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Mary Karowski

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  • Awakening

  • Thirteenth Legion Series, Book 2
  • By: Eric Gardner
  • Narrated by: Meral Mathews
  • Length: 5 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

For the uninitiated who discover the dark goals of the puppet masters of the world, only one option remains: run! Gabriel, Othia and Samantha have a single focus: escape Europe and make it back to the United States. A daunting task that seems impossible, considering what hunts them. Yet even the ultra-powerful cannot stop the change from coming. Employing ancient unholy rituals, they hide in the periphery of humanity, manipulating the masses for their barbaric goals.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Action Packed Second Chapter

  • By Spooky Mike on 03-19-19

Book 2 in a series that will surprise you.

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

Reviewed: 03-20-19

I have to say I really enjoyed the first book. The 2nd book found me kind of fading Olin and out as I listened and I really had to focus. I found the pace discouraging. I wanted the action the drama of the first one...then I realized something this is like Star Wars empire strikes back. Starts off strong and then provides a ton of backstory and plot setups. And the book finished strong. All of this was necessary to set the 3rd book up for its wild ride but that’s for another review. My point is this. Get it listen to it. PAY ATTENTION it’s very important information and plot setup. And boy does it end with some serious action. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator or publisher

  • Pickle Pie

  • A Cyberpink Story
  • By: George Saoulidis
  • Narrated by: Luke Rounda
  • Length: 4 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

When a bankrupt armorer ends up owning a second-rate jugger player, he decides to go for it. But will he manage to even turn a profit when he knows little about the game and its seedy world, when the opponents play dirty on and off the field, and when the game's popularity grows with every player injury and death?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Eagerly awaiting book 2

  • By Marcus on 03-21-19

Think cyber punk rollerball

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

Reviewed: 03-18-19

Big fan of rollerball the original though this is more like the remake in spirit. Think sexy chicks, cybernetic augmentation, insane fast pace, drama, drugs, organized crimes and a guy who doesn’t care about any of it being thrust right into the heart of the game as the new owner of one of the players. When you know nothing about the world you are thrust into how do you survive and make money? Trust your player. Trust yourself and don’t change who you are. Great story can’t wait for the next chapter. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator or publisher

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Realmbound: Sword of the Scion

  • By: Darren Hultberg Jr
  • Narrated by: Sean Duregger
  • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

"Forge alliances. Gain powers. Save the realm." In the realm of Valion, a war is fought between the vile demons of the under-realm and the mighty scions, mystical beings with the power to wield super-human abilities. It is a war that turns cities to ash, that leaves the very land itself ravaged and uninhabitable.... The scions fought valiantly, but even with their powers they were no match for the demonic horde. With the realm in ruin and no one to oppose them, Valion’s dark forces set their sights on a new world...Earth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • When worlds collide what will be left of ours?

  • By Mary Karowski on 03-16-19

When worlds collide what will be left of ours?

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-16-19

An involuntary joining of realms. The evil of another realm has found a way to join our world to theirs and potentially eliminate all the good of their realm overwhelming ours with evil. Hero’s will rise, civilizations will fall, what will be left of our realm is uncertain. You must listen to find out what will become of the realms. Really great story with some unique properties. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator or publisher

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • F Is for Frank: An Alphabet Book for Grown-Ups!

  • The Alphabet Books, 6
  • By: Marc Richard
  • Narrated by: David S. Dear
  • Length: 2 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

Franks Wurst: The food of the future! Try one today! Many years have passed since Victor Frankenstein built his monster. The population has grown out of control. The food supply is getting low. Franks franchises are popping up like weeds. With only one thing on the menu, hot dogs. The low-cost way to feed billions. And people love them. But when meat becomes scarce, a new item appears on the menu: Franks Wurst. It's not long before that’s all anyone eats. Listen to find out more.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • F Is for Frank

  • By Gabrielle on 03-17-19

A Monty python Mel brooks of literature

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

Reviewed: 03-16-19

It’s ridiculous. It’s outlandish. It’s absurd. It’s totally hilarious. Every letter so far has been a twisted, raucous romp through a world and set of characters that you thought you knew till Marc Richards put his mind to telling you his view of them. Get them. Enjoy them. Escape from your current reality for a few hours and let your kind revel in the ridiculous of it all. I do at every newly released letter. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator or publisher

  • Sentenced to Troll

  • By: S.L. Rowland
  • Narrated by: Eric Martin
  • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56

Punished for his toxic online behavior, Chad faces a 30-day sentence of full-immersion therapy designed to improve his anger issues. For his endless trolling in real life, he's forced to play the most hated race in Isle of Mythos so that he can finally experience what it's like to be on the other side.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Full Dive VR, where you're the "bad" guy

  • By Tyler Mitchell on 03-15-19

How cool.takes gaming to another level

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-16-19

Rude gaming streamer sentenced to 30 days full immersion as a Troll for being a troll online and ridiculing people. Now let’s take the twist to another level. The traditional heroes of the world (other gamers) are 24 violent felons who are there to rehabilitate themselves by being heroes. Fine for the most part except for one truly sadistic sick bastard named glen, the undying one who is slaughtering the trolls for kicks. Our hero Chod (Chad). Must spend his 30 days trying to better the trolls as their hero and bring back the glory days. An AI of unparalleled intelligence has created a world and NPC’s with a backstory to rival any D&d game. The challenges from both NPC and players will be epic. The battles amazing, the loot awesome, the skills unique. Get ready to listen to a gamers dream come true. LOVE this story! I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator or publisher

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Alien: Sea of Sorrows

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: James A. Moore, Dirk Maggs
  • Narrated by: John Chancer, Stockard Channing, Walles Hamonde, and others
  • Length: 5 hrs and 7 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,828
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,712
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,704

Set 300 years after the events of Alien: Out of the Shadows and Alien: River of Pain, Alien: Sea of Sorrows deals with the rediscovery of dormant Xenomorphs (Aliens) in the abandoned mines of LV-178, the planetoid from Alien: Out of the Shadows, which has now been terraformed and renamed New Galveston. The Weyland-Yutani Corporation, reformed after the collapse of the United Systems Military, continue their unceasing efforts to weaponise the creatures.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Great performances but story is weakest of the 3

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-03-18

The franchise gets better everyday

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-12-19

From in space no one can hear you scream to the current roll out of book and audio dramas, the alien franchise gets better everyday. I’ll admit I’m a Sci-fi and horror nerd. Love these genres. I’m horrified at what Disney has done to Star Wars and it’s expanded universe. That being said the alien genre has remained true to itself. The movies, the books, the dark horse comics, the games and now these audio dramas. The franchise is strong and moving forward with the same intent to scare the hell out of us. Keep up the great work. These dramas are amazing mind movies! Love em!!

  • Defiance

  • Thirteenth Legion Series, Book 1
  • By: Eric Gardner
  • Narrated by: Meral Mathews
  • Length: 5 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30

Evil comes in many forms. For former soldier Gabriel Willis, it looks like a motorcade of SUVs storming his quiet neighborhood, shattering his hard-earned domestic bliss. His loving wife and children watch in horror as he is arrested and whisked away without explanation. Accused of terrorism and brutally tortured for information, Gabriel later learns that his family has been kidnapped and hidden away. The madman responsible hands him the arduous task of trekking to the mountains of Afghanistan to find famed archaeologist Othia Morgan and return with her - or his family will die.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Really Good.

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 02-08-19

Religious fiction at its best

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

Reviewed: 03-12-19

I’ll admit I was doubtful. I’m not big in things that are biblically based but the battle of good vs evil is always enough to tweak my interest. I must say this 1st book in the series was very good. It delivers on the action while not being heavy handed on the biblical. Mind you the character and ideals are there along with various quotes from passages but not in an i. Your face over the top way. Enough that it keeps one grounded in the ideal without bogging one down. Very well balanced in both action and story. Can’t wait for the next one! I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator or publisher

  • Lost Solace

  • By: Karl Drinkwater
  • Narrated by: Marisha Tapera
  • Length: 6 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 25

Opal is on a mission. She's been seeking something her whole life. Something she is willing to die for. And she thinks it might be on a Lost Ship. Opal has stolen Clarissa, an experimental, AI-controlled spaceship, from the military. Together they have tracked down a Lost Ship in a lonely nebula far from colonized space. The Lost Ship is falling into the gravity well of a neutron star and will soon be truly lost...forever. Legends say the ships harbor death, but there's no time for indecision. Opal gears up to board it.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Smart Sci-Fi!

  • By Michael Hicks on 02-09-19

Science fiction modern masterpiece

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

Reviewed: 03-12-19

WOW! I read and listen to a lot of books. Science fiction is one of my favorite genres. This story and narration knocked it out of the park. The lost ship concept has been done before but the take on it was novel and the AI of the ship and its pilots interactions with it is what truly makes this story great. Some very novel ways of handling the story, great action scenes, constant pace and just enough backstory to keep it interesting. Can’t recommend this story enough! I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator or publisher

  • So, You're Raising Your Grandkids

  • Tested Tips, Research, & Real-Life Stories to Make Your Life Easier
  • By: Harriet Hodgson
  • Narrated by: Evie Irwin
  • Length: 4 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

According to the US Census Bureau, more than 10 percent of all American grandparents are raising their grandkids, and the number is increasing. Included in this book are topics such as methods for improving grandparent-grandchild communication, ideas for how you can connect with your grandchild's school, the latest child development information, and more. Hodgson draws on her 21 years of caregiving experience, including seven years of raising her twin grandkids. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Yes, yes I am raising my grandson

  • By Mary Karowski on 03-08-19

Yes, yes I am raising my grandson

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

Reviewed: 03-08-19

I find this book wholly relatable as yes my wife and I are raising our grandchild. Not do to the death of a child (parent) not do to some tragedy befalling the parents rendering them incapable of caring for the little one. And not because the parents in their wisdom and love for the child turned him over to us to care for him because we are in a better position. Nope. Here because of parental opioid addictions and crappy ass life decisions. Also he’s lived with us since he was born and we’ve had custody since Shortly thereafter. Consequently there are aspects of this book that we don’t relate to. That being said there are many sorts that we do relate to and many things talked about that we will have to deal with down the road and will have to face head on in the future. There is also a wealth of information regarding networks of support and statistics for grandparents raising grandkids. A must read for said grandparents or for any who would like to know some of what these heroes are going through when they do the right thing by those who can’t do for themselves. I’m living it, I recommend you read it. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator or publisher

  • Cruise Ship Creatures

  • A Field Guide to the Curious Creatures Who Holiday on Cruise Ships (Cruising Fun, Book 1)
  • By: Ruby Allure, Michelle Dry
  • Narrated by: Stockton Harris
  • Length: 5 hrs and 34 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 9

Have you ever been on a cruise, or are you considering sailing on a cruise ship? Well, if you're a bit of a people watcher, then this audiobook will provide some cruising entertainment. Using this field guide, you can spend hours fascinated by the numerous "Cruise Ship Creatures" and breeds that emerge on any given cruise.  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Pretty funny stuff

  • By Josh Hatfield on 02-28-19

A must for anyone who has ever cruised or thought to cruise

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

Reviewed: 03-08-19

I don’t care if you have or have not cruised. This book is HILARIOUS!!!! If you have cruised you will recognize many of the types of people discussed herein. If you haven’t then just imagining them is great. Narrated with a David Attenborough style voice one could close their eyes (not while driving!!!) and imagine this documentary of cruise ship creatures playing out on your minds eye screen. It is that well written, that well narrated and that damned engaging that one will have to listen to start to finish imagining it all the whole way through. A must for cruisers, a must for non cruisers, totally transferable to anyone who has ever worked in hospitality and customer service related jobs. All these types can be sent here as well. Recommend this highly! I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator or publisher