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  • Twinborn Chronicles

  • Awakening
  • By: J.S. Morin
  • Narrated by: Shawn Compton
  • Length: 66 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 967
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 912
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 912

Kyrus Hinterdale is about to get drawn into a conflict. His discovery that the world in his dreams is real, and that his twin within that world dreams of him, sets him off on a quest of self-discovery that could reshape two worlds. He is not alone with this special vision. Others like him had been at it far longer, working secret plots and stealing secrets from one world to take advantage in the other. Caught in the middle of an ancient conflict, Kyrus and his twin, Brannis, must discover who can be trusted, who must be watched, and who is out to kill them.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story.. TERRIBLE PERFORMANCE/EDITING

  • By LostInLife on 11-16-17

Was this recorded in a basement?

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

Reviewed: 09-26-17

I'm going to start by saying that the story was actually pretty decent. The hard part is getting that far. I really wish there was a way to rate the performance and the production quality separately. I think Shawn Compton did a good job. He's not my favorite narrator, but he's no where near the bottom of the pile.

I don't know if the issue was the equipment or the editing. I find it hard to believe that someone listened to this before release and said "sounds great! Ship it!" Some chapters are almost unlistenable (is that a word) and I had to skip them. The best way I can describe them would be to Mr Compton was required to hold a pillow over his face while that chapter was recorded. Why? I don't know. Someone should have caught this when editing. It's very inconsistent and varies by chapter. One chapter may be just fine, but the next? Screamed into a pillow for some reason.

Some of the lines sounded different mid sentence, as though they were rerecorded later on and added in. There's also a lot of background noise. You can hear pages turning, someone shuffling papers, drinking, and what sounds like a spoon stirring a hot drink (I'd like to think Shawn had tea) and hitting the side of the mug.

The worst one was the 8 minutes of near silence that takes place after a chapter finishes in book 2. I say near silence because you can hear many of the things I mentioned above taking place over the 8 minutes before the next chapter starts. Breathing, drinking, what sounds like someone else talking far away from the mic.

Regardless, someone should have caught all of this before we had the chance to hear it. Of the hundreds of books I've listened to on Audible this is the first time I've come across such a poor production of a book. If I was the author J S Morin I would be livid that someone did this to my book.

  • The Adventures of Tom Stranger, Interdimensional Insurance Agent

  • By: Larry Correia
  • Narrated by: Adam Baldwin
  • Length: 2 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,012
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,408
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,395

Have you ever seen a planet invaded by rampaging space mutants from another dimension or Nazi dinosaurs from the future? Don't let this happen to you! Rifts happen, so you should be ready when universes collide. A policy with Stranger & Stranger can cover all of your interdimensional insurance needs. Rated "Number One in Customer Satisfaction" for three years running, no claim is too big or too weird for Tom Stranger to handle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Someone owes me a new keyboard

  • By Aimee M on 05-24-16

I laughed.

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

Reviewed: 06-14-16

It's been a long time since a book made me laugh out loud. Many make me smile, but this book actually made me laugh. Not just once, several times. For that alone I recommend this book.

However, this book also made me long for something I never knew I would long for. Not a reality where Firefly was never cancelled. I long for that all the time. I long for a reality where Adam Baldwin is President.

Tom Stranger, if you're reading this review, where can I send you my resume? I fought with Commander Shepard against the Reapers. I have references!

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • A Vow of Glory

  • The Sorcerer's Ring, Book 5
  • By: Morgan Rice
  • Narrated by: Wayne Farrell
  • Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 306
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 272
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 272

In A Vow of Glory, Thor embarks with his Legion friends on an epic quest into the vast wilds of the Empire to try to find the ancient Destiny Sword and save the Ring. Thor's friendships deepen, as they journey to new places, face unexpected monsters and fight side by side in unimaginable battle. They encounter exotic lands, creatures, and peoples beyond which they could have ever imagined, each step of their journey fraught with increasing danger.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Riveting! Many twists. Best narrator I"ve heard!

  • By Ivathek on 07-20-16

I expect this is the last I read in the series.

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

Reviewed: 01-19-15

This series has turned in to a mediocre romp through an generic world with stereotypical characters. Everything that has happened in the last few books has been completely predictable. The character sometimes follow their stereotypes so closely that it adds a touch of unintentional humor.

Evil king is evil. Both of them. Thor's friends blindly follow him anywhere he goes. EVERYONE dies from throat related injuries. Honestly, is that the only place people in this world aim? You could turn it in to a drinking game.

Poor Eric has to deal with the worst people ever born. How many times does a girl need to be sold to inform us he loves her? And why do 3 weeks pass in his life while a year has passed for everyone else?

This isn't a bad series, not by any means. It's just not good. Wayne Farrell does a good job though.

  • The Crimson Campaign

  • The Powder Mage Trilogy, Book 2
  • By: Brian McClellan
  • Narrated by: Christian Rodska
  • Length: 20 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,699
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,479
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,474

Tamas's invasion of Kez ends in disaster when a Kez counter-offensive leaves him cut off behind enemy lines with only a fraction of his army, no supplies, and no hope of reinforcements. Drastically outnumbered and pursued by the enemy's best, he must lead his men on a reckless march through northern Kez to safety, and back over the mountains so that he can defend his country from an angry god, Kresimir.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Was Extremely Surprised!!

  • By Hassan on 05-15-14

Just as good as book 1.

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

Reviewed: 09-01-14

I've listened to a lot of books on Audible. If I made a list of the 10 most enjoyable series this would rank among them. The characters are interesting, the world is well thought out, the writing and narration are both top notch. I have nothing bad to say about this book. Hopefully there won't be year and a half wait for the 3rd in the trilogy.

  • The Shadow Throne

  • Book Two of the Shadow Campaigns
  • By: Django Wexler
  • Narrated by: Richard Poe
  • Length: 21 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 428
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 395
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 395

Anyone can plot a coup or fire an assassin's bullet. But in a world of muskets and magic, it takes considerably more to seize the throne. The ailing King of the Vordan lies on his deathbed. When he dies, his daughter, Raesinia Orboan, will become the first Queen Regnant in centuries - and a ripe target for the ambitious men who seek to control her. The most dangerous of these is Duke Orlanko, Minister of Information and master of the secret police.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a great book!

  • By Bob-o on 08-01-14

Pretty good sequel, but...

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

Reviewed: 08-27-14

I enjoyed the first book a bit more. I stumbled across the first book in this series by accident, looking for different book. I spent a credit on it and was very glad I did.

This second book was also very enjoyable. I listened to it over 2 days. For some reason I had a hard time getting in to it early on. The drastic change in setting from the first book took a bit getting used to.

For some reason the Thousand Names that were so important in book 1 barely find mention in book 2. I suppose I was expecting much more with that. Perhaps the author wasn't entirely sure how he wanted to proceed with the supernatural parts of the story and focused on a revolution instead? Regardless, that was the reason I dropped it to 4 stars.

I definitely would recommend this book and the first in the series, The Thousand Names.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Rings of Haven

  • Frontiers Saga, Book 2
  • By: Ryk Brown
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 5 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,217
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,128
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,122

A ship stranded halfway across the galaxy. A difficult and lengthy journey home. A homeworld in urgent need of their return. And now they are running out of food. The crew of the Aurora must now trust their new allies in order to survive. But their situation may be far more serious than they imagined. And their actions could have repercussions across the galaxy. Their journey home may just have gotten slightly more complicated.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Greedy

  • By PW on 08-12-15

Very short and uneventful for the price.

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

Reviewed: 06-18-14

I bought the first book despite it's short length and enjoyed it. It wasn't something new, but it was entertaining. I passed on getting book 2 a number of times due to it's cost vs length but eventually decided to give it a go. I regret that decision.

These first 2 books honestly feel like part of a longer book that was split up to make more money. Practically nothing is accomplished in this book. I would rank this among the least satisfying Audible purchases (the site currently tells me I'm at 749 titles) I have made to date.

With so many great alternatives in this genre, I can't justify spending the money to risk another lack luster entry in this series. I can't imagine how it managed to get such high ratings. Book 4 in the Odyssey One series by Evan Currie comes out in a few weeks, I'll just wait for that.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Ninja Versus Pirate Featuring Zombies

  • By: James Marshall
  • Narrated by: Frederic Basso
  • Length: 5 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 22

In a world where ZOMBIES control banks and governments, only one young man sees the way things are and emerges from the CHAOS and destruction: GUY BOY MAN. While he tries to end human suffering worldwide and in his high school, Guy Boy Man meets a cute PINK-HAIRED girl named BABY DOLL15 who has a UNICORN that follows her everywhere.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • What an odd book.

  • By Crew of the Normandy SR-2 on 12-21-13

What an odd book.

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

Reviewed: 12-21-13

Would you listen to Ninja Versus Pirate Featuring Zombies again? Why?

I wouldn't listen to this again. It wasn't a horrible book. It certainly had it's funny moments. The issue I have is that most of the humor is immature. It was funny once, but I think another listen would have me changing to another title before long.

Any additional comments?

One reviewer on Amazon compared this book to South Park. This book is full of crude jokes, is at times racist and discriminatory, and tries hard to offend pretty much everyone at some point. If you enjoy South Park, you'd probably like this book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Darwin Elevator

  • By: Jason M. Hough
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 14 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 270
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 244
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 243

In the mid-23rd century, Darwin, Australia, stands as the last human city on Earth. The world has succumbed to an alien plague, with most of the population transformed into mindless, savage creatures. The planet's refugees flock to Darwin, where a space elevator - created by the architects of this apocalypse, the Builders - emits a plague-suppressing aura. Skyler Luiken has a rare immunity to the plague. Backed by a crew of fellow "immunes", he leads missions into the dangerous wasteland beyond the aura's edge to find the resources Darwin needs to stave off collapse.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • OK Story but Poor Characterization

  • By Michael on 08-25-13

Try this book!

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

Reviewed: 08-12-13

Where does The Darwin Elevator rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I've listened to over 200 books on Audible and I would rank this in the top 10%. Having my favorite narrator Simon Vance doesn't hurt.

Any additional comments?

This book is a tad hard to follow at first. It's a post apocalyptic story, but some of the facts that all the characters in the book know do not get explained to the reader/listener right way. However, after the first hour I had a hard time taking a break from it. This book really doesn't have any slow sections. It draws you in and just takes off. Eagerly awaiting a sequel.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Tales of the Dim Knight

  • By: Adam Graham, Andrea Graham
  • Narrated by: Scot Wilcox
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 9

Mild-mannered janitor and superhero fanboy Dave Johnson gets all his wishes at once when an alien symbiote gives him supernatural powers. But what's he to do with them? Follow the zany adventures of the clueless custodian as he fights crime and corruption while trying to keep his family together and avoid being sued for copyright infringement....

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Quite possibly the worst book ever..

  • By Anthony on 05-16-13

Religious propaganda in a super hero shell.

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

Reviewed: 01-07-13

What about Scot Wilcox’s performance did you like?

Scot Wilcox really tried to make this entertaining. He changed his voice for each character, and really went over the top with Powerhouse.

Was Tales of the Dim Knight worth the listening time?

I'm torn about this. This could have a been a fun yet stereotypical super hero story. It didn't take itself too serious and had many funny moments. What I didn't like was how they put all the religious propaganda into it. The book is broken into chapters with the superhero vs some bad guy, and about half of them end up involve religion, going to church, or something else along those lines. No where in the publisher's summary or the author's website does it mention anything about religion and how large a part it plays in this book.

Please don't take this to mean I'm anti-religion as I consider myself a religious person. But I'm not a fan of it being pushed on me in a book like this.

Any additional comments?

If you are looking for a super hero tale with many low IQ characters and religious notes, this could be perfect for you.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Sacre Bleu

  • A Comedy d'Art
  • By: Christopher Moore
  • Narrated by: Euan Morton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,121
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,886
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,896

In July 1890, Vincent van Gogh went into a cornfield and shot himself. Or did he? Why would an artist at the height of his creative powers attempt to take his life... and then walk a mile to a doctor's house for help? Who was the crooked little "color man" Vincent had claimed was stalking him across France? And why had the painter recently become deathly afraid of a certain shade of blue? These are just a few of the questions confronting Vincent's friends who vow to discover the truth of van Gogh's untimely death.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Is Nothing is Sacre'?

  • By Mel on 05-07-12

My least favorite Christopher Moore book.

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

Reviewed: 06-04-12

What did you like best about Sacre Bleu? What did you like least?

It was amusing, but every character seemed to have the same sarcastic sense of humor.

Would you be willing to try another book from Christopher Moore? Why or why not?

For sure. I've read or listened to every other book he's released and enjoyed them all. This one just happens to be my least favorite. I wouldn't listen to it again.

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

I've listened to Fool and one of the Dune books he's performed. He's not my favorite voice actor, but he does a good job with all the characters. I really have no complaints about his reading this book.

Did Sacre Bleu inspire you to do anything?

I was inspired to write this review.

Any additional comments?

To anyone that this review turned off from buying this title, I'd encourage you to listen to Lamb, The Stupidest Angel, or A Dirty Job, all from Christopher Moore. I'd consider those his 3 best.