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  • Sandman Slim

  • By: Richard Kadrey
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,562
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,079
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,090

When he was 19, James Stark was considered to be one of the greatest natural magicians, a reputation that got him demon-snatched and sent downtown - to Hell - where he survived as a gladiator, a sideshow freak entertaining Satan's fallen angels. That was 11 years ago. Now, the hitman who goes only by Stark has escaped and is back in L.A. Armed with a fortune-telling coin, a black bone knife, and an infernal key, Stark is determined to destroy the magic circle.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!

  • By Hallie on 04-24-12

Fun story

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

Reviewed: 02-21-19

Had this in my wishlist for over a year and now I want to go back in time and smack myself for waiting so long. Andrews brings this character to life like few could have. The writing was nostalgic for anyone old enough to have bought VHS tapes and it was consistent without too much foreshadowing. Slim could care less about light and dark...he just wants a cigarette and something to kill.

  • Will of Fire

  • By: Rhett C. Bruno, Jaime Castle
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 17 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 122
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 111
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111

The villainous Drad Redstar has won the favor of king and country after leading a decisive victory over the rebels at Winde Port. Now with a seat on the royal council, he condemns Torsten to a lifetime in the dungeon and invites his militant people to take up residence in the capital. But not all light has been squelched. There is one disgraced King’s Shieldsman left who remains loyal to Torsten, and only he can help free the Glass Kingdom from Redstar and his dark desires to revive the Buried Goddess.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great continuation of the series. Now with Pirates

  • By Josh R on 01-18-19

Another great addition

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

Reviewed: 01-19-19

Thoroughly enjoying this series as the authors refuse to lose focus and go meandering off on a prophecy arc or any of a number of pitfalls that so many other authors trip into. It gets frustrating with the knights being so repetive. I'm still trying to figure out why Torsten is as strong as an ox and bends steel bars but he cant kill a man with his bare hands even though he pummels them repeatedly. A big man can kill you with a few good punches but the authors couldn't let that happen and couldn't figure out another way to have them interact other than do the same thing over and over. Other than Torstens inability to actually use his massive size in a normal way the characters stayed believable.

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  • Astral Prime Mission Pack 1: Missions 1-4

  • Black Ocean: Astral Prime Mission Pack
  • By: J.S. Morin, M.A. Larkin
  • Narrated by: Mikael Naramore
  • Length: 19 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 125
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123

They found a planet where none belonged. They should have left it alone. This audiobook includes the first four missions in the Black Ocean: Astral Prime series.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • The Specialness is gone, just another sci-fi story

  • By Diana on 11-15-18

Great, but with 2 problems

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

Reviewed: 01-03-19

The first real problem for me is that Cedric is hardly in any of these stories until the end. The other characters do need fleshing out more to bring them up to par with him but we never really got much from Cedric's view in the other books and more of him would have been nice if not practical.
The worse problem is that he included that hypocritical, sanctimonious turd Esper at all. I almost didn't finish the original stories because of her and I KNOW I'm not getting any of her stand alone stories. At least she only shows up in the bonus story.
Otherwise this was well paced and completely in line with other characters in the Black Ocean universe as a whole. It was great to actually see some of the other races involved.
p.s. I hate Esper the way HBO's Game of Thrones fans hate Olly. Seriously, I'd rather read about Kubu eating than Esper....have her deop astral in a star or something.

  • Web of Eyes

  • By: Rhett C. Bruno, Jaime Castle
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 495
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 476
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 474

When a piece of the crown prince's soul is stolen by a traitorous warlock, disgraced knight Torsten Unger makes it his sworn duty to get it back and save the last hope for the kingdom. But he can't do it alone. Self-proclaimed "World's Greatest Thief" Whitney Fierstown sits in the castle dungeon, destined for the gallows until Torsten offers this choice: rot and die in a dank cell or join him on a dangerous expedition to put his skills to good use and earn his freedom. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I loved this book!

  • By Joliet Jill on 11-15-18

Glad I took a chance

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

Reviewed: 12-20-18

Lately, its felt like I was playing Russian roulette everytime I started a new story. This story may not be epic but it's well told, with straightforward characters, and with little to no foreshadowing of grand events that too many authors tease but never live up to. I'm looking forward to the next one.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Alien: Out of the Shadows

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Tim Lebbon, Dirk Maggs
  • Narrated by: Rutger Hauer, Corey Johnson, Matthew Lewis, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 28 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,333
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,718
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,653

As a child, Chris Hooper dreamed of monsters. But in deep space, he found only darkness and isolation. Then, on planet LV178, he and his fellow miners discovered a storm-scoured, sand-blasted hell - and trimonite, the hardest material known to man. When a shuttle crashes into the mining ship Marion, the miners learn that there was more than trimonite deep in the caverns. There was evil, hibernating and waiting for suitable prey.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a work that I highly recommend

  • By AudioBook Reviewer on 05-02-16

Suprisingly entertaining

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

Reviewed: 12-16-18

I take any prequel events in the Aliens Universe with a grain of doubt since they typically HAVE to end with noone hearing from the people involved or it ruins the continuity of the main story. This found a way around that as did the first Prequel movie without everyone making the same dumb mistakes on first contact and added some great voice acting too. Looking forward to the next 2 in the series.

  • The Purge of Babylon Series Box Set: Books 1-3

  • By: Sam Sisavath
  • Narrated by: Adam Danoff
  • Length: 41 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 331
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 301
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 302

Creatures that once lived in the shadows, hidden from humankind, have risen, spreading like a plague across the globe over the course of a single night. Their numbers growing exponentially through infection, these seemingly unkillable creatures have swallowed up whole cities and collapsed unprepared governments. Survivors call it The Purge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • started iffy but then couldn't put it down.

  • By Brett on 04-19-17

Not enough here to keep me interested.

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

Reviewed: 12-12-18

This started off as a 5 star series but quickly started dropping potential. The main protagonist is just such a wet blanket I could care less what happens to him. The rest of the people aren't much better but anyone other than Will would have been an improvement.

My biggest problem is that the monsters are supposed to be unfathomable but communication quirks and reaction to silver aside the most "dangerous" aspect of them makes no sense in context. They overwhelm defenses and I should end that with a question mark. These things are repeatedly referenced as being so light they weigh next to nothing, they are fairly brittle, they just dont die easily. How does that translate into bone jarringly powerful enough to slam doors and obstacles aside....they have NO MASS to do this with. No flamethrowers are tried, noone bothers to dress accordingly at night in heavy leathers that would essentially make them bite proof.

The group aspect also annoyed me as they seem to try to take on the responsibility of protecting everyone but never actually care about anyone other than their core group when it hits the fan. They tell everyone to get to rooms to hide even when every single person had to run by the darn Armory that THEY hid in...you know, that place with the actual weapons that might have helped; they have the idea of helping 500 people by somehow bringing them to a facility that couldn't possibly house them and with only a 3rd year medical student to look after them; they constantly talk about never leaving anyone behind and the second a guy got left behind Will didn't try to turn around in the slightest even though he was willing to fight a building full of people later to save a woman he couldn't know was even alive at that point.

The role of women in these books is kind of obvious even after he tries to turn the most annoying one into Xena Warrior Princess. Apparently only blondes and red heads survived and they all have green or blue eyes and are so beautiful the world couldn't bear for them to die like the majority of normal people. The author has an eye for action sequences although he has a bad problem acting like there's tons of time to think and speak during a shootout or that you can train a nobody up to Ranger qualifications in 3 months with no in-field experiences.

  • Willful Child

  • The Search for Spark (Willful Child, Book 3)
  • By: Steven Erikson
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36

Steven Erikson has taken his lifelong passion for Star Trek and transformed it into a smart, inventive, and hugely entertaining spoof on the whole overblown mankind-exploring-space-for-the-good-of-all-species-but-trashing-stuff-with-a-lot-of-high-tech-gadgets-along-the-way adventure. The result is a novel that deftly parodies the genre while also paying fond homage to it. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Did he get paid by the word?

  • By Indy on 02-12-19

Just as good as the first

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

Reviewed: 12-01-18

I feel sorry for people reading these books without the brilliant character voices by Andrews. As long as he keeps writing them, I'll keep buying them.

  • The Extinction Cycle Boxed Set

  • Extinction Horizon, Extinction Edge, and Extinction Age (The Extinction Cycle, Books 1 - 3)
  • By: Nicholas Sansbury Smith
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 25 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,811
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,567
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,557

The worst of nature and the worst of science will bring the human race to the brink of extinction. Master Sergeant Reed Beckham has led his Delta Force team, code named Ghost, through every kind of hell imaginable and never lost a man. When a top secret medical corps research facility goes dark, Team Ghost is called in to face their deadliest enemy yet - a variant strain of Ebola that turns men into monsters.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great twist on the zombie genre - Well worth it!

  • By Melissa and Josh on 04-11-17

Still chugging away

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

Reviewed: 11-27-18

I'm done with this series. Author is hitting every zombie cliche he can think of; idiotic decisions from leadership that get soldiers killed, soldiers carrying out idiotic orders that they KNOW will get them killed, evolving monsters that can kill a whole platoon in 5 secs or 1000 can get wiped out by guys arm firing squad weapons with unlimited ammo. Seriously, it's the end of the world, command isn't supplying you, paying you or protecting you...wheres the incentive to keep following orders. If you have an enemy with enhanced hearing and night vision; dont go into large cities with subways and tall buildings thinking all you need is a broom. Flashbangs aren't used..AT ALL in these books, or flamethrowers and why not consolidate in food producing areas that are flat and defensible. They could just build the gates out the material they use for air ducts because apparently they are stronger than steel. I cringed when I saw there are 4 more of these. Author can write but he should take his time and get good proof readers.

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  • Willful Child: Wrath of Betty

  • Willful Child, Book 2
  • By: Steven Erikson
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 181
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 170
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 170

The continuing adventures of the starship A.S.F. Willful Child. Its mission: to seek out strange new worlds on which to plant the Terran flag, to subjugate and if necessary obliterate new life-forms, to boldly blow the... And so we join the not-terribly-bright but exceedingly cock-sure Captain Hadrian Sawback and his motley crew on board the Starship Willful Child for a series of devil-may-care, near-calamitous and downright chaotic adventures through "the infinite vastness of interstellar space."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A rollicking good time..

  • By James on 11-04-16

Ridiculously wonderful

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

Reviewed: 11-10-18

if you enjoyed the first book then strap in for another jaunt. keep em coming.

  • The Bathrobe Knight: Volume 3

  • By: Charles Dean, Richard Haygood
  • Narrated by: Matthew Broadhead
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 285
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 273
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 273

Our hero carries on down the path that has been laid out before him. He must wrestle with the task of leading a new race of Demons and grapple with a madness that threatens to completely consume him - all while working with a bounty on his head and thousands seeking to kill him. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • And who shall wear the Bathrobe and Crown?

  • By Ray Johnson on 07-09-18

Just...Bleeeh

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

Reviewed: 11-08-18

If you compare the breadth of promise for a plot that the 1rst book setup to how the 3rd book ended it's like 2 different stories with the same characters. Trilogies like this are sadly becoming the reason I dont take chances on writers I'm not familiar withanymore. Too often it's a great 1rst book followed by a 2nd that erases plots and characters from the first (pk guild that were the main antagonists) and a 3rd that pulls something out of thin air to wrap up. Reminds me of Japanese anime plots that go off on weird tangents about ethics, morality or some other aspect that is completely cultural and screeches the plot to halt. We just ignore that Eve got backstabbed and shot by Stephanie when she kidnapped Darwin as a baby because the writer got bored and wanted to make her good? Great promise, in my opinion, weak delivery.