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  • By: Riley Hart
  • Narrated by: Luke Itzvic
  • Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 412
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 384
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 383

Wes Jensen just lost the sister who raised him, and gained custody of his niece. The last thing he needs to add to his full plate is dealing with Braden Roth, the one-night-stand who continues to try to push his way into Wes' life. He has a kid to raise now, and Wes isn't great at getting close anyway. As their lives intertwine more and more, Wes discovers Braden isn't as shallow as he thought. But after everything Wes lost in his life, he isn't sure he can risk his heart, and truly want Braden to stay.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved the story and narration

  • By Belen on 10-09-16

Go..Go Quickly!!

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

Reviewed: 01-05-19

Guess I'm the decenting voice on this one. The story is boring, repetative and full of cliches.

  • Fear the Sky

  • The Fear Saga, Book 1
  • By: Stephen Moss
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 20 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,233
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,186
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,144

From the Audie-nominated narrator of The Martian. In eleven years' time, a million members of an alien race will arrive at Earth. Years before they enter orbit, their approach will be announced by the flare of a thousand flames in the sky, their ships' huge engines burning hard to slow them from the vast speeds needed to cross interstellar space. These foreboding lights will shine in our night sky like new stars, getting ever brighter until they outshine even the sun, casting ominous shadows and banishing the night until they suddenly blink out.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Caught me by surprise, and held me till the end.

  • By Brian Perry on 07-21-15

Fear the Sequels- STOP here

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

Reviewed: 11-15-18

This is a reminder to always read the reviews for follow-up books in a series. "Fear the Sky" is a decent story; love the premise. The plot begins to stall in book 2. There is some very good (but brief) chapters tying up loose ends from book 1, but the book is filled with long rambling passages of filler lacking any story content. Book 3 goes off the rail with the introduction of multiple plot threads and new characters. The ending is rushed and a huge disappointment.

  • Rot & Ruin

  • By: Jonathan Maberry
  • Narrated by: Brian Hutchison
  • Length: 13 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,800
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,591
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,603

Fifteen-year-old Benny Imura lives in a world infested with zombies where, when a kid turns 15, he must get a job to continue receiving food rations. Benny has no interest in the family business of zombie killing, but figures he doesn’t have much of a choice. He’s tried out a bunch of other jobs, and hasn’t found anything he likes. But as Benny starts training with his brother, he learns things about being human that he never expected.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just when you thought it was safe.....

  • By Amanda H. on 05-12-11

THROW BENNY OVER THE FENCE

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

Reviewed: 10-29-18

I could only give this book 4hr. of my life; now gone forever. The main character is a obnoxious, whinny 15yr. old too stupid to live.

  • Survivor

  • By: T. M. Smith
  • Narrated by: Nick J. Russo
  • Length: 5 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 75
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 72

Taylor Langford’s world is torn apart when he is only 13 years old - his parents killed, leaving him alone and orphaned. With no living relatives, he’d certainly be another statistic if not for the intervention of the policeman who found Taylor in the crawl space where his mother hid him that fateful night. Frank Moore is a rookie with the Dallas Police Department when he and his partner answer the call in Devonshire. Over the years, Frank becomes a permanent fixture in Taylor’s life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really worth looking at - unique, sweet, touching

  • By Morgan A Skye on 02-15-18

Not The Story I Was Expecting

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-29-18

From the description I was expecting more of a murder/mystery. NOT. It's just a mediocre M/M romance. The chapters are brief and start in the past at the time of the murders and then quickly skipping through the years to present day. This was such a missed opportunity for a story. "Survivor" content was limited to brief references to Taylor acting out during the 1st year after the death of his parent's. There's not allot of depth to the characters and I found myself not really caring how the story ended. The book also includes several personal pet peeves like the use of nicknames. "Frankie and Tay"? Seriously? Mr. Russo's southern (hillbilly) accents were also annoying.

  • Extinct

  • By: Ike Hamill
  • Narrated by: Kyle Tait
  • Length: 13 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 37

Channel Two predicted a blanket of snow for Thanksgiving weekend - unusual, but not alarming for the little Maine island. What comes is a blinding blizzard, and a mass disappearance of nearly every person Robby Pierce knows. He and his family flee, trying to escape the snow and the invisible forces stealing people right from the street. Miles away, Brad Jenkins battles the same storm. Alone, he attempts to survive as snow envelops his house. When the storm breaks, Brad makes his way south to where the snow ends and the world lies empty.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of my favorite authors

  • By KarmaKarma on 08-16-18

Tedious, Slow, Coma Inducing

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

Reviewed: 10-21-18

Interesting concept with poor execution. The story is full of irrelevant dialog; Robbie musing about his parents or Brad reminiscing on his consulting job, or just minutia about nothing. When other survivors are finally introduced we're subjected to endless dialog ending with "he said", "she said".
There are brief glimmers of a horror derailed by long stretches of nothing.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Snow Falling

  • By: Davidson King
  • Narrated by: Philip Alces, Joel Leslie
  • Length: 6 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 184
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 176
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 176

After running from a past destined to kill him, Snow has been hiding on the streets. Tell nobody your name. Tell nobody your secrets. Trust nobody! These are the rules of the streets. His entire life changes when he saves an eight-year-old boy from a violent end. Christopher Manos is one of the most powerful crime bosses in the country. Don't ask anyone to do something you aren't willing to do yourself. Secrets can get you killed. Trust nobody! These are the rules he lives by. When his eight-year-old nephew disappears, he never expects the boy's savior to end up being his own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You don’t want to miss out

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-06-18

Couldn't Finish

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

Reviewed: 09-06-18

This is a Cinderella / Sopranos Mashup worthy of 3 stars at best; and I'm being generous. The behavior and dialog of the main characters doesn't make any sense. Instant love between mafia bad guy and (brilliant) homeless kid with an 8yr. nephew thrown in to move the plot along. Four hours in and I had to stop.
Horrible choice of narrators for the voice of Snow. His quivery voice made me think the guy was on the verge of a panic attack.
Take a "Snow Day" and pass on this one.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Forgotten

  • The Forgotten Series, Book 1
  • By: M.R. Forbes
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 207
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 197
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 197

Sheriff Hayden Duke was born on the Pilgrim, and he expects to die on the Pilgrim, like his father, and his father before him. That's the way things are on a generation starship centuries from home. He's never questioned it. Never thought about it. And why bother? Access points to the ship's controls are sealed, the systems that guide her automated and out of reach. It isn't perfect, but he has all he needs to be content. Until a malfunction forces his engineer wife to the edge of the habitable zone to inspect the damage. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Surprised

  • By Tm on 07-28-18

The Fatal Flaw of "What if's"

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

Reviewed: 06-29-18

This was a frustrating listen. The plot had so much potential but was derailed by the authors incessant use of "what if" narrative of Capt. Obvious questions. Removing all the sentences containing "what if.." would have made this a much better story. Excellent concept with unexpected plot twists, but in need of some serious editing.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Where We Left Off

  • Middle of Somewhere, Book 3
  • By: Roan Parrish
  • Narrated by: Spencer Goss
  • Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 529
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 501
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 503

Leo Ware may be young, but he knows what he wants. And what he wants is Will Highland. Snarky, sophisticated, fiercely opinionated Will Highland, who burst into Leo's unremarkable life like a supernova...and then was gone just as quickly. For the past miserable year, Leo hasn't been able to stop thinking about the powerful connection he and Will shared. So, when Leo moves to New York for college, he sweeps back into Will's life, hopeful that they can pick up where they left off.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I want MORE

  • By Listening is Reading on 11-29-18

Listen to the audio sample before buying!

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

Reviewed: 06-22-18

I got through 30 min. and stopped. Worst narration ever! Leo is 20yr. old, but he's made to sound like a middle aged man with an anxiety disorder affecting his speach. The negative review has nothing to do with the story and I'll likely just buy the Kendle edition to finish the book.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Last Call

  • By: Felice Stevens, Christina Lee
  • Narrated by: Kale Williams
  • Length: 6 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38

 Quinn Monahan and Grayson Page have been friends since high school. Despite their differences, they’ve been there for each other through thick and thin. Opening Last Call together, a bar tucked away in the small town of Heartsville, PA, seemed a natural progression - even if it makes it harder to live with the secret longing they’ve always had for each other.  

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • "Misfits" comes to America (but not in a good way)

  • By SteveK on 05-03-18

"Misfits" comes to America (but not in a good way)

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

Reviewed: 05-03-18

Anyone who's read Garrett Leigh's "Misfits" will recognize the similarities with "Last Call".
Misfits takes place in London and the urban setting works beautifully as a backdrop for a story about a nontraditional relationship involving 3 men. The guys seem very real and the plot believable.
Last Call is set in a remote town in the Poconos Mountains of Pennsylvania. Two guys with a long history open a bar/restaurant and hire a 3rd guy down on his luck. Same basic plot and personality types, but less developed and not so believable. Emory's background as a circus roadie is just silly/stupid and the repeated references to his acts of desperation while down on his knees- annoying. This could have been a much better story if it included Quin and Gray's history together. The authors are good at writing steamy sex scenes, but the rest of the book is lacking.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Tin Box

  • By: Kim Fielding
  • Narrated by: K.C. Kelly
  • Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 135
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129

William Lyon's past forced him to become someone he isn't. Conflicted and unable to maintain the charade, he separates from his wife and takes a job as caretaker at a former mental hospital. Jelley's Valley State Insane Asylum was the largest mental hospital in California for well over a century, but it now stands empty. William thinks the decrepit institution is the perfect place to finish his dissertation and wait for his divorce to become final. In town, William meets Colby Anderson, who minds the local store and post office.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow

  • By Heather on 06-22-15

Skip the audio version

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

Reviewed: 03-18-18

A decent story destroyed by the narrator. The voice he gives to Colby is just offensive.
I finished the story reading the Kendall version.