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  • Tiamat's Wrath

  • The Expanse, Book 8
  • By: James S. A. Corey
  • Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
  • Length: 19 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6,642
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,197
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6,174

Thirteen hundred gates have opened to solar systems around the galaxy. But as humanity builds its interstellar empire in the alien ruins, the mysteries and threats grow deeper. In the dead systems where gates lead to stranger things than alien planets, Elvi Okoye begins a desperate search to discover the nature of a genocide that happened before the first human beings existed and to find weapons to fight a war against forces at the edge of the imaginable. But the price of that knowledge may be higher than she can pay. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Big moments as the series nears the end...

  • By Lore on 04-12-19

So VERY much better than SEVEN!

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

Reviewed: 04-26-19

I absolutely love this series and have the kindles and the audibles and have even read all of them a couple of times. Book SEVEN was a total disaster but this book is back in the swing. Lots of action, intrigue, weirdness that goes to more weirdness and a good ending. They originally said 9 books but I do hope for more.

  • Reset

  • By: Brian Andrews
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,407
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,268
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,265

Deep in the Afghan mountains, Sergeant Michael Pitcher discovers an object with powers that defy explanation. After interacting with it, he suffers a traumatic seizure and is flown home for evaluation. Cleared by the doctors, Michael goes home to his relieved wife, Josie. But he’s a changed man. The once-loving husband is now coldly withdrawn. When a team of scientists connected to Sergeant Pitcher vanishes without a trace, CIA agent Dean Ninemeyer comes to him for insight - only to find that the recovering soldier has also disappeared.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You'll never see it coming

  • By Angela M Bacon on 05-02-18

Good Syfy story but turned into Political Lecture

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

Reviewed: 03-06-19

I like what someone else said in their review "I think authors should need to start stating their liberal agenda upfront so as a reader I can avoid wasting my time"

Starts off as a really great, scary, sci-fi with some well defined characters. Ends up super preachy and the sci-fi part took a real left turn, sudden weird time travel (not kidding) hook straight out of the - we have 12 years before we are all gonna die - playbook.

Yes - I want to know if an author is going to espouse their political leanings and their rants and angry pushes BEFORE I start the book. Was not looking for a political agenda. Should have looked at the lower reviews first.

I am NOT saying climate change is not critical and important - I am just saying I don't want it suddenly and unexpectedly thrown into my good, scary syfy story.

Ray Porter excellent, as always.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Diary of a Hounslow Girl

  • An Audible Original
  • By: Ambreen Razia
  • Narrated by: Ambreen Razia
  • Length: 1 hr and 36 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3,144
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,882
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2,864

You’ve heard of an Essex Girl or even a Chelsea Girl, but what about a Hounslow Girl? Definition of a Hounslow Girl: a young Muslim woman who wears hooped earrings with her headscarf and grapples with traditional values while hustling her way through urban London. The Diary of a Hounslow Girl is a bold and provocative one-person play, written and performed by Ambreen Razia. From the joys of traditional Pakistani weddings to fights on the night bus, this is a comic story of dreams, aspirations and coming of age, told through the eyes of a 16-year-old British Muslim girl. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Standard coming of age with Islamic slant

  • By Kingsley on 12-07-18

Painful to try to listen to and try to translate

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

Reviewed: 12-10-18

The narrator voice is sharp and unpleasant. She frequently sounds out of breath as if she has been running and is puffing but the hardest part is the cockney English. The word daughter becomes door and party becomes parrry. I do not find her constant diatribes against/about her mother, aunts, sister, etc to be illuminating or even interesting. This is a teenage girl bitching and bitching. Nothing new there. I skipped forward a little to find the audio quality had improved but the language certainly had not. You need a translator.

The mother tells her: you may be British but you are not English. Maybe but she sure speaks council flats.

  • Speaks the Nightbird

  • By: Robert R. McCammon
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 30 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,982
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,424
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,408

The Carolinas, 1699: The citizens of Fount Royal believe a witch has cursed their town with inexplicable tragedies -- and they demand that beautiful widow Rachel Howarth be tried and executed for witchcraft. Presiding over the trial is traveling magistrate Issac Woodward, aided by his astute young clerk, Matthew Corbett. Believing in Rachel's innocence, Matthew will soon confront the true evil at work in Fount Royal....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Dark, Twisted Period Piece with GREAT Characters!

  • By aaron on 06-05-12

Surprisingly good trip back in time

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

Reviewed: 11-11-18

No it's not a time travel novel but it is set in the 1699 in the Carolinas with a magistrate and his young clerk. They are traveling to Fount Royal to try a witch, Rachel Howarth. Not all is as it seems and the young clerk, Matthew Corbett, is not convinced the evidence pilled up against her is valid. A great look at this time period with its ways and habits as well as a good detective story. Terrific descriptions of both places and people.

Robert R. McCammon was a new author to me and now I am tracking down a lot of his books. A lot of horror stories that are so new in concept.

#Provocative #Quirky #Colonial #Suspenseful #Provocative

  • The Flipside

  • By: Jake Bible
  • Narrated by: Andrew B. Wehrlen
  • Length: 7 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 90
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 89

The year is 2046, and dinosaurs are real. Time bubbles across the world, many as large as 100 square miles, turn like clockwork, revealing prehistoric landscapes from the Cretaceous Period. They reveal the Flipside. Now, 30 years after the first turn, the clockwork is breaking down, as one of the world's powers has decided to exploit the phenomenon for his own gain. Former head of security for Topside Command Trevon Cash must navigate his way through the chaos of the broken turns and take a team Flipside to try to figure out what is happening. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Creative Time Travel story.

  • By cosmitron on 06-26-18

Going 90mph and WHAM it ends

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

Reviewed: 07-04-18

The story concept is excellent. People able to TOUR the dinosaur worlds. Admit it, haven't you always wanted to do that? Time bubbles appearing and then disappearing, but the schedule figured out by Brain (an excellent AI that only the USA has) - good character development, scary collapse of the bubbles trapping people inside, dinosaurs gone amuck and then - on the edge - comes a political coup... WOW!

And then - wham - it ends. OK I know that means a sequel but golly it could have been done a tiny bit slower, yeah? Give up a better heads up for the next book?

I really did not like the narration. It is a jerky kind of narration with speeding up and slowing down, speeding up and slowing down so you cannot re-set the speed. I stayed with the kindle more and the audible less for that reason.

  • Lost Boy

  • The True Story of Captain Hook
  • By: Christina Henry
  • Narrated by: Samuel Roukin
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,860
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,738
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,732

On an island lives a boy called Peter and his band of merry lost boys, young forever. That is unless they get sick or killed by pirates or eaten by crocodiles or unless - inexplicably - they grow old. For some of them do grow old, and nobody knows why. One of these boys is called Jamie, and he was the first boy that Peter ever brought to the island. Jamie's lived there for longer than he can remember, and it's not all fun and games.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it. This is how it's done

  • By Angela on 02-08-18

Stunningly Unexpected

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

Reviewed: 02-10-18

Beautifully written and full of surprises - Peter was such a well developed villain that I wanted to kill him myself. This is definitely a different take on these characters!

You can see what's coming for the end, even though you want badly to not be right. Samuel Roukin did a terrific job of narration. He is one I will watch for.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Thunderhead

  • Arc of a Scythe
  • By: Neal Shusterman
  • Narrated by: Greg Tremblay
  • Length: 13 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5,110
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,779
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4,762

Rowan and Citra take opposite stances on the morality of the Scythedom, putting them at odds, in the chilling sequel to the Printz Honor Book Scythe from New York Times best seller Neal Shusterman, author of the Unwind dystology.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a roller coaster!!!

  • By Nathan on 01-15-18

HORRIBLE HORRIBLE ENDING - JUST HORRIBLE!

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

Reviewed: 02-08-18

OK - bought the kindle, bought the audible and expected to love it and I did mostly, although it was a bit sluggish next to the first one but it was a total set up for book 3.

I really hate when an author does this. No real ending, just a big sudden, horrible, unpleasant drop off. Like driving a bus off the cliff with all your favorite characters IN it..

An ending like that just sours the story for me. No, did not return it because I listened to the end but I wish I had been warned. Well, everybody else just loved it...

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Angel Killer

  • A Jessica Blackwood Novel
  • By: Andrew Mayne
  • Narrated by: Jennifer O'Donnell, Fred Berman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 736
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 672
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 670

FBI agent Jessica Blackwood believes she's left her complicated life as a gifted magician behind her - until a killer with seemingly supernatural powers puts her talents to the ultimate test. A hacker who identifies himself only as "Warlock" brings down the FBI's website and posts a code in its place that leads to a Michigan cemetery, where a dead girl is discovered rising from the ground - as if she tried to crawl out of her own grave.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If you like Thrillers and/or you like Magic - READ

  • By BigJim on 10-31-14

Unpredictable with characters you can care about

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

Reviewed: 11-08-17

This is the first book of 3 and HOPEFULLY there will be more than 3. The main character is Jessica Blackwood, previously a member of a famous family of magicians who is now an FBI agent. Sharp, intelligent and totally unpredictable. Terrific backstory gives her insight into a new kind of serial killer called Warlock. Brilliantly narrated by Jennifer O'Donnell and Fred Berman with no lag or break within these two voices.
“AUDIBLE 20 REVIEW SWEEPSTAKES ENTRY”

  • Z-Burbia

  • By: Jake Bible
  • Narrated by: Andrew B. Wehrlen
  • Length: 6 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 414
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 387
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 390

Whispering Pines is a classic, quiet, private American subdivision on the edge of Asheville, NC, set in the pristine Blue Ridge Mountains. Which is good since the zombie apocalypse has come to Western North Carolina and really put suburban living to the test! Surrounded by a sea of the undead, the residents of Whispering Pines have adapted their bucolic life of block parties to scavenging parties, common area groundskeeping to immediate area warfare, neighborhood beautification to neighborhood fortification.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • In my zombie top 10

  • By The Zombie Specialist on 08-19-14

creative story with people you care about

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

Reviewed: 10-05-17

I have no idea how this fellow Jake Bible can write so many really terrific books. He goes from a group of people trying to survive a zombie apocalypse while trying to stay sane with a sense of humor to a rough intergalactic bounty hunter in another series of books. ALL of these books are so good I am stripping my audible budget to the bone.

I need all seven - 7? - in the z-Burbia series and 3 in the Roak bounty hunter series and NOW I am finding new and different books by him... Also terrific narrator, Andrew B. Wehrien. Very distinctive voices and well modulated, easy on the ear. I will have to see what else he has done but later, my budget is stripped.

  • Crystal Whisperer

  • Spotless Series, Book 3
  • By: Camilla Monk
  • Narrated by: Amy McFadden
  • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 356
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 335
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 332

Perpetually foiled romance heroine Island Chaptal and reformed cleaning expert March - or is it Mr. November? - are enjoying a pleasant break in South Africa, after brushing with death in the inhospitable and platypus-infested mountains of Liechtenstein. That is, until a commercial flight disintegrates over the Atlantic, killing hundreds, and Island's supervillain dad makes the news as the mastermind behind the attack. Old Lion Dries is now on the run, and he calls upon his last ally - and favorite disciple - March.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • NNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!! CLIFFHANGER!!!!!!

  • By Denise on 01-26-17

Wonderfully good, can't wait for the next one!

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

Reviewed: 05-15-17

These books move at a very nice pace, filled with well developed characters, wry humor and unexpected turns. Start at book one and you won't regret it. My usual is space opera, preferably military space operas and Scandinavian murder mysteries so you can see this is not my usual. Totally captivated me!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful