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  • The Way of Shadows

  • Night Angel Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Brent Weeks
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
  • Length: 21 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,716
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,466
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,482

For Durzo Blint, assassination is an art---and he is the city's most accomplished artist, his talents required from alleyway to courtly boudoir. For Azoth, survival is precarious, something you never take for granted. As a guild rat, he's grown up in the slums and learned to judge people quickly---and to take risks. Risks like apprenticing himself to Durzo Blint. But to be accepted, Azoth must turn his back on his old life and embrace a new identity and name.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Shockingly good.

  • By Jake on 08-25-09

absolutely love the night angel series.

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

Reviewed: 05-13-18

I read the books while on deployment and they instantly became my favorite fantasy fiction series. Now I have them on Audible and can devour them once again, even faster now.

  • Mycroft Holmes

  • By: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Anna Waterhouse
  • Narrated by: Damian Lynch
  • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,779
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,591
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,584

"When I say, therefore, that [my brother] has better powers of observation than I...I am speaking the exact and literal truth." (Sherlock Holmes). This story occurs when Mycroft, an athletic Cambridge graduate, assists the secretary of State. He becomes embroiled in a mystery in Trinidad based on actual history. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is a huge Holmesian, seven-foot-two tall, basketball's all-time leading scorer, and a US cultural ambassador. Anna Waterhouse is a professional screenwriter and script consultant.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Has All the Hallmarks of a First Book

  • By Paul on 06-06-16

Sherlock's long lost brother has arrived.

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

Reviewed: 01-09-18

I recently finished the original Sherlock adventures and was left wanting even more.
Mycroft Holmes was perfectly aligned to the spirit and adventure of the Sherlock stories and built upon the character and background which Sherlock mentioned but Sir Doyle hadn't really developed.
Mr. Jabar and Mrs. Waterhouse nailed this adventure perfectly. I have listened to it twice now and truly love the story, the tie-in to the original, and the character development. The performance was terrific in tone and tenor to what I would expect from the characters of this time and gave even more life to this adventure.

  • The Screwtape Letters

  • By: C.S. Lewis
  • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
  • Length: 3 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,968
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,720
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,741

A masterpiece of satire, this classic has entertained and enlightened readers the world over with its sly and ironic portrayal of human life and foibles from the vantage point of Screwtape, a highly placed assistant to "Our Father Below". At once wildly comic, deadly serious, and strikingly original, C.S. Lewis gives us the correspondence of the worldly-wise old Devil to his nephew, Wormwood, a novice demon in charge of securing the damnation of an ordinary young man.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One to Read Again and Again

  • By E. Pearson on 12-31-11

Still as relevant today as the day it was penned

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

Reviewed: 09-23-16

Amazing the insight into the human soul that Mr. Lewis had which is still applicable today. A Very enjoyable format to envision the correspondence of the dark ones attempting to ensnare God's children. loved it.

  • Norse Code

  • By: Greg Van Eekhout
  • Narrated by: Dave Thompson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 30

The NorseCODE genome project was designed to identify descendants of Odin. What it found was Kathy Castillo, a murdered MBA student brought back from the dead to serve as a Valkyrie in the Norse god's army. Given a sword and a new name, Mist's job is to recruit soldiers for the war between the gods at the end of the world - and to kill those who refuse to fight. But as the twilight of the gods descends, Mist makes other plans. Journeying across a chaotic American landscape already degenerating into violence and madness, Mist hopes to find her way to Helheim, the land of the dead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • About time this came to Audible.com! Great book.

  • By Lisa Chaddock on 01-27-13

Started off agonizingly slow but did pick up

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

Reviewed: 06-23-16

If I would have rated this book after the first hour or two it would have gotten a 1/2 star (if that is even possible). The book took the opening few chapters to finally find its pace and the narrator was absolutely dismal. He was so lethargic I started listening to this book when trying to fall asleep. Worked like a charm. Finally I turned up the speed of narration to about 1.20 just to keep from becoming a manic depressive myself.
But I must say after the arduous first few chapters and the droning on of Mr.Thompson, I have to say the story really picked up and became a rather entertaining novel. Even the narration became more lively after about the halfway point
If you can stick with it then it will redeem itself, to a point, by the end.

  • Second Son: A Jack Reacher Story

  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 1 hr and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,051
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 949
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 951

In this new short story from #1 New York Times best-selling author Lee Child, available exclusively as an eBook, a young Jack Reacher knows how to finish a fight so it stays finished. He knows how to get the job done so it stays done. And, in one of his earliest challenges, he knows that his analytical brain is just as important as his impressive brawn.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I have all 18 Jack Reacher books by Lee Child

  • By Henry on 12-26-13

Way too short

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

Reviewed: 06-05-16

I love the Reacher series. 2 hrs is just not enough. Every novel leaves little clues that at the end I just think either a. how did he put those together or B. how did I not think of that. nicely done

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  • Ash

  • Asher Benson Book 1
  • By: Jason Brant
  • Narrated by: Wayne June
  • Length: 6 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 153
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 141
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 140

Lieutenant Asher Benson left Iraq with a traumatic brain injury, PTSD, and a Purple Heart. His doctors warned that the symptoms would be life altering. They had no idea. As his body healed, the thoughts of those around him began to echo through Ash's mind, stretching the boundaries of his sanity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Asher

  • By VVEVVP on 07-26-15

Entertaining.

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

Reviewed: 06-04-16

This was a pretty good and entertaining book. I also really enjoyed the narration. His sound effects and voice modulation brought a new depth to the listening experience. Definitely a worthwhile endeavor.

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  • The Sports Gene

  • Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance
  • By: David Epstein
  • Narrated by: David Epstein
  • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,276
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,123
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,120

Are stars like Usain Bolt, Michael Phelps, and Serena Williams genetic freaks put on Earth to dominate their respective sports? Or are they simply normal people who overcame their biological limits through sheer force of will and obsessive training? In this controversial and engaging exploration of athletic success, Sports Illustrated senior writer David Epstein tackles the great nature vs. nurture debate and traces how far science has come in solving this great riddle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Epstein writes! He scores!

  • By Cynthia on 08-17-13

Very thoroughly researched and well written

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

Reviewed: 06-01-16

I loved listening to this break-down of athletes and their performances and what might be the reason they are so good. Is it personal drive, determination and work ethic or were they just born with ability. Actually the answer is yes...

  • Justice Calling

  • The Twenty-Sided Sorceress, Book 1
  • By: Annie Bellet
  • Narrated by: Folly Blaine
  • Length: 2 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 621
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 560
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 560

Gamer. Nerd. Sorceress. Jade Crow lives a quiet life running her comic book and game store in Wylde, Idaho. After twenty-five years fleeing from a powerful sorcerer who wants to eat her heart and take her powers, quiet suits her just fine. Surrounded by friends who are even less human than she is, Jade figures she's finally safe, as long as she doesn't use her magic. When dark powers threaten her friends' lives, a sexy shape-shifter enforcer shows up.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Short and enjoyable

  • By Kindle Customer on 04-20-15

Entertaining

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

Reviewed: 05-09-16

I can't in good conscience give any book which intentionally uses the terms awesome sauce and cool beans higher than three stars. However, overall this was an entertaining work of fantasy. I might purchase the sequel if it is discounted as well.

  • Frey

  • The Frey Saga, Book 1
  • By: Melissa Wright
  • Narrated by: Heidi Baker
  • Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 174
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 155
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 155

Unaware she's been bound from using magic, Frey leads a small, miserable life in the village where she's sent after the death of her mother. But a tiny spark starts a fury of changes and she finds hersef running from everything she's ever known. Hunted by council for practicing dark magic, she is certain she's been wrongfully accused. She flees, and is forced to rely on strangers for protection. But the farther she strays from home, the more her magic and forgotten memories return and she begins to suspect all is not as it seems.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • not my style

  • By Brian Pettinger on 04-25-16

not my style

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

Reviewed: 04-25-16

Not too impressed with the writing style in general. The overall tenor of the book was sophomoric. The lead character was rather weak and lacked depth and the final conflict was unbelievably flaccid. Probably meant more for the teenage audience.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful