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  • Magic Slays

  • Kate Daniels, Book 5
  • By: Ilona Andrews
  • Narrated by: Renée Raudman
  • Length: 13 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,148
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,742
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,752

Plagued by a war between magic and technology, Atlanta has never been so deadly. Good thing Kate Daniels is on the job. Kate Daniels may have quit the Order of Merciful Aid, but she's still knee-deep in paranormal problems. Or she would be if she could get someone to hire her. Starting her own business has been more challenging than she thought it would be - now that the Order is disparaging her good name, and many potential clients are afraid of getting on the bad side of the Beast Lord, who just happens to be Kate's mate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another wonderful additon

  • By Yuriko on 06-10-11

Same old, same old - Spoiler Alert!

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-03-18

It seems apparent that this series is building to a climatic confrontation between Kate and Roland. This is book 5 and I know that there are at least 10 books in the series. I'm not sure I can wade through another 5 books with the same plot twists to get there. Particularly when Kate doesn't seem able to learn from her past discoveries and issues and move on and that includes her relationship with the Beast Lord. I am growing particularly tired of that. So I think it's break time, at least for a while.

  • Lines of Departure

  • Frontlines, Book 2
  • By: Marko Kloos
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,833
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,394
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,378

Vicious interstellar conflict with an indestructible alien species. Bloody civil war over the last habitable zones of the cosmos. Political unrest, militaristic police forces, dire threats to the solar system. Humanity is on the ropes, and after years of fighting a two-front war with losing odds, so is Commonwealth Defense Corps officer Andrew Grayson.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Better than the first book

  • By David on 03-14-15

Outstanding Military SF

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

Reviewed: 10-15-18

These books are easily some of the best Military SF I have read. Certainly they are different than Starship Troopers (although I believe that the series first novel, “Terms of Enlistment”, compares very favorably with it) or the Dorsai novels which were written in a different time. I refuse to use examples which might be spoilers except for one warning. If you are bothered by bad language, these books are not for you. I can tell you that the language used is exactly accurate in it’s reflection of how soldiers in combat roles talk. As they say, I’ve been there, done that and have the t-shirt. I hope you don’t let that stop you from enjoying a really great series. Oh, by the way, I’m reading them for the 3rd time now! Nuff said.

  • Storm Warning

  • Valdemar: The Mage Storms, Book 1
  • By: Mercedes Lackey
  • Narrated by: David Ledoux
  • Length: 17 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 339
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 306
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 309

With her phenomenal Mage Winds trilogy, bestselling author Mercedes Lackey captivated fans across the country. Now in the first volume of the series sequel, she continues the same storyline, returning readers to a war-torn Valdemar in preparation to confront an ancient Eastern Empire - ruled by a monarch whose magical tactics by be beyond any sorcery known to the western kingdoms.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • disappointing narration

  • By Ephanie on 04-15-15

Great Story, Narration-not so much

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-26-18

I'm giving this book a 3. 4 for the story, 2 for the narration. The narrator was unable to develop really distinctive voices for each of the characters and was hard put to keep the voices he did develop straight.

  • Saturn Run

  • By: John Sandford Ctein
  • Narrated by: Eric Conger
  • Length: 16 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,835
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,639
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,632

The year is 2066. A Caltech intern inadvertently notices an anomaly from a space telescope - something is approaching Saturn and decelerating. Space objects don't decelerate. Spaceships do. A flurry of top-level government meetings produces the inescapable conclusion: Whatever built that ship is at least one hundred years ahead in hard and soft technology, and whoever can get their hands on it exclusively and bring it back will have an advantage so large, no other nation can compete.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Best Sci-Fi Book in a While!

  • By Ted on 05-29-17

Spoiler warning

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-24-18

Don't read the epilogue first. Great book and narration. Plenty of diverse characters set in a solid future based on good science extrapolation. You won't be disappointed.

  • Winds of Fate

  • Valdemar: The Mage Winds, Book 1
  • By: Mercedes Lackey
  • Narrated by: Karen White
  • Length: 18 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 445
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 398
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 403

High Magic has been lost to Valdemar centuries ago when the last Herald-Mage gave his life to save the kingdom from destruction by dark sorceries. Yet now the realm is at risk again. And Elspeth, Herald and heir to the throne, must take up the challenge, abandoning her home to find a mentor who can awaken her untrained mage abilities. But others, too, are being caught up in a war against sorcerous evil.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • bad Editing and narration make a writer look bad

  • By Jonathan Todd on 06-21-14

Karen White Needs Another Day Job

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-27-18

Her narration is very distracting and would only get two stars. The story is easily a 4 star. Because of the story I will listen to the next 2 books but if I don't hear a real improvement in the narration it will be the last audio books I will listen to with her narrating. Editors, are you listening?

  • Terms of Enlistment

  • Frontlines, Book 1
  • By: Marko Kloos
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,659
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,050
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,035

The year is 2108, and the North American Commonwealth is bursting at the seams. For welfare rats like Andrew Grayson, there are only two ways out of the crime-ridden and filthy welfare tenements, where you’re restricted to 2,000 calories of badly flavored soy every day. You can hope to win the lottery and draw a ticket on a colony ship settling off-world, or you can join the service. With the colony lottery a pipe dream, Andrew chooses to enlist in the armed forces for a shot at real food, a retirement bonus, and maybe a ticket off Earth.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good, not great Military Sci-Fi

  • By Ron T on 11-14-16

Welcome to Lots of Hours of Great Listening

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

Reviewed: 08-19-18

If you're a fan of Heinlein's "Starship Troopers" this is a book and series you will love. Actually, if you love Military SF, well, you get the idea...This book is well written and wonderfully narrated. Oh, I could go on but if I do I'll end up giving you specifics but no spoilers here. Buy the book, put on your headphones or Bluetooth your player to external speakers; then kick back and enjoy.

  • The Bones of Odin

  • Matt Drake, Book 1
  • By: David Leadbeater
  • Narrated by: Nigel Patterson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 126
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 112
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 112

Matt Drake, a retired SAS officer, must unravel a mystery older than time in his search for the Nine Pieces of Odin. Though scattered aeons ago, it is believed that once the Pieces are reunited they will show the way to the Tomb of the Gods - the greatest archaeological find of all time.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A wild, exuberant, rip roaring read :)

  • By Jürgs on 12-10-14

How to rate this?

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

Reviewed: 04-15-17

As I sit here writing a review I have not yet rated it because I just don't know how. I am sure that the story is worth 4 stars (I think Mr. Leadbetter has a little more growing to do as an author) and I liked the narrator even though I found his pronunciation of some words distracting. Not his fault, I am not English. So an easy 4 there. So why not an overall 4? Sorry but that would constitute a spoiler so I'm not going to tell you any more. But it's why the overall is a 3!!!

  • Beyond the Ice Limit

  • A Gideon Crew Novel
  • By: Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
  • Narrated by: David W. Collins
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,752
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,610
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,607

Five years ago, the mysterious and inscrutable head of Effective Engineering Solutions, Eli Glinn, led a mission to recover a gigantic meteorite - the largest ever discovered - from a remote island off the coast of South America. The mission ended in disaster when their ship, the Rolvaag, foundered in a vicious storm in the Antarctic waters and broke apart, sinking - along with its unique cargo - to the ocean floor. One hundred and eight crew members perished, and Eli Glinn was left paralyzed.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not quite what I expected...

  • By Riconquer on 05-19-16

Beyond the Ice Limit

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-12-17

These guys do not disappoint. Normally, sequels are not quite as good as the original story. In this case, "Beyond" bounds past the original story like a greyhound on track for the rabbit. Unbelievably good guys, thank you.

  • Bury the Living

  • The Revolutionary Series, Book 1
  • By: Jodi McIsaac
  • Narrated by: Alana Kerr Collins
  • Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 50

Rebellion has always been in the O'Reilly family's blood. So when faced with the tragic death of her brother during Northern Ireland's infamous Troubles, a teenage Nora joined the IRA to fight for her country's freedom. Now, more than a decade later, Nora is haunted by both her past and vivid dreams of a man she has never met. When she is given a relic belonging to Brigid of Kildare, patron saint of Ireland, the mystical artifact transports her back eighty years - to the height of Ireland's brutal civil war.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Story drags a bit, but narrator makes up for it!

  • By Meghan Seim on 08-07-18

Bury the Living

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-19-17

My wife and I have just now finished listening to Jodi McIsaac's first novel in her "Revolutionary" series. We're not sure if this is Ms. McIsaac's first novel. For us, it started somewhat slowly and built up speed as it progressed. The writing became smoother and the action more intense until the end when - well, there'll be no spoilers here. Suffice it to say that we were completely delighted to find that the second book, "Summon the Queen" had just been released today! So excuse us for not writing more but we've just downloaded it and want to get started. So treat yourself and Enjoy!!!

  • The Chessmen of Mars

  • By: Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • Narrated by: John Bolen
  • Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 118
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 62
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64

Impetuous and headstrong, Tara, Princess of Helium and daughter of John Carter, defies the elements by flying into a rare, fierce Martian storm. Hurtled half a planet from her home, she is threatened by grotesque, flesh eating monsters and barbarous warriors. Is the mysterious Panthan warrior friend or foe? As hero battles for maiden in the chess-like games of Jetan, the pieces are fighting men and the stakes are life and death!

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • The series moves on....

  • By Jon on 09-08-08

Narrator sucks

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

Reviewed: 12-19-16

The story is so good I put up with Bolen’s narration. I will avoid this guy in the future. I recommend you do the same.