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Jeffrey C. Coyne

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  • A Plague of Giants

  • By: Kevin Hearne
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels, Xe Sands
  • Length: 22 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,376
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,253
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,234

Mother and warrior. Scholar and spy. Rebel and hero. Set in a magical world of terror and wonder, this audiobook is a deeply felt epic of courage and war, in which the fates of these three characters intertwine - and where ordinary people become heroes, and their lives become legend.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining but dissapointing

  • By Roland on 11-20-17

Not ready

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

Reviewed: 11-05-17

I am a big fan of both the Kevin Hearne and Luke Daniels. There were some great elements to this story but it was simply not ready for release. The second narrator was either poorly instructed or lacking ability. Her informal accent had no fit in the story. The songs were neither amusing nor additive. To quote Oberon: "There were no poodles". Or, put differently, there were no characters nor events in the story that captured any level of loyalty.

13 of 15 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 562
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 523
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 523

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

An old theme with a disappointing story

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

Reviewed: 07-24-17

From the earliest story of Gligamesh to the legend of the wandering Jew to the legend of the sorcerer's stone, the theme of immortality has been discussed with many a twist. The Immortal takes this well treated theme and adds...wait for it...corrupt businessmen and overly focused scientists. This plot could have been generated by computer. The interstices are no better filled. Our hero observes that beer is good, women are unique and life is sometimes harsh. Throw in some vampires, pixies and demons with a liberal atheistic message and voila, something for everyone. Except me. Seen it done better...often.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Unmaking Engine

  • The World Walker Series, Book 2
  • By: Ian W. Sainsbury
  • Narrated by: Todd Boyce
  • Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 830
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 770
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 769

Seb Varden is starting to get used to life as a World Walker. With a body full of alien nanotechnology, the ability to travel anywhere instantly and - most surprising of all - a steady relationship with Meera Patel, things are finally looking up. Until Seb has his first blackout, starts meeting aliens and discovers a plan that threatens the entire human race. And, of course, Mason, the most dangerous Manna user, picks this particular moment to come after him and Meera.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Nice potential but ultimately not satisfying

  • By "_dax_" on 07-07-17

Oh Please, Such A Disappointment

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

Reviewed: 03-17-17

Do not waste your time or credit. This is an assembly of other Scifi plots with bad science and worse moralizing. At best this is a drug hazed fantasy novel with hateful characters. The author indulges in his own brand of anti religion; creating his own god from the worst possible stock. Borrowing heavily from Star Wars and Star Trek, the author predictably moves from drug muddled damsel in distress to "Luke I am your father". The performance is tainted by the story. I do wish the narrator would learn to pronounce the lengthier words and would forgo the horrible and insulting accents.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • 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 1,453
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,367
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,370

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

Agenda Disguised As Entertainment

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

Reviewed: 03-17-17

Book 1 is not bad. Somewhat disjointed and bizarre but the pages turn and there is some entertainment value. It was good enough for me to try Book 2. That was an unmitigated disaster. I should have believed other reviews. The author exposes a bizarre and preachy agenda of humanist nirvana. His "hero" the suicidal, hedonistic,self absorbed and short sighted musician becomes the sole decision maker for the Universe(s). I should have paid attention to the lack of scientific fidelity in Book 1. I might have skipped the horrible second book.

3 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Norse Mythology

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,261
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 34,080
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,915

Neil Gaiman has long been inspired by ancient mythology in creating the fantastical realms of his fiction. Now he turns his attention back to the source, presenting a bravura rendition of the great northern tales. In Norse Mythology, Gaiman fashions primeval stories into a novelistic arc that begins with the genesis of the legendary nine worlds; delves into the exploits of the deities, dwarves, and giants; and culminates in Ragnarok, the twilight of the gods and the rebirth of a new time and people.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Comedy-Tragedy of Gods Giants Dwarfs & Monsters

  • By Jefferson on 02-24-17

Best Norse story telling in 900 years

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

Reviewed: 02-13-17

This was a great balance of detail and momentum. The stories are known but the author gave a new set of stories with a first rate interpretation. As a well read lover of these stories, I was happy with the dignity with which they were told. The culture and nature of the people who originated these tales came through. The comic book renditions of the last decades were ignored for serious and faithful renditions. I highly recommend this to the novice on through to the modern Norseman. Tusen Takk.

  • The Djinn

  • By: J. Kent Holloway
  • Narrated by: Wayne Farrell
  • Length: 7 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 122
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 107
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 109

In the final years of the first Kingdom of Jerusalem, in a vault, hidden deep beneath the Temple Mount, Baron Gregory De L'Ombre has made an astonishing discovery. Imprisoned within the vault are twelve monstrous abominations, created by one of King Solomon's wives as a final act of revenge. The secrets of the vault will ensure Gregory's absolute power and forever enslave the Outremer-the Holy Land. No man dares stand against him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn't stop listening.

  • By Readers Together on 05-10-14

Fine Concept, Failed Execution

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

Reviewed: 06-16-14

The concept of a Djinn interacting with twelfth century crusaders was a fine one. Sadly, the author ran out of steam early in the story and reverted to formula solutions. Having a primary character use a flint lock gun, which he invented and shot for the first time, five hundred years ahead of actual invention was disappointing. The examples of failed history research and inaccurate context were legion.

The narrator regularly mispronounced words and missed sentence meaning. The performance could have been mailed in.

If you enjoy good Sci-Fi and Fantasy, this is not the book, author or narrator you were looking for.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Cryptonomicon

  • By: Neal Stephenson
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 42 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,879
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,824
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,849

Neal Stephenson hacks into the secret histories of nations and the private obsessions of men, decrypting with dazzling virtuosity the forces that shaped this century.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fixed!

  • By Rob J. on 04-16-17

An education wrapped around a fine story

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

Reviewed: 06-30-13

Clearly the writer had a command of the history and technology underlying this story. The read was thoroughly entertaining and gave insight into little discussed yet interesting topics. The book is long with numerous side stories, some of which bear little direct impact on the plot. There was for example, an endearing vignette on the perfect way to consume Captain Crunch cereal that exposed perhaps excessive understanding of obsessive, compulsive character. The portrayal of the key Marine was beautifully done and you would swear you have met this person somewhere else. The history of China and the Philippines during WWII was graphic but portrayed that era in an understandable manner.

  • The Scar

  • By: Sergey Dyachenko, Marina Dyachenko, Elinor Huntington (translator)
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 15 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 925
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 819
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 818

Sergey and Marina Dyachenko mix dramatic scenes with romance, action and wit, in a style both direct and lyrical. Written with a sure artistic hand, The Scar is the story of a man driven by his own feverish demons to find redemption and the woman who just might save him. Egert is a brash, confident member of the elite guards and an egotistical philanderer. But after he kills an innocent student in a duel, a mysterious man known as “The Wanderer” challenges Egert and slashes his face with his sword, leaving Egert with a scar that comes to symbolize his cowardice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Highly, highly, Highly Recommended

  • By Robert on 08-13-12

So very Russian

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

Reviewed: 06-30-13

This is a fine story with imagination. The plot develops reasonably at first then there is a lengthy period of deep suffering and humiliation that is reminiscent of Tolstoy. I am sure this is a matter of personal taste but I was bored by the lengthy crushing weight of the development of this singular point. Perhaps that is the authors' intention; the hero must undergo this tedious crushing experience. Much like going to law school!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Inheritance

  • The Inheritance Cycle, Book 4
  • By: Christopher Paolini
  • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
  • Length: 31 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,256
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,097
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,170

Not so very long ago, Eragon - Shadeslayer, Dragon Rider - was nothing more than a poor farm boy, and his dragon, Saphira, only a blue stone in the forest. Now the fate of an entire civilization rests on their shoulders. months of training and battle have brought victories and hope, but they have also brought heartbreaking loss. And still, the real battle lies ahead: they must confront Galbatorix. When they do, they will have to be strong enough to defeat him. And if they cannot, no one can.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • All the reviews had me worried for nothing!

  • By Robert on 05-10-12

Difficult to finish

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

Reviewed: 03-10-13

The characters have not developed since the first book. The situations are contrived. The plot thin and slogging. This is a most difficult book to complete. I enjoyed the earlier books but found this to be filled with meaningless tensions and cheerless results.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Last Templar

  • By: Raymond Khoury
  • Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
  • Length: 14 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,603
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,048
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,055

As the burning city of Acre falls from the hands of the West in 1291, a young Templar knight, his mentor, and a handful of others escape to the sea carrying a mysterious chest. In present day Manhattan, four masked horsemen dressed as Templar Knights steal a strange device. In the aftermath, an FBI investigation is led by anti-terrorist specialist Sean Reilly. Soon, he and archaeologist Tess Chaykin are drawn into the dark, hidden history of the crusading knights.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic

  • By Michael on 05-17-07

Good Title Poor Story

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

Reviewed: 06-30-12

Would you try another book from Raymond Khoury and/or Richard Ferrone?

No

Has The Last Templar turned you off from other books in this genre?

Yes

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Richard Ferrone?

Unknown

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Boredom

Any additional comments?

Not a page turner. This is a book with an agenda. If it had a decent plot line or even a decent character or two, it might be simply boring. This book has a contrived hatred of the Catholic Church coupled with every trite plot element. The author has little command of the history. He has a hatred and he wants to share it. I regret I wasted so much time on this author.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful