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  • Some Dark Holler

  • The Redemption of Ephraim Cutler, Book 1
  • By: Luke Bauserman
  • Narrated by: Bernard Setaro Clark
  • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 31

When his mother forces him to kill an innocent man, Ephraim Cutler's quiet life in the Appalachian Mountains is thrown into turmoil. With a bounty on his head, Ephraim flees to the hills and hollers, where he discovers that his crime has drawn more than the law's attention - the Devil's in town with his eye on Ephraim's soul. Desperate to escape, Ephraim is torn between two clashing figures: an outcast granny doctor rumored to be a witch - and the local preacher.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Really good 1st book

  • By James on 10-19-17

Hillbilly Faust - gotta love it

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

Reviewed: 11-03-17

Nice twist on a classic story. Very enjoyable and I will look for the next book in the series.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

  • Steamborn: The Complete Trilogy Box Set

  • By: Eric Asher
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 27 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 931
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 875
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 873

A supernatural swarm. A treacherous scheme. A tinker's apprentice may be the village's only hope. This collection includes Steamborn, Steamforged, and Steamsworn. Grab it and crank up a whimsical thrill-ride today!

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Original, enjoyable stories

  • By Margaret on 11-08-17

Good YA fare

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

Reviewed: 10-30-17

I enjoyed this story quite a bit even though I don't usually seek out Steampunk or YA as a general rule. The narrator is very talented but some of the male voices seemed very similar to me and hard to separate. To be fair, there were many characters she had to juggle. I would recommend this highly to younger listeners and anyone older (like me) who enjoys a look back now and then.

I received a free review copy of this book from the author and it did not alter my review..

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Black Ops

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 4
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 16 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 20,392
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 19,166
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,089

The elite crew of the pirate ship UNS Flying Dutchman had a simple mission: determining whether the Thuranin are sending another starship to Earth. Along the way, they became sidetracked by securing a future for the UNEF troops on the planet Paradise. When asked whether Earth was now safe, their ancient alien AI responded "Not so much"...now they have to deal with the consequences.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not as good as the first three

  • By Anonymous User on 10-16-17

Great series

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

Reviewed: 10-17-17

Great series - still fresh and excellent blend of action and humor. Even if you are not a fan of sci fiction or military fiction, give this series a shot and you won’t regret it.

  • Dawn of Chrysalis

  • The Origin of F.O.R.C.E., Book 2
  • By: Sam B. Miller II
  • Narrated by: John Pirhalla
  • Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36

The human race is in trouble. After narrowly claiming victory in the first invasion, an assault by advanced militaristic aliens armed with light speed capable spacecraft is a continuing threat. Even so, Chrysalis is in danger, and Whatsit is determined to rescue his fellow Chrysallamans. It's a task he knows he cannot accomplish without the help of his human brethren. With the threat of future attacks looming, the humans will have to decide whether it's best to go on the defensive at home on Earth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding follow-up to first book!!!

  • By Eric Reeves on 06-30-17

Classic Space Opera

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

Reviewed: 07-05-17

Any additional comments?

I was given this free review copy audiobook of my request and have voluntarily left this review.

Like all good space opera, it is a little over the top at times. It is a good story though and involving. I usually gravitate towards longer audiobooks and avoid serials, so it would be nice to see an omnibus of these at some point.

  • Thunder Wells

  • By: Terry W Ervin II
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Waters
  • Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 25

Jack Fairbanks made it through the initial wave of attacks, but now the Mawks have seeded the Earth with dozers and crawlers, tracking beasts that crave human flesh and are bent on hunting the remnants of humankind to extinction. Joined by Lucia, a hardened urban survivor, Jack finds himself caught up in a secret plan to turn the course of the invasion. Can a college sophomore and a ragtag force of soldiers survive when the Mawks descend from orbit and begin their final assault?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well written, well crafted invasion story

  • By Ms. Christian C. on 07-11-17

For military/survivalist/alien invasion fans

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

Reviewed: 07-05-17

Any additional comments?

I was given this free review copy audiobook of my request and have voluntarily left this review.

Fun read, fast paced and entertaining military/survival story. Would recommend for a quick read/listen.

  • Dead Island: Operation Zulu

  • By: Allen Gamboa
  • Narrated by: S W Salzman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 41

Ten years after the world was nearly decimated by a zombie virus, there is a desperate race for the antidote. A team of commandos are sent to a remote island populated by zombies to rescue a group of stranded scientists. The commandos come up against the hungry dead, Russian mercenaries, and shady government conspiracies. Dead Island: Operation Zulu is a fun, action packed, blood splattered, horror adventure. Aliens meets Dawn of the Dead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Solid start!!

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 06-12-17

Fair to Good overall - room for improvement

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

Reviewed: 06-26-17

What did you like best about Dead Island: Operation Zulu? What did you like least?

Interesting twist (Americans vs. Russians vs. Zombies) on the typical zombie story.This would have been better in print or film.

Too many characters to follow and as a result you don't get invested in any. I imagine this also makes the narrator's job very difficult.

Several small (but distracting) issues, for example, don't describe zombies as unfeeling monsters and then talk about putting them out of their misery or ending their suffering.

Overall, a good background listen while doing other things, but not something I at least got drawn into and wouldn't have been able to put down.

"This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review."

Have you listened to any of S W Salzman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Did a good job with multiple characters - probably too many for anyone to fully handle

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Cost of Betrayal

  • By: David Dalglish
  • Narrated by: C.J. McAllister
  • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39

Their prophet dead and their home lost, the half-bloods Harruq and Qurrah Tun form a strained alliance with a band of mercenaries outside the city of Veldaren. As the brothers and their allies wage a private war against powerful thief guilds, forces greater than them all threaten to tear them apart and ruin any hope for a better life. Harruq must defend his family at all costs, for Qurrah's love of a girl with a shattered mind and the power of a goddess may doom them all.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Stick With It - It's Worth it!!!

  • By Michelle Titherington VanDaley on 06-06-17

Fun read

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

Reviewed: 06-03-17

Any additional comments?

Good story line. A bit too "D&D" at times, but held my interest and passed the litmus test - I will likely read the rest of the series.
I received a free copy of this book from the author - it has not altered my review in any way.

  • Lucifer's Star

  • By: C. T. Phipps, Michael Suttkus
  • Narrated by: Eric Burns
  • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 80
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 77

Count Cassius Mass was the greatest star pilot of the Crius Archduchy. He fought fiercely for his cause, only to watch his nation fall to the Commonwealth. It was only after that he realized the side he'd been fighting for was the wrong one. Now a semi-functional navigator on an interstellar freight hauler, he tries to hide who he was and escape his past. Unfortunately, some things refuse to stay buried and he ends up conscripted by the very people who destroyed his homeland.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Surprising

  • By erobbins33 on 05-22-17

Fun Space Opera

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

Reviewed: 05-30-17

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Probably so - with a caveat

Any additional comments?

Mixed feelings about this one. Story has potential and overall an enjoyable book. The narration was a problem for me - as noted by another reviewer, the dramatic (or overly dramatic) inflection didn't seem to match what was actually going on with the characters at times. The humor didn't require the narrator's over exhortation to come through and it was a distraction. For this reason, I also think that this would have been a better read in print.This issue aside, book is fun space opera.I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • In the Courts of the Sun

  • By: Brian D'Amato
  • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
  • Length: 27 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 107
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 54

December 21, 2012. The day time stops. Jed DeLanda, a descendant of the Maya living in the year 2012, is a math prodigy who spends his time playing Go against his computer and raking in profits from online trading. His secret weapon? A Mayan divination game---once used for predicting corn-harvest cycles, now proving very useful in predicting corn futures---that his mother taught him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Top of the list for this book!

  • By Melanie on 08-08-13

Not for everyone

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

Reviewed: 09-27-09

Interesting premise. Excellent narration. If you can get past the left wing paranoia reminiscent of 9-11 "truthers" and the nihilism, you will enjoy the story at least in part. Overall, unless unrelenting pessimism, a very dim view of human nature, and a belief in the pointlessness of human civilization (Mayan and modern)are your cup of tea, skip this one. If graphic violence and torture bothers you, I would also skip it. You can sum up hours of listening as -- "life is pain, so what's the point?"

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Steel Remains

  • By: Richard K. Morgan
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 15 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 934
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 681
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 689

In just a few short years, Richard K. Morgan has vaulted to the pinnacle of the science fiction world. Now he turns his iconoclastic talents to epic fantasy, crafting a darkly violent, tautly plotted adventure sure to thrill old fans and captivate new readers.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • This isn't your father's gay hero!

  • By Tizroc on 01-23-09

Very disappointing

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

Reviewed: 05-08-09

I have enjoyed most of Morgan's other books. This is probably only the second or third book from Audible that I could not finish. I would not recommend it and wish I had waited until it had been reviewed before downloading it myself.

10 of 19 people found this review helpful