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  • Vanished

  • A Luca Mystery, Book 2
  • By: Dan Petrosini
  • Narrated by: Andrew Start
  • Length: 6 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 18

Obsession can be deadly. That's what Dom Stewart discovers when his buddy, Phil, goes missing. Dom has long coveted Robin, Phil's beautiful wife...is it time for him to step in? Detective Luca is also dazzled by Robin - even while acknowledging she may be involved in Phil's disappearance. Luca struggles with his heart as the investigation reveals the case is about much more than a missing man. Something dark and disturbing is behind the scenes. Is there a murder here?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Old fashioned thriller for the modern age.

  • By cosmitron on 04-04-18

Hard to follow

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

Reviewed: 06-14-18

I didn't listen to the first book in the series, and I felt a bit lost because I didn't have much background information on the characters.

I've listened to stories with alternating POV, or narration, and didn't have trouble keeping track. The narrator of this story does not change his tone, inflection, accent, or anything to indicate which character is speaking. I found the narration style flat. He sounds like a bad guy explaining his nefarious deeds.

I had to restart the book several times because a few chapters in I was completely lost.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes

  • By: Denise Grover Swank
  • Narrated by: Frances Fuller
  • Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,163
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,029
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,035

For Rose Gardner, working at the DMV on a Friday afternoon is bad even before she sees a vision of herself dead. She's had plenty of visions, usually boring ones like someone's toilet's overflowed, but she's never seen one of herself before. When her overbearing momma winds up murdered on her sofa instead, two things are certain: There isn't enough hydrogen peroxide in the state of Arkansas to get that stain out, and Rose is the prime suspect.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • I'm trying to get past the narration

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-03-16

Do you know how a murder investigation works?

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-14-18

I chose this book from the Romance Package collection because I happen to really like mysteries.

1. The narrator does not fit the story. I've lived in the American South for over a decade and I'm used to hearing the rich drawl of my friends and neighbors. When someone doesn't have the right touch, it makes me twitch.

2. Swank, I got beef.

Do you understand how abuse impacts individuals? Do you understand that the psychological effects of continued verbal, emotional, and psychological abuse? Sure, Mama is overbearing and domineering. But the author's narrative does a great disservice to survivors of abuse.

3. Have you watched any crime procedurals?

I live in a small town and I get the limitations of a small police force. But how are these cops so dumb? Taking a witness in for questioning is standard practice, but they don't keep Rose's clothes or take pictures of her (and lack of injuries) to preserve evidence.

Having a lawyer present means you have your lawyer there as you answer questions so you don't implicate yourself. Not, "Okay. Talk to you in four days."

The NEXT DAY after the murder, Rose is getting rid of the blood covered couch and choosing paint to cover the splatter on the wall. Why wasn't the crime scene preserved? It can take several days for a crime scene to be properly processed. Specialized hazmat procedures have to be taken when bodily fluids are being disposed of.

Also, Rose is suddenly taking a "stand of independence" and choosing to paint over her Mom's blood?

These things are too distracting for me to enjoy the story.

  • Expressive Writing for Healing: Journal Your Way from Grief to Hope

  • By: Mary Potter Kenyon
  • Narrated by: Marisha Tapera
  • Length: 2 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3

Writing is one of the oldest and most effective means of self-exploration, self-expression, and self-discovery. In this new guided journal, Mary Potter Kenyon offers readers an opportunity to reflect on the meaning and significance of loss and allows the griever to sort through all the conflicting emotions that arise after a death. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • There are many ways to heal.

  • By cosmitron on 04-13-18

Heartfelt and Helpful Guide to Journaling

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

Reviewed: 06-14-18

Journaling and writing have been shown to help with the grieving process many times over in scientific studies. I've used journaling at different times to deal with grief, loss, anxiety, and depression. (Most recently I've been dealing with the loss of a job I loved.) I know from personal experience that simply putting pen to paper is difficult because it means facing the hurt and pain.

The author begins the book by sharing her experiences of loss and how journaling helped her through the grief process. She takes the experiences of losing loved ones and shares it in this helpful guide. Mary Potter Kenyon puts it beautifully when she says that your journal becomes a safe place that holds your pain.

The author provides guidelines but no hard and fast rules. She emphasizes that journaling is for you and you can choose what is most helpful in your own grief process. This is a short book but I know I'll come back to it!

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

  • For Deader or Worse

  • John Pickett Mysteries, Book 6
  • By: Sheri Cobb South
  • Narrated by: Joel Froomkin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106

After a modest wedding ceremony, Bow Street Runner John Pickett and his bride, Julia, the former Lady Fieldhurst, set out for a wedding trip to Somersetshire, where Pickett must face his greatest challenge yet: meeting his in-laws. Sir Thaddeus and Lady Runyon are shocked at their daughter’s hasty remarriage - and appalled by her choice of a second husband. Pickett, for his part, is surprised to learn that Julia once had an elder sister: Claudia, Lady Buckleigh, who disappeared 13 years earlier.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Better and Better!

  • By Jan M on 04-17-18

Love John and Julia Pickett

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

Reviewed: 06-14-18

John and Julia Pickett are married and settling into married life. In this story, they had off on their wedding trip to visit Julia's parents. A decade-old mystery - the disappearance of Julie's sister Claudia - resurfaces when John sees a ghost in the house.

This is another solid John and Julia story. They work together to solve a mystery. John finds his world colliding as he interacts with Julia's country gentry parents. In addition, they deal with the growing pains of married life. Neither is perfect, but I love how they come to understand each other. Sherri Cobb South's characters are real and relatable and are always growing/developing.

I highly recommend Ms. Cobb South's stories for people who love historical romantic mysteries.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Case of the One-Eyed Tiger

  • Corgi Case Files, Volume 1
  • By: Jeffrey Poole
  • Narrated by: Bob Johnson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21

When a shocking murder shatters the tranquility of a sleepy Oregon town, and a priceless sculpture turns up missing, all fingers soon start pointing at new resident Zack Anderson. Armed with a determination to clear his name, Zack sets out to solve the case with the help of a feisty canine companion that has an uncanny ability to sniff out clues. With evidence mounting against him, can Zack identify the killer and locate the missing sculpture before he ends up in the doghouse? 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Humor, wit, and fun!

  • By CAP on 06-06-18

Corgi named Sherlock!

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

Reviewed: 05-19-18

Zach Anderson inherits his late wife's aunt's vineyard in Oregan. Within a few hours of moving, he finds himself the new owner of a rescue dog - a Corgi named Sherlock. (Adorable!) Unfortunately, he also is the target of a bitter Abigail who wants the vineyard, gets drawn into a murder investigation, and is searching for a lost sculpture. I like how Zach "breaks the fourth wall" and addresses the readers directly. The cast of characters is colorful and the setting (small town, vineyards) adds a lot of texture to the story. I'm looking forward to the next story!

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • French Leave

  • By: Sheri Cobb South
  • Narrated by: Noah Michael Levine
  • Length: 4 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32

Forced by bankruptcy and scandal into exile in France, Lord Waverly expects never to return to his homeland until, staggering home from a gaming hell in the wee hours of the morning, he encounters a young novice escaping from a convent. When she asks him to take her to England, promising him that her English grandfather will reward him handsomely for her safe conveyance, Waverly reluctantly agrees. Alas, Waverly soon realizes the enormity of his task.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Lord Waverly redeemed

  • By Felicia J on 03-01-18

Great narration!

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

Reviewed: 05-19-18

I love Sherri Cobb South's characters because of their strong values (loyalty, kindness, and integrity). I've enjoyed being part of Nathan and Lady Helen's story. I was a bit disappointed in their storyline in this novel, however. The conflict could've been resolved with some clear communication! After all the things they overcame, they falter on some contrived misunderstandings.

Lord Waverly returns to England after four years away. He brings a 17-year-old Lisette who he meets when she's running from a convent. She convinces him to help her find her long-lost grandfather. I know opposites attract, but I have a hard time with these two. Lisette is innocent and trusting; Waverly is worldly and jaded. Their relationship feels more paternal than romantic.

The author wraps up this series beautifully!

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

  • Private Lies

  • By: Cynthia St. Aubin
  • Narrated by: Amy Landon
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 47

 During Jane Avery’s shady childhood, truth was always a moving target. Since then, she’s learned that colorful fictions can clean up a lot of life’s messes - and she learned from the best. Her mother, Alexis Avery, is the most imaginatively duplicitous private eye in Denver. When the mother of invention goes missing, Jane knows that only her acquired skills of deceit can solve the mystery. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • FANTASTIC, HILARIOUS and SARCASTIC!!!!

  • By shelley on 04-21-18

Jane is callous and not very unlikable

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-19-18

I got this book from Kindle Unlimited. I was listening to it while driving and turned it off after about 2 hours.

In the course of one day, Jane graduates from law school but discovers her Mom is missing. She runs away from the police bro doing the investigation, eats a bunch of maple bacon rolls, and gets choked out by her Mom's BF. She (sort of) kidnaps a millionaire and questions him about her Mom. THEN she gets attacked in her own apartment. The man (Shepherd) who rescued her kills the two bad guys and she responds by making out with him and planning to hide the body. Shepherd then gives a false police report and the CSIs are done within ten minutes. ('Cause two people died. No big deal.)

I love mysteries, especially with strong and intelligent female leads. And I love snarky humor and quirky characters. I don't know why the author felt that stacking personal trauma would help the story along. Graduation and your Mom missing would be enough! Including two attacks on Jane's person in one day is just too much! (And I quit after two hours!)

I don't like Jane. She lies like a rug. Her response to the death of two men in her apartment makes her comes across as callous and very unlikable. It doesn't phase her and she's thinking about sleeping with her hunky rescuer? Gross.

Did not finish.

  • An Assassin for the New Templars

  • By: D. C. Stansfield
  • Narrated by: Paul Jenkins
  • Length: 5 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

He tried to think how many men he had killed and could not remember. "How many do you need to kill before you lose count?" he wondered. Sir Stephen Mendal, head of MI6, looked up from the report. Apparently an unknown secret organization had been recruiting ex-MI6 agents, specifically those that specialized in "wet work", the nasty side of the business. One of these old employees had just been shot dead by the authorities whilst robbing a bank in Switzerland. He had to know more. What was this organization up to, and why employ such specialists? He decided he needed a spy.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Still waiting for a story.

  • By cosmitron on 03-14-18

Thriller read by talented narrator

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

Reviewed: 05-16-18

A retired MI6 (British Intelligence) spy is forced to retire after 25 years of service. He returns to his family estate and is soon approached by a secret organization that's determined to bring a new world order to assassinate political leaders. Or is he? Nothing is what it seems at first glance in this story. We learn through flashbacks that Paul, a former agent, is carefully walking a line between two organizations with two very different missions.

I love political thrillers. This is the first story by D.C. Stansfield that I've listened to and I'm impressed with the tight story, character development, and plot twists.

The narrator does an excellent job portraying different characters and voices. It's easy to picture the cast of characters: a hardened assassin, the British PM, spies, and criminal goons. I found Mr. Jenkins' Southern United States accent a bit distracting because it kept slipping back to UK inflection. (To be fair, I live in the South and hear this accent every day.)

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

  • Daisy McDare Three Book Set

  • By: K.M. Morgan
  • Narrated by: Caroline Shively
  • Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 14

This set features three complete Daisy McDare cozy mysteries including: Daisy McDare and the Deadly Art Affair: Daisy McDare wants nothing more than to find the man of her dreams and build a thriving interior decorator business. Instead she finds herself heartbroken and in the middle of a murder investigation.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A average mystery.

  • By cosmitron on 04-26-18

Lackuster cozy mystery

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

Reviewed: 05-09-18

I started this audiobook thinking that Daisy McDare was going to be fun, intelligent and relatable. She's 33, a business owner, recently got dumped, and rescued a pup from the shelter. She's full-figured and happy about how she looks. (Great!) Then, her character falls completely flat. Daisy is addicted to food and "loves shopping" - that's all there is to her. She has very little self-control.

Daisy doesn't solve mysteries as much as getting in the way of detectives by asking nosey and upsetting questions. She's supposedly good at reading people / insightful, but there's no evidence of this besides stating the obvious.

In each story, an unlikeable character gets done in by someone. The people surrounding the victim are all unlikable "stock" characters. The timelines are so abbreviated that everyone in the story ("suspects") comes across as completely awful.

The statistical probability of someone getting murdered at every single job you take? How does she keep finding work?

The narrator does an excellent job portraying different characters.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review

  • Mansfield Park

  • By: Jane Austen
  • Narrated by: Alison Larkin
  • Length: 17 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 13

Award-winning Jane Austen narrator Alison Larkin is back with this hugely entertaining recording of Mansfield Park, followed by fascinating bonus material! Eleven-year-old Fanny Price is "adopted" by wealthy relatives and leaves her life of poverty in Portsmouth for a much better life at Mansfield Park. Mansfield Park is followed by opinions on the novel by Austen's family and friends, never before heard on audio.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WONDERFUL, WONDERFUL, WONDERFUL!

  • By Mary Katherine Worth on 12-07-17

Beautifully read Jane Austen classic

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

Reviewed: 05-09-18

This is a beautifully narrated Jane Austen classic! The characters are brought to life with different and very expressive voices.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review