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  • The Assassin's Curse

  • By: Cassandra Rose Clarke
  • Narrated by: Tania Rodrigues
  • Length: 7 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 190
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 178
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 175

Ananna of the Tanarau abandons ship when her parents try to marry her off to an allying pirate clan. But that only prompts the scorned clan to send an assassin after her. And when Ananna faces him down one night, armed with magic she doesn't really know how to use, she accidentally activates a curse binding them together.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An okay read

  • By A. Sunmonu on 10-31-12

Ugh. Romance Hiding Under a Fantasy Title

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

Reviewed: 10-27-18

I was really hoping for some fantasy Arabian nights and pirates story here. The world building was solid, interesting and well thought out. Yep, lots of detail on pirate life, magic, elemental spells. I loved all that. The detail put into clothing, culture is just wonderful reading.

The problem with the lead character is that she was written with a classic, thoughtless romance trope- another "I fell in love with my captor" story. This is an overdone romance ploy that is just lazy writing.I think Cassandra Rose Clarke is capable of better writing than this. As a grown woman, I read this and thought, "This is just unrealistic. Who's going buckle down with an Assassin and look dreamily into the eyes of guy hired to murder you?" It would have been far more interesting if they just hated each other but had to work together.

The narrator is great, I would listen to her again. All the characters were clear, accented and distinguishable.

Sorry, there's no way I'm signing on for another book in this series. You start out with lazy story lines, it only gets worse.

  • Differently Morphous

  • By: Yahtzee Croshaw
  • Narrated by: Yahtzee Croshaw
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,160
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,936
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,926

A magical serial killer is on the loose, and gelatinous, otherworldly creatures are infesting the English countryside. Which is making life for the Ministry of Occultism difficult, because magic is supposed to be their best kept secret. After centuries in the shadows, the Ministry is forced to unmask, exposing the country's magical history - and magical citizens - to a brave new world of social media, government scrutiny, and public relations.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Meddling Muggles Muddle it Up

  • By Dubi on 11-07-18

Just another Villain story...

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

Reviewed: 10-04-18

Typically I adore Croshaw books. His witty dialogue and interesting characters make the listen enjoyable. In this case, the world building took most of the novel and wasn't very original or entertaining. The lead "Villain/Not Villain" is a vaudeville character that was ridiculous even in the context of the world in which the story takes place.

To sum up: Mildly entertaining, not original storyline that is working towards a series. A series that I'm not committed to reading further.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A Gift of Time

  • By: Jerry Merritt
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,637
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,281
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,261

When Micajah Fenton discovers a crater in his front yard with a broken time glider in the bottom and a naked, virtual woman on his lawn, he delays his plans to kill himself. While helping repair the marooned time traveler's glider, Cager realizes it can return him to his past to correct a mistake that had haunted him his entire life. As payment for his help, the virtual creature living in the circuitry of the marooned glider, sends Cager back in time as his 10-year-old self.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Smart and original

  • By J. OBrennan on 12-29-17

A New Gift in Timetravel Novels

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

Reviewed: 01-05-18

This book surprised me. I've read so many time travel books that their goals and themes run together. To take a lead character who is flawed, utterly human and NOT make him a hero was refreshing. Micjah is a man in pain who sees an opportunity to change his past and stumbles through learning how to be human along the way.

This book has aliens, time travel, compassion and a cast of interesting characters. Unlike many time travel novels, this is not a moral lesson of the fatality of our destinies nor a story of the triumph over the odds. It's the answer to an intellectual question: What exactly would an ordinary guy do with time on his side?

The reader is great with accents and each character was easy to tell apart. If you happen to hate Southern accents, skip this book. The book paces well and I was, like previous reviewers, powering through this audio because I was excited by it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Forgotten Ages

  • The Complete Saga
  • By: Lindsay Buroker
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 23 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 761
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 710
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 710

The greatest military leader of his time. The most talented code breaker her people have. Sworn enemies. When deadly secrets from the ancient past are unearthed, secrets capable of fracturing the world and destroying all life on the planet, these two enemies will have to work together. They are humanity's only hope.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Some breaks in logic, but an enjoyable listen

  • By Greg on 07-19-16

Romance trash, not fantasy or science fiction

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

Reviewed: 07-22-17

I wanted to like this. The characters are interesting. I couldn't get past the longing looks and sighs over her enemy whom she now adores. I couldn't finish but I'm betting the lead characters do everything they are dreaming about in every single chapter.

Narrator is fine. The author's world building was solid. if you love romance novels, this is for you.

  • The Seduction of Phaeton Black

  • By: Stone Jillian Stone
  • Narrated by: Joel Richards
  • Length: 11 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 24

In the gaslit streets of Victorian London, phantoms rule the night, demons dance till dawn, and one supernatural detective dares to be seduced by the greatest power of all…He's the man with the magic touch. A master of deduction, seduction, and other midnight maneuvers, Phaeton Black is Scotland Yard's secret weapon against things that go bump in the night. His prodigious gifts as a paranormal investigator are as legendary as his skills as a lover, his weakness for wicked women as notorious as his affection for absinthe.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • I wanted to like this

  • By Crystal on 02-07-17

I wanted to like this

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

Reviewed: 02-07-17

I was warned there was a lot sex in this book. I thought I was OK with that. One hour in and I had to stop. I don't want that much detail about anybody's sex life, real or imagined.

Not for the faint of heart.

My apologies to the die hard fans. I really like Steam Punk... usually.

  • We Are Legion (We Are Bob)

  • Bobiverse, Book 1
  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67,372
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 63,219
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63,090

Bob Johansson has just sold his software company and is looking forward to a life of leisure. There are places to go, books to read, and movies to watch. So it's a little unfair when he gets himself killed crossing the street. Bob wakes up a century later to find that corpsicles have been declared to be without rights, and he is now the property of the state. He has been uploaded into computer hardware and is slated to be the controlling AI in an interstellar probe looking for habitable planets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ignore the Publisher's Summary! This is Amazing!

  • By PW on 04-12-17

fun sci-fi and Bob

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

Reviewed: 12-28-16

Well balanced between future tech and humor. We, the audience ride along with Bob as he unwillingly searches the galaxy for a new planet for human habitation.

The brilliance of this book is how the author accurately protrays humanity in the face of total devastation. There is no unity, celebration of diversity. It's huddled masses fighting for time and the attention of Bob while also exploiting him at ever turn.

Bob's response to how he's being treated is equal measure hope and practicality. A human mind made immortal, Bob remains dedicated to saving the human race even if it takes generations to do so.

Ray Porter is Bob to me. His narration sells the characters and enhance the experience.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Free: Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff

  • By: Pappy Pariah
  • Narrated by: Sean Penn, Frances McDormand, Ari Fliakos, and others
  • Length: 2 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 3,508
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,189
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 3,190

By turns tender and terrifying, Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff captures America on the verge of political upheaval in 2016 and introduces us to a man who just might be able to save us from the oncoming horror. Yes, Bob Honey - carnival carny, sewage specialist, and government operative, among other occupations - has spent years in preparation, crisscrossing the world in the employ of a mysterious government program that pays in small bills.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Just friggin weird man...

  • By agreenbuddha on 12-12-16

Stream of Conscious Meet Bob Honey, Weirdo

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

Reviewed: 10-19-16

Take a trip through the mind of a CIA operative or maybe just a lunatic.

Bob Honey appears to be a retired idiot living a lonely life as the neighborhood weirdo. But is he? Told through Bob's thoughts, narrative and breakouts where a CIA computer explains terminology along the way; this is by the most out there novella I've heard in years.

What makes this book so compelling is not Bob himself. His persona is one of dumbness and paranoia. What makes this book compelling is the truth telling behind the madness of his thoughts. In his scat rhyming he's talking about thinly veiled public figures; his insights into how governments are overthrown and his humble real or imagined operations in them.

Whipping back and forth in time and places, you will often have to take a second to get your bearings. Bob narratives guides you and characters become narratives of their own. Some of the characters also have their own voices, which adds to the enjoyment of this story.

Is Bob's ex-wife really stalking him with an ice cream truck? Why does Bob know what Semtex smells like? This book will not answer your questions. It will make you ask 20 new ones. Including, how Bob knows what he does and is Pappy Pariah (that beloved pseudonym) better informed than us?

This book is so timely to the current state of politics and somewhat centrist that it's like a dispassionate historian is rambling his thoughts on history over a beer at the bar. I have a hard time believing how quickly this book came to publication and is THAT current. Wow. Just amazing.

6 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • The Atlantis Gene

  • The Origin Mystery, Book 1
  • By: A.G. Riddle
  • Narrated by: Stephen Bel Davies
  • Length: 15 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,531
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6,779
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,797

Seventy thousand years ago, the human race almost went extinct. We survived, but no one knows how.

Until now. The countdown to the next stage of human evolution is about to begin, and humanity might not survive this time. The Immari are good at keeping secrets. For 2,000 years, they've hidden the truth about human evolution. They've also searched for an ancient enemy - a threat that could wipe out the human race. Now the search is over.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderfully Horrible

  • By Laura Roderick on 07-29-17

It's Sci-Fi, Wait it's a Spy Novel, or?

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

Reviewed: 06-20-16

What made the experience of listening to The Atlantis Gene the most enjoyable?

I enjoyed the characters, even amid the stereotyping. The overall story kept me interested and I didn't see some of the twists coming. I truly can't decide what to call this genre; thankfully, it hit a number of genres that I enjoy all at once. There's the sci-fi aspects of Atlantis and the action of a John Le Carre novel; and throw some nazis in there for fun.
The changes in perspective separated the multiple time periods which kept the reader's attention.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Well, Kate of course...she's really the hero even if she doesn't think so. She doesn't ask for any of the action within the plot and yet she keeps moving forward no matter what.

What three words best describe Stephen Bel Davies’s performance?

Great reader- good characters EXCEPT one. Dorian gnawed at me as a voice that sounded too female for a male character. It confused me. Clear speaker, no weird pronunciations, even with the accented characters.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

"This time we need a scientist to save humanity."

  • The Fold

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,166
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,084
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,036

The folks in Mike Erikson's small New England town would say he's just your average, everyday guy. And that's exactly how Mike likes it. Sure, the life he's chosen isn't much of a challenge to someone with his unique gifts, but he's content with his quiet and peaceful existence. That is, until an old friend presents him with an irresistible mystery, one that Mike is uniquely qualified to solve.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Had so much promise

  • By Brian G on 09-01-17

Enjoyable...jumps genre?

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

Reviewed: 04-30-16

I am a fan of Peter Cline's "14." I was immediately interested in the plot of this novel as well. I like a number of the characters as well. The male/female relationship also held up in my opinion. Scientists working together are always full of quirks. The book held my interest and was suspenseful. The writing is solid. It's not exactly science and not exactly fantasy. I loved the consequences of folding space. I don't want to spoiler by saying much more there.

Here's my two minor complaints. 1) The obsession with shiny roaches in the authors books 2) the jumping from science to fantasy during the story climax.

Reader has distinct voices for characters, enough that I could keep them clear in my head, even listening across the room.

Many people have said that one of the curses of listening to books is that you catch repeated phrases. By the end of the novel, I was ready to scream each time, "He counted to 5 and then responded" was uttered. Couldn't he clear his throat? Pause to take a breathe, ponder his thoughts, etc. Mr. Clines, you are more creative than that.

Good book- but if little things will 'bug' you, skip it.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 14

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,229
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,276
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 37,279

There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Overrated

  • By David on 04-03-13

It's a 14 out of 10 for Fun and Surprises

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

Reviewed: 07-07-15

I picked up this book from the Audible suggestions. It isn't normally the type of title or subject that would interest me. It was a chance so worth it!

Down on his luck, our lead character moves to cheaper digs on a suggestion. Nate discovers his new apartment has some "quirks" and is quickly sucked into a monstrous mystery.

There's little that I can share without spoilers. I can say that I had a number of "Yep, I saw that coming" mixed with "I didn't see that at all!"

The narrator has clear characters and even the females are consistently good.

I recommend this book for sci-fi, mystery and supernatural fiction lovers.

0 of 5 people found this review helpful