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  • Jessica's Challenge

  • Puatera Online, Book 5
  • By: Dawn Chapman, Jess Mountifield
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Barbetta
  • Length: 3 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

With her future decided, 18-year-old Jessica and her sisters sneak off for one last night of fun. Breaking into their mother's lab, the three of them are thrust into the glitchy online world of Puatera. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Freakin' love Puatera-Online stories...

  • By Lonnie-The GreatNorthernTroll-Moore on 09-03-18

Realistic game outline

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

Reviewed: 08-31-18

This is the first book I’ve read/listened to by these authors and I can’t wait to listen to another. In fact, I already have more waiting in my library. Despite not listening to the previous books, I had no issues getting into or understanding this story.
The book centres around Jessica as she attempts to find her sisters, after they have all become trapped in the game. She gains the help of other players and characters in the game. I’ve read other RPG books, but this is the first one to be outlined like a real game. Jessica’s stats are commented on, her training levels increase and quests pop up upon the completion of other quests or tasks. I’m not a gamer and do not fully understand all the terms etc. I’ve played only one game (Elder Scrolls), and this book is very reminiscent of it without going into details that are over my head. The storyline flows very well, is an easy, uncomplicated listen, and does not seem forced when mingled with the game stats, etc.

This is the first book I’ve listened to by this narrator (Suzanne Barbetta) and I look forward to listening to another. She did a great job voicing all the characters and helped draw me into the book.

There are no explicit sex scenes, excessive violence or swearing.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and voluntarily left this unbiased review. Please feel free to comment on whether you found my review helpful.

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  • The Light: Tales from a Revolution - New Jersey

  • Tales from a Revolution Series, Book 2
  • By: Lars D. H. Hedbor
  • Narrated by: Shamaan Casey
  • Length: 4 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

As a Quaker blacksmith, Robert is used to the challenges of fire and iron, but when the American Revolution splinters his own family and threatens his community, he will wrestle with questions of belief and philosophy. He must rely on his inner light to keep his family safe, and lead them to freedom. The Light is Lars Hedbor's standalone novel set in New Jersey from his Tales From a Revolution series, in which he examines the American War of Independence as it unfolded in each of the colonies. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another great story by Lars D. H. Hebdor

  • By Sara on 08-05-18

Which is the correct path?

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

Reviewed: 08-31-18

This is the second book I’ve read/listened to by this author and I would listen to another. Ive previously listened to The Declaration.

Like in The Declaration, the characters in this story are not conveniently placed in areas of importance that have a poignant effect on the times. They could be any average person happening to be alive during this era. Their lives are, of course, influenced by the turmoil around them. This book gives a wonderful glimpse into a realistic scenario and the possible upheaval in peoples lives during the beginning of the American Revolution. It centres around a Quaker, Robert, who struggles with his religious beliefs, and a feeling of wrongdoing by the English Crown and soldiers. His livelihood is threatened many times. He relies on a few friends, and together they attempt to navigate through the upheaval and injustices while determining where their beliefs and tolerances lie.

This is the second book I’ve listened to by this narrator (Shamaan Casey, who also did the first book in this series) and I would listen to another. His attempt at an Irish accent was awkward, but his female characters were well done. I enjoyed the tone of his voice.

There are no explicit sex scenes, excessive violence or swearing.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and voluntarily left this unbiased review. Please feel free to comment on whether you found my review helpful.

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  • The Travels of Reverend Olafur Egilsson

  • The Story of the Barbary Corsair Raid on Iceland in 1627
  • By: Karl Smari Hreinsson, Adam Nichols
  • Narrated by: Bruce Kramer
  • Length: 6 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

In the summer of 1627, Barbary corsairs raided Iceland, killing dozens of people and abducting close to 400 to sell into slavery in Algiers. Among those taken was the Lutheran minister Reverend Olafur Egilsson. Reverend Olafur wrote The Travels to chronicle his experiences both as a captive and as a traveler across Europe (he journeyed alone from Algiers to Copenhagen in an attempt to raise funds to ransom the Icelandic captives who remained behind). 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sad, Fascinating and Compelling All In One

  • By HistoryBuff on 09-03-18

Fascinating extra information provided

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

Reviewed: 08-31-18

This is the first book I’ve read/listened to by these authors and I would gladly listen to another.
The first 40 minutes is an introduction to the travels explaining some background and context to expand upon the peoples involved.
Next is Reverend Olafur’s travel book which comprises less than two hours. He does not just write a blow by blow of his trials to get home. Interestingly, his notes are his comments and interpretations about the places and peoples he comes in contact with, and acknowledgements of those who helped him.
The last four hours of the book is broken into two parts. The first part involves letters written by captives and eye-witnesses that avoided capture, as well as information to expand upon the letters. The second part is the appendices broken into three parts: 1. Algiers 2. Seventeenth century Iceland, Olafur and information about currencies 3. General discussion of the times and beliefs.
All the rest of the book is not wasted time however. I love all the extra information, history and letters. They round out the story wonderfully and questions that arose in my mind listening to the travel book were graciously answered in the appendix.

A discrepancy I found is the beginning of the book mentions 40 people killed and 400 captured. The end of the book mentions 40 people killed, 240 captured and initial island population of 400.

This is the first book I’ve listened to by this narrator (Bruce Kramer) and I would listen to another. He does a good job narrating. It feels like I’m sitting down in an audience listening to a college professor (an interesting one). I don’t speak Icelandic, but his pronunciations of Icelandic names sounded fluid.

There are no explicit sex scenes, excessive violence or swearing.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and voluntarily left this unbiased review. Please feel free to comment on whether you found my review helpful.

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  • Chasing Aledwen

  • A Paranormal Reverse Harem Novel (Fated Seasons: Spring)
  • By: Laura Greenwood
  • Narrated by: Hollie Whitmore
  • Length: 4 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21

No one said being a princess was easy, and for Aledwen, the fae princess of spring, it's even harder. Especially with her lack of magic and the upcoming Birth of Spring. A ceremony she should be performing for the first time but can't. Luckily, she doesn't have to figure it out alone. Though at times, her shifter mates seem to be more of a hindrance than a help, and her elf's sense of duty may just override the bond between them. Can Aledwen become the queen she was always meant to be? Or will she be stuck as a magic-less princess?  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Need more now

  • By Motherof2 on 08-01-18

Narration is 5 stars. Could be an interesting book

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

Reviewed: 08-28-18

This is the first book I’ve read/listened to by this author and I am torn whether to listen to another. I had no idea what a reverse harem novel was like when I listened to this. I’m not a romance novel reader/listener. When it got to the first sex scene I’d wondered what I’d gotten myself into and was ready to fast forward. Thankfully it was not very detailed, because for me, I get bored listening and want to get onto the rest of the story.
I felt the main storyline moved too conveniently and quickly, without much depth (maybe that is a characteristic of romance novels). The details about the society, how the princess/queen roles work, etc, were all touched upon enough to be interested but not enough understand what they are let or where the story might be going with it. I think the storyline is original and it could be a great series and I’m curious how the story plays out, but I prefer more depth to stories and connection to characters.

This is the second book I’ve listened to by this narrator (Hollie Whitmore / Jodie Hollie-Anne) and I would listen to another. I really enjoyed her reading of Raven’s Sight: A Victorian Paranormal Mystery (which has some romance but no described sex), so I chose this book because i wanted to listen to something else she narrated. She voices the characters well and brings out the story in her narration.

There are no overly explicit sex scenes, however there are sex scenes. There is no excessive violence or swearing

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and voluntarily left this unbiased review.
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  • The Seduction of Eva Volk

  • A Novel of Hitler's Christians
  • By: C. D. Baker
  • Narrated by: Michael Wolf
  • Length: 12 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5

Never before undertaken in a novel, The Seduction of Eva Volk is an inside look at the not-so-simple paradox of a Christian culture proclaiming faith in Führer with bullets and bombs. Through the eyes of young Eva, the alluring charm of the Hitler movement is personified in a lover. Desperately seeking wholeness in her broken world, she is quickly swept away by the thrilling passions of love and war...until she finds herself facing the agonizing consequences of lost sight. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Looking from a different perspective

  • By Margaret on 08-20-18

Looking from a different perspective

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

Reviewed: 08-20-18

This is the second book I’ve read/listened to by this author (previously The Pursuit of Leviathan) and I would listen to another.

This story was quite interesting, very believable, and thought provoking.
It follows Eva from when she’s a young girl (and a tragic event happens) and Hitler is just starting to have influence, to well after she’s married and Hitler dies. We see the slow progression of the Nazi party- starting with the initial positive changes for the German people, to the downward spiral into a war torn country dealing with war shortages, cruelty by their own neighbors, and increasing concern over their Führer’s intentions / involvement in horrendous events. To me, parts were reminiscent of the frog in the pot of boiling water- increase the heat gradually and they are blind to what’s really happening until it’s too late.

This is the first book I’ve listened to by this narrator (Michael Wolf) and I would listen to another. He did a wonderful job narrating this book. His portrayal of the characters added to the book making listening a pleasant experience.

There are no explicitly described sex scenes but the topic of rape and marital abuse does arise. There is no excessive violence or swearing, but there is some descriptions of the war but not terribly detailed.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and voluntarily left this unbiased review.
Please feel free to comment on whether you found my review helpful.

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  • Lit

  • The Alt Apocalypse, Book 2
  • By: Tom Abrahams
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 6 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75

In Lit, Abrahams tells the story of a couple on a camping trip to the Angeles National Forest, a Los Angeles firefighter, a lonely fry cook, and a group of college students who struggle to escape and survive in Southern California after an unprecedented outbreak of wild and urban fires. Can they escape the flames? Will they become heroes or run from danger? What will it take to end a fiery hell on earth?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very interesting premise

  • By KS on 07-22-18

Localized Apocalypse

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

Reviewed: 08-20-18

This is the second book I’ve read/listened to by this author and I look froward to listening to another. I really liked how this book was a local, not world wide disaster, and how the different characters interacted. The entire story happened over the course of many hours in several locations around UCLA and the Angeles National Forest in California. As I expected in Ash, we see different aspects of the characters personalities. The characters did not start in exactly the same locations as they did in Ash.

This is the second book I’ve listened to by Kevin Pierce. He did Ash: Alt Apocalypse, the previous book in this series. I enjoyed listening to the sound of his voice. He did well with the character voices- they sounded subtly different, but they were discernible.

There are no explicit sex scenes, excessive violence or swearing.

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

  • The Ugly Duckling

  • By: Hans Christian Andersen
  • Narrated by: Gregg Rizzo
  • Length: 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

When the story begins, a mother duck's eggs hatch. One of the little birds is perceived by the other birds and animals on the farm as a homely little creature and suffers much verbal and physical abuse from them. He wanders sadly from the barnyard and lives with wild ducks and geese until hunters slaughter the flocks. He finds a home with an old woman. The duckling sees a flock of migrating wild swans. He is delighted and excited, but he cannot join them, for he is too young and cannot fly.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not the story you read to your kids

  • By Nick B on 08-06-18

Well narrated

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

Reviewed: 08-10-18

This is first time I’ve read/listened to this version of the story. Quite enjoyable. Not as dark as I thought it might be considering the trend of stories written in this age.

This is the fourth book I’ve listened to by Greg Rizzo. All have been classic stories. He does well reading these books and does not over exaggerate the words despite the intended audience is children. This is a good thing.

There are no explicit sex scenes, excessive violence or swearing.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and voluntarily left this unbiased 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
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11

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

Interesting bassis in folklore

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

Reviewed: 08-10-18

This is the first book I’ve read/listened to by this author. I enjoyed the author’s notes after each short story. They added a level of interest, and insight into his intent behind the story. They improved my take on the stories since I felt the stories were average. The conclusion to the book tied all the stories together nicely. The main character lacked depth and I never came to feel for the guy. I don’t think it would have taken much to flesh out his personal story a bit more. The Chinese folklore (that the stories were based on) was interesting.

This is the first book I’ve listened to by this narrator (Anthony Lee). His narration tone was pleasant, and his character voices were good. However, his overall narration was average. He put inflections on words that people would not do when in conversation or relating a tale. This can made listening to the book more difficult to listen to because it disrupts the flow.

There are no explicit sex scenes, excessive violence or swearing.

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

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Formation: Age of Expansion

  • The Ghost Squadron, Book 1
  • By: Michael Anderle, Sarah Noffke, J. N. Chaney
  • Narrated by: Chris Abernathy
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 64
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 64

After 10 years of wandering the outer rim of the galaxy, Eddie Teach is a man without a purpose. He was one of the toughest pilots in the Federation, but now he’s just a regular guy, getting into bar fights and making a difference wherever he can. It’s not the same as flying a ship and saving colonies, but it’ll have to do. That is, until General Lance Reynolds tracks Eddie down and offers him a job. There are bad people out there. Someone has to stop them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Kurtherian Gambit Series, with all the trimmings.

  • By Ron ... a fan of exciting books! on 01-20-18

Holding out for improvement

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

Reviewed: 08-08-18

This book did not feel like a “Sara Noffke” book to me. I have not previously read/ listened to anything written by the other two authors. It’s quite a bit cookie cutter and predictable and the dialogue is pretty generic and basic. There’s not much detail about this world or depth to the characters- although I’m curious about their story, I don’t truly feel attached to them. Despite this, I am intrigued by the story. I was thinking I would give one more book a try to see if it improved. Then I learned Sara Noffke did not have as much of a role in writing this book as she did with the rest in this series. That makes me much more interested to listen to subsequent books! I’ve previously listened to eleven books by Sara Noffke and loved them all.

This is the first book I’ve listened to by this narrator (Chris Abernathy). He does a pretty good job reading this book. He has many distinct character voices, and did well reading the story to submerge the reader into it. What I found awkward was the voices he choose for Hatch and Eddie. Their voices are kinda high and it was as though they were always yelling (even when he was hungover).

There are no explicit sex scenes. There is a lot of fighting but not overly descriptive violence. There is swearing.

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

  • The Reverians Series Boxed Set

  • By: Sarah Noffke
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Klett
  • Length: 23 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45

In the happy, clean community of Austin Valley, everything appears to be perfect. Seventeen-year-old Em Fuller, however, fears something is askew. Em is one of the new generation of dream travelers. For some reason, the gods have not seen fit to gift all of them with special abilities.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • If you loved the Lucidites series, you'll like it

  • By Claire McAdams Photography on 05-18-17

This is one evil guy

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

Reviewed: 08-07-18

These are the ninth to eleventh books I’ve read/listened to by this author (Defects, Rebels, Warriors). I’ve previously listened to The Olento Series, Ren Series. I want to listen to everything about these characters!

This is another fabulous series. These books focus on an isolated society of Dream Travellers and the subservient non-Dream Travellers that work for them. They are all “ruled” by a narcissistic, manipulative man and his cohorts.
Em is amongst the oldest of the generations in which their gifts are not manifesting. Throughout the three books we learn why, and what her and her friends can do about it. Of course, it’s not easy. I love that Ren makes an appearance in each book. Although he has a role in these stories, I also like that he is not taking a leadership role.

These books are easy reads/listens and appropriate for young teens to adults. There are no explicit sex scenes, excessive violence or swearing.

These are the sixth to eighth books I’ve listened to by Elizabeth Klett. All previous books were by this author. The voices she gives the characters are distinct and appropriate. She brings out their personalities and the action of the story. I prefer to listen to at 1.25 speed but these books easily can be played at 1.5x speed.

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