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  • Night Society

  • By: Ambrose Ibsen
  • Narrated by: Joe Hempel
  • Length: 5 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 128
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 120

It was only supposed to be a game. In a boring suburb, three lonely men seeking distractions from their monotonous routines get together in an abandoned house to play a macabre game of show-and-tell. Nothing is off-limits in their little circle - anything, no matter how depraved, is welcome...so long as it's frightening. But when one member brings what sounds like an audio recording of an actual murder to a meeting, featuring the tortured screams and pleas of an anonymous woman, the jaded club members find themselves truly rattled.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Incredibly Creepy!!!

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 12-13-17

Creepy and scary

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

Reviewed: 12-19-17

"The Night Society" is an idea for a club that meets to discuss creepy and disturbing things. The problem? Their inaugural meeting wakes something...

Ibsen is a master of prose. When describing the unease and terror, you actually start to feel the goosebumps on the back of your neck. As the terror turns to dread, it's palpable.

Mr. Hempel does what he does best: He makes you feel as if each character is speaking separately. This read is very well done, filled with the weight of the characters emotions and thoughts. Even his reading about a mundane act like buying coffee holds a truth to it that makes the characters truly come alive.

This is the kind of story that would make a great movie.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Heart of Gold

  • Clans of Shadow, Book 1
  • By: J. A. Cipriano, J. B. Garner
  • Narrated by: Joe Hempel
  • Length: 5 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 90
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 88

My name is Frank Butcher, and when I got out of my truck to deliver the last package of the day, I never expected to get blown up by anti-magic zealots. Yeah, you heard me right. I said magic. I didn't know it was a thing either. Now, an ancient artifact is the only thing keeping me alive, and to make matters worse, that artifact is what those cultists wanted. Still, I could have made a run for it, disappeared into South America and spent the rest of my life on a beach.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Heart of Gold

  • By jey cee on 12-18-16

Hard fantasy, hard core action, and a hard jawline

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

Reviewed: 09-19-17

This was a great story with a great lead character and a fantastic read.

What if you were just a good looking guy with a great chin and a crap job, and you were thrown into a world of magic, intrigue, and otherworldly war? Frank Butcher is that guy, and this story is amazing. I'll be honest when I write that some of it was campy, but it was done so on purpose.

Also, based on Joe Hempel's read, I couldn't help but picture a young Bruce Campbell as Butcher. Hempel as such an easy and fun delivery that this was great listen.

You like sci-fi, fantasy, and action? Give this one a shot.

  • Shadows of Tomorrow

  • By: Jessica Meats
  • Narrated by: Jake Urry
  • Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 47

Earth is at war. Portals are opening across the planet and bringing creatures known as Outsiders. Their only desire is to eat, leaving a trail of destruction in their path. The only people who can stop them are the Defenders - led by Gareth Walker - who can open portals of their own to target the Outsiders in minutes. Gareth's only advantage is an ability to see glimpses of his future.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Became completely lost in this terrific book.

  • By Spudboy on 10-30-16

Hard SciFi and Fantasy combined perfectly!

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

Reviewed: 04-20-17

This was a great ride! A compelling story with a fantastic read. Thrown into a world where creatures simply appear with nothing but hunger, the Defenders are tasked with saving lives, protecting life from the encroaching things. As you are immediately dropped into this world, you can only take what is told to you as true.

I really like stories where i'm thrown into the thick of it, In "Shadows of Tomorrow", we are introduced to a world in need of preotection. We are introduced to characters that, though young, are the most experienced at doing so. We are introduced to science, technology, training, and not without some levity, but with a solemn description of a world always wondering "when".

The read was really well done. Mr. Urry is perfect for this kind of fiction, reading with an intensity that matches the book perfectly. The pacing was great, and his switch between characters really allowed me to relax and just envision the story he read.

I'm definitely looking forward to reading more of Jessica Meats' work, and looking forward to hearing more read by Jake Urry.

  • Ring of Lies

  • By: Victoria Howard
  • Narrated by: Michelle Ford
  • Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48

When English accountant Daniel Elliott dies in a car accident one rainy night, his widow, Grace, is overcome with grief... and panic. Daniel was controlling and their marriage loveless, but he always took care of the sheltered Grace. Or so she thought. She soon discovers Daniel kept secrets: an alias, mob ties, a list of numbers, a mysterious beach house in Florida... and a girlfriend who looks like Grace. Swallowing her fear, she flies to Miami to claim the house Daniel left her. But the price of her curiosity is peril.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Grace and Jack! 2 thumbs up!

  • By Annie The Audible Addict!!! on 06-21-15

Suspenseful romance and intrigue!

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

Reviewed: 04-04-17

I started another review of a Victoria Howard book, The House on the Shore, by explaining that I don't typically listen to romance. Again, this story is more than just that, wrapping international intrigue, suspense, action, and romance together in a tale that keeps you listening.

Howard's slow character building is a big part of what makes her writing enjoyable. Instead of a long exposition, you get bits and pieces of the character over the course of the story, allowing them to be filled in slowly so that you come to know them, not just know about them. That, coupled with her ability to write an interesting mystery that includes some rather hot & heavy romance, is what makes Ring of Lies such a great listen.

Michelle Ford was a pleasure to listen to. Pacing and pronunciation were really well done, and her ability to switch between accents and inflection was amazing. Each character became their own due to her read, and the suspense she was able to invoke during action kept me glued to the story.

As I said, I don't typically listen to romance, but I will continue to listen to and read Victoria Howard.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Time Traveler Chronicles

  • By: Robert Werden
  • Narrated by: Kevin Clay
  • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 133
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 129
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 130

Evelyn Carter, a young, struggling video news stringer, is recruited to join an elite government-run time travel agency. She and her team travel through time with the public goal of collecting artifacts lost to time and capturing historical events on video for the world to see. Along the way, she learns of a secret in history so terrifying that it must be kept hidden from the public at all costs. Lost history, top secret agendas, and a frightening future are just the beginning.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Time travel

  • By med c on 02-04-17

A fun roller coaster ride through time and space

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

Reviewed: 03-04-17

If I were to start by saying that this is some really cheesy Sci-Fi, it would sound like an insult. It's anything but, though, as I really liked the camp and fun that this story contains, especially since it is coupled with a well thought out and consistent world that contains some great hard science. The characters are really well developed, becoming more and more real throughout the story. The plot and characterization of the main character begin from page one, and don't stop until the final sentence. This was a really fun story.

Mr. Clay's read was great. I'm a stickler for pacing and pronunciation, and his is spot on. His slight variations of tone or timbre also made it really easy to pay attention to which character was speaking, which made their conversations easier to get into, and allowed for the entire world Mr. Werdon had created to come alive.

This is a great, fun story with a great read.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Amber Project

  • The Variant Saga Volume 1
  • By: JN Chaney
  • Narrated by: Alexander Edward Trefethen
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 186
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 167
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 164

In 2157, a mysterious gas known as Variant spreads across the globe, killing or mutating most organic life. The surviving humans take refuge in an underground city, determined to return home. But after generations of failures and botched attempts, hope is beginning to dwindle. That is, until a young scientist makes a unique discovery, and everything changes. Suddenly, there's reason to hope again, and it rests within a group of genetically engineered children that are both human and Variant.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Inventive and exciting

  • By Rabid Reader on 05-15-16

An ambitious project!

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

Reviewed: 02-22-17

J.N. Chaney introduces us to a world in ruin. Survivors of a cataclysm have lived in an underground bunker for two centuries, and are trying to find a way to continue doing so while also trying to keep the human race from dying out entirely. This is Sci-Fi, Post-Apocalyptic, societal commentary, and political intrigue all rolled into one grand book.

What I really liked about this story was the slow world-building. You are introduced to much of on a "need to know" basis, meaning you didn't need to know about that until it was described. I'm not just describing the physical world of The Variant Saga, though, I also mean the socio-political landscape that is slowly introduced. Once described, this is a world that isn't too hard to imagine being truth in a couple of hundred years. Even the "info dumps" (where you learn about the universe through conversations between characters) are well handled, allowing you to draw a larger and larger picture of this poor, pitiful landscape. The characters are well thought out, consistent, and engaging.

The read by Mr. Trefethen was very well done. His pacing and pronunciation were exemplary, and minor modifications for characterizations were handled in a way that prevented any confusion as to who was saying what and when. This was a really good read.

In all fairness, I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for a fair review. "Fair" is not how I would review this, though. This is a "Great" book with a "Great" read.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The House on the Shore

  • By: Victoria Howard
  • Narrated by: Ruth Urquhart
  • Length: 8 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 52

Terror haunts a remote Scottish Glen. Heartbroken Anna MacDonald leaves Edinburgh to find peace at the edge of a Scottish loch. Safely ensconced in her late grandmother's cottage, she can finally heal her heart and write the novel that has burned inside her for years. Her peace is short-lived. When debonair artist Luke Tallantyre's yacht gets stranded in the loch, he seeks help at the nearest residence - Anna's croft.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The house on the shore

  • By med c on 12-27-14

A compelling mystery and great love story.

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

Reviewed: 01-31-17

The way I would start this sarcastically is: I didn't hate it. In truth, I really liked it!

I usually don't read or listen to romance. This audio book was provided to me in exchange for an honest review, though, so I thought I'd give the genre a chance. I'm glad I did. The writing is excellent; descriptive without being flowery, suspenseful with out being confusing, and romantic without being lewd. A love story written in and around a mystery story, both taking turns that could go in one of two or even three directions. The characters were described so well that, by the end of the book, I was seeing them have conversations, not just listening. Though I don't often delve into this genre, I'll be reading or listening to more from Victoria Howard, mostly because the suspense and mystery is so well done.

The performance by Ruth Urquhart was great. Her being able to shift between accents, even between varying Scottish accents, was superb, and her American accents were some of the best I've heard from a non-American. The pace of her read was consistent and clean, pronunciation excellent, and I was able to drop into that world without a thought as she brought the words to life.

All in all, this is a great story, a good performance, and now I actually want to visit a small "House on the Shore". (Eh, see what I did there? Eh?)

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • For Us the Living: Judgment Day

  • By: R. A. Peters
  • Narrated by: Kevin Clay
  • Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 44

Sergeant Danielle Walker is on a hostage rescue op in Yemen when a mysterious EMP strike changes the world. Cut off from civilization and deep within insurgent-held territory, Walker and her team must team up with old enemies to defeat a merciless invasion force...a foe that's already mopping up their worldwide conquest.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable story.

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 12-28-15

A grand story in both scope and delivery.

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

Reviewed: 12-10-15

Drama. Military action. Survivalist/Prepper. Sci-Fi. Even a lesson in civics. Yes, all of those in a single book, and woven together brilliantly.

I don't like to "review" by exposing plot points, but to describe the book and the read. This book was so well written that even the "info-dumps" were conversational. I liked the way the characters interact with each other, as it seemed real and easy. Good writing leads to good reading.

So, speaking of reading, Kevin Clay does a fantastic job. Though the scope and tone of most of this story is heavy and hard, Mr. Clay's read is easy, well paced, and (as I often nitpick) well pronounced in its delivery. This was a great listen, a great story, and I'm going to look for more from both author and speaker.

  • Guardian

  • Hidden: Soulhunter Book 1
  • By: Colleen Vanderlinden
  • Narrated by: Julia Knippen
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11

For thousands of years, the Guardians collected the souls of the dead, bringing them before the God of Death for their final judgment. It all ended when Eunomia's sisters, the other 12 Guardians, betrayed the God of Death and his daughter. In the blink of an eye, Eunomia's reason for existing ceased to be. Now, Eunomia is the last of her kind, and she has no idea what to do with the rest of eternity.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A fantastic story with a great read.

  • By Jim on 11-10-15

A fantastic story with a great read.

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

Reviewed: 11-10-15

I was not familiar with the world of "Hidden", so I'll admit that I was a little lost at first. Vanderlinden's writing made it so that I didn't have to be familiar with that world to enjoy this story. The world building in the other books must be grand in scale, because there is a lot to this, but with just a few "flashback" descriptions or conversations, I easily figured out what was happening.

I liked the world that is built here. The characters are solid, the pacing is well done, and the scope of the story is awesome. The main character, Eunomia, is a strong female lead, and done in such a way that you believe she is a strong female lead, not just a female in a male role.

Knippen simply nails this read. The pronunciation is perfect, the inflection and emotion between character changes are so well done that you don't get stuck trying to figure out who is saying what, and the pace of her read was easy. I will be looking for other audiobooks she has read.

Though slightly outside my normal wheelhouse, I think I'll learn more of this "Hidden" world by going back a few books, then pick up with the "Soulhunter" again.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Working Stiff

  • The Cases of Dan Shamble, Zombie P.I.: Volume 5
  • By: Kevin J. Anderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Gilboe
  • Length: 6 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 45

Back from the dead - and back on the case! Even being murdered doesn't keep a good detective down, and in the Unnatural Quarter - inhabited by ghosts, vampires, werewolves, mummies, and all sorts of creatures that go bump (or thud!) in the night - a zombie PI fits right in. Dan Chambeaux, aka "Shamble", solves a string of madcap cases with his ghost girlfriend Sheyenne, his Best Human Friend Officer Toby McGoohan, and his firebrand lawyer partner Robin Deyer.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Undead Detective lifeless narration

  • By David on 10-27-15

"Working Stiff" is fun and loose...

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

Reviewed: 11-10-15

I'm more familiar with Anderson's work in SciFi (X-files, Star Wars, Dune), so this one caught me by surprise. It was a good surprise, though. This was a fun and ridiculous listen.

Here's what you need to know: Dan Chambeaux (nicknamed "Shamble") is a private investigator that happens to be a Zombie. The receptionist at his agency is also his girlfriend, and she's a ghost. Some of his investigations involve vampires, werewolves, other zombies... all told in a light hearted, tongue-in-cheek, not quite pulp style. The stories are simply fun, and I laughed out loud more than a few times.

Mr. Gilboe's read was spot on. This book needed a little snark, a little cheese, a lot of comedic timing, and he really delivered. His read is probably what I would have heard in my head, evoking the dry delivery of the noir P.I. stereotype, but with material that is full of bad puns, bad jokes, and intentionally cheesy dialog.


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