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Cottage Grove, MN, United States
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  • Shiv Crew

  • Rune Alexander, Book 1
  • By: Laken Cane
  • Narrated by: Rinelle Harkin
  • Length: 7 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

Supernatural beings exist in Rune Alexander's dark world, and as an agent in her county's law enforcement, it's her job to protect the humans from the various mad vampires, evil shifters, and rogue wolves that roam her city. When she discovers that an unknown human is abusing the supernatural groups, she and her devoted crew must break the rules and protect the Others from the humans - and they begin to realize the real monsters aren't necessarily the vampires or werewolves. The real monsters can be all too human.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • wonderful

  • By Jodee on 09-27-18

Troubled tale of the paranormal!

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

Reviewed: 10-16-18

Shiv Crew is the fairly interesting if not somewhat troubling tale of Rune Alexander; a tough as nails team leader whose job it is to protect humans from a variety of paranormal creatures known as Others. Rune has some disturbing mental instabilities of her own to deal with, which usually get in the way of her mission at hand. Duty and loyalty become even more confusing as Others are being tortured and killed. Is Rune now obligated to protecting the Others? This is a strange tale to be sure and I’m not quite sure if Laken Cane pulls it off. Three.point.five for the effort. This audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.

  • Hawke

  • By: Ted Bell
  • Narrated by: John Shea
  • Length: 16 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,292
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,196
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,184

Lord Alexander Hawke is a direct descendant of the legendary English pirate Blackhawke and highly skilled in the cutthroat's deadly ways himself. While still a boy, on a voyage to the Caribbean, Alex Hawke witnesses an act of unspeakable horror. Hidden in a secret compartment on his father's yacht, Alex sees his parents brutally murdered by three modern-day pirates. It is an event that will haunt him for the remainder of his life. Now, fully grown and one of England's most decorated naval heroes, Hawke is back in the same Caribbean waters on a secret mission for the American government.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excelent

  • By Steve on 02-25-18

Shiver me timbers an excellent tale!

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

Reviewed: 10-16-18

Hawke is a swashbuckling tale of political intrigue, modern-day pirates, and long overdue payback. Alex Hawke, descendant of a legendary English pirate and multi-millionaire industrialist is asked by our government to find a Russian submarine. Using his state-of-the-art weapons, vehicles, and contacts Alex has provided assistance in prior endeavors. The story is loaded with technology and action. The characters are fairly well developed and likable. I truly enjoyed this tale and could not put it down. Narration by John Shea was excellent.

  • Pandemic

  • The Extinction Files, Book 1
  • By: A. G. Riddle
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 18 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,877
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,490
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,478

In Atlanta, Dr. Peyton Shaw is awakened by the phone call she has dreaded for years. As the CDC's leading epidemiologist, she's among the first responders to outbreaks around the world. It's a lonely and dangerous job, but it's her life - and she's good at it. This time she may have met her match. In Kenya, an Ebola-like pathogen has infected two Americans. One lies at death's door. With the clock ticking, Peyton assembles her team and joins personnel from the Kenyan Ministry of Health and the WHO.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Read this before buying, too much hype

  • By Bradley on 06-23-17

Through the Looking Glass!

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

Reviewed: 10-14-18

Pandemic is a highly detailed and critical look at the evolution of said pandemic and the roles the CDC and WHO play in such a scenario. It may seem a little long in the tooth to begin, but it gets better; stay with it. The characters are well developed so you get to know them quite well. Peyton Shaw is our main epidemiologist and mostly in charge of the search for patient zero and then an antidote. Desmond Hughes is our mystery person who holds the key to Looking Glass; the cause or cure to the infection. Unfortunately Desmond has a memory issue, whether accidental or self-inflicted, and can’t remember who he is much less his connection to the outbreak. As the story unfolds, I anticipate Desmond’s memory to surface bit by bit and with help from Payton Shaw a solution will be in the works. The big question; how and why is the pandemic connected to Looking Glass? This audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.

  • Insurgent

  • Ice Hammer, Volume 2
  • By: Basil Sands
  • Narrated by: Basil Sands
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

Following the invasion of the previous year, Brad Stone has become the figurehead of Alaska’s resistance movement. He’s now head of the largest militia in the former state, including the Chiknik Rangers, making him enemy number one to the Chinese leadership based in Anchorage. At the same time his sons, Ben and Ian, find themselves waging a bloody guerrilla operation against Russian troops in the east. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Origins of Ice Hammer!

  • By RJ on 10-09-18

Origins of Ice Hammer!

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

Reviewed: 10-09-18

The major part of Alaska has fallen. The resistance is still active and our patriots Brad, Karzi and the rest of the crew continue the fight. Brad’s sons, Ben and Ian harass the enemy as members of the Scouts militia. Russians have joined the Chinese dividing the state in half as spoils of war. Brad has been videotaped via satellite disposing of two Chinese soldiers with an ice climbing hammer. The video went viral, burdening Brad with the nickname Ice Hammer and public enemy number one by the Chinese. On another front, Brad and Sammi have gotten married. How this situation will shake out in the future is a mystery to me. Young-mi, Brad’s wife believed dead, is definitely alive; living under the roof of, and protected by the Chinese General. I have a feeling that the war will ultimately resolve this issue in a final and possibly painful manner. This is a great story with excellent characters. I look forward to the next volume. This audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.

  • The Land: Raiders: A LitRPG Saga

  • Chaos Seeds, Book 6
  • By: Aleron Kong
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 13 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 8,612
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,132
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 8,114

The time of hiding has passed. The Mist Village will make itself known. Goblins have invaded Richter’s lands. Though the first incursion has been defeated, the anger of Chaos Seed remains. Those who challenge Richter’s power will learn there is a reason all creatures fear the mist.... It is the home of monsters. For the first time, Richter takes the battle to his enemies. He will live up to his name, and the very Land will shake with this power.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Prompts and Yet More Prompts: The RPG

  • By STLCajun on 01-05-18

The Chaos Seed comes into his own!

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

Reviewed: 10-03-18

Richter, Randolphus, Scion, Fueton, and of course Alma continue to strengthen the growth of the Misty Village. The villagers are more than content and Richter’s army grows in numbers and abilities. Richter himself has been slightly hobbled by having to repay the experience used to purchase abilities. Once that has been repaid he can once again gain experience and level. As Richter gains strength so do the enemies that gather against him. The largest and most difficult battle is the Goblin encampment. Even with Richter’s newest spells and abilities along with the Sprite army, Yoshi, and the Mother herself, the raid against hundreds of Goblins is not a guaranteed success. The artifact the Goblins possess should assure their victory; will it?

  • After the Roads

  • A Five Roads to Texas Novel
  • By: Brian Parker
  • Narrated by: Andrew B. Wehrlen
  • Length: 5 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31

The Texas Safe Zone is home to four million refugees, trapped behind the walls of Fort Bliss - too many people and not enough food. In a desperate gamble, the Army unit responsible for securing the walls begins to cast its net far and wide for pre-outbreak food storage locations. Not everyone will make it home. For Sidney Bannister, the Safe Zone has become a nightmare she can no longer endure. She must find a way to leave before her baby is born or risk never experiencing freedom again.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story in this new Shared World!

  • By Joseph Mahoney on 09-23-18

Fort Bliss coming to a boil!

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

Reviewed: 09-30-18

After the Roads focuses on the refugee camp at Fort Bliss, Texas. Initially the camp was designed to hold a maximum of one million people with additional camps outside the wire to handle any overflow. The camp now houses four million refugees! Food is running low, supplies non-existent. Our gal Sydney is six months pregnant and manages to maintain her reputation as an obstinate biatch. The soldiers live in barracks outside the camp maintaining a minimal supply of food and materials. Should the refugees discover this biased treatment, all hell would break loose. The military is aware of the issues and is at a loss on how or if the situation can be remedied. Where to acquire more food and how to make what remains last longer? In the meantime Sydney considers getting out of Dodge. Will she make it? This audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.

  • Ravagers

  • By: C. A. Gleason
  • Narrated by: Adam Verner
  • Length: 3 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 14

Searching for missing soldiers on a distant planet, Captain Nev and his squad are suddenly at war with fierce beasts. As they desperately fight for survival against this cunning, brutal, and relentless enemy, the devastating secrets determining their mission are revealed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Easy creature feature read!

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 09-24-18

Moving into a bad neighborhood!

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

Reviewed: 09-29-18

Marines on an alien planet fighting ravenous beasts; sound familiar? Earth is overpopulated and a new home is needed for the overflow. Planet Terrellivan(?) is that place, but the current inhabitants are big, vicious, intelligent, and hungry and do not want company. Our heroic Captain Nev and his team are sent by the devious Colonel Horn to find the previous team, which is mysteriously MIA. Nev will find there is much more to his mission than revealed to him. The plot is not new, but the characters are developed and there’s plenty of action. Three.point.five. This audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.

  • Toxicity

  • By: Aiden James, Fiona Fraser
  • Narrated by: Timothy McKean
  • Length: 14 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 16

In the tradition of The Stand, The Man in the High Castle, and The Road comes an epic story of struggle against tyranny in a future America.... The year is 2141. Islam controls most of the civilized world, including all that exists of the former United States. In this hostile environment, Joaquin Martinez and six others risk certain death as fugitives crossing state lines to reclaim loved ones stolen from Hernando, Mississippi, and sold into slavery in Detroit.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Frightening but slow.

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 12-29-17

I tried, but no joy!

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

Reviewed: 09-29-18

I started this book several times. The context that the Middle East ruled the U.S. killed it for me. I couldn't get past it and into the story. My apologies to Aiden James.

  • Against a Tyrant

  • The Far End, Book 1
  • By: C. A. Gleason
  • Narrated by: Mark Deakins
  • Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

A tyrant has risen in the shadowy aftermath of a great war. Whispers of his intent and cruelty spread across the landscape, and many he considers to be enemies either go into hiding or keep a blade ready. Hardly anything can prevent his army from annihilating the clans that surround him, but one of them realizes that a preemptive attack will certainly give them a fighting chance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I enjoyed this book immensely

  • By AudioBook Reviewer on 10-18-17

Life and times of Deemuth!

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

Reviewed: 09-27-18

After the war between the Efftruls and Numooks, Deemuth an Efftrul slave, was set free as promised. Deemuth learned the ways of war and ultimately removed the current ruler with a tyranny of his own design. This is the story of Deemuth and an account of his unyielding rule. Perhaps his memorial? This audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.

  • Battle of Kinds

  • The Far End Prequel
  • By: C. A. Gleason
  • Narrated by: Mark Deakins
  • Length: 2 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8

While witnessing a significant battle between rival kinds, a slave realizes what he wants for his life - but first he must escape the servitude of a powerful Efftrul leader.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Decent introduction to characters

  • By Kingsley on 10-10-18

Life and times of a slave!

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

Reviewed: 09-27-18

The story of Rawluv, an enslaved traveler, is fairly interesting, but I have issues. Crimsons, Branigans, Efftruls, and Numooks; I have no idea what these beings look like so I have difficulty imagining the characters and being involved in the story. This is a huge con in my opinion. Everything has a unique name with no similarity to anything known. Domains and weapons, those I know. The story would have been much more enjoyable with some additional background. So, we have the life and recollections of a slave. This audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.