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  • The Enigma Rising

  • The Enigma Series, Volume 2
  • By: Charles V. Breakfield, Roxanne E. Burkey
  • Narrated by: Derek Shoales
  • Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 20

When a Brazilian industrialist hires the R-Group, the world's most elite information-gathering unit to track the disappearance of his daughter - a dangerous - but quiet hunt begins. But just finding her doesn't mean all will be well. The team in Switzerland follows the leads from South America to Mexico and the Caribbean, but the data trail is leading nowhere. Sometimes the most important clues come from unlikely sources.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Thriller but not technothriller

  • By Lomeraniel on 11-18-17

A good followup to the first with few surprises

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

Reviewed: 10-08-17

This book continued along the trajectory of the first, with the same pacing issues and loose plot. It was still a highly entertaining read... sort of a cyberthriller lite? The narrator did an excellent job and the story was easy to follow.

Once again the sex scenes, although coming later in this book than the last one, were intensely descriptive and thorough. Not any source of disturbance personally but in a narrative of this type that sort of detail seems very out of place. Like the puppet lovemaking scene in Team America: World Police. Just way too detailed.

The story itself was good although predictable and a little plodding. You realized about a quarter of the way through the book how things were going to play out and got very few surprises along the way.

All in all I would recommend this to those who enjoyed the first book and who are looking for an easy listening modern hacking adventure/thriller.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • From Story Idea to Reader

  • By: Rosemary J Kind, Patsy Collins
  • Narrated by: Charles "CW" Hall
  • Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

From Story Idea to Reader is an easily accessible guide to writing fiction. Whether you are brushing up on your writing skills or starting out, this book will take you through the whole process from inspiration to conclusion. No matter if you are looking to submit your work for publication, enter a competition, or want to self-publish, this practical guide will help you every step of the way.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Advice for Writers

  • By Erin on 09-17-17

A good starting point with some intermediate tips

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

Reviewed: 10-08-17

This is not a comprehensive guide from start to finish on writing your first novel. What this book contains is sources of inspiration, ideas for generating stories, ways to commit to the writing process, tips for editing and publishing, and lots of other great information.

If you're expecting a step by step checklist then you might be disappointed, but if you're looking for inspiration to get started writing and help on how to do so this might be the one that pushes you into putting pen to paper.

  • Dick Cheney Shot Me in the Face

  • And Other Stories of Men in Pain
  • By: Timothy O'Leary
  • Narrated by: David Bosco
  • Length: 7 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

Kenny, a former sitcom star, is a veteran comedian whose career nosedives after a damaging video goes viral. In these 18 stories we also meet: a distraught husband who experiences heartbreak and salvation after a texting teenager changes his life; a man who returns to his hometown to find his first love stacking jars in Costco; a western sheriff who confronts a pedophile - and his own past; and a successful attorney who abandons his career to play the iPad guitar.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Full of twists and turns

  • By Keli on 07-12-18

Consistently Entertaining

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

Reviewed: 07-21-17

This book moved by quickly for me. The stories were well paced and entertaining. Some were believable as memoirs (the title story in particular) and some were on the verge of modern fantasy.

The author handles dialog and exposition well without making either seem like a chore. The narrator did an exceptional job with the material and creating a voice for each story.

"This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review."

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Enigma Factor

  • The Enigma Series, Book 1
  • By: Charles V Breakfield, Roxanne E Burkey
  • Narrated by: Steven Jay Cohen
  • Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 43

Jacob has settled into a quiet routine of a techno geek after his mother dies. The plans he made are disrupted when he discovers his life is in danger. He sets off on a mission that takes him into new technology views and exposes to him the inner-workings of unknown global technologists. Jacob learns that safeguards for technology are always evolving and being exploited. His challenge becomes how to keep ahead of the criminals and identify who to trust.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting start to a new series

  • By Matthew on 07-16-17

Slow but well written. Lots of setup for a sequel.

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

Reviewed: 07-03-17

The novel was very well paced and well written. Sex scenes were somewhat more descriptive than you would expect in this kind of book. A lot of exposition and explanation or digital currency and cyber warfare.

When the book ended I was somewhat surprised. I thought it had just finished the setup to get to the main story, but apparently that's where the sequel will come in. Overall it was a good read, and the narrator did an excellent job.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Awaken Online: Catharsis

  • By: Travis Bagwell
  • Narrated by: David Stifel
  • Length: 16 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,966
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,634
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,625

Jason logs into Awaken Online fed-up with reality. He's in desperate need of an escape, and this game is his ticket to finally feeling the type of power and freedom that are so sorely lacking in his real life. Awaken Online is a brand new virtual reality game that just hit the market, promising an unprecedented level of immersion. Yet Jason quickly finds himself pushed down a path he didn't expect. In this game, he isn't the hero. There are no damsels to save. There are no bad guys to vanquish.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Gravely entertaining!

  • By Bryce Bilbo on 04-21-17

MMO Gamers have their new hero

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

Reviewed: 06-20-17

Would you consider the audio edition of Awaken Online: Catharsis to be better than the print version?

I haven't read the print version but I can imagine that it would work in some ways better than the audio. There were a number of times when Character Stats and Skill Levels were read out loud, which tended to drag on. Seeing those in character sheet form in the print version would have been quicker and easier to digest.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Awaken Online: Catharsis?

The entire sequence when Jason steals through the manor houses killing and resurrecting the undead was incredibly taut and engaging.

What does David Stifel bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The narrator did an excellent job. He was able to capture the intensity of the action sequences and keep the descriptive sequences from dragging on.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

There were a number of times when I wished I had more time to listen. I found myself on a few occasions sitting in my car to finish up a section before turning the book off.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Forging Hephaestus

  • Villains' Code Series, Book 1
  • By: Drew Hayes
  • Narrated by: Amy Landon
  • Length: 26 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,531
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,251
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,246

Gifted with meta-human powers, Tori Rivas kept away from the limelight, preferring to work as a thief in the shadows. But when she's captured trying to rob a vault that belongs to a secret guild of villains, she's offered a hard choice: prove she has what it takes to join them or be eliminated. Apprenticed to one of the world's most powerful (and supposedly dead) villains, she is thrust into a strange world where the lines that divide superheroes and criminals are more complex than they seem.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Nice Surprise with some Really Fun Characters

  • By Small Mountain on 09-29-17

Well written and engaging anti-hero story

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

Reviewed: 06-20-17

Would you listen to Forging Hephaestus again? Why?

When the sequel eventually drops I'll likely give this book another listen. I listen to enough books that a refresher is usually necessary. It would be fun listening again, the book was well written enough to be entertaining even with knowledge of the plot.

What other book might you compare Forging Hephaestus to and why?

Super Powereds, also by Drew Hayes. It's a similar story of anti-heroes gaining acceptance and overcoming adversity. They're both well paced and entertaining.

What does Amy Landon bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The narrator did a great job. The voices were all distinct and memorable. She brought them to life very well.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

It didn't quite grab me enough to keep me from doing other things, but it was definitely one I looked forward to hitting play on in the morning.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Cartwright's Cavaliers

  • The Revelations Cycle, Book 1
  • By: Mark Wandrey
  • Narrated by: Craig Good
  • Length: 12 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,097
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,010
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,011

Heir to one of the leading "Four Horsemen" mercenary companies, Jim Cartwright is having a bad year. Having failed his high school VOWS tests, he's just learned his mother bankrupted the family company before disappearing, robbing him of his Cavalier birthright. But the Horsemen of eras past were smart - they left a legacy of equipment Jim can use to complete the next contract and resurrect the company.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Don't give up on the book because of the monotone

  • By Eleanor C Mccrary on 04-23-17

Gary Stu for Bronies, Not Enough Mechs

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

Reviewed: 04-07-17

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The book is well written and well paced, but the pandering to teen boys did me in. I made it to the 9 hour mark and gave up. The lead is an overweight teenage boy who is a literal Brony (in the future apparently people still watch and obsess over My Little Pony.) He grows slightly as a character as the story progresses but is given inordinate praise and rewards from gruff father figures and the attention of a gorgeous and otherwise unattainable woman, as well as the respect of soldiers and significant wealth.

I think if the author had made the character less a caricature of neckbeard culture the story would have landed more successfully for non-neckbeards. Making the protagonist overweight could have made for some great conflict and personal struggles/growth, but the Gary Stu aspects of this book and the uninspired wish fulfillment (wait until the cute, telepathic fairy creature shows up to be a real life Pony friend for the protagonist. I'm not joking, this happens in a story about mechs. Because reasons.) make this a difficult tale to stick with.

What does Craig L. Good bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The narrator was very competent. He did a good job creating distinct voices for each character. It would have been easy to play the main character whinier and more grating, but I'm glad he didn't go that path. If I were reading the book I probably would have assigned a more annoying voice to the protagonist and ultimately disliked him.

Was Cartwright's Cavaliers worth the listening time?

Ultimately yes. I enjoyed the bulk of it but cut out in the last few hours. The limited combat and training segments were entertaining.

Any additional comments?

I won't go any further into the series because of the way the protagonist was developed, and likely won't delve any further into the author's other works. Although setting the initial story in my hometown of Indianapolis was fun.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful