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Todd (Toad) Vogel

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  • Accession of the Stone Born

  • Vigiles Urbani Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Ken Lange
  • Narrated by: Paul Clewell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

Gavin Randall hasn’t been home in nearly 30 years. Upon his return, he steps into a world he never knew existed and awakens dormant powers to discover that he’s one of the rarest beings in the supernatural community - a Stone Born. Now his very existence is a threat to the established order. A mysterious death pulls him in further, forcing him to face off against family and foe alike. Gavin must reconcile the past he knew with a strange world of magic, along the way encountering new creatures and dangers he’s never experienced. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So Good!

  • By erobbins33 on 01-04-19

Wasn't expecting this! Wow!

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

Reviewed: 01-15-19

I got this book on the recommendation of a friend. I didn't read the description or listen to the audio sample, which is something I always do. I had never even heard of this author or narrator. I didn't even look at the genre. I just went on blind Faith because I know my friend and I have similar taste in books. A few minutes into this book I was thinking it was a military story, which I thought would be cool. After about 30 minutes it got much cooler! I wasn't expecting this at all! This turned out to be one of the best urban fantasy novels I've listened to in a while. Great narration by Paul Clewell. I'm looking forward to the rest of this series!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Dark Oak

  • The Dark Oak Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Jacob Sannox
  • Narrated by: Nigel Peever
  • Length: 12 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

Humanity has finally defeated the Dark Lord, but Morrick fought on the wrong side. Though he was a slave, he is branded a traitor and must earn the trust of new lords in order to return to his family, if they are still alive.... Now that their common enemy is dead, the nobles begin to forget old loyalties, and Queen Cathryn’s realm looks set to plunge into war once more.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely Fantastic!!

  • By Shannon G on 01-18-19

Wasn't for me

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

Reviewed: 01-10-19

The best part of this book was the narration. Nigel Peever did an excellent job with each of the character voices. My only complaint with the audio is all of the sound effects. I didn't mind them so much and enjoyed it some of the time, but there were times when it got to be a bit much and almost overshadowed the narration. I found myself concentrating more on the sounds than on the narration. The story itself was just too slow. It seemed like it was going nowhere and taking it's sweet time getting there. I gave this a good 4 hours of listening time before I just had to give up. Sadly, I did not finish.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Companion of Darkness

  • An Epic Fantasy Series (The Chaos Wars, Book 1)
  • By: CJ Rutherford
  • Narrated by: Ginger Sue, Dustin Spiehler
  • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4

For years, Jesaela has longed to visit the home of the Eldar, but what happens when your dream becomes a nightmare? Ripped from her family and home in the forest to become companion to a princess she’s never met, Jes soon discovers the far-off beauty is a lie. The Citadel is a den of darkness and cruelty, with forces and prophecies lurking within the crystal battlements, ready to ensnare the innocent and unwary. Caught up in an ancient war she never knew was being fought, Jes may be her people's only hope.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loss for words !

  • By ODed01 on 01-13-19

Loved it!

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

Reviewed: 01-10-19

I am so happy that CJ Rutherford made another series in his amazing fantasy world of Teralia! His first series, Tales of the Neverwar, was fantastic and a series I highly recommend. I have no doubt this series will be just as good. His choice of narrators for this series is perfect! Unfortunately the female narrator from the first series doesn't narrate this series. But... fortunately for the author, the new female narrator, Ginger Sue, sounds almost identical to the previous narrator and does an outstanding job with each of the character voices! The male narrator, Dustin Spiehler, does an excellent job as well! I can't wait for book 2!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Orchestrating Murder

  • By: Heather Osborne
  • Narrated by: Holly Palance
  • Length: 6 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5

 By day, he wears a mask, concealing his true nature from the world. By night, he conducts his plans, carefully composing death for those deemed less worthy in his eyes of existence. When bodies of convicted felons start turning up, Detective Gregory Shaw is called upon to investigate. His suspicions fall on a well-known attorney, but can he prove his hunch holds merit? 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great listen

  • By Sarapheina on 01-10-19

Couldn't stop listening!

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

Reviewed: 01-03-19

Orchestrating Murder had me hooked on the story within the first chapter. It was very well written and kept me on the edge of my seat! I couldn't get enough of this book! Thrilling!!! I was so upset with the end of the story until I thought about it, it just wouldn't have been as realistic with a different ending. This isn't my normal genre, but I definitely enjoyed it and would love to see more books of this quality from Heather Osborne. I really enjoyed the narration by Holly Palance!

  • Strong Ending

  • A Journey from Combat to Comedy
  • By: Audible Originals
  • Narrated by: Mary-Louise Parker
  • Length: 1 hr and 16 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,790
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,183
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,167

It’s always hard to make the crowd laugh - especially when joking about war, PTSD, and mental health. Strong Ending follows three military veterans as they attempt to turn their most painful stories into laughs by participating in a stand-up comedy boot camp. After joining the military, deploying to combat zones, and coming home fundamentally changed, Michael Garvey, Isaura Ramirez, and Patrick Harth challenge themselves to share their stories on stage and perform original stand up-comedy about their experiences for a packed house. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Favorite Member Selection so far

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-07-18

Can't believe this was free!

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

Reviewed: 12-28-18

I didn't expect something free on Audible would be this good. It's about healing veterans with PTSD through comedy. These veterans go through a stand-up comedy boot camp and then have to put on a show. They use their experiences to make people laugh, even the dark stuff about their depression or disability. This book is mostly about how they heal through comedy, but it also gives you a small sample of their act as well. I absolutely loved this!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Christmas Eve, 1914

  • By: Charles Olivier
  • Narrated by: Cameron Daddo, Xander Berkeley, Cody Fern, and others
  • Length: 1 hr and 13 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,080
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,168
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,130

In 1914, the war which was to have been wrapped up by Christmas had - in reality - only just begun, as all sides entrenched themselves deeper into the Great War. Christmas Eve, 1914 follows one company of British officers as they rotate forward to spend their Christmas on the front lines, a mere 80 yards from the German guns. Upper- and working-class men and boys are thrown together into one trench and struggle to survive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully "illustrated"

  • By anonymous on 12-25-14

Loved it

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

Reviewed: 12-28-18

This was so well written and narrated that I didn't want it to end. I even teared up a little at the end. This isn't like one of those sad Christmas specials on TV or a horrifying war story, it's a very emotional story about one of the possible outcomes of the WWI Christmas truce. You get a feel of what life was like in the trenches for these soldiers. Wonderful narration by a full cast of very talented narrators.

  • Menu Excerpts from Our Favorite Newark Restaurants

  • By: Various
  • Narrated by: Victor Bevine, Nick Podehl, Eric Michael Summerer, and others
  • Length: 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 824
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 769
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 762

You said you'd listen to your favorite narrators read anything: Well, this ambrosial new audiobook brings together an acclaimed cast of narrators to read aloud the menus of some of our favorite local restaurants here at Audible headquarters in Newark, New Jersey, as only they know how. You haven't truly lived, or dined, until you've heard Cassandra Campbell capture the emotional nuances of Newark's best Indian-inflected burgers or let Nick Podehl extol the virtues of the pear arugula salad and then seductively steer you toward a plate of creamy mushroom linguini.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cute idea! Thanks, Audible!

  • By Wayne on 04-01-18

Not that great

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

Reviewed: 12-27-18

I'll admit, the first time Audible did this, I did enjoy it. The cast of narrators are great and they do make it a bit entertaining, but I think once was enough for me.

  • Gods Reunited

  • Tales from Olympus, Book 1
  • By: Erik Schubach
  • Narrated by: Hollie Jackson
  • Length: 4 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 28

After thousands of years away from her home planet of Olympus, Artemis of the Hunt has finally returned to the Citadel. She brings with her hundreds of Olympian men rescued from the clutches of the Titans by the legendary Valkyrie, Kara the Wild One, along with a peace envoy of Asgard intent on coming to a peace accord and mutual defense pact with Olympus. Olympus comes under attack, and Artemis and the Asgard must stand against the oncoming enemy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great spin-off series of The Valkyrie Chronicles!

  • By Todd (Toad) Vogel on 12-27-18

Great spin-off series of The Valkyrie Chronicles!

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

Reviewed: 12-27-18

I was super excited to get this book! I absolutely loved The Valkyrie Chronicles, and this is a spin-off of that series. This new series is now from the perspective of Artemis, but it picks up right where the last series left off. I'd definitely recommend listening to The Valkyrie Chronicles first to get the complete back story, and because it was awesome!!! lol This has a mix of Greek and Norse mythology as well as a little romance. I can't wait to enjoy the rest of this series! I'm also very happy kept the same narrator. Hollie Jackson is one of my favorite female narrators! Her Aphrodite voice in this is super hot by the way! lol

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Eerie Adventures of the Lycanthrope Robinson Crusoe

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 178
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 169
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 168

Robinson Crusoe is one of the most enduring adventures of the past four centuries and one of the most well-known works in the English language. Or is it? Recently discovered amidst the papers of the 20th-century writer and historian H. P. Lovecraft is what claims to be the true story of Robinson Crusoe. Taken from the castaway's own journals and memoirs, and fact-checked by Lovecraft himself, it is free from many of Defoe's edits and alterations. From Lovecraft's work a much smoother, simpler tale emerges - but also a far more disturbing one.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Robinson Crusoe is always a tough read...

  • By William J Waite on 09-07-18

Sometimes boring

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

Reviewed: 12-22-18

This book started out really slow for me and I found it to be quite boring at times. I almost gave up in it a few times. A little over halfway through the book I started to enjoy it a little more. The only reason I didn't give up in this book is because I love the author's other books and the narrator is one of my favorites. It's a slow, but decent story. Its just about the same as the original Robinson Crusoe story except for the lycanthrope part of it.

  • Extinction

  • Hell on Earth, Book 3
  • By: Iain Rob Wright
  • Narrated by: Brad Gilliam
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 58
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 56

After dealing with his rival, Pusher, and escaping the clutches of treacherous Prime Minister, John Windsor, Vamps and his last remaining friend, Mass, set out with the mysterious Aymun. A man who came from the gate that imploded on Oxford Street. The demons have destroyed civilization, but Vamps isn't going to take that lying down.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Unable to listen

  • By RH on 08-07-18

Horrible narration and editing!

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

Reviewed: 12-12-18

This series started out great! I loved it! It's a biblical apocalypse. Gates to Help are opening all over the world and demons are coming through to claim Earth and escape from Hell. The demons try to eliminate humanity to weaken God. Books 1&2 were very enjoyable. They were narrated by Nigel Patterson. This series takes place in the UK. Nigel had the perfect accent for this series and even did an great American accents for the few Americans in the story. Book 3 sadly uses a different narrator who, in my opinion, ruined this series. The story of book 3 is still good. If the series started out with Brad Gillam narrating, I would have given up after the first 10 minutes, but I was already invested in the series and wanted to complete it. Not only was the narration bad, but the editing was the worst I've ever heard! The narrator constantly messes up a line and then repeats it without editing out the mistake. I frequently hear him turning pages, drinking, and swallowing, as well as a few other background noises which were extremely distracting. His character voices all sounded almost the same, even the female characters. The narrator makes no effort to do any accents. The pacing of his narration was terrible as well. There were too many long pauses. I had to check to see if my phone died a few times. There were numerous mispronounced words! Another thing I didn't like was the yelling. He'd yell out some lines with his mic clearly too close. It was so loud that it was almost hard to understand. Nails on a chalkboard would have been more pleasant. My advice for this series would be to read it instead of listen. It's definitely worth the read. If you must listen, then get books one and two on audible and book 3 on Kindle. Having your phone's monotone voice narrate the ebook would be much better! And if the author sees this review and has any say in who narrates, please consider redoing this book with the original narrator if available, or at least a better narrator. This is a great series and deserves better than the horrible narration it currently has.