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  • Delirium

  • London Psychic, Book 2
  • By: J.F. Penn
  • Narrated by: Rosalind Ashford
  • Length: 7 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22

When a prominent psychiatrist is found murdered in the old hospital of Bedlam, Detective Sergeant Jamie Brooke finds herself investigating the history of madness to fathom the motive. Blake Daniel, a reluctant psychic, helps her to research the case, only to discover that his own family are entwined with the shadowy forces that seek to control the minds of the mad.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Insane or normal?

  • By Ann Keeran on 12-31-14

Delirium - Where madness touches the sane

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

Reviewed: 12-22-14

Where does Delirium rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is one of my top audiobooks in the thriller genre. I was on the edge of my seat from the moment of Dr Christian Monro is murdered. It was a wonderfully weaved story that brought mental health issues to the fore and built on the story of Detective Sergent Jamie Brooke from Desecration.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Blake Daniels is still my favourite character because he is a reluctant psychic and the death of his father was touching despite the painful history there. The mystery of his father and the distant yet deeply loving relationship he has with is mother were beautiful to me. I was so worried about him when he was kidnapped and well, I can't reveal what happens to him. All I am glad about is that Detective Sergent Jamie Brooke overcame of vulnerabilities and listened to her own intuition and went to him in his time of greatest need.

What does Rosalind Ashford bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I think that Rosalind Ashford brings a sense of authenticity to the London Psychic series and the characters become realistic in my mind from the way that she narrates and acts the story for the listener. Her use of tone and pace help bring this story to life in a way that I wouldn't necessarily experience if I were to read the book myself.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No. I listened to this book over a five day period. I enjoyed taking my time listening to the chapters that I could while I was in the car or on the train going to and from work. This book took me out of my daily life experiences and put me in a world of mystery, thrills and psychic chills.

Any additional comments?

J.F. Penn is a fantastic thriller author and definitely improving her writing craft with each and every book in the series.

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  • The Last Survivors

  • A Dystopian Society in a Post Apocalyptic World
  • By: Bobby Adair, T.W. Piperbrook
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 605
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 567
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 566

Survival in Man’s Second Dark Age...Three hundred years after the fall of society, the last fragments of civilization are clinging to life, living in the ruins of the ancient cities in nearly-medieval conditions. Technology has been reduced to legend, monsters roam the forests, and fear reigns supreme. But that is just the beginning...The wind-borne spores are spreading, disfiguring men and twisting their minds, turning them into creatures that threaten to destroy the townships.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Unique – enteraining – easy listening

  • By The Zombie Specialist on 11-28-14

The Last Survivors - WOW - I want more

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

Reviewed: 12-01-14

Would you consider the audio edition of The Last Survivors to be better than the print version?

I don't know if the audio is better than the print version as I have only listened to the audio book. But WOW what a fantastic story. I loved it. I hung off every word that Sean Runnette voice acted out the whole way through.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Oliver was my favourite character because he had a natural curiosity and used it to irritate the Bishop Winthrop. I loved his inability to not ask questions that would call the Bishop's views of the 'word' into question. He's an awesome character and I can't wait to find out what happens to him in the next book.

Which character – as performed by Sean Runnette – was your favorite?

Sean Runnette brought every character to life in a way that made them true individuals in my imagination. But if I had to pick one character that Sean Runnette performed as my favourite, it would be Minister Beck. Sean Runnette brought Beck's impatience, irritation and mocking of Father Winthrop into sharp focus. I loved the story and the way Sean Runnette voice acted the characters. Some where loving, some were nasty and cold and some were scary. It was fantastic to hear how Sean Runnette changed his voice to create light and shadow in the characters.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Yes, the scene where Ella and William drag Bray's body back into the cave after the altercation with the soldiers. And the fear that they experience (and I did too while listening) of the monsters outside the cave devouring the slain soldiers. That was one freaky scene that had me on the edge of my seat and totally absorbed in the audiobook.There were other scenes that evoked a strong reaction from me too but this scene was the nail-bitter for me.

Any additional comments?

I can't wait for the second book to come out. I'll be looking for it. Listening to this book, The Last Survivors, took me away from my world as I traveled to and from work on public transport. I was with Ella and William, Oliver and Franklin. I felt the humiliation of the women as they were cleansed and hated General Blackthorn for what he did to Ella's family and friends. The backstory that drip feeds through the book is intriguing as I learned about the history of how they came to be where they are as a society and the intricate weaving of the social and cultural fabric was brilliant.I thoroughly enjoyed listening to The Last Survivors. I am the perfect audience for a character driven, action packed dystopian story with a hint of science fiction and fantasy thrown in. Great work!

4 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Desecration

  • By: J.F. Penn
  • Narrated by: Rosalind Ashford
  • Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 98
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 88
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 90

When the body of a young heiress is found within the Royal College of Surgeons, Detective Sergeant Jamie Brooke is assigned to the case. She enlists Blake Daniel, a reluctant clairvoyant, to help her discover the message it holds. When personal tragedy strikes, Jamie has nothing left to lose and she must race against time to stop the mysterious Lyceum claiming another victim. As Jamie and Blake delve into a macabre world of grave robbery, body modification, and the genetic engineering of monsters, they must fight to keep their sanity, and their lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So much more than a thriller

  • By Michael Parsley on 06-10-14

Macabre Desecration Thriller Rocks

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

Reviewed: 07-01-14

Where does Desecration rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It is number 2 on my list of top audiobooks.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Blake Daniel was fantastic. A tortured man with a beautiful soul, running away from his calling in life. I laughed out loud at his dry sense of humour and cannot wait to see him appear in more of J. F. Penn's fantastic novels.

What does Rosalind Ashford bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Rosalind Ashford brought the characters to life through accent and pulling me into the story. Her way of connecting with the characters was fascinating and I could hear the raw emotion in her voice as she read chapter 14. That was one of the best chapters in the book!

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

I laughed at Blake Daniel's dry sense of humour and I cried, sobbed actually while sitting on the train home from work as I listened to chapter 14. I don't want to give what happens away but this was such a profound and deeply moving part of J. F. Penn's work. Lastly, I blanched quite a bit at the desecration and felt angry with the nasty inhumane characters. I wanted to help Jamie get out of danger and see her bring them to justice for the horrific crimes they committed.

Any additional comments?

I absolutely loved this audiobook and found that I literally could not stop listening. I was pulled into Jamie's world and as confronting as some of the events were in the story, I loved her and her gritty determination.This would have been a fantastic read, but the audiobook brings this story to life in a vivid way.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful