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  • Shadow of the Moon

  • By: Kwen Griffeth
  • Narrated by: Paul J. McSorley
  • Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66

The grisly murder of a diplomat’s son in Central Park draws NYPD Detective Gerald Meeker and FBI Special Agent Andee Trakes into a twisted and confusing investigation. Within hours, the evidence indicates the man was executed in the manner saved for werewolves. Andee Trakes is assigned to liaison with a history professor who is an expert on folklore and legends. Professor Alwyn Lloyd not only agrees the method of death was indeed an execution, he claims to be a werewolf.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic

  • By Randy Murphy on 12-15-18

Wolf Up!

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

Reviewed: 12-06-17

This was my first werewolf audiobook. However, not my first Kwen Griffeth book. Nor was it my first audiobook by narrator Paul J. McSorley.

This book is extremely well written and extremely well performed and produced. It took me 2.5 days to finish this one. I was wrapped up in its romance, crime and of course, werewolf folklore brought to life by the words written and performance given.

One thing...why let Miranda off the estate so often? It’s just a mess when she leaves. Lol

Many, many thumbs up! And...Wolf Up!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • City of Stairs

  • By: Robert Jackson Bennett
  • Narrated by: Alma Cuervo
  • Length: 17 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 924
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 842
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 848

The city of Bulikov once wielded the powers of the gods to conquer the world, enslaving and brutalizing millions - until its divine protectors were killed. Now Bulikov has become just another colonial outpost of the world's new geopolitical power, but the surreal landscape of the city itself - first shaped, now shattered, by the thousands of miracles its guardians once worked upon it - stands as a constant, haunting reminder of its former supremacy. Into this broken city steps Shara Thivani.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Something Different

  • By Scott Simons on 10-17-14

A wonderful world of fantasy, gods, mystery and betrayal

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

Reviewed: 09-27-17

The story is wonderfully written and really makes you pay attention or you will be lost in the vast dialogue of lands, gods, politics and names created that make this fantasyland so interesting and engulfing.

Kudos to the author for creating a fantasy story unlike any other I've ever listened to. I've never read or listen to anything by Robert Jackson Bennett before. When I read the premise of the story I was intrigued but a little leery of delving into a three book series. I'm so glad I did. It started out a little slow and it took a bit to get into the style of writing and dialogue in order to keep up with the story. I found myself backing up a lot to re-listen to parts I felt lost in. But once the story picked up and you understood the characters and fantasy landscapes created I couldn't stop listening.

This is also the first audiobook I've listened to narrated by Alma Cuervo. She captured all the characters perfectly. The dialects she is able to perform are amazing. After listening I could not imagine anyone else doing the narration of this series.

I edit audiobooks and hear things that wouldn't bother most listeners. Like other reviews I read, Cuervo struggled with her breathing, tripped on words (mostly in the beginning of the audiobook). I could hear that she had a dry mouth with the sound her tongue makes pretty much throughout the audiobook. Long pauses or awkward pauses. I even heard her stomach growl once. All of this can and should have been edited out/corrected. Although, you can't completely blame Cuervo because the author has to sign off on the finished, market ready audiobook. Either he didn't listen to the final product or didn't care. Either way, the lack of professional editing of the market ready product was a distraction.

But I will say again, Cuervo is an immensely talented narrator. Having to learn dialects, foreign names, names of strange countries and gods...Cuervo NAILED IT!!!

I read ahead in the reviews on the next two books and didn't see any mention of narration or editing issues. No matter, I'm hooked on this series by Bennett and Cuervo and look forward to the next book. Which I am downloading now!!

~N

  • Solitude

  • Dimension Space, Book 1
  • By: Dean M. Cole
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray, Julia Whelan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,380
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,264
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,264

A mysterious wave of light wipes humanity from the planet, leaving only one person in its wake. After months of desperate isolation, Earth’s last man discovers he’s not alone. The last woman is stranded alone aboard the International Space Station. Can Vaughn find a path to space and back? Can Angela - the only person with clues to the mystery behind humanity's disappearance - survive until he does? 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What. A. Story.

  • By Brian on 06-16-17

Best apocalyptic book I've heard in years of listening to audiobooks!!!

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

Reviewed: 08-27-17

I've never listened to a book by Dean M. Cole before. My husband and I downloaded this audiobook to listen to while driving on vacation. The genre of the book was right up our alley and we have each listened to several audiobooks narrated by both R.C. Bray and my personal all time favorite female narrator, Julia Whelan.

We didn't finish the book on our trip but as soon as I got home I downloaded it to my audible account so I cld keep listening. Two days later my heart never stopped pounding and I had finished the book in record time. Lol

The story is written superbly by author Dean M. Cole and I am now a HUGE fan and will be looking for more of his titles.

The narration performance was outstanding. My husband is an audiobook narrator as well and I do a lot of editing for him before the final product hits the market. My ears have a bit a training, so to speak. Needless to say these set of ears very much enjoyed the performances by both narrators. Their talents are impeccable.

I love the way the book jumps right into the thick of things. I, as the listener trying to predict what might happen next from moment to moment, chapter to chapter. From normal life struggles to the end of the world impossibilities that blow your mind! Science Fiction meets Armageddon and the unrelenting human spirit to survive.

Having both a male and female narrators for this audiobook was a fantastic decision!

I will be eagerly seeking book ll and will recommend this book to everyone I know who listens to audiobooks. And that will be many!! Kudos!!

~N

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  • Servant

  • The Chronicles of Servitude, Book 1
  • By: J. S. Bailey
  • Narrated by: Paul J. McSorley
  • Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

Bobby Roland knows things he shouldn't. Plagued with premonitions of disaster, he fights to save others' lives. What Bobby doesn't foresee is that rescuing a stranger from death will place him in the line of fire. He discovers a world of evil spirits and tormented souls when he becomes entangled in a madman's plot to kill the Servant, a man chosen by God to exorcise demons from the possessed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Really enjoyed it!

  • By Laurie on 04-23-18

A new vision of the spiritual

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

Reviewed: 02-24-17

The plot of the story is superbly written and conceived. It is a mix of the evils in this word (seen and unseen) and the requirement of faith to face and defeat these evils. I was hooked from the first chapter. The narration performance was spot on with very entertaining and definitive characters having been portrayed. Excellent story telling of an excellent story.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Return to the Dirt: Three Tales of Work and Death

  • By: Geoff Sturtevant
  • Narrated by: Paul J McSorley
  • Length: 3 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 13

Three uncommon tales of the common man. Two technicians of an unutterable trade. A home for the elderly whose secrets must remain underground. And a meat factory where homogeneity hides all evils.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Never a better title for a book have I seen!

  • By Nichole on 07-11-16

Never a better title for a book have I seen!

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

Reviewed: 07-11-16

Return to the Dirt - after the first amazing, shocking and twisted tale I knew what I was in for. I loved all 3 tales with 1 being my favorite. Sturtevant has the mind for the disturbing and a smooth pen to make the stories come alive. A tale in this book reminds me of a 1973 Charlton Heston movie. I enjoyed this book very much and I recommend this to anyone and everyone who is not squeamish.

Kudos to

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 161,967
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 149,484
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 149,318

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth it even if you've seen the movie

  • By R. MCRACKAN on 12-08-17

So real, I felt I was a Martian

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

Reviewed: 01-04-16

Fantastic! I finished listening in a day and a half. Each time I had to walk away from listening, the pulling to return to the story was overwhelming! I will be listening to this one again soon! Kudos to author Andy Weir and the narrator R.C. Ray, who brought Andy's wonderful book life.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Chaos Awakens Trilogy

  • By: Heath Pfaff
  • Narrated by: Paul J. McSorley
  • Length: 34 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 625
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 581
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 579

Having two of his fingers cut off at an early age hadn't done much to make Xandrith an agreeable fellow. Besides marking him as a pariah and having him shunned by even his own family, it had also hurt. A lot. Being stripped of a few of his fingers and cast out of the Order of Mages had left him bitter and angry, but if there was any consolation to be had it was that he was doing rather well in his new line of work. While perforating people for money might not have been the most noble of callings, it was quite lucrative.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You will be left awake after reading this

  • By Ray Johnson on 03-01-18

Heath Pfaff Masters Another Immersive Fantasy!

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

Reviewed: 12-17-15

Chaos Awakens -Trilogy; is another work by Author Heath Pfaff that displays his ever growing ownership of the Epic Fantasy genre. Narrator Paul J. McSorley gives an outstanding performance that makes the Authors world and characters as tangible to the listner as being right there.

3 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Dragon Dreams

  • Dragon Wars & Snowden the White Dragon, Book 3
  • By: Raymond L. Weil
  • Narrated by: Paul J McSorley
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

The dragons had been created by ancient sorcerers deep beneath Firestorm Mountain. The most powerful of these deadly creatures was Gilmreth. After the Worldfire, the dragons escaped from the mountain to prey upon the few living creatures left upon the Earth. Over the centuries, living sources of food became harder to find and the dragons took to preying upon each other. In a small secluded valley, a few humans still struggle to survive. Just when their lives are finally turning for the better, the surviving dragons find them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If you like dragon stories, this is worth a listen

  • By Nichole on 07-06-15

If you like dragon stories, this is worth a listen

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

Reviewed: 07-06-15

The beginning was slow but as you get into the second book I could not stop listening. A well written story and very well narrated.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Snow Song: Hungering Saga 3

  • The Hungering Saga
  • By: Heath Pfaff
  • Narrated by: Paul J. McSorley
  • Length: 12 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29

Lowin has driven himself tirelessly toward his goals, seeking an end to the torments that have riddled his soul with guilt for years. The threat of the Hungering seems abated, but still greater challenges lay ahead. His companions are divided, and his own mind is split by dark thoughts, and darker urgings. Lowin must master himself, and find friends amidst the enemies that surround him, or all he has worked so hard to gain will be lost.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outside apperance does not reveal your heart

  • By Mary on 02-24-15

This Saga needs to continue!

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

Reviewed: 10-27-14

Would you consider the audio edition of The Snow Song: Hungering Saga 3 to be better than the print version?

Yes, in no way could my mind see or experience the true essence of this trilogy without the voices and emotions brought forth by the narrator in this absolutley amazing story by Heath Pfaff! Both the writter and narrator have a bright future ahaead of them!

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Snow Song: Hungering Saga 3?

How in the end, you see Snow the amazing, selfless being she was. With love and devotion to give and only wanted it in return. She deserved to be loved the way she loved, it just wasn't going to be with the one she so desired. She gave the ultimate sacrifice to save the one she loved the most so he could finally live in peace. I also loved the singing of The Snow Song. Daring and vulverable for the narrator to add that special touch.

Which scene was your favorite?

The way the won their final battle.

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

I cried and felt every emotion with the characters as they went along. Even knowing some of the decisions being made were that of a noble fool.

Any additional comments?

Narrator was a perfect fit for this trilogy. Im glad the same narrator did all three books. And to Heath Pfaff, this story is not over, there is more...I know it! Your genre is so perfectly written. I would recommend this trilogy and already have to any scifi or fantasy buff around. Sit back and enjoy this amazing tale!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Vengeful Malice

  • The Hungering Saga, Book 2
  • By: Heath Pfaff
  • Narrated by: Paul J. McSorley
  • Length: 12 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 30

All men who would change the world, must first be willing to destroy it. The continuation of the epic saga began in The Noble Fool, The Vengeful Malicereturns to the memories of Lowin Fenly as he is stirred from his respite of self loathing and forced on a quest to bring peace to his people, his land, and himself. A new menace comes from the sea, and it has come to devour mankind whole. The kingdom is at war with itself, and with a new enemy, and powerful men have decided that Lowin will play an important role in the upcoming conflict whether he wishes it or not.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sometimes you need evil to achieve good

  • By Mary on 01-20-15

Continues to be an EPIC Fantasy Trilogy!

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

Reviewed: 08-07-14

Where does The Vengeful Malice rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Heath Pfaff has this genre down! It's possibly the best fantasy series I've allowed myself to delve into so deeply.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Vengeful Malice?

Without giving any spoilers away...Finding out what the Hungering really was as well as the encounter with the very intriguing and mysterious Kaziem wolves. The action and adventure is heart pounding and never lets up! Just like Noble's heart.

Which character – as performed by Paul J. McSorley – was your favorite?

There are so many, and from book 1 to book 2 he is consistent with the repeating characters as well as original with introducing the new characters. But my favorite character is Noble without a doubt.

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

I listened to the over 12 hour book in 4 days. I couldn't stop thinking about what might happen next. I found myself thinking about it even when I was going through my day. That has only happened with one other series in my audio book listening which was with the Dark Tower-gunslinger series by Stephen King.

Any additional comments?

I can't wait for Snow Song! I'm sure it will pull the entire series together. But the ending of the series for me will be bitter sweet.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful