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  • Differently Morphous

  • By: Yahtzee Croshaw
  • Narrated by: Yahtzee Croshaw
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,805
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,601
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,589

A magical serial killer is on the loose, and gelatinous, otherworldly creatures are infesting the English countryside. Which is making life for the Ministry of Occultism difficult, because magic is supposed to be their best kept secret. After centuries in the shadows, the Ministry is forced to unmask, exposing the country's magical history - and magical citizens - to a brave new world of social media, government scrutiny, and public relations.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not for everybody

  • By R. MCRACKAN on 09-24-18

Much better than the first 10 minutes

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

Reviewed: 09-03-18

I struggled with the first 20 minutes with the this book and then once we got past the whole Magic School thing and Alice to the "office" -I was relieved it wasn't going to be another kids growing up story. Characters for more detailed and more realistic than I initially thought. I'm not sure I agree that it's laugh-out-loud funny but I do agree that it's worth a small chuckle. I certainly hope that Yahtzee writes the second book in the series.

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  • The Reign of Magic

  • Pentamuria Saga, Book 1
  • By: Wolf Awert
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 17 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 569
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 540
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 538

Pentamuria, the world of five kingdoms, is in a time of change. The power of the nobles and mages is threatened. War is upon them, although they do not know yet when or with whom. Thus, the mages are gathering in their capital, Ringwall, to prepare together against any possible enemy. At this time, the orphan boy Nill is found by the Druids. He possesses considerable magical skills. So he is taken to Ringwall, where he is to be trained in the magical arts alongside his fellow students. Nill, an outsider, shows no respect for the traditions of the magical world.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Much too long for the story distance traveled

  • By Sailfish on 01-19-18

Slow start good once it gets going

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

Reviewed: 03-24-18

I really struggled starting this book and wondered why it had such decent reviews. it is a good story but possibly suffers from Tolkien's problem of trying to start the village story with a village that moves slowly. it isn't initially clear why you should care about any of the characters but they are well drawn. at no point is this really a nail-biter but it is a good story and I look forward to book two.

  • The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter

  • By: Theodora Goss
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 13 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,010
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,856
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,844

Mary Jekyll, alone and penniless following her parents' deaths, is curious about the secrets of her father's mysterious past. One clue in particular hints that Edward Hyde, her father's former friend and a murderer, may be nearby, and there is a reward for information leading to his capture...a reward that would solve all of her immediate financial woes. But her hunt leads her to Hyde's daughter, Diana, a feral child left to be raised by nuns.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Cute, erratic, sloppy but not without charm

  • By Rachel on 07-07-17

Fictional character mash up

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

Reviewed: 03-05-18

I enjoy the author characters what disappoine was how many existing character the author felt she needed to pull in from existing fiction.

  • A Conspiracy of Kings

  • By: Megan Whalen Turner
  • Narrated by: Steve West
  • Length: 8 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 211
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 193
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 193

After an attempted assassination and kidnapping, Sophos, heir to the throne of Sounis, disappears. Those who care for him - including the thief Eugenides and the queen of Eddis - are left to wonder if he is alive and if they will ever see him again.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Steve West is incredible!

  • By WADE on 05-09-18

Right After an Author can't think of what else to

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

Reviewed: 07-16-17

This is more of a spin off then really a part of the main story line. None of the major characters appear until the last couple chapters. The book lacked the flair of the others - it wasn't predictable but I never was really rooting anyone. It was more a very very long chase without a good feel at the end.

  • Battlefield Earth

  • Post-Apocalyptic Sci-Fi and New York Times Bestseller
  • By: L. Ron Hubbard
  • Narrated by: Josh Clark, Scott Menville, Fred Tatascorie, and others
  • Length: 47 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,734
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,565
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,561

In the year AD 3000, Earth is a barren wasteland, plundered of its natural resources by the millennium-long regime of taloned, gas-breathing, nine-foot alien conquerors from the planet Psychlo. Fewer than 35,000 humans survive in a handful of communities scattered across the face of a postapocalyptic Earth. From a desolate village in the Rocky Mountains near what once was Denver, Colorado, a courageous young man named Jonnie Goodboy Tyler embarks on a hero's journey to challenge the fearful myths of his people.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pulp Sci-Fi Done Right! More Like This!

  • By Joel D Offenberg on 06-27-16

It's a western in fancy dress

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

Reviewed: 07-24-16

I took a look at the audible video on facebook. I though it looked really good and while I don't normally read SciFic I'd though sounds all right. I got it onto my player and the first chapter was a author forward - I hear about the first 20 mins then skipped over the rest. Great a SciFic about people rather then machines.

--This is clearly written in the age of Man are Man and woman --- well they do what the men tell them. It also clearly a western. I though I could get though - the male are the only possible hero bit and wait for the plot would get going. 4 hours in I decided that I really didn't care. If the man was going to worry his woman was going to come after him and get caught too -- well I was starting to root for that because the male characters seems a bit more then sub par on the IQ and the girl seems hard working and reasonable if not a self starter.

The Performance - the voices, the music and sound effects are top notch. Someone should give this treatment to the Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit.

  • The High Druid's Blade

  • The Defenders of Shannara
  • By: Terry Brooks
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 896
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 838
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 838

Legend has it that Paxon Leah is descended from the royals and warriors who once ruled the Highlands and waged war with magical weapons. But those kings, queens, and heroes are long gone, and there is nothing enchanted about the antique sword that hangs above Paxon’s fireplace. Running his family’s modest shipping business, Paxon leads a quiet life - until extraordinary circumstances overturn his simple world…and rewrite his destiny.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A departure from the typical Shannara storyline

  • By Christopher on 03-04-15

Terry Brooks as written for TV

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

Reviewed: 06-26-16

If you have every watched TV based on a book - it's thin, cut and generally has character and plot so cut down it that the two seem only vaguely related.

This book sort has that problem - if you have read the Shannara books before - this is pretty weak on plot, character development and even on action. It feels like it's written for TV.

The writing it self feels simpler then the older books but it still controlled and well written. There are less asides, less of the characters in thoughts and more predictability in the plot. It's also rather short. One of those books cut into 3 for more revue then anything else.

  • Medical Myths, Lies, and Half-Truths: What We Think We Know May Be Hurting Us

  • By: Steven Novella, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Steven Novella
  • Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 765
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 688
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 673

In today's information age, medical myths are all around us. And using them to make decisions about your own health can be harmful. Even deadly. That's why it's critical to understand the accuracy of medical information and discover the truth about everyday health and well-being. That's the core of this important series of 24 eye-opening lectures from an acclaimed neurologist, educator, and science broadcaster.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Listen for Anyone!

  • By Debbie on 06-09-14

Augment from Authority he claims the hate then use

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

Reviewed: 06-26-16

Prof. Novella - is a good speaker and I believed that by the course he really want to clear our a number of myths and lies that cause people to spend money without getting anything of value for treating their medical needs. The problem with the whole thing is that while he make it clear in the introduction that any authority can get it wrong and there for you should look many sources and go with the majority view of experts - the course it self is a little thin on actually citing where he is getting his views. Thus in effect he has argued not to do what he then asks you to believe - him- which is a bit of logical problem.

I can not speak for the validity of the information in the course. I have no medical training. I enjoyed a few of the lectures where he actually taken about the why and methods of the treatments and disease.

In short: go to a train medical doctor - if what you want is complex or you don't feel comfortable talk to two medical doctors. Guidelines are "guides" - you may need more or less - let your body be somewhat of a guide. And skip on fads or alternate medic - unless you need stress relief in which case it might help a bit.

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  • A Man of Some Repute

  • A Very English Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Elizabeth Edmondson
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,483
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,150
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,142

Selchester Castle in 1953 sits quiet and near-empty, its corridors echoing with glories of the past. Or so it seems to intelligence officer Hugo Hawksworth, wounded on a secret mission and now reluctantly assuming an altogether less perilous role at Selchester.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Pretty good "pseudo" golden age mystery

  • By Jerri C on 10-18-15

Felt very Faux

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

Reviewed: 05-27-16

I wanted to enjoy this book - maybe I've just read too much P.G.Woodhouse and A. Christie but the book felt like it was pretending too much.

  • The Adventures of Sexton Blake

  • By: Dirk Maggs
  • Narrated by: Simon Jones, Wayne Forester, June Whitfield
  • Length: 2 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 25

BBC Radio 2's action-packed deafening romp - with 40 minutes of previously unbroadcast peril. Sexton Blake! The name that spells hurtling adventure! The name that spells doom for villainy!

In a series of thrilling adventures packed with incident and hilarity, Sexton Blake, (Simon Jones, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy) and his plucky assistant Tinker (Wayne Forester, Captain Scarlet), aided by Mrs Bardell (June Whitfield, Absolutely Fabulous) battle diabolical masterminds.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delightful Audio Romp

  • By Frederick Greenhalgh on 03-02-12

If you wishing Douglas had written some more

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

Reviewed: 05-26-16

This starts in the middle of an adventure and ends in the middle of another. As far I can tell this is it though. It has a very Douglas Adams feel - it also feel more like an echo then an original. I would love to hear more but I kinda left with the same feel as being on vacation and finding a really great tv show on the local station - you WANT more then discovering when you get home it's not on DVD/Blu ray or any streaming service because it just a local thing.

  • Master of Formalities

  • By: Scott Meyer
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 14 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,022
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,761
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,752

Even when finding oneself engaged in interstellar war, good form must be observed. Our story is set thousands of years after the Terran Exodus, where two powerful, planet-dominating families - the elegant House Jakabitus and the less refined Hahn Empire - have reached a critical point in their generations-long war. Master Hennik, the Hahn ruler's only son, has been captured, and the disposition of his internment may represent a last and welcome chance for peace.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Looking forward to the sequel

  • By Nothing really matters on 07-21-16

Forms of the Formalities

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

Reviewed: 05-26-16

I though when I bough this book I was going to get a Sci-fied verison of P.G.Woodhouse's Bertie & Jeeves. Maybe that where Scott Meyer originally though he was going too.

It's not like that - I felt like the book was almost too many things:- almost really funny but not enough odd like customs with silly reasons to make you start laughing; - almost a social statement about sports in a modern world and the pressure parents put on their children unreasonable but while that theme is there no conclusion is really drawn; -almost about class and modern dependence on machines which too was there but not very much; - almost of the different social values different families stress but while that very strong in the book it doesn't give the reader an inside or actually really come off as funny.

I finished this book - I wanted to see where it ended up but it left me puzzled what the author wanted to do with the book.

Narration was great. I think it was why I finished this book.