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  • Witch You Well

  • The Westwick Witches
  • By: Colleen Cross
  • Narrated by: Petrea Burchard
  • Length: 5 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77

Even if the entire town is now accusing Aunt Pearl of murdering her guest. Even if her fiancee is acting weird and talking about seeing ghosts. Even if the town's sexy new sheriff, Tyler Gates, treats her like the most hexing of all the witches.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Fun story.

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 09-19-17

All About Aunt Pearl

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

Reviewed: 02-14-19

The story was a bit lackluster, the heroine the same, the narrator also, but the exasperatingly lovable Aunt Pearl was a gem. The best part of every part of the book. Even the narrator came to life for an exceptional Pearl performance.

* I received this audiobook free of charge and have voluntarily left this review

  • The Ghost of Marlow House

  • Haunting Danielle Series, Book 1
  • By: Bobbi Holmes, Anna J. McIntyre
  • Narrated by: Romy Nordlinger
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 625
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 569
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 567

When Danielle Boatman inherits Marlow House, she dreams of turning it into a seaside bed and breakfast. Since she's never visited the property, Danielle's not sure what awaits her in Oregon. She certainly doesn't expect to find one of the house's previous owners still in residence. After all, the man has been dead for almost 90 years - shouldn't he have moved on by now? Charming Walt Marlow convinces Danielle the only way he can move on is if she solves the mystery of his death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow! This Was Just What I Needed!

  • By Sonja on 08-14-17

Fantastical & funny w/ a Ghost and Mrs Muir vibe

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

Reviewed: 01-17-19

Loving this series so far. The heroine is likable and intelligent, the ghostly interactions wonderful. I love the setting and the house especially. I'd happily live there, ghost and all. Maybe especially because of the ghost. Like a contemporary Ghost and Mrs. Muir.
I don't love how the author bounces around in people's heads like a rubber ball but it doesn't prevent me from loving the story. The narration is solid. Can't wait to read the next one!

  • Tuck Everlasting

  • By: Natalie Babbitt
  • Narrated by: Peter Thomas
  • Length: 3 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 881
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 738
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 732

When 10-year-old Winnie Foster stumbles upon the Tuck family's disturbing secret, she is forced to come to terms with her conflicting emotions. She feels drawn to the loving, gentle, and rather eccentric Tucks, but what they tell her is too incredible to be believed. Doomed to, or blessed with, eternal life after drinking from a magic spring, the Tuck family tries to make Winnie understand that the terrible magic of the forest spring can never be revealed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not just for middle school kids... made me happy.

  • By Jan on 06-04-13

A Magical, Immortal Story

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

Reviewed: 01-17-19

This beautiful, haunting classic is wonderfully read by Peter Thomas. It took a couple minutes for me to adjust to his reading style, but once I did, I enjoyed his reading immensely. One of my favorite books and sure to be a repeat-listen. Pure magic.

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  • Murder and Chocolate Fudge Cake

  • Mysteries of Treasure Cove, Book 1
  • By: Meredith Potts
  • Narrated by: Carrie Burgess
  • Length: 3 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

One of Sabrina Carlson's oldest friends is found murdered. Unfortunately, she doesn't have time to grieve. After all, the killer is out there somewhere. And she isn't about to let them get away. Instead, Sabrina is going to do everything in her power to bring the guilty party to justice - even if it means risking her life. But is she really prepared to discover the truth? Or will this investigation break her?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great and cozy

  • By Rebecca Azizov on 01-07-19

Probably a better read than a listen

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

Reviewed: 01-11-19

The story was ok—a simple, cozy mystery that could lead to a really fun series with a nice setting. I really liked the premise of a husband and wife teaming up to solve mysteries, and I liked that they were middle aged in stead of the usual 20-30-somethings. That was a fun change. The character introduction was a strong start with the husband and wife animatedly hashing out a detective show mystery, but overall the dialogue wasn’t stellar and there was a fair bit of repetition in the writing—certain phrases, etc, turned up often enough to be distracting. There was also a lengthy bit within a character conversation about people leaving negative reviews that was a little too pointed at the reader and a little too long to be funny. By the time she’s finished whining, you’re no longer chuckling at the author, you’re rolling your eyes at her.

But the most difficult part of this production was by far the narration. The reader’s slow, stilted diction reminded me strongly of the way my classmates used to read in grade school when we were reading aloud in class. It was very distracting and sapped the fun from the story. I had to speed it up to get through it.

Fans of cozy mysteries should check out this author—just maybe find a paperback instead of listening to the audiobook.

*I received a complementary copy of this book and have voluntarily left a review.

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  • Doom with a View

  • A Merry Ghost Inn Mystery
  • By: Kate Kingsbury
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 144
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126

With the arrival of six senior reading group members at the Merry Ghost Inn, the long-awaited grand opening week has finally begun for Melanie West and her grandmother Liza. All is well with the Oregon coast-side B&B until Melanie's dog, Max, finds the dead body of one of their guests.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Doom with a View

  • By Happy Kindle Customer on 01-24-19

Great setting; fun cozy mystery

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

Reviewed: 01-10-19

Great setting. Love the rambling house and the beautiful coastal town.
Loved the senior citizen bookclub field trip. I hope I’m doing something like that when I’m 70 years young.
And as always, really love the ghost.
A few sloppy errors — 2 lunches in one day, wrong names used (Liza instead of Cindy, Melissa instead of Melanie, etc), Liza referencing a part of the party she wasn’t present for, things like that that the editor should have caught.
Climax was a little ridiculous not to mention idiotic—the police should arrest Liza and Melanie for obstruction just to scare some sense into them. But the murderer motivation was solid and the reveal worked; the confession felt authentic.
The narration is pretty spectacular too.
Overall it was a fun listen and a little better crafted than the first one in the series, ensuring I’ll be returning to the Merry Ghost Inn yet again before too long.

  • The Magic Shop

  • By: H. G. Wells
  • Narrated by: B. J. Harrison
  • Length: 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 431
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 403
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 407

Simple magic tricks are what a little boy is looking for when he drags his father into a quaint, old shop. The proprietor seems to be a master of illusion - a genius at slight of hand. But, as the son becomes mesmerized, the father feels an icy hand grip his heart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Magical

  • By Chris on 06-05-17

Interesting Short Story Wonderfully Performed

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

Reviewed: 01-05-19

This brief story was like a deleted scene from Diagon Alley. Equal parts fun and sinister, The Magic Shop isn’t the most complex or fascinating story you’ll ever read but it is an entertaining way to spend 20 minutes. Marvelously performed by BJ Harrison as always.

  • The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

  • By: Muriel Spark
  • Narrated by: Miriam Margolyes
  • Length: 4 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 283
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 265
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 263

"You girls are my vocation... I am dedicated to you in my prime." So says Miss Jean Brodie, a teacher unlike any other. She is proud and cultured. A romantic, with progressive, sometimes shocking ideas and aspirations for the girls in her charge. When she decides to transform a select group of pupils into the 'crème de la crème' at the Marcia Blaine School they become the Brodie set. In exchange for their undivided loyalty the girls earn a special place of honour and privilege within the school. Yet they are also introduced to a startling new world of adult games....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Primed for Classics

  • By Darwin8u on 09-12-17

A well woven tale, as sad as it is funny

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

Reviewed: 01-03-19

A wonderful reading of a richly told story of a ridiculous woman, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie is a slow burn of a tale. Not much happens but an awful lot is said through the wonderfully witty prose of the author. The writing/story is a strange hybrid of Great Expectations and Gosford Park with a dusting of Anne of Green Gables—bits of the main heroine’s imaginative fancies worked into and between non-sequential scenes and expansive, illuminating dialogue, much by the ridiculous titular character. It’s the kind of story in which I wasn’t sure I actually liked it until the very end. The author’s almost obnoxious obsession with sex started out funny but became quickly tiresome, however the quality of the writing pulled me through the sagging middle act. A story as sad as it is funny, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie is a must read for anyone who enjoys a well-woven and witty tale.

  • A Hole in One: A Glass Dolphin Mystery

  • Glass Dolphin Mystery Series, Book 2
  • By: Judy Penz Sheluk
  • Narrated by: Kelli Lindsay
  • Length: 6 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29

Hoping to promote the Glass Dolphin antiques shop, co-owners Arabella Carpenter and Emily Garland agree to sponsor a hole in one contest at a charity golf tournament. The publicity turns out to be anything but positive, however, when Arabella’s errant tee shot lands in the woods next to a corpse. They soon learn that the victim is closely related to Arabella’s ex-husband, who had been acting as the Course Marshal. With means, opportunity, and more than enough motive, he soon becomes the police department’s prime suspect, leaving Arabella and Emily determined to clear his name.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Follow Up with Book 1

  • By BookLover on 01-30-19

Antiques and Shortbread

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

Reviewed: 12-29-18

What’s not to love about a cozy mystery set in a small-town antiques shop with a heroine addicted to shortbread? A fun, light cozy with a well thought-out mystery, plausible motivation, and distinct, likable, and intelligent if nosy characters, A Hole in One was a delightful way to spend an afternoon.
The narration was just ok—it started off a little grating with her too-careful articulation but either she relaxed a little or I adjusted because it was far less noticeable by the end.
The details about the antiques were interesting and nicely incorporated without feeling strained or dragging the pace. Overall, an enjoyable listen. I’ll definitely be returning to the world of the Glass Dolphin Antiques shop, shortbread cookies in hand.


*I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Swan Lake

  • By: David Angus
  • Narrated by: Jenny Agutter
  • Length: 19 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

This is a story from the Ballet Stories collection.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful

  • By Ree on 12-25-18

Beautiful

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

Reviewed: 12-25-18

A beautiful reading of a glorious, bittersweet story. Includes some of the music as well.

  • Priscilla Pratt Mysteries Box Set #1-4: A Vampire & Baking Cozy Mystery Series Box Set

  • By: Melissa Monroe
  • Narrated by: Cindy Kay
  • Length: 23 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43

Priscilla Pratt is the friendly vampire who owns Fangs in Fondant, the best bakery in picturesque Bellmare, Massachusetts. But Priscilla keeps getting mixed up - in murder! Whet your appetite for mystery with this cozy mystery audiobook box set! 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Vampire sleuth to the rescue...:)

  • By Lidia Chymkowska on 12-25-18

Listen with a Cupcake

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

Reviewed: 12-21-18

These stories are a lot of fun. The author does her best writing when the bakery is in full swing and cupcakes and buttercream icing are dancing across the pages. She also excels at irritating, ridiculous characters that are almost Austenesque.
There are some significant logic and motivation issues in the mysteries themselves, as well as inconsistencies and editing issues (wrong names, etc) within the stories and between them, and severe repetition of a few things (vampire blushing, taste buds, and tears for example are explained ad nauseum), and in the box set some of the stories are stronger than others making it hard to settle on how many stars to give the set, but overall and in spite of all that, it's a fun experience and a fun world to spend some time in. The third book was by far the best in my opinion and lifts the star rating for the others. I think if the author did a little more research, it might help some of her logic and information blunders. Priscilla has fantastic potential to be a stellar heroine. Likable, moral, and frustratingly patient with idiot customers and idiot frenemies alike. Born in the 1600s Puritan era, her bewilderment with technology is hilarious while not being overdone. I appreciate that so much. Also, as a person with sun allergies, I commiserate with her sickness whenever she's up past dawn. I don't know if the author has experienced sun sensitivity and migraines, but she nailed it. Priscilla's also not the sharpest tool in the shed, but that's generally explained by the fact that the vampires in this world rarely get enough to eat--a sociopolitical issue as much as an economic one--and hungry vampires aren't always smart vampires. And while I generally prefer a more intelligent heroine, the explanation works really well in this world and helps Priscilla bumble and bake through her murder mysteries.
The narration is an issue for me. The reader has a soft, soothing voice that is perfect for Priscilla, but her inflection and emphasis in dialogue and thought sequences are I think what make Priscilla sometimes come across as less intelligent than she is. She often sounds surprised by things that shouldn't surprise her. This manner of reading also tends to turn all the female characters into mostly-friendly-sorority-girls-with-a-side-of-bitchiness. It's the strangest thing. She does the men surprisingly well though. I'm really interested in finding a paperback and seeing if I like the women better without the narrator's voice and inflection coloring their personalities. I'm almost positive that I will, and I've added book #5 to my Amazon cart and look forward to reading it.
The world itself is really interesting and in spite of some of the issues, I'll be coming back for more. The humor is a delight, and where the author's writing really shines is when Priscilla and company are baking up a storm, and I find myself reaching for a cookie.

*I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.