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  • The Automaton's Wife

  • Society for Paranormals, Book 2
  • By: Vered Ehsani
  • Narrated by: Alison Larkin
  • Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

Beatrice Knight has enough to contend with: A zebra is dead on her lawn, her horse is possessed, and a gentleman has arrived with the temerity to propose to her. To top it off, her dead husband, Gideon, has absconded with an automaton, threatening to return for his wife. The wife in question, however, soon has other issues, for a killer has moved into town with a nasty habit of carving up the victims. As luck should dictate, who should be the next target but Mrs. Knight herself?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Funny, action-packed, and fantastic!

  • By Diana in SC on 11-14-18

Funny, action-packed, and fantastic!

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

Reviewed: 11-14-18

I love this audiobook so much! It is the most entertaining urban fantasy or cozy mystery that I have ever read. FYI, this series must be read in order, starting with Book 1, “The Ghosts of Tsavo.”

This is better than Book 1, and I loved that audiobook. In “The Automaton's Wife”, the series really gets going, with action, humor, and revelations! In addition, the narrator did a perfect job, convincingly portraying a cast of characters and making the story even more exciting with excellent pacing. I was at the edge of my seat many times. This is a first-person memoir-like account of the fictional adventures of Beatrice Knight, intrepid undercover paranormal investigator in 1900 Nairobi, Kenya. African mythological creatures are real in this imaginative historical fiction. Bea's voice takes a few minutes to get accustomed to, but you will find that it sounds just right for this property, sarcastic, and outrageous character. I highly recommend this audiobook.

#Clever #Funny #Magical #Quirky #Witty #Colonial #Victorian #Kenya #FemaleProtagonist #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

  • Ghosts of Tsavo

  • Society for Paranormals, Book 1
  • By: Vered Ehsani
  • Narrated by: Alison Larkin
  • Length: 6 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22

Armed with Victorian etiquette, a fully loaded walking stick, and a dead husband, Beatrice Knight arrives in colonial Kenya desperate for a pot of tea and a pinch of cinnamon. But she'll need more than that if she's to unravel the mystery of the Ghosts of Tsavo without being eaten in the process. All this while surviving the machinations of her best friend's dashing godfather and the efforts of her safari guide to feed her to any lion willing to drag her away. What is a ghost-chasing widow to do?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun and were-lions

  • By Jan on 03-29-17

A highly entertaining urban fantasy. I am hooked!

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

Reviewed: 11-14-18

Paranormal investigation, humor, Victorian manners, and African mythology: what an absolutely brilliant combination! I am now hooked on this fantastic historical urban fantasy series. It is extremely well written and superbly narrated. The book is so funny!

It starts in 1899 London, and then most of the novel moves to 1899 colonial Nairobi, Kenya. I love the exotic location. I learned that the author actually lives in Nairobi, and this comes across in the book with the sensory descriptions of the landscape, flora, and fauna. FYI, don’t expect much mystery, but you could sort of call it a cozy mystery as well as an urban fantasy.

At first I thought that the narrator sounded too stodgy, but soon I realized that it really fit the character of the overly proper Beatrice Knight, 23-year-old widow and secret paranormal investigator. Please try this audiobook, because I absolutely love it, and the second book is even better. Unfortunately, Books #3 through 7 in this series have not been made into audiobooks.

#Clever #Funny #Magical #Quirky #Witty #Colonial #Victorian #Kenya #FemaleProtagonist #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

  • Dark Deeds

  • Class 5 Series, Book 2
  • By: Michelle Diener
  • Narrated by: Christina Delaine
  • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 300
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 282
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 282

Fiona Russell has been snatched from Earth, imprisoned, and used as slave labor, but nothing about her abduction makes sense. When she's rescued by the Grih, she realizes there's a much bigger game in play than she ever could have imagined, and she's right in the middle of it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love, love, LOVE this series!

  • By bluestategirl on 12-02-16

A science fiction masterpiece!

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

Reviewed: 11-12-18

I absolutely loved “Dark Horse”, the first audiobook of this “Class 5” trilogy, but this second audiobook surpassed my expectations. There was even more thrilling action and suspense while keeping the same level of depth that “Dark Horse” had. There are so many moving parts to this space opera: artificial intelligence, multiple cultures, political secrets, attempted murder, space battles, language, etc. The author weaves the perfect, internally cohesive, sci-fi action/suspense with a dash of romance.

The narrator Christina Delaine did such a perfect, superb performance! She makes each of the many characters sound distinctive, and she is fantastic with both male and female voices. Her pacing is incredible. Everything she did rocked! I think that Christina Delaine is just as good as my favorite narrator, Robert Petkoff, and that is very high praise.

#Suspenseful #UnlikelyHero #Clever #HappyEnding #OuterSpace #FemaleProtagonist #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

  • Confessions of a Pirate Ghost

  • Gambling Ghosts Series, Book 3
  • By: Jo-Ann Carson
  • Narrated by: Lisa Reichert, Darren Pollock
  • Length: 2 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7

Everyone has secrets. Escaping the clutches of a mobster, art forger Harley Davis dives off a yacht in the middle of the night and swims ashore to Sunset Cove, a small town in the Pacific Northwest, where the only light she sees comes from inside a haunted teahouse. Soaking wet and shaking, she pauses at the door. No one in their right mind would enter such a creepy place, but she has no choice. She needs to hide. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A quick, fun, not typical,or scary, ghost story!

  • By Donna Wiebe on 11-04-18

A fluffy romantic comedy

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

Reviewed: 10-25-18

I am a pushover for ghost romances, so I gave this one a try. It is very tame in the romance department and is probably PG-13 in the action scenes department. The plot was reasonably good. I was a little disappointed in how much of a minor role the friendly pirate named Three Sheets received because he is such a cool character. The heroine was somewhat likable but her immoral views on forgery bothered me a bit. I adore the tea house by the sea and the motley, funny collection of ghosts that call the tea house home. The action/suspense scenes were fairly good but could use a little more intensity. I quite enjoyed the sense of humor that permeates this short audiobook.

I give the narration 4 stars because the male narrator did a fantastic 5-star job, but I give the female narrator 3 stars. The male narrator did all of the dialogue for the male characters, and he was fantastic: humorous, sexy, adorable, dastardly, and everything I could ask for. However, the female narrator always sounded like a Midwestern 70-year-old grandma when most of the time she was portraying a twenty-something jet-setting young American lady who forges art for a living. The narrator’s voice was all wrong for the part. She did sound fine as the old lady who owns the tea house. Due to my dislike of the female narrator, I think that I will read the rest of the series as an ebook instead of an audiobook.

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  • Make-Believe Fiancé

  • By: Vivi Holt
  • Narrated by: Amanda Stribling
  • Length: 5 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 28

Gwen Alder is starting over - divorced and broke, she’s come to Billings, Montana, for a new beginning. But waitressing in a roadside diner for the summer isn’t paying the bills. Heath Montgomery has it all - fame, fortune, and a megawatt smile, but one thing he doesn’t have is a date for his cousin’s wedding. When they cross paths, Heath has an idea - what if he paid her to be his date? They didn’t want anything more than a simple arrangement. They never planned to fall in love. But sometimes Cupid has a mind of his own.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • fake it till you make it!

  • By Darcie on 09-07-18

A adorably fun contemporary romance

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

Reviewed: 10-10-18

I liked this audiobook very much. It is a really good example of the fake relationship trope. The story was bubbly, sweet, and romantic. It is a “clean” romance (no sex, just kissing). The absence of sex and lustful thoughts was not quite believable, especially since Gwen is not a virgin (she is divorced) and Graham is a billionaire. They are both Christian, but mentions of their religion and faith were blessedly minimal for me (I'm not religious). I loved the dress shopping and how Gwen explicitly referenced the movie “Pretty Woman”. I enjoyed the gaggle of Graham’s vivacious and distinctive family members. Graham’s and Gwen's exes' efforts to bother the couple added an interesting tension to the plot. The ending was perfectly wonderful, but I want more glimpses into Graham and Gwen’s life together in future books. I recommend this book to anyone who wants a light, fluffy, and clean contemporary romance. This is especially good for anyone who wants a good-hearted billionaire in a PG-rated type of audiobook.

The narrator was pretty good. She had a delightfully upbeat tone that the novel required. She was decent at men's voices but could be better. She is very good at believable and identifiable characters' voices for women of all ages. The pacing was good, as well.

  • Shadow Sight

  • Ivy Granger, Psychic Detective Series
  • By: E. J. Stevens
  • Narrated by: Traci Odom
  • Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 221
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 196
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 196

Welcome to Harborsmouth, where monsters walk the streets unseen by humans...except those with second sight, like Ivy Granger. Ivy Granger's second sight is finally giving her life purpose. Ivy and her best friend Jinx may not be raking in the dough, but their psychic detective agency pays the bills - most of the time. Their only worry is the boredom of a slow day and the occasional crazy client - until a demon walks through their door. Demons are never a good sign.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A solid start.

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 12-03-14

A bit slow getting going but became exciting

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

Reviewed: 09-19-18

Although I found the audiobook a bit dull in its first quarter, I gradually became invested in the characters and got hooked. The tension and the action wound up to a fever pitch. I was really impressed and entertained by the action-packed climactic sequence. This first installment in an urban fantasy series isn’t perfect, but it is a solid and imaginative start. I will definitely read the next one.

The setting in the fictional town of Harborsmouth is richly atmospheric and feels authentic. I had read elsewhere that the author based the town on a combination of Portland, Maine, and Dublin, Ireland. I also enjoyed the wide variety of supernatural beings populating the novel. We have selkies, vampires, pixies, demons, trolls, and some even weirder things from international folklore!

I don’t really like the narrator. Technically, she is alright, but she sounds too old for the Ivy Granger character, and the entire book is told from Ivy's perspective. I also think that she sounds too Midwestern for this book; it should be more of a New England accent. Her pacing sounded slightly too slow early in the book, but she thankfully got better and was excellent at narrating the action scenes.

  • I'm Here to Help

  • By: Craig Ferguson
  • Narrated by: Craig Ferguson
  • Length: 1 hr and 16 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69

Craig Ferguson wants to tell a joke. And he'll try to finish the joke. But he may not remember to get to the punchline, because he's distracted by hysterical thoughts of fatherhood, Helen of Troy, and shark penises. The host of CBS's The Late Late Show unleashes his trademark stream-of-consciousness comedy before a sold-out Washington, DC crowd. Definitely not for children. Or the easily offended. Or Mel Gibson.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • craig Ferguson should still be on late night

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-04-18

I laughed so hard!

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

This is a short stand-up comedy show from the hilarious Craig Fergoson. He is so funny! I love how he talks, his adorable Scottish accent, and how his brain works. The subject matter is definitely rated R and has some swearing and sexual content. I loved every minute of it. I will definitely re-listen to this in the future many times when I need a laugh.

  • A Highland Ghost for Christmas

  • Gambling Ghosts Series, Book 1
  • By: Jo-Ann Carson
  • Narrated by: Lisa Reichert, Darren Pollock
  • Length: 1 hr and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15

Jilted by her fiancé, librarian Maddy Jacobson is nursing a broken heart when her best friend gives her an early Christmas present. Intended to be a fun psychic reading in a spooky tea house, the gift turns out to be life changing. Maddy becomes haunted by a mischievous Highland ghost. Ruggedly handsome, Cullen Macfie, the Highlander, has been dead for over three centuries, and never in all those years has he been so attracted to a woman, as he is to Maddy. He falls hopelessly in love and decides to woo her. Can there be a future for a librarian and a naughty Highland ghost? 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Highland Ghost for Christmas

  • By B on 06-15-18

Quench your Scottish ghost craving with this fluff

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

Reviewed: 07-31-18

The audiobook narration had really good production quality. I really loved the male narrator, Darren Pollock, who did only the dialogue for all three male characters. His Scottish brogue was perfect and so very sexy! I hope that he does more Scottish romances in the future. However, I was not very fond of the female narrator, Lisa Reichert, who did most of the narration. Her work was technically great and emotive, but I think that she made Maddie (a woman in her twenties) sound way too old and too mousy. She sounded exactly like Bettie White when she was on the “Golden Girls”.
The story is very pleasant and adorable. It took an unexpected turn, but everyone did have a happy ending. The story has a light, breezy, funny tone. The romance is “clean”, AKA just kissing. I also enjoyed the Christmas theme and the paranormal theme. I recommend it to anyone who loves ghost romances and sweet romantic comedies.

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  • Earl of Grayson

  • Wicked Earls' Club
  • By: Amanda Mariel, Wicked Earls' Club
  • Narrated by: Mathias Holt
  • Length: 2 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15

Damien Archer, earl of Grayson, and Lady Charlotte Lawson are opposite in every way. When their paths cross, they have every reason to turn in the opposite direction, and yet they cannot seem to avoid one another. Passions flare, putting them both at risk. They stand not only to lose their reputations, but more importantly, their hearts.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love love love

  • By Amazon Customer on 07-14-18

A typical, pleasant Regency romance

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

Reviewed: 07-29-18

This short, 2-hr Regency romance has a sexy male narrator who does a pretty good job. His accent sounds Welsh to me, and his voice is hot. He is pretty good at female voices as well as male voices. I would like the get more from the narrator, Mathias Holt. He is not the best narrator ever, but he has a soothing and delicious quality to his voice.

I was a little disappointed in the writing. I am okay with the plot that has definitely been done before. However, nothing else elevated the story above mediocre. The characters, dialogue, and prose did not lift the story above the average Regency romance. I got a bit bored in the middle, and I got a little annoyed with the main characters. Thankfully, the story has a really nice, romantic, satisfying ending. I would say the story is lightly steamy, with a brief bedroom scene that is passionate and well written.

  • Blue Moon

  • By: Lisa Kessler
  • Narrated by: Cindy Harden, Jamie Renell
  • Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28

Until he broke her heart, Vivianna Lopez loved Logan Reynolds. Five years later, she's an aspiring music journalist and he's the camera-shy lead singer of Logan and the Howlers. Armed with a backstage pass, Vivi's back in her hometown of Reno, nestled in the shadows of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. She must score an interview with Logan to land her dream job - otherwise it's back to Boston, with no scoop and no job. It's just business - at least that's what she keeps telling herself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Yes

  • By welch on 03-02-18

Really awesome second chance romance

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

Reviewed: 07-05-18

First of all, the pair of narrators were fantastic and very talented. Their voices and accents for each character corresponded very well, and they were very expressive.

I loved this paranormal second chance romance with an indie rock star werewolf. The main characters had fantastic chemistry. This is the third audiobook in this series that I have listened to, and I love it almost as much as "Ice Moon" and "Harvest Moon". I am thoroughly hooked on this series now, and I will listen to the rest. I highly recommend it to all paranormal romance lovers.

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