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  • Tomorrow War: Serpent Road

  • The Chronicles of Max, Book 2
  • By: J. L. Bourne
  • Narrated by: Kevin T. Collins, Jay Snyder
  • Length: 8 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 760
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 722
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 718

During an unacknowledged mission inside the Syrian border, a government operative had unwittingly triggered an incredible worldwide event that irrevocably shaped the future of the United States. In the aftermath of the crisis, families have struggled to survive in a world short on food, water, and electricity. Hyperinflation cripples the United States economy, and postwar armored military vehicles are patrolling the streets. One man has now stepped forward and continues to push back the dark wave of tyranny.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • best ever

  • By Eddie Muñoz on 07-28-17

Genuinely disappointing

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

Reviewed: 08-08-18

There's simply no story here. I'm getting the feeling that Bourne's "Day by Day Armageddon" was a fluke, which is sad because it was so good and I want to hold a torch that the author has another round of that level of story in him. This is the second book in the Tomorrow War series, and it is as uninspired as the first. One might say that the tale is riddled with plot holes, but that would be inaccurate. There is simply no plot. The book just meanders until the author either gets bored, finishes his contractual obligation for word count, or finishes heating up his burrito in the microwave...dunno, but the setup for the ending comes about in one page and then the book just coughs to an end.

The main character asks about a resistance group and is told that they are impossible to find. Ten minutes later, he is having coffee with them. The protagonist says that he will start shooting anyone riding a motorcycle because the bikers are always bad guys. Ten minutes later, he's riding a stolen motorcycle as if no one else has come to the same conclusion.

The narration is good.

Avoid this book.

  • Kings of the Wyld

  • By: Nicholas Eames
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 17 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,874
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,705
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,697

Clay Cooper and his band were once the best of the best, the most feared and renowned crew of mercenaries this side of the Heartwyld. Their glory days long past, the mercs have grown apart and grown old, fat, drunk, or a combination of the three. Then an ex-bandmate turns up at Clay's door with a plea for help - the kind of mission that only the very brave or the very stupid would sign up for.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Locke Lamora Meets the Blues Brothers

  • By Matthew on 03-07-17

So well done.

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

Reviewed: 07-13-18

Eames blends the nostalgic idea of getting the band back together perfectly with a sword and sorcery tale. So many sly music references without any heavyhanded forcing. As an aging musician myself, I found myself grinning very frequently at names and concepts presented in the story. Listeners who are not musicians do not suffer for a lack of familiarity, either. The story is just that well done.

Jeff Harding's narration is great, really bringing to life the grizzled main character and the world that Eames builds. I spent the credit on this one solely based on some positive reviews, and I couldn't be happier with the result. I am solidly a new fan, and will be looking forward to anything else Nicholas Eames has to offer. I will also be looking for other titles Harding narrates.

  • The Legend of Drizzt: The Collected Stories

  • By: R. A. Salvatore
  • Narrated by: An All-Star Cast
  • Length: 10 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 832
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 774
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 771

The Legend of Drizzt: The Collected Stories expands upon the epic legend of the dark elf with 12 tales performed by the all-star cast of Felicia Day, Dan Harmon, Greg Grunberg, Tom Felton, Danny Pudi, Sean Astin, Melissa Rauch, Ice-T, Wil Wheaton, Al Yankovic, Michael Chiklis, and David Duchovny!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Listen , mostly

  • By Logan Alcott on 05-02-15

Great narration - weak stories

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

Reviewed: 07-13-18

The selection of readers for this production is great. I was enthralled to hear how each reader would treat the material. While they are all good, a special commendation should be noted for Ice T, who killed it despite sword and sorcery fantasy literature not having been part of his former wheelhouse. I hope he narrates more in the future.

As much fun as it was to hear this first rate group of narrators, the short stories are pretty weak. While I'm tempted to say that I just might have moved on from the iconic Drizzt, I don't feel that this is the case. These are just shorts that seem like they are filler; stories written because the author was offered a paycheck for a few thousand words. Salvatore, of course, has every right to make bank for the creation of one of the genre's standout characters, but that doesn't mean that the tales are going to be great. The majority of the stories just seem to be tired belaborings of the same philosophical rhetoric that has been covered again and again in the Drizzt stories. Appearances aren't everything.

Audlible should be praised for making this production happen, though, and I hope that this is the beginning of a trend that may continue. The narrator of an audiobook is as important as the story itself, and Audible continues to look for interesting ways to present material.

  • John Dies at the End

  • By: David Wong
  • Narrated by: Stephen R. Thorne
  • Length: 14 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,101
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,622
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,641

STOP. You should not have touched this flyer with your bare hands. NO, don't put it down. It's too late. They're watching you. My name is David Wong. My best friend is John. Those names are fake. You might want to change yours. You may not want to know about the things you'll read on these pages, about the sauce, about Korrok, about the invasion, and the future. But it's too late. You touched the book. You're in the game. You're under the eye. The only defense is knowledge. You need to read this book, to the end. Even the part with the bratwurst. Why?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Vulgar Funny. 4.95 Sale Win.

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-19-12

A collection of weird that grows boring

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

Reviewed: 09-08-17

I stopped listening with about an hour left and just could not bring myself to care enough to finish. The story is well-performed by Stephen R. Thorne, but it just a collection of weird experiences with holes everywhere in its premise. The best comparison to reading this book would be if you were the designated driver for a group of your dumbest friends and you had to listen to them piece together and "awesome and hip" story. Not annoying enough to return for a credit, but I really wish I hadn't bought it.

  • The Remaining: Extinction

  • By: D. J. Molles
  • Narrated by: Christian Rummel
  • Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,046
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,901
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,894

This is the sixth and final novel in the action-packed series following Special Forces captain Lee Harden and a group of survivors struggling to survive while rebuilding an America devastated by a bacterium that has turned 90 percent of the population into a ravenous horde.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An amazing ending to this great series.

  • By Drew (@drewsant) on 02-01-16

Great book, but unfinished

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

Reviewed: 06-07-17

Another really good book from Molles, and I can understand why he leaves the main character how he does, but one gets the feeling that the author simply got tired of his character and world. Don't get me wrong, I really enjoyed the book, but felt as if there were many threads left unfinished and unexplored.

  • The Hospital: The FREE Short Story: The First Mountain Man Story

  • By: Keith C. Blackmore
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 1 hr and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9,111
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8,005
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8,034

"Mountain Man" Augustus Berry is a survivor in undead suburbia. He scavenges what he can from what's left over. He is very careful in what he does and where he goes, taking no chances, no unnecessary risks, and weighing every choice...until he decides to visit the hospital at the edge of town, and experiences terror the likes he's never encountered before.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 40 ROLLS OF ASS CLEANING GOODNESS

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 04-25-15

Yup, this is the Mountain Man

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

Reviewed: 06-07-17

In all it's gritty glory, this is a Mountain Man tale. I was glad to see this on Audible and hope Keith C. Blackmore has some other Mountain Man tales lurking around his notebook or hard drive.

  • Johannes Cabal and the Blustery Day

  • And Other Tales of the Necromancer
  • By: Jonathan L. Howard
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Guy Smith
  • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 372
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 344
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 344

Johannes Cabal is a necromancer - and he's slightly infamous. Johannes Cabal and the Blustery Day: And Other Tales of the Necromancer features seven of Cabal's most frightening adventures, including "Exeunt Demon King", "The Ereshkigal Working", "Johannes Cabal and the Blustery Day", and more. Also included is an original introduction written and read by the author.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great listen, Wonderful short stories

  • By Damian on 08-21-17

Great fun for short term bursts.

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

Reviewed: 06-07-17

I'm not usually a fan of short stories. The author explains that he grew up being a fan of the format during his forward. He must have learned some great lessons from those short stories of his childhood; this collection is great.

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  • Breeds, Book 1

  • By: Keith C. Blackmore
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,495
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,420
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,419

In a near-deserted coastal village, odd things are happening. Strangers are asking questions about the town's recluse. A local hunter discovers naked footprints in the snow. The stray dog population has ceased to exist. And with winter's most powerful weapon bearing down, things are about to become much, much worse. A werewolf book. Not a romance. Not at all.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Add another feather in Keith's cap!

  • By J.C. on 05-16-18

Officially a fan

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

Reviewed: 06-07-17

Way to go, Blackmore! A great start to another series. I can't do this writer justice with my praise. His stories are gritty, and realistic with just enough suspension of disbelief to get you hooked on the premise.

Other writers often make the mistake of falling in love with their characters. This love can lead them to coddle the character either by dint of personal affinity or a desire to create a franchise character. Blackmore wants to tell a story, not get to a point where everyone buys his books and he has no new ideas for his jumped-the-shark creation. I'll read anything this guy writes at this point.

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  • Lost Gods

  • A Novel
  • By: Brom
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 14 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,602
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,524
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,522

Fresh out of jail and eager to start a new life, Chet Moran and his pregnant wife, Trish, leave town to begin again. But an ancient evil is looming, and what seems like a safe haven may not be all it appears. Snared and murdered by a vile, arcane horror, Chet quickly learns that pain and death are not unique to the living. Now the lives and very souls of his wife and unborn child are at stake. To save them, he must journey into the bowels of purgatory in search of a sacred key promised to restore the natural order of life and death.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting...a good listen

  • By Richard on 05-10-17

Original, dark, desperate, and thrilling.

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

Reviewed: 06-07-17

I think R.C. Bray might, in the future, be seen as one of the founding fathers of audiobook art. He reads everything so well that you'd be tempted to spend a credit for his reading of your grocery list.

Couple Bray's performance with this solidly original tale and you have multiple hours that will have you locked in anticipation of the story's development. One of the better credits I've spent on Audible.

  • Red Rising

  • By: Pierce Brown
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 16 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,438
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32,105
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32,067

Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations. Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children. But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • excellent

  • By Emily on 05-07-17

A good, albeit redundant story

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

Reviewed: 12-21-16

It's a good story that does get better as it progresses. I will be reading the next in the series to see if the author can generate interesting development. Definitely feels like a Young Adult knockoff of many of the current big titles at its start. It feels as if Brown started to write a book to take advantage of the YA movie craze and then had some of his own ideas creeping in as he prosecuted the formula. The use of Rome within the story is interesting, and Brown does get the reader to the point of immersion where you don't know which characters can be trusted. This first book could be the start of something great, or a money grab based on current pop trends. The next book, Golden Son, will out the true value of the series.