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Could be better

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

Reviewed: 06-20-19

Well, this one just didn't live up to the hype. I expected more from Not only John Scalzi, but from Zach Quinto as well. The story here needs fleshed out more. I wanted to know more about the dispatchers and what they do. Why are they there? What caused that to become a job in the first place? Things like that. Even the mystery angle of the story feels rushed and unsatisfying. The narration here is in a word, not great. While the pacing is good, and Quinto speaks well enough I didn't need a lot of volume, there is little variety. There is little to no distinction between characters, and comes across more like Mr. Spock reading the story than an actual actor. I couldn't recommend this title, but it's not completely a waste. If you can pick it up kind of cheap, or if it's free, you might enjoy it.

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Super-students

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

Reviewed: 06-20-19

This one kind of went back and forth. It started out great, but started to go slightly downhill. It's not a complete mess, but it became somewhat predictable. I personally called one of the plot twists about 5 minutes before it actually happened. It's still a good story, regardless of that. The depictions of the teenage super heroes are accurate, and they do have real-life problems. The MC is the product of a union between a hero and a villain, which of course causes him all kinds of problems.
The narration here is good. The voices aren't completely dissimilar, but the voice acting is just that, acting. It's not a long monotone, and the inflection between characters is enough to have some separation between them. The vocalization does not become boring or monotonous at all.
I received this review copy at my request in exchange for an unbiased review.

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good light fantasy

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

Reviewed: 05-18-19

I was attracted to this one because of the subject matter. Basically it's a traveling illusion show. What I got was a wonderful mix of fantasy and political commentary. As is always the case with this type of book, I expected a rehash of the same old plotlines, but that's not the case here. I can't go into too much detail, as it would spoil the fun. The narration here is spot on, and Travis Baldree's Scottish accent is marvelous. He switches between characters with ease, although his reading is a bit fast. You should try this one, at least for the really cool electricals and illusions that are contained in the story. I received a review copy free at my request in exchange for an unbiased review.

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Same old Eddie

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

Reviewed: 05-18-19

This series so far has sustained a level of quality I have yet to hear from other series. This time, Eddie goes full dark. Well for a short while at least. Only complaint I have is that the author seems to be trying to add a fairy tale element to the stories, which is a bit out of place here. Luckily, it does not take center stage. The book ties up the first trilogy quite nicely, while at the same time leaving room for future volumes. (hint hint) As always, the narration of Hannibal Hills is excellent, and a worthy addition to my must listen list. I do recommend you start at the beginning of the series, as this one does have some throwbacks to the first two books.I received this review copy at my request, and have voluntarily left this review.

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The next Myth series?

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

Reviewed: 05-07-19

I compare this particular story to Robert Asprin's Myth series, rather than to Terry Pratchett. It's not as in your face funny as Discworld was. Rather, this is more of a sitcom style of humor, a stand-up comedian telling a story. It's an intriguing mix of political humor, and the situation of a man who is desperately trying to die. To be fair, he's already dead, but he just can't quite go all the way. The narration is good. Characters do not muddle together, and the story lends itself perfectly to an audio book.

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Not new, but not run of the mill

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

Reviewed: 05-07-19

This one failed to grab me. It started out really slow. I mean really, really slow. While it does add to the suspense, there were several parts in the story that I was just hoping the author would get to the point. What started out as a ghost/haunted house story ended up more in the Lovecraftian vein, which tends to become trite. The narration was good, no real complaints there. I think this story would be better off read than listened to. That way, you put your own visuals to it, which could make it scarier. I received this review copy via Audiobook Boom, and have voluntarily left a review.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Perfect for Comedy fans!

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

Reviewed: 05-07-19

I have never laughed so hard in my life. This book was what would happen if Monty Python or the cast of SNL went to space. It's got the jokes in all the right places, and a bunch of pop culture nods (mainly Star Trek and Star Wars). The reading by Phil Thron just added to the hilarity. His voices for the characters were spot on. I definitely plan to manipulate the Chaotic Equilibrium to solve the problem in the floors and buy the next book in this series,

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Interesting

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

Reviewed: 04-10-19

This one took a bit to get into. Once it got rolling, the pieces started dropping together very nicely. Both story and narrator give a believable glimpse into the teenage years of a bit in Massachusetts. The fact that people die every year is just kind of accepted. While everyone fears for their lives, they realize life must go on. Once one teenage boy starts figuring out the what and the who, he uncovers secrets no teenager ever should. Jon Oak did a great job as the reader for this one. His style is a touch slow paced for me, but in no way detracted from the story. I wouldn't mind seeing a continuation of the story. That ending kind of left me with even more questions. I received a copy of this book at my request in exchange for an unbiased review.

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Nice story, poor execution

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

Reviewed: 04-02-19

This could have been good. The story is creepy, and almost believeable. It has the scares in all the right places. However, the production quality falters. There are Audible pages turns, and at times it seems the narrator has lost his place. The pauses are sometimes long and awkward. If the editing was fixed up this could be a rather good short. I was given a review copy of this at my request and have left an unbiased review.

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Spaceballs: The Book!

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

Reviewed: 03-31-19

This one is just fall down funny. With subtle nods to other sci go classics, and a sense of humor straight from Mel Brooks, this title does not disappoint. Kate Rudd does an absolutely amazing job with this one, deftly switching between characters with ease. Rex Nihilo is a con man, or at least thinks he is. He's really not that good at it. The sole voice of reason here is Sasha, the ever suffering robot assistant who can't have an original thought. The ending comes completely out of left field with a jaw dropping twist you won't see coming. Get this. You'll thank me later.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful