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  • Magic Triumphs

  • Kate Daniels, Book 10
  • By: Ilona Andrews
  • Narrated by: Renee Raudman
  • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,558
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,454
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,447

Kate has come a long way from her origins as a loner taking care of paranormal problems in post-Shift Atlanta. She's made friends and enemies. She's found love and started a family with Curran Lennart, the former Beast Lord. But her magic is too strong for the power players of the world to let her be. Kate and her father, Roland, currently have an uneasy truce, but when he starts testing her defenses again, she knows that sooner or later, a confrontation is inevitable. The Witch Oracle has begun seeing visions of blood, fire, and human bones.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Everything we hoped for...

  • By IreneMBBT on 08-28-18

Fitting end of the series

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

Reviewed: 10-26-18

We've watched Kate grow up and into her powers for years. We've rooted for her as she rescued Grendel, Julie and countless others and was rescued by Currin's love. This final book gives us action, humor and adventure the fans can cheer and savor. They brought out a new bad guy who is full of surprises and slippery twists. I'm glad to see some loose ends tied up and some security brought to their world and new friends made - this was a fitting end to an outstanding series.

  • Lullaby

  • By: Jonathan Maberry
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12,843
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,773
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 11,770

A young couple buys a beautiful house by a picturesque lake in the Catskills, looking to escape the bustle of the city to raise their newborn baby. It is a perfect place for a fresh start. Except that nothing is ever as perfect as it seems. As autumn nights close in around their home, they learn that darkness takes many forms. And sometimes that darkness is hungry. New York Times best-selling author Jonathan Maberry delivers an unsettling Audible Original that will give listeners the Halloween creeps all year round.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • I guess there’s a reason it’s free

  • By Katie Washington on 10-05-18

Deliciously creepy

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

Reviewed: 10-09-18

This is just a short story, but it feels like a book. The story is creepy without any more or overt violence. Scott Brick does his usual excellent job breathing life into the tale.

  • The X-Files: Cold Cases

  • By: Joe Harris, Chris Carter, Dirk Maggs - adaptation
  • Narrated by: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 4 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13,972
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12,966
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12,902

Based upon the graphic novels by Joe Harris - with creative direction from series creator Chris Carter - and adapted specifically for the audio format by aural auteur Dirk Maggs ( The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Alien: Out of the Shadows), Cold Cases marks yet another thrilling addition to the pantheon of X-Files stories. Featuring a mind-blowing and otherworldly soundscape of liquefying aliens, hissing creatures, and humming spacecraft, listeners get to experience the duo's investigations like never before.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • New Fan

  • By tatiana on 12-24-17

No chemistry, tedious and I couldn't finish it

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

Reviewed: 10-08-18

I thought this might revive the chemistry between the actors from the show and give us some fun new tales. Nope. The acting was phoned in and very much sounded and felt like they were just reading the script. Some of the Audible originals are fantastic. This just wasn't one of them. I ended up stopping about a quarter of the way through and deleted it.

  • Maisie Dobbs

  • By: Jacqueline Winspear
  • Narrated by: Rita Barrington
  • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,032
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,178
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,174

Maisie Dobbs isn't just any young housemaid. Through her own natural intelligence - and the patronage of her benevolent employers - she works her way into college at Cambridge. After the War I and her service as a nurse, Maisie hangs out her shingle back at home: M. DOBBS, TRADE AND PERSONAL INVESTIGATIONS. But her very first assignment soon reveals a much deeper, darker web of secrets, which will force Maisie to revisit the horrors of the Great War and the love she left behind.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A delightful discovery

  • By Lori on 08-07-09

Wholesome mystery without graphic violence.

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

Reviewed: 08-24-18

I have to admit that Maisie Dobbs is a departure from my usual reading choices. This is not a modern style mystery full of graphic violence, sex or extremes of any type. It's a tale of quiet mystery and thoughtful movements through a very different time and place. The setting is the same time period of Downton Abbey if you enjoyed that and the little details are well thought out and noted throughout.

There are some slow spots, but on the whole, this story moves along and is quite interesting. The narrator has a lovely English accent and a soothing voice that matches the pace perfectly. If you're looking for action and nail biting thrills, this isn't going to be your book. However, as a wholesome respite between the zombie tales and what not, this is a really nice palate cleanser.

  • Zombie Road II

  • Bloodbath on the Blacktop
  • By: David A. Simpson
  • Narrated by: Eric A. Shelman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 434
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 404
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 404

The people that tried to kill the world almost succeeded. They were fiendishly clever but they didn't take into account the vets, the truckers, and the two-fisted fighters who didn't know how to give up. Gunny and his band of survivors continue their journey along the Zombie Road, saving as many as they can along the way. They power through the undead hordes with their modified semi-trucks to beat the ticking clock of nuclear meltdowns.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • EXCELLENT ADVENTURES IN ZOMBIE LAND!

  • By Tracy P. on 08-01-18

Fun, common sense choices

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

Reviewed: 08-17-18

I am really enjoying this series through Audible - the audio version is a lot of fun in the truck. This book picks up exactly where book one stopped and moves forward at a realistic pace. The issue of Lacey being stuck in the office building in Atlanta is addressed and Jesse with his teen friends find themselves with some new problems.

The group setting up a town in Lakota is structured well and the set up there doesn't scream fantasy only. The author has thought about stuff and it shows. I do appreciate the addition of the trains in this story - it's something that I haven't read before in a zombie tale and it's a cool change.

For those bemoaning the author's choice of enemies, well, it's his story to tell and you can always write your own and set it up with any politically correct bad guys you feel comfortable using. I for one, think this series is lots of fun.

  • American Pharoah

  • The Untold Story of the Triple Crown Winner's Legendary Rise
  • By: Joe Drape
  • Narrated by: Aaron Abano
  • Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,297
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,002
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,999

History was made at the 2015 Belmont Stakes when American Pharoah won the Triple Crown, the first since Affirmed in 1978. As magnificent as the champion is, the team behind him has been all too human while on the road to immortality.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Glad I didn't buy it, free download

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-14-18

Lovely story about the horse, too many people

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

Reviewed: 08-07-18

I didn't love the narrator here, but he wasn't terrible either, just a little bit monotonous here and there. I felt like some sections of the story called for more emotion than he had to offer.

The overall story about American Pharoah and his blood lines, his weanling and yearling years was well done and set the tone for his upcoming gallop into history. The in-depth background information on the owner and his financial shenanigans was just more than I wanted to know - I actually found all of those people distasteful and somehow not worthy of this amazing colt. The real deal horse people - the groom's, riders, jockeys, and trainers and how they thought, interacted with and believed in American Pharoah, that's where the real story was. I'm glad I listened to this book.

  • Zombie Road

  • Convoy of Carnage
  • By: David A. Simpson
  • Narrated by: Eric A. Shelman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 566
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 526
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 526

After decades of planning, the contagion was unleashed, and overnight hundreds of millions died and came back as rampaging, undead monsters. The living that had been lucky enough to survive the first day of carnage, lucky enough to be in the right place, and lucky enough that some of them had the skills to survive soon found out there was much more to worry about than just zombies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well that was a suprise!

  • By Scott on 08-12-17

Fun, Fast, Politically Incorrect Goodness

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

Reviewed: 08-05-18

The narrator here is new to me and I will say that I it took me a while to get used to his cadence and patterns. He's a little slow moving for genre, but as the book moves forward, things settle into a reasonable rythm.

I love a good Zombie outbreak tale and the early days survival struggles as things get going. This book has a few things that are different from the usual Zombie story right from the start that make it interesting. We're dealing with cross country truckers and their equipment. Very nice change of pace. These aren't a bunch of preppers with arsenals stashed in the secret basement room just waiting on the apocalypse - they're just a group of folks at work when it happens. Additionally I liked the idea of the bad guys causing the apocalypse being portrayed as this generation's current bad guys in real life. Folks focused on whether or not the book is politically correct or not have missed the entire point. It's about the element that's declared and literally acted out war upon us in a variety of ways for over a decade being portrayed as the bad guys in a fictional story about.... ZOMBIES. I am ok with this.

However, I will say that I could have done with fewer over the top, silly nicknames for a lot of the characters - Stabby, Firecracker, etc etc etc. Come on. I know a number of actual truckers and most are legit former military vets, but none use CB handle type nicknames in real life. There are a few other plot issues that bothered me a bit, but I'm assuming they will be addressed in book two. Which I started listening to this morning.

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  • The Reluctant Adventures of Fletcher Connolly on the Interstellar Railroad

  • By: Felix R. Savage
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 12 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 226
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 216
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 215

Fletcher Connolly hasn't got a lot to lose. Since he and half the galaxy signed on to the rat race of the technological relics trade, Fletch has come to terms with the idea that he will join the ranks of unlucky explorers that perish light years from home without a dime to his name. But bankruptcy is a great motivator. With friends and family counting on him to strike it rich, Fletch embarks on an unwilling quest for alien treasure.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So much fun!

  • By VJG on 09-13-17

Funny, light hearted take on sci-fi

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

Reviewed: 07-25-18

I'm immensely surprised by how much I loved the Audible version of this series. It's sort of sci-fi lite if you will and that's fine. It's light hearted and silly and fun in all the right ways. There are ridiculous alien creatures - butterflyzilla - and sinister multi planet corporatezillas with familiar names still up to the same antics and little guys dodging around by the seat of their pants trying to make a buck and outrun the bill collectors. It's funny and full of wise cracks and some interesting new ideas about alien life before us out there. The narrator does a good job and his voices for different characters are clear and easy to distinguish

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Last Tribe

  • By: Brad Manuel
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 22 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,016
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,536
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,523

Fourteen-year-old Greg Dixon is living a nightmare. Attending boarding school outside of Boston, he is separated from his family when a pandemic strikes. His classmates and teachers are dead, rotting in a dormitory-turned-morgue steps from his room. The nights are getting colder, and his food has run out. The last message from his father is to get away from the city and to meet at his grandparents' town in remote New Hampshire.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A perfect year in the post apocalypse.

  • By Andrew Pollack on 06-18-16

Family oriented end of the world story

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

Reviewed: 07-12-18

I'm a huge fan of this genre and I especially love the audiobooks because a great narrator can transport your reality into the story. Scott Brick does a good job here - he's not my favorite narrator, but for this book, he was the perfect choice.

The Last Tribe is sort of a milder, gentler end of the world take than is typical of the genre. There's no great panic, no zombies, no massive suffering/hardship or extreme violence depicted. We do hear about the disease, the deaths, the aftermath, but mostly in a second hand manner rather than as directly experienced by our main characters. This is really about one extended family who is immune to the plague and finds each other after TEOTWAWKI and their day by day steps to reunite, get organized, gather other survivors and figure out a long term survival plan.

There are a few plot issues that bothered me - why on Earth would any sane person try to go to New England in winter in the apocalypse? Snow, below freezing temperatures, no easily obtainable fresh meat or water. Half the family already lived in Raleigh, North Carolina which was essentially preserved with zero looting and had been evacuated so had few dead bodies. Moderate climate year round and plenty of food both pre-made and wildlife, plus unfrozen water resources. Why didn't any of these folks know about fuel preservatives or diesel engines? Without giving any spoilers, the long term location choice made sense as a fantasy, but was something that I would absolutely never do as a survivor in this situation.... Talk about limited resources long term.

Nonetheless, I really enjoyed this book. There were several characters I would like to know more about and see again in a sequel. I found this take on the end of the world to be refreshing and fun. The little details of day to day survival, scavenging, taking one final opportunity to see important sights and interactions with the new people along the way were well though out and made the story feel real

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  • The Mountain Man Omnibus

  • Books 1-3
  • By: Keith C. Blackmore
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 27 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,218
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,871
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,865

Boomstick. Samurai bat. Motorcycle leather. And the will to live among the unliving. Augustus Berry lives a day-to-day existence comprised of waking up, getting drunk, and preparing for the inevitable day when "they" will come up the side of his mountain and penetrate his fortress. Living on the outskirts of a city and scavenging for whatever supplies remain after civilization died two years ago, Gus knows that every time he goes down into undead suburbia could be his last.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great read, keeps you engaged

  • By Steve on 07-30-15

Lots of fun with an interesting twist to the genre

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

Reviewed: 06-20-18

First let me say that when I see RC Bray as the narrator, I know I will get the best narration possible. He makes each character stand apart from the others and his voice submerges you into the story.

This collection is a bit different from other zombie books. First, it's set in Canada and that creates an entirely new feel for the environment and the cultural reactions of the characters. Secondly, the story starts two years after the world changed and the dead rose. The characters are accustomed to the circumstances and requirements for basic survival from page one. This means we get right to the heart of the story without any thing else clogging up the first few chapters. Then the author throws us loop and a twist that I haven't seen before in this genre. No spoilers, but he definitely raises the ick factor by ten fold!

The action is steady and makes logical sense as the story progresses. My one complaint is the obessesion with liquor page after page after page. The constant boozing and resulting foolish decisions began to really irritate me by the middle of book two. So much common sense before that and then the alcohol fused stupidity began to tear the story apart for me. However, book three takes a different turn and I was hooked again. Definitely worth the time.

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