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  • The Two-Plate Solution

  • A Novel of Culinary Mayhem in the Middle East
  • By: Jeff Oliver
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Hansen
  • Length: 7 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9

Follow a diverse cast of young talented chefs as they compete in a high-stakes TV cooking competition set in Israel. Their culinary foes: fake “terrorists” brought in by the producers - that is, until some actual terrorists show up on set, and the producers must scramble to either integrate them into the show or risk death.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A tasty dish

  • By cosmitron on 07-18-18

OK Read

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

Reviewed: 07-27-18

It took me a while to actually get into this book. When it first starts out, it starts with some action. However, after the first 15 minutes, it really slows down and stays like that for a good portion of the book. It did finally pick up for me about a third of the way through. Overall, it's an ok read if you take the time to get interested in the story and don't take it too seriously.

I was given a copy of this book for free at my request in return for my unbiased review.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Sick House

  • By: Jeff Strand
  • Narrated by: Joe Hempel
  • Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 187
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 175
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 174

It doesn't seem like the perfect house, but screw it, it's good enough to rent for a year. Unfortunately for Boyd, Adeline, and their two young daughters, it's immediately clear they chose the wrong place. The nightmare begins with violent coughs and headaches. Food starts to rot almost as soon as they take it inside. A pet tarantula goes missing. Some family members begin to exhibit creepy behavior. Then the ghosts arrive, and all hell breaks loose....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Deliciously dark!

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 07-06-18

Creepy!!

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

Reviewed: 06-20-18

Sick House was different that most of the books I have been reading lately. It was very creepy, that's for sure. The cover says it all "A home invasion from beyond the grave." At first I didn't realize what the three guys had to do with the family but I quickly figured that part out. This book had a great plot. I liked the story. The family goes through so much and they don't have any of the usual signs that their house is haunted or that something is wrong. I thought the way the "ghosts" were portrayed was very interesting. It's not the usual way that ghosts are described it books and these are the kind of ghosts you are used to. The author was really creative here. The narrator did an excellent job as always.

I was given this book for free at my request in return for my unbiased review.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Flotsam Prison Blues

  • The Technomancer Novels Series, Book 2
  • By: M. K. Gibson
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 135
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134

A couple of months have passed since the cyborg smuggler known as Salem led a small team in the violent coup that brought down Abraxas, demon Archduke of New Golgotha’s central kingdom of Ars Goetia. From the destruction, Salem became a hero, whether he wanted to be one or not, and was appointed the first human baron in the demon-run supercity. But Hell does not like being made to look foolish - or weak. And Salem’s actions, while noble, have consequences. A victory for man means a defeat for Hell. A single question will be asked of Salem: How far can a hero fall?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A good way to spend your time.

  • By cosmitron on 06-16-18

The Technomancer

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

Reviewed: 06-19-18

I didn't read the first book in this series. However, I will definitely go back and do just that. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It grabbed my attention from the very beginning. There was never a dull moment. It was very witty, funny and creative. Even though I didn't read the first book, I didn't feel lost in this one. I could tell there was a book before it but the author filled in just enough that I knew the basics and made me want to listen to the first one.

The narrator did an excellent job. He really brought the story to life. Before this book, I hadn't listened to anything from M.K. Gibson or Jeffrey Kafer. After I heard it, I looked for other books by both of them.

I received a copy of this book for free at my request in return for my unbiased review.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • When Tomorrow Calls

  • Complete Boxed Set: Books 1-3
  • By: JT Lawrence
  • Narrated by: Roshina Ratnam
  • Length: 27 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83

The complete set of the When Tomorrow Calls series is now available on audiobook, including Why You Were Taken, How We Found You, and What Have We Done. Experience JT Lawrence's chilling vision of the all-too-near future.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Sci-fi Adventure

  • By cosmitron on 05-26-18

Couldn't finish

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

Reviewed: 06-05-18

I thought the plot of this book would be interesting and the sample sounded pretty good. I had a really hard time trying to get through it. The book jumps around so much and I spent so much time trying to figure out what one thing had to do with another. I actually forgot what the book was about and had to go back and read the summary to try to figure out where the story was going. I also had a hard time trying to get into the book itself. I actually tried to listen to another book and then come back to this one. That didn't help too much. I still just couldn't get into it. The narrator did a good job though. That's why I gave it two stars overall.

I received this book for free at my request in return for my unbiased review.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • You Think You Know Me

  • The True Story of Herb Baumeister and the Horror at Fox Hollow Farm
  • By: Ryan Green
  • Narrated by: Steve White
  • Length: 3 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 68
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 60

In the fall of 1994, Erich Baumeister (13), was playing in a wooded area of his family’s estate, when he stumbled across a partially buried human skeleton. He presented the disturbing finding to his mother, Julie, who inquired about the skull to her husband, Herb. He told her that the skeleton belonged to his late father, an anesthesiologist. Astonishingly, Julie believed him. In You Think You Know Me, best-selling author Ryan Green assumes the role of Herb Baumeister and attempts to fill in the blanks on one of Indiana’s most mysterious serial killers.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Problematic but Hard to Put Down

  • By JayJay on 07-25-18

Herb Baumeister

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

Reviewed: 05-26-18

Previous to reading this book, I had never heard of Herb Baumeister. This book provided a lot of great information about him. It talked about the way he was as a kid and how he hid his true nature from the world. I really liked how the author presented the information without droning on and he didn't tell it in a way that seemed like an exhausting list of facts. The only negative I can think of is there isn't as much information on the investigation or victims as I would have liked. However, that alone wasn't enough to bring the rating down. The narrator did a great job. I like the tone he put with the book. He kept it interesting.

I was given this nook for free at my request in return for my unbiased review.

  • Deceived

  • Bitter Harvest Series, Book 1
  • By: Ann Gimpel
  • Narrated by: Curt Bonnem
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 22

Vampires aren't supposed to feel anything beyond hunger and bloodlust, but Viktor still feels a whole lot. He hates what he's become, but there's no escape. Not from the dying city smothering him, or from his maker, an arrogant tyrant who demands absolute loyalty. Ketha's a shifter and a seer, for all the good it does her. Not enough magic is left to power much of anything. In a rare victory, an image forms in her glass, and she understands how magic broke the world - and how to fix it. The only antidote is an alliance with vampires, but she can't convince anyone to cooperate. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Such a great concept

  • By Claire on 06-11-18

Deceived

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

Reviewed: 05-22-18

I have never read anything from this author before so I wasn't sure what to expect. At first it seemed like this book was going to be repetitive. I thought this would get tedious and make the book not very enjoyable. However, it turns out that there were just a couple of times that this happens. Both are in the beginning when they first meet. There was so much action in this book and so much going on that is really grabbed my attention and held it. I really liked the fact that the book has underlying sexual tension without seeming like the whole book has to be about sex between the two main characters. It was a very good and light read.I think the narrator did a great job. It was easy to differentiate between the characters.

I was given this book for free at my request in return for my unbiased review.

  • 52 Sleepless Nights

  • Thriller, Suspense, Mystery, and Horror Short Stories
  • By: Tobias Wade
  • Narrated by: Paul Jenkins
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 43

Did you know that heaven keeps a prisoner? Or that the grim reaper's scythe isn't there to harvest you? It's really to protect you against something on your journey. This is a huge collection of 52 psychological horror and supernatural horror stories, the second volume to the Amazon best-selling horror collection, 51 Sleepless Nights.   

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Too many stories go nowhere.

  • By Robert Merrill on 09-23-18

OK Read

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

Reviewed: 05-21-18

There really wasn't any short stories in this book that I would consider scary. A few were kind of creepy, though. However, there were several that I thought were pretty good and it made the book worthwhile. Like any other collection of short stories, there was some that I really enjoyed and others that were just okay. I think my favorite stories were the one about the sex doll, the midget dressing as a little girl, the little boy that disappeared, and the experimental son. The narrator did alright. Sometimes it was a little difficult to differentiate between the characters, though.

I was given this book for free at my request in return for my unbiased review.

  • Crescendo: Welcome home. Death awaits.

  • By: L. Marie Wood
  • Narrated by: Gary Bennett
  • Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13

"Crescendo is a riveting, yet horrifying tale of one man's descent into insanity, and author Wood straps the reader into his or her seat and refuses to let go until the very last gasp, shiver and groan is delivered in vividly rendered detail." (Denise M. Clark, author of Cross the Line and A Man’s War

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Jimmy's Grandmother's Shack

  • By Spooky Mike on 05-24-18

Turned out to be pretty good

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

Reviewed: 05-19-18

There wasn't really a description with this book when I got it. However, I do remember reading something that stated it was a man's decent into insanity. As a person that is really into psychology, I felt like this was a book I could really get into. I'm not so sure I got that from this book. I think the main character felt like he was going insane but most people that are losing touch with reality don't realize it. To them, everything they see or feel is completely real and they can't discern the difference. This character knew that parts of what he was going through wasn't real at times. By the end of the book, it seemed more like a family curse instead of complete insanity. It kind of took on a Stephen King feel. The curse had more to do with the family and the house its self. The book could be a bit confusing at times but I felt like that was kind of the point since it was meant to be mostly in the point of view by someone who thought they were losing their mind. If you miss parts, it can be a bit difficult to catch up. I think the narrator did good on this book. And, all things considered, it turned out to be a pretty good book.

I was given this book for free at my request in return for my unbiased review.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The House of Long Shadows

  • House of Souls, Book 1
  • By: Ambrose Ibsen
  • Narrated by: Joe Hempel
  • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 453
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 417
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 417

Kevin Taylor is an Internet-famous handyman on a mission: Find a house and renovate it in 30 days. By flipping a derelict house in a month's time and chronicling the entire thing on video for his online subscribers, he seeks to become a star. The problems that plague this property will require more than elbow grease to fix, however. Shadows throughout the home are distorted, and an enigmatic trespasser keeps showing up in his footage. Worse still are the hideous voices that issue from otherwise empty rooms in the dead of night.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Dry

  • By Donna Johnson on 08-21-18

Gripping

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

Reviewed: 05-15-18

This story tells about a guy and the horrors he goes through during the remodel of an old house. It was a very enjoyable listen. It pretty much grabbed my attention from the beginning and kept it until the end of the book. Everything moved quickly and smoothly in it. There is so much that happens to this guy while he's working on this house that I can see why he would think he's losing his mind. The author gives great descriptions of the things he encounters during his project. I thought the ending was completely unexpected but it fit the rest of the story. The narrator does a great job as well. His performance flowed really well with the book and made it that much better.

I was given this book for free at my request in return for my unbiased review.

1 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Circle of Blood

  • Books 1 - 3
  • By: R. A. Steffan, Jaelynn Woolf
  • Narrated by: Gwendolyn Druyor
  • Length: 27 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101

When you're mated to an immortal vampire, love is forever. Literally. In another lifetime, six vampires lost their mates - and their mortality - to an unimaginable evil power. Despite the veil of death separating them, the strength of love draws them together across the ages. But now, if they can’t reunite with the reincarnations of their lost soulmates soon, it may just mean the end of the world.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • difficult

  • By sunshine on 08-20-18

Great

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

Reviewed: 05-15-18

I enjoyed these books a lot more than I thought i would. The first book starts off a little slow but it picked up pretty quick and kept me interested until the end. Each book also keeps me interested in what is happening within that story and what is going to happen when each vampire finds their long lost love.

The narrator was great as usual. I always enjoy her performance and I love the feeling she puts behind her words. It adds to the story and makes it that much better.

I was given this book for free at my request in return for my unbiased review.