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  • Black Blade Blues

  • By: J.A. Pitts
  • Narrated by: Erin Bennett
  • Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 365
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 340
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 340

Sarah Beauhall has more on her plate than most 20-somethings: day job as a blacksmith, night job as a props manager for low-budget movies, and her free time is spent fighting in a medieval re-enactment group. The lead actor breaks Sarah's favorite one-of-a-kind sword, and to avoid reshooting scenes, Sarah agrees to repair the blade. One of the extras, who claims to be a dwarf, offers to help. And that's when things start to get weird.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Expectations

  • By Dave on 03-13-15

Almost exactly what I wanted. Almost.

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

Reviewed: 05-10-17

This is a prime example of something being so terrible because it is only almost what you wanted. A wlw story with dragons and blacksmiths, all ruined by being written by a person with no intimate knowledge of queer culture. it is that last bit that really brought it down. there are dragons and magic swords and the dude that wrote this book thought that somehow relationship issues he knows nothing about would be more interesting.

i also highly suspect that he was under some contract to make the book so long, because damn, there is a whole hell of a lot of useless filler and a heavy reliance on telling instead of showing, or showing, then telling because the author really thinks we are all stupid.

  • A Book of Tongues

  • Hexslinger, Book 1
  • By: Gemma Files
  • Narrated by: Gordon Mackenzie
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 55

Two years after the Civil War, Pinkerton agent Ed Morrow has gone undercover with one of the weird West's most dangerous outlaw gangs - the troop led by "Reverend" Asher Rook, ex-Confederate chaplain turned "hexslinger," and his notorious lieutenant (and lover) Chess Pargeter. Morrow's task: get close enough to map the extent of Rook's power, then bring that knowledge back to help Professor Joachim Asbury unlock the secrets of magic itself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good book but way too explicit.

  • By Cliff on 08-29-13

Overall Excellent, not as explicit as expected.

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

Reviewed: 04-03-17

Given the other reviews, I was expecting something far different than what I got, and I loved it anyway. It is far more horror than romance, but the gay relationship is important and nessisary. I highly recommend it for anyone looking for something different and interesting, as I don't know of any other gay magic gunslinger books.

I am docking a star for the slighlty less interesting bit in the middle, and the authors occasional slippage into telling not showing. The interactions between folks, and the world built up around it all, more than makes up for it, the need to know what happens next.

  • Into the Light

  • By: Aleatha Romig
  • Narrated by: Kevin T. Collins, Erin deWard, Noah Michael Levine
  • Length: 13 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,600
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,459
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,461

Sara Adams awakes blind, unable to remember the most basic details of her life, but her darkness seems a blessing when she discovers the terrors of The Light. Stella Montgomery investigates the news from the mean streets of Detroit, where she's noticed a disturbing trend: Young women are vanishing. When her best friend disappears, Stella digs for answers - despite warnings from her police detective boyfriend - following a twisted trail that leads her through the city's most dangerous and forsaken precincts.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very thought provoking... And disturbing...

  • By shelley on 09-30-16

good but at least half a book.

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

Reviewed: 03-17-17

I really enjoyed the psychological bent and the thrill of this book, and can easily recommend it, but I do deduct points for having no resolution and ending right at the high point in the story. i have yet to listen to the second book and thus can not say if this series is worth thd split or not.

  • Amped

  • By: Douglas E. Richards
  • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
  • Length: 11 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,145
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,036
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,032

Kira Miller is a brilliant scientist who discovers how to temporarily boost human IQ to dizzying levels. But this transcendent intelligence brings with it a ruthless megalomania. Determined to use her discovery to propel human civilization to a higher plane, despite this side effect, Kira and ex-special forces operative David Desh recruit a small group of accomplished scientists, all of whom are safely off the grid. Or so they think...

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • I couldn't wrap my mind around this story.

  • By Loren on 11-01-16

so tiresome.

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

Reviewed: 01-19-17

the science is bunk, even the common hacking mentioned uses bad terms and completely ruins suspension of disbelief. i could only make it to 2 hour mark, before the suspension is entirely ruined.

  • The Sam Gunn Omnibus

  • By: Ben Bova
  • Narrated by: Richard Brewer, Emily Janice Card, Gabrielle de Cuir, and others
  • Length: 29 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 617
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 565
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 566

A hero without peer or scruples, Sam Gunn has a nose for trouble, money, and women, though not necessarily in that order. A man with the ego (and stature) of a Napoleon, the business acumen of a P. T. Barnum, and the raging hormones of a teenage boy, Sam is the finest astronaut NASA ever trained and dumped. But more than money, more than women, Sam Gunn loves justice—and he really does love money and women.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Quaint collection of short stories

  • By HL on 10-04-13

almost great.

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

Reviewed: 11-18-16

I would say that this book is 1/3 great, 1/3rd mearly good, and 1/3 actually rather bad. If it were not for Ben Bova's past and current wife, I would argue that he had not known women, or had even known love, because those are the two bits that really drag down this story. He can not write women, and he seems to not be able to write love convincingly.

If this had been written in the 70's some of it's ideas would be forgivable, but by 2007, Mr. Bova should have learnt something. This book is a loose collection of short stories with a frame work around them, similar to Hyperion, but it lacks variety of story. I would say a couple of them are interesting and I truely enjoy the idea of the in system space exploration and expansion, after a while, everything seems all samey samey, and by the last 10 hours, I had to jack up the speed to get through the book.

I did find the performance spot on, and all the voice actors did a great job. no complaints there.

long story short, this book should only be checked out if you grab it on sale.

  • Hard Luck Hank: Stank Delicious, Book 5

  • By: Steven Campbell
  • Narrated by: Liam Owen
  • Length: 12 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,570
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,481
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,477

Belvaille has cemented its place as the most important system in the galaxy and Hank is working as an official Factotum, negotiating deals between gangs and noblemen under the watchful eye of the Arch Minister. When his ever-capable butler, Cliston, is approached to become the General Manager of a Super Class glocken team, Hank is hired not only as protection, but as a player. Hank finds himself thrown into the most grueling bloodsport in the galaxy and tasked with finding out how and why players are being abducted.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hank grew on me like a fungus; but in a good way

  • By Don Gilbert on 10-03-16

Starting to get stale

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

Reviewed: 09-30-16

I get the distinct feeling that the author is starting to hate hank. The poor character can't seem to go 5 minutes without whining, or without making a stupid comment. The book seems bloated with many dropped plot hooks, that didn't need to be added, and only seem to get resolved as the author remembers to deal with them, including the main plot which is only infrequently dealt with.

I also feel bad for Liam Owen, there is only so much that could have been done with what is written, and unfortunately that was not enough. I hope the author takes some time off, to regain his passion for the story, and maybe to take a writing refresher.

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  • Angel Fire

  • Angel Trilogy, Book 2
  • By: L. A. Weatherly
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 20 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 210
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 186
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 188

In the wake of the Second Wave, the angel menace has exploded, and Alex and Willow are on the lam. Willow's prophetic dream points them to Mexico City, where they connect with a fledgling group of angel killers led by the exotically beautiful Kara, an Angel Killer from Alex's past. But the team remains suspicious of Willow, even after the more-experienced Alex takes over as leader, training them hard for a rush attack on the Seraphic Council, or "The Twelve".

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!

  • By Jennifer on 04-02-12

Contrived, Childish, Deprivative, and Simple.

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

Reviewed: 09-22-16

Everything about this book is interesting and unique, apart from the romance, which itself seems to be coppied from a hundrend other YA novels. For some reason, the author has this idea that the hackneyed emotional tripe that is inserted would be far more interesting than exploring the rich and new world created with a pair of properly loving and cute lovers. I can not recommend this book as the unique bits are far too far and inbetween everything that we have seen before and done better.

  • Strictly Analog

  • By: Richard Levesque
  • Narrated by: Steven Jay Cohen
  • Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 609
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 560
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 563

What's a private detective to do in a future where nothing is private? That's Ted Lomax's problem. In the new California, a corporation runs the government, electric cars have drive tones, and a new technology keeps everyone constantly connected to the Internet. Almost everyone.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Nice noir feel for a techno-mystery

  • By Kingsley on 03-14-15

above average sclock with bad narrator

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

Reviewed: 08-18-16

the story itself is above average cyberpunk/noir detective story, but the reader just sounds so darned bored. If you feel the craving for the genre, listen to the story at 1.5 times speed to get any decent pacing at all.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • God Emperor of Dune

  • By: Frank Herbert
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 15 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,550
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,790
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,805

More than 3,000 years have passed since the first events recorded in Dune. Only one link survives with those tumultuous times: the grotesque figure of Leto Atreides, son of the prophet Paul Muad'Dib, and now the virtually immortal God Emperor of Dune. He alone understands the future, and he knows with a terrible certainty that the evolution of his race is at an end unless he can breed new qualities into his species.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Almost as good as the original

  • By Joel D Offenberg on 12-03-09

an actual mess.

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

Reviewed: 08-11-16

this is less a story, and more the conservative ramblings of a mad man. I would say that it is a very disappointing and somewhat disgusting long essay with the most flimsy trappings of story surrounding it. what is most upsetting is the underlying casual homophobia and sexism hidden in the throwaway lines, bringing real truth to the anecdotes in dreamers of dune. This is as far in the series I once called my favorite, Time and education have made me too aware of the problems.

There are also problems with the writing, but I will sum those up with this fact; While Frank Herbert converted to buddhism, he still conceives of a universe where not only is there a self, but the cells are capable of containing that self and reproducing it.

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  • The Devil You Know

  • By: Mike Carey
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 13 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,702
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,028
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,042

Felix Castor used to cast out demons for a living, and London was his stomping ground. But in a time when the supernatural realm is in upheaval and spilling over into the mundane world of the living, his skills are in renewed demand. With old debts to pay, Castor is left with no choice but to accept one final, well-paying assignment: a seemingly simple exorcism.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pied Piper with a Conscience

  • By Tango on 07-27-13

solid urban fantasy

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

Reviewed: 06-22-16

I rather like this idea of urban fantasy where the fantastical elements are part of the every day world. that is what I enjoy the most in this book. Not to say the rest is unenjoyable, far from it, it is a very well written if a touch simple film noir piece, and I am enamoured with it. bought the second book already.