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  • The Hunted

  • Hunter Circles Series, Book One
  • By: Jessica Gunn
  • Narrated by: Shannon Condon
  • Length: 6 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 14

I'm Krystin Blackwood, and I've only ever been good at one thing: killing demons of Darkness. But at 24, I'm about to face my toughest challenge yet: shifting from working alone to joining a team of three other Hunters. Newbie Hunters. They don't know their magik, they barely know their place in the world, and when they find out the secrets I've been carrying, they'll definitely decide it's safer if they don't know me. But unfortunately for them - and me - Darkness has other plans.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Fast-paced new urban fantasy story with demon hunt

  • By Julie S. on 10-19-18

Has potential to be a great series.

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

Reviewed: 10-16-18

Rating 3.75
Writing 3.75
Narration 3.75
This is book one in the Hunter Circles Series and it feels very much like scene setting. When the story first opens you are hit with a whole lot of information. Too much for me to take on board completely without having to replay the beginning. Having said that, this was a fast paced, intense and gripping, story with magical Demon hunters, pure evil and those that seem to fall somewhere in-between.
There is a prophecy and a prophesised, Krystin Blackwood, who is one of the main protagonists and powerful magically. Ben is the other lead character, he is a father looking for his child that was taken as a baby. If he doesn’t find him then there is a strong chance that he could be used for evil. (if he hasn’t already) Honestly that is all that I can tell you about the actual story without spoilers.
Shannon Condon did a good job with the narration, she had the intensity and urgency of situations expressed really well and maintain momentum throughout. Her voice was clear. and her speech concise. My criticism is that the voices of the character were not always clearly defined and caused confusion at times.
The Hunted ended on a cliffhanger, and while cliffhanger’s are annoying, I feel that the series has real potential to develop into a fantastic Urban Fantasy series and that Jessica Gunn has put as much as possible into this first book in the Hunter Circles Series. The Hunted has set the scene well and left the reader/ listener with plenty of questions that need answering and scope for more exciting action.
My reason for this particular rating was that for me, The Hunted and the narration felt higher than a 3.5 but fell shy of a 4 star rating.
I was given a review copy of The Hunted by Jessica Gunn and Audiobookworm, in exchange for my honest opinion.

  • Semester Aboard

  • More than Magic, Book 1
  • By: Elizabeth Kirke
  • Narrated by: Starla Huchton
  • Length: 14 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 13

Jen Maddox is a few days into her summer study-abroad program. She sees something that isn’t humanly possible. Jen would have thought that it was all a dream if not for the fact that Charlie, Dani, Mariana, TS, and Thomas are making every effort to cover it up. Suddenly, the five of them are everything but normal, and Jen is determined to figure out what they’re hiding. There’s something on the ship. Something dangerous. Suddenly, everyone on board is threatened by a creature that Jen never even believed existed. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • AWESOME BEGINNING TO VAMPIRE SERIES!

  • By Victoria Haugen on 08-20-18

Fantastic YA Fantasy

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

Reviewed: 09-08-18

When Jen joined the summer Study Abroad Programme, to travel on a cruise ship from country to country, the last thing that she could have imagined was that she would find out that she was a Witch – A Magic and that several other students on the ship were also Magic’s of varying types.

As the story develops the cruise takes a far more dangerous turn…

Elizabeth Kirke has woven a wonderful YA paranormal adventure. I don’t read or listen to many books in the YA genre but I thoroughly enjoyed this. Semester Aboard has all of the elements that make a paranormal adventure great!

I really liked all the main characters in this fabulous story. Each character was well developed and interesting. I like that the paranormal character each have their own unique aspects that I have not encountered before.

Starla Hutchton was a great fit as the voice actor on Semester Aboard. Starla’s character voices were easily recognisable and there is a lot of dialogue between the main 6 characters, so I feel that this is the sign of an exceptional voice actor. The voice’s also sounded age appropriate and really well suited to the individual characters. I found her easy to listen to and she was consistent throughout the whole story.

I am so looking forward to further audiobooks within this series.

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Elizabeth Kirke. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

  • Their Vampire Princess: The Complete Series

  • Their Vampire Princess series, complete series
  • By: Harlow Thomas, Anastasia James
  • Narrated by: Lacy Laurel
  • Length: 7 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 17

This is a bundle of all four of the episodes of the Their Vampire Princess series with never before published material. As the vampire princess of the Night Court, it's my duty to choose my prince from four human men, willing to be mine. All I have to do is choose one to crown. I never expected to fall in love. Not with one. Certainly not with all of them. Do I abandon my destiny in order to keep my men, or do I risk it all and rewrite the rules?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Ascension!

  • By PATRICIA on 04-24-18

An adults only Vampire reverse harem.

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

Reviewed: 07-24-18

I listened to the audiobook version of this book, which has also been released as several smaller books. The switch from boot to book was seamless and the characters penned by Harlow Thomas were interesting, with the main characters being well fleshed out. The world building was reasonably well done, but at times I felt a little confused about where things were taking place.
As is typical with reverse harem stories there is a lot of sex, it is quite explicit but that is to be expected with a reverse harem, so this is definitely an adults only book.
With plenty of twists and turns, suspense and action and an interesting plot this was an enjoyable listen.

Lacy Laurel’s narration was clear and pleasant to listen to and she maintained a good flow to her narration. I do feel this was more narration than voice acting and there is nothing wrong with that, in fact I preferred it for this book. It was always made clear by the writing who was talking and the intensity of situations. Sometimes with erotic audiobooks the narration can sound a little uncomfortable but Lacy narrated those scenes with the same easy to listen to reading style.

I received a copy of this book from Lacy Laurel and Audiobookworm. This is my honest review.

  • Fury's Kiss

  • New England Furies, Book 1
  • By: Nicola R. White
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Tebb
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

Tara Walker dreams of more excitement than slinging plates of seafood for Cape Cod tourists, but as she learns when she is attacked and forced to fight for her life, fate sometimes has a funny way of giving you exactly what you wish for. Faced with strange new powers and embroiled in a murder investigation, Tara must now race to uncover the secrets of the ancient Fury that has woken inside of her - and of the evil that stalks her.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fear the fury in the alley . . .

  • By The Book Junkie Reads . . . on 08-17-18

Outstanding. I want more!

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

Reviewed: 07-14-18

Wowzers! Nicola R White has completely impressed me for the second time! This book really couldn't be more different than Man's Ruin yet it has an author in common and she is an incredible talent! 

I absolutely loved this brilliantly, well written, paranormal romance that started out crazy wild and maintained that level of surprise and intensity throughout. The characters are outstanding and all so well developed and each is interesting in their own way. 

I don't want to give any more away than you can glean from the synopsis because this book really deserves to deliver every punch that it packs. With shocks, surprises and Tara's fabulous dry sarcasm in the face of everything she has to face, this audiobook really is the gift that keeps giving! 

Elizabeth Tebb is an outstanding voice actor. While maintaining individual and recognisable voices that suited each character, Elizabeth draws us into the excitement of the story that Nicola has written. She brings attitude, intensity and completely drew me into this brilliant story.

  I truly did not want this audiobook to end and I hope that Audible don't hang around and that the rest of this series is available a.s.a.p! I will be the first in the queue when they become available.

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Nicola R. White. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

  • Wicked Dance

  • Chronicles of a Dancing Heart, Book 1
  • By: Olivia Boothe
  • Narrated by: Vanessa Moyen
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

Former dance student Sara Hart had aspired to grace the stage on Broadway, but a reckless decision forced her to renounce that dream. Years later, while struggling with an unsatisfying job and an even more unsatisfying love life, she literally stumbles upon a dangerously sexy stranger who sends her heart - and her body - into hyper-drive. His touch makes her feel alive again and sparks a desire to rebuild her dance career. But Sara is still haunted by the demons of her past. One dark lie could cost her everything. Real estate mogul Tom Wright caters to the rich and famous.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A pleasing romance

  • By N. Mahoney on 07-07-18

A pleasing romance

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

Reviewed: 07-07-18

First of all I would like to note that there were half points in my review, unfortunately they are not yet possible on Audible.
This is a hard review to write because usually I really like a book or really dislike a book. For me this story was ok.

I did feel like I'd had enough at one point because of something that Sara witnessed  and then had a sensual experience of her own. I just felt this was completely unbelievable.

Overall I think that this is a romance that other people would adore but for me it plodded on. I tend to prefer a faster paced read.

Olivia Boothe does deal with some delicate issues really well and they fit well within the story-line. The romance between Sara and Tom is, on the whole, well penned and enjoyable.

Vanessa Moyen does a good job with the narration. She expresses thoughts and emotions well and has a pleasant voice that works well for the characters in Wicked Dance. The narration is clear and precise and the different character vocals are well done.

Ok, this book didn't blow me away, but considering that it is a debut novel it is still impressive and I would definitely read/listen to more of Olivia Boothe's work.



I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Olivia Boothe. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

  • Oshun Rising

  • Trinity Forest, Book 2
  • By: Jennifer Alsever
  • Narrated by: Moira Todd
  • Length: 7 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

Oshun has everything a young pop star could ever want - fame, fortune, and beauty to spare. But there's something dark inside of her, rising like the tide, fighting to be heard. Something that terrifies her. Because once she lets it out, she knows there's no going back. Ember is drowning. Fighting for consciousness, struggling to make sense of the strange dreams she's been having - prophecies of murder, deception, and blackmail. Maddie is barely staying afloat with her best friend Ember still missing, presumed dead. Then she learns a pop star may be involved in Ember's disappearance....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Beware, more questions than answers - need book 3!

  • By Jenn Crouse on 07-04-18

Wonder Second in Series

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

Reviewed: 07-07-18

Overall: 4.5
This is the third book in the Trinity Forest series by Jennifer Alsever and was every bit as good as Ember Burning.

I would certainly say that these books need to be read in order because they will make little sense if read out of order. 

This story picks up where book 1 leaves off and switches between the Trinity world and the everyday world. We spend a lot of time with Embers brother Jarrod and Maddy, her best friend. Jarrod is obsessed with finding his missing sister who has been missing for 3 years and makes the connection between her and Oshun. This is a really difficult book to explain, as it is very involved. Major things are happening in the Trinity world but again, I don't want to give any spoilers.

This is a very cleverly written and hugely imaginative story and I am so eager for the third book in this trilogy.

My opinion on Moira Todd's narration in Oshun Rising is every bit as impressive as her vocal acting in Ember Rising. The narration is clear and crips, she sounds age appropriate, her performance captures the characters personalities and emotions with every word spoken. Both Male and female voices are well acted and easily recognisable. 

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would happily curl up with more work by Jennifer Alsever. I would also like to listen to more work by Moira Todd.

I received these audiobooks as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Jennifer Alsever. The gifting of these audiobooks did not affect my opinion of them.

  • Clutch

  • A Novel
  • By: Lisa Becker
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Barbetta
  • Length: 8 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 37

Clutch: A Novel is the laugh-out-loud chick lit romance chronicling the dating misadventures of Caroline Johnson, a single purse designer who compares her unsuccessful romantic relationships to styles of handbags - the “Hobo” starving artist, the “Diaper Bag” single dad, the “Briefcase” intense businessman, etc. With her best friend, bar owner Mike, by her side, the overly-accommodating Caroline drinks a lot of chardonnay, puts her heart on the line, endures her share of unworthy suitors, and finds the courage to discover someone onto whom she wants to hold: the “Clutch”.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Amusing Romance

  • By N. Mahoney on 07-03-18

Amusing Romance

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

Reviewed: 07-03-18

Clutch is an amusing journey through, friendship, life, dating and handbags.
Caroline's Aunt Mimi inspired her love of all things handbag and encouraged her to chase her dream of making wonderful but affordable handbags. She encouraged her to go to Harvard in order to pursue her dream.
Probably my favourite character in this story is Mike, he is sweet, supportive, funny and he owns a bar so keeps our leading lady, Caroline topped up with wine as she stumbles from one disastrous man to another.
I found Caroline initially annoying, but her wittiness and intelligence had me really liking her after that initial irritation.
The plot was not one that we haven't seen before but the technique of chapters being named after bags that are associated with the men is unique and fun. I would class this as an enjoyable summer listen that will keep you amused but be warned about probable laughter. (if reading in a public place with headphones on)
Suzanne Barbetta didn't do a bad job with the vocal acting but she didn't blow me away. I found her to be consistent and clear in her voice acting and I think that on other books she could be outstanding but for me this wasn't a great match between book and narrator. That is the only criticism that I really have. For me it just wasn't the best pairing.

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  • Ember Burning

  • Trinity Forest, Book 1
  • By: Jennifer Alsever
  • Narrated by: Moira Todd
  • Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

Author Jennifer Alsever delivers an addictive story about a teen grieving over her parent's tragic death who becomes entangled with a mysterious forest teeming with urban legends of strange disappearances and witchcraft. Ember Trouve used to be alive, driven to become a musician and on a path to college. That was before her parents died. One day, after venturing into the fabled Trinity Forest, she goes missing. Now, Ember must confront the truth behind her parents' death - or lose herself to the forest forever.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Fascinating Paranormal YA Story

  • By Isabel Robles on 03-14-18

An intense YA Paranormal listen

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

Reviewed: 06-29-18

Ember is completely lost after the tragic death of her beloved parents, then Ember is just lost! Will Ember face her painful truths straight on or will Trinity Forest become her forever? 

I don't often listen to books in the Young Adult Genre but I am a huge fan of the Paranormal genre so I figured that I would give this trilogy a go. Jennifer Alsever has made me so happy that I decided to step out of my comfort zone.

I am so glad that I chose to listen to Ember Burning and I cannot wait to dive into book 2. The writing is intense and engaging, the story has fantastic flow and makes you want to binge listen! This is such a well written and fantastically envisioned plot and I do think that it could be enjoyed by people that wouldn't usually go for a book in the Young Adult genre.

Moira Todd has done a wonderful job of narrating an emotional, challenging, tense story. Her characterisation is spot on, the voices suit the characters so well and really draw you in. Her vocal talents are such that you feel the tension, fear, emotion while she still maintains the recognisable voices for the stories characters. I cannot wait to start listening to Trinity Forest Book two- Oshun Rising. 

 I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Jennifer Alsever. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of them.

  • The Tribulations of August Barton

  • By: Jennifer LeBlanc
  • Narrated by: James Oliva
  • Length: 4 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

August Barton could never have mentally prepared himself for his freshman year of college: not only has his anxiety increased, but his parents are divorcing, his new roommate thinks Augie is the biggest nerd in existence, and his grandma, a retired prostitute named Gertie, has taken to running away from her nursing home. Augie just wants to hole up in his dorm room with his Star Wars collectables and textbooks, but Gertie is not about to let that happen.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Laughed So Hard!!

  • By BookLover on 08-03-18

Funny, Emotional, Fabulous

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

Reviewed: 06-13-18

This story was certainly not what I was expecting! I was expecting it to be a little bit crazy, awkward and funny. What I actually got was all that and much, much more. I thoroughly enjoyed this book which at one point had me laughing and ugly crying.

For a relatively short audiobook it certainly contained a full, well penned, funny and emotional story.

Augie starts college and is absolutely dreading it. Especially when he meets his jock room mate. Augie likes Star Wars and has anxiety and panic attacks Isaac is loud and loves to party.

Things take a turn when Augie's retirement home escaping, proudly ex-prostitute grandmother insists that she and Augie attend one of the college parties where Augie encounters the girl of his dreams and finds out that his gran is really pretty cool (and embarrassing)

While Augie planned to spend college keeping to himself, thanks to his growing relationships (especially with his wonderful grandmother) he actually finds himself, learning coping strategies to deal with anxiety and finds a determination to try to get the girl.

Throughout this wonderful audiobook we meet Augie's mum Diane, his grandmothers best friend who is another ex-prostitute called Auntie Toons, a biker gang, and an elite restaurateur amongst other fantastic characters. He finds that first impressions are indeed not reliable and which is highlighted early on when he get to know Isaac a  bit better.

This is a funny journey through college life but what ultimately shines through is that it is a story of love, friendship, support and learning to take risks.

I have 1 criticism- sound effects. I hate them in audiobooks and James Oliva is perfectly versatile enough to not need them. Thankfully there were not too many and I still thoroughly enjoyed Jennifer LeBlanc's charmingly and skilfully penned, journey.

The narration was brilliantly done with consistent voice characterisation, expressions of mood and situation and along with the hugely talented writing of Jennifer LeBlanc a wonderful talent for bringing the funny and the emotional together seamlessly.

'Rock on Toons'
(Trust me, if you take the time to listen to this and find out what those three words mean and why they are a wonderful sign off for this review then you will not regret it.)



I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Jennifer LeBlanc. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Gull Harbor

  • By: Kathryn Knight
  • Narrated by: Kristin James
  • Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 33

When Claire Linden's job sends her to the sleepy town of Gull Harbor, she never expects to encounter her ex-boyfriend. As a medium, the prospect of tackling a haunted house is less daunting than seeing Max Baron again. Throughout their passionate college relationship, he promised to love her forever. Then, without explanation, he abandoned her on graduation day. Claire is determined to rid her temporary home of its aggressive ghost, but Max soon realizes she's facing a danger beyond the paranormal.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gull Harbor

  • By Christy D on 03-05-18

Paranormal romance with a healthy dose of thriller

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

Reviewed: 06-08-18

This story is listed as Paranormal Romance and it certainly fits that category but I would also say that it could be listed as a thriller and it is a strong contender in all three of those categories!

The romance falls under the category of second chance romance and our main protagonists have an interesting history which we learn more about throughout the book.

Claire Linden is a Medium and is in Gull Harbour as she has been hired to investigate disturbing happenings at a house there. Claire had no idea that it is the hometown of her college love and is in complete shock when he is one of the first people that she encounters in the town.

The house has an extremely disturbed presence and it is less than happy to have Claire in house however as the story develops we discover that the entity is not the biggest threat to Claire's well-being.

This book kept me on the edge of my seat and I sacrificed a fingernail from nibbling when things got really intense! It really is a good story. It's not overly gory or frightening. (more nerve wracking than keep you up at night fear inspiring.) The story is both sad and happy at times and while some bits are predictable it wasn't too predictable and it didn't detract from my enjoyment of the story.

Kristin James does a good job with the voice acting within this story. There are times when strong emotion is described and Kristin manages to convey that with her narration. When the story becomes intense Kristen gets that across with her vocal talents all the while maintaining clearly identifiable voices for the various characters.

At 7 hours 46 minutes long this story is not an overwhelming listen for those new to audiobooks.

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Kathryn Knight. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.