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Jeremy R. Snyder

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  • Wendigo Rising

  • A Yancy Lazarus Novel
  • By: James A. Hunter
  • Narrated by: Charlie Kevin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 147
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 147

Bigfoot is real. Yancy Lazarus - mage, bluesman, and rambler - knows because there happens to be a nine-foot-tall, walking myth standing in the road, flagging him down. Yancy just can't escape his reputation as a supernatural fix-it man even when cruising through the forgotten backwoods of Montana. Turns out Bigfoot has a serious problem on his hands: one of his own has gone rogue, developing a taste for the flesh of humans and Sasquatch alike.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Can you smell what the Wendigo is Cookin'???

  • By Ray Johnson on 03-26-18

Fast-paced, fierce, and funny

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

Reviewed: 04-20-18

I'm writing this review having completed all five books available as of this writing. Bottom-line: this is a good series, hits all the right UF buttons. It won't let you down.

In the third book of the Yancy Lazarus series Mr. Hunter comes out swinging with new ideas, new characters, more of Yancy's world and Yancy's fascinating magic. This series always had a sense of humor, but this volume takes that up a notch without losing any of it's gritty, tough qualities. Great fun, great narration, this was immediately my favorite book in the series so far.

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  • Cold Hearted

  • A Yancy Lazarus Novel, Episode 2
  • By: James Hunter
  • Narrated by: Charlie Kevin
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 191
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 180
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 178

Yancy Lazarus just wants to be left alone. He wants to play his blues music, smoke a few cigarettes, and otherwise leave the supernatural world to fend for itself. He especially wants to be left alone by the Guild of the Staff - the mage ruling body where he used to work as a fix-it man. But when a little kid gets nabbed by an ancient fae creature from the nether regions of Winter, and the Guild refuses to set things right, he just can't seem to heed good sense and leave things be.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Harry Dresden eat your heart out

  • By Ray Johnson on 03-15-18

A good series keeps it rolling!

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

Reviewed: 04-20-18

I'm writing this review having completed all five books available as of this writing. Bottom-line: this is a good series, hits all the right UF buttons. It won't let you down.

This series likes to make the reader nervous. Only the second book and we're going to take away the main character's powers? But again, stick with it, it works and works well. More of Yancy's world begins to unfold, as does his bemusing love of similes. The story-telling is solid, narration excellent, and it moves along nicely.

  • Strange Magic

  • A Yancy Lazarus Novel, Volume 1
  • By: James A. Hunter
  • Narrated by: Charlie Kevin
  • Length: 6 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 372
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 347
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 344

Yancy Lazarus is having a bad day: there's a bullet lodged in his butt cheek, his face looks like the site of a demolition derby, and he's been saran-wrapped to a banquet table. He never should have answered the phone. Stupid bleeding heart - helping others in his circles is a good way to die - just ask the gang members ripped to pieces by some kind of demonic nightmare in LA.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I love it

  • By DonDiva on 10-13-15

Dig into a solid, enjoyable UF series

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

Reviewed: 04-20-18

I'm writing this review having completed all five books available as of this writing. Bottom-line: this is a good series, hits all the right UF buttons. It won't let you down.

As we meet Yancy Lazarus he starts of feeling like a knock-off from another popular series, and maybe a bit too noir. The story is fast-paced, though, and doesn't lack for great action. Before you know it you're in Yancy's corner and you start to appreciate him. The fast-moving tale is elevated by the gradual, but not too slow, reveal of a unique and interesting magic system and a little world-building. Good stuff.

Mr. Kevin does a great job with narration. His delivery of the main character feels like the start of an iconic performance and his work on the supporting cast is impressively varied.

  • Amazing Grace

  • By: John G. Hartness
  • Narrated by: Laurel Schroeder
  • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 16

Lila Grace Carter talks to dead people. Admittedly, that's not out of the ordinary in Lockhart, South Carolina. In her words, "I'm Southern. We all talk to dead people down here. As a matter of fact, I don't believe I can truly trust anybody that doesn't speak to at least two or three dead relations on a daily basis. The difference is, they talk back to me." Now there's a murderer on the loose in Lockhart, and Lila Grace is the only one who knows a crime was committed. Can she convince the sexy sheriff that Jenny Miller didn't fall down the steps on her own? Will she catch the killer?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Sweet and satisfying

  • By Jeremy R. Snyder on 04-20-18

Sweet and satisfying

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

Reviewed: 04-20-18

Amazing Grace is a sweet and satisfying story with enjoyable characters, mystery, and romance plus just enough of the supernatural to pepper it up. The small-town southern setting gives great atmosphere. Lila Grace is the mature heroine I didn't know I wanted, but I'd like a lot more stories from the perspective of someone with some calm and experience please.

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  • Scourged

  • By: Kevin Hearne
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,917
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,575
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,556

New York Times best-selling author Kevin Hearne returns with the finale to his wildly popular action-adventure series, The Iron Druid Chronicles. Two-thousand-year-old Druid Atticus O'Sullivan travels to Asgard and faces off against the Norse gods to try to prevent Ragnarok in the final battle for the fate of mankind.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not a fitting conculsion

  • By will on 04-04-18

Weak finish.

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

Reviewed: 04-08-18

Scourged was okay, but overall a distressingly weak finish for an otherwise great series. Mr. Daniels delivers a stellar performance as always, but the story feels rushed and left me wanting.

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  • The Totally Legend of Brandon Thighmaster: An Authors and Dragons Tale

  • By: Steve Wetherell
  • Narrated by: Wally Schrass
  • Length: 3 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60

Hi. I am Brandon Thighmaster. Monk. Hero. Inspiration. I enjoy crunching, squats, looking at myself, looking at other people looking at myself, and long walks on the beach. I also do adventures and stuff, and I guess you can read about them here. But enough about you, let's talk about me. Brandon Thighmaster.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Incredible laughs, fun writing, quality narration

  • By Jeremy R. Snyder on 12-18-17

Incredible laughs, fun writing, quality narration

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

Reviewed: 12-18-17

This is one of the funniest books I've ever read, bar none. It took me at least six hours to listen to three hours of audio because I kept returning to different passages, playing portions for passers-by, and otherwise had so much fun with it. It is, of course, an Authors and Dragons tale, being a background story of the author's character on that podcast. You need not be a fan of of the podcast to enjoy this tale, however. Any fan of comedic fantasy, especially D&D style fantasy, will totally enjoy The Totally Legend of Brandon Thighmaster. Fans of epic/high fantasy will find this a great intro to comedic fantasy. Fans of mundane comedy will be drawn into sword and sorcery. The book is, all in all, a gateway drug, that will leave you wanting more and more. Mr. Wetherell has left himself in the difficult position of needing to produce more tales of Brandon's pre-podcast exploits with all speed. We, the fans, will settle for nothing less.

Mr. Schrass brings the tale to life expertly and brings great comedic timing and a very high production value to the audio table. Let us all hope we'll see more from him in the near future as well.

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  • Wolfsong

  • By: TJ Klune
  • Narrated by: Kirt Graves
  • Length: 18 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,035
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 983
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 987

Ox was 23 when murder came to town and tore a hole in his head and heart. The boy chased after the monster with revenge in his blood red eyes, leaving Ox behind to pick up the pieces. It's been three years since that fateful day and the boy is back. Except now he's a man, and Ox can no longer ignore the song that howls between them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Kirt Graves is superb!

  • By Belen on 10-07-16

Pretty good, could have been better

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

Reviewed: 12-15-17

This was, overall, an enjoyable MM werewolf romance. It's full of lovable characters, humour, sweetness, a little steam, but not too much, and a basic engaging story. The story is a bit hampered by spending excessive time on resolving emotional trials. The conclusion is satisfying, though. The narrator does a nice job bringing characters to life. The audiobook experience, however, would be enormously enhanced if the author and reader would collaborate to edit out unnecessary uses of "he said" type phrases as is common in many audiobook productions. Narrating the book exactly as written ruins many passages of rapid fire dialogue.

  • Reboot

  • Afterlife Online, Book 1
  • By: Domino Finn
  • Narrated by: Justin Thomas James
  • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 468
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 447
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 445

Tad Lonnerman is having a crappy day stuck in crappy traffic late to a crappy meeting. On the bright side, his game development career is the only non-crappy thing he has going for him, so life isn't all bad. At least until he dies. Now Tad finds himself uploaded to a beta test of Haven, an unannounced hyper-immersive MMO where the dead have a second chance at life. It's not virtual reality, it's digital reality. A true afterlife online. Except Haven isn't exactly blissful paradise.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I’m definitely equally as addicted to this new series as one can be!

  • By Andrew Smith on 10-18-17

Great and satisfying fun

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

Reviewed: 12-11-17

Reboot was a jaunty, amusing, and page-turning (so to speak) story. I've never played an MMO, so I suspect there were references that went over my head. Nonetheless, easy to enjoy characters and a smooth story that entertained some interesting questions made it fully worthwhile for me. If you enjoy LitRPG this is a great addition to your collection. If you enjoy fiction and MMOs, you'll love this. If you've never tried an MMO and haven't read any LitRPG yet, this is still a great place to start.

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  • A Column of Fire

  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 30 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,117
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,415
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,386

In 1558 the ancient stones of Kingsbridge Cathedral look down on a city torn apart by religious conflict. As power in England shifts precariously between Catholics and Protestants, high principles clash bloodily with friendship, loyalty, and love. Ned Willard wants nothing more than to marry Margery Fitzgerald. But when the lovers find themselves on opposing sides of the religious divide sweeping across the country, Ned goes to work for Princess Elizabeth. When she becomes queen, all Europe turns against England.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Follett is a Master Storyteller

  • By Charles Atkinson on 10-11-17

Ken Follett and John Lee have done it again!

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

Reviewed: 10-18-17

This third volume in the Kingsbridge series does not disappoint: great, engaging historical fiction expertly narrated. Fans of the series will be pleased. We get our usual visit to a newly evolved version of Kingsbridge and an continuing expanded view of the surrounded world during the novel's chosen period. In contrast with the other books, we readers find ourselves rubbing elbows with more historical figures of great import than ever before--Elizabeth I, Mary Queen of Scots, and many more. Nevertheless, the tale ties back to our favorite English town and its inhabitants in charming, surprising, and as usual deeply poignant ways.

  • Straight Outta Fangton

  • A Comedic Vampire Story
  • By: C. T. Phipps
  • Narrated by: Cary Hite
  • Length: 7 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114

Peter Stone is a poor, black vampire who is wondering where his nightclub, mansion, and sports car is. Instead, he is working a minimum wage job during the night shift, as being a vampire isn't all that impressive in a world where they've come out to mortals. Exiled from the rich and powerful undead in New Detroit, he is forced to go back when someone dumps a newly-transformed vampire in the bathroom of his gas station's store.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So funny, you'll die!!!

  • By Jason on 09-29-17

Fun, fast, and funny

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

Reviewed: 10-09-17

What you see is what you get with this book, an easy going, hilarious, vampire adventure. The story is straightforward and unfolds an interesting take on the Urban Fantasy world--there's more here than just jokes and geek references--via likeable, believable characters. The humor is equal parts wry cultural contrast and geek reference points. May not be the book for you if you're tired of sci-fi movie references, but if you enjoy a story that reminds you of people you know, you won't put it down.

The narrator does first rate character delivery, possibly the perfect voice for the lead. His pacing is a little off at the start with some odd pauses between sentences, but that fades as he finds his stride with the book. All in all, a very enjoyable performance.

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