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  • Tempering Earth

  • Gathering Water, Book 2
  • By: Regan Claire
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Swanepoel
  • Length: 6 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

After discovering her true identity and coming to terms with an unimaginable heritage, Della Doe Deare finally thinks she has things figured out. She is learning the ropes of both her human and non-human responsibilities; ones which will soon include leading an army and may one day mean ruling a people. As the sole person able to control all five elements, she will have the power to protect everyone that she loves - and destroy anything that threatens them. But first, she has to survive the Elfennol training.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent book 2. Building on book one & running!

  • By Tony Bough on 21-11-18

Excellent book 2. Building on book one & running!

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

Reviewed: 21-11-18

Della is such a great character. She's strong and damaged but overall she's moral and likeable. She's great. The book is brilliant in general but Della really does draw you in. That's not to say that the other characters aren't great. Her cousin, boyfriend and entire family are really cool and I like her developing relationship with her father. The possible connection she forms and also her enemies are all great characters. The only issue I had with this book is that it ended. It gives us a great cliffhanging ending but I wanted to jump into the next book so hurry up and get it for us!!! Very good. It's a relationship book that works really well and I loved that element, combined with great pace and some intrigue and action that works excellently. I'm looking forward to the next book after the first two being excellent!

The narration for the book really brings it to life. The pace of the story, the world its set in, the characters all come to life. Very good.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

  • Human Element

  • By: AJ Powers
  • Narrated by: Andrew B. Wehrlen
  • Length: 6 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

The Neuroweb began as the greatest invention since written language. A simple brain implant allowed the user to access information, entertainment, and even pain relief. The Neuroweb was the beginning of a golden age for mankind.... Until it was compromised. Everyone with the implant lost his or her most important commodity: free will. The collective human consciousness was hacked and is now directed by artificial intelligence. Only those without the Neuroweb have a chance of resisting...if they dare. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good story, great start to a series

  • By Tim Dearing on 22-11-18

Wow this is cool

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

Reviewed: 21-11-18

This is an incredible story. We are thrown into a changed world. I love the fact that its not a virus or vampires. Instead we have AI. This is a very different story. There's no piles of dead bodies. There's no loss of power or facilities. We have a lonely survivor who is really easy to connect with. I love the rules that our main characters applies to staying and moving on as he moves through his single existence. Then on this we introduce our other characters. Absolutely brilliant. I'm not going to give any spoilers other than to say this book drops us into this warped world and then runs with it. Very good from start to finish.

The narration is quite simply excellent. It builds pace, gives us good characters and is a joy to listen to.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

  • Night Shadows

  • Children of Nostradamus, Book 2
  • By: Jeremy Flagg
  • Narrated by: Robin J Sitten
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

The Warden is dead. Coming to terms with the blood on his hands, Conthan finds himself alone. But before he succumbs to crippling self-doubt, he declares war on the synthetic army. Attempting to seize power from the president, a secret society instigates a civil war on American soil. Innocent blood is shed. After a sanctuary for people with abilities is targeted and decimated, the Nighthawks are left seeking vengeance. But when the diary of a psychic is discovered Conthan realizes their actions could destroy the country they are fighting to save. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stakes are raised in a strong sequel

  • By C. Rowlands on 05-11-18

Book 2 also awesome!!

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

Reviewed: 21-11-18

This takes up as soon as book one ends so you probably want to read book one first. Book one is also awesome so that's a good thing! We see more mysteries unraveled in this book as we evolve the story and our characters. Our nighthawks are great characters! We see them evolve nicely and the story is great. Very good. I'm trying to avoid spoilers but I will say the escalation between the president and the military is a great scene/section. I also like the shadowy organisation that fits in very well with the storyline and offers competition for being the bad guy. Two bad guys going against the Nighthawks makes for a cool book. Great pace and a story filled with twists and turns.

Very good. The narration is excellent and adds to the storyline and gives great pace to the book.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

  • Solomon Key

  • A Dane Maddock Adventure (Dane Maddock Adventures, Volume 10)
  • By: David Wood
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 5 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

The legacy of a kidnapped African warrior turned pirate sets Dane Maddock and Bones Bonebrake on a collision course with a deadly organization that will stop at nothing to claim the greatest treasure in history. But more than riches are at stake. Enemies old and new and even old friends stand in Maddock's way in a struggle to control the mysterious power unlocked by the Solomon Key.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fast paced adventure with Maddock & Bones...!

  • By Salter on 12-10-18

Another great Dane Maddock adventure!

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

Reviewed: 05-11-18

Dane and Bones are cool. I'm a fan of the books and the characters. Firstly its worth saying that if you are coming to this book before any of the others you can slip right in. Everything gets explained and this book is a stand alone which I always like as a reader. Dane and Bones always take you on a wild ride. They are excellent counter points to each other in terms of the banter that we get between them.

I'm not going to give any spoilers but I will say that I love the way that we start with a chance meeting between people of similar interests leading to a hunt for pirate treasure leading to a hunt for ultimate treasure giving us so much more! Another really great action book that anyone who likes this genre will love.

Great narration adds to the book. You get a real feel for all the characters especially Bones and Dane. The narration also moves us through the action and story excellently.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review

  • Nighthawks

  • Children of Nostradamus, Book 1
  • By: Jeremy Flagg
  • Narrated by: Robin J Sitten
  • Length: 8 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

Twenty-six-year-old painter Conthan Cowan takes art to a shocking frontier. His debut exhibit features the transformation of his high school friend, Sarah, as she went from a shy, soft-spoken girl to a Child of Nostradamus - an individual gifted with extraordinary abilities. Living in a society where the Children of Nostradamus are captured by the government, Conthan's exhibit draws attention from officials and protesters alike.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Familiar themes and characters produce strong book

  • By C. Rowlands on 14-08-17

Wow. This is cool.

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

Reviewed: 05-11-18

The book leaped out. It's probably the first time that I've even thought to myself that I just listened to a graphic novel. And it works. It's an action packed roller coaster of a book and I loved it. We have an action packed superhero story with great characters.

I love the way it starts. We open with a focus on the advisor to the president who has powers of precognition. She isn't the only one, but she is the most powerful one on earth. One of her visions shows her a dark future so she writes letters for the stories principal players and heroically attempts to stop what's coming. We then cut to our heroes and villains on the impact of these letters in shaping the next steps that they take.

It kept me hooked from start to finish. It's got excellent promise as a series.

The narration was great and really suited the story. It also added to the sense of pace in the story.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review

  • Flare

  • Ember in Space, Book 2
  • By: Rebecca Rode
  • Narrated by: Stacey Glemboski
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4

Ember doesn't have time to mourn. She's got big plans - save the oppressed flickers, rescue Stefan, and bring the Empire to its knees. But she soon discovers that her ability has a terrible, unthinkable cost. Can Ember choose between the man she loves and the Empire she hates? Stefan has succeeded in helping Ember escape. His grandmother's prophecy is being fulfilled, and he's ready to face execution for his part in it. But when he uncovers the Union's deadly secret, Stefan realizes he must survive long enough to find the Union's base and warn Ember - before she pays with her life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent 2nd book in the series.

  • By Tony Bough on 05-11-18

Excellent 2nd book in the series.

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

Reviewed: 05-11-18

We see some great character development in Ember in this book. Her judgement is massively impacted by the events that have brought her to where she is and she's having difficulty in trusting anyone and in deciding which direction to go in. Very human in her ability to cope. The complimentary characters surrounding her in terms of the recruits and the man she saved/didn't kill also add a good depth to the story. Our new adversary is also excellently written. It's hard to describe without giving spoilers so I will leave it at that.

I like the development of Embers abilities. It fitted in nicely with the story and wasn't over the top. I think there's probably room for further developments as well.

The story on the whole was great. Lots of pace, great characters and a fascinating world in which it all occurs.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review

  • WereHuman

  • The Witch's Daughter
  • By: Gwendolyn Druyor
  • Narrated by: Gwendolyn Druyor
  • Length: 11 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Good parents will go to any lengths to protect their children. The Hillens are very good parents. But with all the secrets in the Hillen household, the biggest one is hiding right under their noses.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent urban fantasy in a promising new series

  • By Tony Bough on 29-09-18

Excellent urban fantasy in a promising new series

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

Reviewed: 29-09-18

I love Gwendolyn's narration. I think knowing and picturing her characters and then narrating the book really adds something to it. The story eases us into its world. It's a really relaxed start that I think works really well. We get to know the characters and the situation they are in before the action starts. I like that. I want that detail. Because the author invests the time in delivering this the characters are really clear and vivid.

I also love the idea of the book in terms of what its presenting (read the book synopsis I'm not going to repeat it here). I also like the dialogue from Laylea's perspective. A pet's eye view of the characters and the way she perceives them. I thought that was great and really different/interesting.

It's entertaining and a really great story that builds to an ending that's not drawn out, which I always hate. I'm certainly looking forward to seeing what's next for the family and Laylea!

The narration gives us distinct character differences as well as being easy to listen to. It draws you into the story and keeps you wanting more. Very good.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

  • The Tesla Gate

  • By: John D. Mimms
  • Narrated by: Jake Urry
  • Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

Thomas Pendleton loves his wife, Ann, and six-year-old son, Seth, more than anything, but his job often makes him an absent husband and father. One day, after Thomas leaves on a business trip, his wife and son are killed in a car accident. When a cosmic storm enters Earth's atmosphere, scientists are baffled by its composition and origins, but not nearly as much as they are by the storm's side effect: Anyone who has died and chosen not to cross over is suddenly visible.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A real Sci-fi tear jerker

  • By Rob on 02-01-18

Science fiction and the paranormal blended well

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

Reviewed: 29-09-18

This is a relationship story with a science fiction/paranormal setting. It's excellent. It's an emotional book and as a father I found myself putting myself in the position of Thomas. It's very well written and has a great pace to the book. There are plot twists and turns that keep you guessing and there are at the conclusion of the book some questions that you want answering that will nicely lead us into books 2 and 3. The characters are great. I like the ones I'm supposed to and want to see justice wrought on those that I don't. It's got some humour in that way that King and Koontz can bring it out in their works. I did make me reflect on life after death and the implications of what's happening in the book which I think is a sign of a good book.

I really enjoyed it.

The narrator was excellent giving the book even more emotion and tension all in the right parts. It's a voice that draws you into the story and keeps you listening.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

  • Gathering Water

  • By: Regan Claire
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Swanepoel
  • Length: 6 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

Growing up in the foster system, Della never really had anything to call her own, not even a last name. Now, the truth was exposed, but there was still so much she didn't know. Hoping to learn more about the mother she never knew and maybe discover a bit more about herself along the way, Della travels across the country seeking answers - and finds far more than she bargained for. An unimaginable world - one on the brink of war - is pulling her in and making her claim a birthright she never knew she wanted. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Gathering Water

  • By Deedra on 16-11-18

A must-read!! VERY good!

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

Reviewed: 01-09-18

From the start you slip into the main characters life and it just pulls you into the book. I won't deliver any spoilers and you can read the synopsis for an overview of the story.

We have some really great characters with some really great relationships. Della and Cash were by far my favourite characters but I also really like Luke. We have a strong female character in the lead who has had a tough start in life. She's turning out great and developing through her relationships with others.

The story rolls along at a nice pace that makes this really easy and very nice to listen to.

The narration was perfect. Especially for the main characters. A great voice that I also found added to the story through being very nice to listen to. It helped to further craft this very good story.

I'm really looking forward to the next book as it ends at a really good point that makes me want more!

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

  • Hunter's Challenge

  • By: M.A. Abraham
  • Narrated by: Brian Callanan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

The entity who has been called the Witch Hunter is focusing on those who have psychic powers. He has issued an edict to the Tantalarians, demanding that they bow to his will. He has challenged the wrong people, though he doesn’t seem to realize it. One Tantalarian in particular feels he has an ax to grind with this Witch Hunter. This entity has mentally attacked Terec and singled out the woman he loves to use for his own nefarious purpose. He will not rest until his foe is dead. The game lines have been drawn; the war is on.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another excellent book in the Tantalus series

  • By Tony Bough on 27-08-18

Another excellent book in the Tantalus series

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

Reviewed: 27-08-18

I loved the first two books and this one is excellent too. If you have read the first two you slip straight into the action. I'm going to try and avoid spoilers as there are too many great twists and turns for me to ruin it. We see some of the main characters from the first two take a back seat to Terec and Adele. We have seen Terec before but he is really thrust into the forefront as the premier Hunter and the man (or Tantilarian) with a plan. All of the characters are great. I really like the development we get in terms of the Witch Hunters character and who/what he is. The book starts where the previous one left off and it effortlessly glides into the story and the action slowly builds. It's great!! You have to check out this series!

The narration is excellent and matches the characters and the story perfectly. It pushes the pace of the story and is very engaging.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.