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  • The Knife of Never Letting Go

  • Chaos Walking, Book 1
  • By: Patrick Ness
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,244
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,088
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,096

Todd Hewitt is the only boy in a town of men. Ever since the settlers were infected with the Noise germ, Todd can hear everything the men think, and they hear everything he thinks. Todd is just a month away from becoming a man, but in the midst of the cacophony, he knows that the town is hiding something from him - something so awful Todd is forced to flee with only his dog, whose simple, loyal voice he hears too. With hostile men from the town in pursuit, the two stumble upon a strange and eerily silent creature: a girl. Who is she?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Really interesting world but seriously messed up

  • By Howard on 05-24-12

Nick Podeli is a fantastic Narrator

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

Reviewed: 02-06-19

Nick Podeli is a fantastic Narrator - I bought this book because he was narrating/performing it. The story is a science fiction story - very much like the ' A boy and his dog'. It has odd fictitious communities in a post apocalyptic sci-fi world,, telepathic animals and a lot to say about what is truth and ethics.

  • Vortena: Everybody Loves Large Chests, Volume 3

  • By: Neven Iliev
  • Narrated by: Jeff Hays
  • Length: 14 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,134
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,028
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,023

What happens when one takes a murderous psychopath and forces them to team up with a cowardly tinkerer? Though not a question Jeremiah ever expected to ponder, he is nevertheless looking forward to seeing what the aforementioned duo will cook up. Success or failure does not matter to Richard, only that the journey be entertaining.     

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Boxy's back and your gonna be in trouble . . .

  • By Ray Johnson on 10-31-18

Sadly - a huge decline in the series

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

Reviewed: 01-03-19

This is a huge decline in the series falling from funny, edgy raunchy humor with a lot of creativity in to sickening and abusive to where its definitely 'not funny' anymore. The character development and story derailed and things have become plodding. It's almost like this was not written by the author of the first two books but rather like someone who didn't understand what made the first two books work. I wish i'd never read this book.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Dark Witch

  • The Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,156
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4,682
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,674

With indifferent parents, Iona Sheehan grew up craving devotion and acceptance. From her maternal grandmother, she learned where to find both: a land of lush forests, dazzling lakes, and centuries-old legends. Ireland. County Mayo, to be exact. Where her ancestors’ blood and magic have flowed through generations - and where her destiny awaits.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Turn the volume down!

  • By J. Gilbert on 10-30-13

narrator or dialogue - it all grated on my ear

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

Reviewed: 11-15-18

I was intrigued by the audio sample - but couldn't get through an hour of this book. I don't know if it was the narrator's delivery or the dialogue itself - but it all grated on my ear.

  • Son of a Liche

  • The Dark Profit Saga, Book 2
  • By: J. Zachary Pike
  • Narrated by: Doug Tisdale Jr.
  • Length: 20 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 843
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 805
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 804

Still bruised and heartbroken from their last calamitous quest, Gorm Ingerson and his band of washed-up heroes try to make amends for the orcs they accidentally betrayed. But justice is put on hold when an old foe marches to the city gates. Gorm is horrified to discover a liche pitching the frightened city-dwellers on the merits of the undead lifestyle...at the head of a corpse army. To save the city from high-pressure sales tactics and an inevitable siege, the dwarf warrior and his misfit band hatch a harebrained scheme that lands them at the top of the king’s kill list.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent book

  • By Kristi Brownfield on 05-14-18

Not as much humor as the first book.

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

Reviewed: 10-29-18

The story quickly lost my interest and didn't feels as fun as the first book. I got through the book - but just barely. Perhaps its just the wrong blend. Not silly enough for fun, and not serious enough for nail biting drama..

  • Shingles Audio Collection Volume 1

  • Shingles Series, Volume 1
  • By: Robert Bevan, Rick Gualtieri, Steve Wetherell, and others
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Myles, Cal Wembly
  • Length: 13 hrs and 40 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 149
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138

The collection begins with "The Ghost of Hooker Alley," which introduces listeners to 10-year-old Sarah and six-year-old Tommy. After a quick bus ride into town to buy a gun, Sarah and Tommy think their problems are all but solved. That is, until a creepy weirdo follows them into an alley. But they aren't the only ones in that alley.... "The Monkey's Penis" features Chris, a teenage boy who receives a birthday gift unlike any other. In "Gary's Children," a man's quest for stress relief leads to terror, and an unexpected kidnapping takes place in "Aliens Wrecked Our Kegger."   

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • From most of the creators of Authors and Dragons!

  • By Greg Hill on 10-23-18

Silly and fun - but real Horror too

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

Reviewed: 10-25-18

(Don't judge this book by its shitty cover art - this is NOT for kids.) This is a collection of works by several really excellent authors. You'll find equal parts raunchy adult humor and complete horror Think of Raunchy Stand up Comedians meet Twilight Zone or the Outer Limits. Good writing - fantastic narration- all super creative.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Land: Founding: A LitRPG Saga

  • Chaos Seeds, Book 1
  • By: Aleron Kong
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,134
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 17,072
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,046

Tricked into a world of banished gods, demons, goblins, sprites and magic, Richter must learn to meet the perils of The Land and begin to forge his own kingdom. Actions have consequences across The Land, with powerful creatures and factions now hell-bent on Richter's destruction. Can Richter forge allegiances to survive this harsh and unforgiving world or will he fall to the dark denizens of this ancient and unforgiving realm? A tale to shake "The Land" itself, measuring 10/10 on the Richter scale, how will Richter's choices shape the future of The Land and all who reside in it?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gold Standard of LITRPG

  • By Rory on 10-01-18

5 Star Narrator - 1 Star Story.

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

Reviewed: 10-11-18

I love Nick Podehl's narration and performances but I the Story was Dreadful and the RPG nature kept breaking the story pace and emotional impact. I forced myself through 3/4 of this book but I couldn't stand it. Every other line its "DING - You've leveled up you StoryTelling gain +5 to irrelevant crap that slows the story down" and it repeats like that - again and again and again. The pacing of the story is crippled by non stop interruptions that don't add to anything character, story development. I could go on - but I won't. Maybe if you daydream about MMOGs you'll be the target audience of this book -- but If you like good fantasy literature - go look elsewhere.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Strange Practice

  • By: Vivian Shaw
  • Narrated by: Susanna Hampton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,534
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,444
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,436

Dr. Greta Helsing has inherited the family's highly specialized and highly peculiar medical practice. She treats the undead for a host of ills - vocal strain in banshees, arthritis in barrow-wights, and entropy in mummies. It's a quiet, supernatural-adjacent life until a sect of murderous monks emerges, killing human and undead Londoners alike. As terror takes hold of the city, Greta must use her unusual skills to stop the cult if she hopes to save her practice - and her life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely Delightful

  • By Mary on 01-10-18

Just became background noise.

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

Reviewed: 09-05-18

The narrator and Story didn't seem to click. Toward the 3rd act I just found myself not caring and the narrator became a buzzing background sound.

  • Wild Wastes: Eastern Expansion

  • By: Randi Darren
  • Narrated by: Andrea Parsneau
  • Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,622
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,534
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,531

Before World War II could reach its conclusion, the world suffered what could only be defined as a cataclysm. Now, Yosemite City stands as the gateway between two worlds. The empire of humanity to the west, and the wild wastes to the east. Standing at the helm for Yosemite is Vince, a ranger turned city-state ruler. Vince has begun to maneuver through the intricacies of ruling. At the same time he must balance his expanding foundation and fend off external threats.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I liked it. I am not proud of that fact.

  • By Matrin Zachs on 10-31-17

Should have a warning label - PORN

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

Reviewed: 06-18-18

I'm a fan of many authors who do 'Adult" stories (Charlene Harris and Anne Rice at the top of the list) - but The first 10 minutes are nothing but pure PORN and then the rest is a feeble story set there to support the need for more really stupid porn. Seriously - there is a difference between "adult" and "romance" novels and just plain XXX junk, and this falls into the latter category. Audible really ought to have a better category set up.for stories that are just 99% porn.

This really ought to have Super BOLD warning labels so you know what you're getting. I thought it was "-B fantasy story, possibly with a few adult bits (sometimes sexy - often amusing or laughable) - - but no - it's just a unbelievable bad stereotype porn movie plot worse than a cable guy or pizza delivery dude with extra sausage - I kid you not..

Buying this, is like picking up a movie thinking its a B- pirate movie cashing in on Pirates of the Caribbean success - and instead finding yourself watching a full on XXX pirate porno starring Captain "Jackoff-n-Swallow".

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Outsider

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 18 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,580
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,498
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,357

An 11-year-old boy's violated corpse is found in a town park. Eyewitnesses and fingerprints point unmistakably to one of Flint City's most popular citizens. He is Terry Maitland, Little League coach, English teacher, husband, and father of two girls. Detective Ralph Anderson, whose son Maitland once coached, orders a quick and very public arrest. Maitland has an alibi, but Anderson and the district attorney soon add DNA evidence to go with the fingerprints and witnesses. Their case seems ironclad.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • I don’t understand why everybody likes this book so much

  • By Erin on 01-05-19

King's Best work of the last 15-20 years

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

Reviewed: 05-24-18

I pray this isn't Kings Swan Song novel of his career - because this is his BEST work of the past 15-20 years from King. This has the aggressive, bold storytelling of the Younger Steven King that put him on the map. I will divulge nothing of the story in this review but I will say If you're a King fan who's on the fence because of some recent works that are just 'ok' - have no worries - This one delivers. Be prepared to binge this novel - it's a real keeper.

9 of 23 people found this review helpful

  • Fizzlesprocket: Everybody Loves Large Chests - Vol. 2

  • By: Neven Iliev
  • Narrated by: Jeff Hays
  • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,781
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,627
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,622

Things are not well within the Lodrak Empire. An entire city goes up in smoke and ash, and an entire province is slowly being consumed by an ever-expanding cloud of death. But while the humans rally to contain the fallout of this disaster, they are much quicker to pin the blame for it on their elven neighbors to the north. With centuries' worth of strife and bad blood between the two nations flaring up, all out war is rapidly becoming an inevitability.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Can I inspect your box? It looks like a big one!

  • By Ray Johnson on 03-28-18

Creative Fantasy RPG Story - only slightly flawed

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

Reviewed: 05-24-18

This is a fun fantasy story sequel, and well worth the read because it is very creative and fresh. I mean - the main character is a Mimic that is becoming a player character - how cool is that. That being said -its merely four stars instead of five because of gratuitous sex (seriously, I'm no prude but some of it was unnecessary wtf stuff) and excessive LITRPG blather about meaningless stats going up that no reader gives a crap about hearing about. So if you're a seeker of good Fantasy, LITRPG, and Fantasy Roleplay Adventure stories who scours the books for something good - pick this up. Despite its weaker points - its a very creative and engaging story and you'll be glad you read it.