Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Dead Warlock (Arcane Inc., Book 5) by Sean Stone and narrated by Hannibal Hills


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Dead Warlock (Arcane Inc., Book 5) by Sean Stone and narrated by Hannibal Hills is one I didn’t want to put down or end. I listened straight through and wish wish wish the final book was on audible but it's not yet, so I will quietly await it's release. If you enjoy fantasy with dark and magical undertones, this series is for you. Eddie's story has become one of my favs over the past year, if not my number one. 

It’s going to be difficult to write this review without spoilers as a lot happens, so here’s what I have for you: Eddie’s world becomes utter chaos- it’s full of unpredictable, intense, fast-paced action that all leads up to an epic ending. It doesn’t disappoint. The character and plot development are fantastic and get better with each book. 

The narrator, Hannibal Hills, did a good job bringing Eddie to life. He nails the tones perfectly. Pace is good. Easy to listen to.

Parental guidance/trigger warnings: This is a darker urban fantasy- expect things like death, violence, and not rainbows and unicorns. Language used: Fx41, Sx20


Where to find the author: Sean Stone

Where to find the narrator: Hannibal Hills

Time for Blood (The Blood Series, Book 3) by: Michael Lynes and narrated by David Bosco

Time for Blood (The Blood Series, Book 3) by: Michael Lynes and narrated by David Bosco is an excellent ending for the series. Highly recommend whether you’ve been following it or are new to it and looking for mythology mixed with fantasy. It will keep you interested, isn’t your run-of-the-mill tale, and the narration is marvelous. Did I mention David is one of my fav narrators out there?


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What's it about? Dev, Tray, and the others are back as the battle continues. The action starts from the get-go with the undead army and continues to the end. It’s unpredictable, has some laughs, and is fairly fast-paced. Without saying spoilers, there’s an epic decision for one. There are some added sound effects (ex. echos) for some of the characters, which fit for the story and are not excessive or distracting.

The narrator, David Bosco, helps to make this series stand out with his first-rate narration. The characters are distinct, pace is perfect, and it’s a pleasant listening experience.

I recommend and wish more people knew about this series as it’s fantastic all around. The author and narrator make a great team.

“Is that all you’ve got?” I let a judicious tone enter my voice. “Looks like you’ve lost a klick or two off your fastball there, Typho. But, hey! Don’t let it get you down, it could happen to anyone! I’d say a touch of performance-anxiety. Projectile dysfunction, maybe? I hear they’ve got this pill- but I digress”.

“Without choice, there could be no world.”

“Do not choose for love. Do not choose from pain. Remember all that you have learned- and then choose.”


Where to find the author: Michael Lynes

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!

Safe Haven- Neverland (Part 1) Book 7 of The Post-Apocalyptic Zombie Horror Series by Christopher Artinian and narrated by Kim Bretton

Christopher and Kim have done it again with Safe Haven- Neverland (Part 1). I keep waiting to be disappointed in the series but it just hasn't happened yet. This book was a tad different in regards to the action came later. If you haven't tried one of Christopher's zombies series and you're a zombie fan, you absolutely should be doing it ASAP. I'm waiting for his world to be developed into a TV show or movie. Full review below...

                                        


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Safe Haven- Neverland (Part 1) Book 7 of The Post-Apocalyptic Zombie Horror Series by Christopher Artinian and narrated by Kim Bretton is another good one for the series. This one has a little bit of family, hopes, and battles. And zombies of course. If you are following the series, you definitely need to listen to this one as it’s still great this far in! If you are new to Christopher’s books, make sure you start from the beginning or you’re missing out. You get invested in the characters- it’s impossible not to. It’s easy to listen to the books in one sitting. 4 ½ stars for story, 5 stars narration.

What’s it about? Part of the group is stuck and surrounded by zombies as a new threat emerges, while the other part of the group is fighting their own battles. We get a good amount of Mike in this book (his memories, he gets his hopes up, etc.), but a variety of the others as well. There are some defining moments. Without giving too much away, the group gears up for what I’m guessing will be an epic battle in the next book. Love the banter between Mike and Jules. Love the characters and their development. My only dislike was the action occurs a little later than normal, but it’s a good build up. There’s a bonus preview at the end of Christopher’s new post-apocalyptic series The Burning Tree with Kim narrating (wow Kim, great singing!).

The narrator, Kim Bretton, is brilliant. Love the accents and characters. Kim’s narration adds to the story.

Parental guidance/trigger warnings: death (killing, one suicide), memories of father’s abuse, and other post-apocalyptic type situations (no food). Language used: Fx68, Sx40.

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!

Tuesday, March 9, 2021

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

The End of Everything: Book Nine by Christopher Artinian and narrated by Kim Bretton is another great one! They make a fantastic author/narrator team. I keep waiting for a not-so-good book to come out where I'm like meh, but it hasn't happened yet and I'm questioning if it ever will. Every book Christopher writes pulls me in and is full of fast-paced action. I recommend this book if you’ve been following the series and if you haven’t, what are you waiting for? Seriously, go pick up book one. Fast-paced action, twists and turns, strong sibling relationship, character development, and more is what awaits you...


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What’s it about? Book nine picks up where the previous one left off with Wren, Mila, and Robyn trying to survive the events of Inverness and attempting to make their way back to Safe Haven. A new enemy, TrueBit, comes into play. This is another fast-paced story of survival, the sister’s love & banter, and struggles. Who to trust or not to trust? Run from or kill the zombies? To fall in love or risk any feelings? What weapon to pick? So many choices…

I’m loving the dynamic Mila brings to the group. Despite the girls being in the apocalypse, there’s always a couple comments of theirs that make me smile. Another plus? You get Chapter One of Safe Haven at the end and yes, you should totally be listening to it if you haven’t.


The narrator, Kim Bretton, was fantastic as usual. I have no complaints on her narrations and I can’t imagine anyone else voicing the sisters. Kim brings something special to the story and helps make the series stand out.


I highly recommend this series and Christopher’s other series. For those who haven’t listened to any of the books, clear your schedule when you do decide to listen because they are difficult to put down.

“Everybody had to peddle in something and hate was her preferred stock.”

“People always wanted to blame someone else for their own misfortune, and if somebody could offer them a reason for all the things that were bad in their lives, they would grasp on to it with both hands and never let go.”

Parental guidance/trigger warnings: As I’ve said before with these books, this is the zombie apocalypse with not nice people doing not nice things. If you can’t handle violence, death, or like things, this is probably not the book for you. This chapter of the sisters story might hit closer to home than previous books due to the TrueBrit group- politics, religion, extremists (I will leave it at that). Language used- Sx15 in German, Sx25 in English.

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!

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)

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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! 

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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!