Switchback Audiobook by Melissa F. Olson (REVIEW)

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Review of: Switchback Audiobook
Melissa F. Olson

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On April 6, 2018
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Switchback Audiobook

By: Melissa F. Olson

Narrated by: Luke Daniels

Published by: Brilliance Audio 11/02/17

Switchback Audiobook by Melissa F Olson read by Luke Daniels

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Nightshades #2

4 hrs and 18 mins

Genre: Paranormal Thriller

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Switchback Audiobook

4 Hearts

 Switchback is another fun, if short installment in the Nightshade series.We have the head of the FBI Bureau of Preternatural Investigation team (BPI), Alex, coming off several weeks of recovery from a battle in the previous book. The team has been running a long trying to do their best without him. His second in command, and best friend, has been MIA for most of these weeks. Lindy, the second eldest known vampire/shade and BPI consultant, is going off on her own investigations, looking for her older brother and villain from book one.

It doesn’t take long after Alex rejoins his team that word comes in about several killings in a small town outside of Chicago, as in pretty much their entire police force was killed in the police station. BPI is on the case, as it looks like vampire killings. And there is a special needs boy that is missing.

While these stories are short, they are full of action and investigations for our FBI team. I’m really enjoying these characters. They all have different personalities that mix together really well.

The biggest fault that I have with this book, is that it ends (like the previous book) on a cliffhanger. I’m not anxiously awaiting book three.

Switchback Audiobook Narration

5 Hearts

Luke Daniels continues to do an amazing job with this series. I love his narration. He always does a great job with picking voices of both male and female characters. His pace and tone are always on point. If you’ve never tried Luke Daniels, you’re really missing out.

Author: Melissa F Olson

Author: Melissa F Olson

Melissa Olson studied film and literature at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. After a brief stint in the Hollywood studio system, Melissa moved to Madison, WI, where she eventually acquired a master’s degree from UW-Milwaukee, a husband, a mortgage, two kids, two comically oversized dogs, and two chinchillas, not at all in that order. She loves Madison, but still dreams of the food in LA. (Literally. There are dreams.)

As of 2017, Melissa has published eight novels in her Old World series for 47North, two novellas for Tor.com, and a standalone mystery. Her journalism and academic work has been published in The International Journal of Comic Art, The La Crosse Tribune, U-Wire, Women on Writing.com, the compilation Images of the Modern Vampire, Litreactor.com, and Tor.com. She spends most of her non-writing professional time traveling around to conventions and conferences, where she speaks about issues related to genre, feminism, writing, and parenting.


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Narrator: Luke DanielsLuke Daniels was born into a family of actors. Both his father and mother have been performing and teaching for almost five decades. It is because of their influence that, from a very young age, Luke and his two brothers often found themselves in rehearsal halls at repertory theatres all over the country; watching innumerable productions of Much Ado, Julius Caesar, and Midsummer’s.

Luke’s first theatrical role came at the age of 5 as Fleance in a production of Macbeth. He immediately loved the creativity and camaraderie of the theatre. (It also didn’t hurt that he was allowed to miss school for certain performances.)

Over the years Luke has performed at many repertory theatres across the country, including the Utah Shakespearean Festival, Connecticut Rep., and Hope Summer Rep. in Holland, Michigan. Luke has his Bachelor’s from Western Michigan University and his MFA in performance from the University of Connecticut.

Luke has worked professionally as a director, teacher, audiobook narrator, voice-over, commercial, and industrial actor.

But he maintains that the greatest role he has ever played is that of a Father to his daughter.

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I like to thank Brilliance Audio for providing me with a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

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Melanie Simmons
I’m Melanie and I live in Ohio. I have two horses and a dog. I’m an animal lover, avid book reader and audiobook listener. I like to live vicariously through fictional characters. I enjoy reading and listening to mostly fictional books in the paranormal genre, including Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance and Horror. My favorite paranormal creatures are shifters, doesn’t matter the flavor.


  1. yummy Luke Daniels yess. And thanks Melanie for putting this in front of me I hadn’t heard of it

  2. Luke Daniels yes. Cliffhangers no. Anne – Books of My Heart

    • I don’t like cliffhangers, but they aren’t a deal breaker for me. This series is good enough to make dealing with them worth it.

  3. I love short stories for when I don’t have a lot of time and want something to be over by the time I’m done reading. These sound like they would be fun!

    • I like short stories sometimes too. I wasn’t sure what I would think with the first one, but I really enjoyed it. I knew this one would be okay, even if it is short.

  4. Hmm it was sounding good until that cliffhanger. I just stay away from books with those when I can.

    • I’m not a big fan of cliffhangers. It isn’t a deal breaker for me.

  5. Are these short stories or novella length? I like the author and the narrator. I hate cliffhangers unless I have the next book already! But I am interested anyway.

    • The are sold as novels, but are really novella length. You do get a full story, so it works for me.

  6. This sounds like such a great series! I am going to see if I can get this one from the library. Luke Daniels is one of my favorite narrators so I would have to do this one in audio. Great review!

    • It has been a fun series so far. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have.

  7. Luke broke my heart, but I’m enjoying him in Man Hands… a great way to follow up after Scourged. haha.

    This sounds like an interesting series. But I don’t like cliffhangers, so I’ll wait until you say “get them all!”

    • I’m not a huge fan of cliffhangers, but they aren’t a deal breaker. This one is worth it for me.

  8. Well, I’m going to have to give Luke Daniels a go and this series sounds entertaining. Is it more character-driven? It seems like there’s some good action with the investigations but the characters are what you’re enjoying. And I like character-driven stories. 🙂

    • Luke Daniels is amazing. I just listened to him narrate the last book in the Iron Druid series. Such a great job with everything he does. I’m a very character driven reader as well.

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