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  • Chaco

  • By: Peggy A. Wheeler
  • Narrated by: Chris Abell
  • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 38

Within days of a series of monster solar storms slamming into earth, electrical grids fail and everything in the northern hemisphere with a computer chip ceases functioning. Electricity won't be completely restored for at least a decade, and the result is that everything modern life depends on to function is gone. Chaco is a well-educated freedom fighter on a death list in El Salvador. Having fled to the United States, he is in hiding by working for a wealthy couple as their handyman and gardener. Following the disaster, he reveals his true identity, and convinces his employers and their neighbors to follow him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not Science Fiction could be Science Fact

  • By cosmitron on 02-21-18

Interesting story

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

Reviewed: 05-01-18

I enjoy post apocalyptic books and this one fitted the bill for me. The story was good with a plot that moved along nicely. There are various characters to either like or dislike and they seemed believable. Friendships are formed and enemies made.
The story starts just before a solar storm hits earth. An arc that could become a reality one day.

I thought the narrator did a good job with the audiobook and characters.
I would certainly recommend this book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Zombies, Ghosts, a Psycho and a Fight

  • By: Paul S. Huggins
  • Narrated by: Fox Druin
  • Length: 1 hr and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21

Whether it's fighting off a horde of zombies from a stately home, a brief visit to Hell, a solitary existence in the aftermath of the apocalypse, a frightening ride home from work during the early hours, or a bar fight, its all here in bite-size chunks. Six short stories of horror, terror, and violence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A zombie walks into a bar during the apocalypse

  • By Ray Johnson on 04-04-18

Good collection

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

Reviewed: 04-11-18

This is a good collection of stories. A quick and enjoyable listen.
The production was good and I thought the narrator did a great job.
Well worth a listen.

  • Meditation for Beginners

  • An Extraordinary Guide to Inner Freedom, Happiness, and Clarity
  • By: Erik Tao
  • Narrated by: Peter Lerman
  • Length: 1 hr and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

Are you eager to discover the key to inner freedom, happiness, and clarity? This audiobook will show you 18 surprisingly simple meditation techniques, including the ultimate form of meditation to transform your life! Meditation isn't about chanting, religious rituals, or crystals. It´s about a scientifically proven way control your wandering mind and eventually transform your life forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent intro!

  • By Amanda on 04-23-18

Listen again and again

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

Reviewed: 03-13-18

This is a very good introduction to Meditation and Mindfulness. The first 30 minutes is the introduction, benefits, some history, and examples.
After that, come the exercises for meditation. Ideal for beginners. There are also chapters on mindfulness in everyday life.
The audiobook is definitely one you can use again and again as you advance with the exercises.

The production was good. Nice and clear and the narrator did a great job with reading. Calm voice. Ideal for this subject.

  • Relics: Omnibus

  • Relics Singularity Series, Book 0
  • By: Nick Thacker
  • Narrated by: David S. Dear
  • Length: 15 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10

You've listened to the books separately - now listen to them together. The Relics: Omnibus edition is the three-in-one edition you've been waiting for....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Scary concept!!

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 03-20-18

A.I. Sci-fi

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

Reviewed: 03-09-18

This story revolves around a supercomputer A.I. that has advanced to a stage where it is running the world and everyone's lives. There are those who are happy to let the system remain in control and there are those who try to fight against it.

Overall, I enjoyed the story but did feel that sometimes the author went over and over the same information. I wasn't particularly fond of any of the characters either.

I think the narrator did really well with the reading of the story and he did use different voices for the range of characters.

  • Cesar Millan's Guide to Audiobooks for Dogs

  • By: Cesar Millan
  • Narrated by: Cesar Millan
  • Length: 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,310
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,137
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,135

Cesar Millan - the best-selling author, TV star, and internationally acclaimed dog-behavior expert - introduces his favorite way to keep our canine companions calm and happy when they're alone.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This works for my two Siberian rescues

  • By CrzGzr on 08-08-17

Dogs Home Alone

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

Reviewed: 03-04-18

an interesting idea. I don't leave my dog alone much so I don't know if this works or not.
I too was looking for a list of recommended books with the right calming tone, but none are given.

  • Fame Is a Killer

  • Hope Hadley Cozy Mystery Series, Book 1
  • By: Meredith Potts
  • Narrated by: Rachel Carr
  • Length: 2 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 35

Hollywood actress Hope Hadley doesn't think that things can get any worse for her. In the last 24 hours, her boyfriend has broken up with her and her long-running police procedural TV show has been canceled. When a homicide detective shows up at her door the next morning with news that her ex-boyfriend has been murdered, she realizes that her troubles are just beginning. She is shocked - not only to learn of her ex's death, but also to find out that the police consider her to be a suspect.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Cute fast mystery.

  • By cosmitron on 04-10-18

Not so cozy

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

Reviewed: 02-26-18

Fame is a Killer - Cozy Mystery

Not as good as I was hoping for. I just couldn’t connect with the main character, finding her shallow and unlikeable. There is a lack of emotion in the story. It ended up being a mystery without the cozy.

The narration was okay, but there was no variety of voices for the different characters.

I received this audiobook free for an honest review from Audiobookworm.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The House

  • By: Bentley Little
  • Narrated by: David Stifel
  • Length: 13 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 98
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 87
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 86

Five complete strangers from across America are about to come together and open the door to a place of evil that they all call home. Inexplicably, four men and one woman are having heart-stopping nightmares revolving around the dark and forbidding houses where each of them were born. When recent terrifying events occur, they are each drawn to their identical childhood homes, only to confront a sinister supernatural presence which has pursued them all their lives and is now closer than ever to capturing their souls....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Horror house with creepy side-kicks

  • By Raven on 02-25-18

Horror house with creepy side-kicks

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

Reviewed: 02-25-18

The House by Bentley Little

The story revolves around five people, four men and one woman, who start to have supernatural events happen around them, all relating to the houses in which they grew up. Eventually, they all come to the realisation that they must return to their childhood homes, which seem to be the source of the problem.

I found the novel to be confusing due to the number of character POVs, all their background stories, relatives, friends. It was information overload sometimes and I often found I had forgotten who had done, what, where and with whom. Plus there is a lot of overlap in each character’s ‘childhood house’ stories which can get repetitive.

This is definitely not one for those who like mild horror and there is a lot of sex scenes (child involved) which many readers will find disturbing. But this is a horror novel which includes that as a shock value.

The pace moved along okay, but as said before, it can get repetitive. The plot does keep you wondering if anyone will survive until the end.

The narrator did a good job. I didn’t have to speed the audio up, although there were a couple of occasions when I thought there had been a little editing mistake or the wrong voice was in use for a character.
Overall, the story was interesting and the production good.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Inspector Hobbes and the Blood

  • Unhuman, Book 1
  • By: Wilkie Martin
  • Narrated by: Tim Campbell
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 608
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 567
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 566

Set in a small Cotswold town, Inspector Hobbes and the Blood is a fast-paced comedy cozy mystery fantasy about the adventures of Andy, an incompetent reporter, when he is reluctantly working with Inspector Hobbes, a police detective with a reputation. Andy soon finds himself immersed in a world where not everyone is human, and a late-night visit to a churchyard nearly results in grave consequences, and a ghoulish outcome. An accidental fire leads to Andy having to doss in Hobbes's spare room.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A more realistic and mundane supernatural story

  • By Ravin on 01-20-18

Good Story, very entertaining

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

Reviewed: 02-11-18

Inspector Hobbes and the Blood is a very entertaining book. The book revolves around the main character Andy, who is a journalist. At the start of the story, Andy is a bit self-centred and a coward. Then he is sent to do a story on Inspector Hobbes, a police detective who is a bit odd and has a reputation. Hilarity ensues as Andy tags along on the Inspector's latest case. All manner of things happen to Andy and his inner dialogue is very funny.
Inspector Hobbes and his housekeeper, Mrs Goodfellow are great characters and all three of these characters bounced off each other in a comical manner.
When catastrophe makes Andy homeless, he moves in with Hobbes as he has nowhere else to go. As the story progresses, his character develops and becomes much more likeable.

The book is a mixture of humour, paranormal and mystery and it all works together to make a great story. I also think the narrator did a fantastic job with the story and characters. The voices suited each person very well.

I am looking forward to listening to the second audiobook in this series.

  • One Eyed Jack

  • By: Christopher J. Lynch
  • Narrated by: Tom Jordan
  • Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30

Professional blackmailer John Sharp, aka One Eyed Jack, is a man who knows how to keep a secret - for a price. But when a routine case of infidelity takes an unexpected detour, he soon finds himself caught in a tangled web of double-blackmail, commodities manipulation, and trying to rescue the woman that had once been his target.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A complicated web of blackmail

  • By Ekaterin on 01-26-18

Blackmail thriller

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

Reviewed: 01-30-18

One Eyed Jack got off to a little bit of a slow start for me, but once it got rolling, I really enjoyed the read. The story follows One Eyed Jack, who makes his living blackmailing people. He does have a redeeming quality though, in that he doesn't like to see injustice. This is the case when he spots a lover's tryst and decides to blackmail the couple, but once he finds out that one of his marks is already being blackmailed, his interest is piqued and he begins to investigate. The tryst was not what it seemed and one of the parties is innocent. Jack doesn't like this and forms a plan to help.

Jack turns out to be a likeable character who has problems of his own to deal with. Apart from the start, the pace was quite good and the plot kept me wondering what would happen next.
A good audiobook. Well worth a listen.

The narration was great and I felt it suited the main character. The other voices for characters worked well too.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Dawn's Gentle Light: A Russian Love Story

  • By: Renee Riva
  • Narrated by: Susan J Iannucci
  • Length: 3 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 17

When an early 1900s love story makes its way from revolutionary Russia to a small town in America, a young girl’s life begins to change. Clara Bradley moves from the city to a remote farming town in Eastern Washington—with nothing to offer a young cheerleader but miles of snow-covered wheat fields. She now has no cheer team and nothing to cheer about. But that move brings her an unusual neighbor: an elderly Russian woman who has a love story she is translating into English. Clara’s love of books draws the two together and she becomes immersed in the lives of Nina and Pasha.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful story for all ages

  • By Kimberly Smith on 11-22-17

Beautiful story

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

Reviewed: 12-30-17

This is the second book by Renee Riva that I have enjoyed. The story weaves between modern day and historic events, telling a Russian love story. I really liked the various characters and the settings were great too. I hoped for a happy ending in this book, but you will have to read it for yourself to find out if that happened or not.

Great performance on the audio as well.
I enjoyed and would recommend.