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  • Drasine

  • By: Geoffrey Saign
  • Narrated by: Lauren Holladay
  • Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5

Sam and Jake know a battle is coming, but nothing can prepare them for the Evil One. Sam and Jake have spent the last year training to become warriors. Yet Jake has grown distant from Sam and won't tell her why. Giant Lessers attack them and attach a time bomb to Jake's arm. Sam and Jake are blackmailed - capture the magical dragon, Drasine, or Jake dies. Everyone wants Drasine, including the powerful Evil One, who has been hiding for centuries and has sworn to destroy KiraKu. Worse, Drasine is protected by a mysterious being no one has been able to defeat. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Winner from Geoffrey Saign!

  • By Eden S. on 07-26-18

Entertaining listening and narration

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

Reviewed: 07-30-18

I'm a fan of fantasy books, and usually use my credits on the names I am familiar with but the summary of the book and the audio sample hooked me, so I started on the journey with Sam and Jake with book 1 in this series and have been really surprised at how good the story and narration is,

From the beginning in book 1 (Whipeye), through book 2 (Gorgon) and now, book 3, which is my favorite, I find myself listening every chance I get, especially after work and instead of watching TV, I got hooked on the series.

The author has such created such interesting personalities with the animals in Kiraku as well as the humans in our world.
In book 1, two ordinary teenagers find themselves in an alternative world, full of beauty, sweet air and healing water. The kids run for their lives in book one, but they are helped out by friends who give them recourses that help give them power to fight the forces of evil. By the time you get to Drasine, Sam and Jake are no longer scared teenagers. They are ready for whatever comes their way, and they fight the good fight. Not like superheroes, but more like warriors. I was pleasantly surprised at how good this series is, especially this 3rd book, Drasine, It deserves 5 stars.

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  • Gorgon

  • By: Geoffrey Saign
  • Narrated by: Lauren Holladay
  • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5

A powerful Lesser poisons Sam’s dad and Jake’s mom. To save their parents, Sam must bring WhipEye to Gorgon - the cruel and scheming leader of the Amazon Lessers. Gorgon demands that Sam and Jake bring him the Jewel of Origin, a weapon of great power. If he gets it, nothing will stop him. Sam and Jake must decide - will they save two worlds or save their parents? Their friendship will be tested to its limits. To stop Gorgon, Sam must be willing to risk the lives of her friends in a battle that some will not survive. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A MUST read! Action, Excitement Abounds

  • By AudioBook Reviewer on 08-31-18

5 stars for Gorgon

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

Reviewed: 07-30-18

I've listened to the first two books in this series and really enjoyed both of them. I think I like Gorgon a little better, but it is a toss up. Both books are great. The third book has been released and I'm looking forward to listening to that soon.
Geoffrey Saign is a really good writer. This series is the first time I have heard of him and I highly recommend Fantasy fans to check it out.
There is a lot of adventure going on and I never felt like there was a dull moment. The characters are unique and fun. The narrator is great and the voices are unique too.
I'm looking forward to the adventures of Sam and Jake and hope there will be more books in the series.

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  • WhipEye

  • By: Geoffrey Saign
  • Narrated by: Lauren Holladay
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 7

Sam Green. Wildlife expert and nature lover, and desperately missing her mom. She also doesn’t think her 16th birthday should be a survival test. But she is about to learn she could die in the next 24 hours. Creepy monsters and a giant called Uncle Biggie do exist. Along with a scary guardian who wants to take over the world and an ancient wise-cracking parrot who wants to stop him. It’s up to Sam to save two worlds. With a supernatural staff named WhipEye - that she has no clue how to use. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Whipeye, evil shopkeeper, talking parrot and MORE!

  • By AudioBook Reviewer on 08-20-18

Masterfully Written and Narrated!

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

Reviewed: 07-21-18

I don't normally listen to books in this genre, but it came highly recommended, so I got the book, listened to it, and was so pleasantly surprised!
Sixteen year old Samantha Green and 17 year old Jake Morris battle between two worlds in a masterfully written tale of good and evil.
Just as I thought the evil monsters couldn't get any worse, they did. And, just when I thought Samantha and Jake were doomed, their friends from Kiraku helped them fight the evil Magnar and his minions.

Geoffrey Saign is a new favorite writer for me. I will be watching for more of his books in the future. One thing I found I really liked throughout all of the tension, running and fighting for their lives, was the humor Saign peppered throughout the book.

It was a thrill a minute and I look forward to the sequels, as I see there are more books to be released in this series.

Lauren Holladay's narration was perfect. I always knew who was talking and she can do male voices very well.

I wish I could give this 10 stars! Highly recommended!


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  • Heart in the Cloud

  • By: Mrs. Angela Marie Damrow
  • Narrated by: Lauren Holladay
  • Length: 1 hr and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3

This is a 100-percent true account, in my own words, about my life and struggles from childhood trauma to full healing! Enjoy. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book!

  • By Margaritaville on 07-12-18

Great book!

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

Reviewed: 07-12-18

Really enjoyed it! Mrs. Damrow did an excellent job talking about her struggles. Narrator was wonderful! Lauren Holladay has a beautiful voice and perfect inflection!

  • Sufficient Grace (Volume 1)

  • By: Jessica Greyson
  • Narrated by: Lauren Holladay
  • Length: 7 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5

Four years have passed since tragedy broke Grace’s family apart, tarnished the family name, and sent her into hiding at finishing school. Now, with a new last name and a few years between her and the accident, Grace wonders if she will be able to escape the heavy shadow of the past that smothers her with guilt and a desire to escape life. Grace carefully guards her heart from others to prevent them from discovering her past. However, when Mitch, a deputy, comes into her life, he seems bent on destroying Grace’s armor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sufficiently wonderful!

  • By Mama Kin on 02-24-18

My Wife loved this book!

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

Reviewed: 02-23-18

I got this book for my wife and we both listened to it in the car on a long drive. We both really enjoyed the story. I liked the Western genre and my wife really liked the budding relationship between Grace and Mitch. Overall, a well written and sweet book. The narrator, Lauren Holladay, was outstanding.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Marooned on the Conestoga

  • Colony Ship Conestoga, Book 2
  • By: John Thornton
  • Narrated by: Paul Hikari
  • Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

In book two of The Colony Ship Conestoga series, Jerome and Cammarry, the adventurers from Earth, are trapped on the wrecked derelict of the once-enormous generational ship. It is in orbit around a mysterious and unknown planet, but most of its systems have failed, and life is barely managing to survive. Cammarry and Jerome, along with Sandie, their artificial intelligence system, work to investigate the wreck. What will they discover? What dangers await?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Stronger than book 1.

  • By Rayc on 01-22-18

Good book, but narrator is irritating

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

Reviewed: 01-21-18

As a fan of John Thornton's books, I appreciate his gift of writing. But he (or whoever chooses narrators), should really give some serious thought as to who narrates his books. It was painful getting through books one and two.

THEN..."Eureka!"... just as I was about to give up on the series, I listened to book 3 and this beautiful, professional actress stole my heart! I was so happy that Thornton finally found a great narrator. After I finished book 3, I was equally thrilled to hear the same narrator on book four. But, alas, for whatever reason, Lauren Holladay, the narrator disappeared from the rest of the books after book 4. If the narrators are grating on your nerves, stay with it at least through book 4. I'm ditching the series after that unless he gets some decent talent to narrate his books.
What a pity.

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  • Conflict on the Conestoga

  • The Colony Ship Conestoga, Book 6
  • By: John Thornton
  • Narrated by: Paul Jenkins
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

Jerome and Cammarry, the adventurers from Earth, are still trying to piece together what all has happened to the Colony Ship Conestoga. The slave revolt in Habitat Alpha is continuing. The various systems of the ship are broken, half-working, or just frustratingly difficult to get operational. The enigmatic inhabitants of the alien world, Zalia, are potential threats, and more mysteries than ever are surrounding all attempts to make things work.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good solid Sci-Fi

  • By Rayc on 03-04-18

Bring Lauren Holladay back as narrator!

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

Reviewed: 01-21-18

I am a huge fan of John Thornton's books, but this is the last one I am going to waste my money on, not because the story isn't good. The narrator's are terrible! I've listened to all of the books in this series up to this one and, with the exception of Lauren Holladay (books three and four), the readers sound amateurish, there is noise in the audio and sentences repeated. I would suggest that the publishers find performers who are actual professionals. As much as I like Mr. Thornton's work, he has lost me because of his narrators. I'm a member of a Sci Fi audio book group (we suggest good Sci Fi to read or listen to). I will be warning them not to waste their money or credit on this series unless it's only for book 3 or 4... which won't make much sense if they don't hear the whole series. It's important for people listening with ear buds that there isn't crackling noise and irritating voices.

It's a shame that such a good writer doesn't seem to care what his audio books sound like.

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  • Alone on the Conestoga

  • The Colony Ship Conestoga, Volume 4
  • By: John Thornton
  • Narrated by: Lauren Holladay
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 8

In the fourth book of the Colony Ship Conestoga series, the adventurer Jerome seeks to find out what happened to his fellow adventurer Cammarry. She is lost somewhere in the vast Habitat Beta. Jerome has only a few of his Dome 17 high tech gadgets, and has also lost contact with the artificial intelligence system, Sandie. He feels alone. What dangers await? What other things are lurking in the unknown recesses of the derelict and crashed colony ship? Will Jerome be alone for the rest of his days?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good solid Scifi

  • By Rayc on 02-07-18

Awesome Sci Fi Fantasy!

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

Reviewed: 12-29-17

I'm really liking this series called the Colony Ship Conestoga. The characters are really being developed well. My favorites are book three and this one, book four. Sandie the A.I. is starting to experience human emotions. Everyone seems lost and are all trying to unselfishly rescue each other. The end was the best. Lauren Holladay is by far the best narrator in the series. I hope I hear more of her delicious narration in future Thornton books.

Highly recommended!

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  • Age before Beauty

  • Sister-to-Sister, Book 2
  • By: Virginia Smith
  • Narrated by: Lauren Holladay
  • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6

Desperate to stay home with her baby, Allie Harrod launches a new career. Sure, she dropped out of Girl Scouts because she was lousy at cookie sales, but makeup is different, right? She'll do anything to make enough money to cover her share of the household bills, but how can she focus on her business when her list of problems is growing? None of her pre-baby clothes fit, her checking account is dwindling, and her mother-in-law has decided to move in! To top it off, her husband's attractive coworker suddenly needs his help every weekend.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Allie's story is a blast!

  • By Margaritaville on 12-28-17

Allie's story is a blast!

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

Reviewed: 12-28-17

Another winner from Virginia Smith! This second book in a 3 book series takes a look at the oldest of three sisters, Allie. Allie is the most outspoken of the three sisters. She's a novice psychologist, a fiercely protective mother, and a dedicated wife and sister. After giving birth to baby Joan, Allie experiences some feelings of inadequacy and even suspects that her faithful husband Eric, may have a wandering eye. As Allie struggles to lose some weight after giving birth, her self esteem is low, she's confused as to whether she wants to go back to work or stay home with her new baby. An unexpected knock on their door one night puts a strain on their marriage. Will Allie and Eric make it through this struggle? I suggest reading or listening to Book 1 first, but this book also does well as a stand alone.
The narrator, Lauren Holladay hits a home run again on this second book as well.

I highly recommend this book and the whole series. I really enjoyed it!

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  • Third Time's a Charm

  • A Novel (Sister-to-Sister)
  • By: Virginia Smith
  • Narrated by: Lauren Holladay
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6

Tori Sanderson has the professional opportunity of a lifetime. If she can prove she's executive material, she's in line for a big promotion. But there's only room for one new account executive, and her co-worker has his eye on the job--and on Tori. Her matchmaking sisters have a handsome handyman in mind for her. But how can she consider romance when she couldn't hold on to the one man who was supposed to love her forever--her own father? The time has come for answers, and Tori decides to search out the father who deserted her twelve years ago. While Tori may find the answers she craves, will she ever be able to love again?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I love this series!

  • By Mama Kin on 12-28-17

Tis' Really a Charm!

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

Reviewed: 12-28-17

Waiting for the audio book version of Third Time's a Charm was definitely WORTH the wait. The third book in a 3 book series finishes with a huge WIN across the finish line! Each book took a look at one of three sisters, as Virginia Smith wows us with Tori's romantic life in this adorable and hilarious story! Two of Tori's sisters play match maker and every time they try, it's disastrous and most definitely will make you laugh out loud. Lauren Holladay is quite engaging as the reader and delivers the humor with precise timing. I won't spoil it, but I loved the ending and Virginia Smith, with Lauren Holladay's narration made this one my favorite of the three in the series. (But I do recommend you read or listen to the first two books in this series first) It comes together so nicely at the end. Loved it!

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