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  • Steelheart

  • The Reckoners, Book 1
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 12 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,166
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,045
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,090

Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his will. Nobody fights the Epics...nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them. And David wants in. He wants Steelheart - the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David's father.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • He got the idea from a near traffic accident

  • By Don Gilbert on 09-26-13

I just don’t get the fuss

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

Reviewed: 11-12-18

The story, though not original, isnt so bad...but the contrivances like David’s bad metaphors, got very, VERY old, very quickly. Way too much wasted time on a concept that did nothing to move the story forward and actually took me out of the story

  • Mercury Revolts

  • The Mercury Series, Book 4
  • By: Robert Kroese
  • Narrated by: Joel Bezaire
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 70
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67

After a lowly software tester named Suzy Cilbrith uncovers evidence of a vast government conspiracy, she turns to a fringe reporter named Eddie Pratt for help. Far from dismissing her wild claims, Eddie reveals that things are even worse than they appear: the US government has been infiltrated by angels, who are attempting to bring about Heaven on Earth - no matter the cost.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very entertaining story but terrible narration

  • By Jessica on 05-17-16

Anyone else confused?

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

Reviewed: 11-11-18

First of all, I hate it when a perfectly good narrator isnused for three cinsecutive books, and is yhen replaced by a narrator who seems to be working overtime to try and compemsate.

Worse though is tbe fact that there are obviiusly huge chunks of data missing from the overarchimg storyline. “ Mercury Rests” seems to be missing from the Audible offerings and there mustve been a ton of info we series readers missed out on. Where is Christine? What made Michael/ Michelle turn from good to bad? And all kinds of other plot points seem to be drastically different- but loyal Audible liateners are missing out. I just dont get this? Why make MOST of a series while leaving it incomplete?

  • Mercury Rises

  • Mercury, Book 2
  • By: Robert Kroese
  • Narrated by: Kevin Stillwell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 270
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 249
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 251

Fresh off their successful quest to thwart not one, but two diabolical plots to destroy the world, jaded reporter Christine Temetri and rough cherub Mercury find that mysterious powers outranking even the Heavenly bureaucracy seem intent on keeping the Apocalypse on track. Mercury Rises continues author Robert Kroese’s tale of the heroic cherub Mercury, who is generally well-intentioned, rarely well-behaved, and always well-armed with a droll remark. While the world is plagued by natural disasters and nations.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A humorous distraction, I enjoyed it very much!

  • By Tatia on 06-19-16

Good book with a caveat...Iowa, despite its depiction, was the first state in the Union to allow gay marriage

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

Reviewed: 11-07-18

Just saying. I’ve enjoyed the Mercury series so far. It’s a fun, madcap romp through theology, demons & angels and the Apocalypse- what’s not to love? Despite all of that, and the great narration by Kevin Stilwell, I take issue with the continuing take on Iowa being a bastion of conservatism when relating to Troy. We were after all, the first state to legalize gay marriage. Even if we have fallen prey to the conservative bent the whole country has devolved into. Actually, now that I think about it, we appear to have become as sheep-like as the rest of the country. So. Never mind. How ‘bout them Bears?

  • Robopocalypse

  • A Novel
  • By: Daniel H. Wilson
  • Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
  • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,235
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,804
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,817

In the near future, at a moment no one will notice, all the dazzling technology that runs our world will unite and turn against us. Taking on the persona of a shy human boy, a childlike but massively powerful artificial intelligence known as Archos comes online and assumes control over the global network of machines that regulate everything from transportation to utilities, defense and communication. In the months leading up to this, sporadic glitches are noticed by a handful of unconnected humans - a single mother, a lonely Japanese bachelor, and an isolated U.S. soldier....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • OMG! The hyperbole is the GREATEST EVER!!!!!

  • By Raxxillion on 07-15-11

Life is too short to listen to awful dialogue

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

Reviewed: 11-06-18

Daniel H Wilson (along with those of us who purchased his book) could’ve greatly benefited from working with an editor. Life is too short to listen to otherwise nice concepts & a talented narrator go to waste by the inclusion of such ridiculous & awful dialogue. So much of it was completely unbelievable or cringe worthy. Sorry, but I can’t finIsh this book.

  • Gods, Monsters, and the Lucky Peach

  • By: Kelly Robson
  • Narrated by: Nancy Wu
  • Length: 5 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5

In 2267, Earth has just begun to recover from worldwide ecological disasters. Minh is part of the generation that first moved back up to the surface of the Earth from the underground hells. She's spent her entire life restoring river ecosystems, but lately, the kind of long-term restoration projects Minh works on have been stalled due to the invention of time travel. When she gets the opportunity take a team to 2000 BC to survey the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, she jumps at the chance to uncover the secrets of the shadowy think tank that controls time travel technology. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable with great narration, but...a bit short AND unfinished

  • By Mark Hancock on 11-05-18

Enjoyable with great narration, but...a bit short AND unfinished

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

Reviewed: 11-05-18

I’m not especially a fan of cliffhangers; but I HATE a cliffhanger that is also essentially an unfinished ending. The story was unique enough, I enjoyed the characters, world & concepts, and the narration of Nancy Wu is superb. I will buy the next book & if the writing & narration continues to be of this caliber, I will probably buy into the series. That said, I feel cheated by this particular ending. Not sure if it’s a publisher’s move or if the author decided to do things this way, but it bugged me enough to say something. However, don’t let that decide your purchase. It’s a fresh look at time travel & an interesting melding of SF concepts. Overall, I still give 5 stars.

  • Charmcaster

  • By: Sebastien de Castell
  • Narrated by: Joe Jameson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 30

A failed mage learns that just because he's not the chosen one it doesn't mean he can't be a hero in the third book of an exciting adventure fantasy series from Sebastien de Castell. Kellen's life as an outlaw spellslinger is about to get a lot worse. In Gitabria, a miraculous discovery draws spies from all over the continent willing to kill to get their hands on it. Swept up in the race for power, Kellen is forced to join the pursuit. But the invention holds a dark secret-one that could spark a war.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Young Man forced to grow up.

  • By @tone0189 on 11-15-18

de Castell + Jameson = another wonderful story

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

Reviewed: 10-23-18

So glad I took a chance on Traitor’s Blade a few months ago, because it opened up the world of Sebastien de Castell to me & it’s a world worth living in. Both the Spellslinger series and the Greatcoats series are top tier worlds of heroic protagonists facing the world against all odds.

And Joe Jameson is a world class narrator; despite the gender (or species), he delivers the goods in glorious fashion. These aren’t credits you’ll ever second guess. I don’t care who you are- these books are fantastic.

  • Wrecked

  • An IQ Novel
  • By: Joe Ide
  • Narrated by: Sullivan Jones
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 338
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 318
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 314

Isaiah Quintabe - IQ for short - has never been more successful or felt more alone. A series of high-profile wins in his hometown of East Long Beach have made him notorious. Dodson, once his sidekick, is now his full-fledged partner, hell-bent on giving IQ's PI business some legitimacy. So when a young painter approaches IQ for help tracking down her missing mother, it's not just the case Isaiah's looking for but the human connection. And when his new confidant turns out to be connected to a dangerous paramilitary operation, IQ falls victim to a threat even a genius can't see coming.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Worst IQ yet

  • By RickyF on 10-27-18

Great story, with flaws

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

Reviewed: 10-14-18

I’ve really enjoyed the character arcs of these three novels, starting with IQ , then Righteois, and now Wrecked. Isaiah is a brilliant, damaged, lonely soul & who can’t identify with feeling that way at some point. Dodson and all the other characters are basically decent but flawed and tryimg their hardest to eke out some sort of happiness in their everyday lives, without getting in their own way.
No real spoilers here, but I will say this. In terms of story, each book has plenty to offer. And I dug through all three books on about 4 days. So the story & characters are all there. But the inconsitencies or plot holes that showed up somewhat in the second book were much more plentiful in Wrecked, almost to the point of giving up a couple of times.
Every good novel with action and detective work happening has a certain amount of required suspension of disbelief. In a fantasy series, you expect magic. In science fiction, it’s new technology or time travel. And in an IQ book, you expect Isaiah to pull ideas out ofnthin air to save the day. But when Isaiah does something incredibly stupid, like, say, leaving a murderous bad guy tied up with a chance of escape or rescue as the story is reaching its pinnacle, That bugs me. It always bothers me when solid characters do things so contrary to their nature juat to make a plot “work”. Dodson’s wife was very inconsiatent, too...though I actually liked Dodson a lot more in this book. He’s attained some
real personal growth.
Anyway- i enjoyed all three booka. Thia one juat had some noticeable ticks that bugged me. Cheers

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  • Exit Strategy

  • By: Martha Wells
  • Narrated by: Kevin R. Free
  • Length: 3 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 565
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 516
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 515

Having traveled the width of the galaxy to unearth details of its own murderous transgressions, as well as those of the GrayCris Corporation, Murderbot is heading home to help Dr. Mensah - its former owner (protector? friend?) - submit evidence that could prevent GrayCris from destroying more colonists in its never-ending quest for profit. But who's going to believe a SecUnit gone rogue? And what will become of it when it's caught?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Please ma'am, may i have moar Murderbot?

  • By Fitzwibble on 10-03-18

Martha Wells + Murderbot + Kevin Free= original, funny & fantastic

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

Reviewed: 10-07-18

Martha Wells hasn’t written a book I have not loved, & until last year, I didnt know her name. That’s criminal. What a mind & what range! Love this series.

And Kevin Free has the perfect tone & delivery for Murderbot/ Sec Unit Riin. What could easily be ruined, depending on a narrator’s delivery style is perfect in his hands.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Separation of Power

  • Mitch Rapp Series
  • By: Vince Flynn
  • Narrated by: Ken Kliban
  • Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,538
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5,916
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,894

Newly appointed CIA director Dr. Irene Kennedy is the target of an inside plot to destroy her and prematurely end the American President's term. To make matters worse, Saddam Hussein is close to entering the nuclear arms race - something Israel has vowed to stop. With the haunting specter of World War III looming, the president calls on his secret weapon: top counter-terrorism operative Mitch Rapp. But with only two weeks to take out the nukes, Rapp is up against a ticking clock - and impossible odds.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator turns Rapp into a snooty, cranky man

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-02-11

Giving up- terrible narration, pathetic laziness in storytelling

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

Reviewed: 10-04-18

The action was the only thing that kept me in the game anymore with this series. It’s like reading two different authors from the books American Assassin & Kill Shot. The last 3 have been slipshod, poorly written, and with this book, over dramatically narrated

  • The Third Option

  • Mitch Rapp Series
  • By: Vince Flynn
  • Narrated by: Nick Sullivan
  • Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,522
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,672
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,645

CIA counterterrorism operative Mitch Rapp falls prey to government forces with an agenda of their own after Dr. Irene Kennedy is named the successor to dying CIA Director Thomas Stansfield—a choice that enrages many inside the world’s most powerful intelligence agency. Her detractors will resort to extreme measures to prevent her from taking the reins—which makes Rapp an expendable asset. But Mitch Rapp is no one’s pawn, and he will stop at nothing to find out who has set him up.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • If it had an ending, I'd give it a 5.

  • By Henry on 06-07-11

Inconsistent & at times ridiculous, but decent “action read”

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

Reviewed: 10-04-18

I’ve always stayed away from the Vince Flynn’s of the publishing world, but having thought American Assassin was the first in the actual series, I was pleasantly surprised. Kill Shot was also pretty good. Based on those books, I purchased the next three...too soon. It’s like reading a completely different author. Too much inane behavior, lame dialogue & weak character plotting/ 1 dimensional beings. And excessive political agenda ( from the author, rather than the characters & novel). I was invested enough in the story to continue, but it’s all pretty boilerplate & not for anyone looking for depth.