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  • Pacific Rim: The Official Movie Novelization

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Alex Irvine
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel, Jay Snyder
    Overall
    (274)
    Performance
    (255)
    Story
    (255)

    When legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, rise from the sea, a war begins that will take millions of lives and consume humanity's resources for years on end. To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon is devised: massive robots, called Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge. But even the Jaegers are proving nearly defenseless in the face of the relentless Kaiju. On the verge of defeat, the forces defending mankind have no choice but to turn to two unlikely heroes.

    AudioBookReviewer says: "surprisingly character driven"
    "surprisingly character driven"
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    Pacific Rim: The Official Movie Novelization is an action packed assault on what you think reality is, that is surprisingly character driven and not all big robots, big monsters, big battles. Oh man this is one to see in the theaters for sure. I have a feeling that the novelization did not do the enormity of this tale much justice, unless you have a very good imagination. From my understanding this was a straight to movie production and that makes me wonder how difficult it is to go backwards, meaning movie to book. No matter how easy or difficult this was a success. I just might be the type that will go for these types of audiobooks in the future. Pacific Rim: The Official Movie Novelization is really about the strength of the human will and our desire to survive no matter the cost, and of course how good will triumph over evil, even if all may seem lost.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Breadwinner: The Breadwinner Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Stevie Kopas
    • Narrated By Scott Birney
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    In a matter of days, the human race was reduced to nothing more than vicious, flesh-hungry creatures. Criminal defense attorney Samson struggles to keep his family safe and his sanity intact when the world comes apart at the seams. Veronica, the high school track star, races to get her brother out of their doomed city. Ben, a military veteran, is forced to come to grips with the end of the world as he fights the undead.

    AudioBookReviewer says: "a welcomed addition to a very crowded genre"
    "a welcomed addition to a very crowded genre"
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    This is the debut audiobook from a new author Stevie Kopas. I am sure that this will be a welcomed addition to a very crowded genre. As the story is primarily told from the females perspective, not only that but one that is not a survival expert or prepper.

    Best part of this particular zombie apocalypse is the fast zombies or eaters as they are often referred to here. I remember the first time I encountered them in 28 Day Later, since then they have always held a very special place in my heart.

    There were zombie attack scenes that made me squirm a bit. Kopas was able to inject each of them with just the right amount of terror and gore. The characters grew and evolved right before your eyes. I just couldn’t find a connection to any of them.

    While to storyline was solid, I found it difficult to pay attention due to the narration and for this book, maybe the print version would have been much better. There were times that I got confused about whether the story was happening now or then, due to the amount of flashbacks and flash forwards.

    This was my first time listening to a performance by Scott Birney. Unfortunately, I will have to think long and hard before choosing another by him. I found his voice pleasant overall, deep and resonating, he speaks clearly and concisely.

    Firstly I think he was the wrong choice to narrate a book that is primarily from the female perspective. His strong and deep voice just didn’t fit. Then his pacing was perfectly steady, I find it much more of a pleasant listen when there is a fluctuation of the speed of the reading. Then he sounded almost completely emotionless throughout. The “from the author” at the very end of the book was one of the only points to where Birney added some sort of emotional fluctuation.

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  • Engel: A Novelette of Terror

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 42 mins)
    • By Grant Palmquist
    • Narrated By David Winograd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    THE ULTIMATE HORROR HAS BEEN UNLEASHED UPON THE UNSUSPECTING CITY OF POE, TEXAS. An advertisement comes on TV one night encouraging Charlie to murder his boss, and he begins to wonder whether he’s losing his grip on reality… Across town an archangel visits Adam that same night and reveals an unfathomable evil skulking beneath the surface of society, a hidden wickedness that will alter Adam’s life in ways he never could have imagined… The torturous paths of Adam and Charlie will collide in the novelette Engel.

    AudioBookReviewer says: "be careful what you wish for"
    "be careful what you wish for"
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    I listened to Libertines first. The are not technically (as far as I could tell) a part of a series but could be. You do not have to read either to understand the short story of the other but the entire horns idea makes a statement in both.

    David Winograd comes back for this one and I just love (again) his take on this story. The inflections are so perfect! When a person should absolutely not be all excited and happy, they are. That’s the first sign to maybe something is not right. But it really is so much more than that. The inflections match the story and Charlie’s persona. I mean, who fantasizes about strangling their boss? Well… probably quite a few people! Which again is why this is so scary. It hits the truth behind humanity’s facades.

    What would you really wish for? I think this once again goes into that entire “be careful what you wish for” thing. And even in such a short story, some serious themes come out. Mainly the fact that again, humanity just is not nice.

    I actually really like Charlie. He’s a bit strange of course. And a bit of a hermit. I think that allows these thoughts to go even further and for him to progress into this archangel’s ideas.

    Really fun read! Again, dark but I’m learning that Grant Palmquist is great at the darker stories.

    Audio was so good that I cannot wait to listen to, or read, more of Grant’s stuff. I did enjoy the plot more of Libertines but it seems a bit more progressed.

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  • Libertines: A Horror Story

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 13 mins)
    • By Grant Palmquist
    • Narrated By David Winograd
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    When Samantha finds an advertisement in a tawdry magazine that promises to jumpstart her sex life, she can't help but tell her husband about it. All they have to do is pay fifty bucks and listen to a subliminal recording daily, so there's nothing to lose. Only once they buy it and begin listening to it, they start to change, subtly at first, then dramatically, for they’ve been listening to messages from somewhere else, somewhere other, and those messages will alter their lives…forever.

    AudioBookReviewer says: "This just gets curiouser and curiouser!"
    "This just gets curiouser and curiouser!"
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    This just gets curiouser and curiouser! It starts so simply, with a husband and wife wanting to spice up their sex life. What is a benign request, and something many couples may be looking for after years and years of marriage, turns out deadly!

    I think it is almost funny in a way. It’s almost as if Grant Palmquist is trying to remind us to be careful what we wish for. And really, we should.

    At first the couple get the subliminal tapes and not much is going on other than a feel good feeling after listening. It does not take long to realize that maybe they have dove off the deep end! They start doing things that they would never have done prior to listening to the tapes. Things that they may have wanted to do, but would have never admitted.

    It’s not until Samantha does something REALLY dire that her husband starts to realize maybe this was a mistake. Instead of getting rid of the tapes though, he listens to them again!

    I love the narration for this one. The narrator, David Winograd, sounds so innocuous and innocent. The deeper the story goes the more interesting his inflections are. But funnily, still innocent and happy! Samantha’s inflections seem to need multiple exclamation points in certain parts and those are parts that do not need exclamation points! I mean, deep, dark, dire and she’s being a cheerleader. David Winograd did a fantastic job of keeping the happiness in his voice even while the story is going downhill!

    Super short story that has a lot behind it. Fun and dark listen! Great for horror fans but not too horrific except in certain portions.

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  • Antarktos Rising

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Jeremy Robinson
    • Narrated By R.C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (66)

    A phenomenon known as crustal displacement shifts the Earth's crust, repositioning continents and causing countless deaths. In the wake of the global catastrophe, the world struggles to take care of its displaced billions. But Antarctica, freshly thawed and blooming, has emerged as a new hope. Rather than wage a world war no nation can endure, the leading nations devise a competition, a race to the center of Antarctica, with the three victors dividing the continent.

    AudioBookReviewer says: "There is so much going on in this book"
    "There is so much going on in this book"
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    There is so much going on in this book it can get a bit overwhelming.Professor Merel Clark believes he is right about the Antarctica ice covering ancient fossils. It is a fact that Antarctica is a continent, unlike the North Polar region which is all ice. He sets up camp in a valley and searches for signs he is right. Merel is also a devout christian. Prayer is part of his evening ritual. He never goes to sleep without praying to God.

    Mira Whitney is a wild life photographer. She has traveled all over the world for her pictures and is well known and respected in her field. Mira has been on several excursions with Pro. Clark in Antarctica. After the apocalyptic crust shift the earth is devastated by tidal waves, volcanoes, searing heat waves and deadly cold. Billions of people have died. One continent however has changed. The frozen Antarctica has become a lush jungle teaming with unknown flora and fauna.

    This is one of the best end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it thrillers I have ever read. It has everything, devastation, treachery, lost love, found love, horror, monsters and even daemons. All this and it is totally believable when blended with science facts. I liked the anhydrous idea. I’ve seen nature shows that document desert bloom and Africa, when the rains start, frogs and other life re-hydrate.

    The characters in this epic work of “fiction” are very well developed. You want them to succeed and feel the loss when one of them dies. You even feel sorry for some of the bad guys. The dialogue is not overly technical, easy to follow and carries the story with ease.

    If you like Cussler, Rollins, Ludlum and others like them you will LOVE Jeremy Robinson. A must read hardcover or audio book for all thriller/apocalyptic/adventure fans.

    I was enthralled with the narration. I listened almost straight through. R. C. Bray really got into the story. Brought it to life. No problem with the production either. Every word was clear and precise. No static or jumps. Very smooth.

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    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Run

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Michaelbrent Collings
    • Narrated By George Kuch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (9)

    What do you do when everyone you know - family, friends, everyone - is trying to kill you? You run.

    AudioBookReviewer says: "A deeply evolving story"
    "A deeply evolving story"
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    A deeply evolving story about a man confused by one detail that keeps recurring time and again – that event is seeing the skunk man over the course of 40 years. Skunk man never ages, never changes. But he is there during major events of Johnny’s life.

    After the leaving the Green Berets, Johnny becomes a teacher and widower in his hometown. He meets Franny, a woman who captures his heart so thoroughly that he would die for her.

    In the blink of an eye, the townsfolk who have known Johnny since birth turn on him; hunting both him and Franny. Add in a group of people who are hunting Johnny and Franny for their own agenda – assassins.

    Johnny soon learns that not everything is as it appears now or ever. His life has been turned upside down and inside out.

    MichaelBrent Collings writes an excellent and complex novel. The plot is solidly organized. Run is a futuristic apocalyptic novel that leaves one’s head spinning with unexpected twists and turns. The dialog is well written. Readers can’t help but connect with Johnny.

    Action packed and fast moving, Run is an excellent book for anyone – there are pieces that will appeal to most everyone as it includes romance, action, thriller, high-tech sci-fi, military, etc.

    While listening to this audiobook, I kept comparing it to the Terminator, Matrix and the 1989 Millennium movie. I believe it is an excellent mixture of all the best parts of the three told in a fresh style. It was an excellent book – and in reflection there are things that keep coming into mind – “Oh, duh. I see the connection now!” This is not a book you can read and forget about. It will keep coming back into your mind and revealing little things.

    I listened to other books written by MichaelBrent Collings and I would be remiss if I didn’t say he’s done it again. Twists and turns, and an out-come that will leave one saying, “I so did not see that coming.

    The narrator, George Kuch, did an excellent job narrating and keeping the rhythm of the book going strong. His tone and voices were captivating.

    I had no issues with the production of the audio version of Run. It was smooth and flawless.

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  • Fear the Sky: The Fear Saga, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Stephen Moss
    • Narrated By R.C. Bray
    Overall
    (123)
    Performance
    (112)
    Story
    (112)

    From the Audie-nominated narrator of The Martian. In eleven years' time, a million members of an alien race will arrive at Earth. Years before they enter orbit, their approach will be announced by the flare of a thousand flames in the sky, their ships' huge engines burning hard to slow them from the vast speeds needed to cross interstellar space. These foreboding lights will shine in our night sky like new stars, getting ever brighter until they outshine even the sun, casting ominous shadows and banishing the night until they suddenly blink out.

    Robert says: "Wow!!! How did I miss this until now!"
    "A great book that trips over itself."
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    Mankind is infiltrated by powerful, greedy aliens who are going to wipe humankind off the planet so they can use it for themselves. However, they need to do this subtlety and efficiently, so mankind doesn’t find out, panic and launch nukes. No sense taking over a planet if it is spoiled. The aliens plant personalities into eight, super-strong, smart androids who can and do infiltrate the Earth’s countries with nuclear weapons. Meanwhile, stealthy satellites watch overhead, assisting the androids and zapping anyone who threatens their plan. It is a lucky, misanthropic astrophysicist who discovers the plot and recruits some unlikely friends to protect the Earth.

    Fear the Sky starts off so well, so engaging, you just can’t stop listening. Funny, quirky, likable characters that are refreshing and real, and you know you are in for a great book. About a third of the way in, they seem to lose their shine and start become two dimensional. The plot, so interesting and engaging at first begins to flatten, becoming linear and predictable. There really is no doubt during the listen who is going to prevail.

    But by this time, the story has so much momentum it is easy to slide into home. The book itself is not disappointing; rather it is fun and entertaining, well worth the listen, just that it could have been so much more. It never felt all that long, even at 20 plus hours (almost double most audio books), but it might have benefited from “less is more,” with some thoughtful editing.

    R.C. Bray is the Narrator and he is brilliant. He has a unique, deep breathy voice that just keeps you wanting more. He could narrate a cookbook and make it exciting. Bray is one of those narrators you will follow regardless of the book.

    This is a flawed great book, well worth the listen. Will you want to listen to volume 2? It seems likely, if simply to find out how the completely over-matched Earth will fight the aliens.

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    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Wrath: Adrian's Undead Diary, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Chris Philbrook
    • Narrated By James Foster
    Overall
    (167)
    Performance
    (161)
    Story
    (161)

    Good and evil play their game to determine whether humanity gets a second chance, and their pawns are the living and the dead. ALPA and Westfield have formed a strong alliance that keeps both settlements safe and growing. Adrian has even found time to discover a new love with Mallory. All is well. But when evil plays the game, it plays for keeps.

    AudioBookReviewer says: "Continuation of a great series"
    "Continuation of a great series"
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    First and foremost, this is a review of the fifth book in a series. Please do yourself a favor and listen to those first as this review may contain spoilers to them.

    I have already written a lot about what makes Adrian’s Undead Diary Book such a great series, and I am happy so say that Wrath (Book 5) does not disappoint.

    I think this is the book that I was told will bring me to tears, well, it didn’t. Maybe I am such a jaded person and listening to countless zombie audiobook has totally desensitized me. However I think I know where the point that this would have happened and, because you have listened this far you are invested in all of the characters, it was brutal.

    I really got scared when the book started to add a strange spiritual, almost religious, line to the story. Often time this can ruin thing. It did not. Good versus evil, the devil and his minions (the zombies) against God and his singular warrior (Adrian). I must have missed all of the clues in the previous books.

    Sadly I cannot say much about this installment as it is too easy to give stuff away, and if you have read the other books you have probably already read or are going to read this one. Yes, this series is the fun and good.

    Philbrook has figured out the secret to successful stories. Make the characters seem so real, so unforgettable, so likeable or lovable, so hateable, that people have no choice in the matter of buying all your books.

    Pair that with a narrator that gives his heart and soul to his performance, like James Foster does and you have an instant hit within this genre.

    If for some reason you have listened to the other books in this series and have been humming and hawing about continuing on with the story, not sure why one would even hesitate, do you self a favor and grab this one, devour it and pace back and forth until the next book is released on audio.

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    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • We Are All Completely Fine

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Daryl Gregory
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    Harrison is the Monster Detective, a storybook hero. Now he’s in his mid-30s and spends most of his time not sleeping. Stan became a minor celebrity after being partially eaten by cannibals. Barbara is haunted by the messages carved upon her bones. Greta may or may not be a mass-murdering arsonist. And for some reason, Martin never takes off his sunglasses.

    AudioBookReviewer says: "original and unique"
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    We Are All Completely Fine by Daryl Gregory is original and unique. I love Urban Fantasy and was drawn to this book because of the unusual way the narrative is presented; it’s told from the point of view of several characters attending a support group hosted by the only psychotherapist, Dr. Jan Sayer, who believes that their experiences are real and not mostly a result of some sort of psychosis.

    All the characters are sole survivors of supernatural traumas which cause them to live as social outcasts and Dr. Jan Sayer seems to set the support group up to encourage healing through the sharing of their inexplicable and traumatic experiences. What is particularly enjoyable is the way that Daryl Gregory reveals each character’s experiences and character; because of the support group setting I expected there to be more ‘telling’ but Gregory cleverly presents us with what we may initially consider as stereotypical personalities only to develop them through the novella into rich and unique people. It’s incredible just how well all these unique characters are developed within what is a fairly short narrative. I was initially rather irritated by Stan, he seemed to love being a victim and demanded a certain amount of recognition for his fame as the sole survivor of a strange cannibalistic attack. His story proved to be quite horrific as did Barbara’s; Barbara, a survivor of an attack by a supernatural psychopath, seemed to be the most ‘collected’ of the group, and perhaps she was, I’m still pondering on that point. Harrison, a Monster Detective, whose experiences are largely believed to be fictional is cynical and seems uninterested and of course there is also the seemingly selfless and empathetic Doctor, again she may be exactly that… I hate to give away too much in my reviews, I prefer them not to be an analysis and summary of the plot but rather an encouragement to read or listen to the book yourself. I recommend that you do exactly that.

    The audiobook is narrated by Tavia Gilbert, to start off with I was distracted by the way all the male characters sounded angry and gruff and all the female characters sounded apologetic, especially the psychotherapist, I would have expected her to sound more assertive. However, Tavia adds a lot of emotion into her narration, it is very clear and once I got used to her particular style I conclude that her narration does add to the narrative.

    Daryl Gregory’s novella is certainly surprising, although it is a complete story in itself I hope there is a sequel, Dr Jan Sayer’s personal story still has lots to reveal and personally I’d love to meet Stan and the rest of the group in a continuation of their story.

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  • Resurrection: A Zombie Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Michael J. Totten
    • Narrated By Steven Roy Grimsley
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    Annie Starling is missing her memory of the last eight weeks - the most devastating in history. It started in Russia and went global in a matter of days, the most virulent virus the world has ever known. It's stripping its victims of every last thing that makes them human. And that's just the beginning. The other survivors are no less dangerous than the infected. She meets Lane, who stops at nothing to assert power and control over everybody who's left; Kyle, who dreams of building a new world upon the ruins of the old.

    AudioBookReviewer says: "the cover really attracted me"
    "the cover really attracted me"
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    So why I did chose this book to review? actually its because of the cover (I have little experience with zombie novels, I have read three or four only) but the cover really attracted me, the clever look in the eyes of that zombie decided it for me (I thought its kind of “aware zombie novel” something like “Horde”, but it wasn’t like that.)

    Basically the story talks about five survivors of the zombie turning world, it focus on the dynamic between them more than what is really happening outside, and their thoughts, and feelings in situations. The group consist of: Hughes: a man who lost his family Parker: a rude man with power issues Kyle: an excited and dreamer young man Annie: a women with a secret and there are Frank and Carol also.

    What I liked about the book is the simple psychological aspect of it (we see here the reaction of traumas in human being, ethical issues going in their minds, and the group dynamic between different people in the same situation), the characters were very good made, they were kind of unpredictable and very human, and it had new idea for the plot.

    Yet it did suffer from some problems in my point of view, like the simplicity of the plot(climates were ending in a simple way ), and I couldn’t see some emotions that should have been there (the anger, the anguish, and maybe a little of hate ??), and the “theory of cause” also wasn’t convincing and ambiguous.

    The narrator was Steven Roy Grimsley, and he did a great job of giving each character of the story a special tone and accent that suits the personality of the character, I liked how he controlled his voice to represent the different emotions and thoughts. as for the plot scenes the narration was very good in the action scenes that you just could feel it happening in front of your eyes.

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  • The Dystopia Chronicles: Atopia Chronicles, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Matthew Mather
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (33)

    Cast out from Atopia, Robert undertakes a globe-trotting quest to find his friend Willy’s lost body, which just may hold the key to understanding the dangers facing his home…and Jimmy's role in the disasters that are spreading across the world. As Robert pieces together the puzzle, he realizes that mankind’s ravenous consumption of natural resources is no longer the most immediate threat to this world. As full-scale global war erupts and an ancient apocalyptic threat resurfaces, Robert must risk losing the ones he loves to save the planet from destruction.

    AudioBookReviewer says: "A few downsides but all in all it was a good read"
    "A few downsides but all in all it was a good read"
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    I loved Atopia and could not wait to get my hands onto this one! Matthew Mayer just has a way of bringing the reader into this fantastical world that he has imagined. But the scary thing? Not only can I imagine it for fiction, I can actually see this happening in our future!

    I recommend reading the Atopia Chronicles before delving into this one. He brings back quite a few of the people that we met in Atopia and their background stories are important to what happens to the plot in this one.

    In Atopia Chronicles the narration jumps from one character to another and you’re not sure where you’re standing with each character until close to the end of the stories. This one is much more stream lined and due to that I think it was a better read. Instead of being a little choppy it flowed quite well. This does start RIGHT where Atopia Chronicles left off too, leaving the questions that were left at the end to be answered! I love when an author does not skip portions. It has been a little while since I read the first but I was able to immediately fall into this story. There are just enough reminders to help that transition be very smooth.

    The only thing I question is how the story progresses. Even without being as choppy as the first with narration at times I had to move backward to be able to figure out where I was. Or re-listen to a portion to ensure I got the entire story right. This also may have something to do with the fact that this is getting into some serious science fiction, which is definitely not my normal genre!

    Over all I thought the narration by Nick Poedhl was done very well. The audio was very clean and easy to stay with, minus the few story portions where I got lost! I absolutely love when a narrator takes time to really tell the story. This includes adding pauses. I can get lost when the pauses are not done correctly but Nick Poedhl did a fantastic job reading this and the voices were pretty easy to tell apart.

    In short: A few downsides but all in all it was a good read. I loved listening to this one even with the few times I had to look back.

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    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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