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  • The Jennifer Morgue

  • A Laundry Files Novel
  • By: Charles Stross
  • Narrated by: Gideon Emery
  • Length: 13 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,048
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 897
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 899

Bob Howard is a special operative for the British agency called The Laundry, and his task is to stop a rogue billionaire from using an artifact, known as Gravedust, with the power to reanimate the dead. The U.S. Black Agency sends the lethal Ramona Random to aid Bob’s mission, but she seems to have a different agenda.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Laundry as James Bond

  • By Bryan on 09-16-12

A step back from the first, but still quite good.

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

Reviewed: 02-18-17

What made the experience of listening to The Jennifer Morgue the most enjoyable?

The combination of old school geek, supernatural action, and classic spy thriller.

What did you like best about this story?

It added some depth to the world of the laundry in a fun action filled story.

What about Gideon Emery’s performance did you like?

His gritty, almost noir delivery is not how I would have imagined these books being read at all, but I think it adds to the classic spy thriller aspect of the stories.

Any additional comments?

The second short story was a bit silly and anticlimactic. I wish it had come first so it wouldn't have taken me out of the afterglow of the main story.

  • The Atrocity Archives

  • A Laundry Files Novel
  • By: Charles Stross
  • Narrated by: Gideon Emery
  • Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,126
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,868
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,867

Bob Howard is a computer-hacker desk jockey, who has more than enough trouble keeping up with the endless paperwork he has to do on a daily basis. He should never be called on to do anything remotely heroic. But for some reason, he is.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Listen for IT People

  • By Raymond on 06-16-13

More than I was expecting!

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

Reviewed: 01-09-17

If you could sum up The Atrocity Archives in three words, what would they be?

Nerdy Lovecraftian Action

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Atrocity Archives?

To avoid spoiling: There is a point where things get very grim for the first time, it's a great moment and unexpected in the sudden intensity.

Have you listened to any of Gideon Emery’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This was the first I have heard but he did a very good job.

Any additional comments?

I have been told for years that I have to read these books. I have never quite found the time for one reason or other so the audio book was perfect. A well read and well told story, I will be listening to the rest and likely will add the books to my bookshelf as well.

  • Metal and Ash

  • Apex, Volume 3
  • By: Jake Bible
  • Narrated by: Julie Hoverson
  • Length: 17 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38

What began in the wasteland of Dead Mech, and continued alongside Europe and Asia in the Americans, now has its epic conclusion in Metal and Ash. Commander James Capreze and his team of mech pilots must no longer battle just zombies, cannibals, religious cults, and the ever dreaded dead mechs. Now, they will be put to the test by the forces of the Three, as the evil alliance bent on dominating every inch of the world attacks from two fronts, forcing Capreze to split his forces and make alliances with those he had been sworn to defeat.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The (literally)explosive conclusion to the trilogy

  • By W. Wright on 06-30-16

The (literally)explosive conclusion to the trilogy

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

Reviewed: 06-30-16

If you could sum up Metal and Ash in three words, what would they be?

Non Stop Thrills

What did you like best about this story?

This story took the two very different books that came before it and brought them together in extremely satisfying ways.

Which scene was your favorite?

Without spoiling anything... there was a moment of glorious redemption that was deeply satisfying.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Again a difficult answer to make without spoilers. As invested as I was in all the characters I had learned to love, hate, or hate/love in the first two books, there were resolutions to their stories that were both uplifting and tragic.

Any additional comments?

A wonderful end to a trilogy I enjoyed very much both in reading them and then in listening to the audio books.

  • The Americans

  • Apex Trilogy, Book 2
  • By: Jake Bible
  • Narrated by: Julie Hoverson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34

The exciting sidequel to Dead Mech takes you on a hellride through Europe, Asia, and beyond as American Ghost Heather Walton must save her family, her friends, and an all-important cargo, as all Americans struggle to maintain their place in a world where the powers that be no longer want them. And will stop at nothing to put an end to their standing and their very existence!

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story sometimes hard to follow

  • By k9srgr8 on 06-30-17

A stylistic side step, a great sequel!

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

Reviewed: 06-30-16

What did you love best about The Americans?

While the book is a sequel to Jake Bible's Dead Mech it is a very different book. It is told in a more conventional style than the first book and it deals with a very different part of the world than the original.

What did you like best about this story?

The Americans was as much about the characters interactions with one another as it is about the action. I felt very invested in the characters emotionally... and that includes the villains.

What about Julie Hoverson’s performance did you like?

Like in Dead Mech, her characters felt right to how I had envisioned them when reading them. Also her slightly deranged gleeful description of the action is entirely on point for this story.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I actually did have a few moments where I teared up... but much more often I was laughing gleefully.

Any additional comments?

A Very good second book to the trilogy well told.

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  • Mega

  • A Deep Sea Thriller
  • By: Jake Bible
  • Narrated by: Lee Strayer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 93
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 87
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 87

There is something in the deep. Something large. Something hungry. Something prehistoric. And Team Grendel must find it, fight it, and kill it. Kinsey Thorne, the first female US Navy SEAL candidate has hit rock bottom. Having washed out of the Navy, she turned to every drink and drug she could get her hands on. Until her father and cousins, all ex-Navy SEALS themselves, offer her a way back into the life: as part of a private, elite combat Team being put together to find and hunt down an impossible monster in the Indian Ocean.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Join Team Grendel as they find more than they...

  • By Brian on 10-13-16

A fun, action story... with a giant shark!

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

Reviewed: 04-15-16

What did you love best about Mega?

For me the characters outshone the plot in this book. I really enjoyed their interactions and banter.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

I felt the ending was a little drawn out compared to the pacing of the rest of the book. I almost wish it were the beginning of the next book, but I may change my mind when I start listening to the actual beginning.

Which scene was your favorite?

There is a torture scene that ranks up there in my top 10 nastiest villain moments. I

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

There were a couple very human moments for the normally ultra-badass characters that really brought them home for me. I am really starting to see the depth of the authors fetish for special forces types, and since I do not really share it it is nice to have other handles into the story as well.

Any additional comments?

This book did not grab me as fast or as hard as Dead Mech or Z-Burbia did, and if it were my introduction to Jake Bible I might not have read much further. That being said it is still a lot of fun and I am intrigued to see where it goes. I do not read a lot of military thriller type books, but of what I have read in that genre this is my favorite, probably because of the authors slightly skewed sense of the fantastic.

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  • The Halloween Tree

  • By: Ray Bradbury
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 3 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,290
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,183
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,189

On a Halloween night, eight boys are led on an incredible journey into the past by the mysterious “spirit” Moundshroud. Riding a dark autumn wind from ancient Egypt to the land of the Celtic druids, from Mexico to a cathedral in Paris, they will witness the haunting beginnings of the holiday called Halloween.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An October Essential!

  • By Dave on 10-12-12

A Halloween classic well told!

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

Reviewed: 02-18-16

Where does The Halloween Tree rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Very high, this is a book I plan to keep and make an annual October tradition.

What did you like best about this story?

It resonates well with the setting and time of my childhood Halloweens

What about Bronson Pinchot’s performance did you like?

He did a wonderful job of pacing the story and his voices all felt right.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Yes, but it would be too much of a spoiler to discuss it here.

Any additional comments?

A fantastic story belonging to a very different time.

  • Leviathan

  • By: Scott Westerfeld
  • Narrated by: Alan Cumming
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,370
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,009
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,015

It is the cusp of World War I, and all the European powers are arming up. The Austro-Hungarians and Germans have their Clankers, steam-driven iron machines loaded with guns and ammunition. The British Darwinists employ fabricated animals as their weaponry. The Leviathan is a living airship, the most formidable airbeast in the skies of Europe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Positively Addictive.

  • By Tracy on 05-05-10

A great story well read.

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

Reviewed: 01-19-16

If you could sum up Leviathan in three words, what would they be?

Steampunk alternate history.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The story focuses on two characters and both have their charms.

Which character – as performed by Alan Cumming – was your favorite?

See above.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I think I listened to it mainly in three sittings.

Any additional comments?

This was a good story written well. The reading took it even further into radio drama territory.

  • Z-Burbia

  • By: Jake Bible
  • Narrated by: Andrew B. Wehrlen
  • Length: 6 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 400
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 373
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 376

Whispering Pines is a classic, quiet, private American subdivision on the edge of Asheville, NC, set in the pristine Blue Ridge Mountains. Which is good since the zombie apocalypse has come to Western North Carolina and really put suburban living to the test! Surrounded by a sea of the undead, the residents of Whispering Pines have adapted their bucolic life of block parties to scavenging parties, common area groundskeeping to immediate area warfare, neighborhood beautification to neighborhood fortification.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • In my zombie top 10

  • By The Zombie Specialist on 08-19-14

Non-stop fun, well paced and well told.

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

Reviewed: 09-04-15

Would you consider the audio edition of Z-Burbia to be better than the print version?

I generally prefer print, but I do not own this one in print/text.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The main protagonist resonated a lot with me, but Elspeth also became a favorite very quickly. Both had strengths and flaws and excelled in different ways without being entirely defined by their expertise. I look forward to learning more about them in future books.

What does Andrew B. Wehrlen bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I think I would have had a very different set of accents having read the book.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I likely could have, but I tended to listen to two or three chapters at a time while cleaning or doing repair work around the house.

Any additional comments?

This story treads some of the same ground as Dead Mech, but in a very different way. If you are looking for some zombie bashing badassery, it's here, and so is a story with some depth and character that will keep you listening to the very end.

I was pretty sold on Jake Bible from the Dead Mech series, but I think this cements me as a fan. I love his over the top cinematic action tempered with very human moments. I'm in for the rest of this series for sure and I am downloading Mega as I type this!

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  • Dead Mech

  • Apex Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Jake Bible
  • Narrated by: Julie Hoverson
  • Length: 16 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 82
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 80
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 77

Hundreds of years after the zombie apocalypse decimates the world, human civilization has put itself back together again. Their secret weapon against the zombie hordes: the Mechs. Massive robotic battle machines. But what happens when a mech pilot dies in his mech and becomes a zombie? Hell on earth is unleashed...

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A new Twist to an Old Story

  • By The Zombie Specialist on 08-29-14

A mad thrill ride through a badass world!

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

Reviewed: 07-09-15

What made the experience of listening to Dead Mech the most enjoyable?

The never let you go, never let you rest thrill ride nature of the story.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Dead Mech?

The "oh shit" moment when the real plot reveals itself.

What about Julie Hoverson’s performance did you like?

Her enthusiastic descriptions of carnage and gore made the whole thing feel just that much more sociopathic... Which is fitting for this bunch of characters.

If you could take any character from Dead Mech out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Stomper... Because he just needs a hug.

Any additional comments?

I have read this book twice already, once as an e-book and once in paperback. Listening to it brought the whole thing together nicely. I have become a big fan of the author and this book decidedly started it. If you don't want to read or listen to a story about giant mechs fighting zombies... Some of whom are in giant mechs... Then stay away. If that idea seems even slightly fun then sit back and hold on tight!

  • Pretty When She Dies

  • A Vampire Novel
  • By: Rhiannon Frater
  • Narrated by: Kristin Allison
  • Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 353
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 327
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 326

Amaliya wakes under the forest floor, disoriented, famished and confused. She digs out of the shallow grave and realizes she is hungry... ... in a new, horrific, unimaginable way... Sating her great hunger, she discovers that she is now a vampire, the bloodthirsty creature of legend. She has no choice but to flee from her old life and travels across Texas. Her new hunger spurs her to leave a wake of death and blood behind her as she struggles with her new nature. All the while, her creator is watching.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • This ain't your daughter's Twilight

  • By Camille on 11-28-13

A bit stereotypical, but a lot of fun.

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

Reviewed: 06-09-15

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Yes, this was a fun story read well. The narrators style takes a few minutes to get used to then it's all about the story.

What other book might you compare Pretty When She Dies to and why?

It reminds me of other gothic horror/romance books I have read, though that is not my primary genre... The characters feel a bit cookie cutter and wander into Mary Sue territory, but not so far that they cannot be enjoyed.

Which scene was your favorite?

There is a point in the book where it turns from vampire romance into weird monster book, and that was a lot of fun.

Was Pretty When She Dies worth the listening time?

Time well spent, I was entertained.

Any additional comments?

Though this book falls into a few stereotypes and character traps, the underlying story and the well paced writing make it likely I will give the next book in the series a try.