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Daniel Abrams

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  • The Raven's Curse: The Sorcerer's Saga, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Rain Oxford
    • Narrated By J. Scott Bennett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (70)

    Ayden Dracre, the youngest son in a family of notorious sorcerers, is successfully developing his reputation as a curse breaker. Maybe too successfully. Unfortunately, the Dracre name is not easy to escape. When Dessa warns Ayden that his mother is after him and others like him, he will have to go on his toughest quest yet.

    jey cee says: "BOOK 3"
    "When is Book 4 out?"
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    I have really enjoyed this series. I listened to these 3 books in succession and it was a pleasure to do so. There have been ups and downs but I don't think there have been any lulls when I was losing interest or becoming bored. I was constantly wondering what would be coming next and how we would get there. J. Scott Bennett really brought the series to life for me and I look forward to more of his work too. Rain Oxford really found a niche that I haven't seen in fantasy before, with the dichotomy of the world and magic, and within Ayden himself. He's a bit of an antihero that is growing up into somebody that really has substance and, well, character. His powers still master him sometimes more than his mastering his powers, but he's working on that. That truly was crux of this book, too. Ayden explores his powers and begins learning who he is and what he is capable of. I recommend this book!

    I was provided with this book in exchange for a review. I do not color my reviews in light of this. I read for my own enjoyment.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Sorcerer's Torment: The Sorcerer's Path, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Brock Deskins
    • Narrated By William Turbett
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    Forced to flee The Academy after killing another student, Azerick sets sail to start a new life and a new home from where he can continue to grow in power so that he may avenge his father's murder. However, the fates have not finished with the young sorcerer. A massive storm blows his ship into the clutches of a terrifying creature with the power to control the minds of others and enslave them to its will. Azerick becomes the pawn of this creature, but what happens when an irresistible force meets an indomitable will?

    Natalie @ ABookLoversLife says: "Better than the first."
    "The Right Step Down the Path"
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    At my request, this audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an -->unbiased<-- review

    I LOVED this book! I feel like so many things happened that I just really never saw coming. Yes, of course, some things were predictable at times, but I found the story very well done and strong on its own merits vs fantasy trope.

    The book starts out with Azerick not too far out from the events of book 1; a pretty good spot to start for minimal confusion. We do come to learn some of the highlights of book 1 through context of natural discussions, so there is some built-in refresher. It is kept to a minimum and was well done, and useful. That said, this book was all its own. It goes to different places and carries many different themes. We start getting a taste of the true sorcerer that Azerick is and is becoming. We learn that there is more to magic, too, and I found the presentation of those magics and of the characters involved to be delightful. I had fun listening through the entire book after I got going.
    There was just so much content!

    William Turbett improves VERY nicely from book 1. I think he's found the character's voice, and he relays all of the characters very well. I couldn't decide on 4 or 5 stars from Turbett's narration easily; it was close! I opted for 4, though, because it took just a bit more of the story than I wanted before his narration had me invested. Also, I would still love a bit more vocal differentiation at times. My true rating for him is more like 4.4 /5... so close :) He really carries the bulk of the story so well.

    I would love to listen to more of Turbett's work as he continues to improve his narration. I believe he's going to be reliable for a good listen.

    I've already begun looking to collect more book by Brock Deskins, which is among the highest praise I can offer. Deskins is telling a wonderful story, and not just in this series alone! I really enjoyed his other series, starting with Shroud of Darkness, too. I am eager for more audiobooks from these novels!

    I am grateful to have had this opportunity.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Edge of the Stars: A Techno-Thriller Science Fiction Novel: The Edge, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Andria Stone
    • Narrated By Nicholas Barta
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Mars invites scientists to participate in terraforming experiments which brings the MAVREK team all the way from Terra. But minutes after landing on the space station, Dr. Mark Warren is accused of murder. The warm welcome continues with an attack on his spaceship, then three Terrans are found dead, and killer cyborgs are spotted. Authorities immediately conduct a massive hunt throughout Martian space and terrible new enemies surface with a direct link to Warren's old nemesis. On the planet, the same fugitives hunting Warren also threaten the downfall of Mars itself.

    Daniel Abrams says: "Action, Action, and Development"
    "Action, Action, and Development"
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    At my request, this audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an -->unbiased<-- review

    I got started with this book just about the first moment I could. I had enjoyed the first book probably in January this year and I knew the sequel was coming. I love Sci-Fi and the tech and style of action are what really sets them apart sometimes.

    Nicholas Barta is certainly dependable for a good read. He does a variety of recognizable voices and I felt he added to the overall experience nicely. I'm used to his voice and nuances already, having read the first book recently, but there really were no issues to be concerned with. I would not quite call him a 5-star performer yet, but I think he could get there. If he could inject a bit more emotion to fit some of the scenes, and move liveliness at the right moments, he'd be there.

    This book starts with a prologue that does a good job getting us caught up on the goings on since the end of book 1. The ball gets rolling and we dive into action pretty quickly. But that's really what this book was; action (thriller). I know there is some self-styled techno-thriller aspect here, but what I got more from book two was the thriller side. Book 2, Edge of the Stars, really plays off of the tech established in Book 1, Edge of the Future. I enjoyed all of the cyborgs and nanites, the presence of spaceships even if they aren't focal, and the colonies outside Earth... Terra. The issue I ran into is that this book stood so significantly on the shoulders of book 1 that a lot of the outstanding tech and details began to feel mundane to me. The major technological aspect of this book was seen in the interrogation scenes. I was intrigued and interested anyhow, but again, this was more futuristic thriller and less techno.

    Still a good and engaging story, still good banter and plot, still relatable characters. I expected that, though, after book 1. Our characters are becoming more of a 'family' than a band of colleagues, and I welcome the change. I'll be here for book 3 when it's out too! A solid read overall. I'm glad to have had the opportunity.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • How to Enslave a Human

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Dylan Callens
    • Narrated By Ulka S. Mohanty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
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    Our souls were crushed in a quiet revolution. We can no longer think for ourselves in an era controlled by artificial intelligence. While on the brink of starvation, we are led to believe that life is perfect. There is no need for hope; no one realizes that any is required. Only a handful of Untruthers live outside of this grand illusion. I am now one of them. My name is Carl Winston, and I have lost everything to find the truth.

    Daniel Abrams says: "Good premise..."
    "Good premise..."
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    At my request, this audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an -->unbiased<-- review

    I enjoyed the idea of this story more than the actual story. I love Sci-Fi and Post-Apocalyptic stories too. This kind of touches both. Really, it's like Matrix meets I, Robot, with some Terminator for flavor. I just felt like this story lacked depth. There wasn't much for me to latch on to and really CARE about with the characters. We barely even know who our protagonist is, the lady feels like a forced love interest, and the kid... I was disappointed there too.

    I feel like Dylan Callens has a great idea here in how he spun these elements together, but I also feel like this book could have used a few more rounds of challenges by editors and maybe Alpha/ Beta readers? It could have been better, IMO, if some of these looser plot elements had been fine-tuned and fleshed out. I guess I'm saying I wish that this same timeline was expanded into a longer book with more detail and more character interaction? Maybe some action too, for balance it.

    All in all, this is a 3 star for me. The narration was good, but not awesome, but the story wasn't enough to leave me beating down the author's door for more. Still a read I enjoyed, though.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Dragon's Price: The Sorcerer's Saga, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Rain Oxford
    • Narrated By J. Scott Bennett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (60)

    Ayden Dracre, the youngest son in a family of notorious sorcerers, has always respected dragons. That might change when he learns the history of the Sjau. Unfortunately, he is about to face an adversary not even the dragons can destroy, and this time, there is more than Ayden's life at risk. When the future of Caldaca is on the line, the Sjau will have to set aside their differences to save magic. Merlin's powers of divination continue to grow, but will it be enough to defeat his greatest enemy yet?

    jey cee says: "Book 4"
    "Fantasy for Any Age"
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    At my request, this audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an -->unbiased<-- review

    I found this series has been sort of ageless in its target audience. It's written for anyone. The language is squeaky-clean and I didn't find it lacking in story or action in any way. We have character development and depth, relationships and dialogue, some drama, some crises, and some great lessons to enjoy here. Friendship, sacrifice, trust, teamwork, and I'm sure I can justify hard work as a lesson here too.

    No matter how you feel about that, there is always humor to be found here. "Why are you Snoggin the Captain?" was, I thought, a fine example of this. There is a lot to enjoy in this whole series, as in this individual story. I would certainly suggest listening in order for clarity, but this story did well enough on its own, too.

    Ayden is a pretty wonderful protagonist and character to follow. I recommend this series! I think that, due to how the plot mostly shies away from some more "adult" topics, I would note that YA is probably the best audience here. I, however, am not "YA" and loved this book plenty :)

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Rise of the Golden Heart: Strategos, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Gordon Doherty
    • Narrated By Rob Goll
    Overall
    (11)
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    AD 1068: the armies of the Seljuk Sultanate tear at Byzantium's borders, poised to strike the death blow that will bring all Anatolia under their yoke. Alp Arslan's armies grow stronger with every passing season, while the beleaguered Byzantine soldiers defend for their lives, the hope in their hearts guttering its last.

    Daniel Abrams says: "Haga! Haga! Darker, though."
    "Haga! Haga! Darker, though."
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    This audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an -->unbiased<-- review

    This book just impressed me. I read book one, and I couldn't wait for this! I do enjoy battle, and blood in a book, so keep that in mind. Doherty weaves a perfect story around our beloved Haga, the bloody war hero. We meet new people, new challenges, new scenery, but still Doherty maintains the flavor of the era that was so RIGHT in book 1. I would say that if you enjoyed the first, the second is even better! We have plenty of action, some great character development, intrigue, some relationships, a sprinkling of magicky-mystery, and, of course, battle! I love the blend.

    Furthermore, I've been a Roman history fan all my life. I love the *idea* of Rome and the military might it once brought to bear. The tactics too! Seeing this time frame depicted so thoroughly and believably is like a wish granted.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Tallow Jones: Wizard Detective: The Tallow Novels, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Trevor H. Cooley
    • Narrated By Andrew Tell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (57)

    When Detective Douglas Jones' son goes missing under strange circumstances, everyone assumes he ran away. The first break in the case comes when a long-lost relative shows up with a new name and a strange tattoo on the palm of his left hand. His name is Tallow Jones. He is a private detective... and a wizard. A wizard is needed too, because in Atlanta, strange abductions are just the tip of the iceberg.

    Daniel Abrams says: "Loved it so f- darn much! "
    "Loved it so f- darn much! "
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    This audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an -->unbiased<-- review

    First things first... I'm not in love with the cover art here, and while I know we aren't supposed to judge a book by its cover, I usually start there. I'm so happy to share that this book was wonderful! Having read it, I also have a different take on the cover now FWIW :)

    Now, let's talk about the narration. Andrew Tell. I have had zero previous experience listening to his work, but this book definitely made me a fan! I have looked into Andrew Tell's work and now have several more books in my wishlist. That is the highest praise I think I can give, really.

    And that established, the same goes for one Trevor H. Cooley! I have added his entire Bowl of Souls series to my wishlist. I'm pretty sure I passed up on a couple during sales in the past, too, and I'm kicking myself.
    Anyhow, this book starts off following Asher, the son of a Detective Douglas Jones, and brother to 8-year-old Aggie. This perspective is really for the prologue. The book takes up pretty quickly with Detective Jones as our primary focus. Tallow comes in soon enough. My first impressions were a bit reserved; I was interested in the goings on, but I was just listening the Dresden Files and I was wondering if this would be a clone. It's not! I love the darkness of Dresden at times, and I would say this never got so dark as that. Tallow book 1 does have its share of blood, so don't mistake me by thinking this book is about roses and butterflies. I found that, despite the darkness being a bit more shallow, it was done right and served the story well. The book has lots of dialogue, and some action, that drive the story on. It never felt forced or rushed. I never was jarred out of my "reading trance" by some weird detail or lack thereof. I thought things made sense and I was left with a sense of satisfaction while still wanting more. I though the characters balanced each well and were well-balanced themselves.
    Oh, one more thing. Personally, I don't mind swearing or cursing at all, and even sometimes enjoy it. This book contains basically ZERO swearing or cursing. Even better, Trevor H. Cooley puts this in front of us in a way that I found clever. It even helps add a bit more depth to the character background.

    I think sometimes I may be a "generous" reviewer, but I really believe that Tallow Jones book 1 earns its stars. The blend of excellent writing and narration was just what I wanted - and I want more.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Users: My Angels Have Demons, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Stacy Buck, Jennifer Buck
    • Narrated By Rich Camillucci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (9)
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    (9)

    A pandemic is spreading through the streets of Seattle. Drugs run rampant through its population, and no one knows this better than Carter, an ex-heroin junkie and lifetime User. Born with a superheated heart, Carter can unleash fire through his pores, igniting anything he touches.

    Daniel Abrams says: "I finished it. "
    "I finished it. "
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    This audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review.

    I finished it. I wanted to love it, but I couldn't get there. I don't know where exactly I would rate it... Maybe 3 /5 .... 3 on story, 3 on narrator. It had some really cool themes, but then there were moments I found too cliche, and others that just had me like huh? One that stuck out for me was the first encounter with Barber. I couldn't fall in line with the story - just too far out of what I would expect or consider. That's kind of a big deal, done like it was nothing. It just seemed out of place to me. Also, I get that this was dark and gritty, but I didn't understand beatings so bad that a guy is down for 3 days. Frankly, I'd have probably been more on board if there was some para-healing power to patch people up. Sure, then I can buy that people will mostly kill someone just sparring. I felt like details were missing or something in the story just was not defined well. Some moments when things happened too conveniently...

    The narrator, Rich, had a great gravelly voice for Carter, but I found he lacked in actually narrating. His reading of events and actions, and his intonations, like ascribing emotion to some moments, clashed at times with how I had to interpret the book's happenings and ultimately took away from the story for me, in parts. Others, where Carter is engaged in something and his voice could come through were great.

    Also, I never understood why all the para-humans, or so many, were all into drugs. They just ... were. I can accept Carter may have been. There were enough (*well done*) allusions to maybe some torture in his past that I can buy his hard life and bad choices bit, but how about some of these others? This version of America wasn't ever shown to be anti-mutant, a la X Men or anything, so why were these people all driven down the dark path of Using? Other questions are also about how this whole thing got into the population? When? Any alternate history?

    I also remember now that I didn't understand the leap from Carter being interrogated by the police to suddenly being front page news. I get that cops can leak to the press, but I felt like some needed content was missing when going from police interrogation to front page news, and again on to the bounty from the cartel.

    I don't regret the read but I am lukewarm about book 2. I may give it a shot anyhow. I'm still intrigued by the world. I would like to say, also, that I do seriously appreciate the opportunity. I really tried to frame this as constructive, so please think of my words in that light. I think that the ultimate story was great, and the world is interesting. I hope that this helps. I'm really sorry I can't give a warmer review.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Oh Crap! Potty Training: Everything Modern Parents Need to Know to Do It Once and Do It Right

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Jamie Glowacki
    • Narrated By Meredith Mitchell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (203)
    Performance
    (175)
    Story
    (168)

    Let Jamie Glowacki show you how potty training is done. Her six-step, proven process to get your toddler out of diapers and onto the toilet has already worked for 10s of thousands of kids and their parents.

    Katrina says: "Very snarky and anti-parent"
    "Great Content! Wished for Table of Contents"
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    I thought this book had great value and wished I'd read it a year or two earlier. Great insights and points to be made. I loved the fact that this was written to be direct for people to flip to what they need, and in a natural order.

    Audio, however, wasn't so conducive to that. I think this is a book I'd prefer a book of, for a change. I just listened to the whole thing straight through and I know it'll be hard to refer to if I want to look back and review something later, vs. a book

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Destiny of Dragons: The Legacy of Dragons, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    Overall
    (1032)
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    (980)
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    (983)

    In the thrilling conclusion to the Legacy of Dragons trilogy, ancient weapons of mass destruction lie hidden under the city of Pacta Servanda. Remnants of the Great Guilds and rebellious factions of the Empire want to seize those weapons to allow them to regain control of the world of Dematr. Only Jason, brought by the first ship from Earth since the colony failed, might be able to disarm the threat. But he also might know how to employ those weapons, making him a danger for all sides.

    Michael says: "Extremely Disapoointed"
    "My First 4-star to Jack Campbell"
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    This was my least favorite book in this series, and also when compared with the Pillars of Reality. I LOVE Jack Campbell and I LOVE MacLeod Andrews. Seriously amazing talent.

    I have the ENTIRE Lost Fleet series, Beyond the Frontier, and all the new side series. LOVE THEM. Jack Campbell is amazing. I just found this book really frustrating at times. Sure Jason is loyal and Kira is great, but then at times they weren't. It descended too far, I think, into the Young Adult (YA) realms of action and relationship development. As an adult, a father and a husband, I was just annoyed at a few moments by how poorly these two were making their decisions! I know, I know, they're young, but I just feel like the plot mechanisms could have taken a different course that was a bit less... ehhhh... reliant on Jason and Kira's youthful-yet-crazily-responsible relationship to further the story.

    Love Jack Campbell. I'd rate this as the worst book of his that I've read (like 30 books of his?) and it's still a 4+ out of 5.

    MacLeod, you are AWESOME. I don't think I've ever heard a MacLeod Andrews narration that was not a 5 star performance.

    THANK YOU BOTH

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Cold Hollow

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Emilie J. Howard
    • Narrated By J. Scott Bennett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (80)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (77)

    The Barner family relocates to Cold Hollow, a quaint town nestled in a Vermont mountain range. They find it to be quite charming, and the inhabitants endearing, except for a few residents. Odd laws are enforced, confrontations begin, and insanity reigns as a madman sits upon his imaginary throne, trying to keep the threads of his dream from unraveling. Will Sophia and Angus Barner be able to protect their children from the malevolence that lurks within the small township?

    Daniel Abrams says: "Strong Story - Love the twists! no zombies"
    "Strong Story - Love the twists! no zombies"
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    This audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review.

    I was slower to appreciate this book, but that was due to my own expectations. I looked at the cover and said "Zombie book!"

    It's not. Not even close! I love zombie books, and I was disappointed when this one wasn't one! There is definitely horror here, though! There are some great, creepy elements that had me itching while listening. You know how people love to listen to music and think about where the sound may have been inspired from? I found myself thinking along those lines in this book. I won't say my thoughts, though, so as to avoid any spoilers! I appreciated certain similarities to other books I've read, and appreciated more how this book stood on its own on that foundation. I felt the whole gamut of emotion during this story and some visuals I got while reading will probably stay with me a LOOOOONG time. There are some truly haunting aspects, and it's so well written that I cannot get these people out of my head.

    With praise like this, why no 5th star? More than anything, I think there were a couple details that were just too convenient and I found myself taken out of my reading hypnosis by those jarring moments.

    That said, the gifted voice of J. Scott Bennett does it again for me. I've listened to so many of his books, now, and I love the way he voices all the characters with unique quirks. I recommend this book, unless you're only looking for zombies. No zombies.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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