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  • The Salvation State

  • By: Marcus Damanda
  • Narrated by: Jessica McEvoy
  • Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58

Rebecca and Daniel have never met. A 15-year-old preacher's kid and a 16-year-old atheist outcast, they appear to have little in common. And yet they both have attracted the attention of a recruiter for Angel Island, where bad kids go to be remade-or destroyed. Agents of the all-powerful New America Unity Church will stop at nothing to get them. They're building an army, a modern children's crusade, in which Rebecca and Daniel may be just the kind of future leaders they need. If not, they might be just the kind of sacrifice necessary to keep the rest of the faithless in line.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing book and performance!

  • By Charlotte on 01-29-18

A fun time

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

Reviewed: 01-27-18

I loved the varying emotions I felt while listening to this book. It’s a slow burn but once it get going it doesn’t seem to stop. I’d recommend this to anyone who likes a nice rollercoaster of emotion with their action. You’ll feel it all; sadness, anger and so on and to me that is what makes a good story. You feel for the main character and her struggle in this seemingly horrifying universe.

Jessica delivers the story to you with wonderful character voices and she always has a way of bringing the stories she reads to life. Marcus Damanda’s fantastic writing coupled with Jessica’s smooth relaxing voice makes for a very good time!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Donn's Hill

  • By: Caryn Larrinaga
  • Narrated by: Jessica McEvoy
  • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39

After returning home from her father's funeral to find her boyfriend in bed with another woman, Mackenzie Clair is looking for a fresh start. She thinks she'll find it in her favorite childhood vacation spot, but returning to Donn's Hill awakens more than nostalgia. Mac regains a lost psychic ability to talk to the dead, and the poltergeist haunting her apartment is desperate to make her use that gift to find his killer. Aided by her new roommate - a spirited Tortoiseshell cat named Striker.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Haunting Story, Award-Worthy Performance

  • By Marcus Damanda on 08-05-17

A fun mystery indeed

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

Reviewed: 08-06-17

Caryn Larrinaga's newest book, Donn's Hill, was a blast to read/listen to and I quite enjoyed Jessica McEvoy's vocal talent as always. She brings the story to life and makes Mackenzie's character her own and the mix of great writing and wonderful character voices makes this audiobook a must-have for any fan.

A simple but well written novel for the entire family, this is a must-have for any fan of mystery on the more casual side.

Check out the Sample and see for yourself if this wonderful tale is worth your time. For me, it was.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Hide and Seek

  • By: Caryn Larrinaga
  • Narrated by: Jessica McEvoy
  • Length: 1 hr and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

Agatha isn't looking forward to Christmas. While other eight-year-olds are hoping for a pile of presents, she just wants her evil stepsisters to leave her alone. Summer and Rain have a cruel idea of what passes for fun, and it always involves tormenting Agatha.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good story

  • By CRAZY4PEANUTBUTTER on 02-16-16

A great Christmas Tale

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

Reviewed: 10-06-16

I would recommend this audiobook to anyone looking for a Christmas story the whole family can enjoy. I really loved how it played out. It was very well written and the narration was superb.

I won't say much more—find out why this story is so awesome.

  • Unreal City

  • By: A. R. Meyering
  • Narrated by: Jessica McEvoy
  • Length: 7 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 16

Sarah Wilkes is desperate enough to do anything, even make a deal with the devil - or in her case, a familiar spirit. After her twin Lea is murdered, Sarah finds college life impossible and longs to escape. Everything changes when Sarah realizes a familiar spirit is stalking her and offers to transport her to the terrifying and fantastical realm of Unreal City.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing

  • By Kitty L. on 10-29-15

Great story, excellent narration

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

Reviewed: 08-31-16

Narrator Jessica McEvoy does a fantastic job reading to you this dark tale. The book itself is a story that drew me in and kept me wanting more. It was quite a change from my usual books; I was pleasantly surprised. Out of all the books I've read, very few had a female protagonist. That made it even better.

Can't wait to hear more from A. R. Meyering and Jessica McEvoy.

  • Zombies

  • The Recent Dead
  • By: Neil Gaiman, Max Brooks, Brian Keene, and others
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis, L J Ganser, Josh Hurley, and others
  • Length: 20 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 193
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 174
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 173

You can't kill the dead! Like any good monster, the zombie has proven to be ever-evolving, monumentally mutable, and open to seemingly endless imaginative interpretations: the thralls of voodoo sorcerers, George Romero's living dead, societal symbols, dancing thrillers, viral victims, reanimated ramblers, video-gaming targets, post-apocalyptic permutations, shuffling sidekicks, literary mash-ups, the comedic, and, yes, even the romantic.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Multiple zombie genres - weak storytelling

  • By Zephyr on 10-17-11

It was good, but could have been better

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

Reviewed: 01-29-15

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I would have taken out some of the stories as to me they didn't seem to mesh well with the zombie setting. I would have added in some more gory stories. Some of the stories just weren't very "scary" or gut-wrenching enough to be called a "Zombie tale."

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

I would have made sure my zombie anthology had the grittiest and darkest stories possible. More gore, more things that make sense in a zombie setting.

Any additional comments?

I liked it somewhat, but I felt bored during a few of them. Some of the stories had no real action and some were just bizarre. I think in a zombie anthology we should be sticking to what zombies are about: meat and brains. Yes that might seem cookie cutter, but you have to have the proper elements of that type of zombie fiction.