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  • The Vampire Archives

  • The Most Complete Volume of Vampire Tales Ever Published
  • By: Otto Penzler (editor), Kim Newman (foreword), Neil Gaiman (preface), and others
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick, Jonathan Cowley, Erik Davies
  • Length: 61 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 486
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 420
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 421

The Vampire Archives is the biggest, hungriest, undeadliest collection of vampire stories, as well as the most comprehensive bibliography of vampire fiction ever assembled. Dark, stormy, and delicious, once it sinks its teeth into you there’s no escape.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Table of Contents:

  • By TB on 02-27-15

good variety of the old and often little known stories

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

Reviewed: 02-13-19

I am not a big vampire fan. As a result it took me a long time to get through this book. I enjoyed the variety of authors and readers. Most of the readers fit the story. To get maximum enjoyment try to remember the time period many of these were written. I wish there had been a better listing of the content.

  • Deadly Assessments

  • Fred, the Vampire Accountant Series, Book 5
  • By: Drew Hayes
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,472
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,396
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,392

 Drew Hayes presents the fifth book in the Fred, the Vampire Accountant series. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I ❤️ Debra

  • By Sarina A. Neer on 08-22-18

good continuation of series

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-10-18

I enjoy the previous Fred the vampire books. I looked forward to this one. I wanted to see who or what they necessary body guard would be. It was stated his fiancee would be gone. The body guard was someone I didn't expect. I enjoyed how Fred had to come to new terms with his condition. His body guard spends time instructing Fred about and how to be a vampire. He decides to walk the line between being a true blood sucker and retaining his humanity with respect for life. Fred is being investigated by the Blood Council for being nice as well as having non vampires in his clan. With a high ranking member investigating the Council becomes aware of Fred's special quirks. So a foundation is laid for future books. I liked how Albert is shown growing in to an adult. I hope next book has more of Albert, Sally and other characters.

  • Black Mask 1: Doors in the Dark - and Other Crime Fiction from the Legendary Magazine

  • By: Otto Penzler (editor), Keith Alan Deutsch, Erle Stanley Gardner, and others
  • Narrated by: Eric Conger, Oliver Wyman, Alan Sklar, and others
  • Length: 7 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 40

From its launch in 1920 until its demise in 1951, the magazine Black Mask published pulp crime fiction. The first hard-boiled detective stories appeared on its pages. Never before in audio, these vintage stories are the darkest of the dark, and the best of the best.

Crime fiction fans old and new will delight in rediscovering these taut, character-rich, heart-stopping tales, now on audio for the first time.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Poorly formatted, no table of contents

  • By MissThang on 08-08-18

A good selection of stories. Warning the beginning introduction is long.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-27-18

I enjoyed the selection of stories. The individual readers were good. The beginning of each story gives story and or author history. I found these interesting. I found myself wanting more at the end of book. So I have plans for getting more in series.

  • Inspector Hobbes and the Bones

  • Unhuman, Book 4
  • By: Wilkie Martin
  • Narrated by: Tim Campbell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 192
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 180
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 176

There's going to be trouble. Andy Caplet's wife goes away, someone is out to get him, and he loses nearly everything in a storm. Amazing both himself and his unhuman friend, Inspector Hobbes, he heroically rescues flood victims and uncovers something shocking. Is Andy being set up for blackmail by the apparently charming young woman who attempts to seduce him, or is something even more sinister afoot? Hobbes certainly believes so, and he's getting worried.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • they just keep getting better! 

  • By AudioBook Reviewer on 01-18-18

Andy and Hobbes remain enjoyable

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-22-18

I wish there were a little more about the world Hobbes and Andy occupy. But in spite of this, the series remains enjoyable. I must say that laughing aloud on buses and in doctors waiting room has earned me a few looks. Andy's character is developing. I like the flash backs to his childhood and upbringing. They give a perspective of his low self-esteem and lack of confidence. His is a uphill battle. He's still doing stupid things with the best of intentions. Glad to see he's occasionally takes charge in a few situations. I am glad to see how Hobbes continues to use the least amount of force. I'm remaining very curious about his upbringing and early life. I'd like to see more of Mrs Goodfellow.

  • The P.G. Wodehouse Collection

  • By: P. G. Wodehouse
  • Narrated by: B. J. Harrison
  • Length: 15 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 651
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 580
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 584

This title includes not only the entire audiobook of Right Ho, Jeeves, but also all of the P.G. Wodehouse titles in the current Classic Tales library. It also includes a Jeeves short story only available in the collection: "Extricating Young Gussie". The complete running time is over 15 hours. All titles have been remastered, and have never sounded better!

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • No good to English ears

  • By Chris on 11-28-16

reader's voice doesn't quit fit

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

Reviewed: 06-19-18

I love P.G. Wodehouse. I have many of his books and stories written and on audio. The reader has a good voice but doesn't quit fit. He does a good job with the characterizing Jeeves. Bertie is written as a person who enjoys life. He is not unintelligent. He has a simplistic view of life. This causes him to not anticipate troubles or make them worse. Jeeves must get him out of these situations. The reader makes him sound flat and uninteresting.I found myself wanting to skip ahead in the non Jeeves and Bertie stories. These were flat and boring. I found that sad because some of these stories, I hadn't heard on audio before.

  • Hand of Mars

  • Starship's Mage, Book 2
  • By: Glynn Stewart
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,406
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,312
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,313

Three years ago, as ship's mage of the starship Blue Jay, Damien Montgomery was pursued to the edge of human space by both the agents and enemies of the mage -king of Mars before being brought in from the cold. Now, trained in new skills by the mage-king himself, Damien has been sent to the planet Ardennes alongside Alaura Stealey, hand of the king. A rebel movement there has destroyed cities fighting a governor seemingly lost to corruption. But not all on Ardennes is as it seems.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story

  • By Mark Peters on 12-30-15

A little too simple

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

Reviewed: 06-19-18

The basic plot is fair. The writer then seems to belittle the readers intelligence. The main character and his mentor are working for the King of Mars. The mentor is a Hand, the roaming judge, jury and executioner of the king. The main character starts story as an envoy. Envoys and especially the Hands are viewed by the general population with fear, mistrust and often hate. Envoys aren't treated much better. They go into volatile situations. The Hand is older and has survived many attempts on her life. She has had internal organs replaced from said attacks. At the beginning of the story, the main character and the Hand go to the planet in question with a warrant for the arrest of the villain. They know who he is. They are aware that he has been alternating facts in his favor. He is not just a local bad guy. He is governor of the planet. He is in position of much power. So why do they go into the situation with their eyes closed? Why isn't their star ship captain on alert? Why does the hand go towards the lions den and have a near fatal assassination attempt? Why does the hand then go into the lions den and get killed? Why are their supposedly protective troops unalert to the point they all get killed? Why is their starship captain and crew unalert to the same degree? If you can tolerate these poor facts in the beginning of the book, then you can tolerate the book. The reader does a good job. His tone in the narration portions are a little flat. But to me this makes the character impersonations easier to follow. His voice is clear and easy to understand. I enjoyed book 1 and was glad to see many books in this series available. But the quality of the plot has me not interested in the remaining books.

  • Lake Silence

  • By: Anne Bishop
  • Narrated by: Alexandra Harris
  • Length: 13 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,313
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,225
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,221

Human laws do not apply in the territory controlled by the Others - vampires, shape-shifters, and paranormal beings even more deadly. And this is a fact that humans should never, ever forget.... After her divorce, Vicki DeVine took over a rustic resort near Lake Silence - in a human town that is not human controlled. Towns like Vicki's have no distance from the Others, the dominant predators that rule most of the land and all of the water throughout the world. And when a place has no boundaries, you never really know what's out there watching you.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Terrific stand-alone Others novel

  • By Laura on 03-24-18

More insight into the world of The Others

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

Reviewed: 05-27-18

This novel does not involve Meg and company. It is possible to listen to this without having listened to the rest of the series. There are some references to events that occurred in the series. These are brief. I like the female lead Vickie. The author does a good job of describing psychological abuse she experienced. Most of the abuse is done by her abusive husband. There are hints of psychological abuse from her parents. The story shows how she is trying to overcome this and make a new life. This is complicated by The Others involved in her life. She seems to deal with them better then human males. The write up is a little inaccurate. It implies she is up for murder. Actually, an Other committed the murder. This is known from the start. But her ex husband and members of his 'click' want to reposes the property that was part of her divorce settlement. The property turns out to be a settlement of the Others. The original owner developed it with the goal of it being a place where interested Others can learn about being human.The ex and others decide they want the property back. They go about pushing all the buttons of self doubt, anxiety, and more that her past developed. In her past she would eventually give in and do what was wanted. The supporting characters are developed well. My main complaint is with the editors. There are timeline conflicts. A main character says something will happen in a few days. But it happens the next day. A main character is going to meet another at his tavern. The problem is that he is a book store owner renting a cottage. Nothing is said about him owning a tavern. It would have helped put things in reference if a description of the town in relation of Vickie's property had been done. It is hard to decide how far they are apart. This includes the nearest large town. Impressions are made that there is a significant distance between them. Yet police responding from there seem to arrive a few minutes after the locals. The reader does a good job.

  • Death Ship: Kill Count

  • By: Michael-Scott Earle
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 14 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 830
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 792
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 787

When Sergeant Jay Lucas was snatched away from his family farm by a diabolical sentient spaceship, he thought his life was over. But when his AI captor pumps Jay full of an insanely powerful liquid metal armor, he soon discovers the kidnapping was only the beginning of his trials. As the bloodthirsty AI trains Jay to harvest souls and increase the duo’s power, Jay learns there is a whole universe of bad guys who need killing. And when Jay’s unwavering moral compass puts him at odds with the plans of an alien mercenary company, he’s soon on the run with a gorgeous space princess.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a refreshing break from litrpg

  • By Erik on 03-10-18

Better than expected

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-16-18

Better than expected. First book from this author that I've gotten. There is a lot of action. Lots of funny action too. I'm a sci-fi person. This book is similar to sci-fi action books of past with update for today. I'm waiting for book 2.

  • Marked in Flesh

  • A Novel of the Others, Book 4
  • By: Anne Bishop
  • Narrated by: Alexandra Harris
  • Length: 15 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,229
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,058
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,049

Since the Others allied themselves with the cassandra sangue, the fragile yet powerful human blood prophets who were being exploited by their own kind, the delicate dynamic between humans and Others changed. Some, like Simon Wolfgard, wolf shifter and leader of the Lakeside Courtyard, and blood prophet Meg Corbyn see the new, closer companionship as beneficial - both personally and practically.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Like putting together a puzzle in slow motion where you already see the big picture

  • By Pabkins on 08-28-17

A bit confusing

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

Reviewed: 05-15-18

I liked the book but...it was hard to follow. I listen to audio books while doing tasks. This book would give a chapter# then a day. The problem was that there were different chapters with the same day. Sometimes the plot would continue with what was in the previous chapter, most of time plot would jump to a different set of characters. I found myself re-listening to the previous chapter to see what I had missed. The jumping around with different characters and their situation could get confusing. I do like the world of the others but some things are omitted. A little time should be spent on filling in facts about the world in general to help with background information.

  • Galaxy Outlaws: The Complete Black Ocean Mobius Missions, 1-16.5

  • By: J. S. Morin
  • Narrated by: Mikael Naramore
  • Length: 85 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,593
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,308
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,283

Meet the galaxy's unluckiest outlaws. Carl Ramsey is an ex-Earth Navy fighter pilot turned con man. His ship, the Mobius, is home to a ragtag crew of misfits and refugees looking to score a big payday but more often just scratching to pay for fuel. The crew consists of his ex-wife (and pilot), a drunkard, four-handed mechanic, a xeno-predator with the disposition of a 120kg housecat, and the galaxy's most-wanted wizard.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Firefly cranked up on Meth plus a Space Wizard!

  • By Ray Johnson on 04-27-18

a fun listen

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

Reviewed: 05-08-18

I enjoyed this book. It was fun. The characters are interesting. I enjoyed the concept of a reality where magic and tech are needed to go to the different galaxies in brief amounts of time. The first story had me wanting more. There are serious and difficulties scattered through out each story. The reader does a great job. He added life to each of the characters.