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  • Kill the Farm Boy

  • The Tales of Pell Series, Book 1
  • By: Kevin Hearne, Delilah S. Dawson
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 12 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 995
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 953
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 951

A plucky farm boy will find more than he's bargained for on his quest to awaken the sleeping princess in her cursed tower. First there's the Dark Lord, who wishes for the boy's untimely death...and also very fine cheese. Then there's a bard without a song in her heart but with a very adorable and fuzzy tail, an assassin who fears not the night but is terrified of chickens, and a mighty fighter more frightened of her sword than of her chain-mail bikini. This journey will lead to sinister umlauts, a trash-talking goat, and the Dread Necromancer Steve....

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • A forgettable story with none of the iron Druid charm

  • By Adam on 07-23-18

Not Hearne's best, but still worth the listen.

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

The performance by Luke Daniels makes this book well worth the listen. He is able to make the characters come alive in your car. The story was just ok, however I think that is what the authors were going for. It pokes fun at many of the traditional fantasy archetypes. I found myself laughing a lot at the jokes only true fantasy fans would understand. I don't think I will listen to this multiple times, like The Iron Druid, but I still enjoyed it for what it was. Don't go into it expecting one of Hearne's other books and you won't be disappointed.

  • A Murder of Manatees

  • The Further Adventures of Tom Stranger, Interdimensional Insurance Agent
  • By: Larry Correia
  • Narrated by: Adam Baldwin
  • Length: 2 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,160
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,107
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,105

When half your galaxy is unexpectedly sucked into a black hole - when a hitherto-unknown species of space aliens lays waste to your home planet - when disaster rears its ugly head (or heads) - who can you call for faster-than-light appraisals and best-in-the-multiverse customer service? Just one man - Tom Stranger, Interdimensional Insurance Agent. In this latest chapter of his interstellar exploits, Tom is about to deliver a crushing performance evaluation to Jimmy the Intern when the unimaginable happens: The beloved Wendell the Manatee has been kidnapped!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Larry and Adam are a fantastic combination.

  • By john j bonar on 01-25-18

A Multi Galaxy Size Good Time!

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

Reviewed: 01-24-18

Would you consider the audio edition of A Murder of Manatees to be better than the print version?

Absolutely, I don't think there is a print version. Even if there was Adam's performance adds so much to the fun it wouldn't be the same reading it.

What did you like best about this story?

I love the way Larry can have a good time while pocking fun at himself. His writing makes me laugh out loud as I'm driving even when I don't agree with his underlying political viewpoint. Although, in fairness to those of you reading this, I agree with him about 75% of the time.

Have you listened to any of Adam Baldwin’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Every bit as good. His reading always makes the characters come alive.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes. It is short, fast paced and addictive. I was glad it was short enough to listen to in one sitting. But, as in the first book, it left me wanting more. It's one of the few short books I feel was worth a full credit.

Any additional comments?

Robots, Dinosaurs, Spaceships, Bar Fights, Kung Fu, And Insurance....Who could ask for anything more?

As Tom covered in the opening interview there is some language here. I would not listen to it with my grade school kids. However, it was not over the top. The few curse words used added rather than detracted from the story.

The story is great fun, but if you are easily offended when someone disagrees with your political beliefs you should probably avoid this book. If you can handle disagreement the humor here may help you empathize with those you disagree with. Every now and then it's good to see how silly we can sound arguing with one another.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Saint Odd

  • Odd Thomas, Book 7
  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: David Aaron Baker
  • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,899
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,437
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,433

Odd Thomas is back where it all started…because the time has come to finish it. Since he left his simple life in the small town of Pico Mundo, California, his journey has taken him to places strange and wonderful, mysterious and terrifying. Across the land, in the company of mortals and spirits alike, he has known kindness and cruelty, felt love and loss, saved lives and taken them - as he's borne witness to humanity's greatest good and darkest evil.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I smiled as I again recognized his mannerisms

  • By Derek B. on 05-16-15

It ended in a high note!

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

Reviewed: 01-30-15

Not every book in this series was great, but those who were disappointed in some of the latter books should be happy with this one. It not only was a good book in its own right, but it also wrapped everything up nicely.
I loved that they kept the same wonderful narrator for the entire series.

6 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Quest for the Diamond Sword

  • A Minecraft Gamer's Adventure
  • By: Winter Morgan
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 2 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 186
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 144
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 147

Steve likes to spend his mornings in the NCP village and trade his wheat for emeralds, armor, books, swords, and food. One morning, he finds that Zombies have attacked the villagers. The Zombies have also turned the village blacksmith into a Zombie, leaving Steve without a place to get swords. To protect himself and the few villagers that remain, Steve goes on a quest to mine for 40 diamonds, which are the most powerful mineral in the Overworld.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • My children loved it!

  • By Ryan on 01-04-15

My children loved it!

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

Reviewed: 01-04-15

What did you like best about Quest for the Diamond Sword? What did you like least?

This book was obviously written for children who love Minecraft. I have two boys who have now listened to it 5 times in the first two weeks we have owned it. However, the story is below average. I would have never finished it if my family wasn't on a road trip listening to books together. Parents are not going to love this book, but they won't hate it ether. It is a good book to listen to as a family.

Would you ever listen to anything by Winter Morgan again?

We have already purchased the second book in the series.

What about Luke Daniels’s performance did you like?

I love listening to Luke. When picking a Minecraft book for my kids I chose this one specifically because he was the reader. Like all of his work each character has a distinct voice. His performance provided life into an otherwise average book.

Do you think Quest for the Diamond Sword needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Need one? No. But there is one. My kids have listened to it twice in the past 36 hours we have owned it.

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Guns

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Christian Rummel
  • Length: 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,402
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,251
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,236

In a pulls-no-punches essay intended to provoke rational discussion, Stephen King sets down his thoughts about gun violence in America. Anger and grief in the wake of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School are palpable in this urgent piece of writing, but no less remarkable are King's keen thoughtfulness and composure as he explores the contours of the gun-control issue and constructs his argument for what can and should be done.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good for you, Stephen King

  • By Salt Lake Joan on 05-15-13

This makes a great deal of sense.

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

Reviewed: 02-14-13

Any additional comments?

Stephen King is a self proclaimed liberal. If you have read my other reviews you would correctly surmise that I am a conservative. This essay is truly middle of the road. King has taken this very controversial and serious topic and accomplished two things. First, he tastefully recaps the horrors that America has gone through in the past few years that relate to the topic. Second, he offers some well thought out ideas about what can be done. The crazy thing is, (and this is coming from a conservative) they make sense. Really good sense. Even if you listen to this and disagree with what King has to say you will walk away with a better understanding of what the other political side is thinking. The book is basically free and well worth a listen.
Two side notes:
1) Even though the topic is serious the book is tastefully entertaining.
2) Don't listen to this with your kids there is some language.

15 of 36 people found this review helpful

  • A Memory of Light

  • Wheel of Time, Book 14
  • By: Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
  • Length: 41 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 18,506
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16,882
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 16,895

Since 1990, when Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time® burst on the world with its first book, The Eye of the World, listeners have been anticipating the final scenes of this extraordinary saga, which has sold over 40 million copies in over 32 languages. When Robert Jordan died in 2007, all feared that these concluding scenes would never be written. But working from notes and partials left by Jordan, established fantasy writer Brandon Sanderson stepped in to complete the masterwork.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Finally we have closure!

  • By Cliff on 08-29-13

A magnificent ending to one of fantasy's best.

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

Reviewed: 02-08-13

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

Yes, as long as they have read the rest of the series. The Wheel of Time has been the most satisfying work of fiction I have ever read. Over the years it seems like the characters have become real people who I grew up with but only get to talk to about once a year. The entire world that Jordan created has so much detail and history that it seems more real than the exotic places I had not visited that actually do exist. Anyone who is willing to give this series the time it takes will be well rewarded in the end. If you have not read the rest of the series you should not read this book. Not that you would not enjoy it but, you would not get nearly the pleasure out of it that you would if you took the time to really get to know the characters.

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Memory of Light?

When it was revealed that Matt was a darkfriend. Just kidding.

What does Michael Kramer and Kate Reading bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The readers did a great job giving all the characters distinct voices and accents. I love that they kept the same readers for the entire series. I also like having a man and woman read the characters of the same sex.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The ending of the book (about 4 hours) was amazing.

Any additional comments?

The first 13 books of the series felt like a very satisfying marathon. Sometimes it felt like it was taking a long time but it was always good. This last book felt like a 42 hour sprint to the finish. There is so much packed into this last book. I'm sad to see it end.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Unholy Night

  • By: Seth Grahame-Smith
  • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
  • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 594
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 545
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 546

They're an iconic part of history's most celebrated birth. But what do we really know about the Three Kings of the Nativity, besides the fact that they followed a star to Bethlehem bearing strange gifts? The Bible has little to say about this enigmatic trio. But leave it to Seth Grahame-Smith, the brilliant and twisted mind behind Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies to take a little mystery, bend a little history, and weave an epic tale.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Surprisingly wonderful story

  • By Dianne on 07-02-12

A nice twist to the greatest story ever told.

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

Reviewed: 11-21-12

What did you like best about this story?

I don't know how much of the historical background of the Roman Empire and the Roman characters Grahame-Smith took from actual facts, but I felt that this book really helped me get a perspective on how evil and corrupt the government of the time period was. If half of what he wrote about Herod is true he is one of the most evil men to ever live. As a Christian and a fan of Grahame-Smith I was excited to read this story. I was worried that it would either be a poor read or offensive to my beliefs. I am happy to say I was wrong on both counts. The book is not my favorite of the author's, but I did really enjoy it. As a follower of Christ I am happy to say that nothing that Smith wrote contradicted the character or divinity of Jesus. I don't know if Smith is a Christian or not, but he took a potentially explosive topic and handled it very well. The book gave me more of an appreciation of the hardships Joseph and Marry went through in this time period. For those who choose to read this book based on my recommendation I feel that I should give you two warnings. First, some nonessentials to the story have been changed (some of the facts about the life of Jesus are wrong.) However, these errors did not offend me or take away from the fact that He was the Son of God who came to save the world. Second, there is some bad language and a lot of graphic violence.

Any additional comments?

Yes, this book has Zombies!

19 of 21 people found this review helpful

  • Harbor Nocturne

  • By: Joseph Wambaugh
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 194
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 167
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 170

When Dinko Babich, a young longshoreman, delivers Lita Medina, a young Mexican dancer, from San Pedro Harbor to a Hollywood nightclub, their lives are forever changed. An unexpectedly tender and moving love story develops among the cops and criminals who occupy the harbor, and soon Dinko and Lita are caught up in terror and peril through no fault of their own.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • This is a Hollywood Station novel.

  • By Ryan on 09-14-12

This is a Hollywood Station novel.

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

Reviewed: 09-14-12

What did you love best about Harbor Nocturne?

After initially thinking this was not in the Hollywood Station series, I was thrilled to realize that it was a continuation of the stories of the men and women I grew to love in Wambaugh's earlier novels. It was particularly nice to see what had happened to the surfer cops after the accident in the last book. I love all of these characters and was grateful for another chance to visit their world.

Any additional comments?

I felt that this reader did a great job, but I hate it when they change readers mid series.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • The Story Audio Bible - New International Version, NIV: The Bible as One Continuing Story of God and His People

  • By: Zondervan Bibles (editor)
  • Narrated by: Michael Blain-Rozgay, Allison Moffett
  • Length: 16 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,140
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 999
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 992

God has gone to great lengths to rescue lost and hurting people. That is what The Story is all about - the story of the Bible, God's great love affair with humanity. Condensed into 31 accessible chapters, The Story sweeps you into the unfolding progression of Bible characters and events from Genesis to Revelation. Using the clear, accurate, and easy-to-understand text of the NIV, it allows the stories, poems, and teachings of the Bible to read like a novel.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An easy to understand Bible translation.

  • By Ryan on 05-22-12

An easy to understand Bible translation.

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

Reviewed: 05-22-12

Where does The Story, NIV: The Bible as One Continuing Story of God and His People rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This book was far more enjoyable than other audio versions of the Bible I have listened to.

What other book might you compare The Story, NIV: The Bible as One Continuing Story of God and His People to and why?

The Bible. The Story is basically an abridged version of the Bible. What they have done is combined stories that were told in multiple places in the Bible into one place. They have attempted to put the stories into chronological order by event. Some stories were completely omitted. However, in these instances the Zondervan people seemed to be careful not to change the meaning of the surrounding passages by these omissions.

Did Michael Blain-Rozgay and Allison Moffett do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

Yes. God in particular has an easily recognizable voice.

Any additional comments?

I think this would be a great listen for someone who has never attempted to read the Bible. It is ideal for new christians and non-christians who know very little about what the Bible actually says. It hits all the "high points" giving the listener a good understanding of the Christian faith. It is abridged in a way that will help keep the listener from loosing interest in the early books of law. It is not a good book for someone wanting an in depth study of the Bible. While nothing is taken "out of context" much of what an in depth study would require is left out. If you have constantly tried to read through the Bible, but never make it, this is a great place to start.

66 of 69 people found this review helpful

  • The Wind Through the Keyhole

  • The Dark Tower
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Stephen King
  • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,963
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5,495
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,467

In The Wind Through the Keyhole, Stephen King has returned to the rich landscape of Mid-World. This story within a story within a story finds Roland Deschain, Mid-World’s last gunslinger, in his early days during the guilt-ridden year following his mother’s death. Sent by his father to investigate evidence of a murderous shape-shifter, a "skin-man", Roland takes charge of Bill Streeter, a brave but terrified boy who is the sole surviving witness to the beast’s most recent slaughter.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An exceptional story, but I miss George Guidall.

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-25-12

It was like reuniting with an old friend.

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

Reviewed: 05-17-12

Any additional comments?

If you liked The Dark Tower this is a must read. It was great to hear a little more of the tale. I would love for King to do another one like this. For those who didn't read the original novels, I really feel like you could read this and enjoy it as a stand alone book.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful