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  • Foxglove Summer

  • A Rivers of London Novel (Peter Grant, Book 5)
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,109
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,963
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,945

Peter Grant - cop, magical apprentice, and Londoner to the core - is being forced out of his comfort zone and into the English countryside. His latest case involves the disappearance of children in the small village of Herefordshire, and the local police are unwilling to admit there might be a supernatural element involved. Now Peter must deal with them, local river spirits, and the fact that all the shops close by 4 P.M.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Starts slow but ends strong

  • By Cliff on 01-08-15

Just keeps getting better

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

Reviewed: 02-14-19

Like the last one, Aaronovitch just keeps improving. I highly recommend this entire series, just worried I'm going to finish it too quickly.

  • Broken Homes

  • A Rivers of London Novel
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,093
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,951
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,936

My name is Peter Grant, and I am a keeper of the secret flame - whatever that is. Truth be told, there's a lot I still don't know. My superior Nightingale, previously the last of England's wizardly governmental force, is trying to teach me proper schooling for a magician's apprentice. But even he doesn't have all the answers. Mostly I'm just a constable sworn to enforce the Queen’s Peace, with the occasional help from some unusual friends and a well-placed fire blast.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Finally, it's out!

  • By Cliff on 02-14-14

Another fine River tale

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

Reviewed: 02-06-19

This third book in the Rivers of London series continues a gratifying upward trend in quality. Much like Jim Butcher of Dresden Files fame, Aaronovitch gets better with each entry, telling self-contained yarns with increasing skill while expanding the multi-book arcs. This series fills in perfectly whilst we await the next Dresden File, and is on it's way to rivaling that cherished series for the quality of characters, story, and writing.

  • The Last Wish

  • By: Andrzej Sapkowski
  • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
  • Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,564
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,813
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,786

Geralt of Rivia is a witcher. A cunning sorcerer. A merciless assassin. And a cold-blooded killer. His sole purpose: to destroy the monsters that plague the world. But not everything monstrous-looking is evil, and not everything fair is good...and in every fairy tale there is a grain of truth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic! I feel lucky to have found this book.

  • By KS on 02-14-16

Intro to the Witcher

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

Reviewed: 10-22-18

Overall, an entertaining read/listen. I enjoyed the short stories of adventures bookended by a larger story. The reader was very good. My main issue is that there is way too much exposition, with only brief moments of actual action.

  • Memories of Ice

  • Malazan Book of the Fallen, Book 3
  • By: Steven Erikson
  • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
  • Length: 43 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,170
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,925
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,934

The ravaged continent of Genabackis has given birth to a terrifying new empire: the Pannion Domin. Like a tide of corrupted blood, it seethes across the land, devouring all. In its path stands an uneasy alliance: Onearm’s army and Whiskeyjack’s Bridgeburners alongside their enemies of old - the forces of the Warlord Caladan Brood, Anomander Rake and his Tiste Andii mages, and the Rhivi people of the plains. But ancient undead clans are also gathering; the T’lan Imass have risen.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Really deep world and deeper mysteries.

  • By Jacob on 05-11-13

Martin sucks

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

Reviewed: 07-12-18

As with all the other novels in the Malazan Book of the Fallen series, Erikson proves you can write compelling, exciting, door-stopper high fantasy with rich characters and deep emotion, not to mention lovely and funny and heartbreaking prose without needing half a decade to do so. Eat it, Martin.

  • Broken Angels

  • By: Richard K. Morgan
  • Narrated by: Todd McLaren
  • Length: 16 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,709
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,489
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,497

Cynical, quick-on-the-trigger Takeshi Kovacs, the ex-U.N. envoy turned private eye, has changed careers, and bodies, once more, trading sleuthing for soldiering as a warrior-for-hire and helping a far-flung planet's government put down a bloody revolution.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Gritty, hard-boiled space action

  • By Ryan on 08-23-14

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 05-08-18

Another engrossing story by Morgan. I enjoy the body jumping conceit as it allows the same character to have very different adventures. Where the first book was a great neo-noir thriller, this one was a Hogan's Heroes/Dirty Dozen heist story. I can't wait to start the next one.

  • Suicide of the West

  • How the Rebirth of Tribalism, Populism, Nationalism, and Identity Politics is Destroying American Democracy
  • By: Jonah Goldberg
  • Narrated by: Jonah Goldberg
  • Length: 16 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 870
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 798
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 782

The West is dying from ingratitude. Democracy and liberty were accidents of history. If capitalism were natural, it would have popped up long before the 1700s, when humanity stumbled into a miraculous explosion in human prosperity. This miracle was not delivered by God or created by machines. It came from new ideas and values. But what is created by ideas and values can be destroyed them. In this age of resentment, we reject the gift of liberty and instead listen to the lesser angels of our nature.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Transcendent instant classic

  • By Philip on 04-29-18

Put some gratitude in your attitude

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

Reviewed: 04-25-18

As is the case with his other books, Goldberg lays out his case in exacting, well researched detail, namely, that western liberal democracy and capitalism are flukes in the natural order and must be actively maintained and fought for, lest the weeds of human nature retake and reclaim. The west will not be slain by an external enemy, but without constant struggle, it will succumb to suicide.

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  • Conspiracy

  • Peter Thiel, Hulk Hogan, Gawker, and the Anatomy of Intrigue
  • By: Ryan Holiday
  • Narrated by: Ryan Holiday
  • Length: 11 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,271
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,174
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,167

In 2007, a short blogpost by Gawker Media outed PayPal founder and billionaire investor Peter Thiel as gay. Thiel's sexuality had been known to close friends and family, but he didn't consider himself a public figure, and believed the information was private. This post would be the casus belli for a meticulously plotted conspiracy that would end nearly a decade later with a $140 million dollar judgment against Gawker and its bankruptcy. Only later would the world learn that Gawker's demise was not incidental - it had been masterminded by Thiel.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I almost couldn’t make it through...

  • By Grant Hall on 04-06-18

Should have read it...

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

Reviewed: 03-20-18

Conspiracy is a great and entertaining look at the inner workings of the downfall of Gawker at the hands of Hulk Hogan and his shadowy benefactor, Peter Thiel. That said, while Mr. Holiday is an obviously gifted writer (I especially enjoyed his apropos quotes from historical thinkers/writers), he should have farmed out the narrating. Words and phrases that would have been beautiful and dramatic in my head came off as stilted and ill-emphasized in Mr. Holiday's reading. He's not the worst (ahem...Stephen King), but his reading tends to distract from the otherwise excellent content.

  • Path of the Assassin

  • A Thriller
  • By: Brad Thor
  • Narrated by: Armand Schultz
  • Length: 12 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,832
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,451
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,443

After rescuing the President from kidnappers, Navy SEAL turned Secret Service agent Scot Harvath shifts his attentions to rooting out, capturing or killing all those responsible for the plot. As he prepares to close out his list, a bloody and twisted trail of clues points towards one man - the world's most feared, most ruthless terrorist, Hashim Nidal. Nidal has assembled an international league of Islamic terrorist networks in an ingenious plot to topple both Israel and America.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Corny

  • By Benson Bumpkin on 10-22-13

Entertaining story, lackluster writing

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

Reviewed: 02-13-18

Thor spins an entertaining yarn, but his writing is a bit clunky, especially when it comes to romantic scenes, which should be a pretty low bar in an action book

  • The Midnight Line

  • A Jack Reacher Novel
  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 13 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,582
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,729
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,692

Reacher takes a stroll through a small Wisconsin town and sees a class ring in a pawn shop window: West Point 2005. A tough year to graduate: Iraq, then Afghanistan. The ring is tiny, for a woman, and it has her initials engraved on the inside. Reacher wonders what unlucky circumstance made her give up something she earned over four hard years. He decides to find out. And find the woman. And return her ring. Why not?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Reacher doing what Reacher does!

  • By shelley on 11-07-17

Jack's back

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

Reviewed: 11-11-17

This was a great return to form for Child and Reacher. I felt like the last few books were either too slow or kind of ridiculous. This one had a good story, nice action, good supporting characters, and a fun ride. Highly recommended.

  • American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition (A Full Cast Production)

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Ron McLarty, Daniel Oreskes, full cast
  • Length: 19 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44,697
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 41,498
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41,456

Locked behind bars for three years, Shadow did his time, quietly waiting for the day when he could return to Eagle Point, Indiana. A man no longer scared of what tomorrow might bring, all he wanted was to be with Laura, the wife he deeply loved, and start a new life. But just days before his release, Laura and Shadow's best friend are killed in an accident. With his life in pieces and nothing to keep him tethered, Shadow accepts a job from a beguiling stranger he meets on the way home, an enigmatic man who calls himself Mr. Wednesday.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 10 Years and Still a Fantastic Read

  • By Nightveil on 07-22-11

Gaiman kills it

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

Reviewed: 07-06-17

This is not my favorite Gaiman book, but it's definitely a close second. This was a great edition and an exceexcellent refresher before the TV series