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  • Tormented

  • By: Lee Mountford
  • Narrated by: Hannibal Hills
  • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 50
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 46

Adrian James is running from his past with nothing left to live for. At rock bottom, with a blade to his wrist, a mysterious stranger intervenes and offers him a chance at salvation. Adrian accepts, and he enters Arlington Asylum of his own free will. Once inside, however, he soon learns that he will never escape. And worse, there are strange experiments taking place here, and a secretive medicine is being administered, one that causes certain…changes…in the patients.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • American Horror Story Asylum meets HP Lovecraft

  • By Antonio Marchena-Roldan on 08-15-18

Not Bad

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

Reviewed: 09-02-18

My opinion of this book kind of vacillated between thinking it was great and thinking it was okay/not the worst. Over all, I don't consider Tormented to be a waste of time for a horror lover. The narration is pretty good, although at times it was a bit lifeless. However, Hannibal Hills really shines at making the different characters come to life by using different accents and intonations. I am not sure if this book would be as good being read as a physical copy, because Mr. Hills really captures anger and aggression to the point where it becomes unsettling- perfect for this genre! I do hope he will read more horror in the future.

I think this book is worth picking up if you like disturbing characters and a story set in an asylum. I am definitely interested in listening to more Hannibal Hills- he has a lot of potential.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Three Dark Crowns

  • By: Kendare Blake
  • Narrated by: Amy Landon
  • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 922
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 851
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 853

In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn't solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it's not just a game of win or lose...it's life or death. The night the sisters turn 16, the battle begins. The last queen standing gets the crown.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good writing ruined by poor performance

  • By Emma on 10-17-16

Awful Narrator

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

Reviewed: 07-04-18

I want to say that Three Dark Crowns is really interesting from what I can gather from the few hours I listened to this audiobook, however, the narrator is terrible. I read the negative reviews about the narrator, and I listened to the sample, but I thought it couldn't possibly be that bad. It is. I'm not criticizing the book here, I'm reviewing the narrator. Three Dark Crowns starts off strong, but after awhile it gets incredibly difficult to the point of impossible to differentiate the characters. The narrator performs every single character EXACTLY THE SAME. I'm really sad about that because in the beginning when the different sisters are introduced they are captivating and multifaceted. The narrator absolutely ruins it.

I got about 3 hours into this audiobook and unfortunately I had to tap out. At 3 hours I just didn't know who was who and what was happening to whom because the narrator's performance doesn't have any variation at all for anyone. The only way I could tell who was who is if someone addressed the character by their name, otherwise I had no idea. I will have to get a physical copy of this book because I really do want to know the story, but it's just not possible in the audiobook.

I really want to applaud the book, but the audiobook is dreadful. Read it instead- that's what I'm doing after I get my credit back.

  • Demon Moon

  • Prof Croft, Book 1
  • By: Brad Magnarella
  • Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 706
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 662
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 663

Show me an amateur conjurer, and I'll stop him before he gets himself killed. That's the idea, anyway. But New York City isn't what it used to be, and I don't mean the recent crash. Amateur casters are calling up creatures they shouldn't be able to. And there's been a murder at the city's most hallowed cathedral, a message in blood on the victim's back the NYPD wants me to interpret, like yesterday.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Starts good, but quickly declines to mediocrity.

  • By The Kindly One on 12-20-16

Entertaining Protagonist

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

Reviewed: 08-23-17

I'm a big fan of urban fantasy, but I also really love smug unapologetic protagonists that are down on their luck. I have to admit that the story line in Demon Moon is a little lacking... half way through I had no idea where the story was going and why, and it also didn't maintain my attention throughout. However, I listened to the whole book because I really liked Everson Croft! He is like a hard-boiled wizard and I really, really enjoyed his character. James Patrick Cronin did a fantastic job narrating, and he made Croft come to life as well as all the other various characters. This is another book that I don't think I could read a physical copy of- the narration is too good!

When it comes to urban fantasy, the "Prof Croft" series has some stiff competition. I do recommend this book to other people that are fans of the urban fantasy genre. Even though this first book didn't blow me away, I will definitely be checking out the rest of the series because I want more Everson Croft! I'm also very excited to have discovered another very talented narrator!

"I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review" - Thank You!

  • Bully Boy Blue

  • By: John Nicholl
  • Narrated by: Jake Urry
  • Length: 1 hr and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39

The new dark psychological suspense novella by ex police officer and child protection social worker, John Nicholl. Every aspect of Kathy's life is dominated by her abusive bully boy husband. Now she's pregnant and in fear for her life. Can she ever escape him?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow.

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 11-02-17

Amazing!

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

Reviewed: 06-18-17

First, I am already a huge fan of John Nicholl. He is an outstanding author of psychological thrillers!

I'm not really fond of novellas nor short stories, but I found Bully Boy Blue to be the perfect length and pace. I listened to the whole thing in one day and I was not disappointed. The novella revolves around Kathy and her abusive husband, and the abuse is misogynistic and terrible. If you cannot bare that kind of subject matter then perhaps this book isn't for you, and on top of that, Jake Urry's performance just makes everything come to life, especially the abusive husband. However, I thought this book ended really well. No spoilers, but the ending is satisfying.

I highly recommend books written by John Nicholl, and Jake Urry is an incredibly talented up and coming narrator!

John Nicholl really needs to write more books.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The House

  • The 3 H's, Book 2
  • By: Brian Barr
  • Narrated by: Rick Gregory
  • Length: 1 hr and 39 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

"Her name is Alexis. She's a punk girl with shabby green-dyed hair. She wears a pink collar around her neck. Alexis talks about growing up in Lexington, SC. She belongs to some strange cult, in which her family members are the only devotees: her mother, her father, and her brother. She hates them all. Whenever she brings up the house they share, I see her contempt. She wants to get away from it. I want to help her. I've helped others escape from cults in the past. Why can't I do the same now?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Short and creepy

  • By erobbins33 on 05-22-17

Meh out of 5

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

Reviewed: 06-18-17

I know this book is less than 2 hours long, but I just couldn't finish it. It is pretty creepy and I liked it, but there are some lines that are just so poorly written that I can't help but flinch and scowl. The narration is okay, I guess. The narration style was odd.. it was like the narrator was startled by encountering grammar. I heard every single comma and period, and I don't mean that in a good way.

What I did listen to was a decent horror story, but I can't particularly recommend this for anyone that is a stickler for proper writing mechanics or for anyone that actively seeks outstanding audiobook performances. Perhaps this series would be better read than listened to?

"I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • An Introduction to Infectious Diseases

  • By: Barry C. Fox, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Barry C. Fox
  • Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 263
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 244
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 238

Cut through the medical myths and get a solidly scientific guide to keeping yourself and your loved ones as protected as possible from pathogens, including a no-nonsense guide to vaccinations, tips on keeping a healthier home environment, and valuable advice for world travelers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • easy to understand intro to infectious diseases

  • By Anthony on 05-27-15

Full of information

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

Reviewed: 04-27-17

I really enjoyed An Introduction to Infectious Diseases. There is a lot of information and anecdotes in this course, but don’t worry, it won’t turn you into a germaphobe. If you’re already a germaphobe (like myself) it won’t make it worse either.

There is something about the lecturer, though. His speech made it difficult to listen to this book for long periods of time. There are some slip ups and mumbling, but that is not the issue. He often pauses right in the middle of a sentences and between words, and it happens consistently. It becomes fairly aggravating after a while. I listened to this Great Course little by little because of the stilted narration.

I still highly recommend this course despite the lacking narration. It flows nicely and it is easy to follow. Each lectures is in depth discussions about a different topic. I learned a lot about infectious diseases, and many of the anecdotes are relevant and entertaining.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Sin Eater's Daughter

  • By: Melinda Salisbury
  • Narrated by: Amy Shiels
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 882
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 817
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 818

Sixteen-year-old Twylla lives in the castle. Although she's engaged to the prince, no one speaks to her. No one even looks at her. Because Twylla isn't a member of the court. She's the executioner. Goddess-embodied Twylla kills with a single touch. So each week she's taken to the prison and forced to lay her hands on those accused of treason. No one will ever love her. Who could care for a girl with murder in her veins?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • good, bad, then good

  • By Ka on 05-05-15

Too much lackluster romance

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

Reviewed: 04-27-17

Well, this book starts off strong. I was so enthralled during the first half of The Sin Eater’s Daughter. Twylla is an interesting character and her circumstance is equally as curious. However, half way through the novel it turns into a sappy romance and remains so until the end.

I thoroughly enjoy the YA genre, but I can’t stand romance. I like a smattering of romance here and there, but the last half of the novel is solely romance. It is not even profound by any means. It is painful detail after painfully boring detail of how the two lovers want to be in each other’s arms and kiss each other, followed by the details of them actually being together. At one point I skipped 45 mins of the book just to find even more longing of being in each other’s embrace and then finding moments to be together. The story was completely gone in exchange for this dreadful and unrelenting romance. I was so disappointed because the first half of the book is excellent. The story line is fantastic, but the execution really falters.

As for the narration, I was really on the fence about Amy Shiel’s narration and accent at first. I was not sure if I liked it or not, but it grew on me. I consider her to be a very talented female narrator, and I wouldn’t mind listening to more of her audiobooks.

  • Breathing for Two

  • By: Wolf Pascoe
  • Narrated by: Wolf Pascoe
  • Length: 1 hr and 41 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

Ever wonder why giving anesthesia is described as hours of boredom with moments of panic? With gentle precision, anesthesiologist Wolf Pascoe teases apart an overlooked world and unveils the eggshell dance that takes place at the head of an operating table. Intrigued or spooked by what happens in an operating theatre? Breathing for Two is a seat on the stage, a short book that will change the way you think about life and breath.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent (and a little terrifying!)

  • By Lisa B on 08-18-15

Wish it were longer

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

Reviewed: 04-27-17

I did not get this book for free. I bought it with a credit, and even though it is not very long, I think it is well worth purchasing!

I was astounded by how beautifully this book is written. It is the kind of prose style that I admire and aspire to write myself. I wish this book were longer, but at the same time, it is at the length that you can listen to more than once. I listened to it the first time to enjoy the story, and then again to appreciate just how beautiful and well written some of the lines are. I’m always skeptical about audiobooks narrated by the author. However, I think Wolf Pascoe did an excellent job.

Breathing for Two is truly a hidden gem. I highly recommend it!

  • Talking to Skeletons: Behind the Scenes with a Radiologist

  • X-Ray Visions, Volume 2
  • By: Carolyn Jourdan
  • Narrated by: Eric Martin
  • Length: 1 hr and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25

Is it cancer or just a bad pixel? Talking to Skeletons chronicles seven extraordinary nights Jourdan spent shadowing a radiologist in a teaching hospital. Told with the wit and warmth that have earned Jourdan five national best sellers, this book paints an insightful portrait of one man's life and work. It's a uniquely personal tour of a private world that, as a bonus, gives listeners an intimate peek at how Jourdan creates her best-selling medical narratives. In essence, it is a biography, and at the same time, a lovely and intelligent medical selfie.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Why so Christian?!

  • By Elle Kay on 04-27-17

Why so Christian?!

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

Reviewed: 04-27-17

I listened to the first book in this series and I loved it! I did not hesitate to pick up the second book the second that I saw it. Unfortunately, this book was not my cup of tea. I was disappointed because the first book is so wonderful.

First, I found all the Christian aspects to be distracting and unnecessary. Every chapter begins with a bible verse, which would have been fine if more Christian over tones didn’t make more appearances. There was one jarring line which just made me cringe; the author was equating the radiologist’s work with something about God and how that is amazing. Okay. I just wished there was a warning or something that this book would be as Christian as it is. I would not have picked it up otherwise.

Next, there is just something about the author that follows around the radiologist. She comes across as a pest in my interpretation. I couldn’t finish this book, because she seems to.. I’m not sure how to describe it.. it is like she an oblivious teenager that is following around a radiologist for a high school project. I turned off this book when she was describing in too much unnecessary detail how the radiologist was eating dry cereal in the break room during a break.

I absolutely adore Eric Martin, and he is one of my favourite narrators. This book was just not good in my opinion. If you’re like me and you don’t appreciate heavy handed Christianity in your books, I recommend you skip this one. However, the first book titled Saving Lives with the Lights Off is significantly better! I highly, highly recommend the first book in this series!

I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the publisher.

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  • The Bayou Trilogy

  • Under the Bright Lights, Muscle for the Wing, and The Ones You Do
  • By: Daniel Woodrell
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 15 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 121
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 107
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 107

In the parish of St. Bruno, sex is easy, corruption festers, and double-dealing is a way of life. Rene Shade is an uncompromising detective swimming in a sea of filth. As Shade takes on hit men, porn kings, a gang of ex-cons, and the ghosts of his own checkered past, Woodrell’s three seminal novels pit long-entrenched criminals against the hard line of the law, brother against brother, and two vastly different sons against a long-absent father.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Meet James Lee Burke's Better

  • By greg on 01-08-12

Dark

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

Reviewed: 04-27-17

I enjoyed every minute of this book, and I did not want it to end. There are some chapters that are absolutely amazing if you get a kick out of some sick situations. I would classify this book as “slice of life” with a down and dirty Bayou twist, and it reads like a soap opera that transports you into a swamp. There are so many colourful characters and odd circumstances. If the summary piqued your interest you should pick it up. I was not disappointed!

I saw a few reviews that found Bronson Pinchot’s narration to be way over the top, but I disagree. A lot of the characters in this trilogy call for some exaggeration and Bronson Pinchot nails it. His Southern accents just make me swoon every time!