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  • Warlock Holmes: The Sign of Nine

  • Warlock Holmes, Book 4
  • By: G. S. Denning
  • Narrated by: Robert Garson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79

 

Warlock Holmes may have demons in his head, but now, Dr. John Watson has a mummy in his bloodstream. Specifically that of the sorcerer Xantharaxes, who, when shredded and dissolved in an eight percent solution, results in some extremely odd but useful prophetic dreams. There's also the small matter of Watson falling for yet another damsel du jour and Warlock deciding that his companion needs some domestic bliss....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • you've disappointed me G. S.

  • By wolfman on 05-23-19

Absurd demonic fun

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

Reviewed: 05-27-19

With the exception of a painfully badly mispronounced "outré" right out of the gate, this is a well narrated addition to the Warlock Holmes series.

  • The Vital Abyss

  • An Expanse Novella
  • By: James S. A. Corey
  • Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
  • Length: 2 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,533
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,354
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,349

Somewhere in the vast expanse of space, a group of prisoners lives in permanent captivity. The only company they have is each other and the Belters who guard them. The only stories they know are the triumphs and crimes that brought them there. The only future they see is an empty life in an enormous room.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • James S.A. Corey and Jefferson Mays!

  • By Brian on 12-09-15

Redemption for 'Gods of Risk'

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

Reviewed: 05-07-19

My review of the first Expanse novella was pretty scathing, especially regarding the tedium of the pace. Strangely, this novella follows a similar slow pace, but it does it in a way that blows GOR out of the water. The content is significant to the storyline without being essential and evokes more in-depth ethical questions than a graduate seminar on bioethics (I can personally attest to this). Well done guys.

  • Gods of Risk

  • An Expanse Novella
  • By: James S. A. Corey
  • Narrated by: Erik Davies
  • Length: 2 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,782
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,591
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,583

As tension between Mars and Earth mounts, and terrorism plagues the Martian city of Londres Nova, 16-year-old David Draper is fighting his own lonely war. A gifted chemist vying for a place at the university, David leads a secret life as a manufacturer for a ruthless drug dealer. When his friend Leelee goes missing, leaving signs of the dealer's involvement, David takes it upon himself to save her. But first he must shake his aunt Bobbie Draper, an ex-marine who has been set adrift in her own life after a mysterious series of events nobody is talking about.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story! Weird narrator..

  • By bryan c. on 03-29-17

Embarrassingly badly written

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

Reviewed: 04-11-19

It seems nice to include a novella between novels 2 and 3. But this has nothing, and I mean NOTHING, to do with the other books, it's poorly written and never actually finds a purpose. I think there's a tipping point with many successful authors, where the incentives from the money overpower good storytelling. I fear Corey's hit his a bit prematurely with this.

  • Too Many Curses

  • By: A. Lee Martinez
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 323
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 284
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 286

The wizard Margle the Horrendous takes special pride in never killing his enemies. Instead, he transforms them into various accursed forms and locks them away in his castle. It's Nessy's duty to tend this castle. Its a lot of work, but she manages, taking pride in housekeeping talents that keep the castle from collapsing into chaos. But when Margle suddenly dies, everything begins to unravel.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable!

  • By S. Friday on 06-07-11

Like a wailing chalk board

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

Reviewed: 11-23-18

Not sure if we should blame the narrator or the sound director, but the pitches she reaches with some of the voices were truly painful. So distracting I can't get through the book.

  • The Labyrinth Index

  • By: Charles Stross
  • Narrated by: Bianca Amato
  • Length: 13 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 385
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 352
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 352

The arrival of vast, alien, inhuman intelligences reshaped the landscape for human affairs across the world, and the United Kingdom is no exception. Things have changed in Britain since the dread elder god Nyarlathotep ascended to the rank of prime minister. In America, a thousand-mile-wide storm system has blanketed the Midwest, and the president is nowhere to be found. The government has been infiltrated by the shadowy Black Chamber, and the Pentagon and NASA have been refocused on the problem of summoning Cthulhu.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great entertainment — funny and thoughtful

  • By William B Baker on 11-04-18

Deliciously devious

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

Reviewed: 11-13-18

The first bit: yes, it's a different narrator but he did the same with Moe's book so you'll get used to it. She manages to pull off Lovecraftian vowel-less phrases with an accent worthy of a BBC news anchor. The second bit: if you can forgive the sloppiness from the last book (The Mandate->Black Pharaoh) then the plot is pretty awesome. We're moving into case nightmare green here, so hold on tight!

  • Anno Dracula

  • Book 1
  • By: Kim Newman
  • Narrated by: William Gaminara
  • Length: 11 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 315
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 287
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 286

With the versatile voice talent of William Gaminara, acclaimed novelist Kim Newman explores the darkest depths of a reinvented Victorian London. It is 1888, and Queen Victoria has remarried, taking as her new consort the Wallachian Prince infamously known as Count Dracula. Peppered with familiar characters from Victorian history and fiction, the novel tells the story of vampire Geneviève Dieudonné and British spy Charles Beauregard as they strive to solve the mystery of the Ripper murders.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Fun combo of history with famous fiction

  • By Virginia on 01-10-12

Deeper and darker than you might expect

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

Reviewed: 10-05-18

Although dragging a bit in places, this seems like an interesting new series. It's not the tongue in cheek horror-comedy I was expecting, but it's entertaining. Think of it more as an alternate history of Dracula.

  • Meddling Kids

  • A Novel
  • By: Edgar Cantero
  • Narrated by: Kyla Garcia
  • Length: 12 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 946
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 894
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 892

Summer 1977. The Blyton Summer Detective Club (of Blyton Hills, a small mining town in Oregon's Zoinx River Valley) solved their final mystery and unmasked the elusive Sleepy Lake monster - another low-life fortune hunter trying to get his dirty hands on the legendary riches hidden in Deboën Mansion. And he would have gotten away with it, too, if it weren't for those meddling kids.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • should have been a YA novel

  • By Bearded Barista on 08-20-17

Ironic Entertainment

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

Reviewed: 09-19-18

A great read if you want a light hearted Lovecraftian horror-comedy novel. There's some oddness in how Cantero wrote it (something between a script and a novel), but it's worth slogging through those bits.

  • The Creeps

  • A Samuel Johnson Tale
  • By: John Connolly
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 176
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 166
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 165

In this clever and quirky follow-up to The Gates and The Infernals, Samuel Johnson's life seems to have finally settled down - after all, he's still got the company of his faithful dachshund Boswell and his bumbling demon friend Nurd; he has foiled the dreaded forces of darkness not once but twice; and he's now dating the lovely Lucy Highmore.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hilarious!

  • By Twikkers on 08-02-17

Think 'Aladin 4, Jafar Gets a Haircut'

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

Reviewed: 07-20-18

I love most of John's work. He is guilty of milking his two big successes, Charlie Parker and Samuel Johnson, far beyond any natural end point. Narrator from "The Gates" is much better. Blatently transphobic, a real shock from this author.

  • After the End of the World

  • By: Jonathan L. Howard
  • Narrated by: Ari Fliakos
  • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,035
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 980
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 978

The Unfolded World is a bitter and unfriendly place for Daniel Carter and Emily Lovecraft. In this world the Cold War never happened because the Soviet Union ceased to exist in 1941. In this world the Nazi Großdeutschland is the premier superpower and is not merely tolerated but indulged because, in this world, the Holocaust happened behind the ruins of the Iron Curtain and consumed only Bolsheviks, Communists, and others the West was glad to see gone. In this world there are monsters, and not all of them are human.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic fun, eldritch horrors, and a cliffhanger

  • By S. Yates on 11-17-17

Delicious pulp fiction/cosmic horror

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

Reviewed: 11-16-17

JLH figured out a plausible way for an aryan Gestapo agent to pleadingly ask the black protagonist not to call him the "n-word" (Nazi). I'm pretty sure he wrote the rest of the plot just to setup that line. Totally worth it.

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  • Naked Statistics

  • Stripping the Dread from the Data
  • By: Charles Wheelan
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,437
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,099
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,089

From batting averages and political polls to game shows and medical research, the real-world application of statistics continues to grow by leaps and bounds. How can we catch schools that cheat on standardized tests? How does Netflix know which movies you'll like? What is causing the rising incidence of autism? As best-selling author Charles Wheelan shows us in Naked Statistics, the right data and a few well-chosen statistical tools can help us answer these questions and more.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Basic, but very well explained

  • By Philo on 05-17-13

Good Content from a Chauvinist Author

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

Reviewed: 07-06-17

I love the idea and the intuitive points trying to help educate me on statistics were pretty cool. It's too bad that this author has to rely on baseball stats, fat jokes and a blonde haired professional volleyball player woman in a short skirt and heels (seriously) to make his points. Not sure it'd be possible to get a more sterotypical 'old white guy' narrative. Want something better without feeling like you're watching Porky's? Go read 'Everbody Lies'. It doesn't provide the same statistical education but covers a lot of the same paradigm shifts.

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