Imagine being in love with your soul mate and everyone in your world knows it. Then waking up the next morning only to discover your world is no more; everything has changed; everyone is … just gone. Laney and her twin, Leela, travel to a distant place to try to set things right and rescue their friends/family but to do so means traveling in the light, a powerful and dangerous journey with a most uncertain outcome! The girls are faced with serious consequences as they move forward with their plan, it becomes clear that not everyone will be coming home.
Rachel Langley, the author, weaves a delicate story of love and compassion, intrigue and betrayal, and morality. The dialog, action, emotions are all genuinely young adult and realistic. Langley builds each character slowly with detail both physically and emotionally. There were a few twists that made the story more moving and exciting. The story, the characters all flowed smoothly. I liked the way in which we heard from both of the twins – seeing their perspective was satisfying.
The narrator, Jelyne Helms performed the audiobook wonderfully. Her voices were realistic and comforting – just the perfect pitch and tone for each character. She read the book comfortably and seemed very familiar with it. Her tone and inflection gave weight to her characters sounding appropriate ages. Plus she captured the personality of Leela and Laney perfectly.
There was only one small minor glitch in the publication. Otherwise, the production quality of this audiobook was top-notch.
I thoroughly enjoyed listening to Struck. I hope to hear the second part of this series. I want to see how things play out. The cliffhanger was perfectly timed and presented.
Based on her grandmother’s life and true stories, Diana Stevan intricately reveals the struggles and losses her grandmother, Lukia Mazuret endured during her life in Russia. Lukia is a strong woman who faced and survived war, revolution, and raising eight children single-handedly after her husband Gregory left to join the service. In a world torn by war and poverty, Lukia deals with protecting her daughters daily from the evils of men. Until the unthinkable happens and a taboo relationship happens.
The experiences and tragedies of Lukia are performed by Diana Stevan who gives voice to her grandmother’s story in a sensitive and caring manner. The passion and personal connection to the story are deep and provide the listener with an intense listen. Nine hours and 25 minutes long, the time flies as the listener is swept into the world of Lukia through the careful construction of the story and the passionate telling by Ms. Stevan.
There were no issues with the production or quality of this audiobook.
Spirits of the Western Wild is a delightful audiobook that everyone in the family can enjoy. A young man, Luther, who is seeking adventure and learning about his grandfather sets out to explore and learn. Whether it is fate, destiny or a series of blunders, Luther meets the legendary Monty and together they take on a crooked sheriff. The only thing is, Monty is a stubborn, crotchety ghost! There are other colorful characters that play pivotal roles, but one will come to love Luther and Monty the most!
David Schaub and Roger Vizard have created a wonderfully fun story. They are colorful in their storytelling and character development is spot on – the characters are so well developed and portrayed by a full cast of narrators, that one cannot help but visualize them. Creative and action-packed!
I am delighted to have been asked to review this audiobook. I grew up around westerns, comedies and love all things with a paranormal twist to it.
The audiobook is fully animated but not over the top. The production and audio quality of this audiobook are perfect!
Unfinished Business is an amazingly terrifying tale with a bizarre twist that leaves one pondering whether to cheer or not. The tale begins with eighty-two-year-old Eugene and young Laura, two people who unintentionally meet and share secrets of their past.
Justin Fulkerson has taken two people and demonstrated just how small the world can be and what secrets do. The story moves slowly at first, building each character fully. When he hits the climax of their story, all I can say is “what a ride!” Fifty-six minutes short yet it packs a wallop!
The narrator, Alexander James, performs the novel expertly. His voice is smooth and deep, with just the right amount of inflection to show deep thought, memories, and fear. I have not heard Alexander James perform before, so I was very pleased to hear him.
This is my first experience with Justin Fulkerson, the author. I found his ability to take a short story and build on it so smoothly and quietly, that the listener does not even realize the shortness of the audiobook. I loved the twist! I was so NOT expecting it!
There were no issues with the production or quality of this audiobook.
When I learned that Nicholas Sansbury Smith was going to pick up the Extinction Series again, I was elated! I love Team Ghost, Beckham and Horn. I loved the way the variants took center stage and continued to be the truly horrifying creatures that they have always been. Then there are the human monsters which also continue to amaze me.
Beckham, Horn and Team Ghost investigate the missing residents of several outposts. What they discover is truly gut-wrenching. Then there are the difficult decisions and situations that Beckham and Horn find themselves; one cannot help but become a slight bit weepy. This book has politics and monsters (yes, sometimes they are hard to distinguish between) and so much more! Non-stop, fast-paced action.
Nicholas Sansbury Smith and Anthony Melchiorri, authors, blended their writing skills successfully making their writing transitions seamless. The plot, character development, and a few developments that leave the listener biting their nails takes this series into new terrifying heights.
The narrator, R.C. Bray does a fantastic job of narration. He moves the story along with his talented voice and narration skills. With a talented set of authors and a truly skilled narrator such as Bray, one can visualize the characters and the action.
I had the honor of reading the ARC, the written version is very good as well, however, the audiobook is the pièce de résistance.
There were no issues with the production quality of this audiobook.
The Abduction Chronicles by Thomas Hay is not only an entertaining book but unique. It combines several thought-producing, head-scratching and scientific conflicts that the characters must overcome. The story is well written, the characters are well developed and blend into the story smoothly. The dialog is realistic and strong moving the story along.
When I first started this book, I thought, “What!?! no way, he’s not doing that … oh … he is!” I have never experienced a story such as this where the author deliberately and methodically plans out several science fiction “genres” and seamlessly merges them into one.
Hay is down to earth in his writing. Some pop culture references via song’s and phrases which adds to the fun and moves the story along nicely. I was not looking forward to reading this because I feared it would too complicated or boring – so NOT TRUE! You will come to love Tom, Caren/Karen, and Monroe.
I highly recommend this story to anyone who loves Science Fiction.
Romo doesn’t remember a single thing about his life prior to waking up in a cargo bay. Thus, begins Romo’s Journey! Although he has a body, it is inferior as it is, he sets about building a better one with the help of a young female human, Peach. Peach is a talented creator who can create and install almost anything. Her dad, the captain of the space ship they are on heading to Mars is not quite sure how to move forward with Romo. Throw in some money-hungry saboteurs and you have an adventure!
Paul Joseph both wrote and narrated the audiobook. The storyline of the audiobook was well written. Joseph is a detailed writer who does a good job with imagery through words. His characters were well-developed, and his narration added more depth to the story. I enjoyed Romo’s learning and journey.
I am not a fan of music in or theatrically performed audiobooks as they tend to be too loud or over the top. This one was not. The music was tastefully done and did not override any of the narration.
I am curious as to where and what further adventures Romo takes with Peach on Mars!
If you enjoy Sci-Fi, this is a great listen for you. It’s fun and light and well-done.
Another outstanding book by Charles Breakfield and Roxanne Burkey! The R-Group is faced with puzzling out the unexplainable drops in the commodities markets which, if continued unchecked, will create chaos and havoc financially around the world. Petra and Jacob join forces once again to determine the culprit. While Petra and Jacob are busy, Breakfield and Burkey keep us on the edge of our chairs with Juan, Carlos and Quip’s adventures!
Breakfield and Burkey have built a winning team of characters that keep their readers entertained and hooked! This 8th book in the series has pushed the characters into different roles and given even more background into the growth of the R-Group and how Quip came to be a major player.
With many series, after several books the author(s) fall into a comfort zone and do not take chances in their storylines; not so for Breakfield and Burkey – they push their storyline to the max and makes their listeners realize they are intense, fully committed authors with mad writing skills!
This is an audiobook (and series) that is amazing! I would not have seen myself as a “techno-thriller” listener but with this set of authors and series, I am undoubtedly hooked!
The narrator, Derek Shoales is AMAZING! He has the skill level to keep the voices consistent throughout the series and recognizable! He helps the story move along with his tone and inflection; truly a narrator virtuoso!
There were no issues with the quality of this production. The audiobook was clear and crisp.
This is one of those rare books that deserves a much higher rating than 5 stars.
A copy of this book was provided for an honest and unbiased review.
I have read a couple of Lorraine Devon Wilke’s books and found each one to be unique. The Alchemy of Noise was not what I expected. With each page I found myself becoming more and more intrigued. Then I had to step back for a minute and see the much larger picture she was painting with her words. Emotionally wrenching, The Alchemy of Noise takes relationships one step further than most bringing in racism. The fine line Wilke walks in this book is amazing – telling her story through fiction yet still relaying the heart-wrenching truth of her relationship.
I read in fascination seeing a lot of my family and self in the comments, actions and such leaving me wondering whether I was prepared to help raise my two grandsons of mixed race. This book brought home the truths and solidified my concerns for my grandsons in a world where tolerance is non-existent.
Well written and developed, Wilke has communicated the fears, doubts and being human in a world where intolerance of difference is rampant, where being humane is not extended to those who are different.
This is not a light book, it is one that will stick with you for weeks if not longer. I finished this book about three weeks ago and just now sat down to write the review. Having come from a family from the deepest part of Indiana where racism runs unchecked and fueled by the past, I still feel the impact of this story.
The Emissary (One Great Year Book 1) by Tamara Veitch and Rene DeFazio is a romance, adventure that is action-packed from page one. Three friends try to save the world from its imminent decline into chaos and darkness where many will die and many more will suffer. Marcus and Theron must help humanity reach peace and prosperity while their friend, Helghul, turns to darkness and evilness to gain the power he has coveted for years. From the Golden Age to present day the three struggles through multiple reincarnations, while seeking to tip the balance of the world.
Veitch and DeFazio have created an engaging and exciting world of fantasy where morals, passions, love, jealousy, and fear drive the storyline and characters from beginning to end. The dialog is well done and believable. Character development is strong and complete. Their vivid descriptions enhance the story and character development. The storyline is intense and satisfying leaving the reader hooked from page one until the end; the story flows smoothly.
Anyone who enjoys fantasy, romance and battles of heroes against evil, this is perfect! A definite intensely captivating book. Cannot wait to read more by these talented authors!