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  • Grim Beginnings

  • An Aisling Grimlock Mystery, Books 1-3
  • By: Amanda M. Lee
  • Narrated by: Karen Krause
  • Length: 28 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 169
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 148
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 151

Aisling Grimlock never thought she'd join the family business. In fact, she was dead set against it. When an economic downturn causes her to lose her job, she's forced to go to desperate measures to earn a living. Aisling comes from a big family of grim reapers - no, that's right. She's the youngest of five siblings - and the only girl - and the testosterone is going to hit the fan when the Grimlocks try to teach Aisling the ropes and keep her safe at the same time.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Really, just don't bother

  • By Judy on 11-17-17

Ugh! Disappointed.

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

Reviewed: 09-01-17

I love these books! Amanda M Lee is one of my favorite authors. I've read them all on Kindle so I was excited to revisit them again via Audible. The narrator though is so, so wrong and boring. I cannot stand to listen to her. Maybe it's because she doesn't fit the book but I cannot connect with her and have just deleted the book from my phone. I'll stick to Amanda M Lee on Kindle for now.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • True to the Highlander

  • Loch Moigh, Book 1
  • By: Barbara Longley
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
  • Length: 12 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,029
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 906
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 899

A life hangs in the balance… A king held for ransom, a country under thumb, clans at one another’s throats. Malcolm of clan MacKintosh has enough to worry about without finding a mysterious lass sleeping on the side of his road. He tries to help her — in his overbearing, arrogant way — and winds up flat on his back. God’s blood, who is this woman…and why does she captivate him so?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • You're not the "Bossame"!!

  • By 🌸DARA on 08-19-14

Why, Narrator? Why?

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

Reviewed: 03-08-16

I really like the story. It's totally an Outlander take-off without all the historical details and depth. Still, it is a great story and I am very much enjoying it.
However, the narrator needs some direction. She ends every sentence in an up. Her accents are strong and full of character but, my God, the endings of her descriptive sentences make me want to gouge out my eardrums. I've seriously had to stop listening because I can't take that mess any longer. I'm just going to finish by reading instead of listening.

  • Better off Dead in Deadwood

  • Deadwood, Book 4
  • By: Ann Charles
  • Narrated by: Caroline Shaffer
  • Length: 13 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 202
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 187
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 187

One dead body, one century-old haunted opera house, one zombie musical - one pissed-off detective - will Violet "Spooky" Parker keep her tail out of trouble, or will she end up as one of Deadwood's walking dead?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Liked it but didn't love it...

  • By candace on 03-30-17

One of my favs!

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

Reviewed: 05-25-15

I love this series. Great series! Great narration! Can't wait for more and hope they come soon!

  • The Bitches of Everafter: A Fairy Tale

  • The Everafter Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Barbra Annino
  • Narrated by: Erin Fossa
  • Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 259
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 237
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 239

These are not the mild-mannered maidens of your childhood. These are fallen princesses and fierce women with no recollection of who they are, where they came from, or how they arrived in a mysterious town called Everafter. All they know is that they've been sentenced to a stretch in a half-way house by a malicious judge with an ax to grind. They've been stripped of their freedom, their kingdoms, and their true loves. Now, they have nothing left to lose.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Good Idea, Bad execution

  • By A.J. Kowalewski on 04-26-15

Eh.

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

Reviewed: 04-28-15

It was okay. Not my favorite by Barbara Annino. I probably won't continue the series. In the beginning there were just too many characters and not enough story to make me care about any of them. It could have been better.

  • Nearly Departed in Deadwood

  • Deadwood Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Ann Charles
  • Narrated by: Caroline Shaffer
  • Length: 12 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 399
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 363
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 362

Little girls are vanishing from Deadwood, South Dakota. Fearing her daughter might be next, single mom Violet Parker is desperate to find the monster behind the abductions. With her savings dwindling and just three weeks left to sell her first house or lose her realtor job, Violet is ecstatic when a handsome jeweler hires her to sell his century-old Victorian masterpiece - until she sees the dilapidated dwelling. Now if she could just convince her only buyer to stop rejecting vintage homes as if they're haunted.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Steamy Cozy Mystery

  • By K. April Holgate on 02-20-14

Love these books!

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

Reviewed: 02-22-15

I loved these books from the get-go and am now loving them again on audio. The only thing I don't love is the narrator's little girl voices that she assigns to grown women. I've never thought of Violet as whiny and whispy-voiced but the narrator makes her sound that way. Sometimes I couldn't tell the difference between Addi's voice and the grownups in the story.
Still, I highly recommend these books.

  • An Inquiry into Love and Death

  • By: Simone St. James
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 268
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 248
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 251

After her ghost-hunting uncle Toby dies, Oxford student Jillian must drive to the seaside village of Rothewell to pack up his belongings. Almost immediately, terrifying events convince Jillian that an angry spirit is trying to enter the house. Is it Walking John, the 200-year-old ghost that haunts the bay? And who besides the ghost is roaming the local woods at night? If Toby uncovered something sinister, was his death really an accident? And the arrival of handsome Scotland Yard inspector Drew Merriken leaves Jillian with more questions than answers....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Old Fashioned Ghost Story ----

  • By Jacqueline on 04-10-13

Loved it!

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

Reviewed: 01-28-15

The perfect gothic horror novel. I really enjoyed it and didn't dislike the narrator as several others did. I will download more by this author for sure.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Iced

  • A Dani O' Malley Novel, Book 1
  • By: Karen Marie Moning
  • Narrated by: Phil Gigante, Natalie Ross
  • Length: 14 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,794
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,534
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,544

Dani "Mega" O’Malley plays by her own set of rules - and in a world overrun by Dark Fae, her biggest rule is: Do what it takes to survive. Possessing rare talents and the all-powerful Sword of Light, Dani is more than equipped for the task. In fact, she’s one of the few humans who can defend themselves against the Unseelie. But now, amid the pandemonium, her greatest gifts have turned into serious liabilities.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dude, It exceeded my expectations

  • By Katherine on 12-02-12

Ugh... I want my credit back!

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

Reviewed: 01-02-13

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

Probably not. It's definitely not credit-worthy. I just can't get past Dani's age and maturity level.

If you’ve listened to books by Karen Marie Moning before, how does this one compare?

I loved the transformation of Mac from Rainbow Girl to badass. Dani is also transforming in this book but come on KMM! 14? What are you thinking? The book would have been so much better if Dani were an adult and could navigate all these relationships with more maturity. Instead it just feels pervy, flippant, and silly. Dani is a likable character but the book could have been so much better if we could watch her grow into a strong, self-assured woman instead of going from a kid to an older and smarter kid. Furthermore, I just can't see the point in all the sexual tension surrounding grown men and a 14 year old. That's just not okay and doesn't serve the story in any way. I knew that Dani would be 14 when I spent my credit, but I had more faith in KMM to make her age important to the plot than was warranted. Dani could have been 20 or even 30 and the plot wouldn't have changed a bit but the book would have been so much better. The character would have been so much more compelling if she were older.
Instead, the book feels like you are in a constant cloud of 14 year old hormones. And just in case we don't notice, Dani keeps reminding us over and over again that she is 14 ("Dude. I'm 14!") and that her body is going through weird changes. I think KMM is trying too hard and maybe a little too full of her own success with the Fever series to do this series any justice. I follow her on Facebook and she is different from the other authors I follow in that she projects a massive ego. I think maybe that got in the way of telling Dani's story well. This book is a let down when compared to the excellent Fever series.

What aspect of Phil Gigante and Natalie Ross ’s performance would you have changed?

Is that woman's accent real? She sounds like a Southerner trying to have an Irish accent.

Do you think Iced needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

I will read the next book in hopes of a redemption from this monstrous three-headed toad of a story but if it stills feels like reading a faster paced teen-angst ridden Twilight I will not read any further into the series. And I will probably check the next one out at the library. This wasn't a credit-worthy book and I am not wasting another credit on anything by KMM.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The All-True Travels and Adventures of Lidie Newton

  • By: Jane Smiley
  • Narrated by: Anna Fields
  • Length: 18 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 123
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 52

Set in the 1850s, The All-True Travels and Adventures of Lidie Newton speaks to you in a splendidly quirky voice: the strong, wry, no-nonsense voice of Lidie Harkness of Quincy, Illinois, a young woman of courage, good sense, and good heart. It carries you into an America so violently torn apart by the question of slavery that it makes our current political battlegrounds seem a peaceable kingdom.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Magnificent, perfect for these troubled times

  • By karen on 10-16-13

Almost an Epic

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-19-10

I really enjoyed this book but when I got the the end I thought, "hmmm...the author must have run out of both printer ink and paper". It just ended abruptly and it felt like there was still so much more to know. Still, it's a great story and worth a listen.

  • Silent in the Grave

  • By: Deanna Raybourn
  • Narrated by: Ellen Archer
  • Length: 12 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,942
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,420
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,419

Let the wicked be ashamed, and let them be silent in the grave. These ominous words, slashed from the pages of a book of Psalms, are the last threat that the darling of London society, Sir Edward Grey, receives from his killer. Before he can show them to Nicholas Brisbane, the private inquiry agent he has retained for his protection, Sir Edward collapses and dies at his London home, in the presence of his wife, Julia, and a roomful of dinner guests.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Happily surprised

  • By 9S on 07-04-09

great story and narration

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-19-10

I really enjoyed this story and have now listened to all that audible has to offer in the series. But more than that, I could listen to this narrator read the manual on my dishwasher.

  • The Help

  • By: Kathryn Stockett
  • Narrated by: Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
  • Length: 18 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 38,231
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 24,080
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 24,095

In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another. A deeply moving novel filled with poignancy, humor, and hope, The Help is a timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we don't.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a great surprise!

  • By Jan on 12-02-09

Loved it!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-19-10

I grew up in Mississippi, near Ole Miss and lived there until I moved to Boston for grad school. This book totally captures my Mississippi, good and bad. I was thankful that the author didn't try to get into the political aspects that everyone knows, but instead chose to focus on the everyday life of people. That's what matters most to me. We often forget that the world stage is being supported by little bitty me's and you's. I loved this book and the narration was spot on.