4 Stars for BLIND RAGE by Anita Paddock – AUDIOBOOK REVIEW

Cover image obtained from www.audible.com

Cover image obtained from http://www.audible.com

BLIND RAGE

Author: Anita Paddock

Type of Book: Audiobook – Unabridged

Narrator: Kevin Pierce

Length: 3 hours and 55 minutes

Genre: True Crime, Non-Fiction

Release Date: September 10, 2015

Publisher: Pen-L Publishing

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐

* I received a free copy of this audiobook through Audiobook Blast dot com in exchange for an honest review.

In May 1981, Ruie Ann Park’s body was found by her adult son in a pool of blood in her own home. Her home was located on top of Log Town Hill overlooking the Arkansas River in Van Buren, Arkansas.

This is a photo from the Park family photo album of their home. Standing out front is a young Sam Hugh Park. Photo obtained from http://blindragebook.blogspot.com

This is a photo from the Park family photo album of their home. Standing out front is a young Sam Hugh Park.
Photo obtained from http://blindragebook.blogspot.com

She was beaten to death and left for dead. The police and townspeople assumed her son was the murderer. Why?

This murder took place in an era where being gay was proof of being deviant and therefore he was an easy target for law enforcement.

But the years would uncover a much more sinister story. Until the night of the murder, the Park family seemed to have an almost perfect life. For fifty years they were the owners of “The Press Argus” newspaper.

Hugh Park was connected politically and his wife, Ruie Ann, was a local historian, a journalist, and a teacher. They had a biological son who Ruie Ann thought was brilliant and could do no wrong. The couple also adopted a daughter, named Linda who seemed to become the father’s favorite.

Their golden life ended in divorce and the children remained with Ruie Ann, who stayed in the marital home, becoming bitter and more and more demanding of the daughter who couldn’t seem to up her mother’s expectations.

Fast forward to adulthood…

The son, Sam Hugh, had once had a promising legal career but this ended because of his penchant for young men, alcohol and drugs.
It was this history that set him firmly in the sights of law enforcement when his mother was murdered.

In comparison, adopted daughter, Linda, seemed to have a much more normal life. She graduated from college, married a lawyer and moved a few hours away from her overbearing mother.

So, if it wasn’t the ‘degenerate’ son, who killed Ruie-Ann Park? If you don’t already know the ultimate outcome if this murder case, the answer will surprise you.

I enjoyed listening to this audiobook and thought that the author did a terrific job of describing both the Park family’s history as well as the complex family dynamics. She was able to stick to the facts and weave them into a compelling tale that listeners are able to follow easily.

The narrator, Kevin Pierce has the perfect voice for true crime audiobooks. He seems to have an ingrained sense of which words and sentences to emphasize, as well as a gift for pacing. His voice never overwhelms the story itself which allows the listener to focus not on the voice, but on the content of the audiobook. I rate the narration of this audiobook as 5 out of 5 stars. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

My only complaint is that after the author spent so much time detailing the family history, it seemed like once the murderer was arrested (three years after the crime took place) the story starts to have huge holes in it. Listeners/readers are not given detailed information about how the death of another family member took place. It is eluded to that it was a suicide, but no details were given. I believe this information should have also been included. Also, once the murderer is arrested there is barely any information about the legal process. I would have liked a few more details.

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

To find out more about this book visit http://www.pen-l.com/BlindRage.html

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Author photo obtained from http://blindragebook.blogspot.com

Author photo obtained from http://blindragebook.blogspot.com

Anita Paddock is a widowed author who currently resides in Fort Smith, Arkansas.

Anita attended Van Buren High School, graduating in 1958 and enrolled in the University of Arkansas from 1958-1960 and graduated from Little Rock University in 1962.

To learn more, visit http://blindragebook.blogspot.com

ABOUT THE NARRATOR:

Narrator photo obtained from www.acx.com

Narrator photo obtained from http://www.acx.com

Kevin Pierce is a full-time audiobook narrator and has received many awards and accolades on both Audible and ACX.

For more information visit http://www.kevinpiercepresents.com

4 Stars for SICK by Jay Bonansinga – AUDIOBOOK REVIEW

Cover image obtained from www.audible.com

Cover image obtained from http://www.audible.com

SICK

Author: Jay Bonansinga

Type of Book: Audiobook – Unabridged

Narrator: Julia Knippen

Length: 12 hours and 45 minutes

Genre: Horror

Release Date: July 9, 2015

Publisher: Crossroad Press

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐

* I received a free copy of this audiobook through Audiobook Blast dot com in exchange for an honest review.

Sarah is a an aging stripper. Some might feel sorry for her, but she loves her life. At least, she did until she discovers a growth that turns out to be an inoperable tumor.

Sarah’s life is suddenly coming to an end, but she is not the type of woman to just give up and accept her fate. She is a fighter and she decides to try to find a way to not only extend her life, but to save it.

However, things rarely go the way people expect them too. She discovers that a cure is possible, but it comes with horrific consequences.

Can Sarah survive the cure? Does she really want to?

The narrator does a terrific job with this audiobook. She uses inflection and a wonderful sense for perfect pacing to keep the listener intrigued throughout this long audiobook. The narration deserves 5 out of 5 stars.

I enjoyed the multiple twists and turns in this story. However there were parts which did seem to drag. Also, some parts were predictable, but I still enjoyed this audiobook.

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

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
* Information and author photo obtained from http://www.jaybonansinga.com

Jay Bonansinga
© 2011 jill brazel photography

THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE says, “Jay Bonansinga has quickly and firmly established himself as one of the most imaginative writers of thrillers. His twisting narratives, with their in-your-face glimpses of violence, are set in an unstable, almost psychotic universe that makes the work of many of his contemporaries look rather tame.”

His novels include LUCID (2015), ROBERT KIRKMAN’S THE WALKING DEAD: DESCENT (2014, sole writing credit), THE WALKING DEAD: THE FALL OF THE GOVERNOR – PART TWO (2013), THE WALKING DEAD: THE FALL OF THE GOVERNOR – PART ONE (2013), THE WALKING DEAD: THE ROAD TO WOODBURY (2012, co-author, with Robert Kirkman), THE WALKING DEAD: RISE OF THE GOVERNOR (2011, co-author, with Robert Kirkman), PINKERTON’S WAR (2011), PERFECT VICTIM (2008), SHATTERED (2007), TWISTED (2006), and FROZEN (2005), among many others. His work has been translated into 11 different languages, and his 2004 non-fiction debut THE SINKING OF THE EASTLAND was a Chicago Reader “Critics Choice Book” as well as the recipient of a Superior Achievement Award from the Illinois State Historical Society. His debut novel THE BLACK MARIAH was a finalist for a Bram Stoker award, and his numerous short tales and articles have been published in such magazines as THE WRITER, AMAZING STORIES, GRUE, FLESH & BLOOD, OUTRE and CEMETERY DANCE, as well as a number of anthologies.

Jay also proudly wears the hat of indie filmmaker: his music videos have been seen on The Nashville Network and Public Television, and his short film CITY OF MEN was awarded the prestigious silver plaque at the Chicago International Film Festival. In 2008, his feature-film debut, STASH (based on his short story of the same title collected in CANDY IN THE DUMPSTER), won the Gold Remi at the Houston International Film Festival and Best Comedy at the Iowa City and Queens International film festivals. STASH was shot in Chicago and stars Tim Kazurinsky (POLICE ACADEMY) and the late Marilyn Chambers (INSATIABLE), and has appeared on On-Demand nationwide in 50 million households. Jay has also worked as a screenwriter with horror legend George Romero, Will Smith’s production company Overbrook Entertainment, and Dennis Haysbert (THE UNIT).

The holder of a master’s degree in film from Columbia College Chicago, Jay currently resides in Evanston, Illinois. He is also a visiting professor at Northwestern University in their Creative Writing for the Media program, as well as the Graduate Writing Program at DePaul University. He can be reached at jaybona@aol.com

ABOUT THE NARRATOR:

More information about Julia Knippen can be found at http://www.juliaknippenvoiceovers.com

Julia Knippen is a professional voice actor specializing in broadcast television and radio commercials, as well as non-broadcast corporate narration and industrials. She also recently embarked on narrating and producing audiobooks. Her audiobook debut The Missing Year by Belinda Frisch was released on Audible, Amazon, and iTunes in April 2015, and Julia has three more currently in production and due to be released this spring and summer.

Located in Brooklyn, NY, she’s able to record onsite at any NYC-based studio as well as providing broadcast-quality audio from her own professional studio in Brooklyn via phone patch, Skype, Source Connect, or ISDN Bridge.

* Information obtained from the narrator’s website.

3 Stars for SURVIVORS: THE COMING COLLAPSE by John Wesley Rawles – AUDIOBOOK REVIEW

Cover image obtained from www.audible.com

Cover image obtained from http://www.audible.com

SURVIVORS: The Coming Collapse

Author: James Wesley Rawles

Type of Book: Audiobook – Unabridged

Length: 13 hours and 41 minutes

Narrator: Dick Hill

Genre: Fiction- Post-Apocalyptic Fiction, Prepper Fiction

Release Date: October 4, 2011

Series: Founders – Book Two

Publisher: Brilliance Audio

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐

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

This book was written as a fictional tale of what the author envisions as the inevitable collapse of the world’s economy.

I believe that the author set out to achieve two goals by writing this book. He attempted to write a compelling fiction story while also communicating to his readers tips and tricks to help them prepare for the “coming collapse.”

The problem with having two such lofty goals for a single book is that the storyline was often placed on the back-burner to go into minute detail about survival strategies. Nowhere in the story is this more readily apparent than when the author starts to go ‘on-and-on’ about guns and the individual features of each one. I understand the need for a weapon (or possibly even two) if the country were to fall into lawless chaos, however, most readers will probably not care about the make and model of their weapon. All they will care about is whether or not it is reliable and whether or not they will be able to obtain ammunition for it.

I have read quite a few different reviews for “SURVIVORS” and those reviews have been varied. It seems like readers either love this book, or they hate it. There does not seem to be a middle-ground. The major difference between my experience and the experience of the other reviewers whose comments I have read seems to be in what format they “read.” I listened to “SURVIVORS” on unabridged audiobook and I am very glad I did. I believe that I would have wanted to stop reading a few times if I was reading a paper or e-copy of this book.

The overly detailed descriptions of guns and their components struck me as tedious and boring. This is also true in the sections about religion. At times I felt like I was being told that if I was not a Christian then I would not survive. This seems simplistic to me.

I enjoyed the part of the story where Anders Lane was trying to return home from his tour of duty overseas to America and the hardships he faced on his journey.

There was another storyline that I enjoyed and that was the woman and her mother who had stockpiled seeds. (I can’t remember their names.) However, this storyline gets dropped and readers never find out if they survived or not.

The narration by Dick Hill is very well done. He has a terrific tone and his cadence and pacing are excellent.

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

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
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James Wesley Rawles was born in California in 1960.

Rawles is a former U.S. Army Intelligence officer. He is the founder and Senior Editor of SurvivalBlog.com which covers survival and preparedness topics, and has published collected material from this in two books. He also works as a survival retreat consultant and is a Constitutionalist Christian libertarian.

ABOUT THE NARRATOR:

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Dick Hill is an American audiobook narrator who has narrated over four hundred audiobooks.

When I first started listening to this audiobook I instantly knew I had heard Dick Hill’s voice before. He is perhaps best known as the narrator of author Lee Child’s “Jack Reacher” series. He has been narrating audiobooks for almost twenty years.

To learn more about this narrator visit http://www.dickhill.com

THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS by M.R. Carey – 5 Star AUDIOBOOK REVIEW

Cover image obtained from www.amazon.com

Cover image obtained from http://www.amazon.com

THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS

Author: M.R. Carey

Type of Book: Audiobook – Unabridged

Narrator: Finty Williams

Length: 13 hours and 4 minutes

Genre: Post-Apocalyptic Fiction

Release Date: June 10, 2014

Publisher: Hachette Audio

Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Holy Moly! What a terrific audiobook! I would give this a 6 Star rating if it were possible!

Narration is simply perfect and the story grabbed and held my attention from the very first sentence.

Just when I thought the post-apocalyptic genre and especially zombie fiction held no more surprises, along comes THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS!

Did I mention that I LOVED THIS AUDIOBOOK?

Well, even if I did say it already, I will say it again … I LOVED THIS AUDIOBOOK.

Melanie is the best young heroine I have read about in quite a while. She is definitely not the typical young girl that readers/listeners have come to expect. She may be different, but she is terrific.

I usually write a synopsis of each book or audiobook I review, but I am going to break that tradition for this review because I do not want to ruin the story for potential readers or listeners.

The setting is post-apocalyptic England and the author does not go into detail about what happened. She gives the listener enough information for them to figure it out on their own. As an avid reader I appreciate the fact that the author assumes her readers/listeners have enough intelligence that they do not need every tiny detail spoon-fed to us like idiots.

The character development in this audiobook is simply superb. As the story progresses, the listener cannot help but sympathize with Melanie’s situation. The same thing can be said about the character: Miss Justineau.

Dr. Caldwell is a terrific villain. It is also interesting that she can be seen as either a heroic figure or an evil monster depending on who is judging her character.

This book is not just pure entertainment (although it is extremely entertaining). It is also a treatise on what it means to be human.

This would be a terrific book to read as part of a book club. There are so many topics and scenarios that take place that are worthy of the “What Would You Do in that Situation” discussion, that this single book could be discussed at multiple book club meetings. Discussions could also arise on ethics and what actions can be justified “for the greater good.”

The narrator has an English accent, which, due to the setting of the audiobook is appropriate. There are many variations of English accents depending on which region of the UK the speaker hails from. Some accents are difficult to understand, but the accent of the narrator of this audiobook is very clear. She is quite simply brilliant and whoever it was that chose her to narrate “The Girl With All The Gifts” deserves to recognized for making the perfect choice. I will definitely be adding Finty Williams to my list of favorite narrators.

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

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Photo obtained from www.goodreads.com

Photo obtained from http://www.goodreads.com

M.R. Carey is a pen name for author Mike Carey. Mike Carey is a British writer whose work spans comics, novels, film scripts, and TV shows. After writing shorts for British sci-fi comic 2000 AD and a few one-shots for Caliber Comics during the 1990s, he was offered DC/Vertigo’s Lucifer — henceforth the longest running and most successful Sandman-related spinoff to date. While continuing to work with DC on Vertigo series like Crossing Midnight and graphic novels like God Save The Queen, he took over as lead writer for Marvel’s X-Men (now X-Men: Legacy) in 2006. His work includes DC/Vertigo’s Hellblazer, Marvel’s Ultimate Fantastic Four, the Felix Castor novels, The Steel Seraglio (with Linda and Louise Carey), and DC/Vertigo’s The Unwritten (with Peter Gross).

To find out more about M.R. Carey visit his official website at
http://www.mikeandpeter.com

ABOUT THE NARRATOR:

Photo Credit: Clara Molden

Photo Credit:
Clara Molden

Finty Williams is a 41 year old actress living with her 18 year old son, Sam in London, England.

Finty is the daughter of award-winning actress Dame Judi Dench and actor Michael Williams. She spends her weekends visiting her mother at her childhood home near Reigate in Surrey.

In a newspaper interview with “The Telegraph” Finty said “I wanted to be a dancer – which is why I’m so thrilled to be the voice of Angelina, in Angelina Ballerina – but I grew the wrong way and, when I was about 13, my leotard stopped fitting and I was turfed out of ballet class. I sort of fell into acting when I was doing my A-levels, and got offered a TV series, and then I did the whole drama school thing at Central.”

To read the entire article (written by Anna Tyzack) go to: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/mother-tongue/11031677/Judi-Denchs-daughter-to-compare-me-to-mum-is-ridiculous.html

Photo Credit:  Jonathan Hordle/Rex Features

Photo Credit:
Jonathan Hordle/Rex Features

Perhaps it is not surprising that Finty Williams became an actress since both her mother (age 80) and her father (deceased) were/are in show business, but Finty has never needed to rely on her pedigree to land roles. She has worked hard and paid her dues and landed roles based solely on her own incredible talent.

Going by her narration of “The Girl With All The Gifts” I am extremely impressed with her skills as a narrator.

PREDATORY INSTINCT by Michael McBride – AUDIOBOOK REVIEW

Cover image obtained from www.audible.com

Cover image obtained from http://www.audible.com


PREDATORY INSTINCT

Author: Michael McBride

Type of Book: Audiobook – Unabridged

Narrator: Scott Thomas

Length: 9 hours and 3 minutes

Genre: Thriller

Release Date: April 27, 2015

Publisher: Michael McBride

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Image obtained from author.michaelmcbride.net

Image obtained from author.michaelmcbride.net

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

When I read the synopsis of this story I thought it would be similar to movies I have seen of people trapped in an Arctic station and stalked by a primitive beast, but I was pleasantly surprised to be wrong.

The fossilized remains of a species never before documented is found in the Altai Mountains. The discovery causes a rush of scientists to converge on the frozen location in hopes of proving that there was a third protohuman ancestor. It would be the discovery of the century if the theory could be proven.

The unthinkable happens and the exploration team is attacked (this part is very predictable).

I do not want to give away too much of the plot, so I will not go into detail. However, I very much enjoyed listening to this audiobook.

Scott Thomas was the perfect choice to narrate this audiobook. His pacing was great and although he could have rushed when the action gets intense, he kept his voice modulated. He was able to convey urgency without rushing. I rate the narration of this audiobook as 5 out of 5 stars. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

This book is a thriller and offers the listener a “thrilling” listening experience.

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

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Author photo obtained from http://author.michaelmcbride.net

Author photo obtained from http://author.michaelmcbride.net

Michael McBride is the author of multiple award-winning thrillers.

Michael McBride is the author of more than twenty novels and novellas. His short fiction has been featured in Cemetery Dance, Dark Wisdom, Dark Discoveries, and various anthologies. He lives in Westminster, Colorado with his wife and children.

To learn more about him and the books he has written visit his official website at http://author.michaelmcbride.net

ABOUT THE NARRATOR:

Narrator photo obtained from www.amcstudios.com

Narrator photo obtained from http://www.amcstudios.com

Scott Thomas has been a voice-over professional for over twenty years. He is the founder of AMC Studios in Jacksonville, Florida.

The name AMC stands for Alex/Maddie/Carolyn – Scott’s twin daughters, and wife of over 20 years.

Scott has been performing voice-overs for over 25 years, with a wide range of styles and deliveries, from video narrations to character acting. Clients and agencies from coast-to-coast have sought Scott out for his talent, professionalism and attention to detail.

Radio and television commercials, business narrations, audio books, amusement park characters, documentaries, video game voices, website narrations, video presentations…Scott has worked with scores of recognizable names such as Disney, The Jacksonville Jaguars, General Dynamics, Coca Cola, Safetouch Security, Gate Petroleum, Lexus, Burger King, Sally Corporation, Dalton Agency, DR Horton, and so many more.

For projects that require multiple voices, Scott has a network of widely diverse talent, ranging from children to mature adults.

To learn more about Scott Thomas and to listen to many samples of his work visit http://www.amcstudios.com

DEAD CELLS by Kevin Millard – AUDIOBOOK REVIEW

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Cover image obtained from http://www.audible.com


DEAD CELLS

Author: Adam Millard

Type of Book: Audiobook – Unabridged

Narrator: Luke Smith

Length: 5 hours and 52 minutes

Genre: Zombie Fiction

Release Date: March 13, 2015

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐

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

THE STORY:

The premise of this novel is a zombie outbreak in a high security prison. Not a bad idea, but limited in scope. Despite that, I decided to give this audiobook a chance.

The main character is a regular guy named Shane. Shane has a wife and young daughter, both of whom he adores. In fact, it is his devotion to his family that eventually lands him in jail.

With the threat of being evicted and despite his diligent job-searching, Shane has been unable to provide financially for his family. In desperation and a misguided attempt to avoid receiving charity, Shane’s pride overrides his common-sense and he does something supremely stupid and very illegal.

Shane receives a three year prison sentence for his actions and the book begins when he only has three months left on his sentence.

Shane is incarcerated in one of the nation’s most notorious prisons and is constantly surrounded by murderers, rapists, gangsters
and pedophiles.

When a new inmate is brought in, carrying with him a deadly virus, Shane realises that his plans, his release, and even his life are at risk.

The sick prisoner is carrying a horrible virus which quickly spreads throughout the prison, infecting both the prisoners and the guards.

“With the virus spreading, turning guards and inmates into flesh-eating zombies, it’s up to a few survivors to figure out how to escape the facility, how to get along.”

I expected more from this audiobook than I received. The author has taken some very large liberties with the story’s logistics. For example: The warden’s office does not have a lock. I find this simply ridiculous. Of course his office door would have a lock. I highly doubt that a high security facility would be lacking in such basic security measures. Not even a simple lock on the warden’s office, and yet other areas require fingerprint scanning to enter. This makes no sense.

I did enjoy listening to the narrator’s voice, however there were some editing errors that distracted me from being able to be fully drawn into the story.

There are at least three instances where the narrator repeats himself. This is both irritating and unpredictable.

Another thing that bothered me about this audiobook was the inconsistency of the time it took for people to turn into zombies. Some inmates took hours or even overnight to change and yet others seemed to change instantly. If the author had offered some explanation for these variations it might have been more believable.

Due to the issues listed above, I rate this audiobook as 3 out of 5 stars. ⭐⭐⭐

CLASSICALLY EXPOSED by Lexi Lauderdale – AUDIOBOOK REVIEW

Cover image obtained from www.audible.com

Cover image obtained from http://www.audible.com

CLASSICALLY EXPOSED

Author: Lexi Lauderdale

Type of Book: Audiobook – Unabridged

Narrator: Audrey Lusk

Length: 35 minutes

Genre: Erotica

Release Date: July 8, 2015

Publisher: Soft Kiss Books

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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

** This short audiobook is meant for Adults Only! Listeners should be 18 or older.

Catherine has dated and bedded her fair share of men but she has grown bored of what some people call “vanilla sex.”

In her job as a paralegal she must present a professional front, but inside she harbors a desire for excitement.

She begins to search for what will fulfill her sexually. She researches various fetishes that do not appeal to her until finally she comes across forums and blogs that pertain to the fetish of exhibitionism.

She is excited to give it a try and the first time she exposes herself she realizes that she has found her niche.

Now she is continually upping the stakes in search of the ultimate exhibitionist display. That display will leave her “Classically Exposed.”

Lexi Lauderdale’s writing of this novella comes across more as self-empowerment than as smut. This is not just about sex. It is about a woman exploring exactly what she needs to experience to feel fulfilled.

The narrator, Audrey Lusk has a voice that is perfect for erotic fiction and more importantly, she does not overact.

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

DOCTOR MARS by T.A. Uner – AUDIOBOOK REVIEW

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DOCTOR MARS

Author: T.A. Uner

Type of Book: Audiobook – Unabridged

Narrator: Elizabeth Phillips

Length: 1 hour and 8 minutes

Genre: Science Fiction

Release Date: June 10, 2015

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐

* I received a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review through Audiobook Blast dot com.

This is the first episode of the Mindcop Dossiers.

DOCTOR MARS is set in the future. The story takes place on the planet of Mars which, after a century of preparation is now fully colonized. In fact, Mars houses a population of five million.

Liberty Rise works for the MCPF (Mars Colony Police Force) as a part of the Mind Cop program. She is a mutant with a unique power which she uses to help solve crimes.

When the mutilated body of a technology student is discovered it is up to Liberty to solve the crime and maybe even save the planet at the same time.

Even though this audiobook is only just over one hour in length, I enjoyed it. It provides just enough details about the Mars Colony to intrigue listeners and to pique their interest in the rest of the series.

The end of this story paves the way for the rest of the series. It does not end on a cliffhanger, it is a completed story which is something I very much appreciate. It is frustrating when an audiobook ends in the middle of a story and the listener is left waiting for the next audiobook to be released in order to finish the story.

The author has done a great job with character development, especially in such a short length of time. Listeners will feel the emotions that Liberty experiences along with her. This is due in part to good writing and in part to excellent narration skills. I would rate the narration as 4.5 out of 5 stars.

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

MEMORY’S WAKE by Selena Fenech – AUDIOBOOK REVIEW

Cover image obtained from www.audible.com

Cover image obtained from http://www.audible.com

MEMORY’S WAKE: Memory’s Wake Trilogy: Book One

Author: Selina Fenech

Type of Book: Audiobook – Unabridged

Narrator: Em Eldritch

Length: 8 hours and 48 minutes

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult Fiction

Release Date: April 17, 2015

Publisher: Fairies and Fantasy Pty Ltd

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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

This audiobook is targeted at Young Adults. I believe that it is perfect for this age group.

Listeners will find themselves immersed in a tale of adventure, fantasy, romance and full of fantastic creatures.

Sixteen years old and all alone. She has no idea where she is … or who she is and has no memories at all. She only knows that someone or something is hunting for her and that the world she has awoken in is not her own.

Lost in a world full of creatures she thought only existed in fiction, the troubled 16-year-old has to find out who she is and why her memories were stolen before she is found by those who want her dead.

She takes the name “Memory” and wants to go home. But, since she doesn’t know who or where she is, and there is no technology to be found, trying to get home is going to be extremely difficult.

