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K. April Holgate

Take a look it's in a book...Reading Rainbow!

Moosic, PA, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Wicked Weekend

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Gillian Archer
    • Narrated By Felicity Munroe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (383)
    Performance
    (350)
    Story
    (352)

    Why did Lauren Vaughn introduce her sister to the man she herself was crazy about? Now Lauren is watching the happy couple at their combined bachelor/bachelorette party - while Lauren sits all alone at the bar. Until she spots a hot stranger with the telltale black handkerchief in his pocket: the signal for "seeks no-strings affair with sexy submissive." Lauren can't take her eyes off him. So when he comes over, she kicks her inner good girl to the curb and follows Jamie Forman to his room, where he makes her scream with pleasure all night long.

    Stephanie says: "HOT, SEXY"
    "A nice start to the series"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    A nice quick read


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The BDSM was handled very well.


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

    Terrific characterizations


    Do you think Wicked Weekend needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    The author page says it is the first book in the series. I hope to see more!


    Any additional comments?

    This was a quick steamy read. Lauren was a bit more insecure than I generally like and Jaime is too. Beyond that the chemistry is great and the steam is well steamy!! The BDSM is handled very well.

    I loved his best friend Sawyer and hope he has a book in the series! This was a good start for the new series!

    Cover Art - Deliciously wicked!! I could lick it, so yummy!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Whisper Cape, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Susan Griscom
    • Narrated By Shelley Baldiga
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (8)

    A powerful woman, an extraordinary man, and a maniac who wants to destroy them. Fate has brought them together, but will it make them stronger or destroy them all in end? Escape to a world where the impossible becomes possible and sparks ignite. Whisper Cape is a town of secrets and Addison MacKenna soon becomes tangled in a web of them. Plagued with nightmares of her father's sudden and brutal death, Addie struggles with her anguish and refuses to believe his demise was accidental.

    K. April Holgate says: "Very intriguing first book in the series"
    "Very intriguing first book in the series"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would definitely recommend this book to friends who enjoy a bit of mystery in their romance.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Susan Griscom? Why or why not?

    Yes, she crafts great characters and is a fantastic story teller. I really enjoyed reading Cael and Addison's romance. She did an excellent job of creating a full world and infusing the story with mystery.


    What about Shelley Baldiga’s performance did you like?

    She has a terrific range of voices throughout the read. I loved her pace and the energy she adds to the read. Definitely a narrator I will look for again.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Trooper #4

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Noah Chinn
    • Narrated By Barbara Benjamin-Creel
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    It's the end of the world, but not as we know it. A woman wakes up in a motel on the outskirts of a remote Oregon city with no memory of who she is, a gun at her bedside, and a state trooper uniform. As she explores the world outside the motel it seems that civilization has come to an abrupt end, and whatever caused it is still out there, looking for the survivors.

    K. April Holgate says: "Very interesting read"
    "Very interesting read"
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    What made the experience of listening to Trooper #4 the most enjoyable?

    I did not know what to expect coming into this book. It was a surprisingly interesting listen. The story starts out slow but really picks up and keeps you on edge as it progresses.


    What other book might you compare Trooper #4 to and why?

    It is more like the TV show The Walking Dead, very Dystopian and zombie heavy. There are a lot of great twists and turns that easily keep a reader enthralled.


    What about Barbara Benjamin-Creel’s performance did you like?

    Awesome read, I loved her pace and tone. She has a terrific rasp to her voice that helps bring the main character to life. Her energy throughout the read makes the book move at a really steady read. I will definitely be looking for more of her reads.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Foreverland Is Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Tony Bertauski
    • Narrated By Linda Velwest
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Six teenage girls wake with no memories. One of them is in a brick mansion, her blonde hair as shiny as her shoes. The others are in a cabin, their names tagged to the inside of their pants. Their heads, shaved. Slashes mark the cabin wall like someone has been counting. Hundreds of them. There's wilderness all around and one dead adult. The girls discover her body rotting somewhere in the trees. As the weeks pass, they band together to survive the cold, wondering where they are and how they got there.

    K. April Holgate says: "Wow!! Creepy Sequel"
    "Wow!! Creepy Sequel"
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    Where does Foreverland Is Dead rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I really enjoyed it, loads of detail and a really stunning twist. This book has true depth, after the first book I did not expect it to be quite so dark.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It is difficult to say because all the girls had very interesting elements. I was rooting for all of them.


    What about Linda Velwest’s performance did you like?

    She has a nice solid read throughout the book. I thought all of her voices were distinct and fit the characters. With so m many female voices to keep track of she does a great job of keeping them separate.


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

    The ending blew my mind! This is something I have come to expect from this author. He has real skill in crafting worlds that bring a story to a new level.


    Any additional comments?

    When you are looking for a story that has detailed worlds, with flowing descriptions and a rich textured plot, you can not go wrong with Tony Bertauski.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Annihilation of Foreverland

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Tony Bertauski
    • Narrated By Paul Licameli
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Reed dreams of a girl that tells him to resist Foreverland. He doesn't remember her name, but knows he once loved her. He'll have to endure great suffering and trust his dream. And trust he's not insane. Danny Boy, the new arrival, meets Reed's dream girl inside Foreverland. She's stuck in the fantasy land that no kid can resist. Where every heart's desire is satisfied. Why should anyone care how Foreverland works?

    K. April Holgate says: "Really creative twists"
    "Really creative twists"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Definitely! I am a big fan of Mr Bertauski's work. He always crafts a creative tale with brilliant twists and turns the reader does not expect.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love the world building, Foreverland is fleshed out beautifully. There is real skill in making a story pop while surprising and delighting the reader.


    What about Paul Licameli’s performance did you like?

    I love his flow and the action he was able to create with his voice. He really connected with the story and added energy with his read. His voices were consistent and distinct. I will definitely look for more of his reads, he gives happy ears!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    This is more of a long listen than one sitting. I am not always thrilled with sci-fi/fantasy type reads like this. I need to break them up into several listens to really appreciate what they are giving me.


    Any additional comments?

    When you are looking for a story that has detailed worlds, with flowing descriptions and a rich textured plot, you can not go wrong with Tony Bertauski.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Mafia Funeral and Other Short Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Morgan St. James
    • Narrated By Denise van Venrooy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    When Susan attends the funeral of a young friend whose father was in the Mob, what happens at the church is like a scene from a funny movie complete with an irate priest and five shocked Jewish pallbearers. Later a gangster from San Francisco mistakes her for the daughter of a Mafia mobster. You'll laugh at the funny stories, try to solve the mysteries and feel your heart warm to others.

    K. April Holgate says: "Really great short stories"
    "Really great short stories"
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    If you could sum up The Mafia Funeral and Other Short Stories in three words, what would they be?

    Delicious creative treats


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved Saying Goodbye to Miss Molly, it was such a lovely story that had me getting emotional. Sometimes a good cry is cathartic.


    What aspect of Denise van Venrooy’s performance would you have changed?

    She has a nice solid read but it lacked variety. I would have loved it is each story felt different in the narration. There was a lot of opportunity to deliver a varied performance. She has a great pace that flows nicely but it lacked that extra bit that brings the stories to a new level.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It could have been in one sitting but I did it on my commute, which really worked out. Each story fit nicely into my drive time and entertained from beginning to end.


    Any additional comments?

    I would love to see more of this author, if these short stories are any indication she has some real skill as a story teller.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wings of Memory: The Underground Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Anna Kyss
    • Narrated By Meghan Lewis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    When Kiernan leaves England, he hopes to unlock the secrets that could save his people from extinction. But the path to answers is fraught with danger. He never imagines what lay hidden in the Costa Rican rainforest. Shortly after arriving, Kiernan encounters the human girl that he spent months yearning for. Kiernan must decide between his love for Meghan and his budding loyalty to his brother, Avery.

    K. April Holgate says: "A leap above the first book"
    "A leap above the first book"
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    I was not in love with the first book, but I was happy to have stayed with the series. Enhanced the world and fleshed out the characters better than the first book. This was easier to like because the story flowed better. It has a very old fantasy feel while still being set in the present.

    I listened to the audiobook narrated by Meghan Lewis, who does a fantastic job. She has a terrific pace that keeps the book moving. One of the highlights of this book are the narrators skillful accents. I really enjoyed her work and would love to hear more reads from her.

    Disclosure - I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts, opinions and ratings are my own.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wings of Shadow: The Underground Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Anna Kyss
    • Narrated By Meghan Lewis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (16)

    Meghan's graduation gift is one that any eighteen-year-old would dream of: traveling abroad to England. Her journey turns into more adventure than expected when Meghan meets the mysterious Kiernan and is introduced to a strange society hidden beneath the streets of London. The fittest win out at the expense of their rivals... When Meghan's life is threatened, she flees the city and seeks sanctuary in a distant village: a place unseen by human eyes for over one hundred years.

    K. April Holgate says: "Great narrator, tough concept"
    "Great narrator, tough concept"
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    I can be iffy when it comes to fantasy reads. This one was interesting and created intriguing world, It just didn't thrill me. The concept wan't anything new, good fae vs bad fae. It is kind of all over the place and I had a hard time keeping with the whole plot. Lots of stupid girl moments for the heroine.

    I listened to the audiobook narrated by Meghan Lewis, who does a fantastic job. Honestly her great read is one of the things that kept me listening. She has a terrific pace that keeps the book moving. One of the highlights of this book are the narrators skillful accents. I really enjoyed her work and would love to hear more reads from her.

    Disclosure - I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts, opinions and ratings are my own.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Blogger's Survival Guide: Tips and Tricks for Parent Bloggers, Wordsmiths, and Enthusiasts

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Lexie Lane, Becky McNeer
    • Narrated By Doug Hannah
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Eliminate hours of research involved in creating a successful, money-making blog. Blogging can be a lot of fun, but much better if you can generate some income from it. This guide will help your blog succeed. It delivers all the instructions you'll need to pursue and achieve your online goals. Topics include: understanding the different blogging platforms; creating compelling blog content; the different elements that drive traffic to your blog; understanding the different forms of social media and much more!

    Evelynne Robertson says: "Not an ideal book for audiobook format"
    "Really informative"
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    This book has a lot of great info for beginning bloggers and old pros a like. I would suggest pairing the audiobook with the ebook, it gives the best of both worlds. There were times when I really wanted a visual to get what the audio was saying. On the other hand the print is a bit dry at times and I preferred listening to reading.

    The audiobook is narrated by Doug Hannah, who has a great tone. I really liked his pace, it made it easy to get the details without making the information drag. The fear I always have on non-fiction books is that it will seem like a dry lecture. Happily this felt like a conversation.

    Disclosure - I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts, opinions and ratings are my own.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Out of the Box: Complete Series

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Kallysten
    • Narrated By Hollie Jackson
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    The first time Virginia went to the dance club On The Edge, she only wanted to find out what a night in a vampire’s arms would be like. Anando showed her it could be much, much more than she had imagined. Over the next few months, every time she returned he continued to stretch her imagination and the boundaries she tried to set on their relationship.

    Candateshia Pafford says: "Nice vamp falling in love story..."
    "HAWT!!!!!!!!!"
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    There is just something about this series that draws you in and hold your attention the whole time. Kallysten really has a talent for crating a beautiful tale that easily enthralls the reader.

    Virginia is a great character, being curious myself I could really relate. Anando is delicious and charismatic. Loved this pairing and they make a delightful couple.

    This book is beyond steamy!! Oh holy, hot and heavy!!! Seriously sit in a tub of ice while reading this!! Do not make the mistake of reading in public. You will be blushing and feeling naughty, everywhere. Loads of smexyiness throughout, each encounter hotter than the last.

    I listened to the audiobook narrated by Hollie Jackson, who does an awesome read. She has a great pace that helps draw out the heat. I love the slight rasp in her tone, it makes naughty bits really sing.

    I am very happy I listened to the whole series in one book rather than reading it piece mail on my Kindle. I would have hated having to wait for the next part. This book merges the story and I really could not tell how it was broken up previously.

    I am not always in love with vampires, but Kallyston really makes it HAWT!! I love her style and voice as an author, I really hope she does a smexy bear shifter series to really make me happy!

    Disclosure - I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts, opinions and ratings are my own.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fool's Gold: Cottonmouth Book 2 (Cottonmouth Series)

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Jennifer Skully, Jasmine Haynes
    • Narrated By June Wayne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Goldstone, Nevada: It's not your typical vacation getaway. Sheriff Tyler Braxton hightails it out of Cottonmouth to Goldstone for a little R&R, when his sister puts out a distress call. Suddenly, instead of vacationing, Brax is offering advice to the lovelorn! And to top it off, he has to start his own investigation on his sister's behalf: Is his brother-in-law having an affair with the local erotic author? Simone Chandler has found her haven in Goldstone; she loves the forsaken town and its lovable but somewhat beleaguered residents.

    K. April Holgate says: "Fun romantic read"
    "Fun romantic read"
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    The last book was obsessed with butts, this one it is tally-whackers. It feels like a running gag in this series. Still I did not hate it!

    I really liked Brax in the other book and hoped he would get a HEA. He is a bit mopier this time around than I remember him. I wish he had the same playful feel as he did in the other story. He started to get that way again midway through the book, especially with her mother.

    I really like Simone, most of the time. She does have moments where she acts the doormat, but she really comes back strong in the end. I adore her attitude and sense of humor. Such a fun character!

    The dynamic between Brax and Simone is witty and fun. I adore banter! The attraction is instant, not sure I believe the feeling yet. They have a solid start, but the I love you's are a bit quick.

    Ms Skully crafts a great story with loveable characters. I am enchanted by he quirky small towns! She also has a way of making you love somebody and them killing them off. It really breaks your heart! It is a definite testament to her skill as a storyteller.

    I listened to the audiobook narrated by June Wayne, who does a lovely job. I really enjoyed her pace and the energy she adds to the read. Her voices were distinct and consistent, I just wish she had hit a few of the accents harder. She is definitely a narrator I will look for again.

    The smexy stuff was plenty hot!! It is an open bedroom door but not as detailed as an erotic romance. Still makes a gal blush plenty! I love all the euphemisms peppered throughout!

    Disclosure - I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts, opinions and ratings are my own.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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