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Karen Reese

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  • Configured

  • The Configured Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Jenetta L. Penner
  • Narrated by: Lillie Ricciardi
  • Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29

There will come a day when love will mark you as a traitor. In a society where emotions are nothing and function is everything, Avlyn Lark is just trying to blend in. She's lucky to be alive, unlike her twin brother Ben who died when they were four. And she's lucky to have been taken from her biological parents and assigned to a Level Two family. But mastering her emotions? That's a problem, especially when a rebel bomb blows up a building right in front of her. Then on Configuration Day, Avlyn's official transition to adulthood, she starts seeing strange visions. And instead of being placed with a low-level tech company where she could hide away, she's hired by Genesis Technologies, the government firm that monitors every citizen. Now, instead of blending in, Avlyn fears she'll be exposed for what she really is.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • YA Dystopian

  • By Karen Reese on 05-19-18

YA Dystopian

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

Reviewed: 05-19-18

I enjoyed this book immensely.The main character is a brave and strong young woman. Her families past choices force her to fight for her future.The story has a nice flow and the author did an excellent job of world building.The narrator has a pleasant voice and did a good job portraying the story.I received an audiobook from the author for review.

  • Twisted World: A Broken World Novel

  • Twisted, Book 1
  • By: Kate L. Mary
  • Narrated by: Heather Firth
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23

Twenty years ago, a deadly virus swept the globe, ravaging the population. People died and came back as monsters, and through the tragedy that rocked the world, survivors were born. Megan James is the product of survivors. Her parents crossed hundreds of miles of dangerous countryside to reach Atlanta and the promise of a real future. Now, two decades later, Meg is facing a crisis of her own. Her father has vanished and is presumed dead, and her mom is teetering on the edge of insanity, but all Meg really wants is to return to the safe world she always thought she was living in.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Life is a struggle.

  • By cosmitron on 03-22-18

Delightful Zombie Treat

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

Reviewed: 05-18-18

I enjoyed this book immensley.Having read and loved the Broken World series it was a real treat to delve back into that world.Yet this book could be read and enjoyed as a standalone story.I have always wondered what would happen after the initial zombie apocalypse, and this is a great story about the possible future.We meet new characters and are able to enjoy the familiarity of characters from the Broken World books.I can't wait to see what book two holds for these survivors futures.The narrator has a pleasant voice and does a good job portraying the story.I purchased the ebook,but I received an audible copy of this book from the author to review.

  • Twisted Mind

  • A Broken World Novella
  • By: Kate L. Mary
  • Narrated by: Heather Firth
  • Length: 3 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

Born at the beginning of the zombie apocalypse to the head of the CDC and the leader of the new world, Jackson Star has always known that he would one day rule. But as Jackson and his father creep closer to achieving their goals, things slowly begin to unravel. 

Twisted Mind is a dark and disturbing look into Jackson’s brain, and the inner-workings of the CDC. It will give readers a glimpse of the future, as well as answer questions that have plagued us from the very beginning of the Broken World series.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Twisted Mind

  • By Deedra on 06-13-18

Absolutely loved it

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

Reviewed: 05-18-18

I absolutely loved this novella.The author tells the story of Atlanta survivors through the viewpoint of a twisted cruel young man.I thought this was an incredible way to share the lives of the characters I already love.The narrator has a pleasant voice and did an excellent job portraying the story.I had previously purchased the ebook,but received an audible copy from the author for review.

  • The White Dragon 1: Genesis

  • By: Stefan Bolz
  • Narrated by: Hank Garner
  • Length: 4 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

The White Dragon: Genesis is the story of the very beginning of an apocalyptic event as seen through the eyes of an 18-year-old girl. Nothing could have prepared her for what is about to happen and she has to face some seriously tough stuff before the end. During the 36 hours of terror that turn Kasey Byrne's life upside down and strip her of everything dear to her, something inside her awakens. It is gift and curse alike for it can destroy her or turn her into the most powerful weapon against the evil

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazingly quick paced story

  • By Seamus on 09-16-16

Wonderfully Weird

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

Reviewed: 10-04-16

Any additional comments?

This was a uniquely weird and wonderful book.As a huge fan of the Wyrd universe books written by multiple authors i couldn't wait to read this story.The author creates interesting characters and a frightening world they live in.The characters struggle to survive and protect those they care for against unimaginable evil is well written.The narrator has a pleasant voice and portrayed the story well. I purchased the ebook,but received a copy of the audiobook from the author in exchange for an honest review.

  • Moon Dust

  • A Two Moons of Sera Short Story
  • By: P.K. Tyler
  • Narrated by: Karen Rose Richter
  • Length: 1 hr and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9

Nilafay spends her time beneath the ocean's surface either swimming in the depths or in the artificial atmosphere of the Domed City. Despite the rules of her amphibian race, she longs to explore the world above. On the day before her wedding to the Sualwet man of her dreams, Nilafay finally wanders too far and learns just what the others had been warning her about.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Moon dust?

  • By Wanda on 07-12-16

Ok

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-20-16

Any additional comments?

This was an interesting story about a naive young sualwet ocean dweller.Nilafay is kidnapped and endures mistreatment by the sualwets enemies.She struggles to endure and make a life for herself.I really didn't like how naive Nilafay was.The narrator used a whiney voice to portray her which I found incredibly irritating.I received an audiobook from the author in exchange for an honest review.

  • Ren: The Monster Inside the Monster

  • By: Sarah Noffke
  • Narrated by: Tim Campbell
  • Length: 5 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22

Ren Lewis, who has faced every danger known to man, is about to meet a challenge he's convinced has the power to undo him. When he discovers that his daughter, Adelaide, has been hiding a pregnancy, he goes into hiding himself. With a new ferocity he throws himself into his work in order to avoid family responsibility. And there's enough work to keep him occupied with Vivian Bishop trying to infiltrate American homes, intent on controlling and manipulating their residents. Ren soon realizes that Vivian is his perfect enemy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A brilliant end to the series

  • By Rabid Reader on 08-19-16

Awesome

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

Reviewed: 09-10-16

Any additional comments?

I have really enjoyed the Ren series.The story evolves and enlarges the readers understanding of what makes Ren tick.His suffering and happiness combine into a hellava book.This is the darkest of Sarah Nofkes books,yet it is my favorite.It reveals the dual natures of humans and the struggles we all face to some degree in our lives.I am going to really miss the snarky Brit.Yet I have hope that we might see a series based on Adelaide or Lucian's lives.The narrator has a pleasant voice and does an amazing job portraying the story.I received an audiobook from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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  • The Children of Darkness

  • The Seekers, Book 1
  • By: David Litwack
  • Narrated by: Erin deWard
  • Length: 11 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 52

A thousand years ago the Darkness came - a terrible time of violence, fear, and social collapse when technology ran rampant. But the vicars of the Temple of Light brought peace, ushering in an era of blessed simplicity. For 10 centuries they have kept the madness at bay with "temple magic," and by eliminating forever the rush of progress that nearly caused the destruction of everything. Childhood friends Orah and Nathaniel have always lived in the tiny village of Little Pond, longing for more from life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not Just for Adults

  • By Mindjacked on 07-24-16

Enjoyed

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

Reviewed: 09-09-16

Any additional comments?

From the first chapter i was intrigued by the characters and the world they inhabited.The people are under the control of the religious leaders who have forsaken all modern technology.The characters quest to find society's hidden past and free their fellow countrymen from the control of the church is well written.The narrator has a pleasant voice and portrayed the story well.I purchased the ebook,but received an audiobook from the author in exchange for an honest review.

  • Rat Run

  • A Post-Apocalyptic Tale
  • By: Michael Robertson
  • Narrated by: Phillip J. Mather
  • Length: 2 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 17

With extreme austerity driving everyone but the super wealthy into poverty, Matt joined the revolutionaries in their fight against the UK government. The previous monuments to political rule were toppled, and London was reduced to rubble. Ten years later, and Matt's desperate for one last roll of the dice. He's promised his 12-year-old daughter a new life in a fairer world.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Bleak world, well written

  • By Chris on 08-08-16

4 stars

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-15-16

Any additional comments?

This was an interesting take on a frightening future world.The book centers around a father and his young daughter trying to flee the government.The book portrays their struggles to survive and the love the father has for his child.The book concludes with an unexpected twist.I had a little trouble acclimating to the narrators voice and at first thought I had my speed setting wrong.But once I started to to get into the story I had no problem listening to him.I received an audiobook from the author in exchange for an honest review.

  • Blackout

  • Strike Point, (Volume 1)
  • By: Emerson Hawk
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 3 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 74
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 71

Was it true that ISIS set off multiple EMP's across the USA, taking out the entire power grid? Or was that just a cover up? John and Laura Monroe are stuck on a train that has come to its final stop 150 miles from home. With no communications, and strange storms taking over the skies, every decision they make could be the difference between life or death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Post apocalyptic sub genre at its best

  • By Mary Karowski on 06-19-16

EMP

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

Reviewed: 07-12-16

Any additional comments?

This EMP story about a married couple trying to return home is really more about a set of political beliefs.One of the characters believes that the government is responsible for the attack.They are also provided with the basic essentials of survival by the authorities.They seem to be more inconvenienced rather than suffering in any real way.The book ends with a small cliffhanger which is expected with a series.The narration is alright and portrays the story well.I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Born of Water: Elemental Magic & Epic Fantasy Adventure

  • The Rise of the Fifth Order, Book 1
  • By: Autumn M. Birt
  • Narrated by: Thom Bowers
  • Length: 11 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 20

In the buried archives of the Temple of Dust may lie the secret to defeating the Curse, a creature which seeks to destroy 16-year old Ria for the forbidden gifts she possesses. But it is from among the ranks of those who control the Curse where Ria will find her best chance of success. Only the Priestess Niri can save Ria from the forces that hunt her, if Niri doesn't betray the girl first. Along with Ria comes Ty and his sister, Lavinia, both bound to defend Ria from the Church of Four Orders.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome new author

  • By Michael on 07-20-17

YA

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-12-16

Any additional comments?

I felt that the plot was a too slow for my tastes and the characters not very interesting.Yet I am probably not the authors target audience and this book is skewed toward a younger reader.Overall i was entertained by the story.The narrator has a pleasant voice and did a good job portraying the book.I received an audiobook from the author in exchange for an honest review