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  • Shadowed Souls

  • By: Jim Butcher - editor, Kerrie L. Hughes - editor
  • Narrated by: Jim Butcher, Julia Whelan, Various
  • Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,437
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,339
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,342

In this dark and gritty collection - featuring short stories from Jim Butcher, Seanan McGuire, Kevin J. Anderson, and Rob Thurman - nothing is as simple as black and white, light and dark, good and evil.... Unfortunately, that's exactly what makes it so easy to cross the line.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • It's an Urban Fantasy Anthology, not Dresden

  • By Daniel Sturkie on 12-08-16

This anthology should be renamed....

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

Reviewed: 11-05-16

"Authors who desperately need to get laid". Jim Butchers story was decent, but the second one reads like bad Lost Girl fan fiction ( painful to to listen too) and the rest are almost as terrible. I feel bad, because I love Butchers work and this was his debut as an editor but I think he needs some more practice as I'm not really seeing the Theme for this anthology coming to the forefront. it was too busy on its backside.

I think Jim should have followed some Dresden logic and poured some icewater down his pants to clear his mind.
The narration over all was passable, nothing special but not bad either.
This is was not worth the full credit.

20 of 25 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 24,493
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,794
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,731

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

GAME OVER MAN! GAME OVER!

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

Reviewed: 05-17-16

This has to be the best dramatization on Audible.
The tone of the entire book makes you feel claustrophobic & on edge.
The core cast of characters are likeable and have just enough backstory and personality that; when one meets a grisly end you actually feel bad for them.
The production is spot on, extremely well directed and coordinated. The pace is well kept, characters talking to themselves or explaining to others in place of narration with out getting bogged down.
The actors were all extremely fun to listen to.

Over all I give this a 10/10 rating, we need more audio drama's like this one.

138 of 154 people found this review helpful

  • Fire Touched

  • Mercy Thompson Series, Book 9
  • By: Patricia Briggs
  • Narrated by: Lorelei King
  • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,538
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,974
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,958

Tensions between the fae and humans are coming to a head. And when coyote shapeshifter Mercy and her Alpha werewolf mate, Adam, are called upon to stop a rampaging troll, they find themselves with something that could be used to make the fae back down and forestall out-and-out war: a human child stolen long ago by the fae.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • There are no words to express how much I loved this book!

  • By The Mays on 03-19-16

*Nudge*

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

Reviewed: 03-18-16

Minor spoiler warnings.


The book begins with a lot of humor to keep the reader entertained while explaining what has been going on since the last book.
Then moves the story along with a major action scene, engaging the reader by putting characters in a high risk situation.

She ends that by introducing a new mystery that draws the reader into the core plot of the book.All the while drawing upon the major themes of her other books with out beating us over the head with it.

As far as im concerned Patricia Briggs has done this all brilliantly, this is the best job with pacing and set up I have seen her do and might just Top iron kissed and river marked as being my favourite work of hers.

with that said there are a few issues.

1: Mercy never shifts in the entire book. its a little strange and I kept waiting for it but it never came. Its one of the key aspects of Mercy's character and I feel like P.B isn't utilizing that it its full potential.
2: I was expecting Hoel (Fire dog guy, sorry I don't know how to spell his name ) to play a bigger part of the story, we got some nice interplay between him and key characters but not nearly as much as I would have liked. it makes this book feel shorter than it really is.
3: I feel like at this point a major character needs to die, that sounds harsh but we haven't had that big emotional kick yet from the series. With out consequence all the risk Mercy and the gang take lacks any weight behind it. Any time a major character is close to or near death we get a deus ex machina to revive them, this far into the series thats really starting to hurt the emotional credibility of the story as a whole. im not saying go all game of thrones on us, but if your going to have a predatory world then the good guys have to lose a few rounds at some point.

With that said I loved this book, L.k did an amazing job as usual narrating.

3 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Transhuman

  • By: Ben Bova
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 8 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 126
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 113
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 114

Luke Abramson, a brilliant cellular biologist who is battling lung cancer, has one joy in life: his 10-year-old granddaughter, Angela. When Angela is diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor and given less than six months to live, Luke wants to try a new enzyme, Mortality Factor 4 (MORF4), that he believes will kill Angela's tumor. However, the hospital bureaucracy won't let him do it because MORF4 has not yet been approved by the FDA. Knowing Angela will die before he can get the treatment approved, Luke abducts her from the hospital with plans to take her to a private research laboratory in Oregon.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Swing and a miss

  • By Martin on 02-16-16

Swing and a miss

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

Reviewed: 02-16-16

I love many of Bova's books, but in this novel Bova commited the worst sin in literature: He Bored the reader.
*Bland characters that were not well fleshed out.
*Repetitive dialogue
*poor pacing
*A plot that read like a flat coke.
This book reads like a very early rough draft, its almost as if Bova started writing an outline but became disinterested and only published because, well I dont know what could have possibly went through his mind to think this was a good idea.
it almost feels like he is just tired of writing, which is sad because he wrote several of my favourite science fiction novels.
I really hope he finds his spark again.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Lamb

  • The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal
  • By: Christopher Moore
  • Narrated by: Fisher Stevens
  • Length: 15 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,626
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,920
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,939

Verily, the story Biff has to tell is a miraculous one, filled with remarkable journeys, magic, healings, kung fu, corpse reanimations, demons, and hot babes. Even the considerable wiles and devotion of the Savior's pal may not be enough to divert Joshua from his tragic destiny. But there's no one who loves Josh more (except maybe "Maggie," Mary of Magdalan) and Biff isn't about to let his extraordinary pal suffer and ascend without a fight.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Blasphemus or righteous?

  • By Timothy on 08-19-08

Kung fu Jesus

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

Reviewed: 02-16-16

If you have never read a Christopher Moore book then I consider Lamb the best book to start with.
Those who are easily offended be warned.

Lamb is a satirical historical fiction about the early and mid life of Christ and his best buddy and all around screw ball Biff.
Now keep in mind this review is coming from an Atheist, so I find the gospels to be fictitious anyways, however by humanising jesus through the eyes of biff and through their strange ( very strange ) adventurers it actually serves to make Jesus a much more enduring character then the actual bible; and the pre ordained ending that much more tragic.

With that being said, C.Moore isn't always the most subtle of Authors. His humor tends to play heavily upon stereotypes and sophomoric themes.Sometimes to the point of beating you over the head with it, but more often then not he is one of the funniest writers to read.
Another great thing about all of C.moore's works is it all tends to tie in together in one literary universe with out you nessisarly realizing it.
After this i recommend any reader to go pick up Practical Demon Keeping to see what I mean.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Kaiju Rising: Age of Monsters

  • By: Larry Correia, Peter Clines, Peter Rawlik, and others
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Van Dyck, Jeff Woodman, Bronson Pinchot, and others
  • Length: 18 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 385
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 350
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 355

Kaiju Rising: Age of Monsters is a collection of 23 stories focused around the theme of strange creatures in the vein of Pacific Rim, Godzilla, Cloverfield, and more. The anthology opens with a foreword by Jeremy Robinson, author of Project Nemesis, the highest selling Kaiju novel in the United States since the old Godzilla books - and perhaps even more than those. Then, from New York Times best sellers to indie darlings Kaiju Rising: Age of Monsters features authors that are perfectly suited for writing larger-than-life stories.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Mixed Bag of (Mostly) Kaiju Stories

  • By Troy on 10-12-17

Hold on too your butts...

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-16-16

You're going to want some popcorn for this anthology.
Monsters? Check.
Mass destruction? Check.
Horror, Comedy and action? Check?
Grandiose commentary on the frailty of humanity in a universe designed to f#!k us up? sure, but be warned this book is about one thing.
Fun.
So have it and give this book a try.

3 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Title Fight

  • The Galactic Football League Novellas
  • By: Scott Sigler, Matt Wallace
  • Narrated by: Scott Sigler
  • Length: 4 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 110
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 102
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100

Undefeated galactic heavyweight champion Korak the Cutter has defeated all challengers, destroying everyone in his path, but the wins aren't as easy as they used to be. After a decade of perfect fighting, his age is catching up with him. For a Quyth Warrior, that means he's slowing down, and speed is the name of the game in mixed martial arts.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book

  • By slam on 07-23-17

Fun Fast and Brutal

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

Reviewed: 02-16-16

This is perhaps one of my favorite Sigler short stories, and one of my favorite stories from his GFL series.
One thing to note about Siglers GFL ( Galactic football league ) series is that its not really about the football - tho you definitely can feel Siglers passion for the sport. As it really reads more like a futuristic Crime novel, with a galactic space opera back drop and incredibly interesting characters.
Now take that formula and apply it to Combat sports, turn the volume up to eleven and you go from rock'n'roll to pure HEAVY METAL.
I desperately want to see more of this aspect in the siglerverse with a follow up to this novella, a boy can only dream.
This book is pure fun and more than worth the short amount of time it takes to read or listen to.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • White Trash Zombie Gone Wild

  • By: Diana Rowland
  • Narrated by: Allison McLemore
  • Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,742
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,621
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,619

Audie Award, Paranormal, 2016. Angel finds herself in redneck hell when hordes of people descend on her hometown for the Deep South Zombie Fest - complete with zombie 5K runs, shamble-a-thons, costume contests, zombie paintball hayrides, and mock-zombie hunts. She intends to avoid the whole mess and focus on her upcoming college midterms - with the help of her stash of illicit zombie drugs - but that all changes when a decapitated body turns up at the edge of town.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Angel falls apart

  • By Mike on 10-10-15

great... but....

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

Reviewed: 01-02-16

So if you haven't read the series up to this point, this review isn't for you.

So this book isn't bad, but it did feel like the weakest book of the series so far.
I have been trying to figure out why and this is my main issue: the pacing is to slow.
At least in comparison to the rest of the series.
you get some interesting twist and turns and some new information on the history of the Zombies but the book just drags on at times, in previous works she would add in enough comedic relief and action that it helped break it up a bit, but this book felt like it was missing that a bit.
its still a good book, and I look forward to more

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Star Wars: Darth Plagueis

  • By: James Luceno
  • Narrated by: Daniel Davis
  • Length: 14 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,460
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13,256
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,227

Darth Plagueis: one of the most brilliant Sith Lords who ever lived. Possessing power is all he desires. Losing it is the only thing he fears. As an apprentice, he embraces the ruthless ways of the Sith. Darth Sidious: Plagueis’s chosen apprentice. Under the guidance of his Master, he secretly studies the ways of the Sith, while publicly rising to power in the galactic government, first as Senator, then as Chancellor, and eventually as Emperor. as Chancellor, and eventually as Emperor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • See Episodes I-III in a whole new light!!!

  • By kalei on 11-09-12

a must listen for star wars fans

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

Reviewed: 11-03-15

Amazing production in tandem with an essential story;for those who want to better understand the core story arc of both the prequel and original moives.
with out spoiling or giving to much away ill just say it has great pacing, spending just enough time on details to make you feel part of the S.W universe with elements of a really good political thriller.

Its right up there with the thrawn trilogy in terms of Star wars entertainment and makes me want to get a black cowled robe and plot dark sided deeds.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Infected

  • A Novel
  • By: Scott Sigler
  • Narrated by: Scott Sigler
  • Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,504
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,270
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,270

Across America a mysterious disease is turning ordinary people into raving, paranoid murderers who inflict brutal horrors on strangers, themselves, and even their own families.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Confused? This review might help.

  • By Jessica's Bookshelf on 01-14-09

Oh perry you poor sod

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

Reviewed: 01-23-14

You know an author is good when he can make some thing happen to his character and you feel their pain.

This book is Amazing.
Buy it.

I'll admit, I have a man crush on Sigler now.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful