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  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 212,236
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 198,170
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 197,758

At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book.

  • By Julie W. Capell on 05-27-14

Easily one of my all-time favorites!

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

Reviewed: 05-10-18

This book is aimed squarely at my generation: born in the late 70s and early 80s an raised on a steady diet of 80s video games, movies, the shows, and music. Will Wheaton is at his best narrating this...the material is right in his wheelhouse and it's easy to see that he really puts extra effort into his voices and descriptions. if you loved the movie....this is 10x better!

  • The Shroud Key

  • A Chase Baker Thriller Series, Book 1
  • By: Vincent Zandri
  • Narrated by: Andrew B. Wehrlen
  • Length: 6 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 39

Chase Baker is a true Renaissance Man. He's also a man who knows how to find trouble. A part-time resident of Florence, Italy, his resume reads like a modern day Da Vinci or Casanova. Writer, private investigator, tour guide, historian, treasure hunter, adventurer, and even archaeological sandhog, Chase is also a prolific lover. Unfortunately for him, his dangerous liaisons all too often make him the target of a jealous husband.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I was really engrossing in the story right from

  • By Cheryl a DeMont on 10-18-16

Chase Baker shines in this first volume

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

Reviewed: 11-08-16

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The one thing that comes readily to mind is the narration. The narrator sometimes moves too fast for the story and it begins to detract from the experience after a time.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

The story itself was good. It had a very DaVinci Code-esque feel to it all, which I thoroughly enjoyed. Imagine Tony Stark as the main character in the DaVinci Code and you've got it pretty much nailed: Fast paced action coupled with appropriate doses of wit and humor.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Andrew B. Wehrlen?

I definitely would. He is a narrator that knows how to manipulate pace, timing, and intonation not only to control the flow of the story, but also to use it to contrast serious moments from lighthearted ones. This ability shines in the book, and helps make the experience all the better.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

I think I would go see it. I think that there is a definite sense of fun and humor injected into this book by the author, and I think that it would translate well on-screen.

Any additional comments?

This book was provided to me free of charge in exchange for an honest, unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.

  • Destroyer of Worlds

  • ARKANE, Book 8
  • By: J.F. Penn
  • Narrated by: Veronica Giguere
  • Length: 6 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21

A bomb explodes in the center of London and a fragment of an ancient Hindu sculpture is stolen from the ARKANE Headquarters by a secret organization bent on mass murder. If the sculpture is put together again, it will reveal the key to the Brahmastra, a weapon with the power of a nuclear explosion.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • fast paced, good read!

  • By TinkerMel on 10-12-16

An exciting perspective on global terrorism

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

Reviewed: 11-08-16

What did you like best about Destroyer of Worlds? What did you like least?

I liked that author's take on what a global terror even could be. Stepping outside the box and incorporating ideas from a culture that I'm not very familiar with added an exciting dimension to the book, as I was learning about this culture as I read.

I liked the ending the least. After all of the buildup and detective work, the pivotal scene seemed anticlimactic at best. It was on and then gone all too quickly for my taste.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Again, I thought that the ending was slightly thin and lacked the thoroughness that had gone into the rest of the book. It felt very abrupt and a little too "cookie-cutter" compared to the rest of the book. Then again, perhaps the first 3/4 of the book was so well-written, exciting and interesting that the ending could not keep up.

What about Veronica Giguere’s performance did you like?

She narrates at a good pace, and all of the characters sound distinct from one another. She ups the pace during action scenes and inserts timely pauses during critical thinking/ detective scenes which allow the reader to catch up and/or think of solutions for themselves.

Could you see Destroyer of Worlds being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Perhaps a movie but not a TV series. I could easily see the basic premise being made into something like Mission: Impossible.

Any additional comments?

This book was provided to me free of charge in exchange for an honest, unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.

  • Edge of Darkness

  • Alpha Core Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Vikki Romano
  • Narrated by: Shawn Compton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 20

In 2065, corporate sponsored governments jockey for supremacy in the biotechnical arena. Bullets and missiles take a back seat to cyber-enhanced soldiers and pulse weapons. In this extreme environment, only the most hardened body and mind can survive. Calder McKenna was a failed experiment in the military's push for power. Now a special agent for the metro task force, he lives day by day trying to forget the ones that were lost, the ones that he could have saved.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Edge of darkness

  • By MANI on 10-16-16

Exciting intro that left me wanting more!

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

Reviewed: 11-08-16

What did you love best about Edge of Darkness?

Pretty much everything. The plot flows quickly and determinedly from one event to the next. The characters are dynamic and easy to relate to. There is a great balance of action, detective work, and personal events. The narrator "puts on and wears" the characters and fades into the story, letting the book shine.

What did you like best about this story?

All of the technology that Calder has at his disposal is really the star of the show. The augments define his character right from the get-go, and continue to influence events in the story all throughout the book. My favorite scene was his "activation" when he finally assumes complete control of them.

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

In a word? Everything. He has the ability to fade into the story and let the book shine, which I always say is the hallmark of a truly talented narrator.

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

Towards the end of the book, when Calder and Sierra grow closer and finally bond (trying not to spoil any of the plot here) does a great job bringing an anticipated plot arc to a close and also setting up the next book.

Any additional comments?

This book was provided to me free of charge in exchange for an honest, unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.

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  • Anstractor

  • Vestalia
  • By: Greg Dragon
  • Narrated by: Anisha Dadia
  • Length: 7 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 19

Commander Rafian VCA is one of the most gifted Space Marines in the Anstractor Alliance. His life changes when an elite group of spies known as the "Jumpers" recruit he and his wife-to-be into their order. Rafian finds the Jumper training to be harsh, unorthodox and nothing like he expected. They separate him from his love and rob him of his memory before sending him off to another Universe.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Started out with promise but took unusual twist

  • By The Bookwyrm Speaks on 04-15-15

Exciting story that sometimes slows noticably

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

Reviewed: 11-08-16

Would you listen to Anstractor again? Why?

I likely would not. The story, while detailed and well-written, seems to slow perceptibly in the middle when Rafian is sent on his "final exam". Though I realize that this is a crucial part of the book, I felt that some of the time and details could have been invested into other points in the plot. For example, I would have gladly traded some of the "final exam" events for more detail and events at the end of the book.

Additionally, I felt that there was a high level of (unnecessary) romance and sex in the book. Normally this does not bother me in the least, but I felt that it got to a point where these events and the resulting "relationship spaghetti" began to detract from the overall experience.

Would you recommend Anstractor to your friends? Why or why not?

I would recommend it. This book is an interesting introduction into the world of Rafian and Jumping. The beginning, where Rafian recieves his training, is particularly exciting.

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

I have not previously listened to anything performed by Dadia, so I cannot comment. I will say that she did a great job with Anstractor: Vestalia.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No it was not. my interest began to wane when the plot began to slow, and though I am glad I stuck through it I don't think I could listen to it all in one sitting.

Any additional comments?

This book was provided to me free of charge in exchange for an honest, unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.

  • The Savants

  • By: Patrick Kendrick
  • Narrated by: Scott Ellis
  • Length: 7 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15

Dr. Stephen Pevnick is a world renowned behavioral scientist as well as an advisor to the president of the United States. He has gathered the world's most prodigious savants - people with astonishing intellectual abilities - to his research center in Maine. His intent is to conduct an unprecedented experiment, to have the savants work on a common project together; a major challenge because the savants, while gifted, do not possess the social skills that might enable them to work as an effective team.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Engaging

  • By Kelvin L. Reed on 12-21-16

An interesting solution to a "vanilla" problem

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

Reviewed: 11-08-16

What did you love best about The Savants?

Easily the most interesting aspect of the book is the cast of characters. Each one has strengths, weaknesses, and for lack of a better, (non plot-spoiling) term traits that play off of each other and make the whole team better. Here is a group of people that cannot function fully in a normal sense, but together they are great.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

I loved the way the characters found a solution to the main plot point. My issue was the plot itself; it could have been a bit more original and exciting. All of the development and detail that went into the characters makes the plot pale a bit in comparison.

Which scene was your favorite?

The description of the reactor meltdown in Japan was vivid and well-written.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

It was not, though it could have been. It is easily approachable and a good length for an all-day listen.

Any additional comments?

This book was provided to me free of charge in exchange for an honest, unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.

  • Furious

  • Faith McMann, Book 1
  • By: T. R. Ragan
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,602
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,324
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,315

Faith McMann comes home to a nightmare: her husband is killed and her son and daughter are taken. Although the intruders leave her for dead, she survives. Crippling grief and fear for her children make life unbearable. Until her anguish turns to anger...and she trades victimhood for vengeance.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • furious

  • By Diana Hart 33 on 04-25-16

Not quite "furious" but definitely entertaining

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

Reviewed: 11-08-16

Where does Furious rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This book ranks in the upper half of the books that I've read thus far. The plot moves along nicely and the premise of the story (a mother trying to recover her children from human trafficking) resonates strongly.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I think my favorite character is Rage. She is complex and more furious than Faith actually is. Her character takes an interesting turn 3/4 through the book that only adds to the complexity.

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

Her portrayal of Faith is something that I would not have been able to replicate in my own head. I'm a parent but not a mother, so the pain and determination that Rudd imparts to Faith really comes through for me.

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

Again, the big part of Rage being revealed was my favorite moment. It ites her personality together and fills in gaps that I was questioning earlier in the book. It serves to make her character all the more appealing.

Any additional comments?

This book was provided to me free of charge in exchange for an honest, unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.

  • Veil of Shadows

  • Book 2 of The Empire of Bones Saga
  • By: Terry Mixon
  • Narrated by: Veronica Giguere
  • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90

As Kelsey struggles to master the combat enhancements the Pale Ones forcibly implanted inside her and Jared works feverishly to resurrect an ancient battlecruiser, they discover the Pale Ones aren't as defeated as they seemed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Truly Great SF Series

  • By The Lone Mopper on 09-12-16

HALO meets Starcraft space marine adventure

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

Reviewed: 09-30-16

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I felt that the book got off to a bit of a slow start. There were a few chapters that were interesting...most notably when the main character is learning about her implants and how to fully utilize their capabilities. However, the book in general runs a bit slowly in the first 1/4 before the plot really gets moving.

Would you recommend Veil of Shadows to your friends? Why or why not?

All in all I would recommend it to anyone looking for something in the scifi genre that has the feel of a videogame. The plot, once it gets going, is interesting and keeps flowing well. The characters and their interactions are really what keep the book going, most notably between the main character and her brother (for reasons that become apparent later in the book). The final chapters are full of action and move very quickly and do a great job of setting up the next book in the series.

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

Her portrayal of the characters (notably the military ones) was probably my favorite part of the book. She brings life to all of these characters and manages to keep them sounding very distinct. Her narration in the action-centered chapters is accurate and well enunciated; fast enough to keep the action going while not losing the reader in the pacing.

Did Veil of Shadows inspire you to do anything?

This book was interesting enough that I'm going to read the rest of the series, as I find the material, plot, and characters entertaining and want to know what ultimately happens to them.

Any additional comments?

Though this book is the second in a series, it is easy enough to pick up and read as a starting point for those interested in the genre. I do think that books in the series from here on out will not be quite as easy to pick up and jump in with, as there are several major plot events in this book that I can see being pivotal/critical to later books.

This book was provided to me free of charge in exchange for an honest, unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.

  • Otherlife Dreams

  • The Selfless Hero Trilogy
  • By: William D. Arand
  • Narrated by: Jeff Hays
  • Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,401
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,280
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,277

Runner has a problem. He and 499,000 men and women are trapped in a game. He also just happens to be the only person from IT who could log everyone out safely. And he doesn't remember his password. He, like everyone else in this nightmare, had his memory scrambled or lost in the process of being loaded into the game. A single garbled message is his only clue to how to save everyone. The problem is that whoever loaded them into the game loaded their minds completely.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Please fix audio levels

  • By Matthew Ransom on 05-24-16

Runner battles the game and his own memories!

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

Reviewed: 09-22-16

Would you consider the audio edition of Otherlife Dreams to be better than the print version?

I did not read the print version of the book, so I cannot accurately comment. I will say that the narrator did a very good job bringing the characters to life, which I believe the print version cannot replicate. The narrator has what I personally believe to be the most important quality in a narrator: the ability to disappear into the characters and story and bring the focus totally on the book.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Otherlife Dreams?

The book draws you in with an amusing yet fascinating first scene: Runner up in a tree and hiding from a wolf whilst trying to get his bearings and figure out a way to dispatch the wolf with the limited skills and commands he has at his disposal.

However, my favorite moment had to be what I will simply refer to as "the betrayal". IT comes at such a late point in the book that it almost takes the reader by surprise, and there is real frustration felt as the scene plays out...the reader knows Runner's capabilities and feels his frustration in being helpless nonetheless.

Which scene was your favorite?

The most vivid scene for me was the last one. The author does a very good job describing it in so much detail that I found myself wincing as I pictured it in my mind. From the setting to the characters involved to the actions they were taking, the whole scene was very surreal and easily pictured in my mind.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

"Otherlife: Death by Memory"

Any additional comments?

This audiobook was provided to me free of charge in return for an unbiased, honest review via Audiobook Boom.

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  • Dragon Trials

  • Return of the Darkening, Volume 1
  • By: Ava Richardson
  • Narrated by: Tiffany Williams
  • Length: 7 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 217
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 192
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 195

High-born Agathea Flamma intends to bring honor to her family by following in her brothers' footsteps and taking her rightful place as a Dragon Rider. With her only other option being marriage, Thea will not accept failure. She's not thrilled at her awkward, scruffy partner, Seb, but their dragon has chosen, and now the unlikely duo must learn to work as a team.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Dragon trials

  • By Zoe on 02-19-17

Fun, lighthearted fantasy read

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

Reviewed: 09-22-16

If you could sum up Dragon Trials in three words, what would they be?

"Prepare for war".

What did you like best about this story?

I enjoyed the fact that it is a lighter take on the fantasy genre, while retaining enough depth to keep the reader interested and looking forward to the next chapter. Also being an animal lover, I naturally took a liking to the dragons in the story and their interactions with their riders and caregivers.

Which character – as performed by Tiffany Williams – was your favorite?

I think that Agathea was my favorite performance. While none of the character's motivations run terribly deep, the narrator makes the most of Agathea by really bringing out her internal conflict of living up to her family's name and history vs. what she feels to be right. The narrator does a good job capturing the anger in the character in the early stages of the book as well.

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

I didn't have any extreme reactions, but the book did have me smiling a good bit. Almost every interaction between the main characters and their dragon was interesting and fun. The main antagonists, while simple, did provide enough opposition to make me actively dislike them.

Any additional comments?

In a genre that can sometimes be very intimidating (especially for newer readers) because so many titles are parts of a larger or very much more complicated story, Dragon Trials stands apart in being very accessible to the reader. This would make a good stand-alone read, or a good gateway into the fantasy world for those looking to try the genre for the first time. The plot moves quickly and without dead spots, the characters are easy to like, and the book ends on a good "neutral" ground between cliffhanger and definite conclusion. Overall a fun read, and a good intro into what appears to be a promising series. Looking forward to the next one!

==This audiobook was provided to me free of charge in return for an unbiased, honest review via Audiobook Boom.==

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