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  • The Voice of Waterfalls

  • By: Natasha A. Salnikova
  • Narrated by: Michelle Marie
  • Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 26

Inga manages to escape from a house of terror where she was held as a sex slave along with other girls who were kidnapped. She is chased into the woods and runs onto the road, almost falling under the wheels of an approaching car. She thought, it would be better to die that way than to return to her captors. The driver of the car, to her surprise, saves her. He brings her to his house and introduces her to his family: his mother, his father, and his younger sister.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nice and spooky!

  • By The Drewster on 05-06-18

Creepy and unsettling

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

Reviewed: 04-24-17

I felt bad for Inga, the main character, throughout this story. It was an unsettling story about her going from one horror to another. The family was creepy and the writer did a good job of slowly dripping out the horror and unease. It wasn't a full blast all at once. Well done there.

At first, I thought the story wasn't as interesting whenever it switched to Anthony's POV. You have the excitement with Inga, then suddenly we are in Anthony's shoes. But! Once their paths cross, Anthony became more interesting. It just takes a few chapters of knowing him before there's crossover. I still preferred Inga to Anthony, though.

Other reviews mention that the story relies on well-trodden tropes. It helps that the writer applied those tropes well and kept up the interest. The supernatural elements...it was a twist and a surprise for me. Even though the cover and title says it's a supernatural piece, it takes a while for that element to show up.

Narrator did a decent job of differentiating the characters. Anthony sounded stiff, which suited his character. Almond sounded like a dimwit, which also fit his character. Inga's emotions were done well. My favorite voice for the narrator was Mira's, the teenage girl in the family. Delightfully antagonistic, that voice was.

I received a free copy of this for review. I chose to review this voluntarily.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Game Over

  • A Series of Ends, Book 1
  • By: Derek Edgington
  • Narrated by: Dee Drew
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 14

Imagine a society freed from crime and illness, one sustained by a single, eminently logical system that was designed to seek ultimate perfection. The Sibyl System seeks the elusive state of human perfection, and, through the course of its quest, the System will become its greatest enemy.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Choose your own adventure audiobook!

  • By Mary Karowski on 04-17-17

Disappointed

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

Reviewed: 04-18-17

I was provided a copy for review.

It starts out promising with an interesting concept, but then falls flat. The stakes for the story were underwhelming. I didn't care for the main character. The story interface left a lot to be desired...portions would end with an abrupt "game over" even if the choice was a good one. There wasn't a clear direction of "hey, you reached the end of this route, now go back to the beginning" or "you reached the end of this section, now jump to XYZ part."

There were better ways this could've been done, like cutting the parts into chapters. Even with clicking around, though, I ran into the above stated problem. Perhaps if there is a re-release more explanations could be added.

This needed to be proofed. There are numerous times where the narrator's line is repeated or flubbed. The audio equalization also suffered. There would be loud moments and then sudden soft ones. Also, the microphone went from being clear to fuzzy when it came to certain character accents, like the narrator switched equipment in the middle of recording.

A point in the narrator's favor is that he sounds like he could make a good Spike Spiegel impression if he worked at his lower confident voice type of sound. Other than that, it was painful...from the line errors to the forced, unnatural delivery. The girl with the blue hair and water magic affinity was especially bad. But I will say that he had a lot of different voices and accents to do, and he managed to differentiate them even if I wasn't moved by his acting. The man did the best he could with the story he was given, and he wasn't wooden, so I'll give his performance a 2.

The story itself... Well, there's a bunch of references to other things, like a character named after Ridley Scott, an area in the game called Yu Gi Oh, and the name for the Sibyl System (named after Psycho-Pass but functioning differently). There's also a White Witch. So that's interesting. But, as I mentioned at the top of the review, I didn't care for the story. The combat sequences in the tournament were interesting...nice level of digital gore and action but everything around it was meh. I also didn't connect with the main character even though I was supposed to be "playing" as him while I read/listened.

Reading the print version would've been better, but it wouldn't have rescued the story. It wasn't for me, in spite of the fact that I do enjoy video and boardgames. I'd say this is more for a younger reader who likes action and pew pew pew while also having a better tolerance for these sorts of plotlines. Try the sample, and be wary.

  • Natural Enemies

  • By: Warren Adler
  • Narrated by: Will Tulin
  • Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 18

A young New York couple, unable to have children and whose marriage seems to be sputtering, is advised to leave their tense urban lives and take a vacation in a more bucolic environment. Out west, they are suddenly confronted by violent rednecks and chased deep into the surrounding wilderness. Braving floods, avalanches, wild animals, and human predators, they come face-to-face with death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Scared the Absolute Crap Out of Me!

  • By Big Cheese on 04-25-17

Riveting Tale

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

Reviewed: 04-18-17

An intense tale of survival starring a couple whose relationship is on the rocks... The perils are many. I had expected the story to go a different direction (more horror/thriller) after Chapter 1. It's more of wilderness survival thriller, like an adventure type of story.

Their attitudes towards the wonders of technology felt dated, but were appropriate for 1979 when this story was originally published. Once I knew that then their awe made more sense.

Narrator had distinct tones for them. The writing itself head hops quite a bit. One paragraph from George's POV and then the next from Birdie's, for instance, but still in third person. Even with the head hopping, the prose & narrator were clear as to whose POV we were in. Emotions were well-conveyed.

I liked Birdie more than George. I think that has to do with her gung ho attitude. George becomes less milquetoast as things progress. There's definite character development as the story goes on.

Some twists and turns. This couple gets wrecked! It's not an easy survival story by any means. If you like Naked & Afraid, then you'll like this.

I was voluntarily provided a copy for review.

  • Dark Fissures

  • A Rick Cahill Novel
  • By: Matt Coyle
  • Narrated by: Travis Baldree
  • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 36

Private Investigator Rick Cahill fears the next knock on his door will be a cop holding a warrant for his arrest. For murder. La Jolla Chief of Police Tony Moretti is convinced Rick killed a missing person. No body has been found, but the evidence that's piling up says murder and it all points to Rick. With Moretti on his tail and the bank about to foreclose on his house, Rick takes a paying case that will stave off the bank, but pits him against Moretti and the La Jolla Police Department.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book, with great narration!

  • By AK Raven on 05-02-17

Amazing. Engrossing from start to finish.

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

Reviewed: 04-09-17

I was planning on listening and reviewing this after some other audiobooks in my queue. This one jumped to the top as soon as I started listening to the beginning.

The writing...the narration...everything was amazing here. It turned out that this book is part of a series that I haven't read or listened to any other books from. That didn't hinder my enjoyment.

Characters are differentiated, the tone for everyone is spot-on, and the narrator can deliver all of the highs and lows the story asks for. There is humor, tension, terror, and plenty of intrigue. I was wrapped up in this story. Whenever I had to turn it off, I couldn't wait to get back to it.

Definitely recommended!! LOVED IT! Rick Cahill, the main character, was a dream. I loved his attitude. He was very engaging. The pacing of this work was also perfect - no lulls or dull parts here. I can't complain about anything.

I was given a copy of this by the writer, narrator, and/or publisher. I chose to give my honest review of this product.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Engraver

  • The Harry Finch Western Series, Book 1
  • By: E.C. Herbert
  • Narrated by: Kevin Iggens
  • Length: 2 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

US Marshal Harry Finch had received a $10 counterfeit note and his assignment was to find out who had been passing them around. Upon examining the bill, Harry noticed a distinct resemblance to a counterfeit bill his dad had been given years ago, and he had arrested a man and sent him to prison. Never having found the plates, the case was never officially closed. And here it was years later and the bills were showing up again.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Nice Western

  • By Amazon CustomerBeliever on 03-31-17

Dragged Down by Narration

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

Reviewed: 04-08-17

The audiobook narrator dragged this one down. Very little differentiation on the voices, monotonous inflection. While his voice was pleasant enough when it came to the descriptive portions, it was severely lacking during the dialogue.

I was reluctant to finish this one. What kept me going was the Western plotline. The setting felt rich, but overall the story didn't grip me like I hoped it would. It's not terribly written. I think my disinterest can be blamed on the narrator and the story's pacing. The written pace wasn't as exciting as I thought it would be. I sped up his narration while listening to see if it would help any and no, it did not.

I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator.

  • Savage Highway

  • By: Richard Godwin
  • Narrated by: Scott Cummings
  • Length: 5 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15

On a remote highway in Arizona women are disappearing at truck stops. Journalist Johnny Sullivan travels to the area to investigate. He encounters hitchhiker Patty, who is being hunted by violent trucker Red. Patty tells Johnny of the local myth of the maniac trucker. Johnny also meets Valentino de La Cruz, a mysterious Mexican who is looking for his missing sister.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Seriously Twisted!

  • By Big Cheese on 04-04-17

Bone-chilling

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

Reviewed: 04-02-17

This was a haunting story. It's not something for people who are prone to nightmares. The people within it are deplorable. And you know what? The author wrote that all in a way that keeps you wanting to listen. I liked this one, even if it was disturbing at times.

The most chilling part was with the man who forced a woman to be like cattle for him. Very creepy. Definitely made my skin crawl.

I received a copy from the author, narrator, and/or publisher and voluntarily gave a review.

  • Rebirth

  • Castles in Flames and Ice, Book 1
  • By: CS Patra
  • Narrated by: Jessica Schell
  • Length: 5 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15

Rachna Sengupta always knew that she wanted to be a figure skater. Ever since she laid her eyes on Jenny Nguyen, she fell in love with the sport. She knew she wanted to be just like Jenny one day. She was well on her way too, getting better with her skills and ready to take on the world. However, it all came crashing down when an injury took her out of competition. Broken up by that, she takes the year off from the rink and begins to contemplate retirement.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Skating story

  • By Jason Engler on 05-02-17

Romance on Ice

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

Reviewed: 03-22-17

A story about regaining confidence and returning to a beloved sport after a downfall, and finding a romance in the process.

I wish that the ice movements (triple axel, double toe loop, Salchow, etc) were explained/described. The differences weren't made clear when the moves were initially introduced. It doesn't detract from the story, but the writer could've gone into the terminology or fully described it more.

The narrator used a few different voices. There wasn't a strong amount of differentiation among them. For instance, there was a positive friendly voice (used for the ballerina friend and the friend who worked at or owned the practice rink), the Rachna main character/narrator voice, the Jenny voice, and a deeper voice for random coaches.

Character emotions were portrayed well. The story didn't call for a large emotional range, but what was performed was done well. I think the worst thing I heard was a mispronunciation of the word "pho." Overall, the voice work suited the story.

Listeners/readers get to follow Rachna's struggles. Her family isn't supportive of her dream. She gets some hate online while trying to make her comeback. She has some self-confidence issues to work through. As she works on her ice routines, she also winds up dating a fellow skater she's looked up to for a long time. That's the romance element. I thought the main character was a sweet person, and I wanted her to succeed.

Sadly, I didn't find myself falling in love with Jenny, the love interest. There was some distance there. I think the romance may have snapped on too fast without enough build up. That's just me, though. I do think Jenny was cool. There were decent reasons for why Rachna would be interested in her. Jenny's attitude was a good match for Rachna's, and I can understand why they got together.

Story was predictable. It lost my interest towards the end. I don't normally read sports stories. If you do, you'd probably be able to stick with this longer than I did. The figure skating made for an interesting setting.

I liked Rachna as a character and her motivation for trying to land a quad. I was rooting for her, which is why this gets a 3 for me instead of a 2. Had the romance not felt as sudden, I would've given it another star.

Good for people who want a light/sweet/cute romance story about returning to something once loved, and realizing you still have the skills to do it. Prior knowledge of figure skating not required. Also has racial diversity that feels genuine and not forced in for brownie points.

I was voluntarily given a copy by the author, publisher, and/or narrator. I chose to give an honest review.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • China Doll

  • By: Gregory "Doc" Patton
  • Narrated by: Kevin Iggens
  • Length: 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7

Yesterday Bob Baker had cleaned the house and placed a vase of wild flowers on the table, as well as a tablecloth. He made sure all the lamps were full of oil and that there was plenty of wood brought in to use in the stoves and fire place. It was early fall and the early mornings and late evenings were starting to grow cold. Bob was preparing for a very special day. For today his mail order bride would be arriving by coach.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Ok

  • By Amazon CustomerBeliever on 03-25-17

Idyllic rancher story

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

Reviewed: 03-11-17

This isn't a conflict-driven story. It is a peaceful one about a lonely man finding mutual love with his mail-order bride. Since it's a short listen, it makes for something good to listen on a lunch break or while waiting for food to get done cooking. Very light and easy listen.

There were some jarring parts, like the rhymed poetry, which confused me at first until I rewound to figure out what was going on there.

The writing is straightforward and direct. It's simple, and that's not necessarily a bad thing for the gentle story it's trying to tell. It's also informative about ranching life. This is pretty much a "take it as it is" story that has a tendency to "tell" more than "show."

I would have rated it higher if there was less telling. That would have helped me to fall in love with Luang like Bob did, and vice versa. The story moved fast in that regard.

Voice work was plain, which suited the plain narrative style. I would've liked to hear more variation in the characters. There were times when Luang would say things and I'd think Bob said them or the other way around. More inflection in the voices would have helped that.

All in all, a peaceful little story. A light listen. Kind of like a beach read.

I received a copy from the narrator, writer, and/or publisher and have voluntarily chosen to give it an honest review.

  • Clan

  • By: Realm Lovejoy
  • Narrated by: Jeff Hays
  • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10

On Clades, to be a Clan is to be an exact copy. A perfect society cloning themselves to survive, even as the zombielike Frags threaten to overrun them on an unforgiving planet. Clan 1672 (privately known as Twain) was never supposed to survive the Incubation Tank. But he did. Illegally. He is different from the other Clans.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Impressive spin use of clones and strong concepts

  • By MelHay on 02-28-17

Fantastic with a cinematic-like experience

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

Reviewed: 03-08-17

Excellent, dynamic narration. The story was an intense ride. Every character was well-developed and the story was compelling throughout its entirety. Where it starts and where it ends will blow you away. My heart broke a few times, and I cheered during others.

I don't want to spoil the story's twists and turns, but I will say Realm Lovejoy did great work bringing out the highs and lows in the narrative. Buster was my favorite character. He stole the show whenever he was around. This isn't to say Twain and Chad (the other main characters) were slouches, either, but...you have to love Buster.

Honestly, the whole time I felt like this could be turned into a movie as is. This audiobook rendition is the next best thing...and probably even better.

Even with the characters being the "same" by virtue of being clones, Jeff Hays managed to add nuance to their voices that kept them distinguished. He was spot-on with the emotions required. The vocal effects were also a nice touch.

Recommended for those who'd like a thought-provoking science fiction story that tackles the meaning of the human condition and what lives are worth. There's also some well done action sequences in this.

I was voluntarily provided a copy, and have happily given this story high marks for exceeding my expectations. You won't be disappointed.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful