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  • The Vesik Series: Books 4-6: Vesik Series Boxset, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Eric Asher
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    Overall
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    A mad god. A vile betrayal. Necromancer Damian Vesik faces his darkest hour, but he's not dead yet. This collection includes books four, five, and six of the Vesik urban fantasy series. Jump into the madness today!

    clearly off the beaten path for delivery says: "vesik"
    "Fun Fantasy Adventure"
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    With a large cast of interesting characters and an action-packed plot, this was tons of fun to listen to. The narration was excellent and I was impressed with the pacing and emotion, as well as the wide range of character voices. I would recommend this.

    I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. This review is my honest opinion.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mayan Gods in the Yucatan: Peyton Brooks, FBI, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By M.L. Hamilton
    • Narrated By Kelley Hazen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
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    After his surgery, Marco has a long road of rehabilitation ahead of him, but his precinct needs him to focus on the murder of a young serviceman who might have intimate ties to the mayor. Peyton wants to be there for him; however, when a DEA agent turns up missing, the Ghost Squad is called to the Yucatan to investigate. What they find there will embroil them in a drug war between two countries, where illicit activities are being bartered underground and the players are impossible to identify.

    Jan M says: "Questions Answered!"
    "Great Series!"
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    This is Book 5 in the Peyton Brooks, FBI Series but it can easily be enjoyed as a standalone. Listeners of the previous book will recognize that parts of the story are a continuation of that book. It's not often that I wish an audiobook of this length (15+ hours) was even longer, so you know it has to be good! As always, there is so much going on here that the listener is never bored. After a grim discovery, Peyton's case takes her to the Yucatan to investigate. Marco is busy back in San Francisco with two cases of his own. He is also rehabilitating his leg at Peyton's, so there's still hope for those two.

    My gosh, I just love this series! The characters are written in such a way that you really come to feel like you know them, flaws and all. The camaraderie between them all is just terrific. The twists and turns will keep you guessing until the end and you'll be rooting for Peyton and Marco to get their relationship back on track. This has everything that I've come to expect from the series - a great story, realistic characters, humor and a bit of romance. The only thing that could make it even better would be great narration. With Kelley Hazen as narrator, problem solved! Distinct, easily identifiable characters and wonderful pacing and emotion have become her trademark. She always manages to deliver a stellar performance. Such an awesome listen! I would recommend Mayan Gods in the Yucatan and the rest of the series.

    I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. This review is my honest opinion.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Lady's Arrangement: Help Wanted

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Colleen L. Donnelly
    • Narrated By Leonor A. Woodworth
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Neither Rex nor Regina wants a spouse, but they do have needs. Ranger Rex Duncan needs a false identity - just long enough to uncover a ring of Kansas ranch thieves. Answering Regina’s ad for a temporary husband, he leaves his beloved red dirt of Oklahoma to assume that disguise. But the most obstinate woman he’s ever known confounds his assignment, and with hair the red color that has always made his heart beat a little faster. Regina Howard needs a new Mrs. in front of her name - just long enough to reclaim her deceased husband’s ranch.

    IreneMBBT says: "Emotional Magic Begging For More Plot"
    "Good Historical Western Romance"
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    I enjoyed this historical western romance but hated the way that women were treated in those times. How sad (and infuriating) that Regina was forced to remarry after recently losing her husband, just to keep her own land. The lack of respect shown her by her son was just as bad. I don't doubt that many unscrupulous men would have taken advantage of a woman in her position and one such man certainly did try in this story.

    Fortunately her mail order husband turned out to be an honorable Ranger, Rex. On assignment to capture a land swindler, he is undercover as Regina's husband and is also tasked with making sure that she keeps her ranch. Criminal elements will do their best to prevent that from happening.

    What began as a simple temporary arrangement soon becomes something more when Rex and Regina become attracted to one another. He'll pay a price for capturing the bad guys but what will he risk for a future with Regina?

    With an interesting plot and several twists, Rex and Regina's story held my interest throughout. Action, suspense and romance made this a great listen. Regina was a woman of uncommon fortitude and I loved her strength. I'm glad that her resolve paid off, despite the almost insurmountable odds. The narration was very good and added to my enjoyment. I would recommend this.

    I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. This review is my honest opinion.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lady Justice and the Conspiracy

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Robert Thornhill
    • Narrated By George Kuch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    Those fluffy white trails crisscrossing the sky - some say they are simply water vapor frozen into crystals. Others say they are deadly chemicals, some of which are for military defense, and others to control the weather and the world’s food supply. Are the chem-trails really part of a clandestine government conspiracy? Four people believe so and claim they have proof, but each of their lives comes to a tragic and mysterious end before they can offer their proof to the world.

    Jan M says: "Thought Provoking Listen!"
    "Controversial and Entertaining"
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    Let me begin by saying that I live with a conspiracy nut, a self-proclaimed "expert". Words like "chem-trails", "geoengineering" and "fake news" are part of everyday conversation in our household.

    Being a fan of the Lady Justice series, I was intrigued by the controversial subject matter and was curious to see how it would be presented. Walt becomes involved in a case that involves the mysterious deaths of people linked to a clandestine government program. For every seemingly outlandish claim, there always appears to be a perfectly logical explanation. The occasional nuggets of truth only complicate matters further. Is the conspiracy real or just an elaborate hoax? Is this story purely fictional or is it merely disguising itself as fiction? We may never know. What I DO know is that this latest installment of the series was highly entertaining, as well as thought-provoking. I was even motivated to do some searching of my own on the internet. Listeners may never look at the sky the same way again.

    George Kuch narrated the entire series and I appreciated the continuity of having the same narrator throughout. His performance was outstanding, drawing me in immediately and maintaining my interest for the entire story. I really enjoyed Lady Justice and the Conspiracy and would highly recommend it and the rest of the series.

    I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. This review is my honest opinion.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Riddick: The Saints Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Kathy Coopmans
    • Narrated By Kelley Hazen
    Overall
    (6)
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    She told me Heaven would knock on my door one day. That I would be swept away from the hell I lived in. She was right about one thing and so wrong about the other. Heaven came in the form of an angel just like she said. And then. My life became hell. She disappeared. Vanished. I left. Went to war. Killed. All for her. Every face was the man who took her. Every dream filled with her. For 12 years, I existed in hell. Breathed in the fires from down below. Until her, the woman on the beach outside of my home.

    Jan M says: "Love vs. Hate"
    "Sexy Romance"
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    Boy, I thought MY family was dysfunctional! Cora and Riddick had their hearts ripped out by lies, deceit and betrayal. How do you pick up the pieces when your dreams die, when your future is gone? And how do you get past the mistrust when you discover it was all just a lie? Things are about to get very hot - and very dangerous.

    This was a great second chance romance, with very raw emotions and language. I can't imagine the pain they both endured for the last 12 years. I was immediately drawn in to Cora and Riddick's story and couldn't stop listening. I also liked the plot twists and element of danger. The climax was chilling, suspenseful and action-packed. Great story!

    It's no surprise that the narration was terrific. Kelley Hazen has a wonderful way of voicing unique characters and enhancing a story. Well done as usual. I enjoyed Riddick and would recommend it.

    I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. This review is my honest opinion.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Obsession of the Heart

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Denise Kahn
    • Narrated By Denise Kahn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Set against an international backdrop of jet setters, music, romance, murder, terrorism, and true friendship is Davina Walters, an international singer. Davina meets Jean, a young woman almost paralyzed with fear, as her sadistic ex-husband is bent on killing her. On the spur of the moment, Davina decides to take her along on tour, and the murderer plans his ultimate revenge in a deadly showdown.

    Zoe says: "Obsession of the heart"
    "Love This Series!"
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    Obsession of the Heart is Book 2 in the Music Trilogy but can be enjoyed as a standalone. The story centers on Davina Walters, an international singing sensation. With a diverse cast, various locales around the world and music at the heart of it all, Ms. Kahn spins a tale of love, loss and friendship.

    I'm really enjoying this series. I love how the descriptions of the various settings almost makes you feel like you are there. The story is a reminder that even "beautiful people" have problems just like the rest of us. The characters love deeply and mourn the loss of loved ones with the same ferocity.

    The narration was very capably handled by the author and I was impressed with her accents, character voices and foreign languages. My interest was held throughout and it was a great listening experience. I can't wait for the final book in the trilogy and would recommend Obsession of the Heart.

    I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. This review is my honest opinion.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gull Harbor

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Kathryn Knight
    • Narrated By Kristin James
    Overall
    (16)
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    When Claire Linden's job sends her to the sleepy town of Gull Harbor, she never expects to encounter her ex-boyfriend. As a medium, the prospect of tackling a haunted house is less daunting than seeing Max Baron again. Throughout their passionate college relationship, he promised to love her forever. Then, without explanation, he abandoned her on graduation day. Claire is determined to rid her temporary home of its aggressive ghost, but Max soon realizes she's facing a danger beyond the paranormal.

    Darcy says: "Second chance romance and a ghost"
    "Good Romantic Suspense/Ghost Story"
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    This story had a little of everything - romance, mystery, suspense, danger and an unhappy ghost. Claire must get to the bottom of a haunted home and release the spirit of a young woman. When she gets too close to solving the mystery surrounding her death, Claire is suddenly in danger of meeting the same fate. In the midst of the turmoil, she'll have another chance at happiness with her ex-boyfriend Max.

    I really enjoyed Gull Harbor and found it very entertaining. The different elements all came together in great fashion and my interest was held throughout. Claire and Max both had interesting back stories and were very realistic characters. The narration was excellent and added to my enjoyment of the story. Gull Harbor was a great listen and I would recommend it.

    I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. This review is my honest opinion.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wanderers 3: Garden of the Gods: The Wanderers

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Richard Bamberg
    • Narrated By Johnny Mack
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
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    (9)
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    The Wanderers have protected humankind for millennia against the forces of Darkness. Now, the last surviving Wanderer, Rafe Semmes, must again battle Rowle - the only Wanderer to ever go rogue and turn against his fellows - as Rowle attempts to kick-start Ragnarök, the battle foretold in Norse mythology as heralding the end of the world and doom for mankind and the gods themselves. Joining Rafe in his epic struggle to stop Rowle from opening a gateway to our world that would draw the old gods into the battle is the last Wanderer apprentice, Tess.

    Montzalee Wittmann says: "Great addition to the series!"
    "Fun Listen!"
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    Rafe's mission to prevent Ragnarok continues in this third installment of The Wanderers Series. Assisted by Tess, his young apprentice, the story leads up to an epic battle at Garden of the Gods, located in Colorado. However, their biggest battle may be fighting the feelings they're developing for each other.

    The Wanderers is a fun fantasy series that just gets better with each book and I'm thoroughly enjoying it. The author has created an imaginative, action-packed story, full of interesting characters and creatures, magic and humor. I was happy to see that Johnny Mack once again narrated the story. He has nailed the attitude and voice of Rafe and his contribution to the story enhances the listening experience. I can't wait for Wanders 4 and would recommend this and the rest of the series.

    I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. This review is my honest opinion.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Vivatera

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Candace J. Thomas
    • Narrated By Alyson Grauer
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    Not even Naomi's prophetic dreams prepare her for the mysterious wanderer who appears just in time to snatch her from danger, nor the upheaval he brings in his wake. No knight in shining armor, Reynolds once risked Naomi's life, and that dark secret again threatens it. When Naomi discovers the world of magic and of what she is capable, not even Reynolds can slow the fate barreling down upon them both.

    Karen M. says: "Fun YA Fantasy"
    "Fun YA Fantasy"
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    This was such a fun listen! Listeners young and old will enjoy this story with elements of magic, adventure and a little romance. Evil powers will stop at nothing to possess the magical stones and Naomi is caught in the middle, fighting for her survival.

    The narration was very well done and enhanced my listening experience. This looks like the start to a great series and I would recommend it.

    I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. This review is my honest opinion.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The December Protocol

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Devin Hanson
    • Narrated By Rhett Samuel Price
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (20)
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    Throughout the entirety of history, humanity has fought against sickness, old age, frailty, even death itself hoping for eternal life. Hanson imagines life beyond those legends and stories - a solar system where humanity has discovered the secret to immortal life, at an extreme cost. The December Protocol rockets the listener into the late 24th century and raises thrilling questions about how far mankind would go to preserve the most precious gift we've ever received: immortality....

    Karen M. says: "Entertaining And Thought-Provoking"
    "Entertaining And Thought-Provoking"
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    The December Protocol was a unique story and challenged the listener to consider the morality of immortality. Would you want to live forever at another's expense? Is your life more valuable than someone else's? And just what lengths would you go to in achieving it?

    Aside from the moral questions, this was a very entertaining and action-packed listen. The time just flew by as I was completely immersed in the story. With great writing, interesting characters and the occasional humor, I just couldn't stop listening. Rhett Samuel Price's narration was a definite highlight, with terrific character voices and pacing. He kept me engaged throughout and enhanced my listening experience. I was really wowed by The December Protocol and would recommend it.

    I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. This review is my honest opinion.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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