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  • To Kingdom Come

  • Barker & Llewelyn Series, Book 2
  • By: Will Thomas
  • Narrated by: Antony Ferguson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,084
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,003
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 999

When a bomb destroys the Special Irish Branch of Scotland Yard, all fingers point to the increasingly brazen factions of Irish dissidents seeking liberation from English rule. Volunteering their services to the British government, Cyrus Barker and Thomas Llewelyn set out to infiltrate a secret cell of the Irish Republican Brotherhood known as the Invisibles. Posing as a reclusive German bomb maker and his anarchist apprentice, they are recruited for the group's ultimate plan: to bring London to its knees and end the monarchy forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Ms Peach on 01-04-17

Good mystery. Bad accents.

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

Reviewed: 02-10-19

Book 2 is almost as good as book 1. The characters are likable and mystery is enjoyable. The British narrator speaks with a smooth and pleasurable accent. His other accents, however, are god awful—Irish, Scottish, and French in this particular book. Overall, highly recommended.

  • The Killer Collective

  • By: Barry Eisler
  • Narrated by: Barry Eisler
  • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 571
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 523
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 518

When a joint FBI-Seattle Police investigation of an international child pornography ring gets too close to certain powerful people, sex-crimes detective Livia Lone becomes the target of a hit that barely goes awry - a hit that had been offered to John Rain, a retired specialist in “natural causes.” Suspecting the FBI itself was behind the attack, Livia reaches out to former Marine sniper Dox. Together, they assemble an ad hoc group to identify and neutralize the threat. There’s Rain. Rain’s estranged lover, Mossad agent and honeytrap specialist Delilah. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • All of Eisler's key characters together

  • By Wayne on 02-03-19

Collectively, killers. Individually, benevolent.

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

Reviewed: 02-08-19

Ma'am or Sir, because you have so kindly elected to read this review, which you should know fills my heart with gratitude and genuine appreciation, I am therefore inclined to presume that you espouse the antecedent scriptorials and narrations of the consummate Mr. Eisler, maybe even as much as I do. But, I'm also keenly aware that making an assumption based on a presumption can sometimes lead to unpredictable and less than desirable outcomes—Dox swears he had no idea that Thai ladyboy didn't have a vagina.
Anyway, so if my presumption was incorrect, meaning you are not familiar with the illustrious Mr. Eisler, please accept my apology. I'm sure you will forgive me after having listened to his latest installment, The Killer Collective. Why? Because it's a genuine honest to god solid book. And the only reason I chose to remove one star is because the book really should've (and could've) been twice as long. The end. Enjoy!

  • Missions from the Extinction Cycle, Vol. 1

  • By: Nicholas Sansbury Smith - foreword, various authors, Jeff Olah, and others
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 12 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73

The best-selling Extinction Cycle series by Nicholas Sansbury Smith first introduced listeners to a world ravaged by an engineered virus that turned men into monsters. Now, for the first time ever, comes a collection of Extinction Cycle short stories that explore the human spirit and the fight for survival in the face of overwhelming odds from some of the leading voices in the post-apocalyptic genre. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must read!!

  • By Natalia Martinez on 01-16-19

Some have it, others don't

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

Reviewed: 01-24-19

Note: I really enjoyed NSS's entire Extinction Cycle series.

Re Missions: well, it's definitely not on par with the series. Two stories are, however, certainly worth a listen.

The first story is ok. It's suspenseful and there's plenty of action. The plot and writing are mediocre, but Bronson's narration is unforgivable.

The second story is awful. There's no suspense, no action, a weak plot, poor writing, and the narration is cringeworthy. Skip it.

The third story is quite good. The beginning lags a bit, but once it starts getting creepy it stays creepy and gets creepier. Also, Bronson's humdrum narration is better suited for this story.

The fourth story is fantastic; it makes ploughing through the first three worth the wait. Rachel Aukes is a talented, noteworthy writer. And she's clearly a genuine fan of the EC series. Great job indeed. Bronson's humdrum narration compliments this story well too.

Missions ain't a masterpiece, but it ain't a wasted credit. Overall, recommended for die hard fans of the EC series.

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  • Advent

  • Red Mage, Book 1
  • By: Xander Boyce
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 830
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 798
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 794

Drew Michalik was working in a top-secret facility in Washington, DC, when the Advent began. As all electronics in the world simply ceased to work, blue screens filled with information appeared before him. Drew was given access to a mana interface and a limited number of reality-altering crystals called Xatherite. Following the instructions on his vision-impairing screens, he "slotted" his Xatherite and changed his fate: He gained the ability to cast spells. Now alone in the dark, he must battle through the government bunker turned dungeon in a desperate bid for survival.   

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Kona Blend

  • By Randy on 01-10-19

A pleasant surprise

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

Reviewed: 01-21-19

One never knows what to expect from the first book of a series, particularly when it's the author's first release. And fortunately, Xander nailed it—a pleasant surprise indeed. Great world building. Interesting (and new) magic system. Excellent plot. Look forward to listening to book deuce of the series.
Fabulous narration by Luke Daniels, as usual.
Highly recommended!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Beyond the Shadows

  • Night Angel Trilogy, Book 3
  • By: Brent Weeks
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
  • Length: 22 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,803
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,896
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,930

Logan Gyre is king of Cenaria, a country under siege, with a threadbare army and little hope. He has one chance---a desperate gamble, but one that could destroy his kingdom. In the north, the new Godking has a plan. If it comes to fruition, no one will have the power to stop him. Kylar Stern has no choice. To save his friends---and perhaps his enemies---he must accomplish the impossible: assassinate a goddess.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful and tragic

  • By Mark on 05-14-16

Book one: 4.5 stars. Book two: 3.5 stars. Book three: 2.5 stars.

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

Reviewed: 01-19-19

The first book was fantastic (4.5 stars)—superb character/plot development with a perfect mix of action and intrigue. The second book was good (3.5 stars)—not as much action, and more character dev (filler) as is expected in the second book of a trilogy.

The third book, however, was a letdown (2.5 stars)—besides 80% of the story revolving around love and relationships, there was very little action or suspense, myriad abrupt changes involving extraneous characters, and illogical, incoherent, and arbitrary themes.

Paul Boehmer did pretty well with the narration; it was neither terrible nor exceptional. He did, however, egregiously mispronounce several words (an editor should've recognized and fixed them).

Book three, in sum, was a rather capricious conclusion to an otherwise captivating story. Despite my criticism, I still recommend this trilogy. Brent Weeks is a talented author. And overall, the good outweighs the bad.

  • Nightlord

  • Sunset
  • By: Garon Whited
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 36 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,503
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,216
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,205

Eric didn't ask to be a vampire. In fact he didn't even believe in them. Biting your own tongue with your fangs does a lot of convincing. Even so, being a part-time undead isn't as easy as you might think. It can let you hold down a day job, true, but sometimes the night "life" can be more than a little difficult, what with those bloodthirsty urges and predatory instincts kicking in.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ahh no fair no fair

  • By nelson on 10-28-15

Ain't No Sanderson

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

Reviewed: 01-14-19

Please trust the majority of intelligent listeners who rated this book and series properly by giving it 1 or 2-stars and writing poor reviews—they're all accurate.
Even though the beginning of the first book is great, it quickly descends from decent to lousy. Based on the content of his main character's inner dialogue, or what might be his "journal", Garon Whited is clearly a narcissist with extremely poor self-esteem, and also a poor writer.

Note: Audible's "See All Reviews" states ~30 1-star and <100 2-star reviews for this book (and others in the series). There are far more 1-2 star ratings—the majority, in fact. Jiggery-pokery to the max.
Recommended to nerdy youngsters, ages 12-16. Adults, stay away; this guy ain't no Brandon Sanderson.

  • Shadows

  • Nightlord, Book 2
  • By: Garon Whited
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 42 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,552
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,342
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,330

It's not easy being king. Especially when you've got an allergy to sunrise and sunset, a fire goddess for a mother-in-law, demonic adversaries, random assassins, and a basement full of insecurities to cope with. Add to that his daughter, the fire priestess/princess; a couple of lightly deranged professional magicians; a whole city full of wizards; and enough squabbling princes to resemble a kindergarten argument. It's enough to make a man want to just go home.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Terrible Ending

  • By Suji K. on 12-12-18

Ain't No Sanderson Here

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

Reviewed: 01-14-19

Please read and trust the majority of intelligent listeners who rated this book and series properly by giving it 1 or 2-stars and poor reviews—they're the accurate ones.

Note: Audible's "See All Reviews" states ~30 1-star and <100 2-star reviews for this book (and others in the series). There are far more 1-2 star ratings—the majority, in fact. Jiggery-pokery to the max.
Recommended to nerdy youngsters, ages 12-16. Adults, stay away; this guy ain't no Brandon Sanderson.

  • Kill for Me

  • Victor the Assassin Series, Book 8
  • By: Tom Wood
  • Narrated by: Rob Shapiro
  • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 405
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 387
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 386

Victor is the killer who always delivers...for the right price. And Heloise Salvatierra, patron of Guatemala's largest cartel, is ready and willing to pay him just that to eliminate the competition: her sister. Heloise has been battling Maria for control of the cartel in an endless and bloody war. Now, Victor decides who survives. An easy job if it weren't for the sudden target on his back.    

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • CAPTIVATING!! Victor is amazing in this one!

  • By shelley on 11-29-18

Not bad. Not spectacular. Just average.

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

Reviewed: 12-28-18

Kill for Me is neither one of Wood's more riveting storylines nor Victor's more precarious "jobs". It is, however, still worthy of a solid three-stars, and worth the listen if you enjoy assassin plot-based novels. Just don't expect as much action, intrigue, and feats of extraordinary intelligence or tactics as you would from previous books in this series.
Wood included too many lead characters with varied motives and agendas, which seemed to be the primary cause for a rather bland storyline. There was also too much inner dialogue between Victor and his 'conscience' — he's not that single-minded and ferociously focused assassin we've come to expect from Victor. In fact, he ends up having 'feelings' for a woman, and also gets his ass handed to him multiple times by untrained foes.
Despite the book's bland story, Rob Shapiro did his job well, as usual.
Kill for Me hasn't received nearly as much recognition as previous books in this series, and for good reason; it just isn't as good. Nevertheless, I still look forward to listening to the next Victor the Assassin book.

  • Shooting Gallery

  • Dewey Andreas, Book 7.5
  • By: Ben Coes
  • Narrated by: Ari Fliakos
  • Length: 1 hr and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 380
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 352
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 348

The newly sworn in vice president of the United States has a problem. Her son, off in college, doesn't care for his security detail. So when spring break comes around, he slips away from his bodyguard, picks up his best friend, and heads to Mexico for an intended week of sun, sand, women, and hoped-for debauchery. But when he arrives at the airport, a team of well-armed kidnappers grab both him and his friend and escape. Now they're demanding that an exorbitant ransom be paid in only a few hours - and if it's not, both boys will be killed.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Over too soon!!! Leaves you wanting more!

  • By shelley on 06-17-18

NOT written by Ben Coes

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

Reviewed: 12-14-18

Dewey is at the top of my all-time favorite badass list. This novella, however, is just plain awful. The plot is feeble and transparent, and Dewey is portrayed as a below average street cop.
I paid 94 cents for this novella, but it's true value is less than zero. The narration is almost as lousy as the narrative.
This clearly was not written by Ben Coes.

  • First Strike

  • A Thriller
  • By: Ben Coes
  • Narrated by: Peter Hermann
  • Length: 14 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,015
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,691
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,680

Deep within the Pentagon, a covert multibillion arms-for-influence program was created. The objective was to protect the United States and its allies from terrorist acts by secretly enabling a handpicked man to emerge as the most powerful leader in the Middle East. But the charismatic Tristan Nazir double-crosses America, twisting the program for his own violent ends to create ISIS. Now America is at great risk.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • His best book ever

  • By Sally E. Sasser on 07-08-16

Excellent Book. Horrible Narration.

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

Reviewed: 12-02-18

Ben Coes is an excellent writer. Dewey Andreas is an excellent character. Peter Hermann, however, is an awful narrator. Therefore, this is an excellent book and an awful audiobook.
Peter narrates First Strike like a kid in the second grade who's practicing his ABC's. He sounds wooden, reads too slowly, adds inflection on the wrong words and syllables, and reads with absolutely no passion whatsoever.
HIGHLY NOT RECOMMENDED.