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  • The Afton Morrison Series

  • Afton Morrison, Books 1-4
  • By: Brent Jones
  • Narrated by: Kristin James, Wyatt Baker, Brent Jones
  • Length: 20 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 25

Afton Morrison, 26, is a small-town children’s librarian by day, on a murderous mission to make the world a better place by night. From the hunt for a violent sexual predator to the last stand against her tormentor, The Afton Morrison Series delves into a world of moral ambiguity and is told in four thrilling parts. Packed with suspense, grit, and action, this collection delivers an unlikely heroine in the form of a disturbed vigilante murderess....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Read

  • By Ashley Hedden on 11-15-18

The Afton Morrison Series

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

Reviewed: 11-27-18

Go Home, Afton introduces us to Afton. A small town librarian with a secret. I thought the idea of creating a character with an innocuous profession that aspires to become a ruthless killer was great but tricky to pull off. Animus is a really fun addition to the mix of colorful characters. I love her interactions with her co-workers and how she internalizes her killer instinct, waiting for a chance to unleash it. I thought the man in shadows was an interesting dynamic as well. Looking forward to reading the rest of the series.

See You Soon, Afton is a really fun book. I thought that the kidnapping of her friend did a great job forcing Afton into fully accepting who she has been destined to be. She has to jump through hoops to try and save her friend before time runs out and she has to continue to unweave the secrets of her past. All while escaping the law as a wanted person of interest. There is a lot in here and I don't want to spoil anything.

Nice Try, Afton is the third book in the Afton Morrison series. It was a really good finally to the base story. That is how I took it at least. The book follows Afton while she tries to finish the fight against her rivals and attempts to not drag her growing cadre of friends along with her. I thought that Brent Jones did a good job growing Afton as a character in this book. I feel like she came into her own here.

Time's Up, Afton was maybe my least favorite of the series, but it was still a rather good read. It tied things up rather nicely (with just a small opening for another?). Afton was an interesting character in the book, but she seemed less complete in this story than the others in my opinion. Not sure why really. Overall, it was a fun series that vaguely reminded me of the Dexter TV series... not the books.

This story was given to me for free at my request for my voluntary and unbiased review.

  • DragonMan: The Awakening

  • By: Ted Lazaris
  • Narrated by: Gareth Johnson
  • Length: 5 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11

In the distant past, long before people populated the Earth, and before animals roamed the planet, something terrifying and cunning made its home in the vegetation covering the planet like a soft green blanket. Lying in wait for millions of years, this species continued to evolve, patiently crossing over and manipulating the genetic code of different species. And now, this perfect omniscient being, born from oblivion, has awakened and is ready to feed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Solid Science Fiction Fun

  • By Spooky Mike on 11-16-18

DragonMan: The Awakening

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

Reviewed: 11-21-18

I really enjoyed this story. It had some very interesting plot points and it was written rather well. There are some areas that give me pause to let my 10 yo to read it, but overall it was a fun book. I didn’t enjoy the narration as much, for me it didn’t jive with the cadence of the story in my head. I seem to be in the minority here and that is fine. I will probably check out another of the series in ebook format to get a better feel for this series asa whole.

This book was given to me for for free at my request for my voluntary and unbiased review.

  • Lost Illumination

  • By: K.C. Dunford
  • Narrated by: Becca Scott
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

An eerie voice interrupts Christian's ordinary life, haunting him at every turn. In a matter of days, the menacing voices and shadowy shapes become the least of his troubles. Christian decides he must face his foes or live forever in fear. In doing so, a mysterious force drags him into a strange and unfamiliar land where the unnatural terrors are somehow perfectly catered to torment him. Christian is soon discovered by the inhabitants of this new realm. He may think himself a victim of circumstance, but he soon discovers he has been chosen to determine the fate of an ancient people. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • pretty good book for YA

  • By TU on 10-24-18

Lost Illumination

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

Reviewed: 11-05-18

I didn’t really know what to expect with this book, but I am really glad I gave it a try. I was mostly previewing it for my daughter and I am happy to say that I think it is written very well and the story will be gripping enough without being too scary or violent for her. Becca Scott did a very good job narrating here. The voices were great and the inflections were pretty spot on. Now I need to get the sequel to see how this ends.

This book was given to me for free at my request for my voluntary and unbiased review.

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  • Exorcist Falls

  • Includes the Novella Exorcist Road
  • By: Jonathan Janz
  • Narrated by: Matt Godfrey
  • Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

When the police are called to an affluent home in the middle of the night, they learn a seemingly normal 14-year-old boy has attacked his family. The boy exhibits signs of demonic possession, and even more troublingly, he knows too much about the Sweet 16 killings. Father Jason Crowder, a young priest assigned to the case, must marshal his courage in order to save the boy and the entire city from the forces of evil. But this is a darkness mankind has never encountered before. It craves more than blood. And it won’t rest until it possesses Father Crowder’s soul.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Use a credit on this book. You won't regret it.

  • By Spooky Mike on 11-06-18

Exorcist Falls

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

Reviewed: 11-05-18

Exorcist Falls and the novella Exorcist Road were included in the audiobook version I was given. Exorcist Road was an intense ride about a boy inhabited by a demon and the chaos that surrounds the household and the priests who perform the Exorcism. It was brutal and fast-paced and through it all there is finger pointing as the demon reveals the deepest and darkest secrets from everyone it touches. Hovering in the background is the suggestion that someone involved in the evening's craziness is more than likely the Sweet 16 Killer, a serial killer who is flooding the streets of Chicago with fear as the murders of young girls pile up. The ending of the novella was amazing and I would have been fine leaving it at that, but there is so much more to the story and it is continued nicely with Exorcist Falls.
Exorcist Falls continues the struggle between good and evil and is much less a mystery than an all-out battle. There are plenty of twists and turns which keep the reader guessing, and there is enough gore to keep any horror aficionado reading with greedy intent. All in all, there is demon possession, fallen priests, redemption, terror, serial killers, loss, hope, complete desolation, more redemption, and more loss. All narrated perfectly by Matt Godfrey who did a fantastic job as the demon's presence in particular.
I will be honest, there were some really hard parts to get through. Content-wise, it was a very dark and bloody affair. Jonathan Janz has a spectacular writing style and really kept me engaged. I loved how Father Crowder was such a terrible hero. I am glad I consumed this novel for Halloween, now I want to go wash my mind out with soap.

This book was given to me for free at my request for my voluntary and unbiased review.

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  • From Twisted Roots

  • Thriller, Horror, and Mystery Short Stories
  • By: S.H. Cooper
  • Narrated by: Paul Jenkins
  • Length: 7 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5

You'll experience intimate firsthand accounts of modern day murders, kidnappings, and violent revenge. Other stories are heartwarming with whimsical mysteries, gothic fairy tales, and supernatural monstrosities. Nothing is as it seems; nothing is safe; and anything is possible as you embark upon these thrilling tales to uncover the truth.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting variety of stories

  • By cosmitron on 10-06-18

From Twisted Roots

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

Reviewed: 11-05-18

You had me at teddy bears and I never turned back. This was brilliant. I loved the collection and when the book was over I was both surprised that it crept up on me so fast, and a little sad that it was done. My son and I listen to audiobooks in the car when I drive him to school and after hearing the first story, he was hooked. I thought Paul Jenkins did a superb job narrating this book and really made the various characters come alive for me. I loved this book.

This book was given to me for free at my request for my voluntary and unbiased review.

  • Edgar Allan Poe: The Scary Short Story Collection

  • By: Edgar Allan Poe
  • Narrated by: J.D. Kelly
  • Length: 3 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 8

This scary short story collection contains the following stories written by Edgar Allan Poe: "The Tell-Tale Heart", "The Cask of Amontillado", "The Pit and the Pendulum", "The Black Cat", and many more. Enjoy Edgar Allen Poe's most notable short stories bought to life by the excellent narration of J.D. Kelly! 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting, eerie, and emotional

  • By alias11 on 11-28-18

Edgar Allan Poe: The Scary Short Story Collection

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

Reviewed: 11-05-18

What can I say about Edgar Allan Poe that has not already been said? He was brilliant. His work makes you think and listen and it gets you twisted up inside it. You can lose yourself in his stories and it is awesome. Apparently, it is not yet something my 13 yo is interested in but what does he know? I have read all of his works I think and every time I re-read it I feel like it is the first time. I think this is a great "starter" for readers who are new to Poe. J.D. Kelly did a really good job narrating this collection as well.

This book was given to me for free at my request for my voluntary and unbiased review.

  • The Dead and the Desolate

  • By: Paul S Huggins
  • Narrated by: Paul Cram
  • Length: 2 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

This small anthology is a collection of short stories and drabbles that feature Death and desolation in varying degrees. Whether it is a lonely man travelling through a dead England, a post nuclear journey home, a man in chains, the apocalypse caused by an innocuous plant, hope from the infected, or nocturnal visitations, they all offer the loneliness and isolation.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining Collection of Dead Time Stories

  • By Spooky Mike on 10-30-18

The Dead and the Desolate

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

Reviewed: 11-05-18

I really loved this series of short/micro stories. I have read or watched an overwhelming amount of zombie and post-apocalyptic entertainment and have kind of burned out on it. I saw this small book and thought I would give one more a shot and this was perfect for me. The first story had me sucked in and it kept getting better from there. Even if you think you have had enough of the zombie craze, try this book then you can be done. You have my permission.

This book was given to me for free at my request for my voluntary and unbiased review.

  • The Distance

  • By: Jeremy Robinson, Hilaree Robinson
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer, Heather Costa
  • Length: 13 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 422
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 395
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 395

The human race has turned to dust. August Morrison faces it after rising from the depths of a dark matter research facility in Arizona. His co-workers. His daughter. All of them: dust. Friends and colleagues around the world don’t answer their phones. The city of Phoenix burns. He is alone. As a world without mankind starts to crumble, August fights not just for survival, but for his very sanity. On the other side of the country, Poe McDowell watches her parents crumble into dust just moments after being shoved inside a coffin-like device that spares her from the same fate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • He's done it again!

  • By Sandra on 09-02-18

The Distance

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

Reviewed: 10-05-18

I really thought that I was in for a long, long listen when I started this book. I was not getting into it at first, but, as the story grew and new elements were introduced, I was sucked in for the ride. It was a very well written and well performed book. The characters developed nicely and in believable ways for the most part. The ending was very interesting, though I felt it was strange regarding the true antagonists. I did have a problem with the ending, but the only way to state it without giving anything away would be to say it was too neat and tidy. I will be looking for more works by Jeremy Robinson for sure.

This book was given to me for free at my request for my voluntary and unbiased review.

  • The Hatred

  • By: C. A. Gleason
  • Narrated by: Kate Marcin
  • Length: 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

After agreeing to house-sit for a mysterious homeowner, a struggling musician starts hearing voices in the middle of the day and having nightmares so frightening that he screams himself awake. As he goes about the conspicuous tasks he's being paid generously for, he begins to suspect he may not be alone in the house, and that there are plans in store for him more terrifying than he could possibly imagine.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A good listen

  • By cosmitron on 09-14-18

The Hatred

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

Reviewed: 09-19-18

Short stories are a tricky beast. They are rarely "OK". Like politics, they can be very polarizing. There was a bit of miss with this story, but I feel the positives outweighed the negatives here. There was no attempt to teach a lesson, it was straight "this is what happened" which is the way it needs to be in my opinion. A short story doesn't need to end or bring you some catharsis. It is, and that is what this story brought to me. A feeling of "it is".

This book was given to me for free at my request for my voluntary and unbiased review.

  • The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

  • By: Washington Irving
  • Narrated by: Gregg Rizzo
  • Length: 1 hr and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

 The story is set in 1790 in the countryside around the Dutch settlement of Tarry Town, in a secluded glen called Sleepy Hollow. Sleepy Hollow is renowned for its ghosts and the haunting atmosphere that pervades the imaginations of its inhabitants and visitors. Some residents say this town was bewitched during the early days of the Dutch settlement. The most infamous specter in the Hollow is the Headless Horseman, said to be the ghost of a Hessian trooper that had his head shot off by a stray cannonball during "some nameless battle" of the American Revolutionary War.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Classic for good reason.

  • By cosmitron on 09-05-18

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

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

Reviewed: 09-19-18

I love this classic tale. It has been bastardized over the years, but nothing beats the original in all its detailed glory. Gregg Rizzo did a good job narrating the story and I am glad I had a chance to review it. The only thing that would make it better would be to play it on Halloween which I may do since it is so short.

This book was given to me for free at my request for my voluntary and unbiased review.