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  • Something More Than Night

  • By: Ian Tregillis
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 13 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 390
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 357
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 356

Ian Tregillis's Something More Than Night is a Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler inspired murder mystery set in Thomas Aquinas’s vision of Heaven. It’s a noir detective story starring fallen angels, the heavenly choir, nightclub stigmatics, a priest with a dirty secret, a femme fatale, and the Voice of God.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A quantum theorists idea of heaven's mythology

  • By Catherine on 11-30-14

Pass

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

Reviewed: 08-23-18

I loved the Alchemy Wars, so I was excited to give this a try, but I was sorely disappointed.

It's like the whole first third of the book is setting up the twist, but it really needed an editor. The first 10 chapters of so is one of the main characters narrating the story as if he were a noir detective. But it's bad. And the story doesn't really progress. It's just long-winded, hard-boiled prose.

It makes sense once you get to the twist, but man I almost gave up on it.

  • Poison or Protect

  • A Delightfully Deadly Novella
  • By: Gail Carriger
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Lavington
  • Length: 5 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 234
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 214
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 214

Lady Preshea Villentia has four dead husbands and a nasty reputation. What society doesn't know is that all her husbands were marked for death by Preshea's employer. And Preshea has one final assignment. It was supposed to be easy, a house party with minimal bloodshed. Preshea hadn't anticipated Captain Gavin Ruthven - massive, Scottish, quietly irresistible, and...working for the enemy. In a battle of wits, Preshea may risk her own heart - a terrifying prospect, as she never knew she had one.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 4 "Black Widow" Stars!

  • By Jaime Oikle on 08-25-17

A great popcorn read

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

Reviewed: 08-23-18

This was a great look into what the girls from Finishing school would be up to later in life. The romance felt natural and believable. The love scenes weren't as well written, so If you're looking for something to get you hot & bothered, this isn't it.

There is a disclaimer in the intro about same-sex love scenes, and I'll say here that it's really only hinted at.

  • How to Marry a Werewolf

  • A Claw & Courtship Novella, Book 1
  • By: Gail Carriger
  • Narrated by: Emma Newman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 225
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 203
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 203

The monsters left Faith ruined in the eyes of society, so now they're her only option. Rejected by her family, Faith crosses the Atlantic, looking for a marriage of convenience and revenge. But things are done differently in London. Werewolves are civilized. At least they pretend to be. Americans: Backward heathens with no culture, Major Channing has never had time for any of them. But there's something special about Faith. Channing finds himself fighting to prove himself and defend his species. But this werewolf has good reason not to trust human women.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • A miss

  • By Dark Siren on 08-23-18

A miss

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

Reviewed: 08-23-18

Normally I LOVE Gail Carriger. But this one was...pretty bad. I'm actually doubting if Carriger actually wrote it. The prose was purple, the love scenes were cringeworthy, and the romance fell flat. Additionally, the production did this odd tinny effect anytime a character had a "thought," and it was very distracting.

I really can't recommend Carriger enough, but skip this one.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Dexter Is Dead

  • A Novel
  • By: Jeff Lindsay
  • Narrated by: Jeff Lindsay
  • Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 801
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 739
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 738

Dexter is arrested on charges of murder. He has lost everything - including his wife, his kids, and the loyalty of his sister. Now completely alone, Dexter faces a murder charge (for a crime, ironically, he did not actually commit). His only chance for freedom lies with his brother, Brian, who has a dark plan to prove Dexter's innocence. But the stakes are deadly, and the epic showdown that lies in Dexter's path may lead, once and for all, to his demise.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Thats how you end the series?

  • By dan on 07-08-15

Boring

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

Reviewed: 08-21-16

Any additional comments?

I don't usually read reviews of books in a series because I want to be surprised, so I did not know that this book would not be about Dexter's trial from start to finish. There is SO MUCH navel-gazing in this book, and it's SLOW. There were several times I said out lout, "Yes, can we get on with it?" Do not recommend.

  • The Rising

  • By: Ian Tregillis
  • Narrated by: Chris Kayser
  • Length: 15 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 487
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 445
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 446

Jax, a rogue Clakker, has wreaked havoc upon the Clockmakers' Guild by destroying the Grand Forge. Reborn in the flames, he must begin his life as a free Clakker, but liberation proves its own burden. Berenice, formerly the legendary spymaster of New France, mastermind behind her nation's attempts to undermine the Dutch Hegemony, has been banished from her homeland and captured by the Clockmakers Guild's draconian secret police force.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • too much fighting

  • By Julie W. Capell on 04-29-16

Still worth reading

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

Reviewed: 08-21-16

Any additional comments?

This book I found not to be AS engaging as the first in the series. I wasn't terribly interested in the battle at New France and I skipped through most of it. I'm not really sure why the author chose to take the Visser out as a viewpoint character because I thought that would have been much more interesting. I'm wondering if there is an edit of this novel where his journey IS included. Berenice still totters on whether she's going to be a good person or not. Jax/Daniel is funny as ever! I'm a little disappointed at how clunky, fast, and shallow his time with Queen Mab is, but I guess the author had to get him to the culmination of the battle. I'm hoping book three is better!

  • The Mechanical

  • The Alchemy Wars
  • By: Ian Tregillis
  • Narrated by: Chris Kayser
  • Length: 15 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 900
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 823
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 818

Soon after the Dutch scientist and clockmaker Christiaan Huygens invented the very first Clakker in the seventeenth century, the Netherlands built a whole mechanical army. It wasn't long before a legion of clockwork fusiliers marched on Westminster, and the Netherlands became the world's sole superpower.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great book that goes nowhere.

  • By Eric Kimball on 07-07-16

Worth Reading

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

Reviewed: 08-21-16

Any additional comments?

The first parts of this book is a lot or worldbuilding exposition all at once and it almost turned me off of the whole thing...BUT if you can make it through, this is a totally worthwhile read. The main characters and their different motivations were believable, engaging, and surprising funny at times.

  • The City of Mirrors

  • A Novel (Book Three of the Passage Trilogy)
  • By: Justin Cronin
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 29 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,052
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,438
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,421

The Twelve have been destroyed, and the 100-year reign of darkness that descended upon the world has ended. The survivors are stepping outside their walls, determined to build society anew - and daring to dream of a hopeful future.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Would not recommend.

  • By Chem Nerd on 05-09-18

Tedious

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

Reviewed: 07-27-16

Any additional comments?

After the whole mess that was the treatment of Sarah and Alicia in the Homeland in Book II, I was ready to give up on this series, but I wanted to see it through. I was disheartened to find that again in Book III, while all horrific fates happen to everyone, they're described in every graphic masturbatory detail when they happen to women. Seriously, the virals kill men, but they lovingly rip out the throats and drink the sweet blood of the slowly fading bodies of the women (gag).

Also: None of the established characters felt familiar to me. The author cuts out like 20yrs and then expects us to take at his word that these beloved characters have changed so much because of what happened during them time. At this point I just didn't really care about any of the characters anymore. In Book I they are a family—in this book it's as if none of that actually means anything to any of them. It's like Book IV of A Song of Ice and Fire.

And Zero/Fanning's story was just unnecessary. I get that the character is supposed to be entitled with delusions of grandeur, but that doesn't make it any less tedious to read. I basically skipped most of it AND I DON'T REGRET IT. If you feel that you must complete the trilogy I will, in the following spoiler, relate to you Fanning's tale so you don't lose those hours of your life forever to be gone. But basically all this carnage has happened because some entitled dude thinks he deserved to get The Girl and when he's convinced himself he finally has her and it doesn't work out he feels wronged by the world and must destroy it and make the human race feel his misery. Lololololololol

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Fanning is bright—but shy and SO SMART. DO YOU KNOW HOW SMART HE IS? What's the male version of a Mary Sue? He goes to Harvard where he meets Jonas and Jonas's girlfriend, Liz. Wacky undergrad hijinks ensue, and Fanning ends up dating Liz's cousin because she's as close to Liz as he thinks he can get. Four years go by and Jonas proposes to Liz. That night Liz & Fanning have A MOMENT and he leaves immediately, taking himself out of their lives for 20yrs. Then Fanning hears that Liz is sick, goes to her, and they decide to run away together for the 2mos she has left, because it's him she's always loved (um, what?). He waits for her at the train station but she never shows, so obviously he goes home with a woman from a bar and when she decides not to put out, he tries to rape her. She tries to defend herself and he "accidentally" stabs her. (Honestly I'm not convinced that the whole courtly love affair between him and Liz and the accidental murder aren't rewritten history on Fanning's part because not one word of writing has convinced me otherwise other than Fanning has asserted it so.) He flees and turns on his phone only to find out Liz didn't show because she died (I still think her showing up at all was in his head, but whatevs). In order to escape his lost "love" and the strong arm of the law, Fanning goes with Jonas on his expedition where he get infected with the virus. ~FIN

2 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Twelve

  • A Novel
  • By: Justin Cronin
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 26 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,619
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,697
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,690

In the present day, as the man-made apocalypse unfolds, three strangers navigate the chaos. Lila, a doctor and an expectant mother, is so shattered by the spread of violence and infection that she continues to plan for her child’s arrival even as society dissolves around her. Kittridge, known to the world as "Last Stand in Denver", has been forced to flee his stronghold and is now on the road, dodging the infected, armed but alone and well aware that a tank of gas will get him only so far. April is a teenager fighting to guide her little brother safely through a landscape of death and ruin.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • TWO IN THIS SERIES IS ENOUGH

  • By Randall on 06-15-18

Torture Porn

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

Reviewed: 07-03-16

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Unfortunately in this book the male author so predictably goes the sexual torture route to progress the female story lines. Two go through this while none of the main male characters suffer anything accept pangs of moral conscious. I'm reading si-fi, not bad male sunff smut.

Have you listened to any of Scott Brick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Performance was great!

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Uprooted

  • By: Naomi Novik
  • Narrated by: Julia Emelin
  • Length: 17 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,953
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4,644
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,619

Agnieszka loves her valley home, her quiet village, the forests and the bright shining river. But the corrupted Wood stands on the border, full of malevolent power, and its shadow lies over her life. Her people rely on the cold, driven wizard known only as the Dragon to keep its powers at bay. But he demands a terrible price for his help: one young woman handed over to serve him for 10 years, a fate almost as terrible as falling to the Wood.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Narrator?!

  • By D. Hawkins on 07-24-17

Great story, horrible narration

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

Reviewed: 05-12-16

Any additional comments?

Do yourself a favor and buy the print book. It's a great story, but the narrator sounds like Siri with an accent.

  • Tess of the D'Urbervilles

  • By: Thomas Hardy
  • Narrated by: Jill Masters
  • Length: 16 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46

Thomas Hardy, never one to be conventional, took a very unconventional moral stance in this novel, which shocked readers of the time. In doing so, he created one of the great romantic novels of all time, the story of a striking and tragic heroine who came to life for the reader as she did for the author.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Clearly one of the Great Books and very well read.

  • By Andrew on 03-18-10

Not a quality recording

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

Reviewed: 04-21-11

While I would recommend this book, I would suggest you download one of the other recordings. There are too many peaks and inconsistencies in the audio. In a few scenes you can tell the narrator went back and rerecorded the script, and it was edited back in with no regard to the older audio's sound level or her reading pace. In other scenes there is a slight echo, which is very distracting, and enough places to note where the audio skips.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful