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  • Harry Bosch Box Set

  • 'The Narrows', 'Echo Park', and 'The Overlook'
  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Len Cariou
  • Length: 27 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,802
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,098
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,064

Here are three award-winning Harry Bosch thrillers, all voiced by standout Broadway veteran Len Cariou: The Narrows, Echo Park, and The Overlook.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • nice collection -- one missing in the order though

  • By Jami on 12-21-10

Faulty Order and Audio

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

Reviewed: 01-22-19

The books are great, as is the narration, however, just a few disclaimers on the current audible download, and the overall contents.

1. The books are out of sequence. I think it might have been done this way to sort of match the first season of the Amazon series. So "The Narrows" is as chapter stop 41. "The Echo" is the first book in the set. And reading them in order is important. In The Narrows, Harry was still retired, as he was in the prior book, "Lost Light".
2. The sequence of books is missing one, "The Closers", so you will have to get that separately

So to listen properly, if you are following from "Lost Light":
- Start at Chapter 41 and listen to "The Narrows"
- Then listen to the separate audiobook of "The Closers"
- Then go back to chapter 1 and listen to "The Echo"
- Then go to chapter 86 and listen to "The Overlook"

3. There are a lot of audio glitches in the audio file with skips, pops, stammering. It sounds like CD read type errors if you have any experience converting damaged CD audiobooks to a digital file or are ripping in burst mode. I have had a few audible titles with this problem, like Stephen King's Duma Key, and ended up buying the audio CD version to get decent audio. But the audio is so bad in places.

All that said, it is still a great box set and well worth the purchase.

  • The New Iberia Blues

  • Dave Robicheaux Series, Book 22
  • By: James Lee Burke
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 891
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 844
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 843

Detective Dave Robicheaux’s world isn’t filled with too many happy stories, but Desmond Cormier’s rags-to-riches tale is certainly one of them. Robicheaux first met Cormier on the streets of New Orleans, when the young, undersized boy had foolish dreams of becoming a Hollywood director. Twenty-five years later, when Robicheaux knocks on Cormier’s door, it's to ask about a young woman he found who’s been crucified. She disappeared near Cormier’s Cyrpemort Point estate, and Robicheaux, along with young Deputy Sean McClain, are looking for answers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ROBICHEAUX IS BACK ON FULL FLEEK!

  • By The Louligan on 01-22-19

Great but I really wish he'd stop it with...

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

Reviewed: 01-09-19

Great, but I really wish he'd stop it with the same tired plot construct of Alafair getting involved with someone super shady shores Dave then warns her about and she gets angry and then Dave surprise surprise turns out to be right. it must be like the last 6 novels did this

9 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • Musashi

  • By: Eiji Yoshikawa, Charles S. Terry - translator
  • Narrated by: Brian Nishii
  • Length: 53 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 398
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 373
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 374

The classic samurai novel about the real exploits of the most famous swordsman. Miyamoto Musashi becomes a reluctant hero to a host of people whose lives he has touched and by whom he has been touched. Inevitably, he has to pit his skill against the naked blade of his greatest rival.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great book with a great narrator

  • By Gerardo Ruiz Jr on 09-15-18

My memory of it from the 80s was better...

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

Reviewed: 10-04-18

I read this book as a youth, and really loved it, so when I saw it turn up in Audio format at Audible, I jumped at it and got it as soon as it came out.

However, my adult mind didn't quite like the story anymore. The ongoing feuds in the book, with either some crazy woman and to a lesser extent his ex best friend) and one or more sword schools were just told as a one sided tale, like the account was purely taken from an extremely exaggerated first person account. I may be wrong, and historically this might all be correct, and somehow an old poor (financially) woman was able to just leave home and live on the road pursuing her bizarre agenda for years and years and years and years... And on Musashi's side, how was just overly and ridiculously kind and magnanimous. It just felt like the story of a braggart. From his humble bragging when he came to the realization he was just too strong, and couldn't control his sheer strength and was always unintentionally killing people, even with wood. It was just no end of 50+ hours of this. It was ridiculous, and I barely finished it. I mean if certain arrogant political figures ghost wrote an autobiography, from their recollections only, this is what it'd be like. The only other explanation I can come for all of the ridiculous decade long one sided feuds was that his real life wasn't that exciting, and when padding the story out to a long book, the author was trying to make it more "interesting", weave some annoying long story lines. I mean if I wanted to make an interesting auto bio, I'd have to do similar to make it worthwhile...

Narration wise, a producer should really check a bit better. For one example, there is a difference between "wan" (as in "smile wanly") and wane (as in "as the moon wanes"). "Wan" appeared about 30 times in the book, and was always pronounced wane.

7 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • Insurgent

  • Ice Hammer, Volume 2
  • By: Basil Sands
  • Narrated by: Basil Sands
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 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

Following the invasion of the previous year, Brad Stone has become the figurehead of Alaska’s resistance movement. He’s now head of the largest militia in the former state, including the Chiknik Rangers, making him enemy number one to the Chinese leadership based in Anchorage. At the same time his sons, Ben and Ian, find themselves waging a bloody guerrilla operation against Russian troops in the east. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting Read

  • By cosmitron on 09-12-18

The 'Empire Strikes Back' of the Trilogy

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

Reviewed: 09-18-18

Insurgent is the second book in the Ice Hammer trilogy, and is written and narrated by an author and narrator I've enjoyed for some time. I was lucky enough to get this book as a free copy for an unbiased review.
The book starts with the main protagonist, Brad Stone, still estranged from his sons, and he presumes them dead, as with his first wife, and shortly in he marries Sammy Park, who is pregnant.
Ben and Ian, his sons are still unknown to their father, and operating as increasingly bloodthirsty young freedom fighters, seeming having humanity slipping away.

There is some good humor in the book. The whole Johhny Quest analogy was great. As was the direct references and taking a lesson from Red Dawn.

There was also I found a really well written tense scene involving a paper shredder, that had me pretty on edge.

The invaders, although still in charge, seem to be struggling under supply issues and constant interference from the freedom fighters, and the situation doesn't really seem to get any better for them.

The narration was good, but I did find some of the eastern accents a bit too heavily done.

The book was a bit of an "Empire Strikes Back" of a trilogy, with honestly a pretty bleak end, with a discovery of someone still alive (and I get the feeling that she is now on the precipice of bitterness and making a turn to the dark). No happy reunions, no real successes, and it leaves me wondering with interest how it can be wrapped up in a final book. There is no was it can work out with a happy result for all of the good guys.

I'm interested in reading how this can finish up in the next book - and who if anyone will get a happy end.

  • Ghost Country

  • Catalyst, Book 3
  • By: JK Franks
  • Narrated by: Steven Varnum
  • Length: 14 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 108
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 103
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 102

Two years ago, a super solar storm triggered a CME pulse that crippled the country and destroyed the electrical grid. What remains of the country’s leaders are hiding a secret: something that threatens not just the US but the entire world. The Gulf Coast town of Harris Springs, Mississippi has suffered from gang attacks, famine, hurricanes, and has battled a crusading army of religious zealots. Now, they face their greatest challenge: outsmarting a tyrannical president and escaping an approaching pandemic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An awesome end to an awesome series !

  • By D.P. on 09-22-18

What a Great Series!

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

Reviewed: 09-13-18

The Catalyst series is favorite series of mine. It started as a very believable softer apocalypse scenario, no zombie virus, no EMP, just a plausible and 100% expected natural disaster - a coronal mass ejection. And one other thing that I appreciate is that the book primarily deals with good people. It is the type of apocalypse I'd hope would be how people would behave. Sure the series does have more than a fare share of bad groups, but they feel the minority here. I also relate a lot with Scott, from the preference for cycling for transport as well as his computer background. I'd hope I'd behave half as well as he does throughout the book.

Scott, finally reunited with his brother and a lost love in the last novel, is now reunited with his old work friend, and things are looking up. Although there are now beloved characters I miss, there are new good people in play.

This novel is concerned with both the plague, and a new threat, the NSF, an organization working for the illegitimate president. It runs at a frenetic pace from one event to the next, and no room for anyone to catch their breath.

The ending I got to say was totally unexpected, but it finished the book nicely. I'm looking forward to the next one. At this stage, we have now transitioned from the natural apocalypse to a full on human engineered rage virus apocalypse.

On a technical note, my best laid plans of a listening marathon of the complete series was unfortunately interrupted for about a week during this book due to a technical error - two chapters in the book were blank, so I had to wait for the file to be fixed. So any other reviews mentioning this being a problem, rest assured that the problem is definitely fixed now.

Narration is as always very easy to follow and enjoyable. I've many books by other authors with the same narrator.

I'd highly recommend this author and in particular this series (and the spin off) to everyone.

  • Berkley Street Series Books 1 - 9

  • Haunted House and Ghost Stories Collection
  • By: Ron Ripley
  • Narrated by: Thom Bowers
  • Length: 66 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 296
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 272
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 272

Shane Ryan is returning to his hometown of Nashua and the childhood memories that have haunted him throughout his adult life. The sinister demon lurking behind his family home threatens to spill over and destroy all he holds near and dear...spurring Shane on a journey that will challenge everything he knows about himself and the world. This audiobook set contains all nine of the thrilling supernatural novels in this best-selling series.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing series for just one credit!!

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 09-03-18

An Epic Listen

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

Reviewed: 09-13-18

The Berkley St omnibus is a sprawling series covering the life of Shane Ryan, an ex Marine with a lifetime of supernatural experiences.
The first novel starts with him as child in 80s, and splits time between two other periods, when he was a teen in the military, and to current time. In the 80, his parents move to a haunted house, and he copes rather well. At a teen, in military, parents disappeared without a trace in the house, and from then he is deployed, and then living elsewhere. In the current timeline portion he finally inherits the house and promptly moves in.
The books vary in location, with some recurring characters and ghosts, so it is never retreading the same material. The second books sees him marooned on a haunted island, the third in a small town, starting in hope and ending in personal tragedy, the 4th a haunted hospital with human collaborators, the 5th a haunted prison, then a lake resort, a sawmill, a keep, and then the finale mostly in the home ground, and a graveyard in Amherst.
As the books progress, the group of supporting characters increases, plus discovery of an organization protecting the dead. Shane's arc gets a darker and although more people around him, his mortality, increasing body count, and "work" seems to weigh on him more and more, and turn him more callous, both towards the living and the dead. You start getting the feeling mid way through the series that things will come to a very unhappy head, and that the 9th book may be the last. I'm not going to give it away, but I felt the end was a fitting conclusion.
Good mythology, easy listening, and with the size of the book and collection of full novels, it is like binge watching a season of Supernatural or Grimm. It has a good amount of carnage, but not gratuitous, and doesn't fall into the erotic area some books do.
On a technical note, Audible has unfortunately forced this book into multiple parts. From a playback perspective, on the mobile app, it is very annoying, as you have to keep selecting manually the next part - even though I have my player set to "seamless multipart play" as well as "single part downloads".
Each of the novels ends with bonus scenes, which are in themselves quite good. They cover the back story of one of the ghosts from the book from the victim's perspective. It is a nice touch - and I feel it fits better like that as an audiobook, rather than squeezing it into the main story so you are constantly juggling which character's perspective you are listening from.
I was fortunate to have received this free copy for an unbiased review, and it was a long, satisfying, enjoyable listen. Both the narrator and author are new to my listening, and I am glad I took the chance on new, and would highly recommend the purchase to fans of supernatural horror.

  • Zombie Airman

  • By: David Guenther
  • Narrated by: Randolf Rebrick
  • Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10

The night of the plague follows sunset on April Fool’s Day around the world. By sunrise, less than fifteen percent of the world’s population is uninfected. The airborne disease is invulnerable to any air filter or disease barrier. The fifteen percent uninfected are still vulnerable to the disease when spread via bodily fluids as the infected seek to spread their disease. These are the stories of those just trying to survive.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting twist to the zombie genre!

  • By RJ on 09-15-18

Zombie "Airpersons"

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

Reviewed: 09-10-18

Zombie Airman is a more lighthearted zombie apocalypse, as opposed to the more common downer zombie series, where everything is tragic and people end up being the larger issue... It is more like a favorite TV series of mine, Z Nation, than The Walking Dead...

The book is dealing with a large cast of people, primarily Air Force personnel, hence review title of "Airpersons" , men and women, from an airbase. The three main characters are Air Force personnel: General Peters, Gloria, a Lieutenant, and Caleb, an Airman.

The book has some interesting fresh ideas as well. Also like Z Nation, the concept of humans who get infected but don't turn is used. The story was complete, but open ended.

There is a bit too many acronyms in use, and although they are explained on first use, it is a bit much for someone not familiar with them to follow. In a few spaces there was I think there was as many as three in the one sentence.

The narration was easy to listen too and suited the tone of the material.

An enjoyable easy read.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Distance

  • By: Jeremy Robinson, Hilaree Robinson
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer, Heather Costa
  • Length: 13 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 586
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 547
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 546

The human race has turned to dust. August Morrison faces it after rising from the depths of a dark matter research facility in Arizona. His co-workers. His daughter. All of them: dust. Friends and colleagues around the world don’t answer their phones. The city of Phoenix burns. He is alone. As a world without mankind starts to crumble, August fights not just for survival, but for his very sanity. On the other side of the country, Poe McDowell watches her parents crumble into dust just moments after being shoved inside a coffin-like device that spares her from the same fate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • He's done it again!

  • By Sandra on 09-02-18

An Odd Apocalypse

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

Reviewed: 09-06-18

The Distance is a pretty interesting and unique tale of an alien "invasion", for want of a better term. Quite unlike and idea in that genre I've read or seen or heard before. The story was well contained, a "one and done", with all questions answered, and a satisfying story arc. As a reader, I was wondering what was going on, as were the characters, and as the story progressed you are able to get a better idea and make some guesses yourself, and in this case I was overall correct, but was a bit more complicated than I was thinking.

I'm a big fan of Jeremy Robinson's books, and of Jeffrey Kafer's narration, and have purchased many audiobooks featuring either of these. Hillaree Robinson and Heather Costa I'm not as familiar with however. I was pretty pleased to receive a free review copy of this new novel, both to hear two known artists I'm a fan of, as well as trying out two more.

The style of the novel as well as the dual narrators assisted the story very well, and unlike a lot of novels where the book is continually flipping from one main character to another, it was pretty easy to follow - assisted even further with the dual narrators. Even with a single narrator I don't think I'd have had any issues following the story.

A solid enjoyable read.

14 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • Feral

  • A Novel of Werewolf Horror
  • By: Matt Serafini
  • Narrated by: Matt Godfrey
  • Length: 12 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 54

Jack and Allen need a break. They’ve decided to spend the summer before their senior year of college out in Western Massachusetts. But their quest for rest and relaxation comes to an end when they arrive in Greifsfield, MA. Their friendship is tested by a mysterious beauty and her razor-sharp smile, then broken when they’re caught up in a rash of mysterious disappearances. How will these two friends cope with the truth behind a town that craves raw meat? And how will they survive beneath the glow of the full moon?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Read for Fans of Werewolves

  • By Anonymous User on 08-17-18

Infestation

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

Reviewed: 08-21-18

Feral is a novel of a small town werewolf infestation, and it starts with a bang, with the introduction of the main character, Amanda, hunting werewolves, and then takes a quick change of pace to the suburban life of some young people in the dating world, which rapidly declines with the fates of many of the newly introduced characters. The situation rapidly dissolves when it becomes apparent that the issue is town wide, and Amanda and Jack try to sort out the mess. Jack's friend Allen is turned, and is with Elizabeth, an older werewolf, who is not part of the town plot.

Just a couple of notes. The book was too full of erotica for my personal taste, and if I was aware of this, I'd not have gotten it. The category of the book didn't indicate this, nor does the book description. This book should be flagged as such. Also, I did get this book free as a review copy. That said, I am horror fan, and I don't really come across many werewolf novels, so I took the opportunity to listen to it, and given it was billed as just horror, and the description indicated the theme of the movies I love, 30 Days of Night and The Howling, so I jumped at the opportunity.

The narrator reminded me of Curtis Armstrong. Very easy to listen to. I don't have any other books narrated by him, but would definitely listen to more.

Aside from the over prevalent erotica, the story was engaging, and a good listen. If you like horror with a healthy does of that, then this book would be highly recommend. If you want your horror more just horror, like me, I'd say only if you (like me) bemoan the lack of werewolf novels.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Pilgrimage

  • A Post-Apocalyptic Survival Story
  • By: Tom Abrahams
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 289
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 275
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 276

Pilgrimage is a stand-alone post-apocalyptic story of survival. It was previously published as three separate novellas: Crossing, Refuge, and Advent. High School teacher James Rockwell is vacationing in Maine with his family, when an earth-changing explosion sends them on a race for their lives. Their first step is escaping an island in the midst of a tsunami, and it only gets more dangerous from there. Can they find their way home as civilization crumbles around them? And if they do, what horrors will they find?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A solid post apocalypse story

  • By TU on 09-13-18

A Family Trip to Remember...

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

Reviewed: 08-21-18

The brief synopsis of the story was in my wheelhouse, and I've other novels by Tom Abrahams, and many narrated by Kevin Pierce, so when I was given the opportunity to get a free review copy, I was glad for the opportunity. It was a bonus when I started listening to it, and discovered that it was a story set in the Steve Konkoly Perseid Collapse universe, which I've owned for some time.

The book is made of three separate arcs, with each part starting with an exciting scene late in the part, then rewinding back to how it all began. An interesting technique, and I guess it works well enough when the section is say 3 hours, as opposed to 12 (in which case, the pay off is too far away).

At the end, he book also contains an authors not on plus a brief excerpt from one of his other series, the Alt Apocalypse. Color me intrigued, and I am now looking into these books also.

Kevin Pierce as always does a fantastic job, and is a pleasure to listen to.

Recommended!

4 of 5 people found this review helpful