Audiobook Review: Damaged

Author: Jeanne St. James

Narrator: B.B. Franklin

Length: 5 hour and 41 minutes

Publisher: Jeanne St. James

Released: Mar. 22, 2018

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Two scarred souls: one physically, one mentally. Both on the mend, hiding from their pasts…

Mace Walker can’t wait to get home.

Being buried deep undercover for the past two years, on the most complex case of his career, has torn him down physically and mentally. Now the FBI agent has come home to recover after having his leg badly injured from a gunshot wound. Arriving home late one night, his relief is short-lived as he’s faced with a stranger pointing a gun to his head, acting like he is the one who doesn’t belong there!

Colby Parks, a biochemist at the local university, had come to town a year earlier to escape an abusive relationship. She vows never to put herself in that situation again.

Then the perfect opportunity comes along: housesitting for Mace’s sister while making the house she purchased habitable. But she couldn’t anticipate this big snag: the one wearing the tight Levi’s and worn leather jacket, looking like he had just escaped prison.

Being forced to share a house creates sparks between them in more ways than one. However, things take a turn when their pasts catch up to them, threatening to pull them apart forever.

JEANNE ST. JAMES is a USA Today bestselling romance author who loves an alpha male (or two). She was only thirteen when she started writing. Her first paid published piece was an erotic story in Playgirl magazine. Her first erotic romance novel, Banged Up, was published in 2009. She is happily owned by farting French bulldogs. She writes M/F, M/M, and M/M/F ménages. Want to read a sample of her work? Download a sampler book here: BookHip.com/MTQQKK

 

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This one is difficult to review. On one hand, I have some things I did not like, but on the other, there is just something about these characters that I enjoyed. We have the story of an FBI agent coming home to heal his leg after being undercover for quite some time and a girl abused by her ex-boyfriend. We see them gradually trust each other and we see the past coming back for both. Deep feelings and deep connections are predominant.

On the positive note, I did enjoy their backstories and how they both have secrets. The intense moments they share are to die for. Mace is overprotective and even too jealous at times and Colby is too scared to face her actions. This flaw in their relationship is something that I liked. They start quickly something that they cannot name yet and it felt normal somehow. All their fears felt normal.

The thriller aspect of the story was not as believable to me. Mace is an FBI agent and could have easily found out what Colby’s past hid or who was making threats. The part where his own past returns felt forced. Also, for a woman with her past, she trusted very easily. Even if she says she’s strong, she falls into the comfort of having a man she can trust by her side. But can she trust him completely? When Colby is face to face with her worst fear, her reaction was not as emotional as I would have expected.

The narration was great. Even if I would have preferred a little more voice acting, the emotions were there, the rhythm of the story was there and B.B. Franklin’s voice is clear and easy to understand. Of all the interpretation, I like the frustration feeling she managed to capture. It was so realistic, it was as if she was living every moment with the character.

All in all, I will go with 3.5 stars. Even if there may be elements that did not stand well with me, this is still a book worth checking out, especially in audio version. I hope you’ll give it a try and come back with your thoughts 😊 Happy Reading!

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

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Audiobook Review: The Chronothon

Author: Nathan Van Coops

Narrator: Neil Hellegers

Series: In Times Like These, Book 2

Publisher: Skylighter Press

Released: Oct. 23, 2015

Length: 19 hours 43 minutes

Genre: Science Fiction; Time Travel

Run from the past. Run from the future. Run for your lives.

He’s a novice time traveler in a big universe.

Ben just wants time with the scientist’s daughter who got him into this, but when he’s rooked into competing in a chronothon – an Amazing Race through time – getting the girl means he’ll need to make the finish line. When he finds out this competition is more than just a sprint through history, winning takes a back seat to surviving. To save the people he loves, he’ll have to conquer the real dangers hidden in the shadows of the chronothon.

The world of time travelers expands in this next installment of the In Times Like These series. Fans of book one will find more to love, but new listeners can jump right in and enjoy this stand-alone story. Expect action, adventure, and romance on this journey through past and future. Fresh dangers will arise for Ben and company in a quest for the finish line, where failure to keep up will cost more than just a shot at glory – it could mean the end for them all.

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Neil hails from the green hills and not-so-busy streets of River Vale, NJ, where he divided his time between theatre, literature, percussion, and policy debate. He is happy to note that he has managed to maintain this balance for the entirety of his adult life.

After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia, PA, with a B.A. in Theatre Arts and a Minor in Psychology, Neil acquired a M.F.A in Acting from the Trinity Rep Conservatory, in Providence, RI. He returned to NYC in 2003, and, since then, has made a career of theatrical performance, percussion, theatre education, and audiobook narration, and is currently living in Brooklyn, NY, with his wife, rambunctious son, and their mutt!

Starting his professional acting career working at festivals and and international tours performing Shakespeare opened his mind to the sweeping potential of theatre in performance to inspire and delight, a sensibility he has carried into contemporary theatre, new play workshops, film, TV and commercial work, and audiobook narration. Neil also has sought and developed educational opportunities, considering teaching as a means of advancing the craft of both student and teacher, and also a vehicle for social and political change. Neil has played drums in a wide variety of bands and musical groups, from punk, to prog, to jazz, to folk, and in theatrical performance, most notably for the Philly-based-90s-progressive-instrumental-rock-band, Lexicon.

As an audiobook narrator, Neil specializes in fiction, genre and non. A voracious reader of science fiction and fantasy, Neil strives to bring the same thrill of the possible to the actual, with non-fiction ranging from self-help both spiritual and practical, history, and cultural studies. Recording at home from a Studiobricks One Plus, he is an Audible Approved Producer, and has worked for numerous publishers, including Tantor Media, Penguin Random House Audio, Blackstone Audio, Audible Studios, Deyan Audio, Spoken Realms, and more. He is a proud member of SAG AFTRA.

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“The Chronothon” is very different from “In Times Like These”. I was expecting a different type of action, even more focused on the characters. Ben is competing now to win his girl in the Chronothon – as the blurb describes it, it is a race against time, in which neither competitor has a past or a future. They travel everywhere the competition takes them and have certain objectives to accomplish.

Yes, we do have a lot of action and adventure. Basically the entire book is action, competition and an effort to be the best, or actually to be the first. That is not such a bad thing, but I liked book 1 so much more. We saw there a main character struggling to master his abilities and understand them. Here the main character has just one simple goal: get the girl. I don’t know, it’s just too simple for this story.

I did appreciate the amount of detail we have for each period our contestants travel to and the specifics of the time. Also, the competition itself was very engaging and it did capture my attention and interest. Ben has different obstacles to face in his race and how he faces them is an interesting aspect as well.

The narration was as exceptional as in book one. I wouldn’t have expected anything less from Neil Hellegers. Again his interpretation makes this audiobook exceptional and I do believe listening to the audio version is the best way for this story. Otherwise, one would lose the pleasure in listening to great voice acting. Yes, fantastic!

All in all, I am giving this book 4 stars, only because I was expecting something different – more character development especially. I think Ben as a character has not reached yet his full potential and I hope book 3 will show us something more.  Happy Reading!

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Audiobook Review: Wishes & Wellingtons

Author: Julie Berry

Narrators: Jayne Entwistle

Length: 9 hours 29 minutes

Publisher: Audible Studios

Released: Sep. 25, 2018

Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy

From award-winning author Julie Berry comes a brand new middle-grade fantasy adventure full of humor and heart, exclusively from Audible.

Maeve Merritt chafes at the rigid rules at her London boarding school for “Upright Young Ladies.” When punishment forces her to sort through the trash, she finds a sardine tin that houses a foul-tempered djinni with no intention of submitting to a schoolgirl as his master.

Soon an orphan boy from the charitable home next door, a mysterious tall man in ginger whiskers, a disgruntled school worker, and a take-no-prisoners business tycoon are in hot pursuit of Maeve and her magical discovery. It’ll take all of her quick thinking and sass to set matters right. Maeve Merritt is one feisty heroine you won’t soon forget.

Julie Berry lives near Los Angeles with her family. The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place is an Odyssey Honor Audiobook, and The Passion of Dolssais a Printz Honor Title.

Julie Berry is the author of the 2017 Printz Honor and Los Angeles Times Book Prize shortlisted novel The Passion of Dolssa, the Carnegie and Edgar shortlisted All the Truth That’s in Me (2013, Viking), the Odyssey Honor title The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place (2014, Roaring Brook), and six others. Her latest novel, The Emperor’s Ostrich, released June 13, 2017 from Roaring Brook. Her forthcoming novel, Lovely War, will release from Viking Children’s Books in Spring 2019. She holds a BS from Rensselaer in communication and an MFA from Vermont College. She lives in Southern California with her family.

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Jayne was born in the North of England and lived in a myriad of places (Vancouver, San Francisco, Tucson, Sequim, Seattle) before landing in Los Angeles. She is an avid improviser who hitched her space-work wagon to Patrick Bristow’s company, Improvatorium, where she studied, taught, directed and performed improv.
She is an award-winning audiobook narrator best known for her narration of the Flavia de Luce series by Alan Bradley. She also received the 2015 Odyssey Honour Award for The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place by Julie Berry and the 2016 Odyssey Award for, The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley.
When not inhaling books for work or pleasure, Jayne works in film, television and commercials. The biggest star she has ever worked with is Shaquille O’Neal. He is quite literally THE biggest star she has ever worked with. Ever. He’s really big!

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I cannot even begin to describe how amazing this book was! Again, I wish I had a physical copy so I could mark my favorite parts! Then again, there are so many, I would mark the entire book! It was fantastic, it was delicious and so so fun to listen to!

Julie Berry has created a delightful character. Maeve Merritt is such an interesting character. Even her name is musical in some way. It just sounds right – I’ll get back to that when I’ll discuss narration. Little Maeve is supposed to behave as any young lady of her age. Her parents have sent her to one a good school, where she is supposed to learn manners and how to properly behave in the Victorian England. Still, she is more rebellious than the other girls, but in a fair way. She doesn’t like her superficial colleagues and prefers spending time with the boys. This earns her a lot of bullying and gets her into trouble, as innocent as she may be. Still, when she discovers a magical sardine can, her mind starts working as an adult’s should.

I love the main character and I love her adventures. It reminds me in a way of little Anne of Green Gables, even if their stories are nothing alike. It just gives me the same childhood feeling. This book is perfect for middle grade, but it can be read at any age. I for one would read it over and over again. It will bring a smile to your life and it will brighten your day. Yes, that’s what this book does – it brightens your day and your mood.

The narration was fantastic, for lack of an even better term to describe it. What Jayne Entwistle was to charm us even more and to make us adore the characters and all the amazing adventures. I loved how she pronounced the name of our main characters – something about the musicality of it really stuck with me. She did an amazing job with the accent and with voice acting. I am telling you, she was phenomenal.

 This entire story was phenomenal! I cannot get enough – I have just finished it and would listen to it all over again. This is a book you must have in your home, as a physical copy but also as audio. The audio version enhances to enormous proportions the fun and the wit of our character. It was a fantastic production. I am really really sorry for not being able to give more than 5 stars – I am confined to this insignificant rating for such a wonderful book with such a wonderful narration.

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P.S.: Sorry, I used “amazing” too many times. It still feels so little. Because it was AMAZING!

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Audiobook Review: Between The Shadows

Author: Casi McLean

Narrators: Kristin James

Length: 8 hours 28 minutes

Publisher: Casi McLean

Released: Sep. 24, 2018

Genre: Time Travel Romance

She never expected to confront deadly villains…let alone fall in love with one…

After her friend, York, encounters the ghostly image of a young woman, Mackenzie Reynolds seizes the opportunity to initiate a time jump, thrusting them back to 1865 Georgia. Resolved to thwart the girl’s untimely fate, Kenzi stumbles into a deadly conflict over a stockpile of stolen Confederate gold.

An injured Civil War survivor, James Adams departs for home with a war-fatigued companion he’s determined to help. After pilfering a horse and kidnaping a woman, he never dreamed his hostage would steal his heart.

Kenzi and James must unravel a deadly plot, while helping York save his ghost woman from a brutal death. But can she leave York in a violent past to save James’s life?

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Award winning author, Casi McLean, pens novels to stir the soul with romance, suspense, and a sprinkle of magic. Her writing crosses genres from ethereal, captivating shorts with eerie twist endings to believable time slips, mystical plots, and sensual romantic suspense, like Beneath The Lake, WINNER: 2016 Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence for BEST Romantic Suspense.

Casi’s powerful memoir, Wingless Butterfly: Healing The Broken Child Within, shares an inspirational message of courage, tenacity, and hope, and displays her unique ability to excel in nonfiction and self-help as well as fiction. Known for enchanting stories with magical description, McLean entices readers in nonfiction as well with fascinating hooks to hold them captive in storylines they can’t put down.

Her romance entwines strong, believable heroines with delicious hot heroes to tempt the deepest desires then fans the flames, sweeping readers into their innermost romantic fantasies. Ms. McLean weaves exceptional romantic mystery with suspenseful settings and lovable characters you’ll devour. You’ll see, hear, and feel the magical eeriness of one fateful night. You’ll swear her time travel could happen, be mystified by her other worldly images, and feel heat of romantic suspense, but most of all you’ll want more.

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Kristin “KJ” James was born and raised in the Nashville, TN area. Acting has always been a passion of hers. Starting on the stage as early as preschool, KJ pursued her passion into college where she received a BA in Communication with a double emphasis in Theatre and Public Relations from Mississippi State University. After college she found herself more and more drawn to voice overs. Several classes, coaching sessions, seminars, research, and a closet-turned-studio later, and she now records and produces audiobooks on a regular basis. She has also done several radio commercials for clients such as Advance Financial, TriStar Health, and GAC.

When she’s not in her booth, you can find her crocheting, playing video games, or running agility with her dogs.

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“Between the Shadows” is probably the most interesting book in the series. We follow not one, but two stories, which become not only linked but also a choice. We have multiple POVs, two romances and time travel. One altered moment in the past will change the present, so our characters must make sure that the change will be beneficial.

Kenzie Reynolds jumps at the opportunity to travel back in time and help her friend York save the mysterious woman that captured his attention, a woman badly hurt in her time and whose life is in danger. York and Kenzie must alter the events, so that her friend and his beloved can have a future. Little did Kenzie expect to find her own soul mate in 1865. A dynamic story, a lot of action and very interesting relationships – these are just a few items that make this story special.

I loved how the time travel aspect is created, as well as in the case of the other books in the series. Tess is evolving and it is becoming a device that hides a lot of power and opportunities. Kenize is only just scratching the surface, but she is willing to learn more. Her knowledge is put to use with York and Isobel and they all end up in a battle for gold. James Adams was not supposed to be part of the picture, but Kenzie fells the attraction and takes a risk to trust the man that kidnaped her.

The writing is beautiful and the characters are well defined, but this is something that we are already used to when it comes to Casi McLean. I do have one small complain when it comes to the beginning. It was too sudden and it felt a little forced. I mean, it was very easy for Isobel to understand and accept York’s explanation or the time travel concept. For a woman born in the 1800s, who cannot fathom a woman in jeans, she is ok with the “back in time to save you” idea. I really enjoyed this book so much and this frustrates me. Otherwise, I would have given all those 5 stars!

The narration was fantastic. It was full of emotions, it evoked all the feelings and it brought the story to life and closer to our hearts. Yes, we do have a lot of action, but Kristin James does so much for us listeners and captures our attention even more. I loved her stile and I loved especially the determination in her voice. Everything sounded clear and clean.

All in all, 4 out of 5 stars for “Between the Shadows”. I have tried to look beyond the small inconvenience I feel for the beginning and for Isobel, but it nagged me too much. Otherwise, it was fabulous and full of action and on the edge moments.  Enjoy !

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

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Book Promo: Cash Kills

Author: Nanci Rathbun

Narrator: Kieren Calland Metts

Series: Angelina Bonaparte Mysteries, Book 2

Publisher: Dark Chocolate Press LLC

Released: Apr. 24, 2018

Length: 9 hours 40 minutes

Genre: Modern Detective; Mystery

A double murder. A mysterious inheritance. One PI is about to follow the money all the way into a den of thieves…

After surviving a bullet, Angelina Bonaparte was certain she could handle any case that came her way. But when her next client walks through the door with an unexplainable seven-figure inheritance after the death of her parents, the private investigator wonders if she’s in over her head. After all, when she visits her client’s family attorney, Angelina discovers yet another bloody crime scene.

With the help of her new flame, Angelina follows the clues into an underworld of war-plundered artifacts, stolen treasures, and deadly consequences. As their last lead grows colder, the PI must catch the killer before an endless cycle of murderous greed gets her client killed.

Cash Kills is the second book in the suspenseful Angelina Bonaparte Mysteries series. If you like hard-as-painted-nails female detectives, historical mysteries, and twists and turns you won’t see coming, then you’ll love Nanci Rathbun’s loaded crime thriller.

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Nanci grew up an Army brat, living in Germany, France and Korea, as well as several states in the U.S. After her dad retired from the service, the family settled in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. There, Nanci raised her daughter and son, while working at AT&T. She never expected to move, but when her second grandchild was on the way, she wanted to be closer. One of her greatest joys is hearing her three granddaughters shout ‘Nana’ when she comes in their front door in Fort Collins, Colorado.
Nanci’s Maltipoo, Teeny, and she now live in Wellington, Colorado. No matter where she makes her home, she will always be a Green Bay Packers fan.

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Kieren Calland Metts is addicted to audiobooks. She has almost 1,000 in her Audible.com library and has listened to most of them! She tends toward mysteries of all kinds, especially cozies, and YA dystopia.

She grew up a diplomat brat, traveling to tours in Baghdad, Iraq; and Kabul, Afghanistan. After several more moves in the U.S., the family settled in Ohio.

Kieren has a background in copy editing, book & newspaper design, and web production; adores arts and crafts; and has a weakness for fluffy orange kitties.

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Audiobook Review: The Hunted

Author: Jessica Gunn

Narrator: Shannon Condon

Length: 6 hours and 42 minutes

Series: Hunter Circle, Book 1

Publisher: Jessica Gunn

Released: Aug. 16, 2018

Genre: Urban Fantasy

I’m Krystin Blackwood, and I’ve only ever been good at one thing: killing demons of Darkness. But at 24, I’m about to face my toughest challenge yet: shifting from working alone to joining a team of three other Hunters. Newbie Hunters.

They don’t know their magik, they barely know their place in the world, and when they find out the secrets I’ve been carrying, they’ll definitely decide it’s safer if they don’t know me.

But unfortunately for them – and me – Darkness has other plans. Lady Azar, Darkness’s heir, stole my new team leader’s kid two years ago. Now, she and her lackeys are rallying to exchange Ben’s kid for me because of the power I wield. I’m one half of a prophecy to save an ancient city the Powers of Good lost centuries ago. And if I fail or die before that happens, the destruction of that city will be felt across all planes of existence.

If we can’t find Ben’s son before All Hallows’ Eve and somehow save him without putting my life at risk, that existential explosion will absolutely happen. But it’ll be nothing compared to the destruction wrought if Lady Azar changes Ben’s son into a demon…and her minion

Because the only thing more dangerous than me with a blade is a father’s wrath.

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Shannon Condon is a New York City based Actor, Voice Actor, Improviser and Filmmaker. Shannon is a proud member of SAG-AFTRA, and is recognized by her unique voice and quick-witted humor. When not recording, she can be found playing with her dog/best friend, Maple. For more updates visit shannoncondon.com

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Finally a book with witches and elements. I was missing one of these in my reading stack! So maybe my enthusiasm and my love for everything magical and demons and elements, combined with the awesomeness of the book resulted in a high rating 🙂 Let’s analyze it a bit:

The story unfolds pretty fast and we know from the first pages who is hi and what do they want and that’s good because it leaves a lot of room for action and characters development. And we do have a lot of action scenes, as there is a lot of fighting and chasing. Both our main characters have a reason for fighting demons and they both have super cool powers. Krystin and Ben will have to work together so that they can achieve their goals and… So that everybody can live.

A fight that can unleash the powers of Evil is in the hands of a stubborn 24 year old and an impulsive leader. There is a lot of room for character development and there are many angles of the story still not explored. That only makes me eager to read more of the story. I must admit though that I would have preferred a longer book 1, with more time to savor the interaction between our protagonists. A small disclosure: be prepared for a very good cliffhanger and for diving directly into the next book.

The narration was good, with some minor steps outside characters. I did not dislike it, but I wanted to feel more of Krystin’s attitude in the narrator’s interpretation and maybe a little more recklessness into Ben. Not bad at all though.

Ok, conclusions time. I liked the series very much and there are premises for an epic story. I hope the next book will give more insight into the characters and their powers. But I loved what I’ve read so far. Looking forward to more 🙂

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

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Audiobook Review: Aries’ Red Sky

Author: James Young

Narrator: Jennifer Jill Araya

Length: 16 hours and 21 minutes

Series: Vergassy Chronicles, Book 1

Publisher: James L. Young Jr.

Released: Aug. 27, 2018

Genre: Science Fiction; Space Opera

“[S]pace opera that plays out on a grand scale, and Young conduct[s] it with aplomb.”-Pop Cults, the website of Geek and Alternative Culture

For over seven hundred years, theSpartan Republic’s citizens have known one truth: Terra is coming. Descendants of exiles who dared to defy an emperor,the star nation’s 70 billion citizens spent the centuries training, arming…and waiting.

In 3035, Lt. Ian Campbell, Spartan Defense Forces (SDF), discovers a strange anomaly on his corvette’s sensors…and realizes the wait is over. The Spartans must convince the Terrans of the cost of subduing their nation. If they succeed, the Republic survives. If not, the SDF will be forced to paint the stars red with their enemies’ blood.

The Confederation of Man was born in the terror of the Harran Empire’s death throes. Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, humanity now spreads from its cradle on Earth to hundreds of stars across the Milky Way, and seeks out new worlds to add.

Captain Marcy Cochran was hoping to find a habitable planet; she didn’t expect thesystem to already have hostile humans. Now a captive, Cochran mustcontend with a crew proving to be as dangerous as their enemies, and preventwhat has started out as a misunderstanding from becoming a full-fledgedinterstellar war. For Terran law isquite clear: All humanity will answer to the Confederation. For the Spartans, that makes the governmenton Earth no different than the empire it supplanted…and they would rather dieon their feet than subjugate themselves once more.

Aries’ Red Sky is the newest novel in James Young’s Vergassy Chronicles universe. A prequel to An Unproven Concept, it is the first in the Spartan Trilogy. If you like space opera with compelling characters, military sci-fi with high body counts, and capital ship battles on a galactic scale, pick up the the latest work in a series whose previous entry was recommended Amazing Stories, Pop Cults, and The MidwestBook Review.

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James Young is a Missouri native who left small town life to attend a small, well-known Federal institution in upstate New York. After obtaining a degree in military history from West Point, Dr. Young spent six years repaying his education via military service in various locations (both foreign and domestic). Along the way he collected a loving, patient, and beautiful spouse (Anita C. Young)…and various animals that only fit those descriptions when it suited them.

Upon leaving the Army, James returned to the Midwest to obtain his Ph.D. in U.S. History from Kansas State. When not tormenting his characters, Dr. Young spends his spare time reading Anita’s first drafts, finishing that pesky dissertation, and trying to figure out how book eating shelter animals keep ending up in his office. Outside of Amazon, he can be found at conventions throughout the Midwest selling books and merchandise as James Young, Slinger of Tales.

In addition to his positive fiction reviews, Dr. Young is also the winner of the United States Naval Institute’s 2016 Cyberwarfare Essay Contest and runner up in the 2011 Adams Center Cold War Essay Contest. He has also had multiple articles published in Proceedings and the Journal of Military History since 2010.

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Narrator Bio

Jennifer Jill Araya has been listening to audiobooks since she was a young child, and the fact that she now gets to narrate audiobooks for a living is a dream come true. Jennifer’s training as an opera singer and orchestral cellist lend a musicality and depth of understanding to her narration that help bring her authors’ stories to life. She loves nothing more than giving life and breath to the printed word.
When she’s not narrating, Jennifer can be found hiking, biking, running, or generally exploring her home city of Cincinnati with her husband Arturo (aka “Partner in Crime”) and their two children.

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Wow, this was a long audio. Great thing is that it was not boring at all. On the contrary, it had so many elements to keep the reader entertained. I got carried away by the story, the characters and the narration and managed to get a good part of the book finished in be sitting.

A deep dive into the subject will show us a completely different universe. We have a more mature scene, with humans extending their discoveries into other planted and Space in general. There are many cultures, many characters and personalities. We don’t have the normal heroes who save everyone (not necessarily), but we do have characters fighting for what they consider home, peace and normalcy. I must admit though it was a bit difficult getting to know everyone but lucky I had the time! So the length of the story is perfect for the reader to get acquainted with everyone and experience this universe and all its planets and dark corners.

There are political intrigues, there are sides to choose. We have on one side The Spartan Empire, who’s been off the grid, doing their own things away from an Earth falling into a bad governing. And then we have the Confederation of Man and they intend to bring back the old Terran life. To a point, they both fight for the same thing, but does power corrupt? Will they put aside hundreds of years of history and put an end to this war? Or will it be as in nowadays, when we just don’t know when to stop anymore?

The narration was very beautiful and entertaining. We have a great amount of voice acting, considering the amount and diversity of the characters and we have emotions. So what more should I ask? We could feel the narrator’s interest for the story and that’s another good thing.

All in all, “Aries’ Red Sky” is not a book that you can simply read/listen. It is an experience, as all the elements can be analyzed and compared to our current times. Add to that Space, space ships, planets and stars and you obtain a galactic adventure. Give it a try, it’s great!

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

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