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  • Arcanum Unbounded: The Cosmere Collection

  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
  • Length: 22 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 10,230
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9,539
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 9,508

An all-new Stormlight Archive novella, "Edgedancer", is the crown jewel of Arcanum Unbounded: The Cosmere Collection, the first audiobook of short fiction by number one New York Times best-selling author Brandon Sanderson. The collection includes nine works in all. Originally published on Tor.com and elsewhere individually, these wonderful tales convey the expanse of the Cosmere and tell exciting tales of adventure Sanderson fans have come to expect.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Where to Find It (chapter #'s for stories)

  • By V. Smith on 07-25-18

Anthology/Campanion Hybrid

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

Reviewed: 11-20-17

This is a must have collection for Cosmere Fans. It's a blend of short stories and Campanion information. Entertaining and informative on Cosmere lore and magics.

  • Joe Ledger: Special Ops

  • By: Jonathan Maberry
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,488
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,395
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,390

Captain Joe Ledger - former cop, former Army Ranger, and currently the top-kick of Echo Team, an elite squad of first-class shooters who roll out to face down the world's most dangerous terrorists. Not fanatics with explosive vests or political hostage takers. Joe and his team square off against terrorists who have the most advanced and exotic weapons of mass destruction, designer bioweapons, cutting-edge transgenics…real mad-scientist stuff.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 9 Joe Ledger short stories

  • By MJ on 01-05-15

It's Joe Ledger. 'Nuff said

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

Reviewed: 07-21-15

I'm not going to get into all the specifics of all the shirt stories. This will be a very short, to the point review.

This was typical Jonathan Maberry - - by typical I mean; action packed, full stories filled to the brim with deep characters and fantastic storytelling.

This was also typical Ray Porter - - as in, he reads with incredible passion and becomes the characters, taking the already enthralling world Jonathan has built to a whole new level.

  • FREE Yesterday's Gone: Season 1 - Episode 1

  • By: Sean Platt, David Wright
  • Narrated by: Ray Chase, R. C. Bray, Brian Holsopple, and others
  • Length: 2 hrs and 55 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,902
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,589
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,585

Can humanity survive what it never saw coming? On October 15 at 2:15 a.m. Earth vanished. A scattered few woke alone in a world with no rules, other than survival at any cost. These survivors aren't truly alone... Someone or something is watching them. And waiting... Strangers unite. Sides are chosen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • BEER BATTERED BULL SH@@

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 08-31-14

Enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 07-17-15

I enjoyed both the story and the performances. I will be picking up the complete first season and will give a full review then. For now though, I say grab this free story and give it a go. Intriguing plot being developed, and an ending that left me wanting more.

  • The Godling Chronicles: The Sword of Truth, Book 1

  • By: Brian D. Anderson
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 12 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 935
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 864
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 871

Darkness comes as a new power rises in Angrääl. The Dark Knight has betrayed the Gods and stolen The Sword of Truth, trapping them in heaven. With the power of the Sword he can reshape the world and bring death to all who oppose him. Only one thing stands between the darkness and the light. Gewey Stedding. Only he has the power to stand against the oncoming storm. Only he can mend the world. But only if he can discover his power....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • More for YA

  • By C.Cottrell on 09-22-16

Gods, and elves, and Half-men. Oh my!

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

Reviewed: 07-16-15

Any additional comments?

Gewey has always been a God, only he didn't know it. Found by Lee Starfinder, who is a half-god, when Gewey was only infant; He was raised as a man by a simple farmer. An ominous Enemy known as the Dark Knight has stolen the Sword of Truth, thus putting the world in danger and the young God is the key to victory. Though it's a fairly unoriginal story, it's engaging and the storytelling is very good. I really enjoyed the story and where it was going. It's sort of a blend between Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time, Terry Goodkind's Sword of Truth, and the Hercules mythos.

I'm a fan of Derek Perkins, the performer for this novel. I've enjoyed all the works I heard by him, his voice fits the genre very well. There's never any echoes or background noise, and he very well spoken and easy to understand. Look very much forward to hearing more from the man.

It's a shame book 2 isn't included in Amazon Unlimited or their Whispersync service, if it were, I would go on to book 2. However, the ubrupt ending, or lack thereof, ruined what was a great book. I am an avid believer that every book should have a complete story and conclusion. This book left a brutal cliffhanger, leaving me with no satisfaction or closure whatsoever.

I will note, they now have an Omnibus edition on Audible that includes books 1-3 that may be of better value, and with less open ended frustration. If you are a fan of Fantasy, I say grab it if only for Perkins' performance.

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  • The Strain

  • By: Guillermo Del Toro, Chuck Hogan
  • Narrated by: Ron Perlman
  • Length: 13 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,072
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,818
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,821

The visionary creator of the Academy Award-winning Pan's Labyrinth and a Hammett Award-winning author bring their imaginations to this bold, epic novel about a horrifying battle between man and vampire that threatens all humanity. It is the first installment in a thrilling trilogy and an extraordinary international publishing event.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Could be better but still a worthy vampire yarn

  • By Mark on 08-17-09

A doctor, a Romanian, and Vampire walk into a bar

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

Reviewed: 07-16-15

Any additional comments?

This book has been on my short list for quite some time. It kept getting moved back for no reason in particular. Other things I was more excited about took precedence. Beyond the fact there are vampires and it is now a TV series, I didn't know much about this book. I enjoy a well imagined vampire, so I jumped in with hopes high.

An international flight landed at JFK and, before pulling up to the gate, goes completely dark and stops moving. After repeated attempts the contact the pilot, they finally manage to make their way onto the dark, ominous plane. Upon entering, they discover it to be full of bodies. There was no sign of a struggle and all the victims seemed completely drained of blood. Officials quickly contact the Center for Disease Control in hopes to discover and, if need be, contain whatever caused the deaths. Dr. Eph Goodweather of the CDC Canary Team, soon discovers the terrifying truth of what they face. Vampires are real, and they are ruthless.

This story is a slow burn. It starts off with some excitement then quickly slows to a snail's pace. I understand that there is almost always a lull at the beginning of a story, events and characters needs explained and introduced. However, this was hard to stick with in the beginning and it's not until a little over halfway through that it really started to get exciting. Once events really start to unravel, it more than makes up for the slow start. The liberties the authors take on their view of vampires is pretty cool and a little different. I will say, these are vampires I wouldn't want to meet.

I really like Ron Perlman, he is Hellboy after all. That being said, I did not care for his narration as a whole. He has a great voice that fits the narrative perfectly, and he reads smoothly and is easy to understand. His dialogue however is a different story entirely. While he did a great job with the Romanian vampire hunter and Eph, most of the characters sounded the same. I often found it hard to distinguish between his readings of male and female characters. There were numerous occasions I found myself thinking one character was talking, when in reality it was a completely different character.

All said, I enjoyed this book and plan to read the next one. If you like vampires, read this story. There is plenty of blood-draining deliciousness to sate your appetite.

  • The Jewel of Dantenos

  • The FREE Lee Starfinder Adventure: from the World of the Godling Chronicles, Book 0.5
  • By: Brian D. Anderson
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 1 hr and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,614
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,264
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,268

Filled with confidence and no small measure of arrogance, young Lee Starfinder, along with Millet Gristall, set off on their very first adventure. Lee quickly discovers that life beyond Hazrah can be far deadlier than he could have ever imagined. And soon he must learn that muscle and steel cannot replace loyalty, bravery and friendship.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • guess just not me

  • By Hunter on 06-07-17

Enjoyable prequel

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

Reviewed: 07-07-15

I liked this little story. Lee Starfinder sets out to get more training. He ends up being; duped, abducted, threatened, and a hero.

Derek Perkins is quickly rising as one of my favorite narrators. His talent teamed with the story has me downloaded Book 1, The Sword of Truth, as I type this.

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  • You Have to F--king Eat

  • By: Adam Mansbach
  • Narrated by: Bryan Cranston
  • Length: 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,063
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,749
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,724

Emmy Award-winning actor Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad, Malcom in the Middle) follows in the exasperated footsteps of Samuel L. Jackson, giving voice to the long-suffering father whose indifferent child will just not eat in this hilarious follow-up to Adam Mansbach's international best seller, Go the F--k to Sleep.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another role that Bryan Cranston plays to a T.

  • By Darren on 11-12-14

Very funny

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

Reviewed: 07-07-15

My wife and I got a huge kick out of this! Brian Cranston nails it.

  • Poison

  • The Fate's Forsaken Prequel Novella
  • By: Shae Ford
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 2 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 333
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 322
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 322

Years before the Whispering War, there was a girl named Olivia. Her family murdered, her home destroyed -- a darkness she can't control. Olivia has never quite fit in amongst the lords and ladies of the seas... but things are about to get worse. Forced into the service of a powerful enemy, she must use her gifts to kill. The darkness grows fiercer with every step; each murder drags her closer to edge of villainy. Only one force in the Kingdom might have the power to save her, but she knows it's too late. Olivia has already fallen to the darkness -- into the jaws of a monster she calls The Poison.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining prequel

  • By Nathan Tullis on 07-01-15

Entertaining prequel

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

Reviewed: 07-01-15

I found this book by searching the narrator, Derek Perkins. I thought he did a great job with the Sovereign of the Seven Isles books by David Wells and I wanted to try more. The fact that this was a free novella was a bug bonus. The story was short, entertaining, and we'll written. I look forward to Shae Ford's Harbinger, book 1 of The Fate's Forsaken series.

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  • The Fold

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,865
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,805
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 28,757

The folks in Mike Erikson's small New England town would say he's just your average, everyday guy. And that's exactly how Mike likes it. Sure, the life he's chosen isn't much of a challenge to someone with his unique gifts, but he's content with his quiet and peaceful existence. That is, until an old friend presents him with an irresistible mystery, one that Mike is uniquely qualified to solve.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By Mohannad Ahmed on 03-10-18

Another enthralling tale by Peter Clines

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

Reviewed: 06-29-15

Any additional comments?

Meet Lelan “Mike” Erikson, a brilliant man with an eidetic memory who has dedicated his life to teaching high school literature. This may seem odd for a man with Mike’s gifts, but he just wants a normal life. His normal life was going pretty well, too, despite his best friend continuously trying to recruit him to DARPA. Until the day came that Reggie Magnus, the aforementioned best friend and big wig at DARPA, offered him a job on a secret project to which he could not say no.

Enter the Albuquerque Door, the secret project that is up for a renewal of funds from DARPA. It is Mike’s job to ensure Reggie the door works and is worthy of all the financing. The Albuquerque Door project uses a homemade supercomputer to run equations that opens a “fold” in dimensions, which they are using to travel instantly from one point to another. Mike was awestruck by the things he saw in his short time with the project, and everything seemed to be working as advertised, though he did suspect the group did not actually understand how it worked. Then the day came when one of the members of the team took his 85th trip through the gate. Upon stepping through the “exit”, something went terribly wrong; he was deformed and in pain, had a recent stab wound in his side, and had injuries a year old that he did not have when he entered the door. They feared the worst. They suspected that instead of you stepping through the door, you actually step into a separate reality and that reality’s you steps out. Rest assured, Mr. Clines explains that in a much more elegant way than me. Things go from bad to worse, and in a hurry. Objects are doubling, the gateway is staying open by itself, green cockroaches with an extra appendage are appearing, and a surprise visit from an old friend the group had thought “lost” forever.

This enthralling tale was made all the more engrossing with Ray Porter’s narration. The man commands attention when he reads, I willingly and gladly give it. He speaks with passion and voice that is second to none. If you haven’t experienced Mr. Porter’s exceptional skills, do yourself a favor… Listen to anything he has done, I promise you won’t be sorry you spent the time.

Between the thrilling storytelling by Peter Clines and exceptional performance by Ray Porter, I couldn’t take the earbuds out! A great audiobook that will be revisited again, at least once. An exciting story with surprising twists and quantum donuts, I strongly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading or listening.

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  • The Academy

  • Lost Tales of Power, Book 2
  • By: Vincent Trigili
  • Narrated by: Jack de Golia
  • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30

The Empire had fallen, and the Imperial Navy was disbanded leaving James with nothing but his nightmares to remind him of the role he once played in The Great War. James must now face his new life in a new era where science and technology must share the stage with sorcery and wizardry, and a new ever-present shadow of evil lurks over the remnants of the once great Empire. A new generation of warriors will be needed to fight this battle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Second Book in Series Narrated by Jack

  • By PerryMartinBookReviews on 01-18-15

Fun world(s) filled with lasers, magic, and love

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

Reviewed: 06-29-15

Any additional comments?

As a member of the Imperial Navy stationed on the Dragon Claw, James played a very important role in The Great War. Now that he has resigned, all James has left of that time are the nightmares. With the opening of Grand Master Vydor’s school, the Academy, James decides to apply. Despite not liking the odds with several million applying every year and only one thousand accepting, he made the cut. Shortly after arriving, James was made a leader of his own team of Prospects — the lowest ranking at The Academy — which he took very seriously. Over the following seven years, his team ranked among the top of the class and broke many records. Upon discovering why the school teaches the way they do, James was quickly promoted to Apprentice Wizard. As part of the graduation from prospect to student, all those moving forward are told what their mastery is. James was a Spell Weaver, the rarest of the magical focuses. Being the only other Spell Weaver other than Vydor, he was the next in line to be Grand Master. As such, he became a huge target for the rival and want to be conquerors, the Sorcerers. Things escalate quickly for Shadow Weaver, the name James takes upon learning his power, and his friends. Patti, also known as Flame, a woman whom James has been in school with for 10 years invited him to visit her planet and meet her parents. It turns out Patti’s mother was under the influence of an evil creature, all to get Shadow Weaver. That’s when everything falls into place and the story really gets rolling. There’s kidnapping, attacks on planets, unlikely heroes, and hooded and mysterious Magi who seem to know more about the Spell Weaver than he knows about himself, and they seem to have put some major events into motion.

Jack De Golia took the helm as narrator for this story and he did a great job. Again, I was pleased and impressed at his talent for voices, every single character is easily recognized. His reading of The Academy was more fluid than what I remember from The Enemy of an Enemy, which was my only complaint about his previous performance. With such an improvement in just one book, I will definitely be keeping my eye on Jack.

Overall, I really liked this audio book. While I enjoyed the first book, this one is definitely an improvement in both writing and storytelling, and in the narration. I would also like to add that Mr. Trigili did a great job of mixing the magic of Fantasy and the interplanetary space travel of Sci-Fi together. It never seems out of place when someone is wielding wands in a star ship landing bay, or others are throwing fireballs down hallways. Give this a go, it’s very entertaining and the world being created by Vincent Trigili gets more and more intriguing.