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  • Mountain Man: Prequel

  • By: Keith C. Blackmore
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,507
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,381
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,365

After a long day of prepping a house for painting, all Gus Berry wanted was the night off to spend some time with his girlfriend and relax before having to return to work the next morning. But that isn’t going to happen. Because Gus’s co-worker Benny has found a one-night job at the local Mollymart East, a job that has to be done by morning. If Gus and his paint crew can complete the work by then, it could mean huge business with a respected, established grocery store chain.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thank you!!!

  • By Brian on 04-20-18

From Molly Mart to Capt. Morgan

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

Reviewed: 07-14-18

After listening to all the other books in this series, it was good to have this prequel to find out how it all began. Another excellent book and an equally fine performance by Bray. My only complaint - it was too short. Wanted the story to keep going.

  • The Flipside

  • By: Jake Bible
  • Narrated by: Andrew B. Wehrlen
  • Length: 7 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 60

The year is 2046, and dinosaurs are real. Time bubbles across the world, many as large as 100 square miles, turn like clockwork, revealing prehistoric landscapes from the Cretaceous Period. They reveal the Flipside. Now, 30 years after the first turn, the clockwork is breaking down, as one of the world's powers has decided to exploit the phenomenon for his own gain. Former head of security for Topside Command Trevon Cash must navigate his way through the chaos of the broken turns and take a team Flipside to try to figure out what is happening. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Creative Time Travel story.

  • By cosmitron on 06-26-18

Dinos and Time-Travel...What's Not to Like?

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

Reviewed: 07-03-18

This book is another in a long line of action-packed and fun adventures by a great writer. I liked this new take on time-travel and dinosaurs. The characters and their struggles are well-drawn and diverse. The story wraps up nicely while leaving the door open for further adventures.

The narrator does a very good job of telling the story in a natural (non-mechanical) way - and his characterization is top-notch. He is easily able to perform the characters in such a way that it is always clear to tell who is doing the talking. Very nicely done!

I received this audiobook for free from the author or narrator and I give my honest opinion in this review.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Hyde Seed

  • By: Michael F. Housel
  • Narrated by: Scott Glennon
  • Length: 3 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

At one time, boxer Pepe Rodriguez believed his only opponents were the men he faced in the ring. But when his own self-doubts derail his boxing career, Pepe soon learns to understand one's own personal demons are the most deadly foes of all. Years later, they return to once again threaten any chance he has of real happiness and contentment. In the end, he will have to endure one final bout against his darker side, or risk losing his soul to despair forever.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The duality of man.

  • By cosmitron on 06-07-18

Battle of Good vs. Evil

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

Reviewed: 06-26-18

I received this audiobook for free from the author or narrator and give my unbiased opinion willingly.

There are many things to like about this story. First, it held my attention with lots of suspense. From the first chapter on I wanted to keep listening to find out what happened to Pepe. The main character was a guy that you really wanted to like - in spite of all the adversity he faced. Additionally, there are characters that you come to loathe in the story - both real and especially the alter ego of Pepe - the side of him that wanted him to quit and throw in the towel (to borrow the boxing theme). In many ways it reminded me of some of the Greek tragedies. I'll not spoil it for you though by telling you the outcome. I especially appreciated how Mr. Housel used lots of imagery and metaphor - especially the garden.

Mr. Glennon did an ok job narrating. Some of his character voices were especially good. I think he will get even better as he works on his pacing. One technical note: in some of the earlier chapters it sounded like an artificial gate was used to reduce noise between the phrases and it was a bit jarring to the ear. It got better as the story went on.

  • Sick House

  • By: Jeff Strand
  • Narrated by: Joe Hempel
  • Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 141
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 133

It doesn't seem like the perfect house, but screw it, it's good enough to rent for a year. Unfortunately for Boyd, Adeline, and their two young daughters, it's immediately clear they chose the wrong place. The nightmare begins with violent coughs and headaches. Food starts to rot almost as soon as they take it inside. A pet tarantula goes missing. Some family members begin to exhibit creepy behavior. Then the ghosts arrive, and all hell breaks loose....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • You don't want to move into this house...

  • By Carole Wooten on 07-04-18

Sick House...yep.

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

Reviewed: 06-25-18

I received this audiobook free from the author or narrator, yet I give my honest review here.

I enjoyed this book a lot. I was expecting one thing (typical haunted house) - but the author added some interesting twists that take the reader/listener into new territory. (If you were hoping for spoilers - sorry!) I was a little disappointed, though, because (around half-way through) I thought the book was peaking a little early - but then it went in a whole new direction. Enter Gina. After all - she is largely to blame for the house being what it is. Listen through to the epilogue - that's where one of the big twists comes. To be such a sick and twisted story - there was quite a lot of humor. No, really. What does that say about my sense of humor? I couldn't go all the way to 5 stars with the story because there were a few places where I thought the story got just a touch silly. But all in all, it was very much a good story.

The narrator gave a very good performance. His pacing and rhythm were good. Easy to listen to with no jarring changes in loudness. I thought his voices were by and large very good - especially the witch. There were a few times when I couldn't see a lot of separation between the voices of the two daughters and the mom - but that's tough to do. Same goes for the three ghosts. Nevertheless, he did a great job.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Outsider

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 18 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,447
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,024
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,910

An 11-year-old boy's violated corpse is found in a town park. Eyewitnesses and fingerprints point unmistakably to one of Flint City's most popular citizens. He is Terry Maitland, Little League coach, English teacher, husband, and father of two girls. Detective Ralph Anderson, whose son Maitland once coached, orders a quick and very public arrest. Maitland has an alibi, but Anderson and the district attorney soon add DNA evidence to go with the fingerprints and witnesses. Their case seems ironclad.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Meh

  • By Roger on 06-30-18

Another "Can't stop listening" title by King

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

Reviewed: 05-31-18

You will be hooked from the very beginning. Another masterful tale from King full of suspense, drama, and wonder. Nobody can draw characters who make you love (and hate) them like Stephen King. And Will Patton should get an Audie for his performance. His characterization, rhythm, pacing, and emotion are spot on. Patton has the ability - not only when voicing characters but also his exposition - to capture the mood of the POV like few others. I expect to see this one made into a movie or a TV series. Love that he brought Holly back from the Bill Hodges stories. Word to the wise - don't start this one until you have plenty of down time to listen because you won't want to stop until you get all the way to the end.

0 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • The Culling

  • The Culling Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Ramona Finn
  • Narrated by: Stacey Glemboski
  • Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

Glade Io is a trained killer. Marked at a young age as an individual with violent tendencies, she was taken from her family and groomed to be a Datapoint—a biotech-enabled analyst who carries out the Culling. She is designed to identify and destroy any potential humans that threaten the colonies: those marked as lawbreakers, unproductive or sick. But when she’s kidnapped by rogue colonists known as the Ferrymen, everything Glade thinks she knows about the colonies, and The Authority that runs them, collapses into doubt.   

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Much better than I thought!!

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 05-12-18

"We Don't Have to Be Enemies"

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

Reviewed: 05-22-18

I received this audiobook free from the author and I am willingly reviewing it.

I wanted to listen to this book because I had heard some of the narrator's work before and the story looked very interesting. I was not disappointed. The idea of culling out individuals and using technologically enhanced datapoints to do the work hooked me into the story. The character development was top-notch. We get to see both sides - the so-called good guys and bad guys. I like how the author changes POV between Glade and Kupier. The narrator does an excellent job letting you know not only which character is speaking, but which POV your viewing. She even changes her delivery slightly depending on which main character's POV you're in. Very glad I took the time to listen, and I will definitely want to hear the next book.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 156,537
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 144,451
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 144,293

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth it even if you've seen the movie

  • By R. MCRACKAN on 12-08-17

Totally awesome book!

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

Reviewed: 02-26-18

I can't really add anything new to what others have said. This book has drama, humor, suspense, and that special ability to make you believe in heroes. It is expertly narrated by RC Bray! Now, I'm going to watch the movie - but I have a feeling it will be a let down from the book. Hope not.

  • Little Women

  • By: Louisa May Alcott
  • Narrated by: Andrea Emmes
  • Length: 17 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 367
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 320
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 319

Little Women, set in the 19th century follows the lives of four sisters, Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March as they live, learn, love, and grow as young pilgrims and blossom into fine little women. Based on the author's childhood, Little Women is one of the most beloved stories in American literature. It continues to touch listeners both young and old. Alcott takes you on a prolific journey which will make your heart swell, your soul laugh, and your heart ache as we experience the lives of the March sisters as they endure their lessons, scrapes, castles in the air, their romances, and more.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A classic

  • By Cyn on 10-05-16

Stellar performance of a classic

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

Reviewed: 12-27-17

Andrea Emmes gives an outstanding performance of a beloved classic. I highly recommend this listen of Louisa May Alcott's book Little Women. Very enjoyable listen.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Mastiffs, Mystery, and Murder

  • A Dog Detective Series Novel, Volume 1
  • By: Sandra Baublitz
  • Narrated by: Nancy Bober
  • Length: 6 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 25

When amateur sleuth Clarissa Hayes and her trusty Saint Bernard, Paw, enter a dog show, they expect to find dogs, blue ribbons, and trophies. Not dead bodies. Clarissa's boyfriend is tracking a suspect in the death of a dog fancier. It's up to Clarissa and Paw to provide him cover as they compete in the show. But the competition turns deadly when another dog owner is murdered. Are the deaths connected?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Those darn dogs.

  • By Troublemer on 12-24-17

Very enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 12-26-17

I received this book free from the author or narrator and offer my review of it willingly. If you like dogs and mysteries, then you'll find this an interesting book. Many of the characters are quirky and the story has several fun scenes.

  • Asylum

  • The Afterlife Investigations, Book 1
  • By: Ambrose Ibsen
  • Narrated by: Joe Hempel
  • Length: 6 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 527
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 491
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 489

College professor Stephen Barlow needs cash. Badly. He puts his skepticism aside and signs on to a paranormal research organization in the hopes of scoring a fat bonus. Enter Chaythe Asylum: a long-shuttered and controversial institution where patients were allegedly subjected to unethical experiments. Stephen deems the old building, closed in 1989 after a series of grisly murders, as good a place as any to explore the possibility of the supernatural, and arranges to take a tour with his students. But it turns out that the asylum is not as abandoned as it seems. There is something sinister in the building.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A ghost story

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-14-17

Very nice ghost story

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

Reviewed: 12-02-17

From the hit-and-run death in the first chapter to the very end, the listener gets hooked into a very good story. Adjunct college professor takes on a campus group needing a sponsor - a paranormal society. Strange events seem to draw him and his group to explore an old asylum. Without spoiling it, let say creepy things happen. I hadn't listened to any of Ibsen's work before but wanted to hear Joe Hempel -whose narration I've admired. I was not disappointed. Joe's storytelling ability is showcased in this performance. He has the pace and tone just right that generates such an eerie suspense. Kudos to both author and storyteller!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful