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  • Multitude

  • Dimension Space, Book Two
  • By: Dean M. Cole
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray, Julia Whelan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,442
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,377
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,371

Following the incredible events of Solitude, Vaughn had visions of plying the seven seas with Angela at his side. Then she and fate crapped all over his plans. Bent on discovering the truth about what happened to humanity and the rest of the world's life, Angela drags a less-than-willing Vaughn across the Mediterranean and into central Europe. However, even the overhead presence of a line of levitating steel structures and ships couldn't prepare them for what lied ahead. The size and scale of what they find in Geneva rocks them to their cores.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cole Does It Again

  • By Brian on 04-24-19

And I thought the first book was intense!

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

Reviewed: 04-28-19

Dean Cole really ramped up the intensity in this second book! It's almost like he decided there wasn't enough tension and action and excitement in the first book so he tripled his efforts here! This was probably the fastest I've gone through an audiobook. I think the book came out like 5 days ago. That's fast for me because I usually only listen in the car. My commute and life didn't have me in the car enough to listen to this. It's funny because when I had other people in the car I was annoyed because I couldn't listen. I just had to find out what was happening.

The intrigue, tension, mystery, emotion was greater this go round. If Mr Cole is indeed increasing his game with each book, I can't wait until the next one! If R.C. Bray & Julia Whelan weren't such amazing narrators, I'd get the e-book and read it just so I can continue. Alas, I cannot do that because I owe it to them to listen to their performances. Besides, it's almost like I have a personal relationship with them now since we've journeyed so long together. We've come this far so we're going to stay the course and get through the homestretch. I can't wait for the next one. *heads over to author website to stalk his social media*

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  • Solitude

  • Dimension Space, Book One
  • By: Dean M. Cole
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray, Julia Whelan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,273
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,051
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,045

A mysterious wave of light wipes humanity from the planet, leaving only one person in its wake. After months of desperate isolation, Earth’s last man discovers he’s not alone. The last woman is stranded alone aboard the International Space Station. Can Vaughn find a path to space and back? Can Angela - the only person with clues to the mystery behind humanity's disappearance - survive until he does? 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Eh...

  • By Philip Maddox on 10-19-17

Love R.C. Bray & Julia Whelan

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

Reviewed: 04-28-19

R.C. Bray & Julia Whelan are a powerhouse duo and when I saw they were narrating this book, I had to check it out. The synopsis sounded really interesting as well. I immensely enjoyed the hell out of this book! What an emotional rollercoaster of a ride. I laughed; I sat on the edge of my seat in the car, gripping the steering wheel really hard, hanging on every word; I yelled at the characters; I agonized along with them. To say this was intense would be an understatement.

I usually only listen to audiobooks while in the car, but this one was so good I listened to it everywhere! I had it playing at work as well as at home. After finishing, I immediately went to look for the next book. I was pleasantly surprised that I only had to wait until the next day until it released. I highly recommend this audiobook and will be checking out more by this author.

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  • Paradox Bound

  • A Novel
  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,556
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12,832
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,815

Nothing ever changes in Sanders. The town's still got a video store, for God's sake. So why doesn't Eli Teague want to leave? Not that he'd ever admit it, but maybe he's been waiting - waiting for the traveler to come back. The one who's roared into his life twice before, pausing just long enough to drop tantalizing clues before disappearing in a cloud of gunfire and a squeal of tires. The one who's a walking anachronism, with her tricorne hat, flintlock rifle, and steampunked Model A Ford.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Traveling through history rather than time

  • By Michael G Kurilla on 11-04-17

Very entertaining story with perfect narration

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

I really thoroughly enjoyed this book. This was my first book by Peter Clines and I will most definitely be checking out his others. Ray Porter did an outstanding job with the voices & characters in this book. I actually went and looked up other books that he narrated. I enjoy his narration style and the amazing job he does with all the accents & personalities in the book. I forgot I was listening to a book. I liked the way that Peter Clines explained the technical bits of "sliding through history." It's a neat concept that had my brain working on all the ways that I would enjoy being able to do that. I highly recommend this book and this narrator.

  • Firefight

  • The Reckoners, Book 2
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,198
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 21,222
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,185

Newcago is free. They told David it was impossible, that even the Reckoners had never killed a High Epic. Yet Steelheart - invincible, immortal, unconquerable - is dead. And he died by David's hand.Eliminating Steelheart was supposed to make life simpler. Instead, it only made David realize he has questions. Big ones. And no one in Newcago can give him answers.Babylon Restored, the city formerly known as the borough of Manhattan, has possibilities, though.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Like a cherry on top of a Sundae in the North Pole

  • By Zenpaca on 01-16-15

You can't go wrong w/ a MacLeod Andrews narration

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

Reviewed: 06-25-17

I wish I could just copy and paste the review I did for Steelheart and change some of the wording to work for this second book. I can't think of much to add to the original review. I'll concentrate on the book this time some more because you just have to read my other review to see how I feel about the narrator.

As soon as I finished Steelheart I immediately downloaded Firefight. I didn't even wait for wi-fi access to do it either, data be damned!! There were so many surprises in this story! I mean there was in the first one but you expect it because it's the first book. It's harder to keep those secrets from popping out too soon. I enjoy Mr Sanderson's story and the adept way he has at world building and creating an entertaining book. I am more apt to purchase other stories written by him based on how much I've liked this series. Of course, the books would be even better if MacLeod Andrews narrated them!

I don't really have any complaints about these stories other than that I would probably be using harsher words than "sparks" or "calamity" when I needed to curse. I do like the fact that there aren't any of those words in this story though. I think it's probably harder to write a series without the use of them as you have to be more creative in your ways of bringing out those emotions. I may even start picking up some of these as I have with other books. I use "crappy doodles" a lot, especially around my kids. I got that one from Rose Gardner in Denise Grover Swank's Rose Gardner series. It's fun to say and rolls off the tongue easily.

  • Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

  • By: Ransom Riggs
  • Narrated by: Jesse Bernstein
  • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,656
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 14,108
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,120

A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of very curious photographs. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets 16-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • It might be better to actually read this.

  • By Ariel on 07-25-11

Great story with a great narrator

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

Reviewed: 03-15-17

Would you listen to Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children again? Why?

I definitely would. I really enjoyed the story and the narrator.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Oh gosh! I don't think I could pick out a favorite character.

What does Jesse Bernstein bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

It's a much more realistic account of the story.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

I have no clue.

  • Steamborn

  • Steamborn Series, Book 1
  • By: Eric Asher
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50

Jacob, a tinker's apprentice, has never backed down from an adventure, but when a swarm of Deadlands creatures shatters the peace of Ancora, he'll face trials the likes of which he has never imagined. Forced out of the Lowlands, Jacob and his friends seek shelter behind the towering walls of the Highlands, only to uncover a terrible darkness at the heart of their city.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Original.

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 03-15-17

Steampunk with a twist

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

Reviewed: 03-15-17

If you could sum up Steamborn in three words, what would they be?

Imaginative, fun, entertaining.

What did you like best about this story?

I loved all of the giant bugs and the different species/races of people.

Which scene was your favorite?

I don't have a favorite scene.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Not that I can think of.

  • Warm Bodies

  • A Novel
  • By: Isaac Marion
  • Narrated by: Kevin Kenerly
  • Length: 7 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,897
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,780
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,777

R is a young man with an existential crisis—he is a zombie. He has no memories, no identity, and no pulse, but he has dreams. His ability to connect with the outside world is limited to a few grunted syllables, but his inner life is deep, full of wonder and longing. After experiencing a teenage boy’s memories while consuming his brain, R makes an unexpected choice that begins a tense, awkward, and strangely sweet relationship with the victim’s human girlfriend, Julie.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • This was...OK

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-21-13

Oh R! I love you so much!

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

Reviewed: 03-15-17

What did you love best about Warm Bodies?

My favorite was the way that R used music to explain himself to Julie. It was so moving and beautiful.

What other book might you compare Warm Bodies to and why?

No comparison is available. He wrote this book from the perspective of the zombie and it's amazing.

Have you listened to any of Kevin Kenerly’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have not listened to Kevin Kenerly's other books, but would consider it after listening to this one.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I had the whole gamut of reactions to this book. It affected me greatly and even touched my heart. I am a huge fan now.

  • The Vesik Series: Books 1-3

  • Vesik Series Box Set
  • By: Eric Asher
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 28 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,376
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,293
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,291

This omnibus collection includes Days Gone Bad, Wolves and the River of Stone, and Winter's Demon. That's three complete novels of Damian's dark, gritty, and occasionally hilarious urban-fantasy adventures.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Never a dull moment.

  • By Troublemer(tammy hovey) on 01-21-17

A fun, magical, fantastical thrill ride.

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

Reviewed: 03-15-17

Where does The Vesik Series: Books 1-3 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Very top of the list. William Dufris is a talented narrator.

What other book might you compare The Vesik Series: Books 1-3 to and why?

No comparison comes to mind.

What does William Dufris bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He has a great voice and does accents expertly. I am lost in the story when he narrates and that's what I love about great narrators. I want to be able to listen to the story the way the author portrayed it and not be bothered by the narrators voice.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

These books make me gasp, laugh, hold my breath, and want to not stop listening.

  • Challenge

  • By: Amy Daws
  • Narrated by: Will M. Watt, Charlotte Cole, Martin Foster
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 853
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 825
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 817

Camden Harris, the famously hot, hulk of a footballer is laid up in a London hospital. But his busted knee doesn't stop him from running his well-practiced game on Indie Porter - his redheaded spitfire of a doctor. She's not his type, not even close. But she could be the perfect distraction from the soul-crushing damage this injury could cost him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • British, sporty romcom perfection

  • By Jules on 02-02-17

Harris brother hotness!

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

Reviewed: 03-15-17

If you could sum up Challenge in three words, what would they be?

Sexy, funny, must-read

What other book might you compare Challenge to and why?

I don't think I could compare it to another book. I don't read much romance with the exception of Amy Daws and a few others.

What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I love the fact that there are female and male narrators for the story. It's makes for a much more intimate listen. I wish more books did this.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Oh definitely!! The narrators voices are like buttah!

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  • Mask of the Swan

  • The Fearless
  • By: Terry Maggert
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Cook
  • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 27

When three lovers take a vacation after losing a fight with an elegant monster named Elizabeth, their time for healing is cut short by a new threat…innocent blood will spill. Reaching for the crown of Hell, Elizabeth gathers Archangels around her to fuel her power-mad ascent-but she has powerful enemies who will fight her every step of the way, including Delphine, the 2,400-year-old succubus hooker who knows that inside her beautiful body rests a very human soul.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Whatever you do, DO NOT MISS THIS ONE!

  • By Jan on 04-07-15

Fantastic story with an outstanding narrator

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

Reviewed: 03-15-17

This series is so good but I am really happy that I have been listening to it on audio book. It's a great story with fun characters and Rebecca Cook embodies these characters and brings them to life. I forget that I am listening to one person because she is so adept at changing not just her voice but her persona to each of the characters. She really does a great job with all of the voices, accents, etc. Terry Maggert does not write simple stories; they are very complex and have a lot of intensive nuances. For her to be able to represent that in her narration is a phenomenal feat and something that only the best of the best can do. Definitely recommend this series and this narrator.