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  • Things Not Said: A Short Story Collection

  • Ten Thousand Words or Less
  • By: Justin M. Johnson
  • Narrated by: Tom Jordan
  • Length: 2 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

This is the second collection of stories from Justin M. Johnson.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic!

  • By J Smith on 15-08-19

Fantastic!

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

Reviewed: 15-08-19

I wasn’t sure what to expect from these short stories as I hadn’t read the blurb, but wow, was I impressed!
They are such great stories, well written and really intense; I would love to have read these as a novel too!
I’ve listened to a few of Tom’s narrations and he never ceases to impress me! This was no exception and is possibly my favourite so far; he has such a great voice and pacing; listening to him is so easy and he has a fantastic way of telling the intense or creepy parts that leaves you on the edge of your seat and his character voices are brilliant!
Definitely worth a listen!!
This is my honest opinion of a free review copy.

  • The Queen's Opal

  • A Stone Bearers Novel, Book 1
  • By: Jacque Stevens
  • Narrated by: John Pirhalla
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Elves never use magic or leave the forest. They aren’t supposed to get sick either, but Drynn’s mother just died from a mysterious illness, which has targeted the elven queens for generations. With no female heir left, the symbol of the curse - a green stone called the Queen’s Opal - passes to Drynn. Unwilling to lose another family member, Drynn’s impulsive and overprotective brother drags him out of the forest to search for a cure. But much has changed in the human lands. It’s a darker world, ruled by power-hungry wizards who covet any kind of magic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thoroughly enjoyed this fantasy adventure.

  • By J Smith on 15-08-19

Thoroughly enjoyed this fantasy adventure.

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

Reviewed: 15-08-19

Great story, well written, with enough going on to keep you interested throughout.
A great narrator too. We’ll distinguished voices for the characters, very well read and manages to portray the intensity of the situations really well. Looking forward to hearing more!
This is my honest opinion of a free review copy.

  • Blood and Shadows

  • Saga of the Seven Stars, Volume 1
  • By: Dayne Edmondson
  • Narrated by: Scott Berrier
  • Length: 5 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

Shadows stretch across the land as the denizens of the underworld unite under a single deadly leader and threaten to bathe the magical kingdom of Tar Ebon in blood, dooming mankind. To answer the threat comes Dawyn Darklance, the champion of the king and time bender. Along with his companions, the fierce druid Anwyn, the fiery mage Alivia and the flamboyant minstrel Favio he must travel across the terrified kingdom to bring justice upon the leader of the assassins....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Saga of the Seven Stars

  • By J Smith on 13-08-19

Saga of the Seven Stars

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

Reviewed: 13-08-19

All round a pretty good listen. A little predictable and the characters are a little rigid (everyone speaks very formally) but it still an enjoyable story.
The narration is a little flat; everything has the same tempo and iteration whether it’s a battle or eating breakfast, but it’s still well read.
Unfortunately my copy had 3 technical issues which was a little frustrating also.
This is my honest opinion of a free review copy.

  • Tank Driver

  • With the 11th Armored from the Battle of the Bulge to VE Day
  • By: J. Ted Hartman
  • Narrated by: J. Scott Bennett
  • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

Tank Driver is the story of a young man’s combat initiation in World War II. Based on letters home, the sparse narrative has the immediacy of on-the-spot reporting. Ted Hartman was a teenager when he was sent overseas to drive a Sherman tank into combat to face the desperate German counterattack known as the Battle of the Bulge. Hartman gives a riveting account of the shifting tides of battle and the final Allied breakout. He tells about the concentration camps, the spectacle of defeated Germans, and the encounter with Russian soldiers in Austria that marked combat’s end.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great book

  • By Helen on 09-08-19

“So much for the word of the army”

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

Reviewed: 02-08-19

I struggled with the first 30 minute introduction as it’s just a list of facts and I started to worry, but get past that and it soon turns into a really interesting memoir. I really enjoyed hearing his story and Scott does a great job telling it for us.
This is my honest opinion of a free review copy.

  • Heavy Armor

  • An Epic Fantasy LitRPG (Killstreak, Book 2)
  • By: Stuart Thaman
  • Narrated by: J. Scott Bennett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

The Lord of Darkarrow has been forced to respawn, but things aren’t exactly as they should be. Kadorax has unlocked a powerful new class that few in Agglor have ever heard of. As a Bastion of Chaos Incarnate, he has the potential to become stronger than anyone has ever been, but he’ll need to carve through an army of jackals just to survive. Oscine City has all but fallen. All of Agglor’s most powerful forces have joined ranks to stave off the new threat from the north, and still...it may not be enough.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant!

  • By J Smith on 02-08-19

Brilliant!

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

Reviewed: 02-08-19

Such a great listen!
Definitely my favourite LitRPG series so far. When it got to the end I was devastated; I can’t wait for the next book!
It’s so well balanced with lots of action, great characters and the character progression is thought out perfectly.
The narration is amazing too. Scott does a great job with all the characters, has great pacing and portrays the tension so well. His voice really suits this book!!
This is my honest opinion of a free review copy.

  • Respawn: An Epic Fantasy LitRPG

  • Killstreak, Book One
  • By: Stuart Thaman
  • Narrated by: J. Scott Bennett
  • Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 12

Lord Kadorax Darkarrow was born on Earth, but in Agglor, he's the highest-level assassin anyone can find. The leader of the famed Blackened Blades, he's made a name for himself, built a kingdom of sorts, and only had to respawn once along the way. Then a rogue band of jackals sends him all the way back to a dreary tavern in a tiny village to start over at level one. Hellbent on revenge, Kadorax sets out on a path littered with bodies - level up, find the jackals, slay their god!

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An interesting LitRPG

  • By Scott R on 27-08-18

Gripped!!

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

Reviewed: 29-07-19

Perfect!
Probably my favourite LitRPG so far! Really well written with a story that flows so well. An underlying mystery that’s drip fed occasionally and masses of hard fought action throughout with none of the ‘oh, I’ll use my massively overpowered spell/weapon to overcome anything in my path’!
Probably my favourite setting for Scott’s narration so far; he perfectly pulls of the balance of the tempo of the story and is great with all the characters.
I was so engrossed I felt myself take a breath when the ‘thank you for listening to...’ appeared at the end and had to desperately open book 2 (thank goodness I already had it downloaded!).
This is my honest opinion of a free review copy.

  • Dead End

  • 911, Volume 2
  • By: Grace Hamilton, Jack Colrain
  • Narrated by: Richard Brewer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 1

In the time before the storm, Jim Parker committed his life to helping others. As a police officer, he placed himself in harm’s way for the greater good. But now that the world’s been turned upside down by a deadly EMP strike, it’s all he can do to survive. With his friends Finn and Ava by his side, Parker must defy the power-hungry Council and search for his long-lost daughter, Sara.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Post apocalyptic adventure.

  • By J Smith on 26-07-19

Post apocalyptic adventure.

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

Reviewed: 26-07-19

If you’re looking for an action filled PA adventure, then you probably won’t go wrong with this.
Felt it could have been a little grittier for my taste and not so easy, with luck and coincidence prevailing and some things were a little over described, like the names of all the guns, but not a bad listen overall.
Well read too by Richard.
I ended up listening at x1.5 speed with no discernible loss of quality.
This is my honest opinion of a free review copy.

  • Notorious San Francisco

  • True Tales of Crime, Passion and Murder
  • By: Paul Drexler
  • Narrated by: Tom Jordan
  • Length: 4 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

San Francisco, a city founded in part by criminals, was once one of the most dangerous cities in America. Notorious San Francisco brings back the glamorous depravity and noir atmosphere that made it the premier location for murder thrillers like The Maltese Falcon, Vertigo, and Zodiac. This book contains more than 20 compelling tales of serial killers, deadly women, con-men, masters of escape, and unsolved mysteries. Most of these unusual cases are largely unknown and have never appeared in book form.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Crime, Passion, Murder!

  • By J Smith on 23-07-19

Crime, Passion, Murder!

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

Reviewed: 23-07-19

What a great, interesting set of stories! Well compiled, well written (I liked the cooking recipe metaphors!)
This isn’t my usual category for books, but I’ve really enjoyed Tom’s performances before and he didn’t disappoint here either and I found myself completely drawn in with some of the tales. Tom’s ability to portray the intensity of the scenarios and his great character voices really brought the tales to life and make this a great listen.
This is my honest opinion of a free review copy.

  • Lone Wolf

  • A Post-Apocalyptic Survival Thriller (America Falls - Occupied Territory Book 1)
  • By: Scott Medbury
  • Narrated by: Adam Barr
  • Length: 4 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

What would it take to turn an all-American teenager into a stone-cold killer? America has fallen to a catastrophic stealth attack and a ground invasion of the continental United States has begun. Sacramento teenager, Jack Monaghan, has just buried his parents, and needs to work out what to do. Trouble is, his older sister has locked herself in her room and won't eat, drink, or talk to him - let alone sit down and plan what they'll do to survive.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good start to the series

  • By J Smith on 23-07-19

Good start to the series

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

Reviewed: 23-07-19

I found this a really enjoyable listen. I found the beginning a little too focused on an abduction (which there’s nothing wrong with), but wanted to get into the wider story sooner. Once it did, I’m more excited to see where it’s going to head.
I didn’t enjoy it as much as Hell Week, but I’ll definitely be continuing the series and the narration was great too!

  • Dragonslayer

  • The Dragonslayer, Book 1
  • By: Duncan M. Hamilton
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25

Once a member of the king's personal guard, Guillot dal Villevauvais spends most days drinking and mourning his wife and child. He’s astonished - and wary - when the Prince Bishop orders him to find and destroy a dragon. He and the Prince Bishop have never exactly been friends, and Gill left the capital in disgrace five years ago. So why him? And, more importantly, how is there a dragon to fight when the beasts were hunted to extinction centuries ago by the ancient Chevaliers of the Silver Circle?   

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Here Be Dragons!

  • By Simon on 06-07-19

Need the next one.

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

Reviewed: 19-07-19

Loved this from the start. It’s books like this that make me regret giving others 5 stars at it outclasses so many of them.
Amazing story, fantastically narrated and left me pining for more.
Only negative is that the rest of the Trilogy isn’t yet released. :(