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  • The First Church

  • Moving In Series, Book 4
  • By: Ron Ripley
  • Narrated by: Thom Bowers
  • Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

 

Brian Roy is a ghost-hunter extraordinaire. His latest adventure involves headless Japanese soldiers wreaking havoc in a New Hampshire church. The stats are grisly. Two boys blinded. Another boy shot. Cops killed. The bodies keep piling up, and the ghosts’ thirst for vengeance is as insatiable as their thirst for sake!  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping!

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 06-13-19

Gripping!

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

Reviewed: 06-13-19

Here's me thinking what could Ron Ripley come up with next for the poor Leonidas group?? I would never, in my wildest dreams, think of Japanese soldiers, whom relish in death and whom reside in a church because some creep put their bones there, just so the ghosts could do what they wanted! Plus these ghosts can shoot ghostly bullets, and cause people to have heart attacks. Which isn't an ideal situation for Brian, considering the amount of heart attacks he's had.

As per usual, Ron Ripley has created another scary edition to this novella range of stories. I have come to expect creepy settings, but here we have a church that's still in use!! It's not abandoned nor particularly scary, well that is until a headless ghost appears suddenly and pokes out the eyes of 2 boys! More and more ghosts seem to be making the church their home, so Brian and the team have to figure out a) why the ghosts are there, b) who put them there and c) how to contain them.

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!!

As I've said with all the rest of the books I've listened to that was narrated by him, Thom Bowers made this book so much better. He really knows how to bring a story and the characters to life. He has plenty of tones, cadences and knows what inflection to use when needed! Highly recommend his work!!

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  • Middlebury Sanitarium

  • Moving In Series, Book 3
  • By: Ron Ripley
  • Narrated by: Thom Bowers
  • Length: 6 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Brian Roy is the brainchild behind the Leonidas Group, a ghostbusting organization with a track record of incomparable success for tracking down and annihilating ghosts. This time, however, Brian may have met his match with his latest job investigating Middlebury Sanitarium!   

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Better and better!!

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 06-13-19

Better and better!!

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

Reviewed: 06-13-19

Having loved both book 1 & 2, I couldn't wait to dive into this and see what else could possibly happen Brian and the Leonidas Group. Well this edition sees Brian being called to investigate Middlebury Sanitarium, and you just know, even before reading the book, that with Sanitarium in the name, there will be ghosts!! Brian definitely has his hands over full with this one!

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!

Thom Bowers was once again amazing. I love his performance of these characters and look forward to listening to the rest.

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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  • The Dunewalkers

  • Moving In Series, Book 2
  • By: Ron Ripley
  • Narrated by: Thom Bowers
  • Length: 5 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

After the death of his Army comrade, William Engberg moves into a simple New Hampshire home against the backdrop of the turbulent foam-crested waves of the Atlantic Ocean. It’s the ideal place to write and get on with his post-military life, except for one thing. He has unwanted house guests - ghosts - and he wants them gone.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved this!!

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 06-13-19

Loved this!!

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

Reviewed: 06-13-19

Loved this edition of the Moving In series!! Brian and Jenny are back doing what they now do, Ghostbusting. Brian is on a mission to help William, who is moving into his ex-army friends house near the ocean. Williams house is haunted, but it's not what's in the house he has to fear! It's what's outside!! William calls Brian, and he comes to see the problem. What he also finds there is an old enemy that has come back to haunt him! Between Brians worries and Williams ghosts, can they survive!!

I'm so glad Brian and Jenny are back, as well as some old favourites from book 1!!! This will be one of their toughest jobs so far and one of the most dangerous. They face enemies from the past as well as ones from the present.

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.

Thom Bowers has really grown as a narrator!! He read this perfectly 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.

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  • Moving In

  • Moving In Series, Book 1
  • By: Ron Ripley
  • Narrated by: Thom Bowers
  • Length: 5 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2

To escape the stress of living in the city and the anxiety of his high-pressure job, Brian Roy moves his family to the country. His wife loves the easy living, but Brian hates it...especially when weird things start happening in the house. When he discovers a dead body in the woods and a burial ground in his basement, Brian could never imagine the shocking history of the house or its former occupants that comes to light.    

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great beginning!

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 06-10-19

Great beginning!

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

Reviewed: 06-10-19

This was incredibly scary and creepy and I enjoyed every second of it, though I couldn't listen to it at night ;)

When Brian and Jenny move into a house in the country because of Brian's heart, they never expected to get more than they paid for! As soon as they move in they realise that something isn't right in their house and thy have some unexpected guests! Then they find a grave yard in their basement, the basement that keeps opening by itself!! What is going on and just who is the incredibly creepy a&& kid!!

This was a really quick listen though didn't feel like it as so much was happening and so many different characters were introduced, some living but most dead!! The characters (both living and dead) were well written and developed. I really liked Brian and Jenny, though I have to say that Leo was my favourite even though he wasn't introduced till near the end!!

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!!!

Thom Bowers gives a great performance as always. He has plenty of tones and voices and brings the characters alive.

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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  • Revolver

  • By: Michael Patrick Hicks
  • Narrated by: Patricia Santomasso
  • Length: 1 hr and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 22

Cara Stone is a broken woman: penniless, homeless, and hopeless. When given the chance to appear on television, she jumps at the opportunity to win a minimum of $5,000 for her family.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow.

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 06-10-19

Wow.

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

Reviewed: 06-10-19

When I started listening to this I actually had to go to goodreads to see when it was written because this book had matters in it that are in the news today. This was written in 2016 and it was earily spooky actually!!

The plot centers on Cara Stone. She has basically given up on life and has no choice but to go on the reality show, Revolver. Each contestant can earn 5000$ or more for their family and it's the only way she knows that will give them some hope.

The plot was..... I keep trying to find words to express what I thought, but I won't do it justice.... harrowing, haunting, terrifying, plausible in this day and age, and sad. This is a short story yet it gave me all the feels!! Women have little to no rights in this world, abortion is illegal, guns are god basically, and it's almost like reading the news at the moment. I became lost in the book and it truly scared me.

The fact that the author has made a short story so powerful made me think that this author is one to watch. The story and character have stayed with me since I finished it and I can't wait to read more by him!! I think it's a book everyone should read, though I will say that if you like the current American president, then I don't think this is for you!!

Brilliant book and one I highly recommend!!

Patricia Santomasso read this extremely well. She put emotion behind her words and it really brought Cara to life. She made me root for Cara throughout the story.

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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  • Blood Contract: Supernatural Horror with Scary Ghosts & Haunted Houses

  • By: Ron Ripley, Scare Street
  • Narrated by: Jake Urry
  • Length: 5 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

Signed over 200 years ago, the Blood Contract ensured the sanctity of the Blood lands. In return, the Blood family dedicated their lives, and their deaths to the protection of the town of Thorne. For many years, the town of Thorne was nothing more than a picturesque New England village. But in modern day, the town is enjoying a boom in real estate development. To satisfy the developers with enough land, the town has decided to break the Blood Contract...and the people of Thorne are going to learn that there is a price for ignorance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not what I expected.

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 06-10-19

Not what I expected.

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

Reviewed: 06-10-19

I didn't read the summary, or any reviews of this before starting it, I just saw who the author was and dived in, and I have to say that it was not at all what I was expecting!! For the first few pages I thought this would be the typical haunting, but it's not!! There was an awesome twist to it that I loved and I'm so glad I went in knowing nothing because I was giddy when I was reading it.

The plot was fast paced, intense and all round full of awesomesauce!! The basic premise is that the Blood family has owned property in the town of Thorne for generations. The family gave some of the land to the town but a contract was written up expressly forbidding the town to encroach upon the only land the family kept. All was well for generations, until the town decided to develop on the land. With the contract breached, the Blood family can not rest, but you will need to read the book to figure out why!!

As I said, I loved the plot and the twist the author put on it. I loved the creatures and learning about why the contract was put into place. I loved all the characters and found them all to be well written and developed. The creatures were well described and I want more of them!!! So yes, I pretty much loved everything about this book and would love to see more from the characters, and the creatures.

In all, a book that truly surprised me and one I highly recommend.

Jake Urry was once again amazing. he knows how to bring across the atmosphere and has so many tones and voices for the characters that the world comes alive. He is one of my favourite narrators.

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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  • Rotting Souls

  • Banshee Series, Book 4
  • By: Sara Clancy, Scare Street
  • Narrated by: Jake Urry
  • Length: 5 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

Benton Bertrand is no ordinary teenager. He is a banshee - cursed with the ability to sense death and see through the eyes of killers. Benton’s powerful scream can destroy supernatural evil. And it’s about to be put to the test. Recovering from their last ordeal, Benton and his friend Nicole are horrified to discover a young girl plagued by malevolent spirits. Piece by piece, the helpless child’s body is harvested by an unseen presence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Scariest one yet!

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 06-10-19

Scariest one yet!

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

Reviewed: 06-10-19

I found this book to be the scariest on yet!! I devoured it in a day because I needed to see what would happen.

The plot was very fast paced, exciting and creepy. Benton and Nicole are dealing with an entity that harvests bits of people. A girl they know from school is the victim and Benton and Nicole are in a race to save her life because the entity isn't finished with her. But this entity is known to Benton and Nicole, and any blood spilled by it is on Nicoles hands. I love that we get to see a lot more of Nicole in this one. She is such an awesome character!!

Each book in this series just seems to get better. Benton and Nicole never seem to get a moments peace and here they are dealing with something that's pure evil, but it's something that wouldn't even be, if not for something they did. There is also the added bonus of a Reaper in this edition!! I'm intrigued about it and hope there will be more in the next book.

In all, this was an awesome read. I love Benton and love this series. Bring on the next installment!!

Jake Urry is a fantastic narrator with a very distinctive voice. He always manages to bring across the creepy atmosphere perfectly and has plenty of tones and voices to bring the story alive.

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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  • Flux

  • By: Jeremy Robinson
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52

Lost in time, the town of Black Creek, Kentucky becomes home to temporal layers of people, creatures, and monsters from disparate eras. Journey beyond the time of humanity and witness the rewriting of mankind’s genesis. For Owen McCoy, a typical day on the job as head of security for Synergy, a research company conducting mysterious experiments, is boring at best. And that’s the way he likes it. Patrolling the Appalachian mountainside, where his now deceased father taught him how to hunt, is relaxing and connects him to the past.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant!!

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 06-03-19

Brilliant!!

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

Reviewed: 06-03-19

Only Jeremy Robinson could write a book like this and actually make it easy to understand, and more importantly make it work!!

I think I enjoyed it as much as I did because I went into it not knowing anything about it. It took me by surprise right from the start!! The plot is exciting, entertaining and crazy.. but in a good way!! So Owen grew up in these mountains, and now works for a company called Synergy. He is head of security and is good at what he does. He wakes one morning to a thief in his house, and from there everything goes downhill. There are signs that the Synergy compound has been breached and Owen, along with his new thief buddy, are on their way to find out by who when his truck explodes and a wave of energy and light roll down the mountain. When it passes Owen is shocked to find himself in a time he shouldn't be in!!

I loved Owen. He grows so much during the book. The people he meets along his journey affect him deeply and it brings to the forefront things he had left buried. The whole group that Owen ends up with were all awesome. They were well written and developed and I loved reading about each of them. It brought a tear to my eye when he met certain people in his past!!

I loved the plot of this!! It bends all the normal rules of time travelling and I think that's why I loved it so much. I get fed up of reading books that follow the rules all the time, so this was awesome. Forget all you think you know about time travel and sit back and enjoy this. It's a fun, (at times) emotional, exciting read. I want to say more about it but I'll spoil stuff so I'll just say... go read it and judge it yourself.

In all, this was one heck of a read. I've read a good few books written by this author and he never fails to deliver a weird and wonderful book! He's an author I always recommend.

Jeffrey Kafer is one of the best in the business. He performed this book brilliantly and really brought it alive. He had plenty of tones and voices for the different characters and was able to give each their own personality. I thoroughly 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.

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  • Great Classic Horror Stories with a Bonus Story: "The Monkey's Paw"

  • By: Alison Larkin
  • Narrated by: Clive Hayward, Derek Perkins, Alison Larkin
  • Length: 31 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 18

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, The Signalman by Charles Dickens, Carmilla by Sheridan Le Fanu, Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson, "The Yellow Wallpaper" by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Dracula by Bram Stoker, and a bonus story, "The Monkey’s Paw" by W.W. Jacobs. More than 30 hours of great classic horror is brought to haunting new life by three A-list narrators whose performances are nothing short of electrifying.    

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Must read

  • By timj26 on 05-14-19

Classics.

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

Reviewed: 05-31-19

I'm not going to comment on the stories themselves because... Well there're called classics for a reason!!! Each narrator did a great job with these stories. They were clear and easy to follow, they read them well and injected life into them. Great collection of stories and well worth a credit.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Hunting in Bruges

  • Hunters' Guild, Book 1
  • By: E.J. Stevens
  • Narrated by: Melanie A. Mason, Anthony Bowling
  • Length: 7 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41

With a desire to prove herself, protect the innocent, and advance within the ranks of the Hunters' Guild, Jenna Lehane hits the cobbled streets of Bruges with blades at the ready. Someone, or something, is murdering tourists and dumping their bodies in the city's scenic canals. With the help of a mysterious stranger, Jenna begins to piece together clues that are dotted throughout the city like blood spatter. Determined to stop the killings, Jenna delves into a bloody local history that only raises more questions - but some secrets are best left buried.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved this!!

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 05-31-19

Loved this!!

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

Reviewed: 05-31-19

I absolutely loved this book!!

Jenna is an awesome character. She kicks ass and takes no names. She has been in the Guild since she was 13 and loves her work but when she is sent on an assignment to Bruges, she thinks its as a punishment. She doesn't like leaving Harborsmouth because bad things seem to be happening there but she has no choice. People are dying in Bruges and someone has to stop it. When Jenna arrives in Bruges she is trust into the job straight away. Can she figure out why the vamps are killing people with no regard to secrecy? More importantly though is can she stop them when the Guild in Bruges is working on a skeleton crew?

Lets take a moment to talk about Bruges. I've never been there but the authors descriptions of the place make me want to go. She brings life to the city and I think it's the perfect setting. It's such an old city steeped in history and I loved learning about it along with Jenna. Jenna can see ghosts and Bruges is a place where you could imagine a lot of ghosts would linger.

Hunting in Bruges has a host of different characters and I think Ash was my favourite. He was a breath of fresh air!! Kooky, fun and sweet, he captured my heart a little. I so want to read more of his back story though!! I loved the dynamics of his relationship with Jenna and loved seeing it develop. Jenna is my second favourite. She is such a worthy heroine! Strong, smart and kind, she does everything she can to keep innocents from getting hurt (even if it gets her in trouble with the Guild!!). I loved her fire as well. She is spunky but also quite vulnerable. She was so easy to like and is right up there with my favourite heroines ever.

Anyway, Hunting in Bruges has everything a great Urban Fantasy should, a kick ass heroine, a lovable hot guy, pleanty of different supernatural beings and a fast paced story line. The plot was also well thought out and I loved the idea of a vamp turf war! Every time I picked this up, I didn't want to put it down again. Its an action packed story that will keep you guessing till the very end. From the superbly written characters to the fascinating setting, Hunting in Bruges is a must read. I loved everything about this book and so cant wait for book 2!

Both narrators did an excellent job narrating this. They were clear, concise and easy to follow. I'm starting to enjoy the dual narration!!

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

2 of 2 people found this review helpful