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  • Iron and Magic

  • Iron Covenant, Book 1
  • By: Ilona Andrews
  • Narrated by: Steve West
  • Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 734
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 682
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 679

Hugh d'Ambray, Preceptor of the Iron Dogs, Warlord of the Builder of Towers, served only one man. Now his immortal, nearly omnipotent master has cast him aside. Hugh is a shadow of the warrior he was, but when he learns that the Iron Dogs, soldiers who would follow him anywhere, are being hunted down and murdered, he must make a choice: to fade away or to be the leader he was born to be. Hugh knows he must carve a new place for himself and his people, but they have no money, no shelter, and no food, and the necromancers are coming. Fast. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Is it just me or did he just give Andrea an accent?

  • By Cathline on 07-25-18

Fantastic... a new series from Ilona Andrews...

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

Reviewed: 08-13-18

Original review:
  Every time I read a book by Ilona and Gordon Andrews, I think that it's the best one yet... and I can't be wrong, can I ???
This book is the 1st in a trilogy spin-off from the Kate Daniels series, and although you can read it as a stand-alone it will have more impact if you read it  between (Kate #9) Magic Binds, and (Kate #10) Magic Triumphs...
This book started out as an April fools day joke, perpetrated by the authors to pull their fans legs, and it completely backfired on them, and turned into the real thing when we, (the fans) wouldn't leave 'em alone... and then libraries started requesting it!
Hugh d’Ambray has been a major antagonist throughout pretty much the entire Kate Daniels series, and suddenly he's the protagonist in Iron and Magic ... Ilona and Gordon really had their work cut out for them because they had to make us care for that man, a man we loved to hate! I'm happy to report that the Andrews' came through with flying colors ... I Abso-Damn-Lutely loved this book... WOW! There's tons of action and revealations, and even set-ups for things yet to come... all in one extremely satisfying read which includes a delightfully delicious ending!

Audio version review:
   I just finished "re-reading" this... by listening to Steve West's fantastic narration! Steve perfectly captured Hugh d'Ambry's arrogance and pomposity, as well as nailing every other character's personae, right square on the head! I LOVED this story, All Over Again!!!  Don't hesitate to get this audio version!!!

  • All the Birds in the Sky

  • By: Charlie Jane Anders
  • Narrated by: Alyssa Bresnahan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,569
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,444
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,447

Childhood friends Patricia Delfine and Laurence Armstead didn't expect to see each other again after parting ways under mysterious circumstances during high school. After all, the development of magical powers and the invention of a two-second time machine could hardly fail to alarm one's peers and families. But now they're both adults, living in the hipster mecca San Francisco, and the planet is falling apart around them.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Too twee for me.

  • By Amy on 03-13-17

Wow! What a great story...

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

Reviewed: 08-09-18

Wow... This is a great story! I immediately fell in love with Patricia and Lawrence, the two protagonists, both kids, with familial and societal issues... Lawrence is a total computer geek, and Patricia's into nature and magic. Both kids are off the chart in their own special way, and fundamentally, the opposite of each other! Charlie Jane Anders weaves their distinct, yet similar storylines together in a wonderful, manner. While this feels a bit like a YA genre story, that isn't necessarily the case, as it covers some relativly adult themes...
Alyssa Bresnahan did an amazing job narrating both Patricia and Lawrence and the other characters that surrounded them... I was so glad to have found this amazing audio-book!  It's perfect for both Science Fiction and Fantasy fans...

  • Ghost Talkers

  • By: Mary Robinette Kowal
  • Narrated by: Mary Robinette Kowal
  • Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 442
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 408
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 410

Ginger Stuyvesant, an American heiress living in London during World War I, is engaged to Captain Benjamin Hartshorne, an intelligence officer. Ginger is a medium for the Spirit Corps, a special Spiritualist force. Each soldier heading for the front is conditioned to report to the mediums of the Spirit Corps when they die so the corps can pass instant information about troop movements to military intelligence. Ginger and her fellow mediums contribute a great deal to the war efforts, so long as they pass the information through appropriate channels.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A very atmospheric, fast read!

  • By kara-karina on 09-04-16

Wonderful...

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

Reviewed: 08-08-18

This is a wonderful stand-alone novel set in an alternate dimension, during WWI... with ghosts! It's also a compelling mystery tale, and I loved every action packed minute of it!
This book was created during a NaNoWriMo challenge, and the true winners are the reader's (when we finally read the finished book... yes, this one has been in my TBR list for a while. Lol) 
Mary Robinette Kowal is a great writer, and also one of my favorite narrators! Her voice talent, coupled with her absolute knowledge of exactly how the characters are intended to sound, gives an additional edge to our enjoyment of her novel!

  • The Coming Storm

  • By: Michael Lewis
  • Narrated by: Michael Lewis
  • Length: 2 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,302
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,089
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,078

Tornadoes, cyclones, tsunamis… Weather can be deadly – especially when it strikes without warning. Millions of Americans could soon find themselves at the mercy of violent weather if the public data behind lifesaving storm alerts gets privatized for personal gain. In his first Audible Original feature, New York Times best-selling author and journalist Michael Lewis delivers hard-hitting research on not-so-random weather data – and how Washington plans to release it. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • More like a Podcast

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-06-18

Fascinating..

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

Reviewed: 08-08-18

I found this non-fiction story to be extremely fascinating... In a very Weather/Storms/Oceanography/NASA/Politics/Women-working-in-a-man's-field, kind of way...
In this book we learn how female applicants to the space program were treated, to information that has been hidden so only big business can benefit... It's some pretty scary stuff.

It felt almost erie, as I recognized a couple of the same themes and issues mentioned in a fictional piece by Mary Robinette Kowal (Calculating Stars) which I had just finished about 2 days before, in which a female scientist trying to become a  NASA astronaut is nigh on impossible. Fiction is not stranger than fact, and sometimes, fact is in fact, as much Fun as fiction!

Michael Lewis represents himself well in both narration as well as content of this book... and I highly recommend getting and listening to this piece!

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  • There Was a Crooked Man, He Flipped a Crooked House

  • By: David Erik Nelson
  • Narrated by: David Sadzin
  • Length: 2 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

"Downtrodden architect Glenn Washington and his none-too-bright sidekick Lennie help a crooked real estate baron flip houses in downtrodden Detroit. A house comes up that is too good to gut for parts. Too good to be true. Waaaay too good. Thing is, nothing leads where it should - go through the front door, step out the door on the back porch. Best library ever. And why are the cops nosing around? Non-Euclidian architectural petty-crime adventure, and all that implies." (Adrian Simmons, writing for Black Gate magazine) 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Still gripped by this damn house!

  • By Jeremy L. on 07-23-18

 A surprisingly erudite, creepy story... 

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

Reviewed: 08-03-18

This is somewhat reminiscent of an HP Lovecraft tale, crossbred with John Steinbeck...but with modern updates. Very weird, and Very well done!

David Sadzin gave us a fantastic narrative performance. And I truly hope that he'll be doing more genre fiction in the future...

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

  • Akillia's Reign

  • Puatera Online Series, Book 4
  • By: Dawn Chapman
  • Narrated by: Anneliese Rennie
  • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

Taking the day off work to surprise Andy with a ticket to the hottest fantasy VRMMORPG, Emma returns home to find his cheating ass in bed with her sister. Throwing them both out, Emma sits slugging back the wine they’d just shared. Drunk and devastated she almost blows his gift, but watching the adverts for the amazing fantasy world depicting monster’s mayhem and adventure, Emma keys in her name and details - Akillia-F-22 - and decides to take on Puatera Online.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • the change of narrator was cool

  • By Rebecca Azizov on 08-04-18

I love this book in all it's glitchy glory...

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

Reviewed: 07-24-18

This is simply a great story! Puatera Online is a fascinating place/game to visit. I think you're gonna want to login to this action packed audio book...
The first 3 audio books had a narrator that I just adored (Andrea Parsneau) as the voice of Maddie, so initially, I wasn't sure I'd like this "new voice" even though it was the voice of a different character... Now though, I think it was a brilliant decision to have a new narrator! Anneleise Rennie is on board to tell us Akillia's tale...
Akillia was a complete noob (I completely relate), and she has to work hard at building alliances between characters, players and animals and of course surviving the game in all it's glitchy glory...
Akillia's Reign is the fourth tale in this series, but since it deals with a separate story line, you can read it out of sequence and not screw up the first 3 stories for yourself! There are ties to books 1-3 so I expect you'll want to, no... Need to read them after you finish this one!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Forever Fantasy Online

  • Forever Fantasy Online, Book 1
  • By: Rachel Aaron, Travis Bach
  • Narrated by: Josh Hurley
  • Length: 19 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 232
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 222
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 223

In the real world, twenty-one-year-old library sciences student Tina Anderson is invisible and under-appreciated, but in the VR-game Forever Fantasy Online she's Roxxy—the respected leader and main tank of a top-tier raiding guild. Her brother, James Anderson, has a similar problem. IRL he’s a college drop-out struggling under debt, but in FFO he's famous—an explorer known all over the world for doing every quest and collecting the rarest items.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A funtastic book...

  • By Lonnie-The GreatNorthernTroll-Moore on 07-23-18

A funtastic book...

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

Reviewed: 07-23-18

I just finished listening to this funtastic book, and yep, it's a Lit-RPG... written by a long time favorite author of mine, Rachel Aaron, but this time she's sharing the helm with her husband, Travis Bach... And they did great together!
The story follows a brother and sister (James and Tina) as they log into the mmorpg "Forever Fantasy Online", but not together, they've already had way too much of each other in real life... And of course, the game glitches badly. They discover that they can't log out... and for some reason, they can actually feel pain when their characters are injured. The items they've been collecting don't seem to be working, and if their character dies, it may be that they too will die... We get to follow James and Tina separately as they fight to survive and complete their quests! We also meet some pretty awesome side characters, like Frank, Neco Baby, and Fangs... and although the ending is kinda cliffhanger(y), I'm not mad. The book does what it needed to do! both James and Tina arrived at the destination they struggled to get to and now they're ready to face the next book together!
I hear that book 2 is completed and currently being edited.
If you like Anime and gaming, I think you'll enjoy this... it's similar to Sword Art Online and WoW... or if you just like LitRPG, like Ernest Cline's books, Ready Player One, and Armada, again you should give this one a try!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Make Bright the Arrows

  • Flights of the Nanshe, Book 1
  • By: S. A. Huchton
  • Narrated by: Starla Huchton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 20

What starts off as a simple retrieval of stolen goods turns deadly when Leena Espinoza discovers a girl stashed in a cellar, her guardian murdered. The crew has a soft spot for hard cases, and despite Delilah's odd behavior, offers help instead of turning her over to the authorities. But what they don't know might kill them.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An entertaining story.

  • By cosmitron on 07-22-18

5 solid, Bright Stars!

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

Reviewed: 07-23-18

Okay... I loved this audio book so much that I gulped it down in a day... What an amazing story by Starla Huchton, who is an amazing and talented writer, as well as a damn fine voice actor...
Huchton created a memorable crew for the mercenary ship, the S.S. Nanshe. The youngest and newest member of the crew is our protagonist, Leena, and she builds a relationship with a young, scared, extra special foundling named Delilah. The book really did have a Firefly(esque) feel to it, so much so that I found myself wanting to give them all brown coats (LOL)... But, I didn't care, really that just made me love it more! Wait. What? Was that a Man from U.N.C.L.E. reference? Hahaha... a Man from U.N.C.L.E. reference (seems kind of odd, from someone of her generation).

Do yourself a favor and grab this action-packed Space Opera. Folks that like books by Becky Chambers, or enjoyed Firefly (the series) are gonna love this book. Heck people that found and loved Lindsay Buroker's The Emperor's Edge, with Starla Huchton's narration on podiobooks from way-back-in-the-day are gonna be thrilled to see what Starla's up to now!
I'm giving this one, 5 Solid, Bright Stars!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Ghost Light

  • Ivy Granger, Volume 2
  • By: E. J. Stevens
  • Narrated by: Traci Odom
  • Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 88
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 75
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 75

Ivy Granger, psychic detective, thought she'd seen it all...until now. With a vengeful lamia that only she can see on the city streets, reports of specters walking Harborsmouth cemeteries, and an angry mob of faerie clients at her office door, it's bound to be a long night. Add in an offense against the faerie courts and a few foolish bargains and one thing is clear - Ivy Granger is in some seriously deep trouble.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing Second Book.

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 12-03-14

My go-to genre...

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

Reviewed: 07-23-18

This story was just what I needed. Urban fantasy is kinda my go-to genre when I need a break from whatever else that I've been reading... This story is like the proverbial bowl of chips, and I bet you can't read just one... P.I. Ivy Granger is on the case as she investigates multiple missing/kidnapped children for the fae comunity... Ivy actually solves the case fairly quickly and I was surprised to find that there was still a couple of hours of book left. I think she's probably written one of the longest epilogues ever, LOL ... But believe it or not there really was a lot of tale left to tell... 
  Is this great prose? Not really... but it's great fun, and for me, it was a welcome break from that weighty tome that I'd been reading. Treat yourself to a good time, and get Ghost Light!


  • The Calculating Stars

  • A Lady Astronaut Novel
  • By: Mary Robinette Kowal
  • Narrated by: Mary Robinette Kowal
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 166
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 161
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 161

On a cold spring night in 1952, a huge meteorite fell to earth and obliterated much of the East Coast of the US, including Washington, DC. The ensuing climate cataclysm will soon render the Earth inhospitable for humanity, as the last such meteorite did for the dinosaurs. This looming threat calls for a radically accelerated effort to colonize space and requires a much-larger share of humanity to take part in the process. Elma York’s drive to become the first lady astronaut is so strong that even the most dearly held conventions of society may not stand a chance against her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • New found favorite book...

  • By Lonnie-The GreatNorthernTroll-Moore on 07-12-18

New found favorite book...

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

Reviewed: 07-12-18

Mary Robinette Kowel is a very talented woman, as evidenced by her writing this beautiful book, and in the fantastic narration as well! Mary caught the social mores and nuances of the late fifties, beautifully!
This book covers some really hard issues of the times; women's role in society, racial bias, and even anxiety attacks... it's all wrapped up in this amazing talent that kinda' reminds me of old-school science fiction. That's probably because it takes place in an alternate, 1950's Earth, peopled with all the characters and products you'd expect to find then... and it also includes a meteor impact of truly cataclysmic proportions! 
Science and mathematics are really important in this post-meteor-impacted-Earth, as opposed to the old trope of societal collapse after the big "event". Where the story really distinguishes itself is that it's written from woman's POV as she and others try to end the intolerance and inequity of a patriarchal society, and go to work in fields that have traditionally been reserved only for men... and Mary Robinette Kowal accomplished this without giving the story an agenda-driven feel to it!!!
This is my new found favorite book of the year! If you enjoyed books like The Martian and Hidden Figures, you're going to love this one... Oh, and even better? The sequel will be released soon!   
Simply Stellar storytelling, in every way!⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

6 of 6 people found this review helpful