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  • Slow Up

  • Hire a Muse, Book 2
  • By: George Saoulidis
  • Narrated by: Bridger Conklin
  • Length: 4 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

Limitless meets Black Mirror in this novel that pushes the limits of a couple's minds. When Galene meets a man who's only goal in life is to make his mind go faster, she ends up falling for him. But will she manage to keep the relationship going at the top of the glass tower, when in reality she's too much of a slob and is bogged down with all her unfinished goals, when their age difference becomes too much of a problem, and when his work places them in the sights of an unforgiving huntress?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome, but hard to describe

  • By Beth Case on 08-02-18

A Mostly SciFi Love Story

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

Reviewed: 01-08-19

"Slow Up" is mostly a SciFi, love and relationship story. It is about an IT professional named Galene, who meets a high powered businessman named Gregoris. Gregoris has managed to make his mind take in and process information several times faster than normal human beings. That part of the story reminds me of that movie and TV show “Limitless.” Gregoris is also very different from Galene. He is neat, older and orderly whereas Galene is about 20 years younger and a slob. But that doesn't stop them from attempting a relationship.

"Slow Up," which is part of a series of stand-alone books, was well done with interesting characters. Unfortunately, I just didn't find it spectacular. But that wasn't because of any problem with the story. It just didn't grab me the way it did other reviewers. I think one of the reasons why was the narrator, Bridger Conklin. Listening to him, I felt like I was listening to some smarmy, radio pitchman from decades ago. There was an affect to his voice that registered as phony to me. I truly would have a hard time believing that was his normal speaking voice. With that being said, I would definitely try another story by author George Saoulidis.

Finally, this free, review copy audiobook was given to me at my request and I have voluntarily left this review.

  • Dhata Mays

  • The Synth Crisis Series, Book 0
  • By: Greg Dragon
  • Narrated by: Tucker McDougall
  • Length: 4 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

In a war between man and machine, he must find a way to protect them all... After a devastating war forced humans to rely on synths for survival, the two have learned to coexist peacefully. Until now... When detective Dhata Mays is called in to investigate a homicide, what he uncovers threatens the serenity of this futuristic society. The gruesome murder means only one thing: someone is ready to incite another war. Now, it's up to Dhata to ensure that the truth stays hidden - to protect both sides of the battle. But can he be unbiased in a world that forces him to take sides? 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Dhata Mays

  • By trixie on 08-01-18

A Futuristic Police Procedural.

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

Reviewed: 12-09-18

Dhata Mays is a Tampa Florida, police detective. The story is set in the future, but not a future that is so far away that things from our present are unrecognizable. There is a murder mystery involving synthetic human beings. The synthetic humans or synths, are a whole subculture of society and they suffer bigotry by regular, organic human beings.

The story was on the average side, but it was unexpectedly engaging if that makes any sense. I found the Dhata Mays character interesting and the narration by Tucker McDougall was very well done. The story was a little too short for my taste, but over all, I enjoyed the book. Enough so that I will definitely check out another book in the series.

Finally, this free, review copy audiobook was given to me at my request and I have voluntarily left this review.

  • Buried Threads

  • By: Kaylin McFarren
  • Narrated by: Hugh Bradley, Libby Hudson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12

Rachel Lyons and Chase Cohen work together as the successful owners of a treasure-hunting company. But a seemingly simple assignment--to track down a priceless gem that is believed to be buried in a shipwreck deep within the Sea of Japan--takes a startling and dangerous turn.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Definitely an enjoyable series so far

  • By TU on 02-21-18

A great page-turner that you'll read in one night.

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

Reviewed: 10-23-18

"Buried Threads" is book two in the "Threads," treasure-hunting, suspense novel series by the author, Kaylin McFarren. Book two is a stand-alone story, but I would strongly recommend reading book one, first. If that isn't an option for you, you'll still be able to enjoy book two without being hopelessly lost.

In "Buried Threads," Ms. McFarren's protagonists, Rachel Lyons and Chase Cohen are now working together in Chase's treasure-hunting company. The two take on a job to find a priceless gem that is believed to be buried in a shipwreck deep within the Sea of Japan. Things quickly get complicated when they learn of a dark prophecy of a disaster that will kill millions and destroy Japan.

"Buried Threads" has everything a reader/listener needs for a great story. Erotic suspense, wild adventure, supernatural artifacts, shark-infested waters, killer Yakuza and a mysterious monk are just a few of the things in a story told well. If that isn't enough, there's also cursed swords. Ms. McFarren not only maintains a really good story pace, she also manages to give the reader/listener what feels like an authentic window into Japanese history, culture and society. Over all, "Buried Threads" is definitely a page-turner that's worth your time and money.

Finally, this free, review copy audiobook was given to me at my request and I have voluntarily left this review.

  • Becoming Vampire: Diary of an Alligator Queen

  • By: Winter Reid
  • Narrated by: Caroline McLaughlin
  • Length: 6 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

Nadine Levitt expected her 28th year of life to include wedding cake and a work promotion, not a three-day stint as a bloodsucker’s all-you-can-eat buffet. She escapes her captor’s swampy lair alive, but not quite human. Turns out, turning into a vampire isn’t an overnight thing. More like a year-long marathon of misery - insomnia, teething, and weird urges. A whole year of struggling, and failing, to come to terms with losing her humanity. To reconcile her goodness with the monster she’ll become. And the only one who can guide her through it isn’t a person at all.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A surprisingly Complex Story

  • By Ashanti on 08-28-18

A surprisingly Complex Story

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

Reviewed: 08-28-18

28-year-old Nadine Levitt is attacked and bitten by a vampire. What follows for Nadine is a year-long process of losing her humanity while becoming a vampire. Something no one in their right mind believes in. The process is both interesting and miserable. At some point, Nadine will have to choose to allow the process to finish or end what's left of her life before it's too late. "Becoming Vampire" is a much more complex story than what one may initially think from the description. Personally, I enjoyed it and I think you will too. I will also give the author, Winter Reid more consideration when picking future books to read/listen to.

Finally, this free, review copy audiobook was given to me at my request and I have voluntarily left this review.

  • Dark City

  • The Order of Shadows, Book 1
  • By: Kit Hallows
  • Narrated by: Shawn Compton
  • Length: 6 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 52

My name's Morgan Rook, supernatural detective, undercover agent, odd jobs man. I take out the nightmares, demons, and werewolves. Guys like us call them Nightkind. I had one final job. There's always one. This time a call to eliminate a cruel, rogue vampire, named Mr. Tudor. Simple, right? Sure. Until the bodies started piling up in a new wave of vicious occult killings leading scarily close to my own front door, sparking a series of deadly events that would make my years of fighting the Nightkind look like a cakewalk.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Original story

  • By cosmitron on 03-14-18

A Nice Surprise

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

Reviewed: 08-28-18

It seems like if you are an author of urban fantasy that features a wizard, there must be snarky humor, magical creatures and of course, magic battles. With that said, sometimes things can get a bit run-of-the-mill with all the choices out there. “Dark City” has its issues, but it is definitely a cut above run-of-the-mill.

The plot of "Dark City" is pretty simple. Morgan Rook is a supernatural detective who works for a mysterious organization that uses him like a mob enforcer. His basic job is to put down other supernatural beings who have crossed the line. Morgan's friend is killed and he is determined to find the one responsible.

Author, Kit Hallows, made Morgan Rook wildly powerful, but Morgan somehow, didn't get that memo. He takes a few beatings, here and there, but ultimately, he never seems to lose because he is just that powerful. This makes for a lack of drama and suspense sometimes. As the reader/listener, we pretty much know what the outcome of a conflict will be before it gets started. It will be interesting to see how the author deals with this in future novels. That aside, "Dark City" is not a perfect book by any means, but it's still a pretty good story and worth your time if you like the genre. I will definitely give book 2 a try. Also, the narrator, Shawn Compton did an excellent job. His male character interpretations are on point. His female voices, while not quite as strong, are more than adequate. I would have no objections to listening to Mr. Compton's voice over multiple novels.

Finally, this free, review copy audiobook was given to me at my request and I have voluntarily left this review.

  • Imp

  • By: Kevin Candela
  • Narrated by: Gary Bennett
  • Length: 1 hr and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 29

From the writer of Ghost Hunter, Little Women with Big Guns, and Krakenstein vs. Koalatron comes an unforgettable excursion into the depths of the unknown. Loaded end to end with chills, this terrifying narrative is loosely based on accounts of encounters with the legendary Pukwudgie, a cryptozoological "myth" originating in Massachusetts' mysterious Bridgewater Triangle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A puck-what-ie? Wedgie? I'm already freaking out

  • By Ray Johnson on 04-15-18

Tragic Horror Story with An Unlikable Protagonist

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

Reviewed: 08-15-18

A man witnesses a cryptozoological myth. So of course, he decides he has to capture it. If we were watching this as a horror movie, we would be yelling at the screen for the fool to not go down that long dark hallway. The imp in the story is definitely a monster, but there are times when you will dislike the protagonist more. He has no empathy and he has no problem with torture either. In the past, I have enjoyed some stories where the protagonist was an unlikable character, but for this one, I'm kind of on the fence. I did enjoy the monster's backstory as well as the twist in the overall story. Also, narrator Gary Bennett does a good job with the material. With all that being said, I have to recommend "Imp." I just don't enthusiastically recommend it.

Finally, this free review copy audiobook was given to me at my request and I have voluntarily left this unbiased review.

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  • 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 21
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21

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

A Strong Follow Up To Book One.

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

Reviewed: 07-03-18

Book two is a strong, fast-paced entry in the series. Gunter and Robert are still trying to find Gunter’s sister, Theresa. The duo gets sidetracked and find themselves in the town of Mountainview where the entire population seems to be either going crazy or suffering from depression. There is also an unusual number of ravens in Mountainview. Ravens that seem to be keeping tabs on Gunter and Robert.

Narrator, John H. Fehskens returns for book two and does a good job with the material. The bottom line is that “The Raven Flies at Night” is a nice bit of escapism to divert your attention from whatever you have going on in your life that you need to take a break from. I will definitely check out book three when it becomes available.

Finally, I received a free copy of this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

  • The Bucktown Babies

  • Father Gunter, Demon Hunter, Book 1
  • By: Janine R. Pestel
  • Narrated by: John H. Fehskens
  • Length: 4 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 27

A former priest and demon hunter, Father Gunter is a demon's worst nightmare. But even he will need help to destroy the demons that threaten the small farming community of Bucktown. When he sees a news broadcast about tragic events taking place in the town, he realizes he has work to do. Along the way, help arrives - but from an unexpected source. Will it be enough to see the demon hunter through the final showdown with evil?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Gunter, There Is No H

  • By Spooky Mike on 05-30-18

It Kind Of Reads Like A TV Show.

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

Reviewed: 07-03-18

“The Bucktown Babies” is about a demon hunting, ex-priest named Gunter, who really wants to find his sister and the demon who took her. Gunter soon finds himself in Bucktown, a place filled with an abnormal amount of miscarriages and S.I.D.S. cases. Having determined the cause to be supernatural in origin, Gunter soon finds himself teaming up with the Bucktown coroner to put a stop to the suffering.

While listening to this audiobook, I couldn’t help but be reminded of the long-running TV show, “Supernatural.” For me, that was not a bad thing. Overall, I found the “The Bucktown Babies” likable and interesting. The narrator, John H. Fehskens, didn’t really grab me at first, but he eventually won me over somewhere along the line before the story ended. I look forward to checking out book two since it’s also available.

Finally, I received a free copy of this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

  • The Monster Spawn

  • A LitRPG Series, Adonis Rebirth #1
  • By: Deckhard Davis
  • Narrated by: David Loving
  • Length: 4 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 57
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 56

Nathan Attis wakes up with no idea where he is, how he got there, or why his memories of the last few days are gone. He's more than a little perturbed to discover that he is dead, but it's not the end of the world. Due to his being in the army, he gets a second chance at existence in a fantasy VR game called Adonis Rebirth. But there's a problem with his transition into the game. His consciousness isn't loaded into a player character, but instead is transplanted into a beast who lives in the bowels of a mountain. Soon, hero players are going to come to kill him....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • The Audio quality was poor.

  • By cosmitron on 06-08-18

A great Idea With Okay Execution

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

Reviewed: 06-12-18

A great Idea With Okay Execution

"The Monster Spawn" is the story of soldier, Nathan Attis, who dies in real life. His consciousness is downloaded into a fantasy VR game called Adonis Rebirth. The problem is that although Nathan is alive and well in the game, his consciousness was not transferred into a normal player. It was transferred into a monster character. Not long after discovering that, Nathan quickly realizes that it is open season on him by any and every hero questing in the game. To make matters worse, Nathan's monster instincts are constantly trying to influence him into doing monstrous things. Namely, killing and eating people. Clinging to the hope that there must be a way out of his predicament, "The Monster Spawn" has great potential to be a fantastic story. Unfortunately, The author didn't seem to see the same potential that I, the reader/listener did. "The Monster Spawn" is not a bad story, nor is it a waste of your time. It just could have been so much better.

The one thing that really bothered me about "The Monster Spawn" was the cliffhanger ending. Just when the story started picking up momentum, the author chose to end book one. That really bothered me. If you are going to continue a story across multiple books, please be more considerate of how you break the story. I prefer when authors finish the immediate story while continuing the grander story arc across multiple books.

Narrator, David Loving, does a good job with the story. The only shortcomings come from the author's choices. Finally, I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

  • Wanted

  • The Chase Ryder Series, Book 1
  • By: Jo Ho
  • Narrated by: Heather Masters
  • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35

I'd been living on the streets for around eight months before I lost count. It wasn't easy, but it was still preferable to what I had to deal with at home. In all that time, unable to trust anyone, I had been alone (I knew from experience that people always failed you). Then one day, while out searching for food, I stumbled upon this mangy dog being attacked. It wasn't a big deal to help him, but then he ended up saving my life which is when I realized there was something special about him: Muttface wasn't a normal dog - he was crazy intelligent. I'm talking Mensa levels. And he wasn't an accident either, having recently escaped from a mysterious lab.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved This!

  • By Karen M. on 01-06-18

An Excellent Start to A New Series.

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

Reviewed: 05-01-18

Every now and then a young adult novel pops up that catches my interest even though I'm not a young adult. "Wanted" is one of these novels. It tells the story of Chase, a runaway girl forced to live by her wits on the streets in order to avoid abuse at home. Bandit, a scientifically engineered, genius dog and finally Gus, a man who has suffered great loss in his life. These three find themselves on the run together from a very powerful enemy. The story is fast paced, action packed and engrossing. I wanted to finish it off in one sitting.

Finally, This review copy audiobook was provided by the author at my request and have voluntarily left this review.