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  • Mrs. Kim: A Zombie Apocalypse Psychological Thriller

  • By: Jason Deyo
  • Narrated by: P. W. Parker
  • Length: 5 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 8

A mother’s love for her child is like nothing else in the world. It knows no law, no pity, it dares all things and crushes down remorselessly all that stand in its path. Amelia Bell is thrust into every mother’s worst nightmare. She has a child who is fatally ill and no one knows of a vaccine that will cure him. Her son was one of the first infected with the virus that changed life and the world as we know it. Her son transformed into a monster with a ravenous appetite for human flesh. Believing he will become healthier if she feeds him what he craves, she enlists her alter ego.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely gripping!!

  • By Bamcarter03 on 09-21-18

A great story!

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

Reviewed: 09-20-18

Whenever I see a zombie-related story being advertised, I’m all for it! Strangely? Coincidentally? There were two separate authors posting this week for zombie stories. I grabbed both. I loved both! I really liked this story even though I wasn’t a fan of Mrs. Kim/Amelia. I understand what kind of person she was, basically living in her own world. I would have just left without her had I been Keith. But she was definitely one of those characters you love to hate. Poor Keith. I wish the story would have been longer; I seem to have had that similar thought with the last few audiobooks I’ve listened to. They’re really good…then they’re done. ☹

The narrator did a pretty good job. Overall, I liked that it was easy to tell who was talking. She had a great country accent as well. Unfortunately, I felt like she was just reading from a script and she sounded bored. That’s just my opinion though.

Questions/Comments:

Jimmy is described as having really blonde hair with light green eyes, and he’s similar to the children from “Children of the Corn.” Um…the kids from that movie, minus the main kid/guy, looked like regular kids. I believe the author meant he was similar to the blonde haired/light-colored eyed kids from “Village of the Damned.”

In the beginning, after the family decides to leave the bowling alley, Keith ends up having to intervene when an old man attacks his wife’s car. After realizing the old man was dead, Keith notices that no one has come out to help him. Looking around, he notices that all his neighbors are closing their curtains. I thought they were in the street…like not right in front of their house or right near it?

In the end, I’d definitely be interested in reading/listening to more by this author.

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  • My Zombie BFF

  • YA Short Tales, Book 1
  • By: Liz Hahn, Liz Matis
  • Narrated by: Kasi Hollowell
  • Length: 1 hr and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5

Penny helped Mia survive the horrors of high school. Now, Mia has a chance to return the favor and help Penny survive the zombie apocalypse. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good listen

  • By Deborah on 09-15-18

I loved it!

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

Reviewed: 09-18-18

I received a free copy of this audiobook for an honest review. What can I say? I feel like I haven't rated a story with five stars in a long time. This was a cute, entertaining, "wish it had been longer" short story.

I'm all for anything zombie related and was eager to give this story a listen to. I'm glad I did. The fact the main zombie was so different from your average brain-eating zombie was a nice twist, spin, different aspect, whatever you want to call. I liked it! Even though the group of teenagers consisted of the stereotypical kids (which the author calls out on), they were a great group. The two main female characters had a nice yin/yang type of relationship going on as well. Did I already say that I wished it would have been longer? I don't think I did. I was so sad when it got to the end.

The narrator did an awesome job! I feel like the last few audiobooks I've listened to that have had new narrators (people I've never listened to)...well, I've been having some good luck. They've all been doing a really good job. In this case, Ms. Hollowell provided a variety of voices to the characters, so it was easy to tell who was who and she seemed like she was "into" the story, and had a fun time narrating. Those are characteristics that I feel are required and look for when I listen to an audiobook.

I would definitely recommend this story to others.

  • Purgatory of the Werewolf

  • The Wolf of Dorian Gray Series, Book 2
  • By: Brian Ference
  • Narrated by: Alex Hyde-White Punch Audio
  • Length: 6 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4

Dorian survived being eaten alive, but time is running out to save himself and his loved ones before the full moon. He flees England and enlists with the Royal Navy hoping to escape the monster. But will his ship carry him to a new life before the full moon or plunge him into the horror of war? 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A werewolf in China

  • By Gina Johnson on 09-20-18

Really liked this one!

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

Reviewed: 09-17-18

I liked this story a lot. I remember reading a story or, maybe, it was a tv show that talked about Dorian Gray, either way, he was an interesting character. While I think I should have read/listened to book 1 of this series, in no way was I lost as to what was going on with Dorian Gray.

The narrator did an awesome job! I couldn't imagine this audiobook having been read by anyone else. While there were a lot of random pauses throughout, he was obviously so into the story and really brought it all to life.

I'm giving this story 4 stars because even though I was eager to hear more, the fighting/battle/war scenes seemed kind of long. They were written well, it's just that I felt there could have been more details added instead of focusing so much of the story on the action scenes if that makes sense.

In the end, I'm definitely interested in reading/listening to book 3.

  • The Tide

  • By: Anthony Melchiorri
  • Narrated by: Ryan Kennard Burke
  • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 741
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 670
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 669

Captain Dominic Holland leads a crew of skilled covert operatives and talented scientific personnel. He's taken them to all corners of the Earth to protect the United States from biological and chemical warfare. When his CIA handler, Meredith Webb, gives him a mission to investigate a disturbing lead on a laboratory based out of an abandoned oil rig, they discover the most terrifying threat to mankind they've ever faced - a genetically engineered biological weapon called the Oni Agent.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Tide

  • By DJW on 11-17-17

A great tale on bio-warfare gone awry

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

Reviewed: 09-14-18

Josh here

This was a series recommended in by another author I am a huuge fan of, and needless to say I am quickly becoming a big fan of Tony as well. This is the second series he has written that I have had the pleasure of listening to (The first was Eternal Frontier).

I won't go into a typical review-style summary of what happened in the book but will tell you what drew me in. The science. I came into this story knowing that Tony holds a PhD in Bioengineering and let me tell ya, it showed in this story. Luckily, Tony has a great fan group where I could ask questions about things happening in the story.

Each component of the main story surrounding Dom seemed to be tied to a realistic piece of science fact, even if it was stretched to help make the story. I could sense Tony's inner doctor shining through with every page turn.

The humanity, and the depiction of such, is another aspect that draws me in to most books. The Tide definitely had some aspects of humanity that I latched on to. Watching as the tough decisions had to be made, even when the decision was unpopular. Watching as one has to decide what information to lay on the table in an effort to achieve a mission (Fort Detrick). Watching the different interactions between characters as they are faced with the skulls. Each of these plot points kept me going through this story.

Also, I took a personal liking to the nickname for the monsters, the skull beasts. As this was an old military nickname I had during my initial training, I had to stop and laugh.

This was an easy 5/5 story and I can't wait to get into the next book. The narration was well done and definitely helped contribute to the overall atmosphere of the story (although, per my military OCD, I chuckled at the way SINCGARS was pronounced).

  • The Girl with Atypical Eyes

  • A Short Horror Story
  • By: Dona Fox
  • Narrated by: Barbara Nevins Taylor
  • Length: 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

Life played its horrible games with the girl. As she grew up she devised clever places to hide - inside and outside of her mind. She was tricked by her own illusions; she was caught in traps of her own creation. It began with a kidnapping, a locked room, and the broken doll that was more than a plaything…and always, in the shadows, the dangerous painting from her past waited, threatening to expose her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very dark, but great!

  • By Geoff on 09-15-18

This was a different cup of tea.

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

Reviewed: 09-14-18

What can I say about this short story? This is definitely not my usual read/listen to, so I wasn't sure what to expect. On that note, I feel strange leaving a high rating for such a horrible story--situation-wise, that is. It was scary in that I couldn't imagine ever going through this type of situation, much less personally knowing someone who has. And it was well-written that it was easy to imagine what this girl must have gone through just based on the author's vivid descriptions. Plus, the narrator had the best/creepiest voice that went so well with this story. The ending made me think of Charlotte Perkins Gilman's "The Yellow Wallpaper."

  • Gypsies, Traps & Missing Thieves

  • Bohemian Murder Manor Mystery Series, Book 1
  • By: Rachael Stapleton
  • Narrated by: Sarah Breidenbach
  • Length: 5 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

Fortune Teller Madam 'Nana' Vianu and her gifted Bohemian Lake girls, Mallory and Danior, have an unparalleled weekend planned for the guests of their family-owned-and-operated lakeside manor resort. Or so they think until a dead body is found at the bottom of the manor's secret staircase. Rumors abound of past indiscretions and a ghost's revenge. It could all be part of the show but as the weather worsens so do their chances for survival. Snowed in with a killer, the Vianu girls must use their paranormal gifts and follow the clues to decipher what is real in this game of make-believe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Such a fun audiobook!!

  • By tarafarah7: Tara Brown on 07-01-18

It was okay.

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

Reviewed: 09-10-18

This is the second audiobook I've listened to by this author. While the other book had issues relating to the timeline, this one had simply way too many characters. I can safely say the only character whose looks I remember was the character with blue hair, Genevive. Yup, that's it. I did like the idea of a group of people coming together to solve a crime, that part was neat.

The narrator did a great job with accents but there wasn't much variety with the character's voices, especially since there were so many. I can't tell you how many conversations I stumbled through, not really knowing how was talking. There were times when the narrator spoke naturally as opposed to reading from something, but the majority of the time she came across as stilted and unnatural. I don't know whose idea it was to use the sound effects, but I wasn't a fan of those. To me, it takes you out of the story, especially since the sound would take place either before or after the sound effect was mentioned in the story.

Questions/Comments:

I know had I read (not listened to) this story, I probably would have ended up with more questions. But, again, so many characters all talking with the same voice...yeah. It made it difficult for me to follow.

One area at the end of the story that stood out to me was regarding the coin. Damien was just shot and...I have no clue who it was that helped him into a sitting position, but she was the one with the coin hidden in her pocket. So picture this, a female wearing a winter coat all zipped up to keep the cold out. In one of the inner pockets is a magical coin. I have a few questions about that scene.
1. How did Damien even know that this female had the coin?
2. How did Damien know this female had the coin in her pocket? 3. How did Damien know which pocket the coin was in?
4. Since we know it was in an inner pocket inside her bundled up coat, how in the world was he able to get it without her knowing?

  • Septic Zombie: A Short Story Written by a Seven-Year-Old Home Schooled Girl

  • By: Aquila Robinson
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

When Aquila Robinson and her friend Naomi find a magical ring at the bottom of a stony creek, strange things begin to happen. The sound of shuffling feet emerges from the woods, followed closely by a low moaning, "brraaaiiinnsss", that sends the girls running and begins an adventure that could only come from the mind of a seven-year-old author.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Way to go, Aquila!!

  • By Robert Scot on 05-17-12

Like a gift from the ice cream man

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

Reviewed: 09-01-18

I wasn't sure what to expect from this story but let me tell you, Aquila is going places if she continues to fine tune her skills.

My wife and I listened to this in the car which may have been a mistake. When the opening scene kicked off, we thought something was broken in my car because of the sounds effects added to the narration (a nice touch).

The rings were a great touch and we loved the descriptions used for the effects that putting on a ring bought about. 

Great work to this talented young lady. Glad to see you and your father are enjoying a shared interest and very lucrative career in the future!

Also, it was great to hear RC Bray narrate some of the tones such as the ice cream man music or the "BRAINNNSSSSSS".

5/5

  • The Others

  • By: Jeremy Robinson
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 544
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 518
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 515

Dan Delgado is a private investigator. He’s unenthusiastic, and unmatched. As a former San Francisco detective, he misses more meaningful work, but he hasn’t had the heart for it since his wife’s death five years prior. That is, until a phone call from a distraught mother, an illegal immigrant who can’t go to the police, puts him on the hunt for a missing little girl. By the time he reaches the mother’s small home, she’s missing, too. Then a team of heavily armed mercenaries arrive. Delgado and crew are plunged into a dangerous world of corporate competition, UFO lore, and government cover-ups.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Action packed humor

  • By Bree Salyer on 07-31-18

The truth was out there!

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

Reviewed: 08-31-18

Josh here.

Mr. Robinson has done it again, he kept me glued to this story. I have always been drawn to sci-fi stories and this one was another instant hit by someone who has quickly joined my top 3 favorite authors list.

The Others addresses alien abductions in a unique way that really makes one examine the concept of “absolute power corrupting absolutely”. I also greatly enjoyed how Jeremy tied all of the plot points together at the end of the story.

The ending definitely introduced some onions to the room, especially the closing line. R.C. Bray did another fantastic job bringing Jeremy’s words to life, as he always does. Jeremy and Bob seem to be a natural pairing for his stories.

Another easy 5/5 from Mr. Robinson and I can’t wait to see the stories he comes up with next.

  • Four

  • Rules Undying, Book 1
  • By: R. E. Carr
  • Narrated by: Alejandra Reynoso
  • Length: 17 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7

Finding a job is never easy, and the only employment Gail usually finds is acting as Girl Friday for the mob. Lucky for Gail, Georgia Sutherland has just the job for her - that is, if she can handle working nights, managing a little blood, and a boss who's been dead for centuries. In a single interview, Gail's world turns upside down as she discovers that all she’s seen in Hollywood isn’t quite true; vampires don't combust in sunlight, but they do fall in love. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My 1st Audio book experience was great :)

  • By Hans on 08-12-18

The Final Countdown to a unique twist on the genre

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

Reviewed: 08-18-18

- Josh here

So, I’ve been following Rachel for some time thanks to a group I am a member of (Hi Team TW). Everyone in the group spoke very highly of this series and I have been pinging Rachel from time to time to find out if and when she would have an audiobook edition planned for the series. So, naturally, when I got word that this release was coming, I was one of the first people to pre-order my copy.

So, with all of that said, I really wanted to like this story. So many folks had such high praise for it, and I wanted to be one of them. To say that I enjoyed this story would be an understatement. What a unique take on the vampire genre. I absolutely loved Mr. Lambley! A ginger vampire…awesome! Specifically, I enjoyed his character because I would likely end up a similar style vampire given my level of nerdiness.

Let me start by saying I loved Georgia’s character and how she evolved throughout the story. I was also drawn to the various pop culture references thrown into the story; The Final Countdown!!! I also drew several connections to other stories I’ve listened to or movies I’ve watched, whether intentional or not. For example, the dance scene immediately reminded me of Sarah’s dance scene in Labyrinth.

There was a couple of great twists in the story and, from what I’ve read in other reviews, this appears to be a trend throughout the story.

The audio narration of the story left me torn. Alejandra did a great job with the dialogue for the story but the tags (he said, she said, etc.) had what felt like an unnatural, extended pause between the dialogue ending and the actual tag. There was also a vocal style shift between the dialogue and the tag. I don’t feel the tags were overused, but the pauses, at times, distracted from the narration. All of that said, I did enjoy Alejandra’s vocal differentiation between characters. Again, Mr. Lambley was wonderful! And the nervousness/timidness expressed by Gail was VERY believeable.

This was an easy 5/5 story. The recommendations I was given were well founded and Rachel has a real talent for putting a unique twist on the genre. Try out this series, you will love it!

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  • The Utterly Uninteresting and Unadventurous Tales of Fred, the Vampire Accountant

  • By: Drew Hayes
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,054
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,660
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,662

Timid, socially awkward, and plagued by self-esteem issues, Fred has never been the adventurous sort. One fateful night - different from the night he died, which was more inconvenient than fateful - Fred reconnects with an old friend at his high school reunion. This rekindled relationship sets off a chain of events thrusting him right into the chaos of the parahuman world.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Stories are great, not crazy about the format

  • By Sugarpucker on 08-10-15

Felt like a partial homage to my high school years

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

Reviewed: 08-07-18

Josh here - This book was recommended to me through the lovely Team TW group and I have to say I wasn’t disappointed.

As the title of the review states, this book felt like an homage to my high school days. Heck, even my modern-day life feels akin to some of what our nerdy vampire accountant goes through on a daily basis.

I didn’t realize that this was actually a collection of short stories but that made for some really quick listens (I listened to the Kirby Heyborne Audible version). Each story brought about a new side of Fred and his encounters with Crystal. I will say that having just completed the Tome of Bill, encountering a new Sally took me by surprise. But, that brought about a side of a character I wasn’t expecting.

This is a great series and I can’t wait to move on to the second collection. Thank you Drew for putting out this great book. And to Mr. Heyborne, you have ruined me because any time I hear your voice I immediately channel Peter, the child thief, or Krampus. Needless to say, your performance during this narration was superb as usual.

5/5