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  • Defiance

  • Thirteenth Legion Series, Book 1
  • By: Eric Gardner
  • Narrated by: Meral Mathews
  • Length: 5 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28

Evil comes in many forms. For former soldier Gabriel Willis, it looks like a motorcade of SUVs storming his quiet neighborhood, shattering his hard-earned domestic bliss. His loving wife and children watch in horror as he is arrested and whisked away without explanation. Accused of terrorism and brutally tortured for information, Gabriel later learns that his family has been kidnapped and hidden away. The madman responsible hands him the arduous task of trekking to the mountains of Afghanistan to find famed archaeologist Othia Morgan and return with her - or his family will die.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Really Good.

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 02-08-19

Really Good.

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

Reviewed: 02-08-19

This took me a while to really get into but once I did, i really enjoyed it. It's intriguing, interesting and sets the stage nicely for what's to come.

The plot was interesting, if a little all weird at the start, but it came together and I had that aha moment where it made sense. I was a little put off at times with all the Religious content, but I also think it was needed to better understand the world the author has created. The premise of the plot is that Gabriel is taken from his house and framed for terrorism, he is given the option of helping his captures find someone, or face prison and worse. He agrees in order to keep his family safe. He heads into the mountains of Afghanistan to find an archaeologist, Othia, who is knee deep in a dig. Both of them are thrown into something they never would have believed though!!

I liked the characters. They are well written and developed and I'm interested enough to find out more about them. In all, this was a good read and had made me eager to listen to the next one.

Meral Mathews was excellent. I've never listened to him before but I must! He was clear, easy to listen to and had plenty of tones and voices for the different characters.

I was given this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Master of Hounds

  • The Pickman Files, Book 1
  • By: C.Steven Manley
  • Narrated by: James Anderson Foster
  • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24

Clint Mercer is about to get a crash course in magic. After he barely survives an attack on the hospital where he works, Clint is quickly recruited by the brilliant but often unstable wizard Arlo Dandridge. Working on behalf of the mysterious Pickman Institute, the two men soon find themselves in a race to recover an ancient relic of deadly power before a centuries-old warlock and his cult of militant followers can beat them to it.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable Urban Fantasy Book.

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 02-08-19

Enjoyable Urban Fantasy Book.

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

Reviewed: 02-08-19

This starts out slowly but once it got going, ended up thoroughly enjoying it.

The plot was intriguing and well explained. I didn't find myself disbelieving anything!! We are brought into the story with a battle where Arlo gets injured, then it moves to a hospital where we meet Clint, who thinks this will just be another normal day at the hospital, but boy is he wrong!! He is drawn into a world he never knew existed, and now can't leave because he's been marked. We also get to meet The Favoured of The Mother, the congregants and followers of The Mother who are very intriguing!! The plot is well written and developed and I can't wait to find out more because I still have questions.

I also loved the characters. Arlo is really intriguing and I'm looking forward to getting to know him better in future books. Clint was well written too and very likable. I loved how long it took for him to truly believe in magic. Despite what he sees, he still finds it hard to grasp, which rang through. All of the characters, including the bad guys, were well written and developed.

In all, a good solid start to what looks to be an awesome series.

James Foster is one of the best out there. He is so easy to listen to, has very distinct character tones and voices, and always gives a brilliant performance. I highly recommend this narrator.

I was given this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Haunted Collection Series: Books 4 - 6

  • Supernatural Horror with Scary Ghosts & Haunted Houses, Volume 2
  • By: Ron Ripley
  • Narrated by: Thom Bowers
  • Length: 22 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 41

Stefan Korzh’s desire to destroy the lives of everyone around him knows no bounds. His haunted antique collection continues to spread and turn his diabolical plans into reality. Victor Daniels and Tom Crane are the only ones who can stop the madness before it’s too late. This audiobook includes the stories: Hank’s Radio, The Burning Girl, and Knife in the Dark.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant Series!!

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 02-08-19

Brilliant Series!!

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

Reviewed: 02-08-19

This series just keeps on getting better!!

Hanks Radio: Stefan Korzh has gone into hiding and is trying to stay below the radar, but that doesn't stop him from sending out more haunted items! This time it's a radio that is inhabited by Hank. His choice of victims are lonely, elderly ladies. His seductive voice draws them to him and he viciously kills them. But Stefan makes a mistake, and someone is on his tail! Is this the end?

I devoured this edition of the series!! It was more action packed and dare I say, even a little darker than the rest. We almost have 3 separate stories tying this all together. First is Stefan and Bontoc. Bontoc is hired by Ariana and her father to find Stefan and kill him. He eventually tracks Stefan down and sees that he has encased himself in an impenetrable fortress, but to Bontoc it's a mild inconvenience. He is one tough cookie and I can't wait to see more from him!!

Then we have Victor, who is also intent on tracking Stefan down, but before he does, he has to deal with the items Korzh is sending out. His focus is on the radio and he has to call in Shane Ryan to help. I'm always happy to see Shane back and here is no different!! I love that the author crosses over his series. My heart goes out to Victor. He just wants revenge but Stefan keeps sending out things and people are still dying, so he knows his first thing to do, is to stop innocent people from getting hurt, then he can set his sights on taking Stefan down. You can feel the tension is at breaking point with Victor and I'm nervous to see what the author does next!!

Last but not least, we have Tom. Victor has told him to stay safe while he goes and deals with Hank, but Tom gets information and a picture of Stefan and decides to follow a lead. This could just lead to his death because one of the items Victor and Jeremy had dealt with. is back in play and comes into contact with Tom!!

So ya, this book was brilliant! I was on the edge of my seat throughout and felt like my heart would break out of my chest! Each of the books in this series feel like they are leading to an spic and explosive end, and I for one, can't wait to see where the author takes it. I've grown to love these characters and grown to love the world the author has created. This author knows how too give the reader chills and this one chilled me to the bone. Mr Ripley can't write fast enough in my opinion.

The Burning Girl: This series just keeps getting better and better! I know I've said that before but it totally does!!! There is so many things happening at the same time, that you don't know what to expect!! Book 5 sees Stefan Korzh unleashing the fire bug that is Molly! Molly loves fire and when her book is acquired by a hoarder, she finds an unsuspecting boy and creates havoc in the form of burning buildings and people. Victor and Tom have to stop her before it's too late. Tom also has to deal with a ghost of his own who wants control over him! Stefan is still being his creepy self. Nicholas and Ariana will try anything to get to Stefan and Anne is still on the loose.

The plot of this one was a little darker than previous ones. Molly loves fire and loves seeing it burn everything and anything. Her book comes into the hands of a creepy hoarder dude who has some serious problems!! This guy is one of the creepiest characters I've read in a while too!! Anyway, reading about Molly gave me the creeps, she was one messed up girl.

Tom is really growing up! I liked that he is trying to have a bit of normal in all the madness. Himself and Iris are so cute!! I'm intrigued to know more about Ezekiel too and am loving the introduction of Chaos and can't wait to see more of him in future books. All the characters were well written and developed, and you can't help but like them!!

In all, this was the best in the series so far. It was extremely fast paced and entertaining. I'm loving this series and am always on the lookout for the next one.

Knife in the Dark: Here we are at book 6 and the story is still fresh and exciting! This one takes a turn I didn't expect and even though it was totally different than the rest of the series, it worked really well and added an extra twist to the plot.

As per usual, Stefan Korzh unleashes more mayhem by selling off the haunted items, this time it's a class ring that's haunted by a killer who loves to stab and eat his victims. Victor has to team up with Ariana this time in order to try to stop Korzh before more innocents die. Tom finds himself in trouble with the intriguing Leanne and he is in a race for his life! Meanwhile Stefan is getting more and more erratic and is in fear of his life of Anne. He thinks he needs to step up his selling of the objects before it's too late.

The plot was fast paced and addicting! So many things are happening and it feels like everything is going to come to a head soon!! I don't know how many books are planned for the series, but I feel like Stefan Korzh is going to get what's coming to him soon, and I can't wait!! His character is one of the worst I've ever read. He delights in murdering innocent people and is such a vile human being!! I admire the author for writing him in such a way that everyone will loathe him. Usually a villain will have a glimmer of niceness but not this fellow. He is evil to the core.

The rest of the characters are as awesome as always. Victor doesn't know how to handle the attention from Ariana, but he knows that he needs help stopping Korzh and has no choice but to team up with her. I'm loving seeing these two together!! They are so different yet I'm really hoping their relationship goes a little further. I'm rooting for them :) Tom is loving his own life at the moment, until he is kidnapped by.... something. Tom has really grown as a character and I'm intrigued to find out where the author will take him now!

In all, this book was amazing. I devoured it and am so looking forward to the next one. Luckily, this author writes fast and it's out soon!! I urge everyone to try this series!!

Thom Bowers does a great job reading this series. I feel like he "gets" the characters because he brings each of them alive! He is always clear and has plenty of tones and voices for the array of different characters.

I was given this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Moving In Series Box Set Books 1 - 6

  • Supernatural Horror with Scary Ghosts and Haunted Houses
  • By: Ron Ripley
  • Narrated by: Thom Bowers
  • Length: 40 hrs and 18 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

"Iron...and...salt," whispers the old man. The dead old man. "Hurry or it will be too late...." In a bid to escape the stresses of city life, Brian Roy moves his family out into the country, a decision that will forever thrust him into the chilling world of ghosts.... This digital box set contains all of the six thrilling supernatural novels in this best-selling series.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well worth the credit!

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 01-29-19

Well worth the credit!

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

Reviewed: 01-29-19

I'm a big fan of this author and love when his books are bundled together!! I've reviewed each one separately but I'll give you little snippets of my reviews for each book..

Book 1... The plot was really fast paced and addicting. You are brought into the action right from the start and it doesn't stop till the very end. The ghosts were all so creepy but none more so than Sam. He totally freaked me out!!!

In all, a well written story that gave me chills. This is an author that I need to check out and see more of their books!! Definitely recommend, though maybe not at night!!!

Book 2... The plot of this was again, fast paced and intense. It takes place in both this time and another, and I really enjoyed seeing Williams story and the twist the author threw in. The ghosts seem to be getting scarier and more evil and this one frightened me a lot!!

Anyway, in all, this was another quick creepy read. I so want to see these as a series!!! While reading I kept thinking to myself, what would Sam and Dean do!!! Lol. Being a big Supernatural nut, this series is right up my alley.

Book 3... One thing I've found with this series is that the settings seem to be getting creepier and creepier. I have always thought that, for a ghost story anyway, an abandoned mansion, or hospital or Sanitarium are always a good place to set it. They just give of an incredibly scary vibe! Middlebury Sanitarium was such a scary place, and the authors descriptive writing just gave me chills thinking of it. You could just imagine the pain and suffering that took place there!! Definitely not a book to read in the dark ;) Saying that, I may love scary stories but I'm a wimp and only read them during the day!!!

Again, the author creates unique and interesting characters. I loved the introduction of Ken!! His back story was awesome and his character really shined. Then we have the dead! All of them were as freaky as hell and scary as ever!! The King!!!! I got goose bumps while reading about him. But as I've come to expect with this author. Some of the awesome characters die. Damn you Ron Ripley!!!! ;) Though with so many ghosts wafting around the place, maybe they might make a return!!! Lol.

Anyway, this book, and indeed the series, was amazing. They may be relatively short books, but there is so much happening that they don't feel short. They are chock full of suspense, thrills, chills and will grab you from the first page. I so want these to be a mini series on TV!

Book 4... This series has quickly became a kind of bite sized pleasure of mine! The author knows how to capture your attention and he knows how to make your hackles rise and goose bumps appear! I love reading these, but not at night time ;)

In all, another awesome addition to the series. I so can not wait for the next one to come to audio, and that is thanks to the amazing narrator!!

Can you see a trend?? Book 5 and 6 are just as good and this series will firmly stay on my favourites list.

Thom Bowers does a great job as per usual. He has plenty of tones and voices and always brings the creepy atmosphere to life.

I was given this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Carbon

  • The Watcher Series, Book 2
  • By: AJ Eversley
  • Narrated by: Chelsea Stephens, Steve Campbell
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

Sawyer spent most of her life hunting the very thing she has now become. No longer the Watcher she once was, Sawyer struggles to make sense of her new identity. Though she has new powers and abilities, she is also tied to the control that comes with those powers. Desperate for help and answers, Sawyer travels to the United Isles with Max in search of an ally. Not only must she learn to harness her new abilities, she must find a way to mend a broken heart. Help comes in unexpected ways, and though she is ready to fight back, it's not going to be easy. Strangers will become allies. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Addicting!

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 01-14-19

Addicting!

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

Reviewed: 01-14-19

Sawyer and a group of others fled their home and made their way to the United Isles. They are hoping to make a home here and Sawyer is hoping to learn how to tap into her Carbon abilities. That's all I'm saying in my summary because I'll spoil something!!

I should give this 4 stars because I loathe love triangles and tend to keep well away from them, but I can't, I have to give it the full 5 stars because it's just that good, even with a love triangle of sorts!!!

I loved Sawyer in the first book, and loved her even more here. She became the thing he hunted, and has to deal with that. The first bit of the book focuses on her trying to come to terms with this and all it entails. She never for one moment thought she would become a Carbon, but she shines as one, and I loved seeing her come into her abilities. It just made me like her more.

Coleman has control over Kenzie and he isn't who I grew to love in the first. I felt so sorry for him when he starts to realise some things!! My heart broke when he met Sawyer. I want to say why but I'm not spoiling anything! Even if he isn't the Kenzie of the first book, he is still a strong character and I'm eagerly looking forward to seeing where his story takes us.

The plot flowed nicely and the pacing was perfect. The descriptive writing made it easy to picture the Isles and the battles etc. I found myself lost in the world the author created and few through the audio. I need the next book ASAP though!!

In all, a excellent read, even if there is a love triangle!! ;) I can understand why there's one, I just wasn't happy about it. I urge you to check out the series!!

I love the dual narration and both narrators do an amazing job. Chelsea Stephens reads this with plenty of emotion and makes for an amazing Sawyer. The only thing I saw though was that her voices for the females are fairly similar! Steve Campbell also did an awesome job. He reads Kenzie so well and his voice for Max and Coleman were great. Can't wait to hear them in the next edition!!

I was given this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Faulted

  • By: Jacqueline Druga
  • Narrated by: Andrew B. Wehrlen
  • Length: 5 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 32

For the first time since his divorce, CJ will be able to take his son on a vacation. Along with his father, they make it a guys’ trip to the west coast. Little do they know their trip that is intended to be a lifetime of memories would include facing insurmountable odds. The lack of warning leaves everyone in the dark about what has occurred and vulnerable to all that unfolds. It doesn’t stop with the meteors. The disastrous events come one after another, a domino effect of annihilation.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good read.

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 01-14-19

Good read.

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

Reviewed: 01-14-19

Meteors hit Earth and with no time to warn anyone, people have no chance to prepare. A series of natural disaster follow the hits, including tsunamis, earthquakes and Yellowstone erupts. Chaos follows and this book concentrates on focusing on a group of survivours.

This book was enjoyable, which is weird since it's a post apocalyptic book, but it's the only word I think that fits. I enjoyed the concept of it and the characters, and enjoyed the overall story, but I felt it lacked something to really make it amazing.

The characters are all well developed and you can't help but root for them. I really liked CJ and his dad, but Mindy was my favourite. She was fun to read. The plot moved at a quick pace and was some what believable.. the bit I found hard to get my head around was the fact that Russia seemed to be the only place not crippled by the meteors, I just thought this was odd, other than that bit, the rest was good. The idea of humanity having to face so many different natural disasters together was awesome!!

In all, a good read. Not my favourite by this author, but good none the less.

Andrew B. Wehrlen read this well. He is clear and is able to bring the atmosphere to life and I enjoyed his performance.

I was given this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Extinction Red Line

  • The Extinction Cycle
  • By: Nicholas Sansbury Smith, Tom Abrahams
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 201
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 194
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 194

For a dozen years, villagers along the ancient Da River in Vietnam have feared a nightmarish creature who hunts and consumes human flesh. Only in whispers do they mention its name, The White Ghost. To the United States military, this creature has a different name - Marine Lieutenant Trevor Brett, the chemically engineered experiment gone wrong that they will do anything to hide. Sole survivor of his platoon, Brett has stalked the jungle for prey. But the men who made him into a monster are searching for him, and when they find him, the line between hunter and hunted will be blurred.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Prequel we have been waiting for!

  • By Jorge on 12-20-18

Perfect Beginning!

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

Reviewed: 01-14-19

I have been waiting for this book!!! Initially released as a Kindle World book, it has been expanded and is finally available for people outside the US.

If you've read the Extinction Cycle books, you will be familiar with Marine Lieutenant Trevor Brett. The first book in the series, Extinction Horizon, starts with seeing Brett take an experimental drug that is supposed to make them Super Soldiers, but it does something no one expected and creates a monster! Extinction Red Line is Brett's story and a back story to how VX-99 came to be.

This first takes place when Brett and his team is sent to a village in Vietnam suspected of Vietcong activity. They are given the drug and upon using it, they change. Brett is the only one left and enters the Jungle. Years of tales about a White Ghost plague the region and a Journalist takes up the story. He heads to the jungle in hopes of getting the full story and possibly a picture. What he doesn't realise is that nobody who sees the White Ghost is left alive. When the military see the story they realise that this has to be contained as nobody knows about the experiment gone wrong. They send a team into the jungle to find Brett, but Brett is a top predator now and isn't easy to find!

I have to applaud the authors! Not many times have I read a book that has left me as speechless as this one did. This book was phenomenal!!!! The fact that they make you root for a monster speaks volumes for their writing ability. Brett is a monster, plain and simple, but you can't help but love his character. His strength of character was amazing and the battle within himself was brilliantly written. I felt so sorry for him.

The plot is extremely fast paced and intense, I mean edge of your seat, can't put down, intense!! I didn't just read this, I devoured it and immediately started listening to the first book, Extinction Horizon, again. It just cemented the fact that this series is amazing. I highly, highly recommend you read these books!!!

Bronson Pinchot is amazing. It boggles my mind with how many different voices he can do!! It's almost like listening to a full cast reading it. I also love that he puts emotion behind his performance, which in turn brings the atmosphere alive. Brilliant reading of a phenomenal book.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Al Clark: Thera

  • Al Clark Series, Book 3
  • By: Jonathan G. Meyer
  • Narrated by: John McLoughlin
  • Length: 6 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 8

Al Clark is on a mission. His people have suffered enough, and he is determined to find a solution. Somewhere, there is a place his colonists can live in peace and without fear. He wants them to accomplish more than just survive. It is a task he is determined to complete - or die in the attempt. Five years after settling Avalon, the settlers from Earth are still struggling to live on a planet populated by dinosaurs. The deceivingly beautiful world has taught them that paradise comes with a price.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable.

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 01-08-19

Enjoyable.

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

Reviewed: 01-08-19

Having to flee Avalon was hard, but with their numbers greatly depleted, they have no choice. It's up to Al Clark to try to find a place that they can settle. Having traveled to Thera, he feels like it's somewhere they can finally call home, but there are obstacles that he needs to deal with first.

I loved both 1 and 2 of this series and while I thoroughly enjoyed this, I didn't love it as much as the first two. I can't put my finger on exactly why, I just know that I wasn't as invested in this one. Don't get me wrong though, it's still a great read!

Once again, the characters are all well written and developed. Al Clark is still doing his best to help his people and he is finally becoming the man he should be with a new power source. I was thrilled to see him finally reaching his potential!! He is such a great character and one I won't forget easily. He doesn't have to face dinosaurs in this, this time it's something much more destructive... man, and mother nature!!

The plot was fast paced and entertaining, it just wasn't as exciting as the previous two. I was still invested in the overall story and held out hope they would find a place, I just feel like it was a lot tamer and not as gripping. I still enjoyed it though and if there were more to come, I would definitely read them.

In all, this series is great and I'd urge you to try it! I'm so glad I took a chance on it and look forward to more from this author.

John McLoughlin read this well and was clear and easy to follow. I don't know why the narrator was changed but this narrator was a little better than the first one.

I was given this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Al Clark, Book 2: Avalon

  • By: Mr. Jonathan G. Meyer
  • Narrated by: Timothy McKean
  • Length: 6 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

One thousand people left a failing Earth to embark on a 30-year journey to a promising new world. All passengers were placed in hibernation pods, to be awakened one month before obtaining orbit around their new home. The starship they traveled in was fully automatic and worked almost flawlessly. When they arrived, they found a virgin world of breathtaking beauty, with sparkling water and clean, fresh air. Avalon was paradise. What these pioneering colonists would soon discover is...paradise comes at a price.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Intense.

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 01-08-19

Intense.

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

Reviewed: 01-08-19

I loved book 1 and eagerly dived into this one. This sees the settlers having finally built a life for themselves on Avalon, they are trying to live day to day, but things are changing. Al Clark is running out of power and if they don't find some soon, he will die. The dinosaurs are also adapting to them and becoming more and more dangerous. Avalon isn't the place they thought it was either. Secrets are found out and the settlers will have a choice to make.

This was just as good as the first and I listened to it as much as I could because I needed to see what would happen. It's just over 6hrs long but felt much longer because it felt like so much was packed into the story. The plot was fast paced and intense at times, especially when the dinos attacked. There is more Dinosaurs and other animals in this, which I loved!!

Al Clark is just as awesome as he was in the first book. He is a great character and a memorable one too. I pretty much loved all the characters!! They were well written and developed and were easy to like too.

In all, this was a great read and one I highly recommend. I am so looking forward to seeing where the author takes the story because the ending was very intriguing.

I enjoyed Timothy McKeans performance here, more than I did in the first. He read this much better and I was able to follow who was talking. He also put more performance into this one and made me eager too hear the 3rd one.

I was given this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Manuscript 512

  • By: Rick Chesler
  • Narrated by: David Loving
  • Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

For centuries, would-be explorers have examined a document written in 1753 rumored to hold the key to locating the so-called Lost City of Z, a fortified settlement containing many treasures and built entirely of gold. Thought to be buried somewhere within the Mato Grosso region of the Amazon rain forest, the lure of the vanished riches has long proven deadly to treasure seekers. Dr. Hunter Winslow, fired from a lucrative professorship for stealing rare documents in order to gain a competitive edge, thinks the key to Manuscript 512 lies not in its words, but in its paper itself. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Adventurous.

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 01-08-19

Adventurous.

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

Reviewed: 01-08-19

The Lost City of Z is thought to hold untold riches for whomever finds it, and Manuscript 512 is supposed to be a map of sorts to find it. Dr. Hunter Winslow, a disgraced historian who was fired for theft of rare documents, believes all of it and is determined to find the answers. The document is housed in Rio and Winslow knows he has to steal it in order to test it, and he does just that. Armed with the knowledge hidden within the document, Winslow enters the jungle on a journey that will change his life forever.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book!! It starts off as a typical adventurous read, it has an Indiana Jones feel to it, then it takes a turn and becomes something out of nightmares! I was wondering where the spider on the cover came into it!! I had shivers running down my spine at certain bits, and felt like things were crawling over me at another memorable moment, you'll know which bit when you read it!!

I liked Dr Hunter Winslow even though he isn't the most ethical man. He stole documents so other scholars couldn't read them, and so he would become the only person to turn to about them. He even goes so far as to destroy a document to get answers. He is well written and developed! All of the characters are well developed and you can't help but become involved in their story.

The plot moves at a steady pace and is easy to become lost in. I could picture the jungle and all that went on there! I was drawn into the story right from the start and it held my interest till the very end. I really hope the author intends on revisiting this world and the characters left! There are so many possibilities!!

I did find that it was hard to follow who was talking at times because David Loving didn't differentiate the characters voices enough. I felt like he just read the story and didn't perform it. He was easy enough to listen to though and read it clearly.

I was given this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts.

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