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  • Critical Failures IV: The Phantom Pinas

  • Caverns and Creatures, Book 4
  • By: Robert Bevan
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Sleep
  • Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,863
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,703
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,700

The adventure continues. Tim and the C and C gang face their most difficult challenges yet. Horses die. Eyeballs are eaten. People are urinated on. A god is born.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Horse!

  • By John on 03-09-17

The laughs continue

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

If you liked the other books, then you should definitely keep going. This is the hardest I've laughed yet. Although it is still filled with poop jokes, this installment of the Caverns and Creatures series has a lot of heart and character development. I highly recommend. If you haven't read the first 4, I recommend starting with the first book Critical Failures. Bevan also has collections of non-canon short stories which are an excellent way to try out the series.

Jonathan Sleep nails the narration as always. Seriously amazing. Voicing characters from halfling to half-orc and beyond with great skill.

  • Chasing the Moon

  • By: A. Lee Martinez
  • Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 702
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 638
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 643

Diana's life was in a rut - she hated her job, she was perpetually single, and she needed a place to live. But then the perfect apartment came along. It seemed too good to be true - because it was. As it turns out, the apartment was already inhabited - by monsters.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Douglas Adams on Acid

  • By Karen on 08-22-14

Odd but entertaining

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

Reviewed: 08-11-17

This story was very odd. But if you are reading A. Lee Martinez, it's pretty standard. I enjoyed it. I did feel occasionally confused by the story-line. But I never felt the urge to stop listening to it. The confusion somehow added to the atmosphere of the book. I am glad I gave it a try.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Black Death: The World's Most Devastating Plague

  • By: Dorsey Armstrong, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Dorsey Armstrong
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 981
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 909
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 912

Many of us know the Black Death as a catastrophic event of the medieval world. But the Black Death was arguably the most significant event in Western history, profoundly affecting every aspect of human life, from the economic and social to the political, religious, and cultural. In its wake the plague left a world that was utterly changed, forever altering the traditional structure of European societies and forcing a rethinking of every single system of Western civilization: food production and trade, the church, political institutions, law, art, and more.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • informative, interesting, well organized

  • By Tricia Munter on 06-12-16

Informative and Entertaining

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

Reviewed: 08-11-17

I initially listened to this free from the library and like it so well that i bought it. It is so interesting! I learned many new thing about the plague. The narrative was less lecture and more like a story. I did not feel bored, bogged down, or overwhelmed once. I highly recommend.

  • Beneath the Skin

  • The Sam Hunter Case Files
  • By: Jonathan Maberry
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 4 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,585
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,485
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,473

Sam Hunter is a bit of an animal. He's a former Twin Cities cop who lost his badge because of excessive force. Abusive husbands, child molesters, and other lowlifes wound up looking like they'd been mauled by a dog...or a wolf. Now Sam's a low-rent PI in Philadelphia. He takes the kinds of cases no one wants. His clients are usually on the fringes of society. The kind who are prey for all manner of predators - human and otherwise.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Probably would be better if they were longer

  • By selkie86 on 02-10-17

Makes me want more

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

Reviewed: 08-11-17

These were great stories. I've read Jonathan Maberry before, but never any Sam Hunter series stuff. I loved it. I'm going to search out more. These stories had a very Jonathan Maberry feel. If you like his other writing, you will like this too. The stories also have that classic PI feel, so if you are into that, this is also a good bet. Ray Porter, as always, nails it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 4d6

  • Caverns and Creatures
  • By: Robert Bevan
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Sleep
  • Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 738
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 702
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 701

This is a collection of the fourth six short stories in the Caverns and Creatures series.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Funny enough to make Kim Jung Un laugh.

  • By michael on 08-12-17

Fun and hilarious!

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

Reviewed: 08-11-17

These are a bunch a short stories in the Caverns and Creatures (C&C) book-verse. The premise is that a group of idiots get transported into the game world as their characters. Hilarity ensues. There are also full length C&C books about these characters. These short stories are separate from the main story line so you can read them to get a feel for the author without worrying about spoilers if you eventually want to read the main series. There are also 3 short story collections that came before this one. None of them are timeline or plot contiguous, so you can read them in any order. I highly recommend the short stories and the main arc. However, if you don't like poop jokes, walk away now. There is a lot of that kind of humor in all these books. That is not all that can be found inside, however. The stories are great. Fun and complete. You really get a feel for the characters, even in this short story format. I have read and listened to all the books in the series to date. The narrator for this series is great. He does such a great job maneuvering between the different personalities and races (halfling to half-orc). It is very enjoyable. I highly recommend all of Bevan's books for a good time. He and a bunch of other comedic fantasy writers also have a podcast where they hilariously play pathfinder. It's called Authors and Dragons. Check all of it out.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Cassie

  • Adrian's Undead Diary Book Eight
  • By: Chris Philbrook
  • Narrated by: James Foster
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 518
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 486
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 485

One last test. One last quest. Adrian and the men and women who love him head deep into the city in search of the one thing that may save Adrian's soul, and the entire world. Redemption. But before he earns what he needs so desperately, there will be blood, and there will be death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • SIMPLY FAN-DAM-TASTIC!!!!!!!!

  • By Jennifer on 08-22-15

The End

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

Reviewed: 03-10-17

This is the eighth and last book in the Adrian's Undead Diary series. You will need to have read the others to enjoy this one. If you have read into the series this far, obviously you have to read this last book! The ending is great and also leaves room for more. Pretty exciting stuff!!

I have listened to this entire series (more than once). I have loved every book. The story line is great. Each book has small daily plots as well as an overarching plot making each book a complex mixture of ideas and emotions. The character development is fantastic. It is the apocalypse story that has a little something for everyone. Gun porn - check. Tactical discussion - check. Actual daily survival - check. Emotional and personal interactions - check. Zombie killing - check. Funny stuff - check. NotTooOverTheTop spiritual elements - check. you get the idea.

This book and the rest of the series is all good stuff. Seriously.

James Foster is great. Perfect.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Trinity

  • Adrian's Undead Diary, Book 7
  • By: Chris Philbrook
  • Narrated by: James Foster
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 543
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 503
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 502

A full year of blood and tears has passed for Adrian Ring. As the dead remain hateful, the living are more desperate than ever. Meanwhile the conflict with the monsters at the factory is reaching a boiling point. But Adrian won't have to fight alone. Kevin and Michelle, his unwitting compatriots in the scheme to save the world, are following signs and portents to make their way to a hero they don't yet know. To meet them Adrian will have to weather treachery, starvation, violent attacks...and, perhaps worst of all, the temptation of an easy way out.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • LOVED LOVED LOVED IT!!!

  • By Annie The Audible Addict!!! on 02-17-16

Almost there

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

Reviewed: 03-10-17

This is the seventh book in the Adrian's Undead Diary series. You will need to have read the others to enjoy this one. If you have read into the series this far, keep reading! You won't be disappointed. There is only one more after this. This book has the journal format of the other books as well as vignettes like those featured in the last book. This book still has action and survival, but as the series progresses, each book really settles into character and story development. These are not only gory zombie fare. The story is really getting interesting. I won't give away any spoilers, but it's getting intense!

I have listened to this entire series (more than once). I have loved every book. The story line is great. Each book has small daily plots as well as an overarching plot making each book a complex mixture of ideas and emotions. The character development is fantastic. It is the apocalypse story that has a little something for everyone. Gun porn - check. Tactical discussion - check. Actual daily survival - check. Emotional and personal interactions - check. Zombie killing - check. Funny stuff - check. NotTooOverTheTop spiritual elements - check. you get the idea.

This book and the rest of the series is all good stuff. Seriously.

James Foster is great. Perfect.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • In the Arms of Family

  • Adrian's Undead Diary, Book 6
  • By: Chris Philbrook
  • Narrated by: James Foster
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 649
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 606
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 604

In Book Six of Adrian's Undead Diary, no one near Adrian is safe. Many will make the ultimate sacrifice to ensure that he can keep his loved ones protected at any cost, and rebuild a new, better world. In the Arms of Family also follows Kevin and Michelle as their stories entwine and bring them ever closer to the horrors that surround Adrian across the vast Atlantic Ocean. How long can they survive before the dead finish what they came to do?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • HURRY UP BOOK #7!

  • By Kelleefornia on 04-13-15

Worth it

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

Reviewed: 03-10-17

This is the sixth book in the Adrian's Undead Diary series. You will need to have read the others to enjoy this one. If you have read into the series this far, keep reading! You won't be disappointed. This book has the journal format of the other books as well as vignettes like those featured in the last book. This book still has action and survival, but as the series progresses, each book really settles into character and story development. These are not only gory zombie fare. The story is really getting interesting. Oh the feels!!

I have listened to this entire series (more than once). I have loved every book. The story line is great. Each book has small daily plots as well as an overarching plot making each book a complex mixture of ideas and emotions. The character development is fantastic. It is the apocalypse story that has a little something for everyone. Gun porn - check. Tactical discussion - check. Actual daily survival - check. Emotional and personal interactions - check. Zombie killing - check. Funny stuff - check. NotTooOverTheTop spiritual elements - check. you get the idea.

This book and the rest of the series is all good stuff. Seriously.

James Foster is great. Perfect.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Wrath

  • Adrian's Undead Diary, Book 5
  • By: Chris Philbrook
  • Narrated by: James Foster
  • Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 722
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 682
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 677

Good and evil play their game to determine whether humanity gets a second chance, and their pawns are the living and the dead. ALPA and Westfield have formed a strong alliance that keeps both settlements safe and growing. Adrian has even found time to discover a new love with Mallory. All is well. But when evil plays the game, it plays for keeps.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • BEST OF THE SERIES SO FAR!!

  • By Annie The Audible Addict!!! on 01-14-16

Keep Reading

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

Reviewed: 03-10-17

This is the fifth book in the Adrian's Undead Diary series. You will need to have read the others to enjoy this one. If you have read into the series this far, keep reading! You won't be disappointed. This book has the journal format of the other books as well as vignettes like those featured in the last book. This book still has action and survival, but as the series progresses, each book really settles into character and story development. These are not only gory zombie fare. The story is really getting interesting.

I have listened to this entire series (more than once). I have loved every book. The story line is great. Each book has small daily plots as well as an overarching plot making each book a complex mixture of ideas and emotions. The character development is fantastic. It is the apocalypse story that has a little something for everyone. Gun porn - check. Tactical discussion - check. Actual daily survival - check. Emotional and personal interactions - check. Zombie killing - check. Funny stuff - check. NotTooOverTheTop spiritual elements - check. you get the idea.

This book and the rest of the series is all good stuff. Seriously.

The narrator is great. Perfect.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Failed Coward

  • Adrian's Undead Diary, Book 4
  • By: Chris Philbrook
  • Narrated by: James Foster
  • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 676
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 634
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 635

A sinister darkness has finally cast its long shadow across the world, and Adrian Ring now suspects he's at the center of the maelstrom. And he's not alone. Even overseas, his friend Kevin is somehow standing at his side. At Auburn Lake, Adrian and his adopted family finally understand that the dreams they have suffered since the end of the world are far more than restless imaginings. When a thousand mindless dead arrive holding books, can it be anything but a message from beyond the grave?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • THINGS ARE GETTING WONKY!!!

  • By Annie The Audible Addict!!! on 01-13-16

Still Hooked

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

Reviewed: 03-10-17

This is the fourth book in the Adrian's Undead Diary series. You will need to have read the others to enjoy this one. As soon as I finish one book, I immediately want to pick up the next. It is so good. This book has the journal format of the other books as well as vignettes like those featured in the last book. I was initially wary of the journal format, but Philbrook handles this format nicely. This book still has action and survival, but as the series progresses, each book really settles into character and story development. These are not just gory zombie fare.

I have listened to this entire series (more than once). I have loved every book. The story line is great. Each book has small daily plots as well as an overarching plot making each book a complex mixture of ideas and emotions. The character development is fantastic. It is the apocalypse story that has a little something for everyone. Gun porn - check. Tactical discussion - check. Actual daily survival - check. Emotional and personal interactions - check. Zombie killing - check. Funny stuff - check. NotTooOverTheTop spiritual elements - check. you get the idea.

This book and the rest of the series is all good stuff. Seriously.

The narrator is great. Perfect.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful