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  • Dead Time

  • Between Two Evils #3
  • By: D. L. Orton
  • Narrated by: Noah Michael Levine, Erin DeWard
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

Shannon fights to stay alive inside a rogue biodome and discovers something totally unexpected...Peter. 

Lani is forced into the role of the reluctant heroine, but rediscovers her street-kid mojo and sets out to reclaim everything she's lost. 

Diego receives another dirty sock (with a note) from the fireball express: The window between universes is closing. If he has any hope of getting back to Iz, he must get to the mountain and fix the time machine before it's too late. 

What could possibly go wrong?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • this one contains non-stop action

  • By AudioBook Reviewer on 02-06-18

beautiful, engaging, and thought-provoking

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

Reviewed: 12-15-17

I have to start out by again being absolutely stunned by Noah Michael Levine's narration. I really missed out by reading book 2 instead of listening to it. My only complaint was that Lonnie's little brother sounded too much like Shannon's beau. Erin DeWard's narration was also pretty fantastic and definitely more impressive this time.

I listened to Dead Time nearly a year and a half after having read Lost Time, and I'm certain I would have gotten more out of this installment had I read the books back to back. It was a little tough for me to get into the groove in the beginning - I think it would have been easier for me had we started with Diego instead of Shannon.

Overall I have fewer complaints. There were a few things that I felt should have been dealt with more thoroughly, but honestly, that would be nit-picking and, at this stage of publication, are not worth making a stink about.

This is a beautiful series, and I am grateful for having had the opportunity to experience it. However, I am fearful that there are big pieces missing from my memory of the overall story and that I might not get enough refreshers to ever actually understand how all these pieces fit as I'm not usually one to re-read books. I feel lucky I didn't need to remember where Tego or Iz or anyone from Diego's universe's mountain left off this time around... because I'm drawing a big huge blank regarding nearly anything from book 1 that wasn't linked directly into book 2 somehow.

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  • Legends

  • A Post-Apocalyptic Novel (American Rebirth Series) (Volume 2)
  • By: Evan Pickering
  • Narrated by: Michael Jameson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

Legends never die. Whiskey and Taylor have found a new life as Sons of Liberty Rangers. But the tides of war beckon as rebels are found within the borders. And a mysterious message has been nailed to their door. Someone from their past is still alive. Twenty years have passed since the fall of the Kaiser and the end of the First War. Survivors across the country have slowly banded into factions, rebuilding semblances of civilization from the vestiges of the old world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great 2nd book in Post end of the world series

  • By Donna Wiebe on 03-05-18

eloquent scenes, plot needs improvement

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

Reviewed: 11-12-17

Pickering is an incredibly eloquent writer. The prose is just beautiful. The same strong and reliable voice that drew me in for Hood was present in Whiskey/Legends. There are some neat parallels to Hood, too. Thematically the series is tied together well.

The weaknesses in Whiskey/Legends are also similar to Hood, though. Politically the landscape is difficult to make sense of. I needed more of a refresher to book 1, in part because the political structures/groups confused me from the beginning and made even less sense to me in book 2. Decades have passed and there simply isn't enough time given to the big picture since the plot revolves around the big picture. There continues to be plot devices where it's hard for me to suspend my disbelief, and these types of plot holes really irked me throughout my listen - enough to impact my enjoyment of the story.

The narrator is a really great fit for the story. No one in Boston had the telltale Boston accent, but he does a great job of distinguishing characters and really making an effort to make the story come alive with his performance.

So much potential.

  • Illusion

  • The Grimoire Saga, Book 4
  • By: S. M. Boyce
  • Narrated by: Kara Kovacich Stewart
  • Length: 9 hrs and 19 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 17

The final chapter in the war for Ourea ends with blood. Kara Magari is an icon. A hero. The people love her. The royalty tolerates her. She has everything - an army, allies, and a close circle of chosen family. They believe she will end the war, and they shouldn't. She's as scared as they are. She just can't show it. The war she accidentally started ends with a final battle that will either save or enslave her people. She will do anything to win - until she learns the cost of victory.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it

  • By josh rangel on 03-31-18

a satisfying conclusion

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

Reviewed: 08-06-17

Any additional comments?

The first hour of this book should have been cut. It was soooooooooo slow. Granted, I had a pretty big gap between reading books 3 & 4... but had I not committed to reviewing this book I would have never gotten past the first chapter. The book begins with a "war game." I needed something to pull me back into the story, and I simply could not have cared less about the strengths and weaknesses of their army.

At some point, however, the story did pick up. There were some great lines from that even made me pause the audio to think. I would have liked to have spent more time with some of the Isen and gotten to know the other vagabonds more closely (in part because Kara's never been my favorite), but, in the end, the story felt complete and I don't regret taking the time to finish this saga.

The narration continued to be good. It felt like there was less differentiation between some of the non-accented main male characters this time around (there's a lot of characters!) -- but overall the narration made this an easy listen.

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  • Hope Everlasting

  • The Variant Saga, Book 3
  • By: JN Chaney
  • Narrated by: Steve Barnes
  • Length: 8 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 32

Terry is on the run, having escaped from prison and killed its overseer. He and his friend Ludo need to find a way to get to the northern border. That's where Ludo's wife is being held, but time is of the essence. If they don't hurry, she'll be sacrificed to the gods as part of some barbaric ceremony. With an army at their heels and a continent to cross, Terry and Ludo will need all the help they can get.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Action packed, exciting story

  • By Rabid Reader on 03-31-17

entertaining installment in a creative world

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

Reviewed: 05-29-17

Any additional comments?

This installment lacked some of the intensity of the first two volumes, but it was still an entertaining listen, nonetheless. The world and the characters are very memorable, and the customs of the people we've encountered allow us to see the "humanity" in this other world. The fisherman character is my new favorite and reminded me of the korean "mermaid" divers that were filtering through the news awhile back. I'm hoping maybe there will be a spin-off series just about his world.

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  • Heritage

  • Book 3 of the Grimoire Saga
  • By: S. M. Boyce
  • Narrated by: Kara Kovacich Stewart
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24

Heritage is the third book in the Amazon best-selling Grimoire Saga.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Soooo good!

  • By Annie on 04-21-17

Smooth continuation of the story

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

Reviewed: 02-19-17

Any additional comments?

The story was still entertaining, but this book felt almost like a re-do of book 2 (in the same way that every harry potter book feels like the same book to me). So don't read that too negatively.

The narration continued to be fantastic, and it seems the more I listened the better she got.

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  • The Other Side of Nowhere and Other Stories

  • By: JN Chaney
  • Narrated by: Raina Marie
  • Length: 1 hr and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5

Experience three exciting stories of fantasy and science fiction, each immensely different from the last.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unique short stories

  • By Rabid Reader on 10-02-16

Three thought provoking stories

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

Reviewed: 02-19-17

Any additional comments?

I listened to these three short stories and found each of them uniquely thought-provoking. They were enjoyable; however, they all had that mysterious, what-just-happened, type of ending that doesn't quite leave a listener feeling fulfilled.

I loved that they were the perfect length for listening start-to-finish on longer commutes.

The narration was fine - but audio production needs to work on adding appropriate silent spaces between scenes and stories.

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  • The Harvesting (The Harvesting Series Book 1)

  • By: Melanie Karsak
  • Narrated by: Kristin James
  • Length: 7 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 299
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 279
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 278

While Layla Petrovich returns home to rural Hamletville after a desperate call from her psychic grandmother, she never could have anticipated the horror of what Grandma Petrovich has foreseen. The residents of Hamletville will need Layla's cool head, fast blade, and itchy trigger finger to survive the undead apocalypse that's upon them. But even that may not be enough. With mankind silenced, it soon becomes apparent that we were never alone.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • BLOODY SALIVA

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 09-24-15

Unique blend of zombie and fantasy

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

Reviewed: 10-21-16

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

Yes. She is always a great narrator, but I particularly loved her russian in this book.

Who was the most memorable character of The Harvesting (The Harvesting Series Book 1) and why?

Grandma!

Any additional comments?

This review is incredibly overdue. At first I waited because I just couldn't decide what I thought about the story (and then my computer crapped out on me after I was almost done the first time I tried writing it...). There's something about this story that almost felt cheesy to me. Maybe that's because I expect there to be some amount of grit with a book I pick up because it has zombies in it... and this was clean, strategic, rational... but, hey, maybe that's because the main character was a woman :-) lol. The story was full of action, but I wasn't biting my nails in anticipation of what was going to happen. The main character and the two brothers were intriguing, likable characters. I absolutely loved the grandmother character (although that might have had to do with the narrator's great accent in part). For me, the best part of the book was that it was definitely not a traditional zombie story. I read both fantasy and zombie, and I've never gotten a mix of the two anything like this.I received this book from audiobook boom free for honest review.

  • Treason

  • Book Two of the Grimoire Saga
  • By: S. M. Boyce
  • Narrated by: Kara Kovacich Stewart
  • Length: 14 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 44

Kara Magari ignited a war when she stumbled into Ourea and found the Grimoire: a powerful artifact filled with secrets. To protect the one person she has left, she strikes a deal that compromises everything she believes in...and things don't go as planned.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Quite an adventure

  • By E Reader on 07-07-16

what a whirlwind of a story

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

Reviewed: 09-29-16

Any additional comments?

Book 2 is quite entertaining. It's full of action, and there's continually new things to learn about Ourea.

It was great to get to know Stone, Cedric, and Deidre better. They are really great, complex characters that helped me to stay engaged in the story.

In this installment, however, there were quite a few times where I felt the alternate world/fantasy elements were abused a little bit. Does this character need a mount? Oh! Lets add a new species we haven't talked about yet and have it appear magically at just the right moment!! I don't think I minded as much in book 1, because we were still getting to know the world... but every time something like this happened (which did feel pretty frequent) I cared just a little less about the book.

The other thing that irked me a bit was that there were some pretty simple could-be solutions to some of the problems presented and there wasn't any explanation given as to why it couldn't happen like that. It made some of the main characters feel dumb to me.

I really enjoyed the narration. Whenever I read a first book and then listen to a second, I'm either thrilled with how much the narration adds to the story or disappointed that it adds almost nothing. In this instance, it was quite the former. There were a variety of accents for the many characters and their personalities really were brought to life in this installment. She did a much better job than my imagination did the first time around!!!

I received this book free for review.

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  • Ren: The Monster Inside the Monster

  • By: Sarah Noffke
  • Narrated by: Tim Campbell
  • Length: 5 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22

Ren Lewis, who has faced every danger known to man, is about to meet a challenge he's convinced has the power to undo him. When he discovers that his daughter, Adelaide, has been hiding a pregnancy, he goes into hiding himself. With a new ferocity he throws himself into his work in order to avoid family responsibility. And there's enough work to keep him occupied with Vivian Bishop trying to infiltrate American homes, intent on controlling and manipulating their residents. Ren soon realizes that Vivian is his perfect enemy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A brilliant end to the series

  • By Rabid Reader on 08-19-16

brilliantly flawed characters

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

Reviewed: 09-17-16

Any additional comments?

I've been dreading writing this review, so it is long overdue.

I loved the banter between Ren and Adelaide in book 2. They were basically not talking throughout this installment though, so it lacked a bit of the lightheartedness that I had grown to love and took a more serious tone. Overall, it felt less polished than the previous book.

Further, although I really ought not to let my personal beliefs shade my rating of a book, I had a particularly hard time with the way pregnancy/childbirth/newborn care was handled.. it felt more like an exaggerated t.v. drama and didn't jive with the "genius" characters and the powers of the dream-travelers. Similarly, I found the treatment of the "mole" entirely inconsistent with the treatment of Joseph in the Lucidites series. Items like these left me frustrated.

I still enjoyed the book... Vivian was a fun villain... I just know it could have been better. Usually the final installment of a Noffke trilogy blows me away or leaves me in tears... but this one just sorta fell flat. I suspect if I were to reread this I would be less critical of the author's plot choices and more enamored with the beautiful prose.

I received this audiobook from the author free for review.

  • 36 Hours

  • The Blackout Series, Book 1
  • By: Bobby Akart
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 5 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,193
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,115
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,112

This is not the story of preppers with stockpiles of food, weapons, and a hidden bunker. This is the story of Colton Ryman, his stay-at-home wife, Madison, and their teenage daughter, Alex. In 36 Hours, the Ryman family and the rest of the world will be thrust into the darkness of a post-apocalyptic world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A "Pre-Apocalyptic" book with tons of action

  • By Brian on 09-14-16

No surprises here.

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

Reviewed: 09-17-16

Any additional comments?

This book started out with with an almost non-fiction style flare. Thus, it didn't suck you into the story as some fiction works are able to do. I was also slightly frustrated that I had no idea when the information being given was factual vs when there was artistic license being taken. I was also somewhat frustrated when there was a significant amount of time spent on the science behind what was happening -- but not enough for me to really understand what was going on. I shouldn't really fault the book for these items... as it was just my experience. As a regular non-fiction reader and true-suspend-your-belief fiction reader, I suppose I just had a hard time balancing comfortably right in the middle.

Similarly, there's nothing wrong with the story... there just really isn't all that much there... just one family's experiences as they prep for a potential disaster. Shopping trips. Business meetings. A long drive home. Yes, there's some conflict... readers get little glimpses of the "depravity of man," just nothing to really buy me in as a reader to want to know what happens next. Although the characters are pretty well developed, I simply don't really care if they live or die, any more than I care about their next door neighbors.

Other readers have called the story "preachy." I wouldn't quite go there. The characters might be religious and somewhat goody-goody, but their thoughts are their thoughts... It didn't help me like or connect to them though...

The narration was fine. Nothing spectacular but nothing that would make me stop listening. This is at least the second book I've listened to by this narrator, and he seems to have a consistent performance.

I received this book free from audiobook boom for review.

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