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  • God Touched

  • The Demon Accords, Book 1
  • By: John Conroe
  • Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
  • Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,747
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,501
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,509

Chris Gordon is a rookie with the NYPD - one with a secret. In his spare time Chris is an exorcist without equal, with a gift from God. But when he saves a beatiful girl from a demonic attack, he discovers there is more to fear than just demons. Finding himself surrounded by vampires and were-weasels and facing a giant short-faced bear, Chris struggles to stay alive, all while protecting his deadly new girlfriend. And then there's her overprotective vampire mother!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Urban Fantasy Where Good Kicks *%# and I Loved It

  • By Don Gilbert on 11-19-17

A lot better than I had anticipated!

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

Reviewed: 04-17-19

One of my friends on goodreads talked about how much he liked this. So I picked it up on a whim and listened to it on audiobook. It was actually pretty good.

I liked the world setting, how the vampires and weres work (as much as the author has introduced so far). I like the powers of the main character and I like his love interest and her assistant.

The story itself had a pretty good pace, we got to meet some good secondary characters and everyone felt a little different, as if they were their own people. It felt like a real world.

My only issues, and some of it is personal preference was the starting power level is pretty high, and I worry the author might try to top each subsequent book in power. If they don't, and they just stick with equivelent or less powerful villians I think overall it will be a great run.

The only other issue is a 22 year old virgin hero. I am getting close to 50 and sometimes I just wish people would write about older characters, then again I should start my ritual of yelling at kids to get off my lawn :).

It is a good read, and worth the money.

  • Casino Royale

  • James Bond, Book 1
  • By: Ian Fleming
  • Narrated by: Dan Stevens
  • Length: 5 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,846
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,733
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,726

For James Bond and the British Secret Service, the stakes couldn't be higher. 007's mission is to neutralize the Russian operative Le Chiffre by ruining him at the baccarat table, forcing his Soviet masters to "retire" him. When Le Chiffre hits a losing streak, Bond discovers his luck is in - that is, until he meets Vesper Lynd, a glamorous agent who might yet prove to be his downfall. This audiobook includes an exclusive bonus interview with Dan Stevens.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stevens Makes This a much Better Listen

  • By TDH on 02-08-15

Sexist, racist, outdated and boring. Enough said..

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

Reviewed: 04-17-19

Pretty much just the headline about sexism, racism and boring. Although I do want to say Dan Stevens narrates it just fine.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Annihilation

  • Southern Reach Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Jeff VanderMeer
  • Narrated by: Carolyn McCormick
  • Length: 6 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,744
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4,384
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4,384

Area X has been cut off from the rest of the continent for decades. Nature has reclaimed the last vestiges of human civilization. The first expedition returned with reports of a pristine, Edenic landscape; all the members of the second expedition committed suicide; the third expedition died in a hail of gunfire as its members turned on one another; the members of the eleventh expedition returned as shadows of their former selves, and within months of their return, all had died of aggressive cancer.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great story, bad narrator

  • By Julian P. on 01-26-16

A Mixed and Confusing Story

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

Reviewed: 04-13-19

I got a lot of what this story was saying, weirdly enough I believe it has touches of Lovecraftian horror involved and in its own little universe it isn't bad.

My problem lies not with the story, but the writing style. The use of no names I am sure is intentional to cause discomfort, but it doesn't help the story from my perspective. The other may very well have been trying to use that disassociation when a person doesn't have a name, just a title, but it doesn't do it for me.

The lack of details and real answers for me feels more like a way to write something as you go and not have to explain things, then a stylistic interpretation. It leaves the reader floating, not sure what reality is and while some may like it, to me it just feels too dreamlike.

The characters themselves didn't have much depth, and while the main character did supposedly change over the course of the book, she didn't feel like it. The other characters felt almost "villiany" if you understand what I am getting at. Arbitrarily not good people, put there as story bosses, not really other individuals.

Overall it wasn't a bad story, and it is a quick listen (I listened to an audiobook) and when that takes into consideration it makes it a three for me.

  • The Second World War

  • By: Antony Beevor
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 39 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 893
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 806
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 802

Over the past two decades, Antony Beevor has established himself as one of the world's premier historians of World War II. His multi-award winning books have included Stalingrad and The Fall of Berlin 1945. Now, in his newest and most ambitious book, he turns his focus to one of the bloodiest and most tragic events of the twentieth century, The Second World War. Thrillingly written and brilliantly researched, Beevor's provocative account is destined to become the definitive work on World War II.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It Fills in Gaps I Didn't Know Existed

  • By DJM on 07-31-12

Not bad for a bit biased and way too summary view.

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

Reviewed: 04-13-19

It is a wide range, very surface approach to World War II.

The book isn't a bad overview of the war, but it is limited and biased. The very nature of covering the entirety of world war II means at the very most (no matter how long or how many series) it will be just a summary view. That is inheritently limiting but not a bad thing.

It covers from the start of Germany's aggression through the atomic bomb, but the book is clear about this too, it is from an American standpoint and bias on the "good war".

It did cover briefly some of the egregarious things the USA did, but did so not in the same manner as other countries horrors (Nazis did deserve to be focused as horrible) but it still glossed over so many aspects of the war that were important that America wasn't even involved in.

Overall it is a decent, but biased view. If you can get it on sale I would recommend it, or if you are new to World War II and understand that you should read a lot of different books I would recommend it.

  • The Strain

  • By: Guillermo Del Toro, Chuck Hogan
  • Narrated by: Ron Perlman
  • Length: 13 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,168
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,908
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,911

The visionary creator of the Academy Award-winning Pan's Labyrinth and a Hammett Award-winning author bring their imaginations to this bold, epic novel about a horrifying battle between man and vampire that threatens all humanity. It is the first installment in a thrilling trilogy and an extraordinary international publishing event.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Could be better but still a worthy vampire yarn

  • By Mark on 08-17-09

Better than expected!

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

Reviewed: 04-13-19

I had seen this sitting in the book store some time ago, and for some reason I wasn't too interested. Vampires really aren't my cup of tea and too many disappointments. Then I saw the tv series and thought "meh" and avoided that.

Finally I decided to give it a chance and I am glad I did. I thought it was a well-paced story, enough new things to keep me interested and not very many tropes. I did think as we got to the ending it sort of sputtered out and lost some of the horror edge it had.

Overall though, it is fairly well written for the genre, different ideas, but not quite the best. I probably will read the next one, but it isn't a favorite.

  • Power of Five: Reverse Harem Fantasy

  • Power of Five Series, Book 1
  • By: Alex Lidell
  • Narrated by: Victoria Mei
  • Length: 5 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 622
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 573
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 569

Orphaned and sold to a harsh master, Lera's life is about mucking stalls, avoiding her master's advances, and steering clear of the mystical forest separating the mortal and fae worlds. Only fools venture into the immortal realms, and only dark rumors come out... Until four powerful fae warriors appear at Lera's barn. River, Coal, Tye, and Shade have waited a decade for their new fifth to be chosen, the wounds from their quint brother's loss still raw. But the magic has played a cruel trick, bonding the four immortal warriors to... a female. A mortal female. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • No! It can’t end!

  • By sherry Christenson on 06-08-18

Better than I had anticipated.

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

Reviewed: 04-10-19

To be perfectly honest I didn't think this was going to work out in the first five minutes of the book. However, I held on and was rewarded with a fairly good, harem type story with the focus being on a human woman named Lera who is bonded to four fae warriors.

It isn't the next Lord of the Rings, but it is enjoyable, a bit sexy, and a good way to spend time. I don't want to spoil it much, but don't worry there isn't a whole lot of sex, but it seems to be building up to that.

  • The Lost Fleet: Fearless

  • By: Jack Campbell
  • Narrated by: Christian Rummel, Jack Campbell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,557
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,232
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,258

Outnumbered by the superior forces and firepower of the Syndicate Worlds, the Alliance fleet continues its dangerous retreat across the enemy star system. Led by the legendary Captain John "Black Jack" Geary, who returned to the fleet after a hundred-year suspended animation, the Alliance is desperately trying to return home with its captured prize: the key to the Syndic hypernet, and the key to victory.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • This series is really starting to ROCK!

  • By AudioAddict on 11-26-13

If you liked the first, you need to read this!

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

Reviewed: 04-03-19

An excellent sequel to the original Dauntless and definitely indicating it should be a series I read.

Continuing not long after we left off we follow Geary as he commands his fleet against long odds, including a mutiny (I assume that isn't a spoiler since its on the jacket cover). He forges new friendships and relationships and strengthens old ones.

The series is good at what it aims for, the military science fiction. The writing is interesting and has a great pace, the narrator is really good and I am really getting used to him (this is for the audible book). The stories are long enough to be interesting, but condensed enough I am not counting how much of the book is left.

If you like military sci-fi, this is a go-to series.

  • The Lost Fleet: Courageous

  • By: Jack Campbell
  • Narrated by: Christian Rummel, Jack Campbell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,667
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,471
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,496

The Alliance has been fight a losing battle against the Syndicate Worlds for over a century. Now, Captain John "Black Jack" Geary, who returned to the fleet after a hundred-year suspended animation, must keep the Alliance one step ahead of its merciless foe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I love Capt. Geary! (or is it just the narrator?)

  • By AudioAddict on 11-06-14

If you liked the first two, this is your pick!

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

Reviewed: 04-03-19

I liked the second book so much I immediately used a credit on audible and picked up the third and I do not regret it.

The author continues to flesh out the world, to show the toll that constant war for a hundred years can do on the psyche of a military and personal relationships start to bloom for Geary. All something you would expect in a solid sci-fi military fiction.

This time though the author expands the universe with another possible foe, and it doesn't leave me feeling like he is just trying to take on more things to write books about. It fits with the storyline, and whether he had mapped this all out ahead of time, or if he is just good at writing backwards compatibly doesn't matter.

If you liked the first two, this just makes it better.

  • Trapped in the Mirror

  • Adult Children of Narcissists in Their Struggle for Self
  • By: Elan Golomb
  • Narrated by: Angela Brazil
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 67
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 60

The difficulties experienced by adult children of narcissists can manifest themselves in many ways - for example, physical self-loathing that takes the form of overeating, anorexia, or bulimia; a self-destructive streak that causes poor job performance and rocky personal relationships; or a struggle with the self that is perpetuated in the adult's interaction with his or her own children. These dilemmas are both common and correctable, Elan Golomb tells us.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Convoluted

  • By Caligirl on 08-25-17

Probably the most useless book on the subject

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

Reviewed: 04-03-19

First let's get it out of the way, the narration was fine. Now on to the train wreck that is this book.

When I first got the book, I heard a lot of people talking great things about it. I thought this might be something I can use. That was until I read through the second chapter and knew I was in for a bad ride.

First, the book isn't unbiased in its approach. The author obviously has some bad feelings for having a sucky childhood like the rest of us, but she takes it out in her book. She assumes all children of Narcissists become Narcissists, instead of addressing the issues people who grew up like that have to deal with.

She makes assumptions about what the narcissists themselves thought, and made some pretty big jumps in logic that I have read in other studies (peer-reviewed) said the opposite.

Part of the problem is this was obviously a focus and I think done in the 1970s. The jargon is from that far back, they don't mention any other factors and the fact she used obesity as a defense mechanism and was very body shaming about it, placed it as decades out of touch.

The book itself is recollections and stories of people who grew up in narcissistic families, many of them involved in the author's own life. During her chapters/interviews with her brother there was nothing unbiased or clinical, it was obviously some personal grudges happening.

Overall the book sucks. It isn't at all unbiased, it doesn't give you facts about the disorder, it doesn't even address coping mechanisms for people to use who grew up like that.

Don't do it!!!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Indignities of Being a Woman

  • By: Merrill Markoe, Megan Koester
  • Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 860
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 802
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 797

The Indignities of Being a Woman candidly traces the history of womanhood and investigates how much things have really changed for womankind. By carefully x-raying areas such as body image, marriage, mental illness, fashion, and politics, this audiobook examines what it was like to be a woman in the past versus what it’s like now, when women are constantly told equality between the sexes exists but reality proves otherwise. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not for,everyone..but I laughed A LOT!

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-11-19

Needed listening even during the #metoo movement

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

Reviewed: 03-25-19

Delivered in a podcast like format, this book does an excellent job of showing the reader that things haven't gone nearly as far in the direction of equal rights as it should be.