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Shannon

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  • The Vampire King: The Kings Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Heather Killough-Walden
    • Narrated By Antony Ferguson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (201)
    Performance
    (189)
    Story
    (189)

    It was immediate for Roman. In 3,000 years, he'd never lost control of his emotions, or his heart. But the moment he laid eyes on Evelynne Farrow, he knew she was the woman who haunted his dreams. And everything changed. Everything. Evie Farrow has always loved a good vampire romance. In fact, she makes a living writing them. While sitting in a coffee shop and working on her next mega-hot book, Evie is approached by a tall, dark, and handsome man who could have been pulled directly from one of her novels.

    Shannon says: "Interesting story but..."
    "Interesting story but..."
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    What did you love best about The Vampire King?

    It was an interesting start to the series. I liked the unique take on Vampire mythologies, incorporating magic was a great touch.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Vampire King?

    I'd have to say the interactions with each vampire, I wanted to know more of how their power worked.


    How could the performance have been better?

    My problem with this book was the narrator. How do I explain this, Anthony put a definite pause/punctuation at the end of every sentence. So instead of it sounding like a continuous story it sounded more like bad slam poetry. It made it so very difficult to get into the story, I KNOW I would have liked it more if someone else was reading it. And since he is narrating all of them I'll have to read them instead. I can't bring myself to pay money for that experience again.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Not particularly


    Any additional comments?

    I just wish someone else had read these books, someone else could have made them great. As is, it was more of a chore to get through.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Aftermath: Invasion of the Dead, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Owen Lucas Baillie
    • Narrated By Tim Budas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    Australia...a huge, sprawling land filled with danger...but nothing as dangerous as this... Deep beneath defense headquarters in the Australian Capital Territory, the last ranking Army chief considers the collapse of his country, and the contingency plan to win it back. One hundred and fifty miles away, five friends returning from a month-long camping trip slowly discover that the world has turned horribly wrong, that a virus has ravaged the entire east coast of Australia.

    Dean Thomas says: "Australian Zombie Story! meh"
    "Boring"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If I cared about any of the characters. I just didnt, they kept making the same mistakes over and over.


    Has Aftermath turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, I know there are good ones. I just have to find them


    What didn’t you like about Tim Budas’s performance?

    His performance wasn't awful, but the source material was so bad it was hard to like anything about the book.


    What character would you cut from Aftermath?

    Unfortunately most of the women, and that's the whole problem! They we're all such weak characters, needing the men to come save them. One of them was a flipping DOCTOR!!! She should have taken control of the situation and been a huge asset to the team. But no, the writer demeaned her character and gave her PTSD for some unknown reason. Probably to make the men feel more superior.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't waste your money or credit and pick up WWZ, The Remaining, or the Rot & Ruin series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tell Me It's Real

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By TJ Klune
    • Narrated By Michael Lesley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (160)
    Performance
    (155)
    Story
    (153)

    Do you believe in love at first sight? Paul Auster doesn't. Paul doesn't believe in much at all. He's thirty, slightly overweight, and his best features are his acerbic wit and the color commentary he provides as life passes him by. His closest friends are a two-legged dog named Wheels and a quasibipolar drag queen named Helena Handbasket. He works a dead-end job in a soul-sucking cubicle, and if his grandmother's homophobic parrot insults him one more time, Paul is going to wring its stupid neck.

    T. Henry says: "Don't read on a plane!"
    "Laugh out loud funny!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely and I already have, I cant tell you how many times I caught myself giggling or bark laughing to the point I'm sure the people driving next to me thought I was insane.


    What other book might you compare Tell Me It's Real to and why?

    The Art of Breathing or any of the books in the Bear, Otter & the Kid series. TJ Klune is fast becoming a favorite author.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The first date... no wait! Where he hits him with his car. No wait... Their first attempt at being together. Damn there are so many good ones.


    If you could rename Tell Me It's Real, what would you call it?

    A book full of awesomely uncomfortable moments


    Any additional comments?

    This was a great stand alone or addition to the Bear, Otter & the Kid series. So much fun, and quickly became one of my all time favs.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Contamination Boxed Set: Books 0-3

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By T. W. Piperbrook
    • Narrated By Troy Duran
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (223)
    Performance
    (218)
    Story
    (215)

    The infection has begun, ravaging the American Southwest and leaving chaos in its wake. In this new world, there will be no last meal, no dying wish. The only reward left is to survive another day...

    Casey Skelton says: "Holy Sh@#!"
    "What? Why? ... don't waste your money"
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    What would have made Contamination Boxed Set better?

    A definitive plot would have helped. Its like the writer couldn't decide what he wanted the story to be about.


    What could T. W. Piperbrook have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    A good direction would have been nice. I thought we would eventually get some sort of actual description of the CONTAGION! People we're infected and we saw resulting behavior, but not a clear picture. Even when, for some unknown reason, we started following characters who were responsible for the spread of the disease.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Troy Duran’s performances?

    I have definitely heard worse performers, and I'm sure my frustration with the source material didn't help. But I had to keep rewinding 30 seconds to see what character was saying what. He didn't have a clear inflection of voices between characters, even with the females. I definitely wont seek him out, but I wont NOT buy a book because he narrated it.


    What character would you cut from Contamination Boxed Set?

    Well... since I didn't finish it this will be a biased choice. But Delta. They started with a semi strong female character and proceeded to make her useless. Completely dependent on male characters for help.


    Any additional comments?

    Frustrated doesn't begin to describe my experience with this book. I tried to finish it, I got a good 6 hours in until I literally screamed and deleted it from my library. There is a scene with 1 of the only 2 female characters in the book. She has a gun and a clear advantage over her would be attacker. Her partner is down, she then wallows about how she would love the downed partner to get up and save her. Then gets overrun by 4 men, all unarmed. While she still has a loaded pistol in her hands. WHAT?!?! I get wanting a different scenario for your characters, but seriously? I can stand drivel like this. She literally let herself be overrun while wishing her male friend would come and save her. I just... can't.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Days of Blood & Starlight

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Laini Taylor
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    Overall
    (1066)
    Performance
    (971)
    Story
    (979)

    In this stunning sequel to the highly acclaimed Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Karou must come to terms with who and what she is, and how far she'll go to avenge her people. Filled with heartbreak and beauty, mysteries and secrets, new characters and old favorites, Days of Blood and Starlight brings the richness, color and intensity of the first book to a brand new canvas.

    Katheryne says: "No Sophomore Slump here...Just wow!"
    "Wow.. Just wow"
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    What made the experience of listening to Days of Blood & Starlight the most enjoyable?

    The narrators performance adds just the right element to this truely amazing story. I was on the fence for the first book and got it in a 2 for 1 credit special. I fell in love instantly. Khristine's voice is perfect as is her accents for the characters. You always know who is talking and she really brings the pages to life.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Its so in depth without being overly graphic in its attention to detail. The story has a wonderful flow that isn't broken up by too descriptive landscapes.


    Have you listened to any of Khristine Hvam’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, this is a first and I will jump on the chance to listen to her again.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    "Loose yourself in the world of Angels and Monsters"


    Any additional comments?

    Wonderful synergy of writing and performance! A perfect blend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fighting to Survive: As the World Dies, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Rhiannon Frater
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    Overall
    (307)
    Performance
    (278)
    Story
    (277)

    Picking up where The First Days ends, Fighting to Survive features the further zombie-killing, civilization-saving adventures of a pair of sexy, kick butt heroines and the men who love them. A hundred or so survivors of the zombie plague have found tenuous safety in the walled off center of a small Texas town. Now the hard work of survival begins - finding enough food; creating safe, weather-resistant shelter; establishing laws; and fighting off both the undead who want to eat them and the living bandits who want to rob and kill them.

    Vanessa says: "OK OK she LIKES both SEXES..MOVE ON ALREADY! JEEZ!"
    "Chilling second installment"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely, I already have. Its a refreshing take on the zombie genre, if the dead can walk why wouldn't ghosts be real as well?


    What did you like best about this story?

    The honest look into the root of humanity, and what a cataclysmic event would do to people.


    Have you listened to any of Cassandra Campbell’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This was the second, the first being the First Days. I would listen to her again for sure.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There are too many to count and would definitely be spoilers.


    Any additional comments?

    This was an intense and gratifying listen

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The First Days: As the World Dies, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Rhiannon Frater
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (525)
    Performance
    (483)
    Story
    (480)

    The morning that the world ends, Katie is getting ready for court and housewife Jenni is taking care of her family. Less than two hours later, they are fleeing for their lives from a zombie horde. Thrown together by circumstance, Jenni and Katie become a powerful zombie-killing partnership, mowing down zombies as they rescue Jenni's stepson, Jason, from an infected campground.

    Garth says: "Not for my demographic"
    "Refreshing take on the zombie genre"
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    Would you listen to The First Days again? Why?

    Absolutely, and I plan on it. I loved that they didn't shy away from the fact there would be child zombies, lots of them. Most books/movies gloss over that fact. It makes for a more terrifying realistic view.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Katie for sure, I related to her more. She was such a strong character, even in her vulnerable moments, she was never ashamed of she she was, and she loved unconditionally.


    Have you listened to any of Cassandra Campbell’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This was the first time I have heard one of her narrations, but I def will again.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The first chapter was heartbreaking and real and hooked me from the get go. I was completely invested and so glad I picked up this book.


    Any additional comments?

    Take a chance on this series, you wont be disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Theirs to Keep: Tangled Hearts, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Maya Banks
    • Narrated By Christian Fox
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (126)
    Performance
    (117)
    Story
    (119)

    When Cade Walker and Merrick Sullivan find Elle hiding in the cabinet of a gun store, they know they can't just walk away from the fragile woman with no memory of who she is or who tried to kill her. Merrick is training for the title shot in the heavyweight division as a mixed martial artist and can't afford distractions, but neither can he turn his back on the woman who tugs at his heartstrings.

    Eran says: "WHAT????????????? It's over?"
    "Maya Banks is hit or miss for me, this was a miss"
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    Where does Theirs to Keep rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I found this book lacking, I love Maya Banks, but sometimes she really WOW's me, and this left me hanging.


    Would you recommend Theirs to Keep to your friends? Why or why not?

    I won't recommend this book. For one they didn't advertize it as a 2 part series, so it ended abruptly. And second, it wasnt that I had a hard time believe a woman can recover from what she went through. Its the how that bothered me. She is shacked up with an MMA fighter and not once does she ask or does he offer some self defense training!


    Which character – as performed by Christian Fox – was your favorite?

    Thats hard for me, they all sounded a lot alike.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    I wouldn't suggest a film for this book


    Any additional comments?

    This isn't your normal love story, the main character was brutalized before being almost murdered. Just know that before making the leap.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Siege: As the World Dies, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Rhiannon Frater
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (229)
    Performance
    (206)
    Story
    (209)

    The zombie illness has shattered civilization. The survivors, who have found tenuous safety in Texas, defend their fort against the walking dead and living bandits. The people of Ashley Oaks are stunned to discover that the vice president of the United States is alive and commanding the remnants of the US military. And what’s left of the US government has plans for this group of determined survivors.

    coreybeth says: "First book I cried over - Great end to trilogy"
    "Fantastic end to the series!"
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    What did you love best about Siege?

    This wasn't a nice happy perfect end to the series, but an appropriate one. It was as action packed as the other two but still gave you the completion you wanted.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The best part of these books was how real they were. I know thats funny since its a zombie story. But they didn't shy away from the thinks a lot of books in this genre do, like the fact there are, or would be, child zombies.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    That's hard to say without giving away spoilers.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    "Your Loco, Loco!"


    Any additional comments?

    These books would make a fantastic movie. I hope they will be picked up.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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