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  • Buried Secrets

  • By: Elizabeth Meyette
  • Narrated by: Amy McFadden
  • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 58
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 52

When Jesse Graham almost runs over a "body" in the road one night, she is plunged into a labyrinth of secrets, lies, and murder. All Jesse wants is a simple life teaching at St. Bart's and a chance at love with Joe Riley. She realizes that plan has been thwarted when puzzling occurrences at St. Bartholomew Academy for Girls get increasingly dangerous. The danger doesn't just spring from the ghost who haunts the grounds of St. Bart's, but from a sinister presence that is not ghostly at all.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You did it again.

  • By Steven Harrington on 04-06-19

Great Mystery Sequel!

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

Reviewed: 10-13-17

For me I really enjoyed listening to the second book in this series. Meyette does such a good job of creating a world that is creepy, but also fun as well! I just love the characters and the mess the heroine seems to find herself in with these stories. I’m a big fan of mysteries so when I find a good series I just want to devour them all. This is one of those for me.

Amy does a great job with these voices. I think she has a nice soothing tone to her voice that really lets me imagine what is going on. I also like the range she does with each character. It’s easy to tell who is who, and I’m always interested by new voices that are added.

Overall this is a great book to listen to and I highly recommend listening to the first of you get he chance. It’s not necessary to understand this book, but there are some character details that make more sense if you’ve read the first book first haha

  • Night Whispers

  • The Complex, Book 0
  • By: Calinda B
  • Narrated by: Lynn Norris
  • Length: 7 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31

For two long terrifying years, Sakhi Borren, and her beloved brother Reve, are headed to live at The Complex. An enclosed metal and concrete manufactured world on the barren planet Lorn, the Complex is some government's version of a good idea. Its sole purpose is to "heal the rifts between warring races" - a joke if ever Sakhi heard one. If she and her brother can survive to the end, they'll leave, far richer. In the meantime, all they can look forward to is co-existing with criminals and the scumbags known as Metas.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a delighful story with lovely twist

  • By Cyn on 07-12-17

Such an Intriguing Story to Listen to!

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

Reviewed: 09-29-17

This is one of those that you must listen to! I absolutely loved loved loved Norris' voice acting! Each character had different variations from her voice letting me know who was speaking at what time. I appreciated her even tone and when things got rough she was also great with her intonations. A narrator I will definitely have to seek future work out on!

Then there's the plot. I found it both fun and alluring. There is enough secretiveness to the story to keep me guessing throughout. I found the overall concept to be a fun one. Character development and the way the plot progressed is on point! Give it a listen or a read to for sure!

  • Meeting with My Maker

  • Hotel Paranormal
  • By: Calinda B
  • Narrated by: Jeremie Burbey
  • Length: 5 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 18

Smothered by memories, haunted by the shadows of her past, Annora wants no part of living - she'd rather be dead. And then she meets a demon. Her wish may come true. Mac Bhriain McCarrion, a shadow specter from hell itself, never consorts with humans. Trapped in the walls of Hotel Paranormal, he discovers Annora - and he can think of only one way to find satisfaction with her. He wants to bed her in one final blazing moment of fiery bliss. She doesn't believe he exists - she doesn't believe in paranormal.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Torture

  • By Kindle Customer on 09-09-18

Interesting Romance & Paranormal Combo

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

Reviewed: 07-19-17

Any additional comments?

I've read a few of Calinda's works, so I was excited to listen to something of hers! It was really interesting. I loved the narrator. Jeremie did a good job of setting the tone, although maybe he did a little too hard on the creepy side for the paranormal/death aspect.

As for the story I thought it had a good plot and an interesting take on a romance novel. I really loved listening to this work. I think it added a new element to her work that I haven't experienced until now. A good book to listen to while doing errands or just relaxing in bed!

  • Chasing the Dollar

  • Miranda Vaughn Mysteries Volume 1
  • By: Ellie Ashe
  • Narrated by: Teri Schnaubelt
  • Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64

Miranda Vaughn has spent the last year and a half fighting for her freedom. Arrested for a fraud scheme involving her supervisors, she's lost her job at a prestigious investment firm, her fiancé, and her reputation. She walks out of the courtroom a free woman, only to find that life has a few more curve balls to throw her way. The jury may have found her not guilty, but Miranda is broke, in debt to her beloved aunt, and can't find a job because of the cloud of suspicion still swirling around her.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Really entertaining

  • By J and M on 09-01-15

Story is Exciting, but men voices not so good

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

Reviewed: 07-18-17

Any additional comments?

Hey Guys! I’m here today with a review of Chasing the Dollar by Ellie Ashe. Narrated by Teri Schnaubelt. It is the first in the Miranda Vaughn Mysteries. What’s special about this review is that it’s an audio book!

I would rate this book a 4.5/5 stars and 8/10 stars on my own scale.

What I enjoyed about this novel:

The fast pace of the story. It really brought me into the story right away and I was intrigued to know more. The fact that it starts en medias res is pretty freakin cool and it makes you all excited to figure out who could have framed her.
The reader for this book was soothing and did girl character voices well.
The characterization of Miranda and Jake were great. I thought they flowed well together and even though this is not a romance novel they seemed to have great chemistry.
What I did not like so much:

I need more backstory on Miranda. I assume this will happen as the series continues and while we did get some info like her aunt owns a bakery, her mom and dad dumped her as a child, she has a best friend, and worked as a paralegal for a little bit. That information seemed to almost be thrown at us without a lot of detail.
It was a little weird to read all the counts of fraud individually. I think real court doesn’t do that, but for story sake I get why it was done.
The FBI not actually investigating got me mad, until the end when it was explained why. But still I feel like there would have been better oversight on the FBIs end since it’s a government agency…oh wait lol (kidding)
How did her friend just magically book a plane in such short notice? I forget what she does, but it just seems impossible!
The voice actress while great with the women had the same exact voice for all the men. If two men were in the same scene forget about trying to figure out who is saying what.
These two are spoilers, so don’t read if you don’t want to know!

I’m 99% certain Jake should have died at the end. It was said he was bleeding profusely from the shoulder wound. That he was white and pale. And time was running out. How did Miranda get him on an hour long boat ride and then a 2 hour flight to Florida alive? Even if there was a paramedic, even if she kept pressure on the wound…Also how how how did they get on a plane? Was it a jet? Commercial airlines don’t just let you waltz on board bleeding!
If the FBI agent was working with Dylan and the consulate guy the whole time then how did the government get their money? It seems silly that he would actually provide Jake with the correct bank account information if he wants the money for himself.
Overall loved the story, loved the voice acting, and am excited to continue on with the story. Just because I find some things wrong does not mean it’s not a great book. So always bear in mind the great things I say as well!

  • Dropping the Dime

  • Miranda Vaughn Mysteries, Book 2
  • By: Ellie Ashe
  • Narrated by: Teri Schnaubelt
  • Length: 7 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44

Miranda Vaughn was once falsely accused of stealing millions, and now she's helping others who are facing criminal charges. While being an assistant to her former defense attorney isn't Miranda's dream job, she's eager to prove herself, and her first task is a simple one - protect Kathryn, a shy CFO turned informant, and help her prove that a popular real estate developer is embezzling millions from his company.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Up a trellis 3 floors from the ground

  • By Jan on 07-30-16

More Investigation, but still missing something

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

Reviewed: 07-14-17

Would you consider the audio edition of Dropping the Dime to be better than the print version?

I would not know as I have never read the print version. However I like audiobooks a lot.

If you’ve listened to books by Ellie Ashe before, how does this one compare?

This is much better than the first! The first was a little rushed and didn't have as much character development/investigation. But both books are good.

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

She does really great work with women!

Any additional comments?

Hey Guys! Today I’m reviewing the audiobook Dropping the Dime by Ellie Ashe and narrated by and narrated by Teri Schnaubelt.

First let’s start with the audio. Teri did a much better job of narrating male voices in this second book. Although that could be because there were less male voices interacting with each other as well, so less confusion. I think she really shines with female voices, and I hope that in the next book she does just as well with her male voices! The tone is steady and even paced. Voices shake and scream when they’re supposed to. I’d give the audio a 4/5.

For the plot this story is intriguing. We find that Miranda now works for the criminal defense lawyer full time and is living with her aunt. Her aunt is dating the man she works for, which makes living with her aunt a little awkward. A new client, Katharine, comes in saying that she wants to go to the feds with information she has from her employers the Leonitus family. There is money going to a fishy company that doesn’t seem to exist.

Then we get the FBI. Jake and his partner show up. Miranda apparently hasn’t seen/heard from him in months…which makes things super awkward. As they try to entrap the head of the company with wiring Katharine she decides to make out with him….like what????? Then she talks Miranda into breaking into the file room to find some evidence. That is thwarted when the brothers of the family walk down there and have a fight. Miranda then is talked into breaking into the office to find evidence. Because without more evidence the FBI can’t do anything. So instead of having trained officers look into it they do nothing, while Katharine tries to get her boss on his criminal activities.

We also have a weird dude enter named Quinn. He was a drug dealer of sorts, but then turned his life around and runs a ranch now. He makes Miranda hot, but she has all sorts of feelings for Jake still. What I found very odd was that Jake took Miranda on some of the investigation work. Like why is she in the surveillance van? Why does she go to question the ex brother in law? She’s not police and this time they aren’t on the run from crazy people or trying to clear her name.

Katharine also seems to be leading Miranda into a trap. Mainly because she acts all innocent, but then they spy her wearing sexy clothes and kissing Alexi Leonitus. And this is after she had made out with his dad! She explains that she is dating Alexi…but if so then why did she make out with his dad? That’s certainly cheating and very disturbing, especially when his dad meets her as his son’s gf sometime down the road.

Miranda also gets a bomb placed under her car and it ends up blowing up Jake’s house. He apparently lives in town. So why hasn’t he called or visited? Even if he has been busy he lives like 10 mins from her, they could totally have seen each other if he wanted to. This seems like a case of He’s Just Not That Into You! And I find the bomb being placed on Miranda’s car stupid as she literally was nowhere close to the actual culprit…

Now at this point I had figured it was either Katharine, because of her apparent shyness that went away easily. She seemed like a spy. The other was the ex bro in law, because he actually understood the position that the youngest brother was placed in. He also has to pay his wife a million dollars a year, when she is an heir to the Leonitus fortune and he just works for a technology firm.

Investigation wise Miranda didn’t really do any. She broke into places twice and got some information that helped her out, but ultimately the culprit was revealed by fluke. Or rather by drone trying to shoot people. I feel that I as a reader did more investigation/crime solving than Miranda lol. Jake was practically non-existent in the story except for when his house got blown up and his saving Miranda at the end. I wanted more of him. Especially since they decide to kiss in the end. It just doesn’t feel right with him only being in like 25% of the book.

Cast of characters wise I thought it was fun. Liked Katharine and Alexi. Quinn was fun, but I still don’t get his deal. I hope we learn more later, otherwise his character introduction would be sad. Miranda is a likable character, as well as her friend. I hope the friend gets together with that office guy next book. The aunt and criminal defense lawyer are cute. Jake is more likable this time around, but that could be due to him not appearing in the majority of the story.

There was more investigation and character development in this story so I’d give it a 3.5/5 leaning towards a 3. It still needs more.

But overall I liked it and I think this series is a fun cozy mystery read. I’d give it a 3.75/5 stars or 7.5/10 on my rating scale.

  • Heavy Weather

  • Carolina Coast Stories, Book 2
  • By: Normandie Fischer
  • Narrated by: Laura Jennings
  • Length: 11 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

Annie Mac's estranged husband vows that nothing will stop him from getting his baby girl. Not Annie Mac and certainly not that boy of hers. Only four blocks away, Hannah Morgan lives in comfort with her husband and dog, making pottery and waiting for her best friend to come home. When she discovers the two children cowering in the bushes and their mama left for dead, it doesn't take her long to rally the sleepy town of Beaufort, NC, and to set her coterie of do-gooders to some extra-strength do-gooding.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Heavy Weather delivers

  • By S. Srock on 03-07-17

Beautiful and Heartbreaking Novel

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

Reviewed: 07-14-17

Where does Heavy Weather rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is by far the favorite I've listened to so far. Just wonderful!

Who was your favorite character and why?

My favorite would be a mixture of Annie Mac, Hannah, and Clay. And then certainly Ty wins from the children cast.

Which scene was your favorite?

Honestly when they got Roy. But I liked the scenes where they had the parties and everyone was there looking out for one another.

Who was the most memorable character of Heavy Weather and why?

The most memorable would have to be Roy. I'm still thinking about him days after I listened to this story.

Any additional comments?

Hey Guys! Today I'm reviewing the audiobook Heavy Weather by Normandie Fischer and narrated by Laura Jennings.

First off the audio is beautiful! It is amazing and her voice just breathes life into characters making them feel real and next to me as I'm listening. I loved how Jennings was able to evoke such strong feelings when I listened to each character's voice. I found Hannah's and Rita's soothing, Matt's and Clay's strong, the children's (Ty and Katie) adorable, Annie Mac's so heartbreaking, and Jillie's and Tatie's funny and comforting. I really could imagine both a ten year old and four year old when Ty and Katie were speaking. The voices were outstanding! Even Roy's was good. Jennings was able to voice a madman, murderer, abuser so well I thought he was here and I wanted to punch his face in. Just hearing him talk got me so riled up! This is excellent work and deserves a 5/5. The accents were also wonderful! Good, believable southern accents!

The story is just as wonderful. Full of heartache, break, love, and sweet moments. Lots of chapters end with suspense that just make you want to read more. Such a lovely narrative that made me cry in some moments. Truly, I did have tears in my eyes during a lot of the story. When Annie Mac would recount how Roy treated her, when other characters were contemplating her life, when some hardships fell on the other characters like with Rita and her baby. I was just sitting in my car almost bawling my eyes out!

Before I get more in depth I must warn those who are triggered by stories of abuse, especially physical and child, and racism that it plays heavily in the story. Roy is a piece of s*** and boy does he have some issues.

We first meet Annie Mac as a bloody person laying in her kitchen after Hannah finds her kids outside hiding in the bushes. Hannah takes in the kids as Annie Mac is sent to the hospital. At first I was not a fan of Hannah's husband Matt. He was very distant and almost seemed angry by the kids living at his place, while their mom was in the hospital recuperating. It was never explicitly said, but I think because Hannah and him had tried so much to have their own kids without it working out that he was afraid of getting attached to them only to have them leave once their mom was alright. At least that's the gist I got from his character, as he became more happy with the kids and more caring and loving towards Hannah. Even asking if they could adopt a kid.

Hannah's friends Rita and Tatie were wonderful. Both were pregnant, which got Hannah somewhat upset in her narration as she was unable to conceive of her own. I found Rita to be a sweet character that was strong throughout it all. Tatie I enjoyed her humor and Jillie (her adopted step-daughter) as the two were always hand in hand. These characters are recurring from the first book in the series. There is definitely some background I think we as readers would like to know, but since they aren't heavily connected except for happening in the same town and having the same characters you can read Heavy Weather without any issues as I did. 

It was really hard listening to this book. I've been a victim of abuse (not in the same way as Annie Mac), so hearing her struggle, the psychological torture Roy did on her and her kids, and just how everyone else reacted to her abuse was really hard on me. I was upset at the characters questioning why Annie Mac hadn't stopped Roy earlier, why she had let him get this bad. It is not her fault I wanted to yell at them! Abusers strip their victims of any self-esteem and they make them reliant upon them. They act kind one day and the next they smack them back and forth. It's hard to get out of that situation, especially when children are involved. Luckily Annie Mac was able to stand up for herself and kicked Roy out. But since the police really didn't press any heavy charges on him he was able to walk around freely. 

Throughout the story though the characters begin to understand what it is like to be a victim of abuse. They realize Annie Mac did the best for her kids, especially considering her own family disowned her at 17 for being pregnant. I was grateful that they came to the conclusion that Roy was just evil and Annie Mac did her best.

As for the Christian elements to this story. I'm not exactly sure it was a Christian novel? It is in one of those genres under Amazon. And I can see a little bit why, because they do talk about God in the story. Though more from the standpoint that most of the characters are upset with God or Christians in general. Hannah, because of her miscarriages, Rita because of what Roy did to her, Annie Mac because of her mother's friends and for her family turning her back on her, and even Tatie somewhat. All really questioned God and what he means to them when nothing good ever happens to good people. The only two characters that had strong faith were Rita's mother and father. They preached about how he is good and will keep them safe and give blessings. So perhaps it's more a modern day Christian novel? There's no prayer in the story, and a lot of questioning of faith that is left open. I think Rita resolves to go back to her faith, but Hannah and Annie Mac are very doubtful even in the end.

So then we have Roy. For people who are triggered by abuse he is not a good character to read/listen to. He just makes you mad. Real mad. I wanted to climb into this novel and shoot him in the head the whole time. But his story was important. You got to see inside the head of the abuser. Understand his thought process a little bit. Know what he was up to. Without him I think this story would be missing a lot of important details. He really upped the suspense in the suspense part of this novel.

I read in another review someone thought he had schizophrenia. He definitely does not. There are no voices in his head. No visions. He just thinks he is right and that he's also the victim. He could have borderline personality disorder as those are some qualifications of it. The world is out to get him, everyone is out to get him/he's owed by everyone, and he could do no wrong. It was Annie Mac who made him do things, not him. Now without sitting down and assessing him I can't be 100% certain. But he fits in with this assessment wayyyy better than schizophrenia lol

Romance wise there is none. Besides the married couples kissing there is no real romance. Yes Annie Mac and Clay have a thing, but it's really pushed at the end. Like last twenty minutes. It's hinted at briefly, but I wish it had been played up more. I wanted to see them start to like each other and hang out one on one, go for a boat ride! In that aspect it's a little cheated.

The narration from multiple points of view was excellent as well! Loved getting to know these characters and how they thought about things! I'd rate this story a 4.75/5, just because the romance was more of an afterthought but still added some depth to the story. 

Now if you're really wondering what happens with Annie Mac, Katie, and Ty here is a spoiler. They all stay together. Roy does not win in the end. He does not end up abducting Katie like he wishes. I know Clay tried to teach Ty we shouldn't be happy when someone dies, but if anyone deserved to die it was assuredly Roy.

Overall I'd rate this a 5/5! Just perfection!

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Heartborn
    
    
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    Length: 6 hrs and 24 mins
    25 ratings
    Overall 4.4
  • Heartborn

  • By: Terry Maggert
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 6 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 25

Keiron was never meant to be anything other than a hero. Born high above in a place of war and deception, he is Heartborn, a being of purity and goodness in a place where there violence and deceit are just around every corner.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love, sacrifice and intrigue

  • By Rabid Reader on 01-14-17

Narration Excellent, Plot a bit Confusing

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

Reviewed: 07-03-17

What did you love best about Heartborn?

I'd say the angel parts. I found their world to be very fun! A bit confusing, but fun nonetheless.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Heartborn?

When the Wintook family goes against the Crescent Council and kicks butt!

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

Her characters! She truly does an excellent job narrating characters!

Any additional comments?

Hey guys! Today I'm reviewing the audiobook Heartborn by Terry Maggert and narrated by Julia Whelan.

This plot is really amazing! While angel books tend to put angels in the best light and make them ethereal beings that no one can quite wrap their mind around, this author has taken a different route with them. There are several types of angels and different factions running amok. They have darker personalities. Most are aggressive, possessive, prideful things. Though the Kieran is kinder than his brethren, he still has flaws. I really thought this concept was wonderful. 

Although in execution it was confusing at times. I was utterly confused as to what a Heartborn was the entire story. Thank goodness it was 80% clarified at the end. Although I wish it hadn't taken so long, as we were told Kieran was a Heartborn right in the beginning, and the reader has to wonder wtf is that the whole time! There are then cloud and mist, etc born angels. Those are apparently not something we get to learn about in this book. Even though I would have really liked to. The Crescent Council is apparently the bad guys in this situation. They have been ruling angels for forever and want everyone to bow to their will. House Wintook is not a fan, so when they send their son to the past? (very unsure about that) to save a girl and the council comes calling to say their other son had killed him and they had to answer for their crimes, Wintook takes a stand. 

They take in this Blightwing named Cressa. She is a Blightwing because she has killed and her feathers turned grey. Kinda sad really. They go to the council meeting and decide to throw down against three members. Now I'm not entirely sure what Wintook is fighting for. I get the council is corrupt, but Wintook doesn't seem like it wants to lead. It just seems to want to liberate angels from the council, but then leave chaos in it's place. Maybe we will learn more in the next book.

As for the other world. I'm not sure if Earth is in the past or future or just alternate dimension. Vassa, Kieran's mom, alludes to it being in the past. However in the library that Livvy works in the book on Wintook is old. So if there's a book on Wintook in the library doesn't that mean that the angels are in the past? Oh but get this we learn that the library was fake, say what????? Yeah Kieran made the illusion. Like how does a whole town not know a library is fake? Or did he make the illusion in Livvy's mind and she has been kept somewhere the whole time? 

Also how do her parents know she's Heartborn? Why didn't they tell her? Why is Livvy so accepting of angels in the end? It almost seems like she knows, but doesn't at the same time. The mean librarian wasn't part of Kieran's illusion, so why doesn't he end the illusion to keep Livvy safe? How do we go from sitting in the library, Livvy walking to a door, and then lying on a gurney being wheeled towards a heart transplant? If the illusion ended shouldn't we have some sort of idk transition to the car accident and then the hospital?

The Wintook storyline gets a 4/5. Livvy's gets a 3/5. It's too confusing to piece together. Not very many questions are answered, and to be truthful hers is the more boring out of them. She's just working in a fake library the whole time and then kisses Kieran. Wintook takes on the Crescent Council and sows seeds of destruction! It's kinda sad to go from super action to super snore fest back and forth. However I do know with how it ended the next book will have more action. So 3.5/5 for the storyline.

Now the audio was just wonderful! It was a steady and even pace. The tone was light yet commanding. Whelan's voice fit perfectly in this story. She really made the character's come to life and her voice is what sucked me in the most, as it really should be with audiobooks. I've heard her before and I was happy to have a familiar voice listening to the story. She did such a great job with all the characters. I love when a narrator can have a big range to their storytelling. It gets so boring when you hear the same female or male voice over and over, because the narrator can't distinguish between one of the sexes well. I'd give her a 5/5 stars.

Overall this story deserves 4.5/5 stars! I can't wait to get my hands on the next in the series!

  • Corralling Callie

  • By: Amelia Smarts
  • Narrated by: Gideon Welles
  • Length: 3 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 35

For 18-year-old orphan Callie Broderick, going west as a mail-order bride seems to be the only hope she has for a decent husband. But when she sets out for the gold-mining town of Sacramento with nothing more than the clothes on her back and a stagecoach ticket, she quickly discovers that the trip will be quite a bit different than she expected. As a former soldier, Jude Johnson is used to difficulties of all kinds during the arduous journey west, but he has never had to deal with trouble like Callie before.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mail order spanking!

  • By PATRICIA on 03-12-17

Narrator Pauses A Lot and Callie Acts Young

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

Reviewed: 07-02-17

Would you try another book from Amelia Smarts and/or Gideon Welles?

Gideon Welles is a good narrator. If he doesn't do this pausing thing in other works I'm good with checking him out. Smarts wrote an interesting story, however her characters need more work. If she has progressed in that department I would check out more of her material.

Would you recommend Corralling Callie to your friends? Why or why not?

It depends. If you can get past Callie and the pausing in the narration, yes. If you want more from the characters, then no.

What about Gideon Welles’s performance did you like?

He had a nice deep voice that would work well for a romance novel.

Was Corralling Callie worth the listening time?

It wasn't bad, but it wasn't my favorite audio book experience.

Any additional comments?

Hey Guys! Today I'm reviewing the audiobook Corralling Callie by Amelia Smarts and narrated by Gideon Welles. 

Let's start with the narration. Gideon Welles has a deep voice. It is steady and sexy. However he pauses a lot. He pauses so much I thought my app wasn't working or that my phone had broken. When checking that my phone and app were working I became a little frustrated by how much he pauses. He would say a sentence like this: Well I don't...know....but well I....guess that's....fine. Now I'm from the south and I know we can talk a little slow, but people don't just pause for seconds in the middle of their sentences. And I highly doubt they do that over in Texas! In the last forty minutes of the audiobook he redeems himself and stops the annoying pausing habit. So the audio gets a 4/5.

Now for the plot. The plot itself is interesting. Callie is going on a month long trip to San Francisco to meet her fiance for the first time. On the way she has a thing with Jude, the stage coach driver. They fall for each other, but can't have each other. The story though is a tad boring. Nothing much is described. We are told what happens. I would have liked to see more scenes like the one where Jesse James comes to rob them, or Callie sitting in the dark humming. I didn't feel like I traveled with them, just heard about it. 

There also was not much romance. It was only in the last thirty minutes, and it was definitely not graphic. For a book that said it was 18 plus I figured there would be more sex? But I guess not. 

Callie was an issue. She acted like a ten year old most of the time and a five year old when she had tantrums, but she's supposed to be eighteen. I don't believe for a second she is 18 years old. And the fact that Jude, a 30? something year old man, is interested in her is just plain gross. It has to be for the fact that she is young looking. She doesn't really have a personality outside of her temper tantrums and naive and ignorance. I understand she was locked in a closet during her time at the orphanage when she would act out, but was she locked in their from 5 to 18 years old? Because she has not grown up at all! The only times Callie was somewhat redeeming as a character were when Jesse James came to steal from them and when she was in the dark humming to herself. The rest of the time she was too young for her age and didn't really do much in the story except wreck everything for everyone. 

Overall I'd give the narration a 4/5. Story 3/5. And total experience 3.5/5.

  • The Glitch

  • The Glitches Series, Book 1
  • By: Ramona Finn
  • Narrated by: Genevieve Kaplan
  • Length: 6 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 31

On the brink of extinction, being human means more than just surviving. In Lib's world, it's dangerous to deviate from the norm. In fact, for someone who doesn't live up to the Artificial Intelligence's standards, it's practically a death sentence. Lib learns this the hard way when she wakes up in a barren wasteland, with her memories erased, and only one thought lodged in her mind: "It's all my fault." Lib is a Glitch - an imperfect human component of the utopian world called the Norm.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting YA story

  • By Rabid Reader on 04-02-17

Way too Confusing

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

Reviewed: 05-24-17

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Hey Guys! I'm reviewing The Glitch by Ramona Finn. Narrated by Genevieve Kaplan.

I thought this started out really cool and odd. All of a sudden the main character Lib finds herself standing over an unconscious girl. She knows nothing of what happened to her or why she is there. The girl kind of makes fun of her when she wakes up, until she realizes Lib has no idea what's going on. Then Sky decides to take her back to her hide out, since it seems Lib saved her life. Minimal details though on how that happened even from Sky's POV.

The people she lives with are called rogues. They seem to be some sort of Native American people? I guess because they don't have access to technology, because they decided to live outside of this special city/continent/idk where all the other people are but where they are there are just deserts and ruins. Apparently Lib is a glitch. Half AI, half human? How does that even work? Why is she a glitch? Are all half breeds glitches? Or are all humans now becoming the same with technology and the ones that malfunction are glitches? If humans are interested in being the same then why are people born with different hair/eye/skin colors still? Also how is there just one big AI controlling the world? Or just their section of the world? Why did they take away all the resources?

Nothing is really answered...there are a lot of questions and a lot of confusing responses, not really followed up with descriptions. We find out some things. We know they still have cars that run on sun, but as for what type of car I'm unsure. They seem like motorcycles, but Lib says there are cages on the cars...They can only get food if they hack into the AI system, but it's never specified where that system is. Is it all around them? If so, then no one truly leaves the AI world? And if glitches are the only things that can hack, then why do other rogue nations hate them? Wouldn't they be useful for food and water??

As for the characters Wolf seems to need to take a chill pill. Sky is ok, but strangely childish. I think the narrator portrayed her all weird. Made her sound really snarky. Lib is just odd, mainly because she has no memory. But also seems to be devoid of emotion. Bird seems off, and is potentially Wolf's mate. Then Raj has a crush on Sky. But I'm not sure glitches can mate?

Even as we continue through the rest of the book we never quite understand where we are in the story. It seems to jump around a lot. Lib tells instead of shows us what happens. We start to get to understand the world a tad bit more as Lib remembers more of what the world is/when Sky and Wolf teach her more. Raj decides that Lib is special and that she can help him crack into the Norm. They get in and have the objective to fix the AI but after only a small bit of time the AI knows they are there and attacks Raj. Lib think she's safe because she is not a glitch, but I don't think that's the reason why. She connects inside the norm to try and save Raj only to have the AI (Connie) talk to her.

Connie says that Lib hasn't completed her mission yet. Lib doesn't think much on it, except that she knows Connie has the face of her mom and that she was manufactured at some point. After they go back to the Trackers Lib is put in a crash course on becoming a clan member. Wolf trains her every morning, and says she is ready. Then she is taken to a hot springs to bathe, and a ruined city to scavenge. While their clan is called the Trackers, they didn't make her have any kind of tracking challenge to join which I thought was odd. She joins and they have a bonfire ceremony, yet half of the clan still doesn't like her. Lib has dreams of death for all the clan and the glitches throughout and while is unsettled, doesn't think anything of it. There is also a strangely thrown in romantic interaction between her and Wolf, like what?????

After an extremely long 3/4 of the book where hardly anything happens, yet it takes forever to listen to/I suppose read we get to the end of the whole shabang. Groups are going out to scavenge, but not many are coming back. When bobcat (one of the promising trackers dies) Bird flips out on Lib. Says she has seen her dreams and destruction around her. Two of the glitches, and four other clan members don't come back either. They hold a council meeting to decide if she should leave the clan or stay. Some advocate for her, but Bird's vision of destruction mixed with great things seems to spook most of the members, perhaps even Wolf.

Lib decides to f*** it and leave without their decision. She breaks into the norm to see if she can fix Connie. Raj shows up randomly and joins in on the adventure. They travel under the Norm and battle their way towards the AI. Once in the control room Lib finds out that Connie created her, but she also feels she was born. We learn that Connie wears the face of her creator, so did that person have Lib as a baby? But Lib says she was also created by Connie to be the emotional one...so I'm confuzzled. She also learns she was made to go spy on the Trackers, but why is her memory wiped if that was the reason she was created? Raj disappears, but he didn't die? Lib sends out a crazy sandstorm to get rid of the sentinels and drones that attack the rogues. She heads out into the storm and is almost swallowed by the storm. Then Wolf shows up with Sky and Bird. The Freakin End.....

Overall I'm really confused. I think the world has a lot of potential. The scenery could have been described better. The plot could have been more clear. There are some questions that should have been answered. I do know there are two more books in the series. I'm just going to have to listen or read them to find out more. I am intrigued enough to continue on. But I'm just super duper confused. Story: 3/5. It needs more a whole freaking lot more. Narrator: 4/5. She was good for the majority of the characters, however I feel her voice was bad for Sky and Lib. Sky sounded like a brat/rich girl. Lib was too flat. Of course she's machine based, but she still has emotions. She should have had more range and more confusion should have been expressed. Also there were 3 chapters that sounded like the audio was recorded in a bathroom. It was super echoey and I don't know why. Overall: 3.5/5 or on my grading scale a 6.5/10.

  • The Good Spy Dies Twice

  • The Bullseye Series, Book 1
  • By: Mark H. Hosack
  • Narrated by: Mark Hosack
  • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 55

Jake Boxer, investigative journalist and host of the conspiratorial news show Bullseye, is in serious trouble. Not only is his soundman murdered by Russian intelligence agents while reporting on a secretive New World Order, but his network cancels his show, leaving Jake humiliated and spiraling into a deep dark depression.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • mind-blowing twists and turns in this thriller

  • By AudioBook Reviewer on 02-08-17

Interesting Premise, Confusing Follow Through

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

Reviewed: 05-10-17

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While I really enjoyed this book, I felt that it was a little off in a lot of ways. The storyline of Jake trying to figure out what his wife was doing on their honeymoon, especially after she died was interesting. He figures out she had never let the past go and was still looking for her dead fiance’s killer. There is a lot of mystery and intrigue to the story, but I don’t think I enjoyed the way it turned out/developed.



The first thing to really confuse me was the back and forth from present to past without any warning. And the dream sequences Jake had. There should have been some tone or perhaps sentence to say what was happening. The second thing was that Jake broke his back, or legs, or cracked his spine. All three were mentioned. Yet he never had a cast. And he could walk….yeah that seems extremely unrealistic. Even if in the book it was described as him walking poorly, I still don’t think it’s possible. The last thing to bug me was while the reader for the story was great, he did women voices poorly. Super duper poorly. They all sounded the same except the ones with Russian accents strangely enough. All the men had a wide variety of voices, yet the women just sounded like the same frustrated person over and over. It got annoying after a bit.

As for the story itself I am not a fan of the mystery. Claire goes off on her own during the honeymoon to do investigations that Jake doesn’t have privilege to. Instead of telling him some lie, she just tells him he’ll fuck up anything if she tells him. She lets him worry the whole time that she is cheating on him, that she is doing something illegal, or that she is investigating something dangerous and not related to the honeymoon article. When did Claire have time to bug all the rooms? Jake was with her a lot of the time in the beginning until he got mad that he lost her on the slopes and got drunk. If she had been in the hotel surely someone would have told him, so where in the two days that they were there before she died did she have time to plant listening devices in each room? The code that the painter left in her painting made nonsense. I listened to that section twice trying to follow Jake’s logic. Obviously he was of sound mind as he was able to find the spy’s name, but if so why does the explanation for the code not pan out? I wish that had been better explained. Then the whole the least obvious person is the betrayer thing really bugged me. He apparently loved her, yet killed her? Ok…sure…makes perfect sense…

I think this story gets credit for super interesting premise and fun scenes where Jake is doubting himself with all the mind games being played. But the follow through was just off. There are supposedly more books in the series. I’m certainly intrigued to find out if they all follow Jake. And if they do, hopefully there are more answers than questions given to us in these subsequent books.

In the end I would rate the story a 4/5 or a 7/10 on my scale. And the narration a 4/5 or 8/10 on my scale.

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