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Abby Goldsmith

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  • Omega Rising: Omega Force, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Joshua Dalzelle
    • Narrated By Paul Heitsch
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (33)

    Jason Burke was a man hiding from himself in a small cabin high in the American Rocky Mountains when his simple, quiet life was shattered one night by what he first assumed was an aviation mishap. But when he investigates the crash, what he finds will yank him out of his self-imposed exile and thrust him into a world he could have never imagined.

    Voca Matisse says: "Omega Rising is FANTASTIC!"
    "Fun space opera"
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    This is more fun than I've had from space opera in a long time. It's right up there with Scott Sigler's "GFL" series. *BUT* this one suffers from amateur writing issues, of the type which won't bother most readers, but will bother anyone who's been writing fiction seriously for more than a few years. The book opens with the main character waking up, pondering his life, and describing himself by looking in the mirror. That's a cliche which every writing workshop warns against. There's some POV shifting from close third to omniscient: We're mostly in Jason's POV, but sometimes the author's voice slips and describes to the reader what Jason doesn't see or know.

    That said, this is a story very well told. It moves along at a fast pace, it's fun, and I'm 100% certain this author is a natural-born storyteller. I wasn't blown away by the premise or the world. It's more or less standard heroic fare. But there's a *lot* to be said for good storytelling, solid plotting and pacing, and solidly developed characters. If you liked Hugh Howey's "Molly Fyde" series, or Scott Sigler's "GFL" series, and if you long for more "Star Wars" in fiction, give this a try. Also, the audiobook narrator does a great job.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Road to Vengeance: The Strongbow Saga, Volume 3

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Judson Roberts
    • Narrated By Jeff Hays
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    In this third installment of the Strongbow Saga series, the Danish attack on Western Frankia continues. But as the invading Danes push deeper into the heartland of the Frankish kingdom, the mighty Frankish army, which far outnumbers them, gathers. The Strongbow Saga is an epic tale of one man's unstoppable quest for justice and vengeance that carries him across the 9th century world of the Vikings. In The Road to Vengeance, Halfdan continues to gain experience, and win renown as a warrior.

    Abby Goldsmith says: "Heroism, Revenge, and Atypical Romance!"
    "Heroism, Revenge, and Atypical Romance!"
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    I am enjoying the heck out of this series. This is the third book, and introduces a love element that is entirely sweet and fascinating, since they're from such different backgrounds. Instead of the typical romance between a noble and a commoner, this is between a remorseless warrior and pious nun. And the overarching heroic revenge tale takes a stride forward.

    Historic fiction isn't always my bag of tea, since it can be dry and heavy-handed, but this series has great character development and well-integrated research. If you want to read about vikings, make this high on your 'to read' pile.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Facebook Advertising

    • UNABRIDGED (56 mins)
    • By Andrew Grove
    • Narrated By Roy Lunel
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Many persons are on facebook, so many that if you were advertising there you will discover that the possibilities are indeed endless. Imagine if facebook was a land. Did you know it would be the third largest in the world? When any social network can receive these sentiments it speaks volume! Facebook is a fruitful place for marketers and as such you will be introduced to the 5 simple steps to advertizing success on Facebook.

    mani says: "Business"
    "Great for Beginners"
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    I received a free promo code for this audiobook in exchange for an honest review. As a thirty-something freelance artist & writer, I hoped for insights and tips that I hadn't already run across. The internet is chock full of advice, and sifting through it is a chore, especially once you've already soaked up the beginner-level layers.

    Unfortunately, I didn't find anything new in this book. The advice is generalized and aimed at beginners, with very few specific examples of successes, and no specific examples of failures. The narrator has a warm and confident voice that makes listening easy, but I wanted more salient content. It would help if the author had written about why and how he uses Facebook ads. It would also help if he'd quoted owners of small businesses dealing with specific issues. Such as: What if you can't afford to pay a full-time staff member to maintain interest in a FB page? Examples of when it's better to have a FB page drive traffic to a company website, vs. having a website drive traffic to a company FB page. Etc.

    My expectations might have been too high. But there is plenty of free advice for beginners in every realm of marketing; for a paid product, I would expect more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Laughing at My Nightmare

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Shane Burcaw
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    With acerbic wit and a hilarious voice, Shane Burcaw's Laughing at My Nightmare describes the challenges he faces as a 21-year-old with spinal muscular atrophy. From awkward handshakes to having a girlfriend and everything in between, Shane handles his situation with humor and a "you-only-live-once" perspective on life. While he does talk about everyday issues that are relatable to teens, he also offers an eye-opening perspective on what it is like to have a life threatening disease

    Abby Goldsmith says: "Insightful and unflinchingly honest"
    "Insightful and unflinchingly honest"
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    This book will stay in my mind for a long time. I want to thank Shane Burcaw for his unflinching honesty about painful and intimate parts of his life. I've read a number of memoirs/autobiographies, and I don't think I've seen this level of honesty before. He's willing to discuss his insecurities, his deepest fears, his shortcomings--and also his hopes, and the people he loves--all made fascinating through the lens of a debilitating disease that affects not only him, but also his family and friends.

    I'm researching SMA for a series of science fiction books I'm writing. This memoir fulfilled my research needs and then some. I feel as if I have a much better understanding of what this disease is about and how it affects those who have it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Viking Warrior: Strongbow Saga, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Judson Roberts
    • Narrated By Jeff Hays
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    The Strongbow Saga is an epic tale of one man's unstoppable quest for justice and vengeance that carries him across the ninth century world of the Vikings. In Viking Warrior, Book One of the saga, a cruel twist of fate both frees Halfdan and robs him of the mother he loves, setting him upon the path to a new destiny. But a brutal act of treachery and murder upends Halfdan's new life, sending him on the run with ruthless hunters hot on his trail.

    M Curammeng says: "It's like reading it again for the first time!"
    "Fast-paced and well-researched"
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    This is how I like my historical fiction. Fast-paced, action-packed, with likable and sympathetic characters, high stakes, and epic overtones. If you like fantasy fiction and have a taste for Nordic history, this book is for you.

    My only complaint is that it's too obviously the first episode in a saga. I'm prefer an omnibus so I can read them all at once.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dragons from the Sea: The Strongbow Saga, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Judson Roberts
    • Narrated By Jeff Hays
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    In Dragons from the Sea, Book Two of the Strongbow Saga, Halfdan Hroriksson has escaped - for now - the enemies who murdered his brother and seek to kill him, too. Determined to avenge his brother's death, Halfdan knows he must first gain experience as a warrior. He joins a Danish army gathering for an invasion of Western Frankia, for among its fierce chieftains and seasoned warriors he may find the allies he needs.

    Abby Goldsmith says: "Solid story, well-researched!"
    "Solid story, well-researched!"
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    Performance
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    Another cliff-hanger ending, but this second book in the saga is just as good as the first. I'm listening to the newly produced audiobook versions, and I wish I didn't have to wait for the next book! I want to listen to them all in one go.

    These books feel very well-researched, with immersive details about viking life and the 'Land of the Franks.' The characters, the adventure, and the story makes history come alive. Love it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Therapy

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Jonathan Kellerman
    • Narrated By John Rubenstein
    Overall
    (254)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (61)

    "Been a while since I had me a nice little whodunit," homicide detective Milo Sturgis tells Alex Delaware. But there's definitely nothing nice about the brutal tableau behind the yellow crime-scene tape. On a lonely lover's lane in the hills of Los Angeles, a young couple lies murdered in a car. Each bears a single gunshot wound to the head.

    Susan says: "Fun Listening"
    "fun and true to L.A. life"
    Overall

    This is the first Kellerman book I've read, and I want more. The strength is all in plotting (twisty) and character (widely varied, yet realistic). The dialogue is great.

    And I don't understand the bad reviews about this reader. He does grizzled cop, druggy mom, spoiled teenager, and calm psychologist voices with total believability.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Buddha Boy

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Kathe Koja
    • Narrated By Spencer Murphy, the Full Cast Family
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    With his shaved head and begging bowl the new kid is an automatic target for the bully boys of Edward Rucher High, an easy mark for their casual cruelty.

    Abby Goldsmith says: "Ugh"
    "Ugh"
    Overall

    The blurb for this book makes it sound like a story of ostracism in high school, but the characters are cardboard-flat. It's more of a preachy spiritual trip for the author than a story. There's no reason for the narrator to befriend the school outcast (who is a Christian-raised white boy trying to be a Buddhist monk). The narrator's friends are bratty and too obviously shallow. The school bully is a stock stereotype who does all the predictable bully things. I got about halfway through this audiobook and quit.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Tuck Everlasting

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Natalie Babbitt
    • Narrated By Melissa Hughes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (142)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (27)

    Wouldn't it be wonderful if we could live forever? In this modern classic, Tuck Everlasting, author Natalie Babbitt explores the unforeseen complications that arise when the Tuck family unwittingly drinks from a spring of eternal life.

    Heidi says: "Kept them entertained!"
    "cute"
    Overall

    I'm glad to finally get a chance to read this children's classic. The reader is a little patronizing, but the author's voice shines through.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Best of Science Fiction and Fantasy

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Arthur C. Clarke, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Ben Bova, and others
    • Narrated By Adrienne Barbeau, Ken Howard, Jack Carter
    Overall
    (204)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (60)

    Watch out - the Earth just fell into a dark sun's orbit! Or maybe you'd rather visit a theme park called Hell? These are just two of the strange and unnerving tales you'll find in this collection of great science fiction and fantasy stories.

    Noah says: "Cute stories, clunky format"
    "awesome collection"
    Overall

    This was one of the best audio short story collections I've had the pleasure of listening to.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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