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New narrator please

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

Reviewed: 08-14-19

I am a fan of CJ Box but I don't understand why this narrator continues to be used for this series. While I like the actual stories, I just don't think I can continue listening to the audio versions. David Chandler does ok with his interpretation of the Joe Pickett character. But everyone else, especially women, come off as whiners and unlikable. Also, his Spanish accent for some of the characters in this story was terrible. It's a shame that these books don't have a narrator equal to the quality of the stories.

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Holy Martians Batman

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

Reviewed: 09-26-18

Phenomenal book. Not much more can be said. The writing was compelling, the situations intense, the characters lovable, the science believable and the voice work truly impressive. Well done. Definitely worth a re-listen.

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Almost always a king fan

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

Reviewed: 03-09-18

Stephen king is, in my opinion, one of if not the best, writers of our time. Maybe of all time. His impeccable attention to detail and fluid characters grow on you in heartwarming and heart wrenching ways, and keep you wanting more. Time travel is an incredibly difficult concept to write and he did an admirable job maintaining the line of past, present and future and explaining (to the extent it can be explained) how going back in time was possible for the protagonist. The references to his other works are timeless, in my opinion. They never get old. As far as Craig Wasson’s performance, I admit that I was skeptical at first, but his read became incredibly natural over the course of the novel. He never reached beyond his capabilities and infused emotion and character into the words of the novel that I feel greatly improved my audio book experience.

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Mediocre

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

Reviewed: 11-28-17

Not nearly as good as the last one. The antagonist had so much potential as a villain but I feel that Maberry dropped the ball on how her character was designed. Lack of story led to unnecessary sex (it felt like around a fourth of the book was sex or erotic thrills) which in my opinion is boring and unnecessary to the story. I fully accept sex as a means of furthering plot, however this was not that. Porter crushes the read as usual. The book was okay but nowhere near what I have come to expect from the joe Ledger series. Villains like mother night bore me and while I like psychotic underlings, the ones who are like children with no drive tire me. Loved the previous book, this one fell so short that I had to work to finish it.

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Well crafted

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

Reviewed: 10-30-17

While still dark and occasionally depressing, The assassins code in my opinion has taken a step up from the previous installment. It feels like this book in the series has gone back to the original roots of Ledger, including his off color wit and brutal combat scenes. The first of which I feel was woefully lacking in the previous book. As always porter does a phenomenal job of voicing the characters and story.

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Kings and Plagues

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

Reviewed: 10-05-17

The third full sized installment of the Joe Ledger series. Not quite what I expected. Without giving anything of the plot away, I was disappointed by the reuse of certain characters that I personally think had no place in this novel due to previous circumstances and wish that it had touched more on the cliffhanger at the end of the previous book. There are chapters added after the fact of each novel, that I have yet to read (or listen to) that may well answer questions as to how this book could even exist given the character choices, but it seems sloppy that I need to purchase miniature content that should have been included in the full sized novels just to fill in gaps in the story. That being said, Porter is phenomenal as always. The story itself is a far sight darker than the previous installments. Touching on coercion as the primary means of fulfilling evil goals. Unpleasant and not something I find to be fun to read or listen to, but Maberry can hardly be faulted for using the darker sides of humanity in a book revolving around human darkness. Overall, the King of Plagues was a good read, but was so vastly overshadowed by the original, Patient Zero, and even its direct predecessor, the Dragon Factory, that it makes itself seem weak. I loved the original two (mostly Patient Zero) for its combination of the highly improbable concept of scientifically created monsters and terrorist plots. This in my opinion is the beginning of a series that will do exactly what the Saw movies have done. Maberry will constantly try to one up himself and put the world in increasingly gruesome and terrible positions until the series inevitably runs out of steam. I hope that is not the case, but I started reading this series for the military/monster plots and this has since devolved into secret societies and shadowy organizations which I find to be much more boring than the borderline impossible. Thanks for reading.

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Impressive Sequel

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

Reviewed: 09-21-17

The second book of the Joe Ledger series. Well thought out, interesting characters and pleasant reintroductions of those we met in the first story. As usual Maberry has blended modern war and fictional tropes in such a believable way that it appears seamless. In my opinion, not quite as interesting as "Patient Zero" but few sequels ever are. Despite this, the dragon factory is still a well crafted story blending expertly told combat scenes with basic scientific explanations, explaining how the impossible may simply be improbable. Ray Porter did an excellent job as usual, my only complaint is that the voice he uses for grace in the first quarter of the book is more cockney than in the original. Midway through, this clears up and is brought back to the way she was read in the original.

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From the Other Side

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

Reviewed: 08-17-17

Theoretical science-fiction-horror with just a touch of whimsy. The story is well crafted, albeit a bit slow at times. While mostly unexplained, the science explaining the door seems theoretically sound. Take that with a grain of salt, as I'm not as smart as "The Fold's" protagonist. But then, who is? I generally take issue with near-superhuman main characters, but Peter Clines has done a wonderful job of humanizing his lead. As usual Ray Porter does an excellent job of narrating. While I have heard him do better, his narration in this is still excellent.

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Impressive

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

Reviewed: 07-26-17

An impressive book read by an even more impressive narrator. While "Patient Zero" is well written and well thought out, the combat is well explained and the characters are diverse/interesting, Ray Porter steals the show. This was the first book I have heard with Porter at the helm and I can tell you it will most certainly not be the last. His characters each had their own voice. His accents were more than acceptable. His tone was easy to listen to, and his pacing was excellent. Short version. If you like stories about zombies, you should give this book a listen.

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Terrible narrator!

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

Reviewed: 07-17-17

Hard to rate the actual story because the narration was so terrible that the story was difficult to follow (certainly impossible to enjoy). Some of the worst, most amateurish narrations I've heard. How did this guy get a job as a narrator?