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  • Winter's Return (Guy Winter Mysteries Book 4)

  • By: James Philip
  • Narrated by: Melanie Fraser
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

Guy Winter and his faithful sergeant, George Ransom, are heading for the English Midlands, where on a country estate a few miles south of Coventry, Helen Chase, the nation's most famous actress, has been grievously wounded in an apparent orgy of mindless violence that has claimed several other lives in the most bizarre and gruesome of circumstances.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting WWII Serial Mystery

  • By LilMissMolly on 12-03-17

Another great performance by Melanie Fraser

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

Reviewed: 04-10-18

Note: I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

I've been listening to this series from book one and I didn't get off to the best start with it, having not felt a real connection to the characters and getting a bit lost with regard to the plot and the various character relationships. However, it has grown on me quite a bit, in large part, I believe, due to Melanie Fraser's performance. She has such a realness to her characterizations of the different people involved that you feel as if you've quite literally been plopped into the middle of 1940s England.

Surprisingly though, imo, this book wasn't as engaging as the previous book was. The series was slowly getting better for me with each installment but this one felt like one of the earlier books, at least with regard to how much I liked the storyline (it felt a little disconnected and the ending was a bit anti-climactic) and the MC. Guy Winter isn't a character I can easily peg. I always feel a bit of distance there with him - he's not someone I can connect to as well as I'd like. And because of his behavior in this book, I'm finding myself feeling more than a little peeved toward him as a character. I hope he doesn't end up misbehaving in the next book like how we're given hints that he might. That would not be cool at all and I'd probably find myself ultimately rooting against him. Which isn't how I want to feel about the MC in a series I've grown to enjoy.

  • Lady Justice and Dr. Death

  • By: Robert Thornhill
  • Narrated by: George Kuch
  • Length: 4 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35

In Lady Justice And Dr. Death, a series of terminally ill patients are found dead under circumstances that point to a new Dr. Death practicing euthanasia in the Kansas City area. Walt and his entourage of scrappy seniors are dragged into the "right-to-die-with-dignity" controversy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lady Justuce

  • By MANI on 02-25-17

Tackles a complex subject

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

Reviewed: 03-10-18

Note: I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

One thing I've noticed about this series is that the author often chooses complex subject matter to revolve the plot around. Since this series is more of a "cozy" mystery than something super intense or in depth, there isn't going to be the intense sort of examination of the subject matter that might take place in another type of book. But it still does a good job of approaching the material from both "sides" if you will, and believably demonstrating how most people would probably think about such a subject matter.

On the narration side of things, Kuch continues to deliver a decent performance of the characters in this world the author has created. And with the narration issues mentioned earlier seemingly dealt with, it makes the listening experience enjoyable. Recommended.

  • The Vietnam War Trivia Book: Fascinating Facts and Interesting Vietnam War Stories

  • Trivia War Books, Book 2
  • By: Bill O'Neill, Dwayne Walker
  • Narrated by: Derek Newman
  • Length: 3 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

With the help of this Vietnam War book, you can! In just a few minutes a day, you can be an expert in Vietnam War history and impress both your friends and your history teachers. Each chapter of our trivia book is broken up into 15 bite-size sections. These sections are either interesting stories or clear, simple breakdowns of the Vietnam War’s main issues. It’s a pretty complicated war, but unlike most war books, this one will make those difficult issues seem easy and exciting.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Goodnight Siagon! Good Morning Vietnam!!

  • By Ray Johnson on 03-16-18

Not my favorite historical time period but ...

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

Reviewed: 01-30-18

Note: I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

This book did a good job of clarifying one of the most muddled, confusing, messes of a war that is part of our country's history. I have conflicting feelings about that time period in the U.S. and this war in particular. This helped bring things into a bit of perspective. Don't think it'll really change much about how I feel about the war as a whole but it helped understand things a bit better. Once again, the narrator did a solid job. Recommended for anyone who enjoys history and/or wartime history.

  • The World War 2 Trivia Book: Interesting Stories and Random Facts from the Second World War

  • Trivia War Books, Book 1
  • By: Dwayne Walker, Bill O'Neill
  • Narrated by: Derek Newman
  • Length: 3 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23

When was the last time someone around you brought up World War Two?

It’s a pretty popular war. Maybe you heard about it yesterday. Maybe last month. But it was probably recent. And when it came up, did you wish that you could be the one to casually drop a fact that would have everyone in the room going, “Wow, I never knew that!” 

With this audiobook, you can be that person. 

You can listen to it just a few minutes a day.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Little known facts about the biggest war

  • By Ray Johnson on 03-17-18

Interesting!

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

Reviewed: 01-22-18

Note: I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

WWII history has always fascinated me. While there was a lot of things in this book that I already knew, I learned a few new interesting bits of trivia. The narrator did a solid job of delivering the information in an engaging way.

Recommended for anyone with an interest in history - especially WWII history.

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  • A Beginner's Guide to Bitcoin

  • By: Alex Harrison
  • Narrated by: Brian Moore
  • Length: 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

Bitcoin may seem complicated at first, but is actually very simple to use. As long as the user is careful in securing their digital wallet and uses the system correctly, Bitcoin can be a very simple way to send and receive funds. While the first idea of cryptocurrency such as this was described by Wei Dai in 1998, the first real prototype, Bitcoin, was created by Satoshi Nakamoto, a name used by someone whose real identity is still unknown.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Informative 🤔

  • By mandymay on 12-09-17

Good quick summary of what it's all about

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

Reviewed: 12-26-17

Note: I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

There wasn't anything overly spectacular about this book but it was a good, concise summary of the whole BitCoin thing. It's helpful for those who are completely clueless (like me) about this system.

  • Lady Justice and the Sting

  • By: Robert Thornhill
  • Narrated by: George Kuch
  • Length: 4 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

In Lady Justice and the Sting, a holistic physician is murdered and Walt becomes entangled in the high-powered world of pharmaceutical giants and corrupt politicians. The Kansas City Police Department and the FBI join forces and Walt goes undercover in a "sting" operation in order to expose those involved in this tangled web of intrigue, and in doing so, becomes the target of a vicious assassin.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Lady Justice

  • By MANI on 01-29-17

Narration seems cleaner now

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

Reviewed: 11-06-17

Note: I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

I've really grown to enjoy this series quite a bit. The plots aren't super-deep or anything, so I guess this would be best described as a "cozy" mystery. But I like how the author tackles serious issues, despite hiccups along the way. By hiccups, I mean what happened in this book: he often cites a particular author of a book about the pharmaceutical industry but the author in question is a pretty shady character who has served time in jail on, I believe, at least two occasions. For fraud or something. Of course, I agree with the overall message in this book, but I think a better role model could have been chosen. Perhaps at the time of this writing these things weren't known about the author of the book he cites so often.

At any rate, all of that aside, this is still an enjoyable listen. The narrator issues that got under my skin earlier (distracting mouth and sinus noises) seem diminished quite a bit in this version, so that was cool.

Recommended for any fans of "cozy" mysteries.

  • The Last Good Place

  • By: Robin Burcell
  • Narrated by: Travis Baldree
  • Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 23

Robin Burcell has worked as a cop, hostage negotiator, and as an FBI-trained forensic artist. She's also the author of award-winning thrillers. Now she uses that unparalleled experience to continue Carolyn Weston's groundbreaking series of books, which were the basis for the hit TV show The Streets of San Francisco.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One Hundred Gold Stars

  • By Simone K on 07-13-17

Decent mystery

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

Reviewed: 10-29-17

Note: I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

I listened to this a couple months back but didn't get around to posting a review until just now - sorry about that. :/

Anyway, this was a decent enough mystery. I sorta had it figured out when it was towards the end, so the reveal wasn't a huge surprise, but it did leave me guessing for a good while. The characters are alright, but not too deep or compelling. The narrator did a decent job too, but like the rest of the book it was just ... OK. Not sure this is a series I'll return to.

  • The Watson Girl

  • By: Leslie Wolfe
  • Narrated by: Andrew Tell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 111
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 101

An entire family is murdered and, by a quirk, a young girl is left unharmed. For 15 years, she believed the killer had been caught, and he's now on death row, awaiting execution. While trying to be content with her adoptive family, she's living in relentless uncertainty and the fear of remembering what really happened that night when she was five years old. She's The Watson Girl.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Watson Girl

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-06-17

It's OK

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

Reviewed: 09-07-17

Note: I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

This was an average mystery/thriller novel. Not horrible, but not earth-shattering either. The characters felt rather blah, and the mystery itself wasn't hard to figure out. I'd deduced who the baddie was early on, so it was rather disappointing to find out I was right. I like to be surprised by twists/turns in a novel - especially if they make sense. But this one was so predictable it kinda took the fun out of the whole thing. Oh well. :/ The narrator did an OK job.

  • Winter's Exile

  • Guy Winter Mysteries Book 3
  • By: James Philip
  • Narrated by: Melanie Fraser
  • Length: 6 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13

In Winter's Exile the Mystery Man is exiled to the country to recover and recuperate from his injuries. Inevitably, there is no escaping the war. When the son of the local Squire is found dying within hours of a German bomber crashing in a nearby field Guy Winter is suddenly back in his element.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good wartime detective story

  • By Rayc on 12-18-17

Nice!

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

Reviewed: 09-07-17

Note: I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

I'm very late getting this review in, as I actually finished this months ago. :( Trying to get caught up on things now.

This entry in the Guy Winter series was an improvement over the first two. Not that I completely disliked the first two. WWII history is interesting to me, and this series takes place during that time. Also, it's a mystery/crime drama, which is another genre I like. And Melanie Fraser, the narrator does an excellent job of bringing these characters to life. But there were issues with the first two novels that kept me from marking it up as high as the marks for narrator performance (which I've already elaborated on in the previous reviews).

However, this book seems to have resolved some of those issues. I'm not sure if it's because of the change in setting, or if the author made changes to the writing that helped make it easier for a listener/reader to follow. Or ... maybe I'm just finally used to this series and the characters to the point that the previous issues don't matter anymore. Whatever it was, this particular book was easier to follow and I felt more engaged as a listener. I hope this trend continues because there's something about this series that keeps me coming back for more. :)

Recommended.

  • Clan

  • By: Realm Lovejoy
  • Narrated by: Jeff Hays
  • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10

On Clades, to be a Clan is to be an exact copy. A perfect society cloning themselves to survive, even as the zombielike Frags threaten to overrun them on an unforgiving planet. Clan 1672 (privately known as Twain) was never supposed to survive the Incubation Tank. But he did. Illegally. He is different from the other Clans.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Impressive spin use of clones and strong concepts

  • By MelHay on 02-28-17

Interesting premise

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

Reviewed: 09-07-17

Note: I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

This book was ... interesting. I liked the unusual premise of it (a planet full of clones) and the underlying message of what it means to be human, in spite of being "identical" to another person. There were some issues that affected my overall score, unfortunately. It started off well enough with the plotting and characters but towards the end it started to seem like it was being rushed along to a conclusion that felt anti-climactic. Not sure how to describe it or exactly when, towards the end, that it happened. But I recall feeling a little unsatisfied with how everything had played out. Still, it made for an interesting listen. Speaking of listening - another superb job by Jeff Hays, the narrator. Recommended for any fan of Hays and/or a fan of this genre.