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  • Deep Silence

  • A Joe Ledger Novel
  • By: Jonathan Maberry
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 16 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,324
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,270
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,269

Terrorists-for-hire have created a weapon that can induce earthquakes and cause dormant volcanoes to erupt. One terrifying side effect of the weapon is that prior to the devastation, the vibrations drive ordinary people to suicide and violence. A wave of madness begins sweeping the country beginning with a mass shooting in Congress. Joe Ledger and his team go on a wild hunt to stop the terrorists and uncover the global superpower secretly funding them. At every step the stakes increase as it becomes clear that the endgame of this campaign of terror is igniting the Yellowstone caldera.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Deep Silence Shines Loudly!

  • By Tracy P. on 11-13-18

Awesome

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

Reviewed: 11-28-18

OMG well there really is not much I can say about this one other than it rocked! It is typical Maberry and if you are listening to this one then you are a fan and have listened to the other 9 in this series so you know what I am talking about. The story is just crazy and weird enough to make you think the author is crazy, but on the other hand all the facts make it possible that this could happen. Just an awesome listen. Porter's performance is awesome you will not be able to put this one down.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Kammersee Affair

  • By: John Holt
  • Narrated by: Ben Werling
  • Length: 12 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 11

Fritz Marschall knew that neither he, nor his friend, should really have been there. They, like many others before them, had been attracted to the lake by the many rumors that had been circulating. He thought of the endless stories there had been, of treasures sunken in or buried around the lake. He recalled the stories of the lake being used to develop torpedoes and rockets during the war. Looking out across the dark water, he wondered what secrets were hidden beneath the surface.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Good Story, but...

  • By Ryan Hooey on 11-12-18

Good Story, but...

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

Reviewed: 11-12-18

I had high hopes for this title after reading the book description. It started off great too but as soon as you get a little ways into the first chapter the sound effects started and it was very distracting. For some reason the producers incorporated sound effects with every single mention of noise in the story and I could not concentrate on the story itself. I do like sound effects when used sparingly, (as to not take away from the story) throughout an audiobook but I think this was overkill. The performance and story were very good but there were parts I had to rewind and listen to even 3 times due to the sound effects. I could not get a good flow going with this audiobook and this just got me frustrated at some points. I liked the voices that the narrator gave the characters and the storyline was interesting. I think I would rate this much higher if the sound effects were taken out. It did have many good qualities and this was my kind of story too, perhaps that is why I held it so high? I am not sure but release another recorded version without the sound effects and I think I could give this a better and more proper rating. I received a free copy of this title in exchange for an honest review via Audiobook Boom. This in no way affected my opinion.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Left Hanging

  • By: Cindy Dorminy
  • Narrated by: Britney Clause, Bradley Spoon
  • Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 18

As a nurse and single mom, Darla Battle hides her loneliness behind a smile. But when she discovers that the new cute doctor everyone is talking about is her daughter’s father, she knows she needs to keep her distance from the man who abandoned her and their child, Stella. When Theo Edwards returns to Nashville to finish his medical training, he never expects to run into Darla, a girl he spent one night with seven years ago. For reasons he can’t fathom, her attitude toward him is frosty, but he still hopes to ignite the spark they once felt.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This book really has it all!

  • By tarafarah7: Tara Brown on 09-01-18

_ _ov__ _t!

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

Reviewed: 09-17-18

This is a very sneaky audiobook. I was expecting Grey's Anatomy but got more Friends With Benefits with Ashton Kutcher and Natalie Portman. It snuck up on me from the first chapter and won't let go. It is one part funny, one part loveable and a whole lot of parts sassy. The characters are so likeable that you find yourself tisking, hooting and hollering at them when they just are being stubborn. Being a diabetic myself I think Dr Theo was just a little too relatable, besides the Doctor part of course. You can't help but love that girl next door vibe that Darla gives off and the writing about little Stella is great. The love story is typical but done with some flare. I love how each and every character plays a part in this mess and makes the story most enjoyable. I loved the good and bad parts of the relationship, most of all I liked the fact that this story showed that not all characters are super heroes, but in fact have flaws no matter their thoughts about themselves. I am a sucker for old fashioned games and this audiobook has those sprinkled throughout the entire story. Oh boy, the narration. I love duel narration and this one delivers. It has 2 POV done in a rotating fashion so you get to see things from both sides. both performers did a fantastic job giving the main characters life as well as casting secondary characters making them all distinct. I happened to just love Bradley Spoon's voice for Mallory it had me laughing out loud every time she spoke. Britney Clause does such a sweet and innocent child's voice but if that is not good enough her mom voice and sassy voice is just on point. One thing I liked about Spoon's male voices, I am not sure if this is his own voice or added but the accent Southern Drawl was fantastic. This gave Dr Theo his swagger. Such a great story and the 2 performers gave these characters and my imagination just what it needed. Even their opposite gender voices were done well and kept consistent which can be hard to do. Just a great story and these types of stories are kind of my kryptonite as I love me some romantic comedies. One thing about this book I will have to address is oh my goodness, the ending some loose ends were not tied up. One part of me likes that and can picture the camera panning out with a Shawn Mendes song playing in the background… but the curious side of me wants to know everything and how things turn out.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • All These Beautiful Strangers

  • A Novel
  • By: Elizabeth Klehfoth
  • Narrated by: Caitlin Kelly, Xe Sands, Greg Tremblay
  • Length: 14 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 144
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 141
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 139

A young woman haunted by a family tragedy is caught up in a dangerous web of lies and deception involving a secret society in this highly charged, addictive psychological thriller that combines the dishy gamesmanship of Gossip Girl with the murky atmosphere of The Secret History. One summer day, Grace Fairchild, the beautiful young wife of real estate mogul Alistair Calloway, vanished from the family’s lake house without a trace, leaving behind her seven-year old daughter, Charlie, and a slew of unanswered questions. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I really liked this book!

  • By Maria on 07-29-18

Drama, wealth, secrets and that is just the start

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

Reviewed: 08-30-18

Oh boy, I really enjoyed this audiobook. It is filled with glamourous rich, spoiled entitled children that feed off drama. It almost seemed at times that the adults were more entitled than the children. This is a nicely woven tale of deception, secrets and family struggle. Our main character is well written and has many internal struggles but what I really liked was how she was determined to stand out among the crowd but time and time again caved in to peer pressure. It really showed a real side to her despite being lavishly rich. There are 3 different narrators each for different characters. It is written that each chapter is outlined with the year it takes place in as well as who is sharing the main point of view. There is no structure to who is speaking and it all seems random until you reach that "Ahh ha" moment in the book. For the most part Charlie speaks most and I enjoyed hearing from her. The jumping back and forth between years and POV was not difficult to follow at all and that made a huge difference in my rating. It all comes together nicely at the end and I was satisfied. The performances of the 3 narrators was just great. They fit together nicely rotating back and forth but also made their characters their own too. Each brought their strengths to this story and it really painted a great picture of each character. All of the little nuances were there, slight inflections, changes in tone, speeding up and slowing down and my favourite was the entitlement of all the students was made clear in the voice changes. Overall, I wish I had this sort of wealth but I guess I will settle for a great few hours of listening. A definite new favourite of mine!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Others

  • By: Jeremy Robinson
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,045
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 995
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 989

Dan Delgado is a private investigator. He’s unenthusiastic, and unmatched. As a former San Francisco detective, he misses more meaningful work, but he hasn’t had the heart for it since his wife’s death five years prior. That is, until a phone call from a distraught mother, an illegal immigrant who can’t go to the police, puts him on the hunt for a missing little girl. By the time he reaches the mother’s small home, she’s missing, too. Then a team of heavily armed mercenaries arrive. Delgado and crew are plunged into a dangerous world of corporate competition, UFO lore, and government cover-ups.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Action packed humor

  • By Bree Salyer on 07-31-18

Loved It!!

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

Reviewed: 08-15-18

This is Robinson at his best! This will be my favourite audiobook of 2018 and it is one wild ride. It is spooky, interesting, mysterious and gosh darn funny. The tone Robinson uses throughout the whole book is awesome. We got cults, aliens and a whole lot of tech that will bend your mind taking you in places you never think are coming. The scenery throughout the Southwest is so vivid it took me along for the ride. You will come to love the characters and all their flaws. An amazing assortment of a rag tag team if I have ever seen one... and wait for the ending. The narration is top notch and done by the one and only RC Brey. There is not much more to say then his name but holy smokes he brings it. Perfect tone, speed and delivery. A great audiobook all around. I could not believe how funny the shout outs were to other Robinson’s work as well. That was probably my favourite part. It was done with flare, wit, and perfect timing. Just awesome!!

  • A Polaroid Guy in a Snapchat World

  • By: David Spade
  • Narrated by: David Spade
  • Length: 6 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,344
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,035
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,019

Written and performed for the Audible experience, Spade’s new comic memoir takes listeners along for the sometimes embarrassing and always hilarious ride of getting older in our fleeting “Snapchat World”. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Much better than the first one!

  • By Ashley on 08-12-18

Funny but...

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

Reviewed: 08-04-18

How to describe this one? That is a difficult question. On one hand it was hilarious, but on the other it was just so... I was laughing out loud at the comparisons of life before to now. It was unorthodox and was all over the place but I found it worked for the most part. I felt as I was at a live comedy show instead of listening to an audiobook and the only thing that was missing was the audience laughing, but I took care of that. Throughout the audiobook Spade adds voices, sound effects and of tangent remarks that just fit with his personality. I think that diminished the feeling of a traditional audiobook but was darn funny in the process. I loved the fact that Spade performed the narration himself as I could not picture anyone else doing it. This story was very wild but simple at other times. It is a funny and quick listen that at some point will definitely make you laugh. Just be warned there is some adult themes and language.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Flipside

  • By: Jake Bible
  • Narrated by: Andrew B. Wehrlen
  • Length: 7 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 76
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 74

The year is 2046, and dinosaurs are real. Time bubbles across the world, many as large as 100 square miles, turn like clockwork, revealing prehistoric landscapes from the Cretaceous Period. They reveal the Flipside. Now, 30 years after the first turn, the clockwork is breaking down, as one of the world's powers has decided to exploit the phenomenon for his own gain. Former head of security for Topside Command Trevon Cash must navigate his way through the chaos of the broken turns and take a team Flipside to try to figure out what is happening. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Creative Time Travel story.

  • By cosmitron on 06-26-18

Blast From The Past Or Future We Can Expect?

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

Reviewed: 07-14-18

Wow this one is a real winner. It has so many elements and they all work together weaving a great sci fi, action tale. Where to begin... So the author does a great job of blending the future and prehistoric elements together. I hate to admit this but before I began the audiobook I was comparing it to Jerassic Park but this is very different and great in its own way. The cast of characters are very likable and developed nicely. Their background stories do not take away from the action or mystery. The technology and descriptions of the landscapes were intense and vivid. I cannot stop admiring how well the future and past was blended together creating such a great world. I just loved everything about this audiobook. The narration was done so well. Subtle tone changes and pauses were used throughout this one and it added value to the story. Each character had a distinct voice and was easily distinguished from others. A perfect voice selection for this audiobook. Overall, just a wonderful listening experience and one I will not soon forget. I was provided a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review via Audiobook Boom. This in no way affected my opinion of this work.

  • Junkers

  • By: Benjamin Wallace
  • Narrated by: Doug Tisdale Jr.
  • Length: 4 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 29

The corporations promised it could never happen. Of course they would say that. Their products were everywhere. They had turned everything from scarecrows to coffee makers into robots, and there wasn't a home on Earth that wasn't filled with their machines.  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A worthy effort but should be longer.

  • By cosmitron on 05-28-18

Quick and light

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

Reviewed: 07-01-18

So I had mixed feelings about this one. It had glimpses of greatness and at other times lacked just that little something. The humour and witty sass department was great. The characters were always quick with a one liner or joke. On the other hand there was little to no character development not giving much depth to the characters. I can appreciate this because it went great with how this story was told but I think it could have had more development adding to the story. This was a light and quick listen about the robot uprising and it kept a really good pace and this is why I was conflicted about the character development because I think it would have slowed down the storyline considerably. I found that when the action scenes came up they could have been more intense and I loved the idea of a robot uprising. I also loved the quick descriptions of the robots doing human daily tasks too. I loved the shoutouts the author gave to vintage things that might even seem out of place in today’s society. It was a nice touch. The narration was done very well. There were different voices given to each character that fit well with their personality. You could really tell there was a hint of sarcasm when he was saying those witty one liners. Even the male narrator’s female voices were done well. All in all, a good performance that added value to this story. I did like this audiobook but like I have stated before was just missing something. Perhaps if it was a little longer it would have been better. It does keep your attention though so if you are looking for a quick and light read then this is for you. I received a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for a honest review via Audiobook Boom. This in no way affected my opinion of this work.

  • Nemesis

  • By: Brendan Reichs
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne, Emily Rankin, Paul Boehmer
  • Length: 13 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 101
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 97

It's been happening since Min was eight. Every two years, on her birthday, a strange man finds her and murders her in cold blood. But hours later, she wakes up in a clearing just outside her tiny Idaho hometown - alone, unhurt, and with all evidence of the horrifying crime erased.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nemesis is fantastic

  • By Mary B. Coates on 04-09-17

Happy Birthday!

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

Reviewed: 06-26-18

This audiobook caught my attention right from the onset. I have to admit at times it did slow but not enough to hinder the progress of the book. It has it all, conspiracy, secrets, natural and cosmic disasters and let’s not forget death and regeneration! Yes, that is correct regeneration. Oh and the characters are pretty awesome too. We have a cast of very different characters who all play a crutial part of the story. The only thing that beats the premise of this story is the way it was presented and told. There is a duel POV between main characters who have a completely different personality and outlook on life. They are also from opposite sides of the money spectrum. The pictures the author creates really give you a good idea of what is going on, however, it leaves much to the imagination behind closed doors and this is what drives the story. At parts during the middle of the story it did drag a bit but there is a big payoff at the end of the book. The reveal is perfect enough to give you some closure but makes you click furiously to buy the next audiobook. This is a triple narration and is done wonderfully. There is one narrator who was tasked with reading documents and transcripts. He does great at presenting the info in just the right way to avoid over acting. There are just a few chapters of this sprinkled throughout the story. The 2 main narrators were so precise in tone that I was just as excited to hear each of them. They both kept it consistent throughout the story and voiced each other’s character great too as to not skew my imagination. Overall, a great experience that will surprise you along the way. Definitely moving forward with this series.

  • The Oracle Year

  • A Novel
  • By: Charles Soule
  • Narrated by: Charlie Thurston
  • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 281
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 263
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 263

Knowledge is power. So when an unassuming Manhattan bassist named Will Dando awakens from a dream one morning with 108 predictions about the future in his head, he rapidly finds himself the most powerful man in the world. Protecting his anonymity by calling himself the Oracle, he sets up a heavily guarded website with the help of his friend Hamza to selectively announce his revelations. In no time global corporations are offering him millions for exclusive access, eager to profit from his prophecies.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Wish it were more

  • By Topher on 05-14-18

A different kind of crystal ball

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

Reviewed: 06-15-18

Filled with wit, charm, intrigue, mystery and sass this audiobook will leave you satisfied. I think there is something for everyone but this reads like a “guy” book with a totally different type of “superhero”. I was hooked from the start and kept wanting to find out more about the Oracle and how this would play out. Fair warning there are several instances where politics and religion play a crutial role in this story but the author does a good job of coupling those with other mainstream issues too. I mean, c’mon if anyone reading this could tell me that they wouldn’t put their predictions on the internet to make money, then you are a better person than I. In several other reviews it has been noted that the characters are flat, however, I think the author gives the characters some good depth and you get to see how they change from the start to the end of the book. For this type of story the characters were given enough depth for you to care about how things turned out for them. I am a sucker for black ops and secret off-the-book missions storylines so I enjoyed that part of the story. One thing I felt as if the story dragged at some of the middle points but picked back up near the end. Stick through the middle part because to see how everything comes together at the end is definitely worth it. The narration was done quite well. This was my first performance by Thurston and he brought a lot to the book. His character voices were on point and easy to differentiate between characters. He even does a convincing aging woman’s voice too. Predictions…good, mystery…good, sass…good so what is not to like. Give this one a try I think you will come to enjoy it.