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  • The Time Pedaler

  • By: Micheal Maxwell, Tally Scully
  • Narrated by: Drew Brown
  • Length: 4 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7

The Time Pedaler series brings to life a new kind of teen hero, Chant Baker, a typical kid who makes a very extraordinary discovery, a time machine. In book one of the Time Pedaler series, a cleaning trip to the basement of his parent's new store leads Chant to a discovery that will change his life forever and take him on incredible and amazing adventures back in time! Along the way he meets a surprise cast of historical figures, and everyday people who just happen to live several hundred years ago.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Middle Grade Time Travel

  • By sci teacher on 07-08-17

Bicycling to the Past

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

Reviewed: 11-03-18

•audiobook• 3.25

This was a good YA adventure book. Listening to the book, it seemed like some of the chapters started in present tense then switched to past tense, although we are following Chant as he journeys.

I think it drags a bit and has more telling than showing, which caused my continuous stopping and restarting.

It felt more juvenile than I’d expect from a 15 year old protagonist.

I liked that Chant wanted to visit his grandfather, who he has never met, yet, it’s odd that he uses his real name - and even meets his mom, when she was a teenager.

I didn’t find a climax, which indicates this is “just a story”.

There are far worse out there, so for an Indie book, it’s better than most.

I enjoyed the narrator.

  • It's Only Funny If You Laugh

  • The Haunting of the Midlands Amusement Park
  • By: Kevin Candela
  • Narrated by: Gary Bennett
  • Length: 2 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

In 1972, the Red Bozos were the friendliest faces in frenetic Midlands Amusement Park. Flash forward four and a half decades: Midlands is a ghost park. Closed long ago and nearly forgotten, even by the locals, it sits shrouded in undergrowth and hill-topping forest surrounded by upscale new homes. Ringed with a decaying fence, hidden from sight, it presents a huge temptation to a group of bored, thrill-seeking youths who are about to learn that terror is, in fact, immortal. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Candela Clowns around with time travel

  • By Ray Johnson on 06-19-18

Pick this up for a spooky night!

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

Reviewed: 10-13-18

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

This was a treat to listen! I’ve enjoyed the partnership between author Kevin and narrator Gary.

This was a quick almost-slasher listen. If it was a movie, it’s definitely a B movie; as an audio, it was a lot of fun/thrill/shrill. It wasn’t too deep, the reasoning was mediocre, the ways-to-die were interesting.
I liked the characters, even though they were only surface deep.

I would definitely recommend it to those who want a “quickie horror” and not mind boggling. I’m definitely looking forward to more from this duo.

  • A Forest of Eyes

  • Book of Never, Volume 2
  • By: Ashley Capes
  • Narrated by: Joshua Macrae
  • Length: 3 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 2

Never's quest for a name continues... Poisoned and furious, Never must add a desperate quest for a cure to his existing search for truth. His path takes him deep into the White Wood where he faces vengeful spirits, giant leeches, and Commander Harstas himself, whose lust for revenge is an ever-present threat.  

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Second in the Serial but Last One for me

  • By Myztikal on 10-13-18

Second in the Serial but Last One for me

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

Reviewed: 10-13-18

•audiobook•

I had picked up the first two audios, but I don’t intend to complete the series.

I’m not a fan of novellas/serials. I like to pick up a book and when I’m finished, the “arc” has come to a conclusion. Perhaps if all of these “serials” were combined into a book, it’d be worth the read/listen. As it stands, it’s not worth the price/token.

In book 2, the recurring supporting characters include Luis and Alina. Previously mentioned Harstas has a menacing role.
I’m shocked to learn Never’s heritage/ancestry is a widely known “myth” and stories are known. So if he has been searching his ‘whole life’, where has he been searching -under a rock?
Even his brother preceded him with a rather sinister reputation .... Again, I ponder, apparently Never’s relentless search was only a half attempt. (Like when a parent tells a child to clean a room and all the child does is remove the trash bag ....)

I finished this novella with a feeling that Never’s search mirrored the writer’s half attempt to fully develop the plot and sub plot on an outline.

Very disappointed and contemplating returning the audios - EXCEPT I would strongly recommend the narrator. He provided various voices for the characters and his tone mimicked the ambient events and feelings.

  • The Amber Isle

  • Book of Never, Volume 1
  • By: Ashley Capes
  • Narrated by: Joshua Macrae
  • Length: 3 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2

After years of running down dead-end clues, the rogue Never has nearly given up his quest for answers; his blood is cursed and his true name a mystery, yet no library, no healer, and none who claim to know dark magics have ever been able to help. Until he steals a map to the mysterious Amber Isle, which might just hold the answers he needs. But Never isn't the only one who wants the map - an old enemy, Commander Harstas, also seeks it, and Harstas craves revenge for the deaths of his men.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Serial novellas ...

  • By Myztikal on 10-10-18

Serial novellas ...

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

Reviewed: 10-10-18

I picked up the book on instafreebie (now prolific something) and really luked the first chapter. So I checked on Audible and found this.

At a little over 200 pages, I expected a short, quick read.

The writing- syntax, description, character development- was incredibly well threaded throughout the storytelling. A very polished work!
The narrator was phenomenal. I had never heard of him before and it was an incredible narration.

I truly don’t care for serials and wouldn’t have picked this up, had I known it would not end with a resolution. (at least it wasn’t a cliffhanger scene!) However, I had downloaded the first two books and will listen to the next. I have my fingers crossed I’ll learn more about Never, but reading reviews on GoodReads, I know I probably won’t- and that’s pretty disappointing.

I did enjoy it, but could have liked it more had it given any true answers.

And oh, the scene where Never knew who the skeletal remains were - just didn’t make sense.

  • The Ifs Return (Volume 2)

  • By: Pembroke Sinclair
  • Narrated by: Nathan Bakker
  • Length: 4 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 1

“Gage escaped.” These are the worst words Broden could hear from his big brother, Landon - just one day after they battled alongside Slade's Ifs and his army of forest beasts. And Landon has more news.... “Gage has magic.” As the boys are drawn into another adventure with the Ifs, they find out just how powerful - and dangerous - Gage's magic can be.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not as good as the first

  • By Myztikal on 10-07-18

Not as good as the first

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

Reviewed: 10-07-18

I had listened to the first book and enjoyed it. The book description for the sequel was promising, so I quickly downloaded it.

I didn’t like that the first two chapters were too similar. My first thought was the author had written it from two different POV (Broden & Landon) and submitted them both by mistake.

I really didn’t like this at all. I didn’t like the magic aspect. I’m not sure I ever felt satisfied with the explanations.

I didn’t like the sloppy revelation of the size alterations. It just didn’t quite make sense in my head - how the brothers realized what had happened.

I think the most disappointing piece (because of the behavior and mannerisms from the first book), the reason(s) why the boys were not fully truthful to mom. Had I not read the book, the omission or white lies may not have rubbed me the wrong way.

I also enjoyed the first book more because the narrator brought more to the delivery. This narrator (Nathan Bakkker) read in a very slow and stilted tone, pausing more frequently during sentences than necessary. I also had to increase the speed to 1.25.

I think you’ll enjoy it more if you haven’t read the first book. For those reading or listening to this as a sequel, it doesn’t hold up.

I’ve definitely spent my welcome out in the IFS world and wouldn’t return, even with a free stay.

I regret being the first to listen and review ... with this lower rating.

  • Magic and Murder Among the Dwarves

  • By: Erik Bundy
  • Narrated by: Carmen Beaubeaux
  • Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3

Amanda's life is less than ordinary: She is a psychic, she is haunted nightly by her late husband, and she lives near an underground colony of dwarves. Despite dwarf males normally handling such tasks, the colony's females ask Amanda to find a lost baby for them...then hire her to tell them who strangled their midwife with a diaper and cut out her gossiping tongue.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Unique mystery

  • By Miriam on 12-13-15

Clunky Writing for a First Person POV

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

Reviewed: 09-21-18

I tried dozens of times to get through this book. I finally reached 70% and had to give up. It’s been nearly a year.

It’s very slow with painful details. If it was written in third person, it could flow better. But as a first person POV, the main character is simply a mind reader fixated on interpretating and dissecting everything. I really really wanted to love this - or at least finish it.

  • The Ifs

  • Volume 1
  • By: Pembroke Sinclair
  • Narrated by: Peter J Taylor
  • Length: 3 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

Landon and Broden spend most of their days fighting, arguing, and plotting ways to get revenge on each other. Then, strange things start happening: noises in their room that are not from the cat; homework that is mysteriously finished; a broken shoelace that repairs all by itself; clothes that are put in the hamper on their own. The brothers want to share their weird experiences, but they don't know if they can trust each other. But when they find out who's behind all the strange things around the house, they are called to battle with the most unusual creatures and wildest of beasts. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brotherly Love

  • By Son of Odin on 07-11-18

Youthful and Delightful!

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

Reviewed: 09-14-18



A Must-Have/Must-Read for libraries or classroom libraries for youngsters!
A beautifully well written and edited youthful fantasy adventure. The characters are fleshed out, tangible, and relatable!
It’s action packed with vivid imagination and realistic family dynamics. I haven’t found many family friendly books, but this tops my list and I wish it was written over a decade ago, so I could have enjoyed it with my sons!

Peter J Taylor was a fantastic narrator for this tale. I’m looking forward to finding more from this author and narrative or hope they team up again.

  • The Book of Relief: Passages and Exercises to Relieve Negative Emotion and Create More Ease in the Body

  • By: Emily Maroutian
  • Narrated by: Courtney Lucien
  • Length: 4 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

The Book of Relief contains soothing passages, empowering affirmations, and simple exercises that have been proven to aid your body in relieving stress and maintaining balance. The book works with your mind and body to help you release, rebalance, and realign yourself. It's designed to support your emotional and physiological functions to bring you relief. You can pick it up when you are stressed, upset, sad, or want to give up, and it will guide you into better feelings. The first part of the book offers an overview of the automatic nervous system, the brain-body conversation, and the vagus nerve, all of which play an important role in how you approach, manage, and release stress. The second part of the book contains over 170 passages and “I” statements designed to bring you immediate relief and set your mind at ease. This section will support you emotionally and mentally as you work on releasing tension from your body. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 4.75 Stars!

  • By Myztikal on 08-30-18

4.75 Stars!

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

Reviewed: 08-30-18

For the most part, I liked how this book was presented.
The human anatomy lesson and psychological background and explanations were delivered with an informative and entertaining flair.
The techniques are simple to recall and utilize!
Highly recommended! Instant or nearly immediate de-stressing is at your fingertips. Definitely worth a spot on your library shelf and the memory to keep it downloaded.
Narrator was wonderful. Her voice is soothing, hypnotic, and perfect for self development and meditation genres.

  • The Harrowed Half-Breed: A Tarnished Lands Story

  • Forgotten Woods Series, Book 1
  • By: P. A. Wikoff
  • Narrated by: Crystal Wikoff
  • Length: 3 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 12

Magic has been slowly fading from the enchanted forest ever since the greedy humans invaded. The native folk were kind in sharing their homeland, but peace couldn't last forever. Conflict stirs while Barne, half human/half native, is stuck in the middle. Trapped between two worlds he must try and find himself before choosing a side. In a world where he never really belongs, Barne searches to find his smile using all means necessary. But there's a dark secret that holds his happiness hostage... In a world of swords and sorcery, darkness and despair, nothing comes without a price.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enter a strange world.

  • By cosmitron on 06-07-18

WOW

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

Reviewed: 08-19-18

I normally don’t enjoy books about orphans who become heroes. Actually, I avoid them.
But this half breed was so full of life, conflict, and morals I listened to it three or four times, just to make sure I WOULD REALLY follow a possible series. And honestly, I would eagerly pre-order it!
Not exactly for younger readers due to short torture scenes, it’s okay for older elementary school aged children.
I’m not ready to give other orphans who are learning of their heritage a try, but I’m completely satisfied with this one!
This is my voluntary review of an audiobook received for free.

  • Out of Time

  • By: D.G. Laderoute
  • Narrated by: Damien Brunetto
  • Length: 10 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4

For Riley Corbeau, moving to a small town on Superior's north shore was an opportunity for his family to find a new beginning after the death of his mother. For Gathering Cloud, living on Kitche Gumi's shore now meant it was time seek a vision and become a man. There on a beach of this legendary lake, two boys meet across time and impossibilities, brought together to face an ancient evil from Anishnabe folklore, and, in doing so, forge a friendship that defies time.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Make Time for this Youthful Fantasy Adventure!

  • By Myztikal on 08-06-18

Make Time for this Youthful Fantasy Adventure!

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

Out of Time was a lengthy but enjoyable story. It toggles between Riley's modern world and problems and another world with creative characters and problems flawlessly. The turtle was a delightful character! He was an unexpected and charismatic static friend, whom I quickly adored.
This was my first book by this author and narrator and I'm impressed with both. I am compelled to seek more from either - and hopefully both. Wonderful example of blending and complementing project.
Highly recommended for family reading or for youth. I didn't notice any triggers or unsuitable topics, scenarios, or language. The mother's death is lightly touched, as is death in general.