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  • Silence Fallen

  • A Mercy Thompson Novel, Book 10
  • By: Patricia Briggs
  • Narrated by: Lorelei King, George Newbern
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,309
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,922
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,907

Attacked and abducted in her home territory, Mercy finds herself in the clutches of the most powerful vampire in the world, taken as a weapon to use against alpha werewolf Adam and the ruler of the Tri-Cities vampires. In coyote form Mercy escapes - only to find herself without money, without clothing, and alone in the heart of Europe. Unable to contact Adam and the rest of the pack, Mercy has allies to find and enemies to fight, and she needs to figure out which is which.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Distracted - Unhappy - Disappointed

  • By Rebecca on 08-11-17

Why change a good thing??

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

Reviewed: 03-09-17

Love Patricia Briggs' writing, loved the story, love Lorelei King's narration.
This is one of two authors that I will preorder, and I look forward to every new story
Hated the male narrator!
Lorelei King does a great job with the male characters in these stories.
There wasn't any warning that Ms. King wasn't doing the entire book.

If it is absolutely necessary to add a second narrator, at least make it someone who can manage to add emotion and differentiate the characters in the story.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Book 3

  • By: J.K. Rowling
  • Narrated by: Jim Dale
  • Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 46,720
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 42,881
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 42,819

When the Knight Bus crashes through the darkness and screeches to a halt in front of him, it's the start of another far from ordinary year at Hogwarts for Harry Potter. Sirius Black, escaped mass-murderer and follower of Lord Voldemort, is on the run - and they say he is coming after Harry. In his first ever Divination class, Professor Trelawney sees an omen of death in Harry's tea leaves.... But perhaps most terrifying of all are the Dementors patrolling the school grounds, with their soul-sucking kiss....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Jim Dale at his best

  • By rottndachs on 01-12-16

"Mr. Mooney presents his compliments"...

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

Reviewed: 08-28-16

This is one of my desert island audiobooks. I love the humor, the characters, the concept of the Marauders Map, chocolate as a cure, the revenge of the Whomping Willow, Crookshanks, Buckbeak, the creative insults of the Marauders Map, the plot twists, Jim Dale's reading, everything. It is also the last time we get a hopeful ending from J.K.R.; the series gets relentlessly darker from this point on.

It's hard to believe the Harry Potter series is nearly twenty years old. This was one of the first audiobooks I ever listened to (on cassettes!) and I heard it long before I read the print book. It made a vivid impression, and from then on I made a point of listening to each new Harry Potter book before reading them. I am overjoyed that Audible finally has the series available. If you have only read and not heard these books, you've missed a real treasure.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Penric’s Demon

  • A Fantasy Novella in the World of the Five Gods
  • By: Lois McMaster Bujold
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 4 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 568
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 526
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 525

On his way to his betrothal, young Lord Penric comes upon a riding accident with an elderly lady on the ground, her maidservant and guardsmen distraught. As he approaches to help, he discovers that the lady is a Temple divine, servant to the five gods of this world. Her avowed god is the Bastard, "master of all disasters out of season", and with her dying breath she bequeaths her mysterious powers to Penric.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Kinder, Gentler Demon

  • By Carol on 01-10-16

More on Demons and their sorcerers

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

Reviewed: 07-02-16

This is a novella set in the 'Chalion' universe, and though it could be read as a stand-alone, I would recommend reading 'The Curse of Chalion' and 'Paladin of Souls' first to get an understanding of the Five Gods and demons in general.
LMB has actually presented us with a continuum of demon 'possession'. The Curse of Chalion covered a most horrific case of demonic manifestation, an encapsulation of the Death Demon in a still-living person. Paladin of Souls presented several examples of sorcerers, people who have a demon within, with varying degrees of control depending on the age and experience of both parties. We are told that eventually the demon always obtains the upper hand, yet one of the characters appears to form a partnership of equals with a young inexperienced demon. In this story, a young man unwittingly obtains an aged and very experienced demon, and proceeds to try and form just such a partnership with it.
I loved the first two Chalion novels, and I enjoyed this novella as well. Grover Gardner does a great job with the narration.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Adventures of Tom Stranger, Interdimensional Insurance Agent

  • By: Larry Correia
  • Narrated by: Adam Baldwin
  • Length: 2 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,172
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,561
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,549

Have you ever seen a planet invaded by rampaging space mutants from another dimension or Nazi dinosaurs from the future? Don't let this happen to you! Rifts happen, so you should be ready when universes collide. A policy with Stranger & Stranger can cover all of your interdimensional insurance needs. Rated "Number One in Customer Satisfaction" for three years running, no claim is too big or too weird for Tom Stranger to handle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Someone owes me a new keyboard

  • By Aimee M on 05-24-16

A short, fun satire

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

Reviewed: 07-02-16

I love Larry Correia's work. This was a fun satire with a bit of 'Men in Black' thrown in. The narration was perfect.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Cuckoo's Calling

  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 15 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,011
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,688
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,674

After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unbelievable debut mystery set in London

  • By Tracey on 05-26-13

Loved this, want more

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

Reviewed: 07-02-16

I listened to this knowing it was really written by J.K, Rowling. This isn't Harry Potter, so don't expect anything like it. However, this book displayed the characteristics I loved in Harry Potter: intelligent three-dimensional characters, beautifully described locations, interesting motivations, etc. I guessed wrong about the solution to the mystery, and I had to listen all over again to find the clues I missed - very enjoyable.
I loved the relationship between Strike and his temporary assistant Robin, and their dynamic is more than enough to drive a series.
In fact, I am downloading the next book in the series now.
The narrator was excellent.
Highly recommended.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Beautiful Ruins

  • By: Jess Walter
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 12 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10,975
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,683
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,676

The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying. And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot - searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • My mind wandered

  • By Ella on 11-25-12

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 07-02-16

I got this book based on hype and ratings. I was so disappointed. The author has a gift for description, he makes the physical environment/locations come alive with texture and color. The people remain flat. I just could not get involved in their fates, and I really wanted to. Cannot recommend. The narrator is brilliant, and deserves every bit of praise that has been heaped on him. Unfortunately, stellar narration couldn't save this book.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Dead Until Dark

  • Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mystery #1
  • By: Charlaine Harris
  • Narrated by: Johanna Parker
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10,124
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,482
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,507

Vampires have officially "come out of the coffin", and Miss Sookie can't wait for one to come her way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • That Vampire Said ....

