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  • Don't Look Back

  • By: Gregg Hurwitz
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell, Scott Brick
  • Length: 13 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,272
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,100
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,090

Eve Hardaway, newly single mother of one, is on a trip she’s long dreamed of - a rafting and hiking tour through the jungles and mountains of Oaxaca, in southern Mexico. Eve wanders off the trail, to a house in the distance with a menacing man in the yard beyond it, throwing machetes at a human-shaped target. Disturbed by the sight, Eve moves quickly and quietly back to her group, taking care to avoid being seen. As she creeps along, she finds a broken digital camera, marked with the name Teresa Hamilton.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Strong characters in a weak story

  • By WWaltonG on 05-04-16

Couldn't finish this story.

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

Reviewed: 10-04-17

This story was overall completely uncomfortable, and up until the point I stopped listening (VERY casual rape sequence) it was just a long emotional tour of unhappiness. Very cliche sequences and character.

  • Escape

  • Adventures on Terra, Book 2
  • By: R.A. Mejia
  • Narrated by: Jill Smith
  • Length: 14 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 708
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 666
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 664

Armon Ellington died on Earth and was transported to Terra, a world governed by rules eerily similar to the RPG games he loved. He found he could gain levels, skills, abilities, and magic just like he could in those games. In addition to finding a way to become more powerful, he also found the friends and family he'd always longed for. Unfortunately, he also discovered the pain of losing them.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not as good as the first.

  • By Tim Ward on 11-08-17

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 09-06-17

I didn't love the narration on the first one, and this one is more of the same. Again, I like the narrator's cadence and inflection but don't care for the voices and I don't like the fact that she has to fake voice a first person male. Overall not my fave but isn't a deal breaker.

That said, the real problem here was the story. I'm not sure if he changed editors or if it just didn't go through as much rigor, but this story really isn't very good. It's pace is glacial, and Mary has gone full on abusive. She's a total bully - physically and verbally abusive, beating on the main character to the point where he needs healing. She is mean, and manipulative, can't be wrong, and is selfish. It detracts from the whole story, which possibly isn't that big of a deal since almost nothing happens.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Beginnings

  • Adventures on Terra, Book 1
  • By: R. A. Mejia
  • Narrated by: Jill Smith
  • Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,257
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,179
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,180

Armon Ellington is 19 year old kid that always felt out of place. He's an orphan, a gamer, and a role playing game geek. When he dies after a 72 hour gaming marathon, instead of going to an afterlife he's transported to a new world governed by rules that are eerily similar to the RPG games he loves. On this new world, Terra, he can be anything he wants, a warrior, mage, or even a crafter. Only, Armon wants more than that, he also wants friends and family.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Honestly? It was rough, but I kinda liked it.

  • By Dave B on 04-10-17

Why would you...

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

Reviewed: 09-05-17

Use a female narrator for a first person story of a male character? The narrator had a lot of voices, but they were mostly kid or funny baby voices and all of her male voices were pretty terrible. That said, she read the story very very well - I like her emphasis and cadence. I just found the voices distracting.

The story is pretty good, but I think it would probably read better than listen because of all of the repetitive status reading.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Forging Divinity

  • The War of Broken Mirrors, Book 1
  • By: Andrew Rowe
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,815
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,653
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,646

Some say that in the city of Orlyn, godhood is on sale to the highest bidder. Thousands flock to the city each year, hoping for a chance at immortality. Lydia Hastings is a knowledge sorcerer, capable of extracting information from anything she touches. When she travels to Orlyn to validate the claims of the local faith, she discovers a conspiracy that could lead to a war between the world's three greatest powers. At the focal point is a prisoner who bears a striking resemblance to the long-missing leader of the pantheon she worships.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I did want to like it

  • By Kristie on 06-08-16

Overall good stuff

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

Reviewed: 08-15-17

A lot of lecture throughout the first half of the book. Instead of letting us explore the world, the author spent a lot of time teaching about it, and that made for a really slow story. I definitely did like the world though, and loved the action scenes - Nick Podehl did an especially amazing job on the gladiator fight. For me the story was good, but that scene was worth the price of admission.

I'm still a little confused about how the last fight went down and how that worked, but that was very exciting as well.

  • Bound

  • Alex Verus Series, Book 8
  • By: Benedict Jacka
  • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,583
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,480
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,476

Alex Verus is still haunted by his time apprenticed to Richard Drakh. He's been free of him for many years, but now the only way to keep his friends from being harmed is to again work for Richard and his deadly ally. Even worse, he's forced to bring the Light mage Anne into this servitude as well. After weeks of being hunted and finally cornered into what he thought was his last stand, Alex never thought his life would be spared - and never anticipated at what price. This time, the diviner can see no way out.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tighter Coils and Straighter Straits

  • By Nekko on 07-03-17

Continuation of a great series.

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

Reviewed: 08-08-17

Still greatly enjoying this story and Gildart Jackson's performance. It's very uncomfortable (in all of the right ways) watching Verus try to wrestle with his perspective of Richard, vs the world's perspective. And I've always liked Anne's character and magic.

  • Dead Men Can't Complain and Other Stories

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ralph Lister, Ray Porter
  • Length: 4 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,392
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,320
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,311

Including three never-before-published stories, Dead Men Don't Complain is the first-ever collection of short fiction by Peter Clines, author of 14, The Fold, and other Audible smash hits. Combining equal parts geekery and humor with the occasional dash of horror, Dead Men Don't Complain is ideal for Clines fans eagerly awaiting his next novel - or for brand-new listeners discovering this Audible favorite for the first time.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Love Clines' Writing & Porter's Narration

  • By Jami on 12-15-17

Some really great stuff

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

Reviewed: 08-08-17

I'm a huge fan of Peter Clines and Ray Porter, and this definitely didn't disappoint. Not only that, I've always been a sucker for a good short story, and Peter Clines represents some serious chops in the medium here. I will definitely be listening to this again, and as always I'm left waiting for his next story.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Red Hot Steele

  • Daggers & Steele, Book 1
  • By: Alex P. Berg
  • Narrated by: Alex P. Berg
  • Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 144
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 137
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 133

Detective Jake Daggers likes his murder investigations the way he likes his women - straightforward, easy, and with a killer body. So when his older-than-dust partner throws his back out on a goblin raid, his captain assigns him a new running mate - a sexy young half-elf by the name of Shay Steele. It seems like a match made in Daggers' imagination, but Steele's no pushover. She's a powerful forensic psychic, and she's got sass oozing out of her boots. In a debut case teeming with fire mages, foundries, and a dead guy who's crispier than bacon, it's pretty clear Daggers isn't the only one getting a heaping helping of RED HOT STEELE.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Miss the mark a little

  • By BikeVON on 09-26-15

Hard to listen to this story

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

Reviewed: 08-08-17

What disappointed you about Red Hot Steele?

The narration. I couldn't finish it.

Would you be willing to try another one of Alex P. Berg’s performances?

Only if it's performed by someone else. I would even give this one a try with another narrator.

  • The Forgotten

  • Alastair Stone Chronicles, Volume 2
  • By: R. L. King
  • Narrated by: Will M. Watt
  • Length: 15 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102

When a friend asks Alastair Stone to question a disturbed child who's committed a horrific act, Stone has no idea what kind of rabbit hole he's starting down. His investigations uncover more instances of appalling crimes, all committed by people with no history of violence. And other people have turned up missing.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting story with some strange construction

  • By Mike on 08-03-17

Interesting story with some strange construction

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

Reviewed: 08-03-17

Is there anything you would change about this book?

This didn't feel like an Alastair Stone book He seemed like a secondary character, and honestly not a very interesting one. This could have been a completely stand alone book and I think it would have been better for me. I don't understand the basic construction of the book. The POV from Jason and the interlude device were especially out of place; Jason was fairly annoying in general. I'm definitely not an author, but it wasn't a smooth experience for me.

If you’ve listened to books by R. L. King before, how does this one compare?

I much rather enjoyed the first book - I prefer the narrator especially.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

This narrator's american accent was a off just enough to be occasionally distracting. It would have been less of an issue if the author had written this with Stone as the protagonist.

Any additional comments?

Overall I did like the story and enjoyed the narrator's Stone voice. I'm glad I listened to it, but it definitely didn't seem as well constructed as the first one.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Oncoming Storm

  • Angel in the Whirlwind, Book 1
  • By: Christopher G. Nuttall
  • Narrated by: Lauren Ezzo
  • Length: 13 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,133
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,034
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,036

In the year 2420, war looms between the galaxy's two most powerful empires: the tyrannical Theocracy and the protectionist Commonwealth. Caught in the middle sits the occupied outpost system Cadiz, where young officer and aristocrat Katherine "Kat" Falcone finds herself prematurely promoted at the behest of her powerful father. Against her own wishes, Kat is sent to command the Commonwealth navy's newest warship, Lightning.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator's voices are terrible, story very good

  • By DH950 on 03-22-16

Narrator really detracts from the story

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

Reviewed: 03-27-17

Any additional comments?

The voices of this narrator are all really quite terrible; especially her male voices. It makes it pretty challenging to listen to it. I'll continue to listen to this series but I encourage you to listen to the sample before buying.

  • Falcone Strike

  • Angel in the Whirlwind, Book 2
  • By: Christopher G. Nuttall
  • Narrated by: Lauren Ezzo
  • Length: 13 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 841
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 781
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 781

Now a celebrated war hero, Captain Kat Falcone is back at the helm of HMS Lightning...and up against near-impossible odds. After an ill-timed outburst almost ends her career, Kat is handed command of a deep-strike mission into enemy space. The objective is to gather intelligence and distract the hostile Theocracy while the Commonwealth prepares its counteroffensive. The chances for success are slim - and for survival even slimmer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic Followup!

  • By sonofsoulreaver on 09-02-16

listen to the sample before buying

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

Reviewed: 03-25-17

The narrator's natural voice is awesome but character voices (especially males) are really quite terrible. It ends up being quite a distraction.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful