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P. C. Gardner

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  • Critical Failures VI

  • Caverns and Creatures, Book 6
  • By: Robert Bevan
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Sleep
  • Length: 15 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 796
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 756
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 753

In the wake of their recent loss, the Caverns and Creatures gang are left hanging. Do their choices amount to more than waiting around to die of thirst and leaping to a quicker death? Probably, or else this would have been a much shorter story.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So happy it's out!

  • By Joe W on 01-02-19

HIlarious!

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

Reviewed: 02-18-19

Great fun! There were so many moments when I was listening to this on my headphones trying not to laugh inappropriately in public. It is hilarious and raunchy and awful and brilliant. The quality hasn't dropped after five books and the jokes haven't gotten old. I will keep listening.

  • Thin Air

  • A Novel
  • By: Richard K. Morgan
  • Narrated by: Colin Mace
  • Length: 18 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 493
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 462
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 459

From the author of the award-winning Altered Carbon, which is now an exciting new series from Netflix. On a Mars where ruthless corporate interests violently collide with a homegrown independence movement as Earth-based overlords battle for profits and power, Hakan Veil is an ex-professional enforcer equipped with military-grade body tech that's made him a human killing machine. But he's had enough, and all he wants is a ticket back home - which is just what he's offered by the Earth Oversight organization, in exchange for being the bodyguard for an EO investigator.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Turns out there is life on Mars

  • By Gilbert on 10-26-18

Gritty Mars noir sci-fi - Worth the read

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

Reviewed: 02-18-19

Great book, featuring a noir-ish detective story. I'm a fan of this author and this book doesn't disappoint. The MC is an ex-"over-rider", a "hard man" tasked with riding along on space journeys in cold storage and only woken up if something goes wrong. When they wake up, their mission is to "save the ship" and they do with brutal efficiency and little regard for the safety of themselves of others.

In a lot of ways, Vail (the MC) has been in cold storage on Mars for the past 5 or so years when he's tasked with helping an Earth diplomat figure out the disappearance of a local who'd won a trip back to earth and then disappeared before he could take the trip. The results are explosive...

The action is tight, the noir tropes are on point and the story zips along at a great pace. Morgan's vision of Mars is super interesting and the details he highlights are sleek and edged in chrome. Everything we've come to expect from this master of the genre.

There was perhaps too much sex for me, but I still really enjoyed the novel. I never really enjoy explicit sex in audio books. I don't mind it, if the rest of the book is good, and the rest of this book is great. The sex isn't bad either, just not for me.

  • Infinite

  • By: Jeremy Robinson
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,389
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,786
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,771

The Galahad, a faster-than-light spacecraft, carries 50 scientists and engineers on a mission to prepare Kepler 452b, Earth's nearest habitable neighbor at 1400 light years away. With Earth no longer habitable and the Mars colony slowly failing, they are humanity's best hope. After 10 years in a failed cryogenic bed - body asleep, mind awake - William Chanokh's torture comes to an end as the fog clears, the hatch opens, and his friend and fellow hacker, Tom, greets him...by stabbing a screwdriver into his heart. This is the first time William dies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a rather complex science fiction story

  • By AudioBook Reviewer on 12-26-17

Unenlightened view of women

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

Reviewed: 02-18-19


I don't know when I became so sensitive to gender politics, but I can no longer stand trashy books like this one. WIthin 5 minutes of starting this one I knew I wouldn't like it. The scene with him and the therapist just set me off. I don't mind pervy guys who look up skirts, I just didn't feel like the author's attitude towards women was very enlightened. Luckily, I don't have to read this schlock with Audible's generous return policy. I listened for about 20 more minutes and decided to turned this one off.

The final straw was the phrase, "Text rolled down the screen which only a tech jock could understand."

The idea of calling people skilled with tech "tech jocks" is awful. That a terrible phrase. It makes my teeth hurt. If that's the best you can do, please do something else. You are no "word jock". Bust also, the idea that you would write something like that is appalling. "indecipherable text rolled down the screen", "the loading screen scrolled by"... it just shows a lack of interest in the craft of writing. Blargh.

Leave it for someone else to read. Plenty of other fish in the sea.

  • Black Coven

  • Daniel Black, Book 2
  • By: E. William Brown
  • Narrated by: Guy Williams
  • Length: 13 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,068
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,001
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 998

Surviving Ragnarok is a challenge no matter what powers you have, and new problems keep cropping up. Demanding witches, genocidal monsters, divine feuds, and local politics will all keep Daniel on his toes. But his enemies have made one crucial mistake. They've given an engineer who understands the nature of magic time to build things.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • loved the concept of the story

  • By RONALD on 08-16-16

Male Power Fantasy Romance Novel

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

Reviewed: 01-30-19

So there's this guy, his completely OP and he has a bevvy of ultra hot women around him who all want to have sex with him all the time. He gets woken up with BJs, gets randomly jumped all the time and he can control the physical forms of his harem to make the cat girls and big breasted and gorgeous. I tried to look past the juvenile sex fantasy to see the story, which was kind of interesting, but the gender politics got in the way, but it just wasn't enough. This just feels like a romance novel for adolescent boys. All jiggling boobs and desperate sex slaves. I think the author should work harder to make three dimensional characters instead of vapid sex kittens. a telling moment: on of the only women that the MC isn't having sex with is hideously ugly. in this world, women can't be pretty and non-sexual objects. I don't mind sex in books (though I don't prefer it) I just want the characters to be fully realized. if you want an adolescent romance novel, go for it. the characters are consenting, sexually liberated adults. I do give the author props for thinking about and discussing consent. it's a weird mix, the author is aware of gender politics... that's clear, but he just chose to right a male power fantasy. it is what it is, I guess.

also, note that I gave the book 3 stars. the story is kind of cool. I like the concept of figuring out what to do when Ragnarok comes. that's neat, just too many sex kittens.

  • The Anime Trope System: Stone vs. Viper, Book 1

  • A LitRPG (ATS)
  • By: Alvin Atwater
  • Narrated by: David Reimer
  • Length: 6 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98

At the mercy of an unknown entity, Clyde gets tossed into the anime world. Yes, it exists, we just don't know it. There, he's declared the Stone, the anime main character. One day, he must kill the Viper, or else it's good-bye, Earth. This is the comedic tale of a young man vs. cliche anime tropes. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • need a score card

  • By john moglia on 01-23-19

maybe I don't love anime enough

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

Reviewed: 01-11-19

this book was okay. the story was kind of boring. unexplainably attractive guy moves from one girl trying to bed him to the next. maybe I don't know enough about anime to really appreciate this book, but it is more likely that this kind of anime is just trash. however, I gave the book an extra star because I don't know enough to appreciate it. to me the book just seemed kind of boring. also, I didn't love the expilict sex scenes though I didn't lower the rating because of it.

5 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The City of Brass

  • A Novel
  • By: S. A. Chakraborty
  • Narrated by: Soneela Nankani
  • Length: 19 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,289
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,198
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,193

Nahri has never believed in magic. Certainly she has power; on the streets of 18th-century Cairo, she's a con woman of unsurpassed talent. But she knows better than anyone that the trade she uses to get by - palm readings, zars, healings - are all tricks, sleights of hand, learned skills, a means to the delightful end of swindling Ottoman nobles and a reliable way to survive. But when Nahri accidentally summons an equally sly, darkly mysterious djinn warrior to her side during one of her cons, she's forced to question all she believes.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator ruined the charaters for me

  • By Jacquelyn S. De Phillips on 01-01-18

great setting, fun story

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

Reviewed: 01-04-19

this one kept me interested with a good setting and solid plot, doling out secrets a little at a time. I'm glad there is a sequel and I look forward to reading it. I really liked the setting and suspect that it's based in earth myths more than I know. I'd like to find out more

  • The Awakened Ape

  • A Biohacker's Guide to Evolutionary Fitness, Natural Ecstasy, and Stress-Free Living
  • By: Jevan Pradas
  • Narrated by: Paul Brion
  • Length: 8 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 29

Perpetually bored, anxious, fatigued, and overweight, modern society has failed to deliver the happiness it promised. The remedy, Jevan Pradas argues, is in a unique synthesis of a Paleolithic lifestyle and Buddhist meditation. A sprawling journey, featuring Jevan's adventures with naked Amazonian tribes and retreats with enlightened monks to learn the secrets of optimal well-being, The Awakened Ape will teach you how to achieve deep states of bliss. All while shaping your body into the fit and healthy animal millions of years of evolution programmed you to be. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I found this book refreshingly witty

  • By Teodora Trufea on 07-02-18

author is a small minded bigot

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-30-18

the way this guy talks about overweight people is evidence of the fact that he cannot possibly be a deep thinker. thoughtless and insulting. I wouldnt read a book by a blatant racist and I won't read this BS either.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Rogue Dungeon: A litRPG Adventure

  • The Rogue Dungeon, Book 1
  • By: James Hunter, eden Hudson
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,048
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,005
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,005

Roark von Graf - hedge mage and lesser noble of Traisbin - is one of only a handful of Freedom fighters left, and he knows the Resistance’s days are numbered. Unless they do something drastic... But when a daring plan to unseat the Tyrant King goes awry, Roark finds himself on the run through an interdimensional portal, which strands him in a very unexpected location: an ultra-immersive fantasy video game called Hearthworld. He can’t log out, his magic is on the fritz, and, worst of all, he’s not even human.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Solid start to a unique series.

  • By Tyler on 09-22-18

it was okay

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

Reviewed: 11-22-18

didn't love it. perhaps when it was new it was a breakthrough, but honestly it seems a little over marketed. I've been getting this as a suggestion to read for months and now that I did, I'm underwhelmed. it was a solid enough story, but another OP MC is surplus to requirements. how is a level 4 anything going to take on a level 11 boss and win? how is a level 7 anything going to take on a level 20 player? that's not how games work. sorry. the level system doesn't allow for that and if it does, it's badly designed.

  • Re-Start

  • Level UP Series, Book 1
  • By: Dan Sugralinov, Irene Woodhead - translator, Neil P. Woodhead - translator
  • Narrated by: Ramon De Ocampo
  • Length: 15 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 469
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 444
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 445

At 30 years old, Phil is an unemployed gamer who struggles to make ends meet. His only source of income is freelance writing (when he feels inspired enough to add another article to his less-than-popular blog). His wife has just walked out on him, leaving him without money, purpose, or food in the fridge. On the day his wife dumps him, Phil receives a mysterious piece of wetware. A game interface seems to have been implanted in his brain, which allows him to see the world through the eyes of an RPG player. Now that Phil discovers his real-life stats, he can see they're below average.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Once you start you won't stop

  • By Ray Johnson on 12-26-18

Clever spin on LitRPG

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

Reviewed: 11-21-18

kind of like an article from the onion, the concept is the best part. the execution is nothing special. author is clearly from somewhere politically backwards as the gender politics are not very modern. i prefer an author who turns females into characters instead of emotionally weak, status crazed, fuck dolls. that aside, I liked the concept of the novel ("why are you working on your character instead of yourself") but kind of wanted something more. I will probably read the next one, but I'm right on the edge of returning this one.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Stuff and Nonsense

  • Threadbare Series, Volume 1
  • By: Andrew Seiple
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 775
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 742
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 738

Meet Threadbare. He is 12 inches tall, full of fluff, and really, really bad at being a hero. Magically animated and discarded by his maker as a failed experiment, he is saved by a little girl. But she's got problems of her own, and he might not be able to help her. Fortunately for the little golem, he's quick to find allies, learn skills, gain levels, and survive horrible predicaments. Which is good, because his creator has a whole lot of enemies …

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An amazing tale you can't help but love

  • By Ray Johnson on 08-29-18

Lots of fun and laughs

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

Reviewed: 11-13-18

good book, well written, well thought out. I enjoyed the jobs scheme, pretty cool idea. not sure that all the stat bumps should happen so fast, but why not? it's not my world.

this story of a young girl and her toy golem was pretty funny. the premise was something I hadn't seen before and enjoyed it. I really liked the reasoning behind why the wizard thought he was failing. it seems logical. perhaps someone as smart as he was would have figured it out a little faster... but whatever. interesting read, with a good plot. TGR's performance was excellent, as usual.