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The Vexed Generation audiobook cover art

Amazing as usual.

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

Reviewed: 08-08-19

I get so giddy when I see that a new Magic 2.0 book comes out. This one did not disappoint. I had a grin through most of it and I laughed out loud quite a few times. Thank you Mr. Meyer.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

Commune: Book Four audiobook cover art

Ruined it.

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

Reviewed: 06-26-19

I loved these books because he didn’t use people doing stupid stuff to further the plot. Then half way through this one he did. It was ridiculous. I’m gonna take a break now and maybe come back to it later. Joshua, you are an ass.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

The Trackers Series Box Set audiobook cover art

Has to rely on stupidity to drive the plot.

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

Reviewed: 03-08-19

The reader sounds like he’s trying to put you to sleep. His voice for Jake made me hopeful that Jake would die. All of that is slightly annoying but the worst part of the book is that he relies on people being amazingly stupid. There’s a serial killer out and about that has already had his eye on your daughter? You’d better leave your kid with a couple of parents that haven’t slept in days and are scared out of their minds for their own child who is in a coma.
Everything is dark as well. There’s no hopefulness to any of it. One of the main characters is a man-child as well and I can’t stand having that much time being put towards and annoying character.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

Commune audiobook cover art

Amazingly practical apocalypse story

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

Reviewed: 12-13-18

This book is what I’ve been wanting all of the other apocalypse stories to be. This is so practical. No, weird over dramatic bs. The world coming to an end is dramatic enough. It seems like in so many of the end of the world books 95% of the people who survive are depraved weirdos. This is a fairly realistic look at what it would be like.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

Commune: Book Three audiobook cover art

Just as good as the others.

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

Reviewed: 12-13-18

Another stellar book in the series. This is the series I’ve been waiting for for a long time. I love apocalyptic stories, but they’re always overdone — too much drama in an already dramatic situation. This is a great, dramatic story that is practical. I’m sad to be getting so close to the end of the series.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

Iron Gold audiobook cover art

Whole new trilogy.

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

Reviewed: 04-13-18

If I’d read more about this book ahead of time I’d never have started it. It’s hyper-drama is too much for an old person (35) to take. I was just wanting to see where the first three ended thinking this was it. So, going in thinking this was going to wrap up everything and then realizing it was a whole new beginning... I didn’t even finish it. Darrow had somehow become a cowardly idiot in the last ten years.

THE NARRATORS:
Tim Gerard Reynolds was fantastic as usual. I wish they had just stuck with him.
John Curless was pretty great too. I really enjoyed his reading.
Julian Elfer was absolutely terrible. I, like many others, suggest speeding up her parts so they’re bearable and I suggest going to 1.5x to get through them as much as possible. She was SO emotional. Like, soap opera actresses would have told her to cool it. If you ever find yourself thinking “I know your family was massacred, but jeez.” you know something is wrong with the reading.
Aidin Moloney was on the opposite end from Elfer. He sounded like he was reading a 1200 textbook on the history of soil. He seemed to have the outlook of “I’m definitely going to get through this, but I’m not going to enjoy it.” Which is how he made me feel about his portions of this book. Zero expression. He would read about the death of a loved one the exact same way as describing someone brushing their teeth.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

Morning Star audiobook cover art

Entertaining.

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

Reviewed: 02-28-18

Fun books. They have a predictable rhythm of good times and terrible times. A bit soap opera-e.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

Golden Son audiobook cover art

Do not start this series

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

Reviewed: 02-27-18

This writer is lazy. The first book is great, the second book starts to show signs of trouble and then he completely loses it by the third. You could seriously set a timer to his rhythm. 20 minutes of things going well, then 20 minutes of things going absolutely terrible. It’s drama on a soap opera level. Everyone is backstabbing everyone else, but everyone is surprised each and every time it happens. The writing is just good enough so that you care about the characters and then with lazy writing he has them die in a pointless way, just for shock value. I’m ok with killing off main characters, but you have to give it some reality. In stead you have situations where the “brilliant” main character decides to give the guy that’s betrayed him and sworn a blood feud against him a second chance, and they all stand around with their thumbs up their asses while he steals a weapon and ruins the plans of a multi-million soldier fleet. It made no sense, but the writer wanted drama and was too lazy to make it believable. I kept giving the series chance after chance to improve, but like the main character I let this situation get away from me. I’ve quit and am returning the books 2-3/4 books into the series. I regret the time wasted. I hope I can save one adult from believing the lies of the other reviews. Don’t start.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye audiobook cover art
  • The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye
  • A Lisbeth Salander Novel, Continuing Stieg Larsson's Millennium Series
  • By: David Lagercrantz
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance

A Lizbeth Salander Story guest starring Lizbeth Salander

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

Reviewed: 11-11-17

Wha? Wasn’t there...? What about...? Is this all building up to tie into the Camilla storyline? ‘Cause otherwise this was a bizarre sidestep that had very little Lizbeth Salander in it. I kinda wish I’d waited for the next one to come out before listening to this one. It feels like I just read (listened to) half a book. It was kind of a half-assed buildup and then... meh. If I were you I’d wait for the other half of the book. Hopefully that’s coming. Although maybe the next one will follow Blumquist tracking down a children sold to Russia because of their super-duper eyesight and Lizbeth is occasionally texting him along the way.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

Hearts in Atlantis audiobook cover art

Stephen King has no self control.

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

Reviewed: 09-13-17

King can't seem to keep himself to what he's good at: great stories with mediocre endings. He should never read his stories. His voice is terrible. William Hurt does a much better job even though at times it sounds like he's checking his watch and holding off a yawn. The stories are all great. I think. I haven't been able to force myself to listen to the third story. I was really hoping King would just read the second story and get back to Hurt, but no luck there. I'm about 15 minutes into the third story and it great, but his voice is killing it for me. For those who have the time to actually read books, I'd do that with this one.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful