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Robert A Vaughan

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  • H.P. Lovecraft: The Complete Omnibus Collection, Volume I: 1917-1926

  • By: Howard Phillips Lovecraft, Finn J.D. John
  • Narrated by: Finn J.D. John
  • Length: 23 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 668
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 626
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 623

This is volume one of a two-volume omnibus set comprising the complete fictional works of Howard Phillips Lovecraft. Every story written for publication under his own name is included in this set, from 1917 through 1935. (Poems, ghostwritten material, and stories written in collaboration with other writers are not included.)

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cthulhu approves.

  • By Michal on 01-30-18

Can't disagree

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

Reviewed: 03-22-19

I have to say that many of the other reviewers are correct, the narrator is terrible. I was hoping that I would find a nice compilation of stories that I have enjoyed reading over the years. However, the narrator is just too difficult and really kills the enjoyment of the works. Lovecraft loves the words hideous and ancient, and I've never heard anyone pronounce hideous as hih-jus nor ancient as ain-see-ant. It's painful and almost comes across like the Flinn JD John's is somehow trolling Lovecraft fans. I love the history added and the perspective, but the narrators cheesy choice and pronunciations are just destroying the enjoyment.

  • Blameless

  • The Parasol Protectorate, Book 3
  • By: Gail Carriger
  • Narrated by: Emily Gray
  • Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 326
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 296
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 296

Quitting her husband's house and moving back in with her horrible family, Lady Maccon becomes the scandal of the London season. Queen Victoria dismisses her from the Shadow Council, and the only person who can explain anything, Lord Akeldama, unexpectedly leaves town. To top it all off, Alexia is attacked by homicidal mechanical ladybugs, indicating, as only ladybugs can, the fact that all of London's vampires are now very much interested in seeing Alexia quite thoroughly dead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Recording oddities

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-27-18

Good series, interesting world

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

Reviewed: 03-01-19

I really like the characters she their development. The interactions are much better than a lot of more well known books. Some things about the setting I don't particularly care for, like the undead nature of all supernaturals, but these things are easily overlooked due to the strong story and character development.

  • The Dark Tower II

  • The Drawing of the Three
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Frank Muller
  • Length: 12 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,679
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 14,278
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,219

In this second volume, Roland encounters three mysterious doorways on a deserted beach along the Western Sea. Each one enters into a different person's life in New York - here, he joins forces with the defiant young Eddie Dean and with the beautiful, brilliant, and brave Odetta Holmes in a savage struggle against underworld evil and otherworldly enemies. They also become the companions, forming a ka-tet, who will assist him on his quest to save the Dark Tower.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great book

  • By Megan on 08-09-16

Terrible, refund please?

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

Reviewed: 07-24-17

I've never been a huge fan of Stephen King 's writing, his stories are great but his actual writing is atrocious. I had to stop on chapter two of this book after suffering through the first book. If I hear the word palaver one more time I will lose my mind, you can tell when Mr. King discovers a new fifty cent word because he not only over uses it but generally incorrectly. That's just the book, the narrator is by far the worst I've ever listened to. If I had to listen to him for an entire book I may be tempted to drive off a bridge. His cadence is similar to water torture and his intonation is rushed and overly dramatic. The only thing that I can compare it to is a geriatric phone sex operator reading bad fan fiction.

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  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 212,623
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 198,532
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 198,118

At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book.

  • By Julie W. Capell on 05-27-14

Wow!

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

Reviewed: 07-07-17

This is one of the most resonating books I have ever read, it touches base with so many things in my life from hobbies to growing up as a child in the 80s. This is an instant favorite to say the least.

  • Preternatural Affairs, Books 1-3

  • Witch Hunt, Silver Bullet, and Hotter Than Helltown
  • By: SM Reine
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 16 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 372
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 339
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 343

My name's Cesar Hawke. I'm a witch working for a division of the government you've never heard about. The world's not what everyone thinks it is - unless you think that our world's a pawn in a game of chess between Heaven and Hell, and riddled with as much magic and wonder as it is with evil. In that case, the world is exactly what you think. My place of employment - the Office of Preternatural Affairs - takes a modern approach to an ages-old problem.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Bad, "it was a dark and stormy night" bad

  • By Dianne on 12-07-14

Great book!

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

Reviewed: 06-16-17

The urban gothic horror or modern fantasy genre had long been my favorite and this book does that genre justice. In line with the Dresden Files books with more emphasis on covert government winchesters. The main character was okay, I could definitely tell that it was a make written by a woman though which took away a small amount from the series, but I still plan to look for more in the series.

  • Killing Floor

  • A Jack Reacher Novel
  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 17 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,831
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,983
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,950

Ex-military policeman Jack Reacher is a drifter. He's just passing through Margrave, Georgia, and in less than an hour, he's arrested for murder. Not much of a welcome. All Reacher knows is that he didn't kill anybody. At least not here. Not lately. But he doesn't stand a chance of convincing anyone. Not in Margrave, Georgia. Not a chance in hell.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Even if you have it GET THIS ONE!!

  • By shelley on 10-30-15

Highly disappointing

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

Reviewed: 06-02-17

Without giving spoilers, this entire plot was lazy and ill planned. The characters were mostly lame and the interactions between them were "romance/bromance" novel bad. This book, from beginning to end felt like it was written for weak sexually repressed southern baptists.. I will not be continuing on any sort of a Jack Reacher journey.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Kill Switch

  • Joe Ledger, Book 8
  • By: Jonathan Maberry
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 17 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,548
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,274
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,263

Terrorists have acquired a terrible new weapon that can crash the power grid and plunge America into a new dark age. A coordinated attack is planned to shut out all lights and emergency services to 10 major cities. Planes will fall, hospitals will go dark, no help will come. And in that terrible darkness, a dreadful plague will be released. If the lights go off, nothing can stop the bioweapon from killing millions. At the same time, the intelligence services are being torn apart from within by a plague of betrayal, murder, and suicide.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • When the lights go out

  • By Ryan Hooey on 04-26-16

Best yet

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

Reviewed: 05-09-17

I've been a big fan of the Joe Ledger series, and while this one hit deep and hard into your gut, the bridge made between series and just the power of this story was unparalleled.

  • Prince of Lies

  • Forgotten Realms: The Avatar, Book 4
  • By: James Lowder
  • Narrated by: Nicole Greevy
  • Length: 12 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 111
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 112

An all-new version of one of the key titles in the entire Forgotten Realms novel line. This title is the fourth in a series of recovers of the popular Avatar series. At the time of its original release, this series presented key events that impacted the entire Forgotten Realms world, and the effects of those events are still felt in current novels. This re-released series features a cohesive cover design and all-new art.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great story, terrible narrator.

  • By Robert A Vaughan on 06-06-16

Great story, terrible narrator.

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

Reviewed: 06-06-16

Once again a perfectly wonderful story ruined by Nicole Greevy. She has a terrible grasp of the English language. For instance, her inability to distinguish hiding something away in secret and a secretion from the body. These books need redone by a talented narrator badly.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Tantras

  • Forgotten Realms: The Avatar, Book 2
  • By: Scott Ciencin
  • Narrated by: Nicole Greevy
  • Length: 12 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 153
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 137
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138

Heroes stand trial! When Elminster, the Old Sage of Shadowdale, is apparently slain, Midnight and Adon stand trial for his murder. When Bane, god of murder, and his allies seek the lost Tablets of Fate, a slender dark-haired woman is all that stands between Faern and disaster. When a friend betrays them, Midnight and her companions can trust no one.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good

  • By Rcs on 04-12-19

Fantastic story terrible narrator

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

Reviewed: 05-12-16

Like the previous book in the series the story is fantastic but the narrator is terrible. The narrator has a terrible issue with inflection and acting out voices and her cadence leaves little to be desired,which combined with the many mispronunciations, it almost makes listening to these books a chore rather than the delight that it should be.

  • Shadowdale

  • Forgotten Realms: The Avatar, Book 1
  • By: Scott Ciencin
  • Narrated by: Nicole Greevy
  • Length: 11 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 251
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 232
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 232

When the gods are banished from the heavens, they must travel through Faern in the guise of mortals. When four companions, last survivors of the Company of the Lynx, find themselves in possession of a mysterious amulet, they must escape death at the hand of Bane, god of murder. When magic itself runs wild, no one can say that the most innocent of spells will not destroy the world.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Middling storyline and uninspired delivery

  • By Adam on 04-06-13

Better Narrators Please

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

Reviewed: 05-05-16

As is the case with many audio books that I have purchased, the overall quality is diminished by a less than gifted narrator. This is the case with Nicole Greevy. I'm not sure which is worse, her terrible mispronunciations or her equally bad attempts at doing character voices. If not for the incredible story being told this audio book would be a flop