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  • Good As Gone

  • By: Amy Gentry
  • Narrated by: Karen Peakes
  • Length: 7 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,001
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,836
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,829

Thirteen-year-old Julie Whitaker was kidnapped from her bedroom in the middle of the night, witnessed only by her younger sister. Her family was shattered, but managed to stick together, hoping against hope that Julie is still alive. And then one night: the doorbell rings. A young woman who appears to be Julie is finally, miraculously, home safe. The family is ecstatic - but Anna, Julie's mother, has whispers of doubts. She hates to face them.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Worse than a waste of time

  • By Wayne on 12-10-16

Pay close attention...

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-22-18

Good As Gone by Amy Gentry, narrated by Laren Peakes is an engaging thriller, but you MUST pay close attention or you're bound to get confused a few hours in. I'm sure you've already read the plot description, so there is no need for me to recap the details. I have only listened to the audiobook, so I cannot comment on if this would have been easier to follow had I read it instead. But, in the audiobook, I did find myself rewinding and re-listening quite a bit because I wasn't entirely sure who was telling the story in certain parts. The chapters are told from various points of view, yet it isn't indicated in the chapter title whose side of the story we are about to hear. That would be the main reason I took a star off my rating for "Story." I see that some of the other reviews state that the story jumped around a bit. However, I think not knowing who was speaking right away made it seem that the story was jumping around. Also, about 2/3 the way in, we begin to hear new names of characters that haven't officially been introduced into the story, which made me feel like I skipped a chapter. You may feel the same, but no worries, it all makes sense in the end! Knowing what I know now, I might go back and listen to it again, as there are probably clues and details that I missed out on the first time through. I felt that the plot was quite complex, and a lot of thought and planning went in to creating it. A lot happens on so many levels. I was definitely surprised with how it ended, too. Everything I predicted would happen didn't even come close...it's one that will keep you guessing. :-)

I thoroughly enjoyed the narration by Karen Peakes. It is the first time I have listened to her perform, and I'd love to hear more. She was easy to understand and pleasant to the ear. I felt like I was watching real life events unfold before my very eyes. She brought the characters to life by making their feelings and emotions seem so real. I have no complaints...I thought she did an excellent job.

I recommend Good As Gone by Amy Gentry, narrated by Karen Peakes to those who enjoy suspenseful thrillers with complex storylines that keep you guessing up through the end. Although I found it hard to follow in places, it all made sense in the end. I feel it is worth the credit; it kept me engaged, and I never stopped wondering what would happen next!

Thank you for reading my review. I hope it was helpful. :-)

  • Cookies with a Side of Murder

  • Daley Buzz Cozy Mystery Series, Book 5
  • By: Meredith Potts
  • Narrated by: Lisa Beacom
  • Length: 3 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3

Eleven years ago, Sabrina Daley's sister, Jessica, went missing without a trace. Despite all of Sabrina's searching, she has had no luck in uncovering any clues about what happened to Jessica. All that is about to change. After an agonizing wait, Sabrina finally gets the answers she has been looking for. But will discovering the truth come at the expense of her own life?  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best mystery so far, emotional story too!

  • By Montzalee Wittmann on 06-20-18

Do not mess with Sabrina!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-19-18

Cookies with a Side of Murder: Daley Buzz Cozy Mystery Series, Book 5 by Meredith Potts, narrated by Lisa Beacom is my favorite listen of the series so far! I couldn't stop listening...it's so engaging! In Book 5, Sabrina is collecting information, interviewing everyone, and trying to get to the bottom of her sister's disappearance that occurred 10 years ago. I don't want to give anything away, but I will say that with every new piece of information, the plot grows deeper and deeper. Filled with hidden surprises, hidden agendas, and hidden truths, this is one good storyline!

Lisa Beacom again brings the life to the characters in the way only a true narrator can. She does a great job. If I had critique anything it would be in how she ends each chapter. I sometimes wasn't aware that the chapter had ended - I just thought it was a long pause. This was because she read the last line of the chapter in the same tone that she read the rest of the story. For example, if the last line was dialogue, she didn't make it evident in her voice that the chapter was ending, and sometimes I was waiting for the other character to respond. I only realized it was the next chapter because it was indicated after her pause (Chapter___). However, this did not take away from my overall enjoyment, so I didn't think it was fair to take away a star.

Cookies with a Side of Murder is by far my favorite of all the books I have listened to so far by Meredith Potts. Although I find it a bit unbelievable that the authories would allow Sabrina to take the lead in the investigation (even if it is her police officer boyfriend), this is a cozy mystery, the sleuths that appear in these books are not to be messed with! :-) I don't think I would be able to emotionally handle investigating my sister's disappearance, but after 10 years, I'd want to find out the truth, too!! I rate this story a 5/5, and I recommend it to cozy mystery lovers everywhere. It is well-written, enjoyable, and at just under 4 hours, it is a perfect weekend listen!

Thank you for reading my review. I hope it was helpful. :-)

  • Valentine Wedding Hound

  • The Hart Family (Have a Hart, Book 5)
  • By: Rachelle Ayala
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Groberg
  • Length: 5 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5

Fashion designer Jenna Hart's wedding turns into a media circus when her wedding planner signs her up for a reality show. Each week, the producers challenge her to keep her wedding on track while performing an unpleasant task or working with difficult people. When the show digs too deep into Larry Davison's past, he has second thoughts about both the wedding and Jenna's celebrity lifestyle. Will their ring bearer, Harley the basset hound, bring Jenna and Larry together to tie the knot in the season finale?  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Let a loved one save the wedding

  • By Demetra Toula Iliopoulos on 06-18-18

Love vs. Reality TV: Which one will win?

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-18-18

They say if your relationship suvives the planning of your wedding, the two of you will make it through anything. But, what if you have the whole world watching? Valentine Wedding Hound: The Hart Family (Have a Hart, Book 5) by Rachelle Ayala, narrated by Jennifer Groberg focuses on Jenna, Larry, and, of course, their adorable dog Harley. We are again invited to join the entire Hart Family in another unforgettable episode of their lives....yes, I said episode. Wedding planning is stressful enough, but when Jenna and Larry agree to be part of a wedding reality show, complete with a host who only cares about ratings, rather than the relationships of the engaged couples, their love is pushed to the ultimate test. You will have to watch...I mean listen...to find out if Jenna and Larry's love is strong enough to survive the world of drama, betrayal, lies, hopes, and dreams.

This is Ayala's best work yet. Not only are we re-introduced to the characters we know and love, but we get to know them on a more personal level. By revealing each character's true colors, whether it's out of greed or goodness of heart, she brilliantly does so by putting them in a situation we are all familiar with...reality tv. As Jenna and Larry are tempted with goodies they've only dreamed about, secrets are exposed and feelings are hurt...but the show's ratings are thorugh the roof! Hmmmm....why is it we love to watch reality shows that clearly set couples up for failure and heartache? In the long run, is it better for the relationship to find out certain truths? Or, do these shows take it too far? Ayala takes readers/listeners on adventure of ups, downs, laughs, and tears, while keeping focused on the real question: Is Jenna and Larry's love strong enough to survive?

The performance by Jennifer Groberg is excellent. She has narrated each book in the Have a Hart series and has made my overall experience that much more enjoyable. Her interpretation of the characters is perfectly conveyed through her voice, inflection, and tone, while the emotion she brings to the piece sets the mood. She has a way of inviting listeners to join her as an active participant in the storyline. She makes me feel right at home in each of the Hart family adventures. :-)

I loved this audiobook and was thoroughly engaged from start to finish; I felt like I was watching every single part of the plot unfold before my very eyes. I often found myself questioning what I would do if I were in their shoes, and I couldn't wait to find out what happened next. If you love a clean, thought-provoking romance that's filled with emotion, relatable characters, familiar situations, and drama that only reality tv can provide, this book is for you! It is entertaining and enjoyable both as a stand-alone novel and part of a series. With confidence, I give Valentine Wedding Hound: The Hart Family (Have a Hart, Book 5) by Rachelle Ayala, narrated by Jennifer Groberg 5/5 stars across the board.

Thank you for reading my review. I hope it was helpful. :-)

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Boyfriends of Dorothy

  • By: Wednesday Martin
  • Narrated by: Wednesday Martin
  • Length: 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22

As an awkward high schooler, Wednesday struggled to find her place in Grand Rapids. Until a handsome senior encouraged her to believe how talented, smart, and wonderfully different she was. Naturally, Wednesday fell for him...He was falling, too. For another boy. Yet this one-sided crush proved life altering, paving the way for a string of “boyfriends” who offered Wednesday something deeper than physical connection. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • It was okay...

  • By tarafarah7: Tara Brown on 06-12-18

It was okay...

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-12-18

Boyfriends of Dorothy, written and narrated by Wednesday Martin is Book 2 in The Real Thing collection. I wanted to love it. I just didn't, unfortunately. Like the first book in this series, I found it to be a bit boring and pointless, though the author does a good job as narrator. The ending was good and made me smile, but I found the rest of the book to be negative, which makes for a difficult listen. Perhaps her pessimism was meant to be humorous, but for me, it was a bit of a turn-off. I feel bad because those who read the book found it to be very well-written and gave it a high rating (based on the reviews from Amazon). Only one person who posted a review, besides myself, listened to it, and we both gave it the same rating. I like the length and the theme of the collection as a whole, but this one just didn't do it for me. I still plan to move on to Book 3 because I'm curious in hearing what the next author adds to this collection. Thank you for reading my review.

  • Clutch

  • A Novel
  • By: Lisa Becker
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Barbetta
  • Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

Clutch: A Novel is the laugh-out-loud chick lit romance chronicling the dating misadventures of Caroline Johnson, a single purse designer who compares her unsuccessful romantic relationships to styles of handbags - the “Hobo” starving artist, the “Diaper Bag” single dad, the “Briefcase” intense businessman, etc. With her best friend, bar owner Mike, by her side, the overly-accommodating Caroline drinks a lot of chardonnay, puts her heart on the line, endures her share of unworthy suitors, and finds the courage to discover someone onto whom she wants to hold: the “Clutch”.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sifting Through the Frogs....

  • By tarafarah7: Tara Brown on 06-11-18

Sifting Through the Frogs....

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-11-18

The audiobook Clutch: A Novel by Lisa Becker, narrated by Suzanne Barbetta falls into the Chick-Lit genre. It is a hilariously entertaining novel about Caroline, a high-end handbag designer and business owner, on a quest to find her knight in shining armor, her soul mate, her true love. Along this journey, we are introduced to her many, many frogs, some of whom she thinks could be her actual Prince Charming, but none of them fit the bill, for each one falls short for one reason or another. Caroline's adventures with each of these men have their own chapter, cleverly and appropriately titled with the name of a different handbag. While I'm not as lucky as Caroline is in having my pick of so many different men, I found her situations to be quite relatable to my own never-ending search for Mr. Right. I felt like we were sipping wine together as she filled me in on the details of her life with family, friends, and lovers. From the sizzling bedroom scenes to the funny, and sometimes shocking, moments, I stayed thoroughly engaged in her story. This highly-engaging, well-written novel by Lisa Becker is for all you ladies out there who have already found your prince, as well as those, like myself, who are still searching and sifting your way through all those frogs. :-)

While I would have enjoyed reading Clutch: A Novel, my overall experiece was heightened, due to Suzanne Barbetta's wonderful narration. She brought the characters to life with her voices and inflections, making me feel immediately welcomed by old friends. I especially loved Caroline's accent, which was used consistently throughout the entire book. Barbetta's engaging delivery and entertaining interpretation of the text made for easy listening and kept me eagerly awaiting the next episode. I generally listen to mysteries, but after hearing the sample for this audiobook, I knew I had to hear more. Needless to say, it's a rare occasion I come across a sex scene while listening to my usual genre. For me, it feels odd making this comment, but I have to mention that Barbetta does a really good job in performing the bedroom scenes...movie-like performance! I always think about how amazing it would be to have a career as a narrator. However, after listening to delivery of these scenes, I am not sure I could do it without sounding ridiculous. It was so real, and she did an awesome job!

Without hesitation, I give Clutch: A Novel by Lisa Becker, narrated by Suzanne Barbetta 5/5 stars. This is my first book by both author and narrator. In my opinion, this book went from good to great after hearing the epilogue! I never saw that coming, and I LOVED it! Also, at the end of the audiobook, there is a preview of Becker's next novel, which I cannot wait to get when it comes out! If you made it this far in my review, chances are you are still interested in Clutch: A Novel...so what are you waiting for? Do yourself a favor and get the book. I'm confident you will not be disappointed and will enjoy it as much as I have! Happy listening!

Thank you for reading my review. I hope it was helpful. :-)

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The List

  • By: Jade Chang
  • Narrated by: Jade Chang
  • Length: 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

The new dating craze among the divorced, recently broken up with, and frustrated singles of Los Angeles starts with the creation of “the List.” The converted swear by it - just write down everything you want in a partner, and the cosmos will provide. But could such a simple, old-fashioned technique actually work? Enter Jade, who investigates this increasingly popular path to a soul mate, with charming and hilarious effects, tracing the history of list making - and learning about dating and love along the way.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The List!

  • By Carol G. on 06-21-18

Audiobook and Kindle in Motion!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-09-18

The List by Jade Chang is the first piece in The Real Thing Collection. Each book is short enough to read in one sitting. I listened to the audiobook on Audible, and it was about 50 minutes long. The plot description tells you exactly what this story is about so I won't bore you with my own extra details. :-) I randomly came across this series on Amazon as I was aimlessly browsing. It sounded good to me, and because it was also available on Audible, I grabbed it. I sometimes enjoy listening to shorter books and stories in between the longer ones, and this one fit the bill perfectly. If liked it, I could easily move my way through the collection, as they are all fairly short. Each story is written and narrated by a different author and can be read in any order.

I really wanted to love The List, but, truthfully, I wasn't overly impressed. To me, the story was just kind of "blah," and the narration wasn't bad, but it wasn't super good, either. Basically, it just gave me something to listen to while I did some organizing.

My original plan was to give the audiobook a rating of 3-3.5 stars, but after reading some of the reviews on Amazon in regards to the Kindle version, I decided to give that a try, as maybe I misjudged it. It is a Kindle in Motion book, which means you are able to view animated illustrations and videos on some of the pages as you read. You also have the option to turn them off, making the format the same as other books in your Kindle library. I thought the Kindle in Motion features added to my overall reading experience, so I bumped my rating up a star. For those who are going to get this book, I recommend you give this version a try.

Because each of the pieces in this collection are short, I'm going to give the next one a try. I like being able to sample writing from various authors because I might find a new favorite!

Thank you for reading my review. I hope it was helpful. :-)

  • Don't Believe It

  • By: Charlie Donlea
  • Narrated by: Nina Alvamar
  • Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48

The Girl of Sugar Beach is the most watched documentary in television history - a riveting, true-life mystery that unfolds over 12 weeks and centers on a fascinating question: Did Grace Sebold murder her boyfriend, Julian, while on a Spring Break vacation, or is she a victim of circumstance and poor police work? Grace has spent the last 10 years in a St. Lucian prison, and reaches out to filmmaker Sidney Ryan in a last, desperate attempt to prove her innocence. As Sidney begins researching, she uncovers issues that were all overlooked during the original investigation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Donlea has outdone himself!! EXCELLENT Thriller...

  • By shelley on 05-30-18

What Do You Believe?

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-06-18

Charlie Donlea's Don't Believe It takes you on a ride you won't soon forget. Not only are you given a front-row seat into the world of crime solvers and reporters, but you are also introduced to the real-life ups, downs, truths, and lies that they all face and must sift through on daily basis, in order to make the distinction between fact and fiction.

It is clear from the beginning that a great deal of time and research went in to writing this book. Every character is real and believable, causing readers to eagerly tune in each week with viewers from all over the world to the most-watched documentary in history, The Girl of Sugar Beach. As new evidence is introduced to the case, in near real-time, Charlie Donlea sends his audience on a highly-engaging, emotional rollercoaster, filled with unpredictable twists and turns, excitement, and suspense.

I preordered this audiobook, and it was well worth the wait! In addition to this being Charlie Donlea's best work, the performance by narrator Nina Alvamar is outstanding! She did a phenomenal job bringing the events to life; I could easily see and hear everything as if it was unfolding before my very eyes. She had me from the very first word to the very last. While I also own the paperback of Don't Believe It, my overall experience was made that much more enjoyable being able to listen to the audiobook. I absolutely loved it!

Without hesitation, Don't Believe It by Charlie Donlea, narrated by Nina Alvamar deserves 5/5 stars across the board! I recommend it to those who thrive on the element of suspense. Fans of mysteries, thrillers, and even real-crime will find this novel to be thought-provoking and captivating. It will stay with them long after all is said and done. I know the truth. Now, it's your turn to figure out what is real and what is not. What do you believe?

Thank you for reading my review. I hope it was helpful. :-)

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Makeup & Murder

  • Beauty Secrets, Book 1
  • By: Stephanie Damore
  • Narrated by: Tonia Blake
  • Length: 6 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

Beauty consultant Ziva Diaz is a girl boss who doesn't back down from anyone. When she's attacked inside a client's home and wakes to find a dead body, she gives up the safety of selling lipsticks for the dangerous role of detective. With suspects piling up, a killer on the loose, and her own life threatened, Ziva vows to solve the case and digs her high heels in even deeper. The last thing she expected is finding another dead body - or befriending the murderer!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Must.Love.Fashion

  • By Betababe on 06-07-18

Sweet Sugar!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-03-18

The audiobook Makeup & Murder: Beauty Secrets, Book 1 by Stephanie Damore, narrated by Tonia Blake is such a fun book to listen to! This is my first book from both the author and the narrator. I love cozy mysteries, so originally that is why I was drawn toward this series, but after making it through Book 1, I feel like it could also fall into the Chick Lit genre, which is also a favorite of mine. Is there such thing as Chick Lit Cozies? If there wasn't before, there is now. Way to go, Damore! Makeup & Murder is fast-paced, super funny, and kept me engaged up through the very last word! It was so good!

Because I only listened to the book, I cannot comment on the mechanics, in terms of spelling, punctuation, etc, but being a teacher who reads out loud often, I can say that when books have poor grammar it is difficult to convey the message and correctly express the words on the page. Narrator Tonia Blake did not seem to have any problem with that, whatsoever, so I can only assume this is a very well-written book. Her performance was excellent! As I got to know the characters better, particularly main character Ziva, I felt like Blake was no longer a narrator, but instead was Ziva, herself! She brought the story to life, and my overall listening experience was one I thoroughly enjoyed. At the end of Book 1, there is an excerpt from Book 2. I was thrilled when Blake's voice came across the speaker. Needless to say, I will be moving on with this series, and I can't wait until it is released on audio!

Makeup & Murder: Beauty Secrets, Book 1 by Stephanie Damore, narrated by Tonia Blake is an audiobook that deserves 5/5 stars across the board. It combines the elements of a cozy mystery with the light-hearted and humorous moments of romance and friendship, which are generally found in Chick Lit. I recommend this audiobook to those who love a clean whodunit mystery, as well as to those who are looking for an entertaining escape from their own everyday lives. From makeup connoisseurs to those who have never applied lipstick, Makeup & Murder will keep you guessing, and before you know it, you, too, will find yourself exclaiming, "Sweet Sugar!" with these relatable and likeable characters!

Thank you for reading my review. I hope it was helpful. :-)

  • The Case of the Missing Crown Jewels

  • By: Robert Martin, Keira Ely
  • Narrated by: Erin Rieman, Richard Rieman
  • Length: 2 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

Twelve-year-old Keira discovers a hat floating on the Long Island Sound. When she puts it on, weird, wacky, and wonderful things happen. Little does she know she will soon be on a secret assignment thousands of miles away from the sandy shores she knows and loves to the heart of London.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun Young Adult Mystery!

  • By Susan C-K on 06-10-18

Great Middle-Grade Whodunit!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-29-18

The Case of the Missing Crown Jewels by Robert Martin and Keira Ely, narrated by Erin Rieman and Richard Rieman is a wonderful audiobook for kids in upper elementary through middle-school, as well as families looking to have some fun and spend quality time together! It is thought-provoking and has the potential to produce meaningful discussions, both in and out of the classroom. The book starts off with the list of characters, complete with descriptions. I found this to be very useful because it is a mystery, and the last thing we want to do is place blame on the wrong person. C'mon, we are professionals, after all! :-) 8yo Keira and her grandfather, Papa, are a great team! This dynamic duo are not only best friends, but they are also partners-in-crime, literally. After finding a magic hat and discovering its special powers, The Keira and Papa Dectitive Agency is formed. Their first case is one of high-standing...they are hired by the Queen of England to find out who stole the Crown Jewels. Along the way, readers/listeners are given so many opportunities for learning; the story is filled with interesting facts and exciting details that keep us engaged and focused on the task at hand. Because we travel from country to country, we are also introduced to the language and culture of those areas. Our new friends, along with Emma (Keira's doll) and Waffles (Keira's dog), help us along our journey in finding out whodunit. However, it doesn't come without a couple twists and turns, so make sure you pay attention!

The performances of Erin Rieman and Richard Rieman were outstanding! They both do an excellent job in playing a variety of characters of various ages. The inflection, volume, and pace of each character was right on, making this audiobook very enjoyable and easy to follow. I feel my overall experience was heightened because I chose to listen to the story, rather than read it. Because of their clear and correct pronunciation, I was able to visualize what was going on and felt like I was there next to them as they solved the case! At just over 2 hours, they are the perfect team! Their consistency throughout the entire book and age-appropriate voices kept me listening from start to finish, without the need for a break. This is my first time listening to them, and based on this performance alone, I can say with confidence, there will be more!

The Case of the Missing Crown Jewels by Robert Martin and Keira Ely, narrated by Erin Rieman and Richard Rieman is a story about trust, teamwork, love, friendship, and family, with a special focus on the bond between grandchildren and grandparents. Without hesitation, I rate this 5/5 stars across the board. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and I am confident you will feel the same.

I recommend this audiobook to teachers looking to supplement their lessons when teaching about plot, characterization, and specific literary and fictional elements. It also could be a fun and creative way to meet CCSS requirements, in terms of finding evidence within a text to support claims. The vocabulary used throughout the story is more advanced, offering a variety of opportunities to use this as a mentor or guide to learning and using new words. I also recommend this audiobook to families looking for a fun, adventurous listen as they spend a Saturday together at home or a car ride up north. Either way, kids and adults will find this fun and entertaining. I definitely hope this is a series that continues...I think many would love to follow these characters on more of their mysterious adventures as they solve cases and find out whodunit!

Thank you for reading my review. I hope it was helpful. :-)

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Wish Me Home

  • By: Kay Bratt
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 856
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 753
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 749

A hungry, stray dog is the last thing Cara Butter needs. Stranded in Georgia with only her backpack and a few dwindling dollars, she already has too much baggage. Like her twin sister, Hana, who has broken Cara's heart one too many times. After a lifetime of family troubles, and bouncing from one foster home to another, Cara decides to leave it all behind and strike out alone - on foot.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I'm so thankful for a good, positive, clean story.

  • By Christi on 06-18-17

Heartwarming and Relatable

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-27-18

Wish Me Home by Kay Bratt, narrated by Kate Rudd is a well-written novel in which we can all relate, in one way or another. It's about our journey through life, finding oneself, friendship, and our ability to love - even when we think we cannot. The characters and their situations are real, and even though readers/listeners may not have had the same experiences as they have, I think it's safe to say, we have all experienced the same feelings and emotions that come with the ups and downs that life presents. This is the first book I have read/listened to by Kay Bratt, and I'm so glad I did! The character development was excellent, as was Bratt's ability to draw attention to issues we hear about every day, such as mental illness, depression, adoption, and the foster system.

Kate Rudd's performance was outstanding! I have have heard her narrate other books, and I think she does a phenomenal job. Her voice is pleasing to the ear, in a calming sort of way. I was thoroughly engaged, and I feel she added to my overall listening experience. I plan to hear more from her in the future.

I recommend Wish Me Home by Kay Bratt, narrated by Kate Rudd to those who enjoy Women's Fiction. It is just over 9 hours, which I listened to in a 24-hour period, rather than my norm of a few days. Also, I have to mention that this is not a story about a dog...although they were pleasantly surprised, many of the reviewers on Amazon stated they thought it was. However, the dog in the book, Hemi, makes this story whole, and I'm sure you are going to fall in love with him. I know I did. :-)

Thank you for reading my review. I hope it was helpful.