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  • Shadow Land

  • A Harbinger P.I. Novel, Book 5
  • By: Adam J Wright
  • Narrated by: Greg Tremblay
  • Length: 5 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 137
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 128
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126

When a child goes missing, his mother asks me to help. After all, she believes he was taken by a monster and that’s my field of expertise. The search leads to the storm drains of Dearmont; not a good place to be when you’ve seen as many horror movies as I have. Turns out the monstrous kidnapper is also responsible for the mysterious disappearance of a patient from a psychiatric hospital nearby. And as I investigate further, I'm pushed into the waiting arms of an old nemesis.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • good continuation of the series

  • By hank on 10-22-18

Excellent Urban Fantasy

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

Reviewed: 07-16-18

I'm totally hooked on this series and really feel it has hit an excellent stride with this book. Loved the interweaving of the different subplots and the characters are well developed. I'm really looking forward to book 6.

  • The Jonathan Shade Series: Box Set - Books 1-3

  • Modern Sorcery, Acheron Highway, Dragon Gate
  • By: Gary Jonas
  • Narrated by: Joe Hempel
  • Length: 19 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54

The first three books in the Jonathan Shade series. Includes Modern Sorcery: Death by dark magic. As soon as I get over my ex, her father hacks her mother apart with a sword. She hires me to prove dark magic was involved. Hey, it's what I do as a paranormal investigator, so I get why she thinks I can help. But my secretary, Esther, a ghost from the 1920s flapper era, and Kelly Chan, my magically engineered protector, are dead-set against me getting involved. With all the deadly magic flying around, they may have a point.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting series if you enjoy this Genre

  • By cosmitron on 04-06-18

Urban Sorcery

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

Reviewed: 05-09-18

I received these books for free in return for an honest review.

I read a lot of urban fantasy. Some of my favorite series are The Dresden Files, Iron Druid and Alex Veras. I wanted to add this series to my list, but unfortunately it has some flaws I just can't get past.

I felt that the rules of magic in the book were not well explained. The reader is sort of dropped into the middle of the book without much explanation of the back stories of the characters and it took basically all three books to resolve the questions. It should have been resolved in the first book. Also, some of the magic was cartoony. A magician makes an apartment building disappear and creates a 200 foot crater - really? A 200 foot deep hole in the ground? Why? The second book was really dark and pretty bloody, then just wrapped up in one chapter at the end, with a much more powerful being getting killed off in just a few seconds. The series is written as a sort of PI noir style, then set in Denver, which I found jolting.

The narrator was okay, he did good accents and not bad women's voices, but he rushed everything. The really good narrators elevate the story and make it more believable. This one did not.

This series is written for an adult audience only. If you really love Urban Paranormal, you may like this.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Wicked Autumn

  • A Max Tudor Novel
  • By: G. M. Malliet
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 990
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 875
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 875

Max Tudor has adapted well to his post as vicar of St. Edwold's in the idyllic village of Nether Monkslip. The quiet village seems the perfect home for Max, who has fled a harrowing past as an MI5 agent. But this new-found serenity is quickly shattered when the highly vocal and unpopular president of the Women's Institute turns up dead at the Harvest Fayre. The death looks like an accident, but Max's training as a former agent kicks in, and before long he suspects foul play.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Too Many Sermons

  • By Virginia Waldron on 02-14-15

Really Good English Village Mystery

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

Reviewed: 04-29-18

Interesting characters, really good introduction to the village, great descriptions - esp of TildyAnn, twisty murder, very good narrator. I'm getting the next book!

  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 212,472
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 198,391
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 197,977

At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book.

  • By Julie W. Capell on 05-27-14

Great Book for Nerdy Kids of the 80's

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

Reviewed: 04-14-18

I really enjoyed both this and the movie. Great narrator and characters. Live life live.

  • Curiouser and Curiouser: Steampunk Alice in Wonderland

  • Steampunk Fairy Tales
  • By: Melanie Karsak
  • Narrated by: Lesley Parkin
  • Length: 5 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57

To save the Hatter, Alice must work with the one man she despises so much that she might still love him. Alice thought she'd turned over a new leaf. No more working for Jabberwocky. No more making deals with the ruthless Queen of Hearts. No more hanging around The Mushroom with tinkers, tarts, scoundrels, and thieves in London's criminal underbelly. But she'd been bonkers to dream.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • this book is a masterpiece in itself

  • By AudioBook Reviewer on 01-29-18

Steampunk Alice With Spunk

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

Reviewed: 02-02-18

I received this book free in return for an unbiased review.

I quite liked this steampunk version of Alice in Wonderland. It has a solid foundation and a very good narrator. it was maybe a bit spot on for including references to the original Alice. I liked it best when it veered of into originality. I especially enjoyed the descriptions of the White Palace and the steampunk wonders.

I'd recommend this to older teens it did have some pretty disturbing characters and imagery (as did the original, really). Not to give too much away but I didn't like Alice second guessing herself. I thought her original decision was sound and I don't like that she later regretted it. It took a bit away from the girl power message. anyway quite a good book and nicely visualized world.

  • Murder in an English Village

  • By: Jessica Ellicott
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
  • Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,586
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,384
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,370

The year is 1920: Flying in the face of convention, legendary American adventuress Beryl Helliwell never fails to surprise and shock. The last thing her adoring public would expect is that she craves some peace and quiet. The humdrum hamlet of Walmsley Parva in the English countryside seems just the ticket. And, honestly, until America comes to its senses and repeals Prohibition, Beryl has no intention of returning stateside and subjecting herself to bathtub gin.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Can't Wait For Next Book

  • By Sally W. Harris on 05-22-18

Charming Cozy Mystery

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

Reviewed: 01-16-18

I mostly loved the ladies in this book. What great characters! It has a nice twist. I feel like these two are just getting going, and I hope there are plans for more mysteries with them.

Barbara Rosenblat is narration perfection as always, she adds to every book she narrates.

12 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • Harrison Squared

  • By: Daryl Gregory
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 432
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 400
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 403

Harrison Harrison - H2 to his mom - is a lonely teenager who's been terrified of the water ever since he was a toddler in California, when a huge sea creature capsized their boat, and his father vanished. One of the "sensitives" who are attuned to the supernatural world, Harrison, along with his mother, has just moved to the worst possible place for a boy like him.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • The premise sounded so interesting...

  • By shirley on 03-26-15

Watch Out in the Water!

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

Reviewed: 01-16-18

I purchased this book mostly because Luke Daniels was the narrator, and I wasn't really expecting to like it as much as I did. I loved the reviewer who said it was like Scooby Doo. I totally agree. It was fun to watch the development of the kids in the story from zombie like to secret agent.

I just have to say Lub was my favorite voice. He should have had a ring.

  • The Authorities

  • By: Scott Meyer
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,831
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,594
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,588

Sinclair Rutherford is a young Seattle cop with a taste for the finer things. Doing menial tasks and getting hassled by superiors he doesn't respect are definitely not "finer things". Good police work and bad luck lead him to crack a case that changes quickly from a career-making break into a high-profile humiliation when footage of his pursuit of the suspect - wildly inappropriate murder weapon in hand - becomes an Internet sensation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another fun book by Scott Meyer

  • By Matt on 11-04-17

Big Fan of Scott Meyer and Luke Daniels

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

Reviewed: 01-16-18

I've been a big fan of Scott Meyer, I really enjoyed the Magic 2.0 series and I hope The Authorities is a start to a new series. The characters are well developed and interesting and the plot was nice and thorny.

Luke Daniels is always excellent and this book is no exception. He can just nail the whole backstory of a character by giving them identifiable speaking mannerisms. He elevates the books he narrates.

  • Her Royal Spyness

  • By: Rhys Bowen
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10,870
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,670
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,636

Georgie, aka Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie, cousin of King George V of England, is penniless and trying to survive on her own as an ordinary person in London in 1932. So far she has managed to light a fire and boil an egg... She's gate-crashed a wedding... She's making money by secretly cleaning houses... And she's been asked to spy for Her Majesty the Queen.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Happy addition to a difficult genre

  • By Living Right on 08-16-10

Heartbroken that Katherine Kellgren is gone

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

Reviewed: 01-14-18

I have loved these books for years and always looked forward to the next in the series. I was heartbroken to hear that the inimitable Katherine Kellgren has passed away. She is the voice of this series. I will continue to love and listen to her work in many great series, but now it will be with a lingering sadness knowing that she is no longer with us.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Murder on Black Swan Lane

  • By: Andrea Penrose
  • Narrated by: James Cameron Stewart
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,207
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,093
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,089

The Earl of Wrexford possesses a brilliant scientific mind, but boredom and pride lead him to reckless behavior. He does not suffer fools gladly. So when pompous, pious Reverend Josiah Holworthy publicly condemns him for debauchery, Wrexford unsheathes his rapier-sharp wit and strikes back. As their war of words escalates, London's most popular satirical cartoonist, A. J. Quill, skewers them both.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great new series!

  • By Mystery Maven on 10-22-17

Very Good Regency mystery

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

Reviewed: 01-03-18

I really enjoyed this book. It's a very solid mystery set in Regency England. it has well thought out interesting characters and an intriguing puzzle.