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  • Mountain Man: Prequel

  • By: Keith C. Blackmore
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,844
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,754
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,738

After a long day of prepping a house for painting, all Gus Berry wanted was the night off to spend some time with his girlfriend and relax before having to return to work the next morning. But that isn’t going to happen. Because Gus’s co-worker Benny has found a one-night job at the local Mollymart East, a job that has to be done by morning. If Gus and his paint crew can complete the work by then, it could mean huge business with a respected, established grocery store chain.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Confessions of a zombie apocalypse painter

  • By Jeremy S. Thomson on 04-19-18

The dream novel for the zombie right's activist

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

Reviewed: 07-10-18

Josh’s Review

Just when you thought the fun was through, here comes Keith with another bombshell to drop on you that paints a whole new picture of our best friend, Gus.

This book started off by completely destroying the image I had previously built of Gus. From learning about his past occupation and seeing how he interacted with his team, to gaining an appreciation for why he wore dark underwear, Gus definitely morphed in my eyes only to be re-morphed back into the Gus I know and still loved from the original 4 books.

This book had some amazing scenes throughout it and I won’t spoil any of them. That said, I will say “poor couch” for one of the first few chapters. I also had a chuckle when mention was made of taking out a girlfriend to some place nice and then hearing the restaurant of choice which was thrown out there. Man, that entire opening was just the tip of the pure gold iceberg that is this book.

I grew very nostalgic throughout the series, thinking back to what I knew was in store in the future for Gus. I also noticed that Mr. Blackmore has a very George RR Martin vibe about him which I won’t go into detail about for fear of spoiling this entry in the series.

The ending was well built up and left the entire series feeling very nicely tied up. This entry did a fantastic job of explaining the origin story for a superhero we all didn’t necessarily deserve, but the one I now say that every community needs. Gus didn’t not refrain from his signature scratching and he definitely had those “I need to work-out moments”.

If you haven’t started the series yet, start out with this one before moving on to books one through four. You will be in for a wild ride that will leave you completely fulfilled.

Also, it is important to note that I listened to the audiobook version of this book. R.C. Bray was up to his normal standards of superbness and given his video posts on social media, I can actually picture him portraying Gus if this were to ever come to film!


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Melissa’s Review

I've loved the "Mountain Man" series. When I found out there was going to be a prequel, I couldn't wait for it to come out. Needless to say, this was a good beginning for Gus.

Speaking of Gus, I get that he'd change as the series progressed, but I swear the majority of the book made him sound like a turd, the comments relating to his large butt or how he preferred dark underwear for fear of skid marks. Seriously? lol

And, as always, the narrator (audiobook version), RC Bray, did another great job!

Questions/Comments:

When Gus scratched his balls for the first time, I felt like I was home. lol

On a side note, I recently saw Super Troopers 2 (when I originally wrote this review) and couldn't help notice the joke that was used in the movie was also used in this story (the caulk/cock).

Loved Tobie and his "Holy mustard and pickles" comment.

I saw that the author was currently living in Canada. I was curious because when Gus was looking through the cabinets for food, he commented about finding 'Cherry Bombs.' What are those?

Knee Shorts. Who refers to shorts as knee shorts. Yes, some shorts are longer than others (specifically if you're a female). But considering we're talking about men here (Gus and Tobie), there would have been no need to state the specific length of the shorts. Men shorts are typically knee length.

When Tobie returned with a half bag of Oreos, Gus learned that he had hidden a cell phone and charger within the bag. How did no red flags go off? Tobie was questioning using the half-bottle of dressing for fear of the unknown germs. Yet thought to put a cell phone (something that's repeatedly used with bare hands), into a food bag (that was already opened) he was planning on eating out of. The owner of the phone could have been sick prior to his/her zombification, hence, potential zombie germs on the phone, but somehow, neither men took that into account with the phone/cookies, only the dressing?!

  • Jurassic Jackaroo: Jasper’s Junction

  • A Hunted Tribe Prequel
  • By: Roma Gray
  • Narrated by: Terry F. Self
  • Length: 4 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

How does the greatest gunslinger of the old west end his career? By hunting a dinosaur animal spirit, of course. Karl Redgrave has a big plans for his retirement party. He's bringing together the world's greatest criminals, murderers, warriors, and assassins to hunt something worthy of them all: a highly intelligent, seven-foot tall dinosaur spirit; known to the natives as the Grishla. Of course, Karl wants only the best on his safari, so he has pitted these men against each other in a deadly contest in an old ghost town, with five winners securing a place in the hunt.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting prequel.

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 01-30-18

Nice Prequel here!

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

Reviewed: 07-06-18

I've listened to a fair amount of stories by Roma Gray. Usually, it seems to be a hit or miss for me. On that note, this was a really good pre-story to book 1 of this series, although I'm not sure how it connects or meets up with book 1.

Anyways, as always, Terry F. Self does a great job as a narrator!

Questions/Comments:

Katwon (?) had been traveling for a while, so obviously he would stink. But why would he smell like fish exactly?

I was a little confused when the "killers" were in Carl's town. The first guy (forgot his name) and his assistant hadn't heard about the rules yet, although everyone seemed to have. Why was that? For example, one of the guys ends up telling another that "Carl said if you get a shot, take it." So when did Carl go over the rules?

Why did Jack end up thinking/telling Andy that because the red magical guys from the altar are alive, they must be intelligent? That just seemed like a questionable thing to say considering not all things alive are intelligent. Just saying.

  • Always My Viscount

  • Ever Beloved, Book 2
  • By: Dawn Brower
  • Narrated by: Eleanor Katz
  • Length: 2 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5

Donovan Turner, viscount of Warwick, is a charming reprobate. It's all an act to cover the tatters of his broken heart. Lady Estella Simms was forced into exile by her wicked stepfather without any means of support. With what little funds she has, she takes on a venture no other lady would consider to survive - smuggling. In a twist of fate, Donovan ends up as a stowaway on board Estella's ship and too drunk to recall how. Finding Estella is the last thing he expected, but something for which he secretly hoped.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I liked it!

  • By Melissa and Josh on 06-21-18

I liked it!

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

Reviewed: 06-21-18

I received a free copy of this audiobook for an honest review.

Love Dawn Brower; she is a great, entertaining writer. The majority of her stories are historical romance, and that's one of my favorite genres.

My only question is in relation to how Estella was able to accomplish as much as she had. Given the time period and the fact that she was female, how did she manage to get a ship (yes, she found the money to afford one), but with the crew? It was uncommon having a female in a power position (unless she had a fortune and was a widow), much less a female captain. That part was kind of unbelievable. But either way, this was a good story!

As for the narrator, she had an interesting voice. There wasn't that much variety between the character voices, and I wish the pauses between sentences/paragraphs were a little longer than what they were. It's like she'd go from one sentence directly to the next with a very short pause (shorter than normal, in my opinion).

  • It's Only Funny If You Laugh

  • The Haunting of the Midlands Amusement Park
  • By: Kevin Candela
  • Narrated by: Gary Bennett
  • Length: 2 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

In 1972, the Red Bozos were the friendliest faces in frenetic Midlands Amusement Park. Flash forward four and a half decades: Midlands is a ghost park. Closed long ago and nearly forgotten, even by the locals, it sits shrouded in undergrowth and hill-topping forest surrounded by upscale new homes. Ringed with a decaying fence, hidden from sight, it presents a huge temptation to a group of bored, thrill-seeking youths who are about to learn that terror is, in fact, immortal. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Candela Clowns around with time travel

  • By Ray Johnson on 06-19-18

Interesting.

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

Reviewed: 06-19-18

This was a different kind of read...I mean listen. The story itself held my attention the majority of the Rome, although there were a few slow/boring times.

The narrator did a pretty good job, although I didn’t realize until the end that the character, Marly, was male. Additionally, for whatever reason, it sounded like he was trying to speak somewhat quietly, I confirmed this through both headphones and my car stereo.

Questions/Comments:

There was a part when...not sure which character it was but he described the air as smelling like funnel cake...yet, “I didn’t notice...” That’s a contradictory statement.

The scary female in the mirror is described as having “bright eyes.” But how would they be bright if they’re further described as being “dark and empty”?

When The one smaller girl is “attacking” Linda on the ride (sucking face), why didn’t she try kicking out or anything?

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  • Accession of the Stone Born: The Vigiles Urbani Chronicles

  • By: Ken Lange
  • Narrated by: Paul Clewell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82

Former DOD operative Gavin Randall is coming home after 28 years of war. Dismissed by the government he spent his life fighting for, his only solace is knowing that the life waiting for him is one of peace. Unfortunately, Gavin stumbles upon a secret underworld that exists alongside ours, one populated by vampires, mages, and bloodthirsty weres. Now, Gavin finds himself recruited by the biblical Lazarus, leader of this hidden community. He must track down those who seek to disrupt the fragile peace keeping these horrors at bay.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent!

  • By Scott L Madden on 10-19-17

Great urban fantasy

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

Reviewed: 06-18-18

This book was a change from my typical audiobook genres. It was a great time being able to ride along on Gavin's journey to explore the world of magic he is thrust into. Given his past life, it was fun watching his transition into this new world and his prominent role within it. I am quite glad that the reading group (Team TW) recommended Ken's work to me.

My only complaint, and the reason for a 4-star performance rating, has to do with audiobook chapter 11. The narrator generally reminded me of Christian Bale and I felt as though I was being read the book by Patrick Bateman from the American Psycho movie. However, in chapter 11 I noticed quite a bit of breathing/background noise that wasn't present in other chapters.

The author clearly shares similar tastes with me as I was hooked on his choice of scotch (Dalmore 15 - a great selection). I am definitely looking forward to book two and would recommend this book to anyone who is into Urban Fantasy.

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  • Feast on Fat Tuesday

  • A Vampire Short Story
  • By: Roma Gray
  • Narrated by: JD Kelly
  • Length: 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

Mardis Gras in New Orleans: the perfect hunting ground for vampires. Every year these creatures of the night descend upon the event and make this night their own. Yet, this year, something seems a little different....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The snack the smiles back! Vampires!

  • By Ray Johnson on 06-18-18

Nice

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

Reviewed: 06-18-18

Big fan of Roma Gray! It seems to be a hit or miss with her stories though. I liked this one. I could easily see it being made into a longer story.

This is the second time I’ve listened to this narrator, and I’m on the fence with him. He did good with the voice variety, albeit there were only two characters in the story, but there were times when he was talking in an American accent (or attempting to) and his British accent was still coming through, if that makes sense. Either way, the narrator Terry B Self has done the majority of narrating for Ms. Grays books, and I love him!

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  • A Face to Die For

  • By: Michael Bussa
  • Narrated by: Janina Edwards
  • Length: 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

The year is 2051, and The MedMoore Group is the largest pharmaceutical and medical device producer in the world. The introduction of a new device, The Electric Mask, was revolutionary for Denise, a reclusive burn victim. But when a visit from her estranged sister opens the floodgates, the horror of childhood memories rush in, demanding resolution and the mask is the perfect tool.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Quick Read

  • By Ashley Hedden on 06-03-18

Very interesting

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

Reviewed: 06-18-18

I liked this story. As stated in my title it was interesting and very different from what I usually read.

Questions/Comments:

Denise states she’s old-fashioned and wants to bring a chaperone along on her date. Yes, I know she wants to kill both of the male coworkers who made her life hell, but wouldn’t it have made more sense for her to bring a girl friend with her? Obviously that wouldn’t have worked with her planned though. Just not sure how the guy didn’t question this.

The narrator did an okay job. I don’t know whose idea it was to use bells instead of saying the chapters. In the beginning up until the mid point of the story, I didn’t mind the bell sound. Once the narrator got to the part titled “The Solution,” the bell sound lasted a lot longer and it sounded like it or whatever was used was rolling around, plus there was something that sounded like boiling water. I don’t know what it was, but it was annoying. Either way, it wasn’t just a bell being used.

Besides the bell, there wasn’t much variety between the voices of the characters. For example, the beginning when Denise and her sister are arguing, I got confused as to who was talking.

  • Hell Divers III: Deliverance

  • The Hell Divers series, Book 3
  • By: Nicholas Sansbury Smith
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4,098
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,887
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,875

Left for dead on the nightmarish surface of the planet, Commander Michael Everhart and his team of Hell Divers barely escape with their lives aboard a new airship called Deliverance. After learning that Xavier "X" Rodriguez may still be alive, they mount a rescue mission for the long-lost hero. In the skies, the Hive is falling apart, but Captain Jordan is more determined than ever to keep humanity in their outdated lifeboat. He will do whatever it takes to keep the ship in the air - even murder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another awesome entry in a great series!

  • By Lisa L on 05-15-18

This book sets a new standard for sci-fi writing

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

Reviewed: 06-03-18

Melissa's Review:
(There are minor spoilers below)
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My husband introduced me to Nicholas Sansbury Smith and two of his series’ Hell Divers and Extinction Cycle. I’ve loved both. My husband and he are friends online, and he sent me a pre-edit copy of Hell Divers book 3, which was very cool! Needless to say, the series just keeps getting better and better, and I’m curious as to what’s going to happen in book 4. With the pre-edit version, I would have to say that Mr. Sansbury Smith? Mr. Smith? is a great writer. While I did find little mistakes throughout this copy, they were all minor. His writing style is great! With book 3, I like how he went back in time to explain more of X’s story while he was on Hades by himself. Thankfully, with some back and forth kind of stories, this one was easy to follow, and I didn’t have any issues figuring out what was going on. With books 1 and 2, I had listened to those in audiobook form with the great narrator, RC Bray. Love him! With book 3 and actually having to read it, I couldn’t help but have RC Bray’s voice in my head as though he were reading it to me. Lol

In the end, it took me just a few hours in total to get through book 3; it was so hard to put down.

Great author! Great series! Looking forward to book 4!

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Josh's Review
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To say that I have been anxiously awaiting this book release would be an understatement. The wait between books two and three seemed to just drag on. The wait, however, was well worth it as this entry in the Hell Divers series exceeded every expectation I had.

As is the usual, the action scenes in this book were well thought out and kept me hooked. The storylines taking place throughout the story were split up enough to keep me wanting more. That is not to say I wasn’t cursing when the story would break away to another character set, but I definitely found myself watching the clock, knowing I would be able to listen to the audiobook again once I got out of work.

One thing I noticed with this sequel is that it reaffirms the level of expertise Nick has with character development. For anyone who has read/listened to book two, they will know the character I am talking about when I say that Nick knows how to write a character that you just love to hate. If you aren’t sure, you will know who I am referring to once you’ve read the story.

Nick also keeps his skills up with showcasing various takes on human nature in this book with characters like Ty, Rodgeman, Magnolia, Jordan, X, and Katrina. Watching how each character dealt with the situations presented to them was as awesome as usual.

With this release, Nick has set a new standard for science fiction. Nick has sounded a siren alerting other genre authors as to the quality they should match or exceed in their own writing. Book three has definitely hooked me and given me the same level of anxiety/desire for book four. I will definitely be re-listening to the entire series again prior to the release of book four.

Hell Divers Three is a definite winner in the sci-fi genre. If you’re reading this review, and haven’t at least started book one, do yourself a favor and do so already. The audiobook version is brought to life by the magical narration of R.C. Bray. Bob has a way with narrating that adds something extra to an already awesome story.

If I could rate this higher than 5/5, I would do so.

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  • Black Water

  • By: Roma Gray
  • Narrated by: Terry F. Self
  • Length: 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

Mike has a very unusual phobia: He’s terrified of Champ, the creature reported to be living in Lake Champlain. Ever since he was a child, he has been haunted by nightmares about the monster and has avoided the lake most of his life. It’s a ridiculous fear, for the creature couldn’t possibly exist, could it? Tonight, whether he wants to or not, Mike will finally discover the truth about the lake and its legendary inhabitant.   

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • When the real enemy lurks just below the surface

  • By Ray Johnson on 05-28-18

This was an okay story.

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

Reviewed: 06-01-18

I'm not sure how I felt about this story. While it had a sad ending, the similarities between the creature and Nessie (Lochness monster) was unfortunate. And when the fireworks are going off, how was he able to see the monster under the water...at night? If anything, the fireworks would have simply reflected off the water.

As for the narrator, Terry F. Self, another great job!

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  • Harvest

  • Dark Murmurings, Book 3
  • By: B. Pheasant
  • Narrated by: Gary Leo Smith
  • Length: 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

What would you do if you won a dream holiday? For newly-weds Laurelyn and Elijah, it was a dream come true. They could finally have the honeymoon they could never have afforded on their own. Their excitement is tangible as they leave for Spain. With their arrival in Spain, they soon realize things aren’t as they should be. Instead of a hotel, they are taken to an isolated Asylum. They will be lucky to leave alive.   

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Book 3

  • By Zoe on 04-14-18

Not my cup of tea.

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

Reviewed: 06-01-18

I received this audiobook for an honest review.

On that note, this was my first time reading/listening to anything by this author, and I wasn't a fan, unfortunately.

Story:

The story itself was boring (sorry to the author). While I haven't read or listened to stories on this subject (black market organ stealing or however you'd phrase that), I wasn't really interested in the characters or what was going on. Besides the demon aspect, which I found to be a little cheesy because I found it weird it/he would be using a knife to slit the person's throat as opposed to simply "diving in," there wasn't really anything new here.

Narrator:

I wasn't a fan of this narrator either. Whether he's new to the narrating game or not, he definitely needs improvement. It was obvious he was reading from something, his speaking voice was robotic and there were some words he mispronounced, for example, "shaman," he pronounced as "shay-man." I will say that his "demonic" voice was spot-on--nice and creepy there!