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  • Beneath

  • By: Maureen A. Miller
  • Narrated by: Brandy Skelly
  • Length: 8 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

It was Stella Gullaksen's final break before starting her freshman year at college. Joining her best friend Jill and Jill's family aboard the Starkissed, Stella wakes up to a violent storm that capsizes the boat over a hundred miles off the New Jersey shore. As the waves pull her under, Stella knows that she is going to die. Instead, an unusual current drags her deep into the underwater canyons of the Atlantic Ocean. Powerless against the raging waters, she is suddenly sucked into a ventilated cave.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You never know what is Beneath

  • By Writers and Authors on 10-11-18

You never know what is Beneath

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

Reviewed: 10-11-18

Maureen A. Miller knows how to spin a tale. Coming from a reading that loves the ocean and has always wondered about the deep beneath this book had my attention. This gripped me and didn’t let go. It certainly felt real to me. Beneath is a realistic and frightening story of being lost at sea, with a twist. They end up capsize in an underwater cavern fighting for their life on a sunken cavern they realize they are not alone, they have to learn to survive together, and try to escape. I was completely immersed in this underwater world. Beneath adds so many unexpected aspects there are surprises everywhere.

Brandy Skelly’s was perfect for Beneath. I do think the audio quality could have been a little better as if it missed a final editing some noises and sounds could have been removed to improve the overall performance.

I look forward to what comes next from author Maureen A. Miller

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  • Ray vs the Meaning of Life

  • By: Michael F Stewart
  • Narrated by: Kevin Clay
  • Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

Grandma's last will and testament names Ray to inherit the trailer park. It's a million-dollar estate with one hitch: To prove he's not as aimless as he seems, Ray must discover the meaning of life by the end of the month. (She left the answer in an envelope.) If he fails, the camp goes to his estranged family.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Inspiring quirky satire that sucks you in

  • By AudioBook Reviewer on 01-04-19

You will Laugh and Cry but in a good way!

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

Reviewed: 10-10-18

I have to start this review off with the narration, usually, a YA (sort of) Humor & Satire type book narration is a tough and sometimes a little hard to listen to but Kevin Clay ROCKED IT!! All the voices were perfect even the weird characters, so perfect I laughed out loud several times, just visualizing the character. He was a spot on narrator for this book. Whether the character is male or female, young or old, he delivered a perfect read.

The author did a fantastic job putting together a book this is a good read for all readers, I see people saying coming of age, and YA but it’s not, its life, its humor, it’s a good book, its thought-provoking and a really good listen/read. I will give you a heads up the story is told in the first person by Ray, and the writing style is of a teenager, but do not let that keep you away from this book. I highly recommend Ray vs The Meaning of Life…

A dysfunctional family, Ray to inherit the trailer park. It’s a million-dollar estate with one hitch: To prove he’s not as aimless as he seems, Ray must discover the meaning of life by the end of the month. This is where it gets good…

Search for the meaning of life, Ray will discover things about himself he never knew possible.

  • Dragonia: Rise of the Wyverns

  • Dragonia Empire, Volume 1
  • By: Craig A. Price Jr.
  • Narrated by: Reuben Corbett
  • Length: 5 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38

The Resistance struggles to find a way to defeat the Dragonia Empire; all hope seems lost against the dragon riders, until they discover an island full of wyverns. Devarius has lost everything. His parents murdered, his sister kidnapped, and the new village he called home: destroyed. The Dragonia Empire has gotten out of control, destroying everything in its path searching for the Resistance. Devarius is left with little choice but to find the Resistance, join them, and hope he can help them defeat the Dragonia Empire once and for all to bring peace to the land of Kaeldroga.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A fun adventure.

  • By cosmitron on 06-12-18

I was Transported into the Dragonia Empire

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

Reviewed: 09-29-18

What an amazing story I feel like I have just been transported to the Dragonia Empire!  Such a creative and well-written story. The narrator's voice is a perfect fit for this adventure, Book 1 Rise of the Wyvens is narrated by Reuben Corbett.   His voice shows you the world and characters created by Craig A. Price Jr. be ready to take the ride of a lifetime with Devarius and the Resistance.

Dragonia: Rise of the Wyverns had some of the most fascinating characters each one was unique and developed through the story. The narrator used accents to make it clear for character differentiation with the necessary emotion. 

The story was engaging, and any fantasy fan will find something they love about this book it's a gripping story that starts off the fast pace and remains with a non-stop adventure join the fleeing survivors, and search for "real" resistance so that they can fight back. 

The Story transports you from the real world into his world created by an Author. The narrator's voice fit in characters, the narration was nicely handled and well... overall good character development and a very interesting story-line. The book does end on a cliffhanger, so be ready to purchase the next book....

  • The Way We Were

  • Romantic Interludes
  • By: Rik Stone
  • Narrated by: Bob Sterry
  • Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

 Enjoy this collection of short, romantic stories.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Short Stories!

  • By Jan M on 10-14-18

Truly a Romantic Interlude

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

Reviewed: 09-29-18

The Way We Were: Romantic Interludes by Rik Stone is a collection of five different romantic stories.

Sterry the narrator was a fantastic, his voice gave light and vision to the scenes and characters throughout the book.

The short romantic stores where heartfelt and sentimental romantic stories. I so wanted to be a character in this book, the love was simply a reminder that attraction can be subtle and develop into a deep relationship. Each story is short and sweet The romantic interludes are all completely different covering all ages of love, it’s romantic, humorous and an enjoyable listen.

Rik stone’s writing style and the narrator’s tone let us feel the characters emotions, I highly recommend this book

  • My Name Is Nelson: Pretty Much the Best Novel Ever

  • By: Dylan Fairchild
  • Narrated by: Erik Johnson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

President Andrew MacIntyre was having a pretty good first year in the Oval Office. Suddenly, during what should have been a peaceful Christmas season, he's facing one of the worst national security crises in American history. And, it's being masterminded out of a sleazy New Mexico strip joint? What the hell?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great Book for the Trump era.

  • By cosmitron on 08-20-18

Humor, Politics and Crazy Antics

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

Reviewed: 08-10-18

This book was many first for me, first time listening to this narrator, first time reading/hearing the author and my first Comedic Political Thriller. A favorite moment in the book a hungover American President in the Oval Office, LAUGH OUT LOUD FUNNY!! My Name Is Nelson: Pretty Much the Best Novel Ever is really the best novel ever, I loved every minute of it.

Author Dylan Fairchild gives you an amazing read My Name Is Nelson is a VERY well-written story. Great characters, with an amusing story bringing his own brand of justice to the world’s elite. Narrator Eric Johnson performed perfectly, he made the story come to life both the writing and the narrator worked hard together to have such a successful audible. My Name Is Nelson has so many great moments throughout the book humor, politics, crazy antics and on top of that it was a thriller. Erik Johnson is absolutely spot-on, accents, even singing, creating the illusion of having several different people.

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  • The Sigma Surrogate

  • When Tomorrow Calls
  • By: JT Lawrence
  • Narrated by: Jean Ann Douglass
  • Length: 4 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28

Keke is a biopunk journalist who won't stop till she exposes the truth. Will her reckless ambition help the surrogates, or harm them? Join Keke on her mission to uncover the biggest story she's ever encountered. You'll meet Jasmine and Marko and get pulled under with Kirsten, who's on the cusp of her own nail-biting story.  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A story that is filled with action

  • By cosmitron on 07-13-18

A Blend of Cyberpunk and Dystopia

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

Reviewed: 08-10-18

The Sigma Surrogate by J.T. Lawrence is a cyberpunk futuristic series its the prequel to the series When Tomorrow Comes. It is the year 2021, and there is a group of women that are surrogates. In a world where the infertility rate is extremely high, and the human population has become mostly sterile, The Sigma Surrogates, are the young women recruited to give birth, and selected to carry other people’s children. They are an elite group within the society in South Africa. Keke is a journalist that is investigating and in search of the truth. The story is full of action and has several surprising twists.

J.T. Lawrence gives us a real batch of characters, ones you can relate with and Jean Ann Douglass’ narration is amazing I really connect and the story comes to life. Listening to the narration was like watching a scene unfold in front of your eyes. Douglass’ provided strong character interpretations she delivers spot-on tones to matches what’s happening in the scene.

A great blend of cyberpunk and dystopia! I look forward to continuing this series to see what happens next!

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  • Song at Dawn: 1150 in Provence

  • The Troubadours Quartet, Volume 1
  • By: Jean Gill
  • Narrated by: Jake Urry
  • Length: 12 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

On the run from abuse, Estela wakes in a ditch with only her lute, her amazing voice, and a dagger hidden in her underskirt. Her talent finds a patron in Aliénor of Aquitaine and more than a music tutor in the queen's finest troubadour and commander of the Guard, Dragonetz los Pros. Weary of war, Dragonetz uses Jewish money and Moorish expertise to build that most modern of inventions, a papermill, arousing the wrath of the church. Their enemies gather, ready to light the political and religious powder keg of medieval Narbonne.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hidden mysteries and agendas

  • By Writers and Authors on 08-04-18

Hidden mysteries and agendas

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

Reviewed: 08-04-18

Song at Dawn is a historical fiction, set in Medieval Occitania after the Second Crusade.  The author takes the readers/listeners on a medieval action-packed women's adventure following the Second Crusade. This is the first book I’ve read by Jean Gill and also my first listened to narration by Jake Urry I loved the narration Jake he did a fantastic job, making the characters come to life. 

We follow Estela de Matin, a teenage runaway ran away. Estela de Matin encounters Aliénor of Aquitaine, the Queen of France. In time Estela will realize the court is full of political intrigue and gossip. In this volume we really watch Estela de Matin grow, I love her relationship with Dragonetz. 

Song at Dawn has hidden mysteries and agendas, a girl on the run, the consort of the King of France, all the character were interesting and I look forward to seeing how the author builds them in The Troubadours Quartet, Volume 2 will we have more attempted assassinations, alliances, deception, and conflicts of interest.  

The main and supporting characters are very well developed, with motivations, and desires we all have - money, love, and a darker side. The story unfolds each character revealing secrets, passion, and intrigue. The book has several characters which I think reading it maybe harder to keep track but the Audiobook with the narration just flows and you find yourself deep with intrigue, espionage, and romance. I have to give kudos to the narrator again as there are several female characters in the Song at Dawn and Mr. Urry does the voices perfectly.   

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  • Uncanny Valley

  • By: C.A. Gray
  • Narrated by: Melissa Williams
  • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 11

Rebecca Cordeaux knows exactly what her future will hold: she will marry Andy, her crush of the last five years. Once Andy is ready to settle down, she's sure he will discover that she is his soulmate. After several small parts on stage, Rebecca knows she can become a renowned actress. Her writing also shows promise as a future author. Robots perform most human jobs that can be automated, leaving many free to pursue their personal creative interests.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic

  • By Paul on 03-31-19

Robots in a dystopian world

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

Reviewed: 08-04-18

Uncanny Valley is a thought-provoking story that takes place in a dystopian world where robots have taken over many of the human jobs, from waitresses to medicine, the humans in the book used robots for just about everything. Robots with artificial intelligence are our own future, so love reading about worlds where robots are relied upon, maybe it will make it smoother for our own reality when it happens. Some of the scientific terminology and explanations went right over my head, but I was able to stay in the book.    I liked how it played out, and it was fun to see Rebecca talk through her feelings with Madeline, her robot companion.  Rebecca's relationship with Madeline was one of my favorite parts of the book. 

Rebecca has a secret companion bot that is her best friend, and it's let her have a different opinion about robots than most of her colleagues and friends.  The world Republic leader announces the goal of mastering "synthetic creativity" in robots. Rebecca's father was in the same field, and his conspiracy theories let to his untimely death when Rebecca was young.  Rebecca vows to solve the mystery surrounding her father's death.

This was my first time listening to Melissa Williams' narration, she was good.  I feel she portrayed what I visualized for Rebecca, really helping me connect with the character.  I really overall enjoyed listening to her and I would listen to her again. In addition to Rebecca, I thought she did a great job with the robot voice for Madeline, and I never had a hard time keeping character's voices apart throughout the book.  If you're considering picking up this title, I highly recommend the audiobook!

Be ready Uncanny Valley ends on a cliffhanger, you will need to find out what happens next. If you like robots, robot issues, a bit of conspiracy, action, romance, Uncanny Valley will be a good read or listen for you.

  • Tracing Shadows

  • Scout, Book 1
  • By: Alex Lidell
  • Narrated by: Hayden Daviau
  • Length: 6 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31

Orphaned and trained on a spymaster’s remote estate, Kali is a scout who works alone in the shadows. But when a terror group threatens the Dansil throne, the king forces Kali to accept a mission at the palace or forfeit her sister’s life. Suddenly thrust into the light, Kali must infiltrate high society as the royal Lady Lianna while penetrating the servant ranks as Kal, a male guardsman trainee. It doesn’t help that Trace, the harsh and enigmatic captain of the king’s guard, is soon assigned as both Lady Lianna’s palace escort and Kal’s commanding officer. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A entertaining story.

  • By cosmitron on 06-30-18

Strong Characters and an Exciting World

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

Reviewed: 08-03-18

Tracing Shadows is the first book in the Scout series by author Alex Lidell. Alex Lidell may be one of my new favorite authors. I enjoyed this book and can't wait to read book 2. Tracing Shadows is builds slowly, but comes together without a hitch. The characters were well written, the world was a different and interesting world, land, of course, a developing romance. This book also has twists "girl disguised as a boy", the King forces 17-year-old spy Kalianna to pose as a palace guard as well as Lady Lianna of the court. If she doesn’t comply, he’ll hurt her sister. I love a strong female character!

The audiobook really made the story come alive. The novel is very fast-paced and is filled with courtly intrigue, danger, adventure, and mystery! The narrator did an amazing job Hayden Daviau is perfect one of the better narrators that I have had the pleasure of listening to. Portraying the emotions of each character and the different voices were great too! Hayden is a good choice to narrate this story.

Alex was able to create another really cool, unique world. I am really excited to see what will happen next, especially with the bombshell :) I'm hoping to learn more about Trace, Luca, and Leaf in Book 2. Be ready for the ending what a cliffhanger The ending left me wanting more!

Suitable for a YA or adult audience, Tracing Shadows is a fun addition to the genre.

  • You Are a Badass

  • How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life
  • By: Jen Sincero
  • Narrated by: Jen Sincero
  • Length: 5 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41,025
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,577
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,352

Bestselling author, speaker, and world-traveling success coach Jen Sincero cuts through the din of the self-help genre with her own verbal meat cleaver in You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life. In this refreshingly blunt how-to guide, Sincero serves up 27 bite-sized chapters full of hilariously inspiring stories, life-changing insights, easy exercises, and the occasional swear word.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Title misrepresents tone of content

  • By Matt on 07-29-14

I am a Badass

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

Reviewed: 02-19-17

I loved every minute of this book it was informative educational and I will definitely listen to it again.
This book has inspired me to move to the next level and the challenge myself.
If you're on the search to find your inner bad ass this is the book for you!