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  • Monster Hunter International

  • By: Larry Correia
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 24 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,665
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,219
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,188

Five days after Owen Zastava Pitt pushed his insufferable boss out of a 14th story window, he woke up in the hospital with a scarred face, an unbelievable memory, and a job offer. It turns out that monsters are real. All the things from myth, legend, and B-movies are out there, waiting in the shadows. Some of them are evil, and some are just hungry. Monster Hunter International is the premier eradication company in the business. And now Owen is their newest recruit.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Suprizingly entertaining

  • By Konstantin on 02-17-12

if you love guns and hate government

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

Reviewed: 12-17-18

plot is pretty simplistic but if you love gun descriptions & cage fighting then "Dive In".

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Labyrinth Index

  • By: Charles Stross
  • Narrated by: Bianca Amato
  • Length: 13 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 263
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 244
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 242

The arrival of vast, alien, inhuman intelligences reshaped the landscape for human affairs across the world, and the United Kingdom is no exception. Things have changed in Britain since the dread elder god Nyarlathotep ascended to the rank of prime minister. In America, a thousand-mile-wide storm system has blanketed the Midwest, and the president is nowhere to be found. The government has been infiltrated by the shadowy Black Chamber, and the Pentagon and NASA have been refocused on the problem of summoning Cthulhu.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great entertainment — funny and thoughtful

  • By William B Baker on 11-04-18

too difficult to follow

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

Reviewed: 12-10-18

An author this popular should be able to afford either multiple narrators or one that knows how to do multiple voices. Shifts of scene and character are impossible to follow. Story might be good but who knows.

this reader should be narrating Mary Poppins or technical specifications. either would be less demanding.

  • Lies Sleeping

  • Rivers of London, Book 7
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 597
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 563
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 562

The Faceless Man, wanted for multiple counts of murder, fraud, and crimes against humanity, has been unmasked and is on the run. Peter Grant, detective constable and apprentice wizard, now plays a key role in an unprecedented joint operation to bring him to justice. But even as the unwieldy might of the Metropolitan Police bears down on its foe, Peter uncovers clues that the Faceless Man, far from being finished, is executing the final stages of a long-term plan. A plan that has its roots in London's 2,000 bloody years of history and could literally bring the city to its knees. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • What happened to Peter?

  • By Douglas on 11-21-18

-1 *

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

Reviewed: 11-24-18

Why do men have to settle for this traditional ending? Otherwise a quite satisfying story. Hope this isn't the end of the line here , although I understand if the author is tired of it. The cast of characters and setting are quite enjoyable for escaping the reality of our dysfunctional world. If it continues only in the graphic novel form it will be leaving out those of us trying to read on a small screen and not satisfied with the brevity of that form.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Consultation with a Vampire

  • How to Succeed in Evil, Book 1
  • By: Patrick E. McLean
  • Narrated by: Patrick E. McLean
  • Length: 2 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 39

Edwin Windsor, Evil Efficiency Consultant, returns with his manic lawyer Topper and his faithful secretary in this prequel to How to Succeed in Evil. Edwin is approached by a vampire, who offers him the prospect of eternal life if Edwin will help him with the troubles the modern world has presented his kind. It's Edwin versus Nosferatu in this insightful satire of the highly exploited vampire genre.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • old evil meets its match

  • By Ijw on 11-16-18

old evil meets its match

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

Reviewed: 11-16-18

When vampires ask advice from a man who serves heartless CEOs and lives without a soul, what can he expect? Old evil is not up to the competition with the new evil as mankind evolves.

Tightly written but leaves a bad taste in your mouth.

  • The Merchant Adventurer

  • By: Patrick E. McLean
  • Narrated by: Patrick E. McLean
  • Length: 6 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47

An ordinary, money-grubbing Merchant struggling to make a coin off penniless, incompetent adventurers is forced to take on the impossible quest of saving his town and rescuing the woman he loves from a treacherous and powerful Wizard. A battle of wit, wits and haggling that is part homage to, part skewer of the richly worked and often overwrought fantasy genre. An artful, satire of dungeon crawls and cRPG's, the Merchant Adventurer is part Princess Bride, part Dungeon Pawn Stars and a rollicking good read.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Reminiscent of D&D fun

  • By DabOfDarkness on 05-06-15

breakes the mold

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

Reviewed: 11-12-18

What is a hero made of. Maybe heroes are made not born. Don't trust anybody.

  • Lady of Devices: A Steampunk Adventure Novel

  • Magnificent Devices, Book 1
  • By: Shelley Adina
  • Narrated by: Fiona Hardingham
  • Length: 5 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,181
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,075
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,079

At 17, Claire Trevelyan, daughter of Viscount St. Ives, was expected to do nothing more than pour an elegant cup of tea, sew a fine seam, and catch a rich husband. Unfortunately, Claire's talents lie not in the ballroom, but in the chemistry lab, where things have a regrettable habit of blowing up. When her father gambles the estate on the combustion engine and loses, Claire finds herself down and out on the mean streets of London. But being a young woman of resources and intellect, she turns fortune on its head. It's not long before a new leader rises in the underworld, known only as the Lady of Devices...

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Was it really just one book divided into four?

  • By Kitty Lagorio on 03-16-14

Exceptional and unique

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

Reviewed: 11-05-18

Steps out of the Steampunk mold. As does the main character who must make her own way in the world when her own world collapses and her plans for the future are cast into doubt. Some points of detail could be argued with but in general it's a fine story with a huge human heart.

  • The Curious Case of the Werewolf That Wasn't

  • To Say Nothing of the Mummy That Was, and the Cat in the Jar (The Parasol Protectorate)
  • By: Gail Carriger
  • Narrated by: J. Daniel Sawyer
  • Length: 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 34

When Alessandro Tarabotti and his valet, Floote, find themselves in Egypt on the queen's business, a chance encounter with tourists quickly leads to a...situation...with the local mummies. Can Allesandro complete his secret mission before he's hijacked by social obligation? And how will his aunt Archangelica react to his treatment of her cat? 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • excellent

  • By Suzanne on 01-01-19

Distasteful

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

Reviewed: 10-31-18

Death and destruction for some purpose that probably furthers the plot but makes this little segment really unpleasant. Poor cat plot point is wasted; somebody doesn't like cats.

0 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • How Language Began

  • The Story of Humanity's Greatest Invention
  • By: Daniel L. Everett
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Yen
  • Length: 13 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 161
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 141
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 141

Mankind has a distinct advantage over other terrestrial species: we talk to one another. But how did we acquire the most advanced form of communication on Earth? Daniel L. Everett, a "bombshell" linguist and "instant folk hero" (Tom Wolfe, Harper's), provides in this sweeping history a comprehensive examination of the evolutionary story of language, from the earliest speaking attempts by hominids to the more than 7,000 languages that exist today.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Hard to endure

  • By Michael D. Busch on 09-09-18

Pedantic

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

Reviewed: 09-30-18

Pop science presented in a studiously boring manner. Meandering, argumentative, and short on reasoning. Blithely states that humans lost body hair because walking upright meant they had less skin exposed that needed to be shaded by fur, without a reference.
Next chapter starts arguing with Norm Chomsky, without laying out evidence in a progression, before attacking Professor Chomsky. Something somebody would read to bore people at Thanksgiving dinner.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Death in the English Countryside

  • Murder on Location Series, Book 1
  • By: Sara Rosett
  • Narrated by: Sarah Mollo-Christensen
  • Length: 6 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,085
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,005
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 995

Location scout and Jane Austen aficionado Kate Sharp is thrilled when the company she works for lands the job of finding locations for a new film adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, but then her boss, Kevin, fails to return from a scouting trip to England. Kate travels to England to salvage Kevin's and the company's reputation before word gets out that he is missing. Things go from bad to worse when Kate arrives in Nether Woodsmoor, a quaint village of golden stone cottages and rolling green hills, only to find no trace of Kevin except his abandoned luggage.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An Amazing Series

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-06-18

why spend first chapter being trite

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

Reviewed: 09-29-18

note to author: don't make us sit through a chapter of "woe is me I'm not married" before the story gets started!

38 of 50 people found this review helpful

  • Bucky Jupiter Meets the Space Lord

  • Bucky Jupiter, Ace of the Space Patrol, Book 1
  • By: Scott Reeves
  • Narrated by: Scott Reeves
  • Length: 1 hr and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars 1

In a vacuum-tubed retro future where the 1940s live on and Einstein never lived, Bucky Jupiter of the Space Patrol prowls the asteroid belt in his aether-powered ramjet, battling scurvy space pirates and any other ne'er-do-wells who dare to make life hard for the average citizen of the spaceways.   

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Silly instead of humorous

  • By Ijw on 09-28-18

Silly instead of humorous

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

Reviewed: 09-28-18

Could have been fun but turned out to be just kind of dull and silly. Written by teenager? Fart warning.