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Susana Duarte

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  • The Suicide Gene

  • By: C. J. Zahner
  • Narrated by: Bob Johnson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

She thought they were her siblings. By the time she realized they weren’t, one of them was dead. Doctor Emma Kerr had no right counseling them. Adopted and her birth records lost, she believed she was born a McKinney. Her face, intelligence, and depression resembled theirs. For years people mistook her for their sister. So she devised a plan. What begins as a scheme to counsel the McKinney family and determine if they are blood relatives, quickly causes Emma to wonder if she had truly done the manipulating. Is someone following her?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good story and narration

  • By timj26 on 03-24-19

A shrink in need of a shrink

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

Reviewed: 04-16-19

This story is the kind that grows in you. It started to grab my attention (specially in the listening format) with the reading of the transcripts of the shrink consults of the McKinney family. The narrator does a great job in those scenes that are not that easy to give live to in an interesting and believable way. The silences and laughs are perfect, as are are most of the characters voices and personalities.
The story is about a shrink (adopted, born from unknown parents) that thinks is treating her (lost) brothers that have suicide tendencies. The book starts a bit confusing and with a slow pace, but is definitively worth the wait as the story picks up speed, the thriller finally shows itself and the ending is full of surprises, even when we thing it will have a predictable one.

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  • Tales from Suburbia

  • By: Claire Buss
  • Narrated by: Helena Little
  • Length: 1 hr and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

Tales from Suburbia is a collection of short stories, plays, and blog posts that intermingle my own personal experiences as a mum, the peccadillos of suburbia, and the perils of social media! The subject matter varies from social observation to the humorous reflection of toddler life. "Burying My Baby" is heartbreaking. "One Two, Cha Cha Cha" is hilarious. This collection is full of human foibles and folly and is both amusing and empathetic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Such fun!!

  • By jhuie on 04-20-19

Tales to listen

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

Reviewed: 04-16-19

This collection of short tales are mostly fun stories but there are a bit of everything. I liked the "manual" one (this seems a recurring theme) and the cemetery "thiller".
The narrator does a wonderful job at giving live to this short stories, in a way that I truly recommend to listen to them instead of reading. It really does bring a cool layer to the stories. Fear not non-english listeners, even though there are some stories with a strong accent I didn't had any difficulty in following the stories.
Claire Buss has another collection of shorts you can try also, they are both great. :)

  • Tales from the Seaside

  • By: Claire Buss
  • Narrated by: Helena Little
  • Length: 1 hr and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

 Tales from the Seaside is a humorous collection of short stories reflecting on life by the seaside, attempts to successfully wrangle two small children, and the result of being inspired by the sun, the sand, and the sea. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tales to listen

  • By Susana Duarte on 04-16-19

Tales to listen

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

Reviewed: 04-16-19

This collection of short tales are mostly fun stories but there are a bit of everything. I liked the "manual" one and even the odd rhyme/poem (even thought that usual doesn't appeal to me, so that says a lot)!
The narrator does a wonderful job at giving live to this short stories, in a way that I truly recommend to listen to them instead of reading. It really does bring a cool layer to the stories. Fear not non-english listeners, even though there are some stories with a strong accent I didn't had any difficulty in following the stories.
Claire Buss has another collection of shorts you can try also, if the vacation theme is not your beach. :)

  • Moon 514: Blaze and the White Griffon

  • By: Drew Briney
  • Narrated by: Julian Pearson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2

Trained from boyhood to be protectorate of the only known community of survivors in a post-apocalyptic world, Blaze takes a devastating turn when he fails to save the Order from an unexpected and devastating attack. When his mentor turns executioner, Blaze gets arrested for treason and falls victim to Toka's secret gene-splicing experiments. He’s further thrown into confusion when his legendary weaponry skills prove useless against the psionic powers of a small and unintimidating alien woman.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A good mix of different themes

  • By Susana Duarte on 04-04-19

A good mix of different themes

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

Reviewed: 04-04-19

This story oscillated between loved it and a bit boring. I mean it - a first. This was the debut story from Drew Briney so I consider it a very good work.
The theme is very interesting as it mixes space, aliens, magic, genetics, and many other themes in the same story, including conspiracy schemes. The characters are great and very well developed, as are the spaces and the scenes. I don't recall a modern story to be so thoroughly described. And here starts the mixed feelings. I do like descriptions and know what the characters are thinking but in the listening format we end up with endless paragraphs, sometimes, with virtually no dialog. We get to see the story from every character point of view - in one side that's great, in the other it makes the story lose a bit of the mystery and the narrator is like describing a History lesson were we analise the story from all angles. The narrator voice doesn't help in this regard, as it really feels like a history teacher (just my opinion though).
Now don't get me wrong, the story is great and original, but I think maybe I would like it better reading it, or it could be reformatted a bit to separate the different points of views better (This is the author writing style, so I strongly believe it's his right to choose the story approach).
In the end, a great book to pass to screen - a lot of the story telling development is already well done and it would be great to see the universe, characters and decor/fashion imagined by Drew.

  • Deep Space

  • By: Milo James Fowler
  • Narrated by: Don Wang
  • Length: 2 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5

Deep Space collects seven short stories from the outer rim: "Live by the Ten, Die by the Gun"; "From Gaia to Proxima Centauri"; "Resurrection of the Hornet"; "Autonomic Zen and the Art of Destruction"; "From Scheol My Soulfire Burns"; "Dance by the Light of the Moon"; "Tomorrow's Dawn".

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Space Theme not the authors best, but still ok

  • By Susana Duarte on 03-24-19

Space Theme not the authors best, but still ok

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

Reviewed: 03-24-19

Comparisons are inevitable and again is hard to review a bunch of small stories at once.
I have read/listen to other short stories by Milo James Fowler with more dystopian themes that I liked a lot, so I was a bit let down when this group of stories (some way bigger, some way smaller) fail to get to some kind of point - that is always important to me even in short stories. Still, the universes created are interesting and one can get inspirations from them, for example.
I would urge anybody that starts with this book to try other stories from this author - this is the reason why I usually say I like stories and not authors.

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  • Ancient Echoes

  • Ancient Secrets Series, Book 1
  • By: Joanne Pence
  • Narrated by: Tim Paige
  • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 62
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 56

Over 200 years ago, a covert expedition shadowing Lewis and Clark disappeared into the wilderness of central Idaho. Now, seven anthropology students and their professor vanish in the same area. The key to finding them lies in an ancient secret, one involving alchemy, gold, and immortality...a secret that men throughout history have sought to unveil. Michael Rempart is a brilliant archeologist whose colorful and controversial career has earned him admiring fans and implacable foes, but he is plagued by a troubling sense of the supernatural and a mysterious spiritual intuitiveness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great first book in a promising series

  • By Victor @ theAudiobookBlog on 02-06-19

Worthy of paperback

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

Reviewed: 03-23-19

This story has me having mixed feelings. I liked the plot and all the twists. The thematic is very interesting (alchemy, magic, and science, history all mixed up) and is clear there was a great deal of research in the making of this book. The story revolves around a couple of main characters and keeps jumping from view points and locations all around the world, even after we finally see how everything is brought together. All that, and the fact the narrator (though not bad, mind me) failed to keep thing interesting (sometimes I felt like I was in school being told about History - like in a true narration) let's me fell like this a book worthy of ebook, or maybe even paperback. I would love to see illustrations this story could inspire.
The final twist of the story is very original and worth the long wait.

  • Sound of Silence

  • By: Ali Winters
  • Narrated by: Shaina Summerville
  • Length: 6 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

 

Aliens land looking for their new home and offering world peace in exchange. There are some who question their motives, but 17-year-old Raylinn Marrow refuses to hide. She jumps at the chance to make first contact. Jace’el is nothing like she expected. One touch is all it took to turn Raylinn’s world upside down. He captures her heart and draws her into a forbidden love affair. But the secrets and mysteries that surround Jace’el could be their undoing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pleasantly Surprised, Worth A Listen

  • By Karl hill on 03-10-19

Romeu & Juliet Reversed

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

Reviewed: 03-08-19

I hope I'm not revealing too much when I say this book is a new reversed version of Romeu & Juliet with an alien invasion and a zombie like virus as backdrop.
The new mix is actually surprisingly very good. We follow the story through the eyes of our "Juliet" and I like the way the author describes the places, the feelings and the action. Ne narrator (female) is also good, not the best at making different voices but very expressive and we can understand everything even in the quick paced scenes.
Now the ending is a bit anticlimactic, at least for me, not as in it's a bad ending, not at all, it's just feels too much as a real ending for a book 1 series... Maybe there should be some preview of the next book to keep us hooked in the plot, even though them we would curse the author for it :P eh eh.
Anyway, a very good and fun reading in the end, and I feel like the real story (with all the conspiracy theories I love) will only show way in the next books. Hope I'm right!

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  • Into the Wastes

  • By: Milo James Fowler
  • Narrated by: John Carrick
  • Length: 2 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5

Into the Wastes collects 10 short stories from the post-apocalyptic badlands. Stories include: "Soulless in His Sight", "You Kill Me", "Survival of the Fittest", "For a Handful of Crowns", "Drawn from a World of Hurt", "Breath of Life", "Sins of the Father", "Like Clockwork", "When Tomorrow Comes", and "Idan's World"....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A disturbing, engrossing post apocalyptic collection

  • By John on 03-14-19

Best shorts ever

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

Reviewed: 03-04-19

It's hard to review a groups of short stories but I can say all of these are very good.
I loved the plots and I even felt like those were longer than normal shorts. Ether the stories are that good in the creation of the ambience or the narrators are a bit to fast (witch I believe they are... ;) ) Still one of the best stories, the first, listening is the best way to get the story and the narrator does and amazing job. The others maybe reading would be slower...
All this stories have a finish (and you won't fell hanging) but the universes created could be easily expanded.

I'm Not Your Slave
    
    
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        Sangita Chauhan
    
    


    
    Length: 1 hr and 35 mins
    16 ratings
    Overall 3.9
  • I'm Not Your Slave

  • By: Eric Reese
  • Narrated by: Sangita Chauhan
  • Length: 1 hr and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16

Imtiyaaz, a Muslim girl, who just graduated from high school, is hired by a recruitment agency to travel across shores to Dubai to begin working. Though her friends have reservations about going abroad, Imtiyaaz sees a new door opening. Through her father's generosity and small savings, she has been given the green light to begin her career. The new world, heightened expectations, and the luxurious culture is enthralling and scary for this young lady. Just when as she begins to unpack after arriving, she is called to begin work immediately. Is it just a mistake? Or is it coincidence?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • just ok

  • By TU on 03-26-19

All too real story

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

Reviewed: 03-03-19

This is a scary story. It feel too real and is probably based in countless of real stories.
In this case a girl from southeast asia is lured into traveling to the middle east to work. This is the dream for a better live that is sold across the world, even in 1st world countries. The thing is it is all a scam and she ends up being held to serve in prostitution.
The story is short but the scene with the police is amazing (I can't imagine her not being safe after that, unless the police is on it too - probably).
I find the story, being told in the 3rd person a bit confusing, specially when the author shifts the point of view (we even have a part with the kidnapper). This kind of story get's more power in 1st person. Just saying...
The ending is also unbelievable - like it is said the only way out is old or dead, and old are probably killed too, right?)
If one would like to get a happy ending I would get the girl to be able to call her family in the police station or to find a foreigner to help her call her family (still the bad guys could make an "accident" happen, but still, I can't see another way out by herself).
This is just scary because it can happen to anyone.

  • Axillon99: A LitRPG Novel

  • By: Matthew S. Cox
  • Narrated by: Avery Reid
  • Length: 13 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55

At 22, she's still slinging coffee at an Amazon Cafe despite having a degree in programming. It's not because she's unlucky, unmotivated, or even that she fancies herself an underground activist crusading against evil corporations. Hunting for a real job would take time away from her game. Axillon99 is the world's most popular multiplayer online experience, with a universe containing billions of planets to explore. Ever since video games broke the screen barrier, plunging players fully into their characters, reality just can't compete.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow! What a ride!

  • By Kara on 02-28-19

You will never guess the ending!

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

Reviewed: 02-28-19

This was my first "first person shooter game" theme book. It got me curious.
The story is about a girl that lives to play Axillon 99, a total immersive game, kind of like "Player One" movie from Spielberg, also in space. In this book we are introduced to all the dynamics of the game (the characters, weapons, ships, missions, etc), but also with the real life world. Even though some of the language could be hard for non players or non english native speakers, I still find the story well balanced and totally worth it to read/listen.
The narrator is very good by the way!
But I have to say, the cherry on top this very good story, that revolves around the heroine team finding a way to win an impossible mission and win real life dollars (enough to never work again), is the ending. I didn't see that coming, not the usual way to finish, and even after that another twist. You definitely have to read to find out!
I just wish some corporate guys would read this book to learn something.