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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-25-15

New Favorite P.I. Series

What a fun character! I like serious mysteries, and the best ones always have a terrific and unusual main character. Somebody we haven't seen before. Enter Cal Corwin. Ex San Francisco cop, smart, tough, even a little gritty, ethnical but not goody-two-shoes, a quarter Japanese, a quarter Mexican, and female. A true California character! I read some reviews on Amazon that said they didn't like that some things in the story were unresolved. Duh, it's called Loose Ends, so I think we can expect that. All the "loose ends" felt like things that were going to carryover and maybe grow in the next book or the book after that. You really get the feeling that this is the start of a series, a whole world, and I had a great time with it. Also, I've enjoyed this narrator on some other books and I think this might be my favorite. It felt like she IS Cal Corwin, with some other fun characters for good measure. (Micky her sidekick tech genius, Jay her ex-partner, Haight-Ashbury hippy mom and others, without giving away any spoilers). I hope the series grows quickly and that future books are maybe a little longer. I want more!

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-15-15

Lots of fun

This mystery is definitely cozy and it doesn't take a genius to figure it out but that's what made it fun. Pretty much a breezy tale although some serious things happen in the course of the story. I enjoyed the narrator a lot, and sometimes I really got the feeling that the first person narrator was real. Loved the many zany characters. I might try another audiobook from the series but might first check other reviews to see if there was a more developed story line. Overall a fun audiobook I'd recommend if you like cozy mysteries like me.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-15-14

Lightweight Paranormal Fun

I like this series even if it's a bit of a guilty pleasure. Nothing challenging, but the main character is sweet and it's interesting to watch her discover the extent of her powers. I enjoy this narrator a lot and think that she brings characters to life in a fun and entertaining way. It's hard for me to imagine the main character without the narrator's voice! Plus, I can always understand her, which is important as sometimes the environment I listen in is noisy. I especially enjoy the scenes with the main character and her boyfriend. It's just fun, with a bit of sex and romance but nothing in bad taste. I also like her young goblin friend too, and I'm really curious how that subplot is going to play out in the next installment (no spoilers LOL). If you like this author's other books, you might enjoy this series too. I'm glad I gave it a try.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-13-14

Short But Definitely Sweet

This new installment in the Witches Trilogy is really entertaining as audio. I love this narrator, and it's great to hear some of the old characters, as well as the new ones. Really fun new-to-the-series characters, by the way. Even Samantha Moon is in this one, on the phone, anyway. The story is a bit scary, and the voice of the demon gave me shivers, especially when it sniffed the air of a spell that was brewing, but it's still Allison, who's always sweet and funny, and a new witch named Ivy. I wish these two were neighbors of mine LOL. If you liked the first book, you'll like this one too I bet. I know I did.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-30-14

Unusual world and lovable main character

Super fun story, with terrific narrator. On the short side, but if you like modern witches and a mix of comedy and drama, definitely worth a listen. I'm glad to have it and hope that there's another audiobook in the series soon. And that there's more about Allison and Conn, hint hint, Mr. Rain!

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-16-14

Haunting indeed!

This was an involving story, and I enjoyed the narration very much. I sometimes had a little trouble telling characters apart but quickly understood as the scene continued. Kate, the main character, is a little annoying in a good way for a character. The way she constantly resists John the love interest made the personal tension interesting as the larger mystery plot unfolded, I liked that. And also Venice (a character in the book) is a hoot. Good writer, good narrator. Glad I gave it a chance.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-26-14

New Twist on a Familiar Creature

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend it to someone who likes stories about witches and werewolves and magic, yes. It's not the kind of genre I usually listen to but I ended up liking the idea of it well enough that I might listen to the next one in the series if it's available. Also the main character is really sweet and smart and sometimes funny. It's a fantasy story, but with people who are like real people.

What did you like best about this story?

I like the idea of what kind of creature Elle and her boyfriend actually are. I don't want to give away any spoilers, but to me it was a new idea. I liked it. I also liked the tenderness of the big love/sex scene. It was sexy but it was really about how the main character felt, not just body parts moving around. Lastly, it takes place in Scotland so there's Scottish accents and that was fun.

What does Francesca Townes bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

There's a lot of scenes where characters do a lot of talking back and forth and this narrator made that come alive like plot and story rather than just talking. This is the third one of this narrator's books I've reviewed. I like her a lot. I enjoy how she does characters, even men.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-23-14

Like a TV Documentary

This audiobook really sounds just like a documentary you might see on the History Channel, but no music. I actually found this audiobook because I like this narrator. I can understand everything she says, and she makes the narration fun (but not funny in this one). This isn't normally the kind of book I listen to, but I'm glad that I got it and feel that it was ultimately a good choice for me.

There's some gory descriptions, but I thought that they were handled well both by the author and the narrator. Really it reminded me of watching a TV documentary but I was able to take care of work while listening, without feeling like I was missing something by not seeing a TV screen. I saw the whole thing in my head, creepy killers and all. That's some good narration!

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-06-14

Fun characters, great writing and narration

This wasn’t my first audiobook but it was my first on Audible. I was pleasantly surprised at how good it was. I like mysteries about people rather than just whodunit plots and “Hooked” delivers. I didn’t know what to expect but this was a well-written story with some interesting characters, and then some of it is just adult (sex) enough to be fun. And it was surprisingly funny. I laughed aloud often while listening to this book.

I thought that the narrator did an excellent job, too. She has a nice voice and did all the characters really well. I looked her up here on audible but am not interested in any of her other narrations at this time although I would definitely buy another book she narrated if I liked the story.

I loved Benny in the whole book! But I wouldn’t want children to listen to him ;) Also, the epilogue between Tawney and Linc was very satisfying, even though it’s mostly just the two of them talking. I didn’t like Tawney very much at the beginning of the story but as Linc and she grew closer she became softer and nicer until she’s the kind of person you can imagine being friends with. I enjoyed that because that’s how people actually are. I think that’s the writer’s talent and skill, and also the narrator.

This book was a gift to get me started on Audible, and I was really impressed at how good it was. The writing and the narration were as good as the books on CD that I get at the library. I’m thinking about getting Polly Iyer’s other book here. This is my first audiobook review, I hope I did it correctly.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful