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Lomeraniel

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  • Good Morning... Processes Must Be Improved

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr)
    • By Ray Jay Perreault
    • Narrated By Christopher M. Allport
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    What happens when a man and a computer is put on Saturn's Titan for a year to mine methane? The relationship doesn't always work out the way everyone plans. The relationship should be based on trust, but what if one member of the team isn't doing what the other expects?

    Striker says: "Good Read. Bureaucracy in Space."
    "Working for a big corporation is space"
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    I have received a copy of this book in audio format from the author in exchange for an honest review.

    This is the story about the year Robert spends at a methane mine on Saturn's Titan. His only company is TC, a computer which assists him in his job and manages communications with other mining sites and the company headquarters. This was not a desirable assignment for Robert to start with, but things start to go even worse when Robert is receiving shipments with missing parts and hearing that other stations are getting his. During the reviews, Robert's bosses are unhappy about his performance, asking him to be efficient in using the available resources.

    Those of us who have worked in big corporations know how frustrating the company procedures can be. Usually communication is not straightforward and most of the time those mentioned procedures are the only thing that keep us from doing our job. Robert's story is the story of many people but translated to space. I think this makes it very close to us and we can identify ourselves with Robert and how frustrated he becomes.

    Christopher M. Allport does a good job at narrating this story, but I would have appreciated a little bit more variation between Robert's and the computer's voices.

    Ray Jay Perreault is able to tell great short stories, and this is one of those. I would like it to become a longer book, as some of his other stories.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Hell to Pay: A Detective Kay Hunter Crime Thriller, Volume 4

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Rachel Amphlett
    • Narrated By Alison Campbell
    Overall
    (19)
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    (18)
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    When a road traffic accident on a dark autumn night uncovers a disturbing conspiracy, Detective Sergeant Kay Hunter's investigation exposes a ruthless serial killer exploiting vulnerable young women. With her enemies unmasked and her career spiraling out of control, Kay's determination to seek vengeance for the victims brings her dangerously close to those who want to silence her. Undeterred, she uncovers the real reason behind a plot to destroy her career and sets in motion a terrifying chain of events.

    Lelia T says: "A Harrowing Case"
    "A gripping and intricate story"
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    A woman's body is found in the trunk of a crashed car, and while checking for her identity, Kay Hunter discovers a gruesome conspiracy that might put even herself in danger.
    I absolutely love this series, and I was looking forward to this fourth book, especially after all the ramifications that we got in the previous book. We face again a fast paced book with lots of action, twists, and interesting characters. Because at the precinct nothing is what it seems, and political issues sometimes come first.

    This book almost feels like the last one of the series, since the main series arc seems to be completed. We meet in this book Kay's nemesis, Demiri, making the story reach high levels of tension and interest. There is though a fifth book that I will be listening to as soon as I can because I just need to know what happens next.

    I also want to mention that apart from weaving a gripping and intricate story, and building fully-fleshed characters, Rachel Amphlett's writing style is very addictive. Every action is detailedly described, making you feel like you are watching a movie scene. I think this is what hooked me to the series, everything is crystal clear, and you can see the characters acting and nothing is amiss.

    I am convinced that Alison Campbell was the perfect narrator for this series. She didn't only become Kay, but her pace and style perfectly matched the atmosphere Amphlett wanted to recreate.

    I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Rachel Amphlett. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Stepford Florist: When Tomorrow Calls,lBook 1

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 28 mins)
    • By JT Lawrence
    • Narrated By Jenni Blythe
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    Jasmine is arrested for performing a bootleg vampire facelift in her modded-out steampunk caravan. She's thrilled, because it's worked out exactly as she planned. Jasmine has mastered moonlighting. She's a steampunk inventor, a cosmetician, and a gene-hacking florist. And then there's her real job: exposing evil corps and dodgy clinics. When Jasmine, the head of Alba - an underground biopunk organisation - is tipped off that something morally dubious is happening at the city's most luxurious high-tech spa, she takes it upon herself to investigate, and discovers a whole lot.

    jstep says: "Steampunk and mystery? Yes please!"
    "A must read for the fans of the series."
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    This is part of the Tomorrow Comes series. The events told in this short story happen before the first book. This is the story of Seth’s friend Jasmine, head of the Alba organization, and her abilities to investigate dodgy clinics and corporations.

    I loved the Tomorrow Comes first and second books, so this opportunity to learn more about this world and its characters was right up my alley. I liked knowing more about the mysterious florist, and her relationship with Seth and Keke.

    The quick pace and cyberpunk atmosphere is similar to the main books in the series, with plenty of action, twists, and humor. This is a must read for the fans of the series.

    I liked Jenny Blythe’s narration, it was well done, but I missed Roshina Ratnam, the series narrator. I think Ratnam distinct style and accent matched this world perfectly, and I missed this here. Also, I found Blythe’s character voices a bit more similar to each other.

    All in all a very recommendable reading for anyone into cyberpunk and fans of the series.

    I received a copy of this book in audio format from the author in exchange for an honest review.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sick Robot: 3-Book Series

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By D. C. Lozar
    • Narrated By Alexander Doddy
    Overall
    (11)
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    The complete set of three short stories that set up the Sick Robot universe in which robots infected with human cancer cells become mortal, fall in love, and decide they're more than a little tired of being second-class citizens into the city they helped build. Blending cyber and steampunk to create a retro-fusion landscape where pets are 4-D printed and people travel in tubes of compressed air, these stories will transport you into a world of surreal beauty.

    Lomeraniel says: "Liked witnessing the robot's evolution"
    "Liked witnessing the robot's evolution"
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    A robot becomes infected with cancer cells from a technician, and little by little these cells start replacing his. Being something between a robot and a human, he is used by others to infect other robots and rebel against humanity.

    This was such an interesting book. Although the theme was revisited again and again in cinema and writing, it was pictured here in a different way.

    I really liked the characters and witnessing the robot's evolution and his internal conflict. It felt real, and I could easily connect to him.

    This book is in fact a series, composed by three short stories. The three blended almost seamelessly together, and it kept my attention from beginning to end.

    Alexander Doddy’s narration was exquisite, with great character interpretations and an ample voice range. It definitely added value to the book.

    I received a copy of this book in audio format from the author in exchange for an honest review.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • One to Watch: A Detective Kay Hunter Novel, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Rachel Amphlett
    • Narrated By Alison Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25)
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    Sophie Whittaker shared a terrifying secret. Hours later, she was dead. Detective Kay Hunter and her colleagues are shocked by the vicious murder of a teenage girl at a private party in the Kentish countryside. A tangled web of dark secrets is exposed as twisted motives point to a history of greed and corruption within the tight-knit community.

    MarisaReads says: "One to Watch is One to Listen To"
    "One of the best thriller series I have read"
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    A young aristocratic girl is found murdered with a blunt force trauma during a family party in which she was pledging to remain chaste until her marriage to a rich boy. Kay Hunter is assigned to the case, but she will also be dealing with his superior and some strange events that may indicate she could be in danger.

    I'm absolutely loving these series. The story kept me hooked from beginning to end, and on the edge of my seat. Where the plot of the last book was a bit less appealing to me, this one got me interested from the beginning. Maybe because I found it easier to empathize with the young girl. Also the multiple twists and the fact that nothing was what it seemed kept the story engaging.

    The series arc also evolved in this book, reaching high creepy levels and asking more questions. We know more not only about Kay but also about her colleagues.

    I loved Alison Campbell's narration. Her tone kept me glued to my headphones, she beautifully interpreted the characters and gave them distinct voices and styles. Her diction is clear and the audio production was good.

    I thoroughly enjoyed the story and I just want more. This is one of the best thriller series I have read in a long time. I can sew it being made into a successful tv show.

    I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Rachel Amphlett. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Terror Byte

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By J. R. Park
    • Narrated By Rick Gregory
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (19)
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    Detective Norton is a broken man. Still grieving the murder of his girlfriend, he is called to investigate the daylight slaughter of an entire office amid rumours of a mysterious and lethal computer program. As the conspiracy unfolds the technological killer has a new target. Fighting for survival, Norton must also battle his inner demons, the wrath of MI5, and a beautiful but deadly mercenary only known as Orchid. 

    Natalie @ ABookLoversLife says: "Terrifying. "
    "Great secondary characters"
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    A virus infects all the systems at an office, causing the computers and lights to vibrate at a specific frequency that kills all the workers. Inspector Norton is assigned this case.

    Despite the fact that the trigger of this story is not really believable, I found it quite entertaining. I think the author did a good job creating fleshed secondary characters, and this was one of the things that kept me going.

    I had troubles nevertheless with the main character. Due to the book being short, and that detective Norton was not introduced early in the story, I found it hard to connect to him and care about his background story.

    Rick Gregory’s narration was very good, delivering great characters interpretations. I just have to mention a couple of noticeable audio edits. Something that surprised me was the election of an American narrator for a book set in England and written in British English. I just find this odd when it happens. Nevertheless, Rick Gregory did a great job.

    I received a copy of this book in audio format from the narrator in exchange for an honest review.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Desert Born: Puatera Online, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Dawn Chapman
    • Narrated By Andrea Parsneau
    Overall
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    With her charge, Alex, safely delivered, Maddie drowns her pain in a local bar, leaving later that night only to discover Alex has been beaten and robbed, his own quest failed. Politics and cash aside, she aids him. Once more they cross the desert, this time where Tromoal and enemies are born.

    cosmitron says: "Good read Great Narrator"
    "The game becomes alive"
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    Alex is back in Maddie’s world but in real life he is in terrible danger. Somehow his life is tied to the Tromoals’ success, without him knowing. Maddie will use her new powers to make them Tromoals succeed and Alex survive.

    I’m loving this series. I think one of the things I like the most are the references to the real world and see how they play in Maddie’s world. Nothing is what it seems, and the game has become alive.

    The characters are gaining more and more depth with each book, and despite I found the story in this book a little bit less appealing than the previous one, the series arc and Maddie’s world in general have completely amazed me.

    Andrea Parsneau’s narration was just perfect, with a nice cadence and impressive character interpretations. The audio production was spotless.

    I’m glad that I gave this series a try, I’m looking forward to see how it goes on.

    I received a copy of this book in audio format from the author in exchange for an honest review.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Will to Live: Detective Kay Hunter, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Rachel Amphlett
    • Narrated By Alison Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
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    When a packed commuter train runs over a body on a stretch of track known to locals as "Suicide Mile", it soon transpires that the man was a victim of a calculated murder. As the investigation evolves and a pattern of murders is uncovered, Detective Sergeant Kay Hunter realizes the railway's recent reputation may be the work of a brutal serial killer. With a backlog of cold cases to investigate and attempting to uncover who is behind a professional vendetta against her, Kay must keep one step ahead of both the killer and her own adversaries.

    MarisaReads says: "The Truth Will Out! "
    "Second book to a thrilling series"
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    Among all the suicides occurred at the railway tracks, Kay discovers that some of them are in fact murders, and the murderer has an agenda. At the same time she is dealing with uncovering the truth over a past investigation that almost destroyed her reputation, and this will be more dangerous than she expected.

    After devouring the previous book I was looking forward to this one. I found the main story a little bit less appealing than in the previous one, but it's all balanced because here Amphlett also focuses on what will be the series arc, and I found that part of the story much more intriguing. The book could be read as a standalone, but this piece of the story will get any reader invested. This subject was just mentioned in book one, but there was no development so this book would be valid to start the series. Not that I recommend it since book one was amazing.

    The plot was rightly balanced between the story and the series arc, and there was a big twist towards the end, just when I thought the book was predictable!

    We learn more details about the characters in this book, and some of the secondaries have started to grow on me. I have the feeling that this is going to be a very enjoyable series.

    Alison Campbell brought again the characters to life, and delivered a clear and engaging narration that kept me hooked to the story. There were just a couple of audio edits that distracted me a little bit but nothing too noticeable, I'm just picky with these things having worked on audio and video editing.

    I need to start the next book and see where Kay's story takes me. I predict this series to be one of the best this year.

    I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Rachel Amphlett. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Ripple: When Lovecraft Met Crowley

    • UNABRIDGED (50 mins)
    • By Brian Barr
    • Narrated By Rick Gregory
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    H.P. Lovecraft is a starving, skeptical American writer of the weird and horrific, struggling to make ends meet in Connecticut. Aleister Crowley is a famous British occultist focused on running his own magic organization, the O.T.O. Though Crowley and Lovecraft's lives differ to a high degree, neither man is aware of the fate they share. They’ll soon find out, in Dark Ripple.

    Muraenidae says: "Odd conversation between odd people"
    "Only for absolute fans of Lovecraft"
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    These are the ramblings and arguments of Lovecraft, Crowley, and an ancient Indian. It was a weird book, but an interesting experiment non the less.

    Only for absolute fans of Lovecraft.

    Rick Gregory’s narration complemented well this tale, bringing the three characters to life and making the story flow.

    I received a copy of this book in audio format from the narrator in exchange for an honest review.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Blue Coyote: The Frannie Shoemaker Campground Mysteries, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Karen Musser Nortman
    • Narrated By Michelle Babb
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (38)
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    Frannie and Larry Shoemaker love taking their grandchildren, Sabet and Joe, camping with them. But at Bluffs State Park, Frannie finds herself worrying more than usual about their safety, and when another young girl disappears from the campground in broad daylight, her fears increase. The fun of a bike ride, a flea market, marshmallow guns, and a storyteller are quickly overshadowed. Accusations against Larry and her add to the cloud over their heads. Frannie begins to puzzle out the mystery.

    med c says: "Book 2"
    "Entertaining cozy mystery"
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    Frannie and Larry Shoemaker are camping with their grandchildren and some friends, when something makes Frannie suspicious and overprotective of her granddaughter. Not long after that a girl disappears from the camp, and Larry is wrongly accused by the girl’s mother.

    I love a good cozy mystery, and this one had all the ingredients to make me happy. And there is no romance whatsoever which is a plus for me.

    This is the second book in a series but it can be read as a stand alone. The characters are likable and easily recognizable, and despite not being action packed, it was really entertaining.

    Michelle Babb’s narration was amazing, as always. Babb has a special talent to tell stories, bring cahracters to life and get you hooked to any story. I would definitely listen to anything she narrates.

    I am looking forward to the next books in the series.

    I received a copy of this book in audio format from the narrator in exchange for an honest review.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • CONDITION Book Three: The Final Correction

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Alec Birri
    • Narrated By Jonathan Keeble
    Overall
    (7)
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    So, Professor Savage has been unmasked as the monster Alex Salib always knew he was. But what was their agreement, and why is she still determined to see it through? The war on terror appears to be back on track, but why does President Kalten seem hell-bent on ramping it up - are the Americans seriously intent on starting World War Three? And what of the treatment itself? Despite Savage's arrest, the "corrections" go on, but to what end?

    Lomeraniel says: "Birri's storytelling skills need more polishing"
    "Birri's storytelling skills need more polishing"
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    Although I found the first book in the series really intriguing, I started to lose interest with the second, finding it too confusing at times. With this one I was unable to relate at all. I think the fact that the second didn't move me should have been a signal about the third. It grew more confusing, I couldn't connect to the characters, and I didn't care about anything. Birri had finally lost me.

    I think the story had great potential but Birri's storytelling skills need some more polishing. The characters didn't feel real enough, and the descriptions could have used some more work.

    Jonathan Keeble's narration was very good though, setting the right atmosphere for the story and delivering great characters interpretations.

    I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Alec Birri. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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