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. 




Where to purchase: 


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

Monday, May 25, 2020

Safe Haven: Vengeance (Safe Haven, Book 5) by Christopher Artinian and narrated by Kim Bretton

A fast-paced, twisted world that I can’t get enough of! Once I start Christopher's books I can't put them down. Any zombie lover must give his stories a listen. Great cover, huh?



Where to puchase:
Amazon

Audible

Safe Haven: Vengeance (Safe Haven, Book 5) by Christopher Artinian and narrated by Kim Bretton sucked me in, but that’s not surprising as it’s a fantastic series. If you’re reading this, you better dedicate the next 7 hours 37 minutes to listening because once you start, you won’t be able to put it down. This book is fast-paced and contains lots of action. And seriously, Amazon/Hulu/Netflix/any other streaming services, when are you going to pick this up as a TV show/movie? 


What’s it about? The group is back and living at Safe Haven, only it’s never that simple in the apocalypse. Part of the group heads out to find Robyn (Wren’s sister) and become part of a demented game of a new enemy, while those at Safe Haven deal with an attack from another new enemy. Mike is haunted by a past foe, family tensions increase, while the groups struggle with blurring lines between right and wrong, loses occur, and of course all of this happening with RAMs all around. There is an underlying family theme. Loving, loving, loving the two series have merged- it certainly adds to the greatness of the story and worlds.

The narrator, Kim Bretton, was fabulous as usual! I can’t imagine anyone else narrating Christopher’s books. She nails the emotions, characters, pace, and everything else perfectly.

“Who is it?” shouted Jules.
“Who the hell do you think it is? F*** Jehovah’s Witnesses. Let us in,” Mike shouted.
(Christopher and Kim, I got a much needed chuckle out of this one, thank you!)

Yes, I absolutely recommend this series, especially if you are a zombie fan and love fast-paced action, but make sure to go in order. 


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

Parental guidance/trigger warnings: As I’ve stated before, this is the zombie apocalypse, there are not nice people doing not nice things- torture, death, weapons, zombies, violence, and like situations. This particular book in the series a women is raped (not described in detail). Language used: S x39, F x69.

Sunday, April 5, 2020

Suddenly, the Cider Didn't Taste So Good (Adventures of a Game Warden in Maine) by John Ford and narrated by Michael A. Smith

Suddenly, the Cider Didn't Taste So Good (Adventures of a Game Warden in Maine) by John Ford and narrated by Michael A. Smith is a good book if you need a pick-me-up or want to hear what life is like for a game warden. It’s guaranteed to give you some giggles, some shaking of your head, and possibly some tears. 4 ½ stars for stories, 4 stars narration.


Where to purchase:
Audible

Barnes & Noble

What’s it about? The book contains stories from John Ford Sr.’s time as a game warden in Maine. You get everything from funny to sad to frightening. Breakdown below.

Foreword by John Marsh (former Chief Warden of Maine) and Introduction by John Ford. Approximately 9 minutes.
Chapter 1: Just Dropping In, Ladies ~ John learns to embrace a flying situation. Approx. 7 minutes.
Chapter 2: Caught in the Trap~ It isn’t always who you think it is. Approx. 5 minutes.
Chapter 3: Drop the Waders!~ Poachers. Approx. 11 minutes.
Chapter 4: A Mater Manure-Spreader Gets His Comeuppance~ Bad hunters. Approx. 16 minutes.
Chapter 5: If You Step in it, You’ll Know~ Deer season. Approx. 13 minutes.
Chapter 6: The Moody Mountain Manhunt~ Tracking escapees from prison. Approx. 26 minutes.
Chapter 7: More Bang for Your Buck~ A deer lawn ornament of sorts. Approx. 5 minutes.
Chapter 8: I’m Lost, You Know!~ A search for a resident of an assisted living home. Approx. 6 minutes.
Chapter 9: Last Flight into Abbott’s International Airport~ Flying with Dana Toothaker, the “cowboy warden”. Approx. 12 minutes.
Chapter 10: The Warden Gets Caught~ A fisherman’s tales. Approx. 11 minutes.
Chapter 11: The Bogeyman~ Sometimes our imagination gets the best of us. Approx. 6 minutes.
Chapter 12: Daddy Who?~ John raises Who-Who and Boo-Hoo with the help of the community. Approx. 9 minutes.
Chapter 13: You’re Welcome, Deer~ Raising Bucky the deer. Approx. 9 minutes.
Chapter 14: The Game Warden and the Murderer~ A friendship of sorts forms. Approx. 22 minutes.
Chapter 15: Foot-jack-uh!~ The night hunters. Approx. 8 minutes.
Chapter 16: Night-Hunting for Drug Smugglers~ Exactly as the title indicates. Approx. 8 minutes.
Chapter 17: Right on Time~ Night hunters in court and one minute. Approx. 6 minutes.
Chapter 18: Don’t Mess with Blinky~ Decoy deer and night-hunters. Approx. 8 minutes.
Chapter 19: Leo and the Life Preservers~ Practice what you preach. Approx. 7 minutes.
Chapter 20: It Helps to Be a Damned Sneak~ Scaring illegal trappers. Approx. 6 minutes.
Chapter 21: A Ride-Along with the Boss~ Exactly as the title indicates. Approx. 10 minutes.
Chapter 22: Every Town Has Its Cast of Characters~ Exactly as the title indicates. Approx. 10 minutes.
Chapter 23: Care to Join Us in a Deer Drive?~ The hunting season. Approx. 7 minutes.
Chapter 24: A Real Hat Trick~ Sunday hunting. Approx. 5 minutes.
Chapter 25: Good News, Bad News!~ Don’t leave your wallet when doing illegal things. Approx. 7 minutes.
Chapter 26: The Improvised Lie-Detector Test~ Stupid people. Approx. 11 minutes.
Chapter 27: Cat Got Your Tongue?~ Coffee with friends. Approx. 7 minutes.
Chapter 28: Are You Lonesome Tonight?~ Elvis’s death and his grandmother. Approx. 6 minutes.
Chapter 29: Smoke Gets in Their Eyes~ A funny tale of illegal fishing. This one is one of my favs. Approx. 6 minutes.
Chapter 30: Excuse Me, Ma’am~ Two orphaned fawn, two women, and the need to urinate. Approx. 7 minutes.
Chapter 31: One Man’s Tragedy Saves Another Man’s Life- Mine~ John’s battle with cancer.
Chapter 32: 
An Albino Fisher? Come on, Jimbo!~ Jimbo the poacher. Approx. 7 minutes. 
Chapter 33: Where’s the Justice?~ A guy gets away with animal abuse. Approx. 6 minutes.
Chapter 34: Wile E. Fox Finds a Home~ Raising a fox, John gets a surprise and then heartbreak. Approx. 8 minutes.
Chapter 35: Suddenly, the Cider Didn’t Taste So Good~ An apple plus some. Approx. 7 minutes.

The narrator, Michael A. Smith, was good overall. Sometimes the accents would go in and out.

Parental guidance/trigger warnings: death (people, animals), friendship with Joel Fuller, cancer battle, a little preachy during the cancer battle as he relies on his faith to get him through, one story is about a guy who gets away with setting traps that purposely injure animals and there is no justice. Language used: SOB x4, Bastards, Sx2, damn/damned x78, hell x61.

Where to find the author: John passed away in 2018. You can visit his Find a Grave memorial here.
Where to find the narrator: I am unable to verify if Michael has a page for contact at this time.

*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, April 4, 2020

Dead Eye: The Skinwalker Conspiracies by Jim Bernheimer and narrated by Jeffrey Kafer

Dead Eye: The Skinwalker Conspiracies by Jim Bernheimer and narrated by Jeffrey Kafer is great second to the series. I loved this one more than the first- it’s one wild ride with Mike this time around. I really hope there is more of this series in the works. Seriously love it!
Where to purchase:
IndieBound

What’s it about? Mike is back and solving cases of vengeful/waiting spirits and is on a mission to find his father who has been possessed by a skinwalker. Eventually Mike teams up (sort of) with Lee Harvey Oswald, a previous nemesis, and some friends to take down Hernando De Soto, but things don’t go as planned. I’ll leave it at that due to spoilers. This is a fairly fast-paced book with lots of twists and turns. The flow is smoother than the first book.

The narrator, Jeffrey Kafer, did a great job once again. He really brought the characters and story to life.

I hope there is more of this world in the future. If you’re like me and enjoy tales that are out of left field, you should def check this series out.

“Everyone always jokes about the phrase, ‘The Lesser of Two Evils,’ but after experiencing it firsthand, I’d never look at it the same way again.”

“It never ceases to amaze me how often the root cause of a ghost’s problems end up being the living.”

“If Hell did exist and Cassandra finally made it there, I wondered if she’d look around and say, “I could run this place better.”

Parental guidance/trigger warnings: war mentions (Iraq/Civil), death, taking control of others bodies, drugging, or similar things. Language used: Sx17.

Where to find the author: Jim Bernheimer
Where to find the narrator: Jeffrey Kafer

*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!