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  • Scourged

  • By: Kevin Hearne
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,321
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,954
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,933

New York Times best-selling author Kevin Hearne returns with the finale to his wildly popular action-adventure series, The Iron Druid Chronicles. Two-thousand-year-old Druid Atticus O'Sullivan travels to Asgard and faces off against the Norse gods to try to prevent Ragnarok in the final battle for the fate of mankind.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not a fitting conculsion

  • By will on 04-04-18

Every series has one bad installment

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

Reviewed: 04-09-18

and sadly this is it. I am a HUGE IDC fan and have listened to every book multiple times. This was not Mr. Hearne's best work, it's a poor payoff for the 8 previous books. I expected Atticus to have a sad and painful outcome but also expected it to make sense in the greater context of the series.

My greatest feeling after listening to Scrouged is confusion, like every character broke out into their alter ego. Atticus as whiney sniveling weakling, Clever Girl as obnoxiouly selfishly unforgiving, Owen is enlightened wisdom personified, the Morigan is sweetness and light and all the scheming Gods are now returned to omnipotent perfection. I don't know the characters in this book and don't want to know them.

I think I will just pretend this never happened, enjoy revisiting the earlier books and look forward to Hearne's other works in future.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Oberon's Meaty Mysteries: The Squirrel on the Train

  • By: Kevin Hearne
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 2 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,284
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,162
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,164

Oberon the Irish wolfhound is off to Portland to smell all the things with canine companions, and, of course, his human, ancient Druid Atticus O'Sullivan. The first complication is an unmistakable sign of sinister agendas afoot: a squirrel atop the train. But an even more ominous situation is in store when the trio plus Atticus stumble across a murder upon arrival at the station. They recognize Detective Gabriela Ibarra, who's there to investigate. But they also recognize the body - or rather that the body is a doppelganger for Atticus himself.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Goofy Pooch

  • By Jean on 12-07-17

Everything that happened was the squirells fault

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

Reviewed: 12-02-17

Just good honest fun. Lost count of the times I LOL'd, the plot is almost incidental to just hanging out with some old friends and meeting some new ones. Luck Daniels does his usual amazing work with the narration.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Paradox Bound

  • A Novel
  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,599
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11,002
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,982

Nothing ever changes in Sanders. The town's still got a video store, for God's sake. So why doesn't Eli Teague want to leave? Not that he'd ever admit it, but maybe he's been waiting - waiting for the traveler to come back. The one who's roared into his life twice before, pausing just long enough to drop tantalizing clues before disappearing in a cloud of gunfire and a squeal of tires. The one who's a walking anachronism, with her tricorne hat, flintlock rifle, and steampunked Model A Ford.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Standard Clines. Fun and forgettable

  • By Debra on 10-07-17

Standard Clines. Fun and forgettable

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

Reviewed: 10-07-17

14 is Clines' high water mark (IMO) and this new work doesn't quite reach even the level of The Fold for pulling you in and keeping you engaged. I WANTED to connect with the characters but never quite got there.

Porter doesn't have the range of some narrators and offers no new voices here, but does an adequate job.

Still, its a fun little story and kept me entertained on a few long runs. I didn't like it as much as I wanted to when I picked it up but don't regret the credit.

47 of 52 people found this review helpful

  • Valhalla Online

  • Publisher's Pack, Books 1 & 2
  • By: Kevin O. McLaughlin
  • Narrated by: Jennifer O'Donnell
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 156
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 144
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145

Get the first two books together in this special Publisher's Pack edition! More than just a game, Valhalla Online was designed as a permanent repository for the uploaded minds of mortals afraid of death. An artificial afterlife. Samantha's world is turned upside-down when she arrives in Valhalla - because as far as she knows, she isn't like the other people uploaded there. She isn't dead. At least...she hopes she isn't. Now Sam must solve the mystery of her own abduction - or murder! - while trapped inside a virtual world, cut off from communication with the outside.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A good start to a great world

  • By Terry Mixon on 05-25-18

Like listening to your kid play Minecraft

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

Reviewed: 09-26-17

I went into these two books with great hope for a fun advanture. Book 1 was decent initially but the premise and the story is so weak that it simply doesn't hold up. Although the spark of creativity is there is some scenes, the author is unable to maintain it.

It can be fun to watch others play video games. Book 2 never rises to even that level of interest. I simply couldn't muster any concern about whether she makes it to level 8 or not.

Save your credit.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Besieged

  • By: Kevin Hearne
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,142
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,886
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,865

The ancient gods are alive and well in the modern world in this hilarious, action-packed collection of original short stories featuring Atticus O'Sullivan, the handsome, tattooed, 2,000-year-old Irishman with extraordinary magic powers from Kevin Hearne's New York Times best-selling Iron Druid Chronicles.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Short or full-length, Hearne & Daniels OWN it all

  • By RabidReads on 08-21-17

Vintage Poodles & Cuddle Dungeons

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

Reviewed: 07-14-17

There is nothing better than an author filling in the amazing universe he has created. This collection of shorts is exceptional in that regard. Hearne's characters are friends, family and frenimies and now we know a little more about what shaped and drives them. And we've got a good foreshadowing of the end thats coming in Scrouged.

I will be terribly sad to see IDC come to an end but hope we might get another collection like this in future.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Imprudence

  • By: Gail Carriger
  • Narrated by: Moira Quirk
  • Length: 12 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 967
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 897
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 895

Rue and the crew of the Spotted Custard return from India with revelations that shake the foundations of England's scientific community. Queen Victoria is not amused, the vampires are tetchy, and something is wrong with the local werewolf pack. To top it all off, Rue's best friend, Primrose, keeps getting engaged to the most unacceptable military types. Rue has family problems as well. Her vampire father is angry, her werewolf father is crazy, and her obstreperous mother is both. Worst of all, Rue's beginning to suspect what they really are...is frightened.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I loved previous series, but...

  • By Pamela on 09-20-16

Prudence to a new level

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

Reviewed: 07-23-16

The characters and story are maturing, plots and relationships are deepening and the Gail Carriger / Moira Quirk continue to be a terrific pairing. I was only so-so on Book 1. This second installment is better in every way. I was sad to get to the end of this adventure and look forward to the next.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Burned

  • Alex Verus, Book 7
  • By: Benedict Jacka
  • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,815
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,668
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,670

Diviner Alex Verus finally made one too many enemies on the Council of Mages, and now one of them is angry enough to have him executed. Fighting for his life is nothing new, but this kill order also calls for the death of Alex's dependents - and there's no way that he'll let Luna, Anne, and Vari take the heat. With only a week before he's history, Alex will have to figure out how to disassociate himself from his friends, scrounge up allies on the council, and hopefully keep his head attached to his body.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thought it was good.

  • By Jill on 06-25-17

Not the best in the series.

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

Reviewed: 04-25-16

My least favorite kind of series installment...the one that doesn't really move the plot forward, but rather sets the stage for, one assumes, the next few books. I found the plot to be predictable, something that hasn't been true in the previous books. The set up for the next book leaves me hoping that the action and adventure will return and I'm willing to stick around for it.

If you are a fan of the series, give it a listen when you have an extra credit. If you haven't yet discovered Alex...don't start here.

9 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Forging Divinity

  • The War of Broken Mirrors, Book 1
  • By: Andrew Rowe
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,463
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,325
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,320

Some say that in the city of Orlyn, godhood is on sale to the highest bidder. Thousands flock to the city each year, hoping for a chance at immortality. Lydia Hastings is a knowledge sorcerer, capable of extracting information from anything she touches. When she travels to Orlyn to validate the claims of the local faith, she discovers a conspiracy that could lead to a war between the world's three greatest powers. At the focal point is a prisoner who bears a striking resemblance to the long-missing leader of the pantheon she worships.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I did want to like it

  • By Kristie on 06-08-16

Engaging World Excited for the series to mature

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

Reviewed: 04-25-16

First, I am a huge Nick Podehl fan. This time a few of the female voices blended together, which is unusual for him. It's balanced by his ability to find unique voices for the characters here so they don't remind one of the characters from other books.

As to the story itself, I feel like there is a lot of great potential here and the world Andrew Rowe is creating is interesting and different enough from the usual run of alternate world fantasy to make you want to know more. The characters come across as much younger than they are supposed to be, there is some innocence in their actions and decisions that shouldn't be there given their ostensible roles. The climax was a bit too neatly wrapped but the stage is set to expand the world in the next books and I am really looking forward to seeing what happens.

Overall a credit worthy listen and an author to watch.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Staked

  • The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 8
  • By: Kevin Hearne
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,100
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9,439
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,411

When a Druid has lived for 2,000 years like Atticus, he's bound to run afoul of a few vampires - make that legions of them. Even his former friend and legal counsel turned out to be a bloodsucking backstabber. Now the toothy troublemakers - led by power-mad pain-in-the-neck Theophilus - have become a huge problem requiring a solution. It's time to make a stand.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I have to agree. . .

  • By Jessica on 02-04-16

Iron Druid just get better and better

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

Reviewed: 01-27-16

This installment of the Iron Druid with the usual fantastic narration by Luke Daniels is just terrific. We get resolution to some threads, while amazing new paths open up for the future. We learn more about all the characters, good, bad and questionable. Not as much Oberon on I would have liked, but that is more than made up for in the Epilouge. :-p. Credit worthy!

3 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Aeronaut's Windlass

  • The Cinder Spires, Book 1
  • By: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: Euan Morton
  • Length: 21 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,721
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,874
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,866

Since time immemorial the Spires have sheltered humanity, towering for miles over the mist-shrouded surface of the world. Within their halls aristocratic houses have ruled for generations, developing scientific marvels, fostering trade alliances, and building fleets of airships to keep the peace. Captain Grimm commands the merchant ship Predator. Fiercely loyal to Spire Albion, he has taken their side in the cold war with Spire Aurora, disrupting the enemy's shipping lines by attacking their cargo vessels.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Brave New World

  • By Don Gilbert on 10-02-15

Steampunkish Swashbuckling Adventure

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

Reviewed: 01-16-16

Bug fan of thr Dresden Files but not of Jim Butchers other series, so I began this with some trepidation. I absolutely loved it! Great characters, tons of action, a fascinatinh world and a multi-layered plot. A great foundation for a nice long series!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful