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  • Vision in Silver

  • A Novel of the Others
  • By: Anne Bishop
  • Narrated by: Alexandra Harris
  • Length: 16 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,530
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,305
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,300

The New York Times best-selling author of The Black Jewels Trilogy transports readers to a world of magic and political unrest - where the only chance at peace requires a deadly price.... The Others freed the cassandra sangue to protect the blood prophets from exploitation, not realizing their actions would have dire consequences. Now the fragile seers are in greater danger than ever before - both from their own weaknesses and from those who seek to control their divinations for wicked purposes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More Please!!!

  • By Sharon on 03-04-15

As strong as the first 2 books were

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

Reviewed: 11-11-18

Some reviews suggest this book might be a bit more 'tired' than the first two... I don't agree. Sure, the romantic component might be getting a bit long in the teeth, but it is better to keep it as is than ruin it with consummation prior to the end of the series. Sure, there is a political/green subtext throughout the series. But if that didn't bother you in books one and two, it won't bother you here either.

There is a sense of injustice in this story (all 3 books to this point are the same story, just spread over different books), a description of how the traditionally powerful (in our real world) feel entitled to power, even if the world they inhabit (this fictional world) has literally the opposite power roles... I can see how this would be disturbing. Who wants to be called on their crap behaviour in terms of their impact on the environment, animals, indigenous peoples, women, people who are alternatively abled... etc.

If you like this series, go get Bishop's Black Jewels series... it is actually a bit stronger than this one (and a bit more adult). #UrbanFantasy #FemaleProtagonist #Tagsgiving #Sweepstakes

  • Taltos

  • Vlad Taltos, Book 4
  • By: Steven Brust
  • Narrated by: Bernard Setaro Clark
  • Length: 6 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 422
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 379
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 378

Lord Vlad Taltos returns in the prequel to Jhereg, Yendi and Teckla. In this fantastic adventure, listeners learn what really happened when Vlad found himself walking the Paths of the Dead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Vlad's begining in the Organization

  • By Ron on 08-22-12

Yay! WAY better than book 3 was...

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

Reviewed: 10-26-18

WHEW! After the disappointment in book three, I was hesitant to read this one, but since I had already bought it, and was looking for something different to read, I picked it up. Turns out I didn't need to worry. It is somewhere between very good like book one and pretty good like book 2. It is nothing like the waste of time book 3 was.

No big surprises... the main character has a 'problem' to solve, he teams up with another character and they go solve it. Little bit of fighting, little bit of suspense, little bit of world development, quite a bit of character development...

All in all? Well, I will read the next book in the series.

  • We Are Legion (We Are Bob)

  • Bobiverse, Book 1
  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63,575
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 59,657
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59,540

Bob Johansson has just sold his software company and is looking forward to a life of leisure. There are places to go, books to read, and movies to watch. So it's a little unfair when he gets himself killed crossing the street. Bob wakes up a century later to find that corpsicles have been declared to be without rights, and he is now the property of the state. He has been uploaded into computer hardware and is slated to be the controlling AI in an interstellar probe looking for habitable planets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ignore the Publisher's Summary! This is Amazing!

  • By PW on 04-12-17

Liked it and didn't like it - at the same time...

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

Reviewed: 10-26-18

Hmmm... I liked this, and didn't like it at the same time.

It is a very cool concept/premise, but after the first 1/3 of the story not very much happens. Or... stuff happens, but it is all kinda 'third-person' and short story style. We don't get emotionally invested in the outcomes. The first 1/3 though is quite interesting.

I think it is the fact that it felt like a series of short stories was what I didn't like. Bob replicates himself and each of his replicants goes off to its own adventure - each of which are mostly self-contained and individually wrapped up. So you are reading a series of vignettes about various Bobs instead of a linear story with a main character.

And the manner that the Bobs were made 'distinct' (i.e. so the reader could figure out which "short story Bob" they were reading about), was rather... juvenile, actually...

I do have the next book in the series, and will read it, but... I don't imagine I would read any beyond that, unless it goes back to being a novel, rather than a short story collection. #FirstContact #UnreliableNarrator #Quirky #Tagsgiving #Sweepstakes

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Furious

  • Faith McMann, Book 1
  • By: T. R. Ragan
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,511
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,246
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,238

Faith McMann comes home to a nightmare: her husband is killed and her son and daughter are taken. Although the intruders leave her for dead, she survives. Crippling grief and fear for her children make life unbearable. Until her anguish turns to anger...and she trades victimhood for vengeance.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • furious

  • By Diana Hart 33 on 04-25-16

I wonder what narrator I heard

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

Reviewed: 08-03-18

The reviews here have slammed the narration. I didn't actually mind it. She is not Scott Brick, of course, but... not everyone likes voice acting and dramatic enunciation either.

It was actually not too bad a story. It is not a 5* story - the pacing is a bit odd for that, and, realistically, there is no way she would have "succeeded" if it was not fiction. But it is fiction... so... some leeway granted. I also did not mind the ending - it is not a cliffhanger, and it left room for additional books in the series without making me feel unsatisfied with this story's wrap up.

I picked it up for a change of pace in my reading and it worked for that - overall, it was a decent story, decently written, and interesting enough that I will read more in the series.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Deep Blue Good-By

  • A Travis McGee Novel, Book 1
  • By: John D. MacDonald
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 6 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,623
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,226
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,232

He's a self-described beach bum who won his houseboat in a card game. He's also a knight errant who's wary of credit cards, retirement benefits, political parties, mortgages, and television. He only works when his cash runs out, and his rule is simple: he'll help you find whatever was taken from you, as long as he can keep half.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An Entertaining Start To A Classic Series

  • By Michael Cavacini on 06-15-12

It passes the Reacher test

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

Reviewed: 08-03-18

I liked it quite a bit more than I feared I would. It is very nicely paced, and is very Jack Reacher-like (which was my goal). It is only mildly dated (this is the area I feared I would not like - but my fears were not necessary).

Sure, some of the things referenced wouldn't apply now in the world of cell phones and the internet, but...there you go.

Women in this story are pretty much helpless victims, but I don't know that they have much more power in modern books in this same genre anyway. These books are about a man's man fixing problems - sure, we can complain if the problems usually stem from women being so helpless, but then we wouldn't have very many vigilante books to read...

The narration is good. It does not have graphic content. I will read more Travis McGee stories.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Hell Divers II: Ghosts

  • The Hell Divers Series, Book 2
  • By: Nicholas Sansbury Smith
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,970
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,513
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,481

Ten years ago, Hell Diver Xavier "X" Rodriguez fell to Earth. Those he left behind went on without him aboard the airship he once called home. Michael Everheart - the boy once known as Tin - has grown into a man and the commander of Hell Diver Raptor Team. While Michael dives to help keep the Hive in the air, Captain Leon Jordan rules with an iron fist at the helm of the ship. But unrest stirs under his strict leadership as a prophecy of hope sweeps the lower decks.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Can't wait for the next book!

  • By Todd (Toad) Vogel on 07-31-17

Yeah, somehow the author pulled it off

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

Reviewed: 08-03-18

I couldn't imagine how the story was continued after book one, but... it was... successfully too.

Do I believe the new captain would be so stupid? Probably... given the state of the world today: people clinging to power, regardless of the repercussions.

It was a struggle, however, to accept the fundamental premise that humankind could survive, genetically, with less than 500 individuals to reproduce, and/or that a "world" with so few survivors would risk the lives of anyone who could pass along their genes. But this struggle existed in book one too... the story here was believable, if you accept this underlying premise.

I will read the next in the series. Narration is very good. There is nothing very graphic.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Crystal Whisperer

  • Spotless Series, Book 3
  • By: Camilla Monk
  • Narrated by: Amy McFadden
  • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 331
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 312
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 309

Perpetually foiled romance heroine Island Chaptal and reformed cleaning expert March - or is it Mr. November? - are enjoying a pleasant break in South Africa, after brushing with death in the inhospitable and platypus-infested mountains of Liechtenstein. That is, until a commercial flight disintegrates over the Atlantic, killing hundreds, and Island's supervillain dad makes the news as the mastermind behind the attack. Old Lion Dries is now on the run, and he calls upon his last ally - and favorite disciple - March.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • NNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!! CLIFFHANGER!!!!!!

  • By Denise on 01-26-17

Story is a bit more tired than the earlier ones

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

Reviewed: 08-03-18

Slightly less engaging than the first and second books but, otherwise, still pretty decent. The angst is a bit well-worn by now, and it might be time for the characters to shake it up a bit since they are just moving in the same old patterns over and over.

The tension between the characters feels strained. The use of the character from her past as the "bad guy" in this story was quite a stretch. Seems like Monk was trying to make the story more mystery-suspense driven than character relationship driven... she almost succeeded.

I will still read the next in the series. The narration is good. There is nothing graphic.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Night Trade

  • Livia Lone, Book 2
  • By: Barry Eisler
  • Narrated by: Barry Eisler
  • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 736
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 674
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 673

For sex-crimes detective Livia Lone, a position with a government anti-trafficking task force is a chance to return to Thailand to ferret out Rithisak Sorm, the kingpin behind her own childhood ordeal. But after a planned takedown in a nightclub goes violently awry, Livia discovers that she's not the only one hunting Sorm. Former marine sniper Dox has a score to settle, too, and working together is the only way to take Sorm out.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dox and Livia - does it get any better than this?

  • By shelley on 01-24-18

Pretty much what you would expect...

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

Reviewed: 07-18-18

As good as any other Eisler book. It brings together Livia and Dox and both characters are pretty much exactly what you expect them to be. The story is not as... distressing... as the first Livia book, but justice is still served and the resolution is satisfactory and believable (well, as much as these black ops activities can be believable anyway).

The story does stand alone, but I don't think you would appreciate it nearly as much if you did not read the first book in the Livia Lone series. Also... having read about Dox in previous books (Rain series), makes him more relatable here as well.

All in all, I would buy this book again, and will continue to read pretty much anything Eisler publishes. His narration of his work is actually surprisingly good (and he gets better with each one he narrates). #Redemption #FemaleProtagonist #Tagsgiving #Sweepstakes

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Zero Sum

  • By: Barry Eisler
  • Narrated by: Barry Eisler
  • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 771
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 717
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 709

Returning to Tokyo in 1982 after a decade of mercenary work in the Philippines, a young John Rain learns that the killing business is now controlled by Victor, a half-Russian, half-Japanese sociopath who has ruthlessly eliminated all potential challengers. Victor gives Rain a choice: kill a government minister or die a grisly death. But the best route to the minister is through his gorgeous Italian wife, Maria.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Welcome back John Rain!

  • By shelley on 06-28-17

Have I mentioned I love Eisler?

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

Reviewed: 04-16-18

Okay, I actually search for and buy every book Eisler releases. I particularly like the John Rain series... every one of them. This was no exception. It is a prequel and shows us a John Rain near the start of his career/learning curve.

The drawback to a prequel is that we lose the suspense of knowing if Rain will 'survive'. But the advantage of it is learning more about him and his character/skills development. And, of course, Eisler has just the right mix of suspense and vigilantism so we do want to see it through to the end to make sure the bad guys got what they deserved.

There is no graphic violence or detailed sex. I think there might have been a handful of swear words, but... maybe not, it was pretty unobtrusive if so. The narration is very good. Eisler has taken to narrating his own books and each one of them is actually better narrated that the one before.

As usual, I will buy any new Rain book, or any book by Eisler, as soon as it is released. (oh, FYI, his Livia Lone is also very good)

2 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Strictly Analog

  • By: Richard Levesque
  • Narrated by: Steven Jay Cohen
  • Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 601
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 552
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 555

What's a private detective to do in a future where nothing is private? That's Ted Lomax's problem. In the new California, a corporation runs the government, electric cars have drive tones, and a new technology keeps everyone constantly connected to the Internet. Almost everyone.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Nice noir feel for a techno-mystery

  • By Kingsley on 03-14-15

Wow. Reviews are all over the place

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

Reviewed: 04-16-18

I paid for this book. I do not get paid to review. It was a very solid 4 to 4.5 star book. It has a hint of noir, a hint of detective work, and a hint of future fiction. I am not sure why so many familiar reviewers, who normally like similar books to me slammed this so hard.

It is not deep fiction. It is not traditional sci-fi. It is investigator/detective fiction with a sci-fi tech component that is treated like it is a perfectly normal component of the world the story is set in. Actually, if you like Patrick Lee's Travis Chase series - this is pretty much the same kind of mystery-sci-fi blend.

The narration is fine. The pacing is good. It is not graphic and there is no sex or swearing. I did check to see if there are other books in this series and if there were, I would have bought them. #Gritty #Dark #Noir #Tagsgiving #Sweepstakes

3 of 8 people found this review helpful