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Kira

My name is Kira and I work as a librarian in utah. I love all kinds of books, but especially like fantasy and mystery.

Murray, UT, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Peter Pan

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By J.M. Barrie
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (437)
    Performance
    (265)
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    (268)

    Fly away with Peter Pan to the enchanted island of Neverland! This first chapter book adaptation of the classic novel, originally published in 1911, tells the story of the boy who never grows up. And when they join Peter on his magical island, Wendy and her brothers are in for exciting encounters with mermaids, an Indian princess, and pirates! Let the amazing adventures begin!

    H. says: "This may not be the story you think you remember"
    "Couldn't Stop Laughing"
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    Where does Peter Pan rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Pretty high. When I was a kid, I couldn't get through this book, but listening to it with Jim Dale really brought it to life.


    What other book might you compare Peter Pan to and why?

    Anything by Jim Dale, his other Peter Pan stories.


    What about Jim Dale’s performance did you like?

    Awesome. It was superb. I loved his voices and how he brought the characters to life.


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

    Does laughing so hard I had to stop the audio to breathe count?


    Any additional comments?

    A must-read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Glimpses of Heaven: True Stories of Hope and Peace at the End of Life's Journey

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Trudy Harris
    • Narrated By Connie Wetzell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (18)

    Tender, heartbreaking, and eye-opening, the true stories in Glimpses of Heaven offer a window into the world beyond and life after death.

    Debora says: "Peace in the understanding"
    "truly an inspiration"
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    This compilation of true stories tells and shows, with great clarity, what people saw as they were dying. This unique collection of stories range from young to old. Each story has a unique angle, overflows with compassion and is truly an inspiration.

    Connie Wetzel’s narration was excellent. This book is perfect for an audiobook, because it has wonderful places to stop and absorb what you’ve just listened to-then start again when you are ready.

    Some of the reviews have complained that this book wasn’t biblical enough-it doesn’t matter if it is or not. The message is loving and doesn’t need to be biblical. It teaches the listener that our amazing God meets us at the level we’re comfortable with and goes from there. People interested in near-death experiences will find this book a delight

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Keep Me Ghosted: Sophie Rhodes Romantic Comedy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Karen Cantwell
    • Narrated By Nan McNamara
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (47)

    Ghosts. Do you Believe? Sophie Rhodes doesn't have a choice. She's surrounded by themDesperate to pay the bills, 29-year-old Sophie ignores the advice of her stuffy spirit-friend, Marmaduke Dodsworth, and takes a job with the handsome Dr. Callahan, an optometrist with a desperate situation of his own. The good doctor's problem? He has a spirit-friend as well: One with a fiery crush and a vicious jealous streak.

    K. April Holgate says: "Sweet Read"
    "great ghostly mystery/romance"
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    Sophia Rhodes has a ghostly problem, two to be exact. One night, when her boyfriend cheated on her with her friend, Sophia met her ghostly companion, Marmaduke Dodsworth. Because of this, finding another job has been extremely difficult. Going against the advice of Marmi, Sophia takes a job as a receptionist for Dr. Callahan, aka “Cal,” who also has a ghostly companion, Moonflower. All seems to be going well except for one thing; Moonflower has a severe case of green-eyed jealousy and keeps driving Cal’s clients away. When Mrs. Wiley, another client who’s a medium, tells Sophia that Moonflower is a ghost as a result of some witchcraft gone awry, the trio team up to end Moonflower’s tirades. Will they succeed?

    The characters are well-developed, entertaining, and engaging. The dynamic between them is hilarious and fun to listen about. The plot is well-developed and, despite initial feels of a fluffy chick-lit, turns into a suspenseful, intense story despite lack of action. The clean romance is also believable and realistic despite the ghostly problems.

    Narrator, Nan McNamara does a great job of bringing this delightful listen to life. Her use of different voices brings the author’s unique characters to life and makes them easily distinguishable. She easily switches between different voices and internal dialogue and smoothly handles plot transitions with ease. Her nice tone and pacing are well-suited for the book. People who like chick-lit, ghosts, mysteries, and clean romance will enjoy listening to this book.

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  • Anonymous Sources: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Mary Louise Kelly
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    Overall
    (8)
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    "If, on an early summer’s night, you wanted to kill a man, how would you do it? Would you lay a trap, sharpen a dagger, uncork a poison? Personally, I’ve always leaned toward the dramatic. But looking back, I wonder now if the events of last summer didn’t begin with a quieter sort of murder." So ponders Alexandra James, a beautiful, driven, yet troubled New England Chronicle reporter. She is assigned to cover the death of Thom Carlyle, son of one of the most powerful men in Washington. Just back from a year abroad, Thom falls from the top of a Harvard bell tower on a warm summer night.

    Henri says: "Mesmerizing thriller, excellent reader"
    "Fun mystery/thriller"
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    When a Harvard Alumni, Tom Carlisle, falls from the bell tower, everyone assumes it was suicide. Alexandra James, however, thinks differently. Called to investigate the scene as a reporter, the clues don’t add up and Alex’s instinct says it’s murder. As she digs deeper, she discovers that Tom had a whole different life this past summer in England: a girlfriend who was cheating on him, a terrorist friend, and a mysterious set of circumstances. This high-society case could be Alex’s ticket to getting noticed, but not without a lot of danger. With all the clues adding up to a possible terrorist plot and MI6 and the CIA after her, things are definitely not what they seem. When more and more people start showing up dead, including the lady Alex switched places with on a plane ride, things do not look good for Alex. Will Alex get the scoop she’s always dreamed of or will the killer get his way?

    Narrator, Therese Plummer expertly brings to life the characters and story of this book. Here unique voices and intonations smoothly guide the reader through the many plot twists and turns as well as keep them engaged and engrossed. The plot is well-developed and the characters are multi-dimensional. Although the story is a little slower-paced in the beginning, listeners will have a hard time putting this audiobook down. Recommended for fans of spies, mystery, and thrillers.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thief Prince

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Cheree Alsop
    • Narrated By Michele Carpenter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    When her brother's sickness forces Kit to accept the title of heir to her kingdom's crown, she is outcast by the others and treated as inferior; but when she is forced along with the other heirs on a dangerous journey, her differences turn into strengths that may save their lives. Kit is tested both mentally and physically as she faces odds both on the battlefield and within the royal social circles. She soon realizes that her greatest challenge may be to return home with her heart in one piece.

    LilMissMolly says: "Outstanding YA adventure!"
    "Fun fantasy advenutre"
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    Ever since her brother’s sickness, Princess Kirit, aka Kit, has been forced to take on the role of Crown Princess. Unfortunately, she doesn’t fit in. As a child, she spent more time with the animals in the stable and learning how to swordfight than running a country. One fateful evening, when all of the Crown Princes and Princesses are visiting for a ball, the Prince of Antor, Prince Andric kidnaps all of them and takes them back to his kingdom. Right as they get there, an avalanche occurs, and the group is forced to spend winter in Antor until the mountain pass clears. As time passes, Kit finds herself getting chummy with the princes and princesses as well as Andric. She also discovers that she likes the people of Antor and, like them, can talk to animals. As she comes of age and grows up, she saves the kingdom and its people a couple times over. When spring comes, however, the people of Antor will have to leave their homeland due to lack of resources. Determined to find a solution for everyone, Kit begins writing home. Although her brother is getting better, her parents are stubbornly not listening to Kit’s pleas to take some of Antor’s people in. To make things even more interesting, Kit starts falling in love with Andric, but if her brother doesn’t continue to get better, she and Andric will have no chance together. Will Kit find a way to save Antor and continue her relationship with Andric? Will she get her parents to see sense?

    Narrator, Michele Carpenter is a unique, funny, entertaining narrator ideally suited for this book. Her unique voices for the character bring to life their personalities. Although the narration was a little slow at the beginning, it picked up and here transitions were smooth. The plot is a little predictable, but enjoyable. The characters are well-developed and the dynamic that grows between them is amazing and engaging. Readers who like fantasy, adventure, and a little bit of romance will enjoy listening to this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Trapped by Revenge: Shelby Nichols, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Colleen Helme
    • Narrated By Wendy Tremont King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    With summer, over Shelby is looking forward to having some time to herself while the kids are back in school. A phone call from Uncle Joey ruins her plans, but she manages to take it in stride. After lunch with her friend, she promises to meet with the private investigator who was spying on Uncle Joey, but this simple task turns into a disaster. Not only does she find the P.I. dead, but a slip of paper with her name on it under his lifeless hand implicates her for his murder.

    Kira says: "Awesome mystery"
    "Awesome mystery"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, the book was impossible to put down.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ramos, because he reminded me a bit of a Ranger from Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series.


    What about Wendy Tremont King’s performance did you like?

    Her unique voices for each characters. Not only were the distinguishable, but they were just how imagined them sounding.


    Any additional comments?


    Ever since Shelby went to a grocery store to get carrots and got shot, nothing in Shelby Nichols’ life is ever routine or boring, especially with her mind reading abilities caused by the grocery store incident. When Joey “The Knife” Manetto, aka Uncle Joey, asks Shelby to go listen to a private investigator named Sam Kilpack’s thought s, she arrives at the man’s office only to find him dead. To make matters worse, someone’s trying to frame her for Sam’s murder. Her husband’s gun was used as the murder weapon and her fingerprints were all over it. It Shelby hadn’t taken the note that had her name on it and the pen Sam had written her name with prior to his death, she’d be behind bars. When Shelby discovers that another man by the name of Jim was found guilty of killing his girlfriend, she finds out that his girlfriend’s murder has the same M.O as her case. Unfortunately, he’s set to be executed in just a few days. Could the two cases be connected? Will Shelby and her husband, Chris, be able to clear her name, find the real killer, and save herself and Jim?

    This fast-paced, gripping mystery was a treat to listen to. Narrator, Wendy Tremont King’s voices are unique and easily distinguishable. The plot is filled with twist and turns that King handles with ease. The intrigue, suspense, and mystery of the story are well-blended and easily hold the reader’s attention. The characters were well-developed and entertaining and the dynamic between them was humorous and engaging. The narrator’s and author’s pacing complement each other perfectly and are well-suited. Listeners who have read or listened to the other Shelby Nichols adventures will have an easier time understanding what is going on, but this could be read out of order. People who enjoy mystery, adventure, humor, and suspense will thoroughly enjoy listening to this series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mind Games: Cassie Scot, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Christine Amsden
    • Narrated By Melissa Reizian Frank
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    Evan broke Cassie's heart two months ago, and she still doesn't know why. She throws herself into family, friends, and her new job at the sheriff's department, but nothing helps. The only thing that finally allows her to heal and move on is the love of a new man, mind mage Matthew Blair. Cassie finds him... irresistible. Matthew may also be the only one who can help keep the non-magical residents of Eagle Rock from going crazy over the murder of a beloved pastor's wife.

    Aaron P. Lazar says: "Another Great Cassie Scot Tale!"
    "Great mystery romance"
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    What did you love best about Mind Games?

    I loved the characters and the dynamic between them.


    Any additional comments?

    Ever since Evan Blackwood broke her heart, Cassie Scot has had a hard time adjusting back to real life. When Matthew Blair, a local mind mage, asks her out, Cassie decides to say yes despite her reservations. She finds herself growing close to him and falling in love, but everyone keeps telling her that Matthew is using his mind magic on her. Meanwhile, when the Pastor Roberts’ wife is killed in her own house, the Gateway Christian Church parishioners start a witch hunt for everyone they suspect is a witch, including Cassie and her family. To help solve the dispute and restore order, Evan shows back up in town on the heels of Alexander Dupree, a magical practitioner interested in creating a unified magical government. To top off Cassie’s plate, she discovers the truth about why she doesn’t have magic and Evan and his family are a part of it. Are the incidents are related? Is Matthew using his mind magic on Cassie? Will Evan and Cassie resolve their differences?

    Narrator, Melissa Reizian Frank is a perfect match for Amsden’s book. Her unique voices for each character are easily distinguishable and bring to life the well-developed personalities of each character. The character dynamic was engaging and entertaining. The plot is not only well-developed, but engrossing and hard to put down. The plot twists and turns are abundant and keep the reader guessing the ending. The mix of intrigue, mystery, and action blend together well and Frank does a great job of transitioning between them. Readers who liked the first two books or who like mystery, romance, and humor will thoroughly enjoy reading this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Secrets That Kill: A Shelby Nichols Adventure, Volume 4

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Colleen Helme
    • Narrated By Wendy Tremont King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (26)

    As a “favor” to Uncle Joey, Shelby must deliver a letter to his associate in Orlando where she has been vacationing with her family. When things go terribly wrong, Shelby finds herself being pursued by a Florida Kingpin for the information he thinks she stole. On her own and in trouble, Uncle Joey sends Ramos to her rescue.

    S. Townsend says: "Colleen Helme's Books Rate Five Stars With Me."
    "Funny mystery worth the read"
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    When Uncle Joey asks Shelby to deliver a letter for him while she’s down in Orlando on a family vacation, she finds herself regretting putting it off until the last minute. When she tries to deliver the letter to Warren Peace, the informant, she winds up almost getting killed. After Warren gets killed with a meat cleaver by a man with snake bite tattoos, Shelby acquires the notice of the local cop and has to call Ramos in to save her butt. Unfortunately for her (or maybe fortunately), Ramo turns out to have grown up in Orlando and has a dark past that somehow involves the local detective who noticed Shelby. To make matters worse, Florida Kingpin, Carter is after the flash drive that Warren was supposed to hand over to Shelby and this mafia boss owes a lot of money to Uncle Joey and will do anything to not have to pay it. Desperate enough to kill any witnesses and with a grudge against Ramos, Carter is a deadly force to be reckoned with. Can Ramos and Shelby solve this little problem of hers and Uncle Joey’s without getting killed?

    Although Shelby is a bit naive at times, the characters are all continually growing and are becoming more entertaining with each book. Narrator, Wendy Tremont King does a great job keeping the story moving. Her voice is appealing and does a great job distinguishing the different characters and the internal/external dialogue. Her narrative style is unique and ideal for Colleen Helme’s book. Those who have read the other books in the series and who enjoy mysteries, adventure, and a bit of paranormal mixed in will enjoy listening to this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • How (Not) to Kiss a Prince: Cindy Eller, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Elizabeth A Reeves
    • Narrated By Michele Carpenter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    Let the Magical Mayhem begin! Cindy Eller has not one, but two weddings to prepare for in less than two weeks when the cupcakes hit the fan - a mysterious man has appeared, claiming to be betrothed to Cindy and that she must marry him before her sister's nuptials can take place. Obviously this doesn't sit well with Cindy's Ordinary boyfriend, Timothy. That's the way to cake - and the wedding - crumbles!

    Gaele says: "a quirky and fun series with plenty of characters"
    "fun, humorous fantasy"
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    Would you listen to How (Not) to Kiss a Prince again? Why?

    Yes, it was funny and engaging.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of How (Not) to Kiss a Prince?

    When Cindy used her powers to send Prince Justice into a cactus patch.


    Any additional comments?

    Ever hear of Murphy’s Law: anything that can go wrong will go wrong? Well, for someone like Cindy Eller, her life is practically a living example of Murphy’s Law. Lately, everything has been perfect. She has a wonderful ordinary (non-magical) boyfriend named Timothy, her bakery is doing well, and her magic, limited though it is, is mostly behaving itself and no longer turning men she kisses into toads. She shouldn’t have spoken so soon, however. When a prince from the Middlelands shows up at the bakery claiming to be her betrothed since before she was born and says Cindy’s younger sister can’t marry until they do, everything starts going downhill. Too bad this prince just won’t turn into a toad when he’s kissed. When she confronts her mother, she discovers that she bargained for her eldest daughter to marry said prince in exchange for a two-way ticked to Fairy. After returning, she discovered she was pregnant with a Fae’s baby and blocked Cindy’s magic, but that’s all she will tell her. To make matters worse, Cindy’s newest employee, a former cupid named Sumac’s magic is going haywire and making everyone fall in love with the desserts from Cindy’s shop. Will Cindy find a way to become un-betrothed? Will she survive two weddings in two weeks, a really busy shop, and figuring out the truth about her past?

    Narrator, Michele Carpenter is a unique, funny, entertaining narrator ideally suited for this book. Although the narration was a bit choppy in the beginning, her use of different voices quickly draws the reader in and helped to distinguish and bring to life the well-developed characters. The plot is well-developed, fast-paced, and keeps the reader laughing from start to finish and the narrative does a great job of keeping pace. Transitions between action, humor, and internal dialogue are masterfully done. I especially liked the addition of songs at the beginning and the end of the book that the narrator created. It would have been nice to have a bit more drawn out of a conclusion, but the ending was satisfactory and leaves the reader wanting to further follow Cindy's adventures. Although it is recommended that listeners listen to How (Not) to Kiss a Toad first, it can be listened to out of order. This funny, lighthearted novel will appeal to humorous fantasy fans everywhere.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lie or Die: A Shelby Nichols Adventure, Volume 3

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Colleen Helme
    • Narrated By Wendy Tremont King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (28)
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    (28)

    Shelby has her hands full managing her new agency where she hopes to put her mind-reading skills to good use. Her first case to track down money stolen from a bank leads her into the lingerie business where nothing is as it appears.

    Erin C. Pascoe says: "Lie or Die is Fabulous!"
    "Great mystery"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it was funny, well-developed, and kept me engaged.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Shelby or Uncle Joey, both characters were dynamic and entertaining.


    Any additional comments?

    Starting a new agency can be tough, especially when you can read minds. Shelby Nichols’ first official case as a consultant is to find a bank’s missing stolen money. Her only clue, before the thief was killed by his partner, is that its hidden in a box or drawer of underwear. When Uncle Joey calls wanting her help with promoting one of his men, she discovers that his temporary head of security seems to already know who she is, but he’ s never worked for Uncle Joey before. To top it all off, someone is threatening her husband to lose his case; the same person who is trying to kill Uncle Joey, take Shelby for themselves, and take over the business. Will Shelby survive her latest cases or will she end up dead?

    The characters are charming, likable, and well-developed and narrator, Wendy Tremont King’s unique, lively voices make her the ideal narrator for this book. Transitions between internal and external dialogue is easily distinguishable and adds a bit of humor into the novel. Her narrative style is crisp, clear, and easily transitions between the different scenes of the story. This action-packed, well-developed story will not disappoint fans of the other Shelby Nichols adventures or listeners who like funny mysteries like Janet Evanovich.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Secrets and Lies: A Cassie Scot Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Christine Amsden
    • Narrated By Melissa Reizian Frank
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (26)

    Cassie Scot, still stinging from her parents' betrayal, wants out of the magical world. But it isn't letting her go. Her family is falling apart and despite everything, it looks like she may be the only one who can save them. To complicate matters, Cassie owes Evan her life, making it difficult for her to deny him anything he really wants. And he wants her. Sparks fly when they team up to find two girls missing from summer camp, but long-buried secrets may ruin their hopes for happiness. Book 2 in the Cassie Scot series.

    K. April Holgate says: "Gimmie the next book, ASAP!!!"
    "Paranormal romance and mystery will love it"
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    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes. There's a lot of suspense, humor, and high stakes that keep the listener vying for the main characters


    Any additional comments?

    Since her parents’ betrayal, Cassie Scot has had a hard time forgiving her parents and picking up the pieces of her life. Owing a life debt to Evan Blackwood hasn’t helped. Not only is the guy really hot, but he’s already proposed marriage and Cassie’s not sure if she wants to get married. Her family that disowned her is falling apart. According to her brother, Nicholas, no one’s powers are working right and their mom has gotten really sick and no one knows why. Asked to take on a case by her brother and Evan, Cassie finds herself heading down to Arkansas to not only try and make some sense of her life, but also to find two girls who are distant cousins and have gone missing from summer camp. When magical foul play is suspected, it will not only take Cassie, Evan, and his family and friends, but also her estranged family members to solve the case and bring the girls back alive. Will Cassie succeed in solving the case? Will she be able to patch up her relationship with her family and get her life in order? Will she accept Evan’s marriage proposal?

    The author of the book, despite the seriousness of some of the stuff going on, still manages to have some humor mixed in. The plot is even more well-developed than the first one and the characters all seem to take on more well-rounded, human-like qualities. Masterfully mixed in to all that, listeners will be treated to love, heartbreak, romance, action, intrigue, and all the great makings of a book. Perhaps the best part is when listeners get a chance to look into Cassie’s mother’s past or when Cassie finally makes a decision about Evan. Either way, paranormal mystery and romance fans will be kept on the edge of their seat and have a hard time putting this one down.

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