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  • Destiny of Dragons

  • The Legacy of Dragons, Book 3
  • By: Jack Campbell
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 14 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,599
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,520
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,525

In the thrilling conclusion to the Legacy of Dragons trilogy, ancient weapons of mass destruction lie hidden under the city of Pacta Servanda. Remnants of the Great Guilds and rebellious factions of the Empire want to seize those weapons to allow them to regain control of the world of Dematr. Only Jason, brought by the first ship from Earth since the colony failed, might be able to disarm the threat. But he also might know how to employ those weapons, making him a danger for all sides.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth the wait

  • By Bruce on 04-05-18

Dependable combination

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

Reviewed: 04-24-19

if you like Campbell in general you should enjoy this series. Yes it's heared toward YA's but aren't we all a little YA at heart. McLeod Andrew's remains one of my favorites.

  • Nevernight

  • The Nevernight Chronicle, Book 1
  • By: Jay Kristoff
  • Narrated by: Holter Graham
  • Length: 20 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,384
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,243
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,238

Daughter of an executed traitor, Mia Corvere is barely able to escape her father's failed rebellion with her life. Alone and friendless, she hides in a city built from the bones of a dead god, hunted by the Senate and her father's former comrades. But her gift for speaking with the shadows leads her to the door of a retired killer and a future she never imagined.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Just try it....

  • By Devontay on 10-27-16

The good assasin

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

Reviewed: 04-04-19

I write reviews more as a reference for myself than anything else. with hundreds of audio books I sometimes forget if I've read it or not. this story of a young girl in a world filled with tension between magic and high minded moralists. she I is destined to be trained as an assassin for a dark magic filled order. friends are made and lost in this adult themed story as she, accompanied by her shadow creatures, searches for the truths of her past. good fantasy, some holes in the plot require withholding judgment. trilogy I believe and I will return to the series.

  • Summit

  • A Novel
  • By: Harry Farthing
  • Narrated by: Harry Farthing
  • Length: 17 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,713
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,550
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,543

In the autumn of 1938, Germany's reichsführer, Heinrich Himmler, is growing frustrated at the British using their regional power in India to block the passage of an SS expedition to Tibet. Determined to spite them, he plots to steal something the British hold dear and have failed for the seventh time that spring to achieve: a first summit of Mount Everest. Seventy years later, seasoned mountain guide Neil Quinn's ninth visit to the top of the world's highest mountain, this time in charge of the 16-year-old son of a Long Island billionaire, begins to unravel.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Historical Fiction at its Very Best!

  • By Paula on 08-23-16

Good and evil<br />

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

Reviewed: 12-13-18

a great read by the British author adds to this worthwhile novel of heroism in the time of Hitler. A classic story of challenge, conflict and redemption, good vs. evil. Told through 2 story lines, one in 1938-1940, the other in more recent times.

  • Critical Failures

  • Caverns and Creatures, Book 1
  • By: Robert Bevan
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Sleep
  • Length: 8 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8,829
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,356
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,344

Tim and his friends find out the hard way that you shouldn't question the game master, and you shouldn't make fun of his cape. One minute, they're drinking away the dreariness of their lives, escaping into a fantasy game and laughing their asses off. The next minute, they're in a horse-drawn cart surrounded by soldiers pointing crossbows at them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Audible Studio...More Please!

  • By M. Maryanow on 02-01-15

Too juvenile.

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

Reviewed: 12-05-18

Scatalogical humor and gratuitous profanity ruined it for me. Apparently aimed at a narrow audience of 14 year old boys.

  • Monster Hunter Memoirs: Sinners

  • By: Larry Correia, John Ringo
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,182
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,919
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,893

With New Orleans out of control, Chad Oliver Gardenier, one of Monster Hunter International's premier hunters, has been dispatched from Seattle to reinforce the beleaguered members of MHI'S Hoodoo Squad in their fight against the darkness.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • disparagement of the original series

  • By Sue on 02-18-18

Very Disappointed

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

Reviewed: 08-01-18

Some other reviewers have said this is not really boring but not as developed or gripping as the original, I will go a bit further and say boring and unimaginative. Oh, don't get me wrong, the sheer numbers and variety of monsters is impressive, but the story is without significant plot, character development or tension. Its a sophomoric effort. Hundreds of people killed by dozens of different kinds of monsters and its all covered up with a simple blurb in a local newspaper, written off to hysteria or drug wars, Pleeeeease! This series asks us not just to suspend belief (as is fair for any fantasy story) but to also to suspend thinking entirely and lower your level of sophistication to that of a 14 year old. Very disappointing.

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  • The Authorities

  • By: Scott Meyer
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,897
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,653
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,649

Sinclair Rutherford is a young Seattle cop with a taste for the finer things. Doing menial tasks and getting hassled by superiors he doesn't respect are definitely not "finer things". Good police work and bad luck lead him to crack a case that changes quickly from a career-making break into a high-profile humiliation when footage of his pursuit of the suspect - wildly inappropriate murder weapon in hand - becomes an Internet sensation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If you liked Magic 2.0, get this book

  • By Elizabeth J Grogan on 02-10-16

Great start to what I hope is a new series

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

Reviewed: 05-01-18

Very creative, fun and easy listen. Imagine Elon Musk meets law and order. A new squad of crime solvers put together by a billionaire. A quirky group, brilliant, odd, funny and satisfying.

  • The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove

  • By: Christopher Moore
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,568
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,187
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,197

The town psychiatrist has decided to switch everybody in Pine Cove, California, from their normal antidepressants to placebos, so naturally - well, to be accurate, artificially - business is booming at the local blues bar. Trouble is, those lonely slide-guitar notes have also attracted a colossal sea beast named Steve with, shall we say, a thing for explosive oil tanker trucks.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very funny, but perhaps not for everyone

  • By Chris Robbins on 07-19-10

Standard Christopher Moore Fare, top notch

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

Reviewed: 04-20-18

Zany characters, funny dialog, hints of social comment without offending, this is what I expect from Christopher Moore and he successfully delivers. Whats not to like about a stoned local cop, a crazy B movie actress, saucy old bar owner, crooked sheriff, prescription happy mental health therapist and pharmacist, an insecure biologist, a town in the throws of sexual urgency, oh, and a 100' creature from the ocean.

  • In the Morning I'll Be Gone

  • Detective Sean Duffy, Book 3
  • By: Adrian McKinty
  • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
  • Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,158
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,979
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,972

It's the early 1980s in Belfast. Sean Duffy, a conflicted Catholic cop in the Protestant RUC (Royal Ulster Constabulary), is recruited by MI5 to hunt down Dermot McCann, an IRA master bomber who has made a daring escape from the notorious Maze prison. In the course of his investigations Sean discovers a woman who may hold the key to Dermot's whereabouts; she herself wants justice for her daughter who died in mysterious circumstances in a pub locked from the inside.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Dangerous Gamble

  • By John on 03-21-14

Among the most reliable good authors in my library

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

Reviewed: 04-20-18

Once again I am taken back to the period known as "The Troubles" in Ireland and am reminded of the Intense violence, stress and anxiety that was part of that time. I personally really enjoy the authentic Irish brogue Gerald Doyle brings to the book. Another journey into the police vs. IRA, the north vs. south, British vs. Irish rule, Catholic vs. Protestant and the personal toll it took. Imagine being a police officer and having to check under your car each morning to be sure no one planted a bomb under it, or entering a city that held constant threats to your well being. Wrapped in a mystery these books offer very colorful description of the Troubles.

  • Anansi Boys

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Lenny Henry
  • Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,105
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,140
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,130

Returning to the territory he so brilliantly explored in his masterful New York Times best seller American Gods, the incomparable Neil Gaiman offers up a work of dazzling ingenuity, a kaleidoscopic journey deep into myth that is at once startling, terrifying, exhilarating, and fiercely funny, a true wonder of a novel that confirms Stephen King's glowing assessment of the author as "a treasure house of story, and we are lucky to have him."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully narrated

  • By A. Hawley on 11-23-07

Improves on American Gods

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

Reviewed: 04-12-18

This book is a backstory of one of the characters introduced in American Gods, so it is helpful to have read that book but in no way a requirement. Short of a little background I think it stands on its own fairly well. The narration is great and the humor and story line combine for an interesting and original tale. The story captures the British humor Gaiman often shows in his work along with the sing song, proverbial nature of the main characters of African descent. It is the humor that raises this book above American Gods, in my eyes, or ears.

  • American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition (A Full Cast Production)

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Ron McLarty, Daniel Oreskes, full cast
  • Length: 19 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47,778
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 44,378
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44,330

Locked behind bars for three years, Shadow did his time, quietly waiting for the day when he could return to Eagle Point, Indiana. A man no longer scared of what tomorrow might bring, all he wanted was to be with Laura, the wife he deeply loved, and start a new life. But just days before his release, Laura and Shadow's best friend are killed in an accident. With his life in pieces and nothing to keep him tethered, Shadow accepts a job from a beguiling stranger he meets on the way home, an enigmatic man who calls himself Mr. Wednesday.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 10 Years and Still a Fantastic Read

  • By Nightveil on 07-22-11

Almost great

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

Reviewed: 04-12-18

First let me recommend one of the follow ups to this novel, "The Anansi Boys" which takes a thread from this novel and details it in a much lighter more captivating manner. After reading this book I was left wondering what I was supposed to think, rather than having a strong like or dislike for it. Am I supposed to understand that America has created its own gods that are less relevant or important than ancient gods? Or should I think that all gods are equal, should I be offended that the writer thinks Americans are shallow, blind? I don't think any of these things are true. Every country I have lived in and visited is filled with sophisticates and dullards, workers and users, kind hearted and shiftless, god fearing and pragmatically scientific. The story was too jerky to feel comfortable to me and held just a hint of elitism that was off putting. I suspect the fact that I missed the overall point, if there was one, is indication that I was not Gaiman's target, but I still enjoy many of his other works.