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  • Boy's Life

  • By: Robert McCammon
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 20 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,954
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,829
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,829

Zephyr, Alabama, is an idyllic hometown for eleven-year-old Cory Mackenson - a place where monsters swim the river deep and friends are forever. Then, one cold spring morning, Cory and his father witness a car plunge into a lake - and a desperate rescue attempt brings his father face-to-face with a terrible, haunting vision of death. As Cory struggles to understand his father's pain, his eyes are slowly opened to the forces of good and evil that surround him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Feast for the Senses!

  • By Kim Venatries on 10-13-14

One of my All Time Favorites.

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

Reviewed: 10-15-18

Boy's Life is one of my all time favorites books. I have read it at least a dozen times and I love it more and more with each reading. There is just something magical about this story. Even though I didn't grow up in the same time as when this story takes place, it does give me a sense of nostalgia for my own childhood, make remember the magic of youth. It's an incredibly touching story and no mater how many times I read through it parts of the story always get to me. I seriously can't recommend this book enough.

  • Nightmare Series: Books 1 to 3

  • Nightmare Series Box Set, Volume 1
  • By: David Longhorn
  • Narrated by: Thom Bowers
  • Length: 20 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

An evil force pulses deep within the heart of England, overflowing with maniacal glee. Paranormal investigator Denny Purcell finds herself in over her head when she is brought to the scene of supernatural activity at Malpas Abbey. Unlocking the mysteries of this abandoned relic is one thing; surviving the horrors it hides is something else entirely. This box set contains all three books of the best-selling Nightmare series by David Longhorn. Listen at your own risk.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Gosh...not for me

  • By az_homes on 10-08-18

Creepy collection.

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

Reviewed: 10-15-18

The Nightmare Series is made up of three books: Nightmare Abbey, Nightmare Valley, and Nightmare Revelation. Going in I was expecting a ghost hunter-ish experience, but it goes beyond that. It's not ghosts we have to fear but rather extra-dimensional 'demons' that are referred to as Interlopers that are hell bent on invading our world. These are fun creepy tales loaded with an interesting cast of characters, but I thought the pacing could use a little tweaking. Shorter, punchier chapters. If you like horror stories you might just want to give this collection a try.

This set of book is narrated by Thom Bowers. I'm familiar with his work as he narrated all 9 of the Berkley Street books (excellent series BTW) and once again I thought he did a very good, though I have to be honest and say I wasn't crazy about all his voices this time around (especially Denny) Sorry Thom but the voice you gave her just got on my nerves, lol.

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

  • As We Fall: A Post-Apocalyptic Survival Thriller

  • Against All Odds, Book 1
  • By: Jack Hunt
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 5 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34

Sam Wade is on a trip to reconnect with his estranged daughter studying in Boston when the interconnected US infrastructure is crippled by an unknown attacker. As the Internet, communication networks, and power grid go down, the world is soon thrown into turmoil and danger. Faced with no other choice than to battle their way home through a country on the verge of collapse, Sam and his daughter will have to face more than a troubled past - the future is deadly. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great characters.

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 10-10-18

Another excellent book from Jack Hunt

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

Reviewed: 10-15-18

As We Fall is yet another great post apocalyptic thriller from Jack Hunt. This time around Mr. Hunt has America being hacked, not only is the power grid crippled but electronics of all sorts. Naturally chaos ensues and civilization begins to rapidly breakdown. The story focuses on Sam Wade an ex-Seal who is trying to reconnect with his estranged daughter as he attempts to fulfill his promise to bring her home to her mother. What would have been an easy trip is suddenly am epic ordeal. Excellent cast of characters and a good story loaded with plenty of fast paced action. Definitely looking forward to seeing where the story goes from here.

The book is narrated by the incredibly talented Kevin Pierce and as always he does a phenomenal job.

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

  • Torrent

  • The Alt Apocalypse, Book 3
  • By: Tom Abrahams
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23

In Torrent, Abrahams plunges his characters into an unforgiving flood. College students on vacation, a family trapped and unable to swim, a journalist out of his depth, and a doctor prepared but overwhelmed all face the rising water. The beginnings of a conspiracy begin to surface, possibly connecting strangers and their roles in catastrophes they only vaguely recall. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Book I Won't Soon Forget

  • By Brian on 10-02-18

Head for higher ground.

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

Reviewed: 10-08-18

Torrent is the third book in Tom Abrahams Alt Apocalypse series, which is a series he's writing in which he basically takes the same group of characters and throughs them into a new tragedy. This time around it's a horrible flood in New Orleans. Now I've lived through quite a few hurricanes in my life and have dealt with flooding situations so this one really hit home for me. While there were quite a few characters in the book, the real focus was on one family's experience. This is more of a personal/localized apocalypse tale, but the rising water and the devastation Abrahams describes all rang true/authentic to me. There was another storyline however about sounded interesting, focusing around one of the characters back in LA, but it was never fully explored or fleshed out. I would have loved to have known where Abrahams was going with that, but unfortunately that didn't happen, so that part of the book felt more like a distraction/missed opportunity. But that being said, I enjoyed Torrent quite a bit and it's a great addition to the Alt Apocalypse series.

As always Kevin Pierce delivers a stellar performance. He really is the voice of survival/apocalyptic fiction.

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

  • The Hunted

  • Hunter Circles Series, Book One
  • By: Jessica Gunn
  • Narrated by: Shannon Condon
  • Length: 6 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 12

I'm Krystin Blackwood, and I've only ever been good at one thing: killing demons of Darkness. But at 24, I'm about to face my toughest challenge yet: shifting from working alone to joining a team of three other Hunters. Newbie Hunters. They don't know their magik, they barely know their place in the world, and when they find out the secrets I've been carrying, they'll definitely decide it's safer if they don't know me. But unfortunately for them - and me - Darkness has other plans.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Has potential to be a great series.

  • By N. Mahoney on 10-16-18

Has potential.

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

Reviewed: 10-08-18

The Hunted is the first book urban fantasy the Hunter Circles series. There is an interesting story here, though honestly it feels similar to many others I've read before. My real problem is how Ms. Gunn starts the story. The first chapter just feels like one massive info dump. So much of the of what is told to us could have been fed to us little by little instead of just dropping massive amounts of information/backstory on us all at once, which is one of my pet peeves. Hopefully Ms. Gunn continues to work her craft because I think she shows potential.

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

  • Enhancer

  • The Enhancer Series, Book 1
  • By: Wyatt Kane
  • Narrated by: Chris Graves
  • Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 293
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 276
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 276

Ty is just a normal guy trying to do his best. He’s single, stuck in a dead-end job with the most hateful boss in the universe, and struggling under a mountain of debt. When he witnesses an impossible battle between two superpowered people, every instinct he has tells him to run. Instead, he becomes the owner of a device that can change his life in ways he can barely imagine. All he has to do is survive for long enough to learn how to use it. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A well-written story!

  • By Charles A.P. Wetherington on 09-20-18

Cool premise.

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

Reviewed: 10-08-18

Enhancer is the first book in a new superhero series that features a cool premise and shows real potential. The plot revolves around a rather sad sack who suddenly gets the chance to be a superhero. Enhancer features a fun cast of characters and an interesting world. The plot could have used a bit more development. The story features a harem aspect which I know seems to be all the rage these days, but IMO it felt a bit forced. The story was interesting enough without it.

This is the first time hearing any of Chris Graves narration and I have to say I really enjoyed it and would definitely listen to more of his work.

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

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Berkley Street Series Books 1- 9

  • Haunted House and Ghost Stories Collection
  • By: Ron Ripley
  • Narrated by: Thom Bowers
  • Length: 66 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48

Shane Ryan is returning to his hometown of Nashua and the childhood memories that have haunted him throughout his adult life. The sinister demon lurking behind his family home threatens to spill over and destroy all he holds near and dear...spurring Shane on a journey that will challenge everything he knows about himself and the world. This audiobook set contains all nine of the thrilling supernatural novels in this best-selling series.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing series for just one credit!!

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 09-03-18

Supernatural bargain!

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

Reviewed: 09-24-18

Wow. This book bundle is one heck of a killer deal. Not only do you get 9 books for a single credit, you get 9 incredibly enjoyable books for a single credit. Ron Ripley has crafted an excellent series of ghost stories, featuring some great characters and fun, intense, creepy stories. Mr. Ripley keeps putting his main character, Shane Ryan, through a series of meat grinders as with each volume he faces new threats he has to deal with and overcome. The first story is an 'intimate' haunted house tale as Shane returns home to the haunted house he grew up and tries to uncover the truth behind his parents long ago disappearance. In the next volume Shane is lured into investigating a bizarre suicide at an isolated lighthouse, then in the next we shift to yet a new local, a ghost town that is truly haunted. Whether it's his own house, a creepy hospital, or even a prison, again and again poor Shane finds himself in a battle with the supernatural. Each of the tales is incredible entertaining and well worth the time. Thom Bowers does an absolutely fantastic job with the narration. His voice and delivery bring these stories to life. I can't recommend this collection enough.

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

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Next World - EXISTENCE - Book 1

  • By: Jeff Olah
  • Narrated by: Andrew Tell
  • Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15

Owen Mercer has battled the voices in his head for far too long. Plagued by debilitating anxiety, he was doing his best just to hold it together for his wife and his children. He wasn’t prepared for what was coming. No one was.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Same old, same old!

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 10-09-18

Next World....bring on the next book!

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

Reviewed: 09-24-18

Fun twist on the zombie apocalypse. While the story did have a few issues, what with the main characters making some seriously questionable decisions (though I kind of expect that from zombie stories) I found the book entertaining from start to finish. The book is filled with interesting characters, a cool survival story, and plenty of fast paced action. Definitely hope there is a sequel coming soon because I definitely want to know where the story is going.

Part of the reason I enjoyed this book so much was due to Andrew Tell's fantastic narration. He just seems to get better and better with every book I hear him perform. He completely pulled me into the story and brought the action and people alive.

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

  • Straight Outta Fangton

  • A Comedic Vampire Story
  • By: C. T. Phipps
  • Narrated by: Cary Hite
  • Length: 7 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 125
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 125

Peter Stone is a poor, black vampire who is wondering where his nightclub, mansion, and sports car is. Instead, he is working a minimum wage job during the night shift, as being a vampire isn't all that impressive in a world where they've come out to mortals. Exiled from the rich and powerful undead in New Detroit, he is forced to go back when someone dumps a newly-transformed vampire in the bathroom of his gas station's store.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So funny, you'll die!!!

  • By Jason on 09-29-17

Great spin on the vampire genre.

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

Reviewed: 09-24-18

It's listed as a comedic vampire story, but I feel that's stretching it a bit. Sure it has a touch of humor, but it's more clever than comedic, with a ton of pop culture references. If you are looking for a truly funny/laugh out loud vampire saga I would suggest you check out the Tome of Bill series. That being said, Straight outta Fangton is a total blast. CT Phipps has crafted one heck of a spin on the vampire genre. Taking place in the future where the vampire nation is out in the open, this book is loaded with great characters, a very cool story, and a ton of fast paced action. This is the first of Mr. Phipps books that I've read/listened to, but it definitely won't be the last. Likewise this is the first time I've heard Cary Hite's narration. His voice worked perfectly for the story and his performance truly brought the world to life. Awesome job. I'll definitely be looking into what else he's recorded.

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

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Murder and Chocolate Cake

  • Mysteries of Treasure Cove, Book 2
  • By: Meredith Potts
  • Narrated by: Carrie Burgess
  • Length: 2 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

When convicted murderer Wade Becker breaks out of prison, amateur sleuth Sabrina Carlson finds herself staring down the hardest case of her life. After all, Wade isn't just any killer. He's a man who Sabrina put behind bars. So now that Wade is on the loose, Sabrina can't help but look over her shoulder. As desperation sets in, Sabrina finds herself asking one question: Will she be able to track Wade down, or will she become his next victim? 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable Listen

  • By Jan M on 10-15-18

This is a cozy, really?

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

Reviewed: 09-24-18

Hate to say it, but this one just didn't work for me on so many levels. The opening prologue hinted at an interesting story, but there was never any real payoff later on. The first 4-5 chapters we spend time getting to know Sabrina Carlson and her family, most of these early chapters focusing on her daughter, an apparently brilliant young girl. How brilliant? For her birthday she wants to do a locked room mystery so her parents take her and she solves it all by herself in 19-20 minutes! I figured after spending so much time having us learn about the daughter she'd play an integral part in the book, but no. She's talked about, but we never really see her again. So there is that issue that left me scratching my head, but that isn't even what I really had a problem with. I love cozy mysteries, and that is what this book is listed as. The cover certainly matches the genre, unfortunately the story doesn't. Cozy mysteries tend to be lighthearted/humorous, but there was almost nothing lighthearted or humorous in this book. No offense to the author, as I appreciate and admire anyone who is willing to be creative and put themselves and their work out there to be judged, but I have to say that from the story to the dialogue and right down the narration, none of it really worked for me.

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