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WordsAPlenty - charla white

Ann Arbor, Mi United States | Member Since 2017

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  • Wrath of the Bloodeye: The Last Apprentice, #5

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Joseph Delaney
    • Narrated By Christopher Evan Welch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (517)
    Performance
    (385)
    Story
    (391)

    Thomas Ward has spent two years as the Spook's apprentice. He's faced unimaginable peril, and survived. But a new danger has emerged: an ancient water witch, Bloodeye, is roaming the County intent on destroying everything in her path. To strengthen his skills, Tom is sent to the far north to train with the demanding Bill Arkwright. Will Tom's new bag of tricks be enough to overcome a critical mistake that leaves him confronting Bloodeye on his own?

    WordsAPlenty - charla white says: "Wrath of the Bloodeye"
    "Wrath of the Bloodeye"
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    This was excellent! I have physically read the other "Last Apprentice" books and was hesitant to listen to this one but I am delighted with it. the author kept the listeners attention and the reader, Welch, did an excellent job narrating it. I will keep following this author via audiobooks rather than purchasing the physical copy. It is much more interesting.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Westward, Tally Ho!

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Milo James Fowler
    • Narrated By David Bufton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    It's the late 19th century, and you're a young English aristocrat lost in the American Southwest. A lynch mob is after you for horse theft. Irritable natives are on your trail. And the woman with you is not the type you'd bring home to your mother. Would you survive long enough to find safety? Or would you curl into a fetal position and cry? This is where Clarence Oliver Edwards finds himself in Westward, Tally Ho!

    Georgia McNabb says: "Poor narrative set-up"
    "Western Fun!"
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    Looking for adventure, young Englishman Clarence Oliver Edwards joins up with his ex-butler who is headed off to America – the late 1800’s America, complete with Native American Indians on the warpath and the railroad still a work in progress and west untamed.  Finding himself in trouble being chased by a lynch mob, Indians, gunslingers and many more, Clarence finds his true self and inner strength.

    A delightful audiobook that has some tense moments and moments of hilarity!  One first sees Clarence as a whining spoiled English wealthy brat whom his former employee, Guthrie tolerates on his mission to find his missing daughter.  By the end of the novel, one does witness Clarence’s growth into adulthood.

    The characters were vivid and rich, the dialog realistic that made the story advance.  The characters were off a bit – the Indians, the train conductor, saloon gals just don’t fit the usual mode.  Actually, all the characters were a bit “off” in a thought-provoking way that made one look at stereotypes.   If one is looking for a Zane Grey or Clint Eastwood or John Wayne type Western – this is not it!  This is a fantastic, oftentimes absurdly funny western genre experience written by Milo James Fowler.  Fowler is vivid and rich in his descriptions painting a clear picture. Fowler has provided an entertaining story of action and adventure.

    The narrator, David Blufton, performed the novel expertly.  He had a firm grip on all the characters and performed them very well.  This was a great pairing of a narrator to a novel!

    I found it fun.  I listened to this audiobook laughing out loud frequently.  A great audiobook for solid fun entertainment!

    There were no issues with the production or audio of this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • First World Flight

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Spencer Lane
    • Narrated By Dave Wright
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    In 1924, three years before Lindbergh flew to Paris, four young army airmen answered the call of General Billy Mitchell to save US aviation from destruction by the politicians by winning the race with a dozen other nations to make the first flight around the world. In primitive open-cockpit biplanes powered by unreliable engines and few airfields, they were given little chance of success or even survival.

    Dick says: "World Flight Voyager"
    "More than Wright Brothers to the story of aviation"
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    I was given a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest and objective review.

    First World Flight is a historical audiobook focusing on the growth of US aviation beginning in 1924, the four airmen and General Billy Mitchell all who were responsible for saving the US aviation program through their patriotism, creativity, and dedication. Not being a historian or familiar with the history of aviation, I found it interesting and exciting.

    I found the book to be interesting, although it was long. This is perfect for someone with a passion for aviation, military, politics or history. The personal touches – the information about the families that is not well known was interesting as well. Before the end of the book, I felt I almost knew Billy Mitchell. His passion was successfully portrayed and communicated through Spencer Lane’s writing.

    I thought the narrator, Dave Wright, performed the book beautifully. His voice was smooth, gentle yet passionate. I could listen to Wright for hours!

    The amount of time and energy spent in the research of this book and its many components must have been overwhelming but so worth it!

    There were no issues with quality or audio production of this book by U.S. Press.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Garden of Fiends: Tales of Addiction Horror

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Mark Matthews, John F.D. Taff, Jack Ketchum, and others
    • Narrated By Rick Gregory
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (29)

    The intoxication from a pint of vodka, the electric buzz from snorting cocaine, the warm embrace from shooting heroin - drinking and drugging provide the height of human experience. It's the promise of heaven on earth, but the hell that follows is a constant hunger, a cold emptiness. The craving to get high is a yearning as intense of any blood-thirsty monster. The stories inside feature the insidious nature of addiction told with compassion yet searing honesty.

    Todd (Toad) Vogel says: "Freaked me out!"
    "Horror in it's truest form - reality!"
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    I was given a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

    I love horror; the creature features, zombie books, creepy music, and Halloween! I introduced our children to the classic monsters all the way through Halloween, Friday the 13th and the Chain Saw Massacre. I also enjoyed reading about serial killers and their twisted minds but I was in no way prepared for the horror of Garden of Fiends. Stories told from the perspective of addicts – alcohol, drugs and sometimes both, were much more than even I could handle.

    Sometimes true horror lies in the truth and with addicts, their truth is true horror. Having a daughter who has dabbled in Vicodin and more, having seen the results of a child impacted mentally by an addict mother, her withdrawal, and daily struggles, well this hit close to home. There does not seem to be an end and each of these stories builds on that horror.

    This is not a collection of stories for the faint of heart. There are aspects of each story that is gritty and real. I found this a difficult audiobook to finish because it was brutal and too realistic in portraying human nature and its frailty and selfishness.

    The narrator, Rick Gregory provided an extra level of creepiness with his narration style. His voice was smooth and emotionless. You knew something horrible was coming but he never let the listeners know it until it happened. The flow was flawless and did not rely on unnecessary dramatic flair.

    There were no issues with the audiobook or quality of production.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Noah's Wife

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By T. K. Thorne
    • Narrated By Melissa Carey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    A novel set in 5500 BCE can't possibly relate to today's issues...or can it? Dysfunctional family relationships. Sexual abuse. Kidnapping. Love triangle. Religious freedom. Autism. Cultural Change. National award-winning novel Noah's Wife by T.K. Thorne touches all of these issues with wisdom and humor. Tackling one of the oldest and most famous stories on earth, Thorne's unique twists to the Biblical story - which makes only one mention of Noah's wife - tells the tale from the perspective of a young girl with what is now known as Asperger Syndrome.

    WordsAPlenty - charla white says: "A MUST LISTEN! Great Story Teller"
    "A MUST LISTEN! Great Story Teller"
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    What did you love best about Noah's Wife?

    A copy of this audiobook, Noah's Wife 5500 BCE was given to WordsAPlenty by the author, T. K. Thorne, in exchange for an honest review.


    Noah’s wife is set in 5500 BCE. Yes, Noah’s wife is mentioned in the bible along with the great flood and other characters that are angry, sad, lonely, faithful, struggling, and the list goes on. So why listen to this book?

    Noah’s Wife is an exciting book that deals with issues in 5500 BCE AND today – the struggle of women to be more than second class citizens, morality and ethical issues, cultural issues and even dating! Since before 5500 BCE women have struggled to be more and men have struggled on how to be with a strong woman. Time has not changed the issues at all!

    Using the great flood, T. K. Thorne presents unique twists to the story by focusing on Noah’s wife. This fictional accounting of the great flood and story about it is exciting. Noah’s wife, Na’amah comes from a severely dysfunctional family, dealing with the love of two men that have disastrous results and Na’amah also has the burden of dealing with what is now known as Asperger Syndrome.

    Listening to Na’amah’s life as told through her voice one recognizes the naiveté in the beginning, by the end of the book naiveté has been replaced with strength and knowledge. Her struggles resound with those of us today.

    T.K. Thorne is an excellent story teller; building her plot and characters to great depths showing who they are, what they think – giving us, her listeners a unique experience. As a piece of fiction, she skillfully mixes in historical pieces that are well known. Her skill to blend the incidents and story together are expert.

    I had the pleasure of both reading Noah’s Wife and listening to it. The audiobook is excellent as Melissa Carey, narrator, projects the right amount of naiveté and confusion in Na’amah’s voice growing it to the strength she gains by the end of the book due to her experiences. Within a few moments of listening, I heard Carey become Na’amah! This narration brought the book to life!

    I highly recommend this book as a must listen! You will be transported to 5500 BCE between the skill of Thorne and Carey. You will feel the pain, joy, and growth of this unique woman.

    There were no issues with production quality. Everything was perfect with the audio.




    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Na'amah. Her inner strength and intelligence is phenomenal.


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

    She becomes Na'amah by showing her innocence and growing her into the strong character she becomes.


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

    When Na'amah recognizes the true purpose behind her brother's anger and hatred.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a rare book that should not be missed. It is about a Christian event but by no means is it a preachy Christian novel. The focus of the book is beyond that - it deals with issues that have plagued women since the beginning of existence.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Zee Brothers: Zombie Exterminators: Curse of the Zombie Omelet!

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 55 mins)
    • By Grivante
    • Narrated By Ian McEuen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (30)

    The Zee Brothers have a strange and dangerous vocation. While some hunt rodents or pests in the dark, Jonah and Judas tackle much larger prey: zombies. Equipped with a well-loved artillery gun named DeeDee and a much used and somewhat abused pickup truck called Sasha, the duo clear the night of undead pests, keeping the ever-present threat of a zombie apocalypse at bay.

    Natalie @ ABookLoversLife says: "Weird!"
    "Hilarious Zee Brothers - A must read!"
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    If you could sum up The Zee Brothers: Zombie Exterminators in three words, what would they be?

    Deadly hilariously funny


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Their first client turned zombie trying to gum them to death.


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

    There are ghost hunters, Sasquatch hunters, crypt-zoologists and then there are the Zee Brothers, zombie hunters!


    Any additional comments?

    WordsAPlenty received a free copy of this book from the author for an honest review. This in no way affects the review.

    There are ghost hunters, Sasquatch hunters, crypt-zoologists and then there are the Zee Brothers, zombie hunters! The brothers are Jonah and Judas. Their first client calls them to report he may have zombies in the crawl space under his house. Fortunately for the Zee Brothers, their first client lives in the small gated community of Winter Oaks, Arizona.
    Winter Oaks is the home and burial ground of the now deceased Pakatini Tribe. Buried among their people is an old sacred amulet which the loathsome President of the Home Owners Association accidently disturbed. The Zee Brothers arrive to find their first client dead; and they hook up with JJ (a busty beautiful woman) and her dog Xanadu who are visiting the family there.

    The Zee brothers and JJ have to solve the mystery as to what has caused the Indians to rise (and why would a zombie want an omelet?) … and they know it is somewhere in the nearby landfill.

    Well written zombie fun. Nothing is as it seems – Xanadu does some pretty amazing things for a dog, the magic 8 ball gear shift seems to be on target with everything the brothers are going through and if all else fails there’s chocolate! Grivante takes the zombie genre and gives it a fresh look and goes where no other has gone with the zombies and his heroes!
    Only 1 hour and 55 minutes long, Givante does an excellent job of packing a ton of fun and danger into this short audio. You will laugh!

    Ian McEuen did an excellent job of narration adding personality to the brothers and JJ. His voices and interjecting of music in this audio was spot on.
    There were no issues with the production of this audio.
    WordsAPlenty gives this a 4.5 star rating.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Unleashed: A Sydney Rye Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Emily Kimelman
    • Narrated By Sonja Field
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (175)
    Performance
    (154)
    Story
    (157)

    One of Joy Humbolt's dog walking clients turns up dead and she begins to look into the crime, first out of curiosity and then out of anger. As she digs deep into the secrets of Manhattan's elite, Joy gets too close to the killer with disastrous consequences.

    stephen says: "I hope the sties is as Interesting as Book 1."
    "Unleashed a Great Story!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book to a friend because it was well written and executed in a manner that engaged the readers.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The excitement - plot.


    Which character – as performed by Sonja Field – was your favorite?

    Joy Humbolt/Sydney Rye


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

    No extreme reaction but I found it very interesting and felt the politican and boyfriend were excellently portrayed.


    Any additional comments?

    I was given Unleashed (A Sydney Rye Novel #1) written by Emily Kimelman in exchange for an honest review.

    I found that Unleashed was well written with character and the plot development executed appropriately thus highly engaging the reader.

    The lead in this book is a strong female protagonist who doesn’t take crap from anyone. Within the first few pages one finds that Joy Humbolt has made significant changes in her world – out with the boyfriend, becoming unemployed and adopting Blue – a rescue dog. She is also taking on a new career as a dog walker. However, in her new role as a dog walker Joy finds herself buried in intrigue up to her neck! Moving from Coffee Barista to dog walker to sleuth seems to be a normal enough move for Joy. What she didn’t count on was the consequences of her sleuthing.

    Thus the birth of Sydney Rye – a thrilling read involving a buried treasure and corrupt politicians with a dash of dead bodies here and there. The dialog is natural and while there is some foul language it is not gratuitously done. I enjoyed listening to this audio book.
    The narrator, Sonya Field, was clear and concise – my only issue was she spoke too slowly at times. I feel the audio production was well done.

    I found myself engaged and enjoying Unleashed. I am eager to hear the rest of the series.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Holiday Sparks: A Story from Naughty and Nice

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Shannon Stacey
    • Narrated By Savannah Richards
    Overall
    (1528)
    Performance
    (1344)
    Story
    (1361)

    'Tis the Season for Romance. Sparks fly when the lights go out in best-selling author Shannon Stacey's charming holiday romance.

    🇺🇸☔DARA says: "I Like Free! Thanks Audible!"
    "Who knows how good it is?"
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    Unfortunately, this was purchased as a "freebie" and they don't have it available for my iPod or my iPhone. Way to go Audible!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • What a Ghoul Wants: A Ghost Hunter Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Victoria Laurie
    • Narrated By Eileen Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (418)
    Performance
    (379)
    Story
    (378)

    Kidwella Castle in northern Wales is rumored to be haunted by a deadly ghost - the Grim Widow, who allegedly drowns unsuspecting guests in the castle’s moat. Not long after M. J. and her crew arrive at the castle to film their ghost-hunting cable TV show, Ghoul Getters, two new victims are added to the Widow’s grisly roster. Fear ripples through the castle, especially when it’s discovered that the victims may have had help into their watery graves from the land of the living.

    Gayle says: "What a Great Mystery!"
    "Loved it!"
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    The reading of the book was delightful. The story itself, as always, victoria laurie continues to do good work. I love the series and the narrator was excellent.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bet Me

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Jennifer Crusie
    • Narrated By Deanna Hurst
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2281)
    Performance
    (1563)
    Story
    (1582)

    Min Dobbs knows that happily-ever-after is a fairy tale, especially with a man who asked her to dinner to win a bet. Cal Morrisey knows commitment is impossible, especially with a woman as cranky as Min Dobbs. When they say good-bye at the end of their evening, they cut their losses and agree never to see each other again. But Fate has other plans.

    Queen Squared says: "Taking a Gamble on Love"
    "Fun and entertaining"
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    I loved this story - it spoke to those of us who aren't blonde, gorgeous, thin and all that. It was carefree and entertaining - the gorgeous didn't get the guy for a change. The narration was excellent and easy to listen to. Well worth my credit!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Notorious Nineteen: A Stephanie Plum Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2949)
    Performance
    (2573)
    Story
    (2583)

    After a slow summer of chasing low-level skips for her cousin Vinnie's bail bonds agency, Stephanie Plum finally lands an assignment that could put her checkbook back in the black. Geoffrey Cubbin, facing trial for embezzling millions from Trenton's premier assisted-living facility, has mysteriously vanished from the hospital after an emergency appendectomy. Now it's on Stephanie to track down the con man. Unfortunately, Cubbin has disappeared without a trace, a witness, or his money-hungry wife. Rumors are stirring that he must have had help with the daring escape...or that maybe he never made it out of his room alive.

    bebe says: "Yawn."
    "Excellence again!"
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    Janet Evanovich takes Stephanie Plum to new heights (sorry Biggs) with her writing skills and Lorelei King is excellent as the reader and performer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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