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  • Thunderbird Falls

  • The Walker Papers, Book 2
  • By: C. E. Murphy
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 989
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 732
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 726

For all the bodies she's encountering, you'd think beat cop Joanne Walker works in Homicide. But no, Joanne's a reluctant shaman who last saved mankind three months ago; surely she deserves more of a break! Yet, incredibly, "Armageddon, Take Two" is mere days away.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Hhmm... I'm disappointed.

  • By Isaac on 08-17-12

Not my style

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

Reviewed: 03-09-19

I admit that the author does good stories, but the mc is to stupid to live. She start philosophizing in the middle of a fight for her life? And ends up loosing because of it? The mc is reactive, unable to plan ahead. I don’t like reactive, easily distracted mc who wins through dumb luck. Because dumb luck makes the story irrelevant. You can skip right to the point where the mc slips and wins. No need to drag it.

  • Blademage Dragontamer

  • Blademage, Book 2
  • By: Deck Davis
  • Narrated by: J. Scott Bennett
  • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 63
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 59

 

Charlie Naylor used to work in an office where he pushed paper, filled in spreadsheets, and made coffee. Now, he casts, conjures, stabs, and tames. When the demigods take over the home of the gods, Charlie finds himself hunted, and he and his friends - a half-gnome, a giant rat, the god of corn, and an old mage - must find somewhere safe. But can he survive when he crash-lands on a planet and finds himself pitted against a paranoid god and his army of dragons, a world of deadly creatures, and interplanetary pirates?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disapointing

  • By Francois on 03-08-19

Disapointing

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

Reviewed: 03-08-19

This is not a continuation of the first book. It a reset and redo. Even the title is misleading, as there is little “blademage” or “dragon taming” in the book. The author had a good slow start in the first book, and blew it in this one.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Renegades

  • Bard from Barliona, Book 1
  • By: Vasily Mahanenko, Eugenia Dmitrieva, Boris Smirnov - translator
  • Narrated by: Andrea Emmes
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 141
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132

What would happen if a professional rock musician joined a virtual MMO in search of inspiration among its game world? What would happen if she decided to play as a biota bard, a brand-new race of humanoid flora as well as a new class? Whatever would happen, it would surely be fun....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Slow start to series

  • By E. Mata on 11-03-18

The story actually start in the end

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

Reviewed: 01-15-19

It’s too long winded. The MC is in passive mode for the hole story. As far as I am concerned, this story is a total miss. Not anything close to the quality of way of the shaman.

  • A Path in the Darkness

  • Intrepid Saga Series, Book 2
  • By: M. D. Cooper
  • Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
  • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 294
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 268
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 269

The colony ship Intrepid is falling into a star. The ship's AI has lost control of the engines and core systems. Battling a saboteur who strives to isolate him, his last act is to wake Colonel Tanis Richards from stasis. Tanis finds herself alone on a dying ship, unable to contact the AI. She must discover what has happened and save the Intrepid from burning up in the star's angry red light. Even if she is successful, the journey to the colony world of New Eden is just beginning.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • What happened? From Sci-Fi to sappy romance???

  • By Katherine on 04-09-17

The mighty has fallen.

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

Reviewed: 05-15-17

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

A story. I have seen first shooter games with a better story. Like Doom or Duke Nukem. (Ps: "Monsters from -insert generic location- !! Bad! Ugly! Me shoot!" Is not a summary. It's the whole thing.)

What could M. D. Cooper have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Consistency. The bad guys win because the universe forgot some laws. Like when a nano probe, military grade, flies through an hologram, it should be able to figure out that something is wrong with the mass of the thing it is supposed to be.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

The performance can do so much.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The fist book in the series was really good. You can skip this one. You won't miss much.

Any additional comments?

This book is forced. The bad guys have been given an "i win" button and keep mashing it. Like tracking the super stealth suit that nobody knows about as if if didn't exist. Almost like they knew! Hiding behind the door is better. Right? Super military probes and training says to ignore back of doors. Said suit was "removed" from the game. It was too powerful or something. The good guys left their brains on earth in a safe box. How to stop a ship in who's cockpit you are in from leaving? Jarhead and shiny buttons comes to mind. You know, the jarhead that learned how to fly those thing? The list goes on. The first book was really good. This one? Not so much.

  • Blackhawk

  • Far Stars Legends Series, Book 1
  • By: Jay Allan
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 208
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 189
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 188

Blackhawk: a wanderer, a man running from a dark and sinister past. A genetically-engineered warrior, a capable and accomplished killer, he is also a lost soul, a man who has fled to the deepest reaches of space seeking his true identity. The Far Stars: the farthest extent of human habitation in the galaxy, a sector of a hundred inhabited worlds, it is a dangerous expanse full of pirates, mercenaries, and cutthroats.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the BEST Space Operas!

  • By Emma Aumack on 04-07-17

That one is a miss.

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

Reviewed: 05-15-17

What disappointed you about Blackhawk?

Retired super-soldier. Brain wasn't part of his previous life. It shows.

What do you think your next listen will be?

There won't be one.

Would you be willing to try another one of Jeffrey Kafer’s performances?

No.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Boredom.

Any additional comments?

Too many stereotypes.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Sector Eight

  • Perimeter Defense, Book 1
  • By: Michael Atamanov
  • Narrated by: Neil Hellegers
  • Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 695
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 638
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 638

A strange body that refuses to obey you; a weird game you can't quit until your contract expires; a world teeming with powerful and very real enemies. The game in which your reputation and faction relationship are the only things that matter. These are the conditions of the agreement Ruslan signs without reading. The only thing he remembers is that he's been contracted to command a space fleet in a brand-new game he knows nothing about. Objective: to survive for six months.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good story. Super bad audio.

  • By Francois on 06-17-16

Good story. Super bad audio.

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

Reviewed: 06-17-16

If you could sum up Sector Eight in three words, what would they be?

1second pause after each sentence. Every sentenses with the same intonation. Is that even a human reading? This is horrible. No quality control on this one.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Sector Eight?

I read the book. I know this story is really good.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Neil Hellegers?

Someone did a bad job with the audio. If i were M. Hellengers, I would be quite upset.

Any additional comments?

I think the audio format is damaged or raw. Wait for a corrected version or read the book.

31 of 36 people found this review helpful

  • Spider's Trap

  • By: Jennifer Estep
  • Narrated by: Lauren Fortgang
  • Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 755
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 700
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 695

One important lesson I've learned in the assassination business is that to be the best, you have to roll with the punches. Now that I'm queen of Ashland's underworld - by default, not by choice - a lot more punches are being thrown my way. But I suppose that's the price of victory for taking down some of the underworld's top dogs. Good thing I have my Ice and Stone magic to help me survive my volatile new position.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • It's like reading a scripted template.

  • By Francois on 08-01-15

It's like reading a scripted template.

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

Reviewed: 08-01-15

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

No. I feel like listening the exact same story, over and over. Like a scripted episode in a never ending story. Like "Perry Rhodan" or "Service de surveillance des planètes primitives" (french, can't find the english version)

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

Nice work on the narrator's acting.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

No. I would wait for the Netflix release.

Any additional comments?

Gin Blanco is always running out of magic juice against opponents that have unlimited supplies. This is happening in every book. She is the waekest elemental and too dumb to learn. It feels like this series end in book 5 with Mab's death. After that, it's like reading the same story with the super- villain's name changing. As if the book is written by someone esle with a template, like Startrek.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Deadly Spells

  • Prospero's War, Book 3
  • By: Jaye Wells
  • Narrated by: Morgan Hallett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 220
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 200
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 199

USA Today best-selling author Jaye Wells pens urban fantasies brimming with nonstop action and wit. When a dirty-magic coven leader is found murdered, Detective Kate Prospero must hunt down the killer - but it's the nosy reporter with an axe to grind who may be the greater threat.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Lots of potential, no result.

  • By Francois on 04-26-15

Lots of potential, no result.

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

Reviewed: 04-26-15

What could Jaye Wells have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

The backbone story line is good. But as usual, the main charater's worst enemy is herself.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Deadly Spells?

Every drama queen scenes, that is 60% of the book.

Any additional comments?

The lack of character evolution is only forgivable in the first book. Characters regression change the category of this book from fantasy to drama.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful