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  • Superman Unveiled

  • A Novel
  • By: Luis Herrera
  • Narrated by: David Bosco
  • Length: 4 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12

What you are about to hear is the true, untold story of the god the world has come to know as Superman. There are many things that must be cleared regarding this "man", much lore and superstition that must be debunked if we ever hope to grasp his true identity and nature. The first fable that must be put to bed is the notion that Superman is an alien from Krypton, a fiction clearly made up to protect his actual identity. You see his story is real, and that is why it has been told, this is why you think you know it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • First, forget everything you know about Superman

  • By Dominique on 08-16-17

The curse of Superman...but not the one you know

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

Reviewed: 07-16-19

Superman Unveiled (A Novel) by Luis Herrera and narrated by David Bosco is a book I’m having mixed feeling on. Luis has a way with his writing that pulls me in and his stories are different (in a good way), but with this one, the preaching became too much for my personal taste from chapters 14-17 (it did let up after this). I did enjoy the story overall and would recommend.

So what’s it about? Think of it as an adult retelling of Superman, or a Superman of sorts- it begins with a tale of Superman and changes over to more of a religious theme by the end. You will need to put anything you know about Superman aside because it’s not the typical superhero legend you know. With that being said, you will hear some references to Clark Kent, Christopher Reeves, or like mentions. There is some humor. Multiple times in the first couple chapters I was laughing and well, just the thought of our beloved superhero being not so good…make sure to open your mind with this and you will enjoy it/understand it better. Some other things to expect/explore: the many lives lived by this Superman/Magnus, immortality, Mary Magdalene, the story taking off in the 80s/90s Pablo drug era and moving into the future of New Freeland, twists and turns, and more.

David Bosco, the narrator, did a brilliant job (as usual). He has a nice variety of voices and keeps a steady pace, definitely adding to the story. If you haven’t checked out David’s books, you should get on it (like now).

If you’re down to listen to a unique story that contains a good amount of religious themes as it moves forward, you will enjoy this one. Overall I give it four stars for the story, five stars for narration.

Parental advisory/trigger warnings: The first part of the book contains adults situations, such as swearing, mention of blow, parties & hookers, car accident, drug smuggling, slurs (n and f word), discussing of social injustices, and heavy on the religion as the book moves on.

*I was given a free review copy of the audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. Thank you for allowing me to listen and review the book!

  • Uprising: A Post-Apocalyptic Dystopian Novel

  • The Outliers Saga, Book 2
  • By: Kate L. Mary
  • Narrated by: Grace Sylvan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 12

I stood by and let it happen for too long, but I will not do it anymore. I will not be the person who watches others get hurt and does nothing to stop it. Not anymore. Returning to Sovereign City after everything that was stolen from her is something Indra never thought she would do. Despite the scars she wears both inside and out, left there at the hands of the Sovereign and the Fortis, she is determined to save her people from oppression, even if it means putting her own safety at risk.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must read!!

  • By Natalia Martinez on 05-09-19

A force to be reckoned with...

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

Reviewed: 07-14-19

Uprising: A Post-Apocalyptic Dystopian Novel (The Outliers Saga, Book 2) by Kate L. Mary and narrated by Grace Sylvan is...WOW! What an exceptional follow up! For reals…if you enjoy books with darker themes, are empowering to women, strong female leads, or post-apocalyptic/dystopian worlds, you should be checking this series out asap.

What it’s about? After healing from her husbands death, Indra returns to her previous place of employment but something in her has changed. She is no longer the powerless woman she once was. Going back to work and encountering the Fortis and Sovereign sets off a flurry of emotions. No longer able to do nothing when her friend is being violated by Lysander, she takes action, resulting in changes for the Outlier tribes, Fortis, and Sovereign. Expect a lot of action and killing. We learn about the different Outlier tribes as Indra tries to unite them to rise up against the Fortis and Sovereign. Indra creates and becomes the leader of a new tribe of women. A romantic relationship develops. How to deal with the threats in the wastelands and from fellow tribal members? Who lives in the mirrors that make the energy for the Sovereign? How to handle the misogynistic tribe? What is it that’s stopping the tribes from entering Sovereign City? What happened to the missing tribal members? There should be no surprise that the book ends in a cliffhanger as there are three books in the series, but I feel I need to say this because there’s always someone who complains.

If you are looking for an empowering book, this is it. Make no mistake, it’s a book that deals with dark subjects. Kate’s writing makes you feel emotions and creates bad guys so bad that you can’t help but hate.

The narrator, Grace Sylvan, once again did a great job. As I said in the first book review, it is clear she is the perfect fit for this series. I would check out other books by her.

Overall I cannot recommend this series enough. I feel it’s Kate’s best work to date. I went straight from book one to book two despite other life obligations I should have been doing. If you enjoy books with darker themes, books that are empowering to women, or post-apocalyptic/dystopian worlds, this is the series for you. If you are new to Kate’s book, you best get on the Kate bandwagon quick!

Parental guidance/trigger warnings: revenge, remembering past sexual assaults and coming face to face with abuser, attempted rape, slaves, sex on wedding night and one other time (not in graphic detail), tattooing, killing of men via arrows, death from other weapons, one tribe is extremely sexist and believes women need men to survive (treats women like they are the bottom of the barrel- no eye contact/no talking or addressing women, comments about how they are inferior and things along those lines), hitting of a woman by a man, cruel treatment of the disabled by the Sovereign, getting rid of babies who are born with what some might consider a disability (death or sent to live elsewhere), and possibly similar scenarios that I’m forgetting. I do not recall any swearing. This is a book that contains dark/potentially triggering subjects.

*I was given a free review copy of the audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. Thank you for allowing me to listen and review the book!

  • Outliers: A Post-Apocalyptic Dystopian Novel

  • The Outliers Saga, Book 1
  • By: Kate L. Mary
  • Narrated by: Grace Sylvan
  • Length: 7 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33

Indra is an Outlier. Living on land that has not healed from the poison of the past, the Outliers have adapted - but to the Sovereign and the Fortis, they are nothing. For centuries the Fortis have made their abuse of Outliers a sport, but when Asa comes to Indra's rescue, she sees something different in him. Something that marks him as so much more than just a Fortis guard. But when Indra's world begins to unravel, even the quiet alliance she and Asa have formed cannot save her from the wrath of the Sovereign.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Holy Roller Coaster of Emotions!!!

  • By Mary on 02-15-19

Survival, plotting, revenge...must listen!

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

Reviewed: 07-12-19

Outliers: A Post-Apocalyptic Dystopian Novel (The Outliers Saga, Book 1) by Kate L. Mary and narrated by Grace Sylvan is Kate’s best series to date in my opinion. If you enjoy dark post-apocalyptic/dystopian worlds with a strong female lead as the series moves forward, this is the book for you.

What’s it about? Many years into the future castes have settled on what’s left of the land, most of which is poisonous and not suitable to grow crops. The Sovereign, who are the upper class, rule with an iron hand. The Fortis are the Sovereign’s guards and enforce the laws. In the lower class are the four Outlier tribes, who are employed by the Sovereign as they need the jobs to survive. The story is told through Indra’s viewpoint. She faces many dangers from her village to work every day and then some. Other elements in the book: love interests, death, borderlands, wastelands, the wilds, hunting for food, one child rule for the Sovereign, tribal traditions, and more. This book has excellent world building and character development (this might be the best series of Kate’s books to date- I’ve already started the second book and have been unable to put either of them down- help!). If you enjoy books with strong female leads, who find their strength, will to live, and revenge after trauma, this is the book for you. Keep in mind Indra grows as a person as the series goes on, so she is not kick butt right from the start. There is a decent amount of brutality in this book- it is not for the faint of heart.

The narrator, Grace Sylvan, did a great job. Initially I wasn’t sure, but not long after I started listening, it was clear she is the perfect fit. Her accent reminded me of Cloud Atlas in a way- so stick with it if you aren't sure at first. I would definitely check out other books by her.

Overall I highly recommend the audiobook. I’m already on book two and am patiently waiting for book three to be released on audible. If you enjoy dark post-apocalyptic/dystopian worlds with a strong female lead, this is the book for you.

Parental guidance/trigger warnings: As I stated before, this is not for the faint of heart. Hunting of animals for food, beheading and other ways of dying, sex on wedding night and other times (not in graphic detail), cutting off hand as a punishment, removal of clothes to be searched (repeatedly), sexual harassment/verbal harassment of the Outliers, repeated rape of staff (male raping women- sometimes resulting in pregnancy), whipping of staff, electroprods used on staff, death of spouse, talk of miscarriages (multiple), adoption, and tattoos. I do not recall any swearing.

*I was given a free review copy of the audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. Thank you for allowing me to listen and review the book!

  • Lucas Black

  • A Novel
  • By: Luis Herrera
  • Narrated by: David Bosco
  • Length: 4 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

You have been endowed a gift, Lucas. You have been entrusted with a sickle and a staff, whose use and inherent powers you have only seen glimpses of in your short life. These powers will steadily increase, condense, sharpen, and grow. They will progressively submit to the dominion of your command. As with all tools, instruments, weapons, and power, these have the potential to be misused or not, to be properly handled, or not.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Pink Floyd fans will get it

  • By Keli on 08-25-17

It will keep you entertained & pondering...

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

Reviewed: 07-12-19

Lucas Black (A Novel) by Luis Herrera and narrated by David Bosco might be one of the most interesting creations I’ve ever listened to. The twists and turns...well I promise that you will not know where this book will take you. I recommend it for those who enjoy books with a music and fantasy theme.

What’s it about: It’s a fantasy that will have you pondering quite a few things. David (the narrator) said it’s like a rock opera, which I agree (think rock opera with fantasy elements). The book contains multiple stories of various characters, who are all tied to Lucas Black. I’m not going to go into the different stories as I will give spoilers away or possibly influence your thinking of what takes place- it’s best you listen for yourself and decide. Some of other elements you will encounter are: God/goddess, incubi, religion (not preachy), the mystical black manor, the destruction of mankind (how it comes about and the after-effects), archangels, and some humor. This is a small list of the overall story. If you listen/know about Pink Floyd, Clapton, the Stones, or Led Zeppelin, you will probably have a better appreciation of the book, but it’s not a must. You can always google The Dark Side of the Moon album and read on the idea behind it (hint hint).

The narrator, David Bosco, did a brilliant job! He has a nice variety of characters and the choice of voices were well done.

Overall, I recommend. It’s an offbeat listen that will keep you entertained and thinking. This would be a good choice for a book club discussion as views will vary depending on your interpretation. This will be a repeat listen for me.

Parental guidance/trigger warnings: death, some swearing (not excessive), religion (Christian, Jewish), mention of Trump, lynching of politicians (not in detail), and 9/11 mentioned.

*I was given a free review copy of the audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. Thank you for allowing me to listen and review the book!

  • Assassins and Liars

  • J.R. Finn Sailing Mystery Series, Book 1
  • By: Charles Dougherty
  • Narrated by: David Bosco
  • Length: 5 hrs and 3 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 man with secrets meets a woman on the run. Finn can't discuss his career; it's classified. He's about to leave Puerto Rico on a mission when he meets Mary. She wants to hitch a ride on his sailboat; she doesn't care where he's going. Finn thinks she's a rootless kid looking for adventure. He'll take her along; she'll provide cover for his clandestine activity. They're preparing to leave when Finn learns there's more to Mary's baggage than her backpack. He has second thoughts about giving her a ride, but it's too late. They need to get away from Puerto Rico in a hurry.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Yes, a good mystery here!!!

  • By Rhonda on 06-26-19

Story & narration will draw you in...more please!

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

Reviewed: 07-08-19

Assassins and Liars (J. R. Finn Sailing Mystery Series, Book 1) by Charles Dougherty and narrated by David Bosco is a quick, fun listen that will draw you in. I’d recommend for those who enjoy mysteries with sailing elements or are looking for a shorter listen.

What’s it about? The title does the book justice. While traveling for work on his boat Island Girl, Finn encounters Mary Beth. He lets her to tag along to his next location, but it’s not all sunshine and rainbows. Both have secrets they need to keep hidden. Both enjoy the sailing life. The two have more in common than they realize.

It contains a good amount of sailing terminology at times, but it shouldn’t be confusing even if you are newcomer (you have likely heard some of the terms before- mast, bow, tiller, mainsheet, halyard, sail ties, and so on). The writing and narration will pull you in. I listened to this in one sitting (didn’t even realize five hours had passed until the book ended).

David Bosco does an outstanding job with this one. I’d recommend listening to the audiobook as David’s narrations are brilliant and add to the story.

Overall, I recommend, while keeping in mind that this is book one of four so you will not find out everything quite yet. I cannot wait for the next audiobook and will be waiting patiently (perhaps a little impatiently).

Parental guidance/trigger warnings: some swearing (not excessive), murder/death, breaking of a male’s arm by female due to abuse (told as a story), relationships, and violence. Not saying anything else due to spoilers.

*I was given a free review copy of the audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. Thank you for allowing me to listen and review the book!

  • Liberation: Moonchild Book Two

  • By: Kate L. Mary
  • Narrated by: Heidi Drennan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

Second book in the MOONCHILD series.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • MISS SCARLET FOLLOW YOUR HEART!!! LOVED IT!!

  • By Annie The Audible Addict!!! on 05-23-19

Scarlett & the gang are back!

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

Reviewed: 06-30-19

Liberation: Moonchild Book Two by Kate L. Mary and narrated by Heidi Drennan is an awesome second book to the Moonchild dystopian steampunk series. Highly recommend if you enjoyed the first book, steampunk/dystopian societies, or strong female leads. A solid 4 ½ stars, more like 4 ¾.

The story starts shortly after the first one ends. New characters have joined the pirate group causing tensions. The group gets a frantic message from Paget, who has moved out, indicating she is in trouble. Enemies from the first book return while new ones emerge. The book contains lots of fast-paced action blended with Scarlett and Asher’s relationship troubles.

I loved the character development/background- we learn more about Paget’s life. Once the action picked up, it was difficult to put the book down (which seems to be the case with any of Kate’s books).

The only thing I didn’t care for was sometimes Scarlett/Paget were a bit annoying- instead of being understanding with each other, it was a lot of animosity (didn’t ruin the book by any means, but it was a little disappointing regarding character development).

Once again the narrator, Heidi Drennan, does a great job! She is perfect for this series.

Over all I highly recommend this series. You can’t help but be pulled in to Kate’s worlds. I cannot wait for the third book to be released on audible.

Parental guidance/trigger warnings: They are similar to the last books- strip clubs, drinking, talk about past rape, foster homes and abuse that happened in the homes, death, weapons, and other adult situations. The majority of these characters have traumatic pasts.

*I was given a free review copy of the audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. Thank you for allowing me to listen and review the book!

  • Frostbitten

  • One Nation Under Zombies, Book 2
  • By: Raymond Lee
  • Narrated by: Mark Westfield
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

The group of survivors must go up against their deadliest opponent yet: Winter. The survivors must bounce back from their losses and push through a harsh winter. Again, the humans they cross are far more dangerous than the undead scrambling for their flesh. They must overcome battles within their own group to help one another survive the elements as they find themselves once again on the run with zombies and their own demons chomping at their heels.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Lots of twisted action.

  • By cosmitron on 06-11-18

The craziness continues...

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

Reviewed: 06-29-19

Frostbitten (One Nation Under Zombies, Book 2) by Raymond Lee and narrated by Mark Westfield is a strong addition to the story. This is a good series for those who enjoy character-driven zombie stories. Would recommend if you have listened to the first book.

The story continues where the previous book left off. The group attempts to survive while making their way to a safe base while encountering threat after threat. New characters help make this book full of action, while some of the main characters struggle with their past choices. Mysteries come about that I’m hoping will be answered in the next book. By the end you’ll be searching for the third book.

Not sure if it is me or if the narrator struggled more with this one, but it felt like the voices were rougher than the first book.

Overall, I recommend, especially if you enjoy character-driven zombie books. I would recommend reading this series in order or you will miss a lot.

Parental guidance/trigger warnings: This is a book for adults who like a little darker themes. Death, guns, and crazy people play large roles in this series.

*I was given a free review copy of the audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. Thank you for allowing me to listen and review the book!

  • American History by the State: Interesting Stories and Random Facts About Texas, California, and New York

  • History of the United States Box Set, Book 1
  • By: Bill O'Neill
  • Narrated by: Derek Newman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 7

Rich history, important figures, and massive events that rocked the entire continent; each of the 50 states comprising the United States has been the scene of enormous moments in history that are the subject of study all over the world. Knowing such facts and being able to recognize the details of culture, folklore, and sports (among many other pieces of trivia) are gifts that very few have, even those that can boast living in certain states all of their lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting state trivia!

  • By Christine Newton on 07-18-19

Tons of fun! Must listen for trivia fans!

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

Reviewed: 06-27-19

American History by the State: Interesting Stories and Random Facts About Texas, California, and New York (History of the United States Box Set, Book 1) by Bill O'Neill and narrated by Derek Newman was a blast to listen to! Highly recommend if you are looking to expand your knowledge, wanting something interesting to pass the time on a road trip, or looking for something new.

This book is well researched and well written. It contains a nice variety of facts on Texas, New York, and California. Some examples of what to expect: rattlesnake roundup festival, Jack the Ripper’s tie to Texas, what soft drink was originally going to be named Waco, the start of the underwire bra, Bodacious the bull, Amber Alert origin, Prairie Dog Town, the oldest hospital in America still in operation, what park has been featured in more movies than any other in the world, Macy’s Christmas Day parade and why they went from live animals to balloons, the almost destruction of Grand Central Station and Jackie Kennedy Onassis move to save it, red velvet cake history, the riots over straw hats in 1922, Murder’s Row lineup, Lower Manhattan almost becoming a federal district, the last time Congress convened at New York City Federal Hall, why California was mistakenly named, Doritos started in Anaheim, the Beat Generation subculture, Cobb salad origin, The Cecil Hotel deaths, the Williams sisters, Bethany Hamilton, Michelle Kwan, and so much more.

The narrator, Derek Newman, did an awesome job! I would listen to another book by both the author and narrator. I do not have any critique for this book- it’s fantastic!

~A brief description~
Texas
Introduction- approximately 3 minutes.
1) History and Random Facts- approximately 35 minutes.
2) Pop Culture- approximately 36 minutes.
3) Inventions, Ideas, and More- approximately 27 minutes.
4) Sports- approximately 27 minutes.
5) Unsolved Mysteries, Supernatural, and Other Weird Facts- approximately 43 minutes.
6) Wildlife, Science, and Other Cool Facts- approximately 35 minutes.
Conclusion- less than a minute.

New York
Introduction- approximately 3 minutes.
1) History and Random Facts- approximately 37 minutes.
2) Pop Culture- approximately 32 minutes.
3) Facts about New York City Attractions- approximately 35 minutes.
4) New York Inventions, Ideas, and More- approximately 28 minutes.
5) Unsolved Mysteries, Supernatural, and Other Weird Facts- approximately 40 minutes.
6) New York Sports- approximately 27 minutes.
Conclusion- less than a minute.

California
Introduction- approximately 3 minutes.
1) California History and Random Facts- approximately 39 minutes.
2) Pop Culture- approximately 36 minutes.
3) Facts About California’s Attractions- approximately 30 minutes.
4) Inventions, Ideas, and More- approximately 28 minutes.
5) Unsolved Mysteries, Supernatural, and Other Weird Facts- approximately 43 minutes.
6) Sports- approximately 30 minutes.
Conclusion- less than a minute.

Overall, I recommend, regardless of your knowledge level. There is surely something for everyone in this book.

Parental guidance/trigger warnings: There is no swearing. It is pretty family friendly with exception to the chapters on unsolved mysteries, supernatural, and other weird facts- those sections discuss murders, serial killers, missing children, and like subjects. There are mentions of the Cosby show, 9/11 attacks, and OJ Simpson.

*I was given a free review copy of the audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. Thank you for allowing me to listen and review the book!

  • The MisreadBible: Genesis

  • By: J. R. Eldridge
  • Narrated by: Joshua Saxon
  • Length: 3 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

A collection of twisted Bible tales from the warped mind of J. R. Eldridge, brought to life by the mellifluous voice of Joshua Saxon. Embark on a journey from the creation of the universe to the arrival of the Israelites in Egypt in this blasphemously funny retelling of the Book of Genesis.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Don't pass this one up!

  • By Justin on 06-14-19

Hilarious retelling...must listen!

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

Reviewed: 06-24-19

The MisreadBible: Genesis by J. R. Eldridge and narrated by Joshua Saxon is just what I needed to LMFAO today! Highly recommend if you are needing a laugh/having a bad day or looking for something new.

This is an amusing retelling of bible stories with an adult twist. There’s plenty of variety- a Star Wars themed fable, a Dr. Seuss-ish tale, and so on. Some of the stories include; how God made the world, the making of day/night/seasons, where the saying “Are we there yet?” came from, and plenty more.

Some examples of what you will hear (very small list, but hopefully this will give you a general idea): Two sons were born to eyebrow, Jock itch is the father of…, sea monkeys, marinade is the father of pesto/ketchup/hollandaise/etc., Isaac was playing smush the oyster with Rebekah, Isaac named the well Rehoboth meaning thank F for that, and many more.

The table of nicknames was one of my favorites, although it’s extremely difficult to pick favorites because they all held my interest and made me chuckle. I haven’t laughed this hard from a book since Succubus Christmas Special: A LitRPG Short Story. My favorite line was: “Because this is the bible and it’s always the women’s fault.”

The narrator, Joshua Saxton, did an excellent job. I would listen to him again.

If you are religious and can tolerate some joshing around, give this book a shot. If you are religious and cannot take any joking about the bible, stay clear.

I hope this is not the last we hear from this author. This will be a repeat listen for sure.

*I was given a free review copy of the audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. Thank you for allowing me to listen and review the book!

Parental guidance/trigger warnings: swearing off and on throughout (f, s), talk about incest & rape, and religion.

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  • Cow Made God & Other Abominations

  • By: Mark Nye, Matt Shaw, Michael Bray
  • Narrated by: S.W. Salzman
  • Length: 3 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11

 

A collection of twisted, disturbing, and downright weird stories about bovine abominations, bestiality, zombies, the birth of the anti-christ, and a trip through purgatory...among other disgusting and degenerate diversions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great collection

  • By timj26 on 06-16-19

Take a walk on the dark side of society...

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

Reviewed: 06-23-19

Cow Made God & Other Abominations by Mark Nye, Matt Shaw, Michael Bray and narrated by S. W. Salzman is a set of depraved and disturbing short stories. I would recommend if you are looking for something to shock you, take a walk on the dark side of society, or if this is your typical listen.

Most of the stories held my interest, but some left me wanting just a little more (which would have kept me engaged on a better level). Overall, I give it 3 ½ stars. I would listen to another book by this author and narrator. Revolving themes: animals, religion, and starting fresh doesn’t always mean better (grass isn’t always greener on the other side)...

The narrator, S. W. Salzman, did a great job with these! I would listen to him again.

~A brief description of the stories~
1) Cow Made God- A butcher’s worst nightmare. Approximately 8 minutes.
2) Creationist Nightmare- How the three universes came about/Gods/Demi-gods. Approximately 14 minutes.
3) Eleven Lords Leaping- The last lord remains, but for how long? Approximately 22 minutes.
4) Mother is God- Silence of the Lambs feel to it (Can’t say much without giving away spoilers, but lots of twists and turns). Approximately 23 minutes.
5) Man Made Cow- A veterinarian meets the other abominations. Approximately 15 minutes.
6) The Unholy Birth- Can’t say much without giving spoilers (Sorry). Approximately 9 minutes.
7) School’s Out- A boy escapes clergy abuse and gets revenge. Approximately 17 minutes.
8) Hallow Field- A zombie tale. Approximately 13 minutes.
9) Violated- A spider woman tale. Approximately 14 minutes.
10) Purgatory- Prank gone wrong for two brothers. Approximately 17 minutes.
11) Nebulous Nightmare- A poem. Approximately 1 minute.
12) A Lady and Her Bovine- Fan fiction becomes your worst nightmare. Approximately 17 minutes.
13) The Unfortunate Fortune- Winning the lottery leads a man to an unusual sexual adventure. Approximately 20 minutes.
14) The authors note about how this book came about. Approximately 3 minutes.
15) And His Name Will Be Known Throughout the Land (by Matt Shaw)- A bovine court case. Approximately 11 minutes.
16) Leftovers (by Michael Bray)- A deal gone wrong or right depending on your angle. Approximately 23 minutes.

Foreword- thoughts on writing and the writing market. Approximately 4 minutes.

Parental guidance/trigger warnings: Make no mistake, this book is for adults and adults who can handle very dark subjects. Swearing, death/murder, incest, talk of pregnancy, domestic abuse, drunk driving talk, sexual abuse, clergy abuse, torture, suicide, strip club, fighting, and bestiality.

*I was given a free review copy of the audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. Thank you for allowing me to listen and review the book!

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