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  • Empire of the Dragon: An EVENT Group Thriller

  • EVENT Group Thrillers, Book 13
  • By: David L. Golemon
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 75
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74

230 BC - The first sovereign emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang, has consolidated his ultimate power with battles against the last of the dissenting tribes of China. With one last province to take, he knows he will be pitted against the one man he fears - his mysterious half brother, Li Zhang, leader of a peaceful province to the north. The new emperor's goal was to murder Li Zhang for the secrets he has kept from the world that would give Qin Shi Huang the power to strike beyond the borders of ancient China. The power over earth, water, fire, and air. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Change in narrator is disappointing.

  • By Sofia M. on 08-07-18

Excellent Adventure With some Sci-fi mixed in

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

Reviewed: 10-09-18

This was a fun and wild ride. Air-benders, Fire-benders and some crazy alien stuff. Facsimile soldiers and long-dead (not dead) emperors.
The story was fairly straightforward. Mapped out through the various adventures of all the players who will eventually join the fray of battle. With this being the 13th book in the series, I was a little lost on some of the backstory, but in the end, it was not needed to tell the tale of the current adventure. Just sit back and enjoy the ride. I plan on going back and listening to the previous 12 books.

Jeffrey Kafer’s Narration was excellent. He bring with him a certain level of authority to the roles. I Will always be looking forward to more of his narrations.

I requested a free review copy of this audiobook and I am leaving a voluntary and honest review.

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  • Secret Memoirs of Mary Shelley

  • Frankenstein Diaries: The Romantics
  • By: Michael January, Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
  • Narrated by: Heidi Gregory
  • Length: 5 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5

The real love story of Frankenstein! Released from a promise to keep portions of her journey secret, Mary Shelley lays her soul bare in the intimacy of love, loss, and betrayal, the search for a mother's validation, and inspiration as a woman artist discovering her voice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mary Shelley's Frankenstein Adventure

  • By Aurora Dawn on 08-17-18

Very interesting look at the early life of Shelley

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

Reviewed: 09-22-18

Part historical / biographical look at Shelley's early life and part romance and adventure.
Through a series of adventures across the western and northern parts of Europe, the early life of Marry Shelley and Percy Shelley is told. Intermingled within these adventures is a tale of two young lovers who long to be together and are slowly falling in love. Embedded even deeper into the narrative are the skeletons of the influences Mary Shelley has for eventually writing Frankenstein.
The book does an excellent job of describing the opulence that the rich and royal of the time experienced. it also details the hardship and time it took to travel what would be relatively short distances now.
A very nice companion piece for anyone that enjoys Frankenstein and would like to know more about Mary Shelley.

Heidi Gregory is great. Her excellent voice and accent lend themselves very well to this story. She is always able to give life to the characters, and as these characters actually once lived, that is important.

I requested a free review copy of this audiobook and I am leaving a voluntary and honest review.

  • Young Chase Baker and the Cross of the Last Crusade: A Young Chase Baker Thriller

  • Young Chase Baker Action & Adventure Series, Book 1
  • By: Vincent Zandri
  • Narrated by: Andrew B. Wehrlen
  • Length: 3 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

In this audiobook, Chase teams up with his two best amigos - the skinny, fun loving, Twigs, and the combative but courageous, Baily. At Chase’s urging, the three embark on a late night quest to uncover the Cross of the Last Crusade, which is said to have been buried along with the body of an old Frenchman, Pierre Menands. When Chase’s “sort of” girlfriend, the beautiful Monique, joins the hunt, the band of teens face down haunted ghosts, angry cops, a speeding locomotive, rabid dogs, a murderous resurrected crusader, and finally, the zombie reincarnation of Menands himself. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun and enjoyable for the whole family

  • By Jason on 09-22-18

Fun and enjoyable for the whole family

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

Reviewed: 09-22-18

Young Chase Baker book 1 was a very fun and adventurous ride. The characters are fun and inventive. The story flowed very well with rarely a dull moment. The story was fleshed out well and the created a sense of urgency for the characters. Twigs was funny with "The Claw" and the trio were very well formed.
The story was creative and funny with a lot of action and some twists and turns along the way. Very good start to a new young adult series based on Zandri's great characters.

Andrew Wehrlen was awesome. He has such a great chemistry with the audiobook format. He is able to bring the pages of the story to life. He sounds genuinely excited when narrating as though he would not want to be anywhere else.

I requested a free review copy of this audiobook and I am leaving a voluntary and honest review.

  • The Bottom of the 5th: A Baseball Tale

  • By: Edison McDaniels
  • Narrated by: Edison McDaniels
  • Length: 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 12

 Have you seen the movie The Sandlot? Well, that was pretty much my childhood. As a 10-year-old, it seemed the mysteries of life came alive through baseball. This is a story straight out of those glory days of playing baseball on the diamonds of Southern California, of the smell of cut grass in the outfield, of hitting impossible homers on and off the field. And of ghosts. This story is very much about the ghosts of childhood. I wrote it some years ago, mostly for my son who had passed not long before. He loved baseball, and the best year of my life was coaching his youth team.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Such a beautiful story!!!!

  • By Dee on 08-02-18

Tragic tale with a nice sentiment.

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

Reviewed: 09-22-18

As a father, this story was a little tough for me. It is well paced and draws you in. Who does not remember a childhood of playing baseball (or your favorite sport) and just enjoying the freedom we have as youths. Enjoying the outdoors and the smell of fresh cut grass. this story invokes all of that. It paints a very vivid portrait of a mans favorite time in his life and the time he was able to spend with his son. It also paints the portrait of loss and the things we symbolically hold onto when dealing with it.
This a perfect example of the author bleeding onto the page.

The narration was done very well. Mr. McDaniel was able to portray the happiness and grief that the story needed.

I requested a free preview copy of this audiobook and i am leaving a voluntary and honest review.

  • Tamer Animals

  • By: Justin M. Woodward
  • Narrated by: Ryan Drean
  • Length: 5 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

Down by the old Coheelee Creek Covered Bridge, four high school friends only wanted to kick back for a day or two. Decades earlier, an old goat farmer had been murdered by the Klan, hung from a tree near the bridge solely because of the color of his skin. His body was never found. Since then, numerous sightings of a strange creature - half-man and half-goat - had been reported in the surrounding woods. He was called the Goatman. From the moment they arrived, strange noises echoed around them.... A sense they were being watched pervaded the campsite...and that was just the beginning.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exciting and adventurous coming of age story.

  • By Jason on 09-22-18

Exciting and adventurous coming of age story.

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

Reviewed: 09-22-18

Tamer Animals was very well written and well paced. Creepy and haunting, the story takes us through the last days of a small group of friends who encounter something haunting the woods where they are camping. the story premise may sound simple, but the writing is superb and the characters leap off the pages (or out of the speakers in this case). we learn about each character and their individual reasoning for wanting to go on this camping trip through a series of vignette style pieces. They all come together and the story just builds from there. the forest and the Goatman are very creepy and vividly laid out. Not a slow moment in the story. Highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys coming of age stories and good haunting horror stories.

Ryan Drean's narration was superb as well. The characters come alive and you can feel for the anguish and the horror they are going through.

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  • Dark Matters

  • By: John Kaniecki
  • Narrated by: Samuel E. Hoke
  • Length: 6 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

A collection of three stories by John Kaniecki: "Heretic", "Johnny Can't Run", and "The Psychology of Lady Jane Perkins". Religion and truth battle for control in a future society underground on Earth. In the not-so-far-off future a group of Nazis have been exiled to a distant planet. An engineering student is swept away in love by one Lady Jane Perkins, but what does the young man see in this homeless psychiatric patient?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Solid Stories

  • By Big Cheese on 11-11-18

Mixed collection of stories. All dark.

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

Reviewed: 09-22-18

The three stories contained in this book were of mixed genres. They all represented something dark about human nature.
"Heretic" A vividly detailed exploration of one man's journey of discovery about the baseness of human nature and the need for man to follow. The journey takes us through his life and his awakening. Once he is awakened to the truth, the truth becomes the harbinger of his demise. Dystopian in scope and realized through flashbacks and hunger. A very well paced exploration.

"Johnny Can't Run" This story is also dystopian in scope but from the slant of a Nazi colony on a distant planet. This story had very well fleshed out characters. This is what grips you. You understand the characters motivations and this helps the story to move along to it's natural conclusion. The main idea reminded me a lot of The Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut. Whether that is a good or bad thing is for you to decide.

"The Psychology of Lady Jane Perkins" This was a modern psychological brain teaser. The story takes place in a fictional city and is hinted at being in the future, but the characters, locations and situation all feel very present day. The story plays with the idea of whether the main character is going crazy or just experiencing a change of life that will generally come with natural progression. It does have a surprise ending and it was rather enjoyable. I think the author did miss an opportunity for a nice discussion or subtle play on the idea of racism and territory. When Michael goes to the diner looking for Lady Jane and the waitress tells him that he is lucky he has not been killed because he is a white man in a black neighborhood. The story did not suffer for this, but based on the writing and the ideas of this author, there may have been something golden there.

The Narration was done fine. Mr. Hoke has a deep booming voice and is very careful with pronunciations. The downside to this is that he reads the stories very slowly. This can be a hindrance for some, for me, i used the increase speed option and he sounds great. During the middle story, he did sound a little too matter of fact. it was as if he was just stating facts at times versus acting out the characters. Again, this did not hinder the overall enjoyment of the book but it may be a deciding factor for some when thinking about purchasing the book.

I requested a free preview copy of this audiobook and i am leaving a voluntary and honest review.

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  • The Haunted Forest Tour

  • By: Jeff Strand, James A. Moore
  • Narrated by: Joe Hempel
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 217
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 206
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 205

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the Haunted Forest Tour! Sit back, and enjoy a smooth ride in air-conditioned comfort as your heavily armored tram takes you through nature's most astonishing creation. The forest is packed to capacity with dangerous and terrifying creatures of all shapes, sizes, and hunger levels, and you'll get to observe these wonders in complete safety.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WOW, just WOW. Great book!!!!

  • By Jason on 09-07-18

WOW, just WOW. Great book!!!!

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

Reviewed: 09-07-18

Jeff Strand and James A Moore have crafted one of the most fun gore feats ever. The body count is enormous. The Monsters are very interesting and original. I liked the Harpies. This is one ride that every horror fan should take.
The action is nonstop, no rest for the wicked or the innocent. Graphic groo and blood and guts and brains and eyeballs and...so wonderfully fun.
The best part is that you really feel a connection to the characters and want them to be safe. You understand the anguish Christopher feels, you can empathize with the choices Lee makes. Just great writing.

Joe Hempel once again brings all he has for an amazing performance. There was not a single character in here that did not have a unique voice or accent or nuance to it. Amazing job!!!

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  • Caldera Book 1

  • By: Heath Stallcup
  • Narrated by: Johnny Mack
  • Length: 5 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 37

For years, the biggest threat that Yellowstone was thought to offer was in the form of its semi-dormant super volcano. Little did anyone realize the threat was real and slowly working its way to the surface, but not in the form of magma. Lying deep within the bowels of the Earth itself, an ancient virus waited. Recently credited with the extinction of Neanderthal man, the virus erupts into a crowded Yellowstone. The park is packed with sight seers and party goers during a benefit concert who are all now fodder for the ancient rage virus.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wait till this warms up.

  • By cosmitron on 04-18-18

Crazy and graphic fun!!!

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

Reviewed: 09-04-18

What a start to a great series. Volcanos, zombies and metal. The premise was excellent. The action was fun and the horror was graphic and creepy.
The “zombies” were cool and vicious, as they should be. All in all, the story was well crafted and enjoyable.

The narration was done well. A little rough starting out but leveled out and was very easy to listen to.

I requested a free review copy of this audiobook and I am leaving a voluntary and honest review.

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  • Dhata Mays

  • The Synth Crisis Series, Book 0
  • By: Greg Dragon
  • Narrated by: Tucker McDougall
  • Length: 4 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

In a war between man and machine, he must find a way to protect them all... After a devastating war forced humans to rely on synths for survival, the two have learned to coexist peacefully. Until now... When detective Dhata Mays is called in to investigate a homicide, what he uncovers threatens the serenity of this futuristic society. The gruesome murder means only one thing: someone is ready to incite another war. Now, it's up to Dhata to ensure that the truth stays hidden - to protect both sides of the battle. But can he be unbiased in a world that forces him to take sides? 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Dhata Mays

  • By trixie on 08-01-18

Excellent futuristic noir

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

Reviewed: 09-04-18

Dhata Mays is a very promising beginning to the Synth Crisis. Part futuristic/post apocalyptic adventure, part classic noir in the vein or the great Sam Spade.
The characters and setting were laid out in startling detail, albeit brief, in order to move on to the meat and potatoes of the story. Very much excited about the next chapter in the series.

The narration was excellent. The characters stood apart from one another and he pulled them from the page.

I requested a free review copy of this audiobook and I am leaving a voluntary and honest review.

  • Hounded

  • By: Marla Braziel
  • Narrated by: Kate Tyler
  • Length: 1 hr and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33

When Claire and her aunt stumble upon an orphaned puppy in the woods, it looks like a match made in heaven. Claire has recently lost her parents, and the dog seems like the perfect thing to help her heal. But when Fido begins to mature, Claire discovers that he isn't quite what he appears to be.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Emotional and original..

  • By Mandymay💄👠👛 on 04-30-18

A Short piece of bittersweet magic.

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

Reviewed: 08-23-18

Executed with a keen eye towards loss and the grieving process, this story takes an age old tale of seeking solace with mans best friend and puts an interesting twist on it. Very well written and with excellent narration, I would highly recommend this audiobook. The characters are well conceived and everyone has a role to play to push the story forward. An ending you do not see coming and a twist to appreciate, Hounded was a perfect slice of romantic fantasy.

I requested a free copy of this audiobook and I am leaving a voluntary and honest review.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful