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  • Freehaven Online Dragonsbane: A LitRPG Adventure

  • By: Jun Prince
  • Narrated by: Amy Landon
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 124
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 118
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 117

Freehaven Online is more than a game to Justine. By day, she creates monsters for the world, by night she's raiding dungeons. Most importantly, it's her one connection to her dead brother whose buffs still linger within the game. When his virtual shrine is threatened by an update, Justine reforges his guild to complete the Dragonsbane quest in his honor. As an experienced tank, she's no stranger to the bandit attacks, PvP combat, and dragons Freehaven will throw at her. Little does she know, a hacker organization known as Archangel tampers with the update.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A look at grief via gaming

  • By Ray Johnson on 11-04-18

A strong start to a series

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

Reviewed: 11-05-18

I've never read LitRPG before… mainly because I never knew it was a thing. But if the rest of the genre is anything like this book, I AM IN.

The main character, Justine, is a computer game developer and gamer. Her younger brother has passed away and she's taken to playing in his favourite VR game to feel closer to him and to try to contact his old guild members to let them know why he suddenly disappeared from their game. She's a very sympathetic and likable character, though she can be a little over sensitive at times.

This was an amazingly immersive read, exploring the new world with Justine and discovering her capabilities within it as she did. She meets a variety of new people from different walks of life and creates her own guild, which felt very personal to me.
I enjoyed this book in audio format so discovering that the book is actually 600+ pages long after I'd finished it blew my mind, I was easily listening to 3 hour chunks while doing housework and trying to drag it out as long as possible near the end so I wasn't going to have to say goodbye to the characters.
The audio format did make listening to the stat read outs a bit tedious, I probably would have skimmed those bits in a print edition but there weren’t so many that it was a problem.

I've listened to a few audiobooks by Amy Landon before and I love her first person narration and pacing, but this time I'm going to have to say that the accents she used in this book are not her strong suit.
As an audio listener, I'd rather hear a narrator use the wrong accent than one they haven't mastered - making me giggle does ruin the immersion a bit!

Thankfully all the characters start using American accents around halfway through the story so it does become less distracting.

Having just finished this audio, I now have to decide whether or not to jump straight into the next instalment in print or wait for the audio.... decisions, decisions!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • True Crime Stories: True Crime Anthology Volume 8

  • 12 Shocking True Crime Murder Cases
  • By: Jack Rosewood
  • Narrated by: Kevin Kollins
  • Length: 3 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

In this gruesome true crime anthology, you will hear about twelve true crime stories that baffled investigators and continue to draw interest among the public due to their shocking details. From tragic cases of spousal murder to tragic cases of child murder, this true crime book will surely keep your attention. Follow the course of these true murder cases and learn how the investigators worked tirelessly to put these monsters behind bars.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Some very shocking stories here

  • By Cyn on 02-04-18

A wide range of different cases

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

Reviewed: 12-02-17

What did you like best about True Crime Stories: True Crime Anthology Volume 8? What did you like least?

I really enjoyed the narration of this audiobook. My least favourite part was some of the gross generalisations written by the author.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The story of Vlado Teneski was fascinating, a journalist who would create his own stories by killing elderly women.
The book would have appealed more to me with a deeper look at the psychology of the criminals.

Which scene was your favorite?

'Favorite' is probably not the right word for a true crime book...

Was True Crime Stories: True Crime Anthology Volume 8 worth the listening time?

Yep, it's 3 hours long and easily listened to in short chapters while commuting

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Villains Rule

  • The Shadow Master, Book 1
  • By: M. K. Gibson
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,147
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,089
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,085

Hi, how are you? Yes, I am talking to you, the reader of this book's description. Okay, I get it, fourth-wall breaking is overdone. Get over it. This book, Villains Rule, is a fantasy action-comedy which you have to hear. Not because it redefines the genre, far from it. But rather for what it contains. A villain's tale. How often do you get to listen to a story where the villain is the protagonist? No, not an anti-hero, or a brooding monster, nor a hero thinly disguised as a villain. And not evil. If you want evil, take that nonsense to therapy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ignore the cover art.

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-12-17

Funny and nerdy

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

Reviewed: 08-27-17

If you could sum up Villains Rule in three words, what would they be?

Sarcastic. Funny. Villainous.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Lydia, the curvy and insatiable Thief Guild leader - without giving too much away, she is the best!

Which character – as performed by Jeffrey Kafer – was your favorite?

Sofia the assistant is hilariously funny, Kafer manages to get her voice to comedic perfection

If you could take any character from Villains Rule out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Oooooooooooooh..... tricky.......... probably Sofia the assistant! She would be hilariously cutting and fun to spend time with.

Any additional comments?

This is the perfect book for nerds who love books about nerd things! (Like me)

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Lost in the Light

  • By: Mary Castillo
  • Narrated by: Mary Castillo
  • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 19

Drawn to this tough but tender woman, Vicente materializes out of the butler's pantry and asks her to find his lost love, Anna. Dori wonders if she's not only about to lose her badge, but also her sanity. Dori has always been drawn to the mysterious Queen Anne Edwardian house in her hometown. But after a devastating injury that puts her career on the line, Dori isn't sure if she made the right decision purchasing this rundown old mansion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Spellbounding

  • By KateB on 12-10-17

A sweet story

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

Reviewed: 08-01-17

Would you listen to Lost in the Light again? Why?

I loved the quirky and sympathetic characters in this book, they were so easy to listen to I would definitely listen again.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I loved Dori's grandmother in this book, she's a tough woman and will do anything for her family.

Which character – as performed by Mary Castillo – was your favorite?

I loved Dori's grandmother in this book, she's a tough woman and will do anything for her family.

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

Nope, I enjoyed listening to this book in installments - it's not exciting and suspenseful, it's more of an enjoyable experience to be reserved for a cosy night in

  • Sweetheart, Sweetheart

  • By: Bernard Taylor
  • Narrated by: Matt Godfrey
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 34

David Warwick, an Englishman living in New York, has a sudden premonition that his twin brother, Colin, is in danger. He returns to England and learns the shocking truth: both Colin and his young bride Helen have died ghastly deaths - deaths that no one in the village wants to talk about.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Sweetheart, Sweetheart

  • By Big Cheese on 05-03-17

Not what I'd hoped for

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

Reviewed: 07-13-17

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I'm afraid not - it was a very slow burner and I felt that an audio version would have benefitted from being abridged (heresy!)

If you’ve listened to books by Bernard Taylor before, how does this one compare?

I haven't listened to or read any other Bernard Taylor books.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator had a hard time sticking with the accents as described in the book and his characterisation was a little off, I would rather listen to a non fiction work in his voice than fiction.

Was Sweetheart, Sweetheart worth the listening time?

See above

Any additional comments?

This ghost story isn't spooky at all by modern standards and I found it hard to feel the tension as the narrator's work wasn't really doing it for me, I don't think this was a good match in terms of author and voice artist.

  • Alan Partridge: Nomad

  • By: Alan Partridge
  • Narrated by: Alan Partridge
  • Length: 6 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 310
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 288
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 287

In Alan Partridge: Nomad, Alan dons his boots, windcheater and scarf and embarks on an odyssey through a place he once knew - it's called Britain - intent on completing a journey of immense personal significance. Diarising his ramble in the form of a 'journey journal', Alan details the people and places he encounters, ruminates on matters large and small and, on a final leg fraught with danger, becomes not a man (because he was one to start off with) but a better, more inspiring example of a man.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pointlessness is the point

  • By Michael on 10-21-16

Funnier than words can express

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

Reviewed: 07-13-17

Would you listen to Alan Partridge: Nomad again? Why?

I'm not going to pin this down to a moment, the most memorable thing for me was the humour and sharing this book with my partner who first introduced me to Alan Partridge. We were both trying not to cry with laughter while sitting on a crowded plane.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Alan Partridge: Nomad?

I'd now pick up anything Steve Coogan narrates without hesitation

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

Ahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha just listen to it.

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

Not a damn thing.

  • Murder in Room 305

  • By: Gary C. King
  • Narrated by: J. Scott Bennett
  • Length: 7 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 67
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 65
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 65

A shocking true crime story of sex, greed and cold-blooded murder! Veteran true crime author Gary C. King spins a gripping real-life tale of a woman caught in a deadly web of lust and violence...a riveting story of love gone horribly, tragically wrong. Kathryn Ann Martini graduated from Yale with a bright future in the banking business. Young, beautiful, and ambitious, she had everything going for her. Until she met Michael David Lissy, the sleazy proprietor of a scuba diving school.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Room 305

  • By MeDi on 02-24-17

Detailed true crime investigation

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

Reviewed: 06-20-17

If you could sum up Murder in Room 305 in three words, what would they be?

Meticulously researched facts

Would you recommend Murder in Room 305 to your friends? Why or why not?

Only the ones that don't mind nightmares!

What does J. Scott Bennett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He makes what would otherwise be quite a dry text more engaging and allowed me to finish the entire book across two days.

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

It was quite a dispassionate book, but I was impressed by how the book allowed me to reach my own conclusions in the same way the police investigating the case would have done.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Withering Palace

  • By: Alexia Purdy
  • Narrated by: Lillian Yves
  • Length: 1 hr and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

Untold darkness rules the Unseelie realm of the Land of Faerie. Hidden in this vast area, Aveta, the future queen of the Unseelie Army, perfects her gifts over lifetimes. Learning that magic isn't the only way to manipulate the world around her, this naive girl grows into a woman of strength and cunning, ultimately becoming one of the most feared leaders in Faerie.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent! Dark Prophecy, faery princess, forbidden love and an Evil Queen

  • By sherry Christenson on 02-22-17

Faeries make terrible parents...

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

Reviewed: 02-24-17

If you could sum up The Withering Palace in three words, what would they be?

Magical. Dark. Enticing.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Aveta, she's a young woman who's both compassionate and strong at the same time, though her behaviour does become a lot darker by the end and a lot less 'faery princess'.

Which scene was your favorite?

I really enjoyed the ending of this book when Aveta reclaims her kingdom (I can't give anything away!)

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

Absolutely - and I did!

Any additional comments?

Fantastic narration for this book, I think it really added to the experience, being able to listen to all of the characters' voices being acted out. The evil queen was especially chilling!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Beast of Bath

  • A Regency Fairytale
  • By: Chasity Bowlin
  • Narrated by: Lillian Yves
  • Length: 2 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 127
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 115
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 114

Lord Victor Mayhew, Viscount Norcross, lives in the shadows, hiding his scarred face from those who would fear him...or worse, pity him. He's become accustomed to the dark, and to the aching loneliness that is his only and constant companion. But while traversing the city in the dark of night, he encounters a beautiful woman who is running for her life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A beast worth meeting

  • By Claire on 08-13-17

Fabulous fairytale retelling

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

Reviewed: 02-08-17

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely, this is a really entertaining and enthralling retelling of the beauty and the beast fairytale, wonderfully narrated.

Would you recommend The Beast of Bath to your friends? Why or why not?

You've already asked me this... I'd recommend the audiobook over the print edition, the characters were brought to life so wonderfully and I couldn't stop listening.

Which scene was your favorite?

I loved the opening scene of this book, it's suspenseful and sets the scene for the rest of the book.

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

The story was very satisfying

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • American Sextet

  • Fiona Fitzgerald Mystery Series, Book 2
  • By: Warren Adler
  • Narrated by: Lillian Yves
  • Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

Detective Fiona Fitzgerald is an unlikely force for justice in Washington, D.C.'s predominantly male police force. As a senator's daughter and top investigator in the homicide division of the Metropolitan Police Department, Fiona maneuvers between two vastly different worlds, moving quickly from opulent state galas to gritty crime scenes. Former Washington Post reporter Jason Martin knows there's something secretive going on in the high echelons of politics, and he wants to prove it.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A solid thriller with unforgettable characters

  • By Lester S. Moore on 07-20-16

What a tangled web he weaves...

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

Reviewed: 07-01-16

What did you love best about American Sextet?

Definitely the character of Dorothy and the sweetness she brings to a story filled with corruption

What other book might you compare American Sextet to and why?

American Quartet, the first book in the Fiona Fitzgerald Mysteries series. I prefer this book as I am enjoying seeing the development of Fiona as a character.

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

She brings all the characters to life in a way that I don't think I would have appreciated by reading the book myself. Her voice modernises the story and brings it forward to the 21st century beautifully.

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

'No Place for Good Women'

2 of 2 people found this review helpful