  • By Pamela on 07-24-08

Very disappointed...

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

Reviewed: 04-20-14

I expected to like this book based on previous reviews, but the characters were one-dimensional, the love interest was completely improbable, there was way too much sex and leering, and it was a real slog to get to the end. I enjoy the Ilona Andrews series and the Patricia Briggs series, and I hoped these would be similar. They're not.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Agent to the Stars

  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,059
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,075
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,065

The space-faring Yherajk have come to Earth to meet us and to begin humanity's first interstellar friendship. There's just one problem: They're hideously ugly and they smell like rotting fish. So getting humanity's trust is a challenge. The Yherajk need someone who can help them close the deal. Enter Thomas Stein, who knows something about closing deals. He's one of Hollywood's hottest young agents.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hollywood Agent Represents Stinky Aliens

  • By Bryan on 04-22-11

Sharp and snarky with a Hollywood ending!

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

Reviewed: 03-13-14

What if the first alien contact consisted of gelatinous smelly blobs who had watched The Blob? What if their knowledge of Earth was based on TV sitcoms and movies? What if they came quoting Yoda ("away put your weapons ...")?

This is my favorite John Scalzi story to date - so funny that I had to be careful where and when I listened so I wouldn't startle other people with unexpected bursts of laughter. There is also pathos and much food for thought. Scalzi packs a lot into the story - clueless actors demanding starring roles, the ecosystem that preys on them (agents, press, public), director/producers desperately scheming to fund a worthy project, Holocaust survivors, euthanasia, and how to introduce an alien race to the world without causing global panic.

The narrator Wil Wheaton does a superb job - the characters each have individual voices and temperaments. I first heard him narrate Ready Player One, and he was wonderful on that one too.
All in all, highly recommended.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Hard Magic

  • Book I of the Grimnoir Chronicles
  • By: Larry Correia
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 16 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,637
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,696
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,693

Jake Sullivan is a licensed private eye with a seriously hardboiled attitude. He also possesses raw magical talent and the ability to make objects in his vicinity light as a feather or as heavy as depleted uranium, all with a magical thought. It's no wonder the G-men turn to Jake when they need someoneto go after a suspected killer who has been knocking off banks in a magic-enhanced crime spree.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not what I thought it was going to be.

  • By Clinton on 08-06-11

Dark and Imaginative, Correia's best

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

Reviewed: 09-06-13

I loved this book. I listened to it again in anticipation of the third sequel (Warbound), and I raved about it so often that my husband agreed to start listening to it. He rarely goes for science fiction but he is hooked on this one.

The story is a truly creative alternative history of the early thirties, and I liked the chapter prefaces that featured quotes from real historical figures, tweaked to mirror the storyline. The characters are well-developed, and it was impossible not to care about them. My favorite is the teenaged Faye, who turns out to be tougher than all the others combined. There are plenty of weapons and fights, building to a spectacular finale. The ending is very satisfying, and this story stands nicely on its own. But wait, there's more! The adventures continue with Spellbound...

This would have been a great read, but the audiobook is catapulted into the realm of fantastic by the narrator. Mr. Pinchot creates a unique and perfect voice for every character, from Jake's slow deep-gravel drawl to Dan's measured enunciations, to Faye's 'Oakie' accent, to the skin-crawling misplaced syllables of the Pale Horse.

I got Monster Hunter International after I finished this book, but for me it doesn't compare.
Hard Magic made it onto my desert island list.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Captain Vorpatril's Alliance

  • By: Lois McMaster Bujold
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 16 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,726
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,555
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,568

Captain Ivan Vorpatril is happy with his relatively uneventful bachelor's life as a staff officer to a Barrayaran admiral. Cousin to imperial troubleshooter Miles Vorkosigan, Ivan is not far down the hereditary list for the emperorship. Thankfully, new heirs have directed that headache elsewhere, leaving Ivan to enjoy his life on Komarr, far from the Byzantine court politics of his home system. But when an old friend in Barrayaran intelligence asks Ivan to protect an attractive young woman who may be on the hit list of a criminal syndicate, his chivalrous nature takes over. It seems danger and adventure have once more found Captain Vorpatril.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • We are finally allowed to see Ivan without Miles.

  • By Barbara on 11-06-12

Ivan's point of view (and he has one!)

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

Reviewed: 01-11-13

Ivan is on his own in this book, out of Miles's shadow and forced to play a highly political hand. Now we learn the motivation behind the "Ivan, you idiot" remarks - Ivan never was an idiot, he just played one quite skillfully. It served him well and kept him alive until now ...

This book doesn't quite stand up to the best Bujold ("A Civil Campaign", "Mirror Dance", "Memory", "Barrayar", some of my favorite books of all time), and it has the feeling of a series finale because all the loose ends not tied up in "Cryoburn" (which chronologically follows this one) seem to be addressed here. On the other hand, any time spent in the Vor universe is golden. I hope we haven't seen the last of Miles and Ivan.