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  • Killer by Nature

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Jan Smith
  • Narrated by: Angela Griffin, Robert James-Collier, Katherine Kelly, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 31 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,488
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,013
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,994

Dr. Diane Buckley, a talented freelance forensic psychologist, is drafted in to examine a grisly murder – a body found in a children's playground. The murder carries all the hallmarks of one of her most famous incarcerated clients, 'The Playground Killer' (aka Alfred Dinklage). In a series of intimate 1:1 sessions, Buckley has to race against time to unpick the facts and delve into Dinklage's often manipulative, complicated mind to understand his past whilst striving to prevent further murders....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Deleted it halfway through...

  • By justin schweig on 02-04-19

Fantastic!

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

Reviewed: 02-05-19

I freaking LOVED this!! The genre is right up my alley to begin with, and with the full cast of narrators, I was just blown away. The story and explanation of some of the psychology intrigued me, the twists kept me guessing. I found the characters interesting, and I grew attached to some of them. I'm glad this was an Audible, that way I could keep listening as I walked around checking that everything was locked (and looking over my shoulder!) lol.

They way it was ended definitely left room for a sequel, and I would absolutely LOVE it that were to happen.

Bob says: 5 Platypires!

  • Summer Knight

  • The Dresden Files, Book 4
  • By: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: James Marsters
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,037
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16,638
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,577

The Winter Queen of Faerie has manipulated Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden into accepting a case to solve a murder and stop a war between the courts of Summer and Winter that could have literally earth shattering consequences. His own soul is up for grabs. Dresden must dig deep to discover that at time a willingness to accept a little help from your friends, be they a cub pack of werewolves, old loves in sheep's clothing, or a battalion of pizza loving dewdrop fairies, is a very good thing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Harry & James are one.

  • By Michael on 10-28-10

Favorite. Series. EVER.

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

Reviewed: 01-29-19

I'm not really sure what to say here that hasn't already been said in other reviews! I loved this book, actually a bit more than the one before. The reappearance of a certain group of characters made me cheer! Can't wait to delve into the next!

  • Kept

  • By: Theresa Jacobs
  • Narrated by: Zachary Dylan Brown
  • Length: 4 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

Twelve massive ships leave the dying Earth, heading into the great unknown, seeking new life among the stars. One of the ships, GIA, crashes on Kepler, which is already inhabited. Now at the mercy of the alien race, the humans are held in an underground cavern. Would they still have gone knowing that they would be stripped of all humanity? Under the constant eye of the aliens, a few men discover there may be a way out of the cavern. But to where? How will they escape, and what will they encounter if they succeed?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Unique and Awesome!

  • By Platypire Bob on 01-23-19

Unique and Awesome!

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

Reviewed: 01-23-19

​I first found this book through Reader Coin, only to discover that it was only a teaser, and not the full book. GASP! I was already hooked into this rather unique story, and immediatly rushed over to Audible to snag it. Great decision!

I've never read anything quite like this, and this author has done a wonderful job of world building and making the reader feel like they're trapped in the underground with the characters. The aliens were really different from any I've come across before, and I absolutely loved the way I got entrenched in their struggles. Been a while since that happened!

I'm hoping there will be a follow-up; the story is nicely ended, and could stand on its own, but I'm dying to find out more!

Bob says: 4.5 Platypires!

  • Favor of the Gods

  • By: Ali Winters
  • Narrated by: Sarah Puckett
  • Length: 1 hr and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 21

Ever since Medusa unwittingly crossed her school’s resident mean girl, her life has been hell. If only she could keep her distance from Perseus who has a knack for always being in the wrong place at the right time. But rivalry goes too far when a curse that can destroy the village is cast. Only the favor of the gods can reverse it, but the gods are vengeful and not always forgiving.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Gods Can be Petty and Cruel...

  • By Joe Mahoney on 12-04-18

Great twist on a favorite tale!

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

Reviewed: 01-20-19

I listened to the Audible of this, and uuuuuugh I want more! I mean, the story was complete in itself, but I could have kept on reading this for much longer and not gotten tired of it! I loved the new view on Medusa's curse, thought the whole story was just wonderful.

The narrator did a wonderful job, as well!

5 Platypires to it all around!

  • Married with Zombies

  • By: Jesse Petersen
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 6 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,004
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 888
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 887

A heartwarming tale of terror in the middle of the zombie apocalypse. Meet Sarah and David. Once upon a time, they met and fell in love. But now they’re on the verge of divorce and going to couples’ counseling. On a routine trip to their counselor, they notice a few odd things: the lack of cars on the highway, the missing security guard, and the fact that their counselor, Dr. Kelly, is ripping out her previous client’s throat. Meet the zombies....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Ear piercing screeches

  • By Liv on 09-30-15

Love it!

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

Reviewed: 09-20-18

Holy Moley this was awesome! Forget Mr. and Mrs. Smith, y’all, these two are WAY more entertaining! I loved how the apocalypse worked as a far better therapist than the one who felt rather annoying (though we admittedly aren’t properly introduced to her haha). I didn’t really get sad at some of the scenes I would’ve thought I would have, but that last one got me!

I listened to the narration of this, and simply loved the snark of the reader’s voice; she got perfectly with the main characters.

The only drawback was the it felt a tad jerky in some places, and occasionally words were repeated too often in a sentence. Not anything huge, but something that I tend to take notice of.

If you like snarky humor and zombies, this is for you.

Bob says: 4 Platypires

  • Catalyst Downward Cycle

  • By: J K Franks
  • Narrated by: Steven Varnum
  • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 364
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 346
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 346

The super solar storm wasn’t supposed to hit Earth - the odds were against it. And yet it did, and everything changed. The storm causes a global blackout. Society begins to come apart as the planes begin falling from the sky and all traces of normal vanish. Scott Montgomery watches helplessly as pandemonium consumes the world around him. But the loss of electrical power is just the first of the problems facing the survivors in the chaos that follows.  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • On to book two

  • By TinkerMel on 08-10-17

Awesome!

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

Reviewed: 09-04-18

I was approached by this author to check out the third book in this series. While he offered the first two as well, I like to support authors when I am able, and have become more dependent on Audio to get my book fix. So, I bought this for myself on a gamble that I'd like it. And do you know what? I DID!

This was great! While not completely action-packed (there were moments of slower-paced life, which I fully enjoy in a book), it was still thrilling and kept me hooked throughout. I don't know if it's due to how it was written, or if it's just the prepper wannabe in me, but the passages of stocking up and making lists of things did NOT bore me in the slightest; rather, it captivated my attention. Great storytelling, and great characters. I also would like it known that I offer myself up if Bartos needs someone to keep the home fires burning... Just sayin' lol!

Also, I feel like there may be zombies, or a Captain Trips type twist coming?? I ACCEPT.

The narrator did a great job, as well, really bringing the story to life. On occasion it felt he was a little unfamiliar with the passage he was reading, but overall it was excellent on all counts.

  • Zombie Park

  • The Z-Day Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Mark Cusco Ailes
  • Narrated by: Persephone Rose
  • Length: 5 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 31

Ben Cutler just wants an honest way to make a lot of money! Unemployed and on the short end of the employment stick, he knows his chances of getting a traditional job is slim to never. Ever resourceful and always a forward thinker, Ben comes up with a brilliant idea - Zombie Park! Create a park with zombies, sell tickets and people will come by the hundreds. To his surprise, one of the richest men in the world backs his project and makes Ben an instant millionaire!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thouroughly Enjoyed

  • By Big Cheese on 08-27-17

Erm...

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

Reviewed: 08-16-18

I don't like leaving negative reviews, I really don't. The only reason that I do is because I'd feel dishonest if I only give my good opinion and pretend I love everything. Unfortunately, this is one of those hard reviews to write.

It just. . . I couldn't make myself like it. The writing felt very amateurish, the grammatical errors and repeated words made it seem like perhaps it was a very young person who wrote it. That was really my biggest issue, though there were others. A good editor could probably clean this up and make it a lot better.

The characters just didn't feel real or relateable, with the exception of the female professor (I'm blank on her name, sorry). After the THING happens to her, I really felt for her, but she was the only one.

The narration did NOT help this. The characters all sounded like Mr. Movie Phone, cartoon villains, or cartoon characters in general. However, if this guy ever throws his hat into the animation voice-over game, he could make BANK!

Also, the reason I bought this in the first place is because I somehow already had book 2, and simply cannot start in the middle. And now I'm gonna listen to the second because I HAVE to, and I feel like I should give it a chance and see if it gets better.

Bob says: 2 Platypires

  • Year One

  • (Chronicles of The One, Book 1)
  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,908
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,530
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,493

It began on New Year's Eve. The sickness came on suddenly, and spread quickly. The fear spread even faster. Within weeks, everything people counted on began to fail them. The electrical grid sputtered; law and government collapsed - and more than half of the world's population was decimated. Where there had been order, there was now chaos. And as the power of science and technology receded, magic rose up in its place. Some of it is good, like the witchcraft worked by Lana Bingham, practicing in the loft apartment she shares with her lover, Max.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Magical Apocalypse "Lite"

  • By Kitty on 12-07-17

Interesting read...er...listen

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

Reviewed: 06-13-18

I have never read anything of this genre by Nora Roberts before, but I'm glad I did! I really enjoyed the little twists and turn that the story took, and liked most of the characters. I thought the flow and ebb of the telling was really nice, and I loved the paranormal angle! Well written and intriguing, I suggest this for paranormal and apocalyptic readers who don't mind a bit of a slower start to their story. I'll be getting the next in the series!

The narrator was...okay. I wasn't entranced or thrilled by her, but she wasn't bad, either. I don't know how to explain it...I guess she felt a little flat to me? Still, I wouldn't mind listening to her again.

Bob says: 4 Platypries

  • The House of Long Shadows

  • House of Souls, Book 1
  • By: Ambrose Ibsen
  • Narrated by: Joe Hempel
  • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 454
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 417
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 417

Kevin Taylor is an Internet-famous handyman on a mission: Find a house and renovate it in 30 days. By flipping a derelict house in a month's time and chronicling the entire thing on video for his online subscribers, he seeks to become a star. The problems that plague this property will require more than elbow grease to fix, however. Shadows throughout the home are distorted, and an enigmatic trespasser keeps showing up in his footage. Worse still are the hideous voices that issue from otherwise empty rooms in the dead of night.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Dry

  • By Donna Johnson on 08-21-18

Had me jumping at shadows!

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

Reviewed: 06-13-18

Blasted book! Had me jumping around at shadows! LOL Very good, I am extremely impressed with Mr. Ibsen's writings, and am SO glad I stumbled across a freebie of his to introduce me his dark world! I know that haunted/possessed house stories aren't' exactly unique, but he manages to put a delightfully terrifying spin on his, and I love them!

Do I even need to bother commenting on our illustrious narrator at this point? He's awesome. He is the impersonation of the these great characters.

Bob says: 5 Platypires

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  • In Absentia

  • Black Acres, Book 1
  • By: Ambrose Ibsen
  • Narrated by: Joe Hempel
  • Length: 2 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 124

There's No Place Like Home. Kim and Julian Taylor are in the market for their first home, and a visit to the secluded Beacon estate finds them enamored. It's a peculiar home, rather large and in need of some renovations. The price is right however, and after a tour, they snap the house up without hesitation. The man who sells them the house has one last detail to share before they sign on the dotted line. The previous owners of the home disappeared under mysterious circumstances nearly eight years ago and have recently been declared dead in absentia. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Quick but creepy read!

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 05-11-18

Fabulous!

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

Reviewed: 06-13-18

Quick, entertaining, and thoroughly creepy! This would make a very cool short movie (or, better yet, filled out with the rest of the series when it's complete as a full length)! If you want a quick scare, this is the book for you.

Narrator is, as always, spot on. Both this author and narrator are on my radar as ones to keep an eye out for!

5 Platypries!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful