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Dale L. Roberts

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For Frugal Living Enthusiasts

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

Reviewed: 10-07-18

Cooking on a budget is a brief overview of how to pinch a few pennies while eating semi-healthy. I'm not a meat-eater, so some of the suggestions weren't necessarily applicable. But, if you're looking for a few new ideas or rehash some old ones, then this audiobook is for you. I like the list of seasonal produce and how there's a downloadable PDF that comes with the audiobook. I can whip out the list on my phone when I head to the grocery store next time and look for some of these items.

The narrator did an excellent job. She was clear, articulate, and had a certain vibrancy and positive charm to her.

Post Apocalyptic Survival Fiction Short Story

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

Reviewed: 09-14-18

A friend recently recommended Kevin Barry Maguire's prepper fiction series and I wasn't disappointed in "Aftermath of Disaster: It Has Begun." Though prepper survival fiction usually isn't my taste, I came to find Maguire's vision of the world coming apart more realistic than the post-apocalyptic prepper stories with hordes of zombies.

This prepper survival fiction story starts out with an introduction to Jack, a mild-mannered guy with an intriguing backstory and history of preparedness. When the STHF (insider lingo there), Jack scrambles to gather his girlfriend, Diane, and get going. What makes the story a bit more interesting is that Diane hardly knows Jack and they aren't really to the level of commitment of marriage or long-term planning. This creates an interesting dynamic, I'd love to see play out in the future stories.

Without giving away too much of the storyline, I have to keep this review brief to this synopsis. The US was attacked by radiation from an unknown terrorist organization, poisoning all the citizens. Thankfully, Jack was ready to go just in case. I've already picked up and listened to Aftermath of Disaster: Diggin In and all I can say is it gets MUCH more interesting.

The story was enough to introduce characters and lay the groundwork for what's to come. But, there's enough substance for reader's to feel invested in the story and push onto the next. I highly recommend getting the next part in the series. It makes this story even more interesting. The narrator did an okay job, but I felt like there could've been better character voicing like done in the second book. Four well-earned stars and definitely not a way of reflecting inferior work. It's just that after hearing the second book in the series, it's hard not to feel the first in the series doesn't hold up to the second.

If you're looking for looking for an apocalyptic survival fiction series, then Kevin Barry Maguire's got you covered in the Aftermath of Disaster series!

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Solid Book with Thorough Coverage

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

Reviewed: 08-28-17

Though the book us a bit long and it rabbit trails from time to time, the advice seems sound and actions seem reasonable.

Poor sound quality, great content

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

Reviewed: 03-23-17

I try to give producers the benefit of the doubt; however, this is a call-in show/podcast that has been repurposed into an audiobook. Though the sound quality was garbage, the actual content was on the extreme opposite. So, if you can get past the bleeps and weird audio tics, then you'll get some excellent 4-1-1.

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Tom Corson-Knowles is THE Man

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

Reviewed: 06-03-16

I make it no secret to other aspiring self publishing entrepreneurs that TCK is THE authority in this field. He gives practical advice and always adjusts according to the ever changing self pub world. This audiobook was worth the price of admission.

Great Book

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

Reviewed: 05-24-16

Excellent content. The narrator team need to go back through and pull the outtakes (about 4-5). Otherwise, a near perfect audiobook.

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Steve Kamb is Brilliant in "Level Up Your Life"

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

Reviewed: 05-04-16

What made the experience of listening to Level Up Your Life the most enjoyable?

I enjoyed the variety of voiceover talent in this production. It spiced up the production and kept me engaged from beginning to end.

Who was your favorite character and why?

This book isn't fictional, so I couldn't give you a "character" I liked best. Steve Kamb writes in a relatable and friendly style that made me feel at ease with my nerdy ways and random trivia on comic books, video games and popular movies.

What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

See the first question's answer...

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Every "rebel" shared an inspiring and insightful look into their struggles prior to joining the "rebellion" and Steve Kamb's online inner circle at Nerd Fitness.

Any additional comments?

Don't be confused, this is NOT a workout book. For a few weeks, I hestitated in listening to this book because I wrongly assumed it was simply a fitness book. I'd categorize this book as the nerd's guide to becoming greater by the day - sort of inspiration and motivational in its content.

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Wonderful, Quick Listen

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

Reviewed: 05-04-16

I listened to "Fail to Succeed" during my workout. The narrator did a great job and has a delightful approach reminiscent of old school radio broadcaster Paul Harvey.

Cute Children's Story

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

Reviewed: 06-22-15

This is a very fun and memorable children's story about harnessing your imagination through a pencil. I'd love to see the accompanying pictures to this story. This is a definite must-have for any child.

Excellent voice over talent, decent story line

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

Reviewed: 06-21-15

What did you love best about The Time Typer, Book 1?

The concept of "Time Typer" is pretty unique in that it takes place in a post-apocalyptic world where people don't quite understand how technology functions. The focus is strongly on the story of a young lady realizing her origins and how the people who have surrounded her weren't who she thought they were.

Would you be willing to try another book from Jameson Watts? Why or why not?

It was a pretty good story and I would be curious to see how the book progresses. I wish that there was more content for me to feel more invested in the characters.

Have you listened to any of Cory Mikhals’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have never heard any of Cory Mikhals' work, but he is a superb reader and really brought the story to life. His sound quality was excellent!

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I didn't feel very invested in the story and almost felt a little indifferent towards the characters. This is just a matter of opinion, so I imagine there are a lot of fans out there that would enjoy this type of story.

Any additional comments?

This book is worth the listen, because the voice over talent is great!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful