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  • Chrysalis

  • Project Nemesis, Book 3
  • By: Brendan Reichs
  • Narrated by: Emily Rankin, Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 11 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 7

The 64 members of Fire Lake's sophomore class have managed to survive the first two phases of the Program - and each other. Now, they alone have emerged into the dawn of a new era on Earth, into a Fire Lake valley that's full of otherworldly dangers and challenges. Although staying alive in this broken world should force Min, Noah, Tack, and the others to form new alliances, old feuds die hard, and the brutality of the earlier Program phases cannot be forgotten. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What. A. Ride.

  • By Shellra on 03-06-19

What an ending

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

Reviewed: 03-16-19

The third book of the trilogy does not disappoint. Just when you think you have the story figured out another twist or turn comes up to set back our group of main characters. It is just layers upon layers of deceptions and stories in this book but it all works out in one big giant kaboom. The storyline is so awesome, totally weird and complex yet also simple enough that it just works. If you have listened this far in the series you have grown to love our characters just as much as I did and you were rooting for them every step of the way. They are just as real, hilarious and vulnerable as the first two books. There are even some new additions to our group that you will learn to love just as much. You will feel a lot of mixed emotions through this one and what a great job on the apologue. Probably my favourite part of the entire series. I do think this is the end for this series but one can hope that something comes out of it because this has been one of my favorites. The performance of the dual narration is just fantastic. Both were perfect for their roles in this series and just consistently kept getting better and better as the books went on. There are many characters throughout all three books that had to be voiced and they were all done very well, it was easy to tell who is talking and when they stop. There’s so much tension in this book from start to finish and the performances really add to this making you want to listen more and more. This is bittersweet as I am disappointed the series is over however extremely happy with the way it ended.

  • Winter World

  • By: A. G. Riddle
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini, Amanda Leigh Cobb
  • Length: 11 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 436
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 405
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 404

The ice is coming. It was the last thing we expected, but the world is freezing. A new ice age has dawned. Billions have fled the glaciers. A cataclysmic war is coming. In orbit, a group of scientists are running the Winter Experiments, a last-ditch attempt to understand why the planet is cooling. None of the climate models they build make sense. But then they discover an anomaly, an unexplained variation in solar radiation...and something else. Close to the burning edge of the sun, they catch a fleeting glimpse of something that shouldn’t be there....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best book since The Martian

  • By Tim Tigner on 03-11-19

Brr its cold in here

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

Reviewed: 03-09-19

This audiobook was witty, smart and very very techie. It had me hook line and sinker right from the get go. It is a combination between outerspace and back on earth. Riddle gives us characters that you just cheer for and love all the way through the book. The story unravels just like the secrets that each character holds and it stays true all the way through. What an ending! I did not see that one coming and could not put this one down through the last two hours or so of the audiobook. Riddle mixes his imagination with what undoubtedly is some major research he had to do for this book and it blends together so nicely. I cannot say enough good things about this one. The performances were very well done it is duel narration between a male and female performer and they were both very well done. Each provides their own flair and unique way of presenting characters throughout this book. There is some mystery left at the end as well which will be revealed in the second book. I am so excited this has turned into a series. The second book sounds just as fascinating as the first.

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  • Hidden Bodies

  • By: Caroline Kepnes
  • Narrated by: Santino Fontana
  • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,181
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,683
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,664

Joe Goldberg is no stranger to hiding bodies. In the past 10 years, this 30-something has buried four of them, collateral damage in his quest for love. Now he's heading west to Los Angeles, the city of second chances, determined to put his past behind him. In Hollywood, Joe blends in effortlessly with the other young upstarts. He eats guac, works in a bookstore, and flirts with a journalist neighbor. But while others seem fixated on their own reflections, Joe can't stop looking over his shoulder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Approach With Caution, All Ye Who Enter Here

  • By Gretchen SLP on 02-25-16

Just a bit lacking

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

Reviewed: 02-27-19

First off, I really did enjoy this book it was very engaging. However, that being said I felt that it was a different story entirely rather than a second book in the series following a previous story. It did have bits and pieces of the first book throughout the story but I felt as if I didn’t really need to read the first book in order to follow the story entirely. I almost could’ve guessed what happened in the first book. The focus was on entirely new characters and new situations rather than revisiting the characters past, which I thought it was going to be. It was very hip Nautic and interesting though. I find myself liking the story as it went on more but it was just veering away from the original story just a little bit. Our main character was a wild yet again but seem to almost lose that little something that made him special. The more The story went on I felt like he became less like the joe that we knew and more plain and regular. The new characters that were introduced were very much likeable for the most part but I found myself caring less about them and more about when Joe was going to go on his next rampage. The performance was awesome yet again and really does add something to the book. So many emotions are portrayed through the characters, especially Joe and it stayed very consistent with the first book. It went from anger, to sadness and disappointment all in the same chapter and at many different times throughout the book this was shown in the performance. The ending was good and leaves a lot to the imagination and even some room for a third book if they choose. I would like to follow what happens to Joel but on the other hand not knowing is also good too. Definitely recommend the series just know what to expect going into it. Again, the story is not intended for younger audiences as it has many mature themes.

  • You

  • By: Caroline Kepnes
  • Narrated by: Santino Fontana
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,922
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,986
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12,969

Beck is everything Joe has ever wanted: she's gorgeous, tough, razor-smart, and sexy beyond his wildest dreams. Joe needs to have her, and he'll stop at nothing to do so. As he begins to insinuate himself into her life - her friendships, her email, her phone - she can’t resist her feelings for a guy who seems custom-made for her. So when her boyfriend, Benji, mysteriously disappears, Beck and Joe fall into a tumultuous affair. But there's more to Beck than her oh-so-perfect façade.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow. This. Book.

  • By Em on 07-17-15

Truth is... OMG

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

Reviewed: 02-20-19

This story is creepy, shocking, horrifying and oddly hunting addictive. I think I did this in reverse and actually watched the television series 1st but I have to say the book out does it. The characters are all flawed to say the least and each hide their own secrets which you unwind throughout the story. There is an odd flair that you just cannot help but enjoy with the neighbourhood explanations of New York City and all of its glory. For some strange reason the more crazy and brutal that Joe becomes the more interesting he gets. Of course there are unanswered questions at the end of this one that I’m dying to know the answers to. The performance was superb. Joe was voice perfectly and all his emotions came out to this entire book. It is kind of scary how good this performance was and how in character this narrator must have been through this recording. I have a sneaking suspicion there was a lot of awkward and difficult things to perform and get just Wright, but he was definitely up to the task. This one is not for the faint of heart and has a lot of mature subject and scenes but gosh darn it it is worth it.

  • Wake Me After the Apocalypse

  • By: Jordan Rivet
  • Narrated by: Kate Marcin
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 38

When a killer comet hurtles toward Earth, 18-year-old Joanna Murphy is selected to wait out the apocalypse in an underground bunker. She enters cryosleep with her close-knit team, preparing to resettle the planet after the atmosphere clears in 200 years. Joanna is the only one who wakes up. Faced with a bunker full of bones and a blocked exit, Joanna must claw her way to the surface, figure out what happened to her team, and try not to panic - or die. That’s going to be tricky if she’s the only person left in the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!

  • By Todd (Toad) Vogel on 02-07-19

Back in time or FlashForward

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

Reviewed: 02-12-19

I found this book to be very enjoyable. It is smart, witty and has just enough edge to keep you on your seat wondering what will come next. The characters are likeable and I must say are very diverse and represent many different groups of people. That might be my number one take away from this book. I am blind myself as is one of the characters and I must say it was very well written and well performed. There are some twists and turns that will leave you guessing in this one but I enjoyed them all. The landscapes are well developed and leave just enough mystery to evoke your imagination. The performance was very well done and makes use of several different voices, accents and tones throughout the entire story. It is very easy to tell who is speaking as there are several different characters each with their own unique voice. The performer also does great male voices as she is female. I like the closure that the listener receives at the end of this book however, does leave room for optimism for a second book in the series with some unanswered questions. I received a free copy of this audiobook from the author in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affected my opinion of this work.

  • And the Walls Came Tumbling Down

  • By: Debbie McGowan
  • Narrated by: Hannibal Hills
  • Length: 7 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 5

Jack Davies led an unremarkable life, serving fast food in a nondescript seaside town by day and playing computer games by night. Unremarkable that is, until Professor Jericho ordered a sausage and a cup of tea. After discovering he has the ability to move through time and space, Jack embarks on a journey to repair a tear in the fabric of reality, with only his high school stalker, a television news crew, and a crossword puzzle for help. With every moment of indecision, the problem gets more complex. And Jack never could make up his mind.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Middle of the pack

  • By Ryan Hooey on 02-06-19

Middle of the pack

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

Reviewed: 02-06-19

I found myself really enjoying this book about half the time and then the other half I just found myself wishing it had something a little bit more to offer. I really like the time travel genre and try to listen to as many as I possibly can. One thing I liked was the witty humour of the characters in this one but I found it difficult for me to root for them as I do with many main characters. The performance was very well done and it was easy enough to tell characters apart by the voices the performer gave to them. There was subtle tone and pacing changes which did add something to the story. I think maybe I had very high expectations for this one and just wanted more from it. There is another title by this author that I’m interested in so I think I will still give that one a try. I received a free copy of this audiobook from audiobook boom. This in no way affected my opinion of this book

  • SpeedRunner

  • Tower of Babel, Book 1
  • By: Adam Elliott
  • Narrated by: Vikas Adam
  • Length: 11 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 611
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 584
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 584

Launch day. That was what they called it. The day when over four million people vanished in an instant from the island of Manhattan. The day earthquakes ravaged the east coast. The day a 101-kilometer tall tower rose from the wreckage of the now empty city. The day every screen, newspaper, and smart phone displayed a single message from an unknown source: The Great Emperor has issued his challenge.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Honest Review; No Hype No Hate

  • By adam on 05-10-18

Good but bogged down with details

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

Reviewed: 02-04-19

Actually a 3.5 star rating. This was my first dive into this genre and I did enjoy it for about 80% of the book however the other 20 had a little bit too much explaining rather than doing. The story, premise and universe of this book was great and progressed at a really good speed however, at times throughout the story I found it there was a little bit too much explaining of player attributes, weapons or items and other such materials. Please don’t get me wrong I understand this is the start of a series and some explanation is required but it really slowed down the progression of the story as well the rhythm of listening. You do really learn to love the characters and root for them from start to end in this book. I will be moving onto the second book in the series which I hope will touch on some of the storylines I felt got lost along the way in the main story. The performance was wonderful and really adds value to the story. There are so many male, female and monster voices to sink your teeth into that it gives a lot of flair to the story. I really like the changing pace he uses from chapter to chapter and seem to scene. Best of all, and you all might find this a little strange but I love the robotic and computerized voice we here many times throughout the story. It was very well done and very very realistic as robot voices come. I am hoping for more answers rather than questions and book 2

  • Two Can Keep a Secret

  • By: Karen M. McManus
  • Narrated by: Sophie Amoss, Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 329
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 305
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 302

Echo Ridge is small-town America. Ellery's never been there, but she's heard all about it. Her aunt went missing there at age 17. And only five years ago, a homecoming queen put the town on the map when she was killed. Now, Ellery has to move there to live with a grandmother she barely knows. The town is picture-perfect, but it's hiding secrets. And before school even begins for Ellery, someone has declared open season on homecoming, promising to make it as dangerous as it was five years ago. Then, almost as if to prove it, another girl goes missing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn’t stop listening

  • By James ODonnell on 01-09-19

Some small town mystery

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

Reviewed: 01-27-19

The author does it again. This is my second book by her and I really really enjoyed this one. The way she writes and includes witty banter back-and-forth between characters is really well done. Immediately you will learn to love and also hate the teenage royalty, outcasts and interesting adults in this town. Things just keep progressing to a great build up at the end of this novel. It listens almost like dateline meets mean girls meets Adventureland all wrapped up into one. The performers that were chosen for this book could not have been more perfect. It is a dual narration and typically I like one narrator more than the other but this novel prove me wrong when I enjoyed both parts equally as much. Subtle tone and pacing changes really will intrigue the reader while adding some nervous moments to the listening experience. They even do great opposite gender voices as well. Give this one a try you will not be disappointed

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  • By Your Side

  • By: Kasie West
  • Narrated by: Caitlin Kelly
  • Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 582
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 538
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 540

When Autumn Collins finds herself accidentally locked in the library for an entire weekend, she doesn't think things could get any worse. But that's before she realizes that Dax Miller is locked in with her. Autumn doesn't know much about Dax except that he's trouble. Between the rumors about the fight he was in (and that brief stint in juvie that followed it) and his reputation as a loner, he's not exactly the ideal person to be stuck with.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow! What a great book!

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-04-17

Entertaining wholesome tale

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

Reviewed: 01-13-19

I enjoyed this young adult tale. It is good wholesome fun. At times I would have liked the teens to get into a little more trouble than drinking Dr. Pepper at a party but overall it was good and interesting. Our main characters were well developed and well written. I had a genuine interest in them and the author keeps it consistent throughout the story. This story has its moments where you will laugh, roll your eyes and get a little angry too so it evokes many emotions. The performance is fantastic! I will admit at first I chose this audiobook because Caitlin Kelly was the performer and the choice paid off. She does a great job of having different voices for each character and doing a really good job at voicing a teenage male. Her tone and breaths were so well timed it is added value to the story. She is one of my favourite performers. If you are looking for a quick and wholesome story this one is for you.

  • Affliction

  • The Alt Apocalypse, Book 4
  • By: Tom Abrahams
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52

The Alt Apocalypse is the newest ground-breaking series from Tom Abrahams. It explores survival under the most extreme circumstances, but with a twist (and no cliffhangers). This series, which can be heard in any order, features the same core characters in each complete story. But every book dunks them into a new, alternate apocalypse. In Affliction, Abrahams tells the story of a mysterious team of researchers, four college friends, an ex-con, a lonely fry cook, and a secretive group of prepared civilians as they each battle to survive in southern California after an outbreak of a new, deadly disease....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • keeps getting better

  • By A. Whalen on 12-14-18

Best one of the series

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

Reviewed: 01-04-19

Wow, this one was so great. It had so much going for it. I have read the other 3 in the series and those were great but this one really pushed the series over the top for me. It brought all of the stories together in such a unique way, which I had just accepted things were the way they were and no explaination was required... but we got an awesome one. The characters we have grown to know were all there and I still had my favourites. I loved the chaos and worry that was instilled in this scenario. The tension was there all the way through. The performance was really good as always and you just know what Pierce is going to bring. His voices stayed consistent throughout the whole series and his voice brings something great to this series. I just can't wait to see what is in store for the next audiobook. This has become one of my most anticipated series so far this year. You know you are always in for a creative and wild ride with Abrhams.