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  • Brimstone Blues

  • Yancy Lazarus Series, Book 5
  • By: James A. Hunter
  • Narrated by: Charlie Kevin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59

Yancy Lazarus - mage, bluesman, and demon-souled - is having the worst hangover of his life. He just woke up in a dingy hotel in literal Hell with one eye missing, an arm covered in swirling golden tattoos, and no recollection of the past six months. All he wants is to figure out how he ended up in the Great Below and whether there’s a way home. But getting out of Hell is no easy feat. Yancy is the most wanted man in the infernal city of Pandæmonium, and he’s being hunted by demonic cutthroats for a series of high-profile murders he can’t remember committing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • No actual demons were harmed in this book!

  • By Ray Johnson on 03-09-18

Fun Series!

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

Reviewed: 07-26-18

After reading the initial reviews I wasn't sure if I would enjoy this series or not but I definitely do. Yancy Lazarus is a likeable character and the author has done a fine job of creating his word and alternate planes of existence. I also love the dark humor and Yancy's rough edges. I am eagerly awaiting the next installment of the series.

Charlie Kevin is an excellent narrator and does a great job with the different voices of the characters. My one complaint and really it's a pet peeve is his mispronunciation of common words and his butchery of almost all the Demon names in the series. It seems like his producers would catch and help him fix this but apparently not.....

  • Spymaster

  • By: Brad Thor
  • Narrated by: Armand Schultz
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,682
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,577
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,573

Across Europe, a secret organization has begun attacking diplomats. Back in the United States, a foreign ally demands the identity of a highly placed covert asset. In the balance hang the ingredients for all-out war.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent, but not as good as usual for Thor!

  • By Wayne on 07-03-18

A cliffhanger ending - Really?

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

Reviewed: 07-23-18

I agree with some of the other reviewers, this book was not the best of the series. One of the reasons I like this genre is because the books always come to a satisfying ending. Sorry for the spoiler but this one ends on a cliffhanger. Are you kidding me? Not only that but the last chapter is not a natural finish to this book. It's like the author just decided, Ok, I'm tired of writing now so I'm just going to stop here and put in this segue to another book. If the plot line needed to be split into two books then it should have been titled Part One or something.

Armand Schultz was excellent as always!

I imagine I will read the next book in this series because overall I have enjoyed most of them tremendously. I hope the next book puts us back into normal Thor territory.

  • Beast Master

  • The Temple Chronicles, Book 5
  • By: Shayne Silvers
  • Narrated by: Joel Richards
  • Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 263
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 248
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 248

The Beast Master has come to town, and he's kidnapping shifter kids for his show. But the Queens of Fae also want a little deep-fried wizard for the holidays. Oh, and Nate is losing that last fingerhold on his sanity: hallucinating and talking to creatures that no one else can see. The demon inside of him is getting stronger, fighting for dominance, and only one of them can survive. But when Nate's extorted to rescue a lethal Chimera child from the Beast Master's Circus, Nate's only option is to partner with his inner demon, risking his very soul.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun Series

  • By Lynch on 10-04-17

Fun Series

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

Reviewed: 10-04-17

Although there are some annoying, minor continuity errors from book to book in this series, overall I am truly enjoying the story and characters. There is plenty of action, humor, snark, and monsters to keep me entertained and wanting more. The author also does a great job a filing in the backstory and painting vivid characters for my imagination to run away with.

Joel Richards does a great job at narrating this series - plenty of variation in voices and great effects with the deep monster voices.

I am looking forward to the rest of this series and sincerely hope AUDIBLE gets books 6 and 7 out soon.

I am not sure why Authors/Publishing Houses of popular series such as this would not release audio books at the same time hard copies come out but it is really annoying!!! I have a hard time finding the time to sit down and read but have plenty of time to listen while doing other tasks.

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  • The Ghost Rebellion

  • Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences, Book 5
  • By: Pip Ballantine, Tee Morris
  • Narrated by: Tee Morris, Pip Ballantine
  • Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 184
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 178
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 173

The chase is on! After rescuing Queen Victoria from the clutches of the Maestro, Agents Eliza D Braun and Wellington Books are in hot pursuit of Dr. Henry Jekyll. While he continues his experiments on the aristocracy of Europe, he leaves a trail of chaos and despair in his wake. However, when Eliza and Wellington run him to ground in India, they are forced to come face to face with ghosts from the past, and the realities of empire.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Story fell short, and narration was annoying.

  • By -dan'l on 08-27-16

Story OK, Terrible Narration

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

Reviewed: 06-01-17

In every series there are books that are not as good as others and that's ok. This book seems to be setting us up for the next part of the story and as long as that happens I am fine with it.

What I am not fine with is the horrible narration. Authors should not narrate their own books. This was a perfect example as to why. The voices were all wrong, the accents atrocious, the switching between the authors from chapter to chapter made the book hard to follow, and they just simply were not good at it. There are professional readers for a reason. I certainly hope this duo goes back to hiring one for their future books because I really like this series and want to continue to listen to it. I just don't think I can if the authors continue to narrate.... Hope they read their reviews!

  • Promise of Wrath

  • Hellequin Chronicles, Book 6
  • By: Steve McHugh
  • Narrated by: Simon Mattacks
  • Length: 13 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 765
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 702
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 699

A terrible storm is brewing in London, and Nathan Garrett, the sorcerer known as Hellequin, is the only one who can stop it. But his enemies have other plans. Harnessing the power of an ancient stone tablet, they cast Nate and his allies into another realm, where a bloody conflict rages between creatures twisted by magic. Meanwhile, with his friends' lives in danger, Nate must put centuries of differences aside, and place his trust in one of his greatest foes.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I hate when you change narrator. mid series

  • By VKGiamp on 01-14-17

Really like this series!

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

Reviewed: 01-04-17

I am so glad I found this series. I am really enjoying it and can't wait for the next installment!

  • A River in the Sky

  • The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 19
  • By: Elizabeth Peters
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
  • Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 930
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 654
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 649

Elizabeth Peters brings back beloved Egyptologist and amateur sleuth Amelia Peabody in an exciting tale set amid the ancient temples and simmering religious tensions of Palestine on the eve of World War I. Once again the Peabody-Emerson clan must use all their skills and wiles to find the truth, prevent a bloody holy war, and save their son from the clutches of a nefarious enemy in this wonderfully engaging tale chock-full of thrills, mystery, and daring from the inimitable Elizabeth Peters.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • As Comfy As Slippers

  • By Eva Gannon on 04-26-10

My favorite caper series!

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

Reviewed: 09-18-14

I have loved this series for years. I originally picked up one of the books on tape (I know, how bad were books on tape?) when I was travelling a lot for work and I was hooked immediately. Over the years I listened to several more as I found them available in the local library. Recently I decided to begin this series at the beginning and listen to it all the way through and I am so happy that I did.

To address a couple of complaints, yes, this book was written out of order, and there have been a couple of "lost years" books that were. Obviously the series is complete as the author passed away in 2013 so all you have to do is look at the date of the Winter Season the book covers and you can read them in order. This one actually pre-dates WWI. Secondly, for those of you who don't like Barbara Rosenblatt - don't listen, and quit complaining. Barbara Rosenblatt makes this series. Her command of voices is outstanding, and I always know who is speaking without being told. It is true that I too have wanted to hand her a glass of water from time to time, but she makes this series.

So on to the books. Honestly they might not be for everyone but if you like a good caper series you should give them a try. Go into it knowing that they are based in Victorian England/ Egypt and the main character is a rich aristocrat so there is some pomposity and plenty of servants. That however, in my opinion is part of what lends charm to these books. The vocabulary is outstanding and I love the propriety and chivalry.

The characters are so well developed that they feel like old friends to me. I know that every time I start one of these books I automatically smile at the opening words because I am visiting a place I know and love with people I adore. The author draws you in to every aspect of the story with rich descriptions of the surrounding scenery, crime scenes, and impossible scenarios. I find myself laughing out loud at the humor and cringing over dead body descriptions. I also like the style of the writing, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out who the bad guy is but that doesn't matter, the author isn't making it hard for us to figure out. She's leading us to how Amelia and her extraordinary family figured it out.

These books are a delight. If you need a good distraction, love a classic caper, awesome narration, and some history, romance, and humor, read this series. Start at the beginning (Crocodile on the Sandbank), and I sincerely hope you enjoy it as much as I have.

Elizabeth Peters - you will be missed. Thank you for your many contributions to literature and for giving us such an awesome series. I can't wait until I decide to begin the series again and listen all the way through. :-)

  • The Spirit Eater

  • By: Rachel Aaron
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 849
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 755
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 755

With the pressure on after his success in Gaol, Eli Monpress, professional thief and degenerate, decides it’s time to lie low for a bit. Taking up residence in a tiny seaside village, Eli and his companions seize the chance for some fun and relaxation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I wish the next one was offered as an audiobook

  • By Jessica on 07-04-12

Fun series - my new favorite reader!

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

Reviewed: 05-13-14

Ok, I can not tell you how much I love Luke Daniel's performances. I think he has taken over the slot of my favorite reader! If you have not listened to the Iron Druid Chronicles start now. That is a fantastically fun series!

Audible - where is the rest of this series? There appear to be three more books available. Please add them ASAP!!!

So far this series is priced less than a full credit. If you haven't tried it - do! It's fun, with a lot of humor, action, and a great plot line. I am going to be really disappointed if I have to read the rest of the series myself!

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  • Touch of the Demon

  • Kara Gillian, Book 5
  • By: Diana Rowland
  • Narrated by: Liv Anderson
  • Length: 19 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 904
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 831
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 831

Kara Gillian is in some seriously deep trouble. She’s used to summoning supernatural creatures from the demon realm to our world, but now the tables have been turned and she’s the one who’s been summoned. Kara is the prisoner of yet another demonic lord, but she quickly discovers that she’s far more than a mere hostage. Yet waiting for rescue has never been her style, and Kara has no intention of being a pawn in someone else’s game.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unexpected

  • By Demurr on 11-06-13

This is a great series!

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

Reviewed: 05-13-14

I am so thrilled that I found this series - I really enjoy it and it just keeps getting better with each book. The demon world is so well described I almost feel like I am there, and the story line is fast paced and fun.

I found the first book of the series during a special sale and decided to give it a shot even though some of the reviews weren't great. I personally do not mind the swearing, or the fact that each book ends with sort of cliff hanger. The main character is strong, rarely whiney, and the sex scenes are not too often or too long.

The narrator also does a wonderful job. She is clear, has a really nice voice, and terrific annunciation.

If you haven't already, give this series a shot, but be sure to start with the first book. This is a series you must read in order.

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  • Dead Spots

  • By: Melissa F. Olson
  • Narrated by: Amy McFadden
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,627
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,466
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,469

When LA’s vampires, witches, and werewolves make a mess, they call Scarlett Bernard to clean it up. Her ability as a null erases all magical traces from anything — or anyone — that comes within ten feet of her, and keeps humans in the dark about the city’s paranormal activity. One night when she’s called to a grisly crime scene, Scarlett is spied by the all-too-human LAPD cop Jesse Cruz, who strikes up a deal with her: he’ll keep quiet about the supernatural underworld if she helps him crack the case. She agrees, but the city’s chief vampire, Dash, starts to suspect Scarlett is behind the murders and will reveal all she knows of his shadowy empire. Now it’ll take more than Scarlett’s unique abilities to clear her name, keep the underworld underground, and track down the real killer.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Suprisingly pleased

  • By Jennifer on 07-03-13

Great first in a series

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

Reviewed: 03-23-14

This was one of the books I picked up during the recent First in a Series sale and I am thrilled that I did. The heroine is not whiney or afraid of who she is and the other characters are well fleshed out. I am certain that we will get a bit more back story on each of them as the series moves along based on the writing style exhibited in this book. The plot was good too. It had some fun little twists and turns and a decent mystery. The supernatural world is also well thought out and interesting, and I like the twist of a Null.

Amy McFadden's performance was spot on and I really enjoyed listening to her.

Nicely done! I am looking forward to the next installment!

  • Seven Kinds of Hell

  • Fangborn, Book 1
  • By: Dana Cameron
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 330
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 302
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 304

When archaeologist Zoe Miller’s cousin is abducted by a vicious Russian kidnapper, she must come to grips with a haunting secret. Unknown to even her closest friends, Zoe is not entirely human. She is a werewolf and a daughter of the "Fangborn", a hidden race of werewolves, vampires, and oracles. Zoe’s attempt to rescue her cousin leads her on a quest for artifacts - including Pandora’s Box, an object of world-ending power.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A beastly Lara-Croft-Lite series first

  • By Tracey on 03-23-13

Meh...

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

Reviewed: 03-14-14

I purchased this book during a recent sale of books first in a series. I am a big fan of the supernatural genre and I really enjoy a good series so I usually purchase a few sale books each year to see if there are any that I have been missing. The reviews of this book weren't great but it had an interesting story line so I decided to go for it.

Unfortunately, what really ruined this book for me was the reader. She has an odd way of annunciating her words, sort of clipped like she's almost swallowing them, and she was over the top on the drama. I might of liked the main character better if the reader hadn't made her sound so whiney.

That being said, the book wasn't great either. It started out slowly and just never really got off the ground. The action scenes were predictable, none of the characters are very likeable, the supernatural world is way over the top, and the ending was really a lead in to the next book. On the plus side it wasn't heavy on sex and the main character did seem to grow as the book progressed.

If you are a fan of the supernatural genre with action I would highly recommend the Monster Hunter International or Iron Druid series. Both have excellent readers and are fun, exciting, and entertaining. If you are into the supernatural strong heroine type of series try out the Jane Yellowrock series.

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