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  • Currency of Souls

  • By: Kealan Patrick Burke
  • Narrated by: Rich Miller
  • Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars 1

Welcome to Eddie's Tavern, the only functioning waterhole in a near-dead town. Among the people you'll meet tonight are: Tom, Milestone's haunted lawman, who walks in the shadow of death; Gracie, the barmaid, a wannabe actress, doomed to spend her hours tending bar in a purgatory of her father's making; Flo, the town seductress, who may or may not have murdered her husband; Cobb, a nudist awaiting an apology from the commune who cast him out.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Twin Peaks Without The Charm.

  • By Bryce Zayne on 30-07-18

Twin Peaks Without The Charm.

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

Reviewed: 30-07-18

** I received this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.**

If you grew up in the 1990s, you might have seen a little tv show called "Twin Peaks" about a strange little town with deep, complex characters and more than enough secrets, lies, murder, and supernatural elements to give anyone a headache.

This is how Currency Of Souls feels. Except somehow, there's no charm here. no likable characters, and it all feels somewhat random and disjointed.

I really thought I'd love this. It's got everything I usually go for. but it just feels too long, too drawn out, and way too many crazy and bizarre characters popping up all over the place to keep track of.

The characters themselves are incredibly well written, and Kealan Patrick Burke is one heck of a writer, but the story itself doesn't satisfy, choosing to launch into brand new scenes instead of finishing off the old ones.

Rich Miller shines in his narration. One of the best readers I've ever listened to, his portrayal of the Sheriff is a highlight of the book.

Overall, this is probably deeper and darker than you expect, and much like the inhabitants of Eddie's Tavern, you might be wishing it was all over long before it is. But if you're prepared for what awaits you, then pull up a chair and enjoy.

  • Black Irish

  • The Black Irish Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: C.S Anderson
  • Narrated by: Thomas Stone
  • Length: 2 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

Meet Joe Gunn, known to those he hunts as Black Irish. Once a slave to a vampire master, he now seeks to redeem his soul by slaying one killer vampire for each of the victims he delivered to his master. He serves a mysterious agency known as The Order and during a routine mission he stumbles across a vampire conspiracy that reaches into the highest levels of The Order and beyond....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Vampire Story With Bite

  • By Bryce Zayne on 17-07-18

A Vampire Story With Bite

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

Reviewed: 17-07-18

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review. There's something so cool about vampires. The sleek creatures of the night feeding on the blood of the innocent. In recent years, vampires have become nothing more than sparkly teenage idols, but I'm happy to say Black Irish goes some distance to putting the vampire story back where it belongs. Black Irish is like a deadly mix between Marvel's Blade and a Samuel L. Jackson movie, and it doesn't hold back, either on the language or the violence and gore Thomas Stone's narration brings the character to life, and it's a thrilling - if a little too short - ride from start to finish. I completely recommend this book to anyone who likes action or vampire fiction. I'm very much looking forward to more Black Irish stories in the future.

  • The Flipside

  • By: Jake Bible
  • Narrated by: Andrew B. Wehrlen
  • Length: 7 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

The year is 2046, and dinosaurs are real. Time bubbles across the world, many as large as 100 square miles, turn like clockwork, revealing prehistoric landscapes from the Cretaceous Period. They reveal the Flipside. Now, 30 years after the first turn, the clockwork is breaking down, as one of the world's powers has decided to exploit the phenomenon for his own gain. Former head of security for Topside Command Trevon Cash must navigate his way through the chaos of the broken turns and take a team Flipside to try to figure out what is happening. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • So mamy unanswered questions.

  • By Ostfeld on 04-12-18

Action All The Way

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

Reviewed: 07-07-18

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

I didn't know any of Jake Bible's previous work before listening to The Flipside. He writes action scenes effortlessly and effectively and knows how to deliver a flurry of things happening in a way which feels real and dramatic, and that perhaps is both his strength and weakness.

The Flipside is an exciting story about dinosaurs, killer robots, and survival in the harshest environment of all, our own prehistoric past. I suppose a part of me was expecting another Jurassic Park, and although Spielberg's masterpiece is even mentioned in the book, that's where the two similarities end. Bible chooses action over science, and brawn over brains, and that's a shame because the concept is under-used and could have potentially resulted in a much richer story. There's no real explanation as to why the science in the story works. it just works, and we have to settle for that.

Bible also introduces us to a vast amount of characters in a very short time, and the women, in particular, all tend to blend together making it hard to tell who is who and what their roles are in the story. If I had been reading this instead of listening to it then maybe it would have been easier to give each character a separate voice in my head, but listening to it just results in a jumble of characters all doing very action orientated things very quickly.

I very much enjoyed Andrew B. Wehrlen's narration of the book. Although I did feel he rushed a lot, and I was grateful for the Audible player's ability to slow it down to a more manageable pace. He has the perfect voice to draw you into a story and I will be looking out for more of his narration work in the future.

Overall, if you're looking for a thrilling action-packed blockbuster, then look no further than The Flipside. However, if you're seeking a more thought-provoking time travel story then you might want to look for something else.