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  • The Anomaly

  • By: Michael Rutger
  • Narrated by: Brandon Williams
  • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 440
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 414
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 412

If Indiana Jones lived in the X-Files era, he might bear at least a passing resemblance to Nolan Moore - a rogue archaeologist hosting a documentary series derisively dismissed by the "real" experts, but beloved by conspiracy theorists. Nolan sets out to retrace the steps of an explorer from 1909 who claimed to have discovered a mysterious cavern high up in the ancient rock of the Grand Canyon. And, for once, he may have actually found what he seeks. Then the trip takes a nasty turn, and the cave begins turning against them in mysterious ways.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Book of 2018

  • By Jeffrey veals on 07-04-18

Lots of Fun

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

Reviewed: 11-14-18

This is just a fun listen for anyone who enjoys horror novels and slightly scary movies. Well performed by Brandon Williams and although blundering around in the dark went on a bit too long, there were enough surprises and obstacles to hold my attention. I look forward to more from Rutger

  • Wolves

  • By: D. J. Molles
  • Narrated by: Christian Rummel
  • Length: 18 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,370
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,227
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,222

Ten years after the collapse, Huxley has built a good life again. He has a loving wife, a farm with fields of golden barley, and a daughter with a strange and wonderful gift. Then the slavers come. Working out in the fields during the attack, Huxley returns too late. His daughter has been taken, and his wife is bleeding out, her last whispered words about a man with a scorpion tattoo on his neck. Where do the slavers go? Huxley has no idea. He knows only that they head east, and so will he, setting out on foot across the desert of the Wastelands.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant. I do have one criticism.

  • By Billy on 09-04-16

Dark, but genius

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

Reviewed: 09-18-18

Some feel that this book is too grim and too slow to resolve itself into a direction. That was not my experience at all. It is undeniably dark, but still reveals the undying resilience of the human spirit. I like that there was no data dump and the details were slowly unveiled just in time for them to be important. I loved the character. And Rummel's narration was beyond criticism. A wonderful listening experience that won't leave my mind any time soon

  • The Dark Days Pact

  • The Lady Helen Trilogy, Book 2
  • By: Alison Goodman
  • Narrated by: Fiona Hardingham
  • Length: 15 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 194
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 184
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 184

Summer, 1812. After the scandalous events at her presentation ball in London, Lady Helen has taken refuge at the fashionable seaside resort of Brighton, banished from her family and training as a Reclaimer with the covert Dark Days Club. She must learn to fight the dangerous energy-wielding Deceivers and prepare to face their master, the elusive Grand Deceiver.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • i love these books. can't wait to see what happens

  • By Jlynn on 03-30-18

Terrific middle episode

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

Reviewed: 11-13-17

What makes a trilogy really work is the ability to tie up loose ends in each individual volume. Goodman develops a strong story that, while building on the story arc established in the first book, managed to open new ground and further develop already strong characters. Of course there are issues that will wait until the finale to ripen and finish, but this episode is complete in itself. Well performed satisfying episode that has be eager for the next!
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  • Kings of the Wyld

  • By: Nicholas Eames
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 17 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,010
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,830
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,822

Clay Cooper and his band were once the best of the best, the most feared and renowned crew of mercenaries this side of the Heartwyld. Their glory days long past, the mercs have grown apart and grown old, fat, drunk, or a combination of the three. Then an ex-bandmate turns up at Clay's door with a plea for help - the kind of mission that only the very brave or the very stupid would sign up for.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Locke Lamora Meets the Blues Brothers

  • By Matthew on 03-07-17

Contemporary voice, ageless story

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

Reviewed: 09-23-17

This story of towering heroes well past middle age stepping out again to stand up for another generation puts real people in unreal situations. While most of the fantasy tropes are pulled out for fun, believable characters who refuse to take themselves too seriously are the real attraction for this excellent and often humorous listening experience. Eames has used a contemporary voice to add contrast between what could have been a formulaic plot and characters who shine as originals. Jeff Harding is perfect in this narration.

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  • The Wrath of the Orphans

  • Book One of Elmoryn's The Kinless Trilogy
  • By: Chris Philbrook
  • Narrated by: Kevin T. Collins
  • Length: 13 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 95
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 89
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 89

What do you do when everything you've ever known is ripped away from you, leaving nothing but ashes and charred memories behind? You get angry. So very angry. Malwynn and his twin sister, Umaryn, live in a small town in Northern Varrland. In idyllic New Picknell nearly nothing happens, and when their day-to-day routine is interrupted by a skirmish between an invading patrol of the dead from The Amaranth Empire and a defending force from Varrland, their world begins to come undone.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A good listen, with the promise for more

  • By Daniel Abrams on 06-05-17

Don't mourn, get even

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

Reviewed: 03-31-17

When twins Malwynn and Umaryn return home from an afternoon of hiking and berry picking, they discover their village destroyed and everyone they have known either dead at the scene or their bodies stolen by necromancers. Well, this couple doesn't sit still and cry about it. Get even is their agenda. Strong and compelling story with nicely developed and original characters, well-paced plot, interesting world building, fine audio performance, and a story arc I want to follow. A contemporary style brings freshness to an epic fantasy setting. I received a free copy in return for an honest review. (less)

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  • The Invisible Library

  • By: Genevieve Cogman
  • Narrated by: Susan Duerden
  • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,211
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,134
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,121

Irene is a professional spy for the mysterious Library, which harvests fiction from different realities. And along with her enigmatic assistant, Kai, she's posted to an alternative London. Their mission: to retrieve a dangerous book. But when they arrive, it's already been stolen. London's underground factions seem prepared to fight to the very death to find her book.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • could not get past the voice

  • By Kindle Customer on 03-04-16

Deadly narration

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

Reviewed: 09-08-16

I'm not finished with this book, but don't remember Duerden being quite so dreadful in the past. In the first place, the narration is deadly slow. Using my smartphone app to speed things up, the sing-song patterns of the narration are emphasized to the point where I may just give up and eye read. Part of the problem with a poor narration, and I consider any narration that I want to speed up to achieve normal speaking speed to be poor, is that I stop listening seriously and have to frequently backtrack, making the whole thing consume excess hours which turn into agony instead of delight. Maybe if the audiobook publishers would stop paying by the hour we could get conversational speed again.

  • Doggone Christmas

  • A Polly Parrett Pet-Sitter Cozy Murder Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Liz Dodwell
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Fournier
  • Length: 2 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 37

Polly Parrett is juggling the care of her wheelchair-bound mother, her pet-sitting business, and the sale of the family home. On top of that she finds herself having to deal with an arrogant but really sexy realtor, and Christmas is coming! None of that seems important, though, when she finds herself in the middle of a murder investigation and must find the real killer before an innocent homeless man and his dog are wrongly convicted.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect for the holiday car ride to Grandma's

  • By Erin on 05-18-16

Holiday charmer

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

Reviewed: 08-30-16

A sweet romance, a blizzard, a murder, a homeless veteran brought back to meaningful life, dogs, cats, and holiday humor as pet sitter Polly Parrett finds herself in the midst of more action than one has any right to expect in a short novella. Jennifer Fournier's deliberate and nicely inflected narration keeps things moving along and all ends are tied up in a satisfactory manner in a lovely holiday tale. A perfect listen for baking Christmas cookies and getting into the spirit of the season. I received a free copy of this audiobook in return for an honest review.

  • Alien Worlds

  • Colonial Scouts, Book 1
  • By: Roxanne Smolen
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Fournier
  • Length: 6 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 18

The Colonial Scouts are an elite group of explorers who seek out habitable planets for the Colonial Expansion Board. They travel through space via programmable wormholes. Impani, a brilliant girl with a dark past, dreams of escaping the streets by becoming a Scout. Because she is homeless, she feels she must study twice as hard to get into the program. The day before her final exam, however, a transporter malfunction sends her jumping uncontrollably from planet to planet.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • could be quite compelling for young teenagers

  • By AudioBook Reviewer on 08-18-17

Imaginative Non-stop Adventure

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

Reviewed: 08-20-16

Impani and Trace, Cadets in an scout academy, find themselves stuck in the final exam from Hell. Expecting a routine scouting mission in a semi-friendly world, they are forced to quickly adapt to new environments when their wormhole transport goes wonky and they are rapidly moved through a fantastic series of unfriendly planets. More importantly the two competitive and prickly teens, who don't like each other very much, need to learn to work together for survival, not only dealing with hostile environments with no food and limited water, but analyzing the malfunction that has them in a pickle in the first place. Fournier's nicely inflected and well paced narration moves the action quickly, Plot, writing style, and characters make this a fun listen for preteens and younger teens. I received a free copy in return for an honest review.

  • Owl and the City of Angels

  • By: Kristi Charish
  • Narrated by: Christy Romano
  • Length: 14 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60

Alix Hiboux, better known as Owl, international antiquities thief for hire, is settling in to her new contract job for Vegas mogul Mr. Kurosawa, a red dragon with a penchant for ancient, supernatural artifacts. And now he has his sights set on some treasures of the mysterious Syrian City of the Dead that are sitting in a recluse's private collection. There's just one wrinkle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great follow up to book one

  • By Tori Cerda on 03-04-16

Not finished, but disappointed

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

Reviewed: 05-27-16

OK--I loved the first book in this series which I eye-read, but I've been pulled right out of this story with the narration--Caracalla (who died in Turkey, by the way, instead of Egypt), I could forgive, but "calliope?"

  • Murder on Kaanapali Beach

  • Leila Kahana Mysteries, Book 2
  • By: R. Barri Flowers
  • Narrated by: Jane Boyer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6

Maui County homicide detective and composite sketch artist Leila Kahana and her new partner, Detective Jonny Chung, take on the case of a beautiful college instructor found murdered on the island's famed Kaanapali Beach, even as Leila continues to be haunted by a frustrating case of serial murder.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Complex detective mystery in a beautiful locale

  • By Leslie F. on 04-10-16

Cops in paradise

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

Reviewed: 04-13-16

One just doesn't expect to find bodies on a resort beach while on vacation in one of the loveliest spots on earth. When a visiting doctor on his morning jog trips over the body of a well-known Maui resident, apparently strangled on her own morning run, homicide detective Leila Kahana is assigned the case. But it isn't just one murder, as a shooting happens quickly on the heels of the first, which might have been related to a serial series already under investigation. A fairly large cast of characters, including law enforcement personnel and a local journalist participate in the investigation. Just when things seem to be wrapped up, new complications arise. Nice sense of place, a fun description of the 30 something crowd in a resort community, and a wonderful narration by Jane Boyer. As another reviewer mentioned, the book is completely free standing.