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  • Souls of the Never

  • Book One of the Tales of the Neverwar Series
  • By: CJ Rutherford
  • Narrated by: Katie Welburn
  • Length: 5 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 60

Katheryne thinks she's just a normal 20-year-old, until her dreams descend into terror and pain. At the edge of the universe, an ancient evil awakens. It wants into our world; and it's coming through her. As the dreams become reality, Katheryne is pitched into a battle that has raged for thousands of years. The fate of all reality rests in her hands.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An amazing fantasy!

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 12-27-15

OK YA

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

Reviewed: 10-16-18

Katherine's dreams are getting darker and darker and she feels like she has to keep them buried deep to save herself and everything she knows. Before long, she has teamed up with and old friend and a couple of new ones, including her soul mate. A man she has dreamed about for a long time but never thought she would meet in person. Before you know it, he is snatched away from her and this gives her the incentive to learn all she can and fight the evil threatening to take over all realities.

This was a very YA book and not deep enough with interesting, strong characters to keep my attention for long. All of the relationship angst felt overdone and it took Katherine way too long to get over indecision and grasp her destiny. In the end, the story was just OK for me. Not really enough to want me to keep going to see what else happens in the series.

The narration confused me. Katherine is obviously supposed to be Irish but the narrator doesn't give her an Irish accent. Yet other characters are given accents. It distracted from the story for me and I don't think I could get past it.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

  • Rendezvous with Rama

  • By: Sir Arthur C. Clarke
  • Narrated by: Peter Ganim, Robert J. Sawyer - introduction
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,941
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5,801
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,817

At first, only a few things are known about the celestial object that astronomers dub Rama. It is huge, weighing more than ten trillion tons. And it is hurtling through the solar system at inconceivable speed. Then a space probe confirms the unthinkable: Rama is no natural object. It is, incredibly, an interstellar spacecraft. Space explorers and planet-bound scientists alike prepare for mankind's first encounter with alien intelligence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointed in the narrator

  • By Brent on 06-01-12

Keep It Going...

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

Reviewed: 09-18-18

Don't stop at the first in the series! Make the next audiobook and release it soon!!

I am an avid scifi reader. I had never heard of this series before but heard about it on a Fade to Black episode and looked for the audiobook. I was happy to see it was an audiobook and I bought it to listen to. What I didn't know was that only the first in the series was recorded...such disappointment. As a busy working mother who has little time for holding a book and reading, audiobooks literally saved my reading time! And now, to discover a not even halfway finished series...

This was such a phenomenol story. From the first introduction of the object in the night sky this book had me hooked. Clarke wrote in such an engaging style that it was hard to stop listening after my commute each day. I found myself sneaking in a few minutes whenever I could and listening at work. Earth and the solar system have changed much and most planets are colonized and have developed somewhat autonomous societies by virtue of necessity and climate. I found the search of the ship fascinating and am probably going to purchase the books so I can continue the series.

The narration, while a bit monotone wasn't the complete distraction it appeared to be for many. I was so caught up in the words that the delivery was an afterthought, if anything.

  • True Tales from the Edgar Cayce Archives

  • Lives Touched and Lessons Learned from the Sleeping Prophet
  • By: Sidney Kirkpatrick, Nancy Kirkpatrick
  • Narrated by: Scott R. Pollak
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88

There is perhaps no modern psychic more fascinating than Edgar Cayce and no better authors to explore the intricate details and eye-opening stories of the people who received his readings than Sidney and Nancy Kirkpatrick. The Kirkpatricks, with decades of experience and research, take us on a journey into the archives and history of these psychic passages, finding the most interesting case studies and exploring the most astounding results of the Cayce work in so many people's lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You will believe in Cayce if you don't already

  • By Larry on 09-18-16

Enlightening

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

Reviewed: 08-29-18

At first, I thought this book was a rehash of There Is A River by Thomas Sugrue, but about halfway through it became very interesting and unique. There are more readings in this volume. And there is a more balanced backward view of what went wrong with the first hospital. And also, more detail into Cayce's life after he embraced his psychic abilities. He had many interesting encounters throughout his life that were left out of the Sugrue's book. There is also a more in depth look at what exactly the readings told Cayce to do in order to keep his health up and more detail around the times he ignored his own readings.

It was obvious Cayce put his own health in peril because he felt so compelled to help as many others as he possibly could. He sounds like a wonderful human being and a truly gentle soul who wanted to do his best for others in his time here. In fact, I want to learn more about him and his work and, after reading another reviewer's comments, joined the A.R.E.

Scott Pollak does an excellent narration of great material and I enjoyed listening to this audiobook.

  • The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer (Twin Peaks)

  • By: Jennifer Lynch
  • Narrated by: Sheryl Lee
  • Length: 6 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 605
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 567
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 562

Lifeless and wrapped in plastic. This is how Sheryl Lee was first introduced as "Laura Palmer" in the cult television classic, Twin Peaks. Now, Sheryl returns to voice Laura's darkest secrets in the audiobook event that fans of the show have long awaited.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wrapped in plastic

  • By Phillip Frangules on 05-08-17

Hooked Newbie

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

Reviewed: 08-15-18

I am probably very close to the age Laura Palmer was and would be today if she had made different choices. I got married very young, though, and was too busy to watch the new sensational show Twin Peaks. This is the first I've read or seen about the show. Now I need to go back and watch the whole thing and watch the movie and then listen to this again! I'm sure I'll get much more out of it then I did this first time.

This was a really well done narration by Sheryl Lee. Yes, there is whispering which is hard to hear if you're commuting in a car (when I mostly listen to audiobooks) but her performance outshines any small defects. Her voice, tone, inflection and cadence are all spot on for the material. Her voice goes from a seemingly happy 12 year old who gets the best gift in the world for her birthday to a strung out prostitute whose life is coming unraveled. And then there's Bob. Her voice for Bob is incredibly creepy and she goes back and forth quickly and seamlessly as Bob and Laura have their conversations.

Can't wait to find out more.

  • 3 Lies

  • Masters CIA Thriller, Book 1
  • By: Helen Hanson
  • Narrated by: Patrick Nolan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 33

Can kidnapping a sick woman alter the course of a nation? After stepping off the corporate treadmill, Clint finds love to last a lifetime in Beth, who is recovering from kidney failure. When she blows off their date and misses her dialysis session, Clint suspects she's been kidnapped. In spite of the mounting evidence, her family refuses to call the police. They have their reasons, but without routine dialysis, Beth won't survive. While Clint pursues every lead to find her. Beth's dilemma draws the attention of spy trackers at the CIA investigating a computer system breach.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Determined

  • By Reg on 08-10-18

Determined

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

Reviewed: 08-10-18

Clint is determined to stay off the grid. He doesn't want contact with anyone at the company he helped build, his soon to be ex-wife or anyone else besides the beautiful woman he met two months ago. When she doesn't answer the door for a promised breakfast, Clint knows something is wrong. He begins a search that will lead him much further than he ever imagined and draws back into a world he just wants to leave behind.

I enjoyed this book. Beth and the other women captives were a light spot in an otherwise dark story of kidnapping, manipulation and betrayals at all levels. Just when you think you have it figured out, another twist happens and you don't quite know who Clint can trust.

The narration was good if a little slow. I sped up to 1.25 speed. Nolan did a good job with most of the voices and he was able to keep the feel of the writing flowing throughout the listen. Some of the female voices could use some work but other than it was a really enjoyable listen.

I received this audiobook for free in exchange for an honest review.

  • There is a River

  • The Story of Edgar Cayce
  • By: Thomas Sugrue
  • Narrated by: Mitch Horowitz
  • Length: 14 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 175
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 148
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 149

Edgar Cayce (1877-1945) is known to millions today as the grandfather of the new age. A medical clairvoyant, psychic, and Christian mystic, Cayce provided medical, psychological, and spiritual advice to thousands of people who swore by the effectiveness of his trance-based readings.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Facinating

  • By imjin on 07-16-16

Insightful

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

Reviewed: 08-08-18

Great starting point to learn Edgar Cayce's background. This book pretty much takes you from his birth to death with many of his readings detailed. There was much doubt in Mr. Cayce but it's clear his faith helped him through all of the many rough patches in his life.

He was uneducated but far from stupid. He was a principled man who refused to profit from his gift. The only thing I wish was more clearly explained was why the hospital failed. If all the players and Cayce's intentions lined up according to the readings then why could it not survive the Depression? It was never explained. Other than that, this was a wonderful listen that really detailed Cayce's early life and his relationships as well as the struggles he faced and the doubts he went through in order to give as many people the benefit of his gifts as he could.

I will be reading more on this gentle, humble man.

  • Smith

  • By: Sam B Miller II
  • Narrated by: John Pirhalla
  • Length: 4 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6

 

Every once and a while the voice that's in and out of our hero's head assures, “Fear not, for I am with you”. That voice is what will be called Smith, a voice from ancient and potent times. That voice - at once droll, clever, mercurial, and deliciously brutal - is one of the many highlights of this lively adventure.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hopefully just an intro

  • By Michelle on 09-05-18

Ring of Power with Attitude

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

Reviewed: 07-31-18

Jake is a lonely boy fending mostly for himself in the streets of the middle east. HIs mother died and his archaeologist father alternately doesn't have time for his son or willfully refuses to understand the dangers he faces. Jake does have one friend and, together, they begin exploring the forbidden tunnels of his father's recent dig. Jake soon finds a ring and puts it on his finger. The ring will not come off...for any reason. Then it starts talking to him...soon Jake is in much more danger than anything he has ever known.

This was an entertaining listen. Smith is smart, sassy and brutal to the point insanity. When he can't convince Jake, he cajoles him and when he can't push Jake into doing what he wants he resorts to threats. Jake soon meets Nava, the woman of his dreams, and once he does, he has to battle everyone he knows and more to keep her safe. Will Jake learn the nature of Smith before it's too late? Will Nava ever see him as anything other than an eighteen year old boy and competition for her job?

I would have like for it to be a little longer with more background and more fleshed out characters. Jake's learning of the ways of the ring could have been more developed as well. The story could have easily been seven to ten hours which is a decent length for an audiobook and often worth the credit.

I received this audiobook for free from the author in exchange for an honest review.

  • Magicians of the Gods

  • The Forgotten Wisdom of Earth’s Lost Civilization
  • By: Graham Hancock
  • Narrated by: Graham Hancock
  • Length: 14 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,824
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,576
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,577

The evidence revealed in this book shows beyond reasonable doubt that an advanced civilization that flourished during the Ice Age was destroyed in the global cataclysms between 12,800 and 11,600 years ago. But there were survivors - known to later cultures by names such as "the Sages", "the Magicians", "the Shining Ones", and "the Mystery Teachers of Heaven".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The wait was worth it!

  • By Kindle Customer on 11-10-15

Mesmerizing

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

Reviewed: 07-13-18

I kept turning the book back to make sure I heard and understood every word. Graham's logical analysis breaks down mainstream views of the history of civilization on earth. He also calls out mainstream scientists (even specific scientists) who would rather perpetuate a lie rather than use newly discovered evidence to update and keep accurate our knowledge of the history of man on earth. It's quite tragic that so much evidence is ignored, hidden and left to rot in storage because it doesn't fit with the mainstream theory of evolution. Evolution has been thoroughly trashed and found to be wrong again and again. It's time to rewrite the history books!

This is not another ancient alien case. Graham argues instead that a sophisticated society with advanced technology once lived on earth. There is evidence of this civilization everywhere and Graham spends a lot of time on the specific places and things that prove his theory. He asserts that this civilization was wiped out in the great flood cataclysm that every society in existence today remembers in some form and that is a proven fact of the geological record. What followed was a few survivors that attempted to keep the technology and knowledge alive but, for the most part, a complete amnesia of society as to what existed in the past. We have quite literally had to rebuild from scratch. Read this book and do some of your own research! It will change your mind about every history lesson you've ever had. Every archaeological find validates this 'alternative' history theory more.

Graham does a serviceable narration of his own material. Much of it sounds quite dispassionate but there are areas where you feel the intensity of his belief in his findings.

  • Cypress Creek

  • By: L. A. Maldonado
  • Narrated by: Adam Zens
  • Length: 2 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 11

Eighteen-year-old Kristy has a happy life with her foster parents and close friends at school, but she is not safe from the horrors of her past. She can't remember her birth mother or receiving the severe burns across her chest, but as her nightmares grow worse, her trauma-induced amnesia begins to clear, and she slowly remembers the apocalyptic suicide cult deep in the Everglades.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Horrible narrator

  • By Nomi on 06-10-16

All the Makings...

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

Reviewed: 07-12-18

This story could have been great...should have been great! It has all the elements of a really scary campfire story, with depth to certain characters and a compelling storyline. In the end, though, it kind of fizzled out and there was a certain amount of repetition. Coupled with the barely passable and extremely slow narration, this story is just OK for me. The beginning is very strong and I think that with some work...fleshing out more characters, more backstory in the form of flashbacks or conversational memories and more detail around what the devil is, it could be beefed up to the point of a really good, gory, scary story.

I received this audiobook for free through Audiobook Boom! in exchange for an honest review.

  • The Raven Flies at Night

  • Father Gunter, Demon Hunter, Book 2
  • By: Janine R. Pestel
  • Narrated by: John H Fehskens
  • Length: 5 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

A demon's presence in the town has the townfolk depressed, with suicides being a daily occurrence. After the duo meets Father Nelson, they receive an amulet that will aid them in their battle against the Mountainview demon. But after a meeting with TV reporter Belinda Carstone, they learn of her mysterious dream, and a demon that abducted her many years ago. Soon, their adventure takes a completely new, terrifying direction. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Gunter and Bob are back

  • By Spooky Mike on 06-04-18

Father Gunter Rides Again

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

Reviewed: 06-21-18

Father Gunter is pretty bada$$...for a priest. It seems he's got his mojo back and is determined to find his sister. The demons, however, have different ideas. And their not above telling him so and using Theresa as a tool whenever possible.

Johan and Robert head to the town of Mountainview after seeing a news story by Father Gunter's trusted prime time news team to see why its residents keep killing themselves. There they meet Father Nelson and soon find out there are some heavy hitters in town who have big plans for Mountainview and don't want Father Gunter interfering. These demons won't be happy until everyone in town is either dead or crazy. With Robert at his side, Father Gunter doesn't waste any time taking on whoever he needs to in order to send the demons back to where they came from.

This was a fun listen and a nice diversion from some heavier reading I've been doing. I would still like to see the dialogue be more fluid and flow more realistically when read out loud. It has a stiff ring to it and doesn't sound the way people really speak. I would also like it if this book was at least two hours longer and gave more detail and was more nuanced throughout the entirety of the story and if some time was spent on backstory through the use of flashbacks or conversation for both Robert and Johan. We, the readers, need to get to know these characters and identify with them and their history in order to continue to root for them.

Having said all that, it was fun to listen to and a well developed plot with above average narration. I love the way John Fehskens voices Father Gunter. The rest of the narration is done well, too. I'm looking forward to the next Father Gunter listen!

I received this audiobook for free from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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