing detective was not enough. Add in voodoo magic, corrupt prison bosses, mob bosses, and a corrupt New Orleans police chief and you got your self a swamp walloping adventure.

This is a fun book, if a little silly with the voodoo magic portion of it, that takes you on the adventure of Felony Flynn as he continues to figure against corruption using his awesome boxing skills.

If you like boxing and detective work, then this story is for you.

I made this comment before but my biggest complaint is that this book was not listed as part of the series in audible so I listed to this book before listening to felony fists. This is book 2, felony fists is book 1.

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A incorruptible police officer boxer

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

Reviewed: 09-09-15

Any additional comments?

A incorruptible policeman boxer, what is not to like? It was a fun short story from the 50's with gangsters, boxing, and police officers without red tape. It was a lot of fun. I found I really liked the main character and his attitude to do the right things without caring for red tape, bureaucrats, and policy.

I also liked the narrator, he did a good job with the accents.

My only complaint is that this book was not listed as part of the series in audible so I listed to this book after listening to Swamp Walloper (the second book). Just to be clear, this is book 1. Swamp Walloper is book 2.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Tomato Can Comeback audiobook cover art

Fun short boxing story

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

Reviewed: 09-09-15

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It was a fun short boxing story where the sports writer does a little bit of detective work. An enjoyable listen.

Elle Burton and the Reflective Portals audiobook cover art

Good book to teach kindness

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

Reviewed: 04-15-15

Any additional comments?

So let me state up front that I know the audio book narrator and I listened to this book for that reason.

This book is definitely not the normal type of book I would listen to, but that being said, I found myself enjoying this book a lot. It is targeted at a young teenager/tween age group and creates a magical world of Ferries and Zorin's to help teach the lessons of kindness, caring, and compassion. There are some heavy topics in this book (parent dies in military, childhood abuse, angered father trying to kill his family, bullying, etc) but I think it is good to bring these up to kids so that they can see how lucky they are. Plus, i think this book can really help kids to try to look deeper and understand that there are normally reasons people act certain ways and that we shouldn't be too quick to judge.

Anyway, long story short, i found myself caught up in this book and enjoyed it thoroughly. Elle is probably the most well behaved 10 year old I have ever heard of but that being said maybe it will be example of kids who read this book.

About the narrator. I think L C Kane did a great job narrating this book. Occasionally her Man voice sounds a little bit silly, but 99% of this book is from the perspective of a girl and she nailed it. I would definitely listen to a book that she narrates again.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

The Girl at the End of the World audiobook cover art

Awesome book, niche audience, great narrator!

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

Reviewed: 03-07-15

I really enjoyed this book, but I like these kinds of books. For most YA they might not want to read some thing this heavy. Either way, I liked it and I would definitely listen a sequel if they ever wote one.

Oh, I also think the narrator did a fantastic job. She made the book really come alive.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

Ready Player One audiobook cover art

For anyone who is at all nerdy OR loved the 80s

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

Reviewed: 02-11-13

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Great book. So much fun that after I listened to it I listened the whole thing again at 3x the speed. I read that the rights to turn this book into a movie have already been bought. I can't wait until they make this into a movie. It will be awesome.

A Memory of Light audiobook cover art

A mostly satisfying ending

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

Reviewed: 01-16-13

Any additional comments?

Warning: This review contains spoilers.
About 8 months ago I decided I would run a marathon and I needed a good long series to listen to while I was training. This series did a great job for that. It almost worked out perfectly since I finished all 13 books and the prequel a week before this book came out. And although the series has had its ups and downs, overall I have enjoyed it.
This ending was good and it resolved all the main issues. Yes, there are a lot of battle scenes but I enjoyed those scenes (and there are a lot of them… it is the last battle after all). It really was good and I found myself lying awake for hours listening to the book or thinking about it. This was probably the fastest I have ever listed to a book of this size before. I enjoyed seeing most of the forsaken kick the bucket, (especially LAN and his awesomeness, now we finally know who the best swordsman is in all of RandLand). There were just some awesome scenes that I was glad to see them finally be resolved.
That all being said, here are some of my disappointments.
- I was disappointed with Rand’s battle scenes, the dark one seemed too easy to defeat in the end. Plus Fain was killed really easily in the end. It was like oh hey, we need to kill fain still, let’s throw him into the plot.
- Also, the scene I was looking forward to most in this series was when Tuon would speak to Hawkwing but it didn’t happen (it was just implied that it had happened but we don’t know anything about it).
- Plus, It was never resolved if Tuon would stop enslaving the channalers of their land. Surely, all her people now have seen that channelers don’t have to be leashed. In fact, leashing channelers limits them from creating a circle with each other. It seems like if the sanchen fought other channelers in the future that would be an easy way to cause their downfall.
-Plus, what the heck kind of powers did Rand get in the end of the book? It is like the dream world powers but in the real world? Instead of the true power it is the light power? Is he going to age like normal or not? Is he still going to get together with his women?
- I didn’t like how major characters in the previous books (Suan, bashier for example), don’t get the time they deserve to get a proper ending. At least show their deaths. I know the book is long but it is not like the wheel of time fans are going to shy away from a long book.
- I know it is a little bit cheesy, but I like a more detailed ending. Something where they could have showed the future would have been nice (like the harry potter ending, but done better). From what I have read they are never going to write another wheel of time book.
Anyway, again I stress that I liked the book ending. It was satisfying ending, but if you get this far in the series you want to know every detail about everything. (did the tinkers ever find their song?). Farewell wheel of time. Maybe one day I will dedicate the 400 + hours and listen to this series again.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful