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  • I'm No Angel

  • Circles in Hell, Book 5
  • By: Mark Cain
  • Narrated by: Michael Gilboe
  • Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 117
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116

Following the lead of Florence Nightingale, Steve’s partner in Eternity, he has returned to Hell to ease the suffering of the Damned. Yet Steve is faced with a dilemma. What can he do that will offer more than a brief respite from everlasting torment? And how can he make it funny at the same time? In Steve’s search for meaningful employment in the Afterlife, he has one comic misadventure after another. Along the way, he meets a few new angels and a couple of saints. He even learns what may be one of the great secrets of the universe...or maybe not.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • When I Go, I Want To Be With Minion!

  • By Johnny A on 10-11-18

Guided tours to hell for the saved! I’m hooked

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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: 10-05-18

I can’t say enough about this series, it’s author and it’s narrator. 1st off, narrator is not the appropriate term. Gilboe is a voice actor. Every character has a unique and quite frankly uniquely appropriate voice. The sound effects are wonderful, the sarcasm is dripping and the disgust oozes. The presentation is truly top notch. The author? He has created a triple realm of heaven, hell, and the sorting ground in between where they are sent one way or the other. Our grey clad anti-hero the ex head of maintenance and now first redeemed soul is trying to find his place in the afterlife. He has love and friends but no true purpose. So he dabbled in ways to piss off Satan in the meantime. One of those ways is to bring saved souls from heaven on a guided tour of hell with the requirement of interfering in the damned souls eternal torment at least once each as payment. The latest installment of the series is as hilarious as the rest and let me say that our hero does find his calling and it’s a doozy. Enjoy it but please please please read/listen to the others first or you will truly miss so much.

  • Desert Storm

  • Puatera Online, Book 3
  • By: Dawn Chapman
  • Narrated by: Andrea Parsneau
  • Length: 3 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

Forging a new quest, Maddie and Alex unite the desert runners in order to find enough food to feed the Tromoal through their birthing. But there’s descent into chaos at the mayor’s farm on the discovery of a stolen Tromoal egg and the fact he’s hoarding zombie cattle. Maddie's choices are limited, but her fight isn’t.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A tasty Dessert in the form of a desert storm

  • By Ray Johnson on 02-27-18

Truly badass NPC’s and great world creation

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

Reviewed: 10-05-18

Third installment in the series. A game world has been created. The world has only been open for some alpha and beta testers. Already the world and it’s NPC’s have evolved and developed far beyond the expectations of what they could be. They have created a world quest, a war, something that will ch he the face of the gaming world forever. Enjoy the ride and the revelations in this the 3rd chapter. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator or publisher

  • Rise of the Sea Witch

  • Unfortunate Soul Chronicles, Volume 1
  • By: Stacey Rourke
  • Narrated by: Tiffany Marz
  • Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 8

Born Princess Vanessa of Atlantica, the ambitious young royal was one of two children born to the great King Poseidon. She and her brother, Triton, were groomed from birth to rule. Yet only one would ascend that coveted throne. While carefree Triton flits through his training with a cavalier demeanor and beguiling charm, Vanessa’s hunger for her father’s acceptance drives her to push herself to the limits of magic and to combat to become a leader worthy of her people. When war against the humans ravages their once regal kingdom, political sides are chosen. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Rise of the Sea Witch

  • By Kindle Customer on 10-20-18

The origin of Ursula!!! Awesome!!!

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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: 10-05-18

I’m a Disney fan. I still recall driving with my cousins from North Carolina to New Jersey jamming to the little mermaid on loop. I am a HUGE fan of Disney villains. They truly make the movies. Ursula was always one of my favorites. That being said, this is an amazing and awesome take on the sea witch’s origin. Triton’s older sister and heir apparent is dealt a series of challenges setbacks, surprises and truly curve ball revelations that lead her to become the sea witch. The origin of the shell and its powers, some tongue in cheek nods to the movies and Ursula’s song. Really enjoyed start to finish. There was only one drawback in it at all...I can’t mark anything off for it. The pronunciation of the word “macabre” in the story it is repeatedly pronounced “Mack-uh-bree” I am used to hearing it as “muh-cob”. Apologies if my attempts at phonetic typing are off. Not something I usually write. It just caused me to pause and go back a few times when I first heard it trying to figure out what the word was that was being said. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator or publisher

  • The Rough Riders: AOG Annotated Edition

  • By: Theodore Roosevelt
  • Narrated by: C.J. McAllister
  • Length: 7 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

Before Theodore Roosevelt - or "Teddy," as he is more commonly known - became the 26th president of the United States, he served as the Lieutenant Colonel of the 1st United States Volunteer Cavalry, nicknamed the "Rough Riders", during the Spanish-American War. This fascinating audiobook is his first-hand account of his experiences during this campaign. In addition to providing an intriguing perspective on the battles in which the Rough Riders participated, along with their lead-up and aftermath, Roosevelt shares unique insights on leadership, dealing with red tape, and much more.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It was fun listening to "Teddy" tell the story!

  • By G. Roo on 09-27-18

Wonderful account of a momentous time

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

Reviewed: 10-05-18

I love history and am always a fan of first hand accounts. Historians writing their researched and annotated histories are all well and good but nothing beats the color that comes with a first hand account from someone who was there. This edition was made for the classroom and comes with questions at the end of each chapter to make one reflect back and analyze on what was just read/listened to. Well written and well narrated. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator or publisher

  • Greatshadow

  • The Dragon Apocalypse, Book 1
  • By: James Maxey
  • Narrated by: Jake Urry
  • Length: 13 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71

After stealing a priceless relic from the Church of the Book, Infidel is the world’s most infamous mercenary. Now she’s got her eyes on a new prize, the fabled treasure trove of the dragon Greatshadow. Joining forces with a band of dangerous rogues, can she survive her own allies long enough to face the dragon?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If you enjoy fantasy at its best, this is a must

  • By AudioBook Reviewer on 08-08-17

No greater hordes exist than that of dragons

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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: 10-02-18

Dragon hordes are the best, filled with treasures of all kinds. But how does one kill a dragon? Especially one whose is the physical and whose spirit embodies the essence of fire, all fired throughout this world and the other. What kind of party could be strong enough to do it? And if they are strong enough can they work together long enough to complete the quest? Welcome to a group of hodgepodge characters and powers against the embodiment of fire. Their only hope? A shard of a broken cold heart. Great story and great narration. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator or publisher

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  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane

  • A Novel
  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 5 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,934
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,743
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,725

A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. He is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock. Forty years earlier, a man committed suicide in a stolen car at this farm at the end of the road. Like a fuse on a firework, his death lit a touchpaper. The darkness was unleashed, something scary and thoroughly incomprehensible to a little boy. And Lettie - magical, comforting, wise beyond her years - promised to protect him, no matter what.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gaiman delivers an intimate masterpiece

  • By Talia on 08-07-13

Gaimen out does himself again!

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

Reviewed: 09-26-18

I love the worlds and feelings created in each and every Neil Gaimen story. I started with coraline and American gods, graduated to neverwhere and good omens, and many others. I had not had the opportunity to read the ocean at the end of the lane but I had the credit and was happy to use it for a one credit two book Neil Gaimen purchase. Ever since I first listened to an old cassette copy of coraline read by Neil Gaimen himself I have always enjoyed hearing him read his own tales. His voice is captivating and you hear the story as he the author intended it to be heard. He is as masterful a storyteller as he is a writer. A true modern day bard. Enjoy!

  • The Hound of the Baskervilles

  • By: Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Narrated by: JD Kelly
  • Length: 5 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 9

The Hound of the Baskervilles is the third of the crime novels written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle featuring the detective Sherlock Holmes. Originally serialized in The Strand Magazine from August 1901 to April 1902, it is set largely on Dartmoor in Devon in England's West Country and tells the story of an attempted murder inspired by the legend of a fearsome, diabolical hound of supernatural origin. Sherlock Holmes and his companion Dr. Watson investigate the case.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Holmes, and Watson, at their best!

  • By G. Roo on 08-30-18

Basil rathbone and Nigel Bruce would be proud

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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: 09-26-18

I love the Sherlock Holmes stories. My parents loved the old films and introduced them to me when I was young. Basil and Nigel would have been proud of this narration of the classic sir Arthur Conan Doyle story. The story I have read and listened to many times and it is a timeless story for any and all ages. This narration does well capturing the spirit of the characters. Enjoy! I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator or publisher

  • Tormented

  • By: Lee Mountford
  • Narrated by: Hannibal Hills
  • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 38

Adrian James is running from his past with nothing left to live for. At rock bottom, with a blade to his wrist, a mysterious stranger intervenes and offers him a chance at salvation. Adrian accepts, and he enters Arlington Asylum of his own free will. Once inside, however, he soon learns that he will never escape. And worse, there are strange experiments taking place here, and a secretive medicine is being administered, one that causes certain…changes…in the patients.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • American Horror Story Asylum meets HP Lovecraft

  • By Antonio Marchena-Roldan on 08-15-18

What happens to those poor souls who lose their minds

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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: 09-26-18

What happens to those poor souls who lose their sanity? When one knows their mind is slipping and they voluntarily committed themselves can they ever get out? When one has done such evil in their lives that their own minds have become broken can the ever be redeemed? What happens when a cult committed to ancient evil Runs their own asylum? Find out here in tormented a truly twisted macabre tale! Loved it! Fans of Lovecraft will enjoy it! I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator or publisher

  • Denver Run

  • Endworld Series, Book 8
  • By: David Robbins
  • Narrated by: Damon Abdallah
  • Length: 6 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

The last vestige of civilization is under attack by a horde of savage fighters determined to plunge the world into total darkness and ignorance. Undermanned, outgunned, and overmatched, the Warriors of the Home desperately need help. But help is hundreds of miles away in Denver, and only one man has the courage and strength to accomplish the impossible. If he fails, the Home will perish; if he succeeds, it might be his last act of heroism.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My all time favorite post apocalypse series

  • By Mary Karowski on 09-25-18

My all time favorite post apocalypse series

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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: 09-25-18

I have been hunting this series in paperback stores for over 2 decades. I hunt through old book stores and occasionally find one of the endworld or the later Blade series’s that goes with it. It’s a stereotypical post nuclear war with the Russians. Mutants, killer robots, scavengers, small groups banding together lots of guns and big battles. It’s a well written series that I still to this day can just pick up and read. The narration was good though I do have other favorite narrators that I would have loved to hear narrate this series. Can’t wait to pick up more of them.

  • The Slayer

  • A LitRPG Saga (Aether Gate Online, Book 1)
  • By: Darren Hultberg Jr
  • Narrated by: J. Scott Bennett
  • Length: 11 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 69
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 66

When the newest VRMMORPG title gets announced, Adam and his best friend, Max, are more than ready to dive in. Launch day arrives quickly, and Adam is plunged into a world that’s more immersive than anything he’s experienced before. Although the game offers a bevy of character choices, Adam quickly chooses the title of Slayer, a class that specializes in taking down stronger, more difficult opponents. Adam begins his adventure, but it's not long before he realizes there’s much more at stake when taking a life in this new game. The pain is very real, and death...is permanent. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another LITRPG all star story

  • By Mary Karowski on 09-18-18

Another LITRPG all star story

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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: 09-18-18

Yet another in a long line of great stories and story lines. This one introduces the class of slayer to the series. The sheer amount of skills and attributes that appear in these books truly takes you back to the basement and comic book store games of My youth. The characters and plot lines are amazing the narration is fabulous. The new age of fantasy stories. These are the dragon lance stories of this generation. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator or publisher

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