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  • Winter is Coming

  • Symbols and Hidden Meanings in A Game of Thrones
  • By: Valerie Estelle Frankel
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 3 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 880
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 764
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 760

Game of Thrones fans watch in delight as the epic battle of Lannister and Stark entangles the Seven Kingdoms. But only the sharpest notice how these houses echo Lancaster and York in the War of the Roses. Druids, Catholics, and even Zoroastrians wander through Westeros, reframing their religions for a new world of fantasy. But how medieval is Westeros? Did lady knights and pirates really battle across Europe? The audiobook Winter is Coming: Symbols and Hidden Meanings in A Game of Thrones explores all this and more, from the echoes of history to the symbols and omens our beloved characters.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Look Into Future of Game of Thrones

  • By Rita Jones-Mayes on 07-05-14

Not worth reading if you watch the show

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

Reviewed: 12-17-18

Basically serves to debunk many of the less well researched fan theories out there, and to confirm R+L=J, or at least to make a very convincing case, to anyone who hadn’t already subscribe to that theory or watched the TV show. Basically this book is dated, and while slightly interesting from a nitpicking perspective, was not worth reading. I will probably return it.

  • Kantovan Vault

  • Spiral Wars, Book 3
  • By: Joel Shepherd
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 17 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 932
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 863
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 860

The UFS Phoenix is on a mission to find a lost data-core that may contain the secret to defeating the alo-deepynine alliance. But the means to find the data-core is hidden deep in tavalai space, in a highest-security vault where the tavalai's manipulative State Department keep all their most treacherous secrets. To recover it, Phoenix must pull off the most daring heist the Spiral has ever seen.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Ready for book 4

  • By Skipper on 04-08-17

Complexly excellent

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

Reviewed: 06-25-18

Joel Shepherd may very well be the best author of long form military science fiction alive today.
I have read all four books in this series several times, which is quite rare for me, and even knowing their outcomes I still find them engaging.
Narration is excellent of course, and contributes significantly to the staying power in my view. There are a few problems with character voice consistency here and there, and more so in this and the second book, but it doesn’t really matter—it’s still a five star narration.
I will say that this book probably can't be appreciated nearly enough, if you haven't read the earlier books in the series. It stands alone in that anything you actually NEED to know is described in some way, but major character relationships, piece moving, etc., is not (and should not be) retold, so you should definitely read the books that came before.

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  • An Unwelcome Quest

  • Magic 2.0, Book 3
  • By: Scott Meyer
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,816
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 15,618
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,599

Ever since Martin Banks and his fellow computer geeks discovered that reality is just a computer program to be happily hacked, they've been jaunting back and forth through time, posing as medieval wizards and having the epic adventures that other nerds can only dream of having. But even in their wildest fantasies, they never expected to end up at the mercy of the former apprentice whom they sent to prison for gross misuse of magic and all-around evil behavior.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • SOOO DISAPPOINTED!

  • By eric on 02-04-16

A fun series, continued in the most logical direction

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

Reviewed: 12-02-17

The series is still going strong with this entry.

There seems to be more telling instead of showing this time around, or God like author exposition, but it probably did save a lot of time in the long run.

I kind of wish the characters had been a bit more forgiving toward Jimmy, or at least less hostile, but perhaps I am just a more forgiving sort.

  • Spell or High Water

  • Magic 2.0
  • By: Scott Meyer
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,075
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 15,921
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,908

A month has passed since Martin helped to defeat the evil programmer Jimmy, and things couldn't be going better. Except for his love life, that is. Feeling distant and lost, Gwen has journeyed to Atlantis, a tolerant and benevolent kingdom governed by the Sorceresses, and a place known to be a safe haven to all female time-travelers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator!

  • By D. Murdock on 03-13-17

As good as the first book

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

Reviewed: 12-01-17

The narration was consistent with the first book, same voices and so on, which is one of the first things I look for in a sequel of an audiobook.
It was also just as funny as the first book. I mean, if you have any doubt, Martin’s fourth statue from chapter 3 should settle that. To me at least that was hilarious! Hilarity being defined as something utterly unexpected.

Some of the characters were over-the-top in a funny way (Miller), although others, such as the president, were over the top in a cringing and unpleasant way.

One con in the narration: the voice of Nick changed for almost every scene, as he progressed from probably straight to definitely gay, although the change in voice probably started before Luke Daniels knew that, so I don’t think that was the reason.

Altogether, I would say this is a worthy sequel to the first book, and I am still looking forward to continuing the series.

  • Off to Be the Wizard

  • By: Scott Meyer
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,147
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,501
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,499

It's a simple story. Boy finds proof that reality is a computer program. Boy uses program to manipulate time and space. Boy gets in trouble. Boy flees back in time to Medieval England to live as a wizard while he tries to think of a way to fix things. Boy gets in more trouble. Oh, and boy meets girl at some point.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hang in there

  • By Kelly on 03-04-17

Fun New take on the universe as computer program trope

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

Reviewed: 11-30-17

This book was quite amusing throughout. Of course, from listening to the sample, I expected it to be funny, but that was the only expectation that came true. For reasons I am not clear on, I expected it to fall apart halfway through. I also expected it to become a little too clichéd. Frankly I expected to be returning it when I was done reading it without having enjoyed it nearly as much as the sample suggested I might, because there were one or two things in the sample that made me just trust the authors ability to pull this thing off. I’m glad to say that those expectations were not met.
There are some clichéd aspect, but the book owns them quite joyfully. And it stays funny throughout, which is never easy. There are some cringe worthy moments, and some places where you would expect anyone with a degree of common sense and experience to take precautions that or not taken. There is also one a parent plot hole, in which The main character is told early in his training about a command he could use to kill someone, but then is surprised near the end of the book that such a command exists.
As usual with Daniels, the narration was very good, even though some of the character voices used were quite over-the-top and ridiculous. I mean, with this kind of content, you’re just asking for it, so I didn’t mind that much. It is red with exactly the right spirit of comedy and lack of seriousness that this book requires, so for that I gave an aeration five stars.
This was not the usual depressing take on the universe as somebody else’s computer program sub genre of science fiction that I am used to, and I give the book points for that as well. So overall this was quite a fun read, got through it in two days and I am going back for at least one of the sequels.

  • 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 67,306
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 63,158
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63,029

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

If you're on the fence about whether to read this, get off and read it!

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

Reviewed: 09-15-17

So, I've been seeing this book around for a long time. And for just as long I thought the title seemed stupid, and so I avoided looking at it. Even after I read the description, I thought it sounded derivative and uninteresting, so I still avoided reading it. And then for no apparent reason, Nathan Lowell recommended it. Now, if you have any sense, when the reigning master of must-read, different-than-anything-else Science Fiction tells you to read something, you sit up and pay attention.
As a happy coincidence, audible had it on sale for under $5 this week, although at this point I probably would have dropped a credit on it even if they hadn't.

This book was nothing like I expected. You really get to know the different variations of Bob, what their personalities are, how they relate to the others, etc. The technology is interesting, the story is interesting, and the whole book is a great deal of fun. I was really sorry when it was over. Rarely have my expectations been so overturned by a book. I will definitely read others in the series if they appear.

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  • Funny Amazon Reviews

  • By: Jane Lynch
  • Narrated by: Jane Lynch
  • Length: 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2,579
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,120
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 2,112

Famous comedians reading real Amazon product reviews. Hosted by Jane Lynch and presented by Audible. Featuring Lewis Black, John O'Hurley, Joel McHale, Margaret Cho, Eugene Mirman, Kurt Braunohler, Lauren Cook, Jonathan Katz, Laura Silverman, Melissa Villasenor, Ron Funches, Gilbert Gottfried, Dan Savage, Vern Musical Improv.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • hilarious!!!

  • By EmilioDaVinci on 07-10-17

Silly. Ridiculous.

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

Reviewed: 09-06-17

Silly. Ridiculous. Don't buy it! Seriously, I got it for free, so I have no idea if I would feel differently if I had to pay for it. It is quite comical if you are a pop-culture junkie.
Although anything with Louis black in it is worth listening to at least once.
What disturbs me most of all is that I recognized one of these insane products. The most expensive one. The $89,000 sleep pod. Somehow I managed to come across that thing several months ago, and actually looked at it. Not for buying, but for ridicule--One must have some standards…

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Warlock Holmes

  • A Study in Brimstone
  • By: G. S. Denning
  • Narrated by: Robert Garson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,897
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,773
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,772

Sherlock Holmes is an unparalleled genius who uses the gift of deduction and reason to solve the most vexing of crimes. Warlock Holmes, however, is an idiot. A good man, perhaps; a font of arcane power, certainly. But he's brilliantly dim. Frankly, he couldn't deduce his way out of a paper bag. The only thing he has really got going for him are the might of a thousand demons and his stalwart flatmate. Thankfully, Dr. Watson is always there to aid him through the treacherous shoals of Victorian propriety.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Short on Clues--Heavy on Delightful Twists

  • By Gillian on 01-10-17

Amusing and entertaining

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

Reviewed: 09-06-17

So let me start by saying that I am primarily a science-fiction reader, and only read fantasy rarely. Let me go on by saying that I never read these books that rewrite old romance and mystery genres, such as the monsters and Jane Austen stuff.
I only bought this book because I was in a peculiar mood, and because it was available as an audible daily deal.

All that said, now I will go on to briefly review the book. It is actually quite amusing! There is a general role reversal, with Watson as the main detective, and Holmes as rather more bumbling, although by no means the sidekick, as his advanced magical abilities lead him to some quite non-linear solutions.
I am not as well-versed on the Holmes-verse as I would like to be, but several fun tropes are twisted here and various of the Holmes supporting cast show up in, shall we say, slightly altered form?

While the book ends on a somewhat dubious note for the prospect of a sequel, it is no less a cliffhanger, and so I may find myself reading more of the series if there are more. Well, I say "ends", but actually it rather begins on its ending cliffhanger.

  • Straight to Hell

  • True Tales of Deviance, Debauchery, and Billion-Dollar Deals
  • By: John LeFevre
  • Narrated by: Scott Aiello
  • Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 995
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 881
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 874

Over the past three years, the notorious @GSElevator Twitter feed has offered a hilarious, shamelessly voyeuristic look into the real world of international finance. Hundreds of thousands followed the account, Goldman Sachs launched an internal investigation, and when the true identity of the man behind it all was revealed, it created a national media sensation - but that's only part of the story.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If you like the Twitter account you'll love this

  • By shanekofoed on 08-30-15

Disgusting and hilarious

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

Reviewed: 08-22-17

I have a really hard time recommending this book to anyone. It's full of some really terrible people which I would not like to know in real life, and whos' lifestyles I could never live or put up with. The only problem is, it's effing hilarious!

I really don't think I have laughed as much at a book in a couple of years, as I did during the first half of this book.

I never imagined that bankers live this way, or did the stuff. You always think of investment bankers, at least of the middle level kind, as sort of uptight straightlaced accountant types, but if even a 10th of this book is to be believed, that's not how it is at all. And it only gets worse the higher up the latter they climb.

If we really knew the kind of people who are managing the world economy, I think we would all demand a refund.


Oh, and I can't leave this review without mentioning a brilliant narration. I have not heard this narrators work before, but he is really excellent.

  • Fated

  • Alex Verus Series, Book 1
  • By: Benedict Jacka
  • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,597
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,157
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,165

Alex Verus is part of a world hidden in plain sight, running a magic shop in London. And while Alex's own powers aren't as showy as some mages, he does have the advantage of foreseeing the possible future-allowing him to pull off operations that have a million-to-one-chance of success. But when Alex is approached by multiple factions to crack open a relic from a long-ago mage war, he knows that whatever's inside must be beyond powerful.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Harry Dresden meets the Temple of Doom

  • By Jessica on 05-15-14

Worth the read

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

Reviewed: 06-24-17

I liked it. It has a good sense of humor, which I guess these kind of books have to have these days, a bit silly and some ways, and definitely predictable in several aspects. But enjoyable, even the predictable parts. If there are more in this series I may pick them up. Oh, and the narration was excellent.

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