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  • Bookworm

  • Bookworm Series, Book 1
  • By: Christopher Nuttall
  • Narrated by: Zehra Jane Naqvi
  • Length: 13 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 497
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 460
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 461

Elaine is an orphan girl who has grown up in a world where magical ability brings power. Her limited talent was enough to ensure a magical training, but she's very inexperienced and was lucky to get a position working in the Great Library. Now, the Grand Sorcerer - the most powerful magician of them all - is dying, although initially that makes little difference to Elaine; she certainly doesn't have the power to compete for higher status in the Golden City. But all that changes when she triggers a magical trap....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • a decent stand-alone story, no fairy tale ending

  • By Trudy Owens on 07-07-17

Fair concept, poor execution

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

Reviewed: 01-17-18

Would you try another book from Christopher Nuttall and/or Zehra Jane Naqvi?

Probably not, I was not to impressed with this book.

What was most disappointing about Christopher Nuttall’s story?

Spent too much time on mundane elements that offered no real value to the story. Like talking about sex on and on. Another self deprecating main character ( Something that appears normal for the author).

What about Zehra Jane Naqvi’s performance did you like?

She did a fair job at casting the characters and having some range to keep the story moving.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Probably not.

Any additional comments?

I tried this book because I thought schooled in magic was decent. However it turned out to expand on the things I didn't like about schooled in magic while ignoring the things I liked.

  • The Twenty-Sided Sorceress Series, Books 1-3

  • Justice Calling, Murder of Crows, Pack of Lies
  • By: Annie Bellet
  • Narrated by: Folly Blaine
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 430
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 397
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 399

This is the omnibus of the first three books in the urban fantasy series Twenty-Sided Sorceress, collected together for the first time in one convenient volume.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Most Impressive

  • By Binder38us on 05-04-16

Good stories but short

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

Reviewed: 01-07-17

If you could sum up The Twenty-Sided Sorceress Series, Books 1-3 in three words, what would they be?

A Nerdy girl writes a set of short stories full as if Buffy (Series) was a D&D playing sorceress.

What did you like best about this story?

It had a good rythm, felt almost eposidic, would probably make a good tv series.

What about Folly Blaine’s performance did you like?

She was a good reader, with consistent change in tempo to match what was going on.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Jade the bad mage killer.

Any additional comments?

While I like the books, I could not justify paying the asking prices for the books individually due to the length of the books, which means I will either need to read the rest of wait until the next collection before I can continue with the series.

  • This Would Be Paradise

  • This Would Be Paradise Series, Book 1
  • By: N.D. Iverson
  • Narrated by: Carly Robins
  • Length: 8 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 94
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 88
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 88

In a world where a virus has spread turning most of the population into flesh-eating monsters, there are two friends partying it up in New Orleans when the infection hits. Far away from home, they are trapped and trying to make sense of all that has happened with the help of new friends and enemies along the way. Zombies aren't the only thing to fear.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great first book in the series

  • By Yesenia on 02-18-18

Good Zombie Book

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

Reviewed: 01-03-17

What did you love best about This Would Be Paradise?

A good solid zombie story. Great characters, nice setting, good twists.

What was one of the most memorable moments of This Would Be Paradise?

I cannot really say without being a spoiler.

What three words best describe Carly Robins’s performance?

Excited, Spirited, and jagged

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

not so much, it was a good distraction, and solid book.

Any additional comments?

After 3 failed zombie books, my review is against all books not just the genre. The last three zombie books I read were disappointed at best, so a solid book without strange garbage was a nice surprise. So to put it bluntly, this is the only good zombie book I've listen to so far on Audible.

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  • Zombie Fallout

  • Zombie Fallout, Book 1
  • By: Mark Tufo
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,688
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,178
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,199

This is the story of Michael Talbot, his family, and his friends: a band of ordinary people trying to get by in extraordinary times. When disaster strikes, Mike, a self-proclaimed survivalist, does his best to ensure the safety and security of those he cares for. Book one of the Zombie Fallout Trilogy follows our lead character at his self-deprecating, sarcastic best. What he encounters along the way leads him down a long dark road, always skirting the edge of insanity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome! I didn't think it was slapstick at all!

  • By coreybeth on 04-22-12

what happen to good old zombies

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

Reviewed: 12-28-16

it seems everyone want to add something besides zombies. god, magic, etc. it just ruins it

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Apocalypse: The Undead World Novel 1 (Volume 1)

  • By: Peter Meredith
  • Narrated by: Basil Sands
  • Length: 13 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,694
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,572
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,574

Greed, terrorism, and simple bad luck conspire to bring mankind to its knees as a viral infection spreads out of control, reducing those infected to undead horrors that feed upon the rest. It's a time of misery and death for most, however there are some who are lucky, some who are fast, and some who are just too damned tough to go down without a fight. This is their story.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Undead: A New Appreciation for Living

  • By Mitch on 05-22-18

terrible. i could not get into his characters

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

Reviewed: 12-24-16

most of his characters are slime. sure it is a harsh world, but he takes it too far and it has no flow to the numerous stories. not sure what his goal was but i got bored halfway through. the reader is no better with no real range of reading.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Undead: Part 2

  • By: R. R. Haywood
  • Narrated by: Dan Morgan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 654
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 624
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 624

A deadly infection spreads across Europe. The Undead series: a terrifying account of one man desperately struggling to survive this harrowing event day by day. Part two - days four to six. With a plan to rescue Howie's sister from London, Howie and Dave travel to Salisbury army training barracks to find an armoured personnel carrier that will see them safely through the densely populated and infected towns that lead into the capital.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • You have got to be kidding me.

  • By VictoryRider on 09-12-15

A decline from the first book

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

Reviewed: 12-23-16

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No. I dislike the "intelligent virus" angle the book puts in. Beyond all of that it just gets insane, the first book pretended to be a survival book, but this books just goes to far out in left field. Beyond being an attempt of going for unrealistic body counts (even for fiction) the world and characters are out there as well.

Would you be willing to try another book from R. R. Haywood? Why or why not?

Not after book 3, book 2 was bad, but I hoped for redemption.

What about Dan Morgan’s performance did you like?

He was a good reader, used lots of variance and attitude in his characters.

Could you see The Undead: Part 2 being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Only by the ScyFy channel with a small budget and no name actors.

Any additional comments?

It just goes down hill fast, but then I like some sense of reality.

  • The Undead: Part 1

  • By: R. R. Haywood
  • Narrated by: Dan Morgan
  • Length: 7 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,149
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,081
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,078

A deadly infection spreads across Europe. The Undead series: a terrifying account of one man desperately struggling to survive this harrowing event day by day. Part one - days one to three. Howie is at home on a rare Friday night off work when an infection which has rapidly spread across Europe hits his hometown on the South Coast of England. Luck sees him through the first night when many others are taken down and infected, only to rise again as the undead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dave

  • By Julia Fedorov on 07-31-15

The first book and by far the best so far

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

Reviewed: 12-23-16

Where does The Undead: Part 1 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This book is about half way down the rank of books.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Undead: Part 1?

The police station.

Which scene was your favorite?

I think the early scene(s) where he was just trying to figure things out.

If you could take any character from The Undead: Part 1 out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Um, can't say any of them would be great dinner company.

Any additional comments?

The book is decent, and while I don't have great reviews, it was enough for me to buy the next couple, unfortunately. As of book 3 it is the best, with a sharp decline thereafter.

  • Missy the Werecat

  • By: P. G. Allison
  • Narrated by: Meghan Kelly
  • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 266
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 248
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 247

When puberty brings on her first shift, Missy goes into the mountains for two years - until finally learning to change back. She can change from fully human in one instant to a mountain lion in the next. Everyone assumes her two-year disappearance was because she'd been kidnapped by a sexual predator that she managed to kill. She keeps her werecat nature a secret. There is no pack, no pride of other werecats, and no alpha.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Please show me, don't tell me

  • By Missy Feigum on 04-18-16

No depth by the author or the reader

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

Reviewed: 09-30-16

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Sadistic people or people looking for cheap trash (if they skip the first several chapters).

What was most disappointing about P. G. Allison’s story?

The characters lacked depth to their dialog. Often the conversations felt like a push to move the story along instead of telling a story. The dialog was often as dry as the commentary. The author tried to skip over several years flinging things in with no fluidity. Events you would expect to be dramatic and emotional were sterile and narrative even in the dialog and characters lacked any reality. Oh that is great, lets all go out to the forest because our daughter claims to be able to shape shift, no need to call the guys in white! Better yet, lets see something totally amazing and then treat it as if it were nothing at all and just move past it like we she totally waked out weird stuff on a daily basis.

Would you be willing to try another one of Meghan Kelly’s performances?

Not likely, maybe in a few years if she gets some practice and an editor.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Missy the Werecat?

I believe she needs to find an editor, there are so many scenes. First FBI agents spend 2 years looking for her, then just because she says so, they give up on trying to figure out what happened in those 2 years? Yeah no, not at all strange. Not to mention the dialog is terrible. The entire "reunion" section is slapped together just to get past it.
I would have taken the first part (before the reunion, in fact before going back to school) and wrote it in segmented flashbacks to fill in background instead of trying to write it out, or sum it in a narrative (if as an author I could not write a convincing emotional and dramatic scene that could also wrap up a bunch of junk to get to the story I really wanted to tell).

If nothing else, just condense it into the prologue and move past it all.

Though the rest of the story was bad, the first "2 1/2 years" were terrible.

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  • Relentless

  • By: Karen Lynch
  • Narrated by: Caitlin Greer
  • Length: 12 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,507
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,373
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,375

Sara Grey's world shattered 10 years ago when her father was brutally murdered. Now, at 17, she is still haunted by memories of that day and driven by the need to understand why it happened. She lives a life full of secrets, and her family and friends have no idea of the supernatural world she is immersed in or of Sara's own very powerful gift. In her quest for answers about her father's death, Sara takes risks that expose her and her friends to danger and puts herself into the sights of a sadistic vampire.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • YA at its best

  • By shoegal on 11-16-16

Great story

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

Reviewed: 05-24-16

Would you listen to Relentless again? Why?

I almost never reread/listen to books except in rare cases. So no, but this just means it is not in a very short list of books.

What did you like best about this story?

It was somewhat familiar, but also very unique. The story kept advancing and the characters developed, while staying well paced.

What does Caitlin Greer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

She did a great job, the thing that stood out was that the voices for the main character and narration from the views of the main character were distinct, which added some depth to the reading.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Not really, it was good, entertaining, and always interesting, but I cannot say I had an extreme reaction.

Any additional comments?

The book was good, however there were two things that bugged me. The main character was hesitant to grow, and I think the author could have done a better job with the internal struggle. Also there was not a lot about why she was so concerned about sharing some of her secrets.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Gifting

  • The Gifting Series Volume 1
  • By: K.E. Ganshert
  • Narrated by: Heather Masters
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,015
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 930
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 927

In a world where nothing supernatural exists, Tess Eckhart is positive she's going crazy. After her complete freak-out at a high school party, her family is too. So much that they pack their bags and move across the country, next to a nationally-renowned facility for the mentally ill. Tess is determined to fit in at her new school, despite the whispers and stares. But when it comes to Luka Williams, a reluctantly popular boy in her class, she's unused to a stare that intense.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Im hooked!

  • By Zak on 02-07-16

Nothing to do with anything it claims

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

Reviewed: 05-23-16

Would you try another book from K.E. Ganshert and/or Heather Masters?

No, if this is an example of her work, she needs to learn to tell a story not just write. Several chapters in and the story has almost moved forward, almost. On top of that her book is nothing but a propaganda machine.

What was most disappointing about K.E. Ganshert’s story?

It was nothing but one big argument against abortion, and almost nothing to what it claims. The story claims it is about a girl thinking she is going crazy, but you get small glimpses of this in a sea of constant "debates" on topics that are extreme versions of real modern events. This book does not even try to hide that it is designed as a propaganda machine.

What didn’t you like about Heather Masters’s performance?

She was a bit monotone and reserved in her reading. For an already flat book, she did the book justice, but did nothing to redeem it.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

disappointment and anger. I don't like reading fiction books about things going on in real life, I read books to escape and explore thoughts and ideas. If I wanted to read about pros and cons of abortion I would have read a book specifically about those topics.

Any additional comments?

There is no emotion in this book, nothing making you care about the characters. For all the wasted chapters that do not touch on the claimed story, you would expect some amazing character building at the very least. Hopefully my review is not too harsh and fair, then again it was one of the worst books I've read or listened to.

5 of 11 people found this review helpful