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  • Cold Revenge

  • The McLaren Mysteries, Book 1
  • By: Jo A. Hiestand
  • Narrated by: James Lyne
  • Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

One year ago, Marta Hughes won a purse-choking sum of money at a local casino. She never returned home. Her body was discovered in a ditch 12 miles from her home; her car was back in her driveway. Linnet Isherwood cannot let her friend's unsolved murder rest. She convinces ex-cop Michael McLaren to return to the work he loves. He sifts through a confusing web of lies, misconceptions, and veiled motives.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • I’d Prefer Reading the Book to Listening to it

  • By Myztikal on 05-14-18

I’d Prefer Reading the Book to Listening to it

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

Reviewed: 05-14-18

The narrator had a charming, easy listening voice when I sampled the audiobook. However, I discovered he was not ideal for this book. I had not noticed him giving different voices to the characters. This is not always a negative thing. In this case, it is.
I mention this for two reasons - another reviewer claimed he did; and he did not pause long enough between different characters during dialogue, making a listener stop and rewind or plug through it, hoping it wasn’t important.
To add to criticism, he rarely paused as he read.

I liked it, but I did not enjoy it. I really need a Read, Not Listen to the Book Shelf, because this clearly falls in that category.
I would listen to another book by this author, but not if it’s with this narrator. Shameful, really. I truly enjoy the authentic accent for the book and do hope he improves with time.

  • FREE: The Undead

  • Deleted Scene
  • By: R R Haywood
  • Narrated by: Dan Morgan
  • Length: 1 hr and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,962
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,686
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,676

After a tense day of fighting off a horde of Undead, Howie and his group of survivors must find shelter before night falls. Moving through a desecrated town, they come across an industrial estate, break into a low building and find themselves in an abandoned radio station. They decide to record their voices for posterity. Meet Howie, Dave, their group of survivors and Meredith the dog in this free, exclusive Audible short.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • FOR POSTERIORS

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 04-29-15

Gracefully Gory and Vile

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

Reviewed: 05-12-18

A free 1hr deleted scene on Audible.

I didn’t expect much world building nor character development since this was “deleted” from a larger story.
I’m not a fan of zombies (gasp!) and rarely watch movies/series nor read them, but picked this up.
Equally vulgar language gory and fast paced, it’s what I would probably expect from this genre.
Dan Morgan is a wonderful narrator and made it easy to listen to this with my morning cup of coffee.

  • Bloodlines: Cove Point Manor

  • By: William B. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Bill Nevitt
  • Length: 7 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

Alex Tinsdill never thought a simple DNA test would lead to a $250 million inheritance and Cove Point Manor, a massive estate built during the Gilded Age on the Gold Coast of Long Island, New York. Alex's inheritance doesn't come without a cost however, as two greedy relatives soon show up, determined to separate Alex from his new found riches. Cove Point Manor has a dark past, and a sinister secret which is about to be revealed!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A really solid book

  • By TU on 04-16-18

A Bloody Hard Listen; Writing is amateurish at best

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

Reviewed: 05-11-18


Usually, my 1 star ratings are reserved for books that are sloppily thrown together.
For a fiction horror book geared for an older audience, this listen was a challenge to complete. And for reasons listed below, earned this rating.
The sentences are short, juvenile, and unimaginative. Dialogues are boring beyond dull, stilted and unrealistic. It seemed like a See Spot Run after glue sniffing. The adult aged characters acted (and spoke) more immaturely than middle schoolers. Had this been noted it was for a younger audience, my expectations would not have been high.
This could be a case study for telling, not showing and info dumping.
The only horror here is getting through it.
Narrator was okay. It seems like this is the beginning of a series but I’ll let the ghost lie quietly wherever they are, as I’ve no inclination to follow these characters.
I was gifted this audiobook for a review, but unfortunately, am returning it in search of ... anything better.

  • Vanished

  • A Luca Mystery, Book 2
  • By: Dan Petrosini
  • Narrated by: Andrew Start
  • Length: 6 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 17

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

It’s going to vanish from my Audible Library shelf

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

Reviewed: 05-10-18


The second in the series, yet it seems like it is a stand alone and in that sense, if you pick up this book, it can be read out of order.

I’m not a fan of alternating first person narratives and this book is a prime example why.
Stewart’s POV portrays him as an observant chap and categorizes him as a pathetic, paper thin yet cardboard cut-out, bland supporting character. Each time the focus is centered from his perspective, it’s so detailed to what everyone is doing and bogs down the story with atrocious amount of telling and a plethora of thoughts in his head, but does zilch for his personality and bringing him to life. He came across like a narrator bystander and page filler.
Detective Luca is the best fleshed out, which is a shame because this book has several characters that failed to find the limelight.
The mystery/plot line was interesting and well written, but it serve the impact, as it is lost within the characters’ inability to make the reader/listener care.
The narrator was slightly better than the book, but the book could have disserviced his abilities. I would try another book by Andrew Start, but I’ll pass on the author.
Two stars because there are more unpolished and underdeveloped “everythings” in other works out there. However, it’s not a book I’m going to keep in my Audible Library.

  • The Arctic Compass

  • By: Ryan Gannon
  • Narrated by: Gabriella Cavallero
  • Length: 3 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars 1

Santa hasn't appeared for Christmas the past five years. Duncan Hall believes the cause of this is because people are using too much technology. He thinks that people looking down at their devices instead of looking up in the sky for Santa has caused Christmas spirit to dwindle. Duncan thinks he can restore Christmas if he can find Santa and talk to him. Duncan finds a magical record that provides coordinates to the Far North. He believes the coordinates lead to the location where Santa has been hiding from the world.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Christmas, Where Are You?

  • By Myztikal on 05-10-18

Christmas, Where Are You?

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

Reviewed: 05-10-18

The title is not making a reference nor comparison to the song we know from The Grinch.


The Arctic Compass was a nicely written book about a boy’s search for Santa, who is elusive because technology has captured everyone’s attention, stifling the mystical wonderment of the magical season.

It started of strong, fast paced, uniquely imaginative and creative. However, after the first two chapters, when we really start the adventure, I didn’t find the descriptions nor world building WOWing me.
It was more slow paced than I’d expect for a book trying to entice a younger audience.
The narration by Gabriella Cavallero was nice.
It’s good enough to keep in my Audible Library.

  • Lekke the Temple Cat, Books 1-4

  • By: D. B. Stewart
  • Narrated by: Ambyr Rose
  • Length: 5 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Books 1-4 in the Lekke The Temple Cat series. Follow the story from the minute Lekke is born up until he becomes the head cat in the temple. Meet an amazing cast of characters including Princess Scary Hair, Esmeralda the queen of the vampire mosquitoes, and Dumb dog, the dog that thinks he's a cat. Set in a real village in northern Thailand, the stories give an insight into rural living and temple life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lemme Listen to More Lekke!

  • By Myztikal on 05-09-18

Lemme Listen to More Lekke!

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

Reviewed: 05-09-18

•audiobook•

Book 1 is a beautifully written book about a kitten destined for big things! Puurfect introduction to an exotic location with fascinating characters.

Book 2 continues Lekke’s adventure as his curiosity teaches him some of life’s lessons. Very subtle and sweet. Thank goodness my kitties are inside cats!

In Book 3, Lekke needs to be brave and smart. And make decisions reserved for a strong leader.
True friendship and loyalties. It was a darker book of the series but ended with a hilarious questionable character with a curious insinuated ‘to be continued...’

Book 4 revived the levity and sprinkling of humour to bring together a community to find safety.
I really enjoyed the first four books and only see three more; missing the advertised total of a dozen books to the series.
It’s a nice stopping point until the rest are published.

Narrator is FABULOUS. I only meant to listen to bits at a time, but it wrapped me up and I kept giving my kittens treats as I listened to this and the next several books in the series! She brought so much to the story with her voice talents.
One of the best books with feline heros and heroines!

  • The Christmas Cave

  • By: David R. Beshears
  • Narrated by: Dan Absalonson
  • Length: 2 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

Thirteen-year-old Jack and his 12-year-old sister Amanda visit their Grandma Jenny in the mountains over the Christmas holiday. They hear the story of a mythical cavern that Grandma went searching for 50 years earlier with her little brother Bill and their best friend Mike. Her brother was lost, never to be seen again. Drawn to the mystery, Jack and Amanda meet up with Daniel Madsen, a local boy diagnosed with Leukemia and only months to live.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Compelling and Unique Holiday Tale

  • By Private. on 09-18-14

Exploring Caves isn’t only for spelunkers!

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

Reviewed: 05-06-18

Exploring caves can lead to wonders.
A family event leads to an adventure of a lifetime! I really enjoyed this book by David Beshears. I’ve enjoyed several books written and narrated by Dan Absalonson and this is definitely another one to add to my list.
Reunions and bonding makes for a fun and exciting tale!

  • Thaddeus Whiskers and the Dragon

  • By: H. L. Burke
  • Narrated by: Sheri Sheridan
  • Length: 3 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4

Thaddeus F. Whiskers is a pampered palace pet, a kitten enchanted to never become a cat. Princess Clarice loves him, for in the entire kingdom, for there is no other kitten as cute or as clever. He leads a life of cushions and cream until a wizard's "gift" results in his banishment. Determined to make it back to the princess he loves, he escapes into the wilderness where he discovers the lair of a dragon.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Creatively amusing for all ages

  • By Debby Johnson on 03-09-17

Thaddeus, A Kitten’s BIG Adventure!

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

Reviewed: 05-04-18

LOVED THIS!

In the world of Thaddeus, forever a kitten and companion to the Princess, a magician’s spell goes wrong and turns him into a FLUFFY kitty. It also makes his presence highly allergic to almost everyone in the kingdom.
Thaddeus grows into a stronger feline as he becomes determined to return to his princess owner and return to the comforts of his palace life.
Very enjoyable as Thaddeus meets and forms amicable relationships with highly unlikely friends.
I have listened to Sheri Sheridan in the past, but I found this was not one of her more stellar performances. I had especially noticed her mostly monitone narration and how her voice drops at the end of each sentence. Her dialogues were stronger and easier on the ears.
A more complex tale but easy to follow for youngsters. Ms Burke is capable of writing a epic famtasy for an older generation and I’m looking forward to watching/reading/listening as she flourishes.

  • The Restless Northwest

  • A Geological Story
  • By: Hill Williams
  • Narrated by: James Killavey
  • Length: 4 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5

In an easy conversational style, The Restless Northwest provides a brief overview of the remarkable geological processes that have shaped the Pacific Northwest. The narrative is also sprinkled with firsthand accounts of the people involved in recent exciting, scientific discoveries. Williams enlivens this story of long-ago geologic events, with a variety of fascinating asides, on everything from enormous undersea tubeworms, to the Willamette meteorite.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Deeply Educational yet Lightly Entertaining

  • By Myztikal on 05-04-18

Deeply Educational yet Lightly Entertaining

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

Reviewed: 05-04-18

The wonderful, beautiful Northwest of the US is so rich with geological answers, discoveries, and understanding tectonics and volcanoes. As a East Coaster, I had no idea. The Northwest seemed so quiet...

Mesmerized by the narration of James Killavey, I was searching for other books narrated by him and came across this Non Fiction Science book.

It was written to easily explain the technology and vocabulary. I loved it. It found a way to present the facts combining educational and entertaining.

Highly recommended for those who seek an occasional non fiction or historical listen once in a while. It’s deep, yet light and fluffy.

  • Borrowed Souls

  • By: Paul B. Kohler
  • Narrated by: Alan Philip Ormond
  • Length: 1 hr and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 5

Jack Duffy is average. He lives an ordinary life with a mediocre job. He is a distracted husband, lives in a comfortable apartment, and is married to an extraordinary wife. That's how he would explain it. At the end of an unusually bad day, his life is turned upside down. The only thing that can catch him from falling is the soul collector. Will he be allowed to keep his soul? Or will he have to give it back?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A flashback fantasy short story

  • By Roger Hawkins on 06-02-14

Prequel isn’t promising for the series

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

Reviewed: 05-04-18

I was given a promo code for Book 1 and thought I would try the prequel first. I should have known better. Most prequels turn me off from the series.

I’ve always worked in Corporate America and have many friends and acquaintances in different businesses. I’ve never known anyone in “upper management” who treated others like what’s his name’s boss.
Having car problems, I’m even more baffled why he opted to drive a few blocks for lunch. I didn’t buy the reason provided by the main character.
And the thing at the pharmacy? Oh my. Which country is this in? It was ridiculous.
It’s clear the intent was to share a bad day, but I felt it was a poor conveyance and I wasn’t sympathetic nor empathetic. I could care less. This was a character who would clearly be better off dead because he was wimpy, spineless, and lacked the common sense a cockroach possesses.
With hopes of being able to forget I read this, I’ll check out the first full book in a while and see a stronger story line is written.

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