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  • Lethal White

  • A Cormoran Strike Novel
  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 22 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,506
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,385
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,368

When Billy, a troubled young man, comes to private eye Cormoran Strike's office to ask for his help investigating a crime he thinks he witnessed as a child, Strike is left deeply unsettled. While Billy is obviously mentally distressed, and cannot remember many concrete details, there is something sincere about him and his story. But before Strike can question him further, Billy bolts from his office in a panic. Trying to get to the bottom of Billy's story, Strike and Robin Ellacott - once his assistant, now a partner in the agency - set off on a twisting trail that leads them through the backstreets of London....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best 22 hours of the last week

  • By Jennifer on 09-27-18

Lethal love

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

Reviewed: 10-06-18

Work is going well for Cormoran and Robin, their love lives are another story. This book is a good mingling of both, as Robin's marriage is falling apart and Cormoran's girlfriend decides to climb the next step up in their relationship. Problem being personal relationships have to take a back seat to work, when a prominent client decides to commit suicide. As expected, the suicide just doesn't add up, leaving the detective team with too many unanswered questions. Excellent narration of character personalities adds to the story. Fans of the series will again be pleased.

  • Sharp Ends

  • Stories from the World of the First Law
  • By: Joe Abercrombie
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,370
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,287
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,280

The Union army may be full of bastards, but there's only one who thinks he can save the day single-handed when the Gurkish come calling: the incomparable Colonel Sand dan Glokta. Curnden Craw and his dozen are out to recover a mysterious item from beyond the Crinna. Only one small problem: No one seems to know what the item is.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fun stories but not enough content to be great

  • By Lore on 07-20-16

First Law fans will enjoy

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

Reviewed: 09-25-18

14 stories, from my beloved First Law World. I'm not a fan of short stories and usually skip them altogether, but was a sucker to hear a little more from the early years of Sand dan Glokta and Logan Nine Fingers. Their two stories were a plus, and was a treat when Whirrun made a reappearance for a funny story with Javre and Shev. A couple of stories I more or less skipped with Nicomo Cosca and Shy South, as I didn't care for them in the main books. At any rate, First Law fans will most likely enjoy it.

  • Magic Triumphs

  • Kate Daniels, Book 10
  • By: Ilona Andrews
  • Narrated by: Renee Raudman
  • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,351
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,259
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,254

Kate has come a long way from her origins as a loner taking care of paranormal problems in post-Shift Atlanta. She's made friends and enemies. She's found love and started a family with Curran Lennart, the former Beast Lord. But her magic is too strong for the power players of the world to let her be. Kate and her father, Roland, currently have an uneasy truce, but when he starts testing her defenses again, she knows that sooner or later, a confrontation is inevitable. The Witch Oracle has begun seeing visions of blood, fire, and human bones.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Everything we hoped for...

  • By IreneMBBT on 08-28-18

It's been a fun ride

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

Reviewed: 09-14-18

An enjoyable ending to the series, but previous books were so much better. Good time to call it quits.

  • Hollywood Dead: A Sandman Slim Novel

  • Sandman Slim Series, Book 10
  • By: Richard Kadrey
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 486
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 465
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 463

James Stark is back from Hell, trailing more trouble in his wake. To return to LA, he had to make a deal with the evil power brokers, Wormwood - an arrangement that came with a catch. While he may be home, Stark isn’t quite himself...because he’s only partially alive. There’s a time limit on his reanimated body, and unless Stark can find the people targeting Wormwood, he will die again - and this time there will be no coming back. Stark knows he can’t find Wormwood’s enemies alone. To succeed, he’s got to enlist the help of new friends.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great brook and continuation of Sandman Slim

  • By Jason Hawkins on 08-31-18

Anybody know a good necromancer?

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

Reviewed: 09-07-18

Stark finds himself half-dead, having to make a deal with Wormwood in order to have their necromancer fully restore his old self. Well, after a year of being dead, things have changed at home and maybe for the better. This leaves Sandman wondering if coming back is good for his friends and himself. Meanwhile, he runs into his usual problems of being double crossed by most everyone he's dealt with. Kind of a homecoming story, with an interesting set up for the next installment. It's a must for Sandman Slim followers, with MacLeod Andrews doing his usual bang up job with perfectly presenting Sandman and company.

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  • Gardens of the Moon

  • The Malazan Book of the Fallen, Book 1
  • By: Steven Erikson
  • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
  • Length: 26 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,414
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,867
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,870

The Malazan Empire simmers with discontent, bled dry by interminable warfare, bitter infighting, and bloody confrontations with ancient and implacable sorcerers. Even the imperial legions, long inured to the bloodshed, yearn for some respite. Yet Empress Laseen’s rule remains absolute, enforced by her dreaded Claw assassins. For Sergeant Whiskeyjack and his squad of Bridgeburners, and for Tattersail, their lone surviving mage, the aftermath of the siege of Pale should have been a time to mourn the many dead. But Darujhistan, last of the Free Cities, yet holds out.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • The best Worst book there is

  • By George on 04-07-16

Complex listening

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

Reviewed: 09-01-18

WOW! Be prepared to rewind frequently, or like me, buy the book to follow along at times. Luckily the book edition has a glossary of the the seemingly thousands of characters and places to keep track of. Overwhelmingly confusing at times, the story becomes clearer as it progresses; along with the development of some very cool characters, Anomander Rake in particular. Hard to describe, so I won't even try, but if you're in to epic fantasy with mages, dragons, witches, and political power playing to rule them all, then this is a story for you.

  • Shadow Games

  • Chronicles of the Black Company, Book 4
  • By: Glen Cook
  • Narrated by: Marc Vietor
  • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 888
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 766
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 772

After the devastating battle at the Tower of Charm, Croaker leads the greatly diminished Black Company south, in search of the lost Annals. Every step of the way, the Company is hounded by shadowy figured and carrion-eating crows. As they march every southward, through bug infested jungle; rivers dense with bloodthirsty pirates; and cities, dead and living, haunted by the passage of the Company north, their numbers grow. But always they are watched by the Shadowmasters, a deadly new enemy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lots of Fun

  • By MrBoobo on 12-30-11

Shadow Games for sure

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

Reviewed: 09-01-18

Croaker's in charge of the Black Company on a path south to Khatovar. Down to a company of seven, it recruits along the way introducing us to a few new characters. One-Eye and Goblin have to be at the top of their game with their wizardry skills, while adding comedic relief to the story. The Lady is still adjusting to the loss of her powers, but seems to have a hidden agenda with new allies. Lots of mystery surrounding the Shadowmasters, crows and a shadowy figure following Croaker. It all leads up to a bloody battle and a heck of a cliffhanger.

  • The Waking Fire

  • The Draconis Memoria, Book 1
  • By: Anthony Ryan
  • Narrated by: Steven Brand
  • Length: 22 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,704
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,596
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,592

Throughout the vast lands controlled by the Ironship Trading Syndicate, nothing is more prized than the blood of drakes. Harvested from captive or hunted Reds, Greens, Blues, and Blacks, it can be distilled into elixirs that bestow fearsome powers on the rare men and women known as the Blood-blessed. But not many know the truth: that the lines of drakes are weakening. If they fail, war with the neighboring Corvantine Empire will follow swiftly.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Decent Start to a New Series

  • By Joshua on 09-21-16

Great start!

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

Reviewed: 09-01-18

What a great read! You say why 4 stars then? That would be due to the amount of time it took me to figure out what was going on in this world. The character introduction, figuring out the politics of the world, what significance the drakes played, and the magical concept of the blood blessed, made the book a bit of a challenge. Along the way though, I loved the naval battles, the jungles, and the pirates. We are introduced to Lizanne the spy-assassin, Clay the blood blessed thief, and Hilemore the naval officer, all on separate adventures that eventually lead to one point at the conclusion of this installment. That point is saving the world from drake destruction. Looking forward to next installment.

  • Age of War

  • The Legends of the First Empire, Book 3
  • By: Michael J. Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 16 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4,653
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,395
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,369

The epic battle between humankind and their godlike rulers finally ignites in the masterful follow-up to Age of Myth and Age of Swords. The alliance of humans and renegade Fhrey is fragile - and about to be tested as never before. As the Fhrey overlords marshal their army and sorcerers to crush the rebellion, old loyalties will be challenged while fresh conspiracies will threaten to undo all that Persephone has accomplished. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The ending was heavy

  • By June C. on 07-09-18

Had me in tears

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

Reviewed: 07-15-18

Definitely the best of the series so far. The war is on, and this installment is full of heroes. But, as heroes go, they are meant to sometimes break your heart, leaving the listener with teary eyes. Conspiracies abound as Tesh and Brin discover, while finding their lives threatened, along with the leadership of Alon Rist. The build up of the previous two books, finally comes to a head with the war beginning. The characters that we've grown accustomed to, are put to the test when Lothian decides to end all his adversaries, Rhune and Fhrey alike. Our reluctant heroes must put their heads together to find the ultimate weapon to end this fight, when all else has seemed to have failed. Gifford and Raithe steal the show. The story is heart wrenching and beautiful. Age of War is full of revelations for Riyria fans, and for me a definite reread to refresh my memory. Did I get Persephone wrong? Did I get Nyphron wrong? My whole perspective of these two characters have been changed with this installment, along with needing a refresher about the Gilarabrywn, and Malcolm. If I hadn't read all the Riyria books, I would still love this one, as the characters have finally caught me and decided not to let go.

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  • The White Rose

  • Chronicles of the Black Company, Book 3
  • By: Glen Cook
  • Narrated by: Marc Vietor
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,258
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,079
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,082

She is the last hope of good in the war against the evil sorceress known as the Lady. From a secret base on the Plains of Fear, where even the Lady hesitates to go, the Black Company, once in service to the Lady, now fights to bring victory to the White Rose. But now an even greater evil threatens the world. All the great battles that have gone before will seem a skirmishes when the Dominator rises from the grave.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Concluding the first major arc

  • By Joe on 03-06-15

OMG, blow me away

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

Reviewed: 07-08-18

Have to admit, I was a little bummed out after "Shadows Linger" with the loss of a predominate character, but that's when you know you're really in to the story, and this series has me hooked. It's some years later, Darling has evolved into the major threat she was predicted to be years ago, The White Rose. However, The Lady may not be her main worry, when signs show the Dominator may actually be ready to rise from the grave. New characters are introduced; a Barrowland soldier Corby with a mysterious agenda, and the wizard Bozman, that originally set The Lady free; both playing crucial parts to developments in the story. Characters we thought we knew, seemed to switch around to be seen in a whole new way, making the series more exciting, not to mention all the great battle scenes, and a couple OMG moments. A very satisfying end to the trilogy, with a great setup for the continuation of the series. Love Marc Vietor's narration.

  • Shadows Linger

  • Chronicles of the Black Company, Book 2
  • By: Glen Cook
  • Narrated by: Marc Vietor
  • Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,471
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,262
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,257

Mercenary soldiers in the service of the Lady, the Black Company stands against the rebels of the White Rose. They are tough men, proud of honoring their contracts. The Lady is evil, but so, too, are those who falsely profess to follow the White Rose, reincarnation of a centuries-dead heroine. Yet now some of the Company have discovered that the mute girl they rescued and sheltered is truly the White Rose reborn. Now there may be a path to the light, even for such as they. If they can survive it.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Cook finds his groove

  • By Ryan on 09-25-13

Excellent continuation

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

Reviewed: 06-27-18

Starting years after the first installment, the Black Company happens upon a new threat to the Dark Lady, and catches up with an old friend. Trouble is, both could be the downfall of the Company. We know all the players now, making this journey so much more interesting and disturbing, as peril takes its toll, in this study of human nature. Narration is on spot for a fascinating listen.