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Rob Cooke

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  • Oathbreaker

  • Legend of the Gods, Volume 1
  • By: Aaron Hodges
  • Narrated by: David Stifel
  • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53

A century since the departure of the Gods, the Three Nations are now united beneath the Tsar. Magic has been outlawed, its power too dangerous to remain unchecked. All Magickers must surrender themselves to the crown or face imprisonment and death. Alana's mundane life has just been torn apart by the emergence of her brother's magic. Now they must leave behind everything they've ever known and flee - before the Tsar's Stalkers pick up their trail.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Funtasy with a dark edge

  • By Al on 07-08-18

A gripping adventure story you are sure to love!

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

Reviewed: 08-28-18

I enjoyed this audiobook immensely.
The world is incredibly well crafted and the characters feel organic and involving.
The story whips you along at a pace that feels well measured and natural never hurrying you or slowing you.

Once I got started I couldn't put it down.

The narration is on point with real emotion and with an individual feel to each and every character which is saying something.

This book is a little special and deserves full time and attention, should be on every fantasy adventure readers list.

I received this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily provided this impartial review.

  • Agent G

  • Infiltrator
  • By: C. T. Phipps
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 6 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 202
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 194
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 192

In a world where virtually any death can be bought for the right price, follow the path of a high-tech assassin searching for answers to questions he shouldn't be asking along with his next target. Agent G is a Letter, one of the Society's 26 weapons for hire.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Borrowed ideas but a good read.

  • By cosmitron on 04-26-18

A fantastic Sci Fi Assassin Story

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

Reviewed: 07-15-18

This book had me gripped from the start, it is a rollercoaster of action and intrigue with changing alliances and counteractive goals.
The book moves at a great pace and you never feel wanting, the characters and story fill in the blanks in an organic manner meaning you rarely have a question go unanswered by the end.

There are repeated character growth points despite being well crafted in the first place.

The narration is absolutely on point and provides life like unique performances.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my rrequest and have voluntarily provided this impartial review.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Blackout

  • Still Surviving, Volume 1
  • By: Boyd Craven III
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 6 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 621
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 580
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 573

Westley Flagg isn't your usual lawbreaker. He's a poacher, a moonshiner, and a prepper, out of necessity. Despite trying to live on the straight and narrow, he knows the law can turn things on you in a heartbeat. When Wes has to come up with money for his Grandpa's surgery, he gets involved with an unsavory group. Living deep in poverty for most of his life, he's become resilient and flexible, but college education can only take him so far. A solar storm sends the northern lights as far south as Texas, and cascading failures in the grid cripple the nation. Now, without communications, Flagg has to prove he has what it takes to still survive. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Familiar plot with exceptional characters.

  • By RJ on 04-27-18

Great story that pulls you along and draws you in!

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

Reviewed: 07-15-18

I couldn't get over how much I enjoyed this book.
I am not normally one for Post Apocalyptic stories however something about this book called to me.
I am so glad I listened to my instinct, this story delivered something I could not have expected.
The story starts of as a country family story with a bit of moon shining with hints of its post apocalyptic underpinnings, then all of a sudden a left turn and we head deep into post apocalyptic territory with all the wonderful chaos that brings.

The narration is amazing, it provides an immersive experience that allows you to truly feel like the story is unfolding around you. The characters are all unique and the range is across accents and genders showing great versatility.

I believe that this is a story that is worth a listen or a read (particularly a listen).

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request andhave voluntarily provided this impartial review.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Cherry Blossom Girls

  • By: Harmon Cooper
  • Narrated by: Justin Thomas James, Annie Ellicott, Laurie Catherine Winkel, and others
  • Length: 5 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 803
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 763
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 765

I was a just normal guy until the night the cherry blossoms bloomed, the night that Grace appeared on my doorstep. A failed sci-fi writer, a gamer, but a normal guy nonetheless. Grace was everything I was not - a psychic shifter, beautiful beyond my wildest imagination, a government conspiracy waiting to be unraveled. And that was before the second superpowered woman showed up to kill us both.  

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A good performance but an awkward story

  • By MT on 04-26-18

A good book with many twists and turns!

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

Reviewed: 07-15-18

This book had me fooled to start of with, I thought it was going to be more erotica than story however it surprised me in the most wonderful way.

The story kicks off and draws you into an amazing adventure.
The story just keeps developing and building until a nicely placed cliff hanger.

The characters really do develop throughout and the relationships are reshaped and cemented before the ending.

I love the premise that government super agents escape into the world.
I think this series has genuine legs and I hope to see further instalments.

The narration as always from Soundbooth Theatre is on point and provides real life feeling to the characters and the performance is perfect.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily provided this impartial review.

  • Midnight on Mars

  • By: M. C. Glan
  • Narrated by: Chase Johnson
  • Length: 5 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

Kari Keskiyo thought she was lucky escaping a doomed Earth by winning a ticket to Mars. However, she ends up facing worse predicaments, one of them being that her ex-fiance's failed cloning project has created mindless killers. Kari and Neil must put aside their spiritual and scientific differences and work together to not just save themselves but the entire human race from extinction.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Sci-Fi Throwback that is well done.

  • By cosmitron on 04-20-18

A good book with many twists and turns!

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

Reviewed: 07-15-18

This book was a great listen with a well paced and interesting story.
It is a good mix of science fiction, action that delivers a well rounded story.
Characters are developed at a nice pace giving organic feeling to all of them.

The narration is well done giving life to each and every individual character truly improving the experience throughout.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily provided this impartial review.

  • Defiance Pattern

  • Beautiful Resistance, Book 1
  • By: Sean-Michael Argo, Sarah Stone
  • Narrated by: Persephone Rose
  • Length: 5 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

Hayden Cole is a slinger for the mega-corporation Union Americana, one of the hacker elite who wage info wars in the immersive virtual realm of MassNet. He has been assigned to a task force bound for the Philippines, where he is joined by an assortment of engineers, security operatives, and Laine 2.0, the Union's most deadly cyborg assassin. A new energy source which could yield a world changing new source of clean energy. Each of the primary corporate powers have sent task forces to the island, and economic competition turns violent as the opposing operatives race to find the source.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not a bad effort.

  • By cosmitron on 04-26-18

Fantastic Story! Epic World! Must Read!

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

Reviewed: 06-12-18

I absolutely adored this book it knocked me off my feet and completely blindsided me as to how good it was.
I walked in expecting a Technological Science Fiction book and what I got was so much more it is Techno-Thriller, action, adventure, assassin, science fiction and mystery rolled into a book that flows from story point to point with stunning ease and flow.

The narration is amazing giving life to each and every character conveying a depth of emotion and gravitas that is sometimes hard to come by.

Unless you hate technological based stories I cannot think of anyone that could not find a part of this story to enjoy.
It is worthy of the time to listen/read and I implore you to give it a try.
I hope there is another instalment.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily provided this impartial review.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Federal Underground

  • Penn Mitchell's Ancient Alien Saga, Book 1
  • By: Jeff Bennington
  • Narrated by: Andrew Tell
  • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 33

Penn Mitchell vanishes from the NYU campus and shows up three months later on his mother's doorstep with a book screaming to get out of his head. When the FBI discovers the novel discloses top-secret information, they bring Penn in for questioning. The interrogation goes sideways and Penn escapes into a subterranean world he thought was a figment of his imagination, a world where the US government is hiding, and at war with, an ancient race that has existed since the dawn of time.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • X-Files on Steroids

  • By cosmitron on 04-21-18

A wonderfully imaginative and poignant story!

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

Reviewed: 06-12-18

This book is incredibly interesting with a very unique story telling point of view.
The story unfolds in what feels like parts but starts to come together and make more and more sense the longer you are into the book. I love the intricacies of telling multiple points of view and timelines which weaves together seamlessly.
The characters have such organic development with some slow crawling and sudden leaps and jumps.

I think that those of a nature to believe in Urban Legends and Conspiracy theories will get a real kick out of this book and those that enjoy an adventure thriller will certainly enjoy the book.

The narration is very good offering unique characters and conveying emotion and tone throughout the performance.

In summation this is a book worthy of savouring and enjoying. I am still not sure that I got all of the clues along the way but a second reading will help confirm or deny that one for me.

  • Trouble with Dragons

  • Wizard Series, Book 2
  • By: Clark Graham
  • Narrated by: Daniel Nicolai
  • Length: 5 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

Jason stood in front of the gravestone of Coach Mossberg. The coach had been a mentor and protector to him. His sudden loss effected the whole community. Chills went down Jason's spine. It was an eerie feeling, like someone was looking at him. A voice from behind him said, "He's not here you know." Jason turned to see a short, straight-backed man standing there. "Talcott? Is that you? What are you doing here?" "I've come to bring you back."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Fantasy Story

  • By James on 05-26-18

An enjoyable Fantasy story.

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

Reviewed: 05-21-18

This book is well written with an unusual twist of the characters moving in and out of the two worlds.
The effect is an increased level to the story with distinct but intertwining worlds that allow the story to play out in a very fun way.

I think the main characters are strong and well crafted on the whole. Some of the side characters are equally strong in their development but never overshadow the main characters.

The narration is very well done giving each character a unique sound and feel throughout.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would recommend picking up a copy if you enjoy a dragon fantasy book.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily provided this impartial review.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Jonathan Shade Series: Books 4-6

  • Anubis Nights, Sunset Specters, Wizard's Nocturne
  • By: Gary Jonas
  • Narrated by: Joe Hempel
  • Length: 17 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42

The Jonathan Shade series continues with books 4-6: The Complete Time Travel Trilogy. Includes: Anubis Nights, Sunset Specters, and Wizard's Nocturne. From hunting a dead sorcerer in ancient Egypt to the roaring 20s where flappers dance to jazz and secret societies kill each other for magical dominance....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A great series continues.

  • By cosmitron on 04-12-18

What an awesome story from start to finish!

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

Reviewed: 05-17-18

This series just keeps on giving and giving, thrills spills and intrigue.
I have absolutely adored listening to this book the characters feel so realistic and the attachments formed become very real. You feel for the characters triumphs and set backs to the point where you become so immersed.

This immersion is further helped by the narration which I cannot fault at all. The characters are presented with such realism and emotion. They are all unique and I couldn't imagine anyone else doing the series now.

I truly hope you pick up this series as it is a blend of Crime Noir/Fnatasy/Adventure and Thriller all rolled into one and I cannot recommend this enough to people.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily provided this impartial review.

  • The Soulweb

  • By: Steven M. Nedeau
  • Narrated by: David Swanson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

The spell of an ancient ancestor king throws Jaron into the middle of a war when that king returns from beyond the grave. Jaron discovers that his whole life was only a disguise. His friends weren’t who he thought they were, and his father who he thought was dead, wasn’t. In a war of kings, he might be the final piece of a plan that started centuries ago.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A good book with many twists and turns!

  • By Rob Cooke on 05-17-18

A good book with many twists and turns!

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

Reviewed: 05-17-18

This book was great, the story moves along at a pace that perfectly matches the story arcs. The characters develop organically and you quickly form attachments.
The mix of adventure and fantasy is well balanced and serves to tell the story.

The narration is very good giving real emotion and identity to each character throughout the book.

In summation this is a good adventure/fantasy book that is worth listening to.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily provided this impartial review.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful