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  • Mr. Darcy to the Rescue

  • A Pride and Prejudice Variation
  • By: Victoria Kincaid, A Lady
  • Narrated by: Emma Lysy
  • Length: 5 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3

When the irritating Mr. Collins proposes marriage, Elizabeth Bennet is prepared to refuse him, but then she learns that her father is ill. If Mr. Bennet dies, Collins will inherit Longbourn and her family will have nowhere to go. Elizabeth accepts the proposal, telling herself she can be content as long as her family is secure. If only she weren't dreading the approaching wedding day. Ever since leaving Hertfordshire, Mr. Darcy has been trying to forget his inconvenient attraction to Elizabeth. News of her betrothal forces him to realize how devastating it would be to lose her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story, very well narrated

  • By KateB on 06-19-18

Great story, very well narrated

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

Reviewed: 06-19-18

I loved it. Darcy's persistence in winning Elizabeth's heart was endearing. Lady Catherine and Mr. Collins were at their worst, just perfect. Darcy and Elizabeth had their share of misunderstanding (as usual), but they shared a few tender moments as well. The scene on the balcony was swoon-worthy. And I enjoyed Caroline in all her snide glory.
Highly recommended.

  • Sailing out of Darkness

  • Carolina Coast, Book 4
  • By: Normandie Fischer
  • Narrated by: Laura Jennings
  • Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

When Samantha flies to Italy to gain distance from a disastrous affair with her childhood best friend, the last thing on her mind is romance. But Teo Anderson is nothing like her philandering ex-husband or her sailing buddy, Jack, who, despite his live-in girlfriend, caught her off guard with his flashing black eyes. Teo has his own scars, both physical and emotional, that he represses by writing mysteries - until one strange and compelling vision comes to life in the person of Sam.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • mixed

  • By Kelly on 06-15-18

Great story

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

Reviewed: 06-13-18

I really enjoyed this book. It has interesting character, gorgeous places and a mystery. And I love happy endings I'm looking forward to more stories from this author.

I received this audiobook at no-cost from Audiobookworm Promotions. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

  • War and Wind

  • Tides, Book 2
  • By: Alex Lidell
  • Narrated by: Kaitlin Bellamy
  • Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 12

A cowardly captain. An incompetent crew. A mission she can't fail. Nile and her small band of loyal midshipmen saved the ship, and Captain Rima might just kill them for it... one young officer at a time. No one and nothing on the Aurora is safe anymore, least of all Nile's explosive secrets or her connection with Domenic, which vibrates between them like a cutlass speared into the deck. When the shifting tide of war suddenly turns Aurora's backwater outpost into a vital battleground, Nile faces an impossible choice between duty and freedom. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great sequel to book 1

  • By KateB on 06-13-18

Great sequel to book 1

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

Reviewed: 06-13-18

I loved this book as much as book 1. Nile and Domenic had even more challenges ahead of them, and their enemies were more dangerous and evil than they had expected. Unfortunately for Nile her royal duties finally caught up with her, and she found out, that there was more to her fiance than net the eye. I loved the creative way she helped the Prince and his real love (no spoilers). Many turns and twists, great characters and plot kept me reading for most of a night, until I finished it.

The narration was great, depicting different personalities very well. I'd love to listen to more of Mts. Bellamy audiobooks.

I'm looking forward to more adventure and romance, which are ahead of Nile and Domenic.

  • Dairy Free and Happy!

  • Help, Happiness and General Advice for Children Who Are Allergic to Dairy Products
  • By: Michelle Diana Lowe
  • Narrated by: Sarah McNamara
  • Length: 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

Being allergic to dairy can sometimes be difficult, but it doesn't have to be! Dairy Free and Happy! gives practical advice and nuggets of wisdom to help you on a day-to-day basis. Learn how to shop at the supermarket, prepare for parties, what to do in an emergency, and little ways you can stay positive, healthy, and happy, plus much, much more. With hope, happiness, and helpful coping strategies, this self-awareness book is a must-have for children who are allergic to dairy products.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A cute story with good advice

  • By Jasmine B on 01-30-18

A lot of good advice

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

Reviewed: 01-31-18

It's a very short story for children with dairy allergies, presented in concise and fun way, not overwhelming to children. I especially appreciated different kind of information: eating 'do and don'ts', educating peers, managing daily life and entertainment, coping with lack of kindness and understanding.

I was impressed, that the author managed to include dietary, social and psychological aspects of living with a serious allergy in such a short lesson. Great job.

I received this audiobook at no-cost from Audiobookworm Promotions. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

  • The Subsequent Proposal: A Tale of Pride, Prejudice & Persuasion

  • By: Joana Starnes
  • Narrated by: Stevie Zimmerman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

Characters from Jane Austen's novels are thrown together by fate, and all manner of unwise decisions are taken at this vulnerable time. But then their past creeps up upon them - and what is there to do but face it, and hope that their convoluted paths will finally lead them to their proper place? Friends, rivals, foes, wrong choices, and a duel - Fitzwilliam Darcy's life is never dull! The Subsequent Proposal - a story that is primarily about him - follows Mr. Darcy in his struggles to decipher the troubling enigma of Elizabeth Bennet's feelings - and to correct the worst misjudgment of his life....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Joana Starnes words/Zimmerman’s voice: Perfection

  • By Christina Boyd on 04-29-18

Great P&P and Persuasion crossover

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

Reviewed: 01-22-18

I loved this crossover between my two favorite Jane Austen novels. The idea of Darcy and Ann Elliott getting engaged was brilliant. Both Sir Walter and Miss Elliott were captured perfectly, so true to their original characters. It had a lot of angst and some humor as well, but luckily there was a HEA for both couples.

It is a Joana Starnes' story, so there had to be a lot of Darcy's soul searching, she always does it so beautifully. I enjoyed rivalry between Darcy and Captain Wentworth, and their working together against Wickham. Wicked Wicky got his just deserts, and it's always a pleasure.

Another wonderful Stevie Zimmerman's narration of Joana Starnes' story. Highly recommended.

  • The Darcy Monologues

  • By: Lory Lilian, Caitlin Williams, Joana Starnes, and others
  • Narrated by: Harry Frost
  • Length: 14 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 30

In this romance anthology, 15 Austenesque authors assemble to sketch Darcy's character through a series of reimaginings, set in the Regency through contemporary times - from faithful narratives to the fanciful. In The Darcy Monologues, the man himself reveals his intimate thoughts, his passionate dreams, and his journey to love - all told with a previously concealed wit and enduring charm. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Whole Book of Darcy!

  • By Sean M Nipping on 01-19-18

Great stories, wonderful narrator

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

Reviewed: 01-08-18

I loved the book, and I was curious about the audiobook. All the stories are very well written with excellent plots. A box of little gems, something beautiful for different tastes. I'm a fan of Regency stories, but different era and modern ones were great as well.

The narrator was wonderful. his voice suited Mr. Darcy very well, and his portrayal of other characters was very good as well. Great listening experience.

Highly recommended for any JAFF reader and audiobook lover.

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  • Twelve Spirits of Christmas

  • Tessa Lamar Novels, Volume 2
  • By: Kathryn M. Hearst
  • Narrated by: Holly Adams
  • Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 12

Two amazing men. A serial killer. A Christmas to remember. Tessa Lamar is dreading her first Christmas without her beloved grandfather. They say the holiday season brings out the best and the worst in people. This year, it's brought out a serial killer, who chooses his victims based on the carol, "The Twelve Days of Christmas." 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Decent story but irritating narration

  • By M. E. Wendt on 12-28-17

Great book 2

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

Reviewed: 12-10-17

I enjoyed this book as much as the first one. The mystery, magic, shapeshifting, ghosts and a serial killer made a powerful mix. I loved all the characters from book one and their interactions, though I was a bit confused that Tessa's romantic entanglements still continued. The plot was very good, with many twists and turns. Great narration.

Highly recommended

I received this audiobook at no-cost from the author. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

  • Lost in the Light

  • By: Mary Castillo
  • Narrated by: Mary Castillo
  • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 17

Drawn to this tough but tender woman, Vicente materializes out of the butler's pantry and asks her to find his lost love, Anna. Dori wonders if she's not only about to lose her badge, but also her sanity. Dori has always been drawn to the mysterious Queen Anne Edwardian house in her hometown. But after a devastating injury that puts her career on the line, Dori isn't sure if she made the right decision purchasing this rundown old mansion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Spellbounding

  • By KateB on 12-10-17

Spellbounding

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

Reviewed: 12-10-17

This book kept me on the edge of my char. the writing, the atmosphere, the mystery was great. I couldn't put it down until I finished.

The characters were very well written, the plot was wonderful with the twists and turns. I enjoyed the parallel stories of Dori and Vicente. I was captivated how the story of Dori's discovery of Vincente's fate unfolded. I'm looking forward to listening to the next book. Mary Castillo's narration added a special touch to the whole experience.

Highly recommended

I received this audiobook at no-cost from Audiobookworm Promotions. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Once upon a Time in Venice

  • By: Monique Roy
  • Narrated by: Kevin E Green
  • Length: 1 hr and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

This enchanting story revolves around the relationship between Samuelle, a young boy, and his grandfather Leo. Leo has learned that he suffers from a terminal illness, and in his wistful skimming of artifacts from the past, he uncovers treasured mementos of his earliest years, growing up in the romantic city of Venice. Sharing them with Samuelle, he infects the boy with an infatuation for the city, one they will both share when Leo decides to accept an invitation to participate in the annual Regatta.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Heartbreaking and heartwarming

  • By KateB on 12-10-17

Heartbreaking and heartwarming

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

Reviewed: 12-10-17

An emotionally moving tale about a grandfather and his young grandson's journey into the past and family relationships. The characters were very well written, and the plot though slow was very interesting.

The story stressed the importance and value of family relationships, and a strong bond between people which would provide comfort in the time of tragedy. Beautiful, sad, but leaving a reader with hope.

I received this audiobook at no-cost from Audiobookworm Promotions. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Book of Dragons

  • By: E. Nesbit
  • Narrated by: Karen Krause
  • Length: 4 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

Edith (E.) Nesbit was a master at weaving imagination and real life into timeless fairy tales, with fantastic mythical creatures, princes and princesses, magic, and just the right touch of silliness. This is a collection of nine of her fairy tales with a common theme - Dragons! For children from five to 95, these stories are not to be taken seriously. Let your imagination run wild!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great childhood memory

  • By KateB on 12-10-17

Great childhood memory

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

Reviewed: 12-10-17

It was a great pleasure to listen to a book I loved as a child so beautifully narrated. It brought up sweet memories.
Highly recommended for all ages.


I received this audiobook at no-cost from Audiobookworm Promotions. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful