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  • The Chemist

  • By: Stephenie Meyer
  • Narrated by: Ellen Archer
  • Length: 17 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,161
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,912
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,877

She used to work for the US government, but very few people ever knew that. An expert in her field, she was one of the darkest secrets of an agency so clandestine it doesn't even have a name. And when they decided she was a liability, they came for her without warning. Now she rarely stays in the same place or uses the same name for long. They've killed the only other person she trusted, but something she knows still poses a threat. They want her dead, and soon.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Listened all night!

  • By bebe on 06-04-17

What could have been

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

Reviewed: 02-04-19

There's a really cool and great female led spy thriller somewhere in this book. This just isn't it. Our heroine Alex is essentially a super wizard. She's got all the skills of a black ops soldier, the knowledge of a brilliant chemist and a solid surgeon all rolled into one. Not to mention her primary job as an interrogator/torturer for an unnamed government group. It's just a bit too much she doesn't have too many flaws other than with interpersonal relationships. Daniel our male lead and love interest is a teacher and has about as much sense as a walnut. It's not a great relationship and the love angle just is absurd. She tortures him and he pines for her like a school girl. It's just silly.
This is a long book, and needlessly long. We hear Alex repeat over and over how she's not a good person and was burned by the government and she needs to run and that Daniel shouldn't be near her etc. It gets old and just drags the story out. You could cut 5 hours out of this book without hurting the story in any way. It would be better for it as well. I had a hard time believing the characters and the story is more of a romance than a thriller. It's fine, but not great.

Ellen Archer's voice work is fine. I don't mind her characters other than Kevin. His voice was grating on me and really took me out of the story.

Overall, The Chemist is unremarkable and it's fine. I don't hate it. A solid edit to trip back the fluff make the story better. The romance was bad and didn't really work, but that's the author's MO.

  • Warbound

  • Book III of the Grimnoir Chronicles
  • By: Larry Correia
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 17 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,053
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,594
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,578

Only a handful of people in the world know that mankind's magic comes from a living creature, and it is a refugee from another universe. The Power showed up here in the 1850s because it was running from something. Now it is 1933, and the Power's hiding place has been discovered by a killer. It is a predator that eats magic and leaves destroyed worlds in its wake. Earth is next. Former private eye Jake Sullivan knows the score. The problem is, hardly anyone believes him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Started Strong-Finished Strong

  • By Don Gilbert on 08-07-13

Great finale

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

Reviewed: 01-12-19

Warbound is what the series needed to deliver a great series finale. Faye and Sullivan are off on their own quests to stop the Pathfinder and figure out who they are. Sullivan spends most of the story in Shanghai and Faye spends the vast majority of it alone coming to terms with being the Spellbound and what that entails.

The stakes are never higher than they are in this book. If they fail, the Chairman, Pathfinder and those against the Grimnoir win, and even success may not guarantee victory.Faye meets with one of the elders to come to terms with her power and together they go on a journey of discovery and history to learn who, what and why the Spellbound exists. This part feels different and while it's important, it seems disjointed from the main plot of what Sullivan, Toru, and the rest of the Grimnoir are doing in China.

Sullivan's task is a desperate one, but there is little time to execute their plan to have the best shot for success. The best part of the series is the epic battle and the epilogue, this does not exclude the final showdown with Toru. That was one of the best moments in the series, and fits so well.

What kept this from a 5 star book is a lot of the Faye story, it's needed and had to be there, but it just didn't feel like it fit with the main story beats, but her climax was well done and works once it was all put together.

Bronson Pinchot delivers a great performance and my only criticism was that some of his soft spoken words were hard to hear in the car even with the volume up.

Worth a read as is the whole story, so start with Hard Magic and enjoy the ride.

  • The Vampire's Mail Order Bride

  • Nocturne Falls, Book 1
  • By: Kristen Painter
  • Narrated by: B.J. Harrison
  • Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,699
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,399
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,392

After seeing her maybe-mobster boss murder a guy, Delaney James assumes a new identity and pretends to be a mail order bride. She finds her groom-to-be living in a town that celebrates Halloween every day. Weird. But not as weird as what she doesn't know. Her groom-to-be is a 400-year-old vampire.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved It!....... It was Clean, Funny, and Sweet!

  • By Cheri on 02-11-16

A Major letdown.

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

Reviewed: 12-06-18

I had high hopes for this book and series, but my wife and I decided that this was a big nope. First and foremost BJ Harrison does a great job with his narration and I was pleasantly surprised that it was a male voice and not a female reading us the story.

I was hoping for a bit more Molly Harper mixed with Jeanine Frost, but instead, we were presented with Molly Harper meets Twilight. This is a not so fun book. I didn't care for Delaney, and there were no real consequences to her story. She runs away from a murder and ends up in Nocturne Falls pretending to be someone else. Once our hero Hugh finds out, there's no consequence to that. There's some jealousy over an ex, that leads to the only real suspense, but is resolved quickly and without consequence. There's a romance that lasts about a week and then our story comes to a conclusion. Vampires have no real downside in this book, while it's neat they don't look down upon humans, they're basically perfect. They eat, there are powers that let them walk in the daylight, they just have to drink some blood which doesn't seem to be an issue, they do ALL the things humans do with just an inconvenience of drinking blood. The thing is, we don't get any reason as to why the vampires are the way they are. There's no world building other than it's Halloween all the time to cover up supernatural stuff.

I think the most frustrating thing is that this book is chaste and very PG. There's no romance, very little kissing, and sexy time is fade to black. I wasn't looking for smut per say, but seriously fade to black is more tame than broadcast TV. For a book Audible rates as "Simmering" on their romance scale and didn't have much else going for it, that was just more disappointment. We won't be reading any more Kristen Painter.

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  • Lullaby

  • By: Jonathan Maberry
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 17,963
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,473
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 16,484

A young couple buys a beautiful house by a picturesque lake in the Catskills, looking to escape the bustle of the city to raise their newborn baby. It is a perfect place for a fresh start. Except that nothing is ever as perfect as it seems. As autumn nights close in around their home, they learn that darkness takes many forms. And sometimes that darkness is hungry. New York Times best-selling author Jonathan Maberry delivers an unsettling Audible Original that will give listeners the Halloween creeps all year round.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Scott Brick Rivals Vincent Price

  • By Forgettable Woman on 10-17-18

Shorty and Creepy

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

Reviewed: 12-06-18

Like the book, this is a brief review. This is a creepy short story by Pine Deep author Jonathan Maberry. It's about a family that moves into an alleged haunted house in the middle of the Catskills. This is a very quick read and things move quickly. It's not the best story, but Scott Brick brings the creepiness to life. There's not a lot of backstory, more a brief overview of our characters and then the bad does it's thing and the book ends after the resolution. We don't get much information on the bad other than seeing what it does. It's a solid creepy story for an Audible Original it works great and was a lot of fun to read near Halloween.

  • Bad Moon Rising

  • The Pine Deep Trilogy, Book 3
  • By: Jonathan Maberry
  • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
  • Length: 17 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 907
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 846
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 848

Each year, the residents of Pine Deep host the Halloween Festival, drawing tourists and celebrities from across the country to enjoy the deliciously creepy fun. Those who visit the small Pennsylvania town are out for a good time, but those who live there are desperately trying to survive. For a monstrous evil lives among them, a savage presence whose malicious power has grown too powerful even for death to hold it back.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • It all comes together in Book 3!

  • By Steven on 07-01-12

A Dark Finale

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

Reviewed: 12-06-18

Bad Moon Rising is a great and terrifying finale in the Pine Deep Trilogy. Things go from bad to worse for our band of heroes. Vic and Ruger work to bring their horror to Pine Deep on Halloween. If they succeed, then Pine Deep will be gone and possibly the rest of America. The stakes don't get much higher for Val, Crow, MIke and the gang, if they lose, their fates will be worse than death, even success could have consequences.

What I really like about this book is how Jonathan Maberry has grown as a writer from Books 1 and 2. He has developed his storytelling and it really shows in this story. From the characterization to the action, Maberry brings his passion for the characters and story.

Tom Weiner delivers a brilliant performance full of passion, fury and heart. He really goes all out to deliver a great performance that the listeners will be treated with.

Villains are villains and while characterization may not feel subtle, it works and there is some subtlety to knock you off your guard. Our heroes are not perfect either and we get to experience their love, loss and triumphs. If you've invested in book 1 and 2, this is a no brainer. If you haven't started the series, start with Ghost Road Blues and keep listening.

  • First Grave on the Right

  • Charley Davidson, Book 1
  • By: Darynda Jones
  • Narrated by: Lorelei King
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8,670
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,568
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,549

A smashing, award-winning debut novel that introduces Charley Davidson: part-time private investigator and full-time Grim Reaper. Charley sees dead people. That’s right, she sees dead people. And it’s her job to convince them to “go into the light”. But when these very dead people have died under less than ideal circumstances (i.e. murder), sometimes they want Charley to bring the bad guys to justice. Complicating matters are the intensely hot dreams she’s been having about an Entity who has been following her all her life...and it turns out he might not be dead after all.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great choice for Stephanie, Lorelai or Buffy fans!

  • By Austin gal on 03-07-12

A Major disappointment

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

Reviewed: 10-05-18

This book seems to have great regard, and I just don't get it. My wife and I listened to this and while it had some funny lines, overall it tried to hard. I don't care about any of the characters from Charley, to Reyes, to Uncle Bob, to her dad, anyone! It was just a boring listen. Lorelei King who I really enjoy from the Mercy Thompson books reused a lot of voices here which is fine, but I was uninterested, so it did nothing for me. The most interesting things in the book happen in the last 10 minutes and then there's a random sex scene thrown in that it felt awkward. You're telling me all this stuff that actually makes the book interesting and well now we're having sex. It tried too hard to be funny or quirky or something and didn't work for me, so this is a series we will be avoiding going forward.

  • The King of Plagues

  • The Joe Ledger Novels, Book 3
  • By: Jonathan Maberry
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 16 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,557
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,110
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,098

Saturday, 0911 hours — A blast rocks a London hospital and thousands are dead or injured. 1009 hours — Joe Ledger arrives on scene to investigate. The horror is unlike anything he has ever seen. Compelled by grief and rage, Ledger rejoins the Department of Military Sciences, and within hours he's attacked by a hit team of assassins and sent on a suicide mission.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Joe Ledger ROCKS!

  • By Amanda H. on 05-12-11

Action the whole way through

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

Reviewed: 10-05-18

King of Plagues hits the accelerator and keeps it pedal to the metal the whole time. Joe and team are out to stop a series attacks reminiscent of the 10 plagues of Egypt. What makes this book interesting in the series is not just Joe Ledger's comic book heroism, which is fun, but not particularly deep. We get a lot of character moments with the villains. These moments aren't like the Jacoby twins, but actual moments that develop their characters and stories.

This book stands well on its own and is much better than The Dragon Factory. A lot of action and story that keeps things moving both in terms of plot and the overall Joe Ledger world.

Ray Porter is once again on top of his game. He is a master narrator and one of the best in the business, and I'm not left disappointed.

  • The Rosary Girls

  • By: Richard Montanari
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 13 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 958
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 688
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 684

A devious serial killer lays siege to the city of Philadelphia, brutally sacrificing pretty young Catholic girls on the altar of insanity. As the body count rises, an exceptional investigating partnership struggles to stop him. Detective Jessica Balzano, Philly's Homicide Unit's newest rookie, is teamed up with veteran cop Kevin Byrne, respected for his solve rate and known for his unorthodox methods.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Read

  • By Paw Paw T on 03-06-05

Dark Beginnings

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

Reviewed: 09-04-18

This is my second book with Balzanno and Byrne, but their first adventure together. This is a pretty solid police procedural thriller. You get some insights into each of the main character's lives and who they are. Balzanno is the rookie in homicide, and Byrne is a grizzled veteran. The story of the Rosary girls is an interesting story, but there is some dark things that happen away from the case. Byrne does some very questionable actions and some characters conveniently die or show up as needed. I cut it some slack as Montanari's first foray into these characters.

Scott Brick does what he does best and that's deliver a solid performance that brings the highs and lows to the story.

Fans of police procedurals, thrillers and crime stories should go into this book. Be warned, it's dark and twisted, and a wild ride.

  • Heir of Novron

  • Riyria Revelations, Volume 3
  • By: Michael J. Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 31 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 17,743
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16,546
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 16,547

On the holiday of Wintertide, the New Empire plans to burn the Witch of Melengar and force the Empress into a marriage of their own design. But they didn’t account for Royce and Hadrian finally locating the Heir of Novron—or the pair’s desire to wreak havoc on the New Empire’s carefully crafted scheme.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • AN EXCELLENT TRILOGY

  • By Randall on 12-24-18

Captivating the whole way through!

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

Reviewed: 08-24-18

This is how a finale should be written. Wow, Heir of Novron is a non-stop thrill ride any and every fantasy fan should read! Royce, Hadrian, Arista, Modina and the rest of the supporting cast are ushered through the finale with the utmost care and attention to detail, one could hardly ask for a better ending in fantasy. The story picks up right after Rise of Empire. This book has it all, love, heartbreak, epic battles, adventure, edge of your seat thrills, political games, loss, surprises and so much more. Michael J. Sullivan did an amazing job guiding all the characters through their stories, and giving them the time they need to complete their journey. This is a long book, and it feels like it,and while it could possibly edited to cut bits here and there, it isn't overly wordy to the point of dragging the story to a halt. Tim Gerard Reynolds delivers a fantastic performance that all audio books fans can appreciate. Looking forward to seeing what else Sullivan can write about once he finishes the prequel series.

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  • Where the Wild Things Bite

  • By: Molly Harper
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,100
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,860
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,845

Delivering a rare book to a valued customer is definitely part of mild-mannered archivist Anna Whitfield's job description. You know what isn't? Protecting her precious cargo from midflight theft by the very pilot who is flying her to Half-Moon Hollow...while trying to appear as unappetizing as possible to the only other passenger, a vampire. Undead bookstore owner Jane Jameson could be waiting a very long time for her book. Possibly forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another great adventure

  • By Troublemer(tammy hovey) on 07-29-16

Lost in the Woods

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

Reviewed: 08-24-18

This book has the premise to be amazing, but the delivery fell flat. While this is technically a Half Moon Hollow Novel, it didn't feel like it other than some events near the end and Jane Jameson Nightengale waiting on a delivery from our fearful(less) heroine. Very little of the book takes place in the Hollow. Most of it takes place in a forest in Kentucky after a small plane crash.

The story has some funny bits, but I didn't find either Anna or Finn very interesting. They're fine together, but I didn't sense any smoldering chemistry between them. It felt like hey we're the only ones here sort of might as well hook up situation. Anna's flaws make for some interesting flaws and some chuckles, but it didn't feel like it can hold the book up. Finn's just kind of a jerk and he doesn't really stand alone here either.

Amanda Ronconi delivers her usual snark filled performance like a professional.

While I wanted to like this one more, I just couldn't get into it and it's due to the characters. I just don't like them very much.