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  • Eye of the Tiger

  • Star Justice, Book 1
  • By: Michael-Scott Earle
  • Narrated by: Eric Bryan Moore
  • Length: 6 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 468
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 438
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 436

When his latest mission has an unexpected outcome, Adam finds himself free of his explosive control collar and honor bound to protect a mysterious woman. Now he is on an alien planet, and they are both being hunted by the most powerful mega corporation in the solar system. Their only escape lays at the helm of an experimental starship hidden beyond countless layers of military security.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Confirmed

  • By Ryan T Edwards on 08-11-17

Need the next one!

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

Reviewed: 08-17-17

Any additional comments?

I was iffy about getting this book but was not disappointed. The only complaint I have is its short length, however it was fast paced and didn't lag much, what time was spent was used well.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Intrigues

  • Valdemar: Collegium Chronicles, Book 2
  • By: Mercedes Lackey
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 819
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 648
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 648

Mags was an orphan and slave of ‘bad blood’ who toiled in a gem mine all his young life. He would have died before adulthood, had he not been Chosen and taken to Haven to be trained in the new Herald Collegium. Now, Mags was never hungry and never cold. He slept in a real bed in his own room and, most importantly, he had Dallen, who was like another part of himself. And yet, aside from Lena and Bear, both loners like he was, he couldn’t relate to most of the trainees.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good bedtime read and love the narrator!

  • By QueenBee Debbie of SheMakesTheRules on 10-04-11

Its a familiar formula.

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

Reviewed: 06-09-14

Any additional comments?

A good continuation of the series despite the formula of "loner kid finds magic and two friends" that became familiar with the Potter series.

While an adult would have no trouble enjoying this book it seems to be tailored to young adults and teens. It doesn't have that teen "flavoring" that many young adult books have.

Regardless of the form and the slow pace it is still a good series. If you liked the first book you will enjoy the second as well.

  • Foundation

  • Valdemar: Collegium Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Mercedes Lackey
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,013
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 786
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 792

In this chronicle of the early history of Valdemar, Mercedes Lackey's best-selling world, a 13 year-old orphan named Magpie escapes a life of slavery in the gem mines when he is chosen by one of the magical Companion horses of Valdemar to be trained as a Herald. Thrust into the center of a legend in the making, Magpie discovers talents he never knew he had - and witnesses the founding of the great Heralds' Collegium.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • great for kids

  • By Wyonia on 10-17-08

Before Harry Potter there was....

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

Reviewed: 06-08-14

Any additional comments?

The first series of Valdemar came way before Harry Potter but they still had many things in common. Magic. Friendship and loyalty winning over the odds. Pain and lonliness endured because enduring was all you could do.

The baby with no name became named Magpie until it eventually shortened into just Mags. He was an orphan presumed to be the child of bandits. Dispite being a child and being good with all the jobs they gave him he was treated worst of the worst. Bad blood. Until he is rescued and taken into a life he literally, could not have imagined due to his complete ignorance of how the world should be run.

The narrator did an excellent job of creating distinct character voices although some have said it is hard to understand the Mags. Reading the actual book is much the same way but the voice and form of speaking is keeping with the character. I got a feel for the Mags accent and didn't have much trouble understanding him.

This series is a bit heavier than Hogwarts with sexual themes (very non graphic), as well as physical and emotional abuse. A little slow paced with action befitting the scenes (Curball Games).

Try the sample and see if it sucks you in. It did for me.

  • The Desert Spear

  • By: Peter V. Brett
  • Narrated by: Pete Bradbury
  • Length: 26 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,076
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,267
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,265

The world remains under siege by demonkind stalking the land when the sun goes down. But a new hero has risen from the desert. Claiming to be the mythical Deliverer, Ahmann Jardir now rides alongside the allied desert tribes of Krasia. Jardir and his fellows are on an epic quest to vanquish the demons plaguing the world and bring humanity back from the brink of extinction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth My Credit

  • By Lauffeuer on 05-27-10

Well written but it was...ugly.

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

Reviewed: 06-08-14

What did you like best about The Desert Spear? What did you like least?

It was a well written and unique story with an interesting magic system I hoped they would explore further. I really wanted to see where the story went but...the multiple scene's with the abuse of women and girls made me not want to finish the story.

I kept of getting to these scene's and rewriting them in my head. The girl defends and rescues herself. Or... the leader of the demon killer army stops and looks about himself to see the senseless death he brings. Death that is completely unnecessary.

He brings suffering to innocents and thinks he is saving them while all through the book I keep stopping and thinking about how things should go.

Any additional comments?

While we all know that death, torture, and the violation of men women and children have happened and still happen. I cannot read of the senseless suffering and not feel the gut wrenching urge for myself or someone else to save them.

Others may not be hit as hard as I and have the ability to wait for the resolution of justice at the end of the story. If you are this person then I hope you will enjoy this book despite its ugliness.

  • Doctor Who: Dead Air

  • By: James Goss
  • Narrated by: David Tennant
  • Length: 1 hr and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,888
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,660
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,652

This is an exclusive, original adventure for the 10th Doctor, read by David Tennant. Featuring additional music and effects, Doctor Who: Dead Air has never been previously published. Hot on the heels of a creature that exists through sound, the Doctor lands on a pirate radio station boat in the late 1960s. The creature has already killed some of the DJs, and the Doctor befriends the survivors. But then the lights go out, and a desperate race for survival begins.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant story and well crafted audiobook

  • By Paul on 08-02-10

Pretty good....and short. Damnit...

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

Reviewed: 05-18-14

Where does Doctor Who rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Doctor Who always ranks high. Why? Because he's DOCTOR WHO! Seriously though the story was okay. The performance was excellent.

What about David Tennant’s performance did you like?

When he played The Doctor.

Any additional comments?

I got this one on the daily deal for 3.95 or some such. THAT is the price any audio book that is 2 hours or less deserves. Not 9.95. Not 7.95.

One hour deserves 3.95. Two hours deserves 5.95. Three deserves 7.95 AT MOST. Seriously Audible. You will sell a lot more copies. At those prices. I would buy them.

Okay rant done.

For now...

  • Hard Spell

  • Occult Crimes Unit Investigations, Book 1
  • By: Justin Gustainis
  • Narrated by: Peter Brook
  • Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 195
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 174
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 177

Scranton, the strangest city on earth has an uneasy “live and let unlive” relationship with the supernatural. But when a vamp puts the bite on an unwilling victim, or some witch casts the wrong kind of spell, that’s when they call me. “My name’s Markowski, a Detective Sergeant on the Scranton PD’s Supernatural Crimes Investigation Unit. I carry a badge. Also, a crucifix, some wooden stakes, a big vial of holy water, and a 9mm Beretta loaded with silver bullets.”

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Predictable and Flat

  • By Madeleine on 03-29-14

Different. Paranormal Police Procedural subgenre.

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

Reviewed: 05-18-14

Where does Hard Spell rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It ranks as dirty, gritty and realistic in all the bad ways. I got the impression that the author has acually met and talked to a few cops. I was entertained and liked it dispite its flaws.

Be warned: Some of the voices annoyed the hell out of me. I found myself thinking "gods I hope this character dies" just so I would NEVER. HEAR IT. AGAIN.

What three words best describe Peter Brook’s voice?

Make. It. Stop.

Any additional comments?

Once I got used to some of the voices and stopped wishing they would die via demonic piano falling on their heads or somthing, I started to enjoy the story. If you like cops fighting supernatural criminals in a world that knows they exist, you may like this book.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Omnitopia Dawn

  • Omnitopia #1
  • By: Diane Duane
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 14 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 156
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 118

In an increasingly wired and computer-friendly world, massive multiplayer online games have become the ultimate form of entertainment. And the most popular gaming universe of all is Omnitopia, created by genius programmer Dev Logan. For millions of people around the world, Omnitopia is an obsession, a passionate pastime, almost a way of life. But there's a secret to Omnitopia, one that Dev would give his life to protect: the game isn't just a program or a piece of code.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I hope I live to experience this first hand.

  • By Solace on 05-18-14

I hope I live to experience this first hand.

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

Reviewed: 05-18-14

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

Yes. It was entertaining and a bit funny. Although the pace was slow, the premise a little less than original ("Sword Art Online" ".hack//SignSign") and the ending like a freight train coming tword you; It was still good.

What did you like best about this story?

Gryphon poop. Also the inate coolness of creating an entire game world like the one Rick (was that his name?) made.

Any additional comments?

Hope the author writes the next one. Then gets it published. Then publishes an audio version. Then audible.com gets it. And sells it really cheap. That's all.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Moon Over Soho

  • Peter Grant, Book 2
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,555
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,368
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,363

Body and soul. The song. That's what London constable and sorcerer's apprentice Peter Grant first notices when he examines the corpse of Cyrus Wilkins, part-time jazz drummer and full-time accountant, who dropped dead of a heart attack while playing a gig at Soho's 606 Club. The notes of the old jazz standard are rising from the body - a sure sign that something about the man's death was not at all natural but instead supernatural.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved this Book - Total Imersion

  • By Sheri on 07-30-14

A book where the narrator enhances the book.

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

Reviewed: 11-06-12

Any additional comments?

This is one of the few audio books where the narrator not only lives up to the potiential of the book but also enhances it. The narrator gives the story more character and shades in the story to give it more depth. The various British terms (knackered meaning dead tired) (transport cafe is a truckstop) and the accent may give Americans a little trouble but otherwise I think everybody will enjoy the story.

The texture of the Jazz scene and the expressions of London life where enjoyable as well.

The first book was good but the second was better and I still waiting to listen to the third.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Jane Carver of Waar

  • Waar, Book 1
  • By: Nathan Long
  • Narrated by: Dina Pearlman
  • Length: 12 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 504
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 451
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 454

Jane Carver is nobody's idea of a space princess. A hard-ridin', hard-lovin' biker chick and ex-Airborne Ranger, Jane is as surprised as anyone else when, on the run from the law, she ducks into the wrong cave at the wrong time - and wakes up butt-naked on an exotic alien planet light-years away from everything she's ever known. Waar is a savage world of four-armed tiger-men, sky-pirates, slaves, gladiators, and purple-skinned warriors in thrall to a bloodthirsty code of honor and chivalry.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Story and Narration = Epic Fun!

  • By Diane on 05-17-13

Like a knockoff but a GOOD knockoff.

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

Reviewed: 10-22-12

Any additional comments?

This book is like a knockoff of "John Carter Of Mars" but it is a VERY GOOD knockoff. The main character feels real and her choices feel more real. Its also more edgey and modern than John Carter which may make it easier to read because of the generation gap. The next book is already out in print and I hope audible will have it soon.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Live and Let Drood

  • By: Simon R. Green
  • Narrated by: Gideon Emery
  • Length: 12 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 321
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 288
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 289

The New York Times best-selling author of the Nightside series, Simon R. Green has won widespread acclaim and an immense following for his Secret Histories novels featuring Eddie “Shaman Bond” Drood. In Green’s action-packed riff on everyone’s favorite superspy, Eddie once again finds himself at the center of supernatural intrigue. And even though protecting humanity from the forces of darkness is nothing new to Eddie, he now faces a threat that’s leaving him both shaken and stirred.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Weird. . .

  • By Jessica on 09-07-12

Another book that I wish didn't end...

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

Reviewed: 07-03-12

Any additional comments?

I love the books that make me curse them for ending too soon and wishing for another right away. This...is one of those books.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful