Sunday, June 30, 2019

Liberation: Moonchild Book Two by Kate L. Mary and narrated by Heidi Drennan

Scarlett and the gang are back for round two! I've made it clear I am a big fan of Kate's work (but in case you weren't paying attention, here it is again)- if you haven't heard of her, you are missing out. Liberation: Moonchild Book Two by Kate L. Mary and narrated by Heidi Drennan is a fun, dark, and action-packed follow up. Highly recommend if you enjoyed the first book, steampunk/dystopian societies, or strong female leads. Full review below...



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Liberation: Moonchild Book Two by Kate L. Mary and narrated by Heidi Drennan is an awesome second book to the Moonchild dystopian steampunk series. Highly recommend if you enjoyed the first book, steampunk/dystopian societies, or strong female leads. A solid 4 ½ stars, more like 4 ¾.

The story starts shortly after the first one ends. New characters have joined the pirate group causing tensions. The group gets a frantic message from Paget, who has moved out, indicating she is in trouble. Enemies from the first book return while new ones emerge. The book contains lots of fast-paced action blended with Scarlett and Asher’s relationship troubles.

I loved the character development/background- we learn more about Paget’s life. Once the action picked up, it was difficult to put the book down (which seems to be the case with any of Kate’s books).

The only thing I didn’t care for was sometimes Scarlett/Paget were a bit annoying- instead of being understanding with each other, it was a lot of animosity (didn’t ruin the book by any means, but it was a little disappointing regarding character development).

Once again the narrator, Heidi Drennan, does a great job! She is perfect for this series.

Over all I highly recommend this series. You can’t help but be pulled in to Kate’s worlds. I cannot wait for the third book to be released on audible.

Parental guidance/trigger warnings: They are similar to the last books- strip clubs, drinking, talk about past rape, foster homes and abuse that happened in the homes, death, weapons, and other adult situations. The majority of these characters have traumatic pasts.

*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: Heidi Drennan

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Frostbitten (One Nation Under Zombies, Book 2) by Raymond Lee and narrated by Mark Westfield

The craziness continues in Frostbitten (One Nation Under Zombies, Book 2) by Raymond Lee and narrated by Mark Westfield. Would recommend for those who enjoy character-driven zombie stories and if you have listened to the first book. Full review below...


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Frostbitten (One Nation Under Zombies, Book 2) by Raymond Lee and narrated by Mark Westfield is a strong addition to the story. This is a good series for those who enjoy character-driven zombie stories. Would recommend if you have listened to the first book.

The story continues where the previous book left off. The group attempts to survive while making their way to a safe base while encountering threat after threat. New characters help make this book full of action, while some of the main characters struggle with their past choices. Mysteries come about that I’m hoping will be answered in the next book. By the end you’ll be searching for the third book.

Not sure if it is me or if the narrator struggled more with this one, but it felt like the voices were rougher than the first book. 

Overall, I recommend, especially if you enjoy character-driven zombie books. I would recommend reading this series in order or you will miss a lot.


Parental guidance/trigger warnings: This is a book for adults who like a little darker themes. Death, guns, and crazy people play large roles in this series.

*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: Raymond Lee

Where to find the narrator: Mark Westfield

Thursday, June 27, 2019

American History by the State: Interesting Stories and Random Facts About Texas, California, and New York (History of the United States Box Set, Book 1) by Bill O'Neill and narrated by Derek Newman

American History by the State: Interesting Stories and Random Facts About Texas, California, and New York (History of the United States Box Set, Book 1) by Bill O'Neill and narrated by Derek Newman was a ton of fun to listen to! A must listen for trivia and history fans. (full review below)


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American History by the State: Interesting Stories and Random Facts About Texas, California, and New York (History of the United States Box Set, Book 1) by Bill O'Neill and narrated by Derek Newman was a blast to listen to! Highly recommend if you are looking to expand your knowledge, wanting something interesting to pass the time on a road trip, or looking for something new.

This book is well researched and well written. It contains a nice variety of facts on Texas, New York, and California. Some examples of what to expect: rattlesnake roundup festival, Jack the Ripper’s tie to Texas, what soft drink was originally going to be named Waco, the start of the underwire bra, Bodacious the bull, Amber Alert origin, Prairie Dog Town, the oldest hospital in America still in operation, what park has been featured in more movies than any other in the world, Macy’s Christmas Day parade and why they went from live animals to balloons, the almost destruction of Grand Central Station and Jackie Kennedy Onassis move to save it, red velvet cake history, the riots over straw hats in 1922, Murder’s Row lineup, Lower Manhattan almost becoming a federal district, the last time Congress convened at New York City Federal Hall, why California was mistakenly named, Doritos started in Anaheim, the Beat Generation subculture, Cobb salad origin, The Cecil Hotel deaths, the Williams sisters, Bethany Hamilton, Michelle Kwan, and so much more.

The narrator, Derek Newman, did an awesome job! I would listen to another book by both the author and narrator. I do not have any critique for this book- it’s fantastic!

~A brief description~
Texas
Introduction- approximately 3 minutes.
1) History and Random Facts- approximately 35 minutes.
2) Pop Culture- approximately 36 minutes.
3) Inventions, Ideas, and More- approximately 27 minutes.
4) Sports- approximately 27 minutes.
5) Unsolved Mysteries, Supernatural, and Other Weird Facts- approximately 43 minutes.
6) Wildlife, Science, and Other Cool Facts- approximately 35 minutes.
Conclusion- less than a minute.

New York
Introduction- approximately 3 minutes.
1) History and Random Facts- approximately 37 minutes.
2) Pop Culture- approximately 32 minutes.
3) Facts about New York City Attractions- approximately 35 minutes.
4) New York Inventions, Ideas, and More- approximately 28 minutes.
5) Unsolved Mysteries, Supernatural, and Other Weird Facts- approximately 40 minutes.
6) New York Sports- approximately 27 minutes.
Conclusion- less than a minute.

California
Introduction- approximately 3 minutes.
1) California History and Random Facts- approximately 39 minutes.
2) Pop Culture- approximately 36 minutes.
3) Facts About California’s Attractions- approximately 30 minutes.
4) Inventions, Ideas, and More- approximately 28 minutes.
5) Unsolved Mysteries, Supernatural, and Other Weird Facts- approximately 43 minutes.
6) Sports- approximately 30 minutes.
Conclusion- less than a minute.

Overall, I recommend, regardless of your knowledge level. There is surely something for everyone in this book.

Parental guidance/trigger warnings: There is no swearing. It is pretty family friendly with exception to the chapters on unsolved mysteries, supernatural, and other weird facts- those sections discuss murders, serial killers, missing children, and like subjects. There are mentions of the Cosby show, 9/11 attacks, and OJ Simpson.

*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: Bill O'Neill
Where to find the narrator: It appears Derek's website is down as of this post (Derek, if you're reading this, please contact me so I can add where people can find you).

Monday, June 24, 2019

The MisreadBible: Genesis by J. R. Eldridge and narrated by Joshua Saxon

The MisreadBible: Genesis by J. R. Eldridge and narrated by Joshua Saxon is a highly recommend if you are needing a laugh, having a bad day, or looking for something new. I haven't laughed this much from a book in a while. Full review below...


Where to purchase: 
iTunes

The MisreadBible: Genesis by J. R. Eldridge and narrated by Joshua Saxon is just what I needed to LMFAO today! Highly recommend if you are needing a laugh/having a bad day or looking for something new.

This is an amusing retelling of bible stories with an adult twist. There’s plenty of variety- a Star Wars themed fable, a Dr. Seuss-ish tale, and so on. Some of the stories include; how God made the world, the making of day/night/seasons, where the saying “Are we there yet?” came from, and plenty more.

Some examples of what you will hear (very small list, but hopefully this will give you a general idea): Two sons were born to eyebrow, Jock itch is the father of…, sea monkeys, marinade is the father of pesto/ketchup/hollandaise/etc., Isaac was playing smush the oyster with Rebekah, Isaac named the well Rehoboth meaning thank F for that, and many more.

The table of nicknames was one of my favorites, although it’s extremely difficult to pick favorites because they all held my interest and made me chuckle. I haven’t laughed this hard from a book since Succubus Christmas Special: A LitRPG Short Story. My favorite line was: “Because this is the bible and it’s always the women’s fault.”

The narrator, Joshua Saxton, did an excellent job. I would listen to him again.

If you are religious and can tolerate some joshing around, give this book a shot. If you are religious and cannot take any joking about the bible, stay clear.

I hope this is not the last we hear from this author. This will be a repeat listen for sure.

*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!

Parental guidance/trigger warnings: swearing off and on throughout (f, s), talk about incest & rape, and religion.

Where to find the author: J. R. Eldridge

Where to find the narrator: Joshua Saxon

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Cow Made God & Other Abominations by Mark Nye, Matt Shaw, Michael Bray and narrated by S. W. Salzman

Cow Made God & Other Abominations by Mark Nye, Matt Shaw, Michael Bray and narrated by S. W. Salzman is a set of short stories for those of us wanting to take a walk down the dark side of society...full review below.


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Cow Made God & Other Abominations by Mark Nye, Matt Shaw, Michael Bray and narrated by S. W. Salzman is a set of depraved and disturbing short stories. I would recommend if you are looking for something to shock you, take a walk on the dark side of society, or if this is your typical listen.

Most of the stories held my interest, but some left me wanting just a little more (which would have kept me engaged on a better level). Overall, I give it 3 ½ stars. I would listen to another book by this author and narrator. Revolving themes: animals, religion, and starting fresh doesn’t always mean better (the grass isn’t always greener on the other side)...

The narrator, S. W. Salzman, did a great job with these! I would listen to him again.

~A brief description of the stories~
1) Cow Made God- A butcher’s worst nightmare. Approximately 8 minutes.
2) Creationist Nightmare- How the three universes came about/Gods/Demi-gods. Approximately 14 minutes.
3) Eleven Lords Leaping- The last lord remains, but for how long? Approximately 22 minutes.
4) Mother is God- Silence of the Lambs feel to it (Can’t say much without giving away spoilers, but lots of twists and turns). Approximately 23 minutes.
5) Man Made Cow- A veterinarian meets the other abominations. Approximately 15 minutes.
6) The Unholy Birth- Can’t say much without giving spoilers (Sorry). Approximately 9 minutes.
7) School’s Out- A boy escapes clergy abuse and gets revenge. Approximately 17 minutes.
8) Hallow Field- A zombie tale. Approximately 13 minutes.
9) Violated- A spider woman tale. Approximately 14 minutes.
10) Purgatory- Prank gone wrong for two brothers. Approximately 17 minutes.
11) Nebulous Nightmare- A poem. Approximately 1 minute.
12) A Lady and Her Bovine- Fan fiction becomes your worst nightmare. Approximately 17 minutes.
13) The Unfortunate Fortune- Winning the lottery leads a man to an unusual sexual adventure. Approximately 20 minutes.
14) The authors note about how this book came about. Approximately 3 minutes.
15) And His Name Will Be Known Throughout the Land (by Matt Shaw)- A bovine court case. Approximately 11 minutes.
16) Leftovers (by Michael Bray)- A deal gone wrong or right depending on your angle. Approximately 23 minutes.

Foreword- thoughts on writing and the writing market. Approximately 4 minutes.

Parental guidance/trigger warnings:
Make no mistake, this book is for adults and adults who can handle very dark subjects. Swearing, death/murder, incest, talk of pregnancy, domestic abuse, drunk driving talk, sexual abuse, clergy abuse, torture, suicide, strip club, fighting, and bestiality.


*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 narrator: S. W. Salzman

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Occupational Hazards: The Blue-Collar Omnibus by Geoff Sturtevant and narrated by John McLain, Jonathan Sleep, Steven Jay Cohen, Paul J. McSorley, Ramon de Ocampo, & Geoff Sturtevant

Occupational Hazards: The Blue-Collar Omnibus by Geoff Sturtevant and narrated by various folks, is a variety of short stories for those of us with dark minds, no filter, and are not easily offended...recommend if you fit these or are wanting to branch out into a dark comedy/horror. Full review below...


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Occupational Hazards: The Blue-Collar Omnibus by Geoff Sturtevant and narrated by John McLain, Jonathan Sleep, Steven Jay Cohen, Paul J. McSorley, Ramon de Ocampo, & Geoff Sturtevant might just be some of the craziest short stories I’ve ever listened to, but all in a good way. Would definitely recommend.

Some will have you thinking what if, while some will have you chortling out loud, and some will have you saying wtf is this author on...I guarantee you will enjoy these stories if you like odd and offbeat fiction that have a hint of real life to them. The introduction talks about forbidden thinking and no filter- heed the warning in the summary that states not for the faint of heart or easily offended- all of this is true. Some of the stories even had my s.o. laughing when he came into the room I was listening in (do you know how impressive that is, especially for an audiobook?).

Repeat themes throughout are: death, work, and the extremes people are willing to go to. I’m sure there’s plenty more, but these are what stuck out to me. Some have added sound effects, such as a phone ringing. The stories are separated by music with the title and you should have no difficulty knowing when a new one begins.

~A brief description of the stories~
1) Jar Baby- Be careful what you wish for. Approximately 1 hour 34 minutes.
2) The Relativist- The secrets of Chinese cooking and then some. Approximately 1 hour 19 minutes.
3) Anything For My Bubala- What some mothers will do for their child (mafia themed). Approximately 1 hour 21 minutes.
4) The Organization- What happens when you combine the elderly, former presidents, and the government. Approximately 1 hour 25 minutes.
5) Anchors Away- A sailor and his anchor...and barnacle balls. Approximately 9 minutes.
6) The Technicians- Two guys, their job, and how it affects their home life. Approximately 1 hour 36 minutes.
7) Night Fright- An elderly Roddy McDowall reprises his role as Peter Vincent...kind of. Approximately 1 hour 33 minutes.
8) My Best Customer- A delivery man who gets more than he bargained for at Christmas. Approximately 1 hour 20 minutes.
9) Return to the Dirt- Being an adult and working in the food industry at Flurf. Yes, Flurf. Approximately 1 hour 5 minutes.
Acknowledgments- Approximately 20 minutes.

The only story I didn’t care for was The Relativist and it was likely due to the narrator- the voices didn’t jibe for me. Otherwise, the narrators all did a great job, some really hit the mark.

*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: Geoff Sturtevant

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Friday, June 21, 2019

King of Hearts: A Wonderland Story, Genderbent Fairytales Collection, Book 4 by KuroKoneko Kamen and narrated by L. A. Johnson

King of Hearts: A Wonderland Story, Genderbent Fairytales Collection, Book 4 by KuroKoneko Kamen and narrated by L. A. Johnson is a fantastic, fresh spin on an old fairytale. I recommend if you are not a fan of the typical fairytales and enjoy an adult twist to them. Kindle edition is free as of this posting (6/21/2019). Full review below...


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King of Hearts: A Wonderland Story, Genderbent Fairytales Collection, Book 4 by KuroKoneko Kamen and narrated by L. A. Johnson is another fantastic modern day take on some elements of older fairytales. I highly recommend if you are like me and are not a fan of old school fairytales or enjoy an adult, modern twist to them.

What to expect: the summary does an excellent job but for those who need just a tad bit more- magic, energy shields, humor, enchanted forest, dragon, jabberwocky, tweedledee and tweedledum, weapons, death, Cheshire cat girl and cat people, relationships difficulties, control collars, curses, painting items that come to life, and so much more. I’ll leave it at this as I don't want to give away spoilers. Trust me when I say it is worth listening. It will keep you engaged and you’ll never quite know what path the author is going to take you down.

The narrator, L. A. Johnson, was pleasant. I thought this narration was smoother than the previous book.

Parental guidance/trigger warnings:
this is a book for adults and adults who can handle things like not so good characters, occasional swearing, death, slavery, strained relationships, and like things.


*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

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Moonchild by Kate L. Mary and narrated by Heidi Drennan

Moonchild by Kate L. Mary and narrated by Heidi Drennan is a fabulous steampunk adventure with pirates and a strong female lead. If you enjoy steampunk, pirates, post-apocalyptic worlds, or strong female leads, you should be listening to this now! For reals...right now. Full review below...


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Audible
Amazon
IndieBound
Barnes & Noble

Moonchild by Kate L. Mary and narrated by Heidi Drennan is a marvelous steampunk adventure! If you are into steampunk, pirates, post-apocalyptic worlds, or strong female leads, I can’t recommend this book enough. I hesitate to say this is for young adults only as it contains adult/darker themes.

What to expect: After Scarlett’s parents died, she was put to work in the mines. She managed to escape and has been on the run since with her friends. Unfortunately, being on the run comes with it’s own downfalls. One night, Rory is taken by the enforcers while they are out scavenging, from there Scarlett’s adventure to rescue her begins. Enter the pirates (some good, some bad) and Asher, a potential love interest that has Scarlett second guessing her ways. This book is a go-go-go story. Lots of action, mysteries (some to be unraveled in future installments), a love story sprouting, and great character development (even the minor characters).

The narrator, Heidi Drennan, did an excellent job with this. Voices are distinct and easy to listen to.

Overall, I recommend- I enjoyed it a lot and look forward to Scarlett’s story unfolding. Kate has a gift for world building, smooth writing, and portraying strong female characters. I would love to see this story turned into a TV series.

Parental guidance/trigger warnings: death of parents (multiple characters), unwanted child (one character who is an adult now), prostitution of females (sex slaves or like situations) by powerful males, death, weapons such as throwing stars, attempted rape when drinking, child pit fighting to death, drugging of a male.

*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: Heidi Drennan

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Mail Horror Bride (One Nation Under Zombies, Book 1) by Raymond Lee and narrated by Mark Westfield is


Mail Horror Bride (One Nation Under Zombies, Book 1) by Raymond Lee and narrated by Mark Westfield turned out to be way better than expected. It's a fresh, new take on Z's and I recommend it if you are a fan of zombies, character driven books, or looking for something new in the fantasy genre. Full review below...


Where to purchase:
iTunes

Mail Horror Bride (One Nation Under Zombies, Book 1) by Raymond Lee and narrated by Mark Westfield is an interesting take on zombies. Definitely recommend if you’re looking for a new Z adventure.

Russia has found a way to infect mail-order brides with a virus that turns the brides, their husbands, and their children into zombies. From there, chaos ensues. The story is told through different characters (various ages) with some of the stories intertwining. It’s difficult to pick a favorite as they each bring something unique to the book. You may find yourself rooting for some of them to be taken out by the Z's or others in their group. And for those who dislike cliffhangers, be aware it ends in one (I’m OK with it and you should be too because it is a great book). 
The narrator, Mark Westfield, did a good job overall. A couple times the transitions were a little rough/confusing. I would listen to him again.

The book went by fast and before I knew it, it was over (good thing). I didn’t quite know what to expect (also a good thing). I would check out book two in a heart beat and recommend this if you are a fan of zombies, character driven books, or looking for something new in the fantasy genre.

Parental guidance/trigger warnings: This is a book for adults who like a little darker themes. Death, guns, domestic violence (plays a large role for one character in the first half of the book), one character has a severe hatred for mail order brides (calls them sluts, whore, skank, and so on), some religious talk, and psychopathic tendencies in a couple characters.

*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: Raymond Lee
Where to find the narrator: Mark Westfield

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Twisted Fate (Twisted World, Volume 3) by Kate L. Mary and narrated by Heather Firth

Twisted Fate (Twisted World, Volume 3) by Kate L. Mary and narrated by Heather Firth is a bittersweet ending to an incredible series. This series brought me right into the world. I strongly recommend if you are into zombies/post-apocalyptic books. Full review below...


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Twisted Fate (Twisted World, Volume 3) by Kate L. Mary and narrated by Heather Firth is a great ending to the series. Would recommend if you are a fan of zombies/post-apocalyptic books.

Twisted Fate begins where Twisted World left off. Expect a good amount of action, taking down the CDC, new characters (good and bad), a bit of romance, family bonds to strengthen, some humor, and closure to past events. Sometimes I wish there was a little more revenge/fight with the bad guys in this book, but at the same time, it fit well and I’m satisfied overall (can’t knock a start off because I enjoyed it and didn’t want to put it down).

There are those books that bring you right into the world, for me, it was this entire series. I’m sad it’s over, but the potential to continue is there. Kate is quickly becoming one of my top ten authors the more I venture into her books. She has a gift for creating fantastic worlds. If you haven’t discovered her books yet, get to it because you won’t be disappointed.

The narrator, Heath Firth, did a great job. Once again, I enjoyed her narration. I had no problem keeping the characters separate.

Overall, I highly recommend, especially if you are into zombies and post-apocalyptic life. Make sure you listen/read these in order.

Parental guidance/trigger warnings: I misplaced the paper I had notes on, so will do my best at recalling...This book has similar situations to the previous books. Swearing, death, sex (not graphic/minimal details), religion (the group who worships Agnus), weapons (used for killing/self-defense).

*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: Heather Firth

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Alister in Wonderland (Genderbent Fairytales Collection, Book 3) by KuroKoneko Kamen and narrated by L. A. Johnson

Alister in Wonderland (Genderbent Fairytales Collection, Book 3) is a fun, modern take on a classic (it's a classic now right?). I recommend if you are not a fan of the typical fairytales and enjoy an adult spin on them. 


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KuroKoneko Kamen puts a fun, adult spin on the classic with her Alister in Wonderland (Genderbent Fairytales Collection, Book 3). If you are not a fan of the typical classics/fairytales like me, this is the book for you. I found I never quite knew what to expect and didn’t want to put it down. 

The summary does a great job at giving the gist of the story and I won’t say anything else due to spoilers.

At first I had mixed feeling on the narrator, L. A. Johnson, but as I listened the voices grew on me. Some of the them however were just not for me. It seems as the story advanced, the narration became smoother.

Would I check out another story by KuroKoneko Kamen? Absolutely. Would I check out another by L. A. Johnson? Probably. Overall I’d recommend giving this book a shot.

Parental guidance/trigger warnings: This is a story for adults and adult who don't mind a adult 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: KuroKoneko Kamen