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  • Cast A Long Shadow

  • The Big Sky Series, Book 1
  • By: Kwen D Griffeth
  • Narrated by: Paul J McSorley
  • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 19

“Bad Bobby” Trent, star high school athlete, college scholarship holder, pro-rodeo circuit rider, lived an unencumbered life. He was a man, who, by his own definition, limited his concentration to no more than eight seconds at a time - the time required to ride a bull or saddlebronc and win. He’s tough, independent, shallow, and always looking for a good time. Then his father is murdered. Sheriff Robert Trent, was the longtime chief law enforcement officer of Lodge Pole County Montana. He was stern, fair, honest, and dependable. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bad Boys

  • By April H. on 12-15-18

Cast A Long Shadow

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

Reviewed: 02-19-19

This book introduces Bobby Trent. On a trip back to his home town Bobby’s father; the town sheriff is shot and killed. To prove that the rumors going around about his father are false Bobby takes it upon himself to find the truth about what happened to his father. Bobby is not alone and has help from old friends and newly made ones. Will bobby figure out the truth before the bad guys find him?

Bobby’s story was an interesting journey. The plot was intriguing, and the characters were appealing. I enjoyed much of the banter of the characters but did find some of the Native American characters speech and actions a bit overdone. It was nice to see Bobby grow and learn as he fights to find out what truly happened, and I enjoyed seeing the friendships that he made along the way. Narrator Paul J McSorley does a good job of giving voices to these characters but I felt that the voices of the Native Indians were a bit exaggerated and sounded as if they were characters taken from old black and white westerns.

This is a fast-paced story with lots of emotion and action mixed together nicely.

  • Mating of Convenience

  • Second Chances, Book 1
  • By: Ann-Katrin Byrde
  • Narrated by: John Solo
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

Nathan and Raphael were friends first, then lovers, then...nothing when Raphael left to pursue his dreams of becoming a tattoo artist. But only one year after Raphael makes it out of his small-town home, bad news descends on him. His useless father has gotten their family into debt so deep, it would take 1,000 years to dig them out. With his siblings on the brink of becoming homeless, Raphael turns to his estranged but wealthy grandmother for help and receives a deal: If he settles down and marries, he'll free his siblings of the debt.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it all!

  • By Candigirl on 02-21-19

Mating of Convenience

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

Reviewed: 02-17-19

When Nathan and Raphael were younger, they seemed to have it all. The two went from friends to lovers but a scare sends Raphael running to the city and away from Nathan. Some time later Raphael finds himself returning to town and to the alpha he ran from. Circumstances have Raphael turning to Nathan for help but what will he say? Will Nathan look past the hurt and follow his heart or is it too late?

I really enjoyed seeing Nathan and Raphael reconnect. The two are good for each other and make a great couple. As the two spend time together they begin to open up and become closer. Their marriage may not be based on truth, but their feelings are, and it begins to be hard to hide them. Raphael and Nathan’s story is a beautiful romance and is a sweet story about following your heart. I enjoyed the banter and the love between the two. No matter what they support each other and always will no matter if they are together or not. The author has filled their story with lots of angst and emotions that will pull on your heartstrings. Narrator John Solo does a wonderful job of bringing these men to life and I was quickly lost in their world.

  • Escape from Samsara: A Dark Comedy Fantasy Adventure

  • Prophecy Allocation, Book 1
  • By: Nicky Blue
  • Narrated by: David Morley Hale
  • Length: 3 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 11

Barry's been patient, but after 27 years of trimming hedges for people he hates, he's had enough. All he wants to do is to find his missing father and to discover his inner ninja. But life’s not done with throwing him curveballs. With talking hedges, samurai ghosts, meddling psychotherapists, and an inexplicably non-linear time pattern conspiring against him, Barry must do battle to unleash the ninja within and rescue his father from an ancient army, a dark sorcerer, and a raging inferno.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A would be ninja with british accent

  • By Susana Duarte on 02-02-19

Escape from Samsara

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

Reviewed: 02-12-19

This story is a fun and entertaining listen. When Barry's father and sister disappeared his life took a tailspin. Gardening is what Barry does now but it seems that there is evil out to get him and Barry must rely on the ninja training that his father gave him so many years ago. Barry and his mother have always wondered what happened to his father and sister and are soon in for a big surprise. Barry is taken on an adventure of a lifetime and must find and decipher the clues that will save his father and sister.

There are so many interesting characters in this story. From a heavy metal loving grandma to an evil wizard masquerading as a hippie hairdresser and so many more. The humor reminds me of Monty Python and Beetlejuice yet has a style all its own. If you enjoy British humor and many toilet and bowel jokes than you will enjoy this book. It moves along quickly and keeps your attention. The author has written a silly and strange fantasy that will make you laugh and enjoy this tall tale. This is a book for adults as it does contain some material that is not suitable for young ones. Narrator David Morley Hale does a good job of keeping this story flowing and pulling the listener into this eccentric and outlandish world.

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

  • Little Killers A to Z: An Alphabet of Horror

  • By: Howard Odentz
  • Narrated by: Ken Kamlet
  • Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

EPIC award finalist Howard Odentz has penned 26 disturbingly fascinating horror stories about the youngest predators among us. From Andy and Boris to Yuri and Zina, this eclectic anthology is filled, A to Z, with psychopaths, monsters, and murderers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good Creepy Stories

  • By Jacqueline Hicks on 01-18-19

Little Killers A - Z

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

Reviewed: 02-10-19

This is a collection of fast paced short horror stories all centered around children doing unspeakable things including killing. As the title implies each letter of the alphabet gets a story. They are an eclectic bunch of stores that will grab your attention and not let go. I enjoyed these stories. Some are full of emotions and angst while others will surprise you in the turns that they take. Each story is complete and will leave you thinking about their world and ours. These stories are dark and some even chilling. The children run the gamut from true monsters to those that you may see as having the right to do what they do. I found each story engrossing and entertaining. Narrator Ken Kamlet does a good job of bringing these characters to life and pulling the listener into their worlds.

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

  • A Temple of Forgotten Spirits: The Complete Adventures of Jack Hong

  • By: William F. Wu
  • Narrated by: Anthony Lee
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 19

A young guy named Jack Hong hitchhikes throughout America following the keilin, a mystical unicorn out of Chinese mythology. The keilin leads him to 10 adventures with ghosts and other supernatural figures. These experiences reveal to him not only parts of American history he never knew but also his own identity and the role he will choose for his life. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Liked the idea....

  • By James on 07-24-18

The Temple of Forgotten Spirits

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

Reviewed: 02-09-19

In this story we are along for the ride as Jack follows a Chinese mythical creature. The keilin draws Jack to many different people and places. Each of the people are Asian and have something to share with jack. As his adventures go on Jack learns more about his ancestors and how they were treated in America. Jack never even gave a thought to those that came before him and now on his journey he begins to learn about his culture and ancestors.

I enjoyed this book. It gives listeners a nice look at some of the Chinese and Asian cultures. I liked that each chapter took Jack somewhere else and that each time he learned a bit more about how Asians were treated in the past. After each chapter the author gives a little insight as to what it was about and why. I enjoy finding out things like this and found it an interesting addition. It was nice to see the main character grow with each adventure and become someone with a cause and worthiness. As an Asian myself I enjoyed seeing a book with Asian characters that is written and narrated by them as well. I know the question “Where are you from?” all too well and it was nice to see the way this author chose to deal with this question.

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

  • Supernatural Horror Stories

  • Real Accounts of Ghost Creatures, Demons and the Paranormal
  • By: Ann Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Scott Dabbs
  • Length: 2 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9

People throughout the ages have claimed to have mysterious and blood-chilling encounters with unexplained forces, such as Mothman, demons, ghosts, and extraterrestrials. Ann Gaiman has compiled an anthology of over 25 of the creepiest real-life short stories on the most shocking and mysterious supernatural events that have taken place - all based on eyewitness accounts telling their encounters with the supernatural.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Strong Collection of Monsters and Paranormal

  • By Spooky Mike on 01-23-19

Supernatural Horror Stories

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

Reviewed: 01-28-19


This is a collection of peoples first hand accounts of their interactions with what they perceive as the supernatural. You will hear many different stories about things that go bump in the night and listeners can make up their own minds as to what really happened with these people. These quick paced tales are a good way for those just starting to get interested in these kinds of things to begin their research. Whether or not you believe in the supernatural the people in these stories do and it is interesting to get their firsthand accounts as to what happened. Scott Dabbs keeps the narration flowing at a good pace and keeps you engaged in the stories.

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

  • The Great Book of Rock Trivia: Amazing Trivia, Fun Facts & the History of Rock and Roll

  • By: Bill O'Neill
  • Narrated by: Scott Miller
  • Length: 4 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 7

The Great Book of Rock Trivia contains hundreds of riveting facts about your favorite rock songs.  Whether you’re interested in what your favorite musicians like to do in their spare time, where they get the ideas for their music, or which artist had an exorcism in his home, you’re in for a treat. This book will satisfy your curiosity and help you impress your friends with your rock and roll knowledge.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bill O'Neill does it again

  • By alias11 on 01-14-19

The Great Book Of Rock Trivia

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

Reviewed: 01-27-19

This book is a fun and entertaining listen. It is full of musical facts and trivia, some you may know and some a little more obscure. It runs the gamut from the beginnings of rock and roll to the present day. Each chapter gives you a quiz at the end to see how much more you may know about the music scene. As a big music fan this is an engaging and interesting book that gives you a glimpse at some of the behind the scenes information. I enjoyed finding out many of the facts about the musicians.
Narrator Scott Miller energetic narration makes this a fun listen.

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

  • Criminal Activity in the Hoosier Heartland

  • Small Town Crime Stories
  • By: David Boyer
  • Narrated by: Tyler L
  • Length: 2 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3

In the audiobook Criminal Activity in the Hoosier Heartland, author David Boyer offers up tales that have no happy endings, no Prince Charming or fairy-tale romances. Truth is much stranger than fiction, as these tales will prove beyond the shadow of a doubt. In the author's world, deep, dark secrets lie beneath the friendly, normal facade known as Knox County, Indiana. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good!

  • By mandy on 02-13-19

Criminal Activity in the Hoosier Heartland

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

Reviewed: 01-27-19

This book is an interesting mix of stories about small town people that will have you thinking twice about such idealistic places and the people wo live there. You never know what could be going on behind closed doors. Each chapter shows us that horror comes in many different forms. The author waves some engaging fictional horror stories that are supposed to contain some truth to them. Narrator Tyler L. keeps the narration flowing nice and clear as we listen to this collection of stories.

I received this audiobook at my request and I voluntarily wrote a review.

  • The Meaning of Blood: and Other Tales of Perversity

  • By: Chuck Caruso
  • Narrated by: Eric J. McAnallen
  • Length: 6 hrs
  • 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

In The Meaning of Blood: and Other Tales of Perversity, award-winning author and Edgar Allan Poe scholar Chuck Caruso combines his deep roots in the American Gothic with his own contemporary sense of macabre humor. These 15 stories of dark fiction range from crime thrillers to western noir to grotesque horror. Each twisted tale displays Caruso's unique blend of wry prose, feverish storytelling, and tragically flawed characters discovering that even the most innocent encounter can lead to death. Or sex. Or both. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great stories and great performance

  • By Pamela M. Neumann on 01-30-19

The Meaning of Blood

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

Reviewed: 01-25-19

This was an interesting collection of short horror stories. Each one giving the listener a look into a new world and characters. The stories pull the listener into the different worlds and characters. Many are based on the old western frontier and its happenings. Each story stands on its own and is a complete story never leaving you wondering what happens. They move along at a good pace and never leave you bored. As with any collection there were some stories that I enjoyed more than others but as a whole this collection is a good listen. Narrator Eric J. McAnallen speaks clearly and keeps the narration flowing and keeps the listener engaged in the stories.

I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Dying to Get Married

  • The Courtship and Murder of Julie Miller Bulloch
  • By: Ellen Harris
  • Narrated by: Lee Ann Howlett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31

Dying to Get Married is a modern day morality tale of the perversion of an American dream. Julie Miller was a successful executive, who, through a newspaper ad, met who she thought was "Mr. Right". Little did she know that he had a violent past and a predisposition for bizarre sexual rituals.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Snake In The Grass . . .

  • By Polly Poizendem on 12-20-18

Dying to Get Married

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

Reviewed: 01-23-19

This is a sad story of pain and arrogance. From the court documents and the witnesses it truly points to the direction of guilty. Dennis Bullock seemed to manipulate everything in his life all the way to the end of his trials. Poor Julie Miller was a naive and ill person who was taken advantage of right from the start and sadly died because of her wish to have a family of her own. Listeners get to hear about the trial and also main points in each of Dennis and Julie's lives before they meet. Giving some insight on their personalities and maybe why they do what they do. We will never know the truth of what really happened between these two and hopefully something like this will never happen again. This was also an interesting look at how some of the trial and police procedures were done during this time. Narrator Lee Ann Howlett speaks clearly and at a good pace keeping the narrative flowing.

I received this audiobook at my request and I voluntarily wrote a review.