Sunday, April 5, 2020

Suddenly, the Cider Didn't Taste So Good (Adventures of a Game Warden in Maine) by John Ford and narrated by Michael A. Smith

Suddenly, the Cider Didn't Taste So Good (Adventures of a Game Warden in Maine) by John Ford and narrated by Michael A. Smith is a good book if you need a pick-me-up or want to hear what life is like for a game warden. It’s guaranteed to give you some giggles, some shaking of your head, and possibly some tears. 4 ½ stars for stories, 4 stars narration.


Where to purchase:
Audible

Barnes & Noble

What’s it about? The book contains stories from John Ford Sr.’s time as a game warden in Maine. You get everything from funny to sad to frightening. Breakdown below.

Foreword by John Marsh (former Chief Warden of Maine) and Introduction by John Ford. Approximately 9 minutes.
Chapter 1: Just Dropping In, Ladies ~ John learns to embrace a flying situation. Approx. 7 minutes.
Chapter 2: Caught in the Trap~ It isn’t always who you think it is. Approx. 5 minutes.
Chapter 3: Drop the Waders!~ Poachers. Approx. 11 minutes.
Chapter 4: A Mater Manure-Spreader Gets His Comeuppance~ Bad hunters. Approx. 16 minutes.
Chapter 5: If You Step in it, You’ll Know~ Deer season. Approx. 13 minutes.
Chapter 6: The Moody Mountain Manhunt~ Tracking escapees from prison. Approx. 26 minutes.
Chapter 7: More Bang for Your Buck~ A deer lawn ornament of sorts. Approx. 5 minutes.
Chapter 8: I’m Lost, You Know!~ A search for a resident of an assisted living home. Approx. 6 minutes.
Chapter 9: Last Flight into Abbott’s International Airport~ Flying with Dana Toothaker, the “cowboy warden”. Approx. 12 minutes.
Chapter 10: The Warden Gets Caught~ A fisherman’s tales. Approx. 11 minutes.
Chapter 11: The Bogeyman~ Sometimes our imagination gets the best of us. Approx. 6 minutes.
Chapter 12: Daddy Who?~ John raises Who-Who and Boo-Hoo with the help of the community. Approx. 9 minutes.
Chapter 13: You’re Welcome, Deer~ Raising Bucky the deer. Approx. 9 minutes.
Chapter 14: The Game Warden and the Murderer~ A friendship of sorts forms. Approx. 22 minutes.
Chapter 15: Foot-jack-uh!~ The night hunters. Approx. 8 minutes.
Chapter 16: Night-Hunting for Drug Smugglers~ Exactly as the title indicates. Approx. 8 minutes.
Chapter 17: Right on Time~ Night hunters in court and one minute. Approx. 6 minutes.
Chapter 18: Don’t Mess with Blinky~ Decoy deer and night-hunters. Approx. 8 minutes.
Chapter 19: Leo and the Life Preservers~ Practice what you preach. Approx. 7 minutes.
Chapter 20: It Helps to Be a Damned Sneak~ Scaring illegal trappers. Approx. 6 minutes.
Chapter 21: A Ride-Along with the Boss~ Exactly as the title indicates. Approx. 10 minutes.
Chapter 22: Every Town Has Its Cast of Characters~ Exactly as the title indicates. Approx. 10 minutes.
Chapter 23: Care to Join Us in a Deer Drive?~ The hunting season. Approx. 7 minutes.
Chapter 24: A Real Hat Trick~ Sunday hunting. Approx. 5 minutes.
Chapter 25: Good News, Bad News!~ Don’t leave your wallet when doing illegal things. Approx. 7 minutes.
Chapter 26: The Improvised Lie-Detector Test~ Stupid people. Approx. 11 minutes.
Chapter 27: Cat Got Your Tongue?~ Coffee with friends. Approx. 7 minutes.
Chapter 28: Are You Lonesome Tonight?~ Elvis’s death and his grandmother. Approx. 6 minutes.
Chapter 29: Smoke Gets in Their Eyes~ A funny tale of illegal fishing. This one is one of my favs. Approx. 6 minutes.
Chapter 30: Excuse Me, Ma’am~ Two orphaned fawn, two women, and the need to urinate. Approx. 7 minutes.
Chapter 31: One Man’s Tragedy Saves Another Man’s Life- Mine~ John’s battle with cancer.
Chapter 32: 
An Albino Fisher? Come on, Jimbo!~ Jimbo the poacher. Approx. 7 minutes. 
Chapter 33: Where’s the Justice?~ A guy gets away with animal abuse. Approx. 6 minutes.
Chapter 34: Wile E. Fox Finds a Home~ Raising a fox, John gets a surprise and then heartbreak. Approx. 8 minutes.
Chapter 35: Suddenly, the Cider Didn’t Taste So Good~ An apple plus some. Approx. 7 minutes.

The narrator, Michael A. Smith, was good overall. Sometimes the accents would go in and out.

Parental guidance/trigger warnings: death (people, animals), friendship with Joel Fuller, cancer battle, a little preachy during the cancer battle as he relies on his faith to get him through, one story is about a guy who gets away with setting traps that purposely injure animals and there is no justice. Language used: SOB x4, Bastards, Sx2, damn/damned x78, hell x61.

Where to find the author: John passed away in 2018. You can visit his Find a Grave memorial here.
Where to find the narrator: I am unable to verify if Michael has a page for contact at this time.

*I was given a free review copy of the audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. Thank you for allowing me to listen and review the book!

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Dead Eye: The Skinwalker Conspiracies by Jim Bernheimer and narrated by Jeffrey Kafer

Dead Eye: The Skinwalker Conspiracies by Jim Bernheimer and narrated by Jeffrey Kafer is great second to the series. I loved this one more than the first- it’s one wild ride with Mike this time around. I really hope there is more of this series in the works. Seriously love it!
Where to purchase:
IndieBound

What’s it about? Mike is back and solving cases of vengeful/waiting spirits and is on a mission to find his father who has been possessed by a skinwalker. Eventually Mike teams up (sort of) with Lee Harvey Oswald, a previous nemesis, and some friends to take down Hernando De Soto, but things don’t go as planned. I’ll leave it at that due to spoilers. This is a fairly fast-paced book with lots of twists and turns. The flow is smoother than the first book.

The narrator, Jeffrey Kafer, did a great job once again. He really brought the characters and story to life.

I hope there is more of this world in the future. If you’re like me and enjoy tales that are out of left field, you should def check this series out.

“Everyone always jokes about the phrase, ‘The Lesser of Two Evils,’ but after experiencing it firsthand, I’d never look at it the same way again.”

“It never ceases to amaze me how often the root cause of a ghost’s problems end up being the living.”

“If Hell did exist and Cassandra finally made it there, I wondered if she’d look around and say, “I could run this place better.”

Parental guidance/trigger warnings: war mentions (Iraq/Civil), death, taking control of others bodies, drugging, or similar things. Language used: Sx17.

Where to find the author: Jim Bernheimer
Where to find the narrator: Jeffrey Kafer

*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!