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  • Ex Games

  • By: Stella Rhys
  • Narrated by: Carly Robins
  • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56

A perfect storm led me to this place. Ghosted by my fiance, I was suddenly broke, heartbroken and facing eviction. Enter Mason Leo, the six feet and two inches of pure muscle and arrogance I've hated with a passion since the day we met. The man is cocky, womanizing, and ruinously gorgeous. Worse than that, he's my ex's brother. And for the next two weeks, he gets to do with me as he pleases. I'll explain. With both our exes - wait for it - set to marry each other in St. Lucia, I've agreed to let Mason pay my debts so long as I play his date.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining Story, Bad Narrator

  • By Silverlyn on 05-06-18

Entertaining Story, Bad Narrator

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

Reviewed: 05-06-18

If you don't mind a lisps or chronic valley girl voices, you will enjoy the narration. I spent the whole time wondering if Carly Robins has a lisp or ended up having one due to how she was choosing to voice the characters. There are parts that are ok but those moments are overshadowed by the majority being rather bad. She made the whole story feel like early teen angst and drama. Middle school. Freshman in high school range. Not a story about adults.

The story is alright. A steamy romance between two unlikely characters. This is not a deep story. It is funny. It is kind of steamy. I recommend reading the story over listening to it. Save your ears for another audio tale.

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  • Hero

  • By: Lauren Rowe
  • Narrated by: Lauren Rowe, John Lane
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 826
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 767
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 765

The first time I laid eyes on Lydia Decker, I couldn’t speak. Or breathe. Or string two coherent thoughts together. And I don’t mean any of that figuratively. No, when I first laid eyes on Lydia Decker - my physical therapist - I was lying flat on my back in the ICU, high as a kite on painkillers, breathing on a ventilator, my bones as broken and splintered as my spirit. She said she’d been assigned to fix me. But what I didn’t know...what I couldn’t possibly know...was that Lydia Decker needed fixing far more than I ever did.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lauren Rowe you slay me!

  • By Mette Toft on 03-13-18

Nope

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

Reviewed: 03-19-18

Book started ok but gradually fell into blarg. I am leery of audiobooks that are narrated by the author. I am sorry I did not catch that fact on this one. I did not care for either narrator and will avoid anything they work on in future.

I stopped trying to find a reason to keep listening when multiple characters started to sound like one person regardless of sex, age and individual personality.

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  • Another Man's Moccasins

  • A Walt Longmire Mystery
  • By: Craig Johnson
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,756
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,049
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,020

Craig Johnson's mystery stories have earned him an esteemed position in the pantheon of contemporary crime novelists. In this fourth installment, Longmire is called to investigate a dead Vietnamese girl found along the Wyoming highway.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best writer and the best reader get together

  • By Patroo on 09-30-08

Murder, Relationships and the Silent Giant

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

Reviewed: 02-25-18

Usually, I care a lot about how the narrator inflects and vocally acts for the other characters in the story. There are always exceptions. I really enjoy the way Guidall portrays Walt and Henry. That is solid and fits really well with how I imagine them to be.

An old photo of an Asian woman and a white man turns out to be a shot of Walt and his friend during the Vietnam War. While the relationships are rather clear cut, nothing else is quite that simple in Walt's life. It is no surprise that the photo was found among the ruins of a murdered woman.

Great setup to dip into Walt's past and reflect on the horrors of war. Virgil makes an appearance as the silent and dangerous Indian Giant. A man of little words and great strategy in chess. The book is a tangle of relationships, cold blooded murder and Walt's awkward (hilarious) dating life. I really like the way each book builds upon the story and gives it more depth. It's great to read a series where all the details matter and do impact the story in some fashion that makes sense.

  • Rewinder

  • By: Brett Battles
  • Narrated by: Vikas Adam
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,322
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,076
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,065

You will never read Denny Younger's name in any history book, will never know what he's done. But even if you did, you'd never believe it. The world as you know it wouldn't be the same without him. Denny was born into one of the lowest rungs of society, but his bleak fortunes abruptly change when the mysterious Upjohn Institute recruits him to be a Rewinder, a verifier of personal histories. The job at first sounds like it involves researching old books and records, but Denny soon learns it's far from it.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Poul Anderson's Time Patrol meets Jumper

  • By Bob on 01-23-15

Time Travel Adventure

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

Reviewed: 02-25-18

Vikas Adam did a great job narrating the story. He hit the right balance of hesitant and nerdy for the main character, Denny Younger.

This is a story about time travel and alternative histories. What if the States lost the war against the Brits? What could be the potential fallout? How would it influence science, society and countries?

The story is interesting and it's cool to have a protagonist that isn't all about strength and action. Denny is a total bookworm and doing the right thing is etched into his very bones. The world that Denny considers home is a bit hazy to imagine. Not a whole lot of details are given out about it in the story. There's a caste system in place and Denny is towards the end of it. A mere 8. Yet, all of his studies have landed him a rare opportunity and he is whisked off to a secret organization. The sudden raise in status pales in comparison to the job he has accepted. He's going to learn how to travel back and forth in time.

I enjoyed the story. I know a good part of that is due to the narration. It has some fun concepts and brain twisters. I wondered why alternate realities are never mentioned in this book but I figure that would only complicate the story further. In some ways, this story made me think of Dark Matter. A fun little YA story that takes on the task of answering a 'What if...' question.

  • Phantom Pains

  • The Arcadia Project, Book 2
  • By: Mishell Baker
  • Narrated by: Arden Hammersmith
  • Length: 12 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 94
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 86

Four months ago Millie left the Arcadia Project after losing her partner, Teo, to the lethal magic of an Unseelie fey countess. Now, in a final visit to the scene of the crime, Millie and her former boss, Caryl, encounter Teo's tormented ghost. But there's one problem: According to Caryl, ghosts don't exist. Millie has a new life, a stressful job, and no time to get pulled back into the Project, but she agrees to tell her side of the ghost story to the agents from the Project's National Headquarters.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent follow-up to book 1

  • By Sheryl on 03-23-18

Solid Sequel

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

Reviewed: 02-16-18

The gloomy atmosphere of the first book made complete sense with the setting and characters. It took a while for me before I wanted to revisit the story but I'm glad that I did! This was a great follow up to Borderline. It's a solid story with interesting fables, personal histories and developments between characters. A whole lot happened and there is a more settled viewpoint that isn't all about dark and gloom.

I like the characters, a closer look into the Fae world and all of the action. Millie is finally fitting into her own skin and I'm really excited to see what will happen in the next book.

  • Seventh Decimate

  • The Great God's War, Book 1
  • By: Stephen R. Donaldson
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 69
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 65

Fire. Wind. Pestilence. Earthquake. Drought. Lightning. These are the six Decimates, wielded by sorcerers for both good and evil. But a seventh Decimate exists - the most devastating one of all. For centuries, the realms of Belleger and Amika have been at war, with sorcerers from both sides harnessing the Decimates to rain blood and pain upon their enemy. But, somehow, in some way, the Amikans have discovered and invoked a seventh Decimate, one that strips all lesser sorcery of its power.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Clever Tale Hidden in Anger

  • By Silverlyn on 02-15-18

Clever Tale Hidden in Anger

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

Reviewed: 02-15-18

Scott Brick did a good job of narrating this story. It took a bunch of tries before I found myself in the right mood to listen to this book. If you like Thomas Covenant series, you may like this one. Though that's not a fair comparison.

The main character is Prince Bifalt. I spent a lot of time mentally yelling at Bifalt. It's not like he is a bad person. He's just young, ignorant, passionate and too narrowly focused. The absolute certainty of youth. The disaster being created by blind rage. I don't love this story but it sure did incite a whole lot of thoughts and feelings from me. I can't help but think that's what the story was suppose to do. In that, this is a great setup for an epic tale of human failure and the hope of unplanned for triumphs.

I didn't realize how clever the story was until I was close to the end. Majority of the story narrative is in a depressing, relentlessly short sighted voice that begs to be ignored. But the message it holds is totally thrust in your face, put right before your eyes and, in a way, is brilliant.

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  • Space Team: The Wrath of Vajazzle

  • By: Barry J. Hutchison
  • Narrated by: Phil Thron
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 872
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 820
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 820

Suicide Squad meets Galaxy Quest, in this fast-paced, laugh-out-loud novel from the author the Independent calls, "the new Terry Pratchett." After saving an alien race and its god from a sentient zombie virus, Cal Carver and the crew of the Dread Ship Shatner are feeling pretty pleased with themselves. Unfortunately, the creator of the zombie virus is out for revenge, and has recruited the galaxy's deadliest - and oldest - assassin, Lady Vajazzle, to hunt Space Team down.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Much, much, MUCH better than...

  • By singh on 09-19-17

Excellent Sequel!

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

Reviewed: 02-11-18

From the start, I decided to not take this story seriously because that would ruin some of the fun. It's chock full of standard off-colored, bad comic moments that are so bad that you have to laugh kind of humor. Yet, the real beauty of the series is how well the author establishes the characters, alien cultures and space hijinks.

I only expected this book to go along the lines of the last one. A zany adventure where the gang stumbles over their share of troubles. That happened and a whole lot more. I didn't expect to see character growth or get into the their pasts in any meaningful manner. That happened too.

This was a fun story from the start to finish and it definitely grew on me the more I listened to it. I can't wait to see what will happen next because the gang can't do without their mascot, Splurt.

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  • 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 5,064
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,735
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4,718

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

Great Sequel to Scythe

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

Reviewed: 02-08-18

I totally devoured both audiobooks in a two days. I liked them so much that I went and bought hardbacks to read later.

Well. Did you get to the end? Did you feel a mix of excitement due to what's happening in the story and cringe with gnawing angst that the book is almost over? Cause the next book is not out yet. SUCKS! Yup. I am very happy with sequel in the Arc of a Scythe and bummed that the next one is not out already to be inhaled posthaste.

Citra and Rowan take on polar roles in this book. Citra is now a junior Scythe Anastasia and Rowan reinvents himself as Scythe Lucifer, the reaper of corrupt scythes. Both of them believe in the honorable work of Scythedom but form completely different paths to uphold the ideal. She works within the system to turn the tide of selfish interest to balanced ethics. He struggles to use the darkness unleashed within himself to cut out the wicked.

New characters come into play and the Thunderhead takes center stage in the journal style entries. It is fascinating and unnerving to see how people act within this utopian society. The darkness of the Unsavories are showcased, the intricacies of governing a whole planet are somewhat defined and seeds of hope & destruction are planted.

The mix of journalistic monologue and story narrative continued in a slightly different format in book two. I felt that the pacing was not as even in this one but there's a lot more happening. Some answers to questions raised in Scythe are spot lighted and those answers dive into the societies stagnant lifestyle, Scythedom and the all powerful AI, Thunderhead. Sneaky little whispers are cleverly placed within ordinary scenes. Shusterman does a wonderful job of interlacing all the pivotal characters in a manner that clearly shows who they are and yet leaves it up to the reader to define what that means. Every reader has a unique mix of perspective and preference that colors philosophies, ideologies and understanding. That's the fun part of the series for me. How easily it can be taken by a variety of different people and digested in completely different ways. Love it. Mental shenanigans that can open the floor to fun conversations.

Shusterman did not pull any punches in this book. You get a good look at the good, the bad and the ugly. It was great! I had a wonderful time listening to the second book.

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  • Scythe

  • By: Neal Shusterman
  • Narrated by: Greg Tremblay
  • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,532
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,969
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,964

A world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery: Humanity has conquered all those things and has even conquered death. Now Scythes are the only ones who can end life - and they are commanded to do so in order to keep the size of the population under control. Citra and Rowan are chosen to apprentice to a scythe - a role that neither wants. These teens must master the "art" of taking life, knowing that the consequence of failure could mean losing their own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best book I have read this year.

  • By Jonathan Purcell on 10-15-17

Death is a Blip

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

Reviewed: 02-07-18

While Greg Tremblay is not that great with expressing a variety of different voices for the characters, he set a great narrative tone that totally matched the book. In some ways, his style made the harsher topics easier to take in and yet underlined and begged for questions to be asked.

I went into this book with the idea that it would be "okay" and that's all I expected. It started off more or less the way I thought it would and then unveiled into a deeper story with fun layers.

This story takes place in the far future on a modern Earth where death, disease and crime are understated moments in history. To keep population at a sustainable level, a group was formed to deliver a fatal death. Those individuals are called Scythe.

The world is guided and guarded by a super AI called the Thunderhead. For all intents and purposes, this is a "good" AI with all the signs of being a benevolent and understanding God. Not that religion has a big place in this futuristic world.

I found the story to be very interesting and totally caught up in all the implications of what is and could be by the end. This book is an excellent example of a good YA that pulls no punches. It is as deep or shallow as the reader takes it.

  • SpeedRunner

  • Tower of Babel, Book 1
  • By: Adam Elliott
  • Narrated by: Vikas Adam
  • Length: 11 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 615
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 589
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 589

Launch day. That was what they called it. The day when over four million people vanished in an instant from the island of Manhattan. The day earthquakes ravaged the east coast. The day a 101-kilometer tall tower rose from the wreckage of the now empty city. The day every screen, newspaper, and smart phone displayed a single message from an unknown source: The Great Emperor has issued his challenge.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Honest Review; No Hype No Hate

  • By adam on 05-10-18

New LitRPG

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

Reviewed: 02-05-18

I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked this book. It's a solid LitRPG with likable characters, interesting plot and just enough of a twist to keep you invested.

I've heard Vikas Adam narrate stories as part of a team but never had a chance to listen to him tell a whole story until now. He did a great job! He is one of the few male narrators that can really pull off female voices. Pretty darn awesome! He definitely made the story more interesting and truly did a great job at bringing each character to life.

I've only read a few LitRPG books that I really like. Most of them tend to be cool ideas that dissolve into disinterest due to sloppy writing. This one has a nice balance between the gaming specs and story development.

I like the basic premise and the hints of things to come. If you like LitRPG's, I'm sure you'll enjoy reading this one. I already snagged the next book on Kindle to see where the story goes.

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