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

Monday, July 22, 2019

Invasion (THEM Apocalyptic Series, Book 1) by M. D. Massey and narrated by S. W. Salzman

Zombies, vampires, and humans collide in Invasion (THEM Apocalyptic Series, Book 1) by M. D. Massey and narrated by S. W. Salzman. Looking forward to where this apocalyptic tale takes Sully and Rayden. Recommend if you are a zombie/vampire fan, looking for something new in the genre, or just looking for something new. Full review below...




Where to purchase:
Audible

Amazon

THEM Invasion by M. D. Massey and narrated by S. W. Salzman is an exciting take on the zombie/vampire genre. Would recommend if these are your typical read or looking for something new.

What’s it about? Aiden, aka Sully, is in town when some weird/not so good events take place with tourists and illegals. Afterwards, he heads to his cabin to help him reset due to ongoing PTSD. While hunting, he gets pneumonia. During his recovery, the zombie/vampire apocalypse begins, along with an EMP attack. His goal is to get to his parents. Along the way he meets new people, some good, some bad, and some non-human.

Once the story picks up, it’s difficult to put down. If you start listening and are thinking meh, stick with it. I listened to it in one sitting. There is some humor, along with sound effects that help to make it stand out from others in the genre. If you are a prepper or z-lover, you will probably have a better appreciation for this book. Nice to see characters who are wise instead of repeatedly doing stupid moves.

S. W. Salzman was fantastic as the narrator. This is the second book I’ve listened to him narrate and he did not disappoint. He is going to give some other very well known Sci-Fi/ Post-Apocalyptic narrators a run for their money. I look forward to his future narrations and will be adding him to my list to watch where their careers go. I enjoyed the added sound effects.

Overall, I’d recommend. It peaked my interest enough that I want to check out more in the series. I anticipate the series will be fantastic.

Parental advisory/trigger warnings: The beginning has a good amount of talk about illegals/border patrol/war. Some swearing throughout. Main character suffers PTSD from his time in Afghanistan. Shooting/killing of zombies/vampires with guns/weapons. Abusive step-father (physical/mental abuse). Death of humans.

*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: M. D. Massey

Where to find the narrator: S. W. Salzman

Friday, July 19, 2019

Fetish Girl: A Memoir of Sex, Domination, and Motherhood by Bella LaVey and narrated by Paige Turner

Fetish Girl: A Memoir of Sex, Domination, and Motherhood by Bella LaVey and narrated by Paige Turner is an entertaining, humorous, and sometimes heartbreaking romp through Bella's life. Would recommend if you're looking for a memoir with adult subject matter or something new/out of your normal genre. Full review below...


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Fetish Girl: A Memoir of Sex, Domination, and Motherhood by Bella LaVey and narrated by Paige Turner is a book about finding oneself, learning to be content and heal despite your upbringings, and life lessons. Bella has lived an interesting life, that’s for sure. This book may inspire you to explore your own sexual desires or go out and do something society considers naughty...

You will hear about a variety of situations in her life, some of which you may be able to relate to, some that you may not. Some examples (a small amount): living through a hurricane, sex work (ample amount of client stories, strip club, the power, …), lines being crossed at work, how to find a balance between being a parent and needing time to yourself, abuse she suffered from her mother and in romantic relationships, how living in fantasy is better than reality some days, Aphrodite award, self-care, boosters and runners, drug use, questions all parents asks themselves at some point, the trials of labor, how we try to make it better for the next generation but it’s not always easy if we don’t deal with our own past traumas, loss, mantras, to maintain or not to maintain a relationship with your parents, meeting with detective Robert Keppel, her life as an investigator and college student, the science behind pain and pleasure, what happens when you don’t have a BDSM contract, collaring ceremony, trips to Amsterdam and other countries, toxic relationships with men and women, internet adventures, wrestling experiences, and plenty more.

One of my favorite things she says in the book: “People tend to have one of two reactions to strippers. The first is fear and aversion since they are afraid to look at the broken parts or repressed sides of themselves. They don’t want to be confronted with the mirror we hold up, it’s painful, and scary, and hard. It’s easier to judge and condemn than to inquire into the source of ones discomfort...Other folks react with fascination.”

The narrator, Paige Turner, did a great job with this one. She has an easy to listen/soothing to voice. There was one time when I heard a page flipping, but otherwise, it was all good. I would listen to another book by her.

Overall it’s an intriguing, sometimes entertaining and humorous, sometimes heartbreaking, look at her life. Despite this, I can’t help but feel there’s something missing. The beginning pulled me in, but as the book went on, I found I didn’t “have” to listen. At times, I found it difficult to connect even though we share some similar life experiences. Maybe it’s because some subjects only touched the surface and left me wanting a little more. Or maybe it was because her actions contradicted her words repeatedly. Or maybe it’s just me. Whatever it may be, I still recommend the book. This would be a good one for an adult book club as there are many subjects/underlying themes that could be discussed. It’s not a book for those who are prude or can’t think outside of society’s “normal” standard when it comes to living and sex.

Parental advisory/trigger warnings: sex work (lots of stories about her with clients- sometimes they read like erotica), sexual experiences (exploring what she likes/wants- BDSM), absentee father of her child, Hurricane Iniki, religions mentioned (Hindu, Christianity, Pagan), death, suicide talk (family members), swearing off and on throughout (not excessive imo), branding, drugs, parents abusing their children (mother specifically, but actual details are minimal), death, stroke, Ted Bundy and Green River Killer mention, affairs with married men, foster system, bipolar romantic partner, dyslexia, Dalai Lama mention, The Jenny Jones Show, abusive romantic relationships (guns involved, physical abuse, child witnessing the abuse), abortion, cancer. Possibly more I’m forgetting.

*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: Bella LaVey
Where to find the narrator: Paige Turner

Thursday, July 18, 2019

The Great Book of Alaska: The Crazy History of Alaska with Amazing Random Facts & Trivia (A Trivia Nerds Guide to the History of the United States) by Bill O'Neill and narrated by Derek Newman


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The Great Book of Alaska: The Crazy History of Alaska with Amazing Random Facts & Trivia (A Trivia Nerds Guide to the History of the United States) by Bill O'Neill and narrated by Derek Newman is a fun listen! I’d recommend (with some caution- see below) if you are looking to expand your knowledge, wanting something interesting to pass the time on a road trip, or looking for something new. 

Some examples of what to expect: permafrost, why there is no professional sports team, gold mining, weird laws (it’s illegal to push a moose from a plane), why prices for food and gas are more expensive, pizza deliver via airplane, hunting, igloos, the real purpose behind kunik, famous people born in Alaska, the most climbed mountain, what is a reindeer dog, kayak origin, powdered beer, the Alaska Bushman, Alaska Bermuda Triangle, and plenty more! At the end of each chapter there is a quiz.

The narrator, Derek Newman, did an awesome job! I would listen to another book by him. 

~A brief description~
1) Title, author, and narrator (18 seconds).
2) Introduction. Approximately 3 minutes.
3) Alaska’s History and Random Facts. Approximately 39 minutes.
4) Alaska’s “Eskimos”: The Natives, and Their Culture. Approximately 38 minutes.
5) Alaska’s Pop Culture and Sports. Approximately 35 minutes.
6) Facts About Alaska’s Attractions. Approximately 31 minutes.
7) Alaska’s Inventions, Ideas, and More. Approximately19 minutes.
8) Alaska’s Biggest Haunts, Supernatural, and Other Weird Facts. Approximately 38 minutes.
9) Conclusion (title, author, narrator, and publisher- 27 seconds).

Regarding the bad reviews which list three things specifically (you can decide if they are inaccurate or not): 1) Christopher McCandless- The author discusses the movie Into the Wild and how it’s one of the better known movies that have been filmed in Alaska, it was based off a book, and mentions Christopher traveled across North America making it to Alaska, had planned to live off the land, “The Magic Bus”, and McCandless’s death and the controversy surrounding it. 2) Bristol Palin and her TV show Life’s a Tripp- the author says “The show followed Bristol Palin, who was then new teen mother of Tripp, as she relocated to Los Angeles from Alaska and then back to Alaska.” 3) Jerry Lee Lewis song- the author talks about songs that have been written about Alaska, “some of these include “When It’s Springtime in Alaska” by Johnny Horton, “North to Alaska” by Jerry Lee Lewis, and...” This fact is the one I have a problem with as Johnny Horton originally recorded the song. Whether or not it is an error on the author or editor, it should be fixed.

