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  • Dead Six

  • By: Larry Correia, Mike Kupari
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 21 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,298
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,073
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,081

Michael Valentine, veteran and former member of an elite private military company, has been recruited by the government to conduct a secret counter-terror operation in the Persian Gulf nation of Zubara. The unit is called Dead Six. Their mission is to take the fight to the enemy and not get caught. Lorenzo, assassin and thief extraordinaire, is being blackmailed by the world's most vicious crime lord. His team has to infiltrate the Zubaran terrorist network and pull off an impossible heist or his family will die.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If you are unsure about this series, take a chance

  • By Keith on 09-09-14

just ok

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

Reviewed: 04-17-17

I've heard better from Jonathon Maberry. this is predictable and boring however I do give him a nod for weapons and military knowledge

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Book of Strange New Things

  • A Novel
  • By: Michel Faber
  • Narrated by: Josh Cohen
  • Length: 19 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 601
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 537
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 541

It begins with Peter, a devoted man of faith, as he is called to the mission of a lifetime, one that takes him galaxies away from his wife, Bea. Peter becomes immersed in the mysteries of an astonishing new environment, overseen by an enigmatic corporation known only as USIC. His work introduces him to a seemingly friendly native population struggling with a dangerous illness and hungry for Peter's teachings - his Bible is their "book of strange new things."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Unusual.

  • By Bellows Water on 04-22-15

Hated It.

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

Reviewed: 03-30-16

I loved The Crimson Petal and the White but this felt like a completely different author. the story never gained momentum and sad lime one long first chapter. I stick it out to the bitter, very disappointing end and it never improved. Don't waste your time.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Mickelsson's Ghosts

  • By: John Gardner
  • Narrated by: Michael Butler Murray
  • Length: 29 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

The final novel by John Gardner, Mickelsson's Ghosts, originally published in 1982 just months before his untimely death in a motorcycle accident, is a tour de force. The protagonist Peter Mickelsson, a former star philosophy professor at Brown, relocates to Binghamton University. On the verge of bankruptcy, separated from his wife, in questionable mental health, and drinking heavily, Mickelsson decides to buy a country house in northeastern Pennsylvania.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • John Gardner at his Best

  • By Mary I on 01-10-18

OMG What a BORE!!!!

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

Reviewed: 08-05-15

What disappointed you about Mickelsson's Ghosts?

I'm 9 hours into this story and I know very little more than I did when I read the summary. I'm not sure I can trust user reviews anymore. There is no apparent story line, just an endless regurgitation of this miserable character's depressing poverty, age, failure as a husband and father, and his repetitive poor financial choices. What a miserable existence. And the philosophy discussions? I'd rather eat glass. I've read warning labels that were more interesting. This book is dry, unimaginably boring, and the author leans heavily on his own experience as a professor. The narration is awful. Seriously, don't waste your time or money.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Fire From Heaven

  • A Novel of Alexander the Great
  • By: Mary Renault
  • Narrated by: Roger May
  • Length: 18 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 93
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84

Alexander's beauty, strength and defiance were apparent from birth, but his boyhood honed those gifts into the makings of a king. His mother, Olympias, and his father, King Philip of Macedon, fought each other for their son's loyalty, teaching Alexander politics and vengeance from the cradle. His love for the youth Hephaistion taught him trust, while Aristotle's tutoring provoked his mind and Homer's Iliad fuelled his aspirations.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Renewed Pleasure

  • By James on 01-28-15

Felt like Algebra homework...and I hate Algebra

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

Reviewed: 04-24-15

What would have made Fire From Heaven better?

A better story. This book never really becomes a story and I had a very difficult time feeling engaged or entertained. The characters have no depth. no real presence. The secondary cast has no substance at all. There are no difficulties, no challenges, no upset, no scares, no peril, no risks. It's more like a narrative. Olympias is portrayed as a whiny, manipulative child and it's annoying. The author seems to forget important details, leaving me feeling like I walked in on a conversation at the midway point having no idea of the who/what/when/where/why. I see the potential for a great read but it fell tragically short. I was hoping for something of Game of Thrones or The Winter King caliber and I was sorely disappointed. After 10.5 hours, I still have no idea what the plot is (except that Alexander grows up to be a great warrior) and I just couldn't do it anymore

What was most disappointing about Mary Renault’s story?

the disjointed way it's written.

Which character – as performed by Roger May – was your favorite?

none. The dominant character is Alexander and the way he is voiced was weird.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

...

Any additional comments?

As a disclaimer, I like George R.R. Martin, Stephen King, Bernard Cornwell, Ken Follett, etc. Maybe I should stick to what I know.

0 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The Paying Guests

  • By: Sarah Waters
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 21 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,643
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,395
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2,403

It is 1922, and London is tense. Ex-servicemen are disillusioned; the out-of-work and the hungry are demanding change. And in South London, in a genteel Camberwell villa, a large silent house now bereft of brothers, husband, and even servants, life is about to be transformed, as impoverished widow Mrs. Wray and her spinster daughter, Frances, are obliged to take in lodgers.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Tedious

  • By Loretta R. Cooper on 10-14-14

meh

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

Reviewed: 04-02-15

the story was, in essence, a REALLY long walk for a very short dive. It started off interestingly enough but quickly grew boring and dry. it took forever to get to the obvious conclusion and I found myself just wishing it was over. The narration was very good and I enjoyed the narrators tone and talent. Frankly, had she not been as good as she was, I may not have finished this one.

