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  • The Coilhunter Chronicles - Omnibus (Books 1-3)

  • By: Dean F. Wilson
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 13 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 274
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 269
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 269

Three audiobooks from the Coilhunter Chronicles: Coilhunter, Rustkiller, and Dustrunner. Welcome to the Wild North, a desolate wasteland where criminals go to hide - if they can outlast the drought and the dangers of the desert. Or the dangers of something else.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dean F Wilson, starting off great!

  • By Jessica Bond on 11-06-18

Gritty Steampunk Western

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

Reviewed: 01-18-19

I really enjoyed RC Bray's voice. He is an excellent narrator, and really adds to this story.
This is a collection of books that I think are best described as steampunk western. It has very rich world building leading me to think that this might be just to beginning of further stories about our bounty hunter, or at least I hope so. Very believable characters with motivations that make you care about them. These are stories that I loved listening to. This is one of very few series that are worth a second listen me. With three books for one credit, it is also an great value.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Zero G

  • By: Dan Wells
  • Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller, Margaret Ying Drake, Josh Hurley, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,468
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,827
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,799

Twelve-year-old Zero is traveling with 20,000 people for 105 years to colonize a new planet. Everyone is in stasis, so they'll be safe during the trip, but when Zero's pod malfunctions it wakes him early, like 105 years early. At first he's excited to be the only one awake - he has the entire ship to himself, so he can go anywhere and see and do and eat anything he wants - but when a family of space pirates show up, trying to hijack the ship and kidnap the colonizers, Zero has to think fast and find a way to stop them all on his own.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Passengers movie with space pirates

  • By Kingsley on 12-07-18

Fun middle grade book

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

Reviewed: 12-09-18

Really good book for middle grade kids (10-15 years old). Good performance by the cast. Lots. Of good laugh out loud moments. The story is not particularly original, but it is still well done and most kids would get a kick out of it.

  • Off to Be the Wizard

  • By: Scott Meyer
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,898
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,266
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,265

It's a simple story. Boy finds proof that reality is a computer program. Boy uses program to manipulate time and space. Boy gets in trouble. Boy flees back in time to Medieval England to live as a wizard while he tries to think of a way to fix things. Boy gets in more trouble. Oh, and boy meets girl at some point.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hang in there

  • By Kelly on 03-04-17

Very funny book.

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

Reviewed: 06-12-18

I loved this book. Many laugh out loud moments. Great narrator with excellent character voices. It is silly, ridiculous, and a lot of fun. This is worth listening to over and over. My teenage kids also really enjoyed the story.

  • The Sorcerer's Torment

  • The Sorcerer's Path, Book 2
  • By: Brock Deskins
  • Narrated by: William Turbett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37

Forced to flee The Academy after killing another student, Azerick sets sail to start a new life and a new home from where he can continue to grow in power so that he may avenge his father's murder. However, the fates have not finished with the young sorcerer. A massive storm blows his ship into the clutches of a terrifying creature with the power to control the minds of others and enslave them to its will. Azerick becomes the pawn of this creature, but what happens when an irresistible force meets an indomitable will?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Better than the first.

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 04-16-18

Very good continuation to the story.

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

Reviewed: 06-12-18

I want to thank Brock Deskins for providing me with a review copy of this audiobook. I really enjoyed this book, but I have struggled with writing this review, because the book felt so different to me, but I couldn't put my finger on why it felt that way. I think that I finally figured it out. This book is very much like a collection of novellas, all focusing on the same main character. Our hero gets into a bad situation, there is a conflict, then resolution and a denouement, that then leads right into the next bad situation. The main character moves on and leaves all the side characters behind as the next story is told. There are also glimpses of a large over arching conflict that is rising, and I can only assume will come to a conclusion in the last book. Basically this is a collection of stories of how to hero grew strong enough to eventually beat (I am assuming in the future books that he will ultimately be victorious) the big bad guy at the end. This anthology-like structure is not bad, it is just different from most other books that I have read. I really liked it and I am looking forward to the next book in the series.

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  • The Evaran Chronicles Box Set

  • Books 1-3
  • By: Adair Hart
  • Narrated by: Michael Pauley
  • Length: 25 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 190
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 175
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 176

Dr. Albert Snowden just wanted to be there for his niece, Emily, after the loss of her father. Being abducted by aliens, and then rescued by a mysterious being known as Evaran, has made that difficult. Despite their situation, they try to make the best of it while traveling through space, time, and beyond with Evaran and V, Evaran's trusty mobile artificial intelligence. With the use of Evaran's time-traveling ship, the Torvatta, they will try to maintain timeline integrity while dealing with the challenges that brings.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enter the Space-Time Continuum

  • By cosmitron on 04-05-18

Good Sci-Fi Trilogy

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

Reviewed: 06-12-18

I want to thank the author for providing me with a review copy of this audiobook. This is an excellent value in that it is 3 books for just 1 credit. This is a very good time travel book that I really enjoyed. Good characters, and fun battle/adventure story. While it is the predictable go get the macguffin and save everyone stories, it is well done and the journey is worth it. Others have said that it is a rip off of Dr Who, which I guess is a fair comment, but that doesn't take away from the fact that this is a good trilogy and worth the read. I also wanted to mention that there is a main character who is a lesbian in this book, but that is not particularly important to the story. There is no coming out moment, no disapproving family/friends. She is gay and everyone around her knows and nobody cares. So many stories with gay characters have their sexuality be the character's most defining characteristic. Kind of refreshing to see that not be the focus of the story.

  • Run Program

  • By: Scott Meyer
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
  • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,928
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,782
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,782

What's worse than a child with a magnifying glass, a garden full of ants, and a brilliant mind full of mischief? Try Al, a well-meaning but impish artificial intelligence with the mind of a six-year-old and a penchant for tantrums. Hope Takeda, a lab assistant charged with educating and socializing Al, soon discovers that day care is a lot more difficult when your kid is an evolving and easily frightened A.I.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining

  • By Anon on 05-22-18

Good fun story.

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

Reviewed: 06-08-18

This was a fun if predictable story. I found it engaging and absolutely worth a listen.

  • The Sword of Light: The Complete Trilogy

  • By: Aaron Hodges
  • Narrated by: David Stifel
  • Length: 29 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,280
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,204
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,200

For 500 years, the Gods have united the Three Nations in harmony. Now, that balance has been shattered, and chaos threatens. A town burns, and flames light the night sky. Hunted and alone, 17-year-old Eric flees through the wreckage. The mob grows closer, baying for the blood of their tormentor. Guilt weighs on his soul, but he cannot stop, cannot turn back. If he stops, they die. For two years, he has carried this curse, bringing death and destruction wherever he goes. But now, there is another searching for him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A cutting trilogy

  • By Ray Johnson on 02-13-18

Pretty good Hero's Journey story.

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

Reviewed: 04-04-18

Firstly this book is a very good value. 3 books for just a single credit is a great deal, and this is the complete series so you know that you are getting the whole story. Book one seems like a fantasy retelling of Star Wars: A New Hope, which is not a complaint. If you like those kind of Hero Journey stories then this is the series for you. Books 2 and 3 take the Hero's journey in a different directions, and become less derivative of the Star Wars saga. I love how they introduce the antagonist of Gabriel and make you really understand and sympathize with him. The narrator has a pleasant voice and brought the story to life. My one big complaint was the epilogue. The conclusion to the story was so beautiful, but then the epilogue comes and just ruins it. Other than that it was a great book and I loved it.

I want to thank the author for providing me with a free review copy of the Sword of Light series.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The December Protocol

  • By: Devin Hanson
  • Narrated by: Rhett Samuel Price
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23

Throughout the entirety of history, humanity has fought against sickness, old age, frailty, even death itself hoping for eternal life. Hanson imagines life beyond those legends and stories - a solar system where humanity has discovered the secret to immortal life, at an extreme cost. The December Protocol rockets the listener into the late 24th century and raises thrilling questions about how far mankind would go to preserve the most precious gift we've ever received: immortality....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining And Thought-Provoking

  • By Karen M. on 02-22-18

Good world building, fun action scifi story

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

Reviewed: 02-15-18

First I want to thank Rhett Price for providing me with a review copy of this book. The story starts off a little slow as you follow three characters with nothing in common. If you stick with it, it is worth it as the story develops into a very good action adventure. The characters are all great with good development and growth through the story. I loved the world building that took place as the author explored the ramifications of a world where immortality was possible for some, but not all, and at a price. The narrator did a great job. A wide array of voices were used and he made the story come to life.

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  • The Girl with Red Hair

  • By: Michael J Sanford
  • Narrated by: Nik Magill
  • Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16

She was just a lost girl when they found her. The circumstances are odd, that much is true. But she's just a child. She needs protecting. She needs guardians. Before long, strange magic manifests from the small girl, equally awe inspiring as it is terrifying. Does she control the fire and light? Or do they control her? Shadows are rising from Alfuria, the very world beneath their feet. Sometimes they call, wishing for an unending embrace. Dragons have risen as well, from myth and legend, stalking land and sky.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • imaginative!

  • By rachel pohler on 02-28-18

This is a Fun Fantasy Adventure.

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

Reviewed: 02-08-18

First I want to thank Michael Sanford for providing me with a free review copy of his book. I really enjoyed this and I look forward to the future books in the series. Excellent narration that makes the book come alive. Nik is easy to understand and has good voices/pacing.
This is a typical fantasy "Heroes go on an adventure" story, with good characters. I love that each character has his/her own motivations that both help and hinder the group at different times. It also has a fabulous villain, and I look forward to seeing more of how she will attempt to thwart our heroes. The only negative is the use of pronouns. It was sometimes unclear who is being referred to at the time. But it is still a good book and well worth a listen.

  • The Sorcerer's Ascension

  • The Sorcerer's Path, Book 1
  • By: Brock Deskins
  • Narrated by: William Turbett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48

Torn from a life of comfort and luxury, his family destroyed by political intrigues and aspirations, a young boy must quickly grow into a man before the deadly streets of Southport devour him. Follow Azerick through a non-stop adventure that pits him against thieves, thugs, murderers, and men of power that will stop at nothing to achieve their goals. Azerick must fight just to survive, but for him survival is not enough. A hunger to avenge the wrongs committed against him burns deep within. But that is not all that lies within the young man. There is a power waiting to be unleashed that may be the key to achieving the justice and security he seeks...if it does not destroy him first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Where do you go when you have no one left?

  • By Ray Johnson on 04-16-18

Liked the story. Wasn't fond of the narrator.

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

Reviewed: 01-16-18

Good story that I found to be engaging and kept me interested. Good characters that grew and developed over time. This is a fun story that i would recommend. My only problem was the occasional mispronounced words by the narrator. They weren't often, but there were a few of them and each time they really distracted me from the book. I was given this free review copy audiobook and have voluntarily left this review.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful