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A. M. Waite

Maine, USA
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  • October Tales: Seven Creepy Stories

  • By: Steve Vernon
  • Narrated by: Stephen Wolfe
  • Length: 1 hr and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15

You can smell that long-dying aroma of Autumn in the air. Kids are talking trick or treat and the leaves are already screaming at you in red and yellow and deep golden rust as they prepare for one final parachute down into the dirt. The tombstones are talking amongst themselves and winter is hiding just around the corner. It is the time of the year when people draw around the wood stove and the campfire and whisper stories of death and omens and ghosts and things that don't even have a name.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • October Tales

  • By Zoe on 04-20-18

Great to listen to on a crispy autumn day

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

Reviewed: 10-01-18

As the subtitle claims, these stories are indeed creepy (not scary). I liked some of them far more than others. Pretty much any tale involving a grandmother, I didn't care for. I would not want to be a grandmother in these stories.

I found myself liking the shorter stories rather than the longer, drawn out ones.

Stephen Wolfe did a pretty good job narrating, but he sounded a little rushed and out of breath in parts.

All in all, it was a dark and spooky listen. Great for the Halloween season!

*I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review*

  • The Dispatcher

  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Zachary Quinto
  • Length: 2 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,014
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,485
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,428

Zachary Quinto - best known for his role as the Nimoy-approved Spock in the recent Star Trek reboot and the menacing, power-stealing serial killer, Sylar, in Heroes - brings his well-earned sci-fi credentials and simmering intensity to this audio-exclusive novella from master storyteller John Scalzi. One day, not long from now, it becomes almost impossible to murder anyone - 999 times out of a thousand, anyone who is intentionally killed comes back. How? We don't know.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good Grief This Was Good

  • By Matthew on 11-09-16

Another creative concept from Scalzi

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

I love how Scalzi strong with unique plots in both short story form and long. The Dispatcher is no exception. I'd love to see a movie made based on this book.

  • The Not-World

  • By: Thomas Burnett Swann
  • Narrated by: Jem Matzan
  • Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10

The Not-World: One would not have expected to find the last hideout of the ancient weird folk of legend and prehistory in an English forest of two centuries ago - and yet in that land which has always been haunted by the lore of little folk there had to be some truth behind such universal belief.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent narration!

  • By Todd (Toad) Vogel on 02-20-17

A well-narrated but slightly-vintaged adventure

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

Reviewed: 01-14-16

Jem Matzan did a fantastic reading of The Not-World and was the reason I agreed to listen to the book based on the preview. The tones were clear, the voices distinct and the animation of story telling was entertaining. Whatever issues I took with the book itself, it was always a joy to listen to with one exception: I personally dislike the editing choice of stacking layers of the reader's audio tracks to convey multiple people speaking/singing at once. Just read the words, we use our imagination for the rest of the book, we can handle imagining more than one voice at once.

While the story arc of the plot was fairly predictable (and let's be honest, most books do follow some classic formulas) the details within the plot points were unique enough to keep my interest. I liked that the heroine wasn't a spunky 16 year old with perfect hair; she was an adult with some physical problems. To compliment this, the hero wasn't a brooding underwear model in his 20s either. Dylan was certainly a tad self depreciating at times, but it never came across as darkly emotional about it.

There were a few unexpected (dare I say "ridiculous"?)scenes that I'm sure various listeners/readers will react to differently. I can think of a very specific instance where I know I had "wtf" written all over my face while listening, but I can just as easily see someone laughing their head off in response.

--I received a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.--

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  • The Only Pirate at the Party

  • By: Lindsey Stirling, Brooke S. Passey
  • Narrated by: Lindsey Stirling
  • Length: 6 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 875
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 813
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 813

Dancing electronic violinist Lindsey Stirling shares her unconventional journey in an inspiring memoir filled with the energy, persistence, and humor that have helped her successfully pursue a passion outside the box.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Inspiring, genuine, and lit up with joy

  • By A. M. Waite on 01-14-16

Inspiring, genuine, and lit up with joy

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

Reviewed: 01-14-16

Most fans of Lindsey's art are also fans of Lindsey the person too, and for good reason. She's always been incredibly open and accessible to her followers. Within her interviews or behind-the-scenes videos, she'll do or say something that will resonate with pretty much everyone. Her gracious and respectful attitude towards her fans is endearing, humble and refreshing. It makes us all feel like we're her friends, and that connectivity is also there in her and Brooke's book.

Listening to The Only Pirate at the Party made me feel like I spent the day with a kindred spirit. Lindsey bravely opens her hearts to all of us with a sincerity that makes her funny stories come alive, her embarrassing moments induce sympathetic cringing, and her honest confessions prompt introspective examining of one's own heart.

While listening in my car, I had to pull off to the side of the road when Lindsey's voice almost broke while talking about her friend Gavi - she wasn't just reading her own words into a mic for her audio book, she was sharing a personal part of her heart. It was such a raw moment that it moved me to tears.

Through her various experiences, adventures and hard-learned lessons, Lindsey radiates joy. By joy I don't mean a manic, sugary fake or cheesy happiness. True joy runs deep, and can be in your heart even if you're in pain. It's something that can be demonstrated by knowing who you are, flaws and all, and loving yourself in spite of it - as well as "tough" loving yourself enough to keep challenging your own self to change and grow. Lindsey and Brooke's words demonstrates this honest joy on every "page" and I found it infectious.

As odd as this is going to sound from a perfect stranger on the internet, I am proud of Lindsey for this book, and I'm so happy to have listened to it. I'm inspired, and now I'm going to go do something with that inspiration.

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  • Prophecy by Barlight

  • By: Crissy Moss
  • Narrated by: Michael Gilboe
  • Length: 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

For the last century, one bard after another has come into The Drunken Unicorn to sing about the prophecy blazing from the wall in shiny, blue neon. Galdris, the new owner, has had enough. He'll stop at nothing to remove the prophecy that has tormented him since he bought the inn. Even if it means fulfilling it.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • okay book I guess

  • By Slim on 04-26-16

Well Worth Your Time

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

Reviewed: 10-17-15

This short story is incredibly entertaining and very much worth a listen. It's clever, it's funny and I was a bit sorry it was over as soon as it was. It's the kind of story I could imagine being told while sitting next to a campfire. Michael Gilboe is a talented reader and really made the story alive in audio form. Also The Drunken Unicorn is pretty much the best tavern name ever. I'll certainly be checking out the other short stories that Moss has released.

--I received a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.--

  • Fomorian Earth

  • Star Borne 1
  • By: Lars Bergen, Sharon Delarose
  • Narrated by: Elan O'Connor
  • Length: 6 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7

A starship crashes in the land of giants and pits a space-faring race of humanoids against a barbarian race of warrior giants. The Fomorian giants watch in awe as a celestial object streaks across the sky on the eve of Samhain, the bloodiest pagan festival of the year. Druids proclaim that it's the prophesied Destroyer, and that the end of the world is near. One giant has his eye on the blonde-haired Brigit, whose fiancé awaits her in a nearby star system, and the giants attempt to barter for her.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fresh Blend of Scifi and Myth

  • By A. M. Waite on 09-29-15

Fresh Blend of Scifi and Myth

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

Reviewed: 09-29-15

Star Borne is an interesting mix of starships and ancient pagan origins. I will fully admit my knowledge of old Irish myth is scant at best, but some of the terms and names sounded familiar.

The story itself is entertaining and the world building was fantastic. While it may be my inexperience with this type of genre, the slightly detached narrative reminded several times of "Til We Have Faces." While I didn't bond with any of the individual characters because of this, I think it's a fitting way to tell an alternative myth. The terrible, the violent and the beautiful were all told in a fairly impassive tone.

I found Elan O'Connor to be an enjoyable reader, her accent fit well with the setting. If you love myth and scifi, you'll want to consider Star Borne. If you only like one or the other, you may still want to give it a shot, I think it has enough of both genres to keep any reader/listener's attention.

--I received a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.--

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  • Secrets of Screen Acting

  • By: Patrick Tucker
  • Narrated by: David H. Lawrence XVII
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101

Instead of starting with what is real and trying to wrestle that onto the screen, Patrick Tucker explains how to work with the realities of a shoot and work from there toward the real. His step by step guide to the elements of effective screen acting is an extension and explanation of a lifetime of work in the field, containing over 50 acting exercises and the tried-and-tested screen acting checklist.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just great!

  • By colette on 10-22-15

Not Just for Actors, Incredibly Informative

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

Reviewed: 09-29-15

While I'll likely never be in front of the camera, I've always enjoyed the behind-the-scenes specials and the audio commentary on DVDs and such. This book was a fascinating look at what's going on behind and around the camera.

Helpful examples, the glossary, the fair examination of other schools of thought - all this and more are included in a well-organized and interesting format. I can't imagine any actor picking up Tucker's book and not at least be refreshed on a strong point if not outright learning something new. Listening to this book has changed the way I'll be watching TV for a while.

David Lawrence did a fine job reading this book. Also, if you're getting the audio version of Secrets of Screen Acting, be sure to download the included PDF for visual references!

--I received a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.--

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  • The Founders

  • Sage Seed Chronicles, Volume 1
  • By: Holly Barbo
  • Narrated by: Maxine Lennon
  • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15

Recruited by an ancient race, a group of people from Earth colonize the lovely planet Ose in a far corner of the galaxy. Thirty-two years after the Founders settle the unanticipated happens. A small asteroid hits on the edge of the continent instantly throwing them into a "nuclear winter" weather pattern. Struggling to survive, the young culture slips ever nearer to a survival-of-the-fittest world. In this climate of hardship, Marisily comes of age. She flees for her life after watching her mother die. Unexpectedly, she discovers the cave in which she seeks refuge was a hidden Ancient's shelter and the secrets within it reveal that she is a sage.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not my cup of tea

  • By Kevin Stokes on 11-05-13

Excellent Worldbuilding

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

Reviewed: 09-22-15

I loved the blend of fantasy myth and some light scifi, sort of a "low-fi fantasy." The concept of sages went well with the sort of downtrodden society. I also really liked the fact that sages had to conceal themselves.

The story began bleak enough that I wasn't sure if I wanted to continue, but I'm glad I did. At first it seemed like every male character was an unfeeling monster, but as the story went on that changed when more guys were introduced. My favorite parts were the descriptions of the tech and sage abilities. At few times I got some of the characters mixed up, but finally sorted them enough to follow the story again. This would often happen after longer segments of information rather than narrative.

Maxine Lennon did a fine job of reading the The Founders.

--I received a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.--

  • Last Best Hope

  • By: T.C. Butts
  • Narrated by: Cheril Lee
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 35

Everyone has a story to tell…I’m Charlie, and this is mine. My life…unremarkable when compared to gods and kings, until the day the sky exploded. Now, everything has changed…life is all new. This is where it took me, and the people whose stories met up with mine. From her home in the Colorado Rockies, reclusive Charlie watches the stunning star-filled sky when fireballs begin to rain down on the city below…Denver is destroyed. When she learns that most of the life on this planet is gone, she takes shelter in a large cave cut deep into the mountainside, and then is joined by other refugees. From that moment on, her life swerves down a path completely unexpected. She reconnects with people, finds love and hope again. Charlie diaries the events following a catastrophic attack on this planet. This is the story of the people who travel that path with her, who become family. Can they keep their humanity…find happiness when the world they knew is shattered forever? As they struggle to find out what is left for the remaining members of the human race, will they someday face the unseen enemy? Will they ever be safe again? Follow Charlie’s journey into a world where survival means more than just staying alive.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Best Hope for a good SciFi

  • By Frode on 08-31-15

Choosing to Live and Not Just Survive

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

Reviewed: 09-22-15

This story ended up being very different than I expected, but I was pleasantly surprised nevertheless. If you're looking for a lot of fast paced scifi action, thrilling encounters with the unknown or large-scale warfare by freedom fighters, this may not be the book for you. But if you like the details of day-to-day struggles in a post apocalyptic setting, or if the uncertainty of a risky supply run interests you more than a constant barrage of firefights, then stick around because you're in for a treat.

When the world breaks down, when society dissolves, humans are left fully to their own devices and individual moral compasses. We experience this fallen world through the first person voice of Charlie. Charlie has an amazing attitude about the world in general and having the story piped through her idealistic and optimistic filters was very refreshing for such a bleak setting.

The group of survivors the story follows goes through the challenges you would anticipate in a world after a catastrophe - matters food, safety, and health. But the unique take on this book is that the group does more than just survive, they endeavor to still have lives with meaning and depth. We're given a fairly diverse cast for Charlie to interact with, and in stark difference with many disaster stories about desperate people, there is far more focus on the good inside people than the bad. The people are decent on their own merit and don't just merely seem that way because they contrast with the horribleness of others.

I'm going to make a confident guess that T.C. knew and cared a great deal for many of her characters, and that affection for them pours out through Charlie. One of my few complaints about this book, if you must call it a complaint, is that Charlie will often declare her love and admiration for certain individuals while we're only given small glimpses of these characters. Charlie will see a person as a beautiful, brave soul while the reader has been given small reason to come to hardly any conclusion about the supporting characters. I don't doubt for one second that these people were dear to the author's heart, but I feel like the reader wasn't given ample opportunity to become attached.

All in all, I liked Last Best Hope. It certainly falls in the gray area between genres, but it's worth a read if you like post apocalyptic, light romance, or large casts of characters in books. I always looked forward to the drive home so I could listen and find out what Charlie and crew was up to next. I would read another T.C. Butts' book in a heartbeat - I especially like she wrote Charlie as introspective without bogging her down. Cheril Lee was an excellent reader, handling tones and accents flawlessly.

--I received a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.--

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  • The Berserker and the Pedant: The Complete First Season

  • By: Josh Powell
  • Narrated by: Robert Ashker Kraft
  • Length: 3 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 24

Gurken Stonebiter, avatar of Durstin Firebeard, templerager of the Stonebiter clan, is in a pretty pickle. He's an axe-happy, grammatically-challenged dwarf on the hunt for blood. Thieves made off with temple property, sending him into a fit of vengeful rage. Seeing as he's a Berserker, it's in everyone's best interest not to get Gurken's hackles up. Gurken often dissolves into a fury of bloodlust, and carnage unlike anything seen in the age of men.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • didn't see that ending coming!

  • By AudioBook Reviewer on 05-17-16

An Incredibly Fun Fantasy Adventure. And Ants.

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

Reviewed: 08-18-15

Gurken Stonebiter just did what?! Did I hear that right?

"What ... what am I listening to?" was my initial thought about five minutes in. After another five minutes, I understood exactly what I was listening to and settled in for a delicious adventure.

The Berserker and the Pendant is brilliant, funny and addicting. The characters are very distinctive and original. If you like fantasy, unpredictable outcomes, and you have a sense of humor, do yourself a favor and listen to this book. It was like watching a D&D game with Douglas Adams as DM and Monty Python as the players.

The plot was intriguing, the action was fast paced, and some very heartfelt moments were blended seamlessly into the story.

What makes this gem of a listen shine even brighter is that Robert Ashker Kraft did an amazing job with the reading. His voices were distinct and his timing was perfect on the jokes.

I'm ready for the next season!

--I received a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.--

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