LISTENER

Courtney Odor

SPRINGFIELD, LA
  • 196
  • reviews
  • 74
  • helpful votes
  • 201
  • ratings
Past & Present audiobook cover art
  • Past & Present

  • A Marketville Mystery, Book 2
  • By: Judy Penz Sheluk
  • Narrated by: Kelli Lindsay
  • Length: 6 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46

Sometimes the past reaches out to the present. It’s been 13 months since Calamity (Callie) Barnstable inherited a house in Marketville under the condition that she search for the person who murdered her mother 30 years earlier. She solves the mystery, but what's next? Unemployment? Another nine-to-five job in Toronto? Callie decides to set down roots in Marketville, take the skills and knowledge she acquired over the past year, and start her own business: Past & Present Investigations.     

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Book 2

  • By mani on 06-05-19

A good relaxing read.

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

Reviewed: 08-17-19

***As always, I have to state that I was given this book for free in exchange for a review.
I never let the fact that I was given this book for free effect or sway my opinion in my review. My reviews are always my own opinion and thoughts on the books that I review.***

The characters are well-drawn and the story is wonderful. I could not resist the writing about the past and the protagonist's family. Family ties here are compelling as are ties of friendship. I will probably re-read it because I enjoyed it so much. Oh, and there is a touch of the supernatural too which makes it that much more fun!

There are plenty of feints, dead-ends, and red herrings throughout to keep the reader guessing while turning pages. Past & Present: A Marketville Mystery is a delightful blend of the cerebral, the psychic, and good ol’ down-to-earth sleuthing. The interesting cast of interactive characters and satisfying conclusion will leave the reader wanting to revisit Marketville time and again.

Zed's World Book Three: No Way Out audiobook cover art
  • Zed's World Book Three: No Way Out

  • By: Rich Baker
  • Narrated by: Andrew B. Wehrlen
  • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32

For Kyle Puckett, Earth has become a savage place. As the world continues to decay, the survivors of the viral plague have started choosing sides. With each encounter the stakes - and the body count - continue to rise. With the skies growing darker and the dead pressing in, both sides may soon find out that there is No Way Out. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • More action and twists before volume four!

  • By RJ on 09-08-18

Series gets better each book.

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

Reviewed: 08-17-19

***As always, I have to state that I was given this book for free in exchange for a review.
I never let the fact that I was given this book for free effect or sway my opinion in my review. My reviews are always my own opinion and thoughts on the books that I review.***

Book 3 is even better than I expected. Rich Baker keeps things moving along and his writing is not only intelligent but interesting and exciting. I can't imagine how difficult a task that is to pull off. I am absolutely hooked on this series and I can't say enough great things about it. I have a habit of reading a novel and as I'm digesting it,

I always think of things that could possibly go wrong or what I think might/should happen and it just seems like Rich has thought of every detail. He really, truly KNOWS his subjects and so it's nice to just sit back and let him lead you on this journey. I'm not the least bit concerned that he'll do something stupid or lead you in a way that isn't consistent with what is actually happening. That being said; there are multiple twists and turns that take you by surprise and make it a real 'by the seat of your pants' kind of ride! I highly recommend this series.

Zed's World audiobook cover art
  • Zed's World

  • Books One and Two
  • By: Rich Baker
  • Narrated by: S.W. Salzman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 60

A terrible plague has been loosed upon the earth. In the course of one night, mankind teeters on the brink of extinction. Fighting through gathering hordes of undead, a group of friends brave military checkpoints, armed civilians, and forced allegiances in an attempt to reach loved ones. Thwarted at every turn, they press forward. But taking roads less traveled could cost them everything.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 👍🏻

  • By Nomi on 12-22-17

Great zombie series

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

Reviewed: 08-17-19

***As always, I have to state that I was given this book for free in exchange for a review.
I never let the fact that I was given this book for free effect or sway my opinion in my review. My reviews are always my own opinion and thoughts on the books that I review.***

Every now and again I need to read a zombie story, my problem is that they just aren't that exciting anymore. A great start to a zombie series. This short story is extremely fast-paced and the action is almost non-stop as a new virulent plague is unleashed in a small college town. The story follows a few characters and their sons who are just finishing up their year of school.

Except for a few individuals who'd been preparing their whole life, Colorado -- and it's assumed America at large -- was unprepared for the lightning-fast transmission of the zombie virus.

Forgotten Places audiobook cover art
  • Forgotten Places

  • By: Johanna Craven
  • Narrated by: Rebecca McKernan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

English settler Grace Ashwell flees an abusive lover in Hobart Town, with six-year-old Violet in tow. In her head, escape is easy: find work in the northern settlements and earn enough for passage home to London. But the terrain beyond the settled districts is wilder than Grace could ever have imagined. She and Violet find themselves lost in a beautiful but deadly land where rain thunders down mountains, the earth drops away without warning and night brings impenetrable darkness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing story

  • By KimberlyAnne on 12-22-17

A powerful & well written story.

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

Reviewed: 08-17-19

***As always, I have to state that I was given this book for free in exchange for a review.
I never let the fact that I was given this book for free effect or sway my opinion in my review. My reviews are always my own opinion and thoughts on the books that I review.***

The author has an amazing way with words. Beautifully-crafted sentences and an acute sense of place and description. The first third of the book had me hooked, and the last third of the book kept me breathless. The middle third was a bit slow for me--I must admit though, I am a plot-driven reader. And while I enjoyed the twist at the end--I didn't see it coming--I felt the surprise was more because the events didn't jive with one of the main characters. I can't say more, unfortunately. No spoilers! But after that revealing, I was kept on the edge of my seat about what might happen next. Will she do this? Will he do that? How will it end? I will definitely look at other books by this author.

‘Forgotten Places’ is a story of two broken people trying to survive in a brutal landscape. Inspired by true events, it thrusts the reader into Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania) in the 1830s where convicts and British settlers have converged to begin a new life in Australia. An English nanny accompanies her employer, Harris and small twin daughters, Violet and Nora there after the death of Harris’ wife. They leave England on the Duchenfield to travel to Hobart Town. Later, Grace flees from her abusive, soon-to-be husband with Violet into the wilderness but becomes lost. She encounters Dalton, who has escaped into the remote Derwent Valley and isolated himself for eleven years with only his strange, carved life-sized dolls for the company in his hut. Grace sees loss, suffering, and shame in his eyes and clings to him. When Violet goes missing, their lives and the awful truth begin to unravel.

This is a gripping and powerfully told story with several unexpected and shocking twists. The wild landscape echoes the tangled lives and horrors the pair endure. The natural world is authentic and beautifully described. Craven has developed strong and many-faceted characters, who at times have you believing they are brutal savages, and at other times, make you empathize and care for them. Not only do they have to fight to survive but also deal with the social and class order that has followed them from England. I felt Grace’s anguish deeply at losing Violet and Dalton’s struggle to be human and distance himself from his horrific past. The story is compelling and has you glued to the pages to discover the unpredictable conclusion.

Green Sunday audiobook cover art
  • Green Sunday

  • By: Ryk Brink
  • Narrated by: John McLoughlin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15

When TJ, a small time Internet show host with his head in the clouds, met a strange green-haired girl in his secluded mountain town, he thought his luck was changing. Unfortunately, on her heels was a collection of sociopaths determined to destroy his hometown for the benefit of a deepweb gameshow's cameras. And everyone in the town is an unwilling contestant.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great fun!

  • By eris on 06-28-19

Different, but in a good way...

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

Reviewed: 08-17-19

***As always, I have to state that I was given this book for free in exchange for a review.
I never let the fact that I was given this book for free effect or sway my opinion in my review. My reviews are always my own opinion and thoughts on the books that I review.***

I liked the basic idea behind this book and the characters were well written. There were some pretty outside the box concepts in play, and I felt compelled to continue reading the story. I really enjoyed the storyline, however, I have an issue with words and phrases being used repetitively. The term "rag doll" or "rag-dolled", for instance, was used over and over to describe a body's reaction to be shot or otherwise damaged. That is extremely distracting to me and affected my enjoyment of the book.

I did enjoy this book. I was hesitant at first cause I am usually a hardcore post-apocalyptic book lover. Usually dealing with zombies or biological warfare type of books.

Set in a semi end of days type setting you have TJ a well developed main character reminiscent of what a good portion of our youth nowadays is like. Kinda geeky, techy clumsy embarrassed around girls and all-around "weird". He is suddenly thrust into a life or death struggle. Dealing with gangs, and a "game". He fumbles through this new life and he meets this mysterious beauty who goes by Sunday. She has green hair and is totally unconventional when it comes to life. The story mainly follows these two as they try to survive in the new brutal world.

I did enjoy this book. The characters are well developed and you start to like them and I even liked some of the villains. I felt that the writing could be a little to "detailed" at times. Taking a long time to say what was going on. Sort of being over descriptive. This aside I do recommend this book.

Grace, Jack & Magical Cats Cozy: Mystery Boxed Set, Volume 1 audiobook cover art
  • Grace, Jack & Magical Cats Cozy: Mystery Boxed Set, Volume 1

  • By: Mary Matthews
  • Narrated by: Sheila Book
  • Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15

Grab a special boxed set featuring romantic detectives, Grace and Jack, and their magical cats. Magical white cat Tatania helps her human operatives solve mysteries without missing a nap. In Splendid Summer, when Grace Wentworth loses her last living relative and all her money, hot Detective and WWI Aviator Jack Brewster gets the case. Grace is learning to lead her own life instead of just following it around. Startled by Grace's lack of deference to him, Jack recognizes his romantic equal.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Mysteries + Cats = 5 star ratings

  • By Courtney Odor on 08-17-19

Mysteries + Cats = 5 star ratings

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

Reviewed: 08-17-19

***As always, I have to state that I was given this book for free in exchange for a review.
I never let the fact that I was given this book for free effect or sway my opinion in my review. My reviews are always my own opinion and thoughts on the books that I review.***

This was a box set, so you know I am always down for a few good reads all combined into one! I loved three of the stories but I didn't like A CHRISTMAS FERAL very much. Other than having Tatania using magic and an extremely brief inclusion of Jack and Grace, having Dicken's wonderful story altered in order to try and make it fit into the overall storyline seemed both forced and false.

The other three books were thoroughly enjoyable and I found them to be fast-paced, light, quick and warmhearted. Jack and Grace (and Tatania and Zeus, the magical, completely adorable cats) were extremely lovable characters with well-developed, three-dimensional personalities. The dialogues were crisp, sparkling, and authentic to the time period. (I'm quite well-versed in history but I hadn't known that many buildings had separate doors for men and women so learning about that was a real surprise.) I was really captivated by the marvelous imagery which made it very easy for me to immerse myself in the story. These books gave me a lot of smiles.

Overall, this boxed set is a wonderful series that I am very glad that I read. I definitely recommend it to anyone who likes detective stories with romance, fantasy, and pussycats threw in.

Feylin Lore: Reflections audiobook cover art
  • Feylin Lore: Reflections

  • By: P.A. Wikoff
  • Narrated by: Crystal Wikoff
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

Talia is a mysterious woman with a complicated past. She is a fighter who keeps her thoughts and feelings well guarded. While fulfilling her destiny, she meets Hark - a man she is inexplicably drawn to. Little does she know that her life will play out before his eyes during the very moment he intends to destroy her. Hark develops a deeper understanding of Talia's past as her secrets are revealed to him. Will Hark choose his feelings over the fate of the world, or is it much too late?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Terrific!

  • By G C on 06-19-18

A refreshing new tale....

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

Reviewed: 08-17-19

***As always, I have to state that I was given this book for free in exchange for a review.
I never let the fact that I was given this book for free effect or sway my opinion in my review. My reviews are always my own opinion and thoughts on the books that I review.***

This is a book you need to listen to without too many distractions. Often the narrative switches between Talia, Hark and the Prophetess but is said in the first person- "I". Often I had to rewind to figure out who "I" was, and then "the doll" too. Especially since the voices for them are not too different. Also, the storyline switches quite quickly (hence paying attention to the book), one moment they are in one place doing one thing, and the next you're rewinding the book thinking "how did they get here?
The book starts with an event that parallels the end of the book. Then we meet Hark and Talia. She is a recruiter for the Feylin Order and recruits Hark. Not long after we learn Talia is not whom she initially seems, she has many secrets and a complicated personality. She is to embark on a quest and Hark is to join her. and there is plenty of strife, drama, and trials they need to overcome.

I would definitely recommend this book for anyone into the sci-fi genre. I would read/listen to another novel from this author.

The Red Planet President audiobook cover art
  • The Red Planet President

  • A Novella
  • By: William Graham
  • Narrated by: Richard Wilson
  • Length: 1 hr and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 17

In this continuation of the story line of The Red Planet Trilogy, author William Graham weaves a compelling tale of political intrigue as Dr. Jane Starling, the first president of the newly formed Martian Republic, takes office. Her political foes at the corporations, which founded the colonies on Mars, are aligned against her and devise ways to sabotage her political agenda. Against this highly charged political drama, the common citizens of Mars must make decisions about their own lives.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Bit Dry

  • By Simone on 01-31-18

William Graham never disappoints.

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

Reviewed: 08-17-19

***As always, I have to state that I was given this book for free in exchange for a review.
I never let the fact that I was given this book for free effect or sway my opinion in my review. My reviews are always my own opinion and thoughts on the books that I review.***

This is the first novel in the series (I believe). For some odd reasons, Audible will not save this review when I make it. I have made the same review 5 times on the same book and it erases my review after a week.

Unraveled Souls: An Erotic Victorian Novel audiobook cover art
  • Unraveled Souls: An Erotic Victorian Novel

  • By: Sandra Sookoo
  • Narrated by: Linda Kutzer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

Noelle Radliffe can communicate with ghosts. They haunt her nights and show her dreams of things that haven’t yet occurred. When she has a vision of a dead lion and sees the name of a man, she searches the city to find him and warn him only to become sidetracked by an addiction she can’t fight.    

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Erotic Victorian Goodness

  • By Courtney Odor on 07-15-19

Erotic Victorian Goodness

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

Reviewed: 07-15-19

As always, I have to state that this book was given to me for free in exchange for a review.
I always like to state that this does not impact my review or my opinion of the book. My reviews are honest and my own opinion of the story, performance, and overall thoughts on the book.

Two souls, Noelle Radcliffe, and Nicholas Pemberton are drawn together but both have secrets they hide close. Noelle sees ghost and has since she was small. Nicholas is a shapeshifter that turns him into a lion when he becomes stressed. The intrigue comes in when Noelle is dreaming about Nicholas and having ghost talk to her about him. As they meet and cannot fight their attraction, there are a lot of twist and turns that make this story a page-turner. As all of Sandra's stories, you will be enthralled and want to read more by her!!
I read this as part of an anthology Season of Love: A Historical Romance Collection.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Heliotrope audiobook cover art
  • Heliotrope

  • By: JC Miller
  • Narrated by: Ann Simmons
  • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

Buckle up your Birkenstocks and travel back to 1975. Discover (or relive) the pre-digital age in Arcata, a remote Bohemian college town in California. Meet Kit, a hard-working, bookish senior, on track for graduation - that is, until she falls for Jonathan, one-time bestselling author, now her stand-in professor. Jonathan, a master in the art of deception, isn't who he appears to be. As their bond grows, Kit's desire blinds her to the truth - a shocking discovery shatters her faith and ultimately tests her integrity.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Short romantic read...

  • By Courtney Odor on 07-15-19

Short romantic read...

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

Reviewed: 07-15-19

As always, I have to state that this book was given to me for free in exchange for a review.
I always like to state that this does not impact my review or my opinion of the book. My reviews are honest and my own opinion of the story, performance, and overall thoughts on the book.

Heliotrope is an intriguing tale that features two complex characters: Kit, the college senior who is yearning to find her place in the world while developing an unrequited love for her professor, Jonathan Wakefield. Jonathan is a one-time best selling author turned professor, who has his own internal conflicts and isn't who he appears to be. Their story is full of drama, internal personal conflicts, angst, romance, betrayal, life lessons, and emotional trials and tribulations that easily keeps the reader engaged and turning the pages.

The author does a wonderful job of transporting the reader back to 1975 with rich descriptions and references of the easy-going, free to be time period, don't you just love the book cover! This complex story flows smoothly as Kit and Jon's story unfolds in a dramatic and tumultuous style. I couldn't help but find myself captivated by Kit and Jon's story, it is a delightful story that even took me on a walk down memory lane of my own college years! Heliotrope is a realistic coming of age story that captures the essence of college and of life's struggles and choices in a more hipper and simpler time.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful