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  • Still Life in Shadows

  • By: Alice J. Wisler
  • Narrated by: David Bosco
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 13

It's been 15 years since Gideon Miller ran away from his Amish community in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, as a boy of 15. Gideon arrives in the Smoky Mountains town of Twin Branches and settles in at the local auto mechanic's garage. He meets a host of interesting characters. The most recent acquaintances are Kiki, an autistic teen, and her sister, Mari. Known as the "Getaway Savior," he helps other Amish boys and girls relocate to life in modern America.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A truly great listen

  • By TU on 09-04-18

Feel-good book with lots of heart.

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

Reviewed: 09-10-18

I'm a regular customer of the post-apocalyptic, sci-fi, and crime genres, so 'Still Life' was a real change of pace for me. To be brief, it's a slowly-paced, simple and sweet little story with a lot of heart.

I found minor issues with how the characters and plot were written, and with the wavering point-of-view, but I tried not to let that detract from what I felt the author was ultimately trying to convey. This story addressed some themes common to us all, like acceptance and forgiveness, without getting religious or preachy. It's a feel-good book that can interest even those of us who don't do feel-good books. Despite that this book's title makes zero sense to me, it's a story that doesn't make apologies or excuses for the messiness inherent in all our lives to some degree, and that is something I could relate to.

David Bosco gives a good performance that evokes the emotions of the characters and breathes life into the story. Overall, despite its imperfections, I am glad that I gave this one a try.

(I requested this free review copy audiobook and voluntarily posted this unbiased review.)

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  • Liberty Station

  • The Humanity Unlimited Saga, Book 1
  • By: Terry Mixon
  • Narrated by: Veronica Giguere
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21

Deep in the Guatemalan jungle, buried beneath a forgotten Mayan pyramid, an earth-shattering secret sits waiting. Its discovery will rip apart the illusion that humanity is alone in the universe. Engaged in a life-and-death struggle for the future of mankind, Harry Rogers and Jess Cook are forced to protect this secret from the most despicable foes imaginable. They must race across the globe to complete Liberty Station, the first true interplanetary ship. Only then can they search for the shocking truth behind what they've found. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hybrid Science Fiction

  • By cosmitron on 08-04-18

Unexpected direction for Mixon, but not bad!

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

Reviewed: 09-07-18

After listening to (and loving) the "Empire of Bones" series, I was expecting something a bit different than what was delivered in book one of Liberty Station. A large portion of the story details a strange power struggle for ownership of a long-buried secret uncovered on an archeological site. Industrial espionage and paramilitary tactics added plenty of action and kept me reading. The characters were mostly solid, despite the odd dynamic between the main character and his parents. Sadly, once the story finally leaves Earth and heads out into space, the book is nearly at its end! Maybe I'd hoped this first book wouldn't have been so ''Earth-bound''. Mixon is such a master in space, and I hope future installments will feature more of Mixon at his best. Overall it wasn't bad, and I will definitely continue the series.

Veronica Giguere gives a fine narrative performance here in Liberty Station, just as she did in Empire of Bones.

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  • Five Roads to Texas

  • A Phalanx Press Collaboration
  • By: W.J. Lundy, Brian Parker, Rich Baker, and others
  • Narrated by: Andrew B. Wehrlen
  • Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 157
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 151
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 151

It spread fast - no time to understand it - let alone learn how to fight it. Once it reached you, it was too late. All you could do is run. Rumored safe zones and potential for a cure drifted across the populace, forcing tough decisions to be made. They say only the strong survive. Well, they forgot about the smart, the inventive, and the lucky.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great story, can't wait for the next round!

  • By Julie Loeb on 07-24-18

Overflowing with zombie butt-kicking goodness!

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

Reviewed: 08-24-18

The few collaborative fictions I've consumed recently have been less than impressive (exceptions being James A. Corey and most of Sean Platt's collaborations). Five Roads came as a refreshing surprise, and it reminded me to not give up on genres or writing styles that may have disappointed me in the past.

Five Roads is one story told by multiple authors. The beauty lies in just how well the stories and characters have been woven together. It held my interest with an iron grip and kept me guessing. Emotions were raw and uncensored, action was fast and exciting, and justice was served Deadwood-style! No family-friendly language, fluff or filler was found here. Just a post-apocalyptic zombie drama overflowing with butt-kicking goodness! I'm looking forward to more from the Five Roads universe.

Andrew B Wehrlen lends his narrating talents, enhancing the story with lively emotion and a natural voice. Having heard several of Andrew's other narrations, he is clearly progressing in his craft and I would love to hear more from him.

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  • Absolution Island

  • The Salvation State, Book 2
  • By: Marcus Damanda
  • Narrated by: Jessica McEvoy
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 28

The chase is over. For Rebecca, Daniel, and the rest of the Forgottens of Second Salvations, there is only one choice: Get with the program or die. But there's a spy lurking somewhere within the cabins of Angel Island, someone with contacts in the outside world. Ruth Black is determined to find out who it is before the world learns the truth about her - and about the special punishment ministry of her husband, the Reverend Matthew. Rebecca and Daniel are not destined to remain forgotten very long.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely Riveting!

  • By Nicole on 07-25-18

Fantastic second installment doesn't disappoint!

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

Reviewed: 08-17-18

Equally as disturbing and engrossing as book one, this second installment in the Salvation State series picks up where book one left off. Rebecca and Daniel are now in the grip of Ruth and Reverend Matthew Black, the ruthless leaders of Angel Island who pose as uber-Christian do-gooders tasked by the powerful New America Unity Church to rehabilitate troubled and orphaned youths. But the island has a wealth of dark secrets. If revealed to the world, these secrets could blow the top off the Black's twisted operation. Rebecca and Daniel risk everything in hopes they'll escape the nightmare of Angel Island, and perhaps one day end the injustice that has infected New America.

Damanda's spectacular quality of writing from book one continued into book two, a feat some authors just can't accomplish. I was gripped tight by this dystopian thriller from beginning to end, and often found myself pondering the frightening possibility of a similar scenario happening in real life. Jessica McEvoy narrates again, giving a stupendous performance.

Eagerly awaiting future installments!

(I requested this free review copy audiobook and voluntarily posted this unbiased review.)

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  • Midnight Falls

  • The Order of Shadows, Book 2
  • By: Kit Hallows
  • Narrated by: Shawn Compton
  • Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

The dust had barely settled after my skirmish at Galloway Asylum, and there I was looking forward to some downtime, maybe even a promotion. What I got instead was a covert assignment and an urgent warning from on high: Get out of the city. So I did. And after a quick, or should I say bad, trip down the wrong side of memory lane, I found myself holing up in a sleepy rural town on a strictly cloak and dagger mission: Copperwood Falls, a haunted town where the woods whisper at night, and demons come calling. A place where the shadows are restless, and almost nothing is as it seems.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Rook returns with cinematic clout!

  • By Ray Johnson on 06-28-18

Rook hits those dark, creepy streets again.

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

Reviewed: 07-19-18

Morgan Rook continues fighting the good fight against all creatures dark and creepy. Steering clear of The Organization since the asylum debacle, he packs an arsenal of magical potions and embued weapons, and goes undercover to investigate the disappearance of several Copperwood Falls residents. He discovers the dark secrets of a backwoods town that will test his abilities and his sanity.

Author, Kit Hallows, has served up another exciting installment in the Order of Shadows series. Evil motives and magical weaponry abound wherever our paranormal P.I. turns up, but the thrill keeps me coming back. Shawn Compton gives another great performance full of energy and emotion. Looking forward to book three!

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  • The Harrowing of Hell

  • The Jack Elliot Series, Book 2
  • By: Dean Kutzler
  • Narrated by: Tom Lennon
  • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13

Would you destroy humanity’s only hope in order to kill its biggest injustice? Deep in the heart of the Congo, a dangerous secret has been hidden from humanity for its protection. If discovered, the veil of hope humanity holds so dear will be torn down and thrown away. There is also a dangerous artifact hidden along with the secret, one that claims to hold the power of resurrection. If this power falls into the wrong hands, there will be no stopping whoever wields the ancient item.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A different form of Indiana Jones.

  • By cosmitron on 06-08-18

Good, but lacks the greatness of its predecessor.

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

Reviewed: 07-14-18

Book one of the Jack Elliot series, titled Brownstone, was so well written that I expected the same experience here in book two, but it seemed to scramble for a solid foothold. I was able to follow the story, but it just didn't grab me like Brownstone did. Some parts were unnecessarily complex, overly detailed, and dragged on. There was more of a supernatural quality that succeeded only in drifting off into prolonged dialogue. Jack's relationship with his partner, Calvin, was introduced in Brownstone, but now Calvin has come along for Jack's adventure and his presence did add more depth to the overall story. At the same time, characters new to Harrowing play significantly larger roles which create less room for Jack's storyline, and I'm still not sure how I feel about that.

Tom Lennon narrates again. He does a great job by enhancing the humor and drama in the story. A small number of mispronounciations were sprinkled throughout but didn't detract from my enjoyment. I hope the next installment will turn the series around for me because I simply wasn't impressed by Harrowing.

(I requested this free review copy audiobook and voluntarily posted this unbiased review.)

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  • Star-Spangled Apocalypse

  • By: Harmon Cooper
  • Narrated by: Andrea Parsneau
  • Length: 8 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11

A Texan. A day-tripping yogi. A world on fire. Amazon best-selling author Harmon Cooper delivers again with this cautionary tale of friendship, addiction, paranormal encounters, and the possibility of redemption.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Oh Say can you see, by the bomb's early light . .

  • By Ray Johnson on 05-16-18

Hippie and right-winger flee an almost apocolypse

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

Reviewed: 07-14-18

In Texas, a massive explosion has convinced a couple of baristas that the apocalypse has arrived. The two coworkers, one a drug-fueled hippie and the other a right-wing alcoholic, flee the chaos and set off on a journey of substance abuse and confusion-filled conjecture. While I had plenty of laughs throughout this book, I can't decide how I feel about the story as there wasn't much of an actual plot. Perhaps it's meant to be a farcical take on the popular apocalyptic genre, or maybe it's just a poke at politically polarized paranoid Americans who soak themselves in drug and drink to avoid reality. Either way, it WAS funny. Andrea Parsneau  gives a fine narrative performance.

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  • The Chase Baker Trilogy: Volume II

  • By: Vincent Zandri
  • Narrated by: Andrew B. Wehrlen
  • Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

This volume of the best-selling action & adventure series, The Chase Baker Trilogy, features three Chase Baker stories: Chase Baker and the Lincoln Curse, Chase Baker and the Da Vinci Divinity, and Chase Baker and the Seventh Seal. The Chase Baker Trilogy: Volume II, is an affordable way to spend the weekend binging award-winning men's and women's action & adventure and romantic suspense. For fans of Clive Cussler, Dan Brown, and JR Rain, from New York Times and USA Today best-selling ITW Thriller Award winner, Vincent Zandri.   

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Modern day Indiana Jones

  • By Robert on 07-06-18

Same Chase Baker. Different assignments.

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

Reviewed: 07-14-18

There are three constants found in every Chase Baker novel:  Chase's proclivity for sex and women, Chase's knack for finding trouble, and gobs of punchy remarks. In this volume, all are present and accounted for. The base plot for each novel follows Chase on assignment to uncover some historical artifact, ancient relic, or buried secret. There's somewhat of a formula to all Chase Baker storylines, but they're always fun, adventure-filled trips to some historically significant object or place. Just don't ever take Chase Baker too seriously -- he's not a complicated guy!

Andrew Wehrlen narrates, filling the stories with life and emotion. The occasional mispronounciation didn't detract from my enjoyment. I would gladly read or listen to more Chase Baker stories.
 
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  • When Tomorrow Calls

  • Complete Boxed Set: Books 1-3
  • By: JT Lawrence
  • Narrated by: Roshina Ratnam
  • Length: 27 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84

The complete set of the When Tomorrow Calls series is now available on audiobook, including Why You Were Taken, How We Found You, and What Have We Done. Experience JT Lawrence's chilling vision of the all-too-near future.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Sci-fi Adventure

  • By cosmitron on 05-26-18

Engrossing cyber-thriller. Strong female leads.

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

Reviewed: 06-25-18

It was the description of this trilogy that initially piqued my interest, and after listening to all three books I'm so glad I took a chance on them. I had not read from this author before and didn't know what to expect, but the quality of writing and storytelling are truly quite good!

Kate and Keke live in a future where virtual reality tech is as ubiquitous as smartphones are now. The VR platform serves as a tool to educate and entertain, but being easily misused it is also addictive and dangerous. The reader follows Kate and Keke through a significant passage of time between the three novels. Twists and surprises abound throughout, keeping me glued to my earphones and dreading ever coming to the end of this story. Roshina Ratnam is a truly fantastic narrator here. Her lovely accent is a great fit for the characters, and I easily listened to her for hours on end! If you enjoy darker themed dystopian societies full of LitRPG-worthy tech and gear, and if you love complex female leads who juggle their good nature against the ferocity that their circumstances require, then may I recommend giving this trilogy the same rewarding chance I did.

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  • Inborn Error

  • By: Bruce R. Gilbert
  • Narrated by: David Bosco
  • Length: 7 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 20

It is the smallest of anomalies. A tiny error lurking in Bob Ludlow’s DNA that could have untold consequences for civilization. Dr. Barry Gifford hopes that understanding this genetic error could provide revolutionary advances for humanity. Bob believes in Barry and his vision for the future. The two men team up to solve the mystery of Bob’s genetics and to develop a drug based on this inborn error. Unfortunately, in the cutthroat world of medical research, altruism doesn’t always take precedence over money or ego. Dr. Dexter Brunswick, a bitter man with a tough past, is strangely jealous of Barry’s accomplishments. Yet he needs Barry’s research to unlock the treasures hidden in Bob’s genetic code. Unlike Barry’s noble intentions, Brunswick’s plans are more sinister. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Thriller

  • By willee on 05-06-18

Unique, mindbending, and complex.

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

Reviewed: 06-09-18

Unique and a little mindbending, this was a complex story with a host of multi-faceted characters. While it was necessary to explain intricate genetics concepts, the scientific jargon was slightly overwhelming. I enjoyed the history of the character's childhoods and the major twist that genuinely surprised me at the end. David Bosco gave a pleasant, professional narration which enhanced the story and the character's emotions. Overall a good read!

(I requested a free review copy of this audiobook and have voluntarily posted this unbiased review.)

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