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  • The Turn of Midnight

  • By: Minette Walters
  • Narrated by: Helen Keeley
  • Length: 12 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

As the year 1349 approaches, the Black Death continues its devastating course across England. In Dorseteshire, the quarantined people of Develish question whether they are the only survivors. Guided by their beloved young mistress, Lady Anne, they wait, knowing that when their dwindling stores are finally gone they will have no choice but to leave. But where will they find safety in the desolate wasteland outside? One man has the courage to find out. Thaddeus Thurkell, a free-thinking, educated serf, strikes out in search of supplies and news. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A medieval zombie book

  • By Ian on 10-25-18

A medieval zombie book

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

Reviewed: 10-25-18

At it's very core, The Last Hours and The Turn of Midnight are zombie books.
But instead of zombies we have the Black Death and instead of preppers we have Lady Anne and Thaddeus.
There are bandits. There are folks who betray our plucky heroes. There is even a Walmart of a sort.
All the elements of a zombie apocalypse are in these books set in the 1350s.

They're good. They're entertaining. And I suspect that in no small part it's because Minette Walters has written a thoroughly modern book and set it in the 14th century.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Atticus: A Woman’s Journey with the World’s Worst Behaved Dog

  • By: Sawyer Bennett, S. Bennett
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78

Through the haze of vodka and self-loathing, Hazel Roundtree saw the poor creature lying in a ditch. One brown eye. One blue. Covered in mud and crying from pain, the puppy was desperately trying to free itself from a hopeless situation. She almost kept walking by. She had her own problems, and besides...no one had ever stopped to help her. Hazel had no idea the dog would be her beginning, her second chance, the miracle she never saw coming.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved this Incredible Journey!

  • By kgagnon on 06-23-18

Life Affirming

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

Reviewed: 07-01-18

Sometimes you just pick up a book and it's a favorite from the very first page.
I read and listen to a lot of books. Around 150 a year.
By the end of the year I'll probably remember a dozen that shone.
This will be one of them.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Far from Perfect

  • A Love from the Heartland Novel, Book 1
  • By: Barbara Longley
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 768
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 670
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 672

For Ceejay Lovejoy, life in Perfect, Indiana, has been anything but. Abandoned by her parents and left pregnant by her boyfriend, Ceejay has had to fight every step of the way to carve out a future for herself and her daughter. She swears off men for good - until the day Noah Langford appears on her doorstep. Noah narrowly survived the roadside bombing in Iraq that cost him his leg, returning home to the news that his stepbrother, Matt, has died in a car accident. It is the final blow to Noah’s shattered soul - until he learns about the girlfriend and baby Matt abandoned.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An Excellent Story. Wonderful Characters.

  • By TexasKeyLady on 08-27-13

Just OK.

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

Reviewed: 04-29-18

What did you like best about Far from Perfect? What did you like least?

I've read this book a dozen times. It's not bad but it doesn't break any new ground. If you've read Robyn Carr or Marilyn Pappano you've read this.

What would have made this romance irresistible?

Like any genre Contemporary Romance has a whole set of rules.
The best authors know the rules and set about seeing how many they can break. Penny Reid is the master at this. Terri Osburn also manages to push the CR envelope and her books are better for it.
Far From Perfect isn't bad, it's just like every other CR.

  • The Case of the Abandoned Aussie

  • A Thousand Islands Doggy Inn Mystery Series, Book 1
  • By: B.R. Snow
  • Narrated by: Vanessa Daniels
  • Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 6

The Thousand Islands Doggy Inn Mysteries feature two of the smartest and funniest lead female protagonists to hit the cozy mystery scene in a very long time, and their affection for food and boundless love and devotion to their dogs puts this new series in the 'Don't Miss' category. The Case of the Abandoned Aussie gets this fresh alphabet series off to a great start, and B. R. Snow promises that listeners are in for a long, wild, and highly entertaining ride as the series moves forward.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable

  • By Robert Berg on 04-26-18

Train Wreck

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

Reviewed: 04-19-18

Would you try another book from B.R. Snow and/or Vanessa Daniels?

Lord no.

Has The Case of the Abandoned Aussie turned you off from other books in this genre?

Cozy mysteries can be a little hit and miss but when they're good, they're great. When they're bad...well I guess they're this.

What character would you cut from The Case of the Abandoned Aussie?

All of them....except the dog.

Any additional comments?

This book does have some good reviews.
I don't know why but I there are people who enjoyed it.
I can't say anything more.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Summer of New Beginnings

  • A Magnolia Grove Novel
  • By: Bette Lee Crosby
  • Narrated by: Shannon McManus, Eric G. Dove
  • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42

Aspiring journalist Meghan Briggs has always been the responsible one in the family. So when her father passes away unexpectedly, leaving behind his at-risk business, she steps up to save his legacy - even if that means putting her own dreams on hold. Tracy couldn't be more different from her sister. She's always been the rebellious type, without much direction in life. But in the wake of her latest romantic disaster, she finds herself moving back home as a single mother. As Tracy experiences the difficulties of new motherhood, Meghan faces her own struggle: trying not to fall for the stray puppy she rescued.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • GREAT RELAXING READ

  • By Larry on 10-30-18

Just OK

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

Reviewed: 04-07-18

Is there anything you would change about this book?

There are way too many Points of View. It makes the book feel overly cluttered.

Any additional comments?

It's OK without being outstanding. A bit like Emily March or perhaps even Barbara O'Neal. But I would say Barbara O'Neal is brilliant...Summer of New Beginnings never quite got there.

  • Burn Bright

  • By: Patricia Briggs
  • Narrated by: Holter Graham
  • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,952
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,729
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,728

Charles Cornick is the son of the leader of the North American werewolves - and his father's enforcer. Anna Latham, a rare Omega wolf with a calming presence, is his mate. They go where they are needed, handling problems in werewolf packs throughout the country. But this time the danger is closer to home, as an enemy armed with witchcraft threatens Charles and Anna's own pack.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • You cannot trust anyone it seems.

  • By ShaSha (Lover of Audiobooks!) on 03-07-18

Time to move on?

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

Reviewed: 03-18-18

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

If it was on special. It's a book you would buy on kindle for five dollars. Not a book you would queue up for on release day.

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

He's not the best narrator I've ever listened to but any narrator you stop noticing is a good narrator.

Was Burn Bright worth the listening time?

I was hoping for great, I ended up with just killing time. It was worth the listen but I don't think I'll remember all that much of it in a month.

Any additional comments?

I like Anne and Charles, I've enjoyed their story. But I think it's time to move on. The best thing about this book was Leah and the Wildlings. If they were the main characters I'm pretty sure it would have been a 5 Star book.

  • Brave

  • By: Rose McGowan
  • Narrated by: Rose McGowan
  • Length: 6 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

In a strange world where she was continually on display, stardom soon became a personal nightmare of constant exposure and sexualisation. Rose escaped into the world of her mind, something she had done as a child, and into high-profile relationships. Every detail of her personal life became public, and the realities of an inherently sexist industry emerged with every script, role, public appearance, and magazine cover.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Must read...

  • By Ian on 02-12-18

Must read...

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

Reviewed: 02-12-18

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

I'd recommend this book to everyone. Buy it. Read it (listen to it). Give it to your daughters. Give it to your sons.

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

What Ms McGowan has faced and continues to face is heart-breaking. That she has been able to come through all of that a little dented but standing strong is testament to her resilience.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Summer at the Cornish Café

  • The Cornish Café Series, Book 1
  • By: Phillipa Ashley
  • Narrated by: Emma Spurgin Hussey
  • Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 16

Demi doesn’t expect her summer in Cornwall to hold anything out of the ordinary. As a waitress, working all hours to make ends meet, washing dishes and serving ice creams seems to be as exciting as the holiday season is about to get. That’s until she meets Cal Penwith. An outsider like herself, Cal is persuaded to let Demi help him renovate his holiday resort, Kilhallon Park. Set above an idyllic Cornish cove, the once popular destination for tourists has now gone to rack and ruin.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book, Narration not so much.

  • By Ian on 12-12-17

Great Book, Narration not so much.

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

Reviewed: 12-12-17

What made the experience of listening to Summer at the Cornish Café the most enjoyable?

It's a great story. Engaging and entertaining. Characters you love. Honestly, there isn't anything bad I can say about the story.

How could the performance have been better?

The narrator uses the same voice for both the main characters and because the story jumps between the two different POVs it's not always easy to know who is telling the story.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Raw Deal

  • Bite Back Prequel
  • By: Mark Henwick
  • Narrated by: Julia Motyka
  • Length: 4 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21

What happened in the army casts a shadow across Amber's life from which she will never be free. The prequel to the Bite Back series introduces Amber Farrell, a kick ass lady with a secret problem - she's been bitten by a vampire. She's working hard to start a new life, hold down a job, and meet all the expectations put on her. When people start to die suspiciously in Denver, Amber has to decide between duty and instinct, between what she should do and what she must do.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hard Boiled meets Urban Fantasy

  • By Ian on 06-27-17

Hard Boiled meets Urban Fantasy

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

Reviewed: 06-27-17

What made the experience of listening to Raw Deal the most enjoyable?

Julia Motyka is a great narrator. Great story, great narrator, perfect match.

What other book might you compare Raw Deal to and why?

Maybe Jennifer Estep's Elemental Assassin series. It's not a good comparison but they share something. Not sure what but it's the first thing I thought of.

Which character – as performed by Julia Motyka – was your favorite?

Amber Farrell is great.

Any additional comments?

This entire series is great. It starts quite simply and develops in complexity as it progresses.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Rescued Heart

  • A Puppy Love Romance
  • By: Georgia Beers
  • Narrated by: Abby Craden
  • Length: 7 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 353
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 334
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 331

Welcome to Junebug Farms, a successful, well-known animal shelter in upstate New York, where every day brings something new - love, stress, heartbreak, warmth - and not just from the animals. Lisa Drakemore is in charge of intake and adoption at Junebug. She excels at her job, in large part because of her ability to keep her emotions in check. Her past has given her many years of practice and she's become a pro. But once she meets dog-walking volunteer Ashley Stiles all bets are off for Lisa.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cute Romance

  • By Ian on 02-10-17

Cute Romance

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

Reviewed: 02-10-17

If you could sum up Rescued Heart in three words, what would they be?

Sweet, innocent, positive.

What other book might you compare Rescued Heart to and why?

Difficult to answer.
I guess something like Apples Should be Red by Penny Watson...or maybe Must Love Otters by Eliza Gordon.

What about Abby Craden’s performance did you like?

The best narrators disappear into the story. I don't think she's that good but it was a competent performance and importantly not annoying.

Any additional comments?

In a perfect world I wouldn't have to say this but sadly our world isn't perfect.
This book is LGBT...yes it's a lesbian romance....it's also sweet, generous and indefatigably positive.
I don't think it matters if you're not a lesbian. I'm heterosexual and male and I loved this book. A great story moves beyond definitions.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful