Audiobook Tour: Solitude

Author: Dean M. Cole

Narrators: R.C. Bray, Julia Whelan

Length: 8h 50m

Publisher: CANDTOR Press

Genre: Sci-Fi

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Earth’s last man discovers that the last woman is stranded alone aboard the International Space Station. If you like action-packed novels, you’ll love the electrifying action in this apocalyptic thriller.

Can humanity’s last two unite?

Separated by the gulf of space, the last man and woman of the human race struggle against astronomical odds to survive and unite.

Army Aviator Vaughn Singleton is a highly intelligent, lazy man. After a last-ditch effort to reignite his failing military career ends horribly, Vaughn becomes the only human left on Earth.

Stranded alone on the International Space Station, Commander Angela Brown watches an odd wave of light sweep across the planet. Over the next weeks and then months, Angela struggles to contact someone on the surface, but as she fights to survive aboard a deteriorating space station, the commander glimpses the dark underpinnings of humanity’s demise.

After months alone, Vaughn discovers there is another. Racing against time, he must cross a land ravaged by the consequences of humankind’s sudden departure.

Can Vaughn find a path to space and back? Can Angela – the only person with clues to the mystery behind humanity’s disappearance – survive until he does?

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Author, world traveler, and combat pilot turned commercial helicopter pilot Dean M. Cole writes from locales as remote as Equatorial Guinea and as romantic as Paris’s Champs-Elysées with his trusty sidekick and beautiful wife, Donna. A combat veteran, he flew Apache Attack Helicopters in the US Army’s First Cavalry Division.

License to kill revoked by the government, he traded in his attack helicopter for one of the transport ilk. When not weaving tales of alien apocalypse and redemption, he spends his days flying terrestrial aliens in IFOs (Identified Flying Objects) known as helicopters. No longer authorized to dispatch aliens he settles for dropping them off at oil rigs around the globe.

On the six months of time off his paying job affords, author, biker, and fellow Sci-Fi geek Dean M. Cole travels with his wife, builds airplanes and custom choppers, and writes his next tale of the apocalypse.

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From an early age Audie, Earphones, and SOVAS Voice Arts Award-winning audiobook narrator R.C. Bray despised reading. Truly hated it with a passion.

And audiobooks? Even worse. Those were for people too lazy to read (not to be confused with those like himself who didn’t want to read to begin with).

R.C. eventually got older and wiser (he was always good-looking) and eschewing his capricious convictions fell head-over-heels with reading. Not just to learn words like “eschew” and “capricious” so he could use them in a bio line, but because someone was actually going to give him money to do it.

Note: R.C.’s gorgeous wife and three beautiful children begged him not to make this his official bio. Clearly he misunderstood

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Julia Whelan is an actor, writer, and audiobook narrator. She is perhaps most well known for her acting work on ABC’s Once and Again and her award-winning narration of over 200 audiobooks (including Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl). Her debut novel is forthcoming.

After a healthy career as a child actor, Whelan attended Middlebury College and Oxford University, graduating with a degree in English and Creative Writing.

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This was such an entertaining adventure! The plot was intense, the characters very believable the narrators were excellent as well. I really enjoyed my time with it.

First part of the books focuses on what phenomenon generated the life extinction from Earth, but as well on the qualities and flaws of our main characters. While in space, Commander Angela Brown tries to understand the origin of a light wave that seems to cut communications with parts of the world. Stranded on the International Space Station, she struggles to survive with few supplies, hoping that someone will answer her radio messages.

On Earth, army aviator Vaughn Singleton cannot understand what could have possibly happened to cause the disappearance of humanity. Together with his astronaut buddy Mark, took part in an experimental fight. They were both (technically) in space at the time the world ended, which lucky for them – meant they survived the apocalypse. Shortly after, Mark is killed in an accident, so Vaughn must learn to survive on his own.

Until they come in contact with each other, we learn more about the characters. I was mentioning in the beginning that Angela and Vaughn are two people with their own issues, with their own flaws. The interesting part was how they both came to accept the loneliness and how they dealt with being the only survivors. When they finally find each other, the focus will be on bringing Angela home and for that, they combine their knowledge and hopes.

The intensity of the story follows a less than usual trend. We start in full action, we have a moment of accommodation, then another intensity spike. I loved that! The narration was exceptional, if not more! R.C. Bray and Julia Whelan were more than perfect for the roles. Their voice when in line with the excitement of the action and went even beyond that. Funny thing is this is exactly how I would have imagined Angela and Vaughn’s voices to sound like: one is kind and gentle, but determined, when situation asked, the other is a little rough around the edges but strong and brave as well.

This is the kind of book one can write pages about. It made me think about what we are doing to ourselves and to our planet and much more. If it were not for some chapters where I felt the action was dragged and my hope for hearing both narrators interact, I would have gone with my 5 stars. I cannot wait for the new book in the series! This was yet another great tour that I was lucky to be part of!

 

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Audiobook Tour: Wired

Author: Leslie North

Narrators: Rebecca Roberts

Length: 3h 36m

Publisher: Relay Publishing

Genre: Romance

Series: The Solomon Brothers, Book 1

Released: April 19, 2017

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Star quarterback Marcus Kingston lives and breathes football. He’s trusted his abilities and instincts to get him this far, but an injury last season nearly ended his career. When his coaches want him to wear biofeedback technology to analyze his game, Marcus thinks the idea is ridiculous. Plus, the mousy scientist behind the project knows nothing about sports, and she quickly gets under his skin. But with another QB waiting on the sidelines, Marcus can either agree to participate, or be benched—permanently.

Scientist Clare Wynifred values intellect above most things. With her brain constantly working, she has little interest in her appearance and zero interest in sports. She never imagined her wearable tech being used to improve someone’s game, but its success with the team could get her a military contract. Clare may be too late to save her brother, but her technology could save the lives of countless soldiers. She just has to make it work with the stubborn quarterback, and she’ll be one step closer to her goal.

Marcus and Clare butt heads at first, but their mutual attraction quickly grows. And yet, with everything to lose, it’s easy to ignore that together they might be able to go the distance.

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Leslie North is the pen name for a critically-acclaimed author of women’s contemporary romance and fiction. The anonymity gives her the perfect opportunity to paint with her full artistic palette, especially in the romance and erotic fantasy genres.
The truth of the matter is she loves her fictional persona, Leslie North, more than her normal, day-to-day persona! Her bestselling books focus on strong characters and particularly women who aren’t afraid to challenge an alpha male. Inspired after years of travel, her stories are set all over the world, from the tough streets of Russia to the beautiful beaches of the middle east.

Leslie fell in love with romance when she first picked up a scrappy, dog-eared romance book from her local library. She began writing soon after and the rest, as they say, was history. She now lives in a cozy cottage on the British coast and enjoys taking long walks with her two Dalmatians, George and Fergie.

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After a career in finance, Rebecca Roberts became inspired to pursue her childhood dream of becoming an actress. Her ingenuity and ardent desire brought her to voice-acting which has rapidly grown into her thriving audiobook narration and production company, Atlantis Audio Productions. She has narrated and produced over seventy audiobooks for indie authors and major publishing houses. Rebecca delivers her stories with a mature and intelligent style characterized by a believable tone, and versatility in creating memorable and individual characters with her various accents and vocal qualities. In short, she narrates with her whole heart. Rebecca is a native Floridian, proud mother to three sparkling children, and wife to the man of her dreams.

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I start by saying that I love Leslie North’s books. I love the romance she builds and the characters she creates in her stories. I was first introduced to her books by the author herself and I was very lucky to have received some other copies of her work to review. That being said, let’s dive into my review.

In “Wired”, we meet two characters which apparently are very different. A tech girl meets a football player. A smart young woman trying to achieve her dream of using her statistics and programs as military equipment meets a sports guy whose career is close to an end because of an injury, but who also tries to inspire others, to keep doing what he has been dreaming to do. Both put passion in their work, but one cannot understand the other’s expectations.

Marcus and Claire will have to learn to accept each other and to work together, so that both their wishes can me somehow fulfilled. The beauty of this story, in my opinion at least, is how they came to communicate so well, how the chemistry between them turned into much more than physical attraction. Even if this was a short length story, it was created in such a way that the action does not feel rushed at all and the reader can easily experiment what each character is feeling.

The narration was great as well. Rebecca Roberts did her job really well when it came to voice acting and every world was spoken clearly. I like listening to the audiobooks at the normal speed, so I can say the story was told with patience and involvement.

All in all, a total of 4 stars to yet another great book by Leslie North! I am happy I was able to participate in this blog tour, so a big Thank You to Audiobook Promotions for the opportunity!

 

 

 

 

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Audiobook Review: Understanding the Stars

Author: X. Culletto

Narrator: Lori Prince

Length: 5 hours 45 minutes

Publisher: Xela Culletto⎮2017

Genre: Science Fiction

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Alexandra Blackwood is minding her own troubled life when she unknowingly gets caught up in an extraterrestrial conflict. Ronan, a human with his own alien-entangled past, has been keeping an eye on her and sets out to help her escape looming abduction, and maybe win her heart.

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Xela is a working mother of three, living in the Utah. She teaches secondary English and after talking to students for years about following their dreams and doing whatever it takes to achieve them, she decided to take her own advice and complete her lifelong goal of writing a novel. The idea of life on other planets has always fascinated her, and she wondered what they would think of humanity, which is what spawned the idea for the plot of “Understanding the Stars”. When she’s not playing with her kids, or sorting through the endless laundry, you’ll find her watching The Walking Dead, horseback riding, or working on her next book.

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Lori Prince is a classically trained actor with a BFA from Syracuse University. She has performed Off-Broadway as well as at top regional theaters including; The Denver Center, Alliance Theater Company and PlayMakers Repertory Company among others. She has also appeared on Television in Law & Order, Law & Order: SVU and Are We There Yet?. Her voice work includes various characters in the feature film Epic, as well as additional dialogue recorded for over 50 feature films and TV shows.

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There is soooo much blue on his cover! Don’t get me wrong, I love blue. It’s my favorite color, but this being a book about different aliens; it makes me wonder if they are blue or green like in cartoons… Ok, back to reviewing!

This was an amazing audiobook! The narrator did a terrific job with voice acting and expressing feelings. Her alien acting was so great! The small pause between the introductions at the beginning of each chapter combined with the emotions that were so well broadcasted made me love this book and for some moments I even forgot the small things I was not quite ok with.

The writing was nice, the author tried (successfully) to create a story with a little bit of everything: romance, action, aliens, CIA, family drama. So I can say it satisfies a wide variety of tastes. Add to that a dose of humor, and there you have it: a nice book to pass some time.

We have two alien races, one trying to study humans and human life, the other trying to steal the technology used for this purpose. Ronan is a human born in space and raised by the good aliens, who has helped them keep an eye on Alexandra, one of the humans being watched. Once he finds out her life may be in danger, he decides to save her, abandoning his life with the ETs. Alex has her own issues at home, with her father suffering from cancer, all the while trying to keep normal appearances. So when she finds out aliens are out to get her and that someone has been watching her all her life, she has a rather “cool” reaction. She is more bothered of the fact that Ronan knows her more intimately than because of the whole extraterrestrial situation. I didn’t like her that much. She was reckless and naïve even if towards the end gets some courage.

Alex’s mother had few things to object when it came to her daughter’s decisions. She gave her too much liberty and her actions are not so much in the parental area. The cancer struggle was a theme well analyzed in the book. We get to see how it affects the person with this affliction and as well the impact on the others.

I still have a lot to say about the book, but I’m trying to keep a normal length here. I think it’s a great story, I would have liked a bit more info on the extraterrestrial beings, I would have liked a more mature Alex and maybe an ending not so rushed, regardless, this makes a great audiobook with an excellent narrator! Congratulations to Xela Culletto and Lori Prince for a great collaboration! And thanks again to Audiobookworm for such a great audiobook!

 

 

 

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Audiobook Review: Heartborn

Author: Terry Maggert

Narrator: Julia Whelan

Length: 6h 20m

Publisher: Terry Maggert

Genre: Fantasy

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Her guardian angel was pushed.
Keiron was never meant to be anything other than a hero. Born high above in a place of war and deception, he is Heartborn, a being of purity and goodness in a place where violence and deceit are just around every corner.
His disappearance will spark a war he cannot see, for Keiron has pierced the light of days to save a girl he has never met, for reasons he cannot understand. Livvy Foster is seventeen, brave, and broken. With half a heart, she bears the scars of a lifetime of pain and little hope of survival.
Until Keiron arrives.
In the middle of a brewing war and Livvy’s failing heart, Keiron will risk everything for Livvy, because a Heartborn’s life can only end in one way: Sacrifice.
Fall with Livvy and Keiron as they seek the truth about her heart, and his power, and what it means to love someone who will give their very life to save you.

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Born in 1968, I discovered fishing shortly after walking, a boon, considering I lived in South Florida. After a brief move to Kentucky, my family trekked back to the Sunshine State. I had the good fortune to attend high school in idyllic upstate New York, where I learned about a mythical substance known as “Seasons”. After two or three failed attempts at college, I bought a bar. That was fun because I love beer, but, then, I eventually met someone smarter than me (a common event), and, in this case, she married me and convinced me to go back to school–which I did, with enthusiasm. I earned a Master’s Degree in History and rediscovered my love for writing. My novels explore dark fantasy, immortality, and the nature of love as we know it. I live near Nashville, Tennessee, with the aforementioned wife, son, and herd, and, when I’m not writing, I teach history, grow wildly enthusiastic tomato plants, and restore my 1967 Mustang.

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Julia Whelan is an actor, writer, and audiobook narrator. She is perhaps most well known for her acting work on ABC’s Once and Again and her award-winning narration of over 200 audiobooks (including Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl). Her debut novel is forthcoming.

After a healthy career as a child actor, Whelan attended Middlebury College and Oxford University, graduating with a degree in English and Creative Writing.

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I was quite confused about this story and I must admit I even lost track of the action several times. The audiobook was a welcome, as the narrator did a wonderful job of voice acting.

If I were to summarize the plot, it all starts with Keiron’s decision to save Livvy’s life. Being a Wind angel, with the purest heart, his destiny is to sacrifice himself for the well being of others. He will come to Earth from his home in the sky so he can meet his fate. Livvy was born with half of her heart and has endured several treatments and hoped for a suitable donor all her life. But it seems to be more to the story than that.

The writing was great, even if sometimes I felt it went too deep in details regarding some of the characters’ past. We find out a lot about the difficulties Livvy has had because of her condition. This makes the reader feel sympathy towards her, even if she has never looked for pity from anyone. The instant attraction between her and Keiron can be understood to a point. He did come for her specifically and she could feel his pull. But at some point, it all moved too fast.

While on Earth Keiron had his own path to follow un in the Sky his family has to fight the council  to defend one of Keiron’s brothers – the one who clipped his wings and pushed him down to Earth. I didn’t understand the need for this action, as I did not understand why didn’t they just explain the situation. And the accused son is nowhere to be found since the beginning of the book.

The ending lost me a little, as we find out what exactly was the relationship between Livvy and the other world, I didn’t get that either. I am seriously thinking of listening to the audiobook again to see what I’m missing.

The narrator was amazing! The voice acting was in perfect accordance with each character’s personality. She was a definite plus and for this reason I gave this book 4 star.

Well, let me just say that I do plan on listening to it again. This is a series that I intend to follow, as it has great potential. This is not my first book by Terry Maggert, but is definitely the best I’ve listened to. He is indeed a great writer and this series is more complex. Oh, and I hope the next book will also be narrated by Julia Whelan

 

 

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Audiobook Review: The Sparks

Author: Kyle Prue

Narrator: Jon Eric Preston

Length: 9 hours 14 minutes

Publisher: Cartwright Publishing⎮2017

Genre: Epic Fantasy

Series: Feud Trilogy, Book One

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Honor does not bend. A will of iron does not break. Victory lies within the ashes.

The Vapros, the Taurlum, and the Celerius: three dynasties bound by an ancient promise, and given superhuman abilities to protect the city of Altryon from the dangerous world beyond its walls. The Vapros have the ability to teleport and turn their enemies to ash, the Celerius have super speed and the ability to heal from any wound, the Taurlum have skin like steel and godlike strength. Centuries of petty infighting have turned the families against each other, resulting in a secret war. A powerful emperor now rules over all, as the families have weakened by massive casualties.

Sixteen-year-old Neil Vapros desperately wants to become an assassin, to please his hyper critical father. After failing his first mission, Neil learns that a sinister new force has awakened. This mysterious new power threatens to shatter the established order and threaten the lives of everyone in Altryon – regardless of their family name or allegiance.

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Kyle Prue is an award winning author, actor and comedian. Kyle wrote The Sparks: Book 1 of the Feud Trilogy when he was just 16 years old. Kyle has spent the past year on a national book tour visiting over 80 middle and high schools and meeting over 60,000 students. Kyle is now a freshman at the University of Michigan, studying acting and creative writing. He still visits schools and is a keynote speaker for conferences.

Kyle is the founder of Sparking Literacy, a non-profit dedicated to lowering the high school dropout rate by inspiring teens to read, write and follow their dreams. The Sparks has won numerous national awards including Best YA Fiction awards from: The Florida Authors and Publisher’s Association, the Florida Book Festival, New England Book Festival, Midwest Book Festival, Southern California Book Festival, and the International London Book Festival. Kyle also won an International Moonbeam Award and IndieFab Award for Best Young Author.

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Jon Eric Preston received his Theatre degree from Florida State University after returning from the London program. He earned top honors narrating in the Dramatic Interpretation category on the Speech and Debate team, and performed professionally in Children’s Theatre companies and did National Tours of A Christmas Carol, Twelfth Night, and Othello.

As a SAG BookPAL and a father reading to his two boys for more than 12 years, moving into the booth to record audiobooks was a natural and joy filled progression.
He is thrilled to be narrating and giving voice to the characters for Kyle Prue’s Feud Trilogy.He is thrilled to be narrating and giving voice to the characters for Kyle Prue’s Feud Trilogy.

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This was such an amazing audiobook and I am yet again lucky to be part of this book tour. I have so many great things to say, I don’t even know which one to begin with.

To start with a little background about the story, we have three powerful families, each in charge of some aspect of life in the city of Altryon. All members of these families were given certain abilities by the gods so they can serve and protect the citizens. However, a long lost war has been going on between them and now their youngest members have to unite and find a way to work together. It takes a common enemy and a loss from all sides to bring them together.

I love to very much how this story was full of action, how we get to experience each character’s point of view and each character’s development. Even if sometimes simple, the writing is very “familiar”, easy to understand and following a specific purpose. I appreciated the descriptions and the attention to details, as well as the political intrigues mixed with family and other social aspects.

Neil shows determination and somehow he is the leader of this group. He leans on his family and allies to reach his goals. Lilly Celerius is forced into maturity probably much earlier than she was expecting. The hesitation and lack of experience is visible in her personality, though she evolves and will be ready to face her opponent. The Taurlum brothers, even if they have received the gift of strength from the gods, seem to give up the fight even since the beginning. This is the amazing part in this book. There are no characters alike, all characters improve and learn from their mistakes.

Family aspects blend very well with politics, overcoming conflict and accepting responsibilities. Close to the end of the book, all characters have to decide if they are ready or not to continue the fight and this struggle is also very well captured – I know this is vague but.. it’s just some other awesome thing in this book that I just had to mention.

The narrator did an amazing job in expressing each character’s emotions and feelings. He managed to make us understand the despair, panic, conflict, love, hope. I absolutely adored his calm and clear voice.

To close, I cannot give less than 5 stars for this amazing book and I do hope you enjoy it as well. I cannot wait for the next book in the series!

 

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