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  • Them Against Us, Part 1
  • By: Perie Wolford
  • Narrated by: Darla Middlebrook
  • Length: 1 hr and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 2

Samantha's regular life is suddenly turned around when her existence is somehow erased from the world. Nobody seems to remember her, and her own apartment is occupied by the uninvited tenants. Even her sister, the only family Samantha has, is unable to recognize her. Lost and confused, Samantha accepts help from a stranger, a charismatic man named Archie, whom she accidentally encounters and unwillingly joins him in his fight against the silent invasion of the planet.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting concept with a cliffhanger

  • By B. Lane on 12-09-18

Interesting concept with a cliffhanger

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

Reviewed: 12-09-18

Samantha begins having a strange noise in her head all the time and it is destroying her life. She has left her husband, quit her job, sees a therapist, but nothing is helping. Until she confronts the strange man who sits outside her apartment watching the trains go by. The noise goes away, then people, including her sister, have no clue who she is. Archie, the man who watches the trains, informs her that she has been deleted from the system.

Perie Wolford started with gay fiction, some of which were takeoffs of movies. Over the past year, he has switched to horror, with a little sci-fi thrown in. This is one of them. An interesting concept here, although rather short. But it leaves you with a cliffhanger, so more is to come.

The Narrator, Darla Middlebrook was OK. She reminded me of a teacher reading a story to kids in a classroom. Not in a bad way though, but she just didn't add any tension or much drama to the story.

Disclaimer: I received this audiobook at no-cost from Audiobookworm Promotions. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

  • The Sick House

  • The Ulrich Files, Book 1
  • By: Ambrose Ibsen
  • Narrated by: Jake Urry
  • Length: 6 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 261
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 241
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 240

Dr. Siegfried Klein has vanished on a mysterious pilgrimage to an abandoned infirmary in the ghost-town of Moonville. The locals in the surrounding areas are tight-lipped, hostile to outsiders. Local legend has it that the old Sick House is packed with spirits, none of them friendly, and that to set foot in it is to enter Hell itself.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Grossly Enjoyable Reading

  • By Sandra L. Almo on 04-28-16

Creepy and fun!

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

Reviewed: 11-21-18

Ibsen's books are always creepy and that's what makes them so fun!
Detective Harlan Ulrich is asked by a man to travel to an abandoned infirmary in the ghost-town of Moonville to find his uncle who went there on some kind of pilgrimage. He agrees to the case and upon arrival finds that the locals are a hostile bunch with strange and incredible stories surrounding the old infirmary. Harlan tries to separate facts from fiction, but the longer he stays in the town, he begins to feel a sinister influence. And what he finds may be the end of him.

I've become a big fan of Ibsen's books. This is the first I've listened to with a narrator other than Joe Hempel. But Jake Urry did a great job too and really became Harlan Ulrich.

Listen to this book if you are a horror fan! I guarantee chills!

Disclaimer: I received this audiobook at no-cost from Audiobookworm Promotions. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

  • The House of Long Shadows

  • House of Souls, Book 1
  • By: Ambrose Ibsen
  • Narrated by: Joe Hempel
  • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 440
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 406
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 406

Kevin Taylor is an Internet-famous handyman on a mission: Find a house and renovate it in 30 days. By flipping a derelict house in a month's time and chronicling the entire thing on video for his online subscribers, he seeks to become a star. The problems that plague this property will require more than elbow grease to fix, however. Shadows throughout the home are distorted, and an enigmatic trespasser keeps showing up in his footage. Worse still are the hideous voices that issue from otherwise empty rooms in the dead of night.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Dry

  • By Donna Johnson on 08-21-18

It started when he bought the house....

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

Reviewed: 11-21-18

Ambrose Ibsen is quickly becoming the Prince of Creepy! Handyman Kevin Taylor buys an old house hoping to renovate it in one weekend and chronicle the whole thing for his YouTube Channel to impress network execs and to flip the house quickly.

But the house has other things in mind....Kevin finds a skeleton hidden in a wall. A ghostly image keeps turning up on his videos, horrible voices are heard and more ghostly presences appear and disappear. Kevin tries to find out about the house's past, while still trying to keep on schedule with the renovations, but as the mysteries of the house are revealed, Kevin finds something horrible beyond imagination!

Ibsen knows how to creep you out when reading or listening to his books. But that is what keeps bringing me back. That and the fantastic narration by Joe Hempel, a narrator who has quickly taken over the genre and does a great job of narrating it. Always just the right amount of tension and humor, he embodies the characters.

If you are an Ibsen or Hempel fan, pick this one up and enjoy!

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review

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  • Fred and Ginger: A Christmas M/M Romantic Comedy Short Story

  • By: Isobel Starling
  • Narrated by: Gary Furlong
  • Length: 1 hr and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

Patisserie Chef Christopher Miller works for Big Boy Cupcakes, London’s only gay bakery. His boss had closed the bakery on the 23rd of December, and Chris was looking forward to some well needed time off, and Christmas alone. But then his boss calls him with a last minute order - the order of his dreams - to bake for his movie idol, actor Jason Beck. Just as he is about to deliver the order, Chris’s dreams are turned upside down by an explosive, fateful meeting with Fred, an errant Chocolate Labrador.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • pretty good

  • By wendy ballard on 12-05-18

Romance, pastries, and holidays! An Excellent Mix!

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

Reviewed: 11-21-18

While on Christmas Holiday from the bake shop he works for, Chris gets a call from his boss about a special order that needs to be made right away, and it just so happens to be an order from his favorite movie star, Jason Beck. Chris agrees and goes to work to make the tasty treats for Beck's party.

But while taking them out to his car, a Chocolate Labrador takes out the whole order. What is Chris going to do now? The dog's owner turns out to be Chef Robin Summers, a one night stand of Chris' from several months back. Robin offers to help Chris remake the order. Robin happens to be the one night stand that Chris cannot forget. Unfortunately, Robin has forgotten, which makes their evening of pastry making a little tense.....

Isobel Starling has done it once again, creating real, dimensional characters in a brief story. Her characters are always outstanding, and there is always more to them than meets the eye, so to speak.

Pick this one up and enjoy the holidays and maybe a batch of penis cakes!

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review

  • Back Where He Belongs

  • By: Isobel Starling
  • Narrated by: Gary Furlong
  • Length: 1 hr and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 27

Back in Scotland after five years working in Australia, Kier Campbell finds himself stranded on a road in the Scottish Highlands on Christmas Eve. He needs to get to the next village urgently or freeze to death in his broken down hire car. Kier hikes down the icy road, and as he walks memories of the life he'd run from - and the love he'd abandoned in Scotland return to haunt him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Funny and emotional..

  • By Sunday Barnaby on 12-13-18

Second chances should be taken when they arise

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

Reviewed: 11-21-18

Short, sweet love story in which a man is stranded in the Scottish Highlands on Christmas Eve. In the middle of nowhere, who comes along and rescues Kier, but his ex-boyfriend Dougie, on his way home for Christmas. Kier has regretted their breakup ever since he caused it 5 years ago. Now he has a chance to make things right. But he finds that Dougie may have someone already.....a fury someone! Dougie lets Kier think his dog is his bf until they reach his house and meets the lovable dog. But is Dougie really unattached and is he willing to forgive Kier for leaving him?

Isobel Starling creates a heartfelt story and characters in a short story with believable characters and situations, and once again, her go to narrator, Gary Furlong does an excellent job narrating the story, the voices and emotions.

Definitely worth a listen, as are all of Starling's books! Pick this up and enjoy the holidays!

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review

  • The Sam Reilly Collection

  • By: Christopher Cartwright
  • Narrated by: David Gilmore
  • Length: 26 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 31

Three best-selling novels starring marine biologist Sam Reilly by master of action and adventure Christopher Cartwright is presented in this thrilling audio collection. Listen to the exciting adventures in The Last Airship, The Mahogany Ship, and Atlantis Stolen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A very good collection.

  • By cosmitron on 06-08-18

A Trilogy of Sam Reilly Action Series

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

Reviewed: 09-16-18

This book combines the three Sam Reilly novels by Christopher Cartwright into one big file.
I had already listened to the first two and provided reviews for those, so I won't rehash the whole reviews here.

Christopher Cartwright's series is like a modern day Indiana Jones and also in the vein of Clive Cussler.
Sam Reilly is a wealthy marine biologist and his father is even more wealthy. In book 1, Sam finds a clue to a legendary airship that fled Nazi Germany in 1939 carrying a group of wealthy Jewish passengers including a scientist who had developed a deadly virus for Hitler, but could not go through with giving it to him. The ship disappeared and no one has any idea what happened to it. Sam finds himself fighting to stop a group that also wants to find the ship with the goal of getting that virus.
Next Sam is hired by a wealthy man who runs mining operations all over the world. A clue is discovered to a ship that disappeared in the 1500's, with a lot of gold and a mysterious scepter that can give the bearer unlimited power if used properly. Sam learns he has been tricked by the man who hired him and must stop him from carrying out his master plan.
Finally, Sam's long time female friend, Billie, has discovered clues to the location of Atlantis. She has also learned that Atlantis has some kind of machine that has been used at various times in history to wipe out everything on Earth and start anew. And it is going to go off again in about 6 weeks. Two other men are after the secret of Atlantis as well, so Sam and Billie go in different directions to find the pieces of the Atlantis code that were separated millenia ago to keep someone from getting the entire code.
Overall, these are exciting adventures full of Bondian villians, and all the elements of typical adventure stories. Sam is a complex character and we find out more about him in each book, along with his friends and cohorts, Billie and Tom, and his sometime girlfriend Aliana.
The narrator is, in a word, awful. David Gilmore delivers his narration like the narrator of 50s and 60s government educational films shown in schools. Worse are the voices for the characters and the quirky delivery of lines that make everything sound like Father Knows Best, Everythings Fine, Just Fine even in the direst of situations.
Once getting used to this narration, I was able to focus on the story more and could figure out in my head how the lines should have been said to deliver the proper meanings. Cartwright's words are better than Gilmore's narration!
Overall, I enjoyed the series and look forward to more from Cartwright.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review

  • The Last Airship

  • Sam Reilly, Book 1
  • By: Christopher Cartwright
  • Narrated by: David Gilmore
  • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 23

In 1939, a secret airship departed Nazi Germany in the dark of night filled with some of the most influential people of its time. Its cargo: a complement of rich Jewish families carrying their most valuable possessions. One such item among them was as dangerous as it was priceless. The airship never reached its destination. In 2015, Sam Reilly, a marine biologist and wealthy son of shipping mogul James Reilly, discovers a missing clue about the lost airship, and what follows is a violent treasure hunt.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Action.history,mystery,adventure you have it all.

  • By cosmitron on 05-12-18

A Quest to Find a Missing Piece of History

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

Reviewed: 09-16-18

Christopher Cartwright creates a modern day Indiana Jones called Sam Reilly. Reilly is the son of a wealthy man. A marine biologist by trade, he is wealthy in his own right. A clue leads Sam to search for a lost Zeppelin that fled Germany in 1939 and disappeared. The passengers were Jewish German citizens fleeing for their lives from the Nazis. On board were a wealthy couple with all their gold and jewels, and a man with a secret. He had created a deadly virus that could kill about 80% of the population. Hitler wanted this virus very badly, but the scientist could not let him have it.
Sam's search collides with a group searching for the virus. Along the way, he meets a beautiful woman named Aliana. Little does he know that their meeting was not by chance. She was sent by her father to stop Sam at all costs, but finds herself falling for Sam, and Sam for her. Together they find the ship and discover it's secret. Now they are in a rush to stop the rivals from getting their hands on the deadly virus.
Cartwright's writing is good and the characters are well developed. I can't say much good about the narrator, David Gilmore.
Gilmore has the delivery of an old time radio announcer or narrator of those government "educational films" seen in schools in the 50s and 60s. He has a limited range of voices, so many characters sound the same, or even start with one voice, only to have a different voice later, because he is using the original voice for someone else. He also has a tendency to make the lines sound like Father Knows Best, with a "Fine, everything's just fine" delivery even in dire situations.

Ignore Gilmore and pay attention to the writing and you can enjoy this series.
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  • Time Is Irreverent

  • By: Marty Essen
  • Narrated by: Michael Fell
  • Length: 7 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 41

What if you could make a change to history that would eliminate the Spanish Inquisition, American slavery, World War II, global warming, and an egomaniacal US president who thought he was smart enough to drop nuclear bombs here and there without negative consequences? What if that change also made the United States and five billion people poof from existence? Would you do it? 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A fun Science Fiction Adventure.

  • By cosmitron on 06-07-18

An Absolute Blast to Change the Course of History

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

Reviewed: 09-16-18

Marty Mann is an average guy in 2020 in a world ruled by a crazy president and is being taken over by the Christian Right. Sound familiar? A group of aliens has been watching Earth and come to the conclusion that something in history went terribly wrong and needs to be fixed. They beam Marty aboard and offer him the chance to change things by going back in time to AD 33 to make sure that Jesus' message is not corrupted in the future by a greedy church and people mistaking Jesus intentions for hatred of others not like them.

Marty agrees, but the a jealous alien sends him to the future instead, where he rescues a lesbian from her evangelical extremist family. She returns to the ship with Marty to make another attempt to save humanity.

Irreverent, crazy and lots of fun. Everything that can go wrong does. Essen's humor is sprinkled throughout the book as well as commentary on what is going on in America right now. I for one would go crazy if I couldn't find some humor and laugh daily at the craziness going on daily in our country over the last two years.

Michael Fell was a good narrator for this, letting the humor through, but knowing when to pull back in the more serious situations.

I look forward to reading/listening to more of Marty Essen's books!

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Waypoint

  • A Game of Drones
  • By: C. F. WALLER
  • Narrated by: J. Scott Bennett
  • Length: 12 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 50

Stacy’s life is in free fall. She finds herself clutching a handgun, searching for a sign that tomorrow will be any better than today. Her cell phone rings, bringing an offer that may postpone her soul searching. The discovery of an airplane graveyard containing a dozen commercial airliners is shocking. When the salvage camera reveals them to be virtually undamaged under in the Indian Ocean, theories abound. Who put them there? How are they still in one piece? What reason could there be? Stacy is about to learn the answers to those questions, as well things she’d prefer to forget.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A book of action, adventure, mystery, and Tech...

  • By Quella on 05-02-18

A Chilling Look at AI gone wrong

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

Reviewed: 09-16-18

Stacy is at the end of her rope. Her husband and daughter are dead, she has nothing to live for. She is about to end it all when her cell phone rings. Suddenly she is thrust into an unknown world where she becomes the key to stopping a rogue AI drone playing war games for real.

A little long, but overall a great book with good narration by J. Scott Bennett. Most of the characters are well developed and given much depth as the story goes on as Stacy (now known as Lydia) enters a world she has never known and has to learn quickly to prevent further death and destruction. Her fish out of water story intersects with others whose lives have grown stagnant and now they all must use their brains to outwit a killing machine.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • In Absentia

  • Black Acres, Book 1
  • By: Ambrose Ibsen
  • Narrated by: Joe Hempel
  • Length: 2 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 120
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 115

There's No Place Like Home. Kim and Julian Taylor are in the market for their first home, and a visit to the secluded Beacon estate finds them enamored. It's a peculiar home, rather large and in need of some renovations. The price is right however, and after a tour, they snap the house up without hesitation. The man who sells them the house has one last detail to share before they sign on the dotted line. The previous owners of the home disappeared under mysterious circumstances nearly eight years ago and have recently been declared dead in absentia. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Quick but creepy read!

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 05-11-18

They're Still Here!

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

Reviewed: 09-10-18

This begins a new series by Ambrose Ibsen, so this is a short one with a cliffhanger ending....definitely makes you want to come back for more.

A couple buys an old house that is in need of some renovations. The realtor warns them that the last family to live there all disappeared 8 years ago. The couple is undeterred and goes ahead with the purchase. They find some papers that may be clues to what happened to the family. They also find that they are not alone...

Joe Hempel is fantastic with Ambrose Ibsen's stories, and this one is no exception. Despite the shortness of this book, it is Ibsen at his creepy best and Joe Hempel giving life to the everyday characters.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.