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  • 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 158
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 153
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 152

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.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great narration. Story fell short for me.

  • By Ryan on 03-26-19

A wonderful start to the series!

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

Reviewed: 04-21-19

I haven’t listened to many urban fantasy novels but this is such an amazing book. The first person POV is one of my favorite writing styles. Nazri Noor’s writing style and Luke Daniels narration are a perfect match! Dustin Graves is snarky, awkward, confused, lovable, and totally relatable in this tale of gods, magic, and mystery. Nazri writes wonderful, believable characters and Luke Daniels brings them to life in a way only he can. Believable characters, humorous and serious story lines, along with a creative system of magic, mix well to create a “world behind our world” that is very well developed and addicting. Don’t pass on this great series. Spend the credit, sit back and enjoy. You will be glad you did!

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

  • In the Company of the Dead

  • The Sundered Oath, Book 1
  • By: Ciara Ballintyne
  • Narrated by: Linda Kutzer
  • Length: 16 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

Only a fool crosses a god, but Ellaeva and Lyram will do anything to get what they want. Chosen as a five-year-old orphan to be the Left Hand of Death, Ellaeva has nothing to call her own - nothing except a desire to avenge her murdered parents. Her duties leave her no time to pursue the man responsible, until both her work, and revenge lead to the same place - the lonely castle where Lyram Aharris is serving out his exile for striking his prince. Lyram is the son of a duke and third in line for the throne.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Engaging story with wonderful narration

  • By Austin on 03-17-19

An intriguing listen!

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

Reviewed: 04-21-19

I thought this was a pretty good book and I am a fan! Ciara Ballintyne creates some wonderful characters with intriguing personalities. The story lines and character arc’s, though just beginning, are well defined and on their way to a great series. What I found most absorbing was Ellaeva and Lyram’s rocky, yet emotional transformations throughout the book. Although this book was set in a singular location, the world building has started to set up what will surely be a great series. Although the book is great, sometimes the narration is a bit hard to follow. With that said, don’t let the narration distract you from what is a truly good listen. Even though this book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review and I anxiously await the next installment in this series.

  • Life Is Beta

  • Tech Thriller and Horror Short Stories
  • By: Ha-yong Bak
  • Narrated by: Mortis Media
  • Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

Ha-yong's virally popular Internet sensations bridge science fiction with reality in these terrifying stories. Modern day cannibals, shadowy techno cults, urban mysteries, and savage murders - this horror story collection is so real that it will leave you questioning the dark plots and motives behind the everyday people and events in your own life. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So Creepy!

  • By YSB on 09-30-18

Absolutely Thrilling!

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

Reviewed: 10-28-18

This is a great book. If you like technology and horror fan, this is the book for you. The stories are sinister, gritty, and will make you think twice about downloading and using that free App someone so casually recommends. Ha-yong Bak creates a technological terror and Mortis Media breathes life into these twisted and well-crafted stories that could well be a vision yet to pass. Grab this book, settle in and prepare to be scared!
I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

  • Oathbreaker

  • Legend of the Gods, Volume 1
  • By: Aaron Hodges
  • Narrated by: David Stifel
  • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 40

A century since the departure of the Gods, the Three Nations are now united beneath the Tsar. Magic has been outlawed, its power too dangerous to remain unchecked. All Magickers must surrender themselves to the crown or face imprisonment and death. Alana's mundane life has just been torn apart by the emergence of her brother's magic. Now they must leave behind everything they've ever known and flee - before the Tsar's Stalkers pick up their trail.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Funtasy with a dark edge

  • By Al on 07-08-18

Another great Book!!

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

Reviewed: 08-01-18

Aaron Hodges does it again! I am a big fan and he does not disappoint! Oath Breaker is a very captivating novel. It picks up about a hundred years after the Sword of Light Trilogy but stands very well on its own. Well written, well developed, and great depth for both the characters and the world building. A few of the twists really caught me off guard and kept me wanting more. David Stifel once again delivers a great performance that keeps the listener engaged. He is the perfect narrator for Aarons work.

Although this book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review, I am anxiously awaiting the next books in the series.

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  • Eldren: The Book of the Dark

  • By: William Meikle
  • Narrated by: Chris Barnes
  • Length: 8 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 27

Two boys in the west of Scotland awaken an ancient vampire. And the only way to stop it is in the power of a book - a bible detailing the dark religion of the Eldren. But time is running out, and the sun is getting low.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Vampire's Book of the Dead

  • By Spooky Mike on 08-21-18

Love at first bite!

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

Reviewed: 08-01-18

WOW! What a great listen! The story was unique and not just your average run of the mill vampire story. William Meikle created some amazing characters with good depth that make the story nothing less than captivating. I found myself listening at every opportunity. I love his writing style! The point of view changes frequently but does not make the story hard to follow. Without spoilers, the twist and turns caught me off guard and I really enjoyed the alternate bible passages as they gave the book a very unique depth others often lack. From the beginning, Chris Barnes's narration was absolutely amazing. I can’t imagine anyone else doing this book. Do what you have to do, but don’t let this book pass by. Even though this book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review, my review is honest and from the heart!

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  • Rebirth

  • The Praegressus Project, Book 1
  • By: Aaron Hodges
  • Narrated by: Michael Stene
  • Length: 6 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 45

The United States have fallen. A new power has risen in North America, but now, a terrifying virus is spreading across the countryside. Once infected, people change, mutating into superhuman creatures known as the Chead. Desperate to defend its citizens, the government launches the Praegressus Project - an experimental program to enhance the human race. Elizabeth Flores was just a normal girl - until the Chead slaughtered her parents and made her a fugitive. With winter approaching she seeks refuge in the city of Sacramento, but the hunters are waiting.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting start for a new franchise

  • By Luke on 04-17-18

Don't pass this book up!

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

Reviewed: 05-26-18

As I said, don't pass this book up! I have read several of Aaron's books and they just keep getting better. This is no exception! Great writing and great characters with a depth you can feel. It grabbed my attention and did not let go. The how and why of genetic testing in this book is both refreshingingly new and yet very disturbing. Michael Stene does a great job at narration. Can't wait till the next installment.

Even though this book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

  • The Evaran Chronicles Box Set

  • Books 1-3
  • By: Adair Hart
  • Narrated by: Michael Pauley
  • Length: 25 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 194
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 179
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 180

Dr. Albert Snowden just wanted to be there for his niece, Emily, after the loss of her father. Being abducted by aliens, and then rescued by a mysterious being known as Evaran, has made that difficult. Despite their situation, they try to make the best of it while traveling through space, time, and beyond with Evaran and V, Evaran's trusty mobile artificial intelligence. With the use of Evaran's time-traveling ship, the Torvatta, they will try to maintain timeline integrity while dealing with the challenges that brings.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enter the Space-Time Continuum

  • By cosmitron on 04-05-18

Absolutely loved it!

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

Reviewed: 05-26-18

I really liked this book. The writing was fantastic and it kept moving at a great pace. I spent so much time listening (even when I should have been doing something else) that I lost track of time. This is a great series from a great author. I liked it so much I have bought all the rest of the books and have started listening over again.

Even though this book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

  • Beautiful Ugly

  • And Other Weirdness
  • By: Thomas S. Flowers
  • Narrated by: Tim Carper
  • Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7

Eleven bizarre short stories from the mad mind of Thomas S. Flowers ranging from Cronenberg-styled body horror to John Carpenter-inspired dark science fiction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Short, Weird Tales

  • By Big Cheese on 03-23-18

A Good Listen

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

Reviewed: 03-22-18

I enjoyed this book. I am a new listener of Thomas Flowers and liked what I heard so i will be exploring more of his works. Although I thought a few stories could have used a bit more background or explanation, the stories were enjoyable. I particularly liked The Ascension of Henry Porter. My only real critique was all of the background noise. At times there was enough background noise to make me think there was something wrong with my phone or PC when listening.
I provided this review voluntarily even though this book was given to me for free at my request.

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  • The Eye of Strife

  • By: Dave Duncan
  • Narrated by: Anthony Lee
  • Length: 5 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 15

Sword fights and romance, miracles and mystery, treachery and sly humor.... A god summons a curious assortment of witnesses to his temple to testify on what they know about a jewel that was lost 1,000 years ago. At least one of them is guilty. Others are lying.... Dave Duncan at his devious best.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Everything felt flat

  • By AudioBook Reviewer on 03-12-18

Middle of the road

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

Reviewed: 03-22-18

I have read several Dave Duncan books over the years and enjoyed every one of them. A few of them I have read multiple times. When I read what this book was about, I was intrigued. The story was well written and the point of view by the different characters was refreshing. Although I liked the premise, the execution fell kinda flat. For me, the biggest issue was the narration. The narration was consistently neutral when I thought there should have been more inflection or emotion. The narration seemed to detract from the book. I do not think Anthony Lee is a bad narrator, he just wasn’t suited for this book. With that said, I will still continue to read and listen to Dave but I feel this was not one of his better works.
Even though this book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review, my review is honest.

  • The Sword of Light: The Complete Trilogy

  • By: Aaron Hodges
  • Narrated by: David Stifel
  • Length: 29 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,370
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,292
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,287

For 500 years, the Gods have united the Three Nations in harmony. Now, that balance has been shattered, and chaos threatens. A town burns, and flames light the night sky. Hunted and alone, 17-year-old Eric flees through the wreckage. The mob grows closer, baying for the blood of their tormentor. Guilt weighs on his soul, but he cannot stop, cannot turn back. If he stops, they die. For two years, he has carried this curse, bringing death and destruction wherever he goes. But now, there is another searching for him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A cutting trilogy

  • By Ray Johnson on 02-13-18

This is a good listen

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

Reviewed: 03-05-18

I must say I enjoyed this trilogy. To have all 3 rolled up together was a big bonus. Although I liked this trilogy, it started off a bit slow and took some time develop. Once it did, it moved at good pace. It kept me interested and looking forward to what happened next. The characters had good depth and the world building was accomplished without getting weighed down in over reaching detail. At first I thought the narration was going to make me turn it off but David Stifel got into a groove and delivered a solid performance. There were several twists throughout you could not see coming. My only negative aspect of the whole trilogy is there were more than a few situations where the characters were saved by divine intervention. Being saved by divine intervention is believable once but any more than that seems slightly unbelievable and excessive.
I really like Aarons writing style and look forward to reading more from him. In conclusion, this series is a great listen. You won’t be disappointed.

Even though this book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review, my review is honest and from the heart!

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