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  • Trail of the Spellmans: Document #5

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Lisa Lutz
    • Narrated By Christina Moore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (152)
    Performance
    (134)
    Story
    (134)

    For the first time in Spellman history, Isabel Spellman might be the most normal member of her family. Mom has taken on an outrageous assortment of extracurricular activities. Dad has a secret. Her brother and sister are at war, but neither will reveal the source of the conflict. While domestic disturbances abound, there is one source of sanity in the Spellman household: Demetrius Merriweather, employee of the month for 18 months straight. Things aren't any simpler on the business side of Spellman Investigations....

    John S. says: "There's a payoff, albeit a weak one"
    "Christina Moore = Isabel Spellman"
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    Where does Trail of the Spellmans rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Near the top! Christina Moore's performance paired with Lisa Lutz's writing kept me laughing the whole way through.


    Any additional comments?

    I've seen several reviews that mention a dislike for Christina Moore's performance. When I first began listening to this series, I was in the same boat. I initially thought her voice sounded well... frumpy, is the only way I can describe it. That is, until she began narrating the dialogue. She definitely gives voice to Izzy's dry sense of humor, and her performance of other characters in the series, like Izzy's mother, Olivia, and her previous love interest, Daniel Castillo. Anyways, after listening to Moore read The Spellman Files, she completely won me over. I unknowingly purchased the abridged version of Curse of the Spellmans (book two in the series) which happened to be performed by someone else, and I couldn't even get through ten minutes of the book. For me, Isabel Spellman = Christina Moore. Though I have to say, I'm curious to know if Lisa Lutz agrees with me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Nightingale Before Christmas: A Meg Langslow Christmas Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Donna Andrews
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    As the holidays draw near in Caerphilly, Mother volunteers to take part in a big Christmas-themed decorator show house - each room of a temporarily untenanted house is decorated to the hilt by a different decorator for the public to tour. Of course, Mother insists that Meg pitch in with the organization, and she finds herself surrounded by flamboyant personalities with massive egos clashing and feeling their professional reputations are at stake.

    Marianne says: "Bernadette Dunne is a Gem"
    "Bernadette Dunne is a Gem"
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    Love Dunne's narration and the mystery is interesting, though this release is no where near as funny as the earlier books in the Meg Langslow series. If you haven't read/listened to We'll Always Have Parrots, then please, please, please give it a try. It's hilarious. There are funny moments in The Nightingale Before Christmas, but the focus definitely on the murder mystery. I wish the publisher would release ALL of the books in this series in audio because Dunne nails Meg's humor and like to hear her perform books 2-3 and 6-13.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Vienna Waltz: Malcolm & Suzanne Rannoch, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Teresa Grant
    • Narrated By Derek Perkins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (23)

    Europe's elite have gathered at the glittering Congress of Vienna--princes, ambassadors, the Russian tsar--all negotiating the fate of the continent by day and pursuing pleasure by night. Until Princess Tatiana, the most beautiful and talked about woman in Vienna, is found murdered during an ill-timed rendezvous with three of her most powerful conquests… Suzanne Rannoch has tried to ignore rumors that her new husband, Malcolm, has also been tempted by Tatiana.

    Lulu says: "A Very Frustrating Intro to a Frustrating Series"
    "Mystery and Romance"
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    This is a well rounded story. There's enough attention given to the Rannoch's tenuous marriage to satisfy my romantic heart with plenty of mystery/suspense to keep me listening and entertained.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bloodfire: Blood Destiny, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Helen Harper
    • Narrated By Saskia Maarleveld
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (604)
    Performance
    (550)
    Story
    (554)

    Mack might be, to all intents and purposes, a normal looking human, but she lives with a pack of shapeshifters in Cornwall in rural England after being dumped there by her mother when she was just a young child. She desperately wants to be accepted by her surrogate family, not least because a lot of them hate her for merely being human, but for some reason her blood just won't allow the transformation to occur.

    Andy says: "Much better than I was expecting"
    "Urban Fantasy at Its Best"
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    A kick-butt heroine
    A smorgasbord of supernatural creatures including many I've never read about before
    A slow-building and entirely believable attraction between the heroine and the Brethren's Alpha
    An ending that simultaneously satisfied and left me eager for the next book.

    13 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Silk Is for Seduction: The Dressmakers, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Loretta Chase
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (258)
    Performance
    (235)
    Story
    (234)

    Brilliant and ambitious dressmaker Marcelline Noirotis London's rising star. And who better to benefit from her talent than the worst-dressed lady in the ton, the Duke of Clevedon's intended bride? Winning the future duchess' patronage means prestige and fortune for Marcelline and her sisters. To get to the lady, though, Marcelline must win over Clevedon, whose standards are as high as his morals are...not. The prize seems well worth the risk-but this time Marcelline's met her match.

    Chantelle says: "Worth the Credit....Fantastic"
    "Great Performance, Disappointing Story"
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    Normally I can get past old romance tropes and clichés enough to enough a well written historical romance novel. With a very weak plot and characters that are difficult to like (a complete lack of morals is not something to brag about, Noirot.), this one was big let down.

    So many people had recommended this novel to me, and after falling in love with Lord of Scoundrels, I didn't hesitate to try this audiobook.Unfortunately, Ms. Chase's talent with storytelling couldn't save this one for me, even when paired with an excellent narration by Kate Reading.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Signature Performance by Elijah Wood

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Mark Twain
    • Narrated By Elijah Wood
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2680)
    Performance
    (2153)
    Story
    (2137)

    A Signature Performance: Elijah Wood becomes the first narrator to bring a youthful voice and energy to the story, perhaps making it the closest interpretation to Twain’s original intent.

    james d. thomas says: "Worthy "signature" premiere"
    "Awesome Narration"
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    Elijah Wood delivered the deadpan narration perfectly. He was fantastic and the story had me laughing chapter after chapter.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Binding Vows: MacCoinnich Time Travel Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Catherine Bybee
    • Narrated By David Monteath
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (85)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (78)

    Duncan MacCoinnich's task... Travel to the twenty-first century Renaissance Faire, deflower the Druid virgins, and go home. Only his job is not so easily accomplished with the virgin in question, Tara McAllister. Time is running out. The evil is closing in on them both. Tara finds Duncan irresistible after what was supposed to be a mock hand-fasting binds them.

    Marianne says: "Unremarkable"
    "Unremarkable"
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    I read a review on Audible that claimed this book was funny. There were only a few instances that I found even slightly humorous, and I don't think that humor was the tone Bybee was going for. If she was, well, it missed the mark. That may have something to do with Monteath's grave and somber performance, or maybe not. It was a fairly decent story, certainly not memorable. A day after I finished listening to this book and I was already having a hard to time remembering the major plot points.

    There are dozens of other time-traveling historical romances that I would recommend before this one. If you've already listened to Karen Marie Moning's Highlander series and/or Diana Gabaldon's Outlander books, then try starting Brenda Joyce's Rose Trilogy or the first book in Melissa Mayhue's Daughters of the Glen series.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Twenty-Nine and a Half Reasons: Rose Gardner Mystery #2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Denise Grover Swank
    • Narrated By Frances Fuller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (38)

    When Rose reports for Fenton County jury duty she figures she's lucky to get out of a morning working at the DMV. Instead, despite a disastrous encounter with the new assistant district attorney, Mason Deveraux, she's picked as a juror on a murder case. As the trial progresses, she realizes an ominous vision she had in the men's restroom proves the defendant is innocent. And there's not a cotton picking thing she can do about it. Or is there? As if things weren't bad enough, Rose's older sister Violet is going through a mid-life crisis.

    twinsmom says: "Read in print instead"
    "Love this series!"
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    Not quite as good as the first book, but still quite entertaining. The narrator's voice is a bit grating. I think this might be a difficult listen for anyone who isn't used to hearing a southern drawl.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Derik's Bane

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By MaryJanice Davidson
    • Narrated By Nancy Wu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (27)

    Werewolf Derik Gardner must save the world by destroying the reincarnation of history's most wicked sorceress. Unfortunately, the beautiful but ditzy Sara Gunn hasn't a clue that she's the epitome of pure evil. To make matters worse, Derik's falling in love with her.

    Marianne says: "A Good Choice for Fans of Davidson's Undead Series"
    "A Good Choice for Fans of Davidson's Undead Series"
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    Derik's Bane is the third book in MaryJanice Davidson's Wyndham Werewolf series, which follows different pack members through their romantic endeavors. This story takes place in the same contemporary fantasy setting featured in Davidson's Undead series. However, instead of vampires, this book features a werewolf from the Wyndham pack and the modern reincarnation of Morgan Le Fay. If you enjoy the comedy in Davidson's other novels, you'll enjoy this book too. If you have not read/listened to Davidson's novels before, expect a paranormal romance with a heavy dose of comedy.

    Speaking of comedy, Nancy Wu nails the delivery. The Wu/Davidson team rivals Molly Harper and Amanda Ronconi, in my opinion.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Only in Texas: Hotter in Texas, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Christie Craig
    • Narrated By Barbara McCulloh
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (27)

    Nikki Hunt thought her night couldn't get any worse when her no-good, cheating ex ditched her at dinner, sticking her with the bill. Then she found his body stuffed in the trunk of her car and lost her two-hundred-dollar meal all over his three-thousand-dollar suit. Now, not only is Nikki nearly broke, she's a murder suspect. Former cop turned PI, Dallas O'Connor, knows what it's like to be unjustly accused. But one look at the sexy - though skittish - suspect tells him she couldn't hurt anyone.

    Darlene says: "Laugh Out Loud Book"
    "I Really Enjoyed This One"
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    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Dallas and Nikki's interactions were fun to read as they closer.


    Any additional comments?

    The story was entertain and quite funny at times, which I wasn't expecting. I'd recommend this for anyone looking for a humor and romance with a dash of mystery/suspense.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Sweetheart Bargain: Sweetheart Sisters Series # 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Shirley Jump
    • Narrated By Susan Boyce
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (20)

    The Sweetheart Sisters, a trio of sassy, well-meaning grannies (who aren't against a sip of bourbon with breakfast), are ready to dispense advice and help create happy endings with a little of what they do best-meddling. Animal therapist Olivia Linscott is the Sweetheart Sisters' first target. Running from a bad marriage and a lousy job, Olivia is determined to save the dog shelter she inherited from the mother she never knew and, above all, to protect her broken heart.

    genevieve says: "Underwhelming"
    "Sweet Story, Good Narration"
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    Would you try another book from Shirley Jump and/or Susan Boyce?

    I liked Boyce's performance, and I might try another novel written by Jump but this book in particular was not particularly memorable. I liked the three nosy elderly ladies who charged themselves with the task of getting Luke and Olivia together. So I might read the next book in the series just to see what other lives they decide to meddle in.


    Would you recommend The Sweetheart Bargain to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would recommend it to anyone who appreciates a formulaic contemporary romance. I don't mean that in a bad way, as sometimes I reach for the comfort of these type of books. and I enjoyed the three nosy senior citizens playing fairy godmothers.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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