Lauren Carr’s Audiobook-a-palooza and Giveaway – Also includes my review of THE MURDERS AT ASTAIRE CASTLE Audiobook and an interview with Narrator Dan Lawson. 

  1. Welcome to Lauren Carr’s Audiobook-a-palooza Blog Tour! To celebrate the release of Lauren Carr’s mysteries in audiobook format, we have 14 books from her three series on tour!


To follow the tour and to read reviews, please visit Lauren Carr’s page on iRead Book Tours.

The Mac Faraday Mystery Series: Book Five


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Book Description:   

Never tell Mac Faraday not to do something.


Spencer’s police chief, David O’Callaghan, learns this lesson the hard way when he orders Mac Faraday to stay away from the south end of Spencer’s mountaintop – even though he owns the property. It doesn’t take long for Mac to find out what lies on the other side of the stone wall and locked gate, on which hangs a sign warning visitors to Keep Out!

Topping the list of the 10 top haunted places in America, Astaire Castle is associated with two suicides, three mysterious disappearances, and four murders since it was built almost a century ago – and Mac Faraday owns it!

In spite of David’s warning, Mac can’t resist unlocking the gate to see the castle that supposedly hasn’t seen a living soul since his late mother had ordered it closed up after the double homicide and disappearance of Damian Wagner, a world-famous master of horror novels.

What starts out as a quick tour of a dusty old castle turns into another Mac Faraday adventure when Astaire Castle becomes the scene of even more murders. Mac is going to need to put all of his investigative talents to work to sort out this case that involves the strangest characters he has run into yet – including a wolf man. No, we’re not talking about Gnarly.

Book reviewers and readers alike rave about how Lauren Carr’s seamlessly crosses genres to include mystery, suspense, romance, and humor.

Lauren is a popular speaker who has made appearances at schools, youth groups, and on author panels at conventions. She lives with her husband and three dogs (including the real Gnarly’s klutzy nephew Sterling) on a mountain in Harpers Ferry, WV.


MY REVIEW: Listening to the audiobook of THE MURDERS AT ASTAIRE CASTLE was an entertaining treat. 

The narrator for this audiobook is Dan Lawson. His voice is perfect for the Mac Faraday books. He is able to modulate his voice so that there is never a doubt which character is speaking. I am impressed with his enunciation and was able to understand every word he said.

The story itself is a well written mystery that spans several decades. I have not read, or listened to the second, third or fourth book in this series and yet I never felt like I was missing pieces of the story. This audiobook would even work well as a stand-alone thriller.

The only issue I had with THE MURDERS AT ASTAIRE CASTLE was that when the story was nearing its completion, DNA was sent for analysis and seemed to be returned almost immediately. This is a fantasy. In reality, obtaining DNA results can take anywhere from a few days to several months before the results are returned to the investigating officers. It is exceedingly rare for small town police offices to have their own lab and most biological samplesď would have to be outsourced. I understand that the DNA results were important to the plot which is why the author chose to speed up the results, but it did stand out to me as inaccurate and unbelievable.

Despite the minor hiccup I just mentioned, I enjoyed listening to this audiobook. There are so many different threads to this story and yet Lauren Carr was able to weave them all together to create a tapestry that readers will not soon forget.

My favorite character in this book is the “Wolf-Man.

I rate MURDER AT ASTAIRE CASTLE as 4 out of 5 Stars. 🌟🌟🌟🌟

 

Meet the Author:

Lauren Carr is the international best-selling author of the Mac Faraday, Lovers in Crime, and Thorny Rose Mysteries—over twenty titles across three fast-paced mystery series filled with twists and turns!

Book reviewers and readers alike rave about how Lauren Carr’s seamlessly crosses genres to include mystery, suspense, romance, and humor.

Lauren is a popular speaker who has made appearances at schools, youth groups, and on author panels at conventions. She lives with her husband and three dogs (including the real Gnarly’s klutzy nephew Sterling) on a mountain in Harpers Ferry, WV. 

Connect with Lauren: Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook


Meet the Narrators:

​Over the past several years Dan Lawson has appeared in numerous spots for radio, television and the internet. He has worked with All-State, Sprint PCS, Mountain Dew and many more. His unique ability to mimic existing characters and celebrities has landed him diverse voice match work ranging from Charlie Sheen to Morgan Freeman.

In 2008 Dan was cast as the first American voice actor for the Korean video game company, Nexon. Over the next several years Dan was the flagship voice of the company, appearing in such titles as Mabinogi, Maple Story, Vindictus, Dragon Nest, Dungeon Fighter Online and Atlantica. In total he has voiced nearly 100 characters for Nexon.

In late 2012 Dan’s voice over career took an unexpected turn into book narration. His first audition landed him the job of narrating The Psychology of Twilight, a psychological look at the wide-spread obsession of the Twilight saga created by Stephanie Meyer. Eighteen more audiobook narrations have followed and show no signs of slowing down.

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INTERVIEW WITH NARRATOR DAN LAWSON: 

How long have you been narrating audiobooks?

I narrated my first audiobook in 2012. I hadn’t actually auditioned for the audiobook. One of my agents thought that I had a good sound for the material and submitted me. That started a narration spree that continues today.


Do you have a favorite character from any of the books you’ve narrated? 

Robert Cook in Antidote is one of my favorites. I connected to the character almost immediately. He and I are very similar as  far as thought process, humor and how we view the world.  It made the whole narration process very comfortable.


Do you work with the author to select a tone and narration style for the audiobook? 

It varies, but getting a chance to speak with the author is one of my favorite parts of the narrating process.   There are so many different ways to approach an audiobook. Having the authors insight really helps to connect the story to the listener. My goal as a narrator is to fulfill, to the best of my ability, the vision the author has for the book.


How do you keep all the characters voices straight when narrating an audiobook?

Great question! It can be challenging if the cast of characters is large or if there are multiple characters with similar characteristics. for example, if the story centers around a group of young soldiers.   One of my techniques is to model the speaking style of a character after known actors and celebrities.  I have actually printed pictures of actors and written the name of the character from the novel below them. Then aligned the pictures on a piece of cardboard and placed it just beyond my music stand. That way I’m able to reference who is speaking with a quick glance.


If it is not clear from the writing, how much freedom do you have as a narrator in deciding if a character has an accent or a unique way of speaking?

It depends entirely on how much the author is involved. A great many authors are not familiar with audiobooks so they will leave the bulk of the choices up to the narrator. Making the characters unique without detracting from the overall story is one of the greatest thrills about the narration process.

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5 Stars for WORMWOOD DAWN 2 by Edward Crae – AUDIOBOOK REVIEW

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Title: WORMWOOD DAWN: Episode Two

Author: Edward Crae

Type of Book: Audiobook – Unabridged

Narrator: Clifford Edwards

Length: 3 hours and 6 minutes

Genre: Horror, Science Fiction

Release Date:  January 13, 2016

Publisher: Edward Crae

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

 

This audiobook is a Heart pounding, Pulse raising, Nail biting, goose-bump inducing story of monsters and mayhem with a apocalyptic twist.

I had completely forgotten how much I LOVED the first book in the Wormwood Dawn audiobook serial until I started listening to Book Two.

A few minutes into this audiobook and I was hooked once again. This is NOT a zombie fiction book. This book is Science Fiction/Horror and it is AWESOME. Now I want to kick myself for not listening to this book as soon as I downloaded it. I WILL NOT make that mistake with this series ever again.

Dan and Drew are two regular guys. Well, I guess they are definitely slackers, but they are loveable slackers. In the first book we find out that Dan is an alcoholic and Drew likes his marijuana a bit too much.

But neither of their addictions seem to matter when people around them start turning into rabid psychos.

The two friends hole up at Dan’s house. But, when their cat ends up encased in a cocoon and then emerges as a horrific mutation, the two friends know that something very strange is going on and that the world has changed – and that change is NOT good.

In Book Two, Dan and Drew have gained both knowledge and weapons. They know that they will need to prepare for winter which is fast-approaching.

As they check out the other homes in the area, they make a few discoveries.

They are no longer alone…

I LOVED THIS AUDIOBOOK.

The first book in the series had a plethora of production quality issues. Those glitches have been reduced in Book Two and are no longer a factor. This is wonderful since it made the listening experience even better than I expected.

Dan and Drew are not the type of people that you would normally equate with the title of “hero.” But that is exactly what makes them so compelling.

The action never stops in this audiobook and narrator, Clifford Edwards is an absolute pleasure to listen to. It is almost unbelievable that only one person narrates this book because Cliff is just that good. I have listened to hundreds of audiobooks over the years and I cannot remember any other narrator who was able to voice so many different characters with so much variation and still be able to keep the overall story flowing with apparent ease. The narrator deserves 5 Stars all his own.

I have seen some reviews of this audiobook that mention the “echo-y” sound in parts of the story. I thought the use of this “echo-y” technique was perfect. It is used when Dan and Drew are watching and listening to online news reports and it adds authenticity to the story.

The action begins right away and like a car whose gas pedal is stuck, the action is unending. I LOVED IT!

This horror audiobook serial is an absolute MUST LISTEN for all horror fans.

Thankfully I already have Book Three because I don’t just want to listen to it, I NEED TO listen to it right away.

I rate WORMWOOD DAWN: Episode Two as 5 out of 5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ and it has earned every single star.

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

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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(Description from Amazon Author Page)

Edward was born in Zanesville, OH, where he did absolutely nothing worthwhile with his life. Having drank himself into a permanent stupor, he finally moved to Indiana. Years and years of alcoholism and drug abuse kept him from exploring his intellectual interests; including astronomy, quantum physics, biology, and weird things like UFOs, mythology, and inter-dimensional or astral travel.

Throughout the years, Ed’s constant binge drinking and pot smoking had polarized his brain into the realm of the deranged. Pill popping aside, he now contemplates battles against massive hordes of undead mutants, and has barricaded himself in his deep woods home; prepared for the inevitable apocalypse.

Having an extensive collection of high powered rifles, Ed constantly stares out his window to catch the first glimpse of the stumbling horde. If and when that happens, he WILL fire the first shot.

Don’t bother talking to Ed. He won’t listen. He’s crazy. Just read the filth that he spews out into MS Word, and be happy. It’s all you’ll ever get.

To learn more about this author visit him online:

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ABOUT THE NARRATOR:

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To learn more about this narrator visit him online:

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Time Heist Audiobook Giveaway – 44 Hours Left to Enter

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Author Anthony Vicino is giving away 5 copies of his brand new audiobook called “TIME HEIST” on his blog. He is also giving away 5 ebooks.

 

The giveaway ends in 44 hours, so enter asap to get your hands (and your ears) on a copy of this audiobook. I have entered to win as well, so hopefully I will end up winning a copy and if so, I will post my review here on my blog.

 

Enter to win at: http://www.anthonyvicino.com/giving-away-5-free-time-heist-audiobooks-and-5-free-ebooks/

 

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4 Stars for DEATH’S DRIVER by Jack Larson – AUDIOBOOK REVIEW

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Title: DEATH’S DRIVER: The Life of a Body Transporter

Author: JACK LARSON

Type of Book: AUDIOBOOK – Unabridged

Narrator: J. SCOTT BENNETT

Length: 1 hour and 49 minutes

Genre: NON-FICTION, MEMOIR

Release Date: December 18, 2015

Publisher: ZA Productions

Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars ****

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

PUBLISHER’S SYNOPSIS:

My career in the death care profession spanned a decade but encompassed the industry from several perspectives. What tied all these together was my role as a driver for the dead.

Sometimes I was a funeral driver, other times I picked up from morgues, and in another capacity I picked up the deceased from the scenes of car accidents, shootings, hit and runs, and worse. Finally, I cleaned up after homicides, accidents, and suicides as a side business.

I could have organized it in a logical, linear fashion, but that’s not how I remember it. My experiences varied widely and the pacing of the job was frenetic, fascinating, heartbreaking, and strangely edifying. Like death itself, it was always unpredictable.

MY REVIEW:

This audiobook is just under two hours in length and in it, Jack Larson relates short anecdotes about his time as “Death’s Driver.” Most of his anecdotes are about picking up bodies at accident or crime scenes and at times he goes into gory detail about the condition the body was in when he arrived to transport it to the morgue.

This audiobook is definitely not suitable for listeners under the age of 18 as I believe it would give children nightmares. It may even give some adults nightmares, but at least adults know what to expect when they read the synopsis, so, if it causes them nightmares, that is their own fault.

All of the anecdotes in this audiobook are very short. I found this frustrating at times. I guess I wanted a bit more of the backstory for each anecdote. Without the backstory I never really felt connected to the stories. But, I assume that author Jack Larson had to stay unattached and dispassionate to be able to do his job, so I guess this detachment is to be expected.

I really liked the narrator. He did a great job of describing some horrific situations with just the right mix of reverence for the dead and clinical dispassion. He never allowed his own personal feelings about any of the situations to show in his voice and if you choose to listen to this audiobook, you will realize just how difficult that must have been for him. I rate the narration as 5 out of 5 stars. *****

Overall, I found some of the anecdotes interesting and I found some of them just ridiculous. I just wish there was more personal detail so that I would have felt some connection to the author.

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

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Jack Larson is an artist based out of Albuquerque, New Mexico. His work is displayed in private collections around the world.

Several of his paintings have been published as book covers and one has been featured as an “Easter Egg” within Android smartphones. His work has been excoriated in reviews, exorcised by fundamentalist preachers, and appreciated by art collectors since he started painting zombies in 2009.

Click here to visit Jack Larson’s blog.

Follow him at: Instagram @zombiemarketing  

Click here to visit his Facebook Page.

 

ABOUT THE NARRATOR:

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Scott was a Minister for twenty years, and also served in the United States Airforce as a Spanish translator before becoming a Middle School English and Language teacher. He is fairly new to the world of audiobook narration since he only began narrating audiobooks in July of 2015. However, in that short length of time he has narrated over 40 audiobooks

In high school and college he was active in drama and forensics even competing at the state and national level. He has years of public speaking experience, especially since he is a sixth grade reading teacher. He loves to do “read-alouds” with his students on a daily basis.

Visit Scott’s Narrator page on Goodreads

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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 

4 Stars for THE FACTS IN THE CASE OF M VALDEMAR by Edgar Allan Poe – AUDIOBOOK REVIEW

 

 Title: THE FACTS IN THE CASE OF M. VALDEMAR

Author: Edgar Allan Poe

Type of Book: Audiobook – Unabridged

Narrator: Walter Zimmerman

Length: 25 minutes

Genre: Horror, Short Story

Release Date: November 20, 2008

Publisher: Jimcin Recordings 

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 
~ I received a free copy of this audiobook through AudioBookBlast dot com in exchange for an honest review. 

This audiobook is only 25 minutes long which makes it a great lunchtime listen. 

It a classic horror short story written by Edgar Allan Poe. 

The main characters in this story are Mr. Valdemar and a Mesmerist. Valdemar is on his death bed and the Mesmerist wants to place him in a hypnotic state at the exact moment of his death. The reason for attempting such a strange experiment is to determine whether or not it would be possible to communicate after physical death. 

When it was first published there was much controversy surrounding the tale. Why? Well, Mr. Poe did not tell people that it was a work of fiction. Many believed that it was a true account. Eventually Poe had to put an end to the gossip and announced that it was indeed a work of pure fiction. 

I enjoyed listening to this audiobook but it has been a long time since I have read any of Poe’s work and I had forgotten how archaic the language of the time seems.

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

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

  

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Edgar Allan Poe was born in 1809 and died forty years later in 1849. 

Poe became a literary sensation in 1845 when he published his poem “The Raven”. 

Poe is famous for his horror tales. Two themes that seem to appear in his writing are: Death and Loss. 

To read a full biography of Edgar Allan Poe visit: http://www.biography.com/people/edgar-allan-poe-9443160#major-works 

  

ABOUT THE NARRATOR: 

 Walter Zimmerman is both a published author and an audiobook narrator. 

4 Stars for PROTECT HER: Part One by Ivy Sinclair – AUDIOBOOK REVIEW

 

Title: PROTECT HER: Part One

Author: Ivy Sinclair 

Type of Book: Audiobook – Unabridged 

Narrators: Angel Clark and Robert Neil DeVoe 

Length: 2 hours and 21 minutes 

Genre: Paranormal Fiction 

Release Date: May 29, 2015

Publisher: Ivy Sinclair 

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 

~ I received a free copy of this audiobook through http://www.audiobookblast.com in exchange for an honest review. 

~ Due to strong language this audiobook is NOT suitable for listeners under the age of 18. 

Riley Stone is a Necromancer. He has a fearsome reputation amongst the Demon population. Paige Matthews is a regular young woman who knows nothing about demons and who, like most of the population does not believe in the supernatural. 

Calamata Island is a declared demon-free zone and is under the protection of the Archangel Benjamin. So, when Paige is attacked on Calamata Island by what she sees as a shadow with fiery eyes and is saved by Riley, she has no idea what is happening. 

Riley is perplexed as well. Why would a Demon risk Benjamin’s wrath just to attack a normal human? 

This is the first audiobook in a series and ends with no resolution at all which I found frustrating. Of course, it ended with a cliffhanger which will make listeners want to purchase the next audiobook in the series to find out what happens next. 

The cliffhanger ending is a terrific marketing strategy, but is frustrating for audiobook listeners. However, in author, Ivy Sinclair’s defence, it is obvious that this book is only part of a series since the title is ” PROTECT HER: Part One”. 

The characters of Riley Stone and Paige Matthews are only beginning to discover who they are in this book. I am sure that they will develop further over the course of the next ten episodes. One thing that comes across quite clearly is the fact that Riley Stone is gorgeous. I was reading the author’s blog and came across a picture of Riley and WOW, he is definitely eye candy:

  
The best thing about this audiobook was the decision to use two different narrators. I really liked having a female (Angel Clark) performing the part of Paige and a male (Robert Neil DeVoe) performing the part of Riley. It made the changes in perspective much more effective. 

Angel Clark has a terrific voice for audiobook narration. She speaks clearly and uses exactly the right inflection for her part. 

Robert Neil DeVoe was an inspired choice for the part of Riley Stone. He makes the character come alive and uses the perfect mix of emotion and cynicism to portray the jaded character of Riley Stone. I do not think I would have rated this audiobook as highly as I did if it weren’t for the amazing narration. The narrators both deserve a 5 star rating. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 

PROTECT HER: Part One is only two hours and twenty-one minutes long which makes it an easy listening experience.

I enjoyed his audiobook and my only complaint is that it didn’t contain more of the story. It would be nice to have a single audiobook containing all episodes of this story. 

I rate this audiobook as 4 out of 5 stars. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

  
Ivy Sinclair cut her romance teeth on classics like Gone With the Wind, Casablanca, An Affair to Remember, and Sabrina. She is a firm believer in true love, a happily ever after ending, and the medicinal use of chocolate to cure any ailment of the heart. Ivy’s guilty pleasures include sushi, endless Starbucks lattes, and wine. Readers of Ivy’s stories can expect smoldering sweet stories of romance that tug at the heartstrings.

Ivy Sinclair has both a blog at http://www.ivysinclair.com and a private Facebook reader’s group called “Ivy’s Front Porch” 

  • ABOUT THE NARRATORS:

ROBERT NEIL DeVOE: 

  

Robert Neil DeVoe was born in New York and raised in Washington state. He now lives in Shanghai where he is pursuing acting, directing and of course, audiobook narration. 

More information about Robert Neil DeVoe can be found on Facebook at https://m.facebook.com/Robert-DeVoe 

ANGEL CLARK: 

  

Angel Clark hosts her own online radio show in addition to narrating audiobooks. 

Follow her on Twitter https://mobile.twitter.com/sussexangelc 

Listen to her radio show at: 

https://www.spreaker.com/show/the_angel_clark_show_1 

Follow her on Facebook at https://m.facebook.com/AngelClarkShow/

  

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.

5 Stars for DAUGHTER OF THE SEA AND SKY by David Litwack – AUDIOBOOK REVIEW

  
Title: THE DAUGHTER OF THE SEA AND THE SKY

Author: David Litwack

Type of Book: Audiobook – Unabridged

Narrator: Sarah Zimmerman 

Length: 9 hours and 39 minutes 

Genre: Fantasy 

Release Date: February 23, 2015

Publisher: Evolved Publishing LLC

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 

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

The land was split in two during the Great Sundering, with an ocean between the two lands. The only place where the two countries connected was the tiny strip of land known as “The Land Bridge” which was home to two massive gates. “They called them ‘Asylum Gates’ because any refugee who passed through them, even by a hair’s breadth, had the right to request asylum from the other side … It straddled a negotiated boundary and provided the only contact between the Minister’s people and the Soulless. Races that had kept apart except in time of war.”

Geography was not the only difference between the two groups. If you lived in “The Blessed Lands,” you referred to your people as “The Blessed” while the others were called “The Soulless.” However, if you happened to live in “The Republic” you referred to the Blessed as “Zealots” and your own people as the voice of reason. 

Helena and Jason grew up learning to quash their “passions” and to use logic and reason when problem solving or when making decisions. 

Helena grew up in a privileged family. Her mother was scientific in every way, including child rearing. Her father was a beloved teacher at the Polytechnic Institute. 

Jason grew up with Helena, but his family was not as well off. Despite the difference in their social status, they were the best of friends throughout their childhood. Jason moved away to further his education and to achieve something with his life and Helena missed him terribly. 

Through a quirk of fate, (although their analytical brains would never have accepted fate as a valid hypothesis) Jason’s new job brought him back into Helena’s life at exactly the time she needed him most. 

Helena’s father had recently died and she had watched him slowly fade away. Since she idolized her father she had been devastated by his death. Compounding Helena’s heartache was her mother’s emotional and eventually even physical absence. 

Helena was contemplating her loss and what to do with her future when she sees Jason running nearby. They both notice something in the water and quickly realize that someone is drowning. 

Jason dives in to save the person who turns out to be a nine year old girl named Kaylani. 

What neither Jason nor Helena realized at the time was that Kaylani would change their lives forever. 

You would think that just the plot lines I have already mentioned would be enough for one book, but those things are just tiny parts of a much more epic tale.

Throw in the supernatural, priests and priestesses, a government bent on jailing anyone and everyone who defies the law even in the smallest way. Add an artist commune for people with damaged souls, a retiring government official who is a stickler for the rules whether they are right or wrong and a zealot with delusions of grandeur. Once you add all these characters into the story, you have one heck of an interesting read or in my case, an interesting listen since I was lucky enough to listen to the audiobook version. 

THE DAUGHTER OF THE SEA AND THE SKY surprised me, but I am very glad that I chose to listen to it. I enjoyed this audiobook very much. 

The narrator did an outstanding job of relating the story of this audiobook. Sarah Zimmerman was the perfect choice for this audiobook. Her tone, her pacing, her inflections and enunciation were sheer perfection. I rate the narration as 5 out of 5 stars.⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 

The audiobook in its entirety was well done. The characters were well written and easily relatable. The setting was unique and interesting. I loved the division of the two countries. The author does an incredible job of detailing how different groups of people see themselves and each other. 

David Litwack seems to have an ingrained understanding of how different people view the world around them. It is always interesting to me how multiple people can view the same event and draw vastly different conclusions from it. 

David Litwack also does an excellent job of portraying the many character’s personal quirks and in explaining how each character’s life experiences and their personal history has contributed to their character and beliefs. By the end of this audiobook the listener feels that he (or she) really knows each character and is able to understand what motivated them to act in the ways that they did. 

I rate the audiobook version of THE DAUGHTER OF THE SEA AND THE SKY as 5 out of 5 stars. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐ 

HOW HE KNEW by Lynda Cordova – AUDIOBOOK REVIEW

  
Title: HOW HE KNEW: Short Stories For the Young and Old

Author: Lynda Cordova

Type of Book: Audiobook – Unabridged 

Narrator: Tina Strong 

Length: 1 hour and 5 minutes

Genre: Fiction, Short Stories

Release Date: June 22, 2015

Publisher: Lynda Cordova 

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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

I actually struggled to listen to this audiobook in its entirety. The only reason that I didn’t just abandon this audiobook was because it was given to me in exchange for an honest review and I wanted to keep my word. 

However, I am glad I listened to the entire audiobook as I did enjoy a few of the stories. 

I think short story anthologies are difficult to rate because while some of the stories deserve a 4 or 5 star rating, others were not as highly enjoyable. That said, just because these stories did not strike a chord with me does not mean that other listeners will feel the same.

I suggest that if you like short stories then you should give this audiobook a try and form your own opinion. 

The narration was done well. Tina Strong was articulate and easy to understand with no distinguishable accent. I rate the narration as 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Overall I rate this audiobook as 3 out of 5 stars. ⭐️⭐️⭐️