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  • Storm Front

  • The Dresden Files, Book 1
  • By: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: James Marsters
  • Length: 8 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,314
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,532
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,491

A call from a distraught wife, and another from Lt. Murphy of the Chicago PD Special Investigation Unit makes Harry believe things are looking up, but they are about to get worse, much worse. Someone is harnessing immense supernatural forces to commit a series of grisly murders. Someone has violated the first law of magic: Thou Shalt Not Kill. Tracking that someone takes Harry into the dangerous underbelly of Chicago, from mobsters to vampires....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Story, Distracting Sound Engineering

  • By Tom on 05-20-10

So disappointing!

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

Reviewed: 08-13-18

I had heard good things about this series of books, but I was so disappointed! The story was shallow, predictable, and mediocre at best. And even though I have been a fan of James Marsters for many years, his reading of this book was terrible! It was so full of heavy breathing, heavy sighing, and without any kind of animation that he came across as incredibly bored, which made me bored very quickly into the book. I reluctantly finished it in order to be fair, but it was so breathy that it was like listening to an 8 hour obscene phone call! So sorry, but I won't be listening to any more of these books.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Redemptor

  • Valducan, Book 4
  • By: Seth Skorkowsky
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 268
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 260
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 258

Three years have passed since Valducan knight Matt Hollis defeated Tiamat's cult, but her demonic children are still a threat. Now, a mysterious enemy is stealing holy weapons across South America, leaving a trail of bodies in its wake. The Valducans fear that Tiamat's followers have returned. But not all is as it seems and a new player has joined the hunt: the paladins of the Catholic Church. To stop an evil that none of them could ever imagine, the Order must set aside centuries of animosity and join forces with its long-standing enemy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another great addition to the Valducan saga

  • By Aaron Brown on 02-12-18

This series just keep getting better and better!

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

Reviewed: 07-18-18

Once again, Seth Skorkowsky has woven a tale of intrigue that surprises at every turn. His ability to write a fight scene is unparalleled, fast paced and impossible to predict. Equally, his ability to develop characters is seasoned beyond his years and you just can't help but have deep feelings for each one, whether good or bad. Seriously, who doesn't love Gabby?? And I admit I actually shed tears for a beloved character who exited the series. I have enjoyed each book on its own merits and Redemptor is no exception. What a unique story in a very unique series! And RC Bray IS the voice of the Valducans, without a doubt. Can't wait for another installment!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Sea of Quills

  • Tales of the Black Raven, Book 2
  • By: Seth Skorkowsky
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30

For Ahren, it's no longer a question of someone trying to kill him; it's who will try next. Still on the run for a murder he didn't commit, Ahren adapts to life as an outlaw as his reputation of the Black Raven grows. Yet nothing comes easily. Dogged by bounty hunters, he finds himself crossing steel with pirates on the high seas and battling monsters in subterranean cities. If that wasn't enough, he's paid to assassinate an immortal and must break out of a heavily fortified prison.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another home run from Skorkowsky and Bray!

  • By The Bookwyrm Speaks on 12-15-15

Great stuff!

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

Reviewed: 10-19-16

I am enjoying everything about this series. Terrific story and a flawed, but lovable main character. Seth Skorkowsky just keeps giving us what we are looking for in these books. Loved it!

  • Ibenus

  • Valducan, Book 3
  • By: Seth Skorkowsky
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 387
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 366
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 365

After surviving a demon attack, disgraced police detective Victoria Martin tracks down the Valducans in search of answers. Recognizing her potential, and despite the warnings of the other knights, Allan Havlock, protector of Ibenus, takes her in as his apprentice. As the Valducans travel to Paris to destroy a demon nest infesting the catacombs, the knights find themselves hunted by an Internet group intent on exposing them. Victoria, who belongs to this group, must desperately play both sides to protect not only herself but Allan, whom she has begun to love.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent addition to a very creative series

  • By Aaron Brown on 09-26-16

Wow, wow, wow!

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

Reviewed: 09-24-16

Seth Skorkowsky is getting better and better by leaps & bounds. He can write a fight scene like no one I've ever read! His antagonists give me nightmares and his protagonists tug at my very heartstrings. Fantastic story!!

  • Hounacier

  • Valducan, Book 2
  • By: Seth Skorkowsky
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 556
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 524
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 520

Eleven years ago atheist Malcolm Romero met a god. Now he's a demon-hunting voodoo priest armed with a holy machete named Hounacier. After the murder of his mentor, he returns to New Orleans to catch the killer. But more is at stake when Malcolm finds himself betrayed and his holy blade stolen. Now Malcolm's only hope to save his soul and to recover Hounacier is the Valducan knight sent to kill him, Matt Hollis, the wielder of the holy revolver Dämoren.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Action packed and thought provoking

  • By The Bookwyrm Speaks on 06-06-16

Fantastic!

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

Reviewed: 11-14-15

I really enjoyed Damoren and Hounacier is just great! Such a creative story in a very original series. Keep 'em coming, Seth Skorkowsky!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Fifty Shades of Grey

  • Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy
  • By: E. L. James
  • Narrated by: Becca Battoe
  • Length: 19 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 32,129
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 27,250
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 27,883

When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Laughed so hard, I nearly coughed up a lung!!

  • By Private. on 08-02-12

Horrible!

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

Reviewed: 08-19-15

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Better writing, better plot

Would you ever listen to anything by E. L. James again?

No. Absolutely not. Never.

Would you be willing to try another one of Becca Battoe’s performances?

Possibly, but doubtful

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

Disappointment

Any additional comments?

This was absolutely the worst-written piece of fan fiction garbage I have ever read. I couldn't get past the 3rd chapter!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Damoren

  • Valducan, Book 1
  • By: Seth Skorkowsky
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,114
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,052
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,055

Matt Hollis is the current wielder of the holy weapon, DÄMOREN. With it, he stalks and destroys demons. A secret society called the VALDUCANS has taken an interest in Matt's activities. They see him as a reckless rogue - little more than a "cowboy" corrupted by a monster - and a potential threat to their ancient order. As knights and their sentient weapons begin dying, Matt teams up with other hunters of his kind such as LUIZA, a woman with a conquistador blade; ALLAN, an Englishman with an Egyptian khopesh; MALCOLM, a voodoo priest with a sanctified machete; and TAKAIRA, a naginata-swinging Samurai.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Expendables meets Monster Squad

  • By Adam on 01-06-15

Fantastic!

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

Reviewed: 02-11-15

Would you listen to Damoren again? Why?

Yes, I would listen to it again because the story is very intricate, layered, and I know I will get more out of it each time.

What did you like best about this story?

It was so unique. I thought it was going to be like Supernatural, but it wasn't at all. It was a completely different dynamic.

Have you listened to any of R. C. Bray’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, I hadn't heard him before, but I liked him very much. His characterizations were extremely well done.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, I prefer to listen to audio books in my car and over several days/weeks time. It gives me a chance to go back and listen to chapters over again, if I think I missed something.

Any additional comments?

By far one of the best 'debut' novels I have heard or read in a very long time.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful