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  • Haunted Collection Series: Books 7 - 9

  • Supernatural Horror with Scary Ghosts & Haunted Houses, Volume 3
  • By: Ron Ripley
  • Narrated by: Thom Bowers
  • Length: 22 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 49

Horror and mayhem are everywhere as the number of mysterious deaths increase with every haunted item released into the world. But as Victor Daniels and Tom Crane track down the man responsible for this deadly game, they come face to face with secrets that will change the course of their lives forever. This volume includes the audiobooks: Last Breathe, Ticket to Death, and Death Rattle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Satisfying conclusion to one heck of a wild ride.

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-22-19

Satisfying conclusion to one heck of a wild ride.

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

Reviewed: 03-22-19

In this third 3-book collection, the game of cat and mouse finally comes to an end as Victor confronts the man he's been hunting for so long. Ron Ripley delivers great collection. This entire series has been a complete blast. Great characters, engaging storylines loaded with thrills and chills, and a satisfying ending. I've said it my previous reviews, but I really think this series would make a great Netflix/HBO/AMC series. Someone in Hollywood get on it ASAP! Can't wait to see what Ripley comes up with next.

Once again Thom Bowers delivers an excellent performance. Ron Ripley's words and Thom Bowers narration are an awesome combination.

I received a copy of this audio title in exchange for an unbiased review.

  • Shadow Magic

  • Darkling Mage, Book 1
  • By: Nazri Noor
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 7 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93

The gods are dying. But for one man, death is only the beginning. Murdered as a ritual sacrifice, amateur thief and professional charmer Dustin Graves mysteriously survives, finding himself gifted with strange, dark magic. Then more dead bodies turn up. Some are human, but one is a god of the old world, slain at his own doorstep.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A new fantasy world and series to fall into

  • By Tyler Mitchell on 03-03-19

Solid start to a new urban fantasty series.

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

Reviewed: 03-18-19

Shadow Magic is the first book in the Darkling Mage series, a new urban fantasy series (At least new to me) and it's a blast. Like many UF books, the main character is a bit on the snarky side, which is exactly how I like it. Solid story with plenty of action, and I really enjoyed the magical world Nazri Noor created. Dustin Graves (our almost unwilling hero) has some unique powers and I look forward to checking out more of his adventures in the future.

Luke Daniels is one of my favorite narrators and as always he doesn't disappoint. He delivers his usual spectacular narration, bringing the world and its inhabitants to life. I'd seriously listen to this guy narrate a phone book.

I received a copy of this audio title in exchange for an unbiased review.

  • Space Force

  • By: Jeremy Robinson
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer, Emily Woo Zeller, Machelle Williams
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 224
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 218
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 216

 

Five years ago, the US Space Force became a reality. And while those writing the checks took things very seriously, the other military branches did not. As a result, Space Force was populated by undesirables: men and women who made too many mistakes, didn't follow the rules, or...slept with the wrong general's daughter. Three times. On camera. It was a mistake, okay? My name is Captain Ethan Stone, a decorated member of SEAL Team Six turned Space Force "recruit". 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It's Like The Army or Navy But For Space

  • By Cyphers Fallen on 02-27-19

An absolute blast.

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

Reviewed: 03-13-19

Space Force is an absolutely wild and hilarious ride. Ever since Space Force was officially announced (Heck even before it was official) people have been mocking the idea of it. Jeremy Robinson decided to take the silliness of the idea and just run wild with it. Just as the US is admitting Space Force was a horrible idea and are in the process of shutting it all down...aliens invade. Not just any aliens though, gaming aliens. That's right, gaming aliens, and they have come to challenge Earth to a winner take all fight...battle royale style! Now what was once considered the joke of the US military are our only hope for survival. The story is great, plenty of action and a ton of humor. Robinson delivers big time or should I have BIGLY! He tackles the story with just the right snarky humor, never taking the subject too seriously, and I loved the occasional breaking of the 4th wall sprinkled throughout the story. Definitely hope this one gets a sequel.

The narration was great, with Jeffrey Kafer delivering an assume performance as well.

I received a copy of this audio title in exchange for an unbiased review.

  • Haunted Collection Series: Books 4 - 6

  • Supernatural Horror with Scary Ghosts & Haunted Houses, Volume 2
  • By: Ron Ripley
  • Narrated by: Thom Bowers
  • Length: 22 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 50

Stefan Korzh’s desire to destroy the lives of everyone around him knows no bounds. His haunted antique collection continues to spread and turn his diabolical plans into reality. Victor Daniels and Tom Crane are the only ones who can stop the madness before it’s too late. This audiobook includes the stories: Hank’s Radio, The Burning Girl, and Knife in the Dark.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant Series!!

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 02-08-19

The fun continues.

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

Reviewed: 03-04-19

The Haunted Collection is another great series from Ron Ripley. In this second 3-book collection (books 4-6), we once again join Victor and Tom in their quest to recover haunted objects that are wreaking havoc on the innocent. I used this example in my review of the first volume (books 1-3) but it really does warrant repeating, these book remind me so much of the old Friday the 13th TV series, which similarly revolves around an antique shop that sold cursed objects and the quest to recover them. It's a fun, somewhat campy show, but that's where the similarities end. Ron's books are more intense, gritty, graphic. I really would love to see what HBO/Netflix/A&E could do bringing the series to screen. Once again Thom Bowers does an excellent job with the narration.

I received a copy of this audio title in exchange for an unbiased review.

  • Dead Must Die - A Novella of the Realms

  • The Realms: Master of the Dungeon, Book 1 (A Humorous GameLit Adventure)
  • By: C. M. Carney
  • Narrated by: Reuben Corbett
  • Length: 1 hr and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5

Simon died once. He'll be damned before he dies twice. Simon never asked to become the new dungeon master of the Barrow, but a millennia-old teenager stuck in the skull of a dead lich has few life options. After bonding with the Barrow’s dungeon core, he learns they are near death from hunger and that only by consuming the life energy and experiences of sentient beings can they survive.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • You gotta stay alive!

  • By Ray Johnson on 03-12-19

Fun little side story.

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

Reviewed: 02-19-19

Dead Must Die is a fun side story to CM Carney's The Realms series, dealing an amusing group of adventurers and the 'rebirth' of a dungeon. It's an interesting story and has some really fun and funny characters.(love the group of adventurers) My only real complaint is that I wish it were longer. Granted it's a novella so of course it's going to be shorter than the much longer main books in the series. That being said, I'd like to know what happens next to Simon/Barrow.

  • Moving In Series Box Set Books 1 - 6

  • Supernatural Horror with Scary Ghosts and Haunted Houses
  • By: Ron Ripley
  • Narrated by: Thom Bowers
  • Length: 40 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 45

"Iron...and...salt," whispers the old man. The dead old man. "Hurry or it will be too late...." In a bid to escape the stresses of city life, Brian Roy moves his family out into the country, a decision that will forever thrust him into the chilling world of ghosts.... This digital box set contains all of the six thrilling supernatural novels in this best-selling series.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well worth the credit!

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 01-29-19

A ghost hunter with heart problems!

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

Reviewed: 02-13-19

This is another excellent collection from Ron Ripley. If you had heart problems and a history of heart attacks, becoming a ghost hunter might not be the smartest choice of profession. In the first book we meet Brian Roy and his wife after they've just moved into their new home in the country. Brian has heart problems and should be learning to take it easy, but then odd things start happening in the house, and soon he discovers not only is there a secret 'cemetery' in the basement but his house is practically overflowing with ghosts. He seeks help to deal with his haunting problem, which eventually leads him into becoming a 'ghost hunter' himself. The series then follows Brian as he attempts to help others combat evil spirits in a variety of creep locations, including a beach house, a cemetery, a school, a church, and one of my all-time favorite creepy locations for a haunting, an old sanitarium. I've read/listened to quite a few of Ron Ripley's books and he never disappoints. While I think I prefer his Berkley Street and Haunted Collection series more, this is still a fun series, and being able to snag all 6 full length books for a single credit makes it one heck of a bargain. Seriously, we're talking 40+ hours! And as with most of Ron's work, he also includes bonus chapters at the end of each story. What are bonus chapters? Think of them as DVD extras, those scenes that were filmed but ended up getting cut. They are fun little extras and I can think of a number of other authors that I would love to see take up the practice.

Thom Bowers, who has narrated most if not all of Ron Ripley's other books, is back and he does a great job with the narration.

I received a copy of this audio title for free in exchange for an unbiased review.

  • Haunted

  • The Chase Ryder Series, Book 2
  • By: Jo Ho
  • Narrated by: Allyson Voller
  • Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4

What do you do when the past refuses to stay dead and buried? Six months have passed since the explosion at Platinum Industries. For the first time in our lives, Bandit and I knew what it felt like to be with a loving family, and it was a lot like getting to eat a main and dessert every day, for every meal (and having starved on the streets for so long, everyone knows how much I like my food).

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • There is more going on than anyone could imagine.

  • By Teresa on 02-10-19

Excellent.

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

Reviewed: 02-08-19

Things have settled down for Chase Ryder and her brilliant dog Bandit, and it almost seems as if they might get a chance at a normal, happy life, but she should have known better. This book expands upon the first in many ways. While the book still focuses on Chase and Bandit, this time around the story also heavily features those people Chase has come to think of as family, and they are an interesting bunch. And speaking of family, we also get a look into Chase's past and the relationship she had with her real mother. Those insights really help to understand the young woman Chase has become. Excellent fast-paced story that sees Chase and Bandit once more in danger, and as with the first book I get a very Dean Koontz Watcher-esque vibe from the book. I look forward to Chase's further adventures.

I received a copy of this audio title for free in exchange for an unbiased review.

  • The Year Without Summer

  • By: Jack Hunt
  • Narrated by: Bruce Stone
  • Length: 5 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 16

When recently divorced Catherine Shaw tries to reconnect with her young son Jordan by taking him on vacation in Yellowstone National Park, a series of disturbing events lead her to believe that the dormant supervolcano is on the brink of erupting. With the clocking ticking down and the aid of a damaged deputy park ranger, they will have to do more than convince the park superintendent of the imminent disaster. Thousands of blissfully unaware tourists have flocked to the serene park, trouble makers are on the loose, and not everyone wants to listen.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Wow ... that was an extremely painful listen

  • By Jeremy M on 01-08-19

Disappointment.

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

Reviewed: 02-04-19

Having read/listened to quite a few of Jack Hunt's book, I have to say I was quite surprised. Generally I enjoy the heck out of Mr. Hunt's stories. Unfortunately that really wasn't the case this time. I was expecting a fast-paced exciting thrill ride, unfortunately that didn't happen. After a very promising intro that hinted at things to come, the story slams on the breaks. Chapters were often little more than discussions between individuals on what the implications of an eruption might mean. I'm guessing Mr. Hunt likely did a lot of research and wanted to share that information, but the way in which it gets told come across dry, and the discussion were barely disguised info dumps. We get tiny glimpses of action, but honestly it wasn't until the last hour and a half or so that anything really happens. Despite that I think the real problem is that I didn't really like any of the characters so I didn't care what happened to them.

Now as for Mr. Stone's narration, it just didn't click with me. There was nothing particularly wrong with his regular voice, but omg when he attempts a female voice...cringe worthy is the only way I can put it. Some male narrators can pull off female voices and some can't. Mr. Stone can't and he shouldn't have even tried.

Given how much I've enjoyed Jack Hunt's books in the past, I am just going to mark this one down as a rare misstep.
I received a copy of this audio title for free in exchange for an unbiased review.

  • The Longest Night

  • Enter Darkness, Book 1
  • By: K. M. Fawkes
  • Narrated by: Andrew B. Wehrlen
  • Length: 4 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24

It started with bright lights; a new medical technology, promising to eradicate all human ills. History of blood clots? Cholesterol clogging up the old ticker? There was a nanobot for that. It wasn’t cheap of course, and everyone knew that new technology had bugs in it. But hey, why not let the rich be the guinea pigs for once? Fast-forward a year, and the one percent began dying en masse. The nanobots had evolved to view aging as a virus and were reacting by shutting down the host. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a wonderful post apocalyptic story

  • By Rebecca Azizov on 01-29-19

Solid survival.

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

Reviewed: 02-04-19

I had a hard time deciding how to rate The Longest Night. I absolutely loved the premise of the story. The story starts after the world has collapsed and we are only given a brief summary of what caused it. I would have loved if this first book had just focused on that aspect, showing us the collapse would have been great, but as I said the book starts after the collapse and I must admit for the first third of the book I didn't even really like the main character. Mostly because he was such a loner. Thankfully that all changed, he grew on me and once a few other characters entered the picture I even started to like him. In the end The Longest Night is a solid post apocalyptic survival story and I am definitely interested to see where the story goes from here. Good characters, solid action, and an interesting story, but I would still love a prequel that really explored the original outbreak and the collapse.

As always, Andrew B. Wehrlen does a great job with the narration.

I received a copy of this audio title for free in exchange for an unbiased review.

  • Midnight Strikes

  • By: Tom Reynolds
  • Narrated by: Mike Carnes
  • Length: 5 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

The world is still reeling from the devastation of the final battle between the world’s strongest metahumans. Empire City has been left in shambles as it struggles to rebuild. Overnight, the world’s metabands, mysterious bracelets that offer their owner’s superhuman powers and abilities, have all ceased working. Guilt ridden over his possible hand in all of this, the masked vigilante Midnight has hung up his cowl. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really liked it

  • By TU on 02-15-19

Pretty much felt lost.

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

Reviewed: 01-28-19

I love superheroes...movies, comics, books, you name it. When it comes to reading (reading/not listening as I switch up what I am listening to all the time) I tend to read in the same genre for a while before switching up and a while back I'd been on a superhero reading kick and had actually bought all of the books in Tom Reynolds' Meta series. I just ended up switching genres before getting around to those books. So when the opportunity came for me to listen to Midnight Strikes I figured why not. It's a prequel so I shouldn't be lost, right? Well that's what I thought, but I have to tell you that I pretty much felt lost the entire time. Despite this being a prequel, I got the sense that I was supposed to know all about these characters, and the downfall of the superheroes. Downfall of the superheroes? Yeah, there are constant references to the great Meta battle and heroes everywhere losing their powers. I did mention this was a prequel, right? As I said I was left scratching my head about all the info dumps about the downfall of the Metas, heroes being mentioned (again as if we are supposed to know who the heck they are.) Even when it came to the main character (a kind of Batman-like hero), we don't get any real introduction to who he is and why he does what he does, only that he was a hero at one point. Without really given us any reason to do so, we're expected to care about him and what he is doing. Maybe I would feel different if I'd read the series before the prequel came out and had some idea who any of these people were. But as it was I was left somewhat unsatisfied. I'll have to see if my feelings change after I read the Meta series.

I received a copy of this audio title for free in exchange for an unbiased review.