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  • Ex-Isle

  • Ex-Heroes, Book 5
  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder, Mark Boyett, Khristine Hvam
  • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,535
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,267
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,254

The heroes are overjoyed when they discover another group of survivors living on a manmade island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. But there's something very, very wrong with this isolated community and its mysterious leader - a secret that could put every survivor in the world at risk.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The superheroes head out to sea.

  • By Lore on 04-09-16

Series is back on track. Me likey!

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

Reviewed: 03-20-19

The good:
WAY more enjoyable than book 4 (Ex-Purgatory).
Multiple narrator goodness - seamless character shifts. Great.
Corpse Girl ! Yea !
Interesting new locations.

The bad:
Protracted zombie battles.
"Click, click, click of the teeth." - Helloo - editor?

  • Monster Hunter Nemesis

  • By: Larry Correia
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 16 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,067
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,501
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,494

Agent Franks of the U.S. Monster Control Bureau is a man of many parts - parts from other people, that is. Franks is nearly seven feet tall and all muscle. He's nearly indestructible. Plus he’s animated by a powerful alchemical substance and inhabited by a super-intelligent spirit more ancient than humanity itself. Good thing he’s on our side. More or less.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Winner

  • By Sez on 07-12-14

A likable Agent Franks. Who woulda thunk it?

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

Reviewed: 03-15-19

I've enjoyed this series so far. Agent Franks is a very interesting supporting character, but I'm sad to say not really able to carry a long book as the main protagonist. It mostly becomes a series of very brutal fights. MHI is in the story, but as a supporting story element only.

Some surprising and very good new and developed old story elements makes up for the borderline fight tedium. So I'm a bit torn about this book. Still the pros outweigh the cons. I'll listen to the next book.

Good narration from Oliver Wyman as usual.

  • Curse on the Land

  • Soulwood, Book 2
  • By: Faith Hunter
  • Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
  • Length: 14 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,218
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,079
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,074

Before Nell Ingram met skinwalker Jane Yellowrock, she had no one to rely on, finding strength only in her arcane connection to the dark woods around her. But now she has friends in the newly formed PsyLED team to keep her grounded - even if being part of the agency responsible for policing paranormals comes with dangers of its own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow!

  • By The Mays on 11-13-16

Psysotopes? Good book nevertheless.

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

Reviewed: 03-06-19

The Soulwood world does not get bigger, but a lot deeper. A main story that's interesting, if a bit overdone. The introduction of "psysotopes" however gave me an almost "midichlorian" vibe. Didn't hurt the story, but felt totally unnecessary.

Likable characters and an increasingly interesting protagonist makes me want to keep listening.

Khristine Hvam - as usual a good narration.

  • Memory

  • A Miles Vorkosigan Novel
  • By: Lois McMaster Bujold
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 14 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,970
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,331
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,331

Dying is easy. Coming back to life is hard. Miles Vorkosigan should know - having done both once already. Thanks to his quick-thinking staff and the artistry of a medical specialist, Miles' first death wasn't his last. But it does take some recovery, a fact he has been reluctant to admit. When he makes the mistake of returning too soon to duty, he finds himself summoned to face the security chief, Simon Illyan. But Miles' worst nightmares about Illyan are nothing compared to Illyan's own nightmares.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Possibly my favorite Miles story

  • By I. Aleksandrov on 02-05-09

Masterful storybuilding.

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

Reviewed: 02-26-19

Not much action in this one. Instead a lot of intrigue and contemplation about life, careers, love, future and other non action oriented topics. And I loved it!

Lois McMaster Bujold is a master storybuilder. A somewhat slow paced book that draws you in and never lets your attention wander. Simply great writing and a great book.

  • Stinker Lets Loose!

  • By: Mike Sacks, James Taylor Johnston
  • Narrated by: Jon Hamm, Eric Martin, Andy Richter, and others
  • Length: 5 hrs and 53 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,041
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 969
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 976

Mike has teamed up with director Eric Martin to adapt the novelization into a fully immersive cinematic audio experience, and an epic all-star cast has come together to introduce Stinker to a whole new generation of fans! It's Smokey and the Bandit meets Every Which Way But Loose meets Smokey and the Bandit Parts 2 and 3. Feel the thrill as Stinker teams up with old pals Boner and Jumbo, plus new friends Buck and Rascal the Chimp, for a crazy ride across the highways and byways of Bicentennial America.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Live performance at end is worth it!

  • By Frank on 02-23-18

Surprisingly unfunny send-up parody.

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

Reviewed: 02-14-19

Actually I enjoyed the 90 minute (not the whole story) live performance at the end, more than I enjoyed the main feature. Less Buck profanity. Less on the nose humor. Less "funny" southern pronunciations.

Great voice acting throughout though. Movie spoof humor (which I like) kept me listening. But all in all a treemendously (sic) unfunny listen.

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  • Doomsday Book

  • By: Connie Willis
  • Narrated by: Jenny Sterlin
  • Length: 26 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,035
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4,133
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,156

For Oxford student Kivrin, traveling back to the 14th century is more than the culmination of her studies - it's the chance for a wonderful adventure. For Dunworthy, her mentor, it is cause for intense worry about the thousands of things that could go wrong.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Timely, beautiful, terrible and haunting

  • By mudcelt on 11-02-09

Very good book. Fantastic narration !

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

Reviewed: 02-11-19

In spite of already knowing "The Horrible Truth" from the beginning, this book held my attention throughout. Soft, loving, brutal, hating, harrowing and so on. No types of feelings are missing in this listen. A bit too long but so wonderfully written that I didn't really mind.

An impressive piece of writing, yes. But an even more impressive narration from Jenny Sterlin. She made me really FEEL. Can't think of saying it any other way.

  • Kindness Goes Unpunished

  • A Walt Longmire Mystery
  • By: Craig Johnson
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,722
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,975
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,947

Craig Johnson's Walt Longmire mysteries are critically acclaimed. Longmire's third outing takes him from Wyoming to Philadelphia to investigate a brutal assault on his daughter, Cady. Walt believes her ex-boyfriend is behind the crime and searches him out. But when he turns up dead, Walt is back to square one.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Okay, so I'm a little in love ...

  • By C. A. Gelsinger on 07-30-12

Gripping...

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

Reviewed: 02-04-19

... in every sense of the word. Grabs you by the throat from the beginning and does not let go. Sentimental, yes - but not sappy. Just very, very moving. And exciting. And funny as well at times, despite the serious base to the story. Great book.

As usual flawless narration from Guidall.

  • Hired to Kill

  • Nathan McBride, Book 7
  • By: Andrew Peterson
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 12 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,074
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,025
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,027

After simultaneous deadly terror attacks on San Diego and Washington, DC, hammer the nation, Nathan learns that the mass murders weren't random events - they targeted his family. And the threat is far from over. Part of a larger plot involving a sabotaged North Korean bioweapons facility and an ISIS training camp in northern Mexico, a third attack - bigger than 9/11 - is being hatched by cold-blooded killers.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Losing interest in this series

  • By Chris on 08-06-18

Great action. The politics however - baad.

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

Reviewed: 01-30-19

The good:
Very compact and intense action sequences.
Well constructed storylines.

The bad:
The usually excellent Dick Hill narration takes a tumble in an early chapter, where North Korean characters sounds like a mix between caricature Chinese and Japanese. Apart from that - great narration.
Donald Trump !!!
Overly emotional. Borderline sappy at times.

  • Dark World

  • Undying Mercenaries, Book 9
  • By: B. V. Larson
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 13 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,762
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,516
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,501

Two expanding interstellar powers are about to meet in battle. After the collapse of the Cephalopod Kingdom, Humanity claimed the 300 rebellious worlds it left behind. But light years away on the far side of a disputed region, a rival power has begun to move. They're stealing our planets, one at a time. Earth Command decides to invade the center of the frontier to set up an advanced base. The mission to DARK WORLD is highly classified and deadly. Legion Varus spearheads the effort, and James McGill journeys to the stars again. How many ships do they have? How advanced is their tech? 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The “Juice Box” Gambit

  • By Don Gilbert on 07-02-18

The series revitalized.

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

Reviewed: 01-19-19

Apart from McGill's propensity to start every other sentence with "Uuh", this felt like a revitalization of the series. A bit of rank reshuffling helped stir things up. The story broadens and gets even more complex without being confusing. Tons and tons of action (and dying) of course.

Even my previous annoyance at reusing McGill's old adversaries is mollified somewhat, since especially Turow and Winslade are allowed to evolve somewhat.

No end of the series in sight, given how the story evolved (and ended). Not that I'm complaining since I enjoyed this one greatly.

Mark Boyett - Masterful narration as usual.

  • Death Without Company

  • A Walt Longmire Mystery
  • By: Craig Johnson
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,164
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,203
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,183

When an elderly local woman is found poisoned, Sheriff Walt Longmire begins an investigation that soon has him ensnared in a deadly spider's web. From Craig Johnson, author of the acclaimed novel The Cold Dish, comes this enthralling Sheriff Longmire mystery. With a distinctive literary flair, Johnson leads us into the wide open space of Absaroka County, Wyoming.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a wonderful find!

  • By Laura Harley on 10-04-07

Good story - GREAT characters.

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

Reviewed: 01-13-19

Great unpredictable but solid story. A surprising amount of action given the setting of a slow moving laid back community. What makes this a new series favorite for me is the deep and interesting characters. Simply loved this book.

George Guidall - stellar narration. He IS Walt Longmire.