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  • Dialogue Prompt: "We Are Not Alone in the Universe!"

  • By: Bryant Johnson
  • Narrated by: Neil Keck
  • Length: 4 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4

In a world where nothing is ever as it seems, three separate families are drawn to a great and terrifying truth. After winning the New Hampshire state lottery, Brent Brook treats himself to a new satellite dish and discovers a channel dedicated to the strange happenings. Hundreds of miles away in Virginia, reporter Marc Dazet stumbles upon the story of the most recent lottery winner and sets out to track down Mr. Brook as an interesting piece.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Alien Twist

  • By Audio Audits on 07-11-17

An absolutely gripping book, must listen

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

Reviewed: 12-06-17

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I most definitely would - It's one of the most gripping reads (listens) I've had in a long time, and the author (Bryant Johnson) deserves a lot more recognition.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Dialogue Prompt: "We Are Not Alone in the Universe!"?

I don't actually think there was one particular moment that stood out to me - The entire book was such an incredible one that I feel I'd be doing it an injustice to recommend one part over another!

What about Neil Keck’s performance did you like?

I feel like his voice was very well adjusted to the style of the book - He did an excellent job of keeping me hooked, and the quality of his performance throughout was flawless.

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

I think the author's own tagline would be perfect - "We are not alone...". It's ominous and gives any potential viewers an idea of what they're in for.

Any additional comments?

You need to go out and listen to this right now - The author has the potential to be hugely successful if enough people catch on to how great their writing is!

  • Ketogenic Diet Beginner's Guide

  • Your Weight Loss Journey Is About to Begin!
  • By: Katy Parsons
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Roberts
  • Length: 1 hr and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

Have you tried endless diets in the past and always found they simply didn't work for you? You were probably hungry, right? Who wants to be hungry when they don't have to be? Nobody! The bottom line is that a diet should be a lifestyle change, and in order to make that change you need some guidelines and structure - enter the Keto Diet. This low carbohydrate diet is a fantastic way to achieve a healthier lifestyle overall, whilst losing a significant amount of weight, and not being hungry!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • DISCOVER THE AMAZING HEALTH BENEFITS OF THE KD

  • By Ben s on 06-07-17

Utterly unoriginal, banal nonsense.

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

Reviewed: 07-03-17

What would have made Ketogenic Diet Beginner's Guide better?

An entirely different author. Everything about the author's style of writing was utterly disappointing and I'd have rather spent a few hours bashing my head against the wall.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Anything not by this author!

Would you be willing to try another one of Rebecca Roberts’s performances?

Probably, yes - Despite the sour taste left in my mouth by the appalling author.

What character would you cut from Ketogenic Diet Beginner's Guide?

Character?? I'd cut the entire lot out and start over!

Any additional comments?

Avoid at all cost. I wouldn't even be surprised to find out this entire book is a massive joke.

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  • In Defense of Jimmy Bramble

  • The All Saints, Part 1
  • By: M Stewart
  • Narrated by: Gary Murrell
  • Length: 1 hr and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Adulthood glitters on a distant horizon, beyond the bored gazes of distracted parents and teachers, and the blood, dust, and taunts of the playground. But perhaps freedom isn't out of reach, after all. When Jimmy changes schools, he encounters a pack of boys who seem to be everything he isn't; strong, fearless, and just as untouchable as the adults in their exclusive mystical universe. More than anything, Jimmy longs to belong.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely loved this, an incredible read!

  • By Ben Robart on 06-28-17

Absolutely loved this, an incredible read!

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

Reviewed: 06-28-17

If you could sum up In Defense of Jimmy Bramble in three words, what would they be?

Captivating, original, and dark.

What other book might you compare In Defense of Jimmy Bramble to and why?

This reminds me of some of James Patterson's work, which is a lot to say given that he's one of my favourite authors!

What about Gary Murrell’s performance did you like?

I felt that the narrator's voice was incredibly well suited to the tone and atmpshere of the book - His voice was also incredibly engaging and made me want to carry on listening.

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

There weren't too many laugh out loud moments and I didn't cry, although I did feel incredibly enticed and captivated by the atmosphere of the book, which was very well done/

Any additional comments?

This was an absolutely incredible read/listen from start to finish and I'd thoroughly recommend it! A definite page-turner.

  • Immortal: Curse of the Deathless

  • By: Derek Edgington
  • Narrated by: Nik Magill
  • Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 99
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 95
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 96

If Asher Hearst had a superpower, it would have to be his ability to take a punch, laugh it off, and keep on swinging. So yeah, immortality comes with a few perks. As a college student slash small-time fixer, he's about to take a job that's best left to the pros. A proposition by a dryad to save witches from the Inquisition is a first, but he isn't one to balk when the odds are stacked against him. Especially not while he's drinking on someone else's dime.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Immortal

  • By MeDi on 04-09-17

Tense, grimy, and hilarious - A must read

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

Reviewed: 03-28-17

What did you love best about Immortal: Curse of the Deathless?

I absolutely loved the way the book was written - Its pacing was perfect and it had an excellent mix of humour and action. The author definitely knows what he's doing and I was always left wanting more.

What other book might you compare Immortal: Curse of the Deathless to and why?

I feel like this is slightly similar to some of James Patterson's novels, particularly the Max series - There's never been much to satisfy my craving for more of the franchise but this definitely did the job!

What about Nik Magill’s performance did you like?

I feel like the narrator's performance was fitting to the tone of the book - You could hear the emotion in his voice and personally, I felt incredibly engaged throughout. I'll definitely be on the lookout for more of his work!

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

I can't recall any one moment in particular, although there's definitely a massive mix of emotions in this book - I remember myself finding a couple of moments in the book emotional, but at the same time there were some laugh out loud moments as well as nail-biting, edge-of-your-seat action scenes.

Any additional comments?

I'd absolutely recommend this book to anyone - From action enthusiasts to supernatural fans, to people who are just looking for a funny read. It covers all bases and I'll definitely be listening to/reading more of the author's works.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • In Defense of Jimmy Bramble

  • Lost in Ladyland
  • By: M. Stewart
  • Narrated by: David Magowan
  • Length: 6 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

Life is short. Jimmy's life may prove shorter. His gang mates have grown up and shipped out, and the nine to five is grinding Jimmy into a person he no longer recognizes. There has to be more to existence than waking up every Saturday with a half-eaten kebab and empty wallet. The wide blue skies of America sing a siren's song, and Jimmy decides he's ready to give life a do-over - even if it means leaving his childhood sweetheart Kelly behind.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dark humour with a twist.

  • By Ria on 02-16-17

Absolutely riveting, loved this start to finish!

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

Reviewed: 02-22-17

What made the experience of listening to In Defense of Jimmy Bramble the most enjoyable?

Personally, the most enjoyable part of listening to this book was the way the book was written - The language used was engaging and always left me wanting more! I also feel that the narrator did a good job. His performance was excellent and was always appropriate to the tone, which is something a lot of narrators seem to fall short with.

What was one of the most memorable moments of In Defense of Jimmy Bramble?

There were multiple memorable moments in this book for me - There were a number of twists which always caught me off guard and were never at all predictable which a lot of twists fail to accomplish. Personally, I found these incredibly memorable as they were always a shock!

What about David Magowan’s performance did you like?

I feel that the narrator's tone was excellent and always matched the atmosphere of the book. He was incredibly engaging and made me feel welcome when listening to the book. He also paces his voice very well and doesn't rush through or let himself slump when narrating, which is a massive plus!

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

Personally, I found a number of Jimmy's decisions to be quite moving - choosing to leave his childhood sweetheart behind was quite an emotional moment for me. I also found some of the moments where Jimmy felt lost in life to be quite relatable and relevant to me!

Any additional comments?

I fully recommend this book to anyone, whether they're a fan of the genre or not - It's an excellent read from start to finish and is thoroughly compelling!

  • The Digital Banking Revolution

  • How Financial Technology Companies Are Rapidly Transforming the Traditional Retail Banking Industry Through Disruptive Innovation
  • By: Luigi Wewege
  • Narrated by: Jim Cassidy
  • Length: 3 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

Over the past decade financial service innovations have contributed to a completely new way in which customers can bank, threatening the status quo of traditional retail banks, and redefining a banking model which has been in place for generations. These new technological advancements have facilitated the rapid emergence of digital banking firms and FinTech companies, leading to established banks being forced to swiftly increase their pace of digital adoption.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Surprisingly entertaining listen

  • By Nigel on 03-14-17

Absolutely incredible, truly an enjoyable listen!

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

Reviewed: 02-19-17

If you could sum up The Digital Banking Revolution in three words, what would they be?

Informative, revolutionary, and fascinating!

What other book might you compare The Digital Banking Revolution to and why?

I honestly can't think of anything that compares to this book - There's so much new and intriguing information in this that nothing even comes close to being on par or similar to this.

Which scene was your favorite?

There are no "scenes" per se in this book as it's non-fiction, but I particularly liked that the entire book was on various technological advances in the industry - Being a programmer myself I found this absolutely fascinating.

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

Technology - For better or for worse?

While there's a lot of technological advances in the banking industry, I'm not sure if this is a good thing or not - It allows potentially corrupt bankers to either manipulate or predict how the industry will go, and this could be terrifying for some people!

Any additional comments?

I'd recommend this book to anyone whether they're interested in banking/finance or not - I'm not but it appealed to me as a programmer, and I definitely don't regret it - It was absolutely fascinating from start to finish even to an outsider of the industry.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

The New Atkins Diet Quick Start Guide: A Faster, Simpler Way to Lose Weight and Feel Great - Starting Today! audiobook cover art
  • The New Atkins Diet Quick Start Guide: A Faster, Simpler Way to Lose Weight and Feel Great - Starting Today!

  • By: Katy Parsons
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Roberts
  • Length: 1 hr and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

What if we told you that there was a diet out there that wouldn't leave you feeling hungry, where you could eat most of your favorite foods, and you would still lose a considerable amount of weight? Does this sound like a mirage or a far-fetched dream? You're not in the midst of a slumber, it's a reality! The New Atkins Diet Quick Start Guide will show you how you can eat until you are totally satisfied, whilst also seeing the numbers on the scales rapidly decline.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely incredible, I feel so much better now!

  • By Ben Robart on 02-06-17
  • The New Atkins Diet Quick Start Guide: A Faster, Simpler Way to Lose Weight and Feel Great - Starting Today!
  • By: Katy Parsons
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Roberts

Absolutely incredible, I feel so much better now!

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

Reviewed: 02-06-17

Would you consider the audio edition of The New Atkins Diet Quick Start Guide: A Faster, Simpler Way to Lose Weight and Feel Great - Starting Today! to be better than the print version?

I would say it's much better, yes - It's more convenient to put this on when you're walking around the house or travelling than it is to sit down and stop what you're doing to read it. The print version is definitely good but I feel like this would have to be the ultimate version to get.

What did you like best about this story?

This isn't a story per se, but I loved all of the tips in it to lose weight quickly! Not only did they help tremendously, they also meant I feel better about not just the way I look, but also how I feel health wise.

What about Rebecca Roberts’s performance did you like?

I feel like Rebecca Roberts' voice was incredibly well suited to this - It was easy to listen to, friendly, and most importantly of all, encouraging - I felt like she definitely helped to spur me on in my will to lose weight!

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

I didn't laugh or cry when listening to this book, but it definitely helped my body to have an extreme reaction - I feel so much better in my health and how I feel about my body now!

Any additional comments?

I would fully recommend this book to anyone looking to lose weight or get healthier - I've tried countless other resources out there and nothing has managed to help as well as this audiobook has! This is absolutely a 10/10 in my eyes, it's definitely a necessity!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Waiter to the Rich and Shameless

  • Confessions of a Five Star Beverly Hills Server
  • By: Paul Hartford
  • Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,249
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,172
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,175

Waiter to the Rich and Shameless is not just a peek into the secretive inner workings of a legendary five-star restaurant; it is not just a celebrity tell-all or a scathing corporate analysis. It is a top-tier waiter's personal coming-of-age story, an intimate look into the complicated challenges of serving in the country's most elite, Hollywood-centric dining room while fighting to maintain a sense of self and purpose.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not what I imagined

  • By Maia C. Larkin on 02-17-17

Absolutely incredible, possibly my favourite book!

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

Reviewed: 01-27-17

What made the experience of listening to Waiter to the Rich and Shameless the most enjoyable?

For a start, the narrator's voice was incredible - I'd never heard of them until today but they sound like they should be a world renowned superstar!

The book itself was also incredibly well written, and each time just as I was about to stop listening to do something else I was left wanting more and carried on!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Waiter to the Rich and Shameless?

I feel like the most memorable part of this book wasn't a moment but a character - The transformation we see Pauli's character make is incredible and extremely relatable! I won't give too much away but it was definitely a fascinating transition or two...

Which character – as performed by James Patrick Cronin – was your favorite?

Again, I'd have to say Pauli's character was my favourite - He was incredibly relatable and continued to be despite ever-changing surroundings. His outlook on life is also something we can all align ourselves with and his prominence in the book helps you to find out a lot about him.

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

Both! There are so many sections of this book that make you laugh out loud but there are also sections where you'll either be on the verge of tears or actually crying. The balance between the two is incredibly and never overstays its welcome.

Any additional comments?

This book was absolutely incredible! I loved it from start to finish and was entirely hooked. I'd recommend it to both veterans of the genre and anyone who's new to the genre without any hesitation at all.

11 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • Amney

  • By: Jeffrey Koval Jr.
  • Narrated by: Skyler Morgan
  • Length: 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5

"It was a mass-produced and super commercialized item. We were, concurrently, super skeptical, but my brother was feebly open-minded, and I was always looking for a way to spook myself and my family out. The silly board game even had a 'glow in the dark' feature that added to the ridiculous nature of the whole ordeal. This led to Adam and I spending countless afternoons in the basement, sitting cross-legged on the floor in the dark, peering into the softly glowing, barely visible face of the Ouija board."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely incredible, chilling and disturbing!

  • By Ben Robart on 01-25-17

Absolutely incredible, chilling and disturbing!

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

Reviewed: 01-25-17

What made the experience of listening to Amney the most enjoyable?

I feel like the narrator really helped bring this story together, their narrative style was incredibly well suited to this book and I feel like it worked really well.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Personally, my favourite character was Adam - I feel like I could easily relate to him and his feelings, it's almost like the author was inside my mind when writing him

What about Skyler Morgan’s performance did you like?

I feel like their narrative style was incredibly well suited to this book - It was unsettling and gave the write setting to the story as a whole.

If you could rename Amney, what would you call it?

I'd simply call it Ouija - It's enough to let the listener/reader know what the book's about, but doesn't give too much away and should hopefully leave them wanting to read/listen to it!

Any additional comments?

This was an absolute blast to listen to, it was chilling and as someone who's not necessarily into the genre, I gave this a go on a whim because of the blurb and was really blown away by how incredible it is!

  • Unclear to Me

  • By: Jeffrey Koval Jr.
  • Narrated by: Charles Denton
  • Length: 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

Dr. Joel Emerson has been on an extended medical leave (and refusing comment on multiple pending investigations) from the university from which he so cherished. This was the final, however off-topic and rambling, submission for publication he sent the quarterly campus research journal.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely loved it start to finish!

  • By Ben Robart on 01-25-17

Absolutely loved it start to finish!

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

Reviewed: 01-25-17

What did you love best about Unclear to Me?

Honestly, I loved the entire thing - Every single part of this was well written. The author's vocabulary had a wide range but was easy to understand and digest, and the narrator was an excellent choice for this kind of book.

What did you like best about this story?

Personally, I loved the author's writing style - As I mentioned, it was easy to understand and digest but also well written, but I also feel that their writing style is incredibly original and I found the writing to be quite unsettling in places, in a good way!

What does Charles Denton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I feel like the narrator was an excellent choice for this book - Charles adds an extra sense of atmosphere that I don't think I'd quite have got if I'd read it myself.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Definitely, in fact, I did! It was short enough that I was able to listen to this in one sitting, and it left me wanting more!

Any additional comments?

I fully recommend this book to anyone, even if you're not necessarily interested in the genre - I was hooked from start to finish and couldn't give it higher praise!