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  • The Virus

  • By: Janelle Diller
  • Narrated by: Caroline McLaughlin
  • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

A smallpox epidemic begins in a whisper with a single death, and then the name of the victim surfaces: Abdulaziz al-Sherhi. In a nation rich in imagination, this name requires none at all. In the weeks that follow, the epidemic fears crescendo into a national roar. People panic about dying from this horrific terrorist-incited disease and clamor for a vaccination. Maggie Rider, a weary road warrior for a high-tech company, submits to the shot only to realize this is no ordinary immunization.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Beware of Technology

  • By Bernie on 06-22-18

Beware of Technology

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

Reviewed: 06-22-18

I listened to a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review. I enjoyed this book it was an great listening experience. It is centered around a husband and wife leading the charge to take down big brother as the government seeks to implant a tracking device in every human being under the guise of mandatory vaccinations. The book is filled with many interesting good and bad characters. This book is another painful reminder of the advances in technology and where we could possibly be heading. The narrator did a good job.

  • Shadows of Africa

  • By: Wayne McCain
  • Narrated by: Dave Cruse
  • Length: 5 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29

When a small team of former special operators land in Tanzania to grab a local warlord, it's business as usual. But the situation quickly changes when they learn that a pride of lions has been feeding on the local populace. Unable to walk away leaving the locals to fend for themselves, the seasoned warriors are drawn into a conflict unlike anything they've ever taken part in. As they struggle to understand their new enemy, they're led deeper and deeper into the unforgiving Tanzanian wilderness.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A short, but very entertaining Thriller

  • By Victor @ theAudiobookBlog on 05-08-18

Shadows of Africa Review

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

Reviewed: 06-05-18

I received this book free for an honest review and honestly I enjoyed it. I loved the way the men in this special task force bonded and depended on one another, while getting the work they loved done. I did chuckle to myself when the narrator read conversations between the men and their wives. I will definitely look for some other works by this author.

  • Suffer the Little Children

  • By: Valerie Allen
  • Narrated by: Sheila Cavalette
  • Length: 6 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

While evaluating a child accused of murder, Dr. Allyson Freemont unravels a cycle of family abuse, forcing her to confront her own haunting emotional issues. Suffer the Little Children is the story of a child's innocence lost in the power and control of domestic violence. Confounded by love and hate, those involved with this boy struggle to save him from self destruction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Shared Suffering Review

  • By Bernie on 02-28-18

Shared Suffering Review

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

Reviewed: 02-28-18

Where does Suffer the Little Children rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Somewhere near the top

What was one of the most memorable moments of Suffer the Little Children?

The most memorable moment in the book for me was Faith's murder.

Which character – as performed by Sheila Cavalette – was your favorite?

My favorite character as performed by Sheila Cavalette is Angelo. Unfortunately Angelo is also one of my least favorite characters

If you could rename Suffer the Little Children, what would you call it?

Shared Suffering

Any additional comments?

Although I was disturbed by some of what I listened to, I really enjoyed the storey. It held my interest all the way to the end. I will have to check out some more of this authors work.

  • The Salvation State

  • By: Marcus Damanda
  • Narrated by: Jessica McEvoy
  • Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62

Rebecca and Daniel have never met. A 15-year-old preacher's kid and a 16-year-old atheist outcast, they appear to have little in common. And yet they both have attracted the attention of a recruiter for Angel Island, where bad kids go to be remade-or destroyed. Agents of the all-powerful New America Unity Church will stop at nothing to get them. They're building an army, a modern children's crusade, in which Rebecca and Daniel may be just the kind of future leaders they need. If not, they might be just the kind of sacrifice necessary to keep the rest of the faithless in line.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing book and performance!

  • By Charlotte on 01-29-18

Salvation State Review

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

Reviewed: 02-18-18

Would you listen to The Salvation State again? Why?

I will listen again

What did you like best about this story?

That it was fiction and not something that will happen in real life

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

This is my first time listening to her work

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

I found myself disgusted by Ruth, DC and even Rebecca's father.

Any additional comments?


The Salvation State was an enjoyable listen. I have never read anything by this author or heard anything by the narrator before. I fell in love with both of their work and will definitely look for some of their other endeavors. If you are looking for a good storey line with great character development you will want to listen to this book.

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  • Marathon Faith

  • Motivation from the Greatest Endurance Runners of the Bible
  • By: John Van Pay
  • Narrated by: Michael Lenz
  • Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 12

Your faith is a long-distance run, Pastor John Van Pay tells us: an everyday endeavor to follow Jesus that will sometimes feel impossible, even painful. To give us strength, Van Pay retells the inspirational stories of 20 believers in the Bible who persisted, endured, and thrived in their faith by applying the fundamental principles of endurance running to the single most important journey - the journey to loving and following God.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Marathon Faith

  • By MEDY L on 02-03-18

Marathon Faith Review

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

Reviewed: 02-10-18

Who was your favorite character and why?

Jesus; My savior is always MVP, just because of who he is

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

Micheal Lenz's narration made a good book even better.

What insight do you think you’ll apply from Marathon Faith?

Never give up, always cross the finish line. Look to Jesus as the prime example of how to run your race

Any additional comments?

I expected to be bored with this book. I am so glad that my assumption was wrong; I thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Alexander Steele Mystery Trilogy

  • By: Lawrence Johnson, Sr.
  • Narrated by: Alistair Dryburgh
  • Length: 2 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8

On a hot, muggy night in Philly a couple was brutally murdered on an isolated rooftop. According to rumors the couple stashed a small fortune in gold that was never recovered. Twenty years later after new clues and another body surfaces Alexander Steele is hired to solve this cold case.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Three enjoyable quick detective stories

  • By Kingsley on 06-12-17

Steele Msystery Trilogy review

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

Reviewed: 02-10-18

What did you like best about Alexander Steele Mystery Trilogy? What did you like least?

I liked the relationship between Steele and his girlfriend and the fact that he solved the mysteries so fast. The stories were so short that there really wasn't much time for me to follow the clues and try to solve the crime myself.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

The endings of each storey certainly weren't predictable.

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

No I never heard him perform before. Although he had a great voice for this book, I thought he could have slowed down a tad bit.

Do you think Alexander Steele Mystery Trilogy needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

I think he should do a follow-up book with longer stories. Longer stories will give the reader a chance to try to solve the crime before Steele does.

  • Prelude to World War III

  • The Rise of the Islamic Republic and the Rebirth of America
  • By: James Rosone, Miranda Watson
  • Narrated by: Alex Hyde-White
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 113

In the not-too-distant future, the United States loses its status as a world Superpower. With the military cut to a barebones level and American leaders focused solely on the nation's internal struggles, the door will open for new powers to emerge on the world stage. In the wake of this power vacuum, China and Russia begin to flex their military muscles and expand their dominance in the world. They have the most up-to-date technological innovations ready for battle: railguns, unmanned drone tank vehicles, exoskeleton suits, and cyber warfare.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Prelude to World War III

  • By Bernie on 02-04-18

Prelude to World War III

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

Reviewed: 02-04-18

What did you love best about Prelude to World War III?

The book makes you think, worry and be relieved that the book is fiction. Then it made me worry again because terrorist attacks are real these days. I came to the realization that the stage has already been set ?

Who was your favorite character and why?

Henry Stein was my favorite character; I deemed him the good guy.

What does Alex Hyde-White bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The narrator was a perfect fit for this book. I think his reading made the drama in this book pop a little more.

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

I live in New York so the last scene really moved me. A lot of scenes made me shake my head in disbelief but when home is hit, fiction feels real.

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed the book I received for free in exchange for an honest review. As the title suggests, the premise is quite disturbing, however the book worked and is pretty good. It jarred me to think about what could happen in the future and it made me happy that it has not happen yet. I plan on listening again.

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  • Sacrifice and Reward

  • Paha Sapa Saga, Book 1
  • By: Robin Deeter
  • Narrated by: Jon Reeder
  • Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

Sky Dancer, a beautiful, Kiowa widow, and a proud Lakota warrior, Dark Horse, are forced to marry in order to create an alliance between their peoples. Right from the beginning, they clash in a tests of wills, loathing each other on sight, making a happy marriage seem out of the question. Will the sacrifice that is asked of them save their tribes? Can these two enemies overcome their initial hatred to find love in an unlikely place, or will distrust keep them from the reward?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Native American Love Story 💝

  • By 🌸DARA on 03-01-18

Sacrifice and Reward Review

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

Reviewed: 01-27-18

What made the experience of listening to Sacrifice and Reward the most enjoyable?

I enjoyed listening to the narrator his voice complemented the storey.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Chirping Cricket was my favorite character. I liked the way he embraced his purpose and tackled his responsibilities in spite of doubt, fear or pain.

Which character – as performed by Jon Reeder – was your favorite?

The performance I liked best was his portrayal of Chirping Cricket's little sister Moon Beam.The voice he chose for her seemed perfect it made me smile.

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

Together the weak stand strong.

Any additional comments?

I received a copy of this audio book in exchange for an honest review. I never read a book by Robin Deeter before or listened to a book read by Jon Reeder. I enjoyed the book so much that I will have to search for more work by each of them. A big plus for me is that the book was clean.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Mermaid's Tale

  • By: D G Valdron
  • Narrated by: Susan J Iannucci
  • Length: 13 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7

In a city of majesty and brutality, of warring races and fragile alliances, a sacred mermaid has been brutally murdered. An abomination, a soulless Arukh is summoned to hunt the killer. As the world around the Arukh drifts into war and madness, her search for justice leads her on a journey to discover redemption and even beauty in the midst of chaos.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Murder Mystery only a nameless monster can solve

  • By Ray Johnson on 02-12-18

Mermaid's Tale Review

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

Reviewed: 01-26-18

Would you consider the audio edition of The Mermaid's Tale to be better than the print version?

I don't know I only listened to the audio version

What did you like best about this story?

The beauty found here and there among so much violence

What aspect of Susan J Iannucci’s performance would you have changed?

I had to get used to her voice. The more I listened the more I liked it. The beginning sounded really sing songy to me. Overall the performance was good

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

War, wars and rumors of wars

Any additional comments?

This genre is pretty new to me. if a variety of fantasy creatures with conflict and battles amongst them is your thing, listen to this book you won't be disappointed.

  • The Confluence

  • By: Puja Guha
  • Narrated by: Yael Eylat-Tanaka
  • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

The Kite Runner meets Monsoon Wedding during revolution in the Middle East. The story of an Indian woman adopting her son as she brings her estranged family back together in fictionalized Sudan and Calcutta. In 2045, Naina Ranjeeva writes a letter to recount the journey that led to the adoption of her son Nikhil. Decades earlier, she stumbles upon a lead on the location of her aunt, who had disappeared when Naina was just a child.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • too long but...

  • By Vicente on 02-24-19

Bernie's review

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

Reviewed: 01-26-18

Where does The Confluence rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Right under the Game of Throne series; The narrator made a good storey even better.

Who was your favorite character and why?

My favorite character was Nitu, In the end he accepted his fate and handled his business.

What does Yael Eylat-Tanaka bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I liked hearing her voice which I would not have experienced if I had just read the book. Her voice made me want to keep listening.

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

Family first for life, even unto death

Any additional comments?

I received the audio book for free for an honest review. I honestly enjoyed the book. The narrator had a very pleasant, easy to listen to voice that helped me to experience every emotion that was conveyed in this storey. The main character Naina details the circumstances surrounding her sons unusual adoption in a letter written to him. I haven't read a book like this before which is a big plus for me. I recommend this read.