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  • Schifflebein's Folly

  • By: Iris Chacon
  • Narrated by: Jenny Hoops
  • Length: 4 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

Despite his many positive attributes, Lloyd has reached the age of 32 years, seven months, four days, and six hours without finding Miss Right and converting her into Mrs. Lloyd Schifflebein. Yes, Schifflebein. A surname decidedly lacking romance in addition to being difficult to spell and way too long a signature and the backs of credit cards. Supposing Miss Right is found and is willing to overlook the awkward appellation, there is one other impediment to wedded bliss. Lloyd devotes his whole life to his children. Children he doesn’t yet actually have, but he's working on it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Adorkable and brilliant!!!

  • By Dee on 12-13-18

Adorkable and brilliant!!!

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

Reviewed: 12-13-18

I loved this story. It was sweet and adorable with a tad supernatural element.

I loved Schifflebein! Everyone should have a Schifflebein in their lives. He was unique and genuine and loving. The fact that he loved rabbits was just an added element to his special. He had struggles and faced down some bad guys and the HEA was 1000% perfection.

I loved the narrator too! There were a variety of voices and nationalities and men and women and they all came to life. It's too bad this absolutely adorkable story is one and done. I would love to hear more.

  • The Impossible Quest of Hailing a Taxi on Christmas Eve

  • By: George Saoulidis
  • Narrated by: Steve White
  • Length: 1 hr and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

In this modern retelling of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, Scrooge is looking for a taxi to get home on Christmas Eve. But he will get the ride of his life, as he is walked through his past, his present and his future to end up a changed man. Set in modern day Athens, this science-fiction version of the classic ghost story is guaranteed to bring shivers down your spine and a smile to your face.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not the Story you are expecting by the Title

  • By Ray Johnson on 04-27-18

Loved, loved, loved it!

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

Reviewed: 12-13-18

This listen did correlate to the standard Scrooge story but I liked the few departures and updated of the retelling! It is incredibly well-narrated and a perfect family listen for the holidays.

  • Astropithecus

  • By: George Saoulidis
  • Narrated by: Ralph Scott
  • Length: 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

An asteroid parks on Earth's orbit, and Alex Jones is sent to collect samples and figure it out. But the passenger is chatty, and his revelations are mind-blowing. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This Space Ape is Good Company!

  • By Steven Lubliner on 11-28-18

Just what I needed

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

Reviewed: 12-13-18

You would think that 20 minutes would not be long enough but this book was just the right amount. I loved the narration and the story was a bit of a tongue-in-cheek philosophical exploration. Loved it!

  • Scottsdale Squeeze

  • Laura Black Mystery series, Volume 2
  • By: B A Trimmer
  • Narrated by: Lily Harmon
  • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

In this thrilling romantic mystery, Laura Black is an investigator for the highly successful but slightly shady Scottsdale lawyer, Lenny Shapiro. This time, she's tracking down a wealthy Scottsdale cougar named Jacky Wade, who's been missing for a week and her clueless boyfriend, Terry Lennox, is getting desperate. But even after Laura manages to find Jacky, it seems that the trouble is only beginning. First comes the death threat. Next there's the murder. Finally there's the kidnapping.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great listen

  • By Dee on 12-10-18

Great listen

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

Reviewed: 12-10-18

I didn't listen to the first book in this series and that's my loss. I'm onboard now though!!

Laura Black is a great character! She's part detective, part walking sex. The fact that she has connections to the mob just makes her more intriguing. I liked her immediately.

There was really no great mystery. We know who the bad guy is. The story was more about Laura following the crumbs.

The narrator's male voices were insane! That's actually saying something when you consider the narrator is female. I actually thought it was a duo narration at one point.

I liked how the book ended and I look forward to the next one.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Brazen Curiosity: A Regency Cozy

  • Beatrice Hyde-Clare Mysteries, Book 1
  • By: Lynn Messina
  • Narrated by: Jill Smith
  • Length: 7 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

Twenty-six-year-old Beatrice Hyde-Clare is far too shy to investigate the suspicious death of a fellow guest in the Lake District. A spinster who lives on the sufferance of her relatives, she would certainly not presume to search the rooms of her host's son and his friend looking for evidence. Reared in the twin virtues of deference and docility, she would absolutely never think to question the imperious Duke of Kesgrave about anything, let alone how he chose to represent the incident to the local constable. And yet that's exactly what she does.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An absolute treasure!!!

  • By Dee on 12-07-18

An absolute treasure!!!

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

Reviewed: 12-07-18

There is one spoken line in this book that captures the tone and tenor perfectly - 'Now that's the bland, easy to overlook young lady your uncle and I know and kindly tolerate.' And it is from that world that Bea, our brazen curiosity seeker, came from. I could not wait for her to find her voice, figuratively and literally.

I loved the mystery and seriously loved the interplay between Bea and the Duke. I didn't care much for the ending but since there is a book two, I can live with that.

The narrator was excellent! She portrayed a timid girl, a verbose duke, and a mindless aunt with such exacting measures that I wanted to smack them all.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Peril by Post

  • By: Sheri Cobb South
  • Narrated by: Joel L. Froomkin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46

The eighth book in the series finds John Pickett bound for England's scenic Lake District, where an unsigned letter has summoned him for an unspecified reason. Pickett and his wife Julia, the former Lady Fieldhurst, take a room at the Hart and Hound as the letter instructs him. Once installed there, however, Pickett can do nothing but wait for the anonymous contact to identify himself. A midnight search of the inn's register seems to identify the innkeeper, Ned Hawkins, as his man, but before Pickett can discover the reason for his summons, Hawkins is pushed from a cliff - surviving the fall only long enough to call Pickett's attention to the letter in his pocket.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best book in the series!

  • By Dee on 12-07-18

Best book in the series!

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

Reviewed: 12-07-18

I am so enjoying this series and the narration! Of all the books so far, this one is easily my favorite.

All of the books have been complete stores. I loved how this one, in particular, made reference to the prior issues. Even if you had not listened to those books (and shame on you), you were still able to get the feel for how the Pickett's came to be. Since this book focused a lot on John and Juia's relationship, it was especially rewarding to be reminded of a few elements of their past.

While I'm always going on and on about how great this narrator is, for this book I need to acknowledge the author. Cobb South can write! From the very beginning, the relationship between John and Julia is pretty special. John is on police work but takes his wife along and of course, mystery. The mystery was solid but it was the interplay between the two characters that made this listen They laughed, loved and lounged together. I loved their dynamic and it made for a great backdrop to the mystery.

I love this series but I think this book has a special place in my heart.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Everett: A Dark Psychological Suspense Novel (Brooke Walton Series Book 1)

  • By: Jenifer Ruff
  • Narrated by: Stephanie Dillard
  • Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10

Beautiful and brilliant Brooke, a transfer student with a mysterious past, aims to graduate first in her class at Everett and attend medical school. Her classmates and professors are captivated by her achievements and appearance. Only Jessica, a wealthy socialite fueled by prescription pills and a huge case of snobbery, senses there's something not quite right about the perfect student. What happens during a historic blizzard will settle their differences once and for all. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Could be considered a Young Adult (YA) novel

  • By Jenn on 11-13-18

Dark, for sure!

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

Reviewed: 12-04-18

I forgot that I was listening to a dark psychological suspense. It started off as a rather innocuous listen about a beautiful but awkward girl attending college as a pre-med major. I was well into the listen before the first...incident. Even then the author didn't connect the dots; I had to do that myself. That's when the lights came on and I checked the book title and sure enough, bad people!!!

I was rather taken aback by that but only for a minute. Then I dived back in!

The narrator was pretty special. There were several POV's throughout this listen - some energetic, some frenetic, some somber, some sane. She handled them all.

The ending sets up nicely for book two. I can't help but feel sorry for Ethan though. He has no idea.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Out of the Tower

  • A Detective Story of the Emotions
  • By: Alison Gray
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Gill
  • Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

Jemima Forbes is seven years old when a mysterious event occurs and her father and uncle disappear from her life one night. She spends her growing years obsessing about this, and when she is old enough, she leaves home to find out what happened. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Mix of many emotions.....

  • By Amey Meshram on 12-09-18

Liked the book. Hated the characters.

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

Reviewed: 12-04-18

This book was an interesting 'coming of age' story. Things happened in Jemima's life and everyone she knows, and I mean everyone, failed her - her mother, her father, her uncle, her brother. That failure set her up for a lifetime search for answers.

We get to travel with Jemima (in her head) as she grew from a heartbroken child to a heartbroken adult. To be honest, I didn't always like her either. It was very definitely a 'detective story of the emotions.'

The narrator had an extremely pleasant voice but I found myself wondering why a story set in Scotland only had characters with British accents. I suppose it's not impossible but things never quite settled in for me because of that.

  • One Frosty Christmas

  • The Holiday Series, Book 1
  • By: Laura Hesse
  • Narrated by: Leslie Howard
  • Length: 3 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

This is a charming, hankie-waving Christmas classic for girls who love horses, ages 8 and up. Teased by the local kids for being a city girl and an amputee, Hannah Storey feels alone and isolated, just like the old mustang she sees on the way to and from school every day. Hannah vows to save the pony the local kids have cruelly nicknamed Frostbite from freezing to death or being sent to slaughter, but events spiral out of control. Will Hannah be able to save the pony?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sweet little story

  • By Tanya M. Spiegel on 12-27-17

Good family listen

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

Reviewed: 12-01-18

I was in the mood for something to listen to with the kiddos and this just hit the spot.

It was a sweet story about a young handicapped girl, in a new town, and her efforts to save a starving horse. There was some mean girls aspects (and I still am not sure why the mean girl did what she did) but everything worked out in the end.

I loved the narrator. This is my first book by Leslie Howard but will not be my last.

  • The Memory Hacker

  • A Cyberpunk Conspiracy Thriller
  • By: JT Lawrence
  • Narrated by: Michael T. Bradley
  • Length: 1 hr and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10

A medical scanner shocks Talia by telling her she's given birth before. Talia's sure the AI is glitching, but it's stirred something deep in her memory. Will she risk remembering?  

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Descriptive sex and child mutilation? nty

  • By Walt Snider on 12-12-18

WOW!!!!!

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

Reviewed: 12-01-18

My only regret with this book is that it wasn't longer. This was such a good story!! The slow reveal and the what and why-for's was awesome. I won't give anything away but that ending was AWESOME.

The narration was stellar and helped to make this such an intriguing listen!