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  • The Witching Hour

  • By: Anne Rice
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 50 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,589
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,298
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,302

Demonstrating once again her gift for spellbinding storytelling, Anne Rice makes real for us a great dynasty of four centuries of witches - a family given to poetry and incest, murder and philosophy, a family that over the ages is itself haunted by a powerful, dangerous, and seductive being called Lasher who haunts the Mayfair women....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • THANK YOU AUDIBLE!

  • By Wendy on 10-22-15

Great Story, Wrong Accent

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

Reviewed: 02-13-19

I love Kate Reeding but she misses the mark on this one. The characters live in or are from New Orleans, not Boston. They're supposed to have southern accents, not east coast accents. It's weird how far off Kate was on this one. However, if you can ignore that, then it's a great book.

  • The Things That Are Not There

  • By: C. J. Henderson
  • Narrated by: Charles McKibben
  • Length: 7 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 6

The first release in the classic Teddy London supernatural detective series that is steeped in Lovecraftian mythos. With only a .38 and a blade named Veronica, Teddy London gathers those few souls capable of weathering the terror in a battle for the fate of humanity.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • One Dimensional Character Abound

  • By Joe on 03-16-18

One Dimensional Character Abound

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

Reviewed: 03-16-18

What disappointed you about The Things That Are Not There?

The simplistic, stereotypical, hollow characters. Lisa is your standard weak, helpless, worthless damsel in distress. Spuds is perhaps the worst character I've ever come across in a fantasy book. What's the point of him? All he does is blubber and whine. He doesn't represent the "everyman" or anything like that. He serves no point except to act like a baby. And the main character? Seriously? The fact that he sometimes eats vegetarian food does not mean he is multifaceted. Ted is a ridiculous meat-head.

What could C. J. Henderson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Make the story less predictable. Make the characters interesting. Have the female main character actually DO something.

What character would you cut from The Things That Are Not There?

All of them.

Any additional comments?

Don't waste your money or your credit on this book.

  • The Silver Spike

  • Chronicles of the Black Company, Book 5
  • By: Glen Cook
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 11 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 633
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 541
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 544

Defeated by the Lady and cast from this world, all that was left of him was a foul trace of lingering evil. But the graveyard that was once the Barrowland contains more secrets than dead. All who would possess the power of the Dominator are drawn to the spike. A foolhardy band of thieves is the first to reach it, and a rapacious and malign spirit is unleashed on an unwary world. The forces gather, sides are drawn, and mortal men can only die as the Dark Lords battle for domination.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very Enjoyable

  • By J Hgar on 07-01-11

Pointless and Terrible

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

Reviewed: 05-17-17

Any additional comments?

This book negates everyone we learned about Raven in the first 5 books, making all of that meaningless and a waste f time. Raven goes from being one of the world's biggest bad asses to getting his ass kicked by a nobody child molester. Did. I mention one of the main character is a child molester who gets to one happily ever after, presumably continuing to molest children for the rest of his days?

The characters are mostly deplorable. The story reduces Raven to a worthless mundane before doing "blank" to him. Also, the narrator is pretty terrible. I doubt I'll read the rest of the series because this book was so terrible.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Godling Chronicles Omnibus

  • Books 1-3
  • By: Brian D. Anderson
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 35 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,089
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,926
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,935

Darkness comes as a new power rises in Angrääl. The Dark Knight has betrayed the gods and stolen The Sword of Truth, trapping them in heaven. With the power of the Sword, he can reshape the world and bring death to all who oppose him. Only one thing stands between the darkness and the light - Gewey Stedding. Only he has the power to stand against the oncoming storm. Only he can mend the world. But only if he can discover his power.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Lower your standards if you plan to read this.

  • By Matthew on 10-19-16

Worst Name FFor A Main Character. Ever.

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

Reviewed: 02-03-17

Any additional comments?

Not only is Dewey the worst name for a main character I've ever read, but he also acts like a 11 or 12 dar old, despite the fact the he's supposed to be 18 or 19. No 19 year old boy is that stand offish with two dutiful girls who are both relatively his age and are openly attracted to hi. Geweu is supposed to have lived on his own for a while after the death of his father, successfully running a farm and business, yet he acts like a adolescent who pretends to hate girls and whine when he doesn't get his way.

There is zero tension in the first book. Or, I should say, zero tension that doesn't seem forced and contrived. Dewey is a god he can get stabbed in the chest and be healed in a manner of days. I never once felt concerned for Dewey in the slightest bit. He never felt threatened or in peril throughout the entire first book. And what's the point of reading a story when you know nothing bad is going to happen to the main character. Even with suspension of disbelief, I still never once felt worried for Dewey.

I suppose it's a fine book if you're just looking for a super light read, something where you won't have to worry yourself about feeling anything for any of the characters, then this book is the one for you.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Forge of Darkness

  • Kharkanas Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Steven Erikson
  • Narrated by: Daniel Philpott
  • Length: 31 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 653
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 594
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 595

Forge of Darkness takes listeners to Kurald Galain, the warren of Darkness, and tells of a realm whose fate plays a crucial role in the fall of the Malazan Empire and surrounds one of the Malazan world’s most fascinating and powerful characters, Anomander Rake. It’s a conflicted time in Kurald Galain, where Mother Dark reigns above the Tiste people. But this ancient land was once home to many a power...and even death is not quite eternal. The commoners’ great hero, Vatha Urusander, longs for ascendency and Mother Dark’s hand in marriage, but she has taken another Consort, Lord Draconus.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I can't believe I have to wait for the next book!

  • By Bri on 01-02-13

Rife With Mispronunciations

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

Reviewed: 04-15-16

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I would recommend the text version of this book, not the audio version, to a lover of the Malazan world. This mispronunciations made the book almost impossible to get through.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Daniel Philpott?

Either one of the two narrators for the Malazan Book of the Fallen series. Or someone who at least bothered to listen to the 1 audiobooks of the series already in existence so that they could learn how to pronounce the word Tist, considering they are the main characters in this book.

Any additional comments?

The word is pronounced Tist (rhymes with list) and not Tiest. It is inexcusable for a narrator to mispronounce the name of the main race in the entire book. As I mentioned before there are 10 audiobooks in this series read by two separate narrators that this narrate could have listen to so he could learn how to pronounce the words if he was unfamiliar with them. Also, his selection of voices for man of the characters is just ridiculous. The narrator makes many of the characters sound like fools and/or winners. In addition, with the potential for so many stories coming out of the Malazan world, I feel that a better tale could have been told. There are so many amazing characters to focus on and I wish Erickson had selected something other than the Tist to write about in this series.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Wool Omnibus Edition (Wool 1 - 5)

  • By: Hugh Howey
  • Narrated by: Minnie Goode
  • Length: 17 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,584
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,253
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,255

This is the story of mankind clawing for survival, of mankind on the edge. The world outside has grown unkind, the view of it limited, talk of it forbidden. But there are always those who hope, who dream. These are the dangerous people, the residents who infect others with their optimism. Their punishment is simple. They are given the very thing they profess to want: They are allowed outside.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good post-apocalyptic/dystopian novel!

  • By Wayne on 01-01-18

Good Story, Poor Narration

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

Reviewed: 12-23-15

Would you try another book from Hugh Howey and/or Minnie Goode?

Yes. He is a very imaginative author. His stories are unique, his characters are dynamic and deep, and his imagery is gorgeous.

Would you be willing to try another one of Minnie Goode’s performances?

I doubt it. In this performance she gives the "bad guy" the most generic and stereotypical voice. Also, she gives the characters different accents. In such a generation long, close knit community every person would basically sound the same. There would not be people with southern accents, New York accent, and Texas accents.

  • The Broom of the System

  • A Novel
  • By: David Foster Wallace
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 16 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 393
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 320
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 325

At the center of The Broom of the System is the betwitching (and also bewildered) heroine, Lenore Stonecipher Beadsman. The year is 1990 and the place is a slightly altered Cleveland, Ohio, which sits on the edge of a suburban wasteland-the Great Ohio Desert. Lenore works as a switchboard attendant at a publishing firm, and in addition to her mind-numbing job, she has a few other problems. Her great-grandmother, a one-time student of Wittgenstein, has disappeared with twenty-five other inmates of the Shaker Heights Nursing Home.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • what just happened

  • By Allan on 06-13-11

Amazingly Insightful And Ingenious

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

Reviewed: 10-14-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I'm not sure. A lot of my friends aren't readers and you're not a reader this book won't make any sense to you. DFW was so far ahead of his time and he was so much smarter than most people it can make his books SEEM hard to follow. However, with some careful reading his books, including this one, are perfectly understandable and follow a clear path. The path may not be straight by any stretch of the imagination but it is there.

Any additional comments?

DWF's insights on the human condition are simply breath taking. is ability to craft character of such depth and complexity is simply unmatched. His talent for names is astounding. One can only imagine what other stories and characters we would have now if he was still around. His loss was a loss to the entire world. He was one of the greatest writers of his generation without a doubt and probably one of the greatest writers of all time. He will be forever missed.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Critical Failures II: Fail Harder

  • Caverns and Creatures Book 2
  • By: Robert Bevan
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Sleep
  • Length: 6 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,029
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,753
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,735

Finding themselves permanently stuck in this strange new world, the gang tries to make the best of it by finding the nearest tavern and getting shitfaced. The plan goes just fine until they lose Katherine and Chaz.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Low-brow nerd humor that I can't get enough of!

  • By Jarboguts on 08-31-15

So Much Worse Than The 1st Book

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

Reviewed: 10-07-15

What would have made Critical Failures II: Fail Harder better?

Getting rid of the lame moral quandary theme. I don't think many people read these books for moral lessons or anything. It was weak and poorly executed and took away from the fun of the first book.

Would you be willing to try another one of Jonathan Sleep’s performances?

No. His voice for Cooper is ok but his Julian voice is crazy annoying. Any of his females voices are simply ridiculous. His performance is made even worse by the fact that this book is no where near as funny or as interesting as the first book. A sub par performance combined with a bad books makes for a terrible listening experience.

Any additional comments?

I was wildly disappointed with this book even though I went into it with very low expectations. I read the first book and laughed a couple of times and thought that it was an OK story, though noting special. I figuredI'd give the second book a try for some light, humorous reading and got slapped in the face with a boring story about morality and fitting in. All the joy and fun had been sucked out from book 1 to book 2.

5 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Critical Failures

  • Caverns and Creatures, Book 1
  • By: Robert Bevan
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Sleep
  • Length: 8 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8,538
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,077
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,064

Tim and his friends find out the hard way that you shouldn't question the game master, and you shouldn't make fun of his cape. One minute, they're drinking away the dreariness of their lives, escaping into a fantasy game and laughing their asses off. The next minute, they're in a horse-drawn cart surrounded by soldiers pointing crossbows at them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Audible Studio...More Please!

  • By M. Maryanow on 02-01-15

A Few Funny Parts But Not Much Else

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

Reviewed: 10-06-15

Any additional comments?

The story had some promise but the author didn't pull it off. There are some basic mistakes that any editor worth their salt should have picked up. For example, at the beginning of the story Mordrid tells Julian that he can't have a sword because he doesn't have the gold for it but after on, Julian stabs the leopard with his sword. Where did that sword come from? There are inconsistencies scattered all throughout this book.

I was kind of thinking this would be like the book NPC's but it isn't even close. I was fairly disappointed with this book.

The narrator doe nothing to add to the story. Some of his voices are just awful. I'm sure he meant well but a few of the voices are just flat out annoying as all get out.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Cycle of Arawn

  • The Complete Trilogy
  • By: Edward W. Robertson
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 65 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,451
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,514
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,511

The White Tree (book one): In Mallon the dark magic of the nether has been banned for centuries. Its users have been driven out or killed. Its secrets lost. But the holy book of the nethermancers has just been found by a boy named Dante. As he works to unlock the book's power, he's attacked in the street. The nethermancers aren't gone—and they want their book back. Caught between death cultists and the law, Dante fights for his life, aided by his growing skills and a brash bodyguard named Blays.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • In Response to the Criticism from Other Reviewers

  • By Jonah on 06-11-17

Super Goth Magic

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

Reviewed: 10-06-15

What other book might you compare The Cycle of Arawn to and why?

In another review someone compared these books to the heel of Time series and that couldn't be farther from the truth. The Cycle of Arawn has nothing in common with WoT and, in fact, is a very original story. The characters are unique and interesting. The magic system is fresh and cool. The story is a little recycled (no pun intended) but the author does a wonderful job of making it feel brand new. I can't really think of a series that I would compare the Cycle to.

Any additional comments?

I thought this series was super fun and totally cool. As I mentioned before the magi system is super rad and wicked goth. I love the whole wide of blood powered shadow magic. The characters are well written and develop over time. There is a surprising amount of humor in all three books which made them that much more fun to read. I highly recommend thiss series and to get all three book for only one credit is one hell of a deal!!! Do yourself a favor and pick this one up!!!

6 of 9 people found this review helpful