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  • The Rogue Element

  • Rogue Series, Volume 1
  • By: John Hardy Bell
  • Narrated by: George Kastrinos
  • Length: 3 hrs and 57 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

The grisly murder of a beautiful young lawyer. A political scandal unlike any the nation has ever seen. Two homicide detectives assigned to the case are shot in cold blood. And one of the police department's own stands accused of orchestrating the entire ordeal. While the fallout has shaken the city to its core, for Detective Scott Priest, the daily business of solving homicides goes on. Today, it is the savage attack on a room attendant inside a luxury hotel suite. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Good Cop, Bad Cop Mystery

  • By Keli on 12-06-18

Great Good Cop, Bad Cop Mystery

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

Reviewed: 12-06-18

I really did enjoy The Rogue Element. The beginning was slightly confusing for me and it took longer than expected to recognize the characters. But about 1/3 way in, I was hooked and invested in the “who done it” aspect. It was at this point the author really stepped up and made the characters real for me. He tied them together with excellent back stories and made me think “Ahh... I see now”.

I was so shocked when the book ended. I was left hanging, omg...what happens next! The author threw a curveball I didn’t expect and we’ll have to wait for Book 2 to find out the rest.

I have nothing to say about narrator George Kastrinos other than “Well done, superb” with a standing ovation!

I was given a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for my unbiased review.

  • The Next World - EXISTENCE - Book 1

  • By: Jeff Olah
  • Narrated by: Andrew Tell
  • Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 27

Owen Mercer has battled the voices in his head for far too long. Plagued by debilitating anxiety, he was doing his best just to hold it together for his wife and his children. He wasn’t prepared for what was coming. No one was.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Same old, same old!

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 10-09-18

Zombie apocalypse story - Part 2

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

Reviewed: 10-12-18

I’m not a fan of Zombie stories. If you are, give it a try. I would listen to Book 1 first to get a good back story. I made it halfway through but couldn’t get to the end. The storyline has potential, but I really wanted the author to commit to one side. Either keep it zombie or light hearted family bonding experience. The meshing of the two just didn’t work for me. Andrew Tell does an awesome job of narrating.

I was given a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for my unbiased review.

  • The Woman in the Window

  • A Novel
  • By: A. J. Finn
  • Narrated by: Ann Marie Lee
  • Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 20,229
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 18,609
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 18,553

Anna Fox lives alone - a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies, recalling happier times...and spying on her neighbors. Then the Russells move into the house across the way: a father, mother, their teenaged son. The perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldn't, her world begins to crumble. And its shocking secrets are laid bare.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • STAY AWAY!!!

  • By Susan Olson on 06-02-18

5-Star Psychological Thriller

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

Reviewed: 10-12-18

Hitchcock fans will absolutely love this audiobook. I immediately thought of Rear Window, with the author weaving bits and pieces of this genre’s classics throughout the storyline.

A.J. Finn sets this thriller in NYC, the Bronx. Anna, the main character, suffers from debilitating mental health problems and isolates herself in her home; apparently living day to day through the lives of her neighbors.

The author does a fantastic job of getting the listener invested into the story right away. Narrator Ann Marie Lee is spot on portraying each character in this game of chess. And that’s just how the audiobook plays out, like a game of chess. Starting slowly, observing your opponent and developing a strategy; so that last third of the game, you are on the edge of your seat with anticipation. I want to say so much more, but am afraid any more will give something away. And A.J. Finn is very generous in giving the listener a roller coaster ride with his first novel.

I was given a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for my unbiased review.

  • Keeping Hope Alive

  • Whitley & Keal Mystery, Volume 4
  • By: Dawn Kopman Whidden
  • Narrated by: Amy Deuchler
  • Length: 7 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 19

A young couple taking a leisurely walk through the woods is shocked when the quiet, peaceful stroll ends as they come across what is without question a human skull. Two more bodies are uncovered nearby in shallow graves, but unlike the first, these murder victims have just met their demise. While detectives Jean and Marty search for answers, Marty’s fiancée, psychiatrist Dr. Hope Rubin, disappears, and her patient Brad claims he knows what happened. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Keeping Hope Alive

  • By Donna Reynolds on 08-30-18

Great “Who Done It”

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

Reviewed: 09-23-18

Keeping Hope Alive is book 4 in a series; however, I didn’t know that until I started listening to the audiobook. They stand alone as this was my first read by Dawn Whidden and I don’t feel as though I missed anything. Thank you for that Dawn!

The main storyline is told from the perspective of Hope, the main character, and Marty, one of series main characters. There is murder, suspense and deceit; but also love, fierce dedication and honor.

The time line went back and forth, and so did the characters. The author did a fantastic job of keeping the listener on track by starting each chapter with the names of the main characters. A few times I caught myself thinking “who is this” or “where are we”; but the author quickly brought me into the setting before I felt confused. She is really good at that.

I have listened to narrator Amy Deuchler read several books. She was the perfect fit for this audiobook. I had no problem distinguishing between characters, and her voice is nice to listen to for this novel.

I definitely didn’t know who the “bad guy” was. And after I did, there was still drama, suspense and questions. I thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook and definitely want to listen to the first books in the series. I highly recommend this audiobook as a stand-alone listen. If you enjoy it as much as I did, you’ll be going back for the others too!

I was given a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for my unbiased review.

  • Still Life in Shadows

  • By: Alice J. Wisler
  • Narrated by: David Bosco
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 13

It's been 15 years since Gideon Miller ran away from his Amish community in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, as a boy of 15. Gideon arrives in the Smoky Mountains town of Twin Branches and settles in at the local auto mechanic's garage. He meets a host of interesting characters. The most recent acquaintances are Kiki, an autistic teen, and her sister, Mari. Known as the "Getaway Savior," he helps other Amish boys and girls relocate to life in modern America.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A truly great listen

  • By TU on 09-04-18

Tender coming of age story

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

Reviewed: 09-13-18

Still Life in Shadows is beautifully written and describes two main story lines. We are first introduced to 14-yr old KiKi who lives with her sister in North Carolina. She is treated differently in her school and doesn’t know why. Then enters Gideon, late 20-something male who grew up and escaped from his Amish community. The author uses the two of them to intertwine the differences and similarities people face when being different; and the positive outcome that happens when they admit who they truly are.

Narrator David Bosco does a fantastic job of separating the characters and making you feel empathy for each individual. Well done!

The character plots come together in a smooth way at the end. The author could have ended the audiobook in several places; but I’m so glad she didn’t. I definitely recommend this audiobook.

This audiobook was given to me in exchange for my unbiased review.

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  • Time Is Irreverent

  • By: Marty Essen
  • Narrated by: Michael Fell
  • Length: 7 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 42

What if you could make a change to history that would eliminate the Spanish Inquisition, American slavery, World War II, global warming, and an egomaniacal US president who thought he was smart enough to drop nuclear bombs here and there without negative consequences? What if that change also made the United States and five billion people poof from existence? Would you do it? 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A fun Science Fiction Adventure.

  • By cosmitron on 06-07-18

Think of an ELO album cover...Guitar spaceship...

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

Reviewed: 09-09-18

I thoroughly enjoyed Time is Irrelevant; particularly that I can listen and choose how invested I want to be. I listened using only the story to go by; thus, this book was light-hearted and humorous. There are several layers and I plan to listen to it again using current events to enhance the backstory and situational awareness of people, politics, religion, etc.

The main character, Marty Mann, finds himself aboard an advanced, interstellar spacecraft whose inhabitants unwittingly display their emotions, using their eyes in an exceptional way. With names that cause Marty to stifle laughter, he chooses to give each “alien” a name whose looks & personality match a popular rock ‘n roll artist he prefers. Marty is taken on the trip of a lifetime, from being eye to eye with dinosaurs, riding around the solar system with a sexy alien who drinks too much, to being “accidentally” dropped back to earth in a separate timeline. So many wonderfully, unique adventures that I couldn’t believe it when the book ended.

Michael Fell is the Perfect narrator too! He is extremely adept at switching character voices. I never had to rewind the audiobook to figure out who was talking. I hope the author, Marty Essen, is almost finished with the sequel. There is a sequel, right? In the meantime, I’m looking forward to listening to this audiobook again. There are so many layers to grab on to, and I don’t want to miss a thing!

I was given a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for my unbiased review.

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  • The Evaran Chronicles Box Set

  • Books 1-3
  • By: Adair Hart
  • Narrated by: Michael Pauley
  • Length: 25 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 190
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 175
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 176

Dr. Albert Snowden just wanted to be there for his niece, Emily, after the loss of her father. Being abducted by aliens, and then rescued by a mysterious being known as Evaran, has made that difficult. Despite their situation, they try to make the best of it while traveling through space, time, and beyond with Evaran and V, Evaran's trusty mobile artificial intelligence. With the use of Evaran's time-traveling ship, the Torvatta, they will try to maintain timeline integrity while dealing with the challenges that brings.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enter the Space-Time Continuum

  • By cosmitron on 04-05-18

Awesome Trilogy

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

Reviewed: 08-17-18

Wow...that’s what I thought when this trilogy ended. I don’t usually enjoy sci-fi novels that include space aliens, but I’m so very glad I continued listening to this. It is not “cheesy” or typical of the alien stereotype. Thank you Adair for that.

I chose the book(s) because of the time travel element and was not disappointed. There were a couple of times during book 3 that I had to really pay attention so as not to lose which “reality” I was in. I liked that; it caused me to stop a minute and think about the context. Very nice!

I would have enjoyed seeing the “J” character from book 1 have more scenes. (Sorry, I can’t remember his name) He really is a “save the day” kind of guy. However the storyline with Sanjay is great. I think it’s book 2 that goes into detail and made me think....wow, again.

I’m so glad Michael Pauley narrated all three books. He did a fantastic job. I was never confused about which character he was voicing. Fantastic work Michael!

I recommend listening to the trilogy as one book. It keeps the momentum going and I honestly didn’t want it to stop. I was given a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for my unbiased review.

  • Dick Cheney Shot Me in the Face

  • And Other Stories of Men in Pain
  • By: Timothy O'Leary
  • Narrated by: David Bosco
  • Length: 7 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

Kenny, a former sitcom star, is a veteran comedian whose career nosedives after a damaging video goes viral. In these 18 stories we also meet: a distraught husband who experiences heartbreak and salvation after a texting teenager changes his life; a man who returns to his hometown to find his first love stacking jars in Costco; a western sheriff who confronts a pedophile - and his own past; and a successful attorney who abandons his career to play the iPad guitar.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Consistently Entertaining

  • By Eric on 07-21-17

Full of twists and turns

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

Reviewed: 07-12-18

I enjoyed listening to this audiobook, although I tend to avoid short stories. For the most part the stories were long enough for me to get hooked. Some better than others, but overall well worth reading.

Examples: As the title of the audiobook is Dick Cheney Shot Me in the Face, I actually Googled to see if this is true! I was invested.

Did Justin pull the trigger or was the “kablooey” in his mind?

Who was Monica, really?

Barry drunk & high...hah!

I could go on, but don’t want to accidentally put any spoilers here. And David Bosco was perfect for this narrative. He really was the preacher. I’ve noticed a pattern in his narration and he does those characters so well. Enjoy!

I was given a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for my unbiased review.

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  • Inborn Error

  • By: Bruce R. Gilbert
  • Narrated by: David Bosco
  • Length: 7 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 20

It is the smallest of anomalies. A tiny error lurking in Bob Ludlow’s DNA that could have untold consequences for civilization. Dr. Barry Gifford hopes that understanding this genetic error could provide revolutionary advances for humanity. Bob believes in Barry and his vision for the future. The two men team up to solve the mystery of Bob’s genetics and to develop a drug based on this inborn error. Unfortunately, in the cutthroat world of medical research, altruism doesn’t always take precedence over money or ego. Dr. Dexter Brunswick, a bitter man with a tough past, is strangely jealous of Barry’s accomplishments. Yet he needs Barry’s research to unlock the treasures hidden in Bob’s genetic code. Unlike Barry’s noble intentions, Brunswick’s plans are more sinister. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Thriller

  • By willee on 05-06-18

Good listen, but pay attention

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

Reviewed: 07-03-18

This audiobook began with a short, future event and then jumped right into the story, which technically was half flashback. For me, the short narrative at the beginning seemed so out of place that it confused me. I couldn’t find a context for the brief encounter and totally forgot about it. It could have been left out completely and the book may have caught my attention a bit more quickly. However, I listened to the book twice; so the second time around I had that “a-ha” moment and it clicked.

The author chose a great title. It is certainly unique and taught me what an Inborn Error actually is. The term was used on at least two occasions and fit the narrative well. The setup is about triplets separated at birth in the mid 1950’s, each with his own unique physical and mental health issues (aka Inborn Errors). The characters of Bob and Dexter were given the most storylines. I would like to have had more history and interaction with Kevin. He is introduced and then disappears until the end.

Without the talented voice of David Bosco, I would not have given the audiobook a second listen. His ability to keep the narrative flowing during a few awkward chapter breaks seemed effortless. Mr. Bosco does a great job of separating the characters for the audiobook. If I were reading the actual book, I would have a hard time keeping the characters straight, especially Bob and Barry. Had the narrator not been distinctive, there were several times I would not have known which character was talking.

Overall, Inborn Error was worth reading. I’m glad I listened twice as the second time around filled in important details I missed the first time. It could have been that I was multitasking and did not give it enough attention, but I don’t think so; thus, 3 stars for having to listen more than once for the story to keep my attention.

I was given a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for my unbiased review.

  • An Angel on Her Shoulder

  • By: Dan Alatorre
  • Narrated by: David Bosco
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31

A series of unexplainable tragedies surround a family and their young daughter as they seek to determine whether they are possessed, paranoid, or collectively going insane. Meanwhile, forgotten clues from the father's past may indicate forces are at work in ways more ominous than any of them could have imagined.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Surprisingly good paranormal story

  • By Tiffany on 12-24-17

Positive and enjoyable story

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

Reviewed: 06-22-18

Author Dan Alatorre starts this novel with a fairly good backstory, but you may need to listen twice. I did and found so much I had missed the first time.

The remainder of the audiobook is mostly present tense, with a few flashes back to the main character’s childhood. Although the audiobook introduces the subject of good and bad angels, the story is not so supernatural to get scary. I did not enjoy the voodoo references and feel it was not necessary to the story.

Narrator David Bosco is fantastic. He does an excellent job of reading male, female and child voices. His best voice characterization is Tyree. He WAS that man!

Overall I enjoyed this audiobook and am so glad I listened twice.

I was given a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for my unbiased review.

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