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  • A Shade of Vampire, Book 1

  • By: Bella Forrest
  • Narrated by: Emma Galvin, Zachary Webber, Kate Rudd
  • Length: 3 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,946
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,627
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,616

On the evening of Sofia Claremont's seventeenth birthday, she is sucked into a nightmare from which she cannot wake. A quiet evening walk along a beach brings her face to face with a dangerous pale creature that craves much more than her blood. She is kidnapped to The Shade, an enchanted island where the sun is eternally forbidden to shine. An island uncharted by any map and ruled by the most powerful vampire coven on the planet. She wakes here as a slave, a captive in chains.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The perfect book hors-d’oeuvre

  • By Katherine on 12-22-15

I'm sorry Bella...but I have to say this..

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

Reviewed: 02-22-17

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Spoiler alert...

Twilight. There, I said it.

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

Her other books weren't so bad (maybe 3.5 stars for her Gender Wars series)...this book just doesn't compare.

How could the performance have been better?

Emma Galvan narrating this was the worst decision ever. There were awkward pauses in her performance, sounding like she was having to turn a page every few sentences. And her performance consisted of a mainly monotone voice with the exception of a strange lilt at the end of every 10 or so words. It was absolutely terrible.

It sounded like I was listening to a confused Velma from Scooby Doo narrate the majority of the book.

They should've just kept to Kate Rudd and Zachary Webber.

Seriously...why would you NOT choose Kate Rudd to be the main narrator? Hello? Kate Rudd...she's basically the best female narrator out there.

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  • Dead Highways

  • Origins, Book 1
  • By: Richard Brown
  • Narrated by: Paul Kowalczyk
  • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 24

His name is Jimmy. He's twenty-two, skinny, and still a virgin. He has no friends. He lives with his grandma. He works at her used bookstore. He is in every sense of the word, a loser. This is your hero. This is your hero.

By his side, a diverse group of survivors, including a cop, a prostitute, a drug dealer, and even a newborn baby. They're crossing the country on a crazy and comical post-apocalyptic adventure, following the infected as they migrate west.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • night of the living narcoleptic

  • By Happykal on 08-10-14

Eh...

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

Reviewed: 09-01-15

Any additional comments?

All in all the story line had promise - if you're into the whole apocalypse/zombie genre, which I totally am, but it fell short of hitting the mark for me.

Characters:
Pro - The main character, Jimmy, is believable. Just your everyday, nerdy and friendly guy.
Con - Some of the other characters, not so much.

Peaches: Who (aside from being a hooker, chain smoker, and occasional pot head) is a quiet and well mannered young lady. (I feel a Pretty Woman back story happening here)
Bowser: A semi-polite drug dealer who is a helpful and contributing member to the group.
Officer Johnson: A police officer who (per the author) looks like Carl Winslow and doesn't like guns; only met the main character one time before randomly knocking at his door post-apocalypse to ask if he wanted to form a survivors group with him. (group consisted of every single person the main character ever met or talked to minus three).

Author:
Pro - Not your typical zombie book. Brown puts a bit of a different spin on his zombies than most.
Pro - The story line did not go in the direction I was expecting, and that's a good thing. I like to be surprised.
Con - Too many pop culture references. For me, I would prefer a book the reader can relate to no matter what year it is.
Con - Lame and excessive use of metaphors - it gets annoying. Ex. *after being punched* "I went down like a porn star with two kids and a mortgage". That line honestly made me gag a little.
Con - The dialogue is not always realistic to the setting.

Narrator:
Pro - His voice seems to align with the main character - so in that sense, he was a good fit.
Con - Very monotone. Reads the words just as they appear - but that's about it.
Con - Mispronounces words quite a bit.

  • Zombie Fallout 7: For The Fallen

  • By: Mark Tufo
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,391
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,150
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,146

Mike is back. The battle with Eliza is past. Now Mike must strike out once again in a desperate race against time as his son and best friend are succumbing to the zombie virus within them. What he does not know is that an old foe hasrisen up and a more insidious threat has emerged to not just the Talbots but all of humanity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Yes! Yes! Yes! AWESOMENESS!

  • By Theodore on 11-14-13

How did I live without Zombie Fallout before?

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

Reviewed: 03-31-15

Mark Tufo knocks it out of the park again with #7.

And I honestly do not think this would be as good without Sean Runnette.

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  • The Scourge

  • By: Roberto Calas
  • Narrated by: Nico Evers-Swindell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 224
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 206
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 209

I have never seen plague bring a man back from the dead. Nor do I know of any sickness, in England or upon the continent, that gives its victims a taste for living flesh. So declares Sir Edward Dallingridge, a noble knight whose years defending England on the battlefield haven't prepared him to face an enemy as chilling - and relentless - as the living dead. But even as his countrymen flee in horror, Sir Edward rides straight into the unholy infestation. For his lady love lies trapped behind a hundred miles of fiendish terror, and nothing will keep him from her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exciting Quest with Knights and Zombies

  • By gardener97 on 01-29-16

An interesting new spin on a zombie apocolypse

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

Reviewed: 11-07-14

Which character – as performed by Nico Evers-Swindell – was your favorite?

Tristan's endless supply of sarcasm and wit is just what this story needs to keep it from being too dismal.

Any additional comments?

The end is rather abrupt, so I was very happy to see that Calas continues the story in his next book.

  • The Complete Wizard of Oz Collection

  • All 22 Stories
  • By: L. Frank Baum
  • Narrated by: Eric Vincent
  • Length: 90 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 318
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 285
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 289

This is the complete Wizard of Oz collection of 22 stories written by L. Frank Baum. This is the only complete collection that includes all the Oz stories. All 22 stories are fully complete. They include the dedication and the introduction of each story/book. In this collection, you will find stories not available in other collections. It even includes stories published after the death of L. Frank Baum.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Audio chapter list below as was missing

  • By MM on 04-09-14

Absolutely in love with this collection

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

Reviewed: 08-12-14

What did you love best about The Complete Wizard of Oz Collection?

I had no idea there were so many books in the Wizard of Oz collection. This has been a very enjoyable book and one of the best purchases I've made to date. I really like L. Frank Baum's vivid imagination, and how he brings everything to life. This is something that my 10 year old son and I can listen to, together.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Of course, Dorothy is my favorite character. Mainly because she's familiar in a vast line of newly found people, fairies, talking animals, etc.

Which character – as performed by Eric Vincent – was your favorite?

Eric Vincent has done a wonderful job - It must be difficult for a narrator to have such a wide variety of characters to portray. From a small girl, to a magical talking saw horse, to Santa Claus...I honestly can't pick my favorite of his performance.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

It would be impossible to listen to this book all in one sitting. It is very long and took me over a month to even get to the halfway mark. I enjoyed listening to this everyday during my commute.

Any additional comments?

Best bang for the buck on this purchase. There are so many stories included, that you'll keep busy with this for a very long time.

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  • Wicked

  • The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West
  • By: Gregory Maguire
  • Narrated by: John McDonough
  • Length: 19 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,316
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4,730
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,780

Heralded as an instant classic of fantasy literature, Maguire has written a wonderfully imaginative retelling of The Wizard of Oz told from the Wicked Witch's point of view. More than just a fairy tale for adults, Wicked is a meditation on the nature of good and evil.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It's not easy being green

  • By Kathleen on 07-30-08

Disturbing

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

Reviewed: 07-25-14

Would you try another book from Gregory Maguire and/or John McDonough?

Never.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

This book was disturbing to say the least.

Any additional comments?

I was very shocked to find this book was completely full of disgusting sexual situations: Hermaphrodites, Bestiality, Homosexuality, etc. I will never read another one of his perverted books again.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful