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  • Changes: The Dresden Files, Book 12

  • By: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: James Marsters
  • Length: 15 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 18,062
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 15,765
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 15,708

Long ago, Susan Rodriguez was Harry Dresden's lover-until she was attacked by his enemies, leaving her torn between her own humanity and the bloodlust of the vampiric Red Court. Susan then disappeared to South America, where she could fight both her savage gift and those who cursed her with it.Now Arianna Ortega, Duchess of the Red Court, has discovered a secret Susan has long kept, and she plans to use it-against Harry.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WOW. I'm stunned!

  • By Julie on 04-27-10

JIM & JAMES are the Mythology of writer and narrator who bring a series of books to LEGEND!!

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

Reviewed: 05-28-19

I am almost finished listening to "CHANGES" for the Fourth time. "THE DRESDEN FILES" series on Audible is my favorite thing to play in my art studio other than music.
"CHANGES", is part of a series of the absolute BEST contemporary fantasy fiction books ever written. Adding James Marsters as narrator for the Audible books is nothing short of Genius. James takes Jim's writing and paints a Masterpiece!
If you are looking for a new (to you) series of Contemporary Fantasy collection of audio books. Go to Audible and start listening. These books will change the way you look at the world. While working in my art studio and I need some inspiration, I just start a "DRESDEN FILES" novel, and Harry always brings me a Muse.
Killer books, just Killer!!
W. Diego Augustine

  • Rise & Fall

  • THIRDS, Book 4
  • By: Charlie Cochet
  • Narrated by: Mark Westfield
  • Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 504
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 486
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 485

After an attack by the Coalition leaves THIRDS Team Leader Sloane Brodie critically injured, agent Dexter J. Daley swears to make Beck Hogan pay for what he's done. But Dex's plans for retribution are short-lived. With Ash still on leave with his own injuries, Sloane in the hospital, and Destructive Delta in the Coalition's crosshairs, Lieutenant Sparks isn't taking any chances.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic Series with Fantastic Narration

  • By Morgan A Skye on 07-09-15

Getting Better and BETTER!

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

Reviewed: 05-21-19

This is book four in a series that sort of sneaked up on me. I am ex Special Forces Marine Corps and a homosexual man.
The first book was just a fluke that sat in my Audible library for over a year. I finally got around to hearing it during a rock climbing self challenge. I am man enough to say that I actually cried a few times while listening.
Here is the thing. Charlie has a way of understanding guys like us somehow. I can't imagine how, but she almost has a complete handle on it. The sex in the books is extremely tame as compared to man on man in real life, but she makes the tender stuff sound really nice.
The love of my life was a Black Hawk pilot an Air Force Fly Boy and now we have our lives together and love the hell out of each other each and every day going on eleven years now. We got married, really married two years ago.... What a trip!
THANK YOU CHARLIE AND THANKS TO THE AMAZING NARRATOR WHO SOUNDS LIKE A MAN AND BRINGS ALL THE LAUGHTER, ANGER, HEARTACHE AND LOVE TO EACH CHARACTER'S VOICE AND PAINTS A SERIOUSLY COOL MOVIE USING CHARLIE'S WORDS. YOU BOTH MAKE GREAT PARTNERS AND MORE GUYS IN AND GETTING OUT OF THE MILITARY SHOULD TELL YOU HOW IMPORTANT YOUR WORK IS TO US. PEOPLE IN THE US WOULD FALL OVER IF THEY KNEW THE STAGGERING NUMBER OF HOMOSEXUAL MEN RISK THEIR LIVES EVERYDAY TO KEEP AMERICA FREE.
ONCE THAT SCALP REDUCTED ORANGE BLIMP MONSTER IS OUT OF THE WHITE HOUSE, OUR COUNTRY CAN GET BACK ON THE ROAD TO BEING RESPECTED IN THE WORLD ONCE AGAIN.

SERIOUSLY KILLER BOOKS CHARLIE COCHET! CAN'T WAIT TO HEAR THE NEXT ONE, WHICH I WILL START IN 5 MINUTES! OOOORAAAAH!
DIEGO

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Secret Casebook of Simon Feximal

  • By: K. J. Charles
  • Narrated by: Gary Furlong
  • Length: 7 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 144
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 135
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 135

I have been Simon Feximal's companion, assistant, and chronicler for 20 years now, and during that time my Casebooks of Feximal the Ghost-Hunter have spread the reputation of this most accomplished of ghost-hunters far and wide. Here is how my association with Feximal came about. I dare say it may not be quite what you expect.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • KJ Charles is magic

  • By BR on 11-24-17

A very good listen

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-23-19



A Geat Surprise! This book from beginning to end kept me wanting more. Although it is a relatively short book, it tied itself together and ended on a happier note than I thought it would. The descriptions of London at the turn of the century and the height of Occultism were spot on.
I particularly enjoyed the relationship between Simon and Robert during a time when being two gay men in a loving relationship was seriously against the law. The way they had to manoeuvre their private moments was sad, but had to be that way in that time.
If you are an eclectic listener of Audible books like I am, this is a really good addition to your library.
W. Diego

  • White Trash Zombie Gone Wild

  • By: Diana Rowland
  • Narrated by: Allison McLemore
  • Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,783
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,657
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,655

Audie Award, Paranormal, 2016. Angel finds herself in redneck hell when hordes of people descend on her hometown for the Deep South Zombie Fest - complete with zombie 5K runs, shamble-a-thons, costume contests, zombie paintball hayrides, and mock-zombie hunts. She intends to avoid the whole mess and focus on her upcoming college midterms - with the help of her stash of illicit zombie drugs - but that all changes when a decapitated body turns up at the edge of town.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Angel falls apart

  • By Mike on 10-10-15

Angel Crawford GOES WILD!!!!

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

Reviewed: 02-10-16

I seriously dig all these "White Trash Zombie" books,especially on Audible. The Narrator was made to play Angel as well as all of the other wackos who are lucky enough to have made the cut and actually get a part in these BOOKS!!
RIGHT Z.M.?
THAT'S RIGHT Z.B.!

  • My Life as a White Trash Zombie

  • By: Diana Rowland
  • Narrated by: Allison McLemore
  • Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,983
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,630
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,636

Teenage delinquent Angel Crawford lives with her redneck father in the swamps of southern Louisiana. She's a high school dropout, addicted to drugs and alcohol, and has a police record a mile long. But when she's made into a zombie after a car crash, her addictions disappear, except for her all-consuming need to stay "alive".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Surprisingly "brainy"

  • By Tango on 08-03-13

ANGEL CRAWFORD! WHITE TRASH, EATS BRAINS, LOVE IT!

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

Reviewed: 01-08-16

Would you consider the audio edition of My Life as a White Trash Zombie to be better than the print version?

Of course the audio version is better with Allison McLemore at the helm. She does a deep Southern (modern) accent without overdoing it. All her characters have a distinct voice, their own drawl. Men, women, good guys, bad guys, rich, poor,
This and the other GREAT books in the series, I would not read. It's all about the Author and the Narrator mix. I am a professional Artist and Fitness Guru. I cannot read a book while working on a large painting. Will not run without a great book moving like a movie through my head. "My Life as a White Trash Zombie", is fun, funny and oddly touching.

What was one of the most memorable moments of My Life as a White Trash Zombie?

Good Question! The memorable moments seemed to be when Angel would overcome some belief she had about herself. You know those, "I'm too poor to be at this party", "Can the other women tell I can't afford couture, or can they see my own sense of style".,"Wow, I actually pulled the skin off the head, sawed it open and took the brain out!"
Having the guts to start studying for her G.E.D.

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

Like I said above, no matter how good a book is as written by the Author, when it comes to audiobooks, it is ESSENTIAL that the Author finds a Narrator who not only understands the book, but understands the Author on a deep artistic level. Also the Narrator must be a talented actor. In an instant they must become many characters, all with different voices, attitudes, wants, needs etc. that have to come out in their voices.

MY cheers goes out to the truly dedicated and talented Narrators who add the magick that a good audio book needs in order to gather the masses.

If you could take any character from My Life as a White Trash Zombie out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Since this is the FIRST book in the series, it would have to be Angel Crawford herself. I would have hundreds of questions. "What really went through your mind when you realized that you had to eat brains or fall apart and decay like a corpse?" "What does feeling -TANKED UP- really feel like"? "Can you see yourself working up to getting out of that, white trash, label, getting you and your Father somewhere better?" "When I say better I also mean healthier, better friends, basically out of the gutter, no offense".

Any additional comments?

Both the Author and Narrator just make your root for Angel. Some people will always use her social status to bring her down. Angel gets mad and does not give up. She and her Father have a shaky relationship, but it seems to be on the up swing.
It is hard to imagine your home drive way paved with smashed beer cans, but Angel Crawford is going to turn it all around. You just wait and see.

  • Obsidian Butterfly

  • An Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter Novel
  • By: Laurell K. Hamilton
  • Narrated by: Kimberly Alexis
  • Length: 19 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,620
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,319
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,306

There are a lot of monsters in Anita Blake's life. And some of them are human. One such individual is the man she calls Edward, a bounty hunter who specializes in the preternatural. He calls her to help him hunt down the greatest evil she has ever encountered - something that kills and maims and vanishes into the night. Something Anita will have to face alone.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hmm

  • By Kari on 06-26-10

KILLER...THE BEST!!!!

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

Reviewed: 01-08-16

Loved this book like all the first ten or eleven Anita books before she became a who're.

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  • Bloody Bones

  • An Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter Novel
  • By: Laurell K. Hamilton
  • Narrated by: Kimberly Alexis
  • Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,737
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,385
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,387

When Branson, Missouri, is hit with a death wave - four unsolved murders - it doesn't take an expert to realize that all is not well. But luckily for the locals, Anita Blake is an expert in the kinds of preternatural goings-on that have everyone spooked. And she's got an "in" with the creature that can make sense of the slayings - the sexy master vampire known as Jean-Claude. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • keep on listening

  • By Patsy G. on 10-08-10

Listened to this one for the fourth or fifth time

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

Reviewed: 11-07-15

When it comes to the "Anita Blake-Vampire Hunter" series of books by Laurell K. Hamilton, follow this simple rule: THE FIRST NINE BOOKS ARE PURE GOLD IN BOTH NARRATION AND STORY. ALL THE REST ARE ABSOLUTE GARBAGE, FILLED WITH VERY POORLY WRITTEN PORNOGRAPHY AND LOTS OF IT. ANITA BECOMES A WHORE BASICALLY , NEEDING TO HAVE SEX WITH MANY MEN, MANY TIMES PER DAY.
Laurell K. Hamilton completely destroys a great cast of characters, by using her own life sexual experimentations as a template for all the books after 9 or 10.

I AM THE DUMB A_ _ WHO PURCHASED THE REST OF THE BOOKS TO SEE IF THEY WOULD GET BETTER.....................THEY DON'T.

W. DIEGO

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Warbound

  • Book III of the Grimnoir Chronicles
  • By: Larry Correia
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 17 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,271
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,804
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,787

Only a handful of people in the world know that mankind's magic comes from a living creature, and it is a refugee from another universe. The Power showed up here in the 1850s because it was running from something. Now it is 1933, and the Power's hiding place has been discovered by a killer. It is a predator that eats magic and leaves destroyed worlds in its wake. Earth is next. Former private eye Jake Sullivan knows the score. The problem is, hardly anyone believes him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Started Strong-Finished Strong

  • By Don Gilbert on 08-07-13

You've Come Along Way Baby!!!

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

Reviewed: 11-15-13

What did you love best about Warbound?

When the book was finished, I felt a sense of completion. The author brought it all together in the end. Yet, even with the comfortable finish of "completion", there we're many avenues left for the creative mind to follow and take their time. I'm waiting for the big thaw to put my two cents worth of literary finesse into an alternate finish to the book. I'M NOT WORTHY, I'M NOT WORTHY!!!!

What other book might you compare Warbound to and why?

"HARD MAGIC", because it is the first book in the series and you just have to give major credit to the author for coming up with the funniest and well read( by the narrator) character in all three books combined. Who is this person? Of course, non other than the dung heap ,red neck, devil child: Miss Sally Fae Viero!!!! Nuff Said!

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

I would not have gotten through the first chapter if not for Bronson Pinchot. Seriously, this guy sound like the 1930's, carries all the accents for a pile of characters and makes you believe that "this" is the world we live in. Bronson is right up there with James Marsters of Bufy fame and his simply amazing work on all of "Jim Butchers", "Dresden Files" novels. Best books on the planet of course.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

YES, Because I listened to the first two books hidden away from the world. I'm sure this book will take me on a long needed vacation like the other two did quite nicely.

Any additional comments?

Getting "into" the story and it's characters was actually FUN! Just the concept of derigables as our best and fastest form of transportation was a HOOT, not to mention the footnotes or beginning of chapters with long quotes from now dead important political, science and progressive historical stand outs with a slightly different message than the one's originally put to paper with ink and an important seal of some kind.But these alternative view points are exactly what would have been said, recorded and written down if our country had gone through the same situation.

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  • White Night

  • The Dresden Files, Book 9
  • By: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: James Marsters
  • Length: 14 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 17,169
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 15,126
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 15,059

In Chicago, someone has been killing practitioners of magic, those incapable of becoming full-fledged wizards. Shockingly, all the evidence points to Harry Dresden's half brother, Thomas, as the murderer. Determined to clear his sibling's name, Harry uncovers a conspiracy within the White Council of Wizards that threatens not only him, but his nearest and dearest, too.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Intrigue in The White Court

  • By Donna on 09-23-09

"White Night"...is WHITE LIGHTNING AUDIO MAGIC!

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

Reviewed: 06-12-12

Where does White Night rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

White Night is just another "knock your socks off" addition to the best audio book collection in any series or genre-"The Dresden Files" by Jim Butcher. Remember I said "audio book collection". Without the extreme mastery of James Marsters as narrator you would get the Master Composer's pages of notes, with NO orchestra to play them. Don't get me wrong, Jim Butcher is an amazing "read", but nothing compares to the team of Butcher and Marsters. PLEASE start listening to this series from the first book. Jumping in some where in the middle will just leave you with questions and confusion. This is a series to be listened to and savored. In the world of audio book entertainment, you WILL NOT find a better blending of writer and reader. Only Jim Dale of the "Harry Potter" audio series even comes close.

Who was your favorite character and why?

James Marsters IS Harry Dresden and feels like an old friend. By far this is the BEST team of writer and narrator in ANY fantasy/thriller genre. Marsters is a genius who is channeling the words, characters, amazing storyline and emotional roller coaster ride of another GENIUS!

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

I only purchased the first book in my now huge collection of audio books because James Marsters (who played "Spike" on Buffy the Vampire Slayer) was listed as the narrator. I liked the television show "The Dresden Files" and after it was unfortunately cancelled, I looked into the writer that the show was based on. This was my initiation into the world of the digital audio book. I bought the first book "Storm Front" and immediately sold my soul.

"Spike" was no where to be found. But I did find Harry Dresden, the man, the wizard and how to watch a blockbuster movie in my head. James Marsters is the ONLY narrator who can read the Dresden Files series of books. Every character has their own personality, voice and moods you can both hear and feel. He brings it all to the table, and what a feast his talent brings to the mastery of writing that is Jim Butcher.

So far it's been ONLY James Marsters reading of Jim Butcher's work that keeps me buying his work on Audible.com

Jim and James are the absolute best team in today's audio book market, and you can take that to the bank.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

"How do you fight a war and win in the Queendom of evil faeries?.....Throw a Wizard, a Cop and a Chicago land Mob Boss at 'em, that's how"!

Any additional comments?

I just read another review of the new Harry Dresden book "Ghost". Is it really true that James Marsters will not be the narrator?! If this is true, it's over for me, Jim Butcher and the rest of the series. This happened to listeners of the Laurell K. Hamilton "Anita Blake-Vampire Hunter" series of audio books. The first ten books were amazing! Both writer and narrator "Kimberly Alexis" had a groove going that had you whimpering for more.

What happened? First the writing took a serious downward swing, and then the "death blow". They changed narrators, twice! I did take a chance on the 11th book and the new narrator. What can I say but " A miss and a swing from the rookie". This lady could not do a French accent if she had a gun to her head. She whined and groaned through sixteen hours I'll never get back, not to mention the money.

This goes out to Audible.com and it's competitors. The world of people who will buy and buy and buy audio books are incredibly loyal customers. Not just anyone can read a book out loud and bring the listener along for the ride. As this type of entertainment grows, only the most talented teams of writers and narrators will prevail. We are a new kind of audience, so don't mess with us. Give us your best and we will give you our hard earned money for a product that is an actual necessity for some and a godsend for others.

NUFF SAID!

  • Burnt Offerings

  • An Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter Novel
  • By: Laurell K. Hamilton
  • Narrated by: Kimberly Alexis
  • Length: 13 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,590
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,272
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,270

Anita Blake is a vampire hunter. But when someone else sets his sights on her prey, she must save them both from the inferno.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a BLAST! Hamilton and Alexis, unstoppable!!

  • By W. on 07-11-11

What a BLAST! Hamilton and Alexis, unstoppable!!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-11-11

"Burnt offerings", Book 7 of L.K.H.'s "Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter Series" brings Anita, Jean Claude, Richard Zeeman, loyal werewolves and were-leopards against the Nightmare of the infamous "Vampire Council". This book, especially in audible.com format is a real ride. Richard and Anita are fighting, "The Circus of the Dammed" has been taken over by the "Council" and it's pick of hostages for their horrific brand of entertainment and Jean Claude's past catches up with him.
As with all the first nine "Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter Series" on audible.com books, I listen to them over and over again. Many people have complained about the music and sound effects that come up once in a while during the listen. I listen both on my computer (5 speakers), and on my Android smart phone. The difference is HUGE. Alexis sounds smoother (if that's even possible), the music and sound effects really add to the performance and bring up emotion at critical moments on my computer system.
Most people who do not like the added material are listening to the books on smart phones or MP3 players. I must say, the experience is sad in comparison. Kimberly Alexis (through no fault of her own), sounds a bit high pitched and hollow, but her talent alone saves this kind of audio format. I have to agree that the added sound and music for some reason is so loud on any and all portable devices, it makes you turn down the volume (where you can't here the narrator), or just pull out the ear buds or head phones until it's over.
I hope the people who are complaining will listen to at least one of the books on computer speakers. Even a basic set of two will prove my point about the enhanced experience with music and gunshots.
Hamilton and Alexis are a perfect team of writer and performer. Together they bring "Burnt Offerings" to life in all it's gritty tough as nails,"Anita" against the monsters she hates and holding her own with the monsters she loves in her own twisted way.Great Book!

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