Audiobook Review: Savior

Author: AJ Eversley

Narrators: Chelsea Stephens, Steve Campbell

Series: The Watcher Series, Book 3

Publisher: Author AJ Eversley

Genre: Science Fiction; Young Adult

The explosive conclusion to the Watcher Series will decide the fate of the entire human race.

Sawyer has been a Watcher. She’s been a Carbon. Now she must become their Savior.

With the inevitable return of Coleman looming, Sawyer knows their army is not enough. On a journey to convince an ally to join their war, Sawyer discovers why the stars have placed the fate of the human race in her hands. And she’s not alone.
Kenzie is her enemy. He is wrong and ruthless, and he’s tried to kill Sawyer more than once. Yet she still can’t stay away. Both drawn to each other in a way neither can explain, they must learn to trust one another as well as themselves if they want to survive. And soon, Sawyer will find she must trust in the stars to protect her and put her faith in others if she wants to live.

Find out who will survive, and if they can save humanity from a future painted black, in the epic conclusion of the Watcher Series.

AJ Eversley is the author of the WATCHER series. A true north Canadian girl, AJ currently lives in Central Alberta with her husband and dog. When she’s not writing, she can be found binge watching Harry Potter, quoting various movies in every day conversation, and eating copious amounts of candy.

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Chelsea Stephens has a long time love and appreciation for the performing arts, with experience in on-stage acting, singing and voice over. Her love for reading books and the pursuit of the story led her to narration. She enjoys unfolding characters and bringing listeners into new worlds. Chelsea is an experienced voice actor with a talent for mystery, fantasy and YA novels. She’s a mom to a gaggle of young ones living in the Midwest with her lumbersexual husband.

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My first priority as a voice-over artist is to convey your thoughts and ideas in an entertaining and insightful manner; not distracting from your message, but enhancing your words. It is my personal goal to help your audience engage with the text in an immersive and memorable way.

As a techie with a passion for performance and a love of the written word, the voice-over industry called to me. I am now fortunate enough to be living my dream of audiobook narration from my home studio, in Calgary, AB, Canada.

Review

This is so unfair! I hate that great series have “final books” and I hate that the last book has a limited amount of pages because “The Watcher Series” has been one fantastic ride. I would have never imagined I would devour this story. I loved book 1, book 2 exceeded my expectations and book 3 made me anxious to find out what would happen, but also sad that it’s over.

I have so many feelings. The author did a terrific job with the world and the characters. She made them real and believable. The intensity of the action, the emotions and how well they are linked makes the reader live this book, not just read it. It was an experience, not just a book.

Sawyer has so many things to handle now. She has the world to save – no pressure – and she has her feelings to handle. One would expect this love triangle to feel like an unnecessary complication, but that’s not it. The love triangle and all the other plot related activities are on the same level – nothing falls behind. All falls in place just right.

The narration was fantastic as well. Chelsea Stephens and Steve Campbell kept me so focused! I usually crochet while listening to an audiobook, but in this case I was not able. Because they captivated me with their narration, with how they showed the feelings.

Everything falls beautifully into place. This series is one of my favorites now and I need to read the novellas that contain the backstories for some of our characters. I do recommend you check this series out and I hope you will love it as much as I did. AJ Eversley is now one of my favorite authors and I cannot wait to see what she has in store for us next. 5 stars and my devotion!

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by AJ Eversley. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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Audiobook Review: Salvage Rat

Author: Larry N. Martin

Narrator: Jeffrey Kafer

Length: 8 hours 56 minutes

Publisher: Tantor Audio

Released: Sep. 9, 2018

Genre: Military Science Fiction

Star Force pilot and hero Wyatt McCoy left his medals and career behind after the Rim Wars, disillusioned and bitter when he learns the truths behind the conflict. He takes his converted gunship, the Nellie B, and heads to the Near Fringe, salvaging derelict ships and abandoned stations and mining colonies.

Dr. Beth Parker is a space archaeologist, documenting the history of planetary expansion and colonization for Kalok Enterprises and the Interplanetary Mining Guild. A piece of alien technology embeds itself in Beth’s arm, giving her the ability to see the energy impressions of long-ago people and events. When Beth uncovers proof of genocide that could bring down the big mining companies, she’s the target of assassins.

Wyatt makes a split-second decision to intervene, launching them both into a high-stakes cat-and-mouse game with some of the most powerful organizations in the system. They can prove Kalok and Interplan killed millions – but can they live long enough to tell their story?

Larry N. Martin is the author of the new sci-fi adventure novel Salvage Rat. He is the co-author (with Gail Z. Martin) of the Spells, Salt, and Steel/New Templars series; the Steampunk series Iron & Blood; and a collection of short stories and novellas: The Storm & Fury Adventures set in the Iron & Blood universe. He is also the co-author of the upcoming Wasteland Marshals series and the Joe Mack Cauldron/Secret Council series.

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Jeffrey Kafer – Jeffrey Kafer is a full-time SAG-AFTRA audiobook narrator. He has narrated over 450 books in almost every genre for such authors Clive Barker, Steve Alten, Maya Banks, Gregg Olsen and many others. He has 2 degrees in cinema and broadcasting and spent the first part of his career as a video game tester for Microsoft before following his true passion of acting. He’s been on stage since he was 13 (his mom still has the bellhop costume she made) and currently lives in Los Angeles with his family and dog.

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My Review

An adventure, with secrets at every corner and with a lot of entertainment – this is what this story brings to its readers. I was sold from the moment I laid eyes on the cover. It has the perfect color combination for what we have in the chapters.

So a man and a woman want to bring down a corporation that has been doing too much evil to our society. Our lady character is an awesome scientist, with some awesome technology at her disposal. I liked her abilities so much. She is “enhanced” enough not to put in lesser light her human abilities – intelligence and bravery. On the other hand, the male character used to be a hero. Now he is just a shadow of who he once was. But can Beth bring back Wyatt’s savior qualities? Is the war important enough?

Well, it is, important and engaging and with many twists. I had so much fun and it was so easy to get lost in this adventure. The author created a world so vivid, I could picture everything in my mind. With a great narration, it was like seeing a movie. Yes, I would have liked a little more voice acting, but it did not spoil y enjoyment at all.

All in all, I loved it very much and I cannot wait to see more from Larry N. Martin. He has a lot to offer and his characters are amazing. I do hope you’ll give it a try J

 

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Audiobook Review: Carbon

Author: AJ Eversley

Narrators: Chelsea Stephens, Steve Campbell

Length: 8 hours 55 minutes

Series: The Watcher Series, Book 2

Publisher: Author AJ Eversley

Released: Dec. 10, 2018

Genre: Science Fiction; Young Adult

Strangers become allies. Lovers become enemies. And a destiny formed before birth unfolds.

Sawyer spent most of her life hunting the very thing she has now become. No longer the Watcher she once was, Sawyer struggles to make sense of her new identity. Though she now has the powers of a Carbon, she is also tied to the control Coleman has over all of his creations.

Desperate for help and answers, Sawyer travels to the United Isles with Max in search of an ally. Not only must she learn to harness her new abilities, she must find a way to mend a broken heart…if her past doesn’t kill her first.

The epic journey continues, and the war for the human race draws ever closer. Join the resistance in the next chapter of the Watcher Series.

AJ Eversley is the author of the WATCHER series. A true north Canadian girl, AJ currently lives in Central Alberta with her husband and dog. When she’s not writing, she can be found binge watching Harry Potter, quoting various movies in every day conversation, and eating copious amounts of candy.

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Chelsea Stephens has a long time love and appreciation for the performing arts, with experience in on-stage acting, singing and voice over. Her love for reading books and the pursuit of the story led her to narration. She enjoys unfolding characters and bringing listeners into new worlds. Chelsea is an experienced voice actor with a talent for mystery, fantasy and YA novels. She’s a mom to a gaggle of young ones living in the Midwest with her lumbersexual husband.

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My first priority as a voice-over artist is to convey your thoughts and ideas in an entertaining and insightful manner; not distracting from your message, but enhancing your words. It is my personal goal to help your audience engage with the text in an immersive and memorable way.

As a techie with a passion for performance and a love of the written word, the voice-over industry called to me. I am now fortunate enough to be living my dream of audiobook narration from my home studio, in Calgary, AB, Canada.

Review

This series gets better and better! It is fantastic from all points of view. We have an interesting plot, really really strong characters that really evolve throughout the story and unexpected turn of events. Add to that a great narration and you have one amazing audiobook.

Sawyer goes though many changes. She hast to deal with being a Carbon and also has to face betrayal from those she loves. Her transformation is inside and out. The author has a beautiful way of showing both aspects of our main character and we get to analyze her inside out.

This second book is full of twists, as I was mentioning, not only when it comes to the battle for survival, but as well when it comes to the relationship between sawyer and Kenzie. I cannot wait to see how this will evolve. I love both of them, but I also want to see what will happen with the new …”addition” J

The narration is great! I have mentioned this in my review for book 1 as well, Chelsea Stephens and  Steve Campbell give so much life to our characters. We can feel Sawyer’s rage and pain and Kenzie’s torment. I loved them so so much!

Now, please excuse me while I go take a breath after such an intense story and I will see you back with my review for the third book. I have no doubt it will be as great as the previous two. Happy reading!

5 stars J

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by AJ Eversley. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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Audiobook Review: Evil’s Unlikely Assassin

Author: Jenn Windrow

Narrator: Chelsea Stephens

Length: 8 hours 49 minutes

Series: Alexis Black, Book 1

Publisher: Irreverent Publishing

Released: Jan. 23, 2019

Genre: Urban Fantasy

“Evil’s Unlikely Assassin is a promising urban fantasy debut that features all that’s great about the genre–action, attitude, and ass-kicking.” -Jaye Wells, USA Today bestselling author of The Sabina Kane and Prospero’s War series

Vampire Alexis Black is on a mission – to rejoin the human race.

Coerced into signing an ironclad contract by an Angel-with-attitude, Alexis must hunt down and assassinate at least one vampire, werewolf, or creepy crawly every night for fifty years to become human again. Too bad the contract didn’t mention the badass vampire who now rides shotgun in her brain, insatiable bloodlust, or her new I-hate-everything-with-fangs sidekick. If she can fulfill her end of the bargain, her humanity is restored, if not she will be destroyed.

But when a revenge-seeking bloodsucker threatens her city, Alexis must risk everything to ensure there’s a humanity to return to. Since her vampire nature is her greatest weapon to defeat the monsters that threaten her friends and future, Alexis must choose to accept her inner beast or watch those she loves die.

Jenn Windrow is an award winning author of Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance. Vampires, Greek gods, and a bit of Freak Show fun for everyone.

She loves characters who have a pinch of spunk, a dash of attitude, and a large dollop of sex appeal. Top it all off with a huge heaping helping of snark, and you’ve got the ingredients for the kind of fast paced stories she loves to read and write. Home is a suburb of it’s-so-hot-my-shoes-have-melted-to-the-pavement Phoenix. Where she lives with her husband, two daughters, and a slew of animals that seem to keep following her home, at least that’s what she claims.

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Chelsea Stephens has a long time love and appreciation for the performing arts, with experience in on-stage acting, singing and voice over. Her love for reading books and the pursuit of the story led her to narration. She enjoys unfolding characters and bringing listeners into new worlds. Chelsea is an experienced voice actor with a talent for mystery, fantasy and YA novels. She’s a mom to a gaggle of young ones living in the Midwest with her lumbersexual husband.

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Oh, hello Vampire! I am loving the series so so much! I have just finished with book one and I already want to see more. I was so captivated I didn’t realize when time flew by. Because it’s action and then more action. And later something happens and … yes, more action!

I am a sucker for vampires (haha!), so give me one bloody (literary) story and I am all yours. And our Alexis with her crowd of helpers and enemies is so amazing. She has fighting in her, she has strength and one hell of a vampire to back her up. I liked her resolution to do what it takes to get back her humanity and how firm she is in keeping away from blood.

Refreshing and intense, we have a gathering of beings, each with a special personality. The characters are not alike at all. People, actually beings, from opposite sides must work together to defeat a common enemy. There is so much action, you actually cannot spare a minute. There is something happening all the time… I love it !

I loved the narration as well. Chelsea Stephens is amazing! Her voice acting is superb! She kept me all the way with the characters and her way of being sarcastic, funny, enraged, a vampire, a ghost and all the other personalities, incorporating so many emotions… she does it flawlessly, in my opinion at least! (but others think the same, so … )

Suffice to say I have found a new favorite series and a new favorite author. I do encourage you to read this one, audio is even better. It has a little bit of everything you want. It’s entertaining and awesome. What more can you need? Happy Reading!

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Jenn Windrow. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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Audiobook Review: Shadow

Author: Maureen A. Miller

Narrator: Brandy Skelly

Length: 7 hours 37 minutes

Series: Blue-Link, Book 1

Publisher: Maureen A. Miller

Released: Feb. 4, 2019

Genre: Romance, Suspense

From USA Today best-selling author Maureen A. Miller comes this romantic thriller that spans the Atlantic.

Sophie Diem’s boss has skipped town, abandoning their counseling firm and taking her investment money with him. As she seeks to rebuild her professional career, she is distressed by the appearance of a stranger. The man keeps to the shadows, but he is definitely stalking her.

In an attempt to flee him, she accepts a job offer…in London. Surely, crossing the Atlantic would be enough to deter her shadow.

Glenn Barber is a desperate man. He sorely wants answers. The man who can supply them has gone missing, though. Now, all Glenn can do is go after the next best thing: the man’s former employee, Sophie Diem.

Sophie is shocked to spot her shadow in London. What she learns is that Glenn, the shadow, is not a stalker but rather her only protection.

As her attraction to Glenn grows, together, they conspire to locate her former boss and stop him before he can harm others.

USA TODAY bestselling author, Maureen A. Miller worked in the software industry for fifteen years. She crawled around plant floors in a hard hat and safety glasses hooking up computers to behemoth manufacturing machines. The job required extensive travel. The best form of escapism during those lengthy airport layovers became writing.

Maureen’s first novel, WIDOW’S TALE, earned her a Golden Heart nomination in Romantic Suspense. After that she became hooked to the genre. In fact, she was so hooked she is the founder of the JUST ROMANTIC SUSPENSE website.

Recently, Maureen branched out into the Young Adult Science Fiction market with the popular BEYOND Series. To her it was still Romantic Suspense…just on another planet!

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I studied theatre in college, and even participated in storytelling festivals when I was growing up. I’m a practicing attorney, and love to participate in ACX projects to keep my creative side happy and fulfilled. I can perform fiction and non-fiction, in neutral-American or Southern-American accents.

I live in North Carolina with my husband, toddler, and pound puppy. I have a soft spot for romance and I love a good laugh!

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It is so easy to get lost in this book! I started it and did not realize the time until it was over. I loved it so so much and I cannot wait to read more books by this author!

I was sold by the book – a woman having to rebuild her life after being crossed by her boss and also having to run away to escape a lurking man. The blurb is detailed enough to give you a glimpse into what happens here but I’m telling you, the mystery and romance go so well together!

The author does put the right amount of suspense and love that we don’t lose interest for one in favor of the other. This is something that sometimes happens to me when reading this type of stories. I find myself looking forward to see how the couple is doing, while missing some details about the action behind this. We have front row seats to both in this case. Also, I managed to form a connection to both Sophie and Glenn – I cheered for her to rebuild her career and also cheered for Glenn to find his answers.

Brandy Skelly did such a great job narrating the story. She managed to build the suspense, to capture each character’s reactions in the key moments and as well I had no issues understanding who was who.

Even if I am not a fan of the cover, I liked the story very very much and I am so anxious to read more books by this author. If you’ll check her Goodreads’ page, there are many books to read 🙂 And all are already highly rated. I hope you’ll give “Shadow” a try and come back with your opinion 🙂 Happy Reading!

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Audiobook Review: Living Proof

Author: Peter J. Thompson

Narrator: Gary Tiedemann

Length: 10 hours 24 minutes

Publisher: Peter J. Thompson

Released: Dec. 19, 2018

Genre: Suspense

Government secrets. Biological weapons. Human subjects.

In a top-secret complex surrounded by miles of Texas scrubland, the United States military is working on a new form of germ warfare. Taken from homeless shelters and prisons, the subjects, discarded men and women of America, serve their country as unwilling lab rats.

Ramon Willis didn’t commit the murder that put him on death row. But he’s guilty of something worse – surviving the virus and escaping his captors. Knowing he can’t take on the corrupt system alone, there’s only one person he can turn to – Lena Dryer, the reporter who covered his case and watched him die.

With assassins dogging their trail and all their options for survival closed off, they must risk everything to bring this conspiracy to light. But time is short. When an extreme faction in the government pushes forward with the next phase of their plan, the fate of the nation hangs in the balance.

Peter Thompson grew up on the east side of Chicago, in the shadow of the steel mills where the air was sooty and smelled of sulfur. His life wasn’t always so gritty, but the grit and realism finds its way into his thrillers. He has always loved stories of every kind, and one of his joys is finding a way to get inside character’s heads, seeing the world as they see it and feeling their triumphs, pain, and fear. He visualizes his characters when he writes, and they are larger than life in the big screen of his imagination.

Before pursuing his passion and becoming a full-time author, he tried his hand at everything from factory work, breaking cement in a construction crew, running his own pizza shop, and he was a well-regarded presence in the mortgage industry for nearly thirty years. When he isn’t writing, Peter loves, spicy food, live music, and exciting and thought-provoking books and movies. He is a fitness buff who loves to spend time with his grown sons and is looking forward to traveling the world and seeking adventures with his lovely partner.

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Gary Tiedemann is a full-time voice-actor and narrator of audiobooks, with over 60 unabridged titles narrated and counting. He has voiced countless commercials and multimedia productions in addition to spending over 10 years on stage performing improv, sketch comedy and original works of theatre. Gary is a graduate of Tulane University in New Orleans. He currently splits his time between Florida and Chicago. See more at http://www.garytiedemann.com

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If I were to describe in two words this book, those would be: believable and visual. As many other reviewers mention in their comments, the story is very believable and can be related to easily. The author did an amazing job transmitting the scenes. This entire book is like watching a movie. It was a great experience.

We have a main character whose life has gone from bad to worse. He is now struggling to find justice, but quickly realizes he is up against an enemy far greater than he would have ever imagined. With help, he uncovers mystery after mystery and becomes immersed in this political conspiracy and we can see even in our days. Ramon and Lena are amazing together and they work incredibly well. Both brave, intelligent and willing bring the truth to light.

I enjoyed my time with the book so much. The plot caught my attention so fast and the pace was perfect to keep my interest. The narration was as well amazing. Gary Tiedemann’s experience is not easy to ignore. His voice acting is great, his way of expressing emotions is fantastic, I loved it so so much.

All in all, this was a fantastic experience. “Living Proof” is a story that will grip you from the start. It’s a time well spent, I can tell you that! I hope you will consider it for your next read and come back with your opinion J Happy reading!

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Audiobook Review: Sail

Author: Lindsey R. Loucks

Narrator: Kamala Alcantara

Length: 9 hours 58 minutes

Series: Haunted Stars, Book 1

Publisher: Evershade Publishing

Released: Nov. 20, 2018

Genre: Paranormal Romance; Science Fiction

Nineteen-year-old Absidy Jones is a ghost magnet, a sensitive person spirits flock to when they can’t cross over. After her brutal past escaping the hordes of ghosts vying for her attention, she spends her reclusive existence melting down iron into bite-sized pieces. Whether alloy or wrought, ancient paper clips or nails, consuming iron is the only thing that keeps the ghosts away.

But when Absidy’s sister goes missing in deep space, a dangerous place brimming with rogue planets, ship-eating nebulas, and vicious aliens, Absidy vows to find her. She leaves her safe haven and boards the first ship she can that’s on a direct route to deep space – a ship that turns out to be haunted.

To keep the malicious ghosts from killing her, the alluring bad boy pilot gifts her a small bundle of all the iron on the ship. But their growing relationship is tested with the crew’s prying eyes and hidden secrets. While the ship sails into deep space, it’s not just her sister’s life that Absidy fears for. It’s her own as well. Especially since her stash of iron has shrunk to zero.

Lindsey R. Loucks is a USA Today bestselling author of paranormal romance, science fiction, and contemporary romance. When she’s not discussing books with anyone who will listen, she’s dreaming up her own stories. Eventually her brain gives out, and she’ll play hide and seek with her cat, put herself in a chocolate-induced coma, or watch scary movies alone in the dark to reenergize.

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Kamala Alcantara is a Voice Actress & Audiobook Narrator capable of performing a wide range of voices & accents.

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Before diving into my review, allow me please to apologize to Jess and the author for the (very) late post of my review. Things have gone from crazy to crazier and I am trying to find a new balance around the many changes.

“Sail” is an incredible book and is even more enjoyable in audio format. I have loved every minute of every chapter and I am so eager to get to the next one in the series. We have an incredible world with exceptional characters and a plot that will keep you guessing.

Absidy is different. She has always been this way – needing iron to keep ghosts away. But now she needs all she can find to save her sister. Disguised as a young boy, helping the ship’s cook, she embarks on a journey to Deep Space, a place full of dangers and many unknown threats, to bring her sister home. Considered a fugitive, she has no way of turning back. She finds a potential ally, when the ship’s pilot discovers who she really is. Mace is a tormented soul himself and is not sure if the girl in a ship full of men can be trusted.

I loved so many things about the characters, but most of all, I loved Absidy’s struggle with being different. She is afraid to reveal her need of iron or her “curse” of attracting ghosts. There is so much to uncover when it comes to this and the book offers so so much. She and Mace (our pilot) evolve so much together and as well individually.

The narration was fantastic to say the least. We have a beautiful voice that can very well illustrate the emotions. Most of the story is about fear, regardless if it’s fear of ghosts, or fear of being discovered. Kamala Alcantara is amazing.

All in all, I loved it so so much and I cannot wait to see where the story takes us. The world building is great, the writing is great and the narration is superb. We have the perfect combination for a 5 star book. Again, I apologize for my delay in posting this review because any amazing story needs to be shared with other readers as soon as possible!

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Dab of Darkness Audiobook Reviews

Feb. 15th:

The Book Addict’s Reviews

Lilly’s Book World

Feb. 16th:

Smada’s Book Smack

DarkRavenReviews

WonderlandiansBooks

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