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  • The Ables

  • By: Jeremy Scott
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Scott
  • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 144

It wasn't the sex talk he expected. Phillip Sallinger's dad has told him he's a custodian - a guardian - and his genetically inherited power is telekinesis. He'll learn to move objects with his mind. Excited to begin superhero high school until he discovers he's assigned to a special-ed class for disabled empowered kids, he suddenly feels like an outsider.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • From Cinema Sins to Audiobook

  • By John on 07-05-15

Harry Potter with superheroes

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

Reviewed: 09-04-17

Awesome. Hope this is the first of many. From start to finish a great book.

  • American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition (A Full Cast Production)

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman, Dennis Boutskiaris, Daniel Oreskes, and others
  • Length: 19 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,859
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,397
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,386

Shadow Moon has served his time. But hours before his release from prison, his beloved wife is killed in a freak accident. Dazed, he boards a plane home where he meets the enigmatic Mr Wednesday, who professes both to know Shadow and to be king of America. Together they embark on a profoundly strange road trip across the USA, encountering a kaleidoscopic cast of characters along the way. Yet all around them a storm threatens to break.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • This book has got character!

  • By Sebastian on 24-12-14

Brilliantly written but just plods along

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-04-13

I can't help but feel more should've happened in this book or more explanation. The characters are great and the world they live in but I don't know. It just.... lacked. Its a shame cause the audio is amazing. Different actors for every voice and each great. I hope this becomes the benchmark for audiobooks. It really is a great performance but as I said the story just isn't all there for me.

14 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • Rebellion

  • Star Force, Book 3
  • By: B. V. Larson
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 11 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 334
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 310
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 309

Rebellion is the turning point in the great interstellar war between all living creatures and the machines. Star Force is on the side of the machines...but for how long? In the third book of the Star Force series, Kyle Riggs learns just what kind of war Earth is caught up in. At the mercy of the Macros, his marines fight against new alien races, big and small. They battle the innocent and the vile alike, until their situation becomes grim. Rebellion is a military science-fiction novel by best-selling author B. V. Larson.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another great entry.

  • By Neil on 07-04-13

Another great entry.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-04-13

This is a great series and if you like star wars, starship troopers or the terminator, then you should give this series a go. Like any good geek though, I insist you start from the first book even though previous books are summed up. Why watch something halfway through. Im enjoying this although I really wish he'd kill one of the characters. He's an utter git and any self respecting hero would have sorted him out by now.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Heart-Shaped Box

  • By: Joe Hill
  • Narrated by: Stephen Lang
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 390
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 336
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 335

"Buy my stepfather's ghost, read the e-mail." So Jude did. He bought it, in the shape of the dead man's suit, delivered in a heart-shaped box, because he wanted it - because his fans ate up that kind of story. It was perfect for his collection: the genuine skulls and the bones, the real honest-to-God snuff movie, the occult books, and all the rest of the paraphernalia that goes along with his kind of hard/goth rock.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Refreshingly Different

  • By Anna on 09-04-10

Just as good as his comic work

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-04-13

Unlike other people I read Joe hills comics unaware he was the son of Stephen King. I like both but i like more fantasy and humour in my books. This is more like his fathers books than his comics are but i still thoroughly enjoyed it. It is genuinely scary is some places and hats off to the narrator for that. Looking forward to Horns as it sounds more like his comic work.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Zombie Fallout

  • Zombie Fallout, Book 1
  • By: Mark Tufo
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 540
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 440
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 437

This is the story of Michael Talbot, his family, and his friends: a band of ordinary people trying to get by in extraordinary times. When disaster strikes, Mike, a self-proclaimed survivalist, does his best to ensure the safety and security of those he cares for. Book one of the Zombie Fallout Trilogy follows our lead character at his self-deprecating, sarcastic best. What he encounters along the way leads him down a long dark road, always skirting the edge of insanity.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Just not for me . . .

  • By Simon on 09-01-16

Great

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-04-13

The book starts off with the zombie apocalypse already under way and follows Mike Talbot and his family from his pov. This book has a lot of humour in it and thankfully the narrator manages to bring this out. At first he needs a little getting used to as he really does sound like Peter Griffin from Family Guy but this helps with the humour. Some of the jokes do seem a little forced and unnecessary but for the most part succeeds. My only real gripe is that there is very little difference between the voices of the characters. Maybe its just me. I'll still be buying the sequels.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Tales from the Fire Zone

  • By: Jonathan Maberry
  • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
  • Length: 3 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

This collection of five diverse and highly entertaining short stories, straight from the ingenious imagination of New York Times best-selling author Jonathan Maberry, includes one story written exclusively for Blackstone Audio.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A variety of awesome

  • By Neil on 23-12-12

A variety of awesome

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-12-12

I finished each short story wishing it was the first chapter of an upcoming book. I've yet to find something Maberry has written that isn't top class. Narrated brilliantly too with no two characters sounding the same, even across different stories. A must listen.

  • Children of the Mind

  • By: Orson Scott Card
  • Narrated by: Gabrielle de Cuir, John Rubinstein
  • Length: 13 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 306
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 241
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 242

The planet Lusitania is home to three sentient species: a large colony of humans; the Pequeninos; and the Hive Queen, who was brought there by Ender Wiggin. Once again, the enemy (the Starways Congress) has gathered a fleet and is threatening to destroy Lusitania. Ender's oldest friend, Jane, an evolved computer intelligence, is trying to save the three sentient species of Lusitania, but the Starways Congress is destroying the computer world she lives in.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fitting ending...

  • By Peter on 19-06-09

A poor ending for the series

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-12-12

Enders game is quite rightly one of the best books of all time. Several books on and the hero is all grown up and everything that made the original so great is gone. I wish the series ended with that book and I wouldn't have felt compelled to see what happened to the lead. What a shame.

Narration is split between several narrators each reading different sections. I found this particularly jarring as each character had several voices.

Unless like me you've read the previous books and just have to read on, then id advise you to avoid this mess.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Sausages

  • By: Tom Holt
  • Narrated by: Ray Sawyer
  • Length: 15 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 262
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 197
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 196

Polly, an average, completely ordinary property lawyer, is convinced she's losing her mind. Someone keeps drinking her coffee. And talking to her clients. And doing her job. And when she goes to the dry cleaner's to pick up her dress for the party, it's not there. Not the dress - the dry cleaner's.And then there are the chickens who think they are people. Something strange is definitely going on - and it's going to take more than a magical ring to sort it out.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Some magic you can believe in!

  • By Heather on 13-04-13

Not his best.

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-12-12

I love Tom Holt. His weird mind has produced 4 of my top ten books. Unfortunately this just isn't as good. I hope this just a blip. I await his next a little less enthusiastically.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • V Wars

  • A Chronicle of the Vampire Wars
  • By: Jonathan Maberry, Nancy Holder, John Everson, and others
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell, Gabrielle de Cuir, Roxanne Hernadez, and others
  • Length: 18 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28

In this sweeping, threaded narrative of the global phenomenon known as the Vampire Wars, mankind is unwittingly infected by a millennia-old bacteria unknowingly exhumed by a scientific expedition in Antarctica. Now, in some rare cases, a person’s so-called junk DNA becomes activated. Depending on their racial and ethnic heritage, they begin to manifest one of the many diverse forms of the "others" that are the true basis for the legends of supernatural creatures. These aren’t your usual vampires and werewolves - it goes much deeper than that.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A mixed bag

  • By Neil on 23-12-12

A mixed bag

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-12-12

As with any collection of stories there is winners and losers. Jonathan Maberrys story and his narrator knock it out the park. Worth buying just for that. Proper scary. That guy has a voice born for horror. Other stories pale in comparison. Not the same quality as World War Z.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Extinction

  • Star Force, Book 2
  • By: B. V. Larson
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 388
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 359
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 360

In the second book of the Star Force series, Kyle Riggs has another bad year. The Nano ships have a new mission--one that sentences their pilots to death. Meanwhile, the governments of Earth want to steal Star Force's Nano technology for their own. Worst of all, Earth has made a promise to the Macros, and the machines are coming to collect.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • good performance, story not as good as first

  • By Espen on 26-07-18

Great way to spend spare points.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-12-12

This is the 2nd Star Force book. It's not the cheese that the books title suggests. Just as good as previous book although I might be wrong but im pretty sure this retconned the ending of that one. Continuity changes like that can be annoying but forgivable since it allows the story to continue.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful