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  • Lure of the Dragon

  • Aloha Shifters - Jewels of the Heart, Book 1
  • By: Anna Lowe
  • Narrated by: Kelsey Osborne
  • Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 364
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 316
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 318

Good dragons? Bad dragons? Twenty-four hours ago, private chef Tessa Byrne didn't know about the terrifying world of shifters. Now she knows too much, like the fact that a ruthless dragon lord is determined to claim her - forever. Tessa flees to Maui, where sunny skies, swaying palms, and a handsome stranger conspire to play tricks with her heart. Can she truly trust Kai Llewellyn and his band of battle-hardened shapeshifters to save her from a gruesome fate?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • ANNA LURED INTO ANOTHER GREAT PNR SERIES!!!

  • By Cheri on 04-25-17

Shallow characters, poor world building

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-05-18

I wouldn't have finished this book if I had to concentrate on it, but I listened while doing other things. Not only are the characters extremely flat, the author can't keep her own magic system straight. The hero is the son of a dragon father and a human mother who never had the courage to try to become a dragon. Yet the hero IS a dragon, which can't happen according to the rules set out by the author.
There is more time spent on adolescent lust than is given to advancing the story. I just found it vapid and boring.

  • The Singularity Trap

  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 11 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,781
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 15,701
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,669

When Ivan Pritchard signs on as a newbie aboard the Mad Astra, it's his final, desperate stab at giving his wife and children the life they deserve. He can survive the hazing of his crewmates, and how many times, really, can near-zero g make you vomit? But there's another challenge looming out there, in the farthest reaches of human exploration, that will test every man, woman and AI on the ship - and will force Ivan to confront the very essence of what makes him human.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent.

  • By Amy Snider on 06-13-18

Even better than the Bobiverse

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

Reviewed: 10-24-18

I couldn't put it down. I listened while walking along the beach, sitting in the hot tub, preparing lunch and while I was supposed to be sleeping.
Taylor has brought us another Everyman character who reaches beyond his own expected limitations to bring about a completely unlooked for third option to what appears to be only two equally unappealing possibilities.
This is a book that should not be missed by any SF fan. And even better, there appear to be additional books planned.

  • Exploration: Age of Expansion

  • The Ghost Squadron, Book 2
  • By: Sarah Noffke, Michael Anderle
  • Narrated by: Chris Abernathy
  • Length: 6 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41

Eddie and Julianna are hell-bent on tracking down Vas and making him pay for his crimes. He’s armed and dangerous, and to make matters worse, he’s on the hunt for a devastating weapon that could bring destruction to the Federation and all its people. But as Ghost Squadron grows, so do the dangers on the fringe of Federation space. They still don’t know who is behind all the attacks but no matter what, they’re going to bring this faceless enemy down. Experience this exciting military sci-fi saga and the latest addition to the expanded Kurtherian Gambit Universe. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best combination of Syfy with Fantacy

  • By glxyjoe on 07-23-18

Narrator has limited voices

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

Reviewed: 08-14-18

Overall, I enjoyed the story. Lots of action and fun characters. But the narrator only seems to have two voices - a gravelly voice, with different levels of gravel, and his natural voice. He uses his natural voice for the narrative and the female characters, but all the male characters get different levels of gravel that aren't even consistent for each character. I dislike a gravelly voice to begin with, I think it is unpleasant to listen to, but the inconsistent usage also makes telling who is speaking extremely difficult.

Each of these separate series are supposed to be self contained within the series without needing to have read any of the other series. They are somewhat, but it is quite obvious that the reader is missing a lot of background information. That won't stop me from reading the rest of this series, but it provides incentive to start at the beginning of the Age of Expansion arc at the very least.

  • House of Enchanted: The Revelations of Oriceran

  • Soul Stone Mage, Book 1
  • By: Martha Carr, Sarah Noffke
  • Narrated by: Carly Robins
  • Length: 5 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28

The Kingdom of Virgo has lived in peace for thousands of years...until now. The humans from Terran have always been real assholes to the witches of Virgo. Now a silent war is brewing, and the timing couldn’t be worse. Princess Azure will soon be crowned queen of the Kingdom of Virgo. In the Dark Forest, a powerful potion-maker has been murdered. Charmsgood was the only wizard who could stop a deadly virus plaguing Virgo.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Azure and her Soul Stone

  • By Neesie315 on 01-28-19

Ridiculously hidden secrets cause havoc

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

Reviewed: 04-23-18

This audiobook is an easy and enjoyable listen, but where are the sensible people? The heroine is 100 years old but acts like a young teenager. Admittedly, the author says that she is the equivalent of a teenage witch, but why don't Oriceran witches age mentally or emotionally in a normal fashion? That is never explained. Nor does the premise seem reasonable, since life experience is what causes maturity. Do their brains just not develop good reasoning until 100, similar to human teenagers? Then what excuse do her mother and grandmother have for their immature behavior?

Both her mother and grandmother have hidden secrets from her - and the reasons for that are either not explained or not good - and those secrets cause an enormous amount of trouble not only for Azure, but for her whole country.

The book ends very abruptly with very little resolved. I don't mind series books that take time for resolutions, but this one is not handled gracefully.

I have not read any other books in the Oriceran saga yet, so perhaps I am just missing some of the world-building, but this seems a very light-weight book. I have enjoyed other books by Sarah Nofke, but this book doesn't have the developed characters I am used to seeing from the author. Hopefully, the series will improve as it goes along.

  • Quarter Share

  • A Trader's Tale from the Golden Age of the Solar Clipper, Book 1
  • By: Nathan Lowell
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 648
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 612
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 616

In a universe run by corporations, where profit matters more than life, how can an orphan with no skills, no money, and no prospects survive? When Ishmael Wang's mother dies in a senseless accident, he's given a choice: leave the planet on his own, or the company will remove him. To avoid deportation Ishmael finds work as a mess deck attendant on an interstellar freighter.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Nathan vs Jeffrey

  • By Marc on 09-29-16

A fascinating view of life on a trading starship

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

Reviewed: 05-19-17


If you are expecting high adventure or heroics you will be sorely disappointed, but if you are looking for a well plotted view of what life as a crew member on a trading starship over three centuries in the future might be like, you have found a real gem.

The protagonist falls into his new life as one of two possible options when he is left an orphan on a company world with no support. His willingness to work hard and learn could be a lesson for all of us. We get to learn about his new life at the same time he does and I for one found it as interesting as he does.

The characters are well drawn and very believable. The minutiae regarding day to day life, duties and trading theory are surprisingly engrossing. These characters are people I would enjoy working and living with. I plan to continue the relationship by purchasing the next book in the series, Half Share.

  • Snared

  • By: Jennifer Estep
  • Narrated by: Lauren Fortgang
  • Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 470
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 440
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 440

Another week, another few clues trickling in about the Circle, the mysterious group that supposedly runs the city's underworld. Gathering intel on my hidden enemies is a painstaking process, but a more immediate mystery has popped up on my radar: a missing girl. My search for the girl begins on the mean streets of Ashland, but with all the killers and crooks in this city, I'm not holding out much hope that she's still alive.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Gin is off her game this time but still fun

  • By bookaholic536 on 05-05-17

Gin is off her game this time but still fun

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

Reviewed: 05-05-17

As always, Gin's never-ending battle against evil in Ashland completely dominated everything.

Usually, I can overlook some of her mistakes as just the luck of the draw, but the initial scene at the den window played like slapstick instead of a skilled assassin lurking for information. And when she later stepped on a creaking board in a hall she had been down before while trying to catch an intruder, all I could do was roll my eyes. At this point, it was obvious that the author was manipulating the action to fit her needs. Now, I realize that this is something all authors must do, but Estes is generally more skilled and less obvious at the ploy.

I also figured out a number of the mysteries fairly early in the story and kept waiting for Gin to catch up and prove me right. For once, I was exactly right. The clues were a bit too obvious this time.

Still, I enjoyed the story and it did a good job of advancing the overarching plotline as well as bringing Gin some new and valuable allies. I will continue to purchase and read this series. And if the author continues to drop references to her Bigtime series, I may even break down and read one of those.

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  • Progeny's Children

  • By: Ray Jay Perreault
  • Narrated by: Christopher M. Allport
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 33

Humans were forced to leave Earth when the pollution became a threat. Mankind could no longer live on the planet. They traveled 189 light years to their new home they named Horizon. When they left Earth they abandoned much and over the years they grew, developed, and matured. A long time in humanities' future they returned to Earth and found something else living there.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Progeny's children

  • By jey cee on 12-09-16

Interesting premise, written robotically

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

Reviewed: 03-29-17

I received a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

This book had an intriguing premise - what happens when humanity forsakes Earth for another planet, after making their own planet unlivable, and returns centuries later to reclaim their planet only to find it isn't empty?

This should have been an extremely interesting book, but I had a number of issues with it.

!) It portrayed humanity as totally monolithic in viewpoint and purpose. After 1300 years, a millennium on a new and welcoming planet called Horizon, their only goal is a return to Earth as soon as possible. The idea that any large group of humans could maintain such a monomania for a decade, much less a millennium, is completely preposterous.
2) When met with evidence of the Earth being populated by others, the Horizon government officials don't even bother to report it to the people who will be returning as colonists,
3) The most fully fleshed character in the book is a sentient robot, who is also the only character who shows growth.
4) The author uses repeated phrases and redundant explanations to give the reader very little information about either civilization and does it in a manner that would have been appropriate for a dry history textbook, not a Sci-Fi novel. The book seemed to go on forever, without saying much of anything.
5) The ending was abrupt and without any real explanation. The immediate crisis was solved by a Deus ex Machina plot and no effort is made to give us any idea how the long term issues will be dealt with.
6) The narrator delivered the story in a perfectly robotic style that went well with a textbook but did not enhance what should have been a novel.

I listened to the whole audiobook, hoping that the style would improve, but it didn't. In two sentences the author used the word "celebration" 6 times. At one point, a character repeated a complete conversation that had just happened in the book to another character, rather than the author saying "the Commander told his daughter what had been said".

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Claimed

  • Brides of the Kindred, Book 1
  • By: Evangeline Anderson
  • Narrated by: Anne Johnstonbrown
  • Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,303
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,211
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,207

Olivia Waterhouse just got drafted. Problem is, she isn't being forced into the Army, she's been chosen as a Kindred bride. The Kindred are huge alien warriors;a race of genetic traders whose population is ninety-five percent male. After saving Earth from the threat of invasion they demand a reward--the right to find brides among the population. Baird is a Beast Kindred who recently escaped imprisonment and torture.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not The Worst Story I've Listen To.....

  • By Cheri on 08-27-15

X-rated porn with less likable characters

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

Reviewed: 09-12-15

The whole set-up feels artificial and the characters react to it in a completely unbelievable way. I am removing it from my library and have no intention of ever wasting more of my time by finishing the drek. Thank goodness it was inexpensive, but I wish I had paid more attention to the reviews and not spent any time on it either.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Bloodring

  • Rogue Mage, Book 1
  • By: Faith Hunter
  • Narrated by: Natalie Gold
  • Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 869
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 712
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 709

In a near-future world, seraphs and demons fight a never-ending battle. But a new species of mage has arisen. Thorn St. Croix is no ordinary neo-mage. Nearly driven insane by her powers, she has escaped the confines of the Enclaves and now lives among humans. When her ex-husband is kidnapped, Thorn must risk revealing her true identity to save him.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Bloodring Redux

  • By pewter on 07-28-11

Narrator can't pronounce English!

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

Reviewed: 06-18-13

I have enjoyed the Jane Yellowrock series by Faith Hunter and was anxious to try a new series. The story is a welcome new take on a dystopian theme, more adult than most of the other books I have read on that theme. It reminded me a bit of Sharon Shinn's Samaria Series.

But I was glaringly aware of all of the simple words that the narrator didn't know how to pronounce. It got to the point where I wasn't always sure of the meaning of a word because Natalie Gold was so far off in her pronunciation. This became so off-putting that I found following the story to be difficult.

There is nothing else terribly wrong with the performance. I found her portrayal of the characters neither exceptionally good nor bad, just fairly monotone. I did have trouble distinquishing between the characters, even between men and women.

I saw an older review complaining about the narrators mispronunciation of certain words. That reviewer was thrilled that Audible corrected the repeated mistakes they complained about and found the book much easier to listen to after the corrections. If it used to be worse than it is now, it must have been unlistenable.

Examples of words she couldn't pronouce correctly: lure, enclave, vestigial. She even pronounced rocks like vox a couple of time. Every once in a while I could hear a bit of southern accent - appropriate for a story set in the Appalachians, but I couldn't tell if she was trying to sound southern on purpose or trying not to sound southern and ocassionally slipping.

Sorry, but I think I will get the other books in this series in paper form, so I don't have to listen to Natalie Gold's narration.

14 of 15 people found this review helpful