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  • Under the Big Black Sun

  • A Personal History of L.A. Punk
  • By: John Doe, Tom Desavia
  • Narrated by: Exene Cervenka, Henry Rollins, full cast
  • Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 355
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 322
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 322

Under the Big Black Sun explores the nascent Los Angeles punk rock movement and its evolution to hardcore punk as it's never been told before. Authors John Doe and Tom DeSavia have woven together an enthralling story of the legendary West Coast scene from 1977 to 1982 by enlisting the voices of people who were there. The book shares chapter-length tales from the authors along with personal essays from famous (and infamous) players in the scene.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A love song to the early punk days in LA.

  • By Brenda on 07-09-16

A love song to the early punk days in LA.

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

Reviewed: 07-09-16

Would you listen to Under the Big Black Sun again? Why?

I will without a doubt listen to Under the Big Black Sun again. There were so many brilliant moments that were expressed in such a way that it needs to be listened to more than once. Great stories that take you right there into the punk scene in Hollywood. I was there but I wasn't up close and personal with all the bands like these folk. Well, some but not as many. Everybody is in this book and they don't hold back.

Who was your favorite character and why?

There are too many great story tellers and stories to mention but I do have to say John Doe. His stories are all poignant, to the heart of things and gripping. Mike Watt did an amazing job, has the best voice. Robert Lopez told the sweetest of the stories and Tom DeSavia writes with a great life force. Jack Grisom killed it with his in your face story that I found appealing because he comes across honest and to the point. Quite startling at times.

Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This was by far the best audio version to ANY book I have listened to because all the authors lend their voices to their own stories. They all did an amazing job. Loved it and plan to keep Under the Big Black Sun on my desk top forever.

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

Much of this was close to home because I went to many of the same shows, knew many of the same people, went to the same clubs and stomping grounds and listened to the same music. In a way, this took me home, back to a past that I think of with mixed feelings but mostly good. It took me back to my coming-of-age story and I ate it up!

Any additional comments?

X always put on a good show and I was happy to be blessed to be amongst this group of outcasts and artistic types. The music the center stone to it all and this band put their souls into it. This book should definitely be read and for certain it's the old punks that will enjoy it the most. There is a real feeling of history here.

I loved being in John Doe's shoes. Most of us will never know what it feels like to be that alive. To be on stage and sharing a performance that feels as true to God that a non-religious person can feel. He takes us there with him and the view is spectacular.

Exene Cervenka writes with passion as she shares her love of The Doors and the music. In the day, I loved her Ike this and as a fan we didn't need her to be any more glamorous than she already was. To me, she was truth and it came across in the music she sang.

The common trend in most of these stories are about how things eventually started to change in LA. As she says, "That openness and nurturing nature of the scene in 1977 and thereabouts was changing."

The deterioration of something good is always a disappointment.

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  • The Healer

  • By: Christoph Fischer
  • Narrated by: Georgina Tate
  • Length: 6 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

When advertising executive Erica Whittaker is diagnosed with terminal cancer, western medicine fails her. The only hope left for her to survive is controversial healer Arpan. She locates the man whose touch could heal her, but finds he has retired from the limelight and refuses to treat her. Erica, consumed by stage four pancreatic cancer, is desperate and desperate people are no longer logical nor are they willing to take no for an answer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What would YOU do to save your life?

  • By JenTheRiot on 09-19-16

The Healer swept me off my feet immediately.

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

Reviewed: 06-30-16

What made the experience of listening to The Healer the most enjoyable?

The story is engaging and I was instantly involved in the drama. I love the authors use of language and natural dialog. I was entertained, emotionally involved and intrigued. The characters were believable and I listened with great interest. I had no idea where this story would take me but I was curious right away.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Healer?

I loved when Erica was able to meet Arpan, the Healer for the first time. We didn't know what to expect. It was a great scene that I could visualize as I listed to the narrator who did a very natural job of making me feel I was hearing this story from a character from the story rather than just a reader.

Which scene was your favorite?

I don't want to ruin the ending but it was very satisfying. I so badly wanted the healer to be able to cure Erica and I wanted the elixir to be a miracle cure.

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

I loved this story and found it inspirational even though we are dealing with life and death. The messages were strong and made me think about my own life.

Any additional comments?

Mr. Fischer's passion comes across in his writing as well as his attention to the human spirit. He writes with his heart and moves me as a reader.

  • Scribbler Tales Volume Five

  • By: Mary Ann Bernal
  • Narrated by: Roberto Scarlato
  • Length: 1 hr and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3

In her quest for immortality, Lilly considers a Satanic covenant before the portal closes on All Hallows' Eve in "Bloodlust". When Felicity meets exotic Seth on a flight to Luxor, her fairy-tale vacation is threatened by tomb robbers in "Illusion". "Manhunt" finds Tami and Mick suspecting the newest member of their team while planning one final heist at the Diamond Exchange. Dr. Brenda Lancaster must develop a cure for a mutated pathogen before mankind becomes extinct in "Pandemic".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Explosive! Great drama and suspense!

  • By Brenda on 08-13-15

Explosive! Great drama and suspense!

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

Reviewed: 08-13-15

Would you listen to Scribbler Tales Volume Five again? Why?

Because these are original stories that are fascinating. Dark and alluring. Not your average mystery. Had me wanting more. Hope there will be a Volume Six? I have read all five and loved them all.

What did you like best about this story?

All the stories are spellbinding and unique. They are haunting while they feel realistic. Definitely worth the great escape.

Which character – as performed by Roberto Scarlato – was your favorite?

I was drawn into Felictiy's plight in Illusion, were we travel to another country, the Ancient City of Thebes where romance is a must! Though Felicity could not believe her good luck, she would have to re-think that. Could this man be too good to be true? I felt for her. .Roberto did a wonderful job. Easy to listen to and his narratives were well done. These tales read like a clever mystery you would see on the big screen.

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

I just listened to this in one sitting but I would just listening to one short story at a time if you have a busy schedule. I love listening to audio books in the car. It helps take the focus off the stress and traffic. A really good way to get into a book. This one is a real treat.

Any additional comments?

Mary Ann Bernal’s Scribbler Tales Volume Five is filled with smart, suspenseful, riveting, and edge of your seat stories. Each one is a gem upon itself. I enjoyed their twists that I didn’t see coming. Very unique pieces that took me outside myself and welcomed into extraordinary adventures.

  • Scribbler Tales, Volume 4

  • By: Mary Ann Bernal
  • Narrated by: Roberto Scarlato
  • Length: 1 hr and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

In this compilation, Agent Richards races against time to find the daughter of a wealthy entrepreneur in "Abducted"; in "Cunning", a newlywed, who is obsessed with Transylvanian folklore, encounters her husband's mysterious kinsman; while a murderer flees a crime scene in "Reckless". Listen to these short stories, and more, in Scribbler Tales: Volume 4.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Scribbler Tales Volume Four is full of mystery

  • By Brenda on 06-06-15

Scribbler Tales Volume Four is full of mystery

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

Reviewed: 06-06-15

What did you love best about Scribbler Tales, Volume 4?

I love how unpredictable the stories were. They were all filled with mystery, suspense and big drama. Couldn’t put the book down if I tried. Enrapturing.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

The entire time, through all the stories I was on the edge of my seat. They are like watching short films in the movies. so fun and entertaining. A real treat. I have loved each volume. They all have something special to offer.

Which character – as performed by Roberto Scarlato – was your favorite?

I couldn't pick just one. There were so many characters that had big personalities. Lady Margaret stood out the most for me. She was a great character with flaws that I could see before my eyes. That story Enamored was one of the best.

If you could rename Scribbler Tales, Volume 4, what would you call it?

Tales from the Damaged.

Any additional comments?

This series should be made into a motion picture. I would want to see these stories played out in film. Like Twilight Zone. Something edgy like that.

  • The Night I Danced with Rommel

  • By: Elisabeth Marrion
  • Narrated by: Nancy Peterson, Bennett Allen
  • Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

"May I have this dance, Hilde?" asked Field Marshal Rommel, opening the Grande Ball held in his honour. Did this dance save the life of Hilde's Polish friends? Hilde had come a long way since her dream of becoming a singer was shattered when her father made arrangements for her to work as a housekeeper in Berlin at the tender age of fourteen. Hilde's life is thrown into turmoil in Berlin during the late 1920s early 1930s.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating look at an average life in WWII

  • By DabOfDarkness on 01-17-15

The Night I Danced with Rommel!!!

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

Reviewed: 01-02-15

Would you consider the audio edition of The Night I Danced with Rommel to be better than the print version?

It really came to life listening to it. Enjoyed the narration very much.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Night I Danced with Rommel?

Just the fear. There were moments that I could see the fear and feel it. So emotional.

What does Nancy Peterson and Bennett Allen bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

She brings the sotry to life. Very believable.

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

I had several different emotions. More tears than laughs, for certain.

Any additional comments?

The Night I Danced with Rommel by Elisabeth Marrion is emotionally gripping. It all came to life as I listened to the narrative on the audible version. I was moved and touched, horrified and inspired. This is a very well written historical period piece that was surprisingly unique. The author had a way of telling this story in her own way. Special.

Hilde, the young German woman attracted my attention right away. Not just because she was a survivor of World War II but because I could feel her struggles as she told us her story with such a life force. It feels real. All too real. Terrifying.

I was lost into this emotional story and was able to listen to this audible book in one sitting. I just carried my lap top with me. Hilde’s life filled my thoughts. I could have been there are the visuals are all so real and clear.

So many sacrifices! Makes you really feel blessed not to have had to live through something so horrific. We need these kinds of books to be reminded that this really happened. Hitler existed and people were killed viciously and in inhumane manners.

I felt so many different emotions while hearing this story play out. Even though it is a dismal story there is also a great message of hope and inspiration.


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  • Transcendence

  • Poetry for the Heart and Soul
  • By: K. Meador
  • Narrated by: Sarah Van Sweden
  • Length: 1 hr and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4

Transcendence is a collection of poetry for the soul written from the author's perspective and spanning the time period between 1998 and 2012. The poems cover topics such as depression, death, alcoholism, spirituality, hope, and love.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Transcendence

  • By Bethany on 09-26-14

Heart and soul

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

Reviewed: 09-29-14

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys good poetry. These pieces are all very moving and written from the heart.

What other book might you compare Transcendence to and why?

This work should not be compared!

Which character – as performed by Sarah Van Sweden – was your favorite?

Sarah Van Sweden did a beautiful narration of these great poems.

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

I loved some of the topics these poems touched on. Deep, insightful and moving.

Any additional comments?

K Meador’s collection of poetry was powerfully moving. There were so many strong moments that I could really get into. The author writes from deep down inside. There is depth to her work which I think most people could appreciate. There are messages of hope and inspiration. Poetry that I can always come back to when I can use a little lift. Sometimes we just want to be understood. These poems are very life-like and relatable. Highly recommend.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Their Journey Begins

  • By: K. Meador
  • Narrated by: Anthony Charles
  • Length: 1 hr and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4

Set amid the tumultuous backdrop of the American Civil War, Journey to Freedom, chronicles the harrowing misadventures of individuals through nineteenth century America, battling violence, prejudice, and the inherent struggles of their time. Join author K-Trina Meador for a touching saga of love, faith, and survival.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Journey to Freedom Prequel

  • By Miss Mac on 09-25-14

Clever way to entice it's reader!

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

Reviewed: 09-29-14

Would you listen to Their Journey Begins again? Why?

It has a great storyline and narration that I could see myself listening to again. Yes, I would. I save the downloads on my computer.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I would have to say I was compelled by Daniel. He had a soft and easy way about him.

Which scene was your favorite?

After I read the book I saved a few quotes that I liked. This was one. This is a touching story. I liked reading the book and listening to it on audiobook too. What a great way to get into a story.

"Today would be the last day mama sat with Daniel on the porch. The remaining few crackers sat between them, along with a glass of water. Her face was pale and lined with worry, but she was still the prettiest woman he had ever seen."

If you could rename Their Journey Begins, what would you call it?

I wouldn't change the title at all. Works perfectly!

Any additional comments?

"Their Journey Begins" is a very clever way to entice it's reader to want to read more by the author and this book did just that.

These stories all by K. Meador are well written, dripping with real-life emotion and adventure. The characters drew me in and the story lines made me appreciate my life just a little bit more. These stories pulled on my heartstrings and at the same time left me wanting more. Good thing there are full length books available. These tales kept me cozy while I escaped into other lives  and time periods. These powerful intros caught me off guard. So emotional and moving.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • La Princesa Alexia y el Dragon [The Princess Alexia and the Dragon]

  • By: K. Meador
  • Narrated by: John Martinez
  • Length: 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4

Sigue a La Princesa Alexia y a su perra, Zoey, mientras se embarcan en una misión para enfrentarse al dragón de aliento de fuego. Ella espera hacer lo que los soldados del Rey no pudieron: capturar al dragón para que otra Celebración de la Huerta de la Manzana Abundante no sea atacada y sus tierras abrasadas.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delightful children’s tale

  • By Miss Mac on 09-25-14

Powerful! Endearing! Creative!

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

Reviewed: 09-29-14

What did you love best about La Princesa Alexia y el Dragon [The Princess Alexia and the Dragon]?


I love that this book features a strong spunky female lead and the best sidekick ever, her dog.

What other book might you compare La Princesa Alexia y el Dragon [The Princess Alexia and the Dragon] to and why?

There are many I could compare it to but I think this story is an original. Really special.

What about John Martinez’s performance did you like?

He did a great job having the story and characters come alive. So much fun.

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

I wrote down and I saved this quote for my review because it was so sweet.


“Princess Alexia loved the outdoors. Each day she would go to the courtyard to practice shooting her bow and arrows at targets set up. To please her mother, she wore a dress of a different color each day around the castle. But, if it was up to her, she would wear pants like the boys did around town so she could climb trees easier.”

Any additional comments?


The plot feels so empowering for young girls as Princess Alexia goes on a noble journey to protect her people from a fire breathing dragon. This fairytale is one of acceptance and great compassion.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Princess Alexia and the Dragon

  • By: K. Meador
  • Narrated by: Michaela James
  • Length: 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6

Follow Princess Alexia as she and her brave dog, Zoey, embark on a mission to confront a fire-breathing dragon. She hopes to do what her father's soldiers could not, capture the dragon so another Ample Apple Orchard celebration would not be attacked and the land set ablaze. When Princess Alexia faces her adversary, she is frightened, but her fears abate once she and Titus, the dragon, begin talking. Can she convince Titus to stop plaguing her father's kingdom, and will the festival be celebrated without fear of destruction?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Endearing creative story!

  • By Brenda on 09-29-14

Endearing creative story!

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

Reviewed: 09-29-14

Where does Princess Alexia and the Dragon rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is such a great story. One of the best children's audiobooks I have listened to. It's a easy tale to get absorbed into.

What did you like best about this story?

I love this this book features a strong spunky female lead and the best sidekick ever, her dog.

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

You really feel like the action is happening all around you. Michaela James does an awesome job making it all seem real.

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

I saved this quote for my review because it was so sweet.


“Princess Alexia loved the outdoors. Each day she would go to the courtyard to practice shooting her bow and arrows at targets set up. To please her mother, she wore a dress of a different color each day around the castle. But, if it was up to her, she would wear pants like the boys did around town so she could climb trees easier.”

Any additional comments?

The plot feels so empowering for young girls as Princess Alexia goes on a noble journey to protect her people from a fire breathing dragon. This fairytale is one of acceptance and great compassion.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Encima Del Arco Iris

  • By: K. Meador
  • Narrated by: John Martinez
  • Length: 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4

Cinco años viejo Gabe huye de casa. Mientras que en el bosque conoce a Lep y Elita y sube un arco iris. En la parte superior del arco iris debe hacer la decisión de cruzar a una tierra de deleite o volver a su familia que adora. Venga a visitar con Gabe, Lep y Elita como descubren la importancia del amor familiar.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delightful story that adults will also enjoy

  • By Miss Mac on 09-25-14

Powerful story that all kids would love

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

Reviewed: 09-29-14

Would you consider the audio edition of Encima Del Arco Iris to be better than the print version?

I have read and listened to this book. It's great both ways. Listening to it this way is tons of fun. Really a great luxury.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I loved them all. Gabe, Lep and Elita are wonderful characters. Full of life and sparkle!

What about John Martinez’s performance did you like?

He has a good way of telling a story. Not over the top. Really enjoyed this audiobook.

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

It was easy to get into the story and hard to walk away.

Any additional comments?

On Top of the Rainbow is an adorable children's book. I love the creative writing style and bold storyline that is easy for kids to understand and escape into. There are magical characters that enter an adventure that is a whole lot of fun. This is a story about a little boy who runs away from home because he fears he is going to get scolded for something he did. There are lessons to be learned and good ones. Not only that but this is a very entertaining fantasy. There is so much heart in this tale but with learnable lessons that are easy to take in. This teaches such good values which makes Gabe’s story especially endearing. This is a great book for a boy or a girl.

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