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  • An American Weredeer in Michigan

  • The Bright Falls Mysteries Series, Book 2
  • By: C. T. Phipps, Michael Suttkus
  • Narrated by: Arielle DeLisle
  • Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52

Life is not easy for the world's first weredeer detective. A simple hike turns into a media circus when Jane Doe, her best friend Emma, and a pair of monster hunters find a mass grave. Determined to find the parties responsible, Jane soon discovers a sinister cult leader has decided to make Bright Falls, Michigan the home of his corrupt religion.   

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great second book!

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 06-11-18

The perfect narrator for a great book

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

Reviewed: 05-27-18

Urban Fantasy is not my favorite genre, but I am convinced C.T. Phipps can do no wrong. And when you add Michael Suttkus to the mix hilarity is sure to ensue. This is the second installment of the Bright Falls Mysteries and if anything it is even better than the first. Although the mystery in this one wasn’t that difficult to figure out. Here is the Blurb.

Life is not easy for the world’s first weredeer detective. A simple hike turns into a media circus when Jane Doe, her best friend Emma, and a pair of monster hunters find a mass grave. Determined to find the parties responsible, Jane soon discovers a sinister cult leader has decided to make Bright Falls, Michigan the home of his corrupt religion.

As if this wasn’t complicating her life enough, Jane also has to decide whether or not she wants to begin a relationship with FBI Special Agent Alex Timmons or local crime lord Lucien Lyons. Both men are determined to get to the bottom of the crime she’s investigating but may be distracted by their own agendas–as well as their love for Jane.

So why was it better than the first book? Well the main reason is there was much less introspection. The story is told from the POV of Jane Doe and in the first book she kind of got lost in thought and would get side tracked. It was a good way to explain to the reader things about the world and it was done well, but did tend to ramble. In this book Jane has Raguel in her head to keep her on track.

Who is Raguel? That is an easy question with a hard answer. Raguel, also called the Merlin gun is an angel that was turned into a sentient gun.

“The griffon let forth another ear-splitting howl before flying over near us, landing with a thump, and assuming a more leonine attack position. I pulled out the Merlin Gun, dropping my staff, and aimed at my attacker. “Ten points from Gryffindor!” Oh God and Goddess, that was terrible. Still, I fired, twice. It barely reacted, gnashing at me and advancing. Uh, why isn’t it dead? I asked my gun, It is an animal. It is not evil. Oh come on! I snapped. I don’t make the rules. Who does? I snapped. God.”



There are a few other new characters Like Kim Su and Robyn, but don’t worry all the old favorites are back. There is the adorable and ever cheerful Emma.

“Normal is overrated,” Emma said. “I’m a lesbian werewolf and proud of it.” “There’s nothing abnormal about either of those,” I said, unbuckling my seatbelt. “I mean, yeah, there’s some question about whether you need to tell a date you’ve maybe got heartworm, but you’re taking medicine for that.” Emma glared. “Buck off.” “Hehe,” I said, deliberately enunciating my laugh. “It’s funny because we’re both being racist at each other.” Emma smirked. “We both have mixed ancestries in more ways than one.” “America as it should be.”

And then there is the……. Alex.

“Yeah, I know it sounds a little strange…” I muttered, trailing off. “Strange? Hardly,” Alex said, smiling. “I talked with Carl Sagan’s ghost once. We smoked pot and discussed the nature of the universe as an accidental place versus a deterministic one as well as whether the nature of the latter would require intelligence. We also discussed how the Klingons looked in Star Trek: Discovery.”

I was given a copy of the audiobook by the author in exchange for an honest review. The Audiobook was narrated by Arielle DeLisle and she did an excellent job. She has the perfect voice for Jane and really brings her to life.
Final Thoughts
It is a fast paced romp that is not afraid to laugh at itself or anyone else. It is filled with strange yet wonderful characters. The dialog is witty with plenty of snark and the story itself will pull you in. And don’t forget the puns! Overall An American Weredeer in Michigan is an excellent sequel and I am setting my sights on book three. I give An American Weredeer in Michigan 5 stars.

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  • I Was a Teenage Weredeer

  • Bright Falls Mysteries Series, Book 1
  • By: C. T. Phipps, Michael Suttkus
  • Narrated by: Arielle DeLisle
  • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96

Jane Doe is a weredeer, the least-threatening shapechanger species in the world. Blessed with the ability to turn furry at will and psychically read objects, Jane has done her best to live a normal life working as a waitress at the Deerlightful Diner. She has big dreams of escaping life in the supernatural-filled town of Bright Falls, Michigan. Unfortunately, her 18th birthday is ruined by the sudden murder of her best friend's sister in an apparent occult killing. Oh, and her brother is the primary suspect.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enter a different World.

  • By cosmitron on 06-10-18

Audio made a good book great

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

Reviewed: 02-17-18

I had read this book when it came out and enjoyed it, but listening to the Audio made Jane really come alive. Arielle has the perfect voice for this book. I recommend this book and I look forward to book 2

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • What the Hell Did I Just Read

  • A Novel of Cosmic Horror
  • By: David Wong
  • Narrated by: Stephen R. Thorne
  • Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,629
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,458
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,450

While investigating a fairly straightforward case of a shape-shifting interdimensional child predator, Dave, John, and Amy realized there might actually be something weird going on. Together, they navigate a diabolically convoluted maze of illusions, lies, and their own incompetence in an attempt to uncover a terrible truth they - like you - would be better off not knowing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Please fix the audio

  • By Chris Bell on 10-03-17

more fun than a brain full of spiders

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

Reviewed: 11-14-17

Not as good as the first book but better then book 2. just a hell f a fun book. I want to move to Undisclosed it looks like so much fun

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Zombie Bigfoot

  • Creature Quest Series, Book 1
  • By: Nick Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Nick Sullivan
  • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62

"Bigfoot is real." That's what primatologist Dr. Sarah Bishop's father told her before his academic disgrace and untimely death. Now, Sarah is eager to restore her father's good name. Survival show host Russ Cloud is just as eager to boost his plummeting ratings. They'll both have a shot at redemption when they find themselves hired by eccentric billionaire Cameron Carson. After a series of his publicity stunts end in spectacular failure, Carson has a plan to redeem his tarnished image: capture a live Sasquatch.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome!

  • By Todd (Toad) Vogel on 03-14-17

A surprisingly deep book about bigfoot zombies

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

Reviewed: 08-08-17

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

It is full of Humor, terror, bigfootses? bigfeet? and ofcourse zombies. What more could a person want?

What about Nick Sullivan’s performance did you like?

There is a reason that Nick Sullivan has narrated hundreds of books. I will let you guess what that is. Actually no I wont. It is because he does a great job! This being his own book made the reading even better.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The real surprise was the reading of the Journal. That part was especially well written.

Any additional comments?

I was given a free copy of this Audiobook in exchange for an honest review. That in no way alters my opinions.My really cool review with graphics and stuff is on my blog. thebloggoblin dot com But I really do highly recommend this one to any that like to laugh and/or zombies. That just made me think wouldent a giggling zombie be terrifying?

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Circle of Reign

  • By: Jacob Cooper
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 24 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 733
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 692
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 693

An unknown, vicious enemy approaches in stealth from beyond the northern glaciers, a wasteland of ice that spans hundreds of miles. A clandestine brotherhood of assassins, held in check by the Light for millennia, seeks to break their maledictive shackles and unleash their bloodlust upon the world. Those that should stand with Arlethia clothe themselves in betrayal, desiring her secrets for themselves, leaving Arlethia to stand alone.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best book in years...

  • By Jodi on 01-05-17

Loved it a full 5 stars out of 5

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

Reviewed: 01-16-17

Any additional comments?

first came across Jacob Cooper back in August of 2015. I had a job that I could listen to books most of the day, so I went through audio books fast. For that reason I was searching Audible one morning before I went to work for something new, I only had 2 requirements. First that it was read by someone I liked already. And second that it was long. When I search for a new book I usually do a search of my favorite narrators first. I searched Luke Daniels and didn’t see anything new. Then Michael Kramer and what do you know, I saw Circle of Reign a bit over 20 hours long. I was in a hurry so i didn’t even read the description, I just started downloading it to my phone and left for work.

I know what you’re saying right now. You are saying “How the hell can he remember doing a search for a book over a year ago?” Well I have a pretty good memory when it comes to what happens in books. But not names, if I ever meet you in person save us both some awkwardness and tell me your name at least 10 times over the next hour or two. I am almost as bad with book titles and even worse with Song titles. But if we had met at a book store and we walked down the aisles I can point to every book I have read and give a synopses of what it’s about. That is a lot of books, but let’s get back to the one I am reviewing, whatever it’s called.

I usually start my reviews with the Physical aspects of a book. But we need to go about this one differently. See this book Is not the same one I downloaded over a year ago. Well that’s not actually true. Since I first listened to it till now it has undergone a lot of changes. No I don’t mean like puberty. Jacob was approached by a guy you might have heard of named David Farland and if you don’t recognize him from his Runelords Series, you might know some of the people he taught while a English professor like Brandon Sanderson, Brandon Mull, James Dashner, and Stephanie Meyer. (You shouldn’t hold that last one against him.) David had read CoR and enjoyed it but thought this self published first time author could make it even better with some coaching. So together they cut about 35,000 words and then added around 70,000. The result is not really a new book but I will admit a better one.

Now let’s get to the Physical part. The cover is pretty cool and shows a part out of the book well. But it is not very eye catching. I listened to the audio book again excellently narrated by Kramer. And while the first version was a nice long AB this version is even longer at 24 hours 37 min.

Now a bit about the book itself. The story takes place in a rather Grimdark world, where the land seems to be dying. The country is called Senthara, and it is one of the last bastions of humanity. But on occasion people looking for farmable land come with their whole civilizations but that is the plot for the prequel Altar of Influence: The Orsarian War. Also free as of now free on Kindle Unlimited

One of the things I love the most about this book is the action POVs Like in the graphic below there are 3 people 2 fighting and one watching. Well you as the reader are not bound to one POV you are bound to the action. During this fight you will see out of each one’s eyes and here their thoughts. It is so cinematic you can’t help but picture a movie in your head as you read.

I wouldn’t actually classify this series as Grimdark, but it is a near thing. The only reason holding it back is no one really knows how screwed they are. The main character is Reign A Wood dweller of the Western Provence known as Arlethia.
What is a Wood dweller? Well they are not long lived like elves but they do have the ability to sense vibrations of anything moving close to them through the tree roots and are blessed with an almost super hero level speed .
Final Thoughts

A few things didn’t really fit smoothly for me but they will probably be resolved in book two. There is quite a bit of in world language used that did get a bit confusing at times but not enough I didn’t know what they were talking about. I loved the original and rated it 4.5 stars. This one was even better and it gets a full 5 stars out of 5. Keep reading to find out more about the giveaway.

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  • Altar of Influence: The Orsarian War

  • A Prelude to the Dying Lands Chronicle
  • By: Jacob Cooper
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 358
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 335
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 336

Sacrifice. The single act capable of bringing both death and life simultaneously. Thannuel Kerr is handsome, young, and brash, fumbling through childhood toward his inevitable inheritance: the next Lord of the Western Province. He struggles to accept his arranged marriage and to grow into the man he must become. The journey toward that end, however, is fraught with more peril than he could possibly imagine.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Compelling Read!

  • By A Voracious Reader on 10-17-16

This story is about Sacrifice at its heart.

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

Reviewed: 11-08-16

What about Michael Kramer’s performance did you like?

He did an excellent job as always

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The scene of a guy retrieving the pearl! Oh my god that guy is my favorite fisherman ever!

Any additional comments?

I usually take notes while I read or listen to a book that I plan on reviewing. I didn’t with this one not because I didn’t like it. No I was so engrossed in the story I completely forgot. Actually that’s a lie I did write one note and for the first and only time I will post my unedited notes in a review. Well that’s a lie too, I am a bad speller so that has been fixed But you know what I mean.

” I loved the forward. Very insightful look into why this prequel was written. As Kramer started to read I actually got chills”

11 hours and 37 min later all I can say is wow good book sleep now.

After 12 hours of sleep I might be able to articulate that sentiment better. ……Wow Great book? No I can do better…..

It was excellent I loved getting to know Thannuel more. He is such a awesome character and he was hardly in Circle of Reign (The Dying Lands Chronicle #1). The scene of a guy retrieving the pearl! Oh my god that guy is my favorite fisherman ever!

Altar of Influence follows Thannuel through early teens into manhood. But don’t let that put you off even in the beginning there is a lot of action. This story is about Sacrifice at its heart, and it found a place in mine. It also filled in some of the world building that was never explained in CoR. There are still tons of questions I have mostly about the Big Bad of the world called the Ancient Dark.

I thoroughly enjoyed Altar of Influence I really can’t wait until Circle of Reign is rereleased. It has been well over a year since I listened to COR. I thought it was great, especially good for a first time author. But it has been gone over and changed quite a bit I hear with help from David Farland and it will be rereleased soon. Jacob told me the other day that Michael Kramer started recording it on November 1st. So definitely keep your eyes open for that one.



As for Altar of Influence I give it 4.50 out of 5 stars This is one series you should read now. If for no other reason than so you can tell your grandkids that you have been reading that series since it came out.

12 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • Cthulhu Armageddon

  • By: C. T. Phipps
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 353
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 333
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 334

Cthulhu Armageddon is the story of a world 100 years past the rise of the Old Ones which has been reduced to a giant monster-filled desert and pockets of human survivors (along with Deep Ones, ghouls, and other "talking" monsters).

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome.

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 11-07-16

Like a lost Lovecraft book

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

Reviewed: 10-23-16

Any additional comments?

Have you ever read anything by H.P. Lovecraft? how about listened to one of the radio plays by The H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society? No? Well why the hell not? Go and read them!! It’s ok I’ll wait…

Ok that’s better. Now remember how the “Things” came and everyone dies? Well not everyone did die. A few small pockets of humanity survived for around one hundred years, and one of these Pockets is called United States Remnants.

The story is told in first person through the eyes of John Henry Booth a Remnant Recon squadron leader. He is kind of unlikable the first peep we get in his head. Then his rage at seeing a child harmed made him instantly relate-able to me. He goes out of his way to help kids and slaves. For the latter its more so he can kill the slavers, but that is still a good thing right?.
If you took some Lovecraft tossed in a bit of Fallout 3 and a pinch of Clint Eastwood you would get those three things mixed together (lol I need Sleep) Actually It felt like I was reading a lost Lovecraft book. Which I suppose could be high praise or condemnation depending. But I say it in praise. The disturbing parts where DISTURBInG.
But what I really loved about this book was the unexpected humor. Many times I laughed so much I had to rewind because I missed something. I call it unexpected humor because the funniest moments in the book are when they talk about a dead Private, when people are trying to shoot John, and when he tells Jessica how f___ed up the situation is.
Cthulhu Armageddon is average lenght Audio book Around 8 hours. Jeffrey Kafer did an excellent job Narrating and C.T. Phips did a great job writing. I really did enjoy it more then I thought I would I give Cthulhu Armageddon by C.T. Phipps 4.5 out of 5 stars.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • When the Heavens Fall

  • The Chronicles of the Exile, Book 1
  • By: Marc Turner
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 22 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 117
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 109

A book giving its wielder power over the dead has been stolen from a fellowship of mages that has kept the powerful relic dormant for centuries. The thief, a crafty, power-hungry necromancer, intends to use the Book of Lost Souls to resurrect an ancient race and challenge Shroud for dominion of the underworld. Shroud counters by sending his most formidable servants to seize the artifact at all cost.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent fantasy novel

  • By Dennis Chavez on 05-26-15

Great story

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

Reviewed: 10-23-16

Any additional comments?

I had been hearing good things about this series for a while and really wanting to read it. So instead of patiently waiting till it was on top of my "to be read' pile I pushed the pile over and grabbed it. So glad I did But now I will be even further behind on my stack as ill push everything else out of the way Again when the next book gets here. For a Novel as broad of scope as this it took me a remarkably short amount of time to understand the world building, but at the same time it was not generic fantasy tropes at all. and that is something to be treasured.
Good dialog and pacing of the story was just about perfect. Over all I highly recommend this!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Ascendant's Rite

  • The Moontide Quartet, Book 4
  • By: David Hair
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 29 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,876
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,759
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,749

The last few months of the moontide - when the bridge connecting East and West rises above the sea - has come, and in the West Emperor Constant prepares the final phase of his plan to conquer the East.....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Phenomenal End to an Amazing Series

  • By livelifelovesnow on 09-12-16

great ending to the series

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

Reviewed: 09-26-16

Nick did a great job on the narration. And this great series was wrapped up well.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Waking Fire

  • The Draconis Memoria
  • By: Anthony Ryan
  • Narrated by: Steven Brand
  • Length: 22 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,826
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,711
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,705

Throughout the vast lands controlled by the Ironship Trading Syndicate, nothing is more prized than the blood of drakes. Harvested from captive or hunted Reds, Greens, Blues, and Blacks, it can be distilled into elixirs that bestow fearsome powers on the rare men and women known as the Blood-blessed. But not many know the truth: that the lines of drakes are weakening. If they fail, war with the neighboring Corvantine Empire will follow swiftly.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator does not do the story Justice

  • By Amazon Customer on 07-15-16

A wonderfully original story

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

Reviewed: 08-26-16

I really enjoyed this book. It was nothing like I have read before. Most of the characters felt like real people. On the negative side the narrator doesn't change his voice at all for different characters so in a dialogue with more then two people it gets confused who says what.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful