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  • Cat Sidhe

  • Into the Witch Lands I
  • By: Jeff Chapman
  • Narrated by: Jannie Meisberger
  • Length: 5 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

Something nasty has come through one of the ley gates. It walks upright. It talks. And it looks like an oversized cat, but as Merliss can attest, it doesn't smell like a cat.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a delight!

  • By Lonnie-The GreatNorthernTroll-Moore on 12-29-18

Slow Start but Solid Ending

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

Reviewed: 01-11-19

The first half of the story seemed to be a bit slow to me but once it picked up I really enjoyed it. It took me a while to get into it as it was mainly conversations between animals in the beginning but was definitely worth it in the end.

Wasn’t expecting this level of fantasy but was surprisingly pleased. The characters are all quite interesting and the story gets quite exciting. Now that the setting has been set I think the next books in the trilogy will really take off.

Jannie Meisberger did a really good job with the narration. I really enjoyed her voice and accent. Both are perfect for this story and I really hope she continues with the rest of the trilogy.

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

  • The Rectify Series (2 Book Series)

  • By: Jacqueline Druga
  • Narrated by: Andrew B. Wehrlen
  • Length: 4 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10

This audiobook includes both books from the Rectify series. From Book 1: The virus CO-D4 rages across the globe with debilitating effects. Authorities, scientists and medical personnel scramble to find a cure. Those who fall victim to the virus, experience a fast and insufferable death and then they come back. From Book 2: When the CO-D4 virus rages across the globe, it not only leaves behind death and destruction, it creates three types of survivors. Those who want to see the infected die, those who want to help the sick, and those who want humanity to rise above it all.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I liked it, but i cant love it

  • By Amazon Customer on 01-17-19

Ground Control

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

Reviewed: 01-10-19

Jacqueline Druga’s name is synonymous with post-apocalyptic stories. Not always zombies, but when they are, they are different from main stream ones and are worth listening to. This was a great unique story much like all of her others. I really enjoyed the aspect of how these two stories were told from the Doctor’s point of views and not from a hunter.

I really enjoyed the plot of each story. As cliché as this sounds, I thought they were a breath of fresh air for the genre. I thought they were unique within the genre and especially liked the whole vaccine angle. Both stories were separate but played well off of each other as they contain some of the same characters. Each story could stand up alone if you come across them separate, although after listening to one you will want the other.

Since these stories are fairly short you don’t get a lot of character development, however, you will quickly get attached to specific ones. The main ones are quite interesting though and you will feel their pain as they struggle to survive the Codies.

I really enjoyed the voice of the narrator. He adjusted his cadence and tone but none of that was necessary because I really just enjoyed his voice. He told the story perfectly and I would be more than happy to have him narrate the shows I fall asleep to.

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

  • This Is Life: Or Jack Unravels a Crooked Cop Ring and Stops a Big-Gun Shooter

  • Jack Palms Crime, Book 2
  • By: Seth Harwood
  • Narrated by: Seth Harwood
  • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 9

Jack Palms is more interested in tuning up his vintage Mustang than starring in action films these days. Along with his failed marriage and plenty of bad habits, Jack abandoned his acting career three years ago, and life’s just the way Jack wants it: boring. But picking up where Jack Wakes Up left off, Jack now finds himself in the middle of a whodunit in the seedy red-light district of San Francisco’s North Beach. Young girls, shipped as merchandise from Balkan countries and sold to city heavyweights, are turning up dead, and no one knows why.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I am Jack's Complete Amusing Action Thriller

  • By Spooky Mike on 01-05-19

I am Jack's Complete Amusing Action Thriller

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

Reviewed: 01-05-19

I think that Jack constantly being asked when he is going to make another movie really was ironic as Jack’s story really plays out like a movie. Picture Michael Bay writing a crime noir story where good guys are loose cannons and the bad guys are crooked cops. Everything is quite unbelievable with the plot and although it is a bit over the top at times it was a fun ride. Even though this is a series it stands alone quite well.

The characters are all quite interesting and quite enjoyable, although don’t expect any great personal struggles or big character shifts. Jack is a man’s man with his classic Mustang, although I think my favorite character was Freeman. The bad guys are just as much fun as they are your typical Russian gangsters and some crooked cops.

The plot is fast paced and contains pretty much everything one would want from an action thriller like this. Very reminiscent of classic 80s and 90s detective whodunit style thrillers mixed with a lot of heavy hitting action. I’m not sure if this story is supposed to be taken seriously but I would say you shouldn’t and just enjoy the ride. Only complaint about the plot is that the setting isn’t as fleshed out as I would like but that isn’t the point of this story.

Much like most movies I don’t think they portrayed guns correctly. 50 caliber rifles aren’t that hard to get and are not that rare. Clip and magazine are not interchangeable, especially within the same sentence.

The narration perfectly matches the characters and the story itself. There are a few different people voicing the characters so you really get pulled into the story more and get to experience the different personalities each character has.

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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  • The Million Man

  • By: Roberto Scarlato
  • Narrated by: Mark Sando
  • Length: 1 hr and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

One night, Benjamin Lomond found a painting hidden behind a wall. At first glance, it seems odd. But looks can be deceiving, and the painting has a power waiting for the right time to be unleashed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Billion Dollar Man: Ben Lomond

  • By Spooky Mike on 12-27-18

The Billion Dollar Man: Ben Lomond

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

Reviewed: 12-27-18

This is a very unique story. Based on originality alone this book is worth the listen, not to mention it is a decent short story. Roberto Scarlato’s tales would make a great episode of … fill in your favorite 30 minute science fiction or horror show. This one is no different and is a fun story to listen to. It definitely makes you think about who you are and what you would do.

This story revolves around pretty much one character and I can’t say I care for him too much. He isn’t the nicest of people and I feel like he deserves everything that comes his way. Nothing in this story is predictable and you get to see what someone would do with their life when given the ability to change the outcome of their situations. Can’t say I wouldn’t follow the same path, all the way to the end.

Mark Sando does a good job with the narration. He provides emotion in his character voices and really adds to the overall tone of the story. I really enjoyed his pace as I didn’t have to bump up the speed as much.

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

  • The Mark

  • A Supernatural Horror Novel
  • By: Lee Mountford
  • Narrated by: Hannibal Hills
  • Length: 7 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 32

Kirsty Thompson is no stranger to trauma. But when a vicious attack leaves her drugged and disoriented, she never expected to wake up to a permanent scar. She starts having demonic visions, all linked to the ancient symbol carved deep into her back.... With the help of her best friend, Kirsty discovers the mark originates from the Devil's Bible and forges a connection between her and a terrifying creature. As they track the man who assaulted her to a satanic cult, the beast hunts them from the shadows. Can Kirsty escape the devil worshipers and her bond with the heinous creature?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Mountford hits The Mark with this

  • By Spooky Mike on 12-26-18

Mountford hits The Mark with this

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

Reviewed: 12-26-18

This isn’t my first Lee Mountford story and it won’t be my last. He tells a wicked story and just when you think you know where things are headed you quickly realize you don’t have a clue. This book perfectly depicts the classic mythos of demon cults and secret societies in a unique way.

The story is very fast paced and goes by very quickly, something Mountford does exceptionally well. I really enjoy how he gets quick to the horror and throws you into chaos right away. I love a good demonic story and with all of the other aspects of this story you get a a nice rounded supernatural horror. Mountford doesn’t beat around the bush and just straight up tells you a great story.

As this story takes place only over a few days there isn’t much i character development with the exception of Kirsty. The plot itself is about everything surrounding the mysterious symbol combined with Kristy’s development of either staying a victim or becoming a survivor. Mountford can really describe a disturbing situation and this is filled with plenty. It gets a bit graphic with Mike, but I think his story is told exactly as it should have been. This delivers thrills until the end and wow was that a great ending.

Hannibal Hills has an excellent creepy voice, so if you want a horror story read to it should be from Hills. His voice has the ability to get you stressed out and on the edge of your seat. His narration and accent makes everything a bit more intriguing and holds your hand as he leads you down a dark narrow hallway.

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Razor

  • By: J. Barton Mitchell
  • Narrated by: Travis Baldree
  • Length: 12 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

Brilliant engineer Marcus Flynn has been sentenced to 11-H37 - a hard labor prison planet better known as the Razor, where life expectancy is short and all roads are dead ends - alongside the galaxy's most dangerous criminals. At least until the Lost Prophet goes active. In a few hours, prison guards and staff are evacuated, the prisoners are left to die, and dark mysteries begin to surface. Only Flynn has the skills and knowledge to unravel them, but he will have to rely on the most unlikely of allies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If you draw ... you pull

  • By Spooky Mike on 12-25-18

If you draw ... you pull

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

Reviewed: 12-25-18

This is a really fun nonstop action fast paced prison escape story. Reminded me a bit of Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country with a alien prison planet that the main characters are trying to escape mixed in with a bit of Riddick’s universe. The setting is quite exciting and so is their battle for survival. With all the action this book is packing you will want to devote long stretches of time to listening, so make sure you settle in, buckle down, and prepare for an exciting science fiction thriller.

The plot unfolds quickly and immediately pushes you to the edge of your seat. Everything with the penal colony is not as usual and soon the thrill ensues. There is a lot going on with this prison planet, but there isn’t much time to explore it, because as soon as Flynn arrives chaos ensues. With the chaos you are greeted by a mixture of characters and creatures. Flynn indivertibly assembles a bandit team who eventually is put to a task greater than just saving themselves.

This book really had a nice mixed crew of characters. Truly some unique ones that are quite colorful that I would really like to see more of with potentially their own origin stories. The characters were well thought out and really advance the story. Zane was my absolute favorite, especially with Baldree’s voice for him. Seemed to me he may have received some inspiration from Bane, the original comic book depiction, and not from any of the movies. Gabel was another great character, and one you can tell Baldree really enjoyed narrating her. With the exception of Flynn, none of this crew is a person of moral character, yet all come together to fight a good fight and I rooted for all of them despite their personal motivations. Very much like some of the more recent comic book movies.

Travis Baldree is an amazing narrator. You can hear in is narration that he loves what he does and really likes the books he narrates. That makes every book he does so much fun and just an absolute blast to listen to. His voices for male and female characters are fantastic as he has such a range for them all. I absolutely loved his voice for Zane, as usual with Baldree’s narrations, he really gets you into the stories with all his character voices and if you close your eyes you can see everything unfold.

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  • Awakened Within

  • A Vienna Rossi Paranormal Mystery (A Lost Souls, Book 1)
  • By: Michelle Ann Hollstein
  • Narrated by: Karen Bachman
  • Length: 5 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

In order to make the nightmare stop, Vienna Rossi realizes she must take matters into her own hands. She’s compelled by an unseen force to hop on a last-minute flight to track down a murderer. Awakened within her is a psychic gift she never knew she had, a handsome spirit guide who drives her nuts, and the ability to help lost souls cross over to the other side. Vienna and her spirit guide, Jack, team up with Vienna’s best friend, Kim, for a dangerous murder-solving, ghost-hunting adventure.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Would listen again

  • By taj-marie on 01-03-19

Put the Bunny Back in the Box

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

Reviewed: 12-19-18

This story is definitely geared towards younger women. I am neither so while I enjoyed the overall story, the presentation of it wasn’t for me. The immaturity of the characters made it difficult for me to like them with the exception of Vienna. She was the protagonist and seemed the most real. The characters are well developed and are more towards the airy and hoity-toity side. Their development made me dislike them more and more and I think the author nailed their dialogue and personalities perfectly. While I didn’t care for any of it, I can say the characters were done quite well and quite to my dissatisfaction. I didn’t know rice crust pizza was a thing.

The plot is fairly simple and the mystery isn’t too hard to figure out, but the ride is a fun one. Paranormal mysteries are often the same story retold, although this one is a bit different and I think as the series progresses that it will really stand out from some of the others. With this being the first in the story I realize that there is a lot to build upon and think this was a good start to something more.

Karen Bachman did a really good job voicing the characters. She did Bunny perfectly and really added to my dislike of her. She did a spot on narration for all the characters and really was able to do a voice that matched each personality. I don’t think the dialogue would have worked without her narration and hope she stays on for the series.

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

  • Moonlight Motor

  • By: James Livingood
  • Narrated by: Sean Erik Hoffman
  • Length: 1 hr and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8

A fair fight doesn't start with hunger. That will to live drives a desperate, hungry man to find solace on a train. After all, you've got to keep moving to survive. The only problem is that blending in with the passengers may be worse than getting caught. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One Strange Train Ride

  • By Shannon G on 01-03-19

I'm Going Off The Rails on a Crazy Train

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

Reviewed: 12-17-18

This story itself is quite nonsensical. Not sure what the point was and I don’t think the main character did either. We are taken for a ride on a train and I really don’t know why. It could be me but the craziness of the train wasn’t ever really answered and I didn’t understand the point of the question.
I actually really liked the main character and wanted to hear something more than I did. He is an interesting guy and has potential, he is just stuck in a bad place and there is no resolution. The first few minutes provided the best part of his story and wanted to hear something more related to that.
Sean Erik Hoffman provided a really good narration. He provided excitement and tension in his character voice when it was appropriate and his energy is well received. I really enjoyed his narration and he made it worth the listen.
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

  • Haunted Liverpool 30

  • By: Tom Slemen
  • Narrated by: Nigel Peever
  • Length: 12 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

It is always an event when Tom publishes a new book and this one is definitely no exception. In this chilling volume of more than 30 chapters - with many chapters containing more than one story - you will meet the Faceless Bride of Lime Street and you will also be introduced to Anfield’s unknown ghostly woman before visiting the creepy establishment known as The Devil’s Arms, where everything is just too good to be true. You will not find the usual hackneyed stories of supernatural cliché in this volume.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Haunted 30

  • By Deedra on 01-10-19

Good Variety of Haunting Tales

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

Reviewed: 12-12-18

Quite a mixed bag of haunting stories. They are all over the map on type of story so you get a nice variety. As with any large collection of short stories, you get a spectrum of ones you like and ones you could skip over. Slemen is able to craft some really great stories and they are a lot of fun to listen to. I especially liked how they span a large timeline so you get a lot of different types of paranormal hauntings.

Big fan of Nigel Peever and this was the first time I heard him narrate a Haunted Liverpool and he outdoes his self with his production. As often with Peever’s narration, his many voices makes me think there is more than one narrator and I really enjoy all of his accents. He had one voice that reminded me of Nanny from Count Duckula, just a hoot to listen to. All the extra sound effects added to the story and made it a wonderful listen.

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

  • Price of Now

  • By: Michael Bussa
  • Narrated by: Krage Brown
  • Length: 1 hr
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21

A short story set in the small, fictional town of Now, Indiana, circa 1940. A man, Troy, returns to his hometown after 10 years when he is diagnosed with cancer in his prime. Distraught, Troy visits a local antique store on Halloween night, hoping to find something to comfort him in his last weeks. He stumbles across a painting so compelling, he must have it at all cost - he must have it...now! Soon, Troy learns there is something more to the painting than for which he bargained. Something diabolical.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hang the Dang Picture

  • By Spooky Mike on 12-12-18

Hang the Dang Picture

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

Reviewed: 12-12-18

Just like Gizmo came with rules about not feeding after midnight or getting wet, some other curiosities have rules that must be followed. If you absolutely must have a painting that is not for sale and they finally acquiesce to sell it but with rules, you follow those rules. Despite initially feeling sympathetic for Troy I started to dislike him for his inability to follow rules and his increasing hostility towards Laura. Once that feeling set in I felt whatever Troy got he deserved.

The story itself is quite unique and not at all what I expected. The ending really caught me off guard and I quite enjoyed that. I suppose it might have been that the story was told so well that I got lost in the words and the excellent narration. As much as I enjoyed the overall story I really liked how it was told. Troy returning home for the first time and reminiscing in his bedroom and getting food at the local diner was told quite eloquently and got me feeling all warm and fuzzy. That rug got ripped out from under my feet immediately.

Krage Brown did a fantastic job. I really enjoyed his accent and the excitement he put into the story. His subtle change in tone and cadence for Troy and Laura really brought the story to life. I hope to hear more from him.

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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