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  • Lies Sleeping

  • Rivers of London, Book 7
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 120
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 118
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118

Martin Chorley, aka the Faceless Man, wanted for multiple counts of murder, fraud and crimes against humanity, has been unmasked and is on the run. Peter Grant, Detective Constable and apprentice wizard, now plays a key role in an unprecedented joint operation to bring Chorley to justice. But even as the unwieldly might of the Metropolitan Police bears down on its foe, Peter uncovers clues that Chorley, far from being finished, is executing the final stages of a long-term plan.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best in the series. Kobna is amazing!

  • By Tarald Holm on 12-21-18

The perfect marriage of fantasy and cop show

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

Reviewed: 12-04-18

Having finally caught up with the series, it seems like time for a review. And catching up has been brilliant. Peter Grant is easily the most entertaining protagonist in his genre, Ben Aaronovitch injects sly humour from every angle, and Kobna Holdbrook-Smith is easily the top narrator I've experienced on Audible and the perfect choice for this series. Start at the beginning and I guarantee enjoyment all the way through if you're a fan of the genre.

  • Trapped

  • The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 5
  • By: Kevin Hearne
  • Narrated by: Christopher Ragland
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 119
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115

After 12 years of secret training, Atticus O'Sullivan is finally ready to bind his apprentice, Granuaile, to the earth and double the number of Druids in the world. But on the eve of the ritual, the world that thought he was dead abruptly discovers that he's still alive, and they would much rather he return to the grave. Having no other choice, Atticus, his trusted Irish wolfhound, Oberon, and Granuaile travel to the base of Mount Olympus, where the Roman god Bacchus is anxious to take his sworn revenge...

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Mary Sue fanfic

  • By Leit on 12-04-18

Mary Sue fanfic

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

Reviewed: 12-04-18

Let me outline the scene loop for every chapter:
- Our protagonist gets in some sort of trouble
- He is unable to use his druidly badassery to extricate himself
- His moody and unpleasant apprentice extricates him with little difficulty
- We are treated to several minutes of the author slobbing said apprentice's knob over how much better she is at everything.

This downgrading of everyone else's competency so that the author's pet can shine all the brighter is the signal feature of Mary Sue fanfic. It's not what I bought into at the start of the series, and I'm not going to bother buying any more of it.

  • God Is Disappointed in You

  • By: Mark Russell, Shannon Wheeler
  • Narrated by: James Urbaniak
  • Length: 5 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,523
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,327
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,322

God Is Disappointed in You is for people who would like to read the Bible...if it would just cut to the chase. Stripped of its arcane language and interminable passages, every book of the Bible is condensed down to its core message, in no more than a few pages each. Written by Mark Russell with cartoons by New Yorker cartoonist Shannon Wheeler, God Is Disappointed in You is a frequently hilarious, often shocking, but always accurate retelling of the Bible, including the parts selectively left out by Sunday School teachers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not disappointed in this book!

  • By Nicolas Paul Dunbar on 05-28-15

Mistakes snark for humour, but don't begrudge that

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

Reviewed: 04-08-18

What did you love best about God Is Disappointed in You?

The narrator clearly fits the tone in which this book was written, and delivers his performance with panache and gusto. It's also pleasantly concise.

What does James Urbaniak bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Entertainment. The bare text reads like a column from Cosmopolitain - "hey, look how hip and snarky we are!" - but it's palatable when paired with a narrator pleased to make it fun for the audience.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The early part of the book in general beats the hell out of the last quarter or so.

Any additional comments?

Missed some of the really neat parts, like explaining why angels always open up with "Fear not!". Otherwise well worth the time spent.

  • The Black Prism

  • Lightbringer Trilogy Book One
  • By: Brent Weeks
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 21 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 309
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 278
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 281

Gavin Guile is the Prism, the most powerful man in the world. He is high priest and emperor, a man whose power, wit, and charm are all that preserves a tenuous peace. But Prisms never last, and Guile knows exactly how long he has left to live: Five years to achieve five impossible goals. But when Guile discovers he has a son, born in a far kingdom after the war that put him in power, he must decide how much he's willing to pay to protect a secret that could tear his world apart.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Love the print book...audio not so much.

  • By Hannah on 09-11-14

Good enough for commuting.

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

Reviewed: 04-08-18

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I got this because I was a fan of the author's Shadow series. Wouldn't recommend to a non-fan.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

People need to just bloody talk to each other. Conflict is consistently manufactured by the characters being blithering idiots unable to use their damn words.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Narrator sometimes bleeds voices into each other, occasionally making it hard to tell when different people are speaking in the same scene. Particularly Corvan and Gavin.

Do you think The Black Prism needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Yes, because as is traditional in fantasy since the Wheel of Time got popular, absolutely nothing is resolved in this book.

Any additional comments?

Timelines glaringly fail to make sense, as is usual for Weeks. A good adventure story, but hampered by self-pitying characters who, for all their political acumen, don't seem to understand anything about the people near them, much less trust them.

  • The LawDog Files

  • By: D. Lawdog
  • Narrated by: David T. Williams
  • Length: 4 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

LawDog had the honor of representing law and order in the Texas town of Bugscuffle as a sheriff's deputy, where he became notorious for, among other things, the famous Case of the Pink Gorilla Suit. In The LawDog Files, he chronicles his official encounters with everything from naked bikers, combative eco-warriors, suicidal drunks, respectful methheads, prison tattoo artists, and creepy children to six-foot chickens and lethal chihuahuas.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting view into the world of law enforcement

  • By Diana on 03-07-18

The perfect hick

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

Reviewed: 02-05-18

What did you love best about The LawDog Files?

Narrator was perfect for the book, but probably not for most other genres. Stories were entertaining and didn't overburden the reader with superfluous nonsense yet still built the small-town feel.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The Sherriff Himself.

Which scene was your favorite?

"Now dawg, what have I always told you 'bout workin' smarter, not harder?"

What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

Water bags.

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  • Monster Hunter Siege

  • Monster Hunter, Book 6
  • By: Larry Correia
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 15 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,761
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,306
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,278

When Monster Hunter International's top hunter, Owen Zastava Pitt, was given a tip about some hunters who had gone missing in action, he didn't realize their rescue mission would snowball into the single biggest operation in MHI's history. Their men are being held prisoner in a horrific nightmare dimension, and the only way to reach them is through the radioactive ruins of a monster-infested war zone. As if that wasn't bad enough, it's also the home base of the powerful creature behind the devastating attacks on the Last Dragon and Copper Lake.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • No conclusion some continuation

  • By Ronald on 09-09-17

Thoroughly average

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

Reviewed: 10-18-17

Author's tendency to reuse the same words and phrases remains. Serviceable for commuting background. Mr. Correia, please use some of your mountain of cash to buy a thesaurus.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Name of the Wind

  • The Kingkiller Chronicle, Book 1
  • By: Patrick Rothfuss
  • Narrated by: Rupert Degas
  • Length: 28 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,244
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,178
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,179

I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep. My name is Kvothe.You may have heard of me.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing half a book...

  • By Richard on 08-13-15

Get over your damn oneitis

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

Reviewed: 04-16-17

Good adventure story with a serious female lead issue. Please stop whining about how very important she is.

Excellent narration brings out shades that could easily have otherwise felt flat.

  • Monster Hunter Nemesis

  • By: Larry Correia
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 16 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,134
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,564
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,557

Agent Franks of the U.S. Monster Control Bureau is a man of many parts - parts from other people, that is. Franks is nearly seven feet tall and all muscle. He's nearly indestructible. Plus he’s animated by a powerful alchemical substance and inhabited by a super-intelligent spirit more ancient than humanity itself. Good thing he’s on our side. More or less.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Winner

  • By Sez on 07-12-14

Why does this insist on a heading if it's optional

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

Reviewed: 03-22-17

Somewhat repetitive writing - count the author's uses of "the man" - and slight overuse of a setpieces that bring to mind a ten year old's idea of "awesome". An enthusiastic narrative that may appeal to the ten year old in you, read by an eminently competent narrator.

  • Storm Front

  • The Dresden Files, Book 1
  • By: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: James Marsters
  • Length: 8 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,166
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,320
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,277

A call from a distraught wife, and another from Lt. Murphy of the Chicago PD Special Investigation Unit makes Harry believe things are looking up, but they are about to get worse, much worse. Someone is harnessing immense supernatural forces to commit a series of grisly murders. Someone has violated the first law of magic: Thou Shalt Not Kill. Tracking that someone takes Harry into the dangerous underbelly of Chicago, from mobsters to vampires....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • ZERO STARS FOR THE NARRATOR !

  • By Randall on 03-05-19

Charm

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

Reviewed: 03-05-17

Tight focus and solid progression make this in a lot of ways better than the later character-focussed entries in the series.