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  • The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 8
  • By: Kevin Hearne
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,897
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10,180
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,144

When a Druid has lived for 2,000 years like Atticus, he's bound to run afoul of a few vampires - make that legions of them. Even his former friend and legal counsel turned out to be a bloodsucking backstabber. Now the toothy troublemakers - led by power-mad pain-in-the-neck Theophilus - have become a huge problem requiring a solution. It's time to make a stand.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I have to agree. . .

  • By Jessica on 02-04-16

one of my top two favorite audio book series.

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

Reviewed: 09-08-16

one of my top two favorite audio book series. Luke Daniels and Kevin Hearne are both amazing.

  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 216,935
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 202,595
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 202,183

At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book.

  • By Julie W. Capell on 05-27-14

great time

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

Reviewed: 01-14-16

This was my second time through the story. I read the book then listened to the audio.

This was my first audio book narrated by Wil Wheaton.

  • Wielding a Red Sword

  • Incarnations of Immortality, Book Four
  • By: Piers Anthony
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 740
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 565
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 571

Wielding a Red Sword depicts a mere mortal who is called to serve as a god-like incarnation. It is the thrilling story of Mym, an Indian prince who takes up the Red Sword to become Mars, the Incarnation of War. To avoid breaking his betrothal to the princess Rapture and the war that would surely result, Mym accepts the fearsome office. As Mars, he plans to keep Rapture by his side as he stops the suffering caused by Earth's incessant wars.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Missing Author's Note

  • By MSU Spartan on 07-20-15

Missing Author's Note

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

Reviewed: 07-20-15

I was able to listen to the first 3 of this series through other ways. They all had the author's note as part of the audio narration. This was the first one that I listened on audible. It's missing the author's note. I remember these books from when I first read them. Then the author's note made a BIG impact on me. And now as I listen, I enjoyed the author's notes just as much.

Leaving that off I feel like I'm missing a significant portion of the book.

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  • Cold Days

  • The Dresden Files, Book 14
  • By: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: James Marsters
  • Length: 18 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 19,197
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 17,764
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 17,730

After being murdered by a mystery assailant, navigating his way through the realm between life and death, and being brought back to the mortal world, Harry realizes that maybe death wasn’t all that bad - because he is no longer Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only professional wizard. He is now Harry Dresden, Winter Knight to Mab, the Queen of Air and Darkness. After Harry had no choice but to swear his fealty, Mab wasn’t about to let something as petty as death steal away the prize she had sought for so long.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thwarts Every Expectation - In a Good Way

  • By A reader on 12-21-12

Outstanding

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

Reviewed: 07-09-14

There are aspects of the story, which I wish had gone other ways, but that's just because I am *THAT* involved in the universe that Jim Butcher has created. The audio version voiced by James Marsters continues to be as good as the writing. If you've liked the 14 audio books in this series before this, you'll continue to enjoy Cold Days.

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  • Ghost Story: The Dresden Files, Book 13

  • By: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: John Glover
  • Length: 17 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,670
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6,681
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,684

When we last left the mighty wizard detective Harry Dresden, he wasn't doing well. In fact, he had been murdered by an unknown assassin. But being dead doesn't stop him when his friends are in danger. Except now he has nobody, and no magic to help him. And there are also several dark spirits roaming the Chicago shadows who owe Harry some payback of their own. To save his friends - and his own soul - Harry will have to pull off the ultimate trick without any magic....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not the best audio book in the series

  • By Bill on 08-31-11

Still pretty good

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

Reviewed: 01-06-14

I was worried with there being a new narrator. I was fully prepared to hate this audiobook, when comparing it to Marsters doing all the others.

By the end of the audiobook, I had to acknowledge how good he was. Had I never heard Marsters doing the other books, I would have thought this a 4-5 star performance and would have been ready for the next one. I'm happy Marsters is coming back for the next book, but I would definitely listen to something narrated by John Glover again.

As far as the story goes. Ghost Story is just 'different' and it's hard to like it as much as all the other Dresden books. After having both read and listened to the book, I will admit it's still really good. It's just compared to all the other Dresden books, it's just one notch lower in my opinion.

  • Death Masks

  • The Dresden Files, Book 5
  • By: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: James Marsters
  • Length: 11 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 19,252
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16,875
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 16,795

Harry Dresden, Chicago's only practicing professional wizard, should be happy that business is pretty good for a change. But he also knows that whenever things are going good, the only way left for them to go is bad. Way bad. Recent examples: A duel with the lethal champion of the Red Court, who must kill Harry to end the war between vampires and wizards...Hit men using Harry for target practice...The missing Shroud of Turin - and the possible involvement of Chicago's most feared mob boss.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Series Really Gets Into Gear

  • By Alan on 01-03-10

One of my favorites

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

Reviewed: 11-26-12

This book is my favorite out of the Dresden series. I've read them all and I've now listened to the first 5. This is my second Dresden audible book and my third audible book so far.

I have to say listening to another narrator between listening to book 4 and book 5 made me really appreciate James Marsters as a narrator.

If you're not familiar with the story, this book introduces yet more new characters. As most of his books do, but these are as different from what is known up to this point, as the fairy queens were in comparison to the vampires. I really enjoyed the new characters in this book. In terms of returning characters, this book brings back Susan and Michael, but has very little of Karen in it.

As far as the narration goes. James Marsters is a master. It's simply some of the best work out there.

  • The Eye of the World

  • Book One of The Wheel of Time
  • By: Robert Jordan
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
  • Length: 29 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,444
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,744
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,753

When their village is attacked by trollocs, monsters thought to be only legends, three young men, Rand, Matt, and Perrin, flee in the company of the Lady Moiraine, a sinister visitor of unsuspected powers. Thus begins an epic adventure set in a world of wonders and horror, where what was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Your first step down a very long and winding road.

  • By Lore on 06-29-12

So begins modern fantasy's biggest epic series

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

Reviewed: 10-24-12

I have previously read all of the Wheel of Time series before beginning the audio book for Eye of the World. I have previously listened to only a couple other audio books (including Jim Butcher's dresden series). So I am not the most familiar with reviewing the Narrators.

The story of the Eye of the World is compelling if you've never read/listened to it. The book is moderately fast paced, with still a lot of attention to detail. The character development is good, but it's gradual, this book is only the beginning of a very big epic tale.

The story of the Eye of the World does finish with a satisfying conclusion. This is not true for all the Wheel of Time books.

I highly recommend anyone who does not have experience with this series, to give this book a try. If you like the book, then there is a good chance you'll continue to like the series. If there are things about the book that you don't like... especially if you think it's slow... then you probably want to steer away. The annoying qualities of the series only get worse the further into the series you get.

As far as my relatively-new-to-audiobooks take on the narration/performance. I was struck by the big difference between these narrators and the previous one I had listened to. It took me a little bit (1 or 2 chapters) to settle in to his voice. But once I did I thought he did a great job. I found myself appreciating the amount of 'performance' in the audio book, that is not there in the text copy, unless you mentally craft it yourself. I have absolutely no complaints about the performance and I thought it was great.