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  • Zone War

  • Zone War Series, Book 1
  • By: John Conroe
  • Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 177
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 164
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 162

Eco-terrorists unleash the worst attack the world has ever seen. Over 25,000 autonomous combat drones are released in Manhattan. Hundreds of thousands are dead, and the entire island is evacuated and quarantined in just a few days' time. Ten years later, Manhattan is still empty of humans, with the exception of the salvage specialists of the most watched reality show in history: Zone War. Produced live and unedited, the show follows five teams of armored vehicle specialists who brave the active drones to recover lost riches and collect bounties on dead ones. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exceeded My Expectations!!

  • By JL on 01-30-19

Great Book - Poor Lead In to Book 2

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

Reviewed: 02-01-19

This was a really good book. The narrative was tight and the story seemed rooted in reality. The author does not repeatedly push a political ideology throughout, which I have found to be a pitfall of some other books in this genre. Nor is there reason to believe that those in government around him are incompetent.

This book was well done. My only complaint is the author should've stopped about a paragraph before he does at the end.

  • William Wilde and the Necrosed

  • By: Davis Ashura
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 188
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 176
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 177

On a cold winter's night, just shy of his 17th birthday, William Wilde became an orphan. It was a simple car accident that claimed the lives of his family. Eight months later, at the start of his senior year of high school, a beautiful, mysterious girl enters William's life. Captivating and confident, she holds secrets about William's heritage, secrets of which he himself is unaware: rare magic flows in William's veins.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book!

  • By bindu on 03-21-18

Handles grief poorly.

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

Reviewed: 01-05-19

I know that the death of your family is a fantasy trope, but grief has a way of transforming a person especially in their formative teenage years. The MC starts high school like nothing has changed.

The upbeat tone of the main character immediately creates a cognitive dissonance that makes it hard for me to emerge myself in the story. It’s been eight months!

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Soulbinder

  • Spellslinger, Book 4
  • By: Sebastien de Castell
  • Narrated by: Joe Jameson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40

For Kellen, the only way to survive is to hide. His curse is growing stronger, bringing dark and violent visions, and the bounty hunters dogging his heels get closer every day. Desperate, he searches for a mysterious order of monks rumored to have a cure. But salvation comes with a high price. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • beauty of watching growth

  • By Magdalena on 02-10-19

Growing up!

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

Reviewed: 12-22-18

Kellen is growing up and each book brings him closer and closer to place a self acceptance. This book moves beyond the whine of book 2 and the sullenness of book 3.

This series has been really enjoyable. And I’m especially pleased that the challenges Kellen faces do not grow in difficulty or complexity. Their are no artificial setbacks that negate the growth of previous books. Kellen is a young man growing up and learning to face the challenges before him without magic or special powers.

His wits and his cunning are all he needs. Tricks will inevitably fail you!

This is fast becoming one of my favourite series.

  • The Case of the Toxic Spell Dump

  • By: Harry Turtledove
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 13 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3

David Fisher pushes paper for the EPA in a world that's a lot like ours...only different. In this California - and throughout the alternate United States - all gods are real, science doesn't exist, and magic rules everything, running imp-driven computers and creating anxiety-inducing bumper-to-bumper flying-carpet rush hours. Unfortunately, unchecked magic use can leave dangerous residues, creating hours of mind-numbing deskwork for David and his fellow bureaucrats at the Environmental Perfection Agency. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Original and Novel.

  • By @tone0189 on 12-20-18

Original and Novel.

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

Reviewed: 12-20-18

This was an original story that was enjoyable and entertaining. This was also an intriguing and amusing way to stress the importance of environmental protections without being off putting or preachy.

  • Curse of the Ice Dragon

  • Keepers of the Stones, Book 1
  • By: Tara West
  • Narrated by: Steven Garnett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

Born with mark of the Mighty Hunter, Markus brings his village back from the brink of starvation; for whenever he releases an arrow, his aim always strikes true. After a fateful hunting trip, he is forced to flee the vengeful sky goddess' ice dragon. When he falls into the land of the mysterious Ice People, he has to confront his father's abusive past before he faces his future. Then he must decide to flee the ice dragon or else battle the goddess, a choice that could end the life of his beloved brother or doom the girl he loves.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Sensitive, Emphatetic, and Entertaining.

  • By @tone0189 on 12-20-18

Sensitive, Emphatetic, and Entertaining.

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

Reviewed: 12-20-18

This is a well written story that develops its characters, male and female, in a realistic and compelling fashion.

This is ultimately a coming of age story where the boy is not some prophesied hero who need to overcome his dark past through sheer will. Marcus overcomes his past through the compassion and emphatic of those around him.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Late Great Wizard

  • The Wayward Mages, Book 1
  • By: Sara Hanover
  • Narrated by: Lauren Ezzo
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10

With her father vanished under suspicious circumstances and her old life destroyed, Tessa Andrews is determined to pick up the pieces and forge ahead. If only their borrowed house didn't shake and rumble as if haunted. But at least she and her mom have a roof over their heads, so her luck couldn't be all bad, could it? As if to prove her wrong, Tessa gets an urgent call for help one night from crusty old Professor Brandard, one of the people on her charity meals route. She dashes over, only to find the house in flames and the professor gone.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved this book!

  • By Emma Bain on 09-27-18

Inconsistent

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

Reviewed: 12-07-18

This is a really interesting and fun book, but the reaction to the fact that magic exist is inconsistent and a little unrealistic.

  • The Tiger's Time

  • Chronicles of an Imperial Legionary Officer, Book 4
  • By: Marc Alan Edelheit
  • Narrated by: Steven Brand
  • Length: 24 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 241
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 229
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 227

A nobleman from an infamous family, imperial legionary officer, and born fighter, Ben Stiger is trapped in the past and cut off from everything he has known. The World Gate is sealed behind him, and Delvaris, the man he traveled through time to save, is dead. With this great man’s death, the future has been altered by the evil god Castor. Stiger has lost his purpose. For the first time in a great long while, no one needs saving, and no one needs killing. Cast adrift in a time not his own, Stiger believes his time as a leader of men is at an end. But the gods are not done with him yet.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • wow! can't wait for the next one!! what an ending

  • By Roy Jo Rubanenko on 12-28-18

Too long.

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

Reviewed: 12-03-18

while I enjoyed this book, I found that the strength of the previous books is in that they are concise. This addition to the series is, in my opinion, too long.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Razor

  • By: J. Barton Mitchell
  • Narrated by: Travis Baldree
  • Length: 12 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

Brilliant engineer Marcus Flynn has been sentenced to 11-H37 - a hard labor prison planet better known as the Razor, where life expectancy is short and all roads are dead ends - alongside the galaxy's most dangerous criminals. At least until the Lost Prophet goes active. In a few hours, prison guards and staff are evacuated, the prisoners are left to die, and dark mysteries begin to surface. Only Flynn has the skills and knowledge to unravel them, but he will have to rely on the most unlikely of allies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If you draw ... you pull

  • By Spooky Mike on 12-25-18

Exciting!

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

Reviewed: 11-28-18

This book seems to be a blending of several genres and was an exciting read. Once the action starts it does not let up.

The story holds together and the characters are pleasantly written.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Gemina

  • By: Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff
  • Narrated by: Carla Corvo, Steve West, full cast, and others
  • Length: 12 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,659
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,547
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,539

The sci-fi saga that began with the breakout best seller Illuminae continues onboard the Jump Station Heimdall, where two new characters will confront the next wave of the BeiTech assault. Hanna is the station captain's pampered daughter, Nik the reluctant member of a notorious crime family. But while the pair are struggling with the realities of life aboard the galaxy's most boring space station, little do they know that Kady Grant and the Hypatia are headed right toward Heimdall, carrying news of the Kerenza invasion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nonstop roller coaster ride

  • By Still Blooming on 01-11-17

significant improvement to pacing

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

Reviewed: 11-24-18

I much prefer this second book because of the significant improvement to the pacing of the narrative.

The first instalment felt like it was dragging at times. Additionally the conversations between Hannah and Nick are quite a bit more engaging than the conversations between Ezra and Kate.

  • Charmcaster

  • By: Sebastien de Castell
  • Narrated by: Joe Jameson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55

A failed mage learns that just because he's not the chosen one it doesn't mean he can't be a hero in the third book of an exciting adventure fantasy series from Sebastien de Castell. Kellen's life as an outlaw spellslinger is about to get a lot worse. In Gitabria, a miraculous discovery draws spies from all over the continent willing to kill to get their hands on it. Swept up in the race for power, Kellen is forced to join the pursuit. But the invention holds a dark secret-one that could spark a war.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Young Man forced to grow up.

  • By @tone0189 on 11-15-18

Young Man forced to grow up.

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

Reviewed: 11-15-18

The heart of these books is a young man who is forced to grow up in a hostile world different from the one he was expecting. This book even highlights this point quite well, "Sometimes I think I'm two very different people..."


The interactions between all the characters is once again sharp and witty.

Joe Jameson's performance is as always superb!

I highly recommend this book and the series as a whole.