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  • Shades of Wicked

  • A Night Rebel Novel
  • By: Jeaniene Frost
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,538
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,429
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,426

Master vampire Ian is unrepentant, shameless...and every shade of wicked. He’s made one too many enemies in his two centuries of existence, including Dagon, a demon who now lays claim to his soul. Ian’s only chance to escape Dagon is to join forces with a Law Guardian, but he's never been able to abide by the rules for long. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • <br />Listened to over 390 books/never left a review:

  • By Prometheus on 11-01-18

Possibly the best audiobook I have ever heard

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

Reviewed: 04-08-19

SO, let's get this out of the way first of all... I truly wish this series, like some of those before it by Mrs. Frost wasn't marketed as some kind of romance novel because it's not. Or if it is, then I may not be aware I'm a fan of the genre. Sure, it's got romance and love is a big theme of the book but the story is so much more than that. To me, romance novels build stories around love scenes and this book along with all of Frost's others simply don't shy away from descriptions of things that are natural parts of a story that centers around characters in love. To me there is nothing heavy handed or overt about this but I suppose if you are squeamish about sex or language, these aren't the books for you. For everyone else, Jeaniene Frost has created a world that is so much fun to hear about!

Anyway, I have been a fan of the Night Huntress series for awhile now, just recently finishing book 7 of the main series featuring Cat and Bones. As a side note, I consider Tavia Gilbert among my absolute favorite narrators after getting used to her voices. I can't imagine anyone else brining these amazing characters to life.

I actually thought once I was done with Cat & Bones, the Night Huntress World books and Night Prince series, that was all there was. If I stopped there I would have missed out on what is BY FAR the best book in the entire set. I am not sure what it is about Ian and Veritas that I like so much or maybe it's Jeaniene Frost maturing as an author but she totally nailed it with this one. As someone who usually likes much longer books, and those longer books holding down my top spots for fav of all time (Pillars of the Earth, Shantaram, Super Powered series to name a few), it's hard for me to say this relatively short book was one of, if not my favorite but it absolutely was. As an Audible member since 2005 with hundreds of books listened to, I am here to tell you that if you liked the other books in the Night Huntress World, you will LOVE this one.

One thing to note though; please be aware that this book and series absolutely starts chronologically after the rest of the Night Huntress/Night Huntress World books Frost has written to date. If you are unsure if you have listened to the rest of them, google the reading order and make sure because one of the reasons a 9 hour book can top my list of great listens is that it didn't need to spend much time developing characters since they are all so well known to fans of the series. Do yourself a favor and listen to those first because once you get back to this one, you will not be disappointed. Starting with this one, no matter how good it is, will leave you scratching your head figuring out all that happened to lead to the events in this book. It's somewhat a shame it's not clearer that it's part of a much larger series of books.

  • Super Powereds: Year 4

  • Super Powereds, Book 4
  • By: Drew Hayes
  • Narrated by: Kyle McCarley
  • Length: 60 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6,178
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,898
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5,876

The final year at Lander has finally arrived for the Melbrook students and their peers, and with it comes a whole new set of challenges. Still reeling from the events of their junior year, the remaining students will have to push past their pain - and so much more - if they hope to be one of the 10 to claim the title of Hero upon graduation. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Its finally over....what do I do with my life now?

  • By Jared on 07-11-18

Simply amazing in every way!

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

Reviewed: 01-04-19

This is more a review of the entire series than this one book but like the rest of the books, this one was amazing. I have loved every minute of these books and am going on to listen to anything else the author has written. His ability to make you care about ALL the characters in the book, no matter how small a part they play in the overall plot, is unmatched IMHO. He lets you watch them grow, fail, succeed and live without any slowing of pace or parts you're thinking "wow, I wish this part was over." I cannot recommend this book and series more.

  • The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye

  • A Lisbeth Salander Novel, Continuing Stieg Larsson's Millennium Series
  • By: David Lagercrantz
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,053
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,523
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,509

Lisbeth Salander, the girl with the dragon tattoo, the brilliant hacker, the obstinate outsider, the volatile seeker of justice for herself and others - even she has never been able to uncover the most telling facts of her traumatic childhood, the secrets that might finally fully explain her to herself. Now, when she sees a chance to uncover them once and for all, she enlists the help of Mikael Blomkvist, the editor of the muckraking investigative journal Millennium. And she will let nothing stop her.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not up to par

  • By cristina on 10-03-17

Where is Lisbeth?

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

Reviewed: 01-04-19

I have really enjoyed the other books in this series and this one was "ok" but what I like most about the series is Lizbeth and her quirky way of getting things done. She is in this story, and a lot of it concerns her but mostly it was about the other players in the series, especially Michael Bloomquist. The story was fine such as it was but it felt a lot more like a novella or short story than a full book to me. If you are a fan of the series, it's worth listening to but just lower your expectations a bit.

  • Seveneves

  • A Novel
  • By: Neal Stephenson
  • Narrated by: Mary Robinette Kowal, Will Damron
  • Length: 31 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 18,037
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,759
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16,755

A catastrophic event renders the earth a ticking time bomb. In a feverish race against the inevitable, nations around the globe band together to devise an ambitious plan to ensure the survival of humanity far beyond our atmosphere, in outer space.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • So Much Potential

  • By Kurt Schwoppe on 06-08-17

Terrible waste of time and I like his other books.

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

Reviewed: 03-07-18

The misery of this book lies squarely in the details. The billions of details. Details upon details. At least now I know how to build a space habitat from scratch. Seriously, the story wasn’t all bad but getting to it through the hours of technical details was too much for me. I get that it may be my personal problem that others won’t have but it ruined it for me. I like people and stories about them. The 2nd part (really the last 3rd) was much better but didn’t make the first 20 hours worth suffering through. I actually wanted to quit part way through but trusted the author enough to believe it would turn around. Wrong. To end on a bright note, the narrators were excellent.

  • The Final Empire

  • Mistborn Book 1
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 24 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47,022
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 41,706
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41,707

For a thousand years the ash fell and no flowers bloomed. For a thousand years the Skaa slaved in misery and lived in fear. For a thousand years the Lord Ruler, the "Sliver of Infinity," reigned with absolute power and ultimate terror, divinely invincible. Then, when hope was so long lost that not even its memory remained, a terribly scarred, heart-broken half-Skaa rediscovered it in the depths of the Lord Ruler's most hellish prison.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 2nd to the Storm-light Archives.....

  • By Mitchell on 03-30-18

Very good eventually.

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

Reviewed: 02-06-17

I ended up liking this book a lot despite the slow pace for most of it. I'm very interested to see where the story goes in the next two books.

  • Tandia

  • By: Bryce Courtenay
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 26 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,234
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,618
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,622

Tandia is a child of all Africa: half Indian, half African, beautiful and intelligent, she is only 16 when she is first brutalized by the police. Her fear of the white man leads her to join the black resistance movement. With her in the fight for justice is the one white man Tandia can trust, the welterweight champion of the world, Peekay. Now he must fight their common enemy in order to save both their lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thanks for this wonderful collaboration

  • By Thomas Andrews on 05-17-06

How terribly disappointed I am

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

Reviewed: 11-14-16

The power of one is a great book with a somewhat weak ending. Tandia picks up where it leaves off and if you are to believe the authors notes in the beginning, promises to carry that story to a glorious conclusion. Never before have I been so let down by an author and a story. About 1/2 of the way through this book the entire pacing changes and all that made the first book and the first part of this one is gone. And my God the end... So amazingly, terribly bad. Sorry Bryce, I know you can't fix it now but you took what could have been my all time favorite story and totally ruined it. Damn.

  • Underground Airlines

  • By: Ben Winters
  • Narrated by: William DeMeritt
  • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,804
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,536
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,529

It is the present day, and the world is as we know it: smartphones, social networking, and Happy Meals. Save for one thing: The Civil War never occurred. A gifted young black man calling himself Victor has struck a bargain with federal law enforcement, working as a bounty hunter for the US Marshal Service. He's got plenty of work. In this version of America, slavery continues in four states called "the Hard Four". On the trail of a runaway known as Jackdaw, Victor arrives in Indianapolis knowing that something isn't right - with the case file, with his work, and with the country itself.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Original and disturbing novel

  • By Mark on 10-29-17

Found this book on a list of important books

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

Reviewed: 07-27-16

I found it to be a bit short but very good. very interesting take on a very old subject.

  • Lord of All Things

  • By: Andreas Eschbach, Samuel Willcocks (translator)
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 21 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,299
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,127
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,135

They are just children when they first meet: Charlotte, daughter of the French ambassador, and Hiroshi, a laundress’s son. One day in the playground, Hiroshi declares that he has an idea that will change the world. An idea that will sweep away all differences between rich and poor. When Hiroshi runs into Charlotte several years later, he is trying to build a brighter future through robotics.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Story starts off small and gets huge

  • By Sean Dustman on 08-23-14

Stop reading this and buy this book now!!!

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

Reviewed: 10-07-15

I won't say anything about this story other than I didn't know anything about it when I read it than it was rated very highly and recommended by someone I trusted. I think that helped me enjoy every word of it. I never really knew what was next, or really what the book was going to eventually be about. I didn't know it's genre or if it had a message. I just listened to this story unfold and it was magical. I suggest you do the same. Amazingly good.

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  • Endymion

  • By: Dan Simmons
  • Narrated by: Victor Bevine
  • Length: 23 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,799
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,871
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,881

Here, Simmons returns to this richly imagined world of technological achievement, excitement, wonder and fear. Endymion is a story about love and memory, triumph and terror - an instant candidate for the field's highest honors.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A fine Part II of the Hyperion Cantos

  • By David on 09-06-12

A tale of two halves

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

Reviewed: 07-17-15

Really, I have no idea how this book is the same author as the first two Hyperion books. It's truly hard for me to say it's worth suffering through mediocre/bad books but in this case it absolutely is. Endymion is SOOOOOOOO much better than either of the two first books it's astounding. What I hated about the first two books is that they seemed to promise great adventure and all we got was back story after back story and very little "current events". I loved the characters (save the poet but more on that...) and wanted to hear a story about their journey together and mostly what I got was flashbacks and bits and pieces of story. True, the 2nd half of the 2nd book was better in this respect but really, I was still very disappointed. In fact I'd decided not to even try the second two books but a friend told me they were better so after a different book in between to "cleanse my palate" I gave Endymion a try. I loved it from the very start. It was everything the first two books were not. It centers around just a few VERY well conceived characters, has some AMAZINGLY creative science fiction ideas I've not seen anywhere else and at the heart of it is just a very, very, very good story. So I agree with my friend; the first two books are necessary but only to establish the history/world that the second two books take place in. I can't recommend this book enough.

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  • The Fall of Hyperion

  • By: Dan Simmons
  • Narrated by: Victor Bevine
  • Length: 21 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,125
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,697
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,730

In the stunning continuation of the epic adventure begun in Hyperion, Simmons returns us to a far future resplendent with drama and invention. Onthe world of Hyperion, the mysterious Time Tombs are opening. And the secrets they contain mean that nothing - nothing anywhere in the universe - will ever be the same.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hyperion is FALLEN, am I too to fall?

  • By Darwin8u on 06-15-12

Great imagination for sure, terrible story though.

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

Reviewed: 06-09-15

Holy crap. I had SO many questions that were set up by this book and the first that were not answered. Maybe that's ok for some but not me. I am assured by a friend who has read the entire series that it gets better but I don't know. I expected something else I guess. All the "plot twists" I had pegged from early on and all the things I was actually excited to get answers to... never came. There are entire characters that don't seem to be necessary. I don't think I am a stupid person and I love "art" as much as the next person but the first two books of this series were very disappointing, especially with all the glowing reviews from people I trust. I love Hamilton and others that Simmons is compared to so I don't get how I disliked thes books so intensely. Maybe we can just chalk it up to "different strokes for different folks".

1 of 1 people found this review helpful