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  • The Amber Light

  • Black Acres, Book 3
  • By: Ambrose Ibsen
  • Narrated by: Joe Hempel
  • Length: 2 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21

Kim's curiosity reaches a fever pitch. Reaching out to the people who knew the Reeds, she ends up with conflicting accounts of their lives and habits. Nothing is making sense, and with every passing day, she becomes less sure of what she knows. An unmarked grave just outside the woods. A series of revelatory dreams. A large, mysterious light fixture hiding in among the trees. When Kim switches on the amber light, she discovers the truth behind the disappearance of Marshall and Dakota Reed. Indeed, she learns far too much.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Kim, You Don't Have to Put on The Amber Light

  • By Spooky Mike on 01-27-19

Brutal

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

Reviewed: 02-06-19

Kim and Julian decide to take a breather from the house and set on a walk to enjoy the surroundings. Everything seems fine until they discover what seems to be an unmarked grave and they get lost in the woods.

Little by little, Kim discovers new things about the house and its previous inhabitants, makes assumptions, and takes great risks. In this book, she is much more alone than in previous books. With the help of Dakota’s diary and some revelatory dreams, she will learn more than she wishes to know, while Julian puts all his efforts in renovating the house, and ignores her fears.

This book is brutal, there are some new developments and findings that kept me on the edge of my seat. I found the book to be the scariest of the series until now. The disorientation Kim feels at times is contagious, and I found myself trapped in the story and the events. I definitely want to know what happens in the next book!

The best part of this book though is the narration. Joe Hempel’s narration is powerful in this one, making the listener vibrate and be there, in the house, with Kim and Julian, in danger and in suspense. Hempel’s narration has trapped me in this audiobook, and did not let go.

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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  • The Borderland

  • Black Acres, Book 2
  • By: Ambrose Ibsen
  • Narrated by: Joe Hempel
  • Length: 2 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23

Kim and Julian try to adjust to their new home, but reminders of the previous owners are many. For Kim, it's difficult not to fixate on the mysterious disappearance of the house's last tenants and she quickly grows obsessed with learning more about them. All the while, the house's quirks and flaws become more than just an annoyance. They're becoming frightening. The strange door in the basement, which had been wallpapered over so as to keep it hidden, has opened of its own accord. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • When Your Borderlands are Dead, You Need to Move

  • By Spooky Mike on 01-25-19

The tension is palpable

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

Reviewed: 02-06-19

This book continues the story of Kim and Julian, who recently purchased a house whose previous owners were declared dead in absentia. The book starts with their finding of a nursery in the basement of the house and continues with the strange events and nightmares affecting Kim. There is an old diary belonging to the woman who lived here, but her writing and what their friends tell don’t coincide.

Ambrose Ibsen is the king of creating ghostly personalities for houses, and this series is no different. The tension is palpable in the atmosphere in and around the house, and Kim is such a relatable character that it was impossible not to suffer for her. I also wanted to get to the bottom of things, and Julian’s matter of fact attitude towards the whole thing and Kim in particular made want to shake him and tell him a couple of things.

Joe Hempel’s narration was absolutely fantastic. Not only he brought the characters to life, but his inflected strong emotions in the narration, assisting the listener in connecting more closely with the characters and the story.

This is again a short audiobook, just shy of two hours and a half. I listened to it almost in one sit, and it left me wanting for more.

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.

  • Sex, Surrealism, Dali and Me

  • The Memoirs of Carlos Lozano
  • By: Clifford Thurlow
  • Narrated by: Pete Nottage
  • Length: 8 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 8

Sex, Surrealism, Dali and Me was first published in 2000 and was a top-10 best-seller a year later. It tells the biographies of two remarkable men. Salvador Dali, one of the 20th century's greatest painters, and his long-term muse - the Colombian dancer Carlos Lozano. Dali was famously a voyeur, and in this extraordinary audiobook, we are witnesses to the bizarre sexual fantasies he lived out among celebrities, aristocrats, enemies, and the plain crazy. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A life that was Surreal

  • By cosmitron on 09-17-18

Beautifully written

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

Reviewed: 01-26-19

Being an admirer of his art, and also a Spaniard, I was very intrigued about this book. This is Dali seen by the loving eyes of Carlos Lozano, a model, and a dancer, Dali’s friend but also his protegee. Thanks to Lozano and Clifford Thurlow we get some insights about Dali’s life and eccentricities, and how everything seemed to revolve around the artist in a unique and extravagant way.

The book is beautifully written, and despite some powerful images that can’t just be unseen by my mind’s eye, I enjoyed it tremendously. I didn’t aspire to understand Dali by listening to this book, since understanding him would be impossible, like understanding and replicating his art. Someone able to create those paintings had to be a tormented and egocentric soul, which is what Carlos Lozano is showing us here.

It was a very heartfelt biography, and there were some torturous and hard moments that Thurlow expressed like he was Lozano himself, the ever waiting young man for his idol to be near.

Pette Nottage’s narration was the perfect delicious match for such a beautiful text, and not only his interpretation of Lozano was simply sublime. When impersonating Dali, Nottage was just exquisite. The only minor setback is that the few Spanish words in the book were mispronounced, which is a shame, considering that Lozano’s mother tongue was Spanish. Anyway, I guess very few people will notice this.

A very recommendable listen for anyone who appreciates Dali’s art, not to understand him, but to know him a little bit better.

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.

  • The Age of the Child

  • By: Kristen Tsetsi
  • Narrated by: Nila Brereton Hagood
  • Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

It's the worst time in the nation's history of reproductive legislation for someone like Katherine, who doesn't want a child, to learn she's pregnant. The ratification of the pro-creation Citizen Amendment has not only criminalized the birth control that would have prevented Katherine's accidental pregnancy, but abortion and most miscarriages are illegal, too.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • 2 Stars = "it's OK"

  • By JenniferFour on 10-23-18

Interesting read but bad narration

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

Reviewed: 01-09-19

This is a dystopia where childbearing is taken so seriously that abortions and even miscarriages are investigated and legally punished. The main characters of the first part are two female friends who conceive around the same time but only one the children is wanted. The book follows the story of these two children, two girls, who remained friends from the beginning, but whose very different upbringings marked them for life. In the second part, Millie, the unwanted child, desperately wants to get pregnant, but society is trying to fix the mistakes previously made, and child licenses are given to only few.

This is a very interesting topic, and one not often covered in science fiction. A recommended read for any pro-life advocate. Streets full of abandoned children, and unwanted but kept children who grow up just to be dysfunctional human beings. I’m terribly biased regarding this topic, as I believe is Kristen Tsetsi.

The pace of the book is a bit slow at times, but I feel it’s necessary to illustrate all that is happening. I missed a bit of world building. This was also one of my complaints about The Handmaid’s Tale. The story is so centered around the main topic that there is little information extra about the world they live in.

I listened to the audio version of this book and I struggled… a lot. I was about to abandon the book several times but I kept on because the subject was interesting. There were issues at several levels: Nila Brereton Hagood’s reading was clunky and there were weird pauses in the middle of sentences and sometimes the wrong intonation. The character’s voices sounded all the same, and the interpretations were stiff and with no inflections. It was quite difficult to follow dialogs. Millie’s friend had sometimes a Southern accent that was appearing and disappearing at random. Regarding audio production, there were multiple very noticeable audio edits, volume changes, and sounds of breathing in.

It was such a pity because the book is quite good, but I would not recommend the audio version.

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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  • Campari Crimson

  • Franki Amato Mysteries, Book 4
  • By: Traci Andrighetti
  • Narrated by: Madeline Mrozek
  • Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29

Halloween is looming large in New Orleans, and Private Investigator Franki Amato is in a gloomy mood. Her boyfriend, Bradley, has to leave on an extended business trip, and her slacker brother is coming to town with her matchmaker Nonna, who’s determined to see a Sicilian lemon superstition bear fruit. Meanwhile, the entire city is spooked because a caped figure is targeting its blood banks. Things turn macabre when a psychic makes a dark prediction about Franki’s brother and a frat boy is found in a cemetery crypt with his blood drained. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Listen

  • By Roger & Jean Fauble on 02-10-19

This audiobook was a total blast!

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

Reviewed: 01-06-19

Private Chicks Investigation are hired this time by the main suspect in a series of ‘bloody’ crimes in New Orleans. First, the blood banks are targeted, but when a frat boy appears dead in a cemetery with his blood drained, Franki starts to think she may be out of her depth. In a city where anything could be possible, Franki may need to face not only real vampires but also her own fears.

This audiobook was a total blast! It was really fun to be a witness of Franki’s investigation and doubts along the way. There were some peculiar characters and situations that made this a very enjoyable listen. The story got me hooked from the beginning and I kept me wondering about who the murderer could be. I didn’t find out in advance about the killer, being the story quite complicated and with many characters. Apart from the mystery in question, Franki needs to deal with some issues in her relationship with Bradley, and receives the visit of her brother and the ‘nonne’, a group of old women led by her grandmother, keen on resolving Franki’s love life once and for all.

I really liked the story but my favorite part of this audiobook was its narration. Madeline Mrozek did an excellent job bringing the characters to life with brilliant interpretations and providing a different style and voice for each character. Following dialogs was a breeze, and the book was definitely richer thanks to Mrozek’s narration.

Franki Amato Mysteries series is definitely worth a listen for 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.

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  • Human Element

  • By: AJ Powers
  • Narrated by: Andrew B. Wehrlen
  • Length: 6 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21

The Neuroweb began as the greatest invention since written language. A simple brain implant allowed the user to access information, entertainment, and even pain relief. The Neuroweb was the beginning of a golden age for mankind.... Until it was compromised. Everyone with the implant lost his or her most important commodity: free will. The collective human consciousness was hacked and is now directed by artificial intelligence. Only those without the Neuroweb have a chance of resisting...if they dare. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Everybody loves tech until it’s too late

  • By Mary Karowski on 12-04-18

Subpar story, great narration

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

Reviewed: 01-04-19

One year after the Robot Apocalypse, Aaran wanders around looking for a way to survive without being caught by the Nebula.

This book could have been so many things… which was not. There is a network called the Nebula, very similar to our Internet, and everyone has a chip implanted so that being ‘connected’ is easier. At some point the robots rebel, and take control of all humans with a chip, who are most of the population. The premises were so interesting but the story fell flat. There is no worldbuilding whatsoever. We don’t know how this Apocalypse happened, who controls it, how people were taken over by their chips. The Nebula is the enemy but in this case it an enemy so ambiguous that we do not really care.

The two characters in the story are not very developed, and they are not even very likable. I guess this is the story of Aaran, about his encounter with Hadas, their sexual tension, and the dangers they meet along the way.

And that brings me to another point. There is no climax, no final goal in this story. The enemies they meet are zombie-like, without personality. There is no nemesis to defeat, no treasure to find, nothing to conquer. The book is just a succession of events, and if at least I could have connected to the characters it would have felt more compelling.

What I enjoyed from this audiobook was Andrew B. Wehrlen’s narration. Wehrlen brought the characters to life thanks to excellent character interpretations. The narration was what made me go on and finish the book.

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.

  • Farewell: Vital End-of-Life Questions with Candid Answers from a Leading Palliative and Hospice Physician

  • By: Edward Creagan MD, Sandra Wendel
  • Narrated by: Benjamin McLean
  • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 9

How long am I going to live? Who will be with me when I die? Will my family forgive me? Will I have pain? These are among the 31 vital end-of-life questions patients and their families ask. This audiobook is about navigating those last days, at the bedside, and saying farewell with hope, love, and compassion. Dr. Edward Creagan provides the reassuring answers patients and families deserve. He has dedicated his life to death. For over 40 winters at the Mayo Clinic he has been at the bedside with more than 40,000 patient encounters in the last stages of their lives on this Earth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Everyone should read this book

  • By Suzan on 10-15-18

Caring and well explained

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

Reviewed: 12-22-18

This is the kind of book that one never thinks of reading but it is one that should be in everyone’s to be read pile since we are bound to find these situations at some point in life. I was kind of dreading listening to this book because I was afraid of feeling it may awake in me.

It was a hard book but so thoughtful and well planned. There is no stone left unturned regarding palliative care, how the dying person may be experimenting it, and how the family may be taking it. This book is not meant to be read when the difficult situation has already arrived, but in advance, to help planning and make the best or least bad decision.

It is clear from the book that doctor Edward Creagan has had a broad experience in this matters, and he is explicit but also very respectful, and moreover, caring when explaining the process and the options at each step.

Benjamin McLean did a wonderful job narrating this book, creating the illusion of becoming Creagan, and adopting a caring and patient ton, the one everyone wants to hear when facing such difficult moments.

I know this book won’t appeal to many people, but I think it’s a must read since everyone will be in a similar situation at some point, and even though we may want to avoid thinking about this, having things in order and knowing what to do when the moment comes can save us a lot of grief.

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.

  • 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 12
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12

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 31
  • 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 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

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.  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Dystopian Adventure

  • By Raven on 12-18-18

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.