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  • Queen of the Fallen

  • Second Death, Book 2
  • By: Brian Rella
  • Narrated by: Todd Menesses
  • Length: 8 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

Wounded and war-weary, Frank Bishop returns to New York City to train a boy who could fulfill a 6,000-year old prophecy and save the world from Jessie and her plans for Armageddon. While Frank heals and begins the boy’s training, threats loom on two fronts in the battle against the Fallen. Jessie’s descent into darkness is complete, and her quest to free the King of the Fallen from the Second Death brings her to the desert of Arizona. There, one of the Fallen with the power to eat the souls of man was imprisoned centuries ago.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A great second instalment!

  • By Rob Cooke on 15-07-18

A great second instalment!

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

Reviewed: 15-07-18

A great follow up from the first book proving that this series could be a one to watch.
A good mix of magic and religion give a unique standing for this story to continue to unfold.

The characters continue to develop and they provide new ones to add new dimensions to the story giving further details to an already compelling story.

The narration is once again on point providing unique characters and realistic experience.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily provided this impartial review.

  • Watchers of the Fallen

  • Second Death, Book 1
  • By: Brian Rella
  • Narrated by: Todd Menesses
  • Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

Frank Bishop has been at war with fallen angels since he was five years old. That's when they first tried to kill him. A group of supernatural warriors called the Watchers saved Frank that fateful day. They taught him how to be a powerful wizard and warrior. But nothing could prepare him for what Jessie and Arraziel have planned. Frank blurs the line between good and evil in his all-consuming quest to stop Jessie and the Fallen in book one of the dark urban fantasy series, The Second Death.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic Story! Epic World! Must Read!

  • By Rob Cooke on 15-07-18

Fantastic Story! Epic World! Must Read!

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

Reviewed: 15-07-18

This is a great story with some great depth.
It has moments of flash backs which can become confusing but they quickly sort themselves out.
The characters and well fleshed out giving realistic portrayals and wonderful development.

The narration is well performed giving uniqueness to each and ever character.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily provided this impartial review.

  • A Chase of Blood on Steel

  • The Hobo Kingdom, Book 1
  • By: Dan Biermeier
  • Narrated by: S. W. Salzman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Glen and Denny are torn from their families and thrust into a world you have never imagined. They race upon rails of steel, curving through the depths of a different time, chasing adventure, tragedy, crime, violence, friendship, and loyalty. They eventually land in the hands of two groups of hobos. They learn the life. They learn a new code of ethics...and they learn how to hunt down two homicidal monsters in the Hobo Kingdom. The Hobo Kingdom has its own language, rules, and characters. These trains are wild rides where no one is safe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story that pulls you along and draws you in!

  • By Rob Cooke on 15-07-18

Great story that pulls you along and draws you in!

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

Reviewed: 15-07-18

This book is absolutely fantastic. A wonderful trip to a more nostalgic time in American culture.
Covers the age of rail travel and those people that chose to ride the rails instead of conforming to normal society.

It also feels like a coming of age story for the two main characters.
The characters are actually colourful and in depth with some wonderful renditions.
Some popular culture is drawn upon in defining some of these characters.

The story moves along at a wonderful pace providing a mix between character development and action sets.

The narration is amazing giving the characters a truly life like feeling.
Each character is individual and you always know who is talking.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily provided this impartial review,

  • Spellsmith & Carver: Magicians' Rivalry

  • By: H. L. Burke
  • Narrated by: Bridger Conklin
  • Length: 6 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

The disappearance of Auric Spellsmith’s mother has strained his relationship with his father to the breaking point. Now, after five years away at the Magicians’ Academy, Auric returns home, determined to prove himself to his father and claim his birthright. Apprentice Jericho Carver has held Spellsmith Manor together in Auric’s absence. Now, his master’s son is back, and if he can’t get rid of Auric, Jericho will forfeit his career and lose all hope of wooing the master’s enchanting daughter. Neither man intends to back down.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Refreshingly intricate story! A great read/listen!

  • By Rob Cooke on 08-06-18

Refreshingly intricate story! A great read/listen!

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

I thoroughly enjoyed this book it starts out feeling like a very normal magic story and quickly morphs into a more complex thriller adventure story with magical elements.
I loved the interplay of the characters and how the relationships cement and develop between people. There is some very logical sensible progression of the characters but it is more of an awakening than development.

The story doesn't play out quite how you expect and there are enough twists and turns to keep you reading.

The performance is good with nice differentiation of characters throughout.

If you enjoy a magic based fantasy with more of a thriller adventure twist this is definitely a book for you.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily provided this impartial review.

  • Guardian Angel

  • Guild of Sevens, Book 2
  • By: J. Philip Horne
  • Narrated by: Kevin Coffin
  • Length: 6 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Joss Morgan barely survived the summer after eighth grade, in spite of - or maybe because of - his superpowers. Now, in the last few days before starting high school, he has a commitment to keep, but he'll have to defy his parents to do it. After convincing himself he's not really being dishonest, Joss gets to work helping a friend in trouble. Unfortunately, Joss's other superpower kicks into high gear - his ability to create utter chaos for himself and his family. Before long, Joss is wondering if he'll be alive when high school starts.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story that pulls you along and draws you in!

  • By Rob Cooke on 03-06-18

Great story that pulls you along and draws you in!

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

Reviewed: 03-06-18

Another wonderful instalment of this series.
It is a well written book that crafts a world that allows an emerging teen hero into a confusing and mystifying world.
It builds well upon the first book offering a widening of the story and a progression that draws you in wanting to learn more and introduces bigger characters.

The narration is well executed across a range of characters with all of them feeling unique.

I think this book appeals to a wide range of reader from teens through to adults that enjoy a superhero/fantasy with a little element of action thriller.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily provided this impartial review.

  • The Vesik Series: Books 1-3

  • Vesik Series Box Set
  • By: Eric Asher
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 28 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83

This omnibus collection includes Days Gone Bad, Wolves and the River of Stone, and Winter's Demon. That's three complete novels of Damian's dark, gritty, and occasionally hilarious urban-fantasy adventures.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • lighten up this is fun (*^o^*)

  • By Megan on 13-11-16

Epic World building fast and furious story!

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

Reviewed: 03-06-18

Excellent books! These are well written books! I enjoyed learning about Damian, Sam, Foster, Frank and so many others.
It was gritty, entertaining and a captivating read. The plot was well woven and intricate. The characters were even likeable but not necessarily relate able. The world building within this book was immersive and, again, intricate.

This series is a breakneck story of action and relationships.

The narration is fantastic and provides life and emotion for each and every character which is saying something given the breadth of characters that are portrayed in this book.

I implore you to give this book a try if you enjoy fantasy, action, thriller and please do not be put off by the necromancer part it is dealt with very well.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily provided this impartial review.

  • For the Guild

  • Emerilia, Book 3
  • By: Michael Chatfield
  • Narrated by: Tristan Morris
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 48

After four months of training, Party Zero is ready to join up with the Stone Raiders and test out their newfound power. Forces have their eyes on the Stone Raiders for their own reasons. The Stone Raiders and Party Zero will be vital to the plans of higher powers and the future of Emerilia. They just have to survive long enough to make it there. A series of events are set into motion that will change the world, and just maybe the universe.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A story that continues to impress and draw you in!

  • By Rob Cooke on 07-05-18

A story that continues to impress and draw you in!

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

Reviewed: 07-05-18

The book continues perfectly from where book 2 abruptly ended.
The story continues on a measured pace building on everything that has been endured so far by the groups and the world of Emerilia continues to get more complex and in depth, as the characters continue to develop they grow and learn as new parts are implemented into the story.

The narration as always is on point giving a multitude of characters unique and distinctive voices. The emotion conveyed in the performance is in my opinion always in line with what the author intended for the book.

This is a great Science Fiction wrapped in Fantasy book series that I continue to enjoy at every turn.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily provided this impartial review.

  • The Evaran Origin

  • Book 5 of the Evaran Chronicles
  • By: Adair Hart
  • Narrated by: Michael Pauley
  • Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4

Dr. Albert Snowden and his niece, Emily, never thought they would be able to travel through space and time. Or out of the timeline. Or out of the universe. Or even out of the plane that houses universes. Yet, that is where they find themselves while exploring the origin of Evaran, the mysterious being who rescued them from an alien abduction six months ago. Having to deal with the fact that they are part of a time loop that has not yet been fulfilled is one issue. Learning of another version of Evaran who needs their help in a parallel universe is an additional problem.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another winner, keep them coming!

  • By nerak on 14-05-18

Another amazing instalment of Evaran Chronicles

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

Reviewed: 03-05-18

Once again Adair Hart delivers another gripping book that draws you in and keeps you wanting more and more.

Finally we get the secrets of Evaran and my god it was worth the wait.
The story as always is an action adventure, science fiction, thriller and part mystery. The pace is perfect throughout always with a twist around the corner.

The narration by Michael Pauley is superb as always. Giving clear voice and individuality to each and every character often embodying the essence of the character and the intent of the author.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily provided this impartial review.

  • The Borrowed Souls, A Novel

  • By: Paul B Kohler
  • Narrated by: Tom Zainea
  • Length: 12 hrs and 17 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

The afterlife is not at all what Jack Duffy had expected. A failed suicide attempt launches him into a world that continually tests his ability to forgive and forget. With each new soul that he's entrusted to collect, he learns more about himself and his horrific decisions in life. Through the tutelage of his befriended trainer, Jack will be compelled to make decision after decision about who gets to live and who will lose their soul.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderfully imaginative and poignant story!

  • By Rob Cooke on 03-05-18

Wonderfully imaginative and poignant story!

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

Reviewed: 03-05-18

I thoroughly enjoyed this book from start to finish. The plot moves along at a wonderful pace that never feels too fast or too slow, it unwinds allowing you to learn as the characters develop.

The story has so many parts to it, I enjoyed the outlook contrasts of the characters in relation to the sanctity of life and the necessity of doing the job assigned.
The idea of a group of soul collectors is also another refreshing alternative to the traditional grim reaper figure we have seen before.

The narration is on point with all of the characters feeling unique and across a range of accents and both male and female felt organic.

I recommend this book if you enjoy a little fantasy or science fiction, it appeals to those who love a good adventure thriller story.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily provided this impartial review.

  • Vanished

  • A Luca Mystery, Book 2
  • By: Dan Petrosini
  • Narrated by: Andrew Start
  • Length: 6 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

Obsession can be deadly. That's what Dom Stewart discovers when his buddy, Phil, goes missing. Dom has long coveted Robin, Phil's beautiful wife...is it time for him to step in? Detective Luca is also dazzled by Robin - even while acknowledging she may be involved in Phil's disappearance. Luca struggles with his heart as the investigation reveals the case is about much more than a missing man. Something dark and disturbing is behind the scenes. Is there a murder here?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Vanished

  • By MANI on 24-04-18

Great story that pulls you along and draws you in!

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

Reviewed: 23-04-18

This was a good audiobook with lots of tension and drama throughout.
The story builds and gives great detail and insight to the characters.

I loved how you never quite felt like you knew everything but you always had suspicions.

The narration was good. My only complaint was that 2 male characters sounded very similar to my ear and that meant I got lost on occasion between who was speaking. It in no way spoils the book and the experience.

This is a great mystery story that should appeal to those loving that genre, however I would urge anyone that likes a thriller or an intricate story to give it a go as well.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily provided this impartial review.