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  • Bearing an Hourglass

  • Incarnations of Immortality, Book Two
  • By: Piers Anthony
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 13 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 895
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 635
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 649

When life seems pointless to Norton, he accepts the position of Incarnation of Time. With the other incarnations - Death, Fate, War, and Nature - distracting him, Satan springs a cunning trap. Bearing an Hourglass is a fascinating, richly imagined tale that reaches beyond genre conventions. Science-fiction/fantasy legend Piers Anthony combines a gripping plot with a serious and thought-providing study of good and evil.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A bit saucy, and full of Zest

  • By Don on 12-08-07

Unbelievable, inconsistent, pathetic

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

Reviewed: 05-05-17

We all know Piers Anthony is a misogynistic author; it's been discussed and written about a hundred times. In this book, however, the misogyny comes in the form of universally shallow male gaze. Almost every female character is 2 dimensional, with little to offer besides their youthful bodies. Any woman over 30 is introduced as being "past her prime", or attractive "despite her age", and any woman under 30 is introduced with an extensive description of her breasts, legs, skin, and hair. It literally reads as if the author just hit puberty and saw boobs for the first time.
On top of that, the two male characters with the most "screen time" in this book are astonishingly dumb. Even the main character is hardly fleshed out, with the others following suit. This, plus the frequent, random jumps of storyline and setting, make the whole thing read like the script for a rejected sci-fi show from the 70s.
I liked the first Incarnations book, but this one went WAY downhill. Anthony's writing is totally inconsistent from book to book, and sometimes even chapter to chapter. I haven't read any of his work in years, and I'm sorry to say it looks like I wasn't missing much.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • In the Still of the Knight

  • The Black Knight Chronicles, Book 5
  • By: John G. Hartness
  • Narrated by: Nick J. Russo
  • Length: 5 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 148
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 147

Murders are happening outside Charlotte's hottest nightspots. A new vampire society has set up shop in the sewers. And Jimmy Black's about to run afoul of the Master of the City. If Jimmy weren't already a vampire, the week ahead would be the death of him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I can't say enough good things

  • By Denise on 10-25-15

Come on, Narrator!

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

Reviewed: 04-10-17

I have a major pet peeve regarding audiobook voice actors, and that is mispronouncing words. Don't these productions have Directors, or Quality Control people, or dictionaries?
This series has only had a couple of mispronounced words so far, but there were 3 or 4 in this book in particular, and it bugged the hell out of me.
Otherwise, good story arc, decent character development, good narration.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Redshirts

  • A Novel with Three Codas
  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16,598
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,554
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15,532

Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on the facts that (1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces; (2) the ship’s captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations; and (3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Clever, creative, and FUN!

  • By Kent on 04-18-13

The Codas are the best part

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

Reviewed: 02-24-17

Let me start by saying this is a great (if not wholly unique) premise for a story. It's even relatively well developed. Unfortunately, the writing is . . . inconsistent. For example, for the first third of the book, nearly every line of dialogue is followed by "he said" or "she said". It seems like the author got a little confused between the 'bad writing' that was supposed to plague the scripts for the TV show within the book, and HIS writing in the book itself. That said, it seems to get better as the book progresses. (Still not sure why an editor didn't pick up on this during the publishing process, but oh well.)

It's a decent story. Readable, interesting, thought-provoking, funny. The three Codas at the end of the book, however, are by far the best part. I honestly wish he'd made the book longer and added 2 or 3 more Codas from different perspectives. Or made the book a series, and expanded the Codas to full books of their own. Maybe he'll go back and do that someday; there's definitely material for it.

  • Awaken Online: Catharsis

  • By: Travis Bagwell
  • Narrated by: David Stifel
  • Length: 16 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,071
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,733
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,722

Jason logs into Awaken Online fed-up with reality. He's in desperate need of an escape, and this game is his ticket to finally feeling the type of power and freedom that are so sorely lacking in his real life. Awaken Online is a brand new virtual reality game that just hit the market, promising an unprecedented level of immersion. Yet Jason quickly finds himself pushed down a path he didn't expect. In this game, he isn't the hero. There are no damsels to save. There are no bad guys to vanquish.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Gravely entertaining!

  • By Bryce Bilbo on 04-21-17

Can't wait for the next book in the series!

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

Reviewed: 09-28-16

Great premise, well thought-out, and relatively well written. The book had a reasonable amount of character development, considering the characters spend most of the story inside the game AO. The varying level of internal conflict the main character has throughout the book is an important detail that makes him realistic and empathetic.
My only real gripe here was the narrator. A few of the characters sound too similar to tell apart, and he mispronounced a couple of words, which always drives me nuts. (In particular, he pronounces the t at the end of "trebuchet", and the word is used over and over and over in one battle, so it's very noticeable.) Otherwise, narrator did a good job, and I'm very eager to see the next book in the series.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Super Powereds: Year 3

  • Super Powereds, Book 3
  • By: Drew Hayes
  • Narrated by: Kyle McCarley
  • Length: 41 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6,594
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,168
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6,154

Junior year has come for the remaining students of Melbrook Hall, and it promises to be the most difficult one yet. With one of their own gone and another under serious investigation, none of the former Powereds know how many days remain for them in the Hero Certification Program. The time they do have will be filled with more trials and classes, honing their skills as they work toward the increasingly difficult goal of becoming Heroes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Drew Hayes Has Created An Absolute Masterpiece!

  • By matt on 08-30-16

A "super" good series

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

Reviewed: 09-12-16

I love Drew Hayes in general, but this series is getting better with each book. He's got a real knack for blending character development with action, witty dialogue, and a bit of intrigue. I genuinely can't wait for Year 4 to come out.

The only failing here is the narrator, and it's really not his fault. He's great, and does a good job switching between male & female voices, and doing multiple characters, but it seems like there are too many characters here for him to keep up with. Two or three of the male characters sound identical, for instance, and that can be confusing in an audiobook. Again, he's a talented narrator, but there are limits to what one man can do to voice more than a dozen active characters.

  • The Bazaar of Bad Dreams

  • Stories
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Stephen King, Dylan Baker, Brooke Bloom, and others
  • Length: 20 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,163
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,522
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,513

A master storyteller at his best - the O. Henry Prize winner Stephen King delivers a generous collection of stories, several of them brand-new, featuring revelatory autobiographical comments on when, why, and how he came to write (or rewrite) each story. Magnificent, eerie, utterly compelling, these stories comprise one of King's finest gifts to his constant fan. "I made them especially for you," says King. "Feel free to examine them, but please be careful. The best of them have teeth."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • HE'S A CUP OF COFFEE

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 12-10-15

I should really know better by now

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

Reviewed: 09-01-16

This is the 3rd short story collection of Stephen King's that I've read, and every time I think "I will never waste my money on another one of these", but apparently I have trouble retaining that lesson. Don't get me wrong - his early writing was excellent, and scary. But that ship has sailed. He hasn't written anything that actually resembles horror in 10 or 15 years. Now, most of his writing would barely even qualify as thriller genre, and that holds true for this collection. Most of the short stories here are predictable meditations on mortality or mental illness, with very little intrigue and zero scare factor. There's even a bad poem!

This would be disappointing enough as a traditional, hard cover short story collection, but King prefaces every story with a self-indulgent diatribe about the inspiration for each piece. That is my least-favorite thing about King's writing in the last couple of decades: he LOVES to hear himself talk about writing. This is fine once or twice, or even in an occasional article, but I've seen him say the same things over and over and over and over again for years now. In this case, my irritation was magnified by the fact that King narrates these prefaces himself. King is many things, but a good audio narrator is not one of them.

All that aside, some of these stories were decent and well-written. Some of them were extremely dull. But none of them were anything remotely approaching horror.
Maybe being rich and famous and successful for 40 years has gone to his head, but I think it may be time for Mr. King to explore new genres (since he's already leaning heavily towards autobiography), or hang up his pen altogether.

  • Ghost Run

  • Day by Day Armageddon, Book 4
  • By: J. L. Bourne
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder
  • Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,261
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,170
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,164

In a desperate bid to survive as hordes of bloodthirsty undead now dominate the ravaged US population, a navy commander discovers an incredible secret about the pandemic in this fourth novel in the acclaimed Day by Day Armageddon series. Task Force Phoenix may be humanity's final hope, and the narrator's agonizing decisions could mean living one more day - or surrendering to the eternal hell that exists between life and death.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Back on track

  • By Jim on 10-05-16

A whole lot of nothing, with a coma-inducing narration

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

Reviewed: 07-23-16

I read the earlier books in the series last year, and apparently I'd forgotten how droning and flat-affect the narration was. In the earlier books, it was easier to take, since the story advanced the plot pretty well, and there was a decent pace to the action. In this b

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Shining Fury

  • Tome of Bill Series
  • By: Rick Gualtieri
  • Narrated by: Tess Irondale
  • Length: 5 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 269
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 253
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 252

At first glance, most see only a shy girl from New York, but to the denizens of the night - vampires, witches, and their ilk - I am a nightmare given flesh, born to raze their kind from this very earth. I am the Icon, the Shining One, the last defender of humanity against the oncoming tide of darkness. They say my coming was foretold, that prophecies speak of a beacon of hope who will light the way during the end days. It is said I am destined to vanquish the last of the Magi, and face the Night Spawn in the battle for the fate of mankind.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • If Bill read this book, he'd get over Sheila quick

  • By ZenMuppet on 07-08-16

If Bill read this book, he'd get over Sheila quick

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

Reviewed: 07-08-16

The positives: The writing isn't bad, the action is decent, the quality and quantity of character development is good. I love that we get more backstory and insight into peripheral characters in the Tome of Bill universe.

The negatives: Sheila. How many times can the same character face the same internal struggle and come to the same epiphany, over and over and over again, in one book? By the time I was done reading this one, I was wholeheartedly rooting for Bill & Sally, or frankly, Bill & anyone but Sheila.

Also, though the narrator did a decent job overall, she occasionally mispronounced a word here and there. Not a big deal, but it's a pet peeve of mine in audiobooks. Don't they have someone monitoring that kind of thing during production?

Worth reading, but definitely my least favorite of the ToB books.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Through the Zombie Glass

  • By: Gena Showalter
  • Narrated by: Natalie Gold
  • Length: 14 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 387
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 362
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 361

Zombies stalk the night. Forget blood and brains. These monsters hunger for human souls. Sadly, they've got mine. Alice Bell has lost so much. Family. Friends. A home. She thought she had nothing else to give. She was wrong. After a new zombie attack, strange things begin to happen to her. Mirrors come to life, and the whispers of the dead assault her ears. But the worst?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good but....

  • By Nightwolf on 03-13-15

I just couldn't get into it at all

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

Reviewed: 12-30-15

The premise of the story sounded good, but once I started reading it, there was really nothing about it that I liked. Many of the reviews here praise the main character (Alice), but I found her weak, predictable, and two-dimensional. The plot was built on pretty creative ideas, but the "infrastructure" of the story wasn't very strong, resulting in a story I just couldn't connect with.
Probably the worst part (since this was an audiobook) was that the narrator clearly had a bad cold throughout the entire recording, and her stuffy nose was very distracting.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Critical Failures II: Fail Harder

  • Caverns and Creatures Book 2
  • By: Robert Bevan
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Sleep
  • Length: 6 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,776
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,514
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,496

Finding themselves permanently stuck in this strange new world, the gang tries to make the best of it by finding the nearest tavern and getting shitfaced. The plan goes just fine until they lose Katherine and Chaz.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Low-brow nerd humor that I can't get enough of!

  • By Jarboguts on 08-31-15

OK, it's addictive

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

Reviewed: 11-13-15

So the writing DID get better after Book1, and the premise continues to be very funny. The characters are pretty accurately drawn, and endearing despite their flaws. I'm really growing to love this series . . . I kinda hope the author actually writes 20 books. I admit it, I'm hooked.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful