THE END by Adam M Booth – AUDIOBOOK REVIEW

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THE END

Author: Adam M. Booth

Type of Book: Audiobook – Unabridged

Narrator: Shiromi Arserio

Length: 1 hour and 51 minutes

Genre: Science Fiction, Zombie Fiction, Horror

Release Date: August 22, 2014

Publisher: Adam Booth

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

* I received a free copy of this audiobook from the author, narrator or publisher through AudiobookBlast dot com in exchange for an unbiased and honest review.

This audiobook joins the many other books in the zombie fiction genre. So, why should you choose this audiobook over others in the same genre? That’s simple! Because it is different.

This audiobook is zombie fiction told from the perspective of the zombie rather than from people who are trying to evade the zombies.

THE END is the story of single mother, Zoe. She is overworked, over stressed and overwrought. This is the story of the end of her life as a human and of her life as a zombie.

I did enjoy this audiobook. The narrator, Shiromi Arserio, is a female. She narrates with an English accent. She emotes very well.

The only drawback (in my opinion) was that there was a bit too much introspection for my taste. I would have preferred to learn more about how it felt to be a zombie.

I rate this audiobook as 4 out of 5 stars. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

FAVORITE QUOTES:

“I was spoiled meat, roadkill, dog food.”

“When time stands still you only have the images in your mind’s eye.”

“Love will tear us apart they say, but so will tooth and nail…”

“The scream arrives from around the corner, followed by the familiar sound of wet meat hitting the floor; the sound of progress being made.”

EASY WAYS TO ENGAGE YOUR CHILD by J.B. Snow – AUDIOBOOK REVIEW

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EASY WAYS TO ENGAGE YOUR CHILD

Author: J.B. Snow

Type of Book: Audiobook – Unabridged

Narrator: D. Gaunt

Length: 19 minutes

Genre: Non-Fiction, Parenting

Release Date: July 14, 2015

Publisher: J.B. Snow Publishing

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

* I received a free copy of this audiobook from the narrator in exchange for an honest review.

There is an epidemic happening and it is having a detrimental effect on the young children of today.

No, I’m not talking about the H1N1 flu epidemic, or the bird

This audiobook is very short. The entire listening experience is over in nineteen minutes.

The fact that the author was able to cram so many good ideas forways to engage your child within such a short span of time is impressive.

I was happy to find that more than 50% of her suggestions were activities that I had done with my children when they were young.

The target listenership for this audiobook is parents with children ages 0 to 10. She offers suggestions that are age appropriate and that can be modified and expanded as the child grows.

The narration of this audiobook was terrific.

I rate both the audiobook’s content and the narration as 5 out of 5 stars. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

THE EMOTIONALLY ABSENT MOTHER by Michele Gilbert – AUDIOBOOK REVIEW

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THE EMOTIONALLY ABSENT MOTHER

Author: Michele Gilbert

Type of Book: Audiobook – Unabridged

Narrator: Dora Gaunt

Length: 41 minutes

Genre: Non-Fiction, Self Help, Mental Health

Release Date: June 15, 2015

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐

* I received a free copy of this audiobook from the narrator in exchange for an honest review.

DESCRIPTION FROM GOODREADS:

“Life for you hasn’t been easy.

You are currently in a relationship that is doing more harm than good,, and are working a job that you never seem to be able to execute perfectly. While others are enjoying life in all of its fullness, you feel like you are in a rat race that gets more competitive by the minute. “What is my problem,” you ask. “Why can’t I just sit back and enjoy life?” Blame it on your mother.

That’s right!
Your mom and her emotional absence has a lot to do with your current state in life.
Emotionally Absent Mothers will delve into your mother’s apathy, and why such lack of compassion may not be her fault. This book will also help you find ways to cope with the pain that you suffered as a child, as well as look past the scars to see a better future.”

My Opinions and Audiobook Review:

I am probably not the perfect person to review this audiobook since I do not believe in blaming your parents for all your problems as an adult.

** However, I do believe that there really are people out there who were severely emotionally neglected as a child. I agree that neglect in any form is a horrible thing for any child to have to endure and I do believe that it can lead to permanent psychological damage.

The author does a good job of describing actual scenarios and offering examples of what an emotionally absent mother is like.

My innate skepticism comes into play when people use this as an excuse for poor or destructive behavior.

I do not believe that everyone who claims to have had an emotionally absent parent actually had one. I think that there needs to be a pattern of neglect. One instance of your mother not praising you does not mean that your mother was emotionally absent.

To come up with a (for lack of a better description) diagnosis of “Emotionally Absent” I believe that the parent in question must have consistently shown a lack of empathy and emotion towards their child throughout their formative years. If this is what happened in that child’s life, I agree 100% that it would cause emotional and mental scarring that could easily affect that child long into adulthood.

The author does write some terrific ideas on how to help someone overcome any mental health issues that have arisen due to their childhood. She firmly places the onus on the previously neglected child to heal themselves. She is quite correct in stating that you cannot change someone else’s behavior, you can only change how you respond to that behavior.

I think the author should have included a chapter containing information on how to determine if your mother was really emotionally absent. It is easy to blame someone else for all your problems and it seems to be very popular to “just blame your parents” for everything. As I wrote above, I DO believe this is a serious and “real” issue, I just do not believe that everyone who claims to have had an emotionally absent parent actually had one.

There are some terrific strategies offered on this audiobook that have the potential to aid a great many people.

Because of the heaviness of the subject matter I was very glad to have the audiobook version. It made it seem less dry and narrator D. Gaunt does a wonderful job with difficult subject matter. She has a great sense of timing and her voice draws the listener into the subject matter. I rate the narration of this audiobook as 5 out of 5 stars. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

The audiobook itself I rate as 3 out of 5 stars. ⭐⭐⭐

I found this topic interesting and I am glad I listened to this audiobook. If it had contained more statistical information as well as more quotes and opinions from experts I might have rated it a bit higher. However, I do believe that this book will be helpful for those who legitimately suffer from this condition.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
(Information obtained from the author’s page on Goodreads)

Michele Gilbert was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. Drawn to literature and writing at a young age, she enrolled at Brooklyn College after graduation and majored in English. Michele did not begin writing immediately

HAVE YOU SEEN MY SON? by Jack Olsen – AUDIOBOOK REVIEW

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HAVE YOU SEEN MY SON?

Author: Jack Olsen

Type of Book: Audiobook – Unabridged

Narrator: Becket Royce

Length: 10 hours, 15 minutes

Genre: Mysteries and Thrillers

Release Date: April 1, 2015

Publisher: Crime Rant Classics and Notorious USA

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐

* I received a free copy of this audiobook through AudioBookBlast dot com in exchange for an unbiased and honest review.

Lael and Mike Pritcher are the parents of a five year old boy named Alex, but they call him Ace. Ace is a product of their eight year marriage.

Unfortunately Lael and Mike have been separated for the past four months. Lael has custody, but she encourages Mike to see Ace as much as possible. Despite their differences, Lael does not want to deprive Ace of the experience of having his father in his life.

Mike has always been self-centered. He never took Lael or her business seriously. Despite her success in owning and operating a flourishing organic herb farm, he has always referred to the farm as “her little hobby.” He belittled Lael constantly and even went as far as to call her “frigid” if she didn’t consent to having sex every night of the week. Mike cared only about himself and his aging mother who lives close-by and who is way too involved in her married son’s life. Mike is what you would call a “Mama’s Boy.”

Divorce between Lael and Mike was inevitable and when creating the Separation Agreement and the upcoming divorce, the two were able to come to amicable terms on every issue except one: the custody of their son.

When Mike realized that Lael would more than likely be awarded full custody of Ace in the divorce, he went crazy.

Lael thwarted an attempt by Mike to spirit Ace away and things between them calmed down for a few weeks. Then came every mother’s nightmare: Ace is kidnapped.

Lael was determined to get him back. She is a mother and she loves her child. Anyone who has ever given birth will understand the fierce feelings of protectiveness that mother’s feel for their children. (Yes, I know, fathers feel protective of their children too.) Mike was able to spirit Ace away and planned to never return.

As days turn into weeks, and weeks turn into months, Lael starts to wonder if maybe Ace is gone forever. But, she refuses to give up hope. She takes it upon herself to find her son and to bring him home where he belongs.

This audiobook is expertly narrated. Beckett Royce has a terrific voice and her pacing is sheer perfection. She is able to infuse her words with just the right amount of emotion and emphasis. She does not ‘over-act’ which is sometimes an issue with audiobook narration. I rate the narration of this audiobook as 5 out of 5 stars.⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

As for the content of the audiobook I enjoyed it, but I did find that it felt a bit too drawn out at times. Some of the less dramatic scenes could have been eliminated. However, I believe that the author wrote it that way for a reason. I believe she wanted to convey to the reader that searching for a missing child is not easy and that there are days when the searcher despairs of ever finding her child alive.

This audiobook took multiple twists and turns. Listeners will alternately hope and despair along with Lael as she chases down every lead with relentless determination.

I would have liked to have had an epilogue at the end of the audiobook to neatly wrap up a few of the details, and it might have been interesting to have a few chapters written from Mike’s perspective to allow the listener some insight as to what he was thinking.

Overall I enjoyed this audiobook and I rate it as 4 out of 5 stars. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

FAVORITE QUOTE:

“Words: the neutron bombs of marriage.”

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Author picture obtained from www.jackolsen.com

Author picture obtained from http://www.jackolsen.com

1925-2002

Born June 7, 1925, Jack Olsen was the award-winning author of thirty-three books published in fifteen countries and eleven languages. A former Time bureau chief, Olsen wrote for Vanity Fair, People, Paris Match, Readers Digest, Playboy, Life, Sports Illustrated, Fortune, New York Times Book Review and others. His magazine journalism appeared in thirteen anthologies. His books included The Misbegotten Son, The Bridge at Chappaquiddick,, the eco-thriller Night of the Grizzlies, and his monumental study of a Nazi massacre in Italy, Silence on Monte Sole. Three of his works were adapted for the screen, including Have You Seen My Son? on ABC.

Olsen was described as “the dean of true crime authors” by the Washington Post and the New York Daily News and “the master of true crime” by the Detroit Free Press and Newsday. Publishers Weekly called him “the best true crime writer around.” His studies of crime are required reading in university criminology courses and have been cited in the New York Times Notable Books of the Year. In a page-one review, the Times described his work as “a genuine contribution to criminology and journalism alike.”

To learn more about him or to see the full list of Jack Olsen titles visit http://www.jackolsen.com

ABOUT THE NARRATOR:

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Narrator picture obtained from http://www.goodreads.com

Becket Royce has narrated many audiobooks. More information can be found at https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2736936.Becket_Royce

Or follow her on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/becketroyce

CREATED by Peiri Ann – BOOK REVIEW – New Release

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CREATED (Created #1)

Author: Peiri Ann

Type of Book: eBook

Length: 278 pages

Genre: Science Fiction, Dystopian Fiction

Release Date: July 24, 2015

Cover Created By: Mayhem Cover Creations

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐

* I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Luke and Kylie (Ky) are not just siblings, they’re twins. The book begins five years after their parents were brutally murdered in front of them when they were only twelve years old.

Ky and Luke are now seventeen.

“Everything’s a challenge here in our state of Arizona. They breed and raise the toughest citizens to go off to war. Boys and girls train their entire life until the day of Separation’s draft.”

Once every four years there is a draft by the government (called The Separation) in which all seventeen and eighteen year olds are sent for training and then sent off to fight in a war.

Kylie and Luke are “Creations”. They were designed with a secret purpose, but they are forbidden from discussing it, even between themselves. When asked by a friend if she is ready for Separation, Kylie acknowledges that she and Luke are ready. “We don’t have a choice. It’s the reason they created us. Leaving for Separation affects us differently. We have nothing keeping us here. No one we will miss, and no one that will miss us. We only have each other and we are leaving with each other. We’re orphans to the America and created to fight for it.”

Even though there are three months left before the official Separation draft date, Luke and Ky are snatched out of their beds and told that they “…have been selectively chosen for an early Separation.”

And so begins a journey for the siblings. They learn exactly what it is that they are expected to fight. They learn who created the problem. They learn that maybe, just maybe, they can think for themselves.

They have always believed that they were created for a specific purpose and that they had no free will in deciding whether or not they fulfill that purpose. But, as the story progresses they start to question their supposed destiny.

This story combines multiple genres. Though this book is targeted at a young adult audience it is also a book that I believe adult science fiction and dystopian fiction readers will enjoy.

I do not want to give away any of the surprises and/or twists in the story so I will refrain from commenting in depth on the plot. Suffice it to say that I enjoyed this story and rate it as 4 out of 5 stars. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

This is the first book in a new series and I am looking forward to the next book.

CREATED Peiri Ann graphic

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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Peiri Ann shares a love in the creation of new worlds, different creatures, and unwritten possibilities.

To learn more visit http://www.peiriann.com

Visit her on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/aburdenednovel?ref=hl

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