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  • Outlands Justice

  • A Crucible of Worlds, Book 1
  • By: C.J. Carella
  • Narrated by: Guy Williams
  • Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

Nathaniel Lot: Survivor from a shattered Earth. Wielder of a powerful - and terrible - weapon. Once a hero, now an aging mercenary, drinking his life away. But when the daughter of two old friends asks for his help to destroy a murderous wizard and warlord, he can’t say no. Kathryn Herrera: She grew up hearing tales of her parents’ heroic deeds, but she never expected a dark sorcerer to destroy her life. Now she only lives for revenge, and will stop at nothing to destroy the man known as the Warlock. The Outlands: A place where castaways from a thousand worlds struggle to survive....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Down the RABBIT HOLE for a little Surprise

  • By fadednotebook67 on 12-03-18

Down the RABBIT HOLE for a little Surprise

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

Reviewed: 12-03-18

This novel opens with a girl coming up to a man in a bar and saying, “There’s a man that needs killing.” Oh gak thought I, a Western? And That Western?? Wait, I wanted Sci-Fi/Fantasy! Luckily for me that’s what I got. This novel is a wonderful SURPRISE a fresh mix of fantasy, Sci-Fi, a dash of steampunk, a pinch of prep-per, Demi-Gods, Warlock Warlords, a few lizard people and a tiny bit of Western (but not in the way you think) all of which will make you happy you spent a credit on the first really novel novel I have had the pleasure of reading in quite some time. It’s not something you’re going to need a thesaurus to help you get through, but it’s a great adventure and I can guarantee it will entertain you enough that you may stay up late-or all night-just to see how it ends.
I bought this because I had read this author’s Warp Marine series (which is a huge cut above many of the space+military-or-ship+nasty alien books out there imho) and another book by him that’s more horror than anything else. I like an author who is versatile and doesn’t rewrite or reissue the same thing over and over. In fact, I am REALLY tired of seeing the same books being “re-released” for the tenth time in 20 years!!!

  • Crazy Rich Asians

  • By: Kevin Kwan
  • Narrated by: Lynn Chen
  • Length: 13 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,544
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,128
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,077

Crazy Rich Asians is the outrageously funny debut novel about three super-rich, pedigreed Chinese families and the gossip, backbiting, and scheming that occurs when the heir to one of the most massive fortunes in Asia brings home his ABC (American-born Chinese) girlfriend to the wedding of the season.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 1st Chapter, can't stand narration AND I'm asian!

  • By Acct68member on 12-06-17

It was funny, or maybe amusing …

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

Reviewed: 10-22-18

Having heard such great reviews for the movie based on this novel, and in my past experience finding the book always far superior to the movie, I felt that confident that I would get a great book.
Not so much. I found the scenes of excess rather grim and purposefully painful. These centered around a boat, mostly, but other scenes were equally awful. I found the female protagonist unbelievable, I mean working on her higher degree in whatever and she cannot google the information she wants? Oh that’s believable.
The man who is the woman‘s love interest seems to have lost all ability to learn from history, ironic as he’s trying to get tenure as an history professor. I think that’s probably why you don’t have tenure, male protagonist! His attitude of, oh, I’m not going to mention that I come from one of the richest families in Asia and probably the world, and I’m sure all will go splendidly is so stupid and such a trope that…
Need I go on? The narrator was very very good! Must give credit for that, otherwise save your money/credit!

  • Advance to Contact

  • Warp Marine Corps, Book 3
  • By: C.J. Carella
  • Narrated by: Guy Williams
  • Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64

As war rages on across the galaxy, a diplomatic mission turns into a desperate fight for survival. Captain Peter Fromm: Fromm and his Warp Marines face old enemies and new threats inside a colossal space habitat ruled by a mysterious alien civilization. Their lives and the fate of their country hang in the balance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I’m Amazed

  • By fadednotebook67 on 10-14-18

I’m Amazed

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

Reviewed: 10-14-18

Usually I am not Mil-SciFy person but I read the first book, really loved it and then patiently waited until the series was done (I hope) to binge read the rest! I listened to the first novel before grabbing the second and was shocked to find it better than I remembered, not something that usually happens. Now I am starting no. 3 and I feel just as enthusiastic about it as I did when I finished no. 1. Thus I refer you to the title of this review. Seriously, not written with fantastical alien weapons either, very well crafted and believable!!

  • Adjustment Day

  • By: Chuck Palahniuk
  • Narrated by: Corey Allen
  • Length: 12 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 367
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 337
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 335

 People pass the word only to those they trust most: Adjustment Day is coming. They've been reading a mysterious blue-black book and memorizing its directives. They are ready for the reckoning.  

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Hard to listen to

  • By Sondra Jacobs on 06-15-18

Hit It Outta The Park!

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

Reviewed: 09-04-18

It’s been a long time since I have heard of anything new from Chuck Palahniuk, and it’s so very nice to find this new novel.
There was a Rumor or Rumble about something crowd funded? Movie type thing? But that’s not what you want to know.

This was a great novel. There’s such a great mind blowing wind; and because of an (ok, with caveat that you recall the writer of whom I speak) warmish wind almost romantically surrealist that blows throughout and at the same time takes such Category 5 status that there’s virtually nothing I can say about it.

So, it’s an awesome idea, well constructed and fascinating and I felt like I could actually see some of it in my head while reading.
Yes, that good. Not a thing more than that to say without spoilers really, thusly I bid thee to buy with all speed this work. Adieu

  • Differently Morphous

  • By: Yahtzee Croshaw
  • Narrated by: Yahtzee Croshaw
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,799
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,595
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,583

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.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not for everybody

  • By R. MCRACKAN on 09-24-18

Just as funny as JAM and Early Books

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

Reviewed: 08-19-18

Well that’s good because I had almost given up on ‘Yatzee’ Croshaw, and his narrative powers.
However, before he wrote this one he had all his fluid levels checked, topped off his writing talent, and then had a solid narrative detailing. In fact he’s so much better at narration than his other (own) tries that he made me completely forget that it was him narrating the book for chapters at a time. And the plot was just funny.

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  • Monster Hunter Memoirs: Saints

  • By: Larry Correia, John Ringo
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,662
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,518
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,509

A larval Great Old One is growing day by day in power and just about ready to pop. If Chad Gadenier can't convince "the powers that be" to get involved, not only New Orleans, but the entire world, is going to fall under the power of the nastiest of nasties. Now on the outs with the US government and in exile from his usual job of saving the world, Chad must rally the forces of light against the coming darkness. The problem is one guy with a sword and a sub-gun isn't going to solve this one. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Pleasantly Surprised

  • By MarkNJP on 10-25-18

Well Done!!!

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

Reviewed: 07-18-18

So I guess what some people are complaining about is that the book is either too cerebral or not enough. I saw the storyline as a predictable (heck, one could avoid sunburn in the Sahara with the amount of foreshadowing in this book) but enjoyable ride with Chad in New Orleans, to the end of the novel which one character tells you was the end of Chad.

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Spoiler Alert


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Ok, here’s the one thing. I am So peeved at the ending. I mean, wouldn’t Chad know what he was dating FFS? He’s been a great hunter for a while now. And daughter? Of god. Don’t devolve into freaking melodrama here. So no more deep thinking boys. I don’t want you to be writing only about people who are dead.



which you knew he survived if

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  • Crimes Against Magic

  • The Hellequin Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Steve McHugh
  • Narrated by: James Langton
  • Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,080
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,887
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,889

How do you keep the people you care about safe from enemies you can’t remember? Ten years ago, Nate Garrett awoke on a cold warehouse floor with no memory of his past and the only clues to his identity were a piece of paper with his name on it and a propensity toward magic. Now he’s a powerful sorcerer and a successful thief for hire, but it turns out that those who stole his memories aren’t done with him yet. When they cause a job to go bad, threatening a sixteen-year-old girl, Nate swears to protect her.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Testosterone IV Drip

  • By Escapism Artist on 08-06-14

Oh my, I really should have read the reviews

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

Reviewed: 07-01-18

So I have a fairly high tolerance for “misogynistic” sci-fi, since I was raised on the early writers who were all men, liked manly things and faint hearted but sexy women. But this was HORRENDOUS. I can’t even remember what it was about a week after I read it..that bad. So I guess I can only say, the narrator was fine but the one dimensional moron with the gun..not worth a cent let alone a precious credit or time.

  • The Stone of Farewell

  • Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn, Book 2
  • By: Tad Williams
  • Narrated by: Andrew Wincott
  • Length: 32 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,141
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,055
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,046

It is a time of darkness, dread, and ultimate testing for the realm of Osten Ard, for the wild magic and terrifying minions of the undead Sithi ruler, Ineluki the Storm King, are spreading their seemingly undefeatable evil across the kingdom. With the very land blighted by the power of Ineluki's wrath, the tattered remnants of a once-proud human army flee in search of a last sanctuary and rallying point - the Stone of Farewell, a place shrouded in mystery and ancient sorrow.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great story

  • By Darrell Frith on 11-08-16

Favorite Series this isn’t, but it’s a Favorite!!!

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

Reviewed: 05-31-18

Well my favorite is LOTR. So that’s hard to beat. At first I thought this was a “typical” fantasy book: scullery boy runs from his castle in which ‘murder most foul and treachery too,’ has/is taking place. He meets a mysterious person who very helpfully doesn’t let Simon die of exposure and we’re off!
It’s so much better than any synopsis. Also, it’s really really long and well worth three credits especially as the final book of the “trilogy” was sold as two huge books, each th

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  • Shadowmarch

  • Shadowmarch, Volume I
  • By: Tad Williams
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 29 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 587
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 432
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 439

For generations the misty Shadowline has marked the boundary between the lands of men and the lost northern lands that are the lair of their inhuman enemies, the ageless Qar. But now that boundary line is moving outward, threatening to engulf the northernmost land in which humans still live - the kingdom of Southmarch.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • It's the characters that matter...

  • By JC on 11-09-10

They told me “Don’t waste a credit “

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

Reviewed: 05-24-18

Gosh I wish I was a better listener. Sadly, no. Plus, I had the credits and bought the series. A bold move for my favorite author I thought, knowing that only I had the (insert pompous word or words here) to read and really Understand my wonderful (ok, not mine nor with wit) TAD WILLIAMS author of the Dragonbone Chair, could suck. And Otherword!! OMG if you’re over, mmm, 40 or game a lot Read and See where the genre of “gamer” novels really began!!
It Absolutely Sucked
Horrible terrible very poor writing
Three stars for narration

  • Children of God

  • A Novel
  • By: Mary Doria Russell
  • Narrated by: Anna Fields
  • Length: 17 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 656
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 568
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 570

The only member of the original mission to the planet Rakhat to return to Earth, Father Emilio Sandoz has barely begun to recover from his ordeal when the Society of Jesus calls upon him for help in preparing for another mission to Alpha Centauri. Despite his objections and fear, he cannot escape his past or the future.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A weaker, but worthwhile sequel

  • By Ryan on 05-08-13

It’s Not Science Fiction, Captain

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

Reviewed: 04-18-18

I’m still not sure if the novel prior to this, The Sparrow, should have been sci-fi or not; spoiler alert ************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************* I mean yes, you’ve got aliens, and two intertwined mysteries- what did he do that he wakes up screaming? Or was that the case? Plus there’s the what happened to the other people that were with you mystery, and I literally saw what the “nice natural aliens” were too quickly but still, a cool twist. But I am now Changing my previous review of Sparrow to not science-fiction just because
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This is really the most science fiction you get in the whole series and it’s not enough to qualify as a book that OF COURSE IS IN SPACE AND HAS ALIENS to a OK NOVEL THAT COULD HAVE TAKEN PLACE AMONG ANY TRIBE THAT HAD HELP FROM A TECHNOLOGICALLY ADVANCED BUNCH OF, SAY, SPECIAL FORCES GUYS. In the Amazon/Africa/Australia just pick your favorite. And that’s not enough.




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