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  • Obsidian Son

  • The Temple Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Shayne Silvers
  • Narrated by: Marcio Catalano
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,052
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 974
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 969

Nate Temple's all-consuming quest to avenge his parents is temporarily put on hold when shape-shifting dragons invade St. Louis. And perhaps cow-tipping the Minotaur for answers might not have been Nate's smartest opening move, because now every flavor of supernatural thug from our childhood nightmares is gunning for him. Nate learns that the only way to save his city from these creatures is to murder his best friend.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Don't Bother

  • By Ann on 07-07-17

This obsidian needs polish.

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

Reviewed: 09-28-18

Story needs another round of editing. Narration needs more distinctions between characters and narrative. Has promise.

  • Quarter Share

  • A Trader's Tale from the Golden Age of the Solar Clipper, Book 1
  • By: Nathan Lowell
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 668
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 630
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 634

In a universe run by corporations, where profit matters more than life, how can an orphan with no skills, no money, and no prospects survive? When Ishmael Wang's mother dies in a senseless accident, he's given a choice: leave the planet on his own, or the company will remove him. To avoid deportation Ishmael finds work as a mess deck attendant on an interstellar freighter.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Nathan vs Jeffrey

  • By Marc on 09-29-16

Time to forget

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

Reviewed: 11-28-17

I first this story as a free download narrated by Nathan Lowell. That lead to TOMMW and several more books on audio. I decided to try this newer version with professional narration but gave it a couple years to fade in my memory. It did not disappoint. I liked the original just fine, yet this version is different. The difference in voice did, in my mind, change my view of all the characters in subtle ways. In short Nathan’s stories are, in my mind, a hot cup of tea after a cold windy wet hike. It’s good for the soul. I don’t drink coffee but damn it sounds great almost tempted. Thanks Nathan.

  • The Book of Lost Things

  • By: John Connolly
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,219
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,951
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,949

High in his attic bedroom, 12-year-old David mourns the loss of his mother. He is angry and he is alone, with only the books on his shelf for company.But those books have begun to whisper to him in the darkness, and as he takes refuge in the myths and fairytales so beloved of his dead mother, he finds that the real world and the fantasy world have begun to meld. The Crooked Man has come, with his mocking smile and his enigmatic words: "Welcome, your majesty. All hail the new king."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • For Those Who Enjoy Playing with Fairytales

  • By alison on 01-06-13

Warm blanket on a cold dreary night.

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

Reviewed: 11-07-17

Words will not do this work justice. It’s like a cup of tea after a long hard day. An old friend you missed from long ago. Something you experienced as a child but could never know again as an adult, think again.

  • For We Are Many

  • Bobiverse, Book 2
  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 46,877
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 43,886
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43,768

Bob Johansson didn't believe in an afterlife, so waking up after being killed in a car accident was a shock. To add to the surprise, he is now a sentient computer and the controlling intelligence for a Von Neumann probe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Denis E.Taylor Sets A New Standard For Sci-Fi

  • By Devin on 04-18-17

Khaaasaaaaaaaaaaaaaan

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

Reviewed: 10-21-17

Spoiler. The last words spoken are “end of book two” suddenly I felt myself channeling the emotion in Captain Kirk screaming between gritted teeth “Khaaaaaaaaaaaaan” I immediately bought book three.

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  • We Are Legion (We Are Bob)

  • Bobiverse, Book 1
  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68,840
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 64,609
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64,481

Bob Johansson has just sold his software company and is looking forward to a life of leisure. There are places to go, books to read, and movies to watch. So it's a little unfair when he gets himself killed crossing the street. Bob wakes up a century later to find that corpsicles have been declared to be without rights, and he is now the property of the state. He has been uploaded into computer hardware and is slated to be the controlling AI in an interstellar probe looking for habitable planets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ignore the Publisher's Summary! This is Amazing!

  • By PW on 04-12-17

Cool, damn cool.

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

Reviewed: 10-19-17

This one hits my generation right between the eyes. Space opera on steroids. Immediately downloaded book 2.

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  • Mogworld

  • By: Yahtzee Croshaw
  • Narrated by: Yahtzee Croshaw
  • Length: 13 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,055
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,818
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,815

In a world full to bursting with would-be heroes, Jim couldn't be less interested in saving the day. His fireballs fizzle. He's awfully grumpy. Plus, he's been dead for about 60 years. When a renegade necromancer wrenches him from eternal slumber and into a world gone terribly, bizarrely wrong, all Jim wants is to find a way to die properly, once and for all. On his side, he's got a few shambling corpses, an inept thief, and a powerful death wish. But he's up against tough odds....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Yahtzee learns to enunciate

  • By Alyssa on 10-18-12

Better faster fun.

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

Reviewed: 08-30-17

Normal speed 1.0 was kind of tiring. Listening to book 3 in series was more fun. So I sped up to 1.25 and yes it was fun. Enjoy.

  • Will Save the Galaxy for Food

  • By: Yahtzee Croshaw
  • Narrated by: Yahtzee Croshaw
  • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,605
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,255
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,237

Space travel just isn't what it used to be. With the invention of Quantum Teleportation, space heroes aren't needed anymore. When one particularly unlucky ex-adventurer masquerades as famous pilot and hate figure Jacques McKeown, he's sucked into an ever-deepening corporate and political intrigue. Between space pirates, adorable deadly creatures, and a missing fortune in royalties, saving the universe was never this difficult!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic!

  • By Anonymous User on 04-09-17

Fun!

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

Reviewed: 08-24-17

Been a long time since I had a fun story. Usually I listen at 1.25 speed but I had to slow this one down and stretch out the fun. Nuf said.

  • Just One Damned Thing After Another

  • The Chronicles of St Mary's, Book 1
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,693
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,171
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,165

Behind the seemingly innocuous façade of St Mary's, a different kind of historical research is taking place. They don't do 'time-travel' - they 'investigate major historical events in contemporary time'. Maintaining the appearance of harmless eccentrics is not always within their power - especially given their propensity for causing loud explosions when things get too quiet. Meet the disaster-magnets of St Mary's Institute of Historical Research as they ricochet around History.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Action Adventure Time Travel Novel w/ Good Reader

  • By Sires on 04-13-14

Time loops don't exist, unless you think about it.

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

Reviewed: 06-24-17

Fast fun, a bit confused at times but so goes life. Look forward (pun here) to more backward exploration into possible futures.

  • Fallen Stars

  • The Demon Accords, Book 5
  • By: John Conroe
  • Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,022
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,909
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,905

Sometimes discretion is the better part of valor. Sometimes it's just best to get the hell out of Dodge. After turning an ancient vampire to dust and stirring the Coven into a mob of pitchfork-and-torch-bearing vampires, Chris Gordon thinks it might be time for a road trip. So, leaving Tanya to calm the troubled masses, he heads south to help a North Carolina pack with some demon troubles.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • These books give you what you want

  • By KC Jones on 05-10-16

Berserker is a hero

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

Reviewed: 06-24-17

It was a fun run but perhaps this story is near or at its end. Unless of course the author can throw a curveball and change the game.

  • Hex Appeal

  • By: Jim Butcher, Carrie Vaughn, Ilona Andrews, and others
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Van Dyck, Marc Vietor, Gayle Hendrix, and others
  • Length: 13 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 538
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 469
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 476

Fall under the intoxicating spell of their hex appeal…In the magical world that lies hidden beneath our own, witches and conjurers play deadly games. They know just the right spell to kill a man with one kiss—or raise him back again. And they’re not afraid to exact sweet revenge on those who dare to cross them. But what if you’re the unlucky soul who falls victim to a conjurer’s curse? And if you had the power to cast a magic spell of your own, would you use it?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good Format, Good Stories

  • By Shay H. on 01-17-13

If life is too slow, speed it up!

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

Reviewed: 06-24-17

A few 5 star performances from the usual suspects, but roll your eyes and sigh for several filler stories. However, speed up to 1.25 or even 1.50 and life is much better. Do some cherry picking or move faster and enjoy.