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  • Requiem

  • The Tatterdemon Trilogy, Book 3
  • By: Steve Vernon
  • Narrated by: Rick Gregory
  • Length: 5 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

This is the final book of the trilogy - a fat monstrous volume of pure undiluted scarecrow terror.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Crazy as a Madhouse Painting of God

  • By Spooky Mike on 10-30-18

When Scarecrows Attack!

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

Reviewed: 12-13-18

This is the third and final installment of the Tatterdemon Trilogy, and the best of the three. It is also the longest by far. While the first two books established the characters and setting, Book 3 is the payoff, and I think that's why I enjoyed it more than the others. None of the characters are likeable in any way, and all the gore and shock material was a bit unpleasant. But while Book 3 still had those elements, its focus was on the scarecrow monsters finally tearing up the town. I enjoy a good, straightforward monster rampage much more than midget eating fat ladies, hoodoo rituals, and rapist mailmen.


Rick Gregory does a good job with the narration. I've listened to a number of works he's narrated and find him to be remarkably consistent.


I do think if you choose to listen to the Tatterdemon Trilogy, you should grab the omnibus. While there are three parts, they are really just one story, and it makes more sense to just grab the whole thing together.



I received a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

  • The Coilhunter Chronicles - Omnibus (Books 1-3)

  • By: Dean F. Wilson
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 13 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 122
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122

Three audiobooks from the Coilhunter Chronicles: Coilhunter, Rustkiller, and Dustrunner. Welcome to the Wild North, a desolate wasteland where criminals go to hide - if they can outlast the drought and the dangers of the desert. Or the dangers of something else.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dean F Wilson, starting off great!

  • By Jessica Bond on 11-06-18

Clint Eastwood meets Batman

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

Reviewed: 12-13-18

This was an interesting set of stories from Dean F. Wilson. Set on the lawless frontier desert of a war torn land, the Coilhunter Chronicles blends the gadget-filled vigilantism of Batman with the Wild West, killer with a heart of Clint Eastwood in ‘The Outlaw Josey Wales’.

This Omnibus contains 'Coilhunter’, 'Rustkiller’, and ‘Dustrunner’. Each story is about 4-½ hours.

‘Coilhunter’ introduces the titular character and gives you his backstory. Of the three, I think this was my least favorite. The action scenes could be more than a little goofy at times, as well as feeling a bit think on detail, and the plot strayed into being a bit hamfisted at times. It was a bad story, just rough in places.

'Rustkiller’ was my favorite of the three. You can definitely see how the plot, characters, and world building improved over 'Coilhunter’. The action was more polished, and the villains more compelling.

‘Dustrunner’ was in-between for me. While more developed than 'Coilhunter’, the story itself was less compelling than ‘Rustkiller’. Part of this I think stems from the nature of the story, with it's 'Fugitive'-esque “man racing to prove his innocence while struggling to stay one step ahead of the law” story.

Overall, aside from a few missteps here and there (especially early on), I enjoyed the Coilhunter Chronicles. While Nox (the Coilhunter) can be a little melodramaticly earnest at times, Wilson manages to keep him on track, and creates an interesting genre fusion, with compelling characters, a promising world, and non-stop action. R.C. Bray does a fantastic job narrating (as usual), and really helps bring the world to life, especially the grizzled Nox.

I look forward to seeing more of the Coilhunter in the future, especially if we get to learn more about the war to the South and the Iron Empire.


I received a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

  • Sea Tales

  • Stories to SERIOUSLY Creep You Out
  • By: Steve Vernon
  • Narrated by: Stephen Richard Planalp
  • Length: 3 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

Let's face it. About 75 percent of the world is covered in water - and of that water nearly 97 percent of it can be found in the sea. Maritimers will tell you that there is a story for every wave that has ever washed upon the shoreline. Here are seven of them.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sing a shanty and settle in to the deep sea

  • By Ray Johnson on 03-13-18

My Favorite Steve Vernon Book (So Far)

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

Reviewed: 11-01-18

I really enjoyed this set of sea related short stories. While the "Stories to SERIOUSLY Creep You Out" is a bit misleading, the stories were compelling and imaginative. While some are more horror oriented than others, all of the stories have an edge of darkness and tragedy to them. Compared to the other Steve Vernon works I've read, this one was very subdued and more thoughtful, which I found worked really well.

Stephen Richard Planalp does a fantastic job narrating and really helped bring the characters to life. The only issue I found was that the audio quality itself isn't very good, but aside from that the content and quality of narration are solid.

I received a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

  • Resurrection

  • Tatterdemon Trilogy, Book 2
  • By: Steve Vernon
  • Narrated by: Rick Gregory
  • Length: 2 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11

In 1691, the town of Crossfall taught the witch Thessaly how to die. They beat her; they shot her; they hung her - but nothing worked. When they finally tried to bury her alive, Thessaly set the field against them. The first man died as a gust of wind harrowed the meat from his bones. A root, flung like a dirty javelin, cut a second man down. Many more deaths followed. The Preacher Fell impaled the witch upon her very own broom, but she dragged him down into the field to wait for three more centuries. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Tattered Tatterdemalion transforms terror

  • By Ray Johnson on 09-03-18

More over the top than the first book

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

Reviewed: 11-01-18

'Resurrection', Book 2 of Steve Vernon's Tatterdemon Trilogy picks up where Book 1 ended and proceeds to be even more shocking and over the top ever. Rick Gregory continues to deliver a solid performance, even though the dialogue is still lacking and the metaphors are as thick as flies on a zombie circus clown covered in cotton candy. If you enjoyed Book 1, then you'll enjoy the continuing story. I just don't recommend listening while you eat.

I received a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

  • The Communist Manifesto

  • By: Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels
  • Narrated by: Jakob Stone
  • Length: 1 hr and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

The Communist Manifesto summarizes Marx and Engels' theories concerning the nature of society and politics and class struggle.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Quick introduction to the seeds of Communism

  • By cosmitron on 09-10-18

A well narrated classic

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

Reviewed: 11-01-18

Love it or hate it, but the Communist Manifesto is an influential work that continues to resonate in the modern world and should be read if for know other reason than to better understand the ideas and motives behind a socio-political movement that has played a huge role in shaping the 20th century. This edition is well produced, and Jakob Stone does a fine job narrating. He speaks clearly and pleasantly at an easy to follow pace. Audiobooks like this make college reading so much easier.


I received a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

  • Revenant: Book one of the Tatterdemon Trilogy

  • By: Steve Vernon
  • Narrated by: Rick Gregory
  • Length: 1 hr and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15

In 1691 the town of Crossfall taught the witch Thessaly how to die. They beat her, they shot her, they hung her - but nothing worked. When they finally tried to bury her alive Thessaly set the field against them. The first man died as a gust of wind harrowed the meat from his bones. A root, flung like a dirty javelin, cut a second man down. Many more deaths followed. The Preacher Fell impaled the witch upon her very own broom, but she dragged him down into the field to wait for three more centuries. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Surprising!

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 10-09-18

Grindhouse Horror

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

Reviewed: 11-01-18

I'll start by saying this isn't my favorite Steve Vernon work (that would be 'Sea Tales'). It is very reminiscent of the old-school 70's exploitation horror films, full of over the top violence, gore, and other in your face gross out material. There is certainly some delightfully black humor to it all. Rick Gregory does a descent job narrating, although the dialogue portions were lacking. My only real complaint is the sheer number of metaphors people use over and over again. Once you notice it, it can be a little annoying. Aside from that, if you enjoy over the top horror that delights in the shocking, this is the book for you.

I received a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

  • Cherubim of the Ultima: Enter Genesis

  • Cherubim of the Ultima Serialized, Volume 1
  • By: Brian Barr
  • Narrated by: Jason Sprenger
  • Length: 1 hr and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

From Brian Barr comes Cherubim of the Ultima: a serialized novel! In this first chapter, "Enter Genesis", Ran seeks revenge against the Genesis Circle and their evil serpentine master, Naga. But will he achieve his vengeance before they have a chance to eliminate him?  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Science Fiction Combat

  • By Son of Odin on 12-04-18

Old School Sword & Socery

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

Reviewed: 10-27-18

I enjoyed listening to this audiobook, part one of a larger serialized story. It was very reminiscent of old school sword and sorcery stories (like Conan), which I liked. Some of the characters where a bit wooden and hard to connect with, but are fleshed out enough to still be interesting. Given that it harkens back to stories like Conan and Krull, expect some tropes and cliches. Obviously this is only a portion of a larger story, so there is a lot to be explained, but as a starting point it is solid.

Jason Sprenger has a good voice for this kind of story, and he does a good job narrating and giving most of the characters distinct voices. There is some music and sound effects that both add and detract from the story. At some points it works, but at others (such as a weird audio distortion during the first battle) are a bit off putting.

Overall a good start to an interesting story. Just be aware that it is only the first part of a larger story.

I received a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

  • William Wallace

  • The Spirit of a Scottish Martyr
  • By: in60Learning
  • Narrated by: Alexander Doddy
  • Length: 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22

William Wallace started out as a humble knight, but he died a war hero. He gave up everything in his fight for Scottish freedom, including his life. When captured, Wallace was hung, drawn, and quartered by the English king for crimes against the crown. Though he was memorialized in the 1995 film Braveheart, this book tells how much of what we associate with Wallace is more legend than fact. Still, the spirit of the great Scotsman lives on in the hearts and minds of his compatriots today. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great short review of history

  • By Jonathan Liechti on 11-22-18

The Man Behind The Myth

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

Reviewed: 10-27-18

This was an interesting and compelling quick rundown of the life of William Wallace. Aside from little bit of editorializing, I thought in60Learning did a good job dispelling some of the myths surrounding Wallace and presented a decent historical view of the Man. I would have liked some more background on the Scottish rebellion, but given the one hour format there is only so much that can be included.

Alexander Doddy has a good voice and delivered an energetic performance, but his tone and inflections didn't always go with the material.

I received a copy if this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

  • Toussaint Louverture: Leader of the Haitian Revolution

  • By: in60Learning
  • Narrated by: Stuart Liam McConville
  • Length: 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12

Historians consider the Haitian Revolution the most successful slave revolt in all of history. Though many fought in the rebellion, one man ensured their victory: Toussaint Louverture. With his political savvy and leadership skills, this former slave helped the inhabitants of what was then called Saint Domingue to challenge their French oppressors. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Marred by technical issues

  • By Luke on 11-11-18

Short and Informative

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

Reviewed: 10-25-18

I enjoy listening to in60Learning's books, as they are often good summaries of events I am not familiar with. 'Toussaint Louverture' is one such production. While ostensibly about Louverture, it also provides a very broad-strokes rundown of the Haitian Revolution. Some of the books conclusions might be debatable, but that's half the fun of history.

There are a few narration issues, but nothing significant. McConville does a solid job narrating, although I found his style to be a little dry.

All in all this is a well produced and informative crash introduction to Toussaint Louverture and his influence on Haitian (and world) history. Obviously this is just the broadest survey of events, but it is a good place to discover a deeper interest in the subject.

I received a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

  • The Call of the Wild

  • By: Jack London
  • Narrated by: Gregg Rizzo
  • Length: 3 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

Set in Yukon, Canada, in the 1890s Klondike Gold Rush, the central character of the novel is a dog named Buck. The story opens at a ranch in Santa Clara Valley, California, when Buck is stolen from his home and sold into service as a sled dog in Alaska. He becomes progressively feral in the harsh environment, where he is forced to fight to survive and dominate other dogs. By the end, he sheds the veneer of civilization and relies on primordial instinct and learned experience to emerge as a leader in the wild.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great version of a classic story

  • By Ad n' Audie on 08-31-18

A classic tale with a few narration issues

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

Reviewed: 10-17-18

Overall, this is a solid production of a classic tale. Greg Rizzo does a good job narrating for the most part, however I found it difficult to understand him when he would do the voices of some of the characters, François and Perrault in particular. These issues were mostly toward the beginning and really only when a character was supposed to have an accent. The rest of the book is well done, and I enjoyed listening to it. I have listened to a number of other books Rizzo has narrated, and he is well suited to these types of classics.

I received a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.