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  • Cat Magic

  • By: Whitley Strieber
  • Narrated by: Maria Marquis
  • Length: 15 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 28

Amanda Walker is not a witch - yet. She's an artist, looking for work - unaware that someone has a desperate need for her, a dark plan that may require Amanda to enter death itself.If she is allowed to live long enough to make the choice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Magick indeed!

  • By Setken on 07-24-16

I really wanted to like this...

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

Reviewed: 07-04-15

I received this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.
Honestly, I couldn't bring myself to finish it. I really really wanted to like this book. It was chock full off some of my favorite genres. I just couldn't make myself press play one more time. It trudged along bouncing between witches, magic, religion, science (???) and a cat. I got a third of the way through and could go no further.

Maria Marquis gave a lovely performance. I just wish she'd had better material.

  • Bone and Cinder: A Post-Apocalyptic Thriller

  • Zapheads, Book 1
  • By: Scott Nicholson, Joshua Simcox
  • Narrated by: Kevin Clay
  • Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 34

When Mackie Dailey survives a cataclysmic solar storm that wipes out civilization and mutates others into violent killers, he seeks out the one person he cares about most. But when he returns to a college campus looking for Allie, he discovers she is a Zaphead - nearly unrecognizable as the human he once loved. Mackie becomes caught in a power struggle among a small group of survivors who turn the campus into a stronghold against the Zaphead threat.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Kinda Fell Flat For Me

  • By ANGIE on 08-26-15

"After" has a companion series??

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

Reviewed: 07-04-15

I received a free copy of this audio book in exchange for an honest review. Although I'm fairly new to the world of "After", I was stoked to find out that there is a companion series. I'd also like to note that you don't have to read all the "After" books before this one as it serves as a stand alone book as well.
Mackey has issues. He's done some bad stuff, has some bad habits, and that makes him a bad guy, right? Underneath all that baggage is still a good heart. He does what most of us would do in the wake of an apocalypse, and that's set out to find the person or people who mean the most. Things go right...stuff goes wrong...all in all it makes up for a good side story.
As with "After: The Shock", "Bone and Cinder: Zapheads book 1" is narrated by Kevin Clay who gives another great performance.

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  • Two Tales of the Iron Druid Chronicles

  • By: Kevin Hearne
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 1 hr and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,894
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,676
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,661

Two Iron Druid short stories available in audio for the first time, narrated by Luke Daniels!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Kevin: keep writing @ Atticus & I will keep buying

  • By G. Horn on 06-01-15

It's elementary, dear druids...

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

Reviewed: 06-19-15

These are fun shorts originally posted on Kevin Hearne's website. "Kaibab Unbound" is probably my favorite. As Oberon would probably tell you, squirrels are usually shady and up to no good. As Atticus would tell you, witches are guaranteed trouble. In the end, Druids rule, witches drool.
"A Test of Mettle" takes place while Atticus is off on a "guys weekend" in Asgard (those who have read the series know what I'm talking about) and Granuaile is performing tedious tasks as part of her druid apprenticeship. Sonora lends a hand until pesky goddesses show up.
Short fun gap fillers in the Iron Druid Chronicles.
....and as always, Luke Daniels never fails to deliver.

  • Awoken

  • The Lucidites
  • By: Sarah Noffke
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Klett
  • Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 313
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 295
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 294

Around the world humans are hallucinating after sleepless nights. In a sterile, underground institute the forecasters keep reporting the same events. And in the backwoods of Texas, a 16-year-old girl is about to be caught up in a fierce, ethereal battle. Meet Roya Stark. She drowns every night in her dreams, spends her hours reading classic literature to avoid her family's ridicule, and is prone to premonitions - which are becoming more frequent.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awoken

  • By trixie on 05-28-15

a MUST READ for fans of the Divergent Trilogy!!

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

Reviewed: 06-19-15

I was gifted this title by the talented Ms Klett in exchange for a honest review...
Now, with that out of the way...any fan of the Divergent or Hunger Games trilogies will really enjoy this book. Having grown up an outcast in her family and community, Roya finally finds a place of her own with the mysterious Lucidites. Our young reluctant heroine is thrust into a dangerous situation with, literally, the fate of the world on her shoulders. Along with her team they set out to end the threat to the middlings, dream travelers, and the world in general. This has the potential to be a great YA series and Elizabeth Klett does a fantastic job narrating.

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  • After

  • The Shock, Book 1
  • By: Scott Nicholson
  • Narrated by: Kevin Clay
  • Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 171
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 156
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 152

A massive solar storm erases the world's technological infrastructure and kills billions. While the remaining humans are struggling to adapt and survive, they notice that some among them have...changed. Rachel Wheeler finds herself alone in the city where violent survivors, known as zapheads, roam the streets, killing and destroying. Her only hope is to reach the mountains where her grandfather, a legendary survivalist, established a compound in preparation for doomsday.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A different kind of "zombie" story

  • By Lindsay on 11-19-15

Not your typical apocalypse

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

Reviewed: 06-05-15

Is there anything you would change about this book?

No. I think the way the story and the characters present themselves are done fairly well.

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

I've not listened to any of Mr Nicholson's previous works, but I'd be willing to lend them an ear...

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Mr Clay has a "commanding" voice (which is not a bad thing at all) but I think he could've softened it a bit in certain places perhaps? He did a fine job narrating and I was engaged the entire time. I think a broader range of inflection and tone would've boosted the performance rating.

Did After inspire you to do anything?

absolutely! It inspired me to go find the next book!

Any additional comments?

I was given a copy of this audio book in exchange for a fair review. I was pleasantly surprised with this one. The story was interesting from the beginning and hooked me right in. It's not your typical zombie or plague apocalypse. Without giving much away, I can say this...The earth has been zapped into a standstill leaving 3 scenarios for it's inhabitants...1) instant death, 2) unaffected, normal humans 3) zapheads. The best way I can describe the zapheads is to say that they reminded me of Stephen King's "Cell" and Romero's "The Crazies" I would definitely recommend this to other fans of post apocalyptic fiction.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Wormwood

  • By: Micah Ackerman
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 310
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 287
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 288

Nate Wilder suffers from panic attacks triggered by news reports of world catastrophes even when, rationally, the events should not affect him. Nate becomes a prepper to help him cope with the anxiety, stocking a makeshift shelter. So when nuclear disaster actually strikes home, Nate must employ truly heroic courage or fold to his fears. But in the aftermath of the bombs, it quickly becomes apparent that surviving the attack is just the beginning - there is far worse yet to come.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Just Shoot Me

  • By 3AM Mom on 03-10-16

loads of potential

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

Reviewed: 06-04-15

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

yes and no. I would recommend the book as a time filler but I would warn them that it's a very slow start and it took me a little over 6 chapters to actually get interested and want to keep listening.

Would you ever listen to anything by Micah Ackerman again?

Yes. As an "end of the world" junkie, I felt this book had great potential. Hopefully some kinks have been worked out and the writing a bit more polished since the publication of "Wormwood".

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

Kevin Pierce did a fine job narrating. I just wish he'd had better material.

Was Wormwood worth the listening time?

Alot of the time it was painfully slow.

Any additional comments?

I received this Audiobook in exchange for a fair review. The main character, Nate was hard to get invested in. He didn't come off as anxiety ridden, as described in the book. He seemed to be more neurotic and paranoid than anything else. The female character was like-able enough. I just couldn't get invested in these characters enough to really care what happened to them. The initial antagonist that started the chain of events that set off the apocalypse seemed to be over the top and a bit silly. There are bits of history and back story that are eluded to with several of the characters, but are left just as gaping holes. The book does end on a cliffhanger, so maybe they're just teasers to keep you reading the series? If you don't care what happens next, then it ends perfectly fine and serves as a decent time killing stand alone novel.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful