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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-19-18

Witch doctors are from Mars, and Witches . . .

What we have here is a tale that revolves around two warring factions, men and women. The fact that they can cast spells or read each other's minds should have no bearing. We begin with the war in full swing, niether side willing to flinch, nor can they, to give an inch would men their utter and complete eradication. So, what happens when two rivals put down their anger and hatred for one another, and find that the other isn't so bad? Well, they realize that there is no reason for them to fight, and that their leaders gotta go!

The bulk of th story is good, it flows from scene to scene, and the characters aren't two dimensional beings. My biggest issue was that several character's names are very similar, such as the two witches, and it made me (as an audio listener) have to wonder who I was following as they were speaking or mentioned. Nothing major. The end of the story could have been a bit more climatic/dramatic, as it was it was an easily telegraphed ending, but it worked in the context of the tale.

Campbell's narration is smooth, and he does a great job with the voices. Each is distinct, regardless of the gender, and he really fills them with emotion. He is quite polished, and is pleasant to listen to as the story progresses. I'd have to say that I would listen to more tales set in this world if it became a series, but it would have to be something prior to this story, as this tale pretty much handles all the previous issues the martians and venusians had with one another. Or maybe not, there might still be factions that cling to the old ways, I suppose. Either way, it is definately worth the time to listen. Even though I did receive a promo code for this review it in no way influenced my considerations of the material, and in fact, inspired me to be more honest. In fact, getting a code generally makes me harsher as a reviewer as I am more often concerned what someone like Me will decide based on my review.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-19-18

Bottled water at Wal-mart marketed

This is a class paper that a few of Clinger's buddies got together and worked on in regards to Wal-mart and the way they sell their flavored bottled waters. It is extensive and goes in depth, and outlines the hows and whys of wal-mart's strategies on selling their products. It is something we should all pay attention to if we are in a business. Dobbs narrates, and is very pleasing to listen to as he outlines every step Wal-mart makes as they endeavor to sell the public flavored water. he does a good job. Even though I did receive a promo code for this review it in no way influenced my considerations of the material, and in fact, inspired me to be more honest. In fact, getting a code generally makes me harsher as a reviewer as I am more often concerned what someone like Me will decide based on my review.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-19-18

Let's hash about the cash

Clinger is pretty good about detecting items that may become relevant in the future of your business. He has a business degree, and knows his accounting as well, so here he compiles s boatload of information that will have a huge influence on your company. So, he lists a lot of terms, ideas, concepts, and processes performed in accounting that should help you if you listen. Gorham narrates and does a nice job. She does have a little reverb as she speaks, but it in no way affects her message. A Collection of General Accounting for Decision Making Discussions

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-19-18

Problems keeping track of your funds?

Clinger provides a list of common issues faced by people trying to do their own accounting, and those who are professionals. He then goes on and tells you how to avoid these pitfalls that so commonly ensnare those less weary than he. If you have had problems with keeping your books, or are in an accounting class then this is where you want to look for help. Remington narrates, and keeps you occupied as you listen. He is pleasant to listen to, easy to follow, and you will enjoy his voice. Even though I did receive a promo code for this review it in no way influenced my considerations of the material, and in fact, inspired me to be more honest. In fact, getting a code generally makes me harsher as a reviewer as I am more often concerned what someone like Me will decide based on my review.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-19-18

Why pay when you can get it for free

HTeBooks knows what people want, what do they want? free Stuff, and when do they want it? Now! Well, I am here to tell you that they give you gave pretty good advice on how to find all the free stuff you can handle. Their advice is easy to follow, and if you listen to them it will net you a boat load of freebies. So why hesitate? Get what you want for less than nothing! Ok, can't go less than that, but you get the idea. This is a great book for a good price. Clinger narrates is his comfortable easy to understand style, and you will have no problem following along with the directions he lays out. Even though I did receive a promo code for this review it in no way influenced my considerations of the material, and in fact, inspired me to be more honest. In fact, getting a code generally makes me harsher as a reviewer as I am more often concerned what someone like Me will decide based on my review.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-19-18

Candela Clowns around with time travel

I'm an unabashed Candela fan, have been ever since I read his book the Oz Files. He dishes out some crazy stuff, but he does it with such reverence (check out Little Women with Big Guns, Ether Bunny, Night of a Thousand Wings, Imp, and Sinbad and the Argonauts) that you can see his love for the things he is writing about with ease. Now, while this story is inspired by a real place, it is not based on real events. Somehow that part makes me a little sad, because (aside from John Wayne Gacy) I've never seen any evidence of evil clowns doing things. This is my Moby Dick, so to speak, because evil clown sightings have been happening since I was a kid, and people panic over them for some reason, and I always want some ol story to come out to be true just so there is some validation to all the hype.

Candela gives us not one, but three naughty monsters in greasepaint to terrorize a group of meddling kids who trespass onto the grounds of an abandoned amusement park. Naturally, bad things happen as they go deeper into the "funhouse", and one by one they all start getting cacked off in spectacular ways. The story is NOT a straight up slasher book, nor is it an It homage. Nope. Nope. Nope. Candela has something a bit trippier and deeper at play here, something that involves time travel and regret, and hopefully the possibility of redemption for at tleast one of the characters. So, in a way you get it all, crazy deaths, evil clowns, odd happenings, a dark secret that will not stay buried, and some time travel thrown in for kicks. Stephen King sucks. Just going to put that out there. You want a real clown story, stop here. There are a lot of characters, and the lead perspective changes as they all go ever so gently into that good night, so don't get too attached. Some make it out, but probably not who you expect.


Bennet hits the ground running with the narration, and plays each characte to a tee. You really feel his inner jerk coming out, as well as his shy introvert. He gives each character a voice of their own, even the ones that don't talk. He fits with this story, and is easy to listen to. Even though I did receive a promo code for this review it in no way influenced my considerations of the material, and in fact, inspired me to be more honest. In fact, getting a code generally makes me harsher as a reviewer as I am more often concerned what someone like Me will decide based on my review.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-19-18

Succubus Slayer crashes concert

Installment 3 of the Death and Axes saga by Barr pretty much makes you never want to go to a Metal concert ever again. You might be safe with a Carpenters Tribute band, but man, even they probably have demonic ties. This story centers on a man who summons a dark succubus for what all the legends say they provide, fame and fortune. Their symbiosis is the main theme of the tale. How you can get what you want, and then decide it isn't what you need anymore. That street runs both ways.

It's a good riff on a Bowie-esque character, who grows to hate the personae he has created with the soul sucking creature he summons, and the consequences don't play out well for anyone tangently involved. Barr has escalated this series as it has progressed, and you are always left wanting more. He keeps upping the stakes, and like a true rocker makes thigs bigger, louder, and flashier with each installment. My only regret, I really loved the concept of the guitar grimoire, and would love to see it play out more of a role in future installments of this series. Souls sucking demons that rip into ticket buyers are awesome, but I also loved the concept of some chords allowing you to perform metal magic. No matter, Barr knows how to set the proverbial concert stage of doom.

Gregory does another amazing job narrating. I always enjoy listening to him, and know that he is going to take me to new places with new people in his repetoire. He hasn't disapointed yet, and manages to make you feel for Mattie, the glam rocker of the story. Even though I did receive a promo code for this review it in no way influenced my considerations of the material, and in fact, inspired me to be more honest. In fact, getting a code generally makes me harsher as a reviewer as I am more often concerned what someone like Me will decide based on my review.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-18-18

The snack the smiles back! Vampires!

Gray's grave gifts gives her readers chills, and always come with a Chubby Checker style twist. You never know what you are going to get from her, and it is never what you expect. That is why I respect her writings so much. She tells a lot of tale in under fifteen minutes here, and it is quality story, too. I love how she can viscerally trim away the fat (Tuesday) and get right into the meat of the story. A lot of other writers would have dawdled about with the mardi gras angle for a while, but not her, she hones right in on her prey, and executes a devatating blow without mercy. You dear reader, are the prey, by the way.

Feast's focus is on a prowling vampire who runs off in search of a nice beaded flasher, or a drunken frat boy, and runs into complications of his own. Is this a case of the hunter becoming the hunted, or the hunter's hunger leading him into new areas of fine dining? Either way, this short snack will leave you satisfied as a snickers bar before the big game, but oddly leaving you hungrier for even more of Gray's great concoctions. She does mix up a batch of literary magic, sort of like a bartender who becomes an alchemist.

Do not miss out on a great short, and then go and get some of her bigger stuff, she will not let you down. Heck's fire, you can get her whole collection for just a fang full of dollars! Hurry up, Blue Belle awaits! Even though I did receive a promo code for this review it in no way influenced my considerations of the material, and in fact, inspired me to be more honest. In fact, getting a code generally makes me harsher as a reviewer as I am more often concerned what someone like Me will decide based on my review.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-17-18

Sometimes the prize isn't what you expect

Stratus Online is a good break-in novel for people new to LITRPG game novels. It has the traditional set up, entry into the game, a quest to complete, and the normal catastrophic consequences that appear once you are in game. It is perfect for the noobie reader because it is not overwhelming in game stats or games speech, and when gaming terminology is used it is quickly explained. Additionally, this is not a book in which the party just travels around leveling up by grinding. I think the highest level they reach by the end of the book is level five. No, there is a long-term goal that the team is trying to reach, and so there is not a lot of time spent grinding. Another reason I think this book is ideal for newer LIT readers is that the party is feeling their way into the game, they aren't given manuals to study before entering, nor is there a wiki they can run too whenever they have a question. The party learns as they go, and so does the reader.

There are a few small flaws, but nothing major. The first for me is that it takes a long time to actually go into the game. I'm not sure, but I think it was somewhere around the two hour mark before the team makes their way in to actualy play. Granted, alot of that which came before was set up, and it does show you that the MC is not an idiot as he does things in a logical manner, such as having a lawyer look over his work contract, but I have to say that a lot of that is something that another writer would have glossed over in about two paragraphs. Still, it helped you get to know the characters, and show you that they actually use their heads. The other thing was that the narrator, Turbett constantly pronounce the word attribute as Ah-trib-ute. As in when some one might ask, "what do you attribute to the team's failure?" Instead, for gaming stats he should have said it as At-trib-bute. As in, "Strength is his greatest attribute." It really is a minor thing, but I have to point these things out if I am going to be honest.

The story itself really pops once you get into the game, and it was nice to not see the party hunting 35 rats to gain Exp. Points. It is more like a story with LIT elements than is is a LIT story laden with burdonsome stats. The team itself is fun, and Edwin is a likable character. The story itself is filled with several twists and turns, and ends up having a Matrix feel towards the end. The end game revolves around the gaming gods fighting back evil Titans. They end up backing . . . .well, I won't spoil it for you, but no matter which side they pick they are going to be on the opposite side of some other gamers. One or two just happen to be out for their blood. As beginning books go the series looks to be a worthwhile investment, considering the flippy trippy twist that came at the end. I have to admit that I havenot seen that one in a LITRPG setting before, so it was fun to get a new twist and turn right at the end. It does end on a cliffhanger of sorts, so if you don't want a book that feels like it could be one and done then forget it, because this series sets up a long game, and is not even partially competed when it ends. There are a lot of loose ends that are yet to be wrapped up. So expect a lot more to come, and if the series progresses like the first book did it will get better the further it goes along.

Turbett's narration, aside from the attribute issue, is great. He provides voices for each character, and really gives the evil PC a snotty huaghty tone that just oozes disdain and malevolence for everyone around him. He certainly has some fun with the nonhuman voices, I've listened to him narrate a few other books, and he has never let me or a tale down yet.

If you are looking for a new LIT series, or are new to the genre, then this is an excellent place to start. Like I said, this is not a grind away for 10 chapters kind of book, it sticks to important things, although there are a few points that the stats are run through as you might expect. The book does take some time to build, but the ending has a good turn that will make you wan to come back for the next book.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-15-18

A Pulse pounding adventure in Proxima

Cooper returns to the Proxima Galaxy and everybody's favorite smart mouth, Quantum Hughes, returns in style. My biggest beef with this dish? Not enough Francis Euphoria, I love that dame. The search for Godsick's son is still ongoing, and the dream team is finally making some progress on finding his location, but they end up getting sidetracked into doing a mission for one of the upper crust royal personages that think their diznikes don't stink. It was a blast seeing Quantum get some payback on one of the reaper B-holes that has been a plug in his "but" for a few books. Best use of a sword stick I've ever heard!

Seriously, Hughes is twice as mouthy and grumpier than ever, and his team seems to be suffering from the we can't trust anybody virus, as one or two members do some shadey dealings or break a lot easier than they should have. Quantum might be out of the action for a little of this book, but his arena fights are the stuff of Legends! And if you want to talk about funny, all I can say is there are two bits in which Quantum is chided for being racist, the first is an "Engrish Prease" back and forth that mad me belly laugh, and the other was about Islamic proselytizing that literally made me almost fall out of my car as I was opening the door because I was laughing so hard. Cooper is clearly the snarkiest snark that ever snarked, and he uses that to his advantage. I would fear a conversation with him, just on the basis that somewhere in the back of his lizard brain lurked a fully formed Quantum Hughes who was ready to strike at the slightest hint of vulnerability.

Also, I love the cover, Qpappy187 looks suitably vicious, but I would have loved to see him in his life vest with Hacky in his hand. That would have fit so much better than the grim and dark angle, but hey, ya gotta go with what sells and this cover is an attention grabber.

Gotta talk about Hays, and his narration. No one else could play the fast talking wise-acre, Quantum Hughes, quite like Hays does. I think other narrators would get marble mouthed just trying to keep up. Plus, it is refreshing to see Jeff doing the whole book solo, I appreciate the other SBT cast members, but Jeff just rocks out stories all on his own, and Quantum is 100% Jeff all the way. He spits out quotes and phrases that would stunt a lesser narrator's growth, and does so with aplomb. Shockingly, I do have a few small issues I have to take with the Master of the Vocal Arts. First, in the aforementioned Islamic bit there is a bit of a pause that goes a little long when the giant is speaking to the Dream team. It goes on for what feels longer than a dramatic pause and seems more like a piece that got spliced back into the story. Like he had to redo it due to a flubbed line, and the timing was just a little off. Next, and this is strictly because I know some chefs, and would get a wet rag slapped in my mouth if I said it this way, but Jeff says the word "Saucier" in a distinctly American manner. Technically, his saying the word as saucey-er isn't incorrect, but it is french, and they way I have always heard it is as saucey-A, with the A being a long vowel sound. The same way that person who recommends wine is referred to as a sommelier. It too, ends with a long A sound. I am sure he did his due diligence and checked out how to pronounce it, but sometimes that old interweb lies or misdirects you. Just check out Top Chef sometime, they will give you the real skinny on how to pronounce those kitchen terms. I really don't want to pick at nits, and I am seriously not pointing the no-no finger at Jeff, but it needed pointing out.

What does all that mean? With the issues that I took umbrage with, i.e. less Francis than I'd have liked, a minute (as in small) pause, and one word being misprounced I'd have to give this a subtraction of .00001 % of a star. Rounding up, there is no negligable difference. This book takes the Proxima Galaxy and sucks it into a black hole of pure awesomeness. You can't go wrong with the combo of Cooper and Hays!

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