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  • Dark Sacred Night

  • A Ballard and Bosch Novel
  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Christine Lakin, Titus Welliver
  • Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,741
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,289
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,256

Renée Ballard is working the night beat again and returns to Hollywood Station in the early hours only to find a stranger rifling through old file cabinets. The intruder is retired detective Harry Bosch, working a cold case that has gotten under his skin. Ballard kicks him out but then checks into the case herself, and it brings a deep tug of empathy and anger. Bosch is investigating the death of 15-year-old Daisy Clayton, a runaway on the streets of Hollywood who was brutally murdered and her body left in a dumpster like so much trash. Now, Ballard joins forces with Bosch. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • So So

  • By Paul Beer on 11-16-18

Disappointed

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

Reviewed: 03-13-19

I believe that Connelly is one of a small handful of the best genre writers living today. That being said, even the greats swing and miss at times. Dark Sacred Night felt so scrapped together, I'm surprised it was even published. I would have thought Connelly had higher standards than this.

First of all... though this book was just ok, its still good in comparison to other authors. What I enjoy so much about this authors writing is the understated plot you usually find with Bosch. No one is saving the world from ending. Its an ordinary story.

What I didnt like here was the back and forth between Bosch and another detective. The two story lines made things feel unrefined. There was a lack of tension.

  • Not Alone

  • By: Craig A. Falconer
  • Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
  • Length: 22 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,326
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,813
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,802

When Dan McCarthy stumbles upon a folder containing evidence of the conspiracy to end all conspiracies - a top-level alien cover-up - he leaks the files without a second thought. The incredible truth revealed by Dan's leak immediately captures the public's imagination, but Dan's relentless commitment to exposing the cover-up and forcing disclosure quickly earns him some enemies in high places.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Impressive Book About Aliens & the Hype Industry

  • By Russell on 12-21-16

Strange Fiction

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

Reviewed: 02-28-19

I was so ready to give up on this story so many times. Falconer spent the first 3/4's of this story basically telling a public relations meets politics thriller. And this political thriller was written no where near as well as other authors have done in the past.

But then things shifted and the ending actually made the tedious plod through the long first half worth while.

First 3/4's of the book get zero stars from me.
Last 1/4 gets pretty high marks.
The end is kind of dumb.

If your looking for a good sci fi story, this is not it. Try a writer like Heinlein for more satisfaction.

  • Infinite

  • By: Jeremy Robinson
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,979
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,346
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10,333

The Galahad, a faster-than-light spacecraft, carries 50 scientists and engineers on a mission to prepare Kepler 452b, Earth's nearest habitable neighbor at 1400 light years away. With Earth no longer habitable and the Mars colony slowly failing, they are humanity's best hope. After 10 years in a failed cryogenic bed - body asleep, mind awake - William Chanokh's torture comes to an end as the fog clears, the hatch opens, and his friend and fellow hacker, Tom, greets him...by stabbing a screwdriver into his heart. This is the first time William dies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a rather complex science fiction story

  • By AudioBook Reviewer on 12-26-17

Very strange story

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

Reviewed: 02-07-19

Infinite reminds me of the utopian science fiction from the early 1970s. What makes this book stand apart is that its uncompromisingly searching for itself as a story. I feel that Robinson might have had an inkling of an idea to start with and as he wrote, it came alive for him. So as a listener, Infinite was constantly surprising and that made it well worth listening to.

Faults: No real faults, but I felt that Robinson relied too heavily on other sci-fi stories to tell this. Most notably HG Wells Time Traveling story. That was kind of goofy.

  • Empire of Silence

  • By: Christopher Ruocchio
  • Narrated by: Samuel Roukin
  • Length: 26 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 182
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 175

The galaxy remembers Hadrian Marlowe as a hero: the man who burned every last alien Cielcin from the sky. They remember him as a monster: the devil who destroyed a sun, casually annihilating four billion human lives - even the emperor himself - against Imperial orders. But Hadrian was not a hero. He was not a monster. He was not even a soldier. Fleeing his father and a future as a torturer, Hadrian finds himself stranded on a strange, backwater world. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Slow start, picks up the pace

  • By John on 07-12-18

Flirts with greatness

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

Reviewed: 02-07-19

Empire of Silence was almost great. About 1/3 of the way through I was thinking this was very much like Rothfuss' Name of the Wind and almost as enjoyable. Which is high praise in my opinion. But then it really lags. Its obvious that this story could have used a couple of fine tuning edit drafts.

I very much enjoyed not having the plot in the first part of this story. It was a man trying to find his way in the universe. A survival story. But then the last 1/3 of the story fully set up a plot that felt predictable and tired. I feel that Ruocchio knows where this is going and is telegraphing us the next installments where as an author like Rothfuss keeps the reader completely in the dark as to what will happen next.

I can see where the enthusiastic reviews are coming from. Ruocchio is an author worth paying attention to. I think he has a ton of potential and will look forwards to reading more from him. I just feel that this story left a lot to be desired.

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  • Spinning Silver

  • By: Naomi Novik
  • Narrated by: Lisa Flanagan
  • Length: 17 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,959
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,784
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,769

Miryem is the daughter and granddaughter of moneylenders, but her father's inability to collect his debts has left his family on the edge of poverty - until Miryem takes matters into her own hands. Hardening her heart, the young woman sets out to claim what is owed and soon gains a reputation for being able to turn silver into gold. When an ill-advised boast draws the attention of the king of the Staryk - grim fey creatures who seem more ice than flesh - Miryem's fate, and that of two kingdoms, will be forever altered. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • One of my favorite authors. Only 1 small complaint

  • By R. W. Olsen on 11-30-18

Very near perfection

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

Reviewed: 02-07-19

I have only read (listened to) a couple of Novik's stories. At this point I have to say I am very impressed. Novik has a complex story telling style that will leave you immersed in a fog of wonder.

Spinning Silver is incredible. As others have said, its based heavily on old folk tales. Only this story is much more complex than any of the old yarns. Which is great. The story itself is well worth the listen.

Faults: There are three primary characters, telling multiple facets of the story. But they are all very much the same. Novik did not give each a separate personality. But... this fault is not going to keep me from raving about this story.

  • A Dirty Job

  • By: Christopher Moore
  • Narrated by: Fisher Stevens
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10,401
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,256
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,258

People start dropping dead around Charlie, giant ravens perch on his building, and it seems that everywhere he goes, a dark presence whispers to him from under the streets. Strange names start appearing on his nightstand notepad, and before he knows it, those people end up dead, too. Yup, it seems that Charlie Asher has been recruited for a new job, an unpleasant but utterly necessary one: Death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Listen!

  • By Janie on 03-24-06

Boring

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

Reviewed: 01-23-19

Christopher Moore is funny. I'll give him that. His constant quips are enjoyable. But... the story itself plods along. Its all too tongue in cheek for me. By the end the humor kept delivering, the rest of everything suffered. The plot, the characters, the narrative... all were sub par.

I've enjoyed Moore in the past. If you like Terry Prachett, this might be the book for you.

  • The Singularity Trap

  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 11 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,317
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16,203
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,169

When Ivan Pritchard signs on as a newbie aboard the Mad Astra, it's his final, desperate stab at giving his wife and children the life they deserve. He can survive the hazing of his crewmates, and how many times, really, can near-zero g make you vomit? But there's another challenge looming out there, in the farthest reaches of human exploration, that will test every man, woman and AI on the ship - and will force Ivan to confront the very essence of what makes him human.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent.

  • By Amy Snider on 06-13-18

Why the rave reviews?

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

Reviewed: 01-17-19

Audible reviewers are a little to kind in my opinion. Singularity Trap currently has a 4.6. While it might not be the 1 star dreg I am rating it, its most certainly not one of the greatest sci fi stories of all time. Which I would expect for a 4.6 In fact its pretty damn boring. What was the plot?

Where is the Heinlein of today? Alas.

  • Spellmonger

  • Spellmonger, Book 1
  • By: Terry Mancour
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 18 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,211
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,705
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,684

Minalan gave up a promising career as a professional warmage to live the quiet life of a village spellmonger in the remote mountain valley of Boval. It was a peaceful, beautiful little fief, far from the dangerous feudal petty squabbles of the Five Duchies, on the world of Callidore. There were cows. Lots of cows. And cheese. For six months things went well. Then one night Minalan is forced to pick up his mageblade again to defend his adopted home from the vanguard of an army of goblins bent on a genocidal crusade against all mankind. And that was the good news.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Shockingly good, best book in years

  • By Zer0Sum on 05-11-17

Plodding

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

Reviewed: 01-16-19

There are many many moments in this book that are first class. I enjoyed the humor, the character, and the underlying plot.

What made this book a miss for me was the disjointed sub par writing. Maybe its the fact that Terry Mancour is churning out books as fast as he can and there is a notable lack of editing. Regardless, the prose lacks the ability to create tension. I was bored listening to the first person accounts of battles. Everything came so easy.

Better books:
Name of the Wind = Rothfuss
Dawn of Wonder = Renshaw

  • Dodge Tank

  • Crystal Shards Online Series, Book 1
  • By: Rick Scott
  • Narrated by: Eric Michael Summerer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,203
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,145
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,143

Ryan's life sucks. His brother is a jerk, his mom is sick, and his legs are next to useless thanks to a neurological disorder. Plus the world ended two centuries ago from nuclear war. Now the only escape from reality being the massive VR world of Crystal Shards Online. But even in the game, Ryan's life sucks. He works as a miner, earning not nearly enough to afford the operation that will save his mom. When Ryan discovers an item that grants the ability to dodge any attack, however, he has the chance to become one of the game world's most elite and sought after players: a Dodge Tank.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Multiple Classes?! Mostly, but Multiple Classes!!

  • By Sheldon "Tech" on 06-17-18

SUCH A TEASE!!!!

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

Reviewed: 01-04-19

90% of the way into this story I was ready to rate it 1 star and return it. I was able to listen to it, barely. The LITRPG aspect here was weak. I've kind of gotten addicted to LITRPG stories recently and this is near the bottom of the pack in that regard. I can't see how someone can level from zero to near ultimate in 4 days. Especially if this is a world where people live to play in for entire lifetimes. The leveling up was pretty boring as well. Also the entire world economics thing was just silly.

HOWEVER... wow, what a twist for an ending. I'm kind of pissed because I HAVE to get the next story in this series to see what happens next. Its a great twist. It feels like here is where the story could actually start.

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  • Web of Eyes

  • By: Rhett C. Bruno, Jaime Castle
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 534
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 511
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 509

When a piece of the crown prince's soul is stolen by a traitorous warlock, disgraced knight Torsten Unger makes it his sworn duty to get it back and save the last hope for the kingdom. But he can't do it alone. Self-proclaimed "World's Greatest Thief" Whitney Fierstown sits in the castle dungeon, destined for the gallows until Torsten offers this choice: rot and die in a dank cell or join him on a dangerous expedition to put his skills to good use and earn his freedom. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I loved this book!

  • By Joliet Jill on 11-15-18

Great Book, weird accent for the main character

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

Reviewed: 12-29-18

Web of Eyes is great. Its not over the top, which many fantasy novels tend to become. Others have written fine reviews. I just want to say that I don't think Daniels accent of the main character Whitney was spot on.

First of all, Daniels did a great job with the story. he is a first class narrator. BUT... the main character Whitney... Daniels used an Irish/Celtic accent mixed with Jerry Lewis. I think it took a lot away from the character in order to make Whitney more comedic. Several times I found myself getting annoyed with the way Whitney was portrayed.

Other than that... this story is well worth a credit.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful