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Edmonton, AB Canada
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  • The Foundling Lady

  • The Foundling Series, Volume 2
  • By: Audrey Harrison
  • Narrated by: Melanie Fraser
  • Length: 6 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5

Fact and fiction come together to create a compelling historical romance. Miss Emily Wallis is a bluestocking whose parents have caused enough scandal for her to retreat from society. Mrs. Agnes Jones is living a lie which she is desperately trying to keep hidden. Viscount Robert Wilding is suffering from his injuries gained at Salamanca and the loss of his brothers. They are three damaged individuals who are on life-changing journeys in ways they could never have foreseen.   

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Foundling Lady

  • By Christy D on 10-18-18

Very enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 10-10-18

This is the second book in the Foundling Series, the first having introduced us to James. In this book, we are introduced to Emily, whose family are distant and unloving with her. Her mother runs off with another man and her father commits suicide, forcing Emily to turn to a position as governess to a young lady, Constance, whose Uncle Robert is a veteran of the war, injured, traumatized, and mourning the loss of his brother, Constance's father.

As the month long trial period of her position of governess approaches its end, Emily's mother makes a surprise appearance at Robert's house, and announces to the gathering there, that Emily is not her daughter, but a foundling, causing Emily to resign her post and flee back to her godmother's residence. Here she is subject to more revelations, while mourning the loss of her position, her charge, and the man she had fallen in love with.

This is another very enjoyable book by Audrey Harrison, well, written, and interesting. Melanie Fraser does her usual excellent job of narration, which I thoroughly enjoy listening to.

  • Credence

  • By: Martin Link
  • Narrated by: Chris MacDonnell
  • Length: 7 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4

In this James-Bond-meets-real-world thriller, MI5 man Lucas Norton once again finds himself caught up in a high-stakes assault when a sniper in a powerboat takes a pot-shot at his family. Could it be linked to the daring raid carried out at GCHQ, where thieves evade the world's tightest security to steal top secret ultra-high-tech equipment from under his nose? Lucas's first case culminated in him, and the FBI, losing $48m from an international heist.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting and keeps you quessing

  • By Kelly Kenrick on 09-30-18

Interesting and keeps you quessing

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

Reviewed: 09-30-18

This is the second audiobook I've listened to by Martin Link. The first was Misdirection, where I was introduced to Lucas Norton, MI5 agent. Lucas is on vacation from the events of Misdirection, relaxing with his family when, while walking the dogs with his wife and daughter, a sniper opens fire.

At the same time, when Lucas goes back to work, there's another international incident waiting for him to prevent. He is at a conference with a few of his colleagues when the instructor disappears. Of course, there's an immediate lockdown and it's up to Lucas, Suzie, and Coops to save the world again. This time it's stolen nano-technology that they are up against. With the help of the FBI and a trip across the pond, again, Lucas must figure out where the thieves are planning to use the technology, why, and how to stop them. Add to that, a bit of family drama, culminates in another fine story.

Another interesting listen, Chris MacDonnell is a fine narrator. I'm enjoying his voice and delivery.

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  • Misdirection

  • Lucas Norton
  • By: Martin Link
  • Narrated by: Chris MacDonnell
  • Length: 5 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 21

When we first encounter the series' narrator, Lucas Norton, he's riding his bicycle through a sleeting rain, heading to his office in the British Government Communication Headquarters (GCHQ) complex in Cheltenham, England. Meet the new James Bond. He has all the high-tech toys Britain's MI5 security service has developed at his disposal, but he's just a regular guy dealing with a promotion and marital problems, in addition to one hell of a caper.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good Crime Story with a Tech Touch

  • By Pemberley Proud on 01-17-15

Interesting

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

Reviewed: 09-21-18

This was an interesting audiobook to listen to. Written in the style almost like a person dictating a report, rather than a live action account, we are treated to a glimpse of the inner workings of a case by M15, jointly working with the FBI. The Intelligence Service becomes aware of some chatter that catches their attention and has to figure out what is going on, where it's taking place, who is involved and how to stop them. This investigation leads Lucas Norton, a member of M15 to New York to meet up with his counterpart with the FBI.

As the title of the book suggests, the investigation twists and turns with a series of misdirections that the agents have to unravel. It's an interesting look at how agents think and the team that works behind the scenes to help them figure things out.

Chris MacDonnell does a fine job of narrating the book. Very easy to listen too.

  • Restriction

  • The Rise of Magic, Book 1
  • By: CM Raymond, LE Barbant, Michael Anderle
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 8 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 250
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 239
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 239

She didn't mean to use magic. She didn't even know she had magic. She just wanted to save her brother, who was dying in her arms. Accused of using illegal magic, and sentenced to a cruel death at the hands of the city's guards, Hannah has no choice but to trust in the aid of a strange old man who wields unimaginable power.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great

  • By Theresa Horton on 09-16-18

Interesting introduction into a larger world

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

Reviewed: 09-11-18

This, as the title suggests, is Book 1 of a series. It's also part of a different series, although I wouldn't say you would need to know anything about the other series to understand this.

This first book is about magic; about an Earth that has moved on into a world of magic. Hannah is a young girl living in Arcadia, a city ruled by magic and a Chancellor who restricts who can use magic. A number of magicians are being trained at the Academy; any one else is an unlawful and are punished or killed. Hannah and her brother William are out trying to eke out a living when William has an episode of sickness. In despair, Hannah somehow heals him. This brings the Hunters after her to tag her and take her to Adrian, the Chancellor. She is saved by the appearance of an old wizard, who then disappears after fighting the Hunters. Hannah goes home and wakes up later to find a lizard climbing into her window. (He becomes important later)

In the days that follow, the wizard finds Hannah again, convinces her that he is the Founder, the man who created Arcadia. Adrian was his student. He, Ezekial, convinces Hannah that he can teach her the magic she has inside her, and takes her out of the city to train her.

Most of the book is taken up with Hannah's training, and learning the history of Arcadia. Most definitely the first book of a series; at the end she is well on her way to being a wizard, first class.

I'm not sure what to think of Kate Rudd's narration. At times it was fine, tonal differences to indicated different characters, but at other times robotic almost, or just very precise speech patterns. It didn't really distract from the story, but it takes a bit to get used to.



  • The Gold Dragon Caper: A Damien Dickens Mystery

  • Damien Dickens Mysteries, Book 4
  • By: Phyllis Entis
  • Narrated by: Tom Lennon
  • Length: 7 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

Derek Turpin is set on revenge, and no one is safe, least of all Damien and Millie. Yet, duty and friendship call, pulling the detective duo in opposite directions. While Damien is engaged in a race against time to rescue young Artie Sutherland, Millie goes to the aid of a sister-in-law she has never met. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exciting Story!

  • By D. Sturgeon on 08-30-18

Another enjoyable listen

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

Reviewed: 09-03-18

I was given the audiobook free in exchange for an honest review. This is my second or third Damien Dickens audiobook. I quite enjoy the old-time feel of the novels; not quite noir, but definitely a blast from the past: phone books, no cell phones, things like that.

Damien and Milly have fallen on hard times since the last time I listened to one of the books, and it's been a couple of years since the Green Pearl caper. Their marriage is cracking, and they are fighting Derek Turpin, a money hungry man who thinks that the world is his and everyone should do his business. He's determined to ruin Damien and Milly because they had thwarted him in the past.

To get away from the upheaval of their life, they take another job from Susan Sutherland; this time looking for her missing nephew, kidnapped at a ski resort. Upon arriving there, Damien and Milly split up to do what each does best. Milly travels with the other kids from Artie's school in the hopes of getting some answers as too who may have kidnapped the child.

When Damien, who stayed behind to help search for Artie, tries to contact Millie later on, he finds that she has abandoned her job to fly to Las Vegas to help out her wayward brother. Seems he's caught up in the theft of the Gold Dragon, a nugget of gold, from the casino that bears its name.

As the story progresses and the two cases entwine, we learn more about Damien and Millie, and Turpin.

This is a good, clean story; it keeps you guessing as too how and why until close to the end; definitely keeps you wondering how the stories are going to unravel, and Damien and Milly get out of their predicaments.

Tom Lennon has a nice, calm voice throughout, easily switches from male to female characters and is a joy to listen to.

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  • Who Is Sarah Lawson?

  • Richie Stevens Investigates, Book 1
  • By: K.J. Rabane
  • Narrated by: Megan Green
  • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13

How would you feel coming home to find a family living in your house who call you Sarah, tell you your brother's name is Andy, and insist that you should be ashamed of calling the police for help? My name is Rowena Shaw and I've never seen any of them before. They are total strangers. It's Thursday and it's just the beginning.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • My Mind is Messed!

  • By Victoria Haugen on 10-09-18

Interesting and keeps you quessing

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

Reviewed: 08-27-18

I was given the audiobook free in exchange for an honest review.

Rowena Shaw opens the door to her house and finds an unfamiliar scene. There's a family living there. A family who says they are her family. Who is Sarah Lawson and why are these people insisting she is Sarah Lawson? Rowena hires private investigator Rick Stevens to discover the truth.

The story slowly unfolds. The first 20 odd chapters are of Rowena attempting to find out why everyone thought she was someone else, and Rick's investigation in the same. Then the author takes us back in time to start unraveling the mystery. We are introduced to Owen Maddock, Rowena's fiancee, who refuses to talk to her, refuses to even pick up the phone when she tries to contact her. We find out who Sarah Lawson is, a woman who looks similar to Rowena, and as the book progresses, more and more like her. We find out that she is entrenching herself into Owen's life and trying to make Rowena's life her own.

I quite enjoyed this book. There was a glitch with my copy of the audiobook where one chapter seems to have been placed out of sequence, then repeated in the correct place, which confused me. However, the narrator Megan Green helped me to figure out that was the problem and it wasn't a problem with the time line/writing.

The story was suspenseful and intriguing. It kept you guessing until the very end, and even then it leaves you with an "oh, no" feeling.

Megan's narration was good, I enjoyed her voice. She brought the book and the characters to life quite nicely.

  • Circles in Hell, Books 1-4

  • The Boxed Set Edition
  • By: Mark Cain
  • Narrated by: Michael Gilboe
  • Length: 36 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57

Travel with Steve, doomed for eternity to serve as hell’s Mr. Fixit, on a wild ride through the circles of hell in this best-selling, humorous fantasy series. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The trials and tribulations of Hell's Super

  • By K. Ray on 08-31-18

Listen to this

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

Reviewed: 08-17-18

I received the audiobook free in exchange for an honest review.

Hell's Super

This is a very humorous story about Hell. Steve Minion was an economics professor in life. He's Hell's Super in death. The handyman. Think of the thing you dislike the most or are the worst at in life. That becomes your life, or your job in death. Why make things simple? No one is happy in Hell after all.

Steve is given a task, three actually. Fix the escalator to hell, fix the stairway between Heaven and Hell, and find out who is revolting in Hell and stop them.

As any good super would do, he designates. His assistant, Orson Welles is tasked with re-building the stairway, along with Edison, Ford, and Tesla; Steve, along with Alan Pickerton try to find out who the masterminds behind the revolt. Mix in the saintliness of Florence Nightingale, and you have one hell of a story.

The narration was very good; I enjoyed Michael's delivery and characterizations.

I have not actually finished listening to this audiobook, but I can say for certain, I'm going to love the rest of this audiobook.

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  • The Foundling Duke

  • The Foundling Series, Book 1
  • By: Audrey Harrison
  • Narrated by: Melanie Fraser
  • Length: 5 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

Family secrets can’t always be kept hidden. James Massey, Marquess of Avery, is hated by his mother and can’t understand why. Leonard Massey, Duke of Yarnton, has a secret that will protect his son but destroy his wife. Catherine Massey, Duchess of Yarnton, hates her husband and son and is determined they will be rejected by society. One family on an inevitable path of self-destruction. No one will come away unscathed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable sweet historical romance

  • By Rabid Reader on 07-23-18

Another good listen

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

Reviewed: 07-13-18

I received the audiobook free in exchange for an honest review.

I quite enjoyed this book.  It starts out with a young boy being left at a foundling hospital by a young girl obviously used by the upper class young man in the household she worked in. Five years later, the young boy is taken out of the foundling hospital and sent to live with a duke and his wife. The duke, it is quickly revealed, is the actual father of the boy. 

James grows up in his father's house, with his father's love, and his mother's distain. As so many young men do, he likes the drink, the gambling, and the women.  Until his father suggests he needed to straighten up and join society. Reluctantly, James attends a ball where he meets a young woman, Olivia. Things, of course, do not start out well, but James is intrigued. 

The story progresses, this is a romance, so no one will be spoiled by the romance that develops. James' mother is not happy that James is being accepted into society so easily, and tries to make James' life worse. 

Secrets are revealed, will James' live ever be the same?!

As usual, Melanie Fraser does a great job narrating the story.  Always look forward to listening to her.

  • To the Far Blue Mountains

  • The Sacketts, Book 2
  • By: Louis L'Amour
  • Narrated by: Jonn Curless
  • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,228
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 963
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 975

Filled with exciting tales of the frontier, the chronicle of the Sackett family is perhaps the crowning achievement of one of our greatest storytellers. In To the Far Blue Mountains, Louis L'Amour weaves an unforgettable tale of a man who journeys to his homeland, but discovers that finding his way back to America may be impossible.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Better than reading the book!

  • By adeline on 10-20-11

Long time favourite

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

Reviewed: 06-19-18

I’m a long time fan of Louis L’Amour, revisiting his world time and time again. The story of a family growing up in the beginnings of western civilization of the Americas. L’Amour has a power with words, a poetry not often matched. I knew what happens, I knew the ending, and listening to this, I sobbed at the last scene, the last lines. I have no words.

  • Death by Wall Street: Rampage of the Bulls

  • Detective Louis Martelli, NYPD, Mystery/Thriller Series, Book 1
  • By: Theodore Jerome Cohen
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey A. Hering
  • Length: 5 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

When the severed head of a Wall Street stock analyst turns up spiked on a horn of the Wall Street Bull, Detective Louis Martelli of the NYPD is assigned to track down the murderer. But why were this victim and the victims of two similar murders that followed singled out for execution? Martelli eventually learns the answer to this question and tracks down the killer, but not before uncovering some of Wall Street's and the US government's darkest secrets pertaining to the US financial markets and the nation's health care practices.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Important Information for Voters of Our Time

  • By Gary Wilhelm on 03-11-18

Informative

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

Reviewed: 06-03-18

I received the audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

I just started listening to this book; about an hour into it. The problem I have so far is there's a lot of info dumping .... about selling stocks and buying and manipulation of stocks .... at least I think that's what it's basically all about. Now, I understand that this is probably important for the plot of the story .... a stockbroker is found dead on Wall Street, and that's fine, but for me as a layperson, this is total confusion. It's like a scientist trying to explain string theory, or quantum mechanics. It's needful, but for the reader you might want to dumb it down a bit. I might have been better if the detective made more of a statement of .... hey I'm a layperson, can you tell me this in words of one syllable please. Anyway, I think what they are trying to say is that these stockbrokers were trying to manipulate the shares of certain companies to make profits, and that the particular victim had been told to put out a negative report on the company he was reviewing for that purpose.

Once you get past this depth of information and detail, and get into the actual detective work (and I realize the detective needs an understanding of the motivation and background surrounding the murder), its a pretty decent book; characters are interesting with just enough individual information to get a liking, or disliking of them.

One thing I disliked about the book was the author's penchant for describing someone's attire and including the price tag of everything he described. I don't know whether that to further the idea of how rich the Wall Street brokers were or what.

The narration was fine, except for the audible swallowing that the narrator did. His voice was good.

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