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  • Dead Moon

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 11 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,525
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,415
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,414

In the year 2243, the Moon belongs to the dead. The largest graveyard in the solar system, it was the perfect solution to the overcrowding and environmental problems that had plagued mankind for centuries. And the perfect place for Cali Washington to run away from her past. But when a mysterious meteor crashes into one of the Moon’s cemeteries, Cali and her fellow Caretakers find themselves surrounded by a terrifying enemy force that outnumbers them more than a thousand to one. An enemy not hindered by the lack of air or warmth or sustenance. An enemy that is already dead.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Why did you do this? Just why?

  • By Veronica on 03-02-19

It's Dawn of the Dead on the moon

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

Reviewed: 03-01-19

So this is the third in Peter Clines' THRESHOLD series. (See 14 and THE FOLD for the other two)

Though the other two books were VERY loosely related they still had some ties to each other (It seems the main tie for the series is humanity brushing up against Lovecraftian influences) . DEAD MOON takes place long into the future where I assume any survivors from the other books have happily passed away safe in their beds. And then I guess taken up to the moon to be buried in the vacuum of space...

The Plot:
According to DEAD MOON in the future we will run out of space on earth for grave yards AND green house gasses and global warming will also make humans not want to incinerate bodies any more. So what do we do? We take them up to space, creating countless jobs and an entire industry burying people in moon's surface. Everything is going fine until some unknown evil from beyond countless eons crashes into the lunar surface and now we got moon zombies. Thanks a lot Lovecraftian horror from beyond the stars!

So I enjoyed this book, though I have to say I like all of Peter Clines' other books more. 14 and The Fold are SO AWESOME when I found out that this was #3 in that series I put very high expectations on it. While the book delivers on Clines' great sense of horror and tension his character development was lacking on this one. At the beginning he does a brief set up of the history of earth from then to now and just barely introduces the main characters before we flash forward to the dead raising event. We don't get the same attachment to the characters that he gives us in his other books (dont forget about the fun Superhero Vs Zombies romp he gives us with the Ex-Heroes series) so once the dead rise I 1: Thought I had fallen asleep somehow and missed more set up making me rewind to confirm that I hadn't and 2: didn't really care for any of the initial casualties. Granted you get a better feel for a few of the characters as they try to survive but most of the deaths had me like "Oh well, lets see who gets it next"

But this is a horror novel so I'm more concerned about the plot than most of the characters any way. All in all the pacing (aside from the weird time jump in the beginning) was great and didn't leave much time for the main characters to catch their breath. I finished it in two days because I never wanted to stop.

Ray Porter's narration is AS ALWAYS on point and he delivers every line with with his hard hitting pointed-ness which I love in a horror narration.

All in all this is a fun book and if you're a fan of Peter Clines go for it. If you've never checked him out, do yourself a favor and go buy '14' it's his best and also the start of this THRESHOLD series. You wont be disappointed!

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  • Critical Failures VI

  • Caverns and Creatures, Book 6
  • By: Robert Bevan
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Sleep
  • Length: 15 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,208
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,143
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,141

In the wake of their recent loss, the Caverns and Creatures gang are left hanging. Do their choices amount to more than waiting around to die of thirst and leaping to a quicker death? Probably, or else this would have been a much shorter story.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So happy it's out!

  • By Joe W on 01-02-19

Another great chapter in the series!

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

Reviewed: 01-19-19

if you made it this far in the series you're likely to know what you're going to get with this book and thats exactly what youre goimg to get.

it's hilarious and and exactly what you're going to want coming off the heels of book 5.

Jonathan sleeps narration is awesome there's some great sound effect moments. I loved when the lute started playing.

great work!

  • Dragonvein, Book One

  • By: Brian D. Anderson
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,978
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,673
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,675

Carentan, France, 1944 - Ethan Martin, a soldier in the 101st Airborne, is fighting for his life. But soon he will learn what peril truly is when he is ripped from his world and transported to a land of magic, swords, and dragons. And though the Nazis are now far, far away, danger is closer than ever.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting Story but very light on in details.

  • By Kindle Customer on 07-16-15

One Review To Rule Them All

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

Reviewed: 11-14-18

So, I want to write an overall review for this one as this isn't a book series per se. It's one LOOOONG story. The books end like in the middle of scenes and then pick up where they leave off in the next book. So fair warning there isn't any one novel that has closure until the end. Certainly, there are circumstances that are begun and end in the pages of individual books but it all bleeds together. IMO, this is a neat feature of this series but it would have sucked to be reading to this and waiting a years or however long for the next book to drop. Lucky for you and I we can just grab the next one and continue the binge.

Basically, this series is about a dude names Ethan Dragonvein, in an alternate universe a great evil was taking over his homeland so his parents sent him through a portal into our world to keep him safe as an infant. Flash forward 18 years, Ethan is in the US Army fighting in WW2 when an old man finds him and drags him through a portal back into his original world. There he learns he is one of the chosen ones set on a path to liberate his world from a cosmic evil.

This series is great. The characters are both larger than life and flawed at the same time. Ethan must work to learn this entire magic system and become a true mage in anticipation of this final battle. On top of this greater evil the main characters must also deal with the strained politics of human/elf/dwarf relations and try to bring all the clans under one banner if they want any hope of defeating the bad guys.

I tore through this series because there are no breaks on this train. If you like fantasy, a neat magic system and fun action go for this series, you wont be let down!

#ChosenOne #MagicSystems #PortalFantasy #Magical #AlternateUniverses #Aliens #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Necroscope

  • By: Brian Lumley
  • Narrated by: James Langton
  • Length: 17 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,315
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,221
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,218

Harry Keogh is the man who can talk to the dead, the man for whom every grave willingly gives up its secrets, the one man who knows how to travel effortlessly through time and space to destroy the vampires that threaten all of humanity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WAITED FOR YEARS!!!! Awsome horror series!

  • By John on 12-21-15

FAIR WARNING

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

Reviewed: 12-26-17

I got this book last year in a sale and really enjoyed it. The story gets REALLY good and the narration is great. HOWEVER, had I known that this book is number ONE of like 19 and audible doesn't sell books two through sixteen I think I would have been happier not listening to it instead of starting this series and then not being able to progress. Get it together audible!

  • The Monster Hunter Files

  • By: Larry Correia, Jonathan Maberry, Faith Hunter, and others
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman, Bailey Carr, Khristine Hvam
  • Length: 13 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,534
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,311
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,300

For well over a century, Monster Hunter International has kept the world safe from supernatural threats small and large - and, in some cases, very, very large. Now, join us as MHI opens their archives for the first time. From experienced hunters on their toughest cases, to total newbies' initial encounters with the supernatural, The Monster Hunter Files reveals the secret history of the world's most elite monster fighting force.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I LIKE THESE COLLECTIONS

  • By Randall on 01-01-19

A good compilation!

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

Reviewed: 11-13-17

If you're a fan of the MHI universe and have always wished that there were more small missions in the books (which I feel Mr Correia has been adding more of in his later entries in the series) then you will enjoy this book. I'd say about 75% of these stories are REALLY FUN and the other 25% are just good, which with a book like this is freaking great. I have listened to other anthologies and it's more of a Maybe 50% are good and the other 50% is garbage so you're coming out on top with this one! Oliver Wyman is back to doing all his great voices for the series. Though it is weird that he didn't do the voices for ALL his main characters. The chapter with the Okame or whatever (the fox girl) that teams up with Franks and Grant was odd to listen to, the lady who was narrating it really didn't capture Franks at all and Wyman would have had no other chance to do Grant in the book so you don't even get to hear his voice at all. HEY AUDIBLE go back and have Wyman record ALL the lines for Franks and Grant and add them in, this chapter wont suck as much!

Anyway, fun book, but if you want to get into the series it's best to start at the beginning.


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1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A Conjuring of Light

  • Shades of Magic, Book 3
  • By: V. E. Schwab
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
  • Length: 19 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,137
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,005
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,002

Londons fall and kingdoms rise while darkness sweeps the Maresh Empire, and the fraught balance of magic blossoms into dangerous territory while heroes struggle. The direct sequel to A Gathering of Shadows and the final book in the Shades of Magic epic fantasy series, A Conjuring of Light sees the newly minted New York Times best-selling author V. E. Schwab reach a thrilling conclusion concerning the fate of beloved protagonists - and old foes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great ending to a wonderful adventure...

  • By Melinda E. Sabo on 02-26-17

Good end to a good series!

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

Reviewed: 04-07-17

Thus is one of those series that by the end of the first book you feel it could go either was, it could be good but it also could end up mediocre. I am happy to report that the series as a whole is satisfying. All characters, good and bad, have full story arc with good development along the way. The fight scenes are thorough and the magic system is cool. Feel confident that your credits will not be a waste!

  • The Snow Queen

  • By: Hans Christian Andersen
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 1 hr and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9,671
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8,506
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8,580

This classic tale is a fantastical fable of two dear friends - one of whom goes astray and is literally lost to the north woods, while the other undertakes an epic journey to rescue him. This charming, strange, and wonderful story is a timeless allegory about growing up and the challenges of staying true to one's self, and it served as the wintry inspiration for the blockbuster hit Frozen.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Strange & Fascinating

  • By Sara on 12-19-14

Boring

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

Reviewed: 12-02-16

Ugh, this book was only an hour but it felt like an eternity. they claim this is the inspiration for Frozen but I'm not sure where they found that story in this one. I typically like fairy tales but this but bored the crap out of me. The narration was ok.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Welcome to Night Vale

  • A Novel
  • By: Joseph Fink, Jeffrey Cranor
  • Narrated by: Cecil Baldwin, Dylan Marron, Retta, and others
  • Length: 12 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,638
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,329
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,324

Located in a nameless desert somewhere in the great American Southwest, Night Vale is a small town where ghosts, angels, aliens, and government conspiracies are all commonplace parts of everyday life. It is here that the lives of two women, with two mysteries, will converge.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • This is so good, but

  • By Christopher on 04-30-16

if you're a fan of Nightvale you'll feel at home

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

Reviewed: 10-23-15

As a long time fan of the podcast I really enjoyed this book.( If you're curious this book fits in between episodes 75 and 76) The overall storyline was good and contained enough weirdness that was almost all new, only a few recycled jokes, your favorite characters from the show all made at least one appearance but the main characters of the book were two side characters usually only mentioned in passing in the series.
I was personally hoping the book would answer a few more questions about the town of Nightvale but I suppose we can't get everything we want. I particularly enjoyed the origin story of the founding of the Sheriff's Secret Police.

As always Cecil Baldwin gives a great performance in both his narration as the omnitient narrator and as public radio host Cecil. I also enjoyed them bringing in other podcast regulars to voice their characters during the radio segments.

I am curious to see how people who have no exposure to the podcast review this book as there are a lot of in jokes and references to Nightvale' zany past. While this raised my enjoyment of the book I am worried this will be a detractor for people new to this verse. if you are one of these newcomers all I can say is give the book a chance or go listen to the show and come back when you get caught up.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Kwaidan

  • By: Lafcadio Hearn
  • Narrated by: Walter Covell
  • Length: 2 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21

Based on Japanese literature and foldlore, Kwaidan contains 17 stories. The story of Loichi, the blind biwa player who was called to perform for the dead; of Muso, the journeying priest who encountered a man eating goblin; of the samurai who outwitted the ghost of a dead man. All these plus 14 other spooly tales are included in this collection.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Old Yokai Stories

  • By Mark Weflen on 08-06-18

Good stories but an old recording

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

Reviewed: 05-22-15

if you're into folk lore this book has a lot of stories from japan. I have another book with 4 stories in it and this one has most of those and like 12 more so this is the way to go as far as Japanese tales go. I'm still looking for a good one that has the mythological beasts tales like Kappa and such this one is all ghosts stories. The only issue I had was this was an obviously old recording but once I got used to the quality I didn't mind as much as it begins to add a bit to the general feel of campfire tales in my opinion.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Starship Grifters

  • Rex Nihilo, Book 1
  • By: Robert Kroese
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,080
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,948
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,939

A space-faring ne'er-do-well with more bravado than brains, Rex Nihilo plies the known universe in a tireless quest for his own personal gain. But when he fleeces a wealthy weapons dealer in a high-stakes poker game, he ends up winning a worthless planet - and owing an outstanding debt more vast than space itself! The only way for Rex to escape a lifetime of torture on the prison world Gulagatraz is to score a big payday by pulling off his biggest scam.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sometimes you just gotta give a book a chance!

  • By Sad Carlos on 07-08-14

Sometimes you just gotta give a book a chance!

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

Reviewed: 07-08-14

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would definitely recommend this book to a friend. Most of my friends enjoy comedy and sci fi and this book is a great combination of the two. There are many subtle word play jokes that are hidden pop culture references. ("I sense a disturbance in the floors.") If you are a fan of Christopher Moore Novels or Mel Brooks films this is a book for you!

What did you like best about this story?

I really enjoyed the nihilistic attitude of the two main characters Rex & Sasha. Sasha has more of a conscious than most but still has no qualms about vaporizing a guy if it helps out their interests. Rex on the other hand takes down right glee in exploiting others and feeds off of absolute chaos.

What does Kate Rudd bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Kate Rudd delivers a good performance and delivers Sasha's lines in great dead pan fashion and does a good job at making her voice robotic but not too much that it is boring with no inflection so she found a good middle ground.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I wouldn't say moved per se... but it had me legitimately belly laughing quite a few times.
I gave this book 5 stars for the many times that this book made me laugh. I really hope that there are more of this series to hit audible.

Any additional comments?

Rex Nihilo is like an alterverse version of Zapp Brannigan from Futurama but more violent and slightly smarter. If you enjoy a good funny man/ straight man act then this book is for you.

38 of 39 people found this review helpful