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  • The Ship of the Dead

  • Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, Book 3
  • By: Rick Riordan
  • Narrated by: Michael Crouch
  • Length: 12 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,120
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,911
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,900

In the third book in Rick Riordan's epic Norse mythology series, Magnus and his friends take a boat trip to the farthest borders of Jotunheim and Niflheim in pursuit of Asgard's greatest threat. Life preservers are mandatory for this wet, wild, and wondrous adventure.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow

  • By Nicole on 11-13-17

Riordan saved the best for last

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

Reviewed: 10-05-17

This book was a lot of fun to read. It definitely had a different feel than the previous two, in part to the less than stellar narrator switch. The biggest change was the presence, or lack there of, of Loki. The dream sequences were at a minimum and felt like an integral part of the story, instead of a device to move the plot along. You didn't have the one character with more information than the rest popping up randomly. Instead, you learned as the characters did making the story that much more immersive. The ending wasn't what I expected but fit perfectly to the hero. Magnus is an atypical hero. He's a better healer than a fighter, (his weapon does best when he's not holding it) and is better at supporting his team than leading it, and the ending worked well in that context.
The narrator switch will be annoying for fans of the series, but the story shines through anyway. The Percy Jackson series are definitely better, but this series is so different you can enjoy it on its own. Definitely worth you time.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Cuban Affair

  • By: Nelson DeMille
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 14 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,648
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,329
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,307

Daniel Graham MacCormick - Mac for short - seems to have a pretty good life. At age 35 he's living in Key West, owner of a 42-foot charter fishing boat, The Maine. Mac served five years in the army as an infantry officer, with two tours in Afghanistan. He returned with the Silver Star, two Purple Hearts, scars that don't tan, and a boat with a big bank loan. Truth be told, Mac's finances are more than a little shaky. One day Mac is sitting in the famous Green Parrot Bar in Key West, contemplating his life....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fun read with a continuous build, ok finish

  • By Virgil on 09-22-17

Fun read with a continuous build, ok finish

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

Reviewed: 09-22-17

This book is an enjoyable listen and classic DeMille style. The intensity steadily builds throughout the book until the really enjoyable penultimate scene. Unfortunately, the ending is typical for a DeMille book that uses geopolitics and real world implications as a plot point, in that it is not very satisfying. There are plenty of twists, unearthing of selfish plots, and good character development through the chapters.
I enjoyed this book, but it felt like a weaker version of Up Country. You can feel Nelson DeMille didn't have as strong a connection to Mac as he did Paul Brenner. I still recommend The Cuban Affair, but try Up Country and definitely the John Corey series if you haven't already.

26 of 27 people found this review helpful

  • 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 35,965
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 33,681
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,586

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

Clean ending to a fantastic series

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

Reviewed: 08-08-17

Note: Early readers need to redownload to get the complete book!!
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. As with any series ending, you always wish there was more, and this book didn't feel as complete as the others, but was still a great read. The conflicts that arose were varied, and exposes the depths of humanity's desire for power and self interest. They were not as complex as in the previous two books, and the resolution came about a bit easy at times, but it didn't take away my enjoyment. Besides, we wanted to get to the battle with the Others anyway. Again, it was over a bit too quickly, but definitely gives you a sense of finality. The only minor sticking point is the Medeiros story line doesn't feel as complete. There are some real emotional highs and lows in this book I don't want to come close to spoiling. Overall a great end to a fantastic series.

Ray Porter's performance is amazing.

Do not read this book without finishing the previous two.

103 of 118 people found this review helpful

  • 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 8,342
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,858
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,836

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

Major stumble in a great series

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

Reviewed: 05-11-17

I love this series and have been looking forward to reading this book, but what a let down. No risk to anyone in the book, no real foreshadowing of danger, and no conflict other than some petty arguments. But what about the dragons? Oh, they can't actually do any damage. What about the incredibly dangerous solution to the dragons? Ya, we made everyone safe from being harmed by it and the risk never comes into play anyway. the book ends up wrapping things into a quasi morality lesson. The cliff hanger at the very end and the previous 3 books will bring me back after this miss.
I listened a second time just to make sure I wasn't to critical. There is some foreshadowing of the cliffhanger at the end, but it's very minimal. if you really strain you can read into some of the subtext which seems like a plan for the next book to explore the dichotomy of reality being true no matter how much you disagree with it and wizards who seem to have the power to alter reality, dealing with unintended consequences, and the fact the wizards aren't always conscious of how their time traveling ability can be used. Meyer has a great short story with the first few chapters, a couple of pages in the middle, and the ending. The rest just feels like filler, and was repeatedly frustrating to see how the wizards were trying to solve their problems. This book feels as if Meyer has a great plan for book 5 and he wanted Fight and Flight to set it up, thought, "hey, dragons are cool" but didn't put enough focus in book 4.

145 of 159 people found this review helpful

  • Without Fail

  • A Jack Reacher Novel
  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 16 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,839
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,490
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,483

Skilled, stealthy, and anonymous, Jack Reacher is the perfect man for the job: to assassinate the vice president of the United States. Theoretically. The head of a high-level Secret Service security detail wants Reacher to find the holes in her system - and fast. A group of desperate men already has the vice president in its sights. And it will stop at nothing to realize its objective.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Best in the series so far

  • By Virgil on 07-11-16

Best in the series so far

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

Reviewed: 07-11-16

First, the return of Dick Hill as narrator was well received. After the almost boring first half of book 5, I was getting a bit tired of the series. Without Fail has definitely rekindled my interest. The story is exciting and keeps your interest throughout. I really enjoyed how some of the information was revealed throughout the book. Lee Child throws information in your face, but you do not know the context. The fact finding mission of thrillers is given a fun twist that engages the reader. Also, Lee Child left his favorite tool out, the "I'm Jack Reacher and I have everything figured out, and I'll tell you repeatedly I know it, but not actually explain it", which was a nice change. Overall, my favorite in the series so far.

17 of 17 people found this review helpful

  • Echo Burning

  • A Jack Reacher Novel
  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 17 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,342
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,064
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,062

Thumbing across the scorched West Texas desert, loner Jack Reacher has nowhere to go and all the time in the world to get there. Cruising the same stretch of two-lane blacktop is pretty Carmen Greer. But for Reacher, the lift comes with a hitch. Carmen's got a story to tell, and it's a wild one. All about her husband, her family secrets, and a hometown that's pure Gothic. She's also got a plan. Jack Reacher's part of it. And before the sun sets, this ride could cost them both their lives.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Very slow build makes the payoff unsatisfying

  • By Virgil on 07-06-16

Very slow build makes the payoff unsatisfying

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

Reviewed: 07-06-16

I think I could have skipped the first 8 chapters and made this book more enjoyable. it's such a long, slow build laying the foundation for the actual story. I enjoy the series and the Reacher revelations as the story unfolds were enjoyable, but the time list in the beginning made the fact the book was coming to an end the best part.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Earthfall

  • Homecoming: Volume 4
  • By: Orson Scott Card
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 851
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 586
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 600

When war broke out on the planet Harmony, the Oversoul of that colonized world selected the family of Wetchik to carry it back to long-lost Earth. Now the tribe is ready at last to take a ship to the stars. But from the beginning there has been bitter dispute between Wetchik's sons, Nafai and Elemak. On board the starship Basilica, the children of the tribe will become pawns in the struggle for control of reclaimed Earth.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another OSC hit(until Mormon overtones shine thru)

  • By Virgil on 02-02-16

Another OSC hit(until Mormon overtones shine thru)

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

Reviewed: 02-02-16

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I'm a fan of series books and OSC, and have enjoyed "Homecoming" quite a bit. The "Book of Mormon" overtones start to shine through a bit more in "Earthfall". It doesn't quite get in the way of the story, but it does start to pull you out of it a bit.

What does Stefan Rudnicki bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Stefan Rudnicki may be the best narrator out there. That guy could make the phone book entertaining. The twins having basically the same name would have been a pain, but letting Stefan handle pronunciation made it easier to deal with.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful