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  • The Enchanter's Flame

  • The Ellwood Chronicles, Book I
  • By: Michele Notaro
  • Narrated by: Kenneth Obi
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 128
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 124
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 124

Strange things are happening all around Brinnswick. Things that remind me of a piece of my past I’d rather forget. Girls are being killed, drained of blood, and left with strange markings on their bodies. When I finally connect the cases together, a specialist is called in - though, what he’s a specialist of is beyond me. When the chief assigns him as my new partner for the case, I can’t help but groan on the inside. Why of all people would I be assigned to Ailin Ellwood? 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More Magic

  • By F. Moon on 12-26-18

This could have been a great book

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

Reviewed: 01-03-19

The main character is supposed to be a 35 year old detective who is also ex-Military. Why does he sound like a teenage girl? The author should have done research or maybe read other novels that have male characters in them who are adults. Sebastian's character acts likes he's young and not very bright. Other than that, the plot is pretty good. Ailin is a great character who doesn't sound or act like a young high school student. If the author had gotten the characterization of Sebastian right, the book would have been solid. I honestly think it could do with a re-write. It's almost like a YA M/F novel. I hope the subsequent novels in the series are better.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • There Goes the Bride

  • An Agatha Raisin Mystery
  • By: M. C. Beaton
  • Narrated by: Penelope Keith
  • Length: 6 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 554
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 448
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 446

Bossy, impulsive, yet hopelessly romantic, Agatha is dreading the upcoming marriage of her ex-husband, James Lacey. Although she has set her sights on a handsome and beguiling new Frenchman, she can't quite stop obsessing about James. Her best intentions to move on with her life are put on hold when James's young bride is shot to death just minutes before saying "I do" and Agatha is named the prime suspect.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Agatha always makes me smile

  • By Susanne on 05-29-11

An Enjoyable Story

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

Reviewed: 10-25-17

I just recently got into the Agatha Raisin series. I didn't care at all for any parts involving Toni. I just don't like that character for some reason. The story also seemed to drag in some areas and have unnecessary side stories. Despite those things, I did rather enjoy the story. Not the best Agatha Raisin novel that I've listened to so far, but still good.

  • Shallow Graves

  • The Haunted, Book 1
  • By: Patrick Logan
  • Narrated by: Michael Pauley
  • Length: 6 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 294
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 253
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 254

Robert Watts is having the worst day of his entire life. First he's laid off, then he finds out that his wife is having an affair, with his boss no less. And that's only the beginning. Before the month is out, Robert finds himself alone to raise his daughter with no money, no job, and a house that is minutes from being repossessed. Just when he hits rock bottom, a strange visitor arrives at the doorstep of his soon to be foreclosed house with a letter from an aunt he didn't know existed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Intensely interesting

  • By P. A. Dufour on 12-06-16

Predictable, unimaginative, and not at all scary

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

Reviewed: 08-01-17

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I would not recommend this book to a friend. It was to riddled with cliches. The main character was annoying at times and behaved illogically. It seemed very amateurish

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

I would have changed the beginning so that the twist about the daughter actually made sense. People who think the twist was surprising and interesting most not have been paying attention. It was predictable and also didn't work with the details in the beginning. One glaring mistake was that the wife had been driving on the freeway. If you're going to have a twist, make sure there aren't any plot holes.

Which scene was your favorite?

The last scene with Sean.

Was Shallow Graves worth the listening time?

It wasn't really worth the listening time...at all.

Any additional comments?

Maybe the other novels in the series are written better and have plots that are more developed. This novel was the equivalent of a C-horror movie with a shoe-string budget and atrocious acting.

  • Dark Dreams

  • A Collection of Horror and Suspense by Black Writers
  • By: Brandon Massey
  • Narrated by: various
  • Length: 13 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 118
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 70
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 71

With heart-stopping stories by Zane, Tananarive Due and Steven Barnes, Joy M. Copeland, Robert Fleming, Terence Taylor, Francine Lewis, Brandon Massey, and 12 other established or up-and-coming writers, Dark Dreams is a must-have contemporary anthology for fans of the supernatural.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • OUTSTANDING COLLECTION!!

  • By Kelly on 01-22-07

No mystery or horror to speak of

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

Reviewed: 07-25-17

There were more bad stories than good. Some were downright terrible. Many of the stories seemed unfinished or had a weak payoff. I struggled to get through most of them. Some of them were so awful that I wanted to skip them but I kept listening in hope that they'd get better. I wouldn't recommend this one.

  • Fright Mare

  • Women Write Horror
  • By: Billie Sue Mosiman
  • Narrated by: Jethro Arola
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13

Women write horror and have written it since before Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein. This anthology highlights the fact that women write great horror and kills the fallacy that they aren't in some way up to standard. They are. Hear stories by Elizabeth Massie, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Lucy Taylor, and a plethora of other great writers as they work on your nerves, get inside your head, and bang out some of the scariest tales written today. Lock the door and windows, put on a light, and remember, it's not real.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Save your money!!!!

  • By Book Fan on 11-15-16

I would pass on this one.

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

Reviewed: 07-03-17

Only a few of the stories were good. None of them were scary. A couple of them aren't even horror stories. Some were so bad that I didn't even make it through them.

The narrator wasn't terrible. However, he did mispronounce a few words.