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  • Shingles Audio Collection Volume 1

  • Shingles Series, Volume 1
  • By: Robert Bevan, Rick Gualtieri, Steve Wetherell, and others
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Myles, Cal Wembly
  • Length: 13 hrs and 40 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 183
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 171
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 171

The collection begins with "The Ghost of Hooker Alley," which introduces listeners to 10-year-old Sarah and six-year-old Tommy. After a quick bus ride into town to buy a gun, Sarah and Tommy think their problems are all but solved. That is, until a creepy weirdo follows them into an alley. But they aren't the only ones in that alley.... "The Monkey's Penis" features Chris, a teenage boy who receives a birthday gift unlike any other. In "Gary's Children," a man's quest for stress relief leads to terror, and an unexpected kidnapping takes place in "Aliens Wrecked Our Kegger."   

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • From most of the creators of Authors and Dragons!

  • By Greg Hill on 10-23-18

Black Mirror on heavy drugs

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

Reviewed: 12-10-18

If you watched Black Mirror and were bored with it, you might find some interest in this. Personally, I found myself muttering "what the f**k" about every five minutes, and I cannot stress enough this isn't a book you want to have to explain to someone that overhears a bit out of context... actually you don't want to explain it IN context either.

It's not actually BAD, it's just really REALLY out there. Like expecting a sip of pleasant iced tea and instead getting fermented unicorn piss. It took me a while to get through it, often bailing on it for weeks at a time to listen to something else. I'm familiar with at least two of the authors, and I did have a pretty good idea what I was in for knowing their work, but this was pretty far down the f**ked up scale compared to their usual fare, which already resides comfortably down that same scale (but in a good place).

Bevan has some good stuff with the C&C series, and Hayes has some interesting works out there but this stuff is miles away from that. I'd suggest that only people that are pretty content with some dark and twisted s**t that also own headphones and don't spend a lot of time near enough to people that they will overhear it go for this. Don't make the mistake of trying to listen to this in the car or on an airplane.

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  • Jam

  • By: Yahtzee Croshaw
  • Narrated by: Yahtzee Croshaw
  • Length: 14 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,125
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,999
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,997

We were prepared for an earthquake. We had a flood plan in place. We could even have dealt with zombies. Probably. But no one expected the end to be quite so…sticky…or strawberry scented. Yahtzee Croshaw ( Mogworld, Zero Punctuation Reviews) returns to audiobooks with a follow-up to his smash-hit debut: Jam, a dark comedy about the one apocalypse no one predicted.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved It

  • By Zak on 11-25-13

A bit disjointed

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

Reviewed: 10-06-18

Overall a good listen, but the story seems to get caught up in itself sometimes and either glosses over issues or doesn't fully address them. Certainly the low-performer of Croshaw's books, it still deserves a listen if you like his style.

  • Differently Morphous

  • By: Yahtzee Croshaw
  • Narrated by: Yahtzee Croshaw
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,363
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,114
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,104

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

Overall good

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

Reviewed: 10-04-18

I'm not sure Croshaw fully understands how tides work, but don't let that stop you from enjoying an otherwise original and surprisingly good book. Just different enough from his other works but with some of the same tie-ins to keep it familiar.

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  • A Murder of Manatees

  • The Further Adventures of Tom Stranger, Interdimensional Insurance Agent
  • By: Larry Correia
  • Narrated by: Adam Baldwin
  • Length: 2 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,318
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,258
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,255

When half your galaxy is unexpectedly sucked into a black hole - when a hitherto-unknown species of space aliens lays waste to your home planet - when disaster rears its ugly head (or heads) - who can you call for faster-than-light appraisals and best-in-the-multiverse customer service? Just one man - Tom Stranger, Interdimensional Insurance Agent. In this latest chapter of his interstellar exploits, Tom is about to deliver a crushing performance evaluation to Jimmy the Intern when the unimaginable happens: The beloved Wendell the Manatee has been kidnapped!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Larry and Adam are a fantastic combination.

  • By john j bonar on 01-25-18

Five smiley faces and/or stars

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

Reviewed: 06-28-18

More political, more insufferable, more meta, more manatee...

More customer service.

Now with 200% more dolphin.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Going Rogue

  • Spells, Swords, & Stealth Series, Book 3
  • By: Drew Hayes
  • Narrated by: Roger Wayne
  • Length: 15 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4,389
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,165
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4,155

Adventuring is a costly affair, and while the tolls are often paid in blood, gold can drain away just as quickly. The party's trek out of Solium and across the lands of Alcatham has left them with only a handful of gold between them. Fortunately, they have drawn near Camnarael, Alcatham's capital, where all manner of quests - and rewards - await. But all is not as expected in the capital.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Never a Full Moment

  • By MagePro on 03-17-17

Excellent!

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

Reviewed: 04-19-18

While the series in general has been entertaining, this book felt more carefully crafted than the others. The story was good and held my interest well, taking some surprising turns and staying fresh throughout. The ending is surprising and satisfying, making this a very enjoyable listen overall.

  • Anathem

  • By: Neal Stephenson
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman, Tavia Gilbert, William Dufris, and others
  • Length: 32 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,377
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,099
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,109

In celebration of the week-long, once-in-a-decade rite of Apert, the fras and suurs prepare to venture outside the concent's gates - opening them wide at the same time to welcome the curious "extras" in. During his first Apert as a fra, Erasmus eagerly anticipates reconnecting with the landmarks and family he hasn't seen since he was "collected". But before the week is out, both the existence he abandoned and the one he embraced will stand poised on the perilous brink of cataclysmic change.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Unparalleled

  • By Baron on 11-25-08

Least favorite Neal Stephenson book

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

Reviewed: 04-13-18

Neal Stephenson is a great author, one of my favorites. This is handily my least favorite book he has written. I struggled to even get through it, I just had to make a heroic push at the end. So many good reviews, I just don't get it. Stephenson is always wordy but this one takes the cake for most words used with least actual content delivered.

I understand the reasoning behind creating all new words, but it just makes for a distracting listen. It makes you stop and think about things often enough that you miss the next thing and have to go back or soldier on missing the occasional key bit. The chanting between sections is truly irritating and goes on WAY longer than needed.

Instead of this, try Reamde, Cryptonomicon, or Snow Crash. All of those are infinitely superior books with excellent narration.

  • Johannes Cabal The Necromancer

  • By: Jonathan L. Howard
  • Narrated by: Christopher Cazenove
  • Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,460
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,115
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,116

Johannes Cabal, a brilliant scientist and notorious snob, is single-mindedly obsessed in heart and soul with raising the dead. Well, perhaps not soul.... He hastily sold his years ago in order to learn the laws of necromancy. But now, tormented by a dark secret, he travels to the fiery pits of Hell to retrieve it. Satan, who is incredibly bored these days, proposes a little wager: Johannes has one year to persuade 100 people to sign over their souls, or he will be damned forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Masterpiece Comedy

  • By Guillermo on 06-19-10

Less entertaining than I expected

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

Reviewed: 04-05-18

With a slew of good reviews and comparisons to Douglas Adams I thought this would be a sure fire win.

I did not find it to be such. The sarcasm was fun enough, and occasionally it did get the whiff of Douglas Adams in an analogy or two, but the overall book left me unsatisfied. Perhaps I need to listen to it again because I may have missed some key element or two while a moment of inattention took me, but I just didn't find it as compelling as I expected.

Your mileage may vary, but approach this one with the knowledge that it's all dark humor, with the story jumping about a bit.

  • Galaxy Outlaws: The Complete Black Ocean Mobius Missions, 1-16.5

  • By: J. S. Morin
  • Narrated by: Mikael Naramore
  • Length: 85 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,601
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,271
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,247

Meet the galaxy's unluckiest outlaws. Carl Ramsey is an ex-Earth Navy fighter pilot turned con man. His ship, the Mobius, is home to a ragtag crew of misfits and refugees looking to score a big payday but more often just scratching to pay for fuel. The crew consists of his ex-wife (and pilot), a drunkard, four-handed mechanic, a xeno-predator with the disposition of a 120kg housecat, and the galaxy's most-wanted wizard.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Firefly cranked up on Meth plus a Space Wizard!

  • By Ray Johnson on 04-27-18

An example of things that could have been.

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

Reviewed: 04-03-18

What do you get when you combine a talented voice actor, an excellent premise, and a Firefly-esque atmosphere?

A book that should have been a lot better.

Don't get me wrong, it's not bad. There are parts that are genuinely good. Some amusing, some touching, some entertaining... but not as many as you'd expect. Of the 85-odd hours this book (series?) spans you're going to genuinely enjoy about a dozen of them. There are some likeable characters, there are some interesting characters, and there are some silly characters. Some of them grow and progress, others simply exist to fill out roles in the story. The characters all have that well-worn feel of familiarity however, and that isn't necessarily a good thing.

The pacing is odd, some parts get glossed over with little regard to events. Others draw out endlessly for no real reason. If you watched Star Trek: The Next Generation and thought the plot was complex and well thought out, you'll find this just to your liking. If you thought the plot was thin in spots with plot holes you can get lost for a fortnight in and as predictable as a Japanese train... well you'll find more of the same here.

All this may sound harsh, but the point is there was such a possibility here. The universe and concepts in it are excellent (if you ignore the giant holes and accept things as they are) but the big issue is that there wasn't more done with it. It's like entering a cooking show where the goal is to make the best macaroni and cheese and you make the box stuff and throw it on a plate in front of the judges. It's not bad, and will certainly do in a pinch... but it could have been much better with just a bit of effort and originality.

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  • Space Team: Song of the Space Siren

  • By: Barry J. Hutchison
  • Narrated by: Phil Thron
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 568
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 530
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 532

Cal Carver and his Space Team may have lost their ship, but they haven't lost their knack for attracting trouble. Just hours after setting foot on a new planet, Cal and the crew find themselves caught up in an interplanetary kidnapping plot. Reuniting the suspiciously-silent young victim with her parents on their far-off home world will make Cal rich beyond his wildest dreams. Unfortunately, half the pirates and bounty hunters in the galaxy have the same idea, and they're more than happy to take the girl by force.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • just keeps getting better

  • By MICHELLE HINKSON on 04-03-18

Good, but more could have been accomplished

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

Reviewed: 12-05-17

While the book was undoubtedly as good as others in the series, I do feel like less was actually accomplished in the same listening time. This is one of a very few series that can get away with being a bit formulaic, which is good because it's starting to feel that way.

Reviewing the fourth book in a series can basically go like this: If you haven't listened to it listen to the first one. If you were happy with the series until now, carry on with it.

It's neither a shining star nor a turd, but it is in the top 4.

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  • Paradox Bound

  • A Novel
  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,923
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12,242
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,225

Nothing ever changes in Sanders. The town's still got a video store, for God's sake. So why doesn't Eli Teague want to leave? Not that he'd ever admit it, but maybe he's been waiting - waiting for the traveler to come back. The one who's roared into his life twice before, pausing just long enough to drop tantalizing clues before disappearing in a cloud of gunfire and a squeal of tires. The one who's a walking anachronism, with her tricorne hat, flintlock rifle, and steampunked Model A Ford.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Traveling through history rather than time

  • By Michael G Kurilla on 11-04-17

Excellent!

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

Reviewed: 10-18-17

The book is one part American Gods, one part Doctor Who, and all fun. Clines is one of a select few to get Maine right and aside from a few exceptions Porter doesn't try to do an accent which is good. 10/10 good listen.

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