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  • Blood Drive: Anna Strong, Vampire, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Jeanne C. Stein
    • Narrated By Dina Pearlman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    (340)
    Story
    (337)

    Anna Strong was a tough-as-nails bounty hunter, until the night she was attacked-and changed forever. Now a vampire, Anna discovers that her long-dead brother may have had a daughter-and the girl's in serious trouble. There are some very dangerous people after her, but they're about to learn that to a bounty hunter with an unnatural thirst for blood, even the deadliest human predators are easy prey.

    Yuriko says: "Like it better than the first book"
    "Another winner!!!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Blood Drive the most enjoyable?

    Having the same narrator Dina Pearlman preform the book!


    What did you like best about this story?

    How it keeps you caught up to wait and hear what the character will do next. thinking or speaking outloud - watch out!


    Have you listened to any of Dina Pearlman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Book one: the becoming


    Any additional comments?

    Yes onto book 3

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Pale Rider: Zombies Versus Dinosaurs

    • UNABRIDGED (57 mins)
    • By James Livingood
    • Narrated By Michael C. Gwynne
    Overall
    (4)
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    (4)
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    (4)

    Two worlds collide in this action novelette. Zombies have destroyed civilization. Gasoline fuel is no longer an option, but humanity must find a way to survive. In response to trying to restore our way of life, we engineer franken-monsters. Because of their small brains and massive sizes, these beasts make quick work of farming and clearing land. These large creatures are immune to the zombie virus and perform excellently in loud conditions.

    Joan says: "The Narrator does a great job bringing you in!"
    "The Narrator does a great job bringing you in!"
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    James Livingood brought together a quick story filled into this compact read. However, if you are looking as this being a stand-alone listen it does not! It will having you tweet or message Mr. Livingood to getting writing the next installment of Paul Palerider. Though it is also a story that you can sit and make your own thoughts of what the continuation maybe. Like a whodunit in the movie Clue with different endings.

    His choice of Michael C. Gwynne was a strong choice of a voice that caught me in the beginning like a newspaper reporter and falling right into the character of Paul Palerider. He does change up his voice for the other bit characters in the 52 minutes that has you hanging on every word he captures.

    I felt that this one story that will have you listening to it a second time as I started to do. Not that you don't get it because you want to get all the words of the story again since it such a short novella.

    Some find that there are holes to fill - an extension of some scenes. But, left to the imagination we can fill in those spots that are left with such quick detail.

    This audio book was provided by the author for an honest review and all comments above are solely mine and in no way influence by others. Please like if helpful or not. Leave me comments I love to hear from you!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Charter

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Gillian Hamer
    • Narrated By Catherine O'Brien
    Overall
    (6)
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    (6)

    Sarah Morton hopes discovering the truth about the 1859 shipwreck of the Royal Charter will silence the demons of her past. But, tormented by visions and threats on her life, Sarah fears the ship may claim her as its final victim. Set along the dramatic and dangerous Anglesey coastline, The Charter is a story of greed and forgiveness - when the treasures of the past evoke the crimes of today.

    Joan says: "A True Treasure Hunt Mystery!"
    "A True Treasure Hunt Mystery!"
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    The Charter by Gillian E. Hamer. Narrated by Catherine O’Brien. 12 hours, 59 minutes. Published May 4th, 2012. Smashwords edition.

    This book opens up in October of 1859. A strong storm has taken down a ship called the Royal Charter, along the dramatic and dangerous Anglesey coastline. Townsfolk come out trying to save as many as they can from the sinking ship. In the background a young girl, Angelina is speaking and waiting for the rescuers to save her. Speaks as if she is writing this all down in a diary. Then she comes to the realization she is dead. Still wanting for someone to hear her. Oh, please! Where was her mom and dad?

    Modern day, November, 2012, Sarah Morton returns home for her father’s funeral with her husband Dominic. A place she never wanted to return to. Right from the start her father’s solicitor arrives at the cemetery with a request for her to arrive at his office the next day. From the start and throughout the book is the complete secrecy of her father life after she left her home. Her father’s research into the sinking of the Royal Charter. For which there house is named after “The Charter House”. She always thought her father was a bit eccentric, especially after her mom past away. He had an obsession she thought of tracing the lineage of her family back to the island that they lived on.

    Coming to find items in her father’s safe and not telling her husband Dominic at to what the solicitor gave her or what she found. She was not sure that he would understand causing them to fight. Sarah telling him to just go back home and let her sort out her father’s estate. Waking in the morning Sarah thought he did just that. Went back home when he was not there upon her waking. Seeing his car there she thought he must have went for a run to cool off. That’s what he did she thought. After, many hours passing she went out to look for him. Maybe he was lost? However, Dominic was the first one to die. Was it an accident? Now Sarah wonders when the police stop by to pay their condolences for her father. Why would they do that? They mention death threats and other things that her father called and complained about. Now her mind starts spinning. Awe, book spoiler I think not!

    Sarah is sent on a treasure hunt that begins at the solicitor’s. Thinking she was there for the Will reading. Only to be sent back from a letter she was given to go to her father’s safe. Thinking the Will was there. Nothing there but another clue. As the story proceeds Sarah meets up with Isabel, her father’s assistant. Other characters within the story is an assistant detective, her childhood friend Luke, and her grandmother. Along, with a cast of other characters that are there to help her or try to stop or gain access to the information she has found. A true treasure hunt mystery. There is more than just Sarah and Isabel wanting to know where the gold that is hidden as indicated by some of the clues each step they found.
    I really feel that the book and the events in it do justify the long audio of nearly 13 hrs. Gillian really draws an attention to the details of the characters and keep track of the mystery itself. Intertwining the past as Angelina tells of events that are occurring during the early 1860’s. How she appears to Sarah throughout the book. A helper in a way. Sarah does not tell no one so they do not think her crazy until she does met Isabel.

    I can’t say that the scenes are all predictable but, most are. When you think you have it figured out, you don’t. I was kind of surprised by the ending. I love in the epilogue that Gillian give that “I knew that was going to happen!” She gives what I want to call a soft touch to the ending.

    The Charter narrated by Catherine O’Brien was well acted throughout the book. Catherine did change up from her own voice ever so slightly between the cast of characters. For some reason just the way she narrated the book in a melodic and even tones throughout the book was hypnotic. Don’t get me wrong it is not that I did not enjoy her reading but, quite the opposite. It kept me listening and finished it in 2 days. It fit the books tone throughout. When there was a scene of immense urgency she relay that tone. If the character (which was Sarah most of the time) angry, frustrated, crying or solemn she hit the tone of her voice dead on. Even threw in some singing. Very pretty voice.

    If you are into treasure hunts mystery, I feel that you will not be disappointed. This book to me is like a sleeper movie. Once the word is out more and more will pass this book along.
    This book was provided to me by the Author Gillian Hamer. Gillian or no one else has affected the outcome of my review. This is solely my own opinion. Please comment and like my review. Please refer this book to others.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bones of Odin: Matt Drake, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By David Leadbeater
    • Narrated By Nigel Patterson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34)
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    (33)
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    Matt Drake, a retired SAS officer, must unravel a mystery older than time in his search for the Nine Pieces of Odin. Though scattered aeons ago, it is believed that once the Pieces are reunited they will show the way to the Tomb of the Gods - the greatest archaeological find of all time.

    mani says: "The bones of odin"
    "Non-stop Action from start to end! Well acted!"
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    The Bones of Odin: Matt Drake, Book 1 by David Leadbeater. Narrated by Nigel Patterson. I just have to say right out of the gate I was hooked. This book is right up my genre alley! Knew when I was given the opportunity to listen to this for an honest review that this book would affect me. Now it will have me sizing other books of this type against others. I was so enthralled with the action, the humor and a bit of romance. I don’t know why some readers seem to find that there was so many pot holes throughout the book. THIS IS A FANTASY READERS! They need to listen to the book for the context that it was written in. (Did purchase the book to read it as well and Whispersync) Found this is in the style of Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child using an artifact or myth as the base of the book.

    Matt Drake a retired SAS officer just trying to have a near normal life. Working as a photographer for the fashion industry. His roommate Ben, a computer geek and assistant is on a photo shot. Models under the staging of Odin’s shield. Then he hears the thunk, thunk of the blades. Some kind of publicity stunt was Matt’s first thoughts. When their world is turned upside down when helicopters come in and start to land in the middle of his photo shot. Not just any helicopters but, Apaches. Soldiers dropping down from them. Guns. First what Matt thought was a promo turns out to be as real as the Germans that were coming off of them.

    Let me back up first! Prologue – a myth behind the story. Odin is a god from the Viking era. (I was hook from this point) and the search for the 9 parts that are thrown to all points of the wind. Then the author proceeds throughout more time periods surrounding the myth of the pieces of Odin. Then the book starts bringing in more gods throughout out history. I just love this stuff. Blend of history with myth.

    Now returning back to the body of the book. So now Matt wants to know what is going on. At a bistro he discusses this with his roomie Ben. Being overheard pulls in the next character of the book, Kennedy Moore, NYC cop that is on a force leave. She interrupts the conversation between the men. Asking questions that only a cop would do. Hesitant on Matt’s part. Wondering if she is someone that was planted. Questioning her and before she and even Matt realizes is now a part of the team. Wait, the last thing Matt wants is to be drawn into anything that he so wanted to leave behind. His former military life. Or is this something that he never left? Calling and confirming with his contact at the SAS slowly, they get him involved. No book spoilers here! Once you start to listen you will not want to pause it for a moment.

    This story is very fast pace with an evil doer that wants all nine pieces of Odin. That “I want to rule the world scenario”.

    What I love about David Leadbeater is he throws in the humor with the Ben’s character throughout the book. His parents always calling him at the wrong time. Gun fight, crawling thru caverns, and planes. Yet, this character does show other emotions showing him as a real person. Matt Drake and Kennedy are as driven as their past/present careers would have them. Yet, they find themselves re-evaluating those careers. About their slow moving attraction to each other or is it just a close building friendship.

    What I would have love to seen was a timeline throughout the story. I think it was needed it. It was a driven story and the pace was quick throughout. Had that in one book I listened to and the real time at the beginning of each chapter made it like the show 24 hours? The additional cast of characters all seem to have some connection to Matt or Kennedy. It now has me wanting to listen to any of the other books that he has written. Now in my wish list.

    The narrator Nigel Patterson did an excellent job acting out the parts of the book. Really after years of listening to audio calling the narrators is not really the correct term in my words. It is not like a documentary. It is a book with a cast of characters that relies on acting them out. That is exactly what Nigel did. A bit week on the female voices. Most men do and it is understandable. However, I did like Kennedy’s voice reminded me of my New Yorker friend. Real Manhattan voice. Well done! Mr. Leadbeater and Mr. Patterson!

    This audio book was provided to me by the narrator Nigel Patterson for an honest review. All the views above are strictly mine and in no way was I influenced by others. I encourage you to leave a comment if you found this review helpful or not.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Scarlet and the Keepers of Light: The Scarlet Hopewell Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Brandon Charles West
    • Narrated By Harriet Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
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    (10)
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    Scarlet Hopewell keeps dreaming about a magical world, a world where winged creatures sculpt with light, where dogs talk, and where Scarlet is the guest of honor at a wonderful party in a castle under the roots of a mighty oak tree. One day her father brings home an abandoned puppy who captures Scarlet's heart. Dakota is fun and loving and smart. Actually, he's really smart - too smart. And a lot too big. News shows start to take an interest.

    AudioBookReviewer says: "something for everyone interested in YA fantasy"
    "You just may keep your lights on listening to this"
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    Scarlet and Keeper of the Light by Brandon Charles West was a very enjoyable listen. It really was quite different than I expected from the synopsis. Not that it was off from the description it was so much better. All jammed packed into this 7 hour and 32 minute narration.This young 10+ paranormal fantasy with a bit dark, scary moments is a very well laid out book. I would say that this is more of an all of the family listen here!

    From beginning to end you can’t wait for the next moment to happen. However, if you are looking for a closure to the end of this book. You will not have it! Since this is a series of 4 books, the ending does hang out there. It grabs you like the Hunger Games series, you can’t wait for the next audio to be narrated. So just be warned not a standalone book. So now onto my thoughts of the audio and book.

    Scarlet Hopewell and her family is in for a ride of their lifetime. Or lifetimes? They find themselves running for their life from 3 beautiful, silver voiced men who appear at their homes doorway after it is blown off by strong winds. Learning at that instant their dog Dakota that her father brought home. Is now issuing orders to run and run for their lives. Stunned that their dog can talk and wondering what else he can do. Dakota leads the Hopewell’s out danger and into a kingdom below a large tree.

    Scarlet as she looks around finds that everything is like her dream. Maybe this was a dream and they were all in it. Then Scarlet finds out that she is the chosen one to help save a kingdom. That this is not a dream. That she has magical powers.

    All the Hopewell’s especially, Mr. Hopewell is skeptical about this whole thing. But, as Scarlet learns how to bring her powers forward and trains with the oldest of the village. Her family is in awe. Not as much as Scarlet thou. She meets new friends along with some who seemingly can’t imagine a human will save them. After weeks of training. Scarlet has to move onto her next level of training her father states that he must go along. They step into an adventure that none of them seen coming.

    Where Scarlet and her family come in contact from the very good like fairies to the darkness of those determine to stop her and their plans. The book has a bit of Nardia to it in a character sense. But, it is a whole new fantasy that I never read before. Some of the characters as well.

    There was nothing predictable about this books story line in the least. Each event blends well into the next scene. Each a surprise you don’t see coming. Which made this book a start to finish listen. Sometimes I found myself stopping what I was doing and just really sit and listen to what was going on. Besides the Hopewell’s there is a huge supporting cast of characters. Just when you think that this can’t get any better it tops itself at the surprise ending. Brandon West has a huge winner here with this first in a series of 4 books.

    His selection for the narrator Harriet Stevens was right on the money. She does the bevy of characters. She keeps the story going along flawlessly. Hope that Brandon has her lined up for the whole series!!! I like the cover it is simple and to the point. 5 stars Mr. West!

    This audio was provided by Minor Manor Press for an honest review. All comments above are solely mine and no one has affected the outcome of my review. Please leave comments and like my review. Refer to all of you friends this delightful listen!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Unmemorable: Unmemorable Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By A. P. Jensen
    • Narrated By Roni Gallimore
    Overall
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    A housekeeper with mad street smarts collides with a supernatural bodyguard who's been sent to protect her from an underground war that has raged for centuries. Filled with romance, magic and a kick-ass heroine, Unmemorable will lead you on a wild adventure that will keep you on the edge of your seat and guessing until the last second.

    Joan says: "Unmemorable is Memorable!!!"
    "Unmemorable is Memorable!!!"
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    Unmemorable by A. P. Jensen was a pleasant listen. A perfect 6 ½ hour listen with this steady pace fantasy romance. This book will lend itself as not being Unmemorable by a long shot. As a matter of fact, you will find yourself thinking back at the scenes throughout this book. As you reach the end of the book it will leave you wanting more. The characters are so lovable. Raven, the main character that the story revolves around. Cain Henson, the warrior sent there to protect her. His wonderfully candid grandfather. Many other characters that may not be so lovable yet hold this story together like glue.

    Her main character Raven lends to the story at a nice pace. Keeping her life as private from her co-workers as possible. Yet they forget her everyday which seems odd to her. Are they that forgetful she has to remind them of her name? As a matter of fact everyone that she comes in contact with forgets who she is. They always seem to be looking for someone that does not even look like her. From the time she was a baby and left by her mother in a playground. Raven finds herself shuffled from one foster home to another. So she finds herself going from place to place across the country once she was old enough to be on her own.

    Now she finds herself back in Las Vegas. A maid at a luxury resort. Sent to the Penthouse to clean and she comes into contact with Cain. That night she comes into contact with him again. This time to save her. Save her from what? This is where the story takes off in a non-ending ride to the very end.

    I am not going to be a spoiler of the story except that Raven finds out that she is the Unmemorable one. For you as the reader/listener is what you will need to find out what that means. I promise if you are into fantasy with a huge splash of drama and romance then this book is for you. It took me a few days to listen through because of work. I really wanted to listen from start to finish and if I knew it was going to be this good I would have waited on my day off!

    This is my first time listening to the narrator, Roni Gallimore. She did an amazing job with each and every character. Transition between the voices, the moods in each scene to just the regular dialog. She made it where you were the one looking thru a store window with your nose glue to it. You wanted to see more. This story could stand on its own but, with the sequel “Unleash” is now out (waiting on the audio) in book form. Is now on my Read List!!!

    This book was provided to me by the author for a listen and review. All the views above are strictly mine and in no way was I influenced by others. I encourage you to leave a comment if you found this review helpful or not.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Eternal Hunt

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Lucas McWilliams
    • Narrated By David Dietz
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    Set in contemporary Alaska, Canada and New York State, The Eternal Hunt is a supernatural thriller based on Iroquois legends. Non-stop action and wonderfully developed characters drive this novel. The main character struggles with his internal demons along with fighting the monster his friend has become. It skillfully blends the modern world with the mystery of American Indian legends. It is a unique addition to the current selections in supernatural novels.

    AudioBookReviewer says: "David Dietz, well that by far was the best part"
    "David Dietz makes this book come alive!"
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    Eternal Hunt by Lucas McWilliams was for me an interesting story. I love anything to do with the paranormal. When I saw that the book was about an Indian lore of a Wendigo. Well I was on board to listen to this 6+ hour book. Then I was kind of wondering when the ride would be over. It wasn’t that it was bad but, it was not where I put most of the books I listen to at the top.

    The book opens up in Bear Ridge, Alaska. A plane goes down and the cousin of another hunting guide is called out for the search and rescue mission. 5 men and 1 woman team go into the area that the plane crashed. As soon as they get to the crash scene is they come up on the first bloody body. Shredded by what? As each of the rescue party is killed one by one. And that is just in the first 10-20 minutes of the book. There are 3 of the remaining rescue party held up in the cabin. Where all the other survivors of the crash are killed at the hand of what? All dead but one! Caleb, the cousin to one of the remaining rescue party. Logan Long Stride along with the remaining rescue party Liz and Inuk. Was it Caleb that killed them? If not was it a wild animal? Seeing the man like creature as it attacked the others. Logan knows as a full blooded Seneca Indian from New York that Caleb has turned into a Wendigo after eating the others to survive. As the remaining rescue team wait for the helicopter to come back and get them in the morning they hold up in the cabin. Hoping not to be Caleb’s’ next meal. Great start huh? Well, that was about the only one of a few parts that kept my interest. After that it was watching a movie that you just can’t turn away from just to see what happens.

    Narrated by David Dietz, well that by far was the best part of the book. David as always did a great performance of characters. I am not sure if that is how a Wendigo sounds in the book. I personally think that is would have a deeper more eerie sound and scream. Guess I watch too many of those type of movies. If there is a follow up in the series then I would consider listening to it if David does the narration.

    Don’t get me wrong. It was well written. But, Logan seems to spend half the book in every female characters bed! The book could have done with less sex scenes for my taste! Really, I am not a prude but, there was a lot of it. More time into the main topic of the novel it would definitely would draw me in to see what happens in the next book if this is part of series.

    This book was provided to me by Audio Book Reviewer. All of the comments are solely mine and in no way influenced by anyone. I welcome comments and “Was this helpful to my review”

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • If You'd Just Listened to Me in the First Place...

    • UNABRIDGED (42 mins)
    • By Barbara Venkataraman
    • Narrated By Carrie Lee Martz
    Overall
    (14)
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    "Nagging just sounds so negative, and I am not a negative person. Truth is, I'm the kind of person you'd ask for directions if you were lost, or tell your life story to while waiting in line at the grocery store, which has happened on more than one occasion, believe me." Sure, Ella Boudreaux is great at nagging - in fact, she's the best - but where has it gotten her? Nowhere, that's where.

    Joan says: "Best 42 mins EVER!"
    "Best 42 mins EVER!"
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    If You’d Just Listened to Me in the First Place… by Barbara Venkataraman, was the funniest 42 mins I have listen to in quite a while. I felt that it I was listening to my own life of a rambling voice except in a southern accent. At least this what my husband told me as Ella’s husband told her. Barbara takes what some of us only wish we could put down in writing. The narrator Carrie Lee Martz southern accent was so perfect for this short story. Taking Barbara’s story from Ella’s young youth and her best friend. The ideas she always got them in and never went well. When Ella meets her now husband in the current life. She continues her many jobs. Each one so funny from start to going on the next one. I do hope that there is a follow up to this hilarious story!

    This story was provided to me by the author for an honest review. So all my views are my own and all I can say, “Get it and listen for a great laugh and wishing that there was more of it!”

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Devil's Lake

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Aaron Paul Lazar
    • Narrated By Gwendolyn Druyor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
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    (7)
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    After two years of brutal captivity, Portia Lamont has escaped and returned to her family's Vermont horse farm - only to find her parents gone to New York to try an experimental treatment for her mother's cancer, and her childhood friend Boone Hawke running the farm. The man Boone has become frightens her to near paralysis, but she's too traumatized and physically devastated to put up a fight.

    Joan says: "An Emotional Rollercoaster Ride!"
    "An Emotional Rollercoaster Ride!"
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    Devil’s Lake by Aaron Lazar was a sobering intense story of what is sadly too real! This book will hit a lot of emotions as a reader that will have your heart pumping for the danger and for the tender parts of closeness. This review is based on the audio version of the book narrated by Gwendolyn Dryer. She had me at the edge of what is next feeling! Since this book was dedicated to the young ladies that were kidnapped in Ohio. It lends that is the primary topic of this book. Abductions by those we see as normal on the outside yet very scary on the inside to the captives. This story was so well layout in a timeline that is so believable. Right out of too many headlines. It will leave you with maybe some feelings you did not have before. It really draws you in. It is a bit of an underlying love story as well.

    This story surrounds a young college student, Porsche that was kidnapped at the closing of a garden center where she work at. Watched indiscreetly by a patron that for hours looking at the flowers in the garden center. Putting some in his basket putting some back. Nothing that Porsche has not seen with avid gardeners. Upon the closing of the store Porsche asked the gentlemen to make his final selections and he ends up bringing to the counter a single geranium. After closing up and feeling uncomfortable over the whole situation. Porsche locks up and finds herself approached from behind and a rag put over her mouth. So now I am getting ahead of myself.

    The story opens as Porsche is racing home to her parents. Her little dog Cupcake right by her side. “We’ll be home soon.” That is all she could think of. Gone 2 years. 2 long years. Had her family given up hope that she was still alive or were they resolved she was dead and they would never see her again. Rushing into her parent’s home calling out their names. Where was everyone? Then a deep voice comes from behind her and she starts to panic. With relief seeing that it was not her capture that followed her but, she kept telling herself all the way home that she knew that she has killed him! “Who are you?” Is all she can say as she surveys his eyes, his face and broad shoulders? “You know who I am Peaches! It’s Boone.”

    Boone a childhood friend is helping take care of the farm. As he explains to Porsche where her mom and dad is. That her sister is now married to a college professor. Knowing that she would not see them till the next day. Boone sees that she is in dire straits he finally talks her into eating, showering and getting some rest. Knowing that her parents were out of town she knew he was right. She would see them tomorrow.

    The absolute joy when Porsche is finally reunited with her family is very uplifting. Aaron really hit the nerve of all the emotions that just pour out with the reunion. The questions of where she was the last 2 years. What was happening with her mom’s health? How or did her sister Grace beat her addiction from her actions? Who was her new husband and how did they meet? I find that all the questions are unraveled in the story at a nice pace.

    How even after 2 years she could still see her sister really didn’t change all that much even being married. Why? Was she now jealous of the attention that Porsche is getting? However, as the story unfolds and Porsche starts telling the family her story her sister Grace finds that she can’t help wondering and wanting to feel for her sisters’ distain for her capturer named Murphy. To protect her.

    Now, the story goes back to the beginning of my review. Porsche now tells them how the capture unfolds to a cabin at Devil’s Lake, WI. The things that Porsche’s capturer makes her do. Now home will she never want another man? Did she kill this man? Afraid that Porsche will be arrested for his murder. If indeed he was killed when she finally escape. Boone and Grace’s husband Anderson head to WI to find out. What steps will they take to protect her throughout the story?

    After returning back to the farm in Vermont to inform her that he was not dead based on the information she gave them. Now she feared that her capturer is coming to seek her down. What risk will he take to get her back? Was her family and the police ready to take on one guy? Only this time he takes her sister Grace. Is her capturer ready for her sister’s strong will? Will everyone find her sister in time? What happens between Boone and Porsche? Will there be a happy ending? I will not spoil the stories ending for you.

    The narrator Gwendolyn Druyer, is my first experience listening to her. She did a wonderful job with the list of characters she had to perform. She did have the same similar voice as I have heard with other female narrators. A soothing voice when needed. To a scared voice of Porsche and Grace as they were held captive. The male voices I could tell the difference but found Boone’s voice a bit too sultry at times when I didn’t feel it fitting. She capture the mood of each of the scenes and the transition from character to character. I will be looking for her name in future narrations she performs. Whether for any of Aaron’s books or for other authors. Well done Gwendolyn!

    I highly recommend this book from young adult +. I would even recommend this for young teen girls to listen to. Being a mother and knowing what I have heard over the years from my girls of not being afraid. This book makes me afraid for them.

    Please note that this book was provided to me by the author. In no way was his or anyone else influenced me in the final review of the book. Please feel to comment and if you feel my review was helpful please like it!

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  • To Light The Dragon's Fire: Dragons, Griffons and Centaurs, Oh My!

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Margaret Taylor
    • Narrated By Fred Wolinsky
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    Dragon King, Draven Taraxus, never wanted the crown. Born to a dying breed of Rulers, Draven has sat on the throne for the last 100 years, thanks to his father's impeachment. Boredom and stagnation have left his kingdom, and his heart, ripe for the picking by a power hungry evil that has spent the same amount of time plotting and scheming to take over.

    Joan says: "Non-stop Dragon's ride for sure!"
    "Non-stop Dragon's ride for sure!"
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    To Light The Dragon's Fire: Dragons, Griffons and Centaurs, Oh My! By Margaret Taylor. Narrated by Fred Wolinsky.

    Oh my, is how I felt Margaret Taylor has written the beginnings of a fantastic series. A lot was packed into this slightly 7+ hour audiobook. I fell in love with every character from the good guys to the bad guys. Even though I routed for the good guys all the way thru the book.

    So let me get started here! The beginning is a great place! Twin sisters out on a last adventure hiking the mountains of Wyoming. That’s before one of them, Terra is going to be married in a few days to a man she really is not that in love with. Then why get married? Well, for Tara it is was a way to save her dad’s dying company. The other is Lanni her sister who feels that she is past the age for any true romance. Well, the girls enter a cave finding themselves falling down thru the shifting sand in the tunnel.

    Well, they certainly did find themselves in a whole different world for sure. Terra thought for sure it was a last minute fantasy gift that her sister bought her before she got married. Lanni told her no. The girls find that they were indeed thrown into an adventure that they were not too happy about at first. But, as it proceeded for one reason or another they could not help thinking that they seem to know they were supposed to be here. Meeting the King as they entered the strange world. How dare Terra be so drawn to the King Draven? King Draven in all words is one hot king! Well described. Though I did not feel that the cover truly portrayed him. Then Lanni found herself also falling for Aaron, Draven’s right hand man. Well, the girls soon find out they are not quite as human as they thought. Each man also are drawn to these girls. But, why? The girls find trouble constantly. First, with the bad man that needs these 2 girls! Why was it so important that he have both girls? Well, it is a fantasy filled with magic. This story is filled with a lot of fun, danger and not so fun characters that it all balances well for the story to work the way it does. This series is meant for ADULT reading. There are some spicy wording throughout the book with not sex scenes but the impromptu of wanting it by Draven and Aaron for the girls. So just be warned.

    I did at one point find myself a tad confused when they use other names for the girls. Happened when Draven and Aaron spoke of the girls by these other names. But, I did finally catch on. So it was not a truly a deal breaker to stop listening to this audio.

    I felt this book was a bit of Eragon, a dash of Deborah Harkness’s All Soul’s Series, and a dash of Terah Edun, Crown Series.

    All I can say is that this other world is one fantasy I did not want to stop listening to. Knowing that this is the first in the series of books did not stop me from listening to this book! Not that I did not know that this was not a stand-alone book. I was not happy with the abrupt ending. I know there was some unhappy reviews to this fact. However, if they read the reviews they would have seen this. Don’t let this sway you from not reading this series. It is not like there is not another book readily available for you not to continue. It also is not like that oh she is describing a book I read already. No it has its own unique qualities that you will enjoy as much as I did. However, as far as the audio version there is only one so far. Though you can still dive into the next book! I just wish it ended a bit more fulfilling.

    Now the narrator, Fred Wolinsky. His performance was first class. I felt the way he portrayed each characters voice was so believable. The girls were okay voices but it is no different if this was a female narrator doing male voices. The not so human characters he gave each of them amusing voices. I really hope that Fred continues the series of this book! Nothing is more disappointing when a new narrator starts a new book. Takes a bit to either to get use to or I just don’t finish listening to the series.

    This audio was provided to me by the narrator and in no way was I influenced. The review above is solely my opinion of not only the book but the narration of it. I always welcome comments and if my review was helpful or not in you listening to this book please let me know.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Diary of a Small Fish

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Pete Morin
    • Narrated By Keith Sellon-Wright
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    When Paul Forte is indicted by a federal grand jury, everyone suspects prosecutor Bernard (don’t call him “Bernie”) Kilroy has more on his mind than justice. Then the FBI agent in charge of Paul’s case gives him a clue to the mystery: Kilroy is bent on settling an old family score, and he’s not above breaking the law to do it.

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    Diary of a Small Fish by Pete Morin is a riveting political thriller. Set in Boston, MA. Pete has pulled out all the punches in this novel about how those behind the scenes seem to always be the ones pulling the strings to get what they want. Lobbyist and other concerned parties. Found that this novel kept my attention from start to finish. The characters were all well written into a suspenseful drama of cat and mouse. But, it actually ended up with the mouse trapping the cat. I actually listened to it in 2 days.

    The main character Paul Forte finds himself in trouble. He is counsel of Boston’s MBTA and representative. He is subpoenaed to give testimony against another representative. Only to find himself days later being in the same shoes. Why? For playing too much golf? All Paul could think of was “Are they for real!” His wife of 10 years leaves him and now he meets this beguiling woman who/becomes his girlfriend. She has a past that Paul just wants some answers to since she is not ready to leave him in her bed.

    Then there is Bernard Kilroy from his father’s past. He is now his enemy. Why? How does his part play into this indictment that ends up dragging on for a year? Paul’s attorney plays his part but, Paul wants to dig deeper. Why would golfing get him landed into the slammer. So he went golfing with lobbyist and others. Is that a crime? This all plays out well for a time for the prosecution. However, Paul is not taking this sitting down by his lawyer’s rules. He is going to find out who is behind this and that is where an FBI agent in the investigation slips some suggestions to Paul.

    This book will leave you routing for Paul all the way thru. How he finally finds out the truth behind his girlfriend and how their relationship grows. How Paul’s ex-wife reenters the picture due to cancer. How this helps build the bound between his girlfriend and Paul. Their love for his ex-wife thru her medical care. I felt myself welling up inside.

    So whether you read this book or listen to it you will find yourself not wanting to put the book down. Narrator, Keith Sellon-Wright was dead on with the New England accents. He played thru each part seamless with a first rate performance. I know he is on my list of narrators to watch for in other books. As the author for I will be putting his books on my wish list.

    This book was provided by the author. In no way was I influenced by the author or others for this review. All views are my own. I always welcome comments and likes if this help you decide on reading or listening to this book.

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