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  • The Harvesting (The Harvesting Series Book 1)

  • By: Melanie Karsak
  • Narrated by: Kristin James
  • Length: 7 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 299
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 280
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 279

While Layla Petrovich returns home to rural Hamletville after a desperate call from her psychic grandmother, she never could have anticipated the horror of what Grandma Petrovich has foreseen. The residents of Hamletville will need Layla's cool head, fast blade, and itchy trigger finger to survive the undead apocalypse that's upon them. But even that may not be enough. With mankind silenced, it soon becomes apparent that we were never alone.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • BLOODY SALIVA

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 09-24-15

Fast Paced and Switches Modes.

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

Reviewed: 04-29-15

Would you listen to The Harvesting again? Why?

Yes, It's different and it changes quickly.

What other book might you compare The Harvesting to and why?

Right now it's much like the Zombie craze that is going on but there is a twist so it's much of it's own that way.

What about Kristin James’s performance did you like?

It was great. I liked it.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I didn't have a laugh or cry moment but I did like the switching mode and I liked the pace of the book.

Any additional comments?

I really enjoyed the book. Nice twist.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Kyrathaba Rising

  • Kyrathaba Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: William Bryan Miller
  • Narrated by: Christine Padovan
  • Length: 7 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 43

One hundred and seventy years from now, aliens decimate Earth. A relative handful of humans survive, hidden in deep subterranean enclaves that offer some protection from surface radiation. Although the main attack is now seven years in the past, one alien ship remains in orbit, and the conquerors are not content merely to let humanity lick its wounds...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sci-fi story with a small slash of fantasy.

  • By R. R. on 04-20-15

Sci-fi story with a small slash of fantasy.

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

Reviewed: 04-20-15

Where does Kyrathaba Rising rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is one of the best stories I've read. If you are are a sci-fi fan and enjoy a little fantasy this is the book to read.

What did you like best about this story?

I was surprised by all of it. Mostly, I was impressed with the writing. This was edited well. I really enjoyed the parts that they Tolkien parts.

What does Christine Padovan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

This was the first time listening to Charistine Padovan. She did well with the story.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

For some reason I was reminded of Anathem by Neal Stephenson. I'm not sure why but I felt a connection with this story and Anathem. Perhaps its the style.

Any additional comments?

This book really blew me away. One of the best sci-fi books I've read for the year.

17 of 17 people found this review helpful

  • Black Ships

  • By: Jo Graham
  • Narrated by: Gigi Shane
  • Length: 12 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21

The world is ending. One by one the mighty cities are falling to earthquakes, to flood, to raiders on both land and sea. In a time of war and doubt, Gull is an oracle. Daughter of a slave taken from fallen Troy, chosen at the age of seven to be the voice of the Lady of the Dead, it is her destiny to counsel kings.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Black ships

  • By med c on 02-15-15

Retelling of Virgil and Homer stories.

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

Reviewed: 04-20-15

Would you listen to Black Ships again? Why?

Yes. I'm going to continue on in the series. I think it would be kind of fun to read Virgil and Homer then this again.

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

This is my first time.

Have you listened to any of Gigi Shane’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This is my first time.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

There were a few parts that did make me laugh. I found the little argument while some were sleeping funny. I didn't cry.

Any additional comments?

I liked it. It's mainly from the POV of Gull, an oracle. It's also a great deal of being on ships on the sea and trying to survive and having freedom. There is a romance in this. There are a few humorous scenes. I'll put it on the TRL for in case I'd like to

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Strangers

  • By: Michaelbrent Collings
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 86
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 78

You wake up in the morning to discover that you have been sealed into your home. The doors are locked, the windows are barred. There's no way out. A madman is playing a deadly game with you and your family. A game with no rules, only consequences. So what do you do? Do you run? Do you hide? Or do you die?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Taut, quick, it carried me away.

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-27-14

Don't ever stick me in this situation!

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

Reviewed: 04-15-15

Where does Strangers rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The story is dark and gripping. The narration is great. Jeffrey Kafer is one of my favorites.

What did you like best about this story?

This was freaky. This is one of your worst nightmares that just is pure survival.

Which scene was your favorite?

When there is a death that happens and questions are asked yet the others are wanting to go. (A bedroom scene). That sounds so messed up but it's to not give away anything.

Who was the most memorable character of Strangers and why?

Jerry.

Any additional comments?

This is a fast paces story. Dark. Nightmarish. Sticks with you.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Lost and Found

  • By: Amy Shojai
  • Narrated by: Amy Shojai
  • Length: 12 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 50

Animal behaviorist September Day has lost everything - husband murdered, career in ruins, confidence shot - and returns home with her trained Maine Coon cat, Macy, to Texas to recover. She's forced out of hibernation when her nephew Steven and his autism service dog Shadow disappear in a freak blizzard. When her sister trusts a maverick researcher's promise to help Steven, September has 24 hours to rescue them from a devastating medical experiment impacting millions of children, a deadly secret others will kill to protect....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The value of life!

  • By Angela on 04-28-15

Thriller with pets.

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

Reviewed: 04-15-15

Would you listen to Lost and Found again? Why?

Yes. I enjoyed the story a lot. I loved the idea of it and how the different POVs happened. Shojai did a great job on character voices.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Yes. It's a scary concept and kept me going to the end.

What about Amy Shojai’s performance did you like?

She was great. Lots of different character voices and POV.

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

Yes. It lasts longer so if you did it would be too long but it was a good story.

Any additional comments?

My favorite character was Shadow. I loved his POV. I will look for more books by Shojai.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • This Doesn't Happen in the Movies

  • Reed Ferguson Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Renee Pawlish
  • Narrated by: Johnny Peppers
  • Length: 5 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 155
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 135
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 135

Reed Ferguson's first case is a daring adventure, complete with a dose of film noir, and a lot of humor. With a great supporting cast of the Goofball Brothers, Reed's not too bright neighbors, and Cal, Reed's computer geek friend, This Doesn't Happen in the Movies is detective noir at its best. Follow Reed as he solves crime akin to his cinematic hero, Humphrey Bogart.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining book

  • By Heather on 07-28-14

Now-a-day Detective with Noir feel.

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

Reviewed: 04-15-15

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

Yes. This is the first time reading a Renee Pawlish book and listening to Johnny Peppers. It had a Hollywood Noir feel to it.

Would you recommend This Doesn't Happen in the Movies to your friends? Why or why not?

Yes. For people that enjoy detective stories or Noir Hollywood memories. There is a lot of name dropping.

Which character – as performed by Johnny Peppers – was your favorite?

Reed.

Was This Doesn't Happen in the Movies worth the listening time?

Yes. I liked the story. A solid 3 stars.

Any additional comments?

I grabbed this kindle book a year ago. I just recently grabbed the audio version of it. It's a detective story, Reed's first case, set in present day but has a Noir feel to it. Reed is a huge fan to the Hollywood Noir genre and has all kinds of posters in his office. Thee is a lot of name dropping of the actors, actresses, movies, and even popular movies in the 80s.

It a quick and light read and goes very quickly and predictable. This isn't bad thing just knowing it will know what kind of mood to be in when reading it.

Pawlish is a fan of Hardy Boys and this is very evident with this detective story that stars Reed. I felt that it was along that style of a story.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Dourado

  • By: David Wood
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 6 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 148
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 126
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 128

A sunken treasure. An ancient Biblical artifact. A mystery as old as humankind. On January 25, 1829, the Portuguese brig Dourado sank off the coast of Indonesia, losing its cargo of priceless treasures from the Holy Land. One of these lost relics holds the key to an ancient mystery. But someone does not want this treasure to come to light.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Dourado

  • By medy on 10-17-14

Very fast paced testosterone(y) book.

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

Reviewed: 04-04-15

Would you try another book from David Wood and/or Jeffrey Kafer?

Yes, apparently I have a few audio books narrated by Jeffrey Kafer.

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

No, this is the first time.

Which scene was your favorite?

The shark scene was really creepy. (very beginning of the book)

Was Dourado worth the listening time?

Yes.

Any additional comments?

This is about at 3.5 rating book.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful