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  • Tokyo Raider

  • A Tale of the Grimnoir Chronicles
  • By: Larry Correia
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 1 hr and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,294
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,122
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,122

With the Japanese Imperium at war with the Soviet Union, and the United States watching cautiously on the sidelines, Second Lieutenant Joe Sullivan of the U.S. Marines is sent on a dangerous mission to Tokyo. The Russians have Summoned a demon of epic proportions to attack the city, and all that stands in its deadly path is an untested Japanese super-robot. Now, Joe is at the controls, his gravity-spiking Power at the ready. But that is one huge, mean Demon....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Few More Hours

  • By Don Gilbert on 03-01-15

Disappointing Tease

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

Reviewed: 02-25-18

I did not realize this was a very, very short book. I am not one to waste my time or money on novellas so I am returning it to get my credit back . I am disappointed by authors who choose this avenue to sell their work and equally so by this author because I put the Grimnoir Chronicles up there in my favorite series list. Three books was not enough. A novella isn't going to do it for me. Would you pay full price to go to the theater to watch 1/4 length movie? Or buy 1/4 of a car.

  • Gretel and the Case of the Missing Frog Prints

  • A Brothers Grimm Mystery
  • By: P. J. Brackston
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 773
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 704
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 708

Bavaria, 1776. When Albrecht Dürer the Much Much Younger's frog prints go missing, he knows exactly where to turn for help. Gretel (yes, that Gretel), now 35 and still living with her gluttonous brother Hans, is the country's most famous private investigator, and she leaps at the opportunity to travel to cosmopolitan Nuremberg to take on the case. But amid the hubbub of the city's annual sausage festival, Gretel struggles to find any clues that point toward the elusive thief.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining Mystery

  • By Marianne on 01-18-15

Much Ado About Nothing

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

Reviewed: 02-29-16

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Yes, get on with the story. Throw some fantasy elements into the mix. Using the names of storybook characters and a weak reference to their history and a clever play on words "Frog Printz" is not enough to make a book worth reading beyond chapter 9... Which is as far as I got before I returned it.

What could P. J. Brackston have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Again...get on with the story. Too much detail about mundane things. I thought this was a fantasy book. Where's the fantasy? I don't need to spend my $ on a book about a woman who fantasizes about fashion. That's not my idea of fantasy.

What about Kate Reading’s performance did you like?

I love Kate Reading. She was great on the Codex Alera series. Not sure this book was a good fit for her.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Sorry...that's never going to happen. The movie that is.

Any additional comments?

This book was just too busy without actually getting anywhere and did zip to keep me hanging on for something more exciting to happen. Finally by chapter 9 there was a talking mouse and the exchange was so uninteresting I can't even tell you what it was about. The author totally dropped the ball considering the title held so much promise.

  • Spell Blind

  • The Case Files of Justis Fearsson, Book 1
  • By: David B. Coe
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 587
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 542
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 545

Justis Fearsson is a private investigator on the trail of a serial killer in Phoenix, Arizona. Justis is also a weremyste - a person with a wizard’s gifts and the ability to see into the paranormal world. Unfortunately, weremystes also tend to go crazy on the full moon - which is why Justis is no longer a cop. Hard to explain those absences as anything but mental breakdown. But now an old case from his police detective days has come back to haunt him, literally, as a serial killer known as the Blind Angel strikes again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great new entry into the Urban Fantasy landscape

  • By The Bookwyrm Speaks on 08-18-15

I know better - If you like Dreden Files = Ripoff

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

Reviewed: 02-13-16

Any additional comments?

So tired of seeing books peddled with "if you like Dresden Files then you'll love this book".I gave this book a try mainly because I am desperate for something fresh and original that is written with skill and maturity and because it was narrated by Bronson Pinchot. That being said, I was sorely disappointed. The main character, Justis, is a PI with his own office and a listing in the phone book. Not too much different then Dresden. He has a female cop as a partner, like Dresden. He drives a unique car with a pet name, like Dresden. His mother is dead, under circumstances that are not really clear, like Dresden. His new found girl friend is a reporter of sorts, like Dresden. He hasn't had successful relationships, like Dresden. He's poor and lives paycheck to paycheck, like Dresden. His apartment door is damaged by his enemy, like Dresden. He has a spirit for a mentor, like Dresden. He is subjected to a spell that attacks the heart just like a spell used in...wait for it...the first book in the Dresden Files. There is a problematic street drug "Spark" much like "ThreeEye" which is in the first Dresden book. How do people honestly write a review saying this book is new and innovative?There's only a smidge at an attempt to originality by the author by creating his own brand of magic and it wasn't well done. Folks who give this book rave reviews are apparently confused because it isn't really clear what kind of magic user Justis is. Reviewers call him a wizard when clearly that was the one term that was not used to describe what exactly a weremyste is. Is he a sorcerer? A conjurer? An enchanter? A crafter? All these terms were used to describe Justis and others who used magic. Druids were mentioned but it's not made clear if they also fall into the weremyste category. The most often and confusing descriptor was runecaster. How can you be a runecaster and not even carry runes? But scrying stones are a tool of the trade? To add to the confusion there are runemystes, a ghost or spirit, who are not described as having originally been weremystes before they were sacrificed (by the runeclave) but at least one runemyste had been a druid. Confused yet? And I just can't swallow the idea of a were-magician, it's just so corny. Is a myste a cutsie variation on mystic? That would really clear up the confusion wouldn't it? I was so shocked when the term Adept was used..and not to describe a magic user. Maybe the author never read Piers Anthony?The magic system of weremystes was so contrived and unexciting. The term 'elements' substituted for 'components' really made the method of casting a spell sooo original. Not. Casting and conjuring used interchangeably. There were wards on this and wardings on that, deflection spells and reflection spells and assailing spells Oh my! Every time I heard "assailing spell" it sounded like a sailing. Let's go a sailing for a spell. Hang on, Sloop. Sloop, hang on. Gah.For those who still want to give this book a try I did find the interaction between Justis and his father enjoyable. It gave me hope that the book would get batter. I almost didn't get past chapter 10 because the magic system and repetition of the word weremyste was just such a turn off. Bronson Pichot has a very unique and deep voice and I love the performances he gives but in this case it seemed he was a bit slow and his voice lower than normal. Fearing the book would never end I turned my audible app setting to 1.25 on the reader speed and it did help to make the voice and character mesh.Will I read the rest of this series? No. I've already read the Dresden Files many times over. I'm not interested in reading someone else's version of it.

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  • Fated

  • Alex Verus Series, Book 1
  • By: Benedict Jacka
  • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,428
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,000
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,008

Alex Verus is part of a world hidden in plain sight, running a magic shop in London. And while Alex's own powers aren't as showy as some mages, he does have the advantage of foreseeing the possible future-allowing him to pull off operations that have a million-to-one-chance of success. But when Alex is approached by multiple factions to crack open a relic from a long-ago mage war, he knows that whatever's inside must be beyond powerful.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Harry Dresden meets the Temple of Doom

  • By Jessica on 05-15-14

Alex Vera is out classed by the Iron Druid.

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

Reviewed: 05-14-15

What did you like best about Fated? What did you like least?

There was nothing to really, REALLY like about this book. I did not like that this book's character was advertised using the Iron Druid as a hook to try to interest folks into listening to it. There's just no comparison. In this particular book Benedict Jacka does not hold even an unlit candle to Kevin Hearne as a story teller. Will I give Benedict Jacka another chance? Yes. But not with this particular series.

What was most disappointing about Benedict Jacka’s story?

This was not a horrible book in the scheme of things. I've read worse and been compelled to return several books after the first chapter or two (Jane Yellowrock/Faith Hunter & Raine Benares/Lisa Shearin both AWEFUL!). There was just no spark to the story or the character to make me enamored enough with either to want to continue reading the series in the hopes that it gets better with subsequent books. There was just nothing remarkable or memorable.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

The narrator was competent and pleasant enough to listen to. I would listen to them again reading another author's work.

Did Fated inspire you to do anything?

Avoid any more Alex Vera books.

  • Wizard Heir

  • By: Cinda Williams Chima
  • Narrated by: Robert Ramirez
  • Length: 13 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 383
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 294
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 301

Booted from one exclusive school to the next since his foster mom's death three years ago, 16-year-old Seph McCauley knows he's different. But he doesn't understand why he can summon menacing ravens, freeze summer ponds, and torch all he touches. And then Seph makes the mistake of trusting his new headmaster. If you like Harry Potter, you'll love Seph McCauley.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good Book, Bad Reader

  • By Audrey on 03-16-09

Daughter likes series, I'm less then impressed

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

Reviewed: 08-14-12

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I might recommend it for a teen reader but for my friends who have been lifelong avid readers,no. Certainly not to anyone as an audio book especially if it is the first audio book they've ever listened to. The reader, I feel, was a huge detractor and did factor into my growing annoyance while listening to this book. With another reader I may have enjoyed the story more and not have become critical of the writing style and story line.

The writing was inconsistent,sometimes flowery with descriptions and then suddenly bland and abrupt. The story was predictable and unsophisticated. As my irritation with the reader intensified I noticed elements of the story line not as original as I would have liked, scenarios or themes that perhaps were too similar to those found in a few of my favorite books like Harry Potter (the Wizard theme, absent parents, a 'wizard' school with Slytherin like schoolmates) and then later when Seph learns his mother is Linda (his supposed guardian and an enchantress), who did not tell his father, Lee (a wizard) that they had a child together until years later and only because their child has been kidnapped. It just reminded me too much of the Dresden files book #12 "Changes".

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Robert Ramirez?

There is only one reader worse then Mr.Ramirez and that's Eileen Stevens. Anyone might have done a better job but we will never know. I can say with certainty that I will be hesitant to purchase any future books read by R. Ramirez.