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...


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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