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Brooke Bumgardner

Ohio, USA | Member Since 2013

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  • Lethal Circuit: A Michael Chase Spy Thriller, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Lars Guignard
    • Narrated By Ben Sullivan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    A Chinese satellite is on a crash course with Earth. It contains enough plutonium to irradiate a large city. 
And that's the good news.... 
Michael Chase is a 26-year-old backpacker, a recent college graduate, an amateur. He flew to Hong Kong to find his missing father. Four hours later, he's running for his life. The Chinese secret police want him dead. The Conspiracy wants him dead. And the one person who he thinks is on his side, may want him dead too.

    G says: "A wonderful start to a new spy thriller series"
    "Great thrill ride!"
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    I received a code for this audiobook for free in exchange for my honest review.

    Wow, what a rush! Lethal Circuit by Lars Guignard is an intense ride that never stops. The mystery and the thrill of the story kept me on the edge of my seat. Since I was listening to the story, rather than actually holding a book or my Kindle, my hands were anxious to be busy. :) I was urging the narrator to read faster, to get me to the next part! I enjoyed the story…there was a lot going on and I just wanted things to work out for Michael. It felt like I was watching a TV show~there was so much action and excitement! For lovers of mysteries, thrillers, and spy stories, you shouldn’t miss Lethal Circuit by Lars Guignard!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Zoe & Zak and the Tiger Temple: Zoe & Zak, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Lars Guignard
    • Narrated By Sonja Field
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    Last semester, Zoe and Zak returned the first lost Noble Truth to its rightful home. Now, the seventh graders are back in India for their second semester at Moonstock, their boarding school high in the Himalayan mountains where impossible things seem to happen on a regular basis. School kicks off with the Activity Week Challenge in the tiny mountain kingdom of Bhutan where the students must deliver medical supplies.

    Candace Robinson says: "Perfection! Best Narration I've Heard Yet!"
    "Awesome Kids Adventure"
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    I think by now you know that I am a huge fan of Lars Guignard. I absolutely love the Zoe & Zak series, both reading the story and listening to the audiobooks. My older daughter and I both love Zoe & Zak’s adventurous spirits. We know when picking up a Zoe & Zak story that we’re going on a grand adventure and we’re going to enjoy every minute of it. Zoe & Zak and the Tiger Temple by Lars Guignard has been our favorite story so far. It was really exciting to listen to. We both enjoy the narrator. Lars has a writing style that makes the story feel genuine. If you love brave little heroes and fun adventures, this series is one you need to read or listen to (or both!).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blown Circuit: Circuit Series, #2

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Lars Guignard
    • Narrated By Russell Jonas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Michael survived China. Barely. But now he's got bigger problems. A pair of coordinates broadcast on an obscure frequency have brought Michael to Istanbul, Turkey where credible chatter has emerged that a terrorist group plans to use a devastating device to hold the world hostage.

    G says: "A great sequel!"
    "Awesome Thriller!"
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    Blown Circuit by Lars Guignard is the second book in his thrilling Circuit Series. I thoroughly enjoyed the first, Lethal Circuit, and couldn't wait to continue Michael's story in Blown Circuit. Lars Guignard has written another fantastic spy thriller. The action and adventure never stop! Michael is an enjoyable character and I am glad his story is a series. Blown Circuit has a different narrator than the first book in the series. I think that Russell did a great job narrating the story. It felt smooth to listen to and he easily transported me into Michael's world.

    Blown Circuit by Lars Guignard is a well-written thriller. The narrator tells the story perfectly. Well worth the read, and definitely the listen. :)

    I received a complimentary audiobook from the author for review purposes. This did not influence my review in any way.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Maisy and the Missing Mice: The Maisy Files, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 5 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Woodrum
    • Narrated By Reba Buhr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Maisy Sawyer is not your average fourth grade student. She is a detective with a special skill for solving mysteries. In the first story in the series, Maisy tries to solve the case when her school's mascots go missing. The thief contacts Maisy and steals from her as well. Can Maisy catch the thief and return the mice to their home in the science lab?

    Brooke Bumgardner says: "Really Fun Kids' Mystery"
    "Really Fun Kids' Mystery"
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    Maisy and the Missing Mice was a fun mystery for the younger set. I have to say, I enjoyed it as well. The story was well written and it was fun to guess 'whodunit'. I thought the narrator did a nice job.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Zoe & Zak and the Yogi's Curse (Volume 2)

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Lars Guignard
    • Narrated By Sonja Field
    Overall
    (20)
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    (20)
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    Move over Percy Jackson. The Yogi's Curse has arrived...Zoe and Zak are back in India. Again. And this time they're attending Moonstock Himalayan Boarding School, which might seem fun except for the fact that the school itself is a little strange. Students ride elephants instead of school buses, snarling monkeys work as security guards, and angry parrots monitor the halls. And even when they manage to get used to the wildlife, the food is absolutely terrible.

    Erika says: "A truly magical adventure for young adults!"
    "Great 2nd Installment in a Fun Series!"
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    Zoe & Zak and the Yogi's Curse by Lars Guignard is one of my favorite middle grade books. I have an eleven year old daughter, and she has enjoyed Zoe & Zak's adventures as much as I have. I've read the ebook in addition to listening to the audiobook. The narrator does a great job of telling their story. I think she reads with enthusiasm and really makes the characters and the story come alive. Even though I'd already read the ebook, it was still awesome to get to listen to the audiobook. I felt just as excited hearing the story read to me as I did the first time I read it. If you (and your kiddos) enjoy action, adventure and mystery, this is a wonderful series to pick up.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Zoe & Zak and the Ghost Leopard (Volume 1)

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Lars Guignard
    • Narrated By Bailey S. Carlson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (28)

    Zoe Guire just talked to an elephant. Well, technically speaking, the elephant spoke to her, but either way it was weird and, as a rule, Zoe doesn't do weird. Except the thing is, when Zoe goes along on her mom's business trip to India, things get very weird, very quickly. Soon after she arrives, Zoe finds herself tagging alongside a kid named Zak, lost in a crazy city, with no money and no way home.

    Ginny - Gin's Book Notes says: "a Fun, Educational, Fantasy Adventure"
    "Adventure, Mystery and Fun!"
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    I received this from the author in exchange for my honest review. This was a really fun audio book to listen to! The story was full of magic, fantasy and adventure. I think that the narrator did an excellent job with the voices, especially doing children’s voices. Lars has a gift for writing. It was neat because I was able to imagine my 11 year-old daughter Keira in the place of Zoe. Some of the things she said as well as some of her mannerisms were similar. Lars has written a special story here that can be enjoyed by children of all ages. I definitely recommend the audio book version, especially for listening together in the car with your kiddos.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Last Wool and Testament: A Haunted Yarn Shop Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Molly MacRae
    • Narrated By Emily Durante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (118)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (103)

    Thank Goodness It's Fiber: That's the name of the spunky group of fiber and needlework artists founded by Ivy McClellan, Kath's beloved grandmother. Though Ivy has recently passed on, the members still meet regularly at her fiber and fabric shop, The Weaver's Cat, which Kath has now inherited. But that's only the first in a series of surprises when Kath returns to the small town of Blue Plum, Tennessee, to settle her grandmother's affairs

    Beatrice says: "Good start to a good mystery"
    "Great start to a fun cozy series!"
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    If you could sum up Last Wool and Testament in three words, what would they be?

    Witty, fun, entertaining.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    I was on the edge of my seat the whole time, not really knowing who the 'bad' guys were!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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