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  • 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 40
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 38

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 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,176
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,070
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,074

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
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

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? 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Distasteful

  • By Ijw on 10-31-18

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 2 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 135
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 117
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 117

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.

7 of 8 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 936
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 866
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 858

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!

37 of 49 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.

  • Emma

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Jane Austen, Anna Lea - adaptation
  • Narrated by: Emma Thompson, Joanne Froggatt, Isabella Inchbald, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,471
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,804
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,752

This Audible Original production of Jane Austen’s Emma is narrated by Emma Thompson (Academy Award, Golden Globe, Emmy and BAFTA winner, Love Actually, Harry Potter, Sense and Sensibility), with a full supporting cast including Joanne Froggatt (Downton Abbey, Liar), Morgana Robinson (The Windsors, Walliams & Friend, Morgana Robinson's the Agency), Aisling Loftus (Mr Selfridge, War & Peace), Joseph Millson (Casino Royale, The Sarah Jane Adventures), Alexa Davies (Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again) and rising star Isabella Inchbald as our eponymous heroine.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well, that was wonderful

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-07-18

seems like they only preserved the boring part

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

Reviewed: 09-09-18

Most of the voice actors are too life-like, that is they deliver the dialogue just as boring as it really is. It's more like a family drama then literature. If you already know where the store is going to go, I don't think you're going to enjoy this trip.

3 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Cherringham - A Cosy Crime Series Compilation

  • Cherringham 1-3
  • By: Matthew Costello, Neil Richards
  • Narrated by: Neil Dudgeon
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,707
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,429
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,420

Jack's a retired ex-cop from New York, seeking the simple life in Cherringham. Sarah's a Web designer who's moved back to the village find herself. But their lives are anything but quiet as the two team up to solve Cherringham's criminal mysteries. This compilation contains episodes 1 - 3: MURDER ON THAMES, MYSTERY AT THE MANOR and MURDER BY MOONLIGHT.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Find

  • By Marie on 10-29-16

really don't care for dying up close and personal

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

Reviewed: 09-06-18

I suppose some people enjoy being with the victim as he/she dies but I do not. The second mystery was pointless; the solution was always there. It wasn't even a mystery. So sorry I can't give this a good review except to say that it is well read and well written.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Dark Lord of Derkholm

  • Derkholm Series, Book 1
  • By: Diana Wynne Jones
  • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
  • Length: 13 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30

Mr. Chesney operates Pilgrim Parties, a tour group that takes paying participants into an outer realm where the inhabitants play frightening and foreboding roles. The time has come to end the staged madness...but can it really be stopped?    

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Diana Wynn’s Jones is the master storyteller

  • By Susan Sherman on 10-04-18

take down the corporate demon

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

Reviewed: 09-05-18

Another brilliant cast of characters from the creative mind of Diana Wynne Jones. If you forgotten what happy families are like, then Ms Jones is the antidote. Dragons and elves and griffins & gods and goddesses rather in the vein of Terry Pratchett.

Rather sly indictment of current affairs, although written two decades ago. The more things change...

1 of 1 people found this review helpful