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  • The Mansion

  • By: Ezekiel Boone
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 13 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

After two years of living on beer in a tiny cabin outside a crumbling mansion, young programmers Shawn Eagle and Billy Stafford have created something that could make them rich: a revolutionary computer they name Eagle Logic. But the hard work and tension have not been kind to their once solid friendship - Shawn’s girlfriend Emily has left him for Billy, and a third partner has disappeared. While Billy walks away with Emily, Shawn takes Eagle Logic, which he uses to build a multi-billion-dollar company. Years later, Billy is a failure, and Shawn is the most famous man in the world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Suspenseful building technothriller

  • By SpiegMan on 12-10-18

Suspenseful building technothriller

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

Reviewed: 12-10-18

Well narrated by Newbern and well writtten; an ending that left me feeling unresolved. Overall this book is an example of enjoying the journey more than the destination. Just didn’t fully comprehend the endings explanation of the ‘why’. Akin to the Shining and 2001; a space odyssey the residence and AI are key to the story.
This was my first E.Boone book. I recommend it for those that enjoy a suspenseful, sometimes eery and mysterious horror story with technology playing a significant role. G Newbern is always good

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  • The Judge

  • By: Randy Singer
  • Narrated by: John McLain
  • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 194
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 172
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 172

When a brilliant billionaire is diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer, he realizes that all his considerable wealth cannot prepare him to meet his Maker. But he has an idea that might: he will stage the ultimate reality show. With his true agenda hidden, he auditions followers from all the world's major religions, inviting them to the trial of their lives on a remote island, where they must defend their beliefs against spiritual challenges. Oliver Finney, a feisty old judge with his own secrets, is chosen to defend Christianity. As the program takes a strange twist, he realizes he is trapped in a game of deadly agendas that may cost him his life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great main character

  • By JP on 12-11-12

Well done, enjoyed, wanted more

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

Reviewed: 12-09-18

Book was well written and performed.
The premise was very intriguing and anyone who likes this genre will appreciate it.
I wanted more debate and discussion that the game-show was about. I expected more of the courtroom drama between the faiths and less of a code-breaking story.
I am looking for more books like what I described but I do like Randy’s books and John McClain is a top narrator.

  • Frozen Earth

  • Rogue Star, Book 1
  • By: Jasper T. Scott
  • Narrated by: Flynn Earl Jones
  • Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23

Logan Willis’s life is falling apart: he lost his job and found out that his wife is cheating on him all in the same day. Thinking that his world has ended, Logan checks into a hotel and turns on the TV to see that he's not far wrong - radio telescopes have detected mysterious signals coming from inside our solar system, and the source is moving toward us at over 500 miles per second. The media concludes that these signals must be of an alien origin. Still reeling from the news, Logan gets a phone call from his brother-in-law. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good, not where I expected it to go.

  • By TK2.0 on 12-12-18

Darth Vader’s son performs his first

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

Reviewed: 11-21-18

(sorry Flynn, had to have that subject) Enjoyed this book. It had some originality and read like a movie. If you enjoy contemporary sci-fi, suspense, apocalyptic stories about families survival then you will like this. I wish some of the choices made were more aligned with educated people like they were supposed to be but that is not uncommon in these type of stories.
Mr. Jones narration was good. It needed some more distinction at times. There was minimal difference between voice inflection during calm, benign scenes and ones where lives were in jeopardy. Overall he did good; I could not find any other books he has done: he has some natural ability. I look forward to the next.

  • Summer of '79

  • By: Darren Sapp
  • Narrated by: Eddie Frierson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

Devil’s Backbone dirt road weaves through tall East Texas trees. The eerie Claymore mansion sits silently along the path. Thirteen-year-old Kevin Bishop and friends plan to spend their summer swimming, playing baseball, and erecting a massive fort in the nearby woods. Their daily journey requires a bike ride down that road and by that mansion - the site of a gruesome unsolved murder near the turn-of-the-century. They stumble upon evidence to solve the mystery as unforeseen adversaries make this a summer they’ll ever forget. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful Summer

  • By April H. on 11-01-18

Enjoyable, fun, nostalgic with some mystery...

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

Reviewed: 11-12-18

A pleasurable listen; recommenced to anyone who can identify with the genre. Especially to those who had some memory of the later 70's. It really does have a mix and a taste of King's Stand By Me, not as much Stranger Things as it is sans sci-fi and a little earlier time. It had elements of mystery, suspense and was fun, not heavy reading.
The Narrator, whom I had not heard before, did a very good job with multiple voices. He did a more than sufficiently job since there were 5 or more characters under 17 and then several more 65 or older. One negative for me, however, was the chronic "he said. she said" written in consecutively, a monotonous and repetitive tone while characters interacted. Granted, this is the author, too, writing the words and understanding that at times there were 5 kids talking to each other there was some necessity to it, but the fact that it stood out to me whereas many other books it has not been an issue made parts of it difficult, bringing me back to reality where a minute before I was right there with the kids.
Overall, recommended and hope to see more like this maybe with a Nick Podehl (a younger Narrator) or a multiple cast. That way, all the aforementioned would be eliminated; a workaround of the repetitive 'he/she saids'
Audiobook provided by the author or associate in exchange for an honest unbiased review.

  • Asher's War

  • Asher Benson Series, Book 3
  • By: Jason Brant
  • Narrated by: Wayne June
  • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

Asher Benson has been living on the outskirts of society for years. After surviving a devastating terrorist attack in the mountains of West Virginia, he abandons a life of solitude to rejoin a fight he thought was long behind him. Drowning in survivor's guilt and plagued by the death and destruction that always follows him, Ash dedicates himself to finding the terrorists responsible for destroying an entire town. When a new threat arises in Washington, D.C., the entire nation descends into chaos.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • FINALLY!!

  • By SpiegMan on 10-25-18

FINALLY!!

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

Reviewed: 10-25-18

Love Asher and Wayne June. We do not see enough of both.
I have been checking Audible for over 2 years to see when the next one was coming and then POOF, it just appeared out of nowhere. It was not even in the Coming Soon section.
Greatly enjoyed this book.
If you like a thriller with action and sardonic, sarcastic humor, throw in some supernatural flavor then most assuredly read ‘em all!
Wayne June is great; he also performed the book Pray by John Prescott a few years ago and I have been waiting for that sequel even longer. Maybe it will appear too so if someone knows please let me know. Prescott is MIA. But this is about Asher Benson and his ragtag team. I wish the book was longer, only complaint.
Mr. Brant and Mr. June please keep them coming; I earnestly request more Asher-type books, including ECHOES, the 4th installment. I will keep checking Audible! Mr. Wayne is very slow to release audiobooks, do not know why as he is one of the best in my opinion.
I am a faithful and long suffering fan and can’t find much info but very much enjoys this book.

  • 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 434
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 406
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 406

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

Well done, unique; not my favorite JRob book...

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

Reviewed: 09-30-18

Jeffrey Kafer is always a solid performer, same here. I do see the reason why a male/female reader was chosen but that aspect is harder for me to recommend but for most it is probably fine, she did well. The story was unique but did not hold my interest unlike The Others he wrote and Bray performed, released a few weeks prior. I recommend overall for those that like this genre, just not strongly.
The Distance was provided by the author , narrator or similar for an unbiased review

  • Random Acts

  • By: Franklin Horton
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 195
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 184
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 183

Teenager Amanda Castle was like a lot of people, posting pictures of her everyday life to a variety of social media sites. Not everyone who viewed her pictures was there to share in her experiences. One was there to steal her profile pictures. A terrorist in Frankfurt was desperate to please his leadership. He planned the perfect attack, one in which vulnerable people would be invited through social media to participate in a flash mob. There, the unwitting participants, thinking they were taking part in a random act of kindness, would find themselves engaged in a random act of terror.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Riviting Book

  • By Lia on 04-14-18

Original, well paced

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

Reviewed: 09-07-18

I was surprised that this was so good. I was hopeful going in but it exceeded my expectations.

  • Lit

  • The Alt Apocalypse, Book 2
  • By: Tom Abrahams
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 6 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99

In Lit, Abrahams tells the story of a couple on a camping trip to the Angeles National Forest, a Los Angeles firefighter, a lonely fry cook, and a group of college students who struggle to escape and survive in Southern California after an unprecedented outbreak of wild and urban fires. Can they escape the flames? Will they become heroes or run from danger? What will it take to end a fiery hell on earth?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very interesting premise

  • By KS on 07-22-18

Ubiquitous yet exceptional narrator, unique story

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

Reviewed: 08-20-18

Audiobook was graciously provided for an honest review....
Enjoyed this unique apocalyptic story. It was succinctly performed and would recommend it to any type of listener. I hope to get the rest.
I would like,however, to see some of these in a book-track type format. I know some do not like that but many do. I appreciate and am moved by the added production value and draws me in even more.
Tom and Kevin- have you considered something like the ‘We’re Alive’ format? There is a gap needing to be filled since KC Wayland and crew have been MIA for years despite saying there would be a new series. Anyway, good book!!!

  • The Outsider

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 18 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,244
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,459
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,325

An 11-year-old boy's violated corpse is found in a town park. Eyewitnesses and fingerprints point unmistakably to one of Flint City's most popular citizens. He is Terry Maitland, Little League coach, English teacher, husband, and father of two girls. Detective Ralph Anderson, whose son Maitland once coached, orders a quick and very public arrest. Maitland has an alibi, but Anderson and the district attorney soon add DNA evidence to go with the fingerprints and witnesses. Their case seems ironclad.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing From Stephen King

  • By Myles on 11-02-18

PERFECT

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

Reviewed: 06-01-18

Well done Mr. King and Mr. Patton....perfect combination of suspense, mystery and horror genres. Unique yet not obscured.

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  • Grist Mill Road

  • A Novel
  • By: Christopher J. Yates
  • Narrated by: Dan Bittner, Saskia Maarleveld, Graham Halstead, and others
  • Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 251
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 238
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 237

Christopher J. Yates' cult hit Black Chalk introduced that rare writerly talent: a literary author who could create a plot with the intricacy of a brilliant mental puzzle and with absorbing characters. Yates' new audiobook does not disappoint. Grist Mill Road is a dark, twisted, and expertly plotted Rashomon-style tale. The year is 1982; the setting an Edenic hamlet some 90 miles north of New York City. There, three friends - Patrick, Matthew, and Hannah - are bound together by a terrible and seemingly senseless crime.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not what I expected...

  • By shelley on 01-15-18

WELL PERFORMED , WELL WRITTEN

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

Reviewed: 02-16-18

Some troubling subject matter with males, one young but a uniquely written and well crafted interwoven performance by all 4. Intelligent mystery and suspense all the way through the end. Subjective Stories told by 3 main characters 26 years apart as young teens and then adults. Immersive story.