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  • The Invisible Carrier: A Bigfoot Horror Story

  • By: Roma Gray
  • Narrated by: JD Kelly
  • Length: 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

People are dying in the Northwest area of the United States and Canada from a terrible plague. The small towns bordering the forests have been hit the hardest, and no matter how closely the citizens follow the quarantine protocols, somehow the illness keeps spreading. It makes no sense, the towns are remote and isolated and the only thing they have in common are the vast, interconnected forests. It is almost as if it is being spread by an animal, but that theory doesn’t hold water. They know that the virus can only be spread by animals similar to humans…like a primate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow! A unique story!

  • By The Drewster on 09-18-18

Only chapter one!

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

Reviewed: 09-18-18

This is not a novella, or a novellette, or a short story!! This is chapter one of an upcoming story from what I can tell. We get a tiny glimpse of what is to come and that's why I haven't rated it higher. I'm intrigued to see where this goes because Bigfoot and virus are a big plus in my book, but I need to reserve judgement until I read the full story.

JD Kelly does a great job here. He manages to do a few tones and I'm eager to listen to more from him. He's one to watch.

  • Eldren: The Book of the Dark

  • By: William Meikle
  • Narrated by: Chris Barnes
  • Length: 8 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 24

Two boys in the west of Scotland awaken an ancient vampire. And the only way to stop it is in the power of a book - a bible detailing the dark religion of the Eldren. But time is running out, and the sun is getting low.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Vampire's Book of the Dead

  • By Spooky Mike on 08-21-18

A good read.

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

Reviewed: 09-05-18

I'm not too sure what to say about this as I'm still not too sure what I really thought of it!!! At times it felt all over the place, but I put that down to the multiple POVs we get, at others it was really good.

The overall plot was unique and I loved finding out about the vampires and seeing that they have both good and evil ones. I loved that they had their own Bible of sorts too and reading about Yoriah and Eriah! I also liked how the vampires were awoken in this century and how the virus spread. All of that was well written and developed and made for a great read and they were my favourite parts!

I didn't particularly connect with the characters though. Don't get me wrong, they were all well written and developed, but I just didn't care for any of them. I don't know if it was the fact that there were too many or what but I didn't really care what happened any of them.

Saying that though, I will definitely check out more from this author because I liked his world building and he has some really good sounding books out!! If there is a follow up to this I will also check it out as while I didn't love this, I still really enjoyed it.

Chris Barnes read this really well!! I loved that the author picked a Scottish narrator to read it seeing as it's set in Scotland, it just added that little extra to the story. Chris Barnes was clear and easy to understand and he had plenty of tones and voices for the characters. I thoroughly enjoyed his performance and look forward to him narrating more!!

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  • Last Days Trilogy

  • By: Jacqueline Druga
  • Narrated by: Rick Gregory
  • Length: 15 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12

Led by his curiosity and fueled by intelligence, Dr. Marcus Leon embarks on what he believes is the greatest scientific experiment of all time. One that ignites a firestorm of controversy. Marcus intends to extract DNA from the blood trapped in the Shroud of Turin. The experiment is a success and the masses embrace the clone as the embodiment of Christ, failing to recognize that science can replicate the body, but cannot touch the soul. Devoid of this essential spirit, the clone is nothing more than a directionless vessel in need of a captain. A position quickly filled. The arrival of the clone begins the end to all humanity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome Non-zombie Apocalyptic Trilogy

  • By Spooky Mike on 08-08-18

Awesome series!!

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

Reviewed: 09-05-18

Book 1: Marcus is a scientist and himself and his team have decided to take some samples from The Shroud of Turin and see can they grow a clone from the DNA on the Shroud. This is, of course, met with a lot of criticism from religious fanatics and others. They think it's sacrilegious. Death threats, attacks and abuse, doesn't deter Marcus and they plow away. The embryo grows amazingly well, but they never realised it would not be a baby, but a fully grown man. This man has powers and the masses think he is the Saviour, but while science can clone a body, they can't clone a soul, and this man doesn't seem right to Marcus. Just what have they created?

This is a hard book to rate because while it was incredibly intriguing, it was very slow to get going and took me a long time to get into. Things don't really get going till near the end of the book and there were times when I wanted to put it aside, which is unusual with this author! But I can tell that now the seeds are set, the rest of the series should be a lot faster to get going.

I did like the whole idea of the plot, even if the science of it was a little out there! The idea of trying to make a clone from the blood of the Shroud of Turin was unique and interesting. I do think the reactions of people was something that would happen, with people equal parts protesting against it, as they were delighted with the idea. I also liked that the author made it so Marcus's family weren't all on board with the idea.

I did love some of the characters. Reggie is a strong lead and I liked her spirit and her friendship with Marcus. She is there for him no matter what! I also liked Kyle, Reggie's dad. He was some much needed levity!! The author did write the characters well and I found myself rooting for them.

In all, this started slow, but did set the scene for, what I hope will become, a memorable series.

Rick Gregory did a really good job with this. This is the third one I've listened to by him, and with each one it seems that he is getting stronger as a narrator. He had a good few tones and voices for the different characters, and even read the females well. I think he still needs to work on his tone of voices, in regards emotion or tension, to really bring a book alive.

Book 2: Having loved book 1, I eagerly dived into this when I got it. Moving on from book 1 and the birth of the Antichrist, Devante, things are really starting to heat up. People are flocking to believe Devante and after he shows some of his power, they have no choice but to comply with him or die! Meanwhile Marcus and Reggie have their own hands full when they get a present from God.

As I said, I loved book 1 and couldn't wait to start this one, and boy was I happy with it!! The plot is really starting to come together. Things are about to come to a head and there seems to only be a handful of people who can stop it, namely Marcus, since he created Devante, and Reggie, who is about to become a kick ass warrior! Devante is making his army and any one who opposes him is dead!! The plot was fast paced and intense.

In all, this was a great second book. I felt my anticipation rising as the plot progressed and I know that the final book will be epic. I can't wait to see what happens next.

Rick Gregory read this really well. His tones and cadences were great and helped create the atmosphere needed for this book. He gave each of the characters their own personality and was able to bring them to life. I really like his portrayal of Devante!!

Book 3: This is the final in the trilogy and as sees Devante waging war on anyone opposed to him. Meanwhile, Marcus, Reggie and Michael are trying to build their own army to save humanity and destroy Devante. But what will the price be and will they be too late?

I really liked book 1, loved book 2 and was eagerly awaiting this one! And while I enjoyed this a lot, I felt a little let down with the final battle, which I'm not going to talk about because there would be major spoilers!!! All I'll say is that the final fight was a little too easy!

Other than that, this was well written, action packed and engrossing. There were plenty of other battle scenes that were full on and had me eagerly listening to the story. Reggie and Michael were so fun when they were interacting. Michael was hilarious at times and it added much needed levity to the overall good vs evil thing.

In all, this series was really good. It was a unique story line and held my attention the whole way through. I can't wait to check out more from this author.

Rick Gregory did a great job as always. I really liked the way he did Michael and his female voices were good. I did find that some of his male voices were very similar and it took me a few seconds to realise 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.

  • Purge

  • Last Days Trilogy, Book 3
  • By: Jacqueline Druga
  • Narrated by: Rick Gregory
  • Length: 6 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

Purge is the third and final book of the Last Days Trilogy. Billions of lives have perished. The earth is decimated by plague, earthquakes, and other natural disasters. All at the hand of Devante. While life around them dies, humanity has not given up. Led by Michael the Archangel, Reggie Stevens and Marcus Leon build an army to defeat Marcus’ greatest achievement and biggest mistake. The fate of the world and humanity are at stake if the small army fails.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Finale

  • By Spooky Mike on 08-08-18

Great read.

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

Reviewed: 09-05-18

This is the final in the trilogy and as sees Devante waging war on anyone opposed to him. Meanwhile, Marcus, Reggie and Michael are trying to build their own army to save humanity and destroy Devante. But what will the price be and will they be too late?

I really liked book 1, loved book 2 and was eagerly awaiting this one! And while I enjoyed this a lot, I felt a little let down with the final battle, which I'm not going to talk about because there would be major spoilers!!! All I'll say is that the final fight was a little too easy!

Other than that, this was well written, action packed and engrossing. There were plenty of other battle scenes that were full on and had me eagerly listening to the story. Reggie and Michael were so fun when they were interacting. Michael was hilarious at times and it added much needed levity to the overall good vs evil thing.

In all, this series was really good. It was a unique story line and held my attention the whole way through. I can't wait to check out more from this author.

Rick Gregory did a great job as always. I really liked the way he did Michael and his female voices were good. I did find that some of his male voices were very similar and it took me a few seconds to realise 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.

  • Berkley Street Series Books 1- 9

  • Haunted House and Ghost Stories Collection
  • By: Ron Ripley
  • Narrated by: Thom Bowers
  • Length: 65 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 11

Shane Ryan is returning to his hometown of Nashua and the childhood memories that have haunted him throughout his adult life. The sinister demon lurking behind his family home threatens to spill over and destroy all he holds near and dear...spurring Shane on a journey that will challenge everything he knows about himself and the world. This audiobook set contains all nine of the thrilling supernatural novels in this best-selling series.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing series for just one credit!!

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 09-03-18

Amazing series for just one credit!!

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

Reviewed: 09-03-18

How could you not spend a credit on over 65hrs of pure chilling terror?? I've listened to each of these and they all got better and better as the series progressed. The stories are chilling and some of the settings make for an atmospheric read. You go from a house, to a lighthouse, to a town (which was extremely spooky!!), to an even creepier hospital and on and on for a total of 9 different settings, each scarier than the last.

Then we have Shane, poor Shane!! He is such an awesome character. I connected to him right from book 1 but he gets battered and bruised, and is missing pieces of himself, yet he still fights, and that's why I love this series so much. He is just so strong and brave and selfless. He seems to be getting emotionally better and stronger and just all round awesomer ;)

I can't recommend this series enough. This series is one of my favourites. The author never fails to grab my attention and give me chills. Each book is better than the previous ones and each leaves me wanting more. I can't wait to see what the author has in store for Shane next!

Thom Bowers really knows how to capture the essence of the story and knows how to bring the scariness and spookiness to life. He has also portrayed Shane perfectly. He brings across Shane's personality really well and always keeps me entertained.

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

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  • Black Shadows Under a Blood Moon

  • A Horror Short Story
  • By: Roma Gray
  • Narrated by: JD Kelly
  • Length: 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 14

One by one, cities have been falling to a terrorist attack. No one can stop the terrorists or figure out where the next attack will take place. All that is known is when the attacks start, the strange gas the terrorists use turns the moon a blood red, and black shadows of men and women are seen, slinking among the buildings. Yet, somehow, not a single survivor has managed to provide a solid description of the people attacking their towns. Most contribute this to the mysterious gas that seems to put the residence into a temporary psychotic state, but what if it’s something more than that? 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ever dance with a shadow in the bloody moonlight?

  • By Ray Johnson on 08-24-18

Creepy short story!

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

Reviewed: 08-20-18

This was a creepy read. I'd love to see longer books from this author as she has a very descriptive writing style that immediately grabs you.

The narrator, JD Kelly, was awesome. He put emotion behind the words and had a clear voice. I'll have to check out more from him.

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

  • Nightmare Valley

  • Nightmare Series, Book 2
  • By: David Longhorn
  • Narrated by: Thom Bowers
  • Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

Months have passed since the Malpas Massacre, and the media is in the midst of a feeding frenzy. Reporters and law enforcement are certain the murders can be traced to a cold-blooded serial killer. But those who have survived the carnage know the truth all too well. As the victims become suspects, they find themselves in a race against time to clear their names. Meanwhile, vulnerable and wide-eyed children roam, pleading for help. Yet, behind their innocent facade lies a resurrected evil with an insatiable thirst for blood.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting and creative

  • By Kathryn A St John on 08-15-18

Engrossing!

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

Reviewed: 08-08-18

I was pleasantly surprised when I listened to book 1 of this series because it was better than I expected, and because of that I went into this one with high expectations, and I'm thrilled because this one was even better than the first!

The plot of this one shows us more about the Interlopers and the world they have come from. They are smart, cunning and incredibly strong and it was great to get more information on them. The plot was also fast paced and really exciting. I was listening to this as often as I could to see what would happen next. It's the kind of plot that takes a bit of concentration because there's a lot going on, but it was fascinating and entertaining. I'm eager to see what the Interlopers world brings us next!

We meet some new and interesting characters as well as finding out about some of the ones from book 1. I'm intrigued to see about the agency and what exactly their goal is!!

In all, this was a great read! It's not a stand alone so you will have to read the first to truly understand the overall plot. I can't wait for the third and final book in the trilogy to come to audio!!

Once again, Thom Bowers breathes life into this authors story. He is quickly becoming a favourite narrator of mine! He is easy to listen to and has an array of tones and voices for each character.

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

  • The Hyde Effect

  • By: Steve Vance
  • Narrated by: Edison McDaniels
  • Length: 14 hrs and 13 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 15

College student Meg Talley survives a violent attack, but when she insists her assailant was a hideous, monster-like creature, she is called hysterical. Journalist Douglas Morgan, private eye Nick Grundel, and horror novelist Blake Corbett, however, have each theorized the mangling, incredible though it seems, might be the work of a werewolf. Now they team up with Meg to peruse an intensive investigation. Neither skeptics nor believers are prepared for the bone-chilling terror and cataclysmic violence that will be unleashed in the night of the January full moon....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best werewolf book ever!!!

  • By Anonymous User on 07-18-18

Slow to start but worth sticking with!

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

Reviewed: 08-08-18

I'm always on the lookout for a good werewolf horror and was excited to start this, and while it was a little slow to get going, it was still a great read.

I thoroughly enjoyed the plot. Once the action started, it was fast paced and brutal! It starts with a man looking for answers to a legend from some natives, but ends up being infected with a virus that changes him every month. Then we learn of a gruesome set so murders happening and Meg thinks she knows what's doing it! She sets out to investigate and meets a beast! Luckily she escapes, but no one believes her story except a journalist, a private eye and a horror writer. They set out to get answers and when a suspect is arrested, and confesses to the murders, they know he is speaking the truth. He is kept in a cell until the time he is supposed to turn. Skeptical people, as well as the 4 believers, pile in to see if his story is true. What will happen when they turn up to witness the transformation?

There were quite a few characters to keep track of, but overall they were all well written and developed. I liked Meg as she knew in her heart what was killing people and despite being terrified, she knew she had to get the truth! Doug, Nick and Blake were all great characters too, but I think my favourite was the boy!

In all, I ended up devouring this book! After the initial set up and meeting the characters, the action really got going and I couldn't read it fast enough. It was bloody, gory, tense, terrifying and everything a great werewolf horror should be. I'm really hoping they bring the next book to audio soon because the ending left me wanting more.

Edison McDaniels read this well and was able to bring the story alive. He had a wide array of tones and voices and his portrayal of the wolf was awesome. I'll have to check out more by him.

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

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  • Soul-Eater

  • By: Dana Brookins
  • Narrated by: Jeffery Lynn Hutchins
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7

The mansion had been shipped in, piece by piece, and reconstructed in the forest at the edge of town. The citizens of Edgar Falls wondered who would build such a grand house in their sleepy little backwater. But the house sat vacant. Then the dying began.... A mother lights her home ablaze, burning her six children alive. A young boy drowns himself. Twelve-year-old Bobby Topin sensed something evil inside the house. Something that tried to crawl inside his mind. One by one, the townsfolk are falling victim to their darkest impulses. And only Bobby knows that the house where no one lives is home to a malevolent force....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The soul eater will fill you up with . . . terror

  • By Ray Johnson on 07-25-18

Good....ish read.

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

Reviewed: 07-26-18

So this book was good...ish! There were some positives but more negatives yet overall I enjoyed the plot enough to finish it!

I'll get the bad out of the way first. The main thing that bugged me was the number of POVs. It felt like it was chopping and changing too much for any of the characters to be fully developed!! I didn't connect to most of them and didn't really care what happened them. I feel like this could have been so much better had it been told by one person rather than so many! I also found the pacing to be hit or miss. I liked the build up to the house, and when something interesting happens with it, it was fast paced, but every other part was slow going and for the most part boring. I also didn't much like the ending. It just sort of ends. Maybe there's another one lined up, but I wish this had ended better.

Another thing that annoyed me was the whole town felt like a cliched kind of town. There's the obligatory "white trash" with a load of kids, a disabled child that the community feels like it needs to help and a few other characters that had me rolling my eyes. I didn't like when the rich lady rolls up and they were all shocked that she was black! I know it's set in the past, but still!!

Yet despite the negatives, I was still strangely enthralled with the story!! I liked some of the characters, I liked the atmosphere and the way the author builds up to the house, I liked the fact that the house had an effect on everyone and I liked the twist there was! I actually read this quickly enough and did end up enjoying it.

Jeffery Lynn Hutchins did a good job reading this. He was able to capture the personalities of the characters easily and bring each of them to life. He was clear and easy to listen to and I'll have to check out more from him.

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

  • Rebel Bound

  • By: Shauna E. Black
  • Narrated by: Courtney Parker
  • Length: 6 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

Caelin is a survivor. It's been 11 years since a nuclear disaster drove much of the population underground. Caelin and her young sister Mardy were left topside, and Caelin uses salvage to trade for shelter until she gets stabbed, and a handsome stranger named Jate must save her life. Jate brings the sisters to rebel turf where plans are being hatched to conquer the Undercity. The rebels preach good life for the masses, and both Caelin and Mardy are hooked on the dream. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable post apocalyptic read.

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 07-26-18

Enjoyable post apocalyptic read.

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

Reviewed: 07-26-18

It's been a few weeks since I've read a good post apoc book that a) held my attention and b) that was fresh and unique, and thankfully Rebel Bound was both!

The characters were all well written and I pretty much liked them all. Caelin is responsible for looking after her younger sister, Mardy, since both their parents are dead, and so far she's doing a good job. In order for her to find shelter for them both during the day, Caelin has to scavenge as much as she can, the better the find, the longer she can stay. But pickings are getting slim and Caelin is struggling to find decent items. I really liked Caelin, she wanted to do what was best for her sister and I admired her tenacity and her bravery. I also liked that she took a while to trust others and trust the situation she was thrown into. It made her feel more real.

The plot was a little slow to fully get going, but once it did, it was awesome. I liked the premise and the author did a great job in explaining it and bringing the world to life. The romance was slow to build, which I also liked and I'm looking forward to seeing where it goes from here!!

In all, this was a good introduction to the world and the author and I can't wait to see what happens in the next book.

Courtney Parker was easy to listen to and had a clear voice. She had a few different tones and voices for the characters but some of them sounded too similar and I was a little confused at times as to which female character 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.

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