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  • 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 63,817
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 59,883
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59,762

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

Bob's yer uncle

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

Reviewed: 12-22-17

My shortest review ever.

All the good things everyone has said is true.

Read this!

(Applies to entire trilogy.)

  • The X-Files: Stolen Lives

  • By: Joe Harris, Chris Carter, Dirk Maggs - adaptation
  • Narrated by: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi, and others
  • Length: 3 hrs and 42 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,923
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,772
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,772

Out of the ashes of the Syndicate, a new, more powerful threat has emerged. Resurrected members of this fallen group - now shadows of their former selves - seemingly bend to the will of someone, or something, with unmatched abilities and an unknown purpose. As those believed to be enemies become unlikely allies and trusted friends turn into terrifying foes, FBI agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully become unknowing participants in a deadly game of deception and retribution.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As much as the show

  • By S. Reese on 11-02-17

Better that the first!

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

Reviewed: 11-26-17

The writing has improved, though not to the level of the television series scripts. Like the series, I prefer the creepy stand-alone stories the best. But the conspiracy storyline is interesting as well. I love hearing the full cast again. I am waiting for the next one.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Knights Magi

  • The Spellmonger Series, Book 4
  • By: Terry Mancour
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 19 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,982
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,597
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,572

When the Magelord Minalan, the Spellmonger's two apprentices, Tyndal and Rondal, were knighted after the battle of Timberwatch, they were dubbed Knights Magi: a new class of nobility for distinguished High Magi. Designed to combine the pursuit of arcane knowledge with the noble aspirations of chivalry, it elevated them above common warmage...in theory. The problem was they had no idea how to be a Knight Mage...because no one had ever been one before.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I find the reviews misleading

  • By Devin Anderson on 09-01-18

Ignore the haters, this is a good book!

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

Reviewed: 11-26-17

We get to take a break from the Spellmonger and spend some time with his apprentices. As good a coming of age novel as we would expect from the prior books. A rich world with rich experiences, and the bonds of family. Anyone with siblings, especially brothers, will find at least something familiar.

And John Lee is still the best!

  • Lies, Damned Lies and History

  • The Chronicles of St. Mary's, Book 7
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,734
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,581
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,570

I've done some stupid things in my time. I've been reckless. I've broken a few rules. But never before have I ruined so many lives or left such a trail of destruction behind me. As Max would be the first to admit, she's never been one for rules. They tend to happen to other people. But this time she's gone too far, and everyone is paying the price. Grounded until the end of time, how can she ever put things right?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Why do her books have to end????

  • By janet on 05-07-16

Too Many Improbable Things

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

Reviewed: 10-29-17

I really enjoy this series. Jodi Taylor has great characters and interesting stories with historical tidits thrown in. Zara Ramm is a great narrator and gives each character a unique voice that you recognize even during uninterrupted dialogue

My quibble with this book is that it sets up two situations with horrible consequences, and then the consequences do not happen. The first situation resolves without any real explanation of why the consequences never occur. The second situation resolves in a reaonable enough manner. But the lack of explanation for the first resolution and the immediate follow-up with another narrow escape seems too improbable and contrived.

I know, I am complaining about lack of realism in a series about time-traveling historians. That is why I classify it as a quibble. But usually Jodi keeps a higher level of internal consistency, and this one felt pasted-over. As if it was written into a corner and then the solution was too much trouble to deal with. If there was less build-up to the first situation, it would not have bothered me. But the huge build-up followed by a squib instead of an explosion felt intellectually dishonest.

Still, an enjoyable book and I already have the next two books in the series.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Cold, Cold Ground

  • Detective Sean Duffy, Book 1
  • By: Adrian McKinty
  • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,539
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,206
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,186

Adrian McKinty was born in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland. He studied politics and philosophy at Oxford before moving to America in the early 1990s. Living first in Harlem, he found employment as a construction worker, barman, and bookstore clerk. In 2000 he moved to Denver to become a high school English teacher and it was there that he began writing fiction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a stunning book

  • By Alan on 01-17-12

Great Operative, Bad Cop

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

Reviewed: 10-15-17

An interesting setting: Ireland during the hunger strikes. A young and ambitious homicide detective. An interesting cast of characters, and a real problem in detection. The protagonist deals with temptations and adversities and makes morally ambiguous choices. Plus the narration by Gerard Doyle is fantastic.

The protagonist is forced down the rabbit hole. As a result, he ends up having to do things that are outside the usual purview of the police. He ultimately becomes an excellent operative. But that makes him a bad cop. Things you cheer for in a spy are just not acceptable from a police officer. Spies gather intelligence, police officers put together cases for prosecution. One example is breaking and entering without a warrant. It is what a spy does. But when a police officer does it, it not only violates the law, it jeopardizes his case. And that is the least of the lines he crosses.

It was a rewarding book, but in the end, somewhat exploitative. Things that would be acceptable in a Holmesian story are not acceptable in a police procedural. Police procedurals are supposed to be a little more realistic. If the protagonist was MI5 or MI6 he would be a heroic operative. But he ends up being a bad cop.

  • Magelord

  • The Spellmonger Series, Book 3
  • By: Terry Mancour
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 31 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 7,545
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,057
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 7,021

How can Sire Minalan fight goblins, plots, poverty, and politics, all from his remote and rustic vale, while keeping the peasants in line and the Warbird of West Fleria at bay? With wit, courage, determination, and a healthy dose of magic. And when the new king tasks him to find a way to slay a dragon, an ordinary knight might shy away from the quest. For Sire Minalan, it's just another day on the job as a magelord!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The biggest Flaw in this epic

  • By sign on 10-11-17

Washington and Cincinnatus as a Mage

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

Reviewed: 10-15-17

Washington and Cincinnatus are both famous for loving their farms. But when called upon, they gave up the farms they loved and defended their countries. They controlled the destinies of their people. Unlike most, as soon as they were done, they gave up power and returned to their beloved farms. They are the great examples of supremely able people who could not be seduced by power. They were driven by duty and the common welfare, but loved their homes and returned as soon as they could.

Minalin the Magelord and Field Marshal is cut from the same cloth. In this book we see his love of his land and the strength of his character. I would be surprised if he is not modeled in part on Washington and Cincinnatus.

John Lee is one of my favorite narrators. I usually associate him with books with more gravitas, especially Revelation Space books by Alastair Reynolds. His rendition of Nevil Clavain is a great example of a hard-bitten soldier and commander. It is a lot of fun to hear John Lee in a lighter story with lighter characters. At least half of the enjoyment comes from hearing him voicing straight-forward, lovable characters instead of the grimmer, complex characters of Revelation Space.

I am eagerly awaiting the rest of this series!

  • The X-Files: Cold Cases

  • By: Joe Harris, Chris Carter, Dirk Maggs - adaptation
  • Narrated by: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 4 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15,000
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 13,908
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13,836

Based upon the graphic novels by Joe Harris - with creative direction from series creator Chris Carter - and adapted specifically for the audio format by aural auteur Dirk Maggs ( The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Alien: Out of the Shadows), Cold Cases marks yet another thrilling addition to the pantheon of X-Files stories. Featuring a mind-blowing and otherworldly soundscape of liquefying aliens, hissing creatures, and humming spacecraft, listeners get to experience the duo's investigations like never before.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • New Fan

  • By tatiana on 12-24-17

Great casting needs better writing.

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

Reviewed: 07-27-17

It was great to hear this cast together again! Mulder, Scully, Skinner, the Lone Gunman, Smoking Man . . . they are all fantastic!

I really enjoyed the recording and plan to buy the next one as soon as it comes out.

The problem was the writing was not up to X-files standards. These first episodes were cartoonish--not even anime-like but cartoonish. And needlessly so. For instance, the Lone Gunman survive. That itself takes away from their heroic deaths and burial at Arlington. But a secret bunker under Arlington? That is cartoonish and unnecessary.

On the balance, buy it, enjoy the great cast together again, and hope for better writing in the future! And encourage them by buying the next one as well.

8 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Down Among the Sticks and Bones

  • By: Seanan McGuire
  • Narrated by: Seanan McGuire
  • Length: 4 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 363
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 337
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 337

Seanan McGuire returns to her popular Wayward Children series with Down Among the Sticks and Bones - a truly stand-alone story suitable for adult and young adult listeners of urban fantasy, and the follow-up to the Alex Award-winning, Hugo and Nebula finalist, Tiptree Honor List Every Heart a Doorway.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Spectacular fairy tale from an amazing author/narrator!

  • By Laura on 10-18-17

A welcome return to the Every Heart universe

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

Reviewed: 07-19-17

I really love Seanan McGuire and this particular universe.

This tells the story of Jack and Jill. Even though it is a prequel, I think you need to read Every Heart a Doorway first, otherwise there are too many spoilers.

I would like to know what happens AFTER Every Heart a Doorway as well.

While this is marketed as Young Adult cross-over, like the Velveteen series this is enjoyable as an adult read. While suitable for younger readers, it touches something more profound than the October Daye and Cryptid series (two of my favorites). Sharing these books with your 16 to 18 year-olds is a great idea!

I wanted to give this a higher rating, but it starts a little slow. Once it hits its stride, it makes up for it. Jack seems too forgiving. I can see her doing what she does, but I cannot believe she would not be more angry about it.

Seanan McGuire is pretty good as a narrator, but not as good as her usual readers. I am sure if she keeps doing it, she will be excellent. But I am not sure she will bother because Robinette Kowal (who is similar to Ms. McGuire) and Emily Bauer do such great narration for her books.

So a solid four-star book. Even though it feels like a four-and-one-half or five star book.

I hope there will be more!

  • A Trail Through Time

  • The Chronicles of St. Mary's, Book 4
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,413
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,187
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,179

"St Mary's is back and is facing a battle to survive in this, the fourth installment of the Chronicles. Max and Leon are re-united and looking forward to a peaceful lifetime together. But, sadly, they don't even make it to lunchtime. The action races from 17th century London to Ancient Egypt and from Pompeii to 14th century Southwark as they're pursued up and down the timeline.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Anther Adventure with the Timetraveling Historians

  • By Linda on 01-26-15

Not sure why the reboot was necessary

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

Reviewed: 05-10-17

I was not a big fan of the reboot. It was a little Dr. Who-ish. Nevertheless, Max is still Max and her adventures at St. Mary's are exciting, irreverent, and fun! Max is a strong and unabashedly female protagonist. Jodi Taylor walks the line but does not fall over into bodice ripping, or utopic alternate realities (characters remain consistent). Zara Ramm is fantastic at voicing the various characters. I guess if it keeps the series going, I can accept it and be happy.

  • Modern Sorcery

  • The First Jonathan Shade Novel
  • By: Gary Jonas
  • Narrated by: Joe Hempel
  • Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 143
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 136
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 136

A husband armed with a sword hacks apart his wife in a Denver grocery store. There are dozens of witnesses, and the crime is captured on the security cameras. To the police, it's an open-and-shut case. To Naomi, the daughter of the couple, it's evidence of dark magic. She hires her ex-lover, a private investigator named Jonathan Shade to prove her father is innocent.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome!

  • By erobbins33 on 06-13-16

True noir contemporary fantasy.

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

Reviewed: 05-10-17

If you like contemporary fantasy, Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett, you are going to like this book. The book is so good that I do not want to give too much away. While it is original, it has elements that will remind you of The Maltese Falcon, The Big Sleep, and Double Indemnity. It made me want to read my Penguin urtext editions of Chandler and Hammett again. I hope the rest of the books are as good as this one!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful