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  • Ex-Heroes

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder, Khristine Hvam
  • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8,208
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,584
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,606

Stealth. Gorgon. Regenerator. Cerberus. Zzzap. The Mighty Dragon. They were heroes. Vigilantes. Crusaders for justice, using their superhuman abilites to make Los Angeles a better place. Then the plague of living death spread around the globe. Despite the best efforts of the superheroes, the police, and the military, the hungry corpses rose up and overwhelmed the country. The population was decimated, heroes fell, and the city of angels was left a desolate zombie wasteland like so many others.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Superheros, Villians & Zombies... mmm heaven

  • By The Zombie Specialist on 08-16-13

please remove the swearing and sexual crap.

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

Reviewed: 08-17-18

I thought I bought SciFi and not romance or erotica. I get so tired of the abuse of language and sexuality that does nothing to improve a story. a story that would have been much better without the inappropriate language.

  • Dragonvein: Book Four

  • By: Brian D. Anderson
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,455
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,356
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,353

The Eternal Emperor Shinzan continues to gather his strength. And the power he will unleash is beyond the imaginings of the spirits themselves. No army can stand against him. There is only one who can give Lumnia the freedom she has craved for so long. Only one who can save the world from being consumed by the Emperor's evil. But will it be Ethan who faces him? Or will it be Martok?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • had been a long time between book 4 an book 3

  • By Frank on 01-06-18

Great story but almost ruined by erotic material

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

Reviewed: 06-07-18

The story is great. I love the series. But everyone I hear about swelling manhood i want to puke.

I bought a fantasy book not an erotic book. Keep the crap out of the story. It degrades the work and slows down the story.

I get that these people love each other. That is very obvious. But there is no need to get pornographic in your descriptions.

I had thought to let my kids read these stories but now.....

  • Dragonvein: Book Two

  • By: Brian D. Anderson
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,564
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,388
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,389

With new friends and allies fighting by his side, Ethan Dragonvein must find a way to overcome the might of the Eternal Emperor Shinzan. As the voices of the dragons call to him, he is driven to seek them out in the faint hope that they can help him fulfill his destiny and save the people of Lumnia. But he must hurry. Shinzan has not been idle and moves swiftly to crush this fledgling mage before he can become a challenge to his power.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good book

  • By PH on 10-19-16

Great part 2

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

Reviewed: 05-26-18

I thought this was an excellent second book except for the large amount of swearing. I was thinking of having my kids read this series but with all the swearing in the volume they will not be reading it for a long time.

The story is well thought out and quite well written. I am anxious to see where it goes. I just hope book 3 has less language. there really is no need for it and it does not help the story at all.

  • Dominion

  • By: C. S. Friedman
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 2 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 1,492
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,312
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 1,322

Four hundred years after mankind's arrival on Erna, the undead sorcerer Gerald Tarrant travels north in search of a legend. For it is rumored there is a forest where the fae has become so powerful that it devours all who enter it, and he means to test its power.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Warning, vampires within!

  • By Darcy Conroy on 07-27-12

Way too short and not enough detail.

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

Reviewed: 05-09-18

The story read more like a prologue to a different story. It was way too short and never really went anywhere.

It was interesting but I am not sure if I will bother reading any sequels.

  • The Final Spark

  • Michael Vey, Book 7
  • By: Richard Paul Evans
  • Narrated by: Fred Berman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 945
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 855
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 850

The final book in the Michael Vey series opens with the Electroclan facing a devastating loss: Michael is missing. He made the ultimate sacrifice to save his friends, and now he's gone. What is next for them and the revolution? The battle on the island of Hades ended with a devastating explosion that left the island a smoking ruin and much of Hatch's army dead. However, Hatch survived, and while his plans have certainly suffered a setback, he's more determined than ever to bring the world's governments under his control.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great!!

  • By Richard Fisher on 09-13-17

Sad to see it end.

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

Reviewed: 10-04-17

Good ending to a good series. It was a little rushed, but good and a solid ending.

Sorry to see the series end.

  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 156,495
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 144,413
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 144,255

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth it even if you've seen the movie

  • By R. MCRACKAN on 12-08-17

Great story

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

Reviewed: 09-30-17

I watched the movie Amd loved it. So I figured I would read the book. A very good story.

The only thing that would have improved it was to remove to constant swearing. there was no reason for so many F-bombs or most of the other swearing.

I can not, in good conscience, allow my children to read this. And it was not needed to enhance the story. I wish authors would realize this and cut it out.

  • Alcatraz Versus the Scrivener's Bones

  • Alcatraz, Book 2
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Ramon De Ocampo
  • Length: 7 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,635
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,501
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,505

Brandon Sanderson won instant acclaim with young listeners for the first volume of his humorous and action-packed Alcatraz series, Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians. In his second adventure, Alcatraz has his hands full with a Scrivener’s Bone - a half-human, half-machine assassin - pursuing him. And if that’s not enough, Alcatraz receives word that his father is in mortal danger. Now it’s up to Alcatraz and a quirky band of his relatives to mount a daring rescue.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The sequel was also quite good!

  • By Joe on 07-20-12

Wonderful book. Love this series.

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

Reviewed: 08-28-17

Great story with a well planned twist ending. Again I love how Brandon is able to tell an entertaining story while mocking the craft of writing and do it in a way that hurts my cheeks as I smile through the entire story.

  • Alcatraz versus the Evil Librarians

  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Ramon De Ocampo
  • Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,057
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,803
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,813

The author of the Mistborn trilogy and Elantris, Brandon Sanderson is winning abundant praise for this rollicking - and unusual - tale. Alcatraz Smedry can’t exactly be described as someone who doesn’t break things. In fact, he breaks lots of things. The truth is, he’s a major klutz. Breaking things, however, might just be the ace in the hole he needs when he goes up against a cabal of nefarious (gasp!) librarians.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Highly Entertaining + Great Narration

  • By JARED on 08-19-12

Extremely funny story

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

Reviewed: 08-27-17

Brandon takes a poke at craft of writing while telling a very fun and funny story. I think he broke almost every rule I have heard of related to writing and it only enhanced the story.

Another wonderful story from Brandon.

I can't wait to hear the next book

  • All These Worlds

  • Bobiverse, Book 3
  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 36,743
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 34,408
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,310

Being a sentient spaceship really should be more fun. But after spreading out through space for almost a century, Bob and his clones just can't stay out of trouble. They've created enough colonies so humanity shouldn't go extinct. But political squabbles have a bad habit of dying hard, and the Brazilian probes are still trying to take out the competition. And the Bobs have picked a fight with an older, more powerful species with a large appetite and a short temper.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Satisfying End to a Fun Series

  • By Craig Schorling on 08-20-17

I truly love this series.

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

Reviewed: 08-11-17

I hope there address many more Bob books. maybe thay focus on other areas. but this has been a fun ride.

Great job. Great story. Great fun.

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  • Fight and Flight

  • Magic 2.0, Book 4
  • By: Scott Meyer
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8,481
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,990
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,968

Martin and his friends discovered that their world is computer generated and that by altering the code they could alter reality. They traveled back in time to Medieval England to live as wizards. Almost everything they've done since then has, in one way or another, blown up in their faces. So of course they decide to make dragons. It does not go well.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Major stumble in a great series

  • By Virgil on 05-11-17

great continuation

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

Reviewed: 05-15-17

I love this series. I hope there are dozens.

Scott has a wonderful way of presenting a story that is intriguing and humorous. I crack a smile or outright laugh often while going through this series and this book is no exception. Martin and his wizard friends have no idea what kind of troubles they can get into while trying to help others. But it sure makes for a fun story.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful