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  • Nowhere to Hide: Pine Hills Police

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Terry Odell
    • Narrated By Kelley Hazen, StorytellerProductions
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    After police officer Colleen McDonald is injured in a case gone south and her partner dies, she leaves her job and friends in small town Pine Hills Oregon for a fresh start as a civilian in Orlando. When a deputy sheriff comes to her door investigating a possible missing person, she’s determined to get him out of her life by beating him at his own game. Jeffrey Walters is missing - or is he? His stepdaughter insists he is. His aunt claims he’s simply out of town on business. His former business partner knows nothing. There’s a stranger living in his guesthouse.

    Carmen says: "Worth Listening"
    "Story didn't quite engage me"
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    What disappointed you about Nowhere to Hide?

    I expected a more assertive heroine at the center of the story.


    Which character – as performed by Kelley Hazen – was your favorite?

    Graham. Kelley makes him sound very down-to-earth and likeable. The landlady is also fun to listen because of all the crazy ups and downs of her personality.


    Any additional comments?

    The main character, Colleen, comes off as insecure and weak. It's okay for everybody to feel this way in some situations, but in this case, these are the key aspects of her personality. There was no growth, no overcoming her weaknesses. She even calls herself a coward and behaves like one. It's hard to like someone (a character) that doesn't like herself. Great audio rendition, but disappointing female character.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Petty Magic: Being the Memoirs and Confessions of Miss Evelyn Harbinger, Temptress and Troublemaker

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Camille DeAngelis
    • Narrated By Kelley Hazen, StorytellerProductions
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Evelyn Harbinger sees nothing wrong with a one-night stand. At 149 years old, Eve may look like she bakes oatmeal cookies in the afternoon and dozes in her rocking chair in the evening, but once the gray hair and wrinkles are traded for jet-black tresses and porcelain skin, she can still turn heads as the beautiful girl she once was. Can't fault a girl for having a little fun, can you?

    Gala says: "Kept me interested and intrigued"
    "Kept me interested and intrigued"
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    Would you listen to Petty Magic again? Why?

    I think so. The story covers different eras and it would be interesting to listen for more details now that I know where the story ends and I'm not worried about what will happen.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Petty Magic?

    I don't want to say too much and spoil the fun for someone who hasn't listened to it, so I will just say the scene in the cemetery was my favorite. The whole atmosphere was perfectly captured by the narrator's performance.


    What about Kelley Hazen’s performance did you like?

    Everything. I enjoy how she defines the characters so clearly. She also narrates with emotion and depth, and that draws you into the story.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm not one for stories about witches or fantasy, but I enjoyed this story very much. I found it inventive and creative and the narrator truly keeps you engaged. It's not just an empty silly story about witches, it's about family and women and their loves and losses.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Murder on Alcatraz: A Peyton Brooks' Mystery, Volume 4

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By ML Hamilton
    • Narrated By Kelley Hazen, StorytellerProductions
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    When a serial killer strikes in the City, Peyton confronts an adversary who is always one step ahead of her. And as the body count rises, Peyton faces a future where her one constant, her partner, may be taken away from her. For eight years, Peyton and Marco have been an unstoppable team; however, one ill-fated trip to Alcatraz may change that relationship forever.

    Gala says: "Really loved it. Can't wait for next one."
    "Really loved it. Can't wait for next one."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. The plot keeps you interested the whole time and this book tells the background story of Marco and Peyton's partnership.


    What about Kelley Hazen’s performance did you like?

    How she brings the book to life. She makes you laugh, she makes you frown, she makes you gasp. No matter how much I get into a story, I never react that way when I am reading it in print.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, yes, yes.


    Any additional comments?

    Definitely give this series a chance. You'll be rewarded. Each book gets better and better. The characters have more dimension, the stories become more complex and the narrator is fantastic. Can't wait for the audio version of the next book in the series. I was sad it was over.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hot Chocolate

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Dawn Greenfield Ireland
    • Narrated By Kelley Hazen, StorytellerProductions
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    The main characters are three wealthy, eccentric, middle-aged sisters. Most have general American accents. The secondary character's are one Asian-American male, two Mexican American females (one with more of a Mexican accent than the other), then an older Mexican man. The rest are all Americans of various ages from 22 to 92 and can have any Houston "twang".

    Sandy Penny says: "Hot Mystery, Hot Chocolate with Marshmallow Creme"
    "Excellent combination of narrator and story"
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    What made the experience of listening to Hot Chocolate the most enjoyable?

    The narrator.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The Alcott family. I enjoyed how the sisters are close and even when there seems to be a threat to the family, they act in a generous and kind way.


    What about Kelley Hazen of Storyteller Productions’s performance did you like?

    Her performance of Joseph. She makes him unforgettable even though he doesn't play such a major role. She also makes it very easy for the listener to visualize each scene. I particularly admire how in a story with so many characters, she makes it possible for the listener to know who is who.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    I would like to know what happened next. There was a big change in the Alcott family and I'm curious to see how it all unravels.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Murder on Russian Hill: A Peyton Brooks' Mystery, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By ML Hamilton
    • Narrated By Kelley Hazen, StorytellerProductions
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    When rock star Joshua Ravensong is accused of murder, Peyton must pit her professional reputation against a growing attraction for the legend. Although the evidence is solid against him, Peyton can't deny this is one bad boy she wants to save.

    Gala says: "This series gets better every time"
    "This series gets better every time"
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    What made the experience of listening to Murder on Russian Hill the most enjoyable?

    The narrator. K. Hazen is very talented. She creates a recognizable personality for each character, and gives the story a visual quality that keeps me interested and wishing the story didn't end. I also enjoyed the parallel story of Joshua's childhood.


    What about Kelley Hazen’s performance did you like?

    The way she narrates conversations among characters. You forget it's only one person telling you the story.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    I've listened to all the books in the series and have enjoyed the experience very much. Each book gets better than the previous one. I particularly enjoy how the characters have grown and how they get along and deal with the terrible business of being a cop. The combination of this series and the narrator is excellent. I'm hoping there are more books coming.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Saving Scott: Pine Hills Police, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Terry Odell
    • Narrated By Kelley Hazen, StorytellerProductions
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Homicide detective Scott Whelan lived for the job - until one day he was caught in the middle of a robbery gone bad. Although some call him a hero, he thinks of himself as a coward and a failure. He exists now in what he calls his "Dark Place". He accepts a new job as a civilian with the Pine Hills Police Department, thinking being close to the job will be better than leaving it completely. But when he finds himself in the middle of the investigation, Scott has to choose where his loyalties lie - with his brotherhood in blue, or his attractive new neighbor, who needs someone on her side.

    Brett says: "Brilliant Storytelling"
    "Story similar to books 1 & 2. Performance, great."
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    Where does Saving Scott rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Somewhere in the middle.


    What could Terry Odell have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I would welcome a different story line that didn't have to do with the stores in the same street in Pine Hills. I am curious about the town and what else happens there.


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

    She makes all the difference. She brings a depth and character to the story that I wouldn't be able to if I just read the book. Her performance of the dialogue makes the characters interesting and fun. She brings the story to life and I can see all the action very clearly in my head. She does a wonderful job of keeping the listener interested. This book surely benefits from her rendition.


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

    I wouldn't say extreme, but I do find myself smiling and gasping every now and then.


    Any additional comments?

    The audio version definitely makes the story interesting. I honestly don't know if I would have enjoyed reading it as much as I did listening to it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Murder in the Tenderloin: A Peyton Brooks' Mystery, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By M. L. Hamilton
    • Narrated By Kelley Hazen, StorytellerProductions
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    For years, Peyton has struggled to put her father's murder behind her, but her latest case brings it all back. When two hookers are found with the mutilated body of a notorious gangbanger, Peyton and her partner, Marco, are pulled into a world of violence, sex, and drugs that might engulf all of San Francisco in a turf war. And as Peyton comes to realize, sometimes the monsters we most fear are real.

    Tina says: "EVEN BETTER THAN THE FIRST ONE"
    "Good story, good characters, outstanding narration"
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    Where does Murder in the Tenderloin rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's among the best.


    What other book might you compare Murder in the Tenderloin to and why?

    An obvious comparison could be made between this book and the previous one in the series. This is considerably better. The characters are more established and the story has more elements than on book one.


    What about Kelley Hazen Storyteller Productions’s performance did you like?

    I love that she brings life to the book and the characters. She doesn't just read the book, she gives each character a personality, a voice, a demeanor; she gives each situation the tempo and depth needed. Wonderfully done.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed this a lot more than the previous one in the series. The story is more believable and the relationships among the characters are very dynamic. If you were not impressed by the previous book, give this one a chance. You will be surprised and may want to listen to the whole thing in one sitting.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Hidden Fire: Pine Hills Police, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Terry Odell
    • Narrated By Kelley Hazen, Storyteller Productions
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Returning from a stint as part of a task force on violent crime, Randy Detweiler is eager to reunite with Sarah Tucker in Pine Hills, but she's having second thoughts about their relationship. Can she deal with a cop who gets called away at a moment's notice, especially one who won't talk about his job? Their reunion is cut short when a body is discovered and rumors fly that it's the work of a serial killer. To make matters worse, the Town Council might disband their police department, and Randy's under added pressure to solve the murder before they take action.

    Gala says: "Average story saved by the narrator"
    "Average story saved by the narrator"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes, I would. I don't think this book of the series is as entertaining as the first one, but it is still good company during your commute or if you have a long wait at the doctor's.


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

    The character of Sarah is annoying in this book. She is not a character I could relate to at all. I also felt some of the story lines were left unfinished.


    Which character – as performed by Kelley Hazen and Storyteller Productions – was your favorite?

    Kovac is a fun character to listen to, especially when he interacts with Randy.


    Did Hidden Fire inspire you to do anything?

    Not really.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoy listening to these kind of stories. They may not always be great, but the way this narrator tells the story keeps me wondering what will happen next. The way she handles the dialogue between the characters is great, she makes you feel like you're part of the conversation.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Finding Sarah: Pine Hills Police, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Terry Odell
    • Narrated By Kelley Hazen, Storyteller Productions
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (31)

    All Sarah wants is success for her gift boutique, the one she and her husband created. Now, she's living a hand-to-mouth existence. Her husband died a year earlier in a car accident-an accident that was ruled suicide, denying her his life insurance money. Burdened by guilt that she was somehow to blame for his death, Sarah faces one business setback after another.

    Marcia L. Berbeza says: "Good, Solid Romantic Suspense"
    "Another great performance"
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    What made the experience of listening to Finding Sarah the most enjoyable?

    The narrator's performance. I found myself making faces as I listened because she pulls you into the story. The story is also good, but I knew who was the "bad guy" quite early, so that took a bit of the pleasure out of it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I think Randy was my favorite. Not complicated, just an honest guy faced with a conflict. Maggie is also one of my favorites, she's a fun character.


    Have you listened to any of Kelley Hazen and Storyteller Productions ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, I have. I think so far this is my favorite.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Definitely.


    Any additional comments?

    I am new to the audiobook experience, and I am enjoying it very much. I enjoy the work of narrator Kelley Hazen, because she really brings the books to life. If I were reading the book, I may put it down, but the audio book version makes you want to listen to the whole thing in one go.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Murder on Potrero Hill: A Peyton Brooks' Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By ML Hamilton
    • Narrated By Kelley Hazen, StorytellerProductions
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (9)

    Peyton knows the first suspect is always the husband, but Jake Ryder isn't acting like a typical suspect. Jake truly loved his wife. So what went wrong? Stepping into the circle of the social elite, Peyton finds that things work differently when you're at the top. And Jake Ryder seems to be caught in the epicenter. Ultimately, Peyton finds that you never know what darkness lurks in the human mind and that some will murder to keep that darkness hidden.

    Gala says: "Excellent audio version"
    "Excellent audio version"
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    Would you listen to Murder on Potrero Hill again? Why?

    Not sure, because of the fact that it is a mystery story. I like following the story to figure out who did it and now I know what happened. f it were a different genre of book, probably yes.


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

    Sometimes, because I wanted to know if my suspicions were right.


    What about Kelley Hazen and StorytellerProductions ’s performance did you like?

    I enjoyed the tone given to the narration. It reminded me of an old fashioned detective movie in black and white. Her portrayal of the characters also makes the book more compelling, it keeps you interested and wanting to know what will happen next.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    I thought some legal aspects were not completely believable, but still found the story enjoyable. I admire how Kelley Hazen creates such a distinct personality for each character and adjusts the rhythm and tone of her voice depending on the situation. You can tell she is a pro. I especially enjoyed how she narrated the scene in which the husband finds his wife lying on the bathroom floor.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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