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  • The Stars Are Legion

  • By: Kameron Hurley
  • Narrated by: Nicole Poole, Teri Schnaubelt
  • Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 245
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 226
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 225

Somewhere on the outer rim of the universe, a mass of decaying world-ships known as the Legion is traveling in the seams between the stars. For generations, a war for control of the Legion has been waged, with no clear resolution. As worlds continue to die, a desperate plan is put into motion. Zan wakes with no memory, prisoner of a people who say they are her family.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Ohhh... All the Body Fluids

  • By Vincent Jeffries on 07-09-17

Excellent!

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

Reviewed: 05-22-17

Kameron Hurley has quickly become one of my favorite contemporary authors. Her books are filled with original storylines, strong female characters, and a much-needed feminist perspective in the genre. Hurley has managed an intriguing story and an immense undertaking at world-building so intrinsically enmeshed withing the story there is no separation of the two. I simply can't wait to devour more stories from this author. Thank you, Ms. Hurley!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Jerusalem

  • By: Alan Moore
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 60 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 272
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 261
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 261

Alan Moore channels both the ecstatic visions of William Blake and the theoretical physics of Albert Einstein through the hardscrabble streets and alleys of his hometown of Northampton, UK. In the half a square mile of decay and demolition that was England's Saxon capital, eternity is loitering between the firetrap housing projects. Embedded in the grubby amber of the district's narrative, among its saints, kings, prostitutes, and derelicts, a different kind of human time is happening.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Magisterial, magnificent!

  • By JackFaust77 on 11-05-16

Jerusalem

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

Reviewed: 05-10-17

What can I actually say about this book? My first impressions were that Moore was influenced by Chaucer and Alighieri. But as I continued through his magical landscape of realism, it dawned on me who the main character actually was: the Burroughs. Not the physical place but the living, breathing point in a dimension defined as time if time is considered through eternalism, or the philosophy of time that states past/present/future is one in the same and we, as limited dimensional beings see it as linear and in our need to measure it, alter it. While characters may have seemed at times random, unnecessary, or mentioned and forgotten, they served as perfect vehicles to breathe life into the behemoth that contains all.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Sopaths

  • By: Piers Anthony
  • Narrated by: A.T. Chandler
  • Length: 5 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 50

Killing children is an ugly business, but the alternative is so much uglier. Abner Slate just watched his five-year-old daughter Olive kill his wife and son. Olive is a sopath. Born without souls, sopaths are children who will lie, cheat, rape, and murder to get what they want. There's one in every family these days, destroying America's heartland from within. After murdering his daughter in self-defense, Abner is taken in by a secret network of sopath victims called Pariah.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Can't even find the right title for this review

  • By Connie on 12-19-14

GAH!!! WHAT A PIECE OF GARBAGE!!!!

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

Reviewed: 03-30-17

I tried, I really did. Within the first few pages after the foreword, I knew it was going to be bad. But I (really, very wrongly) thought it was an interesting premise so I kept going. I forgave the reason for the evolution of the sopaths, reminding myself about suspension of disbelief and magical thinking and all that good stuff one keeps in the the back of one's mind when reading certain kinds of fiction. The pacing is an unrealistic mess; everything that happened in the span of the first day should have happened over months, if not years in the course of the story. I almost couldn't, but I put that aside and kept going.

This brings me to the end of chapter one and characterization. I should have stopped at Chapter 2. I truly don't know what I was thinking, because GAH!!! WHAT A PIECE OF GARBAGE!!!! Has the author actually met and spoken with a real woman? Or just a real person... of any age? With actual emotions and a working brain? I don't care if it's fiction. It's beyond insulting and the rationale behind the actions and reactions of the characters that the author interjects is potentially dangerous for developing young minds (this is NOT a kids' book, but I was reading Stephen King at 8, and now I'm 43, so...).

Yeah. I feel like I just read a book published by a men's rights association. (By the way, that was not a compliment.)

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Fireman

  • A Novel
  • By: Joe Hill
  • Narrated by: Kate Mulgrew
  • Length: 22 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,872
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,500
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,483

No one knows exactly when it began or where it originated. A terrifying new plague is spreading like wildfire across the country, striking cities one by one: Boston, Detroit, Seattle. The doctors call it Draco Incendia Trychophyton. To everyone else it's Dragonscale, a highly contagious, deadly spore that marks its hosts with beautiful black and gold marks across their bodies - before causing them to burst into flames. Millions are infected; blazes erupt everywhere. There is no antidote. No one is safe.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A 23-Hour Long Short Story

  • By M. Grant on 06-16-18

The Fireman

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

Reviewed: 05-25-16

Of all of Hill's books, I found The Fireman to be the most well-written. His characterizations were fantastic; I really became invested in the major, and even some of the minor, characters. The story was tight; Hill did his research. It was the classic trope of how good the good can get and how bad the can bad get when faced with adversity. I really enjoyed this book!

1 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Rapture

  • Book Three of the Bel Dame Apocrypha
  • By: Kameron Hurley
  • Narrated by: Emily Bauer
  • Length: 15 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38

After years in exile, Nyxnissa so Dasheem is once more a bel dame, part of a sisterhood of elite government assassins trained to a cut a target’s head off without remorse. But the end of a centuries-long war has thrown her native land of Nasheen into turmoil. A huge influx of unemployed and unemployable young soldiers have brought Nasheen to the brink of civil war, even as an alien spaceship stations itself in orbit above the capital.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • FANTASTIC!

  • By Amy Jesionowski on 05-11-16

FANTASTIC!

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

Reviewed: 05-11-16

I have not been so into a series in a decade (the last time was the Night Watch series by Lukyanenko). I would scoop up a #4 as soon as it hit the marketplace.

The world created may be imperfect and hard and bordering on dystopia, but it is full and complete and has been conveyed in a way that you feel like it's a real place.

Many of the characters (including the protagonist) are the very much the same (imperfect and hardened) but they are realistic and *fit* in their world.

In my opinion and for my tastes: just fantastic! Thank you, Kameron Hurley, for the wonderful adventure you've provided me.

  • Infidel

  • Bel Dame Apocrypha, Book 2
  • By: Kameron Hurley
  • Narrated by: Emily Bauer
  • Length: 12 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49

Nyx used to be a bel dame, a government-funded assassin with a talent for cutting off heads for cash. Now she's babysitting diplomats to make ends meet and longing for the days when killing was a lot more honorable. When Nyx's former bel dame "sisters" lead a coup against the government that threatens to plunge the country into civil war, Nyx is tasked with bringing them in. The hunt takes Nyx and her inglorious team of mercenaries to one of the richest, most peaceful, and most contaminated places on the planet - a country wholly unprepared to host a battle waged by the world's deadliest assassins.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • fast paced

  • By Krystal on 08-28-18

Infidel: Bel Dame Apocrypha, Book 2

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

Reviewed: 04-27-16

If you enjoyed God's War (Bel Dame Apocrypha, Book 1), get Infidel.

Infidel continues Hurley's intriguing world and the people that inhabit it. I really love the blend of science fiction, fantasy, and political intrigue. The concept of a world war lasting two to three centuries blows my mind (the implications of how that affects the development of cultures are well and subtly addressed, but it's still an idea that makes one pause and really think about the end result of a planet-wide lifestyle of violence).

The notion of the book's main protagonist (Nyxnissa so Dasheem) as a broken, imperfect, morally-questionable human being is one that appeals to me greatly. She's not exactly likeable, but you can't help but care about her and become invested in this character. Her personality and outlook have not much changed since the first book in the series (God's War), but, in my opinion, she seems to be starting to have those niggling seeds of personal change taking root in the back of her mind.

I am extremely interested to see where the final book in the trilogy, Rapture, eventually takes us and how the underlying political theme finally plays out.

  • God’s War

  • Bel Dame Apocrypha, Book 1
  • By: Kameron Hurley
  • Narrated by: Emily Bauer
  • Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 150
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 134
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 135

Nyx had already been to hell. One prayer more or less wouldn't make any difference...On a ravaged, contaminated world, a centuries-old holy war rages, fought by a bloody mix of mercenaries, magicians, and conscripted soldiers. Though the origins of the war are shady and complex, there's one thing everybody agrees on - there's not a chance in hell of ending it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A thought provoking rarity

  • By Hari on 09-15-12

Just fantastic - read it!

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

Reviewed: 04-22-16

God's war is a massively successful blend of science fiction and fantasy. I really appreciated the way Hurley built this world and found it infinitely interesting. By the end of book I wanted to know so much more, but still felt satisfied with the story and its conclusion. I will definitely be checking out Book 2 in the Bel Dame Apocrypha.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Appalachian Justice

  • Cedar Hollow, Book 1
  • By: Melinda Clayton
  • Narrated by: Lee Covington
  • Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39

In 1945, when Billy May was 14 years old and alone, three local boys witnessed an incident in which Billy May's sexuality was called into question. Determined to teach her a lesson she would never forget, they orchestrated a brutal attack that changed the dynamics of the tiny coal mining village of Cedar Hollow, West Virginia forever. Thirty years after the brutal attack, living in solitude on top of Crutcher Mountain, Billy May discovers the hideout of a young girl - a girl who just happens to be the daughter of one of the boys who attacked Billy May so long ago.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Backwoods and Backwards are Two Different things!!

  • By Myra on 06-05-13

This book could have been amazing.

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

Reviewed: 04-15-16

Usually I say that a book could have been shorter, but this one should have been much longer. I think with more character development and exposition as well as more in-depth storylines, it could have been amazing. This was a difficult book to read (the tragedies that happened to the women of the book), but I feel stronger having read it.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Snow Falls

  • By: Gerri Hill
  • Narrated by: Sara Hawthorne
  • Length: 5 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 366
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 337
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 336

Jennifer Kincaid, on her way to a writer's workshop in the Colorado mountain town of Lake City, gets lost and is stranded by an avalanche. Catherine Ryan-Barrett, running from the fame and fortune of her family name, wants nothing more to spend the winter alone and sequestered in her high mountain cabin. She is not prepared for a party crasher. After spending two months together, they form an unlikely friendship that deepens even further.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good story, but craved a bit more 'depth.'

  • By Rachel R on 03-09-16

Snow Falls

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

Reviewed: 04-12-16

Snow Falls is a romance. I know - I don't need to be reminded of how many times I've stated I don't like romances. This is, however, a bit different. I identify with the love interests and I knew, from the get, that I was starting a romance novel. I thought the characters were well-developed (decent back stories) and relatable. The writing was good. The story kept my interest. Granted, I may not be reading another romance novel for, oh, probably a good 2 - 3 years, but I was happy with this little fix.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Hounding

  • Shirley Combs/Dr. Mary Watson Mysteries
  • By: Sandra de Helen
  • Narrated by: Jess Reed
  • Length: 4 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 20

Tall, thin, androgynous Shirley Combs considers herself the world's greatest living detective because she uses the methods and casebook of Sherlock Holmes to solve crimes of the gentry of the American city most closely resembling London, England - in terms of the weather, at least. Sidekick/narrator Dr. Mary Watson both delights in and is frustrated by her partner's behavioral resemblance to Sherlock. Combs is unemotional, analytical, and given to pacing through the night in the streets of the almost perfectly livable city of Portland, Oregon.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable Sherlockian Story

  • By LilMissMolly on 03-16-14

The Hounding

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

Reviewed: 04-08-16

This was an interesting retelling of The Hound of the Baskervilles with reimagined, uber characters. I think the facts and clues surrounding the case could have used a little work, and with a couple re-reads and re-writes it would have been a great little story (I say this because the original and all subsequently reimagined characters implied to be Sherlock Holmes (that I'm familiar with) are known for their deductive reasoning skills; some of the jumps made in this book would have been much better and not look so much like guesswork and out of the blue had there been a couple things included along the way). I thought the characters were a little flat (I had the feeling that when they were written, many assumptions were made that the audience would just get who they are and less detail was employed than necessary to really make the characters come alive) but they were fun and I did enjoy their lively banter. Solid 3-star story (which really isn't bad!)!

Note on the audio (which has nothing to do with the story, itself): the sound wasn't great. It was really tinny and it made it hard for me to hear many parts.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful