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kettering, OH, United States
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  • Sandman Slim

  • By: Richard Kadrey
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,433
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,954
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,966

When he was 19, James Stark was considered to be one of the greatest natural magicians, a reputation that got him demon-snatched and sent downtown - to Hell - where he survived as a gladiator, a sideshow freak entertaining Satan's fallen angels. That was 11 years ago. Now, the hitman who goes only by Stark has escaped and is back in L.A. Armed with a fortune-telling coin, a black bone knife, and an infernal key, Stark is determined to destroy the magic circle.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!

  • By Hallie on 04-24-12

Love it, despite pretentions

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

I really enjoyed this book. Occasionally the authors popculture name dropping can be tedious. But on the whole it was a satisfying and interesting read

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms

  • Inheritance Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: N. K. Jemisin
  • Narrated by: Casaundra Freeman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,734
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,551
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,564

Yeine Darr is an outcast from the barbarian north. But when her mother dies under mysterious circumstances, she is summoned to the majestic city of Sky. There, to her shock, Yeine is named an heiress to the king. But the throne of the Hundred Thousand Kingdoms is not easily won, and Yeine is thrust into a vicious power struggle.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great Writing, Fantastic Worldbuilding

  • By Bleu on 02-02-14

well written, well structured, lovely reader.

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

Reviewed: 02-25-18

I really enjoyed this novel. good characters, good pace, great reader. enough structure, complexity and literary merit to hold it together. a gem.

  • The World Walker

  • The World Walker Series, Book 1
  • By: Ian W. Sainsbury
  • Narrated by: Todd Boyce
  • Length: 12 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,474
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,387
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,390

Just outside Los Angeles, a prisoner hidden away for 70 years sits up, gets off the bed and disappears through a solid wall. In Australia, a magician impresses audiences by producing real elephants. Nobody realizes it's not an illusion. Across the world, individuals and organizations with supernatural power suddenly detect the presence of something even they can't understand. At the center of it all, Seb Varden, a 32-year old musician with a secret in his past, slits his wrists, is shot dead and run over on the freeway.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Stuff

  • By DobieChuck on 01-15-17

DUDE! GET AN EDITOR.

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

Reviewed: 02-13-18

I am really shocked how many people love this book. I have rarely listen to a novel with so many worthless details,I would say fully a third of the book could be cut with no impact to the story. I was so bored. Why so many pointless flashbacks, why were there flashbacks inside the flashbacks. Why was Satan girl featured in flashbacks and then turned it to be a boring pointless side character. Why shoot the dog, it’s just a cheap trick. Why did we have to hear about the Italian coffee shop guy’s memory for names, did he really need backstory? The whole thing was written so amateurishly. The author needs an editor to tell him to cut all that dumb BS out.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Pathfinder Tales: Shy Knives

  • By: Sam Sykes
  • Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
  • Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

Shaia "Shy" Ratani is a clever rogue who makes her living outside of strictly legal methods. While hiding out in the frontier city of Yanmass, she accepts a job solving a nobleman's murder, only to find herself sucked into a plot involving an invading centaur army that could see the whole city burned to the ground. Shy could stop that from happening, but doing so would involve revealing herself to the former friends who now want her dead.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • pretty good

  • By chuck on 11-03-16

pretty good

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

Reviewed: 11-03-16

who was a good solid story perhaps not entirely inspired but I enjoyed it very much

  • Butcher Bird

  • A Novel of the Dominion
  • By: Richard Kadrey
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis 60
  • Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 342
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 317
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 321

Spyder Lee is a happy man who lives in San Francisco and owns a tattoo shop. One night an angry demon tries to bite his head off before he's saved by a stranger. The demon infected Spyder with something awful - the truth. He can suddenly see the world as it really is: full of angels and demons and monsters and monster-hunters. A world full of black magic and mysteries. These are the Dominions, parallel worlds full of wonder, beauty, and horror

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another entertaining piece by Kadrey!

  • By Tobias E. Queen (Voice For Hire) on 02-19-15

terrible reader, good story.

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

Reviewed: 03-01-16

get the paperback of this one. I liked the story, but the reader is somewhere between garrison keeler and Jimmy Stuart. just not right for a horror novel.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Pirate's Promise

  • By: Chris A. Jackson
  • Narrated by: John Pruden
  • Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62

Torius Vin is perfectly happy with his life as a pirate captain, sailing the Inner Sea in search of plunder with a bold crew of buccaneers and Celeste, his snake-bodied navigator and one true love. Yet when he's invited into a network of spies working against the slave trade, can Torius continue to choose the path of piracy? Or will he sign on as an abolitionist privateer, bringing freedom to others at the price of his own?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a secret spy thriller

  • By Anonymous User on 10-15-18

well written well read

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

Reviewed: 12-29-15

I really enjoyed this book. the expansion of the characters back story made sense and I really enjoyed the plotline.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Spell Blind

  • The Case Files of Justis Fearsson, Book 1
  • By: David B. Coe
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 587
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 542
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 545

Justis Fearsson is a private investigator on the trail of a serial killer in Phoenix, Arizona. Justis is also a weremyste - a person with a wizard’s gifts and the ability to see into the paranormal world. Unfortunately, weremystes also tend to go crazy on the full moon - which is why Justis is no longer a cop. Hard to explain those absences as anything but mental breakdown. But now an old case from his police detective days has come back to haunt him, literally, as a serial killer known as the Blind Angel strikes again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great new entry into the Urban Fantasy landscape

  • By The Bookwyrm Speaks on 08-18-15

Too much annoying drama

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

Reviewed: 02-03-15

I found the characters to be so irritating. The main character made so many dumb decisions. Bronson pichot's performance was lovely as always, but he only had annoying dialog to work with. I found myself hoping the bad guy won. It was like a not good Dresden Files.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Foundation

  • Valdemar: Collegium Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Mercedes Lackey
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,013
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 786
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 792

In this chronicle of the early history of Valdemar, Mercedes Lackey's best-selling world, a 13 year-old orphan named Magpie escapes a life of slavery in the gem mines when he is chosen by one of the magical Companion horses of Valdemar to be trained as a Herald. Thrust into the center of a legend in the making, Magpie discovers talents he never knew he had - and witnesses the founding of the great Heralds' Collegium.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • great for kids

  • By Wyonia on 10-17-08

Not good, don't bother.

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

Reviewed: 05-10-14

The noy dramatic tension in the while novel is in the last chapter. The characters are one dimensional. It was as if a small part of a story had been inflated to a whole novel. Even for mercades lackey it really sucked.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Steadfast

  • Elemental Masters, Book 8
  • By: Mercedes Lackey
  • Narrated by: Carmela Corbett
  • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 231
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 210
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 213

The new novel in Mercedes Lackey’s best-selling series of an alternative Edwardian Britain, where magic is real - and Elemental Masters are in control. Lionel Hawkins is a magician whose act is only partially sleight of hand. The rest is real magic. He’s an Elemental Magician with the power to persuade the Elementals of Air to help him create amazing illusions. It doesn’t take long before his assistant, acrobat Katie Langford, notices that he’s no ordinary magician - and for Lionel to discover that she’s no ordinary acrobat, but rather an untrained and unawakened Fire Magician.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Just doesn't have any spark

  • By Pj Reviews on 08-06-15

So boring...

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

Reviewed: 03-09-14

Really not worth your time, I'm a Mercedes lackey fan and I have no illusions that she produces great literature. But wow this book was terrible, boring plot, uninspired characters, pointless rape scene, no interesting magical world building tidbits. The most frustrating part was that the plot and main character were almost completely recycled from another of the elemental masters books. Also the narrator mispronounced a lot of words, I'm not talking about accents but actually said words wrong, although her voice acting was pretty good.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Introvert Advantage

  • How to Thrive in an Extrovert World
  • By: Marti Olsen Laney PsyD
  • Narrated by: Tamara Marston
  • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,763
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,531
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,515

The Introvert Advantage dispels common myths about introverts - they’re not necessarily shy, aloof, or antisocial - and explains how they are hardwired from birth to focus inward, so outside stimulation such as chitchat, phone calls, parties, or office meetings can easily become "too much". Most importantly, it thoroughly refutes many introverts’ belief that something is wrong with them. Instead, it helps them recognize their inner strengths - their analytical skills, ability to think outside the box, and strong powers of concentration.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If you're an Introvert or not sure, you must read.

  • By Raul on 12-07-13

Still wondering what the advantage is

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

Reviewed: 01-31-14

This book left me stressed out and frustrated. At no point did I feel convinced there was any advantage to being an introvert. And most of her advice for dealing with workplace issues would leave my coworkers thinking I was utterly insane. Very disappointed.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful