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  • Monster Hunter Memoirs: Grunge

  • By: John Ringo, Larry Correia
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 12 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,020
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,689
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,676

When marine private Oliver Chadwick Gardenier is killed in the marine barrack bombing in Beirut, somebody who might be Saint Peter gives him a choice: Go to heaven, which, while nice, might be a little boring, or return to earth. The Boss has a mission for him, and he's to look for a sign. He's a marine: He'll choose the mission. Unfortunately, the sign he's to look for is "57". Which, given the food services contract in Bethesda Hospital, creates some difficulty. Eventually it appears that God's will is for Chad to join a group called Monster Hunters International.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointed

  • By Peggy Beckerdite on 01-04-17

Excellent Story Written as a Memoir

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

Reviewed: 07-10-18

I loved this book. As other reviewers have said, it is different than the other Monster Hunter books, but I think it was a positive as it was written in the first person from Chad Gardenier's perspective as his memoir. More monsters and great stories that fill in some of the incidents skimmed over in the other Monster Hunter books. Fantastic character development of Chad that builds on his great language skills. Very humorous through the first few chapters, and then the serious monster hunting occurs. A great continuation of the series.

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  • Delvers LLC

  • Welcome to Ludus
  • By: Blaise Corvin
  • Narrated by: Jeff Hays
  • Length: 13 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,187
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,010
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,006

Henry and Jason led normal lives in Seattle before they were abducted to another world. Their kidnapper, the vain, self-styled god Dolos, refuses to send them back unless they can accomplish an impossible task. Oddly, Dolos doesn't seem to care if they succeed or not. Luckily, Henry and Jason studied Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA) on Earth. Unfortunately, a Japanese American EMT and a geeky IT programmer don't have many other useful skills on a sword-and-sorcery world like Ludus.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Like an R-rated Dungeons and Dragons cartoon

  • By C.T. on 02-25-17

Phenomenal Reading and Great Story

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

Reviewed: 07-09-18

I had to check to see if there were two readers because the difference in the voices of the female and male characters were so very different. I will definitely look for more books read by Jeff Hays. Additionally, I loved the story and have already purchased the next book.

  • The Drunken Botanist

  • The Plants That Create the World's Great Drinks
  • By: Amy Stewart
  • Narrated by: Coleen Marlo
  • Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 719
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 642
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 634

Every great drink starts with a plant. Sake began with a grain of rice. Scotch emerged from barley. Gin was born from a conifer shrub when medieval physicians boiled juniper berries with wine to treat stomach pain. The Drunken Botanist uncovers the surprising botanical history and fascinating science and chemistry of over 150 plants, flowers, trees, and fruits (and even a few fungi).

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • No more cheap tequila!

  • By Cynthia on 03-23-13

A must have for home vintner's

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

Reviewed: 12-07-17

As a brewer of homemade wines and spirits, I bought this book and thought it might be interesting. What an understatement! After listening to this book, I decided I needed the hardcover version as a reference. The book has three parts. The first describes the historical fermentation and distillation of various wines, beers and spirits from around the world. The author describes the difference between historical types of spirits verses their cheap imitators and even the different ingredients that make certain brands unique. The second part describes the various herbs, spices, flowers, trees, fruits and seeds that are used in drinks as well as warnings about the dangers of wild crafting some of the components due to toxic similar plants. Finally, the author describes seasonal botanical garnishes and mixers. Throughout the book the author gives drink recipes. This is a wonderful listen for anyone who likes to make or drink wine, beer and spirits!

  • Ancillary Justice

  • By: Ann Leckie
  • Narrated by: Celeste Ciulla
  • Length: 13 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,728
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2,512
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,499

On a remote, icy planet, the soldier known as Breq is drawing closer to completing her quest. Breq is both more than she seems and less than she was. Years ago, she was the Justice of Toren - a colossal starship with an artificial intelligence linking thousands of corpse soldiers in the service of the Radch, the empire that conquered the galaxy. An act of treachery has ripped it all away, leaving her with only one fragile human body.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Can't get past the Narrator to finish the story.

  • By Zillah on 12-08-14

Bad narrator, bad story

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

Reviewed: 03-28-16

Any additional comments?

This but only has two problems: the story and the narrator. Unfortunately I kept trying to listen to this book and kept it beyond the one year that Audible allows for a return. I won't make that mistake again. The author made a big deal about the change of pronouns that the main character had to deal with while trying to speak the language on this particular world. Unfortunately, instead of being a small fact in passing, the author made this a major point in the book. Additionally, the narrator was so bland and boring that even when the story started to get interesting, I could focus past her bad dialog. Don't waste your money on this one.

  • The Ambassador's Mission

  • Traitor Spy Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Trudi Canavan
  • Narrated by: Richard Aspel
  • Length: 17 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 519
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 447
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 447

Sonea, former street urchin, now a Black Magician, is horrified when her son, Lorkin, volunteers to assist Dannyl in his new role as Guild Ambassador to Sachaka, a land still ruled by cruel black magicians. When word comes that Lorkin has gone missing Sonea is desperate to find him, but if she leaves the city she will be exiled forever, and besides, her old friend Cery needs her help.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I should have stuck with the written word

  • By J. Hoare on 03-23-13

Good story, but bad reader

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

Reviewed: 12-08-15

Would you try another book from Trudi Canavan and/or Richard Aspel?

Overall, I liked the story, but I really disliked the reader. In the beginning chapters of the book the reader would pause for a long time after each sentence/paragraph. Perhaps he was patting himself on the back for getting through the previous paragraph. I found it to be extremely irritating and almost stopped listening to the book. Luckily, the reader got better as the book progressed. I liked the story so much that I will be buying the next book in this trilogy and giving it a chance. I will not wait 20 chapters for the reader to quit pausing so long after each paragraph.

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