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  • Burn Bright

  • By: Patricia Briggs
  • Narrated by: Holter Graham
  • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,811
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,597
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,598

Charles Cornick is the son of the leader of the North American werewolves - and his father's enforcer. Anna Latham, a rare Omega wolf with a calming presence, is his mate. They go where they are needed, handling problems in werewolf packs throughout the country. But this time the danger is closer to home, as an enemy armed with witchcraft threatens Charles and Anna's own pack.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • You cannot trust anyone it seems.

  • By ShaSha (Lover of Audiobooks!) on 03-07-18

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 03-11-18

Narrator
I am a huge fan of Holter Graham and I find he does an amazing job with voices and stories. However, the one thing I dislike from narrators for long running series is the inability to keep the same voices on the same characters through the different books. Holter Graham normally does, and for this series has done an amazing job with keeping the same general tone and feel for and voices of the characters consistent through the books until this one. I like many audio fans re-listen to books before listening to the newest release and for those that do this, having such a jarring disjointed voice change for all of the characters in this book compared to the others is annoying and disruptive to the narration.

Author/Story
I enjoy or have enjoyed Patrica Briggs’ work until recently. I do understand that not every book is going to be a hit and sometimes stories don’t find the same tone or mood for every reader. However, this story and the last Mercy Thompson book (Though it was the male narration on that audio book that really made it horrible and not so much the story) both hit a sore note for me.

This story introduces a whole new set of wolves that no one mentioned until now. Even at the time when Bran transferred the bonds of all the wolves in in control to others during an earlier book, these wolves where not mentioned, nor was the weight of their issues made known. I felt like the author needed a group she could use in the pack there and kill off/create other powers for so she tosses in this group with no real build up or lead into. It was jarring.

As well, much of the beginning of the book felt like a rehash of information that was presented before, adding length without adding to the actual story. While some of the information was interesting, it did not jive with other information from past books. The whole idea that the “thing in Boston” aka the Big Game Hunter was part of this shadow witch clan’s doings is just insanely far fetched. More far fetched then the convoluted plan with Doc and his son Jerry in one of the other books.

Spoiler coming here: Another item that just rang hollow was the skin walker when we have seen a skin walker in the series before. It was as if the author forgot about how Charles’ dealings with skin walkers before.

All and all it was an interesting enough story but it just did not feel like it fit into the world Briggs’ has been creating in the past and the characters were acting out of, well out of character for each other as well.

I was very disappointed in this one and I do hope Ms. Briggs turns things around and gets back into the grove created by her other books.

And Mr. Graham, please go back and relisten to your narrations before doing a new book in a series, I know you can do it… please don’t change the voices we have grown to love!

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Silence Fallen

  • A Mercy Thompson Novel, Book 10
  • By: Patricia Briggs
  • Narrated by: Lorelei King, George Newbern
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,170
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,799
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,783

Attacked and abducted in her home territory, Mercy finds herself in the clutches of the most powerful vampire in the world, taken as a weapon to use against alpha werewolf Adam and the ruler of the Tri-Cities vampires. In coyote form Mercy escapes - only to find herself without money, without clothing, and alone in the heart of Europe. Unable to contact Adam and the rest of the pack, Mercy has allies to find and enemies to fight, and she needs to figure out which is which.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • BAD PENGUIN.

  • By bluestategirl on 07-15-17

Male Narrator was not a good choice

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

Reviewed: 10-20-17

Lorelei King does an amazing job. She has good voices for the male chars in the books and George Newbern's narration was jarring.

I am not sure why the reason for using two narrators, however, if they were going to use two, the male narrator should have been the guy they use for the Alpha Omega series, at least he does a good job with Briggs' work.

If I had know how bad the narration of George Newbern was before buying the book I would have gone for the kindle version and just skipped the audio.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Earthcore

  • By: Scott Sigler
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 20 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,435
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,986
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,957

EarthCore is the company with the technology, the resources, and the guts to go after the mother lode. Young executive Connell Kirkland is the company's driving force, pushing himself and those around him to uncover the massive treasure. But at three miles below the surface, where the rocks are so hot they burn bare skin, something has been waiting for centuries. Waiting...and guarding. Kirkland and EarthCore are about to find out first-hand why this treasure has never been unearthed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Slow start, but it gained momentum quick

  • By Jan on 12-15-17

Odd and mostly enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 10-02-17

If Ray Porter wasn't narrating this book I might have not listened to the entire thing. Ray does an amazing job keeping me engaged in a book.

Over all I enjoyed the story, however there are a few things that I did not care for that honestly I didn't feel the book needed to be enjoyable. Nearly everything to do with "Farm Girl" I could have done without - I know there are some sick people out there but I really do not need to read/listen to that type of behavior in a story. I do not feel like the depth explained to added to the story and in fact I believe if stole from the story by drawing attention to elements that did not drive the plot. If you have any hang ups on torture, in detail, do not listen to this book.

Next element that took away stars in the story rating was... *SPOILER BELOW - you are warned*
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I dislike stories where SO much of the cast die - Seriously I understand that many people had to die in order to add the drama but really, we get to keep 1 grandmother owner, who had a small appearance in the plot, 1 prospector (which btw, would have been nice to see more of in the book), and 2 security guards that really play a smaller part in the book. Only the prospector out of the main characters lives - So while I enjoyed most of the book, I just didn't care for the author killing off everyone in what were basically meaningless deaths. Sure there was 1 death that wasn't - but 1 of how many? Add in the torture from "farm girl" and I just could not rate this above a 3. It would have been a 2 if not for the narration of Ray Porter.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Hard Magic

  • Book I of the Grimnoir Chronicles
  • By: Larry Correia
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 16 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,393
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,464
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,462

Jake Sullivan is a licensed private eye with a seriously hardboiled attitude. He also possesses raw magical talent and the ability to make objects in his vicinity light as a feather or as heavy as depleted uranium, all with a magical thought. It's no wonder the G-men turn to Jake when they need someoneto go after a suspected killer who has been knocking off banks in a magic-enhanced crime spree.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not what I thought it was going to be.

  • By Clinton on 08-06-11

enjoyed it

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

Reviewed: 07-10-16

It took me awhile to actually listen to this audiobook. I originally got it on sale and I started listening but didn't care for it right away.

I like other books by this author, so I finally gave it a shot and listened for more than a chapter and got sucked in. I am off to get the next book now.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Forgotten Ages

  • The Complete Saga
  • By: Lindsay Buroker
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 23 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 733
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 681
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 681

The greatest military leader of his time. The most talented code breaker her people have. Sworn enemies. When deadly secrets from the ancient past are unearthed, secrets capable of fracturing the world and destroying all life on the planet, these two enemies will have to work together. They are humanity's only hope.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Some breaks in logic, but an enjoyable listen

  • By Greg on 07-19-16

A pleasure to finally listen to

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

Reviewed: 05-24-16

I have owned all three of stories in this set since they were originally released and have loved them. I have read them multiple times and was thrilled to find out that Tavia Gilbert would narrate the stories.

My only complaint and this might have been an issue with my download, I'm not sure but I swear the recording was spend up. Tavia sounded like she was speed reading through the text which was very off putting considering I've enjoyed Tavia on other series in the past. I slowed the play back to .75 and it sounded great then.

I am eager to find out if Tavia will be doing the other books in this world by Buroker - I would really enjoy hearing others.

13 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • The Aeronaut's Windlass

  • The Cinder Spires, Book 1
  • By: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: Euan Morton
  • Length: 21 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,836
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,984
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,976

Since time immemorial the Spires have sheltered humanity, towering for miles over the mist-shrouded surface of the world. Within their halls aristocratic houses have ruled for generations, developing scientific marvels, fostering trade alliances, and building fleets of airships to keep the peace. Captain Grimm commands the merchant ship Predator. Fiercely loyal to Spire Albion, he has taken their side in the cold war with Spire Aurora, disrupting the enemy's shipping lines by attacking their cargo vessels.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Brave New World

  • By Don Gilbert on 10-02-15

Enjoyed every minute of it

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

Reviewed: 02-24-16

So far I have yet to find a Jim Butcher book that I did not enjoy. The world building was rich and different and I found myself enjoying the mixture of steampunk and fantasy.

I enjoyed the entire story, however I think my favorite thing about the books was the many viewpoints and shorter chapters that allowed me to stop listening or pick back up at convenient breaks. The world created by Butcher was amazing and I look forward to more in this world.

Morton did a very good job even with the female chapters and I had little trouble with understand who was speaking when.

  • The Fold

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,185
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,166
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 28,119

The folks in Mike Erikson's small New England town would say he's just your average, everyday guy. And that's exactly how Mike likes it. Sure, the life he's chosen isn't much of a challenge to someone with his unique gifts, but he's content with his quiet and peaceful existence. That is, until an old friend presents him with an irresistible mystery, one that Mike is uniquely qualified to solve.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Fun premise, great performance, weak story

  • By J. Klinghoffer on 08-06-15

if you liked 14...

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

Reviewed: 01-28-16

..... you will enjoy this one too. while you don't have to read 14 to enjoy this book, it is set in the same world build.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 14

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,072
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,186
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 36,192

There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Overrated

  • By David on 04-03-13

Amazing, Fun, Entertaining

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

Reviewed: 06-29-15

I had this book on my wish list for ages and I finally saw it on sale and purchased it. I never should have waited so long to listen to this amazing book.

The story was entertaining, the mysteries engaging and interesting, and the characters were truly well done.

The narration was nicely done by Ray Porter and I will look for the narrator again.

I wish I had listened to this story much earlier; I will likely listen to it again soon.

I have been considering what to say about the story itself, but saying too much would just spoil the adventure and intrigue.

1 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Words of Radiance

  • The Stormlight Archive, Book 2
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
  • Length: 48 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 45,592
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 42,634
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 42,616

In that first volume, we were introduced to the remarkable world of Roshar, a world both alien and magical, where gigantic hurricane-like storms scour the surface every few days and life has adapted accordingly. Roshar is shared by humans and the enigmatic, humanoid Parshendi, with whom they are at war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Book !!; no let down- "Words of Radiance" shines

  • By Don Gilbert on 03-08-14

Amazing

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

Reviewed: 03-10-14

I was concerned about this book - Sanderson does so much writing, how could this one be as good as WOK - but it did an amazing job of recapturing my interest in this amazing world.

I found the humor at times in this book to be simply delightful - I often found myself chuckling or laughing at something and then having to explain to others what was so funny.

I have read some other reviews that found some of the smaller scenes from completely new characters were silly or strange, but oddly I found they added to the entire story to create a very well rounded listen.

As always Michael Kramer and Kate Reading do just a staller job - this book started out great but their work made it simply amazing.

9 of 17 people found this review helpful

  • Black Arts

  • Jane Yellowrock, Book 7
  • By: Faith Hunter
  • Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
  • Length: 14 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,652
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,435
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,435

When Evan Trueblood blows into town looking for his wife, Molly, he’s convinced that she came to see her best friend, Jane. But it seems like the witch made it to New Orleans and then disappeared without a trace. Jane is ready to do whatever it takes to find her friend. Her desperate search leads her deep into a web of black magic and betrayal and into the dark history between vampires and witches. But the closer she draws to Molly, the closer she draws to a new enemy - one who is stranger and more powerful than any she has ever faced.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WELL WORTH THE WAIT!!!

  • By Kindle Customer on 01-10-14

Next Soon, Please!!!

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

Reviewed: 01-09-14

If you have not read the other books, you will likely have a huge learning curve here, so start with the first book and follow along on the ride that gets everyone here.

Story Line:
Molly has disappeared and Jane needs to find her before it’s too late – We have Evan showing up with the kids, looking for Molly who was coming to visit Jane (Not that Jane knew that). We have some other people disappearing, vampires plotting (as normal), new PAW people showing up and some really good interaction between the Elders and Jane (nice to see Jane opening up more).

Narration – Khristine Hvam does an AMAZING job once again. Just love her work.

Performance – I see from other reviews that I’m not the only one that got some funny one or two word over lays of a man’s voice doing some other story. It’s like a few bits of data got corrupted or something. But considering others have it and a new download didn’t fix the problem, I think the master file Audible is using to download is hinky. Chap 16, has a bit at the beginning, I want to say about 3 minutes in but I could be off but a minute or so either way.

Story thoughts:
I did like having the kids back, and I really enjoyed the Angie/Jane interaction regarding the use of her powers. Nicely done.

Evan and Molly – Interesting turn with Molly, though I had wondered about that during the past books and this just confirmed something, but that does pose an interesting question regarding Angie Baby’s magics too.

I feel like I missed something (a short story) somewhere regarding Sol and the type of creature she is. I’ll have to dig around to see if I can find it.

I really enjoyed Leo and Bruiser in this and I was a bit lost regarding Rick. The Youngers are back and I really like how the Kid is growing up. Reach better have some darn good reasons or else the Kid will be taking over more than just Jane’s work.

Interested and a touch concerned over how the forced feeding was dealt with – I really hope Faith Hunter has a plan for where the story is heading/ending – I hate to think about an ending, but at the same time I know that nothing good lasts forever.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful