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  • Nightwise

  • By: R. S. Belcher
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,800
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,582
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,581

In the more shadowy corners of the world, frequented by angels and demons and everything in between, Laytham Ballard is a legend. It's said he raised the dead at the age of 10, stole the Philosopher's Stone in Vegas back in 1999, and survived the bloodsucking kiss of the Mosquito Queen. Wise in the hidden ways of the night, he's also a cynical bastard who stopped thinking of himself as the good guy a long time ago.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyed Story And Narration

  • By Beth on 08-28-15

Overrated - both story and narrator

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

Reviewed: 09-25-18

I should have known I was in trouble when the protagonist, in first-person narration, stated to the reading audience what a cool anti-hero he was. A hallmark of a bad author is using exposition to frame a character for the reader. Any author worth their salt will allow the character's non-expository thoughts, dialogue and actions to frame the character for the reader.

Regarding the narrator, Bronson Pinchot - I love his work. In particular, he was amazing in 'The President's Vampire' series and 'Grimnoir Chronicles' series - both available on Audible. For this book however, too often he'd read through entire paragraphs with no inflection, cadenced pauses, etc. It was as if he was in a rush to get it over with.

This is yet another case where the overwhelmingly positive reviews can't be trusted. Audible should take a page from the Yelp model to offer incentives for reviews. Otherwise, the ratings are too heavily skewed towards the positive. It takes more energy critique than to praise, so we wind up with reviews that are saturated with people who enjoyed the piece. Those who did not, go silent.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Strange Magic

  • A Yancy Lazarus Novel, Volume 1
  • By: James A. Hunter
  • Narrated by: Charlie Kevin
  • Length: 6 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 399
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 373
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 369

Yancy Lazarus is having a bad day: there's a bullet lodged in his butt cheek, his face looks like the site of a demolition derby, and he's been saran-wrapped to a banquet table. He never should have answered the phone. Stupid bleeding heart - helping others in his circles is a good way to die - just ask the gang members ripped to pieces by some kind of demonic nightmare in LA.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I love it

  • By DonDiva on 10-13-15

A nonstop incantation of cringe-worthy cliches

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

Reviewed: 07-31-18

Just godawful. Though I might be able to use this as a lodestar, leading me to better fare.

I'll go through past reviews of those who praised this book. I'll earmark anything they enjoyed so I can recommend to my nephew, a 2nd grader - while banning from my lists. Finally, I'll download any audiobook they criticized as being too complicated or confusing.

In the meantime, I yearn for the day that an algorithm can accurately align people with similar tastes and levels of cognition - because as of this moment, an Audible suggestion is an arrow fired into fog.

  • Dealing with Dragons

  • By: Patricia C. Wrede
  • Narrated by: Words Take Wing Repertory Company of Syracuse, NY
  • Length: 4 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 927
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 737
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 745

Take one bored princess. Make her the seventh daughter in a very proper royal family. Have her run away. Add one powerful, fascinating, dangerous dragon. Princess Cimerone has never met anyone (or anything) like the dragon Kazul. But then, she's never met a witch, a jinn, a death-dealing talking bird or a stone prince either. Princess Cimerone ran away to find some excitement. She's found plenty.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great fun for girls or boys

  • By Richard on 11-18-03

Performance/narration is god awful

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

Reviewed: 05-19-17

Read this book 25 years ago as a child. Loved it. Thought I'd revisit it in audio book form. But my god, the performance/narration makes it un-listenable. The voice acting was a little bit over-the-top. That I could forgive. But the timing was off by an order of magnitude. It's either the voice actors speaking on the heels of the preceding line, or the editor who cut the audio.

Audible, please for the love of god, commission a new reading.

0 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Unnoticeables: A Novel

  • The Vicious Circuit, Book 1
  • By: Robert Brockway
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl, Emily Foster, Scott Merriman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 685
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 642
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 642

There are angels, and they are not beneficent or loving. But they do watch over us. They watch our lives unfold, analyzing us for repeating patterns and redundancies. When they find them, the angels simplify those patterns and remove the redundancies, and the problem that is "you" gets solved.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Left wanting

  • By Michelle L. Baron on 08-08-15

Love Brockway's columns, but not this novel

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

Reviewed: 01-30-17

Brockway's work on the website Cracked was my reason for checking out the book here on Audible. But the book just couldn't hold my interest.

I'll definitely give another Brockway novel a shot in the future.

0 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits

  • By: David Wong
  • Narrated by: Christy Romano
  • Length: 15 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,124
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,835
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,828

In a prosperous yet gruesomely violent near future, superhero vigilantes battle thugs whose heads are full of supervillain fantasies. The peace is kept by a team of smooth, well-dressed negotiators called The Men in Fancy Suits. Meanwhile a young girl is caught in the middle and thinks the whole thing is ridiculous. Zoey, a recent college graduate with a worthless degree, makes a reluctant trip into the city after hearing that her estranged con artist father died in a mysterious yet spectacular way.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Insufferable characters and disjointed themes

  • By BadAndy on 04-10-17

Love his other books. This one, couldn't finish.

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

Reviewed: 01-30-17

Other novels by David Wong, 'John Dies at the End' and 'This Book is Full of Spiders', I adore. I've listened to them each twice. I'm also a fan of the author's columns on the website Cracked. But I just couldn't appreciate this book, and not for lack of trying.

0 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • What Every BODY Is Saying

  • An Ex-FBI Agent’s Guide to Speed-Reading People
  • By: Joe Navarro, Marvin Karlins
  • Narrated by: Paul Costanzo
  • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,773
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4,087
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,065

Listen to this book and send your nonverbal intelligence soaring. Joe Navarro, a former FBI counterintelligence officer and a recognized expert on nonverbal behavior, explains how to "speed-read" people: decode sentiments and behaviors, avoid hidden pitfalls, and look for deceptive behaviors. You'll also learn how your body language can influence what your boss, family, friends, and strangers think of you.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • content okay, but narration ruins the experience

  • By Bob on 07-20-15

A pox on all who rated this more than 1 star

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

Reviewed: 01-30-17

If you rated this more than 1 star, please know you are the reason ratings should be weighted by IQ. Right now, you may feel a compulsion to click 'Unhelpful' in regard to this review, but aren't quite sure why. Let me explain. It's because you don't understand what an IQ-weighted rating system entails, and in a world where "chance favors the prepared mind," quite rightly, you've come to hate complex matters of the mind. Or you may be at the cusp to the point that you have a slight understanding, but only enough to know an IQ-weighted system would benefit you not at all, and benefit humanity as a whole incredibly.

The substantive matter in this book could have been summed up in a pamphlet. If you've read the Wikipedia page, you're good.

The remainder of the "book" falls into two categories: filler and anecdotes. The filler is Trump University-type nonsense. The anecdotes add nothing to the substantive material and aren't interesting enough to give the book merit.


Save your credit or your dollars.



0 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Rainbows End

  • By: Vernor Vinge
  • Narrated by: Eric Conger
  • Length: 14 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,248
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 696
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 705

Set a few decades from now, Rainbows End is an epic adventure that encapsulates in a single extended family the challenges of the technological advances of the first quarter of the 21st century. The information revolution of the past 30 years blossoms into a web of conspiracies that could destroy Western civilization. At the center of the action is Robert Gu, a former Alzheimer's victim who has regained his mental and physical health through radical new therapies, and his family.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Discovery

  • By Steve on 03-06-08

Decent premise to start, quickly falls to pieces

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

Reviewed: 01-13-16

The premise of the story was great, but the multiple plots are disjointed, characters unsympathetic...to me the fact that this won a Hugo award is an indictment on how Hugo's either hit dead center, or miss by miles.

2 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Blood Song

  • Raven's Shadow, Book 1
  • By: Anthony Ryan
  • Narrated by: Steven Brand
  • Length: 23 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,201
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,273
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,265

The Sixth Order wields the sword of justice and smites the enemies of the Faith and the Realm. Vaelin Al Sorna was only a child of 10 when his father left him at the iron gate of the Sixth Order. The Brothers of the Sixth Order are devoted to battle, and Vaelin will be trained and hardened to the austere, celibate, and dangerous life of a Warrior of the Faith. He has no family now save the Order.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story, but the narration did not live up to it.

  • By Anthony on 06-29-16

Must quit fallin for hi-rated sword-sorcery series

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

Reviewed: 10-26-15

I really have to quit falling for these high-rated sword and sorcery series. No offense to the people that rated this book highly. To each their own.

There are some sword and sorcery series that knocked my socks off, like Joe Abercrombie's First Law series, Scott Lynch's Gentlemen Bastards series, and Brandon Sanderson's Mistborn series. (All of these are available here with Audible and I highly recommend them).

But I'm finding the ones I just cited are exceptional and relatively rare. They are at the vanguard. And then, there is a legion of other series following in a distant, distant second. All of them well-reviewed, but I'm finding it's because they just intrinsically resonate with a certain class of reader.

As I said, that's wonderful. Nothing to deride there. I have certain genres/motifs that hit me the same way. This just isn't one of them.








6 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August

  • By: Claire North
  • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,953
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,452
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,452

No matter what he does or the decisions he makes, when death comes, Harry always returns to where he began, a child with all the knowledge of a life he has already lived a dozen times before. Nothing ever changes. Until now.As Harry nears the end of his 11th life, a little girl appears at his bedside. "I nearly missed you, Doctor August," she says. "I need to send a message." This is the story of what Harry does next, and what he did before, and how he tries to save a past he cannot change and a future he cannot allow.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An unexpected treasure

  • By Stefanie on 08-24-15

Concept better handled by earlier book 'Replay'

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

Reviewed: 10-26-15

Maybe if I hadn't read earlier books with similar premises like 'Time Traveler's Wife' and 'Replay' that were sublime, this would have been more enjoyable.

This book intrigued me at first but began to drag to the point I couldn't finish.

2 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • The Fold

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,874
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,812
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 28,764

The folks in Mike Erikson's small New England town would say he's just your average, everyday guy. And that's exactly how Mike likes it. Sure, the life he's chosen isn't much of a challenge to someone with his unique gifts, but he's content with his quiet and peaceful existence. That is, until an old friend presents him with an irresistible mystery, one that Mike is uniquely qualified to solve.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By Mohannad Ahmed on 03-10-18

Good, but not one of Cline's excellent books

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

Reviewed: 09-02-15

I'm rating this five stars because it's Peter Clines and I'm pretty sure that if I could weigh on the scales of morality the enjoyment I've received from his works and the cost I've paid him for it, I'd find I still owe him a pretty big check.

Love everything he's done on Audible and I'll keep reading. I'd letter grade this one a B, but still def worth a listen.

1 of 7 people found this review helpful