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  • Blood Ghast Blues

  • Black Box Inc. Series, Book 2
  • By: Jake Bible
  • Narrated by: J. Scott Bennett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 32 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

Spectral demons tear victims apart from the inside out, leaving nothing but gory destruction in their wake. And their next victim is one of the biggest extradimensional crime lords around—the One Guy. To survive a fate equal to but also worse than death, he’ll have to convince Black Box Inc. to save his sorry ass. Chase Lawter and his crack team—an omnisexual yeti, an ex-Fae assassin, and a business savvy zombie—are tasked with transporting the One Guy to Washington, D. C. where the Department of Extradimensional Affairs will put the crime lord into protective custody. That is, if Chase and Black Box Inc. can evade blood ghasts, dimentionalist rednecks, vengeance-seeking kobolds, and whatever other enemies are in hot pursuit of the One Guy. He’s made a lot of enemies. Including Chase, who knows you can’t trust the One Guy as far as you can throw him.  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Defiler of Dimensions

  • By Spooky Mike on 06-19-18

2nd installment of a unique urban fantasy series

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

Reviewed: 07-09-18

This story resolves around a certain town here in the USA that I happen to be familiar with so I live the references to the area. The tale follows a small entrepreneurial business that was created after the paranormal/multidimensional barriers failed and our world was inundated with unique creatures from all types of faerie tales good and bad. Their business? Boxes. Boxes that only one man, the defiler of dimensions can make. This 2nd installment reveals the reason the royal linoleum head was needed. Dark mysteries from the past, governmental strife and more plot twists and switchbacks then a West Virginia mountain road. Enjoy this wonderfully narrated story. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Monster Spawn

  • A LitRPG Series, Adonis Rebirth #1
  • By: Deckhard Davis
  • Narrated by: David Loving
  • Length: 4 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 39

Nathan Attis wakes up with no idea where he is, how he got there, or why his memories of the last few days are gone. He's more than a little perturbed to discover that he is dead, but it's not the end of the world. Due to his being in the army, he gets a second chance at existence in a fantasy VR game called Adonis Rebirth. But there's a problem with his transition into the game. His consciousness isn't loaded into a player character, but instead is transplanted into a beast who lives in the bowels of a mountain. Soon, hero players are going to come to kill him....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • The Audio quality was poor.

  • By cosmitron on 06-08-18

Oops, this wasn’t supposed to happen like this

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

Reviewed: 07-01-18

I truly love these LITRPG books and any like it. In this woeful tale our hero is truly a hero in our world. However he has died. As part of his insurance plan his conscience is ported into a special gamer world where one can live on and be whatever kind of hero one wishes to be. However, something went wrong. He has instead been spawned as some kind of monster, able to summon minions and do many things a hero never could. Yet he is trapped within the dungeon he was spawned in. Unlikely friends and allies as well as many heroes seeking his death as a rare quest boss. Sit back relax and enjoy one helluva great take on a classic gamer tale. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

  • Blademage Beastmaster

  • A LitRPG Series, Book 1
  • By: Deck Davis
  • Narrated by: J. Scott Bennett
  • Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 181
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 171
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 170

Charlie Naylor is a good guy, but he's never been great at multi-tasking. When Larynk, the god of corn, sends Charlie into a fantasy game, he just can't help himself trying. By combining his love of daggers, magic, and animals, he becomes the Blademage Beastmaster. With a dangerous new pet, a deadly selection of daggers, and some awesome spells, he must make allies and kill monsters as he walks his path to glory. If he can do that, then he might just create a legacy for himself. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Grinding away with a beast and a blade

  • By Ray Johnson on 05-31-18

LITRPG strikes again. Gamer heaven

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

Reviewed: 07-01-18

If you haven’t yet entered the LITRPG then staring here is a great way to get your feet wet. If you are a gamer, fan of rpg, d&d or anything of the sort than the LITRPG universe is for you. In this tale a young gamer is immersed into a game that will force him to create his own future. All paths are not already divined and your character and class are defined by your actions and choices. Our hero becomes, as the title indicates, a blademage beastmaster. Just what is that and how is it achieved and to what purposes will his skills be put? Listen along and find out. As always an incredible well written tale with an amazing narrator who can truly carry you away into the tale. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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  • The House of Long Shadows

  • House of Souls, Book 1
  • By: Ambrose Ibsen
  • Narrated by: Joe Hempel
  • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 237
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 216
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 216

Kevin Taylor is an Internet-famous handyman on a mission: Find a house and renovate it in 30 days. By flipping a derelict house in a month's time and chronicling the entire thing on video for his online subscribers, he seeks to become a star. The problems that plague this property will require more than elbow grease to fix, however. Shadows throughout the home are distorted, and an enigmatic trespasser keeps showing up in his footage. Worse still are the hideous voices that issue from otherwise empty rooms in the dead of night.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great ghost story

  • By Listener on 07-13-18

Never has a shadow held more menace

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

Reviewed: 07-01-18

This story gave me a good connection to it right from the start. The main character is a DIY “video tuber” who does shows on repairs. He has now purchased a rundown home for a show with a 30day renovation deadline. My youngest daughter is an aspiring you tuber who does makeup videos so I get the concept. This renovation could make or break his career. What could possibly go wrong? The house is of course old and rundown, has its creaks and groans, dirt and squalor. As the repairs begin odd things occur, he notices how shadows move differently here, they become longer and oddly shaped from what they should be. Then he discovers a body in the wall. From there everything escalated, the terrors truly begin and the history of the house is revealed in all of its terrible glory. And the house isn’t the only one with a history that has meaning to this tale. Enjoy a terrifying trip through the house of long shadows. Just don’t listen alone at night in the dark. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Agent Prime

  • By: Jake Bible
  • Narrated by: Andrew B. Wehrlen
  • Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

Denman Sno is Agent Prime! The best of the Fleet Intelligence Service's elite Special Service Division, Denman Sno will need to use all of his skills and resources to stop the galaxy from plunging into another war with the alien menace known as the Skrang Alliance. Sno's assignment: protect and deliver Pol Hammon, the galaxy's greatest dark-tech hacker, to Galactic Fleet headquarters. Hammon is in possession of new technology that can and will change the landscape of galactic life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Its 007 meets the future.

  • By cosmitron on 05-04-18

The world of Roak from a different view

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

Reviewed: 06-21-18

Bible has created a galaxy to rival Star Wars. It’s grittier and darker and a helluva lot of fun to travel through. The books are standalone but when you read/listen to them all you get a bigger picture that is well worth the time and credits invested in it. This particular tale is that of a galactic intelligence operative that is at the top of his game, however little does he know that he has been setup and that he is in for the fight of his life. Intrigue, aliens, battles and more await. Use this as an intro to this amazing galaxy or if you’ve been here before than enjoy there shared characters and worlds and their new adventures. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

  • Junkers

  • By: Benjamin Wallace
  • Narrated by: Doug Tisdale Jr.
  • Length: 4 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22

The corporations promised it could never happen. Of course they would say that. Their products were everywhere. They had turned everything from scarecrows to coffee makers into robots, and there wasn't a home on Earth that wasn't filled with their machines.  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A worthy effort but should be longer.

  • By cosmitron on 05-28-18

Terminator/IRobot with a twist

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

Reviewed: 06-21-18

Terminator and IRobot both showed us what happens when machines take over...but what happens when those machines are coffee makers, copier machines, and humanoid robot janitors/scarecrows etc. Junkers answers that with a wild and weird romp through a future dominated by robots that handle all the tasks for people that they don’t wish to do (most of them). And when your robot goes bad? Who you gonna call? The team that handles the rogue robots. Now there is a huge plot that could bring about the end of humanity as we know it? Will this team be enough to stop it from happening? Find out here. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

  • Carrion Duty

  • Necrospace, Book 5
  • By: Sean-Michael Argo
  • Narrated by: Persephone Rose
  • Length: 5 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 11

Rhett Calibos is a bounty scrapper, his life as an indentured soldier a welcome alternative to imprisonment on a penal colony. A man haunted by his past, Rhett throws himself into the work, his only sanctuary. Sokol Targe is the leader of a mech warrior squad stationed aboard an ancient and deadly warship and conducts violent raids on behalf of a Red List commune. As these troubled men endure furious combat across the ragged edges of civilization, neither of them realize they've become entangled in the deeper mysteries of necrospace.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good gritty Sci-Fi

  • By cosmitron on 05-16-18

Gritty space opera

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

Reviewed: 06-17-18

Take Star Wars, cross it with starship troopers and then mix in the merchant marines, foreign legion, and it’s kind of like that. Take a group of criminals who are doing their tour under a corporate contract for their sentences to be commuted they come across some situations that are far beyond the norms and could make them rich enough to buy their contracts out. But with great rewards come tremendous risks. Will the danger be too much? Will they survive?
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Flashback Dawn: The Complete Series

  • By: Wayne Kyle Spitzer
  • Narrated by: Brian Clarke
  • Length: 3 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10

Naaygi found them waiting for her - as she somehow knew they would be - as the cage doors opened, their forward-facing eyes glinting the same hue as the lights in the sky and their dark, storm-colored bodies held absolutely still (even as another animal joined them and brought their number to four). She even knew somehow what they were, that they were a breed of carnosaur the "evolved" humans had called nanotyrannosaurs, the "Pygmy Tyrants", and that one of them, the one with the brand upon its tail, the leader, even had a name - Napoleon.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Dinosaurs and Nazis

  • By Spooky Mike on 06-06-18

Time line issues and dinosaurs

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

Reviewed: 06-17-18

What happens when the time lines of the universe have issues? You get flashbacks, dinosaurs coming to the modern land, death and destruction on a massive scale. Great serial stories compiled into one listen. Really enjoyed the plot and the characters were well suited to the style of story. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

  • Deadly Election

  • By: Mort Castle
  • Narrated by: Scott Glennon
  • Length: 4 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13

Great novel with a "superhero team", a guy based on Walt Disney, and a presidential candidate who runs on a "tough on crime" platform: the character owns a chain of franchise funeral parlors and is Dracula's descendant.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • ok book

  • By Alex Garrett on 06-22-18

Whena master manipulator plots for the election

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

Reviewed: 06-05-18

When a dark descendant of Dracula inherits his mantle, he decides that he will get himself elected as president and rule the nation. How’s he going to go about it? Easy, create a massive upsurge in crime and terror that are beyond the police ability to handle, then create a force of concerned citizens who take matters into their own hand and miraculously manage to catch and beat/Kill the perpetrators of the majority of these crimes. Be the candidate supported by this group. Who will stand against you? The man who is a poor imitation of Walt Disney and his master scientist and the trio of supers that he created. What a wild romp. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

  • Sidequest: In Realms Ungoogled

  • By: Frank J Fleming
  • Narrated by: Richard Cefalos
  • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 95
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 89
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 87

Terrance Denby takes an unusual route to work one day and finds himself in an enchanted forest where winged fairies give him a sword and tell him, “Your journey is about to begin. Learn to use this sword or perish.” Terrance doesn’t have time to go on a magical quest: he’s late for his job as a computer programmer. But when he gets to work, he suddenly notices things he hadn’t seen before. Like the fact that his boss is a demon with scaly skin, horns, and bloodstained fangs.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I’m not a fan of fiction, but....

  • By Wise Momma on 04-17-18

Worlds collide to those who can see them

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

Reviewed: 06-05-18

We live in a world and we see what we wish to see. Our minds automatically block our awareness from seeing things that don’t belong. What happens when we awaken from that state? What happens when our friend sets us up with a woman who is in reality a soulless dark warrior who routinely slaughters people? What do you do when you go to a meeting where a person is actually being sacrificed to a dark entity? Well in most cases you have a mental breakdown and go to the loony bin. Our hero gets a magical fairy sword and dives wholeheartedly into this mixed world, with very mixed yet hilarious results. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.