4 Stars for SICK by Jay Bonansinga – AUDIOBOOK REVIEW

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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.

5 BIG STARS for VALKYRIE: THE ROAD by Tony Bowman – BOOK REVIEW

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VALKYRIE: THE ROAD
A Novel of Post-Apocalyptic Horror

Author: Tony Bowman

Type of Book: Softcover

Genre: Post-Apocalyptic Fiction, Horror

Length: 334 pages

ISBN: 9781515051671

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

* I received a free autographed softcover copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

This is NOT your typical apocalypse. There have been books that describe a virus wiping out most of humanity, a multitude of books that describe the zombie apocalypse, and there
have been books that describe the economy collapsing or an EMP pulse that returns North America to the time of the pioneers. This book does not subscribe to any of these potential apocalyptic scenarios. Instead, Tony Bowman has imagined a supernatural wave of horror that sweeps across the nation.

Demons, vampires, werewolves, witches, voodoo practitioners, ghouls and cannibals fill the pages of this novel.

Sounds ridiculous, right? Nope! Somehow Tony Bowman has made the existance of these creatures 100% believable. In fact, their supernatural origins are almost irrelevant to the main story. You will have to read this book to “see” for yourself what I mean.

The characters are superbly written and each one has their own fully realized backstory and readers will find themselves invested in their welfare. I absolutely loved the characters and am hard-pressed to choose a single favorite. In fact, characters who do not have huge parts in the story are still written with depth and these characters are also memorable.

Cole is human. He drives a truck. On the eve of the apocalypse he finds himself in a truck stop with people he doesn’t know. Fortunately for him, one of these people is a young genius (nicknamed Monkey) who is prepared for just such an event.

Perhaps the most significant possession Monkey has is called Valkyrie – a large truck. But, this truck is far from an average eighteen wheeler. This truck could be more accurately described as a rolling fortress rather than just a mere truck.

Fast forward quite a few years. Cole and Monkey and the Valkyrie have figured out how to survive in the new world.

The demons have mostly stepped back from the running of the world. Vampires reign supreme in the cities, but outside the cities cannibals, werewolves and witches have all claimed territories of their own.

Nowhere is safe. Humans are treated like either slaves or cattle, but the crew of the Valkyrie have figured out how to make themselves indispensable to those in power.

The vampires believe that the crew are collaborators. Werewolves avoid them because of Valkyrie’s firepower. The voodoo priest also believes they are collaborators. The cannibals want to kill and eat the crew and seek to take possession of Valkyrie.

No one seems to suspect that the crew may have their own agenda. But, maybe the vampires do suspect, because Valkyrie has a new crew member … one of the most powerful vampires in the city.

Can they keep their true purpose hidden or is this the end for the Valkyrie and her crew? And what about humanity? Are humans doomed to extinction?

I am astounded by how much I enjoyed this book. This is a MUST READ for everyone who loves post-apocalyptic fiction, paranormal fiction and/or horror fiction.

I give VALKYRIE: THE ROAD a hearty 5 out of 5 stars. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

This is the second book by Tony Bowman that I have had the pleasure to read and it will definitely not be the last. I am now a fan of author Tony Bowman.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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Tony Bowman is the author of four full-length novels as well as many short stories. His short story collection entitled “Morgue Dreams and Curiouser Things” is an amazingly well written collection of seventeen short horror stories.

Tony currently lives in North Carolina with his wife, Laurie, his daughter, Sara and a hundred pound Catahoula Leopard dog.

To learn more about Tony Bowman and his books, visit https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8080065.Tony_Bowman

Check out his blog at:
http://thattonybowman.blogspot.ca

5 Stars for MORGUE DREAMS AND CURIOUSER THINGS by Tony Bowman – BOOK REVIEW

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MORGUE DREAMS and CURIOUSER THINGS

Author: Tony Bowman

Type of Book: Autographed Softcover

Genre: Short Stories, Horror

Length: 111 pages

Release Date: April 2014

ISBN: 9781499230794

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

* I received a free softcover copy of “Morgue Dreams and Curiouser Things’ from the author in exchange for an honest review.

This book is a collection of short horror fiction stories. Some of the stories were published previously in various magazines, but this is the first time they have been published as a collection.

It always amazes me how much a talented writer can pack into just a few pages of text. The seventeen stories in this collection are all exceptionally well written and even though most of them are not more than a couple pages long, somehow the author is able to suck the reader into the story.

Stories such as “Everybody’s Doing It” show the dangers of modern technology as well as the vanity and folly of people in today’s superficial world and the lengths people will go to despite the potential cost to themselves.

The story “CRITICISM” begins with: “I hate stories about vampires. No, that’s not quite strong enough. I loathe and despise stories about vampires. God knows that the bookshelves are packed full of the damnable things these days, and I loathe and despise every single one.” I love this beginning. Even though the author gives away some of the plot by making this statement, I was drawn into the story. It takes talent to say so much, with such few words and talent is something that author Tony Bowman has in abundance.

Morlocks, vampires, witches, private investigators, sexy neighbors, and much more can be found in this superbly written collection of horror themed short stories.

“These are very special low fat brownies I made for the local Weight Watchers group, Ray. Each little square has over eight thousand calories and is just as addictive as a syringe full of heroin…”

With lines like the one above, readers will enjoy the author’s delightfully wicked sense of humor that goes hand-in-hand with his diabolical mind.

I rate this collection as 5 out of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ and I highly recommend buying this book.

This is my first experience with reading anything by author, Tony Bowman, but after devouring these stories I can assure you that I will be looking to read more works by this author.

In fact, I am about to start reading VALKYRIE: THE ROAD which is a “Novel of Post-Apocalyptic Horror” which is also written by Tony Bowman.

QUOTES:

“Think about it, I just downed a gallon and a half of your pal’s blood – it’s gotta go somewhere. I don’t have a wooden leg.”

“I used the lid of a garbage can to cut off her head.”

“You wouldn’t believe how many body parts I dispose of on a daily basis. Fingers, eyes… hell, in lawn mowing season I must incinerate thirty toes a day.”

“Hilda had never liked cell phones. Leashes and leeches she would say: they tied you down and sucked away your money. What she wouldn’t have given for one of the little plastic boxes now.”

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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Tony Bowman is the author of four full-length novels as well as many short stories. His short story collection entitled “Morgue Dreams and Curiouser Things” is an amazingly well written collection of seventeen short horror stories.

Tony currently lives in North Carolina with his wife, Laurie, his daughter, Sara and a hundred pound Catahoula Leopard dog.

To learn more about Tony Bowman and his books, visit https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8080065.Tony_Bowman

Check out his blog at:
http://thattonybowman.blogspot.ca

5 Stars for FOEHAMMER by Duncan Campbell – BOOK REVIEW

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FOEHAMMER

Author: Duncan Campbell

Type of Book: Softcover

Genre: Science Fiction, Paranormal Fiction, Horror

Length: 281 pages

Release Date: December 17, 2014

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

* I received a free softcover copy of Foehammer from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Duncan Campbell has created an interesting and varied cast of unique characters. These individuals come from all over the globe and know nothing about each other, yet the fate of nations may be in their hands.

This book starts at mach speed and never lets up. Readers are taken on the ride of a lifetime. This book is impossible to put down. I was so wrapped up in the story that everything else was put on hold while I read this book.

When I read the initial description of this book on Goodreads I was interested, but, have to admit that the description does NOT do this book justice. Here is the description that is currently posted on Goodreads:

“Twenty years from now, the ice caps melt and three sinister creatures rise from the slush. A virus breaks out in a couple of Arctic naval bases, and then, even more strangely, inside the White House. The guards become animated corpses, and rescue teams are rendered helpless by a mysterious trance effect. Most US citizens seem unconcerned, but some people are watching. Underpaid academic Dr. Weaver has documents that refer to something similar happening in the time of Christ, and a group of billionaires seek him out and set him to work. With the help of a super-hacker he manages to track down a veteran who’s not susceptible to mind control. But this Sean “Jester” Solberg character is a wild card—an aggressive loner who lives with the immigrants outside the cities. The next recruit is even more unusual. Curtis Ferguson is the son of a couple of anthropologists and reportedly the world’s most powerful witch doctor. Into this bizarre, dysfunctional group is thrust Jodie Goodwin, a down-to-earth Texan girl with exceptional shooting skills. The newly formed team creep into the bunkers deep under the capital and encounter mankind’s ancient enemies. They end up fighting for survival and soon discover that their lives depend on the powers of the young, but untested, shaman.”

The above description is good and does offer a reasonable synopsis of “Foehammer” BUT this book is so much better than the synopsis leads readers to expect. Because of the complexity of the storyline and the characters, it would be impossible to summarize this reading experience in only a few words. However, I will use this review as a platform to try to explain to potential readers why I believe they should read FOEHAMMER.

Firstly, yes, this book could (technically) be considered ‘Post-Apocalyptic’ fiction, but it is definitely not the type of post-apocalyptic fiction that readers of that genre have come to expect. Instead, this book is unique and, as far as I am concerned; unique is good.

The leading characters in this book are not normal. What I mean by this is that the group of characters that Duncan Campbell has created are not your typical heroic figures. These people are flawed – some are so flawed that if you were to come across these people in everyday life, you would most likely cross the street to avoid coming anywhere near them. However, it is exactly these character flaws that make for compelling reading.

Duncan Campbell has also included social commentary into his story. When the President of the United States disappears for weeks there is very little news coverage and citizens do not seem concerned at all that the “leader of the free world” has vanished. The most watched (and reported on) events include reality television and celebrity gossip. This prompts the quote: “Maybe the rumors that the news networks didn’t have any real journalists were true.” This is a thinly veiled jab at today’s society and the skewed priorities of people in general.

This book is a mixture of horror, science fiction, action and thriller.

This is the first book in a planned trilogy and I will definitely be looking forward to reading the next two books.

I give this book a rating of 5 out of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Duncan Campbell was born and grew up in Yorkshire in the UK. After school he left York to study philosophy at the University of Sussex.

A huge dose of magic mushrooms whilst backpacking in Thailand resulted in a powerful hallucinogenic experience that awakened a strong interest in shamanism. The ‘spirit world’ sequences in the Foehammer books are drawn directly from his diary entries at that time.

5 Stars for MAN MADE MURDER by Z. Rider

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MAN MADE MURDER

Author: Z. Rider

Type of Book: ARC Softcover

Length: 298 pages

Genre: Horror, Paranormal Fiction

Release Date: October 13, 2015

Publisher: Dark Ride Publishing

Paperback Price: $16.99 USD (includes free ebook)

ISBN: 978-1-942234-02-9

Ebook Price: $5.99 USD

ISBN: 978-1-942234-03-6

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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

** MAN MADE MURDER comes out in paperback and ebook formats October 13, 2015.

When the police are unable to track down the prime suspect in his sister Sophie’s murder, Carl Delacroix decides to take matters into his own hands.

After two years of spending all his money on private investigators, Carl is broke and desperate. But he finally has a solid lead and is now hot on the killer’s trail. He is determined to take him down.

However, “…the road is dark and full of monsters, and the one he’s chasing has a deadly bite.”

Meanwhile, the band “Man Made Murder” sets out on a cross country tour. But, before the tour even begins, the lead guitarist, Dean, has a run in with a vicious biker.

This sets off a chain of events that will change all their lives forever.

Set in 1978, this book will take readers back to an era before cell phones and at the height of what we now call the classic rock era. In fact, the author includes references to several well-known songs that are playing on the radio as Carl is driving.

A night in a roadside motel cost eleven dollars, gas was fifty-nine cents a gallon and you could buy two packages of cigarettes for less than two dollars.

If you were alive in the seventies, you will love the pop-culture references included in this book. I was six years old in 1978, but I can remember that period in time being one that was almost idyllic. People were much more trusting back then, you could even say that most people were naive to the horrors that seem so commonplace today. Murders were few and far between in most places (or if they weren’t, we just didn’t hear about them like we do in today’s news saturated world.) I love that this story is set in that era.

This is the first book of The Blood Road trilogy. Book Two – DEAD TO THE WORLD is due to be released in February 2016 and the third book: BRING OUT THE DEAD will be released in June 2016.

I thoroughly enjoyed MAN MADE MURDER. Just when I thought I had the plot all figured out, author Z. Rider threw in a terrific twist. Once I settled back into the story and was sure I knew where the story was heading – WHAM – another twist. I LOVE IT! It is rare that I am completely surprised by a plot twist, but this time I definitely did not see it coming.

This book starts off at breakneck speed and the action never lets up. In fact, even the scenes where character building is the obvious goal, fly by.

This book is one you will not want to put down. I read the entire book in twenty-four hours.

Everyone will be able to relate to at least one of the characters in the book, and readers will find themselves sometimes rooting for the character that maybe they should be hating. It takes a skilled writer to create characters that are so compelling and believable.

This book made me wish that the second book was already available. I have signed up for the author’s newsletter just so I can get my hands on the next book in the series as soon as possible.

So, if you love horror fiction and you love great characters and terrific story-building, this book is for you.

I enthusiastically rate “Man Made Murder” by Z. Rider as 5 out of 5 Stars. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Add this book to your ‘Must Read” list and mark October 13th on your calendar to be one of the first people to get your hands on a copy of this great horror book.

I have read two other books by Z. Rider – INSYLUM and SUCKERS and I loved them both. Reviews for all of Z. Rider’s books can be found on my blog.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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Z. Rider is the author of SUCKERS as well as INSYLUM. The second and third books in the Blood Road trilogy will be released in 2016.

Z. Rider grew up in New Hampshire and now lives in the mountains in Tennessee with her husband and two dogs.

To learn more about her visit http://www.zriderwriter.com

PREDATORY INSTINCT by Michael McBride – AUDIOBOOK REVIEW

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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 ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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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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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. ⭐⭐⭐

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

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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.

LYNCH: A Gothik Western by Nancy A Collins – AUDIOBOOK REVIEW

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LYNCH: A Gothik Western

Author: Nancy A. Collins

Type of Book: Audiobook – Unabridged

Narrator: Lucas D Smith

Genre: Western, Historical Fiction, Horror

Length: 3 hours, 15 mins

Release Date: October 9, 2012

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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

This audiobook tells the story of Johnny Pearl. Think you can predict the tale? Think again!

