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  • The Naturalist

  • The Naturalist, Book 1
  • By: Andrew Mayne
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,228
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,878
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,870

Professor Theo Cray is trained to see patterns where others see chaos. So when mutilated bodies found deep in the Montana woods leave the cops searching blindly for clues, Theo sees something they missed. Something unnatural. Something only he can stop. As a computational biologist, Theo is more familiar with digital code and microbes than the dark arts of forensic sleuthing. But a field trip to Montana suddenly lands him in the middle of an investigation into the bloody killing of one of his former students.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic! I loved this book!!

  • By shelley on 10-02-17

natural idiot

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

Reviewed: 02-23-19

trash story. not trashy, that can be fine, but this is just trash. Police spend their time going "oh. bears did it despite a pile of bodies torn up by metal claws over the past 30 years. this is to justify the main character as an absolutely retarded idiot who insists on working alone and not really putting out the information he finds and breaking major laws as he does so. none of the characters are likeable, or even tolerable. this is nothing but a slow soggy fart that lingers way to long.

  • Mega 5: Murder Island

  • Mega Series, Book 5
  • By: Jake Bible
  • Narrated by: Neil Hellegers
  • Length: 8 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3

Team Grendel is out of options. With a mysterious enemy destroying their refuges, the crew of the Beowulf III is forced to seek sanctuary on an island that wants nothing more than to kill them all, an island that is pure death and evil. While Ballantine struggles to find them a less deadly option, Team Grendel must risk their lives to help a teammate. Something is wrong with Darby and an answer must be found before it is too late. But finding that answer may mean not all of them will make it out. Fear! Death! Terror! Blood!  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved the book

  • By Dark Despot on 02-05-19

alright until the end.

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

Reviewed: 02-01-19

ive gone through a lot of jake bibles books laterl, and mega series is only one i really liked. but this one is just... meh. the story just sort of idles before crapping itself. we are promised a huge reveal on some of the secrets of whats going on... and they are just kind explained by "he told them the whole story" and thsts all we get. screws to that. this book was a foot drag and the promise of some clue of whats going on made it a reason to go through. but then nothing is explained.

bullshit.

that said, narrator is awesome as usual.

  • Year One

  • (Chronicles of The One, Book 1)
  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,984
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,602
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,564

It began on New Year's Eve. The sickness came on suddenly, and spread quickly. The fear spread even faster. Within weeks, everything people counted on began to fail them. The electrical grid sputtered; law and government collapsed - and more than half of the world's population was decimated. Where there had been order, there was now chaos. And as the power of science and technology receded, magic rose up in its place. Some of it is good, like the witchcraft worked by Lana Bingham, practicing in the loft apartment she shares with her lover, Max.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Magical Apocalypse "Lite"

  • By Kitty on 12-07-17

disappointing

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

Reviewed: 01-31-19

i say disappointing as the book just sort pf meanders and fumbles along, an interesting concept and idea, but hampered by bland writing and execution.

the world falls apart in a few weeks and suddenly almost everybody turns into a raider from fallout 3-4, wantonly murdering all they meet, raping, torturing, dismembering bodies and stringing them up on their vehicles and where they live. Or they are stupidly optimistic bubbly, perky, and innocent while just being able to tell "they are good and they are evil" as if there is no such things as circumstances or shades of black and white.

and of course. lets not forget that trite old failure "hUMaNitY iS ThE REaL MonSTeR!!!!!1!1!!1"

  • Blood Cruise

  • By: Jake Bible
  • Narrated by: Andrew Tell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 50
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 49

Ben Clow's plans are set. Drop off kids, pick up girlfriend, head to the marina, and hop on best friend's cruiser for a weekend of fun at sea. But Ben's happy plans are about to be changed by a tentacled horror that lurks beneath the waves. International crime lords! Deep cover black ops agents! A ravenous, bloodsucking monster! A storm of evil and danger conspire to turn Ben Clow's vacation from a fun ocean getaway into a nightmare of a blood cruise!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Deep Sea Rounders as a Cardshark meets Mutoctopus

  • By Ray Johnson on 09-03-18

low quality writing.

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

Reviewed: 01-05-19

so the first books i listened to from jake bible was the mega series, which aside from minor annoyances is pretty good! eniugh i got all 4 availible books and decided to try some others.

they were trash. mediocre narrators, very bland stories. this one is right there with the rest.

normally id break down the story some theb rant and rave over it, but i just cant work up the interest to this time. couldnt even make it half way through.

  • Death March

  • Black Magic Outlaw, Book 6
  • By: Domino Finn
  • Narrated by: Neil Hellegers
  • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79

When you live in a city notorious for going too far, trouble's what you make of it. Believe me, I've seen my share. Now I'm taking my ill-gotten gains and laying down roots. Imagine that. Cisco Suarez living the Miami high life. In a perfect world, all I'd worry about were mounting HOA violations and a girlfriend playing hard to get. Not my world. One innocent investigation turns into a meet and greet with human-trafficking vampires and, surprise, surprise, the cops frown on my brand of outlaw justice. The FBI's next, asking questions about a set of murders I didn't commit. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • outstanding!

  • By Jane Ryan on 06-10-18

a great continuation of black magic outlaw!

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

Reviewed: 01-03-19

a good read and faithful continuation of tue black magic outlaw series. picks up a time after the last book and the characters continue on and are still following a good arc. a few bonehead moments from them, but all in aid of seeing their characters shape and evolve.

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  • Hunted

  • By: Darcy Coates
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
  • Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 224
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 201
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 200

Twenty-two-year-old Eileen goes missing while hiking in the remote Ashlough Forest. Five days later, her camera is discovered washed downriver, containing bizarre photos taken after her disappearance. Chris wants to believe Eileen is still alive. When the police search is abandoned, he and four of his friends create their own search party to scour the mountain range. As they stray farther from the hiking trails and the unsettling discoveries mount, they begin to believe they’re not alone in the forest...and that Eileen’s disappearance wasn’t an accident.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I never leave reviews but....

  • By Bexb15 on 12-02-18

Good narrator, mediocre writing.

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

Reviewed: 12-17-18

Ive gotten several of Darcy Coates books. And returned every one. That said, i keep forgetting who she is each time i get a new one. Thanks Audibles for continously suggesting books from authors i keep giving low scores. And thats part of the issue. The books are forgettable. Its like she is trying for an atmospheric slow burn horror, but thats not the result. Things just move slow and poorly done. Her characters always tend to be these noxious, abrasive, mindless, and just flat out stupid characters that lack any redeeming quality, even more so then an 80s slasher where your half waiting for the stupid fuck to get killed so you dont have to listen to them whine bitch and moan any more.

The story is bland and lack luster, girl goes missing in MAJOR tourist town... that despite bringing in thousands of people to see the place, only has about 800 people living in the town, and a police force so small they couldnt even field a basketball team, and some how they dont notice that their park has a missing person rate to match a battlefield.

Narrator does a decent job, way better then the book deserves.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Society of the Sword Trilogy

  • By: Duncan M. Hamilton
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 31 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,769
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,439
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,430

When Soren is plucked from the streets and given a place at the prestigious academy of swordsmanship, he thinks his dream of being a great swordsman has become a possibility. However, with great intrigues unfolding all around him, Soren discovers that he is little more than a pawn to the ambitions of others.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Series Overall, but seemed Rushed

  • By Daniel on 10-15-17

rather meh writing.

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

Reviewed: 12-10-18

fantasy world full of retarded dipshits. main character has overwhelming magical in many ways, to balance this he is dumb as a game of russian roulette with a browning m2. but this isnt to much of a disadvantage, as everybody was dropped on their head as a child an incapable of actually thinking. the first book struggles to give a decent finish. the second actualky does marginally better, the third is stumbling over its own feet while running with scissors. Everybody. Is. Fucking. Stupid.

just pass this pants load unless you want a couple days of white noise listening.

  • A Sellsword's Compassion

  • The Seven Virtues, Book 1
  • By: Jacob Peppers
  • Narrated by: Steven Brand
  • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 307
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 291
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 288

If life has taught the jaded sellsword Aaron Envelar anything, it’s that hope is for fools and causes are a sure remedy for breathing. But when his latest job leads him to the corpse of a prince and a conspiracy that threatens to destroy the entire realm, Aaron is forced to choose sides in a war he doesn’t want, between forces he doesn’t understand. Thrust into a world of mythical assassins, a madman with superhuman strength, and a nagging ball of light with a superiority complex who claims to be the embodiment of compassion, Aaron takes on his hardest job yet - staying alive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My favorite new author.

  • By David on 08-12-18

patience is a virtue, but this used all of mine up

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

Reviewed: 11-17-18

this book is worthless. somehow its trying to push having "compassion" pushed on someone is a good thing, but their writing makes it seem even more debilitating then being hamstrung.

rather then letting the character advance naturally over time learning a lesson it just seems that they are arbitrarily forced to suddenly advance along a character arc. the characters themselves are actually rather noxious and bland, the princess full of condescending compassion, acting as if she "Knows the plights of the poor filthy low born commoners" who seems even more vile and venomous then the "black hearted and damaged sellsword forced to suddenly deal with having morals!!" and the cowardly idiot of the princesses seneshal.

the story flows like cold molasses filled with glass shards, slow and disjointed, filled with continuity errors, poor writing, and just dull work. the narrator is ok, but only reads things with one voice and a slight accent on occasion.

patience is a virtue, but this book used all of mine up.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Anomaly

  • By: Michael Rutger
  • Narrated by: Brandon Williams
  • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 881
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 837
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 835

If Indiana Jones lived in the X-Files era, he might bear at least a passing resemblance to Nolan Moore - a rogue archaeologist hosting a documentary series derisively dismissed by the "real" experts, but beloved by conspiracy theorists. Nolan sets out to retrace the steps of an explorer from 1909 who claimed to have discovered a mysterious cavern high up in the ancient rock of the Grand Canyon. And, for once, he may have actually found what he seeks. Then the trip takes a nasty turn, and the cave begins turning against them in mysterious ways.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Book of 2018

  • By Jeffrey veals on 07-04-18

not to bad at all.

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

Reviewed: 10-19-18

this is a very well written and competent story. it has its stupid parts, but they never get to bad, it meanders along slowly in places, butnmanages to keep a decent pace. its well written, and well narrated. not exactly an edge of your seat thiller, nor throw any unexpected curves, but still a good listen.

  • The Haunted Forest Tour

  • By: Jeff Strand, James A. Moore
  • Narrated by: Joe Hempel
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 409
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 381
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 380

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the Haunted Forest Tour! Sit back, and enjoy a smooth ride in air-conditioned comfort as your heavily armored tram takes you through nature's most astonishing creation. The forest is packed to capacity with dangerous and terrifying creatures of all shapes, sizes, and hunger levels, and you'll get to observe these wonders in complete safety.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WOW, just WOW. Great book!!!!

  • By Jason on 09-07-18

poorly written crap read by a man oding on opiates

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

Reviewed: 10-11-18

slow sloppy mess that dragged on tediously while offering nothing in writer or narrator.

the concept is interesting, but fails to deliver anything. it quickly just becomes a slow boring ride through poorly written murder porn written as "Then the thing killed them and they died." it fails as a horror novel as it has no atmosphere or suspense, it fails as a thriller as it carries no weight or urgency, it fails as a mystery as at first it offers no clues of whats going on and then shoves evetything down your throat at once.

the characters are bland 2 dimensional things with no real character beyond,
The kid, who is a child.
the chick, who is a cute girl.
the guy, who is just some guy.
the wise old man, who is some old supposibly wise man.
the asshole, who is an asshole.

and so forth. they have no drive beyond survival, they have no arc advancing their characters, and they have no agency just react to things that come by blindly flailing about. there is nothing to like about them to hope they survive. they dont even follow modern movies tropes and make you dislike them enough to hope they die. if they were to just move away from the characterd in the middle of a crisis, i dont think many woukd care or notice.

and finally... the narrator. guy sounds like he is dying of a morphine overdose. its this slow monotone with no inflection, or attempt to give different voices to the characters. ben steins acting emotes better then this guys reading.

if your looking for good supernatural horror, johnathan mayberrys pine deep trilogy is much better then this, and i didnt even really like that book.

0 of 4 people found this review helpful