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  • The Guardian's Grimoire

  • The Guardian Series, Book 1
  • By: Rain Oxford
  • Narrated by: Todd Menesses
  • Length: 17 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 494
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 454
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 459

Dylan thought he was an average man with a dead-end job and no great aspirations. When he finds a black book lying innocently on his lawn with peculiar words and markings, he discovers the universe is bigger than he imagined. The guardian of Earth, who kept the book and its immense power safe from falling into the wrong hands, was killed. Now Earth needs a new guardian.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Different spin

  • By erobbins33 on 01-06-16

One of the Rare Books that I Gave Up On

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

Reviewed: 06-09-16

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

***Perhaps a spoiler, but it occurs in the first 30 minutes of the book***

People who like the sort of main character who reacts like this:

Protagonist: "Weird things have happened...oh my"
Stranger: "Here is information that will change your view of reality"
Protagonist: "That is unbelievable...I do not believe you"
Stranger: "Here is a bit of evidence"
Protagonist: "I now believe you completely. I will give up my life and go with you"

This is barely an exaggeration.

What was most disappointing about Rain Oxford’s story?

The pacing. It was as if The Lord of Rings was written such that The Fellowship of the Rings was 20 pages long, then the account of Frodo & Sam's journey detailed every rock and tree along the way.

2 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • God Touched

  • The Demon Accords, Book 1
  • By: John Conroe
  • Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
  • Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,407
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,188
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,192

Chris Gordon is a rookie with the NYPD - one with a secret. In his spare time Chris is an exorcist without equal, with a gift from God. But when he saves a beatiful girl from a demonic attack, he discovers there is more to fear than just demons. Finding himself surrounded by vampires and were-weasels and facing a giant short-faced bear, Chris struggles to stay alive, all while protecting his deadly new girlfriend. And then there's her overprotective vampire mother!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Urban Fantasy Where Good Kicks *%# and I Loved It

  • By Don Gilbert on 11-19-17

Urban Power Fantasy (***Slightly Spoilerish***)

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

Reviewed: 06-09-16

What did you like best about this story?

A protagonist with extraordinary powers who doesn't get defeated by every supernatural baddie who comes along. When faced with an enemy with inferior powers (which is pretty much everyone) he mops the floor with them without needing a Scooby Gang or blind luck to pull his feet from the fire.

Any additional comments?

I wouldn't want every book or series to feature a hero this powerful and who is generally physically unchallenged. But this is a nice antidote to the typical fare where you're left wondering how a 1000 year old wizard survived even a month when he or she is knocked unconsciousness 5 times in a book (but not killed because of...plot?) and who in the end needs their apprentice with 6 months experience to remain alive, defeat the evil whatever and save the world.

Recommended for those who still fall asleep to fantasies of possessing amazing powers and being invincible.(and maybe getting the girl or boy in the end).

12 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • Nightwise

  • By: R. S. Belcher
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,745
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,533
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,532

In the more shadowy corners of the world, frequented by angels and demons and everything in between, Laytham Ballard is a legend. It's said he raised the dead at the age of 10, stole the Philosopher's Stone in Vegas back in 1999, and survived the bloodsucking kiss of the Mosquito Queen. Wise in the hidden ways of the night, he's also a cynical bastard who stopped thinking of himself as the good guy a long time ago.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyed Story And Narration

  • By Beth on 08-28-15

Forget Any Negative Reviews and Listen Now

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

Reviewed: 10-05-15

Any additional comments?

An urban fantasy that does not follow the tired template of a wizard (vampire, werewolf, angel…) attempting to redeem himself from his dark past and facing off against an evil wizard (vampire, werewolf, demon, former teacher/master…) who wants to steal or possesses a magical object or raise a demon/god (supernatural villains are pretty limited in imagination) in order to control/destroy the world. Despite his superior powers, our hero is only able to prevail with the help of his friends and a valuable lesson is learned by all.

Laytham Ballard is a magic-using, drug-using, people-using anti-hero. He’s capable of being a truly bad guy, has a truly bad past and is not particularly haunted by that (though he plays lip service to guilt and has a conscious when it suits him). An outstandingly refreshing character in a genre where the idea of a bad-boy protagonist is a guy with the thinnest veneer of roguishness covering his heart of gold.

Despite plot being secondary to the characters in this book, I don't want to risk spoiling it. Suffice to say that the story itself is more than serviceable.

That Bronson Pinchot is outstanding should go without saying.

Highly recommended.In response to a couple of objections by other reviewers:

Freaky sex (S&M). This is mentioned for a short time early in the book followed a bit later by a single sex scene that can easily be skipped. In the last 3/4 of the book sex of any kind does not come up in any meaningful way. Perhaps reading the whole book before writing a review would be helpful to all.

The main character being arrogant/narcissistic/a trash-talker. First urban fantasy novel?

123 of 133 people found this review helpful

  • Damoren

  • Valducan, Book 1
  • By: Seth Skorkowsky
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,086
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,025
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,028

Matt Hollis is the current wielder of the holy weapon, DÄMOREN. With it, he stalks and destroys demons. A secret society called the VALDUCANS has taken an interest in Matt's activities. They see him as a reckless rogue - little more than a "cowboy" corrupted by a monster - and a potential threat to their ancient order. As knights and their sentient weapons begin dying, Matt teams up with other hunters of his kind such as LUIZA, a woman with a conquistador blade; ALLAN, an Englishman with an Egyptian khopesh; MALCOLM, a voodoo priest with a sanctified machete; and TAKAIRA, a naginata-swinging Samurai.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Expendables meets Monster Squad

  • By Adam on 01-06-15

Exceptionally Well-Drawn Universe and Mythology.

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

Reviewed: 10-20-14

Would you listen to Damoren again? Why?

No. Despite an interesting take on demons, vampires, ghouls, etc and those who fight them., the actual plot was pretty standard non-romance urban fantasy/paranormal/action stuff. **** A light SPOILER***** Our hero(es) must save the city/country/planet/universe by stopping the evil X from obtaining Y and doing Z with it.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Damoren?

The ending sets up the sequels to be something more interesting than your standard fare.

What does R. C. Bray bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

An Englishman (Allan) who sounds Australian.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No. It wasn't Sandman Slim or Dresden (before Ghost Story).

3 of 4 people found this review helpful