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  • The Casual Vacancy

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By J. K. Rowling
    • Narrated By Tom Hollander
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3214)
    Performance
    (2821)
    Story
    (2848)

    When Barry Fairweather dies unexpectedly in his early 40s, the little town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils.... Pagford is not what it at first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the town's council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen.

    cristina says: "I was surprised by how much I liked it"
    "Not good, I wasted my money on this one."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I tried, I really tried. I even restarted it a couple of times, but this book was not funny, it was not entertaining, and it was not intriguing. Sorry Ms. Rowling, I know you can do much better, but this one is a stinker.


    What could J. K. Rowling have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The characters here were just not interesting enough to care about


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There wasn't a favorite scene, they were all boring


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    sorry, but no


    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Much Ado About Magic: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Shanna Swendson
    • Narrated By Eva Wilhelm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (536)
    Performance
    (476)
    Story
    (480)

    Katie Chandler is back in New York and just in time to help Magic, Spells, and Illusions, Inc. with the latest crisis. A magical crime wave is sweeping the city and wizarding whiz Owen Palmer thinks the chaos-causing spells look awfully familiar - like something his arch-rival Phelan Idris would create. When Idris' rogue firm Spellworks starts selling amulets to protect against these spells, Owen's suspicions are confirmed. While Owen and the other wizards scramble to unravel the wicked spells, it's Katie's job as the new director of marketing for MSI to fight the battle of public perception.

    Bonnie says: "Addictive series"
    "Another Good One!"
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    Where does Much Ado About Magic rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the top half for sure, and I've listened to a whole lot of them


    What other book might you compare Much Ado About Magic to and why?

    Garden Spells


    What does Eva Wilhelm bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Katy just wouldn't be the same without Eva Wilhelm


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Big Smiles


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Don't Hex with Texas: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Shanna Swendson
    • Narrated By Eva Wilhelm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (590)
    Performance
    (520)
    Story
    (527)

    Everything's bigger in Texas - including romance, magic, and danger! Katie Chandler has fled fast-paced Manhattan and returned home to a simpler life, working at her family's feed-and-seed store in Cobb, Texas. In a painfully selfless gesture, Katie had left the sexy wizard Owen Palmer to battle his demons in the magical realm–after all, Katie just seemed to attract evil, which only made Owen's job a lot harder.

    Bonnie says: "Let's meet Granny & the rest of the family"
    "Another Fun Read"
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    If you could sum up Don't Hex with Texas in three words, what would they be?

    The Family, too?


    What other book might you compare Don't Hex with Texas to and why?

    It reminds me of the Juliet Blackwell series about the good witch who owns a vintage dress shop. Because that series also deals with a modern day woman confronting magic and they are lighthearted fun reads, too.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The reappearance of the Red Shoe


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    ?


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Damsel Under Stress: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Shanna Swendson
    • Narrated By Eva Wilhelm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (638)
    Performance
    (568)
    Story
    (562)

    To-do: Stop the bad guys. Rescue the wizard. Find the perfect outfit for New Year's Eve. At last, Owen Palmer, the dreamboat wizard at Magic, Spells, and Illusions, Inc., has conjured up the courage to get Katie Chandler under the mistletoe at the office holiday party. But just when it looks like Katie has found her prince, in pops her inept fairy godmother, Ethelinda, to throw a wand into the works. Ethelinda's timing couldn’t be worse. A plot hatched by MSI's rogue ex-employees, Idris and his evil fairy gal pal Ari, threatens to expose the company's secrets - and the very existence of magic itself.

    Catherine says: "Fun easy listen."
    "I'm Hooked"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I've already recommended this series to several of my friends


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Damsel Under Stress?

    When everyone figures out that Grandma knew what she was talking about


    What does Eva Wilhelm bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I've grown to associate her voice as Katy


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Hex in Texas


    Any additional comments?

    I am thoroughly enjoying this series

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Once Upon Stilettos: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Shanna Swendson
    • Narrated By Eva Wilhelm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (797)
    Performance
    (704)
    Story
    (705)

    Click your heels three times and say, "There's no place like Bloomies!" Katie Chandler's life is pure magic - literally. As an executive assistant at Magic, Spells, and Illusions, Inc., she's seen more than her share of fantastical occurrences. A mere Manhattan mortal, Katie is no wizard, but she's a wiz at exposing "hokum" pocus, cloaked lies, and deceptive enchantments. And she's fallen under the all-too-human spell of attraction to Owen, a hunky wizard and coworker. Owen, however, is preoccupied. Someone has broken into his office and disrupted top-secret files, and it reeks of an inside job.

    Jennifer B. Creamer says: "A new addiction!! For Molly Harper fans"
    "A Delightful Series"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It's fun and an easy read. I raced to the next book!


    What other book might you compare Once Upon Stilettos to and why?

    Can't really think of another like it, unless you go to another book in this series


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Owen and Katy confront the traitor


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Lots of smiles


    Any additional comments?

    I can't wait for the whole series

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Interpreter of Maladies

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Jhumpa Lahiri
    • Narrated By Matilda Novak
    Overall
    (510)
    Performance
    (287)
    Story
    (294)

    With accomplished precision and gentle eloquence, Jhumpa Lahiri traces the crosscurrents set in motion when immigrants, expatriates, and their children arrive, quite literally, at a cultural divide. The nine stories in this stunning debut collection unerringly chart the emotional journeys of characters seeking love beyond the barriers of nations and generations.

    Jennifer says: "Novel-amazing; Audio-mediocre"
    "Not for me"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I just could not relate


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jhumpa Lahiri again?

    maybe, but I would definitely listen to the sample first


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    I thought the narration was okay, just wasn't interested in what was being said


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It was well written, I just didn't care for the story


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Enchanted, Inc.: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Shanna Swendson
    • Narrated By Eva Wilhelm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1283)
    Performance
    (1143)
    Story
    (1143)

    Katie Chandler had always heard that New York is a weird and wonderful place, but this small-town Texas gal had no idea how weird until she moved there. Everywhere she goes, she sees something worth gawking at and Katie is afraid she's a little too normal to make a splash in the big city. Working for an ogre of a boss doesn't help. Then, seemingly out of the blue, Katie gets a job offer from Magic, Spells, and Illusions, Inc., a company that tricks of the trade to the magic community. For MSI, Katie's ordinariness is an asset.

    Theresa says: "Enjoyable Story Ruined by Awful Narrator!"
    "Fun Read"
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    What did you love best about Enchanted, Inc.?

    It was a lighthearted and fun story


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Kate, she is a very likeable character that I could identify with


    What about Eva Wilhelm’s performance did you like?

    Sassy in all the right places, I felt like she really was Kate


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Sex in the City meets Merlin


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Somebody Tell Aunt Tillie She's Dead: Toad Witch Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Christiana Miller
    • Narrated By Marie Rose
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (188)
    Performance
    (173)
    Story
    (173)

    Mara is having the worst month of her life. At least, that's what her cards tell her and they've never been wrong. She's evicted from her apartment, loses her job, and is banned from Beverly Hills. So when the tarot cards predict her imminent demise, she uses a little magic to make her world right. Suddenly, an aunt she's never met dies, leaving Mara as her sole heir. But when Mara moves into her inherited home, she discovers Aunt Tillie never moved out. She's still one pissed-off old lady, even postmortem.

    Susan says: "Not what I expected"
    "Very Entertaining"
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    If you could sum up Somebody Tell Aunt Tillie She's Dead in three words, what would they be?

    Fun Easy Read


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Somebody Tell Aunt Tillie She's Dead?

    When Aunt Tillie gets trapped in the brass vase


    Which character – as performed by Marie Rose – was your favorite?

    Gus


    If you could rename Somebody Tell Aunt Tillie She's Dead, what would you call it?

    I think the title is good, why change it






    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Good House

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Tananarive Due
    • Narrated By Robin Miles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1771)
    Performance
    (1113)
    Story
    (1105)

    Tananarive Due, author of The Living Blood won the American Book Award and is praised as Stephen King's equal by Publishers Weekly. In The Good House, Due sets a story of ancient powers and modern retribution in a small Pacific Northwest town. When a young woman returns to her grandmother's empty mansion, she is pitted against demonic forces that have poisoned her family for generations.

    Rebecca says: "FABULOUS!"
    "Good Story!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Good House the most enjoyable?

    The characters really draw you in. The narrator does a really good job at matching the voice to fit the characters. I hated to put it down and looked forward to getting back to the story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Grandma. She was the center and the reason for the story. I would jump on the chance to hear her story in full detail, starting when she was a little girl and following her whole life.


    Have you listened to any of Robin Miles’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This was the first one


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Cory, when we find out why he did what he did.


    Any additional comments?

    Thank you!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • My Fierce Highlander: Highland Adventure, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Vonda Sinclair
    • Narrated By Andrew Bryan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (51)

    Gwyneth Carswell, an English lady banished by her father to the harsh Scottish Highlands, wants nothing more than to take her young son away from the violence of two fighting clans - her own distant kin, the MacIrwins, and their enemies, the MacGraths. She risks everything to rescue the fierce MacGrath warrior from the battlefield where he's left for dead by her clan. She only knows she is inexplicably drawn to him and he wants peace as she does. When her clan learns of her betrayal, they seek vengeance. Dare she trust the enemy more than her own family? Laird Alasdair MacGrath is driven to end two-hundred years of feuding with the MacIrwins. But by taking in and protecting Lady Gwyneth and her son, he provokes more attacks from his mortal enemy. As the danger and conflict surrounding them escalate, Alasdair and Gwyneth discover an explosive passion neither of them expected. With the arrival of a powerful man from her past, a horrible decision confronts her - give up her son or the man she loves.

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "Highland Chemistry 101"
    "It was just okay"
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    Would you try another book from Vonda Sinclair and/or Andrew Bryan?

    Maybe yes. There was enough here to make me think that her work has the possibility to evolve into bigger and better stories. After-all, even my favorite authors have written some stories that are not on my "favorite stories" list. This one was not that exciting for me. I love a good Highlander story. But, I didn't really get into these characters. The narration probably had a lot to do with it, but it wasn't one of those stories that I couldn't wait to get back to.


    If you’ve listened to books by Vonda Sinclair before, how does this one compare?

    This was the first Vonda Sinclair book I listened to.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The main male character's voice didn't fit him. It was all rough and gruff without any of that sexy brutish appeal that I like to hear from a strong male character. While the "villain" was supposed to be this heart-stealing, sought-after bachelor guy, that had the female main character's heart and affection (before he showed his true colors), but the voice used made him sound like a sniveling weakling - I just could buy that she would have fallen for him in the first place.


    Do you think My Fierce Highlander needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    It is advertised as book one, but I will most likely veer away from book two if it is a continuation of this story and had the same style of narration. I think this narrator is capable of doing better, but then not everybody can nail it every time. He did have a good accent, a good voice, but the voices he chose for the main characters missed the mark for me.


    Any additional comments?

    Hard work and countless hours goes into writing and producing a final offering. I appreciate Vonda's efforts and hope that this critique doesn't come across as mean spirited or petty, that was not my intention. Down the road, I'll look her up again.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Rowan's Lady: Clan Graham, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Suzan Tisdale
    • Narrated By Brad Wills
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (355)
    Performance
    (326)
    Story
    (326)

    The Black Death showed no mercy when it took Rowan Graham’s beautiful, young wife. With his clan nearly decimated, his heart torn to shreds, he is left to raise his newborn daughter alone. Rowan tries to keep the promises he made to Kate on her deathbed, save for one: He is unable to give his heart to another. Lady Arline is forced into yet another arranged marriage - loveless and lonely. Behind Garrick Blackthorn's good looks lies a cruel, vindictive man. She wants nothing more than her marriage to end so that she might gain the freedom she has longed for.

    Virginia F. Smith says: "Super Great!!!"
    "narrator should'nt do child voices!"
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    Would you listen to Rowan's Lady again? Why?

    I liked the story very much. The only downside to the audible version was I couldn't understand the narrator when he did Lily's voice-making it hard to imagine her as a

    believable chacter.




    What did you like best about this story?

    I like stories about highlanders, what else can I say!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Beatrice gets caught


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Betrayal, love, strenght


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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