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  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

  • By: Marvel Press
  • Narrated by: Cary Hite
  • Length: 2 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22

In this full retelling of the upcoming film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, listeners are introduced to Brooklyn teen Miles Morales as he juggles his normal high school life with the infinite possibilities of the Spider-Verse, where more than one can wear the mask. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Into the Spider-Verse was great

  • By tammy on 01-26-19

Spider-Verse from Mile's perspective

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

Reviewed: 03-22-19

Into the Spider-Verse adapts the 2018 Sony film into a book format that focuses entirely from Miles' POV, which is honestly disappointing, as the source film is already seen primarily through Miles' POV. We lost a few scenes that Miles was not present for in the movie, such as the Spider's infiltration of the Kingpin's dinner, and, my biggest gripe with this adaptation, we don't see any scenes through the others' eyes. One of the greatest strengths of adaptations is being able to get inside the characters' heads to show exactly their thoughts and feelings, and this book fails to add anything to the narrative.

Adaption: Weaker than the movie. No new information added.

Recommended for: Fans of the Spider-Verse comics and movie.

Overall, 3/5. It's fine...just could've been great.

  • The Great Book of 1990s Trivia: Crazy Random Facts and 90s Trivia

  • Trivia Bill's Nostalgic Trivia Books
  • By: Bill O'Neill
  • Narrated by: Scott Miller
  • Length: 5 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

In this nostalgic trivia book, we will revisit every fascinating storyline from the 1990s, a decade of evolving technology and science advances and shocking violence. Hear about monstrous natural disasters, police brutality, abuses of power by government officials, and rioting citizens who fought back against them.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Guess not only 90's kids remember the 90's....

  • By Luke on 03-22-19

Guess not only 90's kids remember the 90's....

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

Reviewed: 03-22-19

O'Neill began his Nostalgic Trivia series with a look at the 80's; and now he's back with a look at the 90's. I enjoyed the trivia and facts sprinkled throughout the novel, especially since despite being born in '93, I have very little primary or even secondary knowledge of the decade's most important events (Between being a child and public schooling rarely teaching beyond the WW2 period). So that's pretty neat.

Accuracy: Near as I can tell, he's accurate and isn't obviously biased.

Narration: Miller is consistent as his other titles, no complaints.

**I was provided with a free promotional copy; at my request, and have voluntarily left a fair and honest review**

  • The Great Book of Ohio: The Crazy History of Ohio with Amazing Random Facts & Trivia

  • A Trivia Nerds Guide to the History of the United States, Book 6
  • By: Bill O'Neill
  • Narrated by: Scott Miller
  • Length: 3 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

Want to learn more about the state of Ohio? How much do you really know about the Buckeye State? There’s so much to learn about the state that even natives don’t know! In this audiobook, you’ll learn more about Ohio’s history, pop culture, folklore, sports, and so much more! This audiobook is packed with trivia facts about Ohio. Some of the facts are surprising, some of them are strange, and some of them are goosebumps-inducing, but all of them are fascinating.  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Ohio's Turn

  • By Luke on 03-22-19

Ohio's Turn

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

Reviewed: 03-22-19

O'Neill continues on his American states series with Ohio. Now, as a Michigander (born & raised), I have an innate hatred of all things Ohio, but even I need to admit this was a good entry in the series. In all seriousness, it's a good overview of the roughly last 150 yrs of Ohioan history.

Audio: Miller has narrated a few of O'Neill's other titles, and brings his same quality here. I still wish they added in an additional effect or a different pronunciation to differ between the main text, headings and sub headings; but that's a small quibble.

Recommended for: American history nerds

**I was provided with a promotional copy; at my request, and have voluntarily left a fair and honest review**

  • Wraith Knight

  • By: C. T. Phipps
  • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
  • Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32

The King Below, Enemy of the World, is dead. Will his successor save the world...or rule it? Jacob Riverson was once the greatest hero of an age. Cut down during what should have been the final battle against the King Below, he was condemned to centuries of torment as a Wraith Knight in the service of said monster. With the destruction of his master, Jacob finds his free will returning and discovers he is in a world torn by civil war between the King Below's former slaves and the heroes who "saved" them.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • He who fights monsters

  • By Luke on 03-22-19

He who fights monsters

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

Reviewed: 03-22-19

Wraith Knight is a twist on the classic saying: He who fights monsters; becomes a monster. However; what happens when a monster fights heroes? Our main character is a man out of time; returned to the world of the living about 250 years after his heroic death fighting the dark lords' forces, but when he returns he is one of those forces. As he tries to learn what happened, he learns of the current plight facing the mortal realm and joins forces with two women: one a martial fanatic (featured on the cover), the other a shunned witch. These women are both pretty compelling and provide more than the usual fare of 'generic love interest'

Rep: The main women characters are both bisexual (ex-lovers), and all three main characters are seemingly poly-amorous, which is nice to see.

Audio: Berkot is enjoyable to listen to, everyone has a distinct voice, and the audio quality is good. No complaints here.

Recommended for: Fans of nuanced villains and heroes

**I was provided with a promotional copy, at my request, and have voluntarily left a fair and honest review**

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  • Humanity's Edge

  • The Complete Trilogy
  • By: Paul B Kohler
  • Narrated by: Wayne Mitchell
  • Length: 18 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 21

The Crazed are flesh-hungry monsters. Can civilization survive...and escape from the edge of humanity? Three books of non-stop zombie action that audiences are calling "fresh" with "dollops of violence" to satisfy even the most discriminating post-apocalyptic fan. From an Amazon best-selling author.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • An honest review

  • By W. Pierce on 01-01-19

It's ok

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

Reviewed: 01-13-19

The plot comes straight outta a ScyFy channel tv movie: asteroid falls, people get sick, zombies ensue. The military is heavy handed and only the local town sheriff can (or will) do the right thing.

Just as the cheesy B-movie plot demands, there's strange tech that the military seems to take for granted, despite being a huge game changer (yes, I'm talking about the Force fields). Anyways,

I'll be honest, there's not much that sets this one apart from other zombie stories. There are lesbian and bisexual characters, and while it's important to me that there's representation in media, even these folks are pretty badly written.

Narrator: Mitchell isn't bad, but sometimes you just can't do much with the material you're given.

Recommended for: zombie and B-list sci-fi thriller fans.

**I was provided with a free promotional copy, at my request, and have voluntarily left a fair and honest review**

  • B-17 Flying Fortress Restoration

  • By: Jerome J McLaughlin
  • Narrated by: Bill Nevitt
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16

Through engaging narrative and first-person accounts, B-17 Flying Fortress Restoration captures the painstaking restoration of a World War II-vintage Boeing B-17 bomber by more than 100 volunteers in Pooler, GA. Airplane restoration and military aviation enthusiasts alike can follow the airplane's journey from the storage hangers of the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum to the Combat Gallery of the Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great for Aviation enthusiasts

  • By cosmitron on 10-18-18

"Now back to the story"

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-13-19

Title is an oft-repeated phrase, and unfortunately it does get annoying. But as far as actually telling about the restoration, it's informative. Perhaps not the most interesting story ever told, but I did enjoy learning about the process behind the restoration project.

Nevitt is a fine narrator, rarely did I notice any background noise or mispronounced words.

Recommended for: anyone interested in learning the ins & outs of a restoration project for museums.

**I was provided with a free promotional copy, at my request, and have voluntarily left a fair and honest review**

  • The American Revolutionary War Trivia Book: Interesting Revolutionary War Stories You Didn't Know

  • Trivia War Books, Book 5
  • By: Bill O'Neill, Dwayne Walker
  • Narrated by: Derek Newman
  • Length: 3 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

Welcome to the 1770s, the decade of big hats, big wigs, and big ideas. You might have learned about the American Revolution in history classes, but this book will tell you everything your teachers couldn’t.  

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointed

  • By brian beirne on 03-01-19

Revolutionary War Trivia

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

Reviewed: 01-13-19

Bill O'Neill returns to the Trivia series with an entry on the American Revolutionary War, including its major causes and some of the lasting effects. As always, O'Neill is a great historian, rarely shying away from the less comfortable facts, such as the foundation of a 'free' country that relies heavily on the usage of slave labor.

Newman is a good narrator, although I still wish for a better distinction between text and headings. It's a small quibble though.

Recommended for: American history buffs, war history buffs.

**I was provided with a free promotional copy, at my request, and have voluntarily left a fair and honest review**

  • Ex-Heroes

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder, Khristine Hvam
  • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8,493
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,858
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,880

Stealth. Gorgon. Regenerator. Cerberus. Zzzap. The Mighty Dragon. They were heroes. Vigilantes. Crusaders for justice, using their superhuman abilites to make Los Angeles a better place. Then the plague of living death spread around the globe. Despite the best efforts of the superheroes, the police, and the military, the hungry corpses rose up and overwhelmed the country. The population was decimated, heroes fell, and the city of angels was left a desolate zombie wasteland like so many others.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Superheros, Villians & Zombies... mmm heaven

  • By The Zombie Specialist on 08-16-13

Capes & Zombies

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

Reviewed: 01-07-19

Ex-Heroes, by Peter Clines, is a zombie story set in a universe where superpowered humans had just become entering the spotlight before the apocalypse started. The heroes are commanded by the mysterious Stealth (think: Batwoman), and led by the pure-hearted St. George, who's basically a dragon. This story shows how the world ended and gives all the heroes a chapter for their origin story.

Thankfully, this is an action story, not horror (or gore-or, as is more common). Yes, there will be disturbing imagery, but it's relatively tame.

Narration: I enjoyed the duo narration team of Snyder & Hvam voicing male & female characters, respectively. If the chapter POV is from a male character, Snyder narrates the majority, if the POV narrator is female, Hvam takes the reins. It helped give a little bit of a change to break the monotony of listening to the same voice for hours on end.

Recommended for: Fans of the superhero and zombie genres.

  • The Great Book of American Trivia: Fun Random Facts & American History

  • Trivia USA 2
  • By: Bill O'Neill
  • Narrated by: Derek Newman
  • Length: 3 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 18

Slept through high school history? Need a more entertaining refresher than a dusty textbook? Want to learn more about America and its interesting history? Pick up The Great Book of American Trivia, the ultimate compendium of American trivia and little-known facts. A quick audiobook packed with information. A novelty among trivia books, here you’ll learn the real stories, the mysteries, and the fascinating tidbits about American history from its first inhabitants to present day.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • American History Express

  • By cosmitron on 02-17-18

American history

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

Reviewed: 11-28-18

This edition covers a vast swath of American history, albeit mostly post-colonization. O'Neill and Newman, as always, do a good work on presenting history in an entertaining fashion. O'Neill also makes a point that sometimes the history we know isn't always the most accurate history, due in part to the survivor's ability to not only write the history, but also edit it to the survivor's favor.

As far as I can tell, everything is reported on in a fair and accurate manner. Most notably, O'Neill continues to include information discovered and recent history right up until its publication date - even as a former history major I've been hard-pressed to find any American history texts including data post-WW2, let alone anything past the 70's!

Audio: Newman is great, I enjoy his narration.

**I was provided with a promotional copy, at my request, and have voluntarily left a fair and honest review**

  • Bark

  • Episode I: Mutated Beginnings
  • By: Daniel Peyton
  • Narrated by: Michael Tovar
  • Length: 4 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

 

In a world where Super-Normals are more common and super villain threats to society more extreme, Joshua Henderson faces a new reality when he is transformed by a greedy scientist into a half-dog, half-man creature with super powers, taking not only his humanity, but his past memories, as well. With only tiny shreds of his memory intact and his speech reduced to the mere gibberish of barking, Joshua takes refuge with the other Super-Normals of the United Corps of Heroes. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A good story but needs to be longer.

  • By cosmitron on 09-07-18

<Dog pun here>

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

Reviewed: 11-28-18

Bark, Episode 1: Mutated Beginnings is an origin story. An unpowered man is experimented on, and gains various powers, mostly all related to dog-themed powers; including super smell, natural weapons, and inability to speak human languages.

Pretty simple hero story, but I enjoyed it. It'll be interesting to see what happens next.

Audio: Tovar is okay, but there are a few technical hiccups now and again (such as a repeated sentence or unedited cough)

Recommended for: fans of the super-hero genre

**I was provided with a promotional copy, at my request, and have voluntarily left a fair and honest review**