Sunday, September 20, 2020

Species Traitor (A Science Fiction Dystopian Novel) by Kate L. Mary and narrated by Heather Firth

Species Traitor (A Science Fiction Dystopian Novel) by Kate L. Mary and narrated by Heather Firth is the start of another fantastic series for this duo! I loved this one! Highly recommend if you enjoy sci-fi with a mix of romance and dystopia, or are a fan of Kate’s work. I was pulled into the story from the start and didn't want to put the book down. Waiting patiently for the second book to make it's way to audio.



Where to purchase:
Audible
Amazon
IndieBound

What’s it about? The story revolves around Ava, who is a human, and Finn, who is half-alien and half-human. Ava only wants to see her cousin who lives in The District as she is married to a Veilorian (aliens). Tensions are rising as new political candidates rise to power and humans struggle to live for various reasons. The story unfolds as the book progresses with no repeat dialogue. You get a good amount of fairly fast-paced action, great world building, great characters (good and bad), a bit of mystery, friends and enemies, family dynamics, and plenty more that will keep you glued to the book. You’ll be rooting for Ava and the Veilorian’s by the end. It does end in a cliffhanger as there is another book in the series. 

The narrator, Heather Firth, does a fabulous job. She’s become one of my favorite narrators. Her voices are perfect, has a great pace, and adds to story. 

I see a review mentions too similar to what’s happening in the real world- yes you may feel there are some parallels, but that could be said about many books. Overall, I highly recommend as it’s a great story and I can’t wait to hear the ending. 

Parental guidance/trigger warnings: branding, violence/hatred against the aliens and species traitors, death, hunger, pregnancy, kissing and sex indicated (not graphic), and other like situations that would arise in a dystopian society. Language used: Fx11, Sx21, damn x7, hell x44.

Where to find the author: Kate L. Mary
Where to find the narrator: Heather Firth

Saturday, September 5, 2020

Killers and Keepers (J.R. Finn Sailing Mystery Series, Book 6) by Charles Dougherty and narrated by David Bosco

Killers and Keepers (J.R. Finn Sailing Mystery Series, Book 6) by Charles Dougherty and narrated by David Bosco is another one I couldn’t put down once I started it- between the story and narration, it draws you in. You’ll find yourself rooting for the assassins, Mary and Finn, and they are definitely keepers! Highly recommend this series if you’ve been following it or are looking for something in the genre. 4 ½ stars for story, 5 stars narration. This is not my typical listen but I am glad I ventured out as I have not been disappointed. 



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Audible
Amazon
IndieBound


What’s it about? Finn and Mary are relaxing as best as two assassins can when Nora’s replacements begin to hunt Finn. From there, the fast-paced adventures begin. You get new characters and previous ones make appearances (Aaron, Island Dream- she’s a character, right? 😊). I love that despite this being the sixth book in the series, I still am wary of Mary and her intentions at times. As with the previous books, there is sailing terminology, but it shouldn’t be an issue if you’ve made it this far or are new to sailing as you’ve likely heard the terms before.


The narrator, David Bosco, did a fantabulous job! He brings the characters to life. There’s a nice variety of distinct voices in this book. He has a way of drawing you into the story and it’s like you’re right there with Finn and Mary. Highly recommend you give his books a listen if you haven’t.


My only complaint is sometimes the logistics are explained a little too much in the beginning of the book (what’s said doesn’t need to be said as Finn and Mary have went through similar things before/they’ve worked together enough that it shouldn’t need to be said with as much detail), but at the same time, it’s part of what makes the book and you should def be listening to this series.


Overall, I highly recommend this series for sailing and mystery fans, or if you’re just looking to expand into a new series. I love it and am going to miss Finn and Mary when their adventures are over (hopefully not for a while). 

Where to find the author: Charles Dougherty
Where to find the narrator: David Bosco


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Parental guidance/trigger warnings: The main characters are assassins- there is some violence and death (nothing over the top or gory details). Mentions of sex trafficking, using women for sex, abuse of women, drug cartels. Language used: Sx9, damn x9, hell x8.

Sunday, August 30, 2020

The End of Everything, Book 7 by Christopher Artinian and narrated by Kim Bretton

Hop on the Artinian bandwagon, it's time! Fantastic zompoc series! The End of Everything, Book 7 by Christopher Artinian and narrated by Kim Bretton is another wow, wow, wow! Every time I think this duo can’t out-do themselves, they do. I highly recommend this series if you are a zombie fan and want a taste of what it would be like in real life if the zompoc hit. I love that the characters don't do stupid things and the action is from start to finish.


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What’s it about? It’s Robyn’s time to shine. With Robyn and Wren separated, Robyn is desperately trying to find her. Only problem is Robyn is suffering from pneumonia and while recovering she meets Mila. The action starts pretty much immediately and is nonstop until the end. It will have you on the edge of your seat not wanting to put the book down. There’s good and bad people throughout. I will not say more about the plot due to spoilers, but this is worth the price, listen, and time. 


The narrator, Kim Bretton, really helps to make the characters special. She is easy-to-listen to, good pace, and great voices.


“Our family was kind of hoping the government would get on top of things.”
“Ah yes, blind faith in politicians. That has never ended badly.”


If you’re looking for a series with strong female characters and folks who don’t do stupid things in the zompoc, this is a series for you. I can’t recommend it enough. I would LOVE to see this developed into a TV series.


Parental guidance/trigger warnings: this is the zombie apocalypse- there’s not nice people, death, zombies, violence, or like stuff. Language used: Sx21, Fx1, some swearing in German.


Where to find the author: Christopher Artinian
Where to find the narrator: Kim Bretton

*I was given a free review copy of the audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. Thank you for allowing me to listen and review the book!

Friday, June 12, 2020

Independent Audiobook Awards happening tonight! If you want to check it out, follow the links to one of their social media pages:

Link to Facebook page

Link to Twitter account which has the link to the stream that starts at 8:15 P.M. CST

Good luck to all who entered! 




Warlock At War (Arcane Inc., Book 4) by Sean Stone and narrated by Hannibal Hills

Warlock At War (Arcane Inc., Book 4) by Sean Stone and narrated by Hannibal Hills is the best of the series so far. It keeps getting better and better with each book. If you’re looking for a dark world with a snarky warlock, you should def give this a listen. When I first started this series I wasn't sure about it, but as it went on, I'm absolutely loving it. 


Where to purchase:
Audible
Amazon
iTunes

What’s it about? Adrian is cashing in on the favor Eddie and Ashley owe him. Unfortunately it has to do with vampire business and they find themselves fighting a war they hadn’t planned on. It’s full of action from start to finish. I enjoyed the twists, turns, and darkness. The characters are developing nicely and great world building. I have no critic for this particular book in the series- it’s a great addition.

The narrator, Hannibal Hills, does a great job. He certainly nails Eddie and helps make the book stand out.

Overall I recommend, especially if darker fantasy with magic is your thing. When I first started this series I wasn’t sure if I would continue as the first book is good, but not great and it took a little bit of warming up to Eddie/his character developing, but once that happened, I found I could not put this series down. Make sure if you start this series, you stick with it through the second book.

Parental guidance/trigger warnings: this particular book has a focus on war between two groups- there’s death, animal torture (don’t worry, it ends for the better thanks to Eddie), violence, or similar things. The MC suffers from PTSD, although he doesn’t say it specifically, it’s implied (his enemy, who also raised him, killed his parents at a young age and then used him as she wanted/trained him to do bad things- no sexual abuse). Language used: F x30, S x18.

Where to find the author: Sean Stone
Where to find the narrator: Hannibal Hills

Sunday, June 7, 2020

The Sweetest Torment: A Post-Apocalyptic Zombie Novel (Oklahoma Wastelands, Book 3) by Kate L. Mary and narrated by Heather Firth

The Sweetest Torment: A Post-Apocalyptic Zombie Novel (Oklahoma Wastelands, Book 3) by Kate L. Mary and narrated by Heather Firth is another good addition to the series. Recommend if you’ve been listening to this series and if not, you should def start! I've made it no surprise I'm a fan of Kate's work- her stories have a way of sucking you in and are difficult to put down once you start.


Where to purchase:
Audible
Barnes & Noble


What's it about? Kellan and Regan are back and dealing with the psycho Andrew while encountering new crazies of the religious variety (don’t worry, there’s a couple normal folks too). When Kellan and Regan become separated, a harsh reality sets in for Regan. There are heavy loses and gains, a good amount of focus on their relationship development, and some surprises. I LOVE this world overlaps with her other books (nope, not saying who, listen to the series). There is bonus content at the end for one of the new characters back story, which was a nice surprise.

The narrator, Health Firth, was fabulous (yet again!). Great voices, pacing, and overall adds to the book.

“I knew I was living in a twisted world when I found myself rooting for a zombie, but I couldn’t help it.”


Parental guidance/trigger warnings: It’s the zompoc so things like violence, death, torture, PTSD, or like situations occur. Some sex (nothing too graphic). Language used: F x1, S x28.

Where to find the author: Kate L. Mary
Where to find the narrator: Heather Firth

*I was given a free review copy of the audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. Thank you for allowing me to listen and review the book!

Friday, May 29, 2020

The End of Everything: Book 6 by Christopher Artinian and narrated by Kim Bretton

The End of Everything: Book 6 by Christopher Artinian and narrated by Kim Bretton is another WOW to the series! Highly recommend this series if you’re looking for a new zompoc adventure, are new to the genre, looking for strong female leads, or looking for a well-written story. 




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Robyn, Wren, and Georgie are back and still trying to survive and manage to befriend (the best one can in the zompoc) some sketchy characters, resulting in new enemies, old enemies, lots of twists and turns, some heartbreak, and a couple laughs. So much action in this one.

The narrator, Kim Bretton, did a lovely job (as usual). She is perfect for this series.

“A few weeks ago, she could not even have contemplated what she was about to do, but circumstance and these men had reduced her to a little more than a trapped animal with nothing left to lose, and a trapped animal will always fight.”

“I don’t care how cultured they were in life; I’ve not seen a zombie yet that insists on cooking its food before eating it.” 

Parental guidance/trigger warnings: This is the zombie apocalypse, there are not nice people doing not nice things- torture, death, weapons, zombies, violence, and like situations. Language used: S x7.
Where to find the author: Christopher Artinian
Where to find the narrator: Kim Bretton