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  • Villains Rule

  • The Shadow Master, Book 1
  • By: M. K. Gibson
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12

Hi, how are you? Yes, I am talking to you, the reader of this book's description. Okay, I get it, fourth-wall breaking is overdone. Get over it. This book, Villains Rule, is a fantasy action-comedy which you have to hear. Not because it redefines the genre, far from it. But rather for what it contains. A villain's tale. How often do you get to listen to a story where the villain is the protagonist? No, not an anti-hero, or a brooding monster, nor a hero thinly disguised as a villain. And not evil. If you want evil, take that nonsense to therapy.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn't finish it - tried to like it.

  • By Patricia on 13-09-2018

Couldn't finish it - tried to like it.

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

Reviewed: 13-09-2018

I love this genre, but this one is a tough one. Definitely not for everyone.

  • Broken Compass

  • Supernatural Prison, Story 1
  • By: Jaymin Eve
  • Narrated by: Eva Kaminsky, Chris Kipiniak
  • Length: 10 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 36

Maximus Compass is a vampire without direction. Without heart. And without soul. He lost his true mate in the great battle against the dragon king, and now must face life alone. And yet something is happening to his agony. It's fading away, leaving him with barely a memory of the female he believed to be his one and only.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • love it..

  • By Mrs Dianne E Nilsson on 13-03-2019

Not good

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

Reviewed: 17-03-2017

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I can't think of what could have helped.

Has Broken Compass put you off other books in this genre?

Genre, no but series and author - definitely. I won't download something with these narrators again.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The male narrator's voice did not match the character's description. He has a soft feminine tone that even when he tried to deepen his voice, it didn't last. And he accentuated all words too much. The woman had a strange lilt to the end of her sentences, I'm not sure what accent she was supposed to be.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Annoyance.

  • Scary Dead Things

  • The Tome of Bill, Book 2
  • By: Rick Gualtieri
  • Narrated by: Christopher John Fetherolf
  • Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

Bill Ryder, the trash-talking undead geek from Bill the Vampire, is back and about to find himself in a whole new world of side-splitting insanity. One of the most powerful vampires on the planet has given Bill a death sentence. Meanwhile, an immortal princess wants him for an entirely different purpose, one which makes his first issue seem almost preferable. All the while, new and powerful forces have begun to emerge from the shadows around him. Are they friend or foe? Knowing his luck, do you even have to ask?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not as good as the first

  • By Patricia on 31-07-2015

Not as good as the first

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

Reviewed: 31-07-2015

But still pretty funny. The narrator is really good and keeps the flow of the story moving.

  • Bill the Vampire

  • By: Rick Gualtieri
  • Narrated by: Christopher John Fetherolf
  • Length: 7 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

There are reasons we fear the night. He isn't one of them. Bill Ryder was a dateless dweeb...then he died. Unfortunately for him that was just the beginning of his troubles. He awoke to find himself a vampire, one of the legendary predators of the night. Unfortunately for him, he was still at the bottom of the food chain. Now he finds himself surrounded by creatures stronger, deadlier and a whole lot cooler than he is. Worst yet, they all want him dead...permanently this time.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great narrator

  • By Patricia on 27-07-2015

Great narrator

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

Reviewed: 27-07-2015

Fun pastime, with laugh out loud parts. Fantastic narrator which probably made the book a lot better than it is. Looking forward to the next one.

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  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4,241
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,972
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3,971

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping!

  • By Mr on 19-06-2015

Great!

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

Reviewed: 28-01-2015

I haven't had this much fun listening to an audiobook since... EVER! The narrator is fantastic and the story just kept moving faster and faster. Great characters!

  • Devil of the Highlands

  • By: Lynsay Sands
  • Narrated by: Marianna Palka
  • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

They call him the Devil.... He is the most notorious laird of Scotland: fierce, cold, deadly...and maybe even worse. Yet Evelinde has just agreed to wed him. Anything, she thinks, is better than her cruel stepmother. Though Evelinde should be wary of the rumors, she can't help but be drawn to this warrior...for the Devil of the Highlands inspires a heat within her that is unlike anything she has ever known.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Awful narrator, silly story

  • By Patricia on 03-07-2014

Awful narrator, silly story

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

Reviewed: 03-07-2014

Would you try another book written by Lynsay Sands or narrated by Marianna Palka?

No, unfortunately this one is pretty bad. I usually don't mind these romance novels, they are silly fluffy fun, but there was barely any story there and I just couldn't get over the narration.

What was most disappointing about Lynsay Sands’s story?

Narrator, lack of story.

What didn’t you like about Marianna Palka’s performance?

Bad accents, too slow a reader.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

No.

Any additional comments?

If I could return this, I would.