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  • The Black Knight Chronicles: Omnibus Edition

  • By: John Hartness
  • Narrated by: Nick J. Russo
  • Length: 16 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 224
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 210
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 209

The Black Knight Chronicles: lots of vampires. No sparkles. Serious snark. This bundle includes books one through there: Hard Day's Knight, Back in Black, and Knight Moves.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It's been a hard day's Knight . . .

  • By Ray Johnson on 07-18-18

Excellent series reminiscent of Iron Druid Series

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

Reviewed: 09-29-17

Wise cracking private eye detectives who happen to be vampires and end up mostly on supernatural cases. The humor is good, the action is good and the narration is good. The three books contained here, A Hard Day's Knight, Back in Black and Knight moves are all very good and consistent with the genre. Enjoyable and entertaining.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Morning Star

  • Book III of the Red Rising Trilogy
  • By: Pierce Brown
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 21 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 28,248
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 26,327
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 26,275

Darrow would have lived in peace, but his enemies brought him war. The Gold overlords demanded his obedience, hanged his wife, and enslaved his people. But Darrow is determined to fight back. Risking everything to transform himself and breach Gold society, Darrow has battled to survive the cutthroat rivalries that breed Society's mightiest warriors, climbed the ranks, and waited patiently to unleash the revolution that will tear the hierarchy apart from within.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It doesn't get much better than this!

  • By Audre on 03-24-16

A satisfying end to the series

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

Reviewed: 09-09-17

The last book in the series holds up as well as the previous two. There are some plot twists that make it interesting and the character personalities remain consistent from the previous books. The character consistency is really one of the strengths of this book as it sets you up to anticipate plot events so the plot twists actually work. I don't think this book would be as strong if you didn't know the personalities of the participants from previous books. Over all it moves at a decent pace. The narrator does a good job of providing each character with a voice although he does arrogant better than humble. Which, given the characters in the book, there are a lot more arrogant ones than humble ones.

  • The Kartoss Gambit

  • Way of the Shaman, Book 2
  • By: Vasily Mahanenko
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Yen
  • Length: 15 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3,405
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,182
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,174

A product of the latest technologies, Barliona is a virtual world brimming with fun and entertainment. The government has become the guarantor for the in-game currency, allowing its free circulation. As a result the population floods Barliona in pursuit of easy money. It doesn't take long for the game developers to discover a source of free labor: real-world prison convicts. While their bodies are locked in special auto-maintenance virtual capsules, the prisoners' minds are released into Barliona's virtual mines.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Narrator sets the Tone

  • By Don Gilbert on 05-18-16

As engaging as the first - and some good intrigue

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

Reviewed: 08-31-17

I found it as engaging as the first. It is still like some obsessed gamer telling you about their Everquest or World of Warcraft session but it works. This one has a couple of good mysteries in it and I am getting the next one just to see what the end game with the clans and their shadowy leaders is all about.

  • Fight and Flight

  • Magic 2.0, Book 4
  • By: Scott Meyer
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9,389
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,849
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,826

Martin and his friends discovered that their world is computer generated and that by altering the code they could alter reality. They traveled back in time to Medieval England to live as wizards. Almost everything they've done since then has, in one way or another, blown up in their faces. So of course they decide to make dragons. It does not go well.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Major stumble in a great series

  • By Virgil on 05-11-17

Good but weaker than previous books

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

Reviewed: 08-17-17

It is good and very similar to the previous books. The story is a bit weak but most the humor is still there.

  • The Fold

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,432
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,341
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,292

The folks in Mike Erikson's small New England town would say he's just your average, everyday guy. And that's exactly how Mike likes it. Sure, the life he's chosen isn't much of a challenge to someone with his unique gifts, but he's content with his quiet and peaceful existence. That is, until an old friend presents him with an irresistible mystery, one that Mike is uniquely qualified to solve.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Had so much promise

  • By Brian G on 09-01-17

Good story

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

Reviewed: 07-30-17

A good story most the way through. The performer did an excellent job both with the voices and plot exposition. There are some pretty big holes in the plot at the end but it doesn't detract much from the overall book.

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  • Alcatraz versus the Evil Librarians

  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Ramon De Ocampo
  • Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,295
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,015
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,025

The author of the Mistborn trilogy and Elantris, Brandon Sanderson is winning abundant praise for this rollicking - and unusual - tale. Alcatraz Smedry can’t exactly be described as someone who doesn’t break things. In fact, he breaks lots of things. The truth is, he’s a major klutz. Breaking things, however, might just be the ace in the hole he needs when he goes up against a cabal of nefarious (gasp!) librarians.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Highly Entertaining + Great Narration

  • By JARED on 08-19-12

A good book for young people

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

Reviewed: 07-25-17

The style is something I would have really enjoyed in my teens. While as an old person this was ok, I found the characters simplistic and the plot obvious. this is not a knock against the author, whom I enjoy, just that I am not the target audience for this series. I enjoyed the performance and will look for more books performed by this reader.

  • The Wise Man's Fear

  • (Kingkiller Chronicle, Book 2)
  • By: Patrick Rothfuss
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 42 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 54,267
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 49,471
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 49,504

"My name is Kvothe. I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well worth your time

  • By Robert on 09-08-11

A good follow up

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

Reviewed: 07-19-17

I enjoyed the first book and the second was an excellent follow up. Engaging characters and the story progressed beyond the university days. I felt this one stands alone better than the first and while the story is not finished, this book is self contained with only small teasers as to the next book.

  • Lock In (Narrated by Wil Wheaton)

  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,022
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,226
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,201

Not too long from today, a new, highly contagious virus makes its way across the globe. Most who get sick experience nothing worse than flu, fever, and headaches. But for the unlucky one percent - and nearly five million souls in the United States alone - the disease causes "Lock In": Victims fully awake and aware, but unable to move or respond to stimulus. The disease affects young, old, rich, poor, people of every color and creed. The world changes to meet the challenge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun! Things you might want to know:

  • By Alexis on 08-29-14

decent story, good performance

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

Reviewed: 06-21-17

The author did a reasonable job creating an alternate, plausible realit. The allegory drawn to other oppressed groups was not heavy-handed and the story kept moving. Will Wheaton did an excellent job on the narration

  • Critical Failures III

  • Caverns and Creatures, Book 3
  • By: Robert Bevan
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Sleep
  • Length: 7 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,316
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,065
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,047

Going back home was not exactly what Tim and the C&C gang expected. Trouble continues to follow them back to Gulf Coast Mississippi. Trouble...and a gnome...and an undead midget.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Natural 20 in hilarity

  • By Sugarpucker on 06-08-16

very good but not as strong as the first two

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

Reviewed: 06-05-17

it you like the first two you will like this one. the group gets back to the real world but all is not as expected. while I enjoyed it, it was a bit slower and a bit less funny than the first two and three several mini adventures

  • The Dark Lord's Handbook

  • By: Paul Dale
  • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
  • Length: 13 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 496
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 474
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 474

To become a Dark Lord is no easy thing. The simple ambition to hold dominion over the world and bend all to your will sounds straightforward, but it's not. There are armies to raise, fortresses to build, heroes to defeat, and battles to be fought. After many spectacular failures, Evil decided to lend more than inspiration to these would-be tyrants. He wrote an easy-to-follow Dark Lord's Handbook. And yet the next Dark Lord that came along screwed up like all the others.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Started out good but turned into a drag

  • By Kulain on 01-12-15

A decent twist on the classic evil vs Hero

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

Reviewed: 05-06-17

A classic hero vs the ultimate evil story, think Star Wars, Lord of the Rings etc. but starts out before the ultimate bad guy is actually the ultimate bad guy. Good tongue in cheek references to all the cliches with good taunting of them afterward. A couple of easy plot twists to keep it interesting, even becoming a Dark Lord has its pitfalls, and you have a decent listen.