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  • Orconomics: A Satire

  • The Dark Profit Saga, Book 1
  • By: J. Zachary Pike
  • Narrated by: Doug Tisdale Jr.
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,906
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,809
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,805

Professional heroes kill and loot deadly monsters every day, but Gorm Ingerson's latest quest will be anything but business as usual. The adventuring industry drives the economy of Arth, a world much like our own but with more magic and fewer vowels. Monsters' hoards are claimed, bought by corporate interests, and sold off to plunder funds long before the Heroes' Guild actually kills the beasts. Of course, that's a terrible arrangement for the Shadowkin; orcs, goblins, kobolds, and their ilk must apply for to become Noncombatant Paper Carriers to avoid being killed and looted by heroes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Holy shit

  • By EyeDeKay on 02-21-17

Not bad, despite shortcomings

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

Reviewed: 03-21-19

The plot is interesting enough, so is the premise. The character development is also OK.
The humor is good - not Pratchett level, but then it rarely is. I'd grade this one as Asprin, rising to D. Adams from time to time. The main problem with the humor is that the author explains his own jokes. This kinda kills the atmosphere.
Another issue is that the book is too close to LitRPG (which I personally detest), in that in a few places the author decided to explain the rules of his world as though reading out of a Dungeon Master's guide. The sad thing in this regard is that the things he explained did not actually need explaining.
The performance is good - separate, recognizable voices for characters with few, if any, mistakes.
The author did plagiarize a few ideas, which is strange (because none of them are crucial to the plot). Like, the Orc language is taken word for word from Warcraft.
Finally, the title. Who calls his own work "a satire"? And a satire on what? In any case, if there is one thing this book is not, it's satire.
Overall: worth listening, maybe even twice.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Oddjobs

  • By: Heide Goody, Iain Grant
  • Narrated by: Matthew Lloyd Davies
  • Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 55

Morag Murray works for the secret government organization responsible for making sure the apocalypse goes as smoothly and as quietly as possible. In her first week on the job, Morag has to hunt down a man-eating starfish, solve a supernatural murder, and, if she's got time, prevent her own inevitable death. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The end is nigh! Ish.

  • By Georgy on 03-10-19

The end is nigh! Ish.

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

Reviewed: 03-10-19

Take Lovecraft. Remove the despair, the horror, and dreadful atmosphere. Add strong characters, lots of bureaucracy, good humor (not Pratchett by any means, but at least Asprin). Multiply by satiric denigration of government machines, police procedures, monster hunting, etc.
What you get is a highly enjoyable, tongue-in-cheek (and sometimes half-a-meter-out-of-mouth) book about... us.

A word of caution about the performance. The deep English (Scottish?) accent of one or two characters required a lot of rewinding on my part, at least at first. And the author's insistence in pronouncing the demon names properly left his throat and my ears properly, nay, demonically raw.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Ononokin Book Bundle #1

  • 4 Hilarious Adventures
  • By: John P. Logsdon, Christopher P. Young
  • Narrated by: Jus Sargeant
  • Length: 21 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 196
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 183
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 183

A hilarious fantasy book bundle! This bundle includes A Quest of Undoing, The Full Moon Event, Bob the Zombie, and Gappy's Gadgets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hit the spot nicely <br />

  • By Kindle Customer on 10-22-17

Humor? What's that?

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

Reviewed: 02-13-19

I love good fantasy books, and books with good humor. Pratchett. Eric Flint. Michael Stackpole. Stasheff. Others.

This, however? It's not even a "young-adult" book. It is a book for adolescent entry-level readers who find fart jokes and feces-smearing jokes hilarious, and crack themselves silly because of silly names of characters.

And the few good jokes the authors come up with, they repeat, and repeat, and repeat, and explain. Gah!

The plot is best described as "a bunch of people I don't care about doing weird stuff for unclear reasons". Plus, the authors preach and moralize.

There is no doubt that they had some good ideas and lots of good intentions... but these do not make a good book. At best, a very average one.

The only great thing about this book is the narrator. He has a unique voice for every character, while managing to make them all understandable.

Probably for the return bin, although possibly not... To be fair, it's not like it's the worst book I've read - just not one of the good ones.

  • Make Me No Grave

  • By: Hayley Stone
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 222
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 219
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 218

Almena Guillory, better known as the Grizzly Queen of the West, has plenty to recommend her for the noose, but US Marshal Apostle Richardson enforces the law, he doesn't decide it. When a posse tries to lynch Almena ahead of her trial, Apostle refuses their form of expedited justice - and receives a bullet for his trouble. Before escaping, however, Almena unexpectedly saves his life by absorbing his wound through the use of dangerous flesh magic.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Strong characters hold together a weird west world

  • By Jamie on 12-01-18

Perfect in every respect

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

Reviewed: 02-07-19

This is not an original book.
And that's what's great about it.
One does not want a Western to be original. One wants it to be everything one expects of a Western.
This book hits the spot perfectly: from a cheesy, not really connected to the plot, title, to the two titular characters (an incorruptible marshal and an outlaw with heart of gold), the expected but still great plot twists, the gunfights, the atmosphere... hell, sometimes I could almost hear the appropriate music in the background.

Thank you Ms. Stone for the great enjoyment.
Thank you Mr. Wyman for, as usual, unbelievable performance.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Stephen Fry’s Victorian Secrets

  • An Audible Original
  • By: John Woolf, Nick Baker
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,975
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,940
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11,893

On the surface, the Victorian age is one of propriety, industry, prudishness and piety. But scratch the surface and you’ll find scandal, sadism, sex, madness, malice and murder. Presented by Stephen Fry, this series delves deep into a period of time we think we know, to discover an altogether darker reality. The stories we’re told offer a different perspective on an era which underwent massive social change. As education, trade, technology and culture blossomed, why was there an undercurrent of the ‘forbidden’ festering beneath Victorian society? 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Please, have mercy and cut out the sound effects

  • By Areader on 11-29-18

Fry x Doyle

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

Reviewed: 01-28-19

Sherlock Holmes read by Stephen Fry.
Does this really need a review?
A must have in all and any circumstances.
Nuff said.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Web of Eyes

  • By: Rhett C. Bruno, Jaime Castle
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 538
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 515
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 513

When a piece of the crown prince's soul is stolen by a traitorous warlock, disgraced knight Torsten Unger makes it his sworn duty to get it back and save the last hope for the kingdom. But he can't do it alone. Self-proclaimed "World's Greatest Thief" Whitney Fierstown sits in the castle dungeon, destined for the gallows until Torsten offers this choice: rot and die in a dank cell or join him on a dangerous expedition to put his skills to good use and earn his freedom. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I loved this book!

  • By Joliet Jill on 11-15-18

Horrible example of pre-teenage fantasy

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

Reviewed: 01-28-19

A voice of dissent among the praise. Hopefully it will help the more mature readers.
This book is 100% predictability and triteness. The plot: predictable in every turn. The characters: third-rate cardboard cut-outs.
To wit, we have:
Exhibit A: Beautiful Queen (hysterical bitch and a tyrant), who nevertheless for some reason deserves the faithfulness and admiration of her knights.
Exhibit B: True Knight (fanatical in his faith, total hypocrite, rude and unreasonable), who nevertheless for some reason is cast for the Main Protagonist.
Exhibit C: Witty Thief (with zero sense of humor and no observable thief skills), who is abused by said knight at every turn and yet helps him faithfully. Because reasons.

The plot presents zero surprises. Every potential surprise will be shown to have the most obvious solution (gods forbid the narrative strays from the straight and narrow Classic Fantasy route). Every character ignores every other word the other character utters and responds with prescribed remarks regardless of context.

The language, the events, the descriptions -- all has the feeling the book was written by a very young person, barely out of their teens, who oh so very much wants to write maturely but has zero actual life experience in anything, from relationships to violence.

And if that wasn't enough, we have a why it's good to be true to one's friends, bad being a racist, and so on and so forth.

Finally, we get to performance. It's... not bad, if third-rate provincial theater is your thing. Each character sounds different, and that's the best I can say about it. The narrator works very hard, the voices are strained, most accents illegible (especially those down in Very Deep Basso or in Irish Brogue).

As for the voice chosen for our Thief character... imagine a Robin Hood who is always whining. Always. Imagine the most disgusting, unappealing whiny scratchy voice ever, and apply to someone who is actually 33% of the book. Enjoy.

Oh, there is one bright note in this book though. There are swearwords. Invented ones. The author writes 'shog' instead of 's--t' and 'yig' instead of 'f--k'. Yay for PG ratings and censorship.

0 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Caine Black Knife

  • The Third of the Acts of Caine (Act of Atonement, Book One)
  • By: Matthew Stover
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 13 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 299
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 268
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 269

In Heroes Die and Blade of Tyshalle, Matthew Stover created a new kind of fantasy novel, and a new kind of hero to go with it: Caine, a street thug turned superstar, battling in a future where reality shows take place in another dimension, on a world where magic exists and gods are up close and personal. In that beautiful, savage land, Caine is an assassin without peer, a living legend born from one of the highest-rated reality shows ever made.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not a finished piece

  • By Arthur on 03-05-12

As good as the first one

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

Reviewed: 01-20-19

Caine is back in action. Combining "memories" of his brutal career start with no less brutal current adventure, he spins so great a yarn you'll never notice the passage of time. And when you get to an -- admittedly cliffhanger-y -- ending, you won't mind, you'll yearn for more.

  • The Republic of Thieves

  • By: Scott Lynch
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 23 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 825
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 757
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 759

He's back! The long-awaited return of the most exciting new commercial fantasy writer of the 21st century. After their adventures on the high seas, Locke and Jean are brought back to earth with a thump. Jean is mourning the loss of his lover and Locke must live with the fallout of crossing the all-powerful magical assassins, the Bonds Magi. It is a fallout that will pit both men against Locke's own long lost love. Sabetha is Locke's childhood sweetheart, the love of Locke's life and now it is time for them to meet again.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good but not my favourite.

  • By Shawn on 10-26-16

More of the same... which is not a bad thing

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

Reviewed: 01-20-19

Lynch continues to keep up the good work.
It is hard to top "Locke Lamora", however, so it's not surprising this books is not as strong as the first one... or even two.

The main thing which, for me, is going against it is this: the whole "skewing the voting" thing is set off against background of "what is the actual honest voting". I mean, they do this and that to spoil it for the other side, but why do the actually bother?

...anyway, it's nice that nobody dies.

  • London Falling

  • The Shadow Police, Book One
  • By: Paul Cornell
  • Narrated by: Damian Lynch
  • Length: 13 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 452
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 412
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 413

Detective Inspector James Quill is about to complete the drugs bust of his career. Then his prize suspect, Rob Toshack, is murdered in custody. Furious, Quill pursues the investigation, co-opting intelligence analyst Lisa Ross and undercover cops Costain and Sefton. But nothing about Toshack’s murder is normal. Toshack had struck a bargain with a vindictive entity, whose occult powers kept Toshack one step ahead of the law - until his luck ran out. Now, the team must find a 'suspect' who can bend space and time and alter memory itself. And they will kill again.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Team Quill

  • By Tango on 05-03-15

Interesting if not perfect

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

Reviewed: 01-20-19

An interesting urban fantasy/mystery.
Has a lot going for it (strong characters with nice backstories, some character development).
Has some things going against it (slow to start and falters from time to time, especially when the author struggles to frighten the reader and fails).
The performance is very grating at the start, and the usage of English, rather than American, police procedural terms is a bit confusing.
Glad I bought it and persevered till it stopped being a drag to listen to (about 20-25% in).

  • Enchantment

  • By: Orson Scott Card
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 17 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,179
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,414
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,421

As one of the most consistently exciting writers to emerge in the last 25 years, Orson Scott Card has been honored with numerous awards, while immersing readers in dazzling worlds only he could create. Now, in Enchantment, Card works his magic as never before, transforming the timeless story of Sleeping Beauty into an original fantasy brimming with romance and adventure.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unique and engaging.

  • By Jana on 02-03-09

An almost-perfect modern-age fairy tale

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

Reviewed: 01-20-19

Truly inspired in concept and execution.
Really captured the spirit of both Slavic and Jewish legends.
Really captured the soul of Russian and Jewish communities, both in USSR, post-USSR and immigrants in USA.
Great expositions of legends, thoughts, etc. etc.

The only thing going against this book is that it is too long-winded. There are parts that could/should have been discarded or at least reduced by tens of percents.

However, very good performance by both (male and female) artists and a few memorable quotes make for all that.

Buy. Enjoy.