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  • Love and Other Wild Things

  • By: Molly Harper
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis, Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 6 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,435
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,291
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,280

Welcome to Mystic Bayou, a tiny town hidden in the swamp where shape-shifters, vampires, witches, and dragons live alongside humans. The town formed around the mysterious energy rift in the bayou, which helps keep the town’s magic in balance. But lately the rift has been widening and destabilizing - threatening to send the town’s magical population into chaos. Energy witch Danica Teel has been sent by the League to figure out what’s going on, with the help of bear-shifter Mayor Zed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Too damn short

  • By ESP on 09-06-18

Better than the first one!

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

Reviewed: 01-10-19

I am so happy with this fantastic paranormal romance. The narrators were superb. Zed's accent was slow like molasses and spicy like gumbo. I adore the pair of main characters. Also, there is danger and a cool whodunnit mystery in the quirky small town of Mystic Bayou. I wish that I could live there.

  • Jingle Bell Pop

  • By: John Seabrook
  • Narrated by: Erin Moon
  • Length: 1 hr and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,939
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,676
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,671

On Christmas Eve, 1818, in a small Austrian village, a local Catholic priest and a church organist composed a Christmas carol that changed the course of holiday music forever. Exactly two hundred years later, it’s not the holiday season until you’ve heard “Silent Night” in the car, at the store and on TV – all in the same day. 

In Jingle Bell Pop, John Seabrook, acclaimed author of The Song Machine, takes us deep inside the holiday music business. We go behind the scenes to meet some of the producers, songwriters and recording artists responsible for the timeless tunes we hear on repeat between Thanksgiving and Christmas every year.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Making of a Christmas Hit

  • By Kingsley on 12-07-18

Very interesting with a fun vibe

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

Reviewed: 12-26-18

This has almost everything that you ever wanted to know about Christmas music, both old and new songs. I learned lots of new facts. I love the interviews with the many songwriters. The narrator is very good and lively with a pleasant voice.

  • Pure

  • New World Magic, Book One
  • By: Kim Alexander
  • Narrated by: Kim Alexander
  • Length: 2 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Look, I’m a bartender. I have nothing to do with the xenos. I don’t care if it’s an elf or a vampire - as long as they don’t bother me, I steer clear. I have my reasons - you can see them in the scars on my neck. I never wanted to get involved. But my life changed for the second time when I saved the life of a unicorn. I made an enemy of something old - old and evil, and whatever it was, it’ll be back for another try.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A delightful urban fantasy with heart and humor!

  • By Diana in SC on 12-16-18

A delightful urban fantasy with heart and humor!

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

Reviewed: 12-16-18

I had never before read or listened to any book by Kim Alexander, but I immediately found that I was in for a treat. I love this story! It rivals the best urban fantasy books that I have ever read. I plan on listening to this audiobook again in the future because it was so entertaining, and I can’t wait for the next one in the series. This short (2.25 hours) audiobook is the first installment in the “New World Magic” urban fantasy series. It is set in an alternate version of our modern world in which “Xenos” (paranormal beings) made themselves known to humans about 8 years ago and mostly live peacefully together.

It was so refreshing in an urban fantasy to have as a heroine a human woman without any psychic or magical abilities. Ruby just has her wits, courage, and garlic hot pepper spray. She is pragmatic, warm-hearted, and sometimes vulnerable. The story is told from Ruby’s first person perspective, but she thankfully does not sound egotistical at all. March, a guy who used to be a unicorn, exudes the right combination of naivety and otherworldliness. All of the characters are distinctive and vibrant.

There is a romantic element to this story, but it is still an urban fantasy in format. The dialogue was marvelous, funny, and witty. FYI, in there is some bad language, a few moderately graphic bedroom scenes, and a little bit of bloody violence. I think that there was the right amount of all three of these things, not overdoing anything.

The author Kim Alexander was also the narrator, and she did a perfect job! I am very impressed. She is as excellent at narrating her own book as Neil Gaiman and Bryan Cranston. Kim Alexander brings the story to life with vigor, humor, and great pacing. Her voice is very pleasant. She is awesome at both male and female voices. She talks rather fast, but she enunciates very well so that every word is intelligible. She is equally adept at evoking the different flavors of action, introspective, or romantic scenes. I can’t wait to listen to her narrate future audiobooks!

  • Hybrid Misfit

  • By: Eve Langlais
  • Narrated by: Marie Smith
  • Length: 4 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34

Nothing sucks more than losing your humanity in a government experiment. Now I’m something different, something special, and everyone wants a piece of me. Go ahead, give it a try, but don’t be shocked when I turn the tables and try to steal your soul because I am so very, very hungry.... But I don’t want to eat everyone I meet. At least not in a bad way. I know Simon, a big, beastly shifter, and his buddy Gene, an actual djinn living in a bottle, are after more than just my lusty bod.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome, wacky, super steamy MFM PNR

  • By Diana in SC on 12-03-18

Awesome, wacky, super steamy MFM PNR

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

Reviewed: 12-03-18

If I had to review this audiobook based on the first 20 minutes, I would give it 3 stars. However, I am so glad that I continued listening, because it quickly changed into awesomeness! The narrator did a perfect job, and it was amazing how well she did the sexy male voices! The audiobook is wacky and rather funny like most Eve Langlais books are. FYI, this audiobook is for mature audiences only.

Most of the book is told from the first person perspective of Beth, a woman who is half succubus. (There is more to the story of Beth’s origin, but I don’t want to give any spoilers.) Of course, being a stripper is the only career in which a succubus can consistently feed herself psychically with other people’s lust. In the first couple of chapters, it really bothered me how Beth thought that all men were only good to feed from or to use for money. Thankfully, she soon changes her attitude after she meets two nice, respectful, paranormal men who quickly realize that Beth is special to them. They are best friends who like to share a lady in the bedroom. The guys are a little bit alpha but not too much. Although the audiobook is super steamy, it is also quite romantic. I love how they took a while to get to know each other before making love. During the middle of the book, I really started to like Beth and her guys very much. FYI, the trio is mutually exclusive starting the day the guys meet Beth.

While there is great romance, the cool paranormal plotline totally rocks! Secrets gradually get unearthed while Beth is in danger from paranormal forces. There are some exciting action scenes, and the plot took some unexpected twists. I think that fans of Eve Langlais, especially of there Hell and shifter series, will love this audiobook. I can’t wait for book #2, “Siren Misfit”, about Beth's siren friend! In addition, the narrator did an expert job. Though she is female, she is really talented at sounding like hot guys! I will search for other romance books that she has narrated.

  • Hand of Miriam

  • A Bayla and the Golem Novel, Volume 1
  • By: Eva Gordon
  • Narrated by: Doro Jillings
  • Length: 10 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8

On an archaeological expedition, Bayla Gideon, is widowed by a supernatural force and branded with the Hand of Miriam or "knowing eye". Threatened by evil, she awakens the golem - a mythical man of clay who protected the Jewish community more than three centuries ago. The golem, Gesher, is surprised. Freedom - by a beautiful, enchanting woman. His desire is to return to the celestial spheres and regain his status as an avenging angel. Yet Bayla challenges his mind, body, and soul. Would he risk his return to the heavens for her?  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More Please

  • By Mindjacked on 12-21-18

Cool concept and plot but annoying characters

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

Reviewed: 11-29-18

This romantic urban fantasy has a lot going for it: Jewish characters and culture set in a steampunk Victorian England, a great plot, lots of great action scenes, psychic abilities, and an angel cursed to be a golem. The author incorporates lots of actual things from Jewish religion/culture: the hamsa symbol, the Golem of Prague legend, details of Sephardic Jews and their language, and an absence of heaven in the Christian sense of the word. The urban fantasy aspect was handled very well, but the romantic aspect fell short for me, with emotionally immature primary characters, repetitive thoughts, and disappointing bedroom scenes. I was on the fence on whether to give it 3 or 4 stars overall, but the fantastic action-packed final segment pushed it into being 4 stars, in my opinion.

I must go into further details about the romantic aspect of the novel. I read a lot of romance but also fantasy, urban fantasy, and steampunk fantasy. I don’t think it is necessary in urban fantasy to have a romantic element, but if the author includes one, they need to do it well. Now, I like how in the beginning of the novel, Bayla was devoted to her husband and then was suddenly widowed. I enjoyed the idea that Bayla fell in love with her angel/golem bodyguard Emmet. It was great that the pair were mutually exclusive after they met (i.e., no cheating). However, I did not enjoy that for the majority of the book, Emmet and Bayla had the emotional maturity of 15-year-olds, when he is thousands of years old and she is a 24-year-old widow. Emmet was unreasonably jealous over nothing and was overly arrogant. They both constantly doubted their own feelings and each other’s feelings for at least 60% of the book. That sort of melodrama might be expected in a young adult romance but not in a steamy historical romance. I got so tired of Emmet and Bayla's wishy-washy thoughts that I had to put down the audiobook at least 5 times. I had to listen to something else until I didn't want to strangle the pair anymore and I was too curious about the next plot development to stay away anymore. In addition, though the few love scenes happened at the right time in the story, I don’t like the writing style of those scenes. I don’t think the author had good word choices or thought things through very well. For example, in his mind, Emmet compares Bayla to a demoness. When he hates demons, how can that be a good thing? Also, they pledged to keep looking in each other's while they were doing it, but how can you keep looking in each other’s eyes when you are kissing on the mouth? These are my gripes.

The narrator did a pretty good job. She was excellent at pacing, especially action scenes. I found her voice to be pleasant to my ears. Her character voice for the heroine Bayla was perfect in every way, especially the proper English accent. The narrator's other character voices were generally very good, except for that of the hero Emmet Gesher. The text indicates that Emmet has a deep voice, but the narrator could not achieve that. Sometimes Emmet's voice barely sounds masculine, and it does not sound sexy. Also, there were no pauses between chapters and no saying “Chapter 3”, etc. These are the only two problems that I have with the narration.

  • 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 307
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 288
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 288

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 31
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 29

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.