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  • The Secret of Abdu El Yezdi

  • Burton & Swinburne, Book 4
  • By: Mark Hodder
  • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
  • Length: 15 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 285
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 266
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 266

Burton and Swinburne return in a new series! The Beast is coming. History will be remade. Since the assassination of Queen Victoria in 1840, a cabal of prominent men - including King George V, HRH Prince Albert, Benjamin Disraeli, and Isambard Kingdom Brunel - has received guidance from the afterlife. The spirit of a dead mystic, Abdu El Yezdi, has helped them to steer the empire into a period of unprecedented peace and creativity. But on the eve of a groundbreaking alliance with the newly formed Greater German Confederation, scientists, surgeons, and engineers are being abducted - including Brunel!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The fourth in the series did not disappoint

  • By carmen on 08-06-13

Keeping it going

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

Reviewed: 04-15-18

Just as good at the others. Gripping story. Fun characters. Wonder what will happen next. On to the next one.

  • I Am Legend

  • By: Richard Matheson
  • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
  • Length: 5 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10,767
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,193
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,209

In I Am Legend, a plague has decimated the world, and those unfortunate enough to survive are transformed into blood-thirsty creatures of the night. Robert Neville is the last living man on earth. Everyone else has become a vampire, and they are all hungry for Neville's blood. By day, he stalks the sleeping undead, by night, he barricades himself in his home and prays for the dawn.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Superb!

  • By Steven Casper on 01-24-08

So good

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

Reviewed: 01-26-18

So so good. Good narrator. Good writing. Good story. Now go listen and ignore the movie.

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  • Expedition to the Mountains of the Moon

  • Burton & Swinburne, Book 3
  • By: Mark Hodder
  • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
  • Length: 15 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 454
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 416
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 419

It is 1863, but not the one it should be. Time has veered wildly off course, and moves are being made that will lead to a devastating world war. Prime Minister Lord Palmerston believes that by possessing the three Eyes of Naga he'll be able to manipulate events and avoid the war. He already has two of the stones, but he needs Sir Richard Francis Burton to recover the third.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Almost, but not quite.

  • By Chris - Audible on 04-17-12

Dark, depressing and exciting

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

Reviewed: 01-22-18

The first two books were dark but had some light moments. This one is just sad from the start to the end. The ending revelations are amazing like it was all planned.

Here’s looking forward to the rest of the series

  • The Curious Case of the Clockwork Man

  • Burton & Swinburne, Book 2
  • By: Mark Hodder
  • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
  • Length: 14 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 698
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 653
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 651

When a clockwork-powered man of brass is found abandoned in Trafalgar Square, Burton and his assistant, the wayward poet Algernon Swinburne, find themselves on the trail of the stolen Garnier Collection - black diamonds rumored to be fragments of the Lemurian Eye of Naga, a meteorite that fell to Earth in prehistoric times. His investigation leads to involvement with the media sensation of the age: the Tichborne Claimant, a man who insists that he's the long lost heir to the cursed Tichborne estate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another excellent installment.

  • By Chris - Audible on 04-17-12

Another good one.

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

Reviewed: 12-29-17

A good second book. Ties in with the first well and the twists and turns are exciting. Give a listen.

  • Magpie Murders

  • A Novel
  • By: Anthony Horowitz
  • Narrated by: Samantha Bond, Allan Corduner
  • Length: 15 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,213
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,648
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,621

When editor Susan Ryeland is given the manuscript of Alan Conway's latest novel, she has no reason to think it will be much different from any of his others. After working with the best-selling crime writer for years, she's intimately familiar with his detective, Atticus Pünd, who solves mysteries disturbing sleepy English villages. An homage to queens of classic British crime such as Agatha Christie and Dorothy Sayers, Alan's traditional formula has proved hugely successful.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A British Whodunit

  • By Sara on 07-24-17

Fantastic!

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

Reviewed: 12-20-17

Great narrators. Good story. I need more Atticus Pund books in my life.
Give it a listen.

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  • Artemis

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: Rosario Dawson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62,097
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57,958
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 57,813

Jazz Bashara is a criminal. Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you're not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you've got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent. Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A ferrari with no motor

  • By will on 11-18-17

Not as bad as other reviewers are saying

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

Reviewed: 12-07-17

It’s good. Not great but good. It’s a quick listen, entertaining, witty.

Rosario Dawson does a great job.

The world is interesting and the plot although been there done that is fine.

I’ve never read the Martian nor seen the movie so I don’t understand what people don’t like about this book.

Give it a go

  • Steamborn: The Complete Trilogy Box Set

  • By: Eric Asher
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 27 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,721
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,605
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,603

A supernatural swarm. A treacherous scheme. A tinker's apprentice may be the village's only hope. This collection includes Steamborn, Steamforged, and Steamsworn. Grab it and crank up a whimsical thrill-ride today!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Incredible Ride!!

  • By Lady Meserole on 11-09-17

Started well but then...

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

Reviewed: 12-05-17

I listened to each book in between other books. The first book started well and was intriguing but then it just kind of dragged. The suspenseful parts weren’t narrated that way so the tone I suppose all felt the same. The narrator wasn’t bad but all the voices started to blend together after a bit.

For the one credit the value is great. I suggest binging this. I’ll come back to it some time down the road I think and maybe my opinion will change. It’s pretty YA but has some gruesome parts. Bugs. Ugh.

  • The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack

  • Burton & Swinburne, Book 1
  • By: Mark Hodder
  • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
  • Length: 14 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,751
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,570
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,579

Sir Richard Francis Burton and Algernon Charles Swinburne are sucked into the perilous depths of a moral and ethical vacuum when Lord Palmerston commissions Burton to investigate assaults on young women committed by a weird apparition known as Spring Heeled Jack - and to find out why werewolves are terrorizing London's East End.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fun Steampunk but on the outlandish side

  • By Robert L. on 02-08-12

Fun alt history

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

Reviewed: 11-16-17

It’s a fun alt history steam punk adventure. The narrator does a good job and the story itself is fast paced and enjoyable. All the characters while being based on historical figures aren’t how they are in the history books and book explains why this is.because it’s ALTERNATE history.

It’s with the hours.

  • Return to Honor

  • By: Brian McClellan
  • Narrated by: Christian Rodska
  • Length: 1 hr and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90

Captain Vlora is a powder mage in the Adran army. Once the favored, adopted daughter of the field marshal, she is now a pariah amongst those she called her family. Her superior officers would like nothing more than to send her to a far off posting and forget about her, but no one is exempt when there is a war - and powder mages are desperately needed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • classic counter espionage

  • By G. Parish on 12-02-15

Quick fun read. audible20 review sweepstakes entry

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

Reviewed: 11-13-17

The powder mage universe has been one I’ve invested a lot in over the past year. Promise of Blood the first book in the trilogy is a favorite of mine now and this is a good inbetween for that first book and the second book crimson campaign.

Christian Rodska once again kills it as narrator and does an excellent job.
These novellas and short stories do a good job of providing much needed character development and this one focuses on Vlora. If you didn’t like her in the first book you’ll like her at the end of this.

The story itself deals with hunting down an enemy soldier before he can spill important information without giving too much away. It’s a fun quick paced read and you can’t best the price. If you are starting the powder mage series this is essential to the universe.

  • The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

  • By: Washington Irving
  • Narrated by: Tom Mison
  • Length: 1 hr and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,305
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,804
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,800

In the secluded Dutch territory of Sleepy Hollow, nebbish schoolmaster Ichabod Crane competes with the town hero for the hand of Katrina Van Tassel, the 18-year-old daughter and sole child of a wealthy farmer. As Crane leaves a party at the Van Tassel's farm one autumn evening, he is pursued by the Headless Horseman, an apparition said to be the ghost of a Hessian trooper snuffed out by a stray cannonball.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Treasures Of Jolly Autumn

  • By Sara on 10-31-14

Good quick story

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

Reviewed: 11-02-17

Title says it all. As the first American horror story it’s decent. As a story that inspired hundreds upon hundreds of adaptions it’s even better.

Tom mison is great and his relation to the Sleepy Hollow tv series ties this together in a neat way.