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  • Blackout

  • By: Peter Jay Black
  • Narrated by: Andy Cresswell
  • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7

The world's most lethal computer virus has been unleashed into cyberspace, and now the Urban Outlaws - five tough kids dedicated to justice - must destroy it. Leader Jack knows that they have to shut it down before it throws the world into chaos. But how can he find a virus that might be anywhere, and everywhere?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Must have for fans

  • By Michelle on 30-03-16

Must have for fans

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

Reviewed: 30-03-16

Blackout is the second book in the Urban Outlaw series by Peter Jay Black. I loved reading this when it was published last year, so getting to listen to this book is just an added bonus.

Blackout picks up after the events in Urban Outlaws, the gang is still trying to find the virus that was accidentally let lose, they hack into a variety of places, using more gadgets and ingenious ideas to do this. The hunt for the virus isn't exactly hassle free, but it also takes a while for the outlaws to find each new location.One problem that arises comes in the form of another hacker called Hector. Hector is an enigma, and you can never be quite sure if you trust him or not. Sometimes he helps the Urban Outlaws out in a sticky situation, and other times he just seems off.

For me, Blackout was just as good as the previous book, and Peter Jay Black really knows how to draw you in and keep you reading. I love some of the adventures the Urban Outlaws get up to, especially when it means helping out one of thier own. I love how this team works together, not only in being prepared to take the fall for another member, but also making sure family is safe and provided for.

Narration
I had issues with the previous book, the narrator just didn't really work for me. Blackout is still narrated by the same person, yet this time not only does he sound different (I had to check it was the same person) but he also works better for me.

Final Verdict
Blackout was another audiobook that I devoured, I enjoyed this one much more than the previous book, and I've nearly finished listening to the next installment already.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper

  • Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper Series #1
  • By: J. L. Bryan
  • Narrated by: Carla Mercer-Meyer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 29

Ellie Jordan's job is to catch and remove unwanted ghosts. Part detective, part paranormal exterminator, Ellie operates out of Savannah, Georgia - the most haunted city in the United States. When a family contacts her to deal with a disturbing presence in the old mansion they've recently purchased, Ellie first believes it to be a typical, by-the-book specter, a residual haunting by a restless spirit. Instead she finds herself confronting an evil that is older and more powerful than she'd ever expected.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Spooky and mysterious read

  • By Michelle on 23-12-15

Spooky and mysterious read

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

Reviewed: 23-12-15

Anyone who follows me knows I am a big fan of these books, and each new installment gets devoured as soon as possible. I love being scared and Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper has the perfect blend of paranormal, some humour, and story line. When I saw Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper on audible I knew I had to have this. Even though I have read the series so far, I like getting to hear the story through someone else.

I went into Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper knowing what to expect, but when I began listening to it I realised I had forgotten a few little bits of the story near the beginning, but I was able to piece the bits together quite easily. The plot to this story is just as good the second time around, but with someone else doing the reading it somehow made it just that much better.

Audiobooks are what I listen to at night, and looking back Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper probably wasn't the best option, especially when I continued to hear noises which I thought was my cat, only to look around and have no cat in the room. I loved everything about Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper, and although my review queue is long for audiobooks, I still can't believe I have to wait another month to get my credits back to pick up the next installment in this series.

The Narrator
Carla Mercer-Meyer narrated really well for Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper. I was really drawn into the story and I fell in love with her interpretation of Stacey.

Final Verdict
I think I love the audiobook more than the book itself, it has a way of drawing you in and really feeling the environment and atmosphere of the hauntings. I can't wait to add to my collection and jump into this series again via audio.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Renegade

  • The Silver Blackthorn Trilogy, Book 2
  • By: Kerry Wilkinson
  • Narrated by: Kat Rose-Martin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

Silver Blackthorn is on the run. She fled Windsor Castle with 11 other teenagers, taking with her something far more valuable than even she realizes: knowledge. With the entire country searching for the missing offerings, Silver must keep them all from the vicious clutches of King Victor and the Minister Prime. Until now, no one has escaped the king and lived to tell the tale. Or have they? With expectations weighing heavily on the girl with the silver streak in her hair, will she ever find her way home?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved every minute of it

  • By Michelle on 11-06-15

Loved every minute of it

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

Reviewed: 11-06-15

I have loved this series from the moment I first read Reckoning. When I listened to the audiobook for Reckoning I loved it, and went onto Renegade with Kat's voice in my head as Silver. When I got the chance to review an audiobook of Renegade I could not download it fast enough.

I really don't want to repeat myself too much with this review for Renegade, with my original review of the book on my blog. Going into Renegade I already knew what was going to happen in the end, but hearing them instead of reading them made them feel like a new event. I loved how it felt like it was a new story for me, how I was just as nervous as my first read of it. The Renegade audiobook sits proudly next to Reckoning, and I am really looking forward to listening to this series again once the next book has been published.

The Narration
My review of Reckoning shows how much I loved Kat's narration for this series, and Renegade was no exception. To me she is the voice of Silver, and now when I read the books it's Kat I hear. When I was tweeting my progress for Renegade to Kerry, he told me that Kat's finest moment came near the end. Not only is Kat possibly the best person to bring Silver to life, but Kerry was also right.
I knew what was coming, I knew the ending of this book and how it all played out, but having Kat tell me the story, listening to her voice and the emotion she puts into it made it a new experience. I cried......on the bus.....on my way to work.

Final Verdict
Renegade is just as good as an audio as it is in a paperback. I loved every minute of this book and often found myself listening to it for 'just 30 minutes more' at stupid hours of the morning on a work night.

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  • Jesper Jinx and the Sneezing Season

  • Jesper Jinx, Book 2
  • By: Marko Kitti
  • Narrated by: Peter Baker
  • Length: 1 hr and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2

Jesper Jinx is eleven, and probably the unluckiest person in all of Puffington Hill. Everything he touches seems to end up in sweet disaster. Hence his nickname "Jinx".It's Spring time in Puffington Hill, and the most unforgettable Sneezing Season ever for Jesper! In this book, packed full of new wonderfully wicked adventures, you're going to get to know Chloe, Jesper's long time future-girlfriend, and meet a Purple Buzzard from the tropical island of Buzzupurplu.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Just as good as the first book

  • By Michelle on 08-03-15

Just as good as the first book

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

Reviewed: 08-03-15

My Thoughts
Jesper Jinx is back in the second audiobook of the series, Jesper Jinx and the Sneezing Season. I made a start on listening to this one immediately after finishing the previous audiobook, so I was aware of both the story itself and the narration.

Jesper Jinx and the Sneezing Season was exactly how I remember it, but made even more funny by the narration and the little touches to the story. Like the previous book this has the verbal confidentiality agreement, but there are also fine details in small print, this was portrayed with mumbling that it very indistinguishable, just like fine print can be, this certainly made me laugh and had me straining to really hear what was being said.

Narration
Already warmed up to the narrator I went into Jesper Jinx and the Sneezing Season aware of what the narrator sounded like, and also the timing of his speech. I found myself enjoying Jesper Jinx and the Sneezing Season more than the previous audiobook and I think this helped me enjoy it more, and be less picky about the narration.

Final Verdict
Jesper Jinx and the Sneezing Season was a more enjoyable book than the previous, I think I even liked this more than the book itself. This is another perfect story for children to listen to on short journeys and will keep then entertained.

  • Jesper Jinx

  • By: Marko Kitti
  • Narrated by: Peter Baker
  • Length: 1 hr and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2

Jesper Jinx is eleven, and probably the unluckiest person in all of Puffington Hill. Everything he touches seems to end up in sweet disaster. Hence his nickname 'Jinx'. In this first book of Jesper Jinx's wonderfully wicked adventures you're going to meet Jesper's family and Snowy the Cat. Also, there's a mysterious new classmate with a moustache. And it's up to Jesper to launch his famous Boredom Breaker. What harm would it do to have a little fun?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Short but enjoyable read

  • By Michelle on 08-03-15

Short but enjoyable read

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

Reviewed: 08-03-15

My Thoughts
When I was offered Jesper Jinx as an audiobook to review I did not hesitate in saying yes. I already knew I like the book, so getting to listen to it only added another aspect to this story, leaving me wanting to know what it would sound like.
Jesper Jinx is only 1 hour and 17 minutes long, so it didn't take too long to make my way through this book. The story itself was just as funny as I remember it to be, and I was also surprised I had forgotten a few things that happened, so it was almost like listening to a new book.

One little thing that I really liked was the transfer from physical book to audio. The physical book has a page to sign for a confidentiality agreement, but the audio still has this option, only change to a voice recognition that the author supposedly records on tier end. I think this would really appeal to children listening to this book and make them interact with the book.

Narration
I was initially unsure about the narration. I don't really know who the narrator, Peter Black, was when I went into this book, and it did take me a while to actually warm up to his reading style. There were a few parts that I think could have done with a longer pause, or parts that felt like the pause was too long or just didn't fit into the sentence itself.

Final Verdict
Going into Jesper Jinx I knew I would enjoy the story itself, but it took me a while to warm up to the narration, and with the book being so small, by the time I warmed up to him the book was nearly over. This is the only reason why I didn't give Jesper Jinx four stars.
Overall though, Jesper Jinx was an enjoyable book and is perfect for small journeys with children.

  • Beautiful Disaster

  • By: Jamie McGuire
  • Narrated by: Emma Galvin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 225
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154

The new Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn’t drink or swear, and she has the appropriate number of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance from the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend, her path to a new beginning is quickly challenged by Eastern University's Walking One-Night Stand. Travis Maddox, lean, cut, and covered in tattoos, is exactly what Abby needs—and wants—to avoid.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Really not my thing

  • By Justine on 27-05-13

Loved It

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

Reviewed: 19-01-15

Beautiful Disaster is one I already own in paperback, but knew I wanted the audiobook too. I think I preferred the audiobook over the physical book. Listening to this left me with a lot of late nights going to bed on a work day, I just needed to listen to '30 minutes more'.

I already have the next book on my ipod now.

  • Reckoning

  • The Silver Blackthorn Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Kerry Wilkinson
  • Narrated by: Kat Rose-Martin
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

In the village of Martindale, hundreds of miles north of the new English capital of Windsor, sixteen-year-old Silver Blackthorn takes the Reckoning. This coming-of-age test not only decides her place in society, Elite, Member, Inter or Trog, but also determines that Silver is to become an Offering for King Victor. But these are uncertain times and no one really knows what happens to the teenagers who disappear into Windsor Castle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic Listen

  • By Michelle on 19-01-15

Fantastic Listen

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

Reviewed: 19-01-15

The Story
I went into this audiobook already knowing what to expect about the story itself. What I love about audiobooks though is having a new take on things, listening to someone else tell the story, and discovering things you missed or forgot about. The Reckoning is a test that all 16 year olds on the 1st July have to take, which determines which section they belong to, Trogs, Intermediates, Elites, or Members. From this group of teenagers, a few are selected to be an Offering, someone who is sent to Windsor castle to stay. What happens to these offerings no-one knows except that they never to see family of friends again. Reckoning follows Silver as she travels to Windsor castle as an Offering herself.

The Narrator
I love the narrator, Kat Rose-Martin. Her accent to me fits perfectly with the story and the area that Silver comes from. She really brings the characters to life, and just like the book, I could not put this down. My usual sleep routine is listening to a book for about an hour, Reckoning was one I had on for just "half an hour more". Thankfully I was off work over Christmas so my very late nights listening to Reckoning meant I didn't get too tied for work.
Reckoning audiobook is the perfect blend of story and narration mixed into one, and I really hope that Kat Rose-Martin gets to narrate the next book.

Final Verdict
Loved every second of this book and I know it will be one I listen to time and time again.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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    Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
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  • FREE PRODUCT: The Child

  • An Audible Drama
  • By: Sebastian Fitzek
  • Narrated by: Rupert Penry-Jones, Jack Boulter, Emilia Fox, and others
  • Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 35

My name is Simon. I’m 10 years old. I’m a serial killer. Robert Stern (Rupert Penry-Jones), a successful defense attorney, doesn’t know what lies in store for him when he agrees to meet a new client in a derelict estate on the outskirts of Berlin. Stern is more than surprised, when his old love interest and professional nurse Carina (Emilia Fox) presents him a ten year old boy as his new client. Simon (Jack Boulter), a terminally ill child, who is convinced he has murdered many men in a previous life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Recommended!

  • By Lee Gardner on 24-08-15

Suspenceful and mysterious book

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

Reviewed: 30-07-14

I have not really heard of this author, so when I was asked to review The Child I had to do a bit of research first. Once that was done I quickly replied with a yes. The synopsis of this book is very intriguing, and I needed to know what it was all about. The minute it was downloaded I did not hesitate to make a start on it and I am pretty sure The Child is responsible for some strange dreams I had whilst going to sleep listening to this. I was hooked, plain and simple.

The Plot
The minute I began listening to The Child I was hooked. The addition of Simon and his strange memories of having murdered people before he was born was an interesting twist and I had to know the truth behind it. The story has so many twists and turns I was constantly trying to guess, not only what would happen, but also who was up to what. There were parts during The Child that I felt sick to my stomach with nerves, and then others relieved over what had happened. The ending of the book was not something I expected, and I will admit I actually shed a tear over two things that happened. Sebastian has done an amazing job at keeping you guessing, but also keeping you hooked and wanting to know more. The revelation over who this creepy voice was shocked me, not once did I guess it was this person.

The Narration
This is the second audiobook I have listened to that is dramatised, and I found myself really enjoying it. I liked how the main characters were all narrated by different people, adding an little bit of extra feeling to them. The narration of The Child was done perfectly, the characters, the background noises, everything, even down to the suspenseful music between chapters.

Overall
Overall I thoroughly enjoyed The Child, even with the strange dreams. It is a great blend of mystery, suspense, secrets, and betrayal. The Child is a must 'read'.

  • Dreams of Gods and Monsters

  • Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy, Book 3
  • By: Laini Taylor
  • Narrated by: Kristin Hvam
  • Length: 18 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 334
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 313
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 310

Common enemy, common cause. When Jael's brutal seraph army trespasses into the human world, the unthinkable becomes essential, and Karou and Akiva must ally their enemy armies against the threat. It is a twisted version of their long-ago dream, and they begin to hope that it might forge a way forward for their people. And, perhaps, for themselves. But there are bigger threats than Jael in the offing. A vicious queen is hunting Akiva, and, in the skies of Eretz...something is happening.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • magical entrancing writing at its best.

  • By Amazon Customer on 16-09-17

Great conclusion to this series

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

Reviewed: 26-05-14

When I got the chance to listen an audiobook version of Dreams Of Gods and Monsters I jumped at the chance, one because I really really need to find out how this series ends, but also being an audiobook would mean I didn't have to carry around a monster of a book to read it.

THE PLOT
Dreams Of Gods and Monsters is the third and final book in the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series and has been on my wish list since I finished the second book. What I didn't realise when I accepted this book is how long it actually is, 18 hours!!!!!!, so this has taken a lot longer than usual to actually finish. When I began listening to Dreams Of Gods and Monsters I wish I had time to read the first two books again, with such a big world in this series I was immediately lost over who was who, with only Karou and Zuzanna being the characters I knew with certainty. Regardless of my confusion I continued to listen, and after a while I began to piece some of the pieces together, but it wasn't until I was in the second part of this audiobook that I knew with certainty that I had all the characters labelled in my head correctly.

Dreams Of Gods and Monsters is tense, nervous, and full of action. Every twist and turn in the journey only held more suspense, I never knew what was coming or what would happen, I couldn't even map out possible results to anything. Would this truce hold? Would Karou be successful in her mission? Who is Eliza and what role does she play in this story?

Dreams of Gods and Monsters was an epic listen, in all aspects, and I enjoyed every second of it. My only issue is the ending. The lead up towards this was great (not going into detail about this one), but after everything that has happened, everything that Karou and Akiva have gone through, I wanted a more final ending, a more real 'This is the End', and less of a 'Fade to Black'.

THE NARRATOR
Kristin Hvam narrates Dreams of Gods and Monsters, and she does an amazing job of it. My favourite 'voice' has to be Razgut, the way she portrays him reminds me of another fictitious character from another series, and she made it so easy to imagine him in my head. Each character as easy to differentiate from the other, even down to a slight change in accent or pitch in voice. She has done a great job of drawing you into the book and making you want to keep listening.

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  • The Rock 'n' Roll Diaries, Part 1: Making It

  • By: Jamie Scallion
  • Narrated by: Jamie Scallion
  • Length: 5 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

A winner, a loser, a leader, a loner. The Rock 'n' Roll Diaries. One Mission: To be the biggest band on the planet. When Burt decides he must start a rock band to win the love of Bex, he is forced to assemble a quartet of teenage opposites. The RockAteers are born. It must work, and not just for Burt's sake. Egg has spent his life on the outside looking in, Tea needs to evade a tough future and Clipper wants more than a fast track to football academy. When Egg reveals his song-writing genius, the only way is up...

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A tad predictable

  • By Clement on 23-03-14

amazing audiobook

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

Reviewed: 06-09-13

I can honestly say I have never enjoyed an audiobook as much as this one.  When I was contacted about reviewing Making It (The Rock 'n' Roll Diaries) I had not heard anything about the book or the author, after doing some quick research, quick because one glance at the synopsis had me wanting to read the book, I quickly replied with a big YES PLEASE.  From the minute I began listening to Making It (The Rock 'n' Roll Diaries) I was hooked.  Making It is the perfect audiobook, with an excellent narrator, background noises (traffic, typing, rustling bushes), and even music to go with the songs being written and played by the band.  There is so much about this audiobook that I am going to split my review into different sections in order to give each component its best review.  The additional bonus of having background noises only enhanced the story that much more.

The Story
The story has a way of instantly drawing you in.  Each member of the band has their own sections in the chapters so we get to hear all sides of the story and how they feel about each other.  We get to see how four completely different lads can somehow make a band work.  Granted it's all in aid of Bert getting the girl he wants, but it soon ends up being about working together against the odds. having belief in yourself and your ability, and the hard truth about the real world.  Jamie Scallion has done an amazing job of showing the reality of a dream and how hard you have to work to achieve it. When the book was coming to an end I almost threw my iPod, but thankfully there was a 'Bonus Song' which took us off one cliff, and put us down on another. I need to find out what happens next right now!!!!!!!!

The Narrator
The narrator of Making It (The Rock 'n' Roll Diaries) is Jamie Scallion himself, and he really makes it come alive.  He portrays the personalities of each band member to perfection, and I quickly found myself making a list of who I liked and didn't like.  Jamie has a way of drawing the listener in and making it vary hard for them to stop.

The Songs
This book needs its own soundtrack.  The songs played throughout the book need to be full length and downloadable on iTunes.  They are so catchy and addictive, once they stop you have them stuck in your head for hours afterwards.  There needs to be a petition or something to get this in action.