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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 11,795
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11,033
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,982

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

Soapy and verbose at times, yet not bad overall.

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

Reviewed: 01-21-19

If you are in love with this book, please read no further as you may find my review offensive...

Without going into too many details (and spoilers!), the book felt overly verbose for me. The author's imagination is undoubtedly rich and well developed, yet at certain points it feels like he's paid by word. Mr. Butcher also tends to assume he knows more about fighting than the reader, which can be annoying if said reader _actually_ knows how it works (of course, that's the problem with most urban fantasy writers who are mostly nerds after all). Unlike most of the other authors within the genre, he doesn't overdo it though.

There are too many of those recalls to past events (as if the reader has serious issues with his or her memory and constantly needs a refresher), reiterations of the principles and thoughts already covered earlier, and an over increasing tendency to be melodramatic that now reached a cheesy soap opera levels. There are also way too many flashbacks in this boom, some of which feel awkward at best (I think I understand why they are there, but in the form presented to us they feel somewhat out of place)...

HOWEVER...

Despite all of my petty grievances stated above, all in all I see this book as a decent attempt at pulling the series from a nosedive, and the narrator continues to do a great job. The introduction of unseen earlier (at least, not at this level) plot twists, picked up loose ends, and boosted character development for the main "cast" feel like a liberating fresh wind that brings about with it a hope that the series will continue and even improve with consequent installations of the story.

Oh, and the mental warfare defensive scene alone strokes my own inner nerd enough to forget about most of the annoying moments. ;)

  • The Consuming Fire

  • The Interdependency, Book 2
  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,139
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,791
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,776

The Interdependency, humanity’s interstellar empire, is on the verge of collapse. The Flow, the extra-dimensional conduit that makes travel between the stars possible, is disappearing, leaving entire star systems stranded. When it goes, human civilization may go with it - unless desperate measures can be taken. Emperox Grayland II, the leader of the Interdependency, is ready to take those measures to help ensure the survival of billions. But nothing is ever that easy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Scalzi and Wheaton or the new dynamic duo?

  • By Donald Arquilla on 10-17-18

I love it!

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

Reviewed: 10-23-18

I rarely write reviews, and those that I do write tend to be of the negative-complainy side of the possible spectrum. Not in this case. This sequel to the exciting new series from John Scalzi does not disappoint: the plot is dynamically progressing with just enough twists to keep one on the edge of a seat, the charming characters have developed into being even more so, and the narration Will Wheaton is as energetic and convincing as ever. So, again, no disappointments with this audiobook. Except, I suppose, for it going by too quickly as I pretty much gulped it down in one sitting. (Well, technically, two, but that is understandably has a less dramatic effect). Now that it is over and I reemerged into this reality, the weight of sudden nostalgia is almost overwhelming... Perhaps, I could listen to both volumes in a row now. :)

  • The Android's Dream

  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,559
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,692
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,688

A human diplomat creates an interstellar incident when he kills an alien diplomat in a most unusual way. To avoid war, Earth's government must find an equally unusual object: A type of sheep ("The Android's Dream"), used in the alien race's coronation ceremony. To find the sheep, the government turns to Harry Creek, ex-cop, war hero and hacker extraordinaire.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Philip K Dick meets Douglas Adams

  • By James on 07-26-11

Witty. Smart. Dynamic. Well performed.

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

Reviewed: 04-15-18

This must be my favorite book by John Scalzi to date (and I have all of them currently available on Audible). It has pretty much every element I was looking for in a sci-fi novel: action, starships, aliens, battles, romance, futuristic technologies, twisted plots, political intrigue, not to mention good humor, and a healthy dose of irony and sarcasm. Wil Wheaton's performance adds an extra dimension to an already great piece of work, elevating it well into the "Awesome!" tier.

  • 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 16,337
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 14,270
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 14,244

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

Couldn't wait for it to be finally over...

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

Reviewed: 03-09-18

Butcher somehow managed to elevate dullness to new heights with this book. One could usually expect quality going down with every consequent installment of a series, and this one certainly follows the pattern with even more repetitiveness, predictability and annoyances than ever before.

  • Dead Beat

  • The Dresden Files, Book 7
  • By: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: James Marsters
  • Length: 15 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 17,935
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 15,797
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 15,721

When a killer vampire threatens to destroy head of Special Investigations Karrin Murphy's reputation, unless Harry delivers the powerful Word of Kemmler to her, he has no choice. Now Harry is in a race against time to find the Word before Chicago experiences a Halloween night to wake the dead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I wish it was about 20 hours longer

  • By Dan on 04-18-12

Somewhat disappointing, but (grr!) still worth it.

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

Reviewed: 02-27-18

It might be just me, but it seems like the author didn't craft this story as carefully as he did in the preceding volumes. There are several weak plot points, in fact, and the entire story is considerably more predictable than before. The most disappointing part, however, is that Butcher made Dresden mess things up a few times too much for the book to be anything else but an annoying experience one can't wait to be over with. A couple of surprising near-awesome twists at the end of the story almost make up for the blunders made throughout this installment of the series.

  • Rise of a D-List Supervillain

  • By: Jim Bernheimer
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 5 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 703
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 674
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 667

One of the few heroes he respects has been captured, and now, Cal must rely on his wit, technical skills, and a healthy dose of The Big Lie, to pull off a daring rescue from inside a villain's base. Along the way, he and his team of New Renegades will have to worry about an imposter, human/animal Manglermal hybrids, a naked woman, an evil scientist, a terrifying plan, and the ever intrusive presence of Big Brother.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • of two minds.

  • By Omki on 09-18-17

A disappointment...

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

Reviewed: 10-15-17

It is unusual for me to write a negative review about a book. In this case, I strongly feel I should make an exception. All Jim Bernheimer managed to produce this time is an utterly unimpressive sequence of mostly dull and insignificant events that terminated in a cliffhanger. It feels like the author isn't even trying anymore...

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  • Words of Radiance

  • The Stormlight Archive, Book 2
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
  • Length: 48 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 47,017
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 43,984
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 43,961

In that first volume, we were introduced to the remarkable world of Roshar, a world both alien and magical, where gigantic hurricane-like storms scour the surface every few days and life has adapted accordingly. Roshar is shared by humans and the enigmatic, humanoid Parshendi, with whom they are at war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Book !!; no let down- "Words of Radiance" shines

  • By Don Gilbert on 03-08-14

Unbalanced

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

Reviewed: 02-09-17

At times too slow, at times too rushed (especially towards the end). Some side stories with potential to them were cut in an abrupt and unimaginative fashion. Chapter intros lack structure... I can barely believe this book was authored by the same person who wrote the first one.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Zoe's Tale

  • Old Man's War, Book 4
  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 10 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,610
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,173
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,170

"I'm Zoe Boutin Perry: A colonist stranded on a deadly pioneer world. Holy icon to a race of aliens. A player in a interstellar chess match to save humanity. Seventeen years old. Everyone on Earth knows the tale I am part of. But you don't know my tale: I'm going to tell it to you now, the only way I know how: not straight but true, the whole thing, to try make you feel what I felt: the joy and terror and uncertainty, panic and wonder, despair and hope."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Bait and switch. Skip it unless you're a teenager.

  • By Mike.the.kraken on 03-05-14

Loved it

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

Reviewed: 01-26-17

I went through the main books at least twice. This one feels like a nice side story, covering the events that were mostly covered in other books, but from a different point of view. I enjoyed it more than I expected. Well, that's the magic of John Scalzi.

One thing that made me twitch a bit every time it happened was how the narrator, who otherwise did a great job, mispronounced some of character and race names. It would have been nice of her to check the pronunciation prior to recording her narration.

  • Columbus Day

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 1
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 16 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,220
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 26,843
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,782

The Ruhar hit us on Columbus Day. There we were, innocently drifting along the cosmos on our little blue marble, like the Native Americans in 1492. Over the horizon came ships of a technologically advanced, aggressive culture, and BAM! There went the good old days, when humans got killed only by each other. So, Columbus Day. It fits. When the morning sky twinkled again, this time with Kristang starships jumping in to hammer the Ruhar, we thought we were saved.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sci Fi I didn't know I wanted

  • By Gary Glenn on 06-27-17

Mostly good

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

Reviewed: 01-23-17

Certainly better than some of the books in the genre, this one has an interesting enough storyline to keep most readers entertained.

However, it also has some annoying parts I could live without (like tiring repetitiveness of certain dialogs or recaps that I don't want to reveal here - you'll discover them on your own...or not).

Overall, an easy background listening material. And the narrator did a great job!

  • Super Powereds: Year 1

  • Super Powereds, Book 1
  • By: Drew Hayes
  • Narrated by: Kyle McCarley
  • Length: 26 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,613
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,123
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,110

Knowledge is power. That would be the motto of Lander University, had it not been snatched up and used to death by others long before the school was founded. For while Lander offers a full range of courses to nearly all students, it also offers a small number of specialty classes to a very select few. Lander is home to the Hero Certification Program, a curriculum designed to develop students with superhuman capabilities, commonly known as Supers, into official Heroes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Series In Recent Memory

  • By Get Off My Lawn! on 10-08-16

Too amateurish and boring.

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

Reviewed: 09-14-16

The book reads as a first creative writing experiment by an average teenager. Perhaps, by someone like Joey from Friends when he was a teenager.

Author's attempts to provide bits of what he perceives important information pertaining to the story through dialogs makes them sound particularly unrealistic.

One can see right away several ideas and situations borrowed from other, more successful authors.

Perhaps, I should have started listening to this book with lower expectations. As it stands right now, I'll try to return this book and use my credit to buy something more entertaining (in this case, even a DMV handbook would qualify).

0 of 1 people found this review helpful