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  • A Peek at Bathsheba

  • The David Chronicles, Book 2
  • By: Uvi Poznansky
  • Narrated by: Justin Harmer
  • Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 11

At the peak of his life, David makes a serious error. His forbidden love for Bathsheba threatens to undo his entire legacy. When she becomes pregnant, he attempts to cover up the ensuing scandal by sending her husband - who serves him faithfully in his army - to his death. And for the rest of his life, he is tormented by the memory of that moment. Will he find redemption? And when his other wives suspect him of marital infidelity, will Bathsheba survive the ensuing court intrigue?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bathsheba revealed

  • By Convoke on 11-19-14

A Passionate Love Story not to be left Unheard!

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

Reviewed: 07-20-15

A Peek at Bathsheba, The David Chronicles, Book 2 by Uvi Poznansky. Performed by Justin Harmer. This nearly 7 hours audio book really took me by surprise.

Uvi's way of weaving a flow of words that brings to life the greatest love story that most may have missed in our lives. How we heard about David killing the Giant. Or how Bathsheba the most beautiful women of her time. This tale is of how even the best of us can fall into the sin of that forbidden love. With someone already married and by the law of God untouchable. I love the way the words unfurl themselves as they are spoken by David. His way of expressing himself thru his poetry and telling of his tales of the past.

Knowing that he is only a man. Yet an anointed King of Israel, he must keep up all appearances. David speaks about his love for his wives. How they bring out the best and sometimes the worst of him. Telling of how each one of them became his bride and the challenges he met to win them over and sometimes not even then. For each one of the wives holding their place in his heart and succession of heirs they bear. Then, one day looking from his balcony he sees her, Bathsheba. The most beautiful woman he has ever seen. However, this adoration that must be seen from afar has now consumed him. He must have her. Yet, this was the wife of one of his soldiers. The passionate affair with her now has David now sending her husband in the way of harms way in battle. His way of covering this scandal.

Uvi choice of words has David speaking in such a way that you can feel the passion in her words. The words as they are spoken by James Harmer. Soft spoken yet with enough forcefulness to hold you captive for that moment in time. I enjoyed the way the story unfurled itself piece by piece. A huge puzzle gently put together and over time, you feel the pain that Bathsheba has at the loss of their son. How David deals with that death. How he feels that this is God's way of punishing them for their indiscretion. How James over the course of the book the change in his voice as it grows older and weary over time.

This story has been beautifully written. It has been narrated/performed to perfection giving that passive tone needed for such a tale.

This book was provided to me by the author for an honest review. However, at the time I did not have the first part of the David Chronicles. So I purchased that book so I can give a review of part one of this extraordinary story. All views above are solely mine and no way effected by others or their comments. Please take the time to let me know if this review was helpful or not. Always cherish comments as well.

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  • Where the Hell is Tesla?

  • A Novel
  • By: Rob Dircks
  • Narrated by: Rob Dircks
  • Length: 5 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,050
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,856
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,848

I found the journal at work. Well, I don't know if you'd call it work, but that's where I found it. It's the lost journal of Nikola Tesla, one of the greatest inventors and visionaries ever. Before he died in 1943, he kept a notebook filled with spectacular claims and outrageous plans.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Had A Blast Listening To This One!

  • By Cheri on 08-11-16

If I could just give this 6 stars for the comedy!

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

Reviewed: 06-24-15

So, what if you found a book and had the opportunity to meet one of history's great inventors? Would you take that chance of finding him? Or finding the machine called the interdimensional transfer apparatus (Always written in caps in the book, Chip thinks 'What is that all about' ) mentioned in that journal? Well, that is what the character in Rob Dircks book "Where the Hell is Tesla?" sets out to do.

Chip is a security guard that is bored and really does not want to be standing around or even walking around the area he is keeping safe. Chip ask an Agent at the facility if there is a desk and chair he can have to put in his area. Taking him to a room so large filled with 1000's of desk from a by-gone era. Those huge metal desk one on top of the other. Chip starts looking for that perfect desk with as little beating to it and all. Chip drags this desk back to his area along with a chair. Even though he has nothing to put in it, he begins to open the drawers. When one does not open up he gets frustrated. Well, he is just not going to look for another one. But, he finally gets the drawer open and finds a book. A book, journal by Nikola Tesla.

Reading the journal he becomes intrigued at what he has discovers in it and calls his friend Pete. Talking his friend Pete to go to a hotel where this device is suppose to be. Oh, let's back up a bit, talks his friend Pete into paying for the opportunity to stay a night in the Tesla Room for $725 a night. Really! Well, Pete is the one with a credit card and a real job. So now the real fun begins...

So my take on this book was by far the most amusing, funniest and laugh out loud audio books I have ever listened to. Yes, I have listen to books that I will have a laugh out loud a time or two through out the book. With this book I put in the headphones and went onto cutting my grass. Good thing for the loud noise of the lawnmower since I found myself bursting out with a laugh or OMG this is so good. Robert Dircks couldn't have picked no one better than himself to narrate this book. Though I do have one other narrator/performer that could have done the task as equally well. However, Robert has what I see as his heart into a story that he gave birth to and who better than himself was able to bring the characters to life as he feels each needed to be portrayed. To bring them to the funny gathering of characters. Chip and Pete best friends through thick and thin throughout the book bring to their team a little alien guy they names Bo Bo. The comic relief that they put this poor creature thru and the attachment he has to them bring this story full circle.

My favorite parts where whatever the titles were for each chapter also, became the RE: in the emails he is sending his girlfriend if they do not make it out. Also, the Abbott and Costello routine, WHO! I was so upbeat when I finished this book provided by the author for an honest review. I had to shoot him an email to tell him this was the funniest book I ever listen to!

What I did not mention was that if I could give this book 6 stars I would. Purely on the comic relief through out this entire story. Two thumbs up and whatever Bo Bo would be holding up Mr. Dircks!

Do yourself a favor a short 5+ hour book! One day listen. If you are in the worst mood by the time you finish getting caught up in laughing your way thru this book. You will forget what you were so grumpy about.

This book was as stated provided by the author for an honest review. All comments are solely mine and in no way effect by others. Please leave comments, good or bad. I would love to hear from you all!

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Dead, Sometimes

  • Jason Callahan Psychic Detective, Book 2
  • By: Patricia Lee Macomber
  • Narrated by: Steven Jay Cohen
  • Length: 6 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 24

Chloe Marsh is found dead at the scene of an accident and pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital. Half an hour later, as she is being taken to the morgue, Chloe suddenly sits up. But this isn't the first time Chloe has died, and it certainly won't be the last.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Getting Special Powers is not always a good thing!

  • By Sapphire Art and Wood on 06-01-15

Getting Special Powers is not always a good thing!

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

Reviewed: 06-01-15

Dead, Sometimes: Jason Callahan Psychic Detective, Book 2 by Patricia Lee Macomber. Performed/Narrated by Steven Jay Cohen. 6 hours 8 minutes, unabridged book. Series: Jason Callahan, Book 2. Genre: Modern Detective, Suspense, Thriller, Paranormal.

I really enjoyed this listen. This book by Patricia Lee Macomber was such a light book of the paranormal in this modern detective story that even teenagers could enjoy this listen. When I started to listen to this book I found myself diving right in from the start. This is one of the books that you want to listen to from start to finish. Wish I could have but did listen in 3 sessions. Headphones on and then I found myself inside the book like sitting at a movie theater. Sitting back and watching the scenes unfold.

What I really enjoyed was that Patricia did not go overboard with the details. Just the right amount for the scenes she was writing about. You knew at most times what the characters were thinking and going to do in certain scenes. Found myself wanting to say, ”Don’t go in there, don’t be foolish. You know what is going to happen to you.” Not that it was obvious just that each scene was clear as to what was going on.

So now moving into the book itself. There is 4 main characters. Of course, Jason Callahan, the detective, his side partner psychic Trina Dane, Chloe Marsh and the Entity. Trina pulls Jason in on a case that she feels, is drawn into by her psychic powers that this woman Chloe Marsh that was pronounced dead at the scene of an accident and then hours later sits up and is alive. The more and more awake she becomes Chloe starts developing these special powers.

Jason reluctantly agrees to head off to Florida to rest Trina’s concerns are going to be unfounded. Unfounded they were not. Jason gets so pulled into the case, as he starts to find links to other similar cases across the country. How did Chloe get these powers? From the woman at the bar she knew? Asking her for a ride home when she locked her keys in her car. While heading home to get her spare key since and she did not live far from the bar the woman agreed to take her back to her car. Then all of the sudden the woman goes and pulls over and before Chloe realizes she is being attacked by her. The next thing Chloe finds herself waking up in the hospital being told that she was dead for several hours. She was a miracle. So everyone thought but, Chloe. In comes Jason and Trina starting their investigation surrounding this case.

Jason and Trina find themselves in more than one way bonding with Chloe as friends and protectors. Trina is determined to get the Entity out of her once they have discovered through the investigation and what Chloe’s new found powers were. Chloe just wanted the powers and voices gone from her. Can Jason and Trina get to the heart of removing the Entity or spirit? What path will they need to go to get to the bottom of this case? Will they be able to save Chloe or will she have to die in order to destroy this Entity?

This book will have you riveted. Not just from the story but, with the performance of Steven Jay Cohen. I have reviewed other books where the male narrators sometimes could pull off the female voices to a degree. Steven is the first that really nailed the dialect and the voices. I was in awe over this one.

I find myself now wanting to listen and review the first book in the series. My thought is I hope that Steven Jay Cohen does the rest of the series. This book was provided to me by the author for an honest review. So all above is my sole thoughts on this book and no one has effected that outcome. Please like and comment on my review. Love to hear your thoughts as well.

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  • The Temple Is Not My Father

  • A Story Set in India
  • By: Rasana Atreya
  • Narrated by: Shruti Kapdi
  • Length: 1 hr and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

Ensnared by a tradition hundreds of years old, a woman fights for her daughter's happiness. From the author of Tell a Thousand Lies, which was shortlisted for the 2012 Tibor Jones South Asia award. UK's Glam magazine calls Tell a Thousand Lies one of their "five favorite tales from India". If you like Rohinton Mistry or Shilpi Somaya Gowda, you might like this short story.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome Narration

  • By b00k r3vi3ws on 03-04-15

Story will tug at many heartstrings!

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

Reviewed: 05-21-15

The Temple is Not My Father: A Story Set in India by Rasana Atreya. Narrated/performed by Shruti Kapdi. Length 1 hours and 34 mins. Contemporary Fiction. Novella. (May contain some spoilers in the beginning of review)

This story really drew me in and I was quite taken back on the Indian traditions. Traditions that go back a 100+ years. Such a wide awaking to the non-traditional American traditions of how a family is ruled by the father’s law. What he says goes even in this modern day.

The story starts out in a village of a woman Godavari and her daughter Sreeja. How their village shuns them from participating anything from sending her daughter to school to the woman getting a job in the town. All from when her father sold her to the temple to be married to the Goddess to become a prostitute to satisfied men and their sexual appetites at a girl’s very young age. Her mother horrified by what her husband did leaves him to take care of her granddaughter when Godavari gets pregnant. Then behind his back made sure that the money left to her by her mother went to Godavari. All Godavari wanted was a better life for her daughter.

Then enters the story two young American-Indian girls. When they find out that this woman and her daughter is related to them. Without, the knowledge of their grandmother that they were sent to live with. Since their father felt that the American lifestyle was corrupting their young minds. They needed to learn the tradition of a proper Indian women.

They start to visit their cousin during their grandmother’s prayer time. The girls in the beginning decide that the youngest one would hang out with the daughter and agreed to teach her math and English with other things. The oldest of the girls hung out with the mother learning how to cook traditionally and learn the dialect. Over time the mother asked why they were sent there. The oldest one in her American way of speaking was sometimes hard for Godavari to understand. Though she learn what their father did by sending them to live with their grandmother. They learned off each other American and the Indian dialect of the area. The mother would eventually tell this young girl why the two of them really should not be there in her home. That it would tarnish their reputation. Then the grandmother finds out sending the girls away.

This story drew me in with the harsh story of the life that both fathers felt was the where women are to be placed in society. What Godavari does to give her daughter a better life. How the young American girls thought that their father was so harsh sending them to India only to see that Godavari’s life was much worst. I felt like I was listening to something from the early 20th century not 21st century way of life. This short novella really hit me in the heart.

This is a must listen to for I don’t want to be a spoiler to the entire story but, when the story does come full circle is does tug on every heart string imaginable. Shruti Kapdi did an excellent job performing the Indian and American dialects of the women. The harsh realities are brought to life as she tells and expresses the conversations of all the characters. Rasana Atreya has a magic way of expressing her words.

Even though this was short and I felt that it could have been a much longer with more detailing to the story. However, the story comes across as written. This book is not available yet as WhisperSync but, I do recommend that you by the book as a companion to the audio since some parts I did have an issue with the accent. Rewind and listen again and all was fine.

This book was provided to me for an honest review by the author. All comments above are solely mine and no one has influenced my review. Please like and comment below. I love to hear if my review helped you in listening or reading this novella.

  • The Cinderella Deal

  • By: Jennifer Crusie
  • Narrated by: Susan Boyce
  • Length: 5 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,370
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 936
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 950

Daisy Flattery is a free spirit with a soft spot for strays and a weakness for a good story. Why else would she agree to the outrageous charade offered by her buttoned-down workaholic neighbor, Linc Blaise? The history professor needs to have a fiancée in order to capture his dream job, and Daisy is game to play the role. But something funny happens on their way to the altar that changes everything.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Definitely worth it

  • By Carolyn Gwaltney on 05-03-12

A True Cinderella Tale

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

Reviewed: 05-18-15

Daisy Flattery is a free as it can be character. Makes you want to be her. I love the way she is so giving, free-spirited and willing to take on a challenge. Even if the challenge to save her apartment is to pretend to be engaged to her obnoxious neighbor Linc Blaise.

Linc on the their first meeting thought what a space cadet. She dresses like a flower child of the 60's. She is not the type of girl he would ever consider dating let alone be engaged to. However, he needs someone of her caliber to pretend to be engaged to him to land a huge job offer at an university.

Upon receiving his dream job he realizes that he has to keep up the charade until they can play up a breakup. What Linc was not counting on is the infectious personality of Daisy. Will faith take over his heart or will he keep to a deal and that is the end of it?

All I can say is that Jennifer Cruise has such a cute way of writing these fairy tales of love. This was one of those stories that you just want to see as a Hallmark or Lifetime movie. Susan Boyce was a delight as she performed the characters throughout the book making them all come to life and add to the personalities of each of them. Draws you into each scene as it takes place.

From Daisy being her flaky, giving self to Linc's somber this is the way is should be demeanor. To the town's folk that she brings into their lives. I like this story so much this is one that I actually did listen to 2 times.

I guarantee that this will be on your fav list of romance comedies.

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  • The Roche Hotel: Season One

  • By: Mysti Parker
  • Narrated by: Angie Hickman
  • Length: 1 hr and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24

After her husband ditches her for a blonde actress wannabe, Jane Seymour needs a job that pays the rent. The struggling Roche Hotel needs a miracle. With the former owner's wife butting her nose into the renovations and new owners who are in way over their heads, Jane may be the answer to their prayers. Sure, she can handle The Roche Hotel's quirky staff. But, can this skittish divorcee keep it all together when handsome Henry the Donut Guy makes his first delivery?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You'll Want To Check Out This Hotel

  • By Audio Audits on 04-29-17

This was a Pip of a Story!

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

Reviewed: 05-05-15

The Roche Hotel: Season One by Mysti Parker. Performed by Angie Hickman. 1 hour 19 minutes.

Jane Seymour is so tired of life – she is so tired of hearing. “You have the same name as the actress?” Or “You are the same name of one of Henry the eight’s wives.” “Oh, the one that he cut the head off?” “No, that was the other one,” Jane tells them abruptly! Jane ends up divorcing her husband over a wanabee actress thou! Now she needs to get a job to support herself and ends up as a night clerk at the Roche Hotel.

Mysti Parker weaves a tale of amusement that only can only bring a smile of amusement to your face. I found this short yet very amusing quirky story of how a couple who took over a hotel from the former owner Mrs. Roche who stays on as a maid. Jane meets on her first night at the end of the shift the donut man Henry. Pretty ironic huh? Henry is already smitten by her and ask her for coffee. The day clerk is already convenience he is gay. Jane of course, does not let on that he has already given her his number. As the days go on they do build up their friendship.

The performance that Angie Hickman portrays of each of the characters well is great! Especially, Mrs. Roche. Quite comical one I might add. She has Jane in that “I can’t believe this is happening to me again! Scenario Again!” When a guest body is discovered dead in a room and turns up to be a famous person. Then a guest encounters a ghost. Is the ghost? The ghost of the recently deceased? Oh fun! Then guest calling wanting to book in the room of the ghost! Really? Jane can’t believe the way this job has turned her life around. See how it has done that!

All jammed in less than a 1 ½ hrs. This is not really a standalone. It does leave you wanting for more. So if you want an end don’t listen. If you want to wait for more than dive in! For the author does mention that there is future parts. So I do look forward to them and reviewing them.

This was provided to me by the author for an honest review and my thoughts above are solely mine and no way effected by others. Please like and leave your comments below. Love to hear from you.

  • Pie Girls

  • By: Lauren Clark
  • Narrated by: JoBe Cerny, Mary Hollis Inboden
  • Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 38

Princess, Southern belle, and spoiled-rotten social climber Searcy Roberts swore on a stack of Bibles she'd never return home to Fairhope, Alabama. After marrying her high school sweetheart and moving to Atlanta, Searcy embraces big-city life - Carrie Bradshaw style. But now, Searcy has a teeny, tiny problem. Her husband's had a mid-life crisis. He's quit his job, cancelled her credit cards, and left her for another man. Searcy returns to Fairhope, ready to lick her wounds.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a cute refreshing lite romance

  • By AudioBook Reviewer on 03-14-15

This Book really Dishes it up!

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

Reviewed: 04-21-15

Pie Girls written by Lauren Clark is a cute refreshing lite romance. Lauren’s characters are brought to life in this “Growing up after Divorce” story. Her main character Searcy Roberts has it all. A handsome, smart, creative advertising wizard of a husband, Alton. Her high school sweetheart. Searcy coming from the other side of town was not a popular girl until she started to date her now husband. After college and married. They are living in the fast pace town of Atlanta for the past 10 years. Where she has a personal shopper, all the right friends and social life. But, something doesn’t seem just right. It was their 10th anniversary and where was her husband? All these business trips, late nights and not returning her calls. There on the nightly news after telling her friends she was on her way out to dinner was a picture of her husband Alton. Missing? His employer reported him missing. What do you mean missing? Just then he walks into their Atlanta condo. “Where have you been?” ask Searcy. “Searcy I need to talk to you?” This is not a good sign.

Searcy’s whole world comes crashing down around her. Alton tells her he is not in love with her anymore. Divorce? How could that be? Who was she? Searcy finds herself hiding in the apartment for days. Cell shut off. She finally answers her phone. It was her momma, Maggie. What’s wrong? Why does her mom sound so tired? So Searcy heads to small town, Fairhope, Alabama at her mom’s request. A place she never wanted to return to but, maybe this is what she needs to get away from her friends' questions. What is she in store for?

When Searcy heads home being in her snobbish mode. The airlines tell her they have lost her suitcase. What was she supposed to do with no clothes? Well once home after her dearest friend, Toby drops her off at her mom’s home. She is taken back at how her mom looks. She said she is just tired and needs a break from the pie shop that she started when Searcy was in high school. Her friend Toby has been taking care of it. Well, Searcy inspecting the refrigerator and cupboards decide they needed to get some food in the house. She needed some clothes so she heads to Walmart. (I love the way Lauren describes Searcy’s trip to the store. It was all I could do not to burst right out laughing since she got this nailed right on the head.)

Searcy finds out the next day that the shop is in trouble. For how long? How much back rent is due when the landlord Quinn comes into the store demanding payment by month’s end. How long has her momma been not feeling good? She goes with her mom to the doctor’s appointment. What is the diagnoses?

In the mist of all this, she has her first encounter with the business owner in the next to the shop to Pie Girls. Does he not have any manners playing his music so loud it comes through the walls like a storm raging. She storms over to his shop and she is struck by his beautiful eyes, the muscles bulging through his shirt. Wait! As she stampers over her words to tell him he needs to turn down his music. He tells her he is so sorry he thought the walls were insulated. That her mom and Toby never complained. Of course not! Southern ladies don’t complain but, she was. This is the start of Luke entering her life. Again and again. No she cannot be distracted. But, as the story courses ahead he becomes a huge help to her and the shop. Slowly, okay maybe not slowly they find each other’s attraction. No she is still married. Being the southern gentlemen he is says he will wait for her.

Alton arrives to town since he did not hear from Searcy and the divorce papers. Searcy being so busy with the shop and her mom being in the hospital. After they have a discussion she agrees to sign the divorce papers. She also shares her plan to save Pie Girls. She meets Alton’s love. And in the mix of all this is her annoying mother-in-law with her little dog. Her dismay at the divorce and Alton’s new love. So what happens after this encounter even throws Searcy into a WOW of how with the help of Luke, Toby, Alton and others to save Pie Girls.

Lauren Clark made this story come to life. Even though this is a similar story that I have read, heard or seen in TV movies. I still really enjoyed it. Lot of name dropping of designer brands. Glad they were common ones since I am not a shopper by designer names. Seen other comments that they did not like Searcy in the beginning and warmed up to her as the story developed. I enjoyed her character right out of the gate. I found her friends’ a bit annoying but that was the idea right. Right along with the mother-in-law. Lauren puts in enough details without going overboard that I was able to visualize each and every scene. I will now finding myself seeking out her other books by her.

The narration is done by multiple actors. I was a bit taken back by it at first? Never heard multi-narrators before. Usually only one person and many voices created by them. Did take a bit to get use to but once I did and not so much of he said and she said. I went right with the flow of the story. I thought Luke could have had a deeper sexier voice. But, I kind of got used to it after a while. I envisioned this tall, athletic, day old beard, boyish man. That helped me get past his voice. The friends and mother-in-law voices thought were perfect. The mother I know she was sickly but, I thought it made her sound like she was in her 80’s even though she was in her 50’s. That really was the only voice I did not care for because of the age issue. All together is was a nice blending of voice changeover from narrator to narrator.

The cover was really a cute design. Before reviewing this book for AudioBookReviewers I always take the covers as part of the storyline. This was a perfect example of a draw you in cover. Some may say you cannot judge a book by its cover but this is a case where they both went hand and hand. Or shoe and pie in this case as you will get from the story.

This audiobook was provided by AudioBookReviewers. This review was entirely my own interpretation of the book and in no way was I influenced by others. I always welcome comments about my review.



  • Pale Rider

  • Zombies Versus Dinosaurs
  • By: James Livingood
  • Narrated by: Michael C. Gwynne
  • Length: 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 20

Two worlds collide in this action novelette. Zombies have destroyed civilization. Gasoline fuel is no longer an option, but humanity must find a way to survive. In response to trying to restore our way of life, we engineer franken-monsters. Because of their small brains and massive sizes, these beasts make quick work of farming and clearing land. These large creatures are immune to the zombie virus and perform excellently in loud conditions.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Pretty good

  • By RealWoman8 on 02-03-19

The Narrator does a great job bringing you in!

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

Reviewed: 04-17-15

James Livingood brought together a quick story filled into this compact read. However, if you are looking as this being a stand-alone listen it does not! It will having you tweet or message Mr. Livingood to getting writing the next installment of Paul Palerider. Though it is also a story that you can sit and make your own thoughts of what the continuation maybe. Like a whodunit in the movie Clue with different endings.

His choice of Michael C. Gwynne was a strong choice of a voice that caught me in the beginning like a newspaper reporter and falling right into the character of Paul Palerider. He does change up his voice for the other bit characters in the 52 minutes that has you hanging on every word he captures.

I felt that this one story that will have you listening to it a second time as I started to do. Not that you don't get it because you want to get all the words of the story again since it such a short novella.

Some find that there are holes to fill - an extension of some scenes. But, left to the imagination we can fill in those spots that are left with such quick detail.

This audio book was provided by the author for an honest review and all comments above are solely mine and in no way influence by others. Please like if helpful or not. Leave me comments I love to hear from you!

  • The Charter

  • By: Gillian Hamer
  • Narrated by: Catherine O'Brien
  • Length: 12 hrs and 59 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

Sarah Morton hopes discovering the truth about the 1859 shipwreck of the Royal Charter will silence the demons of her past. But, tormented by visions and threats on her life, Sarah fears the ship may claim her as its final victim. Set along the dramatic and dangerous Anglesey coastline, The Charter is a story of greed and forgiveness - when the treasures of the past evoke the crimes of today.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A True Treasure Hunt Mystery!

  • By Sapphire Art and Wood on 04-08-15

A True Treasure Hunt Mystery!

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

Reviewed: 04-08-15

The Charter by Gillian E. Hamer. Narrated by Catherine O’Brien. 12 hours, 59 minutes. Published May 4th, 2012. Smashwords edition.

This book opens up in October of 1859. A strong storm has taken down a ship called the Royal Charter, along the dramatic and dangerous Anglesey coastline. Townsfolk come out trying to save as many as they can from the sinking ship. In the background a young girl, Angelina is speaking and waiting for the rescuers to save her. Speaks as if she is writing this all down in a diary. Then she comes to the realization she is dead. Still wanting for someone to hear her. Oh, please! Where was her mom and dad?

Modern day, November, 2012, Sarah Morton returns home for her father’s funeral with her husband Dominic. A place she never wanted to return to. Right from the start her father’s solicitor arrives at the cemetery with a request for her to arrive at his office the next day. From the start and throughout the book is the complete secrecy of her father life after she left her home. Her father’s research into the sinking of the Royal Charter. For which there house is named after “The Charter House”. She always thought her father was a bit eccentric, especially after her mom past away. He had an obsession she thought of tracing the lineage of her family back to the island that they lived on.

Coming to find items in her father’s safe and not telling her husband Dominic at to what the solicitor gave her or what she found. She was not sure that he would understand causing them to fight. Sarah telling him to just go back home and let her sort out her father’s estate. Waking in the morning Sarah thought he did just that. Went back home when he was not there upon her waking. Seeing his car there she thought he must have went for a run to cool off. That’s what he did she thought. After, many hours passing she went out to look for him. Maybe he was lost? However, Dominic was the first one to die. Was it an accident? Now Sarah wonders when the police stop by to pay their condolences for her father. Why would they do that? They mention death threats and other things that her father called and complained about. Now her mind starts spinning. Awe, book spoiler I think not!

Sarah is sent on a treasure hunt that begins at the solicitor’s. Thinking she was there for the Will reading. Only to be sent back from a letter she was given to go to her father’s safe. Thinking the Will was there. Nothing there but another clue. As the story proceeds Sarah meets up with Isabel, her father’s assistant. Other characters within the story is an assistant detective, her childhood friend Luke, and her grandmother. Along, with a cast of other characters that are there to help her or try to stop or gain access to the information she has found. A true treasure hunt mystery. There is more than just Sarah and Isabel wanting to know where the gold that is hidden as indicated by some of the clues each step they found.
I really feel that the book and the events in it do justify the long audio of nearly 13 hrs. Gillian really draws an attention to the details of the characters and keep track of the mystery itself. Intertwining the past as Angelina tells of events that are occurring during the early 1860’s. How she appears to Sarah throughout the book. A helper in a way. Sarah does not tell no one so they do not think her crazy until she does met Isabel.

I can’t say that the scenes are all predictable but, most are. When you think you have it figured out, you don’t. I was kind of surprised by the ending. I love in the epilogue that Gillian give that “I knew that was going to happen!” She gives what I want to call a soft touch to the ending.

The Charter narrated by Catherine O’Brien was well acted throughout the book. Catherine did change up from her own voice ever so slightly between the cast of characters. For some reason just the way she narrated the book in a melodic and even tones throughout the book was hypnotic. Don’t get me wrong it is not that I did not enjoy her reading but, quite the opposite. It kept me listening and finished it in 2 days. It fit the books tone throughout. When there was a scene of immense urgency she relay that tone. If the character (which was Sarah most of the time) angry, frustrated, crying or solemn she hit the tone of her voice dead on. Even threw in some singing. Very pretty voice.

If you are into treasure hunts mystery, I feel that you will not be disappointed. This book to me is like a sleeper movie. Once the word is out more and more will pass this book along.
This book was provided to me by the Author Gillian Hamer. Gillian or no one else has affected the outcome of my review. This is solely my own opinion. Please comment and like my review. Please refer this book to others.

  • The Bones of Odin

  • Matt Drake, Book 1
  • By: David Leadbeater
  • Narrated by: Nigel Patterson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 131
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 117
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 117

Matt Drake, a retired SAS officer, must unravel a mystery older than time in his search for the Nine Pieces of Odin. Though scattered aeons ago, it is believed that once the Pieces are reunited they will show the way to the Tomb of the Gods - the greatest archaeological find of all time.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A wild, exuberant, rip roaring read :)

  • By Jürgs on 12-10-14

Non-stop Action from start to end! Well acted!

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

Reviewed: 04-07-15

The Bones of Odin: Matt Drake, Book 1 by David Leadbeater. Narrated by Nigel Patterson. I just have to say right out of the gate I was hooked. This book is right up my genre alley! Knew when I was given the opportunity to listen to this for an honest review that this book would affect me. Now it will have me sizing other books of this type against others. I was so enthralled with the action, the humor and a bit of romance. I don’t know why some readers seem to find that there was so many pot holes throughout the book. THIS IS A FANTASY READERS! They need to listen to the book for the context that it was written in. (Did purchase the book to read it as well and Whispersync) Found this is in the style of Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child using an artifact or myth as the base of the book.

Matt Drake a retired SAS officer just trying to have a near normal life. Working as a photographer for the fashion industry. His roommate Ben, a computer geek and assistant is on a photo shot. Models under the staging of Odin’s shield. Then he hears the thunk, thunk of the blades. Some kind of publicity stunt was Matt’s first thoughts. When their world is turned upside down when helicopters come in and start to land in the middle of his photo shot. Not just any helicopters but, Apaches. Soldiers dropping down from them. Guns. First what Matt thought was a promo turns out to be as real as the Germans that were coming off of them.

Let me back up first! Prologue – a myth behind the story. Odin is a god from the Viking era. (I was hook from this point) and the search for the 9 parts that are thrown to all points of the wind. Then the author proceeds throughout more time periods surrounding the myth of the pieces of Odin. Then the book starts bringing in more gods throughout out history. I just love this stuff. Blend of history with myth.

Now returning back to the body of the book. So now Matt wants to know what is going on. At a bistro he discusses this with his roomie Ben. Being overheard pulls in the next character of the book, Kennedy Moore, NYC cop that is on a force leave. She interrupts the conversation between the men. Asking questions that only a cop would do. Hesitant on Matt’s part. Wondering if she is someone that was planted. Questioning her and before she and even Matt realizes is now a part of the team. Wait, the last thing Matt wants is to be drawn into anything that he so wanted to leave behind. His former military life. Or is this something that he never left? Calling and confirming with his contact at the SAS slowly, they get him involved. No book spoilers here! Once you start to listen you will not want to pause it for a moment.

This story is very fast pace with an evil doer that wants all nine pieces of Odin. That “I want to rule the world scenario”.

What I love about David Leadbeater is he throws in the humor with the Ben’s character throughout the book. His parents always calling him at the wrong time. Gun fight, crawling thru caverns, and planes. Yet, this character does show other emotions showing him as a real person. Matt Drake and Kennedy are as driven as their past/present careers would have them. Yet, they find themselves re-evaluating those careers. About their slow moving attraction to each other or is it just a close building friendship.

What I would have love to seen was a timeline throughout the story. I think it was needed it. It was a driven story and the pace was quick throughout. Had that in one book I listened to and the real time at the beginning of each chapter made it like the show 24 hours? The additional cast of characters all seem to have some connection to Matt or Kennedy. It now has me wanting to listen to any of the other books that he has written. Now in my wish list.

The narrator Nigel Patterson did an excellent job acting out the parts of the book. Really after years of listening to audio calling the narrators is not really the correct term in my words. It is not like a documentary. It is a book with a cast of characters that relies on acting them out. That is exactly what Nigel did. A bit week on the female voices. Most men do and it is understandable. However, I did like Kennedy’s voice reminded me of my New Yorker friend. Real Manhattan voice. Well done! Mr. Leadbeater and Mr. Patterson!

This audio book was provided to me by the narrator Nigel Patterson for an honest review. All the views above are strictly mine and in no way was I influenced by others. I encourage you to leave a comment if you found this review helpful or not.

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