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  • Listen to the Signal: Short Stories, Volume 1

  • By: Rob Dircks
  • Narrated by: Rob Dircks
  • Length: 4 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 19

Back when I started this project, I was thinking what the heck, writing a few short stories will keep me fresh, let me try things I might not try otherwise, act as a sketch book of my story ideas: the funny, the weird, the scary, the sappy, and sometimes all of that mashed up together.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • never want them to end.

  • By Gordie on 03-06-19

Best Mix of Sci-Fi and Realism Yet

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-10-19

These short stories mix the most entertaining twists of plot with a truly realistic point of view by the characters. I guess the phrase I'm looking for is 'real speak' in fantastic situations. Rob's stories have amazing plots with last minute twists and zings that I find extremely refreshing in the genre. No top-heavy slogging serious fantasy themes, these stories develop serendipitous flashes of inspiration into realistic "what ifs". I also find that despite some stellar narrators doing his audio work that Rob tells his stories best.Every quip or exasperated sound is perfectly rendered in his narrations.

I mentioned "real speak". The characters speak in terms you'd expect to hear real people caught in the same situation within real life, so if realistic expression of frustration (i.e.occasional expletives NOT deleted) bother you, then perhaps Rob's books are for someone else. For me, the characters' realistic expressions are the very things that engender suspension of disbelief and bring the stories to life. I heartily recommend this book of short stories with great introductions to each explaining where the ideas for them originated. Please get this book and enjoy it.

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  • Dark Queen

  • Jane Yellowrock, Book 12
  • By: Faith Hunter
  • Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
  • Length: 16 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,005
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,879
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,871

As Enforcer to the vampire Master of the City of New Orleans, Jane Yellowrock stakes her reputation and her life on keeping her territory safe. But Leo has been issued a blood challenge by the emperor of the European vampires, who seeks to usurp all of his power and possessions. If Leo loses the match to the death, the city will be forfeit, and the people of New Orleans will suffer the consequences. Jane can't let that happen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another great adventure from Faith Hunter!

  • By Teri on 05-02-18

What a tangled web we weave!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-03-18

First, Khristine Hvam makes Jane Yellowrock and the the other characters in this story come to vivid life, thank you Khristine for your awesome narration and story telling magic!

Second, Dark Queen is likely the "deepest" story Faith Hunter has written regarding this world and the people who live in it. I wrote "LIVE" because they do, literally seem to be alive as the listener travels through the story.

Dark Queen sees Jane making what she wants happen with the magic artifacts she acquires, running them through her own shape shifter magic to accomplish her intent. She and her adoptive family formally become a recognized blood clan, and Alex seems to be growing into a man in this book. Not much in the way of "stinky" for him these days. As usual, trouble comes knocking on her door, in this case a man claiming to be her long lost blood brother, which she believes - NOT. The long anticipated grand duel between the emperor of Europe and the Master of the City of New Orleans finally arrives and the arrangements made for it are very carefully laid for any eventuality. We lose a few beloved characters during this hectic round of duels and the grief of their passing is very well written. Despite how things look on the surface, this story leads to all kinds of possibilities for future books in Jane's world though much of it will have changed a great deal. Beast is always "Best Ambush Hunter" and helps Jane out in unexpected ways when Jane needs the help most. There is humor, sadness, and an unending refusal to let wrongness prevail in Dark Queen. And Jane becomes what she was ordained by her latest artifact, to be - A Queen of Magic.

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  • Flame in the Dark

  • Soulwood, Book 3
  • By: Faith Hunter
  • Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
  • Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,954
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,830
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,820

Nell Ingram has always known she was different. Since she was a child, she's been able to feel and channel ancient powers from deep within the earth. When she met Jane Yellowrock, her entire life changed, and she was recruited into PsyLED - the Homeland Security division that polices paranormals. But now her newly formed unit is about to take on its toughest case yet. A powerful senator barely survives an assassination attempt that leaves many others dead - and the house he was visiting burns to the ground.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved Soulwood Book 3

  • By Anonymous User on 12-07-17

A Real Powderkeg Story!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-08-17

Wow! This series started quietly and emotionally as Nell Ingram fought for her sense of personhood and independence from the church cult she'd been raised and married young in. As the series continued, Nell's inner strength and ability to take calculated risks helped her to develop even more into her own person while becoming involved, as an agent, with PsyLED, a paranormal law enforcement group. In forming new relationships with non-church members and becoming more urbane, Nell began to develop paranormal abilities of her own that added value to her membership in the psyLED team. In this book, Flame in the Dark, Nell breaks all her constraints and becomes an awesome character, helping her little sister, Mud, who is a lot like her in terms of paranormal abilities, her team members and even a very powerful supernatural creature Nell reports to at work during a time of extreme crisis for the creature. The story is invigorating, powerful and full of emotional punches that make the reader feel really good inside about getting to know Nell and vicariously participate in her successes. My recommendation is to get and read this book as fast as you can, then take a moment to let Faith Hunter know how you feel about her Soulwood series

  • Written in Red

  • A Novel of the Others
  • By: Anne Bishop
  • Narrated by: Alexandra Harris
  • Length: 18 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,505
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,163
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,170

As a cassandra sangue, or blood prophet, Meg Corbyn can see the future when her skin is cut - a gift that feels more like a curse. Meg's Controller keeps her enslaved so he can have full access to her visions. But when she escapes, the only safe place Meg can hide is at the Lakeside Courtyard - a business district operated by the Others. Shape-shifter Simon Wolfgard is reluctant to hire the stranger who inquires about the Human Liaison job.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Original, emotion-driven alternative reality

  • By Mike on 03-10-15

Begin the Adventure Here....

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-18-17

Anne Bishop's "the Others" series begins with this book, which is an excellent blend of world building AND story development.

A special group of females see prophecies when they are cut, and a whole business develops around selling these prophesies to wealthy clients. This book tells the story about "the one who got away" and develops the tale of the "others" (shape shifting natives of the planet) who take her in, despite her seeming innocence and how badly her recently died hair smells to them! This book develops characters that will grow steadily in the next few books in the series, endearing themselves to the readers as they go along.

  • Convergence

  • Foreigner Sequence 6, Book 3
  • By: C. J. Cherryh
  • Narrated by: Daniel Thomas May
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 301
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 281
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 278

Alpha Station, orbiting the world of the atevi, has taken aboard 5,000 human refugees from a destroyed station in a distant sector of space. With supplies and housing stretched to the breaking point, it is clear that the refugees must be relocated down to the planet, and soon. But not to the atevi mainland, rather to the territory reserved for humans: the island of Mospheira. Tabini-aiji, the powerful political head of the atevi, tasks his brilliant human diplomat, Bren Cameron, to negotiate with the Mospheiran government.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tying the ends together...

  • By Pam F on 06-04-17

Never a Dull Moment!

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

Reviewed: 04-18-17

I admit I am an avid fan of the Foreigner world and generally eagerly anticipate each new book in the series. The books run in arcs of three (how felicitous!) and this installation brings big changes in the role Bren Cameron plays as interpreter. He no sooner gets back to the planet after concluding agreements with the Kyo, he is sent to his home island to break the news to their government that they need to expect about 5,000 Reunion station refugees. He's got his hands full laying out strategy with old allies, and obstructionist adversaries including his predecessor, Wilson.

The book alternates between two views - what Bren is doing on the mainland and what is happening with the young Aiji who was sent by his father, Tabini Aiji, to visit his uncle Tatiseigi where all kinds of interesting developments occur to test his maturity and judgment. I recommend this book as an excellent groundwork for the next arc of books in the series. Loads of intrigue and possibilities.

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  • Etched in Bone

  • A Novel of the Others
  • By: Anne Bishop
  • Narrated by: Alexandra Harris
  • Length: 16 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,838
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,707
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,699

After a human uprising was brutally put down by the Elders - a primitive and lethal form of the Others - the few cities left under human control are far-flung. And the people within them now know to fear the no man's land beyond their borders - and the darkness.... As some communities struggle to rebuild, Lakeside Courtyard has emerged relatively unscathed, though Simon Wolfgard, its wolf shifter leader, and blood prophet Meg Corbyn must work with the human pack to maintain the fragile peace.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not Convinced With This One

  • By Lady on 03-18-17

Scary and Beautiful Story!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-11-17

I love the writing in this entire series but the voice in this last of the Lakeside Courtyard stories takes on a very dark and realistic tone as its nemesis pursues the worst in human nature. Officer Montgomery's wayward and uninvited brother arrives in the Courtyard, is told to leave by Simon and others in the courtyard council before he even lays down his bags but the Elders interfere, wanting to know why the shifters think this human is such a threat to them and their courtyard. Tying Simon's hands this way, opens up the courtyard to Lt. Montgomery's brother's (Jimmy) trouble making, and it's not minor mischief.

Jimmy, unlike his brother, Monty, is incredibly base, violent, a bully and a manipulator whose "voice" in this book is realistic, crude and scary as you listen to the audiobook. Makes the reader want to reach out and throttle him! This story is all about how "Jimmy" is handled and what it teaches to the Elders who insisted he be allowed to stay for observation. Meanwhile, Meg and Simon continue to try and work out the puzzle of their growing relationship, Skippy makes a giant leap in his development and Sam is learning about pack politics with the pup pack.

Alexandra Harris does an amazing job in reading these characters, and adds much of the individuality expressed in them.

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  • The Spaceship Next Door

  • By: Gene Doucette
  • Narrated by: Steve Carlson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,698
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,347
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,351

When a spaceship landed in an open field in the quiet mill town of Sorrow Falls, Massachusetts, everyone realized humankind was not alone in the universe. With that realization everyone freaked out for a little while. Or almost everyone. The residents of Sorrow Falls took the news pretty well. This could have been due to a certain local quality of unflappability, or it could have been that in three years the ship did exactly nothing other than sit quietly in that field, and nobody understood the full extent of this nothing the ship was doing better than the people who lived right next door.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another fun Sci Fi read with an Excellent Reader!

  • By bluestategirl on 12-30-16

Quirky but fun story

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-18-17

A refreshing perspective about a community that has learned to live with an apparently dormant UFO that landed in the middle of their town. There's a precocious young girl full of curiosity and smarts who decides to help a special agent sent to investigate not the UFO but the community. As the story proceeds, there's a wild plot twist toward the end that leaves the reader surprised, considering how banal the investigation seems to be prior to the surprise. Great quick sci-fi read.

  • Archangel's Heart

  • Guild Hunter Series, Book 9
  • By: Nalini Singh
  • Narrated by: Justine Eyre
  • Length: 13 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,149
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,074
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,073

One of the most vicious archangels in the world has disappeared. No one knows if Lijuan is dead or has chosen to sleep the long sleep of an immortal. But with her lands falling into chaos under a rising tide of vampiric bloodlust, a mysterious and ancient order of angels known as the Luminata calls the entire Cadre together to discuss the fate of her territory. Accompanying her archangelic lover Raphael to the Luminata compound, guild hunter-turned-angel Elena senses that all is not as it seems.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ANOTHER ADDICTIVE & RICHLY LAYERED STORY

  • By 🔹🔹🔹CAROLYN 🔹🔹🔹 on 11-06-16

OK I'll Admit It....

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-18-17

I'm an ardent fan of Nalini Singh's Archangel series.

In this story, the lead characters begin to mature, especially Elaina but Raphael as well. They become more dimensional as they navigate their lives together as powerful beings and how they relate to other people, no matter their social station. Of course, there's the love thing between these two characters but I look for more than just the romance in any story. Recommend it to Nalini fans.

  • The Stand

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 47 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,868
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,692
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,691

This is the way the world ends: with a nanosecond of computer error in a Defense Department laboratory and a million casual contacts that form the links in a chain letter of death. And here is the bleak new world of the day after: a world stripped of its institutions and emptied of 99 percent of its people. A world in which a handful of panicky survivors choose sides - or are chosen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My First Completed Stephen King Novel

  • By Meaghan Bynum on 02-20-12

The Whole Story

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-18-17

If you have only seen the series on TV, you really need to listen to this outstanding book. It gives a full view of the back story showing why people are in the fix they are later on and why certain characters are important to it. King is a master story teller at any case, but listening to this one from the beginning is well worth the length of the book.

  • Vision in Silver

  • A Novel of the Others
  • By: Anne Bishop
  • Narrated by: Alexandra Harris
  • Length: 16 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,637
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,402
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,397

The New York Times best-selling author of The Black Jewels Trilogy transports readers to a world of magic and political unrest - where the only chance at peace requires a deadly price.... The Others freed the cassandra sangue to protect the blood prophets from exploitation, not realizing their actions would have dire consequences. Now the fragile seers are in greater danger than ever before - both from their own weaknesses and from those who seek to control their divinations for wicked purposes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More Please!!!

  • By Sharon on 03-04-15

Another "Others" tale well told.

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

Reviewed: 01-18-17

In this story Meg, the "path finder" Casandra sangre is put into the position of helping out the other rescued "sweet bloods" and the communities that shelter them. While trying to adjust for herself, she's been given the task of passing along her coping techniques to the other girls.

Anne Bishop has continued to give great entertainment in a world the reader can easily sink into and be a part of.