4.5 Stars for REBEL RADIO by Boyd Craven III – Audiobook Review

  
Title: REBEL RADIO: A Post-Apocalyptic Story 

Author: Boyd Craven III 

Type of Book: Audiobook – Unabridged 

Narrator: Kevin Pierce

Length: 4 hours and 38 minutes 
Genre: Post-Apocalyptic Fiction

Release Date: October 7, 2015

Publisher: Self-Published by Boyd Craven III

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

This audiobook is a stand-alone story. It does take place in the world of Boyd Craven III’s “The World Burns” saga, but it is the unnecessary to have any knowledge of those books to understand or enjoy “Rebel Radio”.

An EMP (Electromagnetic Pulse) has destroyed all electronic devices and the world has been sent back to a time before electricity. This is a fairly common storyline in the post-apocalyptic genre. There is some of the typical hunt for supplies and shelter going on in this audiobook, however there is much less of this than one would expect. This is a story first and foremost about people. Yes, the setting is post-apocalyptic, but that is really just the backdrop to the actual tale. 

This book is written from two different points of view. Each chapter is either told from Don’s perspective or from Z’s perspective. Don is male and around 33 years of age and Z is a 23 year old female. 

The narrator does an incredible job as the voice of Don; the depressed, alcoholic, but I found it both strange and disconcerting that the same voice also narrated the chapters that were written from Z’s perspective. I would have preferred to hear two different narrators (one male & one female) so that it would always be clear whose perspective that chapter was being told from. 

Boyd Craven III has created amazingly realistic and completely believable characters. It is those characters that drive the story. 

Ben is a severely depressed, suicidal alcoholic and was this way even before the EMP. He decides each morning whether or not he is going to kill himself that day. 

Z is a gamer girl who has spent most of her recent years living life through her computer screen. She now realizes that no matter how amazing she was at playing (and winning) post-apocalyptic video games, that those skills are completely useless in her new reality. 

When the two misfits cross paths they each need to decide how to proceed with their own survival, and whether or not to team up and help each other, especially considering that their individual trust and faith in humanity is in short supply. 

I was drawn in to the audiobook and listened to it in a single session. It’s length of only 4 hours and 38 minutes made this easy to do. 

I do not want to reveal any spoilers, but I will say that I recommend this audiobook very highly. 

If not for the male/female issue, I would have rated this audiobook as 5 out of 5 stars. But, I have decided to deduct half a star because of that; resulting in a 4.5 out of 5 Star rating. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 

~ I received a free copy of this audiobook through AudioBookBlast.com in exchange for an honest review

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

  
Boyd Craven III is the author of “The World Burns” Saga as well as “The Scorched Earth” books. 

He describes himself on his website as a “regular guy”. He owns and works on his own farm and is part of a co-op that sells vegetables at a farmer’s market. 

To learn more visit his website at http://www.boydcraven.com 

Find him on Facebook at https://m.facebook.com/boydcraven3 

View his author page on Goodreads at https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6951271.Boyd_Craven_III 

Follow him on Twitter https://mobile.twitter.com/boydc3 

ABOUT THE NARRATOR:

  
Kevin Pierce is an audiobook narrator and producer who lives in Fort Myers, Florida. To learn more about him or to view the massive list of audiobooks that he has narrated at http://www.kevinpiercepresents.com 

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4 Stars for KENTUCKY BLOODBATH by Kevin Sullivan – AUDIOBOOK REVIEW

  
Title: KENTUCKY BLOODBATH: Ten Bizarre Tales of Murder from the Bluegrass State

Author: Kevin Sullivan

Type of Book: Audiobook – Unabridged

Narrator: Kevin Pierce

Length: 2 hours and 58 minutes

Genre: True Crime, Non-Fiction

Release Date: August 14, 2015

Publisher: WildBlue Press 

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 

~ I received a free copy of this audiobook through AudioBookBlast in exchange for an honest review.

This audiobook is a compilation of ten criminal homicide cases that took place in the state of Kentucky over the past 50 years. 

The title “Kentucky Bloodbath” is very appropriate. The murders and heinous attacks that are detailed in this audiobook are truly bloody and horrific.

I enjoy reading true crime novels, but this one is particularly graphic. That is because it is not just a single story about a single crime.

~ I would caution potential listeners that this audiobook should not be played where anyone under the age of eighteen might hear its content.

The length of this audiobook is perfect. It is neither too long nor too short. I listened to this audiobook on my daily commute to work and was able to hear the entire book in two days. 

Author Kevin Sullivan has extensively researched each of the ten murder cases and has included background information on each of the victims and perpetrators. This makes listening to this audiobook much more interesting since there is almost always something the listener can relate to and therefore he/she becomes personally invested in each story. 

Kevin Sullivan has included small details that highlight the decade in which each murder took place. This assists the listener is forming a picture in their mind of where and when the murder took place. 

I admit that I had never heard about any of these murder cases prior to listening to this audiobook, but I did find them interesting. 

I rate this audiobook as 4 out of 5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ and would recommend it to those who have a particular interest in true crime stories.