Johnny had been a soldier in the American Civil War. When the war ended, he had nothing to go home to and instead made a name for himself as a gunslinger.

He was just going through the motions of living until the day he met Katie Small Dove.

Katie helped Johnny face his demons and the two were married. For the first time in a very long time Johnny was happy. He quit his outlaw life as a famous gunslinger to become a homesteader. Katie and Johnny were truly happy and were looking forward to the birth of their first child. “Johnny Pearl’s idyllic new world is suddenly and irrevocably shattered by the arrival of Captain Antioch Drake, a psychotic cavalry officer determined to avenge the recent massacre at Little Big Horn. Within minutes of Drake and his men arriving, the homestead is ablaze, his wife and unborn child cruelly slain, and Johnny left to hang from a cottonwood.”

That should be the end of the story, right? WRONG! It is at this point in the audiobook where it takes a decidedly “Gothik” turn.

A medicine-show wagon arrived on the scene shortly after the attack. The driver was a man known as Doc Mirablis who had once been a friend and colleague of Victor Von Frankenstein.

I was not sure what to expect from this audiobook, although I admit I was intrigued by the concept. I knew that I would either love this story or I would hate it; there would be no middle ground. I am happy to report that the former is true: I Loved It!

Narrator Lucas D Smith was the perfect choice for this audiobook. His raspy, deep voice evokes pictures in the listener’s mind of a rough’n’tumble soldier/cowboy from bygone days. Lucas D Smith also does a spectacular job with both pacing and inflection. I will definitely be adding him to my “Favorite Narrators” list.

As for author Nancy A. Collins, she has a knack for blending two seemingly incompatible genres and creating something entirely unique. As far as I am concerned, achieving just the right balance requires a vast amount of skill, yet somehow Nancy A. Collins made it seem flawless.

Both the narration and the writing deserve 5 out of 5 stars. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

This audiobook will appeal to a wide audience, including fans of Westerns, Historical Fiction, Horror, Gothic and Zombie Fiction.

To watch a video of the first part of this audiobook go to:

BADASS ZOMBIE ROAD TRIP by Tonia Brown – AUDIOBOOK REVIEW

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BAD ASS ZOMBIE ROAD TRIP

Author: Tonia Brown

Type of Book: Audiobook – Unabridged

Narrator: John Voorhees

Length: 10 hours, 15 minutes

Genre: Zombie Fiction

Release Date: February 20, 2015

Publisher: Tonia Brown

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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

** This audiobook is not suitable for listeners under the age of eighteen, nor is it suitable for people who are easily offended or who dislike profanity and crude sexual descriptions.

With that said, this audiobook is hilarious. It is a mixture of horror and comedy. The author mixes those two genres in a way that will have listeners laughing out loud.

Jonah and his best friend, Dale set out on a road trip to Reno, Nevada. They have booked a gig at a Reno casino for one night. The two friends are a duo and they are not very talented, but they love to perform.

Dale tells Jonah that the only place he can’t go is to California, but he won’t say why or what would happen if he did go there.

With a couple days to spare before their gig, as they are Driving towards Reno, Dale falls asleep. Jonah decides to help his friend face his fears and to drive into California while Dale sleeps.

As soon as they cross the border their lives take an unexpected turn for the bizarre.

Suddenly they are on a road trip that involves a zombie, a stripper and Satan himself.

If something can go wrong, it does and Dale and Jonah find themselves in a race for their immortal souls.

This is NOT your average zombie story. It is unique. I know that people say that word a lot: “unique”. But this book truly is.

The narration is excellent. John Voorhees has talent in spades. Each character’s voice is so distinctive that listeners will assume that there is more than just one narrator. His pacing is spot-on and he definitely has a flair for the dramatic. His depiction of the voice of Satan contains the perfect mix of condescension, disdain and casual evil. I will definitely seek out more books narrated by John Voorhees.

If you are a fan of dark comedy, this audiobook is for you.

I rate BAD ASS ZOMBIE ROAD TRIP as 5 out of 5 stars. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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Tonia Brown is a southern author with a penchant for Victorian dead things. She lives in the backwoods of North Carolina with her genius husband and an ever fluctuating number of cats. She likes fudgesicles and coffee, though not always together. When not writing she raises unicorns and fights crime with her husband under the code names Dr. Weird and his sexy sidekick Butternut.

To learn more and to view her other titles, visit http://www.toniabrownauthor.com

ABOUT THE NARRATOR:

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John Voorhees (besides being an amazing audiobook narrator) is a singer, songwriter and podcast producer.

To learn more about him visit http://johnvoorhees.com/

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