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The Hanging Tree audiobook cover art

Worth the wait

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

Reviewed: 02-05-17

First, my apologies to Ben Aaronovitch for heckling him on Twitter and comparing him to George R. R. Martin in his slowness to produce this sequel. This is one of the best installments in the series. The pacing was perfect-- not too many architectural digressions ;-) I always enjoy Peter's cheekiness, and I enjoyed the emotional development of some of the other characters. Now begins the interminable wait for the next book in the series. Sigh.

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Midnight Riot audiobook cover art

Pure genius!

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

Reviewed: 06-22-15

If the Harry Potter series and the British crime drama series Luther had a baby, Midnight Riot would be their child. The storyline is clever and enthralling. The narrator breathes life into the characters. Each character has a unique voice that suits his or her personality and station in life, from Nigerian river goddess to a turn of the century, upper crust detective/wizard. The contemporary allusions to Star Wars, Harry Potter, and Dr. Who are hilarious and well-timed. I love this book and the entire series, and I would recommend them to anyone who secretly played Dungeons and Dragons in 6th-8th grade, watched Star Trek with his/her parents, wished he/she were as cool as Hans Solo and had a Wookie sidekick, and loved reading Harry Potter more than his/her kids.

Code Zero audiobook cover art

A trip down memory lane...

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

Reviewed: 06-22-14

What I love about the Joe Ledger's series: new super villain/freak of the week, action, and problem-solving process. Code Zero is Joe Ledger's top hits album. Every character and problem was revisited and summarized. Joe spent the majority of the book discussing the psychological repercussions of battling monsters. Killing the walking dead is emotionally scarring for the soldiers and makes the dead victims twice over. You made your point Mr. Maberry. Got it. Got it again. GOT IT! Sheesh.

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City of Heavenly Fire audiobook cover art

Spare your ears and purchase the book in print.

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

Reviewed: 06-09-14

If you've read the other books in the series, I doubt you need convincing as to whether or not you should read this book. Cassandra Clare is adept at developing sympathetic characters, interesting plots, and engaging dialogue. This particular book does suffer from too many points of view and the introduction and development of too many new characters which distracts rather than enhances the main storyline. (It's quite a feat just to recall and keep straight the periphery characters from the previous books.) I wish the author had not used this book to be a spring board for another new series. She should have been more focused on telling the story of the characters of Jace, Clary, et al.

What absolutely infuriates me is the choice of narrators. Why must there be a male and female narrator? Neither Jason Dohring nor Sophie Turner are able to make smooth transitions between the American and British accents or the male and female voices. Jason Dohring's voice is flat and ponderous. Sophie Turner seems to be perpetually confused, which in turn confuses the listener. I wish they had selected just one talented narrator like Xe Sands and had used her for the entire series. The continuity would have made for more enjoyable listening. I wish I had just bought this book in print and used my own imagination for the characters' voices.

Loki's Daughters audiobook cover art

Cheap romance dressed up as historical fiction.

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

Reviewed: 06-09-14

This book should have come with a warning label. I'm surprised the cover doesn't have Fabio posing on it as a shirtless Viking. Repetitive love scenes that used every euphemism possible for a guy's junk were nauseating. The heroine's continually vacillating internal debate actually provoked me to roll my eyes and press fast forward on the recording several times. The whole "I hate him because he's a Viking, but his beautiful blue eyes and bulging member makes me quiver" got old fast. For the most part the narrator did an okay job, except that she made some of the women's voices sound like congested donkeys. Unless you are a glutton for punishment, don't bother wasting your time or credit.

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