Audiobook Blog Tour: The Final Enemy by Dan Petrosini

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About the Audiobook

Author: Dan Petrosini

Narrator: Joseph Kidawski

Length: 8 hours 31 minutes

Publisher: Dan Petrosini⎮2018

Genre: Science Fiction

Release date: Jan. 25, 2018

 

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Synopsis: In the face of a death-defying power, what’s the “new normal”?

Like all reporters, Jack longs for a breaking story but is stuck writing obituaries for a small-town rag. As his frustration mounts, it hits him that no one has died in over three days. Jack’s odd observation becomes something far stranger when he connects a meteorite to the bizarre phenomenon.

Seizing the opportunity, Jack breaks the story and after a struggle to control the meteorite’s power is resolved, a swelling population begins to create havoc. With the survival of the human race hanging in the balance, politicians enact increasingly horrific measures and desperate citizens take matters into their own hands.

Jack’s in a position to not just report the news, but change it, and his decisions and observations creates an epic thriller that pits the potential of human immortality against a force designed to change – or obliterate – humanity itself.

Only one man might stand in its way … the man buried in the obits department.

The Final Enemy is a story of social disintegration as well as a saga of survival. Secret plans, starvation, suicide, and a series of events that spiral the human race into a desperate survival mode evolve from a seemingly singular event and leads to a fast-paced action story that delights with its penchant for the unexpected.

In the Matthew Mather and A.G. Riddle tradition, The Final Enemy is a gripping blend of thriller and science fiction that will prove hard to put down.

 

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Book Review

 

I loved the story concept behind this book. The meteorite that strikes Earth that mysteriously has death defying properties for the entire planet. It was interesting to see the ripple effect it had on society. Apparently the meteorite is blessing to all of mankind. Until the world begins to see the affects of a human race who can live forever.

Narrator performance was overall entertaining. He does do a good job of connecting you to the story. Some of the character voices were pretty funny.  The sound quality wasn’t the greatest but not too bad overall.

 

 

 

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Were there any real life inspirations behind your writing? 

My belief is that it is impossible to separate your experiences from your writing.  I wrote one book, Complicit Witness, that emanated directly from the neighborhood i lived in during my teenage years.

 

How do you manage to avoid burn-out?

What do you do to maintain your enthusiasm for writing? I haven’t been slowed by burnout. However, its the marketing side of things that tire and frustrate me. It takes an inordinate amount of time to market my work and that takes away from writing.  Maintaining my enthusiasm is easy as I have a lot of ideas for stories running around in my head.

 

 

 

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Are you an audiobook listener?

What about the audiobook format appeals to you?  Yes. I enjoy listening to good narrators bring the story alive.  The flexibility of being able to ‘read’ while driving, or otherwise engaged, is wonderful

 

 

 

 

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What do you say to those who view listening to audiobooks as “cheating” or as inferior to “real reading”?  

I would recommend they listen to a book or two. It seems highly unlikely they would not be drawn into a story and realize how narrators can enhance a books ‘read’.

 

How did you celebrate after finishing this novel?

I didn’t really celebrate, I immediately started my next book, Vanished. (An audio version is now in production.)

 

What gets you out of a writing slump?

What about a reading slump? I force myself to write even when its not easy.  When plot issues arise, as they always do, i find a long walk or drive helps to work things out.   As far as reading, I don’t get into slumps though at times, I find it hard to find something that i can quickly submerge into. There seems to be a connection to what i am struggling to write myself.

 

 

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About the Author: Dan Petrosini

Dan has his own view of the world and culture or lack thereof. He is passionate in his belief that people can realize their dreams if they focus and take action. He actively encourages people to break out and live a the life they want.
Married with two daughters and a needy Maltese, Dan splits his time between South West Florida and New York City, where he was born. Dan teaches at local colleges, writes novels and plays the tenor saxophone in a couple of jazz bands. He also drinks way too much wine.
Dan has an active blog at http://danpetrosini.com and has written seven novels.

 

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About the Narrator: Joseph Kidawski

Joseph Kidawski is a Boston born actor, musician and artist based in Los Angeles California. He is a lover of audiobooks and it is his distinct pleasure to be a part of the worldwide community of narrators. Find out more about Joseph at http://www.kidawski.com

 

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Audiobook Blog Tour: Zombie Exterminators Curse of the Zombie Omelet

 

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About Audiobook #1

Author: Grivante

Narrator: Ian McEuen

Length: 1 hour 55 minutes

Publisher: Grivante Press⎮2017

Genre: Horror, Action/Adventure

Series: The Zee Brothers: Zombie Exterminators, Book 1

Release date: Dec. 12, 2015

 

Synopsis: The Zee Brothers suit up for their second adventure. This time answering the call from a local charter school that fears they may have an outbreak amongst their students.

The brothers find themselves trapped inside the school, with no weapons, scared children and a host of hungry and toxic undead.

They improvise with the help of the school lunch lady and a rather intelligent young student to try and stop the toxic infection from getting out of hand. The aftermath leads Jonah, Judas and JJ to a small farm on the outside of town, where they find the cause of the outbreak with mysterious links to the brother’s past.

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Book Review

This book was so weird it was hilarious. When I first listened to the sample it sounded like an entertaining book. I was right! I don’t read or listen to much comedy so this was quite refreshing. It really appeals to my goofy side. Grivante does a good job of crafting hilarious scenes and drawing suspense from it.

The narrator Ian McEuen does a great job of character voices that makes you feel like your in a comedy movie.

I’m on to the the second book!

 

 

 

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Author Interview

 

Is there a particular part of this story that you feel is more resonating in the audiobook performance than in the book format?

Because of the format we were able to add some things in that really add to the listening experience. Xanadu is a dog and also plays a key role in the series. Part of that involves a magical disco imbued power… yeah…, that’s right I said disco power, and during the story, especially in the first book there are a few occasions where that power is used. We were able to add in a disco beat that really surprises listeners and adds to the experience of listening to it.

 

 

If you had the power to time travel, would you use it? If yes, when and where would you go?

Yes, but I think I would ultimately go mad. First, I’d want to go see events that happened to get a better understanding of the truth. Who shot JFK? Where did the pyramids come from? Why did I let that cute girl walk past me without saying hi in the 10th grade?(lol) But, ultimately I think the ability would lead to too many paradoxes in my own life and I’d eventually just explode from conflict.

 

 

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What do you say to those who view listening to audiobooks as “cheating” or as inferior to “real reading”?

I’ve little time for intolerance of differences and can only say It’s too bad that they are “cheating” themselves out of the possibility of enjoying a different story experience.

 

 

 

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In your opinion, what are the pros and cons of writing a stand-alone novel vs. writing a series?

In a stand-alone the story has a clear ending and is often more succinct in my opinion. It has more power, but readers are often left wanting more, which is both good and bad. In a series, I feel authors can get trapped not knowing when to wrap something up because they are trying to stretch an idea out longer than it should run, but we often forgive these things as readers because we don’t want to let the characters go.

 

Have any of your characters ever appeared in your dreams?

Oh yes. I once had a shark in a fine tailored suit holding a pool cue appear in a dream. Pool-Shark…, but he also became a major villain in a fantasy series I have cooking.

 

 

 

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About the Author: Grivante

Grivante writes sci-fi, fantasy, horror and post-apocalyptic fiction with a writing style that bounces between comedy and action-packed horror, most often mixing together to create things like Zombie Omelets and Spleen Soup.
He is best known for his Zee Brothers: Zombie Exterminator series, a comedic horror series that both celebrates and pokes fun at everything that makes zombie pop culture cool.

His publishing company Grivante Press focuses on publishing page-turning speculative fiction.

He loves things like George Romero’s “Of The Dead” movies and Robert Kirkman’s “The Walking Dead” and feels there are many authors telling those types of stories well. He’ll leave that type of story telling to them and keep focused on the weird gonzo-action filled tales he likes to write and his readers like to read!

 

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About the Narrator: Ian McEuen

Bred in a test tube in a far distant future, Ian is a prototype never meant for mass production. A rare genetic hybrid of opera singer, actor, narrator, rock vocalist, and electronic music producer, he travelled back in time to join forces with Earth’s last and best hope: the underpaid, under-appreciated, and oft misunderstood writers of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Since then, he has narrated over 20 audiobooks, voiced characters in video games and cartoons, and melted many a face with his powerful vocals.

 

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Audiobook Blog Tour: The Woman in the Camphor Trunk

 

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An Anna Blanc Mystery

 

 

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About the Audiobook

Author: Jennifer Kincheloe

Narrator: Moira Quirk

Length: 10 hours 50 minutes

Publisher: Jennifer Kincheloe⎮20

Genre: Historical Fiction Mystery

Series: Anna Blanc Mysteries, Book 2

Release date: Nov. 14, 2017

 

Synopsis: Los Angeles, 1908. In Chinatown, the most dangerous beat in Los Angeles, police matron Anna Blanc and her former sweetheart, Detective Joe Singer, discover the body of a white missionary woman, stuffed in a trunk in the apartment of her Chinese lover. Her lover has fled. If news gets out that a white woman was murdered in Chinatown, there will be a violent backlash against the Chinese. Joe and Anna plan to solve the crime quietly and keep the death a secret. So does good-looking Mr. Jones, a prominent Chinese leader who has mixed feelings about helping the LAPD and about Anna.

Meanwhile, the Hop Sing tong has kidnapped two slave girls from the Bing Kong tong, fuelling existing tensions. They are poised on the verge of a bloody tong war that would put all Chinatown residents in danger.

Joe orders Anna out of Chinatown to keep her safe, but to atone for her own family’s sins, Anna must stay to solve the crime before news of the murder is leaked and Chinatown explodes.

 

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Book Review

 

This book was quality historical fiction in my opinion. I found it extremely entertaining on many levels!  Anna Blanc is a very delightful, fiercely independent character. The Narrator was the perfect medium for this book. She fully brought the characters to life! Jennifer has created one of the most memorable characters that I can remember. Anna Blanc reminds me of the talented young sleuth, Flavia de Luce.

Loved all the interpersonal conflict, tension among the characters. Very well written. Jennifer Kincheloe is a good writer.

 

 

 

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NARRATOR PERFORMANCE

Moira Quirk

 

  • Narrator-Story Connection: 10/10

There’s no doubt in my mind that narrator Moira Quirk was fully immersed in the story. She was the perfect medium.

 

  • Voice Quality: 10/10

When I heard that Moira was actually from England, I was even more impressed! Her american accent was remarkable. One of the most distinct voices I’ve heard so far. Excellent.

 

  • Voice Switch Over:  10/10

Perfect. I was astounded at the voice created for protagonist Anna Blanc; not to mention Joe Singer.

  1. Anna Blanc- Utterly mesmerizing. Her voice was very innocent and sweet just like a teenage girl. It made feel like I was transported to 1908 Los Angeles!
  2. Male voice for Joe Singer was pretty convincing. I could sense his frustration through the conflict with Anna the whole way.

 

  • Pacing 10/10

Pacing was right on the money. Not too fast, slow or lethargic. It kept me on pace with the storyline and engaged the whole way.

 

  • Emphasis 10/10

Loved it! Moira’s characterization of the characters is amazing. Anna Blanc and Joe Singer are stars of the show, no doubt.  She was able to bring out the nuances of each personality.

 

  • Reader-Story Connection 10/10

I was fully lost in the story as a result of great narration. What more could you ask for, right? Superb!

 

  • Sound Quality: 10/10

Publisher: Jennifer R Kincheloe, Ltd. Very professional quality.

 

  • Overall Performance: 10/10

Highly recommended if you like historical fiction, mysteries. Don’t miss this one. I don’t recall giving out full 10’s for any other audiobook performance. Congrats to Jennifer Kincheloe Publishing and Moira Quirk on a truly remarkable performance.

 

 

 

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Audiobook Blog Tour: The Punch Escrow

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About the Audiobook

Author: Tal M. Klein

Narrator: Matthew Mercer

Length: 8 hours 42 minutes

Publisher: Audible Studios⎮2017

Genre: Technothriller

Release date: Jul. 25, 2017

Synopsis: It’s the year 2147. Advancements in nanotechnology have enabled us to control aging. We’ve genetically engineered mosquitoes to feast on carbon fumes instead of blood, ending air pollution. And teleportation has become the ideal mode of transportation, offered exclusively by International Transport—a secretive firm headquartered in New York City. Their slogan: Departure… Arrival… Delight!

Joel Byram, our smartass protagonist, is an everyday twenty-second century guy. He spends his days training artificial intelligence engines to act more human, jamming out to 1980’s new wave—an extremely obscure genre, and trying to salvage his deteriorating marriage. Joel is pretty much an everyday guy with everyday problems—until he’s accidentally duplicated while teleporting.

Now Joel must outsmart the shadowy organization that controls teleportation, outrun the religious sect out to destroy it, and find a way to get back to the woman he loves in a world that now has two of him.

 

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What was it like writing your first book?

Probably the third hardest thing I’ve ever done, behind parenthood, and having to fire someone.

 

Why hard science fiction?

I don’t have a good reason for that. I sort of fell into it. I’ve never gotten great grades in science, but always enjoyed hard science fiction books. I like to say, “I’m not a scientist, I’m just friends with a lot of them.” The genre sort of found me. Once it did, I did my best to stay true to it.

 

 

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Who is Joel Byram?

He’s just this guy in the 22nd century, y’know. He’s a slacker king. He loves his wife, loves his life, and enjoys the status quo-ness of everything. Then his world falls apart and he’s forced to fight for everything he’s always taken for granted.

 

What does he truly care about?

After all is said and done, his wife’s love is the most important thing to Joel.

 

Describe a few things you learned while researching this book.

Oh man, I learned so much! Learning that the Mona Lisa has an older sister was incredible. A lot of the scientific innovations in the book just shocked me. I couldn’t believe we were already teleporting photons—isn’t crazy we’re already living in the age of teleportation? And the amazing stuff Oxitec is doing to solve mosquito-borne illnesses with CRISPR. We’re living in the future!

 

If you could teleport anywhere where would you go?

I’m on the road right now, so I’d probably teleport home. Sorry, I know it’s a lame answer, but I get homesick a lot.

 

 

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Name a few things that helped you learn how to write.

I owe a lot to Blake Snyder’s Save The Cat and Robert McKee’s On Writing. These two methods have truly improved my writing exponentially. Most importantly: my wife! I owe the voice of every female character in my book to her.

 

What would you do if there were two of you?

We’d have to live in different countries. I’m pretty sure we’d be fighting all the time if forced to be in close proximity to each other.

 

Who are your favorite authors?

Larry Niven, Douglas Adams, Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman, Scott Meyer, Robert Kroese.

 

What’s next for you?

The Punch Escrow sequel!

 

 

 

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About the Author: Tal M. Klein

Tal M. Klein was born in Israel, grew up in New York, and currently lives in Detroit with his wife and two daughters. When she was five years old, his daughter Iris wrote a book called I’m a Bunch of Dinosaurs that went on to become one of the most successful children’s book projects on Kickstarter ―something that Tal explained to Iris by telling her, “your book made lots of kids happy.” Iris then asked Tal, “Daddy, why don’t you write a book that makes lots of grownups happy?” Tal mulled this over for a few years, and eventually wrote his first book, The Punch Escrow. It won the Inkshares Geek & Sundry Hard Science Fiction publishing contest, and is the first book published on the Geek & Sundry imprint.

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My Review

This was one entertaining read for a debut book. Author Tal M. Klein is very bright, witty, with brilliant plotting and is an excellent source of technology. I laughed out loud several times while listening to this book.

The concept for this book is not only original, but fascinating. The ability craft it into a workable story, then deliver it on the page speaks to the skilled potential that lies behind the pen. Looking forward to the sequel.

 

My rating

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NARRATOR PERFORMANCE

Matthew Mercer

 

  • Narrator-Story Connection: 8/10

Narrator Matthew Mercer did a phenomenal job for his first audiobook! Amazing. He embodied the story perfectly and remained transparent throughout the book, which isn’t an easy job. It’ll be interesting to see what else he’ll accomplish down the road.

 

  • Voice Switch Over:  10/10

Some of the voices that Mercer was able to come up with were excellent, entertaining and impressive! I personally enjoyed the voice for the character Taraval. The switchback from narrative voice of Joel to other characters was superb. Hard to believe this was his first audiobook. The voices for artificial intelligence were also very notable.

 

  • Pacing 8/10

Pacing throughout the story was great. Clear and understandable.

 

  • Emphasis 8/10

This is also an area where great narrators are separated from the rest of the pack. The know where to place the right amount of emphasis, and gives place to creativity to enliven the story. There were flashes of brilliance that totally brought the characters alive, especially during conflict, and emotional tension.

 

  • Reader-Story Connection 10/10

This is where I judge how well the narrator ushers me into the story based upon their performance. I say again, Mercer has the skill to do the job. I gave him a high rating because he embodied the characters so well, and remained a transparent medium through which the reader can connect to the story. Awesome. Hats off to Matthew Mercer.

 

  • Sound Quality: 10/10

Produced by Audible Studios. Excellent sound quality.

 

  • Overall Performance: 8/10

Very satisfied with this performance and recommended to listen.

 

 

 

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About the Narrator: Matthew Mercer

Matthew Christopher Miller, known professionally as Matthew Mercer or Matt Mercer, is an American voice actor involved in English dubs of Japanese anime as well as cartoons, films and video games. In anime shows, he voiced Levi in Attack on Titan, Kiritsugu Emiya in Fate/Zero, Kanji Tatsumi for episodes 13-26 in Persona 4: The Animation and Trafalgar Law in the Funimation dub of One Piece. In video games, he voices Leon S. Kennedy in the Resident Evil series, Jack Cooper in Titanfall 2, Chrom in Fire Emblem Awakening, McCree in Overwatch, MacCready in Fallout 4 and Yusuke Kitagawa in Persona 5. In addition to voice-over, Mercer has developed some live-action web series including a Nintendo character parody called “There Will Be Brawl” and the famous Geek & Sundry and Alpha Dungeons & Dragons gaming session show “Critical Role.” The Punch Escrow is his first audiobook.

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

 

 

 

 

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