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  • Ghost Story

  • A Novel of the Dresden Files
  • By: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: James Marsters
  • Length: 17 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 11,999
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11,222
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,173

When an unknown someone shoots him and leaves him to die, Harry Dresden hopes he might be heading to a better place. Unfortunately being dead doesn't make Harry's life any easier. Trapped between life and death, he learns that his friends are in serious trouble. Only by finding his murderer can he save his friends and move on - a feat that would be a lot easier if he had a body and access to his powers. Worse still are the malevolent shadows that roam Chicago, controlled by a dark entity that wants Harry to suffer even in death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best thing I've ever seen a company willingly do

  • By Brooks Hamilton on 04-21-15

Like the series

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

Reviewed: 03-15-19

I find that I really do enjoy this series of books. I mean, granted the story seems to get more overly complicated as the books move along. Yet, the plot holds and remains interesting. Good job.

  • Crucible

  • A Thriller
  • By: James Rollins
  • Narrated by: Christian Baskous
  • Length: 14 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 612
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 571
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 570

Arriving home on Christmas Eve, Commander Gray Pierce discovers his house ransacked, his pregnant lover missing, and his best friend’s wife, Kat, unconscious on the kitchen floor. With no shred of evidence to follow, his one hope to find the woman he loves and his unborn child is Kat, the only witness to what happened. But the injured woman is in a semicomatose state and cannot speak - until a brilliant neurologist offers a radical approach to “unlock” her mind long enough to ask a few questions. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Thriller? Maybe a Third of One

  • By Michael J. Herzog on 01-27-19

Good

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

Reviewed: 03-03-19

A good story, but not his best work. The delve deep into the whole thing of computers sort of made my mind go numb. Not a big fan overly detailed computer science. Anyway, still a good story with lots of action.

  • Changes: The Dresden Files, Book 12

  • By: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: James Marsters
  • Length: 15 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 17,271
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 15,011
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 14,960

Long ago, Susan Rodriguez was Harry Dresden's lover-until she was attacked by his enemies, leaving her torn between her own humanity and the bloodlust of the vampiric Red Court. Susan then disappeared to South America, where she could fight both her savage gift and those who cursed her with it.Now Arianna Ortega, Duchess of the Red Court, has discovered a secret Susan has long kept, and she plans to use it-against Harry.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WOW. I'm stunned!

  • By Julie on 04-27-10

Like an Onion

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

Reviewed: 02-18-19

Wow. As you progress along through the series you come realize that this thing is like an onion. The more layers you peel back the more layers you find underneath. I have to admit the stories seemed a little slow and not all that involving, but that changes with each successive story. Excellent work.

  • Coilhunter

  • A Coilhunter Chronicles Novel
  • By: Dean F. Wilson
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 4 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 23

Welcome to the Wild North, a desolate wasteland where criminals go to hide - if they can outlast the drought and the dangers of the desert. Or the dangers of something else. Meet Nox, the Coilhunter. A mechanic and toymaker by trade, a bounty hunter by circumstance. He isn't in it for the money. He's in it for justice, and there's a lot of justice that needs to be paid. Between each kill, he's looking for someone who has kept out of his crosshairs for quite a while - the person who murdered his wife and children. The trail has long gone cold, but there are changes happening....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Tech Western

  • By Amazon Customer on 12-27-18

Okay

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

Reviewed: 02-06-19

Not a bad story. It was okay. I just felt it ran like some of those old western movies with a bit of a steampunk update to it. I am going to assume a huge portion of the back story to the world that these tales take place in are in the follow on books. If not, there are a lot of confusing things going on.

  • PULSE (A Jack Sigler Thriller - Book 1)

  • By: Jeremy Robinson
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 633
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 569
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 565

Imagine a world where soldiers regenerate and continue fighting without pause, and where suicide bombers live to strike again. This is the dream of Richard Ridley, founder of Manifold Genetics, and he has discovered the key to eternal life: an ancient artifact buried beneath a Greek inscribed stone in the Peruvian desert.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Cool - or cheesy?

  • By Ender's Girl on 03-03-13

Not Bad

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

Reviewed: 01-29-19

I do find that I enjoy some of Mr. Robinson’s work. Some are not so interesting and some are. But that is how it goes for stories. Granted, some plot lines seem over the top complicated. That is unfortunately the nature of the beast. Why else would you pick up the book. I did find this story pretty good and paced fast enough to keep it interesting. I would recommend this.

  • Exponential: A Novel of Monster Horror

  • By: Adam Cesare
  • Narrated by: Matt Godfrey
  • Length: 6 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 41

Five strangers drawn together at a roadside bar on the outskirts of Las Vegas. One rampaging monster, escaped from a secret facility, absorbing victims and accumulating biomass as it moves north from Arizona. The miles between them rapidly dwindling. No, this is not the world’s best math problem, it’s Exponential. The rollicking, brutal, gory, and strangely poignant horror novel from Adam Cesare. Criminals and screw-ups need to face down science run amok in this literary tribute to films like Tremors and The Blob.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mix&Match of the Blob and The Thing in a Mouse

  • By Ray Johnson on 09-03-18

Not Overly Impressed

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

Reviewed: 01-22-19

The whole thing feels like just a drawn out expansion of a short story. Lots of time spent on character development that really goes no where. Some of the back story on these people seem excessive considering how fast they get killed off. Then produce mysterious people to eliminate them quickly in a couple of chapters. The monster, why not just call it “The Blob”.

  • Existential

  • Crucible, Book 1
  • By: Ryan W. Aslesen
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 455
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 429
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 429

It was supposed to be just another mission. Buried deep in the rugged Alaskan wilderness lies a secret that could alter the future of mankind - a secret that billionaire Elizabeth Grey has invested millions in solving. But when the dig goes silent, an elite team of battle-hardened military contractors is brought in led by former Marine Max Ahlgren. While the mission to make contact and rescue a team of scientists and engineers working on an “archeological” project seems like an easy payday, once on ground, the team discovers the grizzly truth that this is no ordinary rescue.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Action Action Action

  • By Ronald on 10-17-18

Okay

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

Reviewed: 01-15-19

Good start. The plot had a decent build up. But once you get to Alaska and the whole thing of actually going into the space ship is a no-no. The story becomes rather predictable and runs like almost every other movie or story like this.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Trail of Lightning

  • By: Rebecca Roanhorse
  • Narrated by: Tanis Parenteau
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,378
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,283
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,285

The sudden rising waters of a climate apocalypse have destroyed most of the planet…yet out of these waters, Dinétah, a former Navajo reservation, has been miraculously reborn. Listen along as Tanis Parenteau's impeccable narration, capturing the rhythms of Navajo speech, fully envelopes you into the Sixth World. Trail of Lightning follows our heroine as she walks the land alongside gods, heroes of legend, and monsters alike. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • AMAZING STORY

  • By Annie Slasher (Booked & Loaded) on 01-14-19

Don’t Care for It

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

Reviewed: 01-06-19

I had higher expectations than the book promised to deliver. My thought this story would center on monsters and monster hunters. Did not expect this to be a tale that focused on the protagonist going soul searching to define who she is. There was anything to do with monsters in this. That and some of the back story to define the world in general needs work. Don’t save it for a later book.

3 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Turn Coat

  • The Dresden Files, Book 11
  • By: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: James Marsters
  • Length: 14 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 16,553
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 14,468
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 14,442

The Warden Morgan has been accused of treason against the Wizards of the White Council - and there's only one, final punishment for that crime. He's on the run, wants his name cleared, and needs someone with a knack for backing the underdog. Someone like Harry Dresden....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worthy Addition To The Series

  • By Lisa on 05-06-09

Good Job

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-31-18

Yes. The scheme of things are getting complicated. It is getting to be that I need a program to keep up on who is who and what is happening to people. But I have to admit the stories and plot lines are still pretty good. A sort of busyness that at first makes you wonder what is going on, it quickly clears as the story moves on.

  • Murderers' Row

  • The Matt Helm Series, Book 5
  • By: Donald Hamilton
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 5 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30

Professional assassin and counteragent Matt Helm has been given a distasteful assignment. He is to disguise himself as gangster Jimmy "the Lash" Petroni and assault a fellow agent in order to help establish her cover in a top secret operation. But things don't quite go according to plan, and now Helm must take her place on a dangerous mission. Alone in Chesapeake Bay, pursued by his own government, Helm must carry out an assassination - before his employers catch up to him.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • My Least favorite of Matt Helm SO FAR.

  • By Terrance Ferguson on 07-09-15

Definitely Not the Movie

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

Reviewed: 12-22-18

Not a bad story for the time it was written. Can’t expect all sorts of super spy stuff in these books since they tend to pre-date the later super spy movies. Story is a bit simplistic, but it gets there.