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Jake Hartwell

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  • Goddamned Freaky Monsters

  • The Tome of Bill, Book 5
  • By: Rick Gualtieri
  • Narrated by: Christopher John Fetherolf
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 949
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 875
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 866

Three months have passed since the fateful encounter in New York City that ended with the disappearance of Bill Ryder - gamer, geek, and legendary vampire. Now he's back - reawakened halfway across the globe with no allies, clothing, or clue as to how he got there. The only thing he's certain of is that his captors plan to use him for their own nefarious ends and don't care how much blood they spill in the process.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good, but mainly a transition story

  • By Cliff on 08-13-14

Warning!!!

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

Reviewed: 01-06-17

Fair warning if you're going to listen to this series at work like I did: you WILL burst out laughing... repeatedly (assuming you, like me, appreciate quality toilet and sex humor). If anyone can listen to Bill demonstrate his convoluted thought processes to the Mighty Druaga without cracking up, they are made of stone... or maturity.

Rick Gualtieri has created one of the most relatable characters in Urban Fantasy: Bill, the slightly out of shape, terrible with women, every-day normal programmer. I could have sworn he modeled the character after me. That is just one of the many reasons why these books are so entertaining...

Another is Christopher John Fetherolf. He IS Bill. There simply was no better choice for narrator for this series.

So kudos to both Gualtieri and Fetherolf for creating one of the most entertaining series in audio form... one which I have listened to at least a dozen times.

  • The Bands of Mourning

  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 14 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 13,533
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12,577
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,545

The Bands of Mourning are the mythical metalminds owned by the Lord Ruler, said to grant anyone who wears them the powers that the Lord Ruler had at his command. Hardly anyone thinks they really exist. A kandra researcher has returned to Elendel with images that seem to depict the Bands as well as writings in a language that no one can read. Waxillium Ladrian is recruited to travel south to the city of New Seran to investigate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wax and Wayne are Back!!!

  • By Don Gilbert on 01-28-16

Brandon Sanderson is a Master!

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

Reviewed: 01-28-16

Brandon Sanderson is truly one of the most gifted authors alive today. He has provided me countless hours of entertainment. I was very excited about The Bands of Mourning... and rightfully so. It was fantastic... great concepts, action, humor and overall writing. Occasionally I did feel like he was trying a little too hard to make Wayne kooky, but he still did get some laughs out of me. He has a very interesting outlook on life.

Overall and as expected, this was a great listen. I'm anxious to hear about the next time period of Mistborn.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The Death of Dulgath

  • The Riyria Chronicles, Book 3
  • By: Michael J. Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds, Michael J. Sullivan
  • Length: 13 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,523
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,202
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,190

Three times they tried to kill her. Then they hired a professional. She hired Riyria. When the last member of the oldest noble family in Avryn is targeted for assassination, Riyria is hired to foil the plot. Three years have passed since the war-weary mercenary Hadrian and the cynical ex-assassin Royce joined forces to start life as thieves for hire. Things have gone well enough until they receive the odd assignment to prevent a murder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Consistently Awesome!

  • By Jake Hartwell on 12-22-15

Consistently Awesome!

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

Reviewed: 12-22-15

I don't know how he does it, but Michael J. Sullivan has to be the most consistently awesome author writing today. In The Death of Dulgath, he spins yet another epic tale of Riyria's adventures that I just can't get enough of. I did find the ending fairly predictable... but I simply didn't care because the story was so fun. Before the story, there is a message from the author where he says he isn't sure whether or not there will be more Riyria books. Please take this review as my vote that the series continues!!

14 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • Mother of the Moonrat

  • The Bowl of Souls Book 5
  • By: Trevor H. Cooley
  • Narrated by: Andrew Tell
  • Length: 17 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 678
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 628
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 629

The Battle Academy and Mage School forces have joined, but they are outnumbered by Ewzad Vriil's army of mutated men and Mellinda's forest of monsters. There are spies on both sides, assassins on the hunt, secrets to be revealed, and Justan's magic will be unleashed. But there is one thing they haven't considered. Even if they can somehow overcome Ewzad Vriil, will they be able to destroy The Mother of the Moonrats?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Favorite in the saga!

  • By Blake on 09-15-16

Good book, fantastic series

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

Reviewed: 12-11-15

This is a great, entertaining series. While "Mother of the Moonrat" wasn't my favorite in the series, it was still a very enjoyable listen. It was interesting getting the back story on Melinda (the moonrat mother) and some additional info on the prophet and who/what the prophet serves. I'd highly recommend starting the series from the beginning, and reading Hilt's Pride, a short story which does have an impact on the overall story.

The characters really make this series fantastic. Both author and narrator deserve the kudos for creating some fantastic characters. I doubt anyone could finish listening to this series without wishing they could be bonded to Fist (an ogre who, in my opinion, supplanted Shrek as the world's most endearing ogre)

I really can't give the narrator any better praise than to say that the series didn't suffer at all when he took over with book 2. It takes huge talent to take over partway through the series as seamlessly as Andrew Tell did with the Bowl of Souls. He is just a fantastic narrator.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Warheart

  • Sword of Truth, Book 15
  • By: Terry Goodkind
  • Narrated by: Sam Tsoutsouvas
  • Length: 15 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,434
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,263
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,257

Soulmates, pawns of prophecy and inheritors of an ancient conflict, Richard and Kahlan's destinies have been bound together since their first encounter in Wizard's First Rule. But now Richard lies on a funeral bier - suspended between the worlds of life and death and Kahlan faces her greatest challenge. She must fight for Richard's very existence, and Richard, trapped in the underworld, must fight to keep the world of life from ending.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • For fans of the Sword of Truth series only...

  • By Billy Chan on 12-01-15

Great world, interesting characters

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

Reviewed: 11-18-15

The world Terry Goodkind has built is very cool... confessors, the seeker, first wizard, mord sith... they are all great, original ideas. (though I would have preferred to avoid zombies/half people) Out of all the books since the main series ended with Confessor, I feel this is his strongest work. The one thing that really gets to me though, is he repeats himself... repeatedly... over and over again. It feels like he doesn't trust the reader to pick up a concept from hearing about it once so parts of the book feel pretty drawn out while rehashing the same concept over and over again. I actually flipped to 1.5x quite a few times when I felt like the story needed to move on.

Overall, I thought it was a very entertaining read with just a few parts that needed to pick up the pace. If you've read this far into the series, absolutely spend a credit here. If you haven't, start with Wizard's First Rule... not Warheart.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Firefight

  • The Reckoners, Book 2
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,354
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 19,484
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,454

Newcago is free. They told David it was impossible, that even the Reckoners had never killed a High Epic. Yet Steelheart - invincible, immortal, unconquerable - is dead. And he died by David's hand.Eliminating Steelheart was supposed to make life simpler. Instead, it only made David realize he has questions. Big ones. And no one in Newcago can give him answers.Babylon Restored, the city formerly known as the borough of Manhattan, has possibilities, though.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Like a cherry on top of a Sundae in the North Pole

  • By Zenpaca on 01-16-15

Sorry... just can't do it.

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

Reviewed: 11-12-15

I feel terrible not giving one of my favorite authors a better rating, but I didn't care for Firefight. I enjoyed the first entry in the Reckoners series (Steelheart), but Firefight just wasn't my cup of tea. By the end of the book I actively disliked the main character. He constantly lies to the members of his team and constantly puts his infatuation with Megan ahead of the safety of his team.

I don't want to give the wrong impression... this book was well written. I don't think Mr. Sanderson could write poorly if he tried. He just failed to give me a character I really wanted to hear about.

Still, I'll continue to pre-order everything Brandon Sanderson writes, as he is one of the greats.

3 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Son of the Black Sword

  • Saga of the Forgotten Warrior, Book 1
  • By: Larry Correia
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 16 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,913
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,350
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,321

After the War of the Gods, the demons were cast out and fell to the world. Mankind was nearly eradicated by the seemingly unstoppable beasts until the gods sent the great hero, Ramrowan, to save them. He united the tribes, gave them magic, and drove the demons into the sea. Ever since, the land has belonged to man, and the oceans have remained an uncrossable hell, leaving the continent of Lok isolated.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Beginning to a new Epic Series

  • By Don Gilbert on 10-31-15

Master Author + Master Narrator = Perfection!

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

Reviewed: 10-28-15

I pre-ordered this book the day it was available and have been anxiously waiting ever since. It was so worth the wait. It is the epic fantasy series I have been waiting for! Where most epic fantasies fall short, this book shines. It has the epic struggle of good vs. evil which fans of epic fantasy love, plus the pulse-pounding fight scenes and fast-paced action which Larry Correia is known for. All that, combined with a masterful narration by Tim Gerard Reynolds (narrator of the equally awesome Riyria Revelations), makes this a true delight to listen to.

If I had to come up with something to complain about, it would be that there are a few times in the book where suspense has been building and you are just about to get to a pivotal part of the story, then the chapter ends and the next chapter begins with "20 years ago". It ends up working and the back story gives needed context, but I'm not a fan of back and forth time jumps like that. Still, awesome book... spend a credit on it and you won't be disappointed.

39 of 52 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 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,709
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,863
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,855

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

Not what I was expecting.. but well worth a credit

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

Reviewed: 10-03-15

Mr. Butcher is an extraordinarily gifted writer. I was instantly hooked on both the Dresden Files and the Codex Alera series. That didn't happen for me with The Cinder Spires. There were a few times during the first half of the book where I just thought "seriously?"... especially when the talking cats came around. It distracted me from an interesting world and made me think of Meow Mix commercials or Milo and Otis. However, as the story progressed I became more and more interested, and by the end, even the talking cats didn't bother me.

If Mr. Butcher evolves this story with as much talent as he did with Dresden Files, then readers will be in for a real treat. I'll definitely be picking up the next in the series.

I was unfamiliar with Euan Morton as a narrator, but I was thoroughly impressed and commend him for his performance. I have no complaints on the narration at all.

18 of 25 people found this review helpful

  • The Bride Wore Black Leather

  • Nightside, Book 12
  • By: Simon R. Green
  • Narrated by: Marc Vietor
  • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 547
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 493
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 493

In the secret heart of London, under the cover of endless darkness, the Nightside caters to anyone with any unusual itch that needs to be scratched. But enter at your own risk. The party animals who live here may be as inhuman as their appetites....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I've been waiting for more NIGHTSIDE!

  • By Bonnie on 01-08-12

Solid conclusion to the series.

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

Reviewed: 09-20-15

I'm going to miss the Nightside books. This book is the same quality I've come to expect from the series. It was a very fun, light read. I do recommend reading the series in order. Also, if you're done with the series and looking for more Nightside, there was a collection of short stories recently released called "Tales from the Nightside", which was also very good. Marc Vietor is a fantastic narrator.

The story is really about the "Sun King", a hippie, summer-of-love, acid god out to destroy the nightside. I love Mr. Green's ability to make outlandish characters that seem real and permanently stick in your memory.

  • Doctor Who: The Blood Cell

  • A 12th Doctor Novel
  • By: James Goss
  • Narrated by: Colin McFarlane
  • Length: 5 hrs and 55 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99

An unabridged reading of the new novel by James Goss featuring the Twelfth Doctor, as played by Peter Capaldi in the hit BBCTV series Doctor Who. An asteroid in the furthest reaches of space - the most secure prison for the most dangerous of criminals. The governor is responsible for the cruellest murderers, so he’s not impressed by the arrival of the man they’re calling the most dangerous criminal in the quadrant. Or, as he prefers to be known, the Doctor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great story and an even better narrator.

  • By Stephen on 09-12-15

12th Doctor Awesomeness!

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

Reviewed: 09-19-15

This was a great listen. Both author and narrator captured the Doctor brilliantly. I wasn't a huge fan of the narrator's voice for Clara, but it wasn't too bad. The POV character is the Doctor's jailer, which as you can imagine is an incredibly frustrating position. One of the better Doctor stories I've read/listened to.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful