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  • Black Hole Constellation

  • Steel Tale Series
  • By: Aaron Hollingsworth
  • Narrated by: Danny Montooth
  • Length: 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

Based on the Mythos of H.P. Lovecraft, Black Hole Constellation tells the tale of two brothers and their horrific discovery in the Cosmos. One brother is a man of science, an astronomer working at the Miskatonic University Observatory. The other brother is an astrologer, a fanciful historian on star-inspired mysticism. When a newly-invented telescope reveals the locations of several black holes, they soon learn the secret of these hungry giants. They are not holes at all; they are Gates. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Want more!

  • By J Smith on 20-05-19

The Gates Of The Cosmos

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-05-19

A very dark and unsettling tale told wonderfully and with just the right gravitas. The consequences of this cosmic finding turns a brother mad and in so doing affirms the finding to the other brother. A beautiful narration adding to this tale of black holes and insanity.

  • Immortal Door

  • By: Marion Tucker
  • Narrated by: Catherine Carter
  • Length: 2 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2

A young 17-year-old murderer is sired into a vampire. A vampire from another dimension has sired him; she is from a world where vampires are real and part of the lower class slave group of vampires. She wants power, and this is why she sired George to help her open a doorway to her reality once again. When he falls in love with Jasmin, a beautiful young girl, everything turns upside down. Max, the ghost of the friend he killed before turning into a vampire, shows up and tries to warn Jasmin of the dangers she is in.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Twists and Turns A Plenty.

  • By Simon Gibson on 16-05-19

Twists and Turns A Plenty.

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-05-19

This story has vampires, ghosts, murderers, slaves and a whole book full of plot and counter plot. If you like a supernatural mystery then this is for you. Well written, nicely narrated, very interesting plots, engaging and enjoyable.

  • The Light: Tales from a Revolution - New Jersey

  • Tales from a Revolution Series, Book 2
  • By: Lars D. H. Hedbor
  • Narrated by: Shamaan Casey
  • Length: 4 hrs and 48 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

As a Quaker blacksmith, Robert is used to the challenges of fire and iron, but when the American Revolution splinters his own family and threatens his community, he will wrestle with questions of belief and philosophy. He must rely on his inner light to keep his family safe, and lead them to freedom. The Light is Lars Hedbor's standalone novel set in New Jersey from his Tales From a Revolution series, in which he examines the American War of Independence as it unfolded in each of the colonies. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Struggle of Revolution

  • By Simon Gibson on 16-05-19

The Struggle of Revolution

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-05-19

If you're a Quaker what do you do when your chosen country is in revolutionary turmoil. Robert, the tales central character, must reconcile his beliefs with the safety of his family and helping his country. This is a well written, engaging and informative short novel excellently narrated. Each in this series sees the emergence of America from a different and interesting perspective to explain the historical events.

  • Funicular: What Is Truth When the Past Is a Lie?

  • By: T. F. Lince
  • Narrated by: Jade McLean
  • Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

After his life is threatened, DI Bob Dixon leaves London hoping for the quiet life in the northern village of Saltburn-by-the-Sea. But when he takes on the case of young Lizzy Scraggs, missing since a huge tide hit Saltburn six years earlier, he embarks on an investigation that will push him to the very edge of reason.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wow...what a mind bend!

  • By Darcie on 17-05-19

A Real Gem

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-05-19

I am a crime fiction addict but I have not come across such an enjoyable novel as this in a long time. The likeable central character, DI Bob Dixon, is all too human but slowly realises he is up against a supernatural crime his police training and many years in the force have not prepared him for. Through superb narration the gallery of characters and their dialogue are brought to life. The plot, with its many surprises is extremely well crafted. This audiobook is highly recommended.

  • The Wind

  • Tales from a Revolution: West-Florida
  • By: Lars D. H. Hedbor
  • Narrated by: Shamaan Casey
  • Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Gabriel is a simple sailor, doing the bidding of his Captain and King, when he is swept up in a storm that changes his life in ways that he could never have anticipated. Carlotta yearns for her lost home, and is searching for her lost husband, but both remain elusive in a world that has been turned upside-down by forces far outside of her control. When the storm that is Governor Bernardo de Gálvez breaks over them both, neither will ever be the same - and nor will their world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Learning History Through Stories

  • By Simon Gibson on 13-05-19

Learning History Through Stories

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-05-19

This is another tale in this wonderful collection of modern tales of colonial America. Each gives the listener a different perspective of the time. Here we have a sailor who, from adversity, reaps rewards beyond his expectations. A second thread follows that of a wife who's husband is lost at sea. This is a well written and researched tale that immerses the listener, through first rate narration, in the historical period.

  • Puppy Training Made Easy

  • An Essential Book for Beginners, Including How to Take Care of Your Dog, Teach Good Behavior and Obedience, and Master Techniques for Potty and Crate Training
  • By: Mick Gordon
  • Narrated by: Tim Edwards
  • Length: 3 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 9

Getting fed up of those long sleepless nights? Trying to teach your pup to behave, but they just won’t listen? Or maybe you’re just looking for that extra bit of guidance to help you out in general? If this sounds like you, then you’ve come to the right place. You see, training a puppy doesn’t have to be an uphill struggle. Over the last few years, dog training as a whole has evolved completely. Gone are the days of the more punitive methods such as intimidation and punishment tactics in order to gain a dog’s respect.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Don't get a puppy until you have read this!!!

  • By alan cuthbertson on 13-05-19

Everything You Need To Know.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-05-19

This is an invaluable, clear, well structured guide in how to select, feed, train and keep healthy a puppy. If you have yet to choose your new family member or have acquired a puppy then this comprehensive, well written and narrated audiobook it a must have. Everything is covered without any filler, just good solid information. The ups and potential downs of ownership and care are discussed in an easy to digest fashion. Highly recommended and we have four dogs and 5 puppies currently in our house.

  • Accelerated Learning Made Easy 3 Books in 1

  • Learn the Secrets of Speed Reading, Critical Thinking & Memory Improvement, and Skills & Techniques For Problem Solving, Decision Making & Brain Training
  • By: Dale Owen
  • Narrated by: Tim Edwards
  • Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 16
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    5 out of 5 stars 16
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    5 out of 5 stars 16

Have you always wanted to sharpen up your memory? Think faster? Or even absorb information twice as fast? If this sounds like you, then you’ve come to the right place. You see, self-improvement is something that we all strive for, but fixing our flaws and weaknesses is something we often tend to avoid, when really we shouldn’t. By simply implementing the practical and highly effective methods of speed reading, critical thinking, and memory improvement taught in these books, you will finally be on your way to becoming the ultimate version of yourself.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent, Concise, Overview & Reference Set.

  • By Simon Gibson on 12-05-19

Excellent, Concise, Overview & Reference Set.

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-05-19

These are three intelligently written introductions , for the novice, and references, for the advanced user. The narration is clear and at just the right pace. The writer has referenced research and best practices giving both positives and potential negatives ensuring the listener can make decisions and use methods based on the best available knowledge. As a set this is, in my opinion, unmatched, a real asset.

  • The Freedman

  • Tales From a Revolution Series, North Carolina, Book 9
  • By: Lars D. H. Hedbor
  • Narrated by: Shamaan Casey
  • Length: 5 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2

The Freedman is Hedbor’s standalone novel set in North Carolina from his Tales From a Revolution series, in which he examines the American War of Independence as it unfolded in each of the colonies. If you like enthralling stories of familiar events from unfamiliar viewpoints, you’ll love The Freedman.   

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • History As Story Telling.

  • By Simon Gibson on 12-05-19

History As Story Telling.

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-05-19

Calabar finds himself a freeman from his life of slavery. He must navigate through a world of suspicion and doubt about his status whilst learning the ways of day to day existence. He is befriended by a white settler and life starts to be much better for him. This is a life affirming tale of slavery to freedom in the new world before independence. Well narrated and written.

  • The Declaration

  • Tales from a Revolution: South Carolina
  • By: Lars D. H. Hedbor
  • Narrated by: Shamaan Casey
  • Length: 5 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
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    4 out of 5 stars 1
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    4 out of 5 stars 1

A hardworking tobacco farmer in the Carolina Uplands, Justin Harris wants only to provide for his family. The outbreak of revolution turns his life upside down, and he cannot anticipate how even his seemingly most inconsequential actions will touch the lives of generations yet to come. Through crushing setbacks and hard-won victories, Justin's perseverance serves as a gift to his descendants.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Learning History Through Stories

  • By Simon Gibson on 11-05-19

Learning History Through Stories

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-05-19

This is a well written account of a time in American history just prior to the declaration of independence from the British. The characters and situations are well described as we move between the present and the past. Narration is ideally paced to allow the listener to fully comprehend the narrative without being slow. A very entertaining and informative listen.

  • Live Free or Tri

  • A Collection of Three Short Mystery Stories
  • By: Judy Penz Sheluk
  • Narrated by: Kate Tyler
  • Length: 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

Death and deception: Appearances are often deceiving and that is the underlying premise in this collection of short crime fiction. In "Live Free or Die" naive 21-year-old Emmy falls hard for 31-year-old Jack, an efficiency expert from New Hampshire who is not all what he seems. In "Murder in the Marsh" cyclist Carrie Anne Camack discovers more than she bargained for in the fertile farmlands of Ontario's Holland Marsh. In the final story, "The Cycopaths", a triathlon team's open-water swim training in Collingwood, Ontario, has deadly consequences.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delightful Short Crime Stories

  • By Simon Gibson on 10-05-19

Delightful Short Crime Stories

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-05-19

Each is a very well crafted, wonderfully narrated, crime story that entertains the listener. The characters are brought to life effortlessly with nice descriptions and concise dialog. Not a word wasted. Highly recommended.