  • Rogues

  • By: Neil Gaiman (contributor), George R. R. Martin (editor), Gillian Flynn (contributor), and others
  • Narrated by: Janis Ian, Gwendoline Christie, Roy Dotrice, and others
  • Length: 31 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,974
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,793
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,790

If you’re a fan of fiction that is more than just black and white, this latest story collection from number-one New York Times best-selling author George R. R. Martin and award-winning editor Gardner Dozois is filled with subtle shades of gray. Twenty-one all-original stories, by an all-star list of contributors, will delight and astonish you in equal measure with their cunning twists and dazzling reversals. And George R. R. Martin himself offers a brand-new A Game of Thrones tale chronicling one of the biggest rogues in the entire history of Ice and Fire.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A fun way to sample Authors- More Rothfuss Please!

  • By gerry on 08-31-14

Loved It!

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

Reviewed: 08-28-14

Where does Rogues rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Top 10

What other book might you compare Rogues to and why?

I don't have a comparison given that it is short stories but they are largely well written and compelling stories that are entertaining and well narrated. I absolutely LOVE Gwendoline Christie's narration! Can't get enough of her!

What does George R. R. Martin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

A depth of characters and fullness of story

Any additional comments?

More Gwendoline Christie!!! She is a fabulous narrator with a soothing voice, excellent diction and pronunciation, and that beautiful accent! She has a wonderful talent and brings the story to life.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Joplin's Ghost

  • By: Tananarive Due
  • Narrated by: Lizan Mitchell
  • Length: 21 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 169
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 104
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 104

Bram Stoker Award finalist Tananarive Due crafts chilling tales of suspense.

In Joplin's Ghost, 24-year-old R&B phenomenon Phoenix Smalls is on the cusp of fame and fortune. But she is haunted by the spirit of Jazz legend Scott Joplin. After a series of sultry, erotic encounters with the ghost, and with the pressures of stardom closing in on her, Phoenix begins to fear for her life and career.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Sweeping--a fabulous read

  • By Audrey on 12-24-06

Meh...Hardly Rivals Stephen Kings Worst Stuff

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

Reviewed: 08-01-14

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

It was an effective time killer. The premise was very interesting but the delivery fell flat, nothing spectacular. It's described as a 'paranormal thriller' when it's more of a vanilla ghost story written from an egocentric teenagers perspective that barely features anything really paranormal. At no point did it inspire goosebumps. The most exciting paranormal activity was lights going out and doors slamming. The story lacks the strong characters, depth of story, and spine tingling layers intrinsic to any King novel. There are some sexual undertones that don't seem to fit the actual plot. The story quickly became tiresome and tedious. I almost didn't follow it to the end but for the fact that I paid for it. The narrator was good at portraying a wide variety of characters except white people. They tended to sound like South Park characters.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Stephen King, Dean Koontz, or maybe Bernard Cornwell.

Which character – as performed by Lizan Mitchell – was your favorite?

Phoenix's mother. She sounded very wise with a calm and melodious voice.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

No.

  • Coldheart Canyon

  • A Hollywood Ghost Story
  • By: Clive Barker
  • Narrated by: Frank Muller
  • Length: 21 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 251
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 229
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 228

Hollywood has made a star of Todd Pickett. But time is catching up with him. After plastic surgery goes awry, Todd needs somewhere to hide away for a few months while his scars heal. As Todd settles into a mansion in Coldheart Canyon - a corner of the city so secret it doesn't even appear on a map - Tammy Lauper, the president of his fan club, comes to the City of Angels determined to solve the mystery of Todd's disappearance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • loved it & love Frank Muller (RIP)

  • By waterlilyxx9 on 01-10-15

Soft Porn

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

Reviewed: 05-31-14

What would have made Coldheart Canyon better?

A fuller storyline and character development with less porn-like chapters.

What was most disappointing about Clive Barker’s story?

I was expecting a ghost story, given the title and description. What I got was a thinly veiled attempt at wrapping soft porn into mediocre fiction. The premise was initially interesting but the bulk of the book gets mired down with unnecessarily graphic sexual depravity meant to shock and intrigue. Instead, it became boring effort to listen to. I think it's important to disclose that I have a healthy sexual appetite and was not offended by the sexual context but felt more like the book tried to sneak it past me prior to buying. The sexual component might've been interesting if that's what I expected but it completely caught me by surprise. I might've continued on if it had only consumed a chapter or two but instead, it drags on seemingly without purpose. The characters are fairly one dimensional and predictable and that only makes it a more difficult read. Disappointing.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Frank Muller?

No one could have saved this book.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Initial boredom and eventual disgust

9 of 13 people found this review helpful