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  • The Valens Legacy: Publisher's Pack 4

  • The Valens Legacy, Books 7-8
  • By: Jan Stryvant
  • Narrated by: Leland King
  • Length: 13 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,201
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,146
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,140

The Valens Legacy: Publisher's Pack 4 contains books seven and eight in The Valens Legacy series, following Sean in the world of the supernatural. In Vegas Rules, fresh from his victory in Reno, Sean's now in Las Vegas has to fulfill his promise to help the lycans there with their own slavery problems. Things are starting to heat up for Sean and for some of his allies in Desperate Measures. When several of the councils decide to ban together in a move to eradicate him and his followers, Sean has no choice other than teach them a painful lesson.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Always great

  • By Logan79 on 10-02-18

Bit backwards, but good

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-16-18

My download was backwards. I got book 8 as chief 1-20, and book 7 as chief 21-41. I am not sure why it did that, but if it seems like you missed something, jump to check 21. Other than that, it was a good book.

  • Metro 2033

  • By: Dmitry Glukhovsky
  • Narrated by: Rupert Degas
  • Length: 20 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,768
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,435
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,429

The year is 2033. The world has been reduced to rubble. Humanity is nearly extinct and the half-destroyed cities have become uninhabitable through radiation. Beyond their boundaries, they say, lie endless burned-out deserts and the remains of splintered forests. Survivors still remember the past greatness of humankind, but the last remains of civilisation have already become a distant memory. Man has handed over stewardship of the earth to new life-forms. A few score thousand survivors live on, not knowing whether they are the only ones left on Earth....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A bit tedious

  • By Checkers on 03-30-17

tangents

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

Reviewed: 03-21-17

This is a very nice book, but the author often runs into long twisting tangents that do not move the story along. other than these tangents, the book is very interesting and I would say a good read.
Summary:
A young man, Artyom, has grown up living in the underground metro station of VDNKh after a nuclear war has ravaged Moscow.
Above ground mutated creatures now rule. some of these creatures, the "dark ones," have started invading the metro and may soon overrun the underground.
Artyom soon finds himself on a mission to save not only his startion but the last of the human race. He must travel the underground metro to deliver a message that may just save everyone. Along the way many people help Artyom, and he learns what life is really like. When he reaches the Center of the metro, he experiences what life use to be like, but he also learns many secrets that shake his faith in mankind.
Artyom must fight to survive and save his people. As he begins his journey home, he uncovers many dangerous secrets and saves many lives. He becomes more than just the boy who started this journey, he becomes a man.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Forward the Foundation

  • By: Isaac Asimov
  • Narrated by: Larry McKeever
  • Length: 16 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,251
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,138
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,134

As Hari Seldon struggles to perfect his revolutionary theory of psychohistory and ensure a place for humanity among the stars, the great Galactic Empire totters on the brink of apocalyptic collapse. Caught in the maelstrom are Seldon and all he holds dear, pawns in the struggle for dominance. Whoever can control Seldon will control psychohistory - and with it the future of the galaxy. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love the story. Can't stand the narrator!

  • By Christine on 03-14-12

great book, poor reader

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

Reviewed: 01-15-15

Where does Forward the Foundation rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I have always love Asimov, and this book does this series proud. This book and Prelude to Foundation do a great job of filling in background and setting the foundation. You finally get to meet the man himself.

What three words best describe Larry McKeever’s voice?

Larry McKeever does a poor job reading this book. His voice is flat, out of tune with what is happening in the story, and dull. Mr. maKeover has a nice voice, but there is little to no emotion or purpose in his reading.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I would not say this is a book that will move you, but it will draw you in. I'm a slow reader,a and the book was so good that I had to get the audio version to be able to experience it at the pace it deserves.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Affinity Bridge

  • A Newbury & Hobbes Investigation
  • By: George Mann
  • Narrated by: Simon Taylor
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 119
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 88

Welcome to the bizarre and dangerous world of Victorian London, a city teetering on the edge of revolution. Its people are ushering in a new era of technology, dazzled each day by unfamiliar inventions. Airships soar in the skies over the city, while ground trains rumble through the streets and clockwork automatons are programmed to carry out menial tasks in the offices of lawyers, policemen, and journalists.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • nowhere near as bad as reviewed

  • By Doug on 06-11-10

Ok story, bad reader

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

Reviewed: 01-08-14

Would you try another book from George Mann and/or Simon Taylor?

I'm going to try another George Mann, I'll avoid Simon Taylor.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I liked Newberry. As a Sherlock he was ok, but it was hard to like him with the reader's too husky voice for him.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Simon Taylor?

Anyone would be better. His voice was so breathy it was hard to understand. He whispered the main character so husky that I had trouble understanding him.

Did The Affinity Bridge inspire you to do anything?

Make sure I don't buy another Simon Taylor book.

Any additional comments?

There was a disturbing pop pop pop sound and then a repeat in the reading. It happened twice. I am not sure what this was, but I deleted the book and redownloaded it. The noise was still there. If I'm paying for the reading I would like it to sound nice. The first time it happened I thought I had missed something and rewound it, but it happened again.

  • Steampunk Specs

  • By: Christopher Barzak, Jeffrey Ford, Margo Lanagan, and others
  • Narrated by: Tom Dheere, Vanessa Hart, Nancy Linari
  • Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 13

This collection of unabridged, spectacular steampunk speculations includes several classics of the genre. These tales will sweep you away with their amazing automata, daring dirigibles, grinding gears, and scintillating steam as days gone by are infused with tech. In "Smoke City," by Christopher Barzak, a woman comes to terms with the loss of her family to the child labor mills of the city. A doctor tries to cope with a strange plague terrorizing the citizens of London in Jeffrey Ford's "Dr. Lash Remembers."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Short Trips into Fun

  • By Troy on 09-25-13

No decent stories

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

Reviewed: 09-29-13

What disappointed you about Steampunk Specs?

Most of the stories are just porn. I don't understand how you can sell sex stories as actual short stories.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Mansfield Park

What aspect of the narrators’s performance would you have changed?

There were too many narrators. A few of the narrators used horrible accents but then dropped the accent randomly.

What character would you cut from Steampunk Specs?

Most of the characters were flat and predictable.

Any additional comments?

Don't bother with this book!