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  • Wraith Knight

  • Three Worlds, Book 1
  • By: C. T. Phipps
  • Narrated by: Kevin T. Collins
  • Length: 12 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 101
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 97

The King Below, Enemy of the World, is dead. Will his successor save the world...or rule it? Jacob Riverson was once the greatest hero of an age. Cut down during what should have been the final battle against the King Below, he was condemned to centuries of torment as a Wraith Knight in the service of said monster. With the destruction of his master, Jacob finds his free will returning and discovers he is in a world torn by civil war between the King Below's former slaves and the heroes who "saved" them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Incredible start to a Dark Fantasy series.

  • By Steve H. Caldwell on 02-01-17

Zombies with a Twist of Bukowski

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

Reviewed: 03-20-18

Just finished the Audiobook of this one and left my review on Amazon (because when you read a book that is what you should do). It was narrated by Kevin T. Collins ... I have heard Kevin read a different book, and thought it was a little overly-dramatic, but he was absolutely perfect for this book. The snark is real, and he brought the main character to life in a way that other voices might not have pulled off.

This reads like two entirely different books in one. This review is of the audiobook, just for clarity, and the narrator did a good job of creating a sarcastic, snarky voice to fit the protagonist, who is a writer - of sorts - in an America overrun with zombies. This reads enough like a memoir written by a Bukowski character to lend it a solid anchor in reality - historical tidbits tossed in about the Bay Area, and Boston, logical outcomes of world disasters, and predictable actions by bureaucrats and Americans of all flavors.

On one hand it's a young man's never-coming-of-age story, filled with relationships, mostly failed one way or another, angst, bad decisions and worse outcomes - a life that would kill most people, or just turn them into liver-swollen brain-dead mush at a young age, but with a thin lifeline of words and writing holding it all together to the end.

On the other hand it's a zombie novel, with a solid world-building base and a good story, leading to a satisfying conclusion that ALMOST makes you wish there was a sequel, just to find out how the author might handle a Bukowskian drunk writer who was also a zombie... Well worth the read, walking a thin line between genre and literary fiction. Zomlitfic? Well done.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

  • By: Frederick Douglass
  • Narrated by: Walter Covell
  • Length: 3 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 263
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 215
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 214

Frederick Douglass was an American abolitionist, women's suffragist, editor, orator, author, statesman and reformer. He was called both "The Sage of Anacostia" and "The Lion of Anacostia" and is one of the most prominent figures in African-American history and United States history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book!

  • By Mama C on 03-05-11

I could not make it past the introductory material

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

Reviewed: 02-22-17

I think the narrator was wholly unsuited to this book, and I was absolutely unable to continue. I have since purchased the book with a different narrator. I realize this is a subjective thing, but this reminded me of a "b" grade version of the narrator from the old Fractured Fairy Tales on the Bullwinkle and Rocky show...

  • The Rules of Supervillainy

  • The Supervillainy Saga Volume 1
  • By: C.T. Phipps
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 6 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,263
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,048
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,042

Gary Karkofsky is an ordinary guy with an ordinary life living in an extraordinary world. Supervillains, heroes, and monsters are a common part of the world he inhabits. Yet, after the death of his hometown's resident superhero, he gains the amazing gift of the late champion's magical cloak. Deciding he prefers to be rich rather than good, Gary embarks on a career as Merciless: The Supervillain Without Mercy. But is he evil enough to be a villain in America's most crime-ridden city?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun!

  • By erobbins33 on 11-29-16

An Absolutely Entertaining Book

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

Reviewed: 06-14-16

In a time when there are so many movies, books, stories and TV programs involving super heroes and super villains, The Rules of Supervillainy stands out. The story is fresh, funny and satirical, while still managing to retain a measure of poignancy that hits in unexpected moments.

Gary (Merciless - the Supervillain Without Mercy) is a great guy. The complex relationships that evolve over the course of this book are rendered even more impressive by the fact the timespan of the story (with the exception of one temporal leap) is less than a week. Well written.

Jeffrey Kafer's narration is perfect for this - his handling of characters voices is smooth and unobtrusive, and his smart-aleck delivery of the protagonists voice, thoughts, and conversations with his magical cloak are spot on.

As a voracious consumer of audiobooks, and one who has already got at least three books by favorite authors on the mp3 player, the highest praise I can give this book is that I'm going to buy Volume 2 and listen to it before I move on to anything else. Have to find out what happens next.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Turn of the Screw

  • By: Henry James
  • Narrated by: Emma Thompson, Richard Armitage - introduction
  • Length: 4 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,223
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,087
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2,076

Academy Award, Golden Globe, and Emmy winner Emma Thompson lends her immense talent and experienced voice to Henry James' Gothic ghost tale, The Turn of the Screw. When a governess is hired to care for two children at a British country estate, she begins to sense an otherworldly presence around the grounds. Are they really ghosts she's seeing? Or is something far more sinister at work?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great, but Mightn't be the Best on Audible

  • By Gillian on 03-16-16

Only Emma Stone made this bearable

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

Reviewed: 06-09-16

I fixed that wretched text with a gaze both determined and wary, fought boldly against the droop of my eyelids and chastened myself, for, twas he not a master of such ghostly fare? But lo... I succumbed to that dark boredom born of fixed bold stares and long, slow contemplation of DOING something that would never be done... I fear by this turn, a full four hours and half again are screwed.

47 of 83 people found this review helpful

  • Working Stiff

  • The Cases of Dan Shamble, Zombie P.I.: Volume 5
  • By: Kevin J. Anderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Gilboe
  • Length: 6 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 45

Back from the dead - and back on the case! Even being murdered doesn't keep a good detective down, and in the Unnatural Quarter - inhabited by ghosts, vampires, werewolves, mummies, and all sorts of creatures that go bump (or thud!) in the night - a zombie PI fits right in. Dan Chambeaux, aka "Shamble", solves a string of madcap cases with his ghost girlfriend Sheyenne, his Best Human Friend Officer Toby McGoohan, and his firebrand lawyer partner Robin Deyer.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Undead Detective lifeless narration

  • By David on 10-27-15

Undead Detective lifeless narration

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

Reviewed: 10-27-15

I tried to listen to this. I have read and loved the author's work in the past. I didn't make it past the first chapter. The narration is stilted, more like a radio announcer than a narrator. The rhythm is off, and it just feels clunky. To be fully honest on the review, as I said, I listened to less than the first chapter.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Rebel Radio: A Post-Apocalyptic Story

  • The World Burns Saga
  • By: Boyd Craven III
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 4 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122

Life after an EMP puts the US in the dark ages is not an easy one. Life is dangerous and difficult enough without humans preying on each other. Don, an alcoholic, and a gamer girl called "Z" make an odd introduction together and find themselves thrust into a survival situation neither of them are prepared to endure.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An enjoyable listen.

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 10-25-15

Interesting twist on Post-Apocalyptic fiction

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

Reviewed: 10-27-15

This is a cool little post-apocalyptic book. It's not zombies, and that is in its favor right off. The writing was solid - the characters felt real - but I thought the book could have used an editorial pass for small details, like the amount of alcohol a human can drink without hitting the alcohol poisoning level ... The narration worried me at first, as I realized it slipped back and forth from a young woman to an older man - and mostly, the voice is that of the older man. In the end, it turned out to be perfect. The tonal changes from character to character worked ... the emotions and interactions were sincere and well done. I would recommend this to readers who enjoy The Walking Dead, but are tired of zombies.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Prince Lestat

  • The Vampire Chronicles
  • By: Anne Rice
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 18 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,790
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,650
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,648

The novel opens with the vampire world in crisis… vampires have been proliferating out of control; burnings have commenced all over the world, huge massacres similar to those carried out by Akasha in The Queen of the Damned… Old vampires, roused from slumber in the earth are doing the bidding of a Voice commanding that they indiscriminately burn vampire-mavericks in cities from Paris and Mumbai to Hong Kong, Kyoto, and San Francisco.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • There is Wonderous Power in The Blood - I loved it

  • By Bruce on 11-02-14

LeStat is back, and in fine form...

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

Reviewed: 12-31-14

I'm frankly baffled by some of the negative reviews I've read here. Prince LeState does a remarkable job of dredging up nearly every loose end, relationship, and story left hanging by the other books of the Chronicles, and manages to do so in a way that blends the stories into one very neatly. Without making this a thousand page epic, I don't see how it could have been handled better - and the new material on a host of wonderful characters leaves things open for so many other stories...

This is my favorite of Anne Rice's novels since The Vampire LeStat - it feels like getting back to the roots, and I loved revisiting the cast of characters that have stretched out over all those pages.

The narration by Simon Vance is nothing short of amazing. Again, I think people reviewing this book may have something stuck in their own mind that they can't let go of. Simon is one of the most award-winning voice talents of modern day audio. He gives LeStat and Louis actual French accents behind their English - something that has not happened in earlier audio to my satisfaction. All of the characters are distinct, and there are a LOT of them, so this is important. One reviewer said they all sound English... To me, they sound like French, and Indian, and Egyptian characters who learned to speak English... from the English. Historically accurate, and perfectly executed.

I enjoyed every word of this book, and hope that we'll be back to visit LeStat and company again, now that Rice has returned to their world...

  • Murder, Sometimes

  • Jason Callahan, Book 1
  • By: Patricia Lee Macomber
  • Narrated by: Scott Russell Test
  • Length: 4 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 26

Fresh off the NYPD, Jason Callahan has his own detective agency, a nice apartment, and a secretary who doesn't drive him crazy. Jason is happy with his life. Until he meets Trina Dane, that is. Trina is that crazy lady you always worry about meeting. She's also psychic. From the minute Jason meets her, he finds himself spiraling downward into a world of ghosts, spells and demons. But Trina is also beautiful and funny and Jason can't quite force himself to stay away.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Light, Fun mystery with loveable characters

  • By David on 10-10-14

Light, Fun mystery with loveable characters

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

Reviewed: 10-10-14

If you could sum up Murder, Sometimes in three words, what would they be?

Made me smile

What other book might you compare Murder, Sometimes to and why?

Not sure that I can make a comparison, because the book crosses genres...humor, very light-hearted, some fantasy...maybe Piers Anthony writing mystery...

What does Scott Russell Test bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Scott's performance was perfect for this book. He caught the various oddball characters just right, didn't overdo it...and his timing was spot on. His voice reminded me, at times, of Johnny Heller, and at other times of Jeffrey Kafer, two narrators I enjoy.

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

Get into the SPIRIT of things

Any additional comments?

This story requires a good bit of suspension of disbelief, but it's funny, charming, witty, and the dialog is wonderful.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Ultramarathon Man

  • Confession of an All-Night Runner
  • By: Dean Karnazes
  • Narrated by: James Yaegashi
  • Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,049
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 759
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 762

Karnazes reveals the mind-boggling adventures of his nonstop treks through the hell of Death Valley, the incomprehensible frigidity of the South Pole, and the breathtaking beauty of the mountains and canyons of the Sierra Nevada.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not as self-congratulating as others have said

  • By Andrea on 07-10-09

Amazingly entertaining while running...

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

Reviewed: 05-13-14

What made the experience of listening to Ultramarathon Man the most enjoyable?

The fact that I was able to combine listening to Karnazes' achievements, and goals, and the stories of his life, while I was also out running. I'm no ultra-marathon man, but a book like this causes "connections" and was very inspiring.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Ultramarathon Man?

The thing I keep coming back to is where he was running along a road, called ahead, and ordered a pizza ... and the guy delivered it while he was still running...

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

I have not. I like his voice, but the reason I gave this four, and not five stars, is that the pauses at breaks, ans chapters were much too long. There were some issues with the production, I think.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No, just thoroughly enjoyed it, and immediately went to find more books by the same author - which I already did, and listened to.

  • The Thicket

  • By: Joe R. Lansdale
  • Narrated by: Will Collyer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 168
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 156
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 156

Jack Parker knows all too well how treacherous turn-of-the-century East Texas can be. His parents did not survive a smallpox epidemic. His grandfather was murdered. Now his sister Lula has been kidnapped by a criminal who may believe wearing a dead man's clothes protects them both from death. With bounty hunter Shorty, a charismatic and cunning dwarf, and Eustace, a gravedigging son of an ex-slave, the heartbroken young Jack sets off on an epic quest to rescue his sister from the corrupt men who control much of the new territory.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lansdale will knock you out!

  • By Matthew Ortiz on 01-12-14

A quirky Western Adventure with bite

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

Reviewed: 01-16-14

If you could sum up The Thicket in three words, what would they be?

Weird Wild West

Who was your favorite character and why?

"Shorty" the midget bounty hunger, because he had a quick temper, a quicker mind, and a very broad grasp of life, and the world. He improved his lot in life by dreaming.

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

This is Will's coming of age story. While reality whittles away at his high moral standards, and the things he believed he knew about it, it hands him the tools and relationships to forge stronger beliefs of his own. He's honest, true, and a real-world sort of hero in the making.

Who was the most memorable character of The Thicket and why?

Hog, because how many times do you get a supporting character that is a wild, smelly animal treated like one of the team?

Any additional comments?

This book reminds of the author's "The Magic Wagon," and treats the old west in a very realistic way, as opposed to the fast-shooting, trail-riding westerns that line most bookstore shelves. Gritty, and strange, littered with memorable characters and unforgettable action. A great book.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful