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  • Brimstone Angels: Lesser Evils

  • A Forgotten Realms Novel
  • By: Erin M. Evans
  • Narrated by: Dina Pearlman
  • Length: 15 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 332
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 312
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 312

Rejected at birth and raised in a village of tiefling misfits, Farideh expects a life without friends, love, or control over her destiny. Then she makes a pact with a devil named Lorcan, and everything changes. Lorcan promises all she ever dreamed of and asks for nothing in return. Her twin sister, Havilar, urges Farideh to resist the devil’s sway. But Farideh’s not so sure. Lorcan may be dangerous but the power he offers is exhilarating. In the ruins of Neverwinter, Farideh’s doubts get tangled up in a devilish snare six layers deep.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A great story with a headache sprinkled over top.

  • By DropTheDie on 02-17-16

There is a great dungeon crawl in here!!!

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

Reviewed: 05-07-18

A lot of this book focuses on the relationship between Farideh and the devil she is bound to (Lorcan). I found myself wanting to scream at the audio book, "Quit being so stupid, Farideh! He is a manipulative, controlling, BASTARD!!!" But that is the point, isn't it? As frustrating as it is to read about a teenager in basically an abusive relationship (mostly mental abuse) it is well done and is believable.

Meanwhile her sister Havilar continues to be a fun contrast.

A good deal of this book deals with a party in a dungeon crawl complete with traps, ancient secrets, and party members with contrasting goals. I thought this part was very well done and I really enjoyed the unraveling of the mystery of the place.

All in all a great listen. The narrator does a good job of given each character a 'voice' as well.

  • Brimstone Angels

  • A Forgotten Realms Novel
  • By: Erin M. Evans
  • Narrated by: Dina Pearlman
  • Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 536
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 507
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 506

Rejected at birth and raised in a village of tiefling misfits, Farideh expects a life without friends, love, or control over her destiny. Then she makes a pact with a devil named Lorcan, and everything changes. Lorcan promises all she ever dreamed of and asks for nothing in return. Her twin sister Havilar urges Farideh to resist the devil’s sway. But Farideh’s not so sure. Lorcan may be dangerous but the power he offers is exhilarating.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good start to the Realms for New Comers

  • By Korben Dallas on 07-27-15

Fun relationship between characters

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

Reviewed: 04-14-18

Got this book as I wanted nostalgic level fantasy. When I first started listening I felt I made a big mistake because when I used to play D&D there were no tieflings, dragonborn, warlocks, etc. So I had little initial connection to the characters. But the twin tiefling sisters started winning me over, little by little, and by the end of the book I was hooked. Fun read.

  • Doctor Who - Destination Nerva

  • By: Nicholas Briggs
  • Narrated by: Tom Baker, Louise Jameson, Raquel Cassidy
  • Length: 1 hr and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31

Big Finish's first Fourth Doctor adventure. A great jumping-on point.... After saying their good-byes to Professor Litefoot and Henry Gordon Jago, the Doctor and Leela respond to an alien distress call beamed direct from Victorian England. It is the beginning of a journey that will take them to the newly built Space Dock Nerva...where a long overdue homecoming is expected. A homecoming that could bring about the end of the human race. Written and directed by Nicholas Briggs.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Action packed

  • By Tad Davis on 02-03-16

Tom Baker and Louise Jameson, more please.

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

Reviewed: 02-24-18

Big Finish appropriately lets us travel in time, sans Tardis, back to the 70s. It is a wonderful ride of nostalgia.

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  • Doctor Who - The Lost Stories - The Fourth Doctor Box Set

  • By: Robert Banks Stewart, Philip Hinchcliffe, John Dorney, and others
  • Narrated by: Tom Baker, Louise Jameson, Paul Freeman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 233
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 212
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 212

Two lost stories from the Fourth Doctor's era: The Foe from the Future and The Valley of Death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a treat! The Doctor and Leela

  • By Mary on 05-10-16

4th Doctor and Leela are back

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

Reviewed: 02-23-18

Great nostalgia potential met. Loved the interviews as well. If you are a 4th Doctor fan you will enjoy.

  • Redemptor

  • Valducan, Book 4
  • By: Seth Skorkowsky
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 278
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 269
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 267

Three years have passed since Valducan knight Matt Hollis defeated Tiamat's cult, but her demonic children are still a threat. Now, a mysterious enemy is stealing holy weapons across South America, leaving a trail of bodies in its wake. The Valducans fear that Tiamat's followers have returned. But not all is as it seems and a new player has joined the hunt: the paladins of the Catholic Church. To stop an evil that none of them could ever imagine, the Order must set aside centuries of animosity and join forces with its long-standing enemy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another great addition to the Valducan saga

  • By Aaron Brown on 02-12-18

Another great addition to the Valducan saga

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

Reviewed: 02-12-18

We are now on the 4th book of the Valducan saga and it is still going strong. We return to Matt Hollis from the first book as ‘central protagonist’ (in quotes because we get plenty of new characters as well). It is easy to slip into Matt’s POV again and he feels like an old familiar friend. At the same time, however, it has been three years since book one and the character appropriately has grown and changed since then. So familiar and yet still refreshing. On top of that a host of new characters and ideas is introduced. If you liked the previous stories you will love this one. Get it!!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Mark of Caine

  • The Hellslingers, Book 1
  • By: Miles Holmes
  • Narrated by: Marc Vietor
  • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 125
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124

In the aftermath of the Cygnaran civil war, warcaster Allister Caine has become a fugitive, hiding out in a backwater town where little ever happens. Until the bodies start piling up, and Caine is accused of murder. And Caine can't be entirely sure he's innocent.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Caine book so far.

  • By Stephen Snead on 05-05-17

Adventure that will have you hooked.

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

Reviewed: 12-28-16

After the first couple of chapters I knew how everything was going to go...or so I thought. ;) This is pulp fantasy at its best. You think you are going to get gunfights akin to John Wick with a fantasy twist...and that is partially true, but before I knew it some horror had been added into the mix. I did not predict the way this would go and I was on the edge of my seat. Recommended, especially if you love the Iron Kingdoms setting.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Ibenus

  • Valducan, Book 3
  • By: Seth Skorkowsky
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 399
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 378
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 377

After surviving a demon attack, disgraced police detective Victoria Martin tracks down the Valducans in search of answers. Recognizing her potential, and despite the warnings of the other knights, Allan Havlock, protector of Ibenus, takes her in as his apprentice. As the Valducans travel to Paris to destroy a demon nest infesting the catacombs, the knights find themselves hunted by an Internet group intent on exposing them. Victoria, who belongs to this group, must desperately play both sides to protect not only herself but Allan, whom she has begun to love.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent addition to a very creative series

  • By Aaron Brown on 09-26-16

Excellent addition to a very creative series

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

Reviewed: 09-26-16

This is a supernatural thriller that should not be missed by fans of the genre. While this is the third book in the series there are twists and turns that keep the story very fresh. No retreading of ground for book 3. I'd love to go into some of these twists (and how some of them were an emotion punch to the gut), but no spoilers!!!

If you like book 1 and 2 of the series this is yet another strong entry. You won't be disappointed!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Hounacier

  • Valducan, Book 2
  • By: Seth Skorkowsky
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 571
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 538
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 534

Eleven years ago atheist Malcolm Romero met a god. Now he's a demon-hunting voodoo priest armed with a holy machete named Hounacier. After the murder of his mentor, he returns to New Orleans to catch the killer. But more is at stake when Malcolm finds himself betrayed and his holy blade stolen. Now Malcolm's only hope to save his soul and to recover Hounacier is the Valducan knight sent to kill him, Matt Hollis, the wielder of the holy revolver Dämoren.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Action packed and thought provoking

  • By The Bookwyrm Speaks on 06-06-16

Main character suffers a brutal trail by fire

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

Reviewed: 08-16-15

Wow. Just when you think it can't get worse for our hero it does!!!

But that is why this story is excellent. It all hangs together really well and it is a thrilling and imaginative ride!

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Half the World

  • By: Joe Abercrombie
  • Narrated by: John Keating
  • Length: 13 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,460
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,355
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,349

Sometimes a girl is touched by Mother War. Thorn is such a girl. Desperate to avenge her dead father, she lives to fight. But she has been named a murderer by the very man who trained her to kill. Sometimes a woman becomes a warrior. She finds herself caught up in the schemes of Father Yarvi, Gettland’s deeply cunning minister. Crossing half the world to find allies against the ruthless High King, she learns harsh lessons of blood and deceit. Sometimes a warrior becomes a weapon. Beside her on the journey is Brand, a young warrior who hates to kill, a failure in his eyes and hers, but with one chance at redemption. And weapons are made for one purpose. Will Thorn forever be a pawn in the hands of the powerful, or can she carve her own path?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Teen Assassin at Large

  • By Skipper on 09-17-15

Great Adventure story, good twist at the end.

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

Reviewed: 07-17-15

I have liked Abercrombie's books, but I prefer his other series more. But this one is growing on me and gaining momentum. Very solid book and by the end a page turner. Looking forward to more.

  • Pears and Perils

  • By: Drew Hayes
  • Narrated by: Matt Armstrong
  • Length: 6 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 590
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 551
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 548

Most people would be overjoyed to win $50,000 and the chance to star in a nation-wide commercial, even if it was just for a fast food joint like Camelot Burger. Then again, Clint Tucker has never been like most people. Ushered to the tropical paradise of Kenowai, he and the other winners undertake an island tradition for the cameras, one meant to free a local imprisoned deity. One with very specific requirements that have yet to be met. One that might just be a bit more authentic than any of them expected.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hard to classify, reminds me of Anansi's Boys

  • By Aaron Brown on 04-23-15

Hard to classify, reminds me of Anansi's Boys

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

Reviewed: 04-23-15

What did you love best about Pears and Perils?

Thunder PUNCH!!! I enjoyed the set up and the quirky characters. These are areas where Drew Hayes is strong.

I've also read the 'Fred Vampire Accountant' stuff and, while I prefer those, I thought this was pretty great as well. I thought the ending was a bit weak (the guy at the end suddenly seems to have skills that were never hinted at before), but by then I was pretty well hooked. If you enjoyed 'Fred Vampire Accountant' you'll like this stuff as well.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful