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  • Forest

  • The Afterlife Investigations, Book 2
  • By: Ambrose Ibsen
  • Narrated by: Joe Hempel
  • Length: 5 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 290
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 270
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 270

Professor Stephen Barlow is no longer a skeptic. Having faced the horrors of Chaythe Asylum, he turns his attention to the man responsible for the Third Ward Incident - the enigmatic Dr. Corvine - in the hopes of finding answers to his many questions. But some things, he soon learns, are better left lost to history. Traveling to a remote cabin in Michigan in search of the doctor and his research, Stephen finds himself descending deeper into a world of terror and madness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant sequel.

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 10-06-17

Great entry to this series

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

Reviewed: 10-10-17

I absolutely loved this. It actually creeped me out as much as the first one. The author is very good at building subtle tension. We get a lot more detail on the web that we saw was in place in the first one, and the ever present spider at the center of it does not disappoint in this one. I loved how completely outmatched the characters are by the entity. I honestly have no clue how it's going to end and it's great. The narrator is just spot on as the now-frazzled professor as well. Highly recommended, especially at this time of year just before Halloween.

I received a free copy of this at my request in exchange for an unbiased review.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Raven's Peak

  • World on Fire, Book 1
  • By: Lincoln Cole
  • Narrated by: Stephanie Dillard
  • Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 34

A quiet little mountain town is hiding a big problem. When the townsfolk of Raven's Peak start acting crazy, Abigail Dressler is called upon to find out what is happening. She uncovers a demonic threat unlike any she's ever faced and finds herself in a fight just to stay alive. She rescues Haatim Arison from a terrifying fate and discovers that he has a family legacy in the supernatural that he knows nothing about. Now she's forced to protect him, which is easy, and also trust him if she wants to save the townsfolk of Raven's Peak.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not for me

  • By Spooky Mike on 12-27-17

Good, creepy start

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

Reviewed: 09-25-17

I enjoyed it a lot, it was just a shade gorier than I like. Interesting premise though, and I don't remember the last time I read a book with a black heroine. It was different, but in a good way. I liked Hakim more than Abigail I think, and I hope they get closer in the next book because they made a really good team in this one. Can't wait to see what happens next in the series!

I received a free copy of this at my request in exchange for an unbiased review.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Clans of Shadow Omnibus

  • Volumes 1-3: Heart of Gold, Feet of Clay, Fists of Iron: An Urban Fantasy Series
  • By: J. A. Cipriano, J. B. Garner
  • Narrated by: Joe Hempel
  • Length: 16 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 96
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 92

My name is Frank Butcher, and when I got out of my truck to deliver the last package of the day, I never expected to get blown up by anti-magic zealots. Now, an ancient artifact is the only thing keeping me alive, and to make matters worse, that artifact is what those cultists wanted.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Review of Clans of Shadow Omnibus

  • By Stephen Bergquist on 09-30-17

Fun take on Urban Fantasy

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

Reviewed: 09-15-17

This book was a pretty good romp in an action packed world with a reluctant hero who has a decent core. All of the characters were well-developed and just felt familiar, like a family or rig circle of friends. The damsel in distress is a little boy, which was a fun take on the trope of kidnapped princesses. And Frank just plain has grit, rolling with every new setback and still coming out swinging. Lots of fun to listen to, I'd recommend it whole-heartedly.

I received a free copy of this at my request in exchange for an unbiased review.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Asylum

  • The Afterlife Investigations, Book 1
  • By: Ambrose Ibsen
  • Narrated by: Joe Hempel
  • Length: 6 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 577
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 534
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 532

College professor Stephen Barlow needs cash. Badly. He puts his skepticism aside and signs on to a paranormal research organization in the hopes of scoring a fat bonus. Enter Chaythe Asylum: a long-shuttered and controversial institution where patients were allegedly subjected to unethical experiments. Stephen deems the old building, closed in 1989 after a series of grisly murders, as good a place as any to explore the possibility of the supernatural, and arranges to take a tour with his students. But it turns out that the asylum is not as abandoned as it seems. There is something sinister in the building.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A ghost story

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-14-17

Creepy and enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 09-09-17

The story was so good, gradually building tension basically from the beginning until I was actually looking over my shoulder a couple times. The plot itself was fairly generic (creepy haunted asylum, what do?!), but the writing helped transcend that for me, which is what any good author should do. The narrator was spot on as well, he sounded exactly how I would imagine the professor to sound. A little jaded, a little skeptical, a little disbelieving, and a little unnerved in some parts. The only disappointment for me was that it ended, so I'm really looking forward to the next book!

I received a free copy of this in exchange for an unbiased review, but I'll still recommend it to any horror fans.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Dragon's Blade

  • The Reborn King
  • By: Michael R. Miller
  • Narrated by: Dave Cruse
  • Length: 15 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 82
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 79

Dragons once soared in the skies, but that was before the Transformation, before they took human form. Now, demonic forces stand to obliterate them. When left mortally wounded, Darnuir, the Prince of Dragons, can only be saved through a dangerous rebirthing spell. He is left as a babe in human hands. Twenty years later, Darnuir is of age to wield the Dragon's Blade. As the last member of his bloodline, he is the only one who can. He is plunged into a role he is not prepared for, to lead a people he does not know.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very Long

  • By Amazon CustomerBeliever on 02-23-17

Slow burner but satisfying

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

Reviewed: 08-30-17

I had no idea what to expect from this but I was very pleasantly surprised with how tightly this was written. It wasn't as compelling as, say, the Wheel of Time series but it was a very complete world with plenty of room to explore. I especially liked the different roles with the swords and the use of magic as an addiction. The side characters had depth, the hero was very relatable as a dragon who doesn't understand who he is. It was a beautiful twist on the farmboy trope, the how and why of Darnuir's situation. And Dukoona was such a good character, I just wanted more of him.

The whole book had a feeling of rising tension that hasn't quite been satisfied, so I'm definitely getting the next book. I can't wait to see how the pieces of this world fall into place.

I received a free copy of this book at my request in exchange for an unbiased review.

  • Wanderers: Ragnarök

  • By: Richard A Bamberg
  • Narrated by: Johnny Mack
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 23

Alone and friendless, the Wanderers, servants of Fate, maintain the balance between the supernatural world and mankind's. For millennia the Wanderers protected that balance - but now a renegade Wanderer arises to open the doors between the earth and our greatest nightmares. Years ago Fate scavenged Rafe from the battlefields of Vietnam, handing him over to a mentor he barely knew before the rogue Wanderer slaughtered him.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I Want A Manticore-Possessed Harley!

  • By ABR-Penelope on 09-19-17

Surprisingly fun, for the most part

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

Reviewed: 08-10-17

I actually really enjoyed this, it was very Dresden-esque only with a talking motorcycle instead of a talking skull. The lore was pretty fleshed out, although a little smug about saying no one ever thinks of the Norns, but maybe that's just my ego. I liked the idea of the Wanderers a lot, enough to continue with the series and Is recommend it to anyone who likes urban fantasy with one caveat. Rafe was very promiscuous. It was kinda Gary Stu levels of "Everyone wants me and wants to be me." Most urban fantasy I know of has one, maybe two love interests at a time. The only exception I know of is Anita Blake from Laurell K Hamilton and there's a reason people stop about halfway through the series. That's why. This wasn't on that level but I could see it getting there if the author isn't careful, where the plot just limps you along to the next sex scene. Fingers crossed that the story stays strong when I delve further in the series but for now this is an excellent read.

I received a free copy of this book at my request in exchange for an unbiased review.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • The Horror at Red Hook

  • By: H. P. Lovecraft
  • Narrated by: Austin Vanfleet
  • Length: 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 18

Not many weeks ago, on a street corner in the village of Pascoag, Rhode Island, a tall, heavily built, and wholesome-looking pedestrian furnished much speculation by a singular lapse of behavior. He had, it appears, been descending the hill by the road from Chepachet; and encountering the compact section, had turned to his left into the main thoroughfare where several modest business blocks convey a touch of the urban.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Lovecraft is boring

  • By Spooky Mike on 08-15-17

Not one of Lovecraft's best

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

Reviewed: 08-05-17

For some reason this one didn't intrigue me as much as his other works have. Maybe it was the urban setting, maybe the evil cult wasn't culting enough, maybe it was the racist undertones that didn't seem to fit with what I expected. But the narrator was excellent and the ending was suitably strange, so it wasn't a complete waste.

I received a free copy of this book at my request in exchange for an unbiased review.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Utopia

  • By: Thomas More
  • Narrated by: Douglas McDonald
  • Length: 4 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

Utopia is Thomas More's work of fiction in which he presents all the ills of England in the 1500s and proposes a solution, a perfect "utopia" where crime, poverty, diseases, and injustice do not exist.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Narration!

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-30-17

Quaint, but very flawed and idealistic

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

Reviewed: 08-01-17

I had a hard time with this.The author tried to create a utopian society, and if it were possible with humanity in its current condition I'm sure it would resemble this to some degree. But a lot of it hinges on outdated practices. There is a surfeit of labor where everyone has more than they need, but every household has a slave. There's no crime, but anyone who does commit a crime is...made a slave. So obviously there is a lot of crime, since every house has slaves and they aren't from being born into slavery or prisoners of war. Everyone is sociable, diligent, studious, faithful, reasonable, and content with their lot in life. Their general government is elected but the government itself always is deliberate and acts with the people's interest in mind. All of this would be fine if it weren't completely disregarding people who don't want to be sociable, who maybe have a lower IQ and can't comprehend as much even with extensive reading, people who take reason to the next step and start questioning the necessity of belief in God (and I say that as a believing Christian, it is a self-inflicted weakness of Christianity as a whole). The whole exercise completely discounts how many individual choices must be made to maintain this harmony. Basically, it's very flawed and I won't relisten, but I'd recommend it for people interested in this time period and their mindsets.

I received a free copy of this at my request in exchange for an unbiased review.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Hobbsburg Horror

  • By: Thomas S. Flowers
  • Narrated by: Craig Beck
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 14

This collection features seven original tales of horror.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A nice collection of horror thrillers

  • By Dominique on 07-25-17

A wonderful successor to Lovecraft

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

Reviewed: 07-30-17

Some of the stories like Immolate and Hobo were more gory, some were more psychological like the Hobbsburg Horror, some just made me think like They Came to Gordium . One of them actually gave me chills which has never happened before, although I can't remember which one now. This was full of strange happenings, unknowable mysteries, and straight up horror. It was great. The lowered ratings on the narrator is because he seemed to struggle with the American accent, but he had a wonderful resonant voice otherwise, and the lowered ratings on the story is just because sometimes it was a bit graphic for my taste. It won't stop me from eventually listening again though.

I received a free copy of this at my request in exchange for an unbiased review.

  • Web of Deceit

  • An Agents Under Fire Novel
  • By: Susan Sleeman
  • Narrated by: Jack Wayne
  • Length: 11 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54

Kait is about to give up hope of ever finding Vyper. All of that changes when he goes on a murderous spree taunting Kait with clues that she and homicide detective Sam Murdock must solve before her devious brother-in-law takes another life. As the body count rises, Sam discovers the killing spree is really about striking back at Kait. He must put everything on the line - including the relationship he's developed with Kait - to ensure her safety. The killer is waiting, watching her every move, and he won't stop until he's exacted his revenge.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Too Much Barbie and Ken

  • By Lia on 07-10-17

Great story, minor flaws

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

Reviewed: 07-22-17

I loved this story. The characters were very realistic, I could see it all happening in my head. The narrator also hit a good creep vibe when he was saying the villain's parts, and the voices all felt distinct and almost real. As far as milder thrillers go this was a good entry point or palate cleanser. My only issues with it were minor, a guy knowing the name of a shade of a color the heroine was using as paint (which I have never seen in a straight man, but I won't discount the possibility of) and some inconsistent characterization when the heroine claims she doesn't have a maternal bone in her body a few lines before she acts very appropriately maternal with her child. The latter I disregarded because I figured it was part of her growth arc, learning to trust herself to be a mother even when compared to the idealized visions of motherhood she saw in her sister and mother. In short, I'm looking forward to the next book!

I received a free copy of this at my request in exchange for an unbiased review.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful