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  • The Tower

  • Written by: Gregg Hurwitz
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 12 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 47

Allander Atlasia is an infamous psychopath whose heinous crimes have earned him a lifetime stay at the Tower, the world's most extreme maximum-security prison. But after a brilliant and brutal escape, the criminal mastermind begins a killing spree that is intensely personal. Jade Marlow is an ex-FBI profiler and tracker whose fearlessness is only surpassed by the severity of his own inner demons. With a record of irrational behavior and a genius for putting himself into the mind of a criminal predator, he may be the one man diabolical enough to catch Atlasia.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Psychological Thriller

  • By Langer on 2019-05-22

Excellent Psychological Thriller

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

Reviewed: 2019-05-22

This book was offered on sale. I am happy that I bought it. Quite violent story that reminded me of "Silence of the Lambs" and other modern cop stories. Hurwitz has an extremely descriptive writing style, like a screenplay with very visual aspects. Reading like a movie script, the reader can visualize perfectly what the author intends....perhaps overly descriptive at times (the shape of the tears falling from a character's eyes...probably not a necessary detail), but Hurwitz's intention is met perfectly. Some fairly clever plot twists.
Scott Brick is perfect as a reader for this kind of story. Dramatic but not overly so. Guy would be perfect for King books. Enjoy

  • Forge of Darkness

  • Kharkanas Trilogy, Book 1
  • Written by: Steven Erikson
  • Narrated by: Daniel Philpott
  • Length: 31 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

Forge of Darkness takes listeners to Kurald Galain, the warren of Darkness, and tells of a realm whose fate plays a crucial role in the fall of the Malazan Empire and surrounds one of the Malazan world’s most fascinating and powerful characters, Anomander Rake. It’s a conflicted time in Kurald Galain, where Mother Dark reigns above the Tiste people. But this ancient land was once home to many a power...and even death is not quite eternal. The commoners’ great hero, Vatha Urusander, longs for ascendency and Mother Dark’s hand in marriage, but she has taken another Consort, Lord Draconus.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Pretty good

  • By Langer on 2019-05-20

Pretty good

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

Reviewed: 2019-05-20

Not Erickson's best work. I am a big fan, and the Book of the Fallen is one of the best series ever. This book is set in the same world (or rather a warren we know) with some familiar characters but it seems as though written by a different guy. Reader is quite good

  • Life

  • Written by: Keith Richards, James Fox
  • Narrated by: Johnny Depp, Joe Hurley
  • Length: 23 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40

Now at last Keith Richards pauses to tell his story in the most anticipated autobiography in decades. And what a story! Listening obsessively to Chuck Berry and Muddy Waters records in a coldwater flat with Mick Jagger and Brian Jones, building a sound and a band out of music they loved. Finding fame and success as a bad-boy band, only to find themselves challenged by authorities everywhere....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Life is a worthy read

  • By john on 2018-09-19

Guy Should be Dead

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

Reviewed: 2019-05-14

Very interesting life. Lived through sex, drugs, and Rock & Roll. Early days were crazy. Later, he experiences some amazing things. Name drops icons of art and music matter-of-factly, like "Of course I hung out with Lennon. Who didn't?" Keith is a fairly good writer. Pays attention to controversies and conflicts, Richards has no fear of reality, holding nothing back. A sometimes embarassingly honest effort. Johnny Depp is not a great reader and the switch to Joe Hurley partway through is kind of shocking, then back again. :( Joe seems to be doing his best impersonation of Keith and others (Texas accents for Americans, female voice attempts). A little annoying but fits the writing fairly well

  • The Crippled God

  • Malazan Book of the Fallen Series, Book 10
  • Written by: Steven Erikson
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 45 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 46

Savaged by the K'Chain Nah'Ruk, the Bonehunters march for Kolanse, where waits an unknown fate. Tormented by questions, the army totters on the edge of mutiny, but Adjunct Tavore will not relent. One final act remains, if it is in her power, if she can hold her army together, if the shaky allegiances she has forged can survive all that is to come. A woman with no gifts of magic, deemed plain, unprepossessing, displaying nothing to instill loyalty or confidence, Tavore Paran of House Paran means to challenge the gods - if her own troops don't kill her first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic

  • By Langer on 2019-05-11

Fantastic

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

Reviewed: 2019-05-11

A fitting end to the "Book of the Fallen" Finally the reader is a little subdued and lets the writing carry the story...and quite a story

  • Blood and Bone

  • Malazan Empire, Book 5
  • Written by: Ian C Esslemont
  • Narrated by: John Banks
  • Length: 26 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3

In the western sky, the bright emerald banner of the Visitor descends like a portent of annihilation. On the continent of Jacuruku, the Thaumaturgs have mounted another expedition in a bid to tame the neighbouring wild jungle. Yet this is no normal wilderness. It is called Himatan, and it is said to be half of the spirit realm and half of the earth. And it is said to be ruled by a powerful entity whom some name the Queen of Witches and some a goddess: the ancient Ardata.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Decent Novel. Not Esselmont's Best

  • By Langer on 2019-04-28

Decent Novel. Not Esselmont's Best

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

Reviewed: 2019-04-28

Very good writing, interesting characters. Set in the Malazan world, related to the previous stories, but reads pretty independently. Reader is unfortunately overly dramatic. Reads with snorts and growls some of the bestial characters. Annoying and takes somewhat from the enjoyability of the book

  • Dust of Dreams

  • Malazan Book of the Fallen, Book 9
  • Written by: Steven Erikson
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 43 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 40

The fate awaiting the Bonehunters is one no soldier can prepare for, and one no mortal soul can withstand - the foe is uncertainty and the only weapon worth wielding is stubborn courage. In war everyone loses, and this brutal truth can be found in the eyes of every soldier in every world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Nahruk! Great Novel

  • By Langer on 2019-04-23

Nahruk! Great Novel

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

Reviewed: 2019-04-23

Once again, a pretty poor reading mars a tremendous story. I am getting used to it, but Erickson's beautiful, epic writing deserves better

  • Toll the Hounds

  • The Malazan Book of the Fallen 8
  • Written by: Steven Erikson
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 44 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

It is summer, and the heat is oppressive, yet the discomfiture of the small rotund man in the faded red waistcoat is not entirely due to the sun. Dire portents plague his nights and haunt the city's streets like fiends of shadow. Assassins skulk in alleyways, but it seems the hunters have become the hunted. Hidden hands pluck the strings of tyranny like a fell chorus. Strangers have arrived, and while the bards sing their tragic tales, somewhere in the distance can be heard the baying of hounds. All is palpably not well.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Superb Writing. Awful Reader

  • By Langer on 2019-04-13

Superb Writing. Awful Reader

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

Reviewed: 2019-04-13

Erickson writes beautifully. A true wordsmith. His prose is poetic, every word carefully chosen. His story is full of pathos and humor. This would easily rate 5 stars but for Michael Page's performance. He has added snother annoying voice to his repertoire of growls and bad ethnic accents...a whiny narrator voice that he uses about 20% of the time. Just read! Still glad I purchased this book

  • Orb Sceptre Throne

  • Malazan Empire, Book 4
  • Written by: Ian C Esslemont
  • Narrated by: John Banks
  • Length: 25 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5

The tumult of great powers colliding has passed, and the city of Darujhistan and its citizens can at last get on with what matters: trading, bickering, politicking and enjoying all the good things in life. However, not all are ready to leave the past behind. A treasure hunter digging amongst the burial grounds that surround the city is about to uncover a hidden crypt.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Novel. Moranth!! Seguleh!!!

  • By Langer on 2019-04-06

Great Novel. Moranth!! Seguleh!!!

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

Reviewed: 2019-04-06

The most intriguing aspect of the world created by Esselmont and Steven Erickson is the different peoples populating it. Barghast. Imass. Tiste, Forkrul, K'Chain. This novel has several of them including my favorites. Not bogged down by too many plot threads, this story is fantastic. Loved it

  • Reaper's Gale

  • The Malazan Book of the Fallen 7
  • Written by: Steven Erikson
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 43 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

All is not well in the Letherii Empire. Rhulad Sengar, the Emperor of a Thousand Deaths, spirals into madness, surrounded by sycophants and agents of his Machiavellian chancellor, while the Letherii secret police conduct a campaign of terror against its own people. The Errant, once a farseeing god, is suddenly blind to the future. Conspiracies seethe throughout the palace, as the empire - driven by the corrupt and self-interested - edges ever closer to all-out war with the neighbouring kingdoms. And the great Edur fleet - its warriors selected from countless peoples - draws ever closer. Amongst them are Karsa Orlong and Icarium Lifestealer - each destined to cross blades with the Emperor himself. That yet more blood is to be spilled is inevitable....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic Writing but...

  • By Langer on 2019-04-02

Fantastic Writing but...

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

Reviewed: 2019-04-02

This is a great novel. I cant get past the performance. The reader has added a harsh whisper to his repertoire of growls and stereotyped racial accents (Scottish, Indian, etc.) Erickson's writing of the death of Beak is some of the best I have ever read. The humor of Tehol and Bugg is brilliant. With a better reader this book could be a classic. Already a great fantasy story

  • Stonewielder

  • Novels of the Malazan Empire, Book 3
  • Written by: Ian C. Esslemont
  • Narrated by: John Banks
  • Length: 26 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5

Greymane believed he'd outrun his past. With his school for swordsmanship in Falar, he was looking forward to a quiet life, although his colleague Kyle wasn't as enamored with life outside the mercenary company, the Crimson Guard. However, it seems it is not so easy for an ex-Fist of the Malazan Empire to disappear, especially one under sentence of death from that same Empire.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Esselmont's Best?

  • By Langer on 2019-03-26

Esselmont's Best?

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

Reviewed: 2019-03-26

This story of the Malazan empire is great. Esselmont likes to write several stories at once and weave them together. He is sometimes guilty of writing too much. This story is more streamlined and the story threads make a lot of sense. Excellent