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  • Cherubim of the Ultima: Enter Genesis

  • Cherubim of the Ultima Serialized, Volume 1
  • By: Brian Barr
  • Narrated by: Jason Sprenger
  • Length: 1 hr and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

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

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Science Fiction Combat

  • By Son of Odin on 12-04-18

Fun Fantasy Serial

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

Reviewed: 12-13-18

This story brings to mind fantasy novels of people with swords and magic and grandiose goals meeting in brutal combat. in one word: fun. Sure there's some character building and backstory but you're listening for the combat and that is the best part. The author has started a rip roaring yarn I'd be glad to come along with.

Narration was good and didn't take anything away from the experience but aside from some cursory sound effects doesn't add too much.

I received the audiobook review code for this at my request and am voluntarily posting this honest review.

  • Favor of the Gods

  • By: Ali Winters
  • Narrated by: Sarah Puckett
  • Length: 1 hr and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

Ever since Medusa unwittingly crossed her school’s resident mean girl, her life has been hell. If only she could keep her distance from Perseus who has a knack for always being in the wrong place at the right time. But rivalry goes too far when a curse that can destroy the village is cast. Only the favor of the gods can reverse it, but the gods are vengeful and not always forgiving.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!

  • By Joseph Beninato on 11-28-18

Re-Imagining of Mythology

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

Reviewed: 12-13-18

As a fan of mythology growing up I appreciated the authors short reimagining of the tale of Medusa. She turned it into a school melodrama with relatable characters and responses. And because of that tonal shift you could kinda see the end coming but it's the end I was wanting.

The narration was solid and fit the story well without taking the focus away.

I received the review code for this audiobook at my request and am voluntarily leaving this honest review.

  • Hellspawn Dominion

  • Hellspawn Series, Book 5
  • By: Ricky Fleet
  • Narrated by: Paul Jenkins
  • Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4

On Ham Farm, the remnants of the British Army watch as the massive horde approach in the distance. Joining forces with the Smith sisters, they face a race against time to fortify the area before the dead attack. Vastly outnumbered, all they can do is pray their training and arsenal of weapons will see them through the coming battle. If they manage to repel the multitudes of rotting zombies, the real war is only just beginning. Inside the castle, the survivors start to take the safety of the impenetrable fortress for granted.  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Sufficiently Brutal Zombie Tale

  • By Brian on 12-12-18

Sufficiently Brutal Zombie Tale

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

Reviewed: 12-12-18

This is the first time I've dipped my toes back in the sub genre of zombie fiction in a while and I'm happy to say it was a positive experience. The zombies are gross and relentless and the people range from team players helping humanity to worse than the undead husks that haunt the landscape.

Fleet has his survivors situated in a couple of locations each dealing with their own issues but there's just a feeling that they're headed for a winner take all showdown where said winner might just be the dead themselves.

The performance was solid as well with a great understandable accent that helped cement the setting and enough emoting and drama that the Listener is transported to the in book universe with the characters they're hearing from.

I received the review copy of this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this honest review. I recommend it, though most likely starting with the first in the series.

  • Malefic

  • House of Souls, Book 2
  • By: Ambrose Ibsen
  • Narrated by: Joe Hempel
  • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55

The move into 889 Morgan Road was supposed to be a fresh start for Joseph Dubois and his family. What they got instead was a nightmare. At night, guttural noises issue from behind the walls, and the family reports seeing a terrifying figure wandering the premises. Desperately seeking someone with experience in supernatural matters, Joseph calls upon his uncle, Marcel. Retired surgeon Marcel Dubois has a special gift: The ability to communicate with his dead wife. Harnessing this gift allows him to plumb the depths of the afterlife and to confront the paranormal. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Don't Buy the Cheap House in a Nice Neighborhood

  • By Spooky Mike on 11-13-18

Solid Ghost Story

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

Reviewed: 12-08-18

I really enjoyed listening to this ghost story. Ibsen puts fleshed out characters in pretty awful situations and lets them get themselves out of it. There are some pretty solid spooky happenings that raise to a crescendo and the whole time it's really easy to root for the protagonists.

The narration was on point as well. It really felt like I was talking to someone who had gone through these trials and tribulations.

I received the review code for this audiobook at my request and have posted this honest review. I recommend this and look forward to more excursions into the author's imagination.

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  • Web of Eyes

  • By: Rhett C. Bruno, Jaime Castle
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 186
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 181
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 180

Self-proclaimed “World's Greatest Thief", Whitney Fierstown, has yet to find a trinket or treasure he couldn't steal. He nearly pulls off the heist of the century by snatching the Glass Crown off the dying king's head until rotten luck throws him into the path of Torsten Unger, a steadfast knight determined to save his vulnerable kingdom. Torsten offers this ultimatum: rot and die in a dank cell or join him on a dangerous expedition and put his skills to good use.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I loved this book!

  • By Joliet Jill on 11-15-18

Great World Building

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

Reviewed: 12-04-18

What I find myself most impressed with when finding great fantasy is the things that differentiate stories. In this first volume the authors have created a world that's familiar enough that the reader/listener can feel welcomed, but with enough originality to mark it as different and interesting.

The characters are great, fully fleshed out with realistic traits and making realistic decisions. The settings are brought to life as well, each coming to life easily enough that I could close my eyes and envision them. Listening to this felt like joining friends on an adventure moreso than listening to an audiobook.

At this point it's necessary to mention the narration by Luke Daniels. I came into it knowing that he's a very well-respected voice actor and this definitely does nothing to change that. He does the work to take the written words and bring the characters to life. The accents are great and easy to recognize and just from listening you can discern more information like what their emotions are and context ques about the current scenario.

I really enjoyed this work, and am definitely planning on returning to this world with these authors. I received the code for this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this honest review. Highly recommended.

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  • Moonlight Motor

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

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

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great, Creepy, Quick Listen

  • By Kurtisimus on 12-06-18

Strange but Entertaining Short

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

Reviewed: 12-04-18

This is a weird story. You start in media res with little idea what's happening but it's frenetic in its writing and performance. Then the setting changes and things calm down, but you much like the character don't know what's going on but know something is wrong. The sense of unease builds as you barrel towards the ending.

I might not have fully understood the metaphor but I did like the writing and narration and would recommend. I received the review code for this audiobook at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

  • The Pirate

  • By: Harold Schechter
  • Narrated by: Steven Weber
  • Length: 1 hr and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 396
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 346
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 345

In 1860, a sloop drifted into New York Harbor. Not a soul on board - just blood from cabin to deck. Looted coins led to Bowery thug Albert Hicks, the ax slayer who turned his shipmates into chum. His crimes were absolutely fiendish. His execution was pure ballyhoo. It drew nearly ten thousand bloodthirsty sightseers to the city - including the enterprising showman P. T. Barnum. Refreshments were served as the most notorious and unrepentant mass murderer of the era made history as one of America’s first celebrity killers.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Waste of time

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-06-18

Solid Historical Truecrime

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

Reviewed: 11-29-18

Short but entertaining story about one of the worst people to have ever lived. No brainer recommendation if you have kindle unlimited (free).

  • Skeletons in the Attic: More Tales from a Mortician

  • By: Michael Gore
  • Narrated by: J. Stempien
  • Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10

With 15 dark and twisted tales, the mortician is back to terrify you once again. The author of the hit horror anthology Tales from a Mortician has masterfully woven a new collection that will turn your stomach and have you checking under your bed, locking your doors, and leaving the lights on as you listen. From finding a body in your parents' attic to serial killers, cannibals, werewolves, gut-wrenching Halloween tricks, and even a sweet old lady who kills dozens, Skeletons is sure to terrify, disgust, and enthrall everyone who dares to listen to it.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Really Twisted Short Stories

  • By Spooky Mike on 11-13-18

Eclectic Horror Collection

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

Reviewed: 11-28-18

There are many horror story anthologies out there and what I've come to find as more and more important is coming up with unique perspectives and situations. There are horrific scenes in here, and there are only so many things people can do to one another, but in each case the motives, the drive to commit those acts was different either subtly or out of left field. This gets my recommendation simply for being different.

The narration fit as well. The authors phrasing lended itself to quick declarative sentences and the narrator delivered those with conviction.

I received the free review code for this audiobook at my request and am voluntarily leaving this honest review.

  • The Tatterdemon Omnibus

  • All Three Books of the Tatterdemon Trilogy in One Collection
  • By: Steve Vernon
  • Narrated by: Rick Gregory
  • Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

In 1691, the town of Crossfall taught the witch Thessaly how to die. They beat her, they shot her, they hung her--but nothing worked. When they finally tried to bury her alive Thessaly set the field against them. The first man died as a gust of wind harrowed the meat from his bones. A root,flung like a dirty javelin, cut a second man down. Many more deaths followed. The Preacher Fell impaled the witch upon her very own broom but she dragged him down into the field to wait for three more centuries.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic Trilogy of Scarecrow Horror

  • By Spooky Mike on 10-30-18

Perfect Mesh of Story and Performance

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

Reviewed: 11-27-18

I'd read Steve Vernon's works once before and knew I liked his small town narrative style, but that work about selkies was tame compared to the rip-roaring action of this trilogy. The first short novel sets the stage with background and history but don't worry, it's provided with some of the best and most brutal imagery I've heard. The second is basically a bridge between the past and the present, but to be honest it's a collision course. An the final is the reckoning as all the depraved individuals descend into a frenetic showdown. Each section is great, but the whole story deserves to be told in one.

It also deserves to be told by a good story teller and in this case the match between narrator and story seemed to fit perfectly. The narrator gave the characters life, and as tension ratcheted up throughout I never once was taken out of the story flow by the narration.

I received this free review copy of this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. I highly recommend this story and the author/ narrator involved in its creation.

  • The Summer Job

  • A Satanic Thriller
  • By: Adam Cesare
  • Narrated by: Stacey Glemboski
  • Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

Massive nights, picturesque days: There is nothing Claire doesn't love about her summer job in Mission, Massachusetts. Claire is just trying to keep her head down and start a new life after burning out in the city, but those kids out in the woods seem like they throw awesome ragers.... It's only once she's in too deep that Claire discovers the real tourist trade that keeps the town afloat. It's then that her soul-searching in Mission becomes a fight for her life.  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Best Horror Movie Never Made

  • By CKDelay on 11-17-18

Small Town Fun

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

Reviewed: 11-22-18

I'd bought this book a while ago from Samhain press, where it labored on my to read list for a while, but when I saw the opportunity to listen to the book it jumped to the top. The story was great, in a comparatively small amount of time Adam Cesare has created a handful of characters who seem as at home in times of violence as they do in times of rest. There's something to be said for characterization that doesn't require a lot of build up.

They're placed in a small town with small town atmosphere as well as small town horrors, as indicated by the title. Things are calm, but there's a tangible undercurrent of tension building throughout and rather than having uneven pacing it's pretty steady as it builds to a frenetic conclusion.

The only qualm I have storytelling-wise was that you don't have a great idea where the conflict comes from and at times it just seems like people being at odds just because. This wasn't a huge issue because it moves so quickly and the action is interesting enough that it's hard to focus on the negatives.

The performance was great. Unlike many audiobooks where the narrators attempt to do accents and whatnot, this narrator made the choice to just tell a good story instead of getting caught in the theatricality. Because of her skill at delivery this seems like a benefit, the characters talking to each other seemed just as conversational as it would've been if there were varied vocals. She could convey emotion by using different tones instead of focusing so much on doing different voices and losing the emotion.

In summation it's a great story with great narration, I would certainly recommend this work. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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