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  • Storm Front

  • The Dresden Files, Book 1
  • By: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: James Marsters
  • Length: 8 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,202
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,352
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,310

A call from a distraught wife, and another from Lt. Murphy of the Chicago PD Special Investigation Unit makes Harry believe things are looking up, but they are about to get worse, much worse. Someone is harnessing immense supernatural forces to commit a series of grisly murders. Someone has violated the first law of magic: Thou Shalt Not Kill. Tracking that someone takes Harry into the dangerous underbelly of Chicago, from mobsters to vampires....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • ZERO STARS FOR THE NARRATOR !

  • By Randall on 03-05-19

Love Dresden. TERRIBLE narrator!

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

Reviewed: 08-08-18

The narrator was distractingly bad. He was fine on the basic story, but he badly and repetitively mispronounced quite a few words. His acting on the dialogue was also pretty tortured.

10 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • Ramses, Volume II

  • The Eternal Temple
  • By: Christian Jacq
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 32

The new Pharaoh, Ramses, aspires to greatness of a magnitude undreamed of by mortal men. But to thwart his dreams, a gaggle of fiends, including a sorcerer, invaders, and his own brother awaits him. Now he will learn whether the friends of his youth - people such as Moses and the aging Greek poet, Homer - can truly be trusted.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best ever book story

  • By Anonymous User on 12-22-18

Loved the books when i read them a decade ago

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

Reviewed: 02-17-18

Enjoyed very much listening to them again. I read them before my first trip to Egypt and i was so glad i did. Our tour guide was so surprised i was so familiar with Ramses II. I just wished the rest of the volumes were available through audible.

  • Viking Warrior

  • Strongbow Saga, Book 1
  • By: Judson Roberts
  • Narrated by: Jeff Hays
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 161
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 143
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 143

The Strongbow Saga is an epic tale of one man's unstoppable quest for justice and vengeance that carries him across the ninth century world of the Vikings. In Viking Warrior, Book One of the saga, a cruel twist of fate both frees Halfdan and robs him of the mother he loves, setting him upon the path to a new destiny. But a brutal act of treachery and murder upends Halfdan's new life, sending him on the run with ruthless hunters hot on his trail.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book, great performance

  • By Laura Renee on 11-04-14

A little juvenile

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

Reviewed: 09-01-15

Not enough meat. Slow paced and stilted narration. Red eye and Odins wolves much better reading. Great material, just needs better execution.

  • This Side of the Grave

  • Night Huntress, Book 5
  • By: Jeaniene Frost
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,726
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,853
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,856

Half-vampire Cat Crawfield and her vampire husband, Bones, have fought for their lives, as well as for their relationship. But just when they’ve triumphed over the latest battle, Cat’s new and unexpected abilities threaten to upset a long-standing balance.

With the mysterious disappearance of vampires, rumors abound that a species war is brewing. A zealot is inciting tensions between the vampires and ghouls, and if these two powerful groups clash, innocent mortals could become collateral damage.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • LOVE THIS SERIES

  • By Carlie on 03-02-11

Hate, hate Bones' voice!?

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

Reviewed: 06-08-15

As usual I loved the books but the voice of Bones was annoying. If there were more of his voice, I'd just read them. Glad I didn't ever "read" the series because then it would be intolerable.
I could do a better male English than that annoying pittance. Can't see a hunk with that voice. Come to think of it I stopped listening to old Camiin series for such a voice.

  • The Crime at Black Dudley

  • An Albert Campion Mystery
  • By: Margery Allingham
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 424
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 377
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 380

When George Abbershaw is invited to Black Dudley Manor for the weekend, he has only one thing on his mind - proposing to Meggie Oliphant. Unfortunately for George, things don't quite go according to plan. A harmless game turns decidedly deadly and suspicions of murder take precedence over matrimony. Trapped in a remote country house with a murderer, George can see no way out. But Albert Campion can.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I LIKE this narrator quite a lot!!!!

  • By Meep on 11-16-13

The narrator ruined this for me

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

Reviewed: 10-23-13

Would you try another book from Margery Allingham and/or David Thorpe?

I have enjoyed Allingham over the years, usually in paperback. I decided to try a couple of novels in audio. I am glad I tried two because had I only listened to Thorpe's narration I would not have bought any additional books.

What did you like best about this story?

Allingham always has some fun as well as intrigue in her books. Her plots are usually a little more complex than many of the English cottage mystery writers. Campion is a character who grows on you much like Lord Peter Wimsey.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

While we know that Campion, like Lord Peter, puts on a facade of sorts - looking to appear the fool when he is not, this narrator made him sound like a hysterical alley cat. Other times he has him "twitter". I was so annoyed. I can't imagine anyone enjoying Campion with this voice attached. Fortunately I had bought one with another narrator at the same time and was pleased. Its too bad that most of the audio editions use Thorpe. I am not that picky about narrators compared to most, although I have my favorites like most listeners. This is the first time I have boycotted a narrator for reasons other than difficulty in understanding an accent, etc.
If you want to read Campion, make sure you try one of the books with another narrator and then you will at least understand the main character before you hear Thorpe destroy him.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

No

Any additional comments?

I hope there are some other versions of the series with a different narrator. Otherwise I'll limit myself to non Thorpe narrations.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Valentine's Rising

  • The Vampire Earth, Book 4
  • By: E. E. Knight
  • Narrated by: Christian Rummel, E. E. Knight (Introduction)
  • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 417
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 276
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 278

Ozark Free Territory, 2071: The Kurian Order has reigned for 50 years. Using the dreaded power of their Reaper avatars, the alien, vampiric Kur hold dominion over the Earth and its inhabitants. Yet there are those who would rather die fighting than surrender to the unquenchable thirst of the enemy - those like David Valentine .

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More of the same - but that's a good thing!

  • By Rick on 12-17-09

A Solid Series, Well worth the credit(s)!

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

Reviewed: 07-29-12

Any additional comments?

Well written and well performed sci fi. Although the plot is old (aliens having taken over the earth and the survivors continue the battle), this series was pretty refreshing. Good characters, intelligent story telling that doesn't drag, reasonably good balance of action and character development. Its not a five star, but worth the credits as the series will provide you with many hours of entertainment. Definitely recommend starting with book one of the series for best reading/listening.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Rising Tides

  • Destroyermen, Book 5
  • By: Taylor Anderson
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 17 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,837
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,470
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,473

Stuck in an alternate universe during World War II, Lieutenant Commander Matthew Reddy of the U.S.S. Walker has found an unlikely but invaluable ally in Commodore Jenks of the New Britain Imperial Navy. And now they are united in their desire to hunt down the traitor who abducted two women both men would die to protect: Reddy's love, nurse Sandra Tucker, and young Princess Rebecca of the New British Empire. But first they have a new battle to win. However, this battle will not be fought with broadsides and broadswords, but with cunning and intrigue.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Each book in this series is better than the last!

  • By DAVID on 02-03-11

A Highly Entertaining Series, one of my favorites!

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

Reviewed: 07-29-12

Any additional comments?

Who doesn't love a great series that is imaginative, well written, with wonderful characters and lots of action? i listen or read two or three books a week and am always on the lookout for good, entertaining series. These characters are so vivid that I become totally enveloped in the alternative world. Imaginative entertainment for adults. Well produced and well worth the credits for the series.

  • The Third Gate

  • A Novel
  • By: Lincoln Child
  • Narrated by: Johnathan McClain
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,810
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,584
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,582

Under the direction of famed explorer Porter Stone, an archaeological team is secretly attempting to locate the tomb of an ancient pharaoh who was unlike any other in history. Stone believes he has found the burial chamber of King Narmer, the near mythical god-king who united upper and lower Egypt in 3200 B.C., and the archaeologist has reason to believe that the greatest prize of all - Narmer's crown - might be buried with him. No crown of an Egyptian king has ever been discovered, and Narmer's is the elusive crown of the two Egypts.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Reliable Entertainment for Child Fans

  • By Amanda on 06-14-12

A Bit Contrived But Probably Worth the Credit

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

Reviewed: 07-29-12

Any additional comments?

The basic underlying plot was a bit hokey. Yet this author always delivers good characters, a smooth and entertaining narrative. Found the setting interesting but just felt the storyline was too contrived and fell short of the author's usual standards. This may insult some people's intelligence.

  • Lifeblood

  • The Vampire Files, Book 2
  • By: P. N. Elrod
  • Narrated by: Barrett Whitener
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 221
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 150
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154

Jack Fleming was an investigative journalist in Prohibition-era Chicago until he got shot by an unknown assassin, bitten by his vampire girlfriend, and then became one of the undead. Now, this nice-guy nosferatu has a bunch of crazy vampire hunters on his trail, armed with crosses, silver bullets, and sharp wooden stakes. He doesn't know how they found out about him or why they are "out for his blood," but it's not a problem for this street-wise gumshoe, until someone starts shooting.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not as good as the first, but still pretty good

  • By Cliff on 04-23-15

Vampire Files are good entertainment

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

Reviewed: 07-29-12

Any additional comments?

The Vampire files are typical P N Elrod: light escapism without insulting your intelligence. The hero's character is charming, the other main characters interesting, and the story was never boring. A good listen and worth the credit.

  • Redoubtable

  • Kris Longknife, Book 8
  • By: Mike Shepherd
  • Narrated by: Dina Pearlman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 706
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 572
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 573

Lieutenant Commander Kris Longknife has precise orders: seek out, engage, and destroy pirates, slavers, and drug lords operating beyond the rim of human space - without interfering in Peterwald family affairs. But when slavers kidnap a 12-year-old girl, Kris's mission becomes personal. And if destroying the pirate compound flattens some Peterwald interests - well, to hell with politics.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Kris and Vicky work together

  • By Jean on 03-12-15

I can't believe I enjoy this series so much

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

Reviewed: 07-29-12

Would you listen to Redoubtable again? Why?

I am always looking for entertaining series that are easy to listen to and provide some escapism from academia and the evening news. The Kris Longknife books, while not cerebrally demanding are fun, creative and just good value for one credit. They are light but don't insult my intelligence and provide a nice balance of political intrigue, action, romance, and good characters. I will buy them all.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful