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  • The Valens Legacy

  • Publisher's Pack 2
  • By: Jan Stryvant
  • Narrated by: Leland King
  • Length: 13 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,655
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,562
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,560

Over Our Heads, Book 3: Sean's still up to his neck in trouble, but at least he's finally found an example of his father's work, along with all of his notes. Now all Sean has to do is figure out not only how to reproduce his father's greatest achievement, but to solve the one problem his father wasn't able to. Head Down, Book 4: Things are starting to look up for Sean: he has a safe place to stay, allies, way too many wolves, and a couple of dangerously cute werefoxes around as well.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Series

  • By Mitchell Jones on 04-19-18

Great Series but...

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

Reviewed: 10-26-18

Dear Jan Stryvant,

I know that you have other books series under a different pen name. But this book series is a great tale, I love the world that you have built. Most other authors can't really blend in fantasy world in to the real world and keep a tale going. The only problem with this series is as much as I hate to say it. "Too Much Sex" the sex scenes get it the way of your story. They brake up the action and detract from the book. It is as bad as watching Dragon Ball Z. Stop the fight here's a sex scene...... OK if the first few books I can see where they had a place. But after... Your story can stand on it's own please let it.

Lou

  • The Valens Legacy: Publisher's Pack 3

  • By: Jan Stryvant
  • Narrated by: Leland King
  • Length: 14 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,343
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,274
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,271

When It Falls, book 5: After their success against the Ascendants is used by the Vestibulum as a cover for the murder of their old enemies, Sean has discovered that the Vestis are far more ruthless and dangerous than the previous two councils he's fought. After 200 years of holding on to the leadership position among all of the councils, obviously the Vestibulum isn't going to give up anything to anyone. Stand on It, book 6: Once again, Sean's home has been attacked by one of the Councils, only this time they've committed what they hoped would be an overwhelming force.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Less Simmer, More Plot

  • By Niel Causing on 06-27-18

Great Series but....

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

Reviewed: 10-26-18

Dear Jan Stryvant,

I know that you have other books series under a different pen name. But this book series is a great tale, I love the world that you have built. Most other authors can't really blend in fantasy world in to the real world and keep a tale going. The only problem with this series is as much as I hate to say it. "Too Much Sex" the sex scenes get it the way of your story. They brake up the action and detract from the book. It is as bad as watching Dragon Ball Z. Stop the fight here's a sex scene...... OK if the first few books I can see where they had a place. But after... Your story can stand on it's own please let it.

Lou

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Valens Legacy

  • By: Jan Stryvant
  • Narrated by: Leland King
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,106
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,995
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,993

In his junior year at college, the only things on Sean's mind are doing his homework and getting out of college to get a real job. A gamer and a bit of a nerd, Sean's philosophy in life has been to keep his head down and get his work done. But when a failed kidnapping attempt leaves him with a gaping hole in his memory, his oldest friend dead, and his mother missing, Sean suddenly finds his whole world turned upside down as he's thrust into the hidden world of magic and the supernatural.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sumtime' s you just want to have fun!

  • By Joel Cagle on 03-22-18

Great Story but....

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

Reviewed: 10-26-18

Dear Jan Stryvant,

I know that you have other books series under a different pen name. But this book series is a great tale, I love the world that you have built. Most other authors can't really blend in fantasy world in to the real world and keep a tale going. The only problem with this series is as much as I hate to say it. "Too Much Sex" the sex scenes get it the way of your story. They brake up the action and detract from the book. It is as bad as watching Dragon Ball Z. Stop the fight here's a sex scene...... OK if the first few books I can see where they had a place. But after... Your story can stand on it's own please let it.

Lou

  • The Valens Legacy: Publisher's Pack 4

  • The Valens Legacy, Books 7-8
  • By: Jan Stryvant
  • Narrated by: Leland King
  • Length: 13 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,041
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 996
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 988

The Valens Legacy: Publisher's Pack 4 contains books seven and eight in The Valens Legacy series, following Sean in the world of the supernatural. In Vegas Rules, fresh from his victory in Reno, Sean's now in Las Vegas has to fulfill his promise to help the lycans there with their own slavery problems. Things are starting to heat up for Sean and for some of his allies in Desperate Measures. When several of the councils decide to ban together in a move to eradicate him and his followers, Sean has no choice other than teach them a painful lesson.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Always great

  • By Logan79 on 10-02-18

I like this series but.....

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

Reviewed: 10-26-18

Dear Jan Stryvant,

I know that you have other books series under a different pen name. But this book series is a great tale, I love the world that you have built. Most other authors can't really blend in fantasy world in to the real world and keep a tale going. The only problem with this series is as much as I hate to say it. "Too Much Sex" the sex scenes get it the way of your story. They brake up the action and detract from the book. It is as bad as watching Dragon Ball Z. Stop the fight here's a sex scene...... OK if the first few books I can see where they had a place. But after... Your story can stand on it's own please let it.

Lou

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • For the Good of All

  • First of My Kind Series, Book 2
  • By: Marc Stevens
  • Narrated by: Ramon De Ocampo
  • Length: 16 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 181
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 173
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 172

Nathan Myers and the crew of the Legacy find themselves at war with the predatory races and murderous corruption prevalent throughout the galaxy. The shadowy criminal figures who stand to lose the most from Nathan's victories has put a billion-credit bounty on his head. To make matters worse, the Scrun and Murlaks have assassination squads actively pursuing Nathan and his crew. In order to survive, Nathan must find allies willing to stand with him. Finding an ally without ulterior motives is easier said than done. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So Good!

  • By Amazon Customer on 01-14-19

Great book Piss poor narrator

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

Reviewed: 10-26-18

Take the time and get this book from the kindle store and read it for yourself. I like this story, the worlds, the politics and how things are heading. Is it perfect, no but it was a very entertaining read.

But please safe your ear drums and skip the audio book.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Merrimack Event

  • Shieldclads Series, Book 1
  • By: David A. Tatum
  • Narrated by: Troy Duran
  • Length: 14 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 307
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 284
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 285

Once every four years, the Earth Alliance Naval Academy is included in a war game...or rather, the Wargame: On a distant frontier colony, cadets must repair, recommission, and crew a fleet of old, mothballed warships for a simulated fleet action against a group of seasoned veterans using top-of-the-line warships. After some meddling on the part of the Admiralty, many of the Academy's best are assigned to the oldest, smallest hulk in the Wargame, the unfortunately named corvette, Chihuahua.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • great story a little teenie bopper though

  • By Michael J Foley on 07-31-18

Ok, ready for book two already.

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

Reviewed: 05-25-18

I don't write many reviews, but this book was one that deserves a review.

I like the basic premises of using academy cadets to refit and then crew old warships in a one sided battle against the fleet they want to join. This is a very interesting concept of training a group of officers that I would recommend. Having the officers and enlisted war game to learn what they are made of. But what happens when the war game becomes real?

The authors use of history, in the formation of some his plot line. Plus using questions from the past on the fossil records to build his evil shadowy over-lords. Created one of the better reads that I have had in the past while. I can see where his history background helped in this book. And I hope he continues to use it in future books.

The biggest problem that I saw in the book, was some of the descriptions of life at the academy. It was based more on colleges and universities than Military Academy. I recommend that the author dose some more research into basic military structure. It's the little details that are different from Military life to Civilian life that trip up a lot of authors.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Release the Dogs of War

  • The Kurtherian Gambit, Book 10
  • By: Michael Anderle
  • Narrated by: Emily Beresford
  • Length: 7 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 463
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 436
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 435

Stephen walked into the office which Barnabas was using as his judge's chamber. While the massive amount of data Bethany Anne's team was throwing at him was more than enough to assuage his curiosity, he had never felt this way in the last 152 years. He wanted a vacation. He pulled the top manila-folder and took a look at the name, "Clarissa Bernier, CEO". He opened the folder, and it was now in the agreed upon fashion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • awesome

  • By timothy on 09-06-17

Loving it

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

Reviewed: 09-06-17

I am still enthralled with this series. Can't wait for the next one to come out on Audible

  • Conjuring Quantico

  • The Federal Witch, Book 1
  • By: T S Paul
  • Narrated by: Francis Alais
  • Length: 6 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 79

As a second year FBI academy witch, Agatha Blackmore has a certain reputation. After nearly blowing up the school, an untended mid-air incident involving the FBI director, and declaring war with the US Marines, she has to wonder if she will even see graduation. But when a rash of mysterious disappearances catches the attention of local authorities Agatha finds herself asked to lend a hand to the investigation.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining story, audio track needs editing

  • By Emily on 04-24-17

Great Book, Piss poor recording.

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

Reviewed: 04-02-17

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Change the outfit that recorded this book. I can't really blame the narrator the problems should have been caught in post production. Different reading speeds, radically different volume levels, and different recording speeds.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

I really enjoyed the book and the plot line. I am looking forward to reading with my eyes the other books in this series. I may consider going audio aging when a different outfit reads the books

What didn’t you like about Francis Alais’s performance?

I can't really tell if she is a bad narrator, She had all of the good signs for one, different voices and tones for different charters. But the recording was so piss poor that it was hard to tell if it was her or some f'ing up the copy.

Was Conjuring Quantico worth the listening time?

Yes I liked the story the materiel really over comes alot of the bad recording

Any additional comments?

Change Recording studios. Please this book series really deserves the first rate treatment.

  • Queen Bitch

  • The Kurtherian Gambit, Book 2
  • By: Michael Anderle
  • Narrated by: Emily Beresford
  • Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,000
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 939
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 939

Bethany Anne has started to make a difference in the first week of being awake. Now, America has been losing good men since their teams don't have a vampire to help them. Frank is hoping Bethany Anne can, and will, help. Further, the American Pack Council is having internal problems with their own young-and-dumb weres who want to ignore Michael's strictures. With no one seeing Michael, the fear of the Boogeyman is starting to recede.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • awsome

  • By Lyndenia on 10-28-18

We need more

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

Reviewed: 03-11-17

Would you listen to Queen Bitch again? Why?

Would I listen to Queen Bitch. Yes I've already listened to it twice and starting it over aging. It's like a gulity pleasure. and a rip roaring story. not all that likly but a fun listen

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • We Are Legion (We Are Bob)

  • Bobiverse, Book 1
  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66,053
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 61,999
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61,870

Bob Johansson has just sold his software company and is looking forward to a life of leisure. There are places to go, books to read, and movies to watch. So it's a little unfair when he gets himself killed crossing the street. Bob wakes up a century later to find that corpsicles have been declared to be without rights, and he is now the property of the state. He has been uploaded into computer hardware and is slated to be the controlling AI in an interstellar probe looking for habitable planets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ignore the Publisher's Summary! This is Amazing!

  • By PW on 04-12-17

Not a bad book but....

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

Reviewed: 01-03-17

What did you like best about We Are Legion (We Are Bob)? What did you like least?

Love the basic premise of the book.

Disliked the author's use of his political beliefs. Right wing hardcore religious people as the folks who are the roots of all evil.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful