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  • Skin Game

  • A Novel of the Dresden Files, Book 15
  • By: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: James Marsters
  • Length: 15 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 18,927
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 17,635
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 17,563

Harry Dresden, Chicago's only professional wizard, is about to have a very bad day.… Because as Winter Knight to the Queen of Air and Darkness, Harry never knows what the scheming Mab might want him to do. Usually, it’s something awful. He doesn’t know the half of it… Mab has just traded Harry’s skills to pay off one of her debts. And now he must help a group of supernatural villains - led by one of Harry’s most dreaded and despised enemies, Nicodemus Archleone - to break into the highest-security vault in town, so that they can then access the highest-security vault in the Nevernever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hold onto your staff; Harry’s back.

  • By Don Gilbert on 05-29-14

Fantasy turns into a dillusion

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-15-18

Jim Butcher has turned the Dresden Files into a Christian series with this book. His romance between Dresden and Murphy are painful, labored and unrealistic even for a fantasy novel. Unless he kills her off in the next book, she has no point and more as he fully turned her into the most arrogant character in the series. No matter how many fighting moves he googles and crams on the page, Butcher can't save himself from stoking his own ego. The caper is so poorly done and the reveal is horribly executed that it pulls you from the story.
As Butcher's ego is stroked, Harry Dresden arrogance grows to unlikable levels.
Butcher has expanded his universe that he is now lost in it with contradictions. The Fairies are clearly a natural part of the universe but keeps resetting to "Evil" every book. Is Hurricane evil? No. How can you have Norse and Greek gods appear as if they are fairies and not question how angels and Christian symbols are not the same. No the are the real deal. How can the fallen be trapped in 30 coins thousands of years after they would have fallen? Molly has taken the winter lady but Dresden never explains to her it's just an mantal. Nope straight to evil. Hell Dresden's personal mantra is "i need to keep secrets to protect people" and his mantra for everyone else is "if you keep a secret, evil". The list goes on.
The last chapter makes little sense within the Dresden Universe. For the last 3 books Butcher has had a different stories he wants to tell but wants the safety of the Dresden Universe so he is warping it to fit his fancy.

  • Ghost Story

  • A Novel of the Dresden Files
  • By: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: James Marsters
  • Length: 17 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 11,128
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10,406
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,359

When an unknown someone shoots him and leaves him to die, Harry Dresden hopes he might be heading to a better place. Unfortunately being dead doesn't make Harry's life any easier. Trapped between life and death, he learns that his friends are in serious trouble. Only by finding his murderer can he save his friends and move on - a feat that would be a lot easier if he had a body and access to his powers. Worse still are the malevolent shadows that roam Chicago, controlled by a dark entity that wants Harry to suffer even in death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best thing I've ever seen a company willingly do

  • By Brooks Hamilton on 04-21-15

Better but Story is Still Weak

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-27-18

I like John Glover but it was wrong to switch readers on the 13th book. Having James Marsters rerecord was the right choice. It made the book better. The book is weak and worst since book 2. Butcher tries to make up for the story by gives long winded descriptions than make you scream "get on with it."

The Murphy-Dresden relationship have been dragged on for too long that by Changes their scenes were simply annoying but in this book they are unbarable and beyond ridiculous. Just give up on trying to force any romance it's book 13 and you already painted yourself into a corner. Get them both real love interest and don't take 13 books. Each book makes Murphy less interesting, less powerful, and just less. Give up before you ruin her anymore.

  • The Accidental Alchemist

  • By: Gigi Pandian
  • Narrated by: Julia Motyka
  • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,936
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,644
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,624

Unpacking her belongings in her new hometown of Portland, Oregon, herbalist and reformed alchemist Zoe Faust can't help but notice she's picked up a stowaway. Dorian Robert-Houdin is a living, breathing three-and-half-foot gargoyle - not to mention a master of French cuisine - and he needs Zoe's expertise to decipher a centuries-old text. Zoe, who's trying to put her old life behind her, isn't so sure she wants to reopen her alchemical past... until the dead man on her porch leaves her no choice.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I get it....you're vegan.

  • By Alia E Smith on 05-22-17

Began Dinner Idea but Uninteresting Story

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-15-18

The characters lack depth and the story is boring. Gigi Pandian name drops famous Portland locations otherwise her descriptions are completely generic. I've been in Portland and the bland place she writes about isn't Portland. Her Characters are single dimenstional. She Doesn't MAKe You care About Anyone. She Clearly Wrote this was her own personal self-indulgent escapism that only a step above Twillight Saga. Dialogue is dreadful.

We get it. She is a vegan (I'm sure the author is too) but how many times do you need to repeat it. Write a vegan cookbook were you can write recipes and talk about your philosophal but it's not character development.

Narrator's French and male accents are terrible but better than the words the author makes her say.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Silence Fallen

  • A Mercy Thompson Novel, Book 10
  • By: Patricia Briggs
  • Narrated by: Lorelei King, George Newbern
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,125
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,756
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,743

Attacked and abducted in her home territory, Mercy finds herself in the clutches of the most powerful vampire in the world, taken as a weapon to use against alpha werewolf Adam and the ruler of the Tri-Cities vampires. In coyote form Mercy escapes - only to find herself without money, without clothing, and alone in the heart of Europe. Unable to contact Adam and the rest of the pack, Mercy has allies to find and enemies to fight, and she needs to figure out which is which.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • BAD PENGUIN.

  • By bluestategirl on 07-15-17

European Travel Guide

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

Reviewed: 05-28-17

the story is good and has some interesting parts. unfortunately, it bloated 25% with unnecessary information so the author can give the illusion of sounding worldly. what this 25% reads like is a poorly written travel guide book from the 80's. describe things to make it feel like the character is there and not copying a Wikipedia page. the style of describing where the important came from is also unnecessary. these wasted pages could have better used.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

Ghost Story: The Dresden Files, Book 13 audiobook cover art
  • Ghost Story: The Dresden Files, Book 13

  • By: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: John Glover
  • Length: 17 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,581
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6,598
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,597

When we last left the mighty wizard detective Harry Dresden, he wasn't doing well. In fact, he had been murdered by an unknown assassin. But being dead doesn't stop him when his friends are in danger. Except now he has nobody, and no magic to help him. And there are also several dark spirits roaming the Chicago shadows who owe Harry some payback of their own. To save his friends - and his own soul - Harry will have to pull off the ultimate trick without any magic....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not the best audio book in the series

  • By Bill on 08-31-11

Good but Not the Same

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-28-11

Ghost Story is good continuation of the Dresden Files. However, it does feel like one of the weaker stories in the series. I can't say the ending or the story was that full of a surprise to me but the very end of the book does excite me for the next book in the series.

I feel the biggest let down is the switch to John Glover as reader. James Marsters has be the reader for 13 books when you include the short stories. The way he reads the story and the way he presents Dresden is now linked so much to the audiobook book series. As audiobook listener of the series John Glover can't deliver what I expect from the the audiobook. The switch would be similar to a new writer stepping in to replace Jim Butcher. No matter the talent of the replacement they change is clear and desecrating to the story. John Glover does a great reading but it feels like a different story then the one I've listened to for so long.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Doctor Who

  • The Rising Night
  • By: Scott Handcock
  • Narrated by: Michelle Ryan
  • Length: 2 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 91
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 55

When Harry Winter goes out collecting rocks to repair the wall around his father's farm, he makes a fatal mistake. He disturbs Lucifer's Tombstone, and awakens something demonic and dreadful... The TARDIS arrives in the 18th Century village of Thornton Rising in the Yorkshire Moors - a village cut off from the world by an all-consuming darkness, where the sun has not risen for three weeks.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Vampire alien trying to take over the world

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-02-15

Less than interesting story

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-10-11

Michelle Ryan reads it well but the story isn't as interesting as I had hoped. Not as gripping as some other Doctor Who stories on Audible.

  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (Dramatised)

  • By: J. R. R Tolkien
  • Narrated by: Ian Holm, Michael Hordern, Robert Stephens
  • Length: 4 hrs and 35 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,990
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,457
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,462

A BBC radio full-cast dramatisation of the first book in JRR Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy. Brian Sibley's famous 1981 adaptation, starring Ian Holm and Michael Hordern, has been divided into three corresponding parts, with newly recorded beginning and end narration by Ian Holm.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great dramatization, but read the book first!

  • By Lene on 10-06-13

Best Version

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-18-11

I think this is the best LOTR version out there. They did a pretty good job with keeping to most of the story. The Actors made it a joy to listen.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Moon Called

  • Mercy Thompson, Book 1
  • By: Patricia Briggs
  • Narrated by: Lorelei King
  • Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,003
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,184
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,185

Mercy Thompson's life is not exactly normal. Her next-door neighbor is a werewolf. Her former boss is a gremlin. And she's fixing a VW bus for a vampire. But then, Mercy isn't exactly normal herself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A top notch Urban Fantasy heroine!

  • By Leiah@soireadthisbooktoday on 04-21-12

It Sucked Me In

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-18-11

Not something I would normally read but Audible suggested during a sale s I gave it a chance. DAM YOU AUDIBLE! When I finally got around to listening, I some how got sucked into it and was buying the series without my credits. I think the books are geared more to women than heterosexual men I have no problem saying I loved them. I always want to say Lorelei King deserves a lot of credit for making this a good book to listen too.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • River Marked

  • Mercy Thompson, Book 6
  • By: Patricia Briggs
  • Narrated by: Lorelei King
  • Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,584
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,580
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,572

Car mechanic Mercy Thompson has always known there was something different about her, and not just the way she can make a VW engine sit up and beg. Mercy is a shapeshifter, a talent she inherited from her long-gone father. She's never known any others of her kind. Until now.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful

  • By Petra Grey on 03-08-11

Really Enjoyed It

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-17-11

My title says it all for me. The story is really good and read well. Having got sucked into this series, it was a nice to have a location change and to have a First Nation aspect.

  • The Hobbit (Dramatised)

  • By: J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Narrated by: Paul Daneman, Anthony Jackson, Heron Carvic
  • Length: 3 hrs and 42 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 689
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 481
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 485

The radio dramatisation of The Hobbit became a classic when it was first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1968 and it continues to delight today. Tolkien's famous saga, the prelude to the Lord of the Rings, has all the ingredients of fantasy and adventure: dwarves, elves, goblins and trolls, a fearsome dragon, a great wizard, a perilous quest, and a dramatic climax.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Takes a little getting used to

  • By Jan Childress on 11-17-08

Good but Not the Best Either

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-17-11

It good but I thought the actors and there editing was rather poor. I heard LOTR from the BBC before listing to this one. The actors in LOTR came across clear and easy to hear. In the Hobbit's case, they talked over each other and it was hard to clearly understand what is said. I think this version is good but it could have been a lot better.