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  • How to Walk Like a Man

  • Howl at the Moon, Book 2
  • By: Eli Easton
  • Narrated by: Matthew Shaw
  • Length: 7 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 325
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 308
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 308

Deputy Roman Charsguard survived Afghanistan where he lost his best friend - his K-9 handler James. Roman was a military dog until two years ago when he developed the ability to shift into a human. It's not easy to learn how to be a man. He found a place to live in Mad Creek, a haven for the secret world of dog shifters. Finding a reason to live has been harder. That is, until a certain human walks into the Mad Creek Sheriff's office and starts making trouble.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant, funny, sexy, and heartwarming!

  • By Belen on 02-21-16

Addictive

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

Reviewed: 08-14-18

Fantastic book, addictive series. It's hard to sum up what I love about this series. I got sucked into the first one and bought the second one immediately. Then I had to get the third and fourth before I could even finish the second one.

Poor Roman. I love dogs, I love shifters, and I love stories about cute couples. This was perfect. Still, poor Roman. He's adorable. Easton knows dog breeds.

The writing, pacing, and imagination were all excellent. The narration and production quality were top-notch. I would write more, but I have to listen to the next book NOW. All in one sitting. No sleep.

  • How to Howl at the Moon

  • Howl at the Moon, Book 1
  • By: Eli Easton
  • Narrated by: Matthew Shaw
  • Length: 5 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 596
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 562
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 562

Sheriff Lance Beaufort is not going to let trouble into his town, no sir. Tucked away in the California mountains, Mad Creek has secrets to keep, like the fact that half the town consists of "quickened" - dogs who have gained the ability to become human. Descended on both sides from Border Collies, Lance is as alert a guardian as they come

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cute, warm and a little bit silly at times

  • By Ryuhi on 04-16-15

Adorable

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

I enjoyed this quite a lot. The writing and narration were both excellent. The pacing was spot on and the plot was good. Tim was goofy and cute, but I only really started liking him when Chance came along. Actually, the same goes for Lance. Even the miscommunication was done well without making me roll my eyes. I thought the outside conflict was going to go differently than it did, but that didn't detract from my enjoyment of it. I bought the second audiobook as soon as I finished and look forward to that one at well. Overall, it was a great book!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Pleasure Bound

  • Fantasy Swap Online, Book 2
  • By: Alyson Belle
  • Narrated by: JJ Jenness
  • Length: 4 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53

In the hyper-realistic player versus player MMORPG Fantasy Realms Online, Kromgorn the Barbarian remains trapped alongside his friends by the evil schemes of the Lich-Lord. But despite finding a temporary way to fight back against their enemies in the Secret Order, he's still stuck in the avatar of a simpering Courtesan named Lacey - a female character that was designed exclusively to get down and dirty with the in-game pleasure system. When the Lich-Lord's lackeys use a dirty trick to capture his best friends and guildmates, Kromgorn is forced to learn some dirty tricks of her own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun and Addictive Adventure

  • By Rain on 04-02-18

Fun and Addictive Adventure

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

Reviewed: 04-02-18

This is a fun and addictive adventure. I would love to experience a virtual world like this (and I'm not even a gamer) but I would be afraid of getting trapped in it. I'm enjoying the progression of Lacy and her abilities. Like the previous one, this isn't a finished story, but it doesn't end on a cliffhanger, either.

The narrator did a great job as well. His voice is pleasant and the production quality is great. I can understand every word and tell the characters apart.

I look forward to listening to the next audiobook.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Fantasy Swap Online, Book 1

  • By: Alyson Belle
  • Narrated by: J. J. Jenness
  • Length: 3 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 113
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 106
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 105

In the player-versus-player MMORPG, Fantasy Realms Online, people live out the fantasies they can't in real life, no matter how bloody or sexy they might be, and Kromgorn the Barbarian is no exception. But when the Lich-Lord releases a powerful spell that traps most of the players in the game permanently, Kromgorn accidentally winds up stuck in the avatar of his friend, Lacey - a stupid, low-level female character that was designed exclusively to get down and dirty with the in-game pleasure system.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Surprisingly fun

  • By C.T. on 05-19-18

Good book

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

Reviewed: 03-29-18

I enjoyed this book a lot. It was well written and easy to follow. It didn't end with everything solved, but it wasn't a cliff hanger, either. It wasn't deep and the villain wasn't fleshed out, but that isn't necessary with this kind of book. It's the perfect fun break from reality. I look forward to reading the sequel.

*I was given this book for free in exchange for my honest review. This didn't affect my opinion of it.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Villains Rule

  • The Shadow Master, Book 1
  • By: M. K. Gibson
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,181
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,120
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,115

Hi, how are you? Yes, I am talking to you, the reader of this book's description. Okay, I get it, fourth-wall breaking is overdone. Get over it. This book, Villains Rule, is a fantasy action-comedy which you have to hear. Not because it redefines the genre, far from it. But rather for what it contains. A villain's tale. How often do you get to listen to a story where the villain is the protagonist? No, not an anti-hero, or a brooding monster, nor a hero thinly disguised as a villain. And not evil. If you want evil, take that nonsense to therapy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ignore the cover art.

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-12-17

Pretty good despite distractions

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

Reviewed: 11-05-17

The writing was excellent, the story was entertaining, and the pacing kept me interested. The limitations the Shadow Master faced and the universe rules were reasonable.

The narration was perfect for this type of story, as the voice and tone fit the humor exactly. Jeffrey Kafer is a professional with flawless production quality, no mistakes, and good pacing. I never had trouble telling the characters apart or guessing anyone’s emotion.

The one problem I had was the Shadow Master repeatedly ridiculing the reader/listener. It took me out of the story completely and irritated me. I like to identify with the main character and I love siding with the villain. This made it impossible to do so. That being said, I enjoyed the ending quite a bit.

I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Off to Be the Wizard

  • By: Scott Meyer
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,878
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,247
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,246

It's a simple story. Boy finds proof that reality is a computer program. Boy uses program to manipulate time and space. Boy gets in trouble. Boy flees back in time to Medieval England to live as a wizard while he tries to think of a way to fix things. Boy gets in more trouble. Oh, and boy meets girl at some point.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hang in there

  • By Kelly on 03-04-17

Outstanding book with an exceptional performance

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

Reviewed: 07-03-17

I don’t know why I picked up this book. I am a straight fantasy reader and this book has no real magic. Fortunately, I decided to check out the sample (for some reason I can’t fathom) and I could not put it down. This is now in my top favorite books of all time, and the only one without magic. I literally cannot believe how much I loved it.

The humor is fantastic, the writing is brilliant, and the story is captivating. I can’t say I didn’t spot the villain from a mile away, but reading it was the most fun I’ve had in a long time. Every single day, I looked forward to getting my work done because it meant I could read more of this awesome book.

There is nothing I didn’t like about it. I am a huge fan of the author. I look forward to reading everything else he has and ever puts out.

Now, a book and a narrator can be amazing on their own without fitting together. In this case, the narrator could not be better suited for the book. He understood and performed the humor and characters’ personalities perfectly. His voice and production quality were great, making it easy to listen to it for hours on end.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Naked Prince and Other Tales from Fairyland

  • By: Joe Cosentino
  • Narrated by: Joel Leslie
  • Length: 3 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 36

Cinder, a poor and beautiful young man who designs clothing, makeup, and hair for his stepmother and stepsisters, offers his clothing and slippers to a naked stranger in the woods, who turns out to be none other than Prince Charming. Follow Cinder and Prince Charming in this twist on the classic Cinderella tale as they discover their inner strengths and find their very own happily ever after.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Charming, fun, sexy take on favorite fairy tales

  • By Cat on 11-16-16

Good twist on fairy tales

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

Reviewed: 04-01-17

Where does The Naked Prince and Other Tales from Fairyland rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I love stories that play on fairy tales, so I was excited to get this one. Although the first story was excellent, I wasn't so impressed with the following ones. They were still good, I just thought the first was the best. The writing style was good.

What did you like best about this story?

The first story.

What about Joel Leslie’s performance did you like?

He did an excellent job with his accents, pacing, and differentiating the characters.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The first story made me laugh a few times.

Any additional comments?

Definitely worth a listen if you like twists on fairy tales.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • One Good Dragon Deserves Another

  • Heartstrikers, Book 2
  • By: Rachel Aaron
  • Narrated by: Vikas Adam
  • Length: 18 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,042
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,778
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,768

After barely escaping the machinations of his terrifying mother, two all-knowing seers, and countless bloodthirsty siblings, the last thing Julius wants to see is another dragon. Unfortunately for him, the only thing more dangerous than being a useless Heartstriker is being a useful one. Now that he's got an in with the Three Sisters, Julius has become a key pawn in Bethesda the Heartstriker's gamble to put her clan on top.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Still fun and funny, with a few minor issues

  • By Wesley on 10-22-15

Excellent Sequal

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

Reviewed: 07-25-16

Sometimes sequels are disappointing when I thought the first book was perfect. That’s not the case with this book. Once again, I didn’t care for the opening and it took me a few chapters to get into it. I am so glad I stuck with it, though, because after two or three chapters, I couldn’t put it down.

Considering how many dragon books there are in the world, I am impressed by how unique and creative “Heartstrikers” 1 & 2 are. There wasn’t a single character that I thought was unnecessary or underplayed. The action, dialogue, and description were done very well.

The narrator did an excellent job. I could tell the characters apart, the accents were done well, and there was plenty of emotional depth. The voice for Julius in particular fit the character perfectly.

Overall, it was a creative idea written by an exceptional author that was brought to life by an impressive narrator. I’m eagerly awaiting the next book.

12 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • The Neverending Story

  • By: Michael Ende
  • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
  • Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,355
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,226
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,231

In this classic fantasy novel from author Michael Ende, small and insignificant Bastian Balthazar Bux is nobody's idea of a hero, least of all his own. Then, through the pages of an ancient, mysterious book, he discovers the enchanted world of Fantastica, and only Bastian himself can save the fairy people who live there. Shy, awkward Bastian is amazed to discover that he has become a character in the mysterious book he is reading and that he has an important mission to fulfill.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Masterpiece of Fantasy

  • By Rain on 07-25-16

Masterpiece of Fantasy

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

Reviewed: 07-25-16

First of all, please don’t judge this book on its movies. The book is split into two movies. While I liked the first movie (which was close to the book), I thought the second movie (which wasn’t close at all) was a bit of a joke. I also felt like Bastian in the movie was almost useless, and I wanted a better conclusion.

The book is a completely different matter. Never before have I cared so much about a character in a book. Bastian is a self-conscious, unpopular kid who makes up stories all the time and wants nothing more than to escape the humdrum of life to live in fantasy. I was exactly the same as a kid, and I read every fantasy book I could get my hands on. When I couldn’t find the story I wanted, I made it up. Sometimes, I wanted to hug Bastian, and sometimes I wanted to smack his stupid face, because he could be such an idiot, but he just wanted to help everyone.

My favorite part, and the one that made me care about him, was when Bastian said that he didn’t like books that tried to convince him that it was real; he wanted pure fantasy. Life was full of boringness. Nobody understood why I never read anything but fantasy, and the less believable, the more I wanted to get lost in it. And that is exactly what this book gave me. It is absolutely, utter fantasy. It’s a journey.

I liked Atreyu as well, as he is consistently brave and heroic, yet mortal, throughout. There wasn’t a single character or creature that I thought was unnecessary or underplayed. I disliked a number of them, but they made the story better. The writing was excellent, especially for a book translated from German. The scenes were well-done.

The narrator did this book justice. Except for Atreyu and Bastian, I could always tell everyone apart. Again, there were voices I didn’t like, but that was because of the characters/creatures themselves. He even did the rhyming, poetry, and singing better than I’ve ever heard from an audiobook. Fortunately, there was no music in the background. There were some times when the characters were whispering when I had to sit there with my thumb on the volume rocker, turning it up and down, but the story was just too good to let that bother me.

Overall, in the top ten books I’ve ever read in my entire life. It doesn’t matter if this book is meant for children, because it reminds me of the utter freedom I felt when I was a child and discovered a masterpiece of fantasy.

40 of 43 people found this review helpful

  • Raw Power: An Urban Fantasy Novel

  • Demon-Hearted, Book 1
  • By: Ambrose Ibsen
  • Narrated by: James Foster
  • Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 278
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 258
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 259

Howdy. My name's Lucian Colt. I'm one of those disgruntled millennials you've heard about on the evening news. I've got a master's degree in art history, a mountain of student loan debt, and no job to show for it. Wait, scratch that. I track down stolen pieces of art for wealthy clients and then beat whoever stole them to within an inch of their life. Say what you will, but it puts bread on the table.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story.

  • By Troublemer(tammy hovey) on 06-21-16

Decent

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

Reviewed: 07-25-16

First of all, this is not a book for children. It has some very gory scenes. I had to skip through scenes that felt like they were trying to be appalling. I get that some people like that, though.

It took me a while to get into it. It has a lot of simile, but when it started comparing bones breaking to cracking nutshells, I start thinking my car needed an oil change. Lucian kept doing things that threw me out of the story, like directly talking to the reader. I did like the writing and the story, and it had a great opening, but I wasn’t interested in the main character.

Lucian kept explaining his feelings and thoughts when it wasn’t necessary. For example, when he described the demon first taking over his body, it went on for many paragraphs, pretty much saying the same thing over and over. I couldn’t help but to think, everyone knows what it’s like to be possessed by a demon, so move on already. It did get better, but that was because I got used to it.

James Foster did a phenomenal job. The volume, the voices, the enthusiasm, and the tone were all spot on. He truly perfected the main character’s personality.

Overall, it was interesting enough to finish, but not one I would read over and over again. I would be willing to listen to more audiobooks by this author and narrator.

I received this audiobook for free in exchange for an honest review.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful