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  • Insensible Loss

  • By: Paul Michael Peters
  • Narrated by: Linnea Sage
  • Length: 5 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

If you had the chance to live forever, would you take it? It's 2053: An old man, Viktor Erikson, lies on his deathbed. Alone and with no known relatives, he is tended to by Olivia, a nurse. He has only one request: that she reads to him. The request is not unusual, but the battered, leather-bound tome she must read is no ordinary book. Written in 1839, it chronicles the discovery of the fountain of youth by Morgana de la Motte - and Viktor Erikson. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Don't lose this book

  • By Julie on 02-05-19

Don't lose this book

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

Reviewed: 02-05-19

I really enjoy this book, it's not my normal type of story- I prefer murder mysteries but this book had me hooked from the start. With so many twists and turns in the story it kept me listening until the end as you never knew quite what was going to happen next it where the chapter would lead. It also had a villain that everybody loves to hate.
The unusual plot is about an expedition of a group of sailors and scientist on the hunt for the fountain of youth and the perils and consequences of finding it. The story is told to a dying man by a nurses aid who is reading him a book found in his procession and recounts an eventful life though the ages.
I narrator was very good and had a nice way of speaking each part.

  • Sharpe Shooter: Skeleton in the Closet

  • Cozy Suburbs Mysteries, Book 1
  • By: Lisa B. Thomas
  • Narrated by: Kelley Hazen
  • Length: 6 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7

Deena Sharpe knows nothing about investigating a cold-blooded murder, but when her sweet aunt asks her to find out who killed her son, that’s exactly what Deena agrees to do. Only hitch, he died 50 years earlier, although his body was just discovered in a sheriff’s forgotten evidence closet. To make matters worse, a big-city conspiracy nut is determined to cash in on her family’s misfortune and implicate Deena’s dead cousin in the crime of the century. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very Enjoyable

  • By lynda on 02-07-19

Sharpe twists abound in this book!!

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

Reviewed: 02-01-19

I really enjoyed this story, with so many twist for the motive it keeps you on your toes and listening right up until the end. I love the one liners and playful banter between the main character and her husband, it had me laughing in a few places.
Deena gets a phone call that turns her life upside down, when after 50 years her missing uncle's body is found in the evidence room at the police station. Triggering multiple conspiracies for the reason for his death. Deena and her brother start looking into the past in the hope that they can find the answers her grandmother needs to be able to rest in peace.
The narrator was easy to listen too and the time just flew by listening to the story.

  • Paul Michael Peters

  • The Complete Collection of Short Stories: 2012-2018
  • By: Paul Michael Peters
  • Narrated by: Linnea Sage, Paul Skye Lehrman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

Tales that are perfect for coffee breaks - but beware; like chocolate, they lure the listener into just one more. Paul Michael Peters has created a magical collection of stories that help the listener look at the day from a different perspective. This is a collection that once you start, you can't put down. Stories are perfect for anyone trying to fit listening into a busy day. There is something about Peters' writing that is almost intoxicating and leaves you wanting more.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Short Stories

  • By Brandizzle on 02-04-19

A complete collection

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

Reviewed: 01-30-19

I normally listen to murder mystery stories but wanted a change so thought I would give this audio book ago. I enjoyed as never sure what was going to happen.
The collection is made up of about 19 short stories with them roughly about half an hour to 45 minutes each (give or take) and is perfect if you just want a quick listen, say on a car journey.
Each story is individual but there is two stories that have there characters appear in three stories (one of them also appears in Pauls collection killing the devil).
There are some little gems in the collection that I really enjoyed and it covers a wide range of topics from killing the devil to catching parrots in an airport to how to get out of a dinner party.
I enjoyed the narrators as they weren't monotonous

  • Killing the Devil

  • By: Paul Michael Peters
  • Narrated by: Paul Skye Lehrman
  • Length: 3 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2

 Killing the Devil: A Collection of Short Stories explores the journeys of three people as they confront evil in its various forms. Each must choose between the wicked and the good.  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Devil of a book

  • By Julie on 01-27-19

Devil of a book

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

Reviewed: 01-27-19

I didn't really know what to expect with this book as the synopsis didn't really tell you much about it but I thought I would give it ago anyway......and I enjoyed it, I think mainly because you didn't know what was going to happen.
The book is made up of five short stories and one character is present in three of the stories. They are tells of what can happen when evil is aloud to take over and along with a few twist make for a thought provoking listen.
This is the first time I have heard this narrator but he was easy to listen and the time few bye.

  • The Dough Must Go On

  • Oxford Tearoom Mystery Series, Book 9
  • By: H.Y. Hanna
  • Narrated by: Pearl Hewitt
  • Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95

Showbiz comes to Oxford in the form of Britain's hottest new talent show, and tearoom owner Gemma Rose gets a peek behind the scenes when she's asked to cater for the event. But with the Old Biddies, entering the contest as England's first "granny band", and her little tabby, Muesli, stealing the limelight, Gemma soon ends up with more than she bargained for... and that's before she comes across a frozen dead body! Now, she's on the trail of a murderer, with four nosy old ladies giving her a helping hand, while also dealing with her embarrassing mother, and more.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A charming cozy

  • By Christina on 02-15-19

Pay out the dough for this book

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

Reviewed: 01-01-19

I really enjoyed this story and think it is my favourite in the series. I just love the idea of a granny band. It is such a original idea for a story line that I wanted to listen to it all in one sitting.
The murder was original and I don't think you will find that method of killing in another book. The characters were fun and had you laughing at all there antics. Just a really good story that you can play again.

Once again the narrator was excellent and really brings the characters to life.

I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

  • Campari Crimson

  • Franki Amato Mysteries, Book 4
  • By: Traci Andrighetti
  • Narrated by: Madeline Mrozek
  • Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29

Halloween is looming large in New Orleans, and Private Investigator Franki Amato is in a gloomy mood. Her boyfriend, Bradley, has to leave on an extended business trip, and her slacker brother is coming to town with her matchmaker Nonna, who’s determined to see a Sicilian lemon superstition bear fruit. Meanwhile, the entire city is spooked because a caped figure is targeting its blood banks. Things turn macabre when a psychic makes a dark prediction about Franki’s brother and a frat boy is found in a cemetery crypt with his blood drained. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Franki Amato Strikes Again

  • By Cynthia Piller on 01-13-19

A book to sink your teeth into!!

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

Reviewed: 12-21-18

I really enjoyed this book. I don't normally choose vampires stories (as they just creep me out) but I read previous Franki stories and really enjoyed them so I read the book and then jumped at the chance to own it as an audiobook. So glad I did, I just love everything about this series, the location, New Orleans just sounds like a fun place to live (well apart from having so many grave yards and murders) and all the fun quirky characters (and I don't just mean the people in the street parades or floats).

In this book Franki is having to solve a murder while her home life is is thrown up side down, with her boyfriend away on business and her brother has given up the family business to move in with big sister until he works out what he wants to do with his life (other than party) but if that isn't bad enough her Nonna has moved in to make sure Anthony has a cooked meal and doesn't stave on her watch. Facing down a vampire sounds a piece of cake conspired to living with family, that is until her brother makes the vampires kill list.

Very enjoyable book with lots of laughs, twist and suspects. It's a book you want to listen to again again (like the other books in the series).

The narrator was very good and brought the characters to life very well, I hope the author and narrator plan to work together on a new Franki book as I will definitely be looking in to getting it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Deadly Dye and a Soy Chai

  • Danger Cove Mysteries, Volume 5
  • By: Traci Andrighetti, Elizabeth Ashby
  • Narrated by: Kayla Perillo
  • Length: 6 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

Native Texan Cassidi Conti was expecting to face some obstacles when she moved to Danger Cove and opened The Clip and Sip, a hair salon that gives away free drinks. What she wasn't counting on was a client dying during a dye job. But when 80-year-old Margaret Appleby comes in for her biweekly appointment, that's exactly what happens: Margaret drinks her usual soy chai, dozes off under the dryer...and doesn't wake up. Now, The Clip and Sip is under suspicion, clients are wary, and Cassidi is on a mission to prove that while her styles may be killer, her employees are innocent! 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Sometimes family is a blessing....

  • By Lori on 01-01-19

Beauty has never been so dangerous

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

Reviewed: 12-15-18

This is the first book in this series that I have listened to but it won't be the last. I knew Traci Andrighetti to be a great writer as I love her Fanki Amato series so thought I would give this book a go, so glad I did as she didn't disappoint. I don't think it is quiet as funny as her Fanki books but it follows the same light hearted humour with great characters.

How do you keep a new business up and running when one of your customers dies under the dryer and one of your employees is accused of the unusual murder, oh and the shop you work in used to be owned by ladies of the night and there decor is still plainly visible Things really steam up when somebody starts planting evidence and it a race against time to so love the murder before the police make an arrest.

This was the first time I heard this narrator and found her speaking to pleasant and easy to listen too.

Over all a good book!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Last Vampire: Book One

  • By: R. A. Steffan, Jaelynn Woolf
  • Narrated by: Gwendolyn Druyor
  • Length: 6 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54

Growing up, my father always told me that I’d come to a bad end, just like my mom did when I was a kid. Hearing that kind of stuff when you’re little eventually gets to a girl, but I can’t say I ever expected my "bad end" to involve an angry vampire with a severe case of iron deficiency and a panty-melting English accent. Maybe I shouldn’t be surprised. Ever since my mother was assassinated, I’ve felt like there was something vast and frightening hidden beneath the fabric of the world - something none of us are supposed to know about.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fantastic read!

  • By Sairaika on 12-18-18

Don't leave this book till the last!!!

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

Reviewed: 12-13-18

I really enjoyed this book. Vampire stories aren't normally books I would choose to read or listen to but I have listened to a number of books by R.A.Steffan and thought I would give it a go. So glad I did, if I had know Vampire books were like this I would have read one soon.

I loved the whole mystery behind the story and the way the main character has to discover who or what she is. It did end on a cliffhanger (of sorts) but as I will be getting book two it doesn't matter- it just makes the story longer. I hope it doesn't take to long to come out.

One of the other reason for getting this audio besides - R.A.Steffan being a great writer, with lots of twists and great characters, is Gwendolyn was the narrator and ONCE again she did an excellent job, bringing the characters to life!!

  • Antigen

  • Love and War, Book 2
  • By: R. A. Steffan
  • Narrated by: Gwendolyn Druyor
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 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

Ryder isn’t a stupid woman, and she knows better than to volunteer for things. Volunteering always gets you into trouble. So it’s really no surprise when her undercover operation to retrieve Temple Akenzua from the belly of a Regime prison goes tits-up in fairly short order. With Ryder stuck on the wrongs side of the bars, the rescue mission has now become a mission of survival. Her only hope - and Temple’s - lies with her comrades in the Shadow Wing. Ryder just needs to stay alive until they come up with a plan. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love this series!!

  • By Julie on 12-05-18

Love this series!!

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

Reviewed: 12-05-18

I normally read or listen to cozy mysteries but read the synopsis for book one and it sounded interesting so I got it and loved it. When I saw the author had a second book in the series I jumped at it and so glad I did. I loved it, the characters are so much fun and I like the interaction between then all. The book has a romantic theme to it so I hope the author has plans for each character to find his or her mate, especially Ash he is so funny.
This book sees Ryder go under cover in a prison to help rescue Temple (Skye - the first books -step brother) but things don't go to plan and it is soon Rider that needs rescuing. What I like is even though it is a romance there is plenty of action to keep the adventure reads happy.
The narrator was EXCELLENT she puts so much emotion into each character but I wouldn't expect anything else. Gwendolyn is one of my favourite narrators and sometimes I buy a book just because she is the reader.

  • Lion on Fire

  • A Casino-Heist Thriller
  • By: Ted Galdi
  • Narrated by: Scott R. Pollak
  • Length: 4 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

Brian, a clean-cut recent college grad, takes a side job in an underground casino in New York City to make extra cash to help his derelict brother out of a jam. Nothing goes as planned, and soon, Brian is forced to team up with a charismatic co-worker to rob the mobsters who run the casino. Main character Brian is shocked to learn that his younger brother not only has been dealing cocaine but foolishly lost a whole package of it, and now owes his boss $30,000. If Brian's brother doesn't come up with the money in a few weeks, he's dead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun hard-luck story

  • By DabOfDarkness on 01-29-19

This book is a sure fire hit

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

Reviewed: 11-26-18

I enjoyed this book and even through it was quite short I listened to it all in one sitting as I didn't want to stop.

It shows how easily a life can suddenly change direction. By trying to help his baby brother out of a difficult situation Brian find himself inhabiting the life he is trying to save his brother from. If you need big amounts of money in a quick amount of time where else do you go but the Russian mob. Brian's first mistake, his second mistake thinking he could rip them off. I think it could have gone into more detail on the heist as that was fun to read about the planning and execution (very clever) but otherwise I enjoyed it and will be looking out for more books by this author.
The narrator was very good and I enjoyed his easy style of speaking making it an enjoyable listen.