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  • Minimum Wage Magic

  • By: Rachel Aaron
  • Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
  • Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 461
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 429
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 430

The DFZ, the metropolis formerly known as Detroit, is the world’s most magical city with a population of nine million and zero public safety laws. That’s a lot of mages, cybernetically enhanced chrome heads, and mythical beasties who die, get into debt, and otherwise fail to pay their rent. When they can’t pay their bills, their stuff gets sold to the highest bidder. That’s when they call me. I’m a Cleaner: a freelance mage employed by the DFZ to sort through the mountains of magical junk people leave behind. It’s not a pretty job, or a safe one....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • too short

  • By Elisabeth K. on 01-12-19

I missed the DFZ

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

Reviewed: 01-15-19

The start was a little slow, but then I got sucked in and before I knew it, I was back in the DFZ. I miss my Heartstrikers, but these characters were just as much fun, and I loved how the relationship between the characters developed over the course of the story. Another thing that kept it interesting was the way Opal’s backstory was revealed in little pieces at a time rather than in giant info dumps. The ending isn’t a cliffhanger, but there’s just enough unresolved stuff for me to already want to start counting the days until the sequel.

  • Dead Speak

  • Cold Case Psychic, Book 1
  • By: Pandora Pine
  • Narrated by: Michael Pauley
  • Length: 7 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 174
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 168
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 168

Demoted to the cold case squad after shooting a suspect in the line of duty, Detective Ronan O'Mara knows that his career with the Boston Police Department is hanging by a thread. His first assignment is the case of Michael Frye, a five-year-old boy who has been missing for seven years. With no new leads or witnesses to interview, Ronan has to start from scratch to solve this mystery. When he sees a handsome local psychic on television, Ronan figures he's got nothing to lose in enlisting the man's help to find Michael.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Premise Squandered

  • By Brian Kyle on 09-06-18

Nope

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

Reviewed: 10-31-18

First of all: if csa is something that triggers you, you might want to avoid this book. There are no graphic descriptions, but there was enough talk about it to make my skin crawl at some points.

The story didn’t really take any time to explore and develop the main characters and their romance, they just sort of went along and then fell in love because...reasons, I guess. None of the side characters had actual personalities, and the police work part wasn’t really well developed either, it felt like the author just took a bunch of cliches, combined them into a story and called it done. We did get a little bit of suspense near the end, but it was mostly just the bad guy gloating and being awful. This could have been so good, but it just wasn’t.

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  • The Newsflesh Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Mira Grant
  • Narrated by: Paula Christensen, Jesse Bernstein
  • Length: 15 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,905
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,642
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,639

The year was 2014. We had cured cancer. We had beat the common cold. But in doing so we created something new, something terrible that no one could stop. The infection spread, virus blocks taking over bodies and minds with one, unstoppable command: FEED.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I laughed, I cried...

  • By susan on 04-07-11

Wow

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

Reviewed: 10-25-18

I don’t usually like zombies and I don’t usually like dystopia, but this one was just amazing. Maybe because it wasn’t just an excuse to write about how everyone suddenly “has to” be cruel and awful in this new dangerous world. These characters have a purpose, these characters are kind, these characters are angry. They have goals beyond survival. This book had me laughing, biting my nails, and gasping my with surprise. The story was NOT predictable, especially at the end. I just wish audible had the sequels.

  • The Henchmen of Zenda

  • By: K. J. Charles
  • Narrated by: Antony Ferguson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 16

Jasper Detchard is a disgraced British officer, now selling his blade to the highest bidder. Currently that's Michael Elphberg, half-brother to the King of Ruritania. Michael wants the throne for himself, and Jasper is one of the scoundrels he hires to help him take it. But when Michael makes his move, things don't go entirely to plan - and the penalty for treason is death. Rupert of Hentzau is Michael's newest addition to his sinister band of henchmen. Charming, lethal, and intolerably handsome, Rupert is out for his own ends - which seem to include getting Jasper into bed. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Intrigue! Swordfights! Dalliances!

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-14-18

Perfect

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

Reviewed: 09-11-18

Funny, clever and just plain fun. I walked around with a big grin while listening, I just couldn’t help it. I haven’t read The Prisoner of Zenda but the story still worked really well for me.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Children of Blood and Bone

  • By: Tomi Adeyemi
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 17 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,868
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,344
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,325

Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zélie's Reaper mother summoned forth souls. But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope. Now Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully Written

  • By Samantha on 03-09-18

A good listen

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

Reviewed: 03-18-18

This was overall a fast paced, engaging story, and the unusual setting made it even more interesting. I liked how the main characters were complex people who developed over the course of the story, and I really loved the morally grey villains. They're both the kind of people who would be so easy to hate if you didn't sort of understand where they're coming from. I really have only two complaints. One, I'd have liked some more thorough descriptions of the fantasy animals that were mentioned because they sounded fascinating. Two, the ending. I'm not a fan of cliffhanger endings.

  • Sunglasses After Dark

  • By: Nancy Collins
  • Narrated by: Melodee M. Spevack
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 20

While in London, American heiress Denise Thorne disappears from a nightclub, never to be seen again. On that very same night Sonja Blue, a tough-as-nails vampire hunter-slayer, conceived in terror and born of blood, rises from the city's gutters. Saved by modern medicine before she completed her transformation into one of the undead, she becomes a living vampire, determined to fight for what remains of her humanity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simply the best.

  • By TheBibliofilus on 10-11-14

I'm returning this.

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

Reviewed: 01-31-18

What would have made Sunglasses After Dark better?

Fewer viewpoints and less nonsensical dream sequences.

What was most disappointing about Nancy Collins’s story?

Four chapters in, I know next to nothing about the main character and I keep having to puzzle together what she's doing from the viewpoints of other characters, not knowing which ones will be important and which ones won't. I just can't connect to her emotionally.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Melodee M. Spevack?

Sure, her narration isn't the problem.

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

It started out setting a nice creepy mood.

Any additional comments?

The sample doesn't really reflect what the book is actually like.

  • Black Dog Blues

  • The Kai Gracen Series, Book 1
  • By: Rhys Ford
  • Narrated by: Greg Tremblay
  • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 617
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 588
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 587

Ever since being part of the pot in a high-stakes poker game, elfin outcast Kai Gracen figures he used up his good karma when Dempsey, a human Stalker, won the hand and took him in. Following the violent merge of Earth and Underhill, the human and elfin races are left with a messy, monster-ridden world, and Stalkers are the only cavalry willing to ride to someone's rescue when something shadowy appears.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful narration paired with terrific adventure

  • By JP-NH on 05-22-15

Love it!

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

Reviewed: 11-25-17

This is on my list of best books this year. It has all I want in a story: a creative urban fantasy world, interesting and well developed characters, lots of action, queer main character, and the slowest of slow burn romance. I'm not usually much of a fan of world building, but this author does it so effortlessly and clearly while still managing to keep it interesting. The reader brings the book and the characters to life perfectly.

A lot of reviews say that this isn't a romance story, and I guess it's true that romance isn't what drives the plot forward, but that doesn't mean it isn't there. There's an undercurrent of attraction in so many of the interactions between Kai and Ryder, and it's enough to make my shipper heart very very happy.

  • By Fairy Means or Foul

  • A Starfig Investigations Novel
  • By: Meghan Maslow
  • Narrated by: Greg Boudreaux
  • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 276
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 270
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 269

The last thing half-dragon, half-fairy private investigator Twig Starfig wants to do is retrieve a stolen enchanted horn from a treacherous fae, but there's no denying the dazzlingly gorgeous unicorn who asks Twig to do just that. Literally, no denying, because compelling the reluctant detective is all part of a unicorn's seductive magic.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • That was...weird. Fun, but weird.

  • By Clara on 11-25-17

That was...weird. Fun, but weird.

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

Reviewed: 11-25-17

This was...well, I already said weird, didn't I? I feel like the story can't really decide if it wants to be whimsical or serious. It was kind of like a children's book, except the characters had sex.

If you want a gritty urban fantasy detective story, this isn't the book for you. If you want a slightly surreal road trip with ghost parrots, tea drinking giants, zombie armies and tiny fairy politicians, then this is definitely the book you're looking for. It was an entertaining enough listen with a competent reader and a very satisfying end.

A word of warning: there are allusions to a character having been raped in the past, as well as the overhanging threat of him being raped again. There is also some sexual mind control happening.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge

  • A Novel of Magic and Mixology
  • By: Paul Krueger
  • Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
  • Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 35

Bailey Chen is fresh out of college, with all the usual new-adult demons: no cash, no job offers, and an awkward relationship with Zane, the old friend she kinda-sorta hooked up with during high school. But when Zane introduces Bailey to his monster-fighting bartender friends, her demons become a lot more literal. It turns out evil creatures stalk the city streets after hours, and they can be hunted only with the help of magically mixed cocktails.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not bad, but not great

  • By Sarah Jones on 09-26-16

Well worth the listen

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

Reviewed: 09-21-16

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Sure. In fact, I think I will, since the mix of humour and action will probably appeal to one of my friends who is a big Buffy fan.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I liked all of them really, but Bailey's mentor (not Zane, the other one..I'm terrible with names) endeared himself to me.

What does Emily Woo Zeller bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

What any competent narrator brings. She's pretty good at doing different voices for each character, and that brings it to life in a way that simply reading wouldn't.

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

Not really. It made me smile though, and listening to it while working made my day a lot less boring. I also made about 100 mental notes to learn more about various drinks.

Any additional comments?

If you're looking for a deep book with lots of character development and maybe an underlying message about coming of age or something like that, then this isn't the book for you. If, however, you're looking for a few hours of action filled fun, go right ahead. I hope there will be a sequel!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • No Good Dragon Goes Unpunished

  • Heartstrikers, Book 3
  • By: Rachel Aaron
  • Narrated by: Vikas Adam
  • Length: 18 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,771
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,545
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,535

When Julius overthrew his mother and took control of his clan, he thought he was doing right by everyone. But sharing power isn't part of any proper dragon's vocabulary, and with one seat still open on the new ruling council, all of Heartstriker is ready to do whatever it takes to get their claws on it, including killing the Nice Dragon who got them into this mess in the first place.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hold on tight

  • By Tracey Grubb on 09-15-16

Favourite listen of this year

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

Reviewed: 09-19-16

If you could sum up No Good Dragon Goes Unpunished in three words, what would they be?

Action, humor, plot. Actually, I'd need more words, because only three can't really contain all the awesome.

What did you like best about this story?

Marci and Chelsie's story lines. I loved finding out more about them and seeing them develop as characters, and I loved seeing Julius' relationships with both of them.

What about Vikas Adam’s performance did you like?

Everyone has a different, easily recognisable voice. I sometimes forgot that there was only one person narrating and not a full cast.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Julius being sad and Chelsie being the one trying to comfort him made me cry a little. It also made me smile because even when she's trying to do something different, she's still very much the person she is.

Any additional comments?

I never really expected the Heartstriker books to be so good. When I started with book 1, I expected a more or less generic urban fantasy with a "strong" female side character who needed constant rescuing, and a gritty setting where everyone was corrupt and the good guys just accepted it. Julius and Marci are the opposite of that.There is corruption yes, and power hungry, violent, terrible people. But it is NOT treated as something that's acceptable and inevitable, and I think that is one of the best things about this series.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful