Audiobook Review: Venus Shining

Author: Jennifer Alsever

Narrator: Moira Todd

Series: Trinity Forest Series, Book 1-2

Publisher: Sawatch Publishing

Released: Sep. 7, 2017; TBD

Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal

“From across the fire, a grin spread over her face, combining delight and pure, raw power.

I could not deny the power of the chanting, the swirling red hair, my painting prophecy and the – holy crap – electric bubble around us.

This was real. Her power was real.”

Triumphant at last, Ember has fought her way back from the evil witch’s curse and reclaimed her identity, her sense of self. Now she must stop Xintra from hurting the boy she loves, even as she uncovers the truth behind her mother’s dark, twisted past.

Rejoicing in her power over the human race, Xintra is closer than ever to achieving her father’s dream – a dream she sacrificed her own life to realize. But when key members of her team defy her, she must scramble to enact her plan before obedience gives way to anarchy.

Breaking free from the chains that once bound her to a life of wickedness, Zoe must face the past she once sought to escape in order to save the futures of those she doomed. Will she make amends with the dead in time to save the living?

A teenager still lives inside author Jennifer Alsever. She spent two decades as a professional journalist, contributing to such publications as Fortune Magazine, the New York Times, Inc Magazine and the Wall Street Journal, before letting her imagination run wild in 2016. The result is Ember’s story told in the three-book Trinity Forest Series, her first published fiction work.

When not absorbed in writing, Alsever enjoys a good hike, doing some yoga, hanging with her boys, some moguls on skis, a rigorous mountain bike ride or indulging in the simple pleasures of life. Her favorites: untouched snow, frozen chocolate chips, savasina on a yoga mat and yes, bowls of pan fried brussels sprouts. Jennifer is working on her upcoming novel, Psychic Monkeys, to be released in 2019.

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A teenager still lives inside author Jennifer Alsever. She spent two decades as a professional journalist, contributing to such publications as Fortune Magazine, the New York Times, Inc Magazine and the Wall Street Journal, before letting her imagination run wild in 2016. The result is Ember’s story told in the three-book Trinity Forest Series, her first published fiction work.

When not absorbed in writing, Alsever enjoys a good hike, doing some yoga, hanging with her boys, some moguls on skis, a rigorous mountain bike ride or indulging in the simple pleasures of life. Her favorites: untouched snow, frozen chocolate chips, savasina on a yoga mat and yes, bowls of pan fried brussels sprouts. Jennifer is working on her upcoming novel, Psychic Monkeys, to be released in 2019.

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“Venus Shining” could not have been a better finale for Ember’s story. We get to see how the lives of the other players are set on the right track and we get to understand so much of what’s behind Xintra and her plan.

Ember is stronger than ever, more confident and willing to undertake any risk to save the people she loves. I like her evolution throughout the series and I like that the author has slowly introduced Zoe’s story in the picture. But how can they make sure Xintra’s plans do not find their accomplishment?

It was a story that kept me on the edge of my seat and I was so looking forward to this ending. Definitely it’s not an easy way to success, but our characters are stronger than the forces that are against them. The input we have from Ember’s mom is refreshing and a great addition to the book.

The narration was great, although I would have wanted more voice acting and a little more feeling to the interpretation. However, it was easy to understand and follow.

All in all, I loved this third book, I loved the series so so much and I love the writing! This was such an interesting adventure, with many plot twists. I recommend it with all my heart – 5 stars!

P.S.: I am a little late (ok, a lot late) with my review and I apologize to Jess and the author for this. Unfortunately, it was out of my control. Go ahead and check the other blog posts in this tour, as there are many more fun facts to discover 😊

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

 

 

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Audiobook review: Murder in Keswick

Author: William Todd

Narrator: Ben Werling

Length: 2 hours 38 muntes

Publisher: William Todd

Released: Oct. 16, 2018

Genre: Mystery

While on a well-deserved holiday in the Lake District to get away from the toils and troubles of London, Holmes and Watson find no respite. As soon as they exit the train, they hear news of a grisly murder making its way around the murmuring commuters. A local aristocrat, Mr. Darcy, has been found missing his head!

And that very night, the wealthy widow finds a stranger in her home who, upon seeing her, abandons his plans and quickly leaves. She believes the intruder to be the murderer of her husband who is now after a large sum of cash she keeps in the house safe.

Unsure if the would-be thief is the murderer or an opportunistic burglar, Holmes devises a plan to catch the burglar, all the while investigating the murder of Mr. Darcy. Follow Holmes, Watson, and the local constable Mr. Wickham as they untangle the mystery surrounding a Murder in Keswick.

I have been writing online since the early 2000’s, primarily writing horror stories in the style of Poe and Lovecraft. I was the 2nd most popular author on the website storiesbyemail.com for two years before moving on. I had my first book, a Victorian era horror compilation called Bumps in the Night, published by Mystic Moon Press just a week before they closed their website and never saw my hard work pay off. Afterwards I took publishing into my own hands, became an Indie author and haven’t looked back. My first self-published book was Dead of Night, another compilation of Victorian horror stories, published September 2016 by Createspace and on Kindle by KDP. After its publication I left my comfort zone for mystery and wrote a short story about Sherlock Holmes in the Conan Doyle style. I loved it so much I then did a longer story A Reflection of Evil, both published in 2017 through Createspace and KDP. I have just release Beyond the Gossamer Veil, another compilation of both Victorian and modern supernatural/horror stories and am in the beginning stages of my third Sherlock Holmes installment.

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Ben is an award winning actor and voice over professional, who has performed all across the United States. From Shakespeare to Neil Simon, he has displayed a versatility and diversity in the characters and dialects he has portrayed. Ben received the Joseph Jefferson Award for Leading Actor as abusive talk show host Barry Champlain in Eric Bogosian’s TALK RADIO, and was nominated for Best Supporting Actor as Prosecutor Villeforte in Alexander Dumas’ THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO, also in Chicago. He has worked with an extensive list of theaters in Chicago over the last three decades: Steppenwolf, Bailiwick, Famous Door, Next, A Red Orchid, Raven Theater, First Folio, Writer’s Theater, Buffalo Theater Ensemble, as well as Utah Shakespeare Festival, Illinois Shakespeare Festival, Indiana Repertory, Madison Repertory, and Allenberry Playhouse in Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania. He is an Ensemble member of Shattered Globe Theater in Chicago. For almost a decade he was the voice of the Adler Planetarium, hosting live shows and pointing out the stars, planets and constellations on the big dome. Ben has an eponymous weekly vlog on YouTube, that he films, produces, edits and narrates. He lives in Chicago with his wife Amy, two dogs and three cats.

2 hours of mystery solving with the amazing Sherlock Homes. That’s a fantastic way to spend the time, especially in a grey evening. William Todd does a great job of “refreshing” the stories and the murder case he creates is very interesting and very fitting for a detective of Sherlock’s caliber.

The short story managed to meet almost all my expectations. We have a very interesting murder case that interrupts Shelock and Watson’s attempt at a vacation: a decapitated body, with no traces of blood in a community where the biggest crime is theft at the local fare. So imagine the joy on the local constable when finding out that the great detective Homes and Doctor Watson are willing to help.

The main traits of Homes are well captured; we have a veritable detective, as we already know him from the original stories. Same goes for Doctor Watson. What I would have wanted is a bit more of those fun interactions between the two. I wanted to smile more often at their exchange.

Whenever I hear about Sherlock Homes, it’s impossible not to think about the series with Benedict Cumberbatch. For me, it’s not possible to have a better Sherlock. So I associated the character attitude and narration to what I saw in those episodes. That’s why the narration did not fulfill my expectations. Ben Werling does a great job, his voice is clear and easy to understand. But I would have preferred a little more disguise in his voice, especially when it comes to the female characters. Also, maybe a little more of that beautiful English accent would have been welcomed.

I take a special note to discuss the audio production, which was spectacular. There are background sounds and music that help the reader feel the atmosphere of the time, or the scene that is described. We can hear train sounds, wood burning, things crashing, the “Sherlock”music. I loved it so so much! Big points for that!

Specifically because this is an audiobook, I wanted more from the narration, so my 4 stars are in relation to that. Otherwise, I loved the sorry, I loved the audio production with those additional effects. I do encourage you to give it a try. It’s an interesting experience!

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

 

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Audiobook Review: Barking Up The Wrong Bakery

Author: Stella St. Claire

Narrator: Machelle Williams

Length: 5 hours and 6 minutes

Series: Happy Tails Dog Walking Mysteries, Book 1

Publisher: Relay Publishing

Released: Jan. 4, 2018

Genre: Cozy Mystery

Some people would kill for coffee….

Olivia Rickard would kill to keep everything just the way it is. She’s got a gorgeous boyfriend who loves her, a supportive sister to lean on, and a dog walking business that’s briskly barking away. But just as she’s getting comfortable, her sister suddenly wants to buy an entire brownstone with her, and her boyfriend looks like he’s going to pop the question at every opportunity. Changing the status quo has always been disastrous for Olivia, and now everything is changing at once….

What Olivia needs is a distraction, and she’s found one in stumbling upon Yvette Dunn dead in her coffee food truck – drowned in a vat of fresh coffee. Olivia starts out as an unlucky bystander to the crime, but she’s forced to dig in deeper when it looks like her sister could be involved in Yvette’s death.


Olivia is running out of time in regards to the mystery, the mortgage, and the marriage. She’s going to have to solve all three problems – and quick – or face a future most foul.

Stella lives and breathes cozy mysteries! With her head always buried inside these books, it’s no wonder that she would put pen to paper to bring her own cozy mysteries to life. The words flew onto the page, and she’s already teeming with ideas for the next cozy mystery series.
With her trusted canine by her side, it seemed only natural to be inspired by her beautiful beagle Doogle and the many hours they spent walking through scenic New England villages. When Stella’s not reading books, she’s off on road trips, exploring every nook and cranny in neighboring towns, seeking inspiration for her next book.
She’s keen to see what her fellow cozy critics think of her new cozy mystery so please leave a review and share your thoughts with Stella.

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As an audiobook narrator with 23 years of experience moving audiences with her voice through corporate facilitation and public speaking, Machelle knows how to connect with the intent of the author to bring their vision to life. Her compelling yet casual voice draws the listener close, transporting them deep into the story and keeping them hanging on every word with full attention and anticipation.

Machelle’s voice is nuanced and delivers reads that range from soft and soothing to dramatic and smoky. She specializes in Mysteries & Thrillers, but her Bespoke repertoire also includes Non-Fiction, Religious, Urban and Noire.

Machelle is based in Northern Virginia with her two Boston Terriers, Daphne and Lilah, and her fully equipped studio from which she provides quick turn-around of professional quality recordings.

When you need a narrator to take your listener to the edge of their seat and their breath away – trust the telling to Machelle.

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For me, this book was like a break from my usual romance books, a beautiful, welcomed break. Although this is not that far from the tree, “Barking Up The Wrong Bakery” has a good mystery, a (sometimes nosy) main character, a bit of romance and a bunch of cute dogs. It’s that type of story that makes you feel comfortable.

Olivia finds one of the owners of her favorite coffee shop dead when arriving for her usual dose of caffeine. Being a fan of stories involving detectives, she takes the opportunity to “practice” what her favorite investigator “thought” her in the many books she listened to. And also because she is nosy and can’t stay away, especially when told not to get involved. Still, it’s impossible not to find something in her for every woman or girl that reads this book.

She is clumsy, but smart, not willing to settle down, yet liking her own routine with waking up to read a few pages in the middle of the night. She knows she has the best boyfriend ever, but the thought of spending her entire life with the guy scares her. Andrew really has the biggest patience ever.  He accepts her with all her flaws and is willing to set the pace Olivia needs and wants. They are lovely together!

The mystery is well constructed. I had no clue who the killer was, but to be honest, I was more interested in the romance aspect and I was distracted by Olivia’s personality… and the dogs! The town atmosphere is very realistic as well. We have the town gossip, the envy and policeman who is so surprised he actually has real police job to do. It was funny and interesting at the same time.

The narration was not bad, but I wanted more voice acting. The audio quality was ok, Machelle Williams is doing a great job expressing emotions, but sometimes is difficult to differentiate between the characters, when it comes to listening to them speak. The book is written in such a way that is not possible to confuse them however.

All in all, this book gave me a nice feeling. The small town life, the relatable main character, a very nice and simple romance, a good mystery – what’s not to like? 4.5 stars J

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

 

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Book Review: Watcher

Author: AJ Eversley

Narrators: Chelsea Stephens, Steve Campbell

Length: 8 hours and 13 minutes

Series: The Watcher Series, Book 1

Publisher: Author AJ Eversley

Released: Oct. 6, 2018

Genre: Science Fiction; Young Adult

“I knew I was not alone. They would never leave until every last one of us was gone.”

Sawyer Russo has sworn to protect humanity, and as a Watcher she’s done just that. But the Bots and Carbons that took her city are evolving, and they start picking the Watchers off one by one. One last rescue mission will change everything. When someone betrays them, the line between friend and foe is no longer easily drawn.

Sawyer made a vow, and she will fulfill it, even if it means ending the person who deceived them, no matter who it might be.

It all comes down to one choice…

Who can she save?

And who does she have to let go?

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.
*One and the same as Avery Reid.

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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.

Wow! This is one addictive story! It intrigued me and grabbed me from the start. I loved it so much and if it were not for a particular detail, I would have given it all the 5 stars I have available.

Our main character has had to face a changing world from a very young age. We have the dystopian universe we are all accustomed to, with the Earth shattered by the World War III and nuclear attacks. A group of humans try to make due and survive in a world of robots and more. Sawyer is one of them. She wants to fight and protect humanity, but is not willing to form relationships. She is a fighter and that’s all that matters.

There is plenty of action and many turns that will make it even more interesting. The universe is fantastic and few things are left to chance. There is so much to be discovered and I cannot wait to find out more in the next book. We have friendship, love, disappointments, secrets unfolding, unexpected events…. What more can one desire?

Well, one thing made me decrease one star and it may be small to you, but to me, taking into account how much I loved it, it made me upset. While Sawyer’s story is told on the first person. Kenzie’s is told on the third person. I do no understand why. I mean, since everything is told from her perspective, I guess it’s more her view and her opinion. Kenzie’s come as a way to integrate the story with someone from the other side of the team. It why on the third person? I just don’t get it.

The narration was good. I wanted more implication from the narrators and I wanted to feel the pain more and feel the frustration more. But I cannot complain too much. They both managed to capture my attention and I had no problem in understanding them or differentiating between the characters.

All in all, this may be your next 5 star read. I am stuck with one teeny tiny detail and I cannot get over it. But other than that, I absolutely loved everything about this book! I loved the writing and the characters and the plot! 4 stars for now and looking forward to the next book. Until next time, Happy Reading to all!

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: Fever Rising

Author: K.M. Riley

Narrator: Audra Cook

Length: 6 hours and 5 minutes

Publisher: Trifecta Publishing House

Released: Sep. 14, 2018

Genre: Science Fiction; Dystopian

“I don’t save, I kill. I don’t build, I break. I don’t run, I chase. And I won’t rest until a new society is built on the System’s ashes.” (Cassidy Havok)

Kaden Valens’ world is kill or be killed. Such is the life of a Challenger, the property of a Citizen. Fight or die. When Kaden is ordered to face his sole family member, his sister, Nix, he chooses a different battle – one against the Federacy that owns him.

Rebel Cassidy Havok is the Federacy’s worst nightmare. Her only goal is to bring down the government, doing whatever it takes to eradicate the slave-based society. When Kaden defies the Federacy publicly, she hopes to make an ally out of him, turning the tide in the resistance’s favor.

Cassidy helps Kaden escape the clutches of the Citizenry, and they flee to the Wilds, the world outside the Federacy’s reach. There they plan for the fight of a lifetime. Can they take on a nation, or is their cause a lost one?

 

K.M. Riley is not only a lover of stories, but she’s a game designer, artist, and fan of all things imaginative. If she’s not writing, she’s daydreaming or doodling about more worlds and characters that will make great tales. With a background in Creative Writing, she’s always busy creating new adventures, or taking part in them.

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What a book full of action! That’s the main thing and the main item that would describe it. We have tons and tons of action and a hard fight against the system. It takes one apparently insignificant foe to open one’s eyes and see the bigger picture.

I was so captured by the action and by the fighting scenes! The author does a great job at constructing them, but especially we have a great political system. We have fighters with superpowers and fighters willing to do what it takes to win, or to protect family and friends. With all these elements, I was thrown into a story that made me curious to see what would happen next.

The characters are quite all right. I liked their personalities and their will to survive and face the Federacy, but I also liked the relationship between them. However, I must admit I wanted a little bit more attention to their growth. We know they are fighters, but it looks like that’s all they are. Small scenes and quick lines may show a glimpse into their deeper selves, but that’s about it.

The narration was great, Audra Cook managed to capture the fights in her interpretation and also the panic, the strength and determination. Every scene she navigates with certainty and her voice is clear and easy to understand.

All in all, I liked the story quite a lot. Probably too much fighting made me decrease 1 star. I wanted a bit more from the story, I wanted to see more vulnerable sides of the characters. But I liked it and I’ll follow the author to see what other surprises she has for us J Happy Reading!

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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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Nathan Van Coops lives in St. Petersburg Florida on a diet comprised mainly of tacos. He enjoys old planes, motorcycles, and Volkswagens; and contends that there is such a thing as “dressy” flip-flops. He is the author of three time travel adventure novels: In Times Like These, The Chronothon, and The Day After Never. You can also check out his sci-fi sky pirate adventure, Faster Than Falling.

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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!

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

BOOK ONE

Oct. 25th:
Dab of Darkness Book Reviews

Oct. 26th:
T’s Stuff

Oct. 27th:
Lynn’s Romance Enthusiasm

Oct. 28th:
Writers N Authors

Oct. 29th:
Jazzy Book Reviews
In Pattis Imagination

Oct. 30th:
Lilly’s Book World

Oct. 31st:
Lomeraniel
The Book Addict’s Reviews

BOOK TWO

Nov. 1st:
Dab of Darkness Book Reviews

Nov. 2nd:
T’s Stuff
In Pattis Imagination

Nov. 3rd:
Lynn’s Romance Enthusiasm

Nov. 4th:
Jazzy Book Reviews

Nov. 5th:
Writers N Authors

Nov. 6th:
Lilly’s Book World
The Book Addict’s Reviews

Nov. 7th:
Lomeraniel

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