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  • Smoke Rising: An Urban Fantasy Shifter Series

  • The Supernatural Bounty Hunter Files, Book 1
  • By: Craig Halloran
  • Narrated by: Holly Adams
  • Length: 5 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

Bounty hunter John Smoke never liked the rules. As a result of his overly aggressive - and often illegal - arrest methods, he ended up behind bars. But the Bureau won't let him be. Placed in the able care of beautiful, tough-as-nails Sidney Shaw, his new FBI handler, Smoke needs to alter his loose-cannon ways to remain a free man. But there is an unchecked evil festering deep in the heart of the nation's capital, a shadow conspiracy that won't be defeated with a by-the-book approach to law enforcement. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent opener to an Urban Fantasy series.

  • By The Bookwyrm Speaks on 01-02-19

Craig Halloran, Rising

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

Reviewed: 01-06-19

Craig Halloran continues to explore different genres, elevating his game.

The Smoke series is definitely an edge of your seat no bars thrill ride. The series is a bit more adult than the rest of his other work. But if you are in to intrigue, mystery, and crime dramas, the Smoke series is for you.

The Smoke series follows a female FBI agent by the name of Sidney Shaw, who is young, beautiful, charming, and a little naive. She is thrown into a world of gritty crime when her boss decides she needs to start interrogating criminal John Smoke for information on a group of bad people, that the bureau has, as of yet, been unable to apprehend.

Holly Adams is not a narrator that I was familiar with, before listening to this. I am particularly pleased with her voice, and the speed at which she reads. She makes the books a pleasant experience, and reminds me, a bit, of the actress Kate Mulgrew, in talent.

All and all, I recommend this book to fans of television crime dramas, and people who are just looking for a good listen.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Darkslayer Omnibus

  • By: Craig Halloran
  • Narrated by: Lee Alan
  • Length: 86 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 262
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 245
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 245

The all-powerful immortal being, Trinos, created the world of Bish for her own amusement. There, an eternal war rages between good and evil under the gaze of the bored goddess. Humans battle monsters and each other in a savage, never-ending conflict. And there is one who is charged with maintaining the delicate balance between light and darkness: the warrior Venir, the Darkslayer.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Constant background sound

  • By Kausthub on 02-15-18

Over 86 hours of Epic Fantasy Brilliance!

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

Reviewed: 02-07-18

Mr. Halloran has just published the collect omnibus of his series, The Dark Slayer, in audiobook format. Purchasing this will allow you to have every book from one to six, without purchasing them individually. This is a tremendous savings, if you wanted to start the series, or even if you are just looking for a great fantasy series to start. I cannot recommend this enough.

Craig Halloran has expanded his universe to include the story of Bish, who is a man on a quest, like most epic fantasies. The thing with Halloran's writing is that the plots aren't too complicated, but the characters are tangible, and leap off the page. Halloran is very capable with ideas, and can really get you feeling for Bish, or Nath, or even Melegal. 

These books, or any of Halloran's work, are a great introductory to the Fantasy epic, for anyone interested in making a foray into this world, or a journey that anyone would like to start with their children. His books are a little young, and the narrator his very exaggerated, but they are solid work. They are also a quick real read, if you want to read the work before you listen with the kids.

My nephews love all of the adventures that Halloran has so elegantly told. Mr. Lee Alan is a bit too much for me, but his sound effects, and his exuberance keeps my nephews enthralled for long sittings at a time.

I highly recommend this series, and all of the Halloran-Mythtos for anyone who wants to be able to enjoy fantasy with their children, and be able to share their passions with a new generation. 

This series is a little different from Halloran's other books, being that it is clear that this book is his passion when he writes. The other series’s are all good, but this one he excels at. It is clear that he has a lot of fun writing the Dark Slayer books. Dark Slayer is a little darker than his other work, and I would definitely advise it to a little bit of an older audience, though young adults should be fine.

The Dark Slayer series is a personal favorite of mine of Mr. Halloran's work. The books follow the epic adventure of Bish and Venir. There are many subplots that add to the fantastic characterization of the main characters and supporting cast.

On the topic of the narrator, Alan Lee has a lot of personality that both adds and takes away from the story. Mr. Alan goes insofar as to do sound effects for things, which is sort of charming, and yet cartoonist at times. This gives the story the air of a radio-drama more than a plain audio book, and does keep Mr. Alan's slow paced reading rather interesting. The story itself is not slow paced at all, but the speed at which it is read does make it sort of painful at times.

The Dark Slayer series is a great example of a modern fantasy epic that continues to keep me at grips with the release of every new book. Between the interesting characters, and complex chemistry of our main heroes, I find myself enchanted by Halloran's magic of story telling. I recommend this series to fans of fantasy and their families as much as I can express.

9 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • Tail of the Dragon Collector's Edition: Complete Series, Books 1-10

  • By: Craig Halloran
  • Narrated by: Lee Alan
  • Length: 54 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 158
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 144
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 144

Fill your ears with something different! This is the complete series, 10 books, over 400,000 words of high action fantasy, filled with deadly dragons, relentless evildoers, daring heroes, uncanny magic, wild characters, and more! A thrill ride for listeners of all ages! Over 53 hours of listening enjoyment! Apocalypse is coming to a world of monsters and men. A restless liege, Nath Dragon, is bored with his reign and hungry for adventure.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Totally different

  • By Robert R. on 10-22-17

Lee Alan and Craig Halloran make a classic combo

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

Reviewed: 09-26-17

The Tail of the Dragon is the second series in the books about Nath Dragon, firstly, if you are interested in these you should look into the rest of the Nath series entitled "The Chronicles of the Dragon".

The story of Nath is one of adventure that chronicles the plight of good versus evil facing monsters, wizards, and ourselves along the way. Following the time old traditions of the classic tale of Edmund Spenser's Fairy Tale, "The Tail of the Dragon" is a story that is to teach us how to act as the better us. Swathed in metaphor of honor and glory Nath teaches us exactly what it is to be the better man, or person if you'd rather.

Nath makes no excuses, and does what is clear in his conscious, and we can all learn a thing from him and his companions.

This book for me is a hold out to my old TSR role playing games and has a genuine nostalgia for me that many other things are unable to recover. Not only can I enjoy these books, but I can appreciate reading these stories to my children so that they can earn a fervor for fantasy much like the one that I have.

These books are quick to read, full of humor, and adventure. Though they may not be the most intriguing thing I have ever read, they are persuasively indulging. They have taught my children how to be better people, just by the actions of a strong and charismatic hero.

Concerning the narration, I have had my difficulties with Mr. Alan in the past. Mr. Alan does really embrace and embody the nature of the tale of Nath. His enthusiasm is catching, and I find he has grown on me a great deal.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Dragons of Autumn Twilight

  • Dragonlance: Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Margaret Weis, Tracy Hickman
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
  • Length: 20 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,322
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,083
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,111

Lifelong friends, they went their separate ways. Now they are together again, though each holds secrets from the others in his heart. They speak of a world shadowed with rumors of war. They speak of tales of strange monsters, creatures of myth, creatures of legend. They do not speak of their secrets. Not then. Not until a chance encounter with a beautiful, sorrowful woman, who bears a magical crystal staff, draws the companions deeper into the shadows, forever changing their lives and shaping the fate of the world.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • COULDN'T FINISH LISTENING

  • By Eleanor H. on 04-01-15

The one and only.

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

Reviewed: 08-03-17

I don't know how to put into words the meaning that this story has to me, and to pop culture in general. These tales have been around for decades, and yet, are still vastly obscure, which is unfortunate.

This is a wartime series, that follows the tale of the heroes trying to save their world. There are Knights, and Dragons, and Wizards. This is probably the best example of Swords and Sorcery writing that is out for the masses, today.

If you are a fan of the fantasy genre, at all, and have not read these books, do it now, and thank me later.

  • Breakfast at Tiffany's

  • By: Truman Capote
  • Narrated by: Michael C. Hall
  • Length: 2 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,656
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,083
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,078

Golden Globe-winning actor Michael C. Hall (Six Feet Under) performs Truman Capote's masterstroke about a young writer's charmed fascination with his unorthodox neighbor, the "American geisha" Holly Golightly. Holly - a World War II-era society girl in her late teens - survives via socialization, attending parties and restaurants with men from the wealthy upper class who also provide her with money and expensive gifts. Over the course of the novella, the seemingly shallow Holly slowly opens up to the curious protagonist.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • "Better to look at the sky than live there"

  • By W Perry Hall on 02-12-14

Michael C Hall is a master

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

Reviewed: 08-03-17

The narrator's voice in this carries a dry and sarcastic quality that really helps carry the characterization of our lead character, and his love affair with the ageless creature as portrayed most memorably by Audrey Hepburn in the 60s. You can read this and still watch the movie, it doesn't make the movie feel like its missing anything.

Fair warning though, the ending is different. If you are a hopeless romantic, who likes happy endings, stick with the film.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Locke & Key

  • By: Joe Hill, Gabriel Rodriguez
  • Narrated by: Haley Joel Osment, Tatiana Maslany, Kate Mulgrew, and others
  • Length: 13 hrs and 23 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,722
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6,283
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,268

Based on the best-selling, award-winning graphic novel series Locke & Key - written by acclaimed suspense novelist Joe Hill ( NOS4A2, Horns) and illustrated by Gabriel Rodriguez - this multicast, fully dramatized audio production brings the images and words to life.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • don't waste your time/money

  • By Kyle Warren on 01-23-19

Echoing the Past.

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

Reviewed: 08-03-17

This story is a coming of age tale of a family who are haunted by the demons of their parents (like so many of us are). This story is good for anyone and everyone, but I highly recommend it for fans of the scifi and fantasy crows. It feels almost a might Lovecraftian in nature.

3 of 11 people found this review helpful

The Shadow - The Complete Radio Show Collection - Including more than 250 Shows audiobook cover art
  • The Shadow - The Complete Radio Show Collection - Including more than 250 Shows

  • By: Orson Welles
  • Narrated by: Orson Welles
  • Length: 106 hrs and 41 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 157
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 139
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 142

The Shadow was long believed to have debuted on radio as a program in its own right on September 26, 1937, on the Mutual Broadcasting System. But the character actually premiered in September 1931, on CBS, as part of the hourlong The Blue Coal Radio Revue (named for the show's sponsor), featuring Frank Readick - The Shadow announcer of Detective Stories - as The Shadow, and playing Sundays at 5:30 p.m. Eastern standard time.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Too Many Duplicates

  • By Girl on 04-04-16
  • The Shadow - The Complete Radio Show Collection - Including more than 250 Shows
  • By: Orson Welles
  • Narrated by: Orson Welles

Classic Wells

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

Reviewed: 08-03-17

This is basically an old fashion Super Hero tale. Young people who are bitten by the Super Hero bug, and want to learn more of its origins may appreciate these tales. Older folks could listen to them merely for nostalgia's sake, or to introduce their children or grandchildren to culture that has fallen to obscurity in the coming age of fast paced adrenaline pumping action. This is also, IMHO, a bit of a romantic series.

  • Burns & Allen: And Friends

  • By: George Burns, Gracie Allen
  • Narrated by: Geoge Burns, Gracie Allen, Frank Sinatra, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3

"Well, hello! Come right in! Oh, George! We've got company! " Comedy's first couple were busy hosts. As friends and neighbors of Hollywood's greats, you never knew who'd turn up next for a dose of Gracie's nonsense and a song or two from George. This eight-hour collection of hilarious half-hour visits to the Burns house features a galaxy of famous guests!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Old Time Radio Show

  • By Frae on 08-03-17

Great Old Time Radio Show

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

Reviewed: 08-03-17

This show is very entertaining mindless fun. Some of the references involved are a bit old, so young people may not appreciate this as much as older folk, but it is something the whole family can get endless entertainment from. The recordings and sound on this are of good quality, if that is a concern of yours.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • And Then There Were None

  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Dan Stevens
  • Length: 6 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,867
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,168
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,143

Ten strangers are lured to an isolated island mansion off the Devon coast by a mysterious "U.N. Owen". At dinner a recorded message accuses each of them in turn of having a guilty secret, and by the end of the night one of the guests is dead. Stranded by a violent storm, and haunted by a nursery rhyme counting down one by one...one by one they begin to die. Who among them is the killer? And will any of them survive?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dan Stevens is genius

  • By Markie Ross on 09-17-15

An Ageless Tale

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

Reviewed: 08-03-17

The narrator of this novel is remarkable. He has a harrowing, emotion fraught voice that can really carry a tale. The story in this novel has been around for ages, and I highly recommend it as a representation of the era and of Agatha Christie's work. If you have to pick just one Agatha Christie book, pick this one (or the Murder of Roger Ackeroyd).

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Farseer: Assassin's Apprentice

  • By: Robin Hobb
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
  • Length: 17 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,241
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,079
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,106

With unforgettable characters, a sweeping backdrop, and passionate storytelling, this is a fantasy debut to rival that of Robert Jordan. Filled with adventure and bloodshed, pageantry and piracy, mystery and menace, Assassin's Apprentice is the story of a royal house and the young man who is destined to chart its course through tempests of change.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book

  • By Jake on 03-16-10

Fitz the Boy

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

Reviewed: 08-03-17

I have been eaten alive by the story in this series. I started reading Robin Hobb only a few weeks ago and already I cannot imagine my life without these tales. This particular novel is a coming of age tale about a boy in a middle age environment.

These are definitely fantasy books, though at least this novel does not include far too many elements from the pages of fairy tales. This story really follows the life of a bastard of a king in waiting, and how his life is affected by the rest of the royal line, and the people in the kingdom.

I cannot stress emphatically enough that this series is incredible and highly addicting.