Memory finds herself caught up in a world full of magic and intrigue.

I enjoyed listening to this audiobook and narrator Em Eldritch does an amazing job of distinguishing between multiple characters. She emotes like the professional she is and I would definitely listen to more audiobooks narrated by her. I rate the narration as 5 out of 5 stars.

I believe that young adult fantasy fans will love this audiobook. It would be perfect for them to listen to while at the beach or on a long car ride.

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

Memory’s Wake has it’s own website with heaps of great content, art samples and free chapters at http://www.memoryswake.com

Check out a terrific trailer for Memory’s Wake on YouTube at

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Author photo obtained from www.selenafenech.com

Author photo obtained from http://www.selenafenech.com

Selena Fenech is an Australian author and artist. You can learn more about her books and see some of her gorgeous artwork on her website at http://www.selenafenech.com

From her website:

“Born in 1981 to Australian and Maltese parents, Selina lives in Australia with her husband, unnamed cat, and a lorikeet who’s far too clever. During her life Selina has found ancient Roman treasure, survived cancer, had knights joust at her wedding, earned a living from her art, written a novel and eaten every bizarre and wonderful food put in front of her.

Once upon a time, on the night of a full moon, in a small country town in Australia a girl was born with a vast imagination. She was given the name Selina, meaning “Moon”, named after the moon that shone that night.

As a child Selina loved to read. Her favourite stories were those of myth and magic, princesses and fairies. She soon learned she had a greater love than reading when she would spend countless hours staring at the illustrations in these books, ignoring the stories told in words in preference of the stories shown by the artworks. She would study each brush stroke, marvelling that any human hand could create such beauty. The images enchanted her, bewitched her, and filled her head with magic and romance.”

ABOUT THE NARRATOR:

Em Eldritch answers a Q&A session on YouTube

DYING TO LIVE AGAIN by D.M. Raver – AUDIOBOOK REVIEW

Cover image obtained from www.audible.com

Cover image obtained from http://www.audible.com

DYING TO LIVE AGAIN

Author: D.M. Raver

Type of Book: Audiobook – Unabridged

Narrator: D, Gaunt

Length: 36 minutes

Genre: Fantasy & Science Fiction

Release Date: July 10, 2015

Publisher: Danielle Raver

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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

Since listening to the entire audiobook only took 36 minutes to complete, I was not expecting a story with a lot of depth. However, I should know by now that judging a book (or audiobook, in this case) by it’s cover or it’s length is never a good idea.

I absolutely loved this story.

DESCRIPTION FROM AUDIBLE:
It is amazing how little it takes to sell away your soul. Ten dollars and 50 cents. That’s all it took to purchase some graphics and bold fonts and 200 neon fliers from the copy store. Each invites the regulars and tourists alike to the community stage to the east of the market. There, at sundown, they are promised a show beyond their imagination.
I hand out the fliers to passersby on the street. Da would be furious. All his efforts to hide me all these years, I will destroy in one afternoon.

MY THOUGHTS:

What would you be willing to do to protect your only child?

What anguish and pain would you be willing to go through to keep that child away from harm?

What would you be willing to do to save your child’s life?

This audiobook takes a mere 36 minutes to listen to, but I guarantee you will still be thinking about it long after those 36 minutes have passed.

I do not want to ruin the story for potential listeners, so I will keep this review short. BUT, I also want to mention that the description does not do this audiobook justice.

THIS IS A MUST LISTEN. If listening to this audiobook does not cause the listener to want to talk about it with others, I would be surprised. One topic could be Quality vs. Quantity of life.

The narration is excellent. D. Gaunt was the perfect choice to narrate this book. Her tone of voice, pacing and her ability to convey emotion create a wonderful listening experience.

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

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Author photo obtained from www.amazon.com

Author photo obtained from http://www.amazon.com

D. M. Raver is a fantasy and science fiction author from America. Her first novel, BROTHER BETRAYED, was published in 2011. Hitting #1 best seller on Amazon, BROTHER BETRAYED is the story of three princes fighting to save their kingdom, and themselves. Other stories by D. M. Raver include CITY OF SILVER, a dystopian novella, and THE ENCHANTRESS, an arabian fantasy.

FIRE BORN is first in the Flight Moon Series, that follows the journey of a dragon and a young girl named Fornala.

Her next book FATE OF FIRE is scheduled to be released in 2016.