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  • Pilgrimage

  • A Post-Apocalyptic Survival Story
  • By: Tom Abrahams
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 339
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 318
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 318

Pilgrimage is a stand-alone post-apocalyptic story of survival. It was previously published as three separate novellas: Crossing, Refuge, and Advent. High School teacher James Rockwell is vacationing in Maine with his family, when an earth-changing explosion sends them on a race for their lives. Their first step is escaping an island in the midst of a tsunami, and it only gets more dangerous from there. Can they find their way home as civilization crumbles around them? And if they do, what horrors will they find?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A solid post apocalypse story

  • By TU on 09-13-18

The Narrator is Fantastic

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

Reviewed: 08-08-19

I loved this book. It started off with a super tense scene and was edge-of-the-seat excitement from that point forward. The characters were awesome and the book was well-written. I would most definitely listen to more books by this author. I would especially listen to more books by this author that were narrated by Kevin Pierce. He was spot on in this book. He brought this already fantastic story to life. I wanted to know how it ended, but I didn't want it to end. I wanted to keep listening to Kevin's voice. This book tops the list of my favorite post-apocalypse stories and Kevin Pierce is at the top of my favorite narrators. I received this book for free at my request from audiobook boom in exchange for my honest opinion.

  • Extinct

  • By: Ike Hamill
  • Narrated by: Kyle Tait
  • Length: 13 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 69
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 62
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 64

Channel Two predicted a blanket of snow for Thanksgiving weekend - unusual, but not alarming for the little Maine island. What comes is a blinding blizzard, and a mass disappearance of nearly every person Robby Pierce knows. He and his family flee, trying to escape the snow and the invisible forces stealing people right from the street. Miles away, Brad Jenkins battles the same storm. Alone, he attempts to survive as snow envelops his house. When the storm breaks, Brad makes his way south to where the snow ends and the world lies empty.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of my favorite authors

  • By KarmaKarma on 08-16-18

It Starts at the Begininng

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

Reviewed: 08-02-19

This book was so good. The extinction starts just a few pages into the book and leaves you feeling on the edge of your seat from that point forward. It was weird, because parts of the book seemed kind of slow, but that was only because I couldn't wait to find out what was happening next. It was so hard to pause the book when I had to stop listening. I wanted to just listen to the whole thing in one straight sitting. The narrator was amazing. I can't stress enough just how good the narrator was. Every voice was spot on. Every emotion was clear. He even managed to get Robbie's flat, lack of emotion portrayed just right. Robbie himself was a special character that really highlighted how much the world needs these special kids. I loved how the adults only balked for a second or two about following a kid and then they realized that he was the right person to look up to. I also love how the author didn't make Robbie out to be all-knowing and always correct. Robbie wasn't a super hero in a kid's body. He was a real kid that sometimes made the wrong decisions, but he always owned up to it and then moved on.

I have already checked and found out that this book has four more in the series, however, the others aren't on audio book yet. I might just have to get the books on kindle because I can't wait to find out what's happening next in their strange new world. I received this audio book for free at my request from Audiobook Boom in exchange for my unbiased opinion.

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  • The End of Everything: Book 1

  • By: Christopher Artinian
  • Narrated by: Kim Bretton
  • Length: 5 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25

Two sisters, one nightmare. The last thing they wanted to do was spend time with each other. Now their very survival depends on it. Forced from their home and thrown into an apocalyptic horror neither could have imagined, they didn’t think things could get any worse. They were wrong. As they navigate the city to escape to safety, terror lurks for them on every corner. The reanimating virus has taken away everything they loved, but today, they’re going to start fighting back. Living or dead, everyone is a threat. The rules have changed and for these two, time is running out.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great!

  • By Michael on 07-05-19

I Seriously Cannot Wait for the Next Book!

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

Reviewed: 07-28-19

I just can't put into words how much I enjoyed this book. It was so good! At first the sisters annoyed me because they bickered so much, but then I "watched" them grow and learn and broaden their emotions and feelings and determination and I just learned to love them. This book was funny and suspenseful and every minute of the book was enjoyable. The narrator was out of this world. She had so much expression in her voice and got that teenage attitude across so well I would almost believe she was still a teenager herself. If you are on the fence about getting this book, just do it. It is so enjoyable and so much fun to listen to that I was genuinely sad when it ended. I wanted the book to be hours longer so I could just keep listening. I received this book for free at my request from Audobook Boom in exchange for my unbiased opinion and my unbiased opinion is that this book is fantastic, awesome, fascinating, and wonderful.

  • Waterfell Tweed Cozy Mystery Series: Box Set 2: (Books 4-6)

  • By: Mona Marple
  • Narrated by: Nano Nagle
  • Length: 8 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

Welcome to Waterfell Tweed, where things aren't as cozy as they seem.... Sandy Shaw was happy with her life running the village cafe and bookstore, until a series of murders in the sleepy village cause everyone to second-guess just how peaceful things are. Join Sandy as she sets out to solve the killers, and get peace restored, in this box set collection of the fourth, fifth, and sixth books in the Waterfell Tweed Cozy Mystery Series. This box set includes Murder Most Remote, Bang! You're Dead, and The Black Rock Murder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Waterfell Tweed Cozy Mystery Series: Box Set 2: (

  • By grammatoni47 on 08-13-19

Just as Good as the First Book Set

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

Reviewed: 07-23-19

Well, I really enjoyed this cozy mystery series and I am sad to be leaving Waterfell Tweed. I have definitely formed an attachment to the whole cast of characters and to the little village itself. Even the things in the first set that bugged me, didn’t really bother me at all this time. It was just a really fun listening experience. These books are super relaxing to listen to and I have never once guessed who the murderer was. Heck, I’m always a little sad when I find out who the murderer was because all of the characters are so likeable. I will definitely be listening to the next book set when it is released. I’m looking forward to my next visit to Waterfell Tweed! I received this book for free upon my request from Audiobook Boom in exchange for my unbiased opinion.

  • Daley Buzz Cozy Mystery Series

  • By: Meredith Potts
  • Narrated by: Lisa Beacom
  • Length: 26 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

A missing sister. A dead psychic. And caramels. Plenty of caramels. If this is your kind of cozy mystery series then you'll love this book. Sabrina Daley's world is turned upside down when a local psychic predicts that her missing sister will be found. Unfortunately, the psychic, Miss Terri, is unable to provide any further details. Desperate for something more to work with, Sabrina shows up at Miss Terri's house the next day, ready to beg for another psychic reading.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • ENTERTAINING, QUICK, COZY MURDER MYSTERIES

  • By Mary Lou PagePrincess Hoffman on 06-17-19

What an Angry Town!

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

Reviewed: 07-17-19

I’m really on the fence about this book set. I didn’t realizes that I had missed a whole book set before this one so I was a little confused at first. However, you really don’t need to have read/listened to the other books to be able to enjoy these books. Now, for the review of this book set. I liked the main characters of the books. The recurring characters were generally nice, fun, and interesting. My enjoyment fell apart with the other characters. I would say 99% of the characters being interviewed as possible suspects were single and had no alibi, and 99.9% of those characters were unbelievably shocked and angry that the detectives wouldn’t just take their word for it that they were innocent. The scenario was the same from suspect to suspect to book to book. It’s like a town full of only single people and all those single people are incredibly angry. I’ve listened to a lot of cozy mysteries and I get that you have to suspend disbelief for this kind of situation to even exist with an amateur sleuth, but, still, all of the angry people were very frustrating and tended to make me feel angry just listening to the book. Also, a couple of time the sleuth got credit for solving a case just because she happened to knock on a door at just the right moment or something like that. It seemed a little unfair for her to get credit for “solving” the case when she had no clue what was going on when she walked up to the door and was just there to ask a question.

As for the narrator, she had some great voices for most of the characters. But, a few of the characters sounded like they were either deeply, deeply depressed, or they had just awoken minutes before from a Rip Van Winkle style 100 year nap. Those voices were beyond annoying. I listened to this book for free by my request from Audiobook Boom in exchange for a review with my unbiased opinion.

  • The Happy Tails Dog Walking Mysteries Series: Books 4-6

  • By: Stella St. Claire
  • Narrated by: Machelle Williams
  • Length: 15 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

Hannah Maclin, Andrew’s date, is found dead in the parking lot of the restaurant with a tacky rose sticking out of her chest and lots of suspects near the scene of the crime. Hannah wasn’t a well loved woman, and she’s got a long list of enemies and haters that the police believe includes Andrew. As Olivia dives into a two-part mystery of solving a murder and tracking her ex-boyfriend’s puzzling movements, she finds that the two investigations weave together in the old secrets and hidden passions of the town.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delightful!

  • By Jan M on 08-04-19

Even better than the first book set (books 1-3)

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

Reviewed: 06-22-19

I enjoyed this book set even more than I enjoyed the first set. I learned to really love all of the characters and their quirks. I love how Andrew got involved and, well, really how the whole town got involved. I certainly hope there are more book sets to come in this series. It was a fun world to spend time in and I hope to visit their town and their families again soon. I received this audio book for free upon my request from Audiobook Boom in exchange for my unbiased opinion. This review reflects my own personal opinions of this book set.

  • The Happy Tails Dog Walking Mysteries Series: Books 1 - 3

  • By: Stella St. Claire
  • Narrated by: Machelle Williams
  • Length: 14 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12

Barking up the Wrong Bakery: Olivia found Yvette Dunn dead in her coffee foodtruck - drowned in a vat of fresh coffee...Till Death do us Bark: Olivia stumbles upon Lacy dead in the middle of a mock reception table, cake fork in hand...One Bark and Stormy Prom Night: Olivia’s friend, and the owner of a boutique dog food brand has been killed at her warehouse - bludgeoned with a side of beef. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent series

  • By Kandice C. on 07-14-19

I Want to be a PI Dog Walker Now!

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

Reviewed: 06-17-19

This was a great set of books. I have already purchased the next box set in the series so I can keep on listening. The books are cute, and fun, and kind of funny. I love how her friends and family get involved in her investigations with her. It adds a whole new element to the general cozy mystery genre. I'm looking forward to seeing how Olivia's life works out in the next book series set. Her relationship with Andrew certainly has me wondering what's next. If you're on the fence about this series and you love cozy mysteries, then go for it. It's definitely worth the use of a credit for this series. I received this book at no charge at my request from Audiobook Boom in exchange for my honest opinion of the book. Oh, and I almost forgot, Machelle Williams is a great narrator. Lots of inflection and very distinctive voices. She was great to listen to.

  • Silvertongue

  • Remnants of Magic, Book 1
  • By: Casey White
  • Narrated by: Andrew Tell
  • Length: 25 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 38

After another long day at work, all Jon Christensen wanted was a cheap burger and some peace and quiet. When he pulled into the McDonald’s, Jon only had the usual cares on his mind. His sister. The bills. A career with seemingly nowhere to go. But after a confusing encounter at the cash register triggers a violent episode in the parking lot, he’s quickly pulled into a world he doesn’t understand.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Annoyed my friend by raving how good this book was

  • By Ceiling Chair on 06-14-19

You, Too Can Do Magic

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

Reviewed: 06-13-19

The premise of the book is really different. It started off with a ton of excitement, and seldom dragged. I did find the characters to be awfully cranky, but I have a feeling the happy moments were left out and you just had to assume that they mostly got along. I mean, they all became friends, and remained friends, so they must have been happy at times, lol. Despite the general crankiness of all of the characters, I really liked this book. The basic storyline is that anyone, (almost anyone), can do magic. You just have to have the right relic. And that's where it gets tricky. And, apparently, after you find the perfect relic for you, you instantly are supposed to become a bad guy and you run around killing everyone else that has a relic so that you can steal theirs and give it to your friends. If all of your friends already have their very own relic, then you sell it to someone else. It's weird. I mean, why can't all of the magic users just be nice? But, if they were, then there would be no book. And, despite my reservations on the weirdness of it all, I really, really enjoyed this book. When it ended, I immediately went on Audible to get the next book. Sadly, the next book isn't out yet. But, when it comes out, you can bet that I will be one of the first ones to listen to it. I wonder when pre-orders start for book 2.....

This book was given to me at no charge upon my request from Audiobook Boom in exchange for my honest opinion, and my honest opinion is that if you can put up with all the cranky people, the book is well worth listening to and you will be glad you gave it a try.

  • Daisy McDare Six Book Cozy Mystery Set

  • By: K.M. Morgan
  • Narrated by: Donna Soto
  • Length: 14 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 30

Daisy McDare's vacation plans go awry when a washed-up rock star turns up dead and the local detective thinks Daisy's cousin Addison is the killer. Daisy arms herself with cupcakes, one-liners, and plenty of spunk to find the killer before her cousin goes to jail for a crime she didn't commit.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Collection of Daisy Mc Dare books

  • By Suzan on 08-14-18

A Little Stilted Sounding, But Good, Clean Fun!

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

Reviewed: 05-26-19

I received this boxed set for free from Audiobook Boom by my request, but the review is completely my own opinion. I did not realize that there were other books in this series before I started this set, so I was a bit confused when the books first started, but I quickly realized that you do not have to have read the previous books in order to enjoy these books. I loved that the books were short and I could find out who did it rather quickly. I hate when a mystery book like this seems to drag on. These books had no wasted words so you really needed to listen or you'd miss some important information. That being said, I found that all of the suspects were generally unlikeable people. I find it hard to believe that every single suspect, every single time was just mean, hateful, and uncaring. It's like nobody in this town likes anybody, lol. Also, the succinctness of the books made the narrator sound a bit stilted. The narrator, Donna Soto had some great voices. You never had to wonder which person was talking. Every character has their own distinct sound, and that's a pretty hard thing to accomplish with so many characters in such a short span of time. However, the dearth of words in the books meant the narrator was always jumping around and sounded kind of choppy quite often. Also, the editing of the narration could have been better. The narrator stumbled over the words quite often (like any normal person would do), and they just kept recording. Even though we all stumble over words while reading aloud, I'm used to my audible books sounding more like I'm listening to a highly edited movie, so the stumbles and mumbles were kind of jarring. Overall, I thought these books were lots of fun. Daisy was kind of a loudmouth busybody, but she got the job done, and that's kind of what a cozy mystery is all about, after all!

  • The America Falls Series: Books 1-3

  • America Falls Box Set 1
  • By: Scott Medbury
  • Narrated by: Adam Barr
  • Length: 16 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 819
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 756
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 757

If you think North Korea and Russia are the greatest dangers to the US - think again. After a surprise biological attack, America, the most powerful nation on earth, quickly succumbs, with more than 99.5 percent of the adult population killed. As society unravels and a ground invasion of his country begins, loner Isaac Race must form a connection with a ragtag group of survivors and elude not only the invaders, but other dangers and chaos unleashed in Post-America. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Pretty good

  • By James on 12-28-18

Not Really Believable, but Still Good

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

Reviewed: 05-03-19

Is it a believable plot? No. Is it a good story anyway? Yes. Absolutely. I have already purchased the next box set in the series. I really enjoyed this book. It's about the apocalypse that happened only in America and only kids survive. No adults. Well, mostly no adults. The story centers around the main character, Isaac, who is about 15 years old. He is the last surviving member of his family. He goes out hunting for provisions and runs into an old school mate, Luke. Together, the two of them strike off across the East Coast states in search of a safe haven. Along the way, they pick up a few more kids and a whole lot of trouble. It's not a fast paced book, and I still don't understand why there aren't way more teens running around out there than Isaac and Luke found, but it was still a great story. They weren't exactly survivalists before the American Apocalypse started, but they somehow manage to find their way around. But not without casualties. The stories are at times heartbreaking, and at times funny, and mostly just serious. I can't let myself think about the details of what happened to the little kids in this type of scenario without getting really upset, so I'm glad the plot is mostly unbelievable, lol. The narrator, Adam Barr, is excellent. He really gets the emotions and voices just right. I loved listening to his voice, and he even did justice to the girl characters. I received this audio book free upon my request from Audiobook Boom, but the review is my own personal opinion. This really is a great book, and a great value with the box set. I'm off to start listening to books 4-6 in the second box set. Can't wait to hear more of Isaac and Luke's story.