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  • Team A.L.P.H.A., Book 1
  • By: Susi Hawke, Crista Crown
  • Narrated by: Peter B. Brooke
  • Length: 3 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

 

Preston Tierney, the omega son of a prominent senator, has been taken by a secret group with an ax to grind. Party boy Preston was just out looking for a good time until he was grabbed - plucked right from a party in the middle of a crowd. When he wakes up, he finds himself caged like an animal in a remote cabin far from home.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved the book and Loved the Audio

  • By Nsi on 27-07-18

Hoping the ebook is better

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-07-18

So the concept of this was good but the execution was flawed in two ways. Firstly the narrator had the oddest pauses throughout his dialogue, and if I hadn't agreed to review it I might well have given up after the first 1hr & 20 mins of listening to him. Secondly by the author/s. So I've read Susi Hawke and enjoyed her writing in the past, therefore am inclined to think it was Crista Crown's influence that made the story so cheesy and cringe worthy, though I could be wrong. It started off fine (as long as I put up with the odd style of narration) and the story was going well but suddenly it just sped up and rushed through the second half of the story without anything substantial for me to enjoy.

I have the other books in this series on my ereader and I intend to give the next one a try, to see if it was just the narration that threw me off or if it was truly the fault of the writing too.

  • Star Child

  • Places of Power
  • By: Leonard Petracci
  • Narrated by: Will M. Watt
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 85
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 79

Powers are determined by geographic birth locations, and only the rich and powerful are permitted access to prized sites. SC is the first person born in space. The punishment for unauthorized births is death. Out of fear, SC keeps his strange abilities as his darkest secret. But when his mother is kidnapped by an unknown organization, SC has no choice but to act.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • okay if you are 11

  • By Amazon Customer on 20-01-18

A Superhero story like they used to be.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-02-18

If, like me, you can't resist a good superhero story then look no further than this one. It has kept me glued to my seat (forgetting to actually do my knitting) whilst listening to it. Between the wonderful story that Leonard Petracci has written and the passionate way Will M Watt narrates it listening has turned into a few hours of sheer pleasure. The characters are believable and their powers were well worked out and explained. The voices for each character were each very distinctive so I never had any trouble knowing who was speaking. I wish I could say more but I most likely would end up giving spoilers and I don't want to do that, so instead, I'll just say go buy it (or it's in both paperback and kindle if you don't do audio) and be prepared for a superhero story to rival any of the classics.

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  • The Half-Assed Wizard

  • Volume 1
  • By: Gary Jonas
  • Narrated by: Joe Hempel
  • Length: 4 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3

A couple of jerks wake me up at the crack of noon. Seems my klepto uncle stole an ancient deck of Tarot cards from a high-powered wizard, and too many losers want to ruin my day to get them back. The cards are cool, so I check them out, but my magic-happy cousin, Sabrina, tells me I'm not supposed to touch them. Oops. Too late. Now the damn cards are tuned to me, and if someone else wants to use them, I have to die. Why couldn't she have led with that information?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fun and interesting start to a new series

  • By C. Rowlands on 18-10-17

Four and a half hours of fun.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-09-17

Both author and narrator are new to me but they certainly kept me entertained for four and a half hours with this wonderful Urban Fantasy. The main character was not one that I would normally enjoy at all, but somehow I found myself wanting him to succeed and beat the bad guys. I think that both the writer and the narrator were instumental in making me feel this way, and I'm not sure if I would have enjoyed the book half as much as I did, without Joe Hempel bringing Gary Jonas' words to life. I highly recommend both narrator and author to anyone looking for an entertaining, whimsical, and intense Urban Fantasy read.

  • Dawn of Procyon

  • Distant Suns, Book 1
  • By: Mark R. Healy
  • Narrated by: Travis Baldree
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

Seventeen years after it began, the interstellar war has taken its toll: the inhabitants of Earth are desperate to find a way to defeat the Argoni, a merciless and horrifying alien race. Light-years away from the fighting, mechanic Landry Stanton lives a peaceful, mundane life on the desolate planet Procyon One, and that's just the way he likes it. But when an unauthorized trip to the other side of the planet leaves him shipwrecked and stranded alongside a hostile alien that wants him dead, Landry discovers a terrifying secret.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Anticlimax in the Procyon system

  • By STARGAZER on 06-12-17

Enjoyable Science Fiction

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-08-17

This seems like a great book for fans of The Martian or other such 'seat of the pants survival in hostile enviroments' stories. This one has the added advantage of also having alien enemies to try and defeat whilst trying to survive in that hostile enviroment. I certainly enjoyed listening to it. Travis Baldree has the kind of voice that keeps you chained to your seat and unwilling to move in case you miss something exciting. I only have one major issue with it, but it's a good thing I knew from the title that it was part of a series, because it finished with too much of the story still to go - not exactly a cliffhanger but almost one.

  • The Necromancer's Dilemma

  • The Beacon Hill Sorcerer, Book 2
  • By: SJ Himes
  • Narrated by: Joel Leslie
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31

Angel's brother, Isaac, has returned home, and the pair begins to make slow and awkward attempts back to each other. Learning how to be a brother to a grown man instead of a parental figure has Angel adjusting his behaviors and habits, and Isaac still remains a mystery. Was it merely entering adulthood that turned Isaac away from an overprotective Angel, or does Isaac carry a secret that will keep them from finally being a real family?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic Story beautifully written

  • By Jackie Thorogood on 06-08-17

Already wanting book 3

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-08-17

I loved this book. The author wrote a wonderful, interesting story and the narrator brought it to life with passion that was felt with every word - there's a reason he is one of my favourite narrators. I really hate having to wait for book 3 (at least I hope there will be a book 3) but, until then, I shall search out more SJ Himes or Joel Leslie stuff..

  • Powers of the Six

  • Emissary of Light, Book 1
  • By: Kristal Shaff
  • Narrated by: Gary Furlong
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6

For hundreds of years, dark clouds covered the skies of Adamah, and an ageless king ruled. Those who emerged with one of six extraordinary Shay powers were forced into the king's army, an unmatched force with inhuman strength, speed, accuracy, perception, empathy, and healing. With the army behind him, the king - a man who wields all six abilities - was invincible and unquestioned in his rule.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • .Magic,Myth,Magnificent .

  • By Amy on 07-06-17

Epic Fantasy is reborn

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-04-17

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. I had to give this one my highest rating because it was a story that pulled you in from word one and didn't let you go until the end. Both the author and the narrator did a wonderful job. The author in creating a world so well that you feel as if you are living there and the narrator for bringing it to life with such passion. The whole thing was reminiscent of the best of the sword and sorcery epic stories such as The Drenai Saga, The Earthsea Trilogy, Elric, or Tales of the Eternal Champion yet it is also so fresh and new that it was a lovely change to read it and know that there are more of the same to come.

  • Jaxson

  • River Pack Wolves, Book 1
  • By: Alisa Woods
  • Narrated by: Dougles Berger, Delisha Forest
  • Length: 5 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

Three brothers. Three secrets. One hope to save the shifters of Seattle. Former SEAL Jaxson River would give his life for his brothers and his pack, but if he doesn't claim a mate soon, he'll be forced to step down as their alpha. There's only one problem: Jaxson's dark secret would kill any mate he claimed. With someone kidnapping shifters off the street - and only Jaxson and his brothers, Jace and Jared, to stop them - now is not the time for his secret to come out.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • First in paranormal series brought to life!

  • By Splashes Into Books on 11-04-17

Might have liked it more with just one narrator.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-04-17

I really liked the story and look forward to listening to more River Pack Wolves in the future. Unfortunately I would have liked it even better with just one narrator as I found it distracting to have two, especially when they narrated the voices for the other characters as this resulted in each character having two different voices.

  • The Necromancer's Dance

  • The Beacon Hill Sorcerer, Book 1
  • By: SJ Himes
  • Narrated by: Joel Leslie
  • Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45

Angelus Salvatore is the only necromancer in all of Boston, and his name is whispered warily by the undead and fellow sorcerers alike. He and his brother Isaac are the lone survivors of an attack by an army of the undead, in which Angel used a spell so powerful it forever marked his place in history. Now, years later, Angel struggles to balance his career as a teacher of the higher magical arts, his role as big brother, and a tenuous relationship with an Elder vampire from the local clan.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Vampires. A Necromancer.

  • By Anonymous User on 11-10-17

Loved it and want more of the same.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-04-17

“I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook .” I really enjoyed the world building in this story and was captivated by the narrator's skill at giving each character a distinct voice and, in the case of one of them, with a very believable Irish accent. I really enjoyed the magic and the way the author brought it to life with the descriptions of the incantations and imagery. I really want to say so much more but am too frightened of giving away spoilers to do so. Let's just say if you enjoy stories with magic, action, intrigue and romance with a dash of hot sex and even hotter vampires then this is the one for you.

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  • Drop Team Zero

  • By: Jake Bible
  • Narrated by: Andrew B. Wehrlen
  • Length: 7 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

With the War treaty signed, the Galactic Fleet is now on permanent stand down. But a treaty doesn't mean an end to the violence, corruption, piracy, or tyranny in the galaxy. The Galactic Fleet's solution is a crack team of Special Ops Marines: Drop Team Zero. Made up of the absolute fighting best from humans, alien races, hybrids, and even AI androids, Drop Team Zero is called on to handle the worst of the worst, missions that others would tag as pure suicide. But when Drop Team Zero arrives, the only threat of suicide is for the ones that stand in their way.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • "That didn't go as well as I'd hoped."

  • By Norma Miles on 05-03-17

Modernised 50's comic book story

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-02-17

“I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.” This was an interesting story with plenty of action and some really freaky aliens. It kind of reminded me of the sci-fi comic books I used to read as a child (like Buck Rogers or Flash Gordon) all good guys will always win and all bad guys always lose. Luckily the author made his females more kick ass than they were back then and the bad guys didn't always lose making it a little bit more acceptable to me. The narrator did a great job keeping the fast paced action going without the listener losing track of who was speaking (which I hate when it happens). Unfortunately the whole thing ended with a lot of unanswered questions and a new mission on the boards so I was a little surprised when the words 'The End' were spoken. As most of my readers know I HATE cliffhangers and that one really threw me and I'm not sure if I'll get any more from this author in case all his books are like that. Maybe I'll try the next one when it comes out and be pleasantly surprised when it doesn't have a cliffhanger?

  • Terminus

  • Fringe Worlds, Book 1
  • By: Kevin Hardman
  • Narrated by: Mikael Naramore
  • Length: 8 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

Master Sergeant Gant Maker was a highly decorated and well-respected marine - until his last mission left him as the sole survivor of an encounter with a vicious race called the Vacra. Served up as a scapegoat and drummed out of the military, he has since lived a life of seclusion with only an adopted alien as a companion. Now the Vacra have returned.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I want book two.

  • By I. Fenton on 17-02-17

I want book two.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-02-17

“I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.”
I said yes to reviewing this because I can never get enough really good, military style, Science Fiction stories, and I had never read anything by this author,so thought it worth trying. I am so glad I did, it was a wonderful story and I hated having to pause it to let the dog out for her business. I really liked the realistic feel to the military aspects and the aliens were all well thought out. In fact after Maker my favourite Character was his alien sidekick.
I am definitely adding Kevin Hardman to my future autobuys. And as for the narrator, I'm off to see what else he's done as I truly love his style and all the distinctive Character voices he does.
I truly hope that there is a book two coming out in audio soon as I would love to revisit with all the Characters and enjoy their adventures.

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