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  • The Extinction Cycle Boxed Set

  • Extinction Horizon, Extinction Edge, and Extinction Age (The Extinction Cycle, Books 1 - 3)
  • By: Nicholas Sansbury Smith
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 25 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,056
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,863
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,856

The worst of nature and the worst of science will bring the human race to the brink of extinction. Master Sergeant Reed Beckham has led his Delta Force team, code named Ghost, through every kind of hell imaginable and never lost a man. When a top secret medical corps research facility goes dark, Team Ghost is called in to face their deadliest enemy yet - a variant strain of Ebola that turns men into monsters.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • By Far the best book series I'v ever listened to.

  • By Baddley on 02-05-18

Solid Zombie Action Sci Fi.

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

Reviewed: 11-15-18

My overall rating 4.25.

There is plenty of battle action in this series even if the battles against ‘zombies’ get to be a bit repetitive. At least the evolving nature of the monsters keeps things intense. There are good character scenes that balance well with the action. I did like the mystery elements and the tensions regarding the secrets about who was involved in creating the problem. Then there are those superior officers who just won’t listen and contribute to the problems.

This is a solid zombie action sci fi with characters I liked. I liked how the team members are developed so that I became invested in caring about Reed, Kate and others of the team. Some injured Vets, and even an adopted dog, are pulled into the team and become important players adding to the engagement level. The author does a good job of pulling at emotions as team members face danger and death. It is very likely I will pick up the next three books, also available in a boxed set, to continue the entertainment. I recommend this to fans of zombie and action genres.

Audio Notes: Bronson Pinchot is a reliable narrator. He sets out voices distinguishing the characters and his steady reading carries the story with good energy. I am glad I listened to this good bargain as a boxed set.

  • The Watchmaker's Daughter

  • Glass and Steele, Book 1
  • By: C. J. Archer
  • Narrated by: Emma Powell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,669
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,519
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,507

India Steele is desperate. Her father is dead, her fiancé took her inheritance, and no one will employ her, despite years working for her watchmaker father. Indeed, the other London watchmakers seem frightened of her. Alone, poor, and at the end of her tether, India takes employment with the only person who'll accept her - an enigmatic and mysterious man from America, a man who possesses a strange watch that rejuvenates him when he's ill.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding Start to Historical Fantasy Series!

  • By LilMissMolly on 01-16-17

This is anEngaging Story with Likeable Characters.

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

Reviewed: 11-15-18

I really liked this. The story kept my interest and I liked the characters. Overall 4.5; Audio Performance 5.0.

India Steele has worked closely with her watchmaker father hoping to become his apprentice and take over his shop one day. Sadly, women are not allowed into the Watchmaker’s Guild and its leaders aren’t willing to make her the first, no matter how good her skills. Her father dies before she is wed, leaving the shop to her fiancé. However, as soon as the funeral was over he broke off the engagement. No other shop is willing to hire her due to the stand of the Guild leaders.

India accidentally meets a man from America who is seeking a particular watchmaker although he doesn’t even know his name. India sees that the mysterious man, Matthew Glass, has a strange watch that rejuvenates him. Mr. Glass surprises her by offering to employ her to help him find the special watchmaker. He even offers her room and board in his home where he has a ‘cousin’ who can serve as chaperone. The cousin turns out to be a rough and tumble woman dressed in breeches who is more interested in gambling at night than playing chaperone. The other men of the household are equally strange but at least the coachman, a very large fellow, is kind to India.

When India reads a news article about an American outlaw, the Dark Rider, and his band, who are supposedly in London, she begins to suspect Glass and his friends. She’d like to turn them in to collect the handsome reward, but she must find proof first.

India meets with unexpected hostility as she helps Glass visit the watchmakers around town. The head of the Guild even tries to frame her as a thief, but Glass protects her. Now India has another mystery to unravel in her own community even as she tries to help Glass on his quest.

Danger arrives at their door and the authorities are not willing to listen to pleas to resolve the mistaken arrest. India is the only one who can save Glass although she puts herself in path of a killer to do so.

I was caught up in this story right away which made for quick listening. I liked India, Glass and his unusual friends. I felt for India in the betrayal and limitations that she faced. But she is brave and persistent. The mystery of the strange watch is ultimately revealed while raising questions of magical ability. The plot and characters are well written and the story moves at a good pace. I thoroughly enjoyed this story and want to find out what happens to these characters in the series which I plan to continue. I recommend this to readers who like a fantasy with magic elements, mystery and strong characters.

Audio Notes: I really enjoyed the narration by Emma Powell. She captured the emotions and mystery of the work while providing good voices for the characters. I would enjoy listening to more of her narration and I hope she narrates more in this series.

  • The Emperor's Soul

  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Angela Lin
  • Length: 3 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,049
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,551
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,567

When Shai is caught replacing the Moon Scepter with her nearly flawless forgery, she must bargain for her life. An assassin has left the Emperor Ashravan without consciousness, a circumstance concealed only by the death of his wife. If the emperor does not emerge after his hundred-day mourning period, the rule of the Heritage Faction will be forfeit and the empire will fall into chaos.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pure Genius!

  • By bluestategirl on 02-01-18

Very creative and entertaining

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

Reviewed: 11-10-18

This is wonderfully well written and creative story telling.

Shai is a magical “forger” using mediums and soul stamps to forge art, both small and large. If she knows the make-up elements of her subject she is able to recreate it. She is caught as a result of a betrayal. On the eve of her scheduled execution the official arbiters, offer Shai a deal if she will forge a new soul for the secretly comatose Emperor. Although her Soul-Forgery skill is considered an abomination, the arbiters are willing to use it to help them retain their positions of power.

Shai agrees to the project which would allow her freedom… and life. She is ever the opportunist. The arbiters are cautious about her skills as several believe that she is skilled enough to change even the fabric of her cell to make an escape. They go to great lengths to secure her. Shai does plan to forge an escape but she is under constant watch. She is supervised by Gaotona, a man who respects the quality of her skills but disdains her use of them for forgery – not recognizing her form of art.

Shai is offered secret deals by a power-hungry arbiter. She fears that even if she accepts the offer the woman will have her killed before letting her go free. It may take all of Shai’s excellent skills to fashion a way out of her situation and she has a limited amount of time and resources.

This story is wonderfully creative, imaginatively plotted, beautifully written and executed. I kept seeking times to listen as I was fascinated by Shai’s mind maneuvering and the rapport she builds with Gaotona. The story is full even though it is short. By the end my thoughts were “author Brandon Sanderson is an artist”. I recommend this to readers who enjoy a skillfully crafted mystery and fantasy.

Audio Notes: Angela Lin is a narrator who is new to me. Her voice captured the character of Shai and the twisting nuances of the story. The narration enhanced an already excellent work. I would be glad to listen to other books she has narrated.

  • First Death

  • A Seventeen Series Short Story #1
  • By: AD Starrling
  • Narrated by: Michael Bower
  • Length: 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

Carpathian Mountains, Moldavia, 1570. Ten-year-old Lucas' life is a simple but happy one. All that changes when the Hunters finally track down his whereabouts. Forced to bear witness to horrific scenes that forever shatter his innocence, he discovers the shocking secret behind his less than ordinary existence. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Short, engaging lead in to the series.

  • By MSEreads on 11-06-18

Short, engaging lead in to the series.

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

Reviewed: 11-06-18

The story is set in Carpathian Mountains in 1570 This introduces a 10-year-old boy, Lucas, who has been raised in seclusion by his loving parents. They have taught him to be a skilled outdoorsman and hunter, but they did not tell him of his heritage or destiny. One afternoon he learns the truth during a horrific attack on his family.

Lucas awakens amid the bodies of his parents and their five attackers. He packs the important items from his home and sets off for a village a few days away. Along his journey he is aware that someone or something follows. He escapes a pack of wolves to arrive at the village and follow his mother’s last spoken word.

The writing is simple and exciting in tone. Although this story barely sets the stage, it pulled me into Lucas’ world and made me want to follow his adventures and learn more of what happens in the series. I can’t say how I will like it until I try a fuller episode. This is a good start for those who enjoy fantasy with adventure and danger.

Audio Notes: Michael Bower does a good job with the narration. The presentation is crisp and clear with voices to match characters. The reading conveys the story with empathy and I will want to listen to the first full volume of the series.

  • Where Wolves Run

  • A Novella of Horror
  • By: Jason Parent
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Ip
  • Length: 1 hr and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5

The dense Bavarian forest outside the town of Rattenberg has long been rumored to harbor something sinister, something wild - mythical beasts that vanish into the shadowy woods after each attack, leaving carnage as the only evidence of their existence. Many villagers turn a blind eye to what is happening, but those who believe tremble at the mere whisper of the word: werewolf.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow. LOVED this story!

  • By Tatiana on 02-16-18

A Quick Listen With Ironic Horror.

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

Reviewed: 11-06-18

Konrad has been raised by his loving mother since they were abandoned by his father. For a number of years he longed to have his father return and develop a relationship. However, as time goes by with no appearance by his father he closes his heart to him. One-night howling and a ruckus is heard outside their door. Konrad's mother rushes him to the root cellar under the floor telling him to stay there no matter what happens. This night brings his father back, now not so welcome, and changes Konrad’s life.

The interaction between Konrad and father and the dangers they face fills the rest of the story and contributes to the ironic horror. The story moves along at a quick pace. There are moments of tenderness but more moments of danger and, of course, horror. I enjoyed this quick story and its irony even though I am not a huge fan of horror stories. I do recommend it to horror fans.

Audio notes: Jonathan does a good job of narrating this short work. He expresses voices for the characters and gives them energy. The narration contributed to my enjoyment of the story.

  • The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die

  • By: April Henry
  • Narrated by: Cristina Panfilio
  • Length: 5 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,089
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,935
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,935

"Take her out back and finish her off." She doesn’t know who she is. She doesn’t know where she is, or why. All she knows when she comes to in a ransacked cabin is that two men are arguing over whether or not to kill her.And that she must run.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Strong start sputters to a stall....

  • By Kimberly on 03-17-17

Full of good tension.

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

Reviewed: 11-06-18

Story and Audio rating 4.25.

Cady was kidnapped and tortured for information. When the kidnappers were done with her she was supposed to be killed. Instead she struggled and surprisingly escaped. She is on the run knowing that she is being hunted. She manages to get a young man to help her, pulling Ty into her run from death. They don’t know who to trust or where to hide since the evil men always seem one step behind them and have framed her for a crime in order to pull her in.

The author does a clear presentation in first person with good confusion, mystery and tension expressed through the fear of the character. The story is full of twists, turns and great tension. Although the characters are young and don't always think things through, I was pulled into the story from the beginning and it moved quickly with the suspense. I am glad I picked this up as a daily deal. I will look for more by Ms. Henry. This is suitable for young people as well as adults.

Audio Notes: Cristina Panfilio did a good job with the narration. She portrayed the young voices and gave the characters energy. The narration enhanced my enjoyment of the story.

  • The Lilac Bouquet

  • By: Carolyn Brown
  • Narrated by: Brittany Pressley
  • Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,332
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,079
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,065

Come hell or high water, Emmy Jo Massey will have a wedding. After three generations of Massey women with children out of wedlock, she wants the whole town of Hickory, Texas, to witness the legitimacy of her union with Logan Grady. But dream weddings aren't cheap. So she accepts a highly lucrative stint as a home health assistant to retired realtor, and town recluse, Seth Thomas - a decision her great-grandmother Tandy is dead-set against.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I loved this book!

  • By Mercy Boujarwah on 09-28-17

This is a lovely read/listen.

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

Reviewed: 11-06-18

Young lovers preparing to wed must find a way to reconcile their feuding families. My rating 4.5 Story and Audio.

Emmy Jo Massey is a young woman who comes from a family of unwed mothers. Emmy is determined on getting married to her fiance, Logan Grady, so the whole town will know about it. The problem is that their great-grandparents are part of a long time feud, which includes the town recluse, Seth Thomas. These three won't be in the same room together, much less speak to each other. Emmy takes a job as a home health provider to Seth over the objection of Her great-grandmother, Tandy. Seth isn't thrilled with having a Massey in his home either. Emmy is intent on earning the money to help cover her wedding costs and now she is intent on unraveling the secret of the animosity of the people she wants to share her joy with.

Emmy is a lovely character and her determination and sunshine break down the walls of the frozen, bitter hearts around her. The secrets of the past are slowly revealed and evoke emotions of anger and sadness at the wasted years. There were choices that were made and some terrible treatment, even, or especially, by some so-claimed Christians. There are Biblical themes gently shared through the story. The story was an easy read/listen with engaging twists that kept it interesting. It addresses more family, people issues than just a romance. I hope to read more by Carolyn Brown.

Audio Notes: I was very comfortable with the narration by Brittany Pressley. I can't speak to the accuracy of the accents but I enjoyed the voices for the characters. The narration added to my enjoyment of the story.

  • How to Marry a Werewolf

  • A Claw & Courtship Novella, Book 1
  • By: Gail Carriger
  • Narrated by: Emma Newman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 169
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153

The monsters left Faith ruined in the eyes of society, so now they're her only option. Rejected by her family, Faith crosses the Atlantic, looking for a marriage of convenience and revenge. But things are done differently in London. Werewolves are civilized. At least they pretend to be. Americans: Backward heathens with no culture, Major Channing has never had time for any of them. But there's something special about Faith. Channing finds himself fighting to prove himself and defend his species. But this werewolf has good reason not to trust human women.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • A miss

  • By Dark Siren on 08-23-18

Loved This

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

Reviewed: 11-01-18

It has been a while since I enjoyed the Protectorate series and I was happy to be back in that world. Major Changing is a growly, reluctant suitor but he meets his match in Faith. She is a bit of an independent, strong American who had been rejected by her family and sent to London to capture a werewolf mate if she can.
The character interaction is fun especially with the secondary characters pushing things along.
I enjoyed when these two revealed their vulnerabilities and accepted each other's strengths.
I like this author and recommend her werewolf series for the light escape and romance they share.
Audio Notes: Emma Newman does a fine job with the narration. She gives each character their appropriate voice and personality. There are some 'thought asides' presented in a different tone, which I found acceptable once I realized what it was. I do recommend this as a fun audio experienced.

  • Heartless

  • By: Mary Balogh
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 14 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 628
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 577
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 580

Life has taught Lucas Kendrick, duke of Harndon, that a heart is a decided liability. Betrayed by his elder brother, rejected by his fiancée, banished by his father, and shunned by his mother, Luke fled to Paris, where he became the most sought-after bachelor in fashionable society. Ten years later fate has brought him back home to England as head of the family who rejected him. Unwilling as he is to be involved with them, he must assume responsibility for his younger siblings, the family estate he once loved - and the succession.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hero's redemption makes this worth reading

  • By Lady Wesley on 09-03-15

This is engaging and charming!

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

Reviewed: 08-31-18

Luke has steeled himself to block out love after losing his first love. He is a consummate dandy but all man, skilled at pistol, sword and women. He has returned from Paris to London at the request of his Uncle to take on the responsibilities of being a Duke and head of the family since his elder brother died two years before. He has been away since he was banished ten years before over a family quarrel. Although he hasn't thought about marriage, and doesn't have love to offer, he decides he should marry before going to face his country home and his widowed sister-in-law.

Lady Anna is a young woman of bright, sunny disposition which hides pain and secrets. She has not planned to marry due to the threat of a man in her not too distant past. But he has not returned from America and she decides to enjoy this taste of freedom in London.

Luke and Anna agree to marry after a three day acquaintance. They have much to learn about each other and the secrets begin to unravel on the wedding night. They both experienced betrayal in their past and current situations and have to reach beyond that if they are going to save their marriage.

I really enjoyed the tone of this story and I loved the growth and transition for these characters. There is good conflict and suspense that carries through to the end. I don't agree that Anna should have held her secrets so long but she had cause to be fearful. I really liked Emily as a character and other secondary characters added to the delightful package. A little more sexual spice than I like which is surprising as this is a back title (1995 I think) set to audio. I do enjoy this author and highly recommend her stories to readers who love historical fiction.

Audio Notes: Rosalyn Landor is a wonderful narrator. She nails the voices and emotions and I love listening to her.
My rating overall 4.5; narration 5.0.

  • Brothers in Valor

  • Man of War, Book 3
  • By: H. Paul Honsinger
  • Narrated by: Ray Chase
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,126
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,029
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,025

Sometimes Captain Max Robichaux fights by the book - and sometimes he throws the book away. This makes him one of the Union Space Navy's rising stars. It's also what has kept him and his green crew alive...thus far.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Nothing too exceptional

  • By Joshua on 05-30-16

Great entertainment.

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

Reviewed: 08-31-18

Max Robichaux is a young space Captain on the space destroyer USS Cumberland, a ship that was previously mocked for its losses. The crew knew more about polishing the rivets than fighting the enemy of the Union until Max became their Captain. Since then they have faced danger and come out alive through Max’s quick, sometimes out of the box thinking.

The action starts as Max has to help the ship and crew escape from overwhelming odds. He will have to pull a rabbit out his hat – or try a trick that has never been done- to succeed.

Next the Cumberland is sent on a covert mission that takes them into the heart of the enemy. There is initial conflict as the other Captain he is paired with is a seasoned man who doesn’t want to take orders from Max. Once that conflict is resolved, they proceed with a daring plan. Although it means they may end up stranded with the enemy they have to take the risk to capture a key leader to have a chance of stopping the war.

I loved the non-stop action and danger in this story. Max is a great character who comes up with ingenious tactical solutions and is willing to trust his crew to know their jobs and make effective suggestions. Dr. Sahin, chief medical officer and special ambassador, adds good humor with his side comments and views from a nonmilitary aspect. I like the other crew ‘family’ and shared in their emotions.

I am only sorry that Mr. Honsinger has no other books for me to get. I do recommend this series to readers who enjoy action packed military space battles.

Audio Notes: As with Book 2, Ray Chase does a great job with the narration. He captures the intensity, the dry wit and the quirks of the characters. The listening experience enhanced the entertainment of the story.

My Rating: Entertainment/Story 4.5 of 5.0; Performance 5.0 of 5.0.