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  • Jackals

  • By: Charles L. Grant
  • Narrated by: Travis Baldree
  • Length: 6 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16

We've all seen them - the stubborn tail-gater who follows too close, for too long...the wild driver who weaves through lanes on a crowded highway...the driver who causes accidents but is never a victim of one. These are the jackals, hunters who follow the nation's highways and byways, preying on the weak and unsuspecting. Jim Scott's been hunting jackals for some time now. They took someone he loved, once, and he's never forgiven them. And Jim doesn't fight alone.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Don't break down out in the middle of nowhere

  • By Spooky Mike on 04-27-18

Don’t listen while driving on a back road

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-21-18

We have all seen them. A car on the side of the road with a cloth on the window, a person sitting in a vehicle with the hood up, a car up on jack with a wheel off and no one around. Most of us just keep going, some of us may give some small thought to the matter, a rare souls may stop to help. Maybe nothing happens and they go on their way with a good deed done. Maybe something does happen. Maybe it was the jackals. The jackals are a part of the natural order. As is the hunter. This is a chapter in their story in history. And a dark chapter it is, in a darker story. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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  • Midnight in a Perfect World

  • By: Ambrose Ibsen
  • Narrated by: Joe Hempel
  • Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 54

A mysterious suicide. Horrific specters walking the streets. A drug that promises to change the world. An apocalyptic cult. Something is stirring in the city of Duluth, Minnesota. Ever since a celebrated researcher announced the creation of a new experimental drug - a drug with the potential to cure the mind of countless ills - people have been disappearing. When a grad student involved with the drug's development unexpectedly commits suicide, a private detective is tasked with unearthing the details of her tumultuous final days. This miracle drug may not be what it seems.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • If Tarantino directed a film written by Lovecraft

  • By Ray Johnson on 04-26-18

Midnight in a perfect blend of author and narrator

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-21-18

Ambrose Ibsen is a master of the terrifying and creepy. If H.P. Lovecraft were here today the two of them could collaborate on the greatest works of horror our world would ever know. Add to that a narrator with the range and ability to convey that terror from your ears to your soul and you have midnight in a perfect world. For this who have seen silent hill you will have a better way of adding the imagery to your minds eye. The veil between two worlds and the god hand is weakening, he is almost free, a new drug has hit the streets and it is breaking through the veil that blinds the mind and is blending the worlds faster and faster. To what end? Find out at midnight. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A Rare Book of Cunning Device

  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 985
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 922
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 916

Exclusive to Audio! Somewhere amongst the shadowy stacks and the many basements of the British library, something is very much amiss - and we're not talking late returns here. Is it a ghost, or something much worse? PC Peter Grant really isn't looking forward to finding out....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I LIKE TO LEARN FROM THE MISTAKES OF FICTIONAL

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 05-14-17

Great way to pass an hour or so

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-21-18

This one lasted a one way commute for me to work. I found it a great window into a world where magic and reality mix together and various groups are out there that help contain its more dangerous aspects. This is a story of one such device and the person who seeks it. Enjoy it. I did

  • For the Guild

  • Emerilia, Book 3
  • By: Michael Chatfield
  • Narrated by: Tristan Morris
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 545
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 520
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 518

After four months of training, Party Zero is ready to join up with the Stone Raiders and test out their newfound power. Forces have their eyes on the Stone Raiders for their own reasons. The Stone Raiders and Party Zero will be vital to the plans of higher powers and the future of Emerilia. They just have to survive long enough to make it there. A series of events are set into motion that will change the world, and just maybe the universe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Moving along nicely

  • By Ray Johnson on 04-15-18

Fantasy rpg/LITRPG at to finest

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-21-18

3rd book in an ongoing series but doesn’t require the others as I found it quite enjoyable as is. The story seems to blend fantasy as well as a bit of science fiction into it. The people appear to be sort of immersed in what they believe is a game yet appears to produce items used by the rest of the universe in some galactic war. The characters and the adventures are great, the guild is a raid guild and they are top notch. They go against other guild and have allies and assistants in the forms of Npc and ai’s. Well written and well narrated.

  • In Absentia

  • Black Acres, Book 1
  • By: Ambrose Ibsen
  • Narrated by: Joe Hempel
  • Length: 2 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41

There's No Place Like Home. Kim and Julian Taylor are in the market for their first home, and a visit to the secluded Beacon estate finds them enamored. It's a peculiar home, rather large and in need of some renovations. The price is right however, and after a tour, they snap the house up without hesitation. The man who sells them the house has one last detail to share before they sign on the dotted line. The previous owners of the home disappeared under mysterious circumstances nearly eight years ago and have recently been declared dead in absentia. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Quick but creepy read!

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 05-11-18

Creepy doesn’t begin to describe

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-15-18

Do you own a home? Ever bought a house? Ever spent the night at a friends new house? If so you will have some empathy. There are strange noises, odd feelings, and if the house I older it may seem to have a personality of it own. But how and why? I it something from the area? The prior owners? It’s builders? Ever done some renovations and found things in the walls? Things that shouldn’t be there? Things that....well, you’ll see. This is the first in a series of tales. Don’t listen in the dark alone. Enjoy. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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  • Cherry Blossom Girls

  • By: Harmon Cooper
  • Narrated by: Justin Thomas James, Annie Ellicott, Laurie Catherine Winkel, and others
  • Length: 5 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 232
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 220
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 221

I was a just normal guy until the night the cherry blossoms bloomed, the night that Grace appeared on my doorstep. A failed sci-fi writer, a gamer, but a normal guy nonetheless. Grace was everything I was not - a psychic shifter, beautiful beyond my wildest imagination, a government conspiracy waiting to be unraveled. And that was before the second superpowered woman showed up to kill us both.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cherry Blossom Gals can'tcha come out tonight

  • By Ray Johnson on 04-08-18

A harem super hero story? I’m in!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-15-18

A harem super hero Story? Seriously? I figured you know what I’ve listened to stranger things than this. I wasn’t disappointed. The story has your classic mr nobody who is now the center of the story with these super powered sexy ladies coming into his life. Mad scientists and their evil creations are after them, he is using his nerdy gaming abilities to max out the girls powers and his amateur writing ability to tell their story and get tips on the bad guys. What’s not to enjoy? Do not listen to this with younger children, there are some scenes to be expected with anything that refers to a harem. Enjoy this improbable tale. Well written and well narrated. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

  • Zombie Armageddon

  • Last Man Standing, Book 1
  • By: Max Lockwood
  • Narrated by: Andrew B. Wehrlen
  • Length: 6 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 19

A virus was unleashed, leading to a zombie apocalypse. No one thought that people would be able to turn into such horrible, violent creatures, even just in the metaphorical sense, let alone physically. Matthew was a retired soldier who quit the army after seeing his friends die. It’s hard for him to trust anyone, but in this crisis full of zombies, he will need to trust the group he’s stuck with to survive. Genevieve and Ellie are part of his group and are on a mission to find a cure to recover humanity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another great book by Max

  • By Keith LaDue on 04-04-18

Classic zombie apocalypse survival story

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-15-18

There’s a formula for a great zombie story and this one follows it very well. The author created a great story and chose a narrator who delivered the feelings the story needed. You will get all the horror, gore, close calls, tragic deaths, and moaning zombies that you could possibly want. Enjoy the tale. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

  • Orconomics: A Satire

  • The Dark Profit Saga, Book 1
  • By: J. Zachary Pike
  • Narrated by: Doug Tisdale Jr.
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,346
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,280
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,277

Professional heroes kill and loot deadly monsters every day, but Gorm Ingerson's latest quest will be anything but business as usual. The adventuring industry drives the economy of Arth, a world much like our own but with more magic and fewer vowels. Monsters' hoards are claimed, bought by corporate interests, and sold off to plunder funds long before the Heroes' Guild actually kills the beasts. Of course, that's a terrible arrangement for the Shadowkin; orcs, goblins, kobolds, and their ilk must apply for to become Noncombatant Paper Carriers to avoid being killed and looted by heroes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • High Fantasy meets Economics- hilarity ensues

  • By James Caulfield on 01-02-17

The economics of adventuring

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-14-18

Oh my god! Hilarious! A D & D style adventure that has the economic breakdown of an adventure, who gets the loot? How is a party funded and outfitted? Guild politics? Who decides who is a villain? A target? The price of a contract? The benefits of being an adventurer? This whole story revolves around a group of has been/never were adventurers and a contract that should be unfulfillable. When the impossible is done a secret so dark and twisted will be revealed that those who should be heroes become the darkest of villains instead. Be ready to have your view of dungeon crawl adventures to be turned on their head and trampled. Great story! I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

  • Mob Fest '29

  • By: Bill Tonelli
  • Narrated by: Kevin Gallagher
  • Length: 1 hr and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13

According to the Encyclopedia of American Crime, "Perhaps the most important criminal conference of the American underworld was held during three days in May 1929 in Atlantic City", during which "the overlords of American crime discussed their future plans" at an event that was "earthshaking in its effect on the development of American crime syndicates". It's a great tale starring Al Capone, Frank Costello, Meyer Lansky, and Nucky Johnson, who inspired Boardwalk Empire. This story has everything...with maybe one small exception. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The facts about a famous meeting.

  • By cosmitron on 05-06-18

A short history of a photo

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-14-18

I find the mob to be a fascinating subject. That being said the tantalizing blurb about a secret mob meeting in Atlantic City in 1929 with al Capone and many other mobsters was just more than I could resist. That being said I found the story to leave me seeking more (in a good way). The author uses this story to not only present the 1929 meeting but to debunk it, pick at it, theorize on it and point you into many directions that it could be. There are numerous accounts of the meeting and who was there and what was covered. Listen and look into it and come to your own conclusions. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Stepford Florist

  • When Tomorrow Calls, Book 1
  • By: JT Lawrence
  • Narrated by: Jenni Blythe
  • Length: 1 hr and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23

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.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A fun quick read.

  • By cosmitron on 04-19-18

A short tale of paranormal surgeries

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-08-18

A unique view of the paranormal world from the eyes of an investigative cosmetician who also does floral arrangements. The story is different but interesting. Enjoy the different view and the scenarios presented. Short but amusing and entertaining. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher