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Brian

Milwaukee, WI, United States
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  • Elemental, Volume 1

  • By: Rain Oxford
  • Narrated by: Todd Menesses
  • Length: 17 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 528
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 483
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 484

Devon Sanders, a private investigator known for his efficiency and discretion, has no interest in getting involved with the paranormal community. Unfortunately for him, the paranormal community does have an interest in him, or at least in his secret.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A long and crazy ride

  • By James on 06-08-16

Loving This Series!

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

Reviewed: 07-23-16

Great Characters, and I like that the tone of the book doesn't take itself too seriously.
I see there are 5 books out in print so get busy recording Mr. Menesses!

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Low Town

  • A Novel
  • By: Daniel Polansky
  • Narrated by: Rob Shapiro
  • Length: 11 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 160
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 143
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 142

Drug dealers, hustlers, brothels, dirty politics, corrupt cops...and sorcery. Welcome to Low Town. In the forgotten back alleys and flophouses that lie in the shadows of Rigus, the finest city of the Thirteen Lands, you will find Low Town. It is an ugly place, and its cham­pion is an ugly man. Disgraced intelligence agent. Forgotten war hero. Independent drug dealer. After a fall from grace five years ago, a man known as the Warden leads a life of crime, addicted to cheap violence and expensive drugs.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Listening Experience

  • By Brian on 12-18-15

Great Listening Experience

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

Reviewed: 12-18-15

This is one of those books that was made even better as an audiobook. An excellent narrator choice really made for a great listening experience.
The writing of the world and characters also made for a gritty noir detective novel.
I see there's 2 more books in this series, I wish they would release them in audiobook soon!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Vital Abyss

  • An Expanse Novella
  • By: James S. A. Corey
  • Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
  • Length: 2 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,299
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,135
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,132

Somewhere in the vast expanse of space, a group of prisoners lives in permanent captivity. The only company they have is each other and the Belters who guard them. The only stories they know are the triumphs and crimes that brought them there. The only future they see is an empty life in an enormous room.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • James S.A. Corey and Jefferson Mays!

  • By Brian on 12-09-15

James S.A. Corey and Jefferson Mays!

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

Reviewed: 12-09-15

I could listen to Jefferson Mays read these authors' writing anytime. I wish he would re-record the other stories that Erik Davies narrated.
The Story itself is a good expanse side story with a little different background on the protomolecule.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • SuperEgo

  • By: Frank J. Fleming
  • Narrated by: Joel Richards
  • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,397
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,279
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,280

Rico has a problem. The experimental program that gave him the high intelligence and lightning reflexes he needs as a hit man for a galactic crime syndicate left him incapable of internalizing moral imperatives the rest of us take for granted. It takes real effort for him to pass as a normal human being and he avoids it whenever he can. But he has a job he loves, a fast ship, and plenty of cash. So life is good.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Kind of like Dexter in space

  • By T. VanPool on 04-23-15

Pretty fun story!

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

Reviewed: 09-18-15

I enjoyed the book and never really found myself bored at any point. It was definitely funny, but I kept thinking the deadpan humor was very similar to the Hard Luck Hank series, but not as good or funny as those books. On its on merits though it was a fun listen and I think I'd listen to the next one if there is one coming.
The narration was pretty spot on for the character.

  • Madhouse

  • Cal Leandros, Book 3
  • By: Rob Thurman
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 144
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134

Halfhuman Cal Leandros and his brother, Niko, aren't exactly prospering with their preternatural detective agency. Who could have guessed that business could dry up in New York City, where vampires, trolls, and other creepy crawlies are all over the place? But now there's a new arrival in the Big Apple. A malevolent evil with ancient powers is picking off humans like sheep, deadset on making history with an orgy of blood and murder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another must have

  • By KLM on 07-12-16

Awesome Audiobook!

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

Reviewed: 05-01-15

This was just a great story in the series. The characters are great, both human and supernatural, and a lot of fun.

The narration is superb as always from MacLeod Andrews.

Don't miss out on this one!

  • An Ember in the Ashes

  • By: Sabaa Tahir
  • Narrated by: Fiona Hardingham, Steve West
  • Length: 15 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,574
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,232
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,215

Laia is a Scholar living under the iron-fisted rule of the Martial Empire. When her brother is arrested for treason, Laia goes undercover as a slave at the empire's greatest military academy in exchange for assistance from rebel Scholars who claim that they will help to save her brother from execution.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fabulous listen!

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-01-15

Not That Impressed.

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

Reviewed: 05-01-15

I don't mean to be too hard on this audiobook, especially considering I (being 38) am not the target audience, but I just wasn't that impressed. I was expecting something different, but it had all the familiar aspects of young adult novels lately. Like Hunger Games Trilogy and Divergent Trilogy. The oppressed population, the love story, and the trials just seemed like the same story in a different setting.

The narration was handled by two people, one for each of the main characters. I thought the male narration was fine or better. The female narrator really started grating on my nerves. I thought she used an overly wrought and quavery voice for the main character and "cook". I get that she is being put through a lot of tough things, but it seemed way too dramatic to me.

I did like the world she created and some of the supernatural elements.

So, if it still sounds good to you, I'd say go for it.

56 of 64 people found this review helpful

  • Return of the High Fae

  • Vegas Fae Stories
  • By: Tom Keller
  • Narrated by: Andrew Troth
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 365
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 334
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 337

Ex-cop turned private investigator Robert Hoskins always enjoyed the stories his grandmother had told him as a child, stories of the Dryad that lived in the tree, the Faeries in the garden, and the magical world that was created in his imagination. He always enjoyed them; he just never thought that they were true. Robert's childhood world of magic becomes real when a chance encounter with a local casino mob boss introduces him to the world he was born into, the world that was hidden from him, the world of the Fae.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I Must Be Butter 'Cause I'm On a Roll!

  • By David on 02-04-14

Fun, Quick and Easy Listen!

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

Reviewed: 04-08-15

This story was a quick and enjoyable easy listen, but don't expect too much. It might be for fans of series like the Dresden Files, but nowhere near the same quality. The writer says way too many times throughout the book "like something out of a bad story" or "like something out of a bad movie", which just makes me think well maybe this is a bad story.

The narrator is just ok, I've definitely heard worse, but he just sounds a little flat and lacks inflection in many sentences that require it.

I don't know if I will listen to the next book, which I don't think is available in audio yet anyway.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Shadow of What Was Lost

  • The Licanius Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: James Islington
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 25 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,406
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,427
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,391

It has been 20 years since the end of the war. The dictatorial Augurs, once thought of almost as gods, were overthrown and wiped out during the conflict, their much-feared powers mysteriously failing them. Those who had ruled under them, men and women with a lesser ability known as the Gift, avoided the Augurs' fate only by submitting themselves to the rebellion's Four Tenets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Definitely a standout in the fantasy genre

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-29-15

Could Be Better Than The Wheel of Time Series!

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

Reviewed: 02-28-15

This is an awesome fantasy debut. It definitely feels like a Wheel of Time remix, but it stands on its own merits as well. It has a really good pace to the book and a good amount of action. The characters, world and magic system are well developed. You feel like you learn a lot through the course of the book, but it leaves you with just as many questions to be answered in the following books.

I loved the Wheel of Time Series, but for me it got a little too long, especially in the middle, with 14 books. I think I might like this series better if remains more focused through a 3 book series.

The narration from Michael Kramer is great as usual.

23 of 32 people found this review helpful

  • Forging Zero

  • The Legend of ZERO
  • By: Sara King
  • Narrated by: Liam Owen
  • Length: 18 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,265
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,159
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,162

The oldest of the children drafted from humanity's devastated planet, Joe is impressed into service by the alien Congressional Ground Force - and becomes the unwitting centerpiece in a millennia-long alien struggle for independence. Once his training begins, one of the elusive and prophetic Trith appears to give Joe a spine chilling prophecy that the universe has been anticipating for millions of years: Joe will be the one to finally shatter the vast alien government known as Congress. And the Trith cannot lie...but first Joe has to make it through bootcamp.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • That Chime…

  • By Robert A Dean Jr on 05-21-15

Please Give Us The Rest Of The Series!

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

Reviewed: 12-22-14

I have had this book in my library for a while now and recently enjoyed Liam Owen's narration in the Hard Luck Hank Series. So, I finally got around to listening to this book. It is an awesome book with good character development and lots of cool alien species. It's kind of a young adult sci-fi because all of the main characters are 14 and under, but it is so much more in depth than your typical young adult series. Unfortunately, the next two books in the series are out in kindle format, but not audiobook. I put in a request with audible for the next two books, and I hope others have as well.

The narration is good with a few special effects for aliens and thoughts inside the main characters head. I would be happy with the same narrator if the next books make it to audible.

Even on it's own I would recommend this audiobook, but hope the others are coming!

  • Something More Than Night

  • By: Ian Tregillis
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 13 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 389
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 356
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 355

Ian Tregillis's Something More Than Night is a Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler inspired murder mystery set in Thomas Aquinas’s vision of Heaven. It’s a noir detective story starring fallen angels, the heavenly choir, nightclub stigmatics, a priest with a dirty secret, a femme fatale, and the Voice of God.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A quantum theorists idea of heaven's mythology

  • By Catherine on 11-30-14

More than a few moments of Brilliance!

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

Reviewed: 11-02-14

I feel like I appreciate it more for what an astounding writing accomplishment it is than I actually enjoyed listening to it. I gave this book my full concentration and while it had some of the most enjoyable writing I can remember, a lot of it went over my head.

I am not always a fan of Scott Brick's narration for some books, but I thought he was spot on for this book and writing style.

Overall, I enjoyed it, maybe more of a 3.5 stars than 4. I still look forward To Mr. Tregillis' next writing effort.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful