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  • Kellynch

  • Sequel to Jane Austen's Persuasion
  • By: Kwen D Griffeth
  • Narrated by: Alexandra Jones
  • Length: 5 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 1

Jane Austen completed Persuasion in August 1816. It was to be her last book. She left us with the story of Anne Elliot and Captain Wentworth, and she left them approaching happily ever after. What happens the day following happily ever after? The story of Kellynch picks up three years after the couple married and were able to secure the Kellynch estate from Sir Walter when cousin William Elliot agreed to waive the entailment. It would seem all is well with the young couple, but all is not as it seems.    

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting continuation of Jane Austen

  • By Jayde on 12-13-18

Interesting continuation of Jane Austen

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

Reviewed: 12-13-18

I had not read or listened to Jane Austen's Persuasion before although I had seen the movie. Therefore I chose to listen to Persuasion before attempting this sequel. I am really glad I did because it really helped to know who was who and what was going on. Not having lived in the early 1800's, I am not that familiar with class customs or distinctions from that time or place.
Having said all that, I did enjoy this novel. I found it to be a good continuation of the story that Jane Austen wrote in Persuasion. I did find a couple of points that I would really have trouble believing. Overall, this was a good story that could stand on its own merit as it only depends on Persuasion for the background and characters. This story does a good job of developing its characters into real believable people that you can relate to.

The narration was not the best on this one. Did not detract to much from the story so I would have to say it was acceptable. There were a couple of missed words or stumbles in reading but the accent was decent and the reading clear.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

  • The Warrior's Stone

  • The New Terra Sagas, Book One
  • By: Matthew O. Duncan
  • Narrated by: Lily Sage
  • Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

O'Hara never wanted to be a hero. He was a combat pilot only because his skills made him the best and Earth needed men like him to fight the enemy among the stars. Living a life a service and duty, alone in a cockpit suited him well, but fate had other plans for him. Shot down over an alien planet he was saved by a beautiful and mysterious woman named Katreena. He soon learns that the world is populated by people who seemed to have been lost by time and controlled by stones that the people believe to be divine magic.  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great start to a new series

  • By Jayde on 12-10-18

Great start to a new series

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

Reviewed: 12-10-18

This story is a combination of Sci-Fi and Fantasy that is well blended into a a great story.
I felt the story was well written and engaging. Although this is the first book in a series, It is a complete story in itself other than the cliffhanger at the end that really sounded like an add on to tease the next book.

Did not care for the narration by Lily Sage. She did a reasonable job reading the story but it was just that, reading. There were several occasions where the period in her reading was in the wrong place. Meaning she would pause in the middle of a sentence like she reached the end of a line or page, then continue reading right past the period after the next word she read. I recognize this because I have done this when I read aloud. But I am not a professional reader selling my work.
She did manage some character distinction in her reading which helped make the performance acceptable. But this story is worthy of a better reader.

Will definitely be looking for the next book in the series.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

  • A Light in the Dark (Dark Stars Book 2): A Space Fantasy Sci-Fi Adventure

  • By: A.K. DuBoff
  • Narrated by: Kristin James
  • Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

An alien fleet is coming. Elle and her friends are the Hegemony's best chance for fighting back, but they'll need to head straight into enemy territory in order to identify the Darkness' origin. The Hegemony is out of time...and the war may already be lost before it even starts. The only chance for salvation is the mysterious shard of the Master Crystal, supposedly capable of initiating a universal-scale reset. Except no one knows what a reset of that magnitude might entail, or if it's possible.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another great adventure

  • By Jayde on 12-04-18

Another great adventure

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

Reviewed: 12-04-18

This is book two in this series and just like the first it is a fast paced adventure that grabs you by the seat and pulls you in.
Definitely want to read the first book first but only because you would spend so much time catching up. This really could be a standalone because most references to the first book are fully fleshed out in this one as well.
Also a great narrator for both books had much to contribute to the adventure.
Well worth the credit and can’t wait for the next one.

I was given this free review copy audiobook by the author and have voluntarily left this review.

  • Red Dots

  • Deep Space One Was on a Mission to Save Humanity.
  • By: Ray Jay Perreault
  • Narrated by: Ray Jay Perreault
  • Length: 2 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

 Deep Space One was sent on a one-way mission to save the people of Earth. Their mission was to find a new home for the survivors of a dying planet. They trusted each other and in the importance of their mission. What they found out en route was not expected, and the information they learned changed everything for them and the people they left behind. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good sci-fi short story. I liked this selection!

  • By Code Toad on 12-05-18

Red Dots or Blurred Vision

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

Reviewed: 11-13-18

I am used to reading long novels rather than short stories so the pacing of this short story seemed off to me. The beginning jumped around a bit introducing people that I had trouble remembering what the relationship to the story was. That means that either there was not much to remember and correlate to the rest of the story or I am just getting old and can’t remember that long.

Overall I thought this was a good story line that did not take too long to become involved. There is lots of science in here as a part of the story that does not seem too much as an add on. Ray can be relied on to have the science to make his story believable.

However, I have one major issue with this short story… It was too short! The story ends very abruptly and literally on the words of a major revelation. Cliffhangers work in soap operas (or in this case Space Opera) or in old serials where you had to come back the next week at “The Same Bat-time, Same Bat-Channel” to find out if the hero survives. They have no place in short stories that are generally stand alone and even when collected in a “Short Story Collection” only have a relation to each other rather than a continuation of the same story. Asimov’s “Robot” short stories are an excellent example of this.

This is one of those stories that are “Read by the author.” I can’t decide if that is a good thing or a bad thing in this case. First off he did a respectable job telling the story. What I can’t decide is if the reader knowing the story and how it should sound made the story better or if a better character reader might have brought the story to life a bit better. Either way, it is what it is. I do recommend this as a quick read as it has a good story to tell that is easy to get into and “read by the author” is certainly not a downside for this story.

I received a free review copy of this book from the author and have voluntarily left this unbiased review.

  • Crystalline Space

  • Dark Stars Series, Book 1
  • By: A.K. DuBoff
  • Narrated by: Kristin James
  • Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 28

After a routine reset on her homeworld, Elle instead awakens on a spaceship. Her body is different, she has new magical abilities, and she’s told that the fate of known civilization is in her hands. An alien Darkness is corrupting the crystalline network across the settled worlds. Elle and a team of talented companions - strangers imbued with special abilities like her own - must embark on an interstellar quest to seal the Master Archive, their only hope of restoring the infected planets. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If Ready Player One was a space adventure

  • By Holly on 11-27-18

A True Sci-Fi Fantasy adventure

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

Reviewed: 10-23-18

This one would definitely fall under the category of a Young Adult coming of age story.
This story is a complete adventure in itself while setting you up for the next adventure that will continue the story.
An interesting blend of science fiction that almost completely explains the very fantasy nature of this adventure.
I enjoyed this one as it was fast paced and drew you in immediately. Also keeps your interest to the end.
Well worth the time and the credit.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Teach Me to Love

  • Brothers of Belle Fourche, Book 1
  • By: Kari Trumbo
  • Narrated by: J. Scott Bennett
  • Length: 3 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 20

When her husband dies, she has a choice to make: Go home, and face the family who made her stay with the beast, or head to Belle Fourche to the only friend she has left. Conrad Oleson can't read, and it's shamed him for longer than he can remember. When another teacher shows up on his front step, he's sure his brother is meddling, again. But when Izzy reveals her painful past, he can't stay away. And if learning to read brings him closer to her, he'll do about anything for her including teaching her how to love.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book

  • By Dawn Heading on 10-30-18

Really draws you in

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

Reviewed: 10-18-18

This is not my normal genre but I really liked this story.
Very realistic. I loved the way the characters were portrayed.
Many of us have troubled pasts, many of us still have troubled presents.
It is always good to hear of someone that treats you as you should be treated... With Love and kindness no matter the past you have had forced on you or chosen to live. Make your own choice and choose to love.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Insurgent

  • Ice Hammer, Volume 2
  • By: Basil Sands
  • Narrated by: Basil Sands
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

Following the invasion of the previous year, Brad Stone has become the figurehead of Alaska’s resistance movement. He’s now head of the largest militia in the former state, including the Chiknik Rangers, making him enemy number one to the Chinese leadership based in Anchorage. At the same time his sons, Ben and Ian, find themselves waging a bloody guerrilla operation against Russian troops in the east. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting Read

  • By cosmitron on 09-12-18

Better than the first volume

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

Reviewed: 10-08-18

I went back and re-read the first volume in this series so I could be ready for this second installment.
Both volumes are good and I am glad I took the time to review. This book is a definite continuation of the first book but not at the second the first left off. I think a few months have passed and they have gotten where they were headed.

This book fleshes out all three story lines from the original book and by the end some of the main characters have found out that others believed dead are still alive.

This series has been well worth the time invested and I have really enjoyed getting to know the characters and become aware of why they do what they do.

Can't wait for the next book.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

  • Torrent

  • The Alt Apocalypse, Book 3
  • By: Tom Abrahams
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62

In Torrent, Abrahams plunges his characters into an unforgiving flood. College students on vacation, a family trapped and unable to swim, a journalist out of his depth, and a doctor prepared but overwhelmed all face the rising water. The beginnings of a conspiracy begin to surface, possibly connecting strangers and their roles in catastrophes they only vaguely recall. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Book I Won't Soon Forget

  • By Brian on 10-02-18

This was all to real for way to many people.

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

Reviewed: 10-07-18

The Alt Apocalypse Series has an interesting premise, but I am beginning to think their is more to it than completely separate stories as presented.
This is the first book I have read/listened to in this series. I have read another book by Tom Abrahams and it was good enough to make me interested in this series.
This book was well written and as usual their is no better narrator for this genre than Kevin Pierce.
This book felt more real than other books I have read in this genre mostly because it has already happened in real life. That being said... If you still have nightmares about Katrina stay away from this story. It was way to real for me and I was not there to be fighting those memories.
I did have one issue with the story. The end was very abrupt. Stand alone stories generally do not have cliffhanger endings or characters in them that have nothing to do with the story at hand. The extra character's in this story are what makes me think this series is more than just a set of stand alone stories. We will see.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • An Altered Course

  • By: R. A. Carter-Squire
  • Narrated by: John C. Snipes
  • Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10

Driven to unravel his best friend’s disappearance, Michael Eldridge is on the verge of a discovery that will enable him to finally solve the mystery; time travel. He has worked out the equation, and is testing his theory, ready to leap into the past to find the missing link. While in the process of ensuring a safe and successful trip, Michael’s life explodes around him. A competing company will stop at nothing to get their hands on his technology, and his father’s health is deteriorating rapidly. When the woman of his dreams suddenly announces she’s interested in a relationship, he realizes this could be the worst timing ever; things are coming to a head faster than he can cope with them. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Travel through Space and Time

  • By cosmitron on 09-13-18

Time travel takes a back seat to adventure

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

Reviewed: 09-18-18

This is an interesting story that does very little in time travel. It takes place mostly in a present time with some flashbacks for back story that helps with why we are here.

There is one trip taken with a specific purpose and another that is eventually discovered but that is all in time travel.

The story grabbed my attention and held it throughout. There is some X rated stuff but it is reasonably brief although it is spread throughout the story.

Overall I thought this was a good story and worth the read once I got used to the reader. I found the voice a bit odd but he did the characters fairly well.
Time travel takes a back seat to adventure/intrigue in this one.


I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Jade Ihara Adventures: Omnibus Edition

  • By: David Wood, Sean Ellis
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 25 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 31

Three complete novels from the best-selling Jade Ihara Adventures series by David Wood and Sean Ellis! 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Nice Indiana Jones style adventure

  • By David Hope on 10-30-18

Worth the credit and the time.

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

Reviewed: 09-07-18

This series starts out engaging and just keeps going. I had no trouble getting involved with the story even though this is not my normal genre. The first two books were good stories well written and well read. The third I did not care for as much. This one went more for "Lara Croft" and no "Tomb Raider" at all. I kept expecting the story to go a different direction than what it did.
Jeffrey Kafer did a good job with these stories. I think the reading did a lot for the engagement.
Overall I think this one is well worth the credit.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.