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  • Sam

  • By: Iain Rob Wright
  • Narrated by: Nigel Patterson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 216
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 203
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 199

When washed-up priest Angela Murs and skittish ghost hunter Tim Golding are summoned to a vast country manor to help a sick little boy, they have no idea what to expect. While it's clear that young Sammie is a very disturbed child, there's surely no way he could have been behind the recent spate of accidents or the death of his father. The child is dirty, malnourished, and perhaps the victim of a negligent mother, but as Angela and Tim's investigations take them deeper into the mystery, they realize there is much more going on than they ever could have imagined.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • SAM

  • By zoe on 05-03-15

Awful.

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

Reviewed: 12-27-18

Trite, predictable and my God, does it drag. The entire plot is straight lifted from an episode of the first season of Angel. Halfway in I honestly wanted every character to die horribly, as except for the lesbian they were irredeemable trash. I like IRW as an author, but this was a serious swing-and-a-miss.

  • The Witness

  • By: Zach Bohannon
  • Narrated by: Robin Rowan
  • Length: 4 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

While traveling from New Orleans to Chicago for a rock concert, five college students decide to take a detour. While in Mississippi, they travel a remote highway into the Delta region of the state to visit the infamous Crossroads: the place where blues legend Jack Johnson supposedly sold his soul to the devil. Lost on the old highway, they stop at a rundown gas station to get directions from the creepy attendant that runs the place. But one wrong turn leads to a night that they will never forget....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Frustrating, Ugly, Well-written Slasher

  • By Mark H. Deaton on 08-22-15

Frustrating, Ugly, Well-written Slasher

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

Reviewed: 08-22-15

The Witness is highly reminiscent of the 70's era's, gritty, mean-spirited and nasty horror films that, free from most of the previous decades regulations, delighted in throwing intestines, torn flesh, buckets of blood and high-pitched screams of anguish at the viewer. It is also highly polished and well-written by an author who was clearly enjoying himself. This is my first Zach Bohannon book and it will NOT be my last.

Having said that, I really, really hated this book, for all the same reasons so many of those films now piss me off. The main character is a bland, ineffective, brain-dead, do-nothing loser who watches her friends die horrible, excruciating, drawn-out deaths and considers herself worse off because she, completely unharmed, has to sit and watch it. A friend is literally skewered, something she could have prevented, and she cries over a splinter in her hand. A splinter.

It's to Bohannon's absolute credit that I saw all of this book play out so vividly in my head. He is a GOOD writer, and I have no complaints about Robin Rowan's narration. She performed wonderfully. I just hated, more and more, every moment I had to spend in the head of this character.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Suffer

  • By: E. E. Borton
  • Narrated by: Emily Sutton-Smith
  • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 611
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 570
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 566

Kate Freeman opened the front door of her vacation villa to a wolf in sheep’s clothing. A few moments later, fifty thousand paralyzing volts shot through her body. Her world went dark; and when she awoke, her family was torn apart forever.After months of agonizing physical therapy to heal the vicious wounds to her body, the Kate who emerged was no longer the loving mother, sister, and friend from before. The Kate who survived was something much different. Something much darker.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent! Excellent! Excellent!!!

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-30-15

Middling Wish-fulfillment Revenge Fantasy

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

Reviewed: 08-08-15

Well-written and emotional throughout, Suffer begins as a heart-tugging drama in the aftermath of a vicious murder/assault before moving into a dull wish-fulfillment fantasy where the victims get revenge with no repercussions and no danger. At no point during the second half does anything go wrong for the main characters. There are no complications, no risk, no tension. Everything is literally handed to them. The actual revenge bit is nice, if you're ideologically aligned, though it's quite brief. Regardless, the second half is a letdown when held against the stellar first.

Also, WARNING, the synopsis is misleading. Kate is NOT the main character, even when she re-enters the story midway; her husband's friend Grey, an FBI agent, is the lead throughout.

The narration was excellent, though I had to get used to the choice of Southern Belle accents for Kate and her sister. Overall, I would consider listening to / reading another novel by E. E., depending on the storyline. A very good author, but this wasn't the thriller it was advertised to be.

  • A Date with Angel: And Other Things That Weren't Supposed to Happen

  • By: J. Judkins
  • Narrated by: Kendall Taylor
  • Length: 14 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 164
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 155
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 155

Kim could tell at a glance Angel wasn't the average attractive yet poorly disguised extraterrestrial scout sent to assess Earth's defenses before the inevitable alien invasion. Angel's memory loss cover story? Lame. Robbing a passing ruffian of his shirt to cover her naked body? NOT a good way to avoid attracting attention! As a science fiction geek, Kim felt herself uniquely qualified to watch Angel and thwart her dark mission...once the alien got around to it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An absolutely different sci fi lesbian story.

  • By non ofyabussiness on 08-06-15

Awesome Premise. Great Humor. Little Else.

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

Reviewed: 07-29-15

Not your typical lesbian romance. Very funny, underhandedly sweet, good chemistry. Once the premise is set, though, the story stays there for 14 hours before a quick wrapup and a hint at a sequel. The main character's headspace, which we never leave, is like Woody Allen with Asperger's and an extreme case of paranoia. It's funny, but Jesus does it wear you down after a while.

Despite this, I will happily buy the sequel, as well as anything else this author puts out. The narrator was wonderful, though her choice of voice for Angel, a blonde, blue-eyed, sex kitten, was too manly, I thought. She handles the humor delightfully, regardless,and is perfect as Kim.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Hacked

  • By: Tim Miller
  • Narrated by: Sophie Lei
  • Length: 2 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 13

Rodney thinks he is a true ladies' man on the Internet. He is also a sociopath. He spends his days talking to women on social media and wooing them with his Internet prowess. Except most women are not impressed. When he meets Abby on a site, he decides immediately that she is the one for him. Abby, however, doesn't see it that way. When she kindly turns him down, Rodney takes matters into his own hands. He kidnaps Abby to teach her the consequences of refusing his advances.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good and gory

  • By Remy on 06-14-17

Tim Miller is Weird

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

Reviewed: 07-18-15

It should be clear that you need to enjoy, or at least enjoy being grossed out by, descriptions of torture, rape, murder and necrophilia of you're going to take the Tim Miller route. That makes up the bulk of, I think, every one of his stories. He succeeds, without a doubt, in making a reader gleefully disgusted at points, but it's also, and more predominantly so, dreadfully dull stuff when you're not given a reason to care about anyone. Every single character is just fodder, and it can make getting to the end a chore.

However, the last act is where Miller shines. He gets bored with the torture, escapes are made and suddenly all of these characters begin ping-ponging off each other, and even though you don't care who dies it becomes far more interesting because it's no longer about torture, but about finding out who kills who and who gets away and how.

The audio quality and narration in this is appalling. Truly. The narrator CLEARLY lost a bet, because she hates this book. Her performance is a mixture of boredom and apathy. The production in the first hour is equally horrible. Audio dips in and out, is tinny as if recorded in a bathroom, and, for my fellow long-haulers, is IMPOSSIBLE to hear while driving. The quality does get better, but even then mistakes made during recording are just left there! And this is on Audible.

I recommend Tim Miller to gorehounds and Lee fans, I really do. But not this one in its current state.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Beware the Black Battlenaut

  • By: Robert T. Jeschonek
  • Narrated by: Randy Hames
  • Length: 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 14

All-out war engulfs a distant quadrant of space. Hardcore warriors clash in high tech Battlenaut armor, pitting the ultimate fighting machines in epic struggles on a planetary scale. In the heart of this raging hell, the sleep-deprived Redeye squad fights harder than anyone. Pumped up on drugs, wired to the max, the Redeyes tear through enemy forces like berserk Vikings. But fatigue takes a toll, as the Redeyes start to see things that don't exist. And something that might exist after all....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • What the hell happened?!

  • By Mark H. Deaton on 06-22-15

What the hell happened?!

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

Reviewed: 06-22-15

Solid, well-written and action-packed, with a lesbian and heavy firepower. These are a few of my favorite things. But what happened?! It should have been longer, because there are far too many unanswered questions as to what was actually going down. Very frustrating. Also, Randy Hames is a wonderful narrator, though perhaps too gravelly for female characters.

  • Awakening

  • Drakon, Book 1
  • By: Erik Schubach
  • Narrated by: Hollie Jackson
  • Length: 5 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 151
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 142
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 140

Doctor Myra O'Connell is researching myths and folklore. In a strange twist, she discovers that she is one of the legends she is researching. Then all hell breaks loose. Myra and the woman assigned to be her protector, Special Agent Quinn Trask, must fight for their lives, and those of the people of Denver and the world, against a madman bent on obtaining immortality. Only the dragons can stand in his way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another winner

  • By realdog on 03-19-15

Light, fun adventure

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

Reviewed: 06-04-15

Drakon was amusing and light-hearted fun with some cool action sequences and a nice romance. The premise was pretty awesome and used to its full advantage, while setting up nicely for a series. I will absolutely consider picking another book from the author, as I enjoy lesbian fantasy adventures.

On the downside, Myra had a number of catchphrases ("Don't be startin' none of that now") and idiosyncrasies (her fiery Irish temper) that were played to DEATH over this short six hour runtime. The romance itself was rather immediate and saccharine, as well as chaste, (this is a PG book) leaving the reader with a shallow view of the love they had. There plot holes, inconsistencies and leaps of logic enough to require a complete logic shutdown at points, and finally there's the narration.
Hollie Jackson has a fine voice, but her take on an Irish accent adds a lilt to the end of nearly every single sentence. And the book is in first person, which means you're hearing that lilt at the end of every sentence for over five straight hours. Furthermore, clearly more comfortable narrating romance, she delivers action in a deadpan, matter-of-fact style that leaves the listener consistently underwhelmed.

I will pick up the next in the series, but it will be on the Kindle.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Grave Silence

  • Jude Devine Mystery Series, Book 1
  • By: Rose Beecham
  • Narrated by: Kim Baldwin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 78
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 72
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 71

Montezuma County Sheriff's detective, Jude Devine doesn't face too many challenges based in remote Paradox Valley, where most of the crime involves hiker assaults, campsite thefts, and cattle rustling. However, when the body of local teenager shows up with a stake through her heart, Jude finds herself leading an investigation no one wants to touch.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Jude Devine is a Cool undercover FBI agent!

  • By zenabuff on 03-24-15

A Standout Mystery Abysmally Narrated

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

Reviewed: 05-30-15

Nearly flawless mystery/drama/thriller and one the best lesbian novels I've experienced about a lonesome detective in Colorado attempting to solve a murder of a young girl that originated in Utah. There are a number of delightful subplots and, as a whole, the book is a refreshing departure from the average Bella or Broad Strokes fare, with a flawed, realistic lesbian lead that lacks all the hallmarks of a Mary Sue and whom you never stop rooting for. This is my favorite book in a long while, lesbian or otherwise, and I will wait maddeningly for the next entry in the series.

The narrator, though, is absolutely horrible. I understand that Kim Baldwin is an accomplished author, but as a narrator Kim's thick Midwestern accent, headache-inducing whistle on her soft C's and 'S's and flat, emotionless delivery made listening to a stellar novel excruciating.

Unless you'd like to hear Hillary Clinton on Dramamine or Frances McDormand circa Fargo describing lesbian sex and thrilling standoffs with all the excitement of a C-SPAN filibuster, I'd STRONGLY recommend listening to the sample for yourself and just reading this terrific novel via paperback or Kindle.

  • The Princess Affair

  • By: Nell Stark
  • Narrated by: Victoria Aston
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 335
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 309
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 309

Rhodes Scholar Kerry Donovan has never had anything handed to her on a silver platter. As she arrives at Oxford to begin her course of study, she is determined to make the most out of this latest opportunity. But when she meets Her Royal Highness Princess Sasha, second in line to the British throne, Kerry’s priorities are eclipsed by an attraction neither of them can ignore.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Nice plot for an HEA

  • By A.B. Normal on 12-31-16

Blindingly Sweet Royal Treat

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

Reviewed: 05-27-15

By-the-numbers lesbian romance bolstered by a sweet disposition and a top-notch narrator. Gladly following author.