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  • Meet the Frugalwoods

  • Achieving Financial Independence Through Simple Living
  • By: Elizabeth Willard Thames
  • Narrated by: Ann Marie Gideon
  • Length: 5 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 650
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 584
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 585

In 2014, Elizabeth and Nate Thames were conventional 9-5 young urban professionals. But the couple had a dream to become modern-day homesteaders in rural Vermont. Determined to retire as early as possible in order to start living each day - as opposed to wishing time away working for the weekends - they enacted a plan to save an enormous amount of money: well over 70 percent of their joint take-home pay. Dubbing themselves the Frugalwoods, Elizabeth began documenting their unconventional frugality and the resulting wholesale lifestyle transformation on their eponymous blog.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Self-congratulatory, pollyanna garbage

  • By Cecelia on 08-06-18

Memoirs that don't matter

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

Reviewed: 03-05-19

This is light on tips and heavy on personal history. Has a bit of a pretentious vibe.

Actual tips:
- don't buy new, buy used
- buy less stuff
- take free stuff
- buy a property for rental purposes
- get a really well-paying job
- invest in low-fee index funds
- don't use electricity when you don't have to
- walk around outside
- move out of the city to a rural area
- make friends with people

Narrator was fine.

  • Horde

  • By: Ian Thomas Healy
  • Narrated by: Nick Jermyn
  • Length: 14 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

Orcs used to be a fearsome fighting force, and the unleashing of the Horde brought terror to humans, elves, and dwarves time and time again over the centuries. Nowadays, there aren't any more Ultimate Evils, necromancers, or dark wizards left to hire the Horde. Paug Blumpkin is smart for an orc (rather like saying he's smart for a box of hair). He's bored of training with the rest of the Horde for a war that will never come, and he's definitely tired of polishing his helmet. So he decides to set off in search of adventure, bringing along his cheerfully idiotic brother Milph, who has a regular habit of forgetting his pants.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable Fantasy Adventure

  • By Laura on 02-16-19

good meld of fantasy and humor

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

Reviewed: 12-25-18

Toilet humor and sexual innuendo, plus swords and sorcery - what could go wrong? Plenty, but not here. I found this book fully enjoyable. It also doesn't follow fantasy stereotypes for the most part, which will keep you on your toes. Narration is perfect for the subject matter.

The story wraps up nicely, with room for more. I would definitely pick up a continuation set in the same world, and ideally with some returning characters.

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

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  • Lady Justice and the Mystery Mansion

  • By: Robert Thornhill
  • Narrated by: George Kuch
  • Length: 2 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 26

Walt and Maggie purchase a run-down mansion with plans to restore it to its former grandeur, not knowing that every previous owner had suffered a terrible tragedy due to a centuries-old curse. During the restoration, the mysterious mansion reveals dark secrets that have been hidden away for decades. As restless spirits and hidden corpses are found, Walt and Maggie fear they may become the next victims of the evil curse. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Mystery Mansion

  • By Layla on 02-13-19

Spooky This Old House

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

Reviewed: 12-14-18

This is my first Lady Justice story, and I enjoyed it. It's a bit of This Old House mixed with CSI and curses.

The narrator lent an "everyman" vibe to the telling which fit well.

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

  • Astropithecus

  • By: George Saoulidis
  • Narrated by: Ralph Scott
  • Length: 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

An asteroid parks on Earth's orbit, and Alex Jones is sent to collect samples and figure it out. But the passenger is chatty, and his revelations are mind-blowing. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Astropithecus

  • By Tiffany on 01-23-19

Unexpectedly hilarious

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

Reviewed: 12-12-18

Loved it. I was not expecting so much sassyness in the characters, but it was all pretty funny. Also, the implications of the premise were fun to think about. Perfect for a short ride in the car. Give it a shot.

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

  • Price of Now

  • By: Michael Bussa
  • Narrated by: Krage Brown
  • Length: 1 hr
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25

A short story set in the small, fictional town of Now, Indiana, circa 1940. A man, Troy, returns to his hometown after 10 years when he is diagnosed with cancer in his prime. Distraught, Troy visits a local antique store on Halloween night, hoping to find something to comfort him in his last weeks. He stumbles across a painting so compelling, he must have it at all cost - he must have it...now! Soon, Troy learns there is something more to the painting than for which he bargained. Something diabolical.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hang the Dang Picture

  • By Spooky Mike on 12-12-18

Creepy

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

Reviewed: 12-09-18

An easy to listen to short story. Narration was perfect, and when the book was over, I was left wanting more. The characters aren't sympathetic, but that isn't a necessity for me to like a story. Other than that, it's hard to comment on specifics without revealing spoilers. Definitely worth a listen.

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

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  • Moonlight Motor

  • By: James Livingood
  • Narrated by: Sean Erik Hoffman
  • Length: 1 hr and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8

A fair fight doesn't start with hunger. That will to live drives a desperate, hungry man to find solace on a train. After all, you've got to keep moving to survive. The only problem is that blending in with the passengers may be worse than getting caught. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One Strange Train Ride

  • By Shannon G on 01-03-19

Unsettling

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

Reviewed: 12-03-18

Creepy setting with people acting strangely. No spoilers, but you won't find out what's going on until the very end. It begs another listen through one you finish it.

Narrator is great; he doesn't get in the way of the story in any regard.

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

  • Cherubim of the Ultima: Enter Genesis

  • Cherubim of the Ultima Serialized, Volume 1
  • By: Brian Barr
  • Narrated by: Jason Sprenger
  • Length: 1 hr and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

From Brian Barr comes Cherubim of the Ultima: a serialized novel! In this first chapter, "Enter Genesis", Ran seeks revenge against the Genesis Circle and their evil serpentine master, Naga. But will he achieve his vengeance before they have a chance to eliminate him?  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved It!!!!!

  • By Shannon G on 01-07-19

Interesting premise held back a bit

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

Reviewed: 12-02-18

I have to say overall I enjoyed the book as dramatic action fantasy, however the writing distracted me quite a bit throughout.

The author uses many names that are already familiar to anyone with passing knowledge of Dungeons and Dragons, Star Trek, and progressive pop bands. Poseidon and naga were fine, but with cherubim, Vulcan, and genesis, I was constantly thinking of things outside the story while listening to it. I would have gone in a more original direction for naming conventions. It was distracting.

The narrator gives a good read, varying the voice of the characters, and is suited to the subject matter.

Finally, I'm not really a fan of serializing novels. Even with the Green Mile from King, it was better and more convenient all together.

Don't get me wrong, it was still fun read. I'll probably check out the following chapters, especially if it was all brought together in one purchase.

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

  • The Memory Hacker

  • A Cyberpunk Conspiracy Thriller
  • By: JT Lawrence
  • Narrated by: Michael T. Bradley
  • Length: 1 hr and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

A medical scanner shocks Talia by telling her she's given birth before. Talia's sure the AI is glitching, but it's stirred something deep in her memory. Will she risk remembering?  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story

  • By Theresa Horton on 12-25-18

Compact and surprising

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

Reviewed: 11-28-18

Without giving any of the plot away, you may think you know where the story is going, but it's pretty unpredictable. Set in a mostly-plausible near future with believable characters, the writing is descriptive without being too wordy. There's not a ton of character development, but it didn't bother me much here. I also enjoyed the narrator who did an above-average noirish read. Definitely give it a shot.
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  • Frivolous Fox Diligent Dog

  • By: George Saoulidis
  • Narrated by: Harper Q. Landis
  • Length: 1 hr and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

When a giant fox terrorises the city of Thebes, a skeptical wanderer decides to help out so that the Regent can pay for his adventures in gold. But will he manage to catch the uncatchable beast, when the only man who knows anything is a grumpy old man who transforms people that bother him, when the Oracle tells of his involvement - despite Tryx not believing in such things - and when the dead bodies keep piling up with every passing day? This story is based on the myth of the Teumessian Fox and the Laelaps Dog.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • VERY COOL, FASCINATING!

  • By Victoria Haugen on 11-18-18

A take on an old Greek myth

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

Reviewed: 11-08-18

When I was younger, I enjoyed reading about Greek myths. This story details a myth I actually hadn't heard about before, one between an uncatchable fox and a dog whose quarry cannot escape it.

The writer fleshes out the myth quite well, and writes eloquently without getting carried away and overdoing things. One other highlight for me is the narrator, who gives a great, natural reading.

Definitely worth a listen!

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

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  • Ghost Stories: Compilation of Real Horrifying Demon Encounters

  • Horror Anthology Series, Book 3
  • By: Hannah Tidy
  • Narrated by: Nathan Hansen
  • Length: 2 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

Real-life cases of gut-wrenching demon encounters that’ll shock the daylights out of you! Best-selling author Hannah J. Tidy will introduce horrific stories and experiences of demonic encounters had by normal people who’ve dared to play with games such as the Ouija board. 

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Pffft Evil Power of the Moon?!?

  • By Emily on 02-23-19

Fun to listen to

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

Reviewed: 11-03-18

This is a bunch of short stories detailing 'true' paranormal encounters, most of which revolve around ouija boards.

I'm a skeptic in regards to supernatural explanations for things people do or say. Therefore I didn't buy any of the supernatural justifications given in the stories. Even a bunch of people testifying to something strange going on isn't proof anything indeed happened.

However, this is just plain fun to listen to. About half of the urban legends detailed I hadn't heard of before, which was a nice surprise for me. The writing is concise.

The narrator likes to over-enunciate fairly often, which took me out of the stories momentarily a few times. However, his serious delivery lends a bit of gravitas to what is being relayed to us. It's just another part of the charm of this audiobook.

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