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  • Timothy

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Mark Tufo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (379)
    Performance
    (359)
    Story
    (362)

    Timothy was not a good man in life and being undead did little to improve his disposition. What will a man trapped in his own mind do to survive when he wakes up to find himself a zombie controlled by a self-aware virus?

    AudioBookReviewer says: "This is no Zombie Fallout"
    "This is no Zombie Fallout"
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    Because I have listened to a handful of the Zombie Fallout series I obviously had expectations for Timothy. Boy was I wrong! Comparing Timothy to Zombie Fallout would be the equivalent of comparing apple to oranges, or my favorite comparison I could think of The Walking Dead TV show to the Brady Bunch. You think that’s a pretty extreme differentiation, yes I pulled out the thesaurus, well I don’t. I would consider the Zombie Fallout series about as family friendly as zombie books could be. Then there is Timothy taking two things we are already afraid of, clowns and zombies, add in a completely perversely deranged womanizing giant man as Timothy and you are left with an audiobook that is not for the faint of heart. My jaw dropped, I laughed out loud, I cringed, I wanted more and then it was over. I am now more scared of becoming a zombie than I ever was because just maybe I will know what is happening when I am devouring my father.

    I find it funny how at ease Sean Runnette’s voice made me when I started this audiobook. It was like seeing an old friend after years of being separated. I think what I like most about Runnette is the fact that he doesn’t have the stereotypical super deep, super polished voice over guy voice. To me his voice make me think of the everyman, imperfect, and so perfect for a narration of another Tufo audiobook. I was surprise by how with ease Runnette seemed to be with this very violent, perverted and somewhat disturbing story. I am starting to see why Runnette has narrated most if not all of Tufo’s audiobook, the two are like peanut butter and jelly, perfect for each other.

    25 of 25 people found this review helpful
  • Firefight: Reckoners, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5241)
    Performance
    (4629)
    Story
    (4606)

    Newcago is free. They told David it was impossible, that even the Reckoners had never killed a High Epic. Yet Steelheart - invincible, immortal, unconquerable - is dead. And he died by David's hand.Eliminating Steelheart was supposed to make life simpler. Instead, it only made David realize he has questions. Big ones. And no one in Newcago can give him answers.Babylon Restored, the city formerly known as the borough of Manhattan, has possibilities, though.

    AudioBookReviewer says: "If you loved Steelheart you will love Firefight!"
    "If you loved Steelheart you will love Firefight!"
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    I pre-ordered Firefight months ago, everyday, even though I knew it wasn’t out yet, I still had to check. I was so entranced by the premiss of superheroes having their powers make them evil. I wish it wasn’t such a long wait, but now the wait is over.

    Sanderson has created such a unique universe with this series. Full of deep characters that I actually developed feelings for. Not only that but the world that he has created, near future United States that has been transformed by the Epics.

    Steelheart took place in Newcago (Chicago) and Firefight is set in Babylon (New YorK). Here the Reckoners have another high epic to destroy. One who controls water in more ways than I thought possible. Along the way we get to know more about the back-story of Prof and other members of the team.

    While this was a pretty straight forward story, no real plot twists or turns, except for the ending. I didn’t see it coming. I need the next audiobook so bad.

    Sorry I didn’t really summarize the book. I don’t want to give anything away. Let me just say this. If you loved Steelheart you will love Firefight even more!

    Sparks! Macloud Andrews shines with this performance. Allowing himself to deliver a full range of unique voices for the plethora of characters. Each one fitting what my minds eye thinks they would sound like.

    Andrews is not just a story teller, narrator, or performer here. He is an audiobook technician. And he is on my list of go to narrators. I have several more of his narrations in my to be listened to lineup.

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    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Mitosis: A Reckoners Story

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 4 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (329)
    Performance
    (289)
    Story
    (289)

    From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Words of Radiance, coauthor of Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series and creator of the internationally bestselling Mistborn Trilogy, Brandon Sanderson comes Mitosis, a short story set in the action-packed world of Steelheart: the Reckoners series, exclusively available in the digital format. Epics still plague Newcago, but David and the Reckoners have vowed to fight back.

    AudioBookReviewer says: "I totally listened to this out of order"
    "I totally listened to this out of order"
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    I totally listened to this out of the order of the series, but I couldn’t help myself. I wanted more from the amazing universe that Brandon Sanderson has created in this series.

    I was right, this was a great Reckoners thirst quencher, perfect for wetting your mind for the next book to be released.

    In Firefight I thought that David had become a bit reckless and way too confident. I think that Mitosis does a good job of addressing that fact. Here the Professor is out in Babylon doing reconnaissance for the upcoming adventure there. Then David and the Reckoners find a new high epic, Mitosis, in New Cago. Of course that will not stand.

    Without giving anything away, let me say this. If you have already listened to Steelheat and find yourself wanting to be brought back to the Epic universe, all be it for an hour, you will not be disappointed at all. Fun, face paced, everything you will want other than length.

    Macleaod Andrews delivers again. Quite honestly one of the most diverse, in the sense of voices, narrators I have ever listened to. Able to spit out various different accents and sexes at the drop of a hat. There is a reason I simply search audiobooks by his name alone.

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    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Aladdin Relighted: Aladdin Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By J. R. Rain, Piers Anthony
    • Narrated By Paul Licameli
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (35)

    Return to the magical land of the Arabian Nights....The end of "Aladdin of the Lamp" finds the cunning Aladdin ruler of a great kingdom. Now, many years have passed and Aladdin is older, richer and wiser - and heart broken. After losing his beloved wife and son to foul play, he resigns from being king and sets out to do what he does best.

    AudioBookReviewer says: "I have sadly never read anything about Aladdin"
    "I have sadly never read anything about Aladdin"
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    So… this was published in 2011 but I remember my mom being all crazy about me NOT reading Piers Anthony when I was a teen. I can sort of see why as there are glimpses of his sexual writing in this one.

    I was pretty interested in the beginning and was into the story but every other word starts is about sex. Not in a crazy porn way but in a casual I’m horny way. Firstly, hello one of the main characters is trying to save her son! Calm down and keep it in your pants! Secondly, he has some issues because he cannot perform since his wife died. Well.. maybe that’s why he can’t get his mind off of sex but come on. There is a time and place!

    Now, I have sadly never read anything about Aladdin (save Disney’s movie but I don’t think that counts really) so I did not have any pre ideas about this. It was a fresh story and the characters (minus their obvious fixation on sex) were quite interesting! I could have used a little less of the sex bit but really the plot was intriguing but especially since I know nothing about other Aladdin’s adventures.

    I also received this on audible so I got to listen to the gravely voice of Paul Licameli! I just love his voice and could listen to him all day long. Weirdly I have a plus and a minus for the narration but I’m curious if this is just the way he talks; he is very insistent with every word! Every. Word. He speaks in such a compelling way that it is almost difficult to decipher when something more intense is actually going on. I listened to a sample of Don’t Open The Well by Kirk Anderson but the particular excerpt definitely sounds like it needed his intensity. In Aladdin, in some portions it was a bit much, but in others, like the example of Don’t Open the Well, I think it is perfect. The depth to his voice definitely drags the listener into the story, whether they want to listen or not. It’s compelling and fabulous!

    Aladdin Relighted though, did not need so much of a compelling, intense voice. It worked but in some places it was strange. Maybe it was that the story was strange as well. The plot and characters are funny and kept me entertained though!

    In short: This was my first Piers Anthony. I’m not sure if I’m in love or if I’m holding back because I’m not a huge fan of Fantasy. It was easy to get into but hard to stay with.

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    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Vanished from Dust: Vanished from Dust, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Shea Norwood
    • Narrated By David Dietz
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    A chill runs through his skin as the phantom appears. He sees them everywhere.... Eric Stark is not insane. Or at least he doesn't think so. He wishes everyone in Dust, Texas, felt the same way. But that's not going to happen since the whole town thinks he's crazy. Why didn't he keep his mouth shut? No one understands. Eric is alone as he battles his sanity in a town of tormenters. Suddenly a new friendship emerges after the new kid, Kyle Barrett, moves to town. Eric reluctantly reveals his secret.

    AudioBookReviewer says: "perfect YA book"
    "perfect YA book"
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    Vanish from Dust by Shea Norwood is a perfect YA book. I feel that those 50+ will enjoy this audiobook. The reason I feel this is due to all the 1970’s references throughout the book. Today’s generation may have some of the items go over their heads. For me I was thinking “Wow, have not heard that term or type of item in such a long time” made me smile or a small laugh would come out. Though there is a lot of period shows and movies out there so YA’s may get it.

    Set in 1987, Eric Stark finds that he has no friends. When it gets out that he is seeing a phantom, everyone nicknamed him Crazy. Who is this phantom and what does it want with him? It’s been a while since he has seen them appearing in his dreams or in his bedroom. However, it is now appearing during the day as well at night. This is when he meets his new friend Kyle Barrett. When Eric sees the phantom in school. Even thou Kyle cannot see the phantom. He still stands up for him and they quickly become best friends. Eric keeping his secret for a good portion of the beginning of the book from Kyle. He finally tells Kyle his secret of seeing the phantom. How a young girl disappeared years earlier and was never found. Both finding out that over the last 60 years of others that disappeared and never were seen again.

    As more and more things begin happening in the town Eric and Kyle find themselves transported to a deserted Dust. Where was everyone? Why can Kyle now see the phantoms, too! That is one question that is not so obviously pointed out in the book but you will summarize like me. Now in the deserted town they find themselves facing more than the phantom. They needed a safe haven and food. They needed to get back to Eric’s house to retrieve a diary he kept when the phantom started to appear to him as a young boy. Maybe there is an answer in the diary, something he forgot. Why was the town slowly dissolving away? Why did the missing girl turn up in the deserted town of Dust? Why had she not age at all?

    As the story opens up I knew that this was going to be an enjoyable listen with David Dietz doing the narration. His voice lends too many characters. Flawless transition between voices and moods that the characters were in. I don’t think there was a voice that I did not like or didn’t fit a character. Find that happens with some narrators doing multiple voices. Not knowing the difference in voice changes. Not with David he did a fine performance. I truly hope he lends his voice for Book 2.

    Shea Norwood has a wonderful fantasy story line with this book. However, I did not like the abrupt ending. I know this is Book 1 and it is to get you back as a reader for book 2. I think that a rework of the ending to make it as a stand-alone read as many other authors I have read. It still brings me back to read the next novel when I fall for the characters. I like the characters in this YA fantasy. So I will not give away the ending and do look forward to Book 2. I want to know what happens to her characters Eric and Kyle. The “Why?” question that comes as the book approaches the end. Why were so many that ended up missing from the current day Dust? Why are only selected individuals seeing the phantom? I feel that some kind of hint to why would have been nice. I do recommend this listen/read of this book for all ages from YA to 50+.

    The cover art I find that if I was to purchase the book would not draw me in. I think that the phantom should be in the background. The bodies of the boys seem frumpy. I would think that their bodies should be taller.

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    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Eternal Hunt

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Lucas McWilliams
    • Narrated By David Dietz
    Overall
    (3)
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    (3)
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    Set in contemporary Alaska, Canada and New York State, The Eternal Hunt is a supernatural thriller based on Iroquois legends. Non-stop action and wonderfully developed characters drive this novel. The main character struggles with his internal demons along with fighting the monster his friend has become. It skillfully blends the modern world with the mystery of American Indian legends. It is a unique addition to the current selections in supernatural novels.

    AudioBookReviewer says: "David Dietz, well that by far was the best part"
    "David Dietz, well that by far was the best part"
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    Eternal Hunt by Lucas McWilliams was for me an interesting story. I love anything to do with the paranormal. When I saw that the book was about an Indian lore of a Wendigo. Well I was on board to listen to this 6+ hour book. Then I was kind of wondering when the ride would be over. It wasn’t that it was bad but, it was not where I put most of the books I listen to at the top.

    The book opens up in Bear Ridge, Alaska. A plane goes down and the cousin of another hunting guide is called out for the search and rescue mission. 5 men and 1 woman team go into the area that the plane crashed. As soon as they get to the crash scene is they come up on the first bloody body. Shredded by what? As each of the rescue party is killed one by one. And that is just in the first 10-20 minutes of the book. There are 3 of the remaining rescue party held up in the cabin. Where all the other survivors of the crash are killed at the hand of what? All dead but one! Caleb, the cousin to one of the remaining rescue party. Logan Long Stride along with the remaining rescue party Liz and Inuk. Was it Caleb that killed them? If not was it a wild animal? Seeing the man like creature as it attacked the others. Logan knows as a full blooded Seneca Indian from New York that Caleb has turned into a Wendigo after eating the others to survive. As the remaining rescue team wait for the helicopter to come back and get them in the morning they hold up in the cabin. Hoping not to be Caleb’s’ next meal. Great start huh? Well, that was about the only one of a few parts that kept my interest. After that it was watching a movie that you just can’t turn away from just to see what happens.

    Don’t get me wrong. It was well written. But, Logan seems to spend half the book in every female characters bed! From Liz who was so upset in the cabin and wanted her tensions relieved to his old girlfriend back home. The book could have done with less sex scenes for my taste! Really, I am not a prude but, there was a lot of it. Had Lucas put more time into the main topic of the novel it would definitely would draw me in to see what happens in the next book if this is part of series.

    The journey that Logan goes thru from the beginning as a part time hunting guide in Alaska. Bent on returning to Alaska to kill his cousin. He returns home to become what I guess you would call a warrior of his tribe. Joining into an elite group that his grandfather and father belong to. Without question he was initiated into the group. Logan being a blood brother to his cousin finds himself seeing thru his cousin’s eyes and the terror he is raining down around him. Logan finally realizes that his cousin is near each time he has these visions. Now, enter FBI Agent Johannsson questioning what happened in Alaska. Offering her assistance in returning to Alaska to kill Caleb. But, is she really FBI or is she a branch of the FBI that no one knows about? Something Logan is wondering and does find out. Don’t want to give the book away with any spoilers. If you like the Indian paranormal and sex then this is the book for you.

    Honestly, 6+ hour book could have really been longer. Just seemed that Lucas McWilliams tried to put a lot into this book and the way it ended you know that there will be more.

    Narrated by David Dietz, well that by far was the best part of the book. David as always did a great performance of characters. I am not sure if that is how a Wendigo sounds in the book. I personally think that is would have a deeper more eerie sound and scream. Guess I watch too many of those type of movies. If there is a follow up in the series then I would consider listening to it if David does the narration.

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    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Alone No More: Adrian's Undead Diary, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Chris Philbrook
    • Narrated By James Foster
    Overall
    (180)
    Performance
    (169)
    Story
    (168)

    Adrian's piecemeal life on campus since "That Day" has been a struggle. Retrieving supplies from local neighborhoods filled with the walking dead has been dangerous for him, but he's stayed alive by being a little smarter than the other survivors, and a lot faster than the roaming, hungry zombies that have overtaken his home town, and the world.

    AudioBookReviewer says: "Full of the back-story you crave"
    "Full of the back-story you crave"
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    It has taken me way too long to get back to the simple world that Chris Philbrook has created for Adrian. By simple I mean pretty straight forward as far as a zombie apocalypse is concerned.

    Beware that this is book 2 in a series, so it might do you some good to listen to the first book first. Even thought I believe that Alone No More can stand by itself if need be.

    At first I was taken aback, because this book started in the past. With things that we did not know about from book one. I had to double check that I was listening to the correct audiobook. After this initial shock I found myself getting wrapped up in the added story lines.

    If you thought that Dark Recollections was missing the back story of Adrian, you will be pleased to know that Alone No More will quench some of that thirst. Not only with Adrian’s story but the story of several other interesting characters.

    I did find it quite oxymoronic that the title is Alone no More and Adrian was alone for the majority of this story. However when people started showing up in his life again the crap hits the fan. As we all know the most dangerous things in the zombie apocalypse are the other survivors.

    Philbrook ended the book at the perfect point to make you need to listen to the next in the series, something that I will be doing soon.

    James Foster is simply amazing in this series. There is something magical that happens with his performance when he is Adrian talking, I mean writing, in his journal. True chemistry, he creates a real conventionality, a sincere joviality at times and disparity at others.

    Now I am not sure how these two got connected, more than likely random fate or coincidence. I will choose fate because an author needs a stellar narrator to bring his vision to light. Even though Foster is a relative newcomer to the narration world, I can not think of another that would give the listener the same experience.

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    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Z-Risen: Outbreak

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Timothy W. Long
    • Narrated By Todd Menesses
    Overall
    (82)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (80)

    When the USS McClusky (FFG-41) was overrun by the dead, Machinist Mate First Class Jackson Creed, and Marine Sergeant Joel "Cruze" Kelly, were forced to abandon the ship and take their chances in San Diego. Now they are stuck in a city that has been completely overrun with zombies, and as the days go by, they must range farther and farther away from "fortress" in their search for supplies.

    AudioBookReviewer says: "a unique view on a zombie apocalypse"
    "a unique view on a zombie apocalypse"
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    First thoughts about the cover of Z-Risen Outbreak? A man in an Army uniform and gun in front of a Navy ship with buildings smoking in the background. War story? Huge catastrophe? Some type of apocalypse? Please let it be an apocalypse! After reading the exert – Zombie apocalyptic story, yay!

    The main character is Machinist Mate First Class Jackson Creed. He’s big, he’s burly, and he prefers to take out the zombies with a really BIG red wrench. He’s six feet three inches and has a great sarcastic wit he uses to help him cope with the new changes in his daily world. In a mental fight or a physical fight, he’s a great asset to have on your side.

    The secondary main character is Marine Sergeant Joel Cruze Kelly. He’s a great sniper and rocks the hand to hand combat skills as well. In this new zombie filled world, Joel is Creed‘s best friend. Not only does Creed and Joel work well together at fighting for survival, their funny banter between each other helps to keep the horrors of this new world from becoming to overwhelming. Without each other, they probably would not have survived the first initial days of the apocalypse.

    The Narrator is Todd Menesses. Todd has a very unique way of bringing the voices to life. Each character has a rich voice for his or her character. He is very talented and does a great job of bringing this book to life. The Author is Timothy W. Long. This book is 12 hours long. It is a combination of the first and second series of the Z-Risen series. Z-Risen: Outbreak Book One and Z-Risen: Outcast Book Two.

    This book offers a unique view on a zombie apocalypse. It shows what military training could do to help keep a person or persons alive during a cataclysmic event. Mixed into that was witty humor and lots of jam packed action. It has a lot of blood and gore within. Not recommended for a younger audience. There were a few spots in this book that had playback issues. Luckily, even with these issues, the story and narration held attention to the story.

    This book left me thinking about things that could and would help in an emergency. The things we take for granted on a daily bases. Should people plan for the worst and hope for the best? Should people set aside things here and there to help keep themselves and others alive in the worst case scenario? Or is it better to simply not worry about things that might not ever happen? I think it would be wisest to plan a little now rather than hurt a lot later. The safety of yourself and those you care about should always play an important role for your future.

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  • At the Behest of the Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Timothy W. Long
    • Narrated By Todd Menesses
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    Phineas Cavanaugh likes to play with dead things. As a centuries-old necromancer he is Seattle's foremost investigator on the recently deceased, and he hasn't met a corpse he didn't like. Hired to track down a serial killer, Phineas and beautiful Detective Andrews face off against an enraged beast that should not exist. Things go from bad to worse when is summoned to probe the murder of his teacher and oldest friend. Phineas learns the hard way that the two cases are related when a demonic force attempts to devour him.

    AudioBookReviewer says: "bit of blood, terror, and different things"
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    First thoughts about the cover of At the Behest of the Dead? Ohh… Spooky. I dig the eerie feel of the building in the background. The skeleton lurching towards the man with the ball of fire is very creeptastic. Shivery and spooky.

    The main character in this story is Phineas Cavanaugh. He’s a really old (He looks about thirty though.) Warlock Necromancer. He seems to get himself into danger rather easily. Almost as if the danger clings to him. He underestimates his own talents, and thereby having others around him underestimate them as well. He’s kick-ass in a magic fight. Fair warning – His wit and sarcasm will randomly have you giggling like a loon.

    My favorite character in this story, besides Phineas, is a male demon in a female Pomeranian host named Peaches. Peaches is a very good bad little demon dog that you cannot help but want to pet. Peaches’ voice always makes me smile. Think guttural, scathingly deep, nails on chalkboard and you’ll have Peaches’ voice.

    The Narrator is Todd Menesses. I loved the voices used in this book. Phineas has an English accent, even in his own thoughts. There are lots of different characters in this story and Todd Menesses very convincingly brings each of them to life with their very own voices. That is an awesome talent to have. The Author is Timothy W. Long. This book is 10 hours and 10 minutes long.

    I greatly enjoyed this book and would recommend it to mid-teen and up. I say mid-teen and up because there is a bit of blood, terror, and different things that go bump in the night, and vivid details of things about the occult to keep the story juicy. It keeps you guessing at the next bit of trouble Phineas will find himself into.

    This book left me with the impression that anything is possible given enough belief and a bit of bravado to back it up. Do not let others tell you that you are wrong and should give up. Remember that knowledge, sarcasm, and faith are their own versions of magic and can be used for both the greater goods or the worst evils a person can imagine.

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  • Scarlet and the Keepers of Light: The Scarlet Hopewell Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Brandon Charles West
    • Narrated By Harriet Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Scarlet Hopewell keeps dreaming about a magical world, a world where winged creatures sculpt with light, where dogs talk, and where Scarlet is the guest of honor at a wonderful party in a castle under the roots of a mighty oak tree. One day her father brings home an abandoned puppy who captures Scarlet's heart. Dakota is fun and loving and smart. Actually, he's really smart - too smart. And a lot too big. News shows start to take an interest.

    AudioBookReviewer says: "something for everyone interested in YA fantasy"
    "something for everyone interested in YA fantasy"
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    From the very beginning I was hooked, it’s got appealing characters and magic…in general, a little something for everyone interested in YA fantasy. There’s the 14 year old female protagonist named Scarlet, talking wolves, family, fairies, big monsters, creepy people, good people, a library, two worlds in one and….a quest. While the story may be intended for female pre-teens and teens, I believe that all ages and both genders will enjoy it. Overall the story is filled with hope, loyalty, bravery, insightful family ties and lasting friendships.

    The narrator, Harriet Stevens, has the perfect voice for the story and while not all her voices are distinctly different her performance is excellent. Harriet Stevens gives life to each character and to the book as a whole by providing the right tone and intonation whether during emotional upheavals, moments of loving tenderness, or wit and humor.

    There is one observation I must make. Scarlet seems to follow much the same path as Frodo in Lord of the Rings; I realize many authors throughout history have taken similarities from popular stories of the day and made them their own but this is worth mentioning, especially since LOTR was given a brief mention. The quest begins with Dark Lords or Mortada, (fortunately these creatures are now a cross between the beauty of Galadriel’s woodland fairies and the Nazgul), then on to see the fairies (replacing elves), and off to the dwarves…, finally the group is split. What makes it perfect for all ages is that where LOTR is dark and often times quite gruesome, Scarlet and the Keepers of Light has a lighter flavor which is sometimes a bit scary but mostly it’s family and amazing friends helping a young girl find her own magic.

    There are many incredible and exciting scenes throughout this first in the series story and readers will stayed engaged right from the beginning and enjoy every moment of Scarlet’s adventures. Only the future will tell if Scarlet Hopewell stands the test of time but I believe because of it’s charm, appeal and strength it will. I look forward to the next book in this series and thank the author, Brandon West, for his time and hard work in bringing not only Scarlet but all his characters into being.

    Please forgive any spelling errors in names but having only audio to work with phonetic spelling is all I can do. I was given this audiobook in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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  • The Steel Traveler of Urth

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Saul Alexander Roberts
    • Narrated By a full cast
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Set in the far, far future, Steel Traveler Of Urth is a wild combination of The Good, The Bad And The Ugly (the sunburned landscape, the characters who take it for granted that everybody's out to cheat and/or kill everyone else as they vie for treasure)and The Road Warrior (the hard-to-kill hero has suffered so many losses, he's trying to be as big a bastard as everyone else, but he keeps being tripped up by his own innate decency).

    AudioBookReviewer says: "metallic echo"
    "metallic echo"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Having listened to hundreds of audiobooks I can say without a doubt that The Steel Traveler of Urth was one of the worst productions of an audiobook I’ve ever heard; the story itself didn’t seem bad though at times had a choppy flow and didn’t really come to any strong resolution or conclusion but then again, maybe it did and it was missed by the poor quality of narration. The audio is 8 hours, 20 minutes in length and narrated by multiple persons with, I believe, the author as the main narrator. I would give the story (2)**, and the production, performance and attention-holding (1)*, I do feel however that a visual reader may be inclined to give the story and attention holding a (3)*** though this is purely speculation.

    The metallic echo (which the best way I can describe it is something akin to the robot in the old “Lost in Space” series) used for so many of the characters and totally by the main narrator along with his constant foreboding tone and use of drawn out words throughout each sentence was irritating to say the least. At most, the character voices….forgive me if I misspell the names but I only had audio….Reggie (on occasion), the trader of horses or mounts, basically all of the bugs, the steel guardian, and The Taint were pretty much undecipherable.

    It was obvious that many of the actors had not rehearsed the lines well or at all. Lena was probably the best voice being clear and a mix of delicate beauty and strength, her master Blackavie was quite well spoken also with a great european sexy yet sinister quality, and I imagine the Steel Guardian would have been good if he could have been understood. Even Jason had a strong, clear voice but the actor faltered too much to make his character the worthy protagonist he should be; young Jason was much too weak and babyish. There were many mispronunciations of names and flubbed lines especially by the main narrator which can (and did in this case) ruin the story since the reader is left wondering who for instance, Lena is vs. Leana and/or what was just said since the metallic voices are poorly done to begin with. As far as the thank you narration at the end of the story goes, dump it. With all the uhs, and ums and general confusion of the author it leaves a bitter taste and should have been scripted. While it’s sad that your equipment was stolen, you just told your readers that you went ahead with the work using crappy replacements and you’re okay with giving them a crappy audiobook, but we can see that the entire program was faulty from the beginning…..hmmm, you sunk your own ship there.

    The best scene in the story was (and again I apologize for any misspelling): Guinean’s Garden and the song of the siren/guardian…her voice was lovely, also the story seemed to flow a bit better. The descriptions were good and gave a pretty good visual of what the garden may be like.

    There were other scenes I started to enjoy namely the memory scenes of all the characters, but then the narrator would be too overwhelming or the voices were lost in the metallica. I think the fight in the snow with the bugs and The Taint, and the scene at the Steel Guardian’s city would have been very good if the reader could have understood what was being said (yes, I do have excellent hearing).

    Overall, I suggest people read this story with their eyes as you will likely enjoy it then. Also, in my humble opinion, since the author blathered on about hoping to make money in his thank you narration then this audiobook should not be released to the public until all the flaws are worked out.

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    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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