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  • Ballistic

  • Icarus Series, Book 2
  • By: Aria Michaels
  • Narrated by: Rhiannon Angell
  • Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

It's been three days since Solar Storm Icarus silenced the world... three days since the GRS virus wiped out most of humanity and started changing the few who remained. Liv and the others made it through the initial wave, but they've lost a lot along the way, and the journey to Salvation is far from over. When Liv finds out her brother and the other refugees are being held captive at Camp Seco, she will risk everything to get him back.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Sky Is Falling

  • By Tania S Dawson on 04-11-18

The Sky Is Falling

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

Reviewed: 04-11-18

Keeping in mind that this series was written as YA, I am wowed. If you go into this expecting it to be realistic, then you may find it falls a little short. As a YA book however, this is non-stop action, amazing narration and the storyline (which continues from book 1) is fantastic.

LiV continues to look for her brother as the world falls apart. Her group of friends expands and so does the trouble they find.

I am looking forward to the 3rd book and hope that it will be out soon. I am ready to find out what happens to LiV and Lucas, and see where this story goes.

  • Trial by Fire

  • The Worldwalker Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Josephine Angelini
  • Narrated by: Emma Galvin
  • Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 499
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 468
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 469

This world is trying to kill Lily Proctor. Her life-threatening allergies keep her from enjoying experiences that others in her hometown of Salem take for granted, which is why she is determined to enjoy her first high school party with her best friend and longtime crush, Tristan. But after a humiliating incident in front of half her graduating class, Lily wishes she could just disappear. Suddenly, Lily is in a different Salem - one overrun with horrifying creatures and ruled by powerful women called Crucibles.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow!

  • By Dana on 05-15-15

Fantasy and Science Fiction Adventures

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

Reviewed: 03-05-18

I purchased this book because for two reasons. The first being that it was narrated by Emma Gavin. She brings characters to life in every book she reads. Trail by Fire was no exception. Emma Gavin gave Lily sass and strength, and made her story come to life.

The second reason I purchased this title was because it was on sale. The price was right and I decided to give it a try. I would happily spend a credit on this book with no regrets. While this is not my usual genre, I found the story to be full of action and it drew me in from the beginning. The first few minutes of the book focus on Lily and Tristan as young teens and it seemed like it was going to be a YA style romance. It does have a few elements hinting of romance but it quickly became a fantastic adventure in science fiction/fantasy.

I’m off to purchase the next book in this series, and definitely recommend this first one to those of you that enjoy fantasy or want the try something adventurous.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Firstlife

  • An Everlife Novel, Book 1
  • By: Gena Showalter
  • Narrated by: Emma Galvin, Zachary Webber
  • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 588
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 548
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 547

Tenley "Ten" Lockwood is an average 17-year-old girl...who has spent the past 13 months locked inside the Prynne Asylum. The reason? Not her obsession with numbers but her refusal to let her parents choose where she'll live - after she dies. There is an eternal truth most of the world has come to accept: Firstlife is merely a dress rehearsal, and real life begins after death.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Would have been a Five-Star Read...

  • By Natalie C on 02-25-16

Emma Gavin brings characters to life

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

Reviewed: 01-05-18

I was hesitant about purchasing this book, but I found it worth the credit. It is a fantasy of two realms battling for one girl. There are several main characters that are brought to life with by the narrators and easy to fall in love with.

While I read many genres, I tend to lean toward thrillers. I purchased this book during a two for one sale, but my next purchase will be book 2. If you like books along the line of Divergent or Hunger Games, you’ll love this book.

  • Foretold

  • A Ghost Gifts Novel, Book 2
  • By: Laura Spinella
  • Narrated by: Nicol Zanzarella
  • Length: 13 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 290
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 256
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 258

A mysterious death in a muddy swamp, missing children in different states...psychic Aubrey Ellis and her partner, investigative reporter Levi St John, have their hands full. The added strain of raising their son, who struggles with his own psychic gift, pushes life to the brink of collapse. Enter Zeke Dublin - Aubrey's first love from her carnival past. Tensions escalate when it's clear that the attraction between them is alive and well. But as Levi discovers disturbing clues about the body pulled from the swamp, he begins to suspect Zeke's sudden presence is more than coincidence.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Better than book 1

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-10-17

Ghost Gifts?

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

Reviewed: 11-04-17

I loved the first book in the trilogy, but this one surpasses all expectations. I almost wish I had not found them until the third book is out. I will be waiting impatiently for the next story. Pete's story is so very intriguing. Highly recommend for anyone who likes a bit of supernatural.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Gray

  • The Complete Collection
  • By: Lou Cadle
  • Narrated by: Lauren Fortgang
  • Length: 24 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,391
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,201
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,191

Pre-med student Coral is on vacation in Idaho when something terrible happens. The black cloud is followed by a wildfire and searing heat that lasts for days. She survives deep in a cave but emerges days later to find the world transformed, with blackened trees, an ash-filled sky, and no living creatures stirring - except for her. So begins her desperate journey to find water and food and other survivors...and the answer to the mystery of what happened.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story - Superb Value

  • By Kurt Schwoppe on 11-05-17

Great Read

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

Reviewed: 10-13-17

A Dystopian style book without zombies but plenty of creepy characters. The book moved at a steady pace, but wasn't constant 'edge of your seat' action. Personally, I throughly enjoyed the book from beginning to end. I found it to have the the right tone and loved the narration.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Blame

  • By: Jeff Abbott
  • Narrated by: Bailey Carr, Lauren Fortgang, Greg Tremblay, and others
  • Length: 12 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 488
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 447
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 447

Two years ago Jane Norton crashed her car on a lonely road, killing her friend David and leaving her with amnesia. At first everyone was sympathetic. Then they found Jane's note: I wish we were dead together. From that day the town turned against her. But even now Jane is filled with questions: Why were they on that road? Why was she with David? Did she really want to die?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Who do you blame?

  • By Tania S Dawson on 07-28-17

Who do you blame?

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

Reviewed: 07-28-17

What did you love best about Blame?

There were a few twists that I a hint about, but did not see the whole picture right away. I like finding a twist unexpectedly.

What did you like best about this story?

When Jane, the main character wakes up, not from the coma, but her self-imposed lifestyle. When she takes control of her life and learns the truth!

Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

Jane was definitely my favorite character, but I found myself drawn to David, Adam and Trevor's story lines as well.

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

Neither.

Any additional comments?

I felt this book was well worth the credit. I listened to it in two days, during a health recovery situation. It was entertaining and did have me guessing a few times.

13 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • Gone Without a Trace

  • By: Mary Torjussen
  • Narrated by: Emily Pennant-Rea
  • Length: 8 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 80
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 69

Hannah Monroe's boyfriend, Matt, is gone. His belongings have disappeared from their house. Every call she ever made to him, every text she ever sent, every photo of him has been wiped from her phone. His social media accounts have vanished. It's as though their last four years together never happened. There had been no warning signs, not a one. And as Hannah struggles to get through the next few days, with humiliation and recriminations whirring through her head, she knows that she'll do whatever it takes to find him again and get answers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So Excellent!

  • By Gretchen on 06-08-17

Gone...

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

Reviewed: 05-26-17

If you could sum up Gone Without a Trace in three words, what would they be?

Thought provoking thriller.

What did you like best about this story?

The premise was different from the start. I loved that it didn't go in the direction I first had in mind. I figured out part of it early on, but there were twists that I didn't see coming. I find many books anyone toward the end, but this one was interesting to the last word.

What does Emily Pennant-Rea bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The narration was perfect for the character. She had a natural rhythm and never broke the flow of the story.

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

There were several moments that were touching. As Hannah searched for Matt and remembered how much she loved him. Katie, trying to help her best friend move on with her life.

Any additional comments?

I really enjoyed this book and highly recommend it. It isn't the typical cookie cutter read and is worth a credit.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Behind Her Eyes

  • A Novel
  • By: Sarah Pinborough
  • Narrated by: Anna Bentinck, Josie Dunn, Bea Holland, and others
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,435
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,406
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12,408

Louise is a single mom, a secretary, stuck in a modern-day rut. On a rare night out, she meets a man in a bar, and sparks fly. Though he leaves after they kiss, she's thrilled she finally connected with someone. When Louise arrives at work on Monday, she meets her new boss, David. The man from the bar. The very married man from the bar...who says the kiss was a terrible mistake but who still can't keep his eyes off Louise.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved the twist and turns

  • By Annie C. on 03-10-18

Popular plot lately, but with a bit of a twist.

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

Reviewed: 04-23-17

Would you consider the audio edition of Behind Her Eyes to be better than the print version?

I haven't read the print version yet, so I can't really say.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Louise and Adele. Both of these women have their own issues to face. Louise is slightly more stable than Adele, but Adele definitely gives the storyline a unique twist in this triangle based story.

Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I haven't heard any of these narrators before. They were all in control of their voices, and I could immediately tell which character was talking.

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

It was a decent listen, but not enough to pull me away from other things going on in my life. I mostly listened to this while in the bed with pneumonia.

Any additional comments?

I am still not sure if I liked the ending or not. It was different from other books of the same genre and that did give it a few extra bonus points in my opinion. It isn't a book I will listen to a second time, but I did have to finish it to see how it ended.

  • Graveminder

  • By: Melissa Marr
  • Narrated by: Emma Galvin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 257
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 212
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 213

Rebekkah Barrow never forgot the attention her grandmother Maylene bestowed upon the dead of Claysville, the small town where Bek spent her adolescence. There wasn't a funeral that Maylene didn't attend, and at each one Rebekkah watched as Maylene performed the same unusual ritual: She took three sips from a silver flask and spoke the words "Sleep well, and stay where I put you." Now Maylene is dead, and Bek must go back to the place she left a decade earlier. She soon discovers that Claysville is not just the sleepy town she remembers....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Give it a listen...you will be rewarded!

  • By Kim on 06-05-11

Just can't finish this...

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

Reviewed: 03-16-17

What disappointed you about Graveminder?

The entire storyline is ridiculous in my opinion.

What could Melissa Marr have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

I'm not sure that this book could be saved, at least not for me. Just wasn't my thing.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Emma Galvin?

Absolutely. Love Emma Galvin's style, but even she couldn't hold my interest in this book.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Emma Galvin as the narrator.

Any additional comments?

This had several 3+ star reviews, so maybe it is just me. I tried several times to listen to this book, and it never held my interest. I found myself daydreaming, finding other distractions, anything but listening to this book.

  • Rewinder

  • By: Brett Battles
  • Narrated by: Vikas Adam
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,162
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,927
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,915

You will never read Denny Younger's name in any history book, will never know what he's done. But even if you did, you'd never believe it. The world as you know it wouldn't be the same without him. Denny was born into one of the lowest rungs of society, but his bleak fortunes abruptly change when the mysterious Upjohn Institute recruits him to be a Rewinder, a verifier of personal histories. The job at first sounds like it involves researching old books and records, but Denny soon learns it's far from it.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Poul Anderson's Time Patrol meets Jumper

  • By Bob on 01-23-15

If you could rewind time, would you?

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

Reviewed: 02-04-17

Would you listen to Rewinder again? Why?

Possibly. I might listen to it again before listening to the next book in the series. Maybe skim through the print version or listen to parts of the story refresh my memory.

What did you like best about this story?

The concept of being able to change history.

What about Vikas Adam’s performance did you like?

The performance was good. I can't say I found anything extra special about it, but it wasn't bad either.

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

I don't think there were any moments that I felt extreme emotion.

Any additional comments?

I probably should have written a review as soon as I finished this book. I enjoyed it, but the fact that I can't recall much about it only a week after listening to it tells me that it didn't stand out as a five star read for me.