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  • Shadows of Home

  • Bound to the Abyss, Book 4
  • By: James R. Vernon
  • Narrated by: Mark Harrietha
  • Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

The last person Ean Sangrave expects to see on his return home from the Deadlands is the magician, Sadiek Nidot. Two years ago, he killed Ean and stripped the lovely Azalea of her wings. Upon seeing his murderer, Ean can’t decide if he fears using his own dark power more than he thirsts for revenge. The brief moment of indecision allows the crafty Sadiek to slip through Ean's fingers, but not before he gleefully reveals that Rottwealth, Ean's hometown, is in danger. Ean speeds to the land of his birth and rebirth on a mission to save it.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Fourth book same old same old

  • By Daniel on 10-30-18

Fourth book same old same old

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

Reviewed: 10-30-18

Honestly this one was just okay. Story was more of the same but for whatever the reason Mark gave Ean a deep gravelly voice that grating to listen to. And honestly I'm sick of the cliffhanger endings.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Valley of Death

  • Apocalypse Gates Author's Cut, Book 2
  • By: Daniel Schinhofen
  • Narrated by: Andrea Parsneau
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 477
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 459
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 457

Alvin had a rough week. Thrown into a digital death game, Apocalypse Gates, with only his wits and a less than helpful AI handler, Alvin's prospects for survival looked bleak. Managing not only to survive but to thrive, he helped build a settlement of survivors in Green River, Utah. Along the way he met the very sexy and broken Gothy. He's taken on the undead, mutated bugs and animals and the worst possible enemy - other people - and triumphed. Nothing looked like it would be a major problem, except for the flight of dragons.  

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not as good as the first

  • By P West on 08-24-18

First book was better

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

Reviewed: 09-12-18

To be honest this book had way to much sex with cringe worthy dialog. It popped up here and there in the first book but here plot was set aside for poorly written sex scenes. Other issue was Becky and Alvin talk about being broken every conversation, the only "broken" people who talk about being broken all the time are stereotype goths who want the attention which both main characters seem to fall into. In the first book Alvin was at least a little relatable here it seems he wants to piss everyone off because he thinks he's untouchable when it comes to other people.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Wild Wastes: Southern Storm

  • By: Randi Darren
  • Narrated by: Andrea Parsneau
  • Length: 13 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 956
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 908
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 900

Before World War II could reach its conclusion, the world suffered what could only be defined as a cataclysm. Now, Yosemite city stands as the gateway between two worlds and an equal power in the continent. Unfortunately, it’s surrounded on all sides by those who would love to see them fail. Standing at the top of Yosemite is the warrior king Vince, a ranger turned city state ruler. Supporting him in his endeavors is his inner circle. With a firm grasp on Yosemite, Vince has solidified his borders.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it

  • By Z on 09-01-18

A multiverse... really....

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

Reviewed: 09-05-18

Spoiler maybe:
Let me say I loved the selfless hero trilogy, super sales and wild wastes but I enjoy them separately suddenly mashing all three together just feels a bit lazy. A story should stand on it's own, you shouldn't have to read two other book series just to get the whole picture of what's going on. This has me worried about the next super sales book.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Stone Raiders' Return

  • Emerilia, Volume 6
  • By: Michael Chatfield
  • Narrated by: Tristan Morris
  • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 550
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 523
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 523

As the Stone Raiders have grown in power, they have started to attract the eyes of established powers. Gudalo has become a viper's nest of schemers as the Gudalo Kingdom’s situation turns dire. They might have fled the Selhi Capitol, but as Selhi is learning, one doesn’t simply get away with acting out against the Stone Raiders. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Hit.

  • By RukiaBlackBlazer on 07-01-18

Story Slowing Down

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

Reviewed: 08-07-18

Let me start off by saying I did enjoy this book for the most part but over all the the story really feels stalled. things still happen but it feels like theirs so much rehashed filler that the story probably be 4 hours shorter with out it. I mean how many time in one book are people going to say, think or yell "what kind of monsters are these Stone Raiders?", it got old in last book and here it is again. Feels a lot like artificial padding, that said I'll still get the next book when its out.

  • You're Not Allowed to Die

  • Twenty-Sided Eye, Book 1
  • By: Kip Terrington
  • Narrated by: J. D. Jackson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 172
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 168
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 168

Joe's body is failing him. In order to make his last weeks of life more palatable, he goes into full digital immersion. This new process will allow him to play in a virtual environment with a fake but healthy and strong virtual body. As soon as he steps into this new environment he meets his virtual assistant, an Evolving Intelligence (E.I.), who takes the form of someone close to him. But before Joe and Spooky can begin playing the game, they are both summoned to a reality where magic is real.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • the mislabeled story

  • By Cory on 01-28-18

No, just no.

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

Reviewed: 02-04-18

Has You're Not Allowed to Die turned you off from other books in this genre?

No just this author.

Would you listen to another book narrated by J. D. Jackson?

Maybe

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from You're Not Allowed to Die?

Made three hours in then gave up. So safe to say I would have canned the project.

Any additional comments?

If you want my opinion on this book lookup JRR Tolkien's quote about allegory and that pretty much sums up my feelings on this book.

2 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Goodnight Smartphone

  • By: Arianna Huffington
  • Narrated by: Arianna Huffington
  • Length: 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,365
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,218
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,214

Exclusively written for Audible, available only in audio. Sleep is central to every part of our lives, and a good night's sleep begins by putting aside the day's worries. But in today's technology-saturated world, saying goodnight to the day is harder than ever. Allow author Arianna Huffington (Thrive, The Sleep Revolution) to guide you to a peaceful night's slumber as she performs Goodnight Smartphone: a classic tale reborn for the modern age.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • This was just painful

  • By Derrik G. on 12-17-17

Glad it was free because that was painful

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

Reviewed: 02-09-17

Starts off with being a three-minute commercial for one of her books. The one word that best describes this book is pretentious.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Archer & Armstrong #1

  • By: Fred Van Lente
  • Narrated by: Pendant Productions
  • Length: 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

Obadiah Archer was born and raised to cherish three things above all else: the faith of his parents, the love of his 22 brothers and sisters, and his lifelong mission to defeat the ultimate evildoer. Now, after years of training, Archer has been dispatched to the heart of America's festering modern day Babylon, aka New York City, to root out and kill this infamous Great Satan. Unfortunately, dying has never been easy for Archer's target - the hard-drinking, 10,000-year-old immortal known as Armstrong.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very entertaining and high quality!

  • By Lucas on 04-13-16

Hard on it's own.

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

Reviewed: 04-20-16

It was hard to listen to on it's own but when I got out the comic and read while listening it was much better.

As for narrators only the Archer and Armstrong voices were the only one's who put effort in to the act.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Element Wielder

  • Void Wielder Trilogy, Volume 1
  • By: Cesar Gonzalez
  • Narrated by: David A. Conatser
  • Length: 7 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 122
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 110
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 110

Falcon Hyatt has a problem. For reasons unknown to him, he can wield all the elements, not only basics like fire and water but also those more advanced, like space and poison. Now the chaos element, the same one his parents' killer, Shal-Volcseck, wields, has awakened within him, with catastrophic results. To complicate matters, the Suteckh Empire has declared war on the capital cities of Va'siel. Now he must venture out into the world with his friends, Lao, Faith, and Aya, on a mission to stop the Suteckh from taking over Va'siel, and find his parents' killer.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • awsome idea! poor delivery.

  • By drew on 06-26-15

A decent start

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

Reviewed: 06-30-15

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Hmm I think so. The story base of the story was good but the character need a bit of work.

Would you be willing to try another book from Cesar Gonzalez? Why or why not?

From this series yes. Another maybe. The writhing feels a bit to juvenile with overuse of stereotypes it make to story very transparent.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of David A. Conatser?

No, sorry but his voice annoys me more then a bit.

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

Maybe, would depend who is in it.

Any additional comments?

Most of the characters fell in to an over stereotypical archetype. The good looking shunned hero, the weird looking smart friend, the common born power hungry friend, the "Snape" professor, the list goes on. A few like this are safe but to many and it almost fell like it follows set scrip that you know what happens chapters before hand.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Fire Games

  • Pyforial Mage Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: B.T. Narro
  • Narrated by: Bailey Math
  • Length: 8 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 30

Neeko's quiet evening is interrupted when a fire-mage of the king's army comes to his door demanding hospitality for the night. She says war is beginning, but this becomes the least of Neeko's concerns when an altercation erupts between his drunken father and the fire-mage, resulting in his home burned to the ground with his father buried beneath the rubble. His only justice? A redemption scroll - payment for damages if Neeko can bring it to the king's master of coin in the capital before it expires.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Terrible book

  • By Kindle Customer on 12-14-14

No games here

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

Reviewed: 01-04-15

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Nothing, to many thing I did not like in this book. The summary made the story sound interesting but it was poorly written and very poorly narrated.

Would you ever listen to anything by B.T. Narro again?

No, this reads like it was the first book from a new author. But it's not so I'm not putting myself through this again.

Would you be willing to try another one of Bailey Math’s performances?

No just no.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Fire Games?

Remove the rhymes they were bad and almost painful,

Any additional comments?

The characters were annoying and lacked common sense which made them more annoying. To many quirks tend to make characters unlikeable and ruin the flow of a story then they start acting up.

0 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Broken Eye

  • By: Brent Weeks
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 29 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5,496
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,094
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5,088

Without the protection of his father, Kip Guile will face a master of shadows as his grandfather moves to choose a new Prism and put himself in power. With Teia and Karris, Kip will have to use all his wits to survive a secret war between noble houses, religious factions, rebels, and an ascendant order of hidden assassins called The Broken Eye.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • loving this series!

  • By Lauren on 09-06-16

The trip was fun, but went no where.

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

Reviewed: 10-04-14

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Trust no one.

Any additional comments?

Let we start by saying that this book was a good listen and I enjoyed most of it. That said, this book felt more like a long filler. No real meat nothing really happened till the end and at that point most every one wound up in about the same type of situation. There was also a bit to much cloak and dagger BS. I know it played little parts in the first to books and that was fine, but here it seemed every one was a spy for some one. I not really in to all that back staby stuff and I tend to avoid it. I really hope it doesn't play such a big roll in the next book.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful