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  • Solomon Key

  • A Dane Maddock Adventure (Dane Maddock Adventures, Volume 10)
  • By: David Wood
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 5 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32

The legacy of a kidnapped African warrior turned pirate sets Dane Maddock and Bones Bonebrake on a collision course with a deadly organization that will stop at nothing to claim the greatest treasure in history. But more than riches are at stake. Enemies old and new and even old friends stand in Maddock's way in a struggle to control the mysterious power unlocked by the Solomon Key.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A fun read

  • By cosmitron on 10-13-18

Another Good Maddock/Bones Adventure

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

Reviewed: 10-16-18

This adventure tale has a couple storylines that merge in interesting ways. Fun interaction and banter between Maddock and Bones, as usual. Dane's sister, Avery even shows up to help her brother out.

Definitely worth the listen.

  • Scourged

  • By: Kevin Hearne
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,495
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,121
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,102

New York Times best-selling author Kevin Hearne returns with the finale to his wildly popular action-adventure series, The Iron Druid Chronicles. Two-thousand-year-old Druid Atticus O'Sullivan travels to Asgard and faces off against the Norse gods to try to prevent Ragnarok in the final battle for the fate of mankind.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not a fitting conculsion

  • By will on 04-04-18

The Last Effort was not the Best Result

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

Reviewed: 04-05-18

On the scale of Iron Druid novels, Scourged is nearer the bottom than the top...which still is a decent pile to be in. I would put it above Trapped and Shattered. I thought Hexed and Tricked and Hunted were the best of the nine.

As the novels have proceeded, the author has continued to dump on Atticus and tear him down. Yes, he has flaws, but really no worse than many others in the novels. And if Atticus made no errors in judgement (like ignoring Jesus's advice), there wouldn't really be much of a series/stories to tell.

Scourged has its high points and is worth the listen to finish the series.

Granuaile proved herself once again to be the shallow and narcissistic individual she grew into being, but seems to get kudos from the author. Drawing an equivalence, for example, between what Flidais set Perun up for in Besieged, to what Atticus and Brigid arranged in Scourged, is not even close. But it is in Granuaile's eyes--and she doesn't even recognize pertinent aspects of her own counsel doled out to Flidais. At least she remained true to form.

Owen is still entertaining, even if a side story in this last installment, and I would've valued reading his reaction to the fallout that befalls his one-time apprentice, the hero of the series. He and Atticus even had a wager, but that, and the commitment that encompasses it, is dropped by Owen, so that potential last crossing of paths never occurs--at least not within the pages of the novel. I thought the near instant and depth/intricate communication between Owen and Slow-mo in such a short span, with supposedly only images and emotions was out of line with what had been established, but worked well enough for the story—the author’s effort to spur recognition and growth in the ancient druid.

I will say Perun's absence made the tale a little less fun for me (he was my favorite of the gods in the series), but at least Coyote played a part. Oberon is himself, but, although given time, is pretty much sidelined.

I will say the one fae that went with Owen to negotiate (I cannot recall his name) was fun, and entertaining, for the parts he play.

Overall, there's action and some antics, and decent storytelling, but not enough to pull it from the bottom third of the series.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Emperor's Soul

  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Angela Lin
  • Length: 3 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,140
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,637
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,653

When Shai is caught replacing the Moon Scepter with her nearly flawless forgery, she must bargain for her life. An assassin has left the Emperor Ashravan without consciousness, a circumstance concealed only by the death of his wife. If the emperor does not emerge after his hundred-day mourning period, the rule of the Heritage Faction will be forfeit and the empire will fall into chaos.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pure Genius!

  • By bluestategirl on 02-01-18

Interesting Premise Well Executed

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

Reviewed: 09-02-17

In this tale, Sanderson created an interesting premise for magic, fleshing it out as the story progressed.

The characters were well-written and believable. Although there isn't a lot of 'action' events in the story managed to keep interest. I especially appreciated the final 'action' in the story. It fit.

The narration was not quite outstanding but a notch or two above competent, thus a 4 star rating.

  • 4d6

  • Caverns and Creatures
  • By: Robert Bevan
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Sleep
  • Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 796
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 756
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 755

This is a collection of the fourth six short stories in the Caverns and Creatures series.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Funny enough to make Kim Jung Un laugh.

  • By michael on 08-12-17

On Target and Doesn't Disappoint

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

Reviewed: 08-20-17

Bevan offers another batch if small adventures featuring Dave, Cooper, Julian and Tim--and Ravenous. Each storyline is unique but, as always, filled with antics and off color jokes and pun-filled humor.

If you're a fan of Bevan, this one won't disappoint. Each adventure has mishaps and twists, and I like the way the author connects the individual titles contained in this book to the stories' contents.

Jonathan Sleep's narrative talent again brings the gang to life with his voice and timing. Very few could get the verbal interaction right.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Other Side of History: Daily Life in the Ancient World

  • By: Robert Garland, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Robert Garland
  • Length: 24 hrs and 28 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,246
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,778
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,744

Look beyond the abstract dates and figures, kings and queens, and battles and wars that make up so many historical accounts. Over the course of 48 richly detailed lectures, Professor Garland covers the breadth and depth of human history from the perspective of the so-called ordinary people, from its earliest beginnings through the Middle Ages.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tantalizing time trip

  • By Mark on 08-21-13

Overall Interesting

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

Reviewed: 07-07-17

I enjoyed the information on the lives of the poor and average individuals throughout history.

Sometimes the details were sparse and not very vivid (which was disappointing), other times a fuller picture was portrayed. A lot of that depended on the information and details available, remembering that the underclasses were largely ignored in writings and literature and histories.

I appreciated that the author was clear in what was 'known' and what is 'conjecture' throughout the lectures as he pieced the stories together.

  • Brimstone

  • By: Cherie Priest
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Freeman, P. J. Ochlan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 19

In the trenches of Europe during the Great War, Tomás Cordero operated a weapon more devastating than any gun: a flame projector that doused the enemy in liquid fire. Having left the battlefield a shattered man, he comes home to find yet more tragedy - for in his absence, his wife has died of the flu. Haunted by memories of the woman he loved and the atrocities he perpetrated, Tomás dreams of fire and finds himself setting match to flame when awake....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fire....and more fire

  • By Eladar on 08-30-18

In the end Love vs. Spiteful Evil

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

Reviewed: 07-07-17

Overall I enjoyed this story. It was a little slow in building at times, yet remained entertaining. I particularly liked some of the secondary characters and, with the ending, it can be seen why the author took so long to create such a picture with the characters and events involved. Wraps up nicely.

The narration was top quality. The only annoyance was that when the two main characters finally met, the separate narrators used their own voice for the other characters, which I'd become accustomed to, so it sounded a bit off.

Tomás was a character that I did not care for much through most of the story, but by the end, again, the writer had developed him in such a manner that one could understand his drive and motivation.

If I had to give this novel an overall theme it would be: Love can overcome great evil.

  • Inish Carraig

  • By: Jo Zebedee
  • Narrated by: Gary Furlong
  • Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

Post-alien invasion Belfast. Earth has been defeated. Pity the locals aren't listening. Teenager John Dray will do whatever he must to survive. When he's offered desperately needed food in exchange for dispersing a mysterious compound over the city, he takes the job. The compound turns out to be lethal to the alien invaders and John is charged with xenocide. He's sent to Inish Carraig, a forbidding prison, where he discovers a conspiracy that threatens Earth and everyone he loves.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not your typical alien invasion novel

  • By Wade on 12-22-16

Not your typical alien invasion novel

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

Reviewed: 12-22-16

This isn’t your typical alien invasion novel. The conquest of Earth has already occurred, and mankind is doing what it can to survive—well most of mankind. The factions within the military, politicians and police, have their own agendas, some with the interest of the average citizen just trying to get by, and others far more selfish.

This is set to the story of young John, struggling to survive, getting caught up on a genocidal conspiracy, and doing what he can to protect those he loves while trying to survive being hunted and imprisonment. All the while he strives to unravel the mystery of what happened to him and his friend Taz, and what might happen to humanity.

So, while there aren’t massive battles with soldiers battling waves of aliens or beleaguered armies withering under alien attacks (that’s already happened), there is plenty of action and intrigue to keep a reader’s (listener’s) interest.

With that said, the narrator did an excellent job bringing the story to life, moving it up a notch.

  • Salvage Merc One

  • By: Jake Bible
  • Narrated by: Andrew B. Wehrlen
  • Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 110
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 104

Joseph Laribeau was born to be a Marine in the Galactic Fleet. He was born to fight the alien enemies known as the Skrang Alliance and travel the galaxy doing his duty as a Marine Sergeant. He loved the life. But when the war ended and Joe found himself medically discharged, the best job ever was over, and he never thought he'd find his way again. Then a beautiful alien walked into his life and offered him a chance at something even greater than the Fleet, a chance to serve with the Salvage Merc Corp.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Chuckle-worthy Military SF

  • By T. L. Walker on 04-16-16

Fast Paced with Interesting Twists

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

Reviewed: 04-17-16

Very much enjoyed Jake Bible's story.

Salvage Merc Joe Laribeau's perspective and sarcastic humor, especially when in deep trouble, kept things moving. It felt right, as a defense mechanism when in intense situations. And what worked even more was Andrew Wehrlen's voicing. It fit Laribeau's character perfectly.

Beyond that, Mgurn was my favorite character. What's not to like about determined loyalty?

  • Veil of Shadows

  • Book 2 of The Empire of Bones Saga
  • By: Terry Mixon
  • Narrated by: Veronica Giguere
  • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84

As Kelsey struggles to master the combat enhancements the Pale Ones forcibly implanted inside her and Jared works feverishly to resurrect an ancient battlecruiser, they discover the Pale Ones aren't as defeated as they seemed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Truly Great SF Series

  • By The Lone Mopper on 09-12-16

Enjoyed this second installment

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

Reviewed: 02-18-16

I enjoyed listening to this second installment in the Empire of Bones Saga.

New adventures and not a rehash of events in the first novel--the story moves forward. A new threat, in addition to the Pale Ones. Plenty of action and a good measure of intrigue. My only minor concern was the focus on Princess Kelsey, learning to control and deal with her implants. It seemed to be too much of a focus in the early parts of the novel. It might be that I just enjoyed the storyline more when it focused on Commander Mertz.

The narrator again did a top job.

Looking forward to the next installment. In the mean time, I will listen to book 1 and 2 again.

  • Empire of Bones

  • Book 1 of The Empire of Bones Saga
  • By: Terry Mixon
  • Narrated by: Veronica Giguere
  • Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 112
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 113

Commander Jared Mertz, the bastard son of the Emperor, and his half-sister, Princess Kelsey, barely speak to one another. To their dismay, their father seizes an opportunity to change that and sends them on a dangerous quest to explore the fallen Empire. Separated from home by an impassable gulf and struggling to redefine their relationship, they find themselves thrust into a vicious war. Unless they work together to stop the Empire's deadly legacy, billions face a horrific fate.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Empire Of Bones

  • By trixie on 09-14-16

Really Enjoyed this Kick off to the Series

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

Reviewed: 02-14-16

I enjoyed this book.

The narrator did a top job of reading. The voices were consistent and varied, and seemed to fit the characters.

The story itself was a good mix of political intrigue, introducing the world and circumstances to the reader, and a good pay off in action throughout, and especially at the end.

It's one I will listen to again--after listening to the next in the series.