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  • One Eyed Jack

  • By: Christopher J. Lynch
  • Narrated by: Tom Jordan
  • Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

Professional blackmailer John Sharp, aka One Eyed Jack, is a man who knows how to keep a secret - for a price. But when a routine case of infidelity takes an unexpected detour, he soon finds himself caught in a tangled web of double-blackmail, commodities manipulation, and trying to rescue the woman that had once been his target.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fresh, New, Character! Great Story. Love it!

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-02-18

Despicable and reckless main character

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

Reviewed: 06-14-18

Jack Sharp, also known as One Eyed Jack because of a missing eye, is a professional blackmailer. Living a double life and protecting his girlfriend from his sordid income, Jack faces a difficult situation where he has to assist one of his victims.

The main character of this story is a mix between hero an antihero. At first we find a despicable and reckless man with a soft side for his girl, but then he gets mixed in another woman’s business and things get complicated professional and personalwise.

It tooke me a while to get into the story. The book is narrated in first person, and Jack’s personality is not very likable. He describes the facts with a detachement that is difficult to relate to, and I couldn’t stop myself from feeling a mix of envy and disgust.

The story picks up speed at some point and we see a different side of Jack. I found it somehow not very realistic, since I would not expect somebody to change that much just by seeing a woman in need, after blackmailing as a profession for so many years. The two women in the book are just side characters with little to add to the story, apart from being damsels in distress, atracting Jack, and assisting in portraying him as a hero.

Tom Jordan’s narration perfectly matched Jack’s style and detached behavior. I found it a bit too flat at first and this could have contributed to me finding it difficult to get into the story. The character’s interpretations were stellar, though, and I understand that this style was intended in order to transmit Jack’s personality, which was successful.

It was an entertaining book, and I would recommend it to anyone into mysteries and thrillers, except for those who like strong female characters.

I received a copy of this book in audio format from the narrator in exchange for an honest review.

  • Call to Arms

  • A Detective Kay Hunter Crime Thriller
  • By: Rachel Amphlett
  • Narrated by: Alison Campbell
  • Length: 6 hrs 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

Kay Hunter has survived a vicious attack at the hands of one of the country's most evil serial killers. Returning to work after an enforced absence to recover, she discovers she wasn't the only victim of that investigation. DI Devon Sharp remains suspended from duties, and the team is in turmoil. Determined to prove herself once more and clear his name, Kay undertakes to solve a cold case that links Sharp to his accuser. But as she gets closer to the truth, she realizes her inquiries could do more harm than good.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This series keeps giving and giving

  • By DabOfDarkness on 06-12-18

Another great book in this excellent series

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

Reviewed: 06-02-18

Agent Kay Hunter is back at work from her enounter with her nemesis and recovering from her injuries. Kay's doctor's recommendation is taking things easy until reaching full physical and mental recovery, but she just can't remain calm under DI Sharp's suspension from duties. Kay and her team will work hard to find out the truth behind Sharp's suspensions, and maybe uncover a corruption case at the police department.

I always reserve weekends for Kay Hunter's adventures to disconnect from the world avoid interruptions. Although I missed some of the exciting elements I found in the previous book, this was a very pleasureable listen too. We have to remember that there was an important story arc that closed in the previous book. The gist for his book's plot was planted in book four, but although Sharp was an important character for Kay, I had issues connecting to him.

Independent from all that, it was an exciting book, full of great moments and several plot twists that had me on the edge of my seat from beggining to end. We get to know better some of Kay's colleagues, and this made the book richer than the previous ones.

It was also nice to go back to Alison Campbell's narration, which has become for me an essencial part in this series. Her direct and compelling style kept my attention at all times, while also delivering excellent character perfomances. The audio production was spotless.

Whatever Rachel Amphlett comes up with regarding Kay Hunter, she can take my money. An amazing series for fans of thrillers.

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Rachel Amphlett. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

  • Generation Robot

  • A Century of Science Fiction, Fact, and Speculation
  • By: Terri Favro
  • Narrated by: Teri Schnaubelt
  • Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2

Clever and accessible, Generation Robot isn’t just for the serious, scientific reader―it’s for everyone interested in robotics and technology since their science-fiction origins. By looking back at the future she once imagined, analyzing the plugged-in present, and speculating on what is on the horizon, Terri Favro allows readers the chance to consider what was, what is, and what could be. This is a captivating book that looks at the pop-culture of our society to explain how the world works―now and tomorrow.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A good book for sci-fi enthusiasts

  • By Lomeraniel on 05-27-18

A good book for sci-fi enthusiasts

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

Reviewed: 05-27-18

I rarely read non-fiction, but I found the title and premises of this book appealing. Terry Favro explores how robots were conceived in literature and film, and how that translated into reality. We witness the beginning of simple machines like elevators, and then typewriters and computers; how Gates and Jobs started their journey, and the evolution of AI, driverlerss cars, without forgetting the eternal debate about whether robots will take away our jobs.

I found it an interesting book, even though I belong to a newer generation, but it was enjoyable how the robot industry affected Terry Favro and her family. There was a bit of speculation that I enjoyed less, for the simple fact that I didn’t find it realistic enough. I think it is, in general, a good book for sci-fi enthusiasts and people who are curious about the evolution of robots and computers, but maybe a bit too generic if you are looking for a more scientific read.

Teri Schnaubelt did a wonderful job narrating this book, keeping it interesting and compelling, and using different voices when Favro was quoting somebody. You can’t go wrong with Schnaubelt!

I received a copy of this book in audio format from the narrator in exchange for an honest review.

  • Amber Wake: Gabriel Falling

  • The Razor's Adventures Pirate Tales
  • By: P. S. Bartlett, Ronovan Hester
  • Narrated by: Jake Urry
  • Length: 7 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4

I was born in London as Gabriel Wallace. The child of high society, although I was raised to appreciate everything that softly landed in my hand. I followed all the rules. I worked hard, studied hard, and ended up a captain in the Royal Navy before my 25th birthday. Unfortunately, I saw the world through my own eyes, not the eyes of my superiors, and my vision was clear. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Trying to right a wrong

  • By Margaret on 03-25-18

This audiobook will stay with me for a long time

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

Reviewed: 05-26-18

Gabriel Wallace, captain of the Royal Navy, is unfairly court-martialed. But Gabriel is not alone, and his crew will make him find an escape and be there for him. Things will never be the same for captain Wallace.

The book is written in first person, from Gabriel’s point of view. It took me some time to get into this book due to the language used in it, but after finishing it I can say that I absolutely loved it, and I wanted to start it over again and again. Where to start reviewing this book? It has great characters that grew on me, fully fleshed and with complex reactions. There is a clear evolution, not only of Gabriel, or Rasmus, but also the other men in his crew. I grew terribly fond of him, Miles, and Maddox, and I already miss them so much!

This is a book about pirates, about treason, about sacrifice, and above all, about friendship. During their journey, they discover the freedom of this new life, but also the price they must pay for it, and they wonder whether there will be a way back from it.

I must clarify that this is the third book in a series, but it can be read as a standalone. I haven’t read the previous books, but I am planning to do so as soon as I can, since I loved the world building, the portraying of the characters, the detailed descriptions, and the adventure.

I was lucky enough to discover this book due to his narrator, Jake Urry, which has a distinctive style and velvety voice that I could listen to for hours on end. He really became Gabriel in this book, or rather Rasmus. Bartlett’s beautiful language found the perfect voice and style in Urry’s narration, and both text and voice complemented each other reaching perfection. This is one of those audiobooks that will stay with me for a very long time and that I absolutely recommend to everyone.

I received a copy of this book in audio format from the narrator in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Extinction Code

  • Ancient Origins Series, Book 1
  • By: James D. Prescott
  • Narrated by: Gary Tiedemann
  • Length: 7 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 433
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 403
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 402

Geophysicist Jack Greer believes he may finally have found the resting place of the meteorite that wiped out the dinosaurs sixty-five million years ago. A few miles off the Yucatán coast, Jack and a team of scientists tow an aging drilling platform over the impact crater with the aim of securing a sample. But buried deep beneath the earth lies a shocking discovery that threatens to shatter everything we think we know about the origins of our species.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • the story is solid and entertaining

  • By AudioBook Reviewer on 04-04-18

An Arthur C. Clark inspired series

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

Reviewed: 05-21-18

A team of scientists is sent to a remote place in order to investigate the meteorite responsible for wiping out the dinosaurs, but what they find there is much more surprising than what they expected. In the meantime a series of burst are causing a very rare disease in many people, and the only geneticist in the world with a clue about what could be happening is running for her life.

Technothriller is one of my favorite genre, and the premises of this book seemed so great that I could not let it pass. There are two main plots here, one about the team exploring the supposed meteorite, and another about the geneticist trying to find out what is happening with the world and especially with her daughter, racing before she gets killed.

It is clear that James D. Prescott is a fan of Arthur C. Clarke; not only due to Hall 9000’s mention, but also because this book reminded me a lot of ‘Rendezvous with Rama’, one Clark’s greatest novels. In both books the scientific team’s mission is exploring an object from outer space, and through observations and hypothesis they try to reach a conclusion. While Clark’s book lacked character development, ‘Extinction Code’ did a bit better. It is not that the main characters are ultra developed, but they are easily recognizable, and their motives and priorities in life are quite clear. What I missed in this book were more clear and detailed descriptions. At times I found the ‘meteorite’ interior a bit confusing. Some may think that ‘Rendezvous with Rama’ had too much level of detail, but I remember that was one of the characteristics that got me hooked.

I was very curious about several facts in the story, and whether they were just fiction or partially based on reality. Luckily Prescott thought about curious minds like mine, and answered these questions in the epilogue (thank you!).

Gary Tiedemann’s narration was compelling and to the point, not interfering with the story, and bringing characters to life. The audio production was perfect. The only aspect that did not completely convince me were Tiedemann’s female voices. They sounded like the male’s, and at times I had troubles identifying who was talking.

This is the first book in a series, and book 2 is expected to be released sometime this summer. I hope we will get an audio version soon enough, since this series looks really promising. I have so many questions, and I am quite impatient to see how Prescott will answer them.

I received a copy of this book in audio format from the author in exchange for an honest review.

  • Danger's Hunt

  • Holly Danger, Book 5
  • By: Amanda Carlson
  • Narrated by: Emma Wilder
  • Length: 6 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 11

Holly won't rest until the outskirt is found. The militia who kidnapped him believe they have the upper hand, but they don't know what Holly has along for the ride. With the status reader, Case is as good as rescued. But once she arrives, things get dangerous fast. Tillman and his crew have detected their entrance. She has nothing left to do but make a decision that will change their future forever. Providing a distraction, in the last-ditch effort to free Case, Holly risks life, limb, and Luce. Once they arrive South, the countdown is on.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So good!!!

  • By Kristin Lewis on 06-14-18

The story is getting more and more interesting

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

Reviewed: 05-19-18

Holly is decided to rescue Case, and the best bet is going alone to avoid being discovered. There are terrible secrets surrounding the militia, and Holly and her group are in search for the truth and maybe their salvation.

I’m really loving these series. The characters feel close to the reader, gaining depth. As I thought, even though we got a lot of information about Cage in the last book, there was still a lot unknown, but revealed here. It was well worth the wait, and from here things are getting more and more interesting.

Apart from Cage’s past, more important things are found out, which will change the view of this world Holly and her friends live in. This book will set a before and after, and I am looking forward to the next one.

Emma Wilder’s narration was excellent, as always, really becoming Holly with her badass attitude, but also bringing to life the rest of characters, and delivering a compelling narration that kept me hooked to my headphones.

This is one of the best series I have read in quite some time. I would recommend it not only to post-apocalyptic fans, but to anyone who would want a well written story with surprises, twists, and interesting characters.

I received a copy of this book in audio format from the author in exchange for an honest review.

  • The House of Long Shadows

  • House of Souls, Book 1
  • By: Ambrose Ibsen
  • Narrated by: Joe Hempel
  • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 159
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 145

Kevin Taylor is an Internet-famous handyman on a mission: Find a house and renovate it in 30 days. By flipping a derelict house in a month's time and chronicling the entire thing on video for his online subscribers, he seeks to become a star. The problems that plague this property will require more than elbow grease to fix, however. Shadows throughout the home are distorted, and an enigmatic trespasser keeps showing up in his footage. Worse still are the hideous voices that issue from otherwise empty rooms in the dead of night.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • DIY: Haunted Home Edition

  • By Spooky Mike on 05-09-18

Relatable character

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

Reviewed: 05-15-18

Kevin Taylor’s main goal is landing a job at a TV station, and for that he decided to take the challenge of renovating an old house in only thirty days for his internet video channel. The fact that the old house is in a terrible state does not deter Kevin from pursuing his goals, but maybe the strange presence there will.

Ibsen is presenting another house with an evil presence. The premises were interesting and the main character relatable. It was easy to connect to him and understand his motivations. The mention of social media, followers, and comments made the book fresh and current, and this will appeal to any young (and not so young) reader.

The book was well written, as all Ibsen’s books, but I found it a bit slow and repetitive for the first two thirds. I think this impression was also due to the fact that we are dealing with only one character, and we are missing some characters dynamics. Towards the end it seems the book starts to pick up some rhythm, and it coincides with more characters interacting with Kevin. The ending was predictable but terrifying nonetheless.

Joe Hempel delivered a masterful narration, trapping me in the story. There were not a lot of different characters in this audiobook, but the few present were very well interpreted. Hempel did a really good job transmitting Kevin’s emotions in a palpable way. The audio production was perfect.

I received a copy of this book in audio format from the narrator in exchange for an honest review.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Jacq of Spades

  • The Red Dog Conspiracy, Volume 1
  • By: Patricia Loofbourrow
  • Narrated by: Machelle Williams
  • Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 18

In a far future US, the once-beautiful domed neo-Victorian city of Bridges is split between four crime families in an uneasy cease-fire. With social disparity increasing and its steam-driven infrastructure failing, a new faction is on the rise: the Red Dogs.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Can't wait for the next one!

  • By Karnie B on 10-05-16

Confusing and with little world building

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

Reviewed: 05-09-18

I so wanted to like this book. A mystery set in a parallel steampunk universe where the main character is a strong-willed woman with a dark past. But I had troubles with it.

We are thrown into the middle of the story with no explanations. Usually I don't have issues with this. It can take more or less to get into a book, but I am usually able to catch up and grasp things. This did not happen here. It's not that I felt lost but there were so many things missing in the book that it felt more like a draft than a real story. There are no descriptions whatsoever, and I have no idea how the city was, and how people lived and dressed. I think these details would have enriched this book, especially taking into account that there should have been a special atmosphere it being a steampunk novel.

The book is narrated in first person, from Jacqueline's point of view. We get a lot of some character's background story through her thoughts, which I found tiresome at times. I have to confess that I had some troubles keeping up with all the names, since we just got background stories in bursts but very few descriptions and dialogs.

The action is quite slow, and the story drags quite a lot, but it still held my attention and I wanted to see how it finished.

Until here it could have been an okay book, a little confusing and with little world building, but interesting enough to keep me listening until the end. The narration was not bad per se. Machelle Williams' narration skills are good, and her interpretation of Jacqueline was spot on. She didn't differentiate enough between characters voices, but that was mostly okay. What I couldn't stand was the audio production. It seems the quality of the recording was not good enough because it was all over-processed, eliminating all the high frequencies, and making Williams' voice sound very muffled (especially the 's'). I wonder if she had a problem with plosives that could justify this heavy processing. There are many audio edits, especially towards the end, and at least one of them is without processing, making it very noticeable and distracting. Her breathing was very noticeable here, so I am inclined to think that this was one of the causes for the audio processing.

I don't know how I feel about finishing this book. I could have just dropped it, but the story was enough to make me finish it. Nevertheless the narration and audio production made this more a chore than a pleasure. If you need to over-process your audio, maybe you should improve your recording skills or upgrade your booth and recording equipment.

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Patricia Loofbourrow. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

  • 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 58
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56

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

Unable to stop moving forward

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

Reviewed: 05-07-18

Kim and Julian are a young couple who were looking for a house and found a bargain. It is an old house but with lots of possibilities, and placed in an isolated and quiet area. While doing the renovating themselves, Kim finds several items that will make her ill at ease. The fact that the previous owners went missing seven years prior does not help to calm her down.

Reading a novel by Ambrose Ibsen is a guarantee for a great time. It is amazing how fixed Ibsen is on the theme of old and haunted houses, and each time he does it in a different and surprising way. It is not that his plots are clever and he knows the exact moment when to startle the reader, but also the way he introduces the ‘House’ (because I believe that the house in each of his books is just another character) just makes you want to know more about it, explore it along the main characters, knowing that you won’t find nice and friendly things but even like that, unable to stop moving forward.

Ibsen’s characters are relatable and fully fleshed. It’s easy to connect to them and understand them, even though we don’t get much information. They are alive in a very simple way, giving the impression that creating characters is an easy feat. Bravo Mr. Ibsen.

The audiobook is narrated by Joe Hempel, one of my favorite narrators of all time. I would listen to any book narrated by him (if I just had the time). Hempel sets the right atmosphere with his compelling tone, delivering great characters interpretations, and differentiating them in a subtle but clear way. You just can’t go wrong with Joe Hempel. The audio production was spotless.

This is a relatively short audiobook, just short of two hours and a half. It’s a presentation book, ending on a cliffhanger, and setting things up for the real action. I’m looking forward to the next book.

I received a copy of this book in audio format from the narrator in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Danger's Cure

  • Holly Danger, Book 4
  • By: Amanda Carlson
  • Narrated by: Emma Wilder
  • Length: 6 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

Holly and her crew are on a quest to uncover the locations of the medi-pods following the clues Roman left behind, hoping to find at least one that hasn’t been destroyed before the government catches on. The only problem is, someone already has. Strange UACs are popping up all over, and in order to take them out, the crew risks exposing itself. When they do, what they find is chilling. A secret government group has a dark purpose. Holly and her friends have no choice but to launch an all-out war to set things right.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A happy little find!

  • By Ray Johnson on 02-08-18

Transition title in the series

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

Reviewed: 05-05-18

Holly and her crew are running a race against the clock. They need to locate a working medi-pod to treat Mary before it’s too late for her, and maybe too late for all of them.

This series is getting more and more interesting, as the plot thickens and the story becomes more intricate. Things are not what they seemed at first, and probably the world, as they knew it, will soon change. In this book we get to know better Holly’s crew, and for the first time, for me, the secondary characters appear to be more differentiated, more polished.

The book kept my attention thanks to the multiple twists and also due to the fact that we’re starting to know a bit more about Case and his previous life. A lot of things happen in this book, but there is not a real conclusion. This is a transition book, and I believe we are bound for great surprises in the next book, which I’m impatient to get my hands on.

Emma Wilder did, as always, a wonderful job bringing Holly to life. At the same time, her voice range is quite ample, so that following dialogs is a no-brainer. Her interpretations are exquisite, and she is perfect at transmitting Holly’s bad-ass attitude.

I am so looking forward to the next book. I absolutely love post-apocalyptic books like these ones, in which the decadent and dark atmosphere is almost palpable.

I received a copy of this book in audio format from the author in exchange for an honest review.