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  • An Altered Course

  • By: R. A. Carter-Squire
  • Narrated by: John C. Snipes
  • Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10

Driven to unravel his best friend’s disappearance, Michael Eldridge is on the verge of a discovery that will enable him to finally solve the mystery; time travel. He has worked out the equation, and is testing his theory, ready to leap into the past to find the missing link. While in the process of ensuring a safe and successful trip, Michael’s life explodes around him. A competing company will stop at nothing to get their hands on his technology, and his father’s health is deteriorating rapidly. When the woman of his dreams suddenly announces she’s interested in a relationship, he realizes this could be the worst timing ever; things are coming to a head faster than he can cope with them. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Travel through Space and Time

  • By cosmitron on 09-13-18

Interesting premises but underdeveloped characters

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

Reviewed: 12-03-18

Michael Eldrige is a renowned scientist with an obsession with time-travel. One of his main goals in life is traveling to the past, when at 7 years old, his friend Joe disappeared.

The premises of this story were interesting, and the intrigue wanting to know what happened to Joe kept me interested until the end, but there were many moments in the book that made me roll my eyes. The characters are simple drafts without personality, and the secondary characters blend into each other. There is just one female character, which is both secretary and lover to Michael. The only things she does are being insatiable in bed, being a good cook, worry about Michael, and complaining about the risk of the experiment. I hate when writers nowadays create uninteresting female characters, c’mon, life has changed a lot since the ’50s. There is also a sudden friendship born from a Deux ex Machina event that was not believable at all. The story in itself was okay, and there were plenty of twists and turns that got me entertained, but many of the events and character’s reactions and dialogs were unrealistic. There was also a lot of information delivered as monologues by Michael, which didn’t seem the most elegant way of doing this. I think I also have troubles when main characters are stinking rich, smart, and successful, to the point that they don’t seem to be real people anymore.

John C. Snipes did a good job in differentiating characters with voices and styles, but I had issues with his reading rhythm, introducing some pauses where they should not have been any. The audio production could have been better too. There were noticeable audio edits, changes in volume, audible breathing, and mouth noises. I found those distracting, even though I got used to them after a while.

It was an okay book, interesting if you are into time travel and are not too demanding about plot twists and character development.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

  • Deadly Shadow

  • A Paranormal Suspense Thriller (The Assassin Chronicles, Book 1)
  • By: Kim Cresswell
  • Narrated by: Robin Siegerman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29

Consumed with grief over the tragic death of her husband, FBI Agent Victory McClane is obsessed with finding Ohio's serial killer, "The Wrapper". When another young woman turns up dead and the victim is linked to Derrick Lynn, son of the secretary of defense, Victory finds Derrick has all the right answers and is a little too helpful. Derrick has a secret: He's a government assassin who uses his unusual paranormal skills to eliminate targets. Determined to keep his own secrets buried, he offers to help find the Wrapper. But can Victory trust him?  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good start to series

  • By Deborah on 08-11-18

Excellent murder mystery with a paranormal touch

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

Reviewed: 11-21-18

Detective Kate Becket meets X-Men. There's a serial killer named "The Wrapper" kidnapping and torturing young women to death on the streets of Ohio. Agent Victory McLane is on the case, while also going after another killer called "The Shadow" due to the ability of not leaving any trace behind on his murders. This Shadow is closer to Victory than she thinks, and may be of great help in finding "The Wrapper".

I enjoyed this book from beginning to end. The two parallel cases in the story got me hooked, and the several twists and turns kept my attention. The characters are likable, and they are developed enough to make me care for them. 

I like murder mysteries but I don't always enjoy paranormal stories. This was an exception. The paranormal factor in this story added another layer of complexity and interest, and Derek was so charismatic that I couldn't resist his charm. Another thing I liked was that, instead of having your typical young main characters, here Victory and Derek are on his forties, which, I think, makes for a more interesting read for people my age.

Robin Siegerman was the perfect match for this story. Her voice sounds mature, very appropriate for Victory, but she also did great in performing the rest of characters, delivering different voices and using sound effects when on phone calls, so that listening to this audiobook almost felt like watching a movie.

Great story, plot, writing, characters, and narration. What more can anyone as for? I would absolutely recommend it to anyone into murder mysteries, even though they are not into paranormal.

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Kim Cresswell. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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  • Fever Rising

  • By: K.M. Riley
  • Narrated by: Audra Cook
  • Length: 6 hrs and 5 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

Kaden Valens' world is kill or be killed. Such is the life of a Challenger, the property of a Citizen. Fight or die. When Kaden is ordered to face his sole family member, his sister, Nix, he chooses a different battle - one against the Federacy that owns him. Rebel Cassidy Havok is the Federacy's worst nightmare. Her only goal is to bring down the government, doing whatever it takes to eradicate the slave-based society. When Kaden defies the Federacy publicly, she hopes to make an ally out of him, turning the tide in the resistance's favor.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Marvelous

  • By Amanda on 12-09-18

Good story, well worth a listen

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

Reviewed: 11-19-18

The story is set in a world with a slave caste system, where some individuals have special powers that make them especially interesting for gladiator-like fights. Kaden, one of the champions meets Cassidy, a rebel that lives in the Wilds, where nothing should thrive, and she tries to convince him that things can change and this sick society should be overthrown.

I'm usually picky about fantasy and YA, but I enjoyed this story. The powerful images which the story opens with got me hooked and made me automatically care for the two siblings. There were many details missing in the world building but I found the ideas so interesting and original that I overlooked this.

The characters were likable and it was easy to relate to them, even though they were not ultra-developed. With more character development this would have been a 5-star book.

The narration by Audra Cook was correct, and her voice was pleasant. There was some differentiation between voices but I found a bit upsetting that Kaden and Cassidy, two of the main characters, sounded almost exactly the same. I found it confusing, especially because one is male and the other is female.

It was a good story, well worth a listen.

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by K.M. Riley. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

  • In Times Like These

  • By: Nathan Van Coops
  • Narrated by: Neil Hellegers
  • Length: 13 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 753
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 709
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 709

Benjamin Travers has been electrocuted. What's worse, he and his friends have woken up in the past. As the friends search for a way home, they realize they're not alone. There are other time travelers, and some of them are turning up dead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Time Travel Adventure

  • By Thomas on 10-26-16

Old-school time-travel

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

Reviewed: 10-30-18

A group of friends is electrocuted and transported to the 80's, where they will have to search for a way home. In the meantime, they will witness some events and have the moral dilemma about whether or not act upon things and maybe change the future.

This book is pure old school time-travel, with the character's questions about time paradoxes and meeting acquaintances and family members in the past. It was a roller coaster and a lot of fun, and I liked joining this group of friends on their quest.

Something I missed was a bit more character development, and somehow the characters seemed much younger than what they really were. This prevented me from fully connecting to them, and immerse myself in the story. Doctor Quick is the typical quirky genius that seems to take things lightly to the despair of Benjamin and his friends.

There is a lot of the techie babble about time-travel that we usually find in this kind of stories, about particles, electricity and such. It was a funny touch but maybe not for everybody.

I found a lot of the stereotypes that we usually find in classic time-travel stories, like babble, the likeable (and not fully developed) characters, and the crazy genius. This is not a criticism, just an opinion, and I think this book will work well for people into this kind of literature, since this could be a perfect example of it. I just use to like more mature stories with a bit more developed characters.

Neil Hellegers was the perfect match for this book, and he did a great job expressing Benjamin's emotions. He did also a great job interpreting the rest of the characters, and providing them with differentiated voices. I only struggled a bit with the rhythm of the narration, since it seemed to happen in bursts, and it took me a while to get used to its pace.

It was a good book, and I would absolutely recommend it to anyone into time-travel, especially if they enjoyed Back to the Future (which is mentioned several times throughout the book) and are nostalgic about the 80's in general.

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Nathan Van Coops. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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  • Mocha and Murder

  • A Killer Coffee Mystery Series: Book 2
  • By: Tonya Kappes
  • Narrated by: Madeline Mrozek
  • Length: 4 hrs and 47 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

Roxy becomes entangled in another murder as she puts her sleuthing skills to work in order to prove that Louise Carlton didn't kill Fred Hill over a pet adoption gone wrong. After all, if Louise goes to jail, who is going to find all the animals at Pet Palace a home. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gotta love small towns!

  • By Dee on 09-15-18

Entertaining cozy mystery

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

Reviewed: 10-30-18

Roxy’s tranquil life is disturbed again, when her friend Louise, owner of the Pet Palace, is suspected of having murdered Fred Hill, who had previously adopted a rare kind of hen.

I enjoyed book one of this series, so I decided to listen to this one. Even though this is the second book it could also be listened to as a standalone since each book contains a complete story.

I find cozy mysteries so entertaining and refreshing, and this book is no exception. We find likable characters in a small community where everyone knows one another. I especially liked the relationships among characters and how the mystery was unraveling towards the end. It could be that I listen to a lot of cozy mysteries but I guessed who the killer was halfway throughout the book. This didn’t prevent me from relishing the whole story and wonder if I could may be wrong.

Something special about this series that I didn’t see in other books of the genre is the love for animals, especially pet dogs. As an animal lover myself, I take pleasure in reading about others. I think this, and the delicious meals prepared by Roxy, made me feel fuzzy and warm inside while listening to this book, despite of the corpse found by Roxy.

But one of the best things about this audiobook is its narration. Madeline Mrozek has delivered a rich and enjoyable narration, with subtle but clear nuances on the different character interpretations and voices, so following dialogs was an effortless task. It’s always a delight when a narration not only adds value to a book but also doesn’t interfere with the story.

This is a great series that I would love to follow. I hope the next book gets published soon.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

  • Ukulele Murder: A Nani Johnson Mystery

  • Aloha Lagoon Mysteries, Volume 1
  • By: Leslie Langtry
  • Narrated by: Susan Marlowe
  • Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 26

Nani Johnson thought she had it made when she moved from Kansas to the resort town of Aloha Lagoon, Kauai. In spite of her certifiably crazy mom, Nani is determined that nothing will stop her from becoming a ukulele virtuoso! But when one of Nani's competitors drops dead right after a public feud, Nani becomes the police's main suspect. A missing murder weapon, mysterious threats, and a heck of a frame-up job all have Nani worrying she'll be trading in her flowery muumuus for prison orange.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Be transported to the Garden Island

  • By cosmitron on 08-15-18

Entertaining cozy mystery set in Hawaii

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

Reviewed: 10-27-18

Nani Johnson moved from the Kansas plains to Hawaii with her mother after her father’s death. After a year living there, she’s still struggling with becoming a well-known ukulele player due to the fact that she is not a real Hawaiian, and plays second fiddle to three important ukulele players on the island. Almost wishing those three musicians to be dead, because they are not nice to her and she seems to be not good enough for them, Nani sees her ‘wishes’ become true when one of the players appears dead one evening. The big problem here though is that Nani is a person of interest in the murder investigation.

I’m a sucker for cozy mysteries, and having the perspective of listening to one set in Hawaii and with the word ukulele in the title was just too much for me to resist. I have to say that as cozy mysteries go, this one kept me really interested from the start, and kept guessing all along who the murder could be. It’s not that I’m not interested in other occasions, but I tend to enjoy without giving it too much thought. Listening cozy mysteries is one of my ways of decompressing.

The story is well built, and I thoroughly enjoyed the setting and atmosphere. I especially liked to learn some facts about Hawaii and about one of the hardest woods in the world. The characters were, in general, likable, but there was not too much character development. The only character that didn’t convince me was Nani’s boyfriend. It seems he was just an artifact to assist in telling the story. He voiced some of Nani’s thoughts but he did little else, apart from tagging along with Nani and her friend.

Susan Marlowe’s narration was fantastic. Adding value to the book and not disturbing the story. She kept a good pace and delivered great character interpretations, while also using different voices for them. Following dialogs was a breeze, and she kept my attention at all times.

It was good cozy mystery and it fulfilled its mission: providing me with some good hours of stress-free entertainment. I’d recommend it to anyone into cozy mysteries.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

  • Empire of the Dragon: An EVENT Group Thriller

  • EVENT Group Thrillers, Book 13
  • By: David L. Golemon
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 93
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92

230 BC - The first sovereign emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang, has consolidated his ultimate power with battles against the last of the dissenting tribes of China. With one last province to take, he knows he will be pitted against the one man he fears - his mysterious half brother, Li Zhang, leader of a peaceful province to the north. The new emperor's goal was to murder Li Zhang for the secrets he has kept from the world that would give Qin Shi Huang the power to strike beyond the borders of ancient China. The power over earth, water, fire, and air. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Change in narrator is disappointing.

  • By Sofia M. on 08-07-18

A page-turner

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

Reviewed: 10-22-18

The Event Group, a secret department within the U.S. Government is sent to China in order to investigate a mysterious extraterrestrial ore that could change the course of aerospace travel, just to discover that the Russians may be ahead, and that there are deeper mysteries in the desert of Gobi.

This was a very entertaining story, with several twists and turns, and some action. I want to clarify that this is the first book I read in the series, so it took me a while to get familiar with the characters, but this didn’t deter me from enjoying the book, in which the past is mixed with the present, and a supernatural power guards the secrets of it all.

Jeffrey Kafer did an excellent job, as always, narrating this book. His compelling tone kept me on the edge of my seat, and his character interpretations created the illusion of having several real people. Kafer is one of my favorite narrators!

Empire of the Dragon is a page-turner that will delight fans of the series. The book can be read as a stand-alone but I believe it will make more sense if you know the backstory.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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  • Ray vs the Meaning of Life

  • By: Michael F Stewart
  • Narrated by: Kevin Clay
  • Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

Grandma's last will and testament names Ray to inherit the trailer park. It's a million-dollar estate with one hitch: To prove he's not as aimless as he seems, Ray must discover the meaning of life by the end of the month. (She left the answer in an envelope.) If he fails, the camp goes to his estranged family.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • THIS is what a YA book is meant to be!

  • By Hall Ways on 10-01-18

Quirky and endearing, a must read!

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

Reviewed: 10-04-18

The blurb of this book sounded felt so different from the mainstream for YA that I immediately became curious. Ray is part of a very dysfunctional and atypical family. They own and live in a caravan park, and his grandmother leaves him the park if he finds the meaning of life within a month.

The story is told in the first person by Ray, and the writing style is indeed the one of a teenager. It's quirky at times and reflexive at others. At the beginning of the story, I felt really annoyed about Ray's family and the way they treated him. I thought it was so sad how some people can behave during hard moments, almost mistreating their loved ones. It was good that the story picked my interest rather quickly because I was feeling so bad about Ray that I was not sure I wanted to read this book.

In the search for the meaning of life, Ray will count with the help of a famous guru, and in the middle of his grieving, he will learn that the best way of finding the meaning of life is not focusing on it. The characters in this book evolve great lengths thought the story, especially Ray. I found it easy to relate to him, and I laughed and cried in equal parts. 

This book is also a journey of self-discovery, and a great book not only for young adults. Sometimes we're obsessed with great tasks, just forgetting what we have in front of us. This is what I learned from this book, a good piece of advice at any age:

Imagine your better self.
Visualize your goals and achieve them.
Think you'd be dead tomorrow. What will you do today?
Create good habits.
Find what you truly love and focus your energy towards that.
Keep your promises.
Be kind.
I just feel like writing this in big letters and put it on my wall where I can see it every day.

Kevin Clay's narration was really enjoyable. He not only impersonated Ray but also gave different styles and voices to the other characters. His narration is what kept me going at the beginning of the book when I was not sure whether I was going to like it or not. It was simply perfect.

I think this is a great book, which I would recommend to all teens, but I think it will also be enjoyed by people of any age group since it deals with universal truths. I'd love to see this on the big screen.

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Michael F. Stewart. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

  • Bricked In

  • By: Max Wannow
  • Narrated by: Max Wannow
  • Length: 5 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars 2

Bricked In is a disgusting glimmer of self-recognition. For many, happiness is found in freedom. After winning the lottery, a former gypsy becomes the queen of a dystopia. Newlyweds Bethany and Neil join this isolated society, which is devoid of common American laws. With no holds barred, experimental science takes place.  

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • All Over The Place

  • By Brian on 09-04-18

Poorly written

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

Reviewed: 10-01-18

A gypsy mother and her five-year-old daughter win the lottery and build a society where moral values are completely different from the outside world. People who lost everything in life can choose to go and live there since money doesn’t exist and there are other ways of living.

I’m not sure what to say about this book. At first, I was curious about what people were going to find within the walls of the city, and some things, I think, worked pretty well. The genetic experiments were a nice touch, just if they were not as absurd as they were. Somehow somethings didn’t make sense. The fact that they all grew a tail in order to sustain everyone was a fun idea, but I really doubt they could produce as much protein as needed.

The characters were not fully developed, and their actions didn’t make a lot of sense. I wonder why a nomad gypsy would decide to settle down just because she won the lottery. I was also taken aback due to the absence of a real plot. From a moment onwards, everything was all over the place. I don’t mind reading about people who have lost their values and have become completely depraved, but I need a minimum of a story to be able to go on. It didn’t help that the book was poorly written, and the dialogs seemed forced.

Max Wannow narrated the book himself. It was mostly okay, with some noticeable audio edits, but overall a decent job. His female voices sounded a bit forced, but it could have been done on purpose to make the characters even more ridiculous than they really were.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

  • Exodus: Book Two: Last Days Trilogy

  • By: Jacqueline Druga
  • Narrated by: Rick Gregory
  • Length: 4 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

Following his successful experiment of extracting DNA to clone the image upon the Shroud of Turin, Dr. Marcus Leon faces a world torn asunder. The clone takes the name Devante and assumes a role of great power. His presence and deception bring about biblical-like destruction upon the Earth. While Devante seems unstoppable, only one person, his creator, Marcus Leon, holds the key to ending it all. But can Marcus survive not only the forces of nature, but the forces of Devante and build the army needed before it’s too late?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Exodus from this book and series

  • By cosmitron on 02-28-18

Not my cup of tea

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

Reviewed: 09-29-18

This is the second installment of the Last Days Trilogy, where a scientist extracts DNA from the shroud of Christ with the purpose of cloning and research. This second part is about how Devante, this second Christ, plans to dominate the world.

I had my troubles with the first book, so I suspected that things were not going to improve for me on this one. Apart from the religious stuff, Devante turns out to be more a devil than a God. I found the story confusing and I was not too invested in it. I guess the book could work for those into demoniac stuff, but it’s just not my case.

Rick Gregory’s narration was adequate, with good character interpretations and a good pace. There were some noticeable audio edits that were a bit distracting, but it was still easy to follow the story.

I won’t be continuing with this series, as the second book didn’t succeed in picking my curiosity after the first one.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.