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  • Lit

  • The Alt Apocalypse, Book 2
  • By: Tom Abrahams
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 6 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96

In Lit, Abrahams tells the story of a couple on a camping trip to the Angeles National Forest, a Los Angeles firefighter, a lonely fry cook, and a group of college students who struggle to escape and survive in Southern California after an unprecedented outbreak of wild and urban fires. Can they escape the flames? Will they become heroes or run from danger? What will it take to end a fiery hell on earth?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very interesting premise

  • By KS on 07-22-18

A different kind of apocalyptic tale

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

Reviewed: 08-21-18

The title of this book is - Lit, The Alt Apocalypse, Book 2. It was Apocalypse that caught my attention. This is a series with the same characters but different scenarios in each book. Tom Abrahams did a great job setting the scene and exploring the different reactions of others when a massive fire breaks out which does define an apocalypse.

But, I was waiting for the exciting story of the dystopian society. How each character was prepared for a disaster and the epic mayhem that follows but that story wasn't here. We have nine-tenths of the storyline involving the fires, which was well written, and then a smidgen at the end about preparing for the apocalypse.

It was a great, short read! This story would have been a five for me if this was the first half of the book. As always, Kevin Pierce is a master narrator in this genre which is why I requested the free audiobook and I have given my honest review.

  • Red Sparrow

  • A Novel
  • By: Jason Matthews
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Bobb
  • Length: 17 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,932
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,961
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,932

Drafted against her will to become a "Sparrow" - a trained seductress in the service, Russian intelligence officer Dominika Egorova is assigned to operate against Nathaniel Nash, a first-tour CIA officer who handles the CIA's most sensitive penetration of Russian intelligence. The two young intelligence officers, trained in their respective spy schools, collide in a charged atmosphere of tradecraft, deception, and inevitably, a forbidden spiral of carnal attraction that threatens their careers and the security of America's valuable mole in Moscow.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Sexy Saucy Spies

  • By Mel on 06-13-13

Never thought I would be reading a Spy Thriller

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

Reviewed: 03-29-18

The first of the trilogy, this book builds our understanding of the SRV (formerly the KGB) and the CIA working together. Even though some reviewers describe it as not exciting, I disagree. I don't have to have a constant action scene for me to enjoy a story. I want to fully understand the main protagonists and be entrenched in the characters. This story did not drag and led to an extremely intense ending.

Dominika, a Russian ballet star, is permanently injured by a rival and is urged to join the SRV to support her mom. She is used and betrayed by everyone and willingly agrees to work with the CIA. Her hatred is deep. No one knows that she can see what you are feeling. She is a synesthete and sees colors for emotions, music and words.

Whether fiction or based on some fact, I learn about Putin and the interworkings of the countries. I have already downloaded the second book which gives more insight into Czar Putin. While the recipes given throughout are an unusual addition, I found myself looking forward to them. Jeremy Bobb is the perfect narrator.

  • Castle of Water

  • A Novel
  • By: Dane Huckelbridge
  • Narrated by: Max Winter
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101

For Sophie Ducel, her honeymoon in French Polynesia was intended as a celebration of life. For Barry Bleecker, the same trip was meant to mark a new beginning - turning away from his dreary existence in Manhattan finance to seek creative inspiration. But when their small plane is downed in the middle of the South Pacific, the sole survivors of the wreck are left with one common goal: survival.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing story

  • By Cindy Smith on 03-12-18

Amazing story

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

Reviewed: 03-12-18

Barry walked away as a finance banker to finally put his passion for art first. His first step is to visit where Gaugin is buried in the South Pacific. His travel companion on this flight is a French couple on their honeymoon. Flying over the ocean during a storm, the small plane crashes and Sophie and Barry are the only survivors.

The words in this book, paint vivid pictures in your mind. Of course, they struggle trying to survive but then come to depend on and love the strengths of the other. The author does not take the easy way out by showing struggles and then sizzling sex scenes but slowly builds the bond between them and includes trivia/history that adds to the richness of the content. Sophie and Barry form a strong bond of love and respect and I will miss them both. The narrator was perfect!

Other reviewers complain of the abrupt ending but I appreciated that (no spoilers). A truly wonderful book. Now I need to see what else Huckelbridge has written!

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  • Rock Trivia Madness

  • 60s to 90s Rock Music Trivia & Amazing Facts
  • By: Bill O'Neill, Ryan Connor
  • Narrated by: Scott Miller
  • Length: 3 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

Rock and Roll. For more than 60 years, it has been the soundtrack to our lives. Albums like Highway 61 Revisited, Born to Run, and Nevermind have helped us make sense of who we are. Not only that, the daring passion and bold visions of rock artists have shaken up social norms and even helped change the course of world politics. There've been some wild stories to go with this wild music. If you're eager to learn some of the crazy, random facts of rock, Rock Trivia Madness is the book for you!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cue Bruce Springsteen's GLORY DAYS Trivia/Memories

  • By DK on 03-12-18

Exhausting amount of trivia

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

Reviewed: 03-12-18

Let me explain. I love an array of music with classic rock being my favorite. I found the audio to be exhausting if I tried to listen at length. The narrator does speak at a face pace and doesn't let you absorb each fact which is noted by other reviewers. I do recommend reading or listening in short segments.

  • Love to Believe

  • Fireflies, Book 2
  • By: Lisa Ricard Claro
  • Narrated by: Pam Dougherty
  • Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

CPA Rebecca Walker wields a hammer and saw with skill, but it's like fighting tooth and nail to prove to her chauvinistic father that she's capable of managing the family construction business. Romance is a luxury Rebecca can't afford. Thanks to his past, romance isn't in Sean Kinkaid's future, so when Rebecca proposes friends with benefits, Sean agrees. It's the perfect scenario until love sneaks in - and Sean's secrets tear them apart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love this series 💞

  • By 🇺🇸🌸DARA on 03-27-18

Sweet Love Story

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

Reviewed: 02-13-18

Rebecca is working in her family's construction business and doing it well but her father believes women don't belong in construction...unless they want to make coffee or keep the books. With all of her responsibilities, she doesn't have time for a relationship so when joking with her friend Sean, she suggest a friend with benefits arrangement.

The story moved very smoothly and sincere for me. There was one very uncomfortable time for me but the author had a plan so I can ignore that and trust it had to happen. I enjoyed the banter back and forth and loved the family and friends connection. There was romance without it being explicit.

Pam Dougherty did a great job narrating the different characters and I got the feeling that she was having a good time doing so. I was provided this book in exchange for my honest review and now I am going to go check out the rest of the books in the series!

  • Anne of Green Gables

  • By: L. M. Montgomery
  • Narrated by: Laurel Schroeder
  • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43

Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert, middle-aged siblings who live together in the fictional town of Avonlea on Prince Edward Island, decide to adopt a boy from an orphan asylum to help on their farm. But owing to a series of mishaps, the child who is delivered to their care is not a boy at all but a precocious girl of 11 named Anne Shirley. Although, as Marilla dryly informs her, "you certainly have a genius for getting into trouble", with pluck, imagination, and optimism, Anne flourishes at Green Gables.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Narration of a Delightful Classic

  • By HeatherY on 07-06-17

What a beautiful book!

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

Reviewed: 02-07-18

This is one classic I had not read but now I think I will read and re-read again. Anne (with an E) was an orphan and taken to Matthew and Morilla who really wanted a boy. Quiet, shy Matthew enjoys this little talkative girl but it took Morilla a bit longer.

There is so much (good stuff) going on in the book. Anne is gifted with an incredible imagination and sees wonder wherever she is. But that also comes with dismal ideas about what might happen.

One of my favorites from Anne is when she is reprimanded for doing something wrong. She replied that she never repeats a mistakes and since she is making so many she will soon run out and surely never make mistakes again. Love it.

Laurel Schroeder is incredible. I can't imagine anyone else as Anne. What a joy to read. So glad I was provided this audiobook in exchange for my honest review.

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  • Wanted

  • The Chase Ryder Series, Book 1
  • By: Jo Ho
  • Narrated by: Heather Masters
  • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31

I'd been living on the streets for around eight months before I lost count. It wasn't easy, but it was still preferable to what I had to deal with at home. In all that time, unable to trust anyone, I had been alone (I knew from experience that people always failed you). Then one day, while out searching for food, I stumbled upon this mangy dog being attacked. It wasn't a big deal to help him, but then he ended up saving my life which is when I realized there was something special about him: Muttface wasn't a normal dog - he was crazy intelligent. I'm talking Mensa levels. And he wasn't an accident either, having recently escaped from a mysterious lab.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved This!

  • By Karen M. on 01-06-18

Great Teen Adventure

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

Reviewed: 01-03-18

Chase is a homeless teen who is saved by an extraordinary dog she names Bandit. Not only does he help keep her from danger but also provides food for this starving girl and a loving companionship that she craves.

The story starts off quick and continues with the same energy throughout. She takes Bandit to a vet (Sully) after being injured and soon finds out that Bandit has escaped from a medical research institution. Sully, a depressed widower, assumes responsibility and takes the trio on the run.

The story line is imaginative and a little predictable but beautiful just the same. The dialogue is on a teen or pre-teen level so just perfect for the right audience. I had to give it a four in lieu of a five rating even though I am not the intended audience.

Heather did a great job narrating. I was provided this audiobook for my honest review.

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  • Splintered Souls

  • Flames of Time, Book 1
  • By: Erica Lucke Dean
  • Narrated by: Stephanie T. Keefer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10

When Ava Flynn walks away from a scholarship to Georgetown and moves into her grandmother's abandoned summer home in coastal Maine, she steps into the center of a centuries-old curse. On her first night, she notices a mysterious leather-clad stranger looking up at her third-story window. For weeks, everywhere she goes, Ava catches more glimpses of him, but she can never get close enough to find out who he is.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • It was just OK

  • By TU on 12-27-17

Interesting Teen Paranormal Romance

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

Reviewed: 12-12-17

Ava began having strange dreams after moving to Maine with her brother and mom. Her dad had recently died and she wanted to be there to support her mom so she gave up her scholarship and registered at the local community college.

Ava is mystified by the cute guy wearing the leather jacket that seems to be everywhere.

Quickly things get stranger. She is having intense dreams, learns of time travel and meets her two soul mates who are not just attracted to her, they are obsessed with her but which one is telling the truth?

This is my first Erica Dean book and the writing was first class with an interesting concept. I may have enjoyed more if I had read instead of listened to the book. Stephanie Keefer did great with the female voices but the male voices were not appealing. Hopefully, that gets better with more experience. I was given this audio book for my honest review.


  • But Not Forgotten

  • Clint Wolf Mystery Series, Book 1
  • By: BJ Bourg
  • Narrated by: J. Scott Bennett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61

Two years after Clint Wolf's life has been disrupted forever, he's asked to serve as police chief for a quiet little town deep in the swamps of Louisiana. But the tranquility of the town is shattered when a severed arm is found in the jowls of an alligator. With the aid of Sergeant Susan Wilson, Clint investigates and it isn't long before they realize someone has been murdered.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 3.5 Stars The Ending Was Deflating!!

  • By Lia on 12-04-17

Great mystery!

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

Reviewed: 12-04-17

I'm not a fan of stories going dark a lot or of police procedural books that progress at a slow, languorous pace so was hesitant to begin this book. Was it dark . . . yes, but the story line made it work. Was it slow . . . no! It felt like I was done quickly after I began.

Clint Wolf is a broken man that you just have to love. He begins a new career as Police Chief of a small Louisiana town and immediately the action starts. I found myself listening every chance I got instead of just in my commute.

J. Scott Bennett did an excellent job in making each character come to life. While I was surprised that Clint was only 29, it didn't take away from my enjoyment of the book.

BJ Bourg wrote in a style that resembles some of my favorite mystery authors but with his own polish and twist. I definitely will check out his and J. Scott's other books on Audible. I love finding new authors / narrators and given a free audiobook for my honest review and it is this good to read.

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  • Fight like a Man: A Post Apocalyptic Thriller

  • The SHTF Series, Book 1
  • By: L. L. Akers
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 737
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 697
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 688

As a prepper, Grayson Rowan was prepared for almost anything...anything other than being totally alone when the sh*t hits the fan. While he sat back and watched the US rattle swords with Korea, play chicken with Russia, and strong-arm China, he felt sure if the lights went out that he and his family would be ready and safe. What he wasn't prepared for was his family not being home if it ever happened. Olivia Rowan is with her sisters, Gabby and Emma, on a girls-only trip to Myrtle Beach. Graysie Rowan, a freshman at university, just wants to go home.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Performance

  • By Chris on 11-09-17

Post-apocalyptic tale with the best series title!

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

Reviewed: 10-30-17

This post apocalyptic book is a little different than most because current politics and events are brought in. Hopefully readers will keep an open mind through the political parts. If that bothers you, then you can always remember that it is fictional writing.

The story centers around Grayson, a prepper, who has long tried to prepare his family for what to do if an event should take place and what to have on hand. There are several flash forwards that we will find out in the series but I wanted more for this first book. It was over when I really felt like it was just starting but you can also take that as being an enjoyable quick read. Grayson is alone when he finds himself with no power and no way to communicate with the rest of his family who are on vacation, at college, etc. We get to follow some of the characters and learn of their trials, strengths and weaknesses while the author leaves other areas open to learn about in additional books.

Kevin Pierce does an outstanding job narrating this adventure. His cadence and sincerity contributed tons to my enjoyment of this book. Checking today, the Audible version is not available for book two but is available on Kindle. I was given this free copy for my honest review. If you laugh at preppers then this book may open your eyes to the value of being prepared - now.



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