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  • The Witch and the Gentleman

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By J.R. Rain
    • Narrated By Francesca Townes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (40)

    Allison Lopez is not your everyday Psychic Hotline operator. She's a real psychic with real abilities that seem to grow daily, thanks to her close association with an immortal friend. Now, as her abilities continue to grow, Allison meets a very strange woman who reveals a starling secret to her. Life, for Allison Lopez, is about to get even stranger... and more fantastic.

    Listen While I Work says: "Unusual world and lovable main character"
    "Unusual world and lovable main character"
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    Super fun story, with terrific narrator. On the short side, but if you like modern witches and a mix of comedy and drama, definitely worth a listen. I'm glad to have it and hope that there's another audiobook in the series soon. And that there's more about Allison and Conn, hint hint, Mr. Rain!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Loose Ends: California Corwin P. I. Mystery Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By D. D. VanDyke
    • Narrated By Francesca Townes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    When a young girl is kidnapped, street-smart but damaged ex-cop California "Cal" Corwin is engaged to find and rescue her before murder raises the stakes. As a straightforward case takes unexpected twists, Cal must quell a growing fear that an anguished mother may never see her child again. With a shadowy crime lord lurking behind every unexpected clue, Cal struggles to tie up loose ends before evil claims its next victim.

    Listen While I Work says: "New Favorite P.I. Series"
    "New Favorite P.I. Series"
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    What a fun character! I like serious mysteries, and the best ones always have a terrific and unusual main character. Somebody we haven't seen before. Enter Cal Corwin. Ex San Francisco cop, smart, tough, even a little gritty, ethnical but not goody-two-shoes, a quarter Japanese, a quarter Mexican, and female. A true California character! I read some reviews on Amazon that said they didn't like that some things in the story were unresolved. Duh, it's called Loose Ends, so I think we can expect that. All the "loose ends" felt like things that were going to carryover and maybe grow in the next book or the book after that. You really get the feeling that this is the start of a series, a whole world, and I had a great time with it. Also, I've enjoyed this narrator on some other books and I think this might be my favorite. It felt like she IS Cal Corwin, with some other fun characters for good measure. (Micky her sidekick tech genius, Jay her ex-partner, Haight-Ashbury hippy mom and others, without giving away any spoilers). I hope the series grows quickly and that future books are maybe a little longer. I want more!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Crazy in Paradise: Paradise Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Deborah Brown
    • Narrated By Julie Ann Taylor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Welcome to Tarpon Cove. Madison Westin has inherited her aunt's beachfront motel in the Florida Keys. Trouble is she’s also inherited a slew of colorful tenant's - drunks, ex-cons, and fugitives. Only one problem: First, she has to wrestle control from a conniving lawyer and shady motel manager. With the help of her new best friend, whose motto is never leave home without your Glock, they dive into a world of blackmail, murder, and drugs.

    Grover Duff says: "Great Characters!"
    "Lots of fun"
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    This mystery is definitely cozy and it doesn't take a genius to figure it out but that's what made it fun. Pretty much a breezy tale although some serious things happen in the course of the story. I enjoyed the narrator a lot, and sometimes I really got the feeling that the first person narrator was real. Loved the many zany characters. I might try another audiobook from the series but might first check other reviews to see if there was a more developed story line. Overall a fun audiobook I'd recommend if you like cozy mysteries like me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Witch and Famous: The Witch Detectives, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Eve Paludan, Stuart Sharp
    • Narrated By Francesca Townes
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Elle Chambers is Edinburgh's hardest-working insurance investigator, and one who solves cases using unconventional means. Supernatural means. Elle is a witch - and a damn good one, too. In her personal life, Elle wants to know how her enchanter boyfriend, Niall, accrued his wealth. In her professional life, Elle investigates her first cause of death for an insurance company and discovers that things are not always as they appear.

    Listen While I Work says: "Lightweight Paranormal Fun"
    "Lightweight Paranormal Fun"
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    I like this series even if it's a bit of a guilty pleasure. Nothing challenging, but the main character is sweet and it's interesting to watch her discover the extent of her powers. I enjoy this narrator a lot and think that she brings characters to life in a fun and entertaining way. It's hard for me to imagine the main character without the narrator's voice! Plus, I can always understand her, which is important as sometimes the environment I listen in is noisy. I especially enjoy the scenes with the main character and her boyfriend. It's just fun, with a bit of sex and romance but nothing in bad taste. I also like her young goblin friend too, and I'm really curious how that subplot is going to play out in the next installment (no spoilers LOL). If you like this author's other books, you might enjoy this series too. I'm glad I gave it a try.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Witch and the Englishman: The Witches Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By J. R. Rain
    • Narrated By Francesca Townes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    On the Psychic Hotline, Allison speaks with an Englishman whose daughter is in big trouble. When Allison meets him, she learns that his daughter has been arrested for a murder she can't remember. Allison also discovers that his hundred-year-old house has a dangerous entity living within...and it's not the first time something bad has happened here. Allison enlists the help of her new friend, Ivy Tanner, a Hollywood actress, to get to the bottom of the haunting of the house on Mockingbird Lane.

    Listen While I Work says: "Short But Definitely Sweet"
    "Short But Definitely Sweet"
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    This new installment in the Witches Trilogy is really entertaining as audio. I love this narrator, and it's great to hear some of the old characters, as well as the new ones. Really fun new-to-the-series characters, by the way. Even Samantha Moon is in this one, on the phone, anyway. The story is a bit scary, and the voice of the demon gave me shivers, especially when it sniffed the air of a spell that was brewing, but it's still Allison, who's always sweet and funny, and a new witch named Ivy. I wish these two were neighbors of mine LOL. If you liked the first book, you'll like this one too I bet. I know I did.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Haunting Refrain: The McGuire Women

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Ellis Vidler
    • Narrated By Jodie Bentley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (7)

    Suspense, a little romance, a touch of paranormal…Photographer Kate McGuire hopes for a little fun in her life when she joins a parapsychology experiment - visions of murder aren't part of the plan. Then her eccentric friend Venice, a complication all by herself, leaks the story to a reporter, and Kate's life turns upside down. The police don't take her seriously, but the murderer does. Kate's distrust of the press causes her to clash with the one person who can help her - the skeptical reporter who got her into trouble in the first place.

    Listen While I Work says: "Haunting indeed!"
    "Haunting indeed!"
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    This was an involving story, and I enjoyed the narration very much. I sometimes had a little trouble telling characters apart but quickly understood as the scene continued. Kate, the main character, is a little annoying in a good way for a character. The way she constantly resists John the love interest made the personal tension interesting as the larger mystery plot unfolded, I liked that. And also Venice (a character in the book) is a hoot. Good writer, good narrator. Glad I gave it a chance.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Witchy Business: The Witch Detectives, #1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Eve Paludan, Stuart Sharp
    • Narrated By Francesca Townes
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (37)

    Elle Chambers is Edinburgh's hardest working insurance investigator, and one who solves cases using unconventional means. Supernatural means. Elle is a witch - and a damn good one, too. Assigned back-to-back cases, Elle must first find a missing bad boy who might or might not be a werewolf. Next, a simple missing artwork case turns out to be not so simple. What Elle is about to discover will change her life forever...and open her heart to the possibility of love.

    Listen While I Work says: "New Twist on a Familiar Creature"
    "New Twist on a Familiar Creature"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend it to someone who likes stories about witches and werewolves and magic, yes. It's not the kind of genre I usually listen to but I ended up liking the idea of it well enough that I might listen to the next one in the series if it's available. Also the main character is really sweet and smart and sometimes funny. It's a fantasy story, but with people who are like real people.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like the idea of what kind of creature Elle and her boyfriend actually are. I don't want to give away any spoilers, but to me it was a new idea. I liked it. I also liked the tenderness of the big love/sex scene. It was sexy but it was really about how the main character felt, not just body parts moving around. Lastly, it takes place in Scotland so there's Scottish accents and that was fun.


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

    There's a lot of scenes where characters do a lot of talking back and forth and this narrator made that come alive like plot and story rather than just talking. This is the third one of this narrator's books I've reviewed. I like her a lot. I enjoy how she does characters, even men.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Serial Killers True Crime: Cold Blooded Terrifying Serial Killers from Around the World

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 38 mins)
    • By Damien Rollins
    • Narrated By Francesca Townes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    Monsters are real, and human beings can be the scariest of them all. It's an unfortunate fact that real life is sometimes more twisted than even the worst horror writer can imagine. Nowhere is this seen more clearly than when discussing serial killers. While many people can understand, if not condone, a crime of passion or vengeance, it is different for those who kill, time and time again, for reasons that the common person, could not hope to understand?

    Listen While I Work says: "Like a TV Documentary"
    "Like a TV Documentary"
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    This audiobook really sounds just like a documentary you might see on the History Channel, but no music. I actually found this audiobook because I like this narrator. I can understand everything she says, and she makes the narration fun (but not funny in this one). This isn't normally the kind of book I listen to, but I'm glad that I got it and feel that it was ultimately a good choice for me.

    There's some gory descriptions, but I thought that they were handled well both by the author and the narrator. Really it reminded me of watching a TV documentary but I was able to take care of work while listening, without feeling like I was missing something by not seeing a TV screen. I saw the whole thing in my head, creepy killers and all. That's some good narration!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Hooked

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Polly Iyer
    • Narrated By Francesca Townes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (28)

    High-priced call girl, Tawny Dell boasts a client list that's part Fortune 500, part Five Families. With a PhD in art history and a tidy chunk of money stashed offshore, she hangs up her G-string with plans to retire to a Mediterranean island to open a gallery. Lincoln Walsh, NYPD sex-crimes investigator, has other ideas. He wants Tawny to work undercover at a high-class bordello to discover if a murdered call girl worked there.

    Aaron P. Lazar says: "Brilliant Thriller, Full of Unexpected Surprises!"
    "Fun characters, great writing and narration"
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    This wasn’t my first audiobook but it was my first on Audible. I was pleasantly surprised at how good it was. I like mysteries about people rather than just whodunit plots and “Hooked” delivers. I didn’t know what to expect but this was a well-written story with some interesting characters, and then some of it is just adult (sex) enough to be fun. And it was surprisingly funny. I laughed aloud often while listening to this book.

    I thought that the narrator did an excellent job, too. She has a nice voice and did all the characters really well. I looked her up here on audible but am not interested in any of her other narrations at this time although I would definitely buy another book she narrated if I liked the story.

    I loved Benny in the whole book! But I wouldn’t want children to listen to him ;) Also, the epilogue between Tawney and Linc was very satisfying, even though it’s mostly just the two of them talking. I didn’t like Tawney very much at the beginning of the story but as Linc and she grew closer she became softer and nicer until she’s the kind of person you can imagine being friends with. I enjoyed that because that’s how people actually are. I think that’s the writer’s talent and skill, and also the narrator.

    This book was a gift to get me started on Audible, and I was really impressed at how good it was. The writing and the narration were as good as the books on CD that I get at the library. I’m thinking about getting Polly Iyer’s other book here. This is my first audiobook review, I hope I did it correctly.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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