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T.W. Spencer

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  • Burn

  • By: Aleksandr Voinov
  • Narrated by: Gomez Pugh
  • Length: 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 23

Flight Lieutenant Chris Waters is the pilot of a cutting-edge unmanned SAD fighter drone that is used for secret government missions. Then, something goes wrong as he connects to his drone. Haunted by strange, disorientating impressions and a so-called "ghost", he hooks up on leave with fellow pilot Cyril for a night. But Cyril is not the man Chris thought he is, and Chris soon finds out what the "ghost" in his body really is, as well as the truth about his missions.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • not much happens

  • By T.W. Spencer on 04-21-18

not much happens

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

Reviewed: 04-21-18

this book, though not awful, had little to no action. the first chapter, written in first person viewpoint, is hard to follow. the second chapter, suddenly changing to third person, is jarring.

  • Blue Mountain

  • Pack Collection, Book 1
  • By: Cardeno C.
  • Narrated by: Sean Crisden
  • Length: 3 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 343
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 327
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 325

Exiled by his pack as a teen, Omega wolf Simon Moorehead learns to bury his gentle nature in the interest of survival. When a hulking, rough-faced Alpha catches Simon on pack territory, he tries to escape what he’s sure will be imminent death. But instead of killing him, the Alpha takes Simon home. A man of action, Mitch Grant uproots his life to support his brother in leading the Blue Mountain pack. Mitch lives on the periphery, quietly protecting everyone, but always alone.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it, too short...

  • By Donald on 01-28-15

I really don't get why so many five star ratings

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

Reviewed: 05-03-17

I really don't get why there is an abundance of five-star ratings. It isn't the writing that is the problem with this story, it's the subject matter. Simon is basically imprisoned by Mitch, but it is what happens after that that I have a problem with. By the end of the story, in my opinion, Simon is suffering from Stockholm syndrome. It was not a good read for me, actually, I am surprised I made it to the end.

  • 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 7,847
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,393
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,382

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

I can't take it anymore!

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

Reviewed: 07-29-16

Regardless of how good or bad a story is usually I can make it to the end of the book. Not so with this one, I am ten hours in and literally nothing significant has happened. It's not that it is a bad story, it's like reading the diaries of several very boring people at the same time. Nothing interesting has happened to them. They go to class, do homework, go to parties, make friends; none of that is bad, but is it a story? I want to read the rest, maybe sometime in the future I'll pick it up again, right now I can't take anymore of the dullness.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Fear the Sky

  • The Fear Saga, Book 1
  • By: Stephen Moss
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 20 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,783
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,765
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,725

From the Audie-nominated narrator of The Martian. In eleven years' time, a million members of an alien race will arrive at Earth. Years before they enter orbit, their approach will be announced by the flare of a thousand flames in the sky, their ships' huge engines burning hard to slow them from the vast speeds needed to cross interstellar space. These foreboding lights will shine in our night sky like new stars, getting ever brighter until they outshine even the sun, casting ominous shadows and banishing the night until they suddenly blink out.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Caught me by surprise, and held me till the end.

  • By Brian Perry on 07-21-15

Great read/listen

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

Reviewed: 05-07-16

This a really good book. Full of twist and turns and lots of action. The story is well paced, and the performance is excellent. I am looking forward to the next in the series.

  • The Last Praetorian

  • By: Mike Smith
  • Narrated by: David Benjamin Bliss
  • Length: 13 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 107
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 95

Commander Jonathan Radec is a man desperately trying to escape from the mistakes of his past. Now the owner of Vanguard Shipping, his primary concerns are trying to keep his ships flying and his crew alive. However, the shadowy Syndicate organization has set their sights on the commander and his business, having sent a beautiful assassin to kill him. To make matters worse, she's become the target of his infatuation, much to the dismay of his ex-girlfriend.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Mr. Bliss' performance is the saving grace for TLP

  • By T.W. Spencer on 08-27-15

Mr. Bliss' performance is the saving grace for TLP

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

Reviewed: 08-27-15

Had David Benjamin Bliss not done such a great job of making this very predictable story engaging, I would have stopped listening within the first few hours. The story is totally devoid of originality, though that alone would not have turned me off. It also, contains so many clichés and inconsistencies, not to mentions the glaring changes in personality the main character displays throughout the story, makes it difficult to listen to the end. It was only DBB's characterizations that got me through. Also, all the characters in the book seemed to be of the European variety and only humanoid (not to mention being very male oriented, there is a grand total of three female characters, four if you count the second-in-command's wife who is referred to on several occasions, but never seen). Now, I am not advocating for alien species or all female navy contingents, it's just that I am not really sure how this can happen in such a vast empire. Somewhere there has to be many more women and people of color. And I doubt that they would be completely like us. I also take issue with Commander Jonathan Radec’s (the main protagonist) super human status. I mean really, he can't out smart everyone and win every battle, its gets boring after a while. And OMG, if you mention one more time that Radec is tall, blond, handsome, strong cheekbones, an amazing physical appearance, and on top of that dressed in his crisp white navy uniform, I think I will scream. He is (literally) the White Knight of the story, Ok, we got it Mr. Disney. The story as a whole, like I said, is predictable, but that won’t stop me from listening to the next two in the series, I just hope that the author (Mike Smith) ups his game.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Boy with the Painful Tattoo

  • Holmes & Moriarity, Book 3
  • By: Josh Lanyon
  • Narrated by: Kevin R. Free
  • Length: 7 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 308
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 289
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 291

It's moving day at Chez Holmes. Somehow, against Kit's better instincts, he and J.X. are setting up house together. But while J.X. is off at a writing conference, Kit unpacks a crate that should contain either old books or new china. It doesn't. Within the mounds of Styrofoam popcorn is a dead body. A very dead body. There goes the neighborhood.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another winner

  • By Riva on 01-14-15

Kit is a hard pill to take.

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

Reviewed: 02-01-15

Though I have never been let down by Josh Lanyon's ability to put together a good story, I have to say I really find the Kit character hard to take. 4 hours in and i was really tired of the whining and angst. By the end of the book I was really pushing myself to finish. Beyond that the story is well paced and thought out. I've read most of Mr. Lanyon's work and have never been disappointed. I just don't like Kit as a character.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Bitter Harvest

  • By: Kim Knox
  • Narrated by: Shannon Gunn
  • Length: 3 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 51

It's 2050, and humans are an endangered species. Lieutenant Robert Sutton has survived the collapse of civilization by luck, his wits, and a chance mutation that makes him immune to the nanovirus that has wiped out millions. Now, his compound of survivors is surrounded by the infected, who are driven by the need to spread the contagion through sex. It is only a matter of time before they attack. So when Sutton is assigned to interrogate a prisoner who claims to have overcome the infection, he immediately suspects a trap.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Narrator and Decent Book

  • By Joki on 09-25-13

Interesting story with a good narrator

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

Reviewed: 08-22-12

I can't for the life of me figure out what previous reviewers were looking for in this book. So, because the book is so short, I listened to the book again, and still didn't get it. It is almost as if they wanted to read/hear a longer book, though it was clear that it’s only three hours long. For me this book was well written, and well read, with lots of action and character development. Obviously the character development is on the thin side, but knowing that the story is so short you expect that, right. I mean you won't be able to fully flesh out a character in 94 pages, so why judge so harshly. I found the book engaging and engrossing, and I think that that is because I wasn't expecting the author to write the next Lord of the Rings.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Second Coming

  • By: David H. Burton
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 11 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9

Five hundred years have passed since the Earth shifted on its axis - a catastrophic event that wiped out civilization and released magic back to Earth. Now, a dark age shrouds our world once more. Journey into a future rife with witches, conjurers, and mythical creatures that have returned from the nether realm. Follow three intertwined fates: Paine, a young man hunted by Confederation soldiers; Brahm, the woman that slaughtered his mother, and in whose body the woman's soul now resides; and John, a friar.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An amazing story, well worth my book credit.

  • By T.W. Spencer on 08-22-12

An amazing story, well worth my book credit.

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

Reviewed: 08-22-12

I don't know what book the other reviewer(s) heard/read, but I found this book well worth a book credit. It certainly couldn't have been The Second Coming, by David H. Burton, because I found the plot compelling and gripping. When the book came to an end I became frustrated because I wanted more. Yes there are questions left unanswered at the end, hopefully they will be answered in the next book. Also, R. C. Bray is an amazing narrator who can really bring a story to life. Believe me this is a book that is well worth the money or credit. You can't lose with this book. Read it. You'll love it just like me. I'm trying to wait patiently for the next in the series.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Scourge

  • A Grim Doyle Adventure, Book 1
  • By: David H. Burton
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 6 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10

Two dads, five siblings, and goggles! Grim Doyle has always known his life was not exactly "normal", and things get even more curious when he discovers a set of stones that sweep him and his family to the fantasy, steampunk world of Verne - a place they had escaped from years ago. Now that they've returned, Grim and his siblings hide from the evil Lord Victor and his minions. And while learning about Jinns, Mystics, and the power of absinth they try to discover who is trying to kill them with the deadly Scourge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • From Burton to Gilliam for the YA & Adult alike!

  • By Robert Scot on 05-10-12

Well writen and well read.

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

Reviewed: 08-22-12

If you could sum up Scourge in three words, what would they be?

Finely crafted and easy to get into.

What other book might you compare Scourge to and why?

Terry Pratchett's Johnny and the Dead or any of his YA novels. Like Terry Pratchett's books the author presents an easy prose that allows the read to become totally engrossed in the story.

What does R. C. Bray bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He is a master of voice and tone. He gave every character just the right amount of vocal interest. He is awesome.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes. though I listened while driving to Maine, so periodically I had to stop.

  • John Carter in 'A Princess of Mars'

  • Barsoom Series, Book 1
  • By: Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 6 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,513
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,416
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,418

Civil War veteran John Carter is transported to a dying planet, where he must elude capture by giant green barbarians to rescue a Martian princess from certain doom. In this landmark of science fiction, the myths and mystery of the red planet supply a vibrant backdrop for a swashbuckling epic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Princess of Mars, Swords & Planets HIGH Adventure!

  • By Robert L. Hicks on 03-26-12

A great reader for great book

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

Reviewed: 02-20-12

This is one of my favorite books. I am so glad this new reading has been released with the exceptional narrating ability of Scott Brick. This listening experience is so much better than the listening torture of previous narrattors. I have listen to Mr. Brick's version twice already.

15 of 17 people found this review helpful