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  • Down with the Queen

  • Lilith's Shadow, Book 2
  • By: Benjamin Medrano
  • Narrated by: Sarah Beth Goer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 178
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 165
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 165

Gina and Rachel have agreed to help Lilith's attempt to get the death sentence on her head rescinded, but they have to work carefully. Their time runs short, though. Doctor Johnson's plots advance, and other villains are infiltrating San Francisco. In the end, the question becomes what to do when Lilith's identity is discovered, and all hell breaks loose. Despite the risk of death bearing down on her, Lilith decides that she's tired of simply running away.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must

  • By Douglas on 06-11-18

Enjoyable but as a romance it misses

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

Reviewed: 01-14-19

the story played well and the narrator did great with voicing.
My biggest complaints with Medrano's writing is that, while the characters are lesbian or bi, and freely admit to it in dialogue, we as readers get told not shown. the physical contact is quite chaste, a quick peck on the lips or cheek, letting someone lay against the MC. It's okay to let readers see what's going on behind closed doors. it's okay to show actual romance between characters instead of a quick kiss or side hug. some heart to heart conversations, them having fun together, or special moments when the characters realize they love one another.

  • The Autumn Republic

  • By: Brian McClellan
  • Narrated by: Christian Rodska
  • Length: 19 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,760
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,517
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,512

Field Marshal Tamas returns to his beloved country to find that for the first time in history, the capital city of Adro lies in the hands of a foreign invader. His son is missing, his allies are indistinguishable from his foes, and reinforcements are several weeks away.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic Trilogy!!!

  • By Hassan on 02-12-15

Love love love this book!

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

Reviewed: 06-22-18

I really enjoyed the development of the characters throughout this story! As well as the continuation of the storyline through all three books smoothly. Hopefully this is not the end of the powder mage series!

  • Return of the Asgard

  • The Valkyrie Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Erik Schubach
  • Narrated by: Hollie Jackson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 383
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 361
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 361

The Valkyrie Kara stood alone against the Ragnarok horde on Earth to ensure that the Asgard race and Valhalla could escape. For 5,000 years she has fought and evaded the Ragnarok race on Earth, just waiting for her people to return. A human woman, Kate, joins her fight, showing as much conviction and valor as any Valkyrie. Their friendship quickly becomes something more as they hold the line on Earth in battle, to herald the return of the Asgard.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Book!

  • By Todd (Toad) Vogel on 10-13-16

corny doesn't even describe it

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

Reviewed: 03-01-18

after the first five chapters I found myself wincing at every plot event. gay valkyrie in a modern setting? this sounds new and fun, but no, it's almost like watching a certain Disney movie where one of the princesses can freeze things and the other falls in love with the prince charming guy after 20 minutes except you don't get a catchy theme song and prince charming is a cop and not an awful person. To add to the corniness, the day after that happens cop human girl is magically turned into a Valkyrie and automatically knows what she's all about. we are talking zero learning curve here. The author tries to tie in Norse mythology here and there but it really doesn't feel at all plausible and more like it's a simple vehicle to play up the sexual tension between the two MC's that goes on through the whole book. I was begging for this book to finally be over.
The author also wrote in first person view for the whole book and changed character view points three times with very little context clues. I went through ten minutes of a scene before I realized that it was Kate speaking instead of Cara. the narrator made an attempt to change her voice for the characters but it all came out the same.
don't buy this book, if you have the romance package maybe get it through that, but only if you want to experience what a modern fantasy romance should not be.

  • Zero Hour

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 5
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 17 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 21,733
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 20,462
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,363

United Nations Special Operations Command sent an elite expeditionary force of soldiers and pilots out on a simple recon mission, and somehow along the way they sparked an alien civil war. Now the not-at-all-merry band of pirates is in desperate trouble, again. Their stolen alien starship is falling apart, thousands of light years from home. The ancient alien AI they nicknamed Skippy is apparently dead, and even if they can by some miracle revive him, he might never be the same.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Monkeys kick A**, but......

  • By Beachcombers on 02-14-18

it was pretty good

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

Reviewed: 02-21-18

I generally love this series, R.C. Bray makes the book but I feel like it's getting a bit long now. Yes, we are definitely progressing towards a higher goal but I am starting to get a bit fatigued now.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The Guns Above

  • By: Robyn Bennis
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130

They say it's not the fall that kills you. For Josette Dupre, the Corps' first female airship captain, it might just be a bullet in the back. On top of patrolling the front lines, she must also contend with a crew who doubts her expertise, a new airship that is an untested deathtrap, and the foppish aristocrat Lord Bernat, a gambler and shameless flirt with the military know-how of a thimble. Bernat's own secret assignment is to catalog her every moment of weakness and indecision.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well written and narrated

  • By a on 09-19-17

like drinking diet coke when you expected regular

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

Reviewed: 02-09-18

it had a great premise and who can't get behind period steampunk. this book is filled with airship battles and gunfights and I really enjoyed those. Unfortunately, that's all this book has going for it. what really sticks out is the lack of character development. the most well developed character in the book was the MILF loving aristocrat that had a money problem, and he wasn't even the MC the only thing she has going for her is that she's a woman in the army and was poor growing up. there is no real emotional connection to any of the notable characters and if the MC had died mid way through, I don't think I would have been upset or felt any sense of loss.
If you're looking for realistic airship combat scenes and enough story to connect them together then this is a great book.
if you're looking for a compelling story driven by action scenes and rich dialogue between diverse and endearing characters fighting not only for their nation but for equality, then I would suggest giving this book a pass until it's on sale.
the only thing that got me through was the exceptional narrator!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Forgotten Ages

  • The Complete Saga
  • By: Lindsay Buroker
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 23 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 752
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 701
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 701

The greatest military leader of his time. The most talented code breaker her people have. Sworn enemies. When deadly secrets from the ancient past are unearthed, secrets capable of fracturing the world and destroying all life on the planet, these two enemies will have to work together. They are humanity's only hope.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Some breaks in logic, but an enjoyable listen

  • By Greg on 07-19-16

worth it but don't expect anything big

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

Reviewed: 07-26-17

It has its moments, but the plot is pretty easy to follow, and gives itself away a bit too much. the characters are pretty well developed, but their relationship feels pretty generic. there's no real suspense or heavy emotions displayed for longer than a few paragraphs at best.
overall, the narrator really pulled the book up for me in the ratings as she made it interesting. if I had read this on print I probably wouldn't have gotten past the first book for a long time. it's good but there's no real "hook"

  • Daughter of Dragons

  • The Legacy of Dragons, Book 1
  • By: Jack Campbell
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,185
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,970
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,958

The world of Dematr had been locked unchanging for centuries by the Great Guilds, most people living in a world of oil lamps, crossbows, and horse cavalry, the Mechanics reserving to themselves the technology for steam locomotives, rifles, and far-talkers while the Mages treated all others as if they were nothing - until Master Mechanic Mari, dragon slayer and pirate queen, and Master of Mages Alain raised the army of the new day to free their world.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Teen emotion

  • By Ray on 08-28-17

a great start to a new story in an old world!

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

Reviewed: 02-18-17

I felt this book really brought some new things to the table. we finally got some answers to the questions left in the last book, but I felt like the places we were taken to were a bit stale ? it was good and fun, but I expected a bit more to build on the greatness that was the pillars of reality.

  • Slight and Shadow

  • Fate's Forsaken, Book 2
  • By: Shae Ford
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 19 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 898
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 827
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 827

Winter has finally broken its hold over the Kingdom - but as the snows melt, trouble springs up in its place. A dark cloud hangs over Midlan: The army has retreated behind its high walls, not a word slips out from between its gates. And rumors swirl that the King has gone mad. Kael knows nothing of this: His sights are on the plains. But with his horrible luck following him wherever he goes, it doesn’t take long for his plan to unravel.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Derek Perkins

  • By jason potter on 12-24-14

well done

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

Reviewed: 11-25-16

well, now I just want to yell at them both, the silly bastards. it is definitely heart wrenching

  • Written in Red

  • A Novel of the Others
  • By: Anne Bishop
  • Narrated by: Alexandra Harris
  • Length: 18 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,417
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,081
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,088

As a cassandra sangue, or blood prophet, Meg Corbyn can see the future when her skin is cut - a gift that feels more like a curse. Meg's Controller keeps her enslaved so he can have full access to her visions. But when she escapes, the only safe place Meg can hide is at the Lakeside Courtyard - a business district operated by the Others. Shape-shifter Simon Wolfgard is reluctant to hire the stranger who inquires about the Human Liaison job.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Original, emotion-driven alternative reality

  • By Mike on 03-10-15

one of my favorites

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

Reviewed: 02-29-16

an enchanting story with rich characters and a logical plot without the "two minutes into the book they are in love !" I loved it