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  • Twofer Murder

  • By: Lauren Carr
  • Narrated by: Mike Alger, Anita Alger
  • Length: 13 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

The guys go away for a fishing weekend, only to get caught up in the murder of a journalist investigating fraud at a timber company. Meanwhile, the ladies are spending the weekend in the presidential suite at a posh resort, where Jessica Faraday is to accept a lifetime achievement award for her late grandmother at a murder mystery writers conference. But before they have time to get their facials, they get wrapped up in their own real mystery when an up-and-coming author ends up dead!

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good for Carr fans; not best place to start new

  • By DabOfDarkness on 06-13-18

Even when murder is setting the scene, I promise y

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

Reviewed: 02-04-18

Even the pets have a great time when the extended Faraday, O’Callaghan, Thornton clan set off on an adventure. You will find yourself with a new favorite family member, or maybe a few, by the time is all said and done. I know I will never look at a meet and greet with authors the same again. When Lauren Carr is telling the tale, there is no predicting what direction the action will take, or even how two very different adventures can go so differently than planned. Even when murder is setting the scene, I promise you will find moments to laugh!

  • Her Christmas Chance

  • A Christmas Creek Romance, Book 2
  • By: Rachelle Ayala
  • Narrated by: Kate Marcin
  • Length: 5 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38

Bella Tallahan has always hidden behind her twin sister, Tally. She was born with cerebral palsy and even though she has finished college, she lives vicariously through her sister's adventures. It worked, until her sister married writer Lucky Lenigan, and Bella developed a crush on Lucky's brother - a bad boy with a shady past.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another heartwarming and inspirational story from Rachelle Ayala!

  • By Kimberly Smith on 12-24-17

Surprised by this sweet love story against th odds

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

Reviewed: 09-29-17

This book caught me by surprise. I know Rachelle Ayala writes a very sweet love story, with surprises always included. This one has an unusual slant - the two people have "issues" they need to come to terms with within themselves and with each other, or possibly with how other people want them to see each other.
It is a story about finding love but also finding your own place in the world.
It is sassy sweet.
Speaking of sassy - there is this uncontrollable cat. I worried about the cat for the entire book!
As if this "odd couple" doesn't have enough going against them, family members trying to influence their paths in life, town gossips, and more, a bit of Christmas magic injects itself.
You'll have to decide for yourself what really happens or doesn't.
Happily - the cat makes it all the way to the end.

The narration was perfect for this book.

I did accept a copy for review. The opinions are my own.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Cancelled Vows

  • A Mac Faraday Mystery, Book 11
  • By: Lauren Carr
  • Narrated by: James C. Lewis
  • Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 18

Police Chief David O'Callaghan and Chelsea Adams' wedding day is fast approaching. Unfortunately, at the last minute, David discovers that there is one small problem to be taken care of before he can walk down the aisle - divorce his first wife!

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Fun, light listen

  • By Wayne on 08-12-17

Exciting mixture of romance and suspense

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

Reviewed: 04-30-17

Where does Cancelled Vows rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is among the best of the mystery books I have listened to, including others by this author

What did you like best about this story?

It is exciting and fast paced. Even when you think things are being wrapped up, there are more details to disclose and the mysteries run very deep. Exceptionally well thought out.

Which character – as performed by James C. Lewis – was your favorite?

I admit I had to laugh out loud to the voice he gave Dallas as a Jersey accent.
Initially my thoughts on Yvonne's voice was 20 year old attitude in 80 year old's voice.
Dallas is wonderful throughout but I feel he did Mac's voice best.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I listened to this several hours at a time.

  • Busy Dizzy

  • By: Dr. Orly Katz
  • Narrated by: Gail Renot
  • Length: 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

This inspirational rhyming story for kids ages 4-8 tells the tale of Miss Young's class and their unexpected visitors: Busy Dizzies. Or, in other words, the strange little negative voice that sometimes comes near and whispers into your ear...

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • How To Deal with Busy Dizzy

  • By Laura S Reading on 04-09-17

How To Deal with Busy Dizzy

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

Reviewed: 04-09-17

What made the experience of listening to Busy Dizzy the most enjoyable?

Kids will love the ZZZZZ sound and can relate to the emotions other kids are feeling

What did you like best about this story?

It is a conversation starter.

Which character – as performed by Gail Renot – was your favorite?

Busy Dizzy of course! (for the zzzz sound)

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, I listened to it more than once

  • Kill and Run

  • A Thorny Rose Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Lauren Carr
  • Narrated by: C.J. McAllister
  • Length: 11 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52

Five women with seemingly nothing in common are found brutally murdered in a townhome outside Washington, DC. Among the many questions surrounding the massacre is what had brought these apparent strangers together only to be killed. Taking on his first official murder case, Lieutenant Murphy Thornton, USN, believes that if he can uncover the thread connecting the victims, then he can find their murderer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Highly entertaining filled with suspense

  • By Cyn on 11-13-16

Deeply engrossing and Fast paced

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

Reviewed: 04-07-17

Would you consider the audio edition of Kill and Run to be better than the print version?

Each version has its own benefits and can be enjoyed. It is nice to be able to do other things as I listen to the story, altho often I found myself concentrating on the details.

What other book might you compare Kill and Run to and why?

Several crimes entangled in connected ways that draw various family members deeper into danger and into each other's lives in ways no one would imagine when combining families.

Which character – as performed by C.J. McAllister – was your favorite?

It took me a while to become accustomed to the different character voices, but C.J. found his stride quickly and made them all enjoyable

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I wish I could have, but it is long enough it took me several days and car trips to listen to it all.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Fine Year for Murder

  • A Thorny Rose Mystery, Book 2
  • By: Lauren Carr
  • Narrated by: C.J. McAllister
  • Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45

After 10 months of marital bliss, Jessica Faraday and Murphy Thornton are still discovering and adjusting to their life together. Settled in their new home, everything appears to be perfect...except in the middle of the night when, in the darkest shadows of her subconscious, a deep secret from Jessica's past creeps to the surface to make her strike out at Murphy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Family relation equals murder

  • By chieftwidgit on 07-07-18

Exciting story of family secrets

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

Reviewed: 04-07-17

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

I recommend this book and others in this series for people who appreciate well developed characters and complicated thrilling mysteries

Who was your favorite character and why?

Murphy Thornton because of the way he calmly deals with whatever is thrown at him. He is remarkably responsible and patient.

Have you listened to any of C.J. McAllister’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

My admiration for narrator C.J. McAllister continues to grow.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Remember you married the whole family

  • The Time Being

  • By: Antonia Honeywell
  • Narrated by: Melody Grove
  • Length: 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,671
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,402
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,406

At 11 Lalla should be enjoying her childhood in London. But this is not London as we know it. In a collapsed society, Lalla struggles to imagine her future. When a government announcement invites her to enjoy a new life in Regent’s Park, Lalla sees a glimmer of hope. But what is she willing to risk? The Time Being is the short-story prequel to The Ship by Antonia Honeywell, if you enjoyed this, you’ll love the full-length novel sequel.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I want more from this author!

  • By Jennifer on 02-12-15

An intriguing introduction

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

Reviewed: 11-22-16

What did you love best about The Time Being?

In a world after destruction, the family unit tries to survive. Teenagers are very much the same as throughout time.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The young girl who is between ages, still young enough to enjoy stores but dreaming of being older and more independent

What about Melody Grove’s performance did you like?

Lovely soothing voice, appropriate for the young girl character we hear from most

Who was the most memorable character of The Time Being and why?

The young girl, for her dreams and sense of wonder
Her mother is also a strong character

  • Go the F--k to Sleep

  • By: Adam Mansbach, Ricardo Cortes (cover illustration)
  • Narrated by: Samuel L. Jackson
  • Length: 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,943
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,891
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12,749

Academy Award nominee Samuel L. Jackson ( Pulp Fiction) rocks this mock bedtime story, capturing a hilarious range of emotions as the voice of a father struggling to get his child to sleep. Go the F**k to Sleep is a bedtime book for parents who live in the real world, where a few snoozing kitties and cutesy rhymes don’t always send a toddler sailing blissfully off to dreamland.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hilarious

  • By FanB14 on 07-06-12

Definitely not a children's bedtime tale

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

Reviewed: 11-22-16

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

Overworked and exhausted adults will find humor in these reflections

What about Samuel L. Jackson’s performance did you like?

Very enthusiastic

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

no one I can recall at this moment

  • The Murders at Astaire Castle

  • Mac Faraday Mystery, Book 5
  • By: Lauren Carr
  • Narrated by: Dan Lawson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45

Spencer's police chief, David O'Callaghan, learns this lesson the hard way when he orders Mac Faraday to stay away from the south end of Spencer's mountaintop - even though he owns the property. It doesn't take long for Mac to find out what lies on the other side of the stone wall and locked gate, on which hangs a sign warning visitors to Keep Out!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic!

  • By Carla on 10-03-16

Never tell Mac Faraday not to do something

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

Reviewed: 11-22-16

Would you consider the audio edition of The Murders at Astaire Castle to be better than the print version?

Equally as entertaining and engrossing

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Murders at Astaire Castle?

When the men find themselves locked inside the castle

Which scene was your favorite?

What starts out as a quick tour of a dusty old castle turns into another Mac Faraday adventure when Astaire Castle becomes the scene of even more murders.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I was enthralled

Any additional comments?

Never tell Mac Faraday not to do something.

Spencer’s police chief, David O’Callaghan, learns this lesson the hard way when he orders Mac Faraday to stay away from the south end of Spencer’s mountaintop—even though he owns the property. It doesn’t take long for Mac to find out what lies on the other side of the stone wall and locked gate, on which hangs a sign warning visitors to Keep Out!

Topping the list of the ten most haunted places in America, Astaire Castle is associated with two suicides, three mysterious disappearances, and four murders since it was built almost a century ago—and Mac Faraday owns it!

In spite of David’s warning, Mac can’t resist unlocking the gate to see the castle that supposedly hasn’t seen a living soul since his late mother had ordered it closed up after the double homicide and disappearance of Damian Wagner, a world-famous master of horror novels.

What starts out as a quick tour of a dusty old castle turns into another Mac Faraday adventure when Astaire Castle becomes the scene of even more murders. Mac is going to need to put all of his investigative talents to work to sort out this case that involves the strangest characters he has run into yet—including a wolf man. No, we’re not talking about Gnarly.

  • Hood

  • American Rebirth Series, Book 1
  • By: Evan Pickering
  • Narrated by: Michael Jameson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 23

Rob 'Hood' Huntington was an easygoing 20-something kid who loved house parties with good friends and bad jokes. He never thought about a life of survival. Then in one day everything he knew was gone. Lucky for him, he learned quickly he is a truly gifted marksman. Learning to live with pulling the trigger is something else entirely. Two years have passed since the fall of civilization. Hidden away in the mid-Atlantic countryside rests the small town of Clearwater.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Different Kind of Post Apocalyptic Novel

  • By Rhonda Green on 03-27-17

Dystopian dark

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

Reviewed: 11-22-16

What did you love best about Hood?

The pace was consistent and flowed well. The situations described in detail.

What did you like best about this story?

The characters are well defined, even when they surprised me. We got into their heads.

Have you listened to any of Michael Jameson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have not. This was very well done.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Staying alive and out of evil's way

Any additional comments?

In a dystopian world you expect dark and disturbing. This small band of survivors are trying to stay alive and hide from the evil left in the world. When Hood finds himself on his own, the world gets darker and survival even less probable.

The characters are well defined, even when they surprised me. We got into their heads.
The pace was consistent and flowed well. The situations described in detail.