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  • Where a Spaceship Goes to Die

  • An Antigravel Short Story
  • By: George Saoulidis
  • Narrated by: Luke Rounda
  • Length: 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 30

When a scavenger captain offers her an unusual job in the middle of nowhere, Delphine accepts and tags along. But will she manage to get the treasure they're looking for when she has to operate a seadrone all by herself? When the treasure is buried in a spaceship graveyard two miles under water? And when the challenges she faces go beyond her wildest fears? This story was inspired by Point Nemo, a place located as far away from land as possible where spaceships go to die. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This really needs to become a full length novel!

  • By jstep on 08-30-18

Should have been the start to a much larger story

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

Reviewed: 09-05-18

The Story:
The story starts out with the pleasing premise of a spaceship graveyard deep in the ocean. One of the two characters in the story pilots an undersea drone that unexpectedly conveys the sensations she would feel if she were actually there. Once she finds her sought for treasure, the story takes a nose dive and tanks. I was all keyed up for some great sci-fi, but apparently the author just wanted the story to end and it quickly did just that. Without any explanation or setup, a couple inexplicable events happen and the story ends. Disappointing! This had the potential to be much better.

The Narration:
While I didn't personally find the voice of the narrator more than just average, technically he delivered the story well, without any problems or anything annoying that could have been a distraction.

I was given this book for free at my request in exchange for this unbiased review.

  • To Build a Fire

  • By: Jack London
  • Narrated by: Gregg Rizzo
  • Length: 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

"To Build a Fire" is a short story. A man and a dog's relationship is followed throughout the story. The man is in strict control of the dog, as explicitly mentioned by London. The dog is almost like a slave to him. The dog is shown cowering before the man and following orders. There was no physical intimacy between the two. The man did not pet the dog or treat it fondly. In fact, the man forces the dog to go ahead of him when he suspects the ice will break. This helps to build the idea that the man believes nature is intended to serve him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great short listen.

  • By Son of Odin on 08-31-18

This Pride Doesn't Burn

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

Reviewed: 09-04-18

This classic by Jack London is expertly read by Greg Rizzo!

The is a story about a Man traveling through the wilderness in extreme sub-zero temperatures and the prideful errors in judgement he makes that spell his doom. Written and described so expertly that I could almost feel the pain of my own slowly freezing limbs. Like all truly great literature, I found this story urging me to apply it's message to myself. What would I do if for some inexplicable reason I found myself in this man's situation? Then diving deeper, I wondered how the lessons taught metaphorically through this gruff old man could be applied toward my own life's challenges and potential pitfalls.

The narration, as I stated already, was perfect. Spoken in a pleasant voice that brought life to the story and delivered without any flaws or technical problems.

I was given this book freely at my request in exchange for this unbiased review.

  • Guided Meditation

  • 30 Minute Guided Meditation for Joy, Serenity, and Happiness
  • By: Living in Bliss Productions
  • Narrated by: Jeanne Pilgrim Mayo
  • Length: 31 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 15

We’re always seeking it - the freedom to finally be happy, to finally experience the peace we know is possible. This meditation is an opportunity to remember we needn’t always be looking elsewhere for our happiness, our serenity. We’ve a joy deep within that’s always present, always accessible to us, if we can only lighten the burdens of the world to feel it. I invite you to join me in a thoughtful guided meditation to drop in and experience, even just for this half hour, your authentic joy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome relaxation listen.

  • By Mandymay💄👠👛 on 07-23-18

Slept through it, but that's the point!

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

Reviewed: 08-14-18

Lots of breathing, envisioning, and then I woke up. It worked!

I found this mindfulness exercise to be a pleasant experience without any distracting or annoying elements to break the immersion it is intended to create. It's effective in it's simple approach

Narrated in a pleasant, soothing female voice. Just right.

** I was given this book to review at my request in exchange for this honest and unbiased review. **

  • Gus

  • Unicorn Daze, Book 1
  • By: Laura Hesse
  • Narrated by: Laura Hesse
  • Length: 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

Young Jessie Farrell is always being left behind. When she gets lost in a corn maze on Halloween Eve, she is befriended by a unicorn named Gus who takes her on an adventure to meet the Spirit Bear who guards the pumpkin patch from a pumpkin-stealing rat.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it 🎃 🍂

  • By Mandymay💄👠👛 on 08-10-18

A fall adventure for your Child's fertile mind

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

Reviewed: 08-14-18

Story:
This is a short story about a young girl's experience as she gets separated from the rest of her family one fall night in a corn maze. It shows our little heroin experiencing her fears of the dark when she discovers two mystical friends that come to aid her as she finds her way back to safety.


Narration:
The narration is fine and delivers the story without technical issues or anything irritating.


** I was given this book to review at my request in exchange for this honest and unbiased review. **

  • The Bottom of the 5th: A Baseball Tale

  • By: Edison McDaniels
  • Narrated by: Edison McDaniels
  • Length: 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 12

 Have you seen the movie The Sandlot? Well, that was pretty much my childhood. As a 10-year-old, it seemed the mysteries of life came alive through baseball. This is a story straight out of those glory days of playing baseball on the diamonds of Southern California, of the smell of cut grass in the outfield, of hitting impossible homers on and off the field. And of ghosts. This story is very much about the ghosts of childhood. I wrote it some years ago, mostly for my son who had passed not long before. He loved baseball, and the best year of my life was coaching his youth team.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Such a beautiful story!!!!

  • By Dee on 08-02-18

That place between here and there

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

Reviewed: 08-14-18

Story:
This short story is written as a recounting of a father as he tells the story of his 9 year old son's tragedy during a baseball game and indications that it was all meant to be. It tells of this boy's love of the game and also that he might have had some sense of what was going to happen and was at peace with it. The story lays out interesting observations seemingly supporting the idea that this young man was prepared or had knowledge of what was soon to befall him and leaves you to come to your own conclusions.


Narration:
The narration is good and portrays the main character well.


** I was given this book to review at my request in exchange for this honest and unbiased review. **

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  • There Was a Crooked Man, He Flipped a Crooked House

  • By: David Erik Nelson
  • Narrated by: David Sadzin
  • Length: 2 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 20

"Downtrodden architect Glenn Washington and his none-too-bright sidekick Lennie help a crooked real estate baron flip houses in downtrodden Detroit. A house comes up that is too good to gut for parts. Too good to be true. Waaaay too good. Thing is, nothing leads where it should - go through the front door, step out the door on the back porch. Best library ever. And why are the cops nosing around? Non-Euclidian architectural petty-crime adventure, and all that implies." (Adrian Simmons, writing for Black Gate magazine) 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A very fun listen. Well crafted short

  • By Jason on 08-06-18

Twisted story about a twisted House

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

Reviewed: 08-14-18

Story:
"There was a crooked man, he flipped a crooked house" is an exciting story that is part mystery that teases your brain for comprehension, and part thriller that makes you guess at who's going to survive. The story picks up with the main character, a good-hearted working man, that is tasked by his boss, a less than upstanding individual, to rehabilitate a house in the slums in an attempt to quickly resell the house at a profit. But when he peers into the house through the glass of the front door, what he sees boggles his mind. The house seems out of place in setting as well as time, but everyone soon finds out there is much more going on within it's walls than meets the eye.

If you have read and loved Peter Cline's book "14" or Steven King's book "IT", you will enjoy this short story.

Narration:
The narration is good and portrays the main character well.


** I was given this book to review at my request in exchange for this honest and unbiased review. **

  • Letters to Eula

  • By: Michael Bussa
  • Narrated by: Deryn Oliver
  • Length: 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

Sesame, an old woman in frail health, is trapped in the attic with no explanation. A woman and her two small girls live on the first floor, none of whom pay the old woman any mind. Though she tries calling out, banging on walls, and stomping on the floor, her cries for help go ignored. Sesame spends her days writing letters about the strange things that happened to her sister, Eula, who left home decades ago. It becomes certain to everyone living in the house that there is a ghostly presence, firmly rooted among them that is disturbing the peace and creating fears beyond reason.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very Erre...<br />**No Spoilers**

  • By Mandymay💄👠👛 on 06-23-18

Great Ghost Story!

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

Reviewed: 07-30-18

Story:
The story is cleverly crafted through letters written by an old woman who suspects ghosts are tormenting her. Though only 20 minutes long, it doesn't feel light or incomplete.

Narration:
The story's narration is well done. No technical problems or irritating inflections some narrators of short stories exhibit.

Conclusion:
I really enjoyed it. If you like a good ghost story with a twist or two, Letters to Eula wont disappoint!

  • Quack-a-Doodle-Oink! and Other Stories

  • Four Bedtime Stories, Book 1
  • By: Ed Slater
  • Narrated by: Pheonix T Clark
  • Length: 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

Parker the piglet wakes up one day to find he's all alone. Where have all the other animals gone, and what are all those strange noises he keeps hearing? Are there really monsters on the farm, or is his imagination playing tricks on him? Make bedtime fun with these four wonderful tales - perfect for preschoolers and kindergarten.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sweet Book for kids of all ages.

  • By cosmitron on 06-20-18

Silly stories for a silly mood

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

Reviewed: 07-30-18

Story:
This audio book is a collection of three short stories for young children. These stories are best suited for child interaction. Each tale is full of imagery guaranteed to get children laughing as they envision the characters and the story line.

Narration:
The narration is done well with some additional sound effects thrown in to aid in the immersion.

Conclusion:
These are not quiet time stories, but should instead be used for engaging entertainment and interaction. None of the stories are going to become classics but hold value for the giggles they may create in their audiences.

I was given this audio book for free in exchange for this honest review.

  • The Ugly Duckling

  • By: Hans Christian Andersen
  • Narrated by: Gregg Rizzo
  • Length: 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

When the story begins, a mother duck's eggs hatch. One of the little birds is perceived by the other birds and animals on the farm as a homely little creature and suffers much verbal and physical abuse from them. He wanders sadly from the barnyard and lives with wild ducks and geese until hunters slaughter the flocks. He finds a home with an old woman. The duckling sees a flock of migrating wild swans. He is delighted and excited, but he cannot join them, for he is too young and cannot fly.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not the story you read to your kids

  • By Nick B on 08-06-18

A classic tale well told

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

Reviewed: 07-30-18

This is just what you would hope to find when sharing with your young ones. The story is an accurate reading of the original and the narrator is professional and pleasing to listen to.

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  • Hansel and Gretel

  • By: The Brothers Grimm
  • Narrated by: Heidi Gregory
  • Length: 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 12

Hansel and Gretel is a classic fairy tale about siblings Hansel and Gretel who are kidnapped by a cannibalistic witch living deep in the forest in a house constructed of cake and confectionery. The two children escape with their lives by outwitting her. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A story for every child.

  • By cosmitron on 06-20-18

Classic, and just what you would expect

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

Reviewed: 07-30-18

Story:
This is a reading of the classic story that has horrified millions of children for two centuries. A story of bravery, the love of a brother and sister, and a moral of good's triumph over evil. However, in my opinion the brow-beaten father is let off easy in this one.

Narration:
The story is expertly narrated and a pleasure to listen to!

Conclusion:
This is a good addition to your modern library and a great way to continue the nightmares for generations to come!