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  • Alex Verus Series, Book 9
  • By: Benedict Jacka
  • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 828
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 776
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 774

 

When Mage Alex Verus ends up with a position on the Light Council, no one is happy, least of all him. But Alex is starting to realize that if he wants to protect his friends, he'll need to become a power player himself. His first order of business is to track down dangerous magical items unleashed into the world by Dark Mages.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I love the character development but...

  • By Amazon Customer on 07-08-18

Dodging a bullets is what he does best.

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

Reviewed: 07-06-18

I felt like this was more of a moving pieces on the board to advance the story in necessary ways and less of the intimate delving into the multiple characters than some of the other books. It left us with many taunting loose ends. But as in all 'families' the kids grow older and move away. Things shift. One wonders how it will all shake out. And still you feel Richard pulling strings from the darkness.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Beneath the Skin

  • The Sam Hunter Case Files
  • By: Jonathan Maberry
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 4 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,614
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,509
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,497

Sam Hunter is a bit of an animal. He's a former Twin Cities cop who lost his badge because of excessive force. Abusive husbands, child molesters, and other lowlifes wound up looking like they'd been mauled by a dog...or a wolf. Now Sam's a low-rent PI in Philadelphia. He takes the kinds of cases no one wants. His clients are usually on the fringes of society. The kind who are prey for all manner of predators - human and otherwise.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Probably would be better if they were longer

  • By selkie86 on 02-10-17

This monster wears a fedora

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

Reviewed: 07-05-17

The old hard-bitten gumshoe thing, with Werewolves. I am a sucker for these and found my housework enjoyable as each case unfolded.

  • Bound

  • Alex Verus Series, Book 8
  • By: Benedict Jacka
  • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,505
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,406
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,402

Alex Verus is still haunted by his time apprenticed to Richard Drakh. He's been free of him for many years, but now the only way to keep his friends from being harmed is to again work for Richard and his deadly ally. Even worse, he's forced to bring the Light mage Anne into this servitude as well. After weeks of being hunted and finally cornered into what he thought was his last stand, Alex never thought his life would be spared - and never anticipated at what price. This time, the diviner can see no way out.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tighter Coils and Straighter Straits

  • By Nekko on 07-03-17

Tighter Coils and Straighter Straits

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

Reviewed: 07-03-17

This was one of the better of the recent books with all of the machinations and evil and racing from danger to more impossible danger we have come to expect from this series. I love the mental elements of his stories. Verus takes you along on his brain bending desperate schemes to just stay alive and keep his little family of friends both alive and sane, while behind it all his 'Moriarty', Richard Drakh chillingly moves his agenda forward, implacable as a glacier and seemly as unstoppable as he is inscrutable.

This set of moves on the chess board makes one feel like we can almost see the end game but not quite-and the end also leaves us as usual desperately wanting know what happens next.

One of the things I love best about his character Alex Verus is that he is not the most powerful player on the field, in fact in is a bit under-powered for the game; hampered by morals and ties of affection and compassion. He knows he is being maneuvered and even his divination can't see the long game. In the world of mages and magic he is an Everyman doing his best in an impossible situation.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Rationality Zero

  • A Cyberpunk Espionage Tale of Eldritch Horror - The Dossiers of Asset 108
  • By: JM Guillen
  • Narrated by: Joel Richards
  • Length: 5 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 78
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 72

When activated, Michael becomes Asset 108, a cyberenhanced human who stands against the strange darkness that lurks at the edge of our world. Armed with equipment that most would find impossible to comprehend, he is sent on missions both strange and deadly. Each dossier pits him against irrational creatures and beings - most with the power to unravel his sanity or reality itself. It's never a simple job.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The adventure comes to audible!

  • By Robert DeFrank on 01-01-16

Step outside of rational time and space....

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

Reviewed: 12-29-15

What if there were places that did not act the same as our reality? What if those places held hostile ancient evils and ..what if those abominations began to invade our reality?

What if it was your job to save your own and countless other worlds from such creatures.

Well then you might be Michael Bishop and you might work for a shadow organization simply called 'the facility'.......

I have loved the books and now I can enjoy the audio version of the first in this fast paced series. I liked the narration and felt the narrator's voice matched the character in my mind. I might have preferred a slightly faster pacing, but overall it was a great read. I hope the next two in the series are also done in audio version.

If you are a fan of James Bond and espionage thrillers. If you like SF and adventure with some steampunk flavor. You will love this series.

The way this is written it would be suitable for young adult up and adult. Adults will find this series reminiscent of the classic SF of the 50's and 60's-Bradbury and Lovecraft.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Clean Sweep

  • By: Ilona Andrews
  • Narrated by: Renee Raudman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,902
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,580
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,577

On the outside, Dina Demille is the epitome of normal. She runs a quaint Victorian Bed and Breakfast in a small Texas town, owns a Shih Tzu named Beast, and is a perfect neighbor, whose biggest problem should be what to serve her guests for breakfast.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Story was good, narrator did not fit.

  • By Letitia Waltersdorff on 11-18-15

A lady never raises her voice while kicking ass.

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

Reviewed: 11-15-15

The narrator's soft voiced style was a perfect vehicle for this character. What do you do when your neighbors are put at risk by a species they are not even aware exist? Do you put your faith in the surly shape shifter who aggressively guards what he considers his or do you try to play nice with the dangerous and culturally complex vampires- who's involvement is plain yet hidden?
And all hell breaks loose when the house itself gets involved....
Charming with a quiet humor and subtle romance.

  • Blood Destiny: Blood Curse Series book 1

  • By: Tessa Dawn
  • Narrated by: Eric Dove
  • Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,333
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,244
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,243

He is a lethal vampire bound by an ancient curse. She is an agent of homeland security investigating a dangerous cult. Theirs is a Blood Destiny about to unfold.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WOW, Absolutely Awesome, LOVED LISTENING !!!

  • By Robert on 11-23-15

stilted and ridiculous

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

Reviewed: 11-15-15

I really wanted to try and get past my initial reaction. I think perhaps if I had only read this story the presentation would not have seemed so cliché ridden. Perhaps it is the wrong narrator for this particular story. Not sure but I could not hold on past the first chapter or two. I would have liked to see where the storyline went and if it redeemed itself.
I may try it without narration and see how it goes. But as an audio book I was forced to give it low marks. My apologies to the author.

4 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • Sinner's Gin

  • Sinners, Book 1
  • By: Rhys Ford
  • Narrated by: Tristan James
  • Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 578
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 551
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 550

There's a dead man in Miki St. John's vintage Pontiac GTO, and he has no idea how it got there. After Miki survives the tragic accident that killed his best friend and the other members of their band, Sinner's Gin, all he wants is to hide from the world in the refurbished warehouse he bought before their last tour. But when the man who sexually abused him as a boy is killed and his remains are dumped in Miki's car, Miki fears death isn't done with him yet.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tristan James Brings This Book To Life

  • By Reece on 01-13-14

Sweet and raw, with a side of hot.

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

Reviewed: 11-14-15

This is a story of love amid violence and the bitter leftovers of abuse. It manages to be sexy without falling too far into cuteness or vulgarity. Police detective falls for a fragile victim. Old story with a sweet gender twist. The characters appeal and the story kept a good pace. Very enjoyable... and hot-did I mention hot?
I picked this one up after reading the author's newest foray into urban fantasy, Black Dog Blues, which I had chosen not realizing the writer's background in BL. After the first read I wanted to see some of his other writing.
Conclusion I like his Elven character best so far, but he spins a good tale in either genre. Narrators are well matched to the characters and for the most part blend pleasingly.
.........and did I mention HOT,

  • Black Dog Blues

  • The Kai Gracen Series, Book 1
  • By: Rhys Ford
  • Narrated by: Greg Tremblay
  • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 609
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 580
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 579

Ever since being part of the pot in a high-stakes poker game, elfin outcast Kai Gracen figures he used up his good karma when Dempsey, a human Stalker, won the hand and took him in. Following the violent merge of Earth and Underhill, the human and elfin races are left with a messy, monster-ridden world, and Stalkers are the only cavalry willing to ride to someone's rescue when something shadowy appears.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful narration paired with terrific adventure

  • By JP-NH on 05-22-15

Fresh take on Elven urban fantasy

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

Reviewed: 11-12-15

Some days it sucks to be an Elf. And other days it sucks more. Kie was raised by one tough human and his 9 to 5 is a job most don't want. But its his life and given his past he wants to keep it just the way it is....as far away from 'his people' as he can get.
If you are a fan of sexy vampires then you will probably like this sexy Sidhe. No sparkling. Promise.
A liberal sexual outlook (though not too explicit) it worked. Fair amount of gore and violence. I really liked it. Hope Rhys is writing the next one fast....

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Darker Shade of Magic

  • A Darker Shade of Magic, Book 1
  • By: V. E. Schwab
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 11 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,772
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,444
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,434

Kell is one of the last Travelers - magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel universes. As such, he can choose where he lands. There's Grey London, dirty and boring, without any magic, ruled by a mad King George. Then there's Red London, where life and magic are revered, and the Maresh Dynasty presides over a flourishing empire. There's White London, ruled by whoever has murdered their way to the throne. And once upon a time, there was Black London...but no one speaks of that now.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not a fan of the narrator

  • By Alex on 06-11-15

Lord of the Rings meets Doctor Who

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

Reviewed: 10-27-15

This is a very engaging story. With many unique elements. It keeps you held with no down time or boring buildups. I am hoping this will have a few in the series. An epic adventure with lots of magic and a good story. This one would appeal to young adult up. Lots of violence but all making sense within the logic of the story. A very likable rapscallion and a well intentioned but angst-ridden mage.

  • Nice Dragons Finish Last

  • Heartstrikers, Book 1
  • By: Rachel Aaron
  • Narrated by: Vikas Adam
  • Length: 13 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,068
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,662
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,663

Audie Award, Fantasy, 2016. As the smallest dragon in the Heartstriker clan, Julius survives by a simple code: keep quiet, don't cause trouble, and stay out of the way of bigger dragons. But this meek behavior doesn't fly in a family of ambitious magical predators, and his mother, Bethesda the Heartstriker, has finally reached the end of her patience.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Almost shockingly wonderful.

  • By Leon Miller on 07-26-15

Paraormal urban fantasy with a cuteness level

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

Reviewed: 10-19-15

This will resonate with any middle child who ever felt like they were born into the wrong family. How do you win the day when you got nothing to fight with, when you stand out and not in a good way, and when the deal is stacked against you -by your own family?
There is a definite moral message hidden in among the kicking doors and taking names..... Ok the trying to kick doors and occasionally taking a name.
Be prepared for teen angst and lots of bizarre paranormal creatures. Hoarders, deceased cat spirits, los Vegas style gangsters, earth spirits and oh ya some dragons.
Thinking this will appeal teen to young adult. The narrator is mostly spot on with only the occasional grating accent. A fair amount of silly-level violence.