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  • Rapture

  • Apocalypse Gates Author's Cut, Book 1
  • By: Daniel Schinhofen
  • Narrated by: Andrea Parsneau
  • Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,208
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,164
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,157

Alvin woke in a room that was not his, to discover that he had died and his brain had been bargained off cheaply to pay off someone else’s debt. It did not sit well with him. It didn’t surprise him that even in death, people were still using him for their own purposes. He had never exactly been a good guy, but everyone had their breaking point, and he had found his. The bastards in charge had uploaded his mind into a virtual death game. The whole world could now pay to see him play it and probably die. Regardless, he was not about to wait for death to come for him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • HAve fun with the apocalypse and zombies

  • By Ray Johnson on 10-03-18

Good story ruined by bad Penthouse Forum letters

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

Reviewed: 03-27-19

The first 2/3rds of this book was interesting and wanted to keep listening then the sex scenes started showing up. Now I don't mind sex scenes in books however I found them to be boring and lackluster with dialogue from a cheesy low budget S/M porno movie. Even if it had been one or two scenes it would not have ruined the book however it felt like every other chapter had to have Alvin and Gothy doing it. This left me annoyed and wishing they would get back to the story.

Another thing that really annoyed me was at the end of the book. The come out in their new outfits and are suppose to look villainous and everyone steps back in fear of them. She sounded like a teen hoping to sneak in to a night club running a bondage night and him in his zombie baseball cap, zombie t-shirt, duster, ripped up jeans and combat boots more sounded like someone you would find a comic book shop then inspiring fear in the masses. To be fair I did skip mentioning the body armor both have mostly because when he described Gothy's outfit and how the corset made her breasts looked it made me believe that the body armor disappears under the clothing through video game magic.

  • Warden

  • Nova Online, Book 1 - A LitRPG Series
  • By: Alex Knight
  • Narrated by: Todd Boyce
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98

Imprisoned for a murder he didn't commit, Kaiden's only hope of early release is in serving as a Warden in the game-world of Nova Online. Playing as a unique class while surrounded by aliens, pirates and warring guilds, he and his squad are tasked with protecting new players and enforcing the rule of law. But Kaiden has other ideas; he is intent on proving his innocence. The keys to his freedom lie hidden in the game's seedy underbelly. And as he'll soon discover, the bloody trail that led to his arrest is more twisted than he could have ever imagined.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not a bad book for those new to Litrpg

  • By Jonathan on 09-05-18

Had a lot of promisebut the Narration lost me

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

Reviewed: 12-17-18

The premise was intriguing however just never got into the characters and the way the narrator pronounced some of the words grated on my nerves. I doubt I will continue with the series and if I do it will be in ebook format.

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  • Ghostly Start

  • Harper Harlow, Books 1-3
  • By: Lily Harper Hart
  • Narrated by: Angel Clark
  • Length: 19 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 300
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 281
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 278

Harper Harlow can see and talk to ghosts. She's built a business out of helping souls crossover, and even though the cases sometimes go wonky, she's good at what she does. Jared Monroe wants to be a big city detective in a large market. Instead, he's forced to take a job in the small community of Whisper Cove until the right position opens up. He doesn't believe in ghosts, and yet he can't seem to stay away from Harper. These two are on a collision course for each other, but danger is in the way.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Most annoying narrator ever

  • By C. Woods on 08-16-17

First 2 stories great but the third got annoying

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

Reviewed: 11-07-18

I love the characters and the story lines are good. However the third book, which did have the best mystery of the three, became annoying with all their talk about their intimacy in the bath tub and other places (except the balcony which was Harper's fantasy), Jared becoming so needy it started to grate and discussion of his nipples as a running gag. Also Harper winding up being the quasi-damsel in distress at the end of each of the books with Jared foaming at the mouth threatening to kill the murder is getting old too. I might give book four a chance but I definitely need to give it a little time before I do.

  • The Restorer

  • The Graveyard Queen, Book 1
  • By: Amanda Stevens
  • Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
  • Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,101
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,022
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,021

My name is Amelia Gray. I'm a cemetery restorer who sees ghosts. In order to protect myself from the parasitic nature of the dead, I've always held fast to these rules passed down from my father…until now. Detective John Devlin needs my help to find a killer, but he is haunted by ghosts who shadow his every move. To warn him would be to invite them into my life. I've vowed to keep my distance, but the pull of his magnetism grows ever stronger even as the headstone symbols lead me closer to truth and to the gossamer veil that separates this world from the next.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WOW!!! What a series~

  • By d.e.matthews on 05-22-12

Great characters and story outdated tech

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

Reviewed: 10-25-18

I loved this book and plan on continuing the series. The characters were likable and felt like real people with real reactions to situations. The story was interesting and kept me guessing to the end on the motives for the murders. My biggest complaint was that twice in the book Amelia needs to light her way, once she uses the screen on her phone which I would think she would more than likely have a smart phone with a built in flashlight in case she needed to take a quick picture and didn't want to get out her digital camera. The second is she has a flashlight she drops and breaks the glass on it which destroys the flashlight. I mean if I was an archeologist/graveyard restorer I think I would want LED flashlights or Maglite brand flashlight for my work especially when I might find rattlesnakes in the mausoleums I am restoring. I know it is a bit of nitpicking however it was enough to pull me out of the story and the desired creepy trapped in the dark feeling the author was going for was lost on me.

  • First Contact

  • Haunts for Sale Series, Book 1
  • By: Kat Green
  • Narrated by: Kate Tyler
  • Length: 5 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 67
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 65
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 65

Sloane Osborne is a paranormal real estate agent in the business of selling haunted houses, but, in truth, she’s only searching for one ghost. And her time is running out. It’s the 366th day after her fiancé’s death. Michael used to like putting things off for “a year and a day” - so tonight’s the night. Sloane will do anything to make contact with him before the clock strikes midnight.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story, Great Narration!

  • By Jan M on 10-15-18

Annoying Protagonist and a flimsy mystery

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

Reviewed: 10-22-18

I got this book as part of the romance series, I am not sure why it was there but glad I didn't pay for this book.

Sloane was unlikable. I wanted to like her but she came off as Captain Ahab from Moby Dick with her obsessions for Michael who even the authors point she built up into the perfect man in her mind and her want of a perfect wedding. And she seemed egotistical where she kept stating this was "her case." Yes because screw the FBI, Interpol or any law enforcement agency when you are dealing with what appears to be a serial killer's den you need a real estate agent.

The mystery was so transparent that the only mystery it held was why Sloane didn't have her phone on her when she got into trouble. The twist I pretty much knew was going to the twist from the beginning of the book.

  • The House Next Door

  • A Ghost Story
  • By: Darcy Coates
  • Narrated by: Emily Sutton-Smith
  • Length: 5 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 330
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 282
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 281

I began to suspect something was wrong with the gothic building when its family fled in the middle of the night, the children screaming, the mother crying. They never came back to pack up their furniture. A new occupant, Anna, has just moved in. I paid her a visit to warn her about the building. I didn't expect us to become friends, but we did. And now that Marwick House is waking up, she's asked me to stay with her. I never intended to become involved with the building or its vengeful, dead inhabitant. But now I have to save Anna.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Beginning was strong....ending, not so much

  • By Valerie LeBlond on 01-15-18

Started out great went bad then ended okay

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

Reviewed: 10-12-18

The first 2/3 of the book I loved. A good October novel however then it ran off the rails with the ghost being able to control everyone over the entire neighborhood until for some reason or main character struggled out of the ghost's control. However if she had followed the ghost's one plan that would have broken "the loop" so it really made no sense. Finally I liked how the book ended but by then my love for the book ha soured to the point that I wished I hadn't invested my time in the book

  • Depravity

  • A Beastly Tale, Book 1
  • By: M.J. Haag
  • Narrated by: Sierra Kline
  • Length: 6 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 408
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 373
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 372

Benella is concerned with two things - avoiding the two village boys who torment her and scrounging for food to help feed her family. Unfortunately the best wild fruit and vegetables are near the walls of the estate, a dark, misty place inhabited by an unforgiving beast. When her tormentors lock her behind the massive gates, Benella knows her fate is sealed. Yet the fate isn't one she expects. Her encounter with the beast starts a bizarre cycle of bargaining for her freedom, a freedom the beast seems determined to see her lose.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • What A Cliffy!!!

  • By The Audio Flow on 08-23-16

Should be just one book and Misleading titles

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

Reviewed: 10-12-18

I have gone through the full series and really liked it though I think it should be just one book not broken into three pieces like this. They are not long books and could have some parts shortened a bit. For example and small spoiler: ** Her continued ponderings if he really loves or the estate more as he keeps stating that he is willing to be enchanted again if it means being with her. That part dragged.** The other thing that threw me in actually a good way was that with Titles like Depravity I was expecting a far more dark and gritty adult fairy tale while it is more your standard fairy tale romance. That being said I will warn listeners that these books do touch on the subject of attempted rape. So listen at your own risk.

  • Midnight Magic

  • A Ghost & Abby Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Jo-Ann Carson
  • Narrated by: Stephanie Spicer
  • Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11

As the janitor in a haunted house, single mom Abby Jenkins has many contacts with the living and the dead in the small Pacific Northwest town of Sunset Cove, which puts her in a perfect position to solve local mysteries. Or so she thinks. Hired to find diamonds hidden in a haunted manor, she gets help from a Viking ghost with existential issues. Will she survive? 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Midnight Magic

  • By Catrina P on 10-08-18

Well two stars means its okay and it was for me

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

Reviewed: 09-13-18

I thought I would love this book and while I did not hate it I just found it lacking. This felt like it should have been a second book in the series because we keep being referred to things that happened previously like a poltergeist trying to eat her children which I would like to know more about as well as background into how the relationship between Abby and her Viking started because from how I interrupted it the story went something like my husband who was my childhood sweetheart and father of my three children got cancer and died so I took up job as a janitor at a haunted tea house and met him instantly falling in love. Which for me made Abby kind of a cold character and think that the author would have been better to have the husband decide he couldn't handle it and run off, it would have framed the story better. Also the characters seemed pretty flexible on moral issue from at once stating "I will never be anyone's assassin" to "You want us to be your executioners well it is a vampire so okay." So in the end while I don't want to return it and if they put the next in the series on sale cheap I might entertain the idea of picking it up I just can't say that this is a great book just okay.

  • The Black Book

  • By: James Patterson, David Ellis
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,827
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,992
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,968

Billy Harney was born to be a cop. The son of Chicago's chief of detectives, whose twin sister is also on the force, Billy plays it by the book. Alongside Detective Kate Fenton, Billy's tempestuous, adrenaline-junkie partner, there's nothing he wouldn't sacrifice for his job. Enter Amy Lentini, a hard-charging assistant state's attorney hell-bent on making a name for herself - who suspects Billy isn't the cop he claims to be. They're about to be linked by more than their careers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • GREAT STORY!

  • By Artkeep on 07-03-17

Worst Cops and a bussel of red herrings to boot

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

Reviewed: 06-20-18

At the beginning I thought it might be interesting except that the murder of the college student that started the chain of events here pretty much gets plowed over and only unearth here and there to justify why our "hero" did what he did. There is no mention of him giving one fig about it after busting the brothel. Also I am pretty pro cop but listening to Billy harp over how hard cops get it now a days every so often was tedious. The only people I cared about were the college student and Billy's daughter both of whom are dead before the book begins. The rest pretty much are annoying and several borderline crazy. They do keep on putting things to trip you up and keep you wondering what will happen so I stuck it out and one of my early suspects was the guilty party. All in all I am hoping fore emotional amnesia for the last 10 hours I gave to the book.

  • Nights of the Living Dead

  • An Anthology
  • By: Jonathan Maberry - editor, George A. Romero – editor, Gabrielle de Cuir - director
  • Narrated by: full cast
  • Length: 11 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 454
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 420
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 416

In 1968 the world experienced a brand-new kind of terror with the debut of George A. Romero's landmark film Night of the Living Dead. This was something new...and terrifying. Since then, zombies have invaded every aspect of popular culture. But it all started on that dreadful night in a remote farmhouse. Nights of the Living Dead returns to that night, to the outbreak, to where it all began.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • just incredible to listen to

  • By AudioBook Reviewer on 09-29-17

A few gems among otherwise mediocre stories

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

Reviewed: 06-04-18

I enjoyed a couple of the stories and while the others were technically written well they did nothing for me. I found myself not caring about the characters or found the plots lacking something to make them interesting.