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  • Tiamat's Wrath

  • The Expanse, Book 8
  • By: James S. A. Corey
  • Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
  • Length: 19 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 7,200
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,717
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6,694

Thirteen hundred gates have opened to solar systems around the galaxy. But as humanity builds its interstellar empire in the alien ruins, the mysteries and threats grow deeper. In the dead systems where gates lead to stranger things than alien planets, Elvi Okoye begins a desperate search to discover the nature of a genocide that happened before the first human beings existed and to find weapons to fight a war against forces at the edge of the imaginable. But the price of that knowledge may be higher than she can pay. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Big moments as the series nears the end...

  • By Lore on 04-12-19

Wow!

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

Reviewed: 04-13-19

Just...wow! This book and Persepolis Rising make up a hell of a story. They appear to be the first two books in a trilogy. I recommend that you read the novella “Strange Dogs” first. It’s not necessary but you’ll appreciate certain aspects of the book more if you read it.
I cannot wait until the next book arrives!

  • You're Going to Mars!

  • By: Rob Dircks
  • Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
  • Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,342
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,257
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,253

Living and slaving in Fill City One, you get used to the smell. We call it the Everpresent Stink. But every once in a while, on a spring day with a breeze, it clears away enough to remind us that there is something more out there. Most Fillers' wildest dreams would be just to get past the walls and live in the mainland. But my dream? It’s a little bigger. I’m going to Mars.   

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Reviewers Choice Award, its that good

  • By AudioBook Reviewer on 11-13-18

Excellent tale

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

Reviewed: 12-14-18

A fine tale with plenty of excitement and characters worth rooting for. A great choice for a road trip.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Carter & Lovecraft

  • By: Jonathan L. Howard
  • Narrated by: Ari Fliakos
  • Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,004
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,880
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,882

Daniel Carter used to be a homicide detective, but his last case - the hunt for a serial killer - went wrong in strange ways and soured the job for him. Now he's a private investigator trying to live a quiet life. Strangeness, however, has not finished with him. First, he inherits a bookstore in Providence from someone he's never heard of, along with an indignant bookseller who doesn't want a new boss.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A mistakes that worked out in my favor.

  • By Frae on 03-06-17

Need a good Lovecrafty novel? You found one!

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

Reviewed: 07-23-18

Lovecraft left us a wonderful sandbox to play in. And there have been many writers who have built their own sand castle R’lyehs upon HP’s foundations. Alas, many of those attempts are not that great.
This book is an exception. It’s an honest to goodness, old fashioned detective novel. But it’s also a creepy tale, filled with horrors and hints of eldritch knowledge. The story is well crafted and the narrator brings the characters to life. Get this book. It’s fun... with a TWIST!

  • Red on the Run

  • The Syndicate-Born Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: K.M. Hodge
  • Narrated by: Monique Bagwell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

In search of redemption from his sordid past, FBI Special Agent Alex Bailey takes on a new partner, Katherine Mitchel...and a new secret mission. Before being assigned their first joint case, Katherine uncovers damning evidence against a major crime ring known as The Syndicate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Get ready for the adrenaline rollercoaster

  • By Jennifer DeKoeyer Crump on 05-16-18

Need a good book to read on vacation?

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

Reviewed: 06-29-18

While this was not the perfect book for me, it just might be the one for you. Do you like action and intrigue, mixed liberally with some bodice-ripping romance? Then you need this novel! It's fast-paced and not too deep. I think this tale would be best enjoyed on a road trip or while sipping something cold and fruity by the pool. The narrator does an excellent job of bringing life to the characters. I hope to hear more books from her in the future.

  • Artemis

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: Rosario Dawson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65,746
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61,349
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 61,187

Jazz Bashara is a criminal. Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you're not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you've got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent. Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A ferrari with no motor

  • By will on 11-18-17

Gonna be a great movie

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

Reviewed: 12-05-17

There’s gonna be a movie made of Artemis, right? Because this book is perfect for such a treatment.
Highly recommended

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Black Wolves of Boston

  • By: Wen Spencer
  • Narrated by: Ian Alan Carlsen, Corey Gagne, J. Paul Guimont, and others
  • Length: 18 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 641
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 585
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 583

Silas Decker had his world destroyed when he was attacked by vampires outside of New Amsterdam. He has rebuilt his life a dozen times in the last 300 years - each time less and less successfully. Now he lives alone, buried under a hoarding habit, struggling to find some reason to wake up with the setting of the sun.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One heck of a fun book

  • By Elisabeth Carey on 04-15-17

Meh.

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

Reviewed: 09-06-17

Interesting concept. Amateurish execution. Poor audio production. The narrators were fine.
I bought this book on sale for 4.95. Was almost worth the price.

  • True Grit

  • By: Charles Portis
  • Narrated by: Donna Tartt
  • Length: 6 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,034
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,993
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,992

Mattie Ross, a 14-year-old girl from Dardanelle, Arkansas, sets out to avenge her Daddy who was shot to death by a no-good outlaw. Mattie convinces one-eyed "Rooster" Cogburn, the meanest U.S. marshal in the land, to ride along with her. In True Grit, we have a true American classic, as young Mattie, as vital as she is innocent, outdickers and outmaneuvers the hard-bitten men of the trail in a legend that will last through the ages.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So worth it!

  • By Tommygaus on 12-29-10

Fantastic!

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

Reviewed: 08-24-17

The writing is spare and perfect. The story is completely satisfying. The narrator could not be better cast. There is nothing to not like about this book.
Get it. You'll be glad you did.

  • Where the Hell is Tesla?

  • A Novel
  • By: Rob Dircks
  • Narrated by: Rob Dircks
  • Length: 5 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,200
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,992
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,986

I found the journal at work. Well, I don't know if you'd call it work, but that's where I found it. It's the lost journal of Nikola Tesla, one of the greatest inventors and visionaries ever. Before he died in 1943, he kept a notebook filled with spectacular claims and outrageous plans.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Had A Blast Listening To This One!

  • By Cheri on 08-11-16

Great for a road trip!

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

Reviewed: 11-15-15

Any additional comments?

This is a short novel but was perfect for my recent road trip. It's not too deep and the characters are likeable and funny. It held my attention and often brought a smile to my face. Where The Hell Is Tesla is a clever and quick listen.

  • Annihilation

  • Southern Reach Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Jeff VanderMeer
  • Narrated by: Carolyn McCormick
  • Length: 6 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,875
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4,508
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4,509

Area X has been cut off from the rest of the continent for decades. Nature has reclaimed the last vestiges of human civilization. The first expedition returned with reports of a pristine, Edenic landscape; all the members of the second expedition committed suicide; the third expedition died in a hail of gunfire as its members turned on one another; the members of the eleventh expedition returned as shadows of their former selves, and within months of their return, all had died of aggressive cancer.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great story, bad narrator

  • By Julian P. on 01-26-16

Fever Dreams in a Strange Land

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

Reviewed: 02-27-14

Any additional comments?

From the very beginning the sense of dissonance, of wrongness seeps into your mind. You try to fit the tale into a category but it just won't fit anywhere. Mystery, adventure, horror, literature, Annihilation is all of these and none.

It is a fever dream set on paper. It is a rationalist's attempt to process the irrational. It is the face you didn't see in your bedroom's darkened window. It is the realization of true love, long after it matters. It is the wonder of the unknown and the dread of the unknowable.

This book will bind you to itself. It will not release you until you have walked the dark stairway to it's end and traced the words written upon the walls with your trembling hand. The journey is not long. This is a short book. But it is a worthy tale that will stay with you, long after you reach the end.

Carolyn McCormick is well suited for this book and her narration adds yet another layer to the eerie atmosphere of Annihilation.

17 of 20 people found this review helpful

  • The Curious Case of the Clockwork Man

  • Burton & Swinburne, Book 2
  • By: Mark Hodder
  • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
  • Length: 14 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 705
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 659
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 656

When a clockwork-powered man of brass is found abandoned in Trafalgar Square, Burton and his assistant, the wayward poet Algernon Swinburne, find themselves on the trail of the stolen Garnier Collection - black diamonds rumored to be fragments of the Lemurian Eye of Naga, a meteorite that fell to Earth in prehistoric times. His investigation leads to involvement with the media sensation of the age: the Tichborne Claimant, a man who insists that he's the long lost heir to the cursed Tichborne estate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another excellent installment.

  • By Chris - Audible on 04-17-12

The World Is Not As It Should Be

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

Reviewed: 01-12-14

Any additional comments?

It's the middle act of the play. Read The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack. If you liked that book, you'll enjoy this one as well.

Very inventive. The world Mark Hodder has created is a finely shaped vase still on the potter's wheel. But there are flaws in that vase which cause it to begin to spin, more and more out of shape. Hodder does a good job describing the approaching catastrophe. I'm very curious now to see if he can pull the vase back together or shape it into something completely different before the wheel tears it all apart.

We shall see in the next book...