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  • 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
    5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21

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. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Franki Amato Strikes Again

  • By Cynthia Piller on 01-13-19

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 21
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

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 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 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.

  • 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 771
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 726
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 726

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 21
  • 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. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining cozy mystery

  • By Lomeraniel on 10-30-18

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.

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  • 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 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 29

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.