Monday, December 7, 2020

Relentless (A Survival Horror Story) by Christopher Artinian and narrated by Kim Bretton

Relentless (A Survival Horror Story) by Christopher Artinian and narrated by Kim Bretton is a fast-paced tale of cat and mouse that I want more of! Below is a spoiler free review followed by one with more details.



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This review is going to be minimal due to spoilers. After a night out, Sal and her friends wake up in an unknown place and are immediately thrust into a sick game of survival. It’s go, go, go from start to finish. The ending- it fits but I can see how some might not like it (for the record, I liked it). You’ll get closure for Sal and her friends, but it’s also left open for the next book (can’t wait for that to come to Audible!) 

Kim did a fanatic job of narrating- great character voices, great pace, and perfect for the intense situation. 

I highly recommend this one and while it’s not a new concept, it’s well-written and well-narrated. I was on the edge of my seat for this one and you will be too. 

Parental guidance/trigger warnings: Due to spoilers, I will only say things like death and violence. Language used: Fx161, Sx54 (I’m impressed Christopher, didn’t seem that like many)

Below gives a tad more details about the plot. May contain spoilers. You've been warned.
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After a night of drinking, Sal and her friends end up on an unknown island, thrust into a game of survival. It's a place where if you are wealthy enough, you can hunt humans. There is a game master of sorts. Sal and a few others turn the tables a couple of times, but is it enough to escape with their lives? Not telling you- sorry! I will say the story is left open for the next game of survival (but is it for Sal?). If you are familiar with Artinian's other works, you know it could go either way.  

Sunday, November 15, 2020

The Black Blade (A Huckster Novel) by Jeff Chapman and narrated by David Bosco

The Black Blade (A Huckster Novel) by Jeff Chapman and narrated by David Bosco is a fun listen. If you enjoy the setting of the Old West mixed with supernatural, this is def the book for you. 4 ½ stars for story, 5+ stars for narration.



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What’s it about? Orville and Jimmy are performing their usual when a man of sorts approaches them with a job to rid his house of a curse. Being Orville likes coins, he says yes, against Jimmy’s protest. From there, the adventure begins. You get magic, shifters, spirits, meet some people and form friendships, battling the bad, amusing sayings from Jimmy’s grandma, and more. It’s a book that you enjoy for the tale, not necessarily the character development. It’s an amusing story that you should give a listen.

The narrator, David Bosco, surprised me with this one. I actually had to confirm I was listening to the correct book as there were new voices I have yet to hear from David. His range of voices still amazes me. Even if this is not a story you would typically listen to, you should listen for David’s narration alone.

“You don’t wash a pure heart in a pond fouled with manure, my grandma said.”
“Fishing for gratitude is like fishing without bait.”
“A cutthroat who acts your friend is more dangerous than a dozen who come at you in the open.”

Overall, I recommend as this book has a nice mix of horror, comedy, and fantasy with an Old West feel.

Parental guidance/trigger warnings: some violence and death- it’s in an Old West style setting so you will hear mentions of hangings. Language used: hell x12.

Where to find the author: Jeff Chapman
Where to find the narrator: David Bosco

*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!

Saturday, November 14, 2020

The End of Everything Box Set (Books 1-3) by Christopher Artinian and narrated by Kim Bretton

The End of Everything Box Set (Books 1-3) by Christopher Artinian and narrated by Kim Bretton is a fantastic zombie series! Highly recommend if you are searching for a new zombie series, looking for strong female leads, love well-written stories, or are new to Christopher. Be aware that when you start, you will have a difficult time putting them down (brace yourself for 17 hours folks, seriously). This is the second time I have listened to this series and I still love it! 

Where to purchase:

Audible

Amazon


I listened to the books again for the boxed set and it held up to my original thoughts on the series (I even enjoyed it more the second time around). Book one starts with two sisters, Robyn (Bobby) and Wren struggling to find safety in the zombie apocalypse. They meet some not-so-good people, some good, and some straight up crazies. If you aren’t sure about Robyn at first, stick with it because she develops into someone you will like. Book two the characters continue to develop/story unfolds as the group navigates through the apocalypse with some loses and gains. Book three continues with the sisters dealing with new threats and not knowing who to trust and of course, zombies! The action is fast-paced, frequent, intense, and increases as the series goes on. The banter between the two sister’s gives it a hint of realness and it’s what I’d expect if a zombie apocalypse was to occur. The character development is great and you see the sister's become a force to be reckoned with.

Kim does a wonderful job as narrator and is a perfect fit. She brings the sister’s to life, has good pace, and overall adds to the story.

I highly recommend this series. Between Christopher’s writing and Kim’s narrations, it flows in all the right ways. There’s a reason these books get so many 5 star reviews. P.S. I’m still waiting for a network to make one of his series into a TV show/mini-series (Hey Amazon, you reading this?).

Parental guidance/trigger warnings: This is the zompoc folks- death, violence, occasional swearing, weapons, crazies and not nice people, drinking, or like things occur.

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


I was given a free review copy of the audiobooks at my request and have voluntarily left this review. Thank you for allowing me to listen and review the books because they are awesome!

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. 



Where to purchase: 

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!