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Hebby~Bookworm

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  • A Simple Favour

  • By: Darcey Bell
  • Narrated by: Andi Arndt, Xe Sands, Matthew Waterson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 114
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 104
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 104

When her best friend, Emily, asks Stephanie to pick up her son from school, she happily says yes. Their children are classmates and best friends. And five-year-olds love being together - just like she and Emily. As a widow and stay-at-home blogger mum living in suburban Connecticut, Stephanie was lonely until she met Emily, a glamorous and successful PR executive. The trouble is that Emily doesn't come back.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Dreadful. Waste of a credit.

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-10-2018

Interesting story with characters you love to hate.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-03-2019

I don’t understand why there are so many bad reviews... the narrators were excellent, they seemed to fit the characters perfectly.

The story was good and the characters were interesting, although mostly unlikeable. Sean is such a weenie but his voice matches that.

I liked how the story is told from three different points of view.

The plot of the book is quite different to the movie version, but I don’t think that’s a bad thing, they’re each good in their own way.

If you enjoyed Gone Girl you should try this.

  • Dead Clown Barbecue

  • By: Jeff Strand
  • Narrated by: Andy Barker
  • Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

Dead Clown Barbecue is a collection of 29 gleefully macabre tales, seven of which were written just for this collection. There’s even a brand-new one about a ventriloquist dummy. Those things creep you out, right?  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Weird accents but decent stories

  • By Hebby~Bookworm on 24-02-2019

Weird accents but decent stories

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-02-2019

Narrator was a bit hit and miss for me.. it sounded like he was English but kept speaking in a fake American accent. I’m not American but it seemed weird to my ears. It was distracting and I thought I’d have to return the book, but after the first couple of stories I got into the book and made my peace with the narrators strange accents.

The stories were mostly good, there were 29 total, 3 were exceptionally enjoyable, there were about 4 that I didn’t like.

Overall quite enjoyable and a few laugh out loud moments.

Beware that there is a story involving killing babies, puppies and kittens. It’s not really graphic, but it’s not going to be everyone’s cup of tea.

  • Hexmaker

  • Hexworld, Book 2
  • By: Jordan L. Hawk
  • Narrated by: Tristan James
  • Length: 7 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

Fox shifter Malachi steals for one of the biggest crime rings in New York City. But when he witnesses the murder of a millionaire, the only person who can keep him safe is Dr. Owen Yates, forensic hexman for the Metropolitan Witch Police - and Malachi's witch.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Annoying narrator again but I liked it better than Hexmaker

  • By Hebby~Bookworm on 14-02-2019

Annoying narrator again but I liked it better than Hexmaker

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-02-2019

Usual complaints regarding narration by Tristan James...

He pronounced Malachi ‘Mala-Key’. I’ve only ever heard it pronounced ‘Mala-Kai’.
So glad the author referred to him as Mal for most of the book otherwise it would’ve been impossible to listen to.

Also there were tons of weird pluralised versions of single words used very regularly. Examples include:
Servants’ = Servantses
Parents’ = Parentses

The story was very good, I liked the characters, and the romance was believable.

The dom/ sub content that some people have an issue with, and made a point of mentioning...
I think was quite minor and was described in a way that Mal clearly respected Owen and there was nothing offensive or off-putting about it... so he likes to be bossed around in the bedroom, so what ?! I thought it was all in a bit of fun and I was not bothered by this aspect of the relationship at all.

All in all I liked this one better then Hexbreaker. But the narrator is still not my cup of tea.
Saying that I’m still going to listen to the next one. Horse shifter... yes please!

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  • Hexbreaker

  • Hexworld, Book 1
  • By: Jordan L. Hawk
  • Narrated by: Tristan James
  • Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

New York copper Tom Halloran is a man with a past. If anyone finds out he once ran with the notorious O'Connell tunnel gang, he'll spend the rest of his life doing hard time behind bars. But Tom's secret is threatened when a horrible murder on his beat seems to have been caused by the same ancient magic that killed his gang. Cat shifter Cicero is determined to investigate the disappearance of one friend and the death of another, even though no one else believes the cases are connected.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story let down by irritating narrator

  • By Hebby~Bookworm on 07-02-2019

Great story let down by irritating narrator

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-02-2019

I put off listening to this story for a very long time.
Party because I absolutely love Whyborne and Griffin and thought it couldn’t measure up.

But mostly because Tristan James drives me nuts and I don’t like his narration.

He incorrectly says words. If you can’t read then I don’t think you should be a narrator.
Twined = he said twinned
Weariness = he said wariness
It was so distracting and annoying that he kept saying these words wrong. He has one job and he couldn’t get it right! Bring back Julian I say!

Anyway apart from the annoying narration, the story was very good and the characters were great. I’ve bought the sequels to find out what happens. Ugh just gotta get through the narration....

Five stars for story
Two stars for narration

  • The Hunger

  • By: Alma Katsu
  • Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

After having travelled west for weeks, the party of pioneers comes to a crossroads. It is time for their leader, George Donner, to make a choice. They face two diverging paths which lead to the same destination. One is well-documented, the other untested but rumoured to be shorter. Donner’s decision will shape the lives of everyone travelling with him. The searing heat of the desert gives way to biting winds and a bitter cold that freezes the cattle where they stand. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Hunger left me hungry for more

  • By Amazon Customer on 28-02-2019

A few loose ends didn’t get tied up...

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-02-2019

This was an engaging story with lots of interesting characters, a lot of mystery and tension.

It kept you guessing what was going on and I didn’t want to stop listening.

My only issue is that it seemed a little underdeveloped, and it seemed a lot of loose ends didn’t quite get explained to my satisfaction.

There were so many main characters, and I would’ve liked more detail about what happened to each of them in the end.
Maybe I missed something, but one character seemed to have just disappeared with no explanation, and after following him through the whole book, that was unsatisfying.

I feel like a few extra chapters and a lot more follow-up detail would’ve been nice. There was mention in the middle of a few minor characters wandering off and never coming back, and I recall thinking it was out of the blue and wanted to get more information.

I feel like this could’ve been an amazingly epic story, a massive brick of a book, with a huge word count, something you could really sink your teeth into... (I’m thinking a historical version of The Stand or Under the Dome.)
But for whatever reason, it didn’t follow all the leads where I hoped it would.

Nevertheless it was a compelling story and the narrator was very good, and I will listen to it again for sure.


  • The Haunted Forest Tour

  • By: Jeff Strand, James A. Moore
  • Narrated by: Joe Hempel
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the Haunted Forest Tour! Sit back, and enjoy a smooth ride in air-conditioned comfort as your heavily armored tram takes you through nature's most astonishing creation. The forest is packed to capacity with dangerous and terrifying creatures of all shapes, sizes, and hunger levels, and you'll get to observe these wonders in complete safety.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Lots of blood and guts

  • By Hebby~Bookworm on 29-01-2019

Lots of blood and guts

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-01-2019

A bit of light entertainment with lots of guts and gore, and monsters galore.

I loved the prologue with the forest coming into existence, it was a really unique and interesting scene.

Lots of interesting creatures that were a bit different to the usual werewolves and vampires etc.


  • FantasticLand

  • A Novel
  • By: Mike Bockoven
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe, Luke Daniels
  • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5

Since the 1970s, FantasticLand has been the theme park where "Fun is Guaranteed!" But when a hurricane ravages the Florida coast and isolates the park, the employees find it anything but fun. Five weeks later, the authorities who rescue the survivors encounter a scene of horror. Photos soon emerge online of heads on spikes outside of rides and viscera and human bones littering the gift shops, breaking records for hits, views, likes, clicks, and shares.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely amazing!

  • By Hebby~Bookworm on 27-01-2019

Absolutely amazing!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-01-2019

The narrators were top notch. They gave each character their own voice and did a great job!

The story was very good, and even though I wasn’t sure about the interview-style format to begin with, I was won over after a couple of chapters.

It was really well written and had some really exciting moments, lots of action and interesting characters.

I listened to the whole book in one day, I just wanted to find out what happened.

Five stars for sure!

  • Outage Boxed Set: Books 1-3

  • By: T.W. Piperbrook
  • Narrated by: Troy Duran
  • Length: 8 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 2

When an early snow ravages the small town of Plainfield, the residents are stripped of heat, power, and mobility. They'll soon wish they had protection. Somewhere outside, something else is lurking. Waiting for the chance to strike...

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Books 2 and 3 were better than 1.

  • By Hebby~Bookworm on 25-01-2019

Books 2 and 3 were better than 1.

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-01-2019

This was an enjoyable series of books.

However, I thought Abby in book 1 was a bit of a moron. I hated practically every single decision she made!
Eg “Let’s leave our house in a massive snowstorm in an unreliable car, and just hope we can find shelter before the car craps out on us....”
I’m sorry but that seemed very stupid to me. If the car breaks down they’ll wish they were back at home. Well they probably wouldn’t because they’d be frozen to death.

Honestly if all 3 books hadn’t been in one set I wouldn’t have bothered after book 1.

Which would’ve been a shame, because I thought book 2 and 3 were far far better than the first. More action, more drama, fewer dumb decisions (mostly), and much better characters.

I liked how the third book ended too, and I see there are two more sequels. I think I’ll give those a try, since each sequel is better than the last.

  • Alien: Out of the Shadows

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Tim Lebbon, Dirk Maggs
  • Narrated by: Rutger Hauer, Corey Johnson, Matthew Lewis, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 30 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68

As a child, Chris Hooper dreamed of monsters. But in deep space, he found only darkness and isolation. Then, on planet LV178, he and his fellow miners discovered a storm-scoured, sand-blasted hell - and trimonite, the hardest material known to man. When a shuttle crashes into the mining ship Marion, the miners learn that there was more than trimonite deep in the caverns. There was evil, hibernating and waiting for suitable prey. Hoop and his associates uncover a nest of Xenomorphs, and hell takes on a new meaning. Quickly they discover that their only hope lies with the unlikeliest of saviors.... Ellen Ripley, the last human survivor of the salvage ship Nostromo.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • F@$KING AWESOME!

  • By Anonymous User on 25-12-2018

Why is Rutger Hauer playing Ash?!

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-01-2019

I was looking forward to this, but I’m ultimately disappointed. Maybe this radio-play format is not for me, and I would enjoy a straight narration of the novel more.

I felt like the whole time there was a lot of “telling”, not “showing” what was going on. (And I’m a big believer in the rule of writing “show don’t tell”.)

The characters narrated their every action, and I got tired of the lack of detail.
eg: in death scenes you heard screams and sound effects but you had to guess what was actually happening. I don’t have a particularly vivid imagination, so I struggled with this.

Also I don’t know what was going on with the casting but choosing Rutger Hauer with his distinctive accent to play Ash just seemed completely jarring to me. They explained it away (kind of), but it just didn’t seem at all like the same character.

On the upside, the actress who played Ripley sounds exactly like Sigourney Weaver, which was a nice touch.

I got this for free, and it was kind of entertaining, so it wasn’t all bad.
I don’t think I will listen to it again though, and I will most likely not be listening to any of the sequels either.

  • The Bad Games Series Box Set: Books 1-3

  • By: Jeff Menapace
  • Narrated by: Gary Tiedemann
  • Length: 23 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4

The Lambert Family is heading to Crescent Lake, a rural cabin community in Western Pennsylvania, for an idyllic weekend getaway. Some fishing, some barbecue, some games... The Fannelli brothers are heading to Crescent Lake, too. Some stalking, some kidnapping, some murder, definitely some games...though not necessarily the type of games the Lamberts had in mind. But it doesn't matter. The Lamberts are going to play whether they like it or not. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent book followed by disappointing sequels.

  • By Hebby~Bookworm on 22-01-2019

Excellent book followed by disappointing sequels.

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-01-2019

Book 1
Bad Games was suspenseful, had some very funny parts, I liked the characters (even the bad guys were fun!) and was a book I will definitely listen to again, 5 stars for sure!

Book 2
Vengeful Games was a decent follow up, I really enjoyed it for the most part, but I feel the ending was very abrupt. Also a new character was added close to the end (seemingly for no reason other than to put him in the sequel), I hated the ending and it felt rushed. After a slow build up it was a total let down.

Book 3
Hellbent. There were some parts of this book that were very good. A interesting new character was introduced, but I didn’t really care about Domino or what happened to him.
It did have a pretty good climax scene, it was interesting and a bit of fun.

I bought the box set because it cost the same as Bad Games by itself, so I couldn’t say no to getting the sequels for free, but I doubt I’ll listen to the sequels very often. I’m probably just going to pretend they don’t exist.

Five stars for Bad Games
Three stars for both sequels.