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  • Jesse James: Infamous Outlaw of the Old West

  • By: in60Learning
  • Narrated by: Larry G. Jones
  • Length: 1 hr and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

Jesse James grew up in Clay County, Missouri, a place where north and south conflicted over the issue of slavery. Tensions grew in the lead-up to the Civil War, and James’ Southern loyalties meant he had to make a decision. When war broke out, Jesse and his brother Frank joined the Confederate guerrillas known as “bushwhackers” alongside other notorious characters like “Bloody Bill”. By the age of 17, Jesse had escaped death twice and gained a reputation as a ruthless killer. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting look at the Wild West

  • By cosmitron on 06-14-18

Jesse James

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

Reviewed: 11-18-18

Another hour of history from In60Learning. These short books are a great way to learn just a little bit about an event or a person.

Jesse James has become a Robin Hood-ish character from the Old West, when in fact he was just a common outlaw. This short book touches on the pivotal events in his life and death, giving the listener a glimpse into what might have made him the man he was.

If you are looking for a short history lesson into Jesse James' life, give this one a listen. The narrator does a pretty good job, but his voice was a little robotic at times. I was given an audiobook version of this book by the publisher and chose to review it.

  • Degeneration: Age of Expansion - A Kurtherian Gambit Series

  • The Ghost Squadron, Book 4
  • By: Sarah Noffke, Michael Anderle
  • Narrated by: Chris Abernathy
  • Length: 6 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 25

Kill the bad guys. Save the Galaxy. All in a hard day’s work. Eddie might be enhanced, but Ghost Squadron must expand if they’re going to keep the Federation safe from Felix Castile, a man hell bent on nothing less than the assassination of General Lance Reynolds. To stop him, Ghost Squadron will have to do the impossible - infiltrate the enemy’s stronghold. What the team learns could change everything. No one is safe from Felix Castile, who has the means to change the Federation, and not in a good way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A cool space adventure with fun characters

  • By John on 08-23-18

Degeneration

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

Reviewed: 11-17-18

This is a wonderful addition to a great series! All of my favorite characters are back and there are some great new additions as well. If you enjoy sci-fi with a touch of snark, check out these books. You won't be disappointed!

Eddie and Juliana and the rest of the Ghost Squadron are after the infamous villain Felix Castille, who is determined to kill General Reynolds. Felix has developed a serum that degenerates the nano enhancements that inhabit many of the characters. Eddie and Juliana and their team will stop at nothing to protect the General and save the Federation.

A few of the more minor characters from past books have a more prominent role this time around and I loved the development of Chester in this installment. Harley, the crew's dog, is also present and his major scene adds a lot of excitement to the book.

Lars, AKA Carnivore, gets a chance to revisit his home planet and resolve some issues there. Pip continues to evolve as so much more than just an AI and tells some truly cringe-worthy knock-knock jokes. More characters are added this time around and some great alien life forms that I hope to never meet make their appearance. There are also some heartwarming moments in the story as Ghost Squadron takes on some more humanitarian missions.

There is plenty of action involving pirates, aliens, space battles, injuries that could potentially cause death, and witty dialogue, complete with lots of swearing. The characters are well-developed, the story action-packed and there is just enough humor to keep the tone light.

I love this series and look forward to each installment with bated breath (whatever that is!). Sarah Noffke is one of my favorite authors and whatever she writes really makes for a wonderfully entertaining read. The narrator, Chris Abernathy, does his usual great job and I love the different voices that he uses. You always know just who is talking with his diverse voices.

I know that this series will eventually end, but I hope that the authors might see their way to writing some prequels involving some of the characters and their backstories (hint, hint).

  • Zombie Island

  • Still Alive, Book Two
  • By: Javan Bonds
  • Narrated by: S.W. Salzman
  • Length: 5 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34

The crew of the replica pirate ship, the Viva Ancora, is growing, and the characters of this cast are fulfilling their roles toward destiny. As the group swells, the need to clear the town of the infected and secure Guntersville Island becomes paramount. Isolation from the world will protect them from the naked, blue, undead cannibals - or will it?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hey Mo, is that a burning bridge I smell?

  • By Ray Johnson on 09-22-18

Blue Peevies!

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

Reviewed: 11-09-18

First let me say that I am a late comer to the zombie apocalypse mania so prevalent today. So, when I read the first book in this series, I was surprised to be instantly hooked and begging for Mo!

Our reluctant hero, Mo Collins, continues as the narrator for most of this book in the form of journal entries. In addition, other chapters of the book are told from the third person perspective. I actually liked this way of writing since it broke up the book in a good way.

Mo and his crew, including the Expert, the Tech, his parents, the Love Interest, the Medicine Man, the Old Friend and the Oracle (Smokes!) have decided to make their compound a true island by blowing up all bridges that connect it to the mainland. With the addition of a construction worker named Danny Daniels (I know a guy with that name BTW), they accomplish this and add a drawbridge in order to have a way to go back on the mainland without a boat.

This book continues the fun that began in Book One and adds in lots of action, some tears, and loads of peevies. I love the way that the author, Javan Bonds, has incorporated so many references to pop culture. The Tech, Gene, who is a true geek, is great fun and I need to reread the book in order to catch all of the sci-fi movie and TV references.

Mo is definitely a reluctant hero, but the Oracle assures him at every turn that he will survive and his true place is at the helm of heroism. As Smokes says, "You was always at the place you was always posed to be".

Mr. Bonds' zombies are unique in that they are naked, blue and have a bowel control problem. These facts make for many hilarious scenes in the book when these infected people are encountered. I laughed so much at times that I was literally crying! But, there is plenty of blood, gore, exploding heads, etc. for those who like that sort of thing.

Be warned: this book is not politically correct and if you are easily offended, just keep walking. Mr. Bonds is fair in his uncorrectness, though. Every race, gender, sexual orientation and handicap are equally degraded and I love that he has done this. But, in my opinion, if you love reading about zombies, political correctness and lack of cursing is probably not a big deal for you!

Once again, S.W. Salzman adds so much to this book with his narration! His voices for the different characters are wonderful and his rendition adds a lot of humor that I don't think I would have noticed with another narrator. Mo's southern hillbilly accent is just perfect and Smokes.....I can't say enough about his voice! I truly have a picture in my mind of these characters and Mr. Salzman's voice has a lot to do with that. I hope that this pair continue in their collaboration for a long time!

I can't wait to continue this series and I know that I will continue reading these books as long as Mr. Bonds continues writing them. I threatened Mr. Bonds until he let me have a copy of this audiobook and I am glad that he gave in to these threats. This in no way influences my opinion of the writing or the narration.

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  • The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

  • By: Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  • Narrated by: Gregg Rizzo
  • Length: 29 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

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner relates the experiences of a sailor who has returned from a long sea voyage. The mariner stops a man who is on the way to a wedding ceremony and begins to narrate a story. The wedding-guest's reaction turns from bemusement to impatience to fear to fascination as the mariner's story progresses, as can be seen in the language style: Coleridge uses narrative techniques such as personification and repetition to create a sense of danger, the supernatural, or serenity, depending on the mood in different parts of the poem. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • This is something different.

  • By cosmitron on 07-11-18

Albatross!

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

Reviewed: 11-06-18

A good performance of a classic poem. I enjoyed listening to this poem, but I think that I would need to actually read the words myself to get the full import of the tale. The narrator did a good job, but there was some distracting background noise at times.

I received a copy of this audiobook through Audiobook Boom and chose to review it.

  • The Living Remnants

  • By: Marc Johnson
  • Narrated by: Louise Cooksey
  • Length: 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 20

Esmeralda, one of the human survivors of an apocalyptic war, now lives a precarious life as a servant to a family of zombies. She knows she’s better off than many other humans, who are imprisoned in breeding camps and slaughtered for food. Her masters treat her well, and their young daughter reminds Esme of her own little girl, killed during the war. But Esme can’t forget everything she’s lost—or the knowledge that her masters could turn on her at any moment. When rebels interrupt the zombies’ supply of human food, Esme’s position becomes even more dangerous. And this time, the price of survival may be more than she is prepared to pay. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Too Short

  • By Big Cheese on 01-31-18

Zombies in charge?

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

Reviewed: 11-06-18

Esmeralda (Esme) is a servant to a wealthy household of zombies. Yes, you read that right! After a war, the zombies are in charge and humans are their servants and their food.

Esme stays with the family in order to survive, but she also loves the young daughter, Lizzy, who reminds her so much of her own dead child.

The story is very short and I could see it being fleshed out (sorry!) into a much longer book. But, the poignancy of the tale, the sorrow that it evoked, was wonderful. I would love to know more of the background to the war that is mentioned and how the zombies came to be in charge. All in all, a good quick read if you enjoy zombies.

The narrator's voice was just right for Esme's and added to my enjoyment of the book. I was given a copy of this audiobook by the author/narrator/publisher and chose to review it.

  • The Flood

  • Unicorn Daze, Book 2
  • By: Laura Hesse
  • Narrated by: Laura Hesse
  • Length: 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5

Gus the Unicorn takes young Jessie on an adventure to meet Father Time inside the Great Veil and Noah just moments before the Great Flood. Jessie learns what happened to the unicorns and why we don't see them in the world today. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome story 👏

  • By Mandymay💄👠👛 on 09-08-18

The Flood

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

Reviewed: 11-06-18

An enjoyable story for the young and the young at heart. Gus the Unicorn takes his human friend, a young girl named Jessie, on the adventure of a lifetime. Travelling through time, she gets to witness the loading of animals on Noah's Ark! A possible explanation for why Unicorns are no longer seen in modern times is given. She also meets Father Time along the way.

This would be a great book to read to your children or grandchildren. Fun, great writing and great narration. The author does a great job both in the writing and in her narration.

I was given a copy of this audiobook by the author and chose to review it.

  • Eamon

  • Cowboys and Debutantes, Book 3
  • By: Vivi Holt, Cowboys and Debutantes
  • Narrated by: Dawson McBride
  • Length: 4 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 20

Eamon thinks he has love and life figured out. A successful accountant, full of confidence and charm, he's got it all, including the beautiful girlfriend and the high flying job. But when his brother inherits a ranch in south Georgia, he leaves everything behind to help him run it. Emily Zhu is a driven and ambitious surgeon from Boston. Everything in her life is structured and planned, down to the last detail. When Eamon and Emily's paths collide at a wedding, they fight an immediate attraction. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Love takes Courage

  • By Danielle Carpenter on 10-25-18

Cowboy meets Doctor

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

Reviewed: 11-05-18

Emily Zhu is a Surgeon, just finishing her residency at the Brigham Hospital in Boston. When she travels to Tipton, Georgia for her friend's wedding, the furthest thing from her mind is falling in love! Eamon Williams is an accountant, but he and his brothers are running a horse ranch and he loves his new life. He, too, isn't really interested in love, but things happen!

Emily's dreams of working at the Brigham are dashed and she is left without a clue of what she is going to do with her life. Add in the fact that she comes from a very traditional Chinese-American family and her future has suddenly become complicated. Her whole life has been planned for her by her parents and she doesn't know if she can go against them in order to pursue a very different path with the man she has come to love.

This was another wonderful sweet romance written by Vivi Holt. Just as expected, there are some bumps along the way as the couple tries to find their way to be together, but the happily ever after ending that Ms. Holt's readers have come to expect is here. Ms. Holt has a wonderful way with words and her books are always very descriptive. Wonderful characters and a wonderful storyline make for a great book!

The narrator, Dawson McBride, has a very soothing voice and at times it was almost too soothing! The volume on my Kindle was turned up to the maximum and at times I had difficulty hearing the book. But, all in all, he did a wonderful job and added to my enjoyment of the book.

A minor complaint (really a pet peeve of mine): The cover characters did not depict the description of the characters in the book. I know it is a minor thing, but it still bothers me. Eamon was described as "blond" or "sandy" haired, but the cowboy on the book has very dark hair. Also, the woman on the front doesn't look like an Emily Zhu to me.

I was given a chance to listen to this book by the author and chose to review it.

  • Frankenstein

  • By: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
  • Narrated by: Daniela Acitelli
  • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

Mary Shelley wished with her classic Gothic novel Frankenstein to "make the reader dread to look round, to curdle the blood, and quicken the beatings of the heart". Mary Shelley succeeded. Victor Frankenstein finally fulfills his dream of creating his own living creature, stitched together from the macabre remains of corpses. To his horror he finds he has created something even more ghastly than in his worst imaginings. Frankenstein has created a monster with a soul!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow. Greatly surprised!!

  • By Drew on 12-07-17

Who is the Monster?

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

Reviewed: 11-04-18

I read this classic many, many years ago, but had forgotten how different the book is from the various movies that have been made from it. It is so much more than a horror story and more the story of a man's descent into despair bordering on insanity, this book will change your mind about what you thought you knew about "Frankenstein".

It is amazing that a woman in the 1800's would write such a book and that makes it even more enjoyable. Ms. Shelley has a wonderful writing style and it really draws the reader into the story. The vocabulary is different and more flowery than a modern reader is used to, but it is very, very well written.

This book is much more than a horror story There is such profound poignancy and sorrow throughout that it makes your heart hurt for the characters. I must admit that since I have seen so many movie adaptations of this book that some of the scenes were called to mind as I listened (and "Young Frankenstein" was one of them!).

The narrator, Daniela Acitelli, does a wonderful job and really puts a lot of emotion into her performance. It added a lot to the heavy emotions in the book. My only complaint is that the speed of the book was a little slow for my taste, but increasing my listening speed up to 1.25x made it perfect!

I was given the opportunity to listen to this audiobook by Audiobook Boom! and chose to review it.

  • BOO! A Halloween Story

  • God Complex Universe
  • By: George Saoulidis
  • Narrated by: John York
  • Length: 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 24

When a young man from a village comes to the big city to study, he finds himself overwhelmed by the urban lifestyle. But will he manage to blend in by going to a Halloween party, when his crush asks him to help decorate the place, when the abandoned villa becomes all too spooky for him and when the illusory masks everyone wears seem to never come off?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a bad trip must be like

  • By Spooky Mike on 02-25-18

Boo!

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

Reviewed: 10-29-18

I have to say that I was expecting a lot more scare from looking at the cover! In fact, the scariest thing about this short story IS the cover!

More of a futuristic twist than I was expecting, the idea that you could have a Virtual Reality mask is intriguing. Just key up the program and it will give you the perfect mask. The mask will disappear at sunrise.....or will it?

It was an interesting story, well-written but just not what I was expecting The narrator did a pretty good job, but could have shown more emotion to draw the reader into the story more.

I was given a copy of the audiobook by the author/publisher and chose to review it.

  • The Quarantine Fence: A Zombie Horror Short Story

  • By: Roma Gray
  • Narrated by: Brett Schumacher
  • Length: 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

The zombie plague has been contained, right? Frank’s job is to patrol the fence that separates the living from the undead. It’s a boring job...at least it was until today. Has the true apocalypse finally arrived?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • wow

  • By Maly C on 11-02-18

Zombies!

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

Reviewed: 10-28-18

Another great horror short story from the amazing Roma Gray! I love Roma's writing style and her stories never fail to entertain me.

Frank's job is to watch the Quarantine Fence that separates the infected from the uninfected. Most of the time, it is a tedious and boring job. But, today is different. There appears to be a breech in the fence and who knows what will happen?

I loved this story for many reasons. Without spoiling it for other readers, I truly enjoyed the very different approach to the zombies and their actions. This is not a story full of zombie attacks, blood and gore and undead shamblings. Instead, it is full of pathos, emotion and sadness.

Ms. Gray realizes that a story does not have to be gory in order to be horrific. Sometimes, the reader's imagination is all that is needed to make a story truly scary. Mr. Schumacher does a great job in his narration, which adds a lot to the story.

I was given the chance to listen to this book by the author and chose to review it.

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