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  • Nightfall

  • By: Stephen Leather
  • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
  • Length: 12 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 189
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 166
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 166

Uttered by the abusive father of a nine-year-old girl, that phrase ended Jack’s career as a police negotiator and has been haunting him ever since. Now that he is a struggling private detective, those words return with a vengeance when he inherits a mansion - and some terrifying information. Apparently Jack’s soul was sold at birth, and a devil will come to claim it on his thirty-third birthday just weeks away. It’s a hard pill to swallow, given that Jack doesn’t believe in hell (heaven, either).

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Decent narrator, crap story.

  • By Steve on 04-25-12

Listen to Books and Hail Satan!!

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

Reviewed: 04-05-19

I enjoyed this book, it isn't your average Urban Fantasy story. If you are looking for Harry Dresden or Atticus O'Sullivan than skip this series. This world is the closest to the real world that most Urban Fantasy gets. Normal guy falls into a heap of crap and struggles to get out. Maybe not normal, he was a police officer after all and they have their own super powers (connections, procedures, interrogations and such) but the magic and fantasy is limited. It keeps within the Judeo-Christian mythology but I'm only a couple of books in so that may change. I enjoyed the narrator even though he does a horrible American accent.

  • The Last Volunteer

  • The Doomsayer Journeys, Book 1
  • By: Steve Wetherell
  • Narrated by: C. C. Hogan
  • Length: 7 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 27

The fate of the world lies with one man: Bip Plunkerton. Talentless scientist and frequent drinker at the Empty Goat, young Bip Plunkerton will follow in his father’s footsteps as a volunteer...footsteps that have yet to return from the wilds of the wide world outside.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love this book

  • By linda crawford on 03-10-19

Big fan of Steve Wetherell

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

Reviewed: 04-03-19

I loved the humor of this book and the heroes the author created. I enjoyed how the story flipped from past to present to where exactly are we again. If you enjoy the writings of Christopher Moore, Douglas Adams, and the like, you should definitely give this book a go. If you listen to the podcast of Authors and Dragons you'll find that Brandon Thighmaster is one hell of a writer.

I wish the narrator created more distinctive voices for all the characters but that would be my only complaint. I enjoyed listening to C.C. Hogan regardless.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

  • Space Force

  • By: Jeremy Robinson
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer, Emily Woo Zeller, Machelle Williams
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 416
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 396
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 395

 

Five years ago, the US Space Force became a reality. And while those writing the checks took things very seriously, the other military branches did not. As a result, Space Force was populated by undesirables: men and women who made too many mistakes, didn't follow the rules, or...slept with the wrong general's daughter. Three times. On camera. It was a mistake, okay? My name is Captain Ethan Stone, a decorated member of SEAL Team Six turned Space Force "recruit". 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It's Like The Army or Navy But For Space

  • By Cyphers Fallen on 02-27-19

Just plain old fun and LOL moments

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

Reviewed: 02-28-19

This book is a lot of fun if you have the sense of humor that can be described as low bar. That describes mine to a point so I enjoyed it. There were some laugh out loud moments and the characters were all likable. There is a lot of gaming and pop culture references, so if you're into that stuff you'll be on board for this book. The gaming references were all explained well enough so if you are not a big gamer you can still follow along with the story. I'm not really that type of gamer and I had no problem keeping up, although my nerd hat is pretty big.

The narrators did a good job bringing everyone to life.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

  • The Haunted High Series

  • 5 Book Series
  • By: Cheree Alsop
  • Narrated by: Mark Sanderlin
  • Length: 31 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

A life-threatening accident reveals to Finn that he is a werewolf; the next morning, he receives an invitation to a secluded high school. Finn quickly realizes that the school is in fact an academy for monsters that is far more perilous and full of adventure than he ever expected. But Haunted High has had a dangerous history with werewolves.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Harry Potter feel

  • By SparkysGirl18 on 03-08-19

Fast Paced YA Series

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

Reviewed: 02-23-19

Fast paced series for young adults set in a high school for monsters. These books would hold the attention of people 12 and up, the fast pace of the stories would keep the younger kids involved. The main character goes from one adventure right into the next, this five book series could easily be one large book. Very large since it's over 31 hours long but it flows that well from one book into the other. If you are a fan of urban fantasy this would be a fun series to read/listen to. The world the author creates is fun and the characters are likable. I felt that some of the actions were a bit over the top and that it was a little too fast paced but I still continued on to the end (at normal speed) which speaks for its self. Over all I was pleasantly surprised by this series. The narrator did a good job.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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  • Cryptofauna

  • By: Patrick Canning
  • Narrated by: Steve White
  • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 9

Working as a janitor at an insane asylum in rural Idaho has Jim in the dumps. One night, his attempted suicide is rudely interrupted by one of the residents, and he's recruited to play a game called Cryptofauna. The bizarre contest of worldwide mischief and meddling might actually help the blue custodian discover a reason to live, if he can survive the deadly trials that await.... 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story and narrator

  • By timj26 on 02-09-19

What a fun ride!

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

Reviewed: 02-11-19

Fun and crazy story with great characters and an unique back drop. How can anyone not love a book that has insane people, dogs, cured leper monks, and drugged up shapeshifters?!? I won't give anything away but if you're reading this review I advice checking it out.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

  • Master of Hounds

  • The Pickman Files, Book 1
  • By: C.Steven Manley
  • Narrated by: James Anderson Foster
  • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31

Clint Mercer is about to get a crash course in magic. After he barely survives an attack on the hospital where he works, Clint is quickly recruited by the brilliant but often unstable wizard Arlo Dandridge. Working on behalf of the mysterious Pickman Institute, the two men soon find themselves in a race to recover an ancient relic of deadly power before a centuries-old warlock and his cult of militant followers can beat them to it.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable Urban Fantasy Book.

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 02-08-19

Urban Fantasy

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

Reviewed: 01-31-19

I really enjoyed this new urban fantasy world. I like how the magic works and how mages need some extra help with life. Makes it more believable. The characters were likable and the world was well thought out. The narrator did a good job.

If you are a fan of urban fantasy, you should check this out. Great all around fiction too.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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  • Lost Solace

  • By: Karl Drinkwater
  • Narrated by: Marisha Tapera
  • Length: 6 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 26

Opal is on a mission. She's been seeking something her whole life. Something she is willing to die for. And she thinks it might be on a Lost Ship. Opal has stolen Clarissa, an experimental, AI-controlled spaceship, from the military. Together they have tracked down a Lost Ship in a lonely nebula far from colonized space. The Lost Ship is falling into the gravity well of a neutron star and will soon be truly lost...forever. Legends say the ships harbor death, but there's no time for indecision. Opal gears up to board it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great

  • By timj26 on 01-25-19

Atmospheric Space Drama

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

Reviewed: 01-25-19

I really liked the atmosphere of the story. Alone in space with only an AI as a companion makes for an eerie type of backdrop for the story. The background/history of the universe could have been built up more but over all I really enjoyed this book. The narrator did a good job.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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  • The Bulletproof Adventures of Damian Stockwell: Triple-Barreled Edition (Books 1-3 Box Set)

  • By: Benjamin Wallace
  • Narrated by: Eric Bryan Moore
  • Length: 15 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 30

Raised from birth to be a force for justice, Damian Stockwell has spent his entire life honing his body, mind, and fists to combat the evils of the world. He travels the globe on a quest to confront those evils and punch them in the face. At his disposal are a vast fortune, an endless array of gadgets and an army of friends including Bertrand, his loyal and lethal valet. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun adventure!

  • By Heather North @AudiobookObsession on 11-17-18

Plain Old Fashion Fun

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

Reviewed: 01-17-19

These books do not take themselves seriously and I appreciate that in a series. I flock to audiobooks for escape and this set offered the mindless escape I was craving. I don't even know where to begin describing this series, maybe.....if James Bond and Scooby Doo had a baby, his name would be Damian Stockwell (he would take after is father in looks, well James Bond in looks, since their both male, there are no talking dogs in this series.) Maybe not the best analogy.

I absolutely loved the butler and the narrator brought these characters to life.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

  • Angst

  • By: David J Pedersen
  • Narrated by: Michael Troughton
  • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

For 2,000 years, magic has been outlawed, repressed, even outright destroyed throughout the world of Ehrde. By law, Angst is reduced to using his great power only to file papers. But without warning, Unsel is besieged with dangerous monsters - birds with metallic beaks, monkey creatures that can dive through solid ground, mindless horse-eating giants. The world that shunned magic now turns to Angst for help, and he is happy to listen once his back stops hurting. On the edge of a midlife crisis, Angst drags his reluctant friends along with him on an adventure into the heart of magic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Surprisingly good

  • By TU on 02-08-19

Give this one a chance

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

Reviewed: 01-11-19

I loved the idea of a 40 something adventurer but in all honestly I wasn't expecting much from this book. I was pleasantly surprised by the story, the characters, and the world.

This book was a great portal into a new fantasy realm. I enjoyed the suppression on magic and how the world just gave them a big F-you and magic reworked itself. I love how that parallels our own world when we try to fight the elements and end up losing more often than we are comfortable admitting.

I want to write more about everything I liked about this book but I've erased three paragraphs for giving too much away. I hate spoilers and won't do that in my reviews. So all I am comfortable saying or shouting is GIVE THIS ONE A CHANCE. You will not be disappointed.

The narrator did a good job but only got the 5 stars because I liked this book enough for it to get a full 5 star reveiw. In all fairness the narrator rated a 4 but that's still pretty awesome.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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  • Horde

  • By: Ian Thomas Healy
  • Narrated by: Nick Jermyn
  • Length: 14 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

Orcs used to be a fearsome fighting force, and the unleashing of the Horde brought terror to humans, elves, and dwarves time and time again over the centuries. Nowadays, there aren't any more Ultimate Evils, necromancers, or dark wizards left to hire the Horde. Paug Blumpkin is smart for an orc (rather like saying he's smart for a box of hair). He's bored of training with the rest of the Horde for a war that will never come, and he's definitely tired of polishing his helmet. So he decides to set off in search of adventure, bringing along his cheerfully idiotic brother Milph, who has a regular habit of forgetting his pants.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable Fantasy Adventure

  • By Laura on 02-16-19

Fun

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

Reviewed: 12-13-18

Fun story of mismatched characters. I love fantasy and whimsy, plus I've always had a soft spot for Orcs. I blame that on my D&D character and my young sons love of Azog. When I saw a story of orcs as the heroes I had to try it out. If you like fantasy that does not take itself too seriously, you'll enjoy this book.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful