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  • The Memory Hacker

  • A Cyberpunk Conspiracy Thriller
  • By: JT Lawrence
  • Narrated by: Michael T. Bradley
  • Length: 1 hr and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

A medical scanner shocks Talia by telling her she's given birth before. Talia's sure the AI is glitching, but it's stirred something deep in her memory. Will she risk remembering?  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story

  • By Theresa Horton on 12-25-18

I liked it

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

Reviewed: 12-25-18

This author does cyberpunk really well, and I went into this one with high expectations. She did not disappoint. It's short, but it's good.

I only gave the narrator a 4-star, probably because I'm being unfair. He was really good, but anything set in South Africa, in my opinion, should have character accents consistent with that! He was quite American with all of his accents. Like I said, probably being unfair. :)

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Winds of War

  • By: Rhett C. Bruno, Jaime Castle
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 198
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 190
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 189

Full-scale rebellion rages in the south, and Sir Torsten Unger must lead the Glass Army to face it. But when a new and unfamiliar king forces Torsten to march alongside one of his fiercest rivals, he must draw on his faith to keep the army from fracturing. Whitney Fierstown continues his tutelage of the blood mage, Sora, who is desperate to get a better handle on her mysterious powers. Their journey brings them to the merchant city of Winde Port, where they seek passage to Yaolin City aboard a ship. It's smooth sailing until they realize an old nemesis is hunting them....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 4.5 Stars

  • By Joe on 12-18-18

Really enjoying this series

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

Reviewed: 12-25-18

Great follow-on to a very good first book. The characters, plot, and writing are top-notch. I don't think it's hyperbole to say that this is right up there with the best of today's fantasy, such as the Stormlight Archives by Sanderson. I am truly enjoying it that much. The narrator was also excellent in this one. I'm impatiently looking forward to the next entry in the series!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Web of Eyes

  • By: Rhett C. Bruno, Jaime Castle
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 534
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 511
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 509

When a piece of the crown prince's soul is stolen by a traitorous warlock, disgraced knight Torsten Unger makes it his sworn duty to get it back and save the last hope for the kingdom. But he can't do it alone. Self-proclaimed "World's Greatest Thief" Whitney Fierstown sits in the castle dungeon, destined for the gallows until Torsten offers this choice: rot and die in a dank cell or join him on a dangerous expedition to put his skills to good use and earn his freedom. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I loved this book!

  • By Joliet Jill on 11-15-18

Great series

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

Reviewed: 12-03-18

Really enjoyed the story and am looking forward to where the series is heading. Had never read a book by these authors before, so I didn't know what to expect, but they did a great job. I really liked the narrator, though my only nitpick there is that the voice for the thief was a little too over the top and sometimes hard to understand as a result. But he did a good job making the different characters distinctive to be able to keep up with what was going on, while picking voices that seemed to fit each character well.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Crimson Sin

  • Rebel Heart, Book 1
  • By: Trina M. Lee
  • Narrated by: Heather Costa
  • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16

Angel blood runs through her veins. Spunky guitar goddess Spike just wants to be a rockstar. But destiny calls, and it won't be denied. Spike spends her days training for a war she never wanted to be part of and her nights as the guitarist of up-and-coming rock band, Crimson Sin. Like all nephilim, she's caught in the middle of a war between the light and the dark. She's got a werewolf best friend, a penchant for partying, and a problem with commitment. Spike does her best to avoid choosing a side, until she meets smoking-hot bass player Rowen Cruz and devilish frontman Arrow Lynch.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • pleasantly surprised to discover a new series

  • By KD on 12-24-18

Interesting work

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

Reviewed: 11-29-18

The premise was interesting, and the book delivered on it. Fascinating how the author wove together the underground rock scene and the supernatural. The characters, story, and worldbuilding were also believable and relatable despite the fantastical content, always a tricky thing to pull off.

Regarding my three-star review of the narrator: while I liked her, she didn't really make an effort to differentiate characters, sometimes requiring me to back up and re-listen to a conversation multiple times to figure out who was saying what. But she has a good voice that suits Spike well.

A word of caution to the more sensitive listeners: lots of foul and sometimes graphic language including the f-word many many times. I figure it was probably appropriate for the setting (underground rock scene, drug dealers, crime, and all that), but still worth being aware of in advance. I've got a very high tolerance for such things, but I'll admit even I was a little thrown off by the sheer amount of it. Despite that, I'd still recommend this book.

Disclosure: I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Last of the Nighthawks

  • By: Greg Dragon
  • Narrated by: Cari Scholtens
  • Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21

Helga Ate is finally getting her chance. Chosen for a coveted slot in the glorious Nighthawks, Special Forces, she will certainly be able to prove herself as more than a half-alien outcast. But when her team deploys to the moon of Dyn, tragedy strikes, and Helga is put to the ultimate test - survival. Facing insurmountable odds and escaping torture, Helga and her mentor, Cilas Mec, are forced to face a fate worse than death. Battling brain-eating aliens and human pirates, the odds are stacked against them in every way. The rescue should be coming.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Didn't enjoy it.

  • By Jeff M. on 11-14-18

Didn't enjoy it.

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

Reviewed: 11-14-18

The book started off well, and the world-concept was interesting. The fight/action scenes were also generally well done (other than some discontinuities along the lines of the ones mentioned below). The narrator was also good.

All that said, there were just too many inconsistencies in the writing for it to be enjoyable for me. Example: one moment two characters were swapping stories to pass the time, the next moment it's observed that they've barely been talking to each other and there's tension between them. Another example: a character joins a new unit hours before a mission, someone else dies early in that mission, and later the first character mourns them and all the times they shared together. When???. These type of inconsistencies also frequently showed up in the characters' actions and motivations/mindsets as revealed via first person narration perspective. Finally, honestly, the storyline was pretty predictable.

It's too bad, because with some more polish, I think this could have been a decent book. But the interesting preview and publisher summary weren't borne out by the actual story, at least not in my opinion.

I received a free copy of this audiobook from the author in exchange for an honest review.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Restriction

  • The Rise of Magic, Book 1
  • By: CM Raymond, LE Barbant, Michael Anderle
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 8 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 266
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 254
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 254

She didn't mean to use magic. She didn't even know she had magic. She just wanted to save her brother, who was dying in her arms. Accused of using illegal magic, and sentenced to a cruel death at the hands of the city's guards, Hannah has no choice but to trust in the aid of a strange old man who wields unimaginable power.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great

  • By Theresa Horton on 09-16-18

Intriguing

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

Reviewed: 09-16-18

I liked this book, and the narrator. The characters were well-developed, their motivations believable, the plot was good, and it has an interesting magic system. I didn't find out until after I finished the book and listened to the author notes at the end that it's part of a larger universe. Now I'm interested in going back and reading some of the other books to learn more background. But, that background was not necessary to enjoy this one. I'd recommend this to others.

  • The Sigma Surrogate

  • When Tomorrow Calls
  • By: JT Lawrence
  • Narrated by: Jean Ann Douglass
  • Length: 4 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28

Keke is a biopunk journalist who won't stop till she exposes the truth. Will her reckless ambition help the surrogates, or harm them? Join Keke on her mission to uncover the biggest story she's ever encountered. You'll meet Jasmine and Marko and get pulled under with Kirsten, who's on the cusp of her own nail-biting story.  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A story that is filled with action

  • By cosmitron on 07-13-18

(Not) shockingly, I really liked it

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

Reviewed: 08-30-18

Okay, okay, I know I seem like a paid shill or something at this point if you've read my other reviews of the When Tomorrow Calls series. But it's just a fantastic series, and this is no exception. I liked this one a lot. It centers on Keke, who was certainly one of my favorite characters in the main series. If you've read and liked the main series, you'll love this one. If you haven't, this is a good intro to it. This one seems to have occurred slightly after the Stepford Florist in the timeline, but it's within a month or so of the start of Why You Were Taken and there are a lot of really good references and hints at what is to come. It was really good at filling in backstory without it becoming a distraction to this actual story. The main plot stands alone very well while illustrating who the characters are and how they ultimately ended up together, which is exactly right for a prequel in my opinion. I even liked the narrator, even though she wasn't Roshina Ratnam. ;)

Disclosure: I was provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, and with no expectation of a positive review.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Tormented Souls

  • By: Autumn Winchester
  • Narrated by: Stacy Gonzalez
  • Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 18

After months of my monsters attacking me in my dreams, I come to know I am not normal. I am not human. I don’t know what I am, but whatever it is, my parents want me dead. They see me as a threat, a target. When the monsters from my nightmares manifest in real life, I will do anything in my power just to stay alive.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Sucked me in...

  • By Claire on 08-15-18

Disappointed based on the preview

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

I was intrigued by the preview clip, but I was disappointed by the book. On the positive side, the narration was very good and I believe I would enjoy listening to her again. On the negative side, I didn't like the actual book and cannot recommend it. The characters were very unevenly written, there was a whole lot of talking and very little doing, and there wasn't really any basis for why a particular character was worthy of being served/followed/etc. In fact, based on the story as presented, there was actually a decent amount of evidence for why they *shouldn't* be followed. All in all, just not my cup of tea and I struggled to finish it (but did so).

Disclosure: I was provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an honest review.

  • When Tomorrow Calls

  • Complete Boxed Set: Books 1-3
  • By: JT Lawrence
  • Narrated by: Roshina Ratnam
  • Length: 27 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85

The complete set of the When Tomorrow Calls series is now available on audiobook, including Why You Were Taken, How We Found You, and What Have We Done. Experience JT Lawrence's chilling vision of the all-too-near future.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Sci-fi Adventure

  • By cosmitron on 05-26-18

Fantastic series

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

If you've read my reviews of the first two books in this series, you'll be not at all surprised at how highly I rated the boxed set! While the first book is the strongest, the sequels are organic (they don't feel forced or contrived) and also very good. The ending of the third book is a big of a mind-screw. Also, Roshina Ratnam was born to narrate this series. If you like cyberpunk or technothrillers, I absolutely recommend these books and any others that take place in this universe.

Disclosure: I was provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, and with no expectation of a positive review.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • How We Found You: A Cyberpunk Kidnapping Thriller

  • When Tomorrow Calls Book 2
  • By: JT Lawrence
  • Narrated by: Roshina Ratnam
  • Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 32

There's something different about Kate's four-year-old son. He wasn't created the old fashioned way. Now a violent cult wants him dead and Kate will do anything to protect him – until they take her daughter. In tomorrow's world, Kate is haunted by a brutal past. Struggling to navigate a life that seems like an experiment in virtual reality, her paranoia threatens to consume her. But when someone tries to kidnap Mally, she realises she was absolutely right to be afraid. With only hours to go before the cult's prophecy is to be fulfilled, Kate and Seth face more danger than they've ever imagined, desperate to keep him safe. However, the charismatic leader of the cult has other ideas, which puts Kate in an impossible position. Who will she choose to live, and who will she have to sacrifice?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Book 2

  • By ZOE R on 12-21-17

Great follow-up to a great first book

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

Reviewed: 06-25-18

I loved the first book in this series, and this was a great sequel. The plot is satisfyingly complex without being confusing (or simply a rehash of the first!). I wish the author had gone into the main character's synesthesia a little more like she did in the first book, and the character floated in a sea of PTSD for a long time before being galvanized into action. But I've never suffered from PTSD, and her struggle with it seemed realistic enough that I can't pick that nit, and anyway it probably was realistic how bad it was for her. The narrator was fantastic again, and I'm really looking forward to the third book in the series!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful