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  • As We Fall: A Post-Apocalyptic Survival Thriller

  • Against All Odds, Book 1
  • By: Jack Hunt
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 5 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34

Sam Wade is on a trip to reconnect with his estranged daughter studying in Boston when the interconnected US infrastructure is crippled by an unknown attacker. As the Internet, communication networks, and power grid go down, the world is soon thrown into turmoil and danger. Faced with no other choice than to battle their way home through a country on the verge of collapse, Sam and his daughter will have to face more than a troubled past - the future is deadly. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great characters.

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 10-10-18

Great characters.

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

Reviewed: 10-10-18

Sam is in Boston to bring his estranged daughter home because her mom is having surgery. He hasn't seen her in years and knows it's going to be tough, but what he didn't expect was for an attack to happen and the grid to go down. With little to no working vehicles, how is Sam going to travel a country gripped by fear.

I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed this! I read a lot of PA fiction and it's hard to make a book stand out, but this author managed it. This book centers more on the characters journey than the PA event. I loved that it took a while for everyone to fully realise that yes, there has been an attack and yes, nothing will ever be the same again. Plus, even though Sam is a former Navy Seal, he isn't a prepper and isn't totally prepared for every eventuality! It just felt easier to believe. I also loved that Sam is able to act and do what ever's needed without overthinking things.

The characters were what I loved the most. We really get a sense of who they are. Sam is a tough, no nonsense guy. Sam's daughter, Anna, is angry with her dad but she also realises that he is the only way she will get home. Sam and Anna team up with some other characters, who were all well written and developed too, though not all of them were likable.... Lisa!! Gosh, she was so annoying and I felt for the others!! Lol. Also Annas' granfather!! I'm intrigued to know more about him but from what I saw, he is a controlling piece of ......!!

In all, this was a character driven post apocalyptic read, which I do enjoy!! It was fast paced and held my attention till the end. There were some cliche moments, like with the gang, but I kind of expect things like that from a PA book. When I finished it, I did want to jump into book 2 to see what happens so I do hope it comes to audio soon!

When I think of Kevin Pierce, I think of Post Apocalyptic fiction because it's what he excels in. He has read so many of the books like this that it's hard to come up with new things to say about him ;) Here he was clear and easy to listen to. He had plenty of tones and voices for the different characters and he even reads the female parts well. He is able to grab a person and immerse them in the world and is able to bring it to life.

I was given this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Resurrection

  • Tatterdemon Trilogy, Book 2
  • By: Steve Vernon
  • Narrated by: Rick Gregory
  • Length: 2 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

In 1691, the town of Crossfall taught the witch Thessaly how to die. They beat her; they shot her; they hung her - but nothing worked. When they finally tried to bury her alive, Thessaly set the field against them. The first man died as a gust of wind harrowed the meat from his bones. A root, flung like a dirty javelin, cut a second man down. Many more deaths followed. The Preacher Fell impaled the witch upon her very own broom, but she dragged him down into the field to wait for three more centuries. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Tattered Tatterdemalion transforms terror

  • By Ray Johnson on 09-03-18

Great second book.

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

Reviewed: 10-09-18

Having thoroughly enjoyed book 1, I couldn't wait to listen to this. This one was just as good. The whole story is starting to come together and I can only imagine what is coming next!! The authors descriptive writing is great and he made it really easy to get into the story.

Even with it only being about 2 and a half hours long, the author once again seems to pack so much into it. I do hope this will become available as an omnibus because I'd love to read the whole story uninterrupted.

Rick Gregory read this perfectly. He was able to bring life to the characters and brought the atmosphere to life too.

I was given this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Revenant: Book one of the Tatterdemon Trilogy

  • By: Steve Vernon
  • Narrated by: Rick Gregory
  • Length: 1 hr and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

In 1691 the town of Crossfall taught the witch Thessaly how to die. They beat her, they shot her, they hung her - but nothing worked. When they finally tried to bury her alive Thessaly set the field against them. The first man died as a gust of wind harrowed the meat from his bones. A root, flung like a dirty javelin, cut a second man down. Many more deaths followed. The Preacher Fell impaled the witch upon her very own broom, but she dragged him down into the field to wait for three more centuries. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Surprising!

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 10-09-18

Surprising!

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

Reviewed: 10-09-18

I was pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed this!!

We start with the scenes of the witch and how she was murdered by the towns people. Flip to 300 years later and she is stirring. The towns people start acting weird. Maddy is the first, she murders her abusive husband and buries him in the field, he rises again, and that's just the beginning. I thoroughly enjoyed the plot, it was fast paced and addicting and I flew through it!

It's only an hour and a half long, but the author makes it feel like it's so much longer. There's a lot packed into this story and I'm looking forward to the next one.

Rick Gregory was clear and concise. He read it with enough tones and inflections and brought the story to life. He had different tones and voices for the characters and it was easy to follow who was talking.

I was given this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Wolf of Dorian Gray

  • A Werewolf Spawned by the Evil of Man, Book 1
  • By: Brian Ference
  • Narrated by: Graham Jack
  • Length: 4 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7

What will happen when the wolf comes to London? Can Dorian save his soul? Or will the beast consume it and his life, along with those of his friends and loved ones? This expanded edition of the classic philosophical fiction by Oscar Wilde features all-new scenes in a compelling tale of mystery, love, lust, and the werewolf spawned by the evil of man. The thrilling story follows the life of Dorian Gray, who through ancient Romani magics and the skills of an artist has had his fate and soul irrevocably linked with the last remaining wolf in Epping Forest.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Slow.

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 10-09-18

Slow.

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

Reviewed: 10-09-18

I really tried to like this but it was so slow to get going, that by the time it did, I didn't care what happened to any of the characters. Here's what I wrote on Goodreads right after admitting defeat.... "DNF. I gave it to nearly 60% and couldn't continue. I've never loathed a main character as much as I loathed Dorian Gray. Gosh he was horrible and with nothing redeemable. Plus not much has happened and it's not holding my attention."

I even tried to finish the audio a few days after writing that, but I couldn't! It was a shame though, because I liked the idea of how Sage painted with the mixture and how the werewolves came about.

The narrator, Graham Jack, was ok. He read parts of it well, but his voices for the characters were very similar at times and it was hard to follow who was talking.

I was given this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Outback Bites

  • By: Kent Hill
  • Narrated by: Tom Edwards
  • Length: 2 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 3

Things that bite are pretty common in the land down under. A predator could be lurking behind every tree, inside every shadow. It is, however, a horrible new menace that threatens the serenity of the vast, sunburnt country: washed inland on a wave of toxic waste, mixed with great white sharks and sleazy topless waitresses. The outback is dry and boring at the best of times...but now, it really bites!  

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not for me.

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 10-09-18

Not for me.

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

Reviewed: 10-09-18

I had no clue what to expect when I went into this but what I got was something...... odd. I just couldn't get into this at all and wanted to put it aside, but I kept going, and while I did finish it, it was a slog to get through.

I don'y know if the narrator, Tom Edwards, is Australian or not, but he sounded like he wasn't and was putting on the accent. It was tough to listen to and I didn't enjoy it.

I was given this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Next World - EXISTENCE - Book 1

  • By: Jeff Olah
  • Narrated by: Andrew Tell
  • Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15

Owen Mercer has battled the voices in his head for far too long. Plagued by debilitating anxiety, he was doing his best just to hold it together for his wife and his children. He wasn’t prepared for what was coming. No one was.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Same old, same old!

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 10-09-18

Same old, same old!

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

Reviewed: 10-09-18

This had such potential, but it fell flat.

The plot was slow to get going and didn't add much to the genre. I felt like I was listening to a generic zombie book, that was till the little twist near the end! I did enjoy that and it did make me eager to get the next one.

I liked most of the characters and enjoyed the fact that the wife and husband were forced to split up. It did add a little extra tension to the story. However, most of the characters didn't have depth to them. They felt one dimensional and it was hard to become truly invested in their lives.

In all, while I did like this, I still felt like it was missing something. I wanted more character development and a little something extra added to the plot!! I do think that I'll continue on with the series and hope that it gets better because there is potential there!

Andrew Tell is a fantastic narrator. He was clear and easy to follow and had plenty of tones and voices for the different characters. I had no trouble following who was talking at any given time.

I was given this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Terror on the Tundra

  • By: J. Esker Miller
  • Narrated by: Ward Paxton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

A single pair of shipwrecked Viking war dogs evolved into terrifying Apex Predators that ravaged the island unchallenged. Eventually, the breakup of Arctic ice floated a few of the beasts to the North Slope of Alaska. There, they faced the valiant townspeople of Chintikook Village. Along with a boyish paleontologist and the local schoolteacher, the humans teamed up to battle the attacking creatures they called Super Wolves. It’s an adventure that pits the fangs and claws of giant devil dogs against the wits and bravery of a small group of townspeople who don’t know how to give up.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Hard to get into.

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 09-24-18

Hard to get into.

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

Reviewed: 09-24-18

This is a hard review to write! There was things I liked about the book, but for the most part I found it quite boring. The author does a great job with the world building and clearly knows things about the setting. He described Alaska brilliantly and I had no problem visualising it. But it's the rest of the book I had a hard time getting into. I wanted more about the village battling the wolves, I also wanted more of the wolves. I found it hard to follow where the author was going with the wolves and where they came from. I know they are descendant from the Viking wardogs but the back and forth was a little off putting. There were times when my attention wandered and when it came back to the story I didn't know what was going on. I just couldn't get into the book as much as I wanted.

And I think a big reason for that was the narrator! Ward Paxton read this rather oddly. He was fine when he was reading the non character parts and was easy to listen to then, but when he was reading any of the characters his cadences and flow of the narration was way off. Half the time it sounded really stilted and like someone who has never read before, and at others, his pitch was all over the place. It was painful to listen to and I wanted to give up plenty of times. I didn't, I persevered, but I will be hesitant to listen to this narrator again.

I was given this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Called from Beyond

  • The Spirit Guide: Ghosts and Haunted Houses
  • By: Caroline Clark
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Gilmour
  • Length: 6 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12

Mark's girlfriend dies in a car accident before he can tell her how much he loves her. He never believed in ghosts, but a well-meaning friend and guilt push him into new and dangerous territory. All he wants is the chance to say he is sorry. To speak to her one more time. During a desperate, alcohol-fueled binge, he buys an Ouija board and calls Alissa. Is his drinking problem or survivor's guilt making him doubt his sanity? Or are the footsteps in the night and inexplicable messages real, has Alissa returned?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Pretty creepy read.

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 09-24-18

Pretty creepy read.

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

Reviewed: 09-24-18

I didn't realise this was book 2 of a series before starting it. It can be read as a stand alone, though there is references to something that happened in the previous book that made me wish I had read it before this one!!

Mark and Alissa are on their way home from their friend Jessies' house when they see a woman on the road. The car isn't able to stop in time and they crash. Alissa is killed and Mark is inconsolable as he wanted to propose to her that night! Not many believe him that a woman in white suddenly appeared and that's what caused the crash. His friend Jessie and his girlfriend Gail do however. Jessie used to be able to see ghosts when he was young but seemed to have lost the ability growing up. Something happened to Gail and she has been able to see ghosts since. Gail goes to investigate the site and tries to help Mark through his grief. Mark decides to use a Ouija board to contact his dead girlfriend when he is on his own, but ends up calling something more sinister. Can Gail and Jessie help Mark before it's too late?

The plot of this was a slow burner, but the author managed to keep the tension and creepiness at a high level throughout. As the story starts unfolding, you feel so much for Mark and all that he lost. His grief felt so real and I can only imagine what he was going through. As he starts to think about using the board, I was saying to myself.. don't Mark, nothing good can come from it!! Lol.

The author has created some characters that are easy to like and connect with. Mark is awesome and all I wanted to do was give him a hug. Jessie and Gail were great characters too. Jessie is trying to see if he can get his gift back all the while Gail is trying to figure out how to handle hers. Between them they make a good team!! I really need to read the first book to see what happened them. All of the characters were well written and developed.

In all, this was a good read. It's creepy, has great characters and was interesting. I look forward to more from this author.

Jennifer Gilmour was easy to listen to and had a nice clear accent. She had subtle differences for the characters and was able to give them their own tone. I thoroughly enjoyed her performance.

I was given this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Ravagers

  • By: C. A. Gleason
  • Narrated by: Adam Verner
  • Length: 3 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 14

Searching for missing soldiers on a distant planet, Captain Nev and his squad are suddenly at war with fierce beasts. As they desperately fight for survival against this cunning, brutal, and relentless enemy, the devastating secrets determining their mission are revealed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Easy creature feature read!

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 09-24-18

Easy creature feature read!

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

Reviewed: 09-24-18

I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed this!! It's the type of book that would make a great B movie and one I'd definitely watch.

The gist of the plot is that humans are trying to inhabit another planet, but the planet they have chosen is home to smart alien creatures that are pretty hard to kill. Can the people make this place their new home, or is there worse things to come!! It's fast paced and quite an entertaining read too. I liked the twist at the end also. I listened to it in a day and wanted to read more by this author.

The majority of the characters are military and are well written and developed, though I do wish there were some female military officers!! The action is described really well and there's just enough gore to satisfy the horror element ;) So in all, a good, easy and quick read. I will definitely have to check out more from this author.

Adam Verner read this really well. He was clear and easy to follow and had plenty of tones and voices.

I was given this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Extinction Countdown

  • Ancient Origins Series, Book 2
  • By: James D. Prescott
  • Narrated by: Gary Tiedemann
  • Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 173
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 159
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 157

Dr. Jack Greer's startling discovery beneath the Gulf of Mexico proved to the world we were not alone in the universe. But when images from the Voyager One space probe reveal an alien doomsday ship hurtling toward the Earth, the human race seems marked for extinction. As news of the approaching ship spreads panic around the globe, signs of a sinister plot begin to emerge - one that threatens to unravel the already fragile fabric of society and everything Jack and Dr. Mia Ward have fought for.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Review book 2 Extension Countdown: Ancient Origins series book 2

  • By Stephen Bergquist on 08-15-18

Great second book!

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

Reviewed: 09-24-18

Book 2 sees so many twists and turns that I almost got whiplash!! I flew through the audio and had a hard time taking out my earbuds.

The plot was even better than the first book. Jack Greer finds out that there is a spaceship after being sighted just days away from earth, and that there's some sort of signal coming from inside Greenland's ice sheet. With the countdown one, can he save humanity before it's too late!! This book was fast paced, intense and gripping. I didn't want to stop listening because I needed to see what would happen next. Intrigue, secrets, and plenty of twists made this a must read for everyone.

All the characters were well written and developed. I think my favourite though is the AI, Anna. She is quickly growing on me :) Jack, Mia and even Admiral Stark are all easy to like and make it really easy to root for them.

In all, this was a great second book and I'm really looking forward to the next one.

Gary Tiedemann was clear, concise and easy to listen to. He has plenty of tones and voices for the different characters and is able to make them easily distinguishable.

I was given this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful