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  • A Plague of Giants

  • By: Kevin Hearne
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels, Xe Sands
  • Length: 22 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,377
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,254
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,235

Mother and warrior. Scholar and spy. Rebel and hero. Set in a magical world of terror and wonder, this audiobook is a deeply felt epic of courage and war, in which the fates of these three characters intertwine - and where ordinary people become heroes, and their lives become legend.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining but dissapointing

  • By Roland on 11-20-17

Great Book

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

Reviewed: 03-06-18

I am a huge fan of Kevin Hearne’s books. This book was a different style. An epic fantasy with a non-earth world, new cultures, and lots of characters. The author used some different techniques to manage all the different POVs. It mostly worked. I thought that the book was a little slow moving at times. At times I thought that the story could have moved the characters further along their story arcs.

I am definitely interested in the next book, I expect it will be better and I am anxious to see where the story will go.

  • Hell's Gate

  • Multiverse, Book 1
  • By: David Weber, Linda Evans
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 37 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 348
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 314
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 313

Arcana has never encountered another intelligent species while exploring scores of other worlds. No cities, no vast empires, no civilizations, and no equivalent of their own dragons, gryphons, spells, and wizards. But all of that is about to change. It seems there is intelligent life elsewhere in the multiverse. Other human intelligent life, with terrifying new weapons and powers of the mind...and wizards who go by the strange title of ''scientist''.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • we'll get there...eventually.

  • By Erin Newlin on 04-12-16

Such wasted potential

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

Reviewed: 07-16-17

I am a huge fan of Weber's work. I love the Honorverse and the Safehold stories. I don't know Evans' work, but figured that it had to be good if Weber was associated. But this book fell flat. I liked the universe building. Having two earth-based worlds with different histories and then throw in magic, and there is a great potential. World building was challenging though because the authors were had to work with two different worlds, with multiple countries, and multiple cultures. It made it a bit complicated for an audio book. The info dumps were huge. At times it was hard to follow all the names of the countries and the associated stereotypes.

But what was frustrating was the style of writing. This book definitely needed an editor to tighten up the action. Every single event triggered lengthy and in depth description of every character's emotional response. And the emotions described were just over the top. Everyone was experiencing such intense emotions, that required what felt like 10 minutes of internal dialog to explore. This definitely important for some of the main characters who suffered trauma, but it was so melodramatic that it grew tiresome. It seemed like every character was melodramatic and it became overwhelming. Then about halfway through the book, the action picked up and the melodrama decreased a bit. Emotions are needed, but some of the characters who should have been more detached, weren't.

The odd thing about this book is that I liked the characters, universe, and the basic plot. I just cannot get over the plodding, melodramatic style of writing. I want to know how the series ties up all the loose ends, but I won't be listening to it, it's too painful.

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  • Shadow of Victory

  • By: David Weber
  • Narrated by: Kevin T. Collins
  • Length: 37 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 613
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 569
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 565

Sometimes things don't work out exactly as planned. The Mesan Alignment has a plan - one it's been working on for centuries. A plan to remake the galaxy and genetically improve the human race - its way. Until recently things have gone pretty much as scheduled, but then the Alignment hit a minor bump in the road called the Star Empire of Manticore. So the Alignment engineered a war between the Solarian League, the biggest and most formidable interstellar power in human history.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • this is a rehash of other books

  • By Amazon Customer on 12-06-16

Dreadful

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

Reviewed: 05-09-17

I am a huge fan of Weber. I've read just about everything Weber has written. I was really looking forward to this book. I figured this would move the main story further, bringing us closer to the climactic ending of the series.

Instead we get another book that rehashes events that have already occurred from still more perspectives. I love the richness of this universe. But, this was too much.

Also, this book needed a better editor. Weber's books are always loaded with info-dumps, but this was over the top. When it seems that he spent 5 minutes talking about a park and it's history, which didn't matter, I wanted to scream. This could have been slashed by a third.

Finally at the beginning of the book his desire to use Chezch and Russian planets where every character's name, every company's name, and every city has name that is impossible to Remember and track the storyline.

  • The Aeronaut's Windlass

  • The Cinder Spires, Book 1
  • By: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: Euan Morton
  • Length: 21 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,594
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,756
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,748

Since time immemorial the Spires have sheltered humanity, towering for miles over the mist-shrouded surface of the world. Within their halls aristocratic houses have ruled for generations, developing scientific marvels, fostering trade alliances, and building fleets of airships to keep the peace. Captain Grimm commands the merchant ship Predator. Fiercely loyal to Spire Albion, he has taken their side in the cold war with Spire Aurora, disrupting the enemy's shipping lines by attacking their cargo vessels.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Brave New World

  • By Don Gilbert on 10-02-15

A fantastic new series

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

Reviewed: 10-20-15

I am a big fan of Jim Butcher. This new series captures Butcher at his finest. Great characters with life and depth. A great universe with a great magic system, different physics, and interesting creatures. All combined into a fascinating story rich in adventure.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Tokyo Raider

  • A Tale of the Grimnoir Chronicles
  • By: Larry Correia
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 1 hr and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,278
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,106
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,106

With the Japanese Imperium at war with the Soviet Union, and the United States watching cautiously on the sidelines, Second Lieutenant Joe Sullivan of the U.S. Marines is sent on a dangerous mission to Tokyo. The Russians have Summoned a demon of epic proportions to attack the city, and all that stands in its deadly path is an untested Japanese super-robot. Now, Joe is at the controls, his gravity-spiking Power at the ready. But that is one huge, mean Demon....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Few More Hours

  • By Don Gilbert on 03-01-15

A fantastic short story!

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

Reviewed: 08-13-15

Having read/listened to the entire Grimnoire Chronicles, Tokyo Raider was like the cherry on top of a wonderfully rich dessert. Mr. Correia's writing style is brisk, fluid, and stunning in its ability to capture the reader's attention without losing connection to the story. He captures the intensity of the character's personalities as well as he captures the intensity of the battles they face. Peppering the excitement with humor only adds to the fun.

Mr. Pinchot is the best narrator I have ever heard. He does such a wonderful job of capturing the essence of these stories. Pure pleasure to listen to.

  • The Devil's Only Friend

  • John Cleaver, Book 4
  • By: Dan Wells
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 242
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 222
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 221

John Wayne Cleaver hunts demons. They've killed his neighbors, his family, and the girl he loves, but in the end he's always won. Now he works for a secret government kill team, using his gift to hunt and kill as many monsters as he can...but the monsters have noticed, and the quiet game of cat and mouse is about to erupt into a full-scale supernatural war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic Book!

  • By Jeffrey Kline on 06-24-15

Fantastic Book!

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

Reviewed: 06-24-15

Dan Wells does a fantastic job of capturing the human condition, through the eyes of a sociopath, demons, and humans. All the joys and sorrows. All of this buried in a psychological mystery and thriller. Awesome!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Vortex

  • Insignia, Book 2
  • By: S. J. Kincaid
  • Narrated by: Lincoln Hoppe
  • Length: 14 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 199
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 183
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 184

The impossible was just the beginning. Now in their second year as superhuman government weapons-in-training at the Pentagonal Spire, Tom and his friends are midlevel cadets in the elite combat corps known as the Intrasolar Forces. But as training intensifies and a moment arrives that could make or break his entire career, Tom's loyalties are again put to the test. Will his idealism and bravado cost him everything - and everyone - that matters to him?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just as good as the first!

  • By Sash & Em: A Tale of Two Bookies on 07-11-13

Fantastic book

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

Reviewed: 06-16-15

A fantastic story, populated with in depth characters. The underlying themes are well developed and the character's motivations are believable.

  • Steelheart

  • The Reckoners, Book 1
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 12 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,338
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,269
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,311

Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills. Nobody fights the Epics...nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them. And David wants in. He wants Steelheart - the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David's father.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • He got the idea from a near traffic accident

  • By Don Gilbert on 09-26-13

A Fantastic Twist on an old Idea

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

Reviewed: 10-13-13

I love Brandon Sanderson's work, and I looked forward to Steelheart. As usual he did not disappoint. Steelheart is fast paced, exciting, and has a tightly woven storyline. The world building is fantastic, creating an underlying set of rules for super powers that drive the story in a logical manner and never bog the story down.

The characters in this story were well developed with depth and soul. His well crafted story line allowed the reader/listener to develop an understanding of the characters as the story progressed in a natural and exciting way.

I am now desperately waiting for the net book in the series and will chomp at the bit until it is released, which cannot be soon enough.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Diving into the Wreck

  • Diving Series, Book 1
  • By: Kristine Kathryn Rusch
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Van Dyck
  • Length: 9 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 402
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 315
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 315

Boss loves to dive historical ships, derelict spacecraft found adrift in the blackness between the stars. Sometimes she salvages for money, but mostly she's an active historian. She wants to know about the past--to experience it firsthand. Once she's dived the ship, she'll either leave it for others to find or file a claim so that she can bring tourists to dive it as well. It's a good life for a tough loner, with more interest in artifacts than people.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Scubadiving... in space.

  • By Pascal Scheffers on 12-11-09

Not a bad book, but too many gaping plot holes.

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

Reviewed: 07-21-12

DITW is an ok book, but has gaping holes in its plot that make the book irritating. This book is clearly a character driven story and the technology and science takes a back seat. With that Rusch spends a lot of time discussing how dangerous diving is, and some technological aspects are extremely important to the story, but they make no sense. I cannot get into specifics without giving a spoiler, but I found it frustrating that relatively simple tech issues could not be solved in a book taking place in a universe that has artificial gravity and FTL transportation. The danger and situations that drive the main character through out the book should not have happened in a universe as technologically advanced as this one.

These tech inconsistencies arose through out the book and were an irritant and actually distracting. I kept saying - "Why is this a problem?" "You should have a logical technological way around these issues." Yet the problems remained. I recognize that not all writers want to perform a "tech dump" in a book and those kinds of passages/scenes can make a book cold and boring, especially in a character driven book such as this. But this book felt like it needed some explanations. At least some of the tech issues needed to be rounded out and explained.

I did sort of like the main character Boss, though I found her a little irritating. She's described as as strong and quite capable character but she seemed much less capable than I thought. She constantly whined about how she was not as good a diver as others, though she was allegedly so talented and successful. While this might have just been her self doubt, it did not feel that way.

I also found that the conclusion of the book lacked logic. It seemed to be planned and organized by someone totally unaware of the reality of how military missions are planned and executed. The outcome was highly predictable and uninspiring. No twists and turns. I was actually anticipating some twist, and then the story just ended with everything falling into place. It did not seem difficult for the characters at all. THe ending was anticlimactic.

I indicated that the book was character driven, but the characters were often poorly developed with few nuances. Boss was well developed, but the descriptions did not fit with her actual behavior. Other characters were seen only in her rather limited eyes and lacked depth.

The performance by Jennifer Van Dyck was pleasant, but she was limited by the text and could not have done much more than she did.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful