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A. Kessel

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  • Soldier of Rome: The Legionary Book One of the Artorian Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By James Mace
    • Narrated By Nigel Patterson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (35)

    In the year A.D. 9, three Roman Legions under Quintilius Varus were betrayed by the Germanic war chief, Arminius, and destroyed in the forest known as Teutoburger Wald. Six years later Rome is finally ready to unleash her vengeance on the barbarians. The Emperor Tiberius has sent his adopted son, Germanicus Caesar, into Germania with an army of forty-thousand legionaries. The come not on a mission of conquest, but one of annihilation. With them is a young legionary named Artorius.

    Harry says: "Full Metal Jacket for The Roman era"
    "Forget Gladiator."
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    I love the Roman era of history, and most stories and movies, provided they are done right, endear themselves to me for a lifetime. Solder Of Rome IS not only one of the best I've encountered, but very close to the top! This is a terrific story of a great, romantic and horrible time in a nations history, told extremely well. Through James Mace's wonderful narration, Patterson's novel is brought to life in such a way that I could actually 'see' every word as if it were a movie. The narrator did a wonderful job of giving life to Patterson's beautifully crafted characters, and if it were possible to give a 10 star rating for performance, I would. Great job to both writer and narrator, and I hope to see more from this duo!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The McLaurys in Tombstone, Arizona: An O.K. Corral Obituary, A. C. Greene Series

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Paul Lee Johnson
    • Narrated By Claton Butcher
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    For the first time the events of the O.K. Corral gunfight are presented from the viewpoint of the McLaurys, two brothers who lost their lives and reputations, and a family who tried in vain to find restitution.

    A. Kessel says: "A Deeper Look Into An Historic Icon"
    "A Deeper Look Into An Historic Icon"
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    If you could sum up The McLaurys in Tombstone, Arizona in three words, what would they be?

    Eye-opening, Enlightening, Engrossing


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The McLaurys in Tombstone, Arizona?

    To be honest, the entire book. Very much indeed an eye-opening glimpse into a very well know event. Well...what I THOUGHT was well known. This look into the 'other side' of the story proves that every event has two sides, both of which are 'right'.


    What about Claton Butcher’s performance did you like?

    Claton's voice and pacing is superb, especially for this genre. The way in which Mr. Butcher delivers the story quickly makes it feel as if he was really there - lending an air of validity to it all! I would gladly listen to more books by this narrator.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The Cowboys of Tombstone


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mastering You: The Book on the Total Soul of Man

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 8 mins)
    • By Maxwell Toliver
    • Narrated By William Brady
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Mastering You is a series of books that will help you to become a better person. These books will also show you how God will start manifesting things in your life. This audiobook will help you to be able to answer the question of, “Why did I do that?” You've heard the saying, “As a man thinks, so is he?” I'll show you the reason why some people get what they are seeking and why maybe you don't. It's all in how you think and the actions you take based on your thinking.

    Yaquelin says: "A better you"
    "A Good Teaser"
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    If you could sum up Mastering You: The Book on the Total Soul of Man in three words, what would they be?

    1 - Faith
    2 - Journey
    3 - Trust


    Would you recommend Mastering You: The Book on the Total Soul of Man to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would, not because it's a fantastic or even vastly different book that the myriad of self-help/path to God books, but because the author does offer a look at the requirements to a better you, a better relationship with the Creator, than others.


    What does William Brady bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    A powerful voice. William's voice adds that touch of omniscience to the text that leads you to feel the words are authority. I feel William has a warm and sincere voice that is easy to listen to.


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    That it's important to stick to your guns. If you feel strongly that the Creator has lead you to something, do not give up on it, even for the sake of others.


    Any additional comments?

    As I mentioned, although the book does offer a few items that I've not heard before, it's not an earth shattering reveal. That's not to say it's not worth listening to, because it truly is. Especially narrated by Mr. Brady.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • At Last, Goodbye

    • UNABRIDGED (25 mins)
    • By Glynn James
    • Narrated By Andrea Emmes
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    Ten years after the apocalypse destroyed the world that she knew, a survivor returns to her home town, hoping to piece together the bits of her past that have troubled her so much ever since.

    A. Kessel says: "An Emotional Ride"
    "An Emotional Ride"
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    Where does At Last, Goodbye rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 20 (Which is actually high, as I've listened several hundred great audiobooks)


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The main 'narrator' of the story. Very emotional and very full of life


    What does Andrea Emmes bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    A tremendous amount of emotion and passion. Andrea's narration brings this piece to life as it should be. She's very obviously a gifted storyteller, and seems to be able to reach inside herself and pull out the 'soul' of the characters she's voicing. She does a great job of grabbing the listener and engrossing them into the story, and then delivering on the promise of taking us on a journey.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The ending. Very emotional and important. I won't give anything else away!


    Any additional comments?

    Although a short story, this piece is packed full of imagery and emotion. I would love to see this concept developed into a full length novel, narrated by Andrea. Andrea is, as mentioned above, a very gifted narrator and I look forward to hearing more from her.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Truth about Caffeine

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Marina Kushner
    • Narrated By Timothy McKean
    Overall
    (50)
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    (50)
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    The Truth about Caffeine exposes caffeine's darker side that scientists know but that the beverage, confectionery and pharmaceutical industries have tried to suppress. Caffeine is a highly addictive drug, does not offer any nutritional value and has not been proven safe. Epidemiological, clinical and laboratory studies link caffeine to heart disease, pancreas cancer, bladder cancer, hypoglycemia and central nervous system disorders. New and updated third edition.

    Convoke says: "The Disturbing Truth about Caffeine"
    "Well, so much for that morning cup of Joe!"
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    What did you love best about The Truth about Caffeine?

    The facts. This book isn't a 'blow sunshine up your skirt' or 'doom and gloom for the sake of fear' book. The author obviously spent a great deal of time researching this topic and gathering supporting evidence to alert us all to the inherent dangers of caffeine.


    What other book might you compare The Truth about Caffeine to and why?

    It's not a book, but the closet product I could compare this with is Al Gore's 'An Inconvenient Truth'. Both reveal truths to the audience that are so blatantly in our faces, yet never really took them seriously.


    What about Timothy McKean’s performance did you like?

    The cadence with which he delivered his performance. It was easy to imagine Timothy as the author. His delivery is perfect for this fact-based genre. I would like to hear more in this line from him.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    'Caffeine, The Hidden Danger'


    Any additional comments?

    Although not what I would call a 'gripping' performance (because of the subject matter, not the narrator) this is a well thought out, well delivered book. A topic that, honestly, I would not read myself, it is important information to get out there, so, by having a narrator who can deliver this sort of material in a way that is easy to listen to, it makes it a little more enjoyable to learn how HORRIBLE caffeine actually is!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Unfinished Business: An Angela Panther Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Carolyn Ridder Aspenson
    • Narrated By Kathy Poelker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    Sometimes the dead need our help and sometimes, we need theirs. Angela Panther has a perfect life: A lovely home, an attentive, successful husband, two reasonably behaved children, a devoted dog and a lot of coffee and cupcakes. But while her life might border on mundane, she's got it under control. Until her mother, Fran, dies - and returns as a ghost. It seems Fran's got some unfinished business and she's determined to get it done.

    Monica says: "Not even death can put an end to motherly love."
    "Talk About A Mother's Revenge!"
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    What did you love best about Unfinished Business?

    "Ma". Even death couldn't stop her from being judgmental!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The fact that although the story deals with a depressing theme (the death of a parent), it does so with comedy to offset those 'bummer' moments.


    Which character – as performed by Kathy Poelker – was your favorite?

    MA!! Such great comedic timing. Kathy has the 'mother' voice, which makes the character believable.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No extreme reactions, but I did chuckle out loud several times!


    Any additional comments?

    Overall, the story is good, not outstanding but enjoyable. It would be fun to see the book made into a movie. However, the narrator elevated the 'likeability' of this book with her ease of narration, from the pacing, inflections and the great emotion she put in to the read. I would love to hear more from Kathy, especially in this genre.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thief Prince

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Cheree Alsop
    • Narrated By Michele Carpenter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
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    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    When her brother's sickness forces Kit to accept the title of heir to her kingdom's crown, she is outcast by the others and treated as inferior; but when she is forced along with the other heirs on a dangerous journey, her differences turn into strengths that may save their lives. Kit is tested both mentally and physically as she faces odds both on the battlefield and within the royal social circles. She soon realizes that her greatest challenge may be to return home with her heart in one piece.

    LilMissMolly says: "Outstanding YA adventure!"
    "A Great Young Adult Story"
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    While most young adult novels can be quite formulaic and become very boring quickly, the Thief Prince is not one of those. Wonderfully crafted characters, with rich backgrounds; an entire world created for them and a story that compels the listener to continue on sets this book far above many in the genre.

    Michele Carpenters voice is a complete joy to listen to. Her character voice development was good - it was very easy to differentiate the characters from one another, and her delivery style is flawless. Great tone and great skill! I would most definitely look for more titles by this narrator.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • High Moor

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Graeme Reynolds
    • Narrated By Chris Barnes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (49)

    When John Simpson hears of a bizarre animal attack in his old home town of High Moor, it stirs memories of a long forgotten horror. John knows the truth. A werewolf stalks the town once more, and on the night of the next full moon, the killing will begin again. He should know. He survived a werewolf attack in 1986, during the worst year of his life. It’s 1986 and the town is gripped in terror after the mutilated corpse of a young boy is found in the woods.

    Denise says: "A 'howling' good time!"
    "Wow.....just WOW!"
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    What did you love best about High Moor?

    The character development and the fact that although this story is packed with scare the hell out of ya' goodness, it NEVER goes over the top!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    John. I loved the development of his character in that you felt for him a great deal.


    What about Chris Barnes’s performance did you like?

    EVERYTHING! Yes, High Moor is a really great story, but Chris Barnes brings such a terrific life to Graeme's words that you do at times forget it's just one person narrating! And, Chris' Scottish accent lends a great authenticity to the read that would not have been there in the hands of an American narrator, and through his narration, gives just enough 'piss and vinegar' to the characters! I look for great things from this narrator.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    From the moment I pushed play!


    Any additional comments?

    I would love to see this story turned into a screenplay, however, would miss the narrators voice in a movie version! Great job to both writer and narrator - a creative match made in entertainment heaven!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hunters Moon: The Fae Medallion (Volume 1)

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Geraldine Allie
    • Narrated By Alex Hyde-White
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
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    (20)
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    (19)

    To this day, it is said that the descendants of the Fae left behind still wait for the return of the Seer's and guardians…As a young teenager, Victoria is sent to live with an Aunt and Uncle with a sinister and deadly secret. For over five years she has taken the harsh punishments from the hands of her evil Aunt and Uncle who have a craving for the blood of the Fae. Now a young adult, Victoria will come up against the biggest threat of her life to fulfill a prophecy; and find the one that history has destined her to be with, a Fae Prince who never expected to be made a prisoner by vampires.

    kelly says: "good listen"
    "A Great New World of Wonder!!"
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    What did you love best about Hunters Moon?

    The development of the characters and the story, was so complete that I could 'see' the world!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Percy. I love how he knew he was 'different' in the mortal world, but didn't realize just how special he was until it was time to know!


    What about Alex Hyde-White’s performance did you like?

    Everything! Mr. Hyde-White is an amazing actor and brought very believable life to all of the characters.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Looking forward to future installments in this series!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Superheroes in Prose, Volume Two: The Ballad of M

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 59 mins)
    • By Sevan Paris
    • Narrated By Bryan Reid
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    I just can't believe I slammed the door in Reagan MacPherson's face last night. Is her situation just like mine? Does she have some sort of smartass alien entity inside her brain? Is she registered? Do her friends know? Is she stronger than me? Does this somehow make me look hot to her? Is Liberty - the World's Greatest Hero - going to come after her like the way he's going to come after me? My name is Gabe Garrison, and this is the second volume of my story ...

    AudioBookReviewer says: "There is time travel, ray guns and a super villain"
    "Supers are still...SUPER!"
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    Where does Superheroes in Prose, Volume Two rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 5


    What other book might you compare Superheroes in Prose, Volume Two to and why?

    It's difficult to compare Superheroes in Prose, Volume Two to any other book I've listened to as it is quite different than most of the books I've listened to. And that's NOT a bad thing!


    Which character – as performed by Bryan Reid – was your favorite?

    Still have to say "M". I LOVE his sarcastic attitude and pompous manner. Bryan Reid performs all characters in this series very well, but "M" stands out.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Where Being Super is Not Necessarily a GOOD Thing!


    Any additional comments?

    Once again, Sevan Paris pens an exciting, humorous and engaging story. Continuing where Book One leaves off, we are introduced to a new character (voiced superbly by Reid) and learn a great deal about "M" which may explain WHY he is such an....well...you know! I eagerly await Book Three!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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