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  • Deep Silence

  • A Joe Ledger Novel
  • By: Jonathan Maberry
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 16 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 678
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 654
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 654

Terrorists-for-hire have created a weapon that can induce earthquakes and cause dormant volcanoes to erupt. One terrifying side effect of the weapon is that prior to the devastation, the vibrations drive ordinary people to suicide and violence. A wave of madness begins sweeping the country beginning with a mass shooting in Congress. Joe Ledger and his team go on a wild hunt to stop the terrorists and uncover the global superpower secretly funding them. At every step the stakes increase as it becomes clear that the endgame of this campaign of terror is igniting the Yellowstone caldera.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story reflecting today’s sorry politics

  • By pod shopper on 11-04-18

Another Great Ledger Story

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

Reviewed: 11-13-18

While I have enjoyed every book in the Joe Ledger Series, I found the previous two slightly less satisfying than the ones before and feared the series was on the decline. With Deep Silence, I feel the series has returned to what I love most.
Every book has action, but the entire series hinges on the humanity of its characters. I think in the last two things were a bit too depressing for me, as Top and Bunny were facing so much turmoil. As much as that added to the human element of the stories, I think it dragged on me to see Bunny so shaken he was suicidal and Top in such a malaise for so long. The quality of the writing wasn’t flagging, just my enjoyment of the books because of these characters’ issues. In this book they are back to themselves, and I love it!
There are also some new elements to the series, especially the impact of Doc Holladay. Some of the new Echo Team members make themselves memorable. The only complaint I have is the dynamic between Joe and Junie. It was left unresolved, and more importantly unaddressed at the end. Resolution isn’t as important as information/recognition.
Ray Porter is AMAZING!!! I love to hear him perform this series. He is outstanding in general, but he totally owns the part of Joe and delivers his best performances in first person, as in this series.
#Tagsgiving #Sweepstakes

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  • The Summer Job

  • A Satanic Thriller
  • By: Adam Cesare
  • Narrated by: Stacey Glemboski
  • Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5

Massive nights, picturesque days: There is nothing Claire doesn't love about her summer job in Mission, Massachusetts. Claire is just trying to keep her head down and start a new life after burning out in the city, but those kids out in the woods seem like they throw awesome ragers.... It's only once she's in too deep that Claire discovers the real tourist trade that keeps the town afloat. It's then that her soul-searching in Mission becomes a fight for her life.  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Summer Job

  • By PattyH on 11-09-18

A Strange, Twisted Tale

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

Reviewed: 11-06-18

Mission, Ma seems like a typical little town of under 1,000 people, but it isn’t. There is something very strange going on there. Think of this story as the brainchild of Shirley Jackson (The Lottery) and Stephen King and you will have an idea. There is a mysterious, religious cult element that keeps readers guessing as to the motives and alignments of everyone in town.
While I definitely enjoyed the story, there are two things that stood out to me. First, despite having a female protagonist it is obvious that it was written by a man. Missing is the emotional turmoil often found in such stories, and the sexual elements seem written more for a male reader’s tastes. Being a man, this is not a complaint but an observation. Second, the only real issue I have is that there have apparently been multiple disappearances of guests over the years but not a hint of police interest. Hmmm...
I enjoy listening to Stacey Glemboski. I discovered her from the Ember In Space series, and she is one of my favorite female narrators. Her male voices are pleasant to hear, and are not forced. She tells a story well, with perfect inflections and a smooth, clear delivery.

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  • DragonMan: The Awakening

  • By: Ted Lazaris
  • Narrated by: Gareth Johnson
  • Length: 5 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Refreshing!

  • By Trent on 11-07-18

Entertaining Writing

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

Reviewed: 11-03-18

The writing is descriptive and enjoyable I think I would have enjoyed reading this a little more than listening to it.
Gareth Johnson has passion and energy. He needs to work on his intonation and recording space (too much echo) but he shows promise.

  • Life Reset: EvP (Environment vs. Player)

  • New Era Online Series, Book 2
  • By: Shemer Kuznits
  • Narrated by: Jeff Hays, Laurie Catherine Winkel, Annie Ellicott
  • Length: 21 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,920
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,809
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,803

After defeating the hobgoblin threat, Oren is now faced with an even more tenacious enemy: the players themselves. His old guild have discovered his village's location and a deadly strike force is closing in. With time running out, Oren must build up his clan and recruit an army of monsters if he's to have any hope of withstanding the coming attack. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Amazing Book by Shemer Kuznits

  • By Kindle Customer on 10-03-18

Very Cool Series

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

Reviewed: 11-03-18

This series does a terrific job of showing how to create a monster clan from the ground up. It is so detailed and thorough I can’t help but feel an emotional attachment to Oren and company. I love this series!
Jeff Hays does another masterful job. His addition of Winkel and Ellicott does add a different element, but not something I feel is needed.

  • Horror Stories: Terrifyingly Real Stories of Unsolved Cases

  • True Horror and Chilling Murders
  • By: Hannah Tidy
  • Narrated by: Martin James
  • Length: 2 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

Bizarre murders and disturbing disappearances that remain unsolved till this day! Best-selling author Hannah J. Tidy will introduce you to some of the most fascinating cases that remain unsolved and continue to perplex us to this day. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Unsolved Deaths

  • By Spooky Mike on 10-18-18

Quite Horrifying Indeed

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

Reviewed: 10-25-18

I was expecting the stories to be shocking, but some involve children. As much as curious about the unsolved cases, I didn’t think there would be children’s murders. I had to skip those.
Despite my squeamishness about some cases, I must say the brief case descriptions I did listen to were well told. There was enough detail in them to get more than the gist, but not too much gore to sound like snuff stories. Overall, tactfully done considering the subject matter.
Martin James has a very pleasant voice. I enjoyed listening to the sound of his narration. Unfortunately, there were some robotic sounding spots that were distracting and some odd intonations. It sometimes sounded like having Siri read the cases. I think he can easily make some corrections in the future and be a successful narrator. He sounds well suited for the non-fiction genre.

  • Watcher

  • The Watcher Series, Book 1
  • By: AJ Eversley
  • Narrated by: Chelsea Stephens, Steve Campbell
  • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

As a Watcher, Sawyer Russo has sworn to protect her fellow humans. But the Bots and Carbons that overran her city are evolving, and are picking off her comrades one by one. Embarking on a desperate mission to save humanity from extinction, Sawyer discovers that the line between friend and foe is no longer easily drawn when one of her own betrays them. Faced with a choice between fulfilling her vow and avenging those who have fallen, she must ultimately decide who can be saved...and who can’t.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved this!!

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 10-19-18

Good Dystopian Story, Great Narration

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

Reviewed: 10-21-18

The concept of this story is a bit like I, Robot with a clone twist. The robots revolted and soon androids called Carbons were added to the mix. Humanity is losing, badly. Overall the story is enjoyable, and not nearly as predictable as I was expecting. The love element IS predictable, but that’s understandable.
Chelsea Stephens did a great job of narrating. She performed the story well and had a good variety of character voices, which considering beyond the protagonist they were almost all male, is impressive. She was enjoyable to listen to.
Steve Campbell was good but not quite on par with Stephens.

  • Fizzlesprocket: Everybody Loves Large Chests - Vol. 2

  • By: Neven Iliev
  • Narrated by: Jeff Hays
  • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,966
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,863
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,860

Things are not well within the Lodrak Empire. An entire city goes up in smoke and ash, and an entire province is slowly being consumed by an ever-expanding cloud of death. But while the humans rally to contain the fallout of this disaster, they are much quicker to pin the blame for it on their elven neighbors to the north. With centuries' worth of strife and bad blood between the two nations flaring up, all out war is rapidly becoming an inevitability.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tasty!

  • By Grunkle Tiro on 03-18-18

Hilarious!!!

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

Reviewed: 10-18-18

Warning: This series is not for serious-minded people looking for the next James Joyce or Bronte sister. These books are for mindless entertainment and people with a sense of humor.
I’ve read several funny books, but this is a top three. There were numerous occasions where I was literally laughing out loud and slapping my knee! Spoiler alert if you haven’t read the first book, but having a mimic as the main character creates some outrageously hilarious situations, and Neven Iliev doesn’t miss an opportunity to explore the ridiculous. Add in some quirky demonesses in a lust/hate relationship and a pubescent boy’s imagination and belly laughs ensue.
Jeff Hays does another masterful job with character voices and storytelling. Although I sometimes find the vocal and audio effects a little unnecessary, in this case they were warranted and indeed augmented the listening experience.

  • Morningwood: Everybody Loves Large Chests (Vol.1)

  • By: Neven Iliev
  • Narrated by: Jeff Hays
  • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,488
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,308
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,309

Large chests are said to encompass all manner of hopes and dreams. Men covet them. Women envy them. But one fact holds true - everyone wants to get their hands on some big ones. The same holds true for one intrepid adventurer - a strapping young lad by the name of Himmel. Armed with his grandfather's trusty longsword and the dream of being the strongest, he sets out on the journey of a lifetime!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really Entertaining

  • By HeatherY on 11-23-17

Killer Story!

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

Reviewed: 10-16-18

The LItRPG genre is full of unique storylines and creative writers. While I have been thoroughly enjoying much of it, this book has taken a completely unexpected approach. It takes a rare monster, gives it self awareness, and sends it out to wreak chaos upon the world! It is an absolutely hilarious adventure.

Jeff Hays is the king of LitRPG narration. I love his work, and with this story he delivers another terrific performance.

  • Max Rage

  • Intergalactic Badass!
  • By: Jake Bible
  • Narrated by: Troy Duran
  • Length: 7 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

Master Chief Sergeant Major Max Rage was the top dog in an elite fighting force that no one in the galaxy could stop. Until, one day, someone did. The lone survivor, Rage was blamed for the mission failure and court-martialed. With a serious chip on his shoulder, Rage finds himself as a bouncer at the top dive bar in Greenville, South Carolina. And, man, is he bored with his job. At least until he gets a job offer he can't refuse.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Max Rage!!!!! Max Rage...???

  • By Daniel on 11-01-18

Very Fun

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

Reviewed: 10-14-18

This story is about the stereotypical macho jarhead. Don’t look for depth, symbolism, or political satire. Just listen for fun, silly entertainment and you will be quite happy.
Troy Duran is an excellent narrator choice for this story. He portrayed the tough Max Rage well and also did a terrific job with the other characters.

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  • The Glass Cat Eye

  • By: H. L. Randall
  • Narrated by: Aaron Sinn
  • Length: 2 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

A preacher's daughter's excessive appetite for the dark side compromises her relationship with a young atheist; his desperation to save her catapults him into a strange world that is literally about to blow up in his face; and a theology professor turned demon hunter tries to save our world by battling a creature from the River Styx. In a hidden place where demons float in and out of earth's realm through a swirling mystical hole, what can save us?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Cat Eyes Open Hell Portals

  • By Spooky Mike on 10-15-18

Pretty Good Idea

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

Reviewed: 10-12-18

The premise of this story is definitely solid. What starts as one man’s quest to prove a psychic a fraud becomes a mission to save the world. The transition of the plot is fluid and flows smoothly from the initial direction to stopping evil. That said, there are a few details that stand out to me that I found unsatisfying.
Let me first say I did like the story. However, is seems like the author is English and set the story in Ohio. The line, “Shut your bloody mouth,” immediately caught my attention, as I have never heard of an American from any part of the country speaking that way. There were a few other things, like calling a woman a sorcerer rather than sorceress, that also seemed strange, but perhaps I’m being too critical there. More below
The narration is good, with a clear sound. It seemed at times to be a little fast (at normal speed) but overall pleasant to listen to.

*Spoilers* The romantic element between Esther and Steven was a bit forced. When Steven arrives and rescues Esther he constantly refers to her romantically, even though she has put him in the “friend zone.” He calls her “honey” and “baby” despite there being nothing beyond friendship yet. I will say that the final scene when they finally do get together makes sense.