Cassie Scot: ParaNormal Detective by Christine Amsden (Audioboook Review)

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Cassie Scot: ParaNormal Detective

Written by: Christine Amsden

Narrated by: Melissa Reizian Frank

Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins

Series: Cassie Scot, Book 1

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date: 09-20-13

Publisher: 2011

I guess it gets harder and harder for authors to come up with original paranormal fantasy stories as the genre becomes more saturated. Yet somehow, Christine Amsden manages to whip up an interesting magical fantasy world that combines the already well established tropes in an unusual and appealing way. Powerful magical families struggling for power, vampires hiding in plain sight and wrecking havoc in an otherwise relatively (para)normal town and amidst of it all – Cassie Scot, the ingifted sorcerers’ daughter trying to figure out life without her parents hanging over her shoulder. Read the rest of this entry

How to Cut out the Fluff from Your Twitter Stream

I got inspired to write this when I read Parajunkee’s post a few days ago. One of the points I made in my comment to her post was that better organization and filtering could help a lot when dealing with the fluff (promotional pieces) that overpowers the really interesting content in our social feeds.

In my mind, easier discovery of content we like could lead to more engagement and more fun discussions which is stimulating for the bloggers to keep doing what they’re doing.

So basically the intention of this post is to teach you how to filter out the noise. 

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Dracula by Bram Stoker Audiobook Review

Dracula by Bram Stoker Audiobook Review  Written by: Bram Stoker; Narrated by: Alan Cumming, Tim Curry, Simon Vance, Katherine Kellgren, Susan Duerden, John Lee, Graeme Malcolm, Steven Crossley

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Dracula [Audible Edition]

Written by: Bram Stoker

Narrated by: Alan Cumming, Tim Curry, Simon Vance, Katherine Kellgren, Susan Duerden, John Lee, Graeme Malcolm, Steven Crossley

Length: Length: 15 hrs and 28 mins

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date: 02-20-12

Publisher: Audible Studios

About the author

Bram Stoker was an Irish writer and is best known for his novels and short stories. The Gothic horror novel Dracula is probably his most popular work. He lived during the Victorian and Edwardian Eras (1847 – 1912) and published Dracula in 1897.

What is Dracula about

Dracula is the original vampire story. It’s what got vampires into the public psyche, making them a subject of fascination and fear for years to come. It’s about Count Dracula’s attempt to move from Transylvania to England and the struggle of a small group led by Professor Abraham Van Helsing (no, not the one with ragged coat, long hair and crossbow) to prevent him from achieving his goal. Read the rest of this entry

High Moor by Graeme Reynolds – Audiobook Review

High Moor Audiobook Review Written by: Graeme Reynolds; Narrated by: Chris Barnes

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High Moor

Written by: Graeme Reynolds

Narrated by: Chris Barnes

Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date: 10-21-13

Publisher: Dynamic Ram Audio Production

Graeme Reynolds has been writing for a few years now (since 2008 to be exact) and has had more than thirty short stories published in various online magazines and anthologies. In 2011 his first novel, High Moor, was published.

What is High Moor about

If you didn’t guess from the cover, High Moor is a book about werewolves. What you get from the blurb doesn’t do the story justice and makes it look like just another urban fantasy/paranormal mind candy novel. The plot is actually fairly complex for a werewolf story and there are some nice twists and turns. Two of the main characters, John Simpson and Steven Wilkinson have to deal with a dangerous werewolf. That much we get even from the book blurb. There’s much more to it, though. This part of the plot unfolds halfway into the book. Before that there’s some solid character building and we see John as a child living through some horrible events and a little younger version of police officer Steven Wilkinson being hit by the reality that werewolves exist. We get to know them quite well and develop a solid relationship with them which makes the final moments of the book even more exciting. Read the rest of this entry

Stonewiser: The Heart of the Stone by Dora Machado Audiobook Review

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Stonewiser: The Heart of the Stone

Written by: Dora Machado

Narrated by: Melissa Reizian Frank

Length: 16 hrs and 36 mins

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date: 09-13-13

Publisher: Mermaid Publishing, LLC

Who is the author

Dora Machado, the author of the Stonewiser trilogy is relatively new to the fantasy scene, at least that’s what I gathered from looking her up online. At the time of posting this review she has written four fantasy novels which seem to be well received from the readers. The first book in the Stonewiser trilogy, Stonewiser: The Heart of the Stone is the one I read and I’ll certainly be grabbing the next one as soon as possible. It’s really good. No wonder it won the 2009 Benjamin Franklin award for best debut novel. Read the rest of this entry

A Thousand Beauties UNABRIDGED by Mark Adam Kaplan Narrated by David Rollins

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A Thousand Beauties

Written by: Mark Adam Kaplan

Narrated by: David Rollins

Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date: 08-13-13

Publisher: Mark Adam Kaplan

My recent reading habits have pointed me mostly towards books that are fiction and are relatively easy to digest. This could get kind of monotonous though, so when I got the opportunity to review the audiobook version of A Thousand Beauties I thought to myself ‘Huh, that looks a little different from what I usually read. Why not, it might be good.’

It’s one of those books that no matter what is going to make you feel something. Whether you’re annoyed sometimes with the characters, as I was, or relating to their problems, you won’t be able to stay indifferent. So, if you’re looking for a quick feel-good type of read that’s not it. Read the rest of this entry

The Way of Kings: Book One of The Stormlight Archive UNABRIDGED by Brandon Sanderson Narrated by Kate Reading, Michael Kramer Series: Stormlight Archive, Book 1

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The Way of Kings: Book One of The Stormlight Archive

Written by: Brandon Sanderson

Narrated by: Kate Reading, Michael Kramer

Length: 45 hrs and 37 mins

Series: Stormlight Archive, Book 1

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date: 08-31-10

Publisher: Macmillan Audio

I’ve never attempted to get into the Robert Jordan Wheel of Time series which although looking interesting seems like a huge time investment. I feel like I’ll be reading them a whole year or something. Actually, one of the first books by Sanderson that got me hooked were the ones from the Mistborn Trilogy (I’ll take a trilogy any time – much more easy to tackle).

The story and the way it was written was very engaging. The Way of Kings audiobook costs two credits on Audible which was the reason I didn’t get it right away but I finally bit the bullet. I’ve been craving something as captivating as Mistborn was and when I hit the Play button immediately knew I shouldn’t have waited. The Way of Kings is worth the price even if you’re not an Audible subscriber and looks like it’s going to be another excellent series from Sanderson. The Way of Kings is Book 1 of the Stormlight Archive which is planed as a ten-novel series. Oh, boy. Read the rest of this entry

Do You Think Self-Help Audiobooks Are Useful?

I haven’t been very active with writing reviews lately, mainly because of my summer laziness, consisting of traveling, going to the beach a lot and other fun offline activities. But all good things come to an end as they say and so does the warm and fun summer season. It’s already fall around here and my regular blogging schedule of two posts per week will be returning soon, starting off with a couple of audiobook reviews I’m working on.

In the mean time, I got this idea while casually browsing Audible’s catalog. What about self-help audiobooks? Are they actually any good or just the same regurgitated new-age nonsense? I selected a few that seemed interesting and have listed them bellow, but the more important part is if you guys have read/listened to any of these and just your general recommendations on which ones I should grab first. 🙂

1. Unstuff Your Life!: Kick the Clutter Habit and Completely Organize Your Life for Good

Download Unstuff Your Lifе AudiobookOne of the country’s most sought-after professional organizers here makes his foolproof rescue plan available for everyone. Arguably the most organized man in America, Andrew J. Mellen has created unique, lasting techniques for streamlined living, bringing order out of chaos for a client list that includes attorneys, filmmakers, and even psychologists. With Unstuff Your Life! he puts his powerful program in the hands of his widest audience yet. Acknowledging that it’s often the “stuff behind the stuff” that holds people back, Mellen offers an action-based plan to redirect clutterers from dwelling on their feelings. This simple shift yields immediate results that will help everyone achieve organizational bliss – from the chronic key-loser to the hard-core hoarder. Mellen’s mix of humor, honesty, tough love, and foolproof strategies will motivates listeners to work through their feelings and make real behavior changes that will have long-lasting effects. Read the rest of this entry

Honestly, I didn’t like history at school. It was boring, every lesson seemed endless and full of numerous dates and names to remember. It’s probably my own fault but it’s also true that the teacher didn’t put much effort into presenting the material in a more interesting and engaging fashion.

It’s only recently that I discovered that hey, those boring things I was forced to listen to are actually quite interesting. Almost always when I stumble upon a Wikipedia article about some historical event it will suck me in and I’ll read all of it. Maybe they’re just well written but if I didn’t have to do anything else I could sit there all day clicking on links, digging deeper and looking at old photos from the respective time period (if there are any).

What better way to enjoy the history of the world than in audiobook form! One just can’t have enough Audible credits to get all the history audiobooks he wants, and oh, boy are there some amazing ones. I figure, this post may be useful and interesting to all the hardcore history buffs out there as well as people like me with newly discovered interest in the subject. So here are 9 history audiobooks handpicked by me. Enjoy!

1. John Adams, ABRIDGED, by David McCullough, Narrated by Edward Herrmann
John Adams, ABRIDGED, by David McCullough, Narrated by Edward HerrmannThis is history on a grand scale — a book about politics and war and social issues, but also about human nature, love, religious faith, virtue, ambition, friendship and betrayal, and the far-reaching consequences of noble ideas. Above all, John Adams is an enthralling, often surprising story of one of the most important and fascinating Americans who ever lived. Get your copy: John Adams

 

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Gravity Pulls Through Audiobook Review

written by James Hitchins, music by Alvine Spetz, narrated by Keith Allen

Gravity Pulls Through by James Hitchins and Alvine Spetz, narrated by Keith Allen

I love short fiction and especially short sci-fi stories! When done right they’re so powerful and engaging and just make you think! Gravity Pulls Through is such a story for me. It’s very well written with some witty dialogue and complemented by some (a little weird) music by Alvin Spetz which makes it so much more unique. I don’t think I’ve encountered another audiobook that has short song breaks throughout the story. I found it a little strange at first but the more I think of it, the more I like the idea. I don’t know if I’d prefer my novels that way, but for the short story format it certainly works well. Read the rest of this entry

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