Thursday, December 5, 2019

Optional Retirement Plan by Chris Pourteau and narrated by R. C. Bray

Optional Retirement Plan by Chris Pourteau and narrated by R. C. Bray is one hell of a listen! A def must listen if you’re into this genre. The action starts pretty much from the get-go and never lets up. I can’t recall the last time a book wowed me with so much non-stop action.


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What’s it about? Stacks has been the top hit man for the SynCorp for years. Now his Oldtimer’s (dementia) has kicked in, resulting in him spilling company secrets and making him the target. Instead of enjoying his last couple days the higher ups have given him, someone has put a hit out on him and everyone is trying to cash in the bounty. But Stacks is going out on his terms and it’s a wild and crazy ride to the end. The story is nicely done- you get a sense of what it’s like to slowly lose your mind. The snarky humor mixed with the somber reality works and works well.

The narrator, R. C. Bray, was the perfect fit. He really brought Stacks and his story to life.

“A man in my condition shouldn’t have to wade through that many dictionary words at one time.”
“I’ve learned Lady Luck is like any other female- short of patience for male baboonery and easy to piss off.”
“I guess you really do earn your fate.”
“I edged an eye around the corner and saw True Believer acquainting himself with his newfound state of being dead.”
“And the more spoiled the kids, the more likely they are to lose what those who came before them built.”

Overall I highly recommend, especially if violence, action, and noir style stories are your thing.

Parental guidance/trigger warnings: If you’ve ever known or taken care of someone with dementia/Alzheimer's, it may hit close to home (especially the sundowning). Swearing, death (the story revolves around assassins), violence, and similar elements. Chin@m@n used once.


*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!

Christmas at Pine Cottage by Renee Riva and narrated by Susan J. Iannucci

Christmas at Pine Cottage by Renee Riva and narrated by Susan J. Iannucci is a delightful Christmastime listen (really any time of the year). I recommend if you’re looking for something upbeat, light, with a hint of holidays and love.


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What’s it about? Ana’s family is unable to afford her a visit home during the holiday, so she stays at the boarding house where she meets a fellow musician and learns more than she ever thought possible. Learning to live and love with music being at the center.

The narrator, Susan J. Iannucci, did a wonderful job. Easy-to-listen-to and smooth.

Overall I highly recommend. This is not my typical listen and I absolutely enjoyed it, ended up listening straight through.

Parental guidance/trigger warnings: there is a mild religious undertone but it’s not preachy (I’m not religious and it didn’t rub me the wrong way). I hesitate to say anything more due to spoilers so will say a couple deaths due to fire accident but not told in detail. No swearing.

*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, December 3, 2019

Sailors and Sirens: Vigilante Justice in Florida and the Caribbean (The J.R. Finn Sailing Mystery Series, Book 4) by Charles Dougherty and narrated by David Bosco

Sailors and Sirens: Vigilante Justice in Florida and the Caribbean (The J.R. Finn Sailing Mystery Series, Book 4) by Charles Dougherty and narrated by David Bosco is another fantastic addition to the series! Highly recommend if you’re looking for a new mystery or just a great series. The story and narration flow in all the right ways. When you start any book in this series, you’re going to want to listen straight through- you’ve been warned.


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What’s it about? The story picks up with Finn and Mary working for Forces, only this time, Mary has an agenda of her own. The first half focuses on Finn and his jobs with the pair reuniting about half way through. There’s some action (though not as much as some of the other books), return of previous characters, a little romance, Mary’s history, logistics, new enemies, sailing elements, Mary learns the ins and outs, and more. This is one that keeps you guessing as you never quite know if Mary is on Finn’s side or on her own and I’m still not sure (that’s a good thing). The beginning gives a brief recap that wasn’t too long or too short. Make sure to start from the beginning if you are new to the series or you will miss key elements and a great story/narration.

David Bosco did an outstanding job once again. He nails the characters and helps to make the story a great one. He’s on my list of narrators I’m following- do yourself a favor and check out his other narrations.

“Put it behind you. It’s all in the past. We can’t change the past and you mustn’t let it ruin our future.”

Overall I highly recommend, this series is one that I will be listening to again.

Parental guidance/trigger warnings: I will be keeping it minimal due to spoilers. Death (the MC’s are assassins so think about what comes with that profession), talk about prostitution and being sexually abused, sex indicated but not in detail. Language used: Sx13, some damns and hells.

*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!

Sunday, November 3, 2019

Tribe of Daughters by Kate L. Mary and narrated by Nikki Zakocs

Dark and powerful...this one is difficult to put into words as I fear I won't be giving it justice. Tribe of Daughters by Kate L. Mary and narrated by Nikki Zakocs is a powerful story not for the faint of heart. Highly recommend if you are new to Kate’s books or looking for a darker dystopian story. 



Where to purchase:
Amazon

What’s it about? Jameson is on a business trip when he is abducted by a group of women. They are unlike any women he has met before- they live in the forest, have no contact with outsiders, hunt their own food, build their own shelters, the men’s only purpose is to serve the women and provide variations into their offspring (the background is given not too far in as to why things are the way they are). If the men fail to do as asked or fail to follow the rules, they are beaten or killed depending on the crime. As Jameson acclimates to a new way of life, he is picked by the tribal leaders daughter Wilderness, to be hers. They grow fond of each other resulting in challenges to long held traditions and when the group is threatened, the men and women must come together or face death. Yes, there is a lot more but keeping spoilers to a minimum.

Some parts were difficult to listen to, while some were heartwarming, and some heartbreaking. There are lessons to be learned if you chose to take that route, otherwise just sit back and appreciate the story as it is well-written and absorbing. The story changes viewpoints between Jameson and Wilderness and you will have no problem knowing whose turn it is. I finished this story five days ago and I’m still thinking about it and trying to figure out how to review it in a way that will give it justice. With that being said, I highly recommend and you should definitely give this book a listen. This would also be a good choice for a book club as many discussions can be had.

The narrator, Nikki Zakocs, was good overall. It took me a couple chapters to adjust to Jameson’s voice, but when I did, it was fine in the long run (could just be me and my preference). 4 ½ stars for narration.

“She is everything I am destined to be but so much stronger than I am in every way and I have no idea how I will ever be able to walk in her footsteps without falling.”~ Wilderness thinking about her mother.

A couple of the thoughts I had while listening: power corrupts regardless of gender, if women did the things men do (relax folks, I’m not saying all men or all women), and how our actions and choices set events in motion and how they shape our society.

Parental guidance/trigger warnings:
This is not a story for the faint of heart. It contains violence, death, drugging of males for sex, sex trafficking, hunting animals for food, whippings, a dog fight, kidnapping, rape, casting aside children due to gender, and similar elements.

Where to find the author: Kate L. Mary
Where to find the narrator: Nikki Zakocs

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Wicked Warlock of Oz (Genderbent Fairytales Collection, Book 6) by KuroKoneko Kamen and narrated by L. A. Johnson

Wicked Warlock of Oz (Genderbent Fairytales Collection, Book 6) by KuroKoneko Kamen and narrated by L. A. Johnson is another fantastic adult retelling for the Genderbent world! I highly recommend if you are like me and are not a fan of old school fairytales and enjoy an adult, modern twist to them. Love the covers for her books, don't you?


Where to purchase:
Barnes & Noble


What to expect: The summary always does a wonderful job and without giving too many spoilers away I’ll leave it at magic, friendships, love, teleportation, emerald mines, sex, humor, elves, trolls, princess, demon, Black Swamp village, and plenty more. Good character development and world building.

I love that her stories connect the characters over the course of the series. If you are new to her, you can start with any of the books, although I recommend beginning with the first as the characters will make more sense.

The narrator, L. A. Johnson, was pleasant. As the series continues, the narrations become more polished. 4 ½ stars for this one.

Overall I recommend, it’s an entertaining story sure to keep your interest.

Parental guidance/trigger warnings: This is an adult retelling that contains mature themes. Occasional swearing, violence, death, sex, and like elements.

*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!

Where to find the author: KuroKoneko Kamen

Where to find the narrator: L. A. Johnson

Thursday, October 10, 2019

The Baddest Bitch in the Room by Sophia Chang

The Baddest Bitch in the Room by Sophia Chang is by far the best memoir I’ve listened to. I unconditionally recommend it, especially if you enjoy memoirs, want to learn a little more about the music industry, or just looking for something new. Go on, listen to it, you won’t be disappointed.


Where to purchase:
Audible

What to expect (a small amount of what’s covered in the book): life with her parents and brother (growing up to current time), her parents history, humor, losses, meeting Joey Ramone, working with Paul Simon, what lead her to the path of managing Wu-Tang and other artists, moving from Vancouver to New York, various jobs in the industry, mentors, the rise of hip-hop, martial arts training, pregnancy/child birth, relationships, trip to China, losing oneself and finding oneself again (and the continued search), change of the music industry to digital, relying on parents even in adulthood, family illness, why asking where are you from is a loaded question, the friendships between Sophia and members of Wu Tang and other artists, and the general ups and downs of life. There’s cameos from other well-known artists and family members. There is bonus content at the end, which includes audio from the recording process. Occasional slang is used (listeners may not know the meaning but should have no problem understanding). There are emotional moments in the book and they will make you feel something.

Sophia narrating her own book was fantastic- she is easy to listen to and the emotional parts of it add to the overall greatness. There are added sound effects throughout and at first I wasn’t sure about them being in a memoir, but as it progressed it made sense/fit, so if you are like meh, stick with it.

Why should you listen if you don’t know who Sophia Chang is? Because it’s a phenomenal book! The cover is fierce and that’s what drew me in. I didn’t know who Sophia was and it kept me interested from start to finish- who needs to sleep? I listened in one sitting, so be warned before you start, you won’t want to put it down. Glad I took a chance on this one, you should do the same. By the end, you won’t be asking who is Sophia Chang, you’ll be saying she’s the woman behind the scenes, a role model, strong, gorgeous, able to do anything...

A couple quotes from the book:
“Listening to that song was like taking the red pill in the matrix, once I’d heard it, I could never unhear it.”
“That after all is what we’re here for, to be in service of others.”
“F*ck your model minority!”

Parental guidance/trigger warnings: swearing (in the explicit version), Korean War talk and the atrocities, abuse from a school teacher, racism (some slurs used), mention of the LA riots, suicide (Chris Lighty), death (ODB and her father’s cancer), infidelity, R. Kelly and Michael Jackson mentioned, sex talk, Hurricane Sandy. Probably more I’m forgetting (I just wanted to listen and not write down but hopefully this gives you a general idea).

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Pickle Pie (A Cyberpink Story) by George Saoulidis and narrated by Luke Rounda

An enthralling Cyberpunk GameLit fantasy! Pickle Pie (A Cyberpink Story) by George Saoulidis and narrated by Luke Rounda is an entertaining and crazy good cyberpunk tale sure to keep you interested from start to finish. Strongly recommend if you enjoy Cyberpunk/GameLit or just looking for something new in the genre. 

Where to purchase:
IndieBound

What’s it about? Hector unintentionally becomes owner of a part cyborg athlete named Patty, who plays for the Pinup Girls in Cyberpink. Cyberpink is a brutal, almost anything goes, popular sport (Google Jugger if you’re not familiar with the sport). From there Hector learns to navigate the sleazy, violent world he is now a part of, despite being reluctant do to so (the extent of his bad boy self is making armor for the local organized crime). Not long in, you will find yourself rooting for Hector and the girls.

Some of the other elements of the story: game stats, debt bondage, Greek mythology (nicely reimagined), humor, cryptocurrency/blockchain, tech, violence, death, repairing cyborgs, friendships, villains, ARO (augmented reality object), hackers, the responsibilities/moral dilemmas of owning an athlete, blood (pink blood- wait, what? Read/listen to the book), robotic mule, and swearing.

The added sound effects are perfect- not too much, not too little. Instead of chapters, it’s told as drops. The first couple drops set up the story, so stick with it if you’re a bit muddled- it will all make sense shortly (not saying more due to spoilers). I listened in one session.

The narrator, Luke Rounda, was a perfect fit for this one. He nailed the voices and effects.

Overall I strongly recommend. It’s nicely written and it’s clear there was a lot of thought put into fleshing out this world.

Parental advisory/trigger warnings:
read the warning for the ebook. If you read it and are still wondering if you should read/listen to it, the answer is yes.

“I was given this book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.”

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Dead State: Survival Road (Dead State, Book 2) by Derek Shupert and narrated by B.C. Archer

“What do I know? I’m just a kid, after all.” Dead State: Survival Road (Dead State, Book 2) by Derek Shupert and narrated by B.C. Archer is a great second book to the series. Recommend for those who enjoy YA zompoc stories. 4 ½ stars for story and narration. 

Where to purchase:
Amazon

The story picks up where the first book left off and fairly quickly picks up the pace. James, his dog Duke, and new friend Lucas are making their way to a safe zone where James’s sister and mom are said to be. Only Lucas has heard it’s not safe anymore, but nevertheless, they are off to find them. Along the way, they meet Cassie and Mack, the former a potential love interest. There is of course some chaser action throughout. How would I sum up the book? It’s a combo of zombie apocalypse 101 and life lessons. And James, chasers are twenty points...

So why only 4 ½ stars? While it’s an improvement from the first book, there’s still some unneeded dialogue (stating the obvious/repeats). It’s a good YA zombie book and you should def check it out. I appreciate it’s not all rainbows and sunshine.

The narrator, B.C. Archer, did a good job. Better voices this time around, but occasionally too monotone. I asked my BIL (who’s a YA and doesn’t like audiobooks) what his thoughts were on the narrator- he said he’s was good, hence why I’m writing this.

Overall I enjoyed the book and look forward to the third. I do recommend. A little note to Derek: Please don’t Old Yeller Duke or we’re gonna throwdown ;)

A couple of quotes from the book:

“I have now come full circle to what this world wants me to be.”

“But hey, what do I know? I’m just a kid, after all.”

Parental guidance/trigger warnings: it’s a zompoc so themes related to that- death, killing of zombies.
language used: s x1, damn x7, piss/ed x5, hell x14, bastard x3

“I was given this book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.”

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Safe Haven -Realm of the Raiders (Book 2 of the Post-Apocalyptic Zombie Horror Series)

Holy $*&!- need I say more? Team Mike, Emma, Lucy, and Humphrey all the way! Safe Haven -Realm of the Raiders (Book 2 of the Post-Apocalyptic Zombie Horror Series) by Christopher Artinian and narrated by Kim Bretton is a series all zombie fans should be listening to...


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Safe Haven -Realm of the Raiders (Book 2 of the Post-Apocalyptic Zombie Horror Series) by Christopher Artinian and narrated by Kim Bretton is a fast-paced, on the edge of your seat, wild ride through the apocalypse! Would recommend this series if you enjoy fast-paced zombie action with a great story behind it.

This is yet another series by Christopher I can envision happening...it’s easy to listen to and get sucked in (you’d be best to clear your schedule before you begin listening to both of his Safe Haven series if you know what’s good for you).

What’s it about? Mike and his entourage are settling into their new location, but it’s not long before it’s under attack and things get complicated. You get zombies (descriptions are excellent), action, blood and gore, betrayal, love, family, bad guys, losses and gains, weapons, character growth, killer rats, and more. The minor characters add to the story all in a good way, especially Humphrey (the dog). Nice to see characters from The End of Everything make an appearance. My only gripe (it’s hard to even write this) is I’d like to see the children get on board- they’ve been through a lot in a small amount of time, time for them to get on the zombie killing board or…

The narrator, Kim Bretton, did a marvelous job. She brings the characters to life and is easy to listen to.

Overall, I highly recommend, especially if you are a zombie fan. You can’t go wrong with either of his Safe Haven series.

Parental guidance/trigger warnings: this is a dark zompoc book- swearing, suicide of a woman and her daughter, guy treats dead body violently, mention of a suicide pact, violence, weapons, women are forced into sex work, death, Afghanistan mention, and probably more things I’m forgetting (it’s easy to get into the book and forget to write info down).

*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!

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

Monday, September 9, 2019

The End of Everything: Book 2 by Christopher Artinian and narrated by Kim Bretton

The End of Everything: Book 2 by Christopher Artinian and narrated by Kim Bretton is full of action and difficult to put down. Go ahead and clear your schedule to listen to this straight through, you’ll thank me later. 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:
Amazon

The second book in the series begins with Robyn and Wren attempting to find their way in their new home/world, but since it’s the zombie apocalypse, things are never easy. While learning new survival skills, their group suffers some losses but also makes some gains (that’s all I’m saying due to spoilers). Throw in some sibling banter, humor, and love, their relationship grows- great character development. The banter is not as much as the first book for those who were put off by it. Christopher’s writing flows in all the right ways and the story is well-written.

There’s a hint of realness to this series (maybe because I can envision the siblings as my brother and me?), but it’s what I’d expect if a zombie apocalypse was to occur. It’s one of the most intense zombie books I’ve listened to/recall recently- in a good way of course.

The narrator, Kim Bretton, did a wonderful job. She really brings the sister’s to life. Kim is a perfect fit for the series.

Overall, I highly recommend, especially if you enjoy zompoc books with lots of action.

Parental guidance/trigger warnings: not staying much due to spoilers, but contains things such as violence, death, weapons, occasional swearing, and drinking.

*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!

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

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Vigilantes and Lovers (J.R. Finn Sailing Mystery Series, Book 3) by Charles Dougherty and narrated by David Bosco

Vigilantes and Lovers (J.R. Finn Sailing Mystery Series, Book 3) by Charles Dougherty and narrated by David Bosco is another great book in the J.R. Finn Sailing Mystery Series! Recommend picking this series up if you enjoy mysteries with sailing elements or looking for something new. 


The story continues with Mary and Finn attempting to uncover the other players in the game, but is it really as it seems? Old and new characters make an entrance and...exit. It always comes down to who’s playing who. And that’s all you’re getting due to spoilers. While this isn’t the strongest book in the series, it is an important one as a lot of questions are answered. There’s not as much action as the previous as the focus is on the detective work, but it’s still a fun listen.

David Bosco shines once again. I’d recommend listening to the audiobook as David’s narrations are wonderful and add to the story.

Parental guidance/trigger warnings: killing, drugging, and violence. Language used: slur used once (fa****),bitch x10, fx1,slut x2,s*!t 20 plus times, hell x7, damn x11. The main characters are assassins.

Where to purchase: 
Amazon

Where to find the author: Charles Dougherty
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!

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Retribution (The Outliers Saga, Book 3) by Kate L. Mary and narrated by Grace Sylvan

Retribution (The Outliers Saga, Book 3) by Kate L. Mary and narrated by Grace Sylvan is my favorite post-apocalyptic/dystopian series of the year! Despite the darker themes, there is an empowering feel to these books. Recommend you stop what you're doing and start listening to this series asap!


Where to purchase:
Indiebound

Retribution (The Outliers Saga, Book 3) by Kate L. Mary and narrated by Grace Sylvan is a phenomenal final book! Highly recommend if you are looking for a new post-apocalyptic/dystopian novel, are new to Kate’s books, or looking for an incredible darker yet empowering series.

The final book in The Outliers Saga begins where previous events left off. Asa is caught trying to open the gates, Indra is recovering from an assassination attempt. Lesander, Emori, Saffron, Nyko, Ontari, Roan, Zuri, and everyone else (plus some) are back. We learn of Indra’s parents, learn more about the untouchables, and get closure. That’s all I’m saying due to spoilers, but you won’t be disappointed.

The book is told through Asa and Indra’s point of views. This being the final book in the series leaves me feeling bittersweet- I can’t help but want more. You could listen to this on it’s own, but I wouldn’t recommend it as you will miss key elements from the first two books.

The narrator, Grace Sylvan, did a wonderful job yet again. If you are new to this series, I liken her accent for the series to a style reminiscent of Cloud Atlas.

Favorite lines from the book: 
“Everyone has a heart, but not everyone understands it’s an asset.” “Weakness, my friend, is never an asset.” 

Overall, I highly recommend. I put The Outliers Saga as my favorite post-apocalyptic/dystopian series of the year. If you haven’t tried Kate’s books, it’s time to do so.

Parental guidance/trigger warnings: This series contains darker themes, such as abuse (physical, mental, sexual), rape (remembering of past traumas/indication rape occurred), death, violence, and like elements.


*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!

Where to find the author: Kate L. Mary
Where to find the narrator: Grace Sylvan

Monday, August 26, 2019

The Devil's Gunman by Philip S. Bolger and narrated by K. C. Johnston

The Devil's Gunman by Philip S. Bolger and narrated by K. C. Johnston is an excellent debut novel! Hoping there is a follow up. It's a refreshing take on vampires and the supernatural genre. Full review below...  


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The Devil's Gunman by Philip S. Bolger and narrated by K. C. Johnston is an awesome debut novel! And I’m not just saying that because the story takes place in my home state or because he spelled Gunderson correctly 😊 Would recommend if you’re looking for something fresh in this genre. 4 ½ stars for story. 5 stars for narration.

What’s it about? The summary is spot on, not sure what more I can add without giving spoilers away, but here goes nothing...Nick who was once a hit man for the Duke of Hell, is the second person ever to be let out of a contract and from there, his life becomes more challenging. You’ll get hell hounds, a chimera, a jiangshi, vampire covens, magic, a romantic interest, humor, plot twists, action, and more. At one point the main character says “I’m a former gunman to the devil being pursued by BDSM hell hounds and a vampire coven who own a convenience store chain.” The book does wrap up nicely and can be left as a stand alone but I hope this is not the case. I’d like to see some more of Nick and Lotus- maybe she could have her own spin-off book?

I enjoyed the vampire covens were different and not the typical one type fits all. The descriptions of the areas and people are right on- I assure you Philip is not making up the hipster comments (I laughed several times at these). I also enjoyed the local references/places- Hotel Ivy, Lake Minnetonka (Mille Lacs Lake is better though Philip), Jucy Lucy’s, Uptown, etc.

The narrator, K. C. Johnston (aka KC Johnston in previous books), was absolutely fantastic! Nice to see his range of voices in this book. He sounds like he’s from WAY up north, or gasp- Fargo! KC is one of three narrators I’m following because he is remarkable with his craft- can’t wait to see what’s next for him.

Overall, I recommend, especially if you’re looking for something fresh in the genre and something that will hold your interest.

Parental guidance/trigger warnings: death, talk of war/slur- J@p scum used once, burning of school children and then shooting them during the war, suicide by hanging mentioned once, killing of spouse with knife by slashing throat, sex (not too graphic, more so mentions of what toys they used), some religion talk (very minimal given the subject matter and not preachy), mention of drugs (heroin/cocaine), mention of prostitution, fighting/violence, swearing throughout. The MC is a hit man so you can expect violent adult themes.

*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!

Where to find the author: Philip Bolger
Where to find the narrator: KC Johnston

Sunday, August 25, 2019

The Zombie War Battle for Britain by Tom Holroyd and narrated by Aubrey Parsons

WOW!!! The Zombie War Battle for Britain by Tom Holroyd and narrated by Aubrey Parsons is captivating and well-written/narrated! Highly recommend whether or not you're new to the zombie genre or a season vet. Full review below...


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The Zombie War Battle for Britain by Tom Holroyd and narrated by Aubrey Parsons is a perfect book for those craving a zombie fix or for those just venturing into the genre. The stories are sure to gratify any zombie fan and I highly recommend!

The book tells survivors accounts of the zombie war, recorded for the National Archive, five years after the end of the war. The stories take place in the UK and contain a nice variety- military, police, CCTV operator, regular folks, and more. There are sounds for the transitions to each story but stops once the story begins.

When I first started this book, I thought oh no it’s going to be a WWZ rip off, but as I listened, I found that is not the case- this book holds it’s own and is outstanding. I tried to find something I didn’t like, but I couldn’t find anything. I’m sure I’m going to get some negative votes for saying this, but here it is anyways: I liked this book better than the audible version of WWZ. Yep, for reals...

The narrator, Aubrey Parsons, did a lovely job with these. Easy to listen to voice, steady, and unique. Would listen to another book by him.

This will be a repeat listen for sure. If this author made a book for each country, I’d purchase each one. I look forward to what’s next for Tom. Whether you are new to Z’s or a seasoned Z-vet, this should be in your to listen to list.

Parental guidance/trigger warnings: death, war crimes, mass murder, mention of the New Orleans hurricane, Manson family reference, Afghanistan War mention/talk, The Killing Fields mentioned, gangs, drugs, organ trade, some swearing throughout. Possibly more I’m forgetting so think of the apocalypse and the bad things that can happen.

*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!

Where to find the author: Tom Holroyd
Where to find the narrator: Aubrey Parsons

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Time Travelling Taxman (All Books) by Rachel Ford and narrated by John Carter Aimone

Initially I was going to create separate posts for these books, but going to add them as I go so they are all on one page beginning with the first. Updated and finished on 9/2/2019.

Book 1:
T-Rexes and Tax Law (Time Travelling Taxman, Book 1) by Rachel Ford and narrated by John Carter Aimone was a fun time travel adventure! Dinos, humor, time travel, what's not to like? Full review below.


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T-Rexes and Tax Law (Time Travelling Taxman, Book 1) by Rachel Ford and narrated by John Carter Aimone turned out to be a fun and humorous time traveling story. If you love time travel, this is the book for you.

What’s it about? Alfred and Nancy are investigating tax fraud. They find a little more than they bargain for and end up traveling to the time of the dinosaurs. While they do find the man of the company they are investigating, problems arise as things are not as Alfred has hoped for. Other things you’ll get: friendship, betrayal, survival of a group, time travel and what’s expected with it, hidden labs, dinosaur adventures, and more.

I ended up loving the book. At first I wasn’t sure as Alfred is a “by the rules/goody two shoes” kind of guy and there were times I wanted to smack him upside the head. Nancy helps to put Alfred in his place. She is a strong woman who knows what she wants and won’t put up with Alfred’s crap. If you start the book and are like man, this guy...stick with it as his character does develop into a not so annoying one. The supporting cast turns out to be just as great as the two main characters.

The narrator, John Carter Aimone, did a good job. He definitely helped to make the characters, especially Alfred.

Overall, I recommend as it’s well-written, entertaining, and a light read/listen. I’m already on to the second book in the series.

Parental guidance/trigger warnings: a couple swear words (f’s) but very minimal as the MC doesn’t believe in swearing, guns (for survival and other uses- not saying due to spoilers), mention of serving in the Marine’s but no war talk, death. Overall, it’s a very light read. I’d have no problem letting my teen listen to this, or my younger child.

Book 2:
Book two was quite different from the first book...3 stars


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UFOs & Unpaid Taxes (Time Traveling Taxman, Book 2) by Rachel Ford and narrated by John Carter Aimone overall was OK, but it didn’t draw me in like the first book. Would recommend if you’ve listened to the first book in the series.

What’s it about? Alfred is back and manages to get roped into rescuing an alien and pulls Nancy and Josh into the mix. From there, they bring the alien on some adventures of every day life. For those who are new to Alfred, he tends to make some bonehead moves and is a by the book kind of guy. I enjoyed the second half more than the first as that was where the action happened. It should be forewarned there is no time travel in this book.

Regarding narration, it felt like the pauses were longer and the speech was drawn out more in this book. Maybe because the story just didn’t do it for me this time?

The good news? Book three is turning out to be fantastic, so if book two doesn’t do it for you, know that book three is better and similar to the first. 

Parental guidance/trigger warnings: a little romance (nothing graphic), some swearing but very minimal as the MC doesn’t swear, breaking and entering (it’s indicated, but that’s all I’ll say due to spoilers), drugging of MC, a man grabs the aliens butt. Overall these books are pretty tame for the genre.


Book 3:
MarvelousCon & Tax Cons (Time Travelling Taxman, Book 3) by Rachel Ford and narrated by John Carter Aimone is the best one in the series in my opinion, or at least so far...


Where to purchase:
Audible
Amazon
iTunes

MarvelousCon & Tax Cons (Time Travelling Taxman, Book 3) by Rachel Ford and narrated by John Carter Aimone is a fun one and the best in the series so far! Would recommend if you have been following from the beginning or if you are new and looking for a time travel book. 4 ½ stars for story. 3 stars for narration.

What are Alfred and Nancy up to this time? Nancy unknowingly stumbles upon fraud during a routine tax audit that endangers their lives while attending a Sci-Fi convention called MarvelousCon. From there the time travel adventures begin and poor Josh gets dragged into the mix...again. In the beginning there’s quite a few relationship woes- stick with it because it does pick up and once it does, it’s a fun story. I enjoyed the humor.

The narrator, John Carter Aimone, did an OK job with it. I wish some of the pauses and speech weren’t so slow at times. Sometimes it works, other times it’s too much. He does voice Alfred well and brings him to life.

Overall I recommend. Your inner nerd will appreciate this one.

Parental guidance/trigger warnings: repeat death, minimal swearing (Alfred is a buy the books/innocent kind of guy and doesn’t believe in swearing.

Book 4:
Time Slips & Tax Thieves (Time Travelling Taxman, Book Four) 


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Time Slips & Tax Thieves (Time Travelling Taxman, Book Four) by Rachel Ford and narrated by John Carter Aimone is another fun one with Alfred and Nancy (and everyone they drag into their time travel shenanigans)! Definitely recommend this one- the books get better as the series moves forward.

What’s it about? Alfred and Nancy go camping and while “roughing it”, their tent gets full of water, resulting in the time machine malfunctioning. They then glitch to multiple alternative realities before ending up in medieval times. From there, the good and not so good times roll. This is a book for those wanting a happy end.

The narrator, John Carter Aimone, was OK. I’ve made it clear in previous reviews the speed is a bit slow my taste. My solution to this is to speed up the narration a bit and that solved my issue with it (if you find this is the case, try this before quitting the book). John does voice Alfred well- I can’t imagine another voice for Alfred.

Parental guidance/trigger warnings: Overall the book is light. Alfred doesn’t believe in swearing and is a very by the book kind of guy. There is an addiction theme in this particular book.

*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!
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Where to find the author: Rachel Ford
Where to find the narrator: John Carter Aimone

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Point of Impact: A Post-Apocalyptic Survival Thriller (Nuclear Dawn, Book 1) by Kyla Stone and narrated by Stacey Glemboski

Point of Impact: A Post-Apocalyptic Survival Thriller (Nuclear Dawn, Book 1) by Kyla Stone and narrated by Stacey Glemboski is an intense, exciting ride! Wow to the characters and story development- if you enjoy the post-apocalyptic genre, this is a must listen. Full review below...


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Point of Impact: A Post-Apocalyptic Survival Thriller (Nuclear Dawn, Book 1) by Kyla Stone and narrated by Stacey Glemboski will keep you on the edge of your seat! Great world building and wow to the characters! This is my first book by Kyla Stone and it won’t be my last. Recommend if you’re looking for something in the post-apocalyptic genre, something new and will hold your attention, or a shorter listen- it’s well worth the money/credit.

What’s it about? A group of strangers are brought together after a nuke hits. Dakota is trying to get to her sister, Eden, who is at her foster family’s house. Eden is waiting for her sister to rescue her while dealing with the trauma from past abuse. Logan has a dark past and just wants to drink his troubles away. Maddox, a dangerous man from the sister’s past, is hunting them when the nuke hits. The minor characters play an important role despite the story being told from Dakota, Eden, Logan, and Maddox’s point of view. I enjoyed the different point of views and that the author continued moving the story forward with each one versus rehashing the story from each different angle. The characters are well thought out- you get a little of their past and you can’t help but want to know more. The is a series so you won’t get closure with this one. Chances are by the end of the book you will be asking yourself what if this did happen? How would I handle it?

The narrator, Stacey Glemboski, was great. Easy to listen to voice and good pace. I would listen to another book by her.

Overall, I highly recommend especially if you are into the post-apocalyptic genre.

Parental guidance/trigger warnings: nuclear bombs- fallout and death from them, foster system problems (abuse), alcoholism, gangs (Latin Kings), guns, violence (what you’d expect if the world fell apart), one racist man (who dies but blames the nuke on Muslims before hand- one slur), hints/thinking about past abuse that sister’s suffered at hands of religious organization (not saying too much due to spoilers but one sister lost her ability to talk).

*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!

Where to find the author: Kyla Stone
Where to find the narrator: Stacey Glemboski

Friday, August 16, 2019

The End of Everything: Book 1 by Christopher Artinian and narrated by Kim Bretton

The End of Everything: Book 1 by Christopher Artinian and narrated by Kim Bretton is an entertaining zompoc story. Just two siblings making their way through the apocalypse...I easily imagined this being my brother and me. Full review below...


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The End of Everything: Book 1 by Christopher Artinian and narrated by Kim Bretton turned out to be an incredible story about two siblings that has a hint of realness to it. This would be my brother and me during the zombie apocalypse (me wanting to smack him upside the head mainly...). Would recommend if you enjoy zombie books.

What’s it about? Two sisters, Wren and Robyn (Bobby), are trying to find safety in the zombie apocalypse, but it’s never that easy. Wren has her head on straight and knows what must be done to survive, while Robyn is a bit in denial plus some. They meet some not-so-good people, some good, and some straight up crazies. The banter between them helps make the book fun and stand out from others zompoc stories and adds a realness to it. It’s a fast-paced story with a good amount of action. The story does leave an opening for future books. If you aren’t sure about the oldest sister Robyn at first, stick with it because her character does develop into someone you will like.

Christopher has written an engaging story that is difficult to put down (I listened in one sitting). This is the second book I’ve listened to by him and I haven’t been disappointed.

The narrator, Kim Bretton, did a wonderful job. I enjoyed her bringing the sister’s to life.

Overall I recommend, especially if you enjoy the zompoc genre.

Parental guidance/trigger warnings: Swearing off and on throughout, drinking, guy attempts to attack/rape one of the sister's, drugging of one sister so guy can lure the other elsewhere, weapons (knives, javelins), death (people, zombies- but the Z’s are already dead so why I am writing this?)...

*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!

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

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Safe Passage (Black Flag, Book 1) by Rachel Ford and narrated by Barbara Rich

Safe Passage (Black Flag, Book 1) by Rachel Ford and narrated by Barbara Rich is a fun space opera with a lighter YA romance feel to it. Overall I'd recommend if you're looking for a space opera with romance to it. I love the cover, don't you? Full review below...P.S. I'm half way through her
T-Rexes and Tax Law (Time Travelling Taxman, Book 1) and enjoying it a lot.

Where to purchase:
Audible

Safe Passage (Black Flag, Book 1) by Rachel Ford and narrated by Barbara Rich is a fun space opera. Would recommend if you’re into space operas or looking for something new that has a light YA romance feel to it.

What’s it about? Kay has made some not good choices that left her fleeing from the conglomerate. Enter Maggie and her crew and the adventures begin. There’s a good amount of focus on romance (more of a YA feel to it) mixed with space elements. Other things you’ll come across: planets, different races, pirates, bots, space ships, betrayal, love, death, kidnapping, heists, and more. Four stars for story- at times the dialogue was a bit drawn out. Part of me wonders if the narrator had been more for me if I would be rating it five stars...

The narrator, Barbara Rich, was OK. I’m not sure she is a good fit for this series. I enjoyed her speaking voice (easy to listen to) but most of the character voices I struggled with in the long run. And maybe she’s just not for me and you’ll feel different? Three stars for narration.

Overall I recommend if you are looking for something new in the space opera genre, looking to venture in it, or for a light romance.

Parental guidance/trigger warnings: kidnapping, kissing and sex indicated (light romance/not in graphic details- a YA feel to it), forced touching of leg by bad guy to the MC- also grabbing of hair forcefully to remove MC from bar, death (multiple), stealing, black out drunk, and possibly more I’m forgetting. Going light on the warnings due to spoilers.

*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!

Where to find the author: Rachel Ford
Where to find the narrator: Barbara Rich

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Wedding Woes (Winston Wong Cozy Mystery, Book 3) by J. J. Chow and narrated by Noah DeBiase

Wedding Woes (Winston Wong Cozy Mystery, Book 3) by J. J. Chow and narrated by Noah DeBiase is a fun, well-written, cozy mystery. I recommend it if you're into mysteries, looking for a shorter listen, or something new. The characters are fun and unique. Noah does a great job bringing them to life. Full review below...


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Wedding Woes (Winston Wong Cozy Mystery, Book 3) by J. J. Chow and narrated by Noah DeBiase is a fun, easy-to-listen to Cozy Mystery. Would recommend if you are looking for a cozy mystery, a short listen, or something fun/new. You won’t be disappointed with this one.

What’s it about? Winston is set to get married and runs into a few bumps along the way. Due to problems with the venue, the wedding is set to take place at his friends new “Winchester Mystery Shack”. Problems arise when a death takes place at the rehearsal, leading Winston to play detective. There’s a decent amount of twists and turns, some humor, and the characters are believable and relatable (some are quite colorful in a good way). It doesn’t end in a cliffhanger. I enjoyed how the author brought local area/attractions to the book.

I did not read the first two books in the series and had no problem following along. This book makes me want to listen to the previous ones to see how Winston’s sleuthing began. I listened in one sitting.

The narrator, Noah DeBiase, does a nice job. I would listen to him again.

Overall, I recommend. It is a fun, well-written cozy mystery.

Parental guidance/trigger warnings: death, murder, family tensions/problems, old school thinking (boys are worth more than girls).

*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!

Where to find the author: J. J. Chow
Where to find the narrator: Noah DeBiase

Friday, August 9, 2019

The Loudest Silence: A Post-Apocalyptic Zombie Novel (Oklahoma Wastelands, Book 1) by Kate L. Mary and narrated by Heather Firth

The Loudest Silence: A Post-Apocalyptic Zombie Novel (Oklahoma Wastelands, Book 1) by Kate L. Mary and narrated by Heather Firth is another great zompoc tale! Looking forward to where the characters go/story progresses. Loved the added bonus novelette at the end. Full review below...


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The Loudest Silence: A Post-Apocalyptic Zombie Novel (Oklahoma Wastelands, Book 1) by Kate L. Mary and narrated by Heather Firth is an amazing zompoc adventure! I recommend if you enjoy stories with great world building/great characters, the zompoc genre, or looking for something new, give this one a try.

What’s it about? Regan and Kellan have been living underground with a small group of folks since the zombie apocalypse began. Regan, who’s been treated as the baby of the group, is now an adult and requests to learn how to survive on her own (killing zombies, going to trade with others, etc.). She has also realized she cares for Kellan. Harper, a lone teenage girl who happens to be immune to the virus, shows up at the group’s hidden bunker one day. They decide to let her in and the troubles begin...It does end in a cliffhanger, or semi-cliffhanger- it’s clear there is more books in the series. The way people were talking in reviews I was expecting way more romance, but I didn’t think there was any more than in previous books I’ve listened to of Kate’s (I felt there were more zombie elements than romance). Favorite quote from the book: “Life isn’t worth living if there’s no risk.”

The narrator, Heather Firth, did an excellent job. Her voices are distinct and her narrating is smooth and easy to listen to.

You also get a bonus called Thank You Daddy (Broken Stories Novelette). It is fantastic! It tells Emma and Blake’s story at the beginning of the apocalypse. I am hoping we get more of their story (hint hint Kate).

Overall I recommend, especially if you love stories with great world building, fun characters, or the zompoc genre. Kate has yet to disappoint me with her writing and she’s in my top three favorite authors of 2019. If you haven’t jumped on the Kate bandwagon, it’s time to do so.

Parental guidance/trigger warnings
(for both The Loudest Silence and Thank You Daddy): drinking, death (zombies, people), kidnapping, occasional swearing, weapons (guns), shower between the two main characters followed by sex (not in graphic detail), some sex talk (being a virgin, learning about it, or like things- minimal), threat of/sexual assault (forced removal of clothing on a woman before it is stopped- indicated she would be raped but stops before rape occurs), execution of male with gun, hitting of male in head with bat, war talk (Iraq/Afghanistan- not in detail a mention of past service), death of parents.
Where to find the author: Kate L. Mary
Where to find the narrator: Heather Firth

Friday, August 2, 2019

Avengers and Rogues (J.R. Finn Sailing Mystery Series, Book 2) by Charlie Dougherty and narrated by David Bosco

Just two assassins making their way in the world...Avengers and Rogues (J.R. Finn Sailing Mystery Series, Book 2) by Charlie Dougherty and narrated by David Bosco is an excellent second book. It will pull you in and leave you wanting more. I found it even better than the first- good luck putting it down. Full review below...


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Avengers and Rogues (J.R. Finn Sailing Mystery Series, Book 2) by Charlie Dougherty and narrated by David Bosco is an amazing second book to the series! This is a series that has pleasantly surprised me and I highly recommend it. If you enjoy mysteries with sailing elements, assassins, or looking for a new mystery, give this series a chance.

What’s it about? Taking place shortly after the end of the first book, Finn is on a job when an FBI agent waltzes in targeting Mary. From there the adventures begin...kidnapping, murder, corruption, the meeting of Finn’s long time boss, a new partnership emerges, a little romance, travel via sailboat, plenty of action and mystery. The questions are: How far up does the corruption go? Who manages to stay alive? What secrets have yet to be exposed?

David Bosco does an outstanding job once again. I’d recommend listening to the audiobook as David’s narrations are exceptional and add to the story.

I listened in one sitting and like the first book, wondered where the time went and it left me wanting the next book out on audible asap. If you enjoyed the Assassins and Liars don’t wait to get this one- dare I say this was better than the first? Yes, I will. The story and narration will draw you in. While I’d recommend starting with Assassins and Liars, you could pick this one up and have a general understanding but know you will enjoy the series to a greater extent if you start from the beginning. Once again, there is a good amount of sailing terms/knowledge, but you should have no problem keeping up even if you are a novice.

Parental guidance/trigger warnings:
The two main characters are assassins, drugging, torture, murder (multiple), war talk (effects of war/PTSD- not discussed in detailed but indicated), mafia, a couple swear words throughout- I actually had to search the book afterwards because I couldn’t remember if there were swear words as the story pulled me in that much (1 f-word, 14 s-words, 12 damns, 13 hell), sex indicated (but not in detail), verbal sexual harassment (in a joking manner of a female to a male but also mild flirtation).
*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!

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

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Safe Haven: Rise of the RAMs, Volume 1 by Christopher Artinian and narrated by S.W. Salzman

Safe Haven: Rise of the RAMs, Volume 1 by Christopher Artinian and narrated by S.W. Salzman is solid start to a new series- good world building, good character development, and well written. Would recommend if you're looking for a Z book, looking to venture into the zompoc genre, or just looking for something new. Full review below...

Where to purchase:
Barnes & Noble

Safe Haven: Rise of the RAMs, Volume 1 by Christopher Artinian and narrated by S.W. Salzman is solid start to a new zompoc series. If you enjoy a mix of character-driven and plot-driven elements to your Z story, this is the book for you. I do recommend. 4 ½ stars.

What’s it about? Smack dab in the middle of the zombie apocalypse, Mike and Emma learn they are not as safe in the quarantine zones as the higher ups want them to believe. With increasing outbreaks occurring, they take their younger siblings and make their way to their grandmother’s house in Scotland. Unfortunately the trip is a difficult one as they meet some good and some horrible people along the way. You will find yourself rooting for Mike and his family. You will get a nice variety of zombie scenes and character development. Mike has a bit of a flawed background- it will be interesting to learn more in future installments.

The narrator, S. W. Salzman, did a fantastic job with this one. Quite a difference with voices from the two previous books I’ve listened to. As I said in my last review, he is on my list of narrators I am following.

While there are some interesting aspects to the story, it may be a little slow going for some readers/listeners initially and there really isn’t anything new for a zombie story, but it has great world building and is well written. I look forward to future books and how the story/characters progress. Overall I recommend, especially if you’re looking for a new Z book, looking to venture into the zompoc genre, or just looking for something new.

Parental guidance/trigger warnings: death (multiple ways- people and Z's), torture of a man, kidnapping of women/girls for sex, swearing throughout (f, s, or similar words), guns, knives, and possibly other things I'm missing (I misplaced my notes-sorry!).

Where to find the author: Christopher Artinian
Where to find the narrator: S. W. Salzman

*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, July 29, 2019

West End Droids & East End Dames (Easytown Novels, Book 3) by Brian Parker and narrated by Daniel Penz

West End Droids & East End Dames (Easytown Novels, Book 3) by Brian Parker and narrated by Daniel Penz was a fun one. It left me wanting to know more about the world and hoping there will be more books although it's mentioned it's the last in the series. Full review below...


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West End Droids & East End Dames (Easytown Novels, Book 3) by Brian Parker and narrated by Daniel Penz has a noir feel to it. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect and glad I took a chance with it. If you enjoy cyberpunk, this is your typical read, or you’re looking for something new in the genre, give this book a try. 

What’s it about? Zach’s job is in jeopardy and he must find those responsible while dealing with cyborgs, corruption, drugs, a deteriorating love life, brothels, and more. If you enjoy books with droids, crime, detectives, AI, and futuristic tech, this is a book for you. I enjoyed his AI partner (or sorts) the most. Sometimes I wanted a little more from certain scenes, but it is what it is. Great world building!

The narrator, Daniel Penz, did a great job! I would listen to him again.

Despite not listening the first two books in the series, I was able to jump right in and understand what was happening. Overall, it kept my interest and made me want to know more about the world/Zach’s history. I’m a bit disappointed to learn this is the last book in the series (hoping this isn’t true) as the ending leaves some things open for the possibility of more. Ended up listening to this in two sittings, but only because I had to sleep.

Parental guidance/trigger warnings:
swearing (throughout), death, guns and other like weapons, prostitution, drugs, and other similar situations.

*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!
Where to find the author: Brian Parker
Where to find the narrator: Daniel Penz

Friday, July 26, 2019

Theodore Gale in Oz (Genderbent Fairytales Collection, Book 5) by KuroKoneko Kamen and narrated by L. A. Johnson

Theodore Gale in Oz (Genderbent Fairytales Collection, Book 5) by KuroKoneko Kamen and narrated by L. A. Johnson is an entertaining, funny, adult take on several classic fairytales. It's refreshing and highly recommended especially if you enjoy your fairytales with a twist or adult themes. If you are new to her books, you should start with this one. Full review below...(Kindle edition is free as of this writing)


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Theodore Gale in Oz (Genderbent Fairytales Collection, Book 5) by KuroKoneko Kamen and narrated by L. A. Johnson is an entertaining, funny, adult take on several classic fairytales. I laughed many times with this one. Refreshing and recommended…if you are new to KuroKoneko Kamen, you should start with this book.

The publisher’s summary is right on, but if you need a bit more: humor (beware it sneaks up- at one point I almost choked on my drink because I wasn’t expecting it), good and bad characters, curses, friendships, romantic relationships develop, slaves, munchkins, Dr. Doppelganger, sex, swearing, monster races, magic, dire wolves, goblins, flying monkeys, hobgoblins, betrayal, and more!

Regarding the narrator: This was L. A. Johnson’s best narration of the books I’ve listened to so far. I still struggle with some of the voices (could just be me?).

Overall, I highly recommend this story, especially if you are like me and do not care for typical fairytales or prefer yours with adult themes. You can listen/read these books out of order without causing confusion as each story is unique.

Parental guidance/trigger warnings: This is an adult retelling. Sex, talk of erections/one night stands, swearing (throughout), ogling and like things of women by the main character (think of the main character as a hornball), and death.

*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!

Where to find the author: KuroKoneko Kamen