Parental guidance/trigger warnings: talk of serial killers, war, pipeline controversies, mention of Alaska being the rape capital of the USA, derogatory term used multiple times (Eskimo)- the history and explanation of why it is derogatory, mention of sex life (tribal traditions). 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!

Where to find the author: Bill O'Neill

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Superman Unveiled (A Novel) by Luis Herrera and narrated by David Bosco

Superman Unveiled (A Novel) by Luis Herrera and narrated by David Bosco is a book I’m having mixed feeling on, but I did enjoy the story overall and would recommend if you are looking for a unique story that contains a good amount of religious elements as it moves forward. Full review below.


Where to purchase:
Audible

Superman Unveiled (A Novel) by Luis Herrera and narrated by David Bosco is a book I’m having mixed feeling on. Luis has a way with his writing that pulls me in and his stories are different (in a good way), but with this one, the preaching became too much for my personal taste from chapters 14-17 (it did let up after this).  I did enjoy the story overall and would recommend.

So what’s it about? Think of it as an adult retelling of Superman, or a Superman of sorts- it begins with a tale of Superman and changes over to more of a religious theme by the end. You will need to put anything you know about Superman aside because it’s not the typical superhero legend you know. With that being said, you will hear some references to Clark Kent, Christopher Reeves, or like mentions. There is some humor. Multiple times in the first couple chapters I was laughing and well, just the thought of our beloved superhero being not so good…make sure to open your mind with this and you will enjoy it/understand it better. Some other things to expect/explore: the many lives lived by this Superman/Magnus, immortality, Mary Magdalene, the story taking off in the 80s/90s Pablo drug era and moving into the future of New Freeland, twists and turns, and more.

David Bosco, the narrator, did a brilliant job (as usual). He has a nice variety of voices and keeps a steady pace, definitely adding to the story. If you haven’t checked out David’s books, you should get on it (like now).

If you’re down to listen to a unique story that contains a good amount of religious themes as it moves forward, you will enjoy this one. Overall I give it four stars for the story, five stars for narration.

Parental advisory/trigger warnings: The first part of the book contains adults situations, such as swearing, mention of blow, parties & hookers, car accident, drug smuggling, slurs (n and f word), discussing of social injustices, and heavy on the religion as the book moves on.

*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: Luis Herrera
Where to find the narrator: David Bosco

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Uprising: A Post-Apocalyptic Dystopian Novel (The Outliers Saga, Book 2) by Kate L. Mary and narrated by Grace Sylvan is.

Indra is a force to be reckoned with in Uprising: A Post-Apocalyptic Dystopian Novel (The Outliers Saga, Book 2) by Kate L. Mary and narrated by Grace Sylvan. A brilliant follow up- I can't wait for the third to be released on audiobook. If you enjoy books with darker themes, books that are empowering to women/have strong female leads, or post-apocalyptic/dystopian worlds, you should be checking out Kate's books ASAP.

Where to purchase:
Audible
Barnes & Noble

Uprising: A Post-Apocalyptic Dystopian Novel (The Outliers Saga, Book 2) by Kate L. Mary and narrated by Grace Sylvan is...WOW! What an exceptional follow up! For reals…if you enjoy books with darker themes, are empowering to women, strong female leads, or post-apocalyptic/dystopian worlds, you should be checking this series out right now.

What it’s about? After healing from her husbands death, Indra returns to her previous place of employment but something in her has changed. She is no longer the powerless woman she once was. Going back to work and encountering the Fortis and Sovereign sets off a flurry of emotions. No longer able to do nothing when her friend is being violated by Lysander, she takes action, resulting in changes for the Outlier tribes, Fortis, and Sovereign. Expect a lot of action and killing. We learn about the different Outlier tribes as Indra tries to unite them to rise up against the Fortis and Sovereign. Indra creates and becomes the leader of a new tribe of women. A romantic relationship develops. How to deal with the threats in the wastelands and from fellow tribal members? Who lives in the mirrors that make the energy for the Sovereign? How to handle the misogynistic tribe? What is it that’s stopping the tribes from entering Sovereign City? What happened to the missing tribal members? There should be no surprise that the book ends in a cliffhanger as there are three books in the series, but I feel I need to say this because there’s always someone who complains.

If you are looking for an empowering book, this is it. Make no mistake, it’s a book that deals with dark subjects. Kate’s writing makes you feel emotions and creates bad guys so bad that you can’t help but hate.

The narrator, Grace Sylvan, once again did a great job. As I said in the first book review, it is clear she is the perfect fit for this series. I would check out other books by her.

Overall I cannot recommend this series enough. I feel it’s Kate’s best work to date. I went straight from book one to book two despite other life obligations I should have been doing. If you enjoy books with darker themes, books that are empowering to women, or post-apocalyptic/dystopian worlds, this is the series for you. If you are new to Kate’s book, you best get on the Kate bandwagon quick!

Parental guidance/trigger warnings: revenge, remembering past sexual assaults and coming face to face with abuser, attempted rape, slaves, sex on wedding night and one other time (not in graphic detail), tattooing, killing of men via arrows, death from other weapons, one tribe is extremely sexist and believes women need men to survive (treats women like they are the bottom of the barrel- no eye contact/no talking or addressing women, comments about how they are inferior and things along those lines), hitting of a woman by a man, cruel treatment of the disabled by the Sovereign, getting rid of babies who are born with what some might consider a disability (death or sent to live elsewhere), and possibly similar scenarios that I’m forgetting. I do not recall any swearing. This is a book that contains dark/potentially triggering subjects.

*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

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Outliers: A Post-Apocalyptic Dystopian Novel (The Outliers Saga, Book 1) by Kate L. Mary and narrated by Grace Sylvan

Outliers: A Post-Apocalyptic Dystopian Novel (The Outliers Saga, Book 1) by Kate L. Mary and narrated by Grace Sylvan is Kate's best series to date in my opinion. She has a way of creating strong female leads who are unaware of how strong they are initially but rise as the series moves forward. She also creates bad guys so well that you can’t wait for them to get what's due. So, yes, I highly recommend this series- I'm already on to the second book and am having a heck of a time putting them down. Full review below...


Where to purchase: 
Barnes & Noble

Outliers: A Post-Apocalyptic Dystopian Novel (The Outliers Saga, Book 1) by Kate L. Mary and narrated by Grace Sylvan is Kate’s best series to date in my opinion. If you enjoy dark post-apocalyptic/dystopian worlds with a strong female lead as the series moves forward, this is the book for you.

What’s it about? Many years into the future castes have settled on what’s left of the land, most of which is poisonous and not suitable to grow crops. The Sovereign, who are the upper class, rule with an iron hand. The Fortis are the Sovereign’s guards and enforce the laws. In the lower class are the four Outlier tribes, who are employed by the Sovereign as they need the jobs to survive. The story is told through Indra’s viewpoint. She faces many dangers from her village to work every day and then some. Other elements in the book: love interests, death, borderlands, wastelands, the wilds, hunting for food, one child rule for the Sovereign, tribal traditions, and more. This book has excellent world building and character development (this might be the best series of Kate’s books to date- I’ve already started the second book and have been unable to put either of them down- help!). If you enjoy books with strong female leads, who find their strength, will to live, and revenge after trauma, this is the book for you. Keep in mind Indra grows as a person as the series goes on, so she is not kick butt right from the start. There is a decent amount of brutality in this book- it is not for the faint of heart.

The narrator, Grace Sylvan, did a great job. Initially I wasn’t sure, but not long after I started listening, it was clear she is the perfect fit. Her accent reminded me of Cloud Atlas in a way- so stick with it if you aren't sure at first. I would definitely check out other books by her.

Overall I highly recommend the audiobook. I’m already on book two and am patiently waiting for book three to be released on audible. If you enjoy dark post-apocalyptic/dystopian worlds with a strong female lead, this is the book for you.

Parental guidance/trigger warnings: As I stated before, this is not for the faint of heart. Hunting of animals for food, beheading and other ways of dying, sex on wedding night and other times (not in graphic detail), cutting off hand as a punishment, removal of clothes to be searched (repeatedly), sexual harassment/verbal harassment of the Outliers, repeated rape of staff (male raping women- sometimes resulting in pregnancy), whipping of staff, electroprods used on staff, death of spouse, talk of miscarriages (multiple), adoption, and tattoos. I do not recall any 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!

Where to find the author: Kate L. Mary

Where to find the narrator: Grace Sylvan

Friday, July 12, 2019

Lucas Black (A Novel) by Luis Herrera and narrated by David Bosco

Lucas Black (A Novel) by Luis Herrera and narrated by David Bosco will keep you entertained & pondering...I recommend if you enjoy books that contain a music and fantasy theme. It was difficult to write a review without giving spoilers or influencing how one might interpret the story, but I tried (full review below)...


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Lucas Black (A Novel) by Luis Herrera and narrated by David Bosco might be one of the most interesting creations I’ve ever listened to. The twists and turns...well I promise that you will not know where this book will take you. I recommend it for those who enjoy books with a music and fantasy theme. 

What’s it about: It’s a fantasy that will have you pondering quite a few things. David (the narrator) said it’s like a rock opera, which I agree (think rock opera with fantasy elements). The book contains multiple stories of various characters, who are all tied to Lucas Black. I’m not going to go into the different stories as I will give spoilers away or possibly influence your thinking of what takes place- it’s best you listen for yourself and decide. Some of other elements you will encounter are: God/goddess, incubi, religion (not preachy), the mystical black manor, the destruction of mankind (how it comes about and the after-effects), archangels, and some humor. This is a small list of the overall story. If you listen/know about Pink Floyd, Clapton, the Stones, or Led Zeppelin, you will probably have a better appreciation of the book, but it’s not a must. You can always google The Dark Side of the Moon album and read on the idea behind it (hint hint).

The narrator, David Bosco, did a brilliant job! He has a nice variety of characters and the choice of voices were well done.

Overall, I recommend. It’s an offbeat listen that will keep you entertained and thinking. This would be a good choice for a book club discussion as views will vary depending on your interpretation. This will be a repeat listen for me.

Parental guidance/trigger warnings: death, some swearing (not excessive), religion (Christian, Jewish), mention of Trump, lynching of politicians (not in detail), and 9/11 mentioned.

*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: Luis Herrera

Where to find the narrator: David Bosco

Monday, July 8, 2019

Assassins and Liars (J. R. Finn Sailing Mystery Series, Book 1) by Charles Dougherty and narrated by David Bosco

Assassins and Liars (J. R. Finn Sailing Mystery Series, Book 1) by Charles Dougherty and narrated by David Bosco is a fun listen that will pull you in. This one surprised me a bit- I didn't expect to enjoy it as much as I did. Glad I ventured out of my normal genre. Full review below...


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Assassins and Liars (J. R. Finn Sailing Mystery Series, Book 1) by Charles Dougherty and narrated by David Bosco is a quick, fun listen that will draw you in. I’d recommend for those who enjoy mysteries with sailing elements or are looking for a shorter listen.

What’s it about? The title does the book justice. While traveling for work on his boat Island Girl, Finn encounters Mary Beth. He lets her to tag along to his next location, but it’s not all sunshine and rainbows. Both have secrets they need to keep hidden. Both enjoy the sailing life. The two have more in common than they realize.

It contains a good amount of sailing terminology at times, but it shouldn’t be confusing even if you are newcomer (you have likely heard some of the terms before- mast, bow, tiller, mainsheet, halyard, sail ties, and so on). The writing and narration will pull you in. I listened to this in one sitting (didn’t even realize five hours had passed until the book ended).

David Bosco does an outstanding job with this one. I’d recommend listening to the audiobook as David’s narrations are brilliant and add to the story.

Overall, I recommend, while keeping in mind that this is book one of four so you will not find out everything quite yet. I cannot wait for the next audiobook and will be waiting patiently (perhaps a little impatiently).

Parental guidance/trigger warnings: some swearing (not excessive), murder/death, breaking of a male’s arm by female due to abuse (told as a story), relationships, and violence. Not saying anything else due to spoilers. 

Where to find the author: Charles Dougherty

Where to find the narrator: David Bosco