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  • All the Queen's Men

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Linda Howard
    • Narrated By Kate Forbes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (266)
    Performance
    (233)
    Story
    (230)

    No one can get close to John Medina, the CIA's legendary Black Ops specialist who works in the shadows of the government's deadliest missions. And no one knows the dangers better than Niema Burdock. A sharp, steely-nerved communications expert, Niema and her husband, Dallas, worked side by side with Medina on an explosive mission that went tragically wrong. Now Niema has withdrawn to a quiet Intelligence position, and a safe - if predictable - existence that has helped her heal her scars from five years ago. But now John Medina needs her....

    Molly says: "John Medina~ HOT sexy CIA ops~ RUTHLESS ~ LOVER~"
    "Not what I had hoped"
    Overall
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    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Got no feel for the characters. Picturing John Medina as sweaty with a receding hairline, non-descript pencil pusher, perhaps with pop-bottle glasses didn’t help. Don’t think that was how he was supposed to come across, but that’s how I saw him due to the narration. Niema seemed like a whiner.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Kate Forbes?

    Natalie Ross, Joyce Bean, Kirsten Potter, Julia Whelan.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brownies and Broomsticks: A Magical Bakery Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Bailey Cates
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (511)
    Performance
    (450)
    Story
    (453)

    Katie Lightfoot's tired of loafing around as the assistant manager of an Ohio bakery. So when her aunt Lucy and uncle Ben open a bakery in Savannah's quaint downtown district and ask Katie to join them, she enthusiastically agrees. While working at the Honeybee Bakery - named after Lucy's cat - Katie notices that her aunt is adding mysterious herbs to her recipes. Turns out these herbal enhancements aren't just tasty - Aunt Lucy is a witch and her recipes are actually spells!

    Kathryn says: "A Little Mystery with your Magic"
    "Enjoyable but ......"
    Overall
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    Would you try another book from Bailey Cates and/or Johanna Parker?

    I like Johanna Parker, but felt some of the reading seemed rushed. This book seemed so similar to the books I've listened to by Juliet Blackwell (Witchcraft mysteries). There is Aidan/Steve, Sailor/Declan, The Coven, New witch who is "Special", Oscar/Mongo..............


    Did Brownies and Broomsticks inspire you to do anything?

    It made me look up several writers on the internet to see if Bailey Cates was a pen name for Juliet Blackwell.....


    Any additional comments?

    Moving onto the 2nd in this series with a different narrator, which is disappointing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Murder on the House: Haunted Home Renovation Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Juliet Blackwell
    • Narrated By Xe Sands
    Overall
    (163)
    Performance
    (147)
    Story
    (143)

    Word has spread that contractor Mel Turner can communicate with the spirits of the dead, and she's having a hard time maintaining a low profile. She decides to embrace her reputation for the chance to restore a historic house that calls to her. The new owners, who hope to run a haunted bed-and-breakfast, want Mel to encourage the ghosts that supposedly roam the halls to enhance the house's paranormal charm. The catch: Mel has to spend one night in the house to win the project.

    Beatrice says: "Very enjoyable"
    "Not my Favorite"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Spend more time developing the additional characters, like Mel's father, his best friend, and the step son. I just love Mel's father, and would love to see more of him other than cooking dinner or breakfast. Xe Sands voice given to Mel's father makes him come alive and makes me want more of him!


    What was most disappointing about Juliet Blackwell’s story?

    Mel is frustrating with always doing what she wants when she wants and never giving a thought to anyone else. The romance part of the book with Graham is worthless, either have a bit of romance or leave it out all together. A kiss per book is ridiculous.


    What aspect of Xe Sands’s performance would you have changed?

    I like Xe Sands


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • If Walls Could Talk: Haunted Home Renovation, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Juliet Blackwell
    • Narrated By Xe Sands
    Overall
    (271)
    Performance
    (246)
    Story
    (242)

    Melanie Turner has made quite a name for herself remodeling historic houses in the San Francisco Bay Area. But now her reputation may be on the line. At her newest project, a run-down Pacific Heights mansion, Mel is visited by the ghost of a colleague who recently met a bad end with power tools. Mel hopes that by nailing the killer, she can rid herself of the ghostly presence of the murdered man - and not end up a construction casualty herself....

    Ann says: "DIY murder, that spans the here and hereafter...."
    "Very Enjoyable Listen"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes I would, it's fun and flows nicely and Xe Sands is a wonderful narrator.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Juliet Blackwell? Why or why not?

    Yes, have listened to all the Witchcraft Mysteries, and now listening to all the Haunted Home Renovation series. Juliet Blackwell has a great sense of humor.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Xe Sands?

    Oh yes, she is wonderful


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Vision in Velvet: A Witchcraft Mystery, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Juliet Blackwell
    • Narrated By Xe Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (208)
    Performance
    (193)
    Story
    (189)

    As soon as Lily opens her recently purchased trunk of old clothes, she feels strange vibrations emanating from a mysterious velvet cloak. When she tries it on, Lily sees awful visions from the past. And when the antiques dealer who sold her the cape is killed, Lily suspects a supernatural force might be behind his death. Then Lily's familiar, Oscar the potbellied pig, disappears. Lily will do anything to get him back - including battling the spirit of a powerful witch reaching out from the past.

    Beatrice says: "A Vision in Velvet"
    "Always Enjoyable"
    Overall
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    Would you listen to A Vision in Velvet again? Why?

    probably will listen to the entire series again at some time.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    A bit disappointed. A lot of buildup and then a quick finish.


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

    I have no problem with the narrator.


    Any additional comments?

    Not sure if there will be another book in this series, but I hope there is. Think the "power" Lily acquired in "Tarnished and Torn" needs more development, as well as the herb classes and an alliance with Aiden.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tarnished and Torn: Witchcraft Mysteries, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Juliet Blackwell
    • Narrated By Xe Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (317)
    Performance
    (289)
    Story
    (291)

    When Lily arrives at an antique jewelry fair, her bargain sensors go off left and right - but she also picks up a faint vibration of magic. Could the hard-bargaining merchant Griselda be a fellow practitioner? It certainly seems that way when a sudden fire sends panic through the crowd, and Lily discovers Griselda murdered in a way that nods to an old-fashioned witch hunt. A crime that hits close to home turns into an unwelcome flash from the past when the police bring in their lead suspect - Lily's estranged father.

    Marla says: "This Charming Witch Tale is a Good Read"
    "Loved It"
    Overall
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Tarnished and Torn to be better than the print version?

    Have not read any of these, always the audio edition. Love the audible books.


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

    She is awesome. the characters always sound the same from book to book.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Everyone one with Oscar and/or Sailor. Enjoyed this book very much.


    Any additional comments?

    Such fun books to listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Cast-Off Coven: Witchcraft Mysteries Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Juliet Blackwell
    • Narrated By Xe Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (496)
    Performance
    (462)
    Story
    (461)

    Students are spooked at the San Francisco School of Fine Arts, and Lily is called in to search for possible paranormal activity. In return she's been promised a trunkful of Victorian-era clothes recently discovered in a school storage closet. But Lily finds something else: the body of a wealthy patron of the school. In between running the store and seeing her new boyfriend, Max - a "mythbuster" who is uncomfortable with her witchcraft - she uses her sleuthing skills to try to solve the murder. Soon Lily senses something from the school's vintage clothes, but it's not the smell of mothballs - it's the unmistakable aura of evil intent.

    C. says: "Speaking French"
    "Another fun story"
    Overall
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    Where does A Cast-Off Coven rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I really find these books fun and enjoyable.


    Would you recommend A Cast-Off Coven to your friends? Why or why not?

    Sure would.


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

    I love Oscar, he is so totally lovable. He makes the books!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Secondhand Spirits: A Witchcraft Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Juliet Blackwell
    • Narrated By Xe Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (734)
    Performance
    (685)
    Story
    (676)

    Lily Ivory hopes for a normal life when she opens Aunt Cora's Closet. With her magical knack for vintage fashion - she can sense vibrations of the past from clothing and jewelry - her store becomes a big hit. But when a client is murdered and children start disappearing from the Bay Area, Lily may be the only one who can unravel the crime.

    Sherry says: "Witches and fashion - what's not to like!"
    "Enjoyable"
    Overall
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    What did you like best about Secondhand Spirits? What did you like least?

    Oscar is who I liked best.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Juliet Blackwell? Why or why not?

    I enjoyed this audio book, and have now downloaded the next one in the series


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Xe Sands?

    Sure, I thought she did a very fine job, and does a good job with male voices too.


    Could you see Secondhand Spirits being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    no, TV makes things too cheesy


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Absolute Fear

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Lisa Jackson
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (85)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (50)

    Eve Renner has struggled to remember the night she was nearly killed and her lover was tried for murder. She remembers getting the anxious call from a friend from her past: "Meet me at the cabin. I've got evidence." She remembers seeing that friend lying in a pool of blood. And she remembers a horrifying glimpse of her lover Cole Dennis's face as a gunshot plunged her into darkness. Now, her memory and emotions scarred, Eve has returned to New Orleans to forget the past. But the past will not be forgotten.

    Sandra R. Marcil says: "Absolutely Painful"
    "Absolutely Painful"
    Overall
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A different narrator, a less predictable story, and a LOT less boring babbling unimportant details.


    Has Absolute Fear turned you off from other books in this genre?

    TOTALLY finished with the Bentz and Montoya series. If cops are really this stupid, naive and gullible, I don't want to know this.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Joyce Bean?

    Prefer a male narrator, as Joyce Bean just butchers male voice, and this book had too many males. Story painful


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

    I don't think so, probably done with Lisa Jackson


    Any additional comments?

    To be fair, I did enjoy Afraid to Die: A Selena Alvarez & Reagan Pescol Novel, Book 4.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hot Blooded

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Lisa Jackson
    • Narrated By Alyssa Bresnahan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (192)
    Performance
    (131)
    Story
    (133)

    In Hot Blooded, she transports listeners into the heart of New Orleans, where a deluded murderer is on a holy quest of vengeance. Dr. Samantha Leeds hosts her own late-night radio talk-show on WSLJ. One day she receives a menacing phone call at her home, while miles away, a prostitute is strangled to death. Seemingly unrelated, nobody connects the two events until more murders occur under similar circumstances.

    Andrea McLaughlin (Kindle) says: "Cold Boredom"
    "Interesting Book, Narrator not so great"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Might suggest they read the book, not listen.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Pretty predictable, might have cut out some of the "thoughts of Sam". They were tiresome


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Drug things out, trying too hard to be "suspenseful", terrible male voices


    Was Hot Blooded worth the listening time?

    actually skipped some of the middle of the book, and that helped


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Broken

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Karin Slaughter
    • Narrated By Natalie Ross
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1032)
    Performance
    (710)
    Story
    (707)

    When the body of a young woman is discovered deep beneath the icy waters of Lake Grant, a note left under a rock by the shore points to suicide. But within minutes, it becomes clear that this is no suicide. It's a brutal, cold-blooded murder. All too soon former Grant County medical examiner Sara Linton - home for Thanksgiving after a long absence - finds herself unwittingly drawn into the case.

    Kara says: "SERIES IN WRONG ORDER!!!!!!"
    "Disappointing"
    Overall
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    What disappointed you about Broken?

    Too preachy for me. Sarah is such a whiner


    Has Broken turned you off from other books in this genre?

    After Triptych, it's almost like someone else wrote this one. Won't be get any Karin Slaughter books.


    What didn’t you like about Natalie Ross’s performance?

    same ole, same ole. Triptych had Will's voice with an accent, so he seemed nothing like he was in the first book.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Anger at all the preaching.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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