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  • Royal Assassin

  • The Farseer Trilogy, Book 2
  • By: Robin Hobb
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
  • Length: 29 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 404
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 363
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 364

Fitz dreams of Red-Ship Raiders sacking a coastal village, leaving not a single man, woman, or child alive. Tortured by this terrible vision, he returns to the Six Duchies court where all is far from well. King Shrewd has been struck down by a mysterious illness and King-in-waiting, Verity, spends all his time attempting to conjure storms to confuse and destroy the Red-Ship Raiders. And when he leaves on an insane mission to seek out the mystical Elderings, Fitz is left alone and friendless but for the wolf Nighteyes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Even more awesome than part 1

  • By Katarina on 01-19-19

Even more awesome than part 1

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

Reviewed: 01-19-19

I really enjoyed part 1 of this trilogy, Assassin's Apprentice, and hoped that this even longer sequel would be as good. Well, as it turned out I found it even better! Hobb's style of writing, especially when combined with Boehmer's narration, evokes something like a combination of a Grimm fairytale atmosphere, with hints of mythology and ancient lore. I could even detect some Star Wars, with a grand romance, great evil, lots of action and something resembling Jedi force use!

This is fantasy as it should be done. Can't get enough of it.

I cannot wait to start listening to part 3, and then on to the other six (!) Realms of the Elderings books (two more trilogies, yea!)

  • Gorgonise Me

  • God Complex Universe
  • By: George Saoulidis
  • Narrated by: Bridger Conklin
  • Length: 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

Evryali is a Gorgon. (Yes, Medusa’s sister.) She is noted for her petrifying gaze, of course, but also for her bellowing cries. Contrary to Medusa, who was a mortal that was cursed, Evryali was immortal. Here is a dark story inspired by her. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gorgonise Me

  • By Catrina P on 12-24-18

Another good one

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

Reviewed: 01-17-19

This is of course a very short listen, so I was pleasantly surprised as to the depth the story manages to reach. It's interesting, captivating, with hints of horror but always from a distant, second-hand perspective; never blood & guts and never a jump-scare. But creepy nonetheless, in a drugged or hypnotized kind of way. As a listener you're looking through the same altered mind state at events as the MC. And of course again a subtle but very present re-imagining of Greek mythology, which I love about all of Saoulidis's stories.

Narration again very well done, love his voice and the way he narrates.

~ I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. I was not required to write a positive review and this reflects my honest opinion of the work.

  • The Stepford Florist

  • When Tomorrow Calls, Book 1
  • By: JT Lawrence
  • Narrated by: Jenni Blythe
  • Length: 1 hr and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 32

Jasmine is arrested for performing a bootleg vampire facelift in her modded-out steampunk caravan. She's thrilled, because it's worked out exactly as she planned. Jasmine has mastered moonlighting. She's a steampunk inventor, a cosmetician, and a gene-hacking florist. And then there's her real job: exposing evil corps and dodgy clinics. When Jasmine, the head of Alba - an underground biopunk organisation - is tipped off that something morally dubious is happening at the city's most luxurious high-tech spa, she takes it upon herself to investigate, and discovers a whole lot.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A fun quick read.

  • By cosmitron on 04-19-18

Enjoyable enough

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

Reviewed: 01-03-19

This was an okay story. Enough to make me finish it, but not enough to keep me on the edge of my seat, not even for 90 minutes. I regularly found my thoughts drifting off to other things near the end - and that was supposed to be the climax, the grand finale of the story. So that was not impressive.

The emphasis on hair-do and fashion gave it all a YA feminine feel, too much on the nose for my personal taste (then again, I'm not YA anymore, just A).

However, the first part is okay and the characters are fun enough.

I was taken by surprise by the very explicit sex scene (apparently I had missed the warning in the blurb). I don't mind explicit scenes, unless they don't help the plot along, like in this case. In this story the scenes seemed very out of place, like they really didn't belong there and were added just to lure more readers. I get that the MC has a romantic (and sexual) life, but the explicitness didn't add anything special to the story.

All in all it was not bad, and not outstanding - hence the three stars overall.

~ I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. I was not required to write a positive review and this reflects my honest opinion of the work.

  • Going Deep

  • The Virtnet Chronicles
  • By: Alyson Belle
  • Narrated by: Sophia Chambers
  • Length: 1 hr and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10

Mike Wantry has finally had his deepest, darkest fantasy fulfilled through the magic of virtual reality, and it's better than he ever expected. Who knew that being a girl would feel so good? But now that a mischievous friend named Amy has started drawing him deeper and deeper into the sex-fueled underworld of Virtnet, Mike has started to like it a little too much. Worse still, Amy is threatening to tell everyone what he's up to if he doesn't be exactly the obedient little slave she wants him to be. And boy does Amy have plans for Mike, or as she calls him, Mikala.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Cross-dressing, not genderswapping

  • By Katarina on 01-03-19

Cross-dressing, not genderswapping

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

Reviewed: 01-03-19

In this sequel to Slipping In, we mainly leave the virtual environment and move into the real world. Which makes the gender swapping not really a swap anymore, because of the real world limitations on that. Which automatically makes this a transvestite fantasy, with an 18+ explicit homo-erotic scene. In this it quite differs from part 1, and it's up to your own preferences which you like most. For me this story does not depict an actual gender-swap, which is why it gets less stars from me than part 1.
But if YA cross-dressing and male homosexual eroticism is your thing, go for it.

~ I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

  • Slipping In

  • The Virtnet Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Alyson Belle
  • Narrated by: Ainslie Caswell
  • Length: 1 hr and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

Mike Wantry has always wondered what it would feel like to be a girl, and thanks to the magic of full-body virtual reality, his dreams are finally possible! There's just one problem: All gender and sex programs are blocked on his VR machine. When he finds himself home alone one day, he decides to "borrow" his step-sister's machine and see what it's like to walk a mile in her shoes. Everything is going well until her girlfriend, Amy, catches Mike in the act. She decides to have a little fun with him by showing him exactly what being a girl means!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So much better than I expected!

  • By Anonymous User on 04-06-18

Fun virtual genderswap fantasy

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

Reviewed: 01-03-19

This is a fun genderswap story, based on a virtual game environment. This in-game theme is perfectly suited for this kind of fantasy story, since there are no limitations on what's possible. The author makes great use of that trope, and I found it a fun and entertaining couple of hours.

It is kind of a YA story, given the age of the protagonist and the way the story is built up. However, given the very explicit sex scene of course this is meant for adults only, it's not suitable at all for children and young teens.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. I was not required to write a positive review and this reflects my honest opinion of the work.

  • The Forever Sleep

  • By: Derwin Lester II, Cassie Poormokhtar
  • Narrated by: Jason Sprenger
  • Length: 1 hr and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

A century ago, the World Government sold it as "Peace on Earth." All they did was convince the citizens of the world to download their minds into the Internet, leaving their bodies floating in stasis tanks. Now Sergeant First Class (Ret.) Scott Douglas was free to read a book in peace, without having to listen to the hippies and their endless whining. His only job was to walk through the stasis tanks once a day and check for problems. Then the Internet went down. Without it regulating their brains, humanity would be dead in a matter of days. It was up to Scott to save the hippies, even if all they did was complain.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • This Was Probably Unlike Anything Ive Heard Before

  • By Teresa on 12-07-18

Fantastic short story

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

Reviewed: 01-01-19

This story gripped me right from the start. It is well-written, the background story of what happened to human societies all over the planet slowly unfolds through the diary writings of the protagonist - while the main plot kept holding my attention at the same time. The characters are fleshed out enough, especially the main character, who I had no trouble identifying with and rooting for.

My only issue with the story is, that it is way too short; wish it were a novel! :-)

Recommend!

~ This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this review voluntarily.

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  • Assassin’s Apprentice

  • The Farseer Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Robin Hobb
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
  • Length: 17 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 532
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 480
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 478

In a faraway land where members of the royal family are named for the virtues they embody, one young boy will become a walking enigma.Born on the wrong side of the sheets, Fitz, son of Chilvary Farseer, is a royal bastard, cast out into the world, friendless and lonely. Only his magical link with animals - the old art known as the Wit - gives him solace and companionship. But the Wit, if used too often, is a perilous magic, and one abhorred by the nobility. So when Fitz is finally adopted into the royal household, he must give up his old ways.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good story, disappointing performance.

  • By Anonymous User on 04-27-17

Great start of Realms of the Elderlings trilogies

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

Reviewed: 12-26-18

I read the Liveship Trader trilogy about 25 years ago and was mightily impressed by Hobb's writing. Now I've finally returned to this author with part 1 of the Farseer trilogy, and even though these books are even older than the Liveship series, I'm still swepped off of my feet. What a ride, this is how it's done.

I'll definitely finish the trilogy, will probably continue on with the Liveship Traders (in audio format this time) and will finish with the third trilogy in that same universe, The Tawny Man trilogy, with which we'll return to the Farseer protagonist. Can't wait, even though it'll probably take me a year or so to finish all of them!

Highly recommend.

  • Astropithecus

  • By: George Saoulidis
  • Narrated by: Ralph Scott
  • Length: 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24

An asteroid parks on Earth's orbit, and Alex Jones is sent to collect samples and figure it out. But the passenger is chatty, and his revelations are mind-blowing. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Fun Listen

  • By Shannon G on 01-04-19

Pretty good ancient aliens story

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

Reviewed: 12-26-18

These are a nice 20 minutes to spend, in which we encounter a very original and pretty outrageous Origin of our own species. And as always there’s a link to ancient mythology, which I always appreciate in this author’s work.
I found the ending a bit anti-climactic though.

All in all not his best but still entertaining. So: pretty good.

- I received a free copy of this audiobook at my request and voluntarily left this review.

  • The Impossible Quest of Hailing a Taxi on Christmas Eve

  • By: George Saoulidis
  • Narrated by: Steve White
  • Length: 1 hr and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22

In this modern retelling of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, Scrooge is looking for a taxi to get home on Christmas Eve. But he will get the ride of his life, as he is walked through his past, his present and his future to end up a changed man. Set in modern day Athens, this science-fiction version of the classic ghost story is guaranteed to bring shivers down your spine and a smile to your face.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not the Story you are expecting by the Title

  • By Ray Johnson on 04-27-18

Short cyberpunk version of A Christmas Carol

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

Reviewed: 12-09-18

As always George Saoulidis' short stories are entertaining. Although this is one of his God Complex stories, that isn't at the forefront; if you don't know it, you won't miss it. As such it's a standalone story.

In comparison to other stories from this universe, this one isn't the best. It's nice, and it's a great story to listen to gathered around the Christmas tree, but it doesn't have the grit and the hidden darkness his other stories have.
Perhaps intentionally so, but once you've got to know those, you come to expect it in all of his stories.

Narration is great, Steve White brings voiceacting and even emotion.

Wait for a Daily Deal or a review copy, for it is definitely too short for a full credit.

~ I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. I was not required to write a positive review and this reflects my honest opinion of the work.

  • Stephen Fry’s Victorian Secrets

  • An Audible Original
  • By: John Woolf, Nick Baker
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,477
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,622
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,581

On the surface, the Victorian age is one of propriety, industry, prudishness and piety. But scratch the surface and you’ll find scandal, sadism, sex, madness, malice and murder. Presented by Stephen Fry, this series delves deep into a period of time we think we know, to discover an altogether darker reality. The stories we’re told offer a different perspective on an era which underwent massive social change. As education, trade, technology and culture blossomed, why was there an undercurrent of the ‘forbidden’ festering beneath Victorian society? 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Part history lesson, part audio documentary.

  • By brian on 11-01-18

Misses footage that is referenced

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

Reviewed: 12-05-18

It was an okay listen. Nicely anecdotal, with some quotations read by other narrators and even the original researchers. Many times it was as if I was actually listening to the soundtrack of a documentary series on television, as if they had simply cut the audio and stuck it in audiobook format. Which was annoying because Fry or the researchers mention things like What we see here is..., or Look at this here....

The audiobook also spends a LOT of time on the issue of homosexuality. Which, though interesting, was in my view out of balance with the rest of the book, that covers many interesting topics. So why spend so large a part on this one single topic.

So 7,5 hours was about 3,5 hours too long for me, given how this book was set up. It didn't cost me a credit of course, which was great, but it did cost me time that in hindsight I would have rather spent listening to a more thrilling or entertaining story.