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Chris M. Rutkowsky

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  • The Society of the Sword Trilogy

  • By: Duncan M. Hamilton
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 31 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,754
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,424
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,415

When Soren is plucked from the streets and given a place at the prestigious academy of swordsmanship, he thinks his dream of being a great swordsman has become a possibility. However, with great intrigues unfolding all around him, Soren discovers that he is little more than a pawn to the ambitions of others.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Series Overall, but seemed Rushed

  • By Daniel on 10-15-17

Fantastic story of swashbuckling adventure!

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

Reviewed: 12-04-18

All the intrigue of the Three Musketeers or Alatriste in a world of sword and sorcery!

  • Wild Cards VII

  • Dead Man's Hand
  • By: George R. R. Martin, Wild Cards Trust, John Jos. Miller
  • Narrated by: Paul Adrian, Jay Acovone
  • Length: 13 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 159
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153

Chrysalis, the glass-skinned queen of the Joker underworld, has been found brutally murdered in her popular restaurant, the Crystal Palace. Now two men are out to find her killer: Jay Ackroyd, the Ace private investigator who discovered her ruined body, and the vigilante archer known as the Yeoman, who has been framed for the crime. Their quest leads them on a nightmare odyssey of madness, violence, passion, and political intrigue that will forever alter the fates of Aces and Jokers everywhere.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • not worth the credit

  • By Tim on 05-29-18

Excellent story concludes two long developed plots

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

Reviewed: 11-07-18

The only complaint is two different narrators characterize Tachyon, Yeoman, and Popinjay's voices very differently.

  • Super Powereds: Year 2

  • Super Powereds, Book 2
  • By: Drew Hayes
  • Narrated by: Kyle McCarley
  • Length: 32 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 7,279
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,835
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6,817

Despite having their secret revealed, the residents of Melbrook Hall return to Lander University for another year in the Hero Certification Program. Good thing the focus of this year is teamwork, because with their origins known, they'll have to lean on each other more than ever. Now finally sophomores, their curriculum expands, allowing them to train in the majors that Heroes specialize in. The new classes will test their minds, bodies, and determination in ways never anticipated.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of my favorite stories

  • By Joshua on 07-22-16

Sky High + Harry Potter + Hunger Games in College

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

Reviewed: 12-20-17

An excellent continuation of the series. Each chapter ends with you wanting another. Fortunately there are around 200. It is a long journey but well worth it.

  • The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay

  • By: Michael Chabon
  • Narrated by: David Colacci
  • Length: 26 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,695
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,359
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,384

It's 1939, in New York City. Joe Kavalier, a young artist who has also been trained in the art of Houdiniesque escape, has just pulled off his greatest feat: smuggling himself out of Hitler's Prague. He's looking to make big money, fast, so that he can bring his family to freedom. His cousin, Brooklyn's own Sammy Clay, is looking for a partner in creating the heroes, stories, and art for the latest novelty to hit the American dreamscape: the comic book. Inspired by their own fantasies, fears, and dreams, they create the Escapist.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Escape From Reality is a Worthy Challenge

  • By Dave on 07-11-12

A love letter to Golden Age Comics.

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

Reviewed: 09-22-17

A fictional comic book duo create the Escapist who helps all who toil under the heel of tyranny escape, alongside Seagle & Schuster, Kirby & Simon and Stan Lee in New York.

  • Obsidian Son

  • The Temple Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Shayne Silvers
  • Narrated by: Marcio Catalano
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 971
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 897
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 893

Nate Temple's all-consuming quest to avenge his parents is temporarily put on hold when shape-shifting dragons invade St. Louis. And perhaps cow-tipping the Minotaur for answers might not have been Nate's smartest opening move, because now every flavor of supernatural thug from our childhood nightmares is gunning for him. Nate learns that the only way to save his city from these creatures is to murder his best friend.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Don't Bother

  • By Ann on 07-07-17

Take Harry Dresden. Then remove all..

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

Reviewed: 09-05-17

Take Harry Dresden. Then remove all foibles, challenges, meaningful friendships, and endearing qualities. Make him an inheritance billionaire who always wins, gets whatever he wants (including all attractive women throwing themselves and panties at him). Then make him an adherent to "bootstraps" mentality and you will have Nate Temple (who actually insists everybody, including police call him "Master" Temple).

14 of 18 people found this review helpful

  • Wolves

  • By: D. J. Molles
  • Narrated by: Christian Rummel
  • Length: 18 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,398
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,252
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,247

Ten years after the collapse, Huxley has built a good life again. He has a loving wife, a farm with fields of golden barley, and a daughter with a strange and wonderful gift. Then the slavers come. Working out in the fields during the attack, Huxley returns too late. His daughter has been taken, and his wife is bleeding out, her last whispered words about a man with a scorpion tattoo on his neck. Where do the slavers go? Huxley has no idea. He knows only that they head east, and so will he, setting out on foot across the desert of the Wastelands.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant. I do have one criticism.

  • By Billy on 09-04-16

why are there no automatic weapons anymore?

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

Reviewed: 05-24-17

wouldn't you think doomsday preppers in bunkers would have enough auto and semi auto weapons to become warlords? for some reason all guns are handmade in this post apocalypse, which is set only about 10 years after the bombs fell and the USA ceased to exist. People are using cap and ball revolvers, "scatterguns" that are single shot muzzle loaders made of pipe and fire D batteries... But the USA has more guns than people. But virtually none of the pre disaster guns exist any more...

9 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood

  • By: Howard Pyle
  • Narrated by: Christopher Cazenove
  • Length: 10 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 603
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 538
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 539

Here are the beloved adventures of the mischievous hero Robin Hood and his brave and merry band of outlaws, who forged a chivalrous code to protect the oppressed and despoil the oppressors. Follow along as Robin makes his breathtaking escapes from his archenemy, the Sheriff of Nottingham, while classic characters like Friar Tuck, Will Scarlet, and Little John create one hilarious escapade after another.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A splendid reading of the classic!

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-10-11

A very different Robin Hood, yet familiar as well

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

Reviewed: 03-14-17

Pyle's 1880s Robin Hood is different from the noble who fought for good King Richard against the treacherous Sherrif and Prince John on the silver screen. Unlike the version immortalized by Errol Flynn and perpetuated by Kevin Costner, this Robin is a yeoman, not a noble. He fights against the general injustices of medieval society rather than against a treacherous prince, and his adventures as an outlaw begin in the reign of Henry II, rather than his son Richard. He wins his battles by cunning and duplicity and not by killing. Maid Marian is mentioned only in passing. But there is still a great deal familiar in the story, and each member of Robins band has a tale of their own and how they came to join the band.