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C. J. West

Washington Crossing, PA, United States
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  • An Echo of Things to Come

  • The Licanius Trilogy, Book 2
  • By: James Islington
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 26 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,191
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,748
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,719

In the wake of a devastating attack, an amnesty has been declared for all Augurs - finally allowing them to emerge from hiding and openly oppose the dark forces massing against the land of Andarra. As the Augur Davian and his new allies hurry north toward the ever-weakening Boundary, however, fresh horrors along their path suggest that their reprieve may have come far too late. His ally in the Capital, the new Northwarden, contends with assassins and politicians and uncovers a dangerous political secret.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Footnotes, please!

  • By Joe B. on 09-10-17

Good story to start...

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

Reviewed: 08-27-18

The present-day story is great. Unfortunately if keeps getting interpreted by these trite, omnipotent characters that totally kill the flow of the actual story.

  • The Shadow of What Was Lost

  • The Licanius Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: James Islington
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 25 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,416
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,437
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,402

It has been 20 years since the end of the war. The dictatorial Augurs, once thought of almost as gods, were overthrown and wiped out during the conflict, their much-feared powers mysteriously failing them. Those who had ruled under them, men and women with a lesser ability known as the Gift, avoided the Augurs' fate only by submitting themselves to the rebellion's Four Tenets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Definitely a standout in the fantasy genre

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-29-15

Good story to start...

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

Reviewed: 08-27-18

This first book starts a great story with very good world building. Loved the magic systems.

  • Approaching the Swingularity

  • Tales of Swinging & Polyamory in Paradise
  • By: Cooper S. Beckett
  • Narrated by: Cooper S. Beckett, Kat Stark, Emily Sotelo Matlack, and others
  • Length: 16 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

It's Exit to Eden meets The Rum Diary! Spend seven days at the hedonistic tropical paradise of a swingers resort in Mexico. Just enough time to get into some very sexy trouble! Ryan and Jenn are still newbie swingers in many ways when they arrive with their friends, lovers, and playmates, Bruce and Paige, veterans of this trip. As this foursome tries to wring out every last drop of pleasure that Aphrodite's Resort and Spa has to offer, they're confronted with the realities of life at home, as well as complexities of exploring a life less monogamous.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An erotic glimpse into a world of sexy exploration

  • By C. J. West on 10-30-17

An erotic glimpse into a world of sexy exploration

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

Reviewed: 10-30-17

Mr Beckett gives us a peek into the sensual and emotional rollercoaster of an erotic vacation destination. I loved the very real characters with all their desires and flaws. The full-cast audio really helps define the interactions of players and the detail immerses you in the tropical destination with them.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Feverborn

  • Fever Series, Book 8
  • By: Karen Marie Moning
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels, Jill Redfield
  • Length: 12 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,968
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,779
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,772

When the immortal Fae destroyed the ancient wall dividing the worlds of Man and Faery, the very fabric of the universe was damaged, and now Earth is vanishing bit by bit. Only the long-lost Song of Making - a haunting, dangerous melody that is the source of life itself - can save the planet.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Lots and lots of words but no real movement

  • By Elizabeth M. OMalley on 01-22-16

Didn't feel like it was written by the same author

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

Reviewed: 02-25-16

If you’ve listened to books by Karen Marie Moning before, how does this one compare?

Horrible voice talent. and I use the word talent very loosely.

What didn’t you like about Luke Daniels and Jill Redfield ’s performance?

Voice actors sounded pale and shallow. At times overacting other times flat.

Was Feverborn worth the listening time?

No. I should have read the book to enjoy the story more. Even though I thought the story was more mommy-porn and Harlequin romance than urban fantasy.

Any additional comments?

I like the sexual overtones of the books, but the descriptive in-your-face sex really detracts from the scenes.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Skull Throne

  • By: Peter V. Brett
  • Narrated by: Pete Bradbury
  • Length: 25 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,565
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,165
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,156

The Skull Throne of Krasia stands empty. Built from the skulls of fallen generals and demon princes, it is a seat of honor and ancient, powerful magic, keeping the demon corelings at bay. From atop the throne, Ahmann Jardir was meant to conquer the known world, forging its isolated peoples into a unified army to rise up and end the demon war once and for all. But Arlen Bales, the Warded Man, stood against this course, challenging Jardir to a duel he could not in honor refuse.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hm

  • By MissRed on 04-05-15

No sense of balance, too many similar names

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

Reviewed: 05-23-15

Would you try another book from Peter V. Brett and/or Pete Bradbury?

I finally gave up 3/4 of the way through this one. Probably won't buy the final book.

Would you ever listen to anything by Peter V. Brett again?

Maybe, but i'll read the reviews before plunking down more money.

What three words best describe Pete Bradbury’s voice?

pretty good reading

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The world-building is superb. It's too bad the major opponents are too one-sided to be entertaining.

Any additional comments?

He simply created too many advantages for one side in the struggle here. Totally losing any attachment for me. Maybe his plans are for a rebalancing later, but too little too late.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful