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Kurt Schroeder

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  • The Fear Institute

  • The Johannes Cabal Novels, Book 3
  • By: Jonathan L. Howard
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Guy Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 727
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 673
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 676

Johannes Cabal and his rather inexact powers of necromancy are back once more. This time, his talents are purchased by the Fear Institute as they hunt for the phobic animus - the embodiment of fear. The three institute members, led by Cabal and his silver key, enter the Dreamlands and find themselves pursued by walking trees plagued with giant ticks, stone men that patrol the ruins of their castles, cats that feed on human flesh, and phobias that torment and devastate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • slow at first, but well worth it

  • By Ashley McCammon on 02-25-16

Excellent writing. Weak plot

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

Reviewed: 02-09-19

This book hinged on too much exposition and slight of hand with too little real characterization and plot. Prolonged ending with no explanation after full chapters of just explanations dragged the rating down with all the described dark pits. What started as solid book ended in wanting it finished. meh.

  • Good Intentions

  • By: Elliott Kay
  • Narrated by: Tess Irondale
  • Length: 22 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,236
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,084
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,086

He knew it was a dumb stunt from the start. A midnight run through a cemetery to impress a couple of girls is hardly the stuff of legend, but Alex Carlisle longs to escape the crushing mediocrity of life after high school. Then he stumbles upon the ritual, and the cultists, and two bound and bloodied women. Alex intervenes and the ritual blows up in his face, leaving him bound to them both: Rachel and Lorelei, an angel and a succubus.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well done with a side of porn?

  • By Sean O'Meara on 09-15-15

good start but goes steadily downhill

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

Reviewed: 10-26-18

what starts as a good story idea fizzles out. porn over plot. boring. lacks depth and humor fail.

  • Three Wishes

  • By: Kristen Ashley
  • Narrated by: Carly Robins
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,258
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,095
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,092

When Lily Jacobs was born, she inherited Fazire - a genie. Her family had three wishes and they'd only ever used one so Fazire was stuck in the human world. This worked since he'd become a member of the family anyway. Even with a genie, Lily's young life wasn't perfect. To escape the kids making her miserable at school, Lily buried herself in romance novels. One day, when the teasing was just too much, she used one of her wishes.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Cute but long

  • By Danni on 06-23-17

ugh, erg, hrmm.

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

Reviewed: 03-28-18

Good premise. Poor execution with too much telling. Not enough genie and way too much repetition of forced anguish, like over and over repeated sentences and paragraphs.

  • A High-End Finish

  • By: Kate Carlisle
  • Narrated by: Angela Starling
  • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,570
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,436
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,431

In the seaside town of Lighthouse Cove, everyone knows the best man for the job is actually a woman - contractor Shannon Hammer. But while Shannon can do wonders with a power drill and a little elbow grease, her love life needs work. On a blind date with real estate agent Jerry Saxton, she has to whip out a pair of pliers to keep Jerry from getting too hands on.Shannon is happy to put her rotten date behind her, but when Jerry's found dead in a run-down Victorian home that she's been hired to restore, the town's attractive new police chief suspects that her threats may have laid the foundation for murder.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • It was ok

  • By Diana on 12-19-14

ugh. lame and borimg

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

Reviewed: 02-06-18

main character drones on. slow descriptive elements of her every movement is tiring. motivation of killer nonsensical for second killing. only enjoyment will get from this book is deleting it from device.

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  • A Dangerous Talent

  • By: Charlotte Elkins, Aaron Elkins
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 7 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,288
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,158
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,158

From the outside, Alix London appears to have it all. Unfortunately for Alix, what you see isn’t exactly what you get. A brilliant, once-promising art student, the daughter of a prominent New York art conservator, Alix and her world were left in ruins when her father went to prison for art forgery. Then she meets Christine Lemay, a novice art collector with deep pockets and a handle on a recently discovered painting by American master Georgia O’Keeffe. Chris needs the painting authenticated....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I enjoyed this

  • By Constance Jenkins on 09-11-17

weak story. weak reader. never gains steam.

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

Reviewed: 01-20-18

just kind of flows and ends. opening sequence is best part. reader's voice mildly irritating but mostly bland.

  • Midnight Riot

  • Peter Grant, Book 1
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,966
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,558
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,548

Probationary constable Peter Grant dreams of being a detective in London's Metropolitan Police. Too bad his superior plans to assign him to the Case Progression Unit, where the biggest threat he'll face is a paper cut. But Peter's prospects change in the aftermath of a puzzling murder, when he gains exclusive information from an eyewitness who happens to be a ghost. Peter's ability to speak with the lingering dead brings him to the attention of Detective Chief Inspector Thomas Nightingale....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I LOVE this Book!

  • By Nancy J on 02-26-13

Good book with only decent reader

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

Reviewed: 10-05-17

Good book with strong plot and interesting characters. Reader has lovely voice but his acting skills are limited to breathy sentences and poorly delivered punch lines for main character. Means some of the nicely written jokes fall flat and main character sounds too disinterested. Reader does do a nice job with alternate character voices.

  • The Dark Horse

  • A Walt Longmire Mystery
  • By: Craig Johnson
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,144
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,332
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,293

The Denver Post hails Craig Johnson's Walt Longmire mystery series as a must-read. Joining the four previous novels - all of which have been Book Sense picks - The Dark Horse puts a unique Wyoming twist on the classic British village mystery. When Longmire meets a woman jailed for her husband's death, he travels outside his usual haunts to discover the truth behind this unusual murder case.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another outstanding book from Johnson

  • By V. Sharol on 05-31-09

good but

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

Reviewed: 09-28-17

Excellent reading as usual and good plot. But seems the author did too much medical research he HAD to use. A little tired of Longmire always getting beat up. And FYI but Morgan horses are not draft type and are a smaller, lighter riding horse. A less believable story overall.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Last Argument of Kings

  • The First Law: Book Three
  • By: Joe Abercrombie
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 27 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,595
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,623
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,625

The end is coming. Logen Ninefingers might only have one more fight in him but it’s going to be a big one. Battle rages across the North, the King of the Northmen still stands firm and there’s only one man who can stop him. His oldest friend and his oldest enemy. It’s time for the Bloody-Nine to come home. With too many masters and too little time, Superior Glokta is fighting a different kind of war. A secret struggle in which no-one is safe and no-one can be trusted.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ending (light spoilers)

  • By fattius on 09-15-11

Excellent reading

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

Reviewed: 09-05-17

Great story perfectly told. A bit heavy on gore. Too much sucking of gums at times. But interesting characters and well plotted.

  • 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 2,757
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,558
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,543

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.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Weird Science

  • By Dubi on 04-26-18

Weak last chapters

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-11-17

Not sure where the editor went but must have been on vacation for the last few chapters. The novel basically ends dramatically with main mystery solved but then meanders on telling story of Justine and explaining life of ladies afterwards. Would have given higher rating if book had ended where should have.

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  • Nice Dragons Finish Last

  • Heartstrikers, Book 1
  • By: Rachel Aaron
  • Narrated by: Vikas Adam
  • Length: 13 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,862
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,412
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,415

Audie Award, Fantasy, 2016. As the smallest dragon in the Heartstriker clan, Julius survives by a simple code: keep quiet, don't cause trouble, and stay out of the way of bigger dragons. But this meek behavior doesn't fly in a family of ambitious magical predators, and his mother, Bethesda the Heartstriker, has finally reached the end of her patience.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Almost shockingly wonderful.

  • By Leon Miller on 07-26-15

Gets better

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

Reviewed: 06-06-17

Personally find reader's voice annoying, especially for secondary character Marcie who is obnoxious. But characters grow on you and plotting is good.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful