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  • Pagan Moon

  • Dark Cathedral 2
  • By: Freda Warrington
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Camm
  • Length: 13 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

A large family is torn asunder by accusations of supernatural mischief making. It soon becomes apparent that the eldest son has become involved with a powerful cult. The novel skips back to pagan Britain and the Celtic tribes' reaction to the newly evangelizing Christians.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Way too fixated on physical relationships

  • By Reena on 01-13-19

Way too fixated on physical relationships

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

Reviewed: 01-13-19

The story-line was good if at times verging on unbelievable. The second book in this series seemed to be bogged down on wordy descriptions of sex. At times I felt this work could easily have been classified as soft porn if not for the exaggerated way the scenes had been romanticised. This led me to become impatient for the author to get on with it. Nope, I'm not overly sensitive and yes, I have personal pagan/wiccan beliefs - but there's more to life than sex. For me at least, the constant lapse into lengthy descriptions of sexual activity got in the way. I also felt the characters became more naive and...well, sorry folks, stupid. "And it harm none, do what ye will" got thrown right out the window. It had moments where I was dying to find out what was going on, and moments where I just wanted to slap someone silly. Worth a credit. Nicholas Camm always does a good job with narration.

  • Dark Cathedral

  • Dark Cathedral, Book 1
  • By: Freda Warrington
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Camm
  • Length: 16 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

Throughout their childhood, Beth and Luke have been terrorized because of their mother's religious mania. One summer, Beth visits her grandmother and meets the irresistible Morgan, and her descent into darkness begins. The beloved child they conceive foretells a future of evil.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Finesse by Freda

  • By Reena on 01-10-19

Finesse by Freda

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

Reviewed: 01-10-19

Most books of this length run out of puff and anything approaching 20 hours often makes me a bit nervous. Not so with Dark Cathedral. I'm about an hour from the end and Freda Warrington has nailed this brilliantly. Though a work of fiction she has taken the time to understand the reality of pagan/wiccan faith and mixed in some darker beliefs as well - all in a credible, believable way. Add in religious mania in the form of radical christian belief and things spin wildly out of control. Freda is undeniably an accomplished wordsmith and has produced a work that starts slow and continues to build. I did have my doubts for about the first hour and a half that I would run out of patience and that the storyline would move too slowly to hold my interest but after that I was hooked. There are a mix of well defined characters and the story moves back and forth from the era of hysterical witch-hunts being common-place, to recent time without ever coming close to confusion. I take my hat off to any author that can encourage you to admire and disapprove of the same character simultaneously - not an easy thing to do. Highly recommended.

  • Breaking Bones

  • By: Robert White
  • Narrated by: Jonthan Keeble
  • Length: 8 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 9

Frankie Verdi, Eddie Williams and Tony Thompson are The Three Dogs. A ruthless criminal gang. A law unto themselves. Detective Jim Hacker has watched the Dogs grow from thuggish youths to psychotic criminals and seems to be the only cop in town with the determination to see justice done. Meanwhile Jamie Strange, a young Royal Marine, finds himself embroiled in the lives of the gang when his girlfriend, Laurie Holland, cuts off their engagement...to be with the most dangerous of the Dogs: Frankie Verdi. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfection

  • By Reena on 12-26-18

Perfection

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

Reviewed: 12-26-18

This novel had it all. Depth of story, rich and believable characters, realistic dialogue and enough drama with surprising twists to keep you guessing. I admit I am hard to please and I exchange books more often than I'd like. I especially cannot deal with poor narration or unrealistic dialogue that is inappropriate to the story. This is a gritty yarn about crime and human emotion and I was not yanked out of the story even once by amateur or clumsy writing. Robert White knows what he is doing and I will be purchasing everything audible has available from him. This is the second title I have listened to and they have both been excellent. There is a strong element of violence but only where it belongs. No graphic description just for the sake of it. Just realistic, damned good writing. Thank you Robert White :)

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Chiefs

  • By: Stuart Woods
  • Narrated by: Mark Hammer
  • Length: 17 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,219
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,479
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,472

In 1919, Delano, Georgia, appoints its first chief of police. Honest and hardworking, the new chief is puzzled when young men start to disappear. But his investigation is ended by the fatal blast from a shotgun. Delano's second chief-of-police is no hero, yet he is also disturbed by what he sees in the missing-persons bulletins. In 1969, when Delano's third chief takes over, the unsolved disappearances still haunt the police files.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • In my 'Top Ten' books of all time!

  • By karen on 09-17-13

Utterly Superb Writing and Narration

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

Reviewed: 11-08-18

If you're looking for a rich tale with intensely developed characters that will surely tug at your emotions in one way or another, then this is the one... I did need to take a break at one point as I had to have a time out with the bleak reality of just what human kind have historically been capable of doing to one another - and to a degree still are. The story largely centres around attitudes surrounding american north v south - white v black and it stuns me that this happened from roughly the 1920's onward and the path of progress was so agonizingly slow. We are often not an attractive species...

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • To Be a King

  • By: Gunner A. Lindbloom
  • Narrated by: John Alan Martinson Jr., Alysha McCarty, Phoenix T. Clark
  • Length: 18 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 20

Omnio "King" Falcone is the grandson of Don "The Butcher" Falcone, the feared and powerful boss of Detroit's reclusive Mafia faction, known simply as the "Syndicate." As the last Falcone, King is the heir-apparent to his grandfather's throne. Except there is one problem. A big one. He is a "difetto," not of pure Sicilian blood. As a result, he has been ostracized by much of the Syndicate. Even worse, the Commission, a secret pantheon of Mafia Bosses from all over the country, has named his Machiavellian uncle the new Boss. But King is a brilliant tactician. Even with the odds stacked against him, he rises through the Syndicate ranks. Many of the Family capos have grown to respect and fear him, for he commands a faithful crew of ambitious young wiseguys who have sworn their lives to him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • OMG!! I love this book!!!

  • By Amelia on 11-02-17

Sittin' Here Shaking my Head...:(

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

Reviewed: 08-14-18

I had high hopes for this book but I should have known better after the introduction. The author's family and friends said he had written a masterpiece...that's a problem right there. You never get a realistic opinion from those who are closest to you. That said the story-line was fine but there was a mismatch where the main character was a full-on mafioso but sweet and sentimental at the same time. At one point you could be forgiven if you thought you were stuck in a soft porn story. It went on (and on and on and on) but as any true mafia member would, he only wanted a good girl (where's the bucket, please). The narration wasn't helping as it was overly sickly-sweet at times. I was looking forward to a realistic, gritty tale and it simply isn't. Just can't get through it.

  • Red Sparrow

  • By: Jason Matthews
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Bobb
  • Length: 17 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 112

A Russian honey trap agent targets a young CIA operative to uncover a mole at the Russian Intelligence service. Dominika Egorov, is sucked into the heart of Putin's Russia, and spat out as the twists and turns of betrayal and counter-betrayal unravel. American Nate Nash handles the double agent, codenamed MARBLE, considered one of CIA's biggest assets. Will Dominika be able to unmask MARBLE, or will the mission see her faith destroyed in the country she has always passionately defended?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Way too good

  • By Ruth on 08-28-17

Espionage for Grown Ups

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

Reviewed: 04-17-18

Finally an espionage yarn that isn't formulaic. Too many novels are chase-shoot-win-the end, with childish dialogue and obvious plots. Jason Matthews has written a rich and complex story with three dimensional characters and no - yes I said NO waffling. You may find the plot a challenge at times and you will have to pay attention but this only adds to the fascinating story-line. Indeed, I find that if a book is too easy to follow, I lose interest. The narrator also did an exceptional job. I wasn't pulled out of the story even once with over-emphasis or inappropriate drama. I enjoyed every minute of it and will now grab book 2. I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did.

  • Unfathomed

  • By: Ralph Kern
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 93
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 90

After months recuperating in hospital, US Marine Jack Cohen hoped a Caribbean cruise would help him recover from the horrific injuries he sustained fighting in the Middle East. Instead, when the ship is attacked, he is once again thrust into battle to protect Atlantica against the ruthless enemy hunting her, and the insidious threat already aboard.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bring me home...

  • By R. J. Thorne on 07-15-17

No thrills here...

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

Reviewed: 01-22-18

Story is so slow its like watching ice melt. The characters have ever so proper diction when they should be falling apart given what is supposed to be happening. Cutting my losses and giving up :(

0 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Rise of Mankind: Publisher's Pack, Books 1 & 2

  • By: John Walker
  • Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 92
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 86
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 86

Three years ago, Earth was attacked by an invading force so devastating, only one ship in the fleet survived. Their hard won victory came from the aid of an alliance of aliens long at war with an aggressive force. With the aid of advanced technology, humanity retrofitted their surviving vessel. The Behemoth became a shield against any future incursions.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • OMG

  • By jblack2005 on 09-06-18

Cue the Violins...

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

Reviewed: 01-05-18

A solid story line that was spoilt by too much introspection and unrealistic description of emotions via unbelievable dialogue. The author seemed to find wrapping the story up especially difficult. I found myself being pulled out of the story frequently by this jarring disconnect. James Patrick Cronin is an accomplished narrator but struggled to overcome this shortfall. Passed the time with a lot of wtf moments.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • To Serve and Protect

  • Onset, Book 1
  • By: Glynn Stewart
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,268
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,208
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,204

When vampires attack David White's small town, only luck, firepower, and the intervention of an elite government task force saves his life. The aftermath of the attack leaves him in the middle of the world's biggest secret: the existence of government agencies that regulate the supernatural. They insist that David's "luck" is actually a supernatural gift, and he's immediately recruited into ONSET, the most shadowy part of America's thin blue line of police protectors.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent multi genre story with plenty of action!

  • By Chris Miller on 01-18-18

Waiting for Book 2

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

Reviewed: 11-13-17

A seamless blend of military action, magic and human nature. Too often the magic component of a story gets too fluffy and ruins the entire book. Not so here. The occasional emotional moment but in a believable way. Likeable characters with strengths and flaws and enough baddies to keep them on the hop. A great narrator and r-e-a-l-i-s-t-i-c dialogue! Just when I thought the plot was starting to veer toward ordinary there was another surprise and I wanted to hear more. One of the rare occasions where I listened to every word - (yep, right up until the end). I find that most stories run out of puff before the end of the book or worse, involve an unsatisfying ending. I'm looking forward to book 2.

9 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Like Stars in Heaven

  • Siobhan Dunmoore, Book 3
  • By: Eric Thomson
  • Narrated by: Eric Michael Summerer
  • Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 42

Pulled from her patrol route, Siobhan Dunmoore is ordered to take an envoy aboard Stingray and sail into a poorly charted and virtually unexplored region of the galaxy hidden behind interstellar dust clouds. Along the way she'll come to the attention of an old enemy, now also relegated to the fringes of the war, turning a voyage of discovery into a race against time and against each other. Though her troubles quickly multiply, Dunmoore has faced worse odds. She's determined to bring Stingray home with its honor intact.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great end to the series!

  • By Dr. WyoPaul on 07-07-18

More, more, more please

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

Reviewed: 10-20-17

Just finished the third book in this series and I am seriously missing the main character of this series. Siobahn Dunmore...I loved her sass and at times wanted to choke the living daylights out of her but you just can't resist a good yarn like this one. Its not often authors create such multi-dimensional characters and I'm looking forward to the next in the series. Minor irritations with repetitive words - and sometimes inappropriate grammar but to be fair this is far more obvious in a narrated version that it would be in print. Overall I feel like I'm missing a friend and waiting for their return. Eric Michael Summerer does a superb job in all three books and never pulls the reader out of the story. Rare indeed.