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  • Twilight Falling

  • Forgotten Realms: Erevis Cale Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Paul S. Kemp
  • Narrated by: John Pruden
  • Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 261
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 242
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 244

Erevis Cale - simple butler or much, much more? The shadows grow long on the mean streets of Selgaunt...and the sun sets on one man's service to Sembia's merchant lords. The day's end finds Erevis Cale serving a new master, one who is beyond the petty accumulation of wealth. After all, what is gold to one who trades in souls?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really Good First Book

  • By Guy Generic on 11-23-13

So much better than I expected

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

Reviewed: 11-19-16

Oh my gosh. The part with 'the girls' melted my cold, jaded heart.

  • Lord of Stormweather

  • Forgotten Realms: Sembia, Book 7
  • By: Dave Gross
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Arthur
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24

Thamalon Uskevren II, the heir to Stormweather Towers, never expected to inherit so much so quickly. When his parents and Erevis Cale vanish without a trace, Tamlin must rally what's left of his family and try to solve a mystery whose roots lie deep beneath Stormweather, before a deadly assassin ends the Uskevren line forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Splendid Conclusion

  • By Daphne on 11-17-16

A Splendid Conclusion

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

Reviewed: 11-17-16

It's always a pleasure when a seven book series ties itself up so nicely. I also appreciated the great narration throughout.

  • Cattle

  • The Fearlanders
  • By: Joseph Duncan
  • Narrated by: Ian M. Walker
  • Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 311
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 297
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 297

It is 10 years after the global apocalypse. The Phage, the zombie virus that brought the world to its knees, has mutated, restoring the minds of its undead victims: their personalities, their memories... even their dreams. The living dead are no longer the mindless monsters that drove mankind to the brink of extinction.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The narrator made this book for me

  • By Todd N Toscano on 08-11-15

Such an interesting take on the Zombie genre

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

Reviewed: 08-12-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I actually have! I know some people on my goodreads friends that really enjoy a good zombie book, and they've all added this one to their TBR pile or have already read/listened to it.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Cattle?

When the main character has to make the really tough choice about his zombified friend.

What about Ian M. Walker’s performance did you like?

I think Walker has the perfect voice for narrating a post-apocalyptic zombie book. His voices were solid, but I enjoyed most that he could insert the right amount of sarcastic and honest tones when required.

Any additional comments?

This book actually made me take another look at this genre. I've never really been one for the post-apocalyptic zombie sort of book, but it made me realize that there might be some good ones being written now I should consider. It's what helped me find "The Girl With All the Gifts" that I also loved. Those two are my favorite zombie books now. Even better than the classics World War Z.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review from audiobookblast.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Poppet and the Lune

  • An Original Fairytale
  • By: Madeline Claire Franklin
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Basalto
  • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12

The witch who made the patchwork girl died before she could give her creation a name. Stitched together from the remains of the villagers’ dead children—whose memories still live in her flesh—the patchwork girl is a spell as yet unfinished, held together by nothing more than a ring made of moonbeams. She can never be what her parents want her to be: a replacement for the children they’ve lost. So when the poppet grows up, and grows tired of being a disappointment, she decides to embark upon a journey through the Everwood Forest in search of her real name.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cool Fairytale!

  • By Frode on 07-14-15

Definitely an original fairytale!

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

Reviewed: 08-12-15

Where does The Poppet and the Lune rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is up there for me. It was interesting, and the take on the classic fairytale was very original.

What did you like best about this story?

I enjoyed the lyrical quality to the writing a lot. It takes a real talent to take simple writing, and add depth to the simplicity. It's one of the things I love about Herman Hesse, Angela Carter, Kim Ecchlin, and now Madeline Franklin!

What about Elizabeth Basalto’s performance did you like?

She has a wonderful depth to her voice. The perfect choice for a fairtalesque story. I wish she could narrate all the classic myths and tales. I'd love to hear her tackle a Grimm Brother collection.

Any additional comments?

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review for audiobookblast

  • Tarnish

  • Complete Trilogy Edition
  • By: J. D. Brink
  • Narrated by: Todd Menesses
  • Length: 15 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

Silver, they call it, the light of the full moon: celestial magic that changes men into beasts and calls the dead from their graves...and young men to their destinies. Billy Cole is the son of legendary folk hero Ian the Black. He should be marching to war, battling dragons, and rescuing fair maidens. Unfortunately for him, the war is long over, the last dragon was slain by the Dread Duke, and all the girls in Redfield are either several years younger than him or already married. Billy is 16 springs old and ready for a life of valor and excitement.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderfully epic story

  • By Karri K. on 07-21-15

A fun fantasy with interesting take on the genre

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

Reviewed: 07-19-15

What made the experience of listening to Tarnish the most enjoyable?

I absolutely loved the innovative take on the classical epic fantasy Tarnish brought to the genre. I didn't start getting into the story until about 40 minutes in, but I'm so glad I stuck with it. By the end of the first hour I was absolutely hooked, and was really sad when I had to pause to do real life things. I just wanted to get back to the book and finish it.

I'm definitely adding another work from Brink to my TBR pile to see if his other work is as enjoyable as Tarnish. I also REALLY hope he plans on a sequel. This would be a wonderful start to a series.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Tarnish?

The addition of the storytellers telling actual stories within the bars and inns was a stroke of genius. It was my absolute favorite part about the book. There is so much trope that goes into this genre anymore that the way this book was structured was a breath of fresh air.

What does Todd Menesses bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I really can't get over how perfectly suited to this story Menesses's narration was. His enunciation was great, and I loved all his character voices. It was a first class performance.

Any additional comments?

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Sea Sick

  • By: Iain Rob Wright
  • Narrated by: Nigel Patterson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45

Police Officer Jack Wardsley's life ended the moment his partner died, stabbed to death by a deranged druggie. Now, years later, Jack is a changed man, with a head full of secrets driving him insane. His recent record of police brutality and a reputation for not following the rules has prompted his seniors to give him an ultimatum: take a few weeks off, relax, and find some way to let go of all the anger - or else find another job.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • GOOD BUT NOT GREAT!

  • By Annie The Audible Addict!!! on 10-12-15

Interesting take on a time loop

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

Reviewed: 07-19-15

What did you love best about Sea Sick?

It's easy to get bored with time loop books, and I'm sure they are hard to write well. Sea Sick is a very good example of a time loop adventure/zombie/horror book done just right.

I'm still just starting to get into adventure and horror type books after mostly just listening and reading non-fiction history and science, so maybe I'm not yet jaded, but I really enjoyed the ride this book took me on. It was action packed throughout, and the character development with the MC was just right for this sort of genre. The ending was great. It had closure, but also left open the possibility that Wright could write a wonderful sequel.

Which character – as performed by Nigel Patterson – was your favorite?

All of Patterson's are acceptably believable with different intonations and inflections to be able to tell them apart without being distracting. He has a very masculine voice, and he doesn't try to over do his females and sound silly - it's understated just enough to be noticeably a female without going over the top.

I he got the main character spot on, and I always have enjoyed his narrations - this one is no different.

Any additional comments?

I received an audio copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review from audiobookblast.

  • The Artist of the Beautiful

  • By: Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Narrated by: Paul Woodson
  • Length: 1 hr and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

Obsessive, reclusive, artistically inclined watchmaker Owen Worland spends his entire life trying to capture natural beauty in his scientific inventions. But he is frequently discouraged and set back by the interference of the townspeople, his former master, and the lovely Annie Hovenden. Will Owen ever fulfill his life's goal and create the ultimate perfection?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A wonderful, Short Piece, Excellently Delivered!

  • By Charles Mack on 07-17-15

An hour really well spent

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

Reviewed: 07-14-15

Where does The Artist of the Beautiful rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is one of the better classical short stories I've listened to or read. In just an hour, Hawthorne, tells a tight and beautiful story about one mans life and obsession with beauty and life. It is bittersweet, but the main character does not view it as so.

Paul Woodson is a superb narrator. Just take a listen to the audio sample, and you'll see what I mean. I generally speed my listening up at least a bit, but did not do it for this one at all. His voice was just too spot on. Plus, I knew it was a short story and I didn't want it to end.

Which scene was your favorite?

The final scene has to be the favorite. I imagine that will the be the case for any listener - which is exactly what a good short story should do.

Any additional comments?

I admittedly really disliked The Scarlet Letter. Did not enjoy it in school, and I tried several years later to give it another chance, and disliked it even more then. I've avoided touching anything else by Hawthorne since. I'm so glad I was given this book to listen and review because now I see there may be a different side to the author that I will enjoy.

I received this book for free from audiobookblast dot com in exchange for an honest review.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Efficiency Expert

  • By: Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • Narrated by: Paul Woodson
  • Length: 5 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

Jimmy Torrance, Jr., was a champion athlete in college, if not the brightest scholar. Upon graduation in 1919, he emerges starry-eyed into the grand metropolis of Chicago, cocksure that he will immediately be hired as the manager of a large business. But the real world differs measurably from Jimmy's grandiose expectations.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Coming of age ~ hard lessons, but wisely learned

  • By BOOKTALK WITH EILEEN on 08-22-15

A Different Side of Burroughs

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

Reviewed: 07-12-15

What did you love best about The Efficiency Expert?

I loved that this was an entirely new side of Burroughs that I didn't know existed. It's formulaic, and splendidly so. This is a book you can just sit back and enjoy the ride.

Paul Woodson does a great job with the narration. His enunciation is great, and he does accents and male/female voices believable. He has the right kind of voice for exploring the lesser known classics.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Obviously, it would have to be the hooker with the heart of gold. Who doesn't love their noir tropes?

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I listened to the whole thing at work in a night, and I think it was better for it. This one took a good hour for me to start getting interested, so I'm glad I was able to get past the introduction to the main character because the rest of the book was great.

Any additional comments?

I received this book for free from audiobookblast in exchange for an honest review.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Erotic Exchanges

  • The World of Elite Prostitution in Eighteenth-Century Paris
  • By: Nina Kushner
  • Narrated by: Sally Martin
  • Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 45

In Erotic Exchanges, Nina Kushner reveals the complex world of elite prostitution in 18th-century Paris by focusing on the professional mistresses who dominated it. In this demimonde, these dames entretenues exchanged sex, company, and sometimes even love for being "kept". Most of these women entered the profession unwillingly, either because they were desperate and could find no other means of support or because they were sold by family members to brothels or to particular men.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Historical examination of the Demimonde

  • By Shoshana Hathaway on 08-07-15

Full of very interesting facts and case studies

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

Reviewed: 07-12-15

What did you love best about Erotic Exchanges?

I loved the fact that Nina Kushner kept the scholarly and historical bend to the whole book. It is a difficult subject to treat with dignity and seriousness when you are writing a pop-sci book about prostitution, but Kushner did it really well. From the beginning to the end, I could tell how much archival and serious study was put into researching this book. This is a far cry from authors like Erik Larson, who you have to question constantly throughout the book because over half of what he writes is just imaginary conjecture he made up in his own head.

What about Sally Martin’s performance did you like?

Sally Martin's voice and narration was spot on for this book. She has the right feminine voice paired with the requisite amount of gravitas. I think the perfect choice was made for narrators. It's hard to narrate a non-fiction history book well, and still keep the listeners interest throughout, but Martin succeeded in this for me.

Any additional comments?

I received this audiobook for free from audiobookblast dot com in exchange for an honest review.

  • Reservoir Gods

  • By: Brian Knight
  • Narrated by: Roberto Scarlato
  • Length: 4 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 4

Dworshak isn't a lake in the classical sense of the word, but a reservoir; a portion of the once narrow northern fork of the Clearwater River, dammed up to generate power and prevent the yearly spring floods that once plagued the town of Orofino. If half the rumors about Dworshak were true, it would surely be haunted. Stories about a small trade town, its buildings deserted but still intact, buried under hundreds of feet of dark water.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Resevoir Gods

  • By Deedra on 08-19-15

Eclectic cast & you will probably dislike them all

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

Reviewed: 07-08-15

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I would recommend this book to the readers/listeners I know that like big horror and action kind of books.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

There is a lot of good things going for this story. It hits many of the right notes when you want to put together a good giant monster/animal/storm sort of story. It was fast based throughout, and the author made sure they never stopped the action, or let up for even a bit with needless backstory.

Telling a story from many perspectives is great, but the author did struggle with making them not seem jarring, and snapping you out of the adventure.

Which scene was your favorite?

My favorite scene was the diver coming upon the sunken town. Underwater archaeology and diving has always been a fascinating subject for me. Add a giant (and I mean GIANT) catfish to the mix, and you are golden.

Any additional comments?

I received this audiobook for free from audiobookblast in exchange for an honest review.