Audiobook Review: Trail of Secrets by Laura Wolfe

Trail of Secrets (Dark Horse, Book One)Trail of Secrets by Laura Wolfe

  • Release Date:03-04-16
  • Publisher: Author Laura Wolfe, LLC
  • My Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

    Performance: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
    Story ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
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    AudioBook Review: Take a Load Off, Mona Jamborski by Joanna Franklin Bell

    Take a Load Off, Mona JamborskiTake a Load Off, Mona Jamborski by Joanna Franklin Bell

  • Release Date:01-26-15
  • Publisher: Joanna Franklin Bell
  • My Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

    Performance: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
    Story ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
    Overall ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

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    Mystery Thriller Week Audio Book Review: Transmission by Ambrose Ibsen

    TransmissionTransmission by Ambrose Ibsen

    • Print Length: 165 pages
    • Publication Date: May 31, 2016
    • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B01GFH4PWA

     

     My Rating:

    Performance: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
    Story ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
    Overall ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

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    Audiobook Review: Portraits of the Dead, by John Nicholl

    Portraits of the DeadPortraits of the Dead by John Nicholl

  • Paperback: 324 pages
  • Publisher: FeedARead.com (August 19, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1786972670
  • ISBN-13: 978-1786972675
  • My Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

    Performance: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
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    AudioBook Review: Tainted Cure by Ashley Fontainne

    • Written by: Ashley Fontainne
    • Narrated by: Rebecca Roberts
    • Length: 5 hrs and 43 mins
    • Series: The Rememdium Series, Book 1
    • Unabridged Audiobook
    • Release Date:03-15-16
    • Publisher: RMSW Press

    My Rating:

    Performance: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
    Story: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
    Overall: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

    Tainted Cure is book one of The Rememdium Series. It is an exciting intense story about what happens when scientists work on a cure for Addiction and they succeed. The medicine will change the way the brain of an addict functions. So what could go wrong with that? In a word, Everything. There are other interested parties that have their own motives. There are dangerous groups at work. There is government involvement and secrets kept that lead to a catastrophe.

    The story is quite interesting and allows the reader’s mind to wander at these possibilities. The medicine is not innocuous. It is causing people to do things that they should not be doing, such as living after death. And crave human flesh. Oh yes, this book has zombies. Lots of aggressive human seeking zombies. The government has gotten involved and there is worldwide chaos.

    So let me say this about the Audiobook. I loved the narration. The narrator, Rebecca Roberts, did excellent voices that kept all the characters clear in my mind. I could recognize right away who was speaking. It was great.

    This is my first zombie book. I did not expect it to hold my interest as it did. It was really a good story. Ashley Fontainne made it easy to understand what was going on. Not always the case with scientific jargon and theme. Even with all the exploding heads and gray​ matter oozing, I enjoyed it. So I might have been a little afraid of the Dystopian genre before, but I admit that now I am game to try it again.

    My Recommendation:

    If you have never tried Dystopian, then this would be an excellent book to begin with. The characters are realistic and you come to know them very well. You see the good and the bad of them. This is an amazing story that will make you question which is worse, the addiction or the cure.

    Where to Find Tainted Cure:

    This book is available in paperback, aidiobook, Kindle and Nook by clicking the links below.
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    Audiobook Review: Children to the Slaughter by A.I. Nasser

    Children To The Slaughter (Slaughter #1)Children To The Slaughter by A.I. Nasser

  • Listening Length: 6 hours and 3 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: ScareStreet.com
  • Audible.com Release Date: July 21, 2016
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01IRTINT0
  • Genre: Horror
  • My Rating:

    Performance: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
    Story ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
    Overall ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

    The Book Blurb:

    Melington has changed.

    There is an evil lurking in the darkness, under the beds and behind closet doors. It seeks vengeance and retribution and will not be denied.

    No one knows this more than Alan Carter. Returning to his hometown after a twenty-year absence, he is resolute in uncovering the truth behind his sister’s abduction and the strange disappearance of children. Joined by his childhood friend, Alan finds himself thrown into the middle of a conspiracy led by the town Council as it desperately tries to hide its secrets from the world.

    No child is safe in Melington, and Alan Carter needs to stop the curse that has haunted his hometown for generations. But as Alan’s brushes with death become more frequent, he finds himself running out of luck.

    My Review:

    Children to the Slaughter was a creepy and interesting audiobook. With children leaving town on more than natural occasions the town has always had a history of a quick turnover in families.

    When Alan Carter comes back to Melington, he keeps his cards close to his vest as he tries to figure out exactly what is going on here. His own little sister disappeared when she was little. The only witness was Alan. He never forgot the hand that pulled her down into the sandbox. His family left the town directly after her disappearance. After twenty years he returns.

    Bits and pieces wiggle and meld themselves into a very intricate plot. Debra the best friend of Alan from when they were both children is surprised to see him return. She has no clue he has more reasons than just to work. The fear that comes through in the scenes with Alan and Debra are chilling. The lack of the bigger picture keeps many of the people in the town in the dark. No one knows who is in on the disappearances and who isn’t.

    Alan’s conspiracy theory hits Debra hard and she turns away from him. There are too many strange occurrences of missing children for decades.

    The story is riveting. The narration is eerily wonderful.This is not my first book narrated by Jack Urry and I can admit, I am a fan. His voice lends itself to this type​ of genre in a way that is hard to define unless you have heard it. The voices that Jake Urry presents bring a very emotional response to the tension-filled words that A.I. Nasser writes.

    My Recommendation:

    If you love a good horror story, with hands in the dark, closet doorknobs turning in the night, and missing children, you are going to love this book. I imagine reading it would give as many chills, but if you want the full effect, get the Audiobook. It is completely chilling. On the Audiobook you are given a sneak peak into the next book in the series. It is a nice bonus. It is going to be good. I hope it is narrated by Jack Urry as well. He is perfection for this story type.

    Where to Find: Children to the Slaughter:


    The book is available in eBook, Audiobook, and Paperback by clicking the links below.

    AudioBook Review: The Lonesome Dead by Ambrose Ibsen

  • Listening Length: 3 hours and 31 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: Ambrose Ibsen
  • Audible.com Release Date: July 13, 2016
  • Genre: Horror
  • My Rating:

    ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

    The Book Blurb:

    “Don’t look out towards Knob Island at night.” That was the warning Douglas’ grandfather gave him as a boy. Now returning to the shores of Lake Manuxet as a grown man, with his twin sister and their ailing grandmother in tow for a final, nostalgic visit, Douglas begins to experience frightful things in his cherished childhood vacation spot.

    Just what is it that claws its way out of the lake each night, only to approach their cabin? What mysteries does the remote lake hold? Are the horrors Douglas experiences genuine, or is he simply inheriting the madness that seems to run in his family? What is the true nature of the cryptic warning his grandfather gave him so many years ago about the small island at the center of Lake Manuxet?

    What begins as a sentimental pilgrimage to a once-enjoyable vacation spot rapidly deteriorates into a fight for survival and sanity.

    The Lonesome Dead is a standalone novel of supernatural suspense and terror by Ambrose Ibsen.

    My Review:

    The Lonesome Dead had a good mysterious ghostly story. I found the pace a little slow for me and the needless details a bit cumbersome. The end was one hundred times better than the first half. I felt I was walking through mud to get to the good stuff. When the good stuff arrived, It was scary, I was happy and ready for it.

    The writing is, of course, good, in depth and almost too descriptive. I mean, for goodness sakes, we even went to the bathroom with Douglas. I liked the ghostly aspects more than the other ramblings of the main character, Douglas.

    I am glad I listened to the audiobook, I just would have cut out a few of the extra details like the naming of the fish in the lake. It was just a little too wordy for me. The action was not as in-depth​ as the descriptions of the surrounding terrain.

    The narration was very well done. The narrator, Gary Tiedemann had an expressive voice that led to a greater feeling of fear when that portion of the story came up. I think if you like the descriptiveness of say, Stephen King, you might really enjoy this.

    I am giving four hearts, due to the ending, the twists at the end, and the narration. If the ending had not been so intriguing​ I would have ​stopped at the three stars. It is worth giving a listen to.

    Recommendation

    If you love a good ghost, horror story, this would be a good choice. I have trouble with overly wordy books like Stephen King puts out. That is a personal opinion and I did not take away on the rating for that. It was just not as good as the other books I have read by Ambrose Ibsen.

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    Audio Book Review: Cryptic Lines by Richard Storry

    The Cryptic Lines

  • Written by: Richard Storry
  • Narrated by: Jake Urry
  • Length: 4 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release Date:03-16-16
  • Publisher: Richard Alan Storry
  • The Cryptic Lines by Richard Storry


    My rating:
    Performance: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
    Story ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
    Overall ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

    Maybe it is just me, but there is something just so deliciously inviting about a Mystery. Especially when it includes a scavenger type hunt. This delightful mystery is that style of book and it is wonderfully well written. There is no graphic violence or romance of any type. It is very Agatha Chrisy in its presentation. The entire story consists of two men searching for clues, second guessing every poetic hint.

    This the audiobook is really a fun one. We first are introduced to Lord Alfred Willoughby, as he is sick and calls in his attorney for a change in the will. As to what that change is, we are not privy to that information. What we do know is that Lord Alfred Willoughby dies in the next paragraph and then we are allowed to meet the main characters of the book. Matthew, the lazy shiftless and unacceptable son is called to his father’s house for the reading of the will. There is a will,l but it is not on paper, It is a video, complete with recently deceased Alfred issuing a challenge.

    Matthew Willoughby, as we keep learning, has not lived up to the expectations of his father Lord Alfred Willoughby. His selfishness and his immaturity shine through this story.

    The book is filled with interesting and somewhat secretive characters. Of course, I suspect everyone if there is a mystery afoot. The side characters are well developed and have a tasty nastiness if not downright snarky way about them.

    Cryptic Lines is my first book written by Richard Storry. I enjoy the way he writes. He uses words that evoke emotion that go along with the mysterious old mansion and the out of the way corridors they keep searching through. The clues are tied to a love of the classics that Lord Alfred cherishes. It was well written and entertaining to follow them in their puzzle solving. the two men work furiously​ because “gasp” there is a time limit on this treasure hunt. The way the book has been created there are light moments that show this is meant to be enjoyed. It is not a terror filled book, it is just a puzzle. A puzzle with a fabulous prize attached.

    Now we can discuss the narration. If you haven’t noticed, I have taken a shine to a wonderful narrator with a brilliant voice. Of course, it helps that this divine​ voice is British. I am talking about Jake Urry. He came across my radar almost a month ago and I can’t tell you how much I love the cadence and character of his voice.

    Jake Urry has presented this story in the best voices. Each person is distinct and obviously different from the others. I keep forgetting there is only one person reading this book. His voice is strong yet when he does the elderly woman Meg, I hear an elderly woman. It is a craft he is well adept at.

    This is a really great book. Nicely written and narrated ever so nicely.

    If you want to pick up the Cryptic Lines by Richard Storry in audiobook, paperback, or Kindle those are all available by clicking the links below.

    AudioBook Review: The Sick house by Ambrose Ibsen

     

    Sick house

    • The Sick House : The Ulrich Files, Book 1
    • Listening Length: 6 hours and 48 minutes
    • Program Type: Audiobook
    • Version: Unabridged
    • Publisher: Ambrose Ibsen
    • Audible.com Release Date: April 4, 2016
    • Whispersync for Voice: Ready
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B01DPRMM50

    Book Blurb:

    Dr. Siegfried Klein has vanished on a mysterious pilgrimage to an abandoned infirmary in the ghost-town of Moonville. The locals in the surrounding areas are tight-lipped, hostile to outsiders. Local legend has it that the old Sick House is packed with spirits, none of them friendly, and that to set foot in it is to enter Hell itself.

    Enter Harlan Ulrich, private investigator and skeptic.

    Traveling to the site, the detective begins the long process of separating truth from grisly local myth, and during his investigation stumbles upon certain frightful evidence that tries his nerve. He wants to find the doctor in one piece and weathers the hostilities of the locals even as their stories keep him up at night. But the longer he spends in the ghost town of Moonville, the more he feels the influence of something sinister in the shuttered infirmary.

    When finally the truth is revealed and the infirmary’s sordid past comes to light, will Ulrich manage to escape with his life? Join him as he braves the myth-shadowed unknown and seeks out the missing doctor in The Sick House, a full-length novel of paranormal suspense and horror.

    Ratings:

    • Overall: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

    • Narration: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

    • Story: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

    My Review:

    I give the book a solid 5 stars because it was chilling and the mystery is consuming.

    This Horror story is grimly good. It is creepy and hearing it through my headphones, those voices ringing in my ears? Intense!

    The narrator, Jake Urry, has the best voices for the characters. the men all sound sinister when they should and sound intelligent when called for.Jake has a large amount of accents. I love his depiction of women. Such emotion and he is able to capture all ages of the characters. For narration I can only give 5 stars.

    The writing is great. The wording keeps you involved. Some of the descriptions were so involved, I could almost hear his chair creaking as he swiveled back and forth in thought. I loved it.

    Harlan Ulrich is a private investigator and he is not exactly comfortable when he is hired to find a missing doctor. Dr. Siegfried Klein, a doctor that was last seen heading to the supposedly haunted hospital known as the Sick House.

    Harlan is overwhelmed when he sneaks into the old hospital looking for signs that Dr. Klein had been there. While in that abandoned building he starts to feel things, evil and dangerous things.

    The things he experiences are not human and they are not solid. As he investigates he comes into contact with the towns people which are full of dire warnings and an unwillingness to confide in him.

    When he starts digging even deeper, he is able to find so much more about the Sick House than he expected. You can count on twists, turns and astounding revelations. What surprised me was that it was not a gruesome book. It was scary but not full of graphic horror. Thank goodness I have to say. I was not quite prepared for a lot of grizzly action.

    This was a wonderfully crafted book. The story was full of haunting events. This was really one good book to listen to on Audio books. The narrator brought the fear and eeriness to life. This is my second book narrated by Jake Urry and I can say it is not going to be my last. I loved the way he performs each character. He has a British accent, but he was able to do several american accents just wonderfully.

    I highly recommend this book if you like ghosts, spirits, mysteries and descriptive narration. I have not read anythign by Ambrose Ibsen before, but I will be looking for books by him after this one. It was just that good. I like that the book was not gory and morbid. Ambrose Ibsen set out to create a setting, an emotion, a tone and he succeeded. Excellent audio book.

    The book The Sick House by Ambrose Ibsen is available through KindleUnlimited and Audiobook by clicking the links below.

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    AudioBook Review: Awoken by Sarah Noffke

    Awoken (The Lucidites, #1)Awoken by Sarah Noffke
    My rating: 4 of 5 stars

    I listened to this on Audible as an audiobook and I also read along with the eBook. I finally put the book down and just finished listening to the Narrator.

    For a person that is supposed to be a savior, Roya Stark is kind of cranky and annoyingly enough, she whines a lot. The story was interesting and the descriptions are vivid and come to life in the telling. I just did not enjoy it as much as I hoped to.

    I get that she was immature and was given a huge task, but boy, was she vocal about it all.

    As this is not my typical genre I gave the writing the high score and will only say that it was not exactly my cup of tea. The protagonist is a 16 year old girl drowns as she sleeps and has premonitions at night. She is called to be part of a society, the Lucidites that needs her skills to combat Zhuang. Zhuang is their enemy and they have been watching over Roya all her life in secret. There was a lot of drama and even a romantic element in the book. It was action packed and fast paced.

    Saying that I will certainly give other books and stories a chance from Sarah Noffke. The writing is really well done. It was just uncomfortable for me to listen to and red her whining and complaining. I know she is only 16 so I should have cut her some slack. I just wasn’t able to.

    In review of the performance, I give that a 5. Elizabeth Klett has a great way with narrations. She was the thing that kept me going. In fact I will try to find more books narrated by her and listen. Her voice is pleasant and full of variety.

    The premise of this book is good, the writing is good, I just could not get into the story like I love doing. Other than the negative feelings I had for Roya, the book is good. I just wanted to love it more than I was able to. I seem to be the minority, so I accept that it was probably more me than Sarah Noffke.

    The book, AudioBook, and free Kindle Unlimited eBook can all be found by clicking the links below.

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