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  • Grave Peril

  • The Dresden Files, Book 3
  • By: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: James Marsters
  • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,261
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 17,476
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,400

Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden has had a rough couple of weeks. As the only openly practicing professional wizard in the Chicago area, he has squared off against a multitude of supernatural bad guys. Harry has won the day against demons, poltergeists, sorcerers, trolls, vampires, werewolves, and even an evil faerie godmother. You might think nothing could spook him. You would be wrong.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Spike makes good

  • By Lakejewel on 03-22-10

This is where the story heats up

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

Reviewed: 06-23-18

After listening to Brief Cases, I realized how much I miss Harry Dresden, so I did something I've never done before, and started relistening from the beginning. This volume is where the story heats up, where it becomes something more than a series of supernatural mysteries. I love it.

I also love Marsters as Harry. I just wish there weren't so many mispronunciations. Wretched was pronounced "retched" and writhed was pronounced "wreathed." Each time it happens, it pulls me out of the story a little.

  • Brief Cases

  • By: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: James Marsters, Jim Butcher, full cast
  • Length: 15 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6,174
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,790
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5,771

An all-new Dresden Files story headlines this urban fantasy short story collection starring the Windy City's favorite wizard. From the Wild West to the bleachers at Wrigley Field, humans, zombies, incubi, and even fey royalty appear, ready to blur the line between friend and foe. In the never-before-published "Zoo Day", Harry treads new ground as a dad, while fan-favorite characters Molly Carpenter, his onetime apprentice, White Council Warden Anastasia Luccio, and even Bigfoot stalk through the pages of more classic tales.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The original story is great

  • By Ronald G. Overton on 06-06-18

I didn't realize how much I missed Dresden

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

Reviewed: 06-13-18

At first I was disappointed because I had already heard the 3 Bigfoot stories, but really this compilation was wonderful. At first I thought the Molly stories were my favorites, but then I got to Zoo Day with Maggie and Mouse. The Mouse parts were the best thing ever, and I loved hearing the same story from 3 perspectives.

  • The Pirate's Wish

  • By: Cassandra Rose Clarke
  • Narrated by: Tania Rodrigues
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 86
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 78

After setting out to break the curse that binds them together, the pirate Ananna and the assassin Naji find themselves stranded on an enchanted island in the north with nothing but a sword, their wits, and the secret to breaking the curse: complete three impossible tasks. With the help of their friend Marjani and a rather unusual ally, Ananna and Naji make their way south again, seeking what seems to be beyond their reach.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • satisfactory conclusion to the story

  • By Aurora on 08-29-18

Took a disappointing turn

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

Reviewed: 06-08-18

I loved the first volume, and enjoyed the first 80% of this one, but then it was like Clarke got tired of the curse storyline, and just called it in on the last impossible task. My main problem is that nothing about it makes sense. Here is where I go into spoilers.

If the ocean battle created an underwater civilization, then that impossible task was actually complete before the task with the stones. so when Naji woke up after the stones and realized he had weakened the curse, he really should have noticed that the curse was completely gone. It doesn't make much sense that the task doesn't count as done until he's aware of it. Also, if the underwater city just popped into being a couple months ago, it doesn't make sense that they have a well-developed social system, so much so that they have lots of artists already. The whole thing exceeded my ability to suspend my disbelief.

And that's disappointing because the love story was sweet, and the challenges in the first part of the book were well done. Makes me think Clarke went on vacation, and the publisher hired someone off the streets who's never written before to finish things up.

  • Scourged

  • By: Kevin Hearne
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,484
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,111
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,091

New York Times best-selling author Kevin Hearne returns with the finale to his wildly popular action-adventure series, The Iron Druid Chronicles. Two-thousand-year-old Druid Atticus O'Sullivan travels to Asgard and faces off against the Norse gods to try to prevent Ragnarok in the final battle for the fate of mankind.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not a fitting conculsion

  • By will on 04-04-18

Took an interesting turn

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

Reviewed: 04-14-18

Overall, I enjoyed this volume. I think Atticus's circumstances at the end sets it up for some interesting stories going forward, especially with The Morrigan. I'm a little worried that the arm thing will be too easily resolved, but we'll see.

That said, I do think Loki and Hel were too easily dispatched, given that this battle had been brewing for several volumes now. That was a bit of a let down. And I think things got preachy a couple times, about the environment and religion. I do agree with the point of view expressed, but I like my stories to show rather than tell, and it seemed kind of heavy handed.

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  • Horizon

  • Bone Universe, Book 3
  • By: Fran Wilde
  • Narrated by: Khristine Hvam, Raviv Ullman
  • Length: 14 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 24

A city of living bone towers crumbles to the ground and danger abounds. Kirit Densira has lost everything she loved the most - her mother, her home, and the skies above. Nat Brokenwings - once Kirit's brother long before the rebellion tore them apart - is still trying to save his family in the face of catastrophe. They will need to band together once more to ensure not just their own survival but that of their entire community.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • This Series is Horrible!!

  • By Tina on 02-06-18

Good characterization and exploration of power

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

Reviewed: 03-17-18

I enjoyed this series. it has imaginative world building and good characters. And it explores topics that don't often get explored, like the politics of compromise. And letting go of past wrongs to pursue the greater good.

That said, it does require a suspension of disbelief. The cities are just bigger, by far, than a land animal can be. Unless gravity is significantly different, or people are significantly smaller. Still, though, it was worth the time.

  • The Disappearance of Winter's Daughter

  • By: Michael J. Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Michael J. Sullivan, Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5,117
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,852
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,835

When Gabriel Winter's daughter mysteriously disappears and is presumed dead, the wealthy whiskey baron seeks revenge. Having lived in Colnora during the infamous Year of Fear, he hires the one man he knows can deliver a bloody retribution - the notorious Duster.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • By Mar! A brilliant addition to my favorite Chronicle

  • By Gina on 12-30-17

I hope these stories never end!

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

Reviewed: 02-24-18

Sullivan somehow keeps each volume familiar without being formulaic. Royce and Hadrian may be my favorite characters ever. I love them both, and I also loved the new characters in this volume, especially Genny and Evelyn.

  • Sharp Ends

  • Stories from the World of the First Law
  • By: Joe Abercrombie
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,426
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,340
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,333

The Union army may be full of bastards, but there's only one who thinks he can save the day single-handed when the Gurkish come calling: the incomparable Colonel Sand dan Glokta. Curnden Craw and his dozen are out to recover a mysterious item from beyond the Crinna. Only one small problem: No one seems to know what the item is.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fun stories but not enough content to be great

  • By Lore on 07-20-16

I loved everything about this!

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

Reviewed: 11-18-17

I put off starting this collection for a while because it's been a long time since I finished the First Law books, and I feared that I would have forgotten too much, and also because short story collections are often disappointing, or at least uneven. I regret that decision now, and kind of only want to listen to Sharp Ends over and over forever (and I do not typically relisten to anything).

It's hard to even list all the things I liked because it was all incredible. Particularly, though, I liked the story about the package being passed from person to person. And the story at the end about 9 Fingers was chilling, and reminded me of what I loved best about the First Law, which was Abercrombie's ability to make despicable characters sympathetic. I sincerely hope there is more to come, and I won't put off listening again.

  • The Furthest Station

  • A PC Peter Grant Novella
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 3 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 795
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 748
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 743

There's something going bump on the Metropolitan line, and Sergeant Jaget Kumar knows exactly who to call. It's PC Peter Grant's specialty.... Only it's more than going 'bump'. Traumatised travellers have been reporting strange encounters on their morning commute, with strangely dressed people trying to deliver an urgent message. Stranger still, despite calling the police themselves, within a few minutes the commuters have already forgotten the encounter - making the follow-up interviews rather difficult. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Solid and fun, not much plot

  • By S. Yates on 04-28-18

Too easily resolved

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

Reviewed: 10-15-17

I'm not one to complain about short stories being short. But this one was going along fine, and then it's like Aaronovitch gave up. The bad guy offed himself, and Nightingale busted through a wall, and it's done. Short stories still need to be stories, but this ending made the whole thing seem pointless. Not worth Holdbrook-Smith's excellent narration.

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  • The Light of Life

  • The Cycle of Galand, Book 4
  • By: Edward W. Robertson
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 21 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5,979
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,622
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,590

After a year of fighting across three different lands, Dante and Blays have finally brought Gladdic to justice - and in the process, they've unleashed a horror beyond all reckoning. The enemy is known as the White Lich. He is ancient. He is immensely powerful. And Gladdic believes he will soon enslave all of Tanar Atain. Their only chance to defeat him is to strike fast, before the lich has regained his power. But attacking him directly would be suicide.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic

  • By James on 07-15-17

Loved it!

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

Reviewed: 08-11-17

I don't think I'll ever get tired of Dante and Blays. I know other people don't like their banter, but I love it. it reminds me of a cleverer version of a couple of my friends. This volume was particularly good, full of hard decisions and coming to know and trust Gladdic. It even had Dante's first love interest since Lyra. I was really glad when it ended that it wasn't really the end. I don't know how many volumes Robertson has planned, but I kind of hope they go on and on.

  • The Dagger of Adendigaeth

  • A Pattern of Shadow and Light, Book 2
  • By: Melissa McPhail
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 29 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,528
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,395
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,381

At long last, the reason for the blessed Adept race's decline has been discovered: powerful beings known as Malorin'athgul are disrupting the Balance and preventing Alorin's Adepts from awakening to their gifts. Who are they? Where are they? And how can they be stopped when they wield a power meant to unmake the universe itself? In T'khendar, Prince Ean val Lorian has forsaken his companions in blood and battle to join the traitorous Fifth Vestal in T'khendar in the hopes of gaining some insight into the tragedies that plagued his return.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very good second book!

  • By John on 01-27-17

Weak start, strong finish

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

Reviewed: 07-03-17

if there is one thing I don't like, it is a love at first sight story, and the first quarter of this volume was just that. Yes, I get that Ean and Isabelle were together in a past life, but she is still thousands of years old, and he is 18, with different memories and experiences from his past iteration. What did they see in each other? From what I could tell, he saw that she was beautiful, and she had even less reason than that. This is lazy storytelling, and I started to wonder whether I wanted to continue this series.

But once it got past the meaningless swooning